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Evan Feinstuch, 9, of Sandy Springs, completes the Chamblee Run and Rotary Roll 5K at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport on April 27. The race, starting and finishing at the airport, took runners through downtown Chamblee. Some event proceeds went to Huntley Hills Elementary School and the North Atlanta Rotary Club. More photos on page 30.

Ashford Park Elementary seeks charter status BY MELISSA WEINMAN

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Historic Brookhaven celebrates traditions BY MELISSA WEINMAN

Ashford Park Elementary School officials have submitted letters of intent to the state and DeKalb County stating that they plan to apply to convert the school into a charter school. Shawn Keefe, co-president of the Ashford Park School Education Foundation, said the letters of intent were submitted May 1. By sending the letters, school officials are declaring they plan to begin drafting a charter, a detailed document that outlines the educational objectives of a school. Charter schools are public schools that are run by a local governing body, giving them more freedom in curriculum than tradi-

When Lisa Martinez agreed to plan Historic Brookhaven’s annual street party, she didn’t realize she’d inherit decades of notes detailing committee assignments and potluck dishes. Where But that’s the kind of neighborhood You Historic Brookhaven is. Live At 103 years old, the community has developed traditions that make something as seemingly mundane as a neighborhood get-together into a well-orchestrated civic affair.





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The two top officers of Brookhaven’s new police force have been sworn in and are working to hire more than 50 officers for the department by summer. Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura and Deputy Police Chief Ron Freeman took their oaths of office at the City Council’s April 23 meeting. The two law enforcement officers, who started working in Brookhaven April 15, have been assembling the new city’s police force, ordering supplies and interviewing officers. Brookhaven is looking to hire more than 50 police officers, including patrol officers, sergeants, lieutenants and detectives. The city is recruiting candidates who are certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, according to a news release. The number of officers the city needs was determined after Yandura reviewed neighborhood boundaries, response times, business licenses and the feasibility study conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government before Brookhaven incorporated, officials said. The city is offering a comprehensive benefits and recruiting package, including a monthly housing stipend for sworn police officers who choose to live in Brookhaven. The package also includes benefits for education assistance and take-home patrol cars, according to the news release. Yandura said he has already interviewed 12 people. He hired a sergeant and public information officer, and a biAce Hardware

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Martinez, president-elect of the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association, said it was the friendliness of the neighborhood that made her fall in love with it even before she moved in six years ago. “I always found myself driving around Historic Brookhaven,” Martinez said. “It was beautiful, all the houses were different. The streets were wide, everybody still waved at each other.” And Martinez said the neighborhood has proven to be a great place to raise her 9-year old twins. “There’s a rebirth of young kids and family and community,” Martinez said. “Everybody knows each other and people walk around and visit.” There are about 900 homes on 46

streets in the Historic Brookhaven neighborhood. The community is split with 2/3 in the city of Atlanta in Fulton County and 1/3 in the new city of Brookhaven in DeKalb County. At the center of the neighborhood is the golf course of the prestigious Capital City Country Club. According to the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association, the community was the first in the state to be designed around a golf course. When it opened in 1912, the Brookhaven Country Club was Atlanta’s second golf course. The Capital City Club purchased the Brookhaven Country Club in 1915 and expanded the course from nine to 18 holes. The Brookhaven Estates Company sold land around the club and, by 1928,

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Briarwood Park is receiving a makeover, with a new playground and pavilion area under construction. Chad Boles, leader of the Friends of Briarwood Park, said these two improvements are part of a long-term revitalization plan for the park. Though Briarwood Park is in the city of Brookhaven, it is still owned by DeKalb County. The county’s Parks and Recreation Department is installing a new playground, which is set to open May 9. “At the new playground, there’s two areas. One area that’s for ages 2 to 8, the second area with larger equipment for ages 8 to 12,” Boles said. The Friends of Briarwood Park are building what they call a “forest patio,” a landscaped pavilion area where the old playground was removed. “It’s got new landscaping and will eventually house a community garden. We’ll have a trail that will run the length of the new landscaped area,” Boles said. “The vision for that area would be eventually we’ll be able to have community events, more outdoor social activities.” Volunteers have been working hard on nights and weekends to get the community garden built in time to plant spring crops. On a recent afternoon, several Drew Valley residents shoveled soil into wheelbarrows to move into the garden area. Greg Trinkle said he enjoys walking his dog on the trails in Briarwood Park

and he wants to give his time to help make the park better for his neighbors. “There’s always been a lot of activism in this area. It’s contagious,” Trinkle said. Rob Turner, who came out to work with his four children, said he wanted to see improvements in the park, but was tired of waiting around for the county government to make them. “This is the American way. You’ve got to do it yourself,” Turner said. “We’re taking the diamond in the rough and we’re polishing it.” Boles said the project is possible thanks to donations and volunteers. “Everything in that project has been donated: time, materials, everything except the water meter. We had to pay DeKalb County for the water meter. But everything else has been donated by local corporations,” Boles said. The Friends of the Park started planning regular work days last May to clean up the park. “It’s been really neat. The community has come out in force and these volunteers are working their guts out. This is hard work,” Boles said. In addition to cleaning up the grounds, Boles said the Friends of Briarwood Park would eventually like to have enough money to upgrade the pool and recreation center at the park. “We’re all very interested in seeing a central area for our kids and families to meet and play together,” Boles said. BK


Let’s have a world class parks and recreation department To the editor: Welcome to the city of Brookhaven. Welcome home! Our future is bright, very bright. The city of Brookhaven will take over several services from DeKalb County. Parks and Recreation is one of those services. It is one of the services many people rally around because of the obvious improvement potential. I had the pleasure and good fortune to work on the Governor’s Commission Committee for Parks and Recreation under the leadership of Kim Gokce, commission co-chair. The Committee included Sue Binkerts, citizen cochair, Terrell Carstens of Clack’s Corner, Wayne Fell of Lynwood Park, Tom Reilly as naturalist, Karen Spitz of Brookhaven Park, Elizabeth Werdesheim of Blackburn Park, Karen Whitehead of Murphy Candler Park Conservancy and me, Chad Boles of Briarwood Park. They and many other volunteers, friends’ groups and dedicated individuals, have specific ideas about the future of a strong city parks and recreation department. The committee’s published report included among its recommendations: • The placement of a parks director with authority over all 11 parks covering approximately 270 acres. An executive search should begin as soon as possible as our timeline requested April 1. • The parks and recreation director should report directly to the city manager. • A parks and recreation master plan should be initiated under the supervision of the new parks director sometime in May of 2013. • We should purchase all the parks from DeKalb County this year. I understand we are on schedule for that transaction in November. • The parks and recreation budget should begin at $1.375 million in its first full year, as recommended by the Carl Vinson Institute. Our 11 parks include two recreation centers, two community centers, three swimming pools, a tennis center, eight playgrounds, 22 picnic shelters, a sports complex and a pocket park. Before you go visit one of these parks you should ask yourself, “Is it open? Is it safe? Is there a bathroom my kids can use?” In many cases the answer is, “probably not.” We are sitting on a huge opportunity that should be exploited. As a financial professional, it was hard for me to justify such a large budget number until we began our weekslong parks audit. The upside potential in our parks created from years of underfunded capital allocations is outstanding. Furthermore, when I analyzed surrounding cities, I discovered a couple of successful examples. The cities of Roswell and Gainesville meet or exceed a parks and recreation budget totaling 15 percent of the overall budget. BK

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There will be, and should be, a lively debate about budget constraints, city priorities and competitive capital allocations. I also understand Roswell and Gainesville have a very good historical head start on us. Even still, here’s hoping the city of Brookhaven increases the parks budget annually to realize our potential to provide world-class parks and recreation to our residents. In 2001 and 2005, DeKalb County issued $230 million in bond debt. In other words, every DeKalb County taxpayer is obligated to repay not only the principal at maturity, but also the interest payments along the way. The money was slated for green space purchases and park improvements. Dividing Brookhaven’s 270 acres of parks by DeKalb County’s 6,000 reveals a $10.35 million obligation to the city of Brookhaven. Collectively, a group of us only came up with $3 million of parks expenditures in Brookhaven over the last 10 years for purchases and improvements. The $7 million surplus would go a long way to improve our parks, bring them up to code, and foster the One DeKalb Works initiative before the transfer takes place this year. Maybe our county commissioners could make that happen. The newly-created Brookhaven Development Authority and the City Council rightly strive to incentivize economic growth through a larger, more profitable tax base. The parks and recreation department plays a vital role in that endeavor. The state of our parks can enhance our competitive advantage with families and corporations on the move. Imagine anterooms inside recreation centers transformed into wi-fi hotspots, additions of large, botanical gardens on once shuttered, old growth forests or competitive swim teams where none preexisted. Now that you’ve imagined that, imagine the revenue potential from city of Brookhaven parks. The parks and recreation department should have a goal of generating 30 percent of its budget requirement through activities, programs and memberships. To Mayor J. Max Davis and the members of the Brookhaven City Council, you have a thankless job. Currently, you’re doing great. Thank you. To the dedicated volunteers out there, it’s your city. Embrace it. If you see an area that deserves attention, give it some. And this week, visit a park. Chad Boles Chad Boles is president of the Friends of Briarwood Park.

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Using social media was key in Boston Marathon bombing During the recent terrorist attack in Boston, I was following the developments with concern as they unfolded on live television, as was most of America. The questions and the eventual hunt for those responsible dominated the 24/7 news cycle of the major cable news channels. Unfortunately, much of the information being pushed out was conjecture and speculation, sprinkled with outright untruths and false information. In addition, there seemed to be information overload. Fortunately, the Boston Police Department utilizes social media to communicate with its citizens. In this case, the department’s Twitter channel became the go-to source for accuBILLY rate and timely information. GROGAN Law enforcement began using social media several years ago, and today that use has skyrocketed. Agencies, both large and GUEST COLUMN small, recognize the value of using social media to communicate with its citizens, promote their department, create a twoway dialogue, bypass the media filter, and disseminate timely information in the event of a real-time crisis. Of course, most of the information disseminated by police agencies about real-time events is not as critical as the Boston bombing, nor do the routine events garner such national attention. Nonetheless, the information about these local events is still of value to the community. The Dunwoody Police Department began using social media the day we began operations as a police department on April 1, 2009. Since that first day, our use of social media has expanded, and our engagement with the community using social media has increased tremendously. On a daily basis, we push out information about real-time events such as traffic accidents, road closures, suspects we may be searching for and other information which may affect our community or where the community could assist our department. Currently, the Dunwoody Police Department is a leader in a police department’s use of social media. We have 2,700 likes on Facebook, 74 subscribers on YouTube and 4,634 followers on Twitter. We also use the social media platform “Interactive Defense” to connect about 1,800 citizens within our neighborhoods. In the Boston bombing case, the Boston Police Department, through their Twitter account @Boston_Police, provided timely updates throughout the developing investigation and manhunt after the bombing. Two posts on Twitter stand out as excellent. The first was after CNN and other news channels erroneously reported the arrest of a suspect. A tweet from the Boston Police read as follows: “Despite reports to the contrary, there has not been an arrest in the marathon attack.” The second post was made during the intensive manhunt. The media was everywhere filming the police, and the following tweet was sent by the Boston Police: “#MediaAlert: WARNING: Do not compromise officer safety by broadcasting tactical positions of homes being searched.” This tweet was re-tweeted over 20,000 times. The Boston Police Department’s Twitter followers increased from about 40,000 to over 317,000 during this crisis. Of course, this was not the first incident where social media was used by law enforcement in a crisis of great magnitude. In 2010, the Vancouver Police Department created a Facebook page to help identify suspects in the Olympic riot. And in 2011, the same department created a blog to help identify the Stanley Cup rioters. However, the media coverage and scrutiny of these incidents paled in comparison to the Boston bombing. Fortunately, events such as the Boston Marathon bombing are extremely rare. Unfortunately, the thirst for information exhibited by both the media and the public is far too common. In cases like this, where real-time events are unfolding and information may be needed by investigators or safety alerts may need to be provided, the police departments involved are your best and most accurate source of information. The police departments do their level best not to disseminate information unless they know it is accurate. In addition, they try to avoid alarming citizens unnecessarily. The @Boston_Police department, @FBIBoston and the @MassStatePolice all used social media, particularly Twitter, to inform, solicit information, and to correct false and misleading information. In fact, the Boston Police Department continues to provide information in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. The department recently tweeted information for those who left their personal property behind when they fled the area of the bombing on how to retrieve their items. Billy Grogan is chief of police for the city of Dunwoody.



