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Derek Vogel held his Asian fusion sandwich during a recent overcast Food Truck Thursday at Brook Run Park. His impression of Dunwoody before moving here just over a year ago is that it is a respectable place and the residents are especially proud to have become a city. But when state Rep. Tom Tayolor (R-Dunwoody) made headlines for his April 7 DUI arrest in Rabun County, Vogel said he questioned what he believed about the city. “I feel the city Rep. Tom Taylor has this good rephad foreign utation and then exchange students to suddenly have in his car at the this on the news, time of his arrest. and everywhere on A student the news, is a black hosting program eye for the commusays a DUI is nity,” Vogel said. “I “grounds for understand people disqualification.” have problems and I’m glad he is seekRead more, p. 15 ing treatment. This definitely speaks for his making bad decisions.” Vogel knows about Taylor’s long history with Dunwoody – as a founding member of the city who served on the first City Council before being elected as the representative for District 79 in the state House of Representatives in 2010. But supporting him in the May 24 primary is now questionable, he said. “This causes … at least me to be very con-
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TA station bridge. Michael Smith, public works director for the city of Dunwoody, said no specific timeline is set for the project. “This is probably in the 5- to 10-year horizon timeline,” he said. Harper said the study is one step toward developing an agreement on a vision for the corridor and then finding the money, including from the Georgia Department of Transportation, to implement it. “Hammond Drive is an important artery for the Perimeter,” she said. “The developers need to know what to expect. After we get [consensus on a plan] from corporate partners, local governments and local residents, then we look for funding.” Claire Willis of Dunwoody said she was pleased the study looked at different modes of transportation. “I take MARTA and walk quite a bit. It’s important to think about
Widening Hammond Drive, adding bike lanes and more sidewalks — these are all on the table for potential future plans for the corridor that connects Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. At an April 21 open house at Dunwoody City Hall, residents got a chance to look at proposed plans for five sections of the Hammond Road corridor: Glenridge Drive to Barfield Road; Barfield Road to Concourse Parkway; Concourse Parkway to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road; PeachtreeDunwoody Road to Perimeter Center Parkway; and Perimeter Center Parkway to Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The proposed plans are part of a partnership between Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts. The three entities are working together to come up with a concept that addresses traffic, pedestrians and cyclists on heavily traveled Hammond Drive as new developments continue to rise in Perimeter Center. Jennifer Harper, chief of programs and operations with PCIDs, said the PCIDs and the cities know that capacity is a challenge on Hammond Drive. “It is important to think about the challenge as a multiDYANA BAGBY jurisdictional issue rather than Left, Jennifer Harper, chief of programs and operations with PCIDs, explains plans for Hammond just the Dunwoody part and the Drive to Dunwoody resident Claire Willis, right. Sandy Springs part,” she said. “As development comes in, and with residential density coming, it is important to preserve right of way.” this now rather than later,” she said. “TrafAverage daily traffic volumes range fic affects you no matter what — if you are from more than 27,000 cars per day near in the bus, you wait in traffic; when you are Ga. 400 to more than 16,000 near Ashfordwalking, traffic affects you.” Dunwoody Road. The Sandy Springs City Council looked As Mercedes-Benz USA and State Farm at the corridor study last month. The counconstruct new office complexes along the cil is also buying land along Hammond corridor and with more developments in Drive for a future widening between Rothe works, Harper said it’s important the swell Road and Glenridge Drive project two cities work together to have a vision that is part of a different study. for the future. The Hammond Drive study calls for a A year ago, Sandy Springs and Dun10-foot-wide, two-way cycle track, where woody commissioned Gresham, Smith and cyclists can ride in opposite directions on Partners to create a bicycle and pedestrian the same side of the road, from Glenridge improvement plan for Hammond Drive beDrive to Barfield Road. There is a 2-foot tween Sandy Springs’ Glenridge Drive and buffer between the cycle track and a 6-foot Dunwoody’s Ashford-Dunwoody Road. wide sidewalk. The plans include some widening of HamBill Black bikes about 300 to 400 miles mond Drive but mostly feature distinct every month and said the study “looks OK bike and walking areas, except for a stretch to someone who doesn’t ride bikes.” of multi-use path. “I’d like to have someone in planning The goal of the plan is to guide future spend a month on a bike and come back road work and local redevelopments— and look at the study,” he said. “It’s differand specifically to get developers to pay for ent when you actually ride in traffic.” building the features. The design was made Dara Lazar Buchbinder of Sandy within the existing right of way, in part to Springs said she disliked the idea of a medikeep it feasible for developers and in part an in between Glenridge Drive and Barfield because some sections are limited by the Road because it is already difficult to turn Ga. 400 overpass and the Dunwoody MARinto Hammond Park, for he said.
