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► New progressive group attracts activists PAGE 5 ► Historic locomotive makes tracks to Buckhead PAGE 4 SPECIAL SECTION | P22-27

Buckhead master plan to allow more input on big ideas

Glowing for a cause

BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net


Wearing glow necklaces and shirts with reflective shoeprints, adults, kids of all ages, strollers and dogs take to the streets of Garden Hills in the second annual Family Flashlight Fun Run, held Sunday evening, Feb. 26. The nearly 1-mile race, organized by Garden Hills/Peachtree Park Friends Group volunteers, benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. More pictures, page 18.►

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OUT & ABOUT A very special performance of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Page 6

The Buckhead master plan will keep on planning for a while. A Feb. 27 community meeting for the “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED” plan was scheduled to be the last, but now input will continue into April to hash out some controversial ideas, said Eric Bosman of lead consultant Kimley-Horn. Those include ideas large and small for Buckhead’s commercial core, from a new Ga. 400 interchange to a neighborhood trail loop. A crowd of about 100 at the Atlanta International School received a sprawling, 90-minute presentation that narrowed some earlier ideas, elaborated others, and introduced still more new concepts, all while mingling short- and long-term plans. Several of its recommended “first steps” are already underway, like finishing the PATH400 trail along Ga. 400; some See BUCKHEAD on page 16

Massell: Buckhead getting bigger, busier, wealthier BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Buckhead is big, busy and wealthy. And by 2020, it’ll be even bigger, busier and wealthier. So said Buckhead Coalition president Sam Massell in his annual “State of the Community” address Feb. 23 at the City Club of Buckhead, hosted by the Buckhead Business Association. Massell listed several “bragging and branding points” projecting the booms in the neighborhood’s population, real estate See MASSELL on page 17

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Atlanta kicks off new transportation plan BY EVELYN ANDREWS Residents voiced skepticism and a need for more details after hearing the basic proposals for a new city transportation plan that were presented Feb. 21 during a public meeting in Buckhead. Dubbed “Atlanta’s Transportation Plan,” the effort will update the Connect Atlanta Plan, which was adopted in 2008. The city’s needs have changed greatly since then, Planning Commissioner Tim Keane said. The economy is far different today, population has increased and development permits are being issued more often, he said. Henry Schwab was among about 30 people who attended the Feb. 21 meeting at the Atlanta International School. Schwab, an architect, said he has been involved with these issues in Atlanta for the past 45 years and he doesn’t feel this plan will benefit the city. “I’ve heard the same speech for the last 20 years,” Schwab said.

Rebecca Kim, who lives in Buckhead and goes to college for city planning, said she thought the changes would benefit the city, but she wants to hear more specific ideas. “Right now, it doesn’t seem very specific,” Kim said. “I do like the vibe of what they are saying, such as wanting to expand bicycle paths and things like that, but are they actually going to do it and how long will it take?” Paul Moore, a consultant working with the city, presented the plan’s basic concepts. Afterwards, attendees had the chance to express what they think the plan should include and to mark exhibits with stickers to show which improvements they thought should be priorities. One of the main focuses of the plan is an effort to reduce reliance on cars as the main form of transportation. Cars are a much less efficient use of space on roads than public transportation or biking, so Moore said a priority would be


making buses and MARTA more convenient and improving bike paths. Adding sidewalks in needed areas is also part of the plan in the hopes more people will begin walking instead. Planners intend to hold several more meetings in the next coming months before they submit their recommendations to the city in October. They also plan to host pop-up meetings in places such as malls and student centers in hopes of making it more convenient for residents to voice their concerns. For those that cannot make it to meetings, the Transportation Plan website has a survey available to the public. The website will also soon have a way to upload pictures of problems, such as damaged roads, and a map that users can add pins to areas that need improvement, Moore said. The Atlanta area is expected to grow by 2.5 million over 25 years, Keane said. “We think that the city’s growth over the next 25 years will be much more substantial than it has been the last 25 or 50 years,” he said. “The reality is that it is very important that many, most or maybe all of those 2.5 million people drive a lot less than we do or the congestion will be unbearable,” Keane said. “We will not grow and the city will not thrive if we don’t ensure a lot of the people coming here do not drive.” Moore said the plan will also adapt to and anticipate new technology including self-driving cars and ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. Among the interactive exhibits was a list asking attendees, “Which of the following would discourage you from driving?” Some of the choices included increased gas prices, decreased parking, traffic calming and reduced speeds

We will not grow and the city will not thrive if we don’t ensure a lot of the people coming here do not drive. TIM KEANE PLANNING COMMISSIONER and increased parking rates. Another exhibit asked, “Which of the following would encourage you to use public transportation, bike or walk?” Some choices included reduced prices of public transportation passes, working from home benefits, convenient and secure bicycle parking and better “wayfinding” signs for biking and walking. Sales tax increases that were approved by voters last November provide an opportunity for infrastructure improvement most cities do not have, Moore said. Voters approved a 0.5 percent increase in the existing MARTA funding tax and a 0.4 percent transportation local special option sales tax. The TSPLOST will last for five years and is expected to collect $300 million for infrastructure improvements, such as streets and sidewalks. The 40-year MARTA tax could raise an estimated $2.5 billion. Because they already have the funding necessary to make the improvements, Moore said the implementation of this plan will happen more quickly than the 2008 plan. Once they submit their recommendations, Moore said he expects the changes to start almost immediately.

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Several local parks benefit from Park Pride grants Several Buckhead parks will benefit from recent grants from the group Park Pride. Park Pride has announced that $820,000 has been granted to 17 community groups in Atlanta and DeKalb County to fund capital park improvements. To date, Park Pride has awarded more than $4.8 million to projects that include new playgrounds, boardwalks and bridges, improved signage, new trails and exercise equipment, and more. Park Pride introduced its matching grant programs in 2004, offering awards of varying amounts to groups seeking to revitalize their community greenspaces. Award recipients receive matching funds through three distinct grants: Legacy Grants (large grants of $50,000 and up), funded by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation; Community Building Grants ($2,500-$50,000), funded by The Home Depot Foundation; and Small Change Grants (up to $2,500), funded by the Cecil B. Day Foundation. “Due to the support of our funders, Park Pride and the Friends of the Park groups we serve are able to complete valuable and much needed park improvements for the greener good of our city,” Park Pride’s Associate Director Allison Barnett said. “They truly make a positive difference for the families and communities that enjoy greenspaces.” “Friends of the Park groups recognize that great parks increase the quality of life in their neighborhoods,” said Ayanna Williams, Park Pride’s Director of Community Building and responsible for the Friends of the Park Program. “I’m proud of the amazing park improvements the Friends groups have accomplished with the support of Park Pride’s grants, improvements that may not have been possible otherwise.”

plantings and signage. ■ South Fork Conservancy will construct a pedestrian bridge across the North Fork of Peachtree Creek, providing access to the South Fork Trail from PATH400, the Atlanta BeltLine as well as the sidewalks of Buckhead.

