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The city of Brookhaven will become the first city in the Deep South to memorialize the “comfort women” — women and girls who were enslaved and sexually trafficked by the Japanese Army during World War II — by accepting a monument recently rejected by Atlanta’s Center for Civil and Human Rights. City Council at its May 23 meeting approved a resolution to accept from the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force the donation of a “comfort women” statue of a young girl seated in a chair next to an empty chair. The statue, not presented at the meeting, will be installed in a city park. City officials have not decided which park will host the statue. The Brookhaven council’s decision to accept the donation comes after the Center for Civil and Human Rights earlier this year agreed to install the statue on its grounds, See REJECTED on page 23

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A resident’s tearful testimony about her apartment building’s pending demolition drew a hug from a city board member and showed the human impact of the Buford Highway corridor’s rapid redevelopment. At the May 17 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, members unanimously voted to approve a buffer variance for Ardent Companies that will allow it to tear down Park Villa Apartment Homes near Buford HighSee PLANNED on page 12

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City staff members propose rewriting the alcohol ordinance to include significant changes, including cutting back hours and establishing a formal licensing process for businesses offering free alcoholic drinks to customers. City Council is expected to begin discussions of the proposed changes next month before taking a vote. City government currently takes in approximately $900,000 a year from venues serving alcohol through license fees and excise taxes, Assistant City Manager Steve Chapman said. After staff members noticed inconsistencies in the current law, including a requirement that was not being enforced that venues pay for audits by certified public accountants, they decided it was time to take a look at the entire ordinance, Chapman said. “We decided just to go through the whole code and do a complete rewrite,” Chapman said. “The city has gone from its infancy to its adolescent stage ... and as it’s growing we need to make sure certain tools are in place.” When the city was formed, it cobbled together an alcohol ordinance taking bits and pieces of ordinances from other municipalities. One mandate that was included, but apparently never enforced, was to require establishments such as bars and restaurants to complete an audit by a certified public accountant. When the city’s Finance Department this fall said it was time to make such establishments do so, there was significant blowback from business owners be-

cause such audits can cost $3,000 to $5,000. Chapman said the city agreed that the cost of those audits was too high, especially since the city could come in and look at the business’ books for little or no cost. The rewrite still requires audits, but not by CPAs, he said. There has also been the rising concern about local establishments, such as salons, that serve complimentary glasses of champagne or wine to clients. Allowing businesses to serve free booze was not necessarily allowed under city code, but also was not specifically prohibited, Chapman said. The rewrite clarifies the city’s position. “Before, businesses were just doing it,” Chapman said. “This lets us know who is doing what.” The alcohol ordinance rewrite proposes adding a “G class” license that allows only beer and wine to be served and requires pours be limited to 8 ounces for beer and 6 ounces for wine. Complimentary service on Sundays would be prohibited between 2 a.m. and 11:59 a.m. The proposal says the permits would be issued only to businesses “that derive zero percent of their gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages.” Cutting back hours for bars and nightclubs has been discussed for some time. Councilmember Joe Gebbia, who represents District 4, which includes Buford Highway, where many latenight establishments are located, has been a major proponent and often raises concerns about the area becoming the “next Buckhead.” The police continue to make DUI

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keep the party going. The proposed ordinance rewrite sets Brookhaven’s last call for all venues serving booze at 2:30 a.m., with a closing time of 3 a.m. “Abuse is taking place,” Gebbia said. “We need to address that.” The rewrite also recommends prohibiting sexually oriented businesses from serving alcohol. The only such business in the city now is the Pink Pony, a strip club that has an agreement with the city to operate, including selling alcohol, for another four years. In exchange, the strip club pays $225,000 a year to the police department. The Pink Pony would not be affected by the alcohol ordinance rewrite. But when the club’s agreement with the city expires, and if it wants to remain in the city, it would not be allowed to serve alcohol, Chapman said.



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New law is a boost to local beer and whiskey crafters BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

An expanding Buckhead distillery and a new Sandy Springs brewery opening later this year are looking forward to growth brought on by a new Georgia law signed by Gov. Nathan Deal on May 2. The new law allows breweries to sell beer or spirits directly to visitors instead of making them purchase a tour and giving them the drinks for free. Visitors can now also buy a case of 24 12-ounce bottles or cans or three 750-milliliter bottles of spirits to take with them. Buckhead-based American Spirit Whiskey announced May 10 it will open a second location in a development on the corner of Lee and White Streets in Atlanta’s West End neighborhood, joining two brewers, Monday Night Brewing and Wild Heaven.

