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► CAC cuts ribbon on new facility to fight homelessness and hunger PAGE 2 ► Opioid epidemic summit explores solutions PAGE 20

New farmers market deemed ‘wildly successful’

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What’s in a name? That’s what the mayor and City Council are now trying to determine. A new proposed policy on what and who public facilities can be named for and the process to do so was discussed last month and a vote on the policy could take place at the council’s May 21 meeting. Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker told the council in April that the issue of naming new parks, streets, facilities and recreation areas came up with the recent opening of new parks and planned new facilities. In 2015, for example, the city held a contest to name the city’s park on Pernoshal Court. Low community participation in a name-the-park contest resulted in the city ditching the public’s suggestions and at first naming the site the Park at Pernoshal Court when it opened in See NAMING on page 13

OUT & ABOUT Sky-high fun returns for ‘Good Neighbor Day’ at PDK

City official’s career spans dancing to development BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The job of Dunwoody’s top planning official doesn’t call for athletic leaps or pirouettes. But Richard McLeod danced his way to the position after a career jump from the world of ballet, where his international tours led him to fall in love with city planning. When McLeod was about 11, his mother suggested he and his two brothers take ballet lessons.

SHULER HENSLEY Associate Artistic Director of the new City Springs Theatre Company Page 4


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Gail Zorn of Loganville’s Daybreak Farm arranges some of her garden-grown peonies at the newly revived Dunwoody Farmers Market, which debuted May 5 at Brook Run Park. Story and photos, p. 12.►

STANDOUT STUDENT Collecting video games for kids in hospitals


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Little said he considered Segal’s prayer to be the real keynote address. He also alluded to Paul’s comments, saying that “not all of the people served by the CAC are the least, lost and forgotten. They are in front of us every day” — as “essential workers” who still don’t make enough money or coworkers who may not voice their challenges. “So not everybody who comes through this door is invisible to us. … We just don’t know their story,” Little said. Little praised the CAC’s work as an opportunity to remember the importance of service. He said in a political era focused on pride in “tribe” that “it is easy to forget there are compassionate people who believe that they are responsible for each other.”

The Community Assistance Center cut the ribbon May 1 on an expanded facility — including a larger, customer-friendly food pantry — that the nonprofit says will increase its mission of preventing homelessness and hunger in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. And there’s more expansion to come for the 30-year-old organization, as a longawaited satellite office in southern Sandy Springs is expected to open in about a month. Advocates say that is all crucial help in a time of growing suburban poverty. “This is a dream come true,” said Tamara Carrera, the CAC’s chief executive officer, during the grand opening of the expanding facility at 8607 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. Since 2016, the address has been known for housing the CAC Boutique, a thrift store that is a major funding stream, but the building is JOHN RUCH Tamara Carrera, chief executive officer of the Community much larger Assistance Center, and Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul cut the than it appears ribbon on the expanded CAC facility at 8607 Roswell Road May 1. from the street and includes the newly expanded, 14,000-square-foot faA 30-year history cilities in the rear. Originally called the Community AcSandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said tion Commission, the CAC was founded the facility will be a “great beacon and in 1987 as a project of the Sandy Springs icon of the community” as he joined Ministerial Association, a group of area Carrera in cutting the ribbon on a door church leaders. Its first office was a room above which is painted novelist Amelia provided by Mount Vernon Presbyterian Barr’s quote, “Kindness is always fashChurch. Within a year, it expanded serionable, and always welcome.” vice into the Dunwoody area. “It’s all about the community,” Paul An important part of the expansion for said of his city’s volunteer efforts, includcustomers and clients is the new food paning “the least, lost and left behind in our try, designed like a mini market with food community, in some cases.” items properly organized on shelves and Rabbi Ron Segal of Sandy Springs’ Temwith shopping carts for those stocking up. ple Sinai and Rev. Dan Brown of Dunwoody The store-like environment is intended to United Methodist Church gave prayers fotreat those who use the pantry with digcused on the equality of all people and the nity and to reduce food waste by allowing responsibility of serving others in need. customers to make personal choices of Segal praised the CAC’s work as “saitems. The new pantry opened in March. cred efforts” in the “pursuit of justice” The larger facility allows a greater acand hoped it will “inspire us to change ceptance of donated food, clothing and the structures that make others hunger.” even furniture. CAC officials said the orBrown prayed that, “In days to come, ganization recently provided furniture to may this become a one of the symbols of three families who lost their homes to fire. justice … that is rolling down like a river.” The expansion frees up space in the Milton Little Jr., president of the UnitHightower Trail building, where the CAC ed Way of Greater Atlanta, gave a keynote intends to expand adult education and speech in which he noted the challenge career training programs. The goal is to of suburban poverty. He said many peomove beyond helping those in immediate ple think of poverty as confined to Atlanrisk of homelessness and into a holistic ta’s Westside, but that they should “think program of self-sufficiency. about little pockets here in Sandy Springs.” For more information, see ourcac.org.


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A ribbon cutting was held May 1 to open the DonaldsonBannister Farm to the general public.



Dunwoody’s mayor, members of the City Council and volunteers with the Dunwoody Preservation Trust were on hand May 1 to cut the ribbon for the opening of the Donaldson-Bannister Farm as the city’s newest public park. The ribbon-cutting followed months of delays as final touches were put on the facility where the grounds are now open for the public to use during regular park hours, from “sunrise to sunset.” Located at 4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, the historic home, built in the 1870s, is part of a 5-acre property that has been available by appointment or by reservation for events, such as for weddings and the Dunwoody Preservation Trust’s Apple Cider Days. The city’s recently completed final renovations means the grounds are now open year-round for residents to use for picnics, strolls and free play in the open lawn.


Dunwoody Police continue the search for a carjacking suspect who stole a black BMW over the weekend. A person reported to police that shortly before 10 p.m. on Friday, May 4, they were followed into the condominium complex at 2300 Peachford Road, where the Sterling of Dunwoody condos are located. The person said they were followed into the complex by a black Infiniti. A black man who was in the Infiniti approached the victim with a handgun and demanded their black 2009 BMW 750LI, according to police. The suspect took the victim’s vehicle and fled the location with someone else driving away in the black Infiniti, according to police. “Officers responded to the area and observed the suspect vehicle and the victims stolen vehicle … traveling on Cotillion Drive near North Shallowford Road,” Sgt. Robert Parsons said in a press release. Officers attempted to stop the vehicles but lost sight of the vehicles near Cotillion Drive and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Parsons said. Officers then received reports of a single-vehicle crash at the intersection of East Nancy Creek Drive and Chamblee-Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven involving the black Infiniti, Parsons said. By the time police arrived on the scene, the suspect had fled on foot. Officers with the Brookhaven, Doraville, Chamblee and DeKalb County police departments searched the area by foot and air but the suspect was not found. Anyone who encounters the black 2009 DUN

Camp Run-A-Mutt, a cage-free dog care and boarding facility, is opening in the Shops of Dunwoody in the former Dunwoody Academy child care center on May 21, according to a press release. The facility came under fire last year by some residents living in the affluent Dunwoody West neighborhood, who said the noise from dogs barking would interrupt their peace and drive property values down. The new business needed to encroach on the 100-foot setback of Dunwoody United Methodist Church’s parking lot, which, for reasons city officials do not know, is zoned residential. The ZBA unanimously granted a variance allowing the encroachment and the church supported the city’s decision to do so in a letter to staff. The closest an actual residence is located to the dog-care business is more than 200 feet away. City code allows commercial property, including animal care facilities, to be located within 100 feet of residential property. Dawn and Blair Sperry are the owners of the new business, which includes a 6,000-square-foot outdoor play space and splash ponds.


