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Clif Poston nodded his head as he listened to residents’ concerns about a plan for developing more than 100 townhomes on Spalding Drive. The executive vice president of Traton Homes addressed community members for the first time April 28 to answer questions about the townhome development on 11 acres now used for the Spalding Woods Club’s swimming pool. Members of the club have agreed to sell the land. But some nearby homeowners are saying members of the nonprofit club don’t have a legal right to profit from the sale of the land. On Feb. 28, the club’s membership voted to sell the 11 acres as long as two conditions were met, resident Richard Boswinkle said. The first condition is that the rezoning must be approved by Sandy Springs and


Friends, family, residents and fans of Sandy Springs’ “founding mother” Eva Galambos remembered her at a memorial service at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church on April 24. The first mayor died April 19 at the age of 87. For more, turn to pages 6-8.


Creeks are ‘magical places,’ water tester says BY JON GARGIS Memories of his childhood and a radio ad that aired more than 20 years ago are two reasons why David Fountain heads to Long Island Creek every month. The Sandy Springs resident is a volunteer with Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, and his efforts have him monitoring the creek near his house in Powers Ferry Estates, which he and his wife moved into in 1993. It was in November of the next year when he responded to an ad from Fulton County that sought volunteer stream monitors. “The idea interested me, and I went to a training course. That started the whole process, and it’s just kept going ever since,” Fountain said. More than 20 years later, he continues to measure the qualities of the nearby creek, whose headwaters are up near Roswell Road and Interstate 285. It flows south and west, eventually

dumping into the Chattahoochee River. “I have always really felt like creeks were just magical places, and some of my fondest memories from my childhood were playing in the creek near my grandparents’ house, and so when it came time to buy my own house, I really viewed the proximity to the creek as a wonderful thing. I wanted my future child, at least at the time we bought our house, to be able to play in a safe and healthy creek,” Fountain said. “It was really that desire. “My daughter was born a few years later, and she has very much enjoyed playing in the creek and going back there with me,” he added. “Ultimately, [for me it’s about] just wanting to ensure that the creek is a safe place for the kids of the neighborhood to play in.” His daughter, now 15, sometimes joins him in his efforts. SEE CREEKS, PAGE 26



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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 mixed-use 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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City approves mixed-use zoning for 340 units on Hilderbrand BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

The Sandy Springs City Council on April 21 approved a rezoning request that will allow development of up to 340 multi-family housing units on Hilderbrand Drive. Density concerns had several Sandy Springs residents ask for a maximum of 60 units per acre approved, but the applicant, MCRT Investments, said it needed 350 units minimum to secure financing. “We’ve enhanced this project from where we started from,” said Chad DuBeau, the applicant. “We ask council to consider higher density.” Changes to the mixed use made by the developer include setbacks that will be nearly 38 feet from the building to the curb line. Instead of six stories, the proposed building would be five stories, with great detail paid to the streetscape design and attention to the first 20 feet. DuBeau said four points of access will exist for people coming and going from the multi-family units.“We’ve invested in green and open space,” DuBeau said. Resident Bill Cleveland said the long process included good-faith negotiations by the developer, but the density issue remained a problem for Cleveland. He called the intersection of Boylston at Hammond “dangerous” as it is now. Matt LaMarsh with the Vernon Woods Homeowners Association agreed that the proposed density, which was 390 units at a density of 76.32, was sim-

ply too high. LaMarsh asked council members to approve the project, but at a lower density. Trisha Thompson said members of four neighborhoods sat down through a “brutal” three-hour meeting with staff, and she said the proposed project is “beautiful,” but she’s worried about the density. “There are more projects coming,” Thompson said, noting that she and others in the community like the project. Councilman John Paulson said he struggles with the idea of a ceiling at 60 units per acre, adding that Goody Clancy said people need to live in Sandy Springs to make it vibrant. The idea of units per acre was supposed to be a range, Paulson said. Councilman Tibby DeJulio said it isn’t the job of Sandy Springs City Council to maximize developers’ interests. Before voting to approve the amendment with a 340-unit cap, Councilman Gabriel Sterling said council couldn’t just look at the parcel. He said he wanted to see good developers doing the right thing in Sandy Springs and that council needs “to have a reality check.” Mayor Rusty Paul suggested a compromise on density, after which DeJulio made a motion to cap the development of multi-family units at 340. “I want this project to get done,” Councilman Andy Bauman said. “I support 340 or 350.”


