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Brookhaven City Council has appointed two key officials, marking a milestone in the development of the new city. Interim City Manager Marie Garrett will serve as city manager. Interim City Attorney Bill Riley, who advised the council on legal matters as the city adopted its initial code of ordinances, will become the city’s part-time solicitor. “I’m looking forward to helping you implement policies, procedures, and most importantly your vision for this city,” Garrett said at the Council’s Feb. 26 meeting. Brookhaven conducted a national search for its top administrative posi-

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The residents of Drew Valley have revamped their neighborhood watch program to take a stronger stand against crime in their neighborhood. Drew Valley is comprised of more than 800 homes in a knot of residential streets between Dresden Drive and Buford Highway in the heart of the new city of Brookhaven. At the Brookhaven City Council’s first meetings and town hall gatherings, residents of Drew Valley told council members that they are concerned about crime. One woman recounted being held at gun point while she walked her dog. Others recalled burglaries, especially in the homes nearest Buford Highway. Many residents say they have been SEE DREW VALLEY, PAGE 30


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When Brookhaven City Council meets this month, it will finally have a place to call home. Since the city’s first day in December, the nomadic council has been holding meetings all over the city, from St. Martin’s Episcopal School to Oglethorpe University to Congregation Or VeShalom to the Brittany subdivision clubhouse. Because Brookhaven’s temporary City Hall is located in the city of Dunwoody, council members wanted to find places within Brookhaven’s city limits to meet. Soon, the council will be able to settle down at the city’s Municipal Court building. Interim Deputy City Manager JD Clockadale said the build-out of the city’s municipal court facility is nearly complete. The court is located in Suite 125 of Building Two in Corporate Square, near the intersection of North Druid Hills Road and Buford Highway on the southern end of the city. Clockadale said all that’s left to do is install some of the final touches, such as a camera system and bullet-proof glass. “We’re getting the final pieces. Furniture is coming in this week. We are moving fast,” Clockadale said. Once Brookhaven gets approval from the state, DeKalb County officers may begin writing traffic citations that will be heard in Brookhaven Municipal Court. Chief Municipal Court Judge Laura Stevenson said the majority of cases that come to Brookhaven Municipal Court will be traffic-related. The court will also hear some ordinance violations and misdemeanors. “Hopefully, we’ll be open for business in March,” Stevenson said. DeKalb police will continue to operBK

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tion and reviewed 79 applications from 23 states, the city said in a press release. But Mayor J. Max Davis said when Garrett indicated she would be willing to take on the position more permanently, it was a clear choice. “We’ve worked with Marie. Her knowledge of the metro area, particularly as it relates to Brookhaven, is second to none,” Davis said. Garrett, who started work for the city in December, will oversee all departments, including the forthcoming police department. The formation of the department has been on hold until a city manager was in place to hire a police chief. Garrett, who lives in Alpharetta, has 30 years of experience working with governments in Georgia. She has been a top-level administrator and consultant in the cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Canton and Milton. Since 1996, she has run a business that provides consulting services in planning, development, public administration and budgeting for governments and organizations. She has also taught government courses at Georgia State University, according to the city of Brookhaven. “This is an opportunity to build the framework and structure for the city and enable it to serve the community at large,” Garrett said in a news release. “You only get one chance to create a first impression. Brookhaven has the opportunity to come out of the gate and get it right, and I want to be part of this.” As solicitor, Riley will be the city’s prosecutor, advise police on legal matters and prosecute zoning and development issues, code violations, and property maintenance violations. Riley serves as city attorney and solicitor for several other new cities in the metro Atlanta area. He helped create the municipal courts of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Dunwoody, and Chattahoochee Hills, Brookhaven officials said. Riley served as a judge and chief

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judge in Atlanta Municipal Court, developed the Atlanta Community Court to prosecute drug and mental health concerns, and developed the Atlanta Olympic Court during the 1996 Olympic Games. Riley has also served as assistant district attorney for the South Georgia Circuit, the Cherokee Circuit, and the Atlanta District. He was solicitor general for Fulton County’s State Court and helped revamp Doraville’s court system, according to Brookhaven. “Mr. Riley’s resume is just stellar and he brings to the table vast experience in courts, especially municipal courts,” said Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams. The city interviewed three firms before selecting Riley as solicitor. “Bill’s experience locally with setting up courts is just invaluable,” Davis said. Interim Deputy City Manager JD Clockadale’s last day with the city of Brookhaven was March 8. Clockadale served on the Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven before being hired by the city for the temporary position. “It has been a privilege to serve the citizens of Brookhaven and a tremendous opportunity to be a part of history by helping others found and start DeKalb’s largest city,” Clockadale said. Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis said the city will not hire a permanent deputy manager. “JD has done a great job,” Davis said. “It was always a temporary thing. But we were happy to have him and all of his work with Brookhaven.”

