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New PATH to be included in Ga. 400/I-285 project BY JOE EARLE

State and local government officials say they have worked out a way to pay for an extension of PATH400 through the Ga. 400/I285 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 SEE NEW PATH, PAGE 20


Riverwood International Charter School’s Salutatorian, Caroline Albright, shows excitement during her speech at the school’s 42nd commencement held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on May 21. See additional graduation photos from area public and private high schools on pages 18-19.

‘Operation Vittles’ lifted Berlin residents after war It was his job. That’s how Vernon Whitman describes his ber 1948, he and his squadron were ordered to Germany to part in the Berlin Airlift. join the airlift supplying Berlin. Others may recall the 14-month airlift as one of the great After World War II, the allied victors had divided Germainternational showdowns of the Cold War or as a signal huny and its former capital, Berlin, into zones. In Berlin, the manitarian effort, but Whitman remembers it a Soviets controlled the eastern zone and the U.S., different way. It was simply his assignment as a British and French each controlled a section in young Navy pilot. the west. But Berlin stood 100 miles inside the AROUND “It was a job they were doing and they had portion of Germany set aside for Soviet control, TOWN to have people to do it,” the 90-year-old retired and the Soviets felt the entire city should all be Delta Air Lines pilot said as he sat in the den of under their sway. JOE EARLE his Sandy Springs home one recent day. To try to force a change, the Soviets closed “You really didn’t feel like you were fighting rail and road access to Berlin, cutting it off from the Russians. It was a humanitarian thing. You outside supplies. The western allies responded just felt sorry for the people who were being starved out.” with the airlift. A nonstop line of supply planes flew loads In 1947, Whitman was part of a Navy transport unit staof food, coal and other necessities from Frankfort to Berlin. tioned in Guam. He flew a plane the Navy called a R5D, a The Americans nicknamed the mission “Operation Vittles.” military plane similar to the commercial DC-4. In NovemSEE ‘OPERATION VITTLES’, PAGE 5


Hammond Park was the site of the fifth annual “National Kids to Parks Day” on May 16. Above, Matthew Demps, 9, navigates the obstacle course while Marguerite Rippy, back, coaches participants.


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As a boy, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul didn’t get his honey from a store. His grandfather tracked feral bees to hollowed-out trees to reap the honey. “He was a true outdoorsman,” the mayor said. By the time Paul was 12, he said his father invested in bees to provide honey for the family. “My dad bought five beehives from a beekeeper and it was my responsibility to maintain and check on the hives,” Paul said. Much has changed since Paul was a boy, and some of those changes renewed Paul’s interest in his childhood chore. “Honey bees have come under more threats,” he said, explaining that Colony Collapse Disorder and diseases have devastated the bee population. “So, I’ve taken a greater interest in [beekeeping].” About five or six years ago, Paul bought a colony or two for his Alabama cabin. All of his bees survived the winter this year for the first time. So he decided to install a new colony in Sandy Springs’ Lost Corner Park. “A great opportunity exists in urban beekeeping,” he said. Paul put the honey-makers in a fenced-off area of the city park in May. He said bees’ ability to pollinate fruits and vegetables directly affects Sandy Springs residents’ quality of life. “The addition of the hives to Lost Corner is a win-win all around. The bees get a cozy place to stay, the environment benefits from the pollination and our human residents are able to observe the marvelous world of bees,” he said. The president of the Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association, Cindy Hodges of Dunwoody, agrees that bees are crucial. “The importance here is that the bees are like the ‘canary in the coal mine,’” she said. “If they have issues, then it


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won’t be long before we do, too.” Educating people about bees is at the heart of the mayor’s initiative and the city will plan educational programs in the future. “First it’s about establishing the colony, then, when it’s strong enough, we’ll offer formalized classes of maybe two or three people at a time and show them the basics,” Paul said. While not expected to produce large quantities of honey, Paul said his newest residents likely will provide “sweet reward” in time for next year’s harvest. But “nobody’s trying to sell honey commercially,” Paul said. Bees act as a group, a super organism, and they only have two goals in life, Hodges said. One is to get enough nectar and pollen—enough food—to get them through the winter and the second is to reproduce. “Honey bees are not dangerous at all unless you invade their hive,” Paul said. He added that he can go an entire year dealing with 200,000 honey bees, and not get stung. Information on classes for educating “junior beekeepers” and adults can be found at

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COMMUNITY Study to determine need for new interchange City officials plan to finance a study to determine whether a new interchange is needed on I-285 to handle commuter trafB RIEFS fic and cars headed to and from the planned Braves stadium in Cobb County. The city plans to include $450,000 in its 2016 budget for the study. “It’s a study to look at whether a new interchange on the west side of the Chattahoochee River at Powers Ferry would help manage Braves traffic” and also would alleviate commuter traffic that now uses Riverside Drive in Sandy Springs, Mayor Rusty Paul said.

Firm selected for performing arts center City Council has selected Global Spectrum, an international venue management firm, to oversee operations for the public areas of its planned City Center, including the performing arts center, family theater, meeting space and park. The company, based in Philadelphia, oversees more than 130 public assembly facilities around the country, and nearly 24 million people attended events in its venues last year, the city said. Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, which operates in 48 states and owns the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, the city said. “We are creating a sense of place in our downtown area, and the experience, our ability to maintain activity there at varying times of the day, is a critical factor in the project’s success,” Mayor Rusty Paul said in a press release.

City begins draining lake A lake in an area shared by both the cities of Sandy Springs and Atlanta, on Lake Forrest Drive, is being drained because the dam creating it is unsafe, Sandy Springs city officials said May 19. The lake will be reduced up to 50 percent of its capacity, as the cities of Sandy Springs and Atlanta negotiate an agreement over the needed repairs.

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Left, Vernon Whitman behind the controls of the R5D military plane he flew during the Berlin Airlift after WWII. Right, Whitman flew in a similar plane last March, courtesy of the Berlin Airlift Historical Association.

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The airlift carried more than 2.3 million tons of supplies into Berlin, according to 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 had to survive,” he said. “People were 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

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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 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 are part of a greater 2008 Atlanta City Council-approved 20-year master plan for the park. The plan, available for download in its entirety at www., 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

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To the editor: Did you feel that target land on you today? If you live on Northridge and points north to the river, you have been targeted for removal by the mayor and his merry men on the Economic Development Board. This group of 1-percenters has decided that that land has too much value for the likes of you and should be leveled and upgraded. All that land along the river would be just great for the tourists they want to bring to Sandy Springs. Did you think that “public/private” meant anything about actual people who live in the Sandy Springs? No, the city is for all the hypothetical peo-

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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 ROSA conservancy’s board of directors, McHUGH several Atlanta family foundations, the city of Atlanta, local businessGUEST COLUMN es 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.

ple who are going to come here. Did you think that “public/private” meant homeowners? Voters? Well, the joke is on you. Big wrong! The mayor and his chorus of yes men (the councