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Construction cranes: Who keeps them safe? BY JOHN RUCH

Several times each workday, the long blue arm of a construction crane at One City Walk swings a hundred feet above busy Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. It’s one of dozens of cranes dotting the skyline—and often working above busy streets and buildings—in this north metro Atlanta construction boom. It’s easy to imagine the destruction if one of those cranes collapsed because it happens sometimes. Two “tower,” or fixed in place, cranes like those sprouting around the Perimeter Center area fell in New York City in 2008, killing nine peo-

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ple. Mobile cranes on wheels or tracks tip over more frequently, including at a Buckhead construction site last fall and in a Manhattan accident in February that took a pedestrian’s life. Neither the state of Georgia nor any of its cities require crane operators to be licensed, and federal efforts to establish a national certification system are stalled until at least next year. But federal and private inspectors and trainers say that’s no cause to worry. Any crane operator on a major construction site almost certainly has training from the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators, an indus-

When spring comes, you can see all the dogwoods bloom. It’s like snow. We call it ‘spring snow.’ KAZUMI FUJISAWA THE JAPANESE EMBROIDERY CENTER IN SANDY SPRINGS PAGE 7

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try nonprofit whose work is the basis for the national standards underway. And the crane equipment undergoes several federally mandated inspections, ranging from daily to annual ones. In collaboration with an independent training company, Heede Southeast, the North Carolina company that operates that One City Walk tower crane, trains its own operators with written and practical tests for NCCCO certification and at least three weeks of “seat time” in a working crane with a certified operator. “We’re not just throwing any Tom, Dick or Harry into the crane as operaSee CONSTRUCTION on page 16

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At Lost Corner, city finds its newest park BY JOHN RUCH Before her death in 2008, Peggy Miles had a final wish: preserving Lost Corner, her family’s historic, 24-acre Sandy Springs property, as a public park for future generations to enjoy. That wish comes true on March 17, when the city cuts the ribbon on its newest park, Lost Corner Preserve. A recent preview tour showed the fruits of six years of city and volunteer labor at Lost Corner, located at 7300 Brandon Mill Road. Nature trails wind through woods. Gardens—of both the community and landscape variety—are ready to bloom. A new stone parking area and paths lead to the picturesque, nearly century-old cottage where Miles lived and died, now renovated into a rentable community event space. “I think Peggy would have been absolutely delighted… I think this is exactly what she wanted, exactly what she See LOST on page 18

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Sandy Springs police say car chases only for serious, dangerous crimes BY DYANA BAGBY

Two people died in a head-on crash after they fled a Georgia State Patrol officer on patrol on Buford Highway in Brookhaven. Their deaths were among several recent metro Atlanta collisions that have some local law enforcement agencies rethinking their vehicle pursuit policies. At about 10 p.m. on Feb. 25, a Georgia State Patrol officer attempted to pull over a 2002 Saturn SL on Buford Highway for speeding. The Saturn driver did not stop and the trooper initiated a chase. The Saturn ended up attempting to elude the trooper by speeding away north on I-85 South at Clairmont Road. The trooper monitored the speeding Saturn from I-85 north when he witnessed the Saturn crash head-on into an Infiniti. “The trooper continued north, turned around, and located the crashed Saturn. The Saturn struck a black 2012 Infiniti G37 head-on. The driver of the Infiniti, Lisa Jackson, 52, of Alpharetta, was transported to Grady Hospital with minor injuries,” GSP reported. A woman in the back seat of the Saturn was seriously injured and transported to Grady Hospital. The male driver and front

er conditions and the pursuing officer’s seat passenger of the Saturn were killed. training. When a chase begins, it is conAlthough Brookhaven Police did not stantly monitored by the officer and his or take part in the Feb. 25 chase, according her monitoring supervisor to weigh the neto a spokesperson, the department is recessity of apprehension, Gurley said. viewing its policies following recent metDunwoody Police only allow police ro Atlanta high-profile law enforcement chases in instancpursuits that led to es of forcible felocrashes and deaths nies, such as rape, of innocent people, murder, robbery, asincluding a grandsaults and shootings, mother and her two said Chief Billy Grograndchildren. gan. “Our chief asked Sandy Springs us to update our polPolice Department’s icy. We’re not cutpolicy, developed usting it altogether, but ing standards estabit will likely be a litlished by the Geortle more restrictive,” gia Chiefs of Police said Brookhaven Maand the Commisjor Brandon Gurley. sion on AccreditaThe department’s tion for Law Encurrent police allows forcement Agencies, for police to chase felstates “vehicle purony suspects and se- POLICY OF SANDY SPRINGS POLICE suits may be initiatrious misdemeanors ed only when danger to the public created as well as hit-and-run suspects where seby the pursuit is less than the imminent or rious injury or deaths have occurred, Gurpotential danger to the public should the ley said. suspect remain at large.” SSPD officers are Other caveats come into play when deinstructed that “the more serious or danciding to chase a suspect, Gurley said, such gerous the crime, the greater the consideras the time of day, traffic conditions, weathation to pursue.”

Vehicle pursuits may be initiated only when danger to the public created by the pursuit is less than the imminent or potential danger to the public should the suspect remain at large.

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For the Atlanta Police Department, vehicle pursuit is only allowed when one of three standards are met by the fleeing suspect: the suspect possesses a deadly weapon or device that can cause serious bodily injury; the officer reasonably believes the suspect poses an immediate violent threat to the officer or others; or there is probable cause to believe the suspect has threatened to or seriously injured another. Many factors come into play when deciding to pursue a vehicle, said Brookhaven’s Gurley. “It’s a constant balancing act,” he said. “Is the risk worth the need to apprehend?”

‘Public wants something done’

That risk is on many people’s minds after two police chases – one beginning in College Park and another in Johns Creek – resulted in five deaths within a few days span in January. On Jan. 31, College Park Police pursued an SUV believed to have been stolen from a hotel near the Hartsfield-Jackson airport. The chase ended when the SUV crashed into another vehicle, killing a 76-year-old grandmother and her grandchildren, ages 12 and 6. An elderly couple died Jan. 28 after their vehicle was struck by a car being chased by Johns Creek Police. Police arrested the father and son who were in the car that struck the couple. They now face drug charges as well as vehicular homicide and DUI charges. These deaths and others catalyzed State Sen. Gail Davenport (D-Jonesboro) to introduce legislation Feb. 22 to provide a standard for state, county and city agencies that authorize police pursuits. “The public wants something done,” Davenport said. “We support the police, but we want to make sure no innocent lives are lost. We are trying to make sure they do not endanger the lives of the public.” But her bill did not pass out of the Public Safety Committee this year. The law would have made it standard practice that state, county and city law enforcement could only pursue those suspected of murder, aggravated battery, kidnapping, false imprisonment “or any offense that creates an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury to another person or substantial threat to the safety of another person.” “Things have recently gotten out of hand,” Davenport said. “We are not trying to run the police departments. But if the chase involves something frivolous, call off the chase.”

