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Millar, Taylor win big in primaries BY JOE EARLE joeearle@reporternewspapers.net In Dunwoody’s legislative races, Election Night proved to be a good night for incumbents. Sen. Fran Millar and Rep. Tom Taylor both overwhelmed challengers from within their own party in the May 24 Republican Primary. Millar, a veteran lawmaker who has served in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, drew about four of every five votes cast in his race with Paul Maner for the Republican nomination to See MILLAR on page 13

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A mega development WESTSIDE including four towers CONNECTOR and hailed as the “gateSTILL ON way” to Dunwoody was PAG E 2 pulled from the City Council agenda May 23 when representatives for the developers said they were uncertain their rezoning request would be approved. The Crown Towers mixed-use development that would include a 35-story residential tower and 29-story hotel for a total

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Westside Connector plans still on despite uncertainty of future development BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The long-discussed about Westside Connector hit another bump in the road when Crown Holdings Group decided to withdraw its application to develop the former Gold Kist site. Dunwoody City Council was expected to vote on the proposed development that includes a residential tower and a hotel on May 23, but uncertainty over how the council would vote led the developers to pull the project. Crown Holdings Group, the developers, had planned to donate approximately 2 acres of land to the city to use for the Westside Connector, a road estimated to cost some $20 million. The proposed road would alleviate traffic congestion on Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive. Dunwoody Public Works Director Michael Smith said the withdrawal of the development does not halt efforts to build the connecting road, but acknowledged the future of the project is made more “uncertain” by not knowing what could happen with the property. The Atlanta Regional Commission awarded the city a $200,000 grant to study the road and the city has also put aside $200,000 in this year’s budget for the study. However, nothing has moved forward on that study yet and a total cost for the study is still to be determined, according to Smith. The Westside Connector would come off I-285, run underneath Ashford-Dunwoody Road and lead directly to the former Gold Kist site and the new State Farm development. It could take some 700 cars off Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive. Instead of driving on Ashford-Dun-

woody Road and then on Hammond Drive to travel west after exiting I-285, motorists would be able to take the connector to State Farm, for example. “The Westside Connector is really designed to alleviate congestion on Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive [by taking] traffic from I-285 to the developments [such as State Farm] and thus take that traffic off that intersection,” Smith said. “This would keep traffic from having to turn left onto Hammond.” Talk of the Westside Connector began in 2014 when developers began SPECIAL The Westside Connector, outlined in yellow, would come off of I-285, run underneath Ashford-Dunwoody showing interest in buildRoad and lead directly to the former Gold Kist site. To see a larger version, go to ReporterNewspapers.net. ing major projects in the Perimeter. “Having a road Smith said. grid-like network of streets in the Perimthat runs parallel to Hammond Drive As part of Phase 2, State Farm agreed eter area, Smith said. provides benefit to the city and the deto build part of an “east-west connector” “A grid provides an alternative way velopments,” Smith said. on the southern edge of its property that for cars to get in and out of the area. This Had the rezoning been approved for would nearly connect with the Westside will have the most impact on alleviating the Crown Towers, the developer would Connector, except for a short jog on Petraffic,” he said. have been responsible for building the rimeter Center Parkway. Bike lanes and multi-use paths are Westside Connector on its property, The east-west connector will extend also being developed throughout the PeSmith said. to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Sandy rimeter to encourage people to use othCharlie Brown, consultant with Springs, where a major mixed-use develer modes of transportation. The city has Crown Holdings Group, said the development has been announced at the Palialso done work on signals to time them opers spent $1 million designing plans sades office park at 5901 Peachtree-Dunbetter so traffic doesn’t back up on Ashfor the Westside Connector. He declined woody Road. ford-Dunwoody Road and Hammond to comment further on the road. Pollack Shores, developers for this Drive. But the key to easing congesting State Farm is currently constructmixed-use development, has agreed to is a Westside Connector and getting cars ing Phase 1 of its project, the headquarhelp pay for this new east-west connecoff those two roads, Smith said. ters building. Phase 2, just west and on tor road as part of the longer roadway “This is the only significant way to althe other side of Perimeter Center Parkplanned to improve east-west traffic acleviate traffic,” he said. “This is the best way, will include above-ground and becess through Perimeter Center. way to have a significant impact.” low-ground parking decks, three office The proposed roads also help create a buildings, some retail and a restaurant,

