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Luke Farmer, 6, plays on an inﬂatable before the Ashford Park Easter Egg Hunt on March 28.
BY JOE EARLE
The eighth annual event, sponsored by the Debbie Leonard Group, offered face painting, games, pictures with the Easter Bunny and a chance to get your hands on some eggs. See another photo on page 5.
Facing an unpopular proposal to build townhomes on Ashford-Dunwoody Road, city officials are pushing for something different: a park and development creating a new city “gateway.” “This is a special piece of property,” City Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams said during the March 24 council meeting. “It’s our gateway. ... I’m suggesting something new. I’d like the city to explore dividing up that property and at least taking the front half of it for a linear park or green space. ... We haven’t even begun to imagine the possibilities for this site.” City Council delayed a vote on a rezoning proposal for 60 days to allow time for discussions among city officials, the proper-
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‘Fight club’ brings Olympic women boxers to Brookhaven BY JOE EARLE
Terri Moss says she sort of stumbled into boxing. “A friend of mine wanted to learn how to do it,” she said, so Moss, who had studied to be a teacher and ended up working in law enforcement, went along for a visit to a local boxing gym. “I just went in and worked out and maybe three months later, I was still there and she was gone.” What was the appeal? “There’s something badass about being able to fight and being a girl,” Moss said with a laugh. Fifteen or so years after her introduction to boxing, Moss still hangs out at the gym. In fact, she owns the place now. The former pro champion boxer, known as “The Boss” in the ring, is boss of her own place, the Buckhead Fight Club, which is actually located in the basement of a shopping center on Buford Highway in Brookhaven.
Now a 49-year-old grandmother, she trains other, younger fighters these days. But she keeps an assortment of padded gloves in a ringside gym bag and she says she only officially retired from boxing about a year ago. “I gave my headgear to one of the boys,” she said. “This signifies my retirement.” Next month, Moss’ gym will host an international boxing event she says will attract Olympic-caliber women boxers from around the world. USA Boxing’s Women’s International Clash of Champions, scheduled April 20 through April 25, is set to bring teams of boxers from China, Bulgaria, the U.S. and other countries to compete in a round-robin tournament. About SEE FIGHT, PAGE 6
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No, it’s not that Big Bird Brookhaven’s new tourism mascot, a big, green bird named “Brook,” greeted people attending the Brookhaven City Council meeting on March 25. Back right, 18-month-old Ethan Parks decides to take a closer look at the yellow feet and pink bow tie. “Brook” is likely to make additional public appearances throughout the year. JOE EARLE
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BY ANN MARIE QUILL The executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission says metro Atlanta must address transportation and education issues to remain a vibrant community. Doug Hooker, who heads the regional planning agency, told business and community leaders gathered for a March 20 Perimeter Business Alliance luncheon in Brookhaven that the metro area had to have the resources to remain a vibrant and attractive place as folks continue to move to the fast-growing region. Unfortunately, Hooker said, the region’s reputation has been “sullied” by the failure of T-SPLOST, a regional tax to support transportation; by declining water supplies; by the Atlanta Public School cheating scandal; and last year’s “Snowmageddon,” when traffic was snarled 24 hours during a winter storm. Hooker said the region is making steps in the right direction. He said the Atlanta area reduced its water usage by 10 percent from 2000 to 2010, while adding a million people. But, “it’s still not enough,” Hooker
said. He also said that while state lawmakers propose a $1 billion transportation package, that’s just a “down payment.” They should look to spend as much as $2.5 billion a year, he said. “If we don’t invest in us how can we expect anyone else to invest in us?” Hooker asked. The metro area needs to develop more compact, walkable communities, he said. “We have spread out very far in the region, now we have to think about spreading up,” Hooker said, adding that mixed-use communities attract both young people and baby boomers looking to retire. He said that the area also needs more transportation options. Hooker used the Perimeter area as an example, saying it was on the “cutting edge” of leveraging its MARTA stations around living and working spaces. He said that large companies like State Farm and Mercedes are relocating here because of the access to transit. Education is another area that needs the support of everyone, Hooker said. “It is all of our issue.”
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Peachtree apartment plan draws opposition despite negotiations BY JOE EARLE
The developers who want to build a mixed-use project on Peachtree Road say they’ve labored to accommodate the wishes of their residential neighbors. “We’ve worked hard. We’ve had several meetings with concerned neighbors. We’ve tried hard to listen, to react,” Hudson Hooks of JLB Partners told members of the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association during a community meeting March 26. “We’ve attempted to do everything we were asked.” But a number of the residents who attended the March 26 meeting seemed unhappy with the proposal despite the developer’s modifications to its plans. “It doesn’t fit the neighborhood at all,” resident Teresa Gipson said after the meeting. JLB wants to build 272 high-end apartments on 4.6 acres at 3920 and 3930 Peachtree Road, a site generally known as the “Hastings Property” because the nursery and garden center company operated a facility there. The project would back up to the Historic Brookhaven neighborhood. Brookhaven City Council on March 24 delayed until May a vote on whether to rezone the property from commercial use to allow a mix of apartments and shops. The delay, council members said, would allow time for the developer to continue talks with surrounding neighbors to try to win their support for the project. Council members praised JLB’s willingness to negotiate with neighbors and efforts to modify its plans to win community support. “You have done an amazing job,” Councilman Bates Mattison told lawyer Carl Westmoreland, who represents JLB on the project. “I commend you and your developer on your willingness to meet with [residents after] what at the beginning seemed complete opposition.” More than 60 residents filled a meeting room at St. James United Methodist Church on March 26 to hear from the developers and from residents who opposed elements of the plan. Residents said they worried the project contained too many apartments, would increase traffic cutting through their neighborhood and would be unsightly. “[The neighbors] want the best thing for the property,” resident Tim Morrison said a few days after the meeting. “It’s the gateway [to Brookhaven]. What do we want that image to be?” A multistory apartment building with dozens of balconies would not create an inviting entrance to the city, he said. “A lot of people don’t want 36 gas grills hanging over Peachtree to be that image,” he said. “What can you do to make something really special?” At the meeting, some residents questioned the overall number of apartments being developed in the city, claiming two projects on Dresden Drive, another at BK
Oglethorpe University and future projects planned for the MARTA property on Peachtree were adding hundreds of apartments already. “Brookhaven is becoming a city of apartments,” said Paul Sherlag, whose home backs up to the proposed JLB development. “What’s happening is people would be living there and not working in the community, but driving to Atlanta.” Others voiced similar thoughts, and argued the number in the proposed project should be reduced. “I think the issue here is 272 apartments,” one resident said. “If you take the whole neighborhood ..., there’re probably not 200 houses or 200 cars in the whole Historic Brookhaven neighborhood.” John Gipson, who is developing a commercial project on Peachtree, presented a rendering of an office building and shops he said could be developed at the site as an alternative to the apartments. “It can be done without rezoning,” he said. Both projects meet requirements of the zoning overlay, developed by DeKalb County and continued by the city, that requires “urban” development for properties along Peachtree, their proponents
say. Hooks told the residents the apartments JLB plans for the project would be “probably as nice an apartment complex as you’ll see in Atlanta.” He said the company plans to JOE EARLE include “all Hudson Hooks, with JLB Partners, tells residents at the bells and whisa March 26 meeting that his company has worked tles,” such hard to accommodate concerns over a proposed 272as granite unit apartment complex on Peachtree Road. countersaid. “We’ve probably tripled the cost of tops and “upscale” cabinets. our parking. These are big changes we’re He said the developers had already making to bring down the height and acagreed to reduce the height of the rear commodate the neighborhood.” portion of the building, to leave undisBut some residents argue the developturbed a portion of the property that er hasn’t yet gone far enough. would serve as a buffer to neighboring “We’ve still got a lot of work to do homes and to place all the parking for with JLB to fine tune it,” Morrison told the units beneath the building. his neighbors attending the meeting. “A lot of this stuff is expensive,” he “We’re not there yet.”
