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Rezoning requests scrutinized as cities become more urban BY ANN MARIE QUILL
Dorian Cooper, left, president of Epsilon Iota Psi Sorority, leads a team of dancers during the sorority’s “Stroll-Off” at Oglethorpe University on Feb. 27. The stroll, also known as a performance, was to support Kame Jo Thomas, the sorority’s faculty advisor, who needs a kidney transplant. See additional photos on page 26.
As suburban cities such as Brookhaven and Sandy Springs look to become more urban, with more “walkable” areas and mixeduse developments, city officials are taking a closer look at how to appropriately handle rezoning requests. Members of the Sandy Springs Planning Commission recently criticized a potential mixed-use development on Roswell Road as offering too few businesses and offices, compared to the number of apartments. “Having a retail office and then a massive apartment complex, it’s not mixed use,” Commissioner Dave Nickles told the developer. But efforts to steer developers toward more urban styles can stir residents to push
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She ran around the world in 11 days BY JOE EARLE
Seven marathons. Seven continents. Eleven days. You read that right. Seven 26.2-mile races scattered from Australia to Antarctica by way of Paris and Long Island, N.Y. On foot. That’s running a bit more than 183 miles over a period of about 264 hours. “It was awesome,” said Laura Frank Barnard, one of 36 runners from across the world who took part in the “Triple 7 Quest” in February. Their quest originally was supposed to be completed in a week. That’s the three “sevens” in the name – seven continents, seven races, seven days. And they would have made it, Barnard says, but the weather over the South Pole turned cranky and slowed things down before they could get that last race in. “Who runs seven marathons in seven days and flies around the world and doesn’t get to see the places?” the 50-year-old mother of four mused aloud one recent afternoon as she sat in the living room of her Sandy Springs home with a stack of race numbers, medals and website postings SEE SEVEN, PAGE 6
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New county budget means a tax hike for city residents BY JOE EARLE
The new DeKalb County budget brings a change for taxpayers in Dunwoody, Brookhaven and other DeKalb cities: a tax increase. The budget DeKalb County Commissioners approved 4-2 on Feb. 27 calls for small millage increases in the cities operating within the county. The increase – 10.8 percent in both Brookhaven and Dunwoody and 21.5 percent in Chamblee – was imposed to balance amounts paid for certain county services by city residents. The increase follows millage cuts in 2014 for Brookhaven and Dunwoody residents, county officials say. Overall, over the two-year period, the county millage in the two towns has dropped by 7.5 percent, according to the county. Chamblee residents received an overall 1.8 percent increase over the two years. “Over the two-year period, it’s just about a net wash,” Interim DeKalb CEO Lee May said during a public meeting in Brookhaven last month. “It’s something I’m not happy with, but it’s the reality of what we’re having to deal with.” In Dunwoody and Brookhaven, residents paid 16.25 mills in county taxes in 2013, according to the county’s budget documents. The amount dropped to 13.57 mills in 2014, but is increasing to
Brookhaven Chamblee Dunwoody Unincorporated
16.25 14.76 16.25 21.21
13.57 12.36 13.57 21.21
15.03 15.02 15.03 21.21
change 2014-15 10.8% 21.5% 10.8% 0.0%
change 2013-15 -7.5% 1.8% -7.5% 0.0%
Source: DeKalb County 15.03 mills in 2015, the budget says. In Chamblee, the millage dropped to 12.36 mills in 2014 from 14.76 mills in 2013, but then increased to 15.02 mills in 2015. Commissioner Nancy Jester, who represents the northern end of the county, told members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association on March 1 that she and fellow Commissioner Kathie Gannon voted against the budget. "I argued heavily against this...," Jester said. "Overall I don't like the budget. ... It's absurd because it is growing in areas where it should have been shrinking. We are not outsourcing the things we should outsource.” The changes in the millages levied against city residents were required because of the way the county organizes its budget, county Assistant Finance Director J. Jay Vinicki said. The county collects taxes for seven separate “funds” within the budget, including funds for general
county services, police, fire, Grady Hospital and bonds. A mill is one-tenth of a cent. Taxes are computed by multiplying a property’s assessed value by the millage. In DeKalb, raising the tax rate 1 mill produces about $30 in tax on a $200,000 house, Vinicki said. The county provides different services within city boundaries than it does to areas that are not within cities, so the amount charged varies. Dunwoody and Brookhaven, for instance, pay for their own police departments, so residents are not charged the county millage for police. Vinicki said the millage had to be adjusted in 2014 and 2015 because of changes made four years ago. At that time, the county had to adjust the millage in certain funds in order to keep the overall county millage at 21.21 mills for residents outside cities. The adjustments made this year
and last bring the separate funds closer to where they’re supposed to be, he said. The idea is to try to make each fund stand on its own, Vinicki said. “It’s actually a planned thing,” he said. “We’re trying to get to millage rate stability.” DeKalb’s $1.27 billion budget keeps the tax rate in areas of the county not located within cities at 21.21 mills, county officials said. The rate has remained the same since 2011, county officials said in a press release. In the new budget, according to a county press release, DeKalb officials created 41 new customer service jobs in the water billing department; plan to spend $1.5 million to improve the county purchasing department and $827,000 to improve the county permitting process; and add $5 million for road resurfacing. –Ellen Eldridge contributed to this report.
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COMMUNITY Century Center appeal rejected The Georgia Supreme Court on March 2 rejected an appeal by Highwoods Properties, which had been seeking to be annexed into the city of Brookhaven. In October of last year, the appeals court ruled in favor of Chamblee, saying B RI E F S that Brookhaven lacked the authority to annex the property, which includes Century Center. In June 2013, Highwoods Properties, which owns the mixed-use development called Century Center within the disputed area, applied to be annexed into Brookhaven. In response, Chamblee officials filed suit to stop the annexation and incorporate the property into its borders. In October, Brookhaven proceeded with the annexation, but that action was later suspended when a DeKalb County judge sided with Chamblee and allowed that city to hold a referendum on the matter. The annexation was subsequently approved by a nearly 2-1 majority of Chamblee residents in the November referendum. In December, Highwoods filed an appeal to have the judge’s order overturned. Brookhaven, which initially had joined the legal fight to take possession of the property, had since withdrawn its participation in funding the litigation. But, it had not rescinded its original vote to annex the property.
