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Plans are well underway for what could make for the largest funding expansion in the history of MARTA. On the last day of the legislative session in March, the Georgia General Assembly approved legislation to allow a retail sales and use tax by the city of Atlanta. On April 26, Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation paving the way for voters to decide on a half-percent sales tax increase as early as this November. MARTA Board Chairman Robbie Ashe See LARGEST on page 12 Hudson Scouten, 3, gets in a little play time before the “Bring on Spring” concert in Little Nancy Creek Park. The event featured live music, food and family friendly activities. See additional photos on page 14. ►

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The Buckhead Community Improvement District is moving ahead with a plan that could lead to construction of a new park above Ga. 400 near the Buckhead MARTA station. With a 5-2 vote, the CID board on April 15 approved spending up to $250,000 on the first phase of a study of the park proposal. Two later phases of the study could bring the total cost to $875,000, CID officials said. Members of the board of PHOTOS BY JOE EARLE the CID, which taxes businesses in a defined area Above, BCID chair David Allman, left, of Buckhead to raise monlistens as Executive ey for transportation imDirector Jim Durrett provements, have proposed presents information to the board during the park as a way to imits April 15 meeting. prove connectivity and the quality of life in the area. At left, board member But the proposal has Robin Suggs listens to the discussion. divided board members. While some argue a park in the area would be a community asset, others say it could cost tens of millions of dollars and that the CID should concentrate its money on improving Buckhead traffic. “With all of the development going on in the area, our focus should be on traffic infrastructure,” said board member Robin Suggs. Some board members also questioned whether the process of developing the park had been public enough. “This is supposed to be for the benefit of the public,” board member and Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook told other board members before voting against appropriating the money. “But we haven’t heard from, or apparently been interested in hearing from, the public. I’m obligated to listen to the public. Until I do that, I’m not going to be on the bandwagon.” But board member Herbert Ames said he was impressed by the groups of engineers and other professionals that put together proposals to win the bid for the study. “Bringing together the prospect for what this park could be was a very exciting experience,” Ames said.

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The Buckhead Community Improvement District plans to expand by adding a group of businesses in the area of Buckhead known as the “West Village.” The BCID board voted unanimously April 15 to approve the expansion into the area west of Roswell Road. “What we’re trying to do is get a way to spend our money there,” BCID Executive Director Jim Durrett said. “That way we can knit the area together.” The list of properties to be added to the CID must be reviewed by the Fulton County Tax Commissioner and then approved by the Atlanta City Council, BCID Director of Programs Tony Peters said. Properties to be added generally are in an area that includes portions of Irby Avenue, Cains Hill Place and Paces Ferry Place, Peters said. A CID is composed of businesses that tax themselves, usually to pay for road improvements in their area. The 16-year-old Buckhead CID has expanded once before, in 2005, when it added areas of the Buckhead Village south of Peachtree Road, north of Pharr Road and west of Piedmont Road, Durrett said. The Buckhead CID now collects about $5.8 million a year, Durrett said. The new properties being added to the district will add about another $75,000 a year, Peters told the board.

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the rapid pace of development in the South’s population boom can create feelings of dislocation. A North Carolina expert on trails is “I’m not surprised to be in Sanpraising Buckhead’s efforts to connect dy Springs having this conversation… with urban pathways. about a sense of place,” Flink said of the Chuck Flink, president of North Carquickly changing city in the heart of the olina-based nation’s fastestconsulting firm growing “megaGreenways, region.” Inc., who has In fact, Flink worked on hunsaid, he somedreds of trail times leaves deplans across tails up to citthe country, reies that hire cently praised him. Instead, he the PATH400 teaches them to multi-use trail, develop a “vowhich has a cabulary” for planned extentalking about sion into Sangreen spaces — dy Springs, and terms like “grethe “Buckhead JOHN RUCH enways,” for exChuck Flink, president of Greenways, Inc., Collection” ample — and a speaks at the Sandy Springs Conservancy’s master plan for “toolbox” of varannual “Thought Leaders” dinner on April 13. interconnectious tactics that ed parks and could be used trails. to create them. “The PATH400 is a wonderful oppor(That includes dealing with “not in my tunity for this community,” Flink said backyard” resistance, he said.) Also imat the Sandy Springs Conservancy’s anportant is having an overall vision, he nual “Thought Leaders” dinner April 13 said, asking whether Sandy Springs at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North sees itself as another “edge city” or as hotel, adding that the Atlanta BeltLine a place of natural resources, thriving park/trail system it connects to is “the businesses and vibrant neighborhoods. most amazing public works project in Flink did offer some specific examthe U.S. today.” ples of greenway and park projects he Sandy Springs has the right founhas worked on that might apply to Sandation in place to build urban trails dy Springs. In Charleston County, S.C., connecting its scattered parks, Flink he took the hands-off “toolbox” aptold the crowd. He called for a Sandy proach; 10 years later, he said, the counSprings “greenprint”— the parks verty has conserved more than 20,000 sion of a blueprint — to shape a green acres of greenspace in 130 separate future. projects. “I traveled down Roswell Road toIn Raleigh, N.C., he helped create day and I understand the angst,” Flink an “ecological framework” for the city, said. But, he added, “The quality of the which is coping with fast, massive popparks you have in this community is reulation growth. A key reference point ally, really high…This is a great legacy was a slogan that turns typical urban to build on.” planning on its head: “a city within a Flink — who sported a green tie and park.” a green, bicycle-shaped lapel pin — is Another example is Greenville, an advocate of “greenways,” meaning S.C., where the city replaced a downany type of park-style trail — whether town highway bridge with a pedestripaved or unpaved, or following a natuan bridge and helped to spark creation ral feature like a river or a human-made of the “Swamp Rabbit Trail,” whose unone like an old railroad bed. In the late usual name became a selling point, he 1990s, he worked in metro Atlanta on said. (The name sparked some audience some of the earliest trail plans, includchatter about the possibilities of Sandy ing the Chattahoochee River master Springs’ turtle mascot.) plan and Cobb County’s section of the “Everybody thought it was crazy,” Silver Comet Trail. Flink said of the bridge replacement The nationwide trail trend is drivplan, but it spurred Greenville to been by demographic changes, Flink said. come “one of the best small cities in The millennial generation wants less the U.S. today because of a really bold car-only transportation, he said, and move.” johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