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Taxes, ethics and sanitation dominate Jester town hall BY TIM DARNELL Residents in DeKalb County’s cities uled to be sentenced by Evans on May 6. will soon be paying more for Additionally, suspended county services, and District DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis is 1 Commissioner Nancy Jester set to be re-tried later this year says the increases are the result on charges of shaking down of historically poor accountcounty contractors for caming, paign contributions. “I was very much against In March, several highthis budget,” Jester said recentranking officials abruptly rely at a town hall meeting in signed after interim CEO Lee Dunwoody. “The county only May announced a special ethincreased the millage rate in ics investigation headed up by incorporated areas and not the former Georgia Attorney Genunincorporated areas.” eral Mike Bowers. Jester said only she and Dis“I found the timing of District 1 trict 6 Commissioner Kaththose resignations very interCommissioner ie Gannon voted against the esting,” Jester said. “I’m conNancy Jester budget. cerned about the cost of the “I’m hopeful we’ll see some Bowers investigation (reportfluctuations as millage rates go down,” edly at $400 an hour), but this is a very Jester told an audience of about 50 peoopaque situation and credibility has to be ple at the Dunwoody Library. “They did restored. go up this year, and I argued against this “Reform by indictment is not a good tax increase.” thing, and I want to be part of any effort Dunwoody’s and Brookhaven’s millage that brings positive changes.” rates increased 10.8 percent, while ChamCommission Chief of Staff Morris blee’s increased 21.5 percent. DeKalb’s Williams and Community Development $1.27 billion budget keeps the tax rate in Director Chris Morris both resigned on areas of the county not located within citMarch 24, right after the Bowers investiies at 21.21 mills. gation was announced. Jester also said she has grave concerns Watershed Director Dr. James Chansler over recent developments in DeKalb’s Deannounced his resignation back in Februpartment of Watershed Management, ary. Jester doesn’t believe Chansler was inwhich has been the focus of a grand jury volved in any alleged wrongdoing. investigation. “The grand jury has called “I think he resigned, perhaps, because attention to some serious problems in the he realized he couldn’t reform the departdepartment,” Jester said. “The water dement or perhaps out of frustration,” she partment provides some vital services to said. “He has an excellent national repueveryone in the county, and this is an issue tation, and I’m glad he’s agreed to stay on we’re watching very closely.” through June.” Meanwhile, other DeKalb officials Jester also highlighted the county’s new, have faced criminal charges. Former Disone-day-a-week trash pickup schedule, trict 1 County Commission Elaine Boywhich she said is standard for hundreds of er stood in a federal courtroom on March communities. 20 and tearfully apologized to her family “It’s going to be rolling out this sumand also to the citizens of the county for mer, probably in July, and you’ll be getmisusing county money. “To the people of ting a much larger, blue recycling bin into DeKalb County, I am deeply, deeply sorwhich you can co-mingle everything,” she ry,” Boyer said. said. “Several neighborhoods have been Senior U.S. District Judge Orinda Evpart of the pilot program, which overall ans sentenced Boyer to 14 months in fedreceived very positive results.” eral prison on her guilty pleas in SepJester said the county’s recycling protember to mail and wire fraud charges. gram has extended the life of its landfill Prosecutors say the veteran commission“by about 70 years, which is a good thing.” er, who resigned her post last August, fun“The small, blue recycling bins that we neled county funds to personal accounts have are being phased out. You can keep and used county funds to help pay for them if you want or the county can pick family vacations and other personal exthem up and they’ll be used for school repenses. cycling efforts.” Boyer’s husband, John Boyer, has pleaded guilty to a related charge and is schedJoe Earle contributed to this report.
State of City speech set for April 16 Mayor J. Max Davis plans to present his second annual State of the City speech on April. 16. Davis will discuss the city’s accomplishments in 2014 and plans for 2015, the city said in a public statement. The event, hosted by the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce, begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Atlanta Perimeter Hotel at Villa Christina, 4003 Summit Boulevard. The address begins at 7 p.m. and is to be followed by a question and answer session.
