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Sandy Springs City Council says it hasn’t heard anything from Fulton County Schools about a controversial proposal to replace Heards Ferry Elementary. On April 2, Fulton County school official writes council members to address parent concerns about went on record secrecy. Commentary, page 8. saying they wanted that to change. City Council unanimously passed a resolution asking for a direct line of communication with the Fulton County Board of Education.

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The city has restructured its public safety departments, creating a position that will oversee both police and fire services. City Council on April 2 watched as City Manager John McDonough officially swore in Terry Sult as the city’s new Director of Public Safety, and swore in Kenneth DeSimone as the city’s new Chief of Police. Sult’s annual salary will be $157,635 and DeSimone’s salary will be $140,000. According to the city, the Director of Public Safety will, “coordinate budget and resource allocation requests between






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Hundreds of volunteers are scheduled to spread across Sandy Springs April 20 to clean up, paint, plant flowers and do other public, spring-cleaning projects during the 11th annual Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day. The volunteers are to work at more than 20 sites, ranging from the Big Trees Forest Preserve to the Sandy Springs Library Reading Garden, and from Dunwoody Springs Elementary School to Ridgeview Charter Middle School. The volunteer work day begins at 8 a.m. and lasts until 1 p.m. The event is organized by Leadership Sandy Springs.

City awards paving contracts During its April 2 meeting, Sandy Springs City Council awarded two contracts for paving projects. City Council awarded the 2013 Cap-

ital Paving Contract to Northwest Georgia Paving, the low bidder. The contract is worth $2.4 million. Council members also awarded a contract for local maintenance and improvement, funded with Georgia Department of Transportation money. The city awarded the $738,590 contract to E.R. Snell, the low bidder. According to documents reviewed by the council, GDOT funding will reimburse the city up to $590,060. The city will be responsible for the remaining $148,529.72.

Al Pond resigns from planning commission Due to conflicts with the city’s ethics ordinance, Al Pond has resigned from the City Planning Commission. Pond is CEO of Pond & Company, an architectural and engineering firm in Norcross. Mayor Eva Galambos said during the April 2 meeting that Pond’s company is bidding on city work. The resignation follows the resignation of David Rubenstein from the Planning Commission. Rubenstein joined the Sandy

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Community Springs Planning Commission in 2006 and he’s also been the city’s real estate broker since 2006. City Attorney Wendell Willard researched the issue after Councilman Tibby DeJulio and Councilwoman Karen MeinzenMcEnerny questioned the reappointment during a January City Council meeting. Willard concluded that Rubenstein could continue to serve, but “he would be limited by the ordinance to work he can do for the city, not to exceed $2,500.” Rubenstein decided to resign from the commission. Galambos said Pond resigned after Willard issued his opinion about the ethics ordinance. Galambos appointed Andy Porter, currently a member of the city Design Review Board, to replace Pond. She then appointed Lisa Bartlett, owner of Gramma B’s home and garden store, to replace Porter on the Design Review Board. City Council unanimously approved both appointments.

Police work as waiters for Georgia Special Olympics For the third year, Sandy Springs police will again be serving food and


drinks to raise money for Georgia Special Olympics. Officers will staff the Flying Biscuit Restaurant, 5975 Roswell Road, on April 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Their tips will go to Georgia Special Olympics. Last year, the event raised over $7,000, police said.

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Buckhead’s vast 268-acre Chastain Park is an oasis of green space in a community afflicted with traffic gridlock. For the residents living around it, the park is their greatest asset, but also creates the biggest challenge of living there. There’s a place for everyone at Chastain Park. Golfers, swimmers, tennis players, music lovers, teachers, students, joggers, veterans and bikers share the space. Many travel to Chastain from other parts of the city. Often it’s a tight squeeze, a problem highlighted by the park’s 10-feet wide PATH Foundation trail that narrows to 4 feet along Powers Ferry Road. The Galloway School, a prominent private institution, is landlocked within the park’s borders. Parents drop off children at nearby Sutton Middle School. Traffic isn’t peachy in Atlanta’s wealthiest community, and Chastain traffic qualifies as bad, even for Buckhead. In addition to the weekday commuter traffic, the park also brings in crowds for weekend events, such as concerts and ball games. Chastain Park Civic Association President Jim King notes that the park contains four main north-to-south roads –

