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Left, Brett Hill, center, and his son Daniel, 4, enjoy the Chastain Park Arts Festival on May 9. Above, the sixth annual event showcased more than 180 artists, and offered gourmet food trucks, live music and a children’s area. See additional photos on page 5.


Streetcar line to Buckhead back on table BY COLLIN KELLEY A streetcar line from Buckhead to Fort McPherson appears to be back in play with the release of a new study that proposes expanding the Atlanta streetcar’s 2.7-mile loop around downtown to 50 miles of lines around metro Atlanta. Called the “Crosstown Peachtree Line,” the Buckhead streetcar would travel between the MARTA stations at Lenox Square and Fort McPherson along Peachtree, West Peachtree, Peters and Lee streets. Stops on the line would include the Fox Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center and Piedmont Hospital. The updated Atlanta Streetcar System Plan was unveiled during two community talks on April 23 and 27. Officials did not release a timetable or cost for the 13-mile line, which would tie into the Atlanta BeltLine. But based simply on the cost of building the streetcar’s downtown loop, the Buckhead line alone could end up costing nearly half a billion dollars. SEE STREETCAR, PAGE 4

Pace Academy’s theater director retiring after 44 years BY JOE EARLE

George Mengert walked through Pace Academy’s band room toward the hall to the school’s theater. He smiled as if thinking of some private joke, then gestured toward the door of a men’s bathroom. “Dressing room,” he said. Then he gestured toward the door of another room nearby. “Makeup room,” he said. But once inside Pace’s 600-seat Fine Arts Center, Mengert turned reflective as he looked about at the lights and stage. “It encloses so many memories,” he said quietly. “The ghosts of all those productions. All those voices. All those sets.” And there have been many. Mengert, who’s 72, is retiring after 44 years heading Pace’s theater program. The school estimates he’s put on more than 128 shows since he started

teaching at the school. More than 75 of those shows, he figures, were staged in this room, the theater the school built in 1991. “A lot of my life,” he said. “A lot of hours.” His theater groups have staged plays as different as “Inherit the Wind” and “Into the Woods,” “Arsenic and Old Lace” and Tom Stoppard’s “Arcadia,” “The Sound of Music” and “Chicago.” He refuses to pick a favorite. “He’s done a lot,” said Caitlin Jones, a former student who’s now Pace’s director of communications. “He’s done everything.” Mengert’s former students plan to honor him May 23 with a special review at the school’s Fine Arts Center called SEE PACE, PAGE 19


George Mengert, Pace’s theater director, has put on more than 128 shows over the years.

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From left, Brian McHugh, Joe Sainato, JP Matzigkeit, Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean, Amy Phuong, Michael Halicki, Rosa McHugh, Pete Pellegrini, Jennifer Richter and Matt Otten were on hand for the groundbreaking of Walk Chastain on May 11.

Conservancy breaks ground on new Chastain path

The Chastain Park Conservancy soon will begin construction of a new, widened multi-use path along the west side of the park. Conservancy and city officials formally broke ground May 11 for the new portion of Walk Chastain, which will stretch nearly a mile along Powers Ferry Road. Construction is expected to cost about $2 million, conservancy officials said. Work will begin by the end of May and end late this year or early next year, conservancy officials said. When completed, the Powers Ferry project will complete the widening of the outer loop path around the outer edges of the park, conservancy officials said. “PATH has really changed our city, the way we connect ...,” Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “The investments we make in our green spaces and our parks are the most important things we can do. ... B RI E F S This is our ‘beachfront’ property. This is where people want to live. This is where people want to walk.”

Food trucks return to Buckhead for Friday lunches

Hungry residents and visitors to Buckhead have some extra choices for lunch on Fridays. Food trucks will open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3314 Piedmont Road, just north of the intersection of Piedmont and Peachtree roads through the end of summer, according to Livable Buckhead, a nonprofit set up to help improve the quality of life in Buckhead. Livable Buckhead created its food truck series in 2013. It recently joined forces with the Atlanta Street Food Coalition, which has created successful food truck parks across the city of Atlanta, Livable Buckhead said in a news release. ad_draft1_edited.pdf 1 22-Oct-13 8:40:43 PM For more:

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Buckhead Heritage plans to publish an illustrated history of the area. Wright Mitchell, president of the organization, says “Historic Buckhead: An Illustrated History,” being researched and written by Sharon Foster Jones, will “offer a different perspective” on Buckhead history. “We intend to present a fascinating narrative dealing with the intriguing storylines that have made our Atlanta community what it is today,” Mitchell said in a press release issued May 6. “And we anticipate it serving as a companion publication to the interpretive program of exhibits and signage we are planning for Buckhead’s parks and urban spaces.” The “coffee table” book, priced at $39.95, will include more than 100 photographs, Buckhead Heritage said. Publication is scheduled next year. A section of the book called “Sharing The Heritage” will provide histories of Buckhead corporations and organizations, Buckhead Heritage said. Participation “is being offered by invitation to Buckhead institutions which have played a role in the development and economic strength of the community,” the organization’s press release says. “New businesses, entrepreneurs and families with a long Buckhead presence are also welcome with their unique stories.” For more information: 214-476-1122 or

