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Perimeter Business ► Alternative transit finds new opportunities in Perimeter PAGE 4 ► ‘Tech Village’ coming to Sandy Springs? PAGE 5

Council race heads to runoff for Burnett, Houseman

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Chris Burnett and Joe Houseman will vie for the Sandy Springs City Council District 3 seat in a June 21 runoff after three other candidates were eliminated in Tuesday’s special election. “It is an honor to be one of the top two,” said Burnett, a community banker, on Election Night. “I’m looking forward to continuing the conversation about…how to make Sandy Springs an even better place.” “We’ve put a lot of hard work into this,” See COUNCIL. on page 12 PHIL MOSIER

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After input from more than 100 residents, Sandy Springs’ wish list of transportation sales tax projects is nearly complete—and includes two of the city’s most controversial road projects. Dual roundabouts planned for the Mount Vernon Highway/Johnson Ferry Road intersection are high on the list—and strongly opposed by many residents of the

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Mike Reiss Producer and writer, “The Simpsons” Featured speaker at Pace Academy’s graduation See more graduation thoughts in Commentary Page 10

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The massive master plan for the new Riverwood International Charter high school in Sandy Springs was reviewed by Fulton County Schools officials at a May 23 community meeting. The meeting doubled as a preview of what the new county education special local option sales tax, approved in a special election the next day, could accomplish. But it also offered an outlet for discussion of unresolved community complaints centering on trees, lighting, noise and traffic. “I’m excited with where we’re headed,” Dr. Robert Shaw, Riverwood’s principal, said after the meeting. He said the county school district has been “responsible” to both the community and to students who deserve a better facility. Riverwood, located at Heards Ferry Road and Raider Drive, is in the midst

of the first phase of a complex project to build a new school without shutting down any current classrooms or programs. The project is budgeted to cost more than $30 million. The first phase began with demolishing and relocating Riverwood’s former neighbor, Heards Ferry Elementary School, and replacing it with a baseball field. The work on the ballfield should be completed by January 2017. Now, steel beams for part of a future new Riverwood building are going up and classrooms within its 117,000 square feet are to be ready for the 2017 school year, officials said. Still on the drawing board is the rest of the Riverwood master plan, featuring a huge new high school on the center of the property that will provide wings for various uses, such as visual arts classes and an information center. A new gym and theater facility would occupy much of the footprint of the ex-



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isting school. But residents had other concerns Riverwood’s student capacity would that officials are only beginning to cope be boosted from 1,500 to 1,800, Shaw with. A big one is the Heards Ferry Road said. Just about everything would be driveway, once heavily used by the elbigger and better, officials said, from ementary school and, neighbors say, parking (up to 626 spaces, from 450) to the site of frequent back-ups. The drive the football field’s grandstands. currently is used only for construcProject archition vehicles. The tect Bob Sussenhigh school’s main bach previewed driveway is now on some of the masRaider Drive. ter plan design, inThe Heards Fercluding a pedestriry driveway’s ulan bridge over the timate use is still driveway and an under discussion overall “traditionwith city of Sandy al, classical” design Springs officials, with a red-peaked DR. ROBERT SHAW Knotts said. roof and buff brick PRINCIPAL, Knotts said the meant to echo the RIVERWOOD INTERNATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL Heards Ferry drivesurrounding resiway will be at least dential area. a right-turn-only entrance, and that the But all that future work takes more district wants it to be at least a rightmoney, officials said. They did not diturn-only exit as well, if not a full-acrectly campaign for the approximatecess driveway. “The final entrance [and] ly 35 residents in attendance to vote to exit [for the completed school] has not renew the 1 percent education special local option sales tax, or E-SPLOST, on been determined,” he said. May 24. But they repeatedly wished for Finding a way to reduce ballfield its success. lighting and loudspeakers is another is“If there’s good news tomorrow,” sue the district is “working on,” Knotts said David Knotts, the school district’s said. executive director of capital programs, Tree loss also was a big, local conthe full Riverwood project could go forcern. Many trees came down for the ward, though exactly when would deschool project. In addition, Georgia pend on how the Board of Education Power has cut trees on Raider Drive for prioritizes projects. The earliest comutility work related both to Riverwood pletion date, he said, would be someand city intersection work at Powers time in 2019, though parts of the school Ferry Road, Knotts said. could open sooner. Sussenbach said the school district, One reason for holding the meeting, per city policy, will replace all the trees Shaw said, was because the surroundit removed from the site. Lance Painting neighbors hadn’t been given a projer, the project manager with Turner ect update in a while. That became Construction Company, said those trees clear earlier this year when nearby reswill be focused on screening abutting idents were surprised to learn that conproperties, and temporary vegetation struction plans involved blasting and will be planted in the meantime. feared it could damage their multi-milAs for Georgia Power’s work, “I’m a lion-dollar homes. little disappointed” in the amount of “You could feel the tremors” during tree loss, Knotts said, pledging the disthe now-completed blasting, but they trict will work with the utility company did not appear to cause damage, Don to replace as many trees in that area as Hart, one of those abutting residents, possible, including in areas related to said in an interview at the meeting. A final report is pending, he said. city roadwork.

