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Morgan O’Keefe, 11, left, and Kerston Moss, 8, feed the ducks during a warm, spring day at Murphey Candler Park on April 11. Read story below and see additional photo on page 5.

Park, lake draw Murphey Candler residents together BY JON GARGIS Recreation. Education. Location. Ask a resident of the Murphey Candler Park neighborhood why they’re living there and their answers are bound to fall into one of those categories. Or perhaps even all three. The neighborhood and the park it surrounds, between Chamblee Dunwoody and Ashford Dunwoody roads, are just inside I-285 in Brookhaven. It was the location that initially appealed to Maggie Wise and her husband, but once they discovered the area—the older homes and the abundance of mature trees—helped them decide to relocate there. The park and nearby Murphey Candler Lake also were a positive influence. “We [previously] lived in Chamblee, just a couple of miles away, and we loved the accessibility of [this] area— it’s so close to 285 and 400—but we actually drove around all of what’s now Brookhaven. The accessibility of 285 and 400 was so important to us,” Wise said. “I work

in Buckhead, he works up in Alpharetta, so it’s a really good spot for both of us. “I definitely feel like this neighborhood is a suburban neighborhood, but then it’s inside the Perimeter, which is just the coolest thing. I could never imagine living [outside the Perimeter] and have to deal with a big commute every day just for a suburban feel of a neighborhood. [And] we kind of got lucky to get in right before it became Brookhaven.” This summer will mark the third year Wise Where and her husband have resided in the neighborYou hood, and she’s not alone in thinking the city’s Live incorporation has helped the neighborhood to be attractive to potential homeowners. “As part of the city of Brookhaven, I think for a lot of people it feels like a more contained community than to be in unincorporated DeKalb County. I think if nothing else, cityhood has helped our residential market in this area,” said Lisa Thule, who is in her fifth year as presiSEE PARK, PAGE 5

An animated confrontation between the city of Brookhaven’s former communications director and a photographer and his models has city officials defending the city’s reputation on racial attitudes. “It has created an appearance ... of racial views in our city that couldn’t be farther from the truth,” City Councilman Bates Mattison said. “From Day One, we’ve been very sensitive [on matters of race]. Our city has a very diverse population.” The population of Brookhaven is about 58 percent white, 9 percent black, 5 percent Asian and 25 percent Hispanic, according to American Community Survey data compiled by Georgia State University AsRosemary sociate Professor Cathy Taylor Yang Liu. “As leaders of the city, we have always been sensitive to that diversity,” Mattison said. “We feel it is an asset to our city.” City Manager Marie Garrett on April 13 apologized to photographer Nelson Jones and two teenage models Jones brought to Brookhaven’s inaugural Cherry Blossom Festival for their treatment by former city Communications Director Rosemary Taylor. Taylor was fired after the incident for exhibiting “conduct unbecoming of a city employee,” Garrett said in statement released April 7. Taylor’s dismissal was widely covered by local media. Jones has said that Taylor confronted him and the two models at the festival, saying the two teenagers did not represent the “image” Brookhaven wanted to present in its promotions. Jones and the models said they believed Taylor was referring to their ethnicity. One is black and the other Asian. Taylor said her comments had nothing to do with the models’ ethnicity, but about how they were dressed. “Racism had absolutely nothing to do with my interactions with the photographer and his hired models at the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival,” she said in a statement released April 9. She described the models as “two sexy girls” and said, “What I said was, ‘This is not the image Brookhaven wanted.’ It had nothing to do with ethnicity. If those two girls have been SEE COMMENT, PAGE 2


