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City continues to examine tree ordinance BY ANN MARIE QUILL


From left, William Fairris, Brett Senay, Will Pruitt and Noah Arnold, members of the boys’ AA Cardinals baseball team, await their turn during “Picture Day” at Murphey Candler Park on March 14.

When city officials decided to invite residents in to talk about city operations, the first thing the city wanted to discuss was rules about trees. Brookhaven’s tree ordinance has been rewritten twice, but the debate among residents continues. Some residents say they still want better protection for the city’s trees. And city officials say they hear the concerns. “One of the largest topics we get phone calls about is the tree ordinance,” Patrice Ruffin, deputy director of community development, said at Brookhaven City Hall on March 16. She was introducing a new series of workshops intended to teach the public about the inner workings of government. The city launched the series with a session devoted to the city’s tree ordinance. “So many people want to move [to Brookhaven],” resident Sally Eppstein said during the workshop. “I just don’t feel like homeowners are being respected that much. I know you want more density, but please be respectful.” But the city’s Community Development Director, Ben Song, said property rights had to be respected, as well. And, he said, the city wants to encourage “smart development” in the future. “On a staff level we’re just trying to keep SEE CITY, PAGE 5

Brookhaven Fields all about community BY ANN MARIE QUILL

Halloween parties. Ice cream socials. Wine tastings. Those are some of the things that bring neighbors together in Brookhaven Fields, a group of small neighborhoods behind the Brookhaven MARTA station between Dresden Drive and North Druid Hills Road. Long-time residents Donna Hall and Meredith O’Connor got together one afternoon to talk about why they love their neighborhood. “It feels like you’re in a community,” O’Connor said. “When you come home, you’re not alone. You’re with your neighbors.” Hall’s home office sits on Fernwood Circle and overlooks Fernwood Park. Hall says that community feeling was what sold her on

the neighborhood. “When you walk down the street the neighbors are going to wave at you if they see you,” she said. “Our porches overlook the sidewalk so you can yell out to your neighbors. I’ll step out I see someone walking by.” A real estate agent, Hall says she bought the townhome 15 years ago when showing a client anWhere other home in the same development, built and You designed by Brookhaven Fields resident Jack HonLive derd. “I really love nature,” she said, and added that a commercial real estate developer friend told her that near the MARTA station was where she should buy. Hall listed some of the reasons she fell in love with the neighborhood: “I wanted to be able to look out over a park. SEE BROOKHAVEN, PAGE 6


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COMMUNITY Citizen park advisory committee created Nine residents have been appointed to be members of Brookhaven’s first Parks & Recreation Committee. The city named Shawn Keefe, Mike Allers, Sue Binkert, Andy Heetderks, Denise S. Johnson, Charles Gerrick, Heather BR I EF S Chasman, Anne Olmstead and Karen Whitehead to be members of the committee. Keefe will chair the group. “I am very pleased to appoint these talented residents to this important committee, and very thankful for their willingness to serve our city,” said Mayor J. Max Davis in a press release. “We have close to 300 acres of parks throughout Brookhaven. Our goal is to make our park system one of the premier systems in the Southeast. These citizen volunteers are going to help us get there.” Serving two-year staggered terms, the volunteer members will work with the Parks & Recreation staff, helping to set priorities. The committee will report to City Council four times a year.

City votes to install speed humps on Skyland, Canmont City Council on March 10 approved the installation of traffic calming devices on Skyland and Canmont drives. The city investigated whether the devices should be installed after nearby residents submitted a petition and the city performed a speed study. Richard Meehan, director of public works, said the speed humps should be completed in the next couple of months.

Brookhaven selected as Tree City USA community The city of Brookhaven has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. “As a new city, we are very grateful to our residents who have nurtured our trees through all the years, and we will continue to honor that tradition,” Mayor J. Max Davis said. The national Tree City USA program recognizes cities and towns across America that meet certain requirements, which include Brookhaven City Arborist Kay the establishment of a tree board or depart- Evanovich, center, receives Tree ment, a community tree ordinance, specif- City USA Community recognition ic spending levels for urban forestry and from Arbor Day Foundation planned Arbor Day celebrations. President Dan Lambe, left, and There are 138 Tree Cities in Georgia. NaGeorgia Forestry Commission tionwide, more than 3,400 Tree City USA Director Robert Farris, right. communities serve as home to more than 135 million Americans.

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As a kick-off to the city’s Cherry Blossom Festival, taking place March 27-29, the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce is organizing a three-day, dine-around event to support Brookhaven restaurants between March 24-26. Participating restaurants will add a cherry inspired beverage and/or food item on those days. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Giving Kitchen, an organization that supports restaurant workers in crisis. Participating restaurants include There, Kaleidoscope, Pub 71, Terra Terroir, Christophe’s To Go, Haven, Lucky’s, Pink Pony and Valenza.

