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Athziri Gonzalez,10, left, and her sister Fatima, 6, read through “Where’s the Party?,” during a Little Free Library dedication at Brookhaven Park on April 26. The Cross Keys Foundation unveiled the book box with a ribbon cutting, and guests were treated to book giveaways and refreshments. View more photos on page 3.
Facing a decision on the largest rezoning project ever to come before it, the Brookhaven City Council voted to defer action on a massive development near Perimeter Mall until May 26. Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams, who represents the district where the project is located, said the city needs more time to study the revised proposal at the council’s meeting on April 21. The developers of the Ashford Green office site are seeking permission to build two, 10-story office buildings and 300 apartments. Previously, they were seeking approval for a single, 10-story building and 500 apartments. “Many people in my district are unaware of the changes the developer is requesting,” Chase Williams said. Many residents who live near the project said they only saw the developers’ revisions the day before the council meeting.
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DeKalb-Peachtree Airport upgrades facility as it seeks more business BY TIM DARNELL People living near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport 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 the airport’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 SEE PDK, PAGE 7
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Brookhaven Council defers major zoning decision CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The Atlanta Regional Commission “My community isn’t for the project did a study of the area several years or against it, simply because we haven’t ago and approved the amount of office had time to look at the revisions,” said building space that had been zoned for Oak Forest resident Alan Cole. “We the area. simply need more time to look at it.” According to the DeKalb Board Resident Michelle Rutherford has of Education, the apartments could several children attending Montgomadd almost 30 students. Brookhaven ery Elementary School, and was worplanning staff recommended Ashford ried about the project’s impact on the Green’s developer be required to add school. a fourth through lane on Ashford “Montgomery Elementary is Dunwoody between I-285 and already at capacity, and we do not Perimeter Summit Parkway. want apartments of any kind in the The development could also add development,” she retail at a later date. said. The request Veteran attorney was sent back to Doug Dillard, the city’s planning who represents the commission for developers, said the consideration at its project has been in meeting on May 6. “Where have the people the approval process who oppose the project for more than two In other actions, been, asleep?” years. the city council: “We’re asking to • Reached an do 300 apartment agreement with – DOUG DILLARD units instead of 500, Comcast over VETERAN ATTORNEY and only 27,000 franchise fees. The square feet more company will pay the of what’s already city about $982,000 been approved out in fees collected there,” he said. over the last two “Where have the years. Comcast Vice people who oppose President Andy the project been, asleep?” Macke told the city council that they An exasperated Dillard said the city’s already offer 10 GBs in Internet speeds planning commission has recommended to DeKalb businesses and will begin approval of the project and urged the offering 2 GB to residents in May. city to finally make a decision. • Approved a $96,000 contract “But if y’all want to send it back to with Pond & Co. to develop a bicycle, the planning commission, that’s fine as pedestrian and trail plan for the city. well,” he said. • Approved a contract for more than Dillard said the owners were re$153,000 with Heath and Lineback questing the changes because they beEngineers to create trails along the lieve the real estate market in the area North Fork Peachtree Creek. has rebounded. • Denied a request from Redwood In the initial zoning request, resGeneral Contractors to build a sixidents raised concerns about both unit townhome on Caldwell Road. added traffic and added enrollment Residents who attended the meeting to nearby Montgomery Elementary argued that only a single-family home School, which is already at capacity. was appropriate for the property.
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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. The airport, generally known by its nickname, PDK, is Georgia’s secondbusiest 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 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 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.”
