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Inside Get in line ‘Major’ roads top city’s repaving list COMMUNITY 2

First tenants Two businesses moving into Brookleigh development COMMUNITY 3

Brookhaven Reporter


APRIL 18 — MAY 1, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 8

Bunny hop



Residents suggest public art, zip line, Wi-Fi for parks

Voter’s guide

BY JOE EARLE AND ALEX EWALT Their suggestions covered a lot of ground. One person wanted more bathrooms in Brookhaven’s parks. Another wanted to feel safer when walking through the woods. Somebody else suggested putting in a zip line through the trees. Chris Camp, a consultant working with the city of Brookhaven to develop a long-term parks plan, listened attentively to the ideas offered by the 21 residents who gathered at Briarwood Park on April 14 to discuss the direction the city of Brookhaven should take with its parks. Across town, about four times as many residents gathered at Oglethorpe University for a simultaneous discussion of what should be done with the city’s parks. “Tonight was to give citizens an opportunity to come out and tell us what you like, what needs to be repaired and what needs to be added to the park system,” Camp said. And the residents offered plenty of ideas. Some wanted to see public art. Others thought there should be areas

See candidates running on May 20 COMMENTARY 6

Face off Library art exhibit captures facial expressions OUT & ABOUT 14

Standing tall Coaching youth baseball, saving trees, brings her joy



Council considering earlier closing times for city’s bars

Scrub in


Cross Keys senior dreams of becoming a surgeon STANDOUT STUDENT 18

Police blotter Find out where crime is happening in your area PUBLIC SAFETY 21


Left, Blaire Bodell, 8, and sister Mara, 2, do a little dance before an audience of ‘bunnies’ in anticipation of the start of the eighth annual Ashford Park Easter egg hunt on April 12. See another photo on page 4.

After a recent rash of noise complaints, Brookhaven City Council is considering making bars close earlier. Brookhaven’s bars now close at 3:55 a.m., the same closing time imposed in DeKalb County. At the Brookhaven council’s April 15 meeting, members suggested setting closing time at various points between 1 a.m. and 3:55 a.m., with the possibility of different times on different nights. The council will revisit the matter April 22. City officials also are considering scheduling one or two public meetings on the subject so they can hear the opinions of business owners and residents. Since incorporating, Brookhaven has allowed business owners with DeKalb County liquor licenses to stay open until the county’s cutoff of 3:55 a.m. Last May, the council held a public meeting attended by over 100 liquor license holders to discuss closing times. The council focused on a number of bars and nightclubs SEE COUNCIL, PAGE 4

04-18-2014 Brookhaven Reporter  
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