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City considers moratorium on late-night venues on Buford Highway BY DYANA BAGBY

Brookhaven City Council members are considering putting a moratorium on latenight venues on Buford Highway, continuing a debate among city officials that has gone on for several years. Mayor John Ernst directed City Attorney Chris Balch during the council’s April 26 work session to prepare information to See CITY. on page 14


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Residents push back on traffic, zoning as more Dresden apartments are proposed BY DYANA BAGBY AND JOE EARLE About 50 Brookhaven residents gathered April 26 to confront developers who propose building shops and 206 apartments at the intersection of Dresden and Caldwell Drives. Residents voiced concerns about the number of apartments planned in the Dresden area and the traffic that the project, called Dresden Village, would bring.

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ed to raise about $600 million for DeKalb schools over its five-year life. They told A Dunwoody lawmaker and the DeKalb members of the Dunwoody Homeownschool superintendent are battling publicers Association in February that individuly over whether the planned May vote on al projects to be paid for by the tax would a special sales tax for likely be determined by schools would stand up the school board in Deto a legal challenge. cember, after consultaSen. Fran Millar (Rtion with parents. Dunwoody) argues that Millar, who said in the ballot language prohis letter he had supposed for the Special ported previous educaPurpose Local Option tion sales taxes, said he Sales Tax vote on May had received numerous 24 isn’t specific enough. complaints about the He called for the system school systems’ “categoto delay the vote until ry proposal,” and that next year. had conferred with the “Bottom line, I bestate Attorney Generlieve a legal challenge to al’s office, state Legislayour planned approach tive counsel and a lawhas a good chance of beyer representing former Sen. Fran Millar ing successful,” Millar Gov. Roy Barnes, a Demwrote in an open letter ocrat, about it. to DeKalb SuperintenHe also wrote that dent Dr. Stephen Green problems with the that was dated April 14. DeKalb vote could have In a response, dated an influence on similar April 19, Green argues votes in Atlanta and Fulthe language in the proton County. “By not enuposed ballot question merating specific projadopted by the school ects, DeKalb may also board is specific enough influence whether Atto meet legal requirelanta and Fulton (which ments. did it right) will be af“In our view, suffected,” he wrote, noting ficient description he has sent copies of his has been provided to letter to the superintenDr. Stephen Green meet the constitutiondents of Atlanta Public al requirement,” Green Schools and the Fulton wrote in his letter to MilCounty School System. lar. “The capital projects are specifically deOn Feb. 1, the DeKalb Board of Educascribed, serve educational purposes and tion approved a joint resolution with Atare all for the clear benefit of DeKalb counlanta Public Schools and the City Schools ty students. We are not aware of any conof Decatur placing the proposed fifth ESstitutional provision, statute, case law or PLOST to voters on May 24. If approved, attorney general opinion that contradicts collection of funds would begin in July and our view under these descriptions.” end in June 2022. In his letter, Green said the SPLOST Millar said DeKalb should put off the funds would pay for safety and security SPLOST vote until next year so specific systems such as improving surveillance projects could be listed. “Hopefully, you can systems and fire alarms; new facilities and act in a prompt manner and avoid the poadditions to school buildings; improvetential disaster,” he said. ments to school buildings such as new But Green argued that “it is critical that roofs, wiring, painting or heating and airvoters make the final decision on whether conditioning systems; Enterprise Resource this SPLOST is worthy. If they believe they Planning upgrades and technology imdo have adequate information, they may provements; purchasing buses and other vote “yes.” If the voters do not believe they capital equipment such as desks; and exhave adequate information on the projects penses related to the projects. to be funded, then the voters may vote “no” He said similarly-worded SPLOST resoto the SPLOST. lutions had been adopted in the past. “No matter what, the voters should not School officials say the tax, a renewal be disenfranchised, deprived of an opporof the existing penny sales tax, is expecttunity to make their voices heard.” BK

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Community Briefs C OM C A S T PAY S $ 1 MILL I ON I N BA C K F RA N C H I SE F EES Mayor John Ernst announced at the April 26 City Council meeting that Comcast has paid back the nearly $1 million it owed the city in back franchise fees. Comcast entered an agreement with the council Feb. 9 to pay back $981,976.05 owed to the city in two separate payments within 75 days. “We have gotten our second check in. All money owed to us is in,” Ernst said. In April 2015, Comcast agreed to pay the back franchise fees dating from January 2013 through March 2015. Comcast is currently paying the city franchises fees on a quarterly basis. Franchise fees are paid to local governments by private cable TV companies such as Comcast for use of the public right of way for cable. Private cable TV companies typically charge customers franchise fees and are to take that money and pay it to the cities.