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Three local arts groups will use Conant space at Oglethorpe Three leading Atlanta arts organizations—the Alliance Theatre, the Horizon Theatre Company and the Capitol City Opera Company—will present performances and provide educational opportunities at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center, the university recently announced. “With the unfortunate dissolution of Georgia Shakespeare in the fall, we were committed to exploring new partners in the arts that were not only rooted in excellence and quality, but also would offer significant hands-on learning opportunities for our students, and complement our theater and music programs,” Oglethorpe President Lawrence Schall said in a press release. The Alliance Theatre will host three camps at Oglethorpe during summer 2015. Two will be for primary school children and the third for high schoolers. Oglethorpe theater majors will be hired as teaching assistants for the two-week camps. The Horizon Theatre Company will bring a multi-week run of their summer production, “Avenue Q,” to the Conant center in June. The Capitol City Opera presents performances in Oglethorpe’s Conant center BK
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back. In Brookhaven, a proposed mixed-use development at the old Hastings Nursery site has drawn complaints from residents of nearby Historic Brookhaven who worried that the building would tower above them. Bill Roberts, a member of the board of the Brookhaven-Peachtree Community Alliance, which supports “smart growth” developments, said such projects are challenging to residents because Brookhaven is in a transition period and is grappling with whether it’s suburban or urban. “Anybody can see that traffic and residents are increasing,” he said. City officials are grappling with how best to manage their community’s developments because they see a new wave of post-recession development. During Sandy Springs City Council’s recent annual retreat, Angela Parker, the city’s development director, said growth is “coming at us fast and furious.” City Manager John McDonough said the city has heard 30 rezoning cases in 2014, compared to 19 in 2013. In 2014, the city issued more than 1,600 building permits and 1,600 multifamily units were in the works. Faced with the rising number of projects, Sandy Springs officials have decided to rework the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which guides land-use planning. McDonough said constantly handling rezoning requests on a case-by-case basis is not a good way to develop a city, nor are the moratoriums the city put in place in 2014, including stops on apartment and convenience store permits. Apartment developments have been a particular problem in Sandy Springs. City officials say to qualify as “mixed use” rezoning, projects have to incorporate enough retail to be true mixed-use properties. That stance is what led to the city’s moratorium on apartments. Two proposed mixed-use developments on Roswell Road would redevelop a significant portion of the land east of Roswell Road and south of Hildebrand Drive, near the site of Sandy Springs’ planned City Center. “It’s an exciting time to be on this planning commission as we look at projects like this that are going to rejuvenate our downtown,” Jim Squire said. MCRT Investments Inc. proposes building about 450 apartments, a parking deck and 40,000 square feet of restaurants and shops on 5 acres at 6125 Roswell Road. Camden USA proposes to build 316 apartments, a parking deck and 3,300 square feet of retail and office space on 4 acres at 6075 and 6077 Roswell Road. Several commissioners criticized the Camden projects as containing too little commercial development and too large a percentage of apartments to fit the city’s plans for the city center.
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“You don’t meet mixed-use [requirements]. It’s not there,” Nickles said. In Brookhaven, the Peachtree Road development by JLB Partners calls for an apartment building on top of shops and offices. The zoning request, which had the support of city staff, would have made way for 273 multifamily units, 17,695 square feet of retail and commercial, 2,500 square feet for a leasing office and 6,691 square feet for an enclosed amenity area. Plans call for the building to stand 87 feet tall at the front. Matt Hallman with JLB said that after hearing residents’ complaints, the company was planning to ask for a deferral at the March 4 planning commission meeting to have a chance to meet with the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association. He said that the company has taken building plans out of the buffer between the commercial property and the neighborhood, and moved it about 160 feet away from the neighbors’ property lines, and lowered the building height along the back of the property, and closest to Historic Brookhaven, to about 65 feet. City staff recommended JLB’s plan, saying it fell into the requirements of the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District. Roberts said he was encouraged by the fact that the developer has eliminated a proposed right-in, right-out curb cut along Peachtree Road. “That’s significant because the overlay tries to encourage a pedestrian-friendly environment, and eliminating curb cuts helps accomplish that,” he said. Roberts added that the development could be a “bellwether” project for Brookhaven in that it will potentially be the first to meet every requirement of the overlay district. “When you have mixed uses in a project, some retail and office space in addition to residential, you get a better flow of uses,” he said. “It’s part of the smart growth initiative -- people that live in that building will be people that patronize the stores.” –Joe Earle contributed to this story. BK
COMMUNITY Sue Binkert, left, and Jim Dupree, members of PARC Brookhaven, gather public input for the smaller city parks at a previous “visioning session.” Parks discussed included Ashford, Georgian Hills and Skyland. ANN MARIE QUILL
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Brookhaven residents say they want per changing station and a policy for the the parks in their neighborhoods to retoys – such as removal of broken toys or main just that – neighborhood parks, a storage area. but safer and better maintained. Dupree said there was disagreement Members of PARC Brookhaven, over the toys, which he described as a or the Parks and Recreation Coalition “lightning rod.” Some residents liked of Brookhaven, recently held “visionthe toys at Ashford Park, but others did ing sessions” for the three neighbornot, he said, adding that he was conhood parks in District 2. The meetings cerned the toys could be a liability. were held with support by the city of Citizens recommended addressing Brookhaven and the Parks & Recreation safety concerns in the park, providing Department, and were co-sponsored by new playground equipment, creating a District 2 Councilman John Park. walking trail and off-leash dog area, and The community sessions were meant making improvements to the communito generate priorities ty building. for the city’s smaller In Georgian Hills parks, which are not Park, the group outlined in great de- “These neighbors want the found that residents tail in the city’s park parks to stay neighborhood would like to see master plan. the park draw more parks -- that was the PARC members neighbors in. Movebiggest thing we kept Sue Binkert and Jim able soccer goals for Dupree told mempick-up games were hearing over and over.” bers of City Council recommended, as on Feb. 24 what reswere a new playidents would like to ground and a com– SUE BINKERT see in Ashford, GeorPARC MEMBER munity garden. gian Hills and SkyPARC members land parks. said that Georgian “The consensus we Hills residents also heard is that they want to remain neighrecommended a walking path along the borhood parks, just functionally better,” park’s creek, that the partial basketball Binkert said. “These neighbors want the court be refurbished and that drainage parks to stay neighborhood parks -- that issues be addressed. was the biggest thing we kept hearing At Skyland Park, the group found over and over.” that residents like the tennis courts, socResidents want to see improvements cer fields and wooded areas, but were to safety, accessibility, maintenance, concerned about homeless people living land restoration, and branding and park in the wooded areas and a lack of adeidentity. PARC members heard resiquate security lighting. dents say repeatedly, “I want to feel safe Those residents also liked the in these parks,” Binkert said. mound located in the park because In Ashford Park, residents want to see children like to play on it. They also better maintained restrooms, drainage suggested adding a restroom and comissues resolved, security lighting, a diamunity garden. BK
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to show she did just that. “It was cool.” Why did she do it? “I like to do things that are... unthinkable,” she said. Uncomfortable, too, at times, to hear her tell it. To meet their relentless schedule, the runners on the Triple 7 Quest slept on airplanes, ran sometimes in the middle of the night and went days without showers. Barnard figures they spent 60 hours on airplanes just getting to the races. At one point, they touched down on three continents – and ran three marathons – in about 40 hours, she said. Members of the group paid more than $13,000 apiece to take part in this marathon of marathons. They ran the first 26.2-mile leg of their world tour in Australia on Feb. 8 and continued with runs in Abu Dhabi; Paris; Tunis; Long Island, N.Y.; Chile and Antarctica. “When we got to Antarctica, they said it was 37 degrees,” she said. “It felt like 10 be-
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four Arab guys, and here I am Jewish. ... There were no politics. Everybody was just a bunch of runners hanging out. You’re all friends.” They’re staying that way. “My phone blows up now with calls from people all over the world, from friends in Dubai and New Zealand.”