‘Most chases over quickly’

Dunwoody chief Grogan acknowledges most chases do not end up in captures. “Most chases are pretty short and are over pretty quickly,” he said. “We’ve initiated a few in the past. The SS

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majority of them have been terminated by the officer or the supervisor. We take into account many factors such as traffic, weather, time of day,” he said. In 2015, Brookhaven police were involved in 17 pursuits. Most were canceled either by the supervisor or the officer. One involved an intoxicated juvenile driving without a license who refused to stop for police until he pulled into the driveway of his parent’s home and surrendered. “We stayed at the speed limit or below in this case; we never got over 35 miles per hour,” Gurley said. But anytime an officer flips on their blue lights to go after another car, it’s counted as a pursuit. Officers pursued several erratic and reckless drivers who refused to stop for blue lights, but those chases were typically called off after just a few minutes. In another instance, an officer ran a tag number to a car that came back as stolen. The officer sped after the car and ended up in a 100-mile-per-hour chase on I-85 before the police supervisor called off the chase due to icy rain conditions. Another incident ended when the suspect vehicle being chased crashed into a utility pole. The passenger was arrested at the scene, but the driver fled on foot; he was later identified and arrested. Only one chase ended in the apprehension of the suspect – officers were able to

use a “rolling roadblock,” a move in which several police cars surround the suspect to stop him. The driver was charged with DUI and was driving on sidewalks, posing a serious risk, Gurley said.

Rules changed over years

The recent incidents in metro Atlanta are “very tragic for everyone involved,” Grogan said. Grogan said he had been in “tons” of police chases himself, dating back to the 1980s. Although none of Dunwoody’s police chases have ever ended with an arrest, Grogan said, arrests have happened when an officer later recognized a suspect or gets the license plate number leading to the identification of a suspect. Over time, he said, law enforcement leaders looked at the outcomes and the rewards versus the risks of high speed chases and made the decision that more restrictions were necessary. “The rules now were not present then,” Grogan said. “Previously, all law enforcement chased everyone for any reason.” The times Grogan was involved in chases were “pretty stressful,” he said. “You don’t want to wreck, don’t want to get hurt and you don’t want to hurt anyone else,” he said. “But you don’t want to let the bad guy get away either.”

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ment to an additional 28,000 square feet permitted under the 1980s zoning, which the hospital does not have plans to build out at the moment, Galloway said. Brian Cohen, president of the homeowners association at the nearby Johnson Ferry Park townhomes, said that residents’ main concern is construction impacts, especially with other Pill Hill projects coming online soon. Galloway said rezoning, if the city approves it, could come in June. A state decision on permitting the additional beds was approved Feb. 25. If that all happens, hospital officials said, construction could start in July, with major exterior work wrapping up in January 2017. Further work would continue into fall 2017. Construction staging would take place on green space in front of the hospital on Meridian Mark, requiring the removal of some trees and the closure of one lane of the road. CHOA is not adding any parking with the expansion request, saying current capacity is fine.

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Local indigo and glass artists create unique pieces for American Craft Council Show BY DYANA BAGBY

completely controlled technique where everything is planned before sitting down to the loom and requires great patience to a craft with immediate results and magical serendipity,” she said. Serendipity plays a key role in her indigo landscapes, but there are also careful measures taken to ensure a piece is worthy to be sold. “While I have control of many aspects of this work, one small slip can ruin an entire piece,” Pollard said. For example, dropping a piece while hanging it up to dry or having two pieces clap together and mar one another “or a

Lynn Pollard has woven textiles most of her creative life. The craft requires a keen sense of aesthetics but also a high level of technical knowledge. “And infinite patience,” she said. For years, she said, she accepted and needed the challenges of weaving. But a few years ago she realized she needed to rid her dye studio of unsafe chemicals and switch to natural dyes.

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“I also began more mindful weaving with paper, making tapestry-like pieces,” she said. During a class in Japanese papermaking, she turned to indigo dyes and to the natural indigo vat in her studio. “When I dipped my first piece of paper into the vat, it was magical and I knew immediately that this was something I wanted to explore,” Pollard said. She knew of no one else who was dyeing paper with indigo to make landscapes and so began a new path. “I went from a

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dip just goes awry because the dip was the wrong scale,” she said. “And then there are the moments when I’ve made a number of dips which have had to dry in between over several days and the piece is good. I can take the good or I can make one more dip that takes it over-thetop wonderful or can completely ruin it,” she said. “I try to be brave.”

American Craft Council Show Pollard, of Buckhead, is just one of numerous artists showcasing their work at the American Craft Council Show March 11 through 13 at Cobb Galleria Centre. More than 225 artists will feature their handmade creations in everything from clothing, jewelry, furniture and home décor, said Susan Summers, spokesperson for the show. Also appearing at this year American Craft Council Show is Kathleen Plate of Brookhaven, the founder of Smart Glass Art. Recycled glass is her medium, and obContinued on page 6



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taining the thousands of glass bottles she needs means asking bars, restaurants and friends to save their throwaways. “I’ve also been known to do a little dumpster diving,” she said with a laugh. Plate’s use of recycled glass to create works of beauty is part of a lifestyle where preserving and conserving the environment were instilled in her as a child growing up in a solar-powered home in a small fishing and logging village in Washington state. She has been commissioned by Coca-Cola and the Guggenheim Museum and many others to create pieces such as glass chandeliers and glass curtains. Chick-fil-A also commissioned her to handcraft chandeliers of Coca-Cola bottles for select restaurants. Of course, glass doesn’t arrive at Plate’s studio ready to be cut and shaped. “The bottles are dirty, gross, used bottles – like a frat party blew up,” she said.

So hours of scraping off labels and soaking the bottles until clean and shiny are the first steps before the arduous process of cutting the glass into circles and other shapes begins. Then the glass is put into kilns “and that’s where the magic happens,” she said. The pieces become smooth and stronger. “I just think glass is a magical thing. The way it feels, looks – it’s a fun medium,” she said.


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Embroidery center brings a touch of Japan to Sandy Springs BY JOE EARLE