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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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workforce,” said Deb Strycula, Sandy Springs’ manager of recreation and athletics. The city also brings on volunteers for its special needs camp, Strycula said. Josh Teal, a graduating senior at North Springs High School, worked his first job as a counselor for the Sandy
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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PERIMETER BUSINESS with [the children] and trying to figure out what they liked and what they didn’t,” Teal said. Buckis started working at the Dunwoody Nature Center the summer after eighth grade, getting involved through the National Charity League. “It’s a lot of fun to work hands-on with the kids, to get to talk with them and joke around with them,” Buckis said. “I’m really an outdoorsy person, and you’re always outside, unless there’s a thunderstorm.” At metro Atlanta YMCAs, such as the ones in Dunwoody and Buckhead, 50 to 150 staff members are hired for summer work, said Nicky Rosenbluth, executive director of talent and leadership development at Metro Atlanta YMCA. Several YMCAs are still adding to their aquatics staff. In fact, the biggest Y opportunities for 16 year olds are in the aquatics program, Rosenbluth said. The Y offers a unique opportunity for people meeting the aquatics staff qualifications to earn certification as a lifeguard or swim instructor. Applicants for aquatics positions should email: email@example.com. Year-round, there are also front desk opportunities teens can look into. There are training programs for 13 to 15 year olds -- called leaders in training or counselors in training, depending on the Y -whose volunteer work helps them develop leadership skills.
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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.
The YMCAs’ camp counselor search begins around November, hiring takes place in February and March, and training goes on in April and May.
Pay ranges from minimum wage up to about $15 an hour, depending on the employee’s qualifications. “We try to instill in our teens that
you’re not only in a job, you have an opportunity at a career,” Rosenbluth said, “even if it’s a career just through college or a career to come back to.”
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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
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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: email@example.com to register. For more information go online to: www.afpls.org 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: www.atlantahistorycenter.com/magicmondays or call 404-814-4110.
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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: www.kidstoparks.org 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: www.afpls.org or call 404-303-6130.
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ed meditation class, hosted by the Kadampa Meditation Center of Georgia, is led by Kelsang Rigden, and includes breathing mediations and a short lecture. Admission: $10. Infinity Yoga, 1376 Dresden Dr. NE, Brookhaven, 30319. For more information and to register go online to: www.meditationingeorgia.org or call 678-453-6753.
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: www.heritagesandysprings.org 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: www.templesinaiatlanta.org 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: www.afpls.org 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: www.dunwoodynature.org 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: www.atlantahistorycenter.com or call 404-814-4000.
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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: www.heritagesandysprings.org 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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Brookhaven Food Truck Nights
Wednesday, May 6, 5-9 p.m. – The first Food Truck Night of the year will kick off with food trucks,
live entertainment, bounce house, and beer and wine for sale. Free and open to the public. For more information, go to: www.facebook.com/brookhavenftn or call 404-719-3257.
Dunwoody Art Festival
Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Dunwoody
Village Parkway transforms into an artist market and street festival. Event includes live music, art sales, kids area and food court. Free and open to the public. Rain or shine event. Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, 30338. For further details, go to: www.dunwoodyartfestival.splashfestivals.com or call 404-2373761.
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: www.goodmews.org or call 770-499-2287.
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Saturday, May 16, 8 a.m. – The annual race/walk takes participants through the Ashford Park neighborhood. Proceeds benefit Ashford Park Elementary School. Pre-registration is $30 through May 15, day of registration is $35. Caldwell Road directly behind Village Place Brookhaven, Brookhaven, 30319. For more information and to register, go to: www.brookhavenbolt.com.
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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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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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Benjamin Yarmowich The Lovett School, junior Tired of seeing the dirty and aged street signs in his neighborhood, Benjamin Yarmowich was determined to make a change. This January, the Lovett School junior earned his Eagle Scout rank after completing a neighborhood clean-up effort that successfully cleaned over 200 signs in the Pine Hills neighborhood. “If you drive through my neighborhood, you saw that the signs were in bad shape. It was evident that something needed to happen, so I said I would do it,” he said. Starting in September of 2013, Benjamin began the paperwork to start his project. With the help of his mom, he baked bunny-shaped cookie cakes around Easter to raise money to pay for cleaning materials. After raising $600, he and other volunteers got to work scrubbing the years of wear and tear off the signs. Atlanta city councilman Howard Shook honored Benjamin for the project’s success by declaring Jan. 25 “Eagle Scout Benjamin Richard Yarmowich” Day in Atlanta.
