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► Eyed for trails, pipeline routes are serious business PAGE 4 ► Buckhead company keeps ‘quirky’ old-school sodas fizzing PAGE 6

City teams with Georgia Power on surveillance cameras

Riding high in Lynwood Park

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“Miss Confidence Lynwood,” Jayla Lipscomb, 5, waves to the crowd with her driver, Toni Annette Woods, in the Lynwood Park Community Day parade on May 6. The parade kicked off an afternoon celebration that included a cookout, music, games and activities. More pictures, page 24.►

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OUT & ABOUT Storyteller ‘Rosie the Riveter’ comes to town Page 19 I want to see a competition that celebrates our everyday Home Kitchen challenges. ... The Chairman would be the Original Iron Chef’s Mother-in-Law. Prizes are a month’s supply of lasagna and a spa weekend. A chef wins if her kids eat her food. Robin’s Nest, page 15

The Brookhaven Police Department says it is the first municipality in the state to team up with Georgia Power Co. to install video cameras and license plate readers on utility poles. The equipment is being installed as part of a test run of a new surveillance system that police say will cut down on crime. The test run may also be the start of the city exploring the possibility of having its own video integration center, similar to the one operated by the Atlanta Police Department, where officers monitor cameras placed throughout the city to watch for trouble. “We are looking at different options in the future for a video integration system, like the one in Atlanta ... and looking to partner with APD,” Brookhaven Police spokesperson Major Brandon See CITY on page 22

$200K festival marketing was done without bid BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Discover DeKalb’s marketing of Brookhaven’s Cherry Blossom Festival was done by a firm selected with “no rhyme or reason” rather than a competitive bid, a spokesperson for the agency said. The campaign included paid “digital influencers” whose track record of effectiveness is unclear. Discover DeKalb is collecting nearly $4 million in hotel/motel taxes in 2017, money that will go toward promoting tourism throughout the county and in cities such as See $200K on page 13

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The granite bollards at both ends of the Valvedere Bridge in Ashford Park were cut down to ensure the safety of runners in the popular Brookhaven Bolt fundraising race.

Granite obstacles will not slow down Brookhaven Bolt BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The race will go on. A bit of last-minute drama briefly threatened the popular Brookhaven Bolt 5K race, set for May 20, when race organizers discovered two granite pillars erected on each side of the refurbished Valvedere Bridge in Ashford Park. That bridge is part of the route some 2,000 runners and walkers will use as they make their way through the Ashford Park neighborhood during the 5K race, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Race organizers feared the granite pillars, or bollards, could present a liability should someone run into one of them, said Todd Banister, co-chair of the Bolt. “Our first thought was that they were fine,” Banister said when he learned May 9 of the bollards. “We thought they could be temporarily removed. But then we saw they were permanently placed granite and could be a problem.” There was talk for a couple hours of possibly canceling the race or being forced to find another route, Banister said, but city officials agreed to remove the bollards in time for the race. Mayor John Ernst said the bollards would be cut down May 9 and after the race, new, temporary bollards will be installed. “Out of an abundance of respect for the Brookhaven Bolt [and] its importance to the city of Brookhaven, an executive decision has been made to remove the bollards from the Valvedere Bridge,” Ernst said in a statement to the organizers. Ernst said the bollards would be replaced “by new bollards that can be removed for future events such as this.” The Brookhaven Bolt is the largest fundraiser for Ashford Park Elementary School, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the school. Banister said a record number of

2,000 people are expected to sign up for this year’s race with an anticipated donation to the school totaling $53,000. City Manager Christian Sigman said in a May 9 email to Banister and Adam Caskey, also a race organizer, that the bollards were installed at the bridge in an effort to ensure people in golf carts would not use the bridge. The bridge repair that included the granite bollards cost less than $150,000, city spokesperson Burke Brennan said. “Golf carts are not allowed on public streets in Brookhaven and the bridge was not designed for vehicles of any type,” Sigman stated. “Actually, I suspect the illegal golf cart use contributed to the damage and shortened life of the prior bridge.” Ernst said the temporary bollards will ensure golf carts or any other motorized vehicle will not be able to use the repaired bridge. “It must be pointed out that under no circumstances can any motorized vehicle of any kind (gas or electric) be permitted on this bridge,” Ernst said. “As the city manager has stated, the Valvedere Bridge is only designed for foot traffic and cannot safely accommodate a pace car or cart.” Ashford Park resident Ronnie Mayer scolded the council and Sigman at the May 9 council meeting for installing the bollards in the first place. He said many neighborhood residents use golf carts and use the bridge. Banister said, however, he appreciated the city’s responsiveness to the Brookhaven Bolt. “Truth be told, they were quick to dialogue and were swift in their response and they did the right thing,” Banister said. “We are extremely happy with the city’s response. Our focus on the bridge is for one morning of the year ... and when you run a city there are a lot of different angles to look at,” Banister said. “But they agreed in the race’s favor and we are nothing but happy.”


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City Councilmember John Park, far left, Mayor John Ernst and Parks and Recreation Director Brian Borden at the 33-acre PDK green space.

B R O O KHAVEN CLO SES O N 3 3 A C R ES O F P DK G R EEN S PA C E The city of Brookhaven officially closed April 28 on 33 acres of former DeKalbPeachtree Airport property the city plans to use as a public park. The city purchased the land from DeKalb County for $5.7 million. The property will be closed to the public over the summer as city staff and community partners clean up the site and ensures it is safe, according to a city press release. “This is an exciting milestone for Brookhaven and its residents, who worked so tirelessly to preserve Brookhaven’s green and vibrant environment,” said Mayor John Ernst in the release. “We still have work to do to ensure that the property is safe for all residents to enjoy, but I’m looking forward to exploring this green space with my sons when it opens.” Added City Manager Christian Sigman, “To maximize the accessibility of this 33-acre site, we will need to fix the issues caused by the storage of old fuel tanks and construction material for many years. This fall, our work should be complete and we will be able to open the area for all to enjoy.” The DeKalb County Commission voted unanimously Jan. 24 to sell the 33-acres of surplus land at the PDK Airport to Brookhaven for its fair market value. The Brookhaven City Council voted in December to buy the property. The approximately 33-acre tract is located between Clairmont Road and Skyland Drive. The property contains mature trees, a stream, wildlife and native plants, and is located west of Clairmont Road at its intersection with Tobey Road. “We delivered on our promise to the dedicated citizens in this community who have been lobbying for years to have this land preserved,” said City Councilmember John Park, whose district includes the property. “The hardest part is finished. Now, Brookhaven is solely responsible for the future of this priceless urban forest.”

