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Proposed changes to landmark golf course swing emotions BY JOE EARLE

Scores of golfers and neighbors of the Bobby Jones Golf Course packed its clubhouse on April 27 to discuss changes proposed for the course. Opinions expressed during the gathering varied widely on what city officials should do with the 82-year-old Buckhead landmark named for the Atlanta golfing legend. “When you look at the history of this course, it’s a storied history,” said Herb McKoy of the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Course Inc., which supports the course. “To destroy this course...” That’s what some golfers say they fear could happen to the city-owned course. The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy has proposed a park improvement plan that calls for improvements to the golf course, the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center and other parts of the park. The conservancy’s draft master plan calls for rebuilding the golf course either as a shorter 18-hole course or a nine-hole, reversible course with a driving range.


Sisters Elena Vega, left, and Olivia, interact with artwork made of felt, plastic straws and string during “The Art of Nature” outdoor exhibition at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve on April 26. Read related story and see additional photos on pages 20-21.

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BY MATTHEW W. QUINN North Atlanta High School will host training for International Baccalaureate teachers as more Atlanta schools offer the IB curriculum. The Atlanta school system plans to join with the Center for Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE) to provide the training at North Atlanta. The partnership, starting this summer, is expected to save Atlanta Public Schools more than $70,000 this year alone. Over the last 15 years, APS has sent thousands of teachers to IB training with CASIE. Now that APS plans to expand its IB program beyond the North Atlanta cluster to include the Jackson and Mays clusters, the number of schools offering the IB

program could go from 13 to as many as 30 in the next three to five years, school officials said. “The International Baccalaureate is an education system that provides end of high school exams with global standards, which are the same in every IB school around the world,” said CASIE Board Chairwoman Dr. Monique Seefried at an April 27 press conference announcing the new partnership. North Atlanta has offered the IB curriculum since 1982, and its IB diploma program is the oldest in the Southeast, according to the school’s website. IB functions as a whole integrated curriculum. Students SEE NORTH, PAGE 26



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Sandy Springs buys land for intersection relocation BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Windsor Parkway will be relocated at its intersection with Roswell Road now that the city of Sandy Springs has acquired the necessary real estate. The move is a direct result of the Gateway Project, a nearby mixeduse development of hundreds of new apartment units as well as office and retail space scheduled to be finished by the end of the year. The intersection, when completed, will create a “T” where Windsor Parkway and Roswell Road meet. When the project got started last year, Buckhead residents expressed concern about traffic that the development will bring to the Atlanta community just south of the Sandy Springs city line. While improvements are coming to the Roswell and Windsor intersection, upgrades to the nearby intersections of Roswell and Wieuca and West Wieuca would have to come from the city of Atlanta. Meanwhile, Sandy Springs City Council approved four purchases and one donation of land for construction at

the intersection on April 21. The city purchased 580.37 square feet of property on Windsor Parkway for $17,697; the city paid $5,200 for 392.37 square feet of property at 4555 Windsor Park Place; the city paid $10,100 for 59.31 square feet of right of way and 386.82 square feet of easement. Additionally, the council voted to approve a donation of 449 square feet of right of way from the Windsor at Peachtree Homeowners Association. The HOA donated the right of way to allow construction of a pedestrian bridge over Windsor Parkway across Nancy Creek. City staff wrote in a memo that the bridge will significantly improve the community. Council also accepted 594 square feet in right of way deeds for property at 4914 Powers Ferry Road and 849 square feet in right of way deeds at 1040 Balmoral Road. Construction bids for the realignment are due May 6, while the pedestrian bridge project is awaiting FEMA approval of materials before advertising a bid for construction.



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Will metro schools get off takeover list before referendum? BY COLLIN KELLEY Gov. Nathan Deal signed the “opNeighborhoods at its April 16 meeting portunity school district” bill on April that she voted against the opportunity 21 that will see a referendum on the school district bill. November 2016 ballot that would al“It’s another layer of government,” low the state to take over failing schools. Kaiser said. “We’re not even sure how The constitutionmuch it’s going to al amendment calls cost.” for the state to take Dist. 54 Rep. over schools that Beth Beskin (R) said “What we’ve been doing she voted in favor of score below 60 on the Georgia Departthe bill. “What we’ve hasn’t worked, so let’s ment of Education’s been doing hasn’t find another model.” College and Career worked, so let’s find Ready Performance another model,” she Index (CCRPI) for said. – BETH BESKIN three consecutive Both Beskin and DISTRICT 54 REPRESENTATIVE years. Kaiser brought up The program, the fact that 27 which would mean of Atlanta Public the creation of a Schools are currentnew statewide school ly on the failing list. board and superintendent position, They agreed that Superintendent Meria would only take over 20 schools per Carstarphen, on the job for less than year with a cap of 100 schools. There a year, is working hard to turn those are currently 139 schools that have reschools around. ceived failing grades on the CCRIP for “Dr. Carstarphen is dynamic,” Bethe past three years. skin said. “There is still two years to get Dist. 59 Rep. Margaret Kaiser (D), those failing schools off the list.” who recently announced her intenDeKalb County Schools are also factions to run for mayor of Atlanta in ing a possible takeover with 26 of its 2017, told the Buckhead Council of schools on the failing list.