The Georgia Chamber of Commerce recently announced that state Sen. Fran Millar (R–Dunwoody) received an “A+” score on the Chamber’s legislative scorecard for his support of their top legislative priorities during the 2017-2018 legislative session. “Ensuring that our state remains the number one place in which to do business through both legislation to help ease business and financial restrictions, and legislation to make Georgia a better place to live, work and raise a family, are top priorities of mine,” Millar said in a press release. The Chamber assigns grades based on a legislator’s support of the Georgia Chamber’s 12 legislative priorities which focus on issues important to the business community such as economic development, education, health care and employment.

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Standout Student To help cheer up children in local hospitals, Galloway School senior Max Rubinstein started a nonprofit to collect and donate video games. Game Givers has so far collected hundreds of games and donated them through a partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. This spring, Max was recognized as a top youth volunteer in Georgia in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which is awarded with $1,000, an engraved silver medal and a trip to Washington, D.C. for four days of events. Max wanted a way to continue the legacy of his grandmother, who also loved video games and died of cancer in 2015. Soon after, the local organization Giving Point, a youth development organi-


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MAY 11 - 24, 2018 ■ www.ReporterNewspapers.net zation, reached out to him, asking him to join their institute. Max then completed a 10-month program by Giving Point on how to run a nonprofit. “I knew I wanted to do something to preserve my grandmother’s legacy, so in October of 2015 I started a nonprofit called Game Givers, with the goal of donating new or used video games to hospitals,” Max said. These goals are accomplished in three different ways: organizing video game drives, hosting tournaments, and by working with video game developers themselves. Through entry fees, the tournament raises money to purchase new games to donate them to hospitals that only accept new games. Since launching in 2015, Game Givers has raised over $110,000 dollars in video game donations, giving thousands of kids in Georgia, Boston, Michigan and internationally in Spain access to games during their hospital stays. James Aucoin, the director of programs at Giving Point, said he and the organization are proud of what Max achieved. “We have seen him mature and grow over the years, and we are so proud to have SPECIAL been a guiding support for him. Max has Max Rubenstein, right, accepts The Prudential Spirit of Community Award and speaks to worked tirelessly on Game Givers and, alOlympic gold medalist Lindsey Vonn. though he does not seek it, he is most deserving of the recognition,” Aucoin said. Max’s journey began with his willingness to reach out to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for his first partnership. He went around to all of his friends and asked for their help by giving him their old video games that were simply collecting dust. Max compiled significant donations and hundreds of games. Scottish Rite, CHOA’s Sandy Springs campus, has become one of Game Givers’ biggest partners. Games are also frequently donated to Ronald McDonald Houses. He kept the nonprofit growing by telling absolute everybody about his work. As the student body president of Galloway, he makes sure to mention the nonprofit in their weekly town hall meeting. He organizes video game drives, works with the school’s video game club and he gives a memorized pitch at least three times a day. Max said he hopes his work starting a nonprofit inspires other youth to use their passions to make change. “I think that the biggest thing that needs to come from this is that there needs to be more kids doing this, and there needs to be more people empowering kids to lead and to do crazy things and to take big steps. If you have that passion, that’s what’s most important,” Max said. For more information about the nonprofit, visit gamegivers.org.

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Exterior and interior renovations for North Springs Charter High School alone put the construction budget over, according to a report given to the school board. In addition to those renovations which were not detailed in the report, consultants recommended collaboration areas, a dance studio and more parking. The previously discussed ideas to build a gym and auditorium addition are also included in the report, which was obtained through an open records request. The report shows the original budget for the school, which was approved by voters in the E-PLOST, was set at $18.8 million. These proposals put the estimate at $31.6 million. Superintendent Jeff Rose at the April 12 school board meeting that the school would work with the consultants to bring down the costs. The recommendations are planned to be presented at the June board meeting. The consultants, which included an architecture firm and the “visioning” firm Wonder, by Design, proposed a “Sandy Springs Partnership Incubator,” Christian Long, the founder the visioning firm, who led community meetings and interviewed students and staff, proposed in a previous presentation that the school should build a network of local business and community connections. The Sandy Springs Partnership Incubator is part of that plan, according to the report. The plan includes a “collaboration area” to host that incubator with movable tables and chairs. Other collaboration spaces include a general area for all students, an area for seniors and a “maker space,” which would include dry erase boards and seating. Those proposals, along with new elevators at $361,040, lab and classroom additions at $3,683,789, and construction costs put the plan over budget.

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MAY 11 - 24, 2018 ■ www.ReporterNewspapers.net Parking, which has been cited as an issue by the community, was recommended to be expanded by 160 spaces, bring the total to 469. The recommendations would also address the deficiencies in square footage for classrooms, the library and most other parts of the school by bringing the space up to Fulton County standards. The only part of North Springs High that is currently big enough is the administration and guidance area, according to the report.


Alex Wan, who previously represented south Buckhead on the Atlanta City Council, has been named the executive director of Horizons Atlanta, a nonprofit that provides academic enrichment programs to local students. Horizons provides academic enrichment programs to 800 low-income students from kindergarten into high school through summer programs and year-round support. It works from affiliate sites that include Atlanta International School in Buckhead and Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs. The HIES site sees students from Lake Forest and High Point elementary schools. Atlanta International School sees students from Garden Hills Elementary. Wan most recently served as director of development and alumni relations at Emory University. He previously served as director of development at Jerusalem House, Atlanta’s largest housing provider for low-income and homeless individuals and families affectSPECIAL ed by HIV/AIDS, according to the release. Alex Wan. He served two terms as the city council member for District 6, which is now represented by Jennifer Ide. Wan ran for the council president seat in 2016, but lost that election to Felicia Moore. Wan succeeds Emily Hawkins, who has been in this role for the past two years and is relocating to Philadelphia, Pa.