Surrounded by forest, the house shows little more than a driveway to the cars rolling past on Spalding Drive. But inside, this house feels different from the suburban homes around it. This Sandy Springs home offers a little piece of Japan. Since 1989, it has housed the Japanese Embroidery Center, a nonprofit that preserves and teaches Japanese embroidery. “We have about three acres of land,” said Kazumi Fujisawa, an officer of the Japanese Embroidery Center, a school housed in the home at 2727 Spalding Drive, and daughter of the center’s founder and master, Shuji Tamura, who lives at the house. “You can see the seasons change from the classroom. When spring comes, you can see all the dogwoods bloom. It’s like snow. We call it ‘spring snow.’” Visitors to the center remove their shoes in the entryway before entering the living area, just as they would at a home in Japan. The first room visitors enter is a sparely decorated space serving as a sort of gallery and meditation area. “You step into their house, which is also their workshop, and it’s a completely Japanese world,” said Elizabeth Peterson, director of the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, which mounted an exhibition of works from the center in February. The exhibit, which lasts through March 6, features pieces covered with small stitches made with silk thread that create brightly colored images of plants, abstract designs and scenes. The show ties into an exhibit the center mounted at the Oglethorpe gallery in 1990, shortly after the center opened. “There’s a longstanding relationship and they’re our neighbors,” Peterson said. Tamura established the U.S. center more than a quarter century ago. The Japanese-style house is part of what attracted him to metro Atlanta after he decided to move to the U.S. to open a branch of the Japanese center where he took up the craft of embroidery, Fujisawa said. Fujisawa said the center now has about 500 members. Tamura said he looked at locations in New York and California, but didn’t feel at home there. “In the beginning, the choice was New York or San Francisco,” Tamura said. “I knew it was not my place. When I got off the airport in New York, I felt [it was] dangerous. In L.A., I felt no nature. In San Francisco, I felt it was more a sightseeing city.” A student from Atlanta had sent him a videotape showing the Spalding Drive house, which was for sale, Fujisawa said. “This house was already Japanese style,” she said. But it wasn’t really Japanese enough. They felt the house mixed in oth-

er Asian styles. “We had to remodel a lot,” she said. They added a classroom on the rear of the house, where students come to learn embroidery skills. One of the first modifications to the house, Tamura said, was to build a new entrance. He had seen that Americans who came to his classes, which he then offered in hotels, wouldn’t stop talking. Even once class started, they would keep talking. That, he said, would never happen in Japan. “I was asking, ‘How can we make them quiet?’” So he built a Japanese-style entryway and required students and visitors to remove their shoes. It was a way to calm them. “The entrance was very important,” he said. “To take shoes off is very common in Japan. I have to ask them to take shoes off. The first step was to build a typical Japanese entrance.” Tamura, who’s now 75, said he took up embroidery when he was about 30. He grew up in Tokyo and had trained to work in the computer industry, he said, but didn’t like his job. He visited the embroidery center, located in the nearby town of Chiba, and “immediately, I realized this is my life’s work.” He was drawn to the craft’s history, which stretches back more than a millennium. And he found the craft satisfying spiritually, he said. “It was a different

world,” he said. Fujisawa, who said she coordinates about 100 embroidery teachers scattered around the world, said the work is technically difficult and requires patience. Learning the craft has taught her about herself. “For me, growing up, I was not the type of person who would do embroidery,” she said. “I would rather go outside and climb a tree. I was a tomboy. The state of your mind shows in embroidery. ... I learned how to calm myself. It shows in your embroidery. “I had to grow myself to be a good stitcher. That’s what amazed me. Embroidery is not the ultimate goal, but how much you grow inside, how much you change inside. A person becomes more patient.”

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Top, Kazumi Fujisawa, educational director of the Japanese Embroidery Center in Sandy Springs. Above and left, Shuji Tamura, founder and master of the center, in the entryway.

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Saturday, March 19, 7 p.m. The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs invites all to its 21st annual Spring Gala. Highlights include: international food tastings, a bazaar, fine scotch and wine/spirit pulls, raffle prizes, music and entertainment. $125/ person. Black-tie optional. Traditional dress encouraged. Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, 7

Saturday, March 19, 12 p.m. Opening for “The Art of Public Health” exhibition, where Yale public health and art students merged talents to create posters designed to provoke awareness and change behavior on issues such as obesity, breast cancer screening, self-respect, concussions, child abuse, early signs of autism and skin cancer. $5. Oglethorpe University Museum of

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“FANCY NANCY” Sunday, March 20, 1 p.m. Nancy’s eager to steal the spotlight in her first dance recital. But she’s not picked to be the prima ballerina, so she’s stuck playing a tree. Nancy must become a hero by finding the flair in her new role. For all ages. Tickets, $10-$20. Additional shows: March 20, 3 and 5 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center, Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 678-812-4002 or visit: to purchase tickets.

LET’S LEARN! FAMILY RECIPES Saturday, March 12, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Family recipes can be nostalgic and a way to learn more about your heritage, but they can also be problematic. Recipes may be faded, sketchy or even unwritten. How can you ensure recipes, stories and photos last as long as possible? This program helps preserve your family’s food traditions. Tickets, $10 for Atlanta History Center members; $15 for non-members. Reservations recommended. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. For information, call 404-8144042 or visit:

HIGH SCHOOL PREP Wednesday, March 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Begin preparing for high school during the middle school years. Proactively think and move toward high school readiness well before your student actually begins high school. Free. Open to the community. For middle school students and parents. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Email: or call 404-8143500 for further information.

WINE AND CHEESE Wednesday, March 16, 7-9 p.m. In this class you‘ll taste five different wines, paired with artisanal cheeses. Learn how each varietal underscores and complements each cheese; which wine to drink with goat cheese, which goes with cow milk cheese; and how to accompany these selections with other breads, fruits or nuts. $40 for members of the Dunwoody Nature Center; $45 non-member. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-3322 or go to: with questions.

HONEYBEE DAY Saturday, March 19, 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Honey is sweet, and so is the Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s Honeybee Day! Join a beekeeper for a peek into the lives of honeybees. See the preserve’s apiaries and learn what it takes to be a beekeeper. $10, adult; $5, child; under 3 free. RSVP to 678-315-0836. 4055 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, 30342. Get more details and register:

VISION BOARD Saturday, March 19, 2-5 p.m. Join others for a vision board party! A vision board is a representation of your dreams, goals and desires. Bring magazines, decorations and keepsakes. Posterboard, markers, scissors, glue and tape provided. Free. Open to the first 25 participants. For adults. Call 770-512-4640 or visit the Dunwoody Branch Library to register. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

“THE MESSENGER” Saturday, March 19, 5:30 p.m. “The Messenger” explores our connection to birds, and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Winner of the Jackson Hole Conservation Film Festival’s Best Conservation Film award. General admission tickets, $10. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. Questions? Go to:

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Editor’s note: Spring soon will bloom, so for the first of our periodic Road Trips ar�icles for 2016, we’re spotligh�ing a few special places you can watch �lowers burst into color to bring in the new season. Our Road Trips focus on unusual places and spaces within about a two-hour drive of Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Brookhaven and Dunwoody.

As nature shrugs off winter, it’s time to get out of the house, load the family into the SUV and hit the road. We thought the change of seasons marked a good time to visit

places where flowers really strut their stuff. Here are five Georgia gardens where you can stop and smell the roses ... or the irises ... or the daffodils.

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Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta

Efforts to create an Atlanta garden began in 1973, and the garden opened in 1976. It occupies about 30 acres and five main buildings, and operates as a nonprofit charged with developing and maintaining plant collections for display, education, research and conservation. The garden’s website promises “a tidal wave of color” as tulips, daffodils and crocus bloom in March and April.



