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Group plans to convert Windsor Parkway floodplain into park BY ANN MARIE QUILL

A 4-acre floodplain near Windsor Parkway and Nancy Creek should become a quiet neighborhood park, according to members of the Sandy Springs Conservancy and the High Point Civic Association. “There’s a pent-up demand for this kind of park,” said Linda Bain, the conservancy’s executive director. The land was acquired by the city of Sandy Springs under a Federal Emergency Management Agency flood-relief program three years ago. The properties had flooded in the 500year flood in 2009. Former Sandy Springs City Councilman Chip Collins helped in an effort to establish a floodplain greenspace policy for the city that identifies land bought by the city under the FEMA program, and outlines FEMA guidelines for future uses. “When I joined the conservancy board last year, we endeavored to find the perfect start for this program, and we identified four acres along Windsor parkway,” Collins said.


Left, Aubrey Ellis, 10, a member of the “Sandy Springs Stars” gynmastics team, practices on the balance beam at Hammond Park Gymnasium on Feb. 28. Above, Emerson Rand, 9, receives a little assistance from coach Tricia Wisbauer.


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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.

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Heritage Sandy Springs names new head of historic resources and education programs Heritage Sandy Springs has selected Melissa Swindell as its new Director of Historic Resources and Education Programs. Swindell, an Atlanta-area native, most recently served as curator of the Andrew County Museum and Historical Society in Missouri, a position she has held since 2013. As director of Historic Melissa Swindell Resources and Education Programs, Swindell will be responsible for all programming and exhibitions out of the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, and developing educational outreach and curriculum-based programs for children and adults. “We were very fortunate to find Melissa. Her curatorial and scholarly achievements, combined with her skills in exhibition BR I EF S development, curriculum development and collections management, will help build new educational and programming initiatives at Heritage Sandy Springs,” Heritage Executive Director Carol Thompson said in a press release.

Sandy Springs plants a tree for Arbor Day To celebrate Arbor Day, United Parcel Service and city leaders braved the chill to plant a tree on Johnson Ferry Road. Left to right, June Holder of UPS, Linda Bain of the Sandy Springs Conservancy, Frank Romeo of The UPS Foundation, and Sandy Springs City Councilman Graham McDonald planted the tree on Feb. 20 at Johnson Ferry and Laurian Wood Drive. The tree was planted as part of a program adding 18 elms and more than 100 maples to replace trees cut to widen Johnson Ferry Road. The Sandy Springs Conservancy, UPS and The UPS Foundation worked with neighbors in the area to add the CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS greenery.

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Residents ask for better tree protection BY ANN MARIE QUILL

While city staff members work on plans to tighten Sandy Springs’ tree ordinance, residents say would like to see greater changes. “The tree protection amendments are fairly simple, in that they’re focused on clarifying the way it’s written [and focus] on substantive changes to the ordinance that improve and enhance tree conservation and replacement, focusing on tree canopy,” said Community Development Director Angela Parker at a public meeting March 3. Changes include protecting smaller trees, counting only trees 18 inches in diameter or more toward canopy requirements, requiring replanting and payment for tree removal below minimum canopy requirement, and requiring an arborist’s approval before removing a landmark tree. The changes are scheduled to go before City Council on April 7. Bill Cleveland, a Sandy Springs resident and president of the Sandy Springs Environmental Project, told council members that he appreciated and supported the proposed amendments, but was concerned there were too many incentives and not enough requirements. “It’s hard to have confidence that you’re really achieving your goal here,” he said. Former City Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny said the suggested

amendments go a long way, but she saw little protection for existing trees in residential redevelopment areas. “You need to stop clear cutting,” she said. “Stop the ability of a developer doing business in our neighborhood to clear cut,” she said. Patty Berkovitz of the Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs said that removing trees means bigger costs for the city. She said that trees help secure the soil, which helps prevent storm water runoff. Berkovitz also said that silt from floodwater contributed to the failure of the Lake Forrest Dam, which “will cost the city millions of dollars.” “My yard floods where it didn’t flood before,” resident Rhonda Smith said, adding that the penalties developers have to pay when they remove trees “cost them nothing compared to the money that they make.” Twelve-year-old resident Kate Kearney also objected to removing all the trees as a part of construction. “I don’t think it’s a benefit to anybody for the amount of trees that are being clear cut,” she said. “There’s a neighborhood that’s being built in my area and they’re calling it Sandy Springs Preserve. They clear cut the entire lot. I thought that was just kind of funny, that they can take out so many trees and just brush it out like it wasn’t a big deal.”

