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Bonnets, bow ties back in fashion for Duck Pond’s Garden Party BY JULIE BOOKMAN
Left, Meredith Hopkins and her son, Knox, buy juice from vendor Dolores Svensson at the Peachtree Road Farmers Market on April 11. The market, located at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, continues Saturdays through Dec. 19. See additional photos on page 2.
As the month of May beckons, neighbors in and around Peachtree Heights East are preparing for their signature event: The Ladies of the Lake’s Garden Party. The women are sprucing up their hats, or perhaps shopping for a new spring bonnet. The men are getting gentle nudges to hunt down – and blow the dust off of – their bow ties. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Garden Party – a cocktail party with catered food, open bar, live music and silent auction – set on the edge of Duck Pond Lake, the gem of Duck Pond Park. Unlike most parks within city limits, this tranquil 7.5-acre site is neither owned nor maintained by the city of Atlanta. The widow of neighborhood developer E. Rivers deeded the 1909 park directly to the Buckhead neighborhood, so its upkeep and property taxes fall to the neighbors. Today there are 325 single-family homes in Peachtree Heights East, with about as many townhouses and condos near enough so that those residents also take advantage of this retreat with dogwoods, wild azaleas and a weeping willow. Budding now, the maples and oaks will soon form a bright, lime-green canopy that’s almost like a gigantic umbrella over the grounds. The Garden Party raises funds each year to help maintain the park and pond. The Ladies of the Lake coordinate such assistance with the Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association. The park, including SEE TIME, PAGE 3
Competition reveals Sarah Smith team’s creativity BY JOE EARLE
Jackson Langley grew up surrounded by the creativity competitions known as Odyssey of the Mind. His older sister competed in OM for nine years and took part in international competitions. His older brother tried it for a while before deciding to concentrate on sports. Jackson’s mom coached teams. Jackson, who’s now 11, says he used to watch as older sister Caroline, who’s seven years older and now in college, and her middle-school or high-school teammates prepare for and take part in OM competitions year after year. “I used to go everywhere with Caroline,” Jackson remembers. “I remember when I was like 5 years old, just watching them do it. It was fun.” So when Jackson was old enough, he and a group of his buddies at Sarah Smith Elementary School started their own OM team. “It’s super fun,” Jackson said. Most of the members of the team have stuck together
through three years of competition. It’s paid off. Last month, Jackson’s team placed second in the OM state competition. Next month, they’ll join more than 800 teams from around the world competing in the 36th annual OM world tournament. The competition will be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. Odyssey of the Mind calls itself an international education program “that provides creative problem-solving opportunities” for students from kindergarten through college. Teams of students work together to solve problems posed by OM and then compete to see which team provides the most imaginative solutions. Teams from across the U.S. and from 25 other countries take part, OM says on its website. The Sarah Smith team started preparing for the 2015 competition about the time school started last SEE ODYSSEY, PAGE 4
Clockwise from top, Jackson Langley, Davis Maxey, Sam Stovin, Jackson Tilgner, Davis Lantier and Andrew Ellis, members of the Sarah Smith Odyssey of the Mind team.
Now open for business The Peachtree Road Farmers Market, located at the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road, opened for the season on April 11. The market, now in its ninth year, continues Saturdays through Dec. 19. Above, left, Yasir Araya, with Eden Easy Beds, shows off his creativity with plants. Above, right, Opening Day drew crowds. Right, Erin Murphy, left, and Davis Wiley man their booth. Below right, Kelley Hutchinson and her dog Lily take a break from the action. Bottom left, musician Jon Payne hits the notes. Below, left, a customer checks out Indigo Bath & Body’s soaps for sale. At left, farmers market volunteers Caroline Wallace, left, Lindsey Champney and Jane Brann, right. PHOTOS BY ISADORA PENNINGTON
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the 2-acre pond, is home to 40 species of birds, 12 mammals and 35 species of shrubs and trees, reports Mary Chris Murry. She’s a longtime member of the Ladies of the Lake. “I haven’t decided what to wear yet,” Murry says. “Maybe a little fuchsia and orange sun dress. I’ve had some fun decorating some of my hats over the years.” Longtime neighbor Angela Cassidy is among four club members who launched the Garden Party in 1985. The Ladies organization, founded in about 1933, previously hosted a yard sale to raise funds. But Cassidy, along with fellow neighbor “Ladies” Jane Hill, Alice Barr and Ashlyn Dugan, launched the Garden Party to step things up a bit. “We wanted to get dressed up,” recalls Cassidy, “and we wanted to create an event that reflected the way the neighborhood was evolving. We liked the idea of a spring cocktail party for Angela Cassidy adults, a festive, genteel affair.” It was Cassidy who thought the George Seurat painting, “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,” could serve as inspiration for the new event. (The 1884 painting, the same that inspired Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sunday in the Park with George,” depicts an old-fashioned afternoon with people dressed up and enjoying the day). The Garden Party is the neighborhood’s primary annual fundraising event. The Ladies of the Lake Garden Club was “thrilled” to have raised $2,000 at the inaugural Garden Party in 1985, says Cassidy. Each year, the club contributes a portion of the party’s proceeds to the neighborhood association to help fund the monthly maintenance of Duck Pond Park. Over the past 30 years, the organization has contributed more than $225,000 for the upkeep of Duck Pond and its surrounding parklands, reports Murry. “I’m delighted the event has steadily grown and has become such an annual highlight,” says Cassidy. “It’s a great team effort and a wonderful cause.” It’s also a good way to meet your neighbors. Take Kyle and Chuck Ball, for example. They relocated to Peachtree Heights East from Florida just two years ago. “We drove around, found this neighborhood and fell in love with it,” recalls Kyle. “We didn’t know anyone. Right after we moved in, neighbors said ‘You’ve got to go to this party!’” “When you no longer have kids in school, it’s much harder to meet people, so this party was just what we needed,” says Kyle. “Being part of this organization has been a huge boost. I feel like we absolutely lucked out in finding this neighborhood. We already love it so much.” It didn’t take Kyle long to jump right into Ladies of the Lake, which today BH
boasts about 100 active members. She’s the chair of this year’s Garden Party, which she hopes will draw 250-300 people. In light of the 30th anniversary, she says the Ladies are pulling out all Mary Chris Murry the stops this year: a “blowout party” with wine tastings, and a silent auction offering everything from vacation packages to private parties and dinners out. The “Azalea Trio” will serenade patrons with chamber music for violin, oboe and cello. “The Duck Pond is such a wonderful place to live,” says Kyle Ball. “We plan to celebrate our 30th anniversary of the Ladies of the Lake Garden Party in style to honor the traditions that make this neighborhood so unique.”
