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Power line trail concept revives BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

The Biffs band pumps it up ‘80s style at Food That Rocks, May 6, at Hammond Park. Twenty-five Sandy Springs restaurants served food, wine, beer and cocktail tastes for the second annual Food That Rocks, a benefit for three local charities — Second Helpings, Ian’s Friends Foundation and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance. 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 concept of a multiuse trail along Georgia Power Co.’s electric line route has been revived by the Sandy Springs Conservancy, which aims to have an initial, experimental segment built within five years. “We’ve sat down with Georgia Power and the city, looking at the feasibility of trails along the right of way,” said Steve Levetan, the parks advocacy group’s board chair. “I’m very comfortable this [pilot segment] is going to happen sooner, rather than later.” The city and the power company say they’re open to the idea and await a solid proposal from the conservancy. “We met with Ga. Power last year and it is open to conversation,” Mayor Rusty Paul said in a recent Facebook comment. “So, we’re following up and the Conservancy is following through.” “The company is always open to discussions with valued community partners like [the] Sandy Springs Conservancy,” said Georgia Power spokesperson John See POWER on page 13

Catholic church moves into troubled Apostles site BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net A Catholic congregation is buying the former Apostles Church building at Glenridge and Hammond drives, which closed amid financial turmoil. St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church is moving into the Sandy Springs building from its current location in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood. It was scheduled to hold its first Mass in Sandy Springs on May 14. See CATHOLIC on page 12

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The two candidates vying to fill the state Senate’s District 32 seat in a May 16 runoff election have different views about which issues unite the Sandy Springs-East Cobb district. Republican Kay SPECIAL Christine Triebsch and Kay Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick, an orthopedic surgeon, and Democrat Christine Triebsch (pronounced “Trib-ish”), a family law attorney, emerged from an eight-candidate field in an April 18 special election. The two agree on some issues, such as opposing “religious freedom” legislation and the new “campus carry” gun law. But they have plenty of differences, including whether the election itself is a bellwether for a Democratic shift or Republican stability, the way the 6th Congressional District race between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff is being played. Triebsch was the top vote-getter in the historically Republican district in the April 18 election, with about 24 percent; Kirkpatrick drew about 21 percent. “My goal is to turn 32 blue and Jon’s goal is to the flip the 6th,” said Triebsch. Kirkpatrick said the only similarity is that both races’ special elections were on the same day, while the runoffs are not. “[Triebsch] was able to ride the wave of Ossoff or whatever,” Kirkpatrick said. “I’m much more interested in what’s good for my district.” Both candidates live in East Cobb. Kirkpatrick has more Sandy Springs connections, having worked at the Resurgens Orthopaedics in the Medical Center from 1998 until her retirement this year, and serving as its president for 12 of those years. She said she’s long known state Rep. Deborah Silcox (R-Sandy Springs) and recently met with Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul and City Councilmember Chris Burnett about local concerns. Triebsch said she does not have those sorts of connections, but emphasized her skills in communication and collaboration that she honed in courtroom negotiations over children’s welfare. “I don’t have a personal relationship with them,” Triebsch said of Sandy Springs officials, adding she would reach out if elected. The candidates have different views about the specific top district-wide issues, though they agreed on their overall importance. “I think their issues are the same” in Sandy Springs and Cobb, said Triebsch. She cited education — she’s married to a Cobb County public schools teacher and is against privatization — and healthcare, where she favors Medicaid expansion. Kirkpatrick says she agrees with Gov. Nathan Deal’s previous decision not to expand Medicaid, and cited a different top local issue. “The common theme is traffic and congestion,” Kirkpatrick said, adding that she would leave it to local governments to propose state-supported solutions. “I don’t think the state should necessarily ram things down the throat of Sandy Springs, Cobb, Fulton or anybody else,” she said. Triebsch said the state should work on boosting transportation infrastructure investment, which “would also have to include transit as well. We have to have it.” In her attempt to join Ossoff in shifting the area’s leadership Democratic, Triebsch cites the backing of such homegrown groups as Pave It Blue and Liberal Moms of Roswell and Cobb. She also picked up a campaign manager, Liz Ernst, who filled the same role for her brother John in 2015when he won the Brookhaven mayor’s office, another election heralded by Democrats as a blue shift. “My campaign has been grassroots — strictly, almost exclusively grassroots,” Triebsch said. While Kirkpatrick says that Congressional politics are separate from the local Senate race, she boasts of one big connection to it: her friendship with former 6th District incumbent Tom Price, a doctor whose appointment as U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services kicked off the Handel-Ossoff battle. Her Resurgens group formed from a merger with Price’s physicians group. “He and I worked side by side for 20 years,” Kirkpatrick said of Price. “He’s a friend. I know him very well,” she said, adding she also knows state Rep. Betty Price (R-Roswell), the spouse of Secretary Price. SS