Pontoon Brewing will open its first location in Sandy Springs at 8601 Dunwoody Place on Sept. 1, which is also the date the new law will take effect. Pontoon has been making beer in partnership with breweries in other states for two years, but this will be their first brewery. The recently passed law is already spurring discussion about future expansions among the owners, Sean O’Keefe, one of the four owners, said. They are also making adjustments to their site plans, enlarging their taproom to make more room for seating in response to the new law. When they began brewing two years ago, O’Keefe said they never imagined Georgia would pass this law, and they were advised by others in the industry to focus on tours. With the new law in place, they’re anticipating growing more quickly, O’Keefe

said, adding jobs and paying more taxes to Sandy Springs, a location they chose because they had a good relationship with the city. Before the law was passed, the owners worked with the city to write Sandy Spring’s ordinance so it could be passed as soon as Deal signed the state legislation. SPECIAL ASW Distillery, which From left, Pontoon Brewing co-owners Marcus is located in Armour Powers and Sean O’Keefe pose with Chris Irby and Yards near Sweetwater Wesley Budd, agents who helped them find the Brewing Company, anSandy Springs location for their first brewery. nounced its expansion for six month to two years, Jim Chasteen, days after Deal signed the legislation. one of the founders, said, and they anticiThe distillery was running out of room to store whiskey barrels, as they have to age Continued on page 6

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When the I-85 bridge collapsed, Debbie Benedit feared her renowned Havana Sandwich Shop on Buford Highway would suffer. Many of her customers came from Midtown and Buckhead for Cuban sandwiches or picadillo and cheese empanadas and she worried they wouldn’t want to brave a traffic nightmare for a meal. “But actually our business increased,” she said, while seated in the rustic building which is readily seen from the busy road, thanks to its bright yellow paint with palm trees. “Everyone on this end [of Buford Highway] was staying over here,” she said. Now that the bridge has reopened, her Midtown, Cheshire Bridge Road, Lenox Road and Virginia-Highland cus-

tomers are returning as well. “My sales are exceeding expectations,” she said. The road to her success was also filled with major obstacles, however. Debbie owns the sandwich shop at 2905 Buford Highway with her son, Eddie Benedit Jr. The building is the site of the original Havana restaurant opened in 1976 by Guido Benedit, her late father-in-law. Using Guido’s recipes from his homeland, the restaurant quickly became a destination for those searching for authentic Cuban cuisine. The entire Benedit family worked at the restaurant before some went their separate ways. In 1996, Guido retired and left the business to Debbie and her late husband, Eddie Sr. He died in 2001, but Debbie kept the restaurant open. Also Continued on page 7

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New law is a boost to local beer and whiskey crafters Continued from page 4 pate more sales and visitors after the law takes effect. ASW plans to use its new location, which will open in nine months to a year, for storage and a tasting room, but it depends on what permits they are able to get from the city, Chasteen said. The company chose the West End to fulfill its need for more storage space because the owners were convinced by longtime friends at Wild Heaven and Monday Night Brewing to join them in the Lee + White development. “The craft brewing and distilling industries have become really close with each other in the past couple of years, especially with all the progress that’s been made,” Chasteen said. “We’ve become really good friends with a lot of the breweries in town.” The tour system was especially difficult for ASW because many guests are from different states due to a wedding venue located adjacent to them, and Chasteen expects tourists would be more likely to come in to buy a bottle than they would to purchase a tour.

Often people who come in to buy a bottle are turned off or confused when they hear they have to buy a tour, he said. “They’ve never heard of this Georgia legislation. All they hear is ‘I can’t buy a bottle’,” Chasteen said. Tourists also often wanted to buy gifts for others, but they could only buy one bottle, and since they are from a different state, it’s likely ASW would never see that guest again, Chasteen said. “It’s worth it if you drive here from South Carolina now,” he said. “Before, it was difficult to fully take advantage of tourism business.” Chasteen said he and others at ASW, along with other breweries, distributors and retailers, have been working for three years on getting legislation through the Georgia General Assembly, and, in the past 18 months, the different parties have worked together to find common ground. “This has been an intense 18 months of back and forth and compromise between all the parties,” he said. “It certainly took a lot of time, but I can’t tell you how refreshing it was to work with all parties in a good faith way.”

