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the job. “It’s the chase,” Barrett said. “You have the crime and then you have the chase to catch the bad guy.” Barrett said he’s only worked two years on day shift during his nearly 20 years as an officer. “Your serious criminals will come out at night,” he said. “Normal working people have a job and they have to be asleep to get up at a certain time. They’re not going to be out bumming around at midnight, 2, 3 or 4 in the morning.” He said he preferred working at night because night-shift officers have a little more leeway to pursue what they feel most passionately about. Barrett worked with Cobb County Police and transferred from a DUI Task Force to a gang unit, where he really started enjoying investigative police work, he said. When he came to Dunwoody, Barrett said he continued to work on identifying gang members and trying to help the

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. “This is the most Interim DeKalb dynamic CEO Lee May service delivery change this county has seen in a long time,” May said in Brookhaven. He said the county had not raised garbage pickup fees in nine years. “We should have looked at this long ago,” he said. Still, he said he worried about tinkering with a popular county service. “For me, it was a tough decision,” he said. “My staff will




Ariana Wright, 10, along with her grandmother Lamar, scan the skies during the “Great Backyard Bird Count” at the Dunwoody Nature Center on Feb. 14. The bird count, now in its 18th year, enables citizens to collect data on the populations and migratory patterns of birds for the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. View additional photos on page 22.

Detective’s work on the night shift wins fans BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

As a young man, Robert Barrett listened eagerly as his uncle told stories about police work. He decided that’s what he wanted to do, too. “I wanted to get in and get the bad guys off the streets,” Barrett said. His commitment and enthusiasm for the job has paid off. This year, his fellow Dunwoody police officers voted Barrett, now a detective, the department’s “Officer of the Year” award for the second time. He won the award both in 2010 and 2014. Deputy Chief David Sides says that in a fairly small department such as Dunwoody, everybody knows everybody, and the officers know who’s doing a good job. “When you stand out to such a degree that you get noticed by your peers, that’s saying quite a bit,” he said. Barrett said he believes his peers recognized his dedication to the job when they voted for him. He regularly chooses to work nights and volunteers for extra duty. And he loves


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Dunwoody Homeowners Association board member Bill Grossman wants to reignite the city’s chili cook-off. In 2009 and 2010, the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce sponsored chili cook-off events that drew crowds of chili fans. The chamber didn’t hold the chili competition in subsequent years, Grossman said, but not because it wasn’t popular. Grossman, who several years ago pushed for a concert series that grew into Dunwoody’s popular Food Truck Thursday events, now has called on the DHA to pick up the chili pot. He said he wants to restart the chili cook-off because Dunwoody needs another community event. Not much work has gone into pulling together the event yet. “In January, we started running dates around the community, and came up with the weekend of Oct. 10 and 11, when there are no major conflicts,” Grossman said. “That’s as far as we’ve gotten so far.” He thinks that through the sale of sponsorships, the chili cook-off could be a money-maker for the homeowners’ group. “I would like to schedule it or set it up so that it makes good revenue for

the DHA,” he said. He said that he wants something that wouldn’t require too much in the way of volunteers from the community. No location has been determined, and Grossman said he is open to the idea of combining a cook-off with music, art or other activities. “I’d like to start up another good community event in October, which is my favorite month to do things like this because the weather’s nice and it doesn’t rain as much,” Grossman said. Grossman came up with the idea for Food Truck Thursdays in 2012, he said, and, in 2013, when he turned over the Dunwoody Homeowners Association presidency to Stacy Harris, he started working on planning. The first Food Truck Thursday took place May 24, 2013, on the last day of school that year. The program ran for 22 successful weeks. Things went so well that 27 weeks of Food Truck Thursdays were scheduled in 2014. Now Grossman is planning another round of food truck-based shows in 2015. “We’re scheduled to crank that back up April 2,” he said.

