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Mount Vernon, Spalding construction work causing frustration BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Gaytha Burg directs traffic along the 1800 block of Mount Vernon Road in Dunwoody, taking in the comments from motorists. “You have no idea what you’re doing,” one man yells out his open window. On an 83-degree day, Burg keeps her cool, mumbling something about traffic having to stop so the truck can move the pipe. DeKalb County is in the process of replacing a water main along Mount Vernon, but the construction and road delays don’t stop there. As soon as the county finishes its work, the city plans to start paving. But Dunwoody drivers aren’t the only ones who might want to seriously consider alternate routes to Mount Vernon Road


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City reviewing policy that results in ‘sidewalks to nowhere’ BY HOLLY ROBERSON

Jody Novotny and her husband want to construct a new home in Glenridge Forest, but city policy says they must also build a sidewalk.

Jody Novotny and her husband want to knock down a house in the Glenridge Forest neighborhood and build a new one. It will cost them $13,500 to put a sidewalk in front of it, as required by the city, according to Novotny. “I don’t think we need a sidewalk in front of every house,” Novotny said. None of the other homes in the cul-de-sac have sidewalks, or in the neighborhood for that matter, she said. A relatively new policy in Sandy Springs is running into opposition due to its cost and what city officials called a “one size fits all” mentality

that could result in “sidewalks to nowhere.” New development and redevelopments in Sandy Springs are required to construct sidewalks along road frontage. If a homeowner or contractor must obtain a building permit, he or she has to build a sidewalk. A waiver is possible, but only due to drainage or topographical hardships. “We need to change this and we need to change this right away,” Councilman Andy Bauman said during a May 5 City Council meeting. Council members decided to delay a decision on changes to the ordinance. They told city staff members to research changes and to propose



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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 practice 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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Portion of Riverside Drive to close for construction City officials plan to close Riverside Drive south of Johnson Ferry Road to through traffic from May 26 through mid-to-late August, said Sharon Kraun, city communications director. Workers will realign the sharp curve on Riverside Drive to improve the road shoulder south of Johnson Ferry Road, Kraun said. The project includes roadway construction and installation of guardrail and sidewalks. A detour will be in place.

That’s two in a row The Rotary Club of Sandy Springs was named 2014-15 Club of the Year for District 6900 for its division on April 26. The award was presented to club president Gene Jordan during the District 6900 Annual Conference in Jekyll Island, Ga. The club has won the award two years in a row. SS


New fire chief plans to reorganize department BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

New Fire Chief Keith Sanders plans tor Sharon Kraun said. to reorganize the department to elimIn addition to funding 12 new fullinate part-time employees and add a time positions, Sanders wants to add dozen fulltime firefighters. six lieutenants, he said. He’ll also proFor many firefighters, the restrucmote 18 people to fire apparatus engituring will mean promotions and neer, which is a specialty position on more efficient teamwork, Sanders said. an engine or ladder truck. Sanders, who took over the depart“We feel very comfortable with the ment in October, plans by October enhancements he’s bringing, which 2016 to promote staff internally and will help improve the quality of service do away with part-time employees in we’re providing today,” McDonough the fire marshal’s office, he said. said. Sanders said he wants to focus Currently, the fire department has the department’s budget on three arfour ladder trucks and two fire eneas: public safety regines. sponse time, comOn a daily bamunity partnerships sis, three battalion and personnel develchiefs, who each suopment. pervise one of the “I see an opporthree shifts, must tunity to make encoordinate schedhancements and ules involving 93 bring more consisfull-time firefighttency to our daiers and 53 part-time ly staffing with our firefighters. The personnel,” Sanders part-timers usualsaid. ly work for another City Manager agency full-time and John McDonough freelance with SSFD told members of on their off time, Sandy Springs City Sanders said. Council that SandSanders said the ers’ proposal makes department needs a creative use of existminimum of 15 fireing resources, takfighters on duty at “I see opportunity to ing the $869,000 alany one time. make enhancements and lotted for part-time “Think of pairs of bring more consistency employees to hire hands for the types full-time staff and of tasks firefighters to our daily staffing promote from withhave to do,” he said, with our personnel.” in the department. including search and “I’m very pleased rescue type team opwith the creative erations. – FIRE CHIEF KEITH SANDERS thinking, with the Sanders said he rationalization and also wants to implemethodology that ment a standardized he’s come up with,” career development McDonough said. “The bottom line program in order to credential personis, the reliability of the part-timers is nel for career advancement. becoming less and less because it’s a “This is something I not only feel second job for them, and we believe is important for our employees to be moving in this direction is going to able to grow internally with the orgaimprove the quality of the service.” nization, but it’s also something that Sanders is asking for an increase in the Insurance Services Office looks his budget of about 1.9 percent over at to make sure we have credentialed last year, city Communications Direcpeople in positions,” Sanders said.

