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Inside Last call Businesses, public discuss bar closing hours COMMUNITY 2

Listen up! Advice offered to high school grads COMMENTARY 6

Brookhaven Reporter


MAY 16 — MAY 29, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 10

Lessons for the little one

Born a boxer

Sandy Springs fighter prepares to defend title AROUND TOWN 7

Crutches, canes Local Rotary club recycles medical items MAKING A DIFFERENCE 10

Gotta pull over Marvel over a metal horse, folk art and ‘piggy hill’ ROAD TRIPS 14-15

Little oasis ‘Urban’ Farm Chastain tucked away

Max Zeide, 2, receives some encouragement from his grandfather Harvey Sacks while at the batting cage at Murphey Candler Park on May 10. The two were taking in some swings during a baseball mini camp hosted by the Ninth Inning Baseball organization.

Century Center battle continues BY PAT FOX


City officials propose local charter school BY JOE EARLE

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Chamblee and Brookhaven remain deadlocked over the fate of a section of land annexed last year by both cities. And the outcome could cost both sides hundreds of thousands of dollars. Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed legislation last month that would have resolved the issue, in essence, ceding the 4.5-square mile tract into Chamblee. Deal’s action leaves the property in limbo until an appeals court decides the matter. The veto shocked state Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta) who sponsored the legislation. Holcomb accused Deal of turning his back on all the local legislators, Republican and Democrat, who drafted and sponsored the bills at the direction of local residents. “The governor has chosen to continue wasting taxpayers’ money by allowing this case to remain in the courts,” he said. At issue is a tract in north DeKalb County that has been a battleground for both cities. Last June, Highwoods Properties, which owns a mixed-use development called Century Center within the disputed area, applied to be annexed into Brookhaven. In response, Chamblee officials filed suit to stop the annexation and incorporate the property into its borders.


Brookhaven city officials are backing the creation of a new charter school in their city. Backers of the school, to be called the Brookhaven Innovation Academy, plan to file an application to have the school chartered by the state. They hope the school can be operating by August 2015. “This is a defining moment for the city of Brookhaven, because nobody else has ever done this,” City Councilman Joe Gebbia said. “We’re a very progressive city, and this is very much in keeping with who we are.” If approved, the Brookhaven charter school would open with 420 students in kindergarten through sixth grade, city officials said. The plan is to add a grade each year until the school reaches 12 grades, they said. Eventually, the school would include about 1,300 students on campus, and hundreds more taking courses online, said Glenn Delk, a lawyer consulting on the project. Brookhaven residents would be favored for admission. If students from Brookhaven did not fill the school’s classes, admission would be opened to students from throughout DeKalb County and then




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