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40 athletes, including Americans Claressa Shields and Marlen Espinoza, both medalists in the 2012 Olympics, are scheduled to take part, Moss said. “It’s a big deal,” said Moss, who also puts together local “Corporate Fight Nights.” “Some of these boxers are going to be seen in the Olympics on television. We know that. We just can’t say which ones.” Moss said she intends to give the visiting fighters a taste of American boxing, “an all-American sports experience.” “American sports are huge,” Moss said. “[Sports] are large in other countries, too, but American sports have a certain level of excitement and noise and chaos.” She thinks her gym will show visiting boxers something different than what they’re used to. The atmosphere in her gym is different, she said, from the quiet, dignified boxing gyms she’s seen when traveling overseas. Her 15,000-square-foot facility is decorated with graffiti and bright street-art-style murals. Moss calls the décor “an urban American theme.” One recent morning, Sam and Dave’s “Hold On I’m Coming” and other rhythm-and-blues tunes blared from the PA. “There’s a lot in this little bitty
basement,” Moss said. “They’ll come down to this underground fight club in a parking lot on Buford Highway, the melting pot of Atlanta,” she said. “I hope to let them see what it feels like to be in America and an American boxer.” And while they’re there, she said, she plans to feed them home-cooked Mexican food, Philly-style cheesesteak sandwiches and breakfast from the International House of Pancakes. Moss came to boxing late. She was 36 years old when she made her pro debut, she said. Although some folks told her she was too old to box, she fought for five more years. “Some of us just love the sport,” she said. She named her gym after a cult movie and has decorated parts of it with quotes from the film, but she sees the Buckhead Fight Club as a family place. “Whole families spend every evening here,” she said. “A lot of it is because of the community that comes to this gym. I really think that because it’s run by women, it gives it a different vibe.” “I love being in the gym,” she said. And it shows. “I’m almost 50 years old,” she said, “and I skip around the gym like a little kid.”
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Above, the club, located in the basement of a shopping center in Brookhaven, will host the USA Boxing’s Women’s International Clash of Champions in late April. Right, Moss earned the nickname “The Boss,” as a champion boxer. Her gym is decorated with graffiti and street-art-style murals.
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ty owners and the developer about alternative plans for the land. Williams said part of the land yet might be developed, but the portion along Ashford-Dunwoody could be included in a new study the city plans for the road corridor. “I don’t want to let this opportunity pass and lose forever this corner,” Williams said. Her proposal drew applause from members of the audience attending the meeting. Lawyer Doug Dillard, who represents developers planning townhomes on the property, called the proposal “an idea worth exploring.” “We’d rather work it out than go to court,” he said. “The property owners are frustrated because they’ve sat on this property a long time.” Jim Parks, who owns one of the homes, worried the proposal would become “another way of stalling” redevelopment of the property. “It may be a very good idea, but how long must we wait?” he said. The council also agreed March 24 to spend $125,000 from Homeowners Option Sales Tax funds to pay for a new study of traffic on the Ashford-Dunwoody Road corridor and of better ways to handle bicycle and pedestrian traffic. “There are no plans to four-lane [Ashford-Dunwoody], but we’ve got to look at better ways to handle traffic there,” Williams said. “Time is too valuable to be sitting there in traffic. We’re also about to fund a pedestrian and bike plan. What if we run a path up AshfordDunwoody Road?” The townhome proposal has produced strong opposition from its neighbors. Rockhaven Homes has proposed
building 36 townhomes on 4.7 acres at Ashford-Dunwoody and Oak Park Drive. The owners of the property say it no longer makes sense for it to be used for single-family homes because of traffic on Ashford-Dunwoody, and that the existing houses should be replaced with more homes. “That property has numerous limitations...,” said Clay Parks, whose family has owned a house in the area since 1966. “Nobody wants to live in a single-family home up against that traffic.” But nearby residents argue the single-family homes still could find buyers and the proposed townhomes create too dense a development. “It’s too dense for the population, too dense for the sewers, for the schools, for the traffic,” resident Noelle Hooge told the council. “The homes that are there are acceptable, better than acceptable.” “What’s being proposed today is five times the density of our neighborhood,” Clay Robertson said. “Everybody stands against this,” Alan Cole said. Despite “numerous meetings,” the developer hasn’t been able to reach an agreement with surrounding neighbors on how the land should be developed, said Dillard, who argued the townhomes would provide a transition between the single-family neighborhoods and nearby commercial and office developments. “This is the gateway to Brookhaven,” Dillard said. “It’s to do something nice. It’s time to get rid of six detached 1950s houses that are not doing anything for your community. We’re a city. ... This is not the Spruill farm any more. ... It’s time to think like a city. If you want this to be the gateway to Brookhaven, let’s do something nice.”
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United we thrive; divided we fail United we stand; divided we fall. We either hang together, or we hang separately. Those two aphorisms from the Revolutionary era show that the notion of a unified voice on major issues is as old and as important as the American Republic itself. Unfortunately, the local business community today speaks with splintered voices, and the split is growing. Why is this important? First, the cities of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are working very cooperatively in developing policies to manage development in the Perimeter market – currently the Southeast’s hottest real estate market. Our goals are simple. How do we manage the area’s inevitable growth without drowning in vehicular traffic and destroying our quality of life? What policies are needed to reduce pressure on our road networks and encourage more commuters to use transit? We need a minimum increase in MARTA ridership of 15 percent to maintain mobility in this corridor, and we need the business community at the table to help us achieve this goal. Our challenge is, “Who speaks for the business community?” Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and the city of Brookhaven each has its own Chamber of Commerce, and the Perimeter CID is also now forming a Perimeter Business Association, which will act like a chamber. With such fractured voices, we cannot attain the multijurisdictional unity of focus, purpose and cooperation needed from the business community. Further, businesses don’t know which group to join, and they can’t afford them all. So, they choose one or choose not to engage. Creating a unified voice through a single, cooperative chamber would best serve us all. Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis and I are in lock step when it comes to this issue. Since we truly are one commercial real estate market, we need one group representing the total business community on cross-jurisdictional policy questions. We cannot work with four different business groups when crafting policies affecting this market. We have both urged these chambers to develop an umbrella group to represent the entire business community and, if each city needs someone looking after local business needs,
Ploy got attention Brookhaven’s very first Cherry Blossom Festival took place over the March 27, 28 and 29 weekend. Friday was cold, with amazingly fierce winds. Saturday was warmer and less gusty. Sunday was what Friday and Saturday should have been. Another “first” was the presence of several environmental activists at the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Ashford Dunwoody roads. Brookhaven Protects Trees, the Sierra Club, and the National Wildlife Federation were all represented, taking a stance for protecting and enhancing Brookhaven’s priceless tree canopy. And something was wrong—very,
operate city-specific business associations under the umbrella for that purpose. Yet, instead of unifying, the splintering continues. A case in point is the recent Mercedes decision. The state did not involve any of the local business groups to lay groundwork for this project. Why? The state faced the same challenge we have. RUSTY What group could work objectivePAUL ly across jurisdictions to help Mercedes decide its best location? The GUEST COLUMN answer is: with so many organizations, no one! Instead, it relied on the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, which is based in Alpharetta. In fact, these two groups were engaged before the city government was involved because they were viewed as trustworthy, objective resources during the preliminary period when Mercedes was investigating several locations. Since Mercedes was primarily focused on the Perimeter market, wouldn’t it make sense to engage locally? Yes, but the state economic development team could not identify what entity best represented the Perimeter market. In the day-to-day operations of our cities, we encounter the same challenge. Without a unified voice to engage in conversation, we may simply make the best policy decisions we can without business input. If so, the result will be less than optimal. This is why I used my “State of the City” address to the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce to again urge the business community to lay aside its jurisdictional and territorial divisions and work together to create one group with one voice to speak for the overall business community. I appreciate this opportunity to utilize this printed space to make that appeal one more time. Rusty Paul is mayor of Sandy Springs.
