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Zoe Allen, 3, of Sandy Springs, from left, displays her many ways of savoring a gourmet cupcake from the Yum Yum dessert truck during “Foodie Fridays,” a street-side party on April 26. The event, part of the ArtSSpring celebration, continues Fridays through May 17 in the Kudzu & Company parking lot, 6450 Roswell Road. Another photo on page 6.

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The announcement that longtime Mayor Eva Galambos plans to retire at the end of her term has opened the field for new candidates for mayor. But, so far, no new faces have emerged. Former Sandy Springs City Councilman and state legislator Rusty Paul was the first to announce his candidacy. Standing before a group of Sandy Springs civic leaders, Paul positioned himself as a likely successor to the popular Galambos. Flanked by Galambos and City Continued on page 4

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Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos said on April 22 she will not seek re-election, and endorsed Rusty Paul, at right, who confirmed he will run to succeed her. The announcement at Morgan Falls Overlook Park was attended by about 50 Sandy Springs civic, political and business leaders.


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City holds first budget hearing By Dan Whisenhunt

City Council’s April 30 discussion about the upcoming budget took longer than three hours as council members debated where to spend money on bricks and mortar projects. Fiscal Year 2014 begins on July 1, three months before municipal elections. City Council usually approves the budget in June. Last year’s approved general fund budget was $90 million. This year, city staff is expecting an approximate 4 percent drop in revenue, around $3.3 million, partially because of appeals to property tax appraisals and the unknown effect of changes to taxes on vehicles. The state Legislature removed the so-called “birthday tax,” replacing it with a fee assessed when people buy cars. The general fund budget is different than the capital budget. The general fund pays for city operations while the capital funds are for building projects like roads and bridges. In its capital plans, the area that received much of the council’s attention on April 30, the city staff is recommending $15 million for its downtown revitalization projects, a cost coun-

City budget hearings City Council will hold budget hearings throughout the month of May and will hold public hearings on the budget in June. Here are key dates in the budget process. Meetings are held at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, and open to the public. Meeting times will be available at May 7- Budget workshop May 21- City Council budget presentation June 4- First public hearing June 18- Final public hearing and adoption Source: city of Sandy Springs

cil didn’t question. Everything else – storm water, sidewalks to a gateway beautification project – received additional scrutiny from council members.


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Isakson celebrates Johnson Ferry/Abernathy Road widening By Dan Whisenhunt

In many ways, the 40-year wait to improve one of Sandy Springs’ major east-west corridors mirrored the story of U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson’s political career. The road and Isakson’s political fortunes faced the same adversary: politics. Isakson failed at running for higher office after serving in the state House from 1977 to 1990, losing a bid for governor in 1990 and later, a bid for U.S. Senate in 1996. The widening of Johnson Ferry and Abernathy Roads was on the minds of voters in 1977, but politics delayed the project for decades. “The politics were so bad between Cobb and Fulton County about 20 years ago, that somebody shot out the light with an elephant gun on the Cobb County side of Johnson Ferry Road Bridge, because of the tension between the two counties,” Isakson said. On April 29, Isakson, who became a U.S. Senator in 2005, stood in front of the completed road and said it was worth the wait. It’ll be a smoother ride from here on out, he told the crowd gathered at an event to mark the project’s end. The slow drizzle of rain wasn’t bothering him. Snow wouldn’t have even bothered him, he said. The road was finished. He wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to cut the ribbon and close that chapter. “I look forward to spending the rest of my life riding on Johnson Ferry and Abernathy, not being parked on Johnson Ferry and Abernathy,” Isakson said. The project cost $25.7 million, and Isakson, who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1999 before becoming a U.S. Senator, helped find the money to pay for it. Contractors expanded Abernathy Road from Johnson Ferry to Roswell Road, widening the east to west corridor from two lanes to four. The project included a median, bike lanes and sidewalks, too. The project also expanded Johnson Ferry from Columns Drive, just across the river, to Abernathy Road. Contractors widened Columns to Riverside Drive to six lanes, and Riverside to Abernathy to four lanes. That portion of the project also has a median, sidewalks and bike lanes. Eventually the city of Sandy Springs will complete the Abernathy Greenway Linear Park project along the intersection of Abernathy and Brandon Mill Road, a projected noted in Isakson’s “thank you” speech. Residents’ complaints about portions of the road project helped to delay the park’s opening, pushing it back to early 2014. Isakson said the residents driving the road four decades ago were furious when the road was two lanes. He remembered SS

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it well. After the press conference, one of the reporters gathered around the senator asked if there would be a traffic study that would measure whether the expansion reduced gridlock. Isakson looked at the reporter as if he’d just asked whether the rain falling from the sky would make the ground wet. “You must’ve never been out here before,” Isakson said to the reporter. “You don’t have to study it.”