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Barnard tried her first marathon in 2008. She’d been a long-distance cyclist before that, she said, AROUND and says she’d probTOWN ably logged 20,000 JOE EARLE miles in bicycle races and “century rides” before her first long-distance foot race. She plans to spend a little more than a week this summer as part of a four-person team cycling across the U.S. During that ride, she plans to launch a new company she says will use social media to help finance a foundation to promote fitness. She tried her first marathon after returning to Sandy Springs, where she’d grown up, for a job in Atlanta. A friend convinced her to try an Atlanta marathon and “I got hooked,” she said. “Why? I’ve always wanted to run a marathon and work got in the way. I’ve always wanted to balance life and fitness and work.” She figures she’s run about 18 marathons since that first one. “I’m happy when I stay fit,” she said. She also hopes to inspire others to keep fit. “I love being inspired,” she said. “And I love inspiring.” Still, her notions about exercise may seem at times to be a tad over the top. “It’s all about expanding the mind and the body to the extreme,” she said. “My daughter said something: ‘Mom, when you’re on the edge, you know you’re alive.’ I think there’s something to that.” Go to ReporterNewspapers.net to see a video of Laura Frank Barnard’s runs around the world.
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COMMENTARY City in a forest? To the editor: I’ve lived in the city of Atlanta for nearly 40 years. Remember what Atlanta is known as? The “City in a Forest” or the “City of Trees.” We can’t boast about being on a bay, ocean, river or having a view of the mountains. The one thing that sets Atlanta apart from any other large city is our oldgrowth, tall and beautiful trees. Now we’re in another boom cycle. Hundred-year-old oaks and loblolly pines, which we should by rights be proud of, are being clear cut as if they were mere corn stubble. To use a tired phrase, why are we killing the goose that lays the golden eggs? City of Atlanta, tighten the tree or-
dinance! Architects, developers, homeowners, be creative. Build around our elegant trees. Doing so will help us remain the “City of Trees.” Saving these large trees will benefit our children, grandchildren and wildlife, too. Let alone the air we all breathe. Katharine Crawford Robey
Materials justiﬁed? To the editor: The new pavement markings on Caldwell Road at the intersection with Redding Road are conspicuously clear and will last a very long time, given the pavement marking materials applied— apparently an epoxy, polyurethane or Thermoplastic product — but certainly
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something much more expensive than standard pavement paint. All this expense at an intersection (1) used almost exclusively by locals already familiar with the only two choices at the intersection and (2) that offers no choices beyond what has been designated by the new markings. Confronted by a significant jog driving south on Caldwell Road, drivers in the left lane must turn left on Redding just as drivers in the right lane must turn right to Peachtree Road—unavoidable choices now clearly designated by pave-
ment markings done at what cost to our city. Not wishing to overlook the addition of the bike lane (presumably), in the middle between traffic lanes, but with no symbol so designating, one must wonder how well utilized it will be by bikers or how well recognized by cars? Unavoidably, residents will ask: (1) Was this a necessary project worthy of city money? and (2) If, in fact, the project is justifiable, was the added cost of the exceptional markings material used reasonable, even in terms of longevity? Granted, this is a very minor example, but it is certainly crystal clear in its illustration of government spending— even that of a new city pledged to austerity—that knows no bounds. Don Jeﬀers
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Editor’s note: Our readers reacted to DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May’s recommendation that the county change the sanitation department’s garbage pickup schedule to save money LE T T E R S T O and reduce workplace accidents. T HE E DIT OR County sanitation workers now pick up garbage two days a week and collect recycling and yard trimmings on other days. The new plan [outlined in the Brookhaven and Dunwoody Reporters E-mail letters to dated Feb. 20-March 5] calls for collecting garbage, recycling and yard trimmings on the same day email@example.com and cutting garbage pickups to once a week. Instead of coming to homes four days a week, county garbage collectors would stop by once a week. As part of the change, the county would provide homeowners new 65-gallon containers, like those shown here, that will allow garbage collection to be automated.
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DeKalb County is a joke and should be ashamed of themselves for again having big city problems and using country resources to solve them. The county is too huge! It needs to be broken down into four separate counties and bring in effective leadership. We pay and pay and pay, and yet the answer is always downsize services?!!! Stupidity continues! Tracy Waller
Pilot program works To the editor: I was in the pilot program and I’m still receiving one-day-a-week pickup. I also participate in the recycling program. It doesn’t get any simpler than placing everything at the curb on the same day (night before pickup). The best thing about it is keeping those huge trucks off of residential streets (which are already in need of repair/infrastructure). I can afford the Rolls-Royce level service but I’m not in need of it. After separating recyclables I usually have only 1-2 bags of ‘trash’. Others may not be in a position to pay for RR level service. If there are certain areas with enough residents that prefer that level of service, then by all means allow them to pay for it for their area only. Jackie Nealey
Buildings will come To the editor: I had to chuckle a bit after reading in the Feb. 6-Feb. 19 issue of the Brookhaven Reporter regarding the heights of buildings in our city and the possible development of the Hastings site. Attached is a picture of Town Brookhaven taken from my backyard yesterday. This apartment building is seven to eight stories tall directly behind our property (almost 100’), which I call “the cruise ship in our backyard.” When we build this home nine years ago the area behind our house (60 acres) was occupied with an older apartment complex with 20 or so two-story buildings along a nicely wooded rolling field. We had heard that perhaps a very exclusive neighborhood of multi-million dollar homes would go in behind us sometime in the next five or 10 years, but had no idea that Town Brookhaven was a possibility as well. We definitely do not like the way it dominates and obscures our view from the back of the property, but do like the fact that
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I always wondered why DeKalb was the only county (that I’m aware of anyway) that does trash pickup twice a week and recycling on a totally separate day entirely...this is just stupid. When I lived in Cobb, there was no county pickup of trash and recycles. You pay an outside company to do it instead. Why not eliminate it all together and go private party instead? I didn’t have any problems with my once-a-week pickup of trash and recycles both on the same day. If people really need trash pickup twice a week, you may want to rethink how much “trash” you really have. I mean come on...and if you recycle, there’s little to no trash for pickup. I only leave trash out once a week due to recycling, and it’s only one plastic bag at most. Go to once a week and move on, and do both recycle and trash on the same day. It can’t get any easier than that. Why do you think DeKalb has to post a schedule for pickup? Because they are picking up items multiple days a week. This is not rocket science but then again, we are dealing with government. LOL! Gene Collins
we can walk to many places that we did not have prior to the development. I bring this up to point out that Brookhaven is more urban than suburban and will continue to develop as such. We have seen this in the 20 years we have lived in Brookhaven. I understand that some believe that these buildings will replace their view (as it did for us) but I can confirm that they do not block the sun like they do in New York City. I am more concerned about the ridiculous amounts of traffic we are experiencing (I have to go north on Peachtree instead of south because of the backed up traffic at Peachtree Road and Dresden Drive to get to my dry cleaners on Dresden) or that hundreds of cars a day of non-Brookhaven residents use my street as a cut through between Peachtree and Osborne roads despite the speed bumps. This has more of an impact on my quality of life and I am trying to do something about it. Joe Hammell BK