Community Building Grants

The Home Depot Foundation provides $200,000 in support to Park Pride’s Community Building Grants, which are available to community groups located in both Atlanta and DeKalb. Buckhead recipients include: ■ The Friends of Bitsy Grant Tennis will construct a courtside deck at the tennis center for viewers to comfortably enjoy watching matches.

■ The Friends of Peachtree Park will benefit from a new access point to the nature trail, addition of benches and exercise stations encouraging greater use from the surrounding communities.

Small Change Grants

With the support of the Cecil B. Day Foundation, Park Pride’s Small Change Grants fund small improvements that have big impacts on park beautification. In Buckhead, Chattahoochee Now will install two benches at Standing Peachtree Park so that visitors can sit and enjoy the view of the Chattahoochee River. A new interpretive sign honoring the historic significance of the site and importance of the river will also be installed. To learn more about Park Pride grants, visit parkpride.org.

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Park Pride awarded Legacy Grants to six community groups. These grants are only available to groups within the city of Atlanta. Among the Buckhead recipients: ■ Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy, to replace the playground, which has been plagued by flooding and sewage spills, with a new community-designed playground located in a more accessible location on higher ground. ■ Blue Heron Nature Preserve, for the expansion of its permeable trail system, the “Blueway,” which will highlight the rich habitats along Mill and Nancy Creeks and eventually connect with planned multi-use trails to Chastain Park and PATH400. ■ The Friends of Little Nancy Creek Park will move forward with the implementation of phase IV of their master plan, which includes a pavilion and seating for family and community gatherings, trash/recycling receptacles, beautification BH

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Historic locomotive ‘Texas’ will soon steam to Buckhead

BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Last month’s relocation of the gigantic “Battle of Atlanta” painting from Grant Park to the Atlanta History Center’s new Cyclorama building was a major preservation effort. But that’s not the only enormous artifact making a complex move to the Buckhead museum. The “Texas,” a legendary locomotive dating to 1856, is getting the finishing touches of a restoration at a North Carolina museum. After an unveiling there in

April, the 160-year-old steam engine will head to Buckhead later this year, where it will become part of the West Paces Ferry streetscape as it sits inside a glass-walled hall at the History Center. The “Texas” was among the engines that took part in the 1862 “Great Locomotive Chase,” an incident in the Civil War where Union troops stole an engine named “The General” near Kennesaw. The “Texas” also ran for decades on the Western & Atlantic Railroad, the line that sparked the founding of — and gave a name to — the city of Atlanta.


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The locomotive went on display in Grant Park in 1911. In 1927, it joined the “Battle of Atlanta” painting in the Grant Park Cyclorama building, and stayed there for 88 years. In late 2015, the History Center removed the engine from Grant Park, a complex task that involved plowing a path through a small theater and tunneling through an embankment. The engine was trucked to the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, N.C., where it has undergone restoration work by the Steam Operations Corporation. That work is finishing up and the “Texas” will go on display there in April, then head back to Atlanta for display at the History Center. It will likely open to the public in the fall. “The final appearance of the ‘Texas’ is something that’s not going to be revealed until the April farewell event in Spencer,” said History Center spokesperson Howard Pousner. But he shared a December photo of the work so far, with the engine in the midst of its new paint job. He also provided a sneak peek of the new glass hallway under construction, with tracks already laid for the “Texas,” at the History Center at 130 West Paces Ferry Road. MAX SIGLER/STEAM OPERATIONS CORPORATION


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Inset: The future home of the “Texas” under construction at the Atlanta History Center at 130 West Paces Ferry Road.


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Perimeter Progressives political group draws crowd for debut

The Perimeter Progressives logo on display at the Feb. 28 debut meeting at Cafe Intermezzo in Dunwoody.

BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Perimeter Progressives, a local group formed in response to President Trump’s election, drew more than 60 residents and several elected officials to its debut meeting Feb. 28 in Dunwoody. Joe Seconder, a well-known Dunwoody bicycling advocate who created the group, told the crowd that he intends to focus on local politics with an appeal to both Democrats such as himself and disaffected centrists. He spoke of city-level organizing as a way to push changes up to the federal level, though he didn’t specify any agenda. “We can meet in the middle,” Seconder said, kicking off the gathering at Café Intermezzo, a coffeehouse near Perimeter Mall. But he also joked, “This is the celebration party for Hillary [Clinton] winning Dunwoody” in liberal-rousing election results in the Republican-dominated area. State Rep. Sam Park (D-Lawrenceville) also spoke briefly, calling for making “Georgia blue from the statehouse to the White House.” Other officials in attendance included Dunwoody City Councilmember Lynn Deutsch, who declined comment, and Chamblee City Councilmembers Thomas Hogan II and Brian Mock. Stumping for


votes were Ron Slotin, a Democratic former state senator from Sandy Springs now running for the 6th Congressional District seat, and Keenan Pontoni, the campaign manager for Jon Ossoff, another Democratic candidate in that race. Sally Harrell, a Democratic former state representative who briefly joined the 6th District race, also attended. Residents of Brookhaven, Sandy Springs and Gwinnett County made the trip for the event. For longtime liberal activists like Keith and Nancy Kaylor of Dunwoody, the event was exciting. The Kaylors have both run for local and state offices and once formed a small Dunwoody chapter of the national political and socializing group Drinking Liberally. “I’m totally awestruck at how many people are here,” said Keith Kaylor, explaining that his group used to be lucky to draw five people. With Trump’s election, he said, “a lot of people really were complacent and we got a big shock.” Others were drawn by the group’s appeal to centrism and local politics. Robert Wittenstein, president of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, noted that Seconder spoke of the group representing a spectrum of political opinions, and “I’m somewhere in the middle.”