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New corporate headquarters reflect millennial generation’s demands BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

The Fortune 500 company Newell Brands this year made the shortest of corporate headquarters relocations, moving about a third of a mile within Sandy Springs. But it was also a giant leap into the millennial generation, a switch from a self-contained suburban campus to a transit-oriented site where hang-out spaces are more common than assigned desks. “This new headquarters has a more residential feel to it,” said David Sheehan of the architecture firm Perkins + Will and who was on the Newell headquarters design team. “Generally, this is the way corporate America is going.” Major corporations are increasingly fleeing massive, remote compounds for glass-walled, urban buildings near public transit. “A number of [corporations] are now saying, ‘We did this whole suburban thing. It’s done,’” said Mark Hinshaw, a principal at the Seattle architecture firm Walker Macy who has written about corporate headquarter moves. A major national example is General Electric’s recently announced move from suburban Connecticut to inner-city Boston. It’s also a trend in the once suburban but increasingly urbanized Perimeter Center. Mercedes-Benz USA is moving from New Jersey’s office parks to a Sandy Springs site designed with cubicle-free “collaborative” workspaces and paired with a housing development. State Farm’s

new regional headquarters, going up in Dunwoody, will be directly connected to a MARTA station. These changes to the classic corporate campus model are propelled by the same force behind the push for apartments, mixed-use development and “walkability”: the millennial generation market. “In my view, all of this is being driven by the millennials,” said Hinshaw. “It’s their taste. It’s their generation. What they want is what they’re getting. “They don’t want private spaces. They don’t want hierarchical things. They want it to be more democratic—more Bernie Sanders,” he added with a laugh. “They want to live in apartments, live in a neighborhood. And they also don’t want to drive a car.” It’s a reversal of the corporate campus trend, which also tracked housing patterns—at the time, white-collar workers fleeing cities for suburbs. One trend-setter was Connecticut General Life Insurance Company’s 1957 move to a sprawling, college-like campus only accessible by car. Hinshaw has written about the dramatic headquarters change at one Fortune 500 company, the timber giant Weyerhaeuser. In 1972, the company built a spectacular HQ with a greenery-covered terraced roof on a gigantic 400-acre campus in suburban Washington state. But this year, Weyerhaeuser is moving to a modest-looking, glass-walled building in downtown Seattle—with only 50 parking spaces. Hinshaw says that Weyerhaeuser’s move typifies the trend. It’s mostly about millenni-

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als, but also about being closer to academic centers, responding to today’s more diverse workforce and moving away from “fortresslike” buildings to one reflecting new goals like environmental sustainability. “There was a good, long era…where [corporations] wanted iconic, bold, striking buildings set against the landscape… the counterpart to European royalty who wanted castles and piazzas,” Hinshaw said. Today, he said, companies are more inclined “to blend into the area and not be a literal target…I think that’s also a deliberate move to integrate their workforce with general society.” Newell Brands—home of many household products, from Rubbermaid to Sharpie—had to react rapidly to these trends only 10 years after its last headquarters redesign, said Sheehan, who worked on both projects. It was previously located on secluded, leafy Glenlake Parkway in a building with each floor devoted to one of the company’s major sub-brands. Now it’s on PeachtreeDunwoody Road, Perimeter Center’s main drag, with an open design inspired more by Starbucks than cubicles, and living

