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Roundabouts planned for ‘Bermuda Triangle’ area of city BY JOE EARLE


Charlie Hendry, 7, left, plays tic-tac-toe in chalk with his sister, Caroline, 10, at Opening Day of the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market on April 11. Open Saturdays through October, the market is located at 235 Sandy Springs Circle. See additional photos on page 2.

After looking over plans for a pair of traffic circles near their home in downtown Sandy Springs, John and Donna Bendik seemed pleased with what they saw. “We’re excited about it,” Donna Bendik said. “It’s going to make [the intersection] look a lot better. Basically, it looks pretty horrible right now. If they do it right, it could be a real plus for the community.” “It could be a big plus in the long run ..,” John Bendik said. “It does have potential.” “If it’s done correctly,” his wife said. The Bendiks were among about two dozen Sandy Springs residents who dropped by City Hall on April 2 to examine drawings for a proposed pair of roundabouts where Mount Vernon Highway and Johnson Ferry Road link up in the center of the city. The roundabouts are planned near the triangular area created where those two busy streets meet Roswell Road. City officials plan to use the triangle for a public park at the edge of the planned City Center complex. Assistant City Manager Bryant Poole said the traffic circle design was determined to be the best of several options studied by SEE ROUNDABOUTS, PAGE 4

Rose finds fans for his snarky crime blotters 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 Po-

lice 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. SEE ROSE’S SNARKY, PAGE 20


Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose may be transferring to a new job, but he promises to continue chronicling local crime.

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Now open for business The Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market, located at 235 Sandy Springs Circle, got under way for the 2015 season on April 11. Top,“Crepe Masters” Daniel Kim makes breakfast and fruit crepes for market attendees. Center, Yvette McLean, owner of Yves Garden, sells greens with her grandson Javon McLean, right. Above, Patrick Powers, right, entertains the crowd by playing the stand-up bass with the “Bitsyland Band.” SS




Glenridge Hall, a 1920s mansion shown here in 2007, was demolished April 9, according to local news accounts. Developer Ashton Woods plans to use a portion of the property for mixed-use development. Another portion will become the new home of Mercedes-Benz USA’s headquarters.

City modifies tree ordinance City Council has modified Sandy Springs’ tree ordinance in an effort to focus on tree conservation, increase the number of trees and to protect existing ones. “This is an emotional issue for many people,” City Councilman Gabe Sterling said before the council’s vote during its April 7 meeting to approve the changes. Mayor Rusty Paul said in a statement from the city that the changes “confirm our commitment to protecting our natural resources.” “We need development to economically grow our city,” the mayor said in the statement. “But equally important is the need to protect the very qualities that make our city desirable.” Among the changes, the city said in a press release, are provisions to: • require larger trees be planted for canopy replacement; • provide more protection for large trees on adjacent properties; • require more of the tree canopy to be replaced after removal of designed “landmark trees”; • add an incentive to plant trees along street frontages and within stream buffers.


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Above, Ellyn Musser, left, and Bruce MacLane, center, discuss the traffic circles with project manager Ryan Trick during a public meeting April 2. Right, the city says this option, expected to cost about $14 million, is moving forward. To see a larger version, go to CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

the city’s engineers and presented to the public in several meetings. “This is the one moving forward,” he said. Poole said the traffic improvements were expected to cost about $14 million.

Project Manager Ryan Trick said work on the traffic circles could begin in the summer or fall of 2016. During the public presentation of the roundabout plan, consultants from Jacobs, an engineering company, showed

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City core plans City Council will decide April 21 whether to approve mixed-use zoning for two large swaths of land on Roswell Road. The proposed developments at 6125 Roswell Road, and 6075 and 6077 Roswell Road could redevelop a significant portion of the land east of Roswell Road and south of Hildebrand Drive near the site of the planned City Center. City officials plan to build a new city office building and performing arts center at the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Roswell roads as part of an effort to spark a rekindling of the city core. Two developers showed the planning commissioners on Feb. 19 redevelopment plans for their Roswell Road properties. Both are proposed mixed-use developments including housing and shops. MCRT Investments Inc. proposes building about 400 apartments, a parking deck and 40,000 square feet of restaurants and shops at 6125 Roswell Road. Camden USA proposes to build 314 apartments, a parking deck and 4,871 square feet of retail and office space at 6075 and 6077 Roswell Road.



