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Middle schoolers Nora Rosenfeld, 11, left, and Lucy Grey Sheilds, 12, share a joke and a sunny afternoon in the ‘Triangle Park,’ which was landscaped by the Castlewood Civic Association. The park is a place parents meet their kids after school.


Castlewood: A place where friendships can be forged at the playground BY JOE EARLE

They start appearing at the end of the school day. Kids leaving class head for the playground. Their parents stroll down a wooded path through the neighborhood and gather there, too, as they wait to make their daily after-school child pickups. For members of many young families living on nearby streets, it’s a path to neighborhood bonding. “That’s how Kim and I are friends,” Castlewood Drive resident Jennifer Srouji said one recent afternoon as she and her neighbor Kim Nagy walked past Morris Brandon Elementary, the school they see as the heart of their neighborhood. Srouji chairs the neighborhood garden club. Nagy is co-president of the school’s PTA. “No, we met at garden club,” Nagy said. “You sent me a card. I still have it.” “Oh, that’s so cute. But we became friends at the playground,” Srouji replied. The Buckhead neighborhood known as Castlewood de-

veloped in the 1950s, residents say, when a group of postwar, ranch-style homes were built along five hilly streets – Castlewood, Dover, Edinboro, Mornington, Rhodenhaven and Rockingham. Later, homes rose as other streets – Arden Close and West Arden – were added. Now there are about 270 homes in the area, said Erin Mayo, president of the Castlewood Civic Association. “It’s a little pocket in a big city,” Nagy said. That’s one of the first things several residents said in praise of their neighborhood – it’s close Where to things. Midtown and downtown Atlanta are You a short jaunt in one direction, Cobb County Live a quick run in another direction. The heart of Buckhead is nearby, too. “The location is amazing,” Srouji said. But even more than its convenience, residents talk of Castlewood’s sense of community. It’s the kind of neighborhood where Halloween is a big deal, they say. The garSEE WE RELY, PAGE 6

Now a new round of politicking can begin. Atlanta voters on March 17 overwhelmingly approved a $250 million bond issue to pay for infrastructure projects across the city. The money – to be raised without a tax increase, according to Mayor Kasim Reed – is to be used to repair bridges, provide new traffic signals, fix city buildings and pave streets. But the final list of projects hasn’t yet been set in concrete by the city. While the great majority of the projects have been publicly identified, members of Atlanta City Council are to vote on the final list later this year. The list is available on the city’s website at “It’s a work in progress,” City Councilman Howard Shook said. “I’m hopeful the day is not far off when we’re going to wresSEE INFRASTRUCTURE, PAGE 5

Bonds win big Atlanta voters on March 17 overwhelmingly approved a pair of bond issues to finance $250 million in infrastructure improvements. Question one: To approve $187 million in bonds for transportation projects Yes: 18,314 - 88 percent No: 2,448 - 12 percent Question two: To approve $64 million in bonds to upgrade municipal facilities. Yes: 17,791 - 86 percent No: 3,013 - 14 percent Source: Fulton County Registration and Elections

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Road widening, restriping and bike lanes are coming to a number of Buckhead’s busiest streets. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is working on the widening of Piedmont Road north of the Buckhead Loop to Habersham Drive. The widening is intended to create a continuous center left-turn lane from Habersham to the signal intersection at Piedmont Center. “This will get turning vehicles out of the travel lanes and free up the bottleneck there, especially in the afternoon,” Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, told members of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods on March 12. “Utility relocation is a mess right now, but the work is scheduled to be finished late summer,” he added. Durrett also outlined several other projects that are proposed in or near Buckhead Village. They include: • A plan to restripe West Paces Ferry between Slaton Drive and Peachtree Road. Durrett said a recent reconfiguration of the road created lanes that confused drivers. The new design will return the road closer to the way it was before, with two travel lanes in each direction and a two-way left turn lane. The westbound bike lane will be removed, Durrett said, and the eastbound bike lane will be improved. The changes also would help drivers turning right from West Paces to get out of the through-traffic lane more quickly, he said. The new design also adds a mid-block crossing at Whole Foods to the Buck-

head Plaza 1 building. The crossing will have a pedestrian refuge at the center and a rapid flashing beacon to warn motorists of people in the crosswalk. • New lane configurations created by restriping the roads are planned for Pharr Road between Peachtree and Piedmont roads. See the related article on page 3. • GDOT also is close to approving plans for improvements to Peachtree Road from Maple Drive to Shadowlawn Drive through Buckhead Village. “You’ll see a new Peachtree along that stretch in 2017,” Durrett said. One plan proposes two lanes in either direction with a center turn lane and bike lanes on each side. The other plan proposes a combination two-lane and three-lane road, with the number of lanes in each direction likely switching at West and East Wesley. “GDOT is still refining these plans. There will be meetings where the plans will be shown and to get public feedback,” Durrett said. One person attending the meeting pointed out that some plans create bicycle lanes, and asked why more bike lanes were needed. Durrett responded that drivers and cyclists were going to have to learn to share the road. “We are collectively adolescent when it comes to sharing the road and how streets are used,” he said. “Cyclists need to learn to behave, people who drive cars need to learn to behave. Bikes as a mode of transportation are here to stay and growing.”