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DeKalb County’s sanitation departweek to one. ment will cut garbage pickups to one The county sanitation service will DeKalb’s recent budday a week in order to cut costs and provide residential customers a new, get vote and high waavoid a rate hike. DeKalb’s commisgreen, 65-gallon container to use to ter bills in Brookhaven sioners approved the change March hold their refuse. were on DeKalb Com10. In a “town hall” meeting in missioner Nancy Jester’s “This is an historic vote, Brookhaven on March 12, mind when she spoke and I am pleased that we can District 1 Commissioner to a group of about 25 move forward to ensure effiNancy Jester said the change residents at Brookhaven ciency of our operations, and will be made during the sumCity Hall on March 12. confirm our need to remain mer. “We are definitely fiscally responsible in the face But, she said, officials in bloated and not offerof rising operating costs,” said cities such as Brookhaven and ing the best, competent Interim County CEO Lee Dunwoody could negotiate service,” said Jester, who May, who has promoted the with the county to adjust that lives in Dunwoody and change as a way for the counschedule so residents could represents the northern ty to avoid an increase in the have more frequent garbage portion of DeKalb, inamount customers are charge for sanipickups if they’re willing to pay more. cluding Brookhaven. tation service. “The good thing about being in She said she thinks Under the new collection schedBrookhaven, if you don’t like it, the there are inefficiencies, ANN MARIE QUILL ule, residential garbage, lawn trimcity can negotiate with the county to particularly in the counDeKalb County Commissioner Nancy mings and recycling will be collecthave another [schedule],” Jester said. ty’s human resources and Jester talks to residents at a March 12 ed from homes one day each week. Residential garbage collection costs finance departments. town hall at Brookhaven City Hall. County’s sanitation workers also will will remain at the current rate of $265 Jester said that later this pick up garbage, recycling and yard a year, unless a city negotiates a differmonth an efficiency study will be cona method.” trimmings on the same day, so the ent rate for a different pickup schedducted and that she’s looking forward to She encouraged citizens to email new schedule will reduce the numule, county officials have said. the results. their representatives with their wishes. ber of days that sanitation trucks visFor more: www.dekalbsanitation. She said that the finance department, “Your voice is very powerful,” she it DeKalb homes from four days a com or 404-294-2900. not the watershed department, is in said. charge of water billing. Many residents have recently complained of disproportionately high water bills, and 8,500 bills went out in January with erroneous cutoff notices after bills didn’t go out to those residents in December, she said. Jester doesn’t expect the situation to improve anytime soon. “I have absolutely no faith . . . in that department,” she said. “Until it gets reformed, I don’t think we are going to see vast improvements there.” However, she said that some improvements have been seen in the county’s customer service department, which was outsourced to a private company. Jester also had sharp words for DeKalb’s recent budget vote. The commission voted 4-2, with Jester voting no, on Feb. 27 to approve a $1.27 billion budget that keeps the tax rate in areas of the county not located within cities at 21.21 mills, but provides for millage increases in cities, including Brookhaven and Dunwoody. “I think it’s absurd,” she said. County officials say the millage increase – 10.8 percent in Dunwoody and Brookhaven – was needed to balance among city residents and those outside cities the amounts they pay into various county funds. The tax hike imposed this year follows a tax cut last year, they said. Jester said she likes the “municipal movement” under way in DeKalb. “I think the county’s continuing to Visit for details on special activities including not be effective for you,” she said. “In Dunwoody new sidewalks weren’t going tasting events, family days, live science shows and more. in for decades,” but now they are. The Power of Poison is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York ( When one resident asked if DeKalb’s CEO structure would ever change, Jester responded, “I hope so, but hope is not BK | MARCH 20 – APRIL 2, 2015 | 3

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COMMUNITY Brookhaven’s reserves reach $4 million The city of Brookhaven has been able to designate $4 million for reserves in 2015, according to the city. In 2015 the city approved a $31 million operating and capital budget. “By watching the bottom line and making sure the taxpayers get a high level of service for the lowest possible cost, our city’s finances are rock solid,” said City Councilman Bates Mattison in the city publication Brookhaven City News.


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City working with county for FEMA land transfers Brookhaven is working with DeKalb County to acquire 36 land parcels located in floodplains, according to the city. The county had purchased 125 lots that were subject to flooding with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. According to the city, 36 of those parcels that are located in Brookhaven have potential to be converted to greenspace and pocket parks.

