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‘No Trespassing’ signs near PDK bring controversy BY TIM DARNELL

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Charles Fleming and his horse take in the sights and sounds of “Brookhaven Community Day at Lynwood Park” on May 2. The event featured a parade, music, a cookout and family-friendly activities. View additional photos on page 2.

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Several “No Trespassing” signs posted around an area of green space near DeKalbPeachtree Airport are raising questions among the neighbors. William Murray, an Ashford Park resident, saw the signs being posted by workers, including airport police, and asked what was going on. “I was told they were being put up because there were neighbors around the edge of the tract of land who were not observing property boundaries,” Murray said. “The signs are basically in a bunch of peoples’ backyards.” The 28-acre property is owned by the airport and lies west of Clairmont Road. It’s bordered by Ninth Street, Skyland Drive and Tobey Road. Murray is a member of Protect the Ashford Park Greenspace, a coalition of neighbors surrounding the land who call the parcel, “one of the last significant, undisturbed old growth forests in the Brookhaven or Chamblee area.” They want the heavily wooded acreage to remain green space. Last month, Brookhaven city officials designated the land as green space in its Comprehensive Plan 2034. “The Ashford Park forest green space is airport property,” said District 2 City CouncilSEE NO TRESPASSING, PAGE 5


After rezoning requests within the district of Brookhaven designated for “urban-style” development stirred opposition from nearby residents, city officials are considering adjusting the boundaries of the area. Brookhaven City Council voted May 12 to start the process of amending the zoning “overlay district” that promotes pedestrian-friendly development around the Brookhaven MARTA station and a portion of the Peachtree Road corridor. “What we find out is that people may not realize they’re in the overlay ... and sometimes they’re shocked by what the overlay requires,” City Councilwoman Re-

becca Chase Williams said. “I think this is good that we’re going back and tweaking it.” City officials are considering removing areas from the overlay district that have been at the center of recent rezoning controversies. “What we’re trying to do is change the boundaries,” said Ben Song, the city’s community development director. City Councilman John Park said the city should debate changing its long-term development plans when they needed tweaking. “The comprehensive plan SEE CITY, PAGE 5


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Lynwood Park celebrates Above, residents turned out for “Brookhaven Community Day at Lynwood Park” on May 2. The event featured a parade, music, a cookout and family-friendly activities. Above, right, Tremain McGlown, left, son Parker, and wife Jenny enjoy the event. Center, right, Willie Joe Redding, back left, handles the grilling duties as Inez Roberts, foreground, keeps an eye on the snacks. Bottom right, a Little Free Library has books to share with readers in the park. Bottom left, youngsters take in the sounds of the Pebblebrook High School marching band. Center, left, Glen Solomon, left, and Shedrick Jenkins are ready to eat.


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Governor appoints Jacobs to DeKalb judgeship BY HOLLY ROBERSON

State Rep. Michael “Mike” Jacobs (R-Brookhaven) has been appointed by the governor to be a DeKalb County state court judge. Jacobs said he was looking forward to the new challenges that a position on the bench would provide. “The job is to be fair and faithful to the law,” he said, “and that’s what I intend to do.” The appointment will leave a vacancy in House District 80 which takes in portions of Brookhaven and Sandy Springs. He leaves his position with no regrets, he said. The 2015 legislative session “was remarkable for what we accomplished for the residents of DeKalb County,” he said, and it would be very hard to top. He fills the judicial vacancy created by the appointment of Eleanor L. Ross as a federal judge for the Northern District of Georgia. Jacobs’ selection to the court means there are now six open seats in the Georgia House. Jacobs, who was pivotal in the creation of Brookhaven as a city, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2004 as a Democrat. On June 19, 2007, he switched to the Republican Party. He is chairman of the MARTA Oversight Committee (MARTOC), a joint legislative committee charged with reviewing the finances and management

of Atlanta’s transit system. Jacobs, who lives with his wife, Evan, and three children in Brookhaven, operates a solo law pracRep. Mike Jacobs tice in Sandy Springs. He received his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and his law degree from the University of Georgia. A date for an election to replace Jacobs hasn’t been determined, said Ashley Baratta with the governor’s office. Jacobs’ appointment is already sparking interest from those wanting to compete for the House seat. Ashford Park resident Catherine Bernard has announced she will run. Bernard ran unsucessfully against Jacobs in the 2014 Republican primary. Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis, whose father represented a portion of north DeKalb in the Legislature, also has been rumored to be interested in running. Asked May 12 whether he would run, Davis wouldn’t comment, saying only that no election had been called at that point to run in.