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ing zonings, buildings are too high, or there’s too much multi-family already.” Homes aren’t the only thing expected to add to the city’s landscape as a result of recent rezonings. Based on current projections, officials said, Sandy Springs will see more than 300,000 square feet of retail space approved as mixed use in conjunction with some approved townhome and condo projects. Mark Sampl, SSCN’s outgoing president, said the numbers of future homes and commercial developments may have surprised some in attendance. “They may see what’s closest to their neighborhood, but to kind of see them all across a map maybe wakes them up to some of the things going on,” he said. Sampl said that while the SSCN is an umbrella organization that exists to support any and all neighborhoods of Sandy Springs, it’s ultimately up to the individual neighborhoods and their residents to help shape the developments that could be built around them. “We’re an all-volunteer organization, we have very knowledgeable people, but it really requires the neighborhoods that are the most impacted or closest to these projects to get involved and to speak up, talk to their council person and to attend some of these meetings,” he said. Thompson during the presentation highlighted the city’s months-long rezoning process, which gives concerned residents several opportunities to voice concerns about proposed zonings. “There are three chances in the rezoning process for you to give public input — help organize your own neighborhood and your friends to give input,” she said. “Remember that all emails, letters and appearances at public meetings count.” Trickey said after the April 23 meeting that she plans on attending more city zoning meetings as well as SSCN gatherings. “I know a lot more now about the process than I did two days ago, and I’m definitely looking forward to become more involved,” she said.





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‘Founding mother’ 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.”

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Above, 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. City Councilman John Paulson, back to camera, addresses the audience. Left, Mayor Rusty Paul reflects on her life, calling Galambos the city’s “mother.” Below, Molly Boyenga, left, and Melissa Rixey, watch Galambos’ April 21 funeral at City Hall via a live TV feed. TOP AND LEFT PHOTOS, ISADORA PENNINGTON; BOTTOM, JOE EARLE

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REMEMBERING EVA Left, then Mayor Eva Galambos cuts the ribbon at the opening of the Anne Frank exhibit in Sandy Springs in 2010. Galambos was instrumental in bringing the exhibit to the city from Decatur.

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Anne Frank exhibit close to late mayor’s heart BY JON GARGIS


