Buckhead Reporter - March 2022

Page 1

Buckhead Rep rter reporternewspapers.com | @reporter_news

MARCH 2022 • VOL. 16 — NO. 3

Kickin’ off Spring Local families devoted to youth soccer P.17

What color do you

dream in?

See our ad on page 9

See Our Ad On Page 9


PRSRT STD ECRWSS US Postage PAID Monroe, GA Permit #15

Move beyond your expectations.

BALL GROUND 811 Hawks Nest Court Offered for $9,500,000 Debra Dent 678.521.2286 Chase Mizell 770.289.2780

BROOKHAVEN 1169 Dorby Park Drive | LOT Offered for $450,000 Pailey Nooromid 214.662.0999

BUCKHEAD 2943 Habersham Road Offered for $4,650,000 Betsy Akers 404.372.8144

BUCKHEAD 3015 Andrews Drive Offered for $5,750,000 Sam Bayne 404.375.8628

BUCKHEAD 3063 Marne Drive Offered for $1,395,000 Price Curtis 404.583.2836

BUCKHEAD 3325 Piedmont Road, No. 2701 Offered for $849,000 Shira Cohen 678.523.0757

BUCKHEAD 3334 Peachtree Road, No. 507 Offered for $475,000 Angela Cashion 404.423.5245

BUCKHEAD 400 Old Ivy Road Offered for $1,895,000 Jared Sapp 404.668.7233

BUCKHEAD 4197 N Stratford Road Offered for $1,995,000 Wes Vawter 404.683.0910

CARROLLTON 155 Cavender Creek Road Offered for $799,000 Haden Henderson 678.787.9226 Clay Henderson 770.652.1890

HAYNES MANOR 2585 Woodward Way Offered for $3,650,000 Sam Bayne 404.375.8628

PONCEY-HIGHLAND 1099 North Avenue, No. 1 Offered for $900,000 Allen Snow 404.931.1176

SANDY SPRINGS 210 Bach Court | LOT Offered for $425,000 Pailey Nooromid 214.662.0999

SANDY SPRINGS 6420 Riverside Drive Offered for $7,999,999 Brandon Nunley 404.783.3311

MIAMI, FLORIDA 1201 N Venetian Way Offered for $20,120,000 ONE Sotheby’s International Realty

SOUTHAMPTON, NEW YORK Private Estate Offered for $69,950,000 Sotheby’s International Realty Southampton Brokerage

atlantafinehomes.com | sothebysrealty.com | 404.237.5000 2 MARCH 2022 | REPORTER NEWSPAPERS

Atlanta Fine Homes, LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each franchise is independently owned and operated. 3290 Northside Parkway, Suite 200, Atlanta, Georgia 30327.

reporternewspapers.com BH

Contents MARCH 2022




Published by Springs Publishing P. O. BOX 9001 Atlanta, GA 31106 Phone: 404-917-2200 Brookhaven Reporter | Buckhead Reporter Dunwoody Reporter | Sandy Springs Reporter www.ReporterNewspapers.com

Editorial Editor Amy Wenk aw@springspublishing.com Intown Editor: Collin Kelley Digital Editor: Chad Radford Editor-at-Large: Joe Earle

Atlanta Intown www.AtlantaIntownPaper.com

Staff Writers Bob Pepalis, Sammie Purcell

Atlanta Senior Life www.AtlantaSeniorLife.com

Contributors Kathy Dean, Alex Ewalt, Carol Niemi, Isadora Pennington, Clare S. Richie, Maria Saporta, Mark Woolsey

Publisher Emeritus Steve Levene Publisher Keith Pepper keith@springspublishing.com Chief Revenue Officer Neal Maziar neal@springspublishing.com

Creative and Production Creative Director Rico Figliolini

Advertising Director of Sales Development Amy Arno amy@springspublishing.com 404-917-2200 x1002 Sales Executive Jeff Kremer Office Manager Deborah Davis deborah@springspublishing.com 404-917-2200 x1003 Distribution 58,000 copies of Reporter Newspapers are delivered to homes in ZIP codes 30305, 30319, 30326, 30327, 30328, 30338, 30342 and 30350 and to businesses/retail locations.

Use this QR code to read extended versions of stories found in this issue. BH


Publisher’s Note


Sandy Springs Morgan Falls trail


New Chamber CEO


Buckhead Park Pride grants


Buckhead Coalition chair


Buckhead City leadership


Dunwoody Spruill Center expansion


Brookhaven City Council priorities


Music festival acts


Commentary Worth Knowing


Sports AIS striving for state’s best


Devotion to youth soccer


Atlanta United supporter groups


Arts Brookhaven photographer


Dining Tal Baum


Education Blue Heron partnership


Summer Camps


Business Pharmaceutical startup


Exit interview with Tim Keane 30

About the Cover Contributor Isadora Pennington photographed a February practice of SSA Northside. See page 17 for our story on youth soccer programs.

For delivery requests, please email delivery@springspublishing.com.

As seen in Print


Editor’s Note

Honored as a newspaper of General Excellence

2018 © 2022 with all rights reserved Publisher reserves the right to refuse editorial or advertising for any reason. Publisher assumes no responsibility for information contained in advertising. Any opinions expressed in print or online do not necessarily represent the views of Reporter Newspapers or Springs Publishing. MARCH 2022 | 3


The splendor of spring flowers I’m anxious for spring! There’s nothing like seeing our communities in full bloom. The purple pops of the redbud BY AMY WENK trees. The cute little snouts of the daffodils. The ruffles of the bearded iris. And perhaps my favorite, the flowers of the tulip poplar with their vibrant orange rings. In honor of the season, I thought I’d round up some of my favorite spots for flowers. The daffodils are already blooming at Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park. The plantings are part of The Daffodil Project, which aspires to build a worldwide living Holocaust Memorial in memory of the children who perished. There are also plantings at Brookhaven Park, Ashford Park and Blackburn Park in Brookhaven. What a beautiful symbol of remembrance. As of late February, the first stems of tulips were just starting to emerge from the ground at the Atlanta Botanical Gar-

ise hyssop (a favorite of pollinators). Also worth the drive is Gibbs Gardens in Ball Ground, opening in early March. They have millions of daffodils, covering 50 acres of hillsides. It’s a magical experience! And I love the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. Admission is free, making it an excellent option for a day trip. And lastly, consider a spring trip to Arabia Mountain in Lithonia to see the diamorpha bloom (typically in late March or April). It’s a type of stonecrop that turns a beautiful crimson color with tiny white flowers. When it blankets the granite like a red carpet, it’s otherworldly!

den. This is the place to go if you love tulips as there are literally thousands! Also near home is the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. While it’s not a traditional garden, it’s fun to find native blooms along the trails. You can see trout lilies, serviceberry and redbuds bloom in early spring, followed by azaleas,

trillium and coreopsis. If you don’t mind driving a little, I recommend the Wylde Center in Oakhurst, near Agnes Scott College. It is such a cute, whimsical garden that’s great for young children. Plus, they typically have plant sales, and I’ve picked up some real gems there, such as Japanese anemone and an-

Builder: Arlene Dean Homes | Design: Jones Design

Decatur Design Campus 224 Rio Circle | Decatur, GA 30030 404.378.3132 | www.ConstructionResourcesUSA.com



Sewell Appliance 7455 Trowbridge Rd. | Sandy Springs, GA 30328 404.255.0640 | www.SewellAppliance.com



Industry veteran joins Springs Publishing as CRO I’m excited to announce that one of Atlanta’s most respected media executives, Neal Maziar, has joined our team to lead BY KEITH PEPPER our advertising sales efforts. I’ve known Neal since I was an unpaid teenager running around the halls of WSB’s iconic White Columns building. Since then, Neal has been a friend and mentor, and he’s the person who introduced me to the Springs Publishing team in 2020. Neal’s positive attitude and stellar reputation in the market, combined with a passion for hyperlocal media, is going to accelerate our growth trajectory. Neal is a Sandy Springs native and resident, and he worked for Cox Radio for almost two decades, holding roles including national sales manager for WSBAM/FM. He later joined Big League Broadcasting as co-owner and general manager. In 2010, the Atlanta Broadcast Advertising Club honored Neal with its Lifetime Achievement Award, and he has spent 20 years volunteering with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. reporternewspapers.com BH


sophisticated senior living.

Now Open · Reserve Your Home West Paces Ferry/Northside · ExperienceCorsoAtlanta.com · 404-891-9190

@reporter_newspapers BH

MARCH 2022 | 5


Morgan Falls trail will be ‘model’ project

A Place Where You Belong Spend the day or evening on the Town! Make your appointments today for a haircut, spa treatment & more. Stop in for athletic shoes, a bike, the perfect outfit for a fun occasion and beautiful home furnishings and décor! H E A LT H , W E L L N E S S & B E AU T Y

Emory Clinic

(Opening Soon)


www.townbrookhaven.net Conveniently located on Peachtree Road adjacent to Oglethorpe University. 6 MARCH 2022 | REPORTER NEWSPAPERS

BY BOB PEPALIS A trail connecting Morgan Falls Overlook Park to Roswell Road will be a model for future trails in the city, the leader of the PATH Foundation told Sandy Springs officials during a February retreat. The trail is part of a planned 5-mile Central Loop Trail, said Greta deMayo, executive director of the PATH Foundation, which partners with the city to help plan and develop its trails. The first segment, which will span 1.9 miles, will use a boardwalk to cross the southside of Orkin Lake – with a spur to Edgewater at Sandy Springs Apartments north of the lake – before continuing to Roswell Road. The trail section connects residents to the Chattahoochee River, Morgan Falls River Park/Dog Park, Morgan Falls Overlook Park, Big Trees Nature Preserve and Trowbridge Crossing Shopping Center. “The project will allow for the public to see the trail systems elements such as boardwalks, bridges, walls, railings and amenities,” deMayo said. Excluding land acquisition, this segment of the trail would cost approximately $8.65 million, she said. The two landown-

ers whose property is required for this trail segment will convey the necessary property to the city. All 18 property owners affected by the entire Central Loop Trail have expressed interest. Construction of all sections is estimated at $38.55 million. Some landowners may not want a trail in their backyards, Mayor Rusty Paul said. “We are getting pushback from Huntcliff about trail systems in that area,” he said. That’s why the Central Loop Trail was chosen as the first project as no property owner objected to it, deMayo said. The PATH Foundation would not bring another trail segment for City Council to fund and build until it had vetted the project and gotten support, she said. Sandy Springs adopted a Trail Master Plan in October 2019 that proposed 31 miles of trails connecting 4 existing trails, 12 schools, 15 parks and 3 transit stations. The goal was to build 7 miles of trails in the next 10 years. “The master plan really focused on connecting the community to desired destinations throughout the city. Those included shopping centers, parks, schools, transit stations and the Chattahoochee River,” deMayo said.