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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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from magnetic levitation trains to bicycle share systems—share is a cool factor. Another thing many ideas share: they don’t exist yet anywhere else in the country. If the Perimeter cities indeed issue that RFP within 18 months, they’ll have to figure out which cool ideas translate into business plans and actual transit improvements. “We don’t want to be buying Beta when it’s VHS,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in a recent interview about the transit challenge. “You don’t want to get caught in a technology warp… At the same time, we’re not waiting ’til technology shakes out.” “It’s always controversial,” says Robert Schreiber, a Buckhead resident whose 1992 Georgia Tech master’s thesis

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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 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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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 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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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?”


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!”


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.”


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.” SS

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Senior housing plan for Apostles church site given more time BY JOHN RUCH

A plan to turn a Sandy Springs church property into a senior housing complex—a design so controversial it became a City Council campaign issue—got a second chance to compromise with critics as the May 17 council meeting. In January, Parc Communities proposed a 201-unit luxury senior rental complex up to 75 feet tall at the corner of Glenridge and Hammond drives. The development would replace the Apostles Church, which ran into financial trouble. Residents have criticized the proposed height and density, and the city Planning Commission last month recommended denying Parc’s zoning and permit requests.

Chip Collins, an attorney for the developer, asked the council for a two-month deferral to rework the plan. “We believe this is a solvable issue,” he said, adding he thinks there is a “solution the neighbors can live with and we all can live in” one day as seniors. Collins said the delay will allow the developers to, among other efforts, finish a study of possibly plowing 12 feet of earth from the site to lower the overall height of any new buildings. The developers had previously said such a study was impossible to complete without demolishing the existing church. Steve Berson, one of the neighbors who opposed the original plan, was among those willing to look at a revamped project. “We look forward to continuing the

City to host lantern parade BY JOHN RUCH

Sandy Springs will host its inaugural Lantern Parade on the night of June 18. Themed “Take It to the River,” the mile-long parade will have residents carrying homemade lanterns walking down Morgan Falls Road to the Overlook Park, where live music and performances will be staged. A series of lantern-making workshops for residents to prep for the parade is slated for June 7-11. Similar parades have been a hit in Decatur, Atlanta’s BeltLine and Grant Park. The Sandy Springs version is produced by the creator of those parades, Chantelle Rytter, who also will lead the lantern-making workshops. The Sandy Springs parade will have local touches, including lanterns shaped like turtles, one of the city’s mascot animals. Parade organizers also will place a 25-foot-long lantern made to look like an albino alligator in the Chattahoochee River. Anyone with a lantern will be welcome to walk in the parade, which starts at 9 p.m. June 18, and anyone is welcome to watch (flashlights recommended). Rolling closure of the street will begin at 8:30 p.m. Return shuttle service will be available. The parade will begin at North Springs United Methodist Church, 7770 Roswell Road, which is also where the lantern-making workshops will be held, at costs ranging from $25 to $30. The workshop schedule is: June 7, 6:30 p.m., Floating turtle lanterns; June 8, 6:30 p.m., Bamboo fish lanterns; June 9, 6:30 p.m., Lantern hats; June 11, 10 a.m., Globe lanterns; June 11, 2:20 p.m., Illuminated parasols. For workshop tickets and more information, see

dialogue,” he told the council, which voted to approve a two-month deferral. Council member Tibby DeJulio said he supported the deferral mostly because some type of redevelopment will happen due to the financial situation that has left the church with “one foot in the grave and one foot on the banana peel.” “It’s a very intensive use of that little corner there…And Chip, we’ve got to make sure we protect this neighborhood, because it’s a really nice neighborhood,” DeJulio said. Collins is a former District 3 City