PCIDs name new executive director BY JOHN RUCH

start work in June, her appointment still needs to be formally approved by the group’s boards of directors. The Perimeter Cen“We have been very ter Community Imfavorably impressed provement Districts with the depth, expehave named a new rience and caliber of staff leader, eight the talent pool intermonths after longtime ested in leading our president and CEO two CIDs,” said a joint Yvonne Williams’ surstatement from PCIDs prise resignation. board chairs Diane Ann Hanlon, execuCalloway and John tive director of the AlHeagy. “We believe it pharetta-based North takes a rather broad Fulton Community set of skills to succeed Improvement District, in this business, and has been chosen to we are thrilled to have take the PCIDs’ reins. SPECIAL Ms. Hanlon joining us Ann Hanlon Hanlon also serves after such an impreson the board of two sive run at the North Fulton CID.” organizations important to Perimeter The PCIDs are two separate but jointCenter: the Georgia Regional Transporly operated self-taxing business districts tation Authority, which runs the GRTA in Perimeter Center, with one CID in the Xpress commuter buses; and the CounDeKalb County portion of the area and cil for Quality Growth, a Sandy Springsone in the Fulton County portion. based advocacy group for real estate deThe PCIDs’ work includes planning and velopers, where she is the treasurer. funding major roadway and streetscape Hanlon, a Dunwoody resident, would projects. It provided some of the political have the “executive director” title at the leverage for Gov. Nathan Deal to fast-track PCIDs. While the PCIDs have announced the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstrucHanlon’s hiring and said she likely will tion project that is just getting started. The North Fulton CID is a similar organization operating in the cities of Alpharetta, Milton and Roswell. Hanlon has worked at the North Fulton CID since 2005 and served as its chief operating officer. She previously worked at the PCIDs from 2003 to 2005 as a project manager. Hanlon has worked at the Atlanta Regional Commission as a senior program analyst; on the staff of former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland; and at the Georgia Department of Labor. She also serves on the North Fulton Poverty Task Force and chaired the DeKalb County Charter Commission in 2016. She has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s in public administration from Georgia State University. She is a native of Waycross, Ga. Williams resigned from leading the PCIDs in September 2016 after 17 years at the helm, citing a desire to spend more Visit us today to learn how you may qualify for up to time with her family. Hanlon was hired via an executive search firm, the PCIDs said. johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

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Havana on Buford Highway is easy to see with its bright yellow paint and palm trees.

Cuban sandwich shop mixes tastiness with tenacity Continued from page 5 in 2001, her husband’s brother, Guido Jr., sued her after learning he wasn’t listed as a manager in the business. Tensions flared. In 2008, the building at 2905 Buford Highway was damaged by fire. In 2009, Eddie Sr.’s other brother, Willie, wanted to open a new Havana restaurant, built on the reputation of the old. Debbie operated a restaurant for a short time in Canton, where she lives, but closed it in 2009. She missed the allure of Buford Highway and planned to reopen Havana that same year in a new location on Clairmont Road, just a stone’s throw from the original. But confusion arose over which Havana restaurant was the real one and Willie and Debbie ended up in a legal battle over who was the true owner of the restaurant’s name. Eventually she won the right to the Havana Restaurant name and for the past eight years has operated her business, welcoming hungry customers on Clairmont Road from throughout metro Atlanta. But court battles with family took

a toll and the pain remains. Debbie acknowledged she hasn’t seen Willie or Guido for years. “The family was torn apart by different ideas,” she said. “I wish them the best. I did the time, put in the blood, sweat and tears. ... It didn’t have to be that way.” She took her energy and focused it on food. The Havana at the Clairmont location used the same Benedit family recipes and became as popular as the original. Then, in 2015, Debbie was driving on Buford Highway when she saw a familiar sight. The dilapidated building where Havana first opened its doors in 1976 was available. She jumped at the chance to open a second Havana at what some may consider a historical location. “This building is the same as it was 50 years ago. We just put a new coat of paint on it and cleaned it up some,” she said. In April, she and her son decided to close the Clairmont location. “I’ve been doing this 41 years and I’m slowing it down,” she said. “Eddie will continue on. I feel like I’ve come full circle. I’m just glad to be back here. ... This truly was a family business, and it still is.”

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While Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, it’s officially a time to remember military service members who died in the line of duty. Little-known memorials scattered around Perimeter Center and Buckhead put those memories close at hand. The Veterans Memorial in Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park is perhaps the most popular local place for reflection. But many small memorials stand in office parks, landscaping and malls around the area. Many were placed over the past 20 years by the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association and honor service members killed in that war. “To those who fight for it, life has a flavor the protected never know,” reads a motto on many of the group’s granite memorial markers. The group no longer erects the memorials, shifting its focus to scholarships for veterans, said president Dan Holtz. Some of the memorials are easy to find, like the flag-ringed marker between the King and Queen skyscrapers at the Concourse Center on Sandy Springs’ Concourse Parkway. That memorial hon-

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ors Army Pfc. Joel C. Roper, a “citizen soldier” and Bronze Star recipient killed in action in Vietnam in 1969. The city of Sandy Springs holds its annual Veterans Day ceremony there. Some are nearly hidden, like the memorial to Army 1st Lt. William Ellis Gay Jr., who was killed in Cambodia in 1970. That marker is tucked amid shrubbery behind benches in the entryway of the Shepherd Center on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Gay was a graduate of Brookhaven’s Marist School, whose Ashford-Dunwoody Road campus has two memorials. One honors the 44 Marist alumni from World War I onward who have been killed in action, declared missing in action or taken as prisoners of war. Another Marist campus memorial tells the remarkable story of one of those alumni, Air Force Maj. John L. Carroll, who was shot down over Laos while flying a small airplane as part of the Ravens, a CIA-led operation that helped to direct a secret bombing campaign. Carroll crashed on the Plain of Jars, an ancient site where the landscape is covered in large, mysterious stone containers. “Faced with a choice between the despair of surrender and the prospect of survival, despite being confronted with

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6th District Congressional race heats up with local events