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In its first meeting, the Brookhaven Zoning Board of Appeals denied a controversial variance request from a restaurateur before packed crowd. “The little white house,” which served as home base for the Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven during the city’s startup, is being eyed as the future home of a restaurant. Scott Serpas, chef of Serpas True Food in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward, wants to use the small Caldwell Road bungalow for his next dining venture. The property, at the corner of Caldwell and Dresden drives, falls within the Brookhaven Peachtree overlay zoning district, which requires all new construction be at least two stories and no less than 28 feet high. Serpas requested the variance in the hopes of building an addition to the house while leaving it at one story. “Given that we face Caldwell and we’re on the border of the neighborhood district, the requirement of a 28-foot addition... doesn’t seem appropriate,” said architect Michael DeCarlo. “We want to keep the rooflines low and really keep it looking like an old house.” DeCarlo said a restaurant in the house would serve as a natural transition between the bustling Village Place development on Dresden Drive and the adjacent neighborhoods. Many residents packed into the small Brookhaven Bank conference room where the meeting was held March 4 to express support or opposition to the project. Jeff Mueller, who was in favor of the application, said he didn’t think the second floor was practical. “It’s actually counter-productive to the neighborhood. I like that they’re going to keep the bungalow feel. I’ve looked at the plans and I think they’re spot on,” Mueller said. Brookhaven staff recommended approving the variance application. “Staff finds that to compel this property, which is on the outer edge of the overlay boundary, directly across the street BK

from a stable neighborhood comprised of one-story, low-pitched roof homes, to develop at this scale is inappropriate,” staff members wrote in a memorandum to the board. City Planner Howard Koontz said the intention of the overlay is to guide new development, not additions to existing buildings. “It’s an adaptive reuse, not a tear down/rebuild,” Koontz said. “Staff can see the efficacy of the request.” Several members of the Brookhaven Peachtree Community Alliance, an organization that acts as a guard dog for the overlay, spoke out against the application. Thomas Porter said the property does not meet the hardship requirements for a variance. “There’s nothing unusual about this lot,” he said. He also argued that there are several other issues with the proposal. “You’re providing 10 parking spaces for a restaurant that would seat 100 people,” Porter said. “They’re going to park on every residential street there is. Already there’s a lack of parking in this area. It’s going to be unsafe. There’s no sidewalks.” Dan Woodley, the original developer of Dresen Drive’s Village Place, said the variance request is “not right.” “It completely undermines the overlay district,” Woodley said. “The people of Brookhaven want quality development. They don’t deserve this mismatched plan.” Ultimately, ZBA sided with opponents, citing insufficient proof that a variance is necessary. Board member Cory Self made the motion to deny the application. “I don’t see any lot restrictions that prevent them from doing a two-story building. I don’t believe this is an undue burden,” Self said. Hope Bawcom seconded the motion. “I do feel granting it would be a special privilege. There are other businesses in the same area that have complied with the overlay,” Bawcom said.

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Dunwoody officials are asking leaders of three other north DeKalb County cities to consider joining together to start a fire department. Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall and City Manager Warren Hutmacher said Dunwoody officials discussed the possibility during the council’s retreat Feb. 20. Dunwoody council members liked the idea and decided to confer with leaders of the other cities to see what they think, the two said. Dunwoody officials believe the four cities – Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville and Dunwoody – could create an authority to provide fire services. They said such an authority could provide better fire protection to residents of the cities than they now receive from DeKalb County without collecting more in fire service taxes. “We believe we can do this in the four-city area with the same fire-district [tax] millage DeKalb County has today,” Nall said. Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis said he had been contacted by Nall and was interested in the prospect, but did not think Brookhaven – which opened for business only about two months ago and still is trying to organize its basic city services – would be able to join soon. “In the grand scheme of things right now, it’s not something Brookhaven is going to take on,” Davis said. “We are busy building the foundation of the city.” Brookhaven could be interested in joining such a venture in the future. “It’s an exciting prospect,” Davis said. In 2010, Dunwoody officials investigated starting a city fire department but found that it would be too costly. Nall and Hutmacher said a multicity department could make financial sense. A preliminary study estimated the department could start up and operate for about $13.7 million a year, while the fire tax millage now collected by DeKalb County in the area could pro-

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Brookhaven City Council is on board with a proposal to create a new community improvement district in DeKalb County that could help improve intersections and attract new businesses to the area. Developer Emory Morsberger has proposed the idea of the new CID, to be called the University Triangle CID, to the Brookhaven City Council at a recent meeting. The CID would include a swath of DeKalb County from Brookhaven at the Fulton County line to the Gwinnett County border. It would be called the University Triangle CID because it would include Emory University, Mercer University and Oglethorpe University. The district would also include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morsberger said. A CID is a self-taxing business district that can be created when 50 percent of the property owners representing 75 percent of the property value in the area approve it, Morsberger said. CIDs are public-private partnerships that allow businesses to work with governments to improve their area. Business property owners pay an additional tax rate, typically 5 mills, used to upgrade landscaping, complete transportation projects and improve economic development. Mercer and the city of Chamblee hired Morsberger, who started the Stone Mountain CID and the Gwinnett Village CID, to study the feasibility of creating a new community improvement district. “I discovered there was a huge amount of potential in the area,” Morsberger said. “There’s an incredible amount of assets there – interstates, MARTA, educated work force, close-in location, an airport, plus the CDC and several universities. They’re just not coordinated. A CID does that.” The northern tip of Brookhaven is part of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, which also includes portions of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. The PCIDs recently started construction on a nearly $5 million project to upgrade Lake Hearn Drive, Perimeter Summit Parkway and Parkside Place in Brookhaven between Ashford Dunwoody Road and the Perimeter Center Parkway Bridge across I-285. Morsberger said a University Triangle CID would have a lot in common with Gwinnett Village. He said the CID in that area - which also includes portions of I-85, Buford Highway, and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard - helped to cut crime and complete dozens of road projects. “It has been tremendously successful, getting rid of the blight that existed in that area of Gwinnett and boosting the perception of that area,” Morsberger said. “This CID in the I-85 corriBK

dor would do the exact same thing in DeKalb County. It’s already been done. It’s not a matter of reinventing the wheel. We already know what to do we just need to get started and do it.” Officials in the cities of Chamblee and Brookhaven and DeKalb County are have expressed interest in the project, Morsberger said. Morsberger said the new CID now needs approval from the city of PrOPOsED Doraville. UnIvErsITy TrIanglE CID If Doraville agrees to support to the idea, Morsberger said the CID could get started this summer. Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams said the city understands that the work of the PCIDs only affects a portion of the city. “We’re used to partnering with them, but we also know their boundaries stop at our gateway,” Williams said. Morsberger said the University Triangle CID would in no way be in competition with the PCIDs. Yvonne Williams, the PCIDs president and CEO, said the organization is working regionally to accomplish transportation initiatives. “We are working with Brookhaven and Sandy Springs and Dunwoody

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“No. I feel they should work with the parents a little more, and the community. You have such strong schools, like Montgomery [Elementary School] and the Dunwoody schools. I don’t think they do enough to recognize this area of town. [The DeKalb system is] just too big. They have to control the whole county. I’m from Connecticut. We had small towns [and small school districts] and I think it worked better. They obviously can’t do it here. It’s not working.”

