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BY JOE EARLE The decorations in Jane Wilkins’ office say it all. An American flag built from baseball bats hangs above her desk. Autographed home plates commemorating championship teams decorate a wall. A side table displays autographed footballs. Jerseys hung here and photos posted there recall teams and players who have graced ball fields at Chastain Park. Wilkins is executive director of the Northside Youth Organization. Her office sits in a building in the See ‘MISS JANE’ on page 19



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Legislature approves compromise to let Atlanta vote on MARTA sales tax BY JOE EARLE

Compromise legislation to allow Atlanta voters to impose a new sales tax to expand MARTA is “the most significant piece of legislation” for the transit system since the original MARTA act, the agency’s chairman says. “The authority we got will allow us to radically [improve] the way we provide services in the city of Atlanta,” MARTA Chairman Robbie Ashe said. “This will allow us to get off the X-Y axis, providing something more closely resembling a network or a spider web. As a native Atlantan, I am tremendously excited about the opportunity.” On the final day of the legislative ses-

sion, state lawmakers approved the proposal that allows Atlanta City Council to call an election in which Atlanta voters could impose the new half-cent sales tax to raise more than $2.5 billion over 41 years for MARTA projects, state and local officials said. If approved, the new tax would raise the overall sales tax in Atlanta to 8.5 cents on the dollar. Atlanta already imposes a 1 percent sales tax for MARTA operations. MARTA officials have until May 31 to present to Atlanta City Council a preliminary list of transit projects to be financed through the new tax, Ashe said. Projects to be proposed could include new light rail on the BeltLine, other light rail projects in the city, extending existing heavy rail projects or taking a new

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look at rail stations, he said. “It’s all pretty fluid at this point in terms of what the projects are,” he said. “We’re taking a look at a wide range of possibilities.” Ashe said MARTA and Atlanta City Council would approve the project list and decide whether to hold the election in 2016 or 2017. He said MARTA officials want to hold the tax referendum in November. “We don’t want to wait another year,” he said. Senate Bill 369 began its legislative life as a proposed law dealing with fireworks before it was gutted and reworked as a compromise version of the proposed MARTA tax. MARTA originally asked lawmakers to dedicate to transit half of a proposed 1-cent sales tax for transportation improvements in Fulton and DeKalb counties. But mayors of some cities in north Fulton County objected, saying they wanted the money to go to roads and bridges. “The north Fulton people have said, ‘We don’t really want rail,’” state Rep. Beth Beskin (R-Atlanta) told members of the North Buckhead Civic Association at their annual meeting March 29. The compromise legislation split the Atlanta and Fulton sales taxes and would allow voters to impose a .75-cent sales tax for transportation projects in portions of Fulton County outside the city of Atlanta. Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves told the Buckhead Business Association on March 24

“It’s all pretty fluid at this point in terms of what the projects are. We’re taking a look at a wide range of possibilities.” ROBBIE ASHE MARTA BOARD CHAIRMAN that the tax could finance transportation projects spread “from Alpharetta to Palmetto.” “We’re very, very excited about this,” Eaves said. The legislation also leaves open the possibility of a future vote for a MARTA sales tax in Fulton County, state and county officials said.

Gold Dome passes ‘rape kit’ reform, lets DeKalb CEO job remain R eform of evidence processing in sexual assault cases and the death of an effort to kill the DeKalb County CEO position were among the decisions of local interest as the Georgia Legislature ended its 2016 session just after midnight March 25.

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The Legislature passed Senate Bill 304, originally a House bill sponsored by DeKalb Rep. Scott Holcomb, which requires police agencies to promptly process sexual assault evidence tests, or “rape kits.” The new law follows revelations last year that Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital had 1,400 rape kits that had gone unprocessed.


The “adoptable dog” will become the official state dog following the passage of Senate Bill 168. The effort, meant to encourage adoption of any type of dog from shelters, began as a House bill sponsored by Rep. Joe Wilkinson (R-Sandy Springs), who was inspired by political consultant Todd Rehm, editor of the news site, which frequently highlights dogs available for adoption. BH

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Rep. Wilkinson drops re-election bid, endorses Silcox BY JOHN RUCH

“blindsided” by his campaign. McDonald and Paul have denied any surprises. But in his written announcement, Wilkinson State Rep. Joe Wilkinson is dropping stepped up his criticism. his re-election bid and endorsing former The statement blasts “those who would challenger Deborah Silcox in the May view our political offices not as belong24 Republican primary. In his unexpecting to the people who elect us, but as pried March 23 retirement anvate perks to be doled out to the nouncement after 16 years in ofprivileged few.” In an interview, fice, Wilkinson blasted the other Wilkinson said he was referring candidate in the race, former to Paul and Sandy Springs state Sandy Springs City Councilman Rep. Wendell Willard, a fellow Graham McDonald, as part of a Republican. The statement goes “plot” by Sandy Springs leaders on to claim that those officials to replace him. tried to get him to help McDonWilkinson said in an interald take the office. view that his decision to retire “They saw this as an opporwas based on his doctor’s adtunity to circumvent the elecDeborah Silcox vice and two new opportunities: toral process by urging me to his appointment by Gov. Nathan qualify to run again and then Deal to the Technical College withdraw at the last minute and System of Georgia board, and allow their candidate of choice consulting work with a comto step into office unopposed,” pany in Ireland making a movWilkinson’s statement says. “I ie called “Sgt. Stubby: An Amerflatly rejected this proposal. Yet ican Hero,” about a real-life they went ahead with their plot World War I military dog. and, at the last minute, qualified “My oncologist said, ‘You’ve their chosen candidate McDongot to slow down. You’ve got to ald. Their intention was to then pick and choose,’” said Wilkinpressure me to step aside with son, who successfully battled false claims that I have not been Joe Wilkinson prostate cancer in recent years. focusing on the needs of Sandy “I think it’s the right decision Springs.” for me personally, for my famiMcDonald said of the “plot” ly, for my business, and I think allegation, “I certainly never enalso for the district,” Wilkinson gaged in a plan of that type.” said. “Knowing that we had the Silcox said that as a first-time perfect candidate in Deborah candidate, she does not know Silcox, and one who is ready to what to make of the dispute. “I go and so well-qualified…If we have no idea. I just don’t,” she didn’t have Deborah in the race, said. I would have felt obligated to Mayor Paul issued a statestay.” ment of his own, saying there Graham McDonald Silcox, a Sandy Springs atwas “no grand plot” and that he torney, has said she is a friend is “sad on a personal level” about of Wilkinson and entered the the campaign dispute. House District 52 race only because Mc“I have had several conversations with Donald did first and opened up the camhim over the past two years about the impaign field. McDonald, an attorney, reportance of being in and involved with signed from the Sandy Springs City Council Sandy Springs, if he planned to continto run for the House seat and was endorsed ue to represent this area,” Paul said in the by Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. emailed statement. “When he ignored that “I did not have a heads-up” on Wilkinrequest, I urged him to retire so he could go son’s decision, Silcox said in an interview. out on his own terms. I have supported him “I have to say that Sandy Springs and Buckin every election for 16 years and there was head owe a huge debt to Joe Wilkinson for no grand plot, as he alleges. He knew well his service,” she said, noting the lawmakin advance that I planned to support Couner’s Buckhead roots and his lead sponsorcilman McDonald, if he chose to run. So, ship of a bill that allowed the city of Sandy there was no blindsiding as he also alleged. Springs to incorporate. “I’m so, of course, “I am sad on a personal level that it has honored and flattered that he would enreached this point,” Paul said in the statedorse me.” ment. “It was as a friend I tried to be frank “I have a high opinion of Rep. Wilkinand candid about my concerns in hopes he son as both a person and a representative out go out to the appreciation and univerof our district,” McDonald said in an intersal thanks from the community that he deview. “I can also appreciate how difficult reserves.” tiring from such a long-held position must House District 52 includes parts of be.” Buckhead, Sandy Springs and northwest Wilkinson previously claimed that he Atlanta. There are no challengers from othhad been grooming McDonald as a poer parties, so the Republican primary wintential successor in two years and was ner will take the seat.