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The high-profile race for the 6th Congressional District heated up with local appearances by the candidates as the June 20 runoff quickly approaches. Karen Handel, 55, a former Georgia secretary of state and chair of the Fulton County Commission, is hoping to win the seat long held by a Republican, while Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former Congressional aide making his first bid

for public office, is yearning to “flip the 6th” to a Democratic district. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan attended a May 15 rally for Handel at a Dunwoody hotel, while both candidates spoke at a May 21 meeting of the Jewish War Veterans in Dunwoody. The two have agreed to participate in a June 6 debate to be broadcast live on WSB-TV from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Handel is hoping appearances by Republican heavy hitters, such as Vice President Mike Pence next month and Ryan ear-




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lier this month, will benefit her at the polls. Ossoff’s campaign appears to be relying on an aggressive ground game with lots of canvassing and opening new field offices in Johns Creek and Tucker in recent days to put them over the top. Both are defining their differences to voters, including during the Jewish War Veterans meeting, held at the Berman Commons assisted living facility in Dunwoody, where they spoke on Israel, foreign policy and veterans’ issues. Ossoff, now CEO of Insight TWI: The World Investigates, an international media company specializing in anti-corruption investigations, said the country needs “fresh leadership” in Congress because the tone of today’s leadership is “dangerous and divisive.” Ossoff noted that both his grandfathers – one in Australia and the other in the U.S. – fought in World War II and their dedication to public service was something he aspired to as well. “That tradition of service in my family is something I’m proud of and something I seek to live up to in my life,” Ossoff said. “That commitment to public good … is inspiring … and I think both my grandfathers would be disgusted by the tone in politics today.” In addressing national defense, Ossoff said it is important to not forget the millions of lives at stake in armed conflict. “There is a real human consequence here. It is not a game,” he said. “Career politicians forget we are talking about real human lives.” He called the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, a “reprehensible organization” and said only its complete destruction is acceptable. Ossoff said he would support air power and limited special operations in defeating ISIS. He also said he would oppose any proposal to increase the deployment of ground troops into the Middle East. Ossoff expressed his strong support of NATO and called for a complete and transparent investigation into Russian interference in the American election, saying the issue was “above partisanship.” He also called for redoubling the U.S.


commitment to Israel and work to ensure Israel has a military edge against multiple hostile groups, such as Hezbollah and Hamas. When asked about his support of former President Obama’s Iran deal, Ossoff said the purpose of the agreement is to restrict uranium enrichment by Iran. “The monitoring of compliance should be strict and uncompromising. If Iran violates [the agreement], sanctions should snap back immediately that truly punishes Iran’s economy,” he said. In her comments, Handel went after the Affordable Care Act, said it was “collapsing” and praised the House Republican’s recently passed bill to repeal it. She acknowledged the House bill was “not perfect” but part of a process and was better than letting the system collapse. She also promised to work on simplifying the tax code and “job killing regulations.” When it comes to national defense, Handel said she would vote in favor of the Taylor Force Act, a bill that would stop the U.S. from funding the Palestinian government if it continues to pay salaries and benefits to families of terrorists who kill Americans and Jews in Israel. She also denounced the Iran nuclear deal, calling it “unconscionable” and a failure to stand with U.S. ally Israel. At the May 15 rally with Ryan, Handel continued the line Republicans are taking in the race — that Ossoff is “hand-picked” by U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and that his campaign is funded by California liberals. “We are not going to let Nancy Pelosi and her hand-picked candidate steal this seat from Republicans,” Handel said. Handel poked at Ossoff’s “flimsy, inflated resume” and contrasted that with her political experience. “Talk is cheap, and I’m not about talk,” she said. Ryan told the crowd at the rally that voters in the June 20 election, which many see as a referendum on President Donald Trump, should keep a Republican in the House. “The stakes are as high as they ever could be,” Ryan said. “You have a big responsibility.”


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A new building recently was constructed on Peachtree Road in compliance with the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District requirements. However, the new building blocks the Nuts n Berries business sign, located further from the street.

Businesses, residents look for relief in Overlay District rewrite BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

