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Officials in Brookhaven and other metro Atlanta cities in the running to receive a super-fast Internet service say they’re working hard in hopes of being selected for Google Fiber. Google has selected 34 cities in nine metropolitan areas around the country as potential areas to expand its fiber Internet service, which it touts as 100 times faster than basic broadband Internet service. Along with the city of Atlanta, Google identified the cities of Brookhaven and Sandy Springs as potential candidates for Google Fiber. The other Atlanta-area cities selected are Avondale Estates, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville and Smyrna. Google officials say having a high speed Internet network

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Maggy Jenkins, left, and Samantha O’Neil, with Girl Scout Troop 12568, get their colorful boxes of cookies ready for a day of selling at the Cherokee Plaza Shopping Center on Peachtree Road on March 1. The two are raising funds for a trip to the Georgia Aquarium.

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Despite the recent approval of legislation intended to end any dispute over where Century Center will end up, the owners of the commercial property say they plan to continue fighting. Jim Bacchetta, vice president of Highwoods Properties’ Atlanta Division, which owns Century Center, said the company wants to continue its appeal of a judge’s decision placing the property in the city of Chamblee. “We don’t think [the legislation] is going to affect the appeal. I think we’re still going to have our day in court,” Bacchetta said. Rep. Scott Holcomb, D-Atlanta, who represents the area, introduced two bills that were approved by the General Assembly – one defining the borders of the city of Brookhaven, and one defining the new borders of the city of Chamblee, to “legislatively recognize the result of the November referendum.” Both bills are awaiting the signature of the governor. “The General Assembly has the legal authority to make the borders of municipalities,” Holcomb said. “Once the governor signs it, it will be law, It will be the

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law of the state that those are the boundaries of those cities. It’s pretty clear in my mind.” In November, residents of unincorporated DeKalb voted to annex their area, which includes the Century Center office park, into the city of Chamblee. But Chamblee and Brookhaven had been fighting for months over annexing the Century Center property. Highwoods Properties applied for annexation into Brookhaven, and Brookhaven City Council voted to bring the property into the city. But Century Center was already drawn into the General Assembly’s local act establishing the Chamblee annexation referendum. The two cities went to court, and a DeKalb judge ruled that Brookhaven could only annex the property if Chamblee’s Nov. 5 annexation referendum failed. After the referendum was approved, Brookhaven discontinued funding an appeal of the judge’s decision, but Highwoods carried on with its appeal. The case has yet to be heard by the Supreme Court. “I don’t think it’s appropriate given that the judicial system should play out. There’s a pending appeal and I think it should be heard in the court system,” Bacchetta said. Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson said the city has hired 22 new police officers and increased its budget by about $1 million this year to serve the approximately 11,000 new residents that joined the city as part of the November annexation. “At the end of the day it would just be very nice to have this issue resolved and put behind us so we can all move on as a region,” Clarkson said. BK


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Ashford-Dunwoody, Johnson Ferry intersection to see changes BY MELISSA WEINMAN

More than 30,000 drivers go through the Ashford Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry intersection daily, causing delays. Improvement plans call for building additional lanes, relocating signals and adding new caution stripes. To see a larger version of this map, go to ReporterNewspapers. net.

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Relief may soon be on the way for drivers who use one of Brookhaven’s most troublesome intersections. The intersection of Johnson Ferry and Ashford Dunwoody is frequently congested, as an estimated 30,000 drivers travel through each day. The two major thoroughfares come together in a bottleneck before splitting again. Brookhaven City Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams announced that the city is looking at a plan that would make traffic flow more quickly through that bottleneck by moving the median and restriping the road to add another lane of traffic. “We think we can make some major improvements in moving the traffic,” Williams said. Brookhaven officials are working with the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts on the plan. An engineering firm selected by GDOT proposed building additional lanes, relocating traffic signals and adding new caution stripes to the intersection. The improvements would cost about $290,000. GDOT would foot the majority of the bill, with Brookhaven fund-

ing about a quarter of the total project cost. The city would be responsible for relocating the utilities, which now are in the median, Williams said. “I’m quite optimistic,” Williams said. “I think there’s going to be some relief on the way.” Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the PCIDs, said her organization would be contributing through a program called the Perimeter Traffic Operations Program. Funded by a $2.8 million grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation, PTOP is a three-year collaborative effort between the PCIDs and the cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, she said. Williams said the intersection has been looked at as part of the Blackburn Park Enhancements Transportation Impact Study done for DeKalb County in 2012. “The analysis showed great reduction in delay would occur through the operational improvements,” Yvonne Williams said. “Since this can be achieved within the existing curb lines with no right-of-way impacts, PTOP plans to look at this.”

