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Flights of fancy


The battle over Brook Run’s theater BY DYANA BAGBY


Rick Merced, who calls himself a “drone racer, “ pilots his small aircraft in a field at Brook Run Park on Jan. 30. Merced said when he was a kid, he dreamed of being a superhero, and now, through his drone, he can watch the world go by and live out that dream. See additional photos on page 3.►

MAKING A DIFFERENCE A mother and her two daughters share their breast cancer journeys BY DYANA BAGBY

Fourteen years ago, Maxx Schube was in the carpool lane at Davis Academy in Sandy Springs waiting to pick up her children when she felt a lump in her breast and another one on her chest. See FAMILY on page 6

“Tra�fic is already horrible. It’s going to get worse [in the Perimeter Center area]. ... It’ll just mean I’ll avoid that whole area. It’ll change where I shop, where I go. Right now you have to plan when you’re going to do stu�f because tra�fic is just horrible.” SUSAN CLARKE

See more reaction to proposed highrises in the Perimeter area in Commentary, page 12.

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Brook Run Park was packed on a recent warm Sunday afternoon as Steve and Anita Drange walked past the dilapidated theater building, hidden behind shade trees with “Keep Out” signs posted on the welded shut doors. “It is a bit rundown,” Steve Drange said over sounds of teens riding skateboards at the nearby skate park. “At one time there were buildings all through these woods. It was a hospital. This is the last one standing.” Those buildings Drange recalls included dormitories, an administration building and the theater, and were the part of the Georgia Retardation Center, a facility that operated from the 1960s to the late 1990s. Due to asbestos lining the interiors, neglect, and wear and tear, the buildings were torn down in the years following the center’s closure. The theater building has so far been spared the wrecking ball. Now efforts to save the Brook Run Theater have led to heated debate in Dunwoody among city officials and residents. Some want the city to help foot the bill to renovate and repair what they say is a historic building that could be converted to a local, modern theater and community gathering spot. Others say the building is too far gone and no taxpayer money should be used to save it. “I suspect it would be a tough battle See BATTLE on page 20

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Dunwoody resident Robert Wittenstein was recently sworn in as a member of the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, an educational agency that operates the “Anne Frank in the World” exhibit in Sandy Springs. Wittenstein is president of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. He was appointed to the commission by Georgia House Speaker David Ralston.


DeKalb Commissioner Nancy Jester plans to host town hall discussions in Dunwoody and Tucker about the 2016 county budget. A Feb. 9 meeting is planned for All Saints Catholic Church, 2443 Mount Vernon Road in Dunwoody; and a Feb. 23 meeting will be at the Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road in Tucker. “Every dollar DeKalb County receives comes from, and belongs to, the taxpayers of DeKalb County. It is important to me that DeKalb County taxpayers have the opportunity to offer input into the budget development process. I want to hear directly from you about your priorities. Our budget demonstrates what we value,” Jester said in the announcement.


Dunwoody’s seventh annual “State of the City” address will be Feb. 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Ravinia. Mayor Denny Shortal will share his thoughts on the city’s progress and his vision for the city’s future growth. The event is open to the public, and is hosted by the city of Dunwoody and the Rotary Club of Dunwoody. ■

Crown Towers development ready for public input BY DYANA BAGBY

Developers behind the Crown Towers development, an ambitious project of highrises proposed on the former Gold Kist site off Ashford-Dunwoody Road, will meet with the Dunwoody Homeowners AssociaDYANA BAGBY tion on Feb. 15. Charlie Brown, who is heading up the Dunwoody Crown The 15-acre Towers proposed development, explains a model of the site is zoned for a planned project to a handful of people at a Feb. 1 meeting. 20-story hotel and ers not to exceed 40 stories at the easttwo 24-story highern end of the project. rise office buildings. Crown Development last month filed a pre-application The land sits on I-285 along the westreview with the city of Dunwoody for bound entrance ramp at Ashford-Duna rezoning request for 4.75 acres of the woody Road, adjacent to the city’s MARproperty that would allow the company TA station and next to Perimeter Mall. to build two additional residential towVeteran real estate developer Char-

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lie Brown, who is leading the charge on the project, and attorney Doug Dillard met with a handful of people at a Feb. 1 public meeting to lay out what is planned for the property. “I think this is one of the best pieces of property in metro Atlanta or even the Southeast,” Brown said. Concerns about residential highrises on the property were raised, but Doug Dillard, who has worked with numerous developments in metro Atlanta, tried to ease those concerns with examples of past development. Plans are for high-end condos, not rental units. “When we did 33 floors at the Ravinia, people went crazy, and now we see what it is,” he said. “Or the King and Queen buildings. This is an opportunity to take Perimeter Center national. All we’re asking is for 4.75 acres be rezoned residential.” Brown explained plans for an eastwest connector through Dunwoody would greatly help with traffic in the area. The property owners are set to donate 2 acres of land to go toward that project. The $20 million connector road would come off I-285, go under Ashford-Dunwoody Road and connect with Perimeter Center Parkway. The road is part of a network of connectors planned for the area as new, highrise developments are being built.

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Flights of fancy Right, Rick Merced, a “drone racer,” takes a visual look at his drone’s path as he navigates the skies over Brook Run Park on Jan. 30. Merced stated he dreamed of being a superhero when he was a kid, and now, by piloting his drone, he can see the world go by and realize his dream. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

James Corn, left, chats with Rick Merced about recreational flying of drone aircraft at Brook Run Park on Jan. 30. Corn, a contractor for U.S. power companies, uses drones to inspect power lines.

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City approves ‘mini-cell towers’


Above, the city of Dunwoody has agreed to have mini-cell towers installed on existing utility poles, enabling faster Internet and access to more data.


Left, wireless providers will have 90 days to install the equipment around the mall and Perimeter area.

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The city of Dunwoody has agreed to allow two companies to install “minicell towers” to existing city-owned utility poles at a cost of $500 each year for each installation. Crown Castle and Mobilitie, wireless providers, will have 90 days to install the equipment designed to boost network reach mostly on utility poles around the mall and in the Perimeter area. The original contract between the companies and Dunwoody called for 120 days to install the equipment. However, Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said this length of time would be too inconvenient for residents. The council approved her amendment to shorten the time to 90 days. “Efficiency is key. You get in, get it done, get out,” Deutsch said. Some of her constituents have complained about workers in front of their homes at 8 p.m., she added. The smaller devices attach to existing utility poles. The technology is housed in what looks like a box or a cabinet, containing wires and antennae designed to bring faster Internet, and allowing wireless technology users access to more data. Ellen Smith, attorney for Crown Castle, noted that the council has discussed this issue at its November and December meetings. “If approved, this would be advantageous to the city,” she said. “It would be removing right of way clutter and be free revenue for the city.” Both contracts are good for five years.