O FFICIALS D ES IG NING EM ER G ENC Y P L A N FO R M U R P HEY C A NDL ER DA M Water resource engineers this month are coming up with an emergency plan should Murphey Candler Dam break. The plan must be completed by July 1. Because Murphey Candler Dam, built in 1953, is classified as a Category I High Hazard Dam by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Safe Dams Program, an Emergency Action Plan (EAP) is required by state law. The city has contracted with Dewberry Consultants LLC to produce the plan. “All indications at this point are that the dam is perfectly safe, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Brookhaven Emergency Management Coordinator Paul White said in a press release. “An emergency action plan is not only a legal requirement, but it is also good public policy.” The EAP began in April and includes dam breach modeling, inundation zone limits mapping, periodic inspection scheduling, as well as maintenance and emergency notification procedures. The state Safe Dams Program lists more than 40 dams in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, most built decades ago during a boom in suburban leisure lakes and still the responsibility of private owners. The state categorizes 11 of those local dams as “high hazard,” meaning that if they were to fail, the flood likely would kill people downstream. The “high-hazard” category is based on the size and location of the dam, not its current condition. Statewide, 474 dams are currently categorized as high-hazard. BK

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City Council regularly goes to the dogs ... and cats BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

A cute dog or cat can bring a smile to even the angriest constituent. That may not be the reason Mayor John Ernst decided at the beginning of his term last year to begin each City Council meeting with a photo and description of one of the many animals up for adoption by LifeLine Animal Project, the nonprofit organization that manages animal services for DeKalb and Fulton counties. But it doesn’t hurt. “It’s a good starting point for every meeting,” said Ernst, an animal lover whose family includes a Great Dane by the name of Apollo. “It changes things up ... and puts everyone in a good mood.” Ann Marie Quill, the city’s Communications Manager and also an animal lover, is tasked with selecting a pet from LifeLine to highlight at the start of each council meeting. She said she likes to pick one with a sweet description written by one of the agency’s volunteers. “It started with one of the mayor’s first meetings, and as an animal lover and proponent of rescue pets, it was his idea,” she said. “As LifeLine manages DeKalb’s shelter, we thought they would be an appropriate organization to feature.” LifeLine has brought a dog to the council chambers a couple of times, and Ernst said he hopes more animals will be brought to future meetings. “I like the idea of getting your dogs from the animal shelter and Lifeline is

trying to make this a no-kill county,” Ernst said. Apollo was not rescued from an animal shelter, but was rescued in bad shape from a breeder. “Lifeline has lots of great dogs and kitties and we want to help as many as we can,” he said. Whether or not a pet has actually been adopted by a Brookhaven resident sitting in on a council meeting or watching it online on the city’s website is not known. “It doesn’t matter because I’d still do it,” Ernst said. “It’s about creating awareness for Lifeline.” LifeLine manages its own private shelter in Avondale Estates, where it places some 500 dogs and cats each year. LifeLine began managing the Fulton and DeKalb animal shelters in 2013. According to its website, LifeLine cares for more than 29,500 animals each year. In 2013, lifesaving rates of animals at the shelters were 39 percent in Fulton and 61 percent in DeKalb; currently that rate is at 89 percent, according to LifeLine. Over 13,000 animals were adopted, rescued or returned to their owners from the Fulton and DeKalb shelters in 2016, according to LifeLine. The DeKalb shelter is an open-admission shelter with an average intake of 30 new animals each day. The annual Taste of Town Brookhaven is scheduled for May 20 at Town Brookhaven. Participants can taste food from more than 10 Town Brookhaven restaurants and also enjoy adult beverages, cooking demonstrations and live music, all while helping support LifeLine’s mission.


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A ribbon of green space crosses High Point Road in Sandy Springs, with manicured shrubbery on one side and a church’s community garden on the other. Only a close look at warning signs reveals that beneath it, jet fuel and gasoline flow in an underground pipe. Operated by Alpharetta-based Colonial, it’s part of the same pipeline that had a major leak and fatal explosion in Alabama last fall. In March, Colonial dug up that section of High Point Road to repair what a spokesperson calls a “slight manufacturing defect” in the pipe that had not yet caused any leak. Colonial and another company, Plantation, have three petroleum pipelines running through neighborhoods and along waterways in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Those Alabama disasters are among the reasons pipelines are increasingly controversial nationwide. On the other hand, that High Point Road preventative maintenance is an example of why the industry touts a “99.999 percent” rate of delivery without accidents. And that community garden is the kind of public use of the little-noticed pipeline rights of way that have Sandy Springs parks advocates eyeing them as potential routes for a multiuse trail network.

Local routes

The local pipelines are segments of much larger routes. Plantation’s, built in the early 1940s, runs between Louisiana and Washington, D.C. Colonial’s, built in the 1960s and ’70s, runs between Texas and the New York City area. Both carry refined petroleum products, such as jet fuel, gasoline, heating oil, diesel fuel and bio-diesel or ethanol. The pipelines are little-noticed on purpose. The federal government and the companies keep the exact route maps secret from the general public, citing security concerns. However, the government

provides a general map, and the right of way is dotted with small, round warning signs to anyone who might dig and get a nasty surprise. In Reporter Newspapers communities, the pipelines generally run along the Chattahoochee River, then head east on three routes largely shared by both companies. One route – through Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven – loosely follows Long Island and Nancy creeks, running under Roswell Road and Ga. 400. Another pipeline branches into Sandy Springs neighborhoods south of Dalrymple Road and runs east into Dunwoody’s Wynterhall area, just north of Dunwoody Village. The third route runs through northern Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, largely following Georgia Power Co.’s 200-foot-wide high-voltage transmission line easement.