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In the summer of 1864, all eyes were on Buckhead. The Battle of Atlanta was a turning point in the Civil War, said Gordon Jones, senior military historian and curator for the Atlanta History Center. “Buckhead in 1864 was a small, outlying town north of Atlanta, but was situated where Peachtree Road and West Paces Ferry Road crossed, making it a vital crossroads,” Jones said. “On July 20, Union and Confederate troops fought the Battle of Peachtree Creek just south of Buck-

head, along present-day Collier Road, between Piedmont Hospital and Howell Mill Road. This was the first of four major battles fought for control of Atlanta.” This year, the Atlanta History Center will join other organizations from around the state to offer special events marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Wright Mitchell, president of the Buckhead Heritage Society, was appointed recently to serve on the Atlanta Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. Mitchell said the commission will work with the Atlanta Conven-

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COMMUNITY “The battle of Atlanta was a fairly significant event and certainly a lot of Civil Wars buffs will be coming to Atlanta to visit the battle fields, visit the Atlanta History Center… and we as a city want to make sure these folks can find what’s going on in the community,” Mitchell said. Mitchell, an Atlanta native, said he first learned Civil War history while attending the Lovett School in Buckhead. “That’s how I got interested really in the Civil War was reading historic markers on the campus as a kid,” Mitchell said. Mitchell said he and his cousin once took a metal detector around the Lovett School grounds and found bullets and buttons from the Civil War era. “It really stoked a passion for Civil War history in me,” Mitchell said. Leigh Massey, senior director of marketing communications at the Atlanta History Center, said the center will host lectures, a temporary exhibit of Civil War artifacts, and interactive programs for families as part of the sesquicentennial anniversary. “We are presenting many programs that will tie into this theme,” Massey said. In addition to the History Center’s permanent Civil War collection, Massey said an exhibit of artifacts called Confederate Odyssey: The George W. Ray Collection, will be open from July through April 2015. “It’s going to exhibit an incredi-

ble collection of Civil War artifacts,” Massey said. “Some of these will be the first time ever displayed.” In addition to events at the Atlanta History Center, Wright said the commission will be promoting events held by other organizations throughout the city, including the Historic Oakland Foundation, Atlanta Cyclorama, B*ATL, The Lovett School and the Carter Center. “There’s going to be a lot going on in Buckhead,” Wright said. “There’s already a ton of events planned, and more will be added as time goes on.” Jones said 150 years ago, Atlanta became a target for the Union because it was an important railroad hub and industrial center for the Confederacy. “More importantly, with the war in a virtual stalemate and a presidential election looming, President Lincoln’s efforts to preserve the Union and end slavery were in deep trouble as his opponents called for a negotiated peace with the Confederacy,” Jones said. “The fall of Atlanta on September 2, 1864, signaled to Northern voters that the war was winnable, and Sherman and Lincoln were winning it. Lincoln went on to re-election in November, and only then did Confederate defeat become inevitable. “Thus, we like to say that Atlanta was the turning point of the Civil War and the birthplace of the Civil Rights movement – two revolutions that are closely linked.”

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Pink Pony’s arguments have no legal merit Maybe you have seen the ads from the Pink Pony strip club calling on the city council to “Leave the Pink Pony alone.” I wish it were as simple as that. When we were elected, the councilmembers were asked if we wanted to limit the negative secondary effects of strip clubs and other sexually-oriented businesses that operate, or could locate, in Brookhaven. We all said “yes.” It is both a proven fact and common knowledge that such businesses hurt property values, discourage other family-oriented businesses, and often bring blight, crime, drugs and prostitution to communities. Court after court has recognized these negative secondary effects. So the city council passed an updated ordinance regulating sexually-oriented businesses that is similar to—but more defensible than—the one we inherited from DeKalb County, and exactly like the ones passed by several cities around us. The only difference between Brookhaven and DeKalb County is that our elected officials are not willing to have the city accept cash payments from strip clubs in exchange for the special privilege of ignoring the law. The Pink Pony was party to such a deal with DeKalb County, and claimed that Brookhaven was bound by the settlement agreement they entered with the county years before Brookhaven became a city. Our attorneys advised us that the settlement agreement was unenforceable against the city and, more important, that the constitutional guarantee of equal protection requires the city to treat similar situations similarly—in other words, you cannot cut a special deal with one strip club without giving the same pass to other sexually-oriented businesses. Being advised that the settlement was possibly illegal and could invite more litigation, we did not agree to such a settlement. After all, we were elected to uphold the law and the Constitution. The DeKalb County Superior Court agreed with us that DeKalb County’s deal with the strip clubs, including Pink Pony, does not bind the city of Brookhaven. The Pink Pony and a vocal group of citizens have done a good job of clouding the issue. Our ordinance does not force the Pink Pony to close. It requires that it complies with the same regulations that clubs in many cities in Georgia and across the country have to follow. But those clubs are still in business, and the erotic dancing continues, subject only to regulations that the courts have found to be reasonable measures to address the crime and other secondary effects of the

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“We go on weekends, so it won’t really affect the number of games we go to. I was surprised about the decision, like everyone else was. I was disappointed. I think it caught everyone off guard. But we won’t boycott them, that’s for sure.”