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The Davis Academy in Sandy Springs has launched a free camp for children with cancer and their siblings. The school held a ribbon-cutting for the Aurora Day Camp April 26, which includes a campsite featuring sports fields, nature center, a new playground, theatre and indoor play areas. The Davis Academy, which is located at 8105 Roberts Drive, is partnering with the Sunrise Association, an organization that runs free day camps, year-round programs and recreational activities. The day camp will begin June 11 and runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. For registration information, visit auroradaycamp.org.

Parents of a Dunwoody High School student have raised over $9,000 so far to help Jermaine Searles, a coach and teacher at the school who lost his house in an April 27 fire. “We are absolutely thrilled to see the Dunwoody community rally around Coach Searles and his family. I believe it’s times like these when community really shines,” said Katie Phillips, who started the fundraiser. The online campaign surpassed its $5,000 goal in less than 24 hours. “Well, you see how fast the word spread and we’ve been receiving donations from all over the city, even from people who have no association with Dunwoody High School or the basketball program,” Searles teaches math and coaches the ninth grade basketball team that Phillips’ son participated on this year. “He motivated these boys, poured time and encouragement into them and truly created a team that we are all so proud of,” Phillips said. For more information, visit gofundme.com/coachsearles.

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Peachtree Charter Middle School will be getting a new principal next year, replacing Scott Heptinstall, who has been the principal since 2009. Heptinstall will continue to serve as principal of the Dunwoody school through the end of the school year. He will then be reassigned to an unspecified position in the school district, according to a letter to parents from Region I Superintendent Sherry Johnson. “The purpose of this assignment is to better utilize the talents of our employees and align them with the needs of our schools and students,” Johnson wrote. Heptinstall’s reassignment follows a widely-reported bullying incident in 2017 that was criticized by organizations for the school administration’s handling of the incident. The DeKalb County School District signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2013 over a separate bullying incident at the school. A survey gathered input on a new principal from school teachers and parents of students who are currently enrolled and has now closed, according to the letter.

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The curtain rises on City Springs Theatre Company BY JUDITH SCHONBAK

and role as a staple in the community. His question to them: “Why don’t you start your own theater organization in Sandy Springs?” They thought it was “a great idea” and asked for his help. He offered his assistance as an advisor for the venture. Hauser, an attorney retired from Co-

As the new City Springs Theatre Company prepares for what is shaping up to be a booming debut season, the story of the once-secret musical company’s origin can be told. Last year, a small group of Sandy Springs residents attempted to lure the popular Atlanta Lyric Theatre to move from Marietta Square to the new City Springs civic center. The idea shifted to creating a new company, which now has sold nearly 3,400 subscriptions for a Broadway musical season set to open in September. And now the new City Springs Theatre Company is set to join another long-established company, Act3 Productions, in jointly promoting a downtown “arts district.” The 1,070-seat Byers Theatre SPECIAL The City Springs Theatre Company’s leadership within the Performing Arts Center team includes, from left, Executive/Artistic Director is the mainstage home of the SanBrandt Blocker, Associate Artistic Director Shuler dy Springs Theatre Company, and Hensley and Managing Director Natalie Barrow. the 350-seat Studio Theatre will serve for its smaller productions and arts ca-Cola, handled all the legalities of eseducation programs. tablishing the company as a nonprofit The idea of the professional musical organization. theater company came from four Sandy Meanwhile, Blocker began assemSprings residents and long-time arts supbling a leadership team. He contactporters: Jan Collins, Steven Hauser and ed Natalie Barrow, with whom he had Peggy and Jerry Stapleton. worked and who was former director of Initially, they talked of inviting an exarts education and community outreach isting metro Atlanta theater company to for ArtsBridge Foundation at Cobb Enertake on the role of resident professional gy Performing Arts Centre. She became theater company — specifically, the Lyric an advisor and soon the company’s first Theatre. They contacted Brandt Blocker, employee as managing director. the Lyric’s recently departed managing “I leapt at the chance to be part of artistic director, who had left town for what I knew would be a highly successful Hong Kong, where his wife has a new job. arts organization in metro Atlanta and Blocker say he told the founding four doing what I love,” said Barrow. that he could not speak for the Lyric, but Bright on Barrow and Blocker’s rahe doubted the company would relocate, dar was Shuler Hensley. A Marietta nagiven its large following in Cobb County

tive, Hensley is a Broadway, film and TV actor who won a Tony Award in 2002 for his performance in a production of “Oklahoma!” He is also the namesake of the Shuler Hensley Georgia High School Musical Theatre Awards, which Barrow managed and produced as part of her work at the Cobb Energy Centre. They believed Hensley’s participation would give the new outfit immediate and enviable credibility. When Blocker asked him to take on the role of associate artistic director, the actor did not hesitate. “I have always wanted to be part of a new theater in Atlanta and I was ecstatic to be able to help form an original season with a brand-new company,” Hensley says. He plans to be involved in all aspects of the theater including teaching, performing and directing both young and professional local talent. “I’ve seen the level of talent we have here in Georgia and I want to promote it,” he said. His goal is to create a pathway between Broadway and Atlanta to bring top talent here and send local talent to the Big Apple to help further their careers. Meanwhile, Blocker was thinking of leaving his own theater days behind, but could not resist the call. In October, he was the last to sign on the dotted line as a founding officer – executive/artistic director for the new theater company. He still visits Hong Kong as his wife completes a final year of work there. The organization has been assembling its staff and, to date, has nine members from business manager to in-house choreographer and costumer and technical manager. The company will produce full-scale Broadway shows, beginning with its allBroadway-musical inaugural 2018-2019 season taking the stage in September. In addition to mounting top-quality professional

Broadway productions, a key element in its mission is to offer extensive arts education programming for students and educators pre-K through college, as well as community enrichment activities for all ages. On the docket are student matinees, hands-on training, master classes and summer programs. Arts education programs are in the works to be offered this fall. For more information, see cityspringstheatre.com.

‘Unbelievable’ sales

The entire Performing Arts Center, located at Johnson Ferry and Roswell roads in Sandy Springs, will host a wide variety of performances expected to be announced later this month — including special season performances by the Atlanta Ballet and Atlanta Opera. A special grand opening series is scheduled for August. The City Springs Theatre Company has been selling its own season subscriptions since March 1 and has far exceeded a reported goal of 500 subscriptions. Barrow said on May 8 that almost 3,400 season subscriptions had been sold, and 197 people had become “founding patrons” at a minimum donation level of $5,000 for a total of $1 million. Blocker calls the sales “unbelievable.” In all his years in theater, he says, he has never seen anything like it. Seventy percent of the subscriptions are from Sandy Springs residents. Added to the coffers was a $500,000 founding donation from Trisha and Ken Byers, who also secured naming of the Performing Arts Center’s main theater.