DHA: Residents’ concerns on townhomes being resolved Representatives of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association say a developer has resolved most of their concerns about a proposal to build 81 townhomes near the Dunwoody Village Parkway. DHA President Robert Wittenstein said the organization should contract with developer Cypress Communities to make sure the agreement holds. Carl Westmoreland, representing the developer, said he would be happy to continue to work with the DHA and enter into whatever contract is appropriate. Changes the homeowners sought include reducing encroachment into the stream buffers, and a higher starting price for the townhomes. Prices of the

two and three-bedroom homes will start at about $450,000, Westmoreland said. The townhomes will each have a twocar garage and an 18-foot driveway. Recommendations were made for a homeowner’s association to maintain private roads in the development and set rental agreement terms. “This is a world of difference,” Wittenstein said. Resident Tim O’Connor expressed doubt in an email. “The developer claims the townhomes will sell for $450,000 despite most single-family detached homes in the surrounding area selling for less than that,” he said. –Ellen Eldridge

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COMMUNITY Mayor Mike Davis said during his 2015 “State of the City” address on Feb. 12 that it takes “a vision, a plan, a budget and elected leaders with a bit of salesmanship skill” to make cities attractive. ELLEN ELDRDIGE

Davis: City wants to hear residents’ thoughts on future BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Certain cities have a distinct charm and panache, Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis says. They’re places where a turn off the highway brings drivers through a gateway that lets them know they’re “home.” “These things don’t happen naturally,” Davis said during his 2015 “State of the City” address for Dunwoody on Feb. 12. It takes a vision, a plan, a budget and elected leaders with a bit of salesmanship skill to make cities attractive, he said. Though 2014 was not an easy year, it wasn’t as difficult as some earlier years. The mayor reminded the community the city’s millage rate has stayed constant and taxes haven’t gone up. “We did it again,” Davis said. “We did a great job.” Three years ago, at his first State of the City address, he asked residents, “Who is going to buy your house?” Now, members of the Millennial generation want to move to Dunwoody, he said, because of its location, with easy access to highways and other transportation, like MARTA, and a regional executive airport. He said Millennials, who will make up the workforce of the future, want stability. They don’t want to shift around from city to city to move up in a corporation such as State Farm, which came to Dunwoody in 2014. Other attractive features of Dunwoody include its executive housing, Class A office space, shopping, restaurants and top-quality hospi-

tals, he said. Davis said City Councilman Terry Nall may have been the first one to start using the phrase “A better Dunwoody,” but that’s the kind of vision that Davis said he wants to build on. In thinking about the kind of quality features Davis said he wants to bring to Dunwoody to give the city “a sense of place,” he mentioned the construction going on in Brook Run Park with the Treetop Quest adventure park. Davis said what he and other elected officials need now is input from the residents of Dunwoody. To make Dunwoody a place where community members feel their blood pressure lower as they cross that “gateway,” and “breathe a sigh of relief to be home,” Davis said he needs feedback. “It’s all about your input,” Davis said as he encouraged people to come out and voice their opinions about the direction the city’s taking over the next six months. “Now’s your chance.” Davis invited the Dunwoody community to attend two “Shape Dunwoody” workshops, the first set to focus on the east side of the city, which includes Districts 2 and 3, and the second set to focus more on the west side of the city, including Districts 1 and 2. The first workshop is set for Feb. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in Room 212 at Kingswood United Methodist Church. The second workshop is set for Mar. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dunwoody Library.

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Dunwoody Homeowners Association President Robert Wittenstein says it’s time to close the DHA office, but that doesn’t mean the organization is slowing down its operations. The DHA started without an office and now its president says keeping it isn’t cost-effective. The DHA will save about $15,000 a year by closing its little-used office in Dunwoody Village, he said. “What we’re doing is taking it virtual,” Wittenstein said. “We operate virtually today because the office hasn’t had anybody in it for ages,” he said. “We’re available and as much a part of the community as ever.” For many years, the DHA had a small office it occupied rent-free in the Spruill farmhouse. About five or six years ago, the administration at the farmhouse started trying to rent its space for spe-

cial events. “At the time, we looked around and talked about going virtual,” he said. “But, for better or worse, there was a lot of empty space in the Dunwoody Village shopping center.” The idea was to put a big conference table in a rented office and offer its use to groups for meetings. “It was a nice idea, but it didn’t get used,” Wittenstein said. Continuing to pay rent, heating and other bills associated with the space simply isn’t wise, Wittenstein said. “It’s not that we can’t afford it. It’s not a good use of our money,” he said. Wittenstein added that membership in the DHA is up 10 percent when compared to last year. “We’ve still got the same phone number and P.O. Box,” Wittenstein said. ““We’re just losing the physical address.”