Robb Dillon to lead Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber has appointed Robb Dillon as its president and chief executive officer, effective March 1. Dillon, 52, replaces outgoing president and CEO Tom Mahaffey, who announced his retirement in October after 11 years of leading the business organization. “Robb’s unique and diverse business experience brings a new perspective to the chamber,” said Tisha Rosamond, chairwoman of the chamber’s board of directors. “We look forward to working with him to create a collaborative environment for promoting business and community within Sandy Springs.” Dillon is a native of Atlanta. He attended The Westminster Schools and holds a business degree from the University of Georgia. He formerly served as sales director for Flourish Software LLC, where he established a partnership with Oracle in Canada, opening new international opportunities for the firm. He also founded Step Up Development, a firm focused on development and investment opportunities in Georgia, and SMASHmouse LLC, creator of a one-piece universal music pedal. reporternewspapers.com BH

A Community of Care. Here in Midtown. We’re proud to be your community of care. Our top experts use innovative methods guided by compassionate care and personalized treatment for every patient. Northside is leading the way to healthier lives in Midtown.

Ask your doctor for more information or visit northside.com/Midtown-locations

Georgia Colon & Rectal Surgical Associates 1110 W Peachtree St. NW Suite 1030 Atlanta, GA 30309 770-277-4277 northside.com

Northside Hospital Center for Perinatal Medicine 1110 W Peachtree St. NW Suite 1000 Atlanta, GA 30309 404-898-2550

GYN Surgical Specialists 1110 W Peachtree St. NW Suite 1050 Atlanta, GA 30309 404-303-3157 gynsurgicalspecialists.com



MARCH 2022 | 7


Park Pride awards grants, Dickens creates ‘green cabinet’ BY COLLIN KELLEY


What Is Left Unspoken, Love will present contemporary artworks that address the different ways the most important thing in life—love—is expressed. As poet and painter Etel Adnan wrote, love is “not to be described, it is to be lived.” The exhibition will feature nearly seventy works, including paintings, sculpture, photography, video, and media art, by more than thirty-five international artists. MAR. 25–AUG. 14 | HIGH MUSEUM OF ART | HIGH.ORG What Is Left Unspoken, Love is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. F U N D I N G P R OV I D E D BY T H E


Taylor Family Fund



ACT Foundation, Inc. Sarah and Jim Kennedy Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot Dr. Joan H. Weens Estate

Robin and Hilton Howell

FINAL_PRINT_Love_AtlantaIntown_4.94x6.185.indd 1

Rashid Johnson (American, born 1977), The Hikers (detail), 2019, 16mm film transferred to digital video with sound, High Museum of Art, anonymous gift, 2021.171. © Rashid Johnson.

1/2/22 11:19 AM


Got Aches & Pains?

Complete Orthopedic Care for Weekend Warriors of all ages.

“It is time to get back to old style medicine where a board certified orthopedist sees you, evaluates you, and cares for you.”

• Regenerative Medicine including Stem Cell and PRP injections • Timely appointments • Guaranteed to see the doctor at every visit • Convenient free parking in front

- Dan Richin & Dr. Paul Richin, MD

All insurance accepted

Ortho Cortisone Injection Center 404-292-3538



1705-B Mt. Vernon Rd Dunwoody, GA 30338 (across from Dunwoody Village)

Twenty-four communities across the City of Atlanta and unincorporated DeKalb County will share $2.3 million for improvements to neighborhood parks thanks to grant awards from Park Pride. It’s Park Pride’s largest grant cycle in history, exceeding the prior year’s awards by nearly $1 million. The City of Atlanta is the program’s most recent funder, with the Atlanta City Council approving $700,000 for park improvement projects in low-income communities. “Every neighborhood in our city deserves access to quality greenspace, regardless of income or zip code. With this historic slate of grant awards from Park Pride, we will make progress on that goal,” Mayor Andre Dickens said. “I believe our parks have the ability to establish community connection and the power to shape and define the character of our neighborhoods.” Buckhead parks receiving grants include: Atlanta Memorial Park, Chastain

Memorial Park, Lenox-Wildwood Park, and Sara J. Gonzalez Park. Dickens also announced in February the creation of a new advisory council he’s dubbed the “green cabinet.” The council has representatives from 13 local environmental groups who will advise the mayor on the city’s long-range parks and recreation plan adopted last year. The cabinet will also advise the city on a parks and recreation infrastructure bond that will be put to voters in May and on how to use the South River Forest greenspace adjacent to the controversial Public Safety Training Center approved by the city last year.

Juanita Baranco to chair Buckhead Coalition BY AMY WENK Influential businesswoman Juanita Powell Baranco is serving as the 2022 chair for the Buckhead Coalition. “Juanita is a recognized executive and trailblazer,” Jim Durrett, president and CEO of the Buckhead Coalition, said in an announcement. “She will be an effective leader to help make Buckhead a vibrant, welcoming and safe intown community.” The Buckhead Coalition was founded in 1988 to advocate for the Atlanta neighborhood. Today, it consists of 120 members. Baranco said that her priorities include “partnering with Mayor Andre Dickens and the City Council to ensure a smooth transition of governing; working with the Atlanta Police Department and civic leaders to make Buckhead safer and more secure; promoting economic development, infrastructure, transportation, and effective local policies; and helping to bring our city together.” Baranco is the executive vice presi-

dent and chief operating officer of automotive company The Baran Company LLC, which includes Mercedes Benz of Buckhead and Mercedes Benz of Covington, La.In her career, she has served as assistant attorney general for the state of Georgia. She also was a former chair of the Georgia Board of Regents.


Buckhead City advocates say movement will ‘never end’ BY AMY WENK Despite a defeat in the state legislature, Buckhead City proponents said Feb. 16 they will press forward with their controversial leader, Bill White. “This movement, Buckhead City, will never end,” White said at a press conference, which drew a small crowd to the headquarters of the Buckhead City Committee on Peachtree Road. “It is not going to end. We will never give up. We will never give into the city of Atlanta and their coordinated effort to deny our vote for cityhood.” Buckhead City advocates had hoped to get legislation passed this year to place a referendum on the 2022 ballot. That would have given Buckhead residents a chance to vote on whether to form a new city. But in early February, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and House Speaker David Ralston essentially blocked any cityhood bills from moving forward in the Georgia General Assembly this year. White, who will continue to serve as CEO and chairman of the Buckhead City Committee, on Feb. 16 gave few details about the group’s strategy or political


Bill White. path forward. White did say the group has raised $2 million and planned to do more fundraising. He also mentioned receiving a $25,000 donation that day. “We believe this delay in allowing our vote will put lives, property, businesses, commerce and the already vastly diminished quality of life in Buckhead at severe

risk,” White said. “Any delay.” Pro-cityhood speakers at the event included Niko Karatassos of Buckhead Life Restaurant Group; 95.5 WSB radio personality MalaniKai; former state Rep. Beth Beskin; and state Sen. Randy Robertson. “The citizens have a right to vote,” said

Robertson, R-Cataula, who represents a western Georgia district that includes LaGrange. “Do not surrender your right to vote.” In January, White had been widely criticized in the media for retweeting and then deleting a post from VDARE. com, a website associated with white nationalists. He caught backlash again in February for tweeting about former MARTA CEO Jeffrey Parker, who died by suicide in January. White was asked to address that tweet by a reporter at the press conference, but he claimed not to hear the question and moved on. White has also declined to show up at recent debates, telling Reporter Newspapers that he refused to sit opposite former Rep. Edward Lindsey, co-founder of cityhood opposition group Committee for A United Atlanta. White, at the press conference, took limited questions from reporters. Thomas Wheatley of Axios Atlanta tried to ask why the group is keeping White as CEO as he walked off, hearing back from the crowd “Why not?”

MARCH 2022 | 9

A Suite Outlook


Spruill Center proposes $2.3 million expansion


ASSISTED LIVING AS UNIQUE AS YOU ARE There’s an elevated and CARF® accredited version of assisted living that can be found in only one incomparable place: The Suites at The Piedmont at Buckhead. Imagine all the comforts, services and amenities of a distinctive address combined with attentive, expert support when the need arrives. We invite you to learn more about the quality services and lifestyle awaiting you.

Call 404.381.1743 today to schedule a complimentary lunch and personal tour.


