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Residents fear what’s down the road with Hammond Drive widening study BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net With a new study of widening central Hammond Drive coming soon and the city buying up houses for right of way, residents are voicing fears of the neighborhood’s destruction. “At this point, the rallying cry is, ‘Save the neighborhood,’” said Steve Oppenheimer, president of the Glenridge Hammond Neighborhood Association, adding that the roadwidening is an old and controversial idea See HAMMOND on page 17 PHIL MOSIER

From left, Jenna Keiser, Emily George, McKenna Reas, Caroline Funderburke and Mary McLaughlin, front, members of the “Gators” girls’ softball team, participate in the Sandy Springs Youth Sports opening ceremonies parade March 12 at the Morgan Falls Athletic Complex.

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Sandy Springs City Councilman Graham McDonald has resigned to run for a state House seat, a move that incumbent Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Atlanta) said “blindsided” him. A special election will be held to fill his City Council seat. McDonald, an attorney, is one of two candidates challenging Wilkinson, the District 52 representative, in the May 24

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A grocery store may come to the North River Shopping Center on northern Roswell Road. Preliminary plans filed with the city show a 36,000-square-foot new grocery store and its parking replacing a building at 8877 Roswell Road at the northern end of the shopping center. The plan does not include a particular grocery store brand. Billy Stark, a representative for the developer, declined to comment. The project would require rezoning to allow the grocery store use and possible concurrent variances for parking and setback, according to a city filing. A preliminary community meeting is scheduled for March 21 at 7 p.m. at the Stars and Strikes entertainment facility in the shopping center at 8767 Roswell Road.

CITY LIM ITS R EZO NI NG C A S ES T O FIV E P ER M O NTH To handle a wave of major redevelopment proposals, the city is cutting the number of rezoning cases it will process each month from seven to five. “Anything we can do to slow things down sounds good to me,” said Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert at a Feb. 26 Sandy Springs City Council work session where the rezoning case reduction was discussed. The council unanimously approved the reduction at its March 1 meeting. City development staff had expressed concerns about the workload of handling gigantic, complex rezoning cases at the same time consultants are rewriting the city’s zoning code and land-use plan. The restriction means that only five rezoning cases per month can move forward to city Planning Commission review. And of those five per month, only one can be a Development of Regional Impact, meaning a major project that meets a size threshold for Atlanta Regional Commission review.

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MARTA CEO Keith Parker will join local and regional officials in a “transportation summit” panel discussion March 29 hosted by Leadership Sandy Springs. Other panelists include Chris Tomlinson, executive director of the Georgia Regional Transit Authority, which operates the Xpress commuter bus service in the top end Perimeter region; Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, which carries out many transportation projects and is joining Perimeter Center cities in a study of alternative transit options; and Bryant Poole, a Sandy Springs assistant city manager overseeing transportation projects. David Rubinger, publisher of the Atlanta Business Chronicle, will moderate. The transportation summit will be held at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria hotel on Powers Ferry Road, which happens to be along the I-285 corridor regularly choked with Cobb County commuter traffic. The summit runs 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the hotel at 6345 Powers Ferry Road. Admission is $25 (LSS members $20), and RSVPs are required by March 23 by emailing ellen@leadershipsandysprings.org or visitingleadershipsandysprings.org.

WIND SO R PAR KWAY REO P ENS A FTER EM ER G ENC Y R EPA IR S Windsor Parkway at Jolyn Place in Sandy Springs reopened March 12, nearly two months after a stormwater project threatened to undermine the roadway, according city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun. The city hired a new contractor to conduct emergency repairs on Feb. 22 and estimated that the work could take months. But the contractor was able to complete the repairs ahead of that schedule, according to Kraun.

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A new 64-foot-tall bell tower memorializing children who die of abuse or neglect was recently completed at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mount Vernon Highway. Commissioned last year, the tower features 100 funeral urn spaces where the unclaimed remains of children may be interred. The bells were to ring for the first time during Easter services March 26.