DeKalb CEO: No cutoffs due to mistaken water bills Thousands of residents of north DeKalb County recently received notices stating incorrectly that their water would be shut off for not paying their bills, county officials say. Interim 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 noBR I EF S tices.” 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 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.”

Free help with federal tax filings Volunteers from the AARP Foundation are scheduled to offer free tax preparation help for senior citizens and low- or moderate-income taxpayers during sessions at local library branches. The volunteers, certified tax preparers, will help residents file federal and Georgia e-file returns, said Mary Fakharian, who handles communications for the local AARP district. AARP volunteers will staff more than 50 locations in the metro Atlanta area, she said. Local tax help sessions are scheduled to be held at the Chamblee library branch, 4115 Clairmont Road, on Wednesdays from noon until 4 p.m. and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.; and the Dunwoody library branch, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Meeting set on Winters Chapel A meeting to discuss the border between Dunwoody and Peachtree Corners is set for Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Winters Chapel United Methodist Church in Peachtree Corners. Both cities are conducting a study looking to improve the area from Winters Chapel Road to Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard and Spalding Drive. DUN


Roundabout for Georgetown Gateway project? BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

The mayor and City Council appear to be starting to come around to the idea of a roundabout traffic solution as part of the Georgetown Gateway project plan. During their Feb. 9 meeting, council members talked about how best to fix the intersection of Chamblee-Dunwoody, North Shallowford and Peeler roads. They appeared to agree that a roundabout, while costly, might be the best option to handle the CITY OF DUNWOODY traffic. Options are being considered to resolve But council members – who traffic issues near the Georgetown have faced community uproar Gateway project. For a larger version, over past roundabout proposals – go to agreed that they need more input and feedback from residents before committing to the project. meet and adding lanes; and a major inAECOM, an architectural and detersection expansion with added lanes. sign engineering firm, drew up proposCouncilwoman Lynn Deutsch said als to show how to improve traffic flow the third option simply had “too many at the intersection. The study found diflanes” and said she wouldn’t consider it ficulty exists for drivers trying to turn at all. left out of neighborhoods onto ChamCouncilman Terry Nall said he liked blee-Dunwoody Road. Traffic has a tenthe idea of spending money on somedency to back up all the way to Mount thing that would last, with focus on the Vernon Road, the consultants said. rights of way and impact to residents in Solutions for the traffic problem inthe immediate area. clude widening the road and adding Next steps, according to AECOM, lanes; adding the roundabout design in involve completing the concept report the intersection where Chamblee-Dunand traffic study, and then providing the woody, Peeler and North Shallowford final recommendation.

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tell you, I was beyond nervous. I was scared to recommend this.” Residents attending the two meetings voiced both approval and opposition to the plan, which was tested through a multi-month pilot program involving 28,000 customers across the county, including some residents in Dunwoody and Brookhaven. “I was in the pilot program by accident and it was an unmitigated disaster ...,” resident Bill Nefsky said in Dunwoody. “We have the Bentley [level of service]. We’d like to know what it would cost to keep our Bentley.” County commissioners were scheduled to give initial consideration to the plan earlier this month, but deferred it until their meeting on Feb. 24. May said he did not think the delay indicated that commissioners were opposing the plan. “I think they just want to make sure the county has enough time [to get familiar with the proposal],” May said. Commissioner Nancy Jester of Dunwoody, who represents the northern end DUN

of the county, agreed the delay did not signal that commissioners would balk at the proposal. “It’s a big change,” she said. “I do think it’s great to take change slowly. ... DeKalb has not raised garbage fees since 2006. We either have to decide to make a change in service or that fund gets raised.” If the commissioners approve the plan, it will take months to implement it, May told his audience in Brookhaven. The county plans to distribute new 65-gallon, plastic garbage containers to homes. Equipment installed on garbage trucks will “tip” the new containers, emptying the garbage automatically, county officials say. The new program reduces the cost of garbage pickup by requiring fewer workers and by making the job less hazardous for sanitation workers, thereby reducing workers’ compensation claims, said Billy Malone, manager of the county sanitation department. May said the job reductions would come through regular turnover, not firings.