650 Phipps Boulevard NE • Atlanta, GA www.ThePiedmontatBuckhead.com • 404.381.1743 E XC EP TI O N A L S EN I O R LIV I N G I N B U C K H E A D





The Spruill Center for the Arts wants to expand its facility due to capacity and space issues. Spruill CEO Alan Mothner spoke before the Dunwoody Public Facilities Authority about the expansion. The Public Facilities Authority is made up of members of the Dunwoody City Council. As the owner of the building that houses the Spruill Center, the authority is responsible for approving any alterations to the building. “We’re at the point now where we’re really just beyond capacity and are unable to continue to develop further programs based on those capacity issues,” Mothner said. “Spruill has been around, as you guys know, for a long time and helped in the formation of the city … and any successful city needs to continue to invest in those partners.” The proposed expansion of the center at 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road would cost $2.3 million, with a $1.3 million donation from Spruill to go towards the project. Mothner said the project would add seven additional classroom spaces. “This project is shovel ready,” Mothner said. “We are ready to go with your permission tomorrow to start moving this forward.” According to Mothner, Spruill’s enrollment numbers have recovered to pre-pandemic levels of enrollment. In 2021, Mothner said the center offered 764 classes serving 8,147 students. Almost 450 potential students remained on Spruill’s waitlist in 2021 and were unable to enroll. Mothner said that the center is limited to 10 full-time and one part-time studio, many of which are medium-specific. “We can’t teach a darkroom class in the jewelry studio,” Mothner said. “We can’t teach a jewelry class in a mixed media studio. We can only teach ceramics in the ceramics studio. So those classes can only be taught in their respective spaces.” Mothner said that COVID-19 safety protocols have exacerbated the lack of space, but also said that the center may never go back to larger classes, preferring more in-

timate instruction in a smaller class. “It’s a better experience for our students to have smaller class sizes,” Mothner said. “They get better instruction. What we can do with the expansion is instead of having one ceramics class at a time, is having two at a time.” The new classrooms would include two additional ceramics studios, a glass and stained glass studio, a dedicated space for the center’s blacksmithing program, a wood turning space, and an open studio, which Mothner said could be used for mixed media or any other overflow classes. The plan also calls for an expansion of Spruill’s kiln room building, which Mothner said holds eight kilns and nearly 500 students work. He asked the authority to consider letting the center expand the kiln building immediately in addition to considering funding the Spruill expansion. “We are ready to expand this kiln room now,” Mothner said. “We’d like your permission to begin the process of that, and that would be something that would be fully funded by Spruill.” Councilmember Tom Lambert said he was in favor of supporting Spruill, but didn’t know if the authority could commit to anything before defining where the funding would come from. He didn’t know if two weeks, the amount of time until the project comes back before the authority, would be enough time to nail that down. “Before any decision is made, we would have to know specifically the source of that funding, where it’s coming from,” Lambert said. “We wouldn’t be prepared to make that decision probably at least until our retreat, which is the latter part of March.” One of the options that Mothner brought forward for funding would be to waive Spruill’s rent, which is paid to the city. “Our ideal situation would be a combination of funding from the city and rent waiving,” Mothner said. Councilmember Stacey Harris asked that Spruill take into account the amount of electricity that kilns use when considering the expansion of that room, and asked that there be a sustainability component of the expansion. The authority decided to review the kiln room expansion at a meeting on Feb. 28, but will take longer to review the full proposed expansion.


Brookhaven CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL March 26 – 27, 2022

Live your best fest with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at Brookhaven’s signature event March 26th and 27th. Dig into a weekend of music from your favorite bands, curated artist market, the best neighborhood food and drinks, activities for kids, car show, and more. Visit brookcherryfest.org for full schedule of events.

22BCVV007_Cherry Blossom_Full Page_Reporter News.indd 1

@reporter_newspapers BH

1/19/22 11:08 AM

MARCH 2022 | 11


Fun for Celebrations

Brookhaven council discusses 2022 priorities


Sandy Springs 5975 Roswell Rd Suite A-103 Sandy Springs, GA 30328 (404) 236-2114 HOURS OF OPERATION Mon-Sat: 9:30am-6:00pm Sun: Closed Photo by Paula Heller Expires 3/31/2022. Limit one (1) coupon per guest. Coupon must be presented at time of purchase. Valid only at the Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery(ies) listed. Valid only on baked goods; not valid on retail items. Must be claimed in bakery during normal business hours. Not valid for online orders. Not valid with any other offer. Discounts applied before tax. Coupon may not be reproduced, transferred or sold. Internet distribution strictly prohibited. No cash value.


BY SAMMIE PURCELL Greenspace and connectivity were discussed as major priorities for the upcoming year during a Brookhaven City Council panel discussion at the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce. Mayor John Ernst and three other council members discussed what they plan to prioritize in their districts during the panel, which took place on Feb. 17. District 2 Councilmember John Park was not present due to a work conflict. Mayor John Ernst

If you are a legal practice who needs access to a medical network that understands the Private Injury world, or if you are a medical service provider who wants access to more patients, Vrde can assist you in reaching your goals.

It’s Pronounced...


One of the most common questions people ask us is “What do you do?” What people are really saying is “How can you potentially help me?”

So often, this is our reply: “Well, tell us what we can do for you…” ...we’re here to help!

Vrde Group Info@vrdegroup.com www.VRDEgroup.com 12 MARCH 2022 | REPORTER NEWSPAPERS

Ernst said in 2022 there will be a focus on the city’s new Special Services District. The council voted to create the special tax district in December. The district would have certain business owners pay more property taxes to fund infrastructure improvements in the city, and the council reviewed a draft list of projects in February. The next steps involve a public engagement process to help decide which projects might be funded through the special district. “That’s going to be a big, major push this next year, picking projects and moving them forward,” Ernst said. He also discussed the city’s handling of the pandemic, including the decision to allow expanded outdoor dining after the state lifted some COVID-19 restrictions in April of 2020, and the designation of $725,000 of federal funding to help residents who had fallen behind on rent. Councilmember Linley Jones, District 1 Councilmember Linley Jones said that during 2022, she wanted to prioritize greenspace and connectivity, particularly a multi-use along Ashford Dunwoody Road. “We are going to be filling in the gaps in the path … that is going to run all the way from Peachtree all the way up to I-285,” Jones said. Jones also said the city would be looking to acquire more greenspace for District 1. “We are continuing to put in additional pieces of path, additional pieces of sidewalk, additional pieces of trail, in various locations so you can get from point A to point B,” Jones said. Jones also briefly discussed the location for the city’s new City Hall building, but said no decisions have yet been made. Councilmember Madeleine Simmons, District 3 Councilmember Madeleine Simmons

said she would like to focus on two parks, Brookhaven Park and Langford Park. Brookhaven passed a $40 million park bond in 2018, which included improvements for Brookhaven Park. However, work was delayed due to a dispute between the city and county. The western portion of the park is owned by the city, while DeKalb County owns the eastern part. The city has been trying to purchase the county’s half of the park for years, and sued the county in January of 2021 to try and force it to transfer ownership. “We’re hopeful that the case is going to resolve and we’re able to beautify the park this year,” Simmons said. The city purchased the property at 1174 Pine Grove Ave., now known as Langford Park, in April of 2020 and began the planning process for the park in June of 2021. “We’ve been working very diligently with the city administration to identify funding to be able to develop that park into a pavilion and a playground and a place where people can gather,” Simmons said. She also discussed Brookhaven’s City Centre project, which is expected to go for approval on March 22 and aims to create a framework for a downtown area and guide future developments along Peachtree Road. Councilmember John Funny, District 4 Councilmember John Funny talked about preserving the cultural identity of the Buford Highway area. Brookhaven adopted a resolution to designate Buford Highway as a cultural hub of the city at a Jan. 11 council meeting. “We want to make certain that Buford Highway receives the appropriate development or redevelopment of areas that can retain our international brothers and sisters,” Funny said. Funny also said that the city is looking to increase connectivity and park space in District 4. The first mile of the Peachtree Creek Greenway opened in December of 2019, and Funny said the second phase is currently in design. The third phase of the Peachtree Creek Greenway, which would extend the trail from Briarwood Road to the Chamblee city line, is one of the projects that could receive funding from the Special Services District. Funny also said that the city’s new public safety building is expected to be completed on June 30. The new building will be located at 1793 Briarwood Road and will house the city’s police department and municipal court. reporternewspapers.com BH

City designates ‘Buford Highway Cultural Corridor’ Brookhaven officials are celebrating Buford Highway. The Brookhaven City Council voted to name the area of Buford Highway the “Buford Highway Cultural Corridor” at a Jan. 11 meeting, officially designating the area as a cultural hub of the city. Multiple city officials gathered at the Northeast Plaza Shopping Center at 3307 Buford Highway on Feb. 18 to officially introduce the resolution to the public. The designation will serve as the first step in an attempt to revamp the area and celebrate its multi-cultural aspects. “It gives us the opportunity to honor and celebrate the heritage and contributions of the cultural and ethnically di-

verse community of this vibrant area,” said Councilmember John Funny. “As a vision document, it sets the foundation to bring about the improvements in the quality of life that every community wants.” The resolution calls for the city and the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce to collaborate more with the cities of Chamblee and Doraville to coordinate arts and cultural events in the corridor. It also calls for the city to work with the ChambleeDoraville Community Improvement District to advance capital improvement projects for Buford Highway. The resolution includes a focus on the incorporation of public art into Buford Highway’s streetscapes as well as the development of an annual international festival. The plan would also have the city collaborate with local nonprofits, such as We Love Buford Highway and the Latin American Association, to foster educational opportunities that support local arts in the area.