Engineer selected for greenway design Heath & Lineback Engineers has been selected by the city of Brookhaven to develop a master plan for the Peachtree Creek Greenway, formerly known as the North Fork Peachtree B RIEFS Creek Greenway. The project’s goal is to create a system of multiuse natural trails along Peachtree Creek’s North Fork, with begins just outside I-285, and follows I-85 to the Lindbergh MARTA station.

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COMMUNITY City arborist Kay Evanovich said at a “Brookhaven 101” workshop that the absence of a tree ordinance could result in reduced aesthetics, lower air quality, loss of wildlife habitat, property damage and loss of life.


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a balance,” he said. During the “Brookhaven 101” session, Seth Yurman, city development services manager, said the tree ordinance applies whenever someone applies for a land disturbance permit. The goals of the people who drafted the ordinance, he said, were to protect large “specimen” trees, set standards for planting and replanting trees removed during building projects, and to protect trees during construction. Tree protection is calculated in diameter inches. New requirements say that replacements of specimen trees must provide 1.5 times the total inches removed. City arborist Kay Evanovich said the ordinance states that 100 inches of trees per acre must be preserved, trees can be removed from buildable areas, and specimen trees removed from buildable areas must be replaced by saving additional trees or replanting new trees. Evanovich said that an absence of an ordinance could result in reduced aesthetics, lower air quality, loss of wildlife habitat, property damage and loss of life. “That’s why it’s so important to get this right,” she said. In February, City Council continued its effort to tweak the tree ordinance,

which it modified in August from the DeKalb County version of the law that the city originally had copied. On Feb. 10, the council voted to change the required replacement of any “specimen tree” a developer removes from a ratio of 1-to-1 to 1-to-1.5. The council deferred a decision on raising or removing a cap on the fee developers pay when unable to replace specimen trees. The current cap is $62,500. The revised ordinance says that trees in stream buffers, flood plains and detention pond areas do not count in acreage calculations and that removal of trees from any of those areas requires approval. City officials have pledged to continue working on the ordinance with citizen input. At the March 16 workshop, citizens continued to push for more tree protection. Resident Lissie Stahlman, part of a group of citizens concerned about tree protection, said that she hopes to continue the talks her group has had with city officials. “I hope we will have a chance to sit down again,” she said. Katherine Nash said she felt the fines imposed by the city for non-compliance with the tree ordinance weren’t high enough when “you talk about a $3 million development.”

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Brookhaven Fields all about community

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would stay, and, boy, has it ever paid off. Finally living close to a MARTA station is starting to mean something. “All of a sudden, the things we’ve been waiting on for years are happening. “Now you can walk to restaurants and shops. I knew that was going to happen, because in D.C., that’s what happened. I knew it was important to be here and I was willing to wait. We were in no rush. “Other people moved in and left because it was not gentrifying fast enough, but we really did just wait it out.” The pair, who have known each other for 10 years, serve on the social committee of the Brookhaven Fields Civ-

The walking distance to MARTA is incredible. I knew Dresden Drive would do things. The redevelopment of MARTA is going to be the real deal.” For O’Connor and her husband, Riley, buying their single-family home in Brookhaven Fields was a long-term investment. “I moved here 23 years ago after living in D.C. for eight years,” she said. “I realized how valuable a transit system was to the city and the properties around it. We knew it was an investment that would pay off in the long run, but we wanted to buy somewhere we

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ic Association. Activities organized by the group include a Halloween party, a Spring Fling, wine tastings, a yard sale and an Easter egg hunt. Some of those events take place in Clack’s Corner, a pocket park that serves as a point of pride for the neighborhood. The property was owned by Howard Clack, who lived on it until he died in 2006. His wish was for the property to become public greenspace. O’Connor said that creating the park brought the neighborhood’s residents together, as they had to raise money to maintain it for DeKalb County to purchase and approve it. The city of Brookhaven has recently taken over maintenance of the park. Hall’s townhome looks over the community’s other park, Fernwood Park, a protected spot that serves as a drainage area for the MARTA station. Due to its topography, events can’t be held on it, but it does have a pedestrian bridge connecting Fernwood Circle and Sylvan Circle. “You can’t have a picnic on it, but it’s pretty,” O’Connor said. “The woodpeckers came out last week and it was fabulous listening to them.” Brookhaven Oglethorpe MARTA station

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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. BK |

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“Yes, that helps. You’ve got to keep on it. That’s what happened in the United States – we didn’t keep on it and now we’re in trouble.”

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Yolonda Williams “Yes, it will help if they introduce more MARTA rail transportation in different areas to make the commute easier and ease traffic. I believe that would help a lot.”

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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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King George Tavern, located at 4511 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody, celebrated with a ribbon cutting on March 16. Those in attendance included Andra Galtieri, vice president, center, behind ribbon, owner Huw Thomas, behind Galtieri, Mayor Mike Davis, center right, as well as City Councilman Jim Riticher, far left, friends, family, Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Brent Morris, next to Davis, and Chamber President and CEO Stephanie Snodgrass, far right.