Held on a covered patio with a buf“I’m seeing this all around the district,” fet and bar, and only brief remarks from Slotin said. “There are progressive groups Seconder and Park, the low-key event was popping up everywhere. … It’s almost formmore cocktail party than political party. ing neighborhood by neighborhood.” But where politics came up, they were de“This election cycle has more groups cidedly left-wing. than usual,” said Pontoni, who also served Tamara Johnson-Shealey, a Democrat who has unsuccessfully challenged Dunwoody Republican Sen. Fran Millar for the local state Senate seat, worked a table at the door, signing up people to volunteer on “progressive campaigns.” And the guest speaker announced for the group’s next meeting heads an effort to elect candidates who support abortion rights. The meeting opened with a Pledge of Allegiance playfully led by Carter Dyche, a Dunwoody Elementary School fifth-grader sporting a “John Lewis Speaks For Me” button, which he said he got from the congressman JOHN RUCH and Civil Rights leader durPerimeter Progressives founder Joe Seconder, left, holds the microphone for Dunwoody ing an office visit. When SecElementary student Carter Dyche, who led onder later mentioned Clinthe group in the Pledge of Allegiance. ton’s strong showing locally, Dyche called out, “She’s the president of as campaign manager for Michigan state Dunwoody!” Rep. Gretchen Driskell’s unsuccessful chalAt least 60 people attended the first lenge of an incumbent GOP congressman hour, and organizers later said a total of in the November election. 104 people signed in over the course of the “People are starting to pay attention, evening. Seconder said the group raised especially to local politics,” said Johnmore than $750 in donations at the door. son-Shealey. Several attendees noted that the group “Democracy is a muscle,” Park said in is part of a wave of new and revived grassan interview before the meeting. “To see it roots liberal groups that has followed beginning to flex and people beginning to Trump’s election. A very similar group wake up is very encouraging.” is the Roswell-based Needles in a HayPerimeter Progressives next will stack, founded in 2012. Other such liberstart monthly meetings at the Dunal groups mentioned by attendees were woody Branch Library. The guest speaka Gwinnett-area chapter of the “Indiviser at the March 8 meeting will be Melita ible” movement; the “Huddles” that have Easters of Georgia’s WIN List, a politicome from the Women’s March demoncal action committee aimed at electstrations in January; and “Team Seven,” ing Democratic women candidates who a group of progressive activists that has support abortion rights. quietly worked on Dunwoody and Sandy For more information, see perimeterSprings elections for a few years. progressives.org.

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Jerry’s Habima Theatre, part of the Marcus Jewish Communty Center of Atlanta, presents its 24th annual musical, “The Wizard of Oz.” Produced by professionJENNIFER SAMI als, the theatrical company’s cast is almost entirely comprised of people with special needs. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. General admission: $35; children 12 and under, $15. MJCCA members: $25; children 12 and under, $10. Schedule and ticket information: 678-812-4002 or atlantajcc.org/boxoffice.

Stage Door Players presents “The Cemetery Club, ” a dramatic comedy by Ivan Menchell. Best friends for decades, three Jewish widows meet for tea and sympathy before their monthly visit to their husbands’ graves and find their friendships put to the test. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 ChambleeDunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Schedule and ticket info: stagedoorplayers.net.

Dunwoody United Methodist Church and the Atlanta Boy Choir present Paul Mealor’s “The Farthest Shore,” a new oratorio for soloists, choir, brass quintet and organ. Based on Celtic legend, a stranger cast ashore during a storm weaves a spell over the inhabitants of a small village that entwines reality, morality and faith. Suggested donation: $10. 1548 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Info: 770394-0675.


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The 16th Annual Pink Affair benefiting the TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation nonprofit features live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. $100. 7 Concourse Pkwy., Sandy Springs. Info: myturningpoint.org or 770-360-9271.

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Garden Hills Elementary School holds its 28th annual fundraiser to benefit educational opportunities for every student at the Buckhead school. Silent and live auctions, entertainment, dancing and dining. $65 in advance; $75 at the door. Tickets and info: eveninginthegarden.com. 433 Bishop, 433 Bishop St. N.W., Atlanta.

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Saturday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.

The 31st Annual Artistic Affair “Spruill is Shining,” presented by the Spruill Guild, benefits Dunwoody’s Spruill Center for the Arts. The event features live and silent auctions, dinner and dancing. $125. Atlanta Athletic Club, 1930 Bobby Jones Drive, Duluth. Tickets: 501auctions.com/artisticaffair.

Thursday, March 9 and Monday, April 13, 6 p.m.

Informational meetings about the North DeKalb Blaze Track & Field Club’s 2017 outdoor season will be held at the North DeKalb Stadium behind Chamblee High School. Open to boys and girls ages 5 to 18, Blaze competes in AAU- and USATF-sanctioned events, including the National Junior Olympic Games. 3668 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Chamblee. Info: leaguelineup. com/blazetrack or call 678-472-3827.

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Shave your head in solidarity with kids who lose their hair during chemotherapy, donate or volunteer at this St. Baldrick’s Foundation event. Co-organizer and Dun-

woody resident Ciara Fleming is a 15-year cancer survivor. Ye Olde Dunwoody Tavern. 5488 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: stbaldricks.org/events/ tavern or 1-888-899-2253. Continued on page 8

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The 26th annual “Tossed Out Treasures” resale market, a massive event that draws shoppers from outside the state, is back for two days at the City Center Crossing Shopping Center (former Marshall’s location). Hosted by the Sandy Springs Society to support community causes, the sale annually includes thousands of gently used, high end home decor, jewelry, silver, crystal, sports equipment, art, furniture, clothing and more donated by members of the 300-plus society and the community at large. Free. Preview party featuring silent auction, dinner and early bird shopping is Thursday, March 16, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Party tickets: $30 in advance, $35 at the door. 6337 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Info: sandyspringssociety.org.

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Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m.

Learn how to locate constellations at the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s inflatable planetarium. Two 25-minute presentations offered. Ages 6+. Starlab is in complete darkness at times. Included with general admission. $10 adults; $6 children; $7 seniors 65 and older and students 13-18; free to nature center members and kids 2 and under. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Info: chattnaturecenter.org or 770-9922055 x238.




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Wednesday, March 8, 7 p.m.

Olympian Tommie Smith speaks on succeeding against all odds in a fundraiser for the Riverwood International Charter School’s Boys and Girls Track and Field teams. He is best known from the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City when he stood on the podium to claim his gold medal and raised his fist during the playing of the U.S. national anthem in protest of civil rights injustices. $10. 5900 Raider Drive N.W., Sandy Springs. Info: RiverwoodICS.org and RiverwoodAthletics.org or 470-5359665.

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Wednesday, March 8, 8 p.m.

Douglas Egerton, author of “Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments That Redeemed America,” will appear at the Atlanta History Center as part of the center’s Aiken Lecture Series. Egerton chronicles the formation and battlefield triumphs of regiments led by whites and composed of black men born free or into slavery. Egerton is the Merrill Family Visiting Professor in History at Cornell University and a professor of history at Le Moyne College. $10 public; $5 members; free to AHC Insiders. Info: 404814-4150.


