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PATH included in Ga. 400/I-285 project
Board members of the Buckhead Community Improvement District got their first glimpse of what a park built over Ga. 400 might look like. But it will be another two weeks before they learn whether the project can get oﬀ the ground. Two firms have been hired to develop feasibility studies on the project. They are Jacobs Engineering Group of Pasadena, Calif., and Atlanta-based GreenRock Partners. Acknowledging that the project is nowhere near the design process, representatives from both firms provided a general outline of what they envision for the park. “I refer to it as ‘the art of the possible,’” said Monte Wilson of Jacobs Engineering. “What could happen here programmatically?” Following the presentation, CID Chairman David Allman recommended the engineers move forward with the feasibility study to determine its scope and a ballpark figure on its cost. That information should be gathered within a couple of weeks, Wilson said. The initial outline presented to the CID board on May 26 calls for the park to cross Peachtree and include the entrance to the Atlanta Financial Center. The idea, Wilson said, would be to make Peachtree part of the park, instead of bordering it. “You’re looking at about 10 acres … a significant piece of property,” Wilson said. Next to the gateway would be an active urban plaza, with a re-envisioned MARTA portal SEE BUCKHEAD, PAGE 5
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State and local government oﬃcials say they have worked out a way to pay for an extension of PATH400 through the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange. Sandy Springs City Council is including $1 million in the city’s 2016 budget to pay part of the cost of including a segment of the multi-use trail in the redesign and reconstruction of the Ga. 400/I-285 intersection. Other money for the $4 to $5 million project will come from the PATH Foundation and the Georgia Department of Transportation, representatives of those groups said. Eventually, oﬃcials said, the trail could connect to PATH400 in Buckhead and to other trails extending north of I-285. That would tie Sandy Springs into a network of trails, including Atlanta’s BeltLine, Mayor Rusty Paul said. “A lot of people are interested in connecting by bicycle,” Paul said. “The more people we can get to work [by bike], the fewer cars we’ve got on the streets.” Sandy Springs Assistant City Manager Bryant Poole said
the trail segment included in the Ga. 400/I-285 project would run from Johnson Ferry Road to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. The Perimeter Center Improvement Districts plan to widen Peachtree-Dunwoody to add bike and car lanes as it runs beneath I-285. PATH Foundation Executive Director Ed McBrayer said the extension “was essential for us to get the trail through the Ga. 400/I-285 intersection because we are trying to connect the area with trails.” “We’re really connecting the whole Perimeter Center and Sandy Springs down to PATH400,” he said. The first half-mile-long segment of PATH400 opened in Buckhead earlier this year and another portion is under construction. Meanwhile, the Georgia Department of Transportation is planning a complete overhaul of the Ga. 400/I-285 intersection that is expected to cost nearly $1 billion. Federal authorities have agreed that the proposed SEE NEW PATH, PAGE 3
Monte Wilson of Jacobs Engineering, left, and Jay Scott of GreenRock Partners show an early rendering of the park.
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Buckhead seeking to be a ‘walkable community’ BY COLLIN KELLEY When Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety, known as PEDS, was founded in 1996, pedestrians were not on Atlanta’s radar screen, according to the organization’s president Sally Flocks. Fast forward almost two decades. and “walkability” has become a key factor in neighborhoods and as the city improves its streetscapes. Flocks, who spoke to the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods at its May 7 meeting, said that after a steep learning curve for local and state oﬃcials, accessibility and safety are now vital parts of any discussion about road design. “Education, enforcement and engineering are the three areas PEDS drives home when talking about road design with the GDOT and the city,” Flocks said. “We won’t be able to get drivers to change their behaviors without road engineering that isn’t confusing and makes sense.” Flocks recalled a story from 2009 when PEDS was working to get more pedestrian crossings on Roswell Road. The organization rented a bus, loaded up GDOT oﬃcials and dropped them oﬀ at various points along one side of the busy road and told them to walk until they could find a crossing to rejoin the bus.
“It was a real eye-opener for them and it had an immediate impact,” Flocks said. “We try and get the engineers to the trouble spots so they can see, rather than being told or relying on maps or photos.” Another change that has made a difference has been local developers realizing there is money to be made by making their retail centers and housing developments more accessible to pedestrians. Flocks said PEDS is advocating for more safety measures for pedestrians at busy crossings by calling for new beacon technology in Buckhead and other Intown neighborhoods. Rapid flashing beacons - similar to the one on 10th Street at the MARTA station - oﬀer the most safety to pedestrians, Flocks said. “Buckhead really wants a walkable community,” she said, “and these kinds of changes and improvements will get you there.” Flocks said PEDS will be working with the city as it begins to make improvements and repairs to sidewalks and intersections using funds from the recently passed infrastructure bond referendum. For more about PEDS and its mission, visit www.peds.org.
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Ga. 400/I-285 interchange will have no significant environmental impact, clearing the way for the state to move ahead with the project, GDOT announced. Trail advocates have argued an extension of PATH400 should be routed through the intersection as part of the huge project, and Poole said the city’s long-range plans call for a bike trail along Ga. 400 from city limit to city limit. “It’s been a great joint eﬀort for this to be done while the big roadway is being done,” Poole said. “We are appreciative of GDOT’s willingness to do this.” State transportation oﬃcials met recently with city oﬃcials from Sandy Springs and Dunwoody, and representatives of the PATH Foundation and the PCIDs, to develop the plan for financing the new trail segments, Pete Pellegrini, construction manager for the PATH Foundation, said during a Perimeter Business Alliance luncheon. “We have gone through a major milestone with GDOT. We can address some of the funding needs,” Pellegrini said.