Council approves infrastructure bond list

Atlanta City Council voted unanimously at its May 4 meeting to approve a list of infrastructure repairs and improvements that will be paid for with $250 million in bonds. Voters approved the infrastructure bonds in a special election in March. The list of projects includes improvements to streets and bridges, resurfacing of roadways, new traffic signals, new bike lanes, upgrades to facilities and money for public art. Some Buckhead projects on the list include resurfacing Lenox, West Wieuca, Peachtree Dunwoody and Paces Ferry roads. There also are plans to repave and install bike lanes on East Paces Ferry Road. Flashing signal lights to alert motorists of pedestrians will be installed near a number of schools, including Garden Hills Elementary. To see the updated list of projects, visit SPECIAL

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Garden Hills: ‘People are involved in this neighborhood’ BY HOLLY ROBERSON Nicole Ott moved from Austria to Garden Hills a year ago with her husband and son. They chose the Buckhead neighborhood sandwiched between Peachtree and Piedmont roads because of the tree-lined streets, walking trails and general genteel ambiance of this historic place. On a recent sundrenched morning, she and her dog trainer, Karen Smalley, of Doggie Du Good, worked with the family dogs, Amy and Daisy, in a field next to the neighborhood pool. “People are just so nice,” Ott said as she corralled Daisy back to working on “sit.” It’s a sentiment shared by many in this quiet, affluent Atlanta enclave. Garden Hills is a mix of early 20th century homes dating back to the 1920s, four parks, landscaped traffic islands and a neighborhood pool/recreation center – all close to shopping, restaurants, schools and churches. There is a lot going on behind the scenes in Garden Hills, said Carl Sanders, who’s not related to the former governor of the same name. Sanders, a strategic consultant, is the former president of the civic association. The group wants to improve the sidewalks, put stone paths in the parks, do more landscaping and improve lighting and security. But in the last four years, its work has been all about the pool. The 750home community last year completed an $800,000 project to rehab the pool house and surrounding area. According to a study by the Pool and Park Association, the Garden Hills pool attracts more than 500 patrons daily from May through September. The pool generated $357,200 in revenue in 2012. The original pool house was built in 1979, according to the study. In 2011, pipes burst in the men’s bathroom and put the Pool and Park Association on the path to rebuilding the house. The pool house and the pool are an important part of the neighborhood’s identity. Every year, teenagers from the neighborhood start their first summer jobs working there. They are affectionately known as the

“pool rats” by the neighborhood. The pool, however, is not the only attraction. Squeals of laughter and running toddlers filled the pool’s playground on a recent morning. At a picnic table sat a group of women watching the children intently. Not residents, they said. Just nannies doing their jobs. As she pushed her 2-month-old son in a swing at the playground, Jennifer Rogers said she and her husband were looking for a house in Garden Hills because of the close proximity to all the private schools. Atlanta International School is located in the Garden Hills neighborhood. It is an IB World School serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Other Buckhead private schools include Christ the King, Pace Academy, Westminister, Peachtree Presbyterian Preschool and Atlanta Girls’ School. The Rogers have looked at several different homes. Diverse structures ranging from Georgian, Tudor and Spanish Revival to Craftsman in the older sections line the streets of wide, manicured lawns. Garden Hills was developed beginning in 1925 by Phillips Campbell McDuffie, a prominent Atlanta lawyer. He formed the Garden Hills Corp. and advertised the area as “Beautiful Garden Hills.” The development was planned in three phases. Today, the Garden Hills neighborhood comprises single-family homes plus some multi-family units on the streets near commercial and institutional properties. There is vacant commercial land around the neighborhood, but the civic association has a good working relationship with the owners, said Bob Schneider, a software consultant, and member of the civic association. The nearby Garden Hills Cinema closed in 2006. There was talk of resurrecting it, but that ended in December 2013 when a fire gutted the Atlanta Bike shop and caused significant water and smoke damage to the other businesses in the


From left, Bobby Wolf, Chris Sanders and Bob Schneider in front of one of the neighborhood’s landscaped areas.

Peachtree Road strip. On March 16, the wrecking ball arrived to begin demolition. The only thing that remains at the corner of Peachtree and Rumson is the part of the strip that houses La Fonda and Fellini’s restaurants. Schneider said his group is in contact with the owners about what might go there. In addition to the Garden Hills Civic Association, the Garden Hills Garden

Club is a service organization which maintains several community green spaces in the neighborhood. The Garden Hills Neighborhood Foundation is a nonprofit that raises money to fund the Heart of Garden Hills project, which has long-term goals of establishing a signature look for the area near the pool. “People are involved in this neighborhood,” Sanders said. “I feel at home before I even reach my house.”

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The “Crosstown Peachtree Line” would travel between the MARTA stations at Lenox Square and Fort McPherson along Peachtree, West Peachtree, Peters and Lee streets. Stops would include the Fox Theatre, Woodruff Arts Center and Piedmont Hospital. To see a larger version, go to


The updated Atlanta Streetcar System was unveiled during two community talks on April 23 and 27. To see a larger version, go to

