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FEB. 19 - MAR. 3, 2016 • VOL. 8 — NO. 4


Brookhaven Reporter


Perimeter Business ► Experts say many Perimeter Center towers won’t happen PAGE 4

► A law change could mean ‘cooler’ restaurants PAGE 5


Site-specific parks plans cost nearly $28 million

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J.D. Clockadale and his daughter Ella, 5, get into the spirit of things at the second annual Daddy-Daughter Dance at Lynwood Park Recreation Center on Feb. 13. Attendees were treated to a night of snacks, music, crafts and dancing. See additional photos on page 12.►

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OUT & ABOUT Join the treasure hunt Page 17 EXCLUSIVE SERIES Is that log supposed to be here? Is it serving a purpose? BOBBY SAUER JR. INSPECTOR FOR STATE SAFE DAMS PROGRAM

State inspectors take a look at “high-hazard” dams Page 2

The estimated cost to make all the changes and improvements in Brookhaven’s sitespecific Park Master Plan is just shy of $28 million, according to a presentation made to City Council on Feb. 9. Mayor John Ernst acknowledged the total estimated cost was a “big number.” But the price tag was not a surprise to city officials, City Councilwoman Linley Jones said. It is part of a long-term plan. “We anticipated all along the price tag for world-class parks would be very, very high,” she said. “This is an aspirational number we can work toward, incrementally based on the plans we were given.” Liz Cole, project manager for GreenbergFarrow, the city’s consultants on the plan, recommended the city survey all parks to determine exact boundaries, tree inventory, topography and also underground utilities before any work begins. Interim City Manager Gary Yandura said it See SITE-SPECIFIC on page 14

DeKalb schools propose moving 1,700 students in Cross Keys redistricting BY DYANA BAGBY

About 1,700 students in six north DeKalb schools would move under a plan to try to address overcrowding in the Cross Keys cluster. The DeKalb County School District announced its staff recommendations for redistricting overcrowding at a Feb. 11 public meeting held at Cross Keys See DEKALB on page 15

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On the steep, grassy slope of Powers Lake dam in Sandy Springs, Bobby Sauer Jr. bent down and patted the ground. He was feeling for any damp spots, the warning signs of major leaks that could spell disaster for people downstream. He held up a dry palm. Sauer is an inspector for the state’s Safe Dams Program, the agency that categorizes Powers Lake and 10 other local dams as “high-hazard,” meaning that if they failed, the flood likely would kill people. No high-hazard dam in Georgia has failed since the 1990s, and Safe Dams aims to keep it that way, though resources are slim. There are 474 high-hazard dams in Georgia—many of them privately owned—and Sauer is one of only 11 staff engineers the Safe Dams Program has to inspect them all. The Feb. 11 visit from Sauer and fellow inspector Skylar Barger was the first time Powers Lake has been inspected in three years. “It looks pretty good,” Sauer said—the only preview of his final report he would offer. Sauer and Barger are inspecting all the “high-hazard” local dams in their current review cycle and the full reports will take one to two months. The same day, they also looked at two dams in the midst of long repair processes: Tera Lake dam in Sandy Springs and the Lake Forrest dam on the Buckhead-Sandy Springs Editor’s note: This is one of a series of articles Reporter Newspapers is publishing about dams in our communities. Previous installments have looked at the location and condition of the 11 local “high-hazard” dams and the cost of maintaining these dams.

border. At Powers Lake, located off Powers Lake Drive, the inspectors had a big asset: Donald Dutson Jr., who has overseen the dam’s maintenance on behalf of the local homeowners association for 30 years. “Less than half the dams have someone like that,” Sauer said. At many dams—including Tera Lake and Lake Forrest—the state struggles to identify an owner of record to put on the hook for maintenance. Dutson knows the importance of dam maintenance first-hand. He said he was camping upstream from a Toccoa, Ga., dam when it failed in 1978 and killed 39 people. That disaster led to the creation of the Safe Dams Program. The biggest issue at Powers Lake was 25 years ago, when an inspector did find some of those wet spots, which led to $30,000 in repairs. Nothing like that turned up this time. Clad in a Georgia Tech ball cap, an Atlanta Falcons “Dirty Bird” sweatshirt and camouflage pants, Sauer clambered into streambeds to snap photos and take notes on a clipboard. His and Barger’s only concerns were a couple of possible animal burrows to fill in, some brush to cut back, and a drainpipe opening that needed some digging out. Tera Lake and Lake Forrest are different stories. In 2013, Safe Dams ordered the partial drainage of Tera Lake, off Burdette Road, after finding an “instability” in the dam. A long-term fix has yet to happen. Sauer said the Feb. 11 inspection found that Tera Lake remained low after recent heavy rains. The Lake Forrest dam, which runs under the 4600 block of Lake Forrest Drive, has become a notorious dilemma. The lake is owned by a homeowners association, while the cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs have agreed to share reBK