“It’s been a great joint effort for this to be done while the big roadway is being done. We are appreciative of GDOT’s willingness to do this.” – BRYANT POOLE SANDY SPRINGS ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER
Pellegrini said plans still have to be worked out to connect the Buckhead trail to the Ga. 400 and I-285 segment. Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling said the group has applied for a federal grant for the connecting segment. Paul said he hoped the trail would allow more commuters to find ways to get to work other than driving their cars. “We’re looking at alternatives to vehicular traﬃc,” Paul said. “We’re looking at all the multi-modal approaches to get people to and from Sandy Springs.”
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‘Operation Vittles’ lifted Berlin residents after the war It was his job. That’s how Vernon Whitman describes his part in the Berlin Airlift. Others may recall the 14-month airlift as one of the great international showdowns of the Cold War or as a signal humanitarian eﬀort, but Whitman remembers it a diﬀerent way. It was simply his assignment as a young Navy pilot. “It was a job they were doing and they had to have people to do it,” the 90-year-old retired Delta Air Lines pilot said as he sat in the den of his Sandy Springs home one recent day. “You really didn’t feel like you were fighting the Russians. It was a humanitarian thing. You just felt sorry for the people who were being starved out.” In 1947, Whitman was part of a Navy transport unit stationed in Guam. He flew a plane the Navy called a R5D, a military plane similar to the commercial DC-4. In November 1948, he and his squadron were ordered to Germany to join the airlift supplying Berlin. After World War II, the allied victors had divided Germany and its former capital, Berlin, into zones. In Berlin, the Soviets controlled the eastern zone and the U.S., British and French each controlled a section in the west. But Berlin stood 100 miles inside the portion of Germany set aside for Soviet control, and the Soviets felt the entire city should all be under their sway. To try to force a change, the Soviets closed rail and road access to Berlin, cutting it oﬀ from outside supplies. The western allies responded with the airlift. A nonstop line of supply planes flew loads of food, coal and other necessities from Frankfort to Berlin. The Americans nicknamed the mission “Operation Vittles.” The airlift carried more than 2.3 million tons of supplies into Berlin, according to history.com. Whitman said the supply planes usually left Frankfort every three minutes. “We had a three minute interval,” he recalled. “At the worst weather, they’d move it to six minutes.” He flew two round trips a day. He flew mostly at night, so he often couldn’t see the devastated city. He didn’t fully
realize how bad things were for residents of Berlin until some daytime flights took him close to bombed-out apartments. “Seeing how those people AROUND had to surTOWN vive,” he said. “People were JOE EARLE out in the streets cleaning bricks just to rebuild. ... In the daytime, I was amazed by the rubble.” Other pilots were too. One began dropping candy on his flights. He’d tie small parachutes to the candy and drop them from the plane to children below. Whitman got hooked on airplanes when he was growing up in Louisiana. One day when he was about 5 years old, he said, a barnstormer with an old single-engine monoplane was forced to land on the Whitman’s field for repairs. The farm boy was captivated. “After that, my parents had to take me to the airport every Sunday after church,” he said. “That’s where I got bit.” He enlisted in the U.S. Navy right out of high school and eventually was assigned to fly transports in the Pacific. That led to 125 round-trip flights on the Berlin Airlift. This past March, Whitman had a chance to fly again in one of the planes used in the airlift. The Berlin Airlift Historical Association, based in New Jersey, brought one of the planes to Pine Mountain to recreate a “candy drop.” Whitman planned to visit the same plane at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport during its annual “Good Neighbor Day” air show on May 30. Nearly seven decades later, he looks back at the Berlin Airlift as “a great thing.” “If it hadn’t been for the airlift,” he said simply, “the Russians would have taken Berlin.”
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to the train platform, public art and possibly a children’s play area. There would also be opportunities for shops so commuters could get oﬀ the train and grab a sandwich or a cup of coﬀee. The central portion of the park could be composed of a series of garden rooms, creating a sense of variety, Wilson said. Beyond the garden rooms, an expansive lawn area could be dedicated to walking, throwing the Frisbee or just relaxing. The area could be bordered with food trucks and a small performance pavilion. The northern end of the park would also lend itself to some sort of beacon, a sculpture or other piece of art that announces the park to southbound traﬃc on Ga. 400, Wilson said. Using other urban parks as benchmarks, Wilson estimated the cost per acre for the park would be around $20 million, making the total cost in the neighborhood of $200 million. “This typically takes a public-private partnership,” Wilson said. Mark Banta, president and CEO of the Piedmont Park Conservancy, spoke briefly about his experience in building urban parks, including Centennial Olympic Park and most recently, Klyde Warren Park in
Dallas, a 5.2-acre deck park built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway between Pearl and St. Paul streets. “You are not the only group contemplating this,” Banta said. “Since my name is associated with that project [Klyde Warren Park], I get two to three calls a month from cities wanting to do these types of projects.” There is such a lack of green space in Dallas, Banta said, that the car is indisputably the king of the city. If you go to citybased parks, small plazas or pocket parks, nobody but the homeless are using them. “When a foundation said ‘We will build this park out of magic in mid-air and program it so it will be clean, safe and active…’ people at first didn’t believe it,” Banta said. “The first thing they asked was whether the city was going to be involved, and we said ‘partially.’” But, the project came together when the private foundation assured residents that it would build the park and make certain that it was taken care of, Banta said. “I think there will be some similarities here when that conversation starts about how that private-public partnership works, and you will be in control of the reins to make sure it’s clean, safe and active,” he said.