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Mayor talks monorails, film awards after India trip BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Running a Perimeter monorail and hosting the Indian Oscars ceremony were among ideas Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul brought back from a recent trip to India. The mayor was joined on the trip, which ran from April 22 to May 2, by his spouse Jan Paul, who heads Leadership Sandy Springs, and Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce officials. The trip was arranged through India’s Atlanta consulate, based in Sandy Springs. Paul said the “whirlwind trip” included the cities of Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Delhi. “The goal is to try to build relationships and establish business ties,” he said, holding up a stack of business cards a couple of inches thick, which he said he had collected during the trip. The visit included some traditional industrial and medical sites. Tom Mahaffey, the chamber’s president and CEO, said the discussions included “medical tourism,” as health services are much less expensive there, and a medical exchange program with doctors and internists. But the visit also included discussions about other, less typical subjects, including alternative mass transit and the “Bol-

lywood” film industry. The city paid for the mayor’s airfare, costing $1,756.25, while the other travelers paid for their own. The costs for hotels, meals and transportation within India were paid for by the Indian government and the Confederation of Indian Industry, according to the city.


“I will never complain about the traffic in Sandy Springs again,” the mayor said after his experience on India’s crowded urban streets. While he crawled in traffic there, he also saw one of the mass transit solutions: a monorail operating in Mumbai. Monorails – trains that run on a single, usually elevated track – are popular in Asian countries, but in the U.S. have become a symbol for government boondoggles, including being featured in a famous episode of the cartoon TV show, “The Simpsons.” As Perimeter Center’s traffic has grown, monorails have been proposed several times over the years. In late 2015, former Sandy Springs Planning Commission chair Lee Duncan kicked off a new round of studies with strong pro-monorail statements. The talk has died down in the past year, but transit alternatives remain a hot topic. “I get teased a lot by media about my

fascination with certain modes new City Springs faof transportation,” Paul said as cility set to open he recounted his trip to the Mumnext summer. bai monorail office. He explained “It would be a “the reason monorails have fasgreat way to show cinated me” is their ability to fill off our new perthe huge gap of east-west mass forming arts centransit in Perimeter Center. ter,” the mayor said. The mayor noted that I-285 “Bollywood” is is the obvious, available route to the term for a huge run east-west transit. But MARHindi-language TA-style heavy rail would strugfilm industry based CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS gle with the hills and stations in in Mumbai that is Jan Paul and Mayor Rusty the middle of the highway would known for its epic, Paul in Mumbai, India. be inconvenient, he said. A monomelodramatic musirail could make steeper climbs and turns, cals. In 2000, Bollywood created an anand on elevated columns, it could wend its nual International Indian Film Acadeway closer to population centers. A monomy Awards ceremony, which is staged in rail system could “bring the train to the some other country. The first was held in people instead of the people to the [train],” London, and last year’s in Madrid, Spain. he said. The multi-day ceremony has been staged “So what you can do is, take a train twice in North America: once in Tampa, down I-285 on a monorail,” the mayor said. Fla., and once in Toronto, Canada. “We met a lot with Bollywood,” the Indian Academy Awards mayor said. Jan Paul, who has board positions with Jan Paul said IIFA officials “expressed Georgia Public Broadcasting, said that interest in metro Atlanta as a future among her goals on the trip was to seek awards destination, since they travel to possible partnerships with Indian TV and different locations each year. So, the door film directors on documentary projects. is open to future discussion about the BolShe said that led to discussions about lywood awards show being in the metro attracting Bollywood’s Academy Awards area and Atlanta and state officials would event to metro Atlanta – including the need to be included on those discussions.”