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As MARTA seeks more funds, Fulton officials take a regional approach BY JOHN RUCH

The political battle is just beginning over MARTA’s request, filed in the Gold Dome Feb. 1, to seek an additional halfpenny sales tax from DeKalb and Fulton voters on the November ballot. But whatever happens, a new era of regionally-minded transportation planning seems to be dawning in parts of Fulton County. Fulton Chairman John Eaves has been convening a group of Fulton mayors for several months to hash out a possible menu of road and mass transit projects to put before voters. And Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul has said he’s asked City Manager John McDonough to gather staff from various Fulton cities to talk about the nitty-gritty of regional projects. “I think you’re going to see something miraculous this year” as the mayors collaborate on a possible transportation funding package to send to voters, Eaves said at a recent meeting of the Buckhead Coalition. “The Fulton County Commission, I give them credit,” Paul said in an interview last fall, when the meetings were

just beginning. “They’re taking leadership in getting everyone at the table.” Under existing legislation, DeKalb and Fulton can ask voters to approve a special local option sales tax of up to 1 penny on the November ballot for transportation projects. The tax would sunset in five years. The MARTA proposal—filed by state Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta)— would devote up to half of that penny to MARTA for more than 40 years, to match the lifetime of the transit agency’s existing 1 penny tax.

Extending the Red Line

MARTA says the additional SPLOST money could fund extension of the Red Line to Alpharetta, including a new Northridge station in Sandy Springs; a light rail connection through the Emory University area between Buckhead’s Lindbergh station and the Blue Line’s Avondale station; and a rail extension along I-20 to Lithonia. Political opinion varies on whether MARTA should get more SPLOST funds and if so, how much. Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker has been skeptical. Atlanta

Mayor Kasim Reed backs the half-penny and “will not support any proposal that does not fund transit, which our region needs to grow and prosper,” according to city of Atlanta spokeswoman Jenna Garland. Paul supports the MARTA expansion and has been discussing SPLOST options with other Fulton mayors. He declined to comment on the state of those talks, saying it’s too early for details.

Regional planning

But in previous interviews and reports at City Council meetings, Paul has talked about the importance of regional planning and finding a compromise mix of road and mass transit projects that voters would approve because they would actually use them. “As [poet] John Donne said, we’re not an island among ourselves,” Paul said in an interview last fall. And, he said, elected officials need to bridge the gap between the existing short-term SPLOST vision and MARTA’s long-term plans. “We’ve got to get them both on the same page…[in a] comprehensive, rational plan,” he said.

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Doctors told her not to worry, the lumps were nothing. But she insisted on a biopsy. The biopsy came back positive for cancer. She then also insisted on being tested for the breast cancer susceptibility gene (BRCA) – as an Ashkenazi Jew, she knew she was at a higher risk of having the gene. That test also came back positive for the BRCA 1 gene mutation, meaning she was likely to get either ovarian or breast cancer before age 70. She underwent treatment and is now a 13-year survivor of breast cancer. As a mother with daughters and a son, she wanted them to be tested for the gene as well. Her two daughters, Rochelle and Alana, were positive; her son was negative. Now, her daughter, Alana, 24, is in treatment for a recurrence of breast cancer after undergoing just last year a double mastectomy and chemotherapy. “Never in my wildest dreams did I expect my daughter to have breast cancer in college,” Maxx Schube, 55, said. “This is not an old woman disease anymore.” Rochelle Schube, 29, is a “previvor” who chose to take action after an irregular MRI by having a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in June before any diagnosis of cancer.

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When someone tests positive for BRCA, they are encouraged to be tested for cancer every six months. Rochelle said twice a year she would be on an emotional rollercoaster, wondering, “Is this my time?” “It gets emotional. Every six months you’re worried. And especially after my sister was diagnosed … this was not something she was given the chance to do,” Rochelle Schube said. “After they found something with my MRI, I got scared and decided to have surgery to remove all doubt.” Because the Schube women speak openly about BRCA and their journeys with breast cancer, they are being honored at the Greater Atlanta Hadassah’s Breast Strokes – The Big Reveal event on Feb. 20 at The Stave Room at American Spirit Works. The event raises funds for breast cancer research and genetic research programs at the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem and for breast cancer education, advocacy and prevention in the U.S. “We wanted to be a wake-up call to the younger generation,” Maxx Schube said. “I can be mad this has happened to us or I can believe this is happening to us so we can let other people know [about BRCA], educate other people and be there for others to lean on.” Rochelle Schube also tries to see the



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Rochelle Schube now volunteers with Bright Pink, an organization helping young women dealing with breast and ovarian cancer. She facilitates a monthly support group and works individually with women. “When I found out I had [BRCA], I felt very alone. Now I have a comSPECIAL munity,” she said. From left, Rochelle, Maxx and Alana Schube all Rochelle carry the BRCA 1 gene mutation, which significantly Schube stressincreases the risk of breast and ovarian cancer. es that having a positive despite the harrowing journeys preventative doushe and her mother and sister are on. ble mastectomy – a surgery made famous “This happens to whole families. It’s not when actress Angelina Jolie came out pubfun. If I can find a silver lining in all this, licly as having the surgery after she learned it’s that we as a family have come togethshe carries the BRCA 1 gene – is not a decier and support each other. We are empowsion made lightly. ering each other in a powerless situation,” “People have asked, ‘What else are you she said. cutting off your body?’ And that’s not what Maxx Schube praises Alana’s fight this is about,” she said. “I will forever reagainst cancer, saying “she rocked it” durmember when my sister and mom were diing last year’s surgery and chemo. agnosed with cancer, going to chemother“As a mom, to watch your daughter go apy … it’s heartbreaking,” she said. “I didn’t through this is a nightmare. She has an want to be the next one.” amazing attitude,” she said. “She is ready And her decision to speak out about her to fight this.” journey is simply a way to help others. Too Maxx Schube said because she and Almany myths and misconceptions exist that ana discovered their lumps themselves, stigmatize women who decide to have prethey were initially told there was nothing ventative surgeries, she added. People have wrong with them. even asked her if she was just unhappy “More people need to not be afraid to with her breasts. speak up and insist they check it out,” she “Mastectomy is not the same as augsaid. mentation. It’s painful and it’s different,” When Rochelle Schube decided to take she said. preventative care through surgery, her in“Somebody needs to take a stand. And surance company at first denied her claim. what’s the alternative to not speaking out? She took on the insurance company and To internalize this and let others stumble? “went from being scared to fighting for the No.” thing I was scared to do.”

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KARLA HARRIS Sunday, Feb. 21, 4:30-6:30 p.m. The Heritage Winter Classics series concludes when Karla Harris, accompanied by the Ted Howe Trio, sings the Dave and Iola Brubeck Songbook. $5 for HSS members; $10 non-members. Held indoors. Call 404-851-9111 or email: to learn more. Heritage Hall, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328.


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family to see the movie “Selma, Lord, Selma,” about a young girl, in 1965, who becomes a devoted follower of Martin Luther King Jr. Free and open to the community. Rated PG. Snacks provided. Open to the first 20 participants. Brookhaven Branch Library, 1242 North Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-848-7140 to find out more.