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Chastain’s revival: Much has been done, more to go Troy Chastain Memorial Park provides 268 acres of open space nestled at the boundaries of the city of Atlanta and the city of Sandy Springs. We know it as Chastain Park and for those who use it every day, it’s a respite in the middle of Buckhead’s urban core. Chastain welcomes more than 2 million people a year through its variety of destinations, also known as “park partners.” There is something for everyone, including a 6,500-seat outdoor amphitheater, a horse park, a tennis center, an outdoor pool, an 18-hole golf course, an art center, a 3.2-mile PATH, a playground, ball fields and even a white table cloth restaurant. With the area’s continued growth and increased densities along the business corridor, the park and all of its sites have never been more in demand. However, thanks to concerned neighbors who stepped up to take care of Chastain a decade ago, the Chastain Park Conservancy is helping the park keep pace with its ever-growing popularity today. Back in 2003, a group of neighbors started “People for Chastain.” The group worked on removing graﬃti and increasing available green space by taking out overgrown plants and debris. By 2004, already seeing the value of their work, they decided to formalize and create what is now the Chastain Park Conservancy. Now 11 years old, the conservancy, in conjunction with Chastain Park’s amenities:
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the city of Atlanta and other park partners, has worked on several park improvement projects including the Earth Craft-Certified Tennis Center, 3 acres of reclaimed green space known as the Hill Top Fields, the PATH extension to the amphitheatre, and several other safety and beautification projects. All of these park improvements ROSA are part of a greater 2008 Atlanta City Council-approved 20-year masMcHUGH ter plan for the park. The plan, available for download in its entirety at GUEST COLUMN www.chastainparkconservancy.org, serves as the guiding document for capital improvements in the park. In 2014, as part of its 10th anniversary, the conservancy launched a major capital campaign to support two of the main master plan project initiatives: the widening of the PATH along Powers Ferry Road, and the replacement and expansion of the playground. These projects are known as “Walk Chastain” and “Play Chastain” respectively. The conservancy’s 10th anniversary campaign has raised $4.4 million toward its $5.2 goal. Thanks in great part to the support of the conservancy’s board of directors, several Atlanta family foundations, the city of Atlanta, local businesses and neighbors, the conservancy has been able to launch the groundbreaking of the Walk Chastain project and Phase 1 of the Play Chastain project. The remaining funding gap will support the installation of play equipment at the playground as well as a 10-year maintenance fund. One of the ways the conservancy plans to make up the diﬀerence in dollars needed is by launching a crowd-sourcing program for the specific play equipment. Neighbors and friends of the conservancy will soon be invited to invest in the new 40,000-square-foot, world-class playground by supporting an individual piece, such as an oodle swing or zip line. Other ways to support the CPC and become a part of its 10th anniversary legacy is to make a donation right on the Chastain Park Conservancy website. The conservancy board of directors is dedicated to making Chastain a destination for the health and well-being of all who enjoy it. Walk Chastain and Play Chastain are two major ways that these engaged leaders look to in making the city of Atlanta an even better place to live. We hope you join us in supporting our campaign and look forward to seeing you at Chastain Park soon. Rosa McHugh is executive director of the Chastain Park Conservancy.