sexually-oriented business industry. The courts have ruled that strip clubs and X-rated businesses cannot be banned or even zoned out. They have First Amendment free speech protection, and the city’s ordinances have been careful to follow the court precedents on this issue. In fact, the city has had to designate parcels in BrookhavREBECCA en where such businesses can opCHASE erate—on Peachtree, Apple ValWILLIAMS ley and Buford Highway. Being a small, densely-populated city, the BROOKHAVEN buffers from homes, churches and schools had to be reduced to 300 CITY COUNCIL feet to meet legal muster. So we are back to the question of how do you limit the negative secondary effects of X-rated businesses? You pass an up-to-date, legally-enforceable ordinance to control the time, place and manner of how such businesses operate. The Pink Pony challenged our ordinance, claiming it was unconstitutional. In December, the DeKalb County Superior Court dismissed all 15 counts against the city, concluding that the Pink Pony’s arguments had no legal merit. It was a resounding victory for the city. The strip club has appealed to the Supreme Court, but we are optimistic for a similar result there. Can we “leave the Pink Pony alone” in the sense of not requiring them to follow the law? Even if they up the offer to $200,000 a year? Not a single attorney, and we’ve now consulted six of them, has been able to suggest a “settlement” at any price that gives only the Pink Pony a special deal that would be legally valid. The Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection requires that you treat all similar businesses the same way; you cannot let some businesses violate the law but not others. It is offensive to be accused of fighting our own citizens. I’m quite convinced that our citizens want laws that stand up in court, abide by the Constitution and protect our quality of life. Rebecca Chase Williams represents District 1 on Brookhaven City Council.

Q: Will you attend more Atlanta Braves games after they open their new stadium in Cobb County? “Sure. If there was [a stadium] right in my backyard, why not?”

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“It’s immaterial. No, I don’t care where I have to go. I just go to see the Braves.”

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“I think we probably will. We do worry about the traffic, but the thought of [a game], followed by a 15-minute ride home rather than the MARTA ride to the car and drive home we take now... We go two to three times a year and this would probably double that. Now, it’s just an ordeal to get down there. It’s appealing to me, but I certainly have my concerns.”

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Help me find a new zone before I zone out There’s a lot of talk about “The Zone” these days. There’s a Zone exercise plan. There’s a Zone life plan. There’s a Zone diet. There is so much zoning going on that it’s a bit tricky to determine exactly what “The Zone” is. As far as I can tell, The Zone is either a brand name or a state of mind— or both. It’s a way of life and a way of eating. It’s a college student’s Nirvana—being able to read a text book passage and “get it” the first time. It’s that rare and coveted condition of operating at full mental or physical capacity. It’s being in a place that’s free of stress or distraction or Hall and Oates playing in the background. What I really want to know is, where is this Zone, and why can’t I live there? For most of my adult life, I have lived in lesser zones. When my kids were toddlers I lived in the No Zone. And for the past few decades, I’ve lived in the UhOh Zone. That’s the zone where one child will always come down with a stomach ache and a 102-degree fever on the day before the family vacation. Where, if we are running late for school, the car battery will die or a bird will fly into the house. Where thunder rumbles exactly 30 minutes after the start of a neighborhood swim meet and continues at a steady pattern of every 21 minutes thereafter for the next two hours. Where, after I have arrived home from running errands at seven different stores, there will still be a child who tells me that he needs notebook paper and cupcakes for school the next morning. I’m ready for a new zone. I want to live in a Zone Of My Own. I want to live in a place where I can get toned while texting, where the route I choose to Costco always has the best flow of traffic, where decisions are made without angst. I want to live in the zone where I please all of the people, all of the time.

In this place, my hair always looks good and my indoor plants live a long and full life. Dust doesn’t settle quite so quickly and ROBIN JEAN the stones MARIE CONTE on my front porch gather ROBIN’S NEST no moss. My flowerbeds are surrounded by an invisible shield that protects them from squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits, deer, coyotes and basketballs. And my Internet never shuts down. In this zone, we can always find the remote. I want to live in the zone where I can make a complete dinner without setting off the smoke alarm. Where cream cheese and yogurt last for three months past their expiration date, and “customer service” thrives wherever I shop. Where every purchase I make has been fairly traded and is ecologically sound—and costs less than $10. Where I am always the first one in the carpool line, no matter when I leave the house. Where scintillating conversation and witty repartee flow freely from my mouth and I can instantly summon the perfect sparkling comeback. And my Internet never shuts down. I don’t want to live in the zone that’s narrated by Rod Serling—I feel like I’ve wandered into that zone often enough. I want to dwell in the place where my coupons are always good and 15-minute power naps really work. And I am always appreciated. If you know where this place is, please tell me. Because my Internet just shut down, and I am zoning out.

“Once they move closer, yes, because there will be less trouble getting there. But once you’re on the Perimeter, you’re going to be stuck in traffic because there’s no MARTA going there. Now, it’s traffic both ways. I’ll see how traffic is and then decide. We go four or five times or year when they’re in season, so we’ll give it a shot.”

“No. I’ll go to the same number. We go a couple of times a year. I’ve got a 13-year-old, so I see lots and lots of ball games each year, just not Braves games. I have mixed emotions about the moving. I understand, but I hate to see [the stadium] out of downtown.”

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Jewish holiday Purim gives reason to celebrate BY ANN MARIE QUILL When one thinks of Jewish holidays, occasions like the somber Yom Kippur or reflective Passover may come to mind. But this time of year the perhaps lesser-known holiday of Purim means it’s time to have some fun. “It’s not unlike Mardi Gras,” said Rabbi Brian Glusman, director of community outreach and engagement for the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody. “The month it occurs is

the happiest month in the Jewish calendar.” Purim celebrations, he said, include costumes, noisemakers, parties, food and drink, and exchanging gifts. The holiday celebrates a story of survival from the fourth century, Glusman said. The King of Persia was manipulated by his prime minister, Haman, into believing the Jewish people were a threat. Meanwhile, the queen was secretly Jewish. So, Queen Esther, along with her uncle Mordechai, saved her people by revealing that she herself was Jewish, and that Haman planned to kill all the empire’s Jews. “Today we celebrate with happy joy,” Glusman said. The tradition of wearing costumes comes from Esther unveiling herself as a Jewish person, while one of the holiday’s signature treats is hamantashen, a doughy, fruitfilled pocket pastry shaped like a triangle, representing Haman’s hat. Jewish children often learn JCC about Purim through school carniParticipants prepare for a previous vals and activities. Purim parade at the Marcus At Davis Academy in Sandy Jewish Community Center.