Powers Ferry Road, Lake Forrest Drive, Northside Drive and Roswell Road. “There’s only one road, West Wieuca, that goes through the park, so eastto-west connectivity is slow,” King said. Civic Association member Debra Fowler said the traffic is “really horrible.” King said there are about 1,500 parking spaces in and around Chastain. If people don’t carpool into the park, neighborhood streets catch the overflow. That’s where the Civic Association steps in. King, a man with silver hair who often gives passionate speeches in defense of Buckhead, said the association is one of several with a stake in the park’s future. The Civic Association provides security, demands action from public officials, and partners with the nearly one dozen other organizations operating on behalf of Chastain. “I’d like to think we are, in a lot of ways, thought leaders on issues,” King said. The neighborhood’s borders are Mount Paran Road to the north, Roswell Road to the east, Northside Drive to the west, and Blackland Road to the south. The neighborhood exists in two

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clusive,” he said. Chastain began as a 1,000-acre tract, according to the Chastain Park Conservancy, an organization that helps maintain the park. Creek Indians lived there in the early 1800s and farmed what is now the North Fulton Golf Course. In the 1930s, the park was the site of a Negro Women’s Convict Camp, according to historical accounts. The park is named in honor of County Commissioner Troy Chastain, dedicated to his memory in 1946. The park began its transformation around the same time, benefiting from New Deal projects via the Works Progress Administration. Many of the facilities still present were WPA projects, according to the Conservancy. Today those amenities are what make the park a destination point. The Chastain Amphitheater brings in top musical DaN WHIseNHUNT acts, in addition to weekend traffic. The Chastain Park Civic Association horse park, swimming pool, golf course, President Jim King in front of tennis center and ball fields leave little the park’s tennis center. excuse for boredom. cities. About 1/3 is in Sandy Springs and If you like a slower pace, that’s OK, 2/3 is in Atlanta, King said. too. Older couples walk hand-in-hand It is served by two public school sysalong the trail, while younger residents tems: Atlanta and Fulton County. The stretch on the green before a jog. elementary schools are Warren T. JackKing said the amenities, location son in Atlanta and Heards Ferry in Sanand his neighbors are the things he likes dy Springs. most about living King said the there. Fowler said Is there something special about traditional boundit’s one of the few your neighborhood? Let us know at aries contain about spaces in 2,000 residents, ta that hasn’t been but there are some over-developed. areas outside of the “It’s centrally northern boundlocated,” Fowler ary that also like to consider themselves said. “The neighborhood and the people a part of the neighborhood. Using that are terrific.” measurement, the population would be King said the multiple organizations closer to 3,000, King said. affiliated with Chastain work indepenKing doesn’t mind that people like dently with the same goal in mind. associating themselves with Chastain. “Everybody does their job,” King “I try to be more inclusive than exsaid. “The park is taken care of.”

