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City Council struggles with ways to regulate late night venues BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Brookhaven City Council continues to struggle with what to do about nightlife along Buford Highway. The council recently considered placing a moratorium on latenight venues along the popular thoroughfare, but then backed off. Councilmember Joe Gebbia, who represents Buford Highway, has been pushing the See CITY COUNCIL. on page 22

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DeKalb County school officials plan to put together by December a final list of the projects to be financed through special education sales taxes approved in an overwhelming majority by voters in the May 24 special election. Schools Superintendent Stephen Green said the district would meet with parents and community members in

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Federal authorities continuing investigation of crash at PDK air show

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At left, pilot Greg Connell of Greg Connell Airshows, out of S.C., crashed and died while performing at the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport’s annual “Good Neighbor Day” on May 14. Above, the airport lowered its flags to halfstaff to honor Connell. Federal authorities are still investigating the incident.

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Federal authorities continue investigating the cause of fiery crash that killed a pilot performing in front of a large crowd attending the annual air show at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The pilot, identified as Greg Connell of

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Greg Connell Airshows of Trenton, S.C., died in the crash on May 14. An experienced air show performer, Connell was taking part in an aerobatics performance with a second airplane when his custom-built biplane struck the ground and burst into flames in a grassy area between the airport’s two runways, according to a report of the initial inves-

tigation. The crash occurred in front of the area where spectators had gathered to watch the show. “He was on a pass,” Chris Encinas of Chamblee said as he and his family departed the show moments after witnessing the crash. “I saw his tail wiggle like he was a little out of control, and then black smoke.”

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In its preliminary report, the National Transportation Safety Board said video from witnesses showed Connell’s airplane pulled into a loop, then, as it descended, “the wings rocked back and forth as the [other plane] approached from the opposite direction. Immediately prior to ground impact, [Connell’s plane] appeared to begin a level-off maneuver.” Police and fire safety officers cleared the crowd quickly after the crash. Airport General Manager Mario Evans said the crash was the first in the history of the airport’s air shows, which he said PDK has sponsored for 30 years. PDK’s “Good Neighbor Day” Open House air show is held annually at the DeKalb Countyairport located on Clairmont Road, near Brookhaven and Chamblee. The airport lowered its flags to halfstaff to honor Connell after the accident. On Connell’s company webpage, his family posted a remembrance that described Connell as a passionate, experienced pilot. “To all his family and friends, Greg was way more than just a pilot,” the post says. “He was someone that lived, loved and enjoyed life the same way he flew his aerobatic planes – with extreme passion and intensity. His bigger-than-life personality always left a lasting impression to those who were lucky enough to meet him.” Connell’s “passion and love for aviation began early in his life,” the web posting said. “Greg started his piloting career at the mere age of 13. Through the years of hard work and dedication, he became an experienced aerobatic and commercial pilot with over 2,000 hours of flight time logged. Greg held a commercial pilot license with multi-engine and instrument ratings. He also held an FAA aerobatic waiver card with several levels of certifications.” BK


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Alternative transit businesses find new opportunities in Perimeter area SkyWays gondolas

was an analysis of 20 alternative transit systems—including a monorail recently proposed again in Perimeter—for potential campus use during the Olympics. His 127-page thesis shows the many complex factors involved—from cost to safety to urban planning—and the unhappy fate of even some viable options. Schreiber said that one of his favorites was Brazilian company Aeromovel’s monorail propelled by compressed air. He recalled it being pitched to a Perimeter business group in the 1990s. “Perimeter looked at it, but Perimeter didn’t do anything,” he said. And the company is “inactive currently in the United States,” according to Aeromovel’s Steven Ivins. Three companies are among those making alternative transit pitches:

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Wayne Sisco has looked out over the empty rooftops of Perimeter Center’s parking garages and seen the future. The Sandy Springs resident envisions a web of gondolas—something like enclosed ski-lift chairs—riding garagemounted cables to connect commuters to MARTA stations and corporate headquarters. He calls them “urban ropeways” or “SkyWays,” and he figures some of those corporations might enjoy branding them as well as commuting on them. “Instead of rounded gondolas, you could have [them shaped like] a UPS truck,” Sisco said. “You could have fun with it. Not silly, outrageous fun, but provocative fun. Flying cars—how cool would that be?” Sisco is one of many entrepreneurs attracted by traffic-choked Perimeter Center’s recent alternative transportation talk. In just six months jokes about Brookhaven and Sandy Springs monorails have turned into a Perimeter Center Improvement Districts’ study about reserving alternative transit right of way and eventually issuing a request for proposals. From Marietta to Massachusetts, companies are coming out of the woodwork to pitch alternative transit ideas. Some are dusting off plans dating to the 1980s construction boom and 1996 Summer Olympics; others are trying to break new ground. One thing the proposals—