rooms rather than board rooms. “In the previous headquarters, we had designed a fitness center there [and] a full-service cafeteria…and that was all designed to keep people in the building and on campus,” said Sheehan. In the new building, workers are expected to walk or take the nearby MARTA to local restaurants and a gym, though the company still provides a shower and locker room. Inside, desks haven’t vanished, but “part of the workforce doesn’t really have an assigned desk per se,” Sheehan said. Spots considered workspaces include “huddle rooms,” lounges, a café with a fireplace, and a terrace and roof deck for outdoor gatherings. Of course, the millennial generation, too, will pass, and its stereotyped preferences aren’t really suited for every worker or company, Sheehan and Hinshaw said. There are risks in being too trendy, Hinshaw said, but the bigger risk right now lies in not giving the millennial workforce what it wants. “If they don’t get it, they’re not going to work for [the company],” he said.

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A developer plans to buy an entire street of homes bordering Pill Hill to build a major mixed-use project fronting on the Glenridge Connector. All owners along western Clementstone Drive—a cul-de-sac of eight singlefamily homes off Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs—have agreed to sell to developer Richmond Honan, said Joe Cannon, a real estate broker with KW Commercial Atlanta Perimeter. “Yes, the entire street,” said Cannon of the Clementstone plan, which covers roughly 13 acres and would build a new road onto the Connector at the existing Meridian Mark Drive intersection. “We’ve been working with [the homeowners] for months…It’s going to be a mixed-use deal.” Plans are in the very early stage, Cannon said. But the general idea involves retail space fronting on the Connector, along with senior housing—independent and assisted living—and possibly some doctors’ offices to serve it. The southern, rear section would have “some extremely high-end luxury homes.” The plans are so preliminary that Cannon could not give specific unit counts or heights or even say whether the homes would be single family or townhomes. More details will be available by next month, when the developer will present the plan to the High Point Civic Association, a Sandy Springs community organization, according to the broker and HPCA member Bill Gannon. “I think like everyone it feels it needs to be redeveloped,” Cannon, the broker, said of Clementstone, “but there’s going to be a huge variety of opinions as to how it should be redeveloped and the density of the redevelopment.” A Richmond Honan representative could not offer immediate comment, but did confirm the company’s involvement in a Clementstone Drive plan. Alpharetta-based Richmond Honan is a nationally known developer of medical offices and hospitals. It has built on Pill Hill before, including a Northside Hospital tower and the Meridian Mark Plaza medical building across the Connector from the proposed Clementstone project. Northside Hospital owns one of those Clementstone Drive houses, which it bought in 2014, according to property records. Cannon said that the hospital might occupy some of the medical office space in the proposed redevelopment, Continued on page 7

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A new Sandy Springs business called My Pooch Face is working like a dog, producing custom portrait paintings of pets for hundreds of clients across the country. “We got it down to an art,” said David Lefkovitz, the local entrepreneur who launched the web-based pet portrait business 10 months ago. Since then, the company has shipped more than 900 “pawtraits” to customers around the country. Despite the name, the company paints virtually any furry pet, from cats to pigs to, in one recent case, a zebra. The acrylic paintings on canvas—in natural tones or with touches of psychedelic color—are done by a team of artists whose work is supervised and finished by Aziz Kadmiri, a Woodstock painter whose clients include the pop star Usher. Seeing a painting Kadmiri had made

of a dog inspired Lefkovitz to create the company—but not because he wanted a canine portrait of his own. As it happens, Lefkovitz has no furry pets—and for a good reason. “We’re hyperallergenic. We have fish and turtles,” Lefkovitz said. “I was the only one who didn’t have a pet [dog or cat] going into this.” But he did see the response to Kadmiri’s dog painting, which the artist had posted on Facebook, and he sensed opportunity. Lefkovitz is best known in business circles as co-founder of his family real estate company, LEFKO Group, but he also has a background in software and operates a small company called Niche Digital Brands. He saw that custom pet portraits would have a big market and could be easily publicized on social media.

The result has been strong sales with a soft launch—the full My Pooch Face website just went live two months ago. The company joined the likes of Coca-Cola in winning one of this year’s MAX Awards, an honor for marketing skills given by Georgia State University’s business school and the Atlanta Business Chronicle. My Pooch Face came from a business calculation, but Lefkovitz said he’s struck by the warm and fuzzy side. “This is the first business I’ve been in where I’ve seen this level of intensity and love for the product,” he said. People variously buy the portraits, he said, as “celebrations” of current pets, as gifts for others, and as memorials when “their furbaby has passed.” “I can probably tell you the life story of clients we’ve had over the last 10 months,” said Lena Kotler, My Pooch Face’s head of marketing and operations, who works to establish ongoing customer relations. “It wasn’t just this dry, unemotional purchase.” The business mixes custom portraits with a menu of options. Kadmiri and crew base

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The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber, friends and city of Sandy Springs staff celebrated the opening of The Chai Gallery with a ribbon cutting. On hand were, front row, from left, Patty Conway, Tiffany Roan, Suzanne Brown, Amy Fisher, Geri Shaffer, Gallery owners Mark and Randi Jaffe, Barbara Pomerance and Erica Rocker-Wills. Back row, Marc Baill and Jeff Lovejoy. The gallery, located at 5975 Roswell Rd., Suite E-355, in Sandy Springs, showcases oils, mixed media, lithographs and other works of art.

