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APRIL 5— APRIL 18, 2013 • VOL. 7 — NO. 7

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History becoming a factor in church dispute BY DAN WHISENHUNT

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Buckhead Forest leaders think their neighborhood contains enough history for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and that could be a future roadblock for a local church’s expansion plans. The neighborhood’s more recent history includes battles with Peachtree Presbyterian Church and Peachtree Road United Methodist Church over their increasing need for space. On March 18, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources informed the Buckhead Forest Civic Association that the neigh-

Reports of violent crimes in one of Buckhead’s crime hot spots were up in 2012, but Atlanta police say the higher numbers are the result of more crimes being reported by Hispanic residents. The police beat surrounding the Lindbergh/Morosgo area generated more reports of violent crime in 2012 than any other beat in Buckhead, data show. Buckhead is located within Atlanta Police Zone 2, one of six zones in the city of Atlanta. Maj. Van Hobbs, the Zone 2 commander, said many Hispanic residents living in the Lindbergh/Morosgo neighborhood have





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Buckhead’s vast 268-acre Chastain Park is an oasis of green space in a community afflicted with traffic gridlock. For the residents living around it, the park is their greatest asset, but also creates the biggest challenge of living there. There’s a place for everyone at Chastain Park. Golfers, swimmers, tennis players, music lovers, teachers, students, joggers, veterans and bikers share the space. Many travel to Chastain from other parts of the city. Often it’s a tight squeeze, a problem highlighted by the park’s 10-feet wide PATH Foundation trail that narrows to 4 feet along Powers Ferry Road.

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The Galloway School, a prominent private institution, is landlocked within the park’s borders. Parents drop off children at nearby Sutton Middle School. Traffic isn’t peachy in Atlanta’s wealthiest community, and Chastain traffic qualifies as bad, even for Buckhead. In addition to the weekday commuter traffic, the park also

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WHERE YOU LIVE brings in crowds for weekend events, such as concerts and ball games. Chastain Park Civic Association President Jim King notes that the park contains four main north-to-south roads – Powers Ferry Road, Lake Forrest Drive, Northside Drive and Roswell Road. “There’s only one road, West Wieuca, that goes through the park, so eastto-west connectivity is slow,” King said. Civic Association member Debra Fowler said the traffic is “really horrible.” King said there are about 1,500 parking spaces in and around Chastain. If people don’t carpool into the park, neighborhood streets catch the overflow. That’s where the Civic Association steps in. King, a man with silver hair who often gives passionate speeches in defense of Buckhead, said the association is one of several with a stake in the park’s future. The Civic Association provides security, demands action from public officials, and partners with the nearly one dozen other organizations operating on behalf of Chastain. “I’d like to think we are, in a lot of ways, thought leaders on issues,” King said. The neighborhood’s borders are Mount Paran Road to the north, Roswell Road to the east, Northside Drive to the west, and Blackland Road to the south. The neighborhood exists in two cities. About 1/3 is in Sandy Springs and 2/3 is in Atlanta, King said. It is served by two public school systems: Atlanta and Fulton County. The elementary schools are Warren T. Jackson in Atlanta and Heards Ferry in Sandy Springs. King said the traditional boundaries contain about 2,000 residents, but there are some areas outside of the northern boundary that also like to consider themselves a part of the neighborhood.

Using that measurement, the population would be closer to 3,000, King said. King doesn’t mind that people like associating themselves with Chastain. “I try to be more inclusive than exclusive,” he said. Chastain began as a 1,000-acre tract, according to the Chastain Park Conservancy, an organization that helps maintain the park. Creek Indians lived there in the early 1800s and farmed what is now the North Fulton Golf Course. In the 1930s, the park was the site of a Negro Women’s Convict Camp, according to historical accounts. The park is named in honor of County Commissioner Troy Chastain, dedicated to his memory in 1946. The park began its transformation around the same time, benefiting from New Deal projects via the Works Progress Administration. Many of the facilities still present were WPA projects, according to the Conservancy. Today those amenities are what make the park a destination point. The Chastain Amphitheater brings in top musical acts, in addition to weekend traffic. The horse park, swimming pool, golf course, tennis center and ballfields leave little excuse for boredom. If you like a slower pace, that’s OK, too. Older couples walk hand-in-hand along the trail, while younger residents stretch on the green before a jog. King said the amenities, location and his neighbors are the things he likes most about living there. Fowler said it’s one of the few spaces in Atlanta that hasn’t been over-developed. “It’s centrally located,” Fowler said. “The neighborhood and the people are terrific.” King said the multiple organizations affiliated with Chastain work independently with the same goal in mind. “Everybody does their job,” King said. “The park is taken care of.”

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NPU backs exemption to let wine shop open BY CHUCK STANLEY Buckhead’s NPU-B has offered preliminary support for a change to restrictions on sales of packaged beer and wine along Peachtree Road and Peachtree Street. The proposed exemption to the distance requirements between single family neighborhoods and beer and wine retailers would apply only to shopping centers with more than 75,000-square feet of retail space and frontage on Peachtree Street or Peachtree Road. Restrictions on liquor sales would not be changed. The move would most immediately have an effect on Buckhead Square Shopping Center at Piedmont and Peachtree roads, where a wine merchant is currently blocked from taking over the space formerly occupied by the Container Store. The proposed change to the alcohol licensing ordinance is still in the conceptual phase. The proposal must be officially filed by Atlanta City Council before being brought back before Peachtree Place residents and NPU-B for another vote. Attorney Kevin Leff, who has petitioned exemptions to the ordinance for a number of retailers and supermarkets along the Peachtree Corridor, told members of the NPU-B board on April 2 that current restrictions on beer and wine often prohibit retailers from setting up shop in properties where they make the most sense. The reason, he says, is the reliance on straight-line distances from single family neighborhoods, rather than actual walking distances. “For example,” he told the board,

“You couldn’t put a beer and wine store in certain parts of Lenox Mall, because of their proximity to Peachtree Park on the other side of Ga. 400. But actually walking from one to the other would take forever.” Leff also noted that, of the 10 properties involved in the proposed change, Buckhead Square is the only one without a retailer with an existing exemption. The state-mandated distances between packaged alcohol retailers, he said, mean one of these stores would have to close before another could open. “To me, this sounds like you’re bringing us up to speed with the liquor-bythe-drink requirements in that same corridor,” said Bob Stasiowski, who heads NPU-B’s Public Safety Committee. “Right now, there’s a Peachtree Road exemption for this very same thing [as relates to] liquor by the drink.” Abbie Shepherd, development and transit chair for NPU-B, cast the only vote against the proposed change. She expressed concern over the implication that the current distance requirements fail to account for the disjointed nature of Buckhead neighborhoods. “For a long time the city has worked to become more connected on foot,” she said. “We’re going to go back to reconnecting those neighborhoods.” Leff contends the change is necessary because beer and wine sales are no longer the exclusive domain of large supermarkets and liquor stores. “We’ve seen more and more concepts come along that wouldn’t traditionally sell beer and wine, and the idea is to attract these varying uses into these large retail centers where they make the most sense.”

