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Jessica Encarnacion, left, with Monserrat Reyes-Rubio, are all smiles as they prepare for the Cross Keys High School commencement ceremony in Adams Stadium on May 22. See additional graduation photos from area public and private schools on pages 18-19.

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Let the political dance begin. The appointment of former Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven) to a DeKalb County judgeship created an opening for a new state lawmaker to represent District 80, which covers most of Brookhaven and parts of Sandy Springs and Chamblee. A special election is scheduled for July 14. The race to succeed Jacobs could result in changes at City Hall. Candidates officially file with the Secretary of State’s office from June 1 through 3 to run in the special election for the District 80 seat. After the announcement of Jacobs’ appointment, three candidates quickly announced they planned to run for the seat – lawyer Taylor Bennett; lawyer Catherine Bernard, who ran against Jacobs in 2014; and lawyer and Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis. Davis’ candidacy will start a game of poliical musical chairs at City Hall. Once Davis files to run for the House seat, he must resign as mayor, Brookhaven City Attorney Tom Kurrie said. Davis announced during the Brookhaven SEE ELECTION, PAGE 4

Residents give input on bike, trail pathways BY TIM DARNELL More than 100 people turned out in Lynwood Park on May 19 to give their opinions on Brookhaven’s plans to develop bike and pedestrian trails throughout the city. “Where in Brookhaven do you want to go?” Richard Fangmann, an engineer with Pond and Company, asked the group. “That’s what this meeting is all about, getting your first comments and input into this process. “This is a starting point for us.” Brookhaven has a $96,000 contract with Pond and Company to develop a comprehensive bicycle, pedestrian and trail plan for the city. The project’s focus will be developing a map for future development as well as a prioritized list of feasible and cost-effective projects. The meeting was the first in a series of community input sessions. “This huge turnout is evidence that transit and pedestrian issues are important to us,” said District 3 City Councilman Bates Mattison, whose district includes Lynwood Park. “The results of this effort will give us a clear path as to what

future steps we need to take.” Residents first had the chance to prioritize projects, such as bike paths, sidewalks and multi-use trails, on a series of maps. Attendees then participated in a series of workshops with Pond and Company personnel to further what the community wants in terms of bike and pedestrian paths and trails. “Our goals are to gain a variety of perspective on bike paths for both kids and adults, and running and walking trails,” Fangmann said. “I was at the recent Brookhaven Bolt, and I was amazed at how many people were in attendance. It shows how much this community is engaged in walking and running activities. “And we want to develop ways of integrating biking, walking and running into our overall transit plan.” Mattison said Brookhaven has many thoroughfares — such as North Druid Hills, Clairmont, Peachtree and Ashford-Dunwoody roads — that are clogged by commuters SEE BROOKHAVEN, PAGE 4

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Julie Minor gives her son Pierce, 3, some cheering help while he encourages his dad Richard, running in the eighth annual Brookhaven Bolt on May 16. All proceeds from the 5K race go to Ashford Park Elementary School.


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During a luncheon sponsored by the both the state (second) and the counDunwoody Chamber of Commerce, try (ninth). “I’m nothing but a big landDeKalb-Peachtree Airport’s (PDK) Inlord,” Evans said. “The airport is an enterim General Manager Mario Evans adterprise fund for the county; we generate dressed the past, present and future of money.” the airport and its relationship with the According to PDK’s financial resurrounding community. cords, the airport’s budget was more Earlier this month, four people died than $12.9 million last year, which inafter a small aircraft took off from PDK cluded a $5 million operating cost. and collided with a highway barrier durGeneral tax funds do not support the ing a forced landing attempt on I-285, airport, so Evans relies on convincing according to the preliminary report relocal business and political leaders that leased by the NaPDK is an investtional Transportation ment in the commuSafety Board. nity. “The only reason why it “The only reaHaving a highson why it was pub- was publicized is because ly popular and funclicized is because you you don’t hear about tioning general aviadon’t hear about air- airline crashes that often.” tion airport helps the line crashes that ofmetro Atlanta area ten,” Evans told the attract what he called luncheon crowd on “surge events,” such – MARIO EVANS May 26. PDK INTERIM GENERAL MANAGER as professional sports Reaction from loAll-Star games and cal residents has been the NCAA’s Final one of concern and Four he said. worry that Evans described as “the sky is But the taking off of PDK financially falling” panic. “There’s nothing falling,” does not mean everyone is along for the he said. “Aviation is one of the safest inride. Nearby residents have expressed dustries, transportation wise. The last faconcerns about the noise level, and distality that I know of is back in ‘78 that approval of the usage of surrounding happened here at PDK.” property that some Brookhaven resiThe NTSB has said the investigation dents want to become a public park. of the fatal crash may take up to a year to “The culprit behind the noise is the conclude, and Evans is confident PDK older technology aircrafts that will be will be absolved of any blame. phased out at the end of 2015,” Evans “The only thing that directly links assured, citing a government mandate. PDK to the crash is As for the properthat he [the pilot] ty contention, Evans had bought 20 galFor related commentary sees that as a misreplons of fuel here,” Evresentation of PDK’s see page 6 ans said. “And that land. The Federwasn’t enough to inal Aviation Adminisfect his tank.” tration granted PDK Evans spent a majority of the lunpermission to sell the area, but only if it cheon highlighting PDK’s growing ecosold at fair market value. nomic transformation. PDK ranks, he “That area that the citizens call ‘green said, in the top 10 in terms of busiest space’ is a runway protection zone for general aviation (everything but milithe airport,” Evans said. “We have eight tary and commercial planes) airports in of them around the airport.”