Brookhaven city officials decided in February they should gather residents for new discussions of the 13 “character areas” outlined in the city’s plan, which was adopted in 2014. City officials want more detailed information after residents at recent public gatherings said they felt they had been left out of the original process. A planned rewrite of the city’s zoning code would be delayed until after the reworking of the comprehensive plan.


City Council member Bates Mattison’s campaign finance numbers still don’t add up more than half a year after he said they would be corrected. Mattison’s campaign finance report filed last October, when he ran unopposed for re-election to his District 3 seat, showed total contributions of about $17,000 and total expenditures of about $24,000, but also a positive net balance of about $2,700. Those numbers were repeated on an end-of-year report he filed with the Brookhaven City Clerk’s office. C O UN C I L TO H I RE TH I RTEEN In several emails since then, Mattison has said he has an ac‘CHAR A C TER A R EA S’ FA C I L I TATORS SO O N countant figuring out the problem. “[My] accountant has all the paperwork, but tax season has delayed the completion,” he The City Council will be presented with a bid for the characwrote in a recent email. ter zoning project put into motion in February, perhaps in late Mattison had another campaign finance filing issue last year, May or early June. when the state imposed $1,375 in fees and fines on his campaign Community Development Director Ben Song said RFPs for for failure to file various disclosures in 2011 through 2013. Matthe project have been out since March and the final due date tison said he filed hard-copy versions of the form on time, but was Friday, April 29. He said staff would review the applicants failed to file electronically as well under a widely criticized state and then select the best choice and bring to council for final ap07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1 7/27/15 9:18 AM Page system. 1 proval.

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New corporate headquarters reflect millennial generation’s demands BY JOHN RUCH

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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Major Pill Hill mixed-use project would replace residential street BY JOHN RUCH

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

the animal portrait strictly on a photo and customer interview. Customers can choose three general styles: “granola dog,” meaning natural colors or “happy puppy” and “hippy pooch,” which have varying degrees of bright colors mixed in as highlights. Current prices range from around $300 to more than $1,500, depending on the painting’s size and number of animals. The company aims to launch lower-cost digital portraits soon, Lefkovitz said. Other products may follow, Lefkovitz said, as he deliberately chose the “My Pooch Face” name as a catchy term that doesn’t explicitly limit the company to paintings. For more about My Pooch Face, see

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OPINION / Monumental memories Confederate monuments and memobuilt between 1890 and 1920. These monurials have stirred discussion in the South ments were placed in public locations – in for decades. Debate over keeping or retown squares, courthouse lawns and colmoving them, however, intensified after leges. They are often more elaborate, dethe Charleston tragedy in June 2015, bringpicting soldiers or Confederate leaders. ing renewed attention to existing ConfedThese latter monuments were products erate iconography. Across the South, from of an era defined by Jim Crow, which reNew Orleans to Baltimore, Americans have inforced and affirmed a white supremacy since attempted to find solutions to adworldview through veneration of the Lost dressing these legacies of the Civil War in Cause. public life. As is true with all monuments, ConfedAt the Atlanta History Center, we beerate ones are meant to promote and suslieve that these monuments can be valutain a memory. When we discuss memoable educational tools; in particular, as ry of the Civil War in the South, we can talk tangible signs of the Jim Crow era. Our about the staggering percentage of white suggestion is that communities consider Southerners killed defending the Confedconverting them into eracy, but we cannot dehistorical artifacts by fend historically inacproviding adjacent incurate reasons for the terpretive signage and war’s cause. We must even educational proalso talk about how degramming to tell the feat of the Confederahistory of those who cy, which fought to preerected these monuserve slavery, led to 42 ments and why. Most percent of the South’s importantly, to tell the entire population, four stories of the people million black Southernthey were intended to ers, being freed from diminish. bondage. Even with such efHistory is not someforts, debate over Conthing we use just to federate monuments make ourselves feel has persisted and will better. If that were the continue into the fucase, we would be talkture. But this is exacting about heritage – ly why the monuments which I define as hisJOE EARLE are so important to tory without all the A Confederate monument stands at keep, provided we talk unpleasant parts. Herthe DeKalb County Courthouse. about the real reasons itage is not necessarily they were put there in a bad thing, but it can the first place. be obstructive when it causes us to ignore Following the Civil War, between 1870 the more complex realities of history. Hisand 1890, many monuments were built tory makes us take the next step: It asks us and placed in cemeteries, mourning Conto question and consider the past and its isfederate dead. These earlier monuments sues deeply – good, bad and in between. were usually obelisks, adorned with fuMonuments are constant reminders neral drapes. The majority of monuments that we need to address our collective hisfound in the South today, though, are of a tory together and openly. The past is aldifferent time and character - originally ways more complicated than it seems.

