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County considering trimming home garbage pickups BY JOE EARLE

Dance with me, Daddy PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

The Lynwood Park Community Center hosted its first ever Valentine’s Daddy-Daughter Dance on Feb. 13. Above, Derek Mueller, and daughter Madison, 7, get into the swing of things. Above, right, Brookhaven Police Officer Jeffrey Gant and daughter Lola, 4, take a breather. See more photos on page 2.

DeKalb County officials are considering major changes in how and how often county workers pick up residential garbage. Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May has proposed the county cut garbage pickups from two days a week to one and that county sanitation workers pick up yard waste and recycling on the same day they collect garbage. The change, intended to save money, will mean garbage trucks will come to residents’ homes once a week instead of four times a week. The county needs to make the change to cut costs, he said. “In DeKalb County, we have been delivering a Rolls-Royce level of service, but you all have been paying a Ford Focus rate,” May told about 40 people at Brookhaven City Hall. Residents now pay about $265 a year for garbage pickup, May said. If the county adopts the new pickup plan, it will not have to raise the fee, he said. May discussed the garbage collection plan with residents at meetings in Dunwoody Feb. 5 and Brookhaven on Feb. 17. He said he has recommended that the DeKalb County Commission adopt the new garbage pickup schedule. SEE COUNTY, PAGE 20

Efforts continue to preserve city’s trees BY ANN MARIE QUILL

As the city of Brookhaven works to tweak its tree ordinance amid criticism that the present law is too lenient on developers, the owners of a four-house project under way in Historic Brookhaven say they are attempting to preserve as many trees as possible in their development. A single house once sat on the 3.4-acre lot at 3005 Mabry Road, owned by the same family since 1927. The property was acquired in September by developers Mike Elliot and Melissa Bryson, both Historic Brookhaven residents. “We could have squeezed in a lot more homes, but we’re just doing four,” Bryson said. Bryson and Elliot say they are developing the property with no requests for rezoning or variances. The property, which they have named Brookhaven Forest, is zoned for R-100, which requires .35-

acre minimum lot sizes, but their plans call for .55 acres to more than an acre for each of the four lots. “We would have been able to squeeze more on, and it would have been a more profitable project, but it didn’t feel right,” Bryson said. “I live one street up and [Elliot lives nearby], and we love this property, and just wanted it to be maintained and look like it should look like since we’re here in the middle of Historic Brookhaven.” The city’s efforts to control tree removal have drawn complaints from residents who say they don’t go far enough. Sally Eppstein started an online petition to save the city’s tree canopy after becoming distressed by what she described as clearcutting on a property along North Druid Hills Road near Roxboro and Goodwin roads. At a recent City Council meeting, she pleaded to preserve old growth trees. SEE EFFORTS, PAGE 5


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Thousands of residents of north DeKalb County recently received notices stating incorrectly that their water supplies would be shut off for not paying their bills, county officials say. Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May apologized for the problems during a public meeting at Dunwoody City Hall on Feb. 5. “We had a major hiccup. We messed up,” May said. “You didn’t get your December bills, but you did get your cutoff notices.” May said as many as 8,500 customers may have received the improper notices. The customers did not receive bills in December, as they should have, May said, and the water department’s billing system flagged them for nonpayment. “Let me just apologize,” he said. He said county officials are working to fix the billing problems. Water will not be shut off to customers who received the improper notices, he said. Customers who paid fees to avoid water shutoffs will have that money deducted from future bills, he said. “We’re stopping any cutoffs,” he said, “so your water is not in danger of being cut off.”

Registration open for spring adult basketball league Registration for the city of Brookhaven’s 2015 Spring Adult Basketball League is open through March 6. The league, for men 17 years and older, has a 10-game schedule, with the first game scheduled March 30. Registration requires a commitment form to reserve a team spot in the league and a fee of $450 per team. Teams can sign up at the Parks and Recreation office at Lynwood Park Community Center, 3360 Osborne Road; online at; or faxed to 404-6370515. Registration forms and payment are due March 4. For more information, call 404-637-0542.

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Starting Feb. 23, the city of Brookhaven will close East Roxboro Road between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday for the installation of stormwater and sanitary sewer pipes between Goodwin Road and Wright Ave. Traffic on East Roxboro will be detoured to Lenox Park Boulevard and North Druid Hills Road. Access will be maintained for local traffic to access the properties and neighborhoods along East Roxboro south of Lenox Park Boulevard. The construction is expected to take no more than two weeks. For a larger version of the detour map, go to

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Brookhaven City Council usually meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Rd. For complete and up-to-date schedule of Brookhaven city meetings, go to .