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sponsibility—and costs— for dam repairs. Officials from both cities showed up to join the Feb. 11 inspection. Safe Dams says the many mature trees on the dam must be removed, and wants the dam examined for possible internal weakening. But nearly a year after work began, the lake is only partially JOHN RUCH drained and an inspection From left, Philip Walker, Bobby Sauer Jr., Skylar Barger and by a private engineering Knut Hauer inspect Powers Lake dam in Sandy Springs. firm is still pending. A few trees have been partially removed, mostly to insert a boat to remove fish during the lake-lowering. Sauer didn’t know the latest details of the work and had lots of questions about what he saw. “Is that log supposed to be here? Is it serving a purpose?” he asked about a hunk of wood floating near the mouth of the dam’s drainpipe. The log was debris that had floated in, said Philip Walker, Sandy Springs’ stormwater project coordinator. Pieces of the pipe, which had been severed to lower the lake’s level, remained in the water as well. “At least it’s better than it was before,” Sauer said of Lake ForJOHN RUCH rest, but added that the state is still Bobby Sauer Jr. of the state Safe Dams awaiting the cities’ repair strategy. Program, left, explains a point to homeowners “We don’t have true plans given to association representative Donald Dutson 07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1 7/27/15 AMabout Pagewhat 1 Jr. atop the Powers Lake dam. our9:18 office will happen.”

Comcast agrees, again, to pay Brookhaven nearly $1 million in back franchise fees BY DYANA BAGBY

Facing the possibility of a lawsuit, Comcast agreed to pay the city of Brookhaven by April 8 nearly $1 million the city says the company owes in franchise fees. Comcast agreed last April to pay the money back, but city officials said the company kept ignoring requests for payment. The new agreement, approved at the Feb. 9 City Council meeting, states Comcast will pay off the $981,976.05 owed with a first payment of $545,542.25 to be made within 30 days and the remaining $436,433.80 to be paid within 75 days. “I’m glad we could get the Comcast issue resolved,” said Mayor John Ernst. “I believe we have come up with a framework to expedite that without litigation.” “Level heads prevailed,” said Councilman Bates Mattison, who reached out to Comcast’s Vice President of Governmental Affairs Andy Macke to help bring about a resolution.

Macke said when Brookhaven became a city, questions over how much Comcast owed the city and how much it owed DeKalb County were raised. “We are pleased to have worked with the mayor, council and staff on a solution,” Macke said. “We do need to reach a similar understanding with DeKalb County to ensure franchise fees are paid to the proper jurisdiction and our customers in the city of Brookhaven do not overpay government required fees.” In April 2015, Comcast agreed to pay the back franchise fees dating from January 2013 through March 2015. Comcast is currently paying the city franchises fees on a quarterly basis. Franchise fees are paid to local governments by private cable TV companies such as Comcast for use of the public right of way for cable. Private cable TV companies typically charge customers franchise fees and are to take that money and pay it to the cities.

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Perimeter Business A monthly section focusing on business in the Reporter Newspapers communities

Many proposed Perimeter Center towers may not happen, experts say Millions of square feet The following are the estimated square footage for some large office towers either proposed or underway. 1117 Perimeter Center West:

1.5 million

4004 Perimeter Summit Parkway:


Abernathy 400:


Dunwoody Crown Towers:

1.1 million High Street:

1 million NorthPlace:

370,000 State Farm:

2 million Sources: various project developers


The sudden burst of skyscraper plans in Perimeter Center—10 new towers proposed in addition to several already in construction or approved in rezonings— has sparked questions for local residents and businesses: How will they impact traffic? Will they change the character of local cities? But some experts say that many of those towers won’t do anything because they will never exist anywhere except on paper. The actual demand for Perimeter Center office space is far lower than the 10 million square feet or more proposed in all the grand plans, they say. “Some of it’s not going to happen,” said Lee Sobel of the Washington, D.C.-based real estate consulting firm RCLCO, raising the issue at the Sandy Springs City Council’s annual retreat in January. Sobel’s firm is part of the team creating Sandy Springs’ new zoning code and land-use plan, a process triggered partly by the City Council’s concerns with the recent flood of megaprojects. Sobel projects the demand over the next 20 years for new office space in the Sandy Springs side of Perimeter Center at about 2.8 million square feet. But developers are already building or proposing around 10 million square feet, said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. It’s a similar

