02-02-18 Dunwoody Reporter

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► Cities asked to join regional affordable housing policy PAGE 4 ► Hundreds attend funeral Mass for Monsignor Kiernan PAGE 22

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DHA elects president, presents honors BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net


A night of dance at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta on Jan. 28 included this performance of “Sense of Touch” by the Koresh Dance Company. The Philadelphia-based company was founded by Ronen Koresh, an Israeli native whose early training in folk movement, modern dance and the military developed his style. For more about MJCCA art programs, see atlantajcc.org.

Amazon made clear what corporate relocations of NCR, State Farm and others have tipped off to state leaders: The recruitment and retention of high wage corporate employers will follow the tracks of transit. Those counties and municipalities without transit need not apply. CHARLIE HARPER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF POLICYBEST

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The Dunwoody Homeowners Association’s executive committee elected its new president and honored several people in the community for their contributions at its annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church. The meeting also included guest speakers DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond and Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter and Dunwoody resident Greg Bluestein. Adrienne Duncan was selected as the new DHA president, replacing outgoing president Robert Wittenstein. Those making up the rest of the executive board are Erika Harris, vice president; John Sparks, treasurer; Gerri Penn, secretary; and Kerry DeVallette and Wittenstein, at-large members. Those receiving awards were: Former City Councilmember Doug Thompson with the Community Service Award for his service on the council; his advocacy for parks and trails; and for being See DUNWOODY on page 12

Police suspend city attorney’s Facebook hack probe BY DYANA BAGBY

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The Dunwoody Police investigation into offensive social media comments allegedly made by a former city attorney has been suspended after the police chief said he found yet another profanity-laden message sent from the attorney’s Facebook account. Lenny Felgin, the attorney, claimed a hacker made the original comments a year ago, which included anti-Muslim statements and calling a teenage girl a “whore.” In a reSee POLICE on page 14

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The cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs will jointly present concepts for traffic flow and safety improvements for the Dunwoody Club Drive/Jett Ferry Road intersection at a Feb. 8 meeting. Alternative design concepts will include a signalized intersection and a roundabout, according to Steve Tiedemann, Sandy Springs’ program manager for projects funded by a recent transportation special local option sales tax. The intersection is on the cities’ border. Its northwest corner is adjacent to the Dunwoody Country Club and a “butterfly garden.” The meeting will be an open house format without a formal presentation. It will be held Thursday, Feb. 8, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Dunwoody Community Church, 2250 Dunwoody Club Drive, Sandy Springs. For more information, see sandyspringsga.gov.


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The Dunwoody Police Department hosts its “Coffee with a Cop” event Tuesday, Feb. 13, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Da Vinci’s Donuts, 5537 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. The event allows for residents to meet with local law enforcement for one-on-one conversations. No agenda or speeches are planned as part of the event, giving people an opportunity to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers. Da Vinci’s is offering free coffee to the officers and residents that attend. For more information, contact Officer Anwar Sillahs at 678-382-6933 or at Anwar.Sillah@dunwoodyga.gov.


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The city’s newly formed Public Facilities Authority, made up of the mayor and City Council, formally approved at its Jan. 22 meeting a 40-year contract between the authority and the Dunwoody Nature Center for the Nature Center to continue using the city-owned Dunwoody Park as its home. A driving force for establishing the Authority is the ability to enter into long-term agreements with partners for public land and facilities rather than one-year renewable leases,” Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker told council in a memo. The City Council is only allowed to enter into one-year agreements for use of public property. “The Dunwoody Nature Center is undertaking a capital campaign to add facilities to expand programming and to meet the growing needs of residents and visitors who use the park. They are requesting a 40-year usage agreement to provide assurances to corporations and foundations that funds donated for capital improvements will be used for the stated purposes and remain under the control of the Nature Center,” Walker states in the memo. The General Assembly last session passed a bill allowing the city to create the Public Facilities Authority. The authority was created in July when the council approved a resolution establishing the council to serve as members of the authority.

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The city of Dunwoody and the Rotary Club of Dunwoody will host the ninth annual State of the City event on Thursday, Feb. 22, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Ravinia Hotel, 4355 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The 2018 State of the City is the premier city-sponsored event, which provides an opportunity for the public to hear from Mayor Denis Shortal. Shortal will share his thoughts on the local, social and economic climate along with his vision for the growth and future of Dunwoody. SPECIAL A reception begins at 6 p.m. with the presentation beginMayor Denis Shortal. ning at 7 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Parking at the Crowne Ravinia parking deck is complimentary.


A conceptual design map shows Pitts Road running down the center and Spalding Drive running along the bottom. The black areas are the new turn lanes. The yellow and green stripe on Pitts is a new sidewalk and grass berm. The red lines show right of way.


Sandy Springs’ Spalding Drive/Pitts Road intersection near the Dunwoody border would be widened with new dedicated turn lanes and a new sidewalk in a concept presented by Sandy Springs on Jan. 25. The intersection is close to the Dunwoody border and about 1,000 feet east of the Pitts Road overpass on Ga. 400. Both streets currently have two lanes there, with Pitts ending at Spalding in a wide, Y-shaped intersection with a traffic light. Rush-hour traffic stacks up behind drivers waiting to make a left-hand turn. And, city engineers say, it can be dangerous, with 21 accidents reported there in the past four years. About 10 residents attended the open house presentation at Sandy Springs City Hall. Some agreed the intersection needs improvement, but several had concerns about the loss of trees and property-taking the concept would require. The city’s concept is to add an 11-foot-wide turn lane to both streets – eastbound on Pitts and heading northeast on Spalding. An upgraded traffic light with left-turn phases would be installed. On Pitts, the existing travel lane would become left-turn only, and the new lane, running about 300 feet long, would be for right turns. On Spalding, the existing travel lane also would become left-turn only, with the additional lane serving through-traffic. Any parts of the concept could change based on public input and a deeper examination that would come if the project moves head to a design stage. The City Council will decide whether it should move ahead, likely at a meeting in March or April, officials said.


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Atlanta councilmember asks cities to join regional affordable housing policy BY JOHN RUCH

were positive, though with the cautions that the city’s own policy is still in the works, partly through Mayor Rusty Paul’s forthcoming affordable housing task force. In Dunwoody, Community Development Director Richard McLeod intended to meet with Dickens recently for a preliminary chat, according to city spokesperson Bob Mullen. That meeting was delayed by the winter weather.