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borhood’s nomination for the National Register would be submitted to the National Register Review Board. Inclusion on the National Register would put more restrictions on the Methodist church’s movements, Civic Association President Kim Kahwach said. The neighborhood is currently trying to resolve differences with the church over its plans to construct a 50,000-square-foot, three-story youth center. “If these homes are part of a historic designation, you need to have a really good case for demolishing them,” Kahwach said. “I’m just not convinced that they need it that badly.” Peachtree Road UMC Rev. Bill Britt said his church is continuing to work through its differences with the residents. The major concern among residents is the church expanding its footprint into the neighborhood. Peachtree Road UMC owns four houses in Buckhead Forest, Britt said. Britt said the church intends to demolish two homes on Mathieson Drive Northeast and would maintain two homes on West Shadowlawn Avenue as residences for church staff. “We have no interest in going further into the neighborhood,” Britt said. “That is not even a possibility for us right now.” Britt’s overtures to the neighborhood haven’t swayed many from the belief that city approval of the project will allow the church to continue purchasing and bulldozing homes. Katy Bryant lives in Buckhead Forest and her home on West Shadowlawn backs up to the site of the proposed youth center. She’s a veteran of zoning wars with Peachtree Road United Methodist and Peachtree Presbyterian. Bryant said she has been called the neighbor-

hood’s “chief pugilist.” She knows zoning and has achieved workable compromises with the churches in the past. Bryant showed off the end of Alberta Terrace, which backs up to a parking deck owned by Peachtree Presbyterian. It’s out of the way and, more importantly, out of sight of the neighborhood. Bryant said the neighborhood isn’t opposed to development but wants to find the best compromise “to support reasonable, responsible development.” “Churches are developers,” Bryant said. “Churches, they have a use that we have a little more of a warm feeling about. It’s all about dollars, keeping your congregation going.” Church expansions pose a range of problems for neighborhoods beyond appearance and traffic, Bryant said. When a church builds a parking lot, it creates an impervious surface that pushes more rainwater through the neighborhood. Buckhead Forest has 13 creeks, and flooding is an ongoing concern. “It’s like this little ecosystem,” said Amy Halford, vice president of the Buckhead Forest Civic Association. Peachtree Road UMC is in the process of obtaining a Special Use Permit for the youth center. Britt said the church still in the midst of going through the city’s zoning process. Bryant said the church is trying to use the special use permit process to expand its zoning, Special Public Interest-9, beyond its current footprint “and circumvent the requirements of SPI-9.” Neighbors continue to push back against the church’s plans. Recently residents began planting signs around the neighborhood that warn against Peachtree Road UMC’s “encroachment in our neighborhood.” Britt declined to comment about the signs. BH


New hangars under construction at DeKalbPeachtree Airport BY DAN WHISENHUNT

Construction of more than 50 new hangars at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport is under way, the airport director says. “Broke ground on the hangar project last week,” airport Director Mike Van Wie told members of the Buckhead Business Association on March 28. Van Wie said the hangar project will cost more than the original $5 million budget because of federal environmental regulations. Total construction costs will be around $8.3 million, he said. The airport director said there will be an official groundbreaking ceremony in April. During his remarks, Van Wie talked about the economic benefits of general aviation. PDK provides general aviation services, meaning it does not handle commercial or freight traffic. The airport, located on Chamblee Tucker Road, is the second busiest airport in Georgia, after Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. “We’re a general aviation reliever airport,” Van Wie said. “That reliever designation is important to us. We relieve Hartsfield of the business jets, the Cessna 172s, the prop planes. That reliever status quali-

fies us for a separate pool of federal money that’s available for capital improvement.” He said the airport brings in $39.9 million in tax revenue to DeKalb County and traffic at the airport creates 1,834 jobs. Van Wie said the airport has felt little impact from the federal government’s sequestration, a series of automatic federal budget cuts that began in March. He said PDK air traffic controllers are federal employees while other Georgia airports use contractors for those jobs. While PDK receives federal money for improvement projects and air traffic controllers, Van Wie said the current president isn’t a friend of general aviation. Van Wie outlined the “No Plane, No Gain” advocacy program, a joint effort of the National Business Aviation Association and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. The group has taken issue with President Obama’s criticism of corporate jets as unnecessary luxuries. “The current administration has been beating up general aviation at every opportunity,” Van Wie said. “The ‘No Plane, No Gain’ program started in defense of our industry.”

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New laws will reduce the size of Fulton County government In the March 22-April 4 issue of the Buckhead Reporter, Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves wrote that bills pending in the state Legislature would “devastate” Fulton County. In this issue, state Rep. Ed Lindsey reviews the status of the legislation and discusses why he thinks it is needed. For the past decade, Fulton County has been transforming into a county whose population lives within the limits of one city or another. Today, 90 percent of Fulton County is municipalized. As a result, concerned state and county leaders have twice before offered ideas which would reform the operations and scope of Fulton County government. Eight years ago, a Blue Ribbon Commission in Fulton County suggested sweeping reforms. Six years ago, a bi-partisan HouseSenate Study Committee on Fulton County -- which I chaired -- once again recommended a wide range of changes. On both occasions, the Fulton County Commission by and large blocked the suggested reforms. However, with a new House delegation elected in 2012, we have finally been able to move forward. Thirteen pieces of legislation concerning Fulton County government reforms await Governor Deal’s signature, which are listed and summarized below: 1) HB 171 - Reapportionment of Fulton County Commission Districts The Fulton County Commission redistricting maps include six districts and one at-large seat for the chairman or chairwoman. 2) HB 347 - Fulton County Board of Registrations and Elections revise appointment The board will remain five members; two will be nominated by the prevailing political party and two by the losing political party. One member will be nominated by the Fulton County House and Senate Legislative Delegation. 3) HB 435 - State Court of Fulton County – chief judge duties Spells out duties for chief judge and adjusts salary to reflect increased responsibilities. New duties will include scheduling regular judges’ meetings, managing available court space, making determinations of divisions, selection and oversight of jury clerk, and developing a personnel system. 4) HB 437 - Superior Court of Fulton County – chief judge duties Outlines duties for chief judge, including scheduling regular judges’ meetings, managing available court space, making determinations of divisions, selection and oversight of jury clerk, and developing a personnel system. 5) HB 441 - Superior Court of Fulton County – budget oversight Fulton County Superior Court will operate more efficiently with ability to control budget. 6) HB 442 - State Court of Fulton County – budget oversight Fulton County State Courts will operate more efficiently with ability to control budget. 7) HB 443 - Magistrate Court of Fulton County – appointment of chief judge The chief magistrate will be a nonpartisan, elected position. Fulton County is the only Georgia county where the magistrate court is operated and administered under the state court, and the