Injury is not because I’m ‘old’ Let’s get one thing straight, right off the bat: it’s not because I’m old. That was the first thing the doctor said when reviewing the MRI of my torn rotator cuff, “There are no signs of degeneration.” So I wrote in my trusty notepad, “Not because I’m old,” and I recorded the date and the doctor’s name and had him initial it, just for good measure. I asked the doctor about getting it repaired. The tendon had ripped from the bone and would need to be anchored back to it. Was it worth it to go through the surgery and the notoriously brutal recovery? “Well, you’re young and active…” he began. That’s all I heard. I wrote in my trusty notepad, “I’m young and active.” And I had him initial that again. A rotator cuff tear is the injury that baseball pitchers and tennis players often get… even young baseball pitchers and tennis players. And because I’m not in either one of those categories, people want to know how I tore mine. The short answer is, I don’t know. I think it started as an old yoga injury. Many years ago, a substitute instructor was running our class through the Sun Salutations and we were practically jumping from Table-top to Downward Dog to Upheaval and Backlash. Somewhere between Dandasana and Vasisthasana, my rotator cuff said “Youllpayforthislatersana.” I heard it, plain as day. My shoulder has never been quite the same since then, and I’ve been careful not to stress it. I continued weightlifting, exercising and welterweight gardening. I did shoulder exercises religiously, but evidently I was not working all the proper muscles (which doesn’t seem fair at all). But then the automatic
sliding doors on my minivan broke, so I started opening and closing them manually… and those things are heavy. I was told that the musROBIN JEAN cle had been MARIE CONTE injured but that I had ROBIN’S NEST “pushed through the pain.” Yeah, that’s me. I’m an animal. People will see me weeding furiously and ask, “Who’s that brute over there? The one who’s pushing through the pain?” “Oh that’s Robin. She’s not old.” So it could have been the yoga or the minivan, or it could have been a full thickness tear waiting to happen. It’s a mystery to me. But somehow it tore, and I decided to have it repaired. I ended up having the surgery in midDecember because that’s such a slow time of year in my house. Ha! There’s nothing like adding shoulder surgery to the mix of the holiday flurry to really amp up the stress level. But there were advantages: 1. I had the entire house decorated by Thanksgiving, something I have never, ever, in my entire life, done before. 2. I spent a marathon Christmas shopping day with my daughter and had all the presents purchased by Dec. 4, something I have never, ever, in my entire life, done before, and 3. My doctor is really cute. Best of all, my friends and neighbors were wonderful, setting up a meal calendar and visiting me regularly with food, tea and sympathy. My mother kept me supplied with her homemade soups, and my family pampered me for weeks. Meanwhile, I spent my initial post-op days sprawled on the couch with an ice pack on my shoulder, playing with my ring tones. Now I’m out of the padded sling and going full force with the daily physical therapy. I’m happy to report that I can once again pull a shirt over my head while standing up straight. Within the year, they say, I’ll be back to 100 percent. I’ll tell my grandchildren all about the experience one day… when I’m old. SPECIAL
Robin, ice pack on shoulder, plays with ring tones while recovering from surgery.
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BY ART HUCKABEE What makes for a good restaurant or a restaurant that you want to revisit? The short answer is the food, quickly followed by the service. After that, the list can get quite long with an ample helping of diner subjectivity thrown in for good measure. This month, I’m putting on my food writer lab coat and “analyzing” what makes one of my favorite restaurants, Rumi’s Kitchen, a good, if not great, restaurant. Accessibility: It can be good, but if it takes two hours in Atlanta traffic
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Quick Bites: News you can eat The sixth annual Beer Carnival is set for March 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Atlantic Station. Drawing thousands of fans each year, the event features a giant tent and outdoor areas for patrons to explore more than 100 types of beers, including traditional favorites, premium craft beers, and an assortment of seasonal and favorite craft brews. There will also be carnival-style games. You must be 21 or over to attend. General admission tickets are $35 in advance and $45 the day of the event. For more information, visit beercarnival.com.
Brazilian steakhouse Chama Gaucha will open at 3365 Piedmont Road in Buckhead this spring. The restaurant will be open nightly for dinner and for lunch Sunday through Friday. The Asian Café – featuring Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine, as well as a sushi bar – is now open at 2462 Jett Ferry Road in Dunwoody. –Collin Kelley
Atlas, a new chef-driven restaurant developed by restaurateur and consulting chef Gerry Klaskala and the Tavistock Group, is now open at The St. Regis Atlanta, 88 West Paces Ferry Road, in Buckhead. The dinner-only restaurant features a menu of fresh ingredients from local farms with American and European influences. For more information, visit atlasrestaurant.com. Zaxby’s is coming to Sandy Springs this spring to a 3,500-square-foot location at 6545 Roswell Road. The chicken franchise will be headed by father and son team Richard and Rich Vann, along with their business partner David Rozier. The Real Mandarin House, a casual restaurant serving traditional Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine in Sandy Springs, has closed according to a report from Tomorrow’s News Today. The restaurant, located in Sandy Springs Plaza on Roswell Road, had been a mainstay for nearly 30 years. More to explore at the Buckhead Atlanta development: Corso Coﬀee, an Italianstyle coffee bar, and Thirteen Pies, serving up artisan pizzas made in hot wood-fired ovens. Find out more at buckhead-atl.com.
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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Yelp’s help Editor’s note: Yelp is a website and a mobile app – free to use – that connects you with local businesses, organizations and events. Reporter Newspapers has partnered with Atlanta Community Manager Benjamin Getz for a monthly feature. Here are some favorite eats, treats and more, from Yelpers in Reporter Newspapers communities.
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Even if you don’t have Irish heritage, having a good time over several beers with friends at your local Irish Pub is cool. Even cooler? Celebrating the luck o’ the Irish at one of these Yelp-approved watering holes where every single day is treated like St. Patty’s Day. Cold beer in your glass, Shepherd’s Pie, or Fish n’ Chips are what’s on tap for March 17, but you can get the party started with this fine list o’ choices!
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Royal Oak Pub - 1155 Mt. Vernon Hwy. (Yelp Link: www.yelp.com/biz/royaloak-pub-sandy-springs) The drinks are strong, the drafts are always flowing, and it couldn’t be in a better location for those on the perimeter. Don’t miss their brownie sundae either. Ship & Anchor Pub - 5975 Roswell Rd., NE (Yelp Link: www.yelp.com/biz/shipand-anchor-pub-sandy-springs) The Irish Spring Rolls encompass everything edible on St. Paddy’s in a singular bite. Also, Yelpers can’t get enough of the Lobster Grilled Cheese.
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Fado - 273 Buckhead Ave. (Yelp Link: www.yelp.com/biz/fadoirish-pub-and-restaurant-atlanta-2) These fine folks host a slew of events leading up to the big day for ol’ St. Patrick. If you don’t end up at Fado at some point, you’re not celebrating correctly. Stout Irish Sports Pub – 56 E. Andrews Dr., Suite 16 (Yelp Link: www.yelp.com/biz/stoutirish-sports-pub-atlanta) Grab yourself some Shepherd’s Pie and sidle up to the bar to root on your favorite team. You’ll walk in with an appetite and walk out with plenty of friends.