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COOKIE ART Monday, Feb. 8, 4-5:30 p.m. Create and decorate works of art on cookies. Attendees will take home their masterpieces to share... or not! Free. All are welcome. Suitable for youngsters 7-13. Open to the first 15 participants. Call 770-512-4640 or visit the Dunwoody Branch Library to register. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

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Actors playing actors gives ‘a look behind the curtain’ BY JOE EARLE

This theater season, plays really are the things at theaters in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. At least that’s the idea. The two local theater compaRobert Egizio nies are putting on plays that center on actors. Their stages will fill with actors playing actors and plays within plays. Patrick Hill, director of Act 3 Theater’s version of “Moon Over Buffalo,” which opens in April and closes out the theater’s 2015-2016 season, says it gives his audience a free trip backstage. “Theater patrons like to see the background, what’s going on behind the scenes,” said Hill, whose show folPatrick Hill lows the Feb. 20

conclusion of the run of the theater’s current production, “Dogfight.” “You’re giving the audience exactly what they want. You get a look behind the curtain.” In Dunwoody, the Stage Door Players are presenting “I Hate Hamlet,” a play that puts its theme right there in the R. TODD FLEEMAN title. It’s about a television Dan Ford, left, as Andrew Rally, listens to Robin Bloodworth, actor who resists portrayportraying John Barrymore, as he is given some last-minute ing Shakespeare’s famed secrets, tips and tricks of the trade on opening night. character onstage, only to find he’s being haunted by the ghost of legendary actor John Barrymore, said Robert Egizio, the Players’ proI Hate Hamlet ducing artistic director and the director of Stage Door Players “I Hate Hamlet.” Where: 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody Plays about plays have been around When: Through Feb. 21; performances on Thursdays, Fridays since at least Shakespeare’s day, but they and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. still draw a crowd. Egizio said “I Hate HamTickets: $30 adults; $27 seniors; $22 students; let” packed the theater on its opening $15 patrons younger than 12. For more: 770-396-1726 or weekend. Besides, the directors said, staging plays Moon Over Buffalo about plays can be as much fun for the acAct 3 Productions tors as the audience. Where: 6285-R Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs “It definitely appeals to theater people,” When: Performance times and dates: April 15, 16, 22, Egizio said. Part of the appeal comes from 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m.; April 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $23 for adult reserved; $20 for student/senior the challenge as the actors must portray reserved; $18 for adult general admission; several characters at once – the actor and $15 for student/senior general admission. the character the actor is playing. “You’re For more: 770-241-1905 or playing two characters, in essence,” he said.

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“You get the chance to play the actor and you get to play the actor within the actor. “In essence, my Gemini personality gets split into three. It’s fantastic.” But part of the fun in some of these plays-within-plays, both Hill and Egizio said, comes from watching the characters onstage deal with backstage meltdowns. “The actors love it because they can relate to it,” Egizio said. “We’ve all been through that crap.” Hill’s play at Act 3 is a farce that takes place backstage during a theatrical performance and actually includes bits of two other plays – “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Private Lives” – that the characters present as part of the story. Some of the humor comes when they mix up the two, Hill said. “It’s funny because it’s almost like an inside joke, like a little love letter to the theater community,” Hill said. Hill, a 33-year-old accountant who lives in Sandy Springs and is a member of the theater’s board of directors, said Act 3 decided to stage the play “because our audience wanted a good comedy.” At the same time, the show seemed like it would be fun to put on. “It’s one of those things, a show about theater people. We know the humor so well, we can execute it. We can find the punch lines and make [the audience] feel like they’re peeking behind the curtain.”

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Steve Grossman has a passion for the arts, but not the restaurant business. So, after nearly four years of operating Steve’s Live Music in Sandy Springs, a place where musicians and artists have performed to appreciative audiences over hummus or vegetarian quesadillas, the venue itself may soon be closing unless Grossman can find a partner willing to take on the food side of the business. “I’m not going to continue running a restaurant past June,” Grossman said. “Steve’s Live Music could cease to exist in this location if I don’t find a partner. Cultural arts are real important to me and I know one space is not optimal in terms of trying to create music in the community.” His lease expires in July on the building on Hildebrand Drive where Steve’s Live Music has been located since mid-2012. Grossman actively is seeking partners, saying his venue is ripe for a new chef or restaurateur to come in and make a mark while enjoying a built-in fan base of music and dance lovers. At the same time, Grossman said he is exploring ways to broaden his reach by working with area restaurants, dance studios and other venues to bring in live performances, not only in Sandy Springs but in neighboring cities as well. However, Sandy Springs, he believes, is ground zero for a musical awakening. “I see Sandy Springs as fertile ground for becoming the next Nashville or Austin for the music scene,” he said. With the many restaurants and mixeduse developments going up, Grossman has a vision of people strolling the streets and walking past restaurants or theaters where they could step in and listen to live music. City Springs, the new city center and the development surrounding it, is where Grossman believes live performances could really take off. Since he opened, Grossman said more than 1,500 musicians have played Steve’s Live Music. From folk to bluegrass to a Beatles cover band to Gypsy Opera and Celtic

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“My concern is [there are] already traffic problems around that entire area. I think it’s going to be a huge traffic problem. My concern about develoment around the city is, I see something totally different from when I grew up. Developers used to build around trees…I see huge areas that are being totally wiped out.” Donald Gilner “No. They haven’t taken the steps in the past that are needed to pave the way.” Richard Whitehead

“They always say it’s all there at MARTA, but how many people are going to use MARTA? Traffic is already horrible. It’s going to get worse. ... It’ll just mean I’ll avoid that whole area. It’ll change where I shop, where I go. Right now you have to plan when you’re going to do stuff because traffic is just horrible.” Susan Clarke

“I do feel the wave ... of people moving into public schools and supporting public schools is rising. I’d like to see more parental interest in our public schools and involvement.” Kirsten Neufeld

“A lot of buildings in the Perimeter area are daytime occupancy. Some of these residential developments seem … like there should be more theaters. If we continue to put in these large complexes, I think we should require more entertainment opportunities so we can keep it from being a ghost town like downtown Atlanta was before the Olympics.” Greg Crnkovich


The story “Mixed-use developments are a hot trend, but they’re not for everyone” in the Jan. 22 - Feb. 4 Perimeter Business section gave an incorrect name for Steve Tart of Genesis Real Estate Advisers and the Sandy Springs Planning Commission.