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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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Bon Ton: Kicking up Cajun flavors with Vietnamese flair BY MEGAN VOLPERT I went to LSU (Geaux Tigers!) and the thing I miss most is the food. Good Cajun or Creole food is hard to find in Atlanta. I want a place with a laminated menu, because you don’t change what’s working – the kind of menu you hold on to and keep ordering from until everybody is full and yet everybody has leftovers to take home. The kind of menu that doubles as a coaster for my Abita pint and a placemat for stray shrimp tails. Enter Bon Ton, located in the Midtown space formerly occupied by Top Flr, brought to you by the folks responsible for The Lawrence and also the folks from the Crawfish Shack on Buford Highway. We can talk about real estate and brand marketing until we’re blue in the face, but look: the food has to make my mouth water and then it has to make my eyes water, both because it’s so dang spicy and because it reminds me of Baton Rouge. Can Bon Ton do that for me? Yes, indeed it can. First we have to have drinks. They put their sazerac on tap, which is a solid strategy for quickly delivering a no frills cocktail that’s otherwise quite labor intensive. Or if you’re feeling fussy, indulge yourself in a half hour’s pontification about whether the classic French 75 is best ordered “full Hannah” style. By the time you get to the bottom of the highball, that cognac will have you forgetting what all you’re arguing. If you prefer liquor full of ice, they have two amazing slushies – a Pimm’s Cup and a Vietnamese Irish Coffee. Heck, order one for dessert and enjoy the changing colors on your go-cup as the slushy melts. The large is $13 and you won’t need a second one. Like all good Louisiana spots, Bon Ton emphasizes the holy trinity of preps: boil, fry and pickle. The House Boil comes with snow crab, jumbo shrimp, mussels, clams, potatoes and corn for $30 per person. Fry baskets of crawfish, jumbo shrimp or catfish will run you $10, with a double order costing double. A single basket also works as an appetizer for several people. Before they do the fry, the kitchen dunks that crawfish in the boil liquid. Way beyond simply seasoning the batter with Tony Chachere’s, making use of the boil like that ensures that every morsel can set your lips aflame in the best way.

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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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On a triangle of land in the shadow of Sandy Springs’ $220 million City Springs project, there were recent signs of homeless people taking refuge. On an afternoon last month, a sleeping bag and containers of personal belongings were stashed in an unlocked room of a vacant auto shop, and similar bags were found around the triangle. Reports have circulated in recent months about apparently homeless people sheltering in vacant houses or public parks in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. But police officials and a social service organization say those reports are not signs of an overall increase in local homelessness. On the evening of April 16, Dunwoody police arrested a man for “urban camping” in the city’s Park at Pernoshal Court. Urban camping laws, which prohibit public outdoor sleeping, have a history of legal controversy for criminalizing homelessness. The man arrested in the park gave as his address the headquarters of Crossroads Community Ministry, a social service organization for homeless people located in downtown Atlanta. “We served over 4,000 individuals this past year, so I’m not surprised to hear that [the man] gave our address,” said Tony Johns, Crossroads’ executive director. Johns said there are many reasons a homeless person from downtown might go outside the Perimeter: access to a particular service; lack of shelter space; better public safety; a search for a job; along with the many other reasons anyone, housed or not, might travel. Johns said that “certain segments of the homeless population are very transient, especially youth or those who are chronically homeless. But, he added, Atlanta’s overall homeless population is shrinking, and it is unlikely that significant numbers of homeless people are being displaced into the Dunwoody or Sandy Springs area. “Based on our annual point-in-time count of those experiencing homelessness in the city of Atlanta, the population has decreased every year for the past five years,” Johns said. “At the same time, the volume of services and access to those services has increased.” Crossroads’ annual count includes people on the street as well as those in shelters and in transitional or supportive housing for the recently homeless. The 2016 count found around 4,200 “were experiencing homelessness on a given day,” John said. “We do not have accurate counts for the total number of individuals who ex-

perienced homelessness at some point during the year, but we estimate it at 23,000,” he added. Local homeless population numbers are harder to come by. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs produces an annual county-level count that includes a formula for educated guessing. Its latest available count, for 2015, estimated a homeless population of 684 for all of DeKalb County and 473 for all of Fulton County, outside the city of Atlanta borders. Atlanta’s shelter space is at capacity, but getting closer to meeting the need, Johns said. And while some people have been displaced from affordable housing “due to gentrification,” he said, they have mostly gone to the southern metro area. The Sandy Springs and Dunwoody areas have local and county-wide agencies and nonprofits that provide some assistance to homeless people, but not shelter space. For people living on the street, the police may be a first point of contact. The Atlanta Hawks recently honored several Dunwoody police officers for helping three homeless people last year by chipping in for a bus ticket and soliciting clothing via social media. But the department doesn’t track its encounters with homeless people, according to Officer Mark Stevens. “We do not keep statistics on whether a person is homeless,” Stevens said, “so I am unable to state whether these interactions have increased, decreased or stayed the same.” In Sandy Springs, officials and residents have reported homeless people attempting to enter city-owned vacant homes on Hammond Drive. The former owner of a condemned house on Hilderbrand Drive, which was recently demolished after a long bank dispute, previously said homeless people last year left him a note asking if they could spend the winter there. Sandy Springs Deputy Police Chief Keith Zgonc said he sees no sign of increased encounters with homeless people in department reports. “The only place I know we had a problem was that house on Hilderbrand that was recently demolished,” he said. “We did have a pair of homeless in that place. We do have homeless here in the city, but I do not think we have seen much of an increase.” The city recently purchased the triangle across from City Springs. The vacant buildings there will be demolished by June to make way for a park and a roundabout project, the city’s public facilities manager recently reported to City Council. The buildings are now secured and will be checked regularly, a city spokesperson said.


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Quality of life since cityhood When Sandy Springs formed as a city in 2005, some of its basic goals were better public safety response and more local investment of tax dollars. Recent stats sprinkled throughout the city’s preliminary Fiscal Year 2018 budget materials show some major improvements. Investment in streets, parks and other public facilities is roughly 45 times higher. Violent crime has dropped, though property crime is ticking up again. And the survival rate for cardiac arrest, while varying year to year, is now around 30 percent – well above the national median of 8 percent. –John Ruch (Sources: City of Sandy Springs, Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival.)

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Left, the former Apostles Church building at Glenridge and Hammond drives. Right, the St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church’s former home in Atlanta’s Little Five Points neighborhood.

Continued from page 1 Apostles Church, a Lutheran congregation, ran into trouble after building a large new church in 2010 on its prime location. The congregation did not grow enough to support the expensive building, officials previously said. Last year, a plan to redevelop the property into luxury senior housing failed amid intense community opposition. For St. Joseph, the Sandy Springs location offers a bigger church closer to where many of the 200 to 250 families of parishioners live, according to pastor Rev. Dominique Hanna. “It’s a bittersweet move,” Hanna said of

his century-old church’s big change, noting that many congregants have held baptisms, weddings and funerals at the Little Five Points site. That Atlanta property will become the new home of Druid Hills Preschool, he said. The Apostles Church property includes a preschool as well, the Apostles Learning Center, which operated separately from the congregation. That preschool will stay as a tenant, Hanna said. “The school will be around, absolutely,” he said. The Learning Center’s administration declined comment. The fate of the Apostles Church as a congregation is unclear. The church’s of-

fice phone is disconnected, its website is down, and a lawyer and a real estate broker who previously represented them did not respond to emails. Theresa Parrish, an Apostles congregation member, said in a written message that there may still be a future for them. “Our church family is staying together, still holding Bible Study classes and looking for a new church as loving as the one we lost,” she said. Hanna said he is not concerned that St. Joseph could also be taking on an oversized church building. “We will be OK,” he said. “[Apostles] took such a big loan …. Our loan will be very small.” Meanwhile, Hanna and his congregation are focused on the transition. How do you move a church with all of its unusual equipment and items? “I’ll tell you after we move,” Hanna said with a laugh. “We are moving the stained glass window,” and trying to move a 1958 marble altar, he added. St. Joseph is scheduled to formally close on the Apostles property purchase on May 5, according to a church bulletin, and move in time for the Sunday Mass on May 14. A formal opening ceremony, with a visiting bishop blessing the altar, will follow sometime later.


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C IT Y S P R I NG S THEAT ER HI R ES S UN DO M E O FFI C I A L A S S TA FF B UIL DS The city’s new performing arts center has hired an operations director from the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome as it builds an opening year staff of 13 full-time and 12 part-time positions. Michael Enoch, general manager of the 1,100-seat theater and related event spaces at the City Springs project on Roswell Road, which is set to open next summer, announced the hire at a May 2 City Council preliminary budget hearing. Enoch – currently the performing arts center’s only employee – also indicated he is close to hiring a local arts figure for another position.

‘KI NG A ND Q UEEN’ S KY S C R A P E R C ENT ER I S FO R S A L E The Concourse Corporate Center, home to the iconic skyscrapers nicknamed the “King and Queen,” is for sale. Regent Partners and other investors have owned the 60-acre complex, built in the 1980s and ’90s in the northeast corner of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange, since 2012, when they paid $300 million. Sheldon Taylor, Regent’s chief financial officer, confirmed the sale and referred questions to a person involved in marketing the property. That person, who asked not to be named, said Regent is selling due to the possibility of a good profit – the selling price is expected to top half-a-billion dollars – and that the deal can be all or some of the five-building property. “[The sale] could be some of it. It could be just the King and Queen,” the person said. SS