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City considers bringing food trucks to new park BY DYANA BAGBY
While council members appeared “I’m of the opinion we need to do this,” Grossman said DHA would be consupportive of the idea, a major concern he said. “The city doesn’t fund enough sidering Food Truck Tuesday at its May they raised was parking. There is a busievents. DHA has done their fair share. I 1 meeting. The council will consider the Food Truck Thursdays have brought ness parking lot with 100 spaces locatwant to make sure city government does proposal at a later date. thousands to Brook Run Park over the ed across the street from the park, Grossits fair sure. I’m of the opinion we go all past four years. Could it be time to try the man pointed out. Also, there are a few in.” concept at Dunwoody’s newest park? apartment complexes nearby and the Bill Grossman, a member of the Dunidea is to encourage people to walk to the park. “We think there is adequate parking in the area, but we won’t know until we try it,” Grossman said. Several council members suggested funding six Tuesdays and wait to see if the FILE event is popuThe Food Truck Thursdays concept, a popular event at Brook Run Park, might expand to Tuesdays at the Park at Pernoshal Court. lar enough to fund the remaining four Tuesdays. woody Homeowners Association, proCouncilmember John Heneghan said posed the idea of Food Truck Tuesdays it was time for the city to step up and at the Park at Pernoshal Court to the City fund such ideas that promote the city. Council at its April 25 meeting. He sought city funding of up to $5,000. “This would be a way to expose the park to a lot of people … and if we can bring in enough, we could get people in the habit of coming to the park,” Grossman said. “We still get new people to Brook Run and we are into our fourth year.” If Food Truck Tuesdays moves forward, it would start in late May after DeKalb County schools got out for summer vacation, Grossman said. Currently DHA pays $500 for the sound engineer and the live entertainment at Food Truck Thursdays. That would likely be the same amount of funding needed for the Tuesday events. The 5-acre Park at Pernoshal Court would host a much smaller crowd than Food Truck Thursdays, Grossman said. Pernoshal is one of several smaller parks that are part of the city’s Project Renaissance. It is connected to Brook Run Park by a multi-use trail. The $5,000 would cover costs for 10 Food Truck Tuesdays that would go through October, Grossman said. Mayor Denis Shortal wondered if the idea of two days of food truck events in the city would over-saturate the market and possibly negatively affect local businesses because people would be eating at the park rather than in restaurants. Please call or come in to see how we can be of assistance for your loved ones. “We do request every truck to buy a 690 Mount Vernon Hwy. NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 city of Dunwoody business license. Some of the food truck vendors are Dunwoodyowned,” Grossman said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 mypoochface.com.
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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.