Council considering pursuit of opportunity zone BY JON GARGIS Brookhaven’s efforts to get state tax incentives for businesses along one of its corridors could receive support from an Atlanta law firm if City Council approves a proposed measure later this month. Councilmen at their April 21 meeting are slated to consider an engagement letter with DLA Piper LLP that would have the law firm represent the city and its development authority in the pursuit of an opportunity zone. The proposal had been on the council’s April 7 agenda, but was tabled to give city leaders time to discuss the opportunity zone application with potential partners—companies that could reap the benefits from the opportunity zone designation. If granted the opportunity zone designation by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, new and existing businesses in the zone that create at least two or more new jobs could earn a maximum job tax credit of $3,500 per new employee. The city has already invested $25,000 in the application to have a portion of Buford Highway declared an opportunity zone. Areas within or adjacent to a census block group with 15 percent or greater poverty where an enterprise zone or urban redevelopment plan exists are eligible to become opportunity zones under state regulations. “[The opportunity zone program] was designed to take areas that were designated as poverty stricken and [showing] blight—and ‘blight’ was a key word used in the description of what would qualify. And, according to the 2010 Census, we in Brookhaven -along Buford Highway is what I describe as ‘ground zero’ -- [are] a highly qualified candidate to participate in an opportunity zone,” said Councilman Joe Gebbia, whose district includes

the area at the center of the city’s application. “This could be a tremendous incentive, as we move down the road, for key areas along Buford Highway, especially in our annexed areas,” Gebbia added. “I’m talking about in particular Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, talking about Executive Park. It could be a key impetus to redevelopment of Corporate Square. The gains to us as a city are in the multi-million-dollar range—very, very significant.” No other area of Brookhaven is eligible for the opportunity zone designation. While the aim of the designation would be to spur economic development within the zone, officials said other parts of the city could receive a positive impact from it as well. “One of the things that I think is important, really the foundation of an opportunity zone, is to create and attract jobs because of incentives. But what’s not written into the law is the catalyst that these type of jobs create by creating other jobs that many times are not in the opportunity zone, but they come to service off of large employment bases,” City Manager Marie Garrett said. “I think we certainly can expect that to happen.” “While I’m not really in favor of entitlements or programs that are out there giving out taxpayers’ money, this one has a direct benefit to the area that I can get behind, and that is creating jobs,” Councilman Bates Mattison said. “We’re not only looking for the redevelopment of an area that is economically blighted, but we’re also creating jobs, which allows people to afford living in Brookhaven, hopefully, but also helping bring more businesses to Brookhaven.”

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City hires planners for bike and trail plan, North Fork greenway City Council has approved a $96,866.12 contract with Pond and Company to develop a comprehensive bicycle, pedestrian and trail plan for the city. The project’s focus will be to develop plans aimed at creating a map for future investment as well as a prioritized list of BR I EF S feasible and cost-effective projects. The council also approved a $153,800.96 contract with Heath and Lineback Engineers to develop the master plan and concept design for the North Fork Peachtree Creek Greenway, a project aimed at creating multi-use and natural trails along the North Fork of Peachtree Creek.

Fight schedules change Because of visa troubles and changed team travel plans, the schedule of events planned for an international women’s boxing tournament set for April 20 through April 25 at the Buckhead Fight Club has changed, promoter Terri Moss says. The club and its owner were featured in an article in the April 3-16 issue of the Brookhaven Reporter. The new schedule features teams of women boxers from China and the U.S. meeting head-to-head, she said. Other international boxers had been expected to take part, producing a round-robin tournament, she said, but those teams now are no longer scheduled to appear. The new schedule calls for exhibitions on April 21 and 23, and a series of matches on April 25.

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blonde and dressed that way, I would have had the same reaction.” But Jones and 17-year-old Khamlee Vangvone, one of the models, said that they remained convinced that her complaint was racial. “You had to be there to know what she was talking about,” Vangvone said. “It’s the way she said it.” Taylor also said she had been told Jones, who was working for the city’s tourism department, was “a political hire.” Both Jones and Mayor J. Max Davis denied that. Davis said he and other members of the City Council barely knew Jones. Jones said he worked for free photographing several city events before he finally was hired to photograph the festi-

val. He said he brought the models with him for personal work and did not plan to give those shots to the city. Taylor said she did not understand why Jones brought the models to the festival. Usually, she said, a client is asked to approve a model before an event. Taylor said she felt it was part of her job to make sure “everything related to the [city’s] brand” was carefully controlled. “Every little thing matters,” she said. “I kept asking [Jones], ‘Why are the models here?” Taylor said she has consulted with lawyers about her firing. She said she was “trying to come out of the shock” after the publicity surrounding her dismissal. “It’s extremely embarrassing,” she said.

