2-17-17 Dunwoody Reporter

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FEB. 17 - MAR. 2, 2017 • VOL. 8 — NO. 4




Perimeter Business

Dunwoody Reporter

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New logo for city unveiled

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Director of Communications Bob Mullen, left, presents three concepts for a new city logo during the recent council retreat. The design on the far right was unamiously selected to be the new logo.

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Retrofitting transportation solutions over mature communities carries some disruptive pain, but if we don’t deal with it now, the pain simply gets worse into the future. RUSTY PAUL Mayor, Sandy Springs

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The city of Dunwoody soon will present a new look. At the City Council retreat on Friday, Feb. 10, the council unanimously selected a new logo design shown to them by Communications Director Bob Mullen. “We have the opportunity to create unity, pride and consistency and begin our logo anew,” Mullen said. “This is a new start for us.” Because the city will have to purchase new business cards, letterhead and other city materials to incorporate City Hall’s new address on Ashford-Dunwoody Road, the time to start a rebranding of the city with a new logo has come, Mullen said. Next year also marks the city’s 10year anniversary, a milestone that can also be celebrated with a new logo. See NEW on page 12

OUT & ABOUT American Girl Club celebrates Black History Month Page 9

Nature Center asks city for $1 million contribution BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewsapers.net

The Dunwoody Nature Center is asking the city to contribute $1 million toward its $2.6 million capital campaign to build a new pavilion, renovate its current space and expand its programming. Nature Center Executive Director Alan Mothner made the request Feb. 10 during the council’s retreat at Lost Corner Preserve in Sandy Springs. He met a skeptical audience. See NATURE on page 10

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Renovations, repairs and upgrades to the new City Hall are bringing the total cost of the project closer to $11 million, according to a update to the mayor and City Council. The city recently borrowed nearly $10 million to pay for the 45,000-square-foot City Hall building on Ashford-Dunwoody Road and cover renovation costs. But as designs for the building wrap up and construction is set to begin in July, total cost of the project is higher than projected, City Manager Eric Linton said. “We borrowed the max at $10 million and we have $800,000 currently in the budget for City Hall --- anything additional has to come out of the budget,” Linton said during the council’s retreat on Feb. 10. The city paid $8,050,000 last year for the former Community & Southern Bank building at 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Dunwoody currently pays about $599,000 a year to rent space at 41 Perimeter Center East for its city offices. The lease expires at the end of this year.

The numbers on the new City Hall building are still preliminary as architects and construction plans continue to be laid out. Construction is scheduled to begin in July and be completed in December. City staff and the police department are expected to begin moving into the new building in early January 2018. Eric Johnson of Comprehensive Program Services, who heads the renovation project, explained the project is “fiscally still a home run.” Some of the costs also come with paying for relocation of current tenants of the building who were locked into leases when the building was sold and are being paid by the city to get out of the leases. On Feb. 13, the council approved paying $129,000 to a tenant to break its lease and cover relocation costs. The city cannot yet get out of a lease with Elite Radiology of Georgia, which focuses on MRI services and is located on the second floor of the building. Its lease expires in 2021. Design plans show the city’s administrative offices being located around the MRI office, which takes about 2,500 square feet of space. The city also owns a building at 4470

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City Manager Eric Linton stands in the former Community & Southern Bank office during a recent tour of the new City Hall, where the City Council chambers are slated to be.

North Shallowford Road, where police training and large evidence storage can be located. Both of the buildings need new roofs, however, and the North Shallowford Road needs better insulation, Johnson said. The schematics shown to the mayor and council show most of the police department located on the first floor to the right of the lobby. The mayor and City Council chambers, which will double as space for municipal court, will be located to the left of the lobby. The mayor and council members will sit on a raised platform where the bank tellers were once located. The new space increases public seating for council meetings to about 150 seats, or

double the capacity the city now has. City administrative offices and some police department commanders will be located on the second floor. The second floor is where the public will go to receive most city services, such as permitting and vital records. The bank’s vault will likely be repurposed as a holding room for the police department. The bank’s drive-thru area will be enclosed to serve as a warehouse bay area, where a car can be processed for fingerprints, for example. The parking lot will be resealed and restriped to add seven spaces, for a total of 160 spaces. About 100 spaces are in the front of the building.

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Children’s Healthcare announces new $1 billion hospital A new, billion-dollar hospital is the centerpiece of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s plan for its Brookhaven campus and will likely contribute to the evolution of Buford Highway, according to city officials. CHOA revealed its plans for the $1 billion to $1.3 billion project on Feb. 9. Along with other developments in the works by CHOA and Emory University, including an Atlanta Hawks training and medical facility, it means the area of North Druid Hills Road and I-85 is set to become metro Atlanta’s latest major medical center. The massive development also will contribute to redevelopment along Buford Highway as clinics and other health care businesses seek to build near CHOA and will likely locate along the corridor, said City Councilmember Joe Gebbia, who represents District 4 where CHOA is located. “This will be part of the evolution of Buford Highway,” he said. The new Brookhaven pediatric hospital eventually will replace CHOA’s 255-bed Egleston Hospital at Emory University, according to the announcement. That site’s future use has not been determined, according to the announcement. Other details of the

new hospital are scant, with the announcement launching an estimated 18 months of planning. CHOA already has a 45-acre office complex at the intersection and for more than a year has hinted at massive redevelopment. It recently broke ground on the first phase, an eight-story medical building called the Center for Advanced Pediatrics. The new hospital has been discussed privately with state officials, as Gov. Nathan Deal was DYANA BAGBY quoted in CHOA’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Office Park is located on Tullie Circle in Brookhaven near the location of its planned $1 billion hospital. announcement press release. state, and its plans for a new hospital the largest in Georgia.” “The health of Georgia’s children and continued statewide growth will “They are saying the cost is between has consistently been one of my top help ensure that Georgia’s kids have a $1 billion to $1.3 billion, but it will probpriorities,” Deal said in the press rehealthy future.” lease. “Children’s Healthcare provides Continued on page 7 Gebbia praised the project as “one of vital care for children from across the