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DO OR DIET I’ve tried to diet, but I’m not good at denying myself. For 23 years I haven’t taken a shower without someone knocking at the door with a question that can’t wait another two minutes—so yes, I’m going to eat that cookie. My mind and my body have an agreement. I dole out positive reinforcement treats to my body throughout the day, and it gets me out of bed in the morning. There are so many theories, so many methods for dieting, and I’ve danced with them all and sent them home happy. I’ve heard to “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.” I pretty much eat breakfast, lunch, mid-morning snacks and mid-afternoon happy hours like an exiled prince, and dinners like a freaking emperor. So, to use a more accurate comparison, I have the diet of a sumo wrestler. I nibble and nosh throughout the day, and I eat the heaviest, most caloric food in the last two hours before I go to bed, so that all of the calories can join hands and turn into layers of fat overnight. I’ve heard to limit yourself to one sweet thing a week. I tried that and end up making myself a weekly dessert the size of a Hawaiian island. I’ve heard to count calories. The problem with this method is that I am an unscrupulous cheater. I will not count the spoons full of ice cream that I eat, straight from the box, or the brownies that are stuck to the side of the pan that I have to pry out and consume before putting together a tray for the class party, or the melted peanut butter-chocolate power bar that I find between the minivan seats while I’m waiting in the carpool line. I only count lettuce and rice cakes. So, no matter how much I actually eat during the day, my calorie count always amounts to roughly 235. I’ve heard to eat six mini-meals a day. My mini-meals turn into one constant land-cruise buffet. There might as well be an ice sculpture of a swan on my kitchen counter, right beside the uneaten fries and the container of Boy Scout popcorn.

Letter to the Editor I’ve heard about the Starbucks diet—that one woman lost 85 pounds by eating exclusively at Starbucks. I have been pretty close to doRobin Conte is a writer ing that diet and mother of four who myself, but lives in Dunwoody. She the pumpkin can be contacted at bread and cake pops kept winning out over the oatmeal. The frustrating thing for me is that it wasn’t always this way. Despite giving birth to four children, despite the fact that two of them were born at the same time, despite the fact that my body weight increased by half during that twins pregnancy, I always managed to return to my normal weight and jeans size, and maintain it steadily. Not true now. I have had another birthday and there are squatters at my belly. The pounds—about 10 of them—have settled along my mid-section and are making plans to retire there. I don’t want to take them with me when I finally, one day, become an empty nester. I want to leave them in the basement along with the boxes of kindergarten artwork. My mother has stayed slim and trim well into her senior years, and when asked how she does it, her standard reply is, “I eat whatever I want and I never exercise.” I’ve tried that method too, but it doesn’t seem to work as well for me. I’ve decided that the only thing left for me to do is follow another piece of mom’s advice…to stand up straight and suck in my stomach.

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DHA names Dennis Crean Citizen of the Year BY DYANA BAGBY

the effort in incorporating Dunwoody. He was active in Dunwoody’s Rotary Club, Knights of ColumDennis Crean was bus and All Saints Catholoved by many people. lic Church. That was evident at the “This is a bittersweet Dunwoody Homeowners presentation this year,” Association meeting Jan. said DHA President Rob31 as his wife, Marie Creert Wittenstein. “Dennis’ an, and daughter, Alison contributions to the city Rosch, accepted a plaque of Dunwoody are enorhonoring him as the ormous. He will be dearly ganization’s Citizen of the missed.” Year. Marie Crean said her “I was very honored,” husband worked hard to Marie Crean said of the make Dunwoody an indestanding ovation they rependent city because he ceived in tribute to her believed residents should late husband. “He would be able to make their own have been very humbled. decisions when it comes He was just loved by so to governance. Being part many people. It’s such a of a city also gave resigood feeling for the famDennis Crean dents a sense of pride and ily. community, he believed. “I was just feeling the She said she loved her love in the room,” she said. husband’s willingness to be involved in Dennis Crean, a longtime DHA board community activities and his friendlimember and Dunwoody volunteer and ness with others. city activist, preferred to work behind “He never met someone he couldn’t the scenes, his wife said. talk to,” she said. He was a board member of the NaDennis Crean, who suffered from ture Center and also of the Citizens for pulmonary fibrosis, a scarring of the Dunwoody, a nonprofit group that led lungs, died Nov. 1, two weeks after a


Dunwoody Homeowners Association President Robert Wittenstein, left, presents a plaque honoring Dennis Crean as Citizen of the Year to his wife Marie Crean, center, and their daughter Alison Rosch. Dennis Crean died Nov. 1 due to complications from pulmonary fibrosis. He was a longtime board member of the DHA and worked for many years to incorporate the city.

rious fall. “He fell while we were going to Stage Doors Players,” she said. The fall further injured his lungs and he wasn’t able to recover. “We had just gotten back from a three-week trip to France,” she said. “It was a shock.”

A large portrait of her husband sits in their great room. The plaque presented by DHA now sits next to it. “It’s there so everyone can see it,” she said.

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Clockwise, from top left, Dunwoody City Councilwoman and Fourth of July Parade co-chair Pam Tallmadge announced this year’s parade theme is “Duty, Honor and Country.” Grand marshals will be a police officer, a firefighter and an EMT. U.S. Rep. Tom Price attended the DHA meeting and discussed ways Republicans are working to back a single piece of health care legislation to replace President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The Dunwoody Nature Center announced its biggest honor, the Dave Adams Award, went to UPS. In 2015, UPS donated $30,000 for the center’s Wildcat Creek Restoration and Milkweed Project to protect the monarch butterfly. UPS employees also participated in five volunteer events, giving nearly 200 hours of their time. Amy McMorrow, far left, board president of the Dunwoody Nature Center, presents Norma Brown and Ken Glaus of UPS with the trophy. DHA President Robert Wittenstein presents Bloom Orthondotics, headed by Dr. Sunya Sweeney, far right, with the DHA Business of the Year award. 07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1 7/27/15 9:18 AM Page 1

