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Springing forward City pushing to begin park improvements this year



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Clack’s Corner is ready for its close up. The .2 acre plot located between Briarwood Park and Dresden Drive is the first park the city plans to improve under its Park Master Plan, which was presented in February. A survey of the land, though, has to be conducted first – and that could take up to six months and move the beginning of any implementation into 2017. The time lag did not sit well with Mayor John Ernst. “I think we’re all choking over the six See CITY on page 20


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Brad Karfunkel senior data analyst for the NYU Furman Center See Real Estate PAGE 6

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“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 Pavilion office park, the Simpson Organization plans a huge mixeduse redevelopment built around a new “Main Street” with a bicycle trail. The plan includes a hotel and retail space; a 250-unit multifamily housing complex; an 11-story office building; a 6-level parking deck; and new restaurants around an existing pond. Three of four existing office buildings on the site would remain. Thompson, the Council of Neighborhoods president, said at the March 22 meeting at the site that it’s good that the project includes much less density than allowed under its zoning. But, she added, “connectivity”

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 smallerscale, 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. Regent Partners LLC is proposing to build a 125-room hotel, 260-plus 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 PeachtreeDunwoody 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 to the multiuse path Georgia DOT is building as part of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. “We’re really interested in A Dunwoody Pavilion site rendering as seen from Lake Hearn Drive. PATH400,” Taylor said. “We just think it’s great.” and Peachtree-Dunwoody traffic increases Company officials hope to begin conwill be a concern. A traffic study is still pendstruction on the project by the end of the year ing, and project officials said a widening of and complete it within 22 or 23 months, he Lake Hearn Drive at Peachtree-Dunwoody is said. a possibility. The company decided to add restaurants “It’s nice that it’s a downsizing,” Thompson to Concourse, the development with the said. “It’s nice that it’s a mix [of uses]. It’s nice “King” and “Queen” towers rising alongside that it’s going to be bringing retail and restauI-285, after surveying tenants of the mixedrants into this area, which is very needed.” use development. The project is intended to Project architect Bill Halter of the firm “create a sense of place in Concourse, creating Cooper Carry showed “our big idea, the Main a place where people want to come,” he said. Street.” The new road would curve through BK

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the site, connecting Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Lake Hearn Drive through what is now a patchwork of parking lots. The current Peachtree-Dunwoody driveway would be moved about 120 feet north for the new road. A paved bike trail would run partly alongside the road and partly behind the housing at the site’s rear. Halter said a “bike valet” for visitors is a possibility. Halter said the plan would create a “villagelike environment” and enhance access to the pond. Along Peachtree-Dunwoody, he said, “the idea is we’re getting a more urban edge” with some street-front retail space and the hotel. The plan includes indirect access to the adjacent Medical Center MARTA station. The developers were considering a possible pedestrian bridge, but Halter said the plan now is for access via a new parking garage with elevators that could carry bicycles. The access would not be directly into the station, but to an outdoor area near its entrance. Boyd Simpson, president of the Simpson Organization, said after the meeting that the hotel would include some extended-stay rooms to be marketed to people visiting Pill Hill hospitals. The developer is still seeking a partner for the multifamily housing portion and no decision has been made on whether they would be rentals or ownership units, Simpson said. If the project is approved, Simpson said, the earliest construction start would be late this year.

New BIA head caught up in controversy at previous post BY DYANA BAGBY

The new head of the Brookhaven Innovation Academy was caught up in a controversy at her previous post in California, forcing her to resign before officially beginning a new job last year in Chicago. Dr. Laurie Kimbrel was announced as BIA’s new head of school on March 16. Last year, though, she was selected to be the superintendent of Chicago’s Township High School District 113, but resigned after the school district learned her husband was accused of cyberbullying while the couple lived in California. An independent investigation by the Tamalpais Union school board cleared Kimbrel of any wrongdoing. BIA Board Chair Jennifer Langley said she and other board members were aware of Kimbrel’s past before hiring her. “The Brookhaven Innovation Academy board is fully aware of the facts surrounding Dr. Laurie Kimbrel’s husband. We appreciate the fact that she was very forthright and candid about events surrounding her husband’s actions during her initial interview with the BIA Board,” Langley said in a statement. “As with every employee, BIA undertook an extensive and 1thorough vetting 07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1 7/27/15 9:18 AM Page