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Society plans cleanup, repairs at Mt. Olive Cemetery BY ISADORA PENNINGTON

On a hill near the entrance to Frankie Allen Park in Buckhead sits a small cemetery containing 45 known burial plots. The Mt. Olive Cemetery holds on as the last remnant of the Macedonia Park community. In March, members of the Buckhead Heritage Society observed that some of the few remaining gravesites had been vandalized, their heavy tombstones pushed down and broken. “There were three of only seven that remained standing in the cemetery,” said Erica Danylchak, executive director of the Buckhead Heritage Society. The society is raising funds to restore, stabilize and clean the gravestones. It also is organizing a volunteer work day for general cleanup of the property. Anyone interested in volunteering can email for more details and upcoming volunteer events. “We have had an outpouring of offers of volunteer support,” she said. “In the face of such disheartening vandalism, it is gratifying to have such support from the community for the preservation of this

significant historic site.” The cemetery was associated with the Mt. Olive African Methodist Episcopal Church, which was formed by newly freed slaves and existed as early as 1870, Danylchak said. The society has advocated for preservation of the Mt. Olive Cemetery since 2009. In 2010, Danylchak said, the Fulton County Superior Court barred a developer from removing graves from the site as the result of a lawsuit on behalf of a man whose ancestors are buried in Mt. Olive Cemetery. Frankie Allen Park has gone through a variety of changes throughout the years. Initially named Bagley Park after William Bagley, who lived in Macedonia Park, the property has become a popular spot for youth baseball. Many park-goers may not even realize that the cemetery is there. From a distance, the few headstones are barely visible in the shade of surrounding trees. Danylchak said the volunteers’ work “will send an important message about the value of this site to our community and its history.”

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DeKalb-Peachtree Airport upgrades as it seeks more business BY TIM DARNELL People living near DeKalbPeachtree Airport (PDK) who are concerned about noise “have nothing to worry about,” says its newly appointed interim director, even as the airport strives to bring in more business. “The Gulfstream 650 is the largest corporate jet we can accommodate, and they are nowhere near as loud as some of the Cessna Citations and Falcon Jets that were built in the ’90s,” said Mario Evans, who was named interim director on April 17. “Aircraft engine technology has improved so much over time, and it’s only going to continue improving.” Evans took over the job from Mike Van Wie, who recently retired. Evans had been PDK’s assistant director since 2010, and previously was the airport’s noise and environmental specialist. “We’ve been averaging about 144,000 flights annually, for the last three years,” Evans said. “When I first came here 14 years ago, we were operating more than 200,000 flights, so we’re almost half of what we used to do. “The aviation industry mirrors the



nation’s economy, and we’re only now seeing little bits and pieces of improvements,” Evans said. PDK is Georgia’s second-busiest airport. According to DeKalb County, it employs 1,800 people, and has an annual payroll of more than $65 million. It’s home to more than 25 airport-based businesses, and companies like Waffle House, Southern Co. and Rollins base their corporate flight operations there. About 590 aircraft are housed at PDK. Evans wants to bring more business to the airport. “We want to bring economic dollars to our surrounding communities,” which include unincorporated DeKalb County and the cities of Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville, Evans said. “These areas are all trying to attract Fortune 500 companies, and that means things like jobs to our area. “One of the first questions those companies ask is, how is their CEO going to get here. He’s not coming in on Greyhound or taking I-285; they need an airport, so we’re improving and updating our infrastructure, and looking at building more corporate

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hangars for these companies.” PDK’s major project this year is a new emergency landing runway capability that Evans likens to “a runaway truck stop on a highway.” The system will be the first installed at a Georgia airport. With all of these plans in the works, Evans isn’t sure if PDK will actually increase its operations. “It may be we level off where we have been for the last several years,” he says. “Our surrounding communities are touting PDK as an asset when they’re out recruiting more business. That new General Motors development is right around the corner, and I want to help bring companies there as well.” Evans says DeKalb’s political problems haven’t really impacted the airport’s operations. CEO Burrell Ellis is awaiting a retrial on corruption charges, and several high-ranking county officials have resigned in wake of an investigation by former Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers. “The only impact has been, it’s taking longer to get things approved by the Board of Commissioners,” Evans said. “Especially since there is no commissioner representing District 5 (Lee May represents District 5, but he


PDK is adding a new emergency landing runway.

is currently serving as interim CEO), it’s hard to get a majority vote on the commission. So that is slowing down the process a bit.” Evans is hopeful he’ll be named PDK’s permanent director in the next year. “I’m looking forward to the county advertising the job nationwide, and seeing how I stack up to some of the top candidates,” he said. “I’m looking for this job to become permanent. I know the ins and outs of PDK, and I have a vision of what PDK once was, what it is today, and where it should go into the future.”