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MARTA helps attract another Fortune 500 company BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Perimeter Center’s MARTA train service has helped attract another Fortune 500 company. WestRock, a multinational paper and packaging corporation, this month announced the relocation of its headquarters from Norcross to the Northpark Town Center towers in Sandy Springs, citing transit as among the reasons to place 800 employees there. Northpark sits atop the Sandy Springs MARTA Station, while Norcross is in Gwinnett County, which has long rejected joining the MARTA system. “This office will provide additional space for growth for our team and will enable us to enhance collaboration by colocating key functions,” WestRock CEO Steve Voorhees said in a press release. “Access to MARTA and key transportation hubs will also benefit our employees in the region.” WestRock joins a trend of large corporations moving their headquarters from suburban office parks to urbanized areas served by mass transit. The intent usually involves attracting and retaining millennials as white-collar employees. While the headquarters moves get a lot of publicity, most such moves affect a relatively small number of executives and management staff, with other offices remaining in the suburbs or other areas. WestRock has 39,000 employees around the world and will keep another office in Norcross. WestRock, whose products include pizza boxes, was No. 251 on the latest Fortune 500 list, with about $11.4 billion in revenue. It formed in 2015 from the merger of RockTenn and MeadWestvaco. The company will make its Perimeter Center move in phases spread from fall of this year to spring of 2018, said spokesperson Chris Augustine. The three-tower Northpark Town Center complex at Abernathy and Peachtree-Dunwoody roads, owned and managed by Atlanta-based Cousins Properties, is already home to another Fortune 500 company, Veritiv.

In recent months, Northpark has attracted civic-minded business organizations as well. The Perimeter Center Community Improvement Districts moved its headquarters there last year, and the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce’s new Technology and Innovation Center will open there this year. In a press release, Larry Gellerstedt, Cousins’ president and CEO, called WestRock’s relocation a “strong endorsement to the attractiveness of our office building and its prime location near public transit.” Leaders of Perimeter Center cities and business groups are talking about expanding the transit options. The PCIDs and the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are the midst of a “last-mile connectivity” plan for a transit circulator system in Perimeter Center— likely dedicated lanes for public and private buses that connect commuters with MARTA stations. Bigger projects are long-proposed MARTA expansions northward along I-285 to Alpharetta. North Fulton mayors are discussing a possible transitfunding sales tax to go on the 2018 ballot, whether for MARTA or for other forms of transit. In January, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul joined a large group of Fulton and state officials who traveled to Dallas to view the metro area’s transit system. At the Jan. 17 City Council meeting, Paul said that seeing light rail trains in Plano, Texas, made him start leaning in favor of that transit form over “bus rapid transit,” meaning buses running in dedicated lanes. “The rail system has ignited a total redevelopment of downtown,” Paul said of Plano. “They were ecstatic about what the train had done for their downtown area,” he said, adding that other cities that had opted out of the rail system were now seeking connections to it. “It changed my mind about light rail a little bit,” said the mayor, adding he is now “much more willing” to support it locally.

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The Sandy Springs and Cobb County Chambers of Commerce have teamed up to tackle Braves stadium traffic with a new task force. The new “Transportation Task Force” has participation from the Fulton County School System and Kennesaw State University; industry organizations such as the Georgia Motor Trucking Association; major corporations such as Home Depot and Arby’s Restaurant Group; and local businesses such as Sandy Springs’ Wyndham Atlanta Galleria hotel. The task force is in the early stages of a coordinated traffic response as SunTrust Park’s Opening Day looms on April 14. “We are thrilled to be involved in this work,” said Tom Mahaffey, president of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, in a written statement. As we all know, what happens in [Cobb’s] I-75 and I-285 intersection affects all of us. Essentially, traffic concerns don’t stop at the county lines.” Gary Bottoms, chairman of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, said the group is considering such options as flexible work schedules and ride-sharing programs. “I formed this task force to look carefully at what kinds of actions could be undertaken by the hundreds of businesses in Cobb and Sandy Springs to improve the Braves’ game day experience and help the traffic situation for everyone,” Bottoms said in a written statement. Traffic impacts have been a huge concern since the Atlanta Braves baseball team in 2014 announced a surprise, secret move to Cobb’s Cumberland area, which surrounds a highway interchange that lacks mass transit connections. Stadium-goers