Sisco, a real estate broker and contractor, said he started thinking about Perimeter Center transportation in the 1980s, when he was director of construction at Sandy Springs’ Palisades office park. But inspiration struck recently when he looked at an aerial map and saw acres of empty roof decks on parking garages. “It’s what I call a last frontier,” he said. At first, he considered pitching solar panels, but then realized parking garages would make great pre-built transit stations. He proposes two gondola systems. One is an X-shaped network centered on Perimeter Mall and branching out to the Concourse Center, Ravinia, Terraces and Cox office buildings. The other runs along Ga. 400 between the North Springs MARTA station and the future Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters in Sandy Springs. Sisco is trying to start a company—it’s currently not incorporated and has no financial backers—he calls Central Perimeter Plus. The gondolas are the main plan; the “plus” adds inflatable domes for sports leagues to play on the parking decks and new charter schools along the lines. Sisco says his system would be cheap to build, but doesn’t have solid cost estimates and acknowledges that “nobody’s really doing this in America.” He has contacted the city of Sandy Springs and

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BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net A “Sandy Springs Tech Village” workspace to help technology start-up companies may be created by the city and the local Chamber of Commerce. “How do you think [the digital currency exchange] BitCoin came around? How do you think [alternative taxi broker] Uber came around?” said Tom Mahaffey, president and CEO of the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, who is spearheading the plan. “I need somewhere in Sandy Springs [for such a facility]…We’re going to miss it if we don’t do it.” What Mahaffey has in mind is a popular trend: shared workspaces where tech entrepreneurs can rent desks, meet investors, attend seminars and possibly launch new companies. He’s borrowing the name from Atlanta Tech Village, a giant, privately run workspace in Buckhead. But a more direct inspiration is the Alpharetta Innovation Center, created with funding by that city but now run by a nonprofit. The Alpharetta center opened last August and “has already graduated its first start-up company from the ranks,” said Alpharetta Economic Development Director Peter Tokar III. That company is Basecamp Networks, a Wi-Fi network and agriculture-related apps business. Tokar said the center originated as a suggestion from the Alpharetta Technology Commission, a city-created advisory group that later became a nonprofit. A City Hall move eventually allowed the city to offer 8,500 square feet of free space and funded a $30,000 build-out for the Innovation Center, which is now run by the Technology Commission, Tokar said. Besides startup business programs, it also hosts coding camps for children, he said. Mahaffey proposes a local workspace managed and operated by the Sandy Springs Chamber with city funding assisting only with the build-out costs, after which it would be “selffunding” through space rental. Mahaffey is eyeing a 3,500-squarefoot space in the Northpark Town Center towers at Abernathy and PeachtreeDunwoody roads. He estimates costs to get the facility running there at $50,000 to $60,000. He said he’s had early talks with Northpark landlord Cousins Properties and city officials, including City Council member Gabriel Sterling and city Economic Development Director Andrea Hall, and is now working on a business plan to formally submit soon Continued on page 9

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Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, right center, with scissors, chef William Sigley, left center, with scissors, and Jason Sheetz, fourth from left, as well as Jan Paul, City Councilman John Paulson, and other supporters, celebrated the opening of Under the Cork Tree restaurant. The establishment, which offers Mediterranean cuisine, is located in The Prado, 5600 Roswell Road, #2, in Sandy Springs.

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Alternative transit businesses pitch projects for Perimeter Continued from page 4 such companies as Mercedes-Benz—even hand-delivering proposals in a wooden box “symbolizing their parking deck”— but hasn’t had any takers. He’s now focused on pitching gondolas in Atlanta. “We could have transit on the BeltLine in six months,” he said.

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test model of his train and acknowledged that “nobody’s built this before, so there’s no history.” However, Owen is convinced he has good cost estimates from his informal group of engineers and suppliers for a Pe-

Marietta engineer Bill Owen recently tossed his “HighRoad” monorail plan into the local transit ring by securing a seat on a May 13 Perimeter Business Alliance panel discusWAYNE SISCO sion. But that was far Wayne Sisco, a real estate broker and contractor, from his first Perimeter proposes a web of gondolas to connect commuters to pitch. MARTA stations and corporate headquarters. To see He put his monorail a larger version, go to ReporterNewspapers.net. idea together in 1985, pitching a region-wide system with a rimeter Center loop. In an interview, he branch running across the top-end Pesaid the plan is a 12-mile monorail looprimeter and along Ga. 400 and I-75. His ing through the business district and the Owen Transit Group has proposed other Pill Hill medical center. sub-systems, too, like a Downtown AtlanThe 140-passenger cars could reach ta loop. top speeds of 80 mph. He estimated conThe HighRoad was among the systems struction costs at $25 million per mile, Schreiber reviewed—unfavorably—at or $300 million total, which he claimed Georgia Tech, finding its side-mounted could be covered by bonds and fares with cars to be an operations problem. Owen no tax dollars. His projected fare would said his design has changed since then be 50 cents a mile. Among cost savings: and can work efficiently. an automated, driver-less system, and At the business alliance discussion, offices and maintenance facilities built Owen displayed a small scale model of into the stations. two monorail cars. But he has no actual