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Some residents were frustrated by the “This is a resolution that I’m prolack of answers. Burke said he could not posing because there’s talk of a possidisclose potential locations for a new elble new elementary school, and we’ve ementary school due to Georgia’s Open had no communication from the FulMeetings laws. Under state law, governton County Board of Education rement entities can discuss the purchase garding the possible location of such a and sale of real estate in closed meetings school, although there are vast impliknown as executive sessions. cations for the city in terms of infra“Under Georgia law, these are structure needs,” Mayor Eva Galamthings that are typically discussed in a bos said before the vote. closed session,” Burke said. “Why? BeThe Heards Ferry Elementary School cause as taxpayers, if you look around was on a list of the metro region, projects to be these things drive funded by the Speup price.” cial Purpose Local Sandy Springs “I’m going to finish and, Option sales tax. Planning Comuntil hell freezes over, Voters in 2011 apmission Chairman proved renewing Lee Duncan lashed you’re going stand there the SPLOST. In out at Burke’s inand listen to me.” addition to replacability to give furing the elementather information. ry school, Fulton He complained – lee DunCan County Schools that the Fulton SanDy SPRinGS PlanninG also intends to add school board had CommiSSion CHaiRman 26 classrooms to “completely stoneRiverwood Interwalled” the Plannational Charter ning Commission. School to address Duncan said the overcrowding. The current timeline calls Planning Commission wanted to have for the elementary school construction more input in the process of replacing to begin in 2015 and Riverwood school the school. construction to begin in 2017. Burke tried to cut Duncan off so the Fulton County School officials input meeting could resume. Duncan haven’t announced whether Heards Ferobjected. ry will be rebuilt in another location or “I’m going to finish and, until hell whether it will be rebuilt on site. freezes over, you’re going stand there and The resolution passed by City Counlisten to me,” Duncan said. cil poses a number of questions to FulShelley and Jeff Paulen attended the ton Schools officials about Heards Ferry. meeting and said they’ve seen surveyThe council wants to know how many ors close to their home near the Riley students from outside of Riverwood’s Place subdivision. The subdivision is loschool zone attend the school. Rivercated at the intersection of Powers Ferwood is a magnet program. The resolury Road and Riley Place, NW. Other lotion also asks whether Heards Ferry can cations inside of I-285 are also rumored be renovated instead of replaced. locations for the school. Fulton County Schools Deputy SuThe Paulens said school traffic is hard perintendent of Operations Patrick to tolerate at present. Moving a school Burke and District 3 Board of Educacloser to them will only make matters tion member Gail Dean held a March worse, they said. 27 public input meeting at Riverwood “We’re just worried about where it’s about the project. going to go,” Jeff Paulen said.

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Fulton school official on Heards Ferry meeting: ‘Our intent is not to seem secretive’ To the editor, On March 27, Fulton County school board member Gail Dean held a special community meeting to give an update on where the school system is in the process of rebuilding Heards Ferry Elementary School. As deputy superintendent of operations, I presented information on the planning process. I understand the frustration that was vented at our inability to share detailed information about the school’s location – whether it will remain at its current site or be built at another location. There seemed to be a feeling that the school system was withholding information, not being transparent in its operations, and not involving the community. I strongly believe in open government, and it’s clear to me that we need our community to be engaged throughout the entire construction process. What’s difficult to digest, though, is that Georgia law permits the school system to exercise discretion when it comes to land search and acquisition for new schools. Some sellers view government agencies as having deep pockets, and having interest in a parcel of land publicly known often drives up the cost. In other cases, when school systems show public interest in purchasing a property, developers sometimes buy it out from under them and then try to sell it to the school system at a higher cost. Another concern is that, in the beginning of the land acquisition process, there are many different options to consider, and over time many of these will be ruled out because they’re not viable. In the case of Heards Ferry Elementary, multiple options are being considered, including keeping the school on its existing site. However, we’re still completing an engineering study to determine if that is a feasible option. Our foremost concern is to build the best school possible, in the most economical way, and to safeguard and protect tax-

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payers’ dollars. You have charged us to be fiscally responsible with the SPLOST [special purpose local option sales tax] monies being used to fund this project, and we intend to do just that. Our intent is not to seem secretive or to withhold critical information from the community. In fact, it’s the opposite. We’ve held four meetings on this topic at different stages in the planning and construction process, and will hold more as the project progresses. At the March 27 meeting, our purpose was to share the information that could be publicly shared at this time and then break into small, facilitated groups to discuss the features that are desired at a school site. Rather than hold a “town hall-style” forum, where the loudest voices can dominate a room and overpower the information, the meeting was purposefully designed to solicit input in a more intimate setting. This feedback is then used as we go forward and select viable options for a school site. We are very deliberate in this process, because frankly, it works well and gives everyone an equal voice. Establishing a new school is a community process. It takes the collaboration of parents, teachers and staff, school and community leaders, and government officials to make the start of a new school successful and productive. Please stay involved – we will continue to keep the community informed as we continue the Heards Ferry construction project. Patrick Burke Deputy Superintendent of Operations Fulton County School System