A rendering of the proposed Dunwoody Crown Towers project, slated for the old Gold Kist site off Ashford-Dunwoody Road.

story in Dunwoody, where city data shows 4.5 million square feet of Perimeter Center office space in the pipeline or zoning books—more than two-thirds the amount that exists today. “We’ve got a potential here for a tremendous bubble,” Paul told Sobel at the council retreat. “If we allowed 10 million [or] 5 million square feet to be constructed, you’re saying there’s not demand for that.” Sobel assured the mayor that the city can approve whatever it wants because the market will sort it out and kill many of the tower dreams. A two-decade pro-


jection can change with the market and infrastructure improvements, Sobel acknowledged. But, he emphasized, there’s “absolutely” not enough demand to fill 10 million square feet in more than a dozen skyscrapers.

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Bob Voyles, who’s building one of those new office towers on Perimeter Summit Parkway in Brookhaven, agrees with Sobel. “I think the Sandy Springs [consultant’s] projections are much more in line Continued on page 8

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Q&A Restaurant regulation Why changing a Sandy Springs rent law could mean ‘cooler’ restaurants

Jason Sheetz

Why do unique, indie restaurants flourish in places like Buckhead and Buford Highway? One behind-the-scenes factor is a landlord-tenant deal called “percentage rent,” which lowers the start-up costs for mom-and-pop or chef-owned restaurants. Atlanta, Brookhaven and Dunwoody are among the local cities that allow percentage rent deals, according to Buckhead attorney Kevin Leff, who represents many restaurateurs. But some other cities—including Sandy Springs—prohibit percentage rent deals if the restaurant serves alcohol, Leff says. The concern is that it could allow a felon to profit from a liquor license he or she couldn’t legally obtain by acting as a restaurant landlord. But the Sandy Springs City Council is now considering changing the law. Councilman Gabriel Sterling said at a recent council meeting that, as restau-

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rant rents rise to $30 or $35 per square foot, “cooler” local restaurants are priced out and only major chain franchises can afford to start up. The council learned of the percentagerent problem from local restaurant-owner Jason Sheetz, who ran into it while opening his new business, Under the Cork Tree. Sheetz, along with Chef William Sigley, also runs Sandy Springs’ Hammocks Trading Company restaurant, and he is an active member of the Sandy Springs Restaurant Council, a local trade association. Reporter Newspapers asked Sheetz to explain how percentage rent works and why it matters to local restaurant customers. Q: What is “percentage rent” in comparison to regular rent? A: A landlord and a tenant may enter Continued on page 9

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But Charlie Brown, the developer proposing Dunwoody Crown Towers off Ashford-Dunwoody Road, said he isn’t concerned. “We’re in a very dynamic area. Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs really don’t cause me any problem,” Brown said. “The amount of office space need is finite, there’s no doubt about it. However, if we put the best product on the market in the best place, I don’t see any problem.” There’s no question that the metro Atlanta office market is booming and a big driver in local tower plans, even though most include mixed uses. Local office vacancy rates are under 10 percent, Voyles said, and Cox Communications’ new Dunwoody tower was the biggest metro At-

adding that Seven Oaks avoids that tactic. “They’re either trying to do the shock-andawe—come in [for review] and expect to get less. Or they’re trying to increase the value of the land to flip out of it…[and] sell it because it’s got more density [approved] on it, which is an old game they used to play in Atlanta.” A final possible motive behind the skyscraper plans, Voyles said: “This is really what [the developers] want to do.” Charlie Brown said he’s sure he’ll be the developer whose plan works out. “If we keep the pot boiling, I’ll get my cup of my soup, and this area is particularly easy to keep the pot boiling,” Brown said. “This area has good people, good government and good transportation, and that is hard to beat.” --Dyana Bagby contributed to this story.

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Attracting ‘cooler’ restaurants Continued from page 5 into a lease with a percentage rent clause. It can be structured a number of different ways, but typically means that after the tenant reaches an agreed-upon dollar amount in revenue (“base revenue”), a percentage of the surplus revenue is shared with the landlord. For example, let’s say that percentage rent is 10 percent after a $20,000 base revenue has been achieved. If the actual revenue is $40,000, the tenant will pay an extra $2,000 in rent. This is, in most cases, in addition to a base rent. Q: What is the benefit to restaurant owners of using a percentage rent structure? A: For any business, using percentage rent allows for the up-front cost or guaranteed cost to be lower. The landlord is essentially taking on more risk in the short term by taking lower rent while the business gets its footing. As a tenant, the guaranteed base rent would be lower at first while the business is getting developed and higher when the business is more established. Q: How does the city of Sandy Springs restrict percentage rent? What problems does that cause? A: The guidelines for applying for a liquor license in Sandy Springs include a section that does not allow for percentage rent to include the sales of alcohol. The rea-

