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Dunwoody Reporter

MARCH 6 — MARCH 19, 2015 • VOL. 6 — NO. 5


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Two cities look to bring development to Winters Chapel Road area BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Winters Chapel Road marks the boundary between Dunwoody and Peachtree Corners, and officials from those cities are starting to rethink development in the surrounding area. On Feb. 24, about 200 residents and city officials gathered at Winters Chapel United Methodist Church to offer ideas on the future of the area. They used boards, maps, Post-its, stickers and stars to record their preferences and comment on one another’s ideas. “I urge you to think big, because what we have now is unacceptable,” Dunwoody City Councilman Doug Thompson told the group. Glen Fuse said he’s lived in Dunwoody about a mile and a half from Winters Chapel Road for 17 years. One of the things he’d like to see in the area, he said, is a


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tinents, 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 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 SEE SEVEN, PAGE 27



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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 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





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Source: DeKalb County 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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Neighbors: Roundabout will make traffic worse BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Roundabouts have a bad reputation Chamblee-Dunwoody Road carries in Dunwoody. commercial traffic through a residential Back in 2012, groups of residents ralarea. “It’s a ridiculously congested zone,” lied against a proposed roundabout at Andre said. “We’d rather they channel the intersection of Vermack and Womtraffic to more commercial areas rather ack roads. Residents near the interthan add congestion to our two-lane ressection were staunchly opposed to the idential street.” roundabout, worrying it would bring Resident Nancy Gunter, who has more commuters through their neighlived on Vermack Place more than 20 borhood and would make it unsafe for years, agrees the residential area is conchildren who walk to the schools in the gested, but accepts that a growing city area. means increasing traffic. “Traffic has gotIn response to the outcry, Dunwoody ten progressively worse, making it hardCity Council removed funding for the er to get out of our cul-de-sac. and the roundabout from the 2013 budget. thought of removing a light and replacFast forward to ing it with a roundthe suggestion for a about will make it roundabout at the inworse,” Gunter said. “Traffic has gotten tersection of ChamShe said she chose blee-Dunwoody, to live in Dunwoody progressively worse, North Shallowford rather than east Cobb making it harder to get and Peeler roads. because of the beautiCity officials on Feb. out of our cul-de-sac. And ful trees and schools. 9 appeared to agree Neighbor MaryAnn the thought of removing that a roundabout, Economos said 29 a light and replacing while costly, might Bradford pear trees it with a roundabout be the best option to were planted in 1982 will make it worse.” handle the traffic. along the front of the Residents of the Vermack Place cul-de11-home communisac. – RESIDENT NANCY GUNTER ty at Vermack Place “[An engineering disagree. They say infirm’s] suggestion to creased traffic in the remove these beautiarea has made turning left from their ful trees to add a multi-purpose trail and street onto Chamblee-Dunwoody Road possibly take some of our private propnearly impossible, and a roundabout erty to do so, is insulting,” Economos with an added lane will make the turn said. worse. Vermack Place does not intersect “Perhaps the newer Dunwoody with Vermack Road, but instead meets council members may never have seen Chamblee-Dunwoody Road a short disthe beautiful long row of spring blostance from its intersection with Peeler soms or fall reds, nor the shade provided and Shallowford roads. by the trees for walkers during the sumA big part of the problem, resident mer,” Economos said, who added that Susan Andre says, is that this part of CONTINUED ON PAGE 7


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Producing Artistic Director of Stage Door Players Robert Egizio thanked the Dunwoody Woman’s Club at its February meeting for its “significant donation,” Sharon Doyle, the club’s publicity chairman, said. The Woman’s Club helped the Stage Door Players get started in 1974, and has contributed annually each year since, she said. SPECIAL Doyle said the funding to support Dunwoody Woman’s Club Arts Stage Door Players and more than 30 Department Chairman Kim Reuning, other cultural and charitable organiManaging Artistic Director of Stage zations comes from the annual DunDoor Players Robert Egizio and woody Home Tour, which is schedimmediate past President of Dunwoody uled this year for October 7. Woman’s Club Nancy Fonde. Egizio, whose resume includes dancing, acting and choreography, in addition to producing and directing, said that when he arrived in Dunwoody he thought he would remain for a year. Eleven years later, he is still happily in place, B RIEFS Doyle said. "I get to make plays for a living; make people laugh," Egizio said.