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New publication tells old tales of Sandy Springs history BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

From moonshine busts to a church founded in a mansion, the Sandy Springs Gazette is publishing 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. Heritage board member Chip Emerson suggested a digital magazine as a way to highlight stories from the oral histories, Swindell said. “We thought

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Heritage Sandy Springs has created a new digital magazine, the Sandy Springs Gazette, featuring oral histories on such topics as a littleknown prison camp along Roswell Road in the late 1800s, above.

that this format was the most dynamic and most interactive way to get the history across,” Swindell said. A digital magazine follows the format of a printed magazine, with pages that can be flipped. Most of the articles also include links to the full recording and written transcript of the oral history interviews. Most articles don’t cov-

er entire interviews, which can run for hours, but instead highlight an interesting topic. Gazette articles so far have covered the history of such local landmarks as Roswell Road and the Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, but some delve into more unusual topics, such as a 1940s moonshine still raid. Another ar-

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ticle highlights the cartoon strip “Mark Trail,” the creation of longtime Sandy Springs resident Ed Dodd, whose country home sat near a street now named for the cartoon. A late 1800s prison camp along Roswell Road is another little-known piece of local lore. It was part of a highly controversial practice of renting out prisoners for labor, a system protesters likened to slavery and that eventually got banned. “The convict camp in Sandy Springs [was] where Whole Foods is today,” Swindell said. “That’s part of our lost history…[a] part of our history that shuffled away and people didn’t want to talk about,” but is relevant to modern times, she said. “It just shows how diverse the history of Sandy Springs is,” said Swindell. Swindell said there are enough oral histories to last about two years and that Heritage Sandy Springs welcomes more residents to have their memories recorded. For more information, contact Swindell at mswindell@heritagesandysprings.org or 404-851-9111 ext. 2. To read the Gazette, go to heritagesandysprings.org.

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A largely sidewalk-free stretch of Sandy Springs Circle will get a multiuse trail, and two of its travel lanes will be converted to on-street parking, in a major redesign scheduled for early 2017. The $7 million project targets the third-of-a-mile section of Sandy Springs Circle between Hammond Drive and Mount Vernon Highway. JOHN RUCH A major redesign brings a multi-use trail and While the work is still a year away, on-street parking to Sandy Springs Circle. To see the city held an open house to review a larger version, go to ReporterNewspapers.net. the designs on March 9 at the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Activities Center. More than 50 residents attended in the open house’s first hour, expressing general approval of sidewalks, but voiced concerns on whether the project would worsen traffic. City consultants and officials said it won’t and that a traffic study has been done. The more pedestrian-friendly design is part of the city’s 2012 City Center Master Plan proposal for the street, which runs past Heritage Sandy Springs’ historic site and two shopping centers. The plan calls for roomy walkways separated from street traffic by wide strips of grass. The west side of the street would get a 12-foot-wide multi-use path in addition to a 6-foot-wide pedestrian-only sidewalk. The east side would get a 10-foot-wide sidewalk, reduced to 8 feet along Heritage Green Park to reduce right of way impact. Both sides of the street would get new trees, though some likely will be removed for the project as well. Currently two lanes in each direction, the street would be converted to one lane each way. About 75 on-street parking spaces would be added on both sides of the street, largely as a traffic-calming measure, and partial medians with left-turn lanes would be installed. The actual pavement’s current width of 48 feet would remain the same. © 2016 The Joint Corp.

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“Cozy room in suburbia!” reads a listing on Airbnb.com, offering travelers a bedroom on a quiet Dunwoody street for $68 a night. The room may be illegal as well as cozy, according to the city of Dunwoody, whose zoning bans lodging in residential areas. It’s among dozens of short-term online housing rentals available along the northern Perimeter, ranging from entire Buckhead mansions to spare bedrooms on Sandy Springs’ cul-de-sacs, that often operate in legal gray areas. City codes vary, and such rentals may evade hotel taxes or flout apartment leases and condo association rules. But that Dunwoody room, like virtually all local listings, gets glowing reviews from its guests. If the private owner or main tenant rents them quietly to keep guests and neighbors happy, it’s unlikely there will be enforcement or even any short-term rental regulations at all. That’s currently the case in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs, city officials say. “If we had [complaints], it would have

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Above, screen shots taken from the Airbnb.com website showcase rentals on everything from entire manisons in Buckhead to spare bedrooms in Sandy Springs’ cul-de-sacs to short-term stays in upscale condos with access to fitness centers and pools.

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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.

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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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“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.