Creeks are ‘magical places,’ water tester says BY JON GARGIS Memories of his childhood and a radio scientists and environmental modelers to ad that aired more than 20 years ago are better understand watershed conditions. two reasons why David Fountain heads to Volunteer data is also used for screening Long Island Creek every month. purposes to identify areas in need of The Sandy Springs resident is a further monitoring,” said Harold Harbert, volunteer with Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, watershed outreach manager for the and his efforts have him monitoring the Georgia Environmental Protection creek near his house in Powers Ferry Division. “Because David has been Estates, which he and his wife moved into monitoring for over 20 years, his data is in 1993. It was in November of the next very instructive in understanding general year when he responded to an ad from and specific trends in water quality in Fulton County that sought volunteer Sandy Springs and urban areas.” stream monitors. Harbert said some of the questions “The idea interested me, Fountain answers with his and I went to a training reports include “Is the water course. That started the whole clear or turbid?” “Is there a process, and it’s just kept film on the surface?” “Does going ever since,” Fountain the stream have an odor, and said. if so, describe it?” And “Is the More than 20 years later, water flow adequate or low?” he continues to measure the “In one data entry, David qualities of the nearby creek, identified and described whose headwaters are up near a sewage leak, noting that Roswell Road and Interstate there was, ‘Scum on top of 285. It flows south and west, the water, black sludge on eventually dumping into the streambed. Lots of flies on the LYNN FOUNTAIN surface of the water. Unusual Chattahoochee River. David Fountain “I have always really felt gray algae on the stream like creeks were just magical bed,’” Harbert added. “This places, and some of my observation was instrumental fondest memories from my childhood in identifying and stopping a sewage spill.” were playing in the creek near my That was in 2011. Fountain remembers grandparents’ house, and so when it came the incident. “My daughter and I, on one of time to buy my own house, I really viewed our routine trips back, we found a sewage the proximity to the creek as a wonderful spill that had occurred upstream of us. thing. I wanted my future child, at least Adopt-A-Stream is very good about giving at the time we bought our house, to be us all the contact numbers that we need to able to play in a safe and healthy creek,” use, so we reported that immediately, and Fountain said. “It was really that desire. we were able to get that capped before too “My daughter was born a few years much had spilled,” he said. later, and she has very much enjoyed When it comes to volunteer longevity, playing in the creek and going back there Harbert said Fountain is at the top of his with me,” he added. class. “There are a dozen or so who have His daughter, now 15, sometimes joins monitored for 10 plus years, but none can him in his efforts. “Occasionally, she’ll go match David’s record,” he said. back with me, whether she helps with the Just months after Fountain hit the 20monitoring or not—there’s always turtles year mark, officials with Georgia Adoptto look for, crayfish and all the other things A-Stream this past March recognized that are back at the creek,” he said. Fountain by giving him the Excellence An electrical engineer specializing in in Data Collection award at Confluence, radar systems, Fountain said the Adopt-Athe organization’s annual conference, Stream program features volunteers from held at the Environmental and Heritage “an amazingly eclectic mix of professions. Center in Buford. Officials also cited the There’re lots of Scout troops, and then significant creek conditions his monitoring just individuals like myself from just every highlighted, from that 2011 sewage spill imaginable profession,” he said. to the effects of road salt washing into “Georgia is blessed with just thousands the creek after asnowstorm. His data also and thousands of miles of creeks and captured the effects of droughts in 2000 streams. That’s very good on the one and 2008. hand,” Fountain added. “On the other Fountain said his trophy came in the hand, there are only a handful of people form of a rock painted with the Adoptat the government level who are tasked A-Stream logo and his name. The trophy with monitoring the health of all of those format is thanks to the Chattahoochee streams, so Adopt-A-Stream is a network River’s name, which roughly translates to of volunteers who are organized by the “River of the painted rocks.” state government who become the state’s After 20-plus years of monitoring the ‘eyes on the stream,’ as you will.” creek nearby, Fountain said he plans to The data these volunteers collect is continue his work as long as he and his invaluable. family reside in their home. “To me, a “It’s used by local governments to healthy creek is really a magical place for assess local conditions. It is used by animals and people,” he said. BH

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To the editor: THE E DITOR I really appreciated Collin Kelley’s Garden Hills Requiem Commentary, E-mail letters to which I just read in the April 30 Sandy Springs Reporter. I really identified with your recognition of George Lefont’s film footprint on The Chinese movie about the life Atlanta, and like you, that has been and subsequent funeral procession very important to me throughout of a schoolteacher influenced me to much of my life along with theaters he become one. Garden Hills also had has been associated with at one time the manager with the beret. or another. Tara is my favorite because I’ve I attended a lot of movies at The been going there since perhaps ‘78 and Silver Screen (including “Rocky still depend on it for better fare. I will Horror,” which I think had a long run at Garden Hills when George Ellis ran it); The Screening Room (Wow, about the darkest theater ever; I think I saw “Diva” there and definitely “La Femme Nikita.” I went so often I enjoyed getting to know a staff that would share peculiar peccadilloes of notorious patrons. Ansley Cinema (my first exposure to “La Cage Aux Folles” my girlfriend and I laughed our heads off) and some more films at The Plaza. Garden Hills movies that come to mind immediately are “Das Boot,” “Au Revoir Les Enfants,” CINEMA TREASURES “Amelie” and “A Garden Hills Cinema closed its doors in 2006. Hard Days Night.”

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be devastated if it ever closes. Most memorable for me have been “The Wall,” after which my friends and I could not speak during the entire 20 minute ride home, “Platoon,” which also dazed me, and “About Schmidt,” my first date in January 2003 with my now wife. I was upset when Madstone closed and correspondingly grateful to LeFont for resurrecting LeFont Sandy Springs, although oddly it remains unremarkable for me aside from a place that I can walk to and count on a mature audience. I guess I neglect it, but with kids ages 7 and 10, I don’t see many movies out now. George did not always own the theaters when I saw the movies cited above, but it seems his thread of ownership created and held intact a decent film scene in Atlanta that I’m not sure is available now. For that I shook his hand and thanked him when he greeted patrons soon after he opened Sandy Springs. If you have read this far, then I guess we have some kind of bond over shared locations and experiences, so thanks for letting me express my sentiments.


To the editor: During the 40 days that the Georgia General Assembly is in session, we ask our citizen legislators to make a lot of difficult decisions. This year one of the most passionately debated topics was how to address our state’s $1 billion transportation shortfall. Reps. Beth Beskin and Joe Wilkinson and Sen. Vincent Fort

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Summer jobs prepare teens for work BY LESLIE WILLIAMS JOHNSON Katie Buckis, 18, knows that real work doesn’t always involve a paycheck. As a junior counselor over the past few summers at the Dunwoody Nature Center, the Marist senior has assisted the camp’s teachers in the classroom by passing out crayons, helping kids with indoor and outdoor activities, and cleaning up after the camp day ends – including bathrooms. Her experience has helped her narrow down her career choices: She is considering becoming a high school teacher. “I just want to work with kids,” said Buckis, who hopes to do an internship at the nature center this summer, and has University of Georgia at the top of her list of possible colleges. “It’s a good way to keep yourself young. Kids are so interesting.” As the end of the school year and the beginning of summer inch closer, teens throughout metro Atlanta are nailing down their job options. Whether it’s paid work, volunteerism or unpaid internships, young workers get a glimpse of the many facets of an eight-hour work day, including cooperating with others and problem solving. “It’s a great experience for the teen to get used to being responsible, for getting ready for camp, for being accountable,” said Dunwoody Nature Center Executive Director Alan Mothner. Paid teen summer jobs often boil down to camp counseling positions as well as minimum wage jobs in the retail, restaurant and recreation industries. Teens also take advantage of company internships relating to their career interests. The latest national information on employment and unemployment among youth from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is from last year, and shows that from April to July 2014, the number of employed youth 16 to 24 years old was 20.1 million, up by 2.1 million. Last July, 51.9 percent of young people in the 16-24 year old age group were employed, an increase from 50.7 percent from the year before.