Ladies of the Lake’s 30th Annual Garden Party 4-7 p.m. May 3, on the peninsula of the Peachtree Heights East Duck Pond. Open to the public. Tickets $50 in advance, $60 on site. www.ladiesofthelake.org.
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year. They meet once or twice weekly, said Lesley Langley, Jackson’s mom and coach. A portion of each meeting usually is spent solving puzzles and problems intended to develop their creativity. The team is all boys. “When we were walking into [one competition], one woman was like, ‘We have an allboys team. Why don’t you have any girls?’ I don’t know. We don’t need them.”
Jackson said he and his teammates prepared an eight-minute sketch that incorporates various elements required by OM. He’s the narrator and plays a percussion instrument the team assembled from PVC pipe. The performance includes “lots of humor,” Lesley Langley said. “Humor is considered very high-level thinking.” The team also built an elaborate set. “The challenge of it is that it has to fit in my car and it has to fit through a standard-sized [school] door and then,
when they set it up, to expand,” Lesley Langley said. They’ve presented the piece twice – at the regional competition at a school in Gwinnett County and at the state competition in Columbus. Lesley Jackson figures she’s coached 13 or 14 different OM teams through the years. One year, she said, she coached three teams at once. “My role is to help them ... figure out what they’re looking for,” she said. “I cannot come up with solutions for them, but I
can ask questions.” She says part of the value of the competition is it teaches teamwork and teaches the competitors how to solve problems. “[It gives them] the ability to see [past] a dead end, that there’s always another solution out there. You’ve just to find it.” Besides, Jackson said, solving problems is fun. “You get to hang with your friends and basically reveal your creativity,” he said. “And I just like it.” Left to right, Andrew Ellis, Davis Lantier, Davis Maxey, Jackson Langley, Sam Stovin and Jackson Tilgner show the costumes for a skit in the Odyssey of the Mind competition. The sketch incorporates humor and includes an elaborate set.
Lesley Langley, right, coaches her son Jackson, left, and the all-boy OM team headed to the world championship next month in Michigan.
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A requiem for the demolished Garden Hills Cinema The first movie I ever saw Plaza Theatre and Tara at Garden Hills Cinema was Cinema – both, thankful“Howards End” in 1992. I ly, still in operation under was giddily in love with a other owners – but all that new partner, desperate to visit remains of his indie cinethe UK, and utterly charmed ma empire is Lefont Sanby the fading glory of the old dy Springs. Cinema hasn’t theater with its tattered velvet been the same in Atlanta curtain and creaking seats. since. The love affair lasted a Sure, Garden Hills could year, but my love for Garden be a pain in the neck. ParkHills continued until it closed ing in the tiny lot behind the COLLIN its doors in October 2006. I building was often impossisaw some of my favorite films ble. There was a single ticket KELLEY there: “Orlando,” “All About booth and concession stand My Mother,” “Welcome to line; the circa-1939 cinema the Dollhouse,” “Like Water had a distinctly musty smell for Chocolate,” Kieslowski’s “Three Col(although I would argue that was part of ors” trilogy, “Ghost World,” “Requiem for the charm) and you could feel every one of a Dream,” and Derek Jarman’s “Edward the springs in those seats. II,” to name a few. Yet, the minor hassles were worth it This was when George Lefont owned once the lights dimmed and the curtain the cinema and screened foreign and indie opened. In the 1990s, my weekends refilms while multiplexes and mindless Holvolved around the also long-gone Oxford lywood blockbusters slowly encroached on Books, coffee and dessert at Café Interthe little movie palaces. Before Lefont, the mezzo and a movie at Garden Hills. cinema was operated by Affiliated Theaters What will happen to the spot where and later the Weiss theater chain, when it Garden Hills Cinema once stood is unwas known as the Garden Hills Fine Art known. Brand Properties, which owns the Theatre. site, said it does not have a timeline for reThere was talk of resurrecting the cindevelopment, but has promised it will enema, but that ended in December 2013 gage with Garden Hills’ residents about when a fire gutted the Atlanta Bike shop what is appropriate for the space. and caused significant water and smoke A new building, whether it’s for retail damage to the other businesses in the or restaurants, will eventually rise there, Peachtree Road strip. On March 16, the wrecking ball arrived to begin demolition. The only thing that remains at the corner of Peachtree and Rumson is the part of the strip that houses La Fonda and Fellini’s restaurants. The loss of Garden Hills Cinema hit me just as hard as when Lefont’s other indie theaters closed: The Silver Screen in Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, Toco Hills Theater, Ansley Cinema in Ansley Mall and The Screening Room CINEMA TREASURES 1 22-Oct-13 PM in the ad_draft1_edited.pdf old Lindbergh Pla- 8:40:43 Garden Hills Cinema closed its doors in 2006. za. Lefont also owned The
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“No. The time has passed for that holiday. I think it should be left in the history books.”
“If it means no school, sure!”
