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Mark the calendar City Center targets 2017 opening COMMUNITY 3

Heating up Chamblee seeing development boom PERIMETER BUSINESS 9-14

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Sandy Springs prepares to present City Center plans BY ANN MARIE QUILL


Volunteer Rebecca Pinchney, back, teaches Sereniti Benavides, 3, all about flowers during the “Turtle Tours” program at the Sandy Springs Heritage Museum on March 14. The monthly series, geared for children age two through five, provides an educational outing for youngsters. See more photos on page 5.

Police investigate, even after a trail grows cold BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Eight years ago, a 12-year-old 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 that is classified as a “cold case” since the founding of the city’s police department. Recently, the department sought to revive public interest in the investigation. It issued a new call for help from the public and released a photo of the gym bag that had contained the child’s body.

Fourteen acres. Three hundred apartments. A thousand-plus seats in a performing arts center. Those are some of the numbers floated around as plans for Sandy Springs’ City Center begin to take shape. But what will it all look like? City officials and planners say final sketches will be made public for the mixeduse development once they assess resident input on the appearance of the future civic center, performing arts center and residential units located at the intersection of Roswell, Mount Vernon and Johnson Ferry roads. City spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said that at least 700 residents had responded to an online survey about the look of the project. “We do feel like the character of [the residential units] is going to be somewhat more contemporary,” said Greg Blaylock of Carter/Selig, which is developing the private portion of the complex. “This is a new civic center and we’re in the 21st Century, so we feel driven by that.” He spoke at a recent event at City Hall where residents were invited to give feedback on the potential look of the development after hearing a presentation from the site’s developers and architects. Planners showed examples of mostly glass facades, brick facades and a combination of both. Mayor Rusty Paul said that ground will be broken on the site this summer, with a soft opening in November 2017, and plans to “be in the new facility” New Year’s Eve SEE RESIDENTS, PAGE 6

The case went “cold,” in that police had no leads to follow, almost as soon as it was reported. But what makes an investigation an official “cold case” varies by department. “There’s no black and white definition of what a ‘cold case’ is,” Dunwoody Detective Sgt. Patrick Krieg said. Departments also handle their cold cases in different ways. 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, which all have much smaller departments, have no detectives assigned full time to cold cases, department offiSEE POLICE, PAGE 4


Planners showed examples of mostly glass facades, brick facades and a combination of both.

COMMUNITY Long-time Fulton Commissioner Tom Lowe dies Tom Lowe, Fulton County’s longest serving county commissioner, died on March 6. Lowe represented north Fulton for four decades before his retirement last year. He was 86. County Commission Chairman John Eaves issued a statement: “It is with great regret that I learned of the passing of my friend and former colleague Tom Lowe at the age of 86. Tom was the longest-serving commissioner in the history of this county, representing the people of north Fulton for four decades.” Lowe first was elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1974 and retired on Dec. 31, 2014, after serving the citizens of Fulton County for 40 years, the county said.

MARTA chooses expansion route on west side of Ga. 400

Sanitation worker will not receive additional jail time After news that sanitation worker Kevin McGill had been sentenced to jail for 30 days for picking up garbage before 7 a.m. in Sandy Springs went viral, the city suspended the sentence. McGill was arrested for allegedly violating a city ordinance that states garbage cannot be picked up before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. McGill was cited for picking up trash before 5 a.m., according to media reports. On March 9 the city of Sandy Springs Solicitors Office/Municipal Court released a statement that said in retrospect McGill’s sentence was “disproportionate to a firsttime offender.” “There are times when taking a step back provides the opportunity for better perspective,” the statement also said.