A requiem for the demolished Garden Hills Cinema The first movie I ever saw at GarLindbergh Plaza. Lefont also owned The den Hills Cinema was “Howards End” Plaza Theatre and Tara Cinema – both, in 1992. I was giddily in love with a new thankfully, still in operation under other partner, desperate to visit the UK and utowners – but all that remains of his indie terly charmed by the fading glory of the cinema empire is Lefont Sandy Springs. old theater with its tattered velvet curtain Cinema hasn’t been the same in Atlanta and creaking seats. since. The love affair lasted a year, but my love Sure, Garden Hills could be a pain in for Garden Hills continued until it closed the neck. Parking in the tiny lot behind its doors in 2006. I saw some of my fathe building was often impossible. There vorite films there: “Orlando,” “All About was a single ticket booth and concession My Mother,” “Welcome to stand line; the circa-1939 cinthe Dollhouse,” “Like Waema had a distinctly musty ter for Chocolate,” Kieslowssmell (although I would argue ki’s “Three Colors” trilogy, that was part of the charm) “Ghost World,” “Requiem for and you could feel every one a Dream,” and Derek Jarman’s of the springs in those seats. “Edward II,” to name a few. Yet, the minor hassles This was when George Lewere worth it once the lights font owned the cinema and dimmed and the curtain screened foreign and indie opened. In the 1990s, my films while multiplexes and weekends revolved around the mindless Hollywood blockalso long-gone Oxford Books, COLLIN busters slowly encroached on coffee and dessert at Café Inthe little movie palaces. Before termezzo and a movie at GarKELLEY Lefont, the cinema was operden Hills. ated by Affiliated Theaters and later the What will happen to the spot where Weiss theater chain, when it was known as Garden Hills Cinema once stood is unthe Garden Hills Fine Art Theatre. known. Brand Properties, which owns the There was talk of resurrecting the cinsite, said it does not have a timeline for reema, but that ended in 2013 when a fire development, but has promised it will engutted a bike shop and caused significant gage with Garden Hills’ residents about water and smoke damage to businesses in what is appropriate for the space. the Peachtree Road strip. On March 16, A new building eventually will rise the wrecking ball arrived to begin demothere, but when I pass the spot where lition. The only thing that remains at the Garden Hills Cinema once stood, I’ll recorner of Peachtree and Rumson is the member being young and in love, Emma part of the strip that houses La Fonda and Thompson’s lilting accent and the way the Fellini’s restaurants. English rain sounded so deliciously close. The loss of Garden Hills Cinema hit Garden Hills transported me to other me just as hard as when Lefont’s other inworlds, and I am forever grateful. die theaters closed: The Silver Screen in Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, Toco Collin Kelley is editor of INtown AtlanHills Theater, Ansley Cinema in Ansley ta, a sister publication of the Sandy Springs Mall and The Screening Room in the old Reporter.

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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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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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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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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.


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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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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 students presented, “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 in Buckhead. 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.”

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Rose’s snarky crime blotters draw fans CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

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. “Crime stats are dry anyway.” 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 you who has to get up and check it out. He said he finished his joke with a punch line about 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. Though people had told Rose they were offended by him before, he 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 worldwide. “I had a lady email me from Seattle, and one from Australia,” he said. They told him he was so unlike the “dry” and “robotic” officers they know. Originally, his crime blotter emails went to neighborhood watch commanders, but his style “took off” from there, he said. An editor at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution asked him to start contributing to a regular column, which he later collected and in 2013 self-published in a book. Neither Fulton County nor Sandy Springs police departments ever had a problem with Rose’s sarcasm, he said. Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone said he jokes with Rose about his readership. 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.” DeSimone agrees Rose does a great job with community outreach through his writing, but his work 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. “I can’t think of a better job or more rewarding job than to be directly working with the Sandy Springs community.” 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 fun-


Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose may be transferring to a new job, but he promises to continue writing his crime blotters.

ny,” but the average person doesn’t get to see them that often. Fuss said she knows that beneath the surface, Rose cares for her community and he desires to protect residents by informing them. “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.”

Sandy Springs Police Blotter Editor’s note: Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose’s regular column will return soon.


This information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.


The following incidents and arrest are some, but not all, of the police reports filed through April 11. BU RGLA RY „ 9200

block of Roberts Drive—On April 1, a burglary was reported at a residence.



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First block of Spalding Trail—On April 2, two burglaries were reported at residences. 6800 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On April 2, a burglary was reported at a residence.

„ 5500

block of Roswell Road—On April 3, a burglary was reported.

„ 5900

block of Roswell Road—On April 3, pocket picking was reported. block of Treelodge Parkway—On April 3, burglary was reported at two residences.

„ 6600

block of Wright Road—On April 5, a burglary was reported at a residence.

„ 7000

block of Central Parkway—On April 5, a burglary was reported.

„ 1100 block of Perimeter Center West—

On April 8, burglary was reported.

„ Treelodge

Parkway—On April 8, two burglaries were reported.

„ 8100

block of Colquitt Road—On April 9, burglary was reported.

„ First

block of Cedar Run—On April 9, burglary was reported at a residence.

„ 5600 block of Roswell Road—On April

1, larceny from a building and shoplifting were reported; On April 3, larceny from yards was reported; On April 10, shoplifting was reported.

„ 5900

block of Roswell Road—On April 1 and 6, larceny from a vehicle was reported.

„ 1100

block of Mount Vernon Highway—On April 2, shoplifting and theft from a vehicle were reported.


block of Somerset Court—On April 2, larceny from a vehicle was reported.

block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On April 1, theft of an automo-


„ 5900


bile was reported.

„ 200

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Petition Number:


Petition Number:



Tabula Rasa, The Language Academy, Inc.