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New lines could create bike lanes on Pharr Road BY JOE EARLE

Luke Delporte didn’t like what he saw. As he looked over a proposal to paint new stripes on Pharr Road in order to reduce the number of lanes used by cars on parts of the street and to create bike lanes, Delporte, who lives in a nearby Buckhead neighborhood, thought the plan would slow traffic and convince drivers to use side streets through residential areas. “It’s a bad idea,” Delporte said after looking over the design during a public presentation March 4 at the Atlanta International School. The design proposes restriping portions of Pharr and Paces Ferry roads in Buckhead Village. He was among about two dozen people who attended the presentation. “You’re looking at one of the few arteries in Buckhead that is very fluid. You’re looking to reduce it. If the artery is blocking up, ultimately you might have a heart attack. ... An artery that is in the heart of a city cannot be narrowed.” But planners who developed the proposal say traffic counts show Pharr’s lanes could be trimmed to make room for bicycles. They propose taking the five lanes now on Pharr and restriping the road to create two through lanes, a central turn lane, and two bike lanes for

much of the street connecting Peachtree and Piedmont roads. Pharr would continue to provide four lanes for cars at its intersections with Peachtree and Piedmont, said Joel Mann, associate project planner for consultants Nelson Nygaard. The plan made sense to Bruce Salzinger, who owns a business on Pharr, and Steve Jacobs, who lives in nearby Garden Hills. “It’s a good idea,” Salzinger said. “They’re going to have lanes which will encourage people to use their bikes.” In a post online, cyclist John Kolms said he used his bike on Pharr weekly. He endorsed the bike lanes and called for the addition of bike racks and more trees along Pharr as well. “Get a bike lane on Pharr, and then we can worry about connecting it to the other bike lanes,” he wrote. “It will eventually come. These are baby steps!” Besides, Jacobs said during the March 4 gathering, if the changes on Pharr don’t work, they, too, can be changed. “The good thing is, this is nothing but paint,” he said. The Buckhead Community Improvement District is proving that point through proposed restriping of a stretch

Bruce Salzinger, center, and Steve Jacobs, right, examine plans for painting new lanes on Pharr Road. Luke Delporte, left, questions the proposed changes.

of West Paces Ferry. That plan also was presented during the March 4 meeting, which was sponsored by the BCID and the city of Atlanta. BCID officials are proposing painting new stripes on a portion of West Paces Ferry that recently was “restriped” to create new bike lanes. But the new design proved confusing to drivers and has been unpopular with residents, so planners are proposing a re-do.


The new plan would return the lane configuration to what it had been before, with two lanes in each direction, provide one bike lane along the stretch between Slaton Drive and the St. Regis Atlanta hotel instead of two, and add a pedestrian crossing in the middle of the block. “We think it’ll be less confusing because it’ll be less paint overall,” said Sean Johnston, a consultant with Kimley Horn.

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tle with the list and get all this nailed down.” City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean told the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods on March 12 that she was frustrated that a final list of projects wasn’t available before the vote. “I apologize to the voters,” Adrean said. “It’s been very frustrating to me. We have reached agreements on projects and the council members have their own internal lists of projects, but those were not updated on the [bond infrastructure] website for voters.” But final list or not, voters overwhelmingly approved the plan, which includes money to repair city buildings. Turnout was low – only 20,762 voters, or about 7.5 percent of those registered, cast ballots – but on each of the two bonds, more than 85 percent of the voters cast “yes” ballots. Reed welcomed the vote, saying the results “demonstrate that Atlanta residents are ready to improve the look, feel and experience of our city above the ground.” “The infrastructure bond will be the most consequential single investment we will make to repair our city’s

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den club, which sprouted in 1954, sells greenery during the winter holidays so residents can decorate their mailboxes. The Civic Association, incorporated in 2003, hires security patrols, but also hosts a chili cook-off in the fall and a meet-the-neighbors party in the spring. Srouji, who calls Castlewood “my family,” describes the neighborhood this way: “It’s a place where, if you’re in the grocery store and the line is long, there are 10 people you can call to pick up your kids,” she said. Residents also say Morris Brandon Elementary’s reputation for success helps make the neighborhood at-


Left to right, Kim Nagy, Erin Mayo, holding son Colin, and Jennifer Srouji chat outside Morris Brandon Elementary.

tractive to young families. “For the most part, the nucleus of this neighborhood is Morris Brandon,” said former Civic Association president Josh Goldfarb. “Everyone walks there. That, in itself, creates a community.” Goldfarb, a commercial real estate broker, grew up in the Druid Hills area and lived in Brookhaven before settling in Castlewood. When his family was looking for a new home, “my wife, who is not from Atlanta, wanted us to be in an area where I did not have a big history. She wanted kind of a neutral area,” he said. He moved into one of the neighborhood’s newer homes, built on Dover, in 2007. He likes the area. “It’s a