Letter to the Editor To the editor: Joe Earle 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 here and joining a Union heritage group. Remember, history books were written by the victorious North. Americans get a distorted view of the Civil War, which should be called the “War of Northern Aggression.” Southern states freely joined

the Union, wanted to exercise their free will and leave, and there was nothing in the Constitution that prevented the South from leaving. Even though the South never threatened the North, Lincoln sent savage Union troops to completely destroy the South. This was followed by waves of Yankee carpetbaggers who exploited the devastated South. The Civil War was fought by the North, not to free the slaves, but to forcibly keep the South in the Union. This was America’s greatest act of imperialism. W. Keith Watkins

As a committed grassroots preservationist, I believe the removal of historical objects from the landscape almost always serves to diminish us and our collective story. I think it’s much better to Sheffield Hale keep these monSheffield Hale is uments. But, if president and CEO of the we keep them, we Atlanta History Center cannot maintain the status quo. We must transform them from objects of veneration into historical artifacts that can tell the story of why so many of them were erected: as a vehicle to celebrate the Confederacy during the time of Jim Crow segregation. Confederate monuments are among our last tangible links to that disturbing era in American history. 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 the topic. To help communities start 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.


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Citizens oppose AshfordDunwoody townhome project at public meeting BY DYANA BAGBY

more traffic on Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Attorney Jill Arnold of Pursley Friese Torgrimson in Atlanta said a traffic study Nearly 100 Brookhaven residents was conducted and showed the new deshowed up at an informal meeting at City velopment would only add 13 trips durHall April 19 to voice their opposition to a ing morning peak hours and 14 trips durproposed 17 townhome development on ing evening peak hours. Ashford-Dunwoody Road. “The numbers you throw out about The meeting, hosted by District 1 traffic we know are false. We’re not Councilmember Linley Jones, was orfools,” Cabrelli said. “It’s going to be a ganized to alnightmare.” low residents to “I understand have input on there is traffic the proposed reout there,” Arzoning to make nold said. “I’ve way for the debeen on Ashvelopment of 17 ford-Dunwoody. townhomes on That’s a bigger the property loissue.” She also cated at 3697, said Brookhav3705 and 3713 en is a “very deAshford-DunDYANA BAGBY sirable place to woody Road Nearly 100 people attended a public meeting live” and the city at Brookhaven City Hall to learn more near Blackburn needs to direct about a proposed townhome development Park. that growth on on Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The rezoning major thoroughrequest was to go before the City Counfares such as Ashford-Dunwoody Road in cil on April 26 but developers withdrew order to leave established neighborhoods the request with the option of bringing it alone. back at a later date. The “bigger issue” of congestion on Jones said the developer, Mike EmAshford-Dunwoody Road is currently bebry of Embry Group, asked her to hold ing looked at as part of a corridor study, the April 19 meeting to ensure the comJones said. munity knew about the project. Jones Jones said the city is also considering said she also wanted to make sure more approving impact fees that could manpeople knew about the project because it date developers behind new construction seemed to have “flown under the radar.” along Ashford-Dunwoody Road to pay The rezoning request is recommendfor renovations to the road to help lessed by city staff, but on April 6 the Planen congestion. ning Commission voted against recomClaudia Harry of the Friends of Blackmending approval. Three houses built burn Park said she and other members in the 1970s are currently located on the worried that rezoning for this developproperty; they are now duplexes. The ment will set a precedent for other develproperty backs up to Bubbling Creek and opers to push through a project without single-family neighborhoods. much citizen input. Peter Cabrelli, who lives in Cambridge “We do not want more density. I comPark, drew applause when he said he was mend you on your beautiful renderings … tired of “constant pressure” from develbut what you present is not beautiful to opers coming into Brookhaven wanting our community,” she said. to change what the city was originally Many people also voiced concern designed to be. about the wooded area and Bubbling “The city of Brookhaven was develCreek located behind the property and oped and created to maintain a style of how the development would affect wildliving … to keep growth and concentralife. City screening of the application tion of housing from growing,” he said. plans show there would be no major en“All we want to do is maintain what vironmental harm done to the area, but we have – it’s why we worked so hard to residents remained skeptical. create this little city,” he said. “We love the trees. We have wildlife. The townhomes would be three stoThe prospect of this going in is so disries tall with a two-car parking garage as couraging,” said Scott Naylor, who rethe base floor. Cost for each of the units cently moved to Brookhaven from Buckwill be in the $400,000 range, Embry head. said. Total time for construction would Embry said development is inevitable be approximately two years. and it was important communities work Many people voiced concern about together to ensure good development.