Address:1345 Piedmont Avenue NE | Atlanta, GA 30309 Directions: The garden is next to Piedmont Park in Atlanta. Take I-85 south to Exit 84 and follow signs to 14th Street. Turn left on 14th and continue to Piedmont Avenue. Turn left on Piedmont. The garden is on the right. Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays – 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. November through March; 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. April through October; Thursdays – 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. May through October; closed Mondays, except holidays. Cost: $18.95 for adults; $12.95 for children aged 3 to 12; free for children younger than 3. Parking costs $2 an hour up to $15. What it’s known for: Orchids, roses, hydrangeas, a Japanese garden, desert plants, high elevation plants. For more information: 404-876-5859 or


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Barnsley Gardens, Adairsville

In the 1840s, Englishman Godfrey Barnsley bought acreage in northwest Georgia and began building a mansion and formal garden for his wife, Julia. She died before the project was completed. Work stopped until Barnsley dreamed that Julia appeared in the garden and told him to finish the project. Barnsley’s descendants lived at the property until 1942. In 1989, Prince Hubertus Fugger Babenhause of Germany bought the land and restored the garden. The property now is home to the Barnsley Resort, which includes cottages, restaurants, a spa and golf course.


Address: 597 Barnsley Gardens Road | Adairsville, GA 30103 Directions: Take I-75 north to Exit 306. Turn left and drive about 2.2 miles on Ga. 140. Turn left at Hall Station Road and travel south approximately 5.5 miles. Take a right at Barnsley Gardens Road (just past Mount Carmel Church). Travel 2.5 miles to the main entrance of the resort on the left. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Call first on Saturdays to see if a private event is booked in the gardens. Cost: $10 for adults; $8 for seniors 55 and older; $5 for students and children aged 4 to 11; free for children younger than 4. What it’s known for: 19th century boxwood gardens, wildflower meadow, woodlands gardens. For more information: 1-877-773-2447 or 770-773-7480 or

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Cason J. Callaway, a textile magnate from LaGrange, and his wife, Virginia, conceived of these gardens in the 1930s and began working on them in the 1940s, according to the garden’s website. Open to the public since 1952 and now operated by a foundation, this 2,500-acre resort complex offers golf, water sports and restaurants. The garden features a butterfly house, and claims to be home to one of the world’s largest azalea displays. Peak azalea blooms are expected in late March and early April.


Address: 17800 U.S. Hwy. 27 | Pine Mountain, GA 31822 Directions: I-85 south to I-185 south (Exit 21). Exit at U. S. 27 (Exit 42), turn left and proceed to Pine Mountain, then turn right onto Ga. 354 west and proceed to intersection with Ga. 18. Callaway Gardens’ main entrance is on the opposite side of this intersection. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $20 to $25 (depending on type of ticket) for adults; $15 to $25 for senior citizens 65 and older; $10 to $15 for children 6 to 12; 5 and younger, free. What it’s known for: Azaleas, butterflies, cycling, seasonal special events. For more information: 1-800-4636990 or


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The 16-acre gardens grew up around the historic Hiram Butler House, which was built in 1880. Robert Gilbert purchased the property in 1970 and over the next 35 years, Gilbert and Richard Smith added the gardens and sculpture collection. The house and gardens, owned by the city of Kennesaw, now feature more than 3,000 species of plants. Address: 2382 Pine Mountain Road | Kennesaw, GA 30152 Directions: Take I-75 north to Exit 269. Head left on Barrett Parkway and go about 1.5 miles to Cobb Parkway. Turn right on Cobb Parkway and go about 3 miles to Pine Mountain Road. Follow Pine Mountain Road and go about a mile to the garden. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Cost: $7 for adults; $6 for senior citizens and active duty military; $5 for children aged 6 to 12. What it’s known for: The garden features 31 sculptures. For more information: 770-919-0248 or www.

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Retired landscape company founder James H. Gibbs started building a combination of 16 gardens in 1980 on 220 acres around his Cherokee County home, the gardens’ website says. He opened the house and gardens to the public in 2012. Address: 1987 Gibbs Drive | Ballground, GA 30107 Directions: Take Ga. 400 north to Ga. 369, turn left and go about 12 miles, turn right on to Yellow Creek Road, go about 6.4 miles to the gardens. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Gate closes at 4 p.m. The garden opens March 1 this year. Cost: $20 for adults; $18 for seniors 65 and older; $10 and for children aged 6 to 17; free for children 5 and younger. What it’s known for: The garden promises millions of daffodils will bloom from March to mid-April. For more information: 770-893-1880 or

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My computer died today. I came downstairs to give it my morning greeting, powering it awake while brewing my coffee, and waiting for us to go through our simultaneous early routine of yawning and stretching and coaxing our groggy eyes open until we face each other and I scroll through emails and daily news, mug in hand. But I went downstairs this morning, powered it awake, and nothing happened. The screen remained a blank hazy blue, with no morning greetings, no field-of-lavender screensaver, no desktop. So I rebooted it, and this time the screen was not even an eerie blue, it was solid black -- it was collapse-of-asupernova black. It had contracted the dreaded “Black Screen,” which is the bubonic plague of all things digital. So my husband and I hustled over to the computer store, as I hoped that they could fix it. My husband announced that it was time for me to buy a new laptop. I really felt like that wouldn’t be necessary, reasoning that I’ve only had the thing about 3 1/2 years, which in my mind is just long enough to get it comfortably broken in, but then it dawned on me that computer years are akin to dog years, only about four times longer, meaning that a computer ages roughly 28 times faster than the average human. I was indeed lured into buying a new laptop rather than trying to repair the old one because 1). my laptop is 98 in human years, 2). they said they could transfer all the data by tomorrow night, and 3). I am gullible. I could have been happy about getting a brand-spanking-new computer, but I like my old one; it’s comfortable and familiar, like a favorite pair of jeans. And actually, I think that buying a new PC falls somewhere between buying a new pair of jeans and buying a new house -- and the cost of it falls somewhere be-

tween the two, as well. You know that the new Robin Conte is a writer jeans will and mother of four who never fit like lives in Dunwoody. She the old ones; can be contacted at you know there will be that breaking-in period; and that something about the rise or the length or the back pockets will be “updated.” And you might be excited about a brand new home, but there’s the hassle with the move, and you know that all of your furniture won’t fit and you’ll have to replace some of it, and that there’s always the risk of something getting lost in the move. And there are some things about that old house that you’re just going to miss, like your wallpaper. I like my fields-of-lavender wallpaper. And I’m wondering if it’s been discontinued and will I ever be able to see it again? So currently I’m typing on an old ASUS notebook that I unearthed. It’s about 84 in human years. It is exactly as functional as an actual spiral-bound notebook, but not as responsive and with less storage capacity. Now if you are like me, you manage your home, your business, your finances, your social life, your children’s lives and your distractions from your personal computer. When I sit down to mine each morning, I feel like I’m in the captain’s seat of the Starship Enterprise, and it’s fitted with a cup holder. Equipped now with only my feeble notebook and my smartphone, I feel like I’m running my world from the bottom of a La Brea tar pit, armed with a walkie-talkie and a slide rule. There’s nothing left to do but put on my favorite pair of jeans and wait for moving day.