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“No. They need to get their finances in order, and they need to focus on the classroom institutions now to better educate our children.”

“Quite frankly, no. It seems like people in DeKalb are still focused on their own well-being and not on the well-being of the children. They should spend less time arguing in court and more time fixing their accreditation issues.”

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All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey We went looking signs of an early spring. We found snow. Really. In March. On the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The sky spit flurries of the stuff. Not enough to stick to the ground, of course, but brief flurries of actual snow. Time and time again. At first, everyone made jokes. We were here in search of warmer weather, after all. Maybe these flakes falling all around us were really white flower blossoms floating on the first spring breezes, someone suggested. They weren’t. Winter had played a trick on us. During the first weekend of March, at the end of a mild winter, grey clouds filled the sky. Chilly breezes blew. Everyone wore layers. Snowflakes dusted our jackets and caps. Somewhere, no doubt, groundhogs were laughing at our alltoo-human inability to predict a change in the seasons. “I feel like we should run to the grocery store and buy milk and bread,” one hiker joked.

and we were watching snakes and everybody was in their shirtsleeves. Then, we do the first walk of spring…,” Hightower said, his voice arOUND drifting into TOWN the chilly air. “You never JOE EARLE know. Luckily, I know how to treat hypothermia.” Cold comfort, that. The hikers came from all over metro Atlanta – Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Mableton, Marietta, Sharpsburg, Watkinsville. Some in the group wanted to see flowers and birds or just to meet other people who shared their interests in the outdoors. Others, including Randie Cowan of Sandy Springs, came for the exercise. “The nature is just a bonus,” she said. “We’re just trying, after 21 years of living here, to get to know the area.” Jackie Miller knew what lured her out that chilly morning. “Spring,” she said before the hike started. “Wishful thinking,” Marilyn Haggerty of Sharpsburg replied. Along the trail, HightowJOE EARLE er mixed history Jackie Miller, left, chats with National Park and natural hisService Ranger Jerry Hightower, right, at the tory lessons as Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, he talked of everything from while Marie deVenoge, center, listens in. ancient Indian But we weren’t daunted by a few frosettlements to grist mills to the uses of zen flakes. The 20 of us marched on, dethe red sap in bloodroot. And he dilitermined to find proof that spring was gently searched out those early indicanear, if not really here. tors that a change in the weather was We were on a “Harbingers of Spring due. He found them: trilliums and trout Discovery Hike,” a spring-themed walk lilies. along the Chattahoochee River held The trout lily, he said, “is one of the March 2. We bundled-up hikers intrue harbingers of spring.” Here, hilltended to track down the first bloom of sides were covered in them. The probspring in the Chattahoochee River Nalem? It was just too wintry a day for the tional Recreation Area. lilies to truly strut their stuff. The flowVeteran National Park Service Rangers needed to be warmed by the sun to er Jerry Hightower served as our guide. open up. “If you want to see something Hightower knows his way around the spectacular,” Hightower said, “come river. He grew up nearby and has shown back when the sun is out.” visitors the string of parks headquarWinter had played one last trick. The tered in Sandy Springs for 35 of the 37 bright flowers of spring were taking a years he’s worked for the park service. grey day off. He hadn’t counted on snow, either. Spring would have to bloom anoth“We had a winter walk on Jan. 12 er day.

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celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish stories, music, dance and drumming in three story time sessions. Free and open to the community. Toddlers age 1, welcome at 10:15 a.m.; toddlers age 2, at 11 a.m.; preschoolers ages 3-5, at 11:45 a.m. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404-814-3500 to learn more.

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Saturday, March 16, 2:30 p.m. – Ms. Leah hosts a fun, seasonal story time and related activities for the whole family to help celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Free and open to all. Appropriate for ages 3-7. Sign-up required and started March 1st. Space is limited. Come by, call 404-303-6130 or email: leah.germon@fultoncountyga.gov to register or to ask questions. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

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Flight School Wednesday, March 20, 4:30 p.m. – Check out the “Big Thinkers Take You to Flight School” program at the library! Become a high-flying ace by learning about the four forces of flight. Then make cool paper airplanes and other things that fly, and take home an awesome glider jet! Sign-up required and started March 1st. Free and open to all. Space is limited. For ages 7-11. Come by, call 404-303-6130 or email: shannon.duffy@fultoncountyga.gov to register or to learn more. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

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Performing Arts

“The Secret Agent” Friday, March 15, 8 p.m. – Ogletho-

rpe University hosts the world premiere of Curtis Bryant’s “The Secret Agent,” a newlycompleted opera based on the 1907 novel of the same name by Joseph Conrad. The classic Conrad story shifts into a modern music drama that hits home in an era fraught with fears of terrorism and political dissent. $30 general admission; $25 seniors and non-Oglethorpe students; free with Petrel Pass. Additional shows: Saturday, March 16, 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 17, 3 p.m. Presented by The Capitol City Opera Company. Conant Performing Arts Center, 4484 Peachtree Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. For tickets, call 678-3018013 or go to: www.ccityopera.org.