chief magistrate is appointed by the state court judges. 8) HB 444 - Superior Court of Fulton County – judge salary supplements Despite being the largest court system in the state, the Superior Court of Fulton County (Atlanta Judicial Circuit) is ranked 11 of 49 circuits in judicial salary supplements. This legislation provides a 4 percent increase. If the other circuits remain rEp. ED the same, this increase will raise the liNDSEY Atlanta circuit to fifth, still behind GEORGIA HOUSE both Gwinnett and Cobb counties. 9) HB 526 – North Fulton reOF REPRESENTATIVES gional radio system Provides for development of regional communication system for public safety and public service for Sandy Springs, Roswell, Milton and Alpharetta. Requested by numerous cities to reduce costs and privatize. 10) HB 594 – Fulton County personnel Future employees will have unclassified status, except for public safety employees. 11) HB 598 – Fulton County Superior, State and Magistrate Courts Employees will be unclassified. 12) HB 604 – Fulton County millage rate Suspends any attempt to increase the ad valorem millage rate in 2013 and 2014. Requires five of seven commissioners to vote to increase millage rate in 2015, when reapportionment takes effect. 13) HB 627 – Fulton County Community Improvement Districts Revise provisions to allow Fulton County Community Improvement Districts located outside Atlanta to renew prior to termination date. It was requested by all CIDs affected. These reforms look to provide the taxpayers of Fulton County with streamlined, concise government that aims to do its job properly in the name of fiscal responsibility. Furthermore, these are only the first round of reforms for Fulton County. I believe that these are positive steps in the right direction for Fulton County in a two-year legislative process that will hopefully culminate in lowering the footprint of the Fulton County government. As for next session concerning carry-over legislation, the delegation tabled both the Fulton County Homestead Exemption and the revisions to the appointment of the Fulton County Tax Commissioner. Both bills will be vetted further before returning to the desks of the General Assembly. I expect my friends across Fulton to continue to diligently fight for the interests of their communities and trust they expect me to do the same. My hope is that we will keep our focus on ways in which our interests overlap, refrain from using inflammatory rhetoric, and work together for the mutual good of all of Fulton County. Rep. Ed Lindsey represents District 54 in the state House of Representatives.

Weinman nominated for Press Club award Reporter Newspapers staff writer Melissa Weinman is a finalist for an Atlanta Press Club Award of Excellence. Melissa is one of three finalists chosen for the club’s “Rising Star Award” for journalists younger than 30. David Michaels of The News Enterprise and Atlanta Unfiltered, and Jonathan Shapiro of WABE were also named finalists for the award. The winner will be announced April 16 at a presentation at The Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta.

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It may be your dad inside this Easter Bunny costume Todd Koetje raced from the backyard to breathlessly announce a special guest’s arrival. “Hey, guys,” he yelled to 50 ArounD or so people – about half toWn adults, half kids – gathJOe eaRLe ered for their neighborhood Easter party at Ray and Nicole Johnson’s house. “I just saw the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny is here.” Moments later, the big rabbit himself hopped into view. Woodsong Court’s own Easter Bunny had returned. He paid his annual visit to the Dunwoody cul-de-sac on the Saturday before the holiday as the neighborhood kids were hunting Easter eggs, and moms and dads and a few grandparents gathered for brunch. This bunny stood at least six feet tall, had floppy ears, was covered head-totoe in fluffy white fur, wore a brightly colored vest and a rubbery nose, and looked surprisingly like Koetje’s neighbor Jess Brown in a bunny suit. Woodsong Court’s Easter Bunny has appeared at the neighborhood’s holiday party every year since 2008. A Woodsong dad has worn the big bunny suit each year. There’s a tradition to determine which dad will appear as the bunny: whoever has the last-place team in the neighborhood fantasy football league wins the honor, or perhaps dishonor. Except this year, when the lastplace finisher had a conflict, so Brown stepped in to fill the bunny gap.

As he hopped into the yard, everyone gathered around to welcome him. Everyone, that is, except Brown’s own kids. They bolted. “My kids, it’s like their minds are blown,” Brown, a 32-year-old who usually handles financial matters for a contracting and consulting company, said later. “The only two scared kids were mine.” It turns out that Easter Bunnies get used to a little rejection. The year Koetje wore the suit, his kids ran away at the sight of him. His description of his turn as the big bunny: “It’s great. You get a bunch of middle-aged kids running around with Whiffle ball bats trying PHil MOSieR to hit you. It’s hot and Ray and Nicole Johnson, residents on Woodsong Court in Dunwoody, held it’s sweaty, and your kids the neighborhood’s annual Easter party at their home on March 30. don’t recognize you and start to cry, which is OK moved in and neighbors kept dropThey don’t have a homeowners associbecause you don’t want them to rememping by night after night to wish them ation to hold them together – no pool or ber you did it.” well and deliver covered dishes. “People tennis facilities to operate – so they’ve inBut everybody else remembers who kept bringing us food,” Desai said with vented their own community organizawore the suit. This is how holiday mema smile. ories are made. CONTINUED ON PAGE 18 Woodsong Court and nearby Woodsong Trail, residents say, make up a little Introducing the METROPOLITAN® island surrounded by larger neighborCollection, our newest contempohoods. Their island is a place where evrary, durable and stylish looks for erybody knows everybody. Residents get today’s homes, home offices or together regularly. They swap ornaments business environments. Known for at Christmas and hold a big Halloween our Artistry, Innovation Contemp and Craftsparty. They have a website to trade info. “This is a great neighborhood,” April manship, Karastan continues to f Williams said. take floor coverings inStyling bold new you live They look out for one another. Nehal directions. and Samantha Desai said their younger son was born just 19 days after they

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pring starts at spectacular Gibbs Gardens, set in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains – less than 40 minutes north of Atlanta. Thousands of mature native dogwoods and millions of daffodils will bloom through the first two to three weeks of April. More than 1,000 azaleas – Kurume, Indica, Satsuki, native azaleas and many others – start blooming in April and continue through summer into fall. Hundreds of cherry trees are now blooming. You haven’t experienced spring until you’ve visited Gibbs Gardens. Stroll through 300 acres of gentle hillsides covered with mature trees, pristine streams, waterfalls and natural springs that flow seamlessly around 220 acres of artistically designed gardens. Sixteen garden venues create amazing flowering scenes that change every two to three weeks. Spring at Gibbs Gardens – an unforgettable experience.

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Peachtree Road Farmers Market Where is it? Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, NW. How long does it last? April 6 through Dec. 14. What time is it open? April through Sept., 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. through Dec., 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. What can I find there? file Abundant Harvest Gardens of Winston: Josephine Williams makes Naturally grown fruits and vegetables. “vegetable prints” at the Decimal Place Farm of Conley: Goat farm Peachtree Road Farmers Market. selling artisanal goat cheeses. Dubberly’s Seafood of Savannah: Sweet Savannah shrimp. Hidden Springs Honey of Williamson: Naturally grown honey. For a full listing of vendors, visit:

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Brookhaven Farmers Market Where is it? In the parking lot behind Haven and Valenza restaurants, 1441 Dresden Drive. How long does it last? May 5 through December. What time is it open? Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. What can I find there? City Dog Market of Brookhaven: Natural cat and dog food lines. Sweet Tea Factory of Hapeville: Quality food and beverages. For a full listing of vendors, visit: http:// Note: The Drive-Thru Farmers Market is scheduled to open April 18 at 3522 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. It wlll operate from 3 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.