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Fatal plane crash revives worries over PDK’s location BY HOLLY ROBERSON

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In 2010, a single-engine Piper Sara“You live near an airport, you’re gotoga landed on I-85 as it headed for ing to have crashes,” said Nikki Vanthe nearby DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. DerGrinten, who lives off of Dresden The pilot cited engine trouble. Drive. “It’s just a shame it’s in such a In 2011, a Cessna ran out of fuel residential area.” and landed in the backyard of a “It’s always a concern when you Brookhaven resident’s home. live near an airport,” said Brookhaven No life-threatMayor J. Max Daening injuries were vis. “But you’ve got reported in either to understand that case. if you move near an But, as most of airport these things “You live near an Atlanta now knows, are going to hapfour passengers died pen,” he said. “It’s airport, you’re going May 8 when a Cesspart of the cost-bento have crashes.” na headed from the efit part of life.” DeKalb airport to Others say it – NIKKI VANDERGRINTEN Oxford, Miss. crash shouldn’t be that RESIDENT landed on I-285. way. The National Trans“I don’t know portation Board is that I have any anstill investigating swers,” said Larwhat happened, said ry Foster, a member spokesman Keith Holloway. of PDK Watch, an airport watchdog The crash has renewed local disgroup. “It does make one feel less than cussions about the presence of a busy safe when you can’t be sure about the airport in the fast-growing areas of skies above you.” Brookhaven and Chamblee. There’s been a lot of concern in the

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A Cessna out of DeKalb-Peachtree Airport crash landed on I-285 near the Peachtree Industrial Road exit on May 8, reviving concerns over airport safety.

neighborhood, he said. “There’s concern of people in this area that these incidents are happening,” said Foster, who has lived near the airport since 1986. The airport, generally known by its


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call letters, PDK, is Georgia’s secondbusiest airport. According to DeKalb County, it employs 1,800 people, and has an annual payroll of more than $65 million. More than 25 businesses are based at the airport, and companies such as Waffle House, Southern Co. and Rollins base their corporate flight operations there. About 590 aircraft are housed at PDK, according to recent reports. PDK’s newly installed interim director, Mario Evans, was out of the office this week and not available for comment about the May 8 crash. The most recent NTSB data shows no investigations at PDK in 2014. DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader, who represents District 2 which encompasses the airport, said that the May 8 crash would be traumatizing for anyone involved. But that these events happen “from time to time.” The airport tries to minimize any such crash through safety measures such as runway protection zones, he said. Runway protection zones are areas near an airport where development is restricted. “Overall, their safety record is very good,” Rader said of PDK. VanDerGrinten said that one of the main concerns residents have about the airport is the noise. She used to live in a neighborhood that was closer to the airport than her home is now. “You would stand in your backyard” and planes would roar overhead, she said. “It was awful.” PDK has spent years working with neighbors on noise abatement. Foster said that recent management at the airport have been “more friendly to our concerns” when it comes to noise and other matters. BK


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man John Park, who represents the area. “The airport is well within its rights to put up ‘No Trespassing’ signs and protect themselves from potential litigation. “The city has no control except for the zoning of this property.” Murray said there have been rumors that the airport and DeKalb County want to develop the property. “The current zoning for the property is light industrial, which is no longer relevant for the surrounding community,” he said. “The long history of the project includes several attempts by residential and commercial companies to develop the land.” Murray said the airport and DeKalb County have worked well with the community in the past to maintain the land’s character. “The property has been owned by DeKalb since World War II,” Murray said. “Originally, the tract was part of a runway protection zone that has since been removed by the [Federal Aviation Administration] and is now surplus property for the county. “We did a cleanup day earlier this year, and DeKalb provided mulch and took away the trash we collected,” he

said. Park confirmed that Brookhaven has been approached with proposals to develop the land. “I will continue to listen to the will of the community and advocate for its preservation as permanent green space to DeKalb County,” he said.