Create Your Cupcake, located at 203 Hilderbrand Dr., in Sandy Springs, recently noted its opening with a ribbon cutting. From left, Suzanne Brown, vice president/client relations, Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber, Ariela Fajardo, store manager, Erica Rocker-Wills, Barbara Hart, co-owner, City Councilman John Paulson, Steve Hart, coowner, Thomas Morgan, manager, Angela Forrester and Beth Berger. The store allows customers to personalized their own cupcakes.

Taylor Chiropractic, located at 3833 Roswell Rd., #105, in Atlanta, marked its opening with a ribbon cutting. From left, Dr. Cliff Taylor, Dr. Craig Taylor and Dr. Scott Allman, of Gallery 32 Dental Arts, were in attendance. The practice offers chiropractic services, massage and nutritional counseling.

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OPINION / Monumental memories Confederate monuments and medefending the Confederacy, but we canmorials have stirred discussion in the not defend historically inaccurate reaSouth for decades. Debate over keeping sons for the war’s cause. We must also or removing them, however, intensified talk about how defeat of the Confederaafter the Charleston tragedy in June cy, which fought to preserve slavery, led 2015, bringing renewed attention to exto 42 percent of the South’s entire popisting Confederate iconography. Across ulation, four million black Southernthe South, from New Orleans to Baltiers, being freed from bondage. more, Americans have since attemptHistory is not something we use ed to find solutions to addressing these just to make ourselves feel better. If legacies of the Civil War in public life. that were the case, we would be talking At the Atlanta History Center, we about heritage – which I define as hisbelieve that these monuments can be tory without all the unpleasant parts. valuable educational tools; in particHeritage is not necessarily a bad thing, ular, as tangible signs of the Jim Crow but it can be obstructive when it causes era. Our suggestion is that communius to ignore the more complex realities consider converting them into histies of history. History makes us take torical artifacts by providing adjacent the next step: It asks us to question and interpretive signage and even educaconsider the past and its issues deeply – tional programming to tell the history good, bad and in between. of those who erected these monuments Monuments are constant reminders and why. Most importhat we need to adtantly, to tell the stodress our collective ries of the people they history together and were intended to diopenly. The past is alminish. ways more complicatEven with such ed than it seems. efforts, debate over As a commitConfederate monuted grassroots presments has persisted and will continue into the future. But this is exactly why the monuments are so important to keep, provided we talk about the real reasons they were put there in the first place. Following the Civil War, between 1870 and 1890, many monPHOTOS BY JOE EARLE uments were built Above and right, a Confederate and placed in cemmonument stands at the eteries, mourning DeKalb County Courthouse. Confederate dead. These earlier monuments were usually obelisks, adorned ervationist, with funeral drapes. The majority of I believe the monuments found in the South toremoval of hisday, though, are of a different time and torical objects character - originally built between from the land1890 and 1920. These monuments were scape almost placed in public locations – in town always serves squares, courthouse lawns and collegto diminish us and our collective story. es. They are often more elaborate, deI think it’s much better to keep these picting soldiers or Confederate leaders. monuments. But, if we keep them, we These latter monuments were products cannot maintain the status quo. We of an era defined by Jim Crow, which remust transform them from objects of inforced and affirmed a white supremveneration into historical artifacts that acy worldview through veneration of can tell the story of why so many of the Lost Cause. them were erected: as a vehicle to celAs is true with all monuments, Conebrate the Confederacy during the time federate ones are meant to promote of Jim Crow segregation. Confederate and sustain a memory. When we dismonuments are among our last tangicuss memory of the Civil War in the ble links to that disturbing era in AmerSouth, we can talk about the staggering ican history. percentage of white Southerners killed However, I believe the decision to