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very social neighborhood,” he said. PHIL MOSIER Mayo, his successor as president of Hampton Srouji reads while his the civic association, moved in just two brother, John, searches for a years ago. She got her start with the asnew book from the Little Free sociation because she was outraged by Library in the neighborhood park. a chain-link fence at the school, which is across the street from her home. “I “If it’s an older house, it’s going to go,” knocked on the president’s door and she said. “So many [people] want the asked about the fence,” she said. location.” She found herself recruited to be She has no plans to leave herself. an officer of the association. The fence “No. I’m going to go feet first,” she said. is gone now, and the neighborhood fiMore recent residents express themnanced the landscaping of a small park selves nearly as strongly in their affection alongside the school. “This view is a lot for the neighborhood. better than it used to be,” she said one “This is our family now,” Srouji said. recent afternoon as she, Srouji and Nagy “We went through Morris Brandon. My met at Mayo’s home to talk about Caskids are in private schools now, but this tlewood. is their home now. ... We don’t have a Not all of Castlewood’s residents are picket fence, but we have one across the young families or newcomers, of course. street.” Mimi Roberts, for one, has lived in her Srouji ran into her friend Jennifer home on Rhodenhaven for years. Rosenfeld at the “triangle park” the garActually, she’s lived there twice. Her den club had landscaped. In the park, parents bought the house when they benches flank a “free little library” moved to Atlanta in 1955. Her dad that offers books to passersby. Rosenwas a salesman for a family-owned rope feld’s 11-year-old daughter is a stubusiness and her mother a nurse. Robdent at nearby Sutton Middle School, erts was off at college at the time, but and Rosenfeld was waiting at the park moved in with them for a few years beto pick her up after school. She defore and after she graduated. When her scribed Castlewood as “a neighborparents bought the house, she said, there hood where you can walk to school were only a few others on the street. and you have an easy commute, no The street quickly filled with more new traffic.” houses. And, she said, it was a place where In 1995, after her parents had died, she could count on her neighbors. Roberts and her husband moved into “We rely on our village,” she said. the house. “The house has never sold but once,” she said. “That’s a record, I think, for this community.” She’s expanded the house during those years – “I probably doubled it,” she said – but all around her she sees houses changing even more. Her neighborhood is being rebuilt a house at a time. The old ones are being demolished and new, much larger ones, being built in their places. JOE EARLE Four new homes are going Josh Goldfarb calls Castlewood in on her street, she said. “a very social neighborhood.” BH



Track stars on display North Atlanta High School was the site of the inaugural “Addidas West Stride Buckhead Invitational Track Meet” on March 7. Clockwise, above, left, Dunwoody High School track team member Amy Last shows off her pole vaulting skills. Center, Danny Palmer, a member of the North Springs Charter High School track team, takes on the long jump. Right, Blake Tiede, from Dunwoody High School, leads the men’s 3200 meter race. Tiede finished third. Above, Dunwoody High’s Laney Griffeth, seated left, and Amy Last, relax with other participants between events. At left, Chamblee Charter High School track team member Will West clears the pole during his vault. Left above, North Atlanta’s Tarig Moore, a freshman, soars during the long jump. BH |

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New development rolls into Chamblee BY LESLIE JOHNSON In the wake of the Great Recession, business development in Chamblee has picked up, and the onset of activity is bolstering the city’s entrepreneurial spirit. “It’s exciting. We’re in a development cycle, and it’s a good problem to have,” said Adam Causey, the city’s economic development manager. Major recent and still-unfolding developments – several of them ambitious mixeduse projects – in Chamblee include: • The Olmsted, near the Chamblee MARTA station, will include one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, restaurants and retail. It has been touted as a “Transit Oriented Development,” or TOD. Delivery is set to begin in early 2016. Cocke Finkelstein Inc., along with Macauley + Schmit and Origin Capital, are involved in bringing the project to life. • The Blee on Peachtree, another mixed-use concept and reimagining of the former Roswell Junction. According to its website, plans call for a chef-driven Food Hall spanning 13,500 square feet; access to a terraced pocket park; 130,000 square feet of selected retail “to fit into the district and be part of the community redevelopment” and 30,000 square feet for a natural foods grocer; year-round artist market; up to 125 “loft-style residential units”; electric car plug-ins, bike racks and a rooftop garden, among other amenities. • Parkview on Peachtree, at Peachtree Boulevard and Clairmont Road, is to be completed in two phases. Plans call for nearly 600 apartment units on top of a diverse commercial component. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12


The Olmsted project, near the Chamblee MARTA station, will include one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, restaurants and retail.

The Wright stuff: A family business finds home in Dunwoody BY JOE EARLE


Matt Wright’s business, The Wright Gourmet Shoppe, has been around 31 years, and has become a Dunwoody institution.