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park there, making it a public space instead of just office buildings,” he said. Although the mayor and council members haven’t committed to the idea of developing and designing their own city building, Nall said he could see the benefit of doing so. “The space we’re in reflects a start-up city, and we’ve taken on and provided more services now, so the city is not the start-up city we once were,” Nall said. “More than that, we don’t control the building. We don’t own it, and the owner of the building could do something completely different at the end of the lease. They could kick us out!” Mayor Mike Davis agreed that a leased space is not in the city’s best interests over the long term. “As mayor, I’d like to see a new City Hall and police headquarters established in an easily accessed, convenient location in the city,” Davis said. “I’m also hopeful the new City Hall would promote growth or redevelopment around it, creating a public asset people would want to visit or frequent without even having city businesses to conduct.” Davis said he and council members liked some of what they saw in Suwannee and Alpharetta, but they also saw things they’d want to do a bit differently. “One thing for certain is we’ll work together with the community on the creation of any civic facility to make sure it meets their needs as well as council, police and city staff needs,” Davis said. City officials will have to decide, for instance, whether the courts and police should be housed in the same building, as they are now. “I personally favor having it all in one place,” Nall said.

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Cities look to bring development to Winters Chapel Road CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

continuation of a linear park put in near the water reservoir about 10 years ago. “It’s a great place to walk and socialize,” Fuse said. Frances Weldon said she’s lived in the Lockridge area of Peachtree Corners since 1967. “It’s good that the two cities are coming together,” Weldon said. “I’ve seen so many changes since 1967, and some have been good and some haven’t.” Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall said things should improve now that officials from the two cities are working together. “This never would’ve happened if we were unincorporated,” Nall said. “This is the power of new cities.” Michelle Alexander of the architectural and engineering consulting service company Pond and Co. told residents they should record where they want future cross walks, pedestrian lighting and other amenities. “We can do a technical analysis, but you live here,” she said. “We want to hear from you.” One group of residents from the Dunwoody side said they knew what they want changed and that they hope the cities will take action, where un-


Left, about 200 residents as well as city officials gathered at Winters Chapel United Methodist Church on Feb. 24 to discuss development plans for the area. Right, Dunwoody resident Nael McCarty points out a location he believes needs attention.

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dustrial Boulevard and the water treatment zone, beyond Womack Drive. “All these houses ..., if you could take a look, are in horrible shape,” McCarty said, pointing to a map. Houses along Winters Chapel Road were built to be single-family homes around the time the GM plant in Doraville was built, McCarty said, but he believes now they hold more people than they were designed for. “I don’t think they’re single families, and the houses are dilapidated, with cars parked on the grass and on cinder blocks every now and then,” he said. McCarty said he and his neighbors weren’t sure whom to contact about enforcing the housing code in Peachtree Corners, so they came to the Feb. 24 meeting to find out. “We’ve been trying to get Gwinnet County to do something about this for ages,” McCarty said. “It’s right on the edge and they don’t care so much.” Neighbor Tasneem Malik said she doesn’t want to see people kicked out of homes, but many residents are renters, so it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to keep the properties maintained. Johnny Edmond added that he and his Winter Rose neighbors like living in the area. “We have to work together as two communities to get it more consistent,” Edmond said. Malik and McCarty like it, too. Kids ride bikes, people walk dogs and neighbors who might not know one another’s names still smile when they recognize one another’s faces, McCarty said. “It’s a great place to live, and that’s why we want to stay and get this fixed,” Edmond said. “I want to see them taking care of those houses on the Peachtree Corners side like we take care of ours on the Dunwoody side.” DUN