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The former Eddie’s Automotive on Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs is historic, according to the state preservation office, a decision that has thrown a JOHN RUCH monkey wrench into city This auto shop, at 260 Mount Vernon Highway, is considered plans to replace the auto historic by the state Historic Preservation Division. shop with new roundabouts and a park. ant Poole said. The city and state transportation ofUnder the National Historic Preserficials dispute the designation. “We have vation Act, that means identifying any checked and we have not been able to adjacent properties that are on the Nafind any evidence George Washington tional Register of Historic Places or that had his horse fixed at Eddie’s Automomight be eligible because they are at least tive,” Mayor Rusty Paul joked in a recent 50 years old. If there is such a properspeech to a Buckhead community group, ty, Poole said, “you have to demonstrate expressing the city’s frustration. you’ve done everything you can do not to But Jennifer Dixon of the state Historimpact the resource.” ic Preservation Division said the shop— In 2009, the city conducted the hisnow called Magic Mike’s Automotive—is toric survey, which found that the Glena historic artifact of the car-driven develwood Forest subdivision to the south of opment boom along Roswell Road during Johnson Ferry is historic as an example the 1960s. of mid-20th century architecture. GDOT “Therefore, it is HPD’s opinion that the auto service garage is significant as a and the Historic Preservation Division good and representative example of this agreed with that designation and the city time period of development within the shifted the roundabouts plan northward Roswell Road area and Sandy Springs as to take only a small sliver of right of way a whole,” Dixon said in an email. “Furin the Glenwood Forest area. The Presthermore, it is HPD’s opinion that the ervation Division later ruled the project auto service garage is a good and reprewould have “no adverse effect,” meaning sentative example of Contemporary arno historic mitigations are needed. chitecture as applied to commercial deBut as the roundabouts plan headed velopment.” into final design and got in line for fundThe city sees the situation as anothing, the auto shop recently passed its 50th er headache for its Mount Vernon roundbirthday and required historic review as abouts plan, which already had to be rewell, Poole said. This time, the Preservadrawn to accommodate another historic tion Division and GDOT were at odds. designation for an entire neighborhood The city still is deciding on its official off Johnson Ferry Road. That required response, Poole said. An appeal is possitaking more land in front of the Mount ble, and the historic designation does not Vernon Towers senior residences, which bar redevelopment, but could require has triggered intense controversy. mitigations ranging from moving the For years, the city has planned to reconfigure the unusual, X-shaped interentire building to erecting a memorial section of Mount Vernon Highway and plaque on its site, Poole said. Johnson Ferry Road into dual roundPaul said at a recent City Council abouts. The plan involves acquiring the meeting that he petitioned members of western triangle of land in the intersecCongress to remove the historic review tion where the auto shop sits near othrequirement for this particular project er commercial buildings that are now in the federal funding bill, but Poole said vacant. About half of the triangle would that move came too late. be taken up by one of the roundabouts, The city may appeal the historic deswhile the rest, fronting on Roswell Road, ignation to the Federal Highway Adminwould become a small park related to the istration via GDOT, which could take a City Springs project across the street. year or more, Poole said. Another option The $14 million project entered the reis giving up on federal funding and using view pipeline in 2007, with GDOT agreeonly city money. Or the city may have to ing to pay 80 percent of the cost. Some do some form of mitigation for demolishof the money comes from Federal Highing the building. way Administration funds. One string at“Please know, this process is simply tached to federal funding is a review of a that, a process—once complete, the projroad project’s possible impacts on historic resources, Assistant City Manager Bryect continues,” Dixon said.

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On Our Borders Editor’s note: News knows few boundaries. Here are some of the local news stories breaking nearby in the city of Sandy Springs that may be of interest to Dunwoody residents.

a relatively low-impact project. “To be completely honest, this is not what I want…[but] this could be a much worse possible property—a gas station, for God’s sake,” said Scott Nelson, a Glenridge resident.

Sandy Springs officials are contemplating turning a portion of Roswell Road into a tree-lined boulevard and renaming it “Roswell Boulevard.” That’s among the big ideas coming out of the city’s “Next Ten” planning process. “It’s more than just a land-use plan. It’s a vision for the community,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, introducing a presentation on the work thus far for the Next Ten—combining a revision of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, a rewrite of its zoning code and detailed plans for certain areas. The concepts met interest and curiosity from at least 70 residents who attended a community workshop, held Jan. 27 at the Sherwood Event Hall on Roswell Road. The sheer scope of the vision— from mixed-use “nodes” along a new treelined “Roswell Boulevard” to a kind of Central Park for Perimeter Center—appeared to engage the crowd, but it kept mostly quiet. The general thrust of the planning is more mixed-use redevelopment and reducing car travel. But the consultant team, led by Rhodeside & Harwell, is adding some bigger proposals that would transform entire areas, such as routing some form of alternative public transit east-west through central Sandy Springs. And a much-discussed idea of a Sandy Springs monorail was talked about some more.

Meanwhile, state transportation officials planned to start work this month on a controversial project to build roundabouts at the Riverside Drive/I-285 interchange in Sandy Springs. Construction will continue through November, GDOT says. The $5.6 million project will replace ramps with roundabouts and rehab the Riverside Drive bridge over I-285.

Also in Sandy Springs, plans to replace a church with a 201-unit senior housing building is drawing traffic and density concerns—and some grudging acceptance. About 70 residents attended a community meeting Jan. 25 to hear about Parc Communities’ plans for the Apostles Church site at Glenridge Drive and Hammond Drive. “I live in Sandy Springs,” said Parc Communities President and CEO Roy Dickson, sympathizing with visions of traffic nightmares discussed at the meeting, which was held at the church. “I understand all the dynamics. And I understand something is going to happen on a corner like this that is out of the ordinary in the way of density, something that is going to invite questions.” Dickson and attorney Chip Collins, a former Sandy Springs city councilman, offered to shave 12 feet of dirt from the site to reduce its height. No one in the crowd seemed thrilled, but several said that in today’s skyscraper-sprouting Sandy Springs, they were willing to settle for

And the city of Sandy Springs plans to buy a Hammond Drive residential lot as a placeholder for its long-planned road-widening project, the City Council decided Feb. 2. The $375,000 purchase of 590 Hammond sparked some community concerns of the road widening secretly beginning. But City Manager John McDonough said the project still needs years of planning and public meetings. The purchase is a “protective buy” to secure right of way now before infill redevelopment makes property costs skyrocket, McDonough said. And he indicated that the city might make more such purchases. McDonough said that “it would be irresponsible of the city” to not buy the land now relatively cheaply as infill houses nearby go for nearly $1 million, “knowing that the long-term plan calls for the widening of the corridor.” The 590 Hammond site, at the corner of Lorell Terrace, is currently empty after a developer recently demolished a house there for a planned infill project. The city is buying the land from that developer, Mehmet Olcal of Roswellbased Alphasibel LLC. Olcal bought the property last year for $250,000, according to property records. “I understand the protective buy,” said Steve Oppenheimer, president of the Glenridge Hammond Neighborhood Association, but added, “I have great concern about the project is going to impact our neighborhood in the interim.” A few years ago, the city bought another property on Hammond at Kayron Drive. The city demolished a house there that was damaged by stormwater problems, Councilman Tibby DeJulio said. DeJulio and Assistant City Manager Bryant Poole said Hammond has been seen as a problem street for decades. Its width varies, and the section between Roswell Road and Perimeter Center is a narrow choke point that also lacks sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to use rugged trails.