Musical acts announced for festival Brookhaven has added more music acts to the lineup for this year’s 2022 Cherry Blossom Festival. The music and arts festival will take

place March 26-27 at Blackburn Park at 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Americana artist Anderson East will headline on March 27, according to a press release. The city previously announced Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as the March 26 headliner. Other artists set to play on March 26 include singer-songwriter Howie Day, a jam band called Dumpstaphunk, singer-songwriter Mike Kinnebrew, and singer Kaylin Amaro. On March 27, artists include the southern rock band Drivin N Cryin, country singer Morgan Wade, and singer-songwriter Brendan Abernathy. “What better way to kick off the 2022 festival season,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst. “We continue to be grateful for our partnership with Live Nation in bringing these A+ acts to Brookhaven.” — BRIEFS BY SAMMIE PURCELL

Photo by Zhong Lin


@reporter_newspapers BH

1600 Peachtree St. NW Atlanta scadfash.org

MARCH 2022 | 13


If you really care about recyling, there’s a solution If your coating and their lids, polystyrene foam neighborhood and plastic to-go containers and cups, has curbside food and beverage containers made of trash pick-up, wax or plastic coated paper, electronics, you probably batteries, anything containing hazardCarol a marketing consultant who lives on the Dunwoody-Sandy Springs line haveNiemi a issepaousand waste, appliances, furniture, books, writes about people whose lives inspire others. Contact her at worthknowingnow@gmail.com. rate bin with bicycles, clothing and textiles and almost a yellow lid anything else you’d like to get rid of. just for recyTo make things even more confuscling. All your ing, you can’t trust the Mobius Loop (that recyclables go ubiquitous little triangle of three chasing into the same green arrows) because it means only that bin in a “single an item “might” be recyclable depending stream.” In my on where you live. Some recyclable items, BY CAROL NIEMI neighborhood, such as paper and cardboard don’t bear on trash day, the symbol at all. And on plastic items, almost every yellow-topped bin is packed the Mobius Loop may contain a number so full the lids don’t close. Unfortunately, from 1 to 7 indicating the type of plastic much of what’s in those Carol binsNiemi will probaan item is made from. You will have to do is a marketing consultant who lives on the Dunwoodybly end up in a landfill. some research to find out if your curbSandy Springs line and writes about people whose lives inspire Cynics say waste haulers others. don’tContact real- her at worthknowingnow@gmail.com. side service accepts that particular plasly recycle any of it. Though that may be tic. Sandy Springs Recycling Center Executive happening in some neighborhoods today So why not just throw everything into Director Kathy Reed. (Peden Two Elk) because of a temporary labor shortage, your curbside recycling bin and let the the real reason is that the local policies pros figure it out? Your waste hauler will arated from bottles, plastic lids to cans, governing what is and isn’t recyclable are take everything to a MRF (municipal rewet or soiled paper, plastic bags, plasso complicated most of us have no clue. covery facility) where it’s sorted by hand tic wrap, bubble wrap, plastic sandwich The list of universally recyclable items and machine. Some materials like glass bags, freezer bags, flexible packaging like is simple: bottles, cans, paper and cardcan be hazardous to humans and damchip bags and juice or soup pouches, garboard. Easy? Not so fast. aging to the equipment. A bag that gets den hoses, rope, leashes, wire and string, The list of what is not recyclable is alstuck can shut the whole MRF down. And dirty diapers, cups with plastic or wax most endless: glass, plastic bottle lids sepif you put a dirty pizza box in your bin and it contaminates other items, all of it will end up in a landfill. Luckily, if you really care about recycling, there’s a solution. Just off Roswell Road on Morgan Falls Road, nestled against the rolling hills of the Steel Canyon Golf Club, formerly a Fulton County landfill, is the Sandy Springs Recycling Center, a joint project of Keep North Fulton Beautiful and the City of Sandy Springs. The SSRC accepts many items you would never consider putting in your recycling bin.



Managed by Executive Director Kathy Reed, the facility operates with only four employees plus volunteers and others performing court-ordered community service. On my two visits there, I found it to be a clean, happy place. It also redefined what I thought was recyclable. At the SSRC, recyclable also means reusable. Besides for taking the usual, it also accepts glass, Christmas trees chipped into mulch, large household appliances, anything containing metal that can be used for scrap, batteries and electronics (some for a fee and some only from Sandy Springs residents). It also has partnerships with other non-profits that clean, refurbish and distribute to those in need other items that might otherwise end up in the trash. For example, an on-site American Kidney Fund truck collects clothing, shoes and small household goods. Free Bikes 4 Kidz refurbishes old bicycles. Better World Books finds new homes for old books. The Sandy Springs Rotary Club collects used home medical equipment for FODAC (Friends of Disabled Adults and Children) to refurbish for reuse. And fats, oils and grease are sent to a company that turns them into biodiesel fuel and glycerin. Certain plastics and papers are sold, funding 30 percent of the center’s operating expenses. And not everything is acceptable. To find out what is, visit https:// keepnorthfultonbeautiful.org. The Sandy Springs Recycling Center is open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily except Wednesday and Sunday. Someone is always there to help you. The address is 470 Morgan Falls Road. A fringe benefit of taking your recyclables there is that if you keep driving, you can visit the beautiful park at Morgan Falls.


Integrity • Heart • Expertise

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

You don’t need luck to find your next home. You need Us!

Angie Ponsell

Shannon Parkerson






PonsellLuxury.com 14 MARCH 2022 | REPORTER NEWSPAPERS

reporternewspapers.com BH

SAVE THE DATE APRIL 19, 2022 6:30 p.m.


3143 Maple Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 Simply Buckhead Magazine is presenting a new stunning, immersive fashion event. We are pleased to announce the inaugural Atlanta Fashion Gives experience, featuring London’s Joshua Kane Bespoke, to benefit CURE Childhood Cancer. This exhibition of theatrical fashion and music, including celebrity guest models, will elevate Atlanta’s fashion scene, on par with shows seen in Paris, London, Milan and New York, and is sure to be the talk of the town in Atlanta fashion! Tickets and sponsorships now available at https://ATLFashionGives.givesmart.com

@reporter_newspapers BH

MARCH 2022 | 15


Top-ranked AIS sharpening skills against state’s best

The Varsity soccer team at Atlanta International School. Bottom left, AIS head coach Jonn Warde. (Photos by Louie Chiappetta) BY ALEX EWALT Athletics powerhouses come in all shapes and sizes. At Atlanta International School, which competes at the Class A-Private level, there’s no giant field house to accommodate dozens and dozens of football players. The most prominent athletics field, in an attractive setting in the Garden Hills neighborhood of Buckhead, is a soccer pitch. Soccer is the marquee sport at Atlanta International School, and the boys team is one of the stories of the state so far, going undefeated through the first seven games of the season with five wins and two draws. The wins have come against the likes of Marist, Midtown and Riverwood, strong programs from much larger classifications. And one of the draws came 3-3 at Dalton, a national powerhouse that competes in Class 6A. It’s an early-season slate that would be daunting for any single-A school, but AIS head coach Jonn Warde seeks out the most challenging competition he can schedule. “What I try to do early on in the season, you try to look for a lot of bigger schools,” Warde said. “Those are the types of teams we want to play against.” Both soccer programs at AIS have been successful for years (the girls team tied its best-ever state finish with a semifinals appearance last spring). The boys team won its first and only state title in 2015 under previous coach Danny Cox. But Warde has an especially explosive group of players this season that is the consensus No. 1 in the state for Class A-


Private. And the Eagles are playing with extra fire this spring after bitter disappointments in 2020 and 2021. The 2020 team had 14 seniors who saw their final season canceled due to Covid-19. “We felt like that team had a good chance to make a run for the state championship,” Warde said. And last spring, AIS lost the state-title match in gutwrenching fashion to region rival Wesleyan, on penalties. The Eagles had defeated Wesleyan 4-0 in the regular season but found themselves at a two-man disadvantage in the final after two red cards. “That definitely was motivation for us going into this season,” Warde said. “We have that burning memory in our minds and hearts. So that definitely is fuel for

us to finish the job. As we say to the boys here, ‘Job not done.’” What Warde brings to his job is a wealth of experience at many different levels of the sport. A native of Barbados, Warde developed as a player with the Barbados youth national teams and competed in several matches for his country at the senior level while he was also playing for Monroe College in New York state. Warde transferred to Oglethorpe University to finish his college career and has been a fixture in the Atlanta coaching scene for years. In addition to his duties with AIS, he also coaches elite girls teams with the Concorde Fire program, where many of his AIS players also play (the GHSA has a rule prohibiting soccer coaches from coaching players at both the high school and club levels). “I live by the mantra ‘connection before correction,’” Warde said. “One of the things I like to do as a coach is put myself in their shoes as well.” Along with a solid core of players who came up through the AIS feeder program, the Eagles have also benefited from several recent newcomers. One of those is Mateo Bargagna, who joins the AIS varsity program for his senior year after playing with the Atlanta United Academy teams. Bargagna is one of several AIS varsity players who have developed in the academy of Atlanta’s MLS team. But rather than compete at the U-19 level for Atlanta United this upcoming season, he decided to play his final year of high school soccer at the school he has attended since first grade. “A lot of us have played together be-

fore at local clubs, so obviously we have that chemistry,” Bargagna said. “We’ve all been friends for [many years]. So we know each other really well and have a good team bond already.” Bargagna, a striker, combines well with forwards Noah Kristensen and Leo Zaller in the AIS attack, and was leading the Eagles with six goals through seven games. He is currently committed to Tufts University, and Warde estimates nearly all of his current juniors and seniors will play at some level of college, which would be no small feat for a single-A school. The team’s junior captain, Wesley Bruner, loves the tests against top competition. “We’ve got to go out and show them that we’re not some 1A school,” he said on a night that his team dispatched Class 6A Riverwood, 4-2. “We can play with the big boys.” Josh Grand, a senior team captain, joined the program before his junior year after living in the Netherlands for three years and getting a taste of that country’s intense youth-development culture. Grand was sidelined for last year’s playoffs after undergoing ACL surgery, relegated to watching the heartbreaking final loss from the sidelines. He, along with his teammates, says it’s “championship or bust” this spring. “I think there’s the whole mentality for this year’s team of, we’re not going to lose this year,” Grand said. “We have the players. And we know what it feels like to lose, and we don’t want to do that again.”

