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Volunteers waded into the water to clear debris from the Chattahoochee River and its banks during “Sweep the Hooch,” an event sponsored by Chattahoochee Riverkeeper on April 9. Here, Murray Brown, who coordinated the group of volunteers, works to fill the trash bag he wears at his waist. See more photos, page 2.►

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At least five candidates are planning a run for the open Sandy Springs City Council District 3 seat. Official candidate qualifying for the May 24 special election was due to wrap up April 15. Meanwhile, a third candidate briefly filed for the House District 52 race, but dropped out within hours of qualifying in an unusual reopened filing period. Graham McDonald and Deborah Silcox remain the contenders to succeed retiring Rep. Joe Wilkinson in the May 24 Republican primary. The field to fill the City Council seat, representing central Sandy Springs, grew in recent days, as county Republican Party leader Suzi Voyles and former municipal judge Larry Young declared candidacies. They join previously announced candidates Chris Burnett, Brian Eufinger and Joe Houseman. No candidates are official until the city clerk qualifies them. See COUNCIL on page 13

Heritage Sandy Springs plans future of historic site BY JOHN RUCH

Heritage Sandy Springs, the nonprofit dedicated to the city’s history and culture, spends a lot of time preserving the past. But now it’s also drawing up big plans for its own future as a new major attraction, the City Springs project, rises nearby. This year, Heritage intends to build a new facility to better showcase its centerpiece attraction: the spring that gave Sandy Springs its name. A “Heritage Trail” connecting City Springs and Heritage with local See HERITAGE on page 14

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“Wader volunteers” met at the Island Ford park and trail on the Chattahoochee River April 9 to help “Sweep the Hooch.” Upper left: Mike Celovsky works along the bank of the river. Upper right: Volunteers Angie O’Toole and Mike Celovsky fill their bags with trash gathered along the river bank. Bottom: Fred Christian gives safety instructions to the group of volunteers.

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Powers Ferry Landing gets a place in the spotlight ing that “I don’t feel that way,” but some of the big office building owners do. On the other hand, he said, an effort a few years ago to create a self-taxing community imFor years, the Powers Ferry Landing area provement district failed. in far western Sandy Springs has asked for “The city was interested. The Chamber more attention from city government. Last of Commerce was interested,” said Sandler month, it started getting that spotlight with of the CID effort. But some business ownthe first stakeholder meeting for a special ers hesitated because they feared “another local plan in the city’s “Next Ten” process. overlay of government authority,” he said. It may be time to rise and shine for an A CID can fund improvements to streets area along Northside Drive’s I-285 interand landscaping, and Hall noted that stakechange that the late Mayor Eva Galambos holder meeting attendees said they like once called a “sleeping giant.” But the bigCID-funded improvements nearby in Cobb gest local change is outside of the city’s County. Sandler said the CID idea may rehands: the new Braves baseball stadium turn as Powers Ferry Landing copes with opening next year in nearby Cobb County. the effects of the Braves stadium. The stadium traffic could be a minus, Whether they’re done by a CID or but its economic impact could be a plus, the city, such streetscape and landscape some local business people say. And they tweaks appear to be the area’s main deexpressed confidence that the city can help sire, as oppose to large-scale redevelopan area that they said needs more tweakment. Hall said the general public will have ing than remaking. a chance to weigh in on “I think there are so Powers Ferry Landing at many positives…with a future Next Ten planthe whole halo effect” of ning workshop. the stadium project, said Rossman said that David Rossman, generwhile filling a few vaal manager of the Wyndcant commercial buildham Atlanta Galleria hoings–including a Wentel, which hosted the Next dy’s that has been Ten’s Powers Ferry Landvacant for years— ing meeting. would be helpful, the arTraffic and the unea’s “kind of low-key asknowns of the stadium David Rossman pect is also a plus. For us, impacts were top conwe can sell it as…a bit of cerns expressed by stakeholder meeting ata respite from other business areas.” tendees, said city Economic Development Better pedestrian and bicycle access, Director Andrea Hall, who led the gatheras well as clearer connections to the river, ing. But, she added, “Residents seemed to would be benefits for hotel guests and othbe happy with the types of amenities that er visitors, Rossman said. are in the area already.” “You can get to [the river] if you know Ted Sandler, an attorney who also how to get there,” he said, adding that in chairs the city’s Board of Appeals, agrees. many places, “You’ve got a nice crosswalk, He has worked in a Powers Ferry Road ofbut there’s no sidewalk.” fice building since 1986. Another idea floated at the stakehold“It’s a small, little office/commercial ener meeting, Rossman said, is to make Northclave that, for the most part, has been fulside Drive and New Northside Drive two-way ly developed,” said Sandler. He believes the streets. area’s future is not in large rezoning, but in Sandler agreed that small-scale changsmaller efforts to “beautify the area.” es are the future, except that there be more Powers Ferry Landing is an unusual “community-related development” like Fulmix of development, with some typical gas ton County Schools’ new headquarters and stations and fast-food businesses joining elementary school on Powers Ferry Road. high-rise office towers on heavily wooded Sandler noted that the area has some lots, all ringed by some of the city’s largstrong barriers to big redevelopment, inest and most expensive homes. The nearcluding legal limits on building withby Chattahoochee River is a major natural in 2,000 feet of the river. There also are asset. But the area’s only direct link to the restrictive covenants—private developrest of Sandy Springs is I-285, which moster-community agreements enforceable ly brings Cobb commuter traffic. through zoning—on much of southern Some Powers Ferry Landing business Powers Ferry Landing that limit such fealeaders have complained to the city and tures as development height, density and the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of lighting, he said. Commerce that their area is overlooked. “I think the treasure is just the qui“I think sometimes people in that area et, relaxed residential area,” said Sandler. feel like they’re an appendage of Sandy “When we have visitors to Atlanta, this is Springs,” said Hall. one of the areas we show them. It’s an area “The answer is yes,” said Sandler of to be appreciated in Sandy Springs.” Powers Ferry’s sense of being left out, addBY JOHN RUCH