OCP Centrum Holding Co., LLC

Property Location:

5855 Riverside Drive

Property Location:

780 Johnson Ferry Road

Present Zoning:

R-2 (Single Family Dwelling District) with Use Permit(s)

Present Zoning:

O-I (1986Z-0006) (Office and Institutional District)


Modify zoning condition(s) 2(m), 2(n) and 1(c).


Modify zoning condition(s) 1(a) of file(s) Z-86-06/U-86-05

Public Hearings:

Mayor and City Council 5/19/2015

Public Hearings:

Mayor and City Council 5/19/2015


Sandy Springs City Hall, Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


Sandy Springs City Hall, Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600



Petition Number:


Petition Number:



James & Lori Welch


Jones Pierce Architects


6251 Mountain Brook Way


5270 Mount Vernon Parkway


One (1) primary variance from Section 6.3.3(d) to encroach into the minimum rear yard to build a garden shed.


One (1) primary variance from Section 6.3.3(c) to encroach into the minimum side yard to enlarge and improve a residence.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals May 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals May 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall, Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


Sandy Springs City Hall, Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600





DDR Corp.


1155 Mount Vernon Highway


Two (2) primary variances from 1) Section 19.3.14.B.11 of the Zoning Ordinance to allow a tent for a roadside vending operation and 2) from Section 19.3.14.B.12 of the Zoning Ordinance to allow a sign for a roadside vending operation.

Mayor and City Council 5/19/2015

Public Hearings:

Sandy Springs City Hall, Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Board of Appeals May 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall, Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Petition Number:



The Providence Group of Georgia, LLC

Property Location:

4735 Roswell Road

Present Zoning:

A-L (201402051)(Apartment Limited District)


Modify zoning condition(s) 3(b) of file(s) 201402051

Public Hearings: Location:




Woody King


4995 & 4985 Rebel Trail


One (1) primary variance from Section 109-225 (a) (1) & (2) of the Stream Buffer Protection Ordinance for relief from the seventy-five (75) foot impervious surface setback to allow a driveway.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals May 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall, Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


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block of Roswell Road—On April 2, theft of an automobile was reported; on April 4, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported.


block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On April 3, larceny was reported; On April 7, theft of an automobile was reported.


block of Cedar Run—On April 3, larceny was reported.

NE—On April 10, larceny from a vehicle was reported.

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block of Cedar Run—On April 1, a domestic dispute was reported.


block of Roswell Road—On April 1, a report of terroristic threats was made.

block of Carolwood Lane—On April 3, larceny from yards was reported.

block of Northridge Crossing Drive—On April 1, a simple assault and battery was reported; On April 3, simple assault and battery was reported.


block of Marchman Drive—On April 3, theft from mail was reported.





block of Roswell Road—On April 4, larceny from a vehicle was reported.


block of Wingate Way—On April 6, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported.


block of Sandalwood Drive—On April 6, a domestic dispute was reported.


block of Glenridge Drive—On April 7, larceny from a vehicle was reported.


block of Roswell Road—On April 1, assault was reported. block of Northwood Drive—On April 1, a report of terroristic threats was made; On April 2, a domestic dispute was reported; On April 4, an adult kidnapping was reported.


block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On April 1, simple assault and battery was reported.


block of Northridge Road—On April 3, simple assault and battery was reported.

Road—On April 1, a hit and run was reported; criminal trespass was reported.


block of Sandalwood Drive—On April 6, battery was reported.




block of Granite Ridge Place—On April 6, simple assault and battery was reported.


block of Roswell Road—On April 7, simple assault and battery was reported.


block of Roswell Road—On April 8, simple assault and battery was reported.


block of Roswell Road—On April 8, a domestic dispute was reported.


block of Winding River Drive— On April 10, simple assault and battery was reported.


block of Roswell Road—On April 3, criminal trespass was reported.


block of Northwood Drive—On April 3, disorderly conduct was reported.


285 at Northside Drive—On April 3, a hit and run was reported.


block of Riverside Drive—On April 4, an arrest was made for possession of drugs.


block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On April 4, disorderly conduct was reported.


Drive at Ga. 400—On April 5, an arrest was made for DUI.




block of Dunwoody Place—On April 10, a report of terroristic threats was made.



block of Spalding Drive—On April 8, larceny was reported.



block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On April 9, larceny from a vehicle was reported.


block of Roswell Road—On April 5, aggravated assault with a weapon was reported.





block of Wright Road—On April

block of Windsor Parkway—On April 2, an arrest was made for DUI.

block of Roswell Road—On April 10, simple assault and battery was reported.

block of Roswell Road—On April 5, simple assault and battery was reported.

block of Johnson Ferry Road


5, simple assault and battery was reported.

400 at Abernathy Road—On April 1, an arrest was made for DUI drugs. block of Roswell Road—On April 1, disorderly conduct was reported; On April 11, a DUI arrest was made. block of Peachtree-Dunwoody

block of Aldwych Lane—On April 6, disorderly conduct was reported. block of Dunwoody Place—Om April 6, disorderly conduct was reported.


block of Roswell Road—On April 6, a report of prohibited street solicitations was made.


block of Kingsport Drive—On April 6, damage to private property was reported.


block of Roswell Road—On April 7, damage to business property 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.

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’s beautifully renovated location on Canton Street in Roswell.




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