Vermack Place residents: Roundabout will make traffic worse CONTINUED FROM PAGE 3

she is unlikely to live to see any replacement trees mature. “When we first moved here making the left turn was not a big deal,” Gunter said. Andre, Gunter and other Vermack Place residents said they believe widening the road and removing a traffic light will create a nonstop stream of cars, making things worse. Sharon Callahan, another homeowner on Vermack Place, said the city wants to add another traffic lane along with the traffic circle. “It’s hard enough to cross one lane and now we’ll have to cross two lanes to turn left,” Callahan said. Andre said she thinks employing a twoway center lane instead might help. “If I could turn left in a center lane then I could get out,” Andre said, “but right now we have to pull in front of somebody or sit in the

middle of the street and wait for the other side. I think the center lane has more safety to it than the current situation.” Callahan said the lights aren’t properly timed currently, and with a roundabout it will be almost impossible to make that left turn onto Chamblee-Dunwoody because traffic will be “continually moving.” Gunter and Callahan said they’ve seen roundabouts in other areas, and they’re not against them in general. “A circle does force you to slow down, but not to stop. And that’s the difference,” Gunter said. “It can cause confusion for people who aren’t used to them and it will take time for people to get used to them.” “It’s going to be a catastrophe,” Andre said. “People are not patient enough to have [a roundabout]. Most drivers don’t understand how traffic circles work.”

City officials are considering whether to install a roundabout to handle vehicles at the intersection of ChambleeDunwoody, North Shallowford and Peeler roads. Residents who live nearby worry that it will create traffic problems for their neighborhood. SPECIAL

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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 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

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

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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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brief window of time in my life where I would endure a wait of two hours and that was to ride Space Mountain at Disney World. Rumi’s take reservations and they also seem to handily accommodate walk-ins. A pleasing space: You would never know that Rumi’s occupies what used to be a Midas muffler shop. What once were automotive bays is PHOTOS BY ART HUCKABEE now a well-lit, Rumi’s Kitchen used to be a Midas muffler shop. inviting space with comfortis a kabab-a-palooza. From chicken to able seating and lamb to beef to seafood, there’s someviews into an open kitchen. thing for everyone. The Chicken Barg Won’t break the bank: Rumi’s isn’t is saffron marinated breast meat, percheap with entrée’s ranging from the fectly charred yet still tender. The four high teens to most in the twenties, but cuts of beef are as good as can be had you feel as though you could manage a anywhere in town. The Rack of Lamb couple of visits a month without takis marinated in garlic, rosemary and ing out a second mortgage. saffron, and grilled to medium rare A decent wine list and cocktail seperfection. The Chilean Sea Bass is the lection: Rumi’s wine list is only one best version of this Patagonian toothpage with emphasis on reds. There are fish that I’ve had. The grilled saffron lots of selections by the glass and the shrimp are also outstanding. prices are reasonable. There’s a small The “Feasts” are large portions. craft cocktail selection and several They come with enough rice to feed beers. a small village in China. Chose from Excellent service: Rumi’s excels. Be flavors like lentil and raisin to almond it a party of 12 or a party of two, the orange zest to dill and fava bean to wait staff is always on point. They’re simply saffron. There’s always a roasted unnoticeably attentive, keeping plates tomato on every plate that often serves cleared, water glasses filled and baskets more as garnish than meal. full of the addictive flatbread. The rare Consistency: Rumi’s is consistentmisstep is quickly remedied. ly great! Excellent food: I have never had, Analysis complete. nor dined with anyone who has had, a bad dish at Rumi’s. Pick a couple of Rumi’s Kitchen is located at 6112 “Tastes,” like creamy Hummus or MerRoswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. za Ghasemi, smoked eggplant with to404-477-2100 or visit rumiskitchen. mato and garlic; spread them on the com. hot flatbread. Or order some excellent grilled spicy wings flavored with lemArt Huckabee is one of Yelp’s Elite Reon and saffron. Or maybe some Dolviewers, as well as a pilot, gourmet cook meh, grape leaves filled with minced and food lover. Send feedback to atlanbeef, rice and herbs. For the entrée’s, or “Feasts,” Rumi’s

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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 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

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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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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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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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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:

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:

VanderDash 5K Saturday, March 21, 7:30 a.m. – It’s time for the seventh an-

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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: 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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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: Go to: 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: 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: 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: to find out more.