dents have access to the best teachers and process while considering Dr. Kimbrel’s resources, and where STEM outcomes are overall qualifications. Dr. Kimbrel is imachieved through project- based learning mensely qualified, and we are fortunate is a proven model that will greatly beneto have her on our team,” Langley stated. fit not only our students, “Dr. Kimbrel’s enthusibut also the future of our asm for teaching chilcommunities. dren is evident, and “As a seasoned edher experience in the ucator, my values and classroom and as a subeliefs are very well perintendent made her aligned with the mission the stand-out choice and vision of BIA.” among 60 other highly Kimbrel was the suqualified candidates. perintendent of Tamal“I’m very pleased as pais Union High School a mom of two future in California when she BIA students that she accepted a job in Januwas chosen as Head of Dr. Laurie Kimbrel ary 2015 to be the new School after multiple superintendent for rounds of in-depth inHighland Park and Deerfield high schools terviews she had with 10 individuals from in Chicago, according to the Chicago Triour selection committee,” Langley stated. bune. Kimbrel issued a statement saying she However, after accepting that job, news is “honored and excited to be named the got out that her husband, Tim Olrick, used BIA head of school because the mission of a pseudonym to attack a Tamaplais Union the school is a close match with my proparent via Facebook. Olrick accused the fessional passion and expertise.” parent of embezzlement and being a “I applaud the dedication and commember of the Ku Klux Klan. mitment of the board in obtaining one of Olrick and Kimbrel denied Kimbrel only three charters granted by the state of knew anything about her husband’s soGeorgia last year,” she said in a statement. cial media posts, according to a story in “Their belief in a process of schooling the Chicago Tribune. where learning is personalized, where stu-

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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 and CEO. The moderator was David RubThe Perimeter highway is both a soinger, publisher of the Atlanta Business lution and a problem to the transportaChronicle and a Sandy Springs resident. tion experts. Williams explained that the 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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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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Waste not, want not I’m a “waste not, want not” type of gal. I believe I got that sensibility from my mother, who never met a scrap of wrapping paper that she couldn’t line shelves with. Whatever the reason, I’ve been reducing, reusing and recycling since green was a color, not a lifestyle. I was green before it was cool, before recycling was a household word, when people like me were merely called thrifty or frugal…or cheap. It started when I was in elementary school. I wrote assignments on both sides of my notebook paper until my teachers objected (and I was overruled). Still unable to justify an unused side of paper, I now recycle my kids’ schoolwork through our home printer. I’ve broken a $200 copy machine because I was using the back of an assignment that had a staple in it, but I still feel like I’m saving the planet, one reused sheet of paper at a time. It might be noble or it might be a sickness − you decide. But I won’t waste a handful of stale corn chips. I come from a long line of green women. My mother got her sense of resourcefulness from her mother and those of The Greatest Gener-

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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 / Building bridges, coalitions and community Early in the prior decade, when I still was learning the ropes of leading the then Central Perimeter Community Improvement District, I joined numerous other civic, regional and community leaders and developers on a LINK mission trip to Chicago, to learn particularly about the Windy City’s varied modes of transportation options for commuters there. Along with colleagues from the Cobb/ Galleria Community Improvement District, we returned inspired by the possibilities for our region, and particularly for reviving the topside of our overloaded I-285 and what would later become known as “Revive 285.” The Perimeter CIDs initiated the partnership to fund studies and an analysis of several modes of transit options to improve congestion and reduce the use of single occupancy vehicles on the Perimeter topside. This in effect began the construction of a series of bridges of collaboration, spanning from Doraville (and the future site of the proposed Assembly project), north and west to the Cobb Galleria, (and soon the new home of our Atlanta Braves @ SunTrust Park.) Those collaborations remain ongoing today. We considered light rail transit tying in to MARTA, bus rapid transit in dedicated lanes, as well as bus rapid transit in barrier-separated HOV lanes. And now roughly 15 years later, those dreams for moving thousands of commuters around the top end appear to be on the verge of reality. Thanks to the leadership of Gov. Nathan Deal, the Georgia General Assembly and Georgia Department of Transportation, the state now has an excise fuel tax funding mechanism in place to generate dedicated funding for major transpor-