may bring economic opportunity for local businesses, but they also fear the costs of making the area’s already notorious traffic even worse. SunTrust Park will host its first exhibition game, with fewer ticket sales than a full game, on March 31 and then hold Opening Day in April. Many games will be held in the evenings in the hopes of avoiding peak rush hour. The stadium also will host major concerts, with two already announced: Billy Joel on April 28 and Metallica on July 9. The governments of Cobb and Sandy Springs had a rough relationship for months with little or no communication about stadium traffic planning. That relationship has improved, but few actual infrastructure improvements are in the works weeks before the stadium opens. The Chambers of Commerce met about two weeks ago to kick off the task force’s work. “Everyone has a stake in minimizing the time we are stuck in traffic and so we are asking for a lot of input before we craft our recommendations,” Bottoms said. According to Mahaffey, the first meeting included briefings from a long list of agencies: the Atlanta Regional Commission; the Georgia Department of Transportation; Cobb and Sandy Springs government staff members; four area Community Improvement Districts, which are self-taxing business districts; Kennesaw State; and “several consulting groups.” Fulton County schools spokesperson Susan Hale was among those in attendance. While few Braves games are expected to occur during school hours, some will, and the school district’s headquarters is in the traffic zone on Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs.

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At left, a rendering of the new Center for Advanced Pediatricts. Below, construction has already begun on the 8-story, 260,000 square-foot center near the intersection of I-85 and North Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven. A new $1 billion hospital is also planned near the site as Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta expands its reach in the area.

Continued from page 4 ably be close to $2 billion,” he said. “This will be a 10-year project.” Gebbia said the development will “redefine” the North Druid Hills Road and I-85 interchange and will spur development, specifically Class A office space, in the Corporate Square, north of I-85, and Executive Park areas in the city. “Our objective is to bring Class A office space to the city,” he said. Mitigating traffic in the area will be a top concern for City Council, Gebbia added, and preliminary talks include the possibility of building a flyover bridge from I-85 directly to the hospital. He also said he expects more development from Emory University in response to CHOA’s plans. “It’s not only a privilege but we’re honored CHOA has selected Brookhaven for this significant project,” he said. City spokesperson Ann Marie Quill echoed Gebbia’s sentiment. “As we like to say, we’re glad Children’s is growing with us,” Quill said in an email. “That hospital will be a great benefit to the community as far as serving children and for the local economy. The CHOA/Emory/Hawks area is promising to be a southern gateway to the city that we will be proud of.” The announcement indicates that other existing major CHOA facilities around metro Atlanta will remain in place and several expansions are underway. That includes CHOA’s Scottish Rite hospital on “Pill Hill,” the medical center in Sandy Springs, near the Brookhaven border, where Emory Saint Joseph’s and Northside hospitals also stand. An expansion of Scottish Rite to add beds is underway. Another CHOA project, coming this year, is an urgent care center “in the Chamblee/Brookhaven area,” according to the announcement. CHOA has a long relationship with Emory, as Egleston Hospital is a teaching affiliate of the university’s medical school. Emory is also expanding its medical presence at North Druid Hills and I-85, where the $50 million facility in partnership with the Atlanta Hawks basketball team is under construction. “Specific transportation, site and building plans for the North Druid Hills Campus will be developed over the next 18 months,” the announcement press release says. Dyana Bagby contributed to this report.

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Atlanta Audubon Society Director of Conservation Adam Betuel discusses NestWatch, a free nationwide nest monitoring program run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Betuel wlll present tips on locating and safely monitoring nests and how to manage your NestWatch account. $15. Atlanta Audubon Society, located at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Road, Buckhead. Info: atlantaaudubon.org/ adult-workshops.


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Saturday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Parents can learn to identify dyslexia and empower themselves to help their children in a workshop led by Elaine LaCour, a 19-year veteran of the Atlanta Speech School. The event includes dinner and a panel of parents sharing their own journeys with dyslexia. $25 individual; $50 for family. Church of the Redeemer, 5185 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs. Info: redeemeratlanta.org or 740-298-1930.


John Nixon, author of “Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein,” appears at the Atlanta History Center as part of the center’s Livingston Lectures series. A leadership analyst with the CIA for 13 years, Nixon was the first primary interrogator of Saddam for the U.S. government. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Admission $5 members; $10 nonmembers; free to AHC Insiders. Reservations required. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com or 404-814-4150.

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The exhibit includes images of 35 women who volunteered to have their torsos painted and photographed to raise money for breast cancer and genetic research programs at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem and for breast cancer education, advocacy and prevention in the U.S. Cost: $85; patron level tickets $218. The Stave Room at American Spirit Works, 199 Armour Drive N.E., Buckhead. Info: hadassah.org/atlanta or 678-443-2961.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

Heritage Sandy Springs continues its monthly American Girl Club programming with the story of Melody Ellison, a girl from Detroit during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. Learn about Atlanta’s own civil rights movement, and then celebrate Black History Month with the help of Melody’s story. RSVPs requested and recommended. Best suited for ages 5-12, and girls can bring their favorite doll. $8 members; $10 non-members; $15 at the door. Info: heritagesandysprings.org or 404-851-9111, ext. 2.

DR. SEUSS BIRTHDAY BASH Thursday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.

Join the world in celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday with stories, fun and games at the Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave. N.E., Buckhead. Info: afpls.org or 404-814-3500.


The Junior League of Atlanta offers kids an interactive reading event with related activities and a copy of the book to keep. Immediately afterward, the Junior League will host Kids in the Kitchen, a program that promotes a hands-on, healthy foods kitchen environment for kids and parents. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs. Info: afpls.org or 404-303-6130.