write kickoff held May 18 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. The city contracted this year with the Atlanta-based urban Kevin Parker, an owner of a health-food planning firm TSW to rewrite the rules market located on Peachtree Road, says governing the Overlay District, which he’s ready to see some changes to the city’s includes Dresden Drive, the city MARTA Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District. station and Peachtree Road to OglethoA new building located next door to his rpe University. The rewrite is expected business, Nuts n Berries, was built in the to be completed in six months. past year on the site of a former Shell gas Parker, whose business has been lostation on the other side of Kendrick Road. cated at its spot at 4274 Peachtree Road The new, 10,000-square-foot building was since 1980, said the Nuts n Berries sign was built according to Overlay District requiregrandfathered in after the original Overments, including fronting near the street lay District was completed 10 years ago. To with wide sidewalks to promote walkability. bring the sign up to code and place it next But the new building blocks Nuts n to the street, where it can be seen by motorBerries’ business sign for those travelists, is cost prohibitive right now, he said. ing north on Peachtree Road. “We’re in a Catch-22 situation,” Park“The new building completely blocks er said. our sign and it has had a significant diParker said the limited parking for the rect impact on our business over the new businesses at The Kendrick building afpast year,” Parker said. fects his store’s parking as well. A small lot The Overlay District sets specific rules is located behind the new building, where for building, parking and streetscape an Orange Theory fitness studio, a nail sadesign for new developments along lon, a Kale Me Crazy health food store and Peachtree Road and Dresden Drive. It a dentist’s office are tenants. Parker said was written a decade ago and has accomthere are not enough parking spaces —plished much good, according to TSW and the dentist’s office hasn’t opened yet. consultants, including promoting walkThe parking situation is affecting his ability, open green spaces and design and business and the residents who live on architecture standards. Kendrick Road, where customers now park “I’m gratified to hear a lot of our obto get to the businesses, he said. jectives and the vision we had has been “I understand the intention of the accomplished,” said Mike Elliot, a memOverlay and I understand there is no ber of the Brookhaven Peachtree Comimmediate solution, but this is the promunity Alliance that worked on the cess now and I want to make sure our original Overlay District. “But the code voice is heard,” he said. does need to be evaluated and clarified.” Other residents at the May 18 meeting Parker was one of about 30 people have raised concerns over the number of who attended the Overlay District reapartment complexes and mixed-use development on booming Dresden Drive and their desire to limit density in that area, which abuts residential neighborhoods. They say traffic is encroaching on their suburban lives. “The traffic in our neighborhood is the same as Peachtree Road,” said Susan Traynor, a Realtor who lives in Historic Brookhaven. “We need to get a grip on what we DYANA BAGBY are doing. You just can’t make Julia Brodsky of TSW assists residents as they review the whole world a traffic jam.” images of open spaces and building designs. BK

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The Park Villa Apartment Homes on Coosawattee Drive are targeted for demolition to make way for 73 new townhomes, which will displace the people currently living there. In the background, new townhomes priced in the $400,000 range currently are going up.

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other developments near Coosawattee Drive. “We think this will be high quality and an attribute to Brookhaven.” But during public comment before the vote, a tearful Melinda Ward asked for some kind of relief. “If the apartment is not fit to live in, why would I live there with my child?” she said, her voice cracking with emotion. “If they put me out, where am I going with my child?” “I’m sorry you’re having to go through this,” ZBA member Hope Bawcom said before stepping down from the dais to embrace Ward. Ward said her daughter attended Woodward Elementary School and is now an eighth-grader attending Sequoyah Middle School. They have lived in the apartment since she was in the third grade. “These people are not trying to help us,”

way and replace the complex with pricey townhomes. “There is trash everywhere. There is no stormwater management. There are a number of units that are boarded up,” due to a fire, attorney Dennis Webb, representing Ardent Companies, told the ZBA board. “This is not a property that is in any reasonable state of repair.” Webb added that that the apartments are in “deplorable condition.” Neville Allison, director of Ardent Companies, addressed the ZBA and said he is a longtime resident of Brookhaven. He said his company has two other development projects in the area. “These are similar projects — they were run-down Class C apartments … that were demolished and we are currently developing,” Allison said of the

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Ward said tearfully. “All the apartments that are being knocked down are filled with undocumented people … that’s why they don’t speak out, because they don’t know their rights.” Bawcom said she visited the complex and saw children playing. She said that it was not lost on her that families were going to be displaced because of the new development. “That said, property owners have rights and it’s not our place to judge” how the property is used, Bawcom said. The Park Villa Apartment Homes, built in the early 1960s, are located on approximately 6 acres located at 2069 Coosawattee Drive. The complex is made up of 12 three-story buildings with 92 rental apartments. Coosawattee Drive intersects North Cliff Valley Way a few blocks northwest of Buford Highway. Ardent Companies plans to build 73 owner-occupied townhomes and a pool on the property. The new townhome development would have three-story units, each with a two-car garage. The units would range in size from 2,200 square feet to 2,800 square feet. Councilmember Joe Gebbia, who represents District 4 including the Park Villa apartments and Buford Highway, said people such as Ward are being displaced due to redevelopment is occurring regularly in the city. “This goes on every day in Brookhaven ... and there is more of it coming,” he said. “It’s an unfortunate byproduct of development and progress.” Gebbia, who said he wants to ensure Buford Highway’s diversity, said the Park Villa redevelopment may be a year or two away. The city’s Affordable Housing Task Force is set to provide City Council, possibly next month, with a list of policy recommendations on how to incentivize developers to make room for affordable housing. “[Developers’] modus operandi is profit. Our modus operandi is fairness,” Gebbia said. “With this [task force] we are putting developers on notice to take a more holistic view on development.” Marian Liou is the founder of We Love BuHi, an organization with the mission of promoting the people, places and food of Buford Highway. She is also a member of the city’s Affordable Housing Task Force and says she has watched with concern the rapid development along the Buford Highway corridor, which is renowned for its cultural diversity. “Diversity [along Buford Highway] is the one thing everyone says they want to keep,” she said. “At the same time, it is clear this will not be easy or even possible given the existing regulatory framework and political environment in our city,” Liou added. “Whether development proves fatal to or fruitful for socioeconomic and cultural diversity in Brookhaven is going to be up to the good people of Brookhaven. I fully believe that our leaders, city staff and residents will ensure that Brookhaven is a welcoming city, and not in name only.”