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Green Meadows Lane to see traffic calming devices BY JON GARGIS Cars should move a little slower on Green Meadows Lane this summer after Brookhaven City Council approved installation of traffic calming devices on the roadway. Five speed bumps will be installed on Green Meadows Lane between Cheshire Way and Wilford Drive after a speed-andvolume study showed vehicles commonly exceeded 30 mph on the road that has a posted limit of 25 mph. Landowners along the road will be assessed an annual $25 fee for maintenance of the traffic calming devices. Richard Meehan, an engineer with the public works department, said the Green Meadows project is the third traffic calming plan approved within the last four months or so, adding that the city would be bidding out those projects in the coming weeks. Installation could begin in late May or early June. Prior to the April 7 City Council meeting, Meehan said city officials had polled owners of land parcels to be affected by the proposed plan, with 67 percent of them, or 28 out of 42, approving of the change. The city’s ordinance requires a minimum of 65 percent approval from property owners. Officials had also received six emails in support of the plan. The council approved the measure 3-0, with Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams not voting as she presided over the meeting as mayor pro tem. Mayor J. Max Davis was not in attendance as he was traveling over spring break with his family, Williams said. A public hearing on the proposal was held prior to the council’s vote. Resident Robert Sanders told council members he began seeking a measure to slow traffic about a year ago, after his 1-year-old daughter was nearly hit by a passing vehicle. “The data supports it, and I think the street is vastly in favor of it. It should be a pretty easy vote,” he said. Other residents said backing from their homes into the street was difficult. One resident called it “scary.” “It’s impossible for me to back out of my driveway without, at some point, being exposed in the middle of that road at the peak of that blind hill. So, we were very excited when Robert came around with the petition for the traffic calming, because it’s something my wife and I had wished,” said Damon Mills, who lives at the top of the road’s blind hill. “From my standpoint, we need something to make that street a little bit more safe for me, and definitely the people that live at the peak of that hill. Just entering your driveway, coming in and out, is a dicey maneuver every day.” But resident John Taylor voiced concerns about the plan. The 94 year old said speed bumps have led to his cars having to go to the shop three times for repairs. He said he believed city leaders should considBK

er repair costs drivers may face as a result of more speed bumps. Taylor said he drives over at least 30 speed bumps a day. “All of these speed bumps and other traffic things influence a lot more than just one street,” he said. Resident Stan King worried about “unintended consequences” the proposed speed bumps could cause, saying that existing speed bumps have diverted water, damaging part of his property on Cheshire Way. “I’m losing real estate. I’ve got ruts on my yard about that deep,” he said. But King said his concern only put him about “10 percent” against the plan and “90 percent” in favor of it. Perry Patrick agreed, saying his small amount of disfavor was based on the possibility that the proposed addition of more speed bumps might become a trend. “Philosophically, I’m all for obeying the speed limit,” Patrick said. “I’m the guy that’s out there yelling at cars as they go screaming by. I’m the guy that’s doing ‘rolling traffic control,’ known to the police as the speed limit. [But] I think the council needs to ask themselves ‘Are we going to piecemeal every busy street in Brookhaven?’ I don’t want Brookhaven to become Bumphaven.”

