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Interim DeKalb County Schools Superintendent Michael Thurmond has been keeping a frantic schedule since taking the job in February. Thurmond has attended meeting after meeting with community groups to talk to parents, city councils, teachers and others to reassure them that he and the new school board will restore full accreditation for the school system. “It’s important to any leader to first listen to the ideas, concerns, hopes, dreams and criticisms of those he wishes to serve. I think this is especially important as it relates to serving as superintendent of the DeKalb school district,” Thurmond said. “They have an overwhelming feeling that they have not been heard or listened to.”

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Francisco Palomeque, left, and his daughter Samai, 4, enjoy the Easter and childrens’ festivities at Skyland United Methodist Church in Brookhaven on March 30. More photos on page 30.

Drive through Brookhaven and you’re likely to notice a lot of construction. New apartment buildings, new homes and even a new hotel are all coming to Brookhaven. “We’ve been busy,” said Kevin McOmber with Brookhaven’s Community Development Department. McOmber said as of March 19, 426 projects had been submitted to the city for permitting. So far, 253 have been issued building permits. Of that number, 27 applications are for commercial projects, he said. “There’s a lot of residential. That’s been the primary activity we’ve seen,” McOmber said.

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Brookhaven City Council has adopted the city’s first budget, but acknowledges the plan is still a work in progress. At a March 26 meeting, council members combated rumors that the city would raise taxes, explaining that the tax millage will not be set until June. Before the budget adoption, many Brookhaven residents received anonymous, prerecorded phone calls and postcards claiming that city taxes and utility fees would be increasing. City Councilman Joe Gebbia said he and the other council members are committed to not raising property taxes above the level residents paid last year as part of unincorporated DeKalb County. “It’s a shame some of the information that’s being put out there is just a lack of knowledge about what the truth is,” Gebbia said. Mayor J. Max Davis pointed out the city’s charter caps the city millage at 3.35 mills. The taxes on a property are determined by multiplying the millage times the assessed value of the property, minus any allowable exemptions such as homestead exemptions. Financial consultant Chris Pike said the budget likely will be adjusted several times during 2013. “This is a fluid document over the course of this year. You will encounter unintended issues as well as things you saw coming down the line,” Pike said. Of the nearly $16.5 million budget that was approved, $4 million is allocated to Finance and Administration, $4.3 million is set aside for contingency for future projects, and $2.6 million is reserved for setting up the city’s police department. The budget calls for a tax rate of 3.35 mills. But that millage will not be adopted until DeKalb County sets the tax digest, or the value of taxable property within the county. “The amount in here right now is for lack of a better word a ‘placeholder,’” Pike said.

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Davis said he is hopeful that the city will be able to lower its tax rate once the digest is set. “There’s a lot of moving parts to this tax bill,” said Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams. She pointed out that DeKalb County still controls tax assessments, homestead exemptions, and the portion of the Homestead Option Sales Tax or HOST, that Brookhaven will receive. “These are facts we really have no control over. The bulk of your money will still go to DeKalb County,” she said. “Our portion of about 3 mills is what we’re working hard to control.” According to a news release, Brookhaven anticipates receiving $5 million in real property taxes, $3.5 million from HOST, $400,000 in personal property taxes and $350,000 in motor vehicle taxes, along with $1.8 million in business and occupation taxes, and $1.3 million in franchise fees. Councilman Jim Eyre pointed out that due to several revenue streams the city will not be able to collect until 2014, the first year’s budget is lower than it will be in the future. He said regardless of the challenges, the city was able to set aside money to start a police force this year. “Even with reduced revenue we have an almost $5 million reserve,” Eyre said. “That obviously is money we will choose to spend very wisely.”