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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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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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Republican primary election. The other is attorney Deborah Silcox. The winner will take the office, since there is no Democratic challenger. McDonald was elected to represent City Council District 3 in 2013. He resigned the council seat on March 11, the day he qualified for the House primary. In a written statement issued March 14, McDonald said he wants to bring “Sandy Springs Solutions” to state government, referring to the city’s model of privatized services, and that he does not consider himself to be running against Wilkinson. “Representative Wilkinson is a fine and civic-spirited man,” McDonald said in the statement. “The most difficult aspect of my decision to run was that it would place us as contenders in the same election. Ultimately, I chose to run because a broad range of leadership in our community urged me to bring new energy to this legislative seat. I am mindful that no seat in government is any one person’s, it is the community’s.” In an interview, McDonald said he “most certainly” has enough experience to represent the entire House district which includes parts of Buckhead and northwest Atlanta - after a few years of representing a central Sandy Springs council district. “I’ve worked very diligently over what I consider to be four years as an in-touch community servant” and attended dozens of community meetings and events, he said. “I do believe I will able to represent the com-

munity’s desires and interests at the State House.” Silcox said she is a lifelong Sandy Springs resident and real estate attorney who is turning to politics now that her two children are in college. She is a longtime Chastain Park Conservancy board member and a new member of the Sandy Springs Society. “Sandy Springs has a great tradition of female leaders, with [the late Mayor] Eva Galambos, with [the late state Rep.] Dorothy Felton and many others,” Silcox said. “I aspire to be the next one.” Silcox said her statewide experience includes chairing the board of the state Commission for Service and Volunteerism under Gov. Nathan Deal. “I’m running because I think I’m the best person for the job,” Silcox said, adding that as a candidate she is “better than Joe…He’s older than me. I think I have the energy. I think I have that experience.” Silcox said she has more experience and deeper local roots than McDonald. McDonald said that he has met Silcox and finds her “very nice and intelligent.”

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unfounded.” Wilkinson also said that Silcox is a “very, very close” friend who he told to be “ready” after she “had gotten wind that Graham and Rusty SPECIAL PHOTOS were going At left, City Councilman Graham McDonald has resigned his post to run for the state House seat currently held by Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Atlanta), second from left. McDonald has the support of Sandy to pull this Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, center, and will also face another challenger, Deborah Silcox, right. stunt.” Asked if that means lard (R-Sandy Springs) both chose to retold people he was not running. Silcox is running to somehow weaken tire at ends of their terms. City leaders “I was blindsided, having spoken McDonald’s vote to Wilkinson’s benefit, thought it would be better to set up a to Graham on Wednesday [March 9], Wilkinson said, “I can’t really discuss good candidate now for Wilkinson’s when he assured me he was not runit, but you’re a smart man. That may seat who Willard could “mentor,” Mcning and he would very much like me be part of it. It may be trying to build Donald said, adding that Willard is also to help him to get better known in the name recognition for her to run a race, supporting his candidacy. Atlanta business community and so maybe in two years.” Paul confirmed in emails that he forth,” Wilkinson said. “I was blindsidSilcox said she indeed agrees that is endorsing McDonald and denied ed and very disappointed in him and McDonald “totally blindsided” WilkinWilkinson’s claim, adding that he supRusty.” son, but that she also took McDonald’s ported Wilkinson in his previous camMcDonald said Wilkinson indeed candidacy as an opportunity to chalpaigns. had been advising him on a possible lenge Wilkinson herself at the advice “I simply think it’s time for younger, campaign, but denied any surprises. of her political consultant, Mark Rounmore energetic leadership, an opinion “I spoke [about] specific changes of tree. She said her candidacy is not part I have shared in several conversations circumstance with him in advance of of any strategy to help Wilkinson. with Mr. Wilkinson over the past two qualifying,” McDonald said. “City lead“Not at all. There’s no plotting or speyears, including the Feb. 20 conversaers came to me upon the determinacial situation on my part in this,” Silcox tion to which he refers,” Paul said. “So, tion that the city could face two freshsaid. “I just didn’t want to go against pretending to be a victim or any allemen representatives in two years” if [Wilkinson] one on one.” gation of ‘blindsiding’ is unseemly and Wilkinson and state Rep. Wendell Wil-

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Wilkinson, who has served in the House since 2000, touted his experience and relationships as benefiting the district, which includes parts of Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Northwest Atlanta. “Experience counts,” Wilkinson said, adding that he has earned such nicknames as the “instructor pilot of the House” for his veteran status and “the Cal Ripken of the House” for never missing a day of regular or special sessions. He contrasted himself with McDonald, who “didn’t even finish his first term” in elected office. Wilkinson also noted that he is a “Buckhead boy” as well as the lead sponsor of the legislation that put the landmark incorporation of the city of Sandy Springs on the ballot. A special election is required to fill the City Council seat because there are more than 12 months left in McDonald’s term, Sandy Springs city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said. The city clerk is working on the date and details of that election, which could be as soon as this spring or as late as the fall. The City Council will vote on an election date at its April 5 meeting. Asked whether he has any successor in mind for the council seat, McDonald would say only that he is certain there will be a number of strong candidates.