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‘Most-hated road’ in city getting a facelift BY HOLLY ROBERSON

The potholed lane that some city officials joke is the “most-hated road” in Sandy Springs may soon be getting a facelift. City Council voted May 5 to award a $1.7 million contract to Lewallen Construction to add sidewalks, curbs, retaining walls, drainage and erosion control measures on 1.2 miles of Morgan Falls Road from Roswell Road to Overlook Park, city officials said. The only road that leads to the park then can be repaved. Lewallen was not the lowest bidder, but the other companies didn’t meet the city’s requirements, said Sharon Kraun, communications director for the city. The improvements have been a long

process. Back in 2010 city officials began the work toward improving the road. Transportation engineers said Morgan Falls Road could be the city’s most challenging road project. There were many permits to obtain. There were a variety of landowners alongside Morgan Falls Road, which complicated issues. Also Georgia Power owned the hydroelectric dam at the end of the road and land surrounding it. Colonial Pipeline owned land where sewer easements lay near the Chattahoochee River. “This has been several years in the making,” Kraun said. “It’s a complicated project.”

Long running battle for cemetery back in court A long battle between descendants of a Confederate veteran and a resident who wants to build a house near a family cemetery has landed back in state court. The Georgia Court of Appeals has returned a lawsuit between the two over the burial site to state court for a jury trial, said Preston Heard, a great-great grandson of Judge John Heard, a founding member of the Sandy Springs community. The grave of Judge John Heard. The descendants are there are no graves on the spot where he trying to take control wants to build. of the cemetery away from Christopher Mills applied for a building permit, Mills, who is not a member of the Heard which the city of Sandy Springs denied family. However he owns the property because the property contains a cemebecause it was mistakenly sold at a tax tery. Mills sued the city in 2012. His leauction. gal action and the resulting media covMills’ attorney did not erage alerted members of return a phone call for the Heard family, who CATCHING comment for this article. filed a motion to interThe parties are hope- U P vene. ful, however, that a solua local Fulton County Supetion can be worked out Revisiting news story from the recent past rior Court Judge Kimberwithout going to trial, ly Adams ruled against said Wright Mitchell, atthe descendants’ motion for summary torney for the family members. judgment that would have given them Several years go Mills’ in-laws paid control of the property, but agreed to let the back taxes on the 1-acre property on the Court of Appeals Review her deciHeards Drive and they then later sold sion. The higher court affirmed Adams’ the property to Mills for $1. Mills wants decision. to build a home on an undeveloped portion of the land. He has obtained an ar– Holly Roberson chaeological survey that determined SS

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Single-family homeowners tend to be skeptical of apartments. The perception is that 1) apartments will be a drag on property values, 2) apartment renters will not be vested in the well-being of the community, and 3) apartment renters will create traffic congestion on streets such as Peachtree Road and Dresden Drive. Are these ideas supported by urban studies and economics? Let’s look at each perception more carefully.

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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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MAKING A DIFFERENCE Ari Isenberg, 13, has been practicing magic since age 6, performing close-up magic such as card tricks.

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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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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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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.


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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

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

The School


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

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Thinking of building a house? You may have to add a sidewalk CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

modifications to the plan. They suspended all fees for 60 days so residents can get building permits without paying. Following complaints from residents, city staff members had made some suggestions for other ways to waive the construction of a sidewalk, but only in residential areas. They suggested allowing a waiver if there is: • a sidewalk already on one side of the street; • a disproportionate effect on protected, boundary or landmark trees; • no sidewalk within 500 feet on the same side of the street; • a cul-de-sac shorter than 1,200 feet.


To get a waiver with any of these reasons, a $150-a-foot fee would be paid into

a fund to pay for future sidewalk construction, according to staff recommendations. That didn’t sit well with council members. “I don’t think this is what we intended it to be,” said Councilman Tibby DeJulio. At least 15 emails have come to DeJulio complaining about the sidewalk policy. While there have been a number of new sidewalk sections constructed since the policy went into effect last year, there have been many requests, said Garrin Coleman, public works director, to waive the sidewalk requirements for reasons not related to topographical or drainage issues. In most cases, he said, the requests have been related to the lack of a sidewalk network, light traffic or slow speeds on the road.