reporternewspapers.com BH

For the love of soccer: Local families devoted to youth programs BY AMY WENK On a crisp but sunny February afternoon, Buckhead resident Massee Shula was working on footwork drills with his nephew, Anton Hundley. It was the first day of spring soccer practice for the Boys U8 team of SSA Northside, the Buckhead-based branch of the Southern Soccer Academy. Parents and relatives were invited to participate in the practice held at the Galloway Athletic Complex off Defoors Ferry Road. “My sister has three boys, so we have to split up the time,” Massee said. “I’ve got the Tuesdays.” In addition to practices twice a week, Massee said players have weekend tournaments that can take four to six hours depending on the location, such as Kennesaw, Alpharetta or even Buford. “We’ve driven as far as 45 minutes to get to some of these tournaments,” he said. But, Massee said, it’s worth it. “It really is a family affair. We all just take a lot of great joy from it.” His comments underscore the commitment many local families make to youth soccer. The average player spends 10.8 hours a week playing the sport, according to a 2019 study from Project Play, an initiative of the Aspen Institute Sports & Society Program. And parents shell out an average $537 per year for youth soccer programs, said the study. “It can be a little tricky with trying to juggle other children’s schedules, work schedules,” said Buckhead resident Lawren Hutchison, whose son Jackson, 7, attends Morris Brandon Elementary School and plays soccer at SSA. She has two other children who play sports, too. “It’s a lot, but he loves it so much.” Buckhead resident Christian Khalil said he and his 6-year-old son, Kayan, may spend 15 to 20 hours a week on soccer. “He loves it,” Khalil said during the recent SSA practice. “I love it. I want him to do well. It’s our thing as a father and son.” In addition to SSA Northside, there

are a variety of clubs in metro Atlanta. That includes Buckhead’s popular Tophat Soccer Club. It offers girls soccer programs, with practice fields off Fairfield Road in Buckhead. There’s also NASA Tophat, where the competitive high-level players graduate to, said Executive Director Dave Smith. It offers both boys and girls programs, recreational and competitive. Inter Atlanta FC offers programs spanning U4 to U19. Its practice fields are off Arizona Ave near Kirkwood. And the Atlanta Concorde Fire Soccer Club fields more than 1,000 players in age groups from U6 to U19. Its home fields are on Ashford-Dunwoody Road, next to Marist School. Families shared the many benefits that soccer offers their kids. “It provides discipline, and it provides an outlet for lots of energy,” Hutchinson said. Massee said the young soccer players learn about teamwork and collaboration. And for both parents and kids, it provides a network of friends. “It’s a way to make friends, especially for us having moved into the country,” said Khalil, who moved his family to Atlanta from Lebanon about a year and a half ago. “It’s an immediate community,” added Buckhead resident Lawton Bloom, whose 12-year-old daughter Anna plays at Concorde and 15-year-old daughter Eloisa plays at Tophat. The family had moved from Manhattan two years ago. “My kids love it,” Bloom said, adding they’ve traveled as far as Raleigh and Charleston for tournaments. “It is a lot, but it’s quality time with them.”

Buckhead resident Massee Shula with his nephew, Anton Hundley, during a practice of SSA Northside.

Top, a February practice of SSA Northside, held at the Galloway Athletic Complex off Defoors Ferry Road. Right, Buckhead resident Christian Khalil and his son, Kayan. (Photos by Isadora Pennington)



Beach goer? Pool lover? Dirt digger? Grass roller? Try us for just



@reporter_newspapers BH

✓ Bath ✓ Ear Cleaning ✓ Nail Clip ✓ Teeth Brushing Blow-dry not included



Valid on first visit only. Must present ad. One per dog. FIRST-SCENT-25

FIND MORE LOCATIONS AT scenthound.com MARCH 2022 | 17


Atlanta United supporter groups cheer on the team Members of Terminus Legion. (Photo by Isadora Pennington)

BY COLLIN KELLEY AND ISADORA PENNINGTON Don’t call it a fan club! That’s what you’ll likely hear from a member of one of Atlanta United’s four designated supporter groups – Terminus Legion, Footie Mob, Resurgence, and The Faction – upon using the wrong nomenclature. So, supporter groups it is. And it’s pretty easy to see that members are much more than just casual fans. During home games, supporter group members are found outside Mercedes-Benz Stadium tailgating and getting fired up for the match. Then, they parade into the stadium carrying the giant golden spike, a callback to Atlanta’s railroad beginnings and a symbol of unity and strength. The golden spike sits in front of the bois-


terous supporter section just behind the home goal, and it’s from this section that the chants, cheers, and singing begins and echoes around The Benz. Current Terminus Legion President Lisa Wilder didn’t really care for the sport while growing up. After marrying her Portuguese husband, a diehard fan, and watching World Cup matches with him, she began to see the appeal. Still, when he bought them Atlanta United season tickets as a Valentine’s Day present, she rolled her eyes and went along. After her first match, she was hooked. “We joined all the supporter groups in the beginning, but we fell in with Terminus Legion because we liked the community service aspect of it,” Wilder said. She also loved the ritual before each home game and admits she’s addicted to the surge of being ‘part of something bigger than yourself.” She’s only missed a handful of home games since joining in 2017.

Both on and off-season, Terminus Legion members can be found giving back to the community through volunteering and working with charities. Wilder said that beyond the rowdy support at each game, the group actually “does more in the community than we do in the stands.” Some of the organizations Terminus Legion supports include Soccer in the Streets, Mostly Mutts, Chattahoochee River Keeper, and the Clean Sheet project to assist victims of domestic violence. Members also donated funds to the fire department and helped with pandemic relief efforts. Terminus Legion member Amy Jurden said she’s been a life-long sports fan, but never realized how much fun it could be. “The vibe of the group – it’s just a big family, you know. I immediately felt welcomed,” she said. Jurden said one of her favorite memories as a member occurred in 2018 when Terminus Legion partnered with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for Kick Childhood Cancer Month. “All the supporter groups came together, and Terminus Legion did a gigantic children’s tailgate event. So, you had all these kids out there that had never gotten to go to a sporting event like this, that were fighting things you’d never want someone their age to deal with, and it was just pure euphoria.”

Aaron Nobles joined Terminus Legion in its first year, 2014, and said it was the friendships he’s made that will stick with him forever. He said a recent member’s wedding was cause for celebration. “Terminus Legion comes with friendships,” Nobles said. “Michael recently got married and we got to rekindle friendships and relationships with people we had not seen in several years due to COVID. It was so good to see all of the people who had been with us since 2014. It honestly was something I will never forget.” Ashley “A-Ro” Robinson, a board member at large for Footie Mob, can often be found DJing during pre-game tailgating. She’s been a member since Atlanta United played its first game at Bobby Dodd Stadium, and even travelled to some away games as far away as Costa Rica. Robinson said she arrives at the tailgate area four or five hours before a match starts to set up her decks, adding that she thrives on the “controlled chaos” of game day. She said one of her favorite memories was during the MLS cup final, when Footie Mob held one of its biggest tailgates ever. “It was cold and raining, but everybody was happy and dancing,” she recalled. “We like to make a big production out of the tailgate and bring the noise from the lot to get everyone ready.”

reporternewspapers.com BH

Award-winning Electrical Service, Repair and Replacement ■ Thirty years serving commercial and residential customers ■ Georgie licensed ■ Professional, reliable and insured ■ Financing available

Call today for a FREE estimate or a FREE home inspection!

EPIE’S ELECTRICAL SERVICES info@epies-electrical.com 770-939-8808 ■ epies-electrical.com

We offer financing! Get your panel changed for as low as $175 per month. Offer expires March 31, 2022

www.plasticitycenters.com Get your life back. We are here to help treat post-concussion & traumatic brain injuries. We offer the latest research-based brain treatments available for: • Concussion • Traumatic Brain Injury

Call for a no-cost consultation

(404) 445-8075

• Cerebral Palsy • Stroke • Autism • Dysautonomia • Parkinson’s Disease • Dizziness & Memory • Headache & Migraine @reporter_newspapers BH

MARCH 2022 | 19


In conversation with Brookhaven photographer Branden May Reporter Newspapers talked to May about his work and where his interest in photography stems from. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

BY SAMMIE PURCELL Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of people have quit their jobs and changed careers – including Branden May. May worked at a small tech company up until August of last year. He quit in part to better spend time with his family and take care of his son, who was diagnosed with autism, but also to focus on his real passion – photography. While the Brookhaven artist had over 15 years of experience and had been interested in photography since he was a kid, this change meant taking on photography as a fulltime gig. May’s work focuses on architecture, taking in the way light and shadows interact with the spaces around them. His work has been featured at several galleries internationally, according to his website, including the Agora Gallery in New York City; the BBA Gallery in Berlin, Germany; and the Blank Wall Gallery in Athens, Greece.

Where in Atlanta did you grow up? Branden May: I actually grew up in Stone Mountain. How did you become interested in photography? BM: My dad was actually into photography, and he got me into it when I was 12 – maybe a little bit younger than that. I do remember him showing me a camera and I kind of just fell in love with it from there. As far as your own career with photography, when did you decide that you wanted to make it a career? Branden May’s photography focuses on architecture, taking in the way light and shadows interact with the spaces around them. (Images courtesy of Branden May)


BM: I quit my job last August … it’s always been kind of in process, the photography thing and trying to go full time. But I think over the pandemic, and having all my kids at home, and the job that I was working at the wasn’t really understanding that I had a son with autism … That kind of pushed me over there towards photography – my last job and having no freedom to be a dad, or be a good husband, or a photographer. What do you photograph the most?

for you. We’re on the front lines to get the story. And when we’re on the story, we get it on the record. Because you deserve the facts.