STRIDES FOR SURVIVORS Saturday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

A 2.7-mile walk around Chastain Park’s PATH benefits Turning Point Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. The first annual event is hosted by Galloway School students Lauren, Samantha, and Emilie Scalise, three sisters whose mother and grandmother fought breast cancer within the same year. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m.; ceremonies start at 11:15 a.m.; and the walk starts at 11:45 a.m. Opening/closing ceremonies are at The Galloway School, 215 West Wieuca Road N.W., Buckhead. Fee: $30 in advance, $35 on walk day. Registration: scal012.wixsite.com/stridesforsurvivors.

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Adults, kids of all ages, strollers and dogs are all welcome in this second annual nearly 1-mile event in the Garden Hills neighborhood of Buckhead benefitting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The race begins at 335 Pine Tree Drive N.E. After the run, there’s a pizza celebration at the Garden Hills Recreation Center. The event is organized by Garden Hills/ Peachtree Park Friends group volunteers. Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 on walk day. Families can register as a Family Sponsor for $150, with race day recognition and up to six shirts and entries. Info: giving.choa.org/flashlightfunrun.

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Ongoing The Community Assistance Center offers free help with tax returns. CAC’s team of trained and certified VITA [Volunteer Income Tax Assistance] volunteers can help filers earning up to $55,000 in 2016. Appointments are available now. CAC is one of many metro area VITA sites, an initiative of the IRS and the United Way. 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs. Info: 770-552-4889, ext. 221 or contact VITA@ourcac.org.

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Nature Center asks city for $1 million contribution Continued from page 1 “You all are the model public-private partner ... but a million bucks from the city?” said Councilmember Doug Thompson. “I recommend you sit through a Budget Committee meeting. We need to pave roads, hire police, hire staff. A million dollars and we start choking.” Mothner said a feasibility study conducted last year by the Nature Center, located in city-owned Dunwoody Park, shows grants from foundations of up to $1.6 million are likely to help pay for the project, but only if the city is willing to donate $1 million to show its commitment. “That million equals $2.6 million,” Mothner said. “If we don’t get the $1 million, we won’t get the rest. Foundations want to donate but they want to see the city’s commitment. “We’ve already received donations of $60,000 for the capital campaign,” Mothner said. “We’ve been working toward this moment for five years. The current building is not serving our needs.” A significant problem when applying for sizable grants is the fact the city cannot enter directly into a long-term lease with the Nature Center. State law prohibits the City Council from doing so because the lease would bind future councils to the arrangement. State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) is expected to introduce legislation this year creating a city facilities authority. If approved, it would allow the Nature Center to enter into a long-term lease with the new authority, Mothner said. Record attendance and growing demand for Nature Center offerings means the center truly needs to grow if it intends to fulfill its mission of inspir-

Nature Center Executive Director Alan Mothner shows a rendering of the proposed Overlook Pavilion.

ing people to appreciate nature, Mothner said. Last year, the Nature Center had a record of more than 22,000 visits to the park and a net revenue of $185,000, Mothner said. “We intentionally put away as much away as possible for the capital campaign,” he said. A planned 1,800-square-foot pavilion, estimated to cost approximately $300,000 and to be built on the hill overlooking the center’s meadow, would serve as an extension of the Nature Center. Renderings of the pavilion



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show a low roofline and a fireplace. The pavilion Mothner said, would add needed covered space to the Nature Center’s facilities and would allow for more programming, including Boy Scout and Girl Scout troop meetings and school field trips. Opportunities for renting the facility out for corporate events also would be available. Naming rights for the pavilion could result in a significant donation to the capital campaign, Mothner said. Mothner said the Nature Center would like to begin construction of the pavilion in September 2017 and complete it by March 2018. He said estimates show the new pavilion would bring in more than $61,000 a year in additional revenue to the Nature Center, thereby paying off the building in five years. The new Austin Elementary School, being built in the 22-acre Dunwoody Park adjacent to the Nature Center, is slated to open in the fall of 2019. The Nature Center is planning to offer after-school programming for students, so now is the perfect time to add to the center, Mothner said. “Our plan is when the new school opens, we are opening the new Nature Center,” he said. “It’s a win-win for the Nature Center. We can’t handle the kids if we don’t have a new building.” In addition to planned programming for Austin students, the Nature Center has continued to grow until it no longer can grow, Mothner said. Camp attendance has reached capacity for the past several years; the Butterfly Festival, started in 2012, attracts thousands of people to Dunwoody Park


each year; school field trips brought more than 4,000 students to the park in 2015 and 2016; and paid membership has continued to grow each year and the center now has more than 1,000 current members, Mothner said. “Camps and Butterfly Festival attendance are flat because we have reached capacity,” Mothner said. “Again, we just don’t have the physical space to house people coming to the park.” Mothner suggested the city look to fund the $1 million over two years, in 2018 and 2019. A four-month long feasibility study shows there is a demand for the Nature Center to add to its facility and also to offer more programming. “Does the community want this? The answer is obviously yes,” Mothner said. “The total capital campaign is more than this building.” But Councilmember Lynn Deutsch said the city did not have $500,000 in this year’s budget to give to the Nature Center and will most likely not have it next year. “This year we are squeezing every dime and it looks like the same for next year,” she said. She said she is also concerned because for some reason many people in Dunwoody believe the Nature Center is a private park. Mothner pointed out the Nature Center has made its own expenditures of $100,000 since 2011 in the park and volunteers have donated more than 50,000 hours of service since 2012. “The more people we get into the park, the more people we inspire to love nature,” he said. DUN