Safety and spills

In a nation that loves low-cost oil power but hates pollution and eminent domain, petroleum pipelines are in high demand and increasingly controversial. The Midwest’s Dakota Access pipeline has drawn huge protests over property rights and leak risks. In March, lawsuits and legislation froze plans by Kinder Morgan, Plantation’s parent company, for its proposed Palmetto petroleum pipeline in east Georgia. When Colonial’s Alabama leak happened, most metro Atlanta reaction focused on the spike in gas prices, not the possibility of a similar disaster here. Just months earlier, Colonial had repaired a potential flaw in the Sandy Springs pipeline near Dalrymple Road, which is adjacent to the Lost Corner Preserve park and Spalding Drive Elementary School. Leaks are inevitable in the liquid transport industry, officials agree, and safety estimates are relative matters of degree. Christopher Jones, an Arizona State University professor who studies pipelines, wrote in a recent article that the “99.999 percent” leak-free pipeline re-

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cord still amounts to an average of a significant leak per day somewhere in the country, and the leaks are largely self-reported. Pipeline industry groups say that most leaks that do happen are small. The alternatives -- railroads and tanker trucks – carry their own obvious risks. In a 2015 incident that gave local officials a serious, still-discussed scare, a diesel tanker crashed off an I-285 overpass onto Ga. 400. That truck didn’t leak or burn, but if it had, officials have said, there could have been mass casualties and a traffic disaster that would dwarf the recent I-85 collapse. Colonial and Kinder Morgan say they have various safety inspection measures, including automated systems to detect unusual activity within the pipes and inspectors who walk on and fly over the routes. They also run devices called “smart pigs” down the pipes. The devices have sensors that can detect even small cracks or imperfections. “We have robust system integrity [and] inspection and maintenance programs that meet or exceed all federal regulatory requirements,” said Colonial spokesperson Malesia Dunn. “Nothing is perfect and nothing is perfectly risk-free, but we strive for that,” said Kinder Morgan spokesperson Melissa Ruiz, who was on her way to a largescale emergency response practice drill in Arizona. Pipelines are much safer than

Local cities have leak response plans trucking petroleum, she said. coordinated with the pipeline compaIt has been almost 20 years since a nies and say they have no particularly inmajor leak occurred on a local pipeline. creased concerns since the Alabama inciKinder Morgan said it has reported no lodent. The advocacy group Chattahoochee cal leaks since the year 2000, while ColoRiverkeeper -- which is opposing a pronial says it has reported one in that periposed natural od, a “small leak gas pipeline within our propin south Georerty fence line in gia -- also citFulton.” ed the spill reThe most response plans cent major leak when asked shows the stakes about any loand that inspeccal pipeline tions don’t alconcerns. ways work. In “We main1998, the Colotain a close dinial pipeline alogue with in the Georgia officials from Power right of Colonial Pipeway along Sanline and have dy Springs’ Morobserved gan Falls Road emergency recracked unsponse drills der the weight and preparaof landfill, spillJOHN RUCH tions in case ing more than Warning signs at a Sandy Springs community a spill was to 30,000 gallons of garden note that the Colonial and Plantation ever happen gasoline, accordpipelines run under the area. locally,” said ing to a federal Riverkeeper’s Jason Ulseth. “Of course, report. Only about 17,000 gallons could be we hope that day never comes.” cleaned up, at a cost of more than $3.2 million. The leak was noticed by a local recyPipelines as paths cling center employee, not Colonial’s deFor safety reasons, permanent structection systems, the federal report says.

tures can’t be built atop the pipeline routes. (An Atlanta Braves marketing executive said at a Sandy Springs event last year that the new SunTrust Park plan had to be reoriented around a pipeline running right through that property.) In some places, that makes them natural footpaths, such as in the Cochran Shoals area of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The Sandy Springs Conservancy, a parks advocacy group, is eyeing pipeline and other utility rights of way for potential multiuse trails, and exploring that idea was included in that city’s new land-use plan. Colonial and Kinder Morgan said that such trails are possible, though there may be devils in the details. In practical terms, small plantings and surface paving are OK, while large trees or buildings are not. “Shallow gardens and nature trails are generally permissible,” said Colonial’s Dunn, adding that the company donates supplies to that High Point church garden. “The short answer is that it depends,” said Kinder Morgan’s Ruiz, noting that Planation often has easements on property owned by others. “Easement agreements have different restrictions based on the location, what is flowing through the pipeline, and what a landowner is interested in doing.”

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Buckhead soda company bubbles up with offbeat brands BY JACLYN TURNER Atlanta may always be equated with Coca-Cola, but a Buckhead-based soda company adds some pop to the market by keeping unusual and regional favorites alive. Monarch Beverage Company produces such old-school brands as Kickapoo Joy Juice and Ramblin’ Root Beer for a market that includes fans of the new “craft soda” trend and people seeking a taste of nostalgia. Founded in 1965 in Atlanta by Frank Armstrong, a former Coca-Cola executive, Monarch operates from a local office in the 3630 Peachtree Road tower and an international outpost in Paris. The company seeks out drinks with a regional market that could capitalize on having a distinct popularity and loyal following, according to Mariam Diallo, head of marketing. Its two main brands in the U.S. are Kickapoo and Ramblin’. More than 99 percent of Monarch’s beverages are consumed overseas, mostly in Asian, African and Latin American countries. “It can be very hard to compete with Coke,” Diallo said, “but we differentiate ourselves with specialty drinks that

can be regionally adapted, like a horchata ... or tamarind drinks in Africa.” Kickapoo and Ramblin’ Root Beer are bottled in Coca-Cola facilities. Monarch holds the international rights, but not the domestic rights, to other brands, such as American Cola, Bubble Up and Nesbitt’s. Kickapoo Joy Juice was based on the newspaper comic strip “Li’l Abner,” which launched in the 1930s and


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with a commercial featuring a very young Sarah Jessica Parker. The CocaCola Co. originally distributed it, until they obtained the rights to Barq’s root beer. Monarch acquired and revamped the brand in 2008, and recently added more flavors to the line-up, with rose cream, butterscotch and maple varieties. “Craft soda sales, which is the market we are in, are rising,” said U.S. sales manager Ted Hatcher. “It’s not that people don’t want to drink soda. It’s that they are tired of the regular, everyday [flavors]. People are wanting a different flavor, and that’s where we come in.” Monarch aims Kickapoo Joy Juice at three target audiences: the nostalgia audience that grew up with the Li’l Abner comics; craft soda lovers who are seeking an artisanal experience; and a young population wanting something unconventional. “Part of the customer base is nostalgia, but sodas are also a young person’s drink. Mountain Dew works with extreme sports and connecting with young people. We chose the video games and geek subculture,” said Diallo. The goal is for these young adults to think, ‘It’s a quirky, funny brand that

speaks to me. I’ve made it my own and I share it with my friends.’” “One of the things we struggle with as a small company is finding distribution,” said Hatcher. “We work with a lot of partners to get where we are. We’re really a niche in a hidden market that is somewhat saturated. We are having an interesting time in the U.S. getting our products out there, because Coke and Pepsi are such big players, and there are others. We want to start in Atlanta and expand outwards.” Kickapoo Joy Juice and Ramblin’ Root Beer now can be purchased on Amazon.com and through small merchants such as Rocket Fizz in Decatur, H-Mart in Chamblee, Cracker Barrels, and many package stores. Monarch is in talks to get its products sold through large chain retailers, such as Publix grocery stores and Sam’s Club big-box stores. Monarch has also set up tastings at local festivals and promoted its drinks at Georgia Tech games. After realizing that Kickapoo Joy Juice mixes well with alcohol, company officials have held events at bars and are a sponsor of Dad’s Garage, an Atlanta theater company, which offers a “Dad’s Juice” cocktail of Joy Juice, vodka and cranberry juice.