Fresh from a victory in requiring affordable housing along the BeltLine, Atlanta City Councilmember Andre Dickens is trying to form a multi-city coalition to create a regional — even statewide — housing affordability strategy. Dickens — who holds one of the council’s citywide at-large Dickens said he has reached out to leaders of several seats — emphasized that his policy vision is not just low-income metro Atlanta cities — including Dunwoody and Sandy housing. Springs — who he had heard are also working on “hous“It’s not just affordable housing, because some of those coming affordability and housing diversity.” And he’s looking munities are going to say, ‘We don’t want no stinking affordable even farther afield: “We reached out as far as Augusta, too,” housing,’” Dickens said. “This is about making sure you have diFILE he said. Atlanta City Councilmember verse housing options for your diverse workforce.” “I’m interested in working with other cities in the metAndre Dickens. He noted that corporate executives and attorneys generally ropolitan area to share best practices in legislation and admake more than teachers and firefighters, “and all those people ministration of policies that aid in this effort,” Dickens are great people.” He described his policy focus as “not the stigma” of people “who wrote in a Dec. 7 email to some of those cities. “My hope is that this will assist in don’t get up and go to work each day,” but rather addressing “workforce” housing building a coalition that allows us to lobby the state of Georgia to support legislaand the broader economic development implications. tion that makes this a priority at the state level as well.” “If you don’t have a city that has an adequate plan for your workforce to live in, “The short answer is, nothing really has happened yet,” Dickens said in an interyou’re going to have a lot of [commuter] traffic … You’re going to have a lot of chalview. But, he said, he has received some early positive responses from several cities lenges attracting people to work because of the commute to your city,” Dickens said. and from the Atlanta Regional Commission, which he hopes will help coordinate “And you’re going to have displacement.” the multi-city effort. Dickens and many other collaborators spent three years working on an afford“ARC will be supporting Andre’s efforts,” confirmed ARC spokesperson Paul Donable housing strategy around the BeltLine trail, park and transit system that is besky, adding that will “include some staff time and likely some data analysis.” ing built in a ring around Atlanta. Several city housing affordability policies and inThe idea is to share information and develop what Dickens’ email calls “unity centives spun out of that effort. The work culminated last fall with the Atlanta City and some uniformity” in regional housing affordability policy. Council’s passage of a mandatory inclusionary zoning policy for multifamily housIn Sandy Springs, initial reactions from top planning official Jim Tolbert and ing built within a half-mile of the BeltLine. The policy requires a certain amount of other staffers in internal emails obtained through an Open Records Act request units be priced at rates affordable to middle- or moderate-income households.

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Under the policy, developers can price 15 percent of units as affordable to households making 80 percent of the area median income; or price 10 percent of the units at 60 percent of AMI; or pay a variable fee into a city fund instead of creating any affordable units. Atlanta is reportedly the first city in Georgia to adopt an inclusionary zoning policy for private developments, and Dickens calls it a “landmark piece of legislation.” It’s also the starting point of his regional effort. The subject line of his Dec. 7 outreach email was, “Inclusionary Zoning Coalition Building.” That’s a familiar term in Sandy Springs, where the city briefly included what would have been a landmark inclusionary zoning policy in a draft of its new zoning code early last year before discarding it. But it may not be in other cities, and definitions could vary widely. Dickens said his regional collaboration idea has two main purposes. “Number one, just a mechanism for sharing,” he said, noting that the BeltLine effort produced three years’ worth of research, both local and nationwide. He wants to share that data with other cities, “so no one in our region has to start from scratch.” The other purpose is to develop “some consistency in policies.” “We are one region,” even if cities are “in friendly competition,” Dickens said. “You don’t want to do something in one town that hurts another town.” That could also lessen developers’ ability to play cities off each other, he said: “So if the policies resemble each other, we can eliminate some of this, ‘Well, if you tell me how to do [a development], I’ll just do it up the street.’” Dickens said he has asked the ARC — a metro Atlanta regional planning coordination organization — to provide “a policy person who may be interested in being the glue that keeps people together” and who could serve as a policy “evaluator.” Dickens could not immediately provide a complete list of the cities he has contacted, but the partial list also includes Decatur, Doraville, Marietta and Norcross. One local government Dickens said he believes he did not contact is Brookhaven, because he believed the five-year-old city is so new. He said he was unaware that Brookhaven recently formed and received recommendations from its own affordable housing task force. Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst recently convened a similar multi-city, regional planning gathering about mass transit along the top-end Perimeter. That meeting spun out of the recently formed Peachtree Gateway Partnership, a four-city planning group, advised by the ARC, which includes Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Chamblee and Doraville.

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and his winning piece features qualities of isolation and brokenness. As Luke has grown and developed his photography skills, his interest in these environments has been constant, for they were what drew him into this hobby originally. “It’s like the world stops, and I’m in Two years ago, Luke and his friends the zone,” Luke Cocks said. were exploring an abandoned train Luke, a senior at Holy Spirit Preparatoyard, and with one artistic picture on his ry, recently was named a state winner in phone, he was hooked, he said. the All-State Art Symposium for his phoHis family vacations and thirst for adtography. The competition is noted for its venture also nourished his passion for selectiveness and is considered the bigphotography as he explored countries gest interscholastic art competition in the such as Ireland, Mexico and South Africa. state, according to a press release from the His portfolio is made up of a variety school. Luke is only the second student at of animals, citizens of the countries and the school to win at the state level, accordlandscapes of the outdoors. Luke values ing to Holy Spirit. photography above all other forms of art Luke’s photography focuses on abanbecause it allows him to capture the beaudoned, urban-decaying environment, ty around him and take advantage of his adventures, he said. He focuses on isolated destinations and figures for his conceptual work, and he concentrates on South Africa for documentary work. SPECIAL His eye for Luke takes a picture of a mountain range in South Africa. the beauty


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Luke Cock’s award-winning photograph from his ‘Lone Figures’ series.

in decaying environments and loneliness caught the attention of the judges in the All-State Symposium. His winning piece in the competition came from his “Lone Figures” series. The shot was taken here in Atlanta, and “it explores the concept of isolation and a sense of loneliness,” Luke said. His fascination with these environments is coated with bits of philosophy as he views “urban decay as the epitome of a plan gone wrong,” similar to how life is an unpredictable adventure. “As teenagers, we are still exploring who we are to become in this big, unknown and sometimes lost world. We, as teenagers, are just starting to figure out that life is about how you deal with the unexpected,” he said. SPECIAL Luke Cocks. He’s supported by his family, who also have chosen artistic careers. Luke’s father is the creative director of his own production and design company, and his mother heads a jewelry design company. Other figures in his life, such as his art teacher, Rockie Rondeau, are supportive of Luke’s talents with photography. Rondeau is continuously inspired by his work, she said. “His ‘Lone Figures’ series really encapsulates what it is like to be ‘coming of age,’ to be both on the cusp of finding out who you are, but also very lost and scared,” Rondeau said. “When I look at this series, it brings me back to my late teens and early 20s when I too was just starting to figure

out who I was in the world. That’s a universal experience and I think Luke’s series really explores that concept in a unique way.” Luke has also been published in the Photographer’s Forum Magazine and in Holy Spirit’s Art and Literary Magazine.