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A 16-story office building is in the works to be built on the corner of Perimeter Mall’s parking lot adjacent to the Dunwoody MARTA station. The 350,000-square-foot office building, which would include a restaurant on the first floor, is planned to be built on approximately 2 acres of the mall’s parking lot fronting Hammond Drive. The deal also involves purchasing one of the MARTA station’s parking garages. The developers, Transwestern, estimate the cost at $130 million. Transwestern is buying the property from General Growth Properties, owner of Perimeter Mall. As part of the deal, General Growth will buy MARTA out of its lease of the parking deck closest to the mall; that lease expires in 2017. Transwestern will then buy the parcel and the parking deck from General Growth, said Trent Germano, senior managing director of development for Transwestern. Germano and his associates presented preliminary plans for the project to the Dunwoody Development Authority on May 19. The company plans to file a pre-zoning application and special land use permit request with the city on June 2.

Germano and Transwestern are also involved in the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station transit-oriented development. The planned office building in Dunwoody will eliminate 119 parking spaces from the mall, but those spaces will be replaced by ones inside the parking deck, Germano said. The MARTA parking deck has 600 spaces; 481spaces will be gated off to be used by those in the new office building. Germano said the Dunwoody MARTA’s parking needs can be met with just one parking deck. “This is in the heart of the Perimeter” and ideal for this kind of development, Germano said. “Jobs, office development - right in the hub - right where it should be.” Concerns about traffic always come up when development is proposed in the Perimeter Center. Germano said the proximity to the MARTA station would help foster use and support of public transit. “Everyone says the [traffic] system is in failure during rush hour. MARTA is going to continue to be more important. We have to shift the dependency on the automobile,” he said. The project is also just west of the new State Farm development.

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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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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-

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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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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.” DUN


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‘Everything is going to be OK’ with Spruill Gallery sey said. “This 99-year ground lease is guaranteed income and is better than if we had sold the property,” he said. “We’ve been able to unlock the value of the property.” The money from the lease will also go toward expanded programming at the center and gallery, including creating more outreach into the community, said Jennifer Price, Spruill Gallery director. A new sculpture garden is going in behind the smokehouse where the “Ev-

erything is Going to be OK” sign stands. There will be new sidewalks and landscaping, including new trees surrounding the gallery and throughout the property. The large hemlock tree that has stood for many years at the corner of the property facing Ashford-Dunwoody Road will be removed to make way for a large sign naming the businesses located within the property, Kinsey said.

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Jennifer Price, Spruill Gallery director, left, and Bob Kinsey, CEO of the Spruill Center for the Arts, in front of the gallery, currently undergoing renovations.

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Hundreds of cedar shake shingles are piled up outside the century-old farmhouse. They’re to be installed soon as a new roof, part of a makeover for the Spruill Gallery in Dunwoody. A fresh coat of paint, new floors and stairs, as well as the new roof, are part of the extensive renovations costing about $130,000 that now are underway at the art gallery on Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The “Everything is Going to be OK” art piece stands alongside it. The gallery’s renovations are expected to be completed in June and an exhibit is slated to open in September. The gallery’s popular holiday gift sale will also take place, right on schedule, beginning in November. The gallery, a farmhouse owned by the Spruill family and first built in the late 1800s and then rebuilt in 1905, will not look “brand new,” promises Bob Kinsey, CEO of the Spruill Center for the Arts. “It will continue to have a historical look to it,” he said. “It will keep some character look to it.”