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The best sandwich is the blackened catfish banh mi, which most excellently combines Cajun blackening with Vietnamese pickling. It is a little known fact that there are so many good Vietnamese places to eat in New Orleans – because in some ways, French is French. You can find that super soft loaf of bread at either kind of place, and you can find it at Bon Ton as well, perched high atop some gumbo where the sausage is properly spicy and the roux is properly thickened. Also testifying to the Vietnamese influence is the bright and fresh spicy jicama and papaya salad, which is covered in chilis, lime, cilantro, ginger and mint. The red beans and rice lean Vietnamese, too. Most Gulf Coast kitchens put enough lard in those beans to run you right into the hospital, but Bon Ton reigns in the fat with a stronger tomato base that won’t clog your arteries and will keep much better in the fridge for a couple days. With real deal Louisiana flavors at such reasonable prices in a truly sweet location, I hope Bon Ton will stick around. Once they have lift-off, I expect dessert. Give me the beignets and the bread pudding! Then I expect brunch. Give me the Bloody Mary shot through with shrimp juice and beer! Then I expect the small bar on the top floor to open up and show us something, mister. Atlanta has to let Bon Ton rouler.




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City Councilmember Joe Gebbia, far left, Anthony and Michael Gropp, and Mayor John Ernst celebrate at the May 8 grand opening of Petite Violette.

Petite Violette combines history of two local iconic French restaurants BY DYANA BAGBY

rants merged early this year. Belcher died in April and so while the story is a happy one, there is a sad A combined history of 70 years in part of it, too, Michael said. the restaurant industry has come to“We had talked years ago and she algether to create a new place for French ways promised when she was ready to fine dining in the city. sell, we would be first offer,” Michael Petite Violette on Clairmont Road is said. “She called us ‘the boys’ and was the merging of two French restaurants really happy when we took over – rather that were named Petite Auberge and Vithan start over, we essentially merged, olette. The owners, city officials and the and even kept the favorite items from Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce celboth menus.” ebrated with Georgia Coa May 5 grand clin, 82, went to opening and the Toco Hills ribbon cutting location conceremony. sistently for 42 Owners of years, she said, the restaurant to celebrate are brothers birthdays, anAnthony and niversaries, Michael Gropp. baptisms and Anthony is the other milechef while Mistones. On May DYANA BAGBY chael handles 5, she was at Michael, left, and Anthony Gropp most of the the restaurant are owners of Petite Violette. management in honor of her and business side of things. The story husband, who had recently died. of their home on Clairmont Road is a “He always liked to come here, so we bittersweet one. had our luncheon here after the funerPetite Auberge was located in Toco al,” she said. Hills for 42 years, building a loyal cliShe is happy to follow the brothers entele. But when the Gropps got a new to Brookhaven even though traffic is a landowner late last year, they were bit worse, she said. “They’re still worth forced to find a new location. it. The food is wonderful, the service is “They are a big company with differwonderful,” she said. ent ideas ... and it was no longer feasiAnthony acknowledged it was a bit ble for us to stay there,” Michael said. sad to be forced to find a new home af“We were desperate and almost magiter 42 years in the same spot. He said cally this space appeared.” he literally grew up at the restaurant Stephanie Belcher, owner of Violette, where he learned to cook from his fawhich operated on Clairmont Road for ther, Wolfgang Gropp, who opened the 28 years, had become ill and was ready restaurant in 1974. to sell her building. She contacted “the “Even though we were family there, boys,” as she came to know the Gropp it’s still just a building,” he said. “Now brothers over the years, and the restauwe’ve moved that entity over here.” dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

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A rendering of the proposed assisted living facility to be built at 3523 Buford Highway.

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The Brookhaven Planning Commission has given its nod of approval for a $20 million assisted living facility to be built on Buford Highway. At its May 3 meeting, the Planning Commission voted 5-1 to recommend approval of a rezoning request to make room for a 79-unit facility to be built on about three acres of land at the corner of Buford Highway and Afton Lane. The rezoning request is slated to go to the City Council May 23. A major point of contention between the developer, Green Implementations Group, and the 22-home Peachtree Village neighborhood adjacent to the property has been over the developer’s request to build an access road from Afton Lane into the new development. Linda Dunlavy, attorney for the Peachtree Village residents, said the residents do not oppose an assisted living facility being built on the property. The residents do want to ensure the tranquility of their small neighborhood, one of the last single-home neighborhoods on Buford Highway, she said. The residents agreed to support an access road be built off Afton Lane, but requested it only be accessible to emergency vehicles. Commissioners, however, voted to allow the access road to be used by emergency vehicles as well as service vehicles. The commission is recommending service vehicles only be allowed entry between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. as a compromise. Planning Commission member John Funny told the residents that this rezoning request is coming amidst the city’s zoning code rewrite. “I want the neighborhood to understand this project really came in the process of the city developing its zoning rewrite. So I think we’re trying to mitigate what we present to the City Council,” Funny said. “We’re not neglecting residential neighborhoods there ... but as we bring in development on Buford Highway ... we want to make sure the zoning rewrite takes care of some concerns.” Green Implementations Group is owned by Brookhaven resident Arkadiy Yakubov, who also owns the Orchard at Tucker, an assisted living facility. Many people who have family members at the Orchard in Tucker praised the facility and urged the Planning Commission to support the Brookhaven development. Yakubov has said Brookhaven needs such a local facility and that he sees himself as a “pioneer” of the coming development along Buford Highway. Yakubov has said he is investing $20 million into the project. Like the Tucker facility, the Brookhaven facility would include a park and garden area at the back of the property for residents to use.