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Opinion/Traffic is a challenge Congestion is the most important challenge we face as a community. Without constructing another building in Sandy Springs, traffic will, in fact, get worse. The growth rate of metro Atlanta’s population is twice the national average, with our numbers expected to rise from 6 million to 10 million during the next 20 years. We must change the way we move people or traffic will drown us, because we cannot move that many people in one-person-per-vehicle increments. I am a strong advocate for extending MARTA as far north as we can. We also need an east-west MARTA line connecting the Doraville station with the I-75 area. (Note: Since Mayor Paul’s “State of the City” address, the Georgia Senate killed the MARTA extension bill for this legislative session.) A recent study conducted under “Next Ten,” our long-range land use reform effort, shows that 70 percent of Sandy Springs residents would avoid driving if they had a timely, safe and efficient option that took them where they want to go. That’s a reflection of how difficult it is to drive around here and the evolving attitude change toward transit. The study also found that reducing vehicular traffic by just 10 percent would profoundly ease congestion. To help put that into perspective: how well do you know the precise time school starts and stops? Your morning commute knows. A back-of-the-envelope calculation shows approximately 10,000 Sandy Springs public and private school students arrive by car each day, which translates into 40,000 vehicular trips a day (school, and back in the morning and afternoon). That is the traffic equivalent of a sold-out Falcons game five days a week, nine months a year.

Even if we get a MARTA extension approved, 10 years will pass before transit moves a single new passenger in our area. We can’t wait 10 years for congestion relief. Governor Deal gave us a great gift in the rebuild of the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange and the managed lanes for Ga. 400 and I-285. But the interchange help is four years away and the managed lanes even longer. Short term, we will experience disruption that always accompanies massive road projects. In the meantime, the Fulton County Commission and the county’s 14 mayors are working toward a program to generate more resources for intermediate road improvements. If voters approve, the north Fulton cities, rather than spend their allocation only in their jurisdictions, are developing a plan to allocate

The city of Sandy Springs is investigating all possible transportation options.

some of those resources toward coordinated regional transportation projects. Regional solutions are vital to easing local congestion. A recent study measured 102,000 daily trips coming from outside Sandy Springs into the city and another 84,000 trips leaving Sandy Springs for other locations. Only 7,000 daily commutes stay solely within the city. In other words, other communi-

ties flood Sandy Springs with traffic, while simultaneously, our residents congest other communities with our drivers. State law requires a unanimous vote by all Rusty Paul 14 mayors and Rusty Paul is the the county commayor of Sandy Springs. mission to presHe adapted this column ent voters with a from his “State of the plan; it is a near City” address on Feb. 23. impossible bar to cross in a diverse county with varied needs and opinions. Yet, we are working diligently to get there. The final piece is Perimeter area traffic reduction. Working with Dunwoody, Brookhaven and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, we are looking for innovative solutions for moving people within the corridor, called “last mile connectivity.” It’s about connecting Perimeter MARTA stations and large area employment centers more efficiently. This is where the media picked up our conversations about monoFILE rails, gondolas and other non-traditional transit forms. Candidly, we are investigating all possible options for cost-effective, practical ways to move large volumes of people without engaging the street network. Plus, we may find a way to make travel there less grueling and more fun. Will it work? We don’t know yet. However, we would be remiss if we don’t consider all alternatives and seriously ascertain whether they are viable for this unique district within our community. Contributors Robin Conte, Phil Mosier, Megan Volpert

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“If we are interested in a theater being part of our community, this is the most economical way to do that. We think this is a worthwhile project. But it is up to you.” Danny Ross, president of the Brook Run Conservancy, addressing Dunwoody City Council on the conservancy’s proposal to preserve the theater at Brook Run Park. City o�ficials estimate it would require spending $10 million to $12 million to renovate the now-closed theater.

“Why are they going to change the name? We’ve been Buford Highway for so long. Imagine your name is Jim and you change it to Tom. Everybody’s still going to call you Jim.” Cross Keys High School student Lisa Sims, on proposals to replace the name “Buford Highway” with “Buford Boulevard” in Brookhaven.

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“More and more city dwellers are discovering that it is possible, and enjoyable, to raise their own chickens. ... The chickens eat insects, as well as some kitchen scraps, providing an environmental benefit, along with the fresh eggs.” Stephanie Van Parys, executive director of the Wylde Center, a nonprofit that seeks to inspire environmental stewards, on the center’s fifth annual “Chicks in the City” symposium, which is being held at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead.

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Two more Hammond Drive lots purchased for road widening BY JOHN RUCH

The Sandy Springs City Council on March 1 approved spending almost $840,000 to buy two more Hammond Drive properties as placeholders for a long-planned street widening. The burst of land purchases for a road project that is years away, if it happens at all, is making local residents “extremely concerned,” said Councilman Graham McDonald. He and Councilman Tibby DeJulio were slated to meet with residents March 2. Councilman Andy Bauman suggested maintaining a house involved in the latest deal as affordable rental housing for Sandy Springs police officers or firefighters. McDonald said the city promised to tear down any such homes, but Trisha Thompson, president of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, spoke in support of Bauman’s idea.

In February, the city authorized spending $375,000 to buy a residential lot at 590 Hammond. City Manager John McDonough called it a “protective buy” to secure right of way as infill housing makes property costs skyrocket. McDonough said at the time that the city might make more such purchases. Now the city will acquire residential properties at 372 Hammond and 521 Hammond following a unanimous March 1 council vote. The roughly half-acre lot at 372 Hammond, at the intersection with Harleston Road, is the midst of a tear-down redevelopment for what city officials say is a $979,000 house. The city negotiated to buy the property for a half-million dollars. The site will be cleaned up and maintained as a grassy lot, council members said. The 521 Hammond house is on the market, listed at $350,000, city of-

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ficial said, adding that it can be acquired for $338,000. Bauman suggested renting that house in the meantime to police officers or firefighters. The council previously discussed the general issue of such public safety officials being unable to afford living in the city they served. The council’s vote was only about purchasing the properties, not their future uses. “We don’t want to make this a dormitory,” Bauman said, but added, “Is there a way we can find a police fami-

Ten-year lawsuit against adult businesses won by city BY JOHN RUCH

Sandy Springs has won a decade-old federal lawsuit that alleged its code restrictions on adult businesses are unconstitutional. That means an adult bookstore and two strip clubs must move or shut down unless they file and win an appeal, city officials said. “Ten long years we had to litigate the case,” said City Attorney Wendell Willard, announcing the verdict at the March 1 Sandy Springs City Council meeting just hours after a judge delivered the “105-page decision upholding the city’s position on every point.” The plaintiffs—the bookstore Inserection and the strip clubs Flashers and Mardi Gras—have 20 days to appeal the verdict, Willard said, adding, “I’d be very surprised if they didn’t.” “We are still reviewing the opinion,” said Cary Wiggins, an attorney for the businesses. “We know the court put tremendous effort into the case, but, respectfully, we just view the law differently. So we’ll press on.” The case began in 2006, when the businesses challenged new city codes suggested by Scott Bergthold, a Tennessee attorney who specializes in municipal laws cracking down on sexually oriented businesses. The codes aimed to ban the sale of booze—a major source of revenue—in