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Dale Patterson was recruited for Choral remarkable,” Patterson said. Guild of Atlanta while shopping. She was Current guild members come “from browsing in a Buckhead silver shop about every walk of life,” Pater said, and from three years ago when she heard a tune she across metro Atlanta. Pater lives in Sanliked in the store’s background music and dy Springs. Patterson lives in Buckhead. she started to sing along. “There are really no professional musiSheila Pater, a member of the guild, cians per se,” Pater said, “just people who worked in the shop. She heard Patterson love to sing. There’s lots of what I would singing to herself and took notice. call ‘church-choir-type singers’ who enjoy “I said, “You have such a beautisinging.” ful voice. You should come sing with the Pater, who also sings in a church choir Choral Guild,’” Pater reherself, said the group “is almost like a members. family at this point.” It worked. Soon Pat“There are many long-time people,” terson joined fellow soshe said. “There’s a lot of loyalty within the prano Pater as a singer group.” with the guild, an amaPatterson says she’s been singing teur ensemble that perthroughout her life. She started singing forms classical and conlessons at age 5 and as a child sang with JOE EARLE temporary choral works, a quartet made up of cousins and neighand is celebrating its Dale bors in her New York City neighborhood. Patterson 75th anniversary this She pursued a singing career until after year. she completed college, she said, but finalAs part of the guild’s 75th anniversaly gave it up because “it was just too hard.” ry season, its 40 or so members are stagBut she still loved to sing, especially ing a performance March 15 of Haydn’s as part of a group. “I think there’s an in“The Creation.” Then, on March 21, the explicable, unattainable thing that kind guild will hold $100-a-plate, black-tie gala of speaks to your soul,” she said. “There’s at the Piedmont Driving Club. The guild something about music, and singing in concludes its 2014-15 season in May with particular, that connects to my soul. a performance of jazz and contemporary “Singing in a choral group ... just talks choral music. to me. Singing solo is great – singing for Patterson, who handles publicity for myself in the shower is great – but singing the group, said the guild was started in with the other parts, it’s just magnified.” 1939 by the Atlanta Music Club as the Pater agreed. “If you love to sing, it is a Music Club Chorus, and is one of the oldphysical and emotional pleasure to sing,” est metro Atlanta groups still performing. she said. “I love to sing. It gives me plea“It started, I believe, as a community singsure to sing all these interesting things.” ing group,” she said. The group was renamed the Choral Guild of Atlanta in 1947, the guild’s webpage says. In the 1960s, the group sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the chorus has traveled to Australia and Europe to perform, the webpage says. In 1980, the guild played Carnegie Hall in DALE PATTERSON New York City, the webThe Choral Guild of Atlanta performing site says. at Northside Drive Baptist Church. “Really, the history is
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Three local artists, Adrina Richards, Alan Vaughn and Eileen Braun will show their work this month at the American Craft Council’s 2015 Atlanta exhibition. The three will be among 225 contemporary clothing, furniture, jewelry and home décor artists whose work will be on display at the ACC show, which presents itself as the largest juried, indoor craft show in the southeastern U.S. The ACC, a Minneapolis-based nonprofit set up to promote, encourage and educate the public about contemporary American crafts, hosts shows annual-
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Eileen Braun is a Dunwoody-based ceramic artist whose works include vessels, teapots and wall landscapes. The pieces often have a decidedly animalistic feel, appearing as if she has fused the tradition of utilitarian ceramics, such as teapots, with ocean creatures to create fluid, unusual but still somehow recognizable pieces. In addition to these works, Braun creates pieces that are purely decorative, typically consisting of organic items that seemingly explode from the walls. Braun calls her pieces “nonfunctional ceramic forms -- playful, elegant, humanistic qualities given to objects. Biomorphic. Most seem caught in a frozen moment.” PHOTOS BY ISADORA PENNINGTON
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“My favorite part about living here is the flexibility to be as active and sociable as I want!” Meet Christie Kinsaul, who moved to Canterbury Court to downsize and simplify her life. Little did she know how much she would love her new lifestyle. “Maintaining a two-story townhouse and everything in it was taking considerable time and effort. I was ready for some changes, and I wanted to make the move on my own terms.”
Christie didn’t expect to find such luxurious living in a one-bedroom apartment, which she says “is plenty big” and comes with full services and amenities. She was also delighted to discover an abundance of activities designed for resident interests, including outings to local events. As a retired music teacher, she’s especially fond of going to the Atlanta Symphony and the opera.
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Along with more flexibility to spend her time as she chooses, Christie’s move to Canterbury Court has given her peace of mind knowing that on-site health services are available, should she ever need them. Call (404) 365-3163 to see our warm, inviting community and furnished model apartments, including our diamond collection one-bedroom residences. 3750 Peachtree Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30319 canterburycourt.org Canterbury Court is Atlanta’s first and foremost continuing care retirement community, non-profit, and committed to welcoming all people.
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Melanoma cancer treatment that results in Salsa dancing.
BROOKHAVEN • BUCKHEAD • DUNWOODY • SANDY SPRINGS
Saturday, March 14, 7-11 a.m. – ChambleeSardis Lodge #444 hosts a pancake breakfast with a special theme, “A Salute to Community Service.” Guests include the Chamblee PD’s Special Operations Unit and the Alpha K-9 Search and Rescue Dog organization. Tickets: $6. Proceeds go to the organization’s operating fund and philanthropic endeavors. Enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, coffee and milk. 5556 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Chamblee, 30341. For more information, visit: www.chambleesardis444.com.
Artsy Market Thursday, March 19, 6-9 p.m. – Saint Jude hosts a spring art and gift show. Browse trendy jewelry, fine art, religious-themed items, gourmet gifts, hand-poured candles, casseroles-to-go. Wine and appetizers served for $5 donation; March 20, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., coffee and nibbles served for $5 donation. Proceeds benefit PATH, post-abortion treatment and healing organization. In the Ministry Hall, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 7171 Glenridge Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. Learn more by calling 770-394-3896 or going to: http://stjudeatlanta.net.
VanderDash 5K Saturday, March 21, 7:30 a.m. – It’s time for the seventh an-
nual Vanderlyn Elementary School’s VanderDash 5K / 1-mile fun run! 5K begins at 7:30 a.m.; fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. $21. Funds go toward school improvements and/or student purchases. Race begins and ends at the school. For additional details and registration, visit: www.vanderlynpta. com or email: email@example.com. 1877 Vanderlyn Dr., Dunwoody, 30338.
Down Syndrome Day Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. – The Down Syn-
Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s physicians are leaders in melanoma diagnoses and treatment, which is why people from across Georgia trust Northside with their melanoma care. In fact, Northside has one of the fastest growing melanoma programs in the state—helping more and more people get past their cancer and onto the dance ﬂoor. For help ﬁnding a cancer specialist, call 404-531-4444.
CANCER INSTITUTE Where the Extraordinary Happens Every Day
drome Association of Atlanta hosts the inaugural 5K Color Dash! $40. All ages invited. Pets welcome on a leash. Start with a white t-shirt, then add color! Half the proceeds benefit the DSAA. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. Find out more and register by going to: http://thecolordash5k.ticketmob.com.