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fans of local theater wondered whether it would be competition for Act3, a community theater mainstay for over 15 years. Mary Sorrel, Act3’s executive director and board chair, said many patrons have asked her whether Act3 would JOHN RUCH be pressed into closThe City Springs Performing Arts Center, where the ing its playhouse in new theater company will perform later this year. the Sandy Springs firmed that, saying the two companies Plaza shopping cenwill do “anything we can to promote each ter at 6285-R Roswell Road, virtually across other.” And they hope to work together the street from City Springs. to get restaurants and bars to offer disIn fact, Sorrel said, the two companies counts or special menus to patrons with plan to collaborate and cross-promote playbills or tickets from their shows. each other to develop an “arts district” in Act3 will continue in its playhouse — downtown Sandy Springs. a gift from the shopping center’s own“We’re very, very different,” Sorrel said. er that was just reconfigured for better “We embrace what we are, a small, seating. The new season there will be anblack-box theater” with intimate perfornounced next month. The youth performances, she said, while City Springs Themances in the PAC’s Studio Theatre is the atre Company will perform large shows. one venue change Act3 might make. “They’re going to be all about the big Enoch said Act3 has been asked to join Broadway stuff,” she said. The organithe grand opening performance lineup. zations share a key contact: Jan Collins, “We’re going to do something,” Sorrel who is on Act3’s board and is a founder of said, adding that Act3 is attempting to get the City Springs Theatre Company. rights to a certain performance that cannot “We have had great meetings with yet be revealed. “We’re very excited about it.” Act3” and hope to collaborate, Barrow --John Ruch contributed said at a May 8 Sandy Springs Perimeter

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Community Survey / Vacations and ‘staycations’ The summer vacation season is coming and respondents to our most recent community survey appear say they plan to get away this year for a little rest-and-relaxation. They just may not go as far as they did last year. Nearly 11 percent of the 200 respondents said this year they plan to take a “staycation,” a vacation at home. That’s up from just 4 percent of the respondents to a similar survey in 2017. And 19 percent said they would travel abroad. Last year, 29 percent of the respondents said they planned international travel. The survey of residents of Reporter Newspapers communities was conducted via cellphone by 1Q.com and is not scientific. Overall, the amount of time respondents said they plan to spend on vacation this year appears to be about the same as last year. About 28 percent said this year they planned to take more than three weeks off, compared to 30 percent in 2017. In 2018, about 43 percent expected to take two to three weeks of vacation, compared to 41 percent in 2017; and 24 percent expected to take one to two weeks of vacation, as compared to 23 percent a year ago. Project: Time Off, an organization financed by the U.S. Travel Association, an industry group, found in 2017 that Americans overall had started taking more vacation days than just a few years ago. A survey published by the group last year found


that in 2016, average vacation use climbed to 16.8 days per worker, up from 16.2 days the year before. “The more than half-day shift changes the trajectory of America’s vacation trendline, with the most upward movement seen since vacation usage started its rapid decline in 2000,” the organization said. But the group says one difference it has found is that fewer vacationing employees actually disengage from work while taking time off. Instead, they read emails and keep up on memos while away from the office. “Thanks to today’s technology, face time does not mean what it used to. Email response time has replaced the last car in the

office parking lot,” the organization said after a 2017 online survey of 7,331 adult workers. “This dynamic does not change even if an employee’s location does. Nearly eight in 10 (78 percent) say they are more comfortable taking time off if they know they can access work. Most employees (46 percent) reported that they check in with work occasionally during vacation while smaller percentages (27 percent) are logging on frequently or fully unplugging.” So, summer’s near and the time is right to pack your bags and head off to someplace you can relax. Just try, once you get there, to leave your cellphone turned off.

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Letter to the Editor AM ER ICA ALR EADY HAS ITS ECO NO M IC R EVO LU TIO N I disagree with Mr. Watkins’ assertion that America is a profoundly savage place in need of an American economic revolution. (Letter to the editor, April 27.) Mr. Watkins’ revolution would seize the entire wealth away from the evil rich. The revolution would redistribute the sized wealth to the Americans who are overwhelmingly miserable. We need to give these overwhelmed, miserable Americans free universal health coverage and paid family leave, and if enough wealth remains “from the takings,” then we should give these overwhelmed, miserable Americans free higher education. The Affordable Care Act is still law. You can get online, at your local library if needed, and purchase health insurance with the coverage you want at a premium that is based on your income. Those that earn more pay more for their policy to subsidize the

lower-income applicants. So we are taking from the evil rich and subsidizing the lower-income folks. If paid family leave is important to you, then go look for a job at a company that offers paid family leave as a benefit. Take a look around. Economic opportunity is rampant throughout this city and in many other cities across America. The construction cranes are redesigning our cities’ skylines. First Quarter Gross Domestic Product was up 2.3 percent, the unemployment rate is 3.9 percent and has been at 4.1 percent for the past six months, daunting federal regulations have been cut, and Congress recently passed tax reform, allowing working Americans to keep more of their own money. There is an economic revolution going on in America. You can get your part of it or you can watch other people get theirs while you remain overwhelmingly miserable. It’s your choice. Keith Tener Brookhaven