“The Little Mermaid Jr.” Sunday, March 17, 1 p.m. – The Da-

vis Academy’s annual musical performance is “The Little Mermaid Jr.” Mermaid Ariel longs to be part of the world on land. But to follow her dreams, she’ll have to defy the king, and entrust her fate to an evil witch, all while trying to find love with a human prince. $15. Additional shows, March 17, 7 p.m.; March 18, 6 p.m. Performances held at the Middle School, 7901 Roberts Dr., Sandy Springs, 30350.To buy tickets, visit: www.seatyourself.biz/davisacademy. For more information, contact Drew Frank via email: dfrank@davisacademy.org or call 770671-0085 or 678-671-0085.

Talent Competition Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. –

Act3 Productions invites young performers in grades K-12 to audition for ShowStoppers 2013, the annual, city-wide talent competition that is part of ArtSSprings. Open to singers, actors, dancers, musicians, solo and group acts. Entrants will audition with a 2 1/2 minute act. $15 audition fee. Cash prizes awarded. Auditions, at Act3 Playhouse, are by appointment only. Sandy Springs Plaza, behind Trader Joe’s, 6285 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: michelle.act3@gmail. com for details or to schedule an appointment. Call 770-241-1905 or go to: www.act3productions.org to find out more.

Ballet Performance Saturday, March 23, 2:30 p.m. – The Atlan-

ta Ballet Centre Ensemble of tweens and teens presents classical and contemporary dances for the public’s enjoyment. Performances geared for ages 4 and up. Free and open to the community. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For additional details, call 404303-6130.


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Monday, March 11, 3-5 p.m. – Barbara

Saturday, March 16, 10-11 a.m. – Are you ready to get a workout and help fight cancer at the same time? Join others for the 2nd annual “Shake It for a Cure Zumbathon” event. $10 per person, payable at the door. Donations welcome. All proceeds benefit the Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. Refreshments provided. St. Pius X Catholic High School, in the gymnasium, 2674 Johnson Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30345. For more information, visit: http:// sarahkerr.zumba.com.

Writer’s Forum

KidStuff Consignment Sale

Stahnke, a registered dietician and nutrition expert with the Greater Atlanta Dietetic Association presents, “The Obesity Epidemic: What Caused It? How Do We Fix It?” Free and open to the public. Suggested audiences: adult, college, high school and middle school. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404-3036130 for additional information.

Wednesday, March 13, 2-3:30 p.m. – Share

your creative writings! Readings followed by audience feedback and discussion, led by writing coach Wayne Smith. Writers of all skill levels encouraged to attend. Limit works to 500 words or five minutes of reading time. Readings must be appropriate for family audiences. Free. Open to first 20 participants. No registration required. Brookhaven Branch Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-848-7140 to find out more.

Telescope Time Friday, March 15, 7 p.m. – The Atlan-

ta Astronomy Club presents an educational program on astronomy and astrophysics. Program beings with a topic for newcomers and beginners, followed by a guest speaker. Bring your telescope and learn how to use it! Free and appropriate for all ages. Beginner program, 7 p.m.; guest speaker at 8 p.m. Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, Hitson Memorial Activities Center, 85 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, visit: www. sandyspringsga.gov or call 770-730-5600.

“Hispanorama” Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. –

Share your Spanish language skills with others, and learn about Spanish if you are a non-speaker. Presented by Madelu Perez de Lara. Free and open to the community. For all skill levels. Appropriate for adults, 18 years and older. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-512-4640 to find out more.

Heal and Grow Wednesday, March 20, 12-2 p.m. – Come

listen to storyteller Diane Rooks speak about the power that stories have in bringing healing to our lives. Take a look at your own stories and find new insights and possibilities as we share with each other. Discover how empowering it is to listen and be heard. Free. Lunch provided. Cancer Support Community members RSVP to 404-843-1880. Cancer Support Community–Atlanta, 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Bldg C, Suite 225, Atlanta, 30342. Go to: www.cscatlanta.org for more information or how to join the community.

Proposal Writing Wednesday, March 20, 6-8 p.m. – Partici-

pants learn how proposals fit into the overall grantseeking process; what to include in a standard proposal; tips for making each section of your proposal. Free and open to the public. For adult audiences. Registration required. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: comments@ co.fulton.ga.us for details. To register online, visit: www.grantspace.org.

Thursday, March, 21, 5-9 p.m. – The Kingswood United Methodist Church’s KidStuff Consignment sale features children’s spring and summer clothing, toys, books, baby equipment, and much more! All proceeds support the church’s missions. Free admission, and open to the public. No children under age 10 on March 21. Additional shopping: Friday, March 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday, March 23, 8 a.m.- 1 p.m., when many items are ½ price. 5015 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Use the North Peachtree entrance. Call 770-457-1317 or visit: www.kingswoodumc.org/missions/kidstuff. htm for details.

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Consignment Sale Friday, March 22, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – Saint

James United Methodist Church holds its spring kids’ consignment sale. Shop for high quality children’s clothing, furniture, toys, books, and accessories, as well as maternity items. Located in the gym in the church’s Activities Building. Sale continues Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., which is ½-price day. Free admission. Proceeds support children’s ministries at St. James. 4400 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30342. For more information or to ask questions, e-mail: consignmentsale@StJamesAtlanta.org, call 404-261-3121 or go to: www. stjamesatlanta.org.