City to adjust Comprehensive Plan, zoning codes BY ANN MARIE QUILL

In an effort to smartly manage future development, the city of Sandy Springs is exploring making changes to its Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2007, and zoning codes. “It’s pretty evident to me we need to move forward and move forward quickly,” Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert told the city council on March 4. Tolbert presented a plan that outlined priorities and a schedule for enacting the changes. While the Comprehensive Plan is due to be updated in 2017, he said work should begin on it now. “There are a number of relevant issues that it raises but it doesn’t address how to deal with those – things like fixing Roswell Road, how to redevelop older apartment complexes, how to address infill development issues, dealing with the interface between neighborhoods and commercial corridors, particularly along Roswell Road, development of multimodal transportation networks, a better emphasis on transit-oriented development and access.” Tolbert said recent actions by the city SS

shine a light on a disconnect between the zoning ordinance and development the City Council desires. Those actions include three moratoriums, 16 zoning amendments and major amendments to development regulation to protect natural resources. “As we’ve heard from the council, several things you want to make sure that we do as we move forward is ensure the plan is economically feasible and that it reflects current and projected market conditions,” Tolbert said, as well as include appropriate densities for apartment redevelopment and new multifamily development, including workforce housing. While the plan could take a year to be completed, Tolbert said. Due to pressure from the development community, the city should come up with interim guidelines on desired aesthetics, mix of uses, density and pedestrian access, he said. “Instead of just saying we want to see retail with residential, [we need to give] some idea of what that means,” he said.

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Zale’s album “Fortress” is officially available March 24.

Musician inspired by city 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 Barney tune called “The Sister Song” at her sister’s Bat Mitzvah. After graduating 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 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 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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Concerts by the Springs announced Heritage Sandy Springs has announced the 19th season of the Concerts by the Springs series. Held one Sunday evening each month, May through September, the outdoor concert series is free and open to the public. Concerts are held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Heritage Green on the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Road, Sandy Springs, 30328. The 2015 season features five performances: May 10: Douglas Cameron Orchestra (big band) June 14: Drive Time Band (Top 40) July 12: The Tams (Beach Music) Aug. 2: The Return (Beatles tribute band) Sept. 6: Banks and Shane (hometown favorite) SS


Group plans to convert Windsor Parkway floodplain into park CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

And now the Conservancy and the HPCA have a plan. David Perez, president of the High Point Civic Association and a Conservancy board member, told City Council at a recent meeting that neighbors abutting the property had signed off on the idea, and that the association will start working on fundraising. The groups want the city’s help in making sure the park adheres to FEMA guidelines, and they would like to see some city funding for the project in upcoming budget talks for the next fiscal year. “It’s easily a park already,” said Molly Welch, a conservancy board member and landscape architect who designed the plans for the park.

Those plans include a walking trail as well as a lawn area and meadow, and possibly some overlooks along the creek. “This area would be a lawn area, sodded or seeded,” Welch said, pointing to a map and plan of the park. “This [lawn area] is where we would keep it tidy, where you could throw Frisbees for your dog or kids, and maybe natural play elements like stepping stones where you could play hopscotch on or a log to walk across. “Everything would be natural -- no fluorescent green slides. And this other area we see as the meadow area, with wildflowers in the summer.” Plans also call for trees to be pruned, invasive plants to be removed, and native plants added. A split rail fence will be installed to keep cars from entering

