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Brenda Laskey, marketing director for Chick-fil-A, encourages a big spin of the wheel during inpromptu activities in the Vanderlyn Elementary School gymnasium, while runners waited out weather delaying the VanderDash 5K on March 23. School Principal Tracey Crenshaw eventually told runners the race was canceled due to heavy rain and lightning.

Council approves new ethics ordinance By JOe eaRle

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Thurmond makes the rounds in DeKalb By Melissa WeinMan

After a pair of ethics complaints split Dunwoody City Council last year, council members came together to approve a new city ethics ordinance. The new ordinance, adopted unanimously by the council on April 1, reworks the city’s process for handling ethics complaints. Councilman Terry Nall said the new ordinance addresses issues

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 regain accreditation





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Community City adds streets to sidewalk plan


Dunwoody city officials have added segments of eight streets to the city’s sidewalk construction list. City Council on April 1 unanimously approved a plan to add segments of Peeler Road, Dunwoody Club Drive, Tilly Mill Road, Happy Hollow Road, Perimeter Center East, Spalding Drive, Village Creek Drive and Mount Vernon Place to the list of roads needing sidewalks. City Council members also said during their April 1 meeting that they want to speed up the construction of sidewalks on other streets, notably Hensley Drive and Mount Vernon Way. Public Works Director Michael Smith estimated moving forward would cost the city about $70,000 on Hensley and about $165,000 on Mount Vernon Way. Councilman John Heneghan suggested that money originally allocated this year to build a roundabout at Vermack and Womack roads be redirected to sidewalks. “We are not going ahead with that roundabout this year,” he said. Since the city’s plan was first adopted in 2010, the city has built or is building

about seven miles of sidewalks, Smith wrote in a memorandum to the council. Another five miles was added to the list, he said.

Groundbreaking set for Renaissance parks Dunwoody city officials plan to officially break ground April 17 on Project Renaissance, the city’s redevelopment in the Georgetown area. The project, announced last year, will feature single-family homes, parks and a multi-use trail. John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods will develop the housing. A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the first phase of work on the parks is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 17 at the corner of Shallowford Road and Dunwoody Park.

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Mayor says Dunwoody at ‘pinnacle of economic Atlanta’ By JOe eaRle

When it comes to economic development, Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis sees his city as the place to be. He told members of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce over breakfast March 26 that Dunwoody stood “at the pinnacle of economic Atlanta.” “We are in the catbird seat right now,” Davis said. “We JOE EARLE are really in the best place to be Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, left, right now. Things are happening speaks to Dunwoody Chamber of here in Dunwoody.” Commerce members on March 26, Davis said businesses are as Craig Lesser, managing partner of moving to Dunwoody, and that Pendleton Consulting Group, center, 1,300 jobs have been created in and Michael Starling, city economic the city recently. development director, right, listen. The mayor said the community benefits from its location. Over the past 50 years or so, he said, the center this up? of business in metro Atlanta has migrat“A lot of our citizens really don’t want ed north from Five Points and now has things to change,” Davis said. “[They reached Dunwoody, which sits near the say,] ‘We don’t want the city coming to intersection of Ga. 400 and I-285, and has us. We want it to go around us.’ It’s not its own MARTA train station. going to happen. … It’s already here. “This is the center,” Davis said. “The Now, how do we control it and how do key, in my mind, is how do we not screw we not screw it up?”


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New cities under review in north DeKalb By Melissa Weinman

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/Bri-

arcliff 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 to explore options for local control out of frustration with their county government. “We’re long-time DeKalb Coun-

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ty 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