Matt Wright and his dad, John, were the first ones in one recent Friday morning. They are most days, Matt Wright said. They usually arrive at their Dunwoody sandwich shop before 7 a.m. to meet vendors delivering fresh produce or to run to the store for last-minute ingredients and to set up the stations where their employees assemble sandwiches and salads. Their 10 employees trickled in over the next couple of hours. They set to work making soup, putting together trays of sandwiches for delivery to their corporate catering customers or putting out cookies and desserts. “Is it 10 o’clock yet?” cashier Kirstee Teesateskie asked, looking up at the clock. It was. Time to open up. Soon, the daily stream of customers would begin filling The Wright Gourmet Shoppe, a 31-year-old family business that has become a Dunwoody institution. “When we started doing this, there weren’t many lunch places [in Dunwoody]. None of the chain folks,” Matt Wright said. “We were one of the few places. We’ll have people who will eat here this week that have been eating here 30 years. It’s pretty neat.” Matt Wright, who’s 44 and grew up in the business, manages it now. His dad, John, who will admit only to being “over 70,” owns the place. Back in the 1980s, John Wright was working as a salesman and traveling a lot. He decided he wanted to get off the road, but “I didn’t know what my next career was going to be,” he said. He decided to open a sandwich shop modeled on one his dad had opened and operated in Tampa, Fla., since the 1960s. “I thought it seemed like a natural thing to do,” he said. He copied a couple of menu items from the Florida business, including the “Bahama Baby” and the “Beef Martini,” so named because the mushrooms on the sandwich are steeped in vermouth, one of the ingredients of a martini cocktail, Matt Wright said. The Tampa sandwich shop is still operated by members of Wright’s family, but the two businesses operate independently, Matt Wright said. The Dunwoody shop also has developed a couple of its own specialties, such as the vegetarian “Napa” sandwich, the “Rebel Reuben,” a turkey sandwich, and the “Dunwoody Club,” Matt Wright said. John Wright lived in Stone Mountain when he opened his sandwich shop. A friend convinced him that CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 |

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ness and Professional Coalition, which was largely about networking, and the Chamblee Business Association. “You start with a foundation, then go with the walls and framing, and the Chamber of Commerce is like the roof,” said business owner Alvarado, founder of Handy Husband. Chamber officials also want to promote local arts. “We are establishing an arts community. That’s one of the things we’re trying to create is an art incubator, an art activity center here in Chamblee,” Alvarado said. “It’s like we’re just hungry right now Some of the ideas behind the develfor activity around here, post-recession oping “Arts Chamblee” initiative inperiod,” said Lou Alvarado, chairman of clude art shows and events. “We feel the Chamblee Chamber of Commerce, there is no voice for the arts anywhere in which was formed last year. “We have a the area,” Alvarado said. City Council, a city manager and a may“Chamblee is nestled amongst or that want business to come to Chamthree great communiblee. And they’re makties: Brookhaven, Duning that happen,” woody and Doraville,” In addition, the Alvarado said. “We’re 107-year-old city, which inside I-285 and we still sits at the edge of the have affordable properrapidly growing Perimties, and I think the city eter area, plans to work wants to do some really on an economic develneat stuff. Art is part of opment strategic plan, that neat stuff. It all goes with plenty of public inback to the leadership.” put, that will help deAlvarado attributes termine where it is now Chamblee’s increased and where it should look business activity to sevin the future in terms of Lou Alvarado, chairman eral factors, including growth. of the Chamblee the presence of DeKalbOnce a town cenChamber of Commerce. Peachtree Airport, proxtered on dairies and railimity to the redevelopment of the former roads, according to its history page on General Motors plant in nearby Doraville, the city website, Chamblee also had a strong entrepreneurial push supported a strong military presence at different by city officials, as well as millenials, who points in its history. are keeping the ingenuity wheels turning. Today there is the Chamblee Motor “The mindset around here is we all Mile, an effort to draw attention to the want the best for the city,” Alvarado dealerships and other car-related busisaid. “We hear sometimes where peonesses scattered along Peachtree Road ple want the best for themselves, but it from I-285 to Clairmont Road, accordseems we have more of an attitude of, at ing to the Chamber’s website; a busy the end of the day, it’s not about you, it’s Walmart Supercenter and other big renot about me, it’s about the city. tailers; as well as small and mid-sized en“We have a lot of people that want to tities, including antiques and consignmake that happen, a lot of people that ment shops. are engaged. It’s a really a good commuThe new chamber was built on the nity.” foundation of the Chamblee Area Busi• Peachtree Crossing, a new project in the works with reported plans for a Whole Foods in an anchor spot. Chamblee City Council gave the OK for the development, covering some 11 acres, according to The Chamblee Post. • New construction of Ed Voyles Kia Galleria on Peachtree Boulevard, next to Wendy’s and a new Jim Ellis Audi dealership.


