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Getting ready for the big services of Easter week

Left, Dale Adelmann, Ph.D., canon for music at the Cathedral of St. Philip, directs the choir, accompanied by organist David Fishburn, right, during a service on March 13. See story and addi�ional photos on page 19.

COMMUNITY Portman-designed sculpture coming to Loudermilk Park Page 15

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OUT & ABOUT Local beers and local bands

“Make more roadways.” “Gondolas, please.” Three di�fering opinions o�fered by respondents to our new 1Q poll on how best to solve metro Atlanta’s transporta�ion troubles. See Commentary PAGE 13

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Residents, officials disagree on how to fix park’s floods, spills BY JOE EARLE AND COLLIN KELLEY Some city officials and Buckhead residents are prescribing widely divergent fixes for flooding and sewage overflow problems in Atlanta Memorial Park. City watershed management officials say they plan to spend about $400,000 over the next three to nine months to raise five manholes on a sewer line through the park. They also plan to speed up plans and soon do more than $30 million in other repairs, including repairing and lining a 90inch pipe that was installed in 1910 and now runs beneath the park. “We have accelerated the work on the Peachtree [Creek] watershed,” Watershed Management Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina told members of the City Council’s utilities committee meeting at City Hall on March 9, the day after Mayor Kasim Reed, other city officials and residents of the area toured the Buckhead park to discuss the flooding and sewer leaks. Raising the manholes by about 2 feet should keep water from flowing into the sewer line and causing future sewage leaks like those reported during heavy rains in December, Macrina said. City watershed employees also said they are asking parks officials to consider moving a playground in the park out of the flood plain. “Our work is not done,” Macrina told the committee. “We have reduced the number of spills. The main problem in Memorial Park is spills.” See STORY on page 16

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ly, I chose to run because a broad range of leadership in our community urged me to bring State Rep. Joe new energy Wilkinson (R-Atlanto this legista), who has held lative seat. I the District 52 seat, am mindful is facing two chalthat no seat lengers from Sanin governdy Springs in the ment is any May 24 Republican one person’s, primary. Wilkinson it is the comsaid he is “blindmunity’s.” sided” by the chalIn an inlenge, while the terview, Mcother candidates Donald said say they’ll bring he “most cernew energy to tainly” has the office Wilkinenough expeson has held for 16 rience to repyears. resent the enSandy Springs tire House City Councilman districtGraham McDon-which inald resigned from cludes parts SPECIAL the council to run Sandy Springs City Councilman Graham of Buckhead for the House seat McDonald, left, is being backed by Sandy Springs and northMayor Rusty Paul for the District 52 seat. and attorney Debwest Atlanorah Silcox also ta--after a joined the race. The winner will take the offew years of representing a central Sandy fice, which covers parts of Buckhead, SanSprings council district. dy Springs and northwest Atlanta, since no “I’ve worked very diligently over what Democrat filed for the post. I consider to be four years as an in-touch Wilkinson, who has served in the House community servant” and attended dozsince 2000, touted his experience and relaens of community meetings and events, tionships as benefiting the district. he said. “I do believe I will able to represent “Experience counts,” Wilkinson said, the community’s desires and interests at adding that he has earned such nicknames the State House.” as the “instructor pilot of the House” for his Silcox said she is a lifelong Sandy veteran status and “the Cal Ripken of the Springs resident and real estate attorney House” for never missing a day of regular who is turning to politics now that her or special sessions. He contrasted himself two children are in college. She is a longwith McDonald, who “didn’t even finish his time Chastain Park Conservancy board first term” in elected office. member and a new member of the Sandy Wilkinson also noted that he is a “BuckSprings Society. head boy” as well as the lead “Sandy Springs has a sponsor of the legislation great tradition of female that put the landmark incorleaders, with [the late Mayporation of the city of Sandy or] Eva Galambos, with [the Springs on the ballot. late state Rep.] Dorothy FelMcDonald was elected to ton and many others,” Silrepresent City Council Discox said. “I aspire to be the trict 3 in 2013. He resigned next one.” the council seat on March 11, Silcox said her statewide the day he qualified for the experience includes chairHouse primary. ing the board of the state In a written statement isCommission for Service and sued March 14, McDonald Volunteerism under Gov. Deborah Silcox said he wants to bring “SanNathan Deal. dy Springs Solutions” to state government, “I’m running because I think I’m the referring to the city’s model of privatized best person for the job,” Silcox said, adding services, and that he does not consider that as a candidate she is “better than Joe… himself to be running against Wilkinson. He’s older than me. I think I have the ener“Representative Wilkinson is a fine and gy. I think I have that experience.” civic-spirited man,” McDonald said in the Silcox said she has more experience statement. “The most difficult aspect of my and deeper local roots than McDonald. decision to run was that it would place us as McDonald said that he has met Silcox contenders in the same election. Ultimateand finds her “very nice and intelligent.”


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Candidate filings for public office Candidates filed this month to run in the May 24 Democrat and Republican party primaries. Here, listed by office, are candidates who filed for political posts representing Buckhead and who face contested elections either in a prima-

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Democratic Primary Jim Barksdale Cheryl Copeland John F. Coyne III James Knox

District 6 Democratic Primary Jaha Howard Republican Primary Hunter Hill (I)

Republican Primary Derrick Grayson Johnny Isakson (I) Mary Kay Bacallao



District 52 Republican Primary Graham Elliott McDonald Deborah Silcox Joe Wilkinson (I)

District 5 Democratic Primary John R. Lewis (I) Republican Primary Douglas Bell

District 54 Democratic Primary Robert “Bob” Gibeling Republican Primary Beth Beskin (I)

CLERK OF SUPERIOR COURT Democratic Primary Cathelene “Tina” Robinson (I) Duvwon Quetez Robinson Republican Primary Lewis L. Pittman