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Facebook.com/TheReporterNewspapers ■ twitter.com/Reporter_News the February program of the Dunwoody Fine Art Association, which this month features local oil painter Nancy Francke. Meeting begins with refreshments and social time. Free. Spruill Arts Center, Room 4, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. dunwoodyfineart.org.



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Act3 Productions presents “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” a comedy set in the 1950s that channels such iconic sitcoms as “I Love Lucy.” Two women have been receiving love letters and their husbands are determined to find out what’s going on. 6285-R Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. $15-$23. Tickets: act3productions.org or 770-241-1905.

ATLANTA WOMEN’S CHORUS Saturday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

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Druid Hills Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. Preview concert is free; offering will be taken to support ongoing efforts and the choir’s upcoming tour across Georgia with the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2461 Peachtree Road N.E., Buckhead. Info and tickets for Feb. 17 concerts: voicesofnote.org.

“YOU’RE FUNNY, BUT YOU DON’T LOOK JEWISH” Saturday, Feb. 10, 7 and 9 p.m.

Italian-American, African-American, Vietnamese-American and Indian-American Jewish stand-up comedians Mike Capozzola, Gina Gold, Joe Nguyen and Samson Koletkar share the stage and their own experiences about being ‘undercover’ members of the tribe at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. $18 members, $24 community. MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Tickets: atlantajcc.org/boxoffice.


Poetry Out Loud, a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance of the written word, holds its regional competition. The metro Atlanta winner will compete in the State Finals Competition at the Atlanta History Center on March 11. Free. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.

VISUAL ARTS “THE FINNISH ILLUSION” The Spruill Gallery hosts an opening reception for “The Finnish Illusion,” a mixed-media exhibition of NordicAmerican hybrid art that explores feminine imagery and questions human nature. Exhibit runs through April 28. Free. 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: spruillarts.org.


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The Brookhaven Parks & Recreation Department hosts a dance for fathers and daughters ages 5 to 15, including dinner, giveaways and keepsakes. A DJ will play the latest songs and take special requests. Registration requested by Feb. 5. $25 per family. Lynwood Community Center, 3360 Osborne Road, Brookhaven. Info: 404-637-0542.


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Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Atlanta criminal defense trial attorney Jason B. Sheffield discusses his novel, “Son of a Bitch,” in Heritage Sandy Springs’ Titles @ Twilight, a monthly program that promotes local authors. Inspired by true events, the novel explores the perils of a parent/child relationship amidst the world of criminal defense. Titles @ Twilight is held on first Wednesdays in the Heritage Sandy Springs Community Room. Free. 6110 Blue Stone Road, Sandy Springs. Info: heritagesandysprings.org.

Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 to 9 p.m.



Handcrafted jewelry made of precious metals, glass, beads, gemstones and more will be sold at a wide range of prices in a fundraiser for the Spruill Center for the Arts and the Spruill Metals Jewelry Program. Metal sculpture and handforged items will also be for sale. Free. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: spruillarts.org.


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Master Gardener Richard Oosterholtz discusses choosing tomato plants and planting and disease prevention techniques in the monthly education session of Dunwoody Community Garden & Orchard. DCGO education sessions are held monthly on second Saturdays. Free. DCGO greenhouse, opposite the skate park in Brook Run Park, 4770 Georgia Way South, Dunwoody. Info: dcgo.org.


Wednesday, Feb. 14, 9:30 a.m.

Speaker Linda May, of the state Department of Natural Resources, discusses how Georgia amphibians affect our future at this month’s meeting of the Dunwoody Garden Club. The garden club meets monthly on second Wednesdays from September through May. Room 4 of the North DeKalb Cultural Center, located in the same building as the Dunwoody Library. Free. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodygardenclub.com.


National youth mental health advocate Ross Szabo will share his own experience with mental illness in order to educate others about mental health in a presentation at Marist School. Szabo was director of outreach for the National Mental Health Awareness Campaign from 20022012 and is the author of “Behind Happy Faces: Taking Charge of Your Mental Health.” Free; donations accepted to the Heads Up for Harry Foundation. Centennial Center, Marist School, 3790 AshfordDunwoody Road N.E., Brookhaven. Registration requested: marist.com/RossSzabo.

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DEATH PENALTY DISCUSSION AND BOOK SIGNING Thursday, Feb. 15, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Community and faith leaders and special guest Sister Helen Prejean will participate in a panel discussion on the death penalty in America at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church. Prejean is the author of “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty.” The forum will be followed by a reception and signing of “A Case for Life: Justice, Mercy and the Death Penalty,” written by five contributing authors including the Right Reverend Robert Wright, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Free. Registration requested. 805 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs. Info: connecting.episcopalatlanta.org.


Inspired by John Burrison’s latest book, “Global Clay,” this author talk at the Atlanta History Center explores the tradition of making jugs featuring human faces through generations and around the world. Burrison is Regents Professor of English and director of the Folklore Curriculum at Georgia State University. $10; $5 members. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Buckhead. Reservations required: 404-814-4150 or atlantahistorycenter.com/lectures.

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Between the 2014 study committee and the 2015 session, Gooch was elected Senate majority whip, ceding the transportation chairmanship to Tommie Williams, who has been succeeded by Sen. Brandon Beach of Alpharetta, a study committee member. Senators from opposite ends of Ga. 400 split the load, helping translate the needs of urban and rural Georgia to each other. The work of the study committee turned an issue that most preferred to avoid into a bill that received a biparti-

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Gridlocked traffic on Perimeter Center’s Hammond Drive during “Snowmageddon” on Jan. 28, 2014, the same day PolicyBEST held a press conference about transportation solutions.