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for the duration of the summer. On April 13, Sandy Springs closed the area at the busy intersection of Mount Vernon Road at Spalding for a re-alignment project. According to the city’s website, work includes major demolition, grading, storm drainage and underground utilities; construction of the new roadway at the intersection; and installation of a traffic signal system. Sandy Springs resident David Searles emailed Mayor Rusty Paul to say the road closure “created a traffic nightmare.” “This intersection ‘improvement’ is a boondoggle,” Searles wrote. “It is a waste of money that only benefits Gwinnett County commuters who cut through our subdivisions.” Searles further questioned the safety of the road closure, citing difficult access by fire and emergency services personnel, a public safety hazard. The mayor responded, saying the project is necessary and will help move traffic more efficiently when completed. “We continue to look for solutions to lessen the impact, but we can’t make everything normal when it affects an area with few alternatives,” Paul wrote. “Our traffic engineers deem the project important from both a safety and operational perspective, and we will press the contractor to compete it as quickly as possible, but it is slated to be a 120-day project.” Mount Vernon Road projects won’t end with the water main replacement near Vernon Oaks Drive either. The entire road repair project will continue through October and possibly into November, Councilman Terry Nall said. “We were under the gun to get the entire project going and approved by DeKalb County,” Nall said. “Nancy Jester expedited the approval for us because it’s not just the water pipe, but the asphalt for paving, and we needed to get it done before the winter got here.” If the water main replacement doesn’t finish while the weather is warm enough for paving, Nall said the city would

have to wait another year before paving Mount Vernon. From Dunwoody Village out to Vernon Oaks, the city plans to add sidewalks and move curbs slightly to allow for a bike lane. “That’s the part that will take a little time versus the rest of [the project],” Nall said. The good news is that all construction and paving work will take place only between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. That’s because people who live along Mount Vernon wouldn’t want to be woken by crews working overnight, Nall said. “I’ve gotten just a couple of emails asking why we didn’t have this work done at night,” Nall said. “And I remind them that people live in that area. Other than in the Perimeter Center area, every street in Dunwoody has residents living on it. We have to be mindful of that.” The water main replacement project currently under way stops at Vernon Oaks Drive because next year, a project involving the turn lanes and additional water main replacement will commence. “The water line ultimately will extend all the way down Mount Vernon, so this is only the tip of the iceberg,” Nall said. Currently, Dunwoody city staff is working on the right-of-way acquisition for the Vermack Road turn lane project. In October, remaining funding for construction will be allocated and construction should begin in 2016, according to the capital project status report provided by Public Works Director Michael Smith. The work for the pipes is on the south side of Mount Vernon, but one lane will always be open. Currently, GS Construction has workers like Burg directing traffic so that only one lane at a time is stopped. The reason they started the water main on that end is to make the road presentable and passable for the Fourth of July Parade, Nall said. Public Works worked with Pam Tallmadge so there will be no impact on the parade. “Everyone knows when the parade is and that the road needs to be passable at least down to the Village,” Nall said.

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Nall said somebody asked him why the city didn’t wait until after summer to do this work. “If we had waited, that would have put our paving into the winter,” he said. “The paving is the last piece—up to Ashford-Dunwoody. The very last thing that will happen with this project is the paving of that section. Paving is the finishing touch, like combing your hair and then putting on hairspray—it’s the last

thing you do.” Additional projects ongoing along Mount Vernon in Dunwoody include a Mount Vernon Way sidewalk installation project that is 75 percent complete; crosswalk improvements at the Mount Vernon and Stratham intersection; and a concept design reviewing traffic and accident history at the Tilly Mill at Mount Vernon Place and Mount Vernon Road intersection.

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Police Blotter The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate. Reports dated April 24 - May 1.


block of Northridge Drive— On April 24, a 25-year-old man reported that someone knocked on the door around noon. When he answered, a man armed with a gun came inside. A second man followed. They demanded to know “where the money was,” but left with the resident’s watch and iPhone. The man with the gun struck him on the head, causing a laceration.

 Suspects

are both men between 25 and 27 years old.

BURGLA RY  5300 block of Roswell Road—On April

24, a resident at an apartment said someone forced (broken glass) a patio door and entered. Nothing was taken. The victim said a man knocked on the door earlier asking for someone. He was dressed in a grey shirt, jeans and Nike shoes. He was also holding a rock in each hand. In police work, we call this a clue.

The missing iPad was another clue. She said that when she told the office staff she would be gone, there were others in the office who could have overheard the conversation.

never placed any money in the register. The employee never admitted the theft. She was fired and given a criminal trespass warning. When people steal from you, prosecute them.