Spring Stampede 5K Saturday, March 23, 7:30 a.m. – Registration is open for the 3rd annual Spring Stampede in Brookhaven! 5K begins at 7:30 a.m.; 1 mile starts at 8:30 a.m.; Tot Trot follows the 1 mile. Awards at 9 a.m. Race starts and finishes at Oglethorpe University, and takes runners through the Silver Lake community. Proceeds benefit Our Lady of the Assumption’s community outreach programs. $25 before March 18; $30 after. Post-race entertainment, health fair vendors and food sales. T-shirts given to all participants. Register at: www.olaspringstampede.org or www.active.com. Call 404-293-6768 or email: kchall1123@yahoo.com for more details. 4484 Peachtree Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319.

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VanderDash 5K Saturday, March 23, 7:30 a.m. – Vanderlyn Elementary’s PTA holds the 5th annual VanderDash 5K. Come out, show your support, and encourage fitness! Participants can choose to run or walk the 5K or 1-mile Fun Run. $20. Races start and finish at the school, 1877 Vanderlyn Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. 7:30 a.m., 5K; 8:30 a.m., 1-mile Fun Run/walk; 9 a.m., awards. No pets. Enjoy the finish line celebration with food, music, mini massages, giveaways and more! To register, visit: http://vanderlynpta.com. Email: vande-rdash@¬yahoo.¬com with questions.

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Spend Summer Camp with us! Weekly summer program for 4th-12th grade students with high functioning Autism, Asperger’s, ADD, ADHD and other Learning Differences. • Math and Language Arts Curriculum • Fun Social Skills Activities • Engaging Field Trips

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Experience nature, science and fun at Dunwoody Nature Center summer camps! We offer half-day and full-day camps for 3 year olds to rising 5th graders, activities from creek exploration and animal encounters to arts and crafts, and before- and after-camp classes. *98.2% of surveyed respondents would recommend Dunwoody Nature Center camp to a friend.

STUDENTS with DISABILITIES A SUMMER DAY CAMP FOR YOU! Roswell & South Atlanta locations

Ages 15 years and up • 8 weekly sessions Jun. 10 - Aug. 2; Mon. - Fri. 8:30AM- 3:30PM Drama & Improv, Chorus, Art, Gymnastics, Gardening, Swimming and more - no experience necessary! Fun with a purpose! AFTER DONOR SCHOLARSHIP: $200/week per camper

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We are now open and Enrolling. Visit us at: Eye Level Of Brookhaven 804 Town Boulevard, Suite 2095, Atlanta, GA 30319 404.416.3221 Eye Level Of North Druid Hills 2949 C, North Druid Hills Road, Atlanta, GA 30329 404.510.8523

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BASKETBALL CAMPS

Pace Summer programs specializes in providing multiple opportunities for campers to participate in an enriching summer experience. Camps for ages 3 1/2 years - 12 grade Day Camps Academic Camps

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Sandy Springs Tennis Center Summer Tennis Camp

SPORTS BROADCASTING CAMP is back for our 6th year in Atlanta

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The Camp at St. Martin’s offers fun for children in rising Pre-K through 8th grade. The Camp at St. Martin’s 3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30319 (404) 237-4260, ext. 380 www.stmartinschool.org

THE SANDY SPRINGS TENNIS CENTER IS A FACILITY OF THE CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS MANAGED UNDER CONTRACT BY GROSLIMOND TENNIS SERVICES, INC.

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All Star Day Camp June 3-7 Up in the Air June 10-14 Fun with Food! June 17-21 Mad Science June 24-28 Sportsapalooza

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Basketball is a dynamic sport and over time in order to compete amongst the top players, a training component must be part of your in-season and off-season routine. Learn how to break down defenders, score, build confidence & stand out on the court. From footwork to finishing, I will assist you in bringing your game to the next level.

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cOMMUNITY Dunwoody PD chief carries Special Olympics torch

Charles Crosby, president of “It was very interesting,” said Core Project Management, will Grogan, at center back in the phoPE O P L E represent Holy Innocents’ Episto at left behind a group of Korean Send news and announcements copal Church. Kevin Horgan will children. “It was very nice country. about people in our communities to serve as a business representative People were very friendly.” editor@reporternewspapers.net from UPS, where he works as a He and other law enforcereal estate contract administrator. ment officers carried the torch Lawyer Sally Wyeth, former presfrom city to city in anticipation ident of the Sandy Springs Rotary Club, will be an atof the games.”We’d run into a town and have a cerlarge board member. emony there. Local politicians would speak, we’d exchange gifts, and usually there was a Korean dance with drums,” he said. When they arrived at the stadium in PyeongChang, where the competitions were to be held, Grogan and Teens working to earn their Eagle awards in Boy his teammates waited in a tunnel for their cue to go Scouts have been busy lately. inside. Suddenly, the door opened and skier Marnie Zac Fischel organized a group to repair deterioratHornsby came out. ing stairs from Mount Vernon Highway to the Hitson “It was very hot inside the building,” he said, “and Activity Center at Sandy Springs United Methodist I saw this athlete come out, her face really red. I recogChurch. Zac, a member of Troop 463, led a group that nized the athlete. She was one of our Georgians.” covered the rotting railroad-tie stairs with new decking. In Dunwoody, Troop 764 scouts Christopher Guerrant and Clarke McAlarney – who met as Cub Scouts Three new members are joining the board of direc-- constructed Eagle projects at St. Luke’s Presbyterian tors of the Community Assistance Center, an organizaChurch and the DeKalb School for the Arts. tion that provides food, shelter and clothing to needy Chris put together an outdoor classroom at St. families in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. CAC anLuke’s. Clarke built a “piano garage,” a wooden strucnounced the appointments Feb. 6. ture to house and protect a baby grand piano.