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Osborne Park planned as nature preserve BY JACLYN TURNER Osborne Park would remain largely untouched as a nature preserve in a city master concept plan presented May 22 at neighboring Lynwood Park. Residents expressed some concerns about attracting more visitors and disturbing wildlife. The 10-acre Osborne Park is a wooded area across Devine Circle from Lynwood and accessible from the dead-end of Osborne Road. The park includes an old quarry. At the meeting, Liz Cole and Tom Hargrett from GreenbergFarrow, the design firm creating master plans for all city parks, explained the nature preserve vision. “We’re going to preserve the trees. We’re not going to do any clearing or add any trails,” Cole said. “Our vision is to protect and preserve and allow people to visit the ecosystem so they can understand the planned environment that is out here in a responsible manner. Some of the tree species that are out here are phenomenal, in terms of their size.” The plan is only in the preliminary draft stage. There is no estimated timeline or budget. Brian Borden, the director of Parks and Recreation, said he hopes to see this project funded in 2018. Under the proposal, the only part of the park that would be altered is a slab of asphalt currently submerged in kudzu. Hargrett proposed replacing it with three areas that include an outdoor classroom, pavilions and a garden with native shrubs. Other proposals include a raised boardwalk through the tree canopy to the quarry, where people could rock-climb. For educational programs, Cole suggested a partnership with the outdoor gear company REI, which teaches classes such as navigating a GPS or how to pack a backpack, and being able to apply what is learned in the woods. Osborne Park’s land has never been developed and it has many older trees. “There aren’t many spaces left like that [in metro Atlanta], and it has an extraordinary native plant community,” said Kathryn Kolb, director of the environmental organization EcoAddendum. Ryan Bergamini, a resident of Mill Creek Road, which is adjacent to the park, expressed concern about increased visitors. He worried about people wandering from the paths and perhaps committing crimes or disrupting neighbors’ privacy. Bergamini said people mistake his home as the Lynwood Park Recreational Center on a regular basis. He suggested some type of “natural barrier,” such as rocks, to “prevent nefarious-type people from coming through here.” “You’re almost going to invite the public into our front yard,” Bergamini said. Members of his family also commented about disrupting the wildlife that comes through the relatively untouched area, saying that they frequently see deer and blue herons. Another resident proposed that dogs not be allowed in the park to protect the wildlife.

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A community ride for all ages and abilities kicks off at Dunwoody’s Village Burger on first Sundays monthly through November. Helmets are required and bikes with gears are recommended to handle hills on a 4.5-mile loop around Dunwoody. Riders age 10 and younger must be with an adult. Rides cancelled in inclement weather. 1426 Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Dunwoody. Info: bikewalkdunwoody.org.

Monday, May 29, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.









Saturdays, June 3, June 17, July 1 and July 15, 7 p.m.

The funk band Dyn-o-mite is up next in this concert series presented by the city


Fridays, June 2, June 16 and June 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 3, noon to 3 p.m.

“Kalimba Man” Kevin Spears presents a free concert and workshop on making a kalimba, an African musical instrument, at North Springs United Methodist Church. The concert and Afro-Caribbean food are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the workshop. Kalimba-making kits will be available for a $40 donation, with all proceeds going to the music program at North Springs UMC. Open to all ages. 7770 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Register: www.makingafricaninstruments.org.

The city of Brookhaven celebrates the opening of pool season with a pool party at Murphey Candler Park featuring a giant slide, music and food. 1551 W. Nancy Creek Drive, Brookhaven. Regular pool fees apply. Info: brookhavenga.gov.

Sunday, June 4, 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

of Dunwoody. Picnicking begins at 6 p.m. Craft beers available for purchase. Free to nature center members. Non-members: $5 adults, $3 students, free to children 3 and younger. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodynature.org.

CONCERTS BY THE SPRINGS Sunday, June 11, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Heritage Sandy Springs’ summer outdoor concert series continues with the party hits band GLOW. Gates open at 5 p.m. Picnics welcome. Food, beer and wine available. Free. Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn at Heritage Green, 6110 Blue Stone Road, Sandy Springs. Info: heritagesandysprings.org or 404-851-9111, ext. 1.

Celebrate Shabbat at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s pool and splash park. Open swim and activities begin at 5 p.m. followed by Shabbat songs and blessings at 6 p.m. Free and open to the community. Bring your own food and purchase drinks at the snack bar. MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: 678-812-4161 or rabbi. glusman@atlantajcc.org.