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For men only, a garden club grows in Buckhead Allen Ferrell grew up on a ranch in Colorado, so he knew his way around backyard vegetable and flower gardens. But after he settled in Georgia back in 2004, he found that when it came to plants, some things had changed. “Coming from Colorado, the climate is so different,” the 72-year-old Ferrell said. “I found out [that in Georgia], some things you have to take a machete to.” Like crepe myrtles, those colorful trees that seem to sprout everywhere and that some local gardeners prune nearly to stumps every spring. Or consider the difference, he said, in growing impatiens. He’d always liked rais-

plains that his vegetable garden sometimes sprawls into her flower garden. Bryan, who says he learned gardening when he was growAround ing up in TifTown ton in south Georgia, now JOE EARLE grows tomatoes, squash, eggplants, lots of varieties of peppers and lettuce. He harvests so much that his children kid him that he’s a truck farmer. “My two children, who are now grown, learned to count change by running a vegetable stand in the front yard,” he said. “I would make them [spend half the proceeds to] take us out to dinner. We always went to Wendy’s or BurgJoe Earle er King.” Allen Ferell, left, president of the The Bryans dropped by the Buckhead Men’s Garden Club, discusses men’s club greenhouse on this plants with member Cal Crutchfield. Saturday morning to see what sort of plants the club was ofing the colorful little flowers. When he fering during one of its periodic fundlived in Denver, he had to nurture them, raising sales. Members who garden at replant them every year, fuss over them. the greenhouse must turn over half their Here? They jump out of the ground. crop to the club. Some vegetables are “Here, they grow three times the height,” shared to be eaten. Other plants – behe said. “We were amazed at the beds of gonias, azaleas – are sold to raise monimpatiens we had.” ey to pay club bills. Anne Bryan bought Ferrell lives in a Buckhead condoa begonia. minium now, so he does much of his As he waited for customers to arrive, gardening through the Buckhead Men’s Cal Crutchfield, who’s 64 and works at Garden Club, a 53-year-old organiClayton State University, nibbled on zation that claims 35 members and is dried collard leaves. based at a greenhouse tucked away on He’d grown the greens in a small the property of the Atlanta History Cenplot next to the greenhouse and cooked ter. Ferrell, president of the club, said them to roughly the consistency of pothat back in the 1970s, the group had as tato chips. He grows various greens, cabmany as 140 members. He thinks membages, lettuce and others. “I grow sorbership has fallen off because people just rel,” he said. “I like to make sorrel and don’t have as much time to garden as arugula salads because you get the salt they used to. and pepper taste from the plants.” The club has one distinctive feature. He used to have trouble growing “As far as we know, we are the only men’s vegetables at home, he said, because garden club in Georgia,” he said. “Garden his house faces south and his backyard clubs tend to be 95 percent women.” gets too little sun. Now he’s trying some So why did a men-only garden club raised beds in his sunny front yard, he sprout in Buckhead? “I honestly don’t said. Still, his cabbages and sorrel are know what caused a group of men to growing alongside the little greenhouse band together, other than an interest in that operates within sight of Buckhead’s gardening,” Ferrell said one recent sunhigh rises. And he enjoys the club’s ny Saturday morning as he sat among meetings, where programs range from the Knock Out roses, asparagus and otha talk on lichens to descriptions of garer plants club members were growing at dens that have been established anythe greenhouse. He thought a minute where from South Carolina to England. more. “And they probably had very little “It’s a good way to get out of the space to propagate plants.” house,” Crutchfield said. “We just have Not that members don’t garden at a lot of fun and a lot of camaraderie. A home. Member Wheeler Bryan certainlot of us are older and need to do somely does. He’s been tending a patch in the thing different.” backyard of his Buckhead home for 25And, of course, find a place in the plus years, he said. His wife, Anne, comcity to tend to their cabbage crop.

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Sophia Academy names new trustees Sophia Academy has named four trustees to its board. They are: Anno Hardage, chief development and marketing officer with Catholic Charities Atlanta, who will help the school’s transition to a CathP eo p l e olic school; Mary Ford, vice president of Send news and announcements sales and marketing at CBeyond; Matt about people in our communities to Lipscomb, senior vice president of ford Advisers; and George Grimes, a retired management consultant.

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Two local sculptors see their work in very different ways Sandy Springs artist wants viewers to think about lost American roots Stories By Martha Nodar Sandy Springs sculptor man said he learned from his Steve Steinman says the works previous generations to value in his “Broken Circles” exhibthings and to fix things rathit are intended to make Amerer than throw them away. He icans think. feels that back then a sense of Steinman believes that continuity flowed from one wasting natural resources, degeneration to the next. That, parting from manufactursymbolically, kept the circle ing goods, and not placing intact. Now, he says, those enough emphasis on human circles are broken. relations contribute to what His parents collected art he sees as the loss of Amerifrom around the world. His can pride. father, a World War II veter“We have lost our roots as an, also collected tools. SteinSteve Steinman Americans,” he said. man makes art from broken Now retired from acaobjects that find a home in demia, Steinman, 65, said he learned his studio. about art early in life and his love for “Steve is trying to tell us through his sculpture evolved naturally through the art work that we have become a careless years. But, it is his social consciousness society discarding our treasures,” said Suthat underpins his current show at the san West. “He sees things with the eye Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery in Buckof an artist and wants to raise our awarehead. ness.” “I was raised by parents who grew up Carl Smith, an art teacher in Buckhead during the Depression, a time when peofamiliar with Steinman’s work, said “Jewple did not throw things away,” he said. els of the Urban Jungle,” one of the piec“We also knew our neighbors.” es in the exhibit, is made from industrial Growing up in a small town, Steinartifacts that have been reshaped and jux-

What: Broken Circles exhibit Where: Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery 199 Armour Drive When: through May 11 Admission: Free

taposed. “I am under the impression Steve might have used iron in particular in this composition to perhaps symbolize the shift from a strong manufacturing nation we once were to a country more interested in distributing,” he said. “I believe this piece may reflect Steve’s concern about our changing position in the world.” Smith stresses that in his view, the circle, which has become Steinman’s signature, is very important because it symbolizes continuity, and the juxtaposed pieces illustrate a break in that continuity. Steinman emphasized that the modern tendency to throw things away rather than repair them has contributed to a disruption in continuity. So has the incli-

Jewels of the Urban Jungle by Steve Steinman

nation to let technology interfere with human contact. “Technology has put us a step back,” he said. “People don’t talk face-to-face anymore. It is easier to stay in the shadows. “I see some subtle signs of us trying to come back full circle and recover our American pride, but not nearly enough. We need to re-examine our choices and build on that.”