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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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Q: Do you think children should be vaccinated against measles? Were your children vaccinated? “I was vaccinated as a child. There was no choice then. Now there are so many issues. I don’t think I would make, or we should make, somebody get [a vaccination]. It’s a different era.”

Jim Garcia “Absolutely. It’s a very dangerous disease.... I had measles as a child. I have kids and they were vaccinated.”

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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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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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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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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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STAR STUDENTS Every year, the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Foundation honors top students at both public and private high schools from across the state. Students who receive the highest scores at their school on the SAT, a college entrance exam, and have grade-point averages in the top 10 percent of their class are recognized as STAR students, which stands for Student Teacher Achievement Recognition program. Each STAR student then chooses a teacher as his or her STAR teacher. After STAR students and teachers are chosen from the high schools, school system winners are named. Winners chosen from districts compete for the title of state STAR student. Here are the STAR students and teachers from schools in Reporter Newspapers communities: Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Their names and photos were provided by their high schools.

Atlanta Girls’ School

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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Matthew Reger STAR teacher

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

Pace Academy

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

Weber School

Samantha Leff STAR student

Cristina Stevenson STAR teacher

The Westminster Schools

John Shen STAR student

Ross Peters STAR teacher

Mary Boyd Crosier STAR student

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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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Dunwoody Police seek bank robbery suspect

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

ROBBERY  6800

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Feb. 1, a strong-arm robbery in the street was reported.

 100

Road—On Feb. 5, simple assault and battery was reported; On Feb. 6, assault by intimidation was reported.

block of Perimeter Center West— On Feb. 5, a bank robbery was reported.

 2200

5500 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 11, a strong-arm robbery in the street was reported.

 2700

BURGLA RY  4600

block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Feb. 6, family cruelty to a person 65 or over was reported. block of Laurelwood Road— On Feb. 7, a simple assault and a simple battery were reported, and an arrest was made.

block of Peachtree Place—On Jan. 30, a burglary  4900 block of a residence was of Winters Chareported. pel Road—On Read more of the Police Blotter online at Feb. 9, a simple  4800 block of assault and batCherring Drive— tery was reported. On Jan. 31, a burglary of a residence was reported.  1400 block of Meadow Lane—On Feb. 12, a simple assault and battery was re 4900 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody ported. Road—On Feb. 2, a burglary of a residence was reported.  2400 block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Feb. 12, assault by intimidation was  2900 block of Winter Rose Court— reported. On Feb. 2, a burglary of a residence was reported; On Feb. 3, a burglary of a resiAR R ES TS dence was reported.  2900 block of Lake Ridge Lane—On  1700 block of Old Spring House Jan. 30, two people were arrested Lane—On Feb. 6, burglary of a residence for possession of marijuana. was reported.  4500 block of Ashford 4300 block of North Peachtree Road— Dunwoody Road—On Jan. On Feb. 8, burglary of a residence was re30, an arrest was made for ported. larceny; On Feb. 5, disorderly conduct was reported.


 200

block of Perimeter Center Parkway—On Feb. 7, a motor vehicle theft was reported.

AS S A U LT  1900

block of Peachford Road—On Jan. 30, assault by intimidation was reported.

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Jan. 31, assault by intimidation was reported.

Road at Ga. 285—On Jan. 30, a wanted person was located and arrested; On Feb. 1, an arrest was made during a traffic stop for speeding.

 4300

block of North Peachtree Road— On Feb. 1, an arrest was made for driving while a license was suspended or revoked, during a traffic stop for an expired tag.