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After listening to lawyers argue for more than an hour, Brookhaven’s new Zoning Board of Appeals decided it needed more time to make a decision on a controversial apartment development on Peachtree Road. The board is scheduled to reconsider the rezoning request near the Historic Brookhaven neighborhood on May 15. The delay was approved 5-2. The property owner, Teresa Tomlinson, wants to develop the roughly 2-acre property, which straddles the line between Fulton and DeKalb counties, into a six-story, 176-unit apartment complex. In late 2012, DeKalb County denied applications for a land disturbance permit and a certificate of compliance with the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District. Since the property is now in the city of Brookhaven, the property owner went before the city’s zoning appeals board to appeal DeKalb’s decision. Attorney Kathy Zickert said her client and others working on the project

were told by DeKalb County every step of the way that a high-density, multistory building would be appropriate for the property. “None of these folks are unfamiliar with how zoning works,” Zickert said. “They wanted to make sure they could do what they wanted to do before they spent a penny.” Attorney Linda Dunlavy spoke on behalf of the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association and the Brookhaven Peachtree Community Alliance. She said that the main issue with the application is the density of the proposed building. Currently, there are 16 apartments on the property. It is zoned for medium-density multifamily development, which is limited to 18 units per acre, according to the underlying DeKalb County zoning code. “The [zoning] rules are very clear: you cannot put more than 18 units per acre,” Dunlavy said.

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Court conditions at the Blackburn Tennis Center appear to be improving. At least 10 courts have been resurfaced recently and the management company that operates the tennis center in Blackburn Park says it will have the final two courts resurfaced soon. Stewart Russell, a partner with Universal Tennis Academy/Management and director of the Blackburn facility, thinks it’s been about 13 years since the courts last were resurfaced. “That’s much longer than the average life expectancy of a hard court’s surface,” he said. Players welcomed the changes. “We’ve all tolerated the unevenness on the courts for a while, so now it’s going to be a better place to play,” said Grady Evans of Sandy Springs, who has played in weekday round-robin competitions at Blackburn for years. B.B. Johnson of Brookhaven has played at Blackburn for over three decades. “We’re thrilled to have the courts done and also happy they decided to do only two at a time and not interfere with play,” she said. Universal Tennis Academy/Management has managed the 18-court facility since 2011. It rents the facility from DeKalb County, which owns the park until the city of Brookhaven takes control. Last fall, the six upper courts were resurfaced, but Russell did not see any chance of the remaining 12 being resurfaced. As of March 15, however, more money became available for repairs when Universal Tennis entered into a new portion of its three-year contract with

DeKalb, Universal Tennis officials said. David Stolle, another partner in Universal Tennis, said $20,000 a year has been allocated for capital improvements at Blackburn Tennis Center. “That’s hardly enough to resurface all the courts, but it’s important to us to make this happen,” Stolle said. “This is, frankly, a safety issue, not just a playability one, so we’re paying more than what’s required by the county by several thousand dollars.” Russell said all the courts will have the same surface style and color scheme as the courts used for the U.S. Open tennis tournament. “We’re trying to create that “wow” effect,” Stolle said. “That’s something Blackburn has needed.” Blackburn management also has added new fences to the grounds. Next on the to-do list: Russell noted that the Blackburn clubhouse needs a new roof, water heaters and an overhaul of the restrooms. “But the bottom line is we have such a high activity level on the courts that we had to make those the priority,” he said. “Everyone understands there are other needs, but the county has not explained what they intend to do about the clubhouse.” Andy Ho of Dunwoody, who has played on Blackburn teams for three years, looks forward to more improvements. “The courts look great, but the bathrooms are bad,” he said. “The clubhouse is a little outdated.” But Stolle is pleased with the work. “We’re excited to get it done and so is everyone else,” he said. BK