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Ah, Yumbii: the original gangster of Atlanta food trucks, established in 2010 before the city was overtaken by the craze sweeping across our nation. Though the Atlanta Street Food Coalition now boasts well over 100 member vendors, Yumbii’s ongoing success provides a strong model for sustainable expansion of a food truck enterprise. Their first truck begat a second truck, and those trucks begat a minimalist brick and mortar location. Who knows how much more they may try to scale up; they’ve managed to do a lot in six years. As a food truck, Yumbii generally makes 11 a.m. lunch rounds and 7 p.m. dinner rounds. Their brick and mortar location likewise runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., with an extra hour before closing on Saturday nights. It’s located in a little Brookwood strip on Peachtree

at Collier, a residential neighborhood where the nearest quality Mexican competitor is Bell Street Burritos and the nearest quality Asian competitor is Tuk Tuk Thai. But if you hate to sacrifice your queso needs in order to get your sriracha fix, or vice versa, look no further than Yumbii’s Asian-Mexican blend. Their menu in the store is identical to the food trucks. There are four classic items: taco, burrito, rice bowl, quesadilla. These come with four protein choices: Asian ribeye beef, spicy pulled pork, chicken, stir-fried tofu. There are four specialty items: fish tacos, pulled pork sliders, and a philly or nachos with your choice of protein. Two options for sides: chips and fries. A combo of three tacos plus drink will cost you just $10. The other combo is also $10, but subs in fries for one of the tacos. Get the fries. These are not ordinary fries! But

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A also, they are normal enough that your children will eat them. And then you’ll be hooked for life because Yumbii’s sesame fries are completely crave-worthy. The sesame oil adds a gentle touch of the extra savory to everybody’s favorite comfort food. They smell great and taste great, offering a decent crunch in their golden brown exterior. Covered in salt flecks and an evenly distributed yet far from intimidating number of red chili flakes, these sesame fries are built to be distinctively tasty, as opposed to generically spicy. Fries come with a side of chipotle ketchup that is both delicious and utterly unnecessary due to the quality of the fries. And why would you dunk your sesame fries in ketchup when you could dip them in sriracha queso? You can order a stand-alone cup of the stuff for two bucks, or with chips for five bucks. The chips are nicely browned and plenty salty, but the sriracha cheese dip is the star of Yumbii’s show. There is nothing special or fancy about it; it just tastes awesome. It’s not too spicy, but does add a little kick beyond regular queso. Yumbii understands the true meaning of special sauce and you will want to take a bath in that sriracha cheese dip. In fact, their condiments generally are what have always kept Yumbii a notch above the usual food truck fray. Soy-sesame vinaigrette on the salad topper for the tacos? Nice flavor and just enough bite. Korean barbecue sauce on any of the classic orders? Strong flavor and great balance of sugar with spice. Cucumber kimchee on the sliders or the philly? So much more going on than your average pickle. Entree-wise, you therefore cannot go wrong. Yumbii sticks to what it knows, expanding slowly but surely. The brick and mortar location is 1,440 square feet — not much more kitchen space than a truck. The seating is comfort-

ably cheap and they’ve got some taller stools in the front patio so you can watch people walking by. All together, the place seats about 40. They’ve got ambient techno playing quietly in the background in the afternoon. You can sit there with a good book, sipping on a lime Jarritos soda and enjoying a never-ending stream of sriracha cheese dip, soaking up the sunshine for an easy hour.

Yumbii is an excellent reminder that slow and steady wins the race. The food truck’s fans asked to put the first permanent location in Brookwood, and they are obliging. Between those loyal followers of the trucks and the converts Yumbii will win through foot traffic in Brookwood, owner Carson Young is doing everything right. Expect a selection of local beer and wine soon, and maybe eventually a breakfast menu.

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Dunwoody Nature Center celebrates 25 years with 25 activities The Dunwoody Nature Center is marking its 25th anniversary with a celebratory logo and 25 activities planned throughout the year. “The 25 for 25 concept grew out of our planning activities with our board and we have an incredible array of activities and park additions that we feel the community is going to love,” Executive Director Alan Mothner said in a press release. A ribbon cutting for the Wildcat Creek restoration project is set for March 10 as one of the 25 activities. Other activities include a Jewish Music Festival on March 12, “Wine on the Deck” on March 15 and March 29 and a 25 year anniversary reunion party on Oct. 28. “Every visitor to the park, every participant in a class and every volunteer at the Nature Center will have an opportunity to see environmental education in action,” Board President Amy McMorrow said in the release. The 25 events are: 1. First Saturday programming – the first Saturday of each month, the Nature Center features a free, season-themed program led by one of its educators. 2. Drop-in Weekends for “Grab ‘n’ Go” activities. 3. Wildcat Creek Restoration ribbon cutting set for March 10. 4. Play Me Again Piano – Make some music of your own on “Bennet,” a public art piano in the heart of the meadow. 5. Wine on the deck – Join friends and the experts from Vino Venue for two wine tastings on the Dunwoody Nature Center’s patio, set for March 15 and March 29.

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10. Art in the Park – A public art exhibit and community building event called “Community Rocks” is planned, with opening day scheduled for Oct. 28. 11. This fall, enjoy spending even more time hanging out in the trees with the addition of “Tentsiles,” which are part tent, part treehouse. 12. Pavilion – Celebrate the DNC with activities at the North Woods Pavilion. 13. People can leave their own designs and marks on a chalk wall. 14. There are six concerts planned this summer and the Jewish Music Festival is scheduled for March 12. 15. The DNC collaborates with the Stage Door Players for Theater in the Park this fall, with a spooky history of Dunwoody staged during the play, “Legends and Lore.” 16. For the first time, the DNC is offering summer camp scholarships to families in need, thanks to the support of partners from the Dunwoody Rotary Club. 17. Travel with the Nature Center to the Len Foote Hike Inn on Nov. 11. 18. Check out the DNC’s new website. 19. The entire community is welcome to a 25th year reunion party planned for Oct. 28. 20. The Nature Center is expanding its Milkweed Project by extending the program throughout the state at elementary schools, and locally at several retirement

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and assisted living communities. 21. The Nature Center is adding lights to the meadow to make sure guests are safe and to allow for more evening and nighttime activities. 22. This summer, more interpretive signage will be added in the park so that visitors can learn about the natural world and the various habitats of Dunwoody Park. 23. The Tap into Georgia Beer Festival returns to Brook Run Park on May 20 with that will showcase Georgia brewers. 24. An additional camp week at Island Ford on the Chattahoochee River will be held. 25. This spring, there will be a working demonstration beehive and enhancements to the park’s teepee classroom area.

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Buckhead’s Blue Heron Nature Preserve has won funding for a new pilot program creating gardens that help bees and butterflies. The parks organization Parks Pride recently received a $60,000 grant from the Home Depot Foundation for the pilot program, called “Pollinators in Parks.” The funds, distributed to five Atlanta parks, will help create or expand gardens with plants that bees, butterflies and similar pollinators use. “In urban environments, community gardens represent little green islands for insect pollinators, like bees and butterflies, which are keystone species in food webs,” Melina Lozano Durán, pollinator garden coordinator at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, said in a press release. “Pollinator gardens are not only necessary to help natural ecosystems and their plant and animal communities to thrive within cities, but they also nurture our connection to nature.” Blue Heron is located at 4055 Roswell Road. The other parks receiving the “Pollinators in Parks” grants are Four Corners Park (South Atlanta), Gilliam Park (East Atlanta), Grove Park (West Atlanta) and Welch Street Park (Southwest Atlanta).


Fulton County is offering people who have been arrested, but not convicted, on criminal charges to have their records cleared. An April 29 “Record Restriction Summit” will allow people to have certain arrest records expunged, meaning totally erased, or restricted, meaning that employers cannot see the records. The record-clearing applies to arrests by the county police and sheriff’s department as well as any city police department within Fulton County. The event will be held at the Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Complex, 101 Jackson St. N.E. in Atlanta, near the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. The record-clearing is sponsored by county government and a large coalition of police departments and nonprofit organizations with the intent of helping people whose arrest records might prevent them from getting jobs or housing. For more information, call 404-612-5326 or see fultoncountyga.gov/recordrestriction-summit.

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Community Survey/ Grading our schools Question: How good a job are your areaʼs schools - public or private doing to prepare students for careers and civic life? While federal and state leaders propose 2.5% various types of education reform, local res6% idents say our schools deserve decent grades 16.5% — but could be teaching more practical skills. Although 44 percent of the respondents 31% to our most recent 1Q survey said local public and private schools are doing an “average” job of preparing students for careers and civic life, nearly twice as many respondents said the schools were doing a “good” or “great” job 44% as felt they were “poor” or “terrible” in readying graduates for the future. Still, when asked what skills or subjects local schools should teach more, the 200 respondents to the cellphone-based survey had Great job 12 (6.0%) plenty of suggestions. And their ideas seemed to cover about every position in the educaGood job 62 (31.0%) tional debate. Some of the 200 adults in communities Average job 88 (44.0%) served by Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown thought the schools needed to better Poor job 33 (16.5%) prepare graduates for jobs. “I think our schools need to have more foTerrible job 5 (2.5%) cus on skills and subjects that relate to 21st century jobs and skills required for those jobs,” a 46-year-old Sandy Springs woman said. “We fall behind other states and countries when it comes to science and math.” A 52-year-old Atlanta woman called for “technical skills to fill skilled labor jobs where there is a void of qualified personnel, such as plumbing, welding and electrical training.” And a 36-year-old Dunwoody woman saw a need for “real-life work experience.” Other respondents thought the schools should better prepare students for everyday life. A 37-year-old Buckhead woman proposed “more ‘real-life’ education scenarios: finances, investing, budgeting. A lot of kids graduate and don’t know how to balance a checkbook, but know how to do some math problem with only symbols.” Still others thought the schools should provide classes to make graduates better citizens. A 53-year-old Brookhaven woman saw the need for “journalism, because it would clean up the ghastly writing in America. They should have projects where they are interacting with the Legislature. Students should know the process for getting bills passed. We need a more hands-on approach to civic engagement.” Not every response was quite so serious, however. One 23-year-old Atlanta woman said that what the schools need to emphasize is simple: “Frisbee.”

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Here’s what some of those who responded to the survey had to say: “Life skills, cooking, computer programming.” 36-year-old Brookhaven woman “While I do believe in the core math, science [and] English, I believe that a broad understanding of history, civics, basic logical skills and other language skills are important. Critical thinking is important to be able to make decisions.” 62-year-old Buckhead man “Actual life personal expenses and finance. I graduated not knowing what a mortgage was.” 25-year-old man Atlanta “Why it’s important to vote in local elections and how to make your voice heard at the state and local levels.” 26-year-old Atlanta man “Just keeping up with the ages. Computers need to be taught much earlier, starting with typing.” 49-year-old Atlanta woman “More technical and general business transactional skills.” 27-year-old Brookhaven man “Wood shop, auto [and] construction jobs that need some skills, but not a college degree.” 55-year-old Buckhead man “Get rid of Common Core. Go back to basics and [an] age-appropriate curriculum. Stop the testing.” 47-year-old Sandy Springs woman “Chinese.” 48-year-old woman

Letter to the Editor Bravo to Conor Sen, on his thoughtprovoking commentary, “Why Trump order inspired my first political protest” [Reporter Newspapers, Feb. 3]. A mean-spirited exclusion order not only denies a lifesaver for those in need, as were my parents after World War II, but damages our economy. I still have my parents’ green cards to

remind me that this inspiring country welcomed them from Holocaust hell, after my family lost everyone, everything and hope. They were refugees; they were immigrants; and they purchased homes, paid taxes, raised a family and loved to their deaths their adopted country. I have no doubt that my parents, as other immigrants before

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Fulton chairman joins Atlanta mayoral race BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves is joining the Atlanta mayoral race. “I’ve turned the county around from being a divisive county along racial, partisan and municipal lines,” Eaves said in a phone interview, pledging to continue working as mayor with Sandy Springs and other neighboring cities. “Now is the time for that type of leadership.” Eaves’s surprise announcement shakes up an already crowded race heading into an election this fall. It also opens the question of leadership in Fulton County, whose government has recently developed unprecedented good relationships with Sandy Springs and other North Fulton cities on such issues as transportation and mass transit. A southwest Atlanta resident, Eaves has served as Fulton chairman for a decade. While the mayoral race is nonpartisan, Eaves notes that he is a Democrat with “good crossover support” — a pitch for what he calls his collaborative and regional approach to running Atlanta. In Buckhead, Eaves said, he sees business policy and quality of life — especially crime-fighting — as top issues. Calling himself “fiscally minded,” he said his election would “bode well for businesses located in Buckhead.” He pointed to his revival of Fulton’s economic development agency and its role in attracting or expanding such major corporations as UPS and MercedesBenz USA in metro Atlanta. On public safety, he called for “a fresh approach, one of collaboration” among Atlanta police and counterparts in such cities as Sandy Springs, East Point and South Fulton. Eaves also touched on a big citywide issue in the race — a bribery scandal, involving the procurement of city contracts, that is currently roiling City Hall. “I’m going to make transparency one of my top issues,” Eaves said, adding that