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the property. Welch said the city plans a sidewalk and a pedestrian bridge over Nancy Creek at Windsor Parkway, which will provide connectivity to the surrounding area. Under FEMA restrictions, the park can’t contain any structures that would impede flood waters or structures that couldn’t stand the wear and tear of the water. That, Bain said, falls in line with what the neighbors say they want. “They don’t want bathrooms or parking, no real structures,” she said. “We’re always about economic development,” Bain added. “It makes homes more valuable. It makes neighborhoods more appealing to live in.” At the council meeting where Per-

ez spoke, city officials seemed receptive to the idea. Mayor Rusty Paul directed staff to study the proposal, and City Councilman Tibby DeJulio, who represents the High Point area, said it was “really important” that residents know the council is seriously considering supporting the park. Bain said the park could be a great public/private partnership with the city. “These kind of things are a great way for us to come in and work very closely with the neighborhood and make sure the plan is exactly what the neighborhood wants,” Bain said. Neighborhood parks, she said, make up a community’s “collective front yard.”



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Rezoning requests scrutinized as cities become more urban BY ANN MARIE QUILL

use” rezoning, projects have to incorporate enough retail to be true mixed-use properties. That stance is what led to the city’s moratoriAs suburban cities such as Brookhavis grappling with whether it’s suburban um on apartments. en and Sandy Springs look to become or urban. “Anybody can see that traffic Two proposed mixed-use develmore urban, with more “walkable” areas and residents are increasing,” he said. opments on Roswell Road would and mixed-use developments, city offiCity officials are grappling with how redevelop a significant portion of cials are taking a closer look at how to best to manage their community’s develthe land east of Roswell Road and appropriately handle rezoning requests. opments because they see a new wave south of Hildebrand Drive, near Members of the Sandy Springs Planof post-recession development. During the site of Sandy Springs’ planned ning Commission recently criticized a Sandy Springs City Council’s recent anCity Center. potential mixed-use development on nual retreat, Angela Parker, the city’s de“It’s an exciting time to be on Roswell Road as offering too few busivelopment director, said growth is “comthis planning commission as we nesses and offices, compared to the ing at us fast and furious.” look at projects like this that are number of apartments. City Manager John McDonough said going to rejuvenate our down“Having a retail office and then a the city has heard 30 rezoning cases in town,” Jim Squire said. massive apartment complex, it’s not 2014, compared to 19 in 2013. In 2014, MCRT Investments Inc. promixed use,” Commissioner Dave Nickthe city issued more than 1,600 buildposes building about 450 apartles told the developer. ing permits and 1,600 multifamily units ments, a parking deck and 40,000 But efforts to steer developers towere in the works. square feet of restaurants and ward more urban styles can stir residents Faced with the rising number of projJOE EARLE shops on 5 acres at 6125 Roswell to push back. In Brookhaven, a proects, Sandy Springs officials have decidKirk Demetrops shows plans for Road. Camden USA proposes to posed mixed-use development at the old ed to rework the city’s Comprehensive property on Roswell Road. build 316 apartments, a parking Hastings Nursery site has drawn comPlan, which guides land-use planning. ments]. It’s not there,” Nickles said. deck and 3,300 square feet of retail plaints from residents of nearby Historic McDonough said constantly handling In Brookhaven, the Peachtree Road and office space on 4 acres at 6075 and Brookhaven who worried that the buildrezoning requests on a case-by-case badevelopment by JLB Partners calls for 6077 Roswell Road. ing would tower above them. sis is not a good way to develop a city, an apartment building on top of shops Several commissioners criticized the Bill Roberts, a member of the board nor are the moratoriums the city put in and offices. The zoning request, which Camden projects as containing too little of the Brookhaven-Peachtree Commuplace in 2014, including stops on aparthad the support of city staff, would have commercial development and too large a nity Alliance, which supports “smart ment and convenience store permits. made way for 273 multifamily units, percentage of apartments to fit the city’s growth” developments, said such projApartment developments have been 17,695 square feet of retail and complans for the city center. ects are challenging to residents because a particular problem in Sandy Springs. mercial, 2,500 square feet for a leasing “You don’t meet mixed-use [requireBrookhaven is in a transition period and City officials say to qualify as “mixed 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 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. 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COMMUNITY Officials OK letter of intent, contract with City Center developers

ership of the PCIDs and MARTA,” said City Manager John McDonough. He said one of the first steps was to focus on land-use, transportation issues, connectivity to MARTA, and transit-oriented development around MARTA.