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Community Dunwoody Green Market Where is it? The Shops of Dunwoody, 5500 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. How long does it last? April 17 through November. What time is it open? Wednesdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. What can I find there? Zocalo Fresh Mexican Salsas and Dips of Atlanta: Fresh salsas and other prepared foods. CalyRoad Creamery of Sandy Springs: Artisans cheeses made from fresh milk and local ingredients. Annie Okra’s Barn of Rydal Kent’s Country Cookies of Fayetteville file For a full listing of vendors, visit: Spring colors surround Paula Guilbeau at the Dunwoody Green Market

Sandy Springs Farmers Market Where is it? 235 Sandy Springs Circle, NW. How long does it last? April 13 through October. What time is it open? Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to noon What can I find there? Watsonia Farms of Monetta, S.C.: Fruit and produce. Dr. Sweet’s Cake Emporium of Atlanta: Desserts. Heather Walker purchases flowers at Sausage World of Lilburn the Sandy Springs Farmers Market. Jones Sharpening of Marietta: Sharpens knives, scissors, garden tools and chainsaw chains. For a full listing of vendors, visit:


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Buying ‘gently-used’ items assists local families in need By MaRtha nODaR Dunwoody resident Celia Garding, shoes and gifts for the home. All ner said word-of-mouth prompted her revenue generated from the shop goes to check out the Attic Treasures Thrift directly to those in need, member MaShop. She liked what she found there. rie Drake said. “I first came to shop after I heard Members volunteer to work at their about it,” she said. “Then, I started dolocal chapter and contribute between nating.” $70 and $95 in annual membership fees. Soon, she became There are no paid ema member of the Asployees and nothing sistance League of Atgoes to waste. MemDo you know an organization or lanta, a philanthropbers call themselves individual making a difference ic organization that “worker bees.” in our community? Email staffs the thrift shop Drake, who also nestled in Chamblee’s lives in Dunwoody, Antique Row. said donations from The Atlanta chapter of the Assistance the general public and corporations are League, a national charitable organizaalways needed. “There are many peotion, claims more than 200 members. ple in need, which is the reason we are About half live in Dunwoody. Others here,” she added. live in Sandy Springs or nearby commuDrake emphasized the chapter could nities. not function without the additional asFounded more than 30 years ago by sistance of non-member community 34 Atlantans, the Atlanta chapter broke volunteers who may lend a hand in sortground 15 years ago when members ing donated items in the warehouse or built their two-story building in its curmaking deliveries and picking up donatrent location. The building contains the ed furniture alongside some of the memthrift shop, a warehouse, office space, bers’ husbands. storage areas and a donation center. Drake said that through their multi“When we hear the doorbell ring in ple philanthropic programs, they help the donation center we know an angel approximately 40,000 people in need has arrived,” member and Dunwoody within the community every year. This resident Lynn Farrell said. figure includes 6,000 to 8,000 elemenThe thrift shop has gently-used clothtary public school children who are the League members Marilyn Steele, left, and Lynn Farrell, prepare bags of new clothing for children. Steele is the liaison between “Operation School Bell,” and Fulton and DeKalb Public Schools’ social workers, who identify youngsters in need.


Shopper Elizabeth Valera, left, looks through clothes with Lynn Farrell, a store volunteer and member of the Assistance League of Atlanta, at Attic Treasures Thrift Shop in Chamblee. The league helps approximately 40,000 local families every year.

beneficiaries of “Operation School Bell,” a program that provides children with new clothing every year. Sherry Waugh, a member from Sandy Springs, said that through another program they bring approximately 2024 women a year to their thrift shop from Mary Hall Freedom House and outfit them “with appropriate clothes for job interviews.” “This program is near and dear to my heart,” she said.

Gardner, who works in the shop on Saturdays, said her favorite part of the job is the people she works with and the customers she meets. Frequent shoppers include Shirley Eidson and Elizabeth Valera. “Many of my favorite things come from this thrift shop,” Eidson said. “It’s fun to find things here,” said Valera, a full-time employee and graduate student. “My mom and her friends come here too.”

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The green bows adorn mailboxes, doors and lamp posts throughout the city. They signify support of the arts, the joys of spring, and also act as a reminder that ArtSSpring gets under way April 18. All proceeds from the bow sales go directly to bringing arts activities to Sandy Springs.

ArtSSpring approaching By Dan Whisenhunt

Mark the calendar: Sandy Springs’ annual arts celebration begins soon. ArtSSpring 2013 starts April 18 and lasts through May 17. The month-long celebration features a variety of events highlighting local artists, great literature and tempting food. Many of the events are free to attend. The event’s organizers will place green bows throughout the city as a reminder for residents. Peggy Allen, a spokeswoman for ArtSSpring, said this year’s list of events is condensed, compared with prior years. While there were near-daily events in 2012, organizers decided to schedule most of the activities around the weekend for the 2013 festival. Allen said there will also be new events this year. “Foodie Fridays is our new endeavor, and we’re excited about that because it includes music and the food trucks,” Allen said. Foodie Fridays will be held at Kudzu & Company. Allen said 13 local restaurants will also display artwork during ArtSSpring. Allen said organizers are taking advantage of the city’s resources. On May 16 there will be a “Painting to Music” event at Big Trees Forest Preserve from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “We’re using a lot of the natural parks and the organizations in the community,” Allen said. Sandy Springs Reads this year chose “To Kill a Mockingbird” as the featured book. The celebration will hold several events honoring the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Harper Lee. The first weekend event will be Sandy Springs Artsapalooza, held April 20 and 21 at 6100 Lake Forrest Dr., NE, 30328. The event hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m on April 20, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on April 21. “This two-day outdoor art and handcraft festival is hosted by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces,” the ArtSSpring announcement says. “Approximately 150 artists and artisans will set up under tents. The event will include local food and beverages, an interactive children’s area and ARTSS booth.” The celebration will conclude with a “Foodie Fridays” event on May 17 held

at Kudzu & Company, 6450 Roswell Rd., 30328, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The announcement describes the final event as “a street-side party for food and music lovers, with gourmet food trucks from the Atlanta Street Food Coalition, music by Steve’s Live Music, and a showing of original art by local artists presented by Kudzu & Company.” Allen said the events bring attention to local artists and businesses. “It’s all a gift from us to them from the city,” Allen said. “It creates enthusiasm and activity for the city.” For a full list of events, visit: www.

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ists display and sell original work at the third annual Congregation B’nai Torah’s Artist Market. Check out paintings, ceramics, jewelry, photography, metal and fabric art. Other onsite activities include: computer and small electronics recycling (no TVs or microwaves); paper shredding; car wash; bake sale. Food available for purchase. Rain or shine. Free admission and open to the community. Call 404-257-0537 or visit: for details. 700 Mount Vernon Highway, NE, Sandy Springs, 30328.

laika Society presents Russian and Eastern European folk music and songs at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church. The concert showcases Russian, Gypsy, and Jewish folk music, as well as classical selections. Open to the public. A $10 donation at the door is suggested. 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-0675 or visit: www. for details.

“Miss Saigon” Friday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. – The North

Chamber Players Sunday, April 14, 3 p.m. – The Georgian

Chamber Players perform Schubert’s Impromptu and Rondeau Brilliant, Dohnanyi’s Serenade and Beethoven’s ‘Ghost’ Piano Trio at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Buckhead. $20 for adults; $10 for students. Reception to meet the players follows concert. 3003 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, 30327. Go to: to learn more.