Political figures pay tribute to Wilkinson State Rep. Joe Wilkinson’s March 18 announcement that he will retire at the end of his term drew tributes from local political figures. Wilkinson has held the District 52 state House seat, representing parts of Buckhead, Sandy Springs and northwest Atlanta, for 16 years. He was the lead sponsor of a bill allowing the vote that created the city of Sandy Springs. Here are some of the statements paying tribute to him: “Few individuals have given more commitment to our party and state than Joe Wilkinson. Joe is a dear friend who has always led with principle and vision. Throughout his life–whether in public service or the private sector–Joe has chosen to give so much back to his city, state, and nation. I had the privilege and honor to serve with him in the Georgia state Legislature, and the wit, wisdom, experience and passion he brought to his responsibilities were on constant display. Betty and I wish Pat and Joe the very best in the years to come. We look forward to our paths crossing again. —U.S. Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) “Having served 22 years in elected offices myself, I can attest to the sacrifices public servants make, which are far beyond any monetary benefits. For such commitments we salute Joe with our appreciation and best wishes for his future. —Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition and former Atlanta mayor “What is left out of the political obituaries about Joe Wilkinson are several points I’d like you to know: 1. He served our nation for longer than he served in the Legislature, retiring as a captain in the United States Navy and a veteran of Desert Storm. 2. He was literally one of the first Republicans in the state, working on campaigns for Bo Callaway and Barry Goldwater. 3. He served in the White House press office under Presidents Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan. —Todd Rehm, political consultant and editor of

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‘Religious liberty’ debate sparks look at city laws BY JOHN RUCH

The state Legislature’s March 16 passage of a “religious liberty” bill in response to same-sex marriage sparked reviews and proposals for city non-discrimination laws protecting gays, lesbians and bisexual and transgender people. The city of Atlanta reviewed its LGBT non-discrimination laws—the strongest in the state—for potential conflicts before Gov. Nathan Deal announced his veto of the bill, and a Sandy Springs City Council member is calling for that city to adopt a similar anti-bias policy. HB 757 would have prohibited forcing religious institutions to conduct samesex marriages and allowed faith-based organizations to deny services or employment to LGBT people. The bill was heavily criticized by many large corporations and business associations. The Buckhead Coalition, an influential Atlanta group of 100 CEOs and community leaders, said its members “empathize with the many fearful of potential discrimination” from HB 757. The Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce said in a letter to Deal that the bill “is an unnecessary self-inflicted stain on Georgia’s national reputation” with “provisions [that] precisely meet the definition of discrimination.” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, in a written statement, blasted HB 757 as “unprecedented in that it codifies employment discrimination and other types of discrimination as a ‘right’… HB 757 does not represent or uphold our city’s rich history of diversity and inclusion.” Atlanta has a comprehensive set of laws barring discrimination, including

“As a Sandy Springs councilman, I am obligated to ensure that discrimination has no place in our community, and in the governance and operation of our city. We are an open and tolerant community and I believe that formally adopting these policies is entirely consistent with our community values.” ANDY BAUMAN SANDY SPRINGS CITY COUNCIL

bias based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in any type of city decision as well as in many practices of private businesses and landlords, including the selection of customers. About 40 Georgia cities and several counties, including DeKalb and Fulton, have some type of non-discrimination policy covering sexual orientation, and

about 14 of those policies also cover gender identity according to the LGBT rights group Georgia Equality. But the majority of such policies only apply to the government’s own employment practices. That’s the case in Sandy Springs, where City Council member Andy Bauman on March 21 issued a call for a broader policy covering sexual orientation. Bauman called HB 757 a “thinly veiled and shameful attempt to sanction discrimination.” “As a Sandy Springs councilman, I am obligated to ensure that discrimination has no place in our community, and in the governance and operation of our city,” Bauman wrote. In a note to constituents, he added, “We are an open and tolerant community.” Sandy Springs already has a non-discrimination policy that includes “sexual preference”–an old term referring to gay people now widely considered offensive, according such LGBT groups as GLAAD– but it applies only to the city’s own hiring and employment. The city outsources the vast majority of its services, but the policy applies to contractors’ workers as well, according to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. At least three of the firms that provide city services also have their own policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, Kraun said. Bauman’s proposed policy would cover all protected classes in federal and state law, as well as sexual orientation, which is not currently fully protected in either. The policy would apply to any organization doing business with the city or using public facilities, including public parks and the future performing arts center, he said.

PATH400’s Peachtree Park plan gets tweak Plans for PATH400’s route through the Peachtree Park neighborhood are getting tweaked after newer residents were surprised by a design other residents approved years ago. Four years ago, the multi-use trail was proposed to run along Highland Drive and Ga. 400, connecting to the Gordon Bynum Jr. pedestrian bridge. But some residents had concerns that the route is too steep and tight for southbound bicyclists. So a separate bicycle path was included to run on Park Circle and East Paces Ferry Road. But when Livable Buckhead presented a plan update with that route at a community meeting last fall, “Many neighbors were surprised and upset,” said Peachtree Park Civic Association president Wes Lyle. The previous discussions weren’t as inclusive as they could have been, and many newer residents weren’t aware of the plan at all, he said. The civic association now has formed a 40-member working group, representing every neighborhood street, to review the PATH400 route. The votes of residents on the directly affected streets will count more, Lyle said. “The Peachtree Park community is hashing out how they want PATH400 to come through their neighborhood, and we will be responsive to that feedback, as we were the first time they told us what they wanted,” said Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling. “This is a great example of a challenge with implementing long-term projects. People move in and expect to change things that have been in the works for years. It is a difficult balance to strike.” --John Ruch

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Study says: Metro home renters head to the suburbs BY JOE EARLE

The dream of suburban home ownership appears to be changing. Renters are heading to the suburbs. Not just to fill the stacks of apartments rising across Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Dunwoody, but also in single-family homes. In metro Atlanta, as in big cities across the country, the percentage of renters of suburban homes is rising, according to a new NYU Furman Center/Capital One study. “You see a block of homes and you think, ‘That is all owner-occupied,” said Brad Karfunkel, senior data analyst for the NYU Furman Center and co-author of the study, which was released March 8. “A significant block of it is not.” The study’s authors crunched census data for the 11 largest metro areas in the U.S., including metro Atlanta, and determined the number and share of renters increased in both cities and surrounding suburbs from 2006 to 2014, and that rental housing stock grew faster than the “ownership stock” in all 11 communities. In metro Atlanta, the share of the population renting homes in the suburbs increased to 36 percent in 2014, as compared with 28 percent in 2006, according to the NYU Furman Center/Capital One study. At the same time, the share of renters in single-family homes or townhomes rather than apartments or condos increased to 44 percent in 2014, from 33 percent in 2006. And the number of rental units in the metro area increased by 26 percent from

2006 to 2014, the third highest rate among the 11 cities studied, the report says. “What we see going on in Atlanta is that there’s a pretty widespread increase in renters living in single-family homes and a large number of the renters are outside the city of Atlanta proper ...,” Karfunkel said in a recent telephone interview. “The renting population is very much in the suburbs.” The pattern holds true in Reporter Newspapers communities, too. When Karfunkel checked available data on Sandy Springs at the newspapers’ request, he found the share of the population renting homes increased to an average of 51 percent in the years 2010-14, up from an average of 42 percent from 2005 to 2009. “It’s gone up by more than 9 percentage points, which is a lot compared to suburbs of metro areas nationwide,” Karfunkel said. Little historical census data is available for the newer cities of Dunwoody and Brookhaven, Karfunkel said, but he was able to calculate that the share of population renting in 2010-2014 was about 41 percent in Dunwoody and about 52 percent in Brookhaven. Why the increase in suburban rentals? Karfunkel says he can’t tell just looking at the numbers, but said it may reflect the number of residents who lost homes in the recession and have not bought new ones. “It may well be that that some of the people living in these rental houses could be living next door to a house they used to own,” he said. Local real estate agents also have noticed the rise in home rentals in the suburbs in recent years and

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offer various possible reasons for the shift. Some suggest that more suburban houses are being offered for rent because demand for the properties is strong. On one recent day, listed 39 houses for rent in Sandy Springs, 14 in Dunwoody and 24 in Brookhaven. Altogether, 767 houses were listed for rent in Fulton County and 590 in DeKalb County. “I think it’s being driven by a strong market. People say, ‘Why should I sell my house for X dollars when there are people are willing to rent?’” said Belinda Cook, an associate broker who represented one of the Dunwoody rental homes listed on and who also handles her own rental property. “The market is hot” locally for both home rentals and sales, said Sandy Springs agent Avi Shemesh of Chapman Hall Realty. A three-bedroom, two-bath Brookhaven home he listed to rent at more than $4,000 a month attracted five potential tenants in less than a month, he said. Shemesh thinks local demand reflects interest in jobs in Atlanta. “More people are coming to Georgia,” especially in the movie and music businesses, he said.

Cook thinks the rising interest with suburban rentals lies with millennials. Some, she said, want to live in closein communities, but still want a yard. “They used to live in apartments more and I think they want to live in houses,” she said. “They’ve found friends they get along with [to share rent], and they want to have animals, and it’s hard to have a pet in an apartment.” The NYU Furman study found that despite the increase in overall rentals, the median household income of renters in the metro area actually has declined slightly, to $36,400 in 2014 from $37,000 in 2006. Over the same period, median gross rent has barely budged, to $980 in 2014 from $970 in 2006. “Of the 11 metro areas studied, Atlanta is among the more affordable metros, with 37 percent of the recently available units affordable to the median renter household in 2014,” the study said. Still, the population of renters grew by 40 percent between 2006 and 2014, faster than the number of available rental houses, which increased by 26 percent over the period. That, the study found, meant the rental vacancy rate dropped to 10 percent from 13 percent over the period.

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Greenberg, of Dunwoody, had lost her grown son, Steven, in a car accident in 2002. The grief of not having him with her on those two special days in 2009 was enough to want to make her leave the country. “I said I wanted to go Canada because Canada doesn’t celebrate Mother’s Day on the same day” as in the U.S., she said. After some thought, however, she decided to stay home and create a day for children who have endured the loss of a parent or when a parent is not home for the holiday, a day SPECIAL PHOTOS she dubbed “Other’s Day.” Leslie Greenberg, right, creator of Other’s Day, with Howie “I thought of the ‘others’ the Great, left, a magician, who will entertain the kids. who step up to take care of these children … and instead of making BY DYANA BAGBY it a sad occasion I decided I could make something positive and happy,” GreenWhen Leslie Greenberg’s birthday berg said. and Mother’s Day fell on the same day This year marks the seventh anniverseven years ago, she told her family she sary of Other’s Day. The celebration will was going to Canada. be held Sunday, May 1, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Concourse Athletic Club in Sandy Springs. The event is open to children ages 6-15 and will include food, face painting, games and an appearance by Howie the Great, a magician. Those invited include children who had a mother or father who passed away, whose parent is serving in the military and not at home, or is in foster care because their mother or father is unable to care for them, Greenberg said. Also invited are widows and widowers; military families; divorced parents; foster parents; and also grandparents, and aunts and uncles who have custody of the children. “My goal is to provide a comfortable and fun place for the kids, and help them cope with the absence of their parent,” Greenberg said. Greenberg, a former teacher at the Galloway School, also lost her father when she was young, so she knows what it’s like to grow up without a parent. “When I was 9, my dad died, and in my day there weren’t any single parent families. I felt as if I was a square peg in a round hole,” she said. By bringing children together to celebrate, Greenberg says she wants them to find joy and understanding with those who are going through the same issues in life. “Children meet others who have gone through similar experiences … and adults also find comfort talking with others,

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404-520-0190 like foster parents, widows, grandparents,” she said. “Now for me, I get back so much more, and I look forward to this all year long.” Children who came as youngsters continue to come back year after year, Greenberg said. Many are now old enough to be volunKaylah shows off some of her creative skills. teers, greeting a new generation of children to a fun day that is all “My mom passed away when I was 7 about them. from breast cancer, and Ms. Leslie would Kristin Yin, 18, a freshman at Georcome to my father’s restaurant, Chopgia State University majoring in nurssticks, and she told him about Other’s ing, attended the very first Other’s Day Day,” Yin said. when she was 11. Her father took her to Now that she’s in college, Yin volunthe event after learning about it from teers, returning to set up the activities Greenberg. and ensure children attending are busy

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having a fun time, whether watching the magician or getting their faces painted. “I go back every year to help because it is important to me. I understand what the kids are going through,” she said. Yin said the event has definitely grown since she began attending when she was 11 – last year nearly 40 people were on hand. “This is a day for everyone to come and have fun,” she said. “It brings joy to the kids and they can make friends, too. Parents can also hear and share stories.” Talking one-on-one with the children is also important, Yin said. “I understand that day can bring sadness, but the empty part of that day is filled up by Other’s Day for me,” she said.

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ation whose attitudes permeated their society. They had no blue recycling bins, but that generation reused things until they were no longer Robin Conte is a writer recognizand mother of four who able. lives in Dunwoody. She I can be contacted at watched my Nana when I was young, and her approach made an impression on me. She, who grew zucchini and tomatoes, could create something wonderful out of the gnarly quince apples from her backyard. She, who would buy a whole chicken and use every bit of it, eating the livers fried with onions and cooking the gizzards in broth, then feeding them to the dog. She, who would tear old sheets into rags and use old nylons to stuff pillows and dolls. We’ve gotten away from that. We clean our homes with paper towels and we’re not making sock monkeys any more. And, let’s be honest − when’s the last time you stuffed a pillow? I’ve tried to adopt some of my Nana’s ways. I boil our Thanksgiving turkey carcass to make broth − all I get is tasteless greasy water, but it’s tasteless greasy water that I can feel good about. I’ve started growing tomatoes and zucchini. I use unmatched socks as dust rags. Like my mother, I’ll reuse the same piece of tin foil until there’s barely enough of it left to wrap a lemon rind. And I have become a woman who fills her kids’ plastic Easter eggs with leftover Christmas candy. There’s so much more that I could do. I could throw my abundant coffee grinds into my flower beds. I could follow Nana’s example by putting inedible vegetables into my blender and using that gross liquid to fertilize plants. I could make Cream of Unwanted soup out of broccoli stalks and asparagus stems. I could peel my own carrots. But for now I’ll continue with my daily habits of green living, like saving butter wrappers to grease baking pans…and take heart in the fact that there is more in my recycle bins than there is in my trash can. Robin Conte is a writer and mother of four who lives in Dunwoody. She can be contacted at

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Opinion/Park system turns 100 My two sons spent formative summers working in national parks. Our adventures in these spectacular landscapes provide memories that I hold particularly dear: paddling through Hance Rapid on the Colorado in Grand Canyon, meeting our Appalachian Trail thru-hiker in Shenandoah, sitting be-

for kings or the very rich,” wrote Burns, “but for everyone, for all time.” For the past century, people have shared experiences with family, friends and strangers in the more than 400 park units (totaling 84 million acres) that make up the national park system: passing on a love of land and place to the

side the Merced River in Yosemite with night approaching the granite face of Half Dome, catching a glimpse of wolves in Yellowstone, tubing the Virgin River in Zion and exploring the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde. The invention of the national park system, said author Wallace Stegner, was America’s best idea: “absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” In his six-part documentary, “The National Parks,” filmmaker Ken Burns told the story of this big idea, noting that we take for granted this unique American thing called national parks, just as we take for granted the air we breathe and the water we drink. “Great sections of our natural landscape set aside not

next generation. On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service – the federal agency charged with managing and protecting park units throughout the United States – will turn 100. A centennial celebration has already kicked off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks with a focus on engaging people through recreation, conservation and historic preservation. Georgia is blessed with 10 national park units: three historic sites, three monuments, one recreation area, one seashore, one battlefield park and one military park. In 2012, about 5.8 million people visited the three national parks in metro Atlanta: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (NRA), Kennesaw

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To the editor: The hopelessness of Atlanta’s congestion is evident by the responses in your community survey [“What do you think is the best way to address metro Atlanta’s transportation problems?” Reporter Newspapers March 18-March 31.]. All of your possible options involve the problem (more development), so therefore cannot be a solution in part or whole. Why didn’t you have the option to

curb development altogether? If the masses think that more development will yield less traffic and congestion woes, well, this is just plain dumb. Given the relatively high income groups of respondents, I think it is quite

Mountain National Battlefield Park and Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Ranking in the top 30 mostvisited national parks in the country, the Sally Bethea Chattahoochee River NRA annually offers recreation to 3.2 million people. With 6,500 acres, it also provides two-thirds of all the protected green space in metro Atlanta. America’s “best idea” should never be taken for granted, nor should it be overlooked that our parks must have adequate funding to operate, maintain and protect these national treasures. Park friends groups, such as the Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, help build a community of support by raising funds and public awareness and providing volunteers for needed projects. One hundred years ago, the great conservationist Teddy Roosevelt could imagine all of us when he protected millions of acres for future generations. While we enjoy the fruits of his vision, we must do all we can to ensure that these places will continue to provide inspiration and connections for the next century. During this year of centennial celebration, I hope that you’ll visit as many national park units as possible, here in Atlanta and throughout the country. For more information about Atlanta’s national parks, visit, kemo and To learn about Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy and get involved, visit

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Residents give cautious nod to Perimeter Center, Pill Hill plans BY JOHN RUCH AND JOE EARLE Adding hundreds more housing units and a couple of hotels to Perimeter Center and Pill Hill is often a recipe for controversy. But two plans to do that at the Concourse Center and the Peachtree-Dunwoody Pavilion got a cautious welcome from residents for their smaller-scale, live-work concepts at March 22 meetings. “I think there is a lot of potential to take traffic off the roads, if people work and live right here,” said Trisha Thompson, president of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, about the Concourse plan. Regents Partners LLC plans is proposing to build a 125-room hotel, 260plus apartments and a pair of restaurants in a $90 million addition to the Concourse development, home to the iconic “King” and “Queen” skyscrapers, at Peachtree-Dunwoody and Hammond roads. The company also plans to include a multi-use path along portions of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive, Sheldon Taylor, Regent’s chief financial officer, told about 14 people who attended the March 22 meeting at Concourse. That Concourse portion of the path would continue

northward the multi-use path Georgia DOT is building as part of the I-215/Ga. 400 interchange. “We’re really interested in PATH400,” Taylor said. “We just think it’s great.” Company officials hope to begin construction on the project by the end of the year and complete it within 22 or 23 months, he said. The company decided to add restaurants to Concourse, the development with the iconic “King” and “Queen” towers rising alongside I-285, after surveying tenants of the mixed-use development. The project is intended to “create a sense of place in Concourse, creating a place where people want to come,” he said. “We’re excited,” he said. “We really look forward to bringing the restaurants.” The restaurants, hotel and apartments are intended for an area of Concourse near the intersection of Hammond Drive and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. “It’s going to change the look of the corner,” said Doug Falciglia, one of several members of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods who attended the meeting. Just a couple of blocks south at the 20-acre Peachtree Dunwoody Pavil-

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forthright and candid about events surrounding her husband’s actions during her initial interview with the BIA The new head of the Board,” Langley said in a stateBrookhaven Innovation ment. Academy was caught up in a “As with every employee, controversy at her previous BIA undertook an extensive post in California, forcing her and thorough vetting process to resign before officially bewhile considering Dr. Kimginning a new job last year in brel’s overall qualifications. Chicago. Dr. Kimbrel is immensely Dr. Laurie Kimbrel was anqualified, and we are fortuDr. Laurie Kimbrel nounced as BIA’s new head of nate to have her on our team,” school on March 16. Last year, Langley stated. “Dr. Kimbrel’s though, she was selected to be the superenthusiasm for teaching children is evintendent of Chicago’s Township High ident, and her experience in the classSchool District 113 but resigned after room and as a superintendent made her the school district learned her husband the stand-out choice among 60 other was accused of cyberbullying while the highly qualified candidates. couple lived in California. “I’m very pleased as a mom of two fuAn independent investigation by the ture BIA students that she was chosen as Tamalpais Union school board cleared Head of School after multiple rounds of Kimbrel of any wrongdoing. in depth interviews she had with 10 indiBIA Board Chair Jennifer Langley viduals from our selection committee,” said she and other board members were Langley stated. aware of Kimbrel’s past before hiring Kimbrel issued a statement saying her. she is “honored and excited to be named “The Brookhaven Innovation Acadethe BIA head of school because the mismy board is fully aware of the facts sursion of the school is a close match with rounding Dr. Laurie Kimbrel’s husband. my professional passion and expertise.” We appreciate the fact that she was very

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MARTA aims to fund transit on Atlanta’s BeltLine this year and Sandy Springs just might run a streetcar on Roswell Road. Those were some of the ideas floated by experts, including MARTA CEO Keith Parker, at a March 29 “transportation summit” hosted by Leadership Sandy Springs at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria hotel. The experts preached a “multimodal” solution to Perimeter commuter traffic, where many different types of transportation— walking, biking, driving, public transit—are all good and JOHN RUCH interconnected op- Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul gets a front-row seat as (from left) MARTA CEO Keith Parker, Sandy Springs Assistant City tions. That’s a comManager Bryant Poole, PCIDs president and CEO Yvonne mon topic in local Williams and Christopher Tomlinson, executive director transportation discusof the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority talk at the Leadership Sandy Springs “transportation summit” sions, but the experts March 29 at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria hotel. gave a few new insights and ideas. system and MARTA. The panel featured Parker, Bryant Parker called the potential AtlanPoole, Sandy Springs’ assistant city manta funding of MARTA a “very positive ager in charge of transportation planning; first step” in future expansion into FulGeorgia Regional Transportation Authoriton County. ty Executive Director Christopher Tomlinson; and Yvonne Williams, the Perimeter I-285/Ga. 400 traffic Center Improvement Districts president The Perimeter highway is both a soand CEO. The moderator was David Rublution and a problem to the transportainger, publisher of the Atlanta Business tion experts. Williams explained that the Chronicle and a Sandy Springs resident. state’s expansion of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange, slated to begin early next A Roswell Road streetcar? year, will cause short-term traffic headSandy Springs has drawn attention in aches and long-term benefits, including recent months for talking about possible toll lanes that can double as future bus or futuristic mass transit, such as a monorail transit. rail or gondola system, for the Perimeter Williams said she expects the interCenter area. PCIDs and its three cities are change construction contract to be cerabout to launch a new study of such altertified by the state April 8, followed by a native transit options. clearer construction schedule. She said At the summit, Poole pitched yet anothshe expects the Ga. 400 work will be done er idea: “Trolley service up and down Rofirst because the state still has some land swell Road.” He said the city is considering acquisition issues along I-285. that as one of many options in its master Another big impact coming to I-285 planning process. A Roswell Road streetnext year is the new Atlanta Braves stacar might require taking away one lane in dium in Cobb County. While there is a each direction from private vehicle traffic, lot of talk about game-day impacts, Poole he said. “I’m already seeing the reaction on said the overall mixed-use development people’s faces” that they find the idea imaround the stadium “is what we all should possible, Poole said, but noted some other be scared of” in traffic terms, suggesting cities are making streetcars work. an ongoing traffic boost. “We’re looking for the future. We’re Many different solutions are in dislooking for the greatest technology to cussion. Tomlinson and Williams are make things better,” Poole said. working on expanding GRTA’s Xpress commuter bus service between Cobb and Perimeter Center. And Poole said the city MARTA expansion continues to talk with Cobb about a poAtlanta has a new streetcar that isn’t tential bigger interchange at I-285 and doing so well, but Parker said that’s bePowers Ferry Road.


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to participate with Piedmont in this exciting endeavor that will bring the best Piedmont Healthcare has received of cardiac care to the city of Atlanta a gift of $75 million from the Marcus and the state of Georgia. The new faFoundation to support the growth of cility will enable Piedmont to achieve Piedmont Heart Institute and help degoals that would have only remained velop a major project at the dreams at the present locasystem’s Buckhead camtion.’’ pus. The Marcus Foundation The foundation gift is gave $20 million to Piedthe second largest ever mont in 2012 to establish a made to a community hosheart valve center. pital in the United States, The Marcus FoundaPiedmont said. tion has made other huge The vision is to create gifts to Atlanta health a “destination’’ heart procare. Two years ago, Grady SPECIAL gram that will be a nationBernie Marcus, coHealth System received founder of Home Depot al draw, like the Cleveland $30 million from the Marand chairman of the Clinic in Ohio, and ensure cus Foundation to help exMarcus Foundation, that “no Georgian has to wants to create a pand its hospital’s emerleave Georgia for heart “destination” heart gency department, and its program at Piedmont. and vascular care,’’ Kevstroke and neuroscience in Brown, Piedmont presicenter. dent and CEO, told GHN. That was the second major gift to “This gift is unbelievably generous,’’ Grady from the foundation. he said. A gift of $20 million in 2009 paved Bernie Marcus, co-founder of Home the way for the opening of the Marcus Depot, and chairman of the foundation, Stroke and Neuroscience Center the said in a statement that “we are happy following year.

Eaves: County will address AIDS, jail BY JOE EARLE

A group of Buckhead businesspeople were told on March 24 that Fulton County officials plan to address the spread of HIV/ AIDS and criminal justice reform. Fulton Commission Chairman John Eaves said 15,000 people in the county have been diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, one of the highest rates of infection in the nation. “We’re going to address HIV/AIDS in some aggressive ways,” Eaves said. Eaves said county officials plan to expand testing for HIV/AIDS through county public health centers and Grady Hospital, which he said was the way many people BH

discover they have contracted the virus. He also called for an end to school sex education programs based on teaching abstinence. “I think the day of having an abstinence-based sex education in our school system is over,” he said. Eaves said criminal justice reform was needed to reduce the number of people in local jails. “We’re beginning to look at reform of our criminal justice system to make sure the people who drop out of school don’t end up in the criminal justice system,” he said. “Jails can’t be the default system for how you house people who are mentally ill.”

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the technical, small-scale Andrew Wu is into a details involved in those bit of everything. He’s a same scientific developmember of Pace Acadments.” emy’s robotics team, a Atlanta school officials are askThe activity Andrew participant in the poliing parents to turn out in the May is most passionate about, cy simulation programs 24 election to support an extension however, is writing his Model Arab League and of the special local option sales tax. book: “Space, Time, and Model United Nations “We believe [the tax is] importhe Universe: A Compreand active in the Junior tant to provide safe and vital plachensive Guide to the Finer Classical League. He also es for our children to learn,” school Points of Astronomy and plays the violin in Pace’s board member Cynthia Briscoe Astrophysics.” He’s been strings ensemble. Brown told about 40 people atworking on it since sevOutside of school, AnAndrew Wu tending the March 23 meeting of enth grade. He’s intensedrew interned with the the North Atlanta Parents for Publy interested in astrophysics and says he National Center for Civil and Human lic Schools. “We need you to get the JOE EARLE hopes to introduce the subject to a largRights in the summer of 2015, frequentword out.” Atlanta school board members, left to er audience. ly volunteers with the Atlanta CommuniThe 1-cent-on-a-dollar sales tax right, Matt Westmoreland, Cynthia Briscoe “I enjoy learning all different subty Food Bank, and has traveled on several Brown, Nancy Meister and Jason Esteves is expected to raise about $465 miljects as well as many outside of the main service trips with his church. talk with parents at Bolton Academy. lion for the schools over five years, And he spends his free time Brown told parents gathered at writing a book on astrophysics. Bolton Academy. It would extend the sales tax first imposed in 1998, she said. “I would like to emphasize the About $330 million raised through the 2016 SPLOST will be spent on construction importance of every activity I have projects and maintenance, she said. participated in, since they have Another $47 million would go to improvements in technology, she said, while $16 each contributed an aspect of unmillion will be spent on buses, $9 million on safety and security improvements, and anderstanding the world,” said Another $9 million on athletic facilities. About $36 million will be used to pay debts owed school curriculum,” said Andrew. drew. “Scientific committees at Modby the district, she said. His love of learning finds admirers at el UN conferences showed me the inner “If we don’t have this to spend on needs and maintenance, we have to divert monPace. workings of global politics and how it ey,” she said. “Every dollar we don’t get from SPLOST is a dollar we have to divert [from “Andrew has a never-ending supply of functions with scientific developments other district needs].” intellectual curiosity, a truly breathtakon a large scale, while robotics taught me ing intuitive grasp of grammar and synty tax, and an unparalleled work ethic,” said i W n 1 mu . str 0 yea e can m Andrew’s Latin teacher Elizabeth Kann. o u s r of c tu w ar rc ral arra fer a His achievements have been recyou 15 ye n g con t v i n ver str y on ognized in many different ways, on a u S e r fo r o ct i Ins ed on. ure school, state and national level. ens d Lic Andrew has received the Faculty Award for Scholarship, the University of Pennsylvania Book Award, the Georgia Certificate of Merit and the Oxford Classical Dictionary Memorial Award. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the Cum Laude Society and is an AP Scholar with Distinction. He also is one of Pace’s two 2016 STAR students for his high SAT score. Andrew also enjoys video games, watching movies, writing, and playing the violin, tennis and soccer. “Andrew is going to make a difference, wherever he chooses to direct his myriad of talents and unparalleled motivation to learn,” Kann said. What’s Next: Andrew plans to attend Princeton University, where he hopes to Patios/Pool Decks Pools & Spas Outdoor Kitchens Arbors study physics, philosophy and psycholoBrick & Stone Chimneys/Fireplace Decorative Concrete/Pavers gy, and then pursue a career in astrophysics. Decks • Driveways Efflorescence Cleaning Grading & Drainage This article was reported and written by Historical Restorations Retaining Walls Stone Patio Restoration Catherine Benedict, a senior at The West& Sealing Stone/Tile Deck Waterproofing & Leak Repair minster Schools. BY JOE EARLE

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‘Miss Jane’ wraps up ‘a great run’ at NYO Continued from page 1 center of Chastain’s ball fields, where thousands of boys and girls from Buckhead, Sandy Springs and other metro Atlanta communities have learned about sports and competition through the teams of the Northside Youth Organization. Some NYO players have gone on to play for local high schools, for colleges, for teams in the major leagues or NFL. “There’s not a [youth sports] program anywhere like this,” Wilkins said proudly as she sat at her desk one recent morning and fielded a steady stream of questions from volunteers who were working on NYO leagues and teams. Wilkins, who’s 75, plans to retire at the end of this season, so in March, NYO added a new honor to the resume of the gre-

garious woman everyone seems to know simply as “Miss Jane.” The manicured baseball field just up the hill from Wilkins’ office, the premier field, now bears her name. A new scoreboard marking “Jane Wilkins Bronco Field” was unveiled during NYO’s opening day ceremonies. “It’s my field,” she said with a grin. Wilkins says the NYO sports program, which turns 67 this fall, now includes about 5,000 participants in five sports – baseball, football, softball, boys’ and girls’ basketball and cheerleading – and has become the largest and oldest multi-league sports program in the South. She’s quick to credit others with the growth of the program that started with football for middle-school-aged boys. “We have two commissioners who have been with us more than 20 years,” she said. “The

success has been the board and commissioners and ladies’ auxiliary. The children are our stars. That’s the special part.” But parents who gathered to honor Wilkins in March were quick to give her a share of the credit. “She’s just the best,” parent Alan Roos said as volunteers wearing red “Jane Wilkins Opening Day” T-shirts laid out small squares of cake to celebrate Wilkins’ final season. “This is her family,” Roos said. “It’s always been her family. What makes Miss Jane special is she treats everybody like family. Her office door is always open.” Wilkins has worked for the organization for 40 years – “five years as a volunteer, 35 of them paid,” she said. In the beginning, she worked out of her home, she said. NYO papers covered her dining room table back then. Over the years, she’s done a lit-

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‘Miss Jane’ wraps up ‘a great run’ at NYO Continued from page 19 She’s watched three generations in some families take the field. “The friendships I’ve made, that’s the great part,” she said. “I’m going to a wedding next month of a child who played here. I’ve known her since she was itty-bitty.” Wilkins hopes to stay “somewhat active” at NYO after retirement. “What do they say? ‘Close a door and open a window?’ Maybe that’s what will happen. It’s all good. Whatever it is, it is.” She said she’s been named an emeritus member of the organization’s board. “I’ll get to keep my finger in the pie, if you will,” she said. Besides, she said, she likes to work the scoreboard on the field that now bears her name. “I don’t want to stay too long...,” she said. “It’s bittersweet. I’d like to come and visit and hug the children and do the parts I love. It is time to turn it over ... As they say in sports, ‘It’s been a great run.’” Top right, going clockwise, the Northside Youth Organization launched its new season March 19 at Chastain Park with thanks for Jane Wilkins, center, for her 35 years of service to the organization. Wilkins retires after the baseball season. Far right, Wyatt Botha, left, and Ray Rooker, pose during the Opening Day parade. Right, Klyce Thomas, center, watches the festivities. Below, NYO alumni take “a bow” on the field. At left, Buckhead Baseball also started its new season on March 19 at Frankie Allen Park in Buckhead. Will Rogers, back, assists Bentley-Grace Hicks run the bases during Buddy Baseball. PHOTOS BY KATE AWTREY

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Warm weather has returned, bringing with it the annual rebirth of daffodils, dogwoods and community farmers markets. Here are some markets sprouting locally. Brookhaven Farmers Market Brookhaven’s market opens April 16. It operates on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until noon, and is scheduled to continue operation through Dec. 10, according to the market website. It is to be located at 1375 Fernwood Circle NE and Dresden Drive, the website says. Information: Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market The Sandy Springs market opens April 16 at Century Springs East, 6100 Lake Forrest Drive. The market is scheduled to open from 8:30 a.m. until noon on Saturdays through Oct. 29. Mini-markets with shorter hours are planned in November and December. The market features live music and up to 50 vendors offering fresh, local produce, pasture-raised meat, fresh eggs, dairy products and a variety of prepared foods. Information: or Peachtree Road Farmers Market Located in the parking lot at Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, the market reopens for the season on April 2 from 8:30 a.m. to noon and continues every Saturday through mid-December. There will also be a new Wednesday night market from April 13 to Oct. 26 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Information:

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Saturday, April 9, 8:30 a.m. It’s time for the 34th annual Pace Race, on a flat course, right in the heart of Buckhead. Starts and ends at Pace Academy, just minutes from the Governor’s Mansion. 1-mile Fun Run starts at 8:30; 5K at 9 a.m.; 10:15 awards ceremony. $35. Tshirt, Peachtree qualifier. Food trucks, live music. Proceeds benefit school’s Booster Club. 966 W. Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, 30327. For details and registration:



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FAMILY DNA Thursday, April 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Parents and children use hands-on activities to learn how DNA makes us unique. Additional session at 1 p.m. Free. All are welcome. For those ages 5 and up. Space is limited. Registration required and started Jan. 5. Visit the Sandy Springs Branch Library, call 404-303-6130 or email: with questions or to sign up. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

CHASTAIN CHASE Sunday, April 17, 8 a.m. Join others for the annual 5K/1-mile walk/run Chastain Chase, benefiting the Cancer Support Community of Atlanta. $30. Tot trot also available. Race winds through Chastain Park. Treats from Fresh Market at finish line. Meet at The Galloway School, 215 West Wieuca Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30342. For questions and to register:

LEARN SOMETHING! Monday, April 4, 10 a.m. Join others at Perimeter Adult Learning & Services, Inc. Select from: Indian tribes of the Great Plains; music; Atlanta/Dunwoody real estate market; finance; early U.S. presidents; art of the Middle Ages, part 2; Election 2016; Shakespeare’s battle of the sexes; Bridge; and Mahjongg. Detailed brochures available by calling 770-698-0801 or visiting: Classes continue through May 23. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

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Saturday, April 16, 7:30 p.m. Garden Hills Elementary School holds its 27th annual Evening in the Garden fundraiser at MercedesBenz of Buckhead. Includes both silent and live auctions, entertainment and food. Tickets: $65 in advance; $75 at the door. Proceeds benefit the school’s programs. 2799 Piedmont Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Purchase tickets and find out more:

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Scott, reveal secrets from their book, “Dream Home: The Property Brothers’ Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House.” $10, MJCC members; $15, nonmembers. Marcus Jewish Community Center - Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, visit: or call 678-8124000.

UKRAINIAN EGGS Saturday, April 16, 2-3:30 p.m. Come learn the history of Ukrainian Easter traditions, and the symbolism and basic techniques of Ukrainian Easter egg painting. Have fun and paint, and make an Ukrainian-style Easter egg. Free and open to all. For adults, ages 18 and up. Open to the first 25 participants. Call 770-512-4640 or visit the Dunwoody Branch Library to sign up. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

GO ARTSY PLANT & ART SALE Thursday, April 7, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The Dunwoody Community Garden and Orchard celebrates spring with a plant sale and art show. Check out vegetables, flowers and other plants at the greenhouse opposite the Brook Run skateboard park. Sale continues through April 17. Learn more: In addition, the Dunwoody Fine Arts Association showcases art for sale at the greenhouse “barn,” April 8-April 10. Go to for details. 4770 Georgia Way S. Dunwoody, 30338.


Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy this rare Atlanta appearance by one of the most acclaimed men and boys’ choirs in the world, from Cambridge, England. Choir has recorded on international labels including EMI, Decca, Chandos, Hyperion and Naxos. Tickets: $10 to $150. The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. Find out more by calling 404365-1000 or going to:


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SPOTLIGHT Tuesday, April 12, 5:30-9 p.m. For one night only, the Marcus Jewish Community Center-Atlanta’s Blonder Family Department for Special Needs’ theater company holds auditions for its new program, Spotlight. Free for special needs adults 18+. Participants meet weekly Aug. 26-April 30, 2017. Must have appointment to audition. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 678-812-4073 or email: to schedule a time.

‘MOON OVER BUFFALO’ Friday, April 15, 8 p.m. “Moon Over Buffalo” is a comedic farce, centering on a couple of fading stars in 1953 who have a last shot at stardom when director Frank Capra attends one of their performances. Of course, everything that can go wrong does go wrong! Tickets: $15$23. Go to: for additional show times, details and tickets. Act3 Productions, 6285-R Roswell Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 770-241-1905 with questions.

Sunday, April 17, 2-4 p.m. The Jewish Tower, in conjunction with Jewish Family and Career Services, hosts their annual “Art Out Loud” show. Features artists in age from 5891. Browse abstract paintings, watercolor and collage. Enjoy tasty treats, music videos and a live raffle. Jewish Tower Rec Room, 3160 Howell Mill Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30327. Call 770-6779300 x9344 for further information.


POTTERY & ART SALE Friday, April 8, 10 a.m. Check out a wide variety of high-quality ceramics, glass, jewelry and more created by Spruill Center students and instructors at this 10th annual sale. Free and open to the public. Additional dates: April 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 10, 12-5 p.m. Spruill Education Center, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For further details, visit: or call 770-394-3447.

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Remembering history amidst rapid progress BY DYANA BAGBY The sounds of trucks rumbling through parking lots and MARTA roaring overhead are not enough to drown out the tranquility of the Stephen Martin Cemetery. Tucked behind the strip mall where Best Buy is located, in the shadows of the looming State Farm headquarters under construction and next to the proposed Crown Towers high-rise development on the Gold Kist site, this small slice of land remains untouched by the rapid advancement of Perimeter Center. The cemetery is not new to major development. Dunwoody historians say I-285 was rerouted because of the cemetery, said Jim Williams, vice president of property for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. At one time, a road ran alongside the cemetery and was used as a cut through to Ashford-Dunwoody Road. That road is long overgrown and a rusty chain remains that was hung from trees years ago to deter the traffic. The proposed Westside Connector roadway would also run right next to the cemetery. “This is an isolated, unknown treasure,” said Traci Rylands, a self-described “cemetery nut” who writes the blog “Adventures in Cemetery Hopping.” “It’s very precious. It’s a piece of Dunwoody history that can’t be replaced,” she said. Finding the Stephen Martin Cemetery is not easy. The main access is by parking behind the strip mall and seeking out the mostly grass path that leads into the cemetery. A small sign put up by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust also signals its entrance. Built in the 1850s, the cemetery has 44 known tombstones. The cemetery is named for Stephen Martin. Two of his daughters, Naomi and Sophia, married into the Spruill family, a prominent family in the history and creation of Dunwoody. The Spruill family owned the farm land

where the malls are located and sold it to developers in the early 1970s, Rylands said. But they made sure to protect the small plot of land where their ancestors were buried.

‘Should get more respect’

Glen Fuse, a volunteer with the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, began clearing the overgrown lot two years ago and the cemetery remains in the care of the trust today. Many of the plots are unmarked or marked by unlabeled rock mounds or walls. “The last burial was in 1992. A Confederate veteran is buried here and also a World War I veteran,” Fuse said. “Who knows how many are really buried here.” Fuse said he had heard about the cemetery and decided to look for it. When he found it, the weeds were high and a small path leading to the cemetery overgrown. Now he takes it upon himself to mow and weed and generally care for the cemetery. “I thought they should get more respect,” he said of those buried there. Fuse also enlisted the help of the Dunwoody High School football team who spent hours last summer clearing out heavy brush to expose the tombstones and other unmarked field stones that mark graves. Eagle Scouts have built benches for the cemetery and a kiosk that includes a history of the cemetery.

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When the proposed Crown Towers development came into the picture, members of the trust met with the property owner, Crown Holdings Group. Williams said both sides want the cemetery to remain as it is. The developers have also said they see the land as a bonus for those living in the highrises to look down and see a spot of peacefulness along all the rapid development of the 21st century, said Williams. “It’s a piece of the past, and that’s why


From left, Glen Fuse, a volunteer with the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, his grandson, Cesare Granozio, and Jim Williams, vice president of property for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, take a look at the Stephen Martin Cemetery near Best Buy.

the Dunwoody Preservation Trust was formed,” Williams said. “While it’s a small plot, people in tall areas [in the highrises] can look down on this. Our view is this is an amenity for them.” Fuse said it’s not unusual to see people sitting on the benches reading their phones or eating lunch. Williams said Crown Holdings Group have been accommodating neighbors so far and the developers have even suggested funding landscaping projects to ensure the cemetery remains an amenity for those living in the condos and working in the office buildings. Rachel Black, the cemeteries expert at the Historic Preservation Division at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, said as development increases, the situation of development encroaching on cemeteries comes up more and more. But this is not a new issue – back in the 1980s when strip malls were being built, they often abutted family cemeteries, she

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Police Blotter / Buckhead Buckhead police reports recorded from March 6 through March 19 The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 Precinct of the Atlanta Police Department and is presumed to be accurate.

R O B B E RY  600 block of Morosgo Drive – During

the day on March 8, a taxi driver told police he picked up three young men from Eastside Avenue. The men told him to stop at a gas station. Then they put something behind his head and demanded his money. The taxi driver said he gave them $49, and then the three fled on foot and jumped on a MARTA train to escape. A phone number used to call the cab was saved.

R E S I D E N T I A L B U R G L A RY  300 block of Garden Lane NW – On

March 6, sometime during the day, a safe containing a passport was taken from a house.  3600 block of Cloudland Dr. NW –

On March 9, during the day, a man told police someone bent the garage door rod to his home, and the door connect-

ing the garage to the home interior was damaged. A Stihl backpack blower and Home Depot weed eater were taken. The burglar only entered the garage.  300 block of Hillside Dr. NW – On

March 9, someone pried open the window to a house, but entered through an unsecured window after the prying was unsuccessful. Taken during the daytime burglary were an Xbox One, iPad Air, studio headset, camera lens and film, and sterling silver items.  2600

block of Forrest Ave. NW – On March 10, someone shattered the side kitchen window of a house during the day. Two flat screen TVs, a MacBook Pro and a MacBook Mini taken from the residence.