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PCIDs’ study backs ‘flyover bridge’ extension on Pill Hill BY JOHN RUCH

A new Pill Hill road extending the Perimeter Center Parkway “flyover bridge” to Johnson Ferry Road would aid traffic and is worth a full study, according to a report delivered last week to the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, which will hold a community meeting on the plan in coming months. Meanwhile, PCIDs is close to securing a $4 million grant to build an already planned Pill Hill project that would make bicycle and pedestrian improvements to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Lake Hearn Drive, said Yvonne Williams, the PCIDs president and CEO. The work also would make room for a PATH400 multi-

use trail extension through the intersection. Both projects aim to boost walkability, connectivity and “all the things to build an urban center,” Williams said. The PCIDs flyover bridge over I-285 was completed in 2007 and is sometimes jokingly called the “bridge to nowhere” as it ends at Lake Hearn Drive. However, PCIDs long planned to make it a bridge to somewhere with a 2,000-foot road extending from the Lake Hearn Drive intersection to Johnson Ferry, running along the Sandy Springs-Brookhaven border on

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Top, PCIDs is close to securing a grant to make bicycle and pedestrian improvements to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Lake Hearn Drive, including beneath the I-285 bridge. Above, Gresham, Smith and Partners conducted a preliminary feasibility study for PCIDs on extending the flyover bridge from Perimeter Center Parkway to Johnson Ferry Road. To see a larger version, go to

the eastern side of Emory Saint Joseph Hospital’s campus. The flyover bridge extension idea revived last year amid renewed Pill Hill traffic concerns related to plans for a large apartment development. PCIDs commissioned a preliminary feasibility study for $5,000 from Gresham, Smith and Partners, a firm that is also conducting an Ashford-Dunwoody Road improvement study for the city of Brookhaven. The study, delivered to the PCIDs board in late January, says the new road would produce a “significant reduction” of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road traffic and “no significant increase” in Johnson Ferry traffic. About 700 feet of the road would have to be a bridge over a stream and wetlands, the study says. Exactly how and where it would connect with Johnson Ferry is also a question, as Williams said there are two or three possible alignments. “It would be an expensive project. It’s not a small-ticket item,” Williams said. The study was “first-level work” with “no technical findings,” Williams said. So the next step is convening city officials, Pill Hill hospitals and residents for a meeting to see if there’s support “to go

into a deeper-dive study,” she said. The PCIDs will arrange that meeting, probably sometime in the next few months, Williams said. At the same January board meeting, PCIDs learned that that Atlanta Regional Commission staff recommended $4 million in grant funding to build the Peachtree-Dunwoody/Lake Hearn improvement project, which PCIDs and the city of Sandy Springs began planning in 2012. The project would widen both streets—including Peachtree-Dunwoody beneath the I-285 bridge—to add “full bicycle and pedestrian crosswalk amenities,” Williams said. It also makes room for an extension of the PATH 400 multiuse trail. The project would take about two years to build and must coordinate with the state’s upcoming reconstruction of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. The grant still needs a vote by the ARC board, which is expected in March. “Would I be surprised if we didn’t get it? I would absolutely be surprised,” Williams said, noting the project’s strong support from city and MARTA officials.

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Traffic the top concern with Sandy Springs five-skyscraper plan

John Walker of Kimley-Horn explains traffic issues to attendees, while project attorney Jessica Hill looks on, at the Jan. 20 community meeting about the 1117 Perimeter Center West redevelopment, held at the project site.


Above: updated design illustrations of the skyscrapers and new retail and restaurant space proposed for 1117 Perimeter Center West.


Five new Sandy Springs skyscrapers could mean thousands of more cars on local streets, raising concerns among about 45 residents and business owners who attended the first community meeting on Jan. 20 about the massive redevelopment of 1117 Perimeter Center West. Representatives of the developers— identified as Hong Property Trust of Sydney, Australia—said the mixed-use nature of the project could reduce its effect on traffic. And a direct connection to the Sandy Springs MARTA station, which sits under part of the site, is a potential traffic mitigation, project attorney Jessica Hill said. “The idea is that it’s live, work and play, and you never have to leave,” said Rob Forrest, the real estate professional who’s representing Hong Property in the deal. But the sheer scale of the project and some of its preliminary numbers still worried residents, especially with other major redevelopments coming nearby, such as the planned headquarters for MercedesBenz USA in Sandy Springs and the new building to house State Farm in Dunwoody. The 1117 Perimeter Center West plan calls for about 1,600 residential units in three towers; about 1.5 million square feet of offices in two towers; and about 200,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space. The towers could stand 20 to 29 stories tall. That’s in addition to the hexagonal office building currently on the 13.5-acre

site, which would remain with modifications. About 5,200 new parking spaces would be created in a new deck, compared with 1,300 on the site now, Hill said. Some parking might need to go off-site during construction, Hill said, though it’s early for such details. The proposed MARTA connection would be through an existing emergency exit tunnel, Hill said. The project will be deemed a Development of Regional Impact and get a massive transportation study, said John Walker of Kimley-Horn, the traffic consulting firm hired by the developer. One resident of Mount Vernon Woods who works at the Arby’s fast-food company headquarters next door said most of her coworkers do not use MARTA and that current traffic is already bad. “It’s a nightmare…God forbid if it rains or snows,” she said. “As soon as [the plan] hit the papers, everybody in the [Arby’s] building across the street started freaking out.” Bill Woulfin, CEO of Metabolic Testing Services, was among several of the existing building’s commercial tenants who expressed concerns about the plan. He said his business has been there 13 years, and he learned at the meeting of the developers’ intent to turn the first two floors into retail or service businesses only, meaning he would be moved elsewhere. “That’s the first we heard of it,” Woulfin said, adding he is concerned about traffic

and parking impacts on his patients. “We want to make sure tenants stay here,” Forrest said during the meeting. “We’re very cognizant of that.” The mixed-use concept includes streetlevel retail in the towers along Mount Vernon Highway, as well as a “retail alley” facing a semicircular path between the existing hexagonal building and the new towers. The existing building will get a “significant facelift” that is already underway, Forrest said. That includes cutting three new entrances into its central courtyard. That courtyard is current private, but will be opened to the public and possibly host concerts or performances, Forrest said. He said that Hong Property wanted to


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The battle over Brook Run Theater Continued from page 1 to fight because of how old the building is,” Drange said. He and his wife, who live just a couple of miles from the park, said they support the idea of refurbishing the building and love the idea of a community theater located in the park “It’s community development. It’s a nice setting,” he said. “We like theater. We’re regular theatergoers. It would employ local actors and actresses,” she said. “This is a nice area. The development in the area has been great. I don’t know why there is such a controversy. I guess because of the millions it would take to fix it up.”

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Costs associated with what to do with the theater building vary, depending on whom you ask. The Brook Run Conservancy, which backs renovation of the theater, in January sent the Dunwoody City Council a feasibility study it had done to determine costs of renovating the building. That study estimates rehabilitating and equipping the theater would cost, on the low end, about $7.5 million, and on the high end, approximately $18 million.