move, remove or retain is inherently local. Ultimately, how to approach monuments is a decision for local communities to make themselves, based upon a full understanding of Sheffield Hale the topic. Sheffield Hale is To help com- president and CEO of the munities start Atlanta History Center the conversation and grasp the broader historical perspective monuments can provide, the Atlanta History Center has developed an educational online resource. On our website, visitors will find the latest literature and news, concerning issues surrounding Confederate monuments and national memory. Additionally, a key feature of the site is a “Confederate Monument Interpretation Template,” which offers contextual text that communities can incorporate on informational signage that they design. Earlier this month, in fact, 33 members of the University of Mississippi history faculty proposed using text from the template for their most contentious monument on campus. After a previous attempt to contextualize the statue was met with criticism, the history faculty pulled language from our model to link their monument to the legacy of the Civil War, the Lost Cause narrative and the Jim Crow era. We encourage local communities to use these resources to develop their own solutions to addressing monuments. Today, we are presented with an opportunity to openly discuss the underlying issues that have often divided us and continue to divide us. Rather than censoring the past, let’s encourage an understanding of its complexity. Let us look at these monuments from a different perspective – as artifacts that can help explain a difficult period in history. The past has much to teach us about who we are and where we are – if we let it. BH


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Letter to the Editor To the editor: Joe Earle recently wrote a column about a Yankee transplant named Bill Browning who has joined a Sons of Union Veterans heritage group. [“These ‘Sons’ honor the Union,” Reporter Newspapers, April 15-28.] I took offense at a transplant moving to the South and joining a Union heritage group given what Union forces did JOE EARLE to the South.  A reader criticizes “transplant” Bill Remember, American histoBrowning of Dunwoody, who joined a Sons ry books are written by the victoof Union Veterans heritage group. rious North. Thus, Americans get a distorted view of the Civil War, ploited the devastated South. The South’s which should more accurately be called devastation was so complete it gave rise to the War of Northern Aggression. The botthe Klu Klux Klan in the same way that a tom line is the Southern states freely joined devastated Germany gave rise to the Nazis. the Union and wanted to exercise their free This set the South back at least a centuwill and freely leave the Union, and there ry. The South’s wanton destruction by the was nothing in the Constitution that preNorth is the greatest American evil, survented the South from leaving. Southern passing the evil of slavery and the abuse of secession was no more treason than the 13 the Native Americans. The Civil War was American colonies seceding from Britain. fought by the North, not to free the slaves, Despite the fact that the South nevbut to forcibly keep the South in the Union. er threatened the North, Lincoln sent savThis was America’s greatest act of imperialage Union troops to utterly and completeism. ly destroy the South. This was followed by W. Keith Watkins waves of Yankee carpetbaggers who ex-

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USA Pickleball AssociaIt goes back to the ortion, which is located in igin of the game itself. Surprise, Ariz. Pickleball was inventDunwoody Parks ed near Seattle in 1965 and Recreation Direcby vacationing famitor Brent Walker said lies who wanted to play city officials decided badminton, but couldn’t to include the court in find the shuttlecock. the new park after resiSo they combined paddents asked for it during dles, a Wiffle ball and a public meetings. Walker badminton net to make said he’d never heard of a game that kids and the game before those adults alike could play. meetings, but its fans The pickleball asEd Feldstein, left, and Nora were insistent. “There’s sociation says one stoFloersheim get ready to volley a small but strong conry is that the origiduring a fast game of pickleball. tingent of folks that like nal players named to play pickleball,” he said. their game cobbled from many parts afAllan Bleich, a retired doctor, said he ter the “pickle boat” in rowing competitook up the sport after he stopped playing tions, which uses a crew made up of rowtennis because of knee trouble. “It’s just a ers from different boats. Another version fun way to exercise,” he said. is that they named it for the family dog, Nora Floersheim, a 67-year-old retired Pickles. school teacher and former tennis player, picked up pickleball a couple of years ago at the Marcus Center and now teaches it to newcomers. Like other pickleball fans, she said an important aspect of the game is camaraderie among the players, who sit together and chat while awaiting a turn on the court. “It’s very, very, very social,” she said. Pickleball players gather in Dunwoody And the name? How did it for morning games at the Marcus Jewish get to be “pickleball,” anyway? Community Center of Atlanta.

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COMMUNITY SCREEN ON THE GREEN Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. Northwest Presbyterian Church invites the community to a free, family fun night! Enjoy live music, lawn games, free popcorn and the movie “Brave,” on the inflatable outdoor screen. Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic. Candy available for $1. Indoors at Thorington Hall if inclement weather. 4300 Northside Dr., Atlanta, 30327. Questions? Call 404-2375539 or email: nwpc@nwpcatlanta.org.

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Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Take part in the Community Assistance Center’s 4th annual Food ‘n Fun Festival, an outdoor family event for all ages. Includes cake walk, bouncy house, food bingo, inflatables, arts and crafts, music and Mother’s Day activities. Hunger Awareness Walk; shopping cart decoration contest and parade. Free. Bring canned food to donate to CAC pantry. North Springs Charter High School, 7447 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. See more: ourcac.org or call 770-552-4889.