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strip clubs and to place strong zoning restrictions on where such businesses could operate. The businesses filed suit in federal district court, claiming the city was violating the First and 14th Amendments. The city tweaked its codes several times while the lawsuit was pending, including a change last year to allow adult businesses in more areas, which contributed to the length of the court battle. In her March 1 opinion, U.S. District Judge Leigh Martin May ruled that the city was not violating the Constitution. The city is still facing two other lawsuits about its adult-business restrictions. A challenge from another strip club, the Main Stage/Coronet Club, is still pending in Fulton County Superior Court, Willard said. And another suit filed by Inserection challenging the city’s obscenity law, which bans the sale of sex toys, was recently won by the city, but is under appeal, Willard said. Meanwhile, the City Council on March 1 approved another of Bergthold’s legal ideas: a code change that allows the city to seek the shutdown of massage parlors that offer illegal sexual services as “public nuisances.” The code will allow a court to order an injunction against landlords even on the property itself, possibly removing the zoning that allows the massage parlor use, according to Assistant City Attorney Cecil McLendon.

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ly?...We got a house in good shape…I’m not ready to authorize tearing it down.” McDonald replied that the city previously “made assurances to the surrounding neighborhood that we would be tearing [any purchased houses] down.” But Thompson said she believes the community is concerned about lowerquality rental houses. “I do think Mr. Bauman should have had more support” for his public safety housing idea, she said.


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Glenridge Drive study to suggest bike lanes, roundabouts BY JOHN RUCH

A narrower Glenridge Drive, with pedestrian-friendly medians, protected bike lanes, more left-turn lanes and several roundabouts. That’s the vision in a conceptual study that will contribute to Sandy Springs’ future “complete streets” policy for all major roadways. The idea of a “complete streets” plan for Glenridge between Roswell Road and the Glenridge Connector was presented at a Feb. 17 City Hall meeting. Only two residents attended. The study, which is just conceptual, is being done by the Washington state-based Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. “If we plan for cars and traffic, we get cars and traffic,” said Robert Ping, the institute’s executive director. “If we plan for people and places, we get people and places.” The “complete streets” concept, adopted by many cities nationwide, means streets accommodate all sorts of users, not just motor vehicles. “It feels like a rural, country road to me,” Ping said about Glenridge Drive, explaining that encourages speeding. “If we want to slow people down, we’ve got to narrow down the road.” The City Hall event began with Ping ex-


Left, Robert Ping, left, executive director of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, listens to Glenridge Drive resident Carol Thorup’s concerns at the Feb. 17 Sandy Springs City Hall meeting. Right, Joe Seconder, left, of Bike Walk Dunwoody, suggests bicycle improvements on Glenridge Drive at the meeting.

plaining that cities with some denser development and better bicycle and pedestrian access are healthier, safer and more efficient to maintain and police. Carol Thorup, who has lived on Glenridge since 1972, wanted to know about ways to improve car access to her neighborhood and safer crossings to the local post office. Joe Seconder of Bike Walk Dunwoody, an advocacy group, backed the idea of bike lanes and pedestrian-protecting medians. The agenda did not include the institute’s own specific ideas, which will be

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cess onto I-285. “We are big fans of roundabouts,” Ping said during the presentation. “They’re a lot safer than a signalized intersection.” Also likely to be proposed are two new I-285 ramps and a new roadway across the Connector to Glenridge Point Parkway. Those are intended to reduce traffic backups by providing more connection points. The concept basically leaves alone a plan to realign the Roswell Road intersection as a traditional four-way intersection. However, Ping said the institute will propose a “gateway” treatment there.

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Construction cranes: Who keeps them safe?

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Republican presidential candidate John Kasich speaks to a crowd at Sandy Springs City Hall on Feb. 23.


Kasich visits City Hall, praises ‘Uber-ized’ local government BY JOHN RUCH

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich praised Sandy Springs as a model for “Uber-izing”—or privatizing—government during a Feb. 23 campaign stop at City Hall. Kasich was among several candidates who made swings through Georgia before the March 1 Super Tuesday primary elections. It didn’t help him statewide, where he finished last in the GOP primary among active candidates. He did a bit better in Fulton County, finishing fourth with about 12.5 percent of the vote. At its founding a decade ago, Sandy Springs made national headlines for using private contractors to run most city departments and services. Speaking to hundreds of people in a town hall event, Kasich repeatedly likened the city to the driver-hiring app Uber, which has up-ended the traditional taxi industry. “What I like about what they’re doing here is, they’ve really Uber-ized the government,” Kasich said. “Government at every level ... has to be Uber-ized.”

tor,” said Jason Kenna, Heede Southeast general manager. At Crane Safety Associates of America, a crane inspection and operator training business in McDonough, Ga., president and CEO Shane Adams has seen it all. He displays one scary inspection souvenir used in training— a crane’s pulley wheel, or sheave, with the pattern of a steel rope imprinted into the metal by the massive pressure of an improperly handled load. But Adams said that giant construction cranes don’t make him nervous. It’s the truck cranes operated by small, local businesses that give him worries, he said. “I have more concern with a guy going out there pulling a tree off your house,” Adams said. Benjamin Ross, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s deputy regional administrator for Enforcement Programs in the Southeast, agrees. “I see a lot of things that should not happen,” Ross said, but most of those violations are on small home-delivery truck cranes, he said. In

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his 38 years on the job, Ross said, he has not seen a fatal tower crane accident in the Southeast. But he also knows the stakes are high, because he did see a fatal crane accident early in his career in Cincinnati, Ohio. He said an overloaded crane’s arm collapsed onto a street, crushing cars and killing four, including a 5-year-old child. “Any failure in a crane itself—there’s no return,” Ross said. “It’s kind of like an airplane.”

‘You inspect every nook and cranny’

The airplane comparison comes up often in industry talk about cranes. Both are complex machines under enormous stresses and with high stakes for failure. And like airplanes, cranes undergo regular and complex inspections for structural or mechanical problems. There’s a daily spot inspection for any obvious problems, usually performed by the crane’s operator. “That’s their butt up in the seat,” said Kenna. “They want to go over it top to bottom and make sure it’s safe.” Then there are formal inspections done roughly once a month, usually by in-house inspectors who keep a file of their findings. Heede does theirs every six weeks. “We go over our crane with a very fine-tooth comb,” Kenna said. OSHA requires a formal inspection at least annually, sometimes more often if a crane is heavily used, and that is often performed by an NCCCO-accredited independent company like Crane Safety Associates. OSHA may perform its own inspection, too, but usually only arrives if there’s a complaint or accident. “You inspect every nook and cranny of the crane,” said Adams, whose company currently focuses on mobile cranes. Any issues are written up and given to the crane owner to return with a signed note about whether repairs were made, Adams said. Sometimes a crane owner tries to bully the inspectors into getting a result he or she wants, Adams said. On a recent inspection in Tennessee, Adams said, the owner “ended up running [the inspector] off because the list of deficiencies was too long.” But when a crane does fail, it’s usually not a pure equipment failure, the experts said. “The majority of the time, it’s human error,” Adams said. Kenna said a tower crane is designed to withstand hurricane-force winds and is anchored to the ground with a concrete cube so massive it often is left there as a permanent part of the building’s foundation. But it could come down if someone overloaded it or made SS

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A crane in action at the Three Alliance Center Development at Pharr Road and Maple Drive in Buckhead on Feb. 26.

a mistake while erecting it. “We feel a tower crane is probably the most overengineered piece of equipment on a construction site,” he said. “But the human element…that’s the wild card.”