son behind this is to ensure that all owners of a liquor license go through the proper background checks. The definitions of percentage rent and profit-sharing (as a business owner might be entitled to) are very similar. The way the guidelines are written, the city manager may approve an application for a liquor license that includes a percentage rent clause, but that application may be delayed due to the process of review and scheduling of the necessary meetings. This requirement may delay the business from opening, or discourage a business choosing the location based on lesser requirements from another jurisdiction. Q: If the law was changed, how would it benefit restaurant owners and customers? Could it change the types of restaurants in the area? A: Percentage rent is a way for small and local chefs and restaurateurs to start their business with less capital needed upfront. With the way rents are increasing, the variety of restaurants may be limited to larger corporate and chain restaurants who can afford those rents from the beginning of the lease. Changing the law would create and foster the notion that Sandy Springs wants to attract these smaller, independent, chef-driven restaurants.

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“Location, location, location. This is a fantastic location. We want to put something here that creates value for this community, not only for us.” Veteran Realtor Charlie Brown on plans for building two residential towers, two 24-floor office buildings, a 28-story hotel, a conference center and a small retail center in a project called Dunwoody

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main floor of proposed townhomes.

“My concern is we make this mandate and the market is not there and the units will be empty. We are trying to dictate what the market is.” Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall on the city’s efforts to require a developer to include master bedrooms on the

“Even though you stop one, here comes another.” Sandy Springs City Attorney Wendell Willard, on massage parlors that are able to continue operating by changing owners after police crackdowns.


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Perimeter cities to team up on alternative transportation plan BY JOHN RUCH


Rep. Tom Taylor, left, and Sen. Fran Millar told those at a Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber breakfast on Feb. 17 that a half-cent transportation sales tax for MARTA won’t fly.

Local lawmaker predicts MARTA expansion tax will derail BY JOE EARLE

At roughly the midpoint of the 2016 legislative session, a local lawmaker predicts a proposal to direct a half-cent transportation sales tax to MARTA expansion won’t win approval. “It’s started a conversation, but I don’t think it’s going anywhere right now,” Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) told members of the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber at the organization’s “Eggs and Issues” breakfast. More than 30 people attended the Feb. 17 breakfast at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia hotel in Dunwoody. MARTA officials have proposed that state lawmakers designate for MARTA rail expansion half of the proceeds from a penny sales tax for transportation set to go to the voters in DeKalb, Fulton and Clayton counties for approval. The MARTA portion of the tax would continue for 41 years, officials say, and would pay for extensions of MARTA train lines north along Ga. 400 and into south DeKalb County. Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) said the proposal has convinced some lawmakers that the state government should find a way to help support MARTA because of the transit system’s importance in attracting companies to invest in the metro area. “People in DeKalb and Fulton have been paying for transportation since the inception of MARTA,” Millar said. “If you’re going to have regional transit, it should be paid for regionally and by the state. ... The state needs to get in the game.” Also, Millar said he had introduced legislation recently to eliminate the DeKalb County CEO position. Similar legislation has been introduced in the BK

state House of Representatives. Millar said his plan also eliminates the commission’s two “super-districts.” The two lawmakers said the Legislature had reached the 22nd day of its 40day session. The 2016 session will end March 24, they said.

The three Perimeter Center cities will team on a study of alternative transportation and a master plan for better connections to local MARTA stations, Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough announced Feb. 16. There were strong hints that will include, among other possibilities, a cost-benefit analysis of monorails, which have been hot topics in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs. In the planning effort for traffic-choked Perimeter Center, the goal is to boost “last-mile connectivity” to MARTA by bicycle, walking or alternative mass transit. Officials in Brookhaven, Dunwoody and the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts have agreed to join San-

dy Springs in issuing a request for proposals from consulting firms, McDonough said. The cities will be “working toward a master connectivity plan” that includes improving existing plans for a multi-use trail network as well as a cost-benefit analysis of other “alternative modes of transportation,” McDonough said. “We don’t know what that alternative transportation might be,” he said, but officials want to reserve right of way now. There is no specific timeframe for the study’s budget or issuance of the request for proposals. The goal is for all three cities’ councils to approve a mutual master plan for the area, and possibly include any projects among ones to be financed through a future transportation sales tax, McDonough said.