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trapolated the information from what was included in his Facebook history. “Whoever did this to me – that is unThe Dunwoody Police known,” he said. Department is seeking The police investiinformation from Facegation began Feb. 2, book as part of its fraud according to a police investigation into claims report, after Felgin notithe former assistant city fied the department on attorney’s Facebook page Jan. 31 that he believed was hacked. his Facebook account Chief Billy Grogan was hacked. said a subpoena was sent At the Feb. 13 City to Facebook a few days Council meeting, Mayafter former Assistant or Denis Shortal read a City Attorney Lenny Felshort statement stating gin filed a police report SPECIAL Dunwoody is an incluLenny Felgin alleging his account was sive city. hacked and then used to Aasees Kaur, a Dunpost anti-Muslim statewoody resident, spoke during pubments on another person’s Facebook lic comment and asked the mayor and page. council to consider holding a town hall “It will probably take a while,” to get meeting to try to bring the community anything back from Facebook officials, together and show that it is truly incluGrogan said. “They sive. have a law enforce“My famiment department, ly has lived in but we don’t know Dunwoody for what data we will get 20 to 30 years back.” and this inciFelgin resigned dent hit too Feb. 1 from Riley close to home,” McLendon, the Marshe said. “We ietta-based law firm need public where he’d worked statements that for 10 years and that promote the is contracted to provalue of equalvide legal services ity and inclufor the city of Dunsiveness and woody, after comthat we value munity backlash our immigrant against the comcommunity in ments. LENNY FELGIN our city.” Felgin continues FORMER ASSISTANT CITY ATTORNEY Cecil McLento proclaim his indon, the city nocence and says his attorney, has Facebook account hired Judy Poag, as the city’s new aswas hacked. An internal investigation sistant city attorney. She is the former by the city was halted following Felgin’s assistant city attorney of Dalton and resignation. Ringgold. “I don’t feel I’ve been treated fairly The social media posts allegedly in the media,” Felgin said. “The social made by Felgin began circulating on media judges accepted something as Facebook Jan. 30. real that is not.” The posts appeared Jan. 28 on the Felgin said he hired cyber security “PBS NewsHour” Facebook page under experts himself to try to find out who a story about Canadian Prime Minister hacked his account, but they could find Justin Trudeau saying his country will nothing. He has also deleted his Faceaccept refugees. Trudeau’s response folbook account. lowed President Donald Trump’s exec“I’m done with social media,” he said. utive order imposing a 90-day ban on Felgin said he has no idea who would travel to the U.S. by citizens of Iraq, Syrhack his account and post inflammatoia, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yery comments to Facebook. One post inmen and a 120-day suspension of the cluded information about Felgin being U.S. refugee program. The travel ban a Soviet immigrant. Felgin said that was was overturned in federal court. true, but that the hacker could have exdyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

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New Dunwoody logo unveiled Continued from page 1 “Since we’ve become a city, I don’t think our brand has changed,” he said. “It’s the logo we want to look at.” When Mullen brought up the idea of a new logo last year to tie into the move to the new City Hall building, he thought the city might need to spend more than $80,000 to hire professional consultants. The council was not happy with that amount and asked for something closer to $15,000. The final result is actually a logo that cost zero dollars. Three Dunwoody residents, all with professional backgrounds in graphic design and community development, stepped up to the plate to donate their time and services, Mullen explained. The design team was made up of Jay Kapp, president and CEO of Kapp Concepts; Mike Martin, chief creative officer for Jackson Spalding; and Heyward Wescott, president and CEO of Custom Signs Today. The men donated nearly 40 hours of time, or about $6,000, to create three logo options for the council to choose from, Mullen said. In the end, it was unanimous – the clean, simple design of the first logo presented was unanimously picked as

the favorite for the city’s fresh start and rebranding campaign. All council members said they preferred the simplicity of the logo design that states simply, “City of Dunwoody Georgia.” Dunwoody is a deep blue with “city of” and “Georgia” in a vibrant green. A green, swooping line at the bottom of the logo is meant to convey a sense of vibrancy as well as indicate a sense of place by indicating Dunwoody is at the top of the Perimeter, Mullen said. The green swoosh also shows a thread of connectivity that symbolizes the city’s strong sense of community, he said. “The idea [behind concept No. 1] was to create something classy,” Mullen said. The green swoosh shows an active, vibrant atmosphere and the overall design is simple and clean enough to appeal to many people, Mullen said. Plans are to present the selected logo

The logo design selected by the mayor and City Council during its Feb. 10 retreat as it would appear in various city uses.

at a future City Council meeting to allow for public viewing. As the city has grown and matured, the time for a new brand makes sense, Mullen said. Dunwoody’s current logo also carries bad memories for some residents. In 2010, the council, the Chamber of

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Commerce and the Conventions and Visitors Bureau of Dunwoody chipped in a combined $105,000 to hire a marketing firm to come up with a logo and slogan for the three entities. The resulting logo says “Dunwoody” in blue accented by a lime-green asterisk. Beneath “Dunwoody” appear the words “Smart people – Smart City.” The original slogan was “Smart People – Smart Place,” but that had to be revised shortly after the logo was unveiled at a city music festival because city officials learned a city in Plano, Texas, used the same catchphrase. At the time, a small but intense group of Dunwoody bloggers published criticisms of the original design. One popular complaint was that the logo looked like the Walmart logo with a yellow star and the slogan, “Save Money. Live Better.” Two years ago, the CVBD ditched the asterisk and adopted its own logo.