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“At the end of the day, our secondgrade students host a bake sale to raise money for the Atlanta Community Food Bank. On most Jewish holidays there’s a component that involves reaching out to those who are in need,” Lapidus said. In fact, in the Bible, the Book of Esther instructs people to give gifts of food to their fellow man and to the poor. Lapidus added that while it’s a festive holiday, children can learn important lessons while celebrating. “Some of the main lessons are the importance of standing up for justice and what you know is right, having the courage to make personal sacrifice for the greater good, and the fact that God works in mysterious ways,” he said. This year Purim begins at sunset on Saturday, March 15, and continues through Sunday night, March 16. The MJCCA will celebrate with a family program, “Megillah Madness,” from 10 a.m. to noon on March 16. The program includes songs, a reading from the Megillah, a scroll containing the Book of Esther, a magic show and a costume parade. One of the Jewish community’s signature Purim events in the Atlanta area is Congregation Beth Jacob’s annual Purim parade and festival in Toco Hills. It begins at 11 a.m. March 9 at the Toco Hills Shopping Center and continues on Lavista Road, ending at Beth Jacob, where the festival takes place. Glusman said that Purim is celebrating a physical freedom in comparison to a holiday like Hanukah when spiritual freedom is embraced. “Throughout our history we have been both welcomed and persecuted, embraced and shunned,” Lapidus said. “Purim tells the story of how the Jews of Persia subverted a plot intended to annihilate the Jewish community.”


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For the second straight year, members of a Brookhaven congregation will gather to stuff “blessing bags” as part of an effort to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. This year, they’ll have more help. Brookhaven Christian Church is hosting the blessing bag event from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 29 in partnership with Street Grace, an organization that aims to end the sexual trafficking of children. Last year, Brookhaven Christian was the first of Street Grace’s partner churches to host the event. This year, three other houses of worship – Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead, The Temple in Midtown, and North Brook United Methodist Church in East Cobb – will hold similar events. MELISSA WEINMAN Greg Chevalier, coordinator of Greg Chevalier will coordinate the program for Brookhaven ChrisBrookhaven Christian Church’s tian, said one factor that makes chil“blessing bags” event. dren susceptible to sexual predators is hunger. For some kids, being out of school for Spring Break could mean they Chevalier also serves on the state of no longer have access to regular meals. Georgia’s CSEC Task Force, an acronym “When they’re not in school, their which stands for Commercial Sexual vulnerability increasExploitation of Chiles significantly,” Chedren. valier said. Through the task That’s where the force, Chevalier has “I think the problem is bags come in. They helped create a curit’s actually out there contain non-perishriculum to educate able food items such and more prevalent than organizations such as pretzels, appleas schools, neighmost people realize.” sauce, pop-top cans borhoods, corporaof ravioli and bottles tions and governof water, so kids will ments about the issue – GARY YANDURA have enough food of commercial sexual BROOKHAVEN POLICE CHIEF to eat while they are exploitation of chiloff from school for dren. Spring Break. Chevalier, who “The criminals lives in Brookhavthat run that business, they’re very aware en, has helped the Pine Hills Neighof what makes those children vulneraborhood Association go through the ble. They know how to seek them out,” training course. He is also talking with Chevalier said. “We provide them with Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura the food to remove that vulnerability.” and Councilman Joe Gebbia about conThe goal this year is to make 11,000 ducting training for city officials and poblessing bags – up from 1,500 last year. lice. “This year we really stepped it up,” In 2008, Yandura, then police chief Chevalier said. in College Park, was appointed to the Chevalier said he hopes that includGeneral Assembly’s joint study commising other churches and synagogues in sion on the commercial sexual exploithe program this year will help raise tation of minors. Yandura said people awareness about the prevalence of the need to be aware that this issue isn’t consexual exploitation of children in the Atfined to just one part of town. lanta area. “There was very little aware“Any area in the metro Atlanta area ness and even less acknowledgement has the potential for that going on,” that this issue exists either in the city of Yandura said. “I think the problem is it’s Atlanta or the state of Georgia,” Chevaactually out there and more prevalent lier said. than most people realize.” He hopes people who volunteer to assemble the bags will get involved in othDo you know an organization or er programs to help the cause. “We want individual making a difference the blessing bags program to be a conin our community? Email duit to a lot of different discussions,” editor@reporternewspapers.net Chevalier said.

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Up, up and away Above, and right, the Liberty Foundation, a nonprofit flying museum, kicked off its 2014 “Salute to Veterans” tour with demonstration flights of “The Movie” Memphis Belle, a B-17 aircraft. The foundation offered the public a chance to fly on the plane March 1 and 2 at DeKalbPeachtree Airport. Below, veteran Albert McMahan, 93, who served as a B-17 gunner during World War II, took a ride and deemed it a “wonderful” experience.