While the gallery gets an overhaul, the 5-acre piece of land it sits on is undergoing some major development. A 7-story hotel with 124 rooms is under construction, and the foundation of a restaurant, Fogo de Chao, has been laid. The restaurant is scheduled to open Oct. 1 and the hotel, catering to executives doing business in the Perimeter, is expected to open in early 2017. Money for the renovations of the nonprofit Spruill Gallery comes from the 99year lease signed by the developer of the property the gallery sits on. When the Spruill family donated the house and the property years ago for the arts center, a prohibition against selling the land was part of the agreement. However, finding a way to make the gallery at least self-sustaining continued to be an issue for years – until the board of directors came up with the solution to lease the land to a developer and use the monthly rent to covers expenses. “We’ve always had a hard time driving people to the site [of the gallery], but now with the restaurant opening Oct. 1 serving lunch and dinner, we’re expecting to see a huge increase in traffic,” Kin-

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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 December to hammer out specific projects to be paid for with the $500 million to be raised by extending the one cent ESPLOST for five years. More than 70 percent of the voters approved the E-SPLOST in the May 24 election. Green said that was the highest margin of victory recorded in DeKalb for the penny-on-the-dollar sales tax, which was imposed in the 1990s and has been renewed five times. Some north DeKalb lawmakers, including Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) and DeKalb County Commissioner Stan Jester of Dunwoody, have criticized the 2016 E-SPLOST effort because school officials had not developed a specific project list before the vote. Green said he and

the school board are on firm legal footing and are not worried about a legal challenge. “There were assumptions that we were required to have a project list and that is something DeKalb did in the past. But there are some advantages to not having that level of specificity,” Green said at a May 25 press conference at Cross Keys High School to celebrate the E-SPLOST approval. Because the board approved the ESPLOST referendum in March and the vote was held in May, there was little time to come up with a good project list that included community contributions, Green said. “We would have shortchanged the authentic engagement we need to have with our community,” he said. “Now we have from May to December to allow for in-depth time” to make plans and define that list. “This [vote] is a turn of the corner for DeKalb. This is a vote of confidence,” Green said. “This is not a blank check. This will be a collaborative commitment to do it right and thorough.” Green said $230 million of the $500 million would go toward alleviating the severe overcrowding in DeKalb County schools, most notably in the Cross Keys district. Money from this E-SPLOST will begin flowing into schools July 1, 2017. “We are at the epicenter of overcrowding 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. DUN


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R ES ULTS F ROM TH E MAY 24 PR IM ARY GEORGIA SENATE District 40 Republican Primary Paul Maner Fran Millar (I)

District 80 Republican Primary Catherine Bernard Alan Cole Meagan Hanson

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Democratic Primary Taylor Bennett (I)

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“I had a self-inflicted wound” to overcome, Taylor said Election Night. Taylor said he knew he had lost support from some voters because of the DUI charge and the facts surrounding his arrest, but that the arrest had been a “catalyst” that forced him to confront his use of alcohol. “It’s something I have to deal with,” he said. “I’ve struggled with alcohol for several years,” he said. “You try to deal with it on your own and something like this is a wake-up call. I’m not happy that I’ve been charged with something, but it was a cathartic event.” He said he was pleased with the sup-

port shown him by the voters. “I’m just happy the people of my district trust me to do the job.” Millar attributed the size of his victory to the kinds of campaigns he and his opponent waged. “If you put out a positive message, I think that’s the main thing,” he said. “What are you going to do and what have you done?” He said he thought Maner had constantly been on the attack during the campaign and that, because of the presidential campaign, voters are tired of attacks.

* As reported by the Georgia Secretary of State on May 25

Millar, Taylor win primaries Continued from page 1 the District 40 Senate seat, according to unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. “I’m gratified,” said Millar, who will face Democrat Tamara Johnson-Shealey in the November general election. Taylor claimed about two-thirds of the vote to defeat Tom Owens in the race for House District 79. No Democrat filed to run for the seat.

A former Dunwoody City Council member and early advocate for the creation of the city, Taylor faced a new kind of challenge in the election after his April 7 arrest in Clayton, Ga., on a charge of driving under the influence. Taylor was stopped for driving 72 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone. He had four teenagers in his SUV, police said, and his blood alcohol content measured .225; the legal limit is .08.