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Billy Grogan didn’t see one of his home-state competitors until almost the end of his Special Olympics trip. His job was to help carry the torch. Earlier this year, Grogan, who usually works as Dunwoody’s police chief, spent about 10 days as part of a team carrying the torch across parts of South Korea for the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games.

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Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant

3887 Peachtree Rd, Buckhead/Brookhaven & other locations 404-816-2229 | www.ChinChinAtlanta.com Mon-Thurs 11:30-10:30, Fri/Sat 11:30-11, Sun 12-10:30 Fine Asian Cuisine - Its atmosphere, service and quality of food are above reproach. You can sit in the dining area and watch the preparation of food through a large plate glass. The menu is extensive, offering items in every category including chicken, seafood, pork, beef and duck. There are also vegetarian dishes for those who prefer.

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MoSaiC Restaurant

3097 Maple Drive, Buckhead 404-846-5722 | www.mosaicatl.com Mon–Thur 11:30–10, Fri/Sat 11:30–11, Sun Brunch, 10:30–3, Dinner 3–9 MoSaiC is a popular neighborhood, Buckhead eatery, located between Peachtree & Paces Ferry. Visit this hidden gem for a charming escape from city living. Our eclectic wine list and seasonal menu is sure to please the palate.

Featured Restaurant

Qdoba Mexican Grill

5610 Glenridge Dr. Atlanta, Ga. 30342 Open 7 days per week from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. 404-303-8800. Enjoy authentic Mexican food.

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2285 Peachtree Rd. N.E., Atlanta, GA, 30309 404-228-7963 | tantrabuckhead.com Tantra restaurant in South Buckhead features a contemporary American menu highlighted with the exotic flavors of Persian & Indian cuisine. The menu is crafted by Executive Chef Terry Dwyer and his staff. Popular items include: mussels in roasted pepper broth with chipotle and star anise, large plump scallops caramelized in a basil rub with a dried lime beurre blanc to compliment, grilled Australian lamb served with crisp eggplant frites and horseradish-ghost chile aioli.

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15th Annual Montag Family Community Lecture Series

How the Brain Learns to Read: Implications for Reading Development, Instruction, and Dyslexia Dr. Maryanne Wolf Internationally recognized literacy and dyslexia expert Thursday, March 14 7:00 - 9:00 pm Atlanta Speech School 3160 Northside Parkway, NW Atlanta, GA 30327 There is no charge to attend but space is limited. Reserve online at www.atlantaspeechschool.org/montag by March 11. For more information, contact Kim Allocca at kallocca@atlantaspeechschool.org

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 Lilly Chin  The Westminster Schools, Senior Perhaps Lilly Chin was destined to love science from the time she was a toddler in her parents’ lab at Emory University. “One day I went up to my dad and asked, ‘Hey, what are you doing at that microscope?’” Lilly said. “He scraped some of my cheek cells and put them on a slide under the microscope and I remember he was pointing out, ‘Oh here’s the nucleus, here’s the mitochondria’ … That really stands out in my mind as the moment I knew I really wanted to do science in the future.” Since preschool, Lilly has developed a passion for math and science – first programming, then robotics, then starting on her first mathematics research project during her freshman year at Westminster. Over the past two years, Lilly has immersed herself in research projects in biology and bioengineering. After her biological research at Emory, in which she studied cancer cells, Lilly created a computer model to determine what would heal wounds fastest. “One thing I noticed in my internship experience is that there’s actually a pretty big gap between biology and engineering,” Lilly said. “I’d like to work toward connecting the two disciplines.” Chris Harrow, who taught Lilly Honors Calculus when she was a freshman, describes her as one of his most talented and enthusiastic students in the course. Class problems “simply dissolved in the face of the brute force of Lilly’s fast, experienced, creative, determined mind,” Harrow wrote in a letter recommending Lilly. “Lilly Chin is without equal as the most eager, independent learner I’ve

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What’s Next: Lilly has already been accepted to MIT, Caltech, Georgia Tech and Emory, but is waiting to hear back from other schools before a final decision. –Elizabeth Wilkes

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known in my 23-year career,” he wrote. Lilly returned his admiration as Westminster’s STAR student for 2013, an honor usually awarded to the senior with the highest SAT score in the class. She named Harrow STAR teacher. Lilly’s work has won her acclaim beyond Westminster. This year, she was among 40 finalists in the national Intel Science Talent Search. She won a $7,500 prize and will compete for prizes of up to $100,000. She was scheduled to be in Washington, D.C., March 7 through 13 for the final round of competition. Although competition is enjoyable for Lilly, her passion surpasses any desire for victory. “It’s fun just to see where you stand,” Lilly said. “It’s never really cutthroat – I have a lot of friends I’ve met through competition.” While she devotes most of her time to research, she also commits to a host of other extracurricular activities, such as tutoring through Mu Alpha Theta, a math honors society; serving as lead coder and captain for the robotics team; and attending various math competitions.

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EDuCAtion Student Profile:  Emily DeMaio  Senior, The Marist School Emily DeMaio leads many parts of the Marist School community. She captains the varsity girls’ basketball team and has been the defensive captain since her sophomore year. Emily received the Lady War Eagle Award this year, which is given to one member of each team each year. “I really like the team aspect,” Emily said. “We all have to come together and support each other in order to win.” On the track, the 18-year-old holds the girls’ shot put record of 33 feet and 6 inches. Emily also participates in the discus event. Her goal is to make it to the state competitions this year. Emily also serves as co-president of The Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Marist. “Since I’m such a sports-oriented person, mixing in the faith aspect is really cool,” Emily said. Emily helps to organize the bimonthly breakfast meetings, as well as to select the speakers. In the program, she enjoys meeting new people and learning about their individual experiences. During Emily’s junior year, she tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her knee, so she had to have surgery. Her goal was to return to the court by her senior year. She did. “Therapy was very challenging,” she said. “It really taught me to work hard and never take anything for granted. I always tell my team to play like it’s their last game.” Derrick Engram has been Emily’s AAU basketball coach for five years. He describes her as a positive leader with determination, dedication to her game and style of play, and a team player.