After months of planning, PolicyBEST was launched on Jan. 28, 2014 with a press conference to get the public focused on the real problems of Georgia’s transportation system again. We brought together leaders of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the Tea Party and the Sierra Club to note agreement there was a problem, and several areas where there was also consensus on a path to solutions. During the press conference, it began to snow, with the storm achieving the nickname “Snowmageddon.” Atlantans attempted to exit the city en masse. Gridlock ensued. Within 24 hours, Atlanta’s traffic was international news. As for getting people to focus on a problem, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. The chairmen of the Transportation Committees, Jay Roberts in the House and Steve Gooch in the Senate, took up the issue in a high-level study committee over the next year. Roberts was from Ocilla in deep south Georgia. Gooch is from Dahlonega in the north Georgia mountains. They managed to turn the need into action, culminating in a bill that reformulated Georgia’s gas tax structure for the first time since the Nixon administration, moved money from existing sources to the GDOT’s budget, and added user fees to vehicles not paying gas taxes to maintain Georgia’s roads.

san supermajority of votes in both the House and Senate. Almost 1 billion additional dollars were added to transportation spending annually. It was a good victory, but it didn’t end the discussion. 2015’s Transportation Funding Act provided money to resume deferred maintenance on Georgia’s aging bridges and for resurfacing roads, with some left over for major interchange improvements throughout the state and upgrades to Georgia’s freight corridors. There was not enough money to fully address congestion in metro Atlanta, but the bill did lay down a marker with an eye toward the future. It made available direct money from the state to be used for Georgia’s transit agencies in the form of grants. It was a signal that there remained work to be done, both in the legislature and with public acceptance of transit beyond Atlanta’s urban core. Now, Beach is the Senate Transportation Commitee chairman and Rep. Kevin Tanner chairs the House committee. Tanner is from Dawsonville, also at the northern rural extremity of Ga. 400. Sen. Gooch remains actively involved, having helped secure funding in 2017’s session for an effort to have consultants quantify the need and possible solutions for transit in Georgia.

This planning started the effort to present a transit solution when it wasn’t clear there would be a receptive audience. There remain easier, cheaper problems for legislators to fix. This time the catalyst for renewed interest wasn’t a snowstorm, though we’ve had more than our seasonal share. Instead, Amazon’s surprise announcement that it would be searchCharlie Harper ing for a coris the publisher of porate campus GeorgiaPol.com and of up to 50,000 the executive director of PolicyBEST, which employees has focuses on policy brought visibility issues of business and resolve to the climate, education, science and medicine, issue. and transportation. Amazon made clear what corporate relocations of NCR, State Farm and others have tipped off to state leaders: The recruitment and retention of high wage corporate employers will follow the tracks of transit. Those counties and municipalities without transit need not apply. As such, Georgians now have a House speaker from Blue Ridge, a lieutenant governor from Hall County, a governor who resides in Habersham, and a House Transportation Committee chairman from Dawsonville looking to figure

out the governance structure that will get suburbanites comfortable while acknowledging the decades of investment from Fulton and DeKalb residents. Sen. Beach remains a champion of expansion and economic development from Alpharetta, while Sen. Gooch of Dahlonega remains an interested party — one who will ultimately be counting Senate votes. If the governance puzzle can be unlocked, funding is expected to follow. Amazon has helped focus the transit discussion, but the preparations were started before they were in the picture. As such, bills are expected soon to help expand transit — and the economic development opportunities that come with it — to a wider footprint. It’s always better to be lucky than good. The state’s leaders who recognized the problem, many of whom hail from outside the metro Atlanta area, know it’s even better to make your own luck. DUN

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Celebrating the Super Bowl with a ‘Snackadium’ Robin’s Nest

This is not about the game. Robin Conte is a writer I don’t have a and mother of four who favorite, and I’m lives in Dunwoody. She not going to talk can be contacted at about it at all. robinjm@earthlink.net. This is only about the accompaniments to the game — that is, the props, the décor, and specifically, the food that complete the experience and make the recreational viewing of the game so enjoyable. This is about an architectural feat so grand that I must make mention of it in this column, even though I did not have a hand in its creation. This is about Snackadiums. And this is about my friend and neighbor, Cathy. Cathy was hosting the Super Bowl party last year and asked me if I would like to help her cook for it. Since Cathy has five children at home, and since my nest is practically empty, and since Cathy is also excellent company, and since, as we all

know, it’s more fun to cook at your neighbor’s house than your own, I agreed. Then the week before the game I received a text from Cathy informing me that she was thinking about arranging the game-food into the shape of a football field — a current trend of which I was unaware — and so I did a quick Google search and discovered the world of Snackadiums and quickly texted back that I was in. I spent the rest of that week proudly announcing to my kids that I was going to build a Snackadium. Now here’s the thing. Cathy can do anything she puts her mind to. She could make an Eiffel tower out of cream puffs and pretzel sticks. She could make the Taj Mahal from Cheez Doodles and Ding Dongs. She could recreate the Matterhorn using a Toblerone bar and a few jars of marshmallow fluff. Basically, Cathy is extraordinarily capable, whereas I am not. I, in fact, need help opening a bottle of wine. So my kids may not have believed me, but the extent of my incompetence is precisely why I was so stoked about having a hand in the creation. I arrived at her house on the Saturday before the game and found, to my amazement, a fully constructed Snackadium. She was correct, of course, in not waiting until the day before the game to build

the thing. Why, I have since learned that grown men spend months planning and building their own food-filled-fields. She soothed my ego by stating that she needed help decorating it and filling it. OK! I’m still in! We focused on the field. We nixed the guacamole green AstroTurf, opting instead for a very tasty dead Bermuda, in the form of Velveeta dip and my Vidalia onion dip (derived from a recipe which I’m sure you’ve tried, but which I have tweaked to perfection). But her teenage daughter made the compelling argument that Cathy’s outstanding structure would not be complete without a green football field, and this we could not deny. So Cathy whipped out her X-Acto knife and cut a foam board to the exact dimensions needed, then whipped up some guacamole schmear and topped the field with mayo lines and olive and onion helmets. At pregame, she covered the dead-Bermuda dips with the avocado football-field for the photos, and at game-time we removed the field and dug into the underlying dips. The whole thing was a sensation. The point is, I can’t take credit for any of it; I can only take credit for having a very clever friend. I did, FYI, gluestick some decorative logos onto the side


Robin, left, and friend Cathy enjoy the “Snackadium” for last year’s Super Bowl.

of the stadium, and I also provided some carrots and the onion dip, so I guess you could say that I was an accomplice. And because I’m very fond of you, dear reader, and because I know you’re wondering, I will now share my recipe for Sweet Onion Dip: ■ 2 cups roughly chopped Vidalia or sweet onion ■ 1 cup shredded Swiss and Gruyere cheese, combined ■ 1 cup grated Parmesan and pecorino Romano cheese, combined ■ ½ cup mayo ■ 1 tablespoon hot sauce Mix together. Pour into baking dish and bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes, until bubbly and beginning to brown on top And so, as Cathy dusts off her Snackadium and prepares to fill it for another game, I hope I have inspired you to create one of your own. If not, you can still make onion dip.