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Surrounded by supporters, Paul declares candidacy for mayor Continued from page 1

Council members Tibby DeJulio, Dianne Fries and Gabriel Sterling, Paul told the crowd gathered at Morgan Falls Overlook Park on April 22 that he would continue the direction of the city with an emphasis on community improvements, lower water rates, and replacing deteriorating apartment complexes. “I’m fully aware that the person who succeeds Eva Galambos as mayor is sort of like coming in after Bear Bryant,” Paul said, referring to the legendary University of Alabama football coach. Joe Earle “There’s certain shoes that can’t be filled.” City Councilman Gabe Sterling, at left, and Though Paul was the first Councilwoman Dianne Fries listen as Rusty to announce a candidacy for Paul, right, makes his announcement. mayor, at least two others are elections is Aug. 30, according to the considering a run to succeed Galambos. Georgia Secretary of State’s office. City Councilwoman Karen MeinzenPaul said Galambos encouraged him McEnerny confirmed that she is considto run for the office, and he intends to ering getting into the race. McEnerny mirror her leadership style. He served as has served as the District 6 City Council one of the city’s founding council memrepresentative since 2006, shortly after bers from 2005-2009. He is director the city incorporated. Her background of government affairs and public polis in commercial real estate. icy practice at Arnall Golden Gregory Another potential candidate is Bob LLP, a law firm. Paul is a lobbyist for the Brown, who owns Red Baron’s Antiques. firm’s clients. Brown also ran for mayor in 2008. The press conference was attended by Brown said he is considering a run, but a number of business, civic and political hasn’t made his candidacy official. leaders of Sandy Springs. With McEnerny vacating her District Fulton County Commissioner Tom 6 seat, there will be an opportunity for Lowe jokingly likened the event to a cornewcomers to put their names into the onation, as Galambos steps down and mix. Andy Bauman, one of the foundoffers her support to Paul. ers of the Sandy Springs Farmers Market, confirmed he will be running for –Dan Whisenhunt contributed to this the open seat. report. The filing deadline for municipal

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Galambos: “I believe in going out … at the top of your game” By Joe Earle And Melissa Weinman

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City Council to planners: Leave Sandy Springs Circle alone Continued from page 1 which potentially could include acoff on plans buy a piece of Allen Park to cess from I-285 to Sandy Springs Cirmake way for the I-285 improvements. cle,” Preece said. “One concept would City Council members weren’t conbe for just general traffic. The other concerned about Allen Park, but they were cept would be that future managed lanes very concerned about the project’s powould have access to Sandy Springs Cirtential impact on Sandy Springs Circle. cle, and of course there’s always the opSandy Springs Circle is a major comtion that no access would be provided to ponent of the city’s plans to revive its Sandy Springs Circle.” downtown, an effort that will cost upWhat would be the earliest residents ward of $100 million. could expect to see changes to the road? “We’re all unanimous that we don’t “If all the chips fell in the right placwant Sandy Springs Circle messed es, at the very earliest you’d be looking at with,” City Councilfive or six years from man Tibby DeJulio now,” Preece said. said to an ARCADIS Realistically, any implanner during an provements would be April 30 update on 10 to 15 years off, he “We’re all unanimous the project. said. that we don’t want The I-285 imSandy Springs Sandy Springs Circle provement effort is already is acquircalled “Revive285,” messed with.” ing land and setting and the planning proaside money to becess has been ongogin work on the city – Tibby DeJulio ing since 2006. The center project. GivCity Councilman “top end” of I-285 is ing approval to buythe portion between ing a piece of Allen the intersections of Park wouldn’t mean I-75 and I-85, much the city is also signof it in the city’s front yard. The plan is ing off on any of the models for Sandy in the midst of environmental reviews. Springs Circle, Preece said. Any real construction would be years Preece said Sandy Springs’ opinion away, said ARCADIS Senior Transporwould weigh heavily in any final plans tation Planner Timothy Preece. Fundfor the project. ing hasn’t been identified and cost estiCity Council members during the mates run into the billions. Under some April 30 meeting didn’t leave any room of the options being considered, Sandy for interpretation. Springs Circle would be opened to ad“We do not need you going onto ditional traffic to ease congestion along Sandy Springs Circle,” City CouncilI-285. woman Karen Meinzen-McEnerny “We’ve tested several design options said.