LE TTE R TO THE E DITOR t very wrong! Cars kept passing them, their passengers rolling down windows and making rolling motions with their hands. Other passengers were yelling at them. Pedestrians were speaking to them. One elderly lady was sitting in a car across from them, shaking her head in sad disbelief. One of the demonstrator’s signs was upside down! Every so often what was really being done crept to the surface. Sometimes it was just an activist placing
two over fingers over his lips, reinforced with a wink. Finally they directly told people, “I’m doing this on purpose, just to get your attention. After all, you’ve got to read the sign to realize that it’s upside down. Would you like a sticker showing your support for Brookhaven’s tree canopy?” The advertising ploy worked—we gave out almost 200 stickers! We received offers to volunteer, donations, laughter, signatures and support. Our deepest thanks to the citizens of Brookhaven for demonstrating how much we all care about our trees! Tom Reilly
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‘Yay! It’s spring!’ Let’s sing a gay little spring song (tra la la) This is the season to sing So I’d like to suggest That we all do our best And warble a song about spring. I lifted those lyrics from the movie “Bambi,” of course. I know you’ve watched the scene—it’s the one where all the woodland songbirds couple up and flutter among the sumptuously painted backdrop of a blossoming forest, singing so loudly and cheerfully that they awaken the sleeping owl. And doesn’t that scene capture exactly how we feel in our glorious Atlanta springtime? If we could flit along on the wing and alight on the branch of a budding cherry tree, and then perhaps, chirp out a happy little tune on behalf of the season, wouldn’t we? Or given the restraints of our wingless bodies, wouldn’t we like to step outside, stretch our legs, and at least clap our hands together and shout, “Yay! It’s spring!” and then maybe punctuate that emotion with a wee pirouette…? I think we would. Yet, having grown into adult sensibilities, we settle for walking with a spring in our step. Yes, I think that idiom is less about a wound-up piece of wire and more about a new season of budding colors and blossoming flowers. Because when springtime rolls around, we walk with the bounce of a fresh beginning. It’s the jubilance of warm breezes and Easter bunnies, of greening grass and nodding daffodils. It’s sort of a controlled inebriation. So I think Disney got that right— all creatures, whether walking on four legs or two, whether endowed with the gift of flight or not—celebrate spring in some way. And we humans, as the relatively inhibited species, find a way to greet the new season with joy, by soak-
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While Mercedes has plans to bring and employ hundreds in Sandy Springs, those employees may not be able to afford to live in the area, and have been scouting locations like Alpharetta and Crabapple. “In Sandy Springs we have an abundance of housing for upper income, and an abundance for lower rental income,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. “We’ve heard from Mercedes families that they can’t afford to live in Sandy Springs.” Paul said that points to a larger problem for the city and its workers overall, and that the lack of affordable workforce housing contributes to traffic congestion. “What’s missing is owner-occupied housing in Sandy Springs that police, firefighters, teachers, nurses and medical personal can afford to live in,” he said. “This is a major issue; our congestion issues are built around the fact that an overwhelming number of people who work here live elsewhere. Our population of 100,000 grows to 200,000 during the day. If we could create an environment where employees could live in Sandy Springs, that would have an enormous impact on traffic congestion.” A look at Atlanta Regional Commission housing statistics shows Sandy Springs dominating metro-area ZIP codes for three-year average home prices from 2012 to 2014. In the 30327 ZIP code area, which includes Sandy Springs, the average home price was $691,467. In the 30342 area, it was $401,971. ARC’s Executive Director Doug Hooker echoed the need for affordable housing during a recent Perimeter Business Alliance luncheon. He said that areas like Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Dunwoody that are striving to become more walkable and mixed-use friendly need to have folks who work in the communities living there as well. “Our charge is how do we get more af-
fordable housing in those communities, so the retail workers that work at Perimeter can afford to live close,” he said. Paul said that while there’s no firm plan in Sandy Springs yet, he and other members of the council are exploring solutions. “Part of it is how we work with developers,” he said. “What kind of incentives can we offer to get them to sell at lower price points.” He explained that the problem can be complex because the goal to not drive down real estate also exists. Hooker pointed to MARTA’s transitoriented development program as another solution. The transit agency is looking at created mixed-use developments around its stations, and is requiring that 20 percent of the residential units on a property qualify as workforce/affordable housing. A study for development at the Brookhaven MARTA station said the 2013 median income for the Atlanta region is $66,300, which means a family of four with a $53,000 income per year qualifies for workforce housing. The study claimed that income was comparable to the average starting salary of a Brookhaven police officer. Jack Honderd, a member of the Brookhaven Peachtree Community Alliance, a group whose goal is to guide development, said that striving toward more workforce housing is going to be a challenge in Brookhaven, where apartments and small houses are being torn down to make way for high-end rental units and larger homes. He said a variety of housing “creates vibrant, stable neighborhoods," and that the community benefits when, for example, its police are living in its neighborhoods. Paul added, “Not only is [providing affordable housing] a matter of doing what I think is the right thing, it makes sure folks who work here can live here.”