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An office building and a five-deck parking garage on Lake Hearn Drive in Sandy Springs soon will be demolished for the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange project, and the state is moving quickly to tear down one and acquire the other. The construction contract for the highway project was officially approved by the state April 8. North Perimeter Contractors is creating the final design now, according to the state Department of Transportation, and construction will start by early next year and last into 2020. GDOT recently bought a two-story office building at Lake Hearn and PeachtreeDunwoody Road, and “the building is being staked and flagged for demolition in the next couple of weeks,” according to GDOT spokesperson Anna-lysce Baker. She could not give a specific demolition schedule. For 15 years, the building was the headquarters of Morrison Healthcare, a national food and nutrition services company serving hospitals, including Pill Hill’s Northside and Children’s Healthcare at Scottish Rite. Last month, the company moved out of the building and into a new headquarters at 400 Northridge Road in Sandy Springs, according to Tom Hughes, Morrison’s vice

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The first room visitors encounter inside the new Church of Scientology in Sandy Springs is not a chapel or shrine. It’s a museum-like series of displays and videos about the religion’s basic beliefs and causes. Visitors to the Public Information Center, which opened April 3, can try out an e-meter—the unique electronic device Scientologists use in counseling members—and grab a snack in a small café. This center is part of the Georgia chapter’s new status as one of Scientology’s “Ideal Churches” or “Ideal Organizations.” As

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church indirectly reroom is available for New Location spond to the controverpublic use, as are semiThe new Church of Scientology, losies that have dogged nar rooms with audiocated at 5395 Roswell Road, is open Scientology since the visual equipment. to the general public on weekdays 1970s, when several of A museum-style rec9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on weekends 9 its top leaders—none reation of Hubbard’s ofa.m. to 6 p.m. For information about the church or using its community of whom remain in office is a special feature. spaces, call 770-394-4414, email atfice—were imprisoned Banks said the office is or see scienin relation to a plan to a “symbol of respect” for infiltrate various U.S. Hubbard. government agencies. The tour included The 1995 death, from disputed causes, of a private auditing room where Scientola Scientology member under the care of a ogists undergo a kind of counseling via church organization in Florida has sparked the e-meter—one of the religion’s core regular protests, including a 2008 march practices in self-improvement. With its outside the local chapter’s former buildgauge and metal grips, the e-meter looks ing in Dunwoody. The recent documentasomething like an old-fashioned radio. ry film “Going Clear” repeated many alleScientologists believe the e-meter “meagations that Scientology is abusive of some sures mental stress” with tiny, unnoticemembers and harasses its critics. able electric charges and aids the “auditScientology officials say such claims ing” process, Banks said. are false and that the church is a target Another feature is the “purification cenof persecution. ter,” a kind of health spa with a sauna, large

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“Anyone that actually comes to the church finds out for themselves that all that is hogwash,” said Deb MacKay, the local church’s community affairs director. Visitors discover that “98 percent of what they heard or read on the Internet was perpetrated by some person who had an ax to grind” or the result of media manipulation, she said. “My response to that is come and find out for yourself,” MacKay added. “It’s not frightening. It’s very welcoming. There are no secrets here. People are happy.” The tour covered much of the sprawling brick building, a former real estate office that is much larger than the Georgia chapter’s previous locations. The chapter was founded in the 1970s on Piedmont Road in Buckhead, McKay said, before moving to Dunwoody and, more recently, Doraville. The move to Sandy Springs took over 10 years of fundraising and a freedom-of-religion lawsuit against a city zoning decision. The Roswell Road location was big enough for an “Ideal Church,” MacKay said, and “the church has historically been in this part of town, so everybody kind of wanted to stay in the community that they knew.” The interior is brightly lit with modern styling and quotes from Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard decorating many walls. A modest chapel is in the basement and one wing houses a bookstore devoted to Hubbard’s many writings. A conference

dispensers of vitamin pills and treadmills facing a mural of the Atlanta skyline and Georgia peaches. Scientologists believe that toxins built up in the body can be removed in the center. The Public Information Center highlights Scientology’s programs about human rights, which the Georgia chapter ties into Atlanta’s Civil Rights history. MacKay said a Scientology-produced human rights video plays in Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights—confirmed by the Center—and that she recently spoke at a local high school about human rights for a class project on the death penalty. A private April 2 grand opening featured leaders of several nonprofits the Georgia chapter works with, as well as state Sen. Donzella James (D-Atlanta), who has frequently praised Scientology programs, though MacKay said she is not a church member. Video of the opening provided by the church shows James praising Hubbard as “before his time, during his time and…still most relevant at this time.” David Miscavige, the current leader of Scientology, also evoked Civil Rights at the opening, calling the new church the base of “Scientology for a new American South,” according to a press release. He called Atlanta “a city of grace and magic, a city where even oaks and magnolias possess souls; and a city of remembrance that also foretells of the future.”

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the Civil War, a requirement to be a fullfledged member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, according to the group’s webpage, which says the organization wants to preserve “the history and legacy of these heroes so that future generations can understand the motives that animated the Southern Cause.” Then again, Browning said he doesn’t know that any of his ancestors fought for the North, either. It turns out that wasn’t a bar to being a member of the group known as the Sons of Union Veterans, he said. That group calls itself a fraternal organization “dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of heroes who fought and worked to save the Union.” He signed up. Browning now is camp commander of the Roswell-based chapter, which he said is the fourth and newest camp in metro Atlanta. On April 30, the group plans to hold a wine-tasting fundraiser, its first. Admission to the event, to be held at Vino 100 in Alpharetta, is $10. Browning heads what is officially known as the Kenner Garrard Camp # 4

we don’t need to talk about the Civil War any more. We do,” he said. “I just think it’s important to know who we are. The decisions we make have to be based on who we were. I know this is old and hackneyed to say, but we don’t go forward without looking backward... “Pretending it didn’t exist is not the way to go forward. Moving forward builds on where we were in the past.” Browning isn’t a Civil War re-enactor. But he knows a few. One recent morning, Eric Peterson, who helped set up the first local camps of the Sons of Union Veterans, dropped by Barrington Hall in full Union uniform. Peterson said he was dressed as Gen. George H. Thomas of Virginia, another officer involved in the Atlanta campaign. Why does he do it? “To keep the sacrifices of union soldiers alive,” he said. Browning says he doesn’t want to refight the war, but to remember it. “There’s no animosity, not in my camp,” Browning said. “I’m just asking for open discussions. I don’t feel like I’m fighting against the tide.”