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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@ Buckhead Branch Library, in the small conference room, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Questions? Email: comments@co.fulton. 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: 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:

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: 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: 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: Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.


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“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).

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Pre-concert Talk 7:15PM Pre-concert Dinner 6:30PM


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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: or call 678-8123727 to register or with questions. For details, go to: 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: 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: |

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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.


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


Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), star of The Walking Dead, can often be seen around Senoia.

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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.


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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-

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Singer releases album as part of Atlanta Jewish Music Festival BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

The singer-songwriter known as Zale grew up in Warner Robbins, but chose Sandy Springs as the home base from which to launch her musical career. “Atlanta has always been a great place for singer songwriters,” Zale said. “Nashville was a machine, Austin too cosmic, and New York just felt too big for a small town girl.” The sixth annual Atlanta Jewish Music Festival, which opens March 12, is sponsoring the release of Zale’s debut album, “Fortress,” on March 14. The festival, which calls itself the only annual celebration of Jewish music in the South, features performances at local music venues and synagogues. Through Zale considers herself a secular songwriter, she said she values her faith. She’s hosted day camps at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, and worked as a private nanny. “I have a very Jewish heart,” Zale said. Her faith shapes her perspective on things more culturally than religiously, she added, “but it’s definitely something I’m proud of and all my listeners know about me.” The first time Zale sang publicly, she said she was 3 years old and sang a Bar-

ney tune called “The Sister Song” at her sister’s Bat Mitzvah. After graduating from UGA in 2013 with a degree in music business, she moved to Sandy Springs because of its proximity to her sister, who was newly married and pregnant. The 24-year-old’s album officially is to be released March 24, but fans in Sandy Springs can buy a copy early at the March 14 show at Steve’s Live Music, located at 234 Hilderbrand Drive. In terms of her involvement with the festival, Zale said the sponsorship is about “sharing the talent in our community more than anything else and giving us a platform for our music to be exposed.” There’s a song called “Fortune and Fame” that Zale said she wrote one day after attending a local open mic night at Steve’s. Zale said as she looked around at the crowd to see many people and neighbors who had been in Sandy Springs for 30 years, she told herself, “I want to do this thing. It’s great to have roots but I want to spread those roots.” One of the song lyrics goes, “I’ll stay here in this town until you all know my


Zale’s album “Fortress” will be officially released March 24.

name, then I’m leaving no doubt with my guitar, fortune and fame,” Zale said. “I was just trying to figure out what my place is thinking, ‘I just want to sell out Sandy Springs’ and have everyone know who I am before I move on.”

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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 24.2-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 below.” But overall, she says what she gained was worth the pain. “It was awesome,” Barnard said. “It was all about the people [taking part]. My best friends were 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.”


Left, Laura Frank Barnard displays her T-shirt and race numbers worn during her 11-day adventure. Above, her marathon journey took her from Australia to Abu Dhabi to Paris, then to Tunis, New York and Chile, ending in Antarctica.

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

Barnard tried her first marathon in 2008. She’d been a long-distance cyclist before that, she said, and says she’d probably logged 20,000 miles in bicycle races and “century rides” before her first long-distance foot race. She plans to spend a little more than 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

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ROBBERY „ 4400

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 16, a robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

„ 100

block of Perimeter Center West— On Feb. 19, a bank robbery was reported.


block of North Shallowford Road—On Feb. 13, a burglary was reported at a residence.

„ 300

block of Perimeter Center North—On Feb. 13, burglary was reported at a residence; On Feb. 24, three burglaries were reported at residences.

„ 4300

block of Georgetown Square— On Feb. 17, burglary of a residence was reported.

„ First

„ 4000

block of Dunwoody Park—On Feb. 20, theft of motor vehicle was reported.