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GIRLS’ CHOIR Saturday, May 7, 7-9 p.m. The Greater Atlanta Girls’ Choir’s mission is to perform a widely ranging repertoire while building a love of music in girls, grades 3-12. Bring the kids for this concert featuring pieces by Hogan, Gawthrop and Lightfoot. Suggested donation, $10. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 404-933-3669 or visit: atlgirlschoir. com with questions.

GEORGIA PHILHARMONIC Saturday, May 7, 8 p.m. The Georgia Philharmonic concludes its 2015-2016 season with a performance of “An American Legacy” at the Conant Performing Arts Center on the Oglethorpe University campus. Tickets, $10-30. 4484 Peachtree Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-500-9276 for information. Buy tickets: georgiaphilharmonic.org or in person at the Conant Performing Arts Center box office.

BOGEY & THE VICEROY Sunday, May 8, 7 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs begins its 20th season of Concerts by the Springs by welcoming Bogey & The Viceroy, who cover classic soul, retro rock/ pop and current chart-toppers. Outdoors. Free and open to the public. Gates open at 5 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers welcome. No smoking or pets. Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. To learn more, visit: heritagesandysprings.org or call 404-8519111 x1.

nic dinner. Beverages available for purchase. Seating, first-come, first-served basis. Free for DNC members; adults, $5; students, $3; children 3 and under, free. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. For further details, call 770-394-3322 or go to: dunwoodynature.org.

CELEBRATE ROBERT SHAW Sunday, May 15, 4 p.m. The Choral Guild of Atlanta celebrates the 100th birthday of Robert Shaw and the late composer Stephen Paulus, formerly with the ASO and Chorus. Music includes: “Hymn for America,” “Deep River” and “Annie Laurie.” Tickets: $15 per person; $12 seniors; $5 students. Northside Drive Baptist Church Chapel, 3100 Northside Dr., Atlanta, 30305. Find out more by visiting: cgatl.org or calling 404-223-6362.

LET’S LEARN! EASY MEDICARE Friday, May 6, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Learn how Medicare works. Topics include: Medicare Parts A and B; prescription drug plan (Part D); Medicare Advantage plans (Part C); Medigap; verifying plans your doctor accepts; calculating prescription costs. Free and open to all. For adult audiences. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404814-3500 for additional information.

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Sunday, May 8, 7 p.m. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Youth Ensemble presents “James and the Giant Peach,” a musical about a young English orphan who embarks on a journey in a larger-than-life enchanted peach. For all ages. $5-$10. Additional show, May 9, 7 p.m. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Purchase tickets by calling 678-812-4002 or online at atlantajcc.org/boxoffice.

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Saturday, May 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Butterflies are easy to attract to your patio with flowers. Join a Chattahoochee Nature Center gardener for a butterfly garden and greenhouse tour, then create a container (provided) of host and nectar plants to take home. $40 general public; $30 CNC members. Register by May 3 at: scheduling@chattnaturecenter.org or by calling 770-992-2055 x237. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. See more: chattnaturecenter.org.

Ultimately, it’s your experience that matters. To be sure, we’re proud of our 28 years of experience in senior living. But, to us, what really matters is your experience at our communities. We do everything with that idea clearly in mind. So, go ahead, enjoy yourself with great social opportunities and amenities. Savor fine dining every day. And feel assured that assisted living services are always available if needed. We invite you to experience The Piedmont for yourself at a complimentary lunch and tour. Please call 404.381.1743 to schedule.

Join Us for Sunday Brunch Sunday, May 15th • 1:00-3:00pm Enjoy a classic Sunday brunch, take a look around, socialize, and listen to the music of special guest John Martin! Please RSVP to 404.381.1743 for you and a friend by May 13th.

TERRIFIC TURTLES Saturday, May 14, 10-11:30 a.m. It’s nesting season and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve is brimming with turtles! Learn all about these reptiles, then hike to the nature preserve’s pond to look for pond sliders, snapping turtles and more. $10 per adult; $5 per child; under 3 free. RSVP to 678-315-0836. 4055 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, 30342. Register: bhnp.org. Call 404-345-1008 for details.

NEW HOPE CEMETERY Sunday, May 15, 3-5 p.m. The Dunwoody Preservation Trust continues their History Alive! series with a tour and talk of New Hope Cemetery. Free and open to the public. Valerie Biggerstaff and Traci Rylands present. Meet at the cemetery, 5695 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Call 770-668-0401 or email: dunwoodypreservationtrust@gmail.com.

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Wade Kovalik

cent of his class and he has received multiple honors, including the STAR Student Award, which usually is given to the student with the highest SAT score in his or her class.