Eva Galambos, a part of Sandy “[Paul and I] went over to her house Springs’ history, was instrumental in and she had been in and out of conbringing a part of world history to her sciousness, and we came in, she recogcommunity here. nized Rusty, she recognized me,” AlexThe exhibit “Anne Frank in the ander said. “I held her hand and told her World: 1929-1945,” had once been on I loved her, and she smiled, told me to display at Kennesaw State University give my regards to my wife, Sam. She and at the old courthouse in Decatur, talked to Rusty a little bit, and we gave but has resided in Sandy Springs since her the award. 2010 as a result of the efforts of its first “We got ready to leave, and we both mayor, Galambos. hugged each other and Galambos, mayor until cried,” he said, “because we last year, passed away from knew we were both saying cancer April 19. In lieu of goodbye to a friend.” flowers, Galambos’ famiShortly after Galamly asks supporters to conbos’ call to Alexander, he sider making a donation was tapped to be the chairto the Anne Frank exhibit. man of the advisory board Contributions should be of the Holocaust commismade to the Georgia Comsion. A committee was mission on the Holocaust, formed and capital was with donations specified raised. A month later, ofthat it is for the exhibition ficials announced that the and in her memory. exhibit would be coming Officials said they hope to Sandy Springs. Ann Frank to use the donations to upThe exhibit, admission grade the exhibit and its fato which is free and open cility. “We are looking to use technology to the general public, includes a replito update the exhibition and to add anca of Anne Frank’s room, daily showings other layer of information, perhaps speof "The Short Life of Anne Frank,” and cific to Georgia,” said Sally Levine, execmore than 600 photographs that tell her utive director of the commission. story, which culminated with the events Levine said she last saw Galambos at of World War II and the Holocaust. her home this past fall. “We just talked Galambos and her husband, Dr. John about the work of the commission. That Galambos, shared a connection to the was the last in-person conversation I had historical era. with her, so I knew that was important He was a Holocaust survivor from to her,” she said. Budapest, Hungary. In 1945, he was libIn 2009 Galambos charged neighbor erated from the Bergen-Belsen concenGary Alexander with the task of bringtration camp by U.S. troops. ing the exhibit to the city. Galambos was born in Germany, “I was at home watching a ‘Law and though her family left before the HoloOrder’ repeat, and the phone rang and caust. it was the mayor,” Alexander said. “She The exhibit’s arrival to Sandy Springs said, ‘Gary, it is Eva. I’m in the middle of didn’t mark the end of her support of a council meeting—you’ve been nomiHolocaust education. nated to bring the Anne Frank exhibit “While she was in office, I met with from Decatur to Sandy Springs. Have a Eva probably every 30 days in her office nice evening.” to talk about the exhibit and what we Alexander had his last meeting with needed to do to make it stable and bring Galambos April 17, just two days before people in to see it,” Alexander said. her passing. She was to receive the GeorGalambos’ efforts to support the exgia Commission on the Holocaust’s hibit and the Georgia Commission on 2015 Humanitarian Award. In her abthe Holocaust, which sponsors the exsence, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul hibit on behalf of the state, continued accepted the award on her behalf. for years to come.

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Here is a selection of remembrances for the woman some of her 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.”

Editorial Managing Editor Joe Earle

“She had a vision and she was uncompromising. She was what I think all women should strive to be.”

Staff Writer: Ellen Eldridge Creative and Production Director of Creative & Interactive Media Christopher North

“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

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“Sandy Springs owes so much, including its very existence, to Mayor Galambos. Getting to learn from and work with her is something I am very grateful for.”

“I respect Eva. I like Eva. I’m grateful for the work she did. She’ll be missed.”

Sandy Springs resident Michele McIntosh-Ross

“She was one of my favorite Sandy Springs advocates years before the incorporation, and she never changed her attitude and easy-going style. I’ll miss her.”

Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose

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“We’re living Eva’s vision. There are 100,000 people in this city and 100,000 Eva stories.”

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“From personal experience, I can attest that ‘it cannot be done’ was not a phrase in her vocabulary. She was also not too keen on hearing the word ‘no.’ I might add that no matter how busy a legislative day could be, if Mayor Galambos called, hers was the first call I returned. She was a life force like few others in politics. ... “Sandy Springs under her leadership became a model for how local governments should run in the 21st century with public-private partnerships and limited long-term debt. As a result of her efforts, public services and safety improved for the residents of the new city. In short, she left her community better than she found it and there can be no higher praise than that for a public servant.”

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“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.”

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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.


Dunwoody Nature Center Junior Counselor Kacie Lowrey, center, and campers Smith Ellis, left, and Christian Chaves, right, show off results from their shaving cream experiment.