 6600

block of Roswell Road—On April 25, a store manager said she noticed a cash drawer short about $322. Video of the transactions showed an employCAPTAIN STEVE ROSE, SSPD ee paying a customer, supposedly ing clothing, much more than what was documented as a sale of just over $21. It  500 block of Calibre Springs Way— turns out the customer selling the clothOn April 25, someone broke and forced a ing was a friend of hers, named Max, and rear bedroom window open and accessed the transaction was for the purpose of an apartment. The apartment was ranstealing money. The suspect was still at sacked. Nothing was listed as stolen. The the store, and her story was that Max had following day, a second burglary was rebeen to a strip club the night before and ported in this apartment complex. had an excessive amount of $1 bills. (The old Tradition 1000 block of al Strip Club DeSpalding Forest fense.) Her point Read more of the Court—On April Police Blotter online at is that her trans29, a 31-year-old action of handwoman reported ing over money that she notified for exceeding the the apartment ofsupposed $21 sale, was legit. She said fice she would be gone for a few days. On the money was an exchange, and she return, she noticed the apartment looked had Max’s strip-club money in the oth“lived in,” which made her think that er hand. Th e problem with her story was someone had accessed the apartment. that the video clearly showed that she

 5800

block of Roswell Road—On April 24, a 36-year-old man reported that he was driving north on Roswell Road and observed another car, heading in the same direction, driving erratically and recklessly. At some point the other car stopped and a man got out and cursed at the driver, who was still seated. The driver exited and took a photo of the suspect who, in turn, pushed him, then returned to the car and left the location. The suspect’s car is a Honda Accord.

 On

April 25, cops were called to North Springs High School athletic field regarding a fight. Soccer players of the Hispanic American Soccer League were playing a game. Toward the end of the game, the referee called a foul on player # 4, who, in turn, pushed the referee and then hit him in the face. The referee’s story was disputed by several others on the field and by those who witnessed the alleged assault. They said he got in the face of the referee, but did not hit him. The person who was CONTINUED ON PAGE 22


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Primary variance from Section 33.22.C. of the Zoning Ordinance to reduce the set-back of an ID monument from 10’ to 0.

One (1) primary variance from Section 6.3.3.(C) and Section 6.3.3. (D) of the Zoning Ordinance to encroach into the minimum side and rear yard setback to allow a batting cage.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals June 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.


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

One (1) primary variance from Section 6.3.3(D) to encroach into the minimum rear yard to build a shed. Public Hearings:

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Primary variance from Section 33.22.C. of the Zoning Ordinance to reduce the set-back of an ID monument from 10’ to 0.

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


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One (1) primary variance from Section 109-225 (a) (1) & (2) of the Stream Buffer Protection Ordinance for relief from the seventy-five (75) foot impervious surface setback and fifty (50) foot undisturbed buffer to construct a garage. One (1) primary variance from Section 6.4.3(C) to encroach into the minimum side yard to construct a garage.

Public Hearings:

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said to have hit the ref left, and nobody knew his last name or anything about him, which kind of makes him look a bit guilty, right? All we know is that his name is Jesus and he wears #4.

OTHER THIN GS  People Who

Probably Should Not Make a Police Report—A 53-year-old man said he contacted a woman, referred by a friend, to pick him up at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, drive him to a hotel and give him a massage. The fee was $500. She picked him up and they went to dinner. He paid her prior to arriving at the hotel. Once in the room, she received a phone call from her “daughter” saying that said daughter had hurt herself. She left to render motherly aid, leaving the man without a massage.

The next morning he called the police to file a theft report.  OK,

I don’t want to get into the habit of telling people what to do, but I believe that I would just take the hit on this one and leave it off a public record. Five-hundred bucks for a ride and massage? That’s one-third the price of a new John Deere D105 Automatic 42-in riding lawn mower with a Briggs & Stratton engine and mulching capability. What the heck was he thinking?

 200

block of Hammond Drive—On April 30, cops were called to a restaurant in regards to an altercation. A man told officers he ordered food and then burped loudly. The owner of the restaurant told him to leave. The complainant said he has an intestinal condition that causes him to burp loudly. He re-entered the restaurant and was, according to the owner and employees, nudged out the door. The officer

negotiated a refund and the man was given a criminal trespass warning not to return and he left. No charges were made.

AR R ES TS  Police

were called to a restaurant on Northside Drive regarding a person down. They found a man in the parking lot who appeared to have taken a drug. His girlfriend said she believes he took heroin just before police arrived. Witnesses said the girlfriend was flushing drugs down the toilet prior to the police arrival. She also concealed items in her pants. Eleven pills were recovered by the cops. The man was sent to Northside Hospital. He was left with a copy of charges, as was the woman, who was also taken due to her being pregnant. 2900 block of Sandalwood Drive—On April 28, around 5:30 p.m., officers responded to a disturbance call. They spoke to a 45-year-old woman who said

she was removing property from one apartment to another due to not getting along with the current roomie. The roomie got upset over her opinion that food was being taken from the apartment. This led to the following: • Victim struck six times in the face • Several names called including, b**** and junkie hoe, • “Uttered” statements including “Y’all b***** keep my name out of your mouth” and “I’ll push your fat a… down the steps” • Reported unauthorized use of hot sauce, brand unknown • Punch to the right side of a face One person was taken to Northside Hospital and the other charged with disorderly conduct.  6300 block of Roswell Road—On April

29, around 8:30 a.m., cops were called to the address regarding a man masturbating. He was located and later arrested.

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