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What do you see as the biggest problem facing the district? Education and transportation challenges tie for the biggest problem the district faces. My husband and I moved to Brookhaven because we loved the sense of community. But, I cannot accept that we are simultaneously paying tax dollars for education yet we feel forced to send our children to private schools, or when bumper-to-bumper traffic prevents us from making that playoff baseball game at Murphy Candler Park. If a “religious freedom” bill similar to the one passed this session and vetoed by Gov. Deal is offered again next year, how would you vote on it? I strongly support Gov. Deal’s veto of HB 757. Georgia is facing significant issues in our education and transportation systems; when elected, I will focus on economic issues that affect citizens’ everyday lives.


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What do you see as the biggest problem facing the district? Development/transportation, followed closely by education. Brookhaven, Sandy Springs and Chamblee are three of the most exciting and dynamic cities in Georgia (and beyond) and are struggling with the best way to promote smart, sustainable growth while respecting property rights for residents and businesses. Traffic congestion has made some neighborhoods all but impassable at certain times, and infrastructure improvements have not always kept pace with increased usage. Zoning and planning require careful balancing of competing concerns, but residents can’t keep up with all of the expensive efforts to increase density, nor should they be expected to volunteer endless time because elected officials shy away from criticizing the work of other government workers. If a “religious freedom” bill similar to the one passed this session and vetoed by Gov. Deal is offered again next year, how would you vote on it? I would vote no on a bill like HB757, which provided for public funding for organizations engaged in religious discrimination. I support the right of conscience for all persons and organizations, even if we don’t agree with the morality of their choices, but it is never appropriate to use taxpayer money to support discrimination of any stripe.

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City considers moratorium on Buford Highway late-night venues Continued from page 1 present at its May 10 meeting on how the council could halt new late-night establishments opening in the city, specifically along Buford Highway. “My concern is we don’t become what happened to Buckhead,” Councilmember Joe Gebbia said. “Buford Highway has always been an ‘entertainment area’, but I think it is our responsibility to manage this area responsibly.” Interim City Manager and Police Chief Gary Yandura told the council that police officers respond to an overwhelming number of calls between 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. He said from January to April 22, police have responded to more than 2,000 incidents. Of the 706 arrests made, 132 were made between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.; of 832 accidents, 39 occurred between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.; and of 65 DUIs arrests so far this year, 25 were made between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. “Our reputation is we are getting to be known as a late night [city] and that is causing problems,” Yandura said. Currently, last call for local late-night venues is 2:55 a.m., with closing set at 3:30 a.m. Restaurants are also able to stay open until 3:30 a.m. Closing bars and nightclubs early has been part of an ongoing discussion in Brookhaven since at least 2013 and has been met with resistance from local businesses. In 2014, the council did approve closing bars and nightclubs an hour earlier. The council again discussed shutting down clubs and bars an hour earlier in December. Yandura also showed a dramatic dashcam video from December 2015 of an arrest of a drunk driver on Buford Highway being pursued by several Brookhaven police officers. The driver was spotted driving on a sidewalk, and when an officer tried to pull him over, he sped past several vehicles while trying to evade police. “I know we’re good at catching these guys, but it would be good to know where the DUI drivers are coming from,” Gebbia