Council member, and he and the project have become issues in the current fiveway campaign for the District 3 seat. At a May 16 forum, candidate Brian Eufinger criticized Collins’ endorsement of fellow candidate Chris Burnett and his representation of the Parc project, calling him part of a “revolving door” of politicians turned advocates of plans that go against the city’s land-use plan. Burnett and Collins both say the endorsement had nothing to do with Collins’ representation of developers.

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GEORGIA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES District 52 Republican Primary Graham McDonald 2,061 Deborah Silcox 2,212 District 79 Republican Primary Tom Owens 825 Tom Taylor (I) 2,190

Sandy Springs City Council, District 3 Chris Burnett 774 41% Brian Eufinger 253 13% Joe Houseman 524 27% Suzi Voyles 167 9% Larry Young 189 10%

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Council race heads to runoff Continued from page 1 said Houseman, an airline pilot, at City Hall, where he watched the vote count. He said the runoff will be “an exciting time for the city of Sandy Springs and our friends and neighbors.” Of 1,907 total votes, Burnett won about 41 percent (774) and Houseman won about

28 percent (524), according to unofficial results. They were followed by Brian Eufinger (253 votes), Larry Young (189) and Suzi Voyles (167). Those unofficial election numbers were added up and read aloud by City Clerk Michael Casey at City Hall. The candidates were running for the District 3 seat left vacant when Graham McDonald resigned to campaign for the state House of Representatives. Burnett has presented his financial expertise as an asset to the council, while Houseman has positioned himself as the voice of old-school suburban Sandy Springs. Voyles and Eufinger said that they are endorsing Houseman, while Young said he will remain neutral. Houseman, Eufinger, Young and their spouses all went to dinner together during part of the lengthy vote count at City Hall. “I think it’s great we had five candidates,” as it shows the high level of civic engagement, said Eufinger. “[The election loss] doesn’t change my agenda…to fight for transparency, for following the law.” Voyles called the race a “good time meeting neighbors, and Young called it a “very interesting experience, and we entered it with the intent to give it our best shot.” The 1,907 votes makes for a turnout of roughly 16 percent, well above the city’s special election average of 10 percent, said city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. “It’s a really good turnout,” she said. Due to timing issues, the special election had to be run by the city itself at a completely separate, single polling place. The Georgia Secretary of State’s office on May 20 announced it is investigating the election. The June 21 runoff election also will be run by the city. All voting will be held at the Round Program Building in Hammond Park, including advance voting one week before Election Day. SS

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Newcomer Silcox claims victory in House District 52 race BY JOE EARLE

publicans. Wilkinson originally filed to run for reelection, but then dropped out, saying he A Sandy Springs newcomer claimed had been “blindsided” by McDonald’s decivictory in the primary battle for a state sion to file for the office. House seat that sets long-time Republican Wilkinson said the former councilleaders against one another. man’s campaign was part of a “plot” inDeborah Silcox collected about 57 pervolving several prominent Sandy Springs cent of the vote officials, inin early returns cluding Mayor in the RepubliRusty Paul, to can Primary on replace WilkinMay 24, accordson. ing to the Geor“They saw gia Secretary of this as an opState’s website. portunity to She appeared circumvent the poised to defeat electoral proformer Sancess by urging dy Springs City Graham McDonald was defeated by Deborah Silcox. me to qualiCouncilman fy to run again Graham Mcand then withDonald in the Republican Primary race in draw at the last minute and allow their House District 52. candidate of choice to step into office un“This is all surreal to me,” Silcox said opposed,” Wilkinson said in a statement Election Night. “It really is.” shortly after announcing his resignation. The district covers portions of both “I flatly rejected this proposal. Yet they Buckhead and Sandy Springs, and previwent ahead with their plot and, at the last ously had been held for 16 years by Repubminute, qualified their chosen candidate lican Rep. Joe Wilkinson, who supported McDonald. Their intention was to then Silcox, as did several prominent local Repressure me to step aside with false claims

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deserves.” Silcox said she did not think the divisions would create a permanent rift in the Republican establishment. She said she thought she won because of the campaign she waged. “I worked day and night at this,” she said. What’s next? “I don’t know,” she said. “I’ve never done this before. We’ll see.”

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Controversial projects remain on final Sandy Springs T-SPLOST list Continued from page 1 Mount Vernon Towers senior home there. And design and land acquisition for widening Hammond Drive moved up the priority list despite debate hot enough to be a City Council campaign issue. Representatives of residents in both areas said they were “surprised” or “blindsided” by the projects showing up on the T-SPLOST list and that there is still local opposition. The transportation sales tax, or TSPLOST, is slated to go before Fulton County voters Nov. 8. Revenue from the fiveyear sales tax increase of up to 0.75 percent would be split among area cities, with Sandy Springs projected to get about $101 million and a maximum of $116 million. The T-SPLOST must be attached to a specific project list. City officials unveiled their proposed list at the May 3 City Council meeting, then got input from three community meetings and an online survey. The final list was presented at the May 17 City Council meeting. The proposal, along with a county ballot agreement, is scheduled for a vote on June 7. The set of 10 T-SPLOST projects were only slightly shuffled by public input, in part because everything was well-liked. No project received lower than 60 percent “agree” votes in the meetings and survey. In part, that’s because most projects were already planned and budgeted through community meetings; the T-SPLOST funding would speed them up rather than create them from scratch. The Mount Vernon roundabouts received 63 percent “agree” votes, the city said, and the Hammond widening design

got 70 percent “agree” votes and moved up to Tier One. The T-SPLOST would give critics of the Hammond widening one thing they’ve long asked for—a full study of whether the project is even necessary. But it also funds city purchases of houses along the road to reserve right of way. Steve Oppenheimer, president of the Glenridge Hammond Neighborhood Association, said he believes the Hammond information presented at T-SPLOST meetings was “misleading and factually inaccurate.” The Mount Vernon roundabouts have been criticized by residents of Mount Vernon Towers as both an inherently bad idea and because the design would cut into much of the Towers’ front yard. Residents remain “deadly opposed” and “certainly don’t supporting putting the project in the SPLOST,” said Scott Jacobson, an attorney representing them. T-SPLOST funding might allow the city to redesign the project so that it doesn’t take as much of the Towers property, City Manager John McDonough suggested at the May 17 council meeting. The project is currently stalled due to a dispute over the historic status of an auto repair shop that must be demolished for it. And the possible historic status of an entire neighborhood to the south forced the design closer to the Towers. The project’s use of federal funds makes appealing the historic statuses difficult and time-consuming, city officials have said. By using local T-SPLOST funds instead, McDonough said, those issues might be resolved faster and the design could have “flexibility to the point it doesn’t radically alter the design of the project.”

The projects The projects are arranged by “tiers,” essentially meaning how certain they are to get SPLOST funding. Tier One projects are a lock for the funding; Tier Two probably would get funded; and Tier Three would be funded if money is left over or revenues exceed projections. The order of projects within the tiers doesn’t matter. Sandy Springs’ proposed projects are:

Tier One

Various intersection improvements; Perimeter Center “Last Mile Connectivity” trail plan with right of way for possible alternative mass transit; various sidewalks; Mount Vernon/Johnson Ferry roundabouts; Mount Vernon multi-use path from City Springs to Sandy Springs MARTA station; Hammond Drive widening design and acquisition

Tier Two

PATH400 multi-use segment between Buckhead and Sandy Springs; Roberts Drive multiuse path between Roswell Road and Island Ford Park

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Applications for nonprofit grants available June 1

The city of Sandy Springs will start accepting applications on June 1 for its fiscal year 2017 nonprofit grant funds. The city offers grants from a pool of $50,000 for projects completed between July 1 of this year and June 30, 2017. To be eligible, organizations must be registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits that are “in good standing” and are located in the city or “substantially serving” Sandy Springs residents, according to the city. The funded programs must support one of the City Council’s policy priorities, which include: public safety, transportation, “recreation and cultural enhancement,” natural resource protection, community appearance, downtown development, sustainable growth and economic development. The funds cannot be used for operational, administrative or fundraising functions. Submit applications online by 5 p.m. on July 1, via The city will offer a voluntary training session on how to apply on June 14, 1 p.m. in the City Hall Training Room, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500. For more information, email

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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@ 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: 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: or call 404-303-6130.