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BY COLLIN KELLEY From single-family homes to townthe community and its unwavering rephomes and condos, Buckhead real esutation,” Robinson said. tate continues to hold its own, even as George Heery, who with his brother the community gets an injection of new Neal, make up The Heery Brothers team luxury residences, shops and within Atlanta Fine Homes restaurants at the Buckhead Sotheby’s International ReAtlanta project, according alty, said he’s seen the bar for to local real estate agents. a luxury home move to the Lisa Robinson, a broker $1.2 or $1.3 million mark if with Engel &Volkers Buckit’s a resale, and $1.5 to $1.6 head Atlanta, said the avermillion if it’s a new home. age price for a single-famHe recently sold a condo for ily home in Buckhead is $900,000. $1 million, with an aver“There has been a shift age price of $585,000 for in what buyers are looking a townhome. The average for in a home,” Heery said. number of days a home is “Kitchens with big, square on the market is about 70. counter islands, a dedicated “I've noticed that luxury space for an office, laundry Travis Reed homes listed under $2 milrooms connected to master lion are selling extremely closets and more energy-effast,” Robinson said. “Once you hit $2 ficient homes are on many buyers’ wish million, the average days on the market lists.” increases to 90 days. But Heery said a decade the story remains the same. ago, most Buckhead buyIf a house is priced well and ers would have placed walkshows well, it will sell.” ability to shops and restauShe said homebuyers rants near the bottom of moving to Buckhead are their “must-have” list, but looking to capitalize on the that has inverted with the proximity to the best private opening of PATH400, the and public schools, and the Atlanta BeltLine and Buckconvenience to both Midhead Atlanta. town and downtown AtlanTravis Reed of Harry ta. And the new Buckhead Norman Realtors said “luxAtlanta development at the ury” is a relative term. intersection of Peachtree “There are luxury conand Roswell roads is a madominiums in Buckhead Lisa Robinson jor draw. that sell for $400,000 and “Home prices are on the rise around luxury townhomes in the $500,000 to Atlanta, but what keeps drawing home$600,000 range,” Reed said. “You can buyers to Buckhead is the consistency of CONTINUED ON PAGE 13
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Snapshot: Recent single-family home sales Sandy Springs: 30350 Avg Sold Price $260,756 Sandy Springs: 30328 Avg Sold Price $314,404 Sandy Springs: 30342 Avg Sold Price $527,400 Buckhead: 30305 Avg Sold Price $572,578 Buckhead: 30327 Avg Sold Price $1,016,132 Brookhaven: 30319 Avg Sold Price $434,394 Dunwoody: 30338 Avg Sold Price $375,562
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Buckhead’s strong reputation means quick, easy home sales CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 home” as one priced at over $1 million, but the median price of the 918 transacbuy a beautifully renovated ranch in tions in Buckhead over the 12 months north Buckhead for $1 million, but I ending in February was $1,667,961. think the price point where the upper “In the last 12 months, bracket begins now is $2.2 290 homes have sold for to $2.4 million. Homes at over $1 million, in conthis price point will be in trast to 255 homes over $1 the most desirable neighmillion selling in the preborhoods, with nice lots, ceding 12 months,” Rogtop-of-the-line amenities ers said. and large square footage.” Rogers said the progress Reed said upper brackat Buckhead Atlanta has reet condos are selling at reinforced homeowner conficord prices per foot, with a dence in Buckhead. three-bedroom penthouse “As rents increase in at Terminus selling for $2 commercial space, Buckmillion. head residential property Another change from also continues to increase 10 years ago that Reed has in value, and the increased noticed is that buyers are Michael Rogers number of retail and dinlooking for high quality. ing establishments brought “Really high-finish levels, by Buckhead Atlanta and surrounding custom-imported hardware, luxe bath commercial developments increase the fixtures, commercial- grade systems are rich array of amenities offered to Buckall more important than during our last head homeowners boom,” Reed said. in close proximity “Named archito their residences,” tects are a big draw, Rogers said. pools, steam showHe said Buckers, and wine celhead would remain lars are in higher a draw for home demand than ever, buyers because it while theaters are has larger lot sizes less popular. Buyers than many neighare also more energy borhoods inside and environmentalthe city of Atlanly conscious. Buyers ta, access to excelwould rather have a lent restaurants and whole house generaworld-class shoptor than a sixth bedThe Heery Brothers ping opportunities, room.” high-testing public Michael Rogelementary schools and nationally recers, president of Dorsey Alston Realtors, ognized private schools. said most people still define a “luxury
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Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market Location: 235 Sandy Springs Circle, 30328, through April; corner of Mount Vernon Highway and Lake Forrest Drive beginning in May. Saturdays, April 11-Oct. 31 Hours: 8:30 a.m. to noon Expect to see 45 or so vendors in attendance — 10 or so farmers, half a dozen artisans selling items from pottery to wearable art and accessories, and more than two dozen prepared foods, from coffee to fresh tamales to barbecue sauce. “It’s a great gathering place. You see your neighbor, we have local politicians come to the market, so you can really touch and feel your community,” said Lori Coombs, manager of the market. For more: http://sandyspringsfarmersmarket.com.
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Buckhead ‘brushketeers’ showcase work at library BY MARTHA NODAR Three members of the Buckheadry Painters” exhibit alludes to the three based Atlanta Artist Center (AAC) join primary colors – red, blue and yellow – efforts in an upcoming art exhibit at the which are the basis for all other colors. Buckhead Branch Public Library. One of Christie’s paintings included “Primary Painters,” which opens in the exhibit is “Massimo,” a tribute to April 11 and runs through May 23, conthe culinary arts and a realistic portrait sists of approximately 80 oil paintings. of Massimo Mariano, an Atlanta-based A reception, free and professional chef and open to the public, is Christie’s son-in-law. scheduled for April 25. Christie says what The three paintmatters the most to ers -- Robert Christie him when making porof Brookhaven, Geri traits is to “capture the Zaki and Lynda Ellis -spirit of the person.” have been painting toThe painting won gether for several years, Christie first place at a and regularly attend show sponsored by the weekly sessions at the Portrait Society of AtAAC to enhance their lanta, which meets at skills. the artists center stu“We are the three dios on Grandview Av‘brushketeers,’” Zaki enue. said. “After a session, Zaki, Ellis and we compare thoughts Christie credit the cenand learn from each ter with providing a other.” forum where they can The nonprofcontinue to grow in it, member-supporttheir craft. “AAC has ed center, which says terrific monthly reon its webpage that it ceptions where we get has been supporting to meet new people,” artists in the commuZaki said. Robert Christie nity since 1954, hosts “I like the structure classes, lectures, demoffered by the weekonstrations and exhily meetings,” Christie bitions. aded. “AAC is a definite powerhouse of the A newcomer to the center, Gabriella arts in Buckhead, and one of the best Baetti, agreed. training programs to get artists on their “AAC is a great resource for emergown feet and known to the public,” said ing artists trying to gain experience and Cheryl D’Amato, who has functioned to network with other artists around Atas a long-time volunteer coordinator of lanta,” she said. AAC exhibits at the Buckhead Library. To learn more about AAC, visit Christie said the name of the “Primaatlantaartistscenter.org.