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Power line trail concept revives Continued from page 1 Kraft. He added that the company is aware of the group’s trail concept, but not of active talks underway. The trail concept focuses on Georgia Power’s high-voltage transmission line right of way. It’s a partly cleared swath about 200 to 300 feet wide, dotted with electric line towers, that runs about 10 miles between East Cobb County and Norcross through northern Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. Georgia Power has the right to use the area through easements, but the land itself belongs to the dozens of individual property owners whose back yards it runs through. In 2011, the city of Dunwoody proposed a similar trail and “greenway” on its section of the right of way. The idea was controversial and was quickly yanked out of the city’s transportation plan. Opponents cited concerns about crime, lower property values, maintenance costs and loss of such existing improvements as a garden. Bob Mullen, a Dunwoody city spokesperson said that “at present, the city is not still actively exploring a power line greenway.” But in Sandy Springs, the conservancy has continued eyeing utility rights of way, including those of Georgia Power and the Colonial and Plantation petroleum pipelines. With the conservancy’s advocacy, that right of way strategy, and the Georgia Power trail concept in particular, were included in the city’s recently approved new Comprehensive Plan. For the past two years, the conservancy also has brought in trail experts for its annual “Thought Leaders” pro-

gram, an invitation-only dinner followed by a private meeting with city officials. This year’s guest was Ryan Gravel, the urban planner behind Atlanta’s BeltLine, which is being built on old railroad rights of way. Levetan said Gravel gave advice on building community advocacy for similar right of way trails in Sandy Springs. “We now have our arms around it enough to know it’s doable,” Levetan said of the trail. “We’ve got a lot of people [who] want it to happen. … We know this can not only work, but be an asset to the community … [and] to adjacent homeowners.” Funding sources and an exact timeline have yet to be determined. Levetan said a conservancy committee is forming and soon will meet with city staff members to identify a possible pilot segment of the trail “that can be moved pretty quickly … certainly within a fiveyear horizon, hopefully significantly less than that.” “We will look carefully at a pilot segment where we’re hopefully not dealing with too many property owners,” he added, acknowledging prior controversy. City spokesperson Sharon Kraun said the city intends to create more parks and trails in collaboration with the conservancy. “This trail idea is one possibility, and we’ve asked the conservancy to take the lead in exploring the idea further,” Kraun said. “It is simply an idea at this stage, nothing beyond that. The conservancy will let us know when and if there is an opportunity to move the idea to concept stage.”


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Commentary/Talking traffic during the I-85 reconstruction

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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Sunday, May 21, noon to 2 p.m.

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.


Sunday, May 21, 1 p.m.

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s 2017 Atlanta Take Steps Walk is a 1.5-mile event that raises money to help find cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. Registration info: cctakesteps.org/ Atlanta2017.

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This sale of 25,000 items includes thousands of books, most priced from 25 cents to $2, plus CDs, DVDs, vinyl records, audio books, magazines and puzzles. All proceeds benefit the Dunwoody Library and the DeKalb County public library system. Dunwoody Library Friends members can preview the goods and shop on Thursday, May 18, at 1 p.m. The sale’s last day is “Bag Day,” when a large grocery bag can be filled with items for $6. Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: 770-512-4640.

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NATIONAL KIDS TO PARKS DAY Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The city of Sandy Springs celebrates its eighth annual Kids to Parks Day with activities at Hammond Park for all ages, including a water slide, obstacle course, a DJ, games and prizes. Free. 705 Hammond Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: 770-730-5600 or registration. sandyspringsga.gov.

MOMMY & ME PRINCESS TEA Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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.


Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment.

This exhibit brings to life Heritage Sandy Springs’ weekly online magazine, the “Sandy Springs Gazette.” Sandy Springs community life through the decades is explored in stories, images and artifacts. Free. Top level of the Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle. Info: heritagesandysprings.org. Continued on page 18


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Heritage Sandy Springs continues its monthly American Girl Club programming with a character named Kit from the Great Depression era. Best for ages 5-12. RSVPs requested. $8 for members; $10 for non-members; $15 at the door. Girls can bring their favorite dolls. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: heritagesandysprings.org.

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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.


Updates to Medicare 2017 and how to prepare for the open enrollment season will be discussed in a presentation at Dunwoody United Methodist Church by Jenny Meredith of Affordable Medicare Solutions. Join members of the Perimeter North Villages organization for this event in the Young Adult Suite of Dunwoody UMC, 1548 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Free. RSVP by Monday, May 15. Info: 470-231-0015 or pnvillages@ gmail.com.


Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m. to noon.

Meet new people, share refreshments and practice conversational English or Spanish skills at the Brookhaven Library. Free. Register: 404-508-7190, ext. 2257 or email adultservices@dekalblibrary.org. 1242 N. Druid Hills Road N.E., Brookhaven. Info: 404-848-7140.