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threats, determine strategies for improving water quality and restoring the shoreline, and identify potential funding sources for lake planning and maintenance. Brookhaven councilmen at their March 24 meeting gave unanimous approval to a $203,315.47 contract with Sustainable Water Planning and Engineering LLC to study the Nancy Creek watershed beyond the limits of Murphey Candler Lake and its associated drainage basin. The firm was among six companies that responded to the city’s request for quotation for the project. A selection committee of city officials reviewed and scored the submittals, with the top three firms chosen to interview with the committee in December. SWP&E was ranked the top firm among the three, and the committee recommended that the city enter into negotiations with the company. SWP&E will develop a watershed improvement plan for the Nancy Creek watershed that will include a prioritized capital improvement plan list of best management practices, projects and tasks that would be effective in improving conditions throughout the watershed. Shane Day Boyer, president of the Murphey Candler Park Conservancy, said his group was aware of the study and its importance to the lake. “We certainly hope to have input in the process,” he said. City officials during discussions last year estimated that the study would take about six months and that a public input process could extend the time period. Murphey Candler Lake was created in 1954 and is one of Brookhaven’s most active recreational areas. The lake, fed by a drainage basin on the north fork of Nancy Creek, serves as a stormwater detention basin for a large portion of north DeKalb County and parts of eastern Fulton County. BK


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dent of the Murphey Candler Neighborhood Association. About 366 homes are within the neighborhood, Thule said, which itself is approaching nearly 50 years of age. Thule and her family have resided within in it for nearly half that time frame—22 years. “My husband and I moved here with two children, and we had three more in those years. We feel kind of entrenched,” she said. “We were really attracted to the neighborhood because of the location, and because it’s close to the schools we were already in. “When I moved to Atlanta, I always lived in Brookhaven. I lived in Peachtree Garden Apartments, that’s where Town Brookhaven is now. So I’ve always lived in this area,” she added. “We had a community in our church, in our schools and this neighborhood.” Another longtime resident, Shane Day Boyer, grew up here. His mother still lives in the house he grew up in—across the street from the park— which she bought in 1978. Boyer and his wife bought their own home in the neighborhood and renovated it in 2005. “There are not many neighborhoods around Atlanta that have a 100-plus-acre park at its core. The ability to walk down to the park and everything else the park has to offer

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is the perfect reason for us to stay,” Boyer said. “In 2005, we bought a four-bedroom home for just my wife, myself and our dog.” “Ten years later, we now have three kids, and [having the nearby] park is perfect,” he said, adding that the lake is also beneficial when they take their basset hound Scooter out for a walk on the 1.5mile trail around it. Thule said the outdoor attractions bring out a lot of her neighbors, which has helped her get to know a lot of them. “As time has gone by, we are really atPHIL MOSIER tached to our comMaggie Wise, left, with her husband Brett, and their two dogs “Suzie,” munity. I feel like I left, and “Kip,” stop for a break at Murphey Candler Lake. know a lot of people here, there are a lot of people that are outside, the park atfor them,” he said. 5K last year, which included live music tracts a lot of dog walkers and a lot The neighborhood is also served by and prizes. Movie nights, he added, have of joggers,” Thule said. “If you have a Chamblee Middle School and Chambeen held at the Murphey Candler Park family, the neighborhood attracts famblee Charter High School. Pool and the nearby ball fields. ilies. “The schools are really attractive At Halloween, it’s not uncom“The pool brings families togethto young families who are thinking mon to find a party being held by reser, the youth sports at Murphey Canabout their kids’ high school when idents in one of the neighborhood dler Park brings families together,” she they’re just starting first grade,” Thule circles. added. “We’ve been able to meet a lot said. “I wouldn’t move because it’d take of people who live in our little neigh“We have very good schools in this me another 20 years to rebuild the comborhood because of the many things area, and if you are on the private school munity that I feel very comfortable in,” that are so convenient to it. When we track, you’re not very far from many of Thule said. want to see our neighbors, we just go those as well. For Wise, it’s the hospitality of her outside and walk down to the park, “We don’t have a lot of single peoneighbors that makes the area truly feel and we’re bound to see a dozen people ple here. We do have a good number of like a neighborhood. that we know and like.” empty nesters here, but this is a place “I think this is the South in genIn addition to the park and lake, where people come to raise a family,” eral, but I appreciate this of our Boyer says another major draw for the she added. neighborhood: People are walkneighborhood is Brookhaven’s topRresidents don’t have to go far to find ing by or driving by in their car and ranked school, Montgomery Elemenevents. The Murphey Candler Park Conthey wave hello, you can stop and tary. Two of Boyer’s children go there. servancy, of which Boyer serves as prestalk to someone on your walk. That’s “It has been a wonderful experience ident, created the Duck Duck Goose friendliness.”