The city has been approached to develop the land, which is west of Clairmont Road and bordered by Ninth Street, Skyland Drive and Tobey Road. For a larger version, go to

City considering overlay district boundaries CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 their yards criticizing the proposed is a living document,” he said. height of the building. More than “It should be amended when 60 residents attended a neighborappropriate.” hood meeting with the developers in One area city officials want to reMarch and many indicated they opmove from the posed the projoverlay is a strip ect. of land zoned Song said on for single-famMay 12 that the ily residential developer has indevelopment. dicated it plans It was part of a to withdraw its “The comprehensive plan larger parcel on proposal. The is a living document. It Peachtree Road withdrawal reshould be amended which developquest is to be er JBL proposed presented to the when appropriate.” building 271 council on May high-end apart26, he said. – JOHN PARK ments fronting Song said Peachtree Road. the proposCITY COUNCILMAN The site was genal to tweak the erally known as overlay district the “Hastings will be presentproperty” beed to the Plancause the nursery ning Commisand garden cension and then to ter company had operated a facility the council. there. “This is a preliminary discussion,” Residents in the nearby Historic he said. “We’re asking to initiate the Brookhaven neighborhood objectstudy. This will go through public ed to the plan. Some posted signs in hearings.”

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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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the hand and plenty of dexterity. Ari’s never taken magic lessons, but has learned from attending conventions and seminars all over the country. He gets magic magazines and watches tons of videos that show how to do tricks. “There’s a whole network of magic out there,” said his father Doug Isenberg, who did magic as a kid, but admits he was never as good as his son, “and Ari’s a part of it.” When asked if he thinks his magic is just a phase that he’ll outgrow, Ari shakes his head rapidly no. A career perhaps? He has a quick reply. “David Copperfield has a net worth of $850 million.” Ari said he sees his future in magic as more of a business. A mentor of his writes books and has a magic shop in addition to performing. If a magician performs in front of the right people and at the right places, “you can make money,” he said. Perhaps the hardest trick he’s done he performed May 10, when he was handcuffed, put into a padlocked trunk and switched places with his cousin, who had been sitting on the trunk. Just how did he do this trick Houdini used to perform? No way he’s telling, he said. The secret, as with other magicians, “is all about the timing.”

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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.

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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

What is Guidance?

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

Mount Vernon Presbyterian football field, Glenn campus Speaker: Trung Le of Wonder, By Design

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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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Brookhaven Police Blotter From police reports dated April 24 through May 8.

 2100

The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizens Portal Event Search website and is presumed accurate.

 3600


 1400

block of Buford Highway—On May 4, a robbery with a cutting instrument was reported to have taken place in the street.

block of Lake Boulevard—On April 26, battery was reported. block of Buford Highway—On April 26, harassing communication was reported.

 3100

 3000

block of Clairmont Road—On May 6, a robbery of a residence with a gun was reported.

 1400

block of North Cliff Valley Way—On May 6, an arrest was made for armed robbery.


block of Clairmont Road—On April 24, burglary was reported at a residence.

 3400

block of Buford Highway— On April 24, burglary was reported at a residence.

 2500 block of Camille Drive—On April

26, a burglary attempt was reported.

 3100

block of Buford Highway—On April 26, battery was reported.

 400

block of Glen Way—On April 27, burglary was reported at two residences.

 900

block of Glen Way—On April 29, burglary was reported at a residence.

 1000

block of Glen Way—On April 29, burglary was reported at a residence.

 1300 block of Sylvan Circle—On May

5, burglary was reported at a residence.

 1800

block of North Druid Hills Road—On May 5, burglary was reported at a residence.

 1200 block of Lindenwood Lane—On

May 5, burglary was reported at a residence. block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 6, burglary was reported.

April 25, theft or articles from a vehicle was reported; On April 26, entering auto was reported.

 3300

 1800

 3000

block of Remington Road—On April 26, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 3800

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On April 26, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On April 27, theft by taking auto was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On April 24, entering auto was reported; On April 27, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1500


block of Briarcliff Road—On May 1, harassing communication was reported.

 1900

 4100

block of Clairmont Road—On April 30, simple battery was reported.

 2400

block of Summit Boulevard— On April 27, theft was reported.

block of Dresden Drive—On May 5, an arrest was made for public indecency.

 2900

 1300

block of Clairmont Road—On April 29, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. block of Johnson Ferry Road— On April 30, shoplifting was reported.

block of North Cliff Valley Way—On May 8, an arrest was made for battery of a family member.