North Atlanta High School, senior

Wade Kovalik wants to be an aerospace engineer. Or a pilot. Or maybe both. “My dream would be for an aircraft or rocket design that I worked on to get selected for government or private contract and to get put into production,” Wade said. “It would be an awesome feeling to see something that I helped design actually fly through the air or in space.” He’s working on it. He builds drones in his free time. And he’s had a internship at the Georgia Tech Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory. At the same time, Wade’s academic performance landed him in the top 5 per-

“I have a solid work ethic. It just isn’t in me to do things halfway, especially if it’s for something I genuinely care about,” Wade said. “I love to learn beyond what is taught in the classroom, or even about things that aren’t taught in school at all—like pretty much everything I know about aeronautics and space. Learning about new things is just something I’m really passionate about.” Wade’s teachers see him as wellrounded, ambitious and hard-working.

“While Wade was my Latin student he was the absolute light of my life,” says Christine Conklin, a teacher at the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science & Technology in Alexandria, Va. “His excellence and dedication to the language was renowned, and certainly appreciated and respected by me.” Balancing a demanding academic load with his activities in engineering, Wade also finds time to tutor his peers with Mu Alpha Theta. He also plays clarinet in North Atlanta’s Band.

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Wade aspires to attend Georgia Tech next year with a major in Aerospace Engineering. This article was reported and written by Johnna Gadomski, a senior at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.

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Police Blotter / Buckhead These reports are taken from Atlanta Police Department reports dated April 3-April 9 The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 Precinct of the Atlanta Police Department and is presumed to be accurate.

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Road NE – On April 6 in the evening, an employee of a men’s boutique store told police a man entered and asked about the inventory. The man asking about the clothing was then seen sending and receiving various text messages. He also received a phone call and talked in a hushed voice. The man on the phone then told the employee he was going to the bank to withdraw some money and would come back to make some purchases. As the man was leaving, he held open the door for a group of men who came into the store and pointed a gun at the employee and forced him to the floor. The men began grabbing merchandise off the shelves and loaded up in getaway vehicles. They all wore gloves and had their faces concealed. „„3100 block of Peachtree Road NE – On

April 7 in the morning, a person told police he was walking to his vehicle with his girlfriend and three men were walking near them to return to their vehicle, which was next to his. As the man got into his car, he told police one of the three men pointed a silver revolver at his head while another man demanded his cellphone. The man gave the three suspects his phone, his wallet with $300 cash, debit and credit cards, and his driver’s license. The man told police he saw three men in the same bar he was in. „„3000 block of Shadowlawn Avenue –

On April 7 during the morning shift, a man told police he had parked his car in a grocery store parking lot when two men approached him and told him he needed to pay $15 for parking. The man said he would go park somewhere else. The men then pointed a black handgun at him and demanded everything he had on him. „„100 block of 26th Street – On April 9 in

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the morning, a man told police he was meeting an exotic dancer and her associate. They met in the parking deck and entered the dancer’s vehicle. When the man got into the vehicle, a male suspect came to the passenger window and struck him in the head with a pistol. The

suspect then demanded he give up his money or he would kill him. The man gave him $400 in cash. The man drove to the hospital and said he believed he was set up. „„1900 block of Peachtree Road – On

April 7 in the morning, a man told police he was walking to his car when four men approached him. The men began running toward his vehicle, where his wife was waiting, so he locked the doors remotely. He said one of the males approached him with a silver pistol, pointed it to his head, and told him if he didn’t unlock the doors he would be killed. The man said the suspect then checked his pockets, and took his cellphone and wallet. The other suspects took his wife’s purse from the vehicle which contained a cellphone, credit/debit cards and $300. The suspects fled the scene on foot. „„3200 block of Lenox Road NE – On

April 8 in the evening, a pedestrian told police that he was walking through the parking lot when a man bashed him over the head with an unknown object. He said another man took his backpack and laptop then ordered him to hand over his cellphone. The pedestrian said he then fled, and as he looked back to see if they were following him, he saw that they possessed a gun. „„3400 block of Kingsboro Road NE –

On April 12 in the morning, a taxi driver said he was flagged down by a man for a fare. He said he drove the man to his destination, and that when they arrived, the man handed him $20. The taxi driver said he turned to give the man his change and that’s when the man pulled out a silver handgun. The man pointed the gun at the taxi driver’s head and said, “Give me everything you’ve got.” The taxi driver handed the suspect his wallet, debit/credit cards, Metro PCS cellphone and $75 cash. The man then fled into the apartment building. „„3200 block of Lenox Road NE – During

the morning of April 12, a man said he entered the pedestrian gate of his apartment complex when a man grabbed him, pointed a handgun in his face, and said, “Give me the money,” repeatedly. The man said he gave the gunman his wallet and cellphone. The gunman asked the man what was in his backpack and, after determining there was nothing of value, fled in the direction of the MARTA station. „„2400 block of Cheshire Bridge – On BH


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April 13 in the morning, an armed robbery, entering auto, theft-by-taking arrest was made. „„3000 block of Pharr Court North –

a suspicious vehicle parked in the driveway. He said that it appeared a man was walking out of the location with what seemed to be a TV.