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The number of unemployed youth reached 3.4 million in July 2014, down from 3.8 million a year earlier. July is considered the summertime peak for youth employment, according to the BLS. The city of Sandy Springs hires teenagers as youth counselors, typically ranging from age 16-18 years old for its summer camps.

The city will hire, at $8 an hour, about six youth counselors. Three are returning from last summer. The camps especially need teens with skill sets in theater, art and gymnastics. The summer positions help teens “really get the big picture about things and how it’s going to be in the CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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Ribbon cuttings mark new businesses openings My Salon Suite held at ribbon cutting on March 30, at its location at 227 Sandy Springs Place, #422, in the CityWalk Shopping Center. Attending, Rick Booher, Jessica Mitchell, Joy Barnes, Angie Jones, owners Vic Tenuto and Lori Tenuto, Pamela Smith, Jennifer Morris and Colleen Burns. The salon rents fully furnished suites for stylists, barbers, estheticians, manicurists, massage therapists or anyone in the beauty-related industry.

Risk & Insurance Consultants, offering business/commercial, personal and health/ life insurance, held a ribbon cutting on April 9. Located at 5416 Glenridge Drive, in Atlanta, many attended the festivities, including: Rob Murphy, Chelsea Porter, Jill Kitchen, owner/ principal, Shadi Kamyab, Whitney Jaynes, Tom Martinelli, Steve Molina, owner/senior partner, Sherri Severa, Nick Heintzman, Tabitha Molina, Chris Smith, Amy Kilheffer, Becky Compton, Stuart Jerkins, Stephen English, Cheryl Collins, Mike Reid, Melanie Blievernicht, Cynthia Williams and Erika Ponce.

Da Vinci’s Donuts celebrated its grand opening with ribbon cutting on March 26. On hand, from left, Vincent Basank, Brooke McCluskey, Amanda Kiza, Andy Rudd, Melissa Rudd, Carson Rudd, Veronique Southerland and Deborsha Clark. The shop is located at 5610 Glenridge Drive, Suite 103, in Sandy Springs.

Engel & Völkers, the Europeanbased premium real estate brand, recently celebrated its grand opening in the Buckhead Atlanta shopping destination. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, right center, presided over the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was also attended by, from left, Anthony Hitt, CEO of Engel & Völkers North America, Shirley Gary and Princess Bettina Wittgenstein. The company is located at 3035 Peachtree Road, Suite G008, in Atlanta.







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PERIMETER BUSINESS Atlanta Spine & Wellness celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting on March 12. Attending, from left, co-owners Dr. Christopher Heitman and wife, Kristen, Lisa Berthelsen and Suzanne Brown, with the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. The company, located at 7100 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 110, in Sandy Springs, offers chiropractic and other services.

Planet Beach cut the ribbon on its Dunwoody location on March 19, joined by, far left, Stephanie Snodgrass, president and CEO of the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce, Dunwoody City Councilman Denny Shortal, center left, and owner, Delicia Smalls, center right, staff, friends and members of the chamber. Located at 5529 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Suite 260B, Planet Beach offers sunless tanning and UV therapy, facial ejuvenation, touchless massage and skin care products.

Price Right Outlets, which sells high-end overstocks from big box retailers at discount prices, noted its opening with a ribbon cutting on March 25. Attending, front row, from left, Ana Pena, Gerardo Pena and Alexia Pena. Back row, from left, Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce President/ CEO Tom Mahaffey, Susan Roman, Sandy Springs City Councilman Andy Bauman, Dan Donelson, Megan Gladden and Tapp Palmer. The store is located at 7728 Spalding Drive, in Norcross.

Experimac, which buys, sells, trades and repairs Apple Macintosh computers, iPhones and iPads, held a ribbon cutting on April 22 at 5920 Roswell Road, Suite B-115, in Sandy Springs. Friends and staff joined Jim Muir, third from left, Ray Titus and owner Neil Kent, holding scissors, for the event.

Jeweler D. Geller & Son, located at 5975 Roswell Road, Suite B225, in Sandy Springs, held a ribbon cutting on March 28. On hand to celebrate: Candy Johnson, Taylor Richards, Mario Robles, Meredith Naggar, Erica Rocker-Wills, Chris Frazier, Sara Smathers, Mike Geller, Heather Klisures, Suzanne Brown, Patty Conway, Sandy Springs Chamber Ambassador, Beth Berger, chamber ambassador, and Chris Adam, chamber ambassador.

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Springs camps last summer, and will resume his role in a few weeks. Teal’s earnings helped him buy a 2000 Pathfinder. He also learned a lot about working with children, something that could come in handy in his future career. Teal plans to major in technical theater at Columbus State University. “I really learned a lot by interacting

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Above, left, Dana Cohen, back to camera, and Joseph Martin, arm outstretched, worked as summer theater production camp counselors in Sandy Springs’ day camp program. Left, Josh Teal’s first job was a day camp youth counselor, and he earned enough to purchase a 2000 Pathfinder. Above, junior counselor Chloe Hangartner, center, with some young campers at the Dunwoody Nature Center.