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$200K Cherry Blossom Festival marketing was done without bid Continued from page 1 Brookhaven. The taxes are collected from people staying in hotels and motels in the county and its cities. Recently, Discover DeKalb spent $200,000 marketing Brookhaven’s Cherry Blossom Festival, which was held March 25 and March 26 at Blackburn Park and attracted about the same 15,000-person attendance as last year, city officials estimate. That amount spent included about $45,000 to hire 10 “digital influencers” to promote the festival. Michael Lee, spokesperson for Discover DeKalb, said the agency contracted with global public relations firm Porter Novelli, which has an Atlanta office, to work with the digital influencers to promote the festival. “We just chose them. There was no rhyme or reason,” he said of contracting with Porter Novelli. He did add the company was recommended to Discover DeKalb. Discover DeKalb was formed in 1984 as a 501(c) 6 nonprofit organization and is a separate entity not affiliated with DeKalb County government. Oversight of the agency is conducted by an executive director who answers to a board of directors, which meets quarterly. Members of the board include several hotel industry representatives. As a 501(c) 6 nonprofit, Discover DeKalb is not required by federal law to solicit bids for its marketing campaigns. “Digital influencers” are a recent trend in branding businesses and organizations in which people with a significant social media presence, such as on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, are paid to promote products and events to their followers through photos and comments. Brookhaven’s role in a marketing campaign for an event such as the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is minimal, Lee said. “The city doesn’t decide the strategy. We’re the subject matter experts,” he said. “We’re the official tourism agency for the city. This was the first festival of the season and it was an opportune time to do it [use digital influencers].” “This was an awareness campaign,” Lee added, saying the $45,000 spent gave Discover DeKalb “quantitative data.” Using new branding and advertising tools is necessary in today’s tourism and advertising market, he said. “It takes money to make money,” Lee said. Discover DeKalb and Porter Novelli would not identify the 10 “digital influencers” paid to promote the Cherry Blossom Festival. Lee referred the question to Porter Novelli. Dwayna A. Haley, vice president at Porter Novelli, said it is against company policy to reveal its clients connected to the Cherry Blossom Festival campaign. “Porter Novelli was given the assignment to conduct the campaign by Discover DeKalb,” she stated in an email. “The goal of the campaign was to inBK

crease overall consumer awareness of Brookhaven as a destination and its annual signature event - the Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival. Per our corporate policy, we do not disclose financial or contractual information for our clients,” she added. One digital influencer identified by Discover DeKalb at a presentation to the Brookhaven City Council at an April 12 work session was Stacie Connerty of Atlanta, who did not respond to a request for comment. Connerty has 172,000 Twitter followers. A few of her Cherry Blossom Festival tweets were retweeted more than 100 times, while others got much lower activity. On a recent afternoon, about 20 of her tweets covered topics ranging from a local TV station’s investigation of summer camps to chocolate protein shakes to several retweets about the Atlanta Food and Wine Fest. None of those tweets had been retweeted more than four times. The Federal Trade Commission requires social media influencers to reveal their paid work, including such disclosure statements and requiring their tweets to be identified with a “#ad” hashtag so people know they are being paid to promote a product or event. Connerty’s tweets during the Cherry Blossom Festival showed she used the #ad hashtag on some tweets and not on others. Connerty also has a lifestyle blog at divinelifestyle.com that includes a disclosure statement reading, “This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.” A 2016 story at adweek.com stated some companies are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars every month into “influencer marketing,” according to Captiv8, a company that connects influencers with brands. Haley of Porter Novelli said “influencer marketing” is becoming more and more popular. “Influencer marketing is a tool commonly used by brands to leverage the word of mouth halo earned by inspired personalities online,” she said in an email. “From micro-influencers (those with niche, community followings) to celebrities, partnering with influencers helps brands to initiate organic conversation and engagement with consumers while also building awareness.” Porter Novelli told City Council members that a “Twitter party” on March 22 to promote the festival and using the #CherryFest17 hashtag recorded nearly 123 million Twitter impressions. Twitter impressions are the total number of timelines tweets are delivered to, but does not mean they are actually read, according to Union Metrics, a firm that specializes in in-depth social media analytics. The county’s stats showed that there were 306 clicks from Twitter to links about the festival from March 13 to March 24. Katie Williams is the executive director of the Dunwoody Convention and Visitors Bureau. The city of Dunwoody decided in 2008, when it incorporated, to have its own

tourism agency and has roughly a $1 million annual budget collected from hotel/ motel taxes, she said. Williams is required, according to city policy, to present quarterly updates to the Dunwoody City Council. Dunwoody city finance staff also handle the CVB’s books, she said. “The city also approves our bud-

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PCIDs make local contribution to fixing traffic BY JOHN HEAGY AND DIANE CALLOWAY The rapidly completing reconstruction of an overpass on I-85 has rightfully been the focus of the commuting public and regional traffic reporting for weeks. The Georgia Department of Transportation, Georgia Regional Transit Authority, MARTA and other metro transit agencies, as well as metro Atlanta employers and the commuting public, should all be commended for doing their parts to redirect and restructure morning and evening commutes to minimize congestion and back-ups during the demolition and bridge construction. But work continues on a major highway project closer to home that will help alleviate future traffic problems in our immediate area. At I-285 and Ga. 400, the first phases of construction of the new interchange are underway. The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs), two self-funded CIDs, comprise 4.2 square miles around the Perimeter Center sub-market. The PCIDs straddle two counties (DeKalb and Fulton) as well as parts of three municipalities (Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs). Our CIDs are voluntarily financed by an additional 4 mills of property taxes paid by the commercial property owners within the two districts. Transportation and transit improvements for the region’s largest office submarket, as well as leading medical center

campuses are the primary focus of our CIDs. Towards that end, the Central DeKalb and Fulton Perimeter Community Improvement Districts committed $10 million toward the initial construction costs of upgrading and replacing the 285/400 interchange. On Friday, May 26, at the next meeting of our Perimeter Business Alliance, we will present a check for those funds to Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry. This partnership makes clear our commitment to serve as catalysts, collaborators and representatives of the area’s business community, supporting and contributing towards infrastructure improvements that serve to make our Perimeter Center area even more attractive. In the Perimeter Center sub-market, our job is to enhance the reputation of Georgia’s Fortune 1000 address of choice, as well as to further develop and maintain one of the premier live, work and play communities in the Southeast. Since the creation of the Central DeKalb CID in 1999, and later the Fulton CID, we have invested millions. And we plan to invest more. Our existing 285/400 interchange has become one of the region’s most challenged. It handles nearing 500,000 autos and trucks daily, well beyond its original design capacity. Perimeter business leaders and

property owners understand that there is no free lunch and we do not expect our state or federal governments to make major investments in this region without some type of commitment or contribution from the business community. This new interchange will incorporate miles of fly-over bridges and collector distributor lanes. These lanes will reach Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and Roswell Road along I-285 and run along Ga. 400 from the Glenridge Connector to north of Abernathy Road. The new interchange will take a few years to complete, compared to the months involved in reconstructing the overpass on I-85, but as with that project and the impressive construction completion timeline, it was a team effort, led by GDOT and assisted and supported by the commuting public. Collaboration and cooperation take effort, but it is almost always more than worth the time and leadership involved in assembling and implementing them to get the job done. John Heagy chairs the Central DeKalb Perimeter Community Improvement District. Diane Calloway chairs the Fulton Perimeter Community Improvement District. Together, the two organizations make up the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts.