This isn’t the first time a streetcar route between Buckhead and south Atlanta has been on the table. When the idea of resurrecting streetcars in Atlanta began in earnest back in 2003, and before the Great Recession struck in 2008, there were meetings, debates and renderings of a streetcar gliding down Peachtree. The Atlanta BeltLine project jump-started the streetcar discussion again, and there has always been a plan to incorporate transit around a 22-mile loop of walking/biking trails that encircle the city. The expanded Atlanta streetcar plan re-establishes a streetcar system that hasn’t been seen in Atlanta since 1949, when the city pulled up the tracks and decided buses and automobiles were the future. Along with the Buckhead-Fort McPherson line, there are plans for other connector lines including an East-West line that would link Inman Park to Atlanta University Center, a north-south line running by Atlantic Station, Georgia Tech and what is now Turner Field, and another cross-town line that would run on North Avenue and Hollowell Parkway. The grid of lines would all be connected to the BeltLine loop, MARTA and a proposed regional transit hub in downtown. Officials said they would seek federal funding for the project. The current streetcar project received $47 million in federal grants in 2010. The success of the downtown streetcar route is still uncertain. After months of delays, it finally opened to riders on Dec. 30. Costs to operate the loop have increased from $3.2 million a year to $4.8 million, and the city decided to make riding the streetcar free for the rest of the year as it works out fare integration with MARTA.

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Don’t be skeptical of building new apartments Editor’s note: Developers want to build new apartments throughout Reporter Newspapers communities and residents regularly push back against the plans. Architect Jack Honderd, who has lived in Brookhaven since 1982, recently published an essay defending development of new apartments in his community. Here is a version of his article, edited for space. To see a longer version of this essay and other essays by Honderd, go to

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You’ve probably heard the old adage that real estate value is determined by “location, location, location,” and therefore we want to be cautious in generalizing from studies. However, in 2007, a Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies’ research paper looked at this question in detail by reviewing a number of previous studies. Many of the reviewed studies focused on the question, “Do lower-income or workforce-income focused apartment developments lower the property value of surrounding single-family houses?” Eleven studies concluded that this was not the case. While individual results would be neighborhood-specific, the overriding conclusion was captured by the statement, “We find that large, dense, multi-family rental developments ... do not negatively impact the sales price of nearby single-family homes.” Interestingly, the inverse was often true—homes located near dense multi-family developments appreciated about 0.5 percent faster than homes located further away.

2) Apartment renters will not be vested in the well-being of the community This perception often takes the form of two subsidiary assumptions: 1) apartment dwellers do not engage in local social and civic activity, and 2) the presence of apartments increases crime. It seems self-evident that if you don’t own, you care less. After all, you can leave at any time (almost). The Harvard study referenced above looked at this question and found the evidence less clear. Yes, apartment dwellers are less likely to vote in elections than homeowners — 47 percent vs. 78 percent. This supports the “care less” argument. On the other hand, apartment dwellers were more likely to socialize with their neighbors (33 percent vs. 17 percent), just as likely to engage with local social groups (book clubs, recreational sports leagues, dinner clubs), almost as likely to identify closely with their city, and only moderately less likely to identify closely with their neighborhood. While it may be true to say that homeowners are gen-

erally more invested in the community, it would be inaccurate to characterize apartment occupants as “uninvested.” Do apartments correspond with higher local crime rates? The Harvard report reviewed three studies, all of which found “no connection between crime and housing density.”

3) Apartment renters will create traffic congestion


New apartments bring greatGUEST COLUMN er density and therefore more cars. Do more cars equal more congestion? This is not as simple an answer as it would seem since it depends on frequency and timing of car trips, unused road capacity, and traffic engineering, but let’s assume that more cars will create at least some more congestion. Will this make Peachtree Road and Dresden Drive impossible to navigate? To answer this question, Brookhaven’s new Comprehensive Traffic Plan uses traffic engineering protocols to study Peachtree and Dresden. The pertinent descriptor is “Level of Service” (LOS) of each road, and the Comp Plan analyzes today’s LOS and that of 2034, based on development and growth projections. Peachtree is currently rated a “C” and Dresden a “D,” In 2034, Peachtree is projected to have an LOS of “D,” and Dresden is projected to remain a “D.” Despite our intuitive assumptions that “things will get much worse with more cars,” the traffic engineering analysis suggests that Dresden has the capacity to handle the additional cars without more congestion, while Peachtree will experience more congestion — at least by 2034, when sites alongPeachtree are built out. In summary, there’s no documented reason to think apartments are bad ... If anything, higher density housing — whether apartments or condominiums — bring a greater variety of housing stock to Brookhaven and some other nearby communities. In addition, more households in a compact area will support more shops and restaurants, which in turn give all Brookhaven residents more eating/shopping/service choices. The Harvard study goes on to note, “Experience suggests that opponents who live near apartment developments are often hard to convince. For some, opposition to apartments may be more emotional than analytical. Anecdotes trump statistics.” Jack Honderd is a Brookhaven architect, a former member of the city’s planning commission and an advocate for environmentally friendly design, “smart growth” in planning and mass transit. He participates regularly in community discussions.