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On the record Read these articles from our other editions online at “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. They have an overwhelming feeling that they have not been heard or listened to.” –Interim DeKalb School Superintendent Michael Thurmond “Churches are developers. Churches, they have a use that we have a little more of a warm feeling about. It’s all about dollars, keeping your congregation going.” –Buckhead Forest resident Katy Bryant on neighborhood battles with expanding local churches “I think the energy around Lakeside following the creation of Brookhaven has been destabilizing for north DeKalb. Many

citizens, particularly on the west side… are concerned about being gobbled up.” –Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, on competing legislative efforts to create new cities in north DeKalb County “The first ordinance looked good on paper, but failed miserably in practice. It’s a better process now. It’s like everything. You learn from your mistakes.” –Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall, after the council on April 1 adopted a new city ethics ordinance “We are in the catbird seat right now. We are really in the best place to be right now. Things are happening here in Dunwoody.” –Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis on March 26 at a Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce discussion of economic development

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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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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Sandy Springs Farmers Market Rain or Shine Corner of Johnson Ferry and Sandy Springs Circle (parking lot of former Target store)

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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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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Pace Summer programs specializes in providing multiple opportunities for campers to participate in an enriching summer experience. Camps for ages 3 1/2 years - 12 grade Day Camps Academic Camps

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

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

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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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Police Blotter The following incidents and arrests are some but not all of the reports filed with SSPD over the listed period, dated through March 29. The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.


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at the time. „ 3900 block of Spring Creek Lane 30350 – On March 23, a resident said he found the door frame forced open to his apartment. Nothing appears to have been taken.

„ 6100 block of Roswell Road 30328 – on „ 5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – on March 28, pizza delivery company employees March 23, someone attempted to pry a door reported that just after 10 p.m., a man came into the victim’s apartment. a neighbor was into the store and robbed them. The man inside his apartment and said he heard a came in wearing a black ski mask and a large, noise next door and black backpack. He when he looked held a black, semithrough the peep auto pistol in his hole in the door, it Read more of the hand. He demandhad been blocked police Blotter online at ed money. He was with a piece of told that they do tape. The resident most of their busiof the apartment ness by credit card was gone, and at and showed him the time of the report, had not been reached. that they had no money in the register. He left. „ 5400 block of Glenridge Drive 30342 – on


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„ 4600 block of Northside Drive 30342 – on March 18, a neighbor overheard an alarm activate. When he went across the street to the home where the alarm was, he found a window that had been forced open. all of the other windows and doors were locked. It appears that whoever broke the window fled when the alarm activated. „ 1000 block of Huntcliff Trace 30350 – on March 18, a business burglary was reported following an alarm activation just before 11 p.m. It isn’t exactly known what was taken

March 25, someone pried the door to the office building and entered, then took an Apple macpro computer and Falcon hard drive.

„ Quarry Lake Court 30342 – On March 25, a resident reported that around 3:30 p.m. a man came to the door and told the resident that he was cutting trees next door and he would clean up any mess he made. The victim asked the man to show him the trees he was going to cut. as they walked along the yard, the man spoke to someone in Spanish on a cellphone. They were outside for 20 minutes. Later that evening, the victim spoke to his wife who recognized the scenario as something she had learned was a setup

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Turns out he stole three climbing ropes valued at $200 each. „ 6000 block of Sandy Springs Circle 30328 – On March 26, a woman reported that she was at a restaurant. she was in the restroom taking photos with a friend when a woman came in and volunteered to take a photo. The victim then placed her phone on the sink and went into the stall and upon return, the phone was gone. she tracked the phone to an address in Woodstock. she went there and knocked on the door. The victim said the woman who answered the door was the same woman who took the photo. „ A man came to police headquarters and reported that his watch had been stolen at a hospital several days prior to his reporting it. The watch was a Cartier valued at $2,500. „

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A woman reported that on March 27 she was at a restaurant and placed her black Apple iPad that was in a black case in the booth while she walked over and ordered her food. When she got the food and returned, the items were gone.