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The Buckhead Atlanta development is going to be full of restaurants, but one of the most anticipated is an outpost of a New York favorite, Shake Shack (shakeshack. com.) The “roadside-style” burgers, hot dogs, fries and frozen custard have a loyal following since its beginnings a decade ago as a food cart at Madison Square Park. It’s expected to open in July. Restaurateur Riccardo Ullio is expected to open Novo in late spring or early summer in Dunwoody, at 5592 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. According to a report in Atlanta magazine, Ullio will adapt menu items from his Inman Park Italian restaurants Fritti and Sotto Sotto for a more family-oriented eatery. Diners will order from kiosks, and staff will seat customers and deliver food. Vine & Tap (vineandtapatl.com) is now open at 2770 Lenox Road in Buckhead, offering small plates and by-the-glass wine selections. The Atlanta Food Truck Park & Market will hold the 2nd annual Taste and Brews beer tasting and food festival on March 8. The event includes food samples from a choice of 10 Atlanta food trucks paired with unlimited tastings from more than 100 domestic, imported and craft beers. The event will be from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (VIP entry at 1 p.m.) at the park, 1850 Howell Mill Road. Tickets are $45 for general admission and $75 for VIP. For more information, visit tasteandbrews.com. The Georgia Craft Beer Fest is set for March 22 at Red Brick Brewing, 2323 Defoor Hills Road, to benefit the Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. There will be samples from 25 breweries, including Moon River, Coastal Empire, Macon Beer Co. and Southbend. General admission tickets are $40 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. ($75 for VIP from noon to 6 p.m.). Tickets and information at georgiacraftbrewersguild.org.

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nying medley of vegetables was well seasoned and spiced with a dash of red pepper flakes. The mashed potatoes were simply prepared. The lamb chops were good-sized and cooked to medium rare as ordered but, they, like the filet, lacked the sear that a hotter grill would provide. Regardless, they were quite tasty and also accompanied by the vegetable medley and potatoes. The prawns were split open lengthwise and grilled in the shell with lemon butter. They had the consistency of lobster and were only slightly smaller. Two at our table ordered them and both proclaimed them a hit. The curry chicken, while tasty, was texturally a one-note dish. It was a plate of comfort food – chicken and rice with just a hint of spice – not necessarily something one would chose to eat when dining in a finer restaurant. The chicken bobotie was another comforting plate of food. Bobotie is the national dish of South Africa. To the uninitiated it gives the appearance of a free-form potpie. However, an egg custard stands in for the topping. The dish had a mild level of spice and was quite rich, thanks to the custard. Again the basmati rice was its stalwart, if uninspiring, backdrop. No one felt the need for dessert, but the waiter’s description of Di’s sponge cake, evidently made daily by the owner’s mother, sounded too good to pass up. We also ordered a brulee cheesecake as well. The sponge cake was a surprising hit. It was warm and soft, bathed in a caramel sauce and served with ice cream. Small plates range from $9 to $16 with

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United Methodist Church invites the public to shop its Spring KidStuff consignment sale. Free admission. Sale features children’s clothing, toys, books, baby equipment and much more. (No children under 10 on Opening Night). Sale continues March 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and March 22, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., with many items 1/2 price. All proceeds support the missions of Kingswood UMC. In the Community Life Center, 5015 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Use the North Peachtree entrance. For details, go to: http://kingswoodumc.org.

Girls’ Night Out Friday, March 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Ladies,

get a sneak peek at gently-worn fashionable and designer clothing, prom dresses, shoes, accessories and children’s clothes at the 4th annual Sandy Springs Community Assistance Center’s Fashion Show & Sale. Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, the fashion show, and shop the bargains first! $10 per person. Sale continues March 22 & 23 with free admission. All proceeds benefit the CAC. Marshalls Shopping Center, 6337 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 770552-4015 or go to: www.ourcac.org for details.

VanderDash 5K Saturday, March 22, 7:30 a.m. – It’s time once again for the annual 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. $20. No pets, bikes or scooters. Strollers allowed at back of race. Park at Dunwoody High School or Dunwoody Elementary and take the walking path. Questions? Visit: www.vanderlynpta.com. 1877 Vanderlyn Dr., Dunwoody, 30338.

Andee’s Army Saturday, March 22, 8:30 a.m. – Andee’s

Army invites runners and fitness enthusiasts to register for the third annual Andee’s Army 5K run/walk event at Riverwood International Charter School. $20 for students/children; $30 for adults. Participants receive t-shirt, sponsor goodie bag, and entered in raffle for gift cards. Proceeds directly support children and their families receiving treatment for non‐traumatic brain injuries. Parking available at the high school. Register and see more details at: www.andeesarmy.com. 5900 Raider Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328.


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Baylor Choir Thursday, March 13, 7 p.m. – The Baylor University A Cappella Choir performs the music of Durufle, Gjielo and Debussy, with Alan Raines conducting. $10 suggested donation. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-0675 for details.

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ternational Charter School presents the musical in its auditorium. The show is set in 1985, when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up and a wedding singer might just be the coolest guy in the room. Tickets, $8 for students; $12 for adults. Additional snows: March 14, 15 at 7 p.m., and March 16, 3 p.m. 5900 Raider Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, visit: http://school.fultonschools.org/hs/riverwood.