City to hold public meeting on Johnson Ferry roundabouts

The MARTA board has chosen a route for a planned expansion of its rail system northward along Ga. 400 that runs along the west side of the highway, avoiding Sandy Springs will host an open house on neighborhoods on the east side, according to media reports. April 2 on two proposed roundThe route MARTA planners settled on would bridge Ga. 400 at a spot abouts for Johnson Ferry Road. north of North Springs station and south of Spalding Drive. A second The city council on March 17 apcrossover back to the east side of the highway would occur north of the B RIEFS proved a contract amendment Chattahoochee River, with the exact spot still to be determined. with Jacobs to complete design for MARTA is laying the groundwork for potential expansions in metro Atthe dual roundabouts. lanta, including the Ga. 400 one that would extend its heavy rail line from The city will pay $799,988 for the current North Springs terminus all the way to Alpharetta. the design to be completed and will be reimResidents on the east side had protested a potential expansion on their side, saying bursed $763,253 with federal funds. The toit would force homes and a school to be torn down, and would be more appropriate tal cost of the project is expected to be $14.2 on the west side, where businesses and apartments are located. million. The roundabouts will be located east of Roswell Road near the future City Center, with construction expected to be completed about the same time as City Center construction, scheduled for fall 2017. The open house will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road.

Sandy Springs approves, defers, denies zoning requests

The city of Sandy Springs on March 17 approved a request to rezone 5996 Lake Forrest Drive from a single-family district to allow for 10 townhomes. Resident Jeff Mitchell said neighbors supported the proposal since the developer listened to their concerns, resulting in a lower density and not encroaching on a stream buffer. Meanwhile, the council agreed to defer a request to rezone 5575 Glenridge Connector to construct a 10,000-square-foot restaurant and a 299,999-square-foot office building with a use permit to exceed the district height. The council also denied a request to rezone 4920 High Point Road to allow for two lots.

Sandy Springs Government Calendar The Sandy Springs City Council usually meets the first and the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at City Hall, which is located at 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 For the most up to date meeting schedule, visit

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Mayor: Expect new City Center to open its doors in 2017 BY ANN MARIE QUILL

Save the date. “I expect we will celebrate New Year’s Eve in our new performing arts center in 2017,” Mayor Rusty Paul told a crowd gathered at the Westin on the morning of March 5. He was referring to the construction timeline for the Sandy Springs’ planned City Center, which is slated to contain a performing arts center with at least 1,000 seats. “The plan is that we will have a groundbreaking sometime in the summer, begin full construction in September, then we will probably have a soft opening around Thanksgiving of 2017,” Paul said during his “State of the City” address following his first year in office. The event was hosted by the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. Beyond its opening celebration, the City Center is planned to be the catalyst for redevelopment along Roswell Road during the next 15 years, Paul said.

“One of the great things about Sandy Springs is that we have all these marvelous neighborhoods,” Paul said, with the City Center as the connective tissue that gives the city a downtown and walkable area. He said he was pleased with the turnout at an open house the previous night. Some 200 residents showed up to give input on the future look of the City Center. “It was an amazing event just to watch our community come together and vote,” he said, later adding, “It has unified the community in a significant way.” Paul also mentioned that high-profile companies like Mercedes-Benz and Veritiv are choosing Sandy Springs as the location for their corporate headquarters. “Right now we have the hottest market in the Southeast when it comes to new growth, new business development and the ability to bring in new corporations,” Paul said, referring to recent de-

cisions by companies such as Mercedes-Benz USA and Veritiv to move into the city. Paul said that MARTA’s presence in Sandy Springs and the Perimeter area was one reason these companies are attracted to the area. “The reason that we’re getting the Mercedes and the Veritivs and the State Farms in this area is because we do have a true multimodal commuting option,” he said. However, Paul called on loANN MARIE QUILL cal chambers of commerce and Mayor Rusty Paul foresees a “soft opening” other business groups to unify for the City Center in November 2017. so they can continue attracting such companies. “We need a unified business voice in the Metro Atlanta Chamber and the this community,” he said. “One of the Greater North Fulton Chamber, rather challenges we have is we’ve got a Dunthan with representatives of the smallwoody Chamber, we’ve got a Sandy er chambers based in Sandy Springs and Springs [Perimeter] Chamber, we now Dunwoody. have a Perimeter Business Association.” “I urge you as the business leaders of He said the Mercedes deal served as Sandy Springs and Dunwoody and the an example. When Mercedes was nePerimeter market, come together, give gotiating its move to the area, compaus one voice so it can be more effective,” ny officials worked with members of he said.