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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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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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Mom Stories

Book Sale

Tuesday, May 7, 10:15 a.m. – Chil-

dren enjoy special stories about mom in three sessions: toddlers age 1 at 10:15 a.m.; age 2, 11 a.m., and preschoolers ages 3-5, 11:45 a.m. Babies have their own time too: on Wednesday, May 8, at 10:30 a.m., those ages 3-11 months can sit in caregivers’ laps for tales about mom, with songs, fingerplays and puppets. Free and open to all. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Email: or call: 404-814-3500 for additional details.

Paddleboard Race Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. – The second annual

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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.

Turtle Tours Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. – Heritage Sandy

MAY 5 & 6

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.

Library Support Thursday, May 16, 1 p.m. – Special pre-

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.

5K at Perimeter Mall Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. – Flat, fast 5K

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:

Food ‘n’ Fun


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Friday, May 10, 10-11 a.m. – Friends

Sunday, May 19, 1-5 p.m. – Join others at the

Reclaim Our Parks Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. – Na-

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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Let ’ s Learn

Buckhead Festival

Genealogy Search

Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. – There’s

Tuesday, May 7, 4-5 p.m. – Dr. D. L Henderson discusses the basics of researching your family tree. Free and open to the community. For seniors (55 and older). Dunwoody Public Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-512-4640 to find out more.

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.

Dunwoody Art Festival

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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All champs The Weber School’s girls’ tennis team has reason to smile. From left, Joni Seligson, Region 1-AAA doubles champion, Lauren Rein, singles champion for the third straight year, and Samantha Leff, right, Joni’s doubles partner, show off their hardware.


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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Riverwood graduates will get to throw their caps into the air at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on May 24.

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Atlanta International School

Date: May 24 Time: 10 a.m. Place: Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road, NE Featured speaker: Aaron Freedman, a graduating senior. Also, performances by singers Sydni Session and Lorenzo Gonzales, and cellist Myrtil Mitanga For more information: 404-8413840

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Brandon Hall School

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Chamblee Charter High

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.

Dunwoody High

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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Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

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

Date: May 25 Time: 2 p.m. Place: Centennial Center on the Marist campus, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road Featured speaker: Richard White, winner of 2013 distinguished alumnus award For more information: www.marist. com

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Date: May 18 Time: 10 a.m. Place: Glenn Campus football field Featured speaker: Dr. David Shi, president emeritus of Furman University For more information: mpowell@

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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Date: May 18 Time: 9:30 a.m. Place: Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway Featured speaker: Father Bryan Small For more information: http://www.

The Weber School

Date: June 2 Time: 11 a.m. Place: Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive For more information: 404-9172500 or email:

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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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E D U C ATIO N 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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Robbery „„300 block of Summer Drive 30328 – On April 13, a man said someone knocked on his door. He looked through the peephole and did not see anyone, so he opened the door. Outside a man was standing with a gun. The man forced the victim into his apartment and told the victim to unhook the TV. The suspect took several items with him and fled.

Burgla ry „„6000 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On April 13, a man reported that someone came into his dorm room and took some of his items. „„8600 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On April 13, a woman said sometime between 8 p.m. and 7:30 a.m., someone entered her apartment and took jewelry and handbags. „„6300 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On April 13, someone forced entry into Ray’s Pizza and took money from the register.


Th eft „„5600 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On April 13, a woman said she was on her porch when a stray cat came up. The woman chased the cat away and when she returned, her iPhone was gone. She said she saw two boys on her porch. They ran away when they saw her.

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„„8600 block of Roswell Road 30350 – On April 13, a manager for Tony’s Sports Bar said one of his bartenders pocketed some customer cash intended for the register. He said the woman put the money in her shirt. She was confronted and then left the scene. He believes that $100 is missing.