 1300 block of Collier Road NW – On

March 11, during the evening, a woman told police she went out the back door of her apartment to walk her dog. When she came back in she saw two young men in the front of her apartment. She yelled, “Hey, what are you doing?” The men grabbed her iPod from the counter and ran out the front door. 

200 block of Colonial Homes Drive NW – During the morning shift on March 16, the front door of an apartment was damaged. The resident, who was out of town, told police she could see two men inside her home via home security cameras.

 1100 block of Moores Mill Road NW – On March 17, during the day, someone entered a home through the back door and took a TV, shotgun, silverware, an Xbox One and multiple power tools.  3200 block of Lenox Road NE – On an

unknown date and time, the door lock of a house was pried off and a laptop computer and $200 in cash were taken.  1100 block of Lavista Road NE –

During the day on March 17, the front door deadbolt of an apartment was pried open. A Toshiba laptop, Samsung Galaxy tablet, a Xbox One, NXW watches and Ray Ban sunglasses were taken.

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March 19, someone pried open the rear door of a construction trailer. A flat screen TV, Home Depot credit cards, three Makita drills and two laptops were taken.

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Atlanta police set up some ‘Operation Shield’ cameras in the suburbs

‘Criminals don’t respect boundaries’

“We let them know funding has come available and with the understanding that criminals don’t respect boundaries,” Trone said. Suspects leaving Atlanta and into Sandy Springs can be easily tracked with the additional cameras. With cameras in place in Sandy Springs, Atlanta police can alert Sandy Springs officers if a suspect has fled to their streets, he added. APD is also in talks with police in other cities, including Roswell and Conyers, and with DeKalb County police. Some initial talks have been made with Dunwoody and Brookhaven, also, Trone said.

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Operation Shield was created in 2007 under the administration of Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and Police Chief Richard Pennington and through federal funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security following Sept. 11. It is an initiative of the Atlanta Police Foundation and the APD. The Atlanta Police Foundation raises funds to purchase cameras, through corporations and private individuals. Putting cameras on the street in these key target areas were part

eras, Trone said. The cameras owned by APD are typically located on public right of ways and data collected on these cameras are stored for only 30 days, Trone said. The Atlanta Police Foundation approached Sandy Springs earlier this year to propose a partnership to locate cameras near the Atlanta border, Trone said.


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of a plan to ensure safety to tourists and residents, said Marlon Trone, vice president of programs for the Atlanta Police Foundation, which oversees Operation Shield. “These cameras are not specifically a law enforcement tool; we view them as a public safety tool,” he said. “We’re not in personal security business. We’ve partnered with City Council to identify key areas that affect the placement of cameras.” Operation Shield owns approximately 200 cameras but is connected to some 6,000 cameras through the Loudermilk Video Integration Center where officers can monitor images from thousands of cameras throughout the city. When the program is complete, the APD will be monitoring 10,000 cameras, Trone said. The majority of cameras are privately owned – such as by Coca-Cola, CNN and college campuses, Trone said. Because the APD is integrated with these private corporations’ surveillance cameras, officers in the integration center can see inside buildings and on camDERMATOLOGY ASSOCIATES puses in real time. “All that data is their own; we don’t own or collect data” from private cam-

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The cameras are set up in the southern part of Sandy Springs, near the city’s border with Atlanta, said Sandy Springs Police Capt. Rose. One camera, engraved with the APD logo, is readily visible at the intersection of Roswell Road and Forest Hills Drive, more than a mile inside the city limits. Another camera is located on Crest Valley Drive, Rose said. “They [APD] approached us about 2 1/2 months ago. This is an extension of what APD is doing,” Rose said. Rose said approximately seven cameras are online in Sandy Springs and the goal is to install as many as 20 within the city limits. Rose declined to say where cameras are located or where they will be located. Currently, SSPD does not have access to the data collected from the cameras, Rose said. Only APD can see what the cameras in the city see from its video integration center in downtown Atlanta. The SSPD is working on an integration system so it can also access data from the cameras. “We can’t see them yet,” Rose said. “They brought this to us …and networking and sharing information among law enforcement is critical. Our IT de-

partment is working on the integration part on how we would integrate [APD’s] programming into our existing software.” Sandy Springs can access the data by requesting APD for surveillance videos, Rose said. The cameras located and to be located in Sandy Springs will be placed at this time in public right-of-way, such as on utility poles, Rose said. “All we’re interested in is roadways. We’re not going to put one in someone’s driveway,” he said. “On the right of way officers can see a suspect vehicle and determine the path.” Sandy Springs is not spending money on the APD cameras, Rose said. After three years, the cameras will become the property of Sandy Springs and expenses for maintaining the cameras and other costs will be transferred to the city. How much that will cost is not known at this time, he said.

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Stepmore tion system. inspecnew theater at Continued page smiling girl at to the to construct a one: bringing cost 14 the far right milThe A 44-YEAR-OLD A 34-YEAR-OLD $24.5 hydrant inspections in-house in the girls’ varsity team WOMAN WOMAN size would cost instead photo. One other The Atlanta History WHO LIVES about the same WHOofLIVES using private contractors, black girl IN BROOKHAVE was on the far IN SANDY SPRINGS study states. Page 42 as the exhibition, “Atlantacenter’s left; all the players PHIL MOSIER lion, the feasibility has done N PHOTOS BY city sent its feasibility and the coaches in between since its Objects,” showcases in 50 breaks The conservancy unique, were white. recently Anjanice Cutno founding. local items like player members a varsity “That’s when Council this katana from court during High School basketball I had the most study to City “The Walking come up at the “The At left, Dunwoody as she heads down her home Wolverines on Jan. 15. fun, when Dead” TV show. I was playing 2016 Tillie O’Neal-Kyles, is expected to pack basketball,” she and the issue founder of Every High School Lady away from the inspections said. named the city’s the Miller Grove Calloway was 25 meeting. 2016 Humanitarian Woman Works, a nonprofi game against one of 17 students council’s Jan. will be done t that Nash talks of the Year, at Jamie Chatman, that there is support integrated Cross who Coach Angela the 10th annual helps achieve financial independence, one of the “Lynwood While Ross argues Keys High School he may Rev. Martin Luther who integrated by the SanAbove, Lady Wildcats with her players. Integrators,” personal growth PHIL MOSIER ly 50 years ago, nearCross Brook Run Theater, King Jr. Day celebration over strategy and family leadership, part of that for renovating graduates of Keys High School nearly 50 attends a Rev. Martin Luther King dy Springs at City Hall on first group was years ago. 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Council and A 34-YEAR-OLD ago, we went he added he is WOMAN IN SANDY SPRINGS WOMAN bers met behind mem“A few years the state economica not aware of WHO LIVES 12 WHO LIVES any recent fire WHO LIVES closed doors with IN BROOKHAVE IN SANDY SPRINGS where firefighters Continued on page and a mediation Garrett N WOMAN had trouble finding a attorney on Jan. working hydrant A 44-YEAR-OLD N 20 to try to work out an on a public agreement. IN BROOKHAVE WHO LIVES Mayor John Ernst Continued on page and members 14 of City Countinued on page 14

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OUT & ABOUT Puppetry Arts Center expand s under Atlanta’s own puppet master

Survey: No to ‘Religi

ous Freedom’ law

OUT & ABOUT Puppetry Arts s Center expand under Atlanta’s own puppet master

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Survey: No to ‘Religi



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Survey: No to ‘Religi

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