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Does this phone make my fingers look fat? I think I’m in pretty good shape. I walk daily, I work out regularly, I do situps and push-ups and squats and lunges; I’ve advanced to the half-lord of the fishes pose in my yoga class. But I’ve become self-conscious about a part of my body that never bothered me before. And I’m beginning to wonder: Does this phone make my fingers look fat? I’m getting a bit sensitive about it because I’ve been making fat-finger calls since I got it. It’s not that hard to do. I’ll go to call one person on my favorites list and because she’s sandwiched between two other people on a smooth and glossy screen, I’ll hit the wrong favorite. It’s getting to be a problem, especially when I fat-finger call someone who is out of the country. My old phone never did that. It fit me just fine. It was like a well-worn, relaxed-fit pair of jeans; it was comfy and roomy and it made me feel good about myself and about the size of my text fingers. It had plenty of wiggle room. It was a 10-year-old Nokia with a smashed-in keyboard, but that had its advantages. For one thing, I could text with my thumbnail. That old-timey keyboard allowed for precision hits. I got a skinny new phone a few years ago, but it’s just too tight. Worse, it has a virtual keyboard that needs a fleshy finger to place a call. This updated, yet unforgiving, keyboard wants fleshy, but not TOO fleshy—it wants a perfectly shaped, size-four text finger. At least it has gotten accustomed to my digital heft, and it knows that when I type Vsn hou fi ? I mean Can you go? I’m learning, too—I’ve started texting the wrong word so it will self-correct to the right word, because that’s faster than trying to hit all right letters. I never used to have a problem with my fingers overlapping onto another contact or another letter, but now they’re spreading all over the keyboard. I feel like my fingers have developed muffin top. It’s really unnerving. I know, I know. I need to upsize to the “boyfriend-fit” version of a smart-


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phone, the one that’s designed for fullfigured fingers. But I can’t bear to part with this tiny little number that fits so perfectly into the back pocket of my jeans and the side pouch of my purse. So I’m going to take matters into my own hands—literally. I’m going to lose that finger flab! I’ve decided to put my digits through a good workout every day. I want the fingers of a 20-year-old. I found a set of easy finger exercises guaranteed to slim those digits down to stylus shape. I’ll warm them up with a series of stretches, then move to the toning and tightening. I’ll run them through a strenuous game of finger soccer for the aerobic component of the program, and then it’ll be time for the cool down. And while I FLEX two three four, STRETCH two three four, LIFT two three four, BEND two three four, please tell me that it’s not’s my phone.

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Yes. I want to see at least one more game in the stadium where the Braves have won so many. 129 (65%) Maybe. It depends on how the team does this season. 30 (15%) No Way. Iʼm not a baseball fan and/or donʼt care much about the team. 41 (21%)


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Take me out to the ball game! And let’s go watch at least one more game before the Braves leave Turner Field for the suburbs. That’s what respondents to our most recent 1Q survey say. Nearly two-thirds of the 200 respondents said they plan to take in at least one more game at The Ted, the downtown Atlanta ball field the Braves have called home for two decades. The Braves plan to move to a new state-of-the-art stadium and development in Cobb County to start the 2017 season. Another 15 percent of the respondents to the cellphone-based survey of adults across the communities served by Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown said they may go see a Braves game this season. Only 21 percent said they would not. “[I’m] sad to see the Braves move out of Atlanta,” said a 23-year-old Atlanta woman, “but excited to see a brand-new stadium and Braves experience.” Not everyone was so eager to see the start of suburban baseball. Some fretted about traffic. Others questioned the team’s decision to leave the central city, asking whether it still would be the “Atlanta” Braves. “I hate it. I much prefer Turner Field,” a 27-year-old Atlanta man said.

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“It’s always hard letting go, but new memories will be made at the new stadium.” 36-year-old Brookhaven woman “I’m excited that it’ll be a brand-new stadium. I hope it doesn’t cause traffic nightmares and I hope the stadium will spark new development in the area where people can ... hang out around the stadium.” 25-year-old Buckhead man “It will create more traffic.” 26-year-old Sandy Springs man “Financially, it makes sense. But the perception is it’s a racist move and antiAtlanta. Good luck with millennials! 30-year-old Atlanta man “I think they should drop the city of Atlanta from the name. The ‘Marietta Braves’ or ‘Cobb County Braves’ sounds more honest.” 31-year-old Brookhaven man

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To the editor: At the March 29 special called session, Sandy Springs City Council took action that minimized citizen input and threw up roadblocks to normal voting arrangements. The action was contrary to the council’s published intent to decide at its regular April 5 meeting on specifics of the special election for the District 3 council seat vacated by Councilman [Graham] McDonald’s run in State House District 52. With no citizen input and just 24 hours notice, the council decided to allow voting Reporter Newspafor this special election to occur at only one location. Councilman Bauman moved that pers Associate Editor this be tabled until citizens could be heard on the issue. His motion failed for lack of John Ruch has been a second. To further confuse voters, right now most early voting hours for the Sandy named a finalist for Springs special election will be different from the normal early voting hours for Fula 2016 Award of Exton County. cellence from the AtIn reviewing the staff presentation, exactly what the options were remains fuzzy. lanta Press Club in Could or would Fulton County officials administer this election independent of the prithe “Print/OnlineJohn Ruch mary process — but alongside it — at the 10 District 3 polls? What would that cost the Nondaily” category. Associate Editor city taxpayers? The projected cost for the separate, one-location election is approxiWinners of the club’s mately $100,000, according to the city. annual awards are to be announced at Many citizens in Sandy Springs have expressed exasperation that, regardless of the a Press Club reception on April 18. silver-tongued rhetoric of our mayor and members of City Council, citizen input is neither sought nor implemented. This current action by the council only reinforces that impression. Susan Joseph Send letters to

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Community Briefs C IT Y COUN C IL OK ’ S GROWLER SALES Local brewpubs can now sell growlers—jugs of beer—to customers under a new city ordinance taking advantage of a state legal change. In practice, the change currently benefits only the 5 Seasons Brewing Company in the Prado at 5600 Roswell Road, whose chef, David Larkworthy, has been a prominent advocate for changing Georgia’s restrictive beer laws. Mayor Rusty Paul signed the ordinance into law—and bought the first legal growler—at 5 Seasons on April 7. “I’m very happy to pass this tonight to help one of our local small businesses and hopefully entice more to come here,” said council member Gabriel Sterling— who has run his own brewing business—at the April 5 meeting where the ordinance was approved.