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„„800 block of Greyfield Lane 30350 – On April 15, a man reported that some of his personal items have been taken and he thinks the maintenance crew is responsible. „„1600 block of Marsh Trail Circle 30350 – On April 15, someone forced entry into the victim’s apartment and took a 46-inch TV and Nikon SLR camera. „„3100 block of River Exchange Drive 30328 – On April 16, a woman reported that while she was sleeping, someone came into her apartment and took several items. Her Xbox and related items were taken as well. The entry looks to have been made by prying the door. „„700 block of Dalrymple Road 30350 – On April 16, a previous apartment tenant returned to the location after the locks were changed, forced entry to the apartment and took items that were placed in a black luggage bag. „„1600 block of Marsh Trail Circle 30350 – On April 16, the resident returned home and found a front door forced open and about $600 in cash missing as well as about $1,000 in jewelry. 2799 Piedmont Road | Atlanta, Ga 30305 404-846-3500

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„„4500 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On April 13, a man loaned his car to a friend who did not return it. „„8600 block of Roberts Road 30350 – On April 14, a man reported that his 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix was stolen overnight.

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„„5600 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road 30342 – On April 14, a man reported that someone stole his 2004 GMC Yukon while he was at St. Joseph’s Hospital. „„6100 block of Bluestone Road 30328 – On April 14, a woman reported that her purse was stolen from inside a building. She was attending a wedding reception at the time of the theft.

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„„1100 block of Perimeter Center 30328 – On April 14, the manager of the Genghis Grill reported that a man tried to pay for a $60 meal with a Visa gift card that was denied. Being the adult that he was, he turned and ran out the door. He got into a silver SUV with a tag that was obtained.

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„„1st block of Cedar Run 30350 – On April 18, a man said he saw a man and woman at his front door. The pair was attempting to open the door. When he opened it and asked what they were doing, they said they were there to see someone named Justin. They then walked away. „„300 block of Sologne Court 30328 – On April 18, the victim said someone threw a paver stone through a glass door and entered the home. The only loss appears to be a PS3 video game system. SS

„„6100 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On April 15, a man who works for U-Haul reported that his rental truck was not returned on time. „„1500 block of Brandon Hall Road 30350 – On April 15, a resident reported that someone took several items of jewelry from her home. She said that a cleaning crew was in the house at one point during that time. „„On April 18, a woman reported that some

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„„4500 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On April 19, a woman reported that around 1 a.m., someone stole her car. She saw the car leave the parking lot of the apartment and saw that the driver was wearing a white tshirt.

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Security number had been used fraudulently by someone who filed taxes.

„„3600 block of Sandalwood Drive 30350,

A Senior Community

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„„A man reported that he was in Buckhead

es, the IRS told him his Social Security number had already been used to file a return.

in your conversation with the IRS so you can refer to it later. Who did you talk to and what did they tell you as far as filing your taxes under these circumstances. 2. Have a police report made. 3. Report the fraud to the three major credit reporting companies: Experian, Trans Union and Equifax. In addition, place a freeze on the credit. This means if the number is used again for a loan or setting up an account, they will notify you first.

„„On April 15, a man reported that someone

„„ 1140 block of Hammond Drive 30328 – On April 16, a

man and woman got into an argument over a school computer. The man said the woman hit him three times in the face with her fist. She said she did not. She was wanted on a warrant out of Crisp County for failure to appear and was arrested.

Arr e s t s „„5900 block of Lake Forrest Drive 30328 – On April 13, an officer responded to a stolen car that was recovered. Next to the car was a man who spoke with officers as to the car and his relationship to the car. The officer checked the man’s ID and it showed he was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear in court on a shoplifting charge. He was arrested on the warrant. It was not determined if he was connected to the car.

used his Social Security number to file taxes; also on April 15, a woman reported that her Social Security number was used.

„„4900 block of Roswell Road 30342 – On April 14, a woman was arrested on a failure to appear in court warrant from Forest Park following a traffic stop.

„„6100 block of Roswell Road 30328 – On April 15, an employee of Atlanta Check Cashiers reported that a man came in and at-

„„8100 block of Colquitt Road -- Cops spoke to a man who said he was walking




JLB Partners, L.P.