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Springs Charter High School Performing Arts Magnet presents “Miss Saigon,” featuring a live pit orchestra. Evening performances continue April 20, 25-27, at 7:30 p.m.; matinees April 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15 adults; $20 VIPs; $10 seniors and students. For more information or to buy tickets, go to: Call 770551-2490 with questions. 7447 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328.

Artsapalooza Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. – Sandy Springs’ two-day Artsapalooza gets under way. Outdoor event with an emphasis on the visual arts and handcrafts, featuring up to 150 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metal craft persons, glass blowers, jewelers and more! Also includes a children’s play area, local musicians and interactive art stations. Free admission and open to all. Rain or shine. Pets allowed on leash. Event continues Sunday, April 21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 6100 Lake Forrest Dr., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. For additional details, visit: or call 404845-0793.

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Earth Day Activities Wednesday, April 10, 3-3:45 p.m. – Learn

about recycling and other things you can do to make our planet a better place, then turn your trash into treasure with a recycling craft! Presented by Sarah Brodd, with the DeKalb Cooperative Extension. Free. Appropriate for 5-12 year olds, and open to the first 15 participants. All from the community are welcome. Brookhaven Branch Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-848-7140 to learn more.

Saturday, April 20, 12-4 p.m. – Children

ages 4-12 can drop in any time between 12-4 p.m. to make an Earth Day craft as a parent and child activity. Free and open to all. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Email: or call: 404814-3500 for additional details.

Monday, April 22, 3:30 p.m. – Come learn

Saturday, April 13, 8-9:30 a.m. – The Atlanta Speech School’s certified speech-language pathologists provide screenings for children three years and older, and written documentation of the results, including recommendations for further evaluations, if needed. By appointment only. Free and open to the community. Call 404-233-5332 or email Jennifer Buck: with questions or to make an appointment. Atlanta Speech School, 3160 Northside Parkway, NW, Atlanta, 30327.

Touch a Truck Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – Fun for all ages! Kids get “hands-on” with construction trucks, a tow truck, fire truck, mail truck, race car, police cruiser and more! Inflatables, face painting and other activities onsite. Concessions available for purchase. Admission: $3 per person; children age 1 and under are free. Hitson Activities Center, Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, 85 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-250-9455 to find out more.

Turtle Tours Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Her-

itage Sandy Springs presents “Turtle Tours,” an educational series appropriate for children ages 2-5, in the Heritage Sandy Springs Museum. Museum mascots “Sandy” the Chipmunk and “Spring” the Turtle introduce preschoolers to history. In this month’s program, Sandy and Spring “Feed Their Feathery Friends.” Free; donations encouraged. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information visit: or call: 404-851-9111.

tertains with a cowboy and cowgirl story time and related activities for the entire family. “Cowpoke” dress encouraged. Free and open to the community. For ages 3-7. Space is limited. Signup required and started March 23rd. Come by, call 404-303-6130 or email: to register or ask questions. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

Lemonade Days Wednesday, April 17-Sunday April 21 –

The Dunwoody Preservation Trust presents “Lemonade Days.” The 14th annual event features carnival rides, 5K, petting zoo, music, concessions and more. Free festival admission; rides, food and other events require ticket purchase. Continues through April 21. Proceeds support the DPT’s historic sites upkeep and community engagement events. Held in Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody, 30338. For additional information, go to:

Fun Fair Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. – The Early Childhood School of Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church hosts its ninth annual Fun Fair! For all ages, particularly preschool and elementary kids. Activities include: pony and train rides, petting zoo, bake sale, clowns, arts and crafts, games, inflatables, fire truck, police car and DJ. Free admission; ticket purchase required for activities and onsite concessions. Silent auction features children’s artwork, gift baskets, restaurant gift certificates and destination vacations. Open to the public. Rain or shine. 2715 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, 30305. Call 404-266-8111 or visit: to learn more.


Lunch & Learn Monday, April 8, 10 a.m. – Join those aged

50+ at the Lunch & Learn programs of Perimeter Adult Learning & Services, Inc. (PALS). Select from: Mao Tse Tung; military life stories; museums; mahjongg; three presidents; super foods; book reviews; bridge; Mayan civilization & culture; gardening; chess. Have fun and enjoy catered lunches, available with reservations. For a detailed brochure on courses and fees, contact Lee Smith at 770-6980801 or go to: Classes continue through May 13. Temple Emanu-El, 1580 Spalding Dr., Sandy Springs, 30350.

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Poetry Workshop

New Mom Pediatrics Tuesday, April 16, 10:00 a.m. – Dr. Ruth Brown, retired pediatrician, mom and grandmother, answers questions, discusses issues, and provides support to young and older moms. Share child-related and pediatric-related concerns. Free and open to the community. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, in the Francis Asbury Room, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Email: cathy.wright@dunwoodyumc. org with questions and/or childcare reservations.

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Meditate Effortlessly guided, seated session offers a simple, but powerful way to meditate effortlessly. Benefits of regular practice include improved energy; enhanced mental focus; reduced stress. Free session facilitated by a trained Isha Kriya instructor. No previous meditation experience necessary. Open to first 25 participants. For adults. Brookhaven Branch Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-848-7140 to find out more.



Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 p.m. – This one-hour

Saturday, April 13, 12-2 p.m. – Turn your

writing into performance art with the help of this workshop. For those interested in competing in local poetry slams. Session geared for middle and high school youth. Free and open to the public. Registration required. Sandy Springs Branch Library, in the Meeting Room, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: or call: 404-303-6130 for additional details.

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how beavers help build dams. Presented by Sharon Smith from Fulton County Water Resources. Program suitable for ages 4-6. Free and open to the public. Space is limited. Sign-up required and started April 1st. Come by, call 404-303-6130 or email: to register or with questions. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

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Party features eggs, Easter Bunny and lots of holiday ‘pride’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9

tions. The wives call themselves the “Women of Woodsong,” proudly known as “the WOWs.” They gather for “girls’ night out,” and organize the holiday parties. Their husbands responded with the Men of Woodsong, or “the MOWs,” who gather around a backyard fire pit to talk and drink beer. And, of course, to provide someone to fill the bunny suit. This year’s bunny got a workout. Brown’s bunny hopped with the kids and posed for photos with just about everybody. “It’s a bit warm in this thing,” he admitted after a while. “My lungs are burning.” Good to know. Brown will have his chance to warn others who don the community bunny suit in the future that they should do a little stretching before hippityhopping onto the Easter stage. Each dad who wears the suit writes a letter of advice to future bunnies. The letters are handed down from dad to dad during a ceremony the night before the new bunny makes his debut. How did Brown hold up? “We’re good,” he said, holding his arms aloft like a winning ballplayer during March Madness. “I’m feeling the bunny. It’s that Easter pride.” What Easter pride? He stopped a moment and thought about it. “Helping to continue the tradition,” he said.


Above, far left, Peyton Koetje, with other neighborhood children, center, from left, Lucy Johnson, Iris Williams, Annie Quinn and Bennett Brown, are eager to share their findings with Ashley Koetje, far right, during Woodsong Court’s Easter festivities on March 30. Right, party hostess Nicole Johnson helps daughter Emma with the eggs.