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That’s why a movement toward professional operator training has been underway since NCCCO’s founding 20 years ago amid concerns about outdated rules and accidents. Today, only 17 states and six American cities require crane operators to be licensed. And OSHA’s attempt to establish a national certification has stalled over debates about “qualified” (experienced) versus “certified” (classroom-tested) operators. Technically speaking, virtually any adult in Georgia could operate a crane without any training. But in practice, any major company will require NCCCO certification, which has become “like a driver’s license for crane operators,” Kenna said. Workers who give signals to the operator or hook loads onto the crane typically also must be certified. NCCCO requires both classroom and practical tests, as well as physicals. It has a substance abuse policy and code of ethics, and operators must recertify every five years. The written test includes math, crane jargon and calculation of how much load a crane can carry. At his McDonough facility, Adams explained the practical test—a zigzag course between poles that have tennis balls mounted on them. Operators must maneuver a chain and a heavy weight through the course, losing points for knocking a ball down or bumping a pole. Adams notes that, much like with a regular driver’s license, testing is not the same as training or experience. The industry prizes “seat time”— the hours of real-world experience operators get over the years. But, Adams said, “no employer in his right mind is going to give you a million-dollar crane” based SS


on a certification card alone; they’ll require a display of the operator’s skills on-site, too. “We think certification has proved itself,” said Graham Brent, the CEO of NCCCO. “It’s been demonstrated to save lives.” It works for Heede, according to Kenna, who said his company has never had a significant crane accident, a claim partly backed by recent OSHA records. “Knock on wood,” he added with a rap on his desk.

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lic Land, the Sandy Springs Conservancy and the city came together to planned for,” said Trisha Thompson, a purchase 22 acres of the property for friend of Miles who joined Cheryl Barabout $830,000. About $167,000 of that low in forming Friends of Lost Corner came through donations raised by the to organize support for the park. friends group with help from the late Lost Corner has had only a handful Fulton County Comof owners and surmissioner Tom Lowe. vived largely undeMiles died that year. veloped since the The city soon beearly 1800s, when gan restoration work white settlers drove and formed a citizen out Native Ameristeering committee cans, according to that recommended the park’s friends trails, security and group. First known parking. Since then, as Falling Branch— 2 more acres were still the name of purchased and varthe creek running ious park improvethrough the propments have come erty—the land was into use, during a a farm before and long “soft opening” during the Civil War. of the park. ComMiles’ family munity gardens bought the land in opened to public use 1913 and built the in spring 2013 and cottage, where Pega renovation of the gy was born in 1922. cottage was completThe cottage was ed in 2014. among the first loThe grand opening cal houses to have will highlight more electricity because improvements over Peggy’s father, Fred, the past year. Some, sold power from like hiking trails, are the then new Morwell-known. Others gan Falls dam. Fred may be little surprisMiles dubbed the es, like the beehive property Lost Corpersonally tended by ner because visiMayor Rusty Paul, tors to the then rewho reportedly calls mote area often got it the “Beta Beta Beta lost trying to find sorority.” The properit, according to the ty also now features friends group. a greenhouse donatPeggy Miles lived ed, along with more alone at the properthan 100 plants, by ty in her later years, the Mayson family PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER where Thompson from Glenridge Hall. Top, Lost Corner Preserve showcases and Barlow often A grander historic many large trees. Above, Peggy Miles’ visited her, talking family bought the land in 1913, and she Sandy Springs famion the porch or in was born on the property in 1922. ly property, a portion the book-filled front of the Glenridge Hall room. On one visit in estate off Abernathy Road, also will be2006, Barlow brought her young chilcome part of a public park, but without dren along, inspiring Miles to preserve the historic mansion, which was demolher property for other generations. ished last year. In 2008, the Georgia Trust for Pub-

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The Lost Corner cottage, flanked outside by gigantic old oak trees, has charming architectural touches inside: a large gas fireplace with built-in benches and detailed leaded-glass windows. The cottage will not be open to general park visitors, but will be available for city and community events, including the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods annual meeting March 23. The Friends of Lost Corner will host an open house on the March 17 weekend, too. Photos of Lost Corner’s landscape, wildlife and history decorate the walls. Looking down on the main meeting room is Peggy Miles in her 1940 highschool graduation photo with a smile that will embrace many celebrations to come at Lost Corner.

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non Klee, formerly the bookie at Eddie’s Attic, entrusted with engineering success behind the scenes. Despite a less-than-stellar table far from the stage, we nevertheless got psyched for the menu, on which nearly everything is suitable for sharing, and more than half the items are either vegetarian or gluten-free. We dug in on two starters, the mushroom lettuce cups and smoked trout beignets. The former involves a heaping pile of crushed peanuts under which is a bowl of mushrooms treated like bacon with a tangy BBQ vinaigrette. Playful, crunchy, and even sort of refreshing because of the little gem lettuce now fashionably circulating everywhere. But those beignets were the best dish of the night, no question. A good beignet of any kind is often hard to find in Atlanta, and a seafood beignet even more so. The best I’ve had is Anne Quatrano’s crab beignet at Fish Camp in Ponce City Market. But Melvin is a New Orleans native,

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Where does a 30-something go for food and music now? I’ve been on the lookout for a place that can cover all my bases: above average bar, food that I would eat even if there were no music, and good music. Venkman’s is going to be a huge success for the Old Fourth Ward and Atlanta at large, if it can keep its heads on straight. One head is Chef Nick Melvin, who did great things at Serenbe, then Parish, then Empire State South, then Rosebud all in the blink of an eye. Another head belongs to Nick Niaspodziani and Peter Olson, better known as the bandleader and bassist of Yacht Rock Revue, the Venkman’s house band and unquestionably Atlanta’s reigning cover band. The triumvirate rounds out with Rhian-

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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs Sandy Springs Police blotter Feb. 13-26 The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

ARRESTS  1000 block of Johnson Ferry Road –

Peachtree City Police Department requested assistance on a wanted person at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. A PCPD detective, following up on a separate case, found an active probation violation warrant on an individual. The officer arrived and arrested him. The report mentioned that the subject was a big man requiring two sets of hand-

cuffs. Next door at Northside Hospital, security and the offduty SSPD officer found a man sleeping in the lounge area. That man was checked and found to be wanted in Cobb County on probation for larceny.  1500 block of

Huntcliff Village Court – Officers were called to the fitness center

of the apartment complex regarding juveniles smoking marijuana in the bathroom. They were located and released into the care of their respective parents after being charged with possessing the marijuana.  Ga. 400/Abernathy – A patrol officer



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noted a car stopped in the right lane of travel. He walked to the car and spoke with a 21-year old woman who was crying. She said that her boyfriend stopped the car and walked away. The officers saw bruising and scratches on the woman and later determined the boyfriend had assaulted her. The pair lived nearby. The woman was given a ride home at which time the boyfriend showed up. He was arrested at the scene and taken to jail.