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New DeKalb city would operate with a surplus, study says BY TIM DARNELL Supporters of a city of LaVista Hills say a new UGA study shows their proposed municipality could provide better services than DeKalb County without a tax increase, and with a surplus to boot. “We know there is enough of a tax base in this community to provide an economic revival through cityhood,” said Allen Venet, chairman of LaVista Hills Yes. “From our perspective, we absolutely expected the study to prove what we’ve been advocating.” On May 15, the Carl Vinson Institute of the University of Georgia released a feasibility study showing a city of LaVista Hills could operate with a $1.7 million surplus while providing police, parks, planning, zoning, business development and road maintenance. The study found that a city of LaVista Hills would include: • 67,444 people (64.5 percent white, 16.9 percent black, and 15.8 percent Hispanic) • A median income of $59,200 • A poverty level of 14 percent • 439 miles of roads • 50 acres of parks • $34,488,546 in annual expenses • $36,903,971 in annual revenue

The city’s largest budget expenses would be for police services, at $9.9 million, and public works at $3.3 million. Voters in the proposed city’s boundaries will vote on Nov. 3 whether to incorporate. If passed, LaVista Hills would hold its first municipal elections on the same day as Georgia’s 2016 presidential primary. The city’s first official day of operations would be July 1, 2016. LaVista Hills Yes is also soliciting donations to help get their pro-cityhood message out. “We’re a volunteer group devoted to cityhood; it’s a good idea for us and DeKalb County, and we need money for yard signs, mailings and town hall meetings,” Venet said. The new study adopted significantly more conservative spending projections than previous studies. It assumes an increased police force of 104 officers, which will represent a three-fold increase in the number of officers on patrol in LaVista Hills. The study also assumed much lower HOST tax credit revenues for the city, consistent with new HOST legislation and the reduction in HOST proceeds allocation.

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he said. Brookhaven has a $153,000 contract with Heath and Lineback Engineers to develop the plan, he added. Brookhaven’s bike and trail efforts won’t be realized overnight, Fangmann said. “Our overall recommendations are anticipated to identify improvements that can be implemented over several years and will be short-, mid- and longterm efforts,” he said. “Our next steps are some more community input sessions, and then bring back to the public some streamlined recommendations by the end of the summer, and then a more finalized set of recommendations by November.”

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Kurrie said. If they do choose one of their own, the next step can get complicated. If the council chooses one of the two sitting council members with more than a year remaining in their terms – Councilmen Joe Gebbia or John Park – then a special election will be called to fill that councilor’s seat, Kurrie said. But if they choose one of the council members with less than a year remaining in office – Williams or Councilman Bates Mattison – then the new mayor will appoint his or her own replacement, Kurrie said. Stay tuned.

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PCIDs propose bike, car lanes The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts propose widening PeachtreeDunwoody Road as it goes under I-285 in order to add new bicySPECIAL cle and car lanes. The proposed new configuration of “Getting the exPeachtree-Dunwoody Road, looktra space under that ing north as it passes beneath I-285. bridge does a lot of ing to I-285. great things,” said Jennifer Harper, proThe bike path could tie into the bike gram director for the PCIDs. path planned as part of the redesign and I-285 now crosses four lanes of reconstruction of the Ga. 400/I-285 interPeachtree-Dunwoody. The PCIDs’ plan section. would remove dirt to expand the area beThe project could be completed as soon neath the I-285 bridge and create two as the end of 2017, if accelerated funds can new car lanes and a bicycle path. Under be found. Using traditional road constructhe plan, Peachtree-Dunwoody would tion funds, the project would be complethave two southbound lanes, two northed by early 2019, according to the PCIDs. bound lanes and two turning lanes lead--Joe Earle

City approves offices, apartments in Ashford Green

Despite residents’ concerns about traffic and the possibility of added children crowding their neighborhood school, members of Brookhaven City Council on May 26 unanimously approved development of 777,000 square feet of offices and 300 apartments at Ashford Green in the Perimeter area. Several council members said the project, which the city has been considering for two years, was the sort of development that fit in the Perimeter area. “Growth is coming and I think we can better manage growth with situations like this,” Councilman Joe Gebbia said.