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BY TIM DARNELL The Perimeter area’s entrance into spring and summer has brought a little bit of new life to the community’s landscaping businesses. “We’re seeing jobs now that are larger in scope than [jobs were] four or five years ago,” said Molly Welch of Sandy Springs-based W Design Landscape. “People have more confidence to invest more money in their property. “During the recession, people weren’t splurging on their projects. The average cost of a job we did four or five years ago was $5,000. Now, it’s $15,000.” “If you’re a landscaper and your schedule isn’t crazy this time of year, you need to be in another business,” said Andy Batcheller, owner of Handy Andy Outdoors, based in Chamblee. “People are spending money again, and landscaping and lawn maintenance is a service that more people are hiring out.” The community is only now beginning to emerge from the most recent recession, said Mark Erbesfield, president of Greenmark Landscaping in north Atlanta. “We did go through a recession, but Atlanta was a little late to that par-
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ty,” Erbesfield said. “That was a good thing, but it also means we were a little slower to come out of it. But now, we’re well on the road to recovery. We’re very busy, and have a lot of good leads coming in.” According to a national survey conducted by Lawn & Landscape magazine, landscaping industry revenues are expected to grow nationwide by 8.5 percent. The industry trade publication’s survey said 92 percent of landscaping businesses expect to turn a profit in 2015. “All of the areas we service are seeing plenty of growth,” Erbesfield said. “But the Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Chastain Park communities were the first to come back online. We’ve stayed the busiest in those areas, and
A new, larger facility could soon drive new sales at a Sandy Springs car customization business. Cartunes of Atlanta moved into its new building at 8601 Roswell Road on May 4, a facility that nearly doubled its retail space to 14,000 square feet. Previously the home of a NTB Tire & Service Center, Cartunes’ new site replaces its previous location about five miles south, at 5834 Roswell Road, not far from I-285. “We were bursting at the seams. We had already gotten to the point where we could not handle any additional business—we were turning people away,” Emran Alborno, marketing and operations P er imet er manager, said of the move into a P r o f ile larger store, which features a remodeled showroom, larger work bay area, and a full waiting area for customers. Cartunes specializes in high-end car audio, but also offers custom interiors, custom paint work and other services. “We’re kind of a one-stop shop for people who want to leave their car here and do a bunch of things to it,” says Dak Kinard, who owns the store along with business partner Richard Grimm. Kinard has owned the business since 2000, though Cartunes has been locally owned since 1978. He said the main change he has seen in the industry is the ad-
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Freedom Orthopedic + Rehab owner Thomas Joseph, center, in white, was joined by Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, at his left, Dunwoody Chamber President Stephanie Snodgrass, friends and family in a ribbon cutting announcing the opening of the new practice. Located at 6840 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., the practice offers orthopedic surgery and physical therapy. Insignia of Sandy Springs, located at 690 Mount Vernon Highway held a ribbon cutting on April 30. On hand were Beth Berger, Tony Grieco, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, City Councilman Gabriel Sterling, Phyllis Dowell, Owner Aileen Rosso, Walter Esquivel, Owner Milton Cruz, Liz Graves, Suzanne Brown and Erica Rocker-Willis. Insignia is a senior living and memory care facility.
Fragile Gifts, offering ﬁne china, crystal and other distinctive items, recently opened at 6235-B Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. On hand to help with the ribbon cutting on May 22: Beth Berger, Bob Brourman, Suzan Brourman, Helen Morris, Melissa Brourman, Jody Brown, Roslyn Bush, Erica Cheatham and Patty Conway.
Sonesta ES Suites held a ribbon cutting on May 14, at its 760 Mount Vernon Highway location in Sandy Springs. Those attending included, from left, Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President/ CEO Tom Mahaffey, Will Carlson, Jennifer Cruce, Suzanne Brown, City Councilman Gabriel Sterling, Marc Greenberg, Keri Kendrick-Moore, Maebelyn Ampoan, Robin Hammond and Susan Lesesne. |
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PERIMETER BUSINESS On May 4, Salons by JC, located in Sandy Springs Crossing, 6690 Roswell Road, Suite 404, in Sandy Springs, held a ribbon cutting. Owners Gerthy and Trevor Agard, center left and right, had friends and family on site to celebrate, including, Beth Berger, Zoe Sanders, Paula Evers, LaShawn Lowe, Chris Adams, Tiffany Roan, Suzanne Brown, Seﬁ Brown, Erica Rocker-Wills, Jim Murphy, Vanilda Nascimento, Dave Stiebel, Jon Wittenberg and Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Tom Mahaffey. AAA Auto Club Group, the Chastain Park Branch, held a ribbon cutting on April 29, at 4410 Roswell Road. Joining employees for the celebration were, Jacinto Padron, Beth Berger, Erica Rocker-Wills, Keith Harvey, Jim Casal, Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President/ CEO Tom Mahaffey, Rudy Garza, City Councilman John Paulson, Suzanne Brown, Carlos Holiday, Chris Adams and Patty Conway. AAA provides hotel and car reservations, notary service, passports and more.
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there’s always a lot of construction going on.” The recent slate of new cities has also meant some changes for landscaping businesses. “It impacts us in terms of the process of getting our permits approved,” Erbesfield said. “Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Dunwoody are all good to work with. The city of Atlanta is a bit more challenging, mainly due to their additional regulations.” “The biggest challenge is finding people who want to work,” Batcheller said. “We all pull from the same pool of laborers.” Also, customers are more environ-
mentally conscious today, Batcheller said. “We’ve seen trends leading to more drought-friendly grasses and smarter irrigation,” he said. “Even though we’ve had a lot of rain this season, water will continue being a big issue. We’re also seeing more customers ask for chemical applications that lessen the environmental impact.” But not every client is into ecofriendly landscaping these days. Welch was approached recently by a Brookhaven family who wanted to clear-cut their entire front lawn and plant grass. “I told them to embrace the shade,” she said. “I don’t believe in clear cutting just for the sake of it.”