C IT Y BUYS TWO P ROP ERTI ES FO R C ITY SP RI N GS PA RK IN G LO T The city will purchase two Mount Vernon Highway properties as teardowns to create a surface parking lot next to its City Springs project. The long-planned purchases of 185 Mount Vernon for $540,000 and 175 Mount Vernon (as well as its parking lot at 176 Hildebrand Drive) for $1.95 million were approved by the City Council on April 5. The 185 Mount Vernon property is a former massage parlor that is already vacant, according to city attorney Wendell Willard. But 175 Mount Vernon is a small shopping center, Mount Vernon Walk, whose remaining commercial tenants will be required to move by July, Willard said. “We’re buying this under threat of condemnation” so the tenants can be forced out if they fight the move, he said. Council member Gabriel Sterling noted the move-out is required in a “very short period of time.” The tenants “will be getting assistance from the city on relocation,” said Mayor Rusty Paul, and Willard said city staff members would meet with them soon.

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Three major medical center campus expansions across the north Perimeter area were announced in recent weeks as part of an ongoing regional boom. Northside Hospital is planning a renovation of its Pill Hill campus. Buckhead’s Piedmont Hospital will develop a “major project” as part of a heart center expansion. And Emory Healthcare announced a 60-acre sports medicine campus and Atlanta Hawks training facility in Brookhaven. Northside would not give details of its plans for its campus at Johnson Ferry and Peachtree-Dunwoody roads in Sandy Springs, but did say the plans are big. In December, the hospital received state approval for a 53-bed expansion in a “new patient tower,” boosting the total inpatient beds to 590, said Northside spokesperson Katherine Watson. And the hospital is preparing to submit an application to the state for a “major campus renovation and reconfiguration project,” she said. Northside’s Pill Hill neighbor, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, has a 57-bed expansion project in the zoning review process. Piedmont Hospital plans to develop a “major project” at its campus at Peachtree and Collier roads after receiving a $75 million gift from the Marcus Foundation to ex-


pand its Piedmont Heart Institute, according to Georgia Health News. The vision is to create a “destination” heart program that will be a national draw, like the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, and ensure that “no Georgian has to leave Georgia for heart and vascular care,” Kevin Brown, Piedmont president and CEO, told GHN. In Brookhaven, a major new medical area is springing up around the North Druid Hills Road and I-85 interchange. Children’s Healthcare is already undertaking a major expansion of its facility there, with most of the details yet to be revealed. On April 5, Emory made the surprise announcement that it had bought 60 acres of the Executive Park office park and will turn it into the new home of Emory’s Sports Medicine Center. The centerpiece of the site is a new training facility for the Atlanta Hawks pro basketball team. “Emory Healthcare has built outstanding orthopedics services over the past decade, and we are excited to continue to grow this area and work closely with the Atlanta Hawks,” said Dr. Jonathan S. Lewin, the president, CEO and board chair of Emory Healthcare in a press release. “Delivering on-site care not only will enable us to provide faster care to Hawks players, but also will enhance our ability to conduct sports performance research and translate what we learn to all athletes both professional and recreational.”

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Council candidates line up for special election



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In House District 52, the state Republican Party took the unusual step of reopening qualification on April 6 and 7, apparently because Wilkinson had qualified before dropping his re-election bid and announcing his retirement. Karen F. Beavor, president and CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, qualified to join the race, but dropped out hours later. “I received a tremendously positive but game-changing phone call last night and, as a result, I’ve decided not to run at this time,” she said in an email, adding that the call was “family personal” and not from the party or a campaign. The City Council special election and the state primary both will be held May 24, but will run separately with indepen-

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dent voting locations. The city has acknowledged the voting times and locations will be confusing, and the situation has drawn a few citizen complaints at City Council meetings. At the April 5 council meeting, council member Andy Bauman proposed having the city special election’s early voting dates match those of the primary. But city staff said that would cost too much money and cause staffing issues. At council member Ken Dishman’s suggestion, the city added one weekend early voting date to the schedule. District 3 voters may still need a scorecard to keep the time and locations straight, and the city has posted one at

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Heritage Sandy Springs plans future of historic site Continued from page 1 history markers is in discussion, as is a possible museum expansion. And new strategic and master plans are guiding other upgrades and ideas, large and small. “As we look ahead to 2016, Heritage Sandy Springs is at a pivotal moment in our community’s history as a new city center is being developed adjacent to our historic property,” wrote Heritage Executive Director Carol Thompson in the nonprofit’s 2015 annual report. “It’s a perfect time for us to look at bigger projects,” Thompson said in a recent interview at Heritage’s office on Blue Stone Road. After several years of relatively routine operation, she said, Heritage is getting down to “the meat of who we are and why we’re here.” “We’ve always been out on an island here,” Heritage board member Chip Emerson said of the organization’s site, known as Heritage Green. Better connections will be needed, he said, with several Roswell Road redevelopments underway that will add apartments in the area. “We know we’re going to have 3,000 people living within a five-minute walk,” he said. Since its founding in 1984, Heritage has created some of Sandy Springs’ cultural touchstones. Heritage Green includes a historic house museum, serves as a central public park, and is home to such ma-