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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Next time you watch television, close your eyes and really perfection. With beautifully tuned rooms, a collection of milisten to the commercials. If the spot is for the Braves, Hawks, crophones, musical instruments, and both vintage and modKrystal hamburgers or Baskin Robbins — what you’re hearing ern recording technologies, Tunewelders is more than a studio, is the audio work of Tunewelders, a music creation it’s a service. and sound production company. Their projects inThe four-man team — executive producer Jerclude commercials, films, musicals, theme songs, Pe rim e te r emy Gilbertson, Holst, composer and technolovideo games and more. gist Jason Shannon, and chief engineer and sound Profile “There are a lot of music and audio challenges designer Vic Stafford — are sought after in music, our clients don’t know how to solve, but we help film, television and advertising industries due to the them figure it out,” explained Ben Holst, Tunewelddepth and breadth of their expertise. If you’re one ers producer and creative director. of 200 million viewers who watched the 2013 Super Bowl, Housed at the iconic Atlanta Southern Tracks studio on you’re sure to remember the standout Doritos spot, “GOATSClairmont Road, where artists from Bruce Springsteen to Pearl 4SALE,” in which Pogo Pictures vision was enhanced by Jam have recorded, Tunewelders continues to produce sonic CONTINUED ON PAGE 15 |

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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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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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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.

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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: 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-

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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. –

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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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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: 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: 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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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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out & about because it is a sustainable material in keeping with the theme of the show. Along the main path and sprinkled throughout the grounds are little blue birds suspended from trees by artist Maggie Bethel. The birds are painted on recycled plastic and spin in the breeze, glinting in dappled sunlight. Further along the trail is a small hill, atop which sits the first of Leisa Rich's two fabric installations. The piece eventually will rot and disintegrate, and Rich hopes that it will provide a fertile environment for animal and plant life alike. "There's a worm in it!" she happily exclaimed when the tour arrived at her location. The mound is adjacent to the remnants of a wall displaying the artwork of Callahan McDonough, local painter. Half of the wall has been painted grey and acts as an interactive chalkboard. Children doodled on the wall as McDonough spoke about her piece, a commentary on

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.


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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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“Occasionally, she’ll go back with me, whether she helps with the monitoring or not—there’s always turtles to look for, crayfish and all the other things that are back at the creek,” he said. An electrical engineer specializing in radar systems, Fountain said the Adopt-AStream program features volunteers from “an amazingly eclectic mix of professions. There’re lots of Scout troops, and then just individuals like myself from just every imaginable profession,” he said. “Georgia is blessed with just thousands and thousands of miles of creeks and streams. That’s very good on the one hand,” Fountain added. “On the other hand, there are only a handful of people at the government level who are tasked

with monitoring the health of all of those streams, so Adopt-A-Stream is a network of volunteers who are organized by the state government who become the state’s ‘eyes on the stream,’ as you will.” The data these volunteers collect is invaluable. “It’s used by local governments to assess local conditions. It is used by scientists and environmental modelers to better understand watershed conditions. Volunteer data is also used for screening purposes to identify areas in need of further monitoring,” said Harold Harbert, watershed outreach manager for the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. “Because David has been monitoring for over 20 years, his data is very instructive in understanding general and specific trends in wa-

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ter quality in Sandy Springs and urban areas.” Harbert said some of the questions Fountain answers with his reports include “Is the water clear or turbid?” “Is there a film on the surface?” “Does the stream have an odor, and if so, describe it?” And “Is the water flow adequate or low?” “In one data entry, David identified and described a sewage leak, noting that there was, ‘Scum on top of the water, black sludge on streambed. Lots of flies on the surface of the water. Unusual gray algae on the stream bed,’” Harbert added. “This observation was instrumental in identifying and stopping a sewage spill.” That was in 2011. Fountain remembers the incident. “My daughter and I, on one of our routine trips back, we found a sewage spill that had occurred upstream of us. Adopt-A-Stream is very good about giving us all the contact numbers that we need to use, so we reported that immediately, and we were able to get that capped before too much had spilled,” he said. When it comes to volunteer longevity, Harbert said Fountain is at the top of his class. “There are a dozen or so who have monitored for 10 plus years, but none can match David’s record,” he said. Just months after Fountain hit the 20year mark, officials with Georgia Adopt-AStream this past March recognized Fountain by giving him the Excellence in Data

Collection award at Confluence, the organization’s annual conference, held at the Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford. In addition to his dedication to the organization, officials cited the significant creek conditions his monitoring highlighted, from that 2011 sewage spill to the effects of road salt washing into the creek after that year’s snowstorm. His data also captured the effects of droughts in 2000 and 2008. Fountain said his trophy came in the form of a rock painted with the Adopt-AStream logo and his name. The trophy format is thanks to the Chattahoochee River’s name, which roughly translates to “River of the painted rocks.” After 20-plus years of monitoring the creek nearby, Fountain said he plans to continue his work as long as he and his family reside in their home. “To me, a healthy creek is really a magical place for animals and people,” he said. “There are so many different animals that you’ll encounter back at the creek— all of the fish and the frogs, but then there are the animals along the sides—the turtles, the crayfish and all the birds that are attracted to the water.” For more information on Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, visit

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Getting busy! Above, left, many turned out for Volunteer for a Better Sandy Springs Day on April 25, with orientation at North Springs Charter High School. There, volunteers received instructions on tasks and locations. Above, right, Ray Sliman throws pine straw out of his truck. Right, center, Zoltan Kalmar, left, Erika Hofmeisterova, center, and Daniel Charanis, give the school’s trash cans a fresh coat of paint. Below, right, Paul Shlanta, left, and his son Ben, 12, spruce up the basement of the Community Assistance Center. Below, left, Liza Hlas, left, CAC assistance coordinator, and volunteer Roma Bhole, organize donations in the basement. Left, volunteer Lisa Thompson cleans windows inside the CAC’s thrift store. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER



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Efforts to contact him were not successful. Warrants were issued for him. The value is $50.

This information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

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The following incidents and arrest are some, but not all, of the police reports filed through April 24. BU RGLA RY


block of Spring Creek Lane—On April 20, the apartment front door was forced open and a Dell laptop was taken.

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 400

block of Montevallo Drive—On April 20, the resident said they were gone from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., between which time someone entered through a back window. The home was well gone through and the residents reported jewelry missing. There was a second burglary in the 300 block of the same road, without forced entry, that also had jewelry missing.

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block of Kingsport Drive—On April 21,a resident said sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. someone forced a front door open. The resident said a demented person, who had been arrested near his home days earlier, left a mental facility without permission and may have returned to commit the burglary.

 Additional

burglaries were reported in the 200 block of Franklin Road and the 2000 block of Spalding Forest Court.

THEF TS  First

block of Concourse Pkwy—On April 19, a man reported that someone stole his 2007 pearly white Escalade while he was a guest at the Westin. He saw the car just after midnight, and the

following morning around 7 a.m., it was gone.  6200

block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On April 19, a Chevy Tahoe and trailer containing five motorcycles was reported stolen between 9 and 9:30 a.m. from the lot at the La Quinta Hotel.

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block of Roswell Road –A 43year old man said he learned that SSPD had a warrant on him so he turned himself in. He left his car in the parking lot of an apartment community while he took care of this business. Upon completion of said business, he found that the car was gone.

AS S AULTS  Officers received a call from an 18-year-

old man, calling from the Island Ford Park on Roberts Drive. The man had several lacerations and was unresponsive. He was taken to North Fulton Hospital where detectives later spoke to him. He said he was slashed in the head by a man whom he met on the website Craigslist.


woman called police on April 23 and said she was contact through the mail about the secret shopper program. She was sent a check for $3,850 to deposit— which she did. She followed the instructions includRead more of the  Home Depot ing sending money Police Blotter online at staff reported the to the Philippines theft of a rented ($1,000) before HD truck that was the bank informed rented to a customer. The 2012 Ford Suher the check was no good. per Duty truck possibly had the wrong tags on it.