It’s worth knowing what’s really going on ajc.com

BM: Right now, I’m currently doing street photography, but architecture photography is probably my favorite. Especially here in Atlanta, growing up here, I kind of feel like I have a personal relationship with the buildings … I just feel like I connect to them in a different way than other people. I know where the sun is going to be, where the reflections and shadows will fall. What is it about the combination of shadow and structure that interests you? BM: It’s the silhouettes. I kind of try to capture people interacting with the building in different ways, whether it’s just walking by [or] going to the actual building. It’s really just the combination of the structure of the buildings and the person walking through a shadow or walking through a pocket of light that kind of completes the scene for me. Who are some artists that inspire you? BM: Gordon Parks… I was just taken aback


by how he captured scenes and how some of them were portraits, some of them were just scenes that he’d been assigned to for Time Magazine. But the way that he shot and the way that he draws you in, maybe even think about whatever the subject is thinking about in the picture, kind of led me to photography even more. Berenice Abbott is another photographer whose work I’ve been told is similar to mine. We kind of share a relationship between shadows and people. She’s really great. Louis Mendes. He’s another shoot photographer in New York, like years ago. He is also one of the main influences of my work.

reporternewspapers.com BH


Tal Baum continues expansion of Oliva Restaurant Group with opening of Atrium

Tal Baum has opened her latest restaurant Atrium (pictures at right) at Ponce City Market.

BY KATHY DEAN Oliva Restaurant Group opened its newest restaurant at the end of January. Located on the first floor of Ponce City Market’s Central Food Hall, Atrium features a modern American menu with European influence and bright, whimsical decor. The team behind Atrium includes Tal Baum, Founder & Proprietor of Oliva Restaurant Group, Executive Culinary Director Brandon Hughes and Director of Operations Josh Riddle. Baum is building on Oliva Group’s stream of success with other Atlanta restaurants – Aziza, Falafel Nation, Bellina Alimentari and Rina. Oliva’s forthcoming restaurant, Carmel, is slated to open late 2022 in Buckhead Village and will offer diners a taste of coastal life. The focus at Atrium, Baum said, is “cooking what we love. We also wanted to create dishes that would enchant our guests, just as the ambiance does.” That ambiance is boosted by Smith Hanes Studio’s designs; interior elements include bold florals and works by local artisans and craftsmen. The spacious cocktail lounge, The Parlor, contains a hand-painted tile bar and mural, and the 4,000 square foot main dining room, The Bistro, features massive factory windows @reporter_newspapers BH

and large pink banquettes. Enchantment is the idea behind all the Oliva restaurants, Baum said. “We’re trying to transport our guests into a different world and reality, and for a couple of hours, take them on a journey to another place. With Atrium, we want to give guests a respite from the hustle and bustle of Ponce City Market,” she said. Baum explained that all of Oliva’s restaurants represents chapters of her life. Born and raised in Haifa, Israel, she moved to Florence, Italy, at the age of 21. During her seven years in Italy, she studied architecture and developed an intimate knowledge of Italian cuisine. “Rina, Aziza and Falafel Nation symbolize my early life and growing up in Israel,” Baum said. “Bellina Alimentari is an ode to my years living in Italy, and Atrium is a manifestation of a current chapter experiencing the evolution of dining in America.” She suggested that Atrium visitors start with drinks in The Parlor, then move to The Bistro for a meal. She said that while it’s hard to recommend just one dish, diners should try Chef Cole

Pate’s chicken entree. “Chicken is one of those dishes that is so hard to be creative and innovative with, but Cole was really trying to elevate the chicken experience and turn it into something different,” Baum said. “We make chicken sausage in-house, then we wrap the sausage in the chicken, sous vide it and crisp it up before serving so the skin is super crispy and browned. It comes out in the perfect texture, and there are so many different layers — from the crispy skin to the sausage to the sauce.” All those elements take the chicken into a completely different level, one that’s restaurant worthy, she added. While the pandemic and recent lockdowns affected all the restaurants in the city, Baum said they stayed busy with

to-go orders, catered meals to-go, virtual cooking classes and more. “I’m excited to look to the future,” she said. “That’s where our focus is now – making sure people have a fabulous experience, where they have a good time and forget about their day-to-day for a few hours.” For more on Atrium and the Oliva Restaurant Group, visit atriumatl.com and olivarestaurants.com.

MARCH 2022 | 21


Partnership at Blue Heron inspires students to create art BY COLLIN KELLEY The mythical Sankofa bird – depicted in art with its feet facing forward and its head turned to look back from where it came – has become the symbolic force behind a new partnership between Blue Heron Nature Preserve, ZuCot Gallery, and Atlanta Public Schools to show students and educators the strong connection between nature and art. “Fertile Ground: From Sankofa to Blue Heron” is now on exhibition at Blue Heron, showcasing nature-inspired work from Black artists curated by ZuCot Gallery. During March, APS art educators will come to Blue Heron to see the exhibit, hear from artists, and get inspiration to take back to their students. APS students will be encouraged to create their own nature-inspired art in local nature preserves, parks, and greenspaces for a competition. In April, the winning students’ artwork will be on exhibition at Blue Heron, while prizes will be provided by Sam Flax art store. “Parks, greenspaces, and nature preserves, like Blue Heron, can inspire, educate, and empower children and adults in Atlanta and beyond to reflect on the stories of Black people in America and to develop their own stories in nature through the creation of art,” said Blue Heron’s exec-

Above, “Sunday Morning” by Jerry Lynn Clockwise from top left: Sarah Erickson, Sara Womack, Melody Harclerode and Omari Henderson at Blue Heron Nature Preserve. (Photo by Isadora Pennington) utive director Melody Harclerode. Harclerode, who has led the Buckhead nature preserve for two years, said she was inspired to create the partnership after visiting ZuCot Gallery in Downtown. “I was blown away by the landscape art I saw at ZuCot and thought how nice it would be for kids to be out in greenspac-

es and be inspired by nature to create their own art,” Harclerode said. “Blue Heron was founded by an APS arts educator, Nancy Jones, so it’s poetic to me that we continue to connect students with art and nature.” ZuCot partner and curator Omari Henderson said he saw the partnership as an opportunity to teach Black students not only about art but how to become “custodians of culture.” “You don’t necessarily see a lot of African American artists who do landscapes, you don’t see it highlighted,” Henderson said. “This partnership will give us the chance to highlight these natural scenes and provide teachers and students an opportunity to infuse art with nature.” Sara Womack, fine and performing arts coordinator for APS, said the partnership was a chance to bring equity to art classrooms.

“Typically, dead white guys is where you start with the history of art, so exposing students to African American artists and their landscape work is a big push for equity,” Womack said. Sarah Erickson, fine and performing arts support teacher for APS, said she was excited that art teachers would be going to Blue Heron for a day of learning. “We’re going to have teachers go out into the nature preserve, so they can have an experience to bring back to the students,” she said. Erickson said the cash prizes going to students would also be a boost for budding artists at APS. “Becoming a paid artist at 12 years old and having their art showcased is an empowering moment for a kid,” she said. For more about the exhibit, visit bhnp. org.

Make Your yard

A Nesting Place $10 OFF $60 USE CODE NEST10


2260 MARIETTA BOULEVARD, SUITE 105 ATLANTA, GA 30318 (404) 254-3235



6125 ROSWELL ROAD, SUITE 1050 SANDY SPRINGS, GA 30328 (404) 565-0493

*Valid in-store only at the participating store listed. One discount per purchase. Offer not valid on previous purchases, gift cards, optics, DSC memberships, or sale items. Offer valid through 03/31/2022.

4279 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA (404) 257-0084 | www.wbu.com/Atlanta reporternewspapers.com BH


April 29-30, 2022

Julian Tablada I Watercolor

Kendall Boggs I Acrylic

Wendy King I Jewelry

Misty Kimbrough I Ceramics

Jacqueline Radford I Oil

Bringing Art and Community Together Please join us for the 24th Annual Wesleyan Artist Market, which features fine art, jewelry, and fine wares from over 75 professional artists from across the region. Friday, April 29, 2022: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. • Saturday, April 30, 2022: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Held at Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners, the Market is open to the public with free parking and admission.

Wesleyan School 5405 Spalding Drive Peachtree Corners, GA



MARCH 2022 | 23


He’s discovering

tHe magic


of cHildHood

College? Careers? They’ll be here for your kids before you know it. Summer Academy at UGA offers specialty camps to support your teen or pre-teen’s passions and boost their skills. Recognized nationally as a strong career and college builder Camps offered in over 30 fun interest areas Established in 2001, Summer Academy has been providing summer fun for over two decades





This summer is the time to start making your student’s career and college dreams a reality



*Offer valid for the above locations only for childcare or Summer Camp programs. Must mention this advertisement and enroll by April 30, 2022 to receive your discount. Not valid with any other offer. The Goddard School are operated by independent franchisees under a license agreement with Goddard Systems, Inc. Programs and ages may vary. Goddard Systems, Inc. program is Cognia accredited. © Goddard Systems Inc. 2022.



Color your summer with fun!

Register your young artist for week-long art camps at the High! Camp sessions for rising first through eighth graders. Campers will explore the museum collections, experiment with a multitude of artistic media, create art projects in our themed workshops, and make new friends!

Registration is now open! Visit high.org/camp for details.