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DeKalb holds title on PDK’s undeveloped land There’s been a lot of interest in the current status and longrange outlook for DeKalb-Peachtree Airport’s Runway 9/27 Runway Protection Zone, which is 32 acres located opposite the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant west of Clairmont Road. Most recently, the airport responded to a deliberately publicized effort by private citizens to facilitate unauthorized access to the property by posting the property against trespassing. Here’s some history, current facts and possibilities for the land’s future use. First and foremost, the runway protection zone, known as “the RPZ,” is and has always been part of the airport since it was a Naval Air Station in WWII. The undeveloped land was reserved to provide a crash zone for aircraft using RW 9/27, the “crosswind runway” which was perpendicular to the airport’s main runways. After the war, the Feds transferred the airport property, known as PDK, to DeKalb County to serve civil aviation. In 2013, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the closure of RW 9/27, recognizing its obsolescence. Since that time, the old runway has been converted to hangar space, allowing more aircraft to “base” at PDK, and pay local property taxes. The runway closure makes the RPZ likewise obsolete, but it remains part of the airfield. Because the FAA requires that airport assets continue to serve aviation purposes or be sold at market value for airport benefit, the property’s future must include compensation to PDK for its market value. As most neighbors know, the property was not actively managed while it functioned as a crash zone. Zoned “industrial,” the Clairmont frontage was intermittently leased to hauling companies, until noise complaints induced termination of such uses. More recently, the city of Brookhaven suggested the property for their paving operation, and the county accommodated. At no time has recreation been a permitted use of the property, though neighbors may have taken the liberty to walk the site. Most recently, an unsanctioned group of people invited the media to accompany them onto the RPZ to document efforts to make recreational improvement there. This overt trespass compelled the county to post the property so that there could be no misunderstanding of the property’s legal function and restrictions. What’s in store for the RPZ? Clearly, it is ending its aviation use. The county must obtain a market price in any sale; the property is not subject to state laws allowing for transfer to the city as a park. But beyond those parameters, there’s really a lot of flexibility. The northwest corner of the property near Ninth Street is a rugged, forested valley suitable for passive green space, under city management.

The Clairmont frontage is filled and disturbed, and could serve North DeKalb residents as a county Service Center, including a new tag office, freeing up the current Dresden Drive location for more of the urban development that has been so successful there. The Clairmont frontage could additionally accommodate a recreational facility to serve the many children that JEFF live nearby. RADER There’s also likely room for private development. The county has GUEST COLUMN some flexibility to facilitate public uses, including “owner financing” of a sale to a public or nonprofit partner. Any non-governmental use would be subject to Brookhaven zoning controls. One important caveat is that the ultimate decisions on the future use of the land must be made by your elected representatives in the open with public notice and stakeholder input. DeKalb County holds title, and there are rules and restrictions, but still a lot of opportunity. Government ownership of the site gives us options to do differently than a private owner would, but it doesn’t make an optimal solution any less complex. DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader represents District 2, which includes a portion of Brookhaven.

Citizens want to preserve nearly 30 acres of woodland near DeKalb-Peachtree Airport.

On the record Read these articles from our other editions online at ReporterNewspapers.net. “A lot of people are interested in connecting by bicycle. The more people we can get to work [by bike], the fewer cars we’ve got on the streets.” --Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, on a planned extension of PATH400 through the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange.

“I’ll text one day for an egg and the next day I’ll get a text, ‘Do you have half a cup of sour cream?’ We just have our kids run it across the street to them.” --Lyndsey Pearson on her Georgetown neighborhood in Dunwoody.

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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.

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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,

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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 nancz@yahoo.com 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-

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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

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Summer Sing-Along Thursday, June 18, 10:15-10:45 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m. – These interactive ses-

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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.

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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 globug23@bellsouth.net, or call 770-956-7734.