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block of Roswell Road—On April 22, the manager a restaurant reported that an employee swiped a fivegallon box of Taylor White Cooking Wine, leaving during his shift. The employee forgot about the video and the images clearly show him stealing the wine.


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block of Sandy Springs Place— On April 22, a woman reported someone stole her wallet from her purse, located in the convenient “steal me” spot in the shopping cart. The thief used her credit cards to purchase a PS4 video game system at the Target in Dunwoody. A second attempt to buy a $500 TV was declined.

 First

Up, Sandy Springs Police answered about a half dozen fraud reports of people who, after filing taxes, were informed by the IRS, that their Social Security Number was previously used by a crook to file taxes and receive a refund.

 The folks at Roasters Restaurant report-

ed on April 20 that a man ate, and then tried to pay with a counterfeit $10 bill. The manager recognized it and kept the bill as well as a driver’s license from the man, who staff was familiar with because of past panhandling.

ARRESTS  Officers,

responding to a domestic argument call on April 19 said they encountered a husband and wife arguing. They learned that the woman had become angry after the husband would not defend her when another party at a local restaurant “belittled her about her education and career.” At one point, according to the wife, she slapped her husband after he called her the dreaded “C” word. His response was a head-butt. Physically, he had a laceration on the cheek. During the conversation with the officers, the wife said she slapped him several more times. She indicated her judgment at the time may have been impaired by several drinks. She was later arrested.

 Peachtree-Dunwoody

Road—On April 19, cops were called to a hotel just before 10 p.m. They met with the manager who said a man had become disorderly after arriving via taxi. The man wanted the hotel to pay for the taxi and charge it to his room—that he wasn’t registered in. He said his girlfriend rented it but he was not listed as a guest. The man told cops he had attended the Sweetwater 420 Festival, got into an argument with his girlfriend, and took a taxi to the hotel. He told the officers he was not going to leave. Here’s where it gets good: The man, who’ll now be known as “defendant,” began to walk toward the officers while “flexing.” He started telling them he knew martial arts and knew how to handle himself. Asked for his ID, he took the card, pushed into the chest of the officer which, by the way, is not smart. This sealed his fate and he was secured and handcuffed without the use of martial arts. As officers loaded him in the car, he purposely head-butted the top of the door frame and said “See what you did, that’s abuse!”

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block of Kingsport Drive—On April 20, officers were called to a residence after reports were received that a man, armed with a knife, was outside of the complex “stabbing things.” The offiCONTINUED ON PAGE 30


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man and asked him what he was doing. He replied he was invited there by his friends, whom he could not name when asked. He told the officers he came in through the owner’s gate and heard voices inside and sat down. He was arrested and charged with loitering and prowling.

cer located the armed man, who was stabbing a window pane at the time of contact. The officer ordered the man to drop the knife, which he did, and followed commands from that point on. He later told the officers that Jesus told him to do those things. He was taken to Northside Hospital, where he became combative and fought with the officers, while handcuffed. He was finally secured.

 Adair

Lane (Spring Creek Lane area)—On April 23, while responding to a suspicious vehicle complaint, an officer contacted a man who was reported sitting in his car sev- eral hours. The man was inside the car, masturbating while watching porn on a tablet. The officer found clothing in the car for children and suspected the man may be hiding something so a detective was called for further investigation. The man was arrested for public indecency and the case is being looked into further.

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block of Roswell Road—On April 20,a woman, who was several months pregnant, was caught stealing a five-hour energy drink and B-12 vitamins at a grocery store. She was charged with shoplifting and issued a citation to appear in court.

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block of Pitts Road—On April 22, a woman reported that around 11 p.m. she saw a man, whom she did not know, sitting on her back deck. Cops found the


29-year-old woman reported that she began receiving text messages from a man with whom she had an affair, while she was married, that ended two years ago. He told her he had photos and unless she had sex with him, he would forward the photos to her husband.

WAT C H O U T F O R T H E B O I L I N G R A B B I T.  A woman called in to report that someone shot a bullet

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