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cludes Zagster systems in Smyrna, Alpharetta and Kennesaw’s Town Center Community Improvement District. The system uses bikes locked onto racks at a network of stations. A lockbox on each bike is opened via a code the rider receives by app or text message. A credit card is required, but there’s ZAGSTER no deposit, and the rental fee is set Zagster, a bike-share company, has sent in consultation with the commua proposal to Sandy Springs. nity. Zagster enters cities as a public-private partnership where the Zagster bike share city pays for the bikes and gets roughly The Perimeter Center cities’ plan to re95 percent of the revenue, with Zagster serve mass transit right of way is part of handling everything else. Alpharetta’s a definite plan to build multi-use pedescost to set up a Zagster system was about trian and bicycle paths. That’s something $22,000, a city spokesperson said. bike “share”—rental—companies could “The message we really have for comuse, and one called Zagster has already munities like Sandy Springs is, look at all sent a proposal to Sandy Springs. the options that are out there” for bike Massachusetts-based Zagster operates share, said Zagster’s Nate Taber. He said about 120 bike share systems, with about the company’s “focus is not about selling 15 of those in cities and the rest on unior pushing a particular type of technoloversity or corporate campuses. That ingy” but in serving the community.

Chamber promotes ‘Tech Village’ to boost startups in Sandy Springs Continued from page 5 to the City Council and the city Development Authority. “It’s something I’d like to have done by the end of the year,” he said. City spokesperson Sharon Kraun and Cousins senior vice president Bill Hollett declined comment pending a formal submission of a plan or signed deal, and Sterling did not respond to questions. Why a Chamber-run tech workspace instead of bringing in one of the pri-

vate companies that offer such services? Mahaffey said he’s gotten several requests from tech developers, and “nobody else in Sandy Springs was doing it.” The workspace chain Roam does operate in Sandy Springs, though it calls the Perimeter Pointe mall location its “Dunwoody” branch. Roam is a Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber member and located near the Northpark site. Roam did not respond to questions.

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Graduation speeches Graduation speeches come in all shapes and sizes. Some call for action while others praise introspection. One can be funny while another is somber. These annual speeches can be inspiring or forgettable, sincere or snarky, hip or square. In short, they can be just about anything a graduation speaker can be. One thing that graduation speeches usually have in common is that they offer students some kind of advice, even if it’s only not to take advice too seriously. What are graduation speakers talking about this year? Here’s a sampling of quotations from speeches delivered to 2016 high school graduates during their commencement ceremonies. There’s a little something for everyone.

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Valedictorian, Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School “We come from a range of backgrounds and a diversity of mindsets. Yet we have learned to understand and empathize with others, even when their opinions differ from our own. If you sit in on any planning meeting at school, you will find members of this class effectively collaborating and compromising to plan everything from Homecoming to Senior Skip Day. (Not that that exists.) Members of this class have traveled across the country and across the globe together, learning more about each other and themselves along the way. I think it is safe to say that because of these interactions and the ways in which we have helped each other to grow, we are not the same people that entered the upper school as wide-eyed freshman 1,369 days ago. If nothing else, we are a little bit taller and get in trouble for not shaving a lot more.”

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“Perhaps our best teachers of simplicity are the flâneurs, a group of 19-century Frenchmen whose name I definitely cannot pronounce. Flâneur roughly translates to “stroller” or “loafer” and describes a class of urban explorers who would roam Parisian boulevards solely with the purpose of observation. The flâneur absorbed every detail, navigating modern society at a slow pace in order to better understand it. I first learned about the flâneurs while racing through a French listening comprehension assignment this year, barely skimming answer choices long enough to catch a phrase about the flâneur’s favorite pet: the turtle. ...Turtles seem much too sloth-like to keep up with today’s average family or exercise walker. But for the flâneurs, this was exactly the point. Their unhurried pets by their sides, they’d take leisurely walks through every corner of Paris, experiencing life quite literally at the pace of a turtle. I doubt they even needed leashes. ... [W]e must remember that numbers aren’t everything. ... It takes work for me to live at flâneur pace. Still, I encourage us all to find our turtles; to find the simple activities or objects that remind us to savor the moment.”

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“If you polled all of my teachers on what I need to improve, it would unanimously be acting serious. I make way too many jokes and try to make everything funny - probably why my first speech got rejected. But for me, humor is necessary. Why be sad, when you can be happy? Why let others be sad, when you can make them laugh?”

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Weber School math teacher “In life, things are not going to be how they used to be. .... Things change and are not always fair, and you have to be the ones that overcome it and make it the best it can be!”

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Holy Spirit Preparatory School graduation speaker in a preview of his address, which was scheduled for May 31 “We all talk to ourselves and what we say to ourselves matters. Is it a positive voice, a negative voice, a critical voice, an encouraging voice? It may seem small or subtle, but how we speak to ourselves can have a huge impact on our lives.”