“I think the war’s over. I don’t see the need to celebrate it. I appreciate the history, but I don’t think that amounts to a celebration.”
“No. It’s not relevant. It’s a sign of a past paradigm of thought that is truly not relevant for today in the face of racial overtones. It is not progressive and not something to be celebrated.”
“That’s a tough question because I respect acknowledging anyone’s opinion or right to celebrate something, but at the same time can understand why there’s apprehension about recognizing it. There’s certainly a stigma attached to it.”
“Yes. My ancestors, there were 13 brothers who fought for the rights of the states in the Confederate War and that was the first time in history that ever happened. They were fighting for the rights of the states to make their own choices— not for slavery, that was never an issue. It was a time for freedom and definitely it should be left in place as a memorial Confederate holiday. We have to speak for our ancestors as descendants and keep [Confederate Memorial Day] in place. It’s a very important thing.”
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“No. I think it’s a part of the state’s history that doesn’t reﬂect the entirety of the state’s values. It’s not necessarily sensitive to the wounds inﬂicted as a result of the ideology and actions behind the Confederacy. I don’t think it’s something that should be celebrated. Perhaps remembered, but not celebrated.”
“I would say no. Because I’m from New York!”
When spring cleaning becomes magic There’s good news for all of you spring cleaners out there. Cleaning has been elevated to “life-changing magic.” This new status is due to a little manual by Marie Kondo that has climbed its way to the top of the New York Times bestseller list with the seductive title, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.” Life-changing is a tall order. When I think “life-changing,” a few things spring to mind—my new dishwasher and whole ground flaxseed meal, for instance (and then when I stop to reflect I hastily add “husband and kids,” as if someone is actually checking my mental list of life-changers, but in fact, spouse and children are so life-changing they should have their own special category). At any rate, I had heard of the book due to its stint on The List, but I didn’t actually buy it because I don’t have room for another thing in my cluttered home. Instead, I got the CliffsNotes version from a friend (thank you, Cathy) who explained to me that the gist of the process—the litmus test, if you will, for discarding or keeping an item—is not if you might wear it again one day, or if it was given to you by your old roommate, or if your child made the thing in summer camp when he was 10 years old, or if you think you might be able to grow basil in it…no. The fundamental question you must ask yourself about a particular item is: Does it give you joy? That’s not only a tantalizing question, but a liberating approach to cleaning out a closet. And to add a bit of Japanese-art authenticity, along with some primeval excitement, to the entire expunging process, you are to hold said item to your heart and wait until you feel the joy actually “spark.” Bear in mind, please, that I have not read the book and am not offering a review or even instructions; I am merely intrigued by the method and was interested in testing the joy-sparking potential of my own wardrobe. I decided that I’d clean first and then read
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Doing good deeds while making mother-daughter memories BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
Some mothers and daughters chalter Kathleen joked that she got pulled in lenge the traditional methods of spendeven before she was old enough to join ing quality time together by making sixofficially. year commitments to serving others in “I was in third grade, involved with a the community. lot of at-home activities,” Kathleen said. The main mission of the Nation“I was just a tag-along. I needed someal Charity League, which started in where to be and something to do, and California in 1925, is to foster mothmom said, ‘Oh you can just go with er-daughter relationships in a philanyour sister.’ But now I’m an active memthropic organization committed to comber of the organization.” munity service, leadership development Kathleen Stueve estimates her family and cultural experiences, said District averages 200 hours a year at 17 different Specialist Sharla Calloway. philanthropies. “I think I have a better relationship When the Stueve family moved from with both my daughters because of this,” Texas to Georgia, they worried their Kay Stueve, of Buckhead, said. “It’s work with NCL might end, but an “exsomething not about shopping or makepansion chapter” started in Buckhead up or boys. We have a relationship built in 2002, Stueve said. She is now inon serving others.” volved with creating The national oran expansion chapDo you know an organization or ganization spread in ter in Macon, which individual making a difference 1996 from its roots would add to the exin our community? Email in California to Texas isting eight chapters email@example.com and Georgia, with the in Georgia. Roswell-Alpharetta Calloway said chapter, said Calloeach chapter could way, who is also a past president of the form its own identity in the national Roswell-Alpharetta chapter. structure, so the Buckhead chapter does Women of “The “Roaring Twenties” things a bit differently than the Dunhad more of a chance to speak up about woody chapter. what they wanted and what they wanted “Not everyone who applies or is for their daughters, Calloway said. sponsored gets in,” Calloway said. “We “I think it had a lot to do with the keep it small so the leadership is meanfact that there were society and debuingful, and we do ask people to commit tant balls, and some women in Califorfor six years.” nia who were part of that scene in the Whitney Frank joined the Dun‘20s wanted their daughters exposed to woody chapter of NCL in 2009, when doing more good in the world,” Calloher eldest daughter was going into sevway said. “The original chapters were all enth grade. “To be eligible to join, you about creating opportunities and a philmust have a daughter going into seventh anthropic thrust for their daughters.” grade,” she said. Kay Stueve and the elder of her two Frank said that though she didn’t fuldaughters, Rebecca, were invited by a ly know what they were getting into at sponsor to join their local Texas chapthe time, she looked forward to serving ter in 2007, when Rebecca was going needs in their community while spendinto the seventh grade. Younger daughing time with her daughters. Her in-
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From left, Rebecca, Kathleen and Kay Stueve were active in NCL while living in Texas, and then joined the Buckhead chapter after relocating.