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“Hurry boys! Come see this gross thing!” They came running, of course, and I couldn’t believe the words that had just come out of my mouth. But this was a bonding opportunity that I couldn’t pass up. The fragrant plug-in that had been lodged into the laundry room outlet in order to de-stinkify the place was breeding moths. I had finally unplugged it in order to replace the flashing Christmas tree light with a yellow daisy decoration, and when I did, a swarm of tiny insects flew from the outlet and the back of the device. I knew it had been plugged in for a while, but I didn’t for a second think that it had been there long enough to produce life. It’s telling that my first thought was to call my boys. I’ve spent 24 years bonding with my children over disgusting things. When we adults are in our early stages of parenting -- the gullible years -- we think that we’ll bond with our young bundles of joy over all of the glorious wonders that the world has to offer: sunsets, seascapes, purple mountain majesties and all that. But I’ve learned that if I want to get a reaction from my kids, a thing has to be gross. And if it’s not gross, it must be dangerous, or, at the very least, downright weird. They’ll have a contest over who can peel off the longest piece of sunburned skin. They’ll battle each other with overgrown toenails. They won’t pull out their smartThings to text a photo of a lovely butterfly, but if I find a snake on the deck, they’ll come running with iPhones at the ready. On one family vacation, all four of my kids were yawning through a glass blowing demonstration, but when I announced that the bathrooms were fitted with brushes that popped out of the wall to clean the toilet seats, they all perked up and scurried to the stalls. I think we humans have to age into


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It’s in the cards ... This teen makes magic BY HOLLY ROBERSON

Ari Isenberg places two queens at the cians hired Ari as one of six “Stars of top and bottom of a deck of cards and Tomorrow” to perform close-up magic, then fans the deck across his family’s the kind done right in front of the audilong dining room table. ence’s nose, at its annual convention this The 13-year-old asks you to pick a summer in Philadelphia. card, look at it, and put it back some“It’s a huge deal,” said Doug Isenwhere in the deck. He closes the deck berg, adding that famed magician Harry and fans the cards again. The queens are Houdini used to be president of the ornow in the middle of the deck and the ganization. card you picked is sandwiched between Ken Scott, a local magician who was them. His audience reacts with awe. scheduled to perform with Ari on May The Galloway School seventh grader 10, said the boy magician “has really got does it all with a calm smile. It’s what he his eye on the ball” as a performer. loves about magic. “He’s got a very promising career, if “I just like seeing people’s faces when this is what he chooses to do,” Scott said. they [make a surprised face],” he said. Ari has performed at birthday parties “It’s more of a feeling I made someone’s and other gatherings. He does close-up day because I showed them magic.” magic, which includes card tricks, and The oldest son of is starting to do “stage Doug and Leslie Isenmagic,” which inDo you know an organization or berg is starting to get volves illusions done individual making a difference noticed in the magic on a grander scale. in our community? Email world. His biggest He’s competed in mance yet was May magic competitions 10. In front of an auand was the youngdience of 250, two est to win second place one year in Daynationally acclaimed magicians joined tona. The Society of American MagiAri for “Mystery Mitzvah” at the Jewish

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Federation of Greater Atlanta in Midtown. The $6,000-plus raised by the show will go to two charities, and fits in with Ari’s “giving back” portion of his bar mitzvah, which was the day before. Dressed in a pink Polo shirt and jeans, the brown-haired teen, a self-described computer geek, sat recently in his family’s large stone home on a quiet street in Sandy Springs and explained how his passion for magic got started. He was 6 and still remembers the red magic kit he got as a birthday gift. Every year after that, his grandparents would take him to a magic shop in Marietta and he would get new material. The kid with twin 8-year-old brothers can show you some of the early stuff he did. He takes out a blue box covered with yellow question marks containing three marbles. He slides a drawer in and out and poof, they are gone. With a shrug, Ari shows you how there are two drawers, and you just need to hold one underneath to have the empty drawer come out. If you can put your finger “in and out of a hole, you can do it,” he said. Ari, a runner, who just finished his track and field season at school, can also show you more complicated coin tricks, inOffering which money you: appears and disappears from your hand. He explains that it just • Compassionate takes lots of practice, a good sleight of cremation and burial services

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Explore museums close to home this summer BY JOE EARLE

Editor’s note: Memorial Day on May 25 brings the unofficial start of summer, the season for gassing up the car, loading in the family and hitting the road in search of new places and new discoveries. In our periodic Road Trip articles, we highlight interesting places to visit within a short drive of Reporter Newspapers communities. When you think of visiting a museum in metro Atlanta, you may call to mind the big, well-known institutions that regularly house high-profile displays that draw big crowds: the High Museum of Art, say, or the Fernbank Science Museum, the Atlanta History Center, or the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site. But the metro area has its share of smaller, less-well-known museums that feature more specialized collections and a chance to discover unique and surprising things. Here are a half-dozen kid-friendly “little museums” within about an hour’s drive of Sandy Springs, Buckhead, Brookhaven and Dunwoody.

1 Atlanta Monetary Museum, Midtown Atlanta

Money, money,! This museum, in the lobby of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s building, tells the story of money, from barter to cold, hard cash. Exhibits feature bars of gold, rare coins and a peek at the piles of cash the Fed processes. Where: 1000 Peachtree Street, NE Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cost: Free For more:

2 Booth Museum of Western Art, Cartersville

Like cowboys? The Booth Museum’s galleries feature Western artists of the 20th and 21st centuries with permanent exhibitions presenting art portraying the American West, cowboys, ranching and other things Western. It also offers a two-story sculpture Court. Where: 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Adults, $10; seniors (65 and over), $8; students, $7; children 12 and under, free. For more:

3 Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University

Think old. Really, really old. This little museum on the Emory University campus offers a place to see Egyptian mummies, Greek and Roman carvings, and what the museum calls one of the world’s earliest bathtubs. The Carlos has collected approximately 17,000 ancient artifacts from Egypt, the Near East, Greece, Rome, the Americas, Asia and Africa, and works on paper from the Renaissance to the present. The museum, housed in a Michael Graves-designed building, is considered one of the best places to see ancient works in the Southeastern U.S. Where: 571 South Kilgo Circle, on the Emory University campus Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Closed Mondays and university holidays. Cost: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors, students and children. For more: or 404-727-4282