Buckhead sculptor designs his pieces to capture ‘elegance of sensuality’ Buckhead sculptor Robert Kelly works business in graphic design, Kelly said he to simplify forms so viewers of his work began to immerse himself in sculpture can decide what speaks to them. But he as a hobby about seven years ago at the admits the shapes that speak suggestion of his wife most directly to him ofof 33 years, Mary Kay, ten are based on the female who thought the medibody. He says his goal is to um would be a good fit produce abstract works fofor him. cused on elegance. Kelly said he tries to “Women are very sensucombine the smoothal,” Kelly said. “I strive to ness he admires in Conbring that elegance of sensustantin Brancusi with ality to the viewer.” the simplicity found in The 69-year-old sculptor Henry Moore’s work— says he tries “to celebrate the both European sculpgrace of the female body and tors of the 20th cenleave the rest to the viewer’s tury—and create a imagination.” contemporary version. Robert Kelly Kelly and fellow memAmong the pieces bers of the Buckhead-based in the exhibit are “LiAtlanta Artist Center present “The Eighth la-Master,” and “Rachel-New Master,” AAC Multi-Artist, Mixed Media Exhibit two abstract sculptures of female figures at the Buckhead Library.” The show runs “that invite personal interpretations,” said through May 31, with a reception that is AAC member Judith Schonbak. open to the public on May 11. Some of Kelly’s colleagues and othIn addition to sculptures, the exhiber viewers who have recently become acit includes paintings, collage, photograquainted with his work also offer their phy, and jewelry, said Cheryl D’Amato, own interpretations of these two sculpthe AAC volunteer coordinator of art extures. hibits at the Buckhead Library. “I was drawn to ‘Rachel’,” Mike AsFor nearly six decades, AAC, a nonbury said. “I perceive her as evocative of profit organization, has focused on proan older era, such as the ‘Roaring Twenmoting the artistic development of its ties.’ Her hair reminds me of the flappers. members through workshops, seminars, She looks as though she may be resting exhibits and lectures. for a moment in deep introspection beNow retired from having his own fore joining others in the fun and frivol-

LILA-MASTER by Robert Kelly

ity associated with that period.” What: The Eighth AAC Multi-Artist “For me, ‘Lila’ has Mixed Media Exhibit at the Buckhead Library a spirit of self-assuredness in her womanWhere: Buckhead Branch Public Library hood, and ‘Rachel’s’ es269 Buckhead Ave. sence is serenity and When: Through May 31 peace,” Schonbak said. “I see both figures as Reception: Open to the public Sat., May 11, thinly and beautifulin the library’s Community Room, 3-5 p.m. ly veiled. The veil adds Admission: Free mystery and entices the viewer to stop and respond.” Atlanta artist David to be celebrating the ‘goddess’ in every Swann saw something else. “Kelly seems woman,” he said. | May 3 – May 16, 2013 | 15

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Stand Up for the Hooch Race & Festival gets under way. Family-friendly event gets people paddling on the Chattahoochee River. Race consists of a threemile beginner and six-mile elite course. Other activities include: paddle board demo, paddle stroke tutorial and a yoga demonstration. First race begins at 9:30 a.m. $48 (includes lunch.) Free children’s race. Rent paddleboards and register at: Morgan Falls Overlook Park, 200 Morgan Falls Rd., Sandy Springs, 30350. Call 770-730-5600 or go to: standup for additional details.

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Springs continues with its “Turtle Tours” educational series for children ages 2-5 in the museum. This month, museum mascots “Sandy” and “Spring” entertain in “Learn to Help.” Free; donations encouraged. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, visit:, call: 404-851-9111 or email:

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of the Brookhaven Library host a book sale. First hours reserved for Friends members only; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the sale is open to the public. Event continues Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission and open to everyone. Park in the back and enter at the lower level. Brookhaven Branch Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-848-7140 with questions.

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view for Friends of the Dunwoody Library, during their book sale. Browse 25,000 current hardback novels, paperbacks, children’s books, videos, CDs, DVDs, records, magazines, puzzles and collectibles. Most priced $.25 to $2. Silent auction features unique, hard-to-find items. Proceeds benefit the library and the county system. Free admission. Sale open to the public Thursday, 4-8 p.m., and continues Friday and Saturday, May 17-18, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday, May 20 is Bag Day, fill a large sack for $6, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-512-4640 for details.

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which runs around Perimeter Mall. Runners receive a complimentary slice of pizza and Coca-Cola products after the race. T-shirts, swag bag. Overall male and female winners get iPad Mini. Post-race party includes music and activities for families. Hot wing eating contest for the first 100 (runners) signups. 5K: $25; 5K + wing eating contest, $25; after May 4, $30. Proceeds benefit Camp Southern Ground. Northeast corner of Perimeter Mall parking lot, 90 Perimeter Center West, Dunwoody, 30346. For more information and to register, visit:

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tional “Kids to Parks Day” encourages residents to use local parks and recreation sites to develop more active, healthy lifestyles. Event features games, field day activities, races, inflatables, water slides, balloon artist, face painting, entertainment, raffles and more! No admission fee. Hammond Park, 705 Hammond Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more details, call: 770-730-5600 or visit: and click on the Community Calendar.

Community Assistance Center’s first Food `n Fun Festival! Outdoor, family event features activities and games for all. Participate in the Hunger Awareness Walk, shopping cart decoration contest and parade, and food drive contest. Hunger Awareness Walk open to teams, families and individuals. Register to walk online: $20, adults; $10, ages 12-18; under 12, free. Registered adults get t-shirt; kids get Frisbees. Includes entrance to festival. Non-walker festival admission fee is a bag of groceries or $5 per person. Proceeds benefit the CAC. Morgan Falls Athletic Complex, 450 Morgan Falls Rd., Sandy Springs, 30350. To learn more, go to: www.

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something for everyone as 175 artists representing all disciplines sell and exhibit their creations at the twoday Buckhead Arts & Crafts Festival. The fourth annual event features live acoustic music, a professional children’s area and local foods and beverages. Free admission. Pets welcome. Continues Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 4469 Stella Dr., NW, Atlanta, 30327 (Chastain Park). To learn more, call: 404873-1222, email: info@¬affps.¬com or go to: www.