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Dunwoody would be a good place to set up shop. “[I was] just looking for a good location that our merchandise and food would be appreciated in,” he said. It’s worked out well. After a few years of operation in a shopping center on Jett Ferry Road, the Wrights settled in 1988 in the Shops of Dunwoody on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road in the heart of the town. They’ve been there since. Along the way, Matt Wright said, the sandwich shop has become “an old Dunwoody place.” They’ve served generations of Dunwoody families. Matt Pe ri m et e r Wright said he now regularly serves adults who first ate P ro fi l e Wright’s sandwiches when they were kids who “couldn’t see over the counter.” These days, he said, they bring along their own children. “It’s really great to have made it that long in a place, where you’re starting to see generations come in,” he said. He’s gotten to know many of his customers. “When I see them, I don’t see them as ‘customers,’ but as friends,” he said. “They become friends through the business, which is kind of nice.” About half of the Wrights’ business usually comes from catering, Matt Wright said. The shop provides lunch trays for local businesses and sometimes caters home parties. The shop turns out 300 to 400 sandwiches a day, he said, and also sells dishes of lasagna and other foods for take-out home dinners. “Generally speaking, we do the same things we’ve kind of always done,” Matt Wright said.


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That may mean getting to work early and running a business six days a week, but the Wrights say they have no plans to do anything else. “I’ve enjoyed the service industry,” Matt Wright said. ”It’s not for everybody, but I’ve always enjoyed it.”

His dad still comes in every morning. He has no plans to retire. “Why? I don’t play golf anymore,” John Wright said. “I’d just as soon keep working. I enjoy it. I’ll be here until [Matt] runs me off, I guess.”

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Addae Moon first read “Gone With The Wind” last year. He’d seen the movie made from Atlanta writer Margaret Mitchell’s novel, but had never read the book itself. Surprisingly, the 43-year-old black writer found he liked some things about the 79-year-old novel. Not everything, of course. “I got frustrated with it,” he said. “I had to put it down because I got angry.” But he’d pick it up later and keep going. “I totally understand Margaret’s desire to tell your point of view and your truth, but I also can understand what it feels like to be the victim of someone else’s truth,” he said. Now he wants others to take a new look at “Gone With The Wind.” Moon, director of theater at the Atlanta History Center, writes history pieces to be performed at the center. Most create characters to appear as part of the center’s historic presentations. He’s done pieces about the Atlanta race riots in 1906 and about a slave potter. Usually, the pieces are designed to add diversity to the museum’s displays. On March 27 and 28, the History Center will stage a new short play by Moon built around a discussion of racial and social issues raised by Mitchell’s novel. “Tomorrow Is Another Day,” set in Mitchell’s home the day before the Atlanta premiere of the movie version of her book, imagines a conversation between Mitchell, her husband, John Marsh, and their maid, Jessie, who Moon said “has some issues” about the book. Moon, taking a break during a recent rehearsal of the play he wrote and also directs, said he wanted to write about Mitchell and “Gone With The Wind” because

the book still looms large in popular culture. “It still resonates with Americans for some reason,” he said. The novel is regularly listed among the most popular books in the country, he said, and the movie, along with the film “Birth Of A Nation,” have played a role in race relations in the U.S. “It’s easy to be critical of the movie, which is more cartoonish,” he said, “but, to me, the book is so much more complex.” He hopes his play will convince people to think about the novel, and then to talk about the book, and about race and racial divisions in the U.S. “I want people to read the book,” he said. “I think every American needs to read that book. ... A lot of things in the book are things we’re still dealing with.”

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Library Egg Hunt Tuesday, March 31, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Gather around as the Sandy Springs Branch Library holds an 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.

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Tuesday, March 24, 7-9:30 p.m. – Oglethorpe University Professors of Physics lead a film screening and discussion about the 2005 movie “Einstein’s Big Idea.” Presented as part of OUMA’s exhibition “Time is an Illusion: Revisiting Einstein’s Theories of Relativity.” Free. Open to the public. In the Earl Dolive Theatre, Philip Weltner Library, Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, 4484 Peachtree Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Visit: http:// or call 404-3648555 for details.

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Learn about the grant seeking process for nonprofit and public sector agencies, the challenges, and how to collaborate with outside agencies for mutual benefit. Discover writing techniques designed to produce proposals that are comprehensive, cogent and accountable. Free. Open to all. Suggested audiences: college, adult, elders. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Email: or call 404-814-3500 for information.

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Sunday, March 29, 1-5 p.m. – Marcus Jewish Community Center – Atlanta’s Teen Summerstock holds open auditions for “Mary Poppins.” One day only. All roles available. Actors ages 13-19 encouraged to audition. Be prepared with 16 measures of a song from the style of the show, and a one-minute comedic monologue. Accompanist provided. Bring a current headshot and resume. Rehearsals begin June 7; performances August 6-16. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody. To learn more and schedule a required audition reservation, email:

tive, kid-friendly open lab experience, in this session called “Interstellar Travel and Relationships – Time to Meet our Neighbors?” Explore interstellar travel, meet alien students, debate topics related to finding life “out there,” and ask your pressing questions about space. Activities appropriate for all ages. Free. Part of the Atlanta Science Festival. Georgia Perimeter College, Campus B Building, Room NB2000, 2101 Womack Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Go to: for details.



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Tuesday, March 24, 7 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: Doctors’ Centre, 980 Johnson Ferry Rd., NE, Ground Floor, Classroom B, Atlanta, 30342.