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Designing golf courses in his dad’s footsteps This one feels special. Bobby Cupp says he knows this project is different every time he heads out onto the expanse of scraped clay that soon will become the new Bobby Jones Golf Course. This is his dad’s final course. JOE EARLE “For me, this is dad’s last one, right? And one that Bobby Cupp on the Bobby Jones Golf Course. was so dear to his heart,” Cupp said one recent afternoon as the Ford SUV he drove bounced across the manmade hills and valleys that will embody the redesigned course in the heart of Buckhead. “[It’s important] just to be here and get it done.” Bobby Cupp’s dad was Bob Cupp, the Brookhaven golf pro turned golf course designer the Georgia State Golf Association calls “one of the most prominent golf course designers of this era.” Bob Cupp’s design career lasted more than four decades. His company’s website lists more than 75 new courses it’s designed, another two dozen it’s rebuilt, and dozens more it’s renovated or restored. In 1972, Golf World magazine named Bob Cupp its Golf Architect of the Year, according to the Cupp company’s webpage, In 2014 he became the first architect inducted into the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame, the association says on its webpage. And he pursued more than the perfect golf course. “People refer to my dad as a ‘Renaissance man.’ He played guitar and was a singer,” the younger Cupp said. “He was a woodworker and loved model trains. He spent years and years building a model train. It’s part of his house.” He found time to write a novel, too. Bob Cupp died in August 2016 at age 76. His son took over as president of the Bob Cupp Inc., which meant it fell to him to continue projects he and his dad had been working on, including the redesign of the historic Bobby Jones course. “It’s a collaborative effort,” he said. “I am trying my best to include him in all I do out here. He was the one who decided the concept of the golf course.” Bobby Cupp grew up in Florida, where his dad worked as a golf pro. That was before the elder Cupp started designing courses. The younger Cupp, who’s now 54 and a busy course designer himself, remembers his introduction to golf came when he was about 5. His dad shortened a set of old clubs and took his son to the driving range. Bobby Cupp went to work with his dad in 1985. The younger Cupp was “reasonably artistic” and could help get course designs on paper. There was a time he thought about doing something else, such as going into radio, but eventually ended up back in the golf course design business. The elder Cupp worked years on his redesign of the Bobby Jones course, his son said. Once plans became public, there were heated community debates over everything from potential flood problems to Cupp’s plan to reimagine the public course as a reversible nine-hole course in place of the existing 18-hole course. The idea was that players could play nine holes, or, if they wanted to play the 18 holes usually included in a round of golf, turn around and play the course in a different direction and from a different set of tees. Cupp’s design allowed the use of some of the land for an expansion of the nearby tennis center and addition of a new driving range. Bobby Cupp said part of the idea is to attract urban players and to create a new generation of golfers. Eventually, the city of Atlanta turned the property over to the state in a land swap, and renovations began. Bobby Cupp said the renovated course should open in November. The renovations have drawn recent controversy over tree loss and stream impacts. Cupp declined to comment, saying there aren’t definitive answers yet and more than the “rumor mill” says. About a month before the elder Cupp died, father and son made a site visit to the Bobby Jones course. “We rode around and looked at everything,” Bobby Cupp recalled. The younger Cupp said he’d never tried a “reversible nine” plan before. It was his dad’s first, too. “It’s harder and more complicated than I ever thought it would be,” he said. Unlike a traditional course, “this forces you to look at every conceivable angle,” he said. One example: walking the course recently, he said, he turned around and looked back across a fairway and realized bunkers on an adjacent fairway looked, well, weird when viewed from that perspective. They were fine when viewed one way, but not so fine when encountered from the other end. As this would be a two-way course, with play going in both directions, he had to change them. Sometimes, as he walks the course under construction, there still are questions he’d like to talk over with his dad to find out how he would deal with them. It was his dad’s vision, after all. And it’s important to get this one right. “This one carries a certain weight,” he said. “unlike anything else or anywhere else I’m working or have worked, ever.”


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New farmers market deemed ‘wildly successful’ BY DYANA BAGBY Opening day for the city’s new farmers market attracted approximately 1,000 people to Brook Run Park on May 5, with organizers deeming the event an overwhelming success. “By all accounts, it was a smash,” Dunwoody Homeowners Association President Adrienne Duncan said at the DHA’s May 6 meeting. “It was a home run on the opening pitch.” Forty vendors participated in the farmers market and many sold out of their items. “[May 5] was the long-awaited ... renewal and restart of the farmers market and it was wildly successful,” Councilmember Lynn Deutsch said at the council’s May 7 meeting. The city once had a farmers market on Wednesdays, but it closed several years ago after backers couldn’t find a permanent home. The DHA is backing the farmers market financially and also allowing the nonprofit market to use its nonprofit status.


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For the right price, a corporation, individual or foundation can have the naming rights for the new building planned for the Dunwoody Nature Center, as drawn in this rendering, as part of the center’s current $2.6 million capital campaign.

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Continued from page 1 2016. The city now informally calls it Pernoshal Park. The Dunwoody Nature Center in Dunwoody Park is also building a new park pavilion set to open perhaps as soon as June and is in the midst of a nearly $3 million capital campaign to construct a new 7,000-square-foot building that will include exhibit space, classrooms and meeting space. Both facilities are up for naming rights with the right corporate or financial funding, according to Executive Director Alan Mothner. “This is par for the course for corporate fundraising,” Mothner said. As examples, he cited the new SunTrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In Sandy Springs’ new City Springs civic center, he noted, there is the Byers Theatre, named for a couple who made a $2.5 million donation that will also fund a new musical theater company. “We’ve been in talks with lots of companies, foundations and individuals,” Mothner said of potential naming rights. “Of course, we don’t want to overpopulate our parks with signs.” The Nature Center recently signed a 40-year lease with the city through the newly created Public Facilities Authority and in that lease the city gives the Nature Center the authority to name the buildings. Now is the time to come up with a consistent approach to naming and sponsoring public facilities, Walker explained last month to the council. The policy as presented has naming criteria emphasizing “community values and character, local history, geography, environmental, civics and service to the Dunwoody community,” he said. The proposed policy also states, “It is not necessary that every city park or recreation facility have a name. Further, such facilities should not be named to honor or recognize an individual or group unless the mayor and City Council determines that it is appropriate to honor or recognize a deserving or outstanding group or individual for their actions and/or service.” Naming a park for someone who has made a significant contribution to the city would only be offered after the person has been deceased for at least two years. Councilmember Lynn Deutsch suggested five years, but the number of years was still up for discussion. The procedure for naming a public facility includes submitting recommendations to the city manager who will then determine what names the mayor and council are to consider, according to the draft policy. Public input will be allowed and the mayor and council, who have final approval, will confirm the names through a resolution. Sponsorships were included in the proposed policy, but Deutsch recommended removing that category and making it into its own policy because naming rights are expected to be permanent while sponsorships are temporary. “There should not be sponsorships of buildings,” she said. “I think that in terms of perpetuity, that needs to be the presumption ... so that our citizens aren’t for five years referring to Pam Tallmadge [natatorium] ... and then in five years the Terry Nall natatorium,” she added, giving made-up examples using the names of fellow council members. Councilmember Terry Nall suggested adding a clause where the council can accelerate the naming of a facility if, for example, a police officer was killed on duty. He also asked questions that are to be finalized on who would pay for the signage and its installation. Nall also said he liked the idea of naming public places after geographical locations. Mayor Denis Shortal said he didn’t like that idea, however. “We’ve got a lot of history in this city and I think we can dig into a history book and find some great things use as names,” he said. DUN

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Richard McLeod leaping while he was with the Atlanta Ballet. McLeod danced with the professional company from age 16 to 20 and then danced another eight years in Ohio and with the San Francisco Ballet.