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The so-called cityhood movement is spreading south. Following the incorporation of Dunwoody and Brookhaven, other residents of north DeKalb County are hoping to create cities of their own. The final days of the General Assembly were like a geographical game of musical chairs, with DeKalb legislators filing placeholder bills to allow their constituents to research forming cities in the swath of unincorporated DeKalb between Brookhaven and Decatur. The problem is that some of these proposed cities would have overlapping boundaries. The most organized incorporation effort has been led by a group called the Lakeside Alliance. According to a bill filed on behalf of the group by Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, the proposed city would have about 63,000 residents and would be bounded by North Druid Hills Road to the south, I- 85 to the north and Tucker to the east. Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, introduced a different placeholder bill for her constituents interested in creating a city in the Druid Hills/Briarcliff area near Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Oliver said she believes the talk about forming cities stems from an uneasiness in the area. “I think the energy around Lakeside following the creation of Brookhaven has been destabilizing for north DeKalb,” Oliver said. “Many citizens, particularly on the west side… are concerned about being gobbled up.” Mary Kay Woodworth, chairwoman of the Lakeside City Alliance, said there is a tremendous amount of interest in the possibility of creating a city. About 600 people attended the organization’s first meeting in February. A recent meeting on incorporation hosted by DeKalb Commissioner Elaine Boyer drew so large a crowd that organizers had to turn people away from the Tucker Middle School auditorium. And the group’s April 1 meeting was postponed to find a larger venue. Woodworth said the group formed because of residents’ frustration with their county government. “We’re long-time DeKalb County residents and for the past few years, 10 years at least … we’ve heard people talking about dissatisfaction with DeKalb County government,” Woodworth said. “It’s just a churning issue that keeps coming up: collecting a lot of money from the county and it not being spent in our local areas.” Woodworth said she thinks the recent incorporations of Brookhaven and Dunwoody inspired interest in the Lakeside effort, as well as an annexation

referendum around Chamblee last year. DeKalb County School System’s accreditation probation has also made people want to take action, even though the Board of Education is a separate elected body. “It appears there is somewhat of a movement toward municipalization,” Woodworth said. “They’re completely different topics, but I think people are paying more attention to what’s happening in DeKalb County government because of the school issues.” But not everyone is on the same page. A group of Tucker residents, angered by the original Lakeside map that only included a portion of their community, demanded that it be removed. The Tucker community now has a placeholder bill of its own that would allow it to explore the option of incorporating. To make matters more confusing, some residents outside of Chamblee will have the option again this year to vote on being annexed into the city. “Last year [former Rep.] Elena Parent had a bill for Chamblee for local annexation and it lost by 13 votes. There were issues that were not disputed about ballots that did not include the question about annexation. There were some flaws in that election process,” Oliver said. “We wanted to give Chamblee another chance based on the flaws of the election last year.” And though it didn’t pan out, the city of Decatur was considering annexing some of the unincorporated area outside its borders too, Oliver said. “They’re interested in annexing but they decided not to move forward with a bill this year,” Oliver said. “They’ll be back.” She hopes that with so many options available, the residents of unincorporated DeKalb will begin talking about what is best for their communities. “There’s a lot of activity. There’s a lot of opportunity for citizens to engage and make decisions on what they want,” Oliver said. “The more people at the table, the better opportunity we have for a good discussion. And that’s my goal for the rest of 2013 and 2014.” In order to create a new city, a bill must be introduced in the first year of the General Assembly’s two-year legislative cycle. Residents must then raise the approximately $30,000 needed to fund a study that will determine whether or not a city is financially feasible in their area. If the study determines the proposed city would be viable, the bill may be considered by the General Assembly the following year. If approved by both legislative chambers and signed by the governor, the question of incorporation will go before voters on a ballot referendum. At least a simple majority, 50 percent plus one, BK


COMMUNITY must approve the city in order for it to be created. Millar, who sponsored the Lakeside bill, said he doesn’t expect any serious cityhood efforts will come out of the flurry of last-minute placeholder bills. “Do I think some of these bills are going to be going anywhere? Absolutely not,” Millar said. “I think the only one that will go anywhere -- if they can raise the money -- is the city of Lakeside.” Millar noted that the creation of new cities has been a partisan issue in the past, with the bills to create cities in the metro Atlanta area led almost exclusively by Republican lawmakers. But this year, all of the last-minute incorporation bills were sponsored by Democrats. “All the Democrats have done for the last couple years is complain about the growth of cities, and now you’ve got five bills filed by Democrats for cities,” Millar said. “I guess the municipalization trend in DeKalb County is now bipartisan. There’s a bipartisan feeling that our current form of government isn’t very effective. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next year.” Millar thinks there are likely a few factors that have led to the desire to incorporate new cities. “It’s a reaction to DeKalb County, and it’s a reaction to Brookhaven and Dunwoody, and, ‘We don’t want to be left behind,’” Millar said. DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader, who represents portions of the proposed cities, said he worries that the people left behind would be the remaining taxpayers in unincorporated DeKalb. They could potentially pay higher taxes as a result of wealthier tax bases being drawn into municipal boundaries, he said. “There’s always the issue of the tax base they’re looking to incorporate is richer than county as a whole. That leaves the county tax base poorer than the new city,” Rader said. “Those are the issues that occur every time one of these things happens.” Rader said there’s a broad constituency potentially affected by being drawn inside or outside the boundaries of a proposed city. “In the case of Brookhaven, there