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Preserve Memories Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. – Share and preserve your Asian-Pacific experiences with StoryCorps. Interviews are a 40-minute conversation between two friends, family members or coworkers. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Free and open to the public. For adults. To register, call 770-512-4640 or visit the Dunwoody Branch Library to reserve your recording time. Participants will also learn how to preserve family stories, photos and documents. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

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PET REPORTER Grieving pet owners find comfort, support after loss BY J.D. MOOR Editor’s note: Brookhaven writer J.D. Moor attended Georgia Veterinary Specialists’ pet loss support group after his cat, Jem, died last December. For many of us, our pets are like family. They provide constant companionship, unconditional love and joy. I was my cat’s caregiver for years. He needed two insulin shots and two other medications each day. He was nearly 20 years old when his kidneys shut down. Suddenly, caregiving meant the emotional whiplash of choosing euthanasia instead of sustaining his life. Novelist Carol Anshaw once wrote that “taking on a pet is a contract with sorrow.” With Jem’s final illness, my own contract with sorrow had come to fruition. Luckily, I found a place to talk. Retired psychologist Robin Chisolm-Seymour leads a pet loss support group at Georgia Veterinary Specialists in Sandy Springs. “Painful memories, including ones of guilt, will slowly turn to recognizing the gifts that Jem gave you, both in life and in death,” she said. Her own cat’s death offered such a gift in disguise. Chisolm-Seymour was in the GVS waiting area, while seeking care for her ailing cat, Ming. By chance, she met the clinic’s marketing manager, Kim DeMeza. “I discovered that Robin had a passion for helping people and pets. We started the conversation about a group that day and, after several months including much research as well as Ming’s passing, we had a plan that we felt was kismet,” DeMeza said. Since 2008, some 170 people have attended the 90-minute meetings. The gatherings are held every week on Wednesday evenings; they are free and anyone can attend multiple times.

For optimal comfort and discussion, the group usually numbers four to six people. Aleida Oehlke of Buckhead had two bichons and a cat die within nine months of one another. “My heart will never be the same with them gone,” she said. “Robin’s words taught me skills to cope. She has the heart to understand how deep the pain is with each loss.” Other participants say the group discussions helped them, too. Chip Little of Brookhaven lost his beagle, Charlotte, when she was 16. “Robin recommended the book, ‘The Loss of a Pet’, …and we cried a lot,” he said. Four months later, he adopted a rescue beagle. “We named him Charlie in Charlotte’s honor,” he said. Darla Yamaato’s dog, LeiLei, died of pneumonia when she was only nine months old. “It felt like the life had been sucked right out of me,” the Sandy Springs woman said. “It helped me to hear how some other members (of the group) were working through their grief.” Nahum Nicholas fosters many cats until they are adopted. When two of her own elderly cats died six months apart, she sought out the group. “It helps just to have a place where I can talk about my pets and spend time thinking of them, since other people in my life may not welcome my need to grieve them, especially after the first few days or weeks after their passing,” Nicholas said. Many group members learn to channel their grief in positive ways. Some people write journals filled with warm memories. Others create memorials on Facebook, plant a tree or erect a birdhouse. And some do volunteer work with shelters and trap-neuter/spay-return pro-


Retired psychologist and support group facilitator Robin ChisolmSeymour, right, talks with Tiffany Stewart, center, and others who have lost their pets, during a session at Georgia Veterinary Specialists.

grams. Group facilitator Chisolm-Seymour acknowledged the degree of pain reflects how much love was felt for the pet, but the group’s magic is in commiseration. “The most rewarding thing to see is not only how each person begins the journey toward healing,” she said, “but also how many are able to reach out to help the others.” GVS isn’t the only place offering grieving pet owners a place to face their losses. There are a number of pet bereavement groups available online and in person. -A pet loss support group meets at the crematory facilities of Deceased Pet Care in Chamblee. These sessions began in 2012 and are led by Counselor Jennifer Wilmoth, a licensed associate marriage and family therapist. They meet for 60 minutes, but only once a month on the first Tuesday. This group also is open to the

public and free. “The group is a great place for people to learn about the grieving process in a supportive environment after the loss of their beloved family pet,” Wilmoth said. For more information, call 770-457-7659 or visit -The Paws, Whiskers and Wags pet crematory offers an in-person 90-minute session the first Tuesday of each month. Free and open to the public, the meetings are held in Decatur. For more information, call 404-370-6000 or visit www. -The ASPCA website has help on various pet loss issues, including a hotline. Visit or call 877-474-3310. -The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement has a wide range of online services. Visit For more information, call 770-6423665 or visit

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PET REPORTER Vets share tips for giving pets medicine BY DAN WHISENHUNT

While humans may have made significant gains in bridging the man-pet communication barrier, we’re not there yet, especially when it comes to medicine. It would be helpful if we could somehow explain to our pets that the medicinal pills we’re trying to give them will help them. But until a universal translator for animal language is complete, vets say there are a few tricks that will help the medicine go down smoothly in the meantime. Unfortunately for cat owners, getting cats to take medicine means a little more finesse. Cats often are wise to whatever their owners are plotting, local veterinarians say. One option of last resort is a pill popper, a device that looks like a syringe with a plunger on the end. But good luck with that. “Sometimes the cats will see you coming with that and take off in the other direction,” said Dr. Zak Vrono with Vernon Woods Animal Hospital in Sandy Springs. Dogs, on the other hand, tend to be a little more accepting of the various methods of tricking them into taking medications. A pill disguised in a treat called a “pill pocket” usually does the trick. “Dogs are more hunger-driven, and we usually don’t have a lot of problems with dogs,” said Dr. Eric Mueller at Dunwoody Animal Hospital. “Cats tend to not like their face and mouth touched, it can be a lot harder, especially with clients who did not have to medicate cats before.” Dr. Edward Wier at Lawrence Animal Hospital in Brookhaven said there’s also a biological reason dogs are more receptive to taking medicine. “Cats, unlike dogs, don’t have control of their

esophagus,” Wier said, meaning that the person administering the pill has to trigger the cat’s involuntary swallowing reflex. In some cases dogs can be finicky too, the veterinarians say. Mueller said he usually avoids wrapping up the pills in tempting snacks. Sometimes the disguises – like peanut butter or cheese – carry additional fat that isn’t good for the animal. Mueller said he usually gives his dog, Bubba, his pill by hand. “My own dog has a food allergy, so I can’t pill him with any type of food or treat. I pill him directly, sticking it on the base of his tongue,” Mueller said. In some cases the pill can be sprinkled over food or given in a liquid form that will be easier for the pets to digest. Veterinarians said customers with problematic pets should ask vets if there’s an easier remedy. For cats that have to take pills, the options are somewhat limited. There’s the pill popper, of course. Wier said one method he’s heard of is putting the pill in a bit of butter, freezing it and then giving it to the cat afterward. Wier prefers a more direct approach. The trick, Wier says, is to make sure the cat is looking straight up at the ceiling when administering medication. Wier said owners of house cats can generally put their hands behind the back of their cat’s head and rotate their head so it is pointed straight at the ceiling. Wier said it’s easier to get a pill inside a cat’s mouth in this position. “If you look at the back of the cat’s mouth, the tongue forms a triangle,” Wier said. “If you hit the triangle there’s an involuntary reflex” and the cat swallows the pill.