Special election for Congress set for April 18 U.S. Rep. Tom Price was confirmed as President Trump’s new secretary of Health and Human Services Feb. 10, opening up a local race to fill his 6th Congressional District seat. A special election will be held April 18, with a runoff on June 20 if necessary. The 6th District includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Candidates still were qualifying for the election as the Reporter went to press. For updates on the final list, see ReporterNewspapers.net. DUN

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very year, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation, known as the PAGE Foundation, identifies top students at public and private high schools across Georgia. The foundation says its Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program, or STAR student and teacher honors, has highlighted the achievements of more than 25,000 students since it started in 1958. The program identifies high school seniors who post the highest SAT scores for their schools and rank among the top 10 percent or top 10 students in their class in grade-point average. Each STAR student then chooses her or his STAR teacher. Once school winners are selected, regional STAR students and teachers are chosen to compete for the state title.

Atlanta Girls School

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Atlanta International School

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Cross Keys High School

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Ezekiel Day Star Student

Matthew Desoutter Star Student

Saachi Datta Star Student

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Jacob Ressler Star Student

Kristin Kramer Star Teacher

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Bob Amar Star Teacher

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Jack Dinges Star Student

Stephen Bengston Star Teacher

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Michael Chalmers Star Teacher

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Clarisa Colton Star Student

Elizabeth Lamback Star Teacher

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Tim Perez Star Teacher

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Manav Mathews Star Student

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Marist School

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Jeanne Hall Star Teacher

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Opinion/ Traffic solutions: Looking to Dallas, which once looked to us In 1996, a delegation from Dallas came to Atlanta in search of transportation solutions. After all, metro Atlanta was the transportation hub of the South. Founded RUSTY PAUL as a railroad cenMayor, Sandy Spings ter, we had the region’s first urban limited access freeway, the nation’s busiest airport and the South’s first subway. Twenty years later, a delegation from Fulton County, of which I was a part, visited Dallas to witness what our metro area could have looked like, if we had executed the plans that Dallas borrowed. But from 1996 until the Legislature approved HB 170 and our voters approved last November’s TSPLOST, policymakers had woefully neglected our transportation infrastructure during a period when the regional population almost doubled. Churchill called the time between World War I and World Ware II as “the years the locusts ate,” referring to the victorious Allies failure to maintain military readiness.

That phrase could apply to Georgia’s Two, there is no solution that eradiinfrastructure investment over the past cates congestion, but mobility can be imtwo decades. The stifling traffic we enproved. dure today is largely a function of enorThree, 20 years later, retrofitting transmous population growth unaccompanied portation solutions over mature commuby new transportation solutions to absorb nities carries some disruptive pain, but if it. we don’t deal with it now, the pain simply Make no mistake, Dallas is no trafgets worse into the future. fic panacea. When we arrived, we sat Four, fortunately, we can capitalize on in a construction zone near Love Field Dallas’ experience and craft even better for quite a while as drivers maneuvered solutions going forward. themselves around the work. Like the Allies in WWII, we have a lot But Dallas has implemented a true reof catching up to do, but we can win in the gional light rail transit network, tolled end. managed lanes that offer commuters guaranteed 50-mph speeds and a smart blend of publicly and privately funded roads which bought significant new infrastructure improvements. So, what did we learn? One, we are paying a price for DALLAS AREA RAPID TRANSIT our 20-year neglect Downtown Plano, Texas light rail station. of infrastructure.

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Readers respond to commentary ‘Why Trump order inspired my first political protest’ In his commentary “Why Trump order inspired my first political protest” (Reporter Newspapers, Feb. 3), Conor Sen wrote that “you never know where the next great business opportunity will come from, but there’s a good chance it’ll come from abroad.” This is the very reason Trump was elected. Americans have given up on themselves. American companies continue to command the largest market caps in the world. Here in Atlanta we have our very own global brands: Coca-Cola, UPS, Home Depot, Delta, Lockheed Martin, Aflac, just to name a few. Great business started in America! While I understand that this is an immigrant nation as well, let’s not forget the Americans who have called this land home for decades and generations, a.k.a., The Forgotten Middle. Johnny Simpkins President and CEO Organnon Clothing LLC In response to “Why Trump order inspired my first political protest” (Reporter Newspapers, Feb. 3): These travelers and immigrants have