City Council on March 3 approved an agreement with City Center developer Carter/ Selig for the private components of the project and with Rosser, the architect of the public portion of the project. The city of Sandy Springs was presented a Bronze Green CommuniAccording to the agreement, Carter/Selig will pay the city $25,000 per unit ty Designation by the Atlanfor the 295 residential units planned for the center, totaling $7,375,000. ta Regional Commission at its Carter/Selig will lease retail space from the city at $11.38 per square foot for B RIEFS March 3 city council meeting. 9,460 square feet, totaling more than $107,000. Some of the measures that The city also agreed to pay a fixed price of $12,536,357 to Rosser, which is reearned the city the designasponsible for architectural services for the public portion of the project, includtion included performing energy audits ing a city office building, a performing arts center, a community theater and a city park. on all city-owned facilities; retrofitting all of its traffic signals and pedestrian signal heads with energy-saving LED signal inserts; adopting a lights out/power down policy requiring employees and maintenance staff to turn off lights and all other The Sandy Springs City Council on March 3 voted to collaborate with the Perimenon-essential electronic equipment when ter Center Improvement Districts as well as the “Perimeter cities” Brookhaven and DunCITY OF SANDY SPRINGS not in use; and harnessing solar energy on woody to collaborate to ensure long-term sustainability for the area. Mayor Rusty Paul and the two city fire stations to heat hot water. “We have begun a dialogue with the other cities in the PCIDs, as well as the leadARC’s Crystal Jackson

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The altered plan could adversely affect downstream neighbors. In another recent example, the Planning Commission approved a new site plan and ignored the preTo the editor: viously approved site plan, despite many months of work between de“Conditions of zoning” are often veloper and the neighbors. Again, annegotiated with neighborhoods afother site plan and conditions of zonfected by new development. Zoning ing revoked. conditions allow the community inWe are hard pressed as a commuput on the profit-oriented developnity to continue to negotiate these ment project. Unfortunately, conagreements if the conditions will not ditions are easily changed with this be upheld by the governing bodies. council. The community cannot The recent approvcontinue to develop at al of Vet Clinic’s parkthis rapid rate if its coning removed a conLE TTE RS TO cerns are not addressed. dition of zoning in THE E DITOR At a recent Communiorder to allow more ty Information meeting, E-mail letters to parking spaces next to Marsh Creek. The two of the three applications asked for their con37 new parking spacditions of zoning to be es were requested to tossed out. The developers are askbe located under their current parking City Council to ignore site plans ing deck with a ramp encroachand conditions of zoning in favor of a ing on the Marsh Creek stream bufnew plan minus the community confer. In the discussion, the term “cut ditions. and fill” was used to describe buildBoth the proposed 12-story office ing the new parking deck underneath high-rise at Northside Drive and the and the displacement of water as altered mixed-use development on well as the need for a new detention Peachtree Dunwoody at Hammond pond. Drive should be denied. The council approved altering the The owners agreed to abide by site plan and condition of zoning, igthese agreements and should be held noring the carefully crafted agreement to them. We need our elected leaders made and agreed to by the landowner to uphold these agreements for a betwhen the land was previously zoned.

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Dog park is a disgrace To the editor: Dog owners in Sandy Springs are losing patience with the city Parks and Recreation Department and their apparent disregard for proper exercise facilities for their pets. The dog park is located along the river at Morgan Falls, and while there is a relatively enjoyable play area for children, the dogs are remanded to an area replete with mud, poor maintenance and unsanitary conditions. Despite comments posted elsewhere about the abhorrent conditions, little has been done to provide a suitable facility to exercise dogs. And while the city is focused on the City Center and sidewalk projects, pet owners are being told by Parks and Recreation, “We are looking for a place,” or, “We have no plans.” Our pets deserve more, and I am of the opinion that the city should step up its search. As of now, the Sandy Springs Dog Park is a disgrace. Robert Wilson

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Read these articles from our other editions online at ““City Hall can be iconic for a town center. It can also be a catalyst for economic development. It can also be very practical and functional. Being by I-285 can at least be two of those. It would be a catalyst and practical and functional.” –Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall, on recent discussion by council members about a future City Hall. “These neighbors want the parks to stay neighborhood parks -- that was the biggest thing we kept hearing over and over.” –PARC Brookhaven member Sue Binkert on a survey of residents about the future of Ashford, Georgian Hills and Skyland parks.