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The Brookhaven Bucks baseball team returns in June for a new season. The Bucks, composed of members of college baseball teams, compete in the Sunbelt League, which has teams in Georgia and Alabama. The Bucks play their home games at Oglethorpe University. The team started in 2011, according to its webpage. “We’re ready for another great season of Bucks baseball,” Bucks Owner and General Manager Brad Dickison said in a press release. “The field at Oglethorpe looks great and we’re planning some great events and promotions for fans of all ages.” The Sunbelt League season starts June 4 and ends with the league championship series July 30 through-August 3, the team said. The Bucks’ opener starts at 1:35 p.m. June 4, the teams’ webpage says. For more information: brookhavenbucks.com or facebook.com/brookhavenbucks. For information about the Sunbelt League: www.sunbeltleague.com.

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er-occupied for the first five years and then raise that number to 75 percent after five years. “From a financial standpoint, we could not have developed that site” if the council approved an ordinance requiring 75 percent of the condos be owner-occupied, said Charlie Brown, consultant with Crown Holdings Group, developers of the project, the day after the vote. “Very few condos can be built with 75 percent owner-occupied on Day One,” he said. “We could have asked for apartments but everybody told us [the city] wanted condos.” Brown said he was surprised when the council did not vote two weeks ago on the project. The council on May 9 deferred second and final reading of the residential rezoning request and also a Special Land Use Permit request that would allow for the two highrises. “We’re going to work on SPECIAL [the project] and come back,” Plans for the Dunwoody Crown Towers mixeduse development were withdrawn. Brown said at the May 23 meeting. When the project would be presented drawn so as to not put at risk the current again to the council was not known, Dilzoning of the property that allows 2.5 millard said. lion square feet of business development, a Dillard and Brown said they hope they performance center and a hotel. can work with the council to understand Council members did not comment afwhat members want and also to hopefully ter voting to approve the request to withbetter “communicate all the assets” of the draw the application. proposed development. “It was their decision to withdraw and I Had the vote moved forward and the support that decision,” Mayor Denis Shortrezoning request been denied, the properal said after the meeting. He declined to ty would have been forced to sit unused for comment further. two years, Brown said. The uncertainty of the vote surrounded “This has been a 2-year project and we the apparent desire from some city council have got thousands and thousands and members to have at least 75 percent of the thousands of dollars invested,” he said. “We residential units be owner-occupied; the don’t intend to walk away from that.” developers were seeking 50 percent ownof 380 residential units or condominiums, and 150 hotel rooms at the former Gold Kist site will now go back to the drawing board. “We didn’t know what the council might do so we had to withdraw,” said rezoning attorney Doug Dillard after the May 23 meeting. “We’re very disappointed.” The council had been scheduled to vote on second and final reading of the rezoning request. Dillard said the project was also with-

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ALADDIN KIDS Wednesday, June 8, 3 p.m. Dunwoody United Methodist Church presents the musical, “Aladdin KIDS.” When the street urchin, Aladdin, vies for the attention of the beautiful princess, he uses a genie’s magic power to become a prince in order to marry her. Additional performance at 7 p.m. Donations at the door support performing arts at the church. 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-0675 for information.

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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Tuesday, June 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Capitol City Opera presents, “A Seussome Twosome,” a kid-friendly musical with bright costumes and zany characters, based upon stories by Theodor Geisel. Free. The public is invited. Open to the first 100 participants. Appropriate for ages pre-K to 5th grade. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Learn more by calling 770-512-4640.

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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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Friday, June 3, 2-3 p.m. Join a local nutrition expert who presents healthy and nourishWednesday, June 8, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Come ing food choices. Free. All are welcome. Sugwatch Adam Boehmer as he performs his gested audiences: high school and middle mind-boggling feats and tricks! For ages 3 and school youth. Sandy Springs Branch Library, up. Free. Open to all. No registration required. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Questions? Call 404-303-6130 SUBMIT YOUR EVENT LISTING WITH US AT or email: comments@co.fulton. calendar@ReporterNewspapers.net ga.us.


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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.