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Valedictorian, Riverwood International Charter School “Outside of the classroom, learning to get along with such a diverse group of people is the staple part of the Riverwood experience that I cherish most. The laughs, roasts and tears we genuinely shared with each other regardless of the color of our skin, who we worship, or how much money we have - will forever be embedded in our memories and form who we are. In many ways these life experiences are more valuable than the piece of paper we are about to receive.”

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Producer and writer, “The Simpsons” Featured speaker at Pace Academy’s graduation “Having a good sense of humor doesn’t mean laughing at jokes you agree with; it means laughing at things you don’t agree with. And most importantly, it means laughing at yourself. If you’re a Hillary Clinton supporter, I hope that you can still laugh at Hillary Clinton jokes. And if you’re a Donald Trump supporter… well, you probably have a good sense of humor already. ‘The Simpsons’ has taught people to laugh at things that used to shock and offend them. It’s taught them that the more you open your mind, the more you’re going to learn and the more fun you’re going to have. So I hope that’s the advice you can take with you when you head to far-off colleges like Emory. Doctors tell you that laughter is good for your heart, and books like the Bible tell you that laughter is good for your soul. So to the Class of 2016, I wish you all a long life of love, of learning and especially of laughter.” BK


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Sigman sworn in to serve as Brookhaven’s second city manager BY DYANA BAGBY

was paid at his last job as the Hamilton County administrator in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mayor John Ernst swore in As part of the contract between SigBrookhaven’s new city manager at the man and the city, Sigman is required May 24 City Council meeting after the to live in the city limits. Brookhaven is council unanimously approved his appaying for him to live for three months pointment. in a furnished apartment as he and his Christian Sigman is Brookhaven’s wife search for a home. second city manager. He will be paid “I’m glad we’ve come to this day $180,000 a year, the same salary he where we have new city manager,” said Ernst. “I believe we are on the right trajectory as a city … and I’m looking forward to taking these plans we have and making them realities.” Ernst and the other council members thanked Police Chief Gary Yandura for stepping in to serve as interim city manager for the past six months. DYANA BAGBY The council beFrom left, City Council members John Park and Linley Jones, gan a nationwide new City Manager Christian Sigman, Mayor John Ernst, search for a new and council members Joe Gebbia and Bates Mattison. city manager in January after the coundyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Mattison steps down from BIA job Brookhaven City Councilman Bates Mattison is giving up his job as executive director of the Brookhaven Innovation Academy, a state charter school. Mattison was hired in November, making him BIA’s first employee. According to an email from Dr. Laurie Kimbrel, head of school, the position of executive director is no longer necessary. “Bates has done a great job and fulfilled his duties well and, therefore, at the end of May, he will resign and the position of executive director will no longer be necessary,” Kimbrel said Bates Mattison in an email to parents and supporters. Mattison will continue to work for BIA as a part-time independent consultant through June and July to manage fundraising and community outreach projects, Kimbrel said in the email.

cil and former city manager Marie Garrett had a contract dispute that could not be resolved. The council approved a $225,000 settlement package in exchange for her resignation. Her annual salary was $214,000.

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House District 80 Republicans head for July 26 runoff BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

With no candidate receiving more than half the vote in the May 24 state House District 80 Republican Primary, the race will be decided in a July 26 runoff. Alan Cole collected about 36 percent of the vote with Meagan Hanson in second with about 34 percent. Catherine Bernard trailed in third with about 30 percent, according to unofficial results posted on the Secretary of State’s website. “I can’t say I’m surprised we’re going to a runoff, with three running,” Alan Cole said while celebrating with friends and supporters at Avellino’s Italian Restaurant on Windsor Parkway on Election Night. “It looks like [we did] well, but not as well as I’d like.” The winner of the runoff will challenge incumbent Rep. Taylor Bennett (D-Brookhaven) in the fall election. Brookhaven City Councilmember Bates Mattison and former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis joined Cole at the Election Night celebration and congratulated him for his apparent first-place finish. Cole said his strategy for the runoff

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Republican Primary candidate for House District 80 Alan Cole, right, celebrates his apparent first-place finish with Brookhaven Councilmember Bates Mattison, center, and former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis.