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Thursday, May 25, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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.


Taste the night away with food from some of Atlanta’s top restaurants and an array of fine wines, bourbons, tequilas and beers. This event, which includes a silent auction, raises funds for Jewish Family & Career Services’ Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program for people with disabilities. Tickets: $100 in advance, $125 at the door. Under age 36: $50 in advance, $75 at the door. Grand Hyatt Buckhead, 3300 Peachtree Road, Buckhead. Info: thetasting.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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5900 block of Roswell Road —




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

Sandy Springs Assessment of Fair Housing Public Hearing - June 6, 2017 And Advertisement of Draft 2017 AFH The City of Sandy Springs is in the process of completing a draft of its Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) to submit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by October 4, 2017. This assessment aims at identifying any barriers to fair housing choice by providing a method to identify fair housing issues, determine factors that contribute to the identified issues, and a way to develop a plan to establish fair housing goals that reduce patterns of segregation, eliminates racial and ethnic areas of poverty, reduce disparities to opportunities, and disproportionate housing needs. To meet the requirements of the City’s Citizen Participation Plan, the City will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, GA, 30350. As required by 24 CFR Part 91. 105 (b) (2), the draft 2017 Assessment of Fair Housing will be available for a 30-day public comment period beginning July 20, 2017 through August 20, 2017. The draft will be available at www.sandyspringsga.gov and can be accessed by selecting CDBG under City Services, Urban Development – Planning and Zoning on the City’s webpage. Hard copies of the document can also be reviewed from July 20, 2017 through August 20, 2017 at the following locations: Sandy Springs Library 395 Mt. Vernon Hwy., NE Sandy Springs, GA 30350

The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose.


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

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From Sandy Springs police reports April 20 through May 3.

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Those who may wish to provide comments on the Assessment of Fair Housing may email the CDBG Program at cdbgprogram@sandyspringsga.gov or send written correspondence to the Sandy Springs Community Development Department at the address above until August 20, 2017. Final adoption of the 2017 Assessment of Fair Housing is scheduled for the Mayor and City Council meeting on September 19, 2017. All meetings start at 6:00 p.m., are open to the public and held at the Sandy Springs City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, GA, 30350. Citizens in need of translation services or materials in alternative formats should call 770-730-5600 seven calendar days prior to the regularly scheduled meeting.

B U R G L A RY 200 block of Trowbridge Road — On April 20, responding to an alarm, officers found evidence of a forced door. Speaking with the owner, who was out of town, he provided video of a suspect.

On April 23, a 34-year old woman said she was at the ATM of 200 block of Franklin her bank, just after 10 p.m., and Road — On April 24, respondas she was getting cash from the ing to an alarm, cops found machine, two men approached Captain an open door but no suspect her from a car on the other side STEVE ROSE, inside. It appeared the door of the ATM. One man pulled a had been pried open. SSPD gun and ordered her out of the srose@san- 5675 Roswell Road — car. A second man, also armed, dyspringsga.gov On April 24, a maintenance pointed a gun at her. She got out storage room at an apartof the car and the two fled in it, ment complex was entered by force over hitting the speed bump hard enough to the weekend. Freon and a tool kit were damage the front end and undercarriage. reported missing. Inside the car were her wallet, ID, credit card, $50 cash and her Samsung phone. 200 block of Colewood Way — On Doraville PD later found the car, after it April 24, a resident reported a burglary was wrecked. The suspects fled. in progress just after 5 a.m. He told the officers that he heard his garage door Avoid those ATMs after dark, if you can. open and went downstairs. As he looked through a window from the house to 6900 block of Roswell Road — On April the garage, he saw two men standing 29, a 29-year-old woman told police that just outside the open garage door. He she was at her apartment complex and banged on the window and then heard parked near the community mailboxes glass breaking, and saw the two men about 2 a.m., when she was approached run from the house and down the driveby a man who asked if she wanted to buy way. The two suspects had taken some a Falcons T-shirt. She said no and as she items from his car. The garage door walked away, he demanded her money. opener was missing and it was assumed She gave him $82. He then grabbed her they had located it, and then opened the by the hair and threw her down “stompdoor. In addition, a bullet apparently ing” on her several times. Another perbeen fired that passed through a bathson, walking by, saw what happened and room door and embedded into the bathyelled at the suspect, who then fled. The room’s baseboard, with fragments lyman took the victim to the hospital, which ing nearby. A next-door neighbor said is where she told police of the robbery.