United Methodist Church invites the public to shop its Spring KidStuff consignment sale. Free admission. Sale features children’s clothing, toys, books, baby equipment and much more. (No children under 10 on Opening Night). Sale continues March 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and March 28, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., with many items 1/2 price. All proceeds support the missions of Kingswood UMC. In the Community Life Center, 5015 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Use the North Peachtree entrance. For details, go to: or call 770986-0421 x27.

Tossed Out Treasures Friday, March 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – The

Sandy Springs Society hosts the 24th annual “Tossed Out Treasures,” the ultimate flea market. Delve into a guilt-free shopping experience with bargains on high-end treasures including home décor, jewelry, silver, crystal, sports equipment, art, furniture, gently-used clothing and more. Sale continues Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. The community is invited to attend. Marshalls Plaza, 6337 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, visit:

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Tinnitus Support Saturday, March 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – The

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Kind of fishy The Knights of Columbus continued serving the public at their annual “Fish Fry” at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody on March 13. The Friday supper, which began Feb. 20, concludes March 27. Far left, Houston Hickey, 5, enjoys the food with friend David Sims, 9, right. Left, Knights of Columbus member Jack Deveer brings a tray of fish, cole slaw and fries to a table. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

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Volunteers Joan Plunkett, Skipper Plunkett walked around the sale Usher and Laura DeLong examined an space one recent afternoon as about 60 old, odd-looking goblet with a screw-on volunteers were busy getting items orgacap. They determined it held a secret. nized. Many asked her questions, even “During Prohibition, people would though she now is officially an advisor to take the lid off and pour liquor into it,” the event and no longer in charge. “We DeLong said, pointing out the glass botstarted this 24 years ago and I was a cotom. chair,” Plunkett said. “I’ve been working This was just one of hundreds, peron it so long, lots of people come to ask haps thousands, of items set to go on me questions.” sale during the Sandy Springs SociIndividual volunteers are responety’s annual Tossed Out Treasures sale, sible for specific sections of merchanscheduled for Friday, dise, Plunkett said. March 27, and Satur“Everybody takes so Do you know an organization or day, March 28. much pride in their individual making a difference When asked if she area,” she said. in our community? Email knew exactly how “Everybody in many items had been here is a volunteer donated, Plunkett reand they give hours sponded, “Oh my and hours of their gosh, I couldn’t even begin to tell you.” time. That’s what made it a success.” Now in its 24th year, the popular sale Last year, the society celebrated its raises money to further the nonprofit so25th anniversary. ciety’s goal of providing for other non“It started with 15 women that deprofit groups in the Sandy Springs area. cided they needed to help,” Plunkett “There’s a reason we do this,” Plunsaid. “They said, ‘we need to get these kett said. “This is the thing that brings women together. Women can do a job.’ us as an organization together. We have They got up to 100 people the first year. fun and support the community.” “It’s a lot of women from the Sandy Last year, the society’s sale raised Springs area. If you didn’t know them $72,000, Plunkett said. Through the before, you get to know them through years, the sale has provided funds the sothe society.” ciety has given to more than 20 different philanthropic groups, the society says. “We’re a service to people because they’re getting a lot of nice things at a good price,” Plunkett said. “We feel like Tossed out treasures we’re doing two services -- the money we get we give all back, and there may be The Sandy Springs Society people who can’t afford a lot and they holds its 24th annual “upscale flea market” to raise money can come and buy nice clothes.” for local nonprofit groups. Clothes aren’t the only things offered for sale, though. When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The showroom, this year located in March 27 and 10 a.m. to a building at 6337 Roswell Road that 6:30 p.m. March 28 once housed a department store, is organized into sections. There are sections Where: 6337 Roswell Road for furniture, men’s and women’s clothCost: Admission is free. ing, kitchen items, Christmas decorations, fine silver and china, books, elecFor more information or to tronics, lamps, toys, jewelry, art and purchase $25 advance tickets even a “man-cave.” to the March 26 preview party: Lib Thompson, society president, said the event is “not your usual garage sale. It’s an upscale, resale event.”


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Eight years ago, a 12-yearold boy walking along Applegate Lane in Sandy Springs found the body of a baby boy in a gym bag left beside the road. “It was established by the medical examiner that the baby was born, and then exposed to the elements, thus ending his life,” Sandy Springs police spokesman Sgt. Ronald Momon said recently. That made the case a homicide. Still, there was little for investigators to go on, and the child was never identified nor the circumstances of his death discovered. Now, the baby’s death is the only Sandy Springs homicide since the founding of the city’s police department that is classified as a “cold case.” The case went “cold,” in that police had no leads to follow, almost as soon as it was reported. “There’s no black and white definition of what a ‘cold case’ is,” Dunwoody Detective Sgt. Patrick Krieg said.