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Community must be introduced in the first year of and it’s a reaction to Brookhaven and the General Assembly’s two-year legDunwoody, and, ‘We don’t want to be islative cycle. Residents must then left behind,’” Millar said. raise the approximately $30,000 needDeKalb County Commissioner Jeff ed to fund a study that will determine Rader, who represents portions of the whether or not a city is financially feaproposed cities, said he worries that sible. If the study determines a city the people left behind would be the would be viable, the bill may be conremaining taxpayers in unincorporatsidered by the General Assembly the ed DeKalb. He said they could pofollowing year. tentially pay higher taxes as a result of If approved in the Legislature, the wealthier tax bases being drawn into question of incorporation will go becities. fore voters on a ballot referendum. At “There’s always the issue of the tax least a 50 percent plus one must apbase they’re looking to incorporate is prove the city in order for it to be crericher than county as a whole. That ated. leaves the county tax base poorer than Millar, who sponsored the Lakeside the new city,” Rader said. “Those are bill, said he doesn’t expect any serious the issues that occur every time one of cityhood efforts these things hapwill come out of pens.” the flurry of lastRader said minute placeholdthere’s a broad “The party line has er bills. constituency pobeen ‘this is about self“Do I think tentially affected some of these bills by being drawn determination.’ But are going to be goinside or outside who gets priority in ing anywhere? Abthe boundaries of self-determination?” solutely not,” Mila proposed city. lar said. “I think “In the case of the only one that Brookhaven, there – Jeff Rader will go anywhere was a majority DeKalb County Commissioner -- if they can raise vote against the the money -- is city of Brookhavthe city of Lakeen everywhere side.” south of Windsor Millar noted that the creation of Parkway. But there were insufficient new cities has been a partisan issue in votes to overcome the votes north of the past, with the bills to create cities Windsor Parkway,” Rader said. “It’s in the metro Atlanta area led almost the dynamic of ‘how did we get pulled exclusively by Republican lawmakers. into this’ or ‘how did we get left out But this year, all of the last-minute inof this?’” corporation bills were sponsored by Rader said the current process alDemocrats. lows the groups studying new cities to “All the Democrats have done for draw the boundaries. the last couple years is complain about “If two differently bounded cities the growth of cities, and now you’ve pursue the same area, it’s not clear how got five bills filed by Democrats for you reconcile that,” Rader said. “Who cities,” Millar said. makes that call? They either have to “I guess the municipalization trend reconcile that themselves or the Legisin DeKalb County is now bipartisan. lature has to pick winners and losers.” There’s a bipartisan feeling that our Rader said if different groups lookcurrent form of government isn’t very ing to create cities aren’t able to resolve effective. It’ll be interesting to see what their border conflicts, there’s no legishappens next year.” lative mechanism in place to do so. Millar thinks there are likely a few “The party line has been ‘this is factors that have led to the desire to inabout self-determination.’ But who corporate new cities. gets priority in self-determination?” “It’s a reaction to DeKalb County, Rader said.


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Construction of more than 50 new federal money that’s available for capital hangars at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airimprovement.” port is under way, the airport director He said the airport brings in $39.9 says. million in tax revenue to DeKalb Coun“Broke ground on the hangar project ty and traffic at the airport creates 1,834 last week,” PDK Director Mike Van Wie jobs. told members of the Buckhead Business Van Wie said the airport has felt little Association on March 28. impact from the federal government’s seVan Wie said the hangar project will questration, a series of automatic federcost more than the al budget cuts that original $5 million began in March. budget because of He said PDK air federal environtraffic controlmental regulations. lers are federal em“The current Total construcployees while othadministration has been tion costs will be er Georgia airports beating up general aviation around $8.3 miluse contractors for lion, he said. at every opportunity. those jobs. The airport diWhile PDK reThe ‘No Plane, No Gain’ rector said there ceives federal monprogram started in will be an official ey for improvedefense of our industry.” groundbreaking ment projects and ceremony in April. air traffic controlDuring his relers, Van Wie said – miKe Van wie marks, Van Wie the current presiPDK DireCtor talked about the dent isn’t a friend economic benefits of general aviation. of general aviation. Van Wie outPDK provides genlined the “No eral aviation servicPlane, No Gain” es, meaning it does not handle commeradvocacy program, a joint effort of the cial or freight traffic. National Business Aviation AssociaThe airport, located on Chamblee tion and the General Aviation ManTucker Road, is the second busiest airufacturers Association. The group has port in Georgia after Atlanta’s Hartstaken issue with President Obama’s field-Jackson International Airport. criticism of corporate jets as unneces“We’re a general aviation reliever airsary luxuries. port,” Van Wie said. “That reliever des“The current administration has been ignation is important to us. We relieve beating up general aviation at every opHartsfield of the business jets, the Cessportunity,” Van Wie said. “The ‘No na 172s, the prop planes. That reliever Plane, No Gain’ program started in destatus qualifies us for a separate pool of fense of our industry.”