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dition of more and more technology in vehicles, such as iPod connectivity, navigation and satellite radio systems, and radar detectors and laser jammers. Though some new vehicles come preinstalled with these new technologies, Cartunes technicians can install the features on vehicles old or new, as well as replace factory-installed equipment with devices of the customer’s choice. “Most of the vehicles out there don’t come with all the features that you see in the commercials,” Alborno said. “The larger market nowadays is the truck market, the F150s of the world, Dodge Rams [and similar vehicles], where about 80 percent of the vehicles that are actually released from the factory don’t have a lot of the features that you see on the ads, whether it be back-up cameras or an 8-inch touch screen. “You can integrate those features into the base vehicle that you bought,” he said. “A lot of people go in and they get sticker-shock when they see the truck they saw on television for $80,000,
but they can get the same exact-looking truck with a lot less features for $50,000, and then go and spend $3,000 or $4,000 at Cartunes and get just about every feature they have.” Cars and trucks are not the only vehicles serviced at Cartunes. Technicians have added features to motorcycles, ATVs, boats and even an airplane. Cartunes technicians, Kinard said, undergo schooling each year to learn about new vehicles and trends in the industry. That training is needed as the technology in the vehicles keeps growing. The future of the industry, Kinard said, will likely have cars speaking to their owners’ increasingly wired homes. “The only thing we really see coming down the pipe is more automation in cars, a lot of home integration with cars, so when you pull up to your house, it turns on the air,” Kinard said. “A lot of smart things are going along with the computer car, like the Tesla. It’s an ultra-high-tech world, and usually the cars are the forefront of technology.”
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Annie KIDS Wednesday, June 3, 3 and 7 p.m. – These musical performances feature the classic tale of a Depression-era orphan Annie as she finds her new family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Donations are accepted at the door to support performing arts at the church. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to dunwoodyumc.org or call 770-394-8492.
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eighth annual Slow Food Ice Cream Social will take place immediately after the close of the farmer’s market in the garden of the Cathedral of St. Philip. A variety of homemade ice creams and sorbets by amateurs and local chefs will be available to taste for ticket holders. Participants will cast votes for their favorite “cream of the crop” flavor as well as the tastiest vegetableflavored ice cream. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children from 5-10 years old, and free for children under 5. Guests are encouraged to bring their own spoon. Participating restaurants include 4th & Swift, Bantam + Biddy, Chicka-Biddy, Cakes & Ale, Empire State South, King & Duke and many more. Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Rd., NW, Buckhead, 30305. For more information, go online to slowfoodatlanta.org or email slowfoodatl@gmail. com.
Pioneer House Saturday, June 6, 9 a.m. – The Dunwoody NE GA Soap Box Derby Association presents the eighth annual Dunwoody Soap Box Derby. This race is a fully sanctioned head-to-head competition of homemade Stock and Super Stock cars. This year the event now includes a Super Kids’ Race for children with disabilities. Winners of each category go on to race in Akron, OH in July for the 78th Annual All-American Soap Box Derby World Championship. Race registration is $100 and attendance is free. Rain date is June 13. First Baptist Church Atlanta, 4400 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go online to dunwoodysoapboxderby.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 770-540-1317.
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Flying Colors Butterﬂy Festival Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday, June 7, 12-5 p.m. – The Chat-
tahoochee Nature Center presents a weekend of live entertainment, food trucks, crafts, face painting, butterfly education, garden tours and a butterfly costume parade. Live butterfly releases held on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $12, members and children 2 years old and under are free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. For more information, go online to chattnaturecenter.org, email programs@ chattnaturecenter.org or call 770-992-2055.
Monday, June 8 to Friday, June 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. – This week-long camp will ex-
plore the histories of local settlers as well as their relationship to the neighboring Creek and Cherokee Indians. The camp will teach basic pioneer skills like cooking over a fire, distilling water and constructing a shelter. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Buckhead, 30305. For more information and to register ahead, go online to atlantahistorycenter.com or call 404814-4000.
Southeastern Reptiles Tuesday, June 9, 4-4:45 p.m. – Friends of
the Dunwoody Library present this educational session focusing on local reptiles for kids aged 5 to 12 years old. Free with library card. Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go online to dekalblibrary.org or call 770-512-4640.
Summer Sing-Along Thursday, June 18, 10:15-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. – These interactive ses-
sions of music stimulate growth and development while building pre-literacy skills. Hosted by Ms. Jennifer from Music Together Metro Atlanta, this event is free with library card and recommended for families with children aged newborn to 4 years old. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305. For more information, email email@example.com, go online to fcpl.org, or call 404-814-3500.
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Sunday, June 14, 7 a.m. – This flat, scenic 10K run has been an Atlanta tradition for 37 years. There is an individual 10K starting at 7 a.m. and a kids’ one-mile Fun Run starting at 7:10 a.m. Registration includes a white, cotton blend t-shirt, bag, post race awards party at the Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion, and free admission to the Nature Center on the day of the race. Individual 10K registration is $30 in advance and $40 on race day. Kids’ Fun Run tickets are $15 each. Teams and families receive a $3 discount per participant with minimum of 6 running members. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. For more information and to register, go online to chattnaturecenter.org or call 770-992-2055.
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Spruill Arts Exhibition Thursday, June 4, 6-9 p.m. – Spruill Gallery
presents the third annual Student & Faculty Juried Exhibition. The works are juried by Saskia Benjamin, executive director of ART PAPERS, and feature works produced at the Spruill Center for the Arts. The opening reception will include an awards presentation, and the exhibition will have a closing reception on Saturday, August 8. Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go online to spruillarts.org or call 770-394-4019.
Concerts in the Park Saturday, June 13, 7 p.m. – The Dunwoody
Nature Center presents live music by band Georgia Flood, craft beers, and picnic style seating in the meadow and back porch of the center. Concerts in the Park are free for members, $5 for non-member adults, $3 for students, and free for kids 3 and under. For more information, go online to dunwoodynaturecenter.org or call 770-394-3322.