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Friday, March 21, 7:30 p.m. – Act3 Productions presents Disney’s “Jungle Book KIDS.” Enjoy Mowgli and friends Baloo, King Louie, Bagheera and others set off on a musical adventure in the jungle. Hit songs include “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wanna Be Like You.” Adult tickets, $15-$20; students and seniors, $10-$15. Purchase at: www.act3productions.org. Additional performances: March 22, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., and March 23, 2:30 p.m. Act3 Playhouse, 6285-R Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 770-241-1905 to find out more.

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Family Research Saturday, March 15, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. –

Atlanta History Center senior archivist Sue VerHoef offers tips, techniques and effective strategies for beginning your own family history research. Course is for beginners. Admission, $10 members; $15 nonmembers. Space is limited; reservations strongly suggested. To reserve, call 404-814-4150. Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, 30305. To find out more, visit: www.atlantahistorycenter.com.

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Atlanta Ballet Centre Ensemble of tweens and teens presents several classical and contemporary dances. Appropriate for ages 4 and up. Free and open to the public. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404303-6130 or email: leah.germon@fultoncountyga. gov for additional information.

Bach Bash Boy Choir and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra celebrate the life and music of Johann Sebastian Bach, in a concert, entitled “Bach Birthday Bash.” Works performed include “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3,” “Orchestral Suite No. 3,” “Motet No. 3 in E Minor” and more. General admission, $20; students and seniors, $12. Pre-concert talk prior to concert. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, 30305. Go to: atlantabaroque.org or georgiaboychoir.org to learn more or for tickets.

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Health Insurance Wednesday, March 19, 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – Do you need health insurance? Stephen

Bailey, with the University of Georgia Health Navigators Program, provides information on the Health Insurance Marketplace. Free and open to everyone. No registration required for the 11:15 a.m.12:15 p.m. information session. Enrollment assistance, with advance registration, will run 12:30-1:30 p.m. Space is limited. Call 404-848-7140 or visit the Brookhaven Branch Library to register for enrollment assistance following the information session. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319.

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Scholarship sends students to college with supportive ‘posse’ BY ANN MARIE QUILL High school senior Mae Davis says she could not be more excited about attending Boston University this fall, and that she’s doing so with a support system of 10 other students from the Atlanta area. The Riverwood International Charter School student will attend the school with a full, four-year scholarship from the Posse Foundation, which, along with partner universities, sends students to college in groups of 10. This built-in support system is one reason Davis is looking forward to starting her college career. “All of us are really close already,” she said. They meet weekly to talk about college and social issues, and play games to strengthen their bond. They’ll continue to meet on a regular basis once college starts. Fifty-one colleges across the country take in Posse scholars. The Posse Foundation, which says it tries to reward students who otherwise would be overlooked, has programs in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Washington, D.C. The Atlanta region’s partners are Bard College, Boston

University, Brandeis University, Syracuse University, Texas A&M University and Wooster College. The concept behind the Posse Foundation was conceived in 1989 when a student told the founder, “I never would have dropped out of college if I had my posse with me.” Zenith Houston, Posse Atlanta’s director, says students are chosen based on academic performance and leadership roles. She explained that those leadership roles can be non-traditional. For example, she said, the program will consider a student “working to support a single-parent home and being able to persevere. ... We also recognize that as leadership.” Atlanta students have earned $38 million in Posse scholarships since 2007, when the program started in the region. Two hundred and eighty-nine students from Atlanta are currently attending college with a Posse scholarship. Houston said that Posse scholars have a 90 percent college graduation rate, compared with 50 percent of all college students nationally who graduate in four

years. “We’re vested in their success,” she said. “The success of our program is in our model.” Posse meetings start once the students are awarded the scholarship while in their senior year of high school. In college, the students continue to meet with their posse and are assigned to a faculty mentor. There’s also an alumni network, with the foundation staying connected with the students after college, assisting them in finding internships and jobs. “It’s very comforting when the students are having to navigate college for the first time to have that support base,” Houston said. Davis is one of 60 students from Atlanta — and one of four from Riverwood in Sandy Springs — awarded the scholarship this year out of a pool of 1,200. Davis and the nine other students in her posse will attend Boston University. Other high schools in the Atlanta area that have Posse winners include Chamblee Charter High, Cross Keys High, North Atlanta High, Atlanta Girls’ School, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School and Marist School. India Smith is another scholarship recipient from Riverwood planning to attend Boston University. “The most appealing aspect of the Posse program for me is the pre-collegiate training program,” she said. “Every week for eight months we

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Riverwood International Charter School seniors Mae Davis, left, and India Smith will both attend Boston University on Posse Foundation scholarships.

meet to discuss important issues, and I feel that these sessions prepare us to continue developing our leadership skills.” Davis says she learned about the scholarship from a Riverwood student who won the previous year. That student nominated Davis, who toured Boston University and says she fell in love with it. Davis says she thinks her posse is a good fit for her. “All of us have different strengths and weaknesses,” she said. “We balance each other out.” For more information: www.possefoundation.org.