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never supported by a traffic study. Residents and city officials met at City Hall in early March in what both sides described as a positive first step in communications. Since the meeting, Mayor Rusty Paul and other leaders have expressed renewed interest in seeing a mass transit line running on Hammond, while Oppenheimer said any widening is a major threat to “one of Sandy Springs’ original and largest neighborhoods.” “They wanted to hear what we are doing and reassurances we have not made plans without letting them know,” said City Councilman Tibby DeJulio. “They were concerned, and rightfully so.” Officials said the city has been approved for an Atlanta Regional Commission grant to conduct a Hammond traffic study. “Of course, one of the options is always [to] do nothing,” DeJulio said. “The plan is that we need a plan.” Oppenheimer said if the study is done objectively, residents are willing to consider it. But if it supports widening, that means demolishing homes. “The Number One problem is, widening Hammond Drive would destroy our neighborhood,” Oppenheimer said. “It will remove 100 homes, more than 100 homes, from our neighborhood and sever our neighborhood into two disconnected pieces.” Hammond Drive is a major east-west connection between Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs and Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody. Most of Hammond has been expanded to various widths over the years., but the section between Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive in the Glenridge Hammond neighborhood remains two lanes. Government officials frequently call it a traffic bottleneck. Oppenheimer says it’s a street that maintains its residential character. Plans to widen that section of Hammond go back a decade, and so does neighborhood distrust. “This project has a dubious history,” Oppenheimer said. “This has had a life of its own with no [traffic study] support for so long.” Residents remain unhappy that a 2009 transit plan came without studies and with little public input, he said. Fears of a similar situation were sparked by the city’s recent purchases of three residential properties along Hammond as land-banking for the possible widening. “We’ve said we’d look at the results of SS

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At the Cathedral of St. Philip, Easter morning starts with a Boy Scout bonfire. Members of the big stone Episcopal church towering above Peachtree Road in the heart of Buckhead begin their Easter celebrations around a fire lit long before dawn and tended by scouts from Troop 74, which is based at the church. During that first service of the day, clergy, choir members and parishioners light candles from the fire and carry the flames into the dark church. As they sing and pray and offer praise, the sun rises outside and shines through the Cathedral’s stained glass windows, coloring the flower-filled church with morning light, said Rev. Wallace Marsh, St. Philip’s canon for worship and parish life. “It’s beautiful,” Marsh said. Other Christian churches, large and small, also host special Easter services, including ones designed to greet the Easter sunrise, the start of the day that marks the most important moment in Christianity. For large churches, the crowd of worshippers expected to celebrate 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 worshipers are expected on Easter, Marsh said. Other large churches also expect the faithful to flock to church that morning. Peachtree United Methodist Church in Buckhead, for instance, expects about 4,500 to 5,000 worshippers on Easter – compared to about 1,700 attending on a typical Sunday – and has added an extra service, a fourth to be held that day, to accommodate the crowds, said Senior Minister Bill Britt. St. Philip adds two extra services on Easter Day. But Marsh, who calls himself the cathedral’s “offensive coordinator” for Easter services, says that’s just the beginning. Marsh counts Easter services as the ones staged during Easter week, which

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Above left, parishioners attend the Cathedral of St. Philip’s Holy Eucharist Rite II service, held from 8:45 to 10 a.m. on March 13 in Buckhead. Right, Rev. C. Wallace Marsh VI delivers the sermon.

St. Philip expects between 2,500 and 3,000 worshippers to fill its pews on Easter Sunday, and will add two extra services to accommodate the crowds.

starts the Sunday before, known as Palm Sunday, and continues through the five services scheduled on Easter Day. During the week, the cathedral hosts 22 separate services, he said, including special ones on Thursday, Friday 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.

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day. 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. 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 begin. “It is a beautifully surreal 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 Continued on page 20


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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: freshtix.com/ events/rhythm-and-brews. Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Learn more: heritagesandysprings.org or call 404-851-9111 x1.