in two months is to continue to knock on doors to make sure people vote. “It’s a turnout issue,” he said. At the Olde Blind Dog pub in Town Brookhaven, Meagan Hanson was sitting with family and supporters. She had a laptop and cellphone in front of her, and was checking the numbers and responding to texts. “I feel good. I did everything I could possibly do,” she said. “I’m comfortable with the campaign I ran. I kept it factbased.” Catherine Bernard gathered with supporters at There pub in Town Brookhaven after polls closed. “I feel wonderful. I talked to folks all over the district and a lot of people are happy about positive solutions being offered,” she said. This was Bernard’s third campaign for the District 80 House seat that represents Brookhaven, a portion of Sandy Springs, a sliver of Dunwoody and a portion of Chamblee. She ran against Davis in a special election last year to fill the seat after former Rep. Mike Jacobs resigned when he was appointed to a judgeship. Davis won that Republican Primary, but lost in the general election to Bennett. Bernard also unsuccessfully challenged Jacobs in 2014. “This is my third time running and you learn a lot,” she said. “You refine and focus on what’s the most important [part of] the job as representative, which is to talk to the people you represent.” Bernard tsk-tsked the “political insider” game she has accused some fellow Republicans of playing. When Will Kremer, former chair of the Georgia Association of College Republicans and a Hanson supporter, filed an ethics complaint against her earlier this month, Bernard said he was one of the “smirking, useless frat boys in the Georgia Republican Party.” “The whole political insider game really obstructs a representative from doing their job,” she said.

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R ESU LTS FR O M THE M AY 2 4 P R I M A RY GEORGIA SENATE District 40 Republican Primary Paul Maner 1,761 20% Fran Millar (I) 7,024 80% Democratic Primary Tamara Johnson-Shealey 3,765 100% GEORGIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES District 79 Republican Primary Tom Owens Tom Taylor (I)

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At left, Catherine Bernard, left, who collected about 30 percent of the vote to finish third, with supporter Lisa Fleming. Below, Meagan Hanson, center, with her mother Linda Myers, far left, sister Melanie Myers, and friends Nelson Lewis and Dane Cooper.

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ference at Cross Keys High School to celebrate the E-SPLOST approval. December to hammer out specific projBecause the board approved the Eects to be paid for with the $500 milSPLOST referendum in March and the lion to be raised by extending the one vote was held in May, there was little cent E-SPLOST for five years. time to come up with a good project More than 70 percent of the votlist that included community contriers approved the E-SPLOST in the butions, Green said. May 24 election. Green said that was “We would have shortchanged the the highest margin of victory recordauthentic engagement we need to have ed in DeKalb for the penny-on-the-dolwith our comlar sales tax, which munity,” he was imposed in said. “Now we the 1990s and has have from May been renewed five to December times. to allow for We are going to move forSome north in-depth time” ward to aggressively address DeKalb lawmakto make plans ers, including and define the needs of our schools. This Sen. Fran Milthat list. [vote] begins the journey. lar (R-Dunwoody) “This [vote] and DeKalb Counis a turn of STEPHEN GREEN ty Commissionthe corner for SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT er Stan Jester of DeKalb. This is Dunwoody, have a vote of conficriticized the 2016 dence,” Green E-SPLOST effort said. “This is not a blank check. This because school officials had not dewill be a collaborative commitment to veloped a specific project list before do it right and thorough.” the vote. Green said he and the school Green said $230 million of the $500 board are on firm legal footing and are million would go toward alleviating not worried about a legal challenge. the severe overcrowding in DeKalb “There were assumptions that we County schools, most notably in the were required to have a project list Cross Keys district. Money from this and that is something DeKalb did in E-SPLOST will begin flowing into the past. But there are some advantagschools July 1, 2017. es to not having that level of specifici“We are at the epicenter of overty,” Green said at a May 25 press con-

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MAY 27 - JUN. 9, 2016 ■ www.ReporterNewspapers.net crowding in DeKalb County,” Green said while standing between two of the more than 20 trailers parked outside Cross Keys High School where overflow students attend classes. Hundreds of students stood around him and members of the DeKalb Board of Education during the May 25 press conference. “We are going to move forward to aggressively address the needs of our schools,” he said. “This [vote] begins the journey.” A new Cross Keys high school will “very much be in consideration,” Green said. Construction of two elementary schools are already in the works with one to be built on the former Skyland Park property in Brookhaven. Green said the district recognizes the need also for new middle schools and high schools. The new E-SPLOST is expected to produce $230 million for new facilities and additions; $100 million for facility condition improvements, such as new air-conditioning systems; $65 million for technology improvements; and $15 million for safety and security improvements, the district has said. Green promised the school district would be transparent and forthright with how it is spending tax dollars. “The stage is set for a true [community] engagement process,” he said.

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SUMMER SING Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. Join Choral Guild of Atlanta for their annual Summer Sing. All voice parts are invited. Atlanta composer and musician Curtis Bryant is guest clinician. Free and open to the public. Refreshments and meet and greet at 9:30 a.m. St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To learn more, email: info@ cgatl.org or call 404-223-6362.

Monday, June 6, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Teens, learn how social media can be a powerful tool in marketing and promoting businesses. Continues through Friday, June 17. Geared for ages 13-18. Free and open to the public. Registration required by calling 770-880-6722 or emailing: info@cometothearts.com. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

MAGIC TIME! Tuesday, June 7, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Get bedazzled by magician Keith Karnok while enjoying puppets, ventriloquism and tricks, all reinforcing the importance of reading. Free. Open to the community. Suitable for ages 3 and up. No registration required. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, email: leah.germon@fultoncountyga.gov or call 404-303-6130.