tation infrastructure maintenance and improvements. And again, due to innovative leadership from the State Roads and Tollway Authority (SRTA), Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA), the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and others, GDOT has developed a new model of construction and financing for massive transportation improvement projects. Along with North Perimeter Contractors, and consortium partners Ferrovial Agroman, U.S. Corporation and the engineering team of The LouisBerger Group, Inc. and Neel-Shaffer, a design/build/finance model is being deployed which should save Georgia taxpayers, the state and commuters several hundred million dollars over the life and completion of the coming re-construction of the I-285 at Ga. 400 interchange. What was once envisioned as a $1.1 billion expenditure is now forecast at just under $800 million for the new interchange and overpasses, as well as for miles of additional new collector and distributor lane capacity, running from New Peachtree and Chamblee-Dunwoody Roads on I-285 north to Roswell Road, and from the Glenridge Connector north to Spalding Drive along Ga. 400. And on top of these significant capacity enhancements, Gov. Deal recently announced the investment of another $10 billion over 10 years to Georgia’s major transportation corridors, including dedicated express lanes to include transit on the top end of I-285. From resolutions following an insightful economic development trip to the formation of reality. As Gov. Deal himself noted of these partnerships last fall, “Thanks to strong collaboration at the federal, state and

As tax and publicly financed resources remain limited, our investors are also willing to put their money where their mouths are.

Letter to the Editor

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

local levels, the infrastructure improvements included in this project will keep Georgians moving, support our growing economy, and increase the quality of life in our region and state for decades Yvonne Williams President and CEO, to come.” Perimeter Community The leaderImprovement Districts ship and investors in our DeKalb and Fulton Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs) annually invest millions in voluntary additional property taxes. Their leadership and commitment has made our Central Perimeter sub-market into the Fortune 1000 address of choice in the Southeast, and increasingly one of the nation’s fastest growing live, work and play communities. Our 4.2 square miles span and cross two counties and the three municipalities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The forward-thinking leaders of those cities are among the voices of leadership calling for the expansion of transit corridors, increased investments in transportation infrastructure and the development of additional green spaces, PATH trails and alternative forms of connectivity between these cities as well as to our neighbors in Chamblee, Doraville and Buckhead. As tax and publicly financed resources remain limited, our investors are also willing to put their money where their mouths are, investing $10 million toward the first hard construction costs on the new I- 285/Ga. 400 interchange. We have been busy − yesterday, today and will be tomorrow, building bridges, literally and figuratively, to better connect and position all of our adjoining communities on the path to better tomorrows. And through continued partnership, we will get there.

likely that many own or are in businesses that thrive on high-density population and all the construction that goes with it. So, for these folks, a curb on construction will just not do. Rob Branson

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‘Religious liberty’ bill sparks talk of city anti-bias 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 state bill, and a Sandy Springs City Council member is calling for that city to adopt a similar anti-bias policy. Brookhaven is one of many Georgia cities that have limited LGBT non-discrimination policies applying only to city employment. HB 757 would have prohibited forcing religious institutions to conduct same-sex marriages and allowed faithbased 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 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 vast majority of such policies only apply to the government’s own employment practices. That’s the case in Brookhaven, whose hiring and employment policy prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or sex, which the city interprets as covering gender identity, according to city spokesperson Ann Marie Quill. In Sandy Springs, 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 communi-

“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

ty, 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 and I believe

that formally adopting these policies is entirely consistent with our community values.” Sandy Springs already has a non-discrimination policy that includes “sexual preference”–an old term referring to gay people now widely considered incorrect and 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 via contract to those company’s workers as well, according to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. At least three of the firms that provide city services under outsourced contracts 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. The city of Dunwoody has non-discrimination policies that apply to the city’s own employment and use language that refers to both sexual orientation and gender identity, according to city spokesperson Bob Mullen. Dunwoody also has a non-discrimination policy that applies to city contractors, but it does not cover sexual orientation or gender identity, he said.

Community Briefs CAM PA I G N IN TEN DED TO CU T D OW N ON BLOC K ED I N TER S EC TION S Drivers in Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs are being asked to “be kind and stay behind the line” as part of a Perimeter Traffic Operations campaign to educate driver to not block intersections – and to avoid a $500 fine. The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, in partnership with the cities as well as the Georgia Department of Transportation and Georgia Institute of Technology, launched the initiative March 28. It concludes April 8. “The term ‘box’ refers to the boundary within an intersection,” the PCIDs said in a press release. “A vehicle is considered to ‘Block the Box’ when it enters an intersection with insufficient space available to exit on the opposite side, obstructing other vehicles and pedestrians. “In the state of Georgia, ‘blocking the box’ is illegal and could cost up to $500 in

Road at Ravinia Drive.


Representatives from the Brookhaven Police Department and City Council were at DYANA BAGBY the Georgia Capitol on March The “don’t block the box” campaign urging motorists 24 to receive a resolution honnot to obstruct intersections runs through April 8. oring Brookhaven for being fines, as well as points on your driving rethe safest city in DeKalb Councord. If a driver’s signal turns red before ty as determined by SafeWise, a home sethey get out of the intersection, they are curity company. blocking cross traffic from moving forThe resolution, introduced by state ward and preventing mobility in crossRep. Taylor Bennett (D-Brookhaven), walks and bike lanes.” states Brookhaven launched its police The campaign will put up signs at force in July 2013 and established a CitParkside Place at Perimeter Summit; izen Police Academy and K-9 unit in the Peachtree-Dunwoody Road at Johnson first 2 1/2 years. Ferry Road, Abernathy Road and Lake The resolution states SafeWise, a leadHearn Drive; and Ashford-Dunwoody ing home security and safety company,

analyzed FBI violent crime and property crime data from 2014 to determine the safest city in Georgia for 2016. Brookhaven Police released its first annual crime report in 2014 – that year there was one murder and six rapes, and a total of 1,528 serious crimes that also included property crimes, such as burglary and auto theft.

C IT Y M A NAG ER S EA R C H C O NT INUI NG The search for a new city manager is continuing and there’s no deadline set for naming one, Mayor John Ernst said. Ernst said the city had 66 applicants for the job, vacant since former City Manager Marie Garrett resigned in January. Applications were officially closed Feb. 29. City officials narrowed the search after an initial round of interviews. Ernst said he planned a second group of interviews in April and “then we will name the finalists.” BK

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Local cemetery surrounded by rapid development 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.

Encroaching development

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 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 said. State law mandates that if there is an abandoned cemetery, no development or use of property can change without a permit from the local government, she said. Relocating a cemetery is not an easy process, nor a cheap one. And when a cemetery is obviously being cared for, developers often work with families and caretakers to work out a solution together to protect the integrity of the cemetery, she said.

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.

Williams predicts there will only be more development and eventually the cemetery will be blocked in by highrises. “This strip mall will eventually be torn down to make way for towers,” he said. “You can’t stop progress. So you might


as well work with the system, and I think that’s what we’re doing,” he said. “I think this cemetery will be remembered even more as the development comes along.”

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Rezoning for the Dunwoody Crown Study looks at major interTowers development to add a condominisections um tower, retail space and a luxury hotel The study, completed by Moreland Alwould not impact traffic at major intertobelli Associates, also states there would sections surrounding the area, according likely be a “slight reduction in overall to a recent traffic study conducted for the traffic” because a small percentage of developers. condo residents would also work at the Crown Holdings commissioned the office towers and would shop at the retail traffic study as part of its rezoning recenter. quest to the city of Dunwoody. Crown The traffic study looked at five key inHoldings wants approximately 5 acres of tersections: Perimeter Center Parkway’s land at the Gold Kist site, along Perimeintersections with Hammond Drive, Gold ter Center Parkway, to be rezoned to alKist Drive and Lake Hearn Drive; Hamlow for a 380-unit highrise condominium mond Drive at Ashford-Dunwoody Road; tower, a 3-story retail center and a luxuand Hammond Drive’s intersection with ry hotel with approximately 150 rooms. the driveway of a shopping center anFifteen acres of proposed developchored by Best Buy and Marshalls. ment on the Gold Kist site does not reAccording to the study, Perimeter Cenquire rezoning and would include two ter Parkway has an approximate average 24-story office towdaily traffic volers, a restaurant, ume of 8,060 vehia conference cencles per day. HamDHA to meet April 10 to ter and a 28-story mond Drive has highrise hotel. The discuss Crown Towers about 22,720 vehiproject is expectcles per day. Ashed to be completed The Dunwoody Homeowners Asford-Dunwoody in 2026. The traffic sociation will meet Sun., April 10 Road has about study is focused on after originally planning to skip 28,650 vehicles per the rezoning, but it the monthly meeting due to spring day. accounts for the enbreak. Gold Kist Drive tire project. DHA President Robert Wittenis a two-lane local The developstein said the meeting is necessary road that ends at ers are expected to to discuss the Crown Holdings prothe driveway to the have their rezonposal for two new towers in PerimGold Kist Office ing request heard eter Center prior to its Planning building. There are at the April 12 PlanCommission review on April 12. The currently two othning Commission meeting will be held at City Hall at er office driveways meeting. 7:30 p.m. on Gold Kist Drive. Heyward Peak hours for Wescott, a memthese intersections ber of the Planning with traffic signals Commission, said he is not sure how he in 2014 were determined to be between 7 will vote on the proposed rezoning rea.m. and 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The quest. However, he acknowledged, he is gross number of trips traveling into the a fan of mixed-use developments near mixed-use development without zoning MARTA stations. is estimated at 13,445 weekday trips; with “This kind of dense development near the rezoning, the weekday daily trips are a MARTA station to me makes all the estimated at 18,006. sense in the world,” he said. “I’m open to “The increase in traffic just for rezonthe idea of having a live, work, play develing is 34 percent,” Nall said. “How are we opment, especially in the [Perimeter Cengoing to mitigate 34 percent?” ter Improvement District]. I’m pro makThe study admits there is an existing ing that area livable and walkable.” traffic problem that is being made worse But City Council member Terry Nall, with every new development in the Pewho also said he is still studying all the rimeter Center area with traffic congesinformation on the proposed project, tion at the intersection of Ashford-Dunsaid adding more density to the area can woody Road at Hammond Drive. Nall only mean more traffic, despite what the said this acknowledgement is a “telling study says. sign in the report.” “There are 15 acres [of Crown HoldThe proposed Westside Connector ings] that already has certain entitlecould help, Nall said. “But what do we do ments; High Property and State Farm first -build the connector or the developalready have entitlements. These entiment? It’s like the chicken and the egg.” tlements are very dense and to add two


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Ashford-Dunwoody Road improvement study underway Continued from page 1 en the road. “I want it to be like Roswell Road in Roswell,” he said at a March 23 open house at St. Martin’s Episcopal School for stakeholders to provide input on what they would like to see happen to the road. Public interest on how to alleviate traffic on Ashford-Dunwoody Road was evident at recent open houses where resDYANA BAGBY idents wrote directly on a map Chris Sheehan looks over a map of Ashfordwhat they would like to see. WritDunwoody Road during a recent open ten plainly on one map: “Do not house for Brookhaven residents to make suggestions regarding traffic congestion. widen Ash Dunwoody at all unless making bike lanes not more gestion. lanes for traffic.” “I love the diverging diamond,” WilThere have been community argulis said. ments for years about what to do with But traffic continues to back up from the road. Widening it, said some who the Perimeter onto Ashford-Dunwoody looked over maps with Sheehan, could Road and there is not adequate road to attract more motorists and add to the alhandle the traffic – resulting in many anready frustrating traffic congestion. gry drivers on the road, Willis said. Juanette Willis, who has lived in Brookhaven since 2002, said syncing the ‘Corridor vision’ timing of traffic lights would be a major A major north-south route through help. She thought the recent discussions Brookhaven, Ashford-Dunwoody Road were themselves a good sign. “We’ve had is a largely two-lane road often overmeetings similar to this in the past … and whelmed by traffic from the hotels, I have great hopes,” she said. schools and parks that it serves. More than 100 people showed up over Last year, the Brookhaven City Countwo days — March 21 and March 23 — cil approved paying Gresham, Smith and to look over maps of Ashford-Dunwoody Partners $125,050 to come up with a “corRoad and identify key issues and potenridor vision” for Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Besides an overall vision, the process will include sub-studies of the road’s three main sections: the Peachtree Road intersection, the Johnson Ferry Road intersection, and the Perimeter area. The plan will identify potential funding sources for improvements and suggestion for phasing any work. A community charrette is planned DYANA BAGBY Recent open houses have given the public for mid-2016 and plans are to have an opportunity to write down ideas recommendations by the end of the on how to address traffic concerns on year. Ashford-Dunwoody Road. To see a larger “As part of the recommendations, version, go to the project team will develop potential roadway cross-sections at key lotial solutions they would like to see. cations along Ashford-Dunwoody Road. “We’ve had terrific turnout and peoThe recommendations will address the ple are really digging in and giving spemovement of vehicles, bicycles, pedestricific input,” said Brookhaven District 1 ans, and transit service through the corCouncil member Linley Jones. Ashfordridor.” Dunwoody Road runs through her disJones said the improvements to the trict. corridor should include beautification In 2012, the state’s first diverging diand pedestrian safety along with traffic amond intersection opened at Ashfordrelief. Dunwoody Road and I-285, a project “Many of our communities are across initiated by the Perimeter Community the street from our parks,” Jones said. Improvement Districts. The project cost “This is an amazing road and there is so $4.6 million and redirects traffic on Ashmuch potential for it to be a great artery ford-Dunwoody Road as it crosses the through our city.” bridge over I-285 and has reduced conBK

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make all the changes and improvements in Brookhaven’s site-specific Park Master Plan is just shy of $28 million. For Clack’s Corner, though, Ernst and the council want all 2016 proposed improvements made by consulting firm Greenberg Farrow completed this year. Total cost is estimated at $39,500 and PHIL MOSIER includes: a survey of UFA United soccer club players, from left, Dylan Patel, Josh the land for $1,500; a Bert, Bradlee Williams, Jamie Derby, Skyler Wood and Luca $5,000 monumental Butterworth, are “all in” before the second half begins against park sign; complete the Concord Fire club on March 26 at Blackburn Park. brick wall with grantually see the city doing to ensure parks reite cobble edging for $21,000; and replacmain a priority. ing turf with gravel grass lawn for $12,000. “We need to implement a plan and To be able to complete this project, one move forward,” Ernst said in a later interthat has been in the works for years, would view. be a way to highlight the Park Master Plan “We don’t need a situation where we and give residents something they can achave paralysis by analysis … and having to go back and analyze everything again. The consultant has done a good job for us and come up with a cohesive design,” he said. “Let’s not be that city that makes a plan and doesn’t implement it.” City officials are working to cut through as much red tape as possible to get parks projects done, but Ernst said that government does move slower.

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Another damper on moving forward as soon as possible on park improvements was the disbanding of the city’s Parks & Recreation Committee at the March 22 meeting. Members approached the council recently and asked the city to dissolve the committee, in large part because they “weren’t getting anywhere,” Ernst said. “This is very important considering what was said in the retreat about us moving forward on parks,” Ernst said. “This is not an end, but a reorganization.” Council member Bates Mattison said in the past the council put the Parks & Recreation Committee “into a box and their voice was diminished by the city.” “Parks are one of our founding principles. We need to empower this group, and looking at a new group we need to ensure we do that,” Mattison said. At the council’s retreat, Council member Joe Gebbia threw out the idea of presenting for support and approval a $15$20 million general bond to implement the parks plan and then turn over the funding to a development authority. “This would help us identify as a real parks city,” he said at the March 18 retreat. The city currently has more than $9 million in HOST funding for local projects, Ernst said.