“My favorite part about living here is the flexibility to be as active and sociable as I want!” Meet Christie Kinsaul, who moved to Canterbury Court to downsize and simplify her life. Little did she know how much she would love her new lifestyle. “Maintaining a two-story townhouse and everything in it was taking considerable time and effort. I was ready for some changes, and I wanted to make the move on my own terms.” Christie didn’t expect to find such luxurious living in a one-bedroom apartment, which she says “is plenty big” and comes with full services and amenities. She was also delighted to discover an abundance of activities designed for resident interests, including outings to local events. As a retired music teacher, she’s especially fond of going to the Atlanta Symphony and the opera. Along with more flexibility to spend her time as she chooses, Christie’s move to Canterbury Court has given her peace of mind knowing that on-site health services are available, should she ever need them. Call (404) 365-3163 to see our warm, inviting community and furnished model apartments, including our diamond collection one-bedroom residences. 3750 Peachtree Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30319 canterburycourt.org Canterbury Court is Atlanta’s first and foremost continuing care retirement community, non-profit, and committed to welcoming all people.
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“Stories by the Springs” Thursday, April 16, 3:30-7 p.m. – Heritage Sandy Springs presents an inaugural Storytelling Festival, featuring performances, workshops and activites. Open to all ages. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Go to: www.heritagesandysprings.org, call 404-851-9111 ext. 4 or email email@example.com for additional details.
Homeschool Enrichment Program Monday, April 20, 5 p.m. – The Sandy Springs Homeschool Enrichment Program holds a meeting open to the public at the Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, visit: www.SandySpringsHomeschool.org.
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“The Civil War & the Forging of Character” Wednesday, April 15, 6-8 p.m. – On the 150th anniversary of the death of President Abraham Lincoln, The Lovett School presents the final lecture in “The Civil War and the Forging of Character,” a four-year lecture series presented by Lovett to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the Battle of Atlanta. Reservations required. Go to: www.lovett.org or call 404-262-3032, ext. 1717 to learn more and to register.
Friday Night Hikes April 17, 7:30 p.m. – The Dunwoody Na-
ture Center, normally closed at sundown, will host a night hike featuring stargazing, hot cocoa and a fire. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody, GA 30338. Free. Go online to www.dunwoodynature.org /Friday-Night-Hikes or call 770394-3322 for more information.
Artsapalooza Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., – Celebrate the arts with the annual Sandy Springs Artsapalooza art sale. The event features the artwork of 150 artists and will have food trucks, children’s activities and live music. Continues April 19, 11 a.m.6 p.m. 6100 Lake Forrest Dr., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. Go online to www.sandyspringsartsapalooza.com or call 404-873-1222 to learn more.
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Sunday, April 12, 3:30-4:30 p.m. – The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) invites the entire community to come together and remember the victims of the Holocaust with a special program commemorating Yom HaShoah (or Day of Holocaust Remembrance) at the MJCCA’s Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden. Free. Rain or shine. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, visit www.atlantajcc. org, or call 678-812-4161.
Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m. – Garden Hills Elementary School holds its 26th annual Evening in the Garden fundraiser at MercedesBenz of Buckhead. Includes both silent and live auctions, dancing, and food catered by local Buckhead restaurants. Tickets: $60 in advance; $75 at the door. Mercedes-Benz of Buckhead, 2799 Piedmont Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30305. For tickets or sponsorship information, visit: www. eveninginthegarden.com.
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nual Lemonade Days festival returns to Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. The event features rides, food, performances,and vendors. Continues April 16, 4 p.m.- 10 p.m., April 17, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m., April 18, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., and April 19, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. 4770 North Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody, 30338. Suitable for all ages. Free. Go online to www.dunwoodylemonadedays.org or call 770-668-0401 for more details.
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Saturday, April 11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. –
Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department, along with the High Country Outfitters, Inc., hosts the Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard Intro & Demo Day to introduce the communi-
ty to paddling as a life sport emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition for entry levels. Morgan Falls Overlook Park, 450 Morgan Falls Rd., Sandy Springs, 30350. Free, children welcome with adult supervision. Pre-registration requested. Visit: www.highcountryoutfitters.com for details.
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Cajun Zydeco Association celebrates spring with a dance party featuring Zydeco tunes and Cajun jitterbug, waltzes and two-steps. Bring a dish and/or a beverage to share. Garden Hills Community Center, 337 Pinetree Dr., NE, Atlanta, 30305. $5 entry. To find out more go to: www.aczadance.org, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 877-338-2420.
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Organ Music Sunday, April 12, 3 p.m. – Organ virtuosa Gail Archer plays a program of music from many historic periods, including works based on familiar hymn tunes, Baroque and Romantic fireworks, and more. Free. St. Phillp Episcopal Cathedral, 2744 Peachtree Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. For additional details, call 404-365-1000 or visit stphilipscathedral.org.
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Friday, April 17, 6:30 p.m. – Check out LaAmistad’s annual talent show, which attracts tal-
ent from all over the area. Event provides an opportunity to showcase talents by letting your child or group shine in the spotlight in front of peers, family and the local community. Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12. The Lodge in The Summit Room, 3417 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, 30305. For more information go to: www.laamistadinc.org.
Curtains, the Musical Friday, April 17, 8 p.m. – Act3 Productions closes its 2014-2015 season by presenting Cur-
tains, a comedy set in 1959. Curtains is a Tony Award-winning musical based on the original book and concept by Peter Stone, with book by Rupert Holmes, lyrics by Fred Ebb and music by John Kander. Additional lyrics are by Kander and Holmes. Show continues through May 9. Tickets: $15-$28. Purchase them at: www.act3productions.org. Act3 Playhouse, 6285-R Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Questions? Call 770-241-1905.