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Hundreds packed the Tucker Middle School auditorium for a presentation on the creation of a new city of Lakeside. Some, such as Nicole Yarab, with sign, and Norm Lessard, right, foreground, objected to a proposal to divide the Tucker community by placing part in the new city and part outside.

was a majority vote against the city of Brookhaven everywhere south of Windsor Parkway. But there were insufficient votes to overcome the votes north of Windsor Parkway,” Rader said. “It’s the dynamic of ‘How did we get pulled into this’ or ‘how did we get left out of this?’” Rader said the current process allows the groups studying new cities to draw the boundaries. “If two differently bounded cities pursue the same area, it’s not clear how you reconcile that,” Rader said. “Who makes that call? They either have to reconcile that themselves or the Legislature has to pick winners and losers.” Rader said if different groups looking to create cities aren’t able to resolve their border conflicts, there’s no legislative mechanism in place to do so. “The party line has been ‘this is about self-determination.’ But who gets priority in self-determination?” Rader said.

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It has come fast -- much faster than Congress passing a budget. It has involved many late nights, numerous meetings, a great team and more importantly, an unwavering focus on us, the citizens of Brookhaven. The city, after opening City Hall and starting operations on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, reached its 100th day on March 26, 2013 -- a historical milestone. Fortunately, I had the opportunity, as interim deputy city manager, to serve my friends, neighbors and fellow citizens of Brookhaven for the first 83 of those days. The yardstick known as “the first 100 days” was born from Franklin Roosevelt’s program following his 1933 inauguration. This program became known as the “Hundred Days” and since that time, presidents, CEOs, and other leaders have used the first 100 days as a benchmark to judge their success during their transition into a new leadership role. In Brookhaven’s first “Hundred Days,” the city and residents have seen challenges. Tough decisions have been made. We have heard from virulent, sometimes misguided naysayers, and heard from and observed hardworking, dedicated, ever-vigilant supporters of the Brookhaven community. We have seen the “Yes” and “No” merge to strengthen our bond and work toward a better future. We have also seen 100 days of tremendous achievements by the city, made possible only by truly local, responsive government. And, yes, this article focuses on achievements since I have observed firsthand, how the city staff, mayor and city council have dedicated their efforts to facing challenges head-on and have done so with a passion to serve our best interest. The achievements range from repairing car-damaging, road-rage creating potholes to saving a family from life-threatening living conditions to the secondary effects of energy, excitement and effort coming forth from every district of the city, in every form including neighborhood groups, charitable groups, individuals and the Chamber of Commerce. It is simply undeniable. I don’t have space to list them all, but below are multiple notable achievements/successes that benefit us: --Severe road damage on North Cliff Valley next to Cross Keys High School has been repaired (one of many repairs). Ignored for years by DeKalb County, the repair crew received a hearty “hallelujah” from a passing driver. --Customer service is back in government. The City Hall front desk team returns missed calls even if a message is not left. --One can walk into City Hall any time and almost immediately speak with someone from a multitude of departments. You may not like the answer, but that’s not always the point. It’s