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING - June 6, 2017 The City of Sandy Springs has finalized its 2017 Annual Action Plan for adoption and submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by Mayor and City Council on Tuesday, June 6, 2017. The 2017 Annual Action Plan addresses the City’s use of CDBG funds for the implementation of the South Roswell Road Multiyear Sidewalk Project, specifically the area south of Interstate 285 (Phase III), as well as, the intent to apply for the Section 108 loan as alternative financing to complete the aforementioned project. To meet the requirements of Consolidated Submissions for Community Planning and Development Programs, the City of Sandy Springs will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, GA, 30350. The CDBG program assists cities with developing viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities principally for low- and moderate-income persons. Citizens in need of translation services or materials in alternative formats should call 770-730-5600 seven calendar days prior to the regularly scheduled meeting. Additional CDBG Program information can be found on the City’s CDBG webpage at http://www.sandyspringsga.gov/city-services/urban-development/planning-and-zoning/ planning-and-zoning-resources/community-development-block-grant-program


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he heard a gunshot and heard someone walking through the woods behind his home. He then heard a car start and drive off. He never had sight of either. Fortunately, no one was injured. We talk about how most burglaries

occur during the daytime hours when crooks hope and assume that you are gone to work — yet, this. Never say never. Investigating the noise could be dangerous. Hearing that was enough for the 911 call prior to checking it out. Be careful.

the property’s driveway that leads to a large nursery at the end of Curry Drive. He went to the location where he saw a man loading plants into a Range Rover. The complainant confronted the man, causing him to drop what he had, get into the vehicle and speed off. The tag was obtained but was registered to another vehicle.

THEFT 5100 block of Roswell Road — On April

April 25, a vacant home for sale was entered through the door leading to the garage. The intruder stole a gas range.

22, a 40-year-old woman said she believes she accidentally dropped her phone while shopping. It was stolen by someone who, according to the GPS, took it to the 1300 block of Graves Road in Norcross.

1165 Perimeter Center — On April 28,

6400 block of Roswell Road — On April

400 block of Franklin Road — On

the manager at a cafe reported that overnight someone forced open a side door and pried open one of the cash registers, which was empty. The tool used was a butter knife. The officers lifted three prints from it. It appears the burglar tried to access the manager’s office but broke the handle to the door, then apparently gave up and left. Detectives have good stuff on this burglary that will lead to an arrest for this, as well as at least one other burglary, soon. 9400 block of Roberts Drive — On

May, 1, the resident said she was gone overnight and during that time, someone came into her home and took a 70inch TV and an Apple TV. The entry was made through French doors that appeared to have been forced. 7900 block of Saddle Ridge Drive —

The resident said between April 10 and May 1, someone took several jewelry items from her bedroom closet. 1000 block of Curry Drive — On May

1, the complainant said he received an alarm just before 11 p.m., indicating that someone may have entered

24, a man reported that he loaned his Samsung cellphone to an employee at an adult club and that person later said the phone had been stolen. He received a location hit from Samsung, indicating the number had been changed. 6100 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody

Road — On April 26, a hotel guest said she was attending a week-long class and at some point someone stole her laptop from the classroom. The room was supposed to be locked and secured allowing students to leave their items inside. The secured door was unlocked and open. Never a good idea, by the way. It’s a laptop. Pick it up and take it with you. 4600 block of Roswell Road — On

April 28, the manager of a cellphone company store reported a Samsung Galaxy S8 phone had been stolen from the store. The phone’s alarm battery was dead and thus the suspect was able to take the phone. 5300 block of Roswell Road — On April

29, a 32-year-old man parked his truck at a store and went inside while leaving

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING - June 6, 2017 Sandy Springs has prepared a Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program application to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) seeking a loan advance on future Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocations potentially totaling $2,900,000. To meet the requirements of the City’s Citizen Participation Plan, the City will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 6, 2017, at 6:00p.m. Funding will be used for a multi-year sidewalk design and construction program as described in the adopted Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan. As required by 24 CFR Part 91. 105 (b) (2), the draft Section 108 application will be available for a 30-day public comment period beginning June 9, 2017 through July 10, 2017. The draft will be available at www.sandyspringsga.gov and can be accessed by CDBG under City Services, Urban Development – Planning and Zoning on the City’s webpage. Hard copies of the document can also be reviewed from June 9, 2017 through July 10, 2017 and can be found at Sandy Springs City Hall, located at the Morgan Falls Office Park, 7840 Roswell Rd., Bldg. 500; the Sandy Springs Library at 395 Mt. Vernon Hwy.; and at the Benson Senior Center at 6500 Vernon Woods Drive. Those who may wish to provide comments on the Section 108 loan application may email the CDBG Program mailbox at cdbgprogram@sandyspringsga.gov or send written correspondence to the Sandy Springs Community Development Department at the address above until July 10, 2017. Final adoption of the Section 108 application is scheduled for the July 18, 2017 Mayor and City Council public hearing. All meetings start at 6:00 p.m., are open to the public and held at the Sandy Springs City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs, GA, 30350. Citizens in need of translation services or materials in alternative formats should call 770-730-5600 seven calendar days prior to the regularly scheduled meeting. SS

the truck locked, but running. Witnesses said a beige car pulled up and a man got out, got into the truck, and left. 5800 block of Kingsport Drive — On