Sax at the MJCCA Sunday, June 14, 7 p.m. – The Marcus Jew-
ish Community Center of Atlanta presents a live performance by Grammy award-winning saxophonist, composer and educator Mace Hibbard. Tickets are $10 for adult members and $15 for general admission adults. MJCCA, Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to atlantajcc.org or call 678-812-4002.
dy Springs Perimeter Chamber presents “Fashion Goes Global,” the third annual fundraiser benefiting the Drake House, a nonprofit dedicated to providing housing, education and empowerment to homeless women and their families facing crisis. The fashion show will feature Sandy Springs’ rescue heroes, community volunteers and corporate leaders. Food and beverages provided by 5 Seasons Brewery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Nancy G’s, Teela Taqueria and more. Reservations are required and ticket prices start at $20 for chamber members; $35 for nonmembers. UPS World Headquarters, 55 Glenlake Parkway, NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to SSPChamber.org.
Garden Tour Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. – The American Hydrangea Society presents a tour of five gardens in the Sandy Springs area that feature genus Hydrangea in different settings both large and small. Individual tickets are $30, and tickets for two are $40 and will be for sale at Garden 1, 640 Tanglewood Trail NW, Sandy Springs, 30327. Driving directions to the locations are included with ticket purchase. This is event is rain or shine and is not handicap accessible due to the nature of the gardens. One year membership to the Atlanta Hydrangea Society is included with the cost of tickets to this event. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to americanhydrangeasociety.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 770-956-7734.
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Physical education teacher Maggie Deaner, center, leads runners to the start of the 36th annual Atlanta Speech School Fun Run. Deaner will retire after 41 years at the school.
Students say retiring teacher inspires, encourages them BY DONNA WILLIAMS LEWIS Bouncing around at the bottom of the amazing antics of “Ms. Maggie,” as a hilly driveway, about 200 Atlanta were students before them. Speech School students were limbered Deaner retired in May after 41 years up and antsy to get to at the Atlanta Speech the race starting gate. School, a BuckDo you know an organization or Their coach saw head-based center individual making a difference an opportunity — for language and litin our community? Email time enough for one eracy that serves firstname.lastname@example.org more warm-up before dren and adults with the 36th annual Fun speech, hearing, lanRun. guage or learning disSo they could see her, Maggie Deanabilities. er scrambled atop a narrow brick wall, Thinking about leaving made her relatively short on one side but with a “get a little dust in my eyes, you know 10-foot-or-more drop overlooking the what I mean?” Deaner said. But she said runners on the other. it’s time for her and her husband, Dick, With less than 2 feet of room to mato travel, do more volunteering, and foneuver atop the wall, the 66-year-old cus on being “Old Dad” and “Grandbroke into jumping jacks. She hula mag” for their six grandchildren. hooped. She did knee bends. Her profound impact on children is As some of the parents cringed above, illuminated each year in the 1-mile Fun the kids below just looked up and folRun, a parent-driven event that raises lowed her movements. They’re used to funds for the center’s Wardlaw School, a
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Teacher Maggie Deaner does one last warmup atop a high brick wall before the 1-mile Fun Run. Deaner, 66, is retiring to travel, volunteer and focus on her six grandchildren.
program for children with dyslexia and other language-based learning disabilities. Beginning with six weeks of incremental training and meticulously charted progress, the Fun Run is not a onetime event but an experience with year-round impact, said Comer Yates, the Atlanta Speech School’s executive director. “It’s not just about showing up and giving it your best that morning. It’s about getting better every day,” Yates said. “It’s a victory lap for these children who have worked so hard in all they’ve done here.” Parent Deborah Blase, who chaired the event with parent Tina Reese Blitch, said Deaner teaches kids to aim for short-range and long-range goals. “With that planning, preparation and practice, they can do anything,” Blase said. Katie Robinson, 9, provides living proof. “At the beginning of the training, I couldn’t run around a lot,” Katie said, “but at the end of Fun Run training, I ran a mile!” “She inspires me,” said Avery Grace Messner, 11. “She encourages me to do stuff and makes me feel good when I do it. She cheers me on.” The students got to cheer on their teacher at the recent annual Fun Run Tshirt reveal. Assisted behind the scenes, Deaner once again managed to put on the Tshirt from every previous Fun Run, including the 2015 shirt. The students chanted her name as the shirts were pulled off, one by one, down to this year’s tie-dyed shirt and an extra one slipped on by her sneaky T-shirt assistants — a “We (heart) Ms. Maggie!” shirt. Deaner took her bow by springing into not one, but two cartwheels. Yates said Deaner is “a force of nature” who is devoted to the school community. “She has more goodwill and more will than maybe anybody I’ve ever met in my life,” he said.