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Efforts continue to preserve trees in Brookhaven CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

“I’m really saddened by all the destruction,” Eppstein said. “We need a ton of tweaking.” Tom Reilly echoed her concerns. “We’ve watched developers clear cut lot after lot, cram houses into lot after lot, pay whatever financial penalties we had for them to pay and then try to pass off as neighborhoods what seems like human warehouses with saplings in the middle of them. . . . It’s time to tweak.” Bryson said she and Elliot would do more to preserve trees on their property than the city requires. Bryson said they hired an arborist to identify each tree on the property more than 6 inches in diameter, while the city only requires identification of 15-inch diameter trees. That arborist identified 408 trees, and inventoried them by diameter size, species and condition. “We’re not trying to say that every tree will remain,” Bryson said, “but we’re definitely making a strong effort to save many of them.” Elliot and Bryson say they are taking steps to save as many trees as possible by creating a homeowners’ association, serving on the future neighborhood’s architectural review board and hiring a landscape architect who will help place the houses to minimize its impact on trees. Bryson and Elliot are also working on safely moving smaller trees and plants from

the site. The Georgia Native Plant Society conducted a plant rescue on the property, and Friends groups from Blackburn and Briarwood parks and Clack’s Corner also took some of the plants for their parks. Meanwhile, at Brookhaven’s Feb. 10 City Council meeting, city officials continued to tweak the tree ordinance, modified in August from the ordinance the city had originally adopted from DeKalb County. On Feb. 10 the council voted to change the required replacement of a specimen tree a developer removes from a ratio of 1-to-1 to 1-to-1.5. The council deferred a decision whether to raise or eliminate a cap on the fee a developer pays when unable to replace specimen trees. The current cap is $62,500.


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What you need to know about measles and how to protect your child The recent measles outbreak linked to an exposure at an amusement park in California has been a topic of discussion and concern among parents. There have been more than 100 measles infections in 17 states. Many parents are worried about protecting their children, as measles is highly contagious. A person with measles will infect nine out of 10 unimmunized people. In addition to the fever, cough, red eyes and extreme discomfort for seven to 10 days that can result from a measles infection, some children may experience ear infections, pneumonia and brain swelling. In the U.S., approximately three of 10 people who get measles will develop one or more complications, and one to two of every 1,000 children with measles will die from respiratory and neurologic complications. None of this has to happen, and none of it should happen. The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is effective, safe and available to healthy people over 1 year of age. The most important thing DR. ANDI you can do to protect your children from measles is to have them vaccinated according to the schedule prescribed by their pediatrician. L. SHANE MMR vaccines are typically given in two doses. The first dose, given between 12 and 15 months of GUEST COLUMN age, is 93 to 95 percent effective. The second dose is given between ages 4 and 6 and raises effectiveness to 97 to 99 percent. When more than 90 percent of people are vaccinated, “herd protection” is achieved. Herd protection is important for at-risk groups that cannot be vaccinated, such as infants, or people with weakened immune systems. These groups are also the most likely to suffer serious complications from measles should they become infected. If immunization rates fall below 90 percent, herd protection is lost. Given the success and importance of vaccines, why do some parents opt not to vaccinate their children? In some ways, vaccines are victim to their own success. As vaccines became available in the 1960s, the number of measles cases in the U.S. steadily declined from more than 500,000 per year to being declared eliminated in 2000. Since then, a small number of cases have been observed yearly (measles is still commonly transmitted in other countries and can be brought into the U.S. by unvaccinated travelers) but most Americans have not seen measles or other vaccine-preventable illnesses. When we don’t see illnesses such as measles, we underestimate their severity or assume that our children will not be affected. Some are even skeptical of the necessity or safety of vaccines. In reality, even the most serious side effects of the MMR vaccine are less likely than the risk of complications from measles. Numerous research studies have proven no link exists between receipt of the MMR vaccine and the development of autism. Twenty million people around the world become infected with measles each year; 146,000 die. We are fortunate to live in a country where we can ensure that every child is protected against measles. The ability to stop the spread of measles starts with being immunized. Dr. Andi L. Shane is medical director of Hospital Epidemiology, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


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“Definitely. Most definitely. It’s being considerate for others who are not able to be vaccinated, who have weaker immune systems and cannot be vaccinated. And, it’s safe.”

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They make their marks in the business world as teenagers BY ANN MARIE QUILL

Earning money as a kid doesn’t always mean running a lemonade stand, selling cookies or working part-time at a fast food restaurant. Sometimes it means creating your own product, putting your talents to work or even taking over a piece of a family business. Lily Sandler helped create a nationally successful lip balm company. John Livaditis took over a portion of his family’s Christmas tree business. Tyler Reid fixes computers for some 30 clients in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. Maxwell Estis has put his musical talents to work. These four local high school students talked to Reporter Newspapers about how they became entrepreneurs, and what motivates and inspires them. Here are snapshots of their young businesses.

American lip balm “This is my office; it’s kind of messy right now because we’re making some prototypes,” said the North Springs High School 11th-grader as she walked through BLAMtastic’s offices on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. Lily’s business, which she runs along with her mom, Renee, and sister, Melanie, has turned into a multimillion-dollar venture. It all started when her mother, Renee, read a Wall Street Journal article about a dearth of female CEOs in Fortune 500 companies, and asked her daughters what they thought about that. “We were 9 and 10 at the time and we said, ‘Well, that stinks, mom,’” Lily said. Her mother told her and her younger sister that she didn’t want them to feel limited because of their gender, and that she’d support them if they ever had an idea for a business.