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The Dunwoody Nature Center offers a Sweet Flow yoga class, which incorporates standing poses, seated poses, twists and back bends for all levels. Free. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodynature.org.

Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free dance lesson at 7 p.m.

Zydeco dance with Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters in an event sponsored by the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association. Tickets: $18; $5 students; $14 active military. No partner necessary. All ages welcome. Cajun/Creole food for sale. Dorothy Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: aczadance.org or 877-338-2420.

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Saturday, June 10, 8 p.m.; parade begins at 9 p.m.

March to the Chattahoochee River with colorful lanterns or watch others march in Sandy Springs’ second annual “Take it to the River” Lantern Parade. To be part of the parade, arrive at the Steel Canyon Golf Club before 9 p.m. The parade route follows Morgan Falls Road to Morgan Falls Overlook Park, where paddlers will take to the river with floating lanterns. Live performances. Snacks for sale. Parade start: 460 Morgan Falls Road, Sandy Springs. Lantern-making workshops, parking and other info: visitsandysprings.org/lanternparade.


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Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m. to noon.

Heritage Sandy Springs presents a free family gardening series in partnership with the North Fulton Master Gardeners and with UGA Extension in Fulton County. On June 10, participants will plant spring vegetables in unusual containers such as ice cream cones, which can be planted in the ground. Best suited for ages 6 to 10, with accompanying adult. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market, 6100 Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: heritagesandysprings.org.


Journalist Wolf Blitzer, CNN’s lead political anchor and host of “The Situation Room” and “Wolf,” will speak on news from Washington and around the world in Ahavath Achim Synagogue’s Fran Eizenstat and Eizenstat Family Annual Lecture. Free. 600 Peachtree Battle Ave. N.W., Buckhead. Info: aasynagogue.org or 404-355-5222.

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igh school graduation season has returned this month. Proud parents, brothers and sisters and other family members are packing auditoriums and stadiums across Reporter Newspapers communities to clap and cheer as local schools confer hard-earned diplomas and special honors on hundreds of new graduates.


Niall Gamble Salutatorian

Helen Audrey Williams Valedictorian

During many graduation ceremonies, a few students are singled out to be honored for achieving the highest academic standing among their classmates. They are the valedictorians and salutatorians for their schools. Here is a gallery of photographs of the valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2017 at high schools in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The schools or students provided their names and photographs. Hannah Branch Salutatorian CHAMBLEE CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL


Margaret Anne Meagher Valedictorian

Shunyang “Parker” Liu Salutatorian


Yusuf Azizi Valedictorian

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ter station and rides MARTA to Dunwoody. “I didn’t have a lot of motivation to use MARTA before the collapse,” Miller said. “I The March 30 overpass collapse that didn’t have the spark I needed to change closed a portion of I-85 for six weeks my way of thinking.” sent many commuters flocking to pubTony Wilkey, who commutes from Atlic transit. Local MARTA stations reportlanta’s Grant Park to Sandy Springs’ Meded big ridership boosts, and some local ical Center MARTA station, said he will commuters say they will keep using pubstick with MARTA and his bike as long as lic transit now that the highway has rethe weather and his schedule allows. opened. Others will go back to the roads. “I’m saving a significant amount of The Atlanta Regionmoney and time on al Commission, a planmy commute to Sanning agency that studies dy Springs, and I’m transportation, reportgetting in shape,” ed the average weekday Wilkey said. “The ridership for MARTA I’m saving a significant bridge collapse ended stations from March 31 amount of money and up being great for me, to April 29 was, in most time on my commute to just not on the days I cases, much higher than Sandy Springs, and I’m tried to drive in it.” average ridership the But MARTA is not week before the bridge getting in shape. The the solution for evcollapse. The report was bridge collapse ended ery rider. Samuel made on the ARC’s re- up being great for me, Withers, who comgional data blog at 33n. mutes from Buckjust not on the days I atlantaregional.com. head to Dunwoody, All local MARTA sta- tried to drive in it. said it took longer tions showed ridership to ride MARTA from TONY WILKEY increases, the report says. COMMUTER FROM GRANT PARK the Lindbergh Center The Brookhaven/ than it does to drive. Oglethorpe Station saw the greatest inWithers said he returned to driving when crease at 66 percent. Dunwoody Station I-85 reopened. was up by 26 percent. In Sandy Springs, “If there was a station closer to my Sandy Springs Station, Medical Center and house and I didn’t have to drive to the staNorth Springs were up by 43 percent, 30 tion, I would consider it,” Withers said. percent and 18 percent. In Buckhead, BuckJessica Carter, who took MARTA before head Station, Lenox and Lindbergh Center I-85 collapse, is looking forward to her comhad increases of 30, 24 and 6 percent. mute returning to normal. New riders are Some commuters, who were intergood for the service, but they also became viewed after responding to Twitter and Redagitated with delays and made her comdit posts, said the collapse helped them learn mute stressful, said Carter, who commutes that using MARTA to commute to work is from Cascade Heights to Sandy Springs. easier for them, but some said they returned “Before the collapse, it was a quiet ride to driving on I-85 once the bridge reopened. with familiar faces,” she said. “I saw at least Mark Miller commutes from Midtown four altercations between newcomers since to Dunwoody and said he had never considthe collapse over silly things like bumping ered using MARTA to get to work before the into each other, or complaining too loud bridge collapse, but found it to be less stressabout reasons they were late. I am looking ful than driving for nearly the same cost and forward to keeping the appreciative people travel time. Miller now bikes to the Arts Centhat enjoy the stress-free commute.” evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

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May 14, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.