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a convolution reverb to draw out the requested sense of cold space. To hear Tunewelders’ latest project, check out Dad’s Garage Theater Company’s new musical, “King of Pops: A Post-Apocalyptic Musical.” The show is performed every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening through May 30 at the 7 Stages Theatre in Little Five Points. Mike Schatz of Dad’s Ensemble has created a whimsical musical about Atlanta’s popsicles and rainbow cart. It’s his imagined story of founder Steven Carse, who leaves the corporate world and faces battles of epic proportions to pursue doing what he loves. Carse approved the main idea and then gave Schatz space to spin this tale. Outside of the theater world, Schatz is the creative director for Blue Sky Agency.

Tunewelders sound. Most projects start with the client’s idea. “Sound design is often recording something on the fly and manipulating it. Instinct takes over,” Holst said. Once, to create the sound of a skim boarder 50 yards away for a Weather Channel piece, Holst recorded the light scraping of a credit card across the top of his arm to be in sync with the action on the screen. “Ice cream doesn’t make a distinct noise,” Holst joked, but Baskin Robbins’ agency 22 Squared wanted audio to evoke a “Spidy sense” of amplified hearing as the viewer seemingly flew over large images of scooped ice cream. Holst recorded the sound of dropping ice cubes into a hot cup of coffee to simulate freezing motion. Jason Shannon then layered this sound into

Tunewelders works on commercials, films, musicals, theme songs and video games.

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there,” Holst explained. Holst and Shannon would build the songs layer by layer and continually tweak them to suit each character, then each cast member, and finally the stage. “Jason transformed my songs into symphony pieces, giving them depth and size they needed for the show. He made my humming sound much better,” Schatz reflected. For Tunewelders, each project is often a “walk of faith” from idea to the actual produced music. It’s a process in phases that always includes client collaboration and pride in the final production. With the growing entertainment industry in Atlanta, these guys are sure to stay very busy. For more about Tunewelders, visit

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Happy Tails Saturday, May 9, 1:15-2:15 p.m. – This event encourages development of reading skills by providing children with an opportunity to read aloud for 15 minutes to a trained and registered therapy dog. Ages 5 and up. Free, registration required. Buckhead Branch Library, Conference Room, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Email: to register. For more information go online to: or call 404-814-3500.

Magic Monday Magic Monday is a monthly program featuring activities that introduce children to history in creative ways. The event features tours of the Atlanta History Center exhibitions and houses as well as demonstrations, arts and crafts projects, and story time. Tickets are free for members, general admission tickets: $6.50 for adults; $5.50 for children. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. For more information and to register go online: or call 404-814-4110.

Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. –

This grassroots event developed five years ago by the National Park Trust seeks to encourage kids to be active and healthy. The event will feature games, contests, races, watersides, face painting and more. Free. Hammond Park Turf Field, 705 Hammond Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information go to: or call 301-279-7275.

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Saturday, May 9, 1-2:30 p.m. – Presented by William Smith, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel, this workshop teaches technique and educates participants about the benefits of meditation. Free and open to the public. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mt. Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. To learn more, visit: or call 404-303-6130.

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Adult Learning Mondays, May 11 and May 18, 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. – Perimeter Adult Learn-

ing Services offers classes covering topics such as finance, estate planning, history, gardening, health and exercise. Tickets start at $45 each. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mt .Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information and to register, go to: www.palsonline. org or call 770-698-0801.

Sunday, May 17, 10-11:30 a.m. – Learn about native plants and how they provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Make a seedball to take home. Led by garden educators from the North Fulton Master Gardeners, kids aged 6 ro 10 and accompanying adults will learn about gardening and horticulture. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Bluestone Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30328. For additional information, go to: or call 404851-9111.


End of Life Issues Wednesday, May 6, 7:30 p.m. – Temple Sinai’s Michael Alembik Endowment Fund presents Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D., an internationally acclaimed speaker, and professor of Bioethics and director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Free and open to the public. Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Dr., Sandy Springs, 30327. To register, go to: or call 404-252-3073.

Buckhead Writer’s Group Monday, May 11, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. –

Anita Lovely facilitates this writing workshop and critique for writers from novice to experienced. Event provides an opportunity to share and get feedback for writing like novels and screenplays. Free and open to the public. Buckhead Branch Library, Small Conference Room, 269 Buckhead Ave. NE Atlanta, 30305. For information, visit: or call 404-814-3500.

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Saturday, May 16, 7 p.m. – Music by garage band The Bad Neighbors. This biweekly live music event takes place through July 11 and features craft beer selected by Moondog Growlers. Tickets are free for Dunwoody Nature Center members and children under 3 years old. General admission tickets: $5 and $3 for students. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information go online to: or call 770-394-3322.

based on “Afterwar,” a book detailing the experience of soldiers returning home and the struggles they face. Written by philosopher Nancy Sherman, the lecture discusses the moral dimensions of psychological injuries that remain after wartime experiences. Free. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. For more information go online to: or call 404-814-4000.


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harmonic’s final concert of the year takes place at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center. Performance includes pieces by Stravinsky, Rossini, Saint-Saens Danse Macabre, and Prokofiev. Tickets: $10. 4484 Peachtree Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. To learn more and to purchase tickets go online or call 404261-1441.

of Atlanta performs “An American Celebration,” featuring a jazz orchestra and natural sound effects in a jazz gospel vocal style. General admission tickets: $15; seniors, $12; students, $5. Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Dr., Atlanta, 30305. For additional information, visit: www.cgatl. org or call 404-223-6362.

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Sunday, May 10, 7-8:30 p.m. – The Douglas Cameron Orchestra kicks off the Concerts by the Springs series with a big band and swing music performance. Free. Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information go to: or call 404-851-9111.

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Wednesday, May 20, 7 p.m. – This lecture covers the photography of Sally Mann and discusses her book “Hold Still.” The book follows her life and career through imagery and narrative storytelling. Tickets: free - $10. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. For more information go online to: www.atlantahistorycenter. com or call 404-814-4000.


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Chastain Park Art Festival Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – The sixth

annual Chastain Park Art Festival showcases art by approximately 185 artists and artisans. The festival features food trucks, a kid’s area, live acoustic music, and fine art for sale. Free and open to the public. Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Dr., NW, Atlanta, 30327. Find out more by going to: www.chastainparkartsfestival. com or call 404-873-1222.