volvement at the girls’ school led naturally to her finding a sponsor for NCL work. “It’s not for everybody because it is a time commitment, and our daughters have so many opportunities to do things,” Kay Stueve said, “but, yes, you see a mother-daughter and you see friends who are like-minded and think this would be a great opportunity, so you write a letter of recommendation.” When they moved to Buckhead, Stueve and her daughters focused on charity work rather than lament the friends they missed in Texas. “Moving when Rebecca was in eighth grade was hard, but NCL gave us the opportunity to spend time together instead of focusing on our woes and missed friends,” Kay Stueve said. Calloway said that NCL membership benefits mothers and daughter in more ways than just the time they get to spend bonding. “Through cultural experiences in the community, the National Charity League exposes mothers and daughters to different areas of the arts,” Calloway said. The Stueve family concentrates most of its time with the CFY organization, which distributes computers to children during workshops. In the Frank family, mother Whitney and daughters Addie and Olivia help 12 philanthropic organizations in the area, which includes Sandy Springs and North Fulton. “We prepare food,
and then serve the homeless and working poor [at the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church’s ‘Feed and Seed’ program held every other week],” Frank said. In addition to serving at the Community Assistance Center, Frank and her daughters have delivered Meals on Wheels, and provided snacks for clients of Senior Services of North Fulton. “We have ushered at theater productions for Christian Youth Theater and have packaged food for Stop Hunger Now,” Frank added. “My girls have also spent multiple summers as volunteer camp counselors for the Dunwoody Nature Center and Spruill Art Center.” They have also sorted donations and ‘shopped’ for foster families at Foster Care Support Foundation, spent time cheering up elderly residents at Mt. Vernon Towers and been responsible for the Survivors Tent at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Frank said. “The impact has been multilayered,” Frank said. “My girls have not only been exposed to the needs of the community around us, but they have learned to be leaders, they have learned to be team players, they have learned to be compassionate and generous, and they have seen the difference a helping hand can make. “My girls are now 18 and 16, and I know that NCL has made a difference in how they see the world. I am so grateful to be a part of this organization.”
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1. Chastain Park Spring Arts Festival
Saturday, May 9, through Sunday, May 10. Organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and with the help of a team of volunteer artists, this year’s festival celebrates its six-year anniversary. The event will feature approximately 185 vendors and artisans, plus a children’s area, beverages and food trucks. Free. 4469 Stella Dr., NW, Atlanta, 30327. www.chastainparkartsfestival.com.
2. Dunwoody Art Festival
Saturday, May 9, through Sunday, May 10. This rain or shine event will take over Dunwoody Village Parkway to display an artist market, with a Kidz Zone, rides, arts and crafts, games, live music and a food court. Free. 1449 Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Dunwoody, 30338. www.dunwoodyartfestival.splashfestivals.com.
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Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year marks the third annual Food ‘n Fun Fest, a community event raising awareness, funds and foods to fight hunger and homelessness. In addition to a quartermile Hunger Awareness Walk, the event features sports, fitness games, carnival games, fire engines, crafts, bouncy houses, music, food and more. Free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to bring a can or more of food for the Community Assistance Center Food Pantry. North Springs High School, 7447 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. www.ourcac.org.
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Sunday, May 17, 1-7 p.m. Discover DeKalb Convention Visitors Bureau presents the Oak Groove Festival, a neighborhood event that features live music, food, drinks, a kid’s area with bouncy houses and a climbing wall, and more. The festival will also host vendors selling art, jewelry and household goods. New this year is the “Pit Stop” shady rest area, sponsored by Audi Atlanta. Free and open to the public. Vista Grove Plaza Shopping Center parking lot, 2836 LaVista Rd., Decatur, 30033. Parking is free at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Rd., and shuttle service will be provided to and from the lot. www.oakgroove.org.
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Saturday, April 25 through Sunday, April 26. The 44th annual Inman Park Festival will again take over the streets of one of Atlanta’s oldest neighborhoods. The event features vendors, food, three separate stages for live music, kids’ activities, a street parade and artist market. Free and open to the public. Inman Park, Atlanta, 30307. www.inmanparkfestival.org.
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Saturday, May 2, 6 p.m. – PADV, the Partnership Against Domestic Violence, hosts an annual gala fundraiser. The 2015 gala features a Kentucky Derby theme, and all money raised will be allocated to PADV’s general operating expenses. The Partnership Against Domestic Violence is the largest nonprofit domestic violence organization in Georgia, and serves over 20,000 women and children in metro Atlanta and surrounding communities. Ritz-Carlton Hotel Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, 30326. For more information go online to www.padv.org or call 404-870-9600.
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Friday, May 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. – Arts in the Garden, an annual event featuring visual and performing arts, benefits the successful recovery of individuals with mental illness. Festivities include workshops, demonstrations, exhibits, performances, plant and art sales, treasure sale, storytelling and mental health education. Free and open to the public. Skyland Trail, 1961 North Druid Hills Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30329. For additional details, vist: www.skylandtrail.org or call 404- 315-8333.
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Monarchs & Margaritas Saturday, April 25, 6:30-10:30 p.m. –
The Dunwoody Nature Center’s largest fundraiser of the year will feature a catered dinner, entertainment and silent and live auctions with a variety of prizes. All proceeds benefit the programming, education and outreach efforts of the center. 400 Perimeter Center Terrace, Dunwoody, 30338. To learn more and see prices, go to: www.events.org/monarchsandmargaritas or call 770-394-3322.
movie “Shrek,” features all new songs from Jeanine Tesori that bring the story to life on stage. Family friendly, this show is recommended for children ages 6 and up. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. St. James United Methodist Church, 4400 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, 30042. For more information go to: www.forefrontarts. com or call 770-864-3316.
Little Diggers Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. – Heritage Sandy Springs offers a workshop for kids to grow a small garden in a glove and learn about horticulture and gardening. Suitable for children 6-10 years of age with supervising adult. Free. The event takes place during the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Visit: www.heritagesandysprings.org or call 404-851-9111 for more information.