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May 14, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of disorderly conduct. 3300 block of Buford Highway — On

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Dozens of members of the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force gathered with the City Council after the council voted to approve installing a ‘comfort women’ memorial statue in a city park to be determined.

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the task force gathered at the meeting — and who sat through two hours of the council debating a zoning issue before the council agreed to move their item forward on the agenda. “Thank you for giving Brookhaven the opportunity,” Jones said. Councilmember Joe Gebbia agreed the memorial installation was not “country bashing” and compared the memorial to one to the victims of Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp. “That is not German



problems of sexual and human trafficking taking place in metro Atlanta but then rejected the plan after backlash and the world today,” he said. from the Japanese consulate. “Brookhaven is now the first city in Kelly Ahn, a member of the memorial the state of Georgia and the Deep South task force, told the council a decision to honto publicly commit to the ‘comfort womor “comfort women” was not about “counen’ memorial, and we encourage other try bashing” but about honoring victims of cities to join us in a strong, public stand World War II. The memorial is also meant against human trafficking,” he added. to raise awareness of the sexual trafficking Some 200,000 women and girls from taking place in today’s society, he said. several Asian-Pacific nations were traf“Where others in Atlanta have failed to ficked and sexually enslaved during meet the challenge of honoring the ‘comWorld War II by the Japanese Army. The fort women’ and squandered an opportumajority of the women and girls were Konity to fight against sex trafficking and viorean. Cities in such states as California, lence against women, the task force hopes New York and New Jersey currently have the city of Brookhaven will stand proud“comfort women” memorials. ly for all the world to take notice, that on The Center for Civil and Human Rights May 23, 2017, the city in downtown Atlanof Brookhaven beta initially agreed in came the first AmerFebruary to install ican city in the Deep a “comfort women” South to approve the memorial on its propinstallation of a comerty. But, in March, fort women memorithe center rescinded al,” Ahn said. the agreement with Councilmember the Atlanta Comfort John Park, who is KoWomen Memorial rean, brought the isTask Force, saying it sue to the council. He did not have a policy was not present at in place dealing with the May 23 meeting public memorials at due to a prior comits site. SPECIAL mitment, according This image of a ‘Young Girl’s Statue for The Japanese to Mayor John Ernst. Peace’ is a replica of the statue that will Consulate in AtlanIn a prepared be located in Brookhaven to memorialize ta told the Atlanta statement, Park said, victims of sex trafficking in World War II. Business Chronicle “The ‘comfort womin a March statement that there was conen’ tragedy is one of the largest known cern about the statue leading to “discrimcases of human and sexual trafficking in ination, humiliation or bullying against the 20th century. The city of Brookhaven members of the Japanese community in is deeply honored to be the home for the Atlanta who wish to live in peace.” ‘Young Girl’s Statue for Peace.’ As we reBrookhaven City Councilmember Linmember the history of these victims of huley Jones said she voted to accept the statman trafficking and enslavement, we bear ue to honor the 38 surviving “comfort witness to their suffering so that these women” and to also honor her two Koreatrocities never happen again.” an-American nieces, who were watching Ernst noted the historic moment in the meeting online. the city history. “Y’all have taken my breath away,” “By establishing this memorial, we she said to the dozens of members of are raising awareness of the ongoing


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bashing,” Gebbia said. “We have to look at what was done in the past and be reminded we cannot move forward with [trafficking] in the future. This is a moral issue and we are taking a moral stance. This is a statement about who we are as Brookhaven.” Councilmember Bates Mattison praised the Task Force for its work and said he hopes installing “comfort women” statues will help bring peace. “We must shine a light on that history … so we are aware of it and learn from it,” he said. “This is not about a nationality feeling they should be ashamed.” The council received a standing ovation after the vote. “We are grateful for the courage, passion and commitment of the city officials of Brookhaven,” Baik Kyu Kim, chair of the Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force, said in a statement. “It is our hope that this beautiful statue will bring much healing, peace and hope.” Brookhaven was selected in part because of its immigrant population. Of its approximately 50,000 residents, 25 percent are foreign-born. The city was also the first city to join “We’re Not Buying It,” a national initiative to create a forum for all 50 states to collaborate and develop strategies to end sex trafficking. In 2014, the city of Brookhaven became the first city in Georgia to be train its top managers and all city employees on how to recognize signs of child sex trafficking.

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