Emily has found another way to inspire her peers. When she was younger, her grandfather would say a quote he had heard, and Emily would always write it down. Now, Emily shares a motivating quote with her teammates before every game. She also posts them on their lockers on game days. In school, Emily is a grade-level coordinator of the Peer Leader Program. She coordinates small gatherings between new students and their buddies. Emily helps younger peer leaders by giving them advice based on her past experiences in the program. Emily also is secretary for the Habitat for Humanity chapter at Marist. The group raises money through a variety of fundraisers in order to aid the building of homes through the Habitat program. “Her leadership skills are way beyond her age,” Engram said. “She can walk into a room or walk onto a team and automatically take the lead … effortlessly.”

What’s Next: Emily is looking into a variety of colleges, and is currently undecided. She plans to major in either nursing or biochemistry. Emily has many nurses in her family, and after tearing her ACL, she aspires to be one also. –Stacy Bubes

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New parents’ group to address DeKalb school system problems BY JOE EARLE

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Hundreds of north DeKalb parents filled a church auditorium one recent Sunday afternoon to discuss how best to deal with the issues facing the county’s schools. “The way it is now doesn’t work,” parent Lindsay Ballow said after the gathering at Kingswood United Methodist Church in Dunwoody. “We have to do something.” DeKalb school officials confront a number of problems, including the loss of the system’s accreditation. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the accrediting agency generally called SACS, criticized the board for the way it runs the system and put the system on probation. Parents fear that if SACS eventually revokes the system’s accreditation, the action could have an effect on DeKalb high school graduates applying to out-of-state colleges. Gov. Nathan Deal has said he will remove six of DeKalb’s nine school board members because of the accreditation problems. The board took the state to court to challenge the law allowing the removal, but on March 4 a federal judge cleared the way for Deal to officially remove the six and replace them while

the lawsuit moves forward through the courts, according to reports. A new organization called Dunwoody Parents Concerned About Quality Education staged the March 3 meeting at Kingswood. Parents who started the group said they plan for it to be a nonprofit that will gather and share information about how to improve the schools. They have established a website at www.dunwoodyparents.org. and a Facebook page. “Why do we exist? To take care of our children,” Allegra Johnson, president of the group, said after the meeting. More than 275 people attended the Kingswood meeting, including members of Dunwoody City Council, state lawmakers, and DeKalb school board member Nancy Jester, who represents Dunwoody and who received a standing ovation from the crowd. Later in the week, on March 5, Jester announced she was resigning from the board rather than be part of the lawsuit contesting her removal by the governor. Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall told the group that the school district’s troubles filtered into other areas. “This goes well beyond just the education of kids,” Nall said. “It goes into eco-

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State Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody, speaks to the crowd at Kingwood United Methodist Churchon on March 3. The “education forum” was sponsored by the Dunwoody Parents Concerned About Quality Education, a nonprofit recently formed to gather and share information about improving schools.

nomic development, not just in Dunwoody, but in DeKalb and in Georgia. It goes to our property values.” State Sen. Fran Millar, a Dunwoody Republican, told the group that state officials would keep the DeKalb school district from losing its accreditation. “I think the steps are being taken,” Millar said. “I think we’re doing the right things at this point. … I am comfortable that if the courts do not mess this up, we are not going to lose accreditation.” Still, during the meeting, parents were presented a variety of proposals for ways to attack the school system’s problems, ranging from asking another accrediting agency to accredit Dunwoody High School, to creating a local charter school system, to starting a new, independent school system in Dunwoody or in several communities in north metro Atlanta. Rep. Tom Taylor, a Dunwoody Republican, has introduced legislation to call for a statewide vote on a constitutional amendment to allow creation of new school systems in certain cities, including Dunwoody. Taylor told the crowd the legislation would allow new school systems in cities created in 2005 or later. That means his bill would apply to Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton, Peachtree Corners and Chattahoochee Hills. The bill also would allow cities to go in together to start school systems. The bill says contiguous cities also could join in. Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis said residents of that city might be willing to try to start their own school system in the future. “I hear a lot of interest in that,” he said. “I think the vast majority of residents of Brookhaven would be interested in having their own school system, if we could pay for it. Obviously, it’s not something for this year, but we’re keeping up with the issue.” Taylor said the proposal faces long odds in the Legislature. “There are a lot of obstacles to this,” he said. “A state

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constitutional amendment is difficult by design.” He said he had limited the start of new school systems to recently created cities in hopes of improving the proposal’s chances. “If you hold this statewide, it’s dead on arrival,” he said. “If you limit it, there’s an opportunity.” Taylor said his proposal would require at least two years in the Legislature, so the earliest it could be voted on by the public would be in November of 2014. “This will not be in place by next school year,” he said. “That’s not going to happen.” Later that evening, the Dunwoody Homeowners Association board voted unanimously to endorse Taylor’s bill and to ask Dunwoody City Council to pay for the feasibility study it requires. The DHA also gave $5,000 to the Dunwoody Parents group, DHA Secretary Bill Grossman said. Several parents at the meeting said they liked the idea of separating Dunwoody’s schools from the larger county system. “I would like to see more local control,” said Gil Hearn, one of the parents who organized the Dunwoody Parents group. “I think the system has proved itself to be too large to meet the needs of all the students.” Hearn told the crowd that the new group offered “an excellent return on investment – especially compared to the private school tuition.” Lindsay Ballow agreed that the DeKalb district was too big and should broken into smaller, more manageable pieces. “It’s a billion-dollar corporation and the people on the board should be the caliber of people on the board of a billion-dollar corporation,” said Ballow, who has a child at Vanderlyn Elementary School. After the meeting concluded, parent Susan Friedenberg said she thought it had proved helpful. “It got people to think more and, hopefully, be more involved,” she said. BK