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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 hisare so important to tory without all the JOE EARLE keep, provided we talk unpleasant parts. HerA Confederate monument stands at about the real reasons itage is not necessarily the DeKalb County Courthouse. they were put there in a bad thing, but it can the first place. be obstructive when it Following the Civil War, between 1870 causes us to ignore the more complex realand 1890, many monuments were built ities of history. History makes us take the and placed in cemeteries, mourning Connext step: It asks us to question and considfederate dead. These earlier monuments er the past and its issues deeply – good, bad were usually obelisks, adorned with fuand in between. neral drapes. The majority of monuments Monuments are constant reminders found in the South today, though, are of a that we need to address our collective hisdifferent time and character - originally tory together and openly. The past is al-
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
ways more complicated than it seems. As a committed grassroots preservationist, I believe the removal of historical objects from the landscape almost always serves to diminish Sheffield Hale us and our collecSheffield Hale is tive story. I think president and CEO of the it’s much better to Atlanta History Center keep these monuments. But, if we keep them, we 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. 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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Dunwoody’s new ‘scramble’ crosswalk puts pedestrians first It’s called a “pedestrian scramble” – a crosswalk that stops all motorists at a four-way stop to allow pedestrians to cross streets in all directions, including crossing diagonally. And that’s what the city of Dunwoody’s Public Works Department recently installed at the intersection of North Shallowford Road and Dunwoody Park. “We wanted to do something for trail users coming through … this is a better experience for trail users, especially for those on bikes — a way to enhance the trail experience,” said Public Works Director Michael Smith. Cost for the Dunwoody pedestrian scramble was about $10,000, Smith said, including the decorative brick. “It’s great from a trail users standpoint but they’re not always practical,” Smith said of the scramble. The first of its kind in Dunwoody, the pedestrian scramble crosswalk is also known as the Barnes Dance, named for traffic engineer Henry Barnes, who popularized this kind of crosswalk in the 1940s in Denver and New York. --Dyana Bagby
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A Dunwoody lawmaker and the DeKalb school superintendent are battling publically over whether the planned May vote on a special sales tax for schools would stand up to a legal challenge. Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) argues that the ballot language proposed for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax vote on May 24 isn’t specific enough. He called for the system to delay the vote until next year. In a response, Dr. Stephen Green argues the language is specific enough to meet legal requirements. “In our view, sufficient description has been provided to meet the constitutional requirement,” Green wrote in his letter to Millar. “The capital projects are specifically described, serve educational purposes and are all for the clear benefit of DeKalb county students. We are not aware of any constitutional provision, statute, case law or attorney general opinion that contradicts our view under these descriptions.” In his letter, Green said the SPLOST funds would pay for safety and security systems such as improving surveillance systems and fire alarms; new facilities and additions to school buildings; improvements to school buildings such as new roofs, wiring, painting or heating and airconditioning systems; Enterprise Resource Planning upgrades and technology improvements; purchasing buses and other capital equipment such as desks; and expenses related to the projects. He said similarly-worded SPLOST resolutions had been adopted in the past. School officials say the tax, a renewal of the existing penny sales tax, is expected to raise about $600 million for DeKalb schools over its five-year life. They told members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association in February that individual projects to be paid for by the tax would likely be determined by the school board in December, after consultation with parents. Millar, who said in his letter he had supported previous education sales taxes, said he had received numerous complaints about the school systems’ “category proposal,” Millar said DeKalb should put off the SPLOST vote until next year so specific projects could be listed. “Hopefully, you can act in a prompt manner and avoid the potential disaster,” he said. But Green argued that “it is critical that voters make the final decision.”
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proposal. The DeKalb School District estimates cost for new fields would run about $3 milDunwoody Senior Baseball doesn’t lion, Weiner said, and would likely have to want to be forced to move to Peachtree be paid for by the city and DeKalb County. Middle School as part of a proposal to He said he’s been told the city is resistant to make way for the rebuilding of Austin Elepaying any of the $3 million cost. mentary School in Dunwoody Park. DSB, a nonprofit, is located next to the “We can’t move to a location that will Dunwoody Nature Center on approximatepotentially close down our program,” Dunly 7.8 acres in Dunwoody Park. With parkwoody Senior Baseball President Jerry ing, the league has about 10 acres. The apWeiner said. proximate size of the Peachtree Middle Weiner said that league’s board met School fields is 6.7 acres, Weiner said. ParkApril 24 to “define its opposition” to an ing is also further away at the school site. expected proposal from Dunwoody City The city owns Dunwoody Park and DSB Council and the DeKalb County School does not pay any fees to the city to use the Board to move the league to Peachtree Midfields. Maintenance of the fields are shared dle School. He said the group planned to by DSB and the city, Weiner said. continue its discussions on how to publicIn 2011, voters approved an Education ly oppose the proposal. Special Local Option Sales Tax that includRumors have been floating for severed funding for a new Austin Elementary al months that the baseball league, for 13School. to 18-year-old players, would be moved to Weiner said, though, that at that time make way for the DeKalb school system to the school district promised not to take build a new Austin Elementary School. land from the city’s parks for the new Weiner said the baseball league, the city school. and school board representatives had their “We are not opposed to quality educafirst meeting Feb. 18 and have been contion, but we don’t think they should build tinuing conversations since then. Nothing the school at Dunwoody Park,” he said. “We has been finalized, but Weiner said he and want them to honor their original prom07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1 7/27/15 9:18 AM Page 1 his board are not happy with the current ise.”