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Wednesday, June 1, 12-2 p.m. Start your summer with a bang! The Buckhead Branch Library hosts its summer reading program. Enjoy games, storytelling, food and fun. Free and open to everyone. Appropriate for all ages. In the Large Meeting Room, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. To learn more, e-mail: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404-814-3500.

Wednesday, June 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs’ “Turtle Tours,” an educational series for children ages 2-5, continues. In this program, join museum mascots Spring and Sandy as “they count collections.” Free; no reservations required. All are welcome. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328. For details, email: information@heritagesandysprings.org, call 404-851-9111 or visit: heritagesandysprings.org.

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YUMMY CUPCAKES Wednesday, June 8, 3-4:30 p.m. Cupcake decorating presented by professional cake decorator and sugar artist Sari McIntyre. Registration begins May 31. Free. The public is invited. For tweens, ages 10-12. Available to the first 15 participants. Call 404-848-7140 or visit the Brookhaven Branch Library to register. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319.

LITTLE DIGGERS Saturday, June 11, 10 a.m. Kids plant seeds in a container they construct out of recycled soda bottles, then decorate and take it home. Learn about planting and watching seeds grow. Free. Best suited for ages 6-10 and accompanying adult. Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market, 6100 Lake Forrest Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-851-9111 or email: information@heritagesandysprings.org for details.

LET’S LEARN! MONEY GUSH Wednesday, June 1, 6-7 p.m. Participants learn how taxes, fees and losses affect their nest egg. Free. For adult audiences. Open to the public. Email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404-303-6130 with questions. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

IPHONE & IPAD BASICS Friday, June 3, 10-11 a.m. Let a certified Apple trainer guide you through the basics of your iPhone or iPad. Learn tips and tricks for a more efficient experience. Free and open to all. For adults. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us to learn more.

JEWELRY MAKING Tuesday, June 7, 3-4 p.m. Join other adults for this interactive workshop and learn to craft handmade bracelets. Participants must have basic knowledge of beading. Materials provided. Free. All are welcome. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us for details.

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Jennifer Russ Valedictorian

Naveed Matinfar Valedictorian

Brandon Hall

Shreyas Krishnapura Salutatorian

Tianqi “Dorian” Zhao Valedictorian

Chamblee Charter High School

Aomeng Cui Valedictorian

Mutasem Shopon Valedictorian

Parul Rai Valedictorian

Cross Keys High School

Mati Alemayehu Salutatorian

Dunwoody High School

Joseph Lee Salutatorian

William Epperson Valedictorian

Sarah Corning Salutatorian

Agnele Sewa Salutatorian

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Greyson Burnett Salutatorian

The Lovett School

Charlotte Lee Valedictorian

David Nguyen Valedictorian

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School

Caroline Kish Salutatorian

Pashali Anvarov Salutatorian

Lauren Bohling Valedictorian

Sarah Verlander Salutatorian

Marist School

Nicholas Isaf Valedictorian

Christian McKittrick Salutatorian

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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 2016 at high schools in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The schools provided the students’ names and photographs or made arrangements to have their photographs taken.

Mount Vernon Presbyterian School

Derek Liu Valedictorian

North Atlanta High School

Anjana Anandkumar Salutatorian

Lydia Zemmali Valedictorian

Pace Academy

Andrew Wu Valedictorian

North Springs Charter High School

Bethany Bell Salutatorian

Riverwood International Charter School

Johnny Reece Salutatorian

Pascal Acree Valedictorian

Abigail Szabo Salutatorian

St. Pius X Catholic High School

Kyle Andrew Weil Salutatorian

Weber School

Avi Botwinick Valedictorian

Sanjay John Valedictorian

Edward Jackson Valedictorian

Anna Marie Jones Salutatorian

The Westminster Schools

Jessica Bachner Salutatorian

Charlotte Folinus Valedictorian

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A: A few. I’m quite fond of the StarPower simulation. Incredibly versatile. And I’m a big fan of the Harkness method, though I do it differently each time. I also have a few readings that have become canon in my classes: Illich’s “To Hell with Good Intentions,” anything by Pico Iyer or Mark Twain, excerpts from David Brook’s “The Road to Character,” (a recent addition) that highlight the distinction between resume values and eulogy values, MLK Jr.’s “Drum Major’s Instinct” sermon (the whole thing) and Cornell West’s “You Are Loved.”

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er’s “The Courage to Teach,” and it’s a wholly different read than it was for me in college), knowing that, even if not especially when things get hard, I am in my element, to borrow a phrase from Ken Robinson. Those things. And let’s be honest, there’s a reason God invented bourbon.