4 College Football Hall of Fame, Atlanta

In addition to the Hall of Fame itself, this new 94,256-square-foot facility just down the street from Philips Arena offers a chance for high-tech exploration of the American college game. The presentation covers everything football, from quotes from great college coaches to displays on the evolution of shoulder pads and helmets to the history of tailgating. You can play video games and pretend to be a Game Day broadcaster. There’s even an area where you can kick a field goal or practice your blocking. Where: 250 Marietta Street, NW Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Cost: $19.99 for adults; $16.99 for kids aged 3 to 12; $17.99 for seniors, military and students. For more:



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ROAD TRIPS 5 Delta Flight Museum, Atlanta

Come fly away. Delta Air Lines’ museum, located at Delta’s headquarters near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, displays airplanes that have helped make Atlanta’s hometown airline a behemoth of the skies. The 68,000-square-foot facility features a refurbished 1940s DC-3, a Waco 125 biplane, a 1931 Travel Air, a 1936 Stinson Reliant, and other planes and artifacts related to the company’s history. Where: 1060 Delta Boulevard, Building B Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; noon to 4:30 p.m. Sundays, closed Wednesdays. Cost: $12.50 adults; $10 seniors; $7 youth. For more:


6 Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Atlanta

This is not a museum decorated with “do not touch” signs and old, dead things. The Children’s Museum wants to spark imaginations and inspire learning through hands-on activities and “the power of play.” The museum gives kids a chance to try anything from operating a crane to painting on a wall to building sand sculptures. The museum says it has attracted nearly 2 million visitors since settling in its present home in 2003. The museum will close Aug. 1 for renovations and reopen in late 2015. Where: 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, NW, on the corner of Baker Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. It is closed Wednesdays, and on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Cost: $12.75 plus tax. For more: 404-659-5437 or



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Atlanta History Center presents a program exploring the military timeline from the Revolutionary War to current conflicts. Visitors can take a self-guided smartphone tour of Veterans Park, see wartime memorabilia and hear stories from veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This event is free to members and included with cost of admission for nonmembers. General admission tickets are $11 for children, $13 for students and seniors, and $16.50 for adults. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Buckhead, 30305. For more information, go online to or call 404-814-4000.

presents two, four-day camps for ages 3-4 years, and rising kindergarten to fifth grade. The camps encourage learning through an interactive program exploring different types of dirt, minerals, artifacts and casting fossils. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, prices and to register, go online to or call 770-394-3322.

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ents their annual Good Neighbor Day airshow and open house. This event features airplane and helicopter rides, a bounce house for kids, professional air performances, face painting and fun- nel cakes. Free and open to the public; parking is $10 per vehicle. DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, Dresden Drive entrance, 2000 Airport Rd., Brookhaven, 30341. For more information, go online to or call 770-9365440.

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Hours: 11am to 10:30pm Thursday, May 28, 6:30-8 p.m. – Rhythm & Brews presents Atlanta-based Americana quartet Von Grey, performing alternative rock and folk music. This monthly outdoor concert series features regional musical acts and a picnic environment on the Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn. Tickets are $5 each for ages 21 and up, $2 for teens aged 13-20, and free for ages 12 and under. 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, go online to or call 404-851-9111 extension 4.

City Mouse

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Saturday, May 30, 7 p.m. – The Dunwoody Nature Center presents its summer “Concerts in the Park” series, featuring local musical act City Mouse and Moondog Growlers beer. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go online to or call 770394-3322.

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Sunday, May 24, 1-2:30 p.m. – Presented by Ruthanne Warnick, the Sandy Springs Library hosts this workshop to help aspiring writers as they embark on recording their autobiography. Free, registration required. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, go online to, email or call 678-386-1651.

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alaika Society presents music performed with traditional folk instruments, covering both traditional folk music and contemporary suites. Suggested donation, $10. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go online to or call 770-394-0675.

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Through Sunday, May 31, 6 p.m. – The Chinese American Artists Association of Atlanta presents a collection of original artwork on display in the library. The association was formed in 1996 to connect and encourage Chinese artists in the metro area. Free with valid library card. Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information go online to or call Karen Chen at 678-297-7779.



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Mini Book Sale Wednesday, May 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. –

The Brookhaven Library hosts a mini book sale on the third Wednesday of each month. Presented by Friends of the Brookhaven Library, the event features books and publications for sale on the lower level of the library. Free with valid library card. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. For more information, go online to or call 404-848-7140.

Dunwoody Book Sale Thursday, May 21 through Saturday, May 23 and Monday, May 25, hours vary. – Friends of the Dunwoody Library present their spring book sale. Thousands of books, puzzles, games, magazines, CDs and DVDs can be yours. Find them in the lobby and meeting rooms of the library. Free with valid library card. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go online to or call 770-512-4640.

Saturday, May 23, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. – North Springs United Methodist Church hosts a garage sale of donated furniture, clothing and household items. Donations accepted at the church from Sunday, May 17 through Friday, May 22, sales of which will benefit the church improvement fund. Free and open to the public. North Springs United Methodist Church, 7770 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30350. For more information, to reserve a vendor table, or to schedule a donation, go online to or call 678-427-3911.