Council looks at changing sidewalk priorities BY ANN MARIE QUILL

City Council on March 17 discussed changes in how new sidewalk projects will be prioritized in the 2016 budget. “What I care about is a good public policy that allows us to prioritize and build projects that get people from where they are to where they want to be, and also addresses safety issues,” said City Councilman Andy Bauman. Under the new model, potential new sidewalks in capital improvements pro-

grams would be scored on a 50-point scale, taking into consideration factors like right-of-way availability, anticipated utility relocations, constructability, pedestrian activity, type of road and whether the project would close a gap. New factors this year would be proximity to parks and schools, and project cost. For 2015, the city budgeted $925,000 for sidewalks. Jason White with the Chastain Park

Civic Association said that he thought cost was too much of a factor, and that would cause the city to “build sidewalks where it’s cheap, not where people will want them.” But Mayor Rusty Paul later said that cost has to be a factor. “If there’s a project out there that we don’t have enough money in the budget for, the six of you can change the budget,” he told the council. Council members were also concerned there was not enough emphasis on safety in the scoring model. “Where do we talk about safety?”

asked Councilman John Paulson. “It doesn’t jump out at me.” City Manager John McDonough replied, “Safety is implied. . . . The reason we build sidewalks is it’s a safe way to move up and down the road.” Paul said he and the council would like some recognition that safety was a factor in the plan. City staff members agreed to clarify that safety would be a priority. City Councilman Ken Dishman said that he was comfortable with the overall plan, which “addresses the feasibility of projects. We can always adjust it as we go.”

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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. In 2007, a newborn baby was left to die in the gym bag shown here.

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the suspect is alive and can be charged,” O’Connor said. cials said. In Dunwoody, if no leads or new inBrookhaven’s Maj. Brandon Gurley formation about a case are found within said detectives go through old case files six months after the victim is identified, that are in storage to see if anything was Kreig said, the case would be at a point missed or if a lead exists that could move of “going cold.” an unsolved case forward. Part of the reason the “We are at a point where SSPD cold case is being rewe haven’t assigned detecopened after eight years is tives to cold cases because because DNA crime-solvwe don’t have anything ing technology has adthat’s been inactive for more vanced since 2007, Capt. than a year or a year and a John Mullin, of Sandy half,” Gurley said. “We don’t Springs, said. have a detective who reads “The decision to reopen old cases to look for clues the newborn baby homibecause we haven’t grown to cide case was an easy one that point.” as it is the only unsolved DeKalb County Police murder in Sandy Springs used to have a dedicated since the SSPD took over,” cold case task force. CurMullin said. rently the department does Capt. John Mullin “We have considered not, DeKalb Police Sgt. opening up some oldBryan Danner said. “It’s in er ‘cold case’ homicide cases [involva bit of a flux,” Danner said. “There used ing deaths before the Sandy Springs deto be a separate cold case squad and now partment was created], but we have not we’re doing periodic reviews.” opened any at this time. They are reDeKalb homicide detectives work in viewed on a case-by-case basis.” teams to review old cases routinely, he Kreig said whether to reopen a case said. depends on “the severity of the crime Atlanta started its task force two or and solvability factors.” three years ago, O’Connor said, after reAfter 12 months, cases are considered alizing that cases can be solved from new “cold” unless a detective is actively purinformation. The example O’Connor suing a lead, Krieg said. In cases where used was that of a 1972 case, in which none are available, Krieg said he will rean arrest warrant had been issued for a assign the case to another detective to reman whose date of birth was not in the view—but only if the lead detective on file. Detectives had a print profile and in the case agrees. reviewing the case realized the same man They usually do. had been subsequently arrested. “They appreciate another set of eyes,” “We have all the files on a database Krieg said. and we start with cases where we think SS


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“Turtle Tours,” a monthly educational series held at the Sandy Springs Heritage Museum for youngsters 2-5 years old, entertained with a “Flower Power” program on March 14. Left, May Kulinski, 2, and her cousin Sabrina Kulinski, 2, right, create some colorful spring flowers. Right, Sereniti Benavides 3, applies some fancy stickers to make her blossoms even more vibrant.