„ 6800

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Feb. 23, theft of motor vehicle was reported.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 14, two reports of theft of articles from a vehicle were made; On Feb. 16, larceny was reported and shoplifting was reported; On Feb. 17, larceny was reported.

block of Perimeter Center North—On Feb. 24, a burglary of a res„ 4400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody idence was reportRoad—On Feb. ed. 13, shopliftRead more of the ing was reported „ 2000 block of Police Blotter online at and an arrest was Dunwoody Club made. Way—On Feb. 24, a burglary of a resi„ 5200 block dence was reported. of Peachford Circle—On Feb. 13, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. „ 5500 block of Drexel Way—On Feb. 25, burglary of a residence was reported. „ 4600 block of Ridgeview Road—On Feb. 15, theft of articles from a vehicle AUTO THEFT was reported. „ 6700 block of Peachtree-Industrial „ 1100 block of Hammond Drive—On Boulevard—On Feb. 13, a motor vehiFeb. 15, larceny was reported and an arcle theft was reported. rest was made. „ 300 block of Perimeter Center „ 4500 block of Ashford-Dunwoody North—On Feb. 16, theft of a motor Road—On Feb. 16, theft of articles vehicle was reported. from a vehicle was reported; On Feb. 17, shoplifting was reported and an „ 200 block of Asbury Commons—On arrest was made; On Feb. 18, theft of Feb. 17, theft of a motor vehicle was reparts from a vehicle was reported; On ported. Feb. 23, larceny from a building was „ 2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing— reported. On Feb. 18, theft of a motor vehicle was „ 2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing— reported. On Feb. 16, larceny was reported; On „ 4500 block of Barclay Drive—On Feb. 17, theft of parts from a vehicle was Feb. 19, theft of a motor vehicle was rereported. ported. „ 100 block of Perimeter Center West— „ 1200 block of Perimeter Lofts CirOn Feb. 16, theft of articles from a vehicle—On Feb. 20, theft of a motor vehicle was reported. cle was reported. „ 1000 block of Crown Pointe Park-

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Citizen volunteers bring more ‘eyes and ears’ to the streets BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Atlanta all have police citizen’s academies, which introduce residents to the operations of their local police departments. Brookhaven police plan to host their first by the end of 2015. Dunwoody Officer Tim Fecht said Dunwoody’s Citizen’s Police Academy gives citizens a “hands-on look into the day-to-day operations of the police department.” Graduates get to know the men and women who serve this community, he said. “We help explain how officers respond to certain situations and how each aspect of policing benefits the public,” Fecht said. “Those who complete our program come out with a better understanding and respect for the work done at the police department.” Brookhaven police spokesman Maj. Brandon Gurley said classes in the planned Brookhaven Citizen’s Police Academy will last between 10 and 12 weeks. Residents will attend class one night a week. “It’s a basic overview of police work, traffic enforcement, felony arrests, community policing and criminal investigations,” he said. “The classes will be taught by subject matter experts,” including detectives to go over criminal investigations and local traf-

fic officers for the areas discussed in the classes. Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura said in the future he may expand the training given volunteers in Brookhaven. He said he has been inspired by the COPs program in Sandy Springs, which gives participants the training they need to volunteers alongside officers on the street. “I’d be interested in after they complete the citizen’s academy utilizing people who wanted to volunteer to do a citizens on patrol program in the future,” Yandura said. While the basic program follows national guidelines on what to include, the Sandy Springs Police Department divides its volunteer training into three separate tiers. Before volunteers can get in a department-issued patrol car designed for COPs, they have to graduate the citizen’s academy. Mark Thomas was in Sandy Springs’ second 12week citizen’s academy class, graduating in the fall of 2009. He said he and other graduates wanted a chance to do more and be of more help as volunteers to local law enforcement. “The COP program went live in August of 2011,” Thomas said. “The function is to be more eyes and ears on the street. We can see more things. We can

do more things. We can assist the police officers in Sandy Springs.” The COP volunteers have the same radio that police carry and they have the same in-car computer that police officers use to hear the dispatch operator with the 911 system, said Jeff Holmes, who runs the COP program. “[Volunteer COPs] can notify ChatComm that they are there to help,” Holmes said. If it’s a minor thing, we’ll call ChatComm and one of the response vehicles can meet them instead of an officer.” One of the rules for volunteer civilians is to always ride with a partner, Thomas said. “No matter what it says on the car, citizens think we are the real police and we aren’t,” Thomas said. A city’s citizen’s academy works to give residents a chance to not only learn but also interact and get to know their local law enforcement officers. “We have found that with TV shows like “CSI” and “Law and Order” and those types of shows, there’s been a huge increase for criminal justice and police work, so this is a chance to get an inside look at real police work that hasn’t been dramatized,” Gurley said. “They will hopefully leave with a better understanding of the risks inherent in police work and a better appreciation of the police officers in their community.”