Lily Sandler, owner of BLAMtastic, which makes all-natural lip balm, sells the product in Walmart.

“A couple of weeks later I was looking for my lip balm and I said, ‘Mom, where’s my lip blam?’” Lily said. “She said that would be a great name for a lip balm company.” Lily said they started cooking lip balm in their kitchen after researching ingredients on the Internet. “We literally took all our pots and just started making lip balm,” she said. They started selling their product, which has a base of aloe and beeswax, at school fairs, then “kicked it up a notch” by opening a mall kiosk to test the market, and went to trade shows. Then, Lily wrote a letter to Walmart. “They had just done this huge ‘Made in America’ campaign,” Lily said. “So I wrote them a letter and said, ‘Hey,

we’re American made.’ They agreed to a meeting with us, and we got our lip balm in their stores.” Lily said that once Walmart agreed to carry the product, she had about 10 seconds of relief, then started worrying about what to do next. “Getting it into Walmart was one challenge but then keeping it in Walmart and being able to do enough sales is another thing,” Lily said. “And we’ve been able to keep the sales up.” Any advice for her peers? “Find something that you’re really passionate about and something that you enjoy,” she said. “Because then it’s not work, it’s just turning your interest into something that’s useful and that can make you a couple of bucks in the meantime.” SEE THEY MAKE, PAGE 10

Is that sew? Local tailors want to make you look good BY JOE EARLE

A career as a tailor wasn’t Habib MoheThe Russians didn’t come. Mohebi and bi’s initial plan. his brothers landed in Iran, he said, and Mohebi grew up in Afghanistan. By his lived for 18 months in Tehran. Friends there early 20s, he said, he’d landed an office job taught them to tailor clothes. “You’ve got to at the airport in Kabul, the capital. Then the do something to be busy,” he said. Russians came. “I was there when In 1984, Mohebi fled Tehran the Russians invaded in 1979,” and ended up in the United States. Mohebi said. “If I stay there, I get Perimet er He made his way to Atlanta, where to go to jail, or die.” his sponsor lived. He arrived with Pro fil e So he fled, along with two of his $500 to live on, he said. He found brothers. They hired men to sneak work using his sewing skills. Four them out of the country. They years later, he opened his own taicrossed the Afghan border near a place where loring business on Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Russian soldiers camped. “Those guys told In 1991, he opened Phipps Tailoring us, ‘You’ve got to stay inside the house. ... If in Brookhaven. He named his business af[the Russians] come and see you, they’re goter Phipps Plaza, “because everyone knows ing to take you in. If they don’t, we’re going ‘Phipps’ in this neighborhood.” He still opto take you across the border.’” SEE STORY, PAGE XX

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On Jan. 29, Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Stephanie Snodgrass, Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Mahaffey, community members, residents and staff of Brookdale Dunwoody attended a ribbon cutting at the senior living community. Located at 1460 South Johnson Ferry Road, the facility supports both independent retirement living as well as personal care living, and features a wellness center, movie theater, internet cafĂŠ and other amenities.

On Jan. 30, the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce, friends and staff of Your Pie Pizza Dunwoody helped cut the ribbon at their new location. In attendance, far left, Chamber President Stephanie Snodgrass, owners Lisa Maclellan, center, and husband Morgan, in red apron, with Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, at right of Maclellan. The shop is located at 123 Perimeter Center West, #200.


Center Ice Arena celebrated its grand opening at 5750 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs on Jan. 22. Attending the festivities were Chris Adams, Marilisa Walker-Lyden, Dianne Fries, Chris Burnett, Mike Aldredge, Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Mahaffey, Michelle McIntosh, Stephane Normandeau, Andy Bauman, Karen Trylovich, Suzanne Brown, Beth Berger, Andrea Hall and others. The arena offers public skating as well as hockey and skating clinics. SPECIAL

TK Bridal & Alterations held a ribbon cutting on Jan. 24, attended by employees and other supporters, including, Suzanne Brown, Beth Berger, Linda Sears, Norma Jean-Martin, Pansy Manley, Conrad Knibb, Marilisa Walker-Lyden, Karen Trylovich and guests. The store, located at 5932-B Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, offers bridal gowns as well as resizing and restyling dress services.


Take 5 Oil Change, located at 6569 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, held a ribbon cutting on Jan. 23. Attending, left to right, Chris Adams, Christopher Jackson, Oscar Ford, Justin Sloan, Jessica Callahan, Kathryn Smith, Crystal Bell, Dan Grace, Christy Morvant, Suzanne Brown, Jim Derrick, Dianne Fries, Beth Berger and Marilisa Walker-Lyden. |

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They make their marks in the business world as teenagers A knack for fixing computers

John Livaditis, right, handles tree removal for Big John’s Christmas Trees.