• Water Skiing • Wake Sports • Horseback Riding • Aerial Adventure • Zipline • So much more on land and water! reporternewspapers.com

Advertise your camp in April and May Contact: camps@springspublishing.com

Choose your adventure at Trinity School Summer Camp! Academic, specialty, and sports camps for children ages 4 to 13 June 6–July 1 Monday–Friday 7:30 AM–4 PM August 1–5 Limited offerings

register for a variety of camps for ages 4 - 12th grade Open to the public


trinityatl.org/summercamp Several camps are waitlisted, so register today!

Whitefield Academy, A Christ-Centered College Preparatory School 1 Whitefield Drive, Smyrna GA

4301 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta • 404-231-8117 • kwhitmer@trinityatl.org


SUMMER EXCITING SUMMER ADVENTURES June 6–July 1, 2022 Preschool Camp (2s–PK must be two by June 1) Adventure Camp (K–6th) and CIT (7th–8th) • Returning favorites include Art, Circus Camp, Drama, Sports, Coding & STEAM, Musical Theater, Challenge Island, Mad Science, and More! • Weekly themes for Preschool include special visits from Horses, Puppets, and more! • Half & Full Day Camps

5389 epst ESA 1_22 SSR ad_f.indd 1


• Before and After Care available • Lunches available for purchase • Multi-Week Discount * Some photos taken at ESA Camp prior to COVID.

For more information and register at epsteinatlanta.org/esa




Baseball Basketball Cheerleading Diving Football Fun Camp

Lacrosse Soccer Tennis Volleyball Wrestling

OTHER Camps Ceramics Music Technology & Production Science Sports Medicine Personal Essay Start-up SAT/ACT Boot Camp

JUNE 6 to AUG 5, 2022 AGES 5 to 17

REGISTER NOW! marist.com/summercamps

Sandy Springs, GA


1/12/22 1:09 PM

MARCH 2022 | 25




our full camp offerings and sign up! Main Campus, College Park Woodward North, Johns Creek woodward.edu/camps

With 30 acres of greenspace located in the heart of Buckhead, Blue Heron Summer Camp is the perfect place for your camper to escape into nature! Campers will discover the wonders of the outdoors through handson learning, weekly focuses, and small group explorations. COVID safety protocols in place.


From June 1st – July 29th! Choose from science, technology, engineering, art, and more! Register at gallowayschool.org/summer.


2022 Summer Camp 2022 Decatur Business Hall of Fame Award


15% OFF if you register before April 1st


Camps are located at DeKalb Tennis Center: 1400 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033

To register, email: info@agapetennisacademy.com Call (404) 636-5628, or sign up online at www.agapetennisacademy.com



Songs for Kids Center makes everyone a rock star

Photo by Mary Caroline Russell BY CLARE S. RICHIE Located behind the Skyview Ferris wheel in Downtown, the Songs for Kids Center provides free interactive music programming to qualified children and young adults. “If you or someone you know has an injury, illness or disability – we’re here to perform with you, teach you an instrument or skill, or invite you to have a sensory experience,” said Josh Rifkind, founder of Songs for Kids (SFK). The center houses a professional performance area, recording studio, and a DJ station. “It’s an extension of everything we’ve learned and do,” Rifkind said. “We have SFK mentors here six days a week. Families come in at all times. We just had a 22-yearold who was working on singing and drumming and now we have a 6-year-old who’s been coming here since she was 3.” Allison Russell, mom of the 6-year-old, learned of SFK when they performed at Camp Krazy Legs, a camp for children with spina bifida hosted at Camp Twin Lakes. Her daughter’s friends are starting extracurriculars, and Russell likes that her daughter has a low-pressure activity that gives her a creative outlet, too. “She loves to explore everything here and is slowly starting to focus on trying to learn the keyboard,” Russell said. “Her fine motor is significantly delayed, but it’s been great for her to practice and have fun.” For 16 years, SFK musicians have performed mini concerts and bedside visits in hospitals across the U.S. It’s a passion that grew from Rifkind’s musician/producer background and idolizing his father who worked as a doctor. In 2013, Rifkind and founding board member Sanjay Kothari went on a roadtrip and performed at nearly every children’s hospital in the U.S. “We went to some hospitals that were over 1,000 miles out of the way in the wrong direction and played for an hour,” Rifkind said. “We did 350 performances in 250 days at 249 children’s hospitals. We didn’t cancel a single show.” @reporter_newspapers BH

As Rifkind interacted with young patients, he saw how much they enjoyed singing along, writing songs, or trying instruments. “It really grew into a mentorship situation,” Rifkind said. “In 2015, we began the journey to open a center, which ultimately opened in 2018.” Right before the pandemic, SFK was doing 1,000 performances a year and was on track to do several thousand mentorship sessions. “And now we’re back,” Rifkind said. “It’s a lot of N95 [mask] wearing. We practice a lot of safety protocols.” SFK works to pair new participants with a mentor who could be a drummer, guitar player, singer or songwriter – depending on what the participant wants to explore. Manager of the music mentorship program, Weston Taylor, has mentored hundreds of young people at SFK - including 22-year-old Bennett. “He liked to cover songs,” Taylor said. “He had tons of his own lyrics sitting around, but he didn’t know how to make a song out of them. We spent several weeks creating melodies, really plotting it out. Within a month of finishing that song we were able to perform it at Shaky Knees on the main stage [last October]. That was awesome.” There are no expectations at the center except for having fun. “We’re sneaky. Our fun can lead to learning something,” Rifkind said. Thanks to individual contributors, SFK is completely free, a fact that continues to pleasantly surprise families. Fundraisers like the June 500 Songs for Kids (dates TBD), which features a couple hundred bands spread out over a few weekends, also help make SFK possible. “Before we opened, I dreamed of people working with their mentors in the space and of the energy of activity and creativity,” Rifkind said. “And when we get really busy, it’s exactly like that picture in my head.”





Q&A with David Johnson, co-founder of pharmaceutical startup Genexa

BY COLLIN KELLEY If you’ve been shopping for a feverreducer for your kids or something to help you sleep on the shelves of your local pharmacy, supermarket, or Walmart, then you’ve likely come across Genexa. Billed as the first “clean medicine,” the startup makes pharmaceuticals with the same active ingredients as the household name brands – like acetaminophen – but without all the artificial, inactive ingredients that usually come with them. Founded on the West Coast by David Johnson and Max Spielberg, Genexa is now based in Atlanta. We caught up


with Johnson to talk about the creation of the brand and his favorite local hangouts. With people concerned about what’s going in their bodies in the age of COVID, how has Genexa embraced/pivoted to meet those concerns? Genexa medicines were created with ingredient transparency at their core. We started this company five years ago because we were concerned about the inactive ingredients in our kids’ medicines after realizing that as much as 93% of all drugs contain potential allergens. More and more people are realizing that their health products don’t just consist

of the important ingredients that are supposed to help them feel better. We found a way to make medicine with the same active ingredients that address acute symptoms like colds, allergies, fever, etc. but without any artificial fillers or common allergens. We are bringing awareness to the inactive ingredients in over-the-counter medicines and put our list directly on the side of the box so it’s easy for people to see what’s in the product (and what’s not in there). How has the move from the West Coast to Atlanta been beneficial for Genexa’s growth? We love our new headquarters in Atlanta! This is such a vibrant city full of talent, diverse experiences, and a unique culture that has been very beneficial for our team. We’ve grown an incredible team of employees with diverse backgrounds and are hiring even more this year. Atlanta offers both the appeal of a large urban city with a small-town community feel and we’re excited to get out and about in the community even more this year. How has social media and influencers aided in the growth of the company? Our driving philosophy at Genexa is “people over everything,” meaning we put people at the center of everything we do. Our core customer lives on social

media so we’ve made it our goal to deepen our connection with them through our online communities. Buying medicine is a deeply personal experience and many people lean on those they trust within their own circle of influence, often a parent, friend, or healthcare professional. So we’ve worked with a number of different “influencers” to help spread the word – everyone from our superfan customers, medical advisors, our celebrity investors, and more. What are some local spots you visit to unwind or recharge from running a busy company? I love being outdoors and try to stay active, so I spend a lot of time walking the BeltLine and at Chastain Park with my family. Atlanta has a lot of great hiking trails so we’re always looking for new ones to explore. What’s some of your favorite restaurants, pubs, or hangout spots in Atlanta? My wife and I are foodies and love sushi, so we are fascinated by the fact the best sushi in the country is found right in our backyard at Sushi Hayakawa. We also love all the vendors at Ponce City and Krog Street Markets. There are so many amazing chefs and restaurants in Atlanta, our list of favorites is a mile long!

reporternewspapers.com BH

Your Mountain Paradise Awaits, Let Us Welcome You Home! Turnkey Lot & Cottage Packages 2.5 Hour Scenic Drive From Atlanta PreserveAtWhitesideCliffs.com

Grace.Battle@EngelVoelkers.com 470.602.9693

@reporter_newspapers BH

Jonathan.Hough@EngelVoelkers.com 704.202.4161

MARCH 2022 | 29


Planner Tim Keane: ‘Atlanta needs to change a lot’ BY MARIA SAPORTA After six-and-a-half years in Atlanta, Tim Keane is moving on to greener pastures — Boise, Idaho. Keane’s final day as the City of Atlanta’s planning commissioner was Friday, Feb. 18, and his presence in Atlanta will certainly be missed. Before leaving town, Keane agreed to sit down for an exit interview — picking a spot in front of the Dancing Goats coffee shop across from the Midtown MARTA Station. Thanks to Keane, there is now outdoor seating in a space that used to be on-street parking. It is one of 18 such transformations Keane was able to do throughout the city. The theme was on target. One of Keane’s messages as he is leaving is that Atlanta will need to shift some of the public space now devoted to cars to people-oriented spaces. “I have a perspective about Atlanta that the city needs to change a lot,” Keane said. “There’s a lot of work to do around affordability and mobility.” During his time here, Keane provided a mindset of how Atlanta should grow.