Top left, Mark Thomas, front, and Graham Wood, behind wheel, two volunteers able to drive the Ford 350. Top right, Paul Stolarik, front, and Nelson Kramer. Right, Buckhead Officer Tyler Thomas, left, and Wayne Robinson.

way—On Feb. 16, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 16, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported and shoplifting was reported.


block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Feb. 17, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported.


block of Mount Vernon Parkway—On Feb. 23, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

ASSAULT „„4400

block of Tilly Mill Road—On Feb. 13, a family battery/simple battery was reported.

On Feb. 17, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported.

block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Feb. 14, aggravated assault and battery with a gun was reported; a second report of simple assault and battery was made.



„„8000 block of Ashford-Gables Drive—

block of Dunbar Drive—On Feb. 17, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported.


block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Feb. 18, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported.



block of Dunwoody Park—On Feb. 14, simple assault and simple battery were reported; On Feb. 25, family battery was reported.


block of Sharon Valley Court— On Feb. 14, simple assault and battery

were reported. „„6600

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Feb. 16, simple assault and battery was reported.


block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Feb. 25, simple assault and battery was reported and three people were arrested.

Drive—On Feb. 17, fraud by swindle was reported. „„1400

block of Dunwoody Village Parkway—On Feb. 18, fraud by swindle was reported.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 18, fraud by swindle was reported.



block of Dunwoody Village Drive—On Feb. 14, fraud was reported.



„„First block of Perimeter Center West—

On Feb. 14, credit fraud was reported.


block of Old Branch Court— On Feb. 16, fraud by impersonation was reported.





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block of Winter Rose Court— On Feb. 19, fraud was reported. block of Hidden Branches Circle—On Feb. 20, credit fraud was reported.


block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 23, fraud by impersonation was reported. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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Dunwoody Police Blotter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29 „ 300

block of Perimeter Center North—On Feb. 23, fraud was reported.

„ 4400

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 25, credit fraud was reported.

ARRESTS „ 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 14, an arrest was made for shoplifting; On Feb. 23, shoplifting was reported and two arrests were made.

„ 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 23, two arrests were made for shoplifting; On Feb. 25, an arrest was made for larceny from a building.

„ 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 13, four people were arrested for shoplifting; On Feb. 14, two arrests were made for shoplifting; On Feb. 16, shoplifting was reported and an arrest was made; On Feb. 17, three arrests were made for shoplift-

ing; On Feb. 19, an arrest was made for driving while registration was suspended; On Feb. 20, an arrest was made for shoplifting; On Feb. 23 an arrest was made for shoplifting; On Feb. 24, an arrest was made for shoplifting.

made for shoplifting and a report of theft of articles from a vehicle was made.

O T H ER Ga. 285 at AshfordDunwoody Road—On Feb. 13, a hit and run was reported; On Feb. 19, a hit and run was reported.


„ 4100

block of Perimeter Center West—On Feb. 19, a wanted person was located and arrested.

„ 1200 block of Hammond Drive—

On Feb. 20, two arrests were made for disorderly conduct.

„ 6800

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Feb. 23, an arrest was made for overtaking and passing a school bus.

„ 4900

block of Winters Chapel Road—On Feb. 24, an arrest was made for following too close.

„ 4600

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 24, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

„ 100

block of Perimeter Center Place—On Feb. 25, an arrest was

„ 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 13, disorderly conduct was reported; On Feb. 17, a hit and run was reported. „ 900

block of Ashford Parkway—On Feb. 14, disorderly conduct was reported.

„ 4800

block of Blyth Court—On Feb. 16, damage to private property was reported.

„ 2300

block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Feb. 17, criminal trespassing was reported.

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