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Zydeco Dance Saturday, May 2, 8-11 p.m. – The At-
lanta Cajun Zydeco Association celebrates nine years with this annual dance. The musical group is well-known for their smooth harmonies and Motown-era influences. The event features performances by Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble, and a free beginners dance lesson from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets: $18 for general admission, $5 for students. Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, go online to www.aczadance.org or call 877-338-2420.
Harris Jacobs Run Sunday, May 3, 7 a.m.-12 p.m. – This race/
walk event honors the memory of past MJCCA president Harris Jacobs. The 5K Road Race, which begins and ends at Zaban Park, follows a certified, familyfriendly course through Dunwoody neighborhoods. At 8:15 a.m. there will be a one-mile Special Needs Community Walk around the lake at MJCCA. Zaban Park Campus, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Visit: www.atlantajcc.org/HJDR or call 678-812-4147 to learn more, to register and for pricing.
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Legislative Review Saturday, April 25, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. – The nonpartisan League of Women Voters of AtlantaFulton County and its partners present the 2015 Doris Von Glahn Legislative Review. This event offers citizens a recap of how they will be affected by new or changed laws. Potential topics are related to state takeover of failing schools, access to marijuana, taxes, transportation, judiciary and many other issues. Free. St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 4393 Garmon Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30327. For space planning, register via EventBrite at www.bit.ly/1LWUMdy.
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With legislation passed, proponents of new cities go back to work BY JOE EARLE
Let the real campaign begin. In the final hours of the 2015 General Assembly, state lawmakers approved public votes on whether to create new DeKalb County cities called LaVista Hills and Tucker. Supporters of the new cities, who have been lobbying for their creation for years, now turn to winning public support in a Nov. 3 referendum. “The hard part is ahead of us,” former LaVista Hills Yes co-chair Mary Kay Woodworth told a crowd gathered April 13 in a Lavista Road restaurant to celebrate the legislative win and distribute new yard signs for the coming campaign. Allen Venet, now sole chair of the LaVista Hills Yes group, said the supporters would begin raising money, distributing their message and organizing community meetings to try to convince their neighbors to approve the new city. The legislative effort “is behind us,” Venet said. “It’s a whole new ballgame. Now we have to work hard to get our message out.” He said the group planned “to hold as many neighborhood meetings as people will let us in to talk.”
If voters in the area approve it, LaVista Hills would take in nearly 70,000 people and stretch from neighborhoods near Emory University to ones outside I-285. It would become the most populous city in DeKalb County and would share a border with the proposed city of Tucker. Much of the lastminute legislative bickering over the new cities’ proposals was about where to draw that line. Venet said that if LaVista Hills wins approval at the ballot box Nov. 3, voters would return to the polls to elect members of its new city council on the day set for the 2016 Georgia presidential primary. Venet said campaigns JOE EARLE for the proposed new cities Stan Mislow points out his home on the map of the propposed city of LaVista Hills. already face organized opposition. change. We can make the case that this have cities all around us that are better “We have a difficult task,” he told is a better form of government [than at spending their tax dollars and betthe crowd. “Very few people like DeKalb County]. We have reasons we ter at serving their citizens. Not perfect, but better. The opposition just says no.” Not everyone at the gathering was convinced that the new city was needed. “I’m trying to make up my mind,” Jim Reagan said. “I think it may be a good thing because most of the people are so fed up with DeKalb County’s corruption they want something different.” Jack Riggs said he moved into a DeKalb County neighborhood in 1994 “specifically not to have city taxes.” He said he wanted to see proponents and opponents on the same stage, arguing the same points, before he made up his mind. And Rhea Johnson, who said he supported the concept of the new city, worried that not enough preparation had gone into it. “I am absolutely in favor of it, but there are serious issues,” he said. “There is no plan. ... It has to be well-planned, well-organized and well-executed. It needs to have a plan.” But others were eager to see the new local government created so they could join Dunwoody and Brookhaven among the “new cities” created in Tristan Abby Vongkultrup Chandler Georgia since Sandy Springs won legLead Therapist Lead Esthetician islative and voter approval nearly a decade ago. Bill Kushner said he was so eager to live in the not-yet-created city of LaVista Hills that he moved. His house had been in a disputed area that might have ended up in the proposed city of Tucker, he said, so he bought a new home a 1407 Dresden Dr. #300 Atlanta, GA 30319 few blocks away that was safely within the boundaries of the proposed LaVisOpen Tuesday-Sunday 12:00pm-9:00pm ta Hills. Nearby, Stan and Betty Mislow re404.528.1483 viewed a map of the proposed city | APRIL 17 – APRIL 30, 2015 | www.ReporterNewspapers.net
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Three tell their tales of Holocaust survival BY JOE EARLE
For Holocaust survivor Herbert Kohn, there’s a reason to remember what happened during that horrible time. It’s to make sure nothing like it ever happens again. “The lessons of the Holocaust must be passed on to our children, grandchildren and others to learn how to prevent and stop crimes against humanity from happening again and again,” he says. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody held a Holocaust remembrance program April 12. The 50th annual community-wide Holocaust commemoration in Atlanta was scheduled for April 19 at Greenwood Cemetery, 1173 Cascade Circle. “A lot of people don’t realize what happened,” Kohn said. “Nowhere have you ever seen when millions of people get killed in a very short time. It’s unbelievable. It was the worst crime that ever happened in all the history of the world.” To keep the memory alive, survivors of the Nazi killing machine tell their stories publicly. Here are three, including Kohn, who now live in Reporter Newspapers communities. Each has a particular story to tell.