Department highlights released Brookhaven interim City Manager Gary Yandura released the city’s January departmental highlights, including the number of building permits issued and code enforcement activity. Last month, the city issued 334 building permits, with 26 of the total being for new, single-family developments. Also in January, there were 150 courtesy warnings issued by the code enforcement

department and 21 letters of violation. There was one residential citation issued and one commercial citation issued. Of the 613 building inspections conducted by the city, 84 percent passed while 16 percent failed. There were also 16 tree removal permits issued and 11 stop work orders issued. The city clerk’s office reported 25 open records request in January.

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Dads and daughters step out at Lynwood Park Recreation Center

Ella Clockadale, 5, and her father, J.D. Clockadale, enjoy the evening.


James Kelly and his pretty-in-pink daughter Rachel, 5, pose for a photo during the Daddy-Daughter Dance at Lynwood Park Recreation Center on Feb. 13.

Above, Rachel Kelly, 5, goes solo on this photo shoot at the dance. Right, Cassandra Bryant, the Lynwood Park Recreation Center director, played host for the event, which featured music, dancing, crafts and snacks.

Gianna Romero, 1, went to the dance with her mother, Rossana MoraesRomero, since her father, David Romero, a Brookhaven police officer, was unable to attend. He did participate via Skype.

Robert Bosley gives one of his two daughters in attendance, Nina, 6, a lift. BK

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Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst announced his next town hall meeting would be Feb. 22 at Briarwood Community Center. The town hall will deal specifically with zoning issues, he said in a state- Mayor John Ernst ment. His first town hall was Jan. 28 where citizens expressed concerns about traffic, among other issues. “At this Feb. 22 town hall, it is my intention to announce changes to our planning process, provide more information, and create a productive forum for residents’ input and concerns,” Ernst said in a statement. A representative from UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute will also be on hand to provide information on the zoning process and facilitate the town hall, he said.

Rep. Taylor Bennett filed his first bill Feb. 11 that would protect pregnant workers from discrimination. House Bill 972, named the “Georgia Pregnant Work- Rep. Taylor Bennett ers Fairness Act,” seeks to ensure expectant mothers are not discriminated against by their employers, and would also require employers to find reasonable accommodations to job applicants or employees who are pregnant or have other conditions related to childbirth. The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Carolyn Hugley (D-Columbus), Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna), J. Craig Gordon (D-Savannah), House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta) and Margaret Kaiser (D-Atlanta).

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Site-specific master parks plan could cost nearly $28 million Millions for parks? Here are the estimated costs:

Ashford Park — $1,129,310

Lynwood Park — $3,696,350

Blackburn Park — $4,731,970

Murphey Candler Park — $8,206,500

Briarwood Park — $4,845,570

Murphey Candler Park II Extension — $462,750

Clack’s Corner — $139,915 Fernwood Park — $658,625 Georgian Hills Park — $1,644,550

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would cost approximately $300,000 to do so. Jones said surveys of the parks should be the city’s top priority. “It’s a big deal to get that done and an important decision to make right off the bat so we understand entirely what we have,” she said. Jones also said she was impressed with the changes and improvements made by GreenbergFarrow that ensure the identity of each park stays intact. “The consultants came up with terrific plans for each park that really incorporated public input … so the individual spirit of each park will be maintained,” she said. “Every park plan captured what citizens want.” Some of the renovations and changes include improved parking, and picnic and family shelters at several of the parks. A few of the specific proposals include: a wall mural at Ashford Park; a nature trail at Blackburn Park; an adventure play area and renovated pool at Briarwood Park; a park sign and memorial at Clack’s Corner; a native grass meadow and boardwalk bridge at Fernwood Park; and a wildlife viewing platform at Georgian Hills Park. Other proposals include a new pool

Skyland Park — $2,249,590 Total — $27,765,130

with a seasonal cover at Lynwood Park; a plaza entry area with staircase and batting cages at Murphey Candler Park; and tennis courts and a dog park at Skyland Park. The in-depth look at the 10 parks began in September with community meetings seeking input from the public on the parks’ histories, uses and improvements wish lists. “Every single one of your properties is incredible,” Cole said.