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.



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: 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:, call 404-851-9111 or visit:



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.

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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: 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: 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: 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: 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@ 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: 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.

Atlanta International School

Jennifer Russ Valedictorian

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Chamblee Charter High School

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Dunwoody High School

Joseph Lee Salutatorian

William Epperson Valedictorian

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Holy Spirit Preparatory School

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Sarah Verlander 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

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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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Petition Number:


Petition Number:



Masoud Zahedi


Marc Lefkovits, LEFKO Group

Property Location:

305 Carpenter Drive

Property Location:

6691 Sunny Brook Lane, 0 Roswell Road

Present Zoning:

A-L (Apartment Limited Dwelling District)

Present Zoning:

R-3, A-O


Request to rezone from A-L to TR for the development of 17 townhome units, with concurrent variances.


Rezone from R-3 and A-o to O-I for the conversion of an existing single family residence into an office with five (5) concurrent variances

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission June 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission June 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council July 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

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

Mayor and City Council July 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

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



Petition Number:



Sheldon Taylor, Regent Partners, Inc.

Petition Number:


Property Location:

5900 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road


Bret Jefferson

Present Zoning:



8125 Grogans Ferry Road


Rezone from MIX to MIX for the development of a hotel, multi-family building, and restaurant project with two Use Permits for increased height (hotel and multi-family buildings) and a concurrent variance for a reduction in required parking spaces.


Public Hearings:

Planning Commission June 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

One (1) Variance from Land Development Requirements Section 109225: Request to encroach into the 25-foot impervious surface setback to allow for the construction of a pool and pool deck.

Public Hearings:

Mayor and City Council July 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Board of Appeals June 09, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia30350 770-730-5600


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



Petition Number:


Petition Number:



Bant Milichap


Derek Murray


752 Starlight Court


1900 Spalding Drive


Two (2) variances from Zoning Ordinance Section 6.4.3.C.and one (1) variance from Section 6.4.3.B. to conduct expansion and improvements to an existing nonconforming residence that encroaches into the minimum sideand front yards. The proposed improvements and additions do not increase the encroachment.


Variance from Section 109-225 of the Development Regulations: Request to encroach into additional 25’ impervious surface setback to the stream buffer for the construction of a pool and a pool deck

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals June 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia30350 770-730-5600

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals June 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia30350 770-730-5600




Consulting Enterprises Corp. Rep: TejKaul


5549 Glenridge Drive


One (1) Variance from the Zoning Ordinance 4.11 Fences and Walls .E.Height to allow an 8-foot high solid masonry wall fronting a public street.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals June 09, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia30350 770-730-5600




Duke Realty Group

Property Location:

1100 Johnson Ferry Road

Present Zoning:



Request to modify condition 2(a) of current O-I zoning to substitute site plan dated February 19, 2016 to allow construction of a 450-space parking deck

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission May 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council June 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs These are some, but not all, of the reports made to Sandy Springs police from May 15 through May 21. The following information was pulled from Sandy Springs police website and is presumed to be accurate.

LOS ANGELES MAN A R R E S T E D FO R R E S I S T I N G A R R E S T AT S A N DY S P R I N G S H OT E L Sandy Springs Police arrested a Los Angeles man on May 17 and charged him with obstruction-resisting an officer after he tried to escape an arrest at a local hotel. Daniel Egerton was charged with resisting an officer. His wife, Catherine Coo, was cited for disorderly conduct after she attempted to help her husband resist arrest. The incident occurred at about 4 a.m. when police were dispatched to the Hilton Suites Hotel at 6120 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road on a call of “trouble unknown.” According to a police report, the front desk personnel called police after receiving a call from guests requesting police. When officers arrived at the room, three individuals met them and said one of them invited another hotel guest, Daniel Egerton, to a party in their room. The friends later discovered Egerton had stolen the woman’s cellphone from the room. Egerton had returned the phone and told them it was a “misunderstanding.” The woman told police she did not want to prosecute Egerton but wanted him to leave the room. Egerton had refused to leave and police were asked to force him out. When police asked for Egerton’s name, it was discovered he was wanted in Miami, Fla., for grand theft. The officer told Egerton to place his hands behind his back. The officer also