Proposed park improvements for 2016, during the first phase of the work. Briarwood Park – 18 acres Field run survey -- $27,000 Monumental park sign -- $5,000 Pedestrian bridge -- $120,000 Remove invasive plant material -- $11,700 Contingency -- $41,000 Total -- $204,700 Blackburn Park – 50 acres Field run survey -- $78,500 Monumental park sign -- $5,000 Restroom -- $175,000 Remove invasive plant material -- $18,200 Contingency -- $70,000 Total -- $346,700 Brookhaven Park – 9 acres Field run survey -- $25,000 Monumental park sign -- $5,000 Restroom -- $175,000 Remove invasive plant material -- $6,500 Contingency -- $53,000 Total -- $264,500 Murphey Candler Park – 135 acres Field run survey -- $125,000 Monumental park sign -- $5,000 Pedestrian bridge -- $150,000 Remove invasive plant material -- $52,000 Contingency -- $90,000 Total -- $447,000 Lynwood Park – 17 acres Field run survey -- $16,500 Monumental park signs (two) -- $10,000 Parking lot/40 spaces -- $35,000 Restroom -- $175,000 Remove invasive plant material -- $2,600 Contingency -- $14,500 Total -- $239,100 Fernwood Park – 7 acres Field run survey -- $5,500 Monumental park sign -- $5,000 Overlook -- $45,000 Remove invasive plant material -- $2,600 Contingency -- $14,500 Total -- $72,600 Georgian Hills Park – 7 acres Field run survey -- $9,000 Monumental park signs (two) -- $10,000 Playground -- $225,000 Remove invasive plant material -- $2,600 Contingency -- $62,000 Total -- $308,600 Skyland Park – 11 acres Field run survey -- $15,000 Monumental park signs (two) -- $10,000 Restroom -- $175,000 Remove invasive plant material -- $2,600 Contingency -- $51,000 Total -- $253,600 Ashford Park – 3 acres Field run survey -- $6,500 Monumental park sign -- $5,000 Shade canopy at playground -- $75,000 Contingency -- $22,000 Total -- $108,500 Estimated total cost -- $2,354,800 Source: Greenberg Farrow


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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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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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SHEEP TO SHAWL Saturday, April 9, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Learn about cloth making though demonstrations ranging from sheep shearing and dyeing to spinning and weaving. Day includes open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, candle making and more at Smith Family Farm. Free for Atlanta History Center members. Non-member adults: $16.50; seniors/students: $13; children: $11. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. Get tickets and details at: or call 404-814-4000.

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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.

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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.


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Atlanta police set up some ‘Operation Shield’ cameras in the suburbs BY DYANA BAGBY Sandy Springs police have agreed to install as many as 20 cameras in Sandy Springs as part of the Atlanta Police Department’s “Operation Shield” crime-prevention program, officials of the two cities say. The cameras are set up in the southern part of Sandy Springs, near the city’s border with Atlanta, said Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve 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 department 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 Sandy Springs’ property, 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.

Atlanta seeks to put 10,000 cameras on streets 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 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 the personal security business. We’ve part-

nered 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 campuses in real time. “All that data is their own; we don’t own or collect data” from private cameras, 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. “We let them know funding has come available and with the understanding that criminals don’t respect boundaries,” Trone said. Suspects leaving Atlanta and going 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.

An Atlanta Police Department Operation Shield surveillance camera is located at the corner of Roswell Road and Forest Hills Drive. Sandy Springs has entered into a partnership with APD to locate more cameras in the city.


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Police Blotter / Brookhaven Brookhaven police reports recorded from March 16 through March 26 The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

ARRESTS  400 block of Lincoln Court Avenue –

On March 16, arrest for fraudulent activity.  1000 block of Barone Avenue – On

March 16, arrest for theft.  3100 block of Buford Highway – On

March 16, arrest for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.  4400 block of Memorial Drive – On

March 16, arrest for failure to appear.  1600 block of Northeast Expressway –

On March 17, arrest for marijuana possession.  2600 block of Buford Highway – On

March 17, arrest for failure to appear

 3300 block of Buford Highway – On

 Northeast Expressway/I-85 ramp – On

 2000 block of N Druid Hills Road – On

March 21, arrest for overtaking and passing a school bus.

March 24, arrest for marijuana possession.

March 17, report of theft from vehicle.

 3400

block of Buford Highway – On March 21, arrest for overtaking and passing a school bus.

 1200 block of

Dresden Drive – On March 21, arrest for possession of cocaine.  2600

block of Buford Highway – On March 21, arrest for failure to yield at intersection of roadways.

Northeast Expressway/I-85 ramp – On March 24, arrest for obstruction and interference.

1700 block of Georgian Terrace – On March 25, arrest for obstruction and interference.

2500 block of Apple Valley Road – On March 26, arrest for wanted person located.

 3000 block of Buford Highway – On

 1700 block of Briarwood Road

March 22, arrest for marijuana possession.

– On March 26, arrest for simple battery.

 Chamblee Tucker Road @ I-85 – On

 3500 block of Buford High-

March 22, arrest for trafficking cocaine, marijuana, meth.

way – On March 26, arrest for no driver’s license.