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High School. Cary Reynolds ES The school disE trict began last year gathering public input on how to handle the Dresden ES severe overcrowdD ing in the cluster, with the goal of reducing the numC B Montclair ES ber of students Woodward ES A having to learn in portable classrooms. Former ISC The proposed redistricting will Legend be considered Elementary Schools at the March 7 Existing Attendance Area Proposed Attendance Areas (2016) DeKalb Board of Cary Reynolds ES Dresden ES Education meetFernbank ES Former ISC ing. If adopted, the Montclair ES Woodward ES redistricting will Elementary School Moves for Fall 2016 go into effect in A – Woodward ES to Fernbank ES: 61 Students B – Montclair ES to Fernbank ES: 269 Students the fall of 2016. Fernbank ES C – Montclair ES to Former ISC: 394 Students D – Dresden ES to Montclair ES: 444 Students More than 100 E – Cary Reynolds ES to Dresden ES: 301 Students portable classFeb 11 2016 rooms, or trailers, DEKALB COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT have been installed at This map shows staff recommendations for redistricting the Cross Keys cluster elementary schools in the overcrowded Cross Keys cluster. To see a larger version, go to schools to help with overcrowding; DeKalb Educational Special Purpose Local Opschool officials say the cluster has neartion Sales Tax before voters in May. If ly 2,000 more student than it can realapproved, collection of funds would bely hold. gin in July and end in June 2022. The redistricting plan will result in DCSD spokesperson Quinn Hudson 33 fewer portable classrooms at the elsaid the budget for new or replacement ementary schools and two fewer at the schools and additions is $230 million. high school, according to a DCSD preThe amount of the $230 million that sentation. would go to Cross Keys will be decidThe staff is also recommending the ed in the fall, after the May vote and school district continue its search for after the Secondary School Feasibilitwo, new 900-seat elementary schools ty and Planning Study that will look to serve the Cross Keys cluster. at the middle and high schools in the On Feb. 1, the DeKalb Board of Eduovercrowded clusters of Cross Keys, cation approved a joint resolution with Dunwoody, Chamblee, Lakeside, Druid Atlanta Public Schools and City Schools Hills, Tucker and Clarkston. of Decatur, placing the proposed fifth Pleasantdale ES

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VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS Thursday, Feb. 25, 12-2 p.m. Have you ever wanted to know how floral professionals put together such beautiful arrangements? You will learn during this workshop. Attendees create their own arrangement and take it home. Free. Open to members of the Cancer Support Community. RSVP to 404843-1880. 5775 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd., Suite C-225, Atlanta, 30342. Go to: for additional information.

“SHREK THE MUSICAL, JR.” Thursday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m. Jerry’s Habima Theatre, featuring actors with special needs, offers this musical, about an ogre who leads fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess. Continues through March 6. For all ages. General admission: $35; children 12 and under, $15; Marcus Jewish Community Center members: $25; children 12 and under, $10. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Call 678-8124002 or visit either: boxoffice or

“GREASE” Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m. The Pius Players present “Grease,” for their spring musical, about the friendships, romances and adventures of high school kids in the 1950s. Family friendly. Tickets, $10. Wed.Sat. shows, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 pm. St. Pius X Catholic High School, 2674 Johnson Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30345. Purchase tickets and find out more at:

GEORGIA BRASS BAND Sunday, March 6, 4 p.m. Hear the Georgia Brass Band, a traditional “British Brass band,” perform a diverse range of repertoire including marches, sacred arrangements, popular music, jazz tunes, movie themes and classical transcriptions. Open to the community. $10 suggested donation. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-0675 for details.

LET’S LEARN CHEMO BRAIN Wednesday, Feb. 24, 12-2 p.m. The American Cancer Society says people who have “chemo brain” may find themselves unable to concentrate on their work or unable to juggle multiple tasks. Join others for a free discussion about the signs, symptoms and physiology behind chemo brain. Lunch provided. Open to members of the Cancer Support Community. RSVP to 404-843-1880. 5775 PeachtreeDunwoody Rd., Suite C-225, Atlanta, 30342. Go to: to learn more.

STE(A)M SHOWCASE Wednesday, Feb. 24, 5:30-8 p.m. The Sandy Springs Education Force presents the sixth annual STE(A)M Showcase. See more than 20 cool, interactive exhibits in the fast-chang-

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Friday, Feb. 26, 6:30-9 p.m. The Sandy Springs Christian Church welcomes Rev. Dr. Robin Meyers for three lectures, “The Underground Church,” followed by a book signing and dessert, and on Saturday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., “Quantum Physics and the Future of God” and “Building a Beloved Community,” includes breakfast. $35 for three lectures. Childcare available with advanced registration. 301 Johnson Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Register online: or call 404-2562582 to find out more.

CONNECTING GENERATIONS Wednesday, March 2, 10-11:30 a.m. Join others for a free seminar, “Connecting Generations,” celebrating our lives, and sharing stories using history and humor. All are welcome to attend. The Link Counseling Center, 348 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-256-9797 for further details.