Driving for success John Livaditis said he was excited but a little overwhelmed when his uncle handed over to him the tree removal portion of his family’s business, Big John’s Christmas Trees. “I never had to make so many phone calls and be so social with people; that kind of threw me off,” John said. “I’m in charge of everything,” he said. “I do the actual jobs, make the phone calls and emails, the hiring, if I need it. It’s all me. I use my own vehicle.” He managed to surpass goals he set for himself. That allowed him to buy a new truck. Last year John managed 78 tree removals, a number that grew to 125 this year, and his goal was 100. John says he likes to be constantly moving and loves driving – both skills that have come in handy with his business. “I drove 1,200 miles in 14 days,” he said. “I want to be moving; I don’t want to be behind a company desk. He may keep the business once he graduates from North Atlanta High School, but he hasn’t decided, and says that taking over Big John’s one day is a possible goal. First, he’ll go to college and play baseball. John said he’s learned some business lessons. “You’ve got to be very mature, responsible and patient,” he said. “It helps to have a goal in the back of your mind.”

Tyler Reid started his own business several years ago at the advice of family members. “I always had a knack for fixing computers,” said Tyler, a North Springs senior. “All my relatives would come to me with computer problems and I would fix their stuff. They said, ‘You should do something with this. Turn it into something,’” he said. Tyler is also captain of his school’s football and baseball teams, and says juggling school – he has a 4.0 grade point average – sports and his business can be a challenge. But as sole proprietor of Tyler’s Computer services, Tyler can set his own schedule. He has about 30 customers in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, and performs services such as repairs, software upgrades and setting up networks. And if he can’t figure out why something isn’t working, “I’ll take it apart and find out,” he said. Tyler said that time management and responding to clients in a timely fashion are two of the biggest lessons he’s learned. “I’ve had my share of failures where somebody asked me to help and I didn’t get back to them because I didn’t know when I would be able to, and they later said, ‘You didn’t respond so we went with someone else.’” Tyler incorporated his company in 2014. “[Incorporating] is really teaching me to run a business,” he said. “I’m having to file income statements and mark down all my expenses. If I buy a cable, I have to write it down. If I get paid, I have to write it down.” He says he hopes to continue his business when he goes to college, and that he would tell his peers to pursue running a company if they want to. “Go for it,” Tyler said. “It’s not that difficult, and at this age there may be some risks but not as big as if you’re trying to feed a family. If you fail you’ll be alright, and you’re dipping your toes in the water and getting experience.”


Tyler Reid fixes computers for about 30 clients.

Music for fun and to get paid, too

Maxwell Estis has been playing music since age 6.




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North Atlanta High senior Maxwell Estis has turned his musical talents into a career. He’s played his cello and keyboards as a member of various bands, and also arranges and composes songs for other groups. Maxwell is a staff musician for Cooper Piano, too. Maxwell has played for weddings and “lots of Sweet 16 parties,” he said, estimating that he plays a professional gig about once a week. Currently in the middle of auditioning for various music colleges, Maxwell said he’s been playing music since he was about 6 years old, but it wasn’t until his father showed him “the funner parts of music, like jazz and pop, that I began to understand how music could be fun, and I could have a little more freedom, and get paid to make music.” Maxwell said playing music professionally is preparing him for a career. “Seeing it as a career has made me a better person as far as teamwork and problem solving go. Being part of a group, being in a dynamic of a band, has taught me about how important communication is,” he said. “And, it’s helped me hone my craft.”


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erates his small shop at the intersection of Peachtree and Ashford Dunwoody roads. Now, at age 59, he makes custom suits priced from $1,500 to $2,500 and sells less expensive, offthe-rack suits from Italy. Dozens of tailors have set up shop in Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Buckhead and other communities near the Perimeter area, according to listings on the Internet. Some specialize in alterations of off-the-rack clothing; others offer high-end custom suits made from fine imported fabrics. Why so many? Business is good, they say. Besides, “it’s a fun business. It’s a business where you make people look good,� said Jiwani, owner of Jiwani Custom Clothiers in Sandy Springs. Jiwani, who’s 65, grew up in Bangladesh. His family moved to Canada in 1971, where he trained as an economist and worked for a large marketing company, he said. He didn’t like the job. He did like fine clothes. And he wanted to be his own boss. So he decided to go into business selling custom suits. “I come from a lineage of entrepreneurs,� he said. “I chose this because I love fashion and I love clothes. I love

Jiwani, owner of Jiwani Custom Clothiers in Sandy Springs, liked fine clothes and wanted to be his own boss, so he decided to sell custom suits.

dressing up people. You dress up people and they feel good and you feel good.� Twenty-five years ago, he moved his family to metro Atlanta to escape the “cold, cold, cold� of Toronto, he said. He set up shop in the garage of his Sandy Springs home. Jiwani Custom Clothiers now operates from the Con-


course in Sandy Springs and claims offices in a dozen or more cities spread from Boston to Los Angeles. Jiwani is quick to say he doesn’t sew the clothes himself. The part of the business he likes is working directly with his customers to find clothes that suit them. “The thing I liked was how

to get a tape [measure] around somebody,� he said. His suits are manufactured in Hong Kong. They cost from $900 to $4,000, depending on the fabric, he said. He meets customers by appointment, moving from his company’s sales room in Florida to ones in New York and other cities. “This is not retail,� he said. “You can’t walk in here and buy.� He sells service. “What drives a business is a high quality of service,� he said. “A suit is a suit is a suit. They get a taste of the service and a quality product behind the high-quality service...� His clients include lawyers, bankers, CEOs, he said. “We have clients in very high positions in politics, business and finance,� Jiwani said, declining to drop names. “They all care to look good.� Mohebi also says that most of his customers are professionals. “In this area, the income is a lot more ... People dress up a lot more,� he said Some come to him because they find it difficult to buy clothes that fit them properly, he said. Others, he said, just want to look good.