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nationally competitive process for a fully-funded, merit-based scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. Peter traveled to Jiaxing, China, where he studied Mandarin for six weeks. He said he studied the language for four hours a day, five days a week, and on weekends. He lived in a dorm with three Chinese students. “It was amazing,” he said. “It may sound cliché, but it truly changed my life. My perspective on everything and how I approach things is now completely different.” Not only is Peter thoroughly involved in service work and languages, but he also is active in school clubs, including the all-male a cappella group called the Beartones, after the school mascot, the Golden Bear. He’s also musical. He plays guitar, piano, viola, and is learning the ukulele. And last year, during the National Honor Society’s induction, Peter asked his girlfriend to prom by singing a solo of “My Girl,” a song made famous by The Temptations.

What’s Next: Peter hopes to study international relations and take courses required for a medical degree. He hopes to attend Duke University, Princeton University, Davidson College, Washington and Lee University or Brown University. This article was prepared by Sierra Middleton, a student at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. Peter Myer, center, with Eduard Loring, left, and Murphy Davis, right, at the Open Door Community facility. SPECIAL


EDUCATION Student Profile:  Collins Speed  The Westminster Schools, junior Collins Speed learned blacksmithing at a summer camp in North Carolina. In his sophomore year at The Westminster Schools, Collins decided to use his metalworking skills to make a mark on the world. In July 2013, Collins traveled to Guatemala with Westminster’s Guatemala Service Learning & Global Education program. The group stayed in a village called Santa María de Jesus. lars earmarked for the building mateCollins helped build a house, distribrials we would use in Santa María de uted medical and school supplies, and Jesus.” had the opportunity to hand a family After his preparation for the jourthe key to their first home, the house ney, Collins gave even more of himself he had helped construct. to the people in Guatemala. “The people of Santa María de Jesus, “Collins went to Guatemala with other areas in Guatemala, and many places around the world suffer from the cycle of extreme poverty,” Collins said. “They can’t go to a clinic; they’ll lose a day of work. They can’t go to school either.” In order to attend the trip, Collins had to raise $800 to invest in tools to build a house in Guatemala. With his mom’s advice, Collins decided to make firepokers and other tools to raise money. At Calhoun Design and Metalworks, where he has worked and interned, Collins manufactured the tools, which he later sold all in one day. SPECIAL Throughout his sophomore year at Collins Speed, center, raised $800 by selling Westminster, Collins tools he manufactured through his metalcrafting met with the other stuskills, in order to visit Guatemala. dents and adults participating in the trip to a lot to give (time, money, labor and Guatemala. They discussed the poverlove),” Searl said, “but came away with ty that they would meet on the trip, a lot more, thanks to the relationand the history behind such condiships he developed and his willingness tions. to open up, connect, and understand “We talked about the cycle of povthat we can all learn from each otherty, and how kids’ education is almost er, regardless of economic, language or worthless once they get to the age cultural barriers.” where they can work,” Collins said. What’s Next: Those close to him recognize Collins, with an eye for craftsmanship and Collins hopes to attend Vanderbilt a heart for generosity, as an open and University, Bowdoin College or Dartextremely hardworking person. mouth College. He plans to major in “He’s smart, caring and entertainEnglish. ing,” said Daniel Searl, Collins’ homeroom teacher and leader on the trip to This article was prepared by Margaret Guatemala. “Collins worked hard in a Langford, a student at the Atlanta Girls’ welding shop to raise hundreds of dolSchool.

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North DeKalb parents who want to start their own school systems will have to wait. Legislative actions in recent weeks chilled a bill to allow “new” cities and adjacent ones to start their own schools. But state lawmakers did take action that will allow DeKalb voters to pick county school board members in May. Legislators adopted DeKalb school board election districts just in time for candidates to qualify for the May 20 nonpartisan election. “We had to do something,” Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, said. “Qualifying was upon us. ... [The districting bill] passed at the last possible opportunity that it could have passed.” Jacobs said the plan, which he introduced, was approved by both houses of the Legislature, and signed by the governor in just 17 days. In order to reduce the board from nine seats to the seven required by the Legislature in a 2012 action, the bill eliminates the board’s two “super districts,” and leaves the remaining seven single-member districts as they were. Some DeKalb lawmakers proposed an alternative redistricting that would have divided the county into long, narrow north-south districts. In an email to his constituents, Jacobs called the proposal “disastrous” and “abominable.” He said it would have put the Cross Keys High School attendance area into five of the seven board districts. “I would hope that we keep this arrangement as the status quo until the next redistricting [after the 2020 Census],” Jacobs said. “The DeKalb school board needs that kind of stability.” The DeKalb board has faced a variety of problems. Last March, Gov. Nathan Deal replaced six of the nine school board members after a regional accredit-

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would be a boon for the cities. “Communities with abundant highspeed Internet grow stronger because there’s greater potential to create jobs, drive economic growth, and help students and families get access to essential resources” said Kevin Lo, General Manager for Google Fiber in a news release. Google officials are talking with the governments in cities to see what they need to support a fiber optic network. Brookhaven City Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams said Google is asking cities to provide detailed information about utilities, infrastructure and property within the city limits. As a new city, Williams said,