honesty, accessibility and transparency that helps create great service. I would be remiss if I did not mention a touching example of how our new city impacted a family with a child struggling with cerebral palsy. The city, after responding immediately to long-ignored citizen complaints, partnered with the Latin American Association and the St. Vincent DePaul Society to relocate a family of eight to a safer apartment JD complex. CLOCKADALE The family had been living for years with a rotten, unsafe kitchen GUEST COLUMNIST floor. The floor had a 12” hole with an 8-9 foot drop. The conditions at Park Towne North, an apartment complex in almost third-world, deplorable condition, were ignored by DeKalb County Code Enforcement despite complaints dating back to 2008. The following may pale in comparison to the story above, but the formation of Brookhaven has guaranteed that ALL of our tax dollars paid to the city of Brookhaven stay in Brookhaven. Benefit? No brainer. Full-time employees? Four (4). Each receives a defined contribution plan, not a defined benefit pension plan. Benefit to the taxpayers? We have avoided the tax-consuming snowball rolling down an infinite hill—the defined benefit pension plan. Our planning commission and zoning board of appeals (ZBA) consist entirely of Brookhaven residents—DeKalb’s ZBA had one Brookhaven resident. Our benefit? Decisions are transparent and made locally by those intimately familiar with Brookhaven. As an aside, do you ever smile at the fact that you don’t have to drive to Decatur for every little thing? The city is about more than just taxes. The city is about increased customer service and transparency. It’s about localized control of planning, zoning, code compliance and police. It’s about your tax dollars staying local. And, perhaps most importantly, it is about the true, singular focus, by city staff, the mayor and city council, on the best interests of the citizens and businesses of Brookhaven. Every day that passes reinforces the thought that the city of Brookhaven is right for the citizens. JD Clockadale was a member of Citizens For North DeKalb, a member of the board of Brookhaven Yes, the District 1 representative on the Governor’s Commission for Brookhaven, and served as interim deputy city manager for the city of Brookhaven.

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header – “TAX INCREASE – FINAL NOTICE” – and listing names and cellphone numbers of our mayor and members of the city council. Who are these people and what do they intend to gain with this cowardly spate of their own rhetoric? Get a life, people. Do something productive instead of being spiteful and underhanded. J. Guschenritter BK


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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. www.karastan.com and Samantha Desai said their younger son was born just 19 days after they

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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: www.peachtreeroadfarmersmarket.com

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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:// brookhavenfarmersmarket.com 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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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: http://sandyspringsfarmersmarket.com

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In the hunt Todd Bailey, with his son Will, front, do a little exploring during the Primrose School’s Spring Bonnet Parade and Egg Hunt in Dunwoody. Preschoolers welcomed the season by making and wearing their own spring bonnets, followed by a search for goodies.

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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 editor@reporternewspapers.net 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.

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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.”

What: Attic Treasures Thrift Shop Where: 3534 Broad Street Chamblee, Ga. 30341 Hours: Tues, Wed, fri, Sat.: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thurs: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Merchandise donations accepted: Mon-Sat: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Website: www.assistanceleagueatl.org.

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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

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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. artsandysprings.org.

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Artist Market

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Sunday, April 14, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. – Local art-

Sunday, April 14, 4 p.m. – The Atlanta Bala-

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: www.bnaitorah.org 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. dunwoodyumc.org for details.

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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: http://georgianchamberplayers.org 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: www.northspringshigh.com. 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: www.affps.com or call 404845-0793.

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FOR KIDS & FAMILIES

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: comments@co.fulton.ga.us 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: jbuck@atlspsch.org with questions or to make an appointment. Atlanta Speech School, 3160 Northside Parkway, NW, Atlanta, 30327. www.atlantaspeechschool.org.

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: www.heritagesandysprings.org 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: leah.germon@fultoncountyga.gov 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: www.dunwoodylemonadedays.org.

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: www.spdl.org to learn more.

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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: www.palsonline.org. 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.

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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: marlan.brinkley@fultoncountyga.gov 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: shannon.duffy@fultoncountyga.gov 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.

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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.

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2042 Johnson Ferry Rd NE, Atlanta 30319 770-452-9896 | www.losbravosatlanta.com 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.

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Firehouse Subs.

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McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks

600 Ashwood Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30338 770.399.9900 | www.mccormickandschmicks.com 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.

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Tazikis Mediteranian Cafe

5610 Glenridge Dr. Atlanta, Ga. 30342 tazikiscafe.com 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

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Tin Can Fish House & Oyster Bar

City Walk at Sandy Springs 227 Sandy Springs Place NE 404-497-9997 | www.tincanfishhouse.com 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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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 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.