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Israeli pianist Shai Wosner’s playing reveals “a keen musical mind and deep musical soul” (NPR, All Things Considered). Lyrical and deeply considered, “This is pianism of the very highest order, involving and fullblooded” (International Piano). Shai Wosner

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David Finckel / Wu Han / Philip Setzer Trio Pre-concert Talk 2:00PM

In performances of the two Schubert trios at Spivey Hall and elsewhere, the masterful Finckel/Wu Han/Setzer Trio gave David Finckel / Wu Han / Philip Setzer Trio “an exuberant, eddying account of the B-flat, then turned the screws tighter for the E-flat, grabbing listeners, as it were, by the throats” (San Jose TICKETS ON SALE NOW: Mercury-News). Visit to purchase tickets Friends of Spivey Hall Concert Sponsors: and for complete program information. Jeffrey M. Adams & Susan M. Hunter

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Throwback Thursday Thursday, Feb. 26, 7-10 p.m. – “Hope Flies”

Anne Bailey Sunday, March 1, 10 a.m. – Discov-

er local artist Ann Bailey, and see her traditional landscapes, waterscapes and animal art. Free. Open to the public. Show continues through March 31. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: comments@co.fulton. with questions.

helps raise awareness of mitochondrial disease, and features dancing and fashions from the ‘70s. Tickets, $40 per person; $75 per couple, includes beer and wine. All proceeds benefit the Foundation for Mitochondrial Disease. For more event information or to buy tickets, visit: Johnny’s Hideaway, 3771 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, 30342.

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Cajun Swing Saturday, March 7, 8-11 p.m. – Celebrate

with Zydeco Ya Ya! The band brings a Louisiana dance hall sound with fiddle, accordion and frottoir (rubboard), and plays everything from traditional Zydeco to swamp pop, second line and Cajun swing. Cajun food for sale. Cash bar. Free beginners dance lesson 7-8 p.m. Tickets: $18; $5 students. Knights of Columbus Post 660, 2620 Buford Highway, NE, Atlanta, 30324. To learn more, go to:, email: or call 877-338-2420.


Sunday, Mar. 15, 2015 | 3:00PM | $56

Dunwoody Garden Club hosts its 38th annual Bridge party, luncheon, Stein Mart fashion show and silent auction at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Fundraiser enables the club to continue projects that make Dunwoody a “more vibrant and beautiful community.” Tickets: $20. 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For further information, call 770-671-0863 or go to:

Exceptional Adventures Saturday, Feb. 28, 5:30-8 p.m. – The Exceptional Adventures activity includes musical fun and games. Participants make their own musical instruments. The club is a monthly social-recreational program to bring special needs kids ages 4-12 together for fun. Siblings invited. $10; $5 activity fee per child. Hammond Park Community Building, 6005 Glenridge Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. Visit: www. to sign up or call 770-730-5600 for additional information.

Saturday, March 7, 8-11 a.m. – It’s time for the 32nd annual Chattahoochee Road Race! Participate in a very fast out and back race, with a 3/4 mile downhill finish, one of the fastest 5K & 10K races in Georgia. Peachtree Road Race seeded qualifier. $20$35. Race benefits the Chattahoochee Road Runners. Awards, vendors, t-shirts, refreshments, professional photos. LeFont Theaters, 100-152 Sandy Springs Cir., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. For additional details and to register, go to: http://crrrace. com.


Boutique Sale Monday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – The

Community Assistance Center of Sandy Springs holds a thrift boutique seasonal sale! Check out winter merchandise at rock-bottom prices. Sale continues through Feb. 27. Store closed March 2-8 to restock with spring fashions, re-opening Monday, March 9. Open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs, 30350. To find out more call 770-552-4889 or visit:


Book Festival Monday, Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m. – The Marcus

Jewish Community Center of Atlanta welcomes authors Anita Diamant to discuss “The Boston Girl;” Scott Stossel, on March 1 to speak on “My Age of Anxiety;” and on March 3, Laura Lippman discusses her latest thriller “Hush Hush.” Tickets for each event: MJCCA members: $10; community: $15. Book signing follows each discussion. Limited seating; reservations recommended. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Visit: or call 678-812-4002 for details and tickets.