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Continued from page 1 business friendly. Bill Grossman, organizer of the annual Food Truck Thursdays event, was named Citizen of the Year. Business of the Year went to E. 48th Street Market for its role in securing 53 food baskets for families of Kingsley Elementary School. The family-owned business became concerned after Tropical Storm Irma struck, leading into the Thanksgiving holiday, that many children would be without food because schools were forced to close. “Winning this award means we have achieved our primary goal to be part of the community,” said Anita Augello. In his speech, Thurmond touched on

several topics, including the county’s financial stability and its ongoing efforts to stop sewage spills as part of the 2010 federal consent decree. The steps include inspecting 220 miles of creek crossings, where last year two major sewage spills occurred, including 3.9 million gallons of raw sewage spilled into Nancy Creek in Brookhaven. With voters approving DeKalb’s first special local option sales tax last year, the county will receive nearly $400 million over the next six years to be used toward roads, bridges and public safety. Thurmond, a Democrat, thanked Republican state Sen. Fran Millar of Dunwoody, who was at the DHA meeting, for his help in getting the legislation through the General Assembly. He also noted that “much to [his] embarrassment,” Millar likes to describe how a white Republican from Dunwoody and a black Democrat DeKalb CEO were able to come together to pass the SPLOST. “We came together and decided potholes don’t discriminate … and this was a way to reduce residential property taxes. That’s a big deal,” Thurmond said. Councilmember Terry Nall asked Thurmond about the late garbage pickups recently. While much of the delays were due to the Martin Luther King Day holiday and snow and icy roads, another recent delay has caused confusion, Nall said. Thurmond said the county has a shortage of sanitation workers and said most of them make $12 an hour. His budget proposal to raise the county minimum wage to $14 could give the county a recruiting edge to fill such jobs. Thurmond also noted DeKalb has 150 paid vacant positions in its police department that it is trying to fill. In his comments, Bluestein noted how Republicans in the suburbs are stepping down from legislative seats to run for higher office, along with many Republicans retiring from office. Democrats “are circling the suburbs” and putting forth candidates for these seats and other seats, he said, which is an indication of how this region is dramatically changing. Bluestein said the “cloud hanging over everything” is the Amazon second headquarters bid. At the General Assembly, he said, “no one wants to be the politician that screws it up.” That includes Gov. Nathan Deal coming out strongly against another “religious liberty” bill, he said.


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Wittenstein reflects on DHA leadership, city tensions BY DYANA BAGBY

“We advocate for homeowners ... we have a slightly different constituency that the city does,” he said. Robert Wittenstein recently wrapped Before becoming active in DHA, Witup his three-year term as president of the tenstein served on the first Dunwoody City Dunwoody Homeowners Association. Council. He is also an active member of the His term will in part be remembered as Anti-Defamation League, the Dunwoody one in which city officials fought over Nature Center, and is part of a community whether DHA members should serve on garden that grows fresh produce to donate certain city boards. to the Community Tensions beAssistance Center. tween the city and He’s a yoga practhe DHA flared in titioner and has 2016 when Mayor hiked much of the Denis Shortal and Appalachian Trail some council memin Georgia and at bers agreed in sethe Tennessee/ cret to keep DHA North Carolina bormembers from der. His trail name, serving on city a requirement for boards, such as the any serious hiker, Planning Commisis Stumble. “I like DYANA BAGBY sion and Zoning to look around a Robert Wittenstein, presiding over his last Board of Appeals. DHA annual meeting as president on Jan. 28. lot when I hike and That threat led tend to stumble,” he to backlash from the said. “It’s better than Tumble.” DHA, including the hiring of its own attorHe and his wife, Susan, have two sons. ney. The council eventually buckled and reOne is a world history teacher at Cross tracted the mayor’s mandate that he said Keys High School in Brookhaven and the was made to protect the city from lawsuits other is a UGA law student. by developers. His father, Charles Wittenstein, was “There was no tension [between the a Civil Rights lawyer with the Anti-DefDHA and the city] until the events of Mayamation League in Atlanta who worked or Shortal to try to establish whether a conclosely with Martin Luther King Jr. flict of interest existed with our members Charles Wittenstein also helped secure a serving on specific city boards dealing with posthumous pardon for Leo Frank, a Jewzoning and variances,” Wittenstein said. “I ish man convicted of raping and killing think Mayor Shortal created some of that 13-year-old Mary Phagan in 1913 and was tension. Hopefully some of that dissipated sentenced to death. The governor com... and the city has backed away.” muted his sentence to life, but an angry Shortal promised the city would estabMarietta mob took him from the Milledlish an official policy, but he and council geville prison and lynched him. members have never followed through. His father also worked on the Atlanta The DHA, which regularly meets with Charter Commission in the 1970s. developers to discuss proposed projects, “His mantra was from Deuteronomy also has many members who have served that hung on a wall on his office and now and continue to serve on the Planning hangs in my home, that said, ‘Justice, jusCommission and ZBA. tice shall thou pursue,’” Wittenstein said “I think the sense was that a policy of his father. “And that is what he did and was unnecessary,” Wittenstein said, notwhat I try to do.” ing the mayor is the one who appoints Before his father died in 2013 after a people to all of the city’s boards with tralong bout with cancer, Wittenstein made ditional approval by the council. him a final gift — he built his father’s But now that Dunwoody is a city — coffin in the driveway of his Dunwoody with a Planning Commission, a Zoning home. Board of Appeals, a City Council, a com“Which was quite a shock for our munity planning department — is there neighbors because we live in a cul-destill a need for the DHA? sac,” he said. “It was an emotional experiAbsolutely, Wittenstein said. The DHA ence and an important part of the grievhas 1,000 paying members. Besides providing process for me.” ing a public venue for developers to present Adrienne Duncan was named to sucplans on proposed projects and to receive ceed Wittenstein as DHA president. But public input, the DHA serves as the city’s Wittenstein will remain on the executive “community chest” by making regular concommittee. tributions to schools and other nonprof“I have really enjoyed my three years,” it organizations. And every year, the DHA he said. “They’ve been good for me, good hosts and pays for popular events such as for Dunwoody and good for the DHA. “I the Fourth of July Parade and the Light Up handed over the gavel, but I’m not riding Dunwoody winter holiday celebration. into the sunset.”