Electric vehicles can charge up at Hammond Park


Sandy Springs Councilman Tibby DeJulio, second from left, cuts the ribbon for car charging stations as resident Dan Ellithorp, left, Councilman Gabriel Sterling, Parks and Recreation Director Ronnie Young and Douglas Serillo, right, of Charge Point, which installed the stations, look on.

Sandy Springs motorists using electric cars now may charge up at Hammond Park. On March 10, city officials attended a ribbon cutting for the two vehicle charging stations now operating in the park. “[This] shows that Sandy Springs is committed to the environment and the community,” said City Councilman Tibby DeJulio, who was on hand. Sandy Springs resident Dan Ellithorp, along with his wife Bev, showed up for the ribbon cutting in his Chevy Volt. “I think the concept of driving an electric vehicle is good for the environment and I wanted to support American manufacturers,” he said. Ellithorp also owns a diesel truck, but “for around town use, I wanted to give the electric a try,” he added. Ellithorp said he showed up for the ribbon cutting to support the city’s efforts. “I’m proud of the city and the fact that they want to be on the forefront of movements like this,” he said. “We actually came over Sunday afternoon with the grandkids, and we plugged in for about an hour and went to the playground, so it’s convenient.” In November, City Council accepted a grant from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority to install the charging stations. The charging stations will operate five days a week, 12 hours per day, with no charge for the service, the city statement says. –Ann Marie Quill #1 in Customer Loyalty and Satisfaction!

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of 2017. Resident Helen Tapp said she was thankful the city asked for citizen input. “I think it’s great that people have a chance to weigh in on the options,” she said, adding, “I’m really excited about the greenspace.” During the March 4 meeting at City Hall, George Bushey of Rosser, the lead architect for the civic and performing art centers, went over some components of the projects, including a smaller studio theater that will double as City Council chambers, upscale features in the performing arts center, and a five-story government building. Bushey said that while the performing arts center will contain at least 1,050 seats, it will be capable of a more intimate feel. “The lower orchestra level is about 500 seats,” he said. “This is important because your community groups didn’t want the house to feel too big. You can bring the lights down on the upper levels and have an intimate [feel].” John Fish of jB+a, the site’s landscape architect, talked about the center’s greenspace, which planners see as a major component of the development. The space will accommodate festivals and fairs, with a lawn area that can hold 1,000 people, and a shaded area will allow citizens to sit while watching some of the events. Residents will be able to access a “triangle park” across Roswell Road from the main development from all sides, while a market square will be lined with restaurants and shops. “The sooner they build something the better,” said resident Pat Levy, who said she was jealous of cities that have central places to gather. “I think it’s going to be grand.”



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Left, the city of Sandy Springs recently held an event at City Hall, encouraging residents to give feedback on the potential look of the City Center’s development, after hearing a presentation from the site’s developers and architects. Below, planners showed examples of mostly glass facades, brick facades and a combination of both. Final sketches of the site will be released once public input is assessed.




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. SS |

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Q: The Georgia Legislature is debating spending $1 billion a year on transportation in the state. Do you think that will help your commute?

“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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“I’m not sure. It depends on what’s decided that’s going to be fixed. We all know what needs to be fixed, but whether they decide that what I think and what is, is two different things. I would hope so because Perimeter gets pretty tight when you’re trying to go somewhere at 4:30 in the afternoon—any afternoon.”

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.”

“Will it work? It depends on how it’s allocated. It all depends on how it’s used and who’s managing the [work].”

Renuka Thorne “Not really, because I drive and I never use public transportation. Ga. 400 and I-285 are so terrible to drive. If they can improve it, and I don’t know how far they can improve it, but it would be great. Atlanta’s a growing city, and in the future they have to update the roads so they can compete with other major cities.”

Hanni Akumadu

“No. Most of the roads I travel are twolane roads that could never be expanded or improved on, and I think the problem is on the other end: building these 1,000-unit apartment complexes on a two-lane road and then wondering why nobody can get to work.”

Doyin Oke

Brent Luzier

“My commute? It certainly depends on how they spend it. I commute to Norcross, but I’ll be commuting to Alpharetta by the end of the year. I’m hopeful [the commute will get better]. Not confident, but hopeful.”