The petite human dynamo is at the YMCA every weekday morning by 5:30 a.m. for swimming or boot camp exercise. Deaner said she’s always been an ‘outside’ person, adding, “I always got an A in recess.” She was a graduate student at the University of Tennessee when she learned about the job at the Atlanta Speech School, a place at which both her mother and aunt had volunteered. When she started work there, most of the school’s children were hearing impaired and she couldn’t understand them. But by the end of two months, teachers were coming to her to ask her what their students were saying, Deaner said. Children say they love her, and parents have a tough time talking about her leaving. Many of the alumni who joined in the Fun Run were parents of children who are now in Deaner’s classes. Mary Reed, 40, one among that number, calls Deaner “the spirit of the school.” “She hasn’t changed since the first day,” Reed said. An active volunteer at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Deaner is known for being the first to give birthday cards to her coworkers at school. She insists that her students learn names rather than refer to each other as “that boy” or “that girl.” Her reason: “I just think you need to make a new friend every day.” nty r r a f™ a r w P r o o ler ye a a 15 - Stain nt Se r e n fo a m sed Pe r
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Schools honor top academic achievers The school year has ended and high schools have awarded hard-earned diplomas and other honors to hundreds of young men and women. During most graduation ceremonies, a select few students are recognized as the top academic performers in their schools by being named the valedictorians and salutatorians for their classes. Here are the 2015 honorees from public and private high schools in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Atlanta Girls’ School
Valedictorian Sydney Knight
Salutatorian Priya Arya
Atlanta International School
Valedictorian David Robinson
Salutatorian Matias Ferandel
Chamblee Charter High
Valedictorian Archer Gordon
Valedictorian Kavi Pandian
Valedictorian Audrey Benson
Salutatorian Catriona Geddes
The Lovett School
Valedictorian Mary Winslow Anderson
Salutatorian Melissa Houghton
Salutatorian Swapnil Agrawal
Salutatorian Jose Hernandez
Salutatorian Brandon Jackson
Valedictorian Myriam Shehata
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Valedictorian Abigail Joy Askew
Salutatorian Shengjie “Jack” Bian
Cross Keys High
Holy Innocents’ Episcopal
Valedictorian Claire Kelsey
Salutatorian Carlin Zaprowski
Valedictorian Raul Perez
Salutatorian Bao Truong
Holy Spirit Preparatory High
Valedictorian Meredith Jones
Salutatorian Alexis Wilkinson
Mount Vernon Presbyterian
Valedictorian Katherine Ward
Salutatorian Hannah Zenas
North Atlanta High
Valedictorian Kendall De Laria
North Springs Charter High
Salutatorian Robert Leon
Valedictorian Madhu Baskaran
Salutatorian Lucas Capps
Valedictorian Mark Grenader
St. Pius X Catholic High
Riverwood International Charter
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Atlanta ofﬁcers act as liaisons to LGBT community BY CLARE S. RICHIE Since 2002, two Atlanta police officers have served in the department’s LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Liaison Unit, which seeks to promote communication and cooperation between police and residents who are openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. It’s a busy job. The liaisons – Courtney Murphy and Eric King – provide information and follow up on suspected LGBT hate crimes or bias incidents. To deal with other situations that target the LGBT community, such as cyber dating, they host public safety talks. They also conduct diversity training for oﬃcers from the APD, other local jurisdictions and international groups. Equally important, the LGBT Unit is there to listen to residents. The oﬃcers meet with business owners, residents and community activists, and also partner with local groups, such as the Rush Center, Someone Cares and Lostn-Found Youth, that work with mem-
bers of the LGBT community. “We take time to listen to their concerns and reach outside the box for solutions,” said Oﬃcer Murphy. “Our successes include increased communication between the LGBT community and APD, events that benefit the LGBT community, and reaching LGBT youth in need of help.” In March, after members of the LGBT community voiced concerns about the diﬃculty some transgender individuals have finding a job, the LGBT liaisons joined with Someone Cares to host a LGBT-friendly resume workshop and job fair. Prior to the fair, prospective employers participated in a training session to learn about being transgender, what is OK and not OK to ask someone in transition and, most importantly, that “being transgender doesn’t mean you can’t perform job duties like everyone else.” Vendors at the job fair included
Buckhead Police Blotter From police reports dated May 3 through 16.
phone. The robber was last seen running toward the left of the building with the driver’s brown tri-fold wallet and Apple iPhone 6 plus. 2300
block of Marietta Boulevard— On May 7, an attempted carjacking was reported outside a retail store. A driver was backing into a parking space when a man opened his door and said, “You know what this is.” The driver grabbed his gun, ordered the man out of his vehicle, and held him face down on the ground at gunpoint until police arrived and arrested him.
The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.
ROBBERY block of Coronet Way—On May 6, a man appeared from around the corner of an apartment building and pointed a semi-automatic pistol at the head of one of two delivery people. The gunman ordered the delivery people to empty their pockets. One delivery man placed his cellphone and wallet on the ground, and then the two ran oﬀ. They saw the gunman opening and rummaging through the cab portion of a vehicle.
AMC, Atlanta Hawks, Best Buy, Home Depot, Delia’s Chicken Sausage, Atlanta Fire, APD and others. In response to the increasing number of Atlanta youth suicides, the police department produced a video in 2012 called “It Gets Better.” In the video, openly gay oﬃcers, lieutenants, sergeants, detectives, majors and deputy chiefs shared their “coming out” stories and provided encouragement for youth facing the same issues. The LGBT Liaisons next will train Atlanta Public Schools district staﬀ and then school-level staﬀ on ways to talk with LGBT students. “So kids have someone at each school to go to who knows how to advise them and their families so they feel safe and supported,” Murphy said. Plans also include starting a mentorship program with LGBT police and firefighters as mentors. “We are trying to do a lot,” Murphy said. “It takes time to make changes, but we are on our way, and ahead of a lot of places already.”