Good Mews Flea Market Weekends, May 9-10 and May 15-17, Friday and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 12-5 p.m. – The Good Mews Animal Foundation, a no-kill cat shelter, presents their annual Spring Flea Market in Sandy Springs. The organization will be accepting donations on Saturday, May 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their storefront, and proceeds from the sale will benefit the shelter. Free. 6317 Roswell Rd. #6331, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information go online to: or call 770-499-2287.

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Antique roses, water features and a greenhouse on garden tour BY DONNA WILLIAMS LEWIS To get to the front door of Lee and Mike Dunn’s home, you take their lengthy driveway through a woodland area, go past a waterfall that empties into a koi pond and then walk under a trellis to a “Welcome Garden” of blooming rosebushes, delphiniums and calla lilies. That living palette of color is only the first in a series of artistic, themed gardens that cover the Dunns' three acres in Sandy Springs. Their tranquil setting is being readied for a huge wave of visitors as one of 12 exquisite private gardens on the 31st annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour, Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10. A benefit for the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the selfguided tour is a popular Mother’s Day weekend event that this time features gardens in Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Midtown and Decatur. Organizers hope to draw 3,000 people, and not just the green-thumbed set. “Some people just want to go to look, and others are looking for inspiration and ideas,” said Tour Chairman Paula White, an active volunteer at the Botanical Garden. Garden tourists can look forward to “an exceptionally good garden diversity this year,” White said. “There truly is something for everybody in these gardens.” This year’s tour includes everything from a formal, walled English garden brimming with boxwoods, hydrangea and magnolia in Buckhead to the lush perennial borders, espaliered fruit trees and vegetable garden at the home of a busy family also in Buckhead.

For the first time in the tour’s history, a commercial property is on the map. Operating out of a renovated 1920s house in Chamblee, Alex Smith Garden Design Ltd. maintains a meadow, greenhouse and garden. Landscape designer Alex Smith said his clients can come to the studio to see living examples of the peonies, antique roses, hydrangeas and irises the company uses in its gardens and floral designs. Also on the tour is Carole and Jim McWilliams’ garden, a wildlife habitat certified by the Audubon Society and The National Wildlife Federation. SPECIAL Their five acres in Sandy Springs Mike, left, and Lee Dunn transformed their three acres have changed considerably since they in Sandy Springs to contain an antique Belgian aviary, moved there 22 years ago. a waterfall with koi pond and a “Welcome Garden” “It was honestly a house in the with rosebushes, delphiniums and calla lilies. woods,” Carole McWilliams said. “We started with a courtyard garden in front of the “There was not a shrub on the prophouse,” Carole McWilliams said. “I became so obsessed erty.” with flowers that I went to classes to become a master Now, with the assistance of garden designer Tim gardener.” Stoddard, the property has become a woodland sancAn extensive collection of birdhouses on the propertuary that features an antique rose garden, collections ty draws many bluebirds, wrens, cardinals, finches and of rhododendrons and native azaleas, weeping Katsuowls. ra over a tiered pond, a greenhouse and a barn with a The Dunns started out like the McWilliams famifire pit.

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ly when they bought their property 15 years ago, embracing land that was wild and deer-ravaged, and transforming it with the help of the same garden designer. “The first thing we had to do was create a canvas and take big swipes at the property,” Mike Dunn said. “It went from a lot of work to an act of love.” “Now,” Lee Dunn said, “it’s kind of everything we ever imagSPECIAL ined it could be.” Carole and Jim McWilliams’ five acres is a Railroad-tie rewildlife habitat certified by the Audubon taining walls were Society and The National Wildlife Federation. replaced by tons of stone. The deer probgian aviary. In the Perennial Garden is lem was conquered a metal gazebo from England that will with a custom fence that keeps the forsoon be covered with mandevilla vine. agers out of the rear two-thirds of the Across the lawn, a Jeanne LaJoie rose property. is ready to bloom over the white arbor Around their place, Lee is the garthat was a Mother’s Day gift from the dener. Mike is the hardscape guy. ToDunns’ two sons. gether, they make ever-evolving magTheir little slice of heaven has come ic. together through a combination of viA Harry Lauder’s walking stick flanks sion, determination, and trial and error, an outdoor fireplace with stone seatthe Dunns said. ing. An espaliered apple tree adorns the Or, as Mike Dunn put it, “No fear of entrance to the Kitchen Garden, just being wrong.” around the corner from an antique Bel-

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Nature,” a juried art show at the nature preserve, a small bit of wilderness along Roswell Road. On April 26, the preserve officially opened its first outdoor art show. The nonprofit Blue Heron Nature Preserve offers a community garden, trails, art classes and summer camps at the center's educational lab. The property is also home to the Atlanta Audubon Society and the Little Da Vinci International School. Presented in honor of Earth Day by the Georgia Chapter of the Women Caucus of Art and led by Brookhaven artist Sally Eppstein, the “Art of Nature” exhibit showcases works by a group of artists. The works are spread throughout the grounds of the preserve. Eppstein, vice president of her local women caucus chapter, came to be affiliated with the preserve after donating a totem pole last year. She now is the art director in charge of the gallery on site. The road into the wooded nature preserve crosses a small bridge, the underside of which is host to two ‘wheatpastes,’ images that are printed and then affixed to walls with a gel made of starch and water. The pieces, by Joe Dreher of Atlanta, combine his association with local performance organization Glo Atl and his love for photography. Dreher intends to allow nature to reclaim the walls, as over time the paper will fade and wash away on its own. Claire Evans constructed a dynamic sculpture of twisted bamboo that she suspended from a tall branch in the center of the clearing. She chose to use bamboo

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the relationships of mankind with nature. Continuing into the park, bird masks by artist Hellenne Vermillion peek out from a tree, their empty eyes forming tiny windows into the expanse of the valley beyond them. Crocheted spiderwebs hang from low branches near the trails, constructed by Maxine and George Hess. The path runs alongside a wide and shallow creek and leads to another piece by Rich, an outcropping of felt and plastic straws. Her sculpture resembles coral or some deep sea creature and is soft to the touch. The kids in attendance loved sitting on and interacting with the installation. Just over a bridge, the trail continues down to the last exhibit, a large painting by artist Diana Toma. Several of the guests in attendance are students in Toma’s art classes, and the crowd gathered around her as she discussed her colorful and vibrant painting.