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DINING OUT: Farm Burger
BY ART HUCKABEE Spring has sprung. It’s time to get back in tune with nature. It’s time to get healthy. What say we do both by having a burger and fries? Never has the classic all-American combo made one feel so environmentally friendly and downright healthy, than does the one at Farm Burger, the local chain that combines the everlasting gourmet burger craze with the ever trendy farm-totable craze. This place is craze-ee popular. Who knew that there were so many health nuts eating burgers? There’s usually a line. You’ll need the time to scan the five or six menus that adorn the walls. Paper menus are available which make it easier to navigate the array of choices. The basic premise is to build a burger. Choose from 100 percent grass-fed beef or chicken or veggie quinoa, and top it with over 30 condiments ranging from roasted garlic to oxtail marmalade. If that’s too many choices there are six pre-decided “Blackboard Burgers” as well. Order at the bar, get a number, and
find a table. The food arrives quickly. Our burger purist ordered a plain cheeseburger. He pronounced it as awesome. He’s 12. The grass-fed beef is very lean, so if you’re a medium-well- to well -done carnivore, you might want to dial the level of doneness back a notch to avoid arid burger syndrome. We tried the “Blackboard Burgers.” The No.1 Farm Burger had aged Vermont white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and FB sauce, a riff on Thousand Island dressing. The beef held up surprisingly well under the flavor bomb of cheese and sweet. Dry-aged beef has a beefier, slightly funky note. The No. 6 was another beef patty adorned with bacon, a sunny side up egg, pepper jack cheese and Salsa Verde. The egg and the green sauce made the burger, adding moisture and flavor. The No. 4 chicken burger was the hit of the meal. A juicy chicken patty was dressed with smoked Gouda, kale coleslaw, crispy onions and a sherry-date barbecue sauce.
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The flavors from the cheese and barbecue sauce, and the textures from the slaw and onions made this a memorable dish. The No. 2, the veggie quinoa burger, was a slightly dry patty, soft in texture and lacking that satisfying chew that one associates with a burger. The mixed greens, marinated beets, balsamic onions and garlic aioli helped both texture and flavor, but the letdown was palpable from the burger lover in our crowd who had gone veggie for the cause. There are a myriad of sides, salads and soup. The fries had good crunch and the right amount of seasoning. The onion rings were more breading than onion; only three came in an order of fries ‘n rings.
Thank goodness they weren’t a hit. The sweet potato fries were limp, begging for texture. The Farm Burger Soup was an amalgam of lentils, carrots, potato, sweet potato, squash, onion and Swiss chard, with a dollop of sour cream. It had a nice homey taste and would be a good choice on a cool spring day. The Superfood Salad was lacinato kale, also known as black kale, beets, pecans, roasted carrots, caramelized onions, dried cranberries, tahini dressing and nutritional yeast, which is often used as a cheese substitute. You know this dish is good for you from the first bite, and it was surprisingly tasty as well needing perhaps a little more tahini dressing and a dash more acidity. There’s an interesting beer selection and a handful of wines. Milkshakes and floats made with Morelli’s gourmet ice cream are also available. We didn’t order any as we were there for only the healthy stuff. Farm Burger has locations in Decatur, Dunwoody and Buckhead. For more information, visit farmburger.net. Art Huckabee is one of Yelp’s Elite Reviewers, as well as a pilot, gourmet cook and food lover. Send feedback to email@example.com.
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Quick Bites: News you can eat Buckhead Restaurant Week will be held April 18-26. Brunch, lunch and dinner cuisine from participating restaurants will be available on $15, $25 or $35 prix fixe menus. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity. Visit atlantarestaurantweeks.com to see a full list of participating restaurants. Olde Blind Dog Irish Pub in Brookhaven was chosen as Irish Pub of the Year by the Irish Pubs Global Federation based in Dublin. “The Irish Pub of the Year award is given to the inspirational pub which has reached benchmark standards that should inspire others,” said John Byrne, CEO of Irish Pubs Global Federation. “Olde Blind Dog meets those standards.” SweetWater Brewery and United Distributors recently presented a check for $55,547 to The Giving Kitchen. The brewery’s partnership with The Giving Kitchen dates back to 2013 when the two organizations came together to brew Second Helping, a juniper IPA to raise funds for the organization. The Giving Kitchen is a nonprofit dedicated to assisting restaurant industry workers who have experienced some sort of unanticipated emergency or hardship. For more, visit thegivingkitchen.org. Brookhaven’s The Cook’s Warehouse will close in mid-April after a slump in sales. CEO Mary Moore said, “We opened our second store in Brookhaven in 2002. This location has not kept up with the growth of our other stores – Midtown, Decatur and East Cobb. With a growing need for additional retail and teaching space, as well as increased demand for parking with better ingress/egress, I determined it best to not resign our lease.” Moore said she was seeking another location, possibly in Brookhaven.
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Buckhead restaurants take top spots on new Zagat list On March 10, Zagat, the restaurant review website, released its new list of Atlanta’s 50 best eateries for 2015. Buckhead restaurants claimed six of the top 10 spots. Here’s Zagat’s new top 10. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.
Bone’s Restaurant (Buckhead) Aria (Buckhead) Antico Pizza Napoletana (Home Park) Umi Buckhead (Buckhead) Chops Lobster Bar (Buckhead) Pampas Steakhouse (Johns Creek) Tomo Japanese Restaurant (Buckhead) Fogo de Chao Churrascaria (Buckhead) 9. Rathbun’s (Inman Park) 10. Bacchanalia (West Midtown) Source: zagat.com/best-restaurants/atlanta
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Yelpers have some suggestions when you crave Thai food Editor’s note: Yelp is a website and a mobile app – free to use – that connects you with local businesses, organizations and events. Reporter Newspapers has partnered with Yelp for a monthly feature on Yelper’s favorite eats, treats and more in Reporter Newspapers communities. Yelp Associate Regional Marketing Director Colleen Burns compiled this list. When you're craving Thai food, nothing else will do. Spicy and creamy curries, oodles of noodles, and fried rice with pineapple and raisins. If you're not familiar, the complexity of the cuisine will amaze you.