Krieg said the way police approach cold cases usually depends on the size of a department and the number of active cases its officers pursue. The Atlanta Police Department, for instance, has a cold case task force of five detectives who regularly review case files as far back in time as the 1970s, Capt. Michael O’Connor said. But Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Dunwoody have no full-time detectives assigned only to cold cases, officials said. Brookhaven’s Maj. Brandon Gurley said detectives go through old case files that are in storage to see if a lead exists that could move an unsolved case forward. “We are at a point where we haven’t assigned detectives to cold cases because we don’t have anything that’s been inactive for more than a year or a year and a half,” Gurley said. “We haven’t grown to that point.” DeKalb homicide detectives work in teams to review old cas-

es routinely, DeKalb Police Sgt. Bryan Danner said. Atlanta started its task force a few years ago, O’Connor said, after realizing that cases can be solved from new information.“We start with cases where we think the suspect is alive and can be charged,” O’Connor said. Part of the reason the SSPD cold case is being reopened after eight years is because DNA crime-solving technology has advanced since 2007, Capt. John Mullin, of Sandy Springs, said. “The decision to reopen the newborn baby homicide case was an easy one as it is the only unsolved murder in Sandy Springs since the SSPD took over,” Mullin said. Kreig said whether to reopen a case depends on “the severity of the crime and solvability factors.” Krieg said he will reassign the case to another detective to review—but only if the lead detective on the case agrees.They usually do. “They appreciate another set of eyes,” Krieg said.

Police seek help on local ‘cold’ cases Some “cold” cases haunt detectives. In others, victims of violence want closure, no matter how long it takes. That’s why every police department develops a procedure for evaluating inactive or “cold” case files. Here are several open cases that local police departments continue to investigate months or years after the crimes occurred. Brookhaven: Police report no unsolved homicides, but detectives are seeking leads on five unsolved rapes from 2014. Buckhead: On Nov. 21, 1987, Margret Ragland of Alabama was found stabbed to death at the Terrace Garden Inn, 3405 Lenox Road. She was in town for a wedding and sharing a room with her mother. Her mother went shopping at 2:45 p.m. while Margret took a nap, and returned at 4:40 p.m. to find her daughter had been murdered. Dunwoody: Police have three unsolved homicides, all from 2010. One involves an incident in which a husband and wife died in a fire at their home. The third involves a man shot and killed at an apartment complex on Winters Chapel Road. Sandy Springs: Police recently reopened the city’s only unsolved homicide, which involves a newborn baby left to die in a gym bag in 2007.


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From police reports dated Feb. 22 through March 7 The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

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ROBBERY  1800

block of Howell Mill Road—On Feb. 27, a man with a gun entered a video game store and demanded the cash register opened. He asked if anyone was inside the store, then ordered the employee on the floor as he emptied the cash register. The gunman went to the rear storage room, grabbed an Xbox game system and the employee’s cellphone and ran out toward another store. Approximately $17 in cash that was taken from the register was recovered on the ground. The employee was able to push the panic alarm when the man ran out. The employee believes the same man robbed the location weeks earlier.

 3400 block of Lenox Road—On Feb. 25,

a man walking was approached by another man who demanded, “Give me your [expletive deleted] wallet and rings.” The pedestrian immediately reacted by asking, “Huh, what?” and the gunman said he had a gun and to “do it now.” Then the gunman struck the pedestrian in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. The gunman took cash and two rings from the man, and then ran off on foot.

 500

block of Main Street—On Feb. 23, someone came to an apartment and began kicking the door and yelling threats when he wasn’t allowed in the residence. The man gained entry when he was able to kick the door in, damaging the frame. A witness and the resident attempted to push the man out of the apartment, but he was able to overpower them and throw the resident against a wall. He continued inside, where he punched holes in the bedroom wall and snatched the resident’s car keys from a counter. The man left when she said she was dialing 911.

 600

block of Lindbergh Drive— On Feb. 27, two men approached a man who was walking his dog. One asked to use a cellphone, and the man walking his dog said he didn’t have a cellphone and then took off running. The two men chased him, and when he turned around, he saw one of them had a knife. When the man pulled his phone out to call 911, the two men ran off.

 1900

block of Piedmont Circle—On Feb. 27, someone used a stun gun 20 to 30 times to prevent a man from leaving a hotel room. He was pinned down and robbed of a wallet, bag and 14K gold chain. The robber was not on scene and was last seen in a maroon sedan.


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 2300 block of Bolton Road—On March

5, a man at a gas station was retrieving his wallet when he saw two men rapidly approaching him. As he opened his passenger door, the first man pointed a gun and demanded all his items while the second man stood by with a gun in hand. He gave the attackers his wallet that contained a license, credit cards, debit card and $60. They also removed $7 from the man’s hand before they turned and ran south on Bolton Road.

 2300

block of Marietta Boulevard—On March 3, a man entered a retail store and pointed a silver handgun at the people inside. An employee was ordered to open the register while a second person was ordered to get on the ground. When the employee complied, the gunman reached into the register taking $500 in cash. The man who robbed the store was last seen running toward a burgundy/red Jeep Cherokee. block of Howell Mill Road—On March 6, a man approached a car that was leaving a fast food drive-in window. The man signaled to roll the car’s window down, and the driver did so. The man then brandished a gun and demanded the driver “get out the [expletive deleted] car.” The driver held his left arm up to prevent being shot and drove away at a high rate of speed. The suspect fired twice, striking the driver in the forearm and leg. A white Hummer was behind the first car in the drive-thru, but parked. The driver said he believes the gunman exited that vehicle.