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Steve Moore of Dunwoody was eating a Cuban sandwich at a recent Food Truck Thursdays and said it is the fact Taylor had teens in his car with him that angers him. “I think the dashcam video really speaks for itself. He is lying to police and he had a carload of kids. That is not the kind of representation I want for Dunwoody,” Moore said. “While I appreciate he is seeking help, I think it’s time for him step down and to focus on that.” Cheryl Summers, a longtime Dunwoody resident who served on the same task force with Taylor during the cityhood movement, said she will vote for Taylor in the May 24 primary. “I think he’s the best candidate for the job. It was a stupid thing, it was a mistake. Yes, he had kids in the car and that made it even dumber,” she said. “But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t know how to legislate.”
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Todd Rehm, a Georgia-based Republican political consultant and editor of GaPundit.com, said his advice for Taylor would be to get in front of people as much as possible. “If he were my client, I would tell him to go knock on doors. Voters tend to respond to humility,” he said. “We’ve all made mistakes and it’s easier to accept an apology when it’s made in person.” His case is easier to make for him if constituents hear from him directly, Rehm
said, and see him “as a human being,” and that he will correct any problems and move forward on a healthy path. The challenge for a Republican legislator even in a Republican-led chamber is to be effective particularly on local issues, Rehm said. When the DeKalb County delegation is stacked with Democrats it helps that Taylor served at the local level on the City Council. “That is part of what makes him effective,” Rehm said. The circumstances surrounding his arrest are “pretty colorful” from a political perspective, Rehm said. “It would have been easier if the incident had been more routine, such as being stopped after having a glass of wine at Longhorn,” Rehm said. “But Taylor’s got a long history with his constituency, with the movement to found the city, and he has a lot of pre-existing relationships,” Rehm said. “I expect constituents will have a full picture of who he is.” If he can make the case this is an isolated incident and not repetitive behavior, he can win, Rehm said.
May 24 primary challenge Challenging Taylor in the May 24 primary is Doraville Republican Tom Owens, who has a colorful history himself. Owens, a Vietnam veteran, ran an unsuccessful campaign for the DeKalb County Commission in 2014. An anti-immigration activist, Owens sued a Doraville mosque in 2013, alleging the mosque led to more traffic, noise, sanitary and storm water backup and noxious odors in his neighborhood. He doesn’t hold back when talking about Taylor’s arrest. “I think it’s disgusting. He has a problem,” Owens said. “It’s disgusting he’s done this and there’s no remorse. He should resign because he’s an embarrassment to all of Georgia. Thank God he didn’t kill anyone.” Owens said he deserves to be considered by voters on May 24. “I’m not a fringe candidate,” Owens said. “I’ve been in three wars. I know what freedom is about.” Rehm said he doesn’t see Owens as a threat. “To beat an incumbent,” Rehm said, “takes a better candidate and a robust campaign. And I don’t think either of those are here.” There are no Democrats opposing Taylor, so the winner of the May 24 primary would automatically win the race -- unless someone else decides to run. An independent candidate could run in the November general election. Qualifying for independents in state House races runs from June 27 through July 12. An independent candidate must also obtain 5 percent of the signatures of registered voters who
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voted in the seat’s last election, according to the Secretary of State’s office. In 2014, there were approximately 30,000 registered voters for House District 79, according to the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections Office, meaning an independent candidate would need to get about 1,500 signatures from registered voters.
Colleagues say Taylor deserves another chance Dunwoody Homeowners Association President Robert Wittenstein said he will support Taylor in the election. “Tom has served this community very well and I will support his re-election,” he said. City Councilmember John Heneghan also is strongly supporting Taylor and said Owens does not deserve to represent Dunwoody in the Gold Dome. “[I] know candidate Tom Owen, as I have been in numerous meetings with him, and I detest the thought of him representing our community!” Heneghan wrote April 23 on his popular blog, Heneghan’s Dunwoody Blog. Heneghan pointed to Taylor’s championing a bill for the past several years in the legislature to create an independent school system for Dunwoody and his work on legislation that forced DeKalb County to sell its parks in the city for $100 an acre and transfer $7 mil-
lion in bond funds for Brook Run Park to the city. “As a fellow Dunwoody City Councilman, Tom Taylor and I have had a long friendship based on mutual respect, but when we talked earlier this week, I informed him that he needs to regain that level of respect from not only myself but from the entire community. And this needs to be done by kicking this habit in order to clear any demons that he may be facing,” Heneghan wrote in his blog. “Once that is done, I believe Tom Taylor should be re-elected to the Georgia Legislature in order to represent us and push the needs of our community within the state Legislature.” City Councilmember Doug Thompson said he hopes citizens will consider of all Taylor’s work for the community. “The Tom Taylor I know will get through this and he will be stronger than ever. I hope the citizens of Dunwoody judge him on the actions he has taken for the community so far … and not this one act,” he said.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.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: email@example.com 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 770-992-2055 x237. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. See more: chattnaturecenter.org.