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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.

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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: wieuca.org 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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were called to an apartment complex on March 8, just before 11 p.m., on a robbery call. They found a man who had been injured and was bleeding from his head. The man said he was trying to unlock his door to his apartment when he was approached by a young gun-toting male demanding the keys to his car. The victim refused and was hit in the head by the suspect’s gun. The suspect then fled. „„A witness said he saw a young male

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Primary Variances (6): 1. Variance from Sec. 12.B.8.D.4a to waive front entry requirement on public ROW for building on Cliftwood Way; 2. Variance from Sec. 12.B.8.D.4a to waive front entry requirement on public ROW for building on Roswell Road;

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3. Variance from Sec. 12.B.8.F.2c to waive transparency requirement on public ROW (Cliftwood Way);

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4. Variance from Sec.12.B.8.F.2b.V to increase allowable building length from 200’ to 252’ for rear building; 5. Variance from Sec. 12.B.8.E.2 to reduce the minimum required building height from 25’ to 16’8” for the northernmost building; 6. Variance from Section 12.B.8.E to reduce the minimum required building height from 25’ to 20’ for the southernmost building. Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals April 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600 SS


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„ 1100 block of Perimeter Center West

– On March 5, a construction project manager reported that he was informed by employees that other employees have been committing thefts over the past couple of months, primarily stealing electrical equipment amounting to $15,000. „ A man on Claridge Drive said that on

March 5 he met a woman at a bar and restaurant at Phipps Plaza and they returned to his home to drop his car off and then take an Uber to a club. He came home and had a beer. The next thing that he remembers is that he awoke the following day on his couch. His watch, bracelet, house keys and keys to his car were missing. The car was not taken. He said the woman had an indented tooth, a tattoo on her back, and called herself “Olivia.” He said the staff at the bar knew her as “Alex.” He believes he was drugged. „ 1100 block of

Mount Vernon Highway – On March 6, a 45-year-old man reported that during his workout at a gym, someone removed a combination lock and took his backpack that contained several items.

„ 6600 block of Roswell Road – On

March 6, a 55-year-old woman reported that after shopping at a grocery store, she loaded her items into the car and then returned the cart to the cart-return area. She returned to her car only to find her purse was gone. „ 6100 block of Peachtree Dunwoody

Road – On March 7, a hotel employee said someone took her backpack from behind the front desk of the hotel. Missing are personal items and $1,200 cash. „ 5400 block of Meridian Mark Road –

taling $97. „ A woman reported that she and her

boyfriend were at a hotel on Hammond Drive when he snatched her phone and began looking at her contacts, then refused to return it. They fought over it but he then left with the phone.

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„ On March 8, at a discount department

store in the 5500 block of Roswell Road, a man took several items and paid for some, but not all. Two items he didn’t pay for were an Apple Air Port valued at $199 and a $429 breast pump. „ On March 10 on Adair Lane, a 25-year-

old woman said she placed her clothes in the laundry room of her apartment complex. She returned 30 minutes later and found that all of her underwear was gone. She said this happened once before. She noticed a man sitting in a Chevy Impala in the parking lot during that time. The victim’s friend said she also had underwear stolen from that room before. She said the same car was there prior to her theft as well.

OT H E R „ A 50-year-old man reported that he

owns a home in Marietta that he leases. He notified the tenant that the lease was up and emailed him if he wanted to renew. The man said he did initially, but did not contact the owner afterward. The owner assumed he did not want to renew. The owner went about the business of showing the home to new prospects, angering the current resident who has now made threats to shoot anyone coming over—specifically with a scoped rifle. „ An officer was called to meet with a

woman who said that her 12-year-old daughter was being disrespectful to her and had been missing school. She confronted her daughter, who in turn said she would have her friend kill her mother, if she wished.

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Petitioner:

Alan Clark

Location:

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Request:

Two (2) Variances from Development Regulation 109-225: Request to encroach into 50’ stream buffer and 75’ impervious surface setback for addition to existing single family residence and construction of single car garage; Request to bring nonconforming structure encroaching in 25’ and 50’ stream buffers and 75’ impervious surface setback into conformity

Sandy Springs 5252 Roswell Road, Suite 202 | Atlanta, GA 30342 Sandy Springs 404.252.4908

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals April 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

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