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Brookhaven officials have recently audited infrastructure and completed a GIS mapping system. The city has also verified parcels in the city in order to collect franchise fees from Georgia Power. “We will be prepared to gear up very quickly,” Williams said. “It’s exciting.” Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis said city officials are “thrilled” about the opportunity. “Brookhaven officials and staff are looking forward to exploring this great possibility and working with their team in determining if Brookhaven is a good fit for this project,” Davis said. Final decisions about which cities will be selected for Google Fiber networks will likely not be made until the end of the year. BK


the first to organize and begin holding community meetings. “From the get go, our community outreach was stronger, and we started process earlier than the other groups,” Levitas said. Some have said that Lakeside was able to get a hearing first because its bill was sponsored by a Republican, Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody). “It certainly doesn’t hurt that we have a sponsor for our bill that’s in the majority party,” Levitas said. “But it would be a great oversimplification to think it’s just that.” Sonja Szubski, president of Tucker 2014, said Tucker has already had its hearing with the House Governmental Affairs Committee. “I think everybody is heartened that we were able to have our hearing and I believe our voices truly are being heard,” Szubski said. She said she is glad that Rep. Amy Carter, (R-Valdosta) and the committee decided to hear proposals from all three groups before making a recommendation. “I really feel that this is the best way and I feel Representative Carter and the committee have made the right decision,” Szubski said. “This is going to be a clean way to hear all three and make the right decision as to who should move forward.” Szubski said she thinks the groups can work out a solution where more than one can incorporate. “We still have a road ahead of us. But Tucker can incorporate and it would not harm our neighbors from incorporating inside the perimeter,” Szubski said. Holcomb said though Crossover Day has passed, there are still many options for resolving the complicated situation with the competing cityhood proposals. “There’s still a lot of time left on the clock,” Holcomb said.

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 1700 block of Briarwood Road – A carjacking was reported on Feb. 22.

 4200 block of Peachtree Road – A burglary to a non-residence, without using forced entry, was reported on Feb. 13.

 2200 block of Gables Drive – Theft of an auto was reported on Feb. 22.

 100 block of Town Boulevard – A burglary to a non-residence, without using forced entry, was reported on Feb. 15.  1600 block of Briarwood Road – A burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was reported on Feb. 21.  7100 block of Brixworth Place – A burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was reported on Feb. 21.

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 3400 block of Buford Highway – A burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was reported on Feb. 24.

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 1400 block of N. Cliff Valley Way – A burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was reported on Feb. 26.  3500 block of Buford Highway – A burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was reported on Feb. 26.

R O BBERY  3500 block of Buford Highway – A robbery in the street using a gun was reported on Feb. 16.

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 3000 block of Buford Highway – Theft of other vehicles was reported on Feb. 17.  3500 block of Buford Highway – Theft of an auto was reported on Feb. 18.  1900 block of N. Druid Hills Road – Theft of an auto was reported on Feb. 19.  600 block of Lincoln Court Avenue – Theft of an auto was reported on Feb. 21.

 2000 block of Druid Hills Reserve Drive – Theft of an auto was reported on Feb. 24.

THEFT/LARCENY  4300 block of Peachtree Road – Theft was reported on Feb. 14.  4200 block of Peachtree Road – Theft was reported on Feb. 16.  2700 block of Buford Highway – Theft was reported on Feb. 17.  3500 block of Buford Highway – Theft was reported on

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 2900 block of Buford Highway – Shoplifting was reported

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3400 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on Feb. 17.

 3200 block of Buford Highway/N. Cliff Valley Way –

Theft by receiving stolen property was reported on Feb. 18.

 700 block of Brookhaven Avenue – A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on Feb. 20.  3600 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on Feb. 21.  2600 block of Peachtree Road – A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on Feb. 21.  1000 block of Standard Drive – A larceny

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PUBLIC SAFETY of articles from a vehicle was reported on Feb. 21.  2000 block of Burton Plaza Lane – A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on Feb. 21.  1300 block of N. Druid Hills Road – A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on Feb. 22.  1100 block of Town Boulevard – Theft was reported on Feb. 22.  2100 block of Coosawattee Drive – A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on Feb. 24.  2600 block of Ashford Road – A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on Feb. 24.  3800 block of Buford Highway – Theft by receiving a stolen vehicle was reported on Feb. 24.  2000 block of Druid Hills Reserve Drive – A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on Feb. 25.

forgery was reported on Feb. 24.  3800 block of Peachtree Road – Financial identity fraud was reported on Feb. 24.  3300 block of Clairmont Road – Counterfeiting was reported on Feb. 25.

 2900 block of Clairmont Road – Property damage to a business was reported on Feb. 14.

 4000 block of Peachtree Road/Brookhaven Drive – A suicide threat was reported on

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 1800 block of Corporate Boulevard/Buford Highway – Disorderly conduct was reported on Feb. 16. 

 2900 block of Common Circle – Fraud was reported on Feb. 15.

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700 block of Town Boulevard – A sex offense was reported on Feb. 16. 3400 block of Buford Highway – A death investigation

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1400 block of Briarwood Road – Criminal trespass

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 2000 block of N. Druid Hills Road – Disorderly conduct was

 3000 block of Clairmont Road – Simple battery was reported on Feb. 15.

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 3500 block of Buford Highway – Simple battery was reported on Feb. 25.

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 1400 block of Northeast Expressway – Simple battery was reported on Feb. 14.

 2000 block of Burton Plaza Lane – Battery was reported on Feb. 22.

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 3500 block of Buford Highway/Afton Lane – Fraud was reported on Feb. 18.  2700 block of Buford Highway – Financial identity fraud was reported on Feb. 18.

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