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They were all playing soccer at the time and she knew professional athletes, including wide receiver Lynn Swann of the Pittsburgh Steelers and UGA Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, were taking up ballet to help with coordination and balance. When their lessons were completed, his brothers were done with ballet. Not McLeod, who danced as lead in “The Nutcracker” when he was 13. “I found my career. My first career,” he said. McLeod, now 50, is the development director for the city, a post he’s had for nearly a year. Before coming to Dunwoody, he worked as a planner and director of Community Development for the cities of Woodstock and Alpharetta. Before any of these jobs, McLeod danced professionally. First he was with the Atlanta Ballet when he was 16. Then he danced for another eight years with a modern dance ballet company in Ohio. He was with the San Francisco Ballet before retiring from dance in 1997 due to a back injury. He readily acknowledges his love for ballet was not all about the leaps or the grace or the athleticism. “I hated getting up early every morning, I hated practicing six days a week for six hours a day,” he said. “But those 20 minutes on stage were the best time in the world to me. Thousands of people are watching everything you do.” On May 13, 1988, the day he turned 20, McLeod made national ballet news. He was dancing in the first act of “Romeo and Juliet” at the Civic Center when he was accidentally stabbed by another dancer during a fight scene. The serrated knife was supposed to be stabbed into a protective shield sewn into McLeod’s costume, but the dancer missed. The show, of course, went on. “It was a freak accident,” he said. “We didn’t do that trick again.” McLeod said he loved dancing the classics including every role in “The Nutcracker” and “Romeo and Juliet” with the Atlanta Ballet, but moved to Columbus, Ohio, to dance with a group there for the opportunity to do modern and contemporary ballets. There he danced for four years before auditioning in New York for a chance to perform with the San Francisco Ballet. “Over 200 men auditioned and only two got contracts,” McLeod said. His love of dance, he said, was about boosting his ego and being in the spotlight. He said not being a great communicator through speech made him want to communicate through dance. He does have a favorite moment from his first career. In 1988, he danced the lead in “Romeo and Juliet” in front of a packed house at the Atlanta Civic Center. DUN

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“There were 5,000 people in the crowd and development, he got a job in Woodand then when I’m dying at the end, the stock as its planner and director of music is so wonderful, and I could hear Community Development. He eventupeople crying,” he said. ally took another development job in AlHe danced and pharetta. toured internationalOne day in 2014, durly with the San Francising a City Council meetco Ballet, one of the top ing, he had the worst three dance companies headache he could in the U.S., and learned imagine. He went home, a love of cities and how went to bed and had a they are made. Walking stroke. down the streets of LonMcLeod said his exdon, Paris, Brussels and ercise regimen halted Spain he noticed small abruptly after he retired things like the width of from dancing. When roads, how far buildings he had his stroke, he were apart from each weighed 240 pounds. He other, the proximity of learned while he was in buildings to traffic. the hospital that damSPECIAL All these Europeage to the veins in his Richard McLeod is now an cities, he noticed, neck, likely caused from the Development Director were hundreds of years years of rapidly turning for Dunwoody. old and worked fine, his neck as a dancer, conyet his hometown of Atlanta was teartributed to his stroke. ing down and rebuilding at an alarmAs part of his rehabilitation, his docing pace. “I noticed all these dimensions tor suggested walking. McLeod quickthat make those places great and I loved ly became bored with just walking and the way these cities worked,” he said, “so began running. He ran some 5Ks with I thought I go back and do something his son, liked the sport and decided he about it.” would run a marathon before he was 50. When he retired from dance, he This year, he ran three marathons. He knew he had to find another career. He turns 50 on May 13. came back home to Georgia, enrolled at He’s already signed up for several Kennesaw State University and earned more half-marathons and said he could a master’s in public administration and probably be talked into running one a bachelor’s degree in geographic informore full marathon. mation sciences. His love for European cities remains He got married, started a family and he also has a deep love for Savanand got a job in real estate. One day he nah, where he said he’s been known to was driving to his home in Woodstock pull out a tape measure to study alleys, and noticed a billboard going up along garages and buildings. Cities are made the highway. He made a point to comfrom tiny little details, and those details plain directly to the mayor. The mayor in themselves are art, he said. then appointed McLeod to the Planning “All these dimensions are what Commission. makes a city great,” he said. “I like creAfter learning more about planning ating space.”

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Mount Vernon and Vermack intersection work to cost $1.7M BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The city has approved a $1.7 million contract for long-planned intersection improvements at Mount Vernon Road and Vermack Road — about $600,000 more than originally anticipated. Tree clearing has taken place at the intersection and crews are nearly finished moving utilities, including a few utility poles, Public Works Director Michael Smith told the council at its May 7 meeting. He said the original cost estimate from last year was about $1.3 million, with another $60,000 to go toward the tree clearing. Numerous stumps are now at the intersection and some residents have complained about the removal of some 150 trees that once buffered their homes from the busy road. The city had about $1.2 million budgeted for the intersection project, Smith said, but additional funding needed to pay for the contract to CMES can come from a fund balance from a recent project on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. “Is it time to look at our project estimates? Costs are jumping around,” Councilmember Lynn Deutsch asked. She noted rising construction costs throughout the area and asked whether this would affect all city projects. Smith said the Public Works Department regularly updates the estimates for projects, “but costs are going up,” he acknowledged.

The city is also required by state law to accept the lowest bidder, Smith said. The intersection improvements are being made in conjunction with a DeKalb County water main repair at the intersection. That project is expected to cost about $400,600 and was slated to be approved by the DeKalb County Commission next month, Smith said. The city’s intersection improvements will begin once DeKalb is done with its work. Mayor Denis Shortal said he and the council heard some concerns about CMES. “We’ve checked on the winning bidder through several channels” including the Georgia Department of TransporDYANA BAGBY tation and the governments More than 100 trees were recently cut down at the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Vermack Road as part of an intersection improvement project that dates back to 2014. of Cobb County, Alpharetta and Avondale Estates, he said. “We got some good responses, some The project could start next month have three left turn lanes — one in each OK responses,” he said. Cobb County and and then take 10 months to complete, direction on Mount Vernon Road and one GDOT officials said CMES finished their Smith said. on Vermack Road. A sidewalk will also be projects on time. The tree clearing at the intersection built on Manhasset Drive to accommo“Some other reports are not so glowoccurred in February and was the first date the overflow parking area for Duning, but nothing disqualified them,” step to completing the intersection imwoody High School at Saint Luke’s PresShortal said. “But we are required to take provements that date back to 2014. The byterian Church. the low bid.” project includes adding sidewalks, conSmith said temporary stone paths for Councilmember Terry Nall asked crete islands for pedestrian safety, bike pedestrians will be installed to the high about a timeline for the project’s complelanes and additional turn lanes on both school from the church while work is tion and if the water main repairs would roads. taking place to ensure pedestrian safety. delay the road improvements. When complete, the intersection will