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Fixing our schools will create a foundation for a high-quality city As an elected official and active community participant, I am regularly asked about our collective vision for the city over the next quarter century. Any answer to that question should include doing what it takes to build and maintain a high-quality infrastructure that will last well into the future for the benefit of all citizens, both today and the next generation. One important component of our municipal infrastructure extends beyond the basics of repaving, intersection improvements, storm water systems, parks and public safety. The critical piece I’m referring to is our public schools. Parents have an obligation to educate their children. While the public school system is not the only avenue for that education, it is an important foundation block that helps define a high-quality city. When the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools issued its earlier warnings and more recently, the probationary status to the DeKalb County School District, many Dunwoody residents (parents of school children and empty-nest homeowners) all realized a critical threat to our infrastructure had been breached. These accumulated warnings not only served as a wake-up call for many in Dunwoody, but also as a catalyst for Dunwoody City Council to push the exploration of an independent school district for Dunwoody to the top of Council’s 2013 legislative agenda. Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) shouldered the responsibility of creating and submitting House Resolution 486 to allow new cities to form their own school systems. This resolution may open the door to the creation of a Dunwoody school district as a potential solution to possible accreditation failures and improving the quality of public education for every student in Dunwoody. Representative Taylor’s resolution was further supported by City Council when we agreed in principle to allocate up to $50,000 to help fund a feasibility study of a Dunwoody city school system. This is a positive step forward in helping achieve our vision, but the road ahead on this initiative is long and filled with many obstacles to overcome. The earliest a new school system could be created would be well after any student now in high school graduates. City Council’s legislative agenda and Representative Taylor’s introduction of HR 486 coincided with the formation of the community 501(c)3 Dunwoody Parents Concerned About Quality Education - concerned parents and residents who are similarly passionate and concerned about the state of our schools and our control over their fate. We must explore and exhaust all our available options. As an elected leader and parent of a Dunwoody High School sophomore, I am part of a community neither willing to wait idly on the sidelines, nor gamble that the remote possibility of uncontrollable events will not occur. In addition to the city partnering with Representative Tay-

lor and citizens forming exploratory organizations, I have also worked with the Dunwoody High School Council and other influential individuals to make inroads with Interim Superintendent Michael Thurmond as well as several newly-appointed school board members. Specifically, these outreach requests are about securing optionterry al, dual accreditation of DunNAll woody High School to provide a safety net for our graduating high GUesT COlUMn school students to protect against the worst case scenario of SACS. DeKalb college-bound students need this additional protection. Securing approval from the superintendent and/or school board on this optional, additional accreditation for DeKalb County high schools, including Dunwoody High, is critical. We strongly believe that all DeKalb high school communities, through their school councils, should pursue optional, additional accreditation on a single-school basis, such as through the Georgia Accrediting Commission. No central office funds or central office involvement is required, beyond the superintendent’s approval allowing the high school principals to proceed, for this to happen. As this optional, single-school accreditation involves only local high schools, it will not interfere or impede the broader school district governance issues under way with SACS. Plus, it is not uncommon for schools across the state to hold more than one accreditation. Our schools are important – for economical, personal and societal reasons. Schools help form the foundation of young minds and provide the tools for future generations of leaders. A high-quality school system also leads to improved economic development in our business areas and supports property values for all in the city. While what we are in the process of accomplishing is daunting and inherently challenging, this mirrors why we became a city four years ago. We wanted local control over our very precious resources. That is why it’s important to act now and together pledge to affect relevant and considerable change. Not too long ago many residents and politicians said city government couldn’t “really” affect the schools. I’m happy to say that this City Council and its individual members are working hard to change that paradigm. And that change will help us all realize a vision for achieving the high-quality infrastructure we expect. Terry Nall is an At-Large member of Dunwoody City Council. He is a CPA and a financial services industry executive.