Maria Saporta and former Atlanta Planning Commissioner Tim Keane. (Courtesy of Maria Saporta)

It’s not a question of whether Atlanta will grow. In his mind, that’s a given. “It’s not just that you invest and build something. It’s what you build that mat-

Ready for an offbeat, fun and funky art party?

March 26 5:00-8:00pm

TICKETS are $75 per person Available at spruillarts.org/artistic-affair

Enjoy a night of live art, collaborative painting, poetry on demand, live and silent auctions, food, open bar, music and SO MUCH MORE! Must be 21 or older to attend

Spruill Center for the Arts, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Presented by



ters,” Keane said. “The city should be leading on creating the highest quality public realm — streets or parks or architecture.” Among Keane’s proudest achievements were creating the Atlanta City Studio, which invited citizens to become more involved in the way the city would grow, and the Atlanta City Design — a conceptual plan that offered a roadmap on how the city should grow. Central to the Atlanta City Design’s framework was to conserve Atlanta’s natural spaces and to encourage denser development along its commercial corridors. “We wrote the book, literally,” said Keane, referring to the Atlanta City Design, a work of art in planning circles. “Why we did Atlanta City Design was to avoid the traps other cities have faced. Atlanta City Design is not a vision. It is a specific proposal for the city’s growth that’s representative of the physical design of the city. It is a practical proposal.” In Keane’s mind, few people in Atlanta appreciate how dramatically the city will have to change if it wants to preserve and increase affordability and if it wants to become a more livable city in terms of mobility and design. “There’s a relationship between the physical city and the prosperity of its people. We don’t in my opinion as a city even acknowledge that,” Keane said. “We need to address every single day that the building of the city requires engagement of the planning department — be it parks, streets, protection of land or investment in infrastructure.” From his perspective, Keane said people often just view the planning department as the place to issue building permits. “For Atlanta to reach its full potential as a city, the planning department should

Reporter Newspapers has partnered with Saporta Report to provide local business news from one of Atlanta’s most respected journalists, Maria Saporta. saportareport.com

not be on the sidelines. It should be in the huddle if not the quarterback.” By the way, Keane also is proud of how he improved the permitting process, which he described as a mess when he came here from Charleston, S.C. During his tenure, his department has issued 50,000 permits that translated into $30 billion in construction in developments throughout the city. During his tenure, Keane and his department attempted to pass a new tree ordinance and a new zoning ordinance, but both efforts became mired in controversy and differences of opinions. “There will never be a day in any city where that process is not controversial and full of many different opinions,” Keane said. “But the reason we did Atlanta City Design was to put Atlanta in a better place when it comes to those debates. Why can’t Atlanta be excellent?” Keane also said there was a great deal of misinformation during the debates over a new tree ordinance and new zoning ordinance. The process to correct erroneous information and to reach a greater consensus was hampered by the COVID pandemic, which he said was unfortunate. Keane also realized he had become a target in the community. For example, the proposed zoning ordinance never intended to do away with singlefamily zoning, he said. But Keane realized his leadership had been compromised, and that’s when he started exploring opportunities to leave Atlanta. “It was a very hard decision to leave,” Keane said. “During the run-off and even after, I knew some neighbors were asking Andre Dickens to have me fired.” He spoke to Dickens about two weeks before making the decision to take the Boise job, and he believed Dickens would have wanted him to stay in Atlanta. “The timing of this is kind of good. It’s a new administration,” Keane said. “The last six to nine months, with the discussion around housing, my relationship with the community changed. That was not beneficial to the city. It was a good time to leave.” Keane decided to go to Boise because it is a totally different place (physically, historically and culturally) where he can have a fresh start. “No. 1, it is a beautiful place,” Keane said. “The mayor and the city are really interested in city design. They want to do that exceptionally well.” For Keane it will be another adventure and an opportunity to influence the development of a city. At the end of our conversation, Keane summed it up this way: “My greatest interest is to have a big impact and shape a city in the best way possible.”

reporternewspapers.com BH



Financial Services firm in Buckhead seeking full or part time Client Service Representative. This is an IN OFFICE position to start and requires 3 years of experience in the financial services industry. Please send resume to Linda. Smith@BenSource.com.

Matthew’s Handy Services - 7AM appointments available. Small jobs & chores are my specialties! Organizers, Carpentry, Drywall & Painting. Call 404-547-2079 or email mwarren8328@gmail.com.

Qualified Bookkeeper wanted for our small Accounting and Financial Consulting office in Brookhaven. Flexible work hours possible. Send resume to dhills@hilrodgroup.com.

Tranquil Waters Lawn Care Hauling of Debris, yard cleanup, aeration, lawn mowing and power washing. Commercial/Residential, free estimates, Senior/Veteran discount and No contract necessary. Call Mike 678-662-0767.

Americold Logistics, LLC, Atlanta, GA & any unanticipated locations T/O the U.S. has an opening for an Automation Architect (Job Code VK0207) to drive the main knowledge of the WMS & functionality of the WES system & design/ define their respective functionality & tech. touch points. Reqs: BS or FDE in CS, CA, or related field & five yrs. of exp. (can be combined) in the job or related in WMS & automation. Approx.. 40% travel W/possibility of remote & occ. business travel. Mail resume to Christine Graessle, 10 Glenlake Pkwy NE, South Tower, Ste. 600, Atlanta, GA 30328. Hiring Catering Cashiers and Servers @ $18.00 / hour, Asian Fusion Cafe, call 678-691-4986 or a.fusioncafe@gmail. com

Best Rate Painting - We beat all estimates!! Exterior and Interior specials. 25 years’ experience. Free estimates and No money down. 10% off with this ad. Contact: bestratepaint@ bellsouth.net - www.bestratepainting. com or call 404-434-8941.

Age 55+ Condos in Sandy Springs 1 bed/1 bath 2,595 $

per month

2 bed/2 bath $2,995 per month




Includes ALL utilities, some meals, shuttle service, 24 hour front desk plus more. Stepless condos, grab bars in bathroom, intercom. Affordable 55+ independent living and great location

475 Mount Vernon Highway NE. Linda | 404-277-4246

Spanish Class putting a hurting on you?

Masters Level Spanish Tutor/ Instructor for Online Spanish courses


Contact Profesora at 912-322-5972 Other Spanish tutoring available.

Atlanta Tree Professionals - English Ivy removal, free tree evaluation, tree trimming/pruning, tree removal and deep root fertilization. Locally owned and operated - 6105 Boylston Dr NE, Atlanta 30328 - call: 404-519-5259. Emergency Work Welcome!



404-263-2967 For classifieds or display ads call 404-917-2200 ext. 1003

HOME SERVICES DIRECTORY Troy Holland 770.256.8940


Senior Discount

Kitchen Bathroom Basement

Showroom, Design, Build

Driveways & Walkways

(Replaced or repaired)

Masonry Grading Foundations repaired Waterproofing Retaining walls

Joe Sullivan 770-616-0576






Electrical HVAC

All your needs!


Family Operated - 38 Years Experience COMMERCIAL & RESIDENTIAL

Belco Electric

• Family Owned since 1972 • Fast, Dependable Service by Professional, Uniformed Electricians


Check out our new website www.BelcoInc.com and follow us on

Handyman Services Moving & delivery too!


Windows And Doors Buy with confidence! Visit our showroom in Tucker!

770-939-5634 quinnwindows.com

3910 Lawrenceville Hwy, Tucker GA 30084

Winter Clean-up Special

Atlanta’s Premier

LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED BONDED & INSURED PROFESSIONAL & RELIABLE Serving Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Brookhaven, and Peachtree Corners

MrHandyman.com (770) 852-5453 @reporter_newspapers BH

• Window Cleaning • Gutter Cleaning • Pressure Washing • Family Owned • Licensed and Insured • FREE ESTIMATES

404.355.1901 www.WindowCleanAtl.com

since 1968

No job too small References Available 803-608-0792

Cornell Davis, Owner

ATLANTA CUSTOM CONSTRUCTION OUR SERVICES Outdoor living Interior Renovations General Repairs and Maintenance

Keith Tindle atlcustomconstruction.com

Office: 770-452-1925 Cell: 404-432-0535

Serving the Atlanta Area for 42-years References Available | Free Estimates | Georgia Licensed and Insured

MARCH 2022 | 31



Austin Freeman

Clayton Powell


Leslie Marwitz

Jeremiah Young

Robin Conklin

404.537.5200 | Buckhead.BHHSGeorgia.com Bill Murray, Senior VP & Managing Broker

Haygood Team

Honor Society

Megan Primrose

Honor Society

Chinye Enurah

Jodi Yarbrough

Honor Society

Honor Society

Heidi Moriarty

Leading Edge

President’s Circle

Tina Hunsicker

Honor Society

Neil Richardson

Honor Society

Tenley Robinson

Holly Boyd

Honor Society

Carolyn Phillips-Long

Laura Mehl


GOLD President’s Circle

Kimberly Ayers

Honor Society

Honor Society

Leading Edge

Judi Renfroe

Honor Society

Honor Society

Nancy Koutnik

Gloria Williams

Honor Society

Amanda Rose

Karen Rodriguez

President’s Circle

President’s Circle

Connolly & Associates

President’s Circle

Ursula Shields

Leading Edge

President’s Circle

Monica Parker

Nadine Lutz




Level Up Real Estate Team






Gabrielle Harrison

Anne Carpenter

ABOVE & BEYOND Georgina Hill

HONOREE SEQUENCE BASED ON BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES GCI, UNITS OR VOLUME FOR 2021. ©2022 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently operated subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and a franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of Columbia Insurance Company, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. Equal Housing Opportunity.

@reporter_newspapers BH

MARCH 2022 | 32