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Hours: 11am to 10:30pm ald and denied Wilkinson’s Wilkinson said he had claim, adding that he supbeen grooming McDonald as ported Wilkinson in his prea potential successor and was vious campaigns. surprised by his campaign, as “I simply think it’s time well as Sandy Springs Mayfor younger, more energetor Rusty Paul’s backing of Mcic leadership, an opinion I Donald. Wilkinson also comhave shared in several conplained that he told Paul at a versations with Mr. WilkinFeb. 20 meeting he would run son over the past two years, for re-election, but that Paul including the Feb. 20 converlater told people he was not sation to which he refers,” running. Rep. Joe Wilkinson Paul said in an email. “So, “I was blindsided, havpretending to be a victim or ing spoken to Graham on any allegation of ‘blindsiding’ is unseemly Wednesday [March 9], when he assured and unfounded.” me he was not running and he would very much like me to help him to get betWilkinson also said that Silcox is a “very, ter known in the Atlanta business commuvery close” friend who he told to be “ready” nity and so forth,” Wilkinson said. “I was after she “had gotten wind that Graham blindsided and very disappointed in him and Rusty were going to pull this stunt.” and Rusty.” Asked if that means Silcox is running McDonald said Wilkinson indeed had to somehow weaken McDonald’s vote to been advising him on a possible campaign, Wilkinson’s benefit, Wilkinson said, “I can’t but denied any surprises. really discuss it, but you’re a smart man. “I spoke [about] specific changes of cirThat may be part of it. It may be trying to cumstance with him in advance of qualibuild name recognition for her to run a fying,” McDonald said. “City leaders came race, maybe in two years.” to me upon the determination that the city Silcox said she agrees that McDonald could face two freshmen representatives “totally blindsided” Wilkinson, but that she in two years” if Wilkinson and state Rep. also took McDonald’s candidacy as an opWendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs) both portunity to challenge Wilkinson herself at chose to retire at ends of their terms. the advice of her political consultant, Mark City leaders thought it would be better Rountree. She said her candidacy is not to set up a good candidate now for Wilkinpart of any strategy to help Wilkinson. son’s seat who Willard could “mentor,” Mc“Not at all. There’s no plotting or special Donald said, adding that Willard is also situation on my part in this,” Silcox said. “I supporting his candidacy. just didn’t want to go against [Wilkinson] Paul confirmed he is endorsing McDonone on one.” BH

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PATH400: City donor-naming limit is ‘crippling’ fundraising BY JOHN RUCH

“It’s crippling us,” she said, because donor recognition plaques are a major fundraising tool A city of Atlanta restricfor the money needed to tion on putting donors’ build out the path and renames in parks is crippling lated park system. fundraising for PATH400’s Starling said in a later $9 million capital caminterview that the city’s paign, according to Livable donor recognition policy Buckhead Executive Direcappears to be informal, tor Denise Starling. and there are contrary Buckhead Communiexamples, such as the doDenise Starling ty Improvement District nor-naming bricks on disboard member Robin Louplay in Buckhead’s Loudermilk Park. The dermilk raised the issue at the March 2 city did not respond to a request for inforCID meeting, where he asked Starling mation on the policy. whether naming rights are available for “There’s not a set policy on how to do a new park area along the multi-use trail it…but they’re taking a real hard line on it and indicated he’d like to make a signifiright now,” Starling said. “I’ve never seen it cant donation. [put in writing].” Starling replied that any such donor “I’ve been fighting this battle because recognition is a “hot-button issue with the we’re leaving millions on the table—milcity” and the current answer is no, though lions,” City Councilman and CID board she has been trying to work out an agreemember Howard Shook said at the March ment quietly. 2 meeting. “I see names on a lot of [other] “The city has a lot of concerns about things…Are we safe if we find dead people commercializing the parks…It’s a very po[to honor on sponsorship plaques]?” litically hot potato,” Starling told the CID Starling said that Livable Buckhead board. has run into the donor-recognition isjohnruch@reporternewspapers. net

sue before in its work on three Buckhead “It is an extremely important compoparks. PATH400 has several partners and nent of fundraising,” Starling said of doruns largely on state-owned land, but city nor recognition. of Atlanta rules may apply because the The fundraising issue is not delaying main construction agreement is a deal beany construction yet on the path, which tween the city and the state Department of already has a major section open to the Transportation, Starling said. A planned public, Starling said, but it is already extension into Sandy Springs would not causing Livable Buckhead to miss out on be affected by the Atlanta policy, she said. donations. “Some are philanthropic dolLivable Buckhead recently launched lars and some are coming out of advertisa three-year capital campaign to raise ing revenue,” she said. $9 million needed to City parks officials complete PATH400. have raised various conLoudermilk is the cerns, Starling said, incampaign’s co-chair cluding whether donor and his family’s founrecognition could be redation contributed a voked if the money came $250,000 matching from “someone who bedonation that runs came Public Enemy through March 31. Number One.” Another The PATH Foundation concern is showy signs or is contributing an advertising logos. “We’re amount that Starling not going to pimp out the declined to reveal, but park, for lack of a better she indicated that Livway of putting it,” StarDENISE STARLING able Buckhead has a ling said. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR significant amount to Starling said she is raise on its own. discussing possible compromises with the city, including a legal Small plaques are a main option agreement to cover the entire project or PATH400 could offer, she said. Other “one-by-one approval” of donor recogniopportunities Livable Buckhead would tion items. like to offer include recognition on pubFor more information about the lic art, a potential “donor wall” showcasPATH400 capital campaign, see livableing donor names, and possible naming rights of segments of the trail, if it could be done with a “discreet feel.”

The city has a lot of concerns about commercializing the parks…It’s a very politically hot potato.

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ties that will allow them to establish business connections and opportunities. Q: What are the requirements to become a member? Do members have to identify as Hispanic or can they just be supporters of Hispanic people in the industry? A: Our organization is based on the premises of inclusiveness, so you don’t have to be Hispanic to be a member. The idea is to have an organization where win-win is the foundation in all that we do for members, companies, sponsors and the community at large. Q: This is a boom time in the metro Atlanta construction industry. What are the particular opportunities and challenges the market presents to the workers GHCA serves? A: For members, a platform for resources to get jobs or grow new or exist-

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Great American Floors, 330 Sandy Springs Circle, held a ribbon cutting on Feb. 26. Joining the festivities: Katie and Geoff Melkonian, Jeff Kremer, Brandon Handley, Trevor Robertson, Marc Seltzer, founder, Stephanie Seltzer, Rachel Seltzer, Steve Williams, Robie Seltzer, owner, Jason Seltzer, owner, Angela Forrester and Maxwell Baker. The company sells premium floor products including carpet, hardwood, laminate and tile. ROAM, a co-working and event space, marked the grand opening of its Buckhead location at 3365 Piedmont Road with a ribbon cutting on March 1. Participants included, from left, Mary London Goshert, Courtney Vann, Lee Behr, Ples Bruce, Jim Duffie, Peyton Day, Smita Solanki, Garth Peters and David Coxon.