Dr. Eric Mueller, an associate veterinarian at Dunwoody Animal Hospital, demonstrates how he gives his dog “Bubba” a pill.

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What a big claw you have Kids of all ages went wild over Congregation B’nai Torah Preschool’s Truck Day on April 24 in Sandy Springs. More than a dozen vehicles were on hand for youngsters to explore, including a fire truck, K-9 van, HERO truck, mail truck, Atlanta Gas Light digger and an ice cream truck. Special

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From left, Tres Carpenter, Joe Cronk, Darwin Womack, Mary Womack and Christy Roberts welcome Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook, back row right, as the 50th member of the Founders Club, which raises funds for Little Nancy Creek Park. The now-completed campaign, with Shook’s help, brought in over $125,000 of the more than $500,000 already slated for Buckhead’s newest park.


Garden Week From left, Mary Millar, president of the Spalding Garden Club, Richard Huber, Zack Brown, Lonnie Yaeger and Spalding Garden Club member Marie Crean brighten up the DeKalb County Fire Station in Dunwoody on April 23, by delivering cookies and flowers. The club was celebrating Garden Week in Georgia.



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Metal masters Right, Dunwoody High School students Cender Osorio, left, and Jeremy Teissler ready themselves for some intense competition at the 2013 VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, Calif. The team faced off against 15,000 participants from around the world, and also went up against teams from closer to home. Below right, Chamblee Charter High School students, from left, Chad Weeks, Colin Lyman and Sams Khan also made the trip out west.

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Date: May 24 Time: 5:30 p.m. Place: North DeKalb Stadium, 3688 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Featured speakers: Valedictorians

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Date: May 23 Time: 7:30 p.m. Place: Adams Stadium, 2415 N. Druid Hills Road For more information: www.dekalb.

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Date: May 23 Time: 6 p.m. Place: North DeKalb Stadium, 3688 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Featured speakers: Valedictorian and salutatorian For more information: www.dekalb.

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Date: May 18 Time: 10 a.m. Place: Main gym, 805 Mount Vernon Highway, NW Featured speaker: HIES Headmaster Eugene Bratek For more information: www.hies. org

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Lovett School

Date: May 19 Time: 4 p.m. Place: Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road, NW Featured speaker: The Right Rev. Robert C. Wright, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta For more information: www.lovett. org

Marist School

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North Atlanta High

Date: May 22 Time: 8 p.m. Place: The Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Avenue, NE For more information:

North Springs Charter High

Date: May 23 Time: 2:30 p.m. Place: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway Featured speakers: Top 10 graduates from class of 2013 For more information: or email: hastingsl@

Pace Academy

Date: May 18 Time: 4 p.m. Place: Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road, NW Featured speaker: Former U.N. Ambassador and Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young For more information: www.

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 Amber Abernathy  Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, junior Amber Abernathy felt the issue of gun violence personally. Her 20-year-old cousin died last year after he was shot during an argument at a Clayton County apartment complex. “I, personally, have lost family members to gun violence, and I’ve seen how that can impact not just the victim’s life, but the life of everyone involved, including the families,” Amber said. Amber was motivated to make a difference. She thought other teens needed to better understand the effects of violence to be able to see options to get away from it. “I feel like it’s time to take a stand and be the person I’m called to be,” she said. “Not just for me but to help other people.” So, last November, she put together a seminar to teach students at Woodland Middle School in East Point about gun violence. About 60 students attended the program, titled “All Teens Against Violence.” Amber brought in a policeman from East Point as a guest speaker to discuss the effects of violence and ways to avoid it. At the end of the seminar, Amber distributed goodie bags that included “All Teens Against Violence” wristbands. “I wanted the students to always have a constant reminder to have self worth and to help stop violence,” Amber said. Amber’s seminar won national attention. She won the Girl Talk organization’s national Julie Foudy Sports Leadership Academy’s “Choose to Matter” contest. Girl Talk, a student mentoring program intended to help girls build selfesteem and leadership abilities and recognize the value of community service, plays a large part of Amber’s life. She has been a Girl Talk leader for almost three years and is currently on the

group’s national teen advisory board. She helps raise funds for Girl Talk so that the program remains without charge for its leaders and members. One of her favorite parts of Girl Talk, she said, is being able to inspire middle school girls as well as watching the program help young girls blossom. “I love how they inspire me,” Amber said. Amber also helps come up with fun ideas to help Girl Talk expand, and was recently elected treasurer for the National Teen Advisory Board of Girl Talk. Hannah Onley, a friend of Amber’s who also is a leader at Girl Talk, calls Amber “one of the most enthusiastic Girl Talk leaders I have ever met.” “She has such a kind heart and always has a smile on her face,” Hannah said. Although Amber’s nonviolence program began with gun violence, she doesn’t just want to focus only on that. She hopes to expand her program to bring awareness to all violence issues including emotional, physical and mental violence. “I hope to expand my program nationally,” she said. “I think it is too important of a topic to ignore.”

What’s Next: Amber hopes to attend college in Washington, D.C. She plans to study international business relations or public policy. She also hopes to continue to spread her nonviolence program. This article was reported and written by Sierra Middleton, who is a student at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.