Headed up by former councilman Danny Ross, the conservancy is seeking a partnership with the city to take on the theater renovation. The conservancy’s study also states the renovation would cost significantly less than constructing a new theater, a price tag it puts at nearly $25 million, not including parking and the purchase of land. Dunwoody City Engineer Kevin McComber told the council last year it would cost close to $7 million to renovate the theater. He also did not recommend renovation, saying the facility needed to be completely gutted. At Mayor Denis Shortal’s first town hall meeting on Jan. 21, there was only brief mention of the theater during the public comment period. One resident told Shortal no tax money should go to saving the building, arguing tax funds should go toward athletic fields. But Sarah Sloan, who has lived in Dunwoody nearly 30 years, said after the town hall meeting she supports the idea of a small, intimate community theater for Dunwoody. “It’s great to talk about athletics, but you also need music, art — you have to have a soul for a community,” she said. “I don’t want a Verizon theater. I want a small, intimate citywide theater for a

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Above and below, one building is all that is left of the Georgia Retardation Center, which operated in Brook Run Park from the 1960s to the late 1990s. Turning the building into a community theater space has become a hotly debated topic.

small city.” Councilman Terry Nall has been vocal about his opposition to Brook Run Theater. “Brook Run Park is the wrong location for such use,” he said this month. “The theater use during daylight … evenings and every weekend day would conflict with the other current, active uses of the park.” Nall also opposes any idea of putting City Hall in Brook Run Park. “If a larger theater and town hall meeting space were constructed in Dunwoody, I believe it is better suited near a future City Hall, where shared-use parking is not in conflict.” Councilwoman Pam Tallmadge said she is studying available documents on the proposal of Brook Run Theater while Councilman John Heneghan and Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch have questioned locating a community theater or performing arts center in the park; both also have expressed concerns. Heneghan said this month he wants to wait for the results of a public survey to be going out to residents soon on the city’s parks plan before he makes any

final decision of whether or not to support the proposed project. An attempt to reach Shortal by email for his thoughts on the theater were not successful. Last year, as a councilman, he was the only member who appeared to support the idea, going head-to-head with former Mayor Mike Davis who strongly opposed the plan.

It’s great to talk about athletics, but you also need music, art — you have to have a soul for a community. I don’t want a Verizon theater. I want a small, intimate citywide theater for a small city. SARAH SLOAN

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Weber School, senior In school, Adele Stolovitz sets an example for her fellow students as a peer leader. Outside the classroom, she helps teach patrons of the Fernbank Museum of Natural History about the natural world. As a freshman at Weber, Adele felt somewhat lost, she said. Fortunately, she found a peer leader to guide her through her first year. The school’s peer leaders, juniors and seniors, help underclassmen ease into high school Adele Stolovitz and find their ways. Once she was a senior herself, Adele applied for the position. Teachers at Weber evaluate each student who applies for peer leadership and vote on whether they believe the student is fit to be a peer leader. They thought Adele would make a fine one. “Adele is an exceptional leader who is quietly confident, resourceful and sincere,” said Rebecca McCullough, Weber’s director of marketing. “She shines as a peer leader, where she embraces her responsibilities as a mentor and advisor to new students.” Outside of school, Adele is among 80 students in the Atlanta area to volunteer for the Ultimate Naturalist Program at the Fernbank Science Museum. As part of her job, she strolls around the museum with a cart dedicated to a subject from the natural world. Sometimes she runs the whale cart, sometimes the sea-and-space cart. In the future, she hopes to continue her work in a museum. Adele says she would love to work specifically with classical history or art history. While she’s been volunteering at Fernbank for two years, Adele has been playing volleyball for six. She started playing in sixth grade, she said, and hasn’t stopped since. While she’s been a member of school teams for the entire six years, she dedicated even more of her schedule to the sport, playing club volleyball for two years of high school. For this past season and the one before, her varsity team went undefeated, combining for 18-0 over the two seasons.

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Adele applied to several colleges. Her top choices are Barnard College, George Washington University and New York University. She hopes to study history wherever she goes, so she can work in a museum after college. This article was reported and written by Sam Wimpfheimer, a student at the Galloway School.

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This place has ambience to spare, right down to the sparse, soft electronica piping in from hidden speakers and the giant Todd Murphy mural, “King of the Birds.” Everything here is nice to look at – brilliant, edgy, sophisticated. Go with somebody you want to impress, whether for romance or signing contracts. Go to celebrate when you finally get that promotion. Go if you already like the food at Umi and would gladly pay a little bit extra for the awesome atmosphere. Right now, most of the Himitsu menu is drawn from Umi’s menu. This is understandable. Himitsu is the type of place where management thinks just as much about design and service as it does about food, and they are taking their time to get each element right. By the time you’re making reservations for Valentine’s Day, they’ll be ready to show you the menu on an iPad – little bursts of digital starshine lighting up the face of the film star at your neighboring table. So let us remember that Umi’s menu is totally great. At Himitsu, you can find some of the “sushi boxes,” which are not bentos but sushi rolls that are pressed


Friends, prepare to part with your money. Himitsu belongs in New York and I’m glad to find it in Atlanta – a city whose finest chefs have been beleaguered by its second-class status in national roundups of cuisine. The Itos, that sushi master and pastry chef powMegan Volpert er couple of Fuyuhiko and Lisa Matsuoka, are raising their game from the lovely work they do at Umi to Umi’s little sister restaurant, this perfect new hotspot nestled in a disguised location in Buckhead. Himitsu means “secret,” after all. You have to find the email address needed to request a reservation. They email you back a confirmation, and then two hours before your reservation, you receive a keypad code. Use Umi’s valet, but you’re not going to Umi. Turn a few corners to find the fake storefront, enter your keypad code, then greet your gatekeeper to the dining room. The dining room is on two levels and seats about 80 people. Himitsu’s ambience is about finely blended combinations of light and shadow, from the stunning gorgeousness of its orange blown glass chandelier hanging eye level with the balcony tables to the subtlety of the yellow tones in the superbly backlit bar. The bar is the star of the first floor – or the corner table with a velvet bench for three is the star, or the golden votive holder with precisely geometric laser cut-outs is the star, or the very many kinds of unique barware and stemware are the star.

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Back row, from left, Woodland Elementary School Principal Tara McGee, Andy Batcheller, owner, Handy Andy Outdoors, Gina Gill, along with, front row, from left, Gaman Nischay, Gargi Nagarkar and Alani Cabrera-Garcia, thank Batcheller for his company’s help in creating the school’s sustainable, organic food garden.

Above, back row, from left, PAGE Foundation President John Varner, coach John Donegan, Ashley Veazey, Sam Grant, Carson Ankeny, Logan Durisch, Ethan Shi and PAGE Foundation Trustee Charles Richardson. Front row, from left, co-captain Nevin Aresh, Shanru Xu, co-captain Foster Cowan and Gunter Schroeder. Right, the participants get a hand on their trophy.

Welcome to the new chairman Above, Teresa Finley, senior vice president of global marketing at United Parcel Service, delivers the keynote speech at the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce annual luncheon on Jan. 21. Below, Lever Stewart, left, is the new chairman of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, succeeding Chris Burnett, right.

Breaking bread Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School eighth-grader Tyler Bride, left, and third-grader Chloe Kelley work together on Jan. 27 to package meals for Stop Hunger Now.