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ing deceptive.” Felgin said he was told the voice test was cent interview, he said he was unsure about “inconclusive.” the other offensive message Chief Billy GroThe hacking case was officially filed as gan uncovered, which was sent as a priinactive in August, after Grogan said the devate message to a group named “Michelle partment never received information from Obama for President 2020.” Facebook’s Law Enforcement Team follow“I told the chief I wasn’t sure [I sent it],” ing a subpoena for official records to try to Felgin said in a recent interview. “I can’t say determine if hacking took place. I didn’t.” “We have not received any information The controversial Facebook posts were from Facebook and have no further leads uncovered in January 2017, creating backin the case,” Grogan said last week. “At this lash in the community with Felgin claimtime, we cannot definitively confirm or ing someone hacked his Facebook account. deny that his account was hacked.” Felgin, who was first put on administraAn inactive case can be reopened if any tive leave by the city’s law firm where he new information is received, Grogan said. worked, Riley McLendon, then resigned. Af“I don’t think they are working real hard ter he resigned, Felgin asked the police deto get Facebook to give over information,” partment to investigate Felgin said, adding he if his Facebook page was hasn’t been in touch with hacked. Dunwoody city officials Grogan said Facebook since last year. has not responded to eviFelgin and the city dence requests. But police came under fire last Jansay they did find a new ofuary when a Dunwoody fensive statement. resident uncovered severThe vulgar message al hateful comments althat Chief Grogan found legedly posted by Felgin was dated Nov. 24, 2016. on a Facebook thread disIt includes the sentence, cussing President Donald SPECIAL “Good riddance and don’t Trump’s executive order Lenny Felgin. let the door hit your [eximposing a 90-day travel pletive] on the way out,” ban of mostly Muslim majority countries. using a vulgar term for the female geniCommunity backlash led Felgin to retalia. A screenshot of the message was insign last February from Riley McLendon, cluded in a Dunwoody Police report and inthe Marietta-based law firm where he’d cludes many profanities, including calling worked for 10 years. Riley McLendon is conthe group a “racist and divisive [expletive].” tracted to provide legal services for the city According to the police report, when of Dunwoody. An internal investigation by Grogan asked Felgin to explain the “crude the city manager was halted following Felcomments,” Felgin “admitted that he had gin’s resignation. sent the message located by Chief Grogan, Felgin continues to deny he sent the anbut he provided no explanation for the conti-Muslim comments. He now works as an tent.” attorney for Fincher Denmark, another law A police report notes the private mesfirm that represents local governments. sage “was similar in nature to the online “Mr. Felgin was not an employee of communication that sparked this investiFincher Denmark when those allegations gation.” were brought against him nearly a year Grogan searched all of Felgin’s Facebook ago, and he vehemently denied them.” Winaccount, “but it appeared all other comston Denmark, a partner in the firm, said in ments had been removed or deleted,” aca statement. “Fincher Denmark appreciates cording to the report. inclusion, embraces diversity and believes As part of the investigation, Grogan in equality for all.” also offered Felgin the opportunity to take The social media posts allegedly made a Computer Voice Stress Analysis “to assist by Felgin began circulating on Facebook his claim that his account had been hacked Jan. 30, 2017. The posts were allegedly made and he was not the individual who posted Jan. 28 on the “PBS NewsHour” Facebook these offensive comments on his Facebook page under a story about Canadian Prime account,” the police report states. Minister Justin Trudeau saying his country A CVSA is used by police departments will accept refugees. Trudeau’s response folacross the country to attempt to detect lies lowed Trump’s executive order imposing a and truthfulness through voice tones. 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. by citizens Felgin was given the exam on Jan. 31, of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia 2017, and the results “displayed a signifior Yemen and a 120-day suspension of the cant amount of stress,” according to the U.S. refugee program. police report. The report also states, “Mr. Reporter Newspapers could not find the Felgin continued to deny this offensive alleged posts in a search of the “PBS Newsstatement, but from the findings of this exhour” Facebook page. Felgin’s Facebook acamination it appears that Mr. Felgin is becount was deleted in February 2017.


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GBI investigates Dunwoody fatal police shooting BY DYANA BAGBY

ministrative leave in accordance with departmental procedures. Bradley has worked for the Dunwoody Police DeThe Georgia Bureau of Investigation partment four years, according to Chief is investigating the Jan. 20 Billy Grogan. fatal shooting by a DunLappe’s father, Jim Lappe, woody Police officer of an told WSB-TV news that he bearmed robbery suspect. lieved his son had a long hisThe shooting is the second tory of drug abuse and had fatal police shooting in the been in and out of jail and recity’s history. hab programs. Dunwoody Police Offi“This tragedy, we believe, cer Jared Bradley shot the was a police-assisted suicide suspect, Jason Lappe, 44, in SPECIAL on his part,” Jim Lappe told the Walmart parking lot at Jason Lappe. 5025 Winters Chapel Road. WSB. “We hold no grudge Police said Lappe had against the officer who robbed a Johns Creek killed him." Kroger at gunpoint and Bradley previously fled the scene in a vehicle. worked for the Gwinnett PoA witness followed Lappe lice Department from 2001 in his car to the Walmart to 2007 and again from 2009 parking lot, where officers to 2011, according to a Gwinfrom Dunwoody and Johns nett Police spokesperson. Creek converged on the The first fatal Dunwoody scene at about 7:45 a.m. to SPECIAL Police shooting occurred in search for the suspect, acJared Bradley. 2012, involving Sgt. Jason cording to police. Dove. The shooting was un“When confronted by officers, the der investigation by the DeKalb Counsuspect did not comply with their verty District Attorney’s Office after a civbal commands and exited the vehicle,” il grand jury in 2015 directed the DA to Dunwoody Police Sgt. Robert Parsons investigate whether Dove should face said in a press release. “Fearing for his safety and the safety of others, an officriminal charges. The DA’s office latcer fired one shot, striking the suspect.” er closed the case without filing crimiOfficers immediately detained nal charges, according to spokesperson Lappe and rendered first aid until Yvette Jones. DeKalb Fire/EMS arrived on scene, ParDove shot Bradley Almy, 34, in Nosons said. Lappe was transported to vember 2012, after he was seen drivGrady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, ing erratically in the police department where he was pronounced dead. parking lot and on Ashford-Dunwoody Bradley has been placed on paid adRoad during rush hour.

