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Inside Take out the trash County testing oncea-week pickups COMMUNITY 2

Brookhaven Reporter

JAN. 24— FEB. 6, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 2

Lift off DeKalb County schools no longer on probation COMMUNITY 3




Look, there are books inside!

Hot ticket Jewish Film Festival runs Jan. 29-Feb. 20 OUT & ABOUT 14

Mark my words

Pastor teaches reading skills to youngsters MAKING A DIFFERENCE 15


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Dining out

Our reviewer visits Brookhaven’s ‘Smash’ RESTAURANTS 16

It’s back!


Arwen Coy, 9, takes a peek into the “little free library” unveiled at Briarwood Park on Jan. 16. The Cross Keys Foundation, a public charity that supports education in the Brookhaven area, was instrumental in opening the free library, which features a post-mounted, book swap unit. More photos on page 19.

‘Little library’ offers kids books at the park BY MELISSA WEINMAN

Police blotter records local crimes PUBLIC SAFETY 20-21

Buckhead beauty Developer investing millions in project’s streetscape COMMUNITY 22

Fate of proposed new DeKalb cities unclear BY MELISSA WEINMAN

Kids now have more than a new jungle gym to look forward to when they visit Briarwood Park. On Jan. 16, officials unveiled a “little free library,” which allows kids to take a book or leave behind a book they’ve already read so someone else can read it. The Cross Keys Foundation said the Briarwood Park little library will be the first of 10 installed in parks around the city of Brookhaven. “Today is a great beginning, not just an event,” Cross Keys Foundation President Kim Gokce said as a group of children prepared to pull a cover from the new little library. “What you’re about to reveal is a magic box,” Gokce said. “It’s going to provide you and your friends with an unlimited supply of quality reading material.” The little library looks like a treasure chest, too. Cross Keys

The future of several proposals for new cities in DeKalb County remained unclear as lawmakers returned to the state Capitol. Part of the problem is that the proposed cities of Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker overlap in the area of Northlake Mall. Lawmakers and city proponents said efforts failed to resolve border disputes among the competing proposals in the days before the 2014 Legislature convened Jan. 13. “We have tried,” said Mary Kay Woodworth, chairwoman of the Lakeside City Alliance. “We have met with Tucker several times and are having a difficult time coming to a resolution. We have different ideas of what should be Lakeside and what should be Tucker.” Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, said none of the three poten-



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