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ficers were called to a convenience store regarding an assault. They located a 33-year-old woman who was bleeding from the face and crying hysterically. EMS was called and responded. Witnesses said the woman was assaulted by a male who ran away toward Roberts Drive. The suspect was identified as the victim’s fiancé. At some point, in the car, both parties began to fight. The fight increased to a point where the man struck her in the face, causing the injury. The man said to the woman after beating her that he wasn’t going to jail, then ran away— he was later found by another officer located hiding in some bushes, arrested, and charged with battery related to domestic violence.  7700 block of Colquitt Road – On Feb.

14 at around 4 a.m., officers met with a cabbie who said four passengers bolted without paying their $40 fare after he drove them to an apartment complex. The driver pointed out the approximate location and officers checked several apartments until they found the apartment the offender had run to. The offender opened the door but would not talk to the officers. They remained at the scene and initiated the report process with the victim, causing aggravation to the offender who opened the door, stepping out to complain that the cops were threatening him. He was then taken into custody.  300 block of Hammond Drive -- An of-

ficer checked a business around 9 a.m. on Feb. 14 and came into contact with a subject whom he knew had an active warrant on him. The man was arrested on the warrant.  6700 block of Roswell Road – On Feb.

14, police arrived and found a man staggering on the sidewalk near some condos. The cops asked for his address in

hopes of getting him home but instead, the man called them bad words, wishing someone would shoot (the cop) in the head and then violate his children. He was arrested for public drunkenness.  7500 block of Roswell Road – On Feb.

15, a grocery store security guard detained a woman after observing her concealing items in her green, eco-friendly shopping bag. She paid for some but not all of the items in the bag. She was given a copy of charges with a court date to appear on shoplifting charges.  5500 block of Roswell Road – On

Feb. 15, security at a department store watched as a woman placed items in her purse and then tried to leave without paying. Five containers of Similac Baby Formula, valued at $95, were recovered. She was arrested.  7800 block of Roswell Road – On Feb.

16, a man came in to get a permit to serve alcohol at his job. The background check showed he was wanted on a warrant. He was arrested for a probation violation.  A 28-year-old man said his live-in boy-

friend assaulted him, leaving a cut on his face from the suspect’s fingernail. The suspect was located and arrested.

A S S AU LT  Spalding Drive – On Feb. 13, an 18-year-

old woman on Spalding Drive told officers that she was living with the offender for the past few months. The offender got angry at her one evening and hit her in the face with his open hand and ordered her out.  4600 block of Roswell Road – On Feb.

13, a 20-year-old woman said her ex-boyfriend came to her workplace and hit her in the face. This took place in the parking lot and was over possession of a phone and content.  First block of Northwood Drive – On

Feb. 14, a 19-year-old man said someone came up from behind and hit him on the head, pulled a gun, took his jeans and hoodie from him, along with the man’s MARTA card, ID and phone. The victim was left with only his underwear. The suspect wore a red bandanna over his face. The victim said a second suspect stood nearby.  An officer, while checking a suspicious

person in the 7100 block of PeachtreeDunwoody Road, discovered the man wanted in Douglas County for FTA on traffic charges. He was arrested and turned over to Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies.  A 30-year-old woman reported that on SS

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Feb. 22, while she was at a restaurant at The Prado, she was assaulted by her ex-boyfriend’s current girlfriend. She said she was hit, scratched and her hair pulled. The suspect fled prior to arrival.

LARCENY  6800 block of Roswell Road – On

Feb. 13, a woman reported that a woman named “Lia” came into her business and requested to receive eyelash services, costing $99. She paid only $44 and said she would pay the balance when her ride got there. She later left without paying.  8700 block of Roswell Road – On Feb.

14, a man left his iPhone 6 at a fast food restaurant after forgetting it. He returned and it was gone. The victim told officers he had a minor altercation with another person during that time and suspected him of taking it. The phone’s GPS showed it in the 300 block of Winding River Drive, nearby, before going offline.

was left at the home with the girlfriend. The friend was gone for an hour and, when he showed up, he had no food. He took her home and the money was gone. She thinks that he gave her a fake name (Pharaoh) and discovered he deleted her from his Facebook page.  6000 block of Roswell Road – On Feb.

22, the manager of a fast food restaurant reported that a staff member had stolen just over $100 from the day’s cash money. The manager told each of the employees that the money needed to be returned. One of the employees later walked out without finishing up the day’s work and failed to show the next day.  4900 block of Roswell Road – On Feb.

23, a soda vendor at a grocery store said he left his iPad at one of the aisles on a shelf. He soon realized it and returned, but discovered it had been taken.

 Between Feb. 14-18, there were four re-

– On Feb. 15, two men entered a store around 5:15 p.m. One appeared to distract the employee while the other filled a shopping cart and fled out the front door. The other man then ran out the door.

ports of thefts from vehicles. Between Feb. 20-23, there were four reports of thefts from vehicles.

man was moving out and hired a cleaning service to clean the apartment for him. He let them use his Hoover Wet Vacuum to do a cleaning and apparently they took it with them.  7500 block of Roswell Road – On Feb.

17, a car dealership reported three Georgia dealer license plates were stolen.  5500 block of Glenridge Drive – On

Feb. 20, a 2016 Yamaha R6 motorcycle, yellow with black and white accents, and damage to the left rear, was reported stolen.  6600 block of Roswell Road – On Feb.

20, a 58-year-old man reported that his belongings were in a locker inside a gym. Someone cut or removed the lock and took a wallet, keys and $110 cash.  5500 block of Roswell Road – On Feb.

20, a 39-year-old woman told police that on Feb. 15 she told a male friend of hers that she was acquiring some money. The friend stayed at her residence that night. The following day, she noticed a set of house keys missing. The friend went with her to pick up $3,000, and then returned to her home where she put the money inside her bedroom.  The friend suggested they go out,

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someone entered a new construction residence and took a Kitchen Aid microwave oven.  5400 block of Mt. Vernon Parkway

– On Feb. 16, two furnaces, valued at $15,000 total, were taken from a home under construction. Another furnace from a nearby home, also under construction, was taken as well.  600 block of Highland Park Trail –

On Feb. 16, a resident returned home to find that her front door had been kicked open. A gun was taken. A second and third burglary was reported in the same complex.  1000 block of Brentwood Way – On Feb.

17, the resident said someone came into his apartment and took a PS4 video game system and other video accessories.




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