Southern hospitality helped us make it through town William-Oliver Building as a youngster and seeAs a Buckhead booster, I admit I pretty much see it ing the best behavior of lawyers and other professionall through rose-colored glasses. But, as a native of our al men in the elevators. They always removed their city, I have to admit some dramatic changes have takhats if women entered. How nice. en place, and they are not all what I would have choWhen I grew up, we had the standard Emily Post reographed. proper manners book on the same shelf with WebWe are exposed to so much violence on television ster’s dictionary, of equal importance. Child care was and through other media that we feel an obligation to included. protect against it. That’s when we begin to distance Recently, because of the increased traffic congesourselves in the arena of pleasantries. tion caused by the I-85 bridge collapse, we’ve had Of course, some change is a byproduct of othmore complaints regarding poor manners on the er change: Increases in population can certainly be roads. blamed for some attitude changes. President of the Our Buckhead Coalition saw a need to help local For instance, we seldom see horse-drawn buggies Buckhead Coalition and drivers into and out of driveways by offering them on the roadways anymore, so men have no reason to former mayor of Atlanta. free signs asking others in traffic to “PLEASE Let Me walk the sidewalk curbside to protect our female comIn The Drive,” or, conversely, “PLEASE Let Me Out Of panions. Although I may be admonished for writing The Drive.” the following, with so many women in the workforce now, it’s no We equate “hospitality” with a happy face and this takes on an longer considered bad manners to let them pay for part of the meal. even stronger degree of civility when we’re branded as “Southern As a former politician, however, what I dislike most is the overt Hospitality.” avoidance of making eye contact when passing one another on the What I request is that you not give up. A smile begets a smile, sidewalk or building hallway. and there are lots of them out there ... at least I can vouch for such Thinking back, I can recall when it seemed everyone knew evin the 28 square miles of Buckhead. eryone, so there was no fear associated with strangers. But BuckIt’s a happy place, where all are welcome and road-rage is rehead is not your grandfather’s small town anymore. stricted. I recall with some nostalgia visiting my dad’s office at the down-

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Iron Chef Mom I think that many of us, while browsing through 185 channels trying to find 30 minutes of mindless entertainment, once discovered the program “Iron Chef” or one of its many children and lingered there for a few moments. The premise of “Iron Chef America” was enticing: a Master Chef, usually someone who is renowned for the cuisine at his or her restaurant, was pitted against one of the Food Network’s own “Iron Chefs.” Each chef had two helpers, along with all of the food and technology that Kitchen Stadium could provide, and were charged with creating (within the hour) six gourmet courses that featured a Secret Ingredient. Competition was overseen by The Chairman, who acrobated himself onstage, swooshed his head and said hello. Then, using a good deal of aplomb, he revealed said Secret Ingredient and set the contestants scurrying with the words, “Allez cuisine!” I must say I was pretty impressed with that “Iron Chef” program. How could I not be? There were teams of sous chefs who could dice a pound of onions in less time than it takes me to find my cutting board. There were chefs who could produce -- and gorgeously plate -- six dishes in roughly the same amount of time it takes me to microwave a package of chicken enchiladas.

But I grew a little weary of watching a competition that revolves around the meals that two super chefs can make from a reindeer. I want to see television start featuring a real challenge. I want to see an Iron Chef Mom. We all have Robin Conte is a writer our Iron Chef and mother of four Mom moments. who lives in Dunwoody. You’re in the kitchShe can be contacted at en with one child robinjm@earthlink.net. who’s late for soccer practice, one who needs help with some “new math” homework and a 2-year-old who needs a diaper change when the tiny Chairman Voice in your head asks, “What can you make with … a bag of frozen ravioli and a can of refried beans?” So I want to see a competition that celebrates our everyday Home Kitchen challenges. Home Kitchen Stadium would have a counter full of mail, a table piled with laundry, and a dog. The Chairman would be the Original Iron Chef’s Mother-in-Law. Prizes are a month’s supply of lasagna and a spa weekend. A chef wins if her kids eat her food. Alton Brown can still be the commen-

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school parking lot. tator. (We like him.) His commentary “Meanwhile, the challenger has comwould sound something like this: bined those anchovies with her trademark “Our Iron Chef Mom is a veteran mothcream of chicken soup and poured it over er of two whose crowning achievement animal-shaped pasta. Her twins have been was making veal parmesan for 20 while her tormenting Home Kitchen Dog, so she’s … house was being painted and her daughletting them take turns with the cucumber ter was going through a breakup with her and the juicing machine. Brilliant. boyfriend. Our challenger is a worthy op“Iron Chef Mom has told her daughponent whose cookbook, ‘365 Ways to Use ter that the jumper cables are under the Cream of Chicken Soup,’ is a bestseller and baseball gloves in the trunk and is talking whose 3-year-old twins are at this moment her through how to jump the car (that’s smearing the walls of Home Kitchen Stadiwhat makes her Iron, folks!), while platum with garlic paste. ing the burritos for her son and three of his “Tonight, we’re going to see if they can friends, who have just entered Home Kitchmake dinner out of … a jar of anchovies en Stadium looking for and an old cucumber!” something to eat. “You’d better hurry!” “Now for the test… says Chairman MotherWill They Eat It? in-Law. “Yes! The boys ate “And they’re off! the burritos! “The challenger “Oh no…on the chalruns to the supplies and lenger’s side, the twins grabs a stack of Dora spit out their food! But the Explorer DVDs to wait … the dog is eating buy herself three minit, so our challenger still utes of prep time. gets the lasagna! Here “On the home side, at Home Kitchen StaIron Chef Mom is makdium, everyone’s a wining burritos out of our ner, just like Mom says! Secret Ingredients and “So until next week, a can of Vienna sausagwe leave you with final es while fielding a phone words from Chairman call from her daughter, Mother-in-Law:” whose car battery died SPECIAL “What’s in YOUR in the middle of the left- Iron Chef Mom Robin prepares for the nightly cooking challenge. freezer?” turn lane out of the high

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The community is invited for music and dancing, children’s games, pool activities and free ice pops at the outdoor pool and splash park at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Food will be available for purchase from the outdoor cafe. Admission is free and open to families and to adults of all ages, MJCCA members and non-members. MJCCA at Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: Rabbi Glusman, 678-8124161 or rabbi.glusman@atlantajcc.org.