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What’s Next: Alex will be a senior next year and plans on joining the Dunwoody High School swim team as well as continuing to compete in cross country and track. Alex hopes to take her talents to college – she’s not sure where yet -- and to continue running competitively. “Running is a healthy life choice,” she said. This article was reported and written by Erin Pirkle, who is a senior at Dunwoody High School.

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Much the residential construction is remodeling and renovation of existing homes, he said. “Homeowners are making improvements to property they already own,” he said. There is also a lot of infill development in established neighborhoods, where “smaller homes are being replaced with newer, often larger homes,” McOmber said. The city is also seeing some new subdivisions, or renewed activity in the development of subdivisions started years ago that were stalled during the recession. Brookhaven also is taking over some projects from DeKalb County, such as the Hyatt hotel under construction at Villa Christina. DeKalb issued the foundation and land disturbance permits for the hotel, but Brookhaven will issue the building permit and conduct inspections. “They’re putting in the foundations for the buildings now and we’ll start going vertical very soon,” McOmber said. Brookhaven officials implemented a development moratorium when the city was first starting up to allow time to establish a community development department. Once the moratorium ended, there were a lot of projects waiting to get started, McOmber said. “We’ve certainly been more busy than we anticipated,” McOmber said. “That anticipation was based on what DeKalb County was experiencing in the boundary that is now the city of Brookhaven. There was historical information from 2011 and 2012.” McOmber thinks Brookhaven is part of an improving housing market in metro Atlanta. “I can tell you for the region, activ-

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“Each parent has to do what they think is in the best interest of their child,” Thurmond said. “While these decisions are being made, their children are still enrolled in the DeKalb County School District. It’s my responsibility and the responsibility of the district to provide them with best education possible. To me, they’re separate issues.” Thurmond said that as he’s made his way around DeKalb, some common themes have emerged from his discussions. Almost everyone is concerned about the dysfunction of the school board, with improving academic performance, and with increasing salaries to keep the best teachers in the school system, he said. There’s a lot of anger and frustration, too. But overall, Thurmond said people have been hopeful and supportive of the direction he’s taking. With no background in education, Thurmond was a non-traditional choice for interim superintendent. But he said as a former state legislator, state labor commissioner, and head of the state Division of Family and Children’s Services, he has experience leading large public institutions through times of crisis. “As a Georgian and resident of DeKalb County, I did not feel like I could allow the system to fail,” Thurmond said. “I felt like I had something to offer and could be a benefit to the system at this critical moment.” He realizes that few envy his position. But Thurmond said the experience has been “exhilarating.” “Years ago, I dedicated my life to public service. This is why you go into public service,” Thurmond said. “At a time of great need, to be able to go in and provide help. I’m just honored that the people of DeKalb County gave me this opportunity. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime and it’s also the challenge of a lifetime.”

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On his way through north DeKalb, Thurmond spoke to the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the newly-formed Dunwoody Parents Concerned about Quality Education. He also attended a recent meeting in Tucker hosted by DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyer. And on March 26, Thurmond spoke to the Brookhaven City Council. Also invited to the education-focused meeting were DeKalb Board of Education representative Marshall Orson, charter school advocate Dan Weber, Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, and former DeKalb school board member Nancy Jester. Mayor J. Max Davis said he organized the Brookhaven meeting to let parents ask questions and talk about public education, including efforts to create charter school systems and independent school districts. “We’re not endorsing any plan or option. We’re just discussing plans and options,” Davis said. Thurmond took questions from parents and talked about some of the unique challenges the school system faces. “This county is one of the most diverse counties in not only Georgia but in the whole country,” Thurmond said. “Nearly 20 percent of students enrolled in our schools are English learners. “The old concepts of north/south, black folks/white folks is obsolete,” Thurmond said. He said the system needs to be decentralized to become more flexible to the diverse needs of students in different schools. The crowd was shocked when Thurmond said that 71 percent of students in DeKalb County qualify for free and reduced lunch. He pointed out that it is not necessarily a problem, but something that needs to be taken into account. “I qualified for free and reduced lunch from first through 12th grade. I’m a free-and-reduced lunch kid,” Thurmond said. He said going forward, the community and the school board need to think in terms of what’s best for the entire county. “In order for us to really become a high-quality system, we have to move away from ‘my district’ and ‘my school,’” Thurmond said. “We’re going to have to become interested in the education of other people’s children who don’t live in ‘my neighborhood’ and ‘my district.’ After Thurmond spoke, Jacobs discussed a proposed legislative effort to allow cities formed after 2005 to form independent school districts. Weber spoke to parents about the benefits of creating “charter clusters” that would give parents and teachers more flexibility in education. Thurmond said he’s not bothered by these discussions about separating schools from the DeKalb County system.