in Fulton, “we make our procurement open online.” Eaves SPECIAL was not Fulton County Commission modest Chairman John Eaves. about his part in newly improved relations with the north Fulton cities that began separating from county government in 2005. “I think it’s undeniable I played a crucial role,” he said, citing “my style and my demeanor.” But he acknowledged that his run for mayor could produce uncertainty about the collaboration continuing. “Even though I played a critical role … some factors are in place that could outlast me … [and run on] an autopilot pace after me,” Eaves said, citing a like-minded Board of Commissioners and one recent product of unified politicking — a transportation special local option sales tax increase — in place. He also pledged to continue such collaborations if he becomes mayor. The day of his campaign announcement, Feb. 23, he hosted a meeting with Fulton mayors and commissioners about possible mass transit expansion — a main product of that improved relationship. Such meetings will continue because the fates of the city and the rest of Fulton are entwined, he said. “As mayor of the city of Atlanta, one thing I’ll do is, I’ll be at the table with other mayors, because I get it,” Eaves said. “I think in the past, [there was] this visible or invisible line between Atlanta and Sandy Springs,” Eaves continued. “I see Sandy Springs to our north as an ally or partner. … A strong Sandy Springs to the north only makes a stronger city of Atlanta.” Eight other candidates for mayor recently appeared at a brief Buckhead Coalition forum. They included Peter Aman, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Vincent Fort, Kwanza Hall, Ceasar Mitchell, Mary Norwood, Michael Sterling and Cathy Woolard.

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residents complained that basic details are still lacking on others, such as the exact route of the proposed “Buckhead Loop” trail. One change with that trail concept: It would now be only for bicyclists and pedestrians, not the Buc shuttle bus, due to neighborhood opposition. The plan’s sheer number of ingredients seemed to be taking longer than expected to bake. Technically a 15year update of an existing urban plan, BUCKHEAD REdeFINED is also juggling several other existing plans—like a possible park capping Ga. 400, which was barely mentioned—as well as producing new ideas. The plan’s focus is also expanding. Originally presented as focused on improving public space and non-car commuting connections, the plan is now tackling “viability,” “mobility” and “livability.” That essentially means qualityof-life issues, but the definitions of the categories aren’t always precise. One material change is that plan will now recommend more programming ideas, including a study about housing and its affordability, and ways to expand mass transit shuttle and bus services. Among those in the audience was Atlanta mayoral candidate Cathy Woolard. “I love the big vision. And I love they are doing big community engagement,” she said afterward, adding that the big question for any projects will be funding. Some parts of the master plan are looking for money, too. One new recommendation at the Feb. 27 meeting: an organization to spearhead planning and funding for a neighborhood public art and performance program. A theme of the master plan is how to encourage better open spaces, retail uses and new streets in future developments. The biggest section of new material in the Feb. 27 presentation gave details about that idea in several sub-neighborhoods. For Loudermilk Park, there was an expansion of the park into the nearby Bank of America building area. For the West Village, a centralized parking garage and on-street parking on Roswell Road. For Lenox Square Mall, office

buildings and a park in what is now the parking lot fronting on Peachtree Road. For the Lenox MARTA Station, transitoriented residential development. All of those concepts are just suggestions for future redevelopers and would take many years to happen. Two of the most controversial ideas in the master plan involve Ga. 400 interchanges. It seems both will be recommended for more study, but first the consultants have yet to decide what exactly to study. One idea is a “diverging diamond” interchange at Lenox Road and 400. A diverging diamond is an intersection design where traffic switches sides of the street to speed traffic flow. Bosman said consultants are still studying that idea, but also other alternatives. He briefly showed a drawing of a more typical interchange with crosswalks added. The status of settling on a project to study was unclear. Another idea is a new, additional Ga. 400 interchange somewhere around East Paces Ferry Road. Two previously alternatives that would have connected the interchange to Lenox Road was killed due to strong opposition from the Pine Hills Neighborhood Association, Bosman said. He briefly showed a drawing of the interchange, which would serve only Ga. 400 southbound, as having two roundabouts. Another big idea that had some preliminary sketches, but no real detail: Flattening out the ramps on Lenox between the Monarch Center and the Phipps Plaza Mall. And still more new ideas came along, including new streets: one connecting Wieuca and Peachtree-Dunwoody roads, and another looping behind the Kroger on Piedmont Road across from Tower Place to help bypass the snarled Peachtree Road intersection. Next, Bosman said, planners will post various concepts from the plan on the BUCKHEAD REdeFINED for further comment at a rate of about one per week for four to six weeks. Another public meeting will follow as the plan aims to issue final recommendations in April. For updates, see buckheadredefined.com.


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Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition, speaks to the Buckhead Business Association Feb. 23 at the City Club of Buckhead.

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rent,” and that makes the neighborhood a major financial supporter of the city prices and business metrics will continand the region. ue for at least three more years. The proBut, he added, Buckhead’s success jections were admitted “unscientific,” but also depends on state and city leadership. educated. Massell, himself a former Atlanta may“It definitely shows a trend of progor, praised current Mayor Kasim Reed for ress and prosperity that will benefit us “able stewardship.” He also urged attendall,” Massell said of his projections. ees to become active in the campaigns to Those Year 2020 predictions included: replace Reed, who leaves office after an • Population: 91,487 (now 87,314) election this fall, to ensure good leader• Average single-family home price: ship after a “tremendous musical chairs ar$1,494,130 (now $1,114,891) rangement throughout city government.” • Annual retail sales: $3,744,125,000 Asked by an audience member about (now about $2.96 billion) expanded public transit options in Buck• Average annual office rental rate: head, Massell praised MARTA’s current $43.18 per square foot (today $32.54) leadership as the best ever and expressed • Average office building vacancy rate: excitement about new sales tax fund3.1 percent (now 11.1 percent) ing that will enable transit expansion. • Average hotel occupancy rate: 81.32 He specifically praised the “Clifton Corpercent (now 78.9 percent) ridor” light rail plan, which would con• Average commercial land sales price: nect Buckhead’s Lindbergh Center MAR$141,740 per square foot (now $91.97) TA Station to the Emory University area. The projections were based on the high“Can you imagine tying the wealth in ly detailed statistics the coalition compiles Buckhead … to the academic intelligence in for its annual “Buckhead Guidebook,” the Emory” and its area, Massell said. “You can’t latest edition of which was distributed to get there now. It’s a little two-lane road.” each of the roughly 80 attendees. The coAfter Massell spoke, an audience memalition is an invitation-only group of 100 ber displayed a recent photo of him perCEOs and community leaders. forming an impromptu magic trick for a Whatever the actual numbers turn out child at a local ice-cream shop. Asked to be, Buckhead likely will continabout his magic skills, Masue to live up to its luxurious sell produced a customnickname as the “Beverly ized Buckhead Coalition Hills of the East.” novelty coin from his “Frankly, it’s now pocket and, with hand been elevated to the movements, made it point that Beverdisappear. ly Hills can now be “Other than a called the Buckhead of neighborhood varithe West,” Massell said. ety show I produced Massell repeated at around 9 years of age one of his favorite stawhere I performed some tistics: Buckhead covers magic, I’ve avoided the call about 20 percent of Atlanof the stage,” said later in JOHN RUCH ta’s geographical area and The Buckhead Coalition an email. “Or was it magic pays about 45 percent of its coin that Massell when I got elected mayor of made disappear in an taxes. As he put it, “This is Atlanta?” impromptu magic trick. a community that pays the

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Protesters opposing President Trump march on Peachtree Road near 26th Street on Feb. 20.