Pink Affair Saturday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. – The 14th
annual Pink Affair gala, benefiting TurningPoint Breast Cancer Rehabilitation, gets under way at The Retreat at Perimeter Summit. Event features live and silent auctions, complimentary wine and beer, live band, dancing and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Attire is dressy casual. Tickets: $100. Purchase by going to: www.myturningpoint.org. Proceeds support the nonprofit’s financial assistance program and complimentary services for breast cancer patients. 1001 Summit Blvd., Brookhaven, 30319. For more information, call 770-360-9271.
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Sunday, March 15, 1 p.m. – The Da-
vis Academy presents its 2015 school musical, “Shrek, Jr.,” about a green ogre who embarks on a quest to reclaim his swamp. Tickets, $15. Additional show times: March 15, 7 p.m.; March 16, 6:30 p.m. Davis Academy Middle School, 7901 Roberts Dr., Sandy Springs, 30350. Buy tickets: www.seatyourself.biz/davisacademy. Go to: http://davisshrek.blogspot.com for additional information.
Hamilton College Choir Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. – The NYbased Hamilton College choir visits Atlanta, and performs sacred and secular music, including Bach’s “Alles was Odem hat,” Pinkham’s “Festival Magnificat,” Joel’s “And So It Goes,” and selections from Rorem’s “From an Unknown Past.” Free and open to the public. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, 30305. To find out more, email Eileen Foote at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at 404-266-2373.
“Once Upon a Mattress” Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. – Riverwood
International Charter School presents the musical in its auditorium. The comedy is an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea.” Tickets, $8 for students; $12 for adults. Additional shows: March 20, 21 at 7 p.m., and March 22, 3 p.m. 5900 Raider Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. Visit: http://school.fultonschools.org/hs/riverwood with questions.
“Anything Goes” Thursday, March 19, 7 p.m. – Climb aboard
a magical musical ship where Cole Porter songs, including “It’s De-Lovely,” “Friendship,” “I Get a Kick Out Of You,” “All Through the Night,” “Anything Goes” and “You’re the Top,” sort out romance, and disaster is averted! Shows run March 20-21, 7 p.m., and March 22, 3 p.m. Tickets: $20, adult; $10, students. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770394-0675 or visit: www.dunwoodyumc.org to find out more.
Exploding Potions! Tuesday, March 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Join
Monday, March 9, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. –
Do you have the desire to write a novel or play? The Buckhead Writers Group might interest you! For the novice to the experienced. Share your writings with other participants. Give and receive critiques. Share information regarding the writing and publishing industry. Free and open to the public. For adults. To make a reservation, email: alovely@ comcast.net. Buckhead Branch Library, in the small conference room, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Questions? Email: email@example.com. ga.us or call 404-814-3500.
Abstract Art Thursday, March 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Ran-
dy Jones discusses the influences that led to abstract art, what it means, and how to understand and appreciate its development. Free. Open to the community. For adult audiences. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To register, call 770-512-4640.
Chinese Astrology Saturday, March 14, 3-5 p.m. – Learn about
Chinese astrology. Free. All are welcome to attend. For adult audiences. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-303-6130 for additional details.
Detoxiﬁcatlon Saturday, March 14, 6:30-8 p.m. – Spring
is in the air and it’s time to come out of hibernation! Release those unwanted toxins from your body. A naturopathic physician discusses the importance of detoxification and the safest, most effective ways to use it to improve your health. Free. Open to the public. Appropriate for ages 18 and up. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To register, call 770-512-4640.
Night Hike Friday, March 20, 7:30 p.m. – Visitors connect
with nature afterhours, allowing for a different sensory experience as nocturnal animals take over, and nature runs its course. Gather for the hike at 7:30 p.m., and return to the meadow around 8:30 p.m., followed by cocoa, stargazing and a warming fire. Free. Open to the community. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Call 770-394-3322 or visit: www.dunwoodynature.org.
Laughter Yoga Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. –
Laughter Yoga improves health, happiness and joy. It requires no special clothing, no equipment and no special poses to learn. The more you engage in laughter, the better you feel. Free. The public is invited to attend. Class limit is 10. For those ages 18 and older. To register, call 770-512-4640. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.
Big Thinkers Science and experiment with radical reactions and powerful pressure that create incredible impacts. Launch your personal fizzy physics rocket! Free. Open to the public. Appropriate for ages 5-12. Registration required and started March 2. Space is limited. Come by the Sandy Springs Branch Library, call 404-303-6130 or email: email@example.com to sign up. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.
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Altered Books Wednesday, March 11, 6:45-7:45 p.m. –
Go low-tech and get crafty! Turn old books into art. You’ll leave with a book to alter, ideas and a new art project. Also, enter your finished piece in the Altered Book Art Contest, displayed in the library. Free. All are welcome. Suggested audiences: middle and high school youth. Register by calling 404-814-3500, emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the branch. Buckhead Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305.
Kids in the Kitchen Saturday, March 14, 3-4 p.m. – The workshop promotes health and wellness by empowering children to prepare healthy foods. Free. Open to the community. Geared for all ages. Questions? Call 404-303-6130 or email: email@example.com. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.
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Saturday, Mar. 21, 2015 8:15PM | $54
“VIDA sparkled with vitality and spontaneity, weaving a rich tapestry of color and breathtaking range of dynamics and percussive effects that held the audience spellbound” (Acoustic).
“Blythe’s remarkable vocal gifts have never been in doubt — her large, voluptuous tone, unerring pitch, and pinpoint articulation make her one in a million” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
PROGRAM Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS An English Folk Melody Gustav HOLST St. Paul’s Suite George GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue J.S. BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 Johannes BRAHMS Three Hungarian Dances Georges BIZET Carmen Suite
Pre-concert Talk 7:15PM Pre-concert Dinner 6:30PM
“Arguably the finest, certainly the most intelligent and technically impressive British pianist on the circuit” (The New York Times). PROGRAM Claude DEBUSSY La plus que lente DEBUSSY Estampes Frédéric CHOPIN Ballades Nos. 2 and 1 CHOPIN Ballades Nos. 3 and 4 DEBUSSY Children’s Corner DEBUSSY L’isle joyeux
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Sunday, March 15, 1-5 p.m. – Bring two
sharpened #2 pencils and a calculator. Arrive 15 minutes before test time. Results emailed to students within two weeks of the test. Free. Open to all. For middle and high school students. Registration required: http://kaplan.formstack.com/forms/sandy_ springspt2015. Enter code: SKKH150021. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
This program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.
Dad & Daughter Dance Sunday, March 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Fathers, enjoy an evening dancing the night away with your little girl. The Daddy-Daughter Dance is for K-5 grade girls and their dad, step-dad, grandpa, uncle, older brother or other male relative. Semi-formal attire. Prizes, dinner and DJ. Marcus Jewish Community Center - Atlanta member, $40; non-member, $50. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Email: email@example.com or call 678-8123727 to register or with questions. For details, go to: www.atlantajcc.org under Family Programs.
Math Games Wednesday, March 18, 4:45-5:45 p.m. –
Love playing games? Love doing math? Do both at Core Learning’s Math Games sessions. Free. Open to the public. For ages 5-12. Registration required and started March 2. Space is limited. Come by the Sandy Springs Branch Library, call 404-303-6130 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or to learn more. In the Storytime Room, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.