April 29, an employee said one of the washing machines in a laundry room had been damaged and coin holder had been stolen. A witness said they saw a man damage the machine and steal the coin holder. 6700 block of Roswell Road — On May

1, the resident reported a 2006 Subaru Legacy had been stolen during the night. She stated in the report that her husband worked on the car that day and had accidentally left the keys in it.

$7,000. The suspect is also wanted for doing the same in Powder Springs, Ga. 7300 block of Roswell Road — On May

2, a vendor, stocking shelves at a grocery store, said he placed his phone on a table and turned away for a few minutes. During that time, someone took it. 1000 block of Jefferson Drive — On

May 2, a 31-year-old man reported that a pair of size 11 Diamond Fairfax Slides were delivered to his door, confirmed by a neighbor who saw the delivery. Sometime after, someone took them.

May 1, the resident said her 2016 Audi A3 was stolen.

Having no idea what Diamond Slides were, I went to the internet and discovered they are slippers with a diamond engraved, embossed, or otherwise imprinted on the top portion. They cost more than I want to pay for…slippers.

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6600 block of Roswell Road — On May

7100 block of Stonington Drive — On

May 1, someone stole a table and chairs. 4000 block of East Conway Drive —

On May 2, the resident said she placed several checks in the outgoing mail on April 24. The following day, Atlanta Capital Bank called saying someone tried to cash her check for slightly more than

2, a liquor store reported that a man stole a bottle of Evan Williams Kentucky Straight Bourbon, placed it in a bag, and left the store without paying. Apparently, the suspect handled another bottle, which he did not steal, and a fingerprint was lifted from it.



Notice is hereby given in compliance with Georgia Code 22-2-109 and 32-3-5 that the Georgia Department of Transportation has approved the Location and Design of this project. The date of location and design approval is: APRIL 6, 2017. This project proposes to realign Glenridge Drive so that it will line up with a nearby condominium complex’s driveway. It will convert two closely spaced 3-legged intersections into a single four-legged intersection. This project will provide a more appropriate intersection angle as well as adequate left turn lanes in the northbound and southbound directions. The project lies within land lots 68, 69, 91, and 92 of the 14th District of Fulton, GA. The project, P.I. 0013194 proposes to construct new sidewalks and pedestrian level lighting along both sides of Roswell Road and Glenridge Drive to meet the City of Sandy Springs overlay district standards. Drawings or maps or plats of the proposed project, as approved, are on file and are available for public inspection at the Georgia Department of Transportation: Alania Stewart District 7_Area 2 Manager Email: alstewart@dot.ga.gov 1269 Kennestone Circle Marietta, Georgia 30066 (770) 528-3232 Any interested party may obtain a copy of the drawings or maps or plats or portions thereof by paying a nominal fee and requesting in writing to: Albert V. Shelby, III Office of Program Delivery Attn: Eka Okonmkpaeto eokonmkpaeto@dot.ga.gov 600 West Peachtree Street, 25th Floor Atlanta, GA 30308 770-312-6551 Any written request or communication in reference to this project or notice SHOULD include the Project and P.I. Numbers as noted at the top of this notice.

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Tastes and tunes for charity

Twenty-five Sandy Springs restaurants participated at Food That Rocks on May 6 at Hammond Park, serving food, wine, beer and cocktail tastes for the second annual Food That Rocks. The event benefitted three charities — Second Helpings, Ian’s Friends Foundation and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance.

A - The Biffs band rocks the crowd with with 80s music.

B - Attendees enjoyed dining al fresco. C - Author Mary Kay Andrews [left]

signs a a copy of her book,“The Beach House Cookbook,” for Rachel Ward.

D - Nicole Daigle, manager of Hudson

Grille, cooks and serves turkey meatballs.

E - Lining up for fun at Food That Rocks. F - From left, owner Kimmie Chung, head baker Wendy Gordon, and Julia Koh of the Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop show off their handiwork. G - David Hatch, left, enjoys fried grouper with il Giallo owners Jamie Adams and Leonardo Moura [background].