 Perimeter Center East at Ashford-Dun-

block of Kingsglen Court—On Feb. 1, assault by intimidation was reported.

 100

 4700

block of Perimeter Center East— On Feb. 1, simple assault and battery was reported.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 2, an arrest was made for shoplifting; On Feb. 7, an arrest was made during a traffic stop; On Feb. 7, shoplifting was reported and an arrest was made.

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 2, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 Bernauer

Trace—On Feb. 3, an arrest was made for hit and run.

 2800

block of Peeler Road—On Feb. 3, an arrest was made for driving while a license was suspended or revoked. 

 Ashford-Dunwoody

woody Road—On Feb. 2, an arrest was made for DUI; On Feb. 11, an arrest was made for obstruction and making a false report.

 2400

Dunwoody Police are asking for help identifying a man suspected of robbing the Fidelity Bank on Perimeter Center West in Dunwoody on Feb. 5. A man armed with a handgun entered the bank, and demanded money from the employee. He ran out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was last seen wearing a brown baseball hat, red in color hoodie and blue jeans. If you have any information regarding the case, please contact Detective Barrett at 678-382-6934 or ANONYMOUS TIPS: via SUBMIT A CRIME TIP, www.dunwoodypolice. com or, or text via TIPSOFT program, Each of these methods is confidential, encrypted, and completely anonymous.

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 2, an arrest was made for driving while a license was suspended or revoked.

100 block of Perimeter Center East—On Feb. 6, an arrest was made for a bomb threat; On Feb. 7, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court; On Feb. 8, an arrest was made for fraud by swindle; On Feb. 10, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court; On Feb. 11, an arrest was made for violation of probation.

Ashford-Dunwoody Road at Ga. 285—On Feb. 11, an arrest was made for driving while a license was suspended or revoked. 

O T H ER  2000

block of Brendon Drive—On Jan. 30, harassing communications were reported.

 100

block of Perimeter Center East— On Jan. 30, damage to private property was reported; On Feb. 3, an arrest for failure to appear in court was made; On Feb. 5, a bomb threat was made; On Feb. 5, harassing communications were reported. |

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Jan. 30, a hit and run was reported.

 6900

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Jan. 30, criminal trespass was reported.

 300 block of Perimeter Center North—

On Jan. 31, a hit and run was reported; On Feb. 9, two reports were made of a Peeping Tom.

 4900

block of Four Oaks Court—On Feb. 2, a report of a Peeping Tom was made.

 Ashford-Dunwoody

Road at Ga. 285—On Feb. 3, a hit and run was reported.

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 3, a report of public indecency was made; On Feb. 9, a report of public indecency/indecent exposure was made.

 2900

block of Wintercrest Way—On Feb. 3, damage to private property was reported.

 2300

block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Feb. 6, harassing communications were reported; On Feb. 11, criminal trespass was reported.

 5600

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 7, harassing communications were reported.

 4300

block of Georgetown Square— On Feb. 8, a report of suicide threats was made.

 1900

block of Peachford Road—On Feb. 9, damage to public property was reported.

 4200

block of Peachford Circle—On Feb. 9, criminal trespass was reported.

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Dream weaver The North DeKalb Cultural Center hosted the Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild Open House on Feb. 8. The guild’s mission is to teach, promote and preserve the fiber arts. Left, guild member Kay Guilmet teaches Richard Kozyak, 10, how to operate a four-shaft floor loom. Right, member Julie Aiken demonstrates finger weaving on the children’s loom. Below, right, Hazel Segall, left, and Diane Totten, both part of the guild, inspect floor looms in the weaving studio. Center, a close look at a floor loom. Below, left, Ann Doherty, left center, Hazel Segall and Julie Aiken, right, work with a guest in their studio. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

Birds galore Below, the Dunwoody Nature Center held classes in conjunction with the “Great Backyard Bird Count” event, with a class on Feb. 14. The bird count, now in its 18th year, enables citizens to collect data on the populations and migratory patterns of birds for the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology. Right, Addison Allvine, 8, has her binoculars at the ready. Far right, Doug Allvine points out something to his son, Gavin, 10. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER



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