said after Yandura said he did not know if the driver was leaving a Brookhaven club or possibly driving from Chamblee. Yandura said the police department also fields many noise complaints that come from Buford Highway. But Councilmember Bates Mattison said he believes the number of new late-night establishments in the area is the main concern. “The issue is the proliferation of latenight establishments on Buford Highway. We do not want it to become a late-night place,” he said. Another problem is some restaurants are operating as late-night establishments, violating their licensing agreement, said Ben Song, director of Community Development. Restaurants are supposed to stop serving alcohol at 12:30 a.m. even though they are legally allowed to stay open until 3:30 a.m. Several are serving booze well past 12:30 a.m., he said. Gebbia suggested that if venues are cited a certain number of times for violating city ordinances that an off-duty Brookhaven police officer be required to work security detail at the club. He also suggested that landlords be required to put in security cameras to record happenings in parking lots. Balch said the council could implement a moratorium on late-night venues either by stopping the issuance of licenses for late-night establishments or by placing a moratorium on Special Land Use Permits that late-night venues are required to obtain. “I think for security purposes and continued proliferation, I want to … initiate a moratorium,” Gebbia said. Councilmember Linley Jones said she supported a moratorium based on danger posed to police officers and citizens. Councilmember John Park said he worried a moratorium may hurt small venues. “What about the small restaurant owner who happens to stay open late – in a relatively quiet neighborhood – this could be an imposition on them,” he said. The issue will be discussed again in two weeks at the May 10 council meeting.

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Residents push back on traffic, local zoning district as more apartments proposed for Dresden Continued from page 1

than 3 acres at 1336-1370 Dresden and 2544256 Caldwell to allow construction of a Some argued that the developers, Conmixed-use development including apartnolly Investment and Development and ments, retail space and a parking deck. The Fairfield Residential, should reduce the project would include about 20,000 square number of apartments closer to the 150 alfeet of retail space and 206 apartments. lowed by current zoning on the property After the meeting, held at the Briaror should use townhomes instead of apartcliff community center in Briarcliff Park, ments in a portion of the planned developthe developers and their representatives ment. said they likely would hold another pubSisters Suzanne and Jennifer Heath, lic meeting during May to discuss the dewho live in the Brookhaven Fields neighvelopment. What the developers are asking for and what is approved already for the site currently are not much different, said J.R. Connolly, president and CEO of Connolly Investment and Development. Current zoning of the property allows for 155 multi-family units, the developers said. The property is also currently zoned for 35,000 square feet JOE EARLE of commercial space; ConnolJennifer Heath, left, and her sister Suzanne, who ly is seeking less, about 19,890 live in the Brookhaven Fields neighborhood, said square feet for shops and resapartment construction is changing their community. taurants. Sonja Greeley lives nearby. borhood, said apartment construction is She said the area already has a great deal changing their community. Jennifer Heath of apartments, with the complex @1377 said 1,877 apartments are being built in the across the street from this proposed dearea and another 1,374 are proposed, invelopment. And with the transit-orientcluding the ones at Dresden Village. ed development proposed at the nearby “We’re getting to the point we’re startBrookhaven MARTA station that includes ing to draw a line in the sand,” Jennifer some 600 residential units, it’s time to dial Heath said. back the density, she said. “If we don’t get every developer to give “I’ve lived in the neighborhood for 18 us as much as they can, it’s a lost cause,” Suyears and we’ve been happy with most of zanne Heath said. “We’re at a tipping point. the development up to this point,” Greeley All we can do is fight.” said. “We have reached the tipping point The developers plan to ask Brookhavand enough is enough.” en city officials to rezone the slightly more Dresden Drive’s recent influx of hous-

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sidewalk with 5-foot landscaping, parallel parking and a 5-foot wide bike lane to encourage other modes of transportation. A selling point is also the walkability to Brookhaven’s MARTA station. Greeley said she appreciates being able to walk to restaurants on Dresden Drive from her home, but it is time to halt more development. “I’m frustrated that every developer who asks for rezoning seems to get it. Stick with what you got.”