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One recent Airbnb listing advertised a $349-a-night “Party House in Buckhead for Events!” on residential Timm Valley Road. “Kegs cost extra…Perfect for events under 40-50 people,” the listing says. The listing dates to 2011, indicating it has operated without serious complaints. And the listing for an entire four-bedroom house for rent off Lake Forrest Drive in Sandy Springs says no parties or events are allowed. “I’m sorry about this, I’ve done it before and it’s caused too many problems…,” the host explained in the listing. Of several local short-term rental hosts contacted for interviews, only one agreed to speak, and only briefly and without publication of his name. The host rents a Perimeter Center condo on three different online services, including Airbnb, and mostly attracts business travelers. “Our condo doesn’t really allow renters,” the host admitted. “I screen [shortterm renters] really hard. I tell them, don’t send mail there.” Airbnb did not respond to questions. But according to press reports, it has beefed up its safety and accountability policies in recent years. Its website features basic city of Atlanta housing regulation information. And according to news reports, Airbnb will soon introduce a new service allowing residents at neighboring properties to file complaints about problem guests directly with the company.

Recent checks of Airbnb and Corporate Housing By Owner, a site focused on monthly, business-oriented rentals, showed plenty of local residents playing host. For the March 18 weekend, Airbnb showed about 25 rentals available in Buckhead; about 22 in Brookhaven; 16 in Dunwoody; and about 30 in Sandy Springs. On the luxury end, $350 a night scored an entire Tudor-style mansion with a saltwater swimming pool, on Buckhead’s Knollwood Drive. Bargain travelers could get a particularly safe room—“I literally live next to the police station!” the listing read—on Sandy Springs’ Spring Creek Lane. Many reviews show guests enthusiastic about local hosts and neighborhoods. “This neighborhood is one of the BEST you will find in Atlanta. It’s safe and in a beautiful historic area,” wrote a guest of a suite for rent on Mabry Road in Brookhaven. Some listings on both sites have hosts who live in other homes or even other cities and states. One CHBO condo listing on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road says the host moved out in 2010. “I have been renting to numerous guests and corporations for over 5 years,” the listing reads. Airbnb listings include some prominent local condo and apartment towers, including in Dunwoody’s Manhattan condos and Sandy Springs’ Park Towers/M789 condos/apartments complex. “If we knew about it, we probably wouldn’t allow it,” said Henry Monje, a leasing consultant at the M789 apartments. But, he said, there’s no easy way to tell apartment tenants’ paying guests from non-paying ones.

To regulate or not to regulate

Nationwide, the hotel industry is pushing for uniform regulation of short-term rentals, saying hosts should follow similar regulations and pay the same taxes and fees. In Georgia, a committee in the state House of Representatives last winter recommended against statewide regulation. “I still believe that statewide regulation makes the most sense to provide continuity across the state,” said Jim Sprouse, executive director of the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association. The rules, or lack thereof, governing short-term rentals vary across local municipalities. Atlanta city officials did not respond to questions, but press reports indicate that short-term rentals are prohibited in single-family zoning districts. Dunwoody has similar restrictions, according to city spokesman Bob Mullen. In Brookhaven, where Airbnb founder Joe Gebbia’s father happens to be a member of City Council, “there is currently nothing in our ordinance that addresses them, and they wouldn’t fall under the hotel definition,” said city spokeswoman Ann Marie Quill. “When the business community comes up with a new model, such as Uber or growlers, it takes a little time for municipalities to adapt.”

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A major mixed-use project—featuring a six-story, 236-unit apartment building and a five-story office building—will start going up soon at Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Roberts Court in Sandy Springs. Despite its size and prominent location on a 10-acre site across PeachtreeDunwoody from the North Springs MARTA station, the project by Trammell Crow Residential has been moving ahead quietly. In part, that’s because it is already allowed under a 2001 rezoning for an even bigger project that triggered a major controversy and legal battle, but never got built. A 2002 legal settlement between the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods and the original developer, Sandy Springs’ Charlie Roberts, has requirements for landscape buffers and screening, including a 2-acre “conservation easement” or private park. Trammell Crow Residential will fulfill those legal obligations, according to developer attorney Chip Collins and Council of Neighborhoods president Trisha Thompson.

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“The Council of Neighborhoods is very excited that this long, 10- or 12-year [project] and rezoning is finally coming to fruition with a use that is less intense than the original rezoning and is more in line with the character of the neighborhood,” said Thompson. The group is also pleased “that a large area will be set aside in a permanent conservation easement for the benefit of the entire neighborhood,” she said. Roberts’ original project was approved by Fulton County before the city of Sandy Springs incorporated. A proposed redevelopment of a site that had only a single house, it featured a 14-story apartment building, a 12-story condominium tower and a 10-story office tower, among

other uses. “What they’re doing is a lot less dense,” Collins said of Trammell Crow Residential. “The condos are gone and the apartments are less in density. The office [space] is less dense.” The office building will have about 125,000 square feet of space, and the apartment building will have some ground-floor retail area, Collins said. The apartments and offices will wrap around a shared parking deck with 643 spots, he added. The developers bought the property late last year and expect to start construction in April, Collins said. He estimated construction will last 18 to 24 months. The legal settlement has several provisions, including a $7,500 allowance to each neighboring resident to install their own landscape screening. But the biggest provision is the conservation easement, a green space with trails that will be overseen by the Sandy Springs Conservancy, according to Thompson. It will be open to abutting residents, but not the general public.

A permanent buffer

The green space will serve as a “as a permanent buffer between the development and the neighborhood,” Collins said. “It will be basically a private park. It’s not a public park.” However, the exact details of the agreement are still being discussed in meetings with the Council of Neighborhoods and area residents. Thompson said there are still some details she questions, such as screening for the parking garage. “This has been a very cooperative undertaking since Trammell Crow [Residential] has gotten involved,” Collins said, adding he does not expect any changes to the proposed agreement. “This is just about working with the neighbors to make sure we’re fulfilling all requirements of the earlier settlement.”