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Hundreds of protesters marched in Buckhead and Midtown Feb. 20, calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. And they say they may be back. Dubbed the “imPEACH NOW! (Not My) President’s Day March,” the protest was one of the many organized around the country by liberal activist groups. The Atlanta version was organized on social media by a group called Democracy Spring Georgia, a metro Atlanta chapter of a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan organization that formed last year. “Not My President” has been a popular slogan among Trump opponents since his election in November. Protest marches are typically held in downtown Atlanta, but Buckhead has now attracted at least four such demonstrations in the past seven months. Sam Massell, who served as mayor in the 1970s and now heads the Buckhead Coalition, said the neighborhood has long had its share of protests, especially at the Governor’s Mansion on West Paces Ferry Road. The targeting of Lenox Square Mall, as the Feb. 20 protest partly did, is a new angle, he said. “We’ve had them over the years,” Massell said of protests. “The mall [as a protest site] is sort of a new phenomenon.” Protesters have said they target Buckhead as a wealthy political power and shopping destination, and that attracted Democracy Spring Georgia, too. Dana Bowers, the group’s operations direc-

tor, said her group came to Buckhead because “it’s the financial center of Atlanta” and the role of corporate money in politics is the organization’s original focus. Bowers said she participated in a massive Black Lives Matter protest in the neighborhood last summer. For the anti-Trump event, about 200 protesters marched from Midtown’s Arts Center MARTA Station to the Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead. They carried signs with such slogans as, “Not My President,” “Stop Trump/Pence Fascist Regime” and “Impeach Now!” Some signs used profanity to insult the president. While presidential impeachment involves specific criminal charges brought by Congress, the protest appeared to be aimed more at general criticism of Trump’s policies and fitness for office. Some protesters referred to the controversy about Trump’s reported political and business contacts with the Russian government and officials, and Trump’s bashing of the media. Others carried signs supporting the Affordable Care Act and federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Bowers said her group also was motivated by Trump’s controversial temporary ban on immigration from several Middle East and African countries and his criticism of Congressman John Lewis, who is an icon of Atlanta’s civil rights movement history. “The attack on John Lewis was a hot mess,” Bowers said. The Georgia chapter of Democracy Spring formed in August 2016 and remains

a nonpartisan group focused on getting “money out of politics,” Bowers said. But, she added, since Trump’s election, the group’s activities have pivoted to joining two main efforts: opposing Trump’s political agenda and electing U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison of Minnesota, a progressive and one of Congress’s two Muslim members, as chairperson of the Democratic National Committee. Ellison lost in a vote held in Atlanta a week after the march, though he was named to a deputy chair position. Democracy Spring Georgia has yet to formally incorporate, Bowers said, but has enrolled about 950 members — more than 300 of whom signed up the day of the protest. The group is already allying with existing organizations. One is the New Georgia Project, a group founded by Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams that aims to register minority voters. Bowers said her group is also looking for ways to work with the newly announced Perimeter Progressives, a political group formed by Dun-

woody resident Joe Seconder. Democracy Spring plans further demonstrations and protests, particularly targeting the state’s federal officials who support Trump. Buckhead may see more Democracy Spring Georgia protests, too, Bowers said.

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Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, senior Emily Moseley discovered her interest in engineering during her sophomore year, when she took a technology, engineering, and design class. “I’d always been good at math and science, but I never really had an end goal,” says Emily. “This class really opened my eyes to the field of engineering.” Emily has pursued her interest through her school “iProject.” The “I” in iProject stands for “inquiry, innovation, and impact,” all of which Emily demonstrates through her work. She inquires about new programs; learns to use new technology, such as 3D printers; innovates; and makes an impact by using her engineering skills to help others. Emily loves being able to fix things and make things for people. She finds it most rewarding when she gets to see people’s reactions to what she has made. “I love tinkering around, but I always have to show someone!” she says. Last year, Emily, along with a group of fellow students, worked with a nonprofit called e-Nable, which helps pro-

vide prosthetic hands to those who need them, to create a fully functioning prosthetic hand for a college student named Alex. This year, Emily has continued to work on improving her designs for prosthetic hands. “There’s no reason that a girl should love math or science any less than someone else,” Emily said. “If you love it, do it.” T.J. Edwards, Emily’s Technology, Engineering, and Design teacher, saw Emily’s passion from her first year in his class. He is constantly impressed by Emily’s strength in science, technology, engineering and math concepts, as well as her artistic ability and collaboration skills. “I think engineers are sometimes stereotyped as ‘math people’ or ‘builders.’

but the really good ones are able to do that and have a creative side that really spurs innovative ideas. Emily definitely has that potential. She can dream up beautiful sketches and ideas that require a new approach to engineering,” Edwards said. Emily says that Edwards has had a great impact on her life. “He saw my passion and kept feeding my process,” she said. “He has taught me so much about engineering and got me into

amazing projects like my current prosthetic hand project.” Edwards has watched Emily grow since her first year in the class 2 1/2 years ago. “It has been extraordinarily exciting to see the seeds of Emily’s initial curiosity grow into what will undoubtedly be a successful college and work career,” says Edwards. Outside of the classroom, Emily had a summer internship at SpaceWorks, an engineering enterprise focused on space exploration technology. She also attended the Governor’s Honor’s Program last summer for engineering. Besides engineering, Emily plays volleyball for her school and is a stage manager for the drama department.

What’s next?

Emily has committed to attend Georgia Tech in the fall and plans to major in aerospace engineering. She hopes this knowledge will serve as a doorway for working with automobiles. Her dream job is to engineer race cars for NASCAR. This article was reported and written by Dori Balser, a student at Riverwood International Charter School.

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Police Blotter / Buckhead The following information, involving events that took place in Buckhead between Feb. 12 and Feb. 22

3200 block of Paces Ferry Place — Feb.

and was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its open data records.

500 block of Main Street — Feb. 19.

R O B B E RY ( P E D E S T R I A N ) 1700 Monroe Drive, Kroger — Feb. 20. 2500 Pine Tree Road — Feb. 21.