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Consultants expect to recommend $15 million to $20 million in projects to clean up Nancy Creek watershed BY JOE EARLE

Consultants helping to draw up a management plan for the Nancy Creek watershed say they likely will recommend spending $15 million to $20 million over the next half century to clean up water in the area. The money would pay for 30 to 40 separate projects, ranging from adding litter collectors to catch floatable items in streams near I-285 to projects that would provide shore restoration for Murphey Candler Lake. Kimberly Shorter, principal engineer for Sustainable Water Planning and Engineering, said the SWP&E consultants expected to present their report to Brookhaven City Council in March or April. “This is a long-term visionary goal,” Shorter told about a dozen people who gathered at the Marist School on Jan. 27 for the first of two public meetings scheduled to discuss the study. “We will not be there in five years.” Residents attending the briefing seemed to welcome the proposals for improvements in the area, which covers north Brookhaven. Kathryn Gable, who has lived in the area since 1970, said flooding has greatly worsened in the area while she’s lived there. “I love the plan,” she said. Shorter said the consultants have been working on the plan since March. They walked creeks in the area to find problems and to determine what needed to be done. “A lot of our time was spent on creek problems,” she said. They also evaluated 62 ponds, which accounted for about 60 percent of the total number of ponds in the area, she said. Only four of the “beneficial” ponds

they examined didn’t need some form of maintenance, she said. Shorter said the consultants hope to identify projects that would benefit several local communities and might qualify for regional water improvement grants. “The Nancy Creek watershed crosses multiple jurisdictions,” she said. “Our hope is the region as a whole can indentify projects that are more regional.” One goal of the study, she said, is to bring local creeks up to the level where they meet state pollution standards. Two creeks in the area – Nancy Creek and Bubbling Creek – do not now meet the standards, she said. Other goals included restoring stream buffers in the area and improving streams so they provide better wildlife habitat.

Above, and below right, consultants walked creeks in the watershed area to find and determine what needed to be done, like bringing waterways up to meeting state pollution standards. At this time, Nancy Creek and Bubbing Creek do not meet those standards.

Greg Mitchell cruises around the lake in Murphey Candler Park on Jan. 30. Consultants studying ways to clean the lake and creeks that feed it are considering recommendations that could include shoreline restoration projects.


Top, Kimberly Shorter, principal engineer for Sustainable Water Planning and Engineering, said at a Jan. 27 at Marist School her firm recommends spending $15$20 million over the next half century to clean up the Nancy Creek watershed.

Above, Betsy Boone, left, and Hayes Purcell walk around Murphey Candler Lake on Jan. 30.

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From police reports dated Jan. 17 through Jan. 29. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-to-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

B U R G L A RY  6700 block of Peachtree Industrial

Boulevard – On Jan. 26, report of forced entry, non-residence.

THEFT/LARCENY  4700 block of Ashford Club Drive – On

Jan. 17, larceny from vehicle.  4500 block of Madison Place Lane –

On Jan. 18, report of larceny from vehicle.  4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Jan. 17, report of larceny from vehicle.

 1900 block of Peachford Road – On

Jan. 18, report of larceny from vehicle.  4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Jan. 18, report of shoplifting.

 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Jan. 18, report of shoplifting.

 4400 Tilly Mill Road – On Jan. 19, re-

port of larceny from vehicle.

19, report of pickpocket.

Road – On Jan. 17, arrest for shoplifting.

On Jan. 26, arrest for shoplifting.

 4400

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Jan. 18, four arrests for shoplifting.

 First block of Perimeter Center East

 4300

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Jan. 19, report of shoplifting.

 4600 block of Peachtree Place Park-

way – On Jan. 20, report of auto theft.  1000 block of Ashford

Parkway – On Jan. 20, report of larceny from building.

 4600

block of Tilly Mill Road/Dunkerrin Lane – On Jan. 19, arrest for obedience to traffic control.

 4400 block of Ashford-

Dunwoody Road – On Jan. 25, report of larceny from building.

 1000 block of Dunbar

 6600

Drive – On Jan. 20, arrest for aggravated assault/ battery.

block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard – On Jan. 26, report of larceny from vehicle.

 2600 block of Peeler Road/Tilly Mill

 First block of Perimeter Center East –

Road – On Jan. 21, arrest for marijuana possession.

On Jan. 26, report of larceny from vehicle.

 Mount Vernon Drive/Vernon Oaks

 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On

Drive – On Jan. 21, arrest for driving while unlicensed.

Jan. 27, report of shoplifting.

 I-285 West/North Peachtree Road –

ARREST  4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Jan. 17, report of larcenyshoplifting and arrest.

19, report of shoplifting.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Jan. 17, report of larcenyshoplifting and arrest made.

 100 Perimeter Center Place – On Jan.

 4700

 100 Perimeter Center Place – On Jan.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Jan. 18, arrest for shoplifting.

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody

On Jan. 25, arrest for driving while unlicensed.  2300 block of Mount Vernon Road/Til-

ly Mill Road – On Jan. 25, arrest for simple battery.  I-285 East/North Peachtree Road – On

Jan. 25, arrest for following too close.

– On Jan. 27, arrest for probation violation. block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Jan. 28, arrest for shoplifting.

OT H E R  1800 block of Walbury Drive – On Jan.

18, report of damage to private property.  4600 block of Peachtree Place Park-

way – On Jan. 25, report of damage to private property.  6800 block of Peachtree Industrial

Boulevard – On Jan. 25, report of damage to private property.  5400 block of Charleston Place – On

Jan. 26, report of harassing communications.  300 block of Perimeter Center North –

On Jan. 27, report of suicide threats.  100 block of Perimeter Center West –

On Jan. 27, report of damage to private property.  4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Jan. 27, report of criminal trespass.

 I-285 West/Chamblee-Dunwoody Road

– On Jan. 27, report of damage to private property.

 100 block of Perimeter Center West –

Dunwoody Police honors employees for outstanding achievement The Dunwoody Police Department recently honored 11 employees for their outstanding service during 2015.

tative Cynthia Gary

Christopher Irwin

Marksman of the Year – Officer Christopher Forman

“We have a great group of dedicated professionals who come to work each and every day and do their very best,” said Chief Billy Grogan in a statement.

Officer of the First Quarter – Officer Mark Stevens

Employee of the Fourth Quarter – Property and Evidence Technician Katherine “KC” Tate

Those honored: Officer of the Year, Officer of the Second Quarter – Officer Nathan Berryman Employee of the Year, Employee of the Third Quarter – Police Service Represen-

Christopher Forman

Cynthia Gary

Employee of the First Quarter – Prisoner Transport Officer Brian Bolden Employee of the Second Quarter – Police Service Representative Kelli Du�fy

Rising Star of the Year – Officer Jared Bradley

Officer of the Third Quarter – Sgt. Harold “Trey” Nelson

Medal of Meritorious Service – Sgt. Robert Parsons

Nathan Berryman

Brian Bolden

Jared Bradley

K.C. Tate

Kelli Duffy

Officer of the Fourth Quarter – Officer

Christopher Irwin

Trey Nelson

Robert Parsons

Mark Stevens

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