grabbed Egerton’s arms to put them behind his back. Egerton began resisting and pulled both arms forward and then faced the officer in a defensive stance with his arms raised. The officer used physical force to try to detain Egerton and pushed him face down on the floor. Egerton managed to turn over and wrapped his arms around the officer’s head. The officer was able to break out of the hold but Egerton pushed the officer in the face as he attempted to get up and out from under the officer. The officer struck Egerton in the face with his elbow and pinned Egerton. “I told Egerton that he was under arrest and told him to stop resisting me,” the officer said in his report. Another officer began assisting. The first officer was able to get a handcuff on Egerton’s right arm. Then, Egerton’s wife, Coo, attempted to help Egerton escape, causing Egerton to again actively resist arrest by using his free arm to push himself up off the ground. An officer pointed a Taser at Egerton and the other officer pinned him against a wall and handcuffed both hands behind his back. Coo then ran at officers. She and her husband were “being extremely loud and boisterous,” according to the report. Coo was also placed under arrest. Another officer arrived and helped escort Egerton downstairs to a patrol car. While getting into the elevator, Egerton’s daughter, a juvenile, appeared and began to try to pull him out of the elevator. She was restrained while the elevator doors closed.




Alicia Junca


855 Davis Drive


Variance from Section 19.3.6 of the Development Regulations: Request to construct a guest house in a side yard.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals June 9, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia30350 770-730-5600


Because Coo had three children to care for, she was released and cited for disorderly conduct. And while Egerton was found to be wanted in Florida, the Florida authorities declined extradition.

C U S TO M E R U P S E T W I T H PA I N T J O B An employee of a painting company told police that on May 19 he was attempting to negotiate a painting job with a customer. The customer was very upset with the painting of his house and began yelling profanities at the painter. The customer then started taking the painter’s equipment, including ladders, and threw them out of his home.

A S S AU LT 5400 block of Glenridge Drive – On May 15, report of simple assault. „„

„„200 block of Spalding Gates Drive –

On May 15, report of larceny from vehicle. „„7400 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody

Road – On May 16, report of larceny from vehicle. „„7500 block of Roswell Road – On May

16, report of larceny from vehicle. „„5200 block of Roswell Road – On May

18, report of larceny-shoplifting. „„7800 block of Roswell Road – On May

19, report of larceny from vehicle.

F R AU D „„100 block of Angus Trace – On May 15,

report of fraud-impersonation.

B U R G L A RY „„1000 block of Brentwood Way – On

May 18, report of burglary-residence-no forced entry. „„5900 block of Roswell Road – On May

21, report of burglary-non-residenceforced entry.


„„6100 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody –

„„5300 block of Roswell Road – On May

On May 15, report of simple assault.

15, report of lost and mislaid property.

„„200 block of Northwood Drive – On

„„100 block of Cedar Run – On May 15,

May 15, report of simple assault/battery.

report of lost and mislaid property.

„„1300 block of Sandalwood Drive – On

„„1400 block of Spalding Drive – On May

May 16, report of simple assault/battery.

18, report of criminal trespass.

„„6900 block of Roswell Road – On May

„„5500 block of Northside Drive – On

21, report of simple assault.

May 21, report of false representation to police or city department.

LARCENY „„6600 block of Roswell Road – On May

15, report of larceny from vehicle. „„6100 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody

Capt. Steve Rose’s reports will return soon.

Road – On May 15, report of larceny.

Alexander Tinsley Flynn (Ty)