block of Adams Drive—On May 4, a man opened the driver’s side door of a vehicle and held a knife to the driver’s neck, demanding money. The victim told the suspect he didn’t have any money, but oﬀered his wallet. The robber grabbed the wallet and demanded the driver’s cell-
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block of Pharr Road—On May 8, a strong-arm robbery was reported after a man showed up at an apartment complex and started a fight with a resident, who was holding his newborn as he opened the door. The suspect then went to the newborn’s mother’s workplace in the
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block of Garson Drive—On May 2, a woman was walking toward her apartment complex when a dark-colored Lexus pulled up, a man exited and asked for a cigarette. When she responded “No,” the man reached for her pants pocket and they struggled. The man was able to remove her silver wallet that contained an ID, Social Security card, debit and credit card. The man attempted to take her necklace, but was unsuccessful. A Samsung Galaxy Avant cellphone also was taken. A female driver yelled “Ishmael, you don’t need to be doing that, you live around here” at the suspect. The woman’s face was scratched, and she had a bite mark on her upper right arm, but she refused treatment.
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whom had a handgun, approached people sitting in a car and ordered them to get on the ground. The attackers took wallets and cellphones and ran oﬀ. 2200
block of Marietta Boulevard— A security guard was watching a generator when two men approached from behind and said, “Hey man, what you got in your pockets? Give it up. Give it up.” When he said he did not have anything, one of the men pointed a small black gun, possibly a 9mm, at him and pulled the trigger. The gun clicked as if it was jammed or unloaded. At that point, the victim started to run. When he looked back, he saw the men were running in opposite directions.
block of Marietta Boulevard—A car was rear-ended while driving and the dropped stopped his vehicle to check for damages. Two men got out of a Ford Explorer Sport. One held a black handgun (possibly a .22 or .380). A third man remained in the car. They demanded the victims’ wallets, cellphones and keys. One suspect attempted to take the car, but panicked when he could not release the emergency brake. A witness recorded the encounter and gave the victim his memory card.
block of Sequoyah Drive—A man saw a burglary in progress and tried to take a picture of the tag on the burglar’s car. A man walked over, opened his door, grabbed the cellphone and punched the man in the arm. The suspects were last seen in a blue sedan.
block of Roswell Road—A man was walking home when he was ap-
proached by three men, who all said “run it.” They assaulted the victim, taking his Batman back pack that contained vehicle and house keys. The backpack was later located lying in the middle of the street by a patrol unit canvassing the area.
ing to the police oﬃcer. A struggle ensued and the oﬃcer Tased the suspect while attempting to take him into custody. The oﬃcer noted the suspect spoke in broken sentences, mumbled and continually said, “You’d better shake me hand.”
block of Irby Avenue—An attendant was moving signs when a man in a silver Mitsubishi Outlander said he wanted to park and produced a $100 bill. When the victim pulled money from his pocket to give the driver change, he pulled a black semi-automatic weapon and demanded “Give me the money.” A second man, armed with a silver handgun, approached from the other side and said “Gimmie, gimmie, gimmie.” The driver snatched $480 in cash from the attendant’s hand. block of Lenox Road—People driving into their apartment complex gate saw a red 1997 Nissan Altima following them in. Once they parked, two men, one armed with a black handgun, jumped out and robbed them of an Apple iPhone 6, credit cards, an ID, license, Samsung phone and an Apple iPhone. The second suspect rifled through the victims’ vehicle while the other suspect held them at gunpoint.
block of Peachtree Road—A man at a mall approached another man and continually asked him to shake his hand. When he refused, the man said “Give it up,” and, “I’m about to take all you have,” before striking him. The two fought over a bag, and the victim was able to break free and run. The suspect was spotted walking across the street as the victim was speak-
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block of Morosgo Drive—A man entered a gas station, went behind the counter armed with knives in both hands and said, “You all know what time it is.” An employee was able to run the suspect out the store without incident. He has entered the business before and is known to employees.
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man approached him and pointed a “machine-type” gun at him. When he threatened to call the police, the gunman responded “he would [expletive deleted] the police up.” 3600
block of Tuxedo Road—Patrol units responded to a “shots fired” call and found two women who said they were talking outside when they saw two men run from the woods at Woodhaven Road. The women said the men mumbled some words and fired three shots. The first woman was able to jump into the passenger seat and the two left from the scene. They followed behind the suspects, who were last seen running toward a car heading toward Tuxedo Road. No shell casings were recovered.
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block of Coronet Way—A man was sitting on his porch when another
block of 26th Street—A front door to an apartment was kicked in and a 50-inch flat-screen TV, a PlayStation 3 console, a PlayStation 4 console, a set of wedding rings and an laptop were taken. Two additional burglaries were reported in apartment units in the same complex. From one, five Michael Kors bags, a bracelet, a 60-inch Samsung Smart TV and a PlayStation 4 game console were taken. From the second apartment, a FNS 9mm pistol, a 1974 revolver, a Marlin .22-caliber rifle with ammunition, two Airsoft guns, an Xbox Game Console with controllers, approximately 700 Euros in a wallet, a necklace, a Chrome Book, an Apple iPad, an Asus laptop and a Nikon Camera were taken. The victim phoned to advise his Xbox was tracked to a location by Microsoft.
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