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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

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Salutatorian Shengjie “Jack” Bian

Cross Keys High

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Brandon Hall

Salutatorian Carlin Zaprowski

Valedictorian Raul Perez

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Holy Spirit Preparatory High

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Salutatorian Alexis Wilkinson

Mount Vernon Presbyterian

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North Springs Charter High

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Local officers train to deal with ‘active shooters’ BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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After gunmen repeatedly have killed people in public places across the country, local police departments regularly train officers for “active shooter” situations. Sandy Springs police plan to convert a warehouse into a training facility where officers can learn ways to respond to an armed assailant. City officials recently agreed to set up the facility for the department’s training and to allow other lo-

cal police departments to use it. In a memo to the city manager, Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone described an “active shooter” as an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. “Whether it’s the FedEx facility across the river in Cobb County or an active shooter that happened in the food court of

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real-life situations,” Dunwoody police spokesman Officer Tim Fecht said. Bohannon compared the training to a vaccination because the live scenarios are set up to prepare officers for the worse situations they could possibly encounter. “What we’re doing is we try to stressinoculate people, so basically we’re trying to put you in a scenario where you’re overly stressed,” Bohannon said. Nino said once a team of at least four officers (one to watch front, rear, left and right) is assembled in a diamond formation, they enter a building in an attempt to stop the threat and find survivors. “We obviously use protective gear around our heads and faces,” Nino said. “If areas of the body are exposed, like the hands and arms, get hit with those rounds, it could leave a nice, strawberryred bruise.” Bohannon and Nino agree that “active shooter” training isn’t standard and not all cities have access to funding or space to prepare. “The guns and rounds are expensive, and we’re fortunate enough to have this equipment to practice as close to realworld as possible,” Bohannon said. The environment gives commanders a good idea as to how officers will react under real pressure and stress, Bohannon said. By putting them through training that involves loud sounds, dark places and role players yelling and screaming, officers learn to cope with strong feelings and emotions, he added. “Instead of sitting in a classroom talking about ‘what if,’ we actually put you in that situation,” Bohannon said.

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Brookhaven Police Blotter From police reports dated May 9-21.

12, theft was reported.  2900 block of Clairmont Road—On May

12, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizens Portal Event Search website and is presumed accurate.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On May 14, theft was reported.

ROBBERY block of Curtis Drive—On May 10, a robbery in the street with a cutting instrument was reported.

 1800

 3200

block of Buford Highway—On May 12, a robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On May 16, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

 3600

block of Buford Highway—On May 17, a robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

BURGLARY  3000 block of Oglethorpe Way—On May

11, burglary was reported at a residence.

 100

block of Lincoln Court Avenue— On May 12, burglary or a residence was reported.

 1700 block of Bragg Street—On May 12,

burglary was reported.

 3400 block of Waddeston Way—On May

14, burglary was reported at a residence.

 2000

block of Wrights Mill Circle—On May 18, burglary was reported at a residence.

 2900 block of Clairmont Road—On May

18, a burglary was reported at a residence.

 3200 block of Buford highway—On May  1100 block of Town Boulevard—On May

18, burglary was reported at a residence.

AUTO THEFT  4000

block of Peachtree Road—On May 13, theft by taking auto was reported.

 1800 block of North Druid Hills Road—

On May 14, theft of other vehicles was reported.

 400 block of Lincoln Court Avenue—On

May 15, theft by taking auto was reported.

 300

block of Brookhaven Avenue—On May 16, theft by taking auto was reported.

 3700

block of Buford Highway—On May 16, theft by taking auto was reported.

THEFT/LARCENY  1500

block of Rivers Edge Trail—On May 10, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 900 block of Lincoln Court Avenue—On

May 11, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1600 block of Berkford Court—On May

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 4400 block of Peachtree Road—On May

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 2400

block of Briarcliff Road—On May 15, theft was reported.

 2000 block of North Druid Hills Road—

On May 15, shoplifting was reported.

 2800

block of Buford Highway—On May 15, theft was reported.

 1500

block of Lake Hearn Drive—On May 16, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported.

 2000

block of Burton Plaza Lane—On May 16, theft was reported.

 2100

block of Wrights Mill Circle—On May 17, theft was reported.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On May 18, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported and an arrest was made for possession of tools for the commission of a crime. block of Buford Highway—On May 18, shoplifting was reported.

A suspect is in custody pending rape charges connected with an attack that took place along Buford Highway in Brookhaven on April 24, police say. The Opelika Police Department, in Lee County, Alabama, arrested Roberto Gaona-Pina, 39, at a convenience store on May 21. Brookhaven detectives have been working with Opelika police since the rape occurred. Distribution of Gaona-Pina’s photograph led to his arrest, Brookhaven spokesman Carlos Nino said in a press release. Gaona-Pina is being held at the Lee County Sheriff Office awaiting extradition to Georgia. rests were made for theft by taking.

 3000

 100

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 1900 block of North Druid Hills Road—

On May 19, theft was reported and two ar-

ASSAULT  4100

block of Tripple Creek Court—On May 9, battery was reported; On May 13, an arrest was made for battery.

 3500

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