Turtle Tours Saturday, March 14, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. –
Heritage Sandy Springs’ “Turtle Tours,” an educational series appropriate for children ages 2-5, continues. In this program, museum mascots Spring and Sandy explore spring flowers through handson activities, crafts and song. Free; donations encouraged. No reservations required. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, email: kbrigance@heritagesandysprings. org, call 404-851-9111 or visit: www.heritagesandysprings.org.
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Summer Camps Camp Grasshopper Camp Grasshopper summer day camp engages preschoolers in an adventure of discovery. With a different theme each weekly session, camp staff lead indoor and outdoor activities that are fun, creative and targeted specifically to the interests and abilities of boys and girls ages 3 to 6. Throughout the week, campers enjoy arts and crafts, music, story time, creative play, drama, sports and nature study, with lunch and playground time each day.
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Road Trips ‘The Walking Dead’ brings life to town of Senoia Editor’s note: For the first of our periodic Road Trips articles for 2015, we suggest a trip to the small town of Senoia, the center of the action for fans of the popular television program “The Walking Dead.” Our Road Trips focus on unusual places and spaces within about a two-hour drive of Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Brookhaven and Dunwoody.
BY ANN MARIE QUILL
Before AMC’s hit show “The Walking Dead” shuﬄed into the metro Atlanta area about five years ago, the town of Senoia contained little more
The author takes a shot of her mother and Norman Reedus.
than a hardware store and a coffee shop. Today, the town where the show is filmed is an international tourist destination about an hour’s drive from Atlanta’s northern arc. In October during a recent “staycation,” I decided to take my mother and a visiting family friend – all of us are avid fans of the TV show – down to Senoia to see what all the fuss was about. The daytrip didn’t disappoint. The Woodbury Shoppe on Main Street was our focal destination. The shop, started by the show’s producers in 2013, sells “Walking Dead” memorabilia – anything from posters, key chains and coffee mugs to stuffed character dolls and T-shirts. The shop’s downstairs is a museum containing set pieces, props and the actors’ signatures on the walls.
Store manager Rhodena Buck says some 2,000 visitors, on average, come through the store each week. “We’ve had visitors from all over the place – Peru, Korea, Denmark, Germany and Canada,” she said, adding that one couple from Alaska took a week to SPECIAL drive down, just The tracks seen in the show are south of Main Street. to spend one day in the store and had gathered as Norman Reedus, a.k.a. town in between the driving to and Daryl Dixon on the show, was paying from their home. the store a visit. Slash, the guitarist of What we weren’t expecting on our Guns n’ Roses fame, accompanied him. trip was a visit from one of the show’s The actor graciously signed autographs stars, which Buck says occasionally and allowed the taking of “selfies,” not happens when the show is in producleaving until every fan had their turn. tion, usually from May to November. “During [the show’s] filming, the As we were looking for a parking whole town fills up,” Buck said, addspace on Main Street, a commotion ing that so far celebrity visits have rewas taking place in front of the shop. mained “sane and safe.” Upon arrival, we learned the crowd
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Buck said the shop in December hosted an autograph signing with Robert Kirkman, the show’s producer and creator of the comic book series that “The Walking Dead” is based on. “A couple of things like that are in the works,” Buck said, adding that details will be posted on the store’s website at www. woodburyshoppe. com. If you want to experience more than Walking Dead fandom in Senoia, Main Street is full of antique and gift shops and unique restaurants. We dined just a few shops down at Southern Grounds, a Tex-Mex style restaurant and bar owned by singer Zac Brown. Proceeds from that restaurant support Brown’s
Camp Southern Ground, an outdoor camp for children of all abilities. Buck says that’s her favorite restaurant in town, but she also recommends the Irish pub Maguire’s and Small Town Pizza. Also located near downtown are Veranda Bed & Breakfast on Seavy Street. According to the city’s website, that’s
where Margaret Mitchell interviewed Civil War veterans when she was researching “Gone With the Wind.” While my guests and I didn’t venture too far off Main Street, Atlanta Movie Tours offers bus tours of filming locations, with stops in Atlanta and Senoia. For more information, visit www.atlantamovietours.com.
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Caroline Grant Lovett School, Junior This past summer, Lovett Junior Caroline Carr Grant spent her days formulating a unique reading curriculum for kids of AGAPE, a nonprofit that provides support to underserved families. Caroline Carr first worked with AGAPE through her school, which transports students to tutor there weekly. After her initial visit, she says she fell in love with the students she tutored. Her emersion in AGAPE expanded through her involvement in the National Charity League (“NCL”), a serviceoriented organization of mothers and daughters who volunteer for a variety of philanthropies throughout the Atlanta community. Through her membership in NCL, Caroline Carr won an internship with AGAPE, where she prepared the reading curriculum. While preparing to teach the curriculum, Caroline Carr researched Atlanta Public School reading requirements as well as Common Core. She then organized donation drives for books, recruited volunteers, and scheduled other activities to supplement the reading throughout the sessions. While leading sessions, Caroline Carr trained the volunteers and facilitated the lessons in which advanced students read aloud to others and novice students learn the alphabet, phonetics and the basic fundamentals of reading. Caroline Carr says she is impressed and inspired by the perseverance of the students. “As a high schooler, I rarely see the same type of work ethic and drive that these young children possess, and I learned a lot from their sense of perseverance,” she said. “They never gave up; they never gave into the desire to quit
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What’s Next: Caroline Carr is still exploring where she wants to attend college, and plans to pursue a major in early childhood education, business or art history. –This article was reported by Amanda Gibson, a student at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.
In the Feb. 20-March 6 issue of the Sandy Springs Reporter, the high school attended by Sandy Springs Police Officer Will Oppermann was incorrectly reported. He graduated from Holy Spirit Preparatory School.
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sides being co-founder and president of the Riverwood Science Olympiad team, he plays varsity tennis and Ultimate Frisbee, and tutors AP World History, and IB Chemistry and Biology. He is also a member of the Beta Club and the National Science Honor Society, and volunteers for the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. As a freshman, Pascal’s science fair project was related to tennis and was published in an international journal. “I am a researcher at heart,” Pascal said. “When I observe an event in real life I cannot help myself from thinking of the root cause and effect. In the cases of tennis and radon, I went all the way to publish my results.”
Pascal Acree Riverwood International Charter School junior Last year when Riverwood International Charter School student Pascal Acree was a sophomore in Honors Chemistry, he did his science fair project on the effect of environmental conditions on radon levels in homes. This year, as a junior, he took it to the next level -- making a poster and presenting at the international Radon Symposium in Charleston, SC. He said he was inspired to do the project because of radon test results in his own home. “My science project examined the effect of environmental conditions on radon levels in a home,” Pascal said. “I was motivated to pursue this because a radon test had recently been performed in our house. “There was a period of time during the two-day testing window that had unusually high levels of radon which corresponded to times of heavy rain. I wanted to investigate further to see if there was a connection. In addition to weather, I also experimented with the HVAC system, letting it run either in normal mode where forced air only blows when the thermostat kicks in or having the fan run continuously. Luck-
What’s Next: ily, last autumn was unusually rainy so I had a chance to conduct tests under a variety of combinations of weather conditions and HVAC settings to give a full sample space for the research. My conclusions were that the presence of rain increased radon concentration levels, and that having the HVAC fan on continuously reduced radon concentration levels.” Pascal said that attending the symposium gave him a peek into the real world. “Attending the conference gave me
insight into how the professional world works and how to reach people with similar interests,” he said. “For example, I met another presenter, an epidemiologist from the CDC, who is now working on Ebola statistical predictions.” Science isn’t Pascal’s only interest. Be-
In college, Pascal plans to study the biomedical field and wants to eventually become a medical practitioner and researcher. -This article was reported by Sierra Middleton, a student at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.