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Friday, March 4, 4:30-5:30 p.m. You’ll play fun games while learning a bit of math. Free. All are welcome. Geared for ages 5-12. Registration required and started Jan. 3. Come by the Sandy Springs Branch Library, call 404-3036130 or email: leah.germon@fultoncountyga. gov to sign up or to find out more. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

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Saturday, Feb. 27, 7-10:30 p.m. The Friends of North Springs Foundation invites all to its biggest fundraising event of the year. Casino theme with blackjack, craps and roulette tables. Also food, drinks, silent auction. Tickets, $100 per person. Proceeds fund teacher grants and school’s special programs. Country Club of Roswell, 2500 Club Springs Dr., Roswell, 30076. Buy tickets or see more by visiting:

FLASHLIGHT FUN RUN Sunday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m. Check out the inaugural, family-friendly fun run to benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. All kids encouraged to run the .7 mile course at dusk. Adults, dogs and strollers welcome. Afterward, warm up with hot chocolate, food and music in the Garden Hills Recreation Center. Tickets, $20; $25 day-of registration; family maximum, $80. Garden Hills Park, 335 Pine Tree Dr., Atlanta, 30305. Get details or register by going to: support-childrens/events/flashlight-funrun, calling 404-664-5934 or emailing: dora.

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Wade Kovalik Star Student

Christopher Manson Star Teacher

Riverwood International Charter High School

David Goldfarb Star Student

Rama Balachandran Star Teacher Weber School

Jessica Bachner Star Student

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The Westminster Schools

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North Springs Charter High School

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Rahim Ghassemian Star Teacher

Pace Academy

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Andrew Wu Star Student

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St. Pius X Catholic High School

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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From police reports dated Jan. 26 through Feb. 12 The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY  3200 block of Buford Highway – On

Jan. 28, report of robbery of a streetcutting instrument.

ASSAULT  2900 block of Clairmont Road – On

Jan. 29, report of simple assault.

THEFT/LARCENY  2900 block of Jefferson Street – On

Jan. 26, report of theft-articles from vehicle.  4000 block of Peachtree Road – On

Jan. 26, report of theft-other offenses.  2600 block of Buford Highway – On

Jan. 26, report of theft-other offenses.  4100 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road – On Jan. 27, report of theft-articles from vehicle.  1400 block of Cheshire Way – On Jan.

28, report of theft-other offenses.  4400 block of Peachtree Road – On

Jan. 28, four reports of theft-other offenses.

OTHER  3900 block of Clairmont Road – On

Jan. 26, report of hit and run.  1300 block of Keys Crossing – On Jan.

26, report of damage to property-private.  3500 block of Blair Circle – On Jan. 26,

report of harassing communications.  1100 block of Town

Boulevard – On Jan. 27, report

of person injured.  1300 block of Old Johnson Ferry Road

– On Jan. 27, report of damage to private property.  3000

block of Buford Highway – On Jan. 27, report of possession of drug related items/narcotic equipment.

way – On Jan. 27, arrest for possession of controlled substance or marijuana.

 3600 block of Buford Highway – On

 3300 block of Buford Highway – On

 3800 block of Peachtree Road – On

Jan. 28, arrest for theft by taking.  2300

block of North Druid Hills Road – On Jan. 28, arrest for prescriptions.

 3100 block of

 3800

Buford Highway – On Jan. 28, report of unruly child.

block of Peachtree Road – On Jan. 28, arrest for shoplifting.

 2100 block of

 2000

Johnson Ferry Road – On Jan. 28, report of hit and run.

block of Burton Plaza Lane – On Jan. 28, arrest for interference with custody.

 2900 block of Crosswycke Forest

 Rivers Edge Drive/Rivers Edge Trail

Drive/Hermance Drive – On Jan. 28, report of hit and run.

– On Jan. 29, arrest for animal complaints.


 3500 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

 2300 block of North Druid Hills Road

– On Jan. 27, report of fraudulent activity-other.  2100 block of Havenwood Trace – On

Jan. 28, report of fraud-impersonation.

ARRESTS  3500 block of Buford Highway – On

Jan. 26, arrest for DUI-drivers with ability impaired by alcohol.  3000 block of Hillview Avenue – On

Jan. 26, arrest for suspended/revoked driver’s license. 

3000 block of Buford High-

Road – On Feb. 1, an arrest of driving on a suspended/revoked license.  2700 block of Buford Highway – On

Feb. 1, arrest for no driver’s license. Feb. 1, arrest for simple battery.  1600 block of Dresden Drive – On Feb.

2, arrest for DUI-drivers with ability impaired by alcohol.  2600 block of Buford Highway – On

Feb. 2, arrest for hit and run.  100 block of Windmont Drive – On

Feb. 2, arrest for marijuana possession.  3000 block of Buford Highway – On

Feb. 2, arrest for speeding in excess of maximum limits.  1900 block of North Druid Hills Road

– On Feb. 2, arrest for possession of controlled substance or marijuana.  500 block of Brookhaven Avenue – On

Feb. 3, arrest for shoplifting.  1200 block of Peachtree View/Apple

Valley Road – On Feb. 3, arrest for theft by receiving stolen property.  1200 block of Apple Valley Road/

Peachtree View – On Feb. 3, arrest for financial transaction card theft.  1200 block of Apple Valley Road/

Feb. 1, an arrest for cocaine possession.