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is also one of the nonprofit’s challenges. Acquired piece-by-piece over decades and occupying most of a city block, it can be a confusing site to navigate and has some aging facilities, Thompson said. The City Springs project is located about a block north of Heritage Green. Slated to open in late 2017, City Springs will have some uses overlapping Heritage’s cultural niche. That city-funded project combines a new City Hall with homes, commercial space, parks and a performing arts center. Early planning meetings for City Springs gave Heritage officials a hint they should plan proactively, said Thompson. She recalled a meeting where a suggestion was made to replace a Hildebrand Drive car repair shop—the only non-Heritage property on the block—with a park. A Heritage board member privately drew up a plan for an urban park on the site, as well as a new museum expansion built into the hillside. Last year, Heritage created a five-year strategic plan. Several changes and new programs have followed, such as the new “Sandy Springs Gazette” digital magazine of local history stories. “One thing that came out of that was we needed to have a more concrete vision for our property,” said Thompson. A top feature is improving the site of the historic spring where religious revival meetings of the 1840s led to the establishment of a community. Today, the spring is, as a Heritage presentation bluntly puts it, “a hole in the ground covered by a metal grate.” Many visitors are underwhelmed, Thompson and Emerson said. “It gave the community and the city its name,” said Thompson. “We’re not trying to put up a big fountain. [But] we do want people to be able to see the water.” “We want to make it a destination point,

where people say, ‘I want to go see that,’” Emerson said. Three competing architects are currently working on a redesign and Heritage has already raised $96,000 to build something. The competing proposals are due in about a month and a winner will be selected by a group of board members and possibly city officials or community members. Assuming the proposal is feasible, Thompson said, Heritage wants construction to start in November. “Hopefully we can hit the ground running from those [plans],” she said. Heritage is also talking with city officials about including the Heritage Trail in the City Springs designs. Similar selfguided history tour trails exist around the country, such as San Francisco’s Barbary Coast Trail, where medallions in the sidewalk mark historic sites, and Asheville, N.C.’s, Urban Trail, which combines sculptures and historic markers. Emerson said Heritage’s version is in the early planning stages. But the idea is to install about 10 markers at the City Springs site that, rather than marking actual historic locations, would link via smartphone or computer to local history information. Placing an actual trail of such markers down the street to Heritage or other locations would be a second step. Heritage officials have plenty of other ideas, too. Some are as big as the museum expansion. Others are relatively minor, such as a new effort to install a covering on the stage at Heritage Green’s Entertainment Lawn. All of these efforts require significant fundraising and coordination with the city and the community. But Heritage is ready, Thompson said, to follow through on its new “conscious effort to get back to the history part of what we do.”


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Blacksmith Andrew Crawford, center, shows student Oliver Schoeust, left, how to twist a hot metal bar as Crawford’s son, Edward, watches.


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students how to work with metal in classes planned over four Mondays. His first class featured videos and a Andrew Crawford liked what he saw. chance to make shapes out of metal The steel bar had a squiggle in its middle. by bending wire. For the second class, “It’s an E!” Crawford said, turning the he took his students straight to the bar this way and that to get a look at the forge. curves. “A magic E! ... And if you turn it Fitted with safety glasses and thick sideways, it’s a W!” gloves, they took hamCrawford is used to mer and tongs to hot examining bent metal. metal to create twists He’s a blacksmith. The and points and curves 46-year-old, art-schooland, well, E’s and W’s trained smith makes from steel. his living by heat“This is the coolest ing metal and poundthing!” Springmont art ing it into new things. teacher Theresa Dean Soon, this bar with the said. “What’s not to squiggle in the middle like about fire? It’s just will be part of a bench great.” Crawford plans to Students seemed to make for Springmont, agree. “This is pretty a Montessori school in fun,” student Christian Sandy Springs. Lubsey said. The twists had been “I like it,” student added by Adem WijeOliver Schouest said. wickrema, one of five “I like the excitement Springmont middleof it.” school students CrawCrawford, who ford was teaching how started his Atlanta to heat and pound and blacksmith shop in twist flat steel bars into 1993, argues the class new shapes. Crawford’s teaches his students 11-year-old son, Edward, more than simply how an elementary school to pound hot metal. student at the school, “It’s good experijoined the class that ence for the kids, just took place in a Springfor learning how to mont parking lot where work together,” he students and teachers said. “It’s a really good gathered around a flatway for kids to learn JOE EARLE bed truck fitted with a skills and planning, At top, Edward Crawford, red-hot, propane-powright, twists a metal bar as looking ahead, visuSpringmont middle-school ered forge. alizing a process. It’s student Clayton Sinclair, lends Crawford voluntaught me a lot of lesa hand. At bottom, Parker teered to instruct the sons in my life.” Hollosi hammers hot metal. SS




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teaches band and jazz band at The Lovett School. He’s taught at Lovett since 1987, and began teaching seven years earlier. He plans to retire at the end of this year. Under his direction, Lovett’s jazz bands have competed successfully in national competitions. In March, Lovett’s Ellington Jazz Ensemble placed third among a dozen bands from across the country selected to compete at the Swing Central Jazz Competition in Savannah, the school said. “He’s been such a huge influence on the kids,” said Jen Sarginson, associate director of communications at Lovett. “He’s just a passionate teacher and a very talented musician himself.” Q: What attracted you to teaching at first? A: As an undergrad/grad college student I dabbled in it some, working with local high school students on sort of a one-toone basis, and discovered I was pretty good at it (though, in my mind, I was a player first). In truth, grade schools had been rough on me. By the time I’d graduated from high school I had become about as “disengaged” from school as one can be. That said, I had some wonderful, inspiring teachers/mentors in college. And the band director under whom I student taught was among the most successful folks in the region. In hindsight, they were some of the best role models one could have had. I was hooked. Q: Has the appeal changed? A: It hasn’t! Honestly, as I look toward retirement in just a few weeks, I truly feel that I’ve never had to really “work” for a living. Teaching is such a kick. There’s noth-

ing more rewarding than to help young people get excited about the thing you are so excited by personally. Music must be the easiest subject of all to teach when it comes to getting kids to fall in lock-step. Q: What keeps you going year after year? A: I’ve never really seriously thought about doing anything else. I do love the challenge, especially as you see a group continue to progress as they grow older. Many of my students started working with me as sixth graders, some even earlier. By the time they graduate (we’re graduating 13 students this year), we all understand the program and each other. It’s a very personal and gratifying thing. I can count on one hand the number of days in 37 years when I wasn’t eager to get back to school. And the Lovett School is probably as good a place to work as any place can be. It’s an amazingly supportive family of like-minded people, guided by some of the brightest and capable folks I’ve ever encountered. Q: What do you think makes a great teacher? A: That, of course, differs from teacher to teacher. For me, an effective teacher has to be passionate, committed and deeply knowledgeable about the subject. Kids can see right through a teacher who lacks sincerity or skill. They “get it” so fast! If you love the subject, as I do, and the enthusiasm for it spews out of you like I’m told it does in my case, you can’t help but inspire most of the students. Tenacity is also key. I’ve never been much of one to accept “no” for an answer. (It’s gotten me in a pickle on more than one occasion!) Fortunately, Lovett has been a Godsend for me in that regard, too. The administration has supported pretty much every out-of-the-box idea I’ve ever presented. To be honest, I’m a bit of an iconoclast by nature. Same-old, same-old doesn’t work very well for me. It’s important that the kids find relevance in the work they