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tique hotel; a 5-story, 270-unit “high-end” apartment building atop a “concrete podium;” and 24,500 square feet of restaurant and retail space in three buildings, including a “chef-driven…flagship” restaurant. The development would happen near the intersection of Peachtree-Dunwoody and Hammond Drive. The Pavilion plan, according to preliminary drawings filed with the city, brings big additions to the 20-acre site at 5775 Peachtree-Dunwoody between Lake


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MARTA is the way, our survey shows. Extending MARTA rail lines offers the best road out of metro Atlanta’s transportation mess, according to more than half the respondents to a recent cellphone-based survey of adults across the communities served by Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown. Although state lawmakers have disagreed on how to pay for new MARTA train lines, 56 percent of the 200 respondents to the survey chose extension of the MARTA rail system as the best way to address local transportation troubles. Respondents who supported extending MARTA train lines mostly were younger than 40 (78.3 percent) and about evenly split between women and men (54 percent to 46 percent). Seven of 10 reported household income higher than $50,000. Two-thirds of the respondents for the second-most-favored option, building new roads, were females, and overall they were slightly older (30 percent were 40+ years old) and reported lower household incomes (30 percent under $50,000). In the exclusive survey, conducted by mobile market research company 1Q for Springs Publishing, parent company of the Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown, just 10 percent of the respondents saw building new roads or widening existing ones as the best cure for metro traffic ills. That’s the same percentage as voted for monorails or gondolas as the best way to get from place to place. The least popular option? More toll roads.

What some respondents had to say More trains. 31-year-old Atlanta man MARTA rail needs to go more places and run more hours. 34-year-old Brookhaven man Make more roadways. 27-year-old Buckhead woman Additional MARTA lines are needed to connect major attractions, like the new baseball stadium. 45-year-old Sandy Springs woman Public transportation is the end game for solving transportation problems. The city needs to have a 20-year view of its future and have the commitment to building extensive public transportation routes and solutions step by step. 39-year-old Buckhead man Gondolas, please. 30-year-old Sandy Springs man

It would be nice to have MARTA not only connecting the city, but the suburbs as well. 35-year-old Brookhaven woman I think it’s a combination of things that are needed: Keep the existing MARTA infrastructure up to date and in working order with timely maintenance and repairs. Too often, there are train and bus delays due to mechanical issues or malfunctions. Next step is to expand train lines. Lastly, a lot of the MARTA employees don’t seem to care about their passengers one little bit. There are too many MARTA employees who have a real negative attitude about their jobs and the people around them. When there is an issue with a train or bus, they never communicate with the passengers and look at the passengers as nothing more than an annoyance. It sends the wrong message to people, and is a big reason why there is a low opinion of MARTA out there. 49-year-old Buckhead man

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A new publication in Sandy Springs called the Gazette is presenting old news in a new way. The new digital magazine created by Heritage Sandy Springs showcases stories from the historical society’s evergrowing library of oral histories. Debuted on the Heritage website Jan. 7, the publication features a new historical story—illustrated with archival photos—every Thursday. “The reason we started the Gazette was to take the oral histories…off the shelf and into the community,” said Melissa Swindell, Heritage’s director of historic resources and education programs. Heritage began recording oral histories from Sandy Springs residents on audio cassettes in the late 1980s or early 1990s, Swindell said. About 65 oral histories are now on file, and most go untouched, she said. In Brookhaven, city leaders who tapped the brakes on MARTA’s planned Peachtree Road development have begun meeting with transportation officials to try to create a regional plan for handling traffic. Mayor John Ernst, City Councilman Bates Mattison and other city officials met with representatives of MARTA, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the owners of property near the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station to discuss the transit agency’s plans for regional development there. “It was a great mutual meeting that some were saying should have happened years ago,” Ernst said. “All of us weren’t aware of all the [traffic] studies going

on … so now we can take a comprehensive approach instead of reinventing the wheel.” Ernst asked for the task force after backlash against the proposed MARTA Transit Oriented Development at the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe rail station on Peacthree Road pushed him to ask MARTA to delay its rezoning request from April until June. The regional task force plans to meet again in May, Ernst said. Just down Peachtree toward Buckhead from the MARTA station, Brookhaven residents are raising concerns about a new Walgreens development on Peachtree Road causing traffic delays. Colonial Drive currently has a dedicated left-turn lane and a shared throughand-right-turn lane. City officials said the shared through-and-right-turn lane acts as a dedicated right-turn lane because few motorists use it to go straight across Peachtree. Residents said they were promised by city officials during the zoning approval process two years ago that a dedicated right-turn lane on Colonial Drive would be put in by the developers – however as construction continues there is no sign of such a lane in sight, they say. But Ben Song, community development director, said that the agreement with the Walgreens developer made during May and July 2014 Board of Zoning Appeals meetings did not include the promise of constructing a dedicated right turn lane. Instead, money would be put aside to build one if in the future it was decided such a lane was necessary, depending on future development, he said. “I did review both meetings … and not knowing what private discussions may have been outside City Hall, as staff we are limited to information provided on the record,” he said.

Buford Highway Bikes and Bites tour returns April 2 Buford Highway Bikes and Bites, a bicycle tour of the area’s businesses and history, returns April 2. The local advocacy organization We Love BuHi launched Bikes and Bites last fall, drawing more than 75 people. The event is cosponsored by Civil Bikes, an Atlanta company that conducts history tours by bike. The April Bikes and Bites will focus on the Chamblee and Doraville area of the Buford Highway corridor, according to We Love BuHi director Marian Liou. The 8-mile ride will begin and end at Plaza Fiesta on Clairmont Road along the

Chamblee-Brookhaven border. Liou said among those expected to join are Betsy Eggers of Peachtree Creek Greenway, Inc.; Brookhaven City Councilman Joe Gebbia; and Katelyn DiGioia, the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the Georgia Department of Transportation. Bikes and Bites includes lunch, snacks and a pre-ride bike check-up. The tour, which runs 8:30 a.m. to noon, is escorted by police for safety. Tickets are $35, and the first 50 registrants will get a copy of We Love BuHi’s new guide to Buford Highway businesses. For more information, see BH