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“I’d be shocked if there is a tax increase to pay for this.” –Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook, on the city’s plans to finance a $250 million infrastructure bond with cost savings. Atlantans go to the polls March 17 to vote on the bonds. “We are going to be able to offer much more variety in the kinds of events that will be taking place and will be covering more topics than ever before.” –Ellen Cody, event coordinator for “Phoenix Flies,” the Atlanta Preservation Center’s celebration of historic places in metro Atlanta. The 12th annual Phoenix Flies Celebration is scheduled for March 7-22. “Traffic has gotten progressively worse, making it harder to get out of our cul-de-sac, and the thought of removing a light and replacing it with a roundabout will make it worse.” –Dunwoody resident Nancy Gunter on a proposal to install a traffic circle at Chamblee-Dunwoody, Peeler and North Shallowford

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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

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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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Alan Vaughn Buckhead resident Alan Vaughn is a semi-abstract artist and craftsman, specializing in handcrafted, handpainted canvas rugs. His pieces feature limited colors, evident brush strokes and plenty of negative space. “The floor cloths are painted canvas area rugs that are durable and can be used anywhere one would use an area rug. Some designs are more traditional lattice patterns or adaptations of Asian woven rugs. Most designs are modern and geometric,” Vaughn said. Many of his pieces are based upon a geometric shape, normally a circle, that is then enhanced by adding brush strokes in a few carefully chosen dark colors throughout the piece. “Imagine a painting on the floor that has been made tough enough to withstand heavy foot traffic and that’s a floor cloth,” he said.

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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:

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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: 1877 Vanderlyn Dr., Dunwoody, 30338.

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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.

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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:

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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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: 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.



Writers’ Group

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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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: springspt2015. Enter code: SKKH150021. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: 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: 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-

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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Seven marathons. Seven continents. Eleven days. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

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 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 AROUND marathon of marathons. TOWN They ran the first 26.2JOE EARLE

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.” 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 re-


Barnard’s marathon journey took her from Australia to Abu Dhabi to Paris, then to Tunis, New York and Chile, ending in Antarctica.

turning 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 to see a video of Laura Frank Barnard’s races around the world.

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For the last three months in Sandy Springs, a yellow Ford 350 truck has provided jumpstarts and tire changes to motorists whose cars have broken down. But this truck is not manned by police officers. The Ford 350 is driven by volunteer Citizens On Patrol, who dedicate more than 36 weeks of training in law enforcement without ever intending to become a police officer. In Sandy Springs, getting to ride around in the Ford 350 starts with the citizen’s academy. Men and women who complete the 12-week citizen’s academy are eligible to patrol the streets in their own Citizen On Patrol cars, issued by the department. The 12 volunteers operating the Ford 350 signed up for an additional 12 weeks of training after completing the COPs training. The idea for the program dates back to 2008. Jeff Holmes, a retired FBI agent, joined Sandy Springs police on a part-time basis and then moved into leading the COPs program. Now, Sandy Springs has 35 graduates of the program who each volunteer to work about eight hours a month, Holmes said. While the citizen’s academy teaches about the police department and how it operates, the COPs are out there “hands-on to help the officers,” Holmes said. COPs help by allowing sworn officers to do the “real police work,” Holmes said, while volunteers block the street where an accident occurred or warn other motorists about a downed power pole or tree. “They’ve got the normal radio that police carry and the computer like normal police have, so they hear ChatComm, the 911 system,” Holmes said. “[Volunteer COPs] can notify ChatComm that they are there to help. If it’s a minor thing we’ll call ChatComm, and one of the response vehicles can meet them instead of an officer. “In 2014, we provided about 7,400 patrol hours through volunteers,” Holmes said. “[That is a] pretty significant number because it allows sworn officers to get out on high priority calls. Leave the rest to us.” Mark Thomas was in the second 12-week citizen’s academy class, graduating in the fall of 2009. The first class graduated at the end of March 2009. A group of graduates from the first two classes wanted to learn and do more, he said.