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Atlanta airport chief talks power outage, Amazon bid BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

The general manager of Atlanta’s airport commented on some hot issues — including a recent major power outage and the Amazon headquarters bid — during a stopover at a Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce lunch Jan. 25. Roosevelt Council Jr. is marking his first anniversary as leader of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, though new Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms has a search underway for a new general manager. Council previously served the city of Atlanta in other roles, including interim chief financial officer and budget and fiscal policy chief. Council’s appearance at the chamber luncheon, held at the Westin Atlanta Pe-

rimeter North hotel, focused of the airport for 11 hours, a naon touting a $6 billion expantional embarrassment that sion and upgrade master plan cost millions of dollars in lost intended to keep the airport business. The outage involved competitive for 20 years. The a fire in an underground Georairport is major economic drivgia Power Co. facility that er for metro Atlanta and all of killed an electric system and Georgia. Council said he exits intended backup. Just hours pects the airport will mark its before Council’s speech, the AtRoosevelt Council Jr. 20th consecutive year as the lanta Journal-Constitution reworld’s busiest by passenger ported that Georgia Power still volume — more than 104 million flyers a has not determined the cause of the failure. year — once 2017 numbers are calculated. “I’ve become a whole lot more humorThe following are Council’s comments ous since I had that power outage,” Council on some topics during his speech or in a said in one of a few jokes about the failure brief interview afterward. during his speech. Asked afterward for the serious response, Council said it is up to Georgia Power outage Power to figure out the outage’s cause. But, A Dec. 17 power failure shut down much he added, “We’re also trying to ensure it

doesn’t happen again” by finding a way to keep main and backup circuits separate. He said the outage was a “1 in a million thing,” but with major consequences the airport does not want to repeat.

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Hundreds attend funeral Mass for Monsignor Kiernan BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Hundreds of people including priests from throughout the Archdiocese of Atlanta and law enforcement officers packed All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody on Jan. 19 for the funeral Mass of Monsignor Donald Kiernan, pastor of the church for 25 years. He died Jan. 9 at age 93. The service included several funny stories of the man known for his wit, inspiring and funny homilies, and his love for serving the community. Dave Fitzgerald delivered the eulogy and recalled having lunch some time ago with Msgr. Kiernan at the Dunwoody Bistro. “And as usual one of his fans came up to kiss his ring,” Fitzgerald started the story to laughter. “And they were both talking about the past homilies he had given at All Saints, talking about this one and that one. The guest turned to me and asked if I was from All Saints and I said, no, I’m from Christ the King. “But clearly you are from All Saints,” Fitzgerald said to the visitor. “No, no, I’m Jewish,” Fitzgerald said the guest answered as the crowd erupted in laughter. “I’m a member of Temple EmanuEl over there on Spalding Drive. I just come over to hear the sermons.”

Fitzgerald explained that when Msgr. Kiernan moved to Georgia in 1949, there were only 33 Catholic priests working in the state during a time when many people were unfriendly toward Catholics. “He used to tell a story of his car breaking down on a Sunday night somewhere in middle Georgia,” Fitzgerald said. “So he went to the closest house, knocking on the door and hoping against hope he would at least find someone who was not profoundly anti-Catholic. “The door opened, and here was a guy, and behind him was a picture of Pope Pius XII. ‘Thank God, I found the right house,’” the monsignor would say when telling the story, according to Fitzgerald. “So the Monsignor asked this guy, ‘Can


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you help me?’ The man said, ‘No, I will not help you, there is no way I would help a Catholic priest. Why would I do such a thing?’ “‘Well I don’t understand,” the monsignor said, according to Fitzgerald. “Why do you have this picture of Pope Pius XII on your foyer wall?’ And the man said, ‘That’s Pope Pius?’ The guy who sold it to me told me it was Harry Truman in a Shriners outfit.” And the crowed again erupted into laughter. Rev. Bill Garrett, a deacon at All Saints, delivered the homily and spoke fondly of the Monsignor, including sharing the story of the last time he celebrated mass at All Saints about three months ago. Kiernan had been ill for some time and it was a struggle for him to perform the service because he had trouble seeing the words and following the ritual, Garrett said. A long-time parishioner came up to him after the mass and said he was honored to be in the Monsignor’s presence because he felt that in his suffering he was seeing Christ himself, Garrett remembered. When Kiernan found something he liked, he stuck with it, such as red wine or Diet Coke, Garrett also shared, and most everyone knew where he would be eating dinner in Dunwoody depending on what night of the week. “And in April at the end of mass, he was always begging for Masters tickets,” he said to laughter. “He was a joy-filled man and when he traveled to his beloved Jekyll Island, it was always an eight or 10-hour trip because he had to stop at every police precinct between here and there,” he added. When Kiernan announced his retirement, there were a lot of tears, Garrett said. After the service, one young girl approached him and asked him if his retirement meant he would not be able to officiate at her wedding. “Without missing a beat, he responded, no my dear, it just means I will now have more time to pray for you to find the right man,” Garrett said to another round of laughter. The Principal Celebrant of the funeral mass was the Most Reverend Bernard E. Schlesinger III, auxiliary bishop of Atlanta.