“I was thrilled to present Benjamin with the thanks of the city,” Shook said. “His work cleaning dozens of neglected signs provided a measurable improvement to the safety and welfare of the Pine Hills neighborhood.” Benjamin first began Boy Scouts 11 years ago and became a member of Troop 370, which is run out of St. James United Methodist Church, through
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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Since 2010, the city of Dunwoody has remade Brook Run Park. The 100acre park now includes an expanded community garden, miles of hiking trails, a zip-line-based entertainment complex and a new dog park. “I don’t think they did much with it when it was a DeKalb County park,” Dunwoody resident Kerry May said. “I think they cleared some land and leveled some buildings. Once it became part of Dunwoody, they did the playground and the path and the community garden.” Brook Run wasn’t always a park. The Georgia Retardation Center used to occupy much of what is now Brook Run Park. DeKalb County demolished many
of the center’s buildings, which opened up more areas for improvements Parks Director Brent Walker said. The park’s master plan, originally written in 2010, will be updated next year, Walker said, so community members and park enthusiasts can provide feedback to the city as to what kinds of amenities they want to see in the remaining undeveloped areas. Walker said the 12 acres where the retardation center’s hospital sat provide a lot of opportunity for Brook Run Park. Waving his hand toward a large field, Walker said the back of the park is full of potential. “When we took over this was a dead
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zone; nobody ever came back here,” Walker said. He added that some people have considered the area dangerous. Others said it was haunted by souls of people who allegedly suffered under the staterun operations. May remembers the old hospital from the 1970s. She said during a twoweek rotation she studied nursing in the hospital, and then she laughed at how long she’s been around Dunwoody. May noted that many people don’t know about the history of their park. “It was really a remarkable place,” May said, adding that the people who lived in the center worked and lived in what residents now know as a park. Buildings left over from the Georgia Retardation Center included a dormitory building, which Dunwoody approved for demolition earlier this year. The last remaining pieces of the foundation are currently being destroyed. Some Dunwoody residents want a theater building left over from the retardation center to be reopened in the future as a performing arts center. The Dunwoody City Council in April started the process to determine how much it would cost to fix the deteriorating building. A playground and restroom house sits across the road. Heading from the
North Peachtree entrance past the playground and toward the back of the park, visitors have the skate park. DeKalb County recreation officials installed the skate park before the city of Dunwoody was created. They found they lost money when they charged for admission, Walker said. City officials paid skate park staff for the first year the city operated the facility, he said, then looked for an alternative. Now the skate park is free to use and the building previously used to admit people to the skating area is set to become a concession area, where visitors can purchase drinks and snacks. “Usage shot up,” Walker said. While Brook Run Park had for years provided recreation for families, gardeners, walkers and skaters, nothing really unified and connected the park until its two-mile multiuse trail was completed in 2014. Walker said the long-term goal is to connect the 3 ½mile trail system from Georgetown to Perimeter Mall. And that’s not the end of it. “The ultimate goal is to find a way for us to connect to Sandy Springs to get over to the Ga. 400 trail, which connects to the BeltLine” he said.“So who knows, one day you might be able to park here and get all the way down to Midtown on a paved pathway.”
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REMEMBERING EVA Molly Boyenga, left, and Melissa Rixey, watch Galambos’ April 21 funeral at Sandy Springs City Hall via a live TV feed. JOE EARLE
Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul reﬂects on the life of ﬁrst Mayor Eva Galambos.
‘Founding mother’ of Sandy Springs remembered Following the death of Sandy Springs’ “founding mother” and first Mayor Eva Galambos on April 19 at age 87, friends, family and fans remembered her as a strong, committed woman who changed history. She and her family fled Nazi Germany and then Fascist Italy to end up in Georgia. Once settled in the Atlanta suburbs, Galambos spent more than a quarter century convincing state lawmakers to allow her suburban community to become a city.
She had a sense of humor, too. Saying she was often told Sandy Springs would be allowed to have its own government only “when pigs can fly,” she decorated her office in City Hall with images of flying pigs. “If we’d never had Eva, we’d probably never had a city of Sandy Springs,” said Sandy Springs City Attorney and state Rep. Wendell Willard, a long-time friend of the former mayor’s and the city attorney. “Thank God we had Eva.”