AG G R AVAT E D A S S AU LT 500 block of Northside Circle — Feb.




block of Acorn Avenue — Feb. 12.

400 block of Northside Circle — Feb.

1085 Lindbergh Drive — Feb. 17.


925 Canterbury Road — Feb. 18.

2400 block of Coronet Way — Feb. 19. 2100 block of La Dawn Lane — Feb. 19.

600 block of Antone Street — Feb. 16.

3200 block of W.

1700 block of Cheshire Bridge Road —

Roxboro Road — Feb. 17.

Road — Feb. 21.

CO M M E R C I A L B U R G L A RY 4177 Wieuca Road — Feb. 12.


1900 block of Rockledge Road — Feb.

400 block of Armour Road — Feb. 20. 600 block of Norfleet

of Defoor Village Court — Feb. 12.


Feb. 18.

1085 Lindbergh Drive — Feb. 15.

1200 block

block of Wimbledon Road — Feb. 15.

2400 block of Cheshire Bridge — Feb.


708 Antone Street — Feb. 12.

4340 Roswell Road —

Feb. 13.

415 Armour Drive — Feb. 20. 1820 Marietta Boulevard — Feb. 20. 415 Armour Drive — Feb. 21. 2519 Chantilly Drive — Feb. 21. 41 Irby Avenue — Feb. 21.

LARCENY Between Feb. 12 and Feb. 22, there

were 73 larcenies from vehicles reported across Zone 2 and 47 reported cases of larceny and shoplifting.

AU TO T H E F T There were 17 reported incidents of

auto theft between Feb. 12 and Feb. 22.

1036 Lindbergh Drive — Feb. 14.

EIG HT CO NV IC T ED I N ‘P I L L M I L L’ C A S E Eight people have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in illegally prescribing and distributing painkillers, including at a Buckhead clinic, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Georgia. Those sentenced include Dr. Romie Earl Roland, an anesthesiologist who was a prescribing physician at the Express Health Center clinic in Buckhead. An investigation at this clinic in late 2012 revealed many of Roland’s patients were drug dealers, drug abusers or both. Roland regularly prescribed oxycodone, methadone and Percocet “outside the course of professional practice and for no legitimate purpose,” according to the press release. Roland, 57, of Atlanta, was sentenced to 10 years, 10 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Also indicted and sentenced for their respective roles in the operation of the pain clinic were seven other co-defendants: Anthony Licata, Charlyn Carter, Adrian Singletary, Dante Cummings, Anthony Ferguson, Danny Thompson and Joshua Gadd. Each co-defendant previously pleaded guilty and has been sentenced. In late 2012, an investigation was started at the Express Health Center clinic in Buckhead. The investigation revealed that Anthony Licata was the principal owner of the clinic and was directly involved in its operation. Licata came to Atlanta for the sole purpose of operating a pill mill, according to the press release. Over the course of the investigation, the clinic moved locations throughout the Atlanta area. Roland was a prescribing physician at each spot: Express Health Center in Buckhead, ATL Pain Institute in Doraville and Key Pain Center in Lawrenceville. Roland also worked at a separate clinic: Atlanta Pain & Rehabilitation in Southwest Atlanta. The co-defendants and their sentences: • Anthony Bernard Licata II, 31, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., entered a guilty plea to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, one count of Maintaining a Drug-Involved Premises, and one count of Conspiracy to Launder Drug Proceeds. On Jan. 25, 2016, Licata was sentenced to 11 years in federal prison and a $25,000 fine, to be followed by three years of supervised release. • Charlyn Elizabeth Carter, 44, of Austell, Ga., entered a guilty plea to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, and one count of Conspiracy Launder Drug Proceeds. On Jan. 25, 2016, Carter was sentenced to six years, six months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. • Adrian Ulysses Singletary, 44, of Atlanta, entered a guilty plea to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances. On Jan. 25, 2016, Singletary was sentenced to three years, 10 months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. • Dante Craig Cummings, 28, of Ellenwood, Ga., entered a guilty plea to one count of Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances. On Jan. 25, 2016, Cummings was sentenced to four years, eight months in federal prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release.


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Community Briefs

LISTENING SESSIONS D ELTA LIVE N ATI ON C ON C ERT SER IES AT C H A STA IN A N N OUN CED The rock-heavy lineup for the Delta Live Nation Concert Series at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre has been announced. The schedule includes: Paul Simon, June 2; Gipsy Kings, June 17; Sheryl Crow, June 25; John Mellencamp with Emmylou Harris and Carlene Carter, June 27; the Moody Blues, July 23; Retro Futura Tour (Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, English Beat, Katrina and the Waves, Modern English), July 28; Foreigner with Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham, July 29; Blondie with Garbage, Aug. 6; Deep Purple with Alice Cooper, Aug. 21. For more information, see chastainseries.com. Other concerts are also scheduled for the park amphitheater this season, including Duran Duran in April and John Legend in May. For details, see facebook.com/ChastainParkAmphitheatre.

F I R S T OF TWO SA L ES TA X I N CR EASES GOES I N TO EF F EC T If you’re shopping in Atlanta, you might notice that it’s just a little bit more expensive. The first of two sales tax increases recently approved by voters went into effect March 1, rising to 8.5 percent. On April 1, the sales tax will increase again to 8.9 percent – the highest in the state. The two increases were approved in November to fund MARTA expansion and for transportation projects.

MARTA is continuing its outreach in the City of Atlanta to get input on the service improvements you would like to see in your neighborhoods and communities. We are hosting six (6) Listening Sessions throughout the City of Atlanta. Please come out and provide your input as we implement the MORE MARTA program.

March 7

March 8

March 9



6:30 pm - 8:00 pm HELENE MILLS

2353 Bolton Rd., NW Atlanta 30327

515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue Atlanta 30312

March 21

March 22

March 23


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm CATHEDRAL OF ST. PHILIP’S


365 Cleveland Ave., SW Atlanta 30354

3144 Cascade Rd., SW Atlanta 30311

2477 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta 30305

220 Auburn Ave. Atlanta 30303

C IT Y OF F ERS A MN ESTY P ROG R AM F OR LATE WATER BIL LS Customers with overdue water bills can have late fees waived during a Department of Watershed Management amnesty program running through March. During the amnesty period, through March 31, residential and commercial customers can enter a payment plan without penalties. Customers with overdue bills of $500 or more must pay 20 percent of the balance first. For more information, customers can call 404-546-0311. Watershed Management staff are also offering in-person advice on Mondays and Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at 2 City Hall Plaza (72 Marietta St.) downtown.


FOR MORE INFORMATION Email: MOREMARTA@itsmarta.com Phone: 404-848-6546 Web: www.itsmarta.com/moremarta

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