Justin Danner

“That’s a big question because just because a bill is passed doesn’t mean it’s going to be implemented effectively, but it’s a step in the right direction, so I can’t be mad at that.”

Kelly Bell

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We surely all applaud LE TTE R TO the improveTHE E DITOR ments to the Northridge Bridge and Ga. 400 access -- an excellent project that will greatly benefit residents of Sandy Springs. However, one bit of it is mystifying. Can anyone tell us, please, the purpose of the roundabout? John Watson |

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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.

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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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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.


Above, Matt Wright, left, manages the shop and his father John, is the owner. Above, right, Diana Gomez, front, makes sandwiches. The shop turns out 300 to 400 sandwiches a day, and also sells lasagna and other take-out foods. At right, cashier Kirstee Teesateskie awaits the first customers of the day.

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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Daffodil Dash, a 1 mile and 5K run/walk in memory of children who perished in the Holocaust. Also supports children in Darfur, South Sudan and Rwanda. Starts at Georgia Perimeter College and ends at the Marcus Jewish Community Center. Race followed by guest speakers. $25; $12 for kids under 10 years old. $30 race day. Register online or see more details: 2101 Womack Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For further information email:

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Springs Charter High School’s Drama Department presents the musical “9 to 5.” Set in the late 1970s, three female co-workers, pushed to their boiling point, plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. Mature content. Tickets: VIPs, $20; general admission, $15; seniors (60 and older), $10; students, $5. Additional shows: March 27, 7:30 p.m.; March 28, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; March 29, 3 p.m. Buy tickets: www. 7447 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328.

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Maundy Thursday—April 2

Communion Service | 7:00 pm Preaching: Chuck Roberts

Good Friday—April 3

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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

Purim parade The Marcus Jewish Community CenterAtlanta noted Purim with a parade on March 6. The center’s “Main Street” was filled with costumes, noisemakers and hamentashen, fruit-filled pastries. Right, front, left to right, Hannah Garton, Anna Checkner, Sophia Pristach, along with, back, Heather Lipps, left, and Landon Wilson, celebrate as princesses. Far right, Spider-man was a popular superhero. From left, Zachary Bill, Jacob Asher, Harris Lee, Samantha London, Nate Garton and Noah Bardill. SPECIAL PHOTOS

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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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Sandy Springs Police Blotter The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Feb. 28 through March 13.

handgun was stolen.  Cedar

Run—On March 2, someone kicked in the front door to an apartment and took a laptop.

The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate. Snarky comments courtesy of Capt. Steve Rose.

ROBBERY  Spalding

Drive at Spalding Springs Court—On March 1, a man reported that he saw an older man, who stopped in a car to ask directions. Later, as he walked, he saw the same man standing outside his car. The man then pulled a Glock handgun and forced the pedestrian to hand over his wallet. The pedestrian said he lived off Roswell Road, but the address he gave is actually off Dunwoody Place. He then told the officer that he remembered that his phone had been taken too. He gave the officer the cell number and the woman who answered said she has had this number and phone for 10 years.

 5900

block of Long Island Drive— On March 7, a resident reported that around 10:22 p.m. she was dozing on the

 300


block of Summer Terrace Lane— On March 3, someone kicked in the front door to the apartment and took a TV and other items. Witnesses said they saw an old beat-up truck near the location at the time of the burglary.

 500 block of Huntcliff Village Court—

On March 3, someone forced the front door of an apartment and entered. Several items were taken.

couch when she heard her dog barking. She woke and saw a man standing in the garage. She fled to an upstairs room and called 911. It appears that someone had entered and had been looking around in one of the bedrooms. No suspect was located.

 600


 400

 1900 block of Summit Springs Drive—

On March 2, a resident said the front door to her apartment was kicked in and several items were taken.

 2000 block of Summit Springs Drive—

On March 2, a resident said the front door to an apartment was kicked in and a

block of Marsh Trail Court—On March 3, someone pried the front door to an apartment and took a laptop and some other items. block of Northside Drive—On March 4, someone broke into a home that was under construction by opening the garage door and forcing a door leading from there into the house. Nothing was reported missing at the time.