Peachtree View – On Feb. 3, arrest for forgery of financial transaction.

 2700 block of Buford Highway – On

 2800 block of Buford Highway – On

Feb. 1, an arrest for fighting.  1300 block of Clairmont Road – On

Feb. 1, arrest for battery-family violence.  3900 block of Buford Highway – On

Feb. 1, arrest for public intoxication and public consumption.  3000 block of Buford Highway – On

Feb. 4, arrest for no driver’s license.  3800 block of Peachtree Road – On

Feb. 4, arrest for shoplifting.  3000 block of Buford Highway – On

Feb. 5, arrest for forgery in the fourth degree.  2600 block of Buford Highway – On

Feb. 5, arrest for public drunkenness.

Feb. 1, arrest for obstruction of officersresisting officer/arrest.

 1400 block of North Cliff Valley Way –

 1300 block of Briarwood Road – On

On Feb. 6, arrest for marijuana possession.

Feb. 1, arrest for reckless conduct.

 3800 block of Peachtree Road – On


6, arrest for battery-family violence. 3300 block of Clairmont Road – On Feb. 7, arrest for DUI-drivers with ability impaired by alcohol.

1700 block of North Druid Hills Road/Gail Drive – On Feb. 8, arrest


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Police: Part 1 crime drops in 2015 BY DYANA BAGBY

The number of Part 1 crimes reported in Brookhaven dropped from 1,528 in 2014 to 1,425 in 2015, according to statistics provided by the police department. Part 1 crimes include: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle thefts, thefts and arson. Brookhaven Police began patrolling the new city on July 31, 2013, and that

year reported 601 Part 1 crimes for those five months of that year. There are 69 officers on the Brookhaven force. No murders were reported in Brookhaven in 2013 or 2014 while two were reported in 2015 – one in October and one in November. In 2013, there were four rapes reported; six rapes were reported in 2014; and in 2015, there were five rapes reported.

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for obstruction and interference.

10, arrest for failure to maintain lane.

 3200 block of Buford Highway – On

 3300 block of Buford Highway/Briar-

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Executive Park Drive – On Feb. 9, arrest for no insurance.  2100 block of North Druid Hills Road/

Executive Park Drive – On Feb. 9, arrest for no insurance.  3300 block of Buford Highway/Briar-

wood Road – On Feb. 9, arrest for no insurance.  2600 block of Buford Highway – On

Feb. 10, arrest for failure to appear in court.  North

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 2900 block of Buford Highway/ North Druid Hills Road – On Feb. 11, arrest for not meeting headlight requirements.  2000 block of North Druid Hills Road

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Reporter Newspapers “That way, I Continued on page is working with Atlanta-based 12 a new mobile know all hy1Q, to survey market research residents of our Reporter Newspapers topics of state firm, drants have communities firm, and local interest. is working with periodically about market research Atlanta-based In our first poll, Religious Freedom a new mobile a new mobile been touched 1Q, to survey we ask about market research Restoration Act periodically about is working with residents of our the proposed topics of state ture. Nearly two-thirds firm, being considered communities communities and have been and local interest. Reporter Newspapers the proposed residents of our in the state periodically about of 200 respondents In our first poll, Religious Freedom we ask about 1Q, to survey reactions to the Legislasaid the bill should inspected.” Legislawe ask about Atlanta-based In our first poll, law. Read more Restoration Act in the state the proposed be rejected. Here about the poll ture. Nearly two-thirds and local interest. being considered Here are two Page 18 being considered are two and local comments That will mean topics of state Act rejected. in be of the 200 state Legislarespondents said Restoration reactions to the on page 11. ► said the bill should “more accuracy, the bill should law. Read more Religious Freedom on page 11. ► of 200 respondents be rejected. Here more about the poll local comments Page 18 are two accountability, and local comments ture. Nearly two-thirds more about the poll and ” Sanders said, on page 11. ► law. Read adding it will also give reactions to the firefighters hands-on I’m so sick of Georgia edge of where knowlthe city’s hydrants BY DYANA BAGBY case they need looking like backward are in Even having a BY JOE EARLE to find them proposal I’m so sick of Georgia dyanabagby@rep in an emerbufgency. joeearle@reporte orternewspapers.n foons. 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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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