Helen Weingarten recalls her first sight of the train. “We were told to go to the train station,” she said. “When I got there, I saw a long train, a very long train, with cattle cars – those big doors that open. We were told to get into the cars.” She was a young woman at the time, in 1944. World War II raged on European battlefields, but in the out-of-the way Romanian village where Weingarten lived, they knew little about what was happening. Weingarten and her family – her father, mother, five sisters and two brothers – were ordered by the Nazis to leave their home. First they were taken to a Jewish school. Then they were told they were being moved to a ghetto. “I didn’t know what a ghetto was,” she said. They didn’t stay long. “We had been there four or five weeks, until all the Jews from the surrounding areas had been gathered. After that time, we were told to go to the train station,” she recalled one recent morning at her Sandy Springs apartment. Up to 100 people were crowded into each of the cars. A pail served as a toilet. All she had to eat was bread she had brought with her. There was no space to lie down. “There was nothing on the floor to lie down with,” she said. “When everybody was in, the doors closed and the train started. We
didn’t know where it was going. We didn’t know anything. For five days, it didn’t stop. It kept going and going. After five days, I heard the train whistle. I can see it like I’m still there. It slowed down and then it stopped.” When the train doors opened, “I saw women walking with shaved heads. I thought I was in a crazy place. Who shaves their heads in this day and age? We went out of the cattle car. Everybody had a little suitcase. [The guards] said, ‘Leave it on the side of the train and we’re going to take it to the hotel where you’re going to stay.” The “hotel” was simply a cruel joke. She, her family and hundreds of others had been taken to Auschwitz, she said. More than a million people died in that Nazi concentration camp. Its name has become one of dark symbols of the Holocaust. From the train, the women were herded into huge barracks, Weingarten said. “Lunch was soup in a little container. When I was through with the soup, there was sand in the bottom. ... They took us out in the afternoon to a big place. There were about eight or 10 Nazi people there, with machine guns on the table. They told us they were going to shave our heads. We said, ‘No, nothing doing.’ ‘So we’re going to kill you right here,’ they said. Killing was nothing to them.” After she had been in the camp about six months, she was placed in a group of about 500 women who were to be marched to the gas chamber. “They told us to march toward the crematorium. About five minutes later, a car came from the opposite direction and stopped. A Nazi man came out of the car and ... and said, ‘These women are not going to the crematorium.’ We turned around and marched to the train station. We went to labor camps.” Weingarten and three of her sisters survived Auschwitz, as did a younger brother. Other family members died there. “I was at Auschwitz six months. One hundred and eighty days. It was a very, very long time.”
ly radio, but she remembers that her father bought a cheap one and turned it in instead. In 1943, Manuela was ordered to wear a yellow star on her jacket to identify herself as a Jew. She remembers wearing it on a bright green jacket on the first day of school. Her teacher called her to the front of the class and kindly told the other children that “the Germans want to hurt me, so you have to be nice to her.” Then, in 1942, the Germans began rounding up Jews in Paris, she said. “We were registered as Jews and no one came for us,” she said. “To this day, we don’t understand. It was one of the many miracles as to why I’m here today.” They decided to leave. Her mother gave her piano to a neighbor for safekeeping. A family friend burned their identifying stars. Two teens she says worked for the French Resistance helped them catch a train to the south of France, then under control of a separate government headquartered in Vichy. Smugglers helped them cross the border. For Manuela and her younger sister, it seemed a great adventure. “We thought we were going on vacation at the time,” she said. They ended up in a small village. The police interrogated her parents. They said the family could stay, but just for a short while. “My parents were Manuela Bornstein says “many miracles” kept her walking the streets. ‘What to do? What to do? What alive as a Jewish child in France during World War II. to do?” she said. “Then they saw an ad for a house for She was born in and grew up in Paris. When the Nazis rent.” invaded and took control of northern France, she said, They moved in. The village held only “30 houses, she and her family, like the other Jews of Paris, began to 100 inhabitants,” she said. A larger community a halfface greater and greater discrimination. mile away “had a church and a city hall and a wonderHer father was forced to sell his business. Her parful mayor,” she said. “The mayor found a job for my faents’ identification cards were stamped to proclaim that ther as a farm hand.” And he issued false identification they were Jews. They were ordered to turn in their famicards to her parents. Later, she discovered the same man | | 16 APRIL 17 – APRIL 30, 2015 www.ReporterNewspapers.net
issued false cards for a number of residents who were hiding from the Nazis. She sees now that her parents protected her and her sister from what was going on around them. Life in the village “was an adventure for us. We were very confident, very naïve,” she said. “We had a good time, my sister and I. ... We were not afraid. We went to school with the other children.” They had food and shelter. After a while, her younger brother was born. But there were signs of danger. “There was a lot of resistance in that part of France,” she said. The Germans took control of the area. When troops marched through, people would hide. “There were shootings, there were killings,” she said. “It was awful.” Also, “there were roundups all the time.” At times, her father would spend several days at a nearby property that had a hiding place. One night, the entire family spent a night in the forests where members of the resistance usually hid. At one point, “my mother told us if we were arrested, she would give us each a poison pill and we would die,” she said. On Sundays, she said, they raised their glass and there was this [toast]: “The four of us. Until next Sunday. Hoping to be alive another week. Until next Sunday.” They all survived. After the allied forces liberated Paris in 1944, the family returned. “My father made his way back to Paris,” she said. “He was able to get our apartment. Also, to get my mother’s piano back.” Little by little, they found out about members of their family who had been killed. At one point, she was told that almost 200 members of her extended family had died in the Holocaust. But she, her parents, her sister and brother survived. “The biggest miracle is there were four of us going and five coming back,” she said.
In 1933, when he was 6, Herbert Kohn walked to school one day only to find things had changed. “Shortly after we arrived and I settled down in my desk, the teacher said, ‘Are there any Jews in this class?’ and I raised my hand proudly,” he said. “There were two of us in the classroom. The teacher told us to get our things and go home. ‘Jews are not allowed in public schools anymore.’