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You drive too fast To the editor: Interesting to see traffic calming in Brookhaven. How about calming the traffic from Brookhaven drivers on Gainsborough Drive in Chamblee? Chamblee will not do anything since the mayor and a city council member

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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 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,

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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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Spring is back and it’s time to head outside. Metro Atlanta offers plenty of outdoor festivals this time of year where the whole family can enjoy the sun, check out artists, find food and plenty of entertainment. Here are some upcoming festivals in Reporter Newspapers communities and a few that are just a short drive away.

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.



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.


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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.

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Spruill Center Sale Friday, April 24, 10 a.m. -– The Spruill Center Ceramics Department hosts a two-day sale, featuring ceramics, glass and jewelry created by Spruill Arts students and instructors. Continues on Saturday, April 25, at 10 a.m. Free. Spruill Center for the Arts Education Center, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Go to: or call 770-394-3447 for more details.


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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 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: or call 404- 315-8333.



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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: 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: 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 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: 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

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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 |

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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

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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Students from The Galloway School present at Environmental Conference In honor of United Nations World Water Day, two Galloway seniors made a presentation to science teachers from around the state at the annual conference of the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia. AP Environmental Science teacher Dr. Lynda Jenkins brought Jessica Hartz and Daniel Bowen to demonstrate Galloway students’ citizen science work. The project that the students presented was, “Blue Heron Nature Preserve: A Study on Water Quality, Citizen Science and Education.” They explained the process, findings and benefits of the three AP Environmental Science classes’ yearlong field experiment with water quality at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Student presenter Jessica Hartz said, “The experiment was hands-on learning with real world application; we got to do field work, data compilation and a formal lab write up. To take our skills, knowledge and research to a professional arena was extremely rewarding.”

Pace names new theater and athletic directors Pace Academy has announced a new Upper School theater director and a new Director of Athletics. Sean Bryan will succeed longtime Upper School Theatre Director George Mengert, who will retire at the end of the school year following 44 years at Pace Academy. In his new role, Bryan will oversee all Upper School theater productions, teach classes in the performing arts, and sponsor student groups in theater competitions, according to a release from the school. Troy Baker will succeed longtime Pace Academy Athletic Director Kris Palmerton, Sean Bryan who plans to leave the school following the current academic year. On June 1, Baker will officially become Pace Academy’s director of athletics, charged with overseeing 63 teams, strength-and-conditioning and physical-education programs. He will also oversee a coaching staff, state-of-the-art athletic facilities, and a community of student-athletes in which 85 percent of Middle and Upper School students play at least one sport, according to a press release Troy Baker from the school.


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Snarky crime blotters draw fans BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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 “community work” with Fulton County police. “I cranked up crime prevention because all our neighborhood watch programs had become obsolete and we were getting hammered in burglaries,” Rose said. Email at the time was becoming more mainstream, so he said decided to send a series of reports to residents. “They were kind of dry,” he admitted of his reports.