Restaurant Guide

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Los Bravos Mexican Restaurant

Opening in Dunwoody April 8! 4745 B Ashford Dunwoody Road 678-786-9344 Open 7 days a week 7 AM – 2 PM Come by to see our beautiful facility. Great for hosting business or private functions or just stop by and try one of the delicious menu items.

2042 Johnson Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta 30319 770-452-9896 | Mon - Fri 11 - 10:30, Sat 12 – 10:30, Sun 12 – 10 Mouth-watering agave margaritas, carne asade, taco salads, fajitas, poblanos, quesadillas, taco salads, Mexican soup, guacamole…. It’s all at your fingertips regardless of what part of Atlanta you live in.

Chin Chin Chinese Restaurant

Featured Restaurant

3887 Peachtree Rd, Buckhead/Brookhaven & other locations 404-816-2229 | Mon-Thurs 11:30-10:30, Fri/Sat 11:30-11, Sun 12-10:30 Fine Asian Cuisine - Its atmosphere, service and quality of food are above reproach. You can sit in the dining area and watch the preparation of food through a large plate glass. The menu is extensive, offering items in every category including chicken, seafood, pork, beef and duck. There are also vegetarian dishes for those who prefer.

Firehouse Subs.

5610 Glenridge Dr. Atlanta, Ga. 30342 678-705-8878 Meaty, cheesy, steaming hot & cold subs and sandwiches for lunch and dinner. Founded by firemen. Catering available.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

600 Ashwood Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30338 770.399.9900 | M-Th: 11-9, Fri: 11-10, Sat: 4-10, Sun: 4-9 From fresh seafood and shell fish to aged steaks and garden fresh salads, our goal is to exceed your dining expectations. Our menus reflect seafood from the Pacific Rim, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. We also source products from local ranches, farms and wineries to showcase regionally inspired dishes.



April 5 – April 18, 2013

The World-Famous Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre is now open in Buckhead! Call or go online to get your tickets now and receive 20% off with promo code “reporter” 678-244-3612 56 E. Andrews Dr. NW Atlanta, Ga. 30305 These restaurants are paid advertisers.


Tazikis Mediteranian Cafe

5610 Glenridge Dr. Atlanta, Ga. 30342 Serving lunch and dinner-fresh, healthy, and deliciously different. 11:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Ask about our healthy catering menu. 678-365-4403

Teela Taqueria

City Walk at Sandy Springs 227 Sandy Springs Place NE 404-459-0477 | Sun – Thurs: 11am – 10 pm Fri – Sat: 11 am – 11:30 pm Full service boutique Mexican restaurant.

Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar

City Walk at Sandy Springs 227 Sandy Springs Place NE 404-497-9997 | Sun – Fri: 5 pm – 10 pm Sat: 11:30 am – 11 pm Features an eclectic menu of seaside dishes.

Qdoba Mexican Grill

5610 Glenridge Dr. Atlanta, Ga. 30342 Open 7 days per week from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. 404-303-8800. Enjoy authentic Mexican food.

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Day Camp offered throughout the summer for Kindergarten through 5th grade. Different themes each week with creative activities and field trips!

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Here are just a few of the many camps we offer! June 3-7 June 3-7 June 10-14 June 10-14 June 24-28 June 24-28 June 25-27 June 25-28

Spanish Camp (3rd-5th grade) Reasonable Faith (5th-8th grade) Guitar Camp (5th-12th grade) Pack in the Phonics (1st grade) Sign Language (K-2nd) Creative Writing (10th-12th) College Essay Writing (12th) SAT Math/Verbal Prep (10th-12th)

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Awesome Artists: Are you the next dazzling da Vinci? Magnificent Monet? Wonderful Warhol? Join us this week and we’ll explore many awesome artists together. Under the Sea: What lies beneath the surface might be your greatest encounter. Discover and learn about our world's great oceans while sculpting, painting, and drawing the days away. Night at the Museum: Explore all of the magic a museum can hold. Create art inspired by amazing museum artworks. Me Myself & I: Explore a wide variety of art materials as you create masterpieces all about you. Passport to Adventure: Grab your imagination; we’re heading off on an amazing art adventure. Sculpt an iceberg, explore cave art, or paint a wild jungle scene. Patriotic Pizazz: From purple mountains majesties to aqua blue shining seas, join us in creating art to honor our great country. Color My World: Don’t be surprised if you explore glorious green, laser lemon, or outrageous orchid in your colorful creations. All Bugged Out: Creepy-crawlers, beautiful butterflies and glittery grasshoppers. These are just some of the many creatures you'll have fun exploring while you create amazing artwork. Futuristic Fantasia: Can you dream of what the future will look like? Create a futuristic car or a fantastic city in outer space! Mask-Mania: Who's underneath that mask? Join us as we use paper, clay, beads, paint, and so much more to show off your creative skills. The Magic of Art: Let your imagination run wild. Create whimsical drawings, playful paintings, and sensational sculptures.

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Student Profile:  Anna Kampfe  Sophomore, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Anna Kampfe has been painting for as long as she can remember. “I have always been attracted to art and making marks on a page,” she said. “I like that art is a way of putting a part of myself out in the open. When I draw something, it’s not just a drawing, it’s me showing how I see things.” One of her works was recently selected to be a part of a teen artist exhibit at the High Museum of Art. Teens were required to create a portrait inspired by Frida Kahlo, and were then judged based on technique, skill and their ability to react to the artist’s work. The exhibition celebrates the High Museum’s “Frida and Diego: Passion, Politics, and Painting” exhibition, which continues through May 12. Anna hopes that one day she can have her own exhibit at the High Museum. Not only has this process helped Anna become more professional and improve her time management skills, but she also realizes how important it is to share her work with others. “I also think it is important to learn that everybody has a different viewpoint,” she said. “Every portrait was different, which was a wonderful thing to see.”



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Katie Arnold is Anna’s art teacher at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School this year. She describes Anna as “an artist in the making.” “It’s fun to watch her stretch herself,” Arnold said. “She is always trying something new, and always thinking outside of the box.” Theater is another form of art that Anna enjoys. She has been in many plays and is a part of a girls’ a cappella singing group. “When people say that the theater is like a family, it is absolutely, 100 percent true,” she said. “It is probably the one place I can go where everyone is just themselves, and we all love each other for our differences.” As a result of the numerous roles she has played, Anna has become much more confident in front of a crowd and has gained public speaking skills. In her free time, Anna enjoys writing. Now she’s working on combining her interest in writing with her visual art work. She has been working on a graphic novel since last summer.

What’s Next: Anna is looking into art schools such as the Savannah College of Art and Design, and the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is considering tying her two passions, art and theater, together and pursuing a career in animation. This article was reported and written by Stacy Bubes. a senior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.