“I really did not understand what this was all about – the children in this class were all my friends. I was more concerned and worried how I would get home since I never had walked home by myself!” That was only the beginning. Kohn lived in an upper middle class family in Frankfurt. “We lived in a very nice apartment,” he recalls. Kohn, who’s 88 now and lives in Dunwoody, saw the discrimination, segregation and persecution of Germany’s Jews that began the Holocaust. “Everyday life for Jews became more difficult,” he said. “I remember that all park benches in public parks were marked ‘Jews not allowed’; every business, store, restaurant, movie theater that was not owned by a Jew had signs on the entrances: ‘Jews are not wanted here.’ ... Things got worse every day. My father lost his job and realized that we had to get out.” He remembers Kristallnacht in 1938, the “night of broken glass, when storefronts were broken and synagogues burned.” “It was the beginning of the killing stage,” he said. He was 12. The next day, he and his grandfather walked around town. “I actually saw what happened that night,” he said. “I saw the synagogues
destroyed – my synagogue. I saw the fire trucks there, doing nothing, but making sure the fire didn’t spread.” That same night, storm troopers arrested his father and took him away. He returned three weeks later, his hair white and having lost 30 pounds, Kohn recalls. “He had been taken to the Buchenwald Concentration Camp,” Kohn said. “He and the other inmates suffered unspeakable abuse.” After three weeks, his Nazi captors found a certificate in his wallet. It cited him for his service in the front lines of the German military in World War I. He was released. After his return home, he fled to England. His wife and children soon followed. They ended up working on a farm in Alabama. Kohn’s maternal grandparents died in Germany – his grandmother from natural causes in 1940 and his grandfather in a cattle car carrying prisoners to an extermination camp, he said. Kohn enlisted in the U.S. Army. In 1945, he returned to Germany as a soldier. He saw the concentration camps. At one point, he and an Army buddy visited Frankfurt to see Kohn’s former home. He visited a former childhood friend who had turned on him and taunted him as a boy. “I walked in and there he was, hiding behind the sofa, with his feet sticking out,” Kohn said. “My friend was there, ready to beat him up. I remember very clearly, I spat on the floor and I walked out, and took my friend with me.”
In remembrance The Marcus Jewish Community Center-Zaban Park (MJCCA) held a “Yom HaShoah Commemoration” on April 12, inviting the public to remember the victims of the Holocaust with a special program. The ceremony was attended by Rabbi Brian Glusman, from the MJCCA, who gave the introductions. Part of the program included lighting six Memorial Flames, representing the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Left, author and Holocaust survivor Irving Roth delivers the keynote address. Below, left, the a cappella group “Shir Harmony” performs. Below, right, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, standing, far right, attended the ceremony, held in the auditorium. Inclement weather moved the event indoors, from the Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden.
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Brandon Hall appoints Interim Head of School Earlier this school year, Dr. John L. Singleton, Jr. notified the Board of Trustees of Brandon Hall School that this would be his last at Atlanta’s only college preparatory boarding school. The Board has appointed Johnny O. Graham as Interim Head of School. Graham, who has been with Brandon Hall since 2011, has 16 years of experience at several nationally recognized independent boarding and day schools as a teacher, coach and administrator, along with his most recent role as Associate Head of Brandon Hall School. “I am honored by the opportunity to serve our innovative community. The culture of knowledge, compassion, inclusion and awareness at Brandon Hall makes it a notable paradigm of 21st Century education,” Graham said. “I am confident that we have a significant opportunity to honor the school’s history and traditions, appreciate its current achievements, and capitalize on its potential.” Singleton has served as Head of School since 2010. He will award his final diploma in May.
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Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose has punctuated his 35-year law enforcement career by telling tales. His crime reports include just enough snarky wit and sarcasm to secure a fan base for his column. He says his writing is something he would continue even after fully retiring from law enforcement. But, he’s not leaving Sandy Springs police; he’s transferring to a new job. And while he’s leaving his community outreach role to take on the duties of South District commander, he says he isn’t abandoning his “Weekly Wrap,” which he says has become world famous. Rose has been adding his touch of humor to serious subjects in law enforcement and sharing it with the community for almost 15 years. He retired from Fulton County Police in 2006, the day before he started with Sandy Springs police. Rose, now 62, is married to a Sandy Springs detective, has two children and two step-children, one of whom works as a police officer in Atlanta. Five children call him Grandpa. And still, he writes. What has become Rose’s “Weekly Wrap,” started as private writing, Rose said. Around 2001, he said he moved into
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napped man also called 911 after her son, who was on the phone at the time his father was being kidnapped, told her what was happening. The kidnapper fled the scene, taking a wallet and the car. He returned the man’s license when the man asked him to. The car was later recovered at Windsor Parkway at Northway Drive, after a neighbor discovered the car parked at the location. The wallet, cash, car and keys were returned to owner.
block of Peachtree Road—On March 26, a kidnapping was reported after a resident discovered a man with a shotgun in the upstairs part of a house. The man with a shotgun tied the resident up and took his wallet, cellphone and the keys to his truck. A second resident encountered the armed intruder while he was downstairs on a cellphone talking to his son. The intruder took the man’s cellphone, but did not terminate the call, and ordered him at gunpoint inside his grey BMW to drive to Windsor Parkway. While at the location, the kidnapper demanded the man’s wallet and ordered him out the car.