Olesya Vega is a student of hers and said it was her affection for Toma that led her to visit the preserve with her daughters Olivia and Elena. "I love her work and I just had to come and see it," Vega said. "I had never been to the Blue Heron preserve before, and I have fallen in love with this wonderful place." The art show, more of an art walk, brought together many members of the local community who had little knowledge of the preserve’s existence. "I didn't know that all this was here," said Richard Smith, whose wife, Kathy, is a student in Toma’s watercolor class. "This is a place we will come to, it's a gift." The preserve feels like a treasure in the midst of a sprawling neighborhood. It features a stream, sitting areas, lookout points, and plenty of native trees and plants. "God knows the developers will get to it if they can," Richard Smith laughed, shaking his head.

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Left, Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook, left, honored Benjamin for his project’s success. Above, Benjamin and a volunteer clean signs in his Pine Hills neighborhood.

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Over the last 15 years, APS has sent many teachers to IB training with CASIE, and that was when only a single cluster of schools offered the program. North Atlanta will host IB training for teaching, with rental fees waived and IT support provided. In exchange, APS will receive a 25 percent discount on all APS employees undergoing IB training. This summer, 276 APS employees will receive this training. “This is a wonderful idea,” said Cynthia Briscoe Brown, a member of the Atlanta Board of Education. “It supports what we have been doing in the North Atlanta Cluster for many years and allows us to build on that foundation city-wide.” Brown’s two children graduated from NAHS’s IB diploma program. As a parent, Brown was involved in gathering

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City officials said they called the April 27 meeting to start a public discussion over what to do with the park. They say the park conservancy presented them with its proposal, and that a number of meetings will be held to discuss the proposal and to plan future park improvements. The next meeting will be held about June 1, they said. Some regulars at the Bobby Jones course said they opposed both the 18-hole and nine-hole designs for the course. Walt Lambeth, along with McKoy and several other golfers, signed a letter to city Parks Commissioner Amy Phuong calling for better maintenance of the existing course. “Under either of the conservancy ‘alternative’ proposals, the salient result is to strip away roughly 20 to 25 percent of the golf course’s existing acreage and to eliminate the historic clubhouse...,” the letter said. “Under either proposal, the resulting new course would be squeezed into the flood plain, giving up the more desirable higher ground it now occupies along Northside Drive...” The course, Lambeth and others said in the letter, is “a diamond in the rough.” But some golfers found the proposed changes appealing. Oscar Person, who described himself as an average golfer and said he lives nearby, said he welcomed efforts to improve the course. “I think it’s good for all the change being proposed,” he said. “I’m excited.” And Rob Scheiman, who plays golf regularly, said the Bobby Jones course needs major improvements to attract serious golfers. “When it rains, it’s sewage,” he said. “I’ve lost pants, socks. I’ve lost a golf bag. I lost a rain jacket. I had to throw it away. I couldn’t get the stench out.” The location of the course makes it attractive, he said. “With this location, they should be able to charge $100 a round BH

and have 1,000 people waiting to play,” he said. Some neighbors said they’d like to see other amenities in the park. “A lot of my neighbors want a pool,” Leslie Joseph said. City parks officials told the overflow crowd on April 27 that they decided not to give a formal presentation to the group during the meeting, but instead to ask residents to write their comments on Post-It Notes and stick them to comment boards. The decision not to debate any proposals as a group angered some at the meeting, who had expected to hear the pros and cons of various changes suggested for the park. “This is a terrible meeting,” said resident Elizabeth Morgan Spiegel, who was worried the park improvement plans could allow new development in the area. “They did not give us anything. I think they should have at least explained the things they want.” City officials said using Post-It Notes would allow more people to comment. The comment boards quickly filled with brightly colored notes expressing a wide range of thoughts. The notes said everything from “Keep as is” to “pool. connectivity. fix flooding.” to “In 1962, a man jumped naked into a cactus plant. That was stupid. This is more stupid.” George Tasioudis, who held up a trophy showing he was a former course champion, and Chris Kene said that last note was theirs. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” she said. Across the room, Peggy Rogers looked over the conservancy’s plans and tried to figure out what she thought of them. She often jogs through the park, she said. “I’m trying to figure out what problem they’re trying to solve,” she said. “We have a very nice course now... “I’m still on the fence.”

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Buckhead Police Blotter From police reports dated April 5 through April 18 The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY  2600

block of Church Street—On April 10, police responded to a call about a robbery and found an open front door and a ransacked house. Two men entered through the garage and forced a man into his home. While one of the men pointed a semi-automatic pistol at his head, the other grabbed the resident by the throat. The suspects removed the man’s wedding ring from his finger and took a black wallet, a necklace and an iPhone 4 from him. They also grabbed a black work bag with $1,000 in cash. The suspects forced the resident to go room to room while they ransacked them looking for valuables. Once inside the living room, they forced the man to lie on his stomach and they duct taped his legs and arms. The suspects left through the front door, after turning off all the lights. The resident was able to free his legs and he ran to a neighbor’s home for help.