Cars & BBQ Saturday, May 30, 4-7 p.m. – This annu-

al fundraising event features classic cars, muscle cars and bikes on display to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event offers cocktails, barbecue, live music and a raffle. Tickets start at $15 for advance general admission; $20 at the door. Tickets for dinner and bar access are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Choate Construction, 8200 Roberts Dr., Sandy Springs, 30350. For more information, go online to or call 678-892-1224.

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BY ART HUCKABEE I want to like Le Fat. This newest of Chef Guy Wong’s growing restaurant empire, occupying the same space as his short-lived Yum Bunz in bustling West Midtown, bills itself as a Vietnamese brasserie. I like that they offer reservations and valet parking. The lack of both can make a Saturday night restaurant visit as stressful as trying to change a flat tire on Spaghetti Junction in rush hour. The 3,330-square-foot space designed by the same folks who did The Optimist, Watershed and JCT Kitchen features an opulent bar, lots of cozy, “meet the strangers next to you” seating, and a bakery counter that while forlorn at night probably bustles by day. There’s a good restaurant vibe, but the underlying, unidentifiable music creates a distracting cacophony similar to the thumping music that car next to you at a red light thinks you want to hear. I want to like Le Fat, despite our waiter’s snarky and impolite comments to one in our party who interrupts him during his welcome spiel; or the seeming fastidious manager, who with great

flare refolds the napkin of one in our party who has stepped away, only to lay it obliviously upon a dirty tabletop. There’s a variety of signature and classic cocktails, some requiring a UN interpreter to decipher the ingredients. There’s also an interesting list of beers by the bottle and wines by the glass. The “crispy” spring rolls contain chicken, shrimp and wood ear mushrooms, but their wrappers are allowed to languish in oil. The PEI mussels are plump and nicely cooked with lots of tasty sake lemongrass broth to sop up if only it didn’t require an act of Congress to get another slice of country-charred bread. The soft-shell crab on a mantoustyle steamed bun with crispy bacon, lettuce, tomato and Sambal mayo was a contrast in textures with the crispy crab and bacon playing against the pillowy soft Chinese-style bun. It was a good dish needing just a little more spice from the Sambal. Unfortunately, several of its specialty dishes lack just that, anything to make them special. The Bo Luc Lac, or Shaking Beef, a reference to the wok prep-

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aration, was tender Angus beef lacking the promised sear, and served over wilted Romaine lettuce, missing the con-

trast of watercress that the more traditional preparation provides. The Cà Ri Gà, or Vietnamese Curry Chicken, was moderately spicy with a meager amount of chicken, potato and carrot. The Madras curry sauce had good flavor but was unremarkable and similar to many found elsewhere. The “Drunken” Pan Noodles were bits of chewy beef, sautéed onions and wide, flat rice noodles that were overly oily and needing a touch of salt. The Chicken Clay Pot was the shining redeemer of the lot with bits of perfectly cooked, tender, yet crisp, chicken and sautéed onions in a delicious sauce; it was worth the 15-minute additional wait. Rice is the life’s bread of any good Asian cookery. Theirs is a seeming forgettable afterthought that comes to the table as a starchy, gummy, crusty snowball, barely on par with what most takeout places serve in those little red and white cardboard boxes. I want to like Le Fat and like all burgeoning endeavors; I hope it succeeds. For now, it’s mildly disappointing, arguably over-priced and bested by many Asian restaurants all over town. Le Fat is located at 935 Marietta St. For more information, visit Art Huckabee is one of Yelp’s Elite Reviewers, as well as a pilot, gourmet cook and food lover. Send feedback to


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Tomorrow’s News Today reports that Varasano’s Pizzeria will open a new outpost in Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody in June. The new restaurant will have a sports bar vibe with 30 big screen televisions and a private “speakeasy” that will allow smoking and a full bar. Restaurant reservation website OpenTable has named its Top 100 Hot Spot Restaurants in America, which includes three in Atlanta: Cooks & Soldiers, do Restaurant at The View and UMI. See the full list at Restaurant delivery service Caviar has expanded to Atlanta offering food direct to your door from independent restaurants including Bell Street Burritos, The Pie Shop, 7 Hens, Empire State South, Makan, The Nook, Chai Pani, Le Metro Creperie, LottaFrutta, Doc Chey’s Dragon Bowl, BLT Steak, Mix’d Up, Smoke Ring, The Warren City Club, Spoon, NaanStop, Dave’s Cosmic Subs, Panbury’s Double Crust Pies and Stone Soup Kitchen. More options will be coming soon. Order online at or download the free app for iPhone or Android.

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Summer is almost upon us, and Yelpers are flocking to patios, porches and decks like tweens to a One Direction DVD release party. Before we need the AC on full blast here in Atlanta, let's hang outdoors and soak up the sun. Kellie Morvillo, Yelp’s OTP community manager, picked out some Yelper favorites.


Cafe Jonah and the Magical Attic - 3188 Paces Ferry Place Do you want to feel like you’re in a real live magical place? Grab a light bite at Cafe Jonah's. Enjoy your morning coffee or light lunch on their private patio. La Grotta Ristorante Italiano - 2637 Peachtree Rd., NE Yelpers boast that one of La Grotta's best attributes is their outdoor seating. In the mood for great Italian while in Buckhead? Get in there and see what all the buzz is about. Ocean Prime - 3102 Piedmont Rd., NE If seafood is what you're craving, Ocean Prime cannot be beat. I hear that Truffle Fries and the Berries & Bubbles Cocktail are two items not to miss!