Attorney General Chris Carr, a Dunwoody resident, sat with other law enforcement officials during the service, including Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan. Kiernan was chaplain for such agencies as the DeKalb County police, the Atlanta Police Department and Georgia State Patrol. He also formed the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and served as its director and chaplain for 20 years. Chris Harvey, the Elections Director at the Georgia Secretary of State Office and who had a career in law enforcement, spoke of Kiernan’s love for all first responders. “Monsignor, I believe, loved front line public servants because he lived his Christian vocation in much the same way as we did. He knew that every day, it was essential that we suit up and show up and do the best with can with the messes in which we found ourselves,” Harvey said. Several people also recognized Joan McIvor for her dedication and friendship to the Monsignor while he was a priest at All Saints and after he retired. She helped type pulpit announcements and then became the church’s director of operations. “When Monsignor retired, our friendship continued. He loved to ‘escape the penitentiary’ [St. George Village retirement community], so we went out to dinner, to doctor appointments, to the barber — any excuse to get escape,” she said. “He was a dear, dear friend and I miss him so very much.” Kiernan was born in Taunton, Mass., in 1924. He was ordained in Boston in 1949 and moved to Georgia shortly after. His served in Catholic churches in Savannah, LaGrange, Atlanta and Gainesville. He was also pastor at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs from 1968 to 1978 before coming to All Saints in 1985 where he served until he retired in 2011. Dozens of members of the Knights of Columbus also attended and participated in the ceremony, wearing traditional formal uniforms including ceremonial swords. At the close of the funeral, a state trooper played Taps on a bugle. DUN

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody Police reports dated Jan. 19 through Jan. 26. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.

B U R G L A RY 4400 block of Tilly Mill Road — On

Jan. 20, during the day, a forced-entry burglary was reported. Among the items taken include a laptop, gaming equipment, guitars, a TV and other items. 2300

block of Fenhurst Place — On Jan, 20, in the afternoon, a non-forced-entry burglary was reported.

— On Jan. 20, at night, an $800 sweatshirt was stolen from a lingerie store. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 20, at night, miscellaneous merchandise was stolen from a discount superstore. 2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing — On

Jan. 20, at night, a license plate was removed from a car. 4700 block of Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 21, in the afternoon, a shoplifting incident was reported at a discount superstore.

4400 block of Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 21, someone burglarized a mall kiosk after hours.

R O B B E RY Perimeter Center East — On Jan. 23, at

night, three people were the victims of an armed carjacking.

LARCENY/ SHOPLIFTING/ THEFT 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On Jan. 19, in the afternoon, a woman reported her cellphone and other items missing. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 19, in the evening, a window to a car was broken. A bookbag containing a laptop and a tablet were taken. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Jan. 19, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of trying to shoplift two bandanas from a department store. 4300 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On Jan. 20, in the afternoon, someone stole an MCM handbag from a department store. 4300 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Jan. 20, in the afternoon, a teenager was arrested and accused of trying to steal 20 beauty products from a cosmetics store. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 21, in the afternoon, someone stole three purses worth $1,500 in total from a department store. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Jan. 20, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting, while a man with her was arrested and accused of credit fraud at a department store.

4000 block of Dun-

woody Park — On Jan. 22, in the morning, someone reported their Social Security cards, driver’s license and credit card missing. The incident is being treated as fraud and identity theft. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Jan. 22, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested at a discount superstore following an officer observing her walk past all points of sale without even trying to purchase her merchandise. A man was also arrested an hour later. 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 22, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting at a department store. 1000 block of Crown Pointe Parkway

— On Jan. 22, in the evening, a man reported someone broke the window to his car and took more than $8,500 in technology including two laptops, an iPad, chargers, wireless speakers, premium headphones and more. 1200 block of Ashford Crossing — On

Jan. 22, in the evening, a man reported a laptop stolen from his car. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 22, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting from a cosmetics store. 5500 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — Between Jan. 22 and Jan. 24, an employee stole more than $8,000 from the safe of a restaurant. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Jan. 23, at noon, a children’s store reported the theft of $35 of merchandise.

Road — On Jan. 20, in the evening, two phones were stolen.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 23, in the afternoon, someone tried to steal socks and some canned food from a discount superstore.

4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

3100 block of Asbury Square — On

4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody



Jan. 23, in the evening, a woman said a pair of Nike shoes she was expecting were stolen from the mail. 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 24, in the afternoon, someone tried to steal almost $500 in clothing from a department store. A Nike jacket is still missing. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Jan. 24, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of stealing beauty products from a cosmetics store. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Jan. 24, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of trying to steal an iPad from a phone store.

4400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — On Jan. 24, in the evening, someone tried to steal $250 worth of food. The case has been cleared. 100 block of Perimeter Center West —

On Jan. 24, in the evening, two unknown people shoplifted from a discount retailer. 4600 block of Peachtree Place Parkway

— On Jan. 25, in the morning, the rear driver’s side wheel to a car was stolen. 4600 block of Peachtree Place Park-

way — On Jan. 25, in the morning, he victim’s car was entered and his tools were used to steal tires from another car. 4500 block of Olde Perimeter Way — On

4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

Jan. 25, in the afternoon, someone broke a window and stole a laptop from a car.

— On Jan. 24, in the afternoon, a man said his license plate was removed from his car.

4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Jan. 25, in the afternoon, a 17-yearold girl was arrested and accused of shoplifting makeup from a discount superstore.

— On Jan. 24, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of READ MORE OF THE POLICE BLOTTER ONLINE AT stealing beauty products from a cosmetics store.


ATLANTA R EG I O NA L C O M M IS S I O N CER TIFIES C I TY A S ‘G R EEN C O M M UNI TY ’ The Atlanta Regional Commission has awarded the city of Dunwoody re-certification as a Green Community at the Silver level. The ARC’s Green Communities program is a voluntary certification program that helps local governments implement measures that will reduce their environmental impact. It recognizes their commitment to environmental stewardship and their leadership in sustainability practices, according to an ARC press release. All winners earned certification points for sustainable measures implemented in their communities. Some measures that earned Dunwoody certification points include: ■ Working to become electric-vehicle ready by providing EV charging stations, available for public use, at the Dunwoody Nature Center and at Brook Run Park. ■ Carrying out its Greenspace Plan by acquiring almost 30 acres of green space. This green space provides the public with four additional parks and the space for a future park. ■ Replacing more than 500 trees on its property as part of the city’s No Net Loss of Trees Policy. ■ Helping residents properly dispose of household hazardous waste by holding collection events twice a year. ■ Encouraging youth engagement in sustainability. Starting in 2017, the city’s Sustainability Committee has been joined by two high school students serving as advisory members. These youth members participate in monthly meetings and annual retreats. ■ Improving the intersection of North Peachtree Road and Tilly Mill Road, adding turn lanes, sidewalks, and bicycle lanes to improve safety and convenience for vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians. In metro Atlanta, 20 local governments — 13 cities and seven counties – are currently certified under the ARC Green Communities program. This is the first program in the country to promote sustainability through a green certification program for local governments. “We applaud these local governments for reducing their environmental impact,” said ARC chairman Kerry Armstrong in the press release. “As they do so, they lead the way in creating a greener and more livable region.”

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