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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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Police keep investigating, even when the trail grows cold BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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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Brookhaven Police Blotter

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From police reports dated Feb. 26 through March 12 The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

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ROBBERY „ 2800

block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 28, a robbery by gun at a residence was reported.

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„ 3400

block of Buford Highway—On March 5, a strong-arm robbery in the street was reported.

„ 2200

block of North Druid Hills Road—On March 6, a robbery by gun in the street was reported.

BURGLA RY „ 3400 block of Durden Drive—On Feb.

27, a burglary was reported at a residence and a burglary attempt was reported.

„ 300

block of Windmont Drive—On March 3, burglary was reported.

„ 3400

block of Buford Highway—On March 7, theft by taking auto was reported.

AS S AULT „ 2500

block of Caldwell Road—On Feb. 27, battery was reported.

„ 1800

block of Corporate Boulevard— On Feb. 28, battery was reported.

„ 3100

block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 26, theft by taking auto was reported.

„ 3600

block of Clairmont Road—On Feb. 27, theft by taking auto was reported.

„ 3400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 28, a report of entering auto was made.

„ 1200

block of Executive Park Drive— On March 1, theft by taking auto was reported.

„ 3500

block of Buford Highway—On March 4, a report of entering auto was made.

„ 2600

„ 3200

„ 3500

block of Buford Highway—On March 1, battery was reported and an arrest was made; On March 10, an arrest was made for battery.

block of Appalachee Drive—On March 1, terroristic threats and intimidation were reported.

„ 3800

block of West Nancy Creek Court—On March 2, aggravated assault by cutting was reported.

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„ 4000

block of Peachtree Road—On March 3, battery was reported.

„ 4100

block of Oak Forest Drive—On March 5, simple battery was reported.

„ 2900


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„ 2400

„ 1900

block of Clairmont Road—On March 5, theft by taking auto was reported.

Dorothea Röschmann

block of Buford Highway—On March 1, battery was reported.

„ 4200

„ 3000

Mitsuko Uchida

„ 3700

block of Buford Highway—On March 4, a report of entering auto was made. block of West Druid Hills Drive—On March 5, theft by taking auto was reported.

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block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 28, simple „ 1900 block of battery was reportRead more of the North Druid Hills ed. Police Blotter online at Road—On March 5, a burglary of a „ 3700 block residence was reof Buford Highported. way—On March 1, an arrest was made for battery. „ 2900 block of Clairmont Road—On March 10, burglary of a residence was re„ 1700 block of Briarwood Road—On ported. March 1, battery was reported and an arrest was made.


Martin Fröst

block of Peachtree Road—On March 6, simple battery was reported. block of Clairmont Road—On March 7, a sexual assault was reported.

„ 3100

block of Buford Highway—On March 7, simple battery was reported.


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Brookhaven police report first annual crime numbers The Brookhaven Police Department, which opened in 2013, has reported its 2014 crime statistics, the first full-year numbers from the department. Police reported one homicide, which detectives solved, in 2014. Of the six reported rapes, five have yet to be cleared. Brookhaven police took 105 reports

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of robbery and 64 reports of aggravated assault. In serious crimes against property, 253 burglaries and four arsons were reported, as were 116 motor vehicle thefts and 979 thefts, including shoplifting and articles stolen from vehicles. --Ellen Eldridge

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2014 1 6 105 64 253 116 979 4 1,528

Murder Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault Burglary Auto Theft Theft Arson TOTAL

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Brookhaven Police Blotter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 „„1400 block of NorthCliff Valley Way—

On March 8, battery was reported.

FR AUD „„2400

block of Wawona Drive—On Feb. 26, fraud by impersonation was reported.


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block of Briarcliff Road—On Feb. 28, financial card transaction fraud was reported.


block of Peachtree Road—On Feb. 27, theft was reported.


block of Lake Heard Drive—On Feb. 27, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On Feb. 28, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On Feb. 27, shoplifting was reported; On March 1, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.


block of Ivey Gate—On Feb. 28, fraud was reported.

block of Town Boulevard—On Feb. 27, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.


block of Lincoln Court Avenue— On March 6, fraud by swindle was reported.




block of Dresden Place—On March 7, fraud by impersonation was reported.


block of Clairmont Road—On March 10, fraudulent activity was reported.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Feb. 28, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. block of North Druid Hills Road—On Feb. 28, theft was reported.


block of Gables Drive—On Feb. 28, theft was reported.


block of North Druid Hills Road—On Feb. 28, theft was reported.



block of Peachtree Road—On Feb. 26, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On March 4, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.



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