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APR. 15 - APR. 28, 2016 ■ are asked to do. That’s where my own high school education ran off the rails. Because of that, I’ve taken great care in keeping that from happening to the kids in my charge. You also have to be empathetic to be an effective teacher/coach. It totally can’t be about your ego, though ego does naturally play a role. It’s mostly about the kids and their families. It’s really hard to be a kid these days and even harder to be a parent. Positive outcomes require lots of personal attention, interaction and empathy to negotiate the worst of times. But if you care, the kids sense that. Parents, too. Word gets around pretty fast regarding whether you’re ally or adversary. I can’t imagine being a teacher without liking/believing in the families you teach (though I’ve known some “teachers” who don’t). Finally, you have to be willing to put in extra time. If you want a gig that’s 40 hours a week, teaching is not for you. My wife Carla is an amazingly patient and supportive woman. I could not have done this without her support. How lucky am I? Q: What do you want to see in your students? A: I want to see them discover the value and depth of music that may not at first be familiar to them. In my case, as a jazz enthusiast, most of my students are less familiar with the history and art form that is expressed through jazz music. It’s a beautiful thing to have a student develop a deeply held passion to learn to play well and be committed to working for years in order to play at the highest of levels. Q: How do you engage your students? A: As described above. The music mostly does it -- that, coupled to some degree with my own enthusiasm for it. The combination pretty much closes the sale. It’s easy to engage the students. Really easy. Q: Do you have a project or special program you use year after year? Why do you keep going back to it? A: Yes! Lovett students are generally motivated/driven by goals and outcomes. Nothing “jazzes” them more than a good challenge, provided they are interested in the subject. I’ve never been one to accept mediocre music-making either. Can’t stand the sound of it! I’ve always held a belief that students, given proper instruction and

lofty goals, are capable of rising to a nearprofessional level by senior year. Toward that end, I’ve involved my students in two particular national competitions that we take a shot at most years. The Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Festival and Competition, sponsored by Jazz at Lincoln Center (and Wynton Marsalis) is one of them. The Savannah Music Festival’s Swing Central High School Jazz Band competition is the other. Both are Super Bowllike events. Bands from all over the U.S. enter via recording. The top 15 or 12 bands, respectively, are selected from among hundreds of entries and invited to attend the finals contests in New York or Savannah. Lovett has been a finalist at the Essentially Ellington festival four times, and Swing Central five times, I believe. We weren’t chosen as a top finalist for Essentially Ellington this year, but were for Swing Central. We placed third overall in Savannah, the first time we’ve ever placed in the top three there. We also earned a third place finish in New York in the early 2000s. Nothing motivates Lovett/Ellington Band students more than the possibility of long-shot success. Q: Is there a “trick” that works to get students involved? A: No tricks. The music, camaraderie and now, a legacy established by so many years of really wonderful groups, attracts the up-and-comers to the program. I’m most proud of the fact that The Lovett Ellington Band seems to have established a solid reputation for success and quality. It’s fairly self-sustaining at this point. I’m really proud of that. Q: What do you hope your students take away from your class? A: I want them to know what it feels like to perform at the very highest level the art form has to offer. I want them to carry their enthusiasm out of here when they graduate. I want them to share that experience with everyone, and get their own kids involved in music when the time comes. I want them to “get this” like I have. I have little doubt that the students who just returned from Savannah will never forget the experience. You should have heard them play. My, oh my!

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Wednesday, April 27, 11:30 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. Vince, Barbara and Suzanne Dooley speak at the Elaine Clark Center. Grandson Matthew Dooley has cerebral palsy and attended the center in the late ‘90s. Tickets: $175. Includes jewelry silent auction. Proceeds help fund expansion efforts. For more information, email: or call 770-458-3251.The Capital City Club, 53 W. Brookhaven Dr., Brookhaven, 30319.

‘HEARTS WITH HOPE’ Saturday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. The Partnership Against Domestic Violence “Hearts with Hope” Gala features an auction, food, guest speakers, dancing and entertainment. Tickets: $400. Black tie attire. Monies support PADV’s general operating budget, allowing for its free programs and services. The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, 30326. Learn more:

‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR.’ Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m. Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School invites all to their spring musical, ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’ $5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. In the school’s gym. Additional shows April 21-23. 1350 Hearst Dr., NE, Atlanta, 30319. Call 404-862-2763 or visit: for details.

‘MONARCHS & MARGARITAS’ Saturday, April 30, 6-9 p.m. Get ready for a whole new “Monarchs & Margaritas” (and Moonshine!) Upscale, casual party in Dunwoody Nature Center’s meadow. Event includes live music, valet parking, signature drinks, whole-roasted pig and corn in shuck, as well as catered menu. Southern chic attire. $75. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-3322 or visit: for information and tickets. Restoration by Henry Schwartz 404-596-5727

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Saturday, April 30, 7 p.m. Chastain Friends invites all to “A Night With Taurus” at the Chastain Horse Park. Celebrate the zodiac season of Taurus by watching or riding the mechanical bull. Event features live music, whisky tasting, dinner, dancing and silent auction. Benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Tickets: $95; $100 after April 18. Visit: to purchase or for details. Call 404-7912798 with questions. 4371 Powers Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30327.