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Brookhaven Police Blotter From police reports dated Jan. 30 through Feb. 25
block of Lincoln Court Avenue— On Feb. 24, an arrest was made for marijuana possession.
The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.
block of Windmont Drive—On Feb. 24, aggravated assault with a gun was reported.
ROBBERY block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 2, robbery was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 2, robbery in the street by gun was reported.
block of Burton Plaza Lane—On Feb. 8, a carjacking was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 12, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.
block of Town Boulevard—On Feb. 15, a robbery of a business with a gun was reported.
block of Blair Circle—On Feb. 21, robbery of a residence with a gun was reported.
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block of Apple Valley Road—On Jan. 31, burglary was reported; On Feb. 15, burglary was reported.
block of Clairmont Highway— On Feb. 2, battery was reported.
block of Manville Drive—On Feb. 2, aggravated assault was reported.
block of Hedge Rose Court—On Feb. 5, battery was reported and an arrest was made.
block of Burch Circle—On Feb. 3, burglary of a residence was reported.
block of Stratfield Drive—On Feb. 7, burglary of a residence was reported and an arrest was made for possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
100 block of Glen Way—On Feb. 12, a
13, battery was reported.
burglary of a residence was reported.
block of Apple Valley Road—On Feb. 20, burglary was reported at a nonresidence.
2100 block of Coosawattee Drive—On
Feb. 20, burglary was reported at a nonresidence.
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block of Peachtree Road—On Feb. 8, simple battery was reported and an arrest was made.
3400 block of Durden Drive—On Feb.
block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 14, battery was reported and an arrest was made.
block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 15, battery was reported; On Feb. 21, simple assault was reported.
block of Kendrick Road—On Feb. 17, simple battery was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 1, theft by taking auto was reported.
block of Gables Drive—On Feb. 9, theft by taking auto was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 15, theft by taking auto was reported.
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block of Briarcliff Road—On Feb. 6, forgery of a check was reported.
block of Burton Plaza Lane—On Feb. 20, simple battery was reported. block of Curtis Drive—On Feb. 21, simple battery was reported.
block of West Nancy Creek Drive—On Feb. 6, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Brookhaven Avenue—On Feb. 6, theft was reported twice.
block of South Johnson Ferry Road—On Feb. 14, financial transaction fraud was reported. 100 block of Lenox Park Circle—On Feb. 16, fraudulent activity was reported.
block of Lake Boulevard—On Feb. 6, theft was reported. block of South Johnson Ferry Road—On Feb. 7, theft was reported.
block of North Druid Hills Road—On Feb. 7, entering auto was reported.
block of East Club Court—On Feb. 7, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 8, theft was reported.
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block of Clairmont Road—On Jan. 30, theft was reported; On Feb. 5, theft was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 30, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On Feb. 15, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On Feb. 24, theft was reported.
block of Eighth Street—On Jan. 30, theft from mail was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 31, theft was reported and theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of North Cliff Valley Way—On Jan. 31, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
4000 block of Summit Boulevard—On
Feb. 2, six reports of entering auto were made.
block of Corporate Boulevard— On Feb. 21, battery was reported.
block of Executive Park Drive— On Feb. 2, theft was reported; On Feb. 23, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported three times.
block of Perimeter Summit Boulevard—On Feb. 21, simple assault was reported.
block of Clairmont Road—On Feb. 9, financial transaction fraud was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 7, a sexual assault was reported. block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 7, battery was reported.
block of Mitchell Cove—On Feb. 4, theft was reported.
Read more of the block of Police Blotter online at North Cliff Valley www.reporternewspapers.net Way—On Feb. 5, family battery was reported and an arrest was made. A second arrest was made for 1000 block of Lenox Park Circle—On obstruction and interference. Feb. 18, fraudulent activity was reported.
block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Jan. 30, fraud by worthless check was reported.
block of Drew Valley Road—On Feb. 2, burglary of a residence was reported.
block of Peachtree Road—On Feb. 4, entering auto was reported.
block of Glen Way—On Feb. 1, financial transaction fraud was reported.
Feb. 1, aggravated assault by cutting was reported.
block of Peachtree Road—On Feb. 5, shoplifting was reported; On Feb. 7, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On Feb. 9, theft of a bicycle was reported.
3, theft was reported.
block of Peachtree Road—On Feb. 3, shoplifting was reported.
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block of Briarcliff Road—On Feb. 11, theft was reported. block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 11, theft was reported; On Feb. 19, shoplifting was reported.
block of Town Boulevard—On Feb. 12, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 14, theft was reported.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 14, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Pine Grove Avenue— On Feb. 14, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Blair Circle—On Feb. 15, theft of article from a vehicle was reported.
block of North Thompson Road—On Feb. 16, theft was reported.
block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 21, theft was reported.
3700 block of Ashford Point—On Feb.
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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 22, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Osborne Road—On Feb. 22, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Oglethorpe Drive—On Feb. 22, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Lake Hearn Drive—On Feb. 24, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
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block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 30, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court; On Jan. 31, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court; On Feb. 9, two arrests were made for failure to appear in court; On Feb. 10, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On Feb. 11, an arrest was made for failure to appear; On Feb. 12, an arrest was made for failure to appear.
block of Buford Highway— On Feb. 1, an arrest was made for DUI; On Feb. 8, an arrest was made for DUIdrugs; On Feb. 21, an arrest was made for burglary.
block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 31, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.
block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 30, an arrest was made for DUI; On Feb. 2, an arrest was made for DUI; On Feb. 4, an arrest was made for improper use of central turn lane; On Feb. 14, an arrest was made for DUI and an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On Feb. 21, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On Feb. 22, an arrest was made for DUI.
block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 30, an arrest was made for DUI; On Feb. 1, an arrest was made for DUI; On Feb. 1, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On Feb. 3, an arrest was made for DUI; On Feb. 15, an arrest
was made for hit and run, and an arrest was made for battery; On Feb. 17, an arrest was made for possession of cocaine; On Feb. 25, a wanted person was located and arrested; On Feb. 26, an arrest was made for no valid driver’s license.
3100 block of Buford Highway—On Jan. 30, two arrests were made for trafficking of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs; On Feb. 4, two arrests were made for public intoxication and consumption; On Feb. 9, an arrest was made for DUI; On Feb. 15, an arrest was made for DUI and an arrest was made for disorderly conduct; On Feb. 19, a wanted person was located and arrested, and an arrest was made for terroristic threats and acts.
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block of Georgian Terrace—On Jan. 31, criminal trespass was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 1, a hit and run was reported.
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