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A monumental steel-and-water sculpture by Atlanta architect and artist John Portman is coming to Charlie Loudermilk Park, likely this year. Titled “Aspiration,” the work will double as a major piece of public art in the heart of Buckhead and as a tribute to Portman’s friend. “Charlie Loudermilk and I share more than a love for the city of Atlanta; we share a deep friendship and mutual respect for one another,” Portman said in a written statement, referring to the Buckhead business leader for whom the park is named. “I am honored to have been asked to create a sculpture for his park. I put my heart into creating something of meaning for him and also in recognition of the significance of Buckhead in our urban fabric.” Meanwhile, another sculpture that long stood in the park is heading to a new home, according to the Buckhead Community Improvement District. “The Storyteller,” depicting a buck-headed man speaking to a group of animals, will be installed outside the Buckhead Branch Library, according to CID Executive Director Jim Durrett. The sculpture swap is among many changes and improvements the CID has overseen at the park, located at the fork of Peachtree and Roswell roads. Formerly called Triangle Park, it was renamed in 2008 for Loudermilk, the founder of the Buckhead-based Aaron’s rent-to-own empire and a renowned philanthropist. A lifesize statue of Loudermilk was added to the park in 2011. Commissioned in 1998 by the Buckhead Coalition, “The Storyteller” vanished from public view during a CID-led, $2.5 million park renovation that wrapped up last year. Durrett said the sculpture is in storage and headed for the library at 269 Buckhead Ave., about a block from Loudermilk Park. The CID is working with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, which is “going through their approval process now,” he

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said. The library and the city of Atlanta did not have comment. Meanwhile, Portman’s sculpture is also in a city approval process. “Hopefully, this year we will end with the sculpture in the park,” Durrett told the CID board at its March meeting. “We designed the park to accommodate a future sculpture, and Mr. Loudermilk suggested Portman,” Durrett said in an email, adding that the sculpture will go at the park’s southern tip. He told the CID board that the cost, likely in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, will be split equally between the CID and Loudermilk. Portman is an architect-developer known for such landmarks as the Peachtree Center hotel and office tower complex in downtown Atlanta. He is also a respected artist who was featured in a High Museum show several years ago and who often creates sculptures for his own buildings. A design and artist’s statement for Loudermilk Park provided by Portman show a 12-foot-tall abstract sculpture of interlocking stainless steel pieces. It will be mounted on a circular pedestal of stainless steel and black granite that serves as a bench and also contains water to reflect the artwork. The title “Aspiration” and the work itself are tributes to Buckhead’s past and future success, and the work, the statement says. “The intertwining forms that make up the sculpture pay homage to the energy of the [Loudermilk Park] site and denote the evolving development of Buckhead, which can best be described as activity in all directions,” Portman’s statement says. “The sculpture is intended to mark the growing significance of Buckhead as a community in its own right.” The sculpture, which currently exists only as a scale model, will be fabricated by Polich Tallix Fine Arts Foundry in New York state. Polich Tallix also created the Oscar statuettes for this year’s Academy Awards, according to press releases.

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But residents and at least one council member seemed to think the city’s plans didn’t go far enough. Resident Justin Wiedeman, an engineer who studied the city’s system, told committee members that ending sewage flooding in the Peachtree Creek basin could require a large relief tunnel or finding ways of taking more stormwater out of the system. “Unfortunately,” he said, “this is something that would cost a lot of money to fix.” City CounPHOTOS BY JOE EARLE Garth Peters, left, City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean, center, and cilwoman Mary city Watershed Management Commissioner Jo Ann Macrina Norwood quescheck sewer lines during a tour of Atlanta Memorial Park. tioned why the city shouldn’t want to spend between $500 million and install a new underground storage sys$2 billion on a storage system where it tem, similar to the one built in the Nanwould not be effective.” cy Creek watershed, that could hold Norwood told the Buckhead Council overflows during heavy rains. of Neighborhoods at its March 10 meet“Why wouldn’t we do the relief tuning that she was frustrated and was nel?” she asked. “With Nancy Creek, we “heated” about the lack of answers at the decided to go deep and do a relief tunnel. utilities committee meeting that went … Why wouldn’t we put a similar system on for more than three hours. for Peachtree [Creek]? Why wouldn’t we Dist. 8 City Councilmember Yolanda do a long-term fix for Peachtree Creek.” Adrean said she was also pressing for Macrina said the two areas weren’t more answers and a long-term solution. comparable. “It is a very different situ“I’ve asked Watershed Management to give us a 30-year solution,” Adrean said. “I keep hearing ideas for repairs, but what we need is modeling for a 30-year solution.” Adrean acknowledged the lawsuit brought by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and its founder Sally Bethea in 1995 that forced Atlanta to sign a consent decree promising to fix its sewers and COLLIN KELLEY remove trash from 37 Resident Justin Wiedeman presents his study of park flooding miles of city streams. to the board of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods. “We had a federal judge force us to address our issues. We’re ation than Nancy Creek,” she said. “You lucky, because other cities haven’t been can’t use the same solution. … We don’t forced to the table yet, but they will be. BH

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Kirk Billings, president of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy, left, and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed field questions before touring Atlanta Memorial Park on March 8.


Look at what’s happened in Flint, Mich.” The city is still under that decree, and Adrean said the EPA had recently extended a deadline to give Atlanta more time to clean up its system. Adrean said the extension of the 1 cent sales tax by voters on March 1 for water and sewer infrastructure repairs would go far to address issues. “But we won’t ever be finished,” Adrean said about the city’s ongoing water and sewer issues. “Anyone who owns a house – how many times have you replaced an air conditioner or refrigerator? We’re never going to be done. But it’s important that we understand where the hot spots are in the city and we prioritize toward solutions.” Adrean said that as more construction takes place in Midtown and Buckhead that means less impervious services and more potential for flooding and sewer issues. She and Councilman Howard Shook have asked for a study to see what Peachtree Street and Road will look like when completely built out so the city can know what sort of future water and sewer issues it faces. During the March 8 tour at the park, residents pointed out to Reed and Macrina places they had seen sewer lines break or spew sewage during floods in recent years. About 45 people took part in the tour. One participant, Anne Barratt, said she lives across the street from a sewer line that broke and had to be replaced. “It was messy. There was an odor. It was just an unpleasant time around here,” she said. “The people who live in the neighborhood want to know what they’re going to do ...,” she said. “It was great to see the mayor here. His face time gives us confidence they are taking it seriously.” Reed said city officials will fix the park’s problems and will involve representatives of the neighborhoods in developing a plan to address the leaks and overflows. “The biggest mistake we could make is to spend millions of dollars and not involve the neighborhood,” he said.