Saturday, April 23, 1-5 p.m. Opening reception for show and sale features work by Chastain Arts Center instructors and students, including a variety of jewelry, pottery, paintings, prints, scarves, garden art, photographs and more. Free admission. Continues through May 28. 135 West Wieuca Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30342. For further details, go to:

HARRIS JACOBS RUN Sunday, May 1, 8 a.m. It’s time for the 23rd annual Harris Jacobs Dream Run at Marcus Jewish Community Center-Zaban Park. 5K race/ run; 1-mile special needs walk. 2017 Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Chip timing, T-shirts, post-race party. $15-$35. Shuttle service from Georgia Perimeter College. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Register at Questions? Call 678-812-3981 or go to: under “sports.”


Thursday, April 28, 7-9 p.m. Celebrate the arts at Wesleyan School’s 18th annual artist market. Event features fine art, custom-made jewelry, ceramics, photography and more. Food trucks, live entertainment, children’s activities. Continues April 29, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and April 30, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. The community is welcome. 5405 Spalding Dr., Peachtree Corners, 30092. For further information, visit: or email:

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‘TAMING OF THE SHREW’ Friday, April 29, 7 p.m. In this modern text of the Shakespeare classic, the main plot depicts the headstrong, obdurate shrew Katherina and her suitor Petruchio, who uses various psychological torments to “tame” her until she becomes a compliant and obedient bride. $10. Additional shows: April 30, 7 p.m. and May 1, 3 p.m. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Go to: or call 770-394-0675.

p.m. Join the Georgia Botanical Society and Park Naturalist Jerry Hightower as you travel above rock cliffs, through mature oak-hickory forest and floodplain forest. $3 Daily Park Pass not required if displaying a current Annual Park Pass or an America the Beautiful Pass. Reservations necessary; call 678-538-1200. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, 1425 Indian Trail, Sandy Springs, 30327. For details, go to:

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Tuesday, April 19, 2:15-5:45 p.m. A two-day AARP defensive driving class for adults as well as teens aged 15 and up. Guidebook: $15 for members; $20 non-members, and required for certificate. Class continues on April 20 and participants must attend both. Registration required by calling 404-851-6157. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: comments@ for details.

Tuesday, April 26, 6-8 p.m. This workshop, particularly aimed at but not limited to women, focuses on budgeting and investment advice. Suitable for adults and elders. Open to all. Northside Branch Library, in the Multi-Purpose Room, 3295 Northside Parkway, NW, Atlanta, 30327. Email: or call 404-814-3508 with questions.



Tuesday, April 19, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Learn how to stage an effective job search using a variety of methods. For adults. Class limited to 15 participants. Free and open to the public. Call 404-848-7140 or swing by the Brookhaven Branch Library to register or for additional information. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319.

Tuesday, April 26, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Learn how to create a resumé that can be tailored to the jobs you are applying for. Class limited to 15 participants. For adult audiences. Free and open to the public. Visit the Brookhaven Branch Library to register or call 404-848-7140. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319.



Wednesday, April 20, 2-3 p.m. Have fun while you color your stress away. Supplies and coloring sheets provided. Free. All are welcome. Open to the first 20 participants. For adults 18 and over. Call 770512-4640 or visit the Dunwoody Branch Library to sign up. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

Wednesday, April 27, 4-5 p.m. Find out about the common forms of identity theft and how to protect yourself, what to do if you suspect you are a victim and how to prepare in advance. For adults. Free. Open to the community. Drop by the Brookhaven Branch Library to sign up or call 404-848-7140. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319.


MENTAL HEALTH Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The National Alliance for Mental Health Northside Atlanta holds its 2016 Mental Health Fair to answer questions about services and advocacy for individuals suffering from mental illness. Peachtree Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 3434 Roswell Road NE, Atlanta 30305.

FOR KIDS Wednesday, April 20, 7-8 p.m. Salaam Semaan, MPH, DrPH, Deputy Associate Director for Science, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, presents “Connecting Art and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment.” Part of the lecture series accompanying Yale University’s “The Art of Public Health” exhibit. $5. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, 4484 Peachtree Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-364-8555 or visit: to find out more.

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MARVELOUS MOTHERS! Tuesday, April 26, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Create a dimensional canvas as a Mother’s Day gift to celebrate Mom! Registration required and started April 1. Space is limited. Free. All are welcome. Geared for youngsters aged 5 and up. Email:, call 404-303-6130 or go to the Sandy Springs Library to register. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

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From Sandy Springs police reports dated March 26 through March 30 The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY „„On March 26 at 3:30 p.m., officers met

a 56 year-old cab driver who said he was assaulted by a short man while dropping off people at Carriage Gate Townhomes near the Glenridge Connector. The cabbie had some facial swelling under his eye and mouth. The cabbie said he picked up a man and a woman at a pub in Buckhead and that the fare was $25. The man went to his apartment to get a credit card and it was denied. He paid $40 cash, but got mad when he thought the cabbie gave him the wrong change. While these two were arguing another man, who came out of nowhere, punched the cabbie through his driver’s window, removed his keys and attempted to steal the money. The passenger yelled at the man to give the money back and eventually the cabbie was able to drive away. An iPhone 6 dropped by the man who attacked the cab driver was found in the cab and turned in as evidence.

BURGLARY „„1000 block of Balmoral Road – On

March 28, someone reported appliances were stolen from two new homes. They included a Bertazzoni range hood/ insert, wine cooler, refrigerator, microwave and other items. The burglary happened between March 26 and March 28. „„Landsdowne Drive – On March 29, a

homeowner reported someone entered his home through a forced kitchen window. He told police he received an alert from his home’s motion detector. He went home two hours later and checked his home video that showed a man, who he knows, entering the home through the window. The suspect is a relative who used to live at the home. „„700 block Fair Oaks Manor – On

March 30, a side carport door and a back door leading to the home were kicked in. Outdoor tools were taken.