Crimes trends down except in car thefts category BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Dunwoody Police recently released its 2017 crime report which shows a downward trend in most crime, but an upward tick in motor vehicle thefts. In 2017, the police department reported 107 motor vehicle thefts compared to 88 in 2016. That is the only category to see a jump. There was a significant drop in crimes against people, such as murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, with police reporting a total of 60 such crimes in 2017 compared to 83 in 2016. That’s a 27.7 percent decrease, according to the report. In 2017, there was one unlawful homicide; there were no homicides in 2016. Agustin Contreras Pulido was killed in October and his body found in the 4600 block of Peachtree Place Parkway. No arrest has been made in this case, according to police spokesperson Sgt. Robert Parsons. Reports of burglaries and larcenies

also dropped in 2017. There were 1,784 larcenies, such as shoplifting, reported in 2017; in 2016, police reported 1,822 larcenies. There were 142 burglaries in 2017 compared to 157 in 2016. Total property crimes, which includes burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts, totaled 2,033 in 2017 compared to 2,067 such crimes in 2016, for a 1.6 percent decrease. Officers were kept busy in 2017 with 1,929 cases assigned; 484 warrants issued, and 2,149 pieces of evidence gathered and processed, according to the report. The amount of evidence processed dropped from 2,229 in 2016. In 2017, officers filed 5,644 incident reports compared to 5,867 in 2016. Accident reports were up slightly, from 2,979 in 2016 to 3,020 in 2017. Citations issues saw a sharp increase, from 7,228 in 2016 to 8,498 in 2017. Officers conducted 462 field interviews in 2017 while only conducting 291 in 2016. Total arrests dropped slightly, also. In 2017, officers made 2,265 arrests

while making 2,299 arrests in 2016, for a small dip of 1.5 percent. Of those total arrests, there were 122 DUI arrests in 2017 compared to 132 in 2016. Police made 114 narcotics arrests

in 2017, down from 198 in 2016. And arrests of wanted persons remained the same at 172 for both years. Calls for service also decreased in 2017. Officers responded to 3,408 alarm calls in 2017 while making 3,515 alarm responses in 2016. Domestic calls dropped from 688 in 2016 to 659 in 2017. In 2017, there were 104 use of force reports made in 79 incidents, according to the report. Use of force is defined as the “display of a firearm or Taser in a confrontational manner, the deployment of a firearm or Taser, physical force beyond soft hand contact and the destruction of a rabid or seriously injured animal.” There were also 12 complaints filed against 13 officers in 2017. In-car video and body camera recordings were used to clear all but one of the complaints, according to the report.



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A demanding diva discovers that her maestro husband has become enamored with the young lady hired to ghostwrite his autobiography in this romantic comedy presented by Stage Door Players. $15-$33. North DeKalb Cultural Arts Center, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Show schedule, tickets: stagedoorplayers. net or 770-396-1726.



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Saturday, May 26, 7 to 9 p.m.

The New Orleans-influenced Wasted Potential Brass Band is next up in the Dunwoody Nature Center’s lineup of concerts held every other Saturday evening through July 21. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis in the meadow or on the back porch. Outside food and drink welcome. $5 adults; $3 students; free for members and for children 3 and under. Craft beers, sodas and water available. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodynature.org.

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The 11th anniversary Brookhaven Bolt 5K, a family event that winds through the Ashford Park neighborhood, is an official AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifying event. All proceeds benefit Ashford Park Elementary School. The race begins and ends at the mixed-use development Village Place Brookhaven, 1430 Dresden Drive, Brookhaven. Registration: brookhavenbolt.com.

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NATIONAL KIDS TO PARKS DAY Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The city of Sandy Springs celebrates its ninth annual Kids to Parks Day in the city with lots of activities at Hammond Park. The event encourages residents to use local parks and recreation sites to develop more active, healthy lifestyles. Free. 705 Hammond Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: sandyspringsga.gov.


Saturday, May 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Get an introduction to canoeing with tips on paddling techniques and equipment and a canoe trip at the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Beaver Pond. All equipment provided. Races and games included. Ages 5+. $15 general public; $10 nature center members. Register by the Thursday before class. (Limited spaces.) 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Info: chattnaturecenter.org.


Join the Brookhaven Bike Alliance for montly community rides every third Sunday at varying locations. May 20 location is Briarwood Park, 2235 Briarwood Way, Brookhaven. Info: Brookhaven Bike Alliance on Facebook.


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National Salvation Army Week, May 14-18, kicks off with a food truck event in the organization’s lower parking lot off of Corporate Boulevard. Each $5 ticket pays for food from one of four options: Charm & Jerry’s, Habanero Grill, Brooke Lynn’s, or Chick-fil-A. Music, games, free beverages, raffle, and shopping for handmade goods from Salvation Army ministries from around the world. All proceeds go toward sending 33 children to summer camp. 1424 Northeast Expressway, Brookhaven. Info: biz.brookhavencommerce.org/events. Continued on page 18

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New York Times best-selling author Mark Bittman presents his latest cookbook, “How to Grill Everything,” including everything from the perfect steak to cedar-plank salmon to pizza, in a book talk and signing at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Books will be available for purchase. Admission: $10 MJCCA members; $15 community. 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Reserve tickets: atlantajcc.org/bookfestival or 678-812-4002.


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U.S. Rep. Karen Handel (R-Ga.) convened an Opioid Summit at Dunwoody City Hall on May 1. Panelists included federal law enforcement, a CDC expert and a woman who started a drug rehabilitation facility called The Zone in Cobb County following her son’s death from an overdose. “The purpose of this is for all of us in the Sixth District and metro Atlanta to be united and understanding what is happening in our communities and our state and the impact it is having on our DYANA BAGBY families,” Handel said. U.S. Rep. Karen Handel speaks at an opioid summit “What strikes me is that May 1 including panelists, from left, Dan Salter and no one is immune. There Bill Trivelpiece of the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and Dr. Rita Noonan of the CDC. is no discrimination based on age, race, ZIP code or even income levels,” she added. “Behind Partners included on a Statewide Opithe numbers and statistics are real peooid Task Force begun last year include ple.” the Atlanta and Dunwoody police departOverdose deaths caused by opioids, inments, the Fulton County Commission cluding heroin and prescription drugs, conand Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. tinue to rise across the U.S. and north AtThe CDC in 2016 issued a report outlanta. Some statistics shared at the summit lining guidelines for primary care clireflected the seriousness of the crisis. nicians on when and how long to preThe Centers for Disease Control & Prescribe opioids as a way to help slow the vention has reported that between Aurapid prescription rates. gust 2016 and August 2017, 45,200 deaths Naloxone, also known as Narcan, can be were caused by opioids in the U.S., acinjected or sprayed into the nose of an overcounting for 67.1 percent of all overdose dose victim to revive them. Last year, Gov. deaths during the period. Nathan Deal signed a bill into law making In Georgia in 2016, there were 996 naloxone legal to purchase over the counter. overdose deaths caused by opioids, repreBill Trivelpiece, of the federal High senting 68.8 percent of all drug overdose Intensity Drug Trafficking Area office deaths in the state, according to a special in Atlanta, recommended parents with report from the Atlanta Regional Comchildren buy naloxone. mission. The ARC also reports that of the “If you got kids, and your kids got overdose deaths statewide in 2016, 595 infriends, please get naloxone,” he said. volved prescription opioids, a more than Other takeaways included people buytenfold increase since 1999. ing a “drug lock box” available at many The ARC also reported that the death retail stores to keep prescription drugs rate for opioid-related overdoses in metlocked up and out of the hands of people ro Atlanta is higher than that of the state not using them. of Georgia and that Cobb County has exFunding to law enforcement to fight ilperienced a dramatic increase in prelegal drugs coming in from Mexico must scription opioid deaths, rising from eight also be maintained, Handel said. But inin 2013 to 61 in 2016 — the most in the carcerating drug addicts is not always 10-county region. Fulton County had the useful, she said, and more work needs to second-highest number of deaths at 47, be done to create rehab centers in metaccording to the ARC. ro Atlanta where addicts can get the supAt the summit, Georgia Attorney port they need to stay off drugs. General Chris Carr, a Dunwoody resiA key priority also, she said, is to endent, explained how his office is worksure prescriptions for opioids are necesing to combat the deaths caused by opisary and for physicians and patients to oids, such as the illegal drug heroin and consider other ways to treat pain if poslegal prescription drugs. sible. Handel mentioned during the sum“The challenge we have is many opioids mit she had personal experience with opiare legal ... and people need them for a legitoid addiction but declined to comment imate reason. And if used with supervision, further. In a statement, she said the fight they can be useful,” he said. Legal opioids against opioid addiction must also ensure include Oxycontin, hydrocodone, codeine there are no unintended consequences for and also fentanyl, which law enforcement those who require opioid-based pain manand others say they are seeing more often agement, such as cancer patients.