Residents and city officials check a creek during the tour of Atlanta Memorial Park.

Resident Jason Holland, right, discusses flooding in the park with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, second from left.

Atlanta City Councilwoman Mary Norwood, who took part in the tour, argues the city needs to do more to reduce flooding at the park.

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Hundreds of volunteers help prepare for Easter at the Cathedral BY JOE EARLE

ebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ means extra services and extra effort from clergy and church members alike. At St. Philip, 2,500 to 3,000 worAt the Cathedral of St. Philip, Easter shipers are expected on Easter, Marsh morning starts with a Boy Scout bonsaid. Other large churches also expect fire. the faithful to flock to church that Members of the big stone Episcopal morning. Peachtree United Methodist church towering above Peachtree Road Church in Buckhead, for instance, exin the heart of pects about Buckhead begin 4,500 to their Easter cele5,000 worbrations around shippers a fire lit long beon Easter – fore dawn and compared to tended by scouts about 1,700 from Troop 74, attending which is based at on a typithe church. cal Sunday During that – and has first service of added an exthe day, clertra service, gy, choir mema fourth to bers and pabe held that rishioners light day, to accandles from the commodate fire and carry the crowds, the flames into said Senior the dark church. Minister Bill As they sing and Britt. pray and offer St. Philpraise, the sun ip adds two rises outside and extra servicshines through es on Easthe Cathedral’s ter Day. But stained glass Marsh, who PHIL MOSIER windows, colcalls himThe Rev. C. Wallace Marsh VI, who calls oring the flowself the cahimself the “offensive coordinator” for the er-filled church Cathedral of St. Philip’s Easter celebrations, thedral’s with morning delivers a sermon during a March 13 service. “offensive light, said Rev. coordinaWallace Marsh, tor” for Easter services, says that’s just St. Philip’s canon for worship and parthe beginning. ish life. Marsh counts Easter services as the “It’s beautiful,” Marsh said. ones staged during Easter week, which Other Christian churches, large and starts the Sunday before, known as small, also host special Easter servicPalm Sunday, and continues through es, including ones designed to greet the the five services scheduled on Easter Easter sunrise, the start of the day that Day. During the week, the cathedral marks the most important moment in hosts 22 separate services, he said, inChristianity. For large churches, the cluding special ones on Thursday, Fricrowd of worshippers to celReporter Easter 2016.pdf expected 1 2/8/2016 11:45:18 AM day and Saturday. “It’s a wonderful










week,” he said. “We call it Holy Week. It’s the holiest week of the year.” It’s also one of the busiest. Staging the various services will require contributions from hundreds of volunteers and support staff, who arrange flowers, perform music and polish silver. To keep track of everything that needs to be done, Marsh carries a clipboard, refers to stacks of notes in folders and checks a computer spreadsheet. Easter means “I pull out my clipboard and I go into coach mode,” he said. His fellow canon, Dale Adelmann, has his own spreadsheet. He plans and oversees music for the cathedral’s services. This year marks his seventh Easter, he said. “I look forward to it,” he said. Still, he admits, the demands of the day can be exhausting. The cathedral has three adult choirs and a children’s choir to rehearse. Come Easter morning, the first rehearsal arrives at 5:30 a.m. Still, Patrick Scott, the cathedral’s assistant organist and choirmaster, had no complaints. “It’s kind of what we live for,” he said. “It’s what we went to school for. It’s kind of why we do what we do.” About 80 adults and children will sing in the church’s choirs during Easter services, Adelmann said. During

Holy Week, he said, more than 100 separate pieces of music will be performed at St. Philip. At some services, a brass quintet and a percussion player join the choir. One piece of music Adelmann has scheduled for Easter is a new one making its southeastern U.S. premiere. For many involved in staging the cathedral’s Easter Week services, the work actually begins long before Easter Sunday. Laura Iarocci, co-chair of the flower guild, began ordering flowers weeks in advance of the service. Some flowers will arrive early in Holy Week, she said, and must be tended so they’ll open properly by Easter Sunday. The scouts start preparing the fire pit Friday afternoon, said Wade Hooper, a volunteer who’s worked with them for the past seven years. Come Saturday, the cathedral is alive with volunteers as the church sheds the somber tones of Lent, the period of reflection leading to Good Friday, and is remade with bright colors for Easter. “The vigor and energy of the people preparing on the Saturday before Easter feels just as much like Easter Sunday to me,” the Very Rev. Samuel Candler, dean of the cathedral, said in an email. See VOLUNTEERS on page 20

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Volunteers preparing for Easter services at Cathedral of St. Philip real experience that evokes the powerful history and tradition of the church,” Hooper said in an email. “You feel you have been transported in time, moved by the historic importance of fire and the symbolism of reincarnation as we exit Lent and celebrate Easter.” Marsh and Adelmann and others on the cathedral staff get to work. “It’s a beautiful day,” Marsh said. And Monday? “You’re not going to find anybody in here on Monday,” Marsh said.

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Scouts chop wood for the bonfire. Choirs rehearse. Dozens of members of the flower guild build floral displays. Because choirs are rehearsing at the same time, “we actually cannot talk,” Iarocci said.” We cannot yell across the room or we get the evil eye.” Iarocci is preparing for her 16th Easter. This year, she said, a total of 1,439 flowers will be used to build 48 floral arrangements. A flower-covered cross will be placed on each of the cathedral’s 22 doors, she said. She’s used to coordinating large events, such as weddings, in her floral business, she said. But Easter is a bigger challenge because decorations have to be placed in just a few hours. “This is really amazing that we can pull this off,” she said. About 5:30 a.m. Easter morning, the scouts arrive. By 6 a.m., the fire is burning, Hooper said, and the first of the day’s services can begin. “It is a beautifully surThe Cathedral of St. Philip’s choir sings.