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City Council struggles with ways to regulate late night venues Continued from page 1 council to find some way to better regulate the late-night venues already open in the city’s most diverse neighborhood. He continually raises his concern that the stretch of road will become the “next Buckhead.” Gebbia recalled the late 1990s and early 2000s, when Buckhead made national headlines not only for its Mardi Gras atmosphere but also for violence. The Buckhead bar district eventually shut down in 2007 when the Atlanta City Council moved last call to 2:30 a.m. Tony boutiques and mixeduse developments now stand where numerous bars and clubs once thrived. Discussions have taken place at the past two City Council meetings and work sessions about late-night establishments. Noise complaints are the number one issue they deal with, and those have come under control thanks to a new noise ordinance as well as some venues willing to install sound-proof insulation, Gebbia said. The police are racking up DUI and disorderly conduct arrests along Buford Highway as well as working numerous accidents in the early morning hours, according to Police Chief Gary Yandura. Another problem is some restaurants are operating as late-night establishments, violating their licensing agreement. Restaurants are supposed to stop serving alcohol at 12:30 a.m. even though they are legally allowed to stay open until 3:30 a.m. However, several are serving booze well past 12:30 a.m., city officials say. “What we need to do now is make sure the city’s ordinances are being obeyed,” Gebbia said.

Earlier last call?

Last year, an earlier last call was implemented in Brookhaven. Last call for latenight venues is 2:55 a.m. with closing set at

3:30 a.m. Restaurants are also able to stay open until 3:30 a.m. Before last year, bars and restaurants could serve alcohol until 3:55 a.m., with closing at 4:55 a.m. Last call in Atlanta is 2:30 a.m. and closing time is 3 a.m., leading many bar hoppers to drive to Buford Highway to keep the party going. “We shortened the hours so we wouldn’t be the dumping ground for last call,” Gebbia said. Yandura has asked to have the city’s last call moved back to 2 a.m. But Khalifa Jubril, who opened Royal Lounge in late 2015 on Buford Highway, said an earlier last call could would hurt his bottom line and be bad for the dozens of people he employs. “I have 50 or so employees – they have families,” Jubril said. “Closing earlier would hurt them.” Gebbia said he tried unsuccessfully to start a restaurant association on Buford Highway so the venues could “police themselves.” Without help from the business community, Gebbia said the city must find ways to ensure the safety of those living in Buford Highway and in Brookhaven. Installing cameras in parking lots at the landlords’ expense at restaurants and bars could help reduce crime, Gebbia said. Mandating off-duty Brookhaven Police officers to work at venues is another possibility. Several venues already hire Brookhaven Police officers, according to information provided by the police department.

Cost to police the Pink Pony

The Pink Pony is perhaps the most wellknown late-night venue in Brookhaven. Shortly after incorporation in 2013, the city attempted to have the Pink Pony – in operation just off Buford Highway since the 1990s – shut down. A battle ensued, resulting in numerous lawsuits before the city eventually won when the state Supreme Court ruled the city had the authority to

Late-night establishments/clubs which hire off-duty Brookhaven officers Business Name No. of Officers Nights per Week Special Notes Acapulco 1 3 Hired every other Friday, Saturday, Sunday Atlanta Peach Staffed by DeKalb County Police when needed Confetti’s 1 2 Tuesday & Friday El Ocho 1 1 Sunday nights Josephine’s 1 2 Saturday and Sunday Medusas 1 3 Friday, Saturday and Sunday La Casa 1 1 Saturday night XS Lounge 1 3 Friday, Saturday and Sunday Royal Lounge 1 2 When needed on Saturday and Sunday No set schedule, just as needed Rush Lounge 1-2 4 Tuesday & Friday have one officer. Saturday and Sunday have two regulate sexually oriented businesses. In 2014, the city and Pink Pony agreed to drop all lawsuits, and in turn, the Pink Pony would only operate as a nude club until 2020. As part of the settlement, the Pink Pony agreed to pay the city $225,000 a year – or $56,250 quarterly -- for police services. However, the costs to patrol the nude club have been exceeding the annual fee, according to quarterly reports from Yandura. From Jan. 1 through March 31, 2015, the first quarter of the agreement, it cost the police department $181,130 to provide “enhanced public safety services.” This includes $56,586 in personnel costs (including a sergeant, two officers, K-9 services); and other costs, including uniforms, vests, communications, gasoline, police vehicle and mobile radios at $145,706. During the second quarter of 2015, the costs totaled $68,578 with such items as uniforms, vests, mobile radios and police vehicles being removed from other costs. Personnel costs totaled $64,560. The third quarter of 2015 saw costs total $76,688; total costs for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $76,248. The first quarter of 2016, the most recent report on file, shows the cost to police

the Pink Pony to be $71,905.