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EDUCATION Student Profile:  Joseph Seta  Senior, Holy Spirit Preparatory School Joseph Seta plays defense on his school soccer team and also runs cross country to stay in shape. However, Joseph is not simply defined as an athletic high school student. He has committed himself to hundreds of hours of community service at the Chastain Horse Park. At the horse park, he helps children with physical and mental disabilities ride horses to help them improve their balance, coordination, muscle strength and flexibility. By improving these areas, Joseph is able to give the children selfconfidence. “This is my favorite community service activity because I can help children and also work with animals at the same time,” Joseph said. “It is a very close-knit family here. I love working with the kids and seeing their excitement when they ride the horses.” He has worked at the horse park since his freshman year at Holy Spirit Preparatory School, but started getting significantly involved at the beginning of his sophomore year. Along with the countless hours of service at the horse park, Joseph has also worked at Canine Rescue, Zoo Atlanta, and volunteered at the Barrow County Humane Society. Donna Peterson, the volunteer coordinator of the Therapeutic Riding Program, said, “Joseph has made significant contributions to Chastain Horse Park over the last few years. He is well liked by the children that he works with, the other volunteers, and the instructors.” He also works at the Gwinnett Animal Hospital as part of the kennel team. “It’s been a great experience because that’s what I want to do and I really enjoy it,” Joseph said. “We take care of boarding cats and dogs. We take them to the restroom and on walks. We do the

maintenance to keep the hospital clean and going.” Joseph has also been in the Atlanta Boy Choir since age 11. He now performs with the Men’s Ensemble, which is the choir’s alumni group. He has had the opportunity to travel to Russia, the Ukraine, Austria, the Czech Republic, the western United States, Alaska and Italy. He also performed at the Vatican and a community near his father’s home town in Italy. This summer, he will be traveling with the choir to Nova Scotia. “The boy choir is a great place to grow up. We’re a group of boys and men from very different backgrounds who have formed a close friendship through our common appreciation of music,” Seta said. Joseph says he hopes to continue singing with the choir and working at the horse park while he attends college at the University of Georgia next year. “It’s not too far to drive back to Chastain Horse Park,” he said.”

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“We believe if we can take some of that decision making ability and control back to a local level, we can provide students with a better environment for learning.” – SHAWN KEEFE CO-PRESIDENT, ASHFORD PARK SCHOOL EDUCATION FOUNDATION

There are different types of charter schools, members of the panel said. Conversion charters are traditional schools that have received approval for a charter, a detailed document outlining objectives. An independent charter school is a new charter school that often has more independence from the state and local school district. Glenn Delk, a Buckhead attorney and charter school advocate, said independent charters typically have more flexibility than conversion charters. “Most conversion charters don’t have nearly the autonomy they need,” Delk said. Rich Thompson, a charter school advocate who founded the organization 100 Dads, said though there are different models, he pushed Ashford Park parents to demand as much control as possible over their school.

“It really doesn’t matter which one you choose. I want to make sure at the end of the day, parents have the final say-so,” Thompson said. Beverly Moon, a Chamblee Charter High School parent, encouraged the Ashford Park group to consider a focus on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. Ashford Park Elementary feeds into Chamblee Charter High School, which has a charter that emphasizes STEM courses. “We have a great opportunity to become a cluster of STEM-certified schools,” Moon said. Also in attendance at the meeting was Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven. He told the group he supports their charter application. “Ashford Park, I think, is an outstanding candidate for a charter conversion school,” Jacobs said.

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How does ‘charter cluster’ of schools work? Charter schools, individual public schools operated by local groups, have existed in Georgia for years, but a “charter cluster” -- made up of all the schools clustered around a particular high school -- is a relatively new concept in the state. The charter cluster idea is proving popular in DeKalb County. Proposals for charter clusters have been discussed by parents of students in several areas of the county, including Dunwoody and Brookhaven. Allegra Johnson chairs the Dunwoody Parents Concerned About Quality Education, a new volunteer group working to improve Dunwoody’s schools. The organization is supporting legislative efforts to create a separate city school system in Dunwoody, and community efforts to create a charter cluster of the schools in the city. The Brookhaven Reporter asked her to help explain how a charter cluster might work.


How would a “charter school cluster” work and what would be the advantage of creating one ?


A high school charter cluster -a seamless K-12, top-down high school cluster with a middle school and elementary school following in line – brings a feeder pattern together to improve the overall education of a student starting in elementary school, continuing to middle school, and ultimately receiving a high school diploma. It specifies the goals of each school in that specific feeder pattern. The objective is the same – graduate from an outstanding high school –which only becomes that way if students are properly prepared before they get there. The advantage would be that it is the same conversation we need to have if we become our own school system.


How would a “charter cluster” be different from an individual charter school or a group of charter schools in the same city?


Instead of acting individually and only concentrating on one school, we come together and concentrate on all students being properly educated at every level – elementary, middle and high school.


Several schools in north DeKalb County already are charter schools. What would being part of a charter cluster mean for existing charter schools?


Pieces of their petitions would become part of the cluster petition. A conversion charter cluster is not asking any school to give up what they have; instead, it is a process of improving a system that may already be in existence, but also acknowledging that there are some processes that need to be reworked and some innovative programs in existence that may be beneficial to certain students in the feeder pattern.

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Wouldn’t the schools in a “charter cluster” be financed through the DeKalb County school system? So, couldn’t schools in the cluster still face conflicts with the district over teacher pay and other financial issues?


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May 3 – May 16, 2013 |


Brookhaven to take control of stormwater system The city of Brookhaven intends to take over management of its stormwater system from DeKalb County. Public Works Director Richard Meehan said the city will likely need to increase the $48 annual flat rate per house the county charges for residential properties. The rate is barely enough to keep up with maintenance costs, he said. “With the needs we’re going to have for pipe replacement … and structure maintenance, we don’t think $48 is going to be enough,” Meehan said. Meehan said DeKalb is considering raising its stormwater fees to $60 per year. Dunwoody charges a stormwater fee of $69 per year. Meehan said DeKalb County has already conducted an inventory of the storm water system in Brookhaven, which will be a significant savings for the city, Meehan said. “DeKalb has already done the inventory work for us,” Meehan said. “Dunwoody didn’t have that inventory and they had to spend money from their stormwater fund their first three years to get that inventory.” Brookhaven will begin billing residents for storm water services this year.

Brookhaven reviewing overlay district Brookhaven Community Development Director Susan Canon said she has received many comments from the public on the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District as she reviews the zoning document. She said she recommends making several small changes to the district, which controls development along the Peachtree Road corridor near the Brookhaven MARTA station. “When you look at the BrookhavenPeachtree Overlay, if you take sentenc-


es out of context, it can lead you down the wrong path,” Canon said. City Manager Marie Garrett said this technical review, which is taking place over a 90-day period, is only for the clarity of the document. She said more public discussion on the overlay district will happen during future planning meetings. “Taking a more indepth view will be part of the comprehensive plan,” Garrett said.