know if the man received injuries when the gun went off. The officer noted three bite marks on the woman’s arm.  1100

block of East Club Lane—On April 7, a man jumped out of a blue Chevy Silverado and demanded “give me whatever you got” from a man walking his dog down the street. He gave the robber his wallet and the man got back in his car and left. Dispatch advised a Sandy Springs robbery victim’s credit card was being used at a liquor store on Roswell Road, and  3000 block of Piedmont Road—On when a patrol officer arrived the suspect April 9, a man covered his face with a and car were spotted. Atlanta and Sandy shirt and entered the passenger side of Springs police were able to take the suspect a 2006 Nissan Altima, while a woman into custody after he bailed from the car was at a gas station. When he demanded at 302 Beachland Drive. A handgun was she get out of her car, she pulled, racked recovered from the woods and the victim’s and pointed a Glock handgun at him. property was recovered inside the vehicle. A round was ejected inside the car and It was later determined the vehicle used a struggle ensued. in the robbery was The man bit the taken the same day driver’s arm, Read more of the in a carjacking the Police Blotter online at causing her to suspect committed release her gun in Brookhaven; and get out of her he was charged car. The suspect accordingly. took the car and handgun, driving south on Piedmont Road. A black car with  4200 block of East Brookhaven two men inside followed. Police don’t Drive—On April 7, a resident went to the garage, saw someone inside his vehicle and assumed it was a worker. When he opened the vehicle door, a man pulled a silver handgun and pointed it at his face. The resident was able to push the man away, run back to the house and lock the door. The man in the garage then opened the garage door and fled, taking a blue Waterford bike. A nearby witness reported seeing the suspect on the bike coming up a neighboring driveway. When the witness attempted to stop the suspect, he pointed the handgun at him. The witness continued following the suspect until he lost sight of him. It was later determined the suspect was the same suspect from the robbery on East Club Lane; he was charged accordingly.

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block of Chattahoochee Avenue—A man armed with a black gun rushed inside a gas station store and ordered another man to the ground, demanding he give up his money. The man surrendered $73. While on the ground, the man heard a second armed suspect ordering employees to the ground and demanding money. The suspects took two cash register drawers with $450 and a petty cash box that contained approximately $1,000.

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block of Marietta Boulevard—A store employee attempted to warn other employees when she saw a man walk up the sidewalk and pull the hood over his

face. The man pulled a silver handgun from his waistband, stopped the employee from running to the back and demanded the money from the cash register. The employee complied and gave the suspect $98.  First

block of Lakeland Drive—A man walking his dog encountered another man and they spoke. Then, the man walked behind the victim, pulled a black handgun, ordered him face down on the ground and demanded his wallet. He complied and handed over a wallet that contained a debit card, union card and a license. As the victim rolled over, the suspect sprayed him in the face with an object that looked like a black pistol.

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block of Wimbledon Road— A man and woman approached another couple and asked to use a cellphone. The man hit the male victim in the face, pushing him to the ground. The woman who was with him ran toward a gas station screaming for help. When the female suspect began chasing her, she threw her grey wallet on the ground and continued running. The suspect picked up her wallet and the two suspects ran west on Wimbledon Road. The male victim was treated for lacerations on his right arm and a swollen left cheek; he refused transport to the hospital.


block of Ford Street—While a woman was attempting to take a shower, a man entered the bathroom and groped her breast. He later pushed the victim on the bed, grabbing at her as she tried to break free, yelling at him to stop. The man threatened to cut her face, and he used a ball point pen to jab her in the mouth, behind the ear and across the face and lip. Then, he threatened to throw her over the balcony, but could not get the door opened. The resident continued struggling and was able to break free. She fled to the bathroom and called 911. An arrest has been made.

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block of Piedmont Road— Someone entered a home improvement store, concealed a compact Jig Saw and attempted to leave the store. When approached by loss prevention, the suspect had a BIC shaving razor in his hand and threatened to cut them. The patrol officer said he smelled of alcohol. An arrest was made.

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two knives. Then she and another woman chased the woman outside the apartment, with each armed with a knife. The victim is unsure why the suspects were attempting to attack her and said they could possibly be related to her boyfriend.  500

block of Main Street—An employee of a club escorted a man out of the club for alleged underage drinking. When he returned, he called the employee the “n-word” and headbutted him in the face. The employee attempted to defend himself by striking the man in the face twice with a closed fist. The employee sustained a broken

tooth and refused treatment. The club owner and a witness were interviewed and statements were taken. The suspect was taken into custody a short distance away when he was observed walking on the sidewalk; his face was swollen and had red marks.

RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY  900 block of Collier Road—Two separate

apartment units reported burglaries. Each had its front door deadbolt lock pried open and desk drawers rummaged through. No items were taken from the first apartment, but two shot guns in the second apartment, which were kept under the bed, were placed on top of the bed. A

Springfield XD 9MM handgun, a Smith & Wesson AR15 and $5,000 in currency was taken from a cash box.  1000

block of Garden View Drive NE—An apartment’s front door lock was damaged, where a hole might have been drilled in the top of the lock. A .22-caliber revolver, an Apple MacBook Pro laptop, a Sony PS4 with five games, 20 DVD movies, 2 lenses, two Canon cameras, two Panasonic cameras and a black Glock 9MM handgun were taken.

 700 block of Sidney Marcus Boulevard—

An apartment’s front door lock was damaged by a hole possibly drilled in the top of the lock. A white MacBook laptop was taken.

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block of Garson Drive—The rear balcony door of an apartment was kicked in and lights were left on. A 55inch TV, a 65-inch TV, a MacBook laptop, $7,000 in cash, a Beats speaker, ten purses, rings, necklaces and earrings were taken.

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block of Lindbergh Drive—A patio door kicked in and two Apple iPads, a MacBook Pro laptop, two Apple iPhones, five silver and white wrist watches, a black passport, a black Cannon Powershot camera, a black Panasonic camera and gold ring and a necklace charm were taken. A second apartment reported two black iPads, a gold necklace, a bracelet and a pair of earrings taken.

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