THEFTS „„Chermin De Vie – On March 26, a

2003 black Infiniti FX was taken from the victim’s driveway. Also taken was a 2010 Lexus RX 350. Both cars were unlocked with their keys inside. „„6600 block of Roswell Road – On

March 26, a 78 year-old woman reported that while she was shopping in a

thrift store, she was approached by a woman who began talking to her and made her feel uncomfortable. The elderly woman later found that her wallet had been stolen from her purse. „„Concourse

Captain STEVE ROSE, SSPD srose@san-

Parkway – On March 28, a 2010 Chevy Silverado Crew Cab truck was stolen from a hotel parking lot. „„300 block of Fountain Oaks Lane – On

March 28, police found a 2007 blue Toyota Tacoma that had been reported stolen from DeKalb County. „„Tara Trail – On March 28, a 51 year-

old man reported two watches were stolen during a real estate open house at his residence. „„5000 block of Roswell Road – On

March 28, a man reported that while working out at a gym, someone stole his backpack and contents, including his iPhone 6 plus and clothes. The GPS showed the phone nearby but officers were not able to pinpoint where it was. „„8300 block of Roswell Road – On

March 29, a 72 year-old woman reported her wallet stolen from her purse in a shopping cart while she was shopping at a grocery store. „„6000 block of Roswell Road – On

March 29, an employee of a retail store said another person stole his iPhone 6. „„1100 block of Mt. Vernon Highway –

On March 29, a man reported that while at a gym, his locker was entered and his gym bag and contents were missing. „„5000 block of Cross Gate Drive – On

March 30, someone entered the backyard patio area of a home and took a 55inch TV from the patio area. The TV was broken during the theft and no longer works. „„200 block of Belle Isle Road – On

March 30, someone forced open a deadbolt with a pry tool on a front door and entered a home. Taken were two laptops and three weapons.

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ed cash, softball equipment, a pistol and rims and tires.

ASSAULT „„1100 block of Mt. Vernon Highway –

On March 28, a woman reported a classmate she just met repeatedly punched in her the face. She told police they were on dinner break and she invited him to go to a fast food restaurant with her. While there, he stumbled and she thought he was sick. She said she offered him some food but he lashed out at her and hit her 5 to 10 times before employees intervened. He then fled the restaurant on foot. When officers found and detained him, he said the woman had offered him some marijuana, which they smoked in the car on the way to the restaurant. It made him sick, he said, and he asked her to take him to the hospital, but instead she gave him some peanuts. He admitted punching her and was arrested but not before he asked the officers to follow up on her marijuana use. Police did and found small bag of marijuana in her purse. She told them it was synthetic marijuana. She was charged with possession of less than an ounce of the drug.

FRAUD „„A 67 year-old man reported on March

tact an agent in San Marcos, Texas. The man never sent the money but did send a copy of his DL before becoming suspicious. He asked the “cousin” how another relative was doing, knowing the relative had been dead for two years. „„Discount department store employees

reported that, on March 28, two men purchased gift cards using fraudulent homemade checks. „„5000 block of Peachtree Dunwoody

Road – On March 28, a doctor received a call from a pharmacist regarding a prescription that did not match others that the doctor writes. An internal audit showed that a medical assistant has been stealing and forging prescriptions for Tramadol, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone since February 2015, for a total of more than 1,000 prescriptions.

ARRESTS „„8700 block of Roswell Road – On

March 26, employees of a grocery store saw a woman pushing a shopping cart filled with about $100 in merchandise out of the store without paying for the items. She said she was going to load them in her car and then return to pay for them. During the shopping spree, the woman drank a couple small bottles of wine and was munching on a sandwich and some chips, also unpaid for. She appeared to have a good buzz going courtesy of the wine. She was arrested.

27 that he received a Facebook message from his cousin asking if he had heard of the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Grant, or CFDA. The message said „„5500 block of Roswell Road – On he had won $150,000 and he needed to March 26, a woman was arrested in the send $1,000 for a tax-clearance fee. The parking lot of a discount department winnings would then be delivered by store after taking $363 in items includUPS. He was also asked to send his driving a comforter, towels, cleaning super’s license number and phone numplies, an air mattress and other goods. ber. The cousin’s name was, in fact, his She was arrested. cousin’s, but it had been cloned and the person using it was a scamREAD MORE OF THE POLICE BLOTTER ONLINE AT mer. The man was told to con-

Atlanta police cameras get council support, questions BY JOHN RUCH

Sandy Springs City Council voiced support for the recent expansion of an Atlanta police camera network into its city at an April 5 meeting. But the council also had policy questions about the surveillance cameras, whose existence was revealed by Reporter Newspapers before the Sandy Springs Police Department informed council members. “This thing actually moved a lot faster than we thought,” Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone told the council during a presentation that revealed the locations of the nine “Operation Shield” cameras installed in southern Sandy Springs. The Atlanta Police Department runs a massive network of public and private surveillance cameras that feed into a downtown command center. APD aims to expand the cameras beyond its borders, with Sandy Springs as a pilot program, according to DeSimone. Sandy Springs already has 52 cameras for traffic management and 62 for park security, but they are not tied into APD’s system, DeSimone reported. Under the deal, APD and the non-

profit Atlanta Police Foundation paid for the Sandy Springs cameras and installation, and will cover maintenance for three years at an estimated cost of $40 to $50 per camera per year. Sandy Springs is covering fees for storing recorded video data, which is an estimated $4,300 to $5,900 a year. SSPD said yes to the cameras for various reasons, DeSimone said, including deterring crime, helping APD chase cross-border suspects, monitoring traffic for Chastain Park events, and more. DeSimone presented the new cameras as a 90-day pilot program that would include allowing their feeds to be viewed in Sandy Springs’ Traffic Management Center. Currently, only APD can view the camera feeds directly. Council member Andy Bauman’s district is home to the new cameras. He said that resident response has been “very, very good,” but that he’s also heard “privacy concerns” from residents who want “assurances these aren’t cameras pointed into bedrooms.” DeSimone told the council that the cameras only view public areas and that the sheer size of Atlanta’s system makes it impossible to watch all of the cameras all of the time.

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Dantanna’s Tavern Food 101 Hammock’s Trading Co. Hudson Grille Il Giallo Maya Steaks & Seafood

Live music from Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project, Tony Levitas and FRIENDS and the Tommy Dean Trio.

Meehan’s Public House Nancy G’s Nothing Bundt Cakes Rock ’N’ Taco Taziki’s Mediterranean Café Teela Taqueria Three Sheets Tin Can Fish House Under the Cork Tree *Restaurant list subject to change

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4-15-2016 Sandy Springs Reporter  
4-15-2016 Sandy Springs Reporter