Compassion & Love Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6-8 p.m. – Learn the deepest

yoga/meditation practice of all that is accessible to everyone – “yoga of the heart.” Melt the walls

of resentment and frustration around you and others. Free. RSVP to 404-843-1880. For members of the Cancer Support Community, 5775 Peachtree- Dunwoody Rd., Suite C-225, Atlanta, 30342. Go to: www. to find out more.

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lanta Astronomy Club to look at the moon, visible planets and other objects, try out a variety of telescopes, or talk to amateur astronomers about the night sky. For ages 6 and up. Free. All are welcome. Bring binoculars or your own telescope. Morgan Falls Overlook Park, 200 Morgan Falls Rd., Sandy Springs, 30350. For additional details, call 770730-5600. Pre-registration requested at:

Build It! Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – At-

tracting native wildlife to your yard is easy if you have the knowhow. Join a horticulturist in taking a deeper look at the connection between the plant and animal worlds. Class includes presentation and tour of the outdoors. Participants receive free plant; additional available for purchase. $20 general public; $10 Chattahoochee Nature Center members. Registration required by Feb. 25. Visit: to sign up, and call 770-992-2055 to learn more. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075.

Saturday, March 7, 1-2:30 p.m. – Write the stories of your life two pages at a time! Free and open to the community. For adults. Registration required by emailing:, or calling 678-3861651. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: or call 404-303-6130 for additional details.

Marketing for Nonprofits

Social Security Finances

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 6:30-7:45 p.m. – Par-

ticipants focus on developing and implementing marketing and fundraising strategies; making a case for marketing and funding nonprofits; developing initiatives for sustainable enterprise and fundraising. Free. Open to all. Appropriate for college, adults, elders. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Email: comments@co.fulton. or call 404-814-3500 with questions.

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Tuesday, Feb. 24, 6:30-8 p.m. – Ever wonder

why there is so much talk about heart disease? What causes it and how is it treated? Join others for an indepth discussion about the topic and a holistic approach to improving those conditions. Free. Open to the public. For those ages 18 and up. Call 770512-4640 or visit the Dunwoody Branch Library for information. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

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Saturday, March 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. – Work-

shop shows you when to start taking benefits, strategies to increase your benefits, how to minimize taxes on benefits, and more. Free. The public is welcome is attend. For elders and adults. Reserve a space by, contacting Kevin Turner at 770-804-0428 or emailing: Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Email: or call 404-814-3500 for further information.

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MD, with Emory Special Diagnostic Services, dedicated to evaluating patients with symptoms and/or illnesses for which the reason has not been identified or diagnosed, speaks and takes questions. Contact Cathy Wright at 770-394-0675 for further information. No reservations. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, in the Francis Asbury Room, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

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Saturday, March 7, 3-5 p.m. – Elaine Jo, executive master of the Ichiyo School of Ikebana, leads a hands-on workshop on Ikebana of the Ichiyo style. Container and other items supplied. Students must bring their own floral supplies with further information given at time of registration. For adults. Open to the public. Sign up by calling 404-233-1846 or 404-831-5605. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: or call 404-3036130.

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City councilman gives homeless animals ‘a place to crash’ BY ANN MARIE QUILL

He may be better known for filling an that went into the shelter empty City Council seat in Brookhavnever made it out, Park en, but for the last couple of years John said. Park has quietly provided shelter aniAfter he adopted his mals with a warm place to sleep. dog, Park said he went to Park and his wife, Morgan, foster pets FODA’s website and befor Friends of DeKalb gan Animals, or FODA, a making Do you know an organization or nonprofit group that contripulls animals out of butions individual making a difference shelters and transand atin our community? Email ports them to states tending in the northeastern fundU.S., where there are raisers. shortages of dogs to adopt. “One day they said, Park says it started five years ago ‘Can you take a dog?’” when he went to the DeKalb animal Park said. Since that time, SPECIAL PHOTOS shelter to adopt his dog, Jamie, a half Park estimates that some Morgan Harris, left, and her husband, Brookhaven City Councilman John Park, right, Lab, half Chow mix. When he got to the 50 or 60 dogs have temfoster pets for the Friends of DeKalb Animals organization. The nonprofit group shelter, he said, there were only about 20 porarily stayed in his untransports shelter animals to states where there is a shortage of adoptable pets. dogs in the adoption room. Park said he finished basement, where told shelter staff, “I would have imagthey can be separated if ined that you had more dogs.” contagious and simply “All we do is give them a place to tell that she was a stray, not as well so“They said, ‘Are you sure you want given a place to rest before being transcrash,” he said. “I would love to go back cialized [as others], but she’s a great to see them?’” Park said, and then they ported to rescue groups in the north. to the shelter and grab all of them, but guard dog and great on a leash. There’s took him to the back of the shelter. “They range from puppies to 5 to 6 you have to balance and understand that something about shelter dogs, they just “It was horrific,” he said. “There were years [old],” he said. “They just need a you do what you can.” know they’ve been rescued.” four or five dogs to a kennel, and it was quiet place, a walk and to socialize beAs for Jamie, Park’s adopted dog? For more information about FODA, constantly damp.” fore they all pretty much go on to a bet“We just love her,” he said. “You could visit At the time, 80 percent of the dogs ter life.”