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Hiram Police Chief Gary Yandura, a 38-year law enforcement veteran, will serve as Brookhaven’s first police chief. Yandura, who previously served as chief of police in College Park, was introduced as Brookhaven’s new chief during a press conference April 2. His first day in Brookhaven will be April 15. “I am humbled and honored to be chosen as police chief for Brookhaven,” Yandura said. Brookhaven City Manager Marie Garrett said city officials are deferring to Yandura’s professional experience in law enforcement to determine how many officers to hire for the department. She said Brookhaven’s feasibility study conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia will not dictate staffing levels. “The study recommends 54 officers. We are not going to hold Gary to that,” Garrett said. Yandura said he is already reviewing applications, and hopes to have police officers on the streets of Brookhaven this summer. “We’d like to get heavy involvement in the community to find out what their needs and expectations are,” Yandura said. Yandura said some of the challeng-

es of starting the police department will be Brookhaven’s physical boundaries – roughly six miles long and two miles wide – and meeting the needs of the city’s diverse population. “We’ll also try to hire to meet that diversity,” Yandura said. Yandura said he has spoken with law enforcement officials from other nearby cities. “I’m a believer of sharing resources and building partnerships,” he said. According to Brookhaven, Yandura is credited with reducing crime in College Park during his tenure as police chief. Yandura spent 24 years in Lake Forest Ill., where he began his law enforcement career. He is a graduate of the FBI Academy and holds a master’s degree in public administration. Garrett selected Yandura from nearly 100 applicants. “I am excited to have Chief Yandura join our team,” Garrett said in a news release. “We received a lot of interest from experienced candidates, but Yandura was the right person to help build a new police department from the ground up.” Brookhaven has an agreement with DeKalb County to provide police services until the city’s department is up and running.

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Police Blotter From police reports dated through March 28. The following information was pulled from DeKalb County Police Department’s Crimetrac system (www.crimemapping. com/map/ga/dekalbcounty) for the zip code 30319 and the lower Buford Highway corridor. The information on the website is presumed accurate.

BURGLA RY  3900 block of Peachtree Road – A commercial burglary, using forced entry, was reported on March 19.  2000 block of Johnson Ferry Road – A commercial burglary, using forced entry, was reported on March 25.

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 2100 block of Oglethorpe Drive – Simple battery on a peace officer was reported on March 19.  3200 block of Osborne Road – Domestic family battery was reported on March 23.  4000 block of Peachtree Road – Simple assault was reported on March 25.

VEHIC LE BR EAK - I N / LAR C EN Y  4000 block of Peachtree Road –A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 16.

 2700 block of Archway Drive – Theft of an auto was reported on March 16.

 500 block of Brookhaven Avenue –A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 18.

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 3600 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Entering an auto was reported on March 20.

 2400 block of Thompson Road – Theft by taking was reported on March 28.

 3700 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Entering an auto was reported on March 20.

AS S A U LT  4000 block of Peachtree Road – Simple assault/simple battery was reported on March 17.

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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,” PDK 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 qualifies 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.

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Activities abound for Easter Above, Samai Palomeque, 4, makes an Easter craft during the Skyland United Methodist Church’s holiday festivities in Brookhaven on March 30. Right, above, Lauren Evans, director of Youth and Children Ministries, along with church members Cardell Beasley, center, and Sheila De La Cruz, select raffle tickets for the prizes. Right, Allison Cervantes, 3, Feliza Resindez, 5, center, and right, Itzl Martinez, 8, scratch card crosses.

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