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Inside Dying deed Motion requests cemetery be returned to heirs COMMUNITY 2

Center city What does $84 million look like? COMMUNITY 3

Future forecast

Sandy Springs Reporter

MARCH 8 — MARCH 21, 2013 • VOL. 7 — NO. 5


Taking it to the streets

Mayor says city is on ‘right path’ COMMUNITY 4

Wither winter? Searching for spring along Chattahoochee River AROUND TOWN 9

Crafting calm Creative therapy helps trauma victims MAKING A DIFFERENCE 10

Rifles, riots Experience home life, battle lines during Civil War OUT & ABOUT 14

Summer Camps

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Elita Lerner, left, and Emily Dalton stretch before the start of the Chattahoochee Road Runners Race on March 2 in downtown Sandy Springs. Participants used a side wall of the Goodwill Industries store for support as they prepared for the race. Both the 5K and 10K got under way in 30-degree weather, complete with a few light snow flurries.

Council awards park contract, reviews districts BY DAN WHISENHUNT

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Crossroads area fights ‘as one’ over issues BY DAN WHISENHUNT

City Council during its regular meeting on March 5 awarded a construction contract to finish a park that is months behind schedule, and also looked at potential changes to council districts. Construction of the next phase of the Abernathy Greenway Linear Park will begin soon and city officials hope it can be completed by spring 2014. City Council awarded the $3.2 million contract to Johnson Landscape. Johnon Landscape will have 180 days to complete the construction, which will include installing sidewalks, lighting, bathrooms and parking facilities. The delay in awarding the contract has kept plans to install “playable art” – playground equipment designed by artists and do-

Barry Lebowitz said he remembers Where when residents living around the hisYou toric Crossroads Cemetery became a Live neighborhood. In 2010, Verizon applied for a permit to erect a cell phone tower across from the historic Crossroads Cemetery. “That was the lynchpin,” Lebowitz said. “That’s exactly what did it. When we got that notice, everybody’s ears perked up.” The cell tower proposal fired up the community and resulted in the creation of the Historic Cross Roads Community Association, a group that includes roughly half a dozen subdivisions near the in-



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