Jennifer Ham, an Altar Guild member of the Cathedral of St. Philip, polishes the brass before the Holy Eucharist Rite II service on March 13. The service was the second of the day on the fifth Sunday of the Lenten season.


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The Chamblee Middle School Science Olympiad team took on 20 other middle schools in the Regional Science Olympiad Tournament on March 5 at Georgia State University, taking home the first-place trophy. The team now advances to the state tournament. Posing proudly with their trophy: Apoorva Agrawal, Carson Ankeny, Avaye Dawadi, William Emde, Kieran Ferguson, Sam Grant, James Hardy, Jay Krueger, Anish Kumar, Olivia Li, Victor Lim, Tiffany Oh, Vivien Orellana, Jai Ponkshe, Pooja Sehgal, Prateek Umashankar and Farley Wall.

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RHYTHM & BREWS Saturday, April 2, 1 p.m. Event features local bands and various local beers. Tickets for those aged 21 and older: $25 in advance; $35 at door. Includes entry, two brews and souvenir cup. Tickets for ages 13-20: $15 in advance; $25 day of. Children 12, free with paying adult. VIP passes available. Food for purchase onsite; free water provided. Blankets/chairs permitted. No smoking. No pets. Rain or shine. Buy tickets: events/rhythm-and-brews. Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Learn more: or call 404-851-9111 x1.



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BLOOD DRIVE Wednesday, March 30, 10 a.m. In response to an ongoing need for donations, Northside Hospital hosts a community blood drive. All donors receive a free T-shirt and free parking. Requirements: healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds and are 17 years or older. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Mandy Snavely at 770-667-4010 or via email: mandy.snavely@ Doctors’ Centre, 980 Johnson Ferry Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30342.

FUN FOR ALL EGG HUNT Tuesday, March 22, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Gather around as the Sandy Springs Branch Library holds its annual egg hunt in their reading garden behind the back parking lot. Children should bring a basket or bag to carry their goodies (candy included). Appropriate for ages 2-6. Free. Open to the public. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: or call 404-303-6130 for details.

FIND THE EGGS! Saturday, March 26, 9:30 a.m. The city of Brookhaven’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts its annual egg hunt. Enjoy light snacks, face painting and a bounce house. Hunt begins at 10 a.m. Free and open to all. Bring your own basket. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-637-0512 for more information.



Sunday, April 3, 9 a.m. Join others at the Daffodil Dash, a 1 mile and 5K run/walk in memory of children who perished in the Holocaust. Also supports children in Darfur, South Sudan and Rwanda. Starts and ends at Brook Run Park. Race followed by guest speakers. Rain or shine. $25; $12 for kids under 10 years old. $30 race day. Register online or learn more: 4770 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Email: Andrea Videlefsky at or call 1-855-665-4234.

Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m. Join others for a morning of bouncy houses, pony rides, a petting zoo, food and fun at Wieuca Road Baptist Church. Plus, find some eggs for your basket! 3626 Peachtree Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30326. Questions? Visit: or call 404-814-4460.

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Tuesday, March 22, 7 p.m. The Dunwoody Preservation Trust presents speaker Tom Chrisman, who will discuss genealogy: how to get started, where to look and pitfalls to avoid. Free and open to the public. In the Williams Room, Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Email: dunwoodypreservationtrust@gmail. com or call 770-668-0401 to find out more.

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Luke is awaiting scholarship results for Southern Methodist University and Georgia Tech. He hopes to pursue a major in Electrical Engineering and to continue rock climbing. This article was reported and written by Sarah Kallis, a student at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.

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the sport. Luke Muehring startThis past summer, he ed rock climbing during competed in the World his freshman year in high Youth Rock Climbing Chamschool, after he was told one pionship in Arco, Italy, joinof the nation’s largest climbing more than 1,000 other ing gyms was only 20 minathletes from 51 countries. utes from his home. He and three other ath“When the ‘nation’s largletes qualified for the Unitest anything’ is 20 mined States team in Speed utes away from your home, Climbing, where competiyou’ve got to check it out,” tors try to get to the top of a he said. standardized international Although he didn’t make route as quickly as possible. it to the top of the 60-foot Luke Muehring Luke’s favorite part wall on his first try, Luke about the two-week-long event was the was hooked on climbing. opportunity to interact with climbers “Sports like Ping-Pong and football, from different countries. Contestants exyou’re pitted against an opponent,” he said. changed jerseys, he said, and tried to com“In rock climbing, the only person who is municate despite speaking different landetermining your performance is you.” guages. Luke speaks German and Chinese, Four years after his introduction to so he was able to practice his language climbing, Luke has ascended to the top of


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big part of Luke’s life - he trains five days a week for three hours at a time - he has other passions, including electrical engineering. Luke, one of North Springs’ Top Ten scholars this year and the school’s STAR student, means he posted the highest SAT score at North Springs, and excels in science and math courses. Luke’s interest for electronics started when the charger port for his laptop broke. “To replace this one simple part…you had to completely disassemble the computer. So I got to see how each component works for each other, and how they relate,” he said. “Recently, I built my own computer. I looked up on line how to do it. It’s like really expensive Legos,” he said.


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skills by talking with other athletes. Now, with the competition done, he stays in touch with some of the other competitors via Instagram and Snapchat. Luke also uses his climbing skills to help others through Catalyst Sports, a nonprofit that helps children and adults with physical or mental disabilities learn to rock climb for recreation or rehabilitation. Luke started volunteering after he saw events at the gym where he practices climbing. “His love for the sport, discipline level and commitment has shaped him to be a great athlete and a very successful youth

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been asked by a Doraville citizens group for assistance in opening a similar charter school in that city. At a March 3 BIA board meeting, member Edward Lindsey gave a presentation to board members about the potential of a joint venture with Doraville with the “goal … to provide residents of north DeKalb County additional high-quality education options, K-12, through state authorized and state-fund charter schools,” according to minutes posted on the school’s website The joint venture would also include a name change to Georgia Innovation Academy. But that presentation was only a proposal to consider in the future, Mattison said. “There was a discussion of a partnership … but the board said there is no ca-