The indie pop rock band Lexi Street is up next in this concert series presented by the city of Dunwoody. Picnicking begins at 6 p.m. Craft beers available for purchase. Free to nature center members. Non-members: $5 adults, $3 students, free to children 3 and under. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodynature.org.


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All ages are invited to this fifth annual afternoon tea with a “Strong Girls” theme. Princesses Belle, Rapunzel, Snow White and Jasmine are among other VIPs (very important princesses) scheduled to perform a musical stage show. Event includes a silent auction, photo fun corner, story time corner and a “Braid Bar” that will serve up sparkly hair styles. Proceeds benefit Girl Talk, a Buckhead-based national nonprofit. Tickets: $45 and up. Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road, Buckhead. Info: tea4girltalk.com.


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A reception closes the current display of student and instructor artwork at the Spruill Center for the Arts. Wine and light fare served. Hallway Gallery of Spruill’s Education Center, located within the North DeKalb Cultural Center. Free. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Sandy Springs. Info: spruillarts.org.


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Storyteller Carol Cain, who has performed as “Rosie the Riveter” for the past 23 years and represented millions of women who went to work during World War II, will appear at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Free for MJCCA members; $5 for non-members. MJCCA Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: 678-8123861 or matureadults@atlantajcc.org.


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Kelly Lecceardone The Lovett School Editor’s note: Through our “Exceptional Educator” series, Reporter Newspapers is showcasing the work of some of the outstanding teachers and administrators at our local schools. If you would like to recommend an Exceptional Educator, please email editor@ ReporterNewspapers.net. Kelly Lecceardone teaches sixth grade English at the Lovett School. She’s been teaching for 26 years.

Q: What attracted you to A:

teaching at first?



the subject. A teacher had never inspired me like that, and I was encouraged by him to go into the profession.

Q: Has the appeal changed? A: The appeal for me has grown even

stronger over the years because each day presents a new challenge in terms of how to inspire and motivate my students to be their very best. Teaching is an exciting, fulfilling profession where I get to see the results of my effort daily.


I always excelled in What keeps you grammar, writing, and going year after year? SPECIAL reading, and I truly enKelly Lecceardone joyed my English classes With advancements in in middle school and high school. When technology, my teaching practices have I was a freshman in college, I had one changed significantly from when I first beof the best professors I had ever experigan in the early 1990s. I am now teaching enced at Colorado State University. He at a school where each student has a laptop taught American Literature 101, and his and where I am challenged to incorporate passion for reading was contagious. technology in a meaningful way when it One day in class, his recitation of the is appropriate for the lesson. This adds ansermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Another layer of excitement to the profession gry God” by Jonathan Edwards brought and also keeps me current on the best practears to my eyes, and I fell in love with tices for my subject and my students.


Q: What do you think makes a great A:


I think a great teacher has to be a role model, mentor, and a source of inspiration. A great teacher “wins the crowd” and develops trust and respect in the classroom. With those key ingredients in place, a teacher can take students on an incredible learning journey, and the students will follow.

Q: What do you want to see in your

they are enjoying hearing about Gino’s antics. I use any hook I can to make learning more enjoyable and less stressful. I also create grammar songs to help them memorize their notes so that they learn the information quicker. This means we can start applying the information quicker, too, in their writing.

Q: Do you have a project or special A:

program you use year after year?

One of my favorite units to teach is a Humanities unit on WWII and the Hostudents? locaust, and it is based upon the novel “The IsMy goal for my stuland on Bird Street,” dents is that they try to written by Uri Orlev. take their learning outWith Lovett’s assistance, side of their comfort I have traveled extensivezones. I want them to ly through Germany and push past memorization Poland to bring the unit and look for application SPECIAL to life for my students. of skills in their reading Kelly Lecceardone visited Most recently I jourBerlin as part of her research and composition. I also do for a unit she teaches on World neyed to Warsaw to find not want them to fear the War II and the Holocaust. remnants of the Warsubject, and I strive to prosaw Ghetto wall and then took a day trip vide them with songs and tricks to make to Treblinka, the extermination camp, the content less intimidating. where the Warsaw Ghetto inhabitants were taken. I added this information to How do you engage your students? my Google presentation for students and Students are more apt to be engaged in made an iMovie for them, thus creating a my class when they feel they know me as a virtual field trip of sorts. The unit speaks person, so I start out every year by letting to man’s inhumanity to man, and the stuthem learn about me first. I try to establish dents are fascinated by it year after year. a connection with each one by seeing what we have in common. What do you hope your students I often use my dog Gino in stories, sentake away from your class? tences, writing assignments, and find I became a teacher because I love to that they love hearing about him. They learn. My students know this, and above are learning parts of speech and sentence all, I want them to become lifelong learners. types without even knowing it because


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City teams with Georgia Power on surveillance cameras Continued from page 1 Gurley said. “But we are still in preliminary discussions and are still exploring.” The discussion of a video integration system has moved far along now that the four cities who share the 911 service ChatComm – Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Johns Creek – may all go in together to share a monitoring center, Gurley said. “So all can have a piece of the pie,” he said. “That’s an option that has been mentioned, if we decide to move toward an active viewing program. We will be using cameras, but in a passive way for now. ... To have an active program, to watch in real time, that is a discussion to be had later down the road.” Georgia Power officials said its “SiteView” camera system is being rolled out in select markets this spring, with plans for a statewide launch later this year. “This is a highly customizable, optional service for customers where Georgia Power installs and maintains cameras on Georgia Power-owned, ‘lighting only’ poles on private property and leases the system to customers for surveillance or security purposes,” Jacob Hawkins, spokesperson for Georgia Power, said in an email. Private property owners and residents living in neighborhoods can also participate in the video camera program. Georgia Power previously said those cameras will be offered only on light poles that private, commercial property owners have acquired through the company’s lighting services group division and would only be usable by the property owner. Gurley said a Georgia Power camera was recently installed in the Historic Brookhaven neighborhood and surveillance footage can be accessed by police if needed. The police department also rolled out last year its own “Operation Plugged In” program. This program asks business owners and residents who have video surveillance camera systems to voluntarily register with BPD and allow the police department access to their camera’s websites so officers can review footage when investigating a crime. The test run of the surveillance cameras and license plate readers, called LPRs, began May 11 and will run for three months. The equipment is provided by Georgia Power at no cost to the city. If Brookhaven police were to purchase the cameras and pay for installation software, site preparation, maintenance, system upgrades, utility fees and other such costs, the total up front cost for the cameras would be $276,000 with an annual ongoing power, internet, maintenance, licensing and data storage cost of $250,000, according to a city memo. The city would also have to determine how long video data would be stored, Gurley said. The test run includes posting cameras and LPRs at three sites in the city located at major “gateways” into the city. Those gateways, Gurley said, include Buford Highway, Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Peachtree Road and North Druid Hills Road. If the city and Georgia Power reach a formal agreement to either lease or purchase monitoring devices, the cameras can also be installed around areas with “high-crime opportunities,” such as city parks and the future Peachtree Creek Gre-