On April 15 in the evening, a woman said she was walking out to her vehicle when three men approached her. She said one was armed with an assault rifle and pushed her to the ground asking, “What’s in the bag?” She said that she jumped a wall out of fear and fled to her friend.

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NW – On April 4 in the morning, a woman said she was involved in a physical altercation with the father of her child. She said they were engaged in a verbal fight when he got angry and threw a wooden shelf on her leg. She said when she attempted to leave, he threw a lawn chair at her vehicle, causing damage to the driver’s mirror. She said the man then ran away. „„2100 block of Monroe Drive NE – On

April 4 in the morning, a man said he suspended an employee for poor professional conduct. The employer said that when the business closed, the employee pushed him and tried to incite a fight. The employer said the employee blocked him as he attempted multiple times to get into his vehicle. The employee then drew a weapon, pointed it in the victim’s face, and continued trying to fight. The employer then drew a weapon and fired one shot. The employee then left. „„3200 block of Peachtree Road NE – On

April 6 in the evening, an aggravated assault arrest was made.

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April 4 in the evening, the rear glass door to a residence was shattered and a window screen cut and window opened. An iMac desktop computer was stolen. Latent fingerprints were recovered from the window and door and turned in for processing. „„1900 block of Monroe Drive NE – On

April 4 during the day, someone reported a hole was drilled through a deadbolt to an apartment to disable the locking mechanism. An Apple iPad, 58-inch Phillips TV, a Sony laptop and a 40-inch Panasonic TV were taken. Latent fingerprints were recovered from the jewelry box and turned in for processing. „„900 block of Lenox Court NE – On

April 5 in the evening, a man went out to walk his dog and forgot to set the alarm. When he returned home he found his garage door open. An LG TV was found damaged on the basement floor and $1,000 cash, two iPads, a Panasonic TV, a Michael Kors watch and miscellaneous jewelry were taken. The man said he saw BH

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cle NE – On April 7 during the day, the front door to a house was forced open. Taken from the home: jewelry, Xbox360, MacBook Pro, Samsung Chromebook laptop, video games and DVDs. Latent fingerprints were retrieved from the front door and turned in for processing. On April 7, appliances were taken from a home under construction. No force entry.

– On April 7 in the morning, a popular proximately $200 was contained in each donut chain was broken into. The doors register. The suspects then left the scene were unlocked. Video surveillance footon foot. age showed two men wearing hoodies „„2400 block of Piedmont Road NE – At and covered faces attempt to enter the an unknown date and time, a man relocation after the employees left. First ported the front door was ajar when he they attempted to access the rear enarrived at work. He said a master key to trance but after being unsuccessful, the offices is kept in a drawer at the rethey tried to gain entry through the side ception desk. The man said that the key door. The suspects then got to the cash was missing and all the offices at the loregisters and began removing money. A cation entered. Nine Dell laptops were store employee said the suspects would taken. have needed a key to get into READ MORE OF THE POLICE BLOTTER ONLINE AT the registers and that ap-

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April 8 during the day, a house was broken into through a side window. No items appeared to be missing at the time of the report. „„900 block of Calvert Lane NE – On

April 8 in the evening, the basement glass door to a house was shattered. A Ruger LCP 380 handgun, a chrome Colt Revolver “detective special,” assorted jewelry, Nikon D700 camera and cameras lenses were taken. The residence’s alarm was not activated by the burglary. „„2400 block of Edwards Drive NW – On

April 9 at an unknown time, a person arrived at home to find the front door and two windows open. Cash, a laptop, a 55inch TV, and house and car keys were taken. No signs of forced entry were found. „„3200 block of Arden Road NW – At an

unknown date and time, the side door of a house was kicked in. A dishwasher and freezer were stolen. „„4000 block of Peachtree Park Drive

NE – On April 9 in the evening, a person returned home to find the front door of the apartment unlocked. A MacBook Pro was taken. There is possible tracking to the laptop. „„3600 block of Peachtree Park Drive

– On April 16 in the evening, a woman told police she stepped out of her apartment for a few minutes and left the back door open. She said when she returned she found her Apple MacBook Pro taken from her bedroom.

CO M M E R C I A L B U R G L A RY „„3300 block of Piedmont Road NE – On

the morning of April 6, police responded to a silent alarm at a nail salon. The front glass was broken. A black Apple computer had been taken. Surveillance cameras were in place and may have captured the incident. Suspects were seen fleeing the scene. Also broken into at approximately the same time were two neighboring businesses where the suspects took cash registers and cash. „„1700 block of Howell Mill Road NW

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4-29-2016 Buckhead Reporter