FUN FOR ALL DOGS GALORE Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come out to the 2nd annual “Bark in the Park,” featuring music, dog-trick demonstrations, vendors, pet adoptions, food trucks and beverages. Free. The community is welcome to attend. Note: All dogs must be on a leash. Brookhaven Park, 4158 Peachtree Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-637-0512 or email: philip.mitchell@ brookhavenga.gov for details.

BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.-3p.m. Enjoy the 17th annual Flying Colors Butterfly Festival at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Fun for all ages, with activities such as: butterfly encounters, costume parade, live entertainment, plant sale, food trucks, crafts and face painting. $12 general public; $8 members; free for children under 2. Continues June 5, 12-5 p.m. Learn more by calling 770-992-2055 ext. 254 or visiting: chattnaturecenter.org. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075.

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High school graduation season returns 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.

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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

Courtney Peters 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

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Q: What keeps you going year after year? A: Good friends and a supportive family with whom I can share war stories and download without having to keep it all together, “wisdom literature” to refer back to from time to time (I’ve rediscovered Palm-

integrity as a teacher and a willingness to be vulnerable with your kids—to treat them as partners, nay co-equals, in learning. Content knowledge, technique—that’s all secondary. Q: What do you want to see in your students? A: Honest wondering, naked curiosity, the courage to think out loud without fear of constantly being assessed for what they say, think and do, sincere commitment and ownership of their own learning, a thirst

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.”

Q: What attracted you to teaching at first? A: I’ve always loved being a student and had some very good teachers in high school and college who inspired me with their energy, creativity and genuine love for teaching. I saw teaching as a way to stay connected to the subject matter that interested me and spark the same conversations with younger kids that drew me in all those years ago. My first year was terrible, and many times I wondered, “Am I really any good at this?” But, in the midst of the hard, long days, I caught glimpses of what teaching could be and I hung on to that. Q: Has the appeal changed? A: Yes, it’s like a taste for something that matures, at least it’s been like that for me after a decade. I no longer get excited about planning the “perfect lesson” (did I ever?) or even about the content. I still love learning new things, reading, staying on top of my field, but the best interactions I have in the classroom these days are those “off script” moments that come when you dare greatly to wonder (and wander) into open space by letting students drive discussions. It takes a certain comfort level with discomfort, a facilitator’s gift honed over time, and a strong sense of your identity and integrity as an educator to embrace those moments and see them for the real learning opportunities they represent. That’s what appeals to me now.

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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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Q: What do you think makes a great teacher? A: A strong sense of your own identity and

Q: Do you have a project or special program you use year after year?

Q: How do you engage your students? A: I’m a nerd. It runs the gamut: stories, accents, costuming, role-play, film, music, debates, competitions. I also feed them, a lot … really it can vary.

Q: Is there a “trick” that works to get students involved? A: No tricks. Q: What do you hope your students take away from your class? A: Beyond anything else, I want my students to experience my teaching as love embodied in pedagogy.

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody C I T Y ’ S M U N I C I PA L CO U R T H O L D S A M N E S T Y P R O G R A M FO R T R A F F I C T I C K E T S, B E N C H WA R R A N T S The city of Dunwoody’s Municipal Court is holding an amnesty program during June and July for those with past-due traffic tickets and bench warrants for failing to appear in court. “The incentive of the program is to promote lawful driving privileges, settle outstanding violations with the court and reduce arrests,” states a press release from the city. Dunwoody Municipal Court is located at 41 Perimeter Center East, Suite 103. Individuals may walk into the Municipal Court on Mondays, Tuesday, Thursdays or Fridays during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. only, no exceptions, to pay their fees in full. When fees are paid, all contempt fees will be forgiven. If a mandatory court date is required, a future date will be set. Fees can be paid with cash, money order, cashier checks, and Visa and MasterCard credit cards only. No personal checks will be accepted. For more information, call 678-382-6973.