The man tied up at the house was able to
cut himself free and he ran to a neighbor’s house to phone 911. The wife of the kid-
block of Peachtree Road—On March 22, officers were dispatched to a report of a person screaming outside an apartment complex. A man came out of the bushes and demanded money from a woman, who was walking her dog. The man slashed the woman’s arm with a knife. She began screaming and running toward the front of the building, while yelling, “I don’t have any money.” The man was last seen jumping the fence and fleeing toward the Brookwood Valley Apartments. Emergency Medical Services arrived to treat the woman’s cuts.
block of Lenox Road—On March 23, a man carjacked a woman who was in her car at a security gate near a condo. The man pointed a gun at her and demanded, “Give me your purse and phone.” Then he demanded, “Give me everything and get out of the vehicle.” When she got out of her Nissan, the man left in it headed toward Buford Highway. An Apple iPhone and a purse that contained an ID and credit cards were taken.
block of Northside Drive—On March 31, a strong-arm robbery of a pedestrian was reported. A woman returned to a residence after being struck. Once inside the residence, the suspect locked the woman and a friend inside. When the woman began screaming, the suspect tackled and began striking her. While inside, the suspect again locked the door and demanded both cellphones and took $500. As the two victims were leaving, the suspect grabbed a purse and pulled the woman down. At some point, one of the victims was able to retrieve her cellphone back from the suspect. The suspect and friend were not on scene when patrol units arrived.
block of West Wieuca Road— On April 3, a man met two women at a club and they returned to his residence. He awoke to the women going through the belongings in his closet. As the women ran, he attempted to chase after them, but one woman pushed him down a flight of stairs. Three wallets and three watches were taken. When police arrived, they found the man lying on the floor in a pool of blood. The master bedroom back door had been left open. Police believe the women exited using the garage.
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block of Huff Road—On March 25, a woman’s grandfather threw a license plate at her and spit on her when the two fought over a vehicle purchase.
block of Huff Road—On March 25, a man attempted to stab another man with a knife, after both men and a woman had been fighting. Before the attempted stabbing, the man asked the attacker if he had a problem with him. That’s when he
pulled a knife and tried to stab the man in the chest. The woman who had been fighting with the men emerged from around the corner with a machete-style knife. She charged at the man who had almost been stabbed. After a security guard pulled him away, the victim fled to safety. The man and woman suspects fled the scene in a white Audi. 1900
block of Piedmont Road—On March 28, someone hit a man in the head with the butt of a weapon and took his wallet. The man had a noticeable injury to his head and he complained of neck pain. He needed the police offer’s help to stand. He was taken to Grady for further treatment, and when police interviewed him the following day, he realized his car keys and car were stolen from the hotel parking lot.
block of Kingsboro Road—On April 3, a witness entered a parking lot and saw someone moving the cameras inside the parking lot. After the witness questioned the man about being on the property, the man attempted to run. The witness tried to stop him. The man headbutted the witness and stabbed him in the hand with an unknown object. A neighbor and the witness chased the man into the parking lot at Lenox Mall, where they encountered a security officer and an offduty Atlanta police officer. The man was arrested.
man who was arrested has committed several thefts from autos at the mall. Flyers were put up warning the residents. The knife was never recovered. When the man was searched, spark plugs, which are known for the use of breaking windows, were recovered in his pockets.
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CHILL & BODY EXPANDS WHOLE BODY CRYOTHERAPY TO Atlanta! Consider the benefits of a 60-minute massage. It’s a great way to relieve stress, recover from a challenging workout or manage pain. But in today’s hectic world, finding 60 minutes for a massage on a regular basis is virtually impossible. What if there was a different type of therapy that could do more for you in three minutes than a 60-minute massage? It’s called Whole Body Cryotherapy and it is now available to the public at Chill & Body, Lenox Square Mall inside The Forum Athletic Club and Canton Street in Historic Roswell. While it is new to Lenox Square, Full Body Cryotherapy has been available for 37 years, first introduced in Japan and then in Europe. Cryotherapy saunas have caught on in the United States with multiple locations in Texas, Arizona, Southern California, Illinois and more. Whole Body Cryotherapy, improves upon the traditional ice bath method for reducing swelling and inflammation. With a colder, faster treatment using a controlled nitrogen mist to significantly reduce body temperature for 2-3 minutes, visitors walk away dry, refreshed, and with reduced muscle and joint soreness. Clients use Whole Body Therapy for a variety of reasons including recovery from workouts, health and beauty enhancement, or overall wellness.
Let’s take a closer look at each:
Whole Body Cryotherapy can relieve inflammation, reduce muscle soreness, lessen pain from sore joints, restore blood flow and help you recover faster from your workout. How long does it take for you to recover from a workout? One day? Two days, maybe more. Whole Body Cryotherapy can reduce recovery time so you can work out more frequently and feel significantly better.
In the Chill & Body sauna a controlled nitrogen mist significantly reduces body temperature for 2-3 minutes, and visitors walk away dry, refreshed, and with reduced muscle and joint soreness.
From chilling away fat to smoothing wrinkles and erasing spider veins, cryotherapy techniques are being used throughout the beauty industry to address aging problems that used to require surgery. Whole Body Cryotherapy has been shown to stimulate collagen production, resulting Inside The Forum Athletic in the rejuvenation of aging skin Club at Lenox Square, and reduction of cellulite. Each open to the public session can consume as many as 400 to 800 calories that, when combined with a good diet and fitness, can aid in weight loss.
No matter how much time you dedicate to keeping your body healthy, it does wear down. People who have experienced Whole Body Cryotherapy report that it makes them feel refreshed and invigorated and also promotes a deeper sleep. Because each session takes only three minutes, it is easy to make Whole Body Therapy a regular routine to gain the maximum benefits from the therapy.
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Chill & Body also offers the NormaTec Recovery system, which helps maximize your workouts. Using Sequential Pulse Technology, it synergistically combines three distinctive massage techniques to speed the body’s normal recovery process: pulsing compression, gradients, and distal release. Used before exercise, the NormaTec system acts as a high-tech massage to warm-up your muscles.
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CHILL & BODY CRYOTHERAPY LOCATIONS: LENOX SQUARE INSIDE FORUM ATHLETIC CLUB 3393 PEACHTREE ROAD NE, Suite 2010-A ATLANTA, GA 30326 678-820-5550 1137 CANTON STREET ROSWELL, GA 30075 678-820-7412