Haven - 1441 Dresden Dr., NE Haven is pure heaven. This is Southern cuisine paired with Southern hospitality!

Pour Bistro - 1418 Dresden Ave., Suite 170 Pour is a great addition to the Brookhaven area. Our Yelpers have raved about the full wine list, great food and wonderful service. This is a great spot for a girls’ night out or a quiet date night with your mate. They also offer specials during certain nights of the week. Newk's Eatery - 305 Brookhaven Ave. Newk's is a great place to grab a bite on a beautiful day in Brookhaven. If you're in the mood for salads, soups, pizza or a great sandwich, give them a try.


Seasons 52 - 90 Perimeter Center West Seasons 52 never disappoints. A great atmosphere and the fact that ALL of their entrees are under 500 calories is simply marvelous! First Watch - 1317 Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Suite #101 Recently featured in our Weekly Yelp "Brunch On This," First Watch is a great find in the Dunwoody area. This cafe is a great place to enjoy two of the best meals of the day and brunch, while enjoying the beautiful weather. Cafe Intermezzo - 4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Road Who doesn't like great food, great drinks and oh-so-great desserts? Cafe Intermezzo is a great date night place in the Dunwoody area.

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Meehan's Public House - 227 Sandy Springs Place, NE Yelpers love the outdoor patio at Meehan's. Not your typical pub food. These guys go out of their way to bring out the best in traditional dishes. Sushi Nami Too - 5610 Glenridge Drive Sushi + outdoor seating = happiness! After starting their first restaurant in Alpharetta in 2001, it was time to bring this gem to Sandy Springs. Serving up sushi rolls to small plates to entrees and desserts, let them know your craving. Blue Grotto Sushi,Tapas and Bar - 220 Sandy Springs Circle, Suite 205 Sushi, Asian tapas and a glass of wine sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Our Yelpers think so, too! The place also makes house martinis to accommodate the unique Asian tapas and sushi. Editor’s note: Yelp is a website and a mobile app – free to use – that connects you with local businesses, organizations and events. Reporter Newspapers has partnered with Yelp for a monthly feature on Yelper’s favorite eats, treats and more in Reporter Newspapers communities.


It’s time for newly minted graduates to celebrate The month of May means high school graduations. Here are the dates, times, places and, when available, the expected speakers at graduation ceremonies for high schools in Reporter Newspapers communities.

Atlanta Girls’ School

2 p.m., May 16 Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree Street, NE

Atlanta International School

3 p.m., May 29 Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road, NE Speakers: Sophia Jactel, Sean Khan, Adam Malik and Pinar Seydim; musicians: Mia Fernandez, vocalist (accompanied by Sean Khan); David Robinson, pianist; and Laurent Boudard, cellist.

Brandon Hall

11 a.m., May 15 The gymnasium at Brandon Hall School, 1701 Brandon Hall Drive Speaker: Brandon Hall Head of School John L. Singleton Jr.

Chamblee Charter High

5:30 p.m., May 22 North DeKalb Stadium, 3688 Chamblee Dunwoody Road Speakers: Chamblee High’s valedictorians and salutatorians

Cross Keys High School

7:30 p.m., May 22 Adams Stadium, 2383 North Druid Hills Road

Dunwoody High School

7 p.m., May 21 North DeKalb Stadium, 3688 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

The Galloway School

6 p.m., May 21 Gymnasium on Galloway campus Speakers: Galloway students

Holy Innocents’ School


10 a.m., May 16 Main gymnasium on Holy Innocents’ campus Speaker: Holy Innocents’ Head of School Paul Barton

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

10 a.m., May 26 Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 4465 Northside Drive, NW

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Speaker: Bill Garrett, president, Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School

The Lovett School

4 p.m., May 17 Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road, NE Speaker: University of Virginia Professor of Politics Meredith Woo

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School 10 a.m., May 16

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2 p.m., May 23 Centennial Center on The Marist School campus, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road Speaker: William Roche, winner of Marist’s 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award

North Atlanta High School

8 a.m., May 23 Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd., NW

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North Springs Charter High School 7 p.m., May 22 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway Speaker: North Springs’ Top 10 students

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4 p.m., May 16 Peachtree Presbyterian Church, 3434 Roswell Road, NE

Riverwood International Charter School 3 p.m., May 21 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway

St. Pius X Catholic High School 9:30 a.m., May 16 Symphony Hall Speaker: Archbishop Wilton Gregory

The Weber School

11 a.m., May 17 Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Drive

The Westminster Schools

8:30 a.m., May 16 Pressly Plaza, on campus Speaker: CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin

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bit of off-stage creativity, as Mengert remembers it. He recalls putting on plays in a portion of the school cafeteria. The layout of the room allowed access to the stage from one side of the stage, but only a window on the other. During one production of the comedy “Harvey,” one actor was supposed to climb a ladder outside and then come in through the window. But during one performance it poured rain and the actor was drenched. “When he came in, he was literally dripping buckets,” Mengert said. During his first years directing Pace’s annual musical, he said, there was not room on campus to stage the elaborate productions, so they were presented wherever the school could find a space. “Back then, it wasn’t a question of ‘What are you doing next year?’ but ‘Where is it?’” In those days, the musical cast included students, faculty and alumni. A 1983 production of the musical “Oliver!” featured Mengert as Fagin, and his son, King, as Oliver, Mengert said. Mengert hopes he can remain involved in local theater after his retirement, he said. “I like the magic,” he said. “I like seeing something come from this here” – he picked up a copy of a script from his desk – “to life. The merging of the writer’s vision with the director’s vision of how this story comes to life, that’s the fun. That’s fun.”