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

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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.



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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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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 ac-

tive,” 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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Police Blotter From police reports dated through March 28. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-to-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

BU RGLA RY  1st block of Perimeter Center East – A burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was reported on March 15.  1900 block of Peeler Road – A burglary to a residence, using forced entry, was reported on March 18.  1700 block of Mount Vernon Road – A burglary to a non-residence, using forced entry, was reported on March 19.  1800 block of Independence Square – A burglary to a non-residence, using forced entry, was reported on March 19.  1800 block of Independence Square – A burglary to a non-residence, using forced entry, was reported on March 20.

A larceny was reported on March 16.  4400 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 16.  4300 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 17.  1200 block of Hammond Drive – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 17.  1200 block of Ashford Crossing – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 18.  4700 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – A larceny was reported on March 18.

 1300 block of Center Drive – A burglary to a non-residence, using forced entry, was reported on Read more of the March 20. Police Blotter online

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 1600 block of Damon Court – A burglary to a residence, without using forced entry, was reported on March 21.

 2400 block of Lake Ridge Lane – A burglary to a residence, without using forced entry, was reported on March 27.

A U TO THE FT  2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing – Theft of a motor vehicle was reported on March 16.  1st block of Perimeter Center East – Theft of an auto was reported on March 17.  4600 block of Ridgeview Road – Theft of an auto was reported on March 20.  4400 block of Abercorn Avenue – Theft of a motor vehicle was reported on March 21.  6600 block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard – Theft of an auto was reported on March 26.

THEF T/LA RC EN Y  4600 block of Ridgeview Road – A larceny was reported on March 15.  4400 block of Chamblee Dunwoody Road – A larceny was reported on March 15.  4300 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 15.  1200 block of Hammond Drive – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 15.  4400 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – A larceny was reported on March 15.  4400 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – DUN

larceny was reported on March 18.


New police vehicle headed to city Dunwoody police plan to purchase a Lenco Bearcat armored vehicle, like one shown above, for use by the North Metro SWAT team, which also includes officers from the Johns Creek and Sandy Springs police departments. Dunwoody City Council on April 1 approved spending $215,700 to buy the armored vehicle, which could be used in a hostage crisis or in protecting officers engaged in a shootout. The money would be entirely repaid through a federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security. “The bad guys have got a lot of firepower these days and they’ll blow you away,” Councilman Denis Shortal said. “You better have a bigger hammer than they’ve got.”

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 4500 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 18.


 4500 block of Olde Perimeter Way – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 18.  4500 block of Olde Perimeter Way – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 18.


 1200 block of Hammond Drive – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 18.  4400 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – A larceny from a building was reported on March 19.  5200 block of Meadowcreek Drive – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 19.  4700 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 20.  2200 block of Dunwoody Crossing – A larceny was reported on March 20.  4400 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 20.  1100 block of Hammond Drive – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 20.  1000 block of Crown Pointe Parkway – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 20. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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Dunwoody Police Blotter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 29  1000 block of Ashwood Parkway – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 20.  4700 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 21.  2700 block of Claridge Court – A larceny was reported on March 21.  4700 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 21.

 4400 block of Chamblee Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 23.  1100 block of Verdon Drive – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 23.  5300 block of Harris Circle – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 23.  100 block of Perimeter Center Place – Shoplifting was reported on March 23.

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AS S AULT  4400 block of Tilly Mill Road – Assault through intimidation was reported on March 16.  4900 block of Winters Chapel Road – Simple assault/battery was reported on March 16.