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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: email@example.com.
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“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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Lemonade Days means fun for all ages
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The 18th annual Lemonade Days, a five-day festival at Brook Run Park hosted by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, featured plenty to do for all ages. Above left, Maggie Sims, a fifth grader at Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School, sings on Center Stage. Middle, lines were long for some of the more popular activities. Above right, Carson White, 4, takes a spin on the merry-go-round as her father watches. Below left, Carson holds on tight as the carousel moves. Below right, carnival rides, food and live music were on tap at the festival.
Claire Stephens, left, and Hannah Hummel have a good time on one of the rides.
Brook Run Park was once again the site of Lemonade Days, running over five days, April 13 through April 17. Hosted by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, proceeds will go toward historic preservation and education. Right, Sarah Wise, 9, and her brother Matthew, 11, get in some friendly fight time.
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Police Blotter / Dunwoody Taken from Dunwoody police reports dated April 13-April 24 The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.
police to report her vehicle had been broken into while parked in the parking lot at the 2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing. Her wallet was stolen from the vehicle, a 1999 Ford Expedition.
About noon on April 13, police re-
sponded to a shoplifting call at the 4500 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Security officers at a department store reported a 26-yearold man attempted to steal a pair of blue Polo shorts valued at $69.50. He was arrested for shoplifting.
On April 13 at about
4700 block of Ash-
12:10 p.m., police responded to a shoplifting call at a specialty store. A 17-year-old teen had attempted to steal approximately $62 in jewelry. She was arrested for shoplifting.
ford-Dunwoody Road – On April 17, report of larceny-shoplifting.
On April 13 at 6 p.m., police were dis-
patched to a discount department store at the 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Two 17-year-old males had attempted to steal a pair of Swarovski earrings valued at $69 and a pair of Michael Kors earrings valued at $75. They were arrested and charged with shoplifting. On April 14, at approximately 7:45
p.m., a 24-year-old woman called police to report her purse had been snatched and stolen from her while she was in a parking lot at the 4300 block of AshfordDunwoody Road. Inside the stolen purse was her $600 iPhone 6s Plus. Two women witnessed the forcible purse snatching. They said there were two suspects – a male and female – believed to be between the ages of 15 and 17. On April 14 at 11:10 a.m., police re-
block of Peachtree Industrial Blvd. – On April 14, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. Center West – On April 14, a report of larcenyshoplifting.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On April 17, arrest for larcenyshoplifting.
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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On April 17, report of larcenyshoplifting. 4400
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On April 18, report of larceny from building. 2700 block of Peeler Road – On April
18, report of larceny-parts from vehicle. 4800 block of Tilly Mill Road – On
April 18, report of theft of articles from vehicle. 1100 block of Hammond Drive – On
April 19, arrest for larceny-shoplifting. 4400
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On April 19, report of larcenyshoplifting.
sponded to a shoplifting call from a national chain bookstore. A 24-year-old man was caught trying to steal a Dragon Ball Z Strap Figure toy valued at $8; a Banpresto Dragon Ball toy valued at $16; a Wolverine/Sabertooth toy valued at $10; and a Trunk Toy valued at $28. All items were recovered. The man was arrested and charged with shoplifting. On April 15 at about 1:30 p.m., police
1300 block of Wyntercreek Road – On
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On April 19, arrest for larcenyother offenses. 1100 block of Hammond Drive – On
April 19, report of larceny-shoplifting. 4700
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On April 19, report of larceny-articles from vehicle.
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April 20, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. 4400
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On April 20, arrest for larcenyshoplifting.
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