“Encore 2.” More than 50 Pace theater alumni are scheduled to take part in the review the school says will bring back performances from a variety of shows Mengent’s students have staged. Mengert, who grew up in Sandy Springs, started his theater career as an actor. He remembers being recruited for his first role as a junior in high school because the St. Pius X Catholic High School theater group at this time didn’t have enough senior boys in it to fill the parts for the senior play. “They needed boys,” he said. He won the lead. His senior year, he won the lead role again. “I guess I was hooked,” he said. He worked at various theaters around metro Atlanta, including a stint at a dinner theater in Marietta, where he claims an ad-libbed line provides one of his favorite moments onstage. During a production of “The Seven Year Itch,” a cat wandered into the room, he said. “I looked at the audience and shrugged and said, ‘My animal magnetism,’” he recalled. “It brought the house down.” Mengert began teaching at Pace just 13 years after the school opened. He had planned to teach for a year or two while wrapping up his doctorate. Instead, he stayed on. Over four decades at the school, he’s taught English, served as the school’s director of admissions and debate coach, launched Pace’s first Advanced Placement course and was named its STAR Teacher three times, the school said. Pace said Mengert’s theater productions have won 15 Georgia High School Association One-Act region championships, 10 state championships and numerous best acting awards, according to Pace. “Anyone who has ever attended a Pace production has walked out of the theater with that ‘wow’ feeling, fully appreciating the gift that George has for cultivating students’ talents,” Pace Academy Head of School Fred Assaf said. “The arts are central to Pace, and we owe much credit to George for setting the bar high. He has played a tremendous role in creating and growing the Pace arts’ culture.” In the early days, when Pace’s student body and campus wasn’t much more than JOE EARLE three buildings, stagGeorge Mengert recalls putting on plays in ing plays did require a the Pace cafeteria during the early years.


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to her phone, and she complied. The men ran off toward the SUV.  3300

block of Piedmont Road—On April 19, a man outside a grocery store approached a woman from behind and tried to snatch her purse. She fell to the ground, clutching her purse. A security guard rushed over to help and the man ran off toward a car. The woman was able to take a photo of the license plate as the car drove away.

The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY  1100

block of Moores Mill Road— On April 19, a man got out of a car outside of a grocery store and tried to take a woman’s purse. When she turned around and saw the man, she pulled away and yelled for help. The man tried to grab her phone, but dropped it on the ground and didn’t try to pick it back up. He ran to a car that was waiting. When a witness tried to stop the suspect’s car from leaving the area, the driver of the car with the suspect inside ran over a curb and drove away.

 2000

block of Howell Mill Road— On April 19, a man got out of a car and grabbed a woman’s purse outside a grocery store. As the two struggled, a witness saw what was going on and honked her horn. The man then let go of the

woman’s purse and ran back to the car he got out of.  3300

block of Peachtree Road—On April 19, three men with handguns approached a group of people outside a pizza place. The gunmen took purses, wallets and phones from the group and then ran to an awaiting SUV.

 3300

block of Roswell Road—On April 19, a woman walking outside apartments noticed a red SUV with its lights on. Two men approached her, demanding her belongings. She gave up her purse, cellphone, necklace and ring. The men then demanded the password

 3100 block of Roswell Road—On May

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 Defoor

Avenue at Davis Circle—A man walking home with headphones on felt a tap on his shoulder. When he turned around, a man with a gun demanded his phone, wallet and book bag.


block of Pharr Court South—

On April 25, a woman armed with a brown steak knife entered the lobby of an apartment complex and demanded her husband leave the premises. An arrest was made when a patrol officer responded to a call about the man not leaving the premises.  3300

block of Peachtree Road— On April 27, someone entered an apartment and tried to push past one person to get to a second. When unable to do so, the visitor picked up and threw picture frames at the residents. One resident tried to run into the bathroom and the visitor kicked on the door. When police arrived the suspect was not in the apartment. A cellphone was reported missing from the apartment. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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Moores Mill Road—On April 24, a business reported its front door was pried open with a crowbar. Three men were seen on surveillance video breaking in and taking 20 cartons of cigarettes. They all wore gloves and masks.

 1900

block of Piedmont Circle—On April 29, a suspect known to employees entered a business and took several items. When an employee confronted the suspect and left to call 911, the suspect returned to take addition-

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 800

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 700

block of Chantilly Drive—A public storage facility reported locks cut and items removed from two separate units. 2400 block of Camellia Labe—On May 2, a man noticed his storage unit had been broken into and items taken. The suspects were at the facility when police arrived. Arrests were made.

AUTO THEFT  1100 block of Chattahoochee Avenue—A 2000 green

block of Pharr Road—A 1998 green Honda Accord was reported stolen.

 300

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 2100

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 3300

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 2700

block of Yorkshire Road—A 2013 silver Toyota Corolla was reported stolen.


April 19 and 25, a total of 31 thefts from automobiles were reported and an additional 39 reports of other larcenies, including shoplifting, were made. Between April 26 and May 2, a total of 29 thefts from automobiles were reported and 32 additional larcenies were reported.

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