6700 block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard – Simple assault/battery was reported on March 17.

 4400 block of Chamblee Dunwoody Road – A larceny was reported on March 24.

 4400 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 22.

 2400 block of Dunwoody Crossing – A larceny was report-

assault/battery was reported on March 17.

 4300 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 22.

ed on March 24.

 1st block of Dunwoody Park – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 24.

6700 block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard – Simple

 5000 block of Vernon Oaks Drive – Family battery/simple

battery was reported on March 18.

 4400 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 24.

 2100 block of Dunwoody Gables Drive – Assault through intimidation was reported on March 20.

 4700 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 25.

 5300 block of Drexel Way – Simple assault/battery was reported on March 21.

 4300 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 22.

 4300 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – A larceny from a building was reported on March 26.

 700 block of Ashwood Parkway – Assault through intimidation was reported on March 21.

 1100 block of Hammond Drive – Shoplifting was reported on March 22.

 5500 block of Chamblee Dunwoody Road – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was re-

 5300 block of Dunwoody Gables Drive – Simple assault/battery was reported on

 4400 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 22.  4400 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 22.

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 5400 block of Chamblee Dunwoody Road – Larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on March 22.

 4400 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Shoplifting was reported on March 22.

 4400 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Aggravated assault/battery with a weapon was reported on March 23.

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Oriental Rug Cleaning

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Antique Repair Specialist • Speciality Care Hand Wash Cleaning (front and back with plenty of water) • No Chemicals Used Air Dried, Scotch Guard • Mothproof, Padding, Storage Appraisal & Insurance Statements • Pickup and Delivery Available


In the heart of Buckhead

404-467-8242 • 3255-5 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta GA 30305

Services Include

Roofing Re-roofing Roof repairs

Automatic Standby Generators

Gutter covers Gutter installation and siding

Free estimates • 770-251-0707

Most Air-Cooled models are in stock and ready to install CAll todAy for A free quote




• Customized services • Complete landscape installation • Regular weekly maintenance • Fish pond maintenance • Organic gardening • Seed germination • Concrete & Stone work

678-755-3804 Design & Install 33 years in business

Repair, Re new or update existing lig your hting!

Free estimates Call us for our specials

770-410-9356 •

W.S.B. Custom Contracting, Inc. Renovations & Additions Serving Atlanta for 30 years


Fred Martin Welding Co., Inc. With two professional in-house polishers, we can make your silver flatware, tea sets, bowls and trays more beautiful than ever before. Bring it by or call us for an estimate today!

Mobile and Shop Service. Wrought iron repair and fabrication

404-525-3106 536 Edgewood Ave., Atlanta, GA • Family Owned Since 1938! •


This A d

A Complete Plumbing Service Center

Residential Landscape Design and Installation. Professional Lawn and Landscape Maintenance. Bermuda / Zoysia Specialist

Since 1974



$25 Off with this ad! Trash, Junk Hauled For Less

$35 - $150 per load

Bob Haddad, owner

Spring Into

Window Cleaning

• Gutter Cleaning • Pressure Washing • Family Owned • 3rd Generation • Licensed and Insured • FREE EstImatEs

We will pick up appliances, furniture, tree limbs, construction debris, basement and foreclosure clean outs.

Call James

Cell (404) 784 5142 Home (770) 455-6237


Georgia Lawn Care 770-435-8928

• Auto/Home/Office lockouts • Ignition Repair • Intercoms & Security Gates • Plus more

Landscape Design • Spring Cleanup Spring Pruning • Pine straw Putting Green & Artificial Turf Installation



Carpet & Upholstery Cleaners, LLC “We restore the WOW! back into your Marble, Granite, Travertine and other natural stone and tile!” • 678-662-0110 DUN

Carpet • Upholstery • Rugs • Tile • Stone Commercial • Residential Our business was built on referrals for over 50 years Family Owned & Operated since 1960 404-256-4355 office | 404-784-1514 mobile |

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