 2100

 3700

block of Peachtree Road—On May 1, theft was reported.

 2300

block of North Druid Hills Road—On May 4, theft was reported.

 2800

block of Buford Highway—On May 4, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1100

block of West Nancy Creek Drive—On May 5, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 100

block of Lincoln Court Avenue— On May 5, entering auto was reported.

 1100

block of Lincoln Court Avenue—On May 5, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 4200

block of Berkford Circle—On May 6, theft was reported.

AS S AULT  1600

block of Briarwood Road—On April 24, an arrest was made for cruelty to children in the second degree. block of Buford Highway—On April 26, aggravated assault with a gun was reported.

 5100

block of Lenox Park Circle—On April 25, forgery was reported.

 1200

block of Star Drive—On April 26, fraud by swindle was reported.

 1600

block of Northeast Expressway—On April 30, fraud by swindle was reported.

 1100 block of Stan-

dard Drive—On May 1, fraudulent activity was reported.

 1900 block of North

Druid Hills Road—On May 5, an arrest was made for forgery.

 3400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 5, forgery of check was reported.

 3000

block of Buford Highway—On May 6, two arrests were made for forgery in the third degree.

 3100

 3200

block of Buford Highway—On April 25, aggravated assault by cutting was reported.

 3300

block of Buford Highway—On April 24, indecent exposure was reported.

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block of Corporate Boulevard— On April 24, a weapons violation offense was reported; On April 25, possession of marijuana was reported and arrests were made for disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana; On April 26, an arrest was made for DUI; On April 29, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct; On May 3, an arrest was made for marijuana possession. block of Buford highway—On April 25, two arrests were made during a traffic stop for speeding. The first arrest was for speeding in excess of maximum limits and the second arrest was for headlights required; On April 27, an arrest for DUI was made during a traffic stop; On May 4, an arrest was made for obstruction and interference.

block of Clairmont Road—On April 30, simple battery was reported.

 3000

 3700


block of Keys Crossing—On April 27, aggravated assault by cutting was reported and an arrest for aggravated assault was made.

 1800

O T H ER  3900

block of Peachtree Road—On April 24, two arrests were made during a DUI traffic stop. The first arrest was for DUI and the second was for suspended or revoked license; On April 25, an arrest was made for speeding; On April 30, an arrest was made for DUI.

 3300

block of Buford Highway—On April 25, an arrest was made for DUI.

 1300

block of Windsor Parkway—On April 25, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 2100

block of North Druid Hills Road—On April 25, an arrest was made for begging.

 2500

block of Skyland Drive—On April 26, an arrest was made for failure to appear.

 3000

block of Summit Boulevard— On April 27, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 2500

block of Appalachee Drive— On April 27, damage to private property was reported.

 2800

block of Buford Highway—On April 27, an arrest was made for duty upon striking unattended vehicle (hit and run); On April 28, a hit and run was reported.

 1800

block of Skyland Road—On April 27, damage to private property was reported.

 1400

block of Briarwood Road—On April 28, damage to private property was reported.

 4000

block of Peachtree Road—On April 28, an arrest was made for DUI.

 2600

block of Buford Highway—On April 28, an arrest was made for failure to appear.

 3800

block of Buford Highway—On April 28, an arrest was made for failure to stop for a school bus; On May 1, an arrest was made for driving on a suspended or revoked license; On May 4, arrests were made for obstruction and DUI. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 BK





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Brookhaven Police Blotter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20  4000

block of Peachtree Road—On April29, criminal trespass was reported.

 1200

block of Druid Hills Reserve Drive—On April 29, damage to private property was reported.

 1900

block of North Druid Hills Road—On April 29, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 4100

 2000

block of West Druid Hills Drive—On April 29, a hit and run was reported.

 3700

 3200

 1800

block of Buford Highway—On April 29, an arrest was made for manufacturing/selling/distributing; On May 1, an arrest was made for DUI.

 3900

block of Buford Highway—On April 29, an arrest for driving on a suspended registration was made during a traffic stop.

block of Peachtree Road—On April 29, an arrest was made for hit and run. block of Buford Highway—On May 1, an arrest was made for marijuana possession. block of Northeast Expressway—On May 1, an arrest was made for failure to stop at stop and yield signs.

 3000

block of Buford Highway—On May 1, arrests were made for DUI and driving without a license.

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