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block of Peachtree Road—On March 6, one man accepted a ride from another man, who then drove to an area near Piedmont Road and robbed him at gunpoint. The victim’s Apple iPhone, debit card and $200 were taken; his cards were later used at several ATMs totaling $2,500. It is unknown how the robber obtained the PIN as the robbed man was extremely intoxicated. He was able to take a taxicab home.


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volver blocked a man getting out of his car as he tried to leave an apartment complex. A second man, who did most of the talking, took a pizza and $5 from the man in the car. A third attacker opened the passenger door and took the driver’s LG Optimus G Pro cellphone with white case from the seat.  3800

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block of Roswell Road—On March 5, a man with a manila folder entered a bank. He approached the teller, placed the folder on the counter and tossed a dark blue zip-up bag at the teller. “Give me all of the hundreds and fifties and put them in the bag,” he said. When the teller hesitated, he said, “I’m serious, I’m not kidding and I have a gun.” When the teller began reaching for the alarm button, the man yelled, “Don’t press the button” and removed a folding knife from his right pocket and opened it. When the teller began to run, the man yelled, “Don’t run” and climbed over the counter. He removed $3,976 from the cash drawer, climbed back over the counter and fled through the front door, dropping his sunglasses.


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block of Hollywood Road—On March 1, police patrol units were investigating a robbery when they heard shots fired, saw a gray sedan flee and discovered a man had been shot. A “be on the lookout” was placed and police attempted to canvass the area, but could not find the man. A patrol unit returning from a property run saw the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop the passengers and driver. They jumped from the car and the officer pursued them on foot. One of the people was apprehended in the area of Lincoln Cemetery, but the second was not apprehended. A weapon was recovered the next day by a vagrant in an open field in the 2700 block of Browntown Road.

 600

block of Lindbergh Drive—On March 3, a man at a gas station confronted another person, saying “What are you looking at?” The person was stabbed in the stomach when a physical altercation ensued. A witness reported seeing the man with a “Gerber” type pocketknife. The man with the knife fled on foot before patrol units arrived. The stabbed person was transported to Grady hospital in stable condition.


block of Howell Mill Plantation— A window was pried open and a rear door found unlocked. A jade and gold chain

with a two-inch medallion, several strands of pearls, gold chains and a jade bracelet were taken.  4000

block of Paran Ridge Road—A burglary of a house was reported where a garage door was kicked in and the kitchen door was pried open. A Viking stove and refrigerator were taken.

 3200

block of Northside Parkway—An apartment was burglarized after the front door was forced open with a crow bar. An Apple iPad and a pair of Tiffany earrings were taken.

 200

block of Colonial Homes Drive— An apartment was burglarized after the front door was kicked in. A Whirlpool stove and dishwasher were removed.

 2900

block of North Fulton Drive—A burglary was reported where a front window was damaged. A man driving a white, four-door sedan backed into the front window and left the location.

 2500

block of Piedmont Road—A burglary with no signs of forced entry was reported. An HP laptop, a Mac Book Pro laptop, a Samsung TV and cash from a draw were taken.  1100 block of Lavista Road—A burglary of an apartment was reported where a front door and frame were broken. A Samsung TV, several pieces of jewelry and $300 in currency were taken. Three men in a white Plymouth Van were seen backing up to units last week; the units were later confirmed burglaries.

 3700 block of Powers Ferry Road—A burglary was reported where a rear screen door was damaged. The resident saw a man trying to get in through the rear door.  1900 block of Hollywood Road—A bur-

glary of a house was reported, where two front windows were broken and a TV was taken.

 First block of Smith Street—A burglary

was reported where a front window was broken and the house’s interior was rummaged through. A neighbor saw someone leaving the porch. The suspect attempted to enter a vehicle that was parked at a nearby construction site, but he stopped after the witness yelled at him that it was not his car. At the time of the report, the resident could not say any items were taken. A Dell laptop and tool bags were recovered behind 1970 Hollywood Road, the direction the earlier witness saw the man fleeing. BH

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from your private balcony or an inviting shaded terrace, lush views invite you to stroll paved walkways winding through rolling lawns, flower beds, and protected natural habitats. There’s something wonderful here to appeal to everyone.

Gardening, Socializing, and More Canterbury Court’s gardens span more than 10 acres of our Buckhead campus, beckoning residents and guests to relax and reflect, walk with friends, walk the dog, spot a rare bird or two, or cultivate a bit of garden.

Maintenance-free Luxurious Living With our graciously detailed, up-to-date residences for independent living – including our diamond collection apartments – and a full complement of amenities, services, activities, and entertainment included, the Canterbury Court lifestyle may be perfect for you.

We invite you to take a closer look. CALL (404) 365-3163 TODAY TO SCHEDULE A PERSONAL VISIT AND COMMUNITY TOUR.

3750 Peachtree Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30319

c a n t e r b u r yc o u r t . o r g Canterbury Court is Atlanta’s first and foremost continuing care retirement community, non-profit, and committed to welcoming all people.



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03-20-2015 Buckhead Reporter