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Police Blotter From police reports dated through march 1. The following information was pulled from DeKalb County Police Department’s Crimetrac system (www.crimemapping. com/map/ga/dekalbcounty) for the zip code 30319 and the lower Buford Highway corridor. The information on the website is presumed accurate.

ROBBERY  4000 block of Peachtree Road – A robbery of a business, using a gun, was reported on Feb. 17.

BURGLA RY  3500 block of Wood Valley Court – A residential burglary, using forced entry, was reported on Feb. 15.  4400 block of Peachtree Road – A residential burglary, without using forced entry, was reported on Feb. 18.  2600 block of Skyland Drive – A residential burglary, using forced entry, was reported on Feb. 22.  2900 block of Redding Road – A residential burglary was reported on Feb. 25.  1800 block of Tobey Road – A residential burglary, using forced entry, was reported on Feb. 25.

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 4000 block of Peachtree Road – entering an auto was reported on Feb. 27.

 3700 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Larceny of parts from a vehicle was reported on Feb. 20.

 2200 block of Humility Lane – larceny of parts from a vehicle was reported on Feb. 28.

 4000 block of Peachtree Road – entering an auto was reported on Feb. 25.

 2700 block of Winding Lane – Disorderly conduct was reported on Feb. 16.

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 1500 block of Dresden Drive – A residential burglary, using forced entry, was reported on Feb. 28.

A UTO TH EFT  1500 block of Brookhaven Circle – theft of an auto was reported on march 1.  2700 block of Apple Valley Road – theft of an auto was reported on march 1.

T H EFT  3800 block of Peachtree Road –A larceny from a building was reported on Feb. 15.  2100 block of Johnson Ferry Road – theft of lost or mislaid property was reported on Feb. 24.

AS S AULT  1200 block of Windsor Parkway – Simple assault/battery was reported on Feb. 16.  3700 block of Clairmont Road – Simple assault/battery was reported on Feb. 16.  2900 block of Ringle Road – Simple assault/battery was reported on Feb. 16.

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pleased with the response they’ve had from DeKalb County Police and want to make sure there won’t be a lag in protection when the new city’s forthcoming police department takes jurisdiction. Sara Hansen, vice president of the Drew Valley Civic Association, said the renewed interest in a neighborhood watch started in 2011, following a string of burglaries in Drew Valley. She and her neighbors began what they called neighborhood block awareness -- knocking on the doors of their neighbors to exchange contact information “so that we could communicate with our immediate neighbors if we were going to be out of town or something like that,” Hansen said. Now, the entire neighborhood has been divided into blocks with 10 to 20 homes each led by a block captain who takes the lead communicating with neighbors. And so far, the program has been a success, she said. Neighbors are not only looking out for suspicious activity, but they’re getting to know each other better, too. “It was definitely a very positive experience to communicate with them and make the community feel a little bit safer and more friendly,” Hansen said. Anand Thaker, a board member of the Drew Valley Civic Association, said

there has been a lot of turnover in Drew Valley over the past five to seven years, with young couples moving in alongside original homeowners who have lived there for decades. “We’ve had a lot of new people who have gotten to know people. I would venture we’ve probably made 100 new connections in the neighborhood,” Thaker said. “They feel more comfortable talking to their neighbors about when they go out of town. A healthy amount of new people have started to engage in this effort.” In addition to traditional communications like phone trees, the neighborhood watch group is also using technology to stay connected. Thaker has encouraged neighbors to join a private social network for neighborhoods called Next Door. Neighbors can communicate with each other electronically and post things they want their neighbors to be aware of. So far, more than 250 people have registered, he said. “Most people’s sentiments that I’ve spoken to, they’re certainly concerned and want to see more visibility with the police department,” Thaker said. “But I think people understand that they live in a city. Drew Valley has evolved significantly. It’s no longer a sleepy little neighborhood. There’s some level of vig-

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The Drew Valley community jumpstarted their neighborhood watch program in response to a string of burglaries.

ilance that’s necessary for us to have.” Hansen said while people are optimistic, some of her neighbors are unsure about what the switch to a Brookhaven police force will mean for Drew Valley. “DeKalb County has a really good program on neighborhood watch. They were really good about meeting with a group of us and giving us information and handouts and tips for safety,” Hansen said. “With the shift to Brookhaven, we’re kind of waiting to see what’s going to happen with the new police force.” Brookhaven City Councilman Jim Eyre, who represents Drew Valley, said public safety has been a concern from Drew Valley residents since the early conversations about forming a city of Brookhaven.

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“They’re seeing some impact from the Buford Highway corridor, from living adjacent to some of those areas, and they have some concerns about making sure the police services Brookhaven will ultimately offer can handle that,” Eyre said. “I think the biggest thing is making sure we have enough officers.” Eyre said the city will need to use a combination of police protection and code enforcement on Buford Highway to tackle some of those issues. Mayor J. Max Davis said he plans for Brookhaven Police to have a more permanent presence in Drew Valley. “Our goal is of course communitybased policing,” Davis said. “The threshold is to provide better service, more effective service, than DeKalb could.”

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