 6800

block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On March 4, someone tried to

break into an apartment, but was unsuccessful.  Cliftwood

Drive—On March 4, a side door was forced open and a TV, computer, change, bags and shoes were taken.

 5400

block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On March 7, a job foreman at the site of the new Ronald McDonald House reported that someone entered the property and took tools and other related items.

 6800

block of Roswell Road—On March 7, a resident said someone entered the condo and moved furniture around as well as took some items from the unoccupied residence.

 Michelle

Circle—On March 9, officers responding to an alarm saw the carport door to the home was damaged from what appeared to be forced entry. Missing are two Louis Vuitton purses, a PlayStation video game system, jewelry and other items.

 1200

block of Glenridge-Stratford Drive—On March 9, a woman found her front door forced open. Once inside, she found that the apartment had been ran-

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block of Glenridge Drive—On March 9, a resident came home and found someone had forced the front door open. Inside, the man found that his 53inch TV had been stolen. The suspect did leave behind some fingerprints, which were placed into evidence for evaluation.

 500

block of Summer Drive—On March 10, a resident said he found the front door and doorframe damaged. Inside, he found items taken from several rooms.

THEF TS  5900

block of Roswell Road—On Feb. 28, a woman said she left her Armani prescription sunglasses inside a store and once she discovered her mistake, returned to find that they were gone.

On March 7, REI staff reported someone cut security cables to a $3,000-bike and then stole it. block of Roswell Road—On March 8, the manager of a drugstore said a 20-to-30-year-old woman, wearing a blue sweatshirt, took some items (cough syrup) and put them in her purse. It appears a man, described as about 60 years old, spoke to the woman. He was apparently a lookout. The pair left in a Ford F-150 with a Tennessee tag.

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 6400

block of Roswell Road—On March 11, a woman said she placed her clothing, cash, and engagement ring in a locker at Flashers Club around 9:45 p.m. At 2 a.m., she discovered someone got into the locker and stole the items.


 6690 Roswell Road 30328 — On Feb. block of Roswell Road—On Feb. 28, a manager of Nori Nori Restaurant 28, a server reportsaid that he dised that, just after 1 covered one of the Read more of the a.m., four men ate employees drinkPolice Blotter online at a meal. Three of ing beer while them got up and on duty and conwalked out. The fronted him. The fourth was asked if he was paying. He man told the manager he could kill him said, “I don’t know, I’ll go ask.” He, of if he wanted, then spit in the manager’s course, got into a car with the others and face, then his shoe, then grabbed him by drove away. The tag number was obtained the collar and pushed him several times. and it’s being investigated. The case is pending prosecution by the victim.  8300 block of Roswell Road—On March 2, a woman gave her roommate a  Roswell Road and Dunwoody Place— check for $452, for half the rent. She latOn March 2, a man said he was riding er asked for the check back, giving her his bike west on Dunwoody Place around a money order instead. The roommate 4 p.m. He told the officer a Volkswagen said she would tear the check up. She Passat with an Alabama plate was honkfound out later that the original check ing at him, although the car had plenty of was cashed. room to go around. The car continued to honk until finally it passed him. At that  2000 block of Dunwoody Club time, the passenger, described as “a very Drive—On March 2, a man walked into large individual” threw a beer can at him, a liquor store around 3 p.m. He took a hitting him on the bike helmet but not bottle of whiskey, put it down his pants injuring him. and left. It was not noticed at the time of the theft. The manager noticed it days  6000 block of Roswell Road—On later while reviewing video. March 9, just after 8 p.m., the manager of McDonald’s called police and reported  Roswell Road—A man ran up a $26 bill that a man became upset over cold food, at Hudson Grille and left without paying, an hour after he ate it. The manager reapparently sticking the bill with someone placed the food and, while doing so, the else at the table who, in turn, gladly proman grabbed her arm, then threw food vided her name and phone number, and trays at her. The man left in a red Dodge even her nickname. Charger.  6600 block of Roswell Road—On  5400 block of Glenridge Drive—On March 4, someone cut the lock on a gym March 10, a woman said she was at the locker at and took a wallet and credit gym at her apartment complex. She pays cards, personal ID, $20 cash, HTC cellfor the use of the gym through her rent. phone, keys. While she was on the treadmill, a guy, who is a trainer who uses the gym, came  No address—A man reported that he up behind her and began yelling at her to learned his roommate was “on a heroin “Get the (expletive deleted) out of here binge” and so he told him to leave. Then now!” She went to management and resomeone stole 10 Nintendo 64 games. viewed the video that showed that indeed The roommate apparently admitted it the guy was going off on her. The comand said he would return the games, but has not. CONTINUED ON PAGE 28  6400


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 No

address—A man reported that a woman, “who has a romantic interest in him,” won’t stop calling him and now has shown up at his job.