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What’s in a name? A road, a school, a spot on the drive home... We see their names almost every day. Long after they’ve died, they live on, their names or the places they lived or built as well-known to us as any familiar locations in our neighborhoods. Still, do you know who they were, when they lived or why their names are embedded in the landscape? Here’s a little test. Check out the photos at

right. They come from local archives and depict people who helped make Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs the communities they are today. See if you can identify the subjects. Now see how many of them you can match to locations marked on the map below.



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Aysha Rahman STAR student

Melissa Hankinson STAR teacher

Atlanta International School

David Robinson STAR student

Brandon Hall

Davis Cavanagh STAR student

Kevin Langley STAR teacher

Cross Keys High School

Bradley Mensah STAR student

Christina Holtzman STAR teacher

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Claire Kelsey STAR student



Stephanie Garner STAR teacher

Lee Chern STAR teacher

Chamblee Charter High School

Shengjie “Jack” Bian STAR student

Colleen Martenson STAR teacher

Dunwoody High School

Max Noto STAR student

Bradley Hendrickson STAR teacher

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Meredith Jones STAR student

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Kavi Pandian STAR student

Stephen Rubino STAR teacher

The Galloway School

Noah Macey STAR student

Lisa Lindgren STAR teacher

The Lovett School

Sonia Gupta STAR student

Mike Sanders STAR teacher


Julia Denniss STAR student

Mark Craddock STAR teacher

North Atlanta High School

Anna Gustafson STAR student

Andre Regan STAR teacher

Riverwood International Charter School

Lakshima Anumukonda STAR teacher

Albert Xiong STAR student

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Myriam Shehata STAR student

Naitnaphit Limlamai STAR teacher

Hunter Whitney STAR student

North Springs Charter High School

Nicholas Evgenios Redd STAR student

Rahim Ghassemian STAR teacher

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Sarah Lettes STAR student

St. Pius X Catholic High School

Connor Huddleston STAR student

Lesley Bowman STAR teacher

Zach Strother STAR teacher

Jonathan Day STAR teacher

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Samantha Leff STAR student

Cristina Stevenson STAR teacher

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John Shen STAR student

Ross Peters STAR teacher

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 Kenny Buckner  Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School senior Kenny Buckner, a senior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, is bound for the Empire State thanks to a fulltuition scholarship made possible through an academic partnership between Syracuse University and The Posse Foundation. Kenny is active in a number of service activities: the national Horizons Program, a summer enrichment program providing academics and cultural awareness activities; Holy Innocents’ Student Diversity Leadership Council, focusing on cross-cultural community and social justice; and the Change a Life club, mentoring at-risk primary school students through tutoring, after school events and fundraising at the Sandy Springs Mission. The senior, along with being a top student, speaks to The Posse Foundation’s goal to recruit, award and train extraordinary students with leadership and academic potential. Holy Innocents’ Director of Community Outreach and Admissions, Kenny White, said he noticed Kenny’s abilities upon entering the school. He said that Kenny “has blossomed and developed his love of learning since coming to Holy Innocents’, and that his intellectual curiosity, aptitude and sense of service makes him a great candidate for Posse. He has shown a great dedication to a rigorous course load, passion for social justice, and community initiatives and participation, in various other endeavors.” The Posse Foundation, founded in 1989, selects high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential and sends them in groups, called Posses, to some of the top colleges and universities in the country. Each Posse is a multicultural team with 10 members. The nominated student must make it through a process of essays, three rounds of interviews, researching

and selecting the college or university they want to call home, if selected for their city’s Posse. With program across the country, the Posse Foundation and its institutional partners have awarded over $688 million in four-year, full-tuition merit scholarships to more than 5,500 Posse Scholars since 1989. Kenny is one of 10 students selected by Posse Atlanta, and he and his peers in the class of 2015 will be the fourth class of Posse Scholars for Syracuse University. When speaking with Kenny at the Posse offices in downtown Atlanta, the interview site, he mentioned how grateful he was for the opportunity to be nominated. “Receiving the Posse scholarship has proven to me that with hard work comes success,” he said. “To be able to earn a full tuition ride to college and create a new family with nine other people is life changing.”

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Brookhaven Police Blotter From police reports dated Jan. 30 through Feb. 12 The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be gaccurate.

ROBBERY  3000

block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 2, a robbery was reported.

 3100

block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 2, a robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

 2000 block of Burton Plaza—On Feb. 8,

a carjacking was reported.

 2400

block of Briarcliff Road—On Feb. 8, a robbery of a business with a gun was reported.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 12, a robbery in the street with a gun was reported.


block of Clairmont Road—On Feb. 2, burglary of a residence was reported.

 2500

block of Drew Valley Road— On Feb. 2, burglary of a residence was reported.

 2300

block of Burch Circle—On Feb. 3, burglary of a residence was reported.

 3400

block of Stratfield Drive— On Feb. 7, burglary of a residence was reported and an arrest was made for possession of tools for the commission of a crime.