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody Police reports dated April 29 through May 5. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.

LARCENY/ SHOPLIFTING/ THEFT 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On April 29, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and charged with trying to steal a charger from a discount superstore. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On April 29, in the afternoon, a young man was arrested and charged with trying to shoplift a pair of purple Beats headphones from a tech store. 4400 block of Ash-

— On May 2, in the early morning, $16,000 worth of cameras were stolen in a forced-entry burglary to a superstore. 1200 block of Ashford Crossing — On

May 2, in the morning, a man was arrested on larceny charges. 4400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — On May 2, a man said his wallet was taken. 5300 block of Tilly Mill Road — On

May 2, a woman said her watch had been stolen. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On May 2, in the afternoon, a woman was stopped and arrested after a store employee watched her take shoes from boxes and place them in her tote bag without paying for the items at a shoe warehouse.

ford-Dunwoody Road — On April 29, in the afternoon, a man said camera equipment, a MacBook, and clothing were stolen from his parked car. 4400 block of Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Road — On April 30, in the afternoon, about $500 in product was stolen from a lingerie store. 100 block of Perimeter Center Place

— On April 30, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and charged with stealing household goods from a superstore. 100 block of Perimeter Center Place

— On April 30, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and charged with stealing clothes from a superstore. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On April 30, at night, a man was arrested and charged with shoplifting from a discount superstore. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On April 30, at night, a man who tried to steal a drill from a discount superstore was arrested.

4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 2, in the afternoon, a shoplifting incident was reported at a department store.

4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On May 2, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and charged with trying to steal a candle from a discount superstore. 1200 block of Hammond Drive — On

May 2, at night, a man shoplifted a MacBook from a technology store. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On May 3, in the afternoon, a shop specializing in sunglasses reported the theft of three pairs. 1200 block of Hammond Drive — On May 3, in the afternoon, a discount retailer reported the theft of three fragrances from its store. Later that day, it reported another incident, but this time, items had been recovered.

4500 block of Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Road — On May 1, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and charged with shoplifting denim from a department store. 5000 block of Winters Chapel Road

— On May 2, in the morning, a man reported a forced-entry burglary to a non-residence. Several tools were taken. DUN


100 block of Perimeter Center Place

100 block of Perimeter Center West — On May 4, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and charged with shoplifting.

4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — On May 4, at night, a woman was arrested and charged with shoplifting.

2100 block of Peachford Road — On

April 29, in the evening, officers responded to two calls regarding two simple assaults at Peachford Hospital. 2100 block of Peachford Road — On

April 30, in the afternoon, another assault was reported at Peachford Hospital. 4800 block of Summerford Drive —

On May 1, in the afternoon, officers responded to a domestic dispute. 4300 block of Huntington Circle — On

May 1, at night, officers were called to a dispute between a married couple, who separated for the night. 5200 block of Wyntercreek Drive — On

May 2, at night, a mother and her son got into an argument resulting in a simple assault and criminal trespass charge. The staircase railing was also reported damaged. 5500 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — On May 3, in the afternoon, a business reported they were receiving threatening calls.


EB/ Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On April 29, in the early morning, a man was accused of speeding heading east on I-285 at 94 mph in a 65 mph zone. He was also accused of being in possession of marijuana and arrested.

On April 30, in the evening, a man was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On April 30, at night, an officer observed a Cadillac changing lanes without signaling, swerving into other lanes and having a defective tail light. The driver was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license and received an open container violation. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 1, in the early morning, a 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with marijuana possession. Officers had responded to an armed person, disorderly call. The weapon was a toy BB gun. I-285 EB/Chamblee-Dunwoody Road

— On May 1, in the morning, a man was arrested and charged with improperly handling equipment and driving with a suspended license. Ashford-Dunwoody

Road /Ravinia Parkway — On May 2, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license. 100 block of Perimeter Center Place — On May 2, at night, a man was arrested and charged with violating probation.

4300 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On May 3, in the morning, a man was arrested and charged with failing to appear.

4300 block of Peachtree Road —

On April 29, in the morning, a woman was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license. She also received an open container citation. 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On April 29, in the morning, a woman was arrested and charged with violating probation. 8100 block of Madison Drive — On

April 29, in the morning, a man was arrested and charged with family-battery. I-285 WB/ Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On April 29, in the afternoon, following an accident, a man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, following too closely and driving with a suspended license. 4500 block of Dunwoody Club Drive

4500 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road — On May 4, in the evening, a man was arrested and charged with marijuana possession of less than an ounce. 6800

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard — On May 5, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and charged with behaving disorderly under the influence.

OT H E R I N C I D E N T S 5400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — On April 30, in the early morning, a man was cleared for marijuana possession and littering.

— On April 30, in the morning, a 41-year-old woman was arrested and charged with speeding and driving without a license.

1200 block of Asbury Square — On

100 block of Perimeter Center East —

May 1, in the evening, officers responded to a hit-and-run incident.

May 1, in the afternoon, a credit fraud incident was reported. I-285/ Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On

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