‘First concern is safety’

There are 17 late-night venues on Buford Highway, all of which opened before Brookhaven incorporated. Before city ordinances were implemented, many clubs were abusing closing hours, Gebbia said. “Our first concern [as a city] is safety. People have a right to be entertained, but certainly not at the risk of hurting others. That is the kind of things government does,” he said. Buford Highway is where much of Brookhaven’s crime occurs, according to police reports. Simply ignoring it is not going to make it go away, Gebbia said. But, he added, it’s not all late-night establishments that are causing problems. However, just one or two clubs continually violating city law hurts all of the city’s nightlife, he said. Late-night venues are part of the character of Buford Highway, Gebbia said. But if that character is degraded “that challenges the whole existence of the late-night community,” Gebbia said. “It’s not that we don’t want to see latenight establishments thriving, we want them to [be] done responsibly,” he said. BK


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From Brookhaven police reports dated May 11 through May 22.

Georgia State Patrol officers arrested an Atlanta man in Brookhaven May 11 after he fled police at a safety stop and took officers on a high-speed chase before crashing into a resident’s yard in Ashford Park. Richard Morrissey, 41, was charged with fleeing, reckless driving, DUI-drugs, stop sign violation, improper U-turn, improper passing, speeding, driving while unlicensed, a probation violation and obstruction. He was released on his own recognizance from the DeKalb County Jail, according to jail records. Georgia state troopers were working in Brookhaven at the intersection of Peachtree and Ashford-Dunwoody roads with the Brookhaven Police, the DeKalb Police, DeKalb Sheriff’s Office and other metro Atlanta agencies for the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety’s traffic enforcement road safety check. According to the patrol, at about 11:15 p.m. on May 11, during the approved road check, a motorcycle approached, traveling southbound on Peachtree Road. The suspect, Morrissey, apparently saw the safety check and made a U-turn from the left lane and sped northbound on Peachtree Road. State patrol officers chased the motorcycle onto Redding Road. The motorcyclist made a U-turn in a yard on Ashford Road, according to a GSP report. Morrissey did not obey verbal commands and two troopers were able to handcuff him after a brief struggle.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On May 11, arrest for impeding flow of traffic. „„2000 block of Coosawattee Drive/Bur-

ton Plaza Lane – On May 11, report of truancy. „„3000 block of Buford Highway – On

May 11, report of criminal trespass. „„1400 Dresden Drive – On May 13, arrest

for following too closely. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

May 13, arrest for disorderly conduct. „„3200 block of Buford Highway – On

May 13, arrest for driving on suspended/ revoked license. „„2400 block of Briarcliff Road – On May

13, arrest for theft by taking. „„2200 block of Briarwood Road – On

May 13, arrest for simple assault. „„3000 block of Buford Highway – On

May 15, arrest for driving on a suspended/revoked driver’s license. „„1200 block of North Druid Hills Road –

On May 15, arrest for obstruction of officers-resisting officer/arrest. „„3700 block of Buford Highway – On

May 15, arrest for no driver’s license. „„2000 block of North Druid Hills Road –

Detective honored for ‘positive policing’ Brookhaven Police Department’s Det. David Snively was honored May 17 by ASIS International for his efforts in “positive policing.” Snively launched the Brookhaven Police Explorer Program, which allows youth to explore careers in law enforcement. ASIS International is a professional organization for security professionals. Above, Snively, second from right, accepts his award along with Explorer Jordi Chinchilla, left, ASIS past chapter chair John Garrigan and Police Chief Gary Yandura, right. BK

On May 15, arrest for DUI. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

May 16, arrest for disorderly conduct.

„„4400 block of Memorial Drive – On

May 19, arrest for failure to appear. „„1400 block of Northeast Expwy. – On

May 19, arrest for theft by shoplifting.

„„3300 block of Clair-

mont Road – On May 16, arrest for DUI.

1300 block of North Cliff Valley Way – On May 19, arrest for aggravated assault. „„

„„3500 block of Bu-

ford Highway – On May 16, arrest for no driver’s license.

3300 block of Buford Highway – On May 20, arrest for no driver’s license. „„

„„1800 block of Cor-

porate Blvd – On May 16, arrest for wanted person located. „„2600 block of Bu-

ford Highway – On May 16- arrest for failure to appear. „„2900 block of Buford Highway – On

2400 block of Briarcliff Road – On May 20, arrest for theft by deception. „„

„„2600 block of Buford Highway – On

May 17, arrest for DUI.

May 20, arrest for wanted person located.

„„2000 block of North Druid Hills Road –

„„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

On May 17, arrest for no driver’s license. „„3700 block of Buford Highway – On

May 17, arrest for no driver’s license. „„3900

May 20, arrest for no driver’s license. „„3700 block of Buford Highway – On

May 21, arrest for DUI.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On May 17, arrest for obstruction and interference.

„„2100 block of East Roxboro Road – On

„„3200 block of Woodrow Way – On May

„„2100 block of Clairmont Road – On

18, arrest for DUI. „„100 block of Town Blvd. – On May 18,

arrest for forgery in the third degree. „„4000 block of Peachtree Road – On

May 21, arrest for failure to keep animal under restraint while on property. May 22, arrest for battery-family violence. „„500 block of Brookhaven Ave. – On

May 22, arrest for shoplifting.

May 19, arrest for wanted person located.

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