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Ed Feldstein says he helped bring pickelball to Dunwoody and now plays about four days a week.


It looks a bit like a game cobbled together during a slow weekend at a vacation house after the host couldn’t track down all the pieces required for any single sport. Players swing paddles that look like they came from an oversized Ping-Pong game. They hit a hollow plastic ball that’s full of holes. The ball bounces back and forth over a net similar to one on a tennis court. The game moves quickly. Some regular players of the sport called “pickleball” say it can feel like playing table tennis while standing on the table. Still, it’s catching on. Just ask Ed Feldstein, a 77-year-old Sandy Springs retiree who says he helped bring the game to the Marcus Jewish Community Center of At-

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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:


& Crafts Festival! Event features two days of art, a children’s area, local gourmet food, beverages and acoustic music. Free. Continues Sunday, May 8, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. 4469 Stella Dr., Atlanta, 30327. Email: info@affps. com or go to: with questions.


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: 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: 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: 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:

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: 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: or call 404814-3500 for additional information.



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


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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: or by calling 770-992-2055 x237. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. See more:

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: 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:

Saturday, May 14, 7-9 p.m. The Dunwoody Nature Center’s Concerts in the Park series brings The Rays, who play classic rock, blues, Americana, and alt-country, to the stage. SUBMIT YOUR EVENT LISTING WITH US AT Grab a chair, blanket and pic-

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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 Kovalik

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 / Brookhaven From Brookhaven police reports dated April 16 through April 24 The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

MAN STRUCK BY CAR ON B U FO R D H I G H WAY A 63-year-old man was struck by a car on Buford Highway on April 8. The incident occurred at about 8:15 p.m. When police arrived on the scene, the man was lying on the road in front of the vehicle. He was bleeding from his face and yelling in pain, according to a police report. Emergency responders arrived on the scene and began treating him. The injured man was incoherent and did not speak English well enough to provide police with much information, according to the report. His brother was located nearby but began to go into shock and was not able to provide information because he did not speak or write English. A 70-year-old man who had been driving the vehicle that struck the 63-year-old man said he was traveling northbound on Buford Highway at approximately 40 mph. When he approached a crosswalk he saw a man running in the crosswalk and he could not stop in time, the report states. The car struck the man, and the man hit the windshield and was thrown forward. The vehicle was towed due to the damage to the windshield. The driver was cited for violating the pedestrian’s right of way at a crosswalk.

T WO A R M E D M E N R O B TITLEMAX On April 13, at approximately 2 p.m., two armed men walked into the Titlemax at 2015 North Druid Hills Rd. and robbed the business. According to a police report, the two men had black handguns and went behind a desk and pointed the gun at a female employee. They demanded she empty her register. The armed men also took the woman’s purse, and a male employee’s cellphone and his bag that contained his wallet. The suspects put a gun to the male employee’s chest and ordered the two into the restroom in the back of the business. They fled out the front entrance. The robbery was captured on video.


„„3700 block of Buford Highway – On

April 13, arrest for wanted person located. „„North Druid Hills Road/ramp – On

April 13, arrest for failure to maintain lane. „„2900 block of Buford Highway – On

April 13, arrest for public intoxication and consumption. „„1900 block of North Druid Hills Road/

Buford Highway – On April 13, arrest for theft by receiving stolen vehicle. „„ 3000 block of Buford

Highway/Corporate Blvd – On April 13, arrest for no driver’s license. „„ 3500 block of Buford

Highway – On April 13, arrest for violating pedestrian’s right of way in crosswalk. „„4000 block of Peachtree Road – On

„„Corporate Boulevard/Northeast Ex-

„„3100 block of Buford Highway – On

pressway – On April 16, arrest for violating headlight requirements.

April 21, arrest for obstruction and interference.

„„2000 block of North Druid Hills Road

„„3700 block of Peachtree Road – On

– On April 17, arrest for possession of controlled substances or marijuana.

April 21, arrest for suspended/cancelled registration.

„„1000 block of Lenox Park Blvd – On

„„1600 block of Briarwood Road – On

April 17, an arrest for wanted person located.

April 22, arrest for manufacture/sell/ dispense/distribute.