Pink Pony attorney threatens lawsuit At the City Council’s April 23 meeting, Pink Pony lawyer Alan Begner asked the council to reconsider allowing the club to continue serving alcohol. Begner asked the council to allow the Pink Pony to continue operating under its current agreement with DeKalb County. He said Brookhaven’s recently passed ordinance that bans nude dancing and the sale of alcohol could be applied only to new businesses. “You don’t have any citizens that I can see that really care about whether the Pink Pony is put out of business,” Begner said. “It’s in extreme south Brookhaven. It’s off a main street. It’s not near any sensitive uses. “I urge you as a city council to grandfather us in, and the citizens will appreciate that you don’t spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to defend a lawsuit that is almost ready to file and the possibility of millions of dollars of damages that would occur if you move to destroy our business and fail.”

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Police Blotter From police reports dated through April 25. The following information was pulled from DeKalb County Police Department’s Crimetrac system (www.crimemapping. com/map/ga/dekalbcounty) for the zip code 30319 and the lower Buford Highway corridor. The information on the website is presumed accurate.

BURGLA RY  3900 block of Peachtree Road – A commercial burglary, using forced entry, was reported on April 12.  3700 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – A residential burglary, using forced entry, was reported on April 16.  3700 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – A residential burglary, us-

–A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on April 16.  2900 block of Crosswycke Forest Circle –A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on April 16.  1800 block of Dresden Drive –A larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on April 18.  4000 block of Peachtree Road – Entering an auto was reported on April 18.

2700 block of S. Bamby Lane –A larceny of articles from a

ing forced entry, was reported on April 16.

vehicle was reported on April 20.

 1600 block of Tryon Road – A residential burglary, using forced entry, was reported on April 22.

AU TO THEFT  4000 block of Peachtree Road – Theft of an auto was reported on April 21.

THEF T  3600 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Theft by taking was reported on April 17.  3300 block of Osborne Road – Theft by taking was reported on April 25.

 3600 block of Ashford Dunwoody Road – Terroristic threats/intimidations was reported on April 15.

a vehicle was reported on April 21. 

2300 block of Drew Valley Road

–An attempted larceny of articles from a vehicle was reported on April 22.

 4000 block of Peachtree Road – Entering an auto was re-

ported on April 22.

 4000 block of Peachtree Road –A larceny of articles from a vehi-

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 3700 block of Peachtree Road – Entering an auto was reported on April 24.


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Ready to roll Left, Colt Williamson, front, gets his fellow Dynamo Swim Club team members psyched up and ready for the Chamblee Run and Rotary Roll 5K at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport on April 27. Colt finished fifth overall. Right, the 5K, starting and ending at the airport, took runners through downtown Chamblee, with the 1K route staying inside the airport. Some event proceeds went to Huntley Hills Elementary School and the North Atlanta Rotary Club.

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Driveways & Walkways – Replaced or repaired. Masonry, grading, foundations repaired, waterproofing and retaining walls. Call Joe Sullivan 770-616-0576.

Sandy Springs – Raleigh Square Condos – 6700 Roswell Rd. Saturday, May 18 - 8 AM to 2 PM. Multifamily. Electronics, clothes, furniture, toys, games and more.

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Medical Office Position – Northside Hospital area. Small established medical practice seeking P/T (2-3 days per week) - mature, dependable, positive and enthusiastic personality. Medicare coding experience preferred. Excellent references. Email resume and references – no attachments to: hr2.medical@hotmail. com Marketing/Sales Positions Available – 20 year young – Dunwoody ad agency seeks the following positions: Marketing Assistant, Inside Sales Admin. Send resume and Facebook link to: damerow@incentivesolutions. com. Data Entry / Customer Service – P/T – unique Data Entry position available in a busy Real Estate Office. RE experience helpful, Microsoft Office products, good communication skills a must, detail oriented. Please send resumes to Financial Services company – In need of P/T and F/T associates. Convenient Dunwoody location. Customer service experience helpful, but not required. No prior Financial Services experience needed. Will train the right person. Serious inquiries only. Contact Nicole Fitzgerald 404-957-6809

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A 30 day celebration of the Arts, April 18 to May 17 A project of Art Sandy Springs

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Talented young performers from the Atlanta area will wow audiences during ShowStoppers 2013, the youth talent show at Act 3 Theater, 6285-R Roswell Road: May 4th 11am (Elementary), 3pm (Middle) & 8pm (High School)

Dine Out and Support ArtSS! April 20th - May 19th 30 days - 13 Restaurants - 28 Artists have joined forces to sell art to support ArtSS. A portion of the proceeds goes to Art Sandy Springs. Participating Restaurants & Artists: Brooklyn Cafe -Suzanne Engel, Emily Hirn, Cathyrn Miles, Ellen Stein, Susan Westmoreland B's Bistro - Michael Mirabella, Sonja Davis Austell, Debra Booth Breadwinner - Phyllis Adilman, Marta L. Suarez Blue Grotto - Fran Scher Food 101 - Diann Shaftman Hammock’s Trading Co. - Julie Mann La Petite Maison - Lynn Tolleson, Theresa Forman Cafe Posh - Sam Alexander, Doug Fromm Nancy G's - Belle Malone, Shirley Sequin The Flying Biscuit - Jackie Brown Sushi Mio - Jean Paddock A Royal Affair Cafe - Mary Wyman, Mimi Roberts, Sylvia Perkins, Diann Hooker, Judy Clark The Brickery - Gonzalo Ramirez, Heidi White

Visit for tickets.



Gourmet food trucks from the Atlanta Street Food Coalition and entertainment by Steve's Live Music will gather at Kudzu & Company (open for events) 6450 Roswell Road every Friday during ArtSSpring: April 26, May 3, May 10 & May 17 from 5-8 PM

2013 Calendar MAY









Spring Up Art Exhibit Holy Innocents 5-8 pm

GA Artists Juried Art Exhibit Abernathy Arts Ctr. 6:30-8:30 pm



Foodie Fridays Kudzu & Co. 5-8 pm

Children’s Story



Foodie Fridays Kudzu & Co. 5-8 pm

H. Wilkerson Painting to Music Big Trees Preserve 6-9 pm

Showstoppers Youth Talent Show Act 3 Playhouse 11 am, 3 pm, 8 pm


Foodie Fridays Kudzu & Co. 5-8 pm

Art in the Park Morgan Falls 1-4 pm

Sandy Springs Library

2:30 pm

Faerie House Workshop Phoenix & Dragon 10 am-12:30 pm



Bud, Not Buddy Sandy Springs Library

4:30 pm

Concert by the Springs Heritage Green 7 pm


Visit for more information



May 3 – May 16, 2013 |


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