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.

“The COPs 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.” Thomas said he had volunteered with fire departments in other states, but Capt. Steve Rose, of Sandy Springs, encouraged him to “try the blue side instead of the red side.” Part 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. Thomas learned that as a volunteer, he and his patrol partner could be first at the scene of an accident. On one occasion he heard a call on the dispatch system about a man with a gun. “Normally, we would head the other way,” Thomas said, “but it just so happened we were right in the parking lot so we backed away.” An art student was carrying a long tube for artwork and someone saw it and thought it was a gun, Thom-

as explained. “You have to be very aware of what’s going on,” he said. Thomas said the group of volunteer COPS “is an eclectic group of people, with retired people and those who are still working,” he said. “One person is a pilot, and we have attorneys, an accountant, and a very unique blend of people.” As much as the volunteers want to help, they don’t get involved in dangerous situations, Thomas said. “We are on the edge and the periphery, but by being extra eyes and ears on the street, we help police officers,” he said. “Why should an officer sit for 30 minutes waiting on a tow truck? In that way we make our officers more efficient.”

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HOMICIDE block of Spalding Forest Court— On Feb. 16, officers responded to a medical call and found a 57-year old woman dead in her bedroom. Her adult son was on the scene and told officers that he returned home from jogging to find two men inside the home who had assaulted his mother. He said the men assaulted him and fled on foot. The response and story by the dead woman’s son was given to detectives, who interviewed the man. They found a number of inconsistencies in the story. The son, Patrick Tyson, was later charged with the murder. The mother died of stab wounds and blunt force trauma.


block of Winding River Drive—On Feb. 17—A man posted an online ad to sell a charm bracelet for $70. He was contacted by another man who met him on Winding River Drive. The buyer said he needed to be driven to another apartment to get the money. They went to the apartment where three other men were. While in the car, they robbed him of his phone, $43 cash and the bracelet. They fled on foot. The Internet selling site was on Facebook and the man selling the bracelet named the wouldbe buyer as someone the officers are familiar with.


block of Huntcliff Village Court— On Feb. 15, someone broke into an apartment through a back window and took two 55-inch TVs, cable, and Internet boxes.

 1200 block of Hightower Trail—On Feb.

16, a resident of an assisted living facility said someone took some of his handmade knives from his room.

 200 block of Windridge Drive—On Feb.

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16, someone entered a vacant apartment. Nothing was reported missing.

 2400

block of Monterrey Parkway—On Feb. 17, a woman said she was in jail for domestic violence charges and she said that while she was in custody someone took her laptop and ID.

 800

block of Jefferson Drive—On Feb. 18, someone entered an apartment and took a MacBook Air and charger.

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block of Powers Ferry Road—On Feb. 19, someone entered the locked gate to the Fulton Schools construction site and took several items from a plumbing service locked storage box.

 500

block of Summer Drive—On Feb. 19, a resident said someone entered the apartment without force and took several items including a weapon and laptops. The resident said whoever stole the items knew where to look in that they were not easily visible.

 900

block of Jefferson Drive—On Feb. 21, a woman said someone entered her apartment without force and took an iMac computer.

 9300

block of Huntcliff Trace—On Feb. 22, a man said he thinks someone entered his home from a sliding door. Drawers and closets were found open and dirt had been tracked in. There were several items taken from the home.

 2000

block of Dunwoody Heritage Drive—On Feb. 22, someone entered a residence by forcing a back window (with a brick) and entering. Cash and some silverware were reported missing.