„„2500 block of Ellijay Drive – On April

„„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

17, arrest for terroristic threats and acts.

April 22, arrest for tail light requirements.

„„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

April 17, an arrest for public intoxication and consumption. „„1400 block of North Cliff Valley Way

– On April 17, an arrest for violation of safety belts; child passenger restraining systems.


block of Dresden Drive/ Peachtree Road – On April 22, arrest for driver with ability impaired by .08 three hours later. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

April 23, arrest for no driver’s license.

„„4000 block of Oak Forest Drive/Ash-

„„3000 block of Buford Highway/Corpo-

ford-Dunwoody Road – On April 17, a DUI arrest, driver impaired by alcohol.

rate Blvd. – On April 23, arrest for public indecency.

„„2500 block of Old Milton Pkwy. – On


April 13, arrest for following too closely.

April 17, arrest for failure to appear.

„„1800 block of Northeast Expressway

„„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

– On April 14, arrest for violating stop signs and yield signs.

April 17, arrest for driver with ability impaired by .08 three hours later.

„„3600 block of Buford Highway – On

„„2900 block of Buford Highway/North

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On April 23, arrest for furnishing alcoholic beverage to person under 21. „„1800 block of Northeast Expressway

– On April 23, arrest for no driver’s license.

Druid Hills Road – On April 18, arrest for possession of a schedule II controlled substance – cocaine.

„„North Druid Hills Road/ramp – On

„„2000 block of Curtis Drive – On April

„„2100 block of North Druid Hills

„„I-85 South/North Druid Hills Road –

18, arrest for simple battery-family violence.

Road/I-85 South – On April 23, arrest for begging and soliciting alms.

On April 15, arrest for begging and soliciting alms.

„„100 block of Perimeter Center West –

„„4000 block of Peachtree Road – On

On April 18, arrest for robbery.

April 23, arrest for public intoxication and consumption.

April 14, arrest for overtaking and passing school bus. „„3800 block of Peachtree Road – On

April 14, arrest for disorderly conduct.

„„1800 block of Briarwood Road/North-

April 23, arrest for public intoxication and consumption.

east Expressway – On April 15, arrest for violating standards for brake lights and signal lights.

„„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

„„I-85/North Druid Hills Road – On April

15, arrest for begging and soliciting alms.

– On April 18, arrest for arson-third degree.

13, report of burglary-no forced entryresidence.

„„3300 block of Buford Highway/Briar-

„„On April 19, arrest for failure to ap-

„„1500 block of Folkstone Road – On

April 18, arrest for no driver’s license. „„2000 block of North Druid Hills Road

B U R G L A RY „„1200 block of Reserve Drive – On April

April 14, report of burglary-forced entry-residence.

wood Road – On April 15, arrest for no driver’s license.


„„4000 block of Peachtree Road – On

„„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

April 15, arrest for criminal trespass.

April 19, arrest for marijuana possession.

„„3300 block of Buford Highway – On


„„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

April 15, arrest for possession of a firearm/knife during commission of a crime.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On April 20, arrest for violating obedience to authorized persons directing traffic.

„„1900 block of North Druid Hills – On

„„1800 block of Johnson Ferry Road –

April 19, report of burglary-forced entry-residence.

April 16, arrest for disorderly conduct. „„1900 block of North Druid Hills – On

April 16, arrest for marijuana possession-less than an ounce.

„„3900 block of Peachtree Road – On

On April 21, two arrests for battery-family violence. „„3400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road/Kadleston Way – On April 21, arrest for no driver’s license.

April 17, report of burglary-forced entry. April 18, report of burglary-forced entry-residence. „„3100 block of Buford Highway – On

„„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

April 19, report of burglary-forced entry-residence. BK

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„„1000 block of Barone Avenue – On


Druid Hills Road – On April 18, a report of hit and run.

April 20, report of burglary-forced entry-residence.

„„1100 block of Victoria Street – On April

13, report of financial identity fraud.

„„3600 block of Buford Highway – On


„„3300 block of Clairmont Road – On

April 18, report of lost and found property.

„„1500 block of West Nancy Creek Drive

April 18, report of forgery.

– On April 13, report of theft-articles from vehicle.