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Marching to my own holiday drum I feel like I’ve spent half my life sitting in traffic and the other half waiting for something to download. And that’s a bad thing, because I’m not a patient person. But I find ways to make use Robin Conte is a writer of my time; and mother of four who in fact, I’m a lives in Dunwoody. She master at uscan be contacted at ing my time robinjm@earthlink.net. wisely. While I’m waiting for something to download, I’ll file my nails, fold laundry, make a pot of coffee and burn dinner. I can’t do any of those things while I’m in my car except for burning dinner, so in traffic, I sit and talk. But while I’m sitting and waiting and making good use of my time, the world around me is pushing and pushing. There is a force out there, a force to be reckoned with. It’s as if some giant hand is turning pages on the calendar, flipping ahead and skipping entire months. Like January. You notice this force in August. You’re sunned and sandy and your skin is peeling; October is the last thing on your mind, because you haven’t even bought school supplies yet, but you’re staring at orangeand-black Halloween displays at every grocery store. You’re pushed through Labor Day straight toward Christmas, with Thanksgiving sort of smushed in there, too. You’re rushed to put it all up and then pressured to take it all down. Then suddenly you’re shopping for heart-shaped cards and you look up and wonder, “What in the world happened to January?” January is a rest stop in the Celestial Wheel of Holidays, and somehow I miss it every time. We go from Christmas and Hanukkah straight to Valentine’s Day, and I’m shouting, “Hang on! I’m still in December!” This pushing force is a kid dragging his parents through a holiday-splattered theme park, and once again, he has dragged me straight past the rest stop of January. Well I’ll do the dragging, if you don’t mind. I’m not straggling, I’m not procrastinating — I’m savoring. I like the decorations. I’ll keep the pumpkins till they’ve rotted. I’ll keep the poinsettias until they’re dead. I’ll keep the little Fourth of July flag at the mailbox until the first whiff of autumn. And I like it that way. I want to take it one celebration at a time, and I want to make it last.

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Heritage Green is home to the spring that gave the city its name and just one of this historic and cultural society’s event offerings. There’s also the modern event facility Heritage Hall, the Entertainment Lawn and the historic Williams-Payne House museum and grounds. Information: heritagesandysprings.org.

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If you want a little wildlife at your celebration, Zoo Atlanta offers year-round daytime and evening events for 20 to 5,000 people. Birthday parties, weddings, family reunions and company picnics are just some of the events the zoo can handle. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.



The Midtown icon not only hosts big concerts, Broadway shows and films, but it’s also available for private events in the elegant Egyptian Ballroom, Grand Salon, main auditorium and the soon-to-open Marquee Club. For more information, visit foxtheatre.org.


If you’re looking for some pigskin flavor at your event, the College Football Hall of Fame in Downtown has 50,000 square feet of event space that can house up to 3,500 people for conventions, receptions, weddings, presentations and other special occasions. For more information, visit cfbhall.org.

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The Downtown interactive museum and play place offers parties for children ages 2 to 8. Not only will kids get to explore the museum, but also “make-and-take” science or art project and more. For more information, visit childrensmuseumatlanta.org.


The historic Academy of Medicine at Georgia Tech in Midtown is one of the city’s premier venues for weddings, receptions, conferences, and other special events. The 230-seat theater has six breakout rooms for conferences, while wedding parties will enjoy the private bridal suite. For more information, visit academy.gatech.edu.


The 21-acre legacy from the 1996 Summer Olympics is available for fundraisers, festivals, corporate receptions and more on the lawns, in the pavilions or amphitheater. For more information, visit gwcca.org/park.

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody Police reports dated Feb. 5 through Feb. 12. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.

B U R G L A RY A N D R O B B E RY 1700 block of Mount Vernon Road —

On Feb. 6, in the early morning, police responded to a forced entry burglary at a bank. A door, window, and the bank safe were damaged. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 7, in the early morning, police responded to a forced entry burglary at a clothing store after the alarm was set off. At least $2,000 in clothing was taken. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 7, in the afternoon, police responded to a strong arm robbery in the parking lot of a discount retailer. 1500 block of Dunwoody Village Park-

way — On Feb. 7, police responded to a door that was kicked in and left ajar at an abandoned business complex building.

L A R C E N Y / S H O P L I F TING/ THEFT 100 block of Perimeter Center — On

Road — On Feb. 6, an officer responded to a shoplifting incident in progress at a department store, and the man was arrested and accused of charges related to the incident. 4600

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 6, a school bag containing miscellaneous items including a laptop and sunglasses was removed from a parked car. 4400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — On Feb. 6, a woman’s purse was stolen from her car at a gas station. Her cellphone, wallet, credit cards and $30 cash were among the items taken.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 7, in the afternoon, a woman tried to steal a food item from a discount retail store. It was recovered. 4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 7, in the afternoon, someone stole an iPhone 7 from a cellphone store.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 7, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of trying to steal $800 worth of clothing from a department store. 1200 block of Hammond Drive — On

5100 block of Peachtree Road — On

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 6, in the evening, a briefcase containing a laptop, external hard drives and a birth certificate were stolen from a parked car. The car’s window was smashed.


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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 7, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of trying to steal makeup from a department store.



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Feb. 6, in the evening, police responded to a theft from a car.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 7, an officer responded to a report of a shoplifting in progress. Merchandise from a department store was recovered.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 7, in the early evening, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting from a clothing store.

Feb. 7, in the evening, a woman reported that several pairs of prescription sunglasses, recent shopping purchases and a GPS system were taken from her car.

100 block of Perimeter Center — On

Feb. 5, in the afternoon, a man stole a $600 vacuum from a discount department store. He supposedly drove away in a silver Jaguar sedan. block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 5 a couple tried to steal items from a discount retailer.