Ty died on May 13, 2016 in a tragic fall in Atlanta, GA. He is survived by his beloved parents, Marcella (Marnie) Ellis Fulton and David (Dave) Michael Flynn, his wonderful brother, Harrison Flynn, his loving stepfather, Christopher Fulton and his grandparents, Judith and Tinsley Ellis of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Atlanta, GA. He was pre-deceased by his paternal grandparents, Martha and Alexander Flynn of Huntsville, AL. He is also survived by his aunts and uncles, Tinsley Ellis, Jr. and Kelley, David Ellis and Lynn Kay, Ralph W. Ellis, Audrey Thomas, Mary Toomey and Pat, Bob Flynn, Tony Flynn and Mary Lynn and his cousins, Trey, Genny, and David Soong Ellis, Katie Dormant and Josh, Matthew Thomas and Bridget and Patrick Toomey. Ty was born on April 16, 1997 in Seoul, South Korea. He was a member of Dunwoody United Methodist Church. He attended school at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, Peachtree Middle School and was a graduate of Dunwoody High School, class of 2015. He had just completed his freshman year at Georgia College and State University where he was pursuing a business/pre-law degree. He was a talented musician, photographer, outdoorsman and served as Captain of the debate team in high school. He spent ten beloved summers at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC where he earned the top ranking of Paladin. Ty was dearly loved by all of his family and many friends. He was truly a blessing to each life he touched. Memorial gifts can be made to Camp Rockmont in the name of the Ty Flynn Memorial Scholarship, 375 Lake Eden Rd, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Ty’s family and friends attended a celebration of Ty’s life at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody on Sunday, 5/22/2016 at 3:00 pm.

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Reporter Newspapers “That way, I Continued on page is working with Atlanta-based 12 a new mobile know all hy1Q, to survey market research residents of our Reporter Newspapers topics of state firm, drants have communities firm, and local interest. is working with periodically about market research Atlanta-based In our first poll, Religious Freedom a new mobile a new mobile been touched 1Q, to survey we ask about market research Restoration Act periodically about is working with residents of our the proposed topics of state ture. Nearly two-thirds firm, being considered communities and have been of our communities and local interest. Reporter Newspapers the proposed in the state periodically about of 200 respondents about survey residents ask to In Religious we 1Q, our reactions to the Legislafirst poll, we Freedom Restoration said the bill should inspected.” LegislaAtlanta-based In our first poll, law. Read more ask in the state be rejected. Here Act being considered about the proposed about the poll ture. Nearly two-thirds and local interest. are two Page 18 being considered are two and local comments That will mean topics of state in the state be rejected. Here of 200 respondents Restoration Act reactions to the on page 11. ► Legislasaid the bill should said the bill should “more accuracy, law. Read more Religious Freedom on page 11. ► of 200 respondents be rejected. Here more about the poll local comments Page 18 are two accountability, and local comments ture. Nearly two-thirds more about the poll and ” Sanders said, on page 11. ► law. Read adding it will also give reactions to the firefighters hands-on I’m so sick of Georgia edge of where knowlthe city’s hydrants BY DYANA BAGBY case they need looking like backward are in Even having a BY JOE EARLE to fi nd them in an proposal I’m so sick of Georgia dyanabagby@rep bufgency. emerjoeearle@reporte orternewspapers.n foons. 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This is just tion, bad plain and simple. tion, right direction... in the They packed ideas on a city of Atlanta’s by the the state economica for to voice their ation for religion, to start Department of A national search ing room only, having more considerWatershed legalized discrimina parks plan. isn’t enough, it’s If that Management, having more considerperiod. lly. for a new city city’s five-year which can take If that period. ager was expected bad manrewrite of the months to a bit familmake repairs. A 44-YEAR-OLD A 34-YEAR-OLD to plain and simple.bad for ation for religion, the state economica for ation for religion, the discussion WOMAN WOMAN tails of a separation begin as soon as deSome found WHO LIVES period. lly. WHO LIVES Sanders called between the city WOMAN IN BROOKHAVE isn’t enough, it’s lly. IN SANDY SPRINGS that situation Garrett could iar. A 34-YEAR-OLD N to all these A 44-YEAR-OLD a “challenge,” though be reached. Council and A 34-YEAR-OLD ago, we went he added he is WOMAN IN SANDY SPRINGS WOMAN bers met behind mem“A few years the state economica not aware of WHO LIVES 12 WHO LIVES any recent fire WHO LIVES closed doors with IN BROOKHAVE IN SANDY SPRINGS where firefighters Continued on page and a mediation Garrett N WOMAN had trouble finding a attorney on Jan. working hydrant A 44-YEAR-OLD N 20 to try to work out an on a public agreement. IN BROOKHAVE WHO LIVES Mayor John Ernst Continued on page and members 14 of City Countinued on page 14

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Survey: No to ‘Religi

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OUT & ABOUT Puppetry Arts s Center expand under Atlanta’s own puppet master

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Survey: No to ‘Religi




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5-27-2016 Sandy Springs Reporter