 100

block of Glen Way—On Feb. 12, a burglary of a residence was reported and a second burglary attempt was reported.


 1900

block of Manville Drive—On Feb. 2, aggravated assault with a weapon was reported.

 1000

block of Hedge Rose Court—On Feb. 5, battery was reported and an arrest was made.

 1300

block of North Cliff Valley Way— On Feb. 5, family battery was reported and an arrest was made.

 3400

block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 7, a sexual assault was reported.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 7, battery was reported; On Feb. 9, battery was reported.

 3800 block of Peachtree Road—On Feb.

8, simple battery was reported. On Feb. 9, an arrest was made for simple battery.

FRAUD  2400

block of Briarcliff Road—On Feb. 6, forgery of a check was reported.

 2900

block of Clairmont Road—On Feb. 6, financial card transaction fraud was reported; On Feb. 9, financial transaction card fraud was reported.


Man arrested for Brookhaven Chevron robbery Dale Hawkins, a 21-year-old from Lilburn, was arrested on Feb. 10 in connection with the armed robbery of a Brookhaven Chevron gas station at 2289 N. Druid Hills Road. During the course of the investigation, detectives were able to connect Hawkins to an armed robbery of a Shell gas station in unincorporated DeKalb County and a Lilburn Wells Fargo Bank, according to a press release from Brookhaven Police. Brookhaven detectives and their crime analysis expert were able to use data collected during the two gas station armed robberies to identify Hawkins as a suspect. Detectives located the vehicle used in both armed robberies in the possession of Hawkins through their investigation and surveillance. During this investigation, detectives learned that a robbery had occurred at a Lilburn Wells Fargo Bank involving a person that matched the description of the suspect in the two gas station armed robberies. Detectives eventually linked all three incidents together. Detectives from Brookhaven, Lilburn and DeKalb Police departments along with Gwinnett County Probation made contact with Hawkins at his Lilburn residence. Detectives located evidence in Hawkins’ residence that was involved in or received during the three armed robbery incidents. He was interviewed and confessed to the crimes. Brookhaven detectives have secured warrants through DeKalb County for Armed Robbery. He is currently being held in the Gwinnett County Jail on charges filed by the Lilburn Police Department. Feb. 5, theft was reported. 5, shoplifting was reported; On Feb. 7, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On Feb. 9, theft of a bicycle was reported.

block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 30, an arrest was made for DUI by multiple substances; On Feb. 1, an arrest was made for DUI; an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On Feb. 3, an arrest was made for DUI.

 1500

 3200

 3800 block of Peachtree Road—On Feb.

block of West Nancy Creek Drive—On Feb. 6, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 700

block of Brookhaven Avenue—On Feb. 6, theft was reported twice.

 2200 block of Lake Boulevard—On Feb.

6, theft was reported.

 2900

block of Clairmont Road—On Jan. 30, theft was reported.

 3300

block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 30, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1800

block of Eighth Street—On Jan. 30, theft from mail was reported.

 2700

block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 31, theft was reported.

 3100

block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 30, two arrests were made for trafficking illegal drugs; On Feb. 5, three arrests were made for public intoxication; On Feb. 9, an arrest was made for DUI.

 2600

block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 30, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court; On Jan. 31, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court; On Feb. 9, three arrests were made for failure to appear; On Feb. 12, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 1, an auto theft was reported.

 4000

 2900

block of Clairmont Road—On Feb. 7, an auto theft was reported.

 100

 3200 block of Gables Drive—On Feb. 9,

 4200 block of Peachtree Road—On Feb.

4, a report of entering auto was made.

block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 1, an arrest was made for public consumption; On Feb. 8, an arrest was made for DUI.

 2900

 2800

an auto theft was reported.

ASSAULT  3800

block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 1, aggravated assault was reported.

 2800

block of Clairmont Road—On Feb. 2, battery was reported.


block of Summit Boulevard—On Feb. 2, a report of entering auto was made.


block of Executive Park Drive—On Feb. 2, theft was reported.

block of Mitchell Cove—On Feb. 4, theft was reported.

 1800

block of Tobey Road—On Feb. 4, theft was reported.

 2900

block of Clairmont Road—On

 2700

block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 31, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

 2900

block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 30, an arrest was made for DUI. |

 3000

block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 3, an arrest was made for DUI.

 3300

block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 31, an arrest was made for aggravated stalking; On Feb. 4, two people were arrested for DUI; On Feb. 10, two people were arrested for obstruction and resisting arrest; On Feb. 12, an arrest was made for DUI.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 9, an arrest was made for family violence, battery.

 3700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Jan. 30, an arrest was made for driving without a license, during a traffic stop.

 4100

block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 30, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court.

 1300

block of North Cliff Valley Way— On Jan. 30, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

 1800

block of Corporate Boulevard— On Jan. 31, an arrest was made for public intoxication and public consumption; an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

 3900

block of Peachtree Road—On Jan. 31, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court; On Feb. 8, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

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02-20-2015 Brookhaven Reporter  
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