Here are selected remembrances of the woman some friends and political supporters called Sandy Springs’ own “Iron Lady.” “Eva was truly our city mother. Her efforts led to the city’s creation. She cared and nurtured the city, and the strength of our community is due greatly to her unwavering love and devotion to creating something better for us all.” --Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul “Eva Galambos was a pioneer and a champion of bringing smart, local control of government closer to the people. She was tireless in her efforts to establish the city of Sandy Springs and almost singlehandedly brought forth the public-private partnership model, which many municipalities have mirrored. ... Dr. Galambos opened the door for the new municipalities, and we owe her tremendous thanks for helping us create what we have today in Dunwoody.” --Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis “She had that gift of bringing people onto her side, of coming to the table with you, explaining an idea to you, and when she left, you thought it was your idea because now she put you in charge of implementing it.” --Sandy Springs City Councilman Tibby DeJulio. “Margaret Thatcher may have been Britain’s ‘Iron Lady,’ but Eva Galambos was the ‘Iron Lady’ of Sandy Springs and all the new cities, including Dunwoody.” --Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall BK
Friends, family and fans turned out on April 24 to celebrate the life of Eva Galambos, the ﬁrst mayor of Sandy Springs, who passed away from cancer at the age of 87.
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On April 11 and 12, entering auto was reported; On April 12, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
From police reports dated April 10 through April 23.
block of Buford Highway—On April 12, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On April 20, theft was reported.
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block of Francis Street—On April 13, theft was reported.
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block of Clairmont Road—On April 10, a burglary was reported. block of West Nancy Creek Drive—On April 14, burglary was reported at a residence.
block of Clairmont Road—On April 13, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
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block of Memorial Drive—On April 10, an arrest was made for theft by receiving stolen property.
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block of North Druid Hills Road—On April 17, theft was reported.
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block of Clairmont Road—On April 18, theft by receiving stolen property was reported and an arrest was made. block of Gables Drive—On April 18, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Osborne Road—On April 19, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of North Druid Hills Road—On April 21, an arrest was made for theft by receiving stolen property. block of West Nancy Creek Drive—On April 21, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
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block of Buford Highway—On April 13, an arrest was made for battery.
block of Lanier Drive—On April 13, harassing communication was reported.
block of Skyland Road—On April 15, an arrest was made for battery and family violence.
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block of East Brookhaven Drive—On April 18, a simple assault was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On April 19, simple battery was reported.
block of Hearst Drive—On April 21, harassing communication was reported.
block of Peachtree Road—On April 22, an arrest was made for battery.
block of Brookhaven Avenue—On April 22, simple assault was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On April 13, an arrest was made for battery.
block of Brixworth Place—On April 12, auto theft was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On April 17, auto theft was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On April 13, simple battery was reported.
block of Lenox Park Blvd —On April 11, theft and other offenses was reported.
3100 block of Buford Highway—On block of Dyouville Trace—On April 17 and 18, a April 15, theft was sexual assault was reported. reported and on Read more of the 4300 block of April 18 and 19, Police Blotter online at www.reporternewspapers.net Peachtree Road— arrests were made On April 16, theft for sexual battery. was reported. 2100 block of Coosawattee Drive—On 3000 block of Buford Highway—On April 18, aggravate assault with a weapon April 16, theft was reported. was reported.
block of Hearst Drive—On April 10, theft of articles from vehicle was reported.
block of Clairmont Road—On April 14, auto theft was reported.
block of Dresden Drive—On April 13, theft was reported.
April 12, simple battery was reported.
block of Peachtree Road—On April 23, entering auto was reported.
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block of Lake Hearn Drive—On April 11, simple battery was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On April 12, aggravated assault by cutting was reported.
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block of Glenncrest Court—On April 14, fraudulent activity was reported.
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block of Oglethorpe Drive—On April 15, fraudulent activity was reported.
block of Fairway Circle—On April 15, fraud by impersonation was reported.
block of Lincoln Court Avenue— On April 16, fraudulent activity was reported.
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block of Buford Highway¬—On April 10, public intoxication was reported; On April 14, an arrest was made for driving without a license.
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