Buckhead Tuk Tuk Thai Food Loft - 1745 Peachtree St. NE, 30309.
Boasting a wide variety of Thai cuisine, the menu offers a selection to please just about every palate, but not so many items that you're overwhelmed. Don't miss their Mieng Kum, a popular item. Annie’s Thai Castle - 3195 Roswell Road NE, 30305. Serving ATL for 25 years, and yes, you can actually meet Annie! Go for the coconut soup, stay for curries.
Brookhaven The One Sushi + - 2523 Caldwell Rd. NE, 30319. The + equals so much more than just sushi, including various Thai flavors. Everything is made fresh daily in house, using seasonal ingredients sourced lo-
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Sandy Springs Erawan Organic Thai - 7537 Roswell Rd., 30350. The crew at Erawan have been cooking original Thai cuisine spanning 15 years. You like it hot? Ask for Thai hot, and indeed, they will make it spicy! Bangkok Thyme - 4969 Roswell Rd. NE, 30342. Perfect setting for a girls’ night out or even a getaway with your significant other, enjoy the Happy Hour Specials from 5 to 7 p.m. daily.
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dy Springs and Atlanta, analysts such as counting to law enforcement. “The enHead help police departments predict tire case develops right in front of me and try to prevent future crime by using and I do love doing it.” data from past crimes. Esque said that her accounting back“Analyses of trends, patterns and ground led her to the data side of law hot spots provide law enforcement offienforcement. cials with the who, what, when, where, In her first law enforcement job, as a how and why of emerging crime in the jailer in Newton County, she was asked community,” Brookhaven crime anato “pull numbers.” She moved from lyst Kathy Esque said in an email. “Data working in the jail to earning her crime analyzed can be used to develop effecanalyst and intelligence certification. tive tactics and strategies, interceding as She joined Brookhaven police in Janusoon as possible, preventing victimizaary as the department’s first crime anation and reducing crime.” lyst. Sandy Springs Crime Analyst Pat And she’s already seen crimes solved. Graham provided this example of how “Two serial armed robbery suspects analysts work to prevent crime: “We see have been identified, one has been ara suspect likes to break into cars every rested and charged, and warrants have Wednesday at lunch been obtained on the time in the 5000 other,” Esque said. “A block of Roswell serial burglary sus“I like trying to help the Road,” Graham said. pect has been idenzone commanders and “Patrols actually look tified, arrested and for this suspect durcharged.” the chiefs see where ing this time frame Sandy Springs’ the crime is, and as a and location.” crime analyst unit team re-evaluate and Atlanta police Lt. includes a civilian Peter Ries said officrime analyst manﬁght crime to make the cers can check crime ager and two crime community safer.” data from their paanalysts (one sworn trol cars. A computer officer and one civilprogram called Predian), spokesman Sgt. – LT. PETER RIES Pol provides up-toRon Momon said. date information and Ries said applications predicts crime on an for crime analysis ongoing basis, he said. jobs often come from people with back“It’s an additional tool that helps us,” grounds in statistics. “They could have Ries said. worked in private industry, but they apHead said she’s been interested in plied with the APD,” Ries said. criminals’ mindsets and their activities One Atlanta analyst transferred his since she was about 10 years old. She’s a experience in working with the federal civilian employee who wants to help ofgovernment to analyzing crime data for ficers from her desk inside the departAtlanta, Ries said. ment. She jokes that she doesn’t have the Ries said over the course of his career, “guts” needed to hit the streets and powhich started in Atlanta in 2003, he has lice the community as a sworn officer. grown to appreciate the benefit to seeing Crime analysts describe their statishow crime affects the entire city. tics-based jobs as exciting. Esque said “It’s really opened my eyes to differshe likes her role in investigations beent issues across the city,” Ries said. “It’s cause she gets to see an entire case a larger challenge than just the zone. I through from lead to conclusion. like trying to help the zone command“As an officer, you don’t often get to ers and the chiefs see where the crime is, see what happens after the arrest,” said and as a team re-evaluate and fight crime Esque, who switched careers from acto make the community safer.”
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Brookhaven Police Blotter From police reports dated March 13-27.
reported on March 25.
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block of Buford Highway – A strong arm robbery in the street was reported on March 13.
block of Briarwood Road – A stolen vehicle was recovered on March 15. block of Windsor Parkway –A recovered auto tag was reported on March 18.
block of Corporate Boulevard – A strong arm robbery in the street was reported on March 15.
block of Burton Plaza Lane – A robbery at a residence using a cutting instrument was reported on March 17.
block of Buford Highway – A robbery in the street using a gun was reported on March 23.
BURGLARY 4300 block of Reserve Drive – A burglary
to a residence, using forced entry, was reported on March 13.
block of Chamblee Dunwoody Road – A burglary to a non-residence, without using forced entry, was reported on March 13; a burglary to a non-residence, without using forced entry, was reported on March 14.
ed on March 27.
block of Clairmont Road – A burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was reported on March 14.
block of Apple Valley Road – A burglary to a non-residence, using forced entry, was reported on March 17.
block of Lenox Park Boulevard – A burglary to a residence, without using forced entry, was reported on March 18.
block of Buford Highway – A burglary to a residence, without using forced entry, was reported on March 20.
block of E. Brookhaven Drive – A burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was reported on March 20.
block of Buford Highway – A burglary to a non-residence, using forced entry, was reported on March 23.
block of Mill Creek Road – A burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was
block of N. Cliff Valley Way – Theft of an auto was reported on March 20.
block of N. Cliff Valley Way – Theft of an auto was reported on March 21.
block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Theft of an auto was reported on March 26.
block of Briarcliff –A recovered auto tag was reported on March 26.
block of Danbury Parc Place – Theft of an auto was reported on March 27.
block of Dresden Drive – Two incidents of entering autos were report-
block of Town Boulevard – A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 13.
1200 block of Rustic Ridge Drive – A lar-
ceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 14.
3300 block of Buford Highway – Theft
was reported on March 15; shoplifting was reported on March 15; a larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 16; a larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 22.
block of N. Druid Hills Road – Theft was reported on March 15; theft was reported on March 20.
block of Peachtree Road – Theft was reported on March 15.
block of Buford Highway – A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 15.
block of Buford Highway – Theft was reported on March 16.
block of Buford Highway – A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 17.
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