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„ 700 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – On March 17, a woman said she met a man at a club on Cheshire Bridge Road. They returned to her apartment at about 5 a.m. she fell asleep and woke at 7 a.m. and found the man, her Mac Pro computer and ipad 4 gone. „ 1500 block of Gettysburg Place 30350 – On March 19, the victim said someone took a visor, intended for a motorcycle helmet, from the doorstep of his apartment. The item had been shipped to that address. „ 1100 block of Perimeter Center 30328 – On March 20, an employee of an outdoor equipment store reported that he saw a man walking around the store looking at him, so the employee thought the man wanted to ask him a question. The man walked past him and then out an emergency exit, which activated an alarm. The man got into a car and fled.

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„ 1000 block of Johnson Ferry Road 30342 – On March 28 a woman reported a theft of an Apple MacBook Pro, valued at $1,700, from her hospital room.

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Police Blotter CONtINUeD FROM PAge 27 suspect told her that she was no longer operating her tax business at the check-cashing location but now had moved her company to inside a nearby sandwich shop. „ 8700 block of Roswell Road 30350 – on March 20, an employee of a fast-food restaurant said a man came through the drivethrough and paid for a $4 order with a counterfeit $20 bill. He told the man the money was fake. The man said he got the money at the nearby convenience store. He offered to pay with real cash. The man then drove off before receiving any food. „ Glen Oaks Lane 30328 – On March 23, a resident reported that an american express card was taken from her residence after a Ups delivery and before she arrived home. The card was later used at a department store in the metro area.

the head with the brick. The man, while being treated, saw the man who robbed him, in the coin laundry on the front side of the businesses. The suspect said he did not rob the man but did make a drug deal with him. The victim was insistent that this was the man who robbed him. The suspect was charged on a warrant pending a preliminary hearing on the charge of aggravated assault. „ Roswell Road – On March 23, officers responded to a car accident. one driver said he thought the other was going to exit the car and leave, so he told the officer that he “restrained” him. The other man said the first hit him. He showed the office a cut lip. The officer was unable to determine if the cut lip was from an assault or the accident, so he gave the complainant information on how to prosecute if he wished to do so. „ 5700 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On March 23,

cops responded to a gas station around 10:30 a.m. and spoke to a man who was about to get into an ambulance. The man said he and his male acquaintance were in the same car, driving to the police station so that the victim could make an assault complaint on the male acquaintance.

As s AULt „ 200 block of Northwood Drive 30342 – On March 16, a man reported that he got into an argument with his roommate over the $25 water bill. The roommate hit him in the hand with a pool stick. The victim had what appeared to be a broken wrist. „ 700 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – On March 18, a man reported that he went to the suspect’s apartment to collect $550 for producing a music video for another man. The suspect asked the victim if he would video the upcoming performance and the victim said he would, and then asked for the payment up front. This angered the alleged artist and he hit the victim several times on the head. The victim retreated to the bathroom and then left. The suspect and his brother left in a red porsche. „ 200 block of Northwood Drive 30342 – on March 19, a patrol officer said that about 3 p.m. he was driving in the 5500 block of Roswell Road when he saw a man standing in the lot of 5690 Roswell Road. The man was bleeding from the head. He told the officer that someone hit him during a robbery attempt. He told the officer he was walking behind a small group of buildings on Northwood Drive when he was approached by a man who said he would hit him in the head with a brick if he didn’t give him $5. The victim told the man to go ahead and hit him because he didn’t have any money. The man hit him in

While on Roswell Road „ at I-285, the male acquaintance, whom we will call Mr. X, attempted to remove the car keys. A struggle ensued, so the victim exited the car and walked to the Chevron station because he knew the clerks there. Mr. X followed and then assaulted the victim in the parking lot. A store clerk ran out and pushed Mr. X off the victim. Mr. X left the scene. „ The victim was treated for minor injuries

and high blood pressure. The victim told the officers that Mr. X would return to the apartment. They drove to the apartment complex and found a man matching the description of Mr. X. Mr. X was not cooperative and became combative. He was secured and then arrested.