Brookhaven Innovation Academy announced March 16 it has hired Dr. Laurie Kimbrel as the school’s first head of school. She was selected from more than 60 applicants from around the world. Kimbrel is the former superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District in Larkspur, Calif., where she led approximately 435 staff members and 4,200 students. “We’re fortunate to find such an incredible head of school. She’s a perfect fit for our curriculum,” BIA Executive Director Bates Mattison said. “I think she’s found her passion to innovate education.” In a statement, BIA’s board chair Jennifer Langley said the public charter school will benefit from Kimbrel’s vast experience in education. “BIA is fortunate to find someone with Laurie’s vast experience, passion for education, and deep understanding of our blended-learning and STEM-project based learning curriculum. We look forward to a long and successful relationship with Dr. Kimbrel,” Langley said. BIA is on target to open in August, but the location could not be revealed by press time March 16 because SPECIAL a lease had not been Dr. Laurie Kimbrel has been named BIA’s head of school. signed. Mattison said the site is a temporary location as the search for a permanent pacity to do this this year. There is a lot of site continues. interest to partner with Doraville, but we The school will open with 420 stuare singularly focused” on BIA this year, dents registered in grades K-6. The 420 he said. students were selected in a random lot“The GIA concept is a down the road tery system after more than 770 stuidea that combines the two entities into dents registered. “The enrollment is a one. The board chose for the time being to great testament to the demand for this assist Doraville in any way with its chartype of school,” Mattison said. ter petition,” Mattison explained. After the lottery was completed, Lindsey added the idea of a GIA is parents were notified by email and something to be placed in the “theoretical will pick up enrollment packets at the future category.” Kroger customer service counter at “Some people have asked us what we 3871 Peachtree Road through March 22. did and how someday we could work BIA is a state-wide public charter closely together. But we are heavily into school approved last year by the Georgia starting our own school,” Lindsey said. Charter Schools Commission with plans “Our exclusive focus and our immediate to open a K-12 campus. The board has concern is getting opened on time.”


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Police Blotter / Buckhead From police reports dated Feb. 28 through March 5 The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 Precinct of the Atlanta Police Department and is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY  3200 block of Northside Parkway NW –

On Feb. 28, a woman told police she was leaving her vehicle on the third floor of her apartment complex’s parking deck when a man approached her and said, “My sister won’t let me inside.” The woman asked him what he meant. He then smashed her phone and pointed a black handgun at her. He demanded her purse, which she did not have, so she gave him $375 from her pocket. The man walked her to her car and took her black bag from the vehicle, looked inside and then handed it back to her. He then took the victim’s car keys and told her that she could “find them on the first level.” He then took the keys and departed on foot. The keys were not recovered.  1100 block of Collier Road NE – On Feb.

29, a man told police that while he was walking home toward the trailer park a man robbed him at gunpoint. He said the man pulled alongside him in a small, white four-door sedan, possibly a Hyundai, and pointed a black, semi-automatic handgun at him. The suspect said, “I know you from the trailer park. Give me all your shit.” The pedestrian gave him the $200 he had on him. The suspect also demanded his wallet and cellphone.  2200 block of Cheshire Bridge Road NE

– At a popular breakfast dining spot on Feb. 29, a man wearing camouflage pants and a scarf over his face pointed a revolver at staff and demanded that they empty the register. The suspect took $400 and fled south on Alco Street .

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT  3300 block of Peachtree Road NE – On

Feb. 28, a woman told police a man she knew held a hammer over her head and threatened to strike her. He also poured water on her, scratched her left arm and damaged her iPhone. A witness corroborated the story.  1500 block of Chattahoochee Avenue

NW – On March 3, a man said he was punched by his sister’s boyfriend after an BH

argument. The man said his sister’s boyfriend also pointed a black .38 Ruger LRC at him. NE – On March 3 at a bar/nightclub, a man said a woman asked him to buy her a drink. When he said no, she left. A few minutes later, a man struck him over the head with a beer bottle for refusing the woman.

ter said two men broke into the location through a window. Video surveillance shows a man wearing a gray jacket and a white T-shirt over his face enter the location and attempt to rip a computer off a desk. It was secured by a tether. A second man then entered the location, wearing a gray sweatshirt, black Puma pants and black shoes. The second suspect successfully rips the computer off the wall and flees the location.

 2100 block of Cheshire Bridge Road

 2100 block of Peachtree Road NE – On

 2000 block of Cheshire Bridge Road

NE – On March 3, a woman said while she was waiting at a bus stop a man approached her, put a rope around her neck and choked her. The man made no demands and fled the scene. The woman had visible bruising around her neck.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY  2100 Cheshire Bridge Road NE – On March 2, the dead bolt to an apartment’s front door was broken. Taken from the residence were Michael Kors, Coach and Tory Burch bags, a Lexus tablet, silver and also a leather Pandora bracelet.  2100 block of Cheshire Bridge Road NE

– On March 2, an apartment’s front door was kicked in and a 60-inch Vizio TV and a PlayStation was taken from the apartment.  1400 block of Mecaslin Street NW – On

March 3, the dead bolt of a front door was damaged. Taken from the apartment were a flat screen TV, Apple TV, Apple laptop, cellphone and Apple electronic notebook. All items had tracking capabilities but they all appeared to have been powered down when attempting to use the feature.

er saw, hammer drill, extension cord, data collector and total spectra robotic system were stolen.  Thefts/Larcenies  Between Feb. 28 and March 5, there

were 36 thefts from vehicles reported and 30 other larcenies, including shoplifting, reported.  Auto Theft  Between Feb. 28 and March 5, there

were nine motor vehicle thefts reported. March 3, four doors were kicked in at a business. An iPad, Leica prism, Leica READ MORE OF THE POLICE BLOTTER ONLINE AT pole, laser plumb, spectra laser, pow-

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COMMERCIAL BURGLARY  2500 block of Chantilly Drive NE – On

Feb. 29, employees at a storage unit company told police that several units were broken into. No surveillance footage of the incident was captured even though cameras were in place. Golf clubs and a Samsung flat-screen TV were reported missing.  2500 block of Chantilly Drive NE – On

March 1, a lock to a storage unit was cut and a 47-inch smart TV and a safe containing personal documents and papers were taken. No surveillance footage was captured.  1900 block of Monroe Drive NE – On

March 3, an employee at a leasing cen-

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