4550, 4558, 4586, 4616 Roswell Road

Present Zoning:

MIX conditional


To rezone the subject property from A-1 (Apartment District) conditional to MIX (Mixed Use District) to allow the development of mixed-use residential, office, and commercial project, with a use permit to exceed the maximum district height and with concurrent variances.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission, May 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council, June 18, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600 SS

Public Safety

Golfers say ‘knowledgeable’ man stole their clubs By Dan Whisenhunt

A man accused of stealing clubs from Scotty Cameron putter missing until he bags at a golf course on the edge of Sanreached the hole on the first green. He dy Springs played the role of a golfer to went back to the pro shop and said staff a tee, one of the victims informed him that somesays. one had been lifting clubs Video surveillance from unattended bags. showed a man dressed He said staff showed in a hat, a Polo shirt, him surveillance footkhaki shorts and golf age of a man circling his shoes. He also apparentgolf bag that he left at ly knew something about the putting green earlier golf, pilfering the priciin the day while he went est clubs from golf bags inside the pro shop to in a string of incidents pay. The man on the vidat the North Fulton Golf eo took the putter and Course. walked off, Rierson said. Atlanta Police charged “He knew about golf Anthony White with seven clubs and how much counts of theft by taking, they were worth and the Anthony White a misdemeanor. White was sport,” Rierson said. “He arrested April 10 and rewas taking people’s most leased April 12, according to jail records. expensive clubs.” Attempts to reach White have been Rierson has recovered his putter and unsuccessful. Employees at the North said he plans to keep a closer eye on his Fulton Golf Course confirmed the golf bag in the future. thefts occurred there, but declined fur“Golf is like a gentleman’s sport,” Rither comment. erson said. “I just wouldn’t think anyone Chandler Rierson, a Buckhead resiwould steal something on a golf course dent, went to the golf course April 9, a like that. I guess there’s a first time for Tuesday afternoon. He didn’t notice his everything.” ond man run around from the side door of the home. He got into the car and the car sped away with both men in it. The complainant then found that the door to the home had been pried open. He called the police. An officer spotted a car matching the description on Peachtree Dunwoody Road. He stopped the car, and the pair in the car was later positively identified as the two at the home. They were later arrested and charged with burglary.

„„2600 block of Spalding Drive 30350 – On April 18, a man who was supervising a contracting crew was in the back yard of a home they were working on. He heard a loud noise and when he walked to the front of the home, he saw a man standing next to a grey SUV. The complainant said he then saw a sec-

Oth er Th i n gs „„A woman reported that her new boyfriend

was sending her harassing text messages, accusing her of cheating on him. The messages conveyed implied threats.

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his dog when he walked past another man who was working on his car. The suspect told the victim that he didn’t like the way he was looking at him and spit on him. The victim then punched the offender and pushed him to the ground. The offender went into his apartment and got a knife, a stick and a brick, and came back out and made “stabbing motions” to the victim. Once the cops got there, they locked the offender up.

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Petition Number:



Cortland Development, LLC

Petition Number:



6558 Roswell Road


Hines Interests, LP

Present Zoning:

A-O (Apartment-Office District) and R-3 (Single Family Dwelling District)


1150 Mt. Vernon Hwy.

To rezone the subject property from A-O (Apartment-Office District) and R-3 (Single Family Dwelling District) to A-L (Apartment Limited Dwelling District) to allow 295 apartment units.

Present Zoning:

O-I (Office and Institutional District)


To exceed the maximum district height.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission May 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.


Public Hearings:

Planning Commission May 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council June 18, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council June 18, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Location:


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

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Hair Stylist – Experienced in highlights & Aveda. Downtown Atlanta, established 44 years ago, connected to Marta (Peachtree Center Mall). Also looking for Aesthetician that can do manicures and pedicures. Call 404-709-1816 or email resume: .

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.

North Georgia Lawn Care – Honest, affordable and dependable. Free Estimates. Tony 404-402-5435.

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

Furniture Care – Redesign, custom painting, on-site refinishing, repairs, touch-ups, cleaning and polishing. We will Buy, Sell or Trade Antique Furniture. Danny Linton 770-882-5132. Matthew’s Handy Services – Small jobs and chores is my specialty, flexible scheduling, carpentry, drywall, painting, plumbing and cleaning. Call 404-547-2079

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May 3 – May 16, 2013 | 31

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

how toppers

about town


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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