„ 1100 block of Perimeter Center 30328 – On March 24, a woman reported that she was in the car with her husband just before 1 a.m. she said while they were on abernathy Road, he got mad at her for wanting to go out. He stopped the car and got into the

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Arres ts „„6900 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On March 16, a cabbie picked up a man on Holcomb Bridge Road. The man, who was drunk, had the driver drive for about an hour. The cabbie took the man to some apartments and the man got out but didn’t pay the $80 fare. He went into an apartment and the cabbie followed. The man didn’t have the money and the others in the apartment wouldn’t loan him any. He offered to pay the cabbie with a TV and some costume jewelry. When the cops got there, the man refused to identify himself. Based on that and the fact that he didn’t have money to pay for the cab, he was arrested under the name of John Doe. „„7400 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On March 17, during a traffic stop, an officer reported that he smelled marijuana from inside the car. The driver said someone had smoked earlier. Later, officers found a bag under the seat with about seven ounces of marijuana and another ounce under the passenger seat. The two occupants of the car were arrested. Just under $900 cash was also logged into evidence. „„700 block of Mount Vernon Highway 30328 – On March 17, cops were called to a domestic fight at around 10 p.m. The victim said she and her boyfriend were at a party and he became upset because he felt she was looking at other men. When they returned to their room, he began to throw her belongings outside the room and then grabbed her by the neck and choked her. The cops asked him what happened and he said he didn’t care. He was intoxicated at the time. He was arrested.

„„1100 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – On March 24, employees of a grocery store called the police regarding a man who took a bottle of wine and put it down his pants in an effort to steal it. He was arrested. He has done this before. „„5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On March 25 a woman entered a department store and presented a $100 traveler’s check to pay for her purchases. Per policy, the clerk contacted a loss-prevention staff member who examined the check and found it to be fraudulent. The woman who presented the check became suspicious and left in a Mazda that was in the parking lot. A male driver was in the car waiting for her. After a look-

out was posted, a road officer located the car and pulled it over at a gas station parking lot. The woman exited the car and ran from the police on Lake Placid Drive. She was quickly rounded up and, after being identified, was charged with forgery and obstruction, and then taken to jail. The report did not say what happened to the driver. „„7400 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On March 26, three people were arrested after cops got a call that someone was selling drugs from a car that was parked at a gas station at Roswell and Dalrymple roads. The three men were in the car when the officers pulled up. All three were arrested for having marijuana on them. One man had about 16 small baggies of weed and cash totaling $100. All three subjects had been drinking. All were arrested. „„ On March 26, cops were called to a restaurant on Northridge Road around 2:15 a.m. to check on a person who was disorderly. The man was intoxicated and told the officer “F—you!” several times. He was arrested. „„7800 block of Holcomb Bridge Road 30350 – On March 27, just before 5 a.m., an officer got a call of a woman acting erratically near a gas station. The officer arrived and found the woman in the roadway. He tried to talk her into walking over to the curb from the roadway. She was uncooperative and said she had been taking methamphetamine. She was eventually secured and checked by EMS personnel. She was turned over to her family who took her to the hospital. No charges were filed.




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„„6300 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road 30328 – On March 27, a woman was detained and later arrested for shoplifting a boneless leg of lamb and two packages of honeysmoked salmon. The value of the stolen items totaled just under $58. She had placed them in her purse. „„5500 block of New Northside Drive 30342 – On March 28, the staff at an animal hospital called the police and told them a drunken man was lying in the parking lot eating a pack of Doritos. When they arrived they found the Doritos Cool Ranch bag on the pavement and the man was trying to stand between two cars. He was pretty drunk. Turns out he stole the Doritos and 14 beef-jerky sticks at the nearby gas station. He was arrested.

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