He started incorporating the sometimes snarky humor of his private writing into his crime reporting, adding tips for residents to stay alert and avoid becoming victims. He said he wanted to make crime prevention tips interesting to read, while taking jabs at dumb criminals. “The whole thing came from the idea that most of these criminals are basically idiots,” Rose said. While Rose never minds offending just about anyone, and has quipped about distant drunken uncles and far-off “redneck” relatives, he prefers not to offend his wife. Once, Rose wrote about how when you’re married to a police officer and you hear something go bump in the night, it’s not necessarily your job to check it out. His punchline said the difference being when he puts on his gun belt, he doesn’t ask if it makes his butt look big. “That’s a very sexist statement,” Rose admitted. Rose said he never really cared because “everyone has an opinion.” But, when his wife returned home upset about the column, he apologized to her and thought to himself that he’d “learned a lesson,” he said. So, is anything off-limits for the crime blotter? “I don’t like to make fun of victims even though some of them do some silly things,” he said. His readers get the point. Catherine Fuss joked that if she left her purse in the “steal me” spot of a grocery cart or failed to hide/take/lock items in her car, she would be “just asking for it.” The Sandy Springs resident said she started following Rose’s “Weekly Wrap” in a local paper and subscribed again after reading about the email list on a NextDoor Neighbor website for her community. “Capt. Rose’s ‘Weekly Wrap’ is a treasure, and I wish I had time to read it even more thoroughly than I do,” Fuss said. “The big draw for me is his sense of humor – great dry wit and good-natured sarcasm.” Rose said after he promoted email subscription through the NextDoor Neighbor app, his readership expanded. “I’ve got about 13 [Microsoft] Outlook groups inside Sandy Springs,” Rose said, adding that he got so many requests via NextDoor that he had to create two more groups. And his readership is worldMonday - Monday Nite Mingle $3.50 craft beer and wide. half price bottles of wine & Bingo at 7:00pm with “I had a lady email me from prizes! Seattle, and one from AustraTuesday - Burger Special / Burger & a side lia,” he said. They told him he with a glass of Wine $14.50, 5pm-Close was so unlike the “dry” and “robotic” officers they know. Wednesday - TEAM TRIVIA 7:30pm $50.00 Originally, his crime blotTop Prize ter emails went to neighborThursday - 50¢ wings & Blue Moon 23oz pints hood watch commanders, but $6.50, Keep the Glass! his style “took off” from there, he said. An editor at the Atlanta Friday - Live Music 8:30-10:30 featuring Journal-Constitution asked him Brandon Crocker to start contributing to a regular 13 TV’s! – Come Watch Your Favorite Sports! column, which he later collectFamily Friendly Atmosphere! ed and in 2013 self-published in a book. BEST Patio in Brookhaven – Pet Friendly of Neither Fulton County nor Course! Sandy Springs police departments ever had a problem with 305 Brookhaven Ave, Suite 1250, Brookhaven, GA 30319 Rose’s sarcasm, he said. (Across from Costco) Sandy Springs Police Chief 678-705-1713 | Ken DeSimone said he jokes 1144 Alpharetta St., Roswell, GA 30075 | 770-518-5695 with Rose about his readership.

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DeSimone said that when the Dunwoody Police Department had its launch, he noticed which citizens recognized Rose. “His biggest audience is of the older generation,” DeSimone said. “Anyone over 70 knows Steve Rose. Right then, I started teasing him.” Rose does a great job with community outreach through his writing, butwork on the bigger programs—like the citizen’s academy and the volunteer citizens on patrol—go largely unnoticed, DeSimone said. People just don’t know that’s also part of Rose’s job in doing outreach. The chief ’s decision to transfer Rose to a district commander position comes from both a desire to give department captains new experiences and to promote Rose, DeSimone said. “He does a great job and this is a natural transition,” DeSimone said. Capt. David Roskind, who often contributes to community outreach programs in his free time, will replace Rose. “I’m very excited about transitioning into my new position,” Roskind said. DeSimone said Rose’s desire to continue his police publications will only be hindered by time and his new responsibilities. “He’ll be an on-duty scene commander,” DeSimone said. “He’ll get called out at 3 a.m. more.” But, Rose said he will make time to show the other side of law enforcement officers—the human side—through his writing. He said he and his law enforcement buddies “have stories that would basically make people cry, they’re so funny,” but the average person doesn’t get to see them that often. Fuss said she knows Rose cares for her community. “Being aware of the crimes being committed is a wakeup call for me each time I skim the list,” Fuss said. Rose agrees that preventing crime by informing citizens and criticizing criminals is the point. “If you’re interested in seeing what smartass comment I’m going to make in the column, you’ll probably read the rest of it,” he said. “That’s the point. I’ll go back to people and ask did they pick up anything from it, and they’ll admit they learned something about identity theft or other methods to reduce opportunities for crimes.” BK