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Student Profile:  Alex Cameron  Junior, Dunwoody High School Whether she’s competing in crosscountry races, playing an instrument or swimming, Alex Cameron finds running toward her goals comes naturally. Alex always stays active. Last fall, the Dunwoody High girls’ cross-country team qualified for the state tournament along with 31 other teams. DeKalb County hasn’t had a girls’ cross-country team win the state title in 30 years. That’s right. The last one was in 1982. The girls’ team won the state title. Alex brought home the individual 5-AAAAA state championship with a time of 19:49:96. She bested about 200 runners. One mile into the race, she had a clear lead. Dunwoody girls’ cross-country coach Brian Boucher wasn’t surprised by Alex’s victory. He saw the dedication to success she displayed throughout the season. “She took on a greater leadership role this year,” Boucher said. “Her desire to have the whole team be successful truly made a difference.” It takes time and hard work to excel at any sport. She’s been swimming competitively, mostly on summer league teams, since age 6. Alex discovered her passion for running when she joined a club in the sixth grade at Peachtree Middle School. “I really liked it, and it just went from there.” Whether playing a sport or studying, it’s important to have a support system. And what better encouragement is there for a runner than having a mom who ran track in high school and a dad

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2012 Mercedes-Benz C250s 30 to Choose who runs marathons? “I also run with a separate group year-round to stay active,” Alex said. Alex proves that dedication goes a long way in achieving goals. “Alex uses her talent and builds on it through hard work,” Boucher said. Along with her passion for running, Alex participates in the band at Dunwoody High. She has been playing trumpet since the sixth grade. Alex’s running hasn’t stopped at cross country. This spring, she’s on the track team. She runs 1600-meter and 3200-meter events. She does a lot, but she’s careful not to overdo it. “Quality is always better than quantity,” Alex said. “It’s always better to work a little each day than a whole lot crammed in just twice a week.”

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 2000 block of Peachtree Road, NE – An aggravated assault was reported on March 18. While in a vehicle, a man pointed a pistol at a woman in another vehicle, telling her not to move. She then took off in her vehicle, and the man, her ex-boyfriend, gave chase down the road. Every time he got close he would point the pistol at her. A witness, the woman’s mother, said she saw a blue Honda pull up alongside the vehicle her daughter was in. She recognized the suspect as the ex-boyfriend, who pointed the pistol. The woman’s stepfather contacted the suspect by phone, trying to defuse the situation. A warrant was taken out for the suspect’s arrest.  3300 block of Roswell Road, NE – An aggravated assault was reported on March 20. A woman said about 8 p.m., she was jogging on Roswell Road when she was approached by a man. She said she stopped jogging because she thought he was going to ask for directions. She said the man took out a silver handgun from underneath his sweatshirt and pointed it at her. She was unsure what the man said because she had her earphones in her ears. She ran away and saw the man jump into the passenger seat of a tan, four-door vehicle.  1500 block of Chattahoochee Avenue, NW – An aggravated assault was report-

ed on March 22. The victim’s brother got into a argument that escalated when he grabbed a knife and attempted to stab her. Their mother separated them. He then proceeded to throw items and destroy property in the residence. The 15-year-old

male was charged with aggravated assault and damage to property, and transported to the Metro Youth Detention Center.

RAPE  900 block of Crane Road, NE – A rape was reported on March 18. A woman said while stopped at a red light at the intersection of Wieuca and Roxboro roads, four men approached her vehicle. One man pulled up his shirt to show a weapon. She unlocked the doors and the men entered. When she drove and stopped in DeKalb County, one man put a gun to her head and another man put a knit cap over her head. He then pulled her into the back seat of the car and one man drove her car. She was raped. Upon completion of the assault, the men exited the vehicle and told her she could leave. A used condom and a rolled up paper towel were recovered.

ROBBERY  2000 block of Bolton Road, NW – A pedestrian robbery was reported on March 12. Two men attempted to rob the victim, who had nothing on him. One of the men hit the victim with a handgun on the side of his head. The man was treated by Grady.  2400 block of Piedmont Road, NE –A commercial robbery was reported on the morning of March 13. An unknown man walked into the bank, approached teller station NO. 2, and asked the teller if she could help him with directions. He then passed the teller a note that read, “This is a robbery. I want $5,000. I’m armed. Don’t move. Give me the note back when you are done.” The teller gave the note back, gave the suspect $3,273 from her top drawer, and pressed the silent alarm when the suspect left. The suspect walked north on Piedmont Road. No dye packs or tracking

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PUBLIC SAFETY devices were available at that teller station, but five $50 bills of bait money were included with the regular currency. Video was obtained.  2400 block of Morosgo Place, NE –A robbery was reported on March 14. A woman dressed in black followed the victim to her apartment complex, where she pointed a gun at the victim and forced her to go into her apartment. The suspect took $400 in cash, a gold necklace and bracelet, and a bag of clothing. The suspect left in a brown SUV.  1900 block of Piedmont Circle, NE – A pedestrian robbery was reported on March 14. A man said he was leaving a nightclub and saw a group of men. One of the men punched him in the mouth. He said after he was punched, one of the men placed a handgun to his chest while the other emptied his pockets. He saw another man standing in front of a black Ford Mustang. This suspect also was holding a handgun that looked like a Bushmaster Carbon 15 with an extended clip. The victim said there were about eight total suspects. Security said the suspects frequent the club and hang out in the Riverdale area.  1000 block of Huff Road, NW – A robbery at a residence

was reported on March 16. Three unidentified men dressed in black entered a woman’s home while she was there, one knocking her out and taking $50 cash, her North Carolina driver’s license and her Social Security card.

 3200 block of Peachtree Road, NE – A commercial robbery at a bank was reported on March 16. A man handed to a teller a note saying he was armed with a weapon. He took $4,276. He then left.

 800 block of Lenox Oaks Circle, NE – A pedestrian robbery was reported on March 22. Four men robbed a woman at gunpoint. They took the victim in her vehicle and drove her around until they found an ATM, where they withdrew $600 in cash. A Blackberry, Social Security card, ATM card and two watches were also taken.

BURGLARY  2100 block of Whittier Place, NW – A residential burglary was reported on March 12. The front door of the home was kicked in. Three TVs, two cameras, a Kindle Fire, X-Box, Nintendo DS, iPod and laptop were stolen. Mattresses were also moved and drawers rummaged through.  3000 block of E. Shadowlawn Avenue, NE – A commercial burglary was reported on March 15. An unknown suspect forced open the rear door of the business and stole four metal tables.


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LARCENY  1100 block of Lavista Road, NE – A larceny was reported on March 10. Unknown suspects removed the sign (Cups & Cakes) off of the restaurant without permission.  700 block of Courtenay Drive, NE – A larceny from a residence was reported on March 10. The victims said they went outside and found their mail scattered all over the neighbor’s yard. They then discovered a package that contained identification bracelets was opened and the bracelets were missing.

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1800 block of Howell Mill Road, NE – A larceny

from a discount store was reported on March 11. The suspect entered the home improvement area and shoplifted four shower curtains and one soda, passing all points of sale.