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enway, according to an April 25 memo from Chief Gary Yandura to City Manager Christian Sigman. Georgia Power does not want to disclose its test sites, Gurley said, to ensure the surveillance equipment is not vandalized. Should Brookhaven move forward to officially participate in the program following the test run, the cameras and LPRs will be clearly marked with BPD signage, he said. Each site likely has about five or six cameras, Gurley said. The video feeds do not come through Georgia Power; video is sent to a video recorder on-site or to third-party, cloud-based storage and the customer ultimately owns the data/feed, Hawkins explained. “One of the options for the program moving forward is working with city governments for installation of SiteView cameras on electric utility poles on the public right of way,” Hawkins said. “The Brookhaven Police Department engaged with us early on regarding this possibility and we are working with them to explore the potential to further customize the service to align with public safety systems they already have in place, including license plate recognition programs,” he stated. In Yandura’s memo, he says the Georgia Power program could “dramatically expand our crime solving capacity, our crime predicting analyses, and crime deterrence capabilities through video monitoring and license plate detection facilitated by [Georgia Power].” Similar programs have been used across the US and globally, Yandura said. More than 500,000 cameras are in use across London. And in the city of Atlanta, a camera and LPR system boasts more than 14,000 cameras, Yandura stated. “Monitored in real time, the Atlanta system regularly alerts officers to stolen vehicles and wanted persons, and directs their response along the vehicles’ escape routes, effectively preventing police pursuits,” Yandura stated. Last year, the BPD’s mobile LPR devices that can be used in police vehicles scanned more than 350,000 license plates resulting in nearly 6,000 alerts to stolen vehicles and wanted persons, Yandura said. Long term, the BPD has identified locations suitable for at least 106 LPR cameras and 52 video cameras, Yandura stated. Those areas include major access points into and out of the city, and coverage at city parks and buildings.

Police chief receives NAMI Georgia award Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura has been awarded the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Georgia Law Enforcement Leadership Award. The award is presented to law enforcement agency executives who have promoted the Crisis Intervention Team program, which was developed to educate law enforcement officials about the challenges presented by individuals living with mental illness. “Having a brain disorder is not a crime and certain infractions such as traffic violations, loitering, and even disorderly conduct may be a manifestation of a person’s illness or failure to receive proper treatment for the illness, rather than the result of intentional wrongdoing,” Yandura said in a city press release. Yandura is on the NAMI Georgia board of directors.

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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From Brookhaven Police reports dated April 30 through May 7.

was reported.

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2700 block of Buford Highway — On

3500 block of Buford Highway — On

The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website.

May 1, in the early morning, a theft was reported.

April 30, a woman was arrested and accused of battery.


4400 block of Peachtree Road — On

1800 block of Corporate Boulevard —

May 1, in the early morning, items were reported missing from a car.

On May 1, in the early morning, a simple battery incident was reported.

1300 block of North Cliff Valley Way

2800 block of Clairmont Road — On

— On May 1, in the morning, a burglary to a home was reported. Around the same time, there was another report of a suspicious person in the area.

May 1, in the early morning, a battery incident was reported.

— On April 30, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of public intoxication and consumption.

2700 block of Buford Highway — On

1800 block of Corporate Boulevard —

2200 block of North Druid Hills Road

— On May 1, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of marijuana possession. 3200 block of Buford Highway — On

May 2, after midnight, a man was arrested and accused of marijuana possession. 3900 block of Peachtree Road — On

May 6, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.


4300 block of Reserve Drive — On

May 1, in the early morning, a simple battery incident was reported.

May 2, in the morning, a burglary at a residence was reported.

1800 block of Corporate Boulevard —

1100 block of Haven Glen Lane — On

May 2, items were stolen from a vehicle.

2900 block of Clairmont Road — On


April 30, in the afternoon, a theft by deception was reported.

3500 block of Buford Highway — On

2800 block of Clairmont Road — On

April 30, at night, a car was stolen. 1800 block of Tobey Road — On May

1, after midnight, a burglary to a home

May 2, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of rape.

A S S AU LT 1100 block of Byrnwyck Road — On

April 30, in the afternoon, a simple bat-

On May 2, in the afternoon, a harassing communications complaint was made. 1400 block of N. Cliff Valley Way — On

May 4, at night, a man was arrested and accused of family violence.

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April 30, after midnight, a man was arrested and accused of disorderly conduct. 2800 block of Buford Highway — On

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On May 1, in the early morning, a woman was arrested and accused of public intoxication and consumption. 1000 block of Barone Avenue — On

May 1, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of financial transaction card fraud. 300 block of Brookhaven Avenue —

On May 2, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of public drunkenness. 2700 block of Buford Highway — On

May 5, in the morning, a woman was arrested and accused of disorderly conduct.

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Celebrating Lynwood Park Lynwood Park Community Day kicked off May 6 with a parade of people in cars, on bikes and on horses. After the parade, which honored veterans of all wars, an afternoon celebration included a cookout, music, games and activities.


A- Sabrina Boyd, pastor of Change Ministries, gives the invocation in the park.


B- Keith Harris leads

the Covington Highway Riders in the parade.

C- Lynwood Park residents Amy Evans and her 3-year-old twin sons, from left, Donovan and Easton Evans enjoy the parade. D and F- Longtime

Lynwood Park resident Laura Watson, 91, rolls through the parade on her exercise bike.

E- Jo Jo Willis, 11, takes her place as Miss Junior Lynwood.






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