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Brookhaven Police Blotter From police reports dated March 28 through April 9. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizens Portal Event Search website and is presumed accurate.

BURGLA RY  2700

block of Mabry Road—On March 28, a burglary was reported at a residence.

 2800

block of Skyland Way—On March 30, a burglary was reported at a residence.

 2200

block of North Druid Hills Road—On March 30, an attempted burglary was reported.

 2100

block of Coosawatee Drive—On April 1, a burglary was reported and on April 2, an arrest was made.

 3400

block of Buford Highway—On April 1, burglary was reported.

 1000

block of Brookhaven Walk—On April 2, burglary was reported at a residence.

A U TO THE FT  2000

block of Curtis Drive—On March 31, theft by taking auto was reported.

 1400

block of North Cliff Valley Way—On March 31, theft by taking auto was reported.

 2200

block of N. Druid Hills Road—

On April 1, theft by taking auto was reported.  3100

block of Buford Highway—On April 5 and 6, theft by taking auto was reported.


 2000

block of N. Druid Hills Road— On April 3, multiple reports of entering auto were made.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On April 3, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1900

 3800

block of N. Druid Hills Road— On April 3, entering auto was reported multiple times.

 2900

 2100

 2000

block of N. Druid Hills Road— On April 3, a report of entering auto was made.

block of Corporate Boulevard— AS S AULT On March 31,  1400 block of theft of articles North Cliff Valley from a vehicle was Read more of the Way—On March Police Blotter online at reported. 28, simple battery was reported.  1300 block of N. Druid Hills  2100 block Road—On March 31, a report of enterof Knoll Place—On March 28, battery ing auto was made. was reported.  1800

 4000

block of Peachtree Road—On April 2, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1200

block of Executive Park Drive— On April 2, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported, a report of entering auto and a report of damage to private property were made.

block of Buford Highway—On March 31, an arrest was made for aggravated battery.

block of Clairmont Road—On April 3, shoplifting was reported.

 3400

block of Pine Grove Avenue— On March 28, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. block of Clairmont Road—On March 30, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 4100

block of Peachtree Road—On March 31, terroristic threats and intimidation were reported and an arrest was made.

block of N. Druid Hills Road— On April 3, multiple reports of entering auto and a report of theft of articles from a vehicle were made.

 1000

ed and an arrest was made.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On March 29, a simple battery was reported and an arrest was made.

 3900

block of Peachtree Road—On March 30, an arrest was made or simple battery of a public officer.

 1700

block of Briarwood Road—On March 31, aggravated assault was report-

 3800

block of Downing Lane—On April 1, a simple battery was reported.

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unknown—On April 1, family violence and battery was reported and an arrest was made.

 3400

block of Buford Highway—On April 2, simple assault was reported.

 4400

block of Memorial Drive— On April 2, seven arrests were made for charges of simple battery, family battery and battery.

 3200

block of Buford Highway—On April 2, battery was reported.

 1500

block of Dresden Drive—On April 3, a harassing communication was reported.

 1600

block of Wayland Circle—On April 3, simple batter was reported and an arrest was made, and an arrest was made on April 4.

 1400

block of Briarwood Road—On April 4, simple battery was reported.

FRAUD  1700

block of Ashentree Court—On March 28, fraudulent activity was reported.

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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.

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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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