1100 block of Hammond Drive — On

Feb. 8, in the evening, a woman reported a theft and the recovery of several items from a clothing store. The reporting woman was actually arrested herself during a traffic stop on charges related to driving while unlicensed. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 9, in the afternoon, a woman reported that items were removed from her car. 1600 block of Wellshire Lane — On

Feb. 10, in the morning, a man reported that someone entered his mother’s locked car overnight. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 10, a male suspect stole a pair of Puma sneakers from a clothing store.

Feb. 7, in the evening, a water bottle and some loose change was taken from a parked car.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 11, in the morning, a theft occurred at a clothing store.

10200 block of Madison Drive — On


Feb. 8, a man reported that sometime during the night, the temporary tag on his car was removed.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 11, in the afternoon, department store employees reported a shoplifting incident.

2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing —


On Feb. 8, in the evening, a woman reported the theft of 35 empty duffle bags. 2100 block of Peachford Road — On

Feb. 8, in the afternoon, a woman reported that two diamond rings were stolen from her office. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 8, an adult and two juveniles were arrested at a clothing store and accused of attempting to shoplift.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 11, in the afternoon, a man was accused of collecting a fraudulent refund for items from a big-box discount retailer that he had not paid for. The man fled from the scene before officers arrived. 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Feb. 11, a cellphone, military uniform and ID were among the items removed from a car.

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The Dunwoody Police Department has been awarded a 2017 Car Seat Mini-Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program, according to a press release. Through the Mini-Grant, the Dunwoody Police Department and the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in DeKalb County. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles. “It’s our responsibility to keep our children safe,” said Chief Billy Grogan in the press release. “The Car Seat Mini-Grant is a great opportunity to help our community and help protect our children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes.” In DeKalb County, the Dunwoody Police Department, along with DeKalb County Fire Rescue Department, educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families.




Surveillance photos of the two people police believe stole a woman’s wallet and racked up nearly $11,000 in fraudulent charges.

A man and woman are suspects in a recent identity fraud and theft, according to police. On Jan. 25, a man and woman stole a woman’s wallet while she ate at Panera Bread in Dunwoody. The suspects then went to Best Buy in Dunwoody, Nordstrom in Dunwoody, Total Wine in Kennesaw and Best Buy in Kennesaw, racking up nearly $11,000 in fraudulent purchases using credit cards stolen from the woman, Dunwoody police said in a press release.


The Dunwoody Police Department has begun the process of prohibiting parking during the day on Corners Drive to keep Dunwoody High School students from parking in front of residents’ homes. Chief Billy Grogan sent out an email to residents on Jan. 25 detailing the upcoming restrictions in response to citizen complaints. Residents say students park on neighborhood streets because there are not enough parking spaces at the school lot for all students who drive. “During the last two weeks, I have driven around Dunwoody High School numerous times and have observed about a 50 percent reduction in the number of student cars that are parking on some of the streets around the school including Corners Drive,” Grogan states in the email. “Although I believe that is a significant reduction, I understand there is still some concern in the community. “Therefore, I have asked our Public Works Director, Michael Smith, to install No Parking signs on both sides of Corners Drive. Parking will be restricted between 8 a.m.2 p.m., Monday-Friday. We anticipate there will be six signs installed; three on each side of the road,” Grogan states. The decision by Grogan followed a meeting with residents held in a Corner’s Drive resident’s home that included Grogan, Mayor Denis Shortal and City Councilmembers Jim Riticher and Lynn Deutsch. Grogan said it will take “several weeks” to have the signs installed. “At this time, these are the only No Parking signs that will be installed. We plan on notifying the students parking on Corners Drive about the No Parking signs being installed and will strongly encourage them to park at St. Luke’s [Presbyterian Church],” Grogan said in the email. “If other streets experience a student parking problem after the No Parking signs are installed, we will move swiftly to address those issues.” St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church on Mount Vernon Road, about a half-mile from the school’s campus, recently opened up 80 spaces in its parking lot to be used by students. Cost to park at the church is $30 a year, a smaller amount than the $45 a year it costs to park at the high school.


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This is just tion, bad plain and simple. tion, right direction... in the They packed ideas on a city of Atlanta’s by the the state economica for to voice their ation for religion, to start Department of A national search ing room only, having more considerWatershed legalized discrimina parks plan. isn’t enough, it’s If that Management, having more considerperiod. lly. for a new city city’s five-year which can take If that period. ager was expected bad manrewrite of the months to a bit familmake repairs. A 44-YEAR-OLD A 34-YEAR-OLD to plain and simple.bad for ation for religion, the state economica for ation for religion, the discussion WOMAN WOMAN tails of a separation begin as soon as deSome found WHO LIVES period. lly. WHO LIVES Sanders called between the city WOMAN IN BROOKHAVE isn’t enough, it’s lly. IN SANDY SPRINGS that situation Garrett could iar. A 34-YEAR-OLD N to all these A 44-YEAR-OLD a “challenge,” though be reached. Council and A 34-YEAR-OLD ago, we went he added he is WOMAN IN SANDY SPRINGS WOMAN bers met behind mem“A few years the state economica not aware of WHO LIVES 12 WHO LIVES any recent fire WHO LIVES closed doors with IN BROOKHAVE IN SANDY SPRINGS where firefighters Continued on page and a mediation Garrett N WOMAN had trouble finding a attorney on Jan. working hydrant A 44-YEAR-OLD N 20 to try to work out an on a public agreement. IN BROOKHAVE WHO LIVES Mayor John Ernst Continued on page and members 14 of City Countinued on page 14

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