 3300 block of Buford Highway at Bri-

 2800 block of Clairmont Road –

arwood Road – On March 23, arrest for overtaking and passing a school bus.

On March 27, arrest for disorderly conduct.

 1900 block of North Druid Hills Road

 1200 block of Executive Park Drive –

On March 27, arrest for theft of services.

March 20, arrest for battery.

– On March 23, arrest for obstruction and interference.

 2600 block of Buford Highway – On

 3900 block of Peachtree Road – On

March 17, arrest for simple battery.  1600 block of Tryon Road – On March

17, arrest for sexual exploitation of children.  3300 block of Buford Highway – On

March 17, arrest for terroristic threats and acts.  3200 block of Buford Highway – On

March 18, arrest for loitering and prowling.  2400 block of Buford Highway – On

March 20, arrest of a wanted person.

March 23, arrest for shoplifting.

 8400 block of Earl D. Lee Boulevard

 1900 block of North Druid Hills Road

– On March 20, arrest for failure to appear,.

– On March 23, arrest for loitering and prowling.

 2800 block of Buford Highway – On

 3500 block of Buford Highway – On

March 21, arrest for loitering and prowling.

March 24, arrest for overtaking and passing a school bus.

 3800 block of Buford Highway – On

March 17, report of theft from vehicle.  3000 block of Clairmont Road – On

March 17, report of theft by taking auto.  4400 block of Peachtree Road – On

March 18, report of theft.

R O B B E RY  1200 block of Executive Park Drive –

On March 16, report of street robbery.

OT H E R  1100 block of Standard Drive – On

March 16, report of damage to private property.

 1300 block of N. Cliff Valley Way – On

March 26, arrest for public intoxication and consumption.

 3700 block of Buford Highway – On

March 17, report of theft.

March 21, arrest for failure to appear.

 2600 block of Buford Highway – On

 4300 block of Peachtree Road – On

THEFT  4400 block of Reserve Drive – On

March 16, report of theft from vehicle.  2800 block of Clairmont Road – On

 1600

block of Northeast Expressway – On March 17, report of city ordinance violation.

 1800 block of N. Druid Hills Road/E.

March 16, report of theft.

Roxboro Road – On March 17, report of stolen vehicle recovered.

 3400 block of Blair Circle – On March

 3900 block of Peachtree Road – On

16, report of entering auto.  3500 block of Buford Highway – On

March 16, report of theft from vehicle.

March 17, report of terroristic threats.  2600 block of Buford Highway – On

March 17, report of truancy.  3200 block of Buford Highway – On

March 18, report of an unruly child.  3500 block of Buford Highway – On

March 18, report of stalking.  3900 block of Peachtree Road – On

March 20, a report of obstructing police.  2600 block of Buford Highway – On

March 20, report of lost and found property. BK

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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.

‘Miss Jane’ wraps up run at NYO 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 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 gregarious 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 BK

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 little bit of everything for NYO: put together yearbooks, raised money, headed the ladies’ auxiliary. “I was just a sucker for it. I loved every minute,” she said. “And I just kind of worked up the ladder.” It paid off. “She’s held this whole thing together through thick and thin – and there have been some thin years. She’s been a constant source of strength,” said Geoff Anderson, who said he’d coached NYO teams for 16 years. She’s just class,” Anderson said. “A real sort of Southern finesse. She can say difficult things without making it sound rude or bad. It’s a real gift. She’s always got a smile.” Wilkins said the best thing about her job at NYO involved people she got to know. 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.”

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the items in this particular museum show seem familiar. They’re all part of Atlanta. Each was chosen to represent some important the city, the exhibit’s feature of curators say. The exhibit, “Atlanta in 50 Objects,” which opened Jan. 16 and is to be on display through July 10, is intended to show, in what makes Atlanta its own way, Atlanta. “I think my favorite thing is the King manuscript,” guest curator Amy Wilson said on the day before the show opened, as she and History Center exhibitions director Dan Rooney made last-minute tweaks to the exhibit. She pointed toward a case holding a series of handwritten pages from a yellow legal pad on which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had written the acceptance speech for his 1964 Nobel Prize. “It’s the original manuscript.”



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