 9500

block of Huntcliff Trace—On Feb. 23, someone attempted to force entry to a home at around 10:45 a.m. The alarm activated and police were dispatched, but cancelled minutes later. Minutes after that a complainant called 911 and reported that someone tried to force a door window open, but the breaking glass apparently set off the alarm. Nothing appeared missing. A good idea is to never assume an alarm if false.

 8300

block of Roswell Road—On Feb. 24, between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., someone entered an apartment and took two guitars, an Xbox video game system, a digital camera and other photography equipment. No signs of forced entry were found.

 6800

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resident is currently in the process of divorcing her husband and, subsequently, you would think he would top the short list of suspects. Well, it turns out that she has an ex-boyfriend, whom she has never met, who lives in Arizona and is a member of a motorcycle club called Rough Riders Bike Club. The woman doesn’t think her husband would commit burglary, but she said she thinks the exboyfriend, whom she has never met, (and that is a story in and of itself right?) would. Now before we get all “Hell’s Angels” on this, I checked the Rough Riders out and, according to their website, they are comprised of veterans and non-veterans who dedicate time to veteran causes including POW/MIA issues. So, the moral of the story is to never assume. The other moral of the story is why call someone your boyfriend if you’ve never met him? I get the online dating thing, although I prefer the old-fashioned method of meeting them on Tuesday afternoons at the probation office, but that’s just me. The part I don’t get is achieving the title of boyfriend or girlfriend when you’ve never met them. Isn’t that being a bit presumptuous?

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block of Old Stratton Chase—On Feb. 15, checks in the mail were stolen from the mailbox. Two of the checks were later cashed, one for $1,127 and the other for $876.

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Perimeter Center West— On Feb. 17, a woman said someone took her purse and $40 while she was shopping. The staff found the purse and returned it. Her debit card was still in the purse.

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Roswell Road—On Feb. 18, a man said he left his cellphone on a table while he went to the restroom at a nightclub. Someone took the $600 phone.

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block of Roswell Road—On Feb. 21, a 71-year-old man reported that someone took a $7,900 cashier’s check from his room. He believes his 45-year-old girlfriend has it, which he intended for her to have for car repairs. I’m not sure what is going on there. Might be more to that.

 6100

block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 21, a hotel guest reported that sometime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. someone came into her room and took her wallet from her purse.


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block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 23, a cab driver reported he picked up a woman from Covington, Ga., and drove her to a hotel. The woman got out, and said she had to get the money from inside. She never returned to pay the fare that was more than $100.

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If all you know about your friend can be summed up as “unknown,” you’re probably not telling the truth or you need to up your standards for friends.

block of Tahoma Drive—On Feb. 23, a resident hired a man to demolish an old deck and build a new one. The man was given $1,500 for the demolition. He asked for and received a $3,000 check to purchase the wood for the new deck. He then asked for $2,000 more to purchase wood. The resident then asked for his $4,500 back and the man refused to finish the work and would not repay the resident. The hired man previously represented himself as working for a local painting company, but the resident found out he left that company some months ago. Do your homework on contracting work like this: Get references and I.D. on the person so you know who you’re dealing with. Don’t pay the balance of anything up front. Usually contractors want half up front and the other half at completion.

 6600

block of Roswell Road—On Feb. 23, a 78-year-old woman reported that while she was shopping someone stole her wallet from her purse, which was left open in the shopping cart. The card was later used at a gas station on Roswell Road and at a shoe store in Alpharetta If you are going to put your purse in a shopping cart, make sure it is snapped, zipped, and/or otherwise secure. Don’t walk away from the cart. Be mindful of strangers approaching to ask you a random question while you are shopping. This may be a tag-team effort to steal. Normally, the first guy distracts the victim and, while doing so, a second person will slip in and remove the wallet. If someone does this while you’re shopping, turn and face the cart while you politely give him a totally bogus response on information as to how to cook rice or whatever silly question he or she asked.

address—A woman reported that she left her pocketbook at a friend’s home. She said the friend was “unknown,” whatever that means. She later got her pocketbook back minus her checkbook. Five checks later were written for various amounts, all under $100.