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block of Roswell Road—On March 2, police received a disorderly person call just after 4 a.m. at a restaurant. They were told a man was throwing chairs at an employee—missing him, but damaging a neon sign and other items in the store. The man, who was intoxicated, was walking from the scene, but officers located him. He was checked and found to be in violation of probation in Cobb County. He was arrested for that and the damage he caused at the restaurant.

 6300

block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On March 4, security staff members at a discount store watched a woman take a bottle, hide it and some magazines in her purse, and attempt to leave. She admitted taking a bottle of Moet and Chandon Imperial earlier in the day. That bottle was located in the trunk of the car. She was arrested.

 Of

course there were other arrests and they were for DUI, Failure to Appear, Probation Violations, you name it. I just don’t list them all.

 Ga.

400 near Glenridge Connector— A woman was arrested after officers responded to a disturbance call and spoke with a man who said he witnessed a woman have an accident with another vehicle, and then leave the scene. He followed her and eventually they had a confrontation where she kicked his car. The man said the woman approached him and got into his face at which time he hit her to back her off. The woman refused to get out of her car when officers requested, but eventually did and was later charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction.

 No

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

Number of crimes reported holds steady in Sandy Springs Serious crimes in Sandy Springs overall are about the same in comparing numbers from years 2013 to 2014, according to crime statistics provided by Sandy Springs Police. Six homicides were reported in 2013 and six were reported in 2014. Arson is down 57 percent, going from seven reports in 2013 to three in 2014. But rape rose by 50 percent. In



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Sandy Springs 2014 serious crime statistics


2013, 14 rapes were reported as compared to 21 rapes reported in 2014. Larceny, including shoplifting and other thefts, is up 23.9 percent, while motor vehicle theft is down 23.9 percent. Robbery is down 12 percent, but burglary is up 21.5 percent and aggravated assault is up 34 percent.

Murder Rape Robbery Aggravated Assault Burglary Larceny-Theft Motor Vehicle Theft Arson

2014 6 21 92 40 639 1,930 176 3



2013 6 14 105 61 526 2,063 142 7

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Edward J. Levin


0 Glencastle Drive


One (1) primary variance from Section 6.2.3.(B) of the Zoning Ordinance to reduce the minimum front yard setback from 60’ to 40’ for construction of a single family house.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals April 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


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

Petition Number:



Scott Foerst


335 Old Powers Lane


One (1) primary variance from Section 109-225 (a) (1) & (2) of the Stream Buffer Protection Ordinance for relief from the seventy-five (75) foot impervious surface setback and fifty (50) foot undisturbed buffer to build a raised patio.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals April 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


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


Petition Number:


Petition Number:



Pete & Jody Novotny


ICE 5660, LLC. by McKenna, Long and Aldridge LLP.

Property Location:

5810 Pine Brook Road

Property Location:

5660 New Northside Drive

Present Zoning:

MIX (201400049) (Mixed Use District)

Present Zoning:

C-2 (Z98-0046) (Commercial District)



odify zoning condition(s) 1a.and 2a. of zoning file Z98-0046, U98-0043, M VC98-0147 with concurrent variances.

One (1) primary variance from Section 6.4.3.B of the Zoning Ordinance to reduce the minimum front yard setback from 50’ to 45’ for construction of a garage.

Public Hearings:

Mayor and City Council 4/21/2015


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



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One (1) primary variance from Section 6.4.3.C of the Zoning Ordinance to reduce the minimum side yard setback from 10’ to 4’ for construction of a garage. Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals, April 9, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


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

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