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 3200 block of Peachtree Road, NE – A larceny from a bank was reported on March 11. While at Wells Fargo, a woman was told that her safety deposit box key was taken, the box emptied out, and closed without her knowledge.  4200 block of Wickersham Drive, NW – A larceny from a residence was reported on March 11. A woman said she thinks that the exterminator might have taken her 3.5 karat earrings, while he was in her home.  2500 block of Bolton Road, NW – A larceny from a discount store was reported on March 12. Two women entered the store and each selected a pack of Huggies diapers. The suspects then passed all points of sale without paying.  1900 block of Peachtree Road, NW –A larceny at a hospital was reported on March 13. A woman said she works there and was dropped off by her boyfriend. She said she went to the passenger side of the vehicle and leaned in to say goodbye when a man wearing a black trench coat and baseball hat snatched her purse. Hospital security said they do have cameras.  3300 block of Peachtree Road, NE – A larceny from a department store was reCONTINUED ON PAGE 28

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 3300 block of Peachtree Road, NE – A commercial robbery at a bank was reported on March 18. A man walked into the bank, retrieved a deposit slip from the island kiosk and wrote “Gun, loose bills” on it, and handed it to a teller. The suspect verbally told the teller “I have a gun, give me all your money.” The suspect left on foot with $249, which contained a stack of $20 bills strapped with a dye pack. The suspect was later apprehended.

 1500 block of Walthall Court, NW – A residential burglary was reported on March 19. An unknown suspect broke the front window of the residence. A rock was found in the room. Several guns, a safe and $14,000 in cash were stolen from the residence. No fingerprints were obtained. A neighbor saw the suspect’s vehicle in the driveway.

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Police Blotter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 ported on March 14. A woman was seen selecting jewelry items from the shelves and taking them into the dressing room. When she exited the dressing room she did not have the items in her hands. When she was stopped and asked where she hid the jewelry, she said she had them in her bra under her shirt.  2600 block of Peachtree Road, NE – A larceny from a restaurant was reported on March 14. A man said he used the valet at the location, and a patron picked up his tablet and put it in her purse. The incident was caught on camera. The restaurant has the woman’s name and phone number but is unwilling to give it to police without a court order.  2200 block of Peachtree Road, NE –A larceny from a restaurant was reported on March 14. A woman left her handbag sitting on the back of a chair while she was eating. Her wallet was taken. Upon leaving the restaurant, she received a call from her credit card company alerting her that her credit cards were being used at Target and Staples.  400 block of Peachtree Hills Avenue, NE – A larceny was reported on March

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15. A man snatched a woman’s phone from the table and ran out of the building. She ran after the suspect but was not able to catch him. She fell to the ground as she was running behind him, cause injuries to her right knee.

 1900 block of Peachtree Road, NW – A larceny at a hospital was reported on March 16. A woman was asleep in the lobby when her grey, snakeskin purse was taken, which contained her passport, driver’s license and $50 in cash. A suspect was caught on tape.  700 block of Sidney Marcus Boulevard, NE – A larceny was reported on March 17. A man got a ride to QT with a woman who he thought offered a taxi service. He gave her his debit card and went to the restroom. When he came out, she was gone.  3300 block of Peachtree Road, NE – A larceny from a specialty store was reported on March 23. The suspect selected a pair of sunglasses and concealed them in a

bag. The suspect then placed the bag under a chair and left the store. The suspect returned with a pair of scissors and cut the security tag off the sunglasses. The suspect then attempted to pass the last point of sale without paying for the item.

LARCENY FROM AUTO  3300 block of Peachtree Road, NE – A larceny from an auto in a parking lot was reported on March 19. The driver’s side door locks were damaged on two vehicles. A black Smith & Wesson .40 caliber pistol, an engraved silver Ruger P345 .45 caliber pistol, a 12” hunting knife and a pair of sunglasses were taken from the glove boxes.

1100 block of Angelo Court, NE – A larceny from

an auto was reported on March 20. A woman said she parked her vehicle in her driveway and when she returned, she noticed her purse on the front seat was missing. She said she left her vehicle unsecured.

AUTO THEFT  2000 block of McKinley Road, NW – An auto theft

was reported on March 11. A man left his keys in the ignition and the vehicle running. When he returned to the vehicle, it was gone.

 300 block of Peachtree Hills Avenue, NE – An auto theft was reported on March 16. A man dropped his car keys, left them, and went to his friend’s apartment to get his phone. When he returned to where he had dropped his keys, they were gone and his vehicle was also gone.  1800 block of Cheshire Bridge Road, NE – An auto theft from a nightclub was reported on March 17. A man said he parked his vehicle, a bluish/purple Porsche, in the parking lot across from Onyx. During some point he lost his keys in the club. The vehicle was not on lease and was fully paid for. There were no signs of forced entry.

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in the past been reluctant to report crimes to police. Hobbs said the APD has worked to assure residents that police officers are there to protect them, not check their immigration status. “We’re reaching out to that community and saying, ‘Hey, if there’s a crime, if there’s an issue, if there’s a problem, we need to know about it because we’ll be here to help you,’” Hobbs said. Under Georgia law, police have the option to investigate someone’s immigration status. Hobbs said officers won’t check someone’s immigration status unless they have a reason to suspect that a person is living in the U.S. illegally. According to 2010 U.S. Census Data, 16 percent of the population within the 30324 ZIP code, which includes the Lindbergh/Morosgo area, identifies as Hispanic. Zone 2 is divided into 13 distinct police beats. The police beat encompassing Lindbergh/Morosgo, Beat 211, includes the neighborhoods of Peachtree Park and Peachtree Hills. In 2012, Beat 211 residents reported 47 violent crimes to Atlanta Police, the most of any of the beats in Zone 2. Among the violent crimes reported, there were reports of one rape, 30 robberies and 16 aggravated assaults.

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That number is up from 2011, when residents living in that beat reported 41 violent crimes, including four rapes. Hobbs said he’s spent several Sunday afternoons doing community outreach, telling residents that traffic checkpoints aren’t a ruse to investigate stopped drivers’ immigration status. “We started seeing some of them coming forward that we normally wouldn’t have in the past,” Hobbs said. Attempts to reach out to groups advocating for Hispanic residents for comment were not successful prior to the Buckhead Reporter’s publication deadline. In 2012, all crimes in Zone 2 rose

by 8 percent over 2011 because of property crimes, specifically a 27 percent increase in thefts from autos. Zone 2 was the only zone in the city that reported an overall increase in crime for 2012. Atlanta police annually release data about all Part 1 crimes, the most serious crimes. They are the offenses police are most likely to know about as they are the crimes most likely to be reported. Violent crimes included among Part 1 crimes are homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. ATLANTA POLICE/GOOGLE MAPS Buckhead had no homiThe highlighted portion of this map cides in 2012, and Zone 2 had shows police Beat 211 in Zone 2. Beat the fewest violent crimes in the 211, which includes Peachtree Hills and city. Neighborhood representa- Peachtree Park, reported 47 violent crimes tives with Peachtree Park and in 2012, the most in Zone 2. For a larger Peachtree Hills said they were version, go to unaware that the beat around their communities dominatborhood. Bendeck said residents in the ed the violent crime reporting in 2012. neighborhood are encouraged to report They said their biggest problem is propanything they see. erty crime. “We believe the more you report Hans Bendeck, president of the crimes, the more coverage will happen,” Peachtree Hills Civic Association, said Bendeck said. “We definitely ask our the neighborhood hires off-duty Atlanneighbors to report when anything hapta police officers to patrol the neighpens like that.”

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