 No

address—A woman reported that someone used her name and personal information to fraudulently obtain Bank of America credit cards and then used them at Nordstrom. The cards were mailed to an address on Harris Court in Marietta.

 5700

block of Roswell Road— On Feb. 23, a man said he was approached by another man, who offered to sell an iPhone 5 for $200, so he went into the convenience store (ATM) to get the money and paid the man. When he got the phone, he noticed it was not the same one that he was shown earlier. The seller left in a silver Toyota with a South Carolina tag. What’s wrong with this picture? If you want a phone, go to the store and buy one. Deals that seem too good to be true, usually are. Don’t be a putz. Use your brain.

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block of Huntcliff Village Court— On Feb. 16, a woman said that she was on the phone when her sister tried to get her attention. The sister said an apartment maintenance man used the bathroom and didn’t flush. When the sister who was talking on the phone continued to talk on the phone, the sister punched her in the face. She was later arrested on charges of simple battery/family violence.

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block of Roswell Road—On Feb. 22, a man said that just after 10 a.m. he was walking near Building 15 when he saw a man making a hand gesture to him like he was shooting a gun. The resident turned and walked away. He was jumped seconds later by the same man who had made the gestures. The attacker hit him on the head with a pair of brass knuckles, leaving a laceration.

 No

Address—A woman called and said that she has been getting harassing phone calls. She has refused to answer them, but she believes they are from her soon-to-be ex-husband.

 No Address—A woman contacted police

and told officers she has been training with two friends, one male and one female, for triathlons. She noticed the male kept showing up at locations that were totally unrelated to their training. Since he shouldn’t know where her daily schedule took her, she became suspicious and checked the underside of her car where she found what turned out to be a GPS tracking device. She actually found a second device under the car. Both were removed and logged into evidence at the police department.

ARRESTS  8700 block of Roswell Road—On Feb. 16, Publix security staff detained a woman after she took just under $30 in food items and left without paying for the items. The woman didn’t help her case when she initially gave the responding officer a fake date of birth. She was released pending court.  6200

block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 18, officers responding to a noise complaint knocked on a hotel room door. The door opened slightly, then slammed shut. The occupants refused to open it. The officers and hotel manager could hear flushing and then glass breaking. The officers then ran outside and found several people trying to exit through a window. Several were taken into custody. Later, drug paraphernalia was located in the room.

 400

block of Summer Drive—On Feb. 23, officers were called by a person who said he was being chased around a parking lot by a man with a knife. The caller was a cab driver who brought the man to the location, but, as they arrived, the passenger drew a knife and threatened another passenger, who then exited the cab. The man with a knife was noticeably intoxicated and in his attempt to chase the other man, he promptly did a face-plant into the parking lot, where the officers found him. He was arrested.

block of Sandy Springs Place—On Feb. 23, officers responded to meet a gro 6000 block Roswell Road—On Feb. 17, cery store security guard who spotted a an office manager said she mailed an insurman and woman in a car. They had drivOTHER THINGS ance check that was apparently intercepted en around the parking lot a couple of times by a man (who is identified and suspected).  Santa Fe Parkway—On Feb. 18, officers and the guard suspected they were going to He later tried to cash it for $606. spoke with a woman who said her roomgo inside and shoplift. The man parked and mate spit in her face. went inside, while the woman waited in the  No address—A woman said she received car. The officers arrived, found the car, and a text from Amazon that her order was  5700 block of Roswell Road—On Feb. were waiting when the man came out with shipped. She didn’t have an Amazon ac21, a man, who had been give criminal tresa shopping cart full of groceries, valued at count. Someone used her name and inforpass warnings to stay away from a gas stamore than $400 that he had not paid for. mation to open an account and ordered an tion, returned to the gas station and became The man was arrested. The security guard iPod. disorderly by way of shouting, banging and said he recognized the man from a previurinating on the door. He left before offi No address—A man reported his credit ous attempt he made at shoplifting from cers arrived. card was used at several business locations. the store. | MARCH 6 – MARCH 19, 2015 | 29


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