POLICE ARREST THREE TEENS IN PERIMETER M A L L C A R JAC K I N G Dunwoody Police arrested three teenagers and charged them with armed robbery and elder abuse after they stole a car from a woman in Perimeter Mall on May 10. Quentin Brown, 17, is charged in the carjacking as an adult. Two other males, both 15, also were arrested. Because they are juveniles, their names are not being released. The juveniles are being held in the DeKalb Youth Detention Center. Brown is locked up at the DeKalb County Jail. At about 3:15 p.m. on May 10, a 69-year-old woman reported three males approached her in the parking lot at Perimeter Mall. At least one teen had a knife, according to a police report. They demanded she give up her silver SUV, a Honda Pilot, and she complied. “As the three males left the scene in the SUV, they were observed by a Dunwoody Police Officer, who attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle,” said Officer Mark Stevens, a spokesperson for DPD. The driver of the SUV refused to stop, and the Dunwoody officer chased the vehicle down Hammond Drive into Sandy Springs. The SUV crashed into an unknown object at the intersection of Hammond Drive and Glenridge Drive, said Sgt. Aaron Belt. The suspects fled on foot and were

apprehended a short distance from the scene of the crime with the assistance of the Sandy Springs Police Department, Belt said. “All three suspects were apprehended on the scene after the car chase,” Belt said. The three suspects have been charged with hijacking of a motor vehicle, elder exploitation, and fleeing and attempting to elude police officers. All charges are felonies.

From police reports dated May 10 through May 18 „„On May 10 at about 9:30 a.m., a 63-year-

old man from Hogansville, Ga., was arrested and charged with begging and soliciting alms by accosting while at the 100 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road/ Perimeter Center West after police saw him soliciting in the roadway. „„On May 11 at about 7 p.m., three men

entered the Nordstrom Rack store in Dunwoody and selected several bottles of cologne. The cologne was placed in a black bag and the men fled on foot from the store toward the MARTA station. Contact Det. Robert Barrett with any information regarding these suspects or the case at 678-382-6934 or email robert.barrett@dunwoodyga.gov. Also, to leave an anonymous tip, visit http://bit. ly/DPD_Submit_a_Tip. „„On May 15 at about 7:50 a.m., an offi-

cer stopped a vehicle at I-285 westbound and Roswell Road for speeding. The stop led to the arrest of a 19-year-old man from Ellenwood and a 22-year-old man from Lithonia for marijuana possession. Marijuana and two grinders with marijuana residue in them were seized. „„On May 15 at about

10 p.m., police responded to the 6700 block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. A 52-year-old man reported that he was assaulted by another man, about the same age, with a knife. The suspect fled on foot. „„On May 16 at about 3:30 p.m., police

stopped a vehicle at the 6800 block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard for overtaking and passing a school bus. Police

arrested a 43-year-old woman from Dunwoody. She was charged with overtaking and passing a school bus as well as driving while unlicensed.

ARRESTS „„4300 block of Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Road – On May 10, arrest for shoplifting. „„4300 block of Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Road – On May 10, arrest for obstruction-failure to appear. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On May 15, arrest for probation violation.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On May 15, report of larceny from vehicle. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Raod – On May 16, report of larceny from building. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On May 17, arrest for larcenyshoplifting. „„1900 block of Peachford Road – On

May 18, report of larceny. „„1900 block of Peachford Road – On

May 18, arrest for larceny. „„4500

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May 17, a man was arrested for weapons offenses, possession of other weapons and obstruction-failure to appear.

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May 16, report of car stolen. „„100 block of Perimeter Center East –

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the items in this particular museum show seem familiar. They’re all part of Atlanta. Each was chosen to represent some important the city, the exhibit’s feature of curators say. The exhibit, “Atlanta in 50 Objects,” which opened Jan. 16 and is to be on display through July 10, is intended to show, in what makes Atlanta its own way, Atlanta. “I think my favorite thing is the King manuscript,” guest curator Amy Wilson said on the day before the show opened, as she and History Center exhibitions director Dan Rooney made last-minute tweaks to the exhibit. She pointed toward a case holding a series of handwritten pages from a yellow legal pad on which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had written the acceptance speech for his 1964 Nobel Prize. “It’s the original manuscript.”

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