„„1100 block of Byrnwyck Road – On


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On April 13, report of theft-articles from vehicle. „„1500 block of Lake Hearn Drive – On

April 20, report of fraud-impersonation. „„1500 block of Runnymeade Road – On

April 19, report of fraud-impersonation.


April 14, report of theft-other offenses.

„„1500 block of West Nancy Creek Drive

„„1100 block of Brookgate Way – On

– On April 13, report of damage to private property.

April 15, report of theft. „„1800 block of Canmont Drive – On

April 17, report of theft by taking auto. „„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

April 17, report of theft by taking auto. „„1200 block of Druid Knoll Drive – On

April 17, report of theft-parts from vehicle. „„2600 block of Buford Highway – On

April 17, report of theft-articles from vehicle. „„2700 block of Grove Street – On April

17, report of theft-parts from vehicle. „„3800 block of Clairmont Road – On

April 18, two reports of theft-parts from vehicle. „„3800 block of Buford Highway – On

April 18, report of theft-parts from vehicle. „„3100 block of Buford Highway – On

April 18, report of theft by taking auto. „„3800 block of Clairmont Road – On

April 19, report of theft-parts from vehicle.

R O B B E RY „„3600 block of Buford Highway – On

April 16, report of street robbery with a gun.

A S S AU LT / B AT T E RY „„3000 block of Buford Highway – On

April 16, report of aggravated assault with a gun. „„1800 block of East Roxboro Road – On

April 16, report of simple battery.

„„100 block of Executive Park Drive – On

April 13, report of terroristic threats/intimidation. „„2600 block of Stoland Drive – On April

14, report of stolen vehicle recovered. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

April 14, report of failure to appear. „„3800 block of Peachtree Road – On

April 18, report of harassing communication.

„„3800 block of Clairmont Road – On

„„2000 block of North Druid Hills – On

„„1900 block of North Druid Hills Road

April 19, report of entering auto.

– On April 20, report of the location of a missing person.

„„3900 block of Peachtree Road – On

April 19, report of damage to property.

April 19, report of city ordinance violation.

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live and work at Canterbury Court:

„„4000 block of Peachtree Road – On

April 15, report of criminal trespass. „„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

April 15, report of unruly child. „„2000 block of North Druid Hills Road

– On April 17, report of possession of controlled substance or marijuana. „„3700 block of Buford Highway – On

April 17, a report of a hit and run. „„1700 block of North Druid Hills Road/

Gail Drive – On April 17, a report of a hit and run. „„2500 block of Old Milton Parkway –

On April 17, report of failure to appear. „„2600 block of Buford Highway – On

April 17, report of extortion offense. „„1200 block of Lenox Park Blvd./Park

Vista Drive – On April 17, report of abandoned vehicle. „„100 block of Perimeter Summit Blvd. –

„„3300 block of Buford Highway/Bri-

18, report of simple battery.

April 19, report of lost and found property.

April 14, report of harassing communication.

April 17, a report of aggravated assault – hands, feet, teeth.

„„2000 block of Curtis Drive – On April

„„1100 block of Alexandria Court – On

„„1700 block of Buckhead Lane – On

On April 17, a report of demented person transported.

April 17, a report of simple battery.

Road/I-85 South – On April 19, report of missing person located.

April 14, report of city ordinance violation.

„„2900 block of Clairmont Road – On

„„1000 block of Barone Avenue – On

„„3400 block of Buford Highway – On

„„2100 block of North Druid Hills

Mattie Hickey-Middleton Exercise Specialist since 2005 Dancer • Swimmer • Exercise Therapist • Teacher Music Lover • Volunteer • Canterbury Court Ambassador

My motto is exercise AND socialize.

IT’S ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN! Running 17 exercise classes each week, plus private sessions with people recovering from injury or surgery, would surely exhaust an average person. Of course, Mattie’s far from average. She’s a bundle of energy who loves to dance, works a variety of music into her classes, and joins Canterbury’s walking club whenever she can, especially when they’re training for the annual Peachtree Road 10k. She says residents and staff are so much like family that she’s always encouraging people to move here.

Mattie invites you to discover her Canterbury Court.

arwood Road – On April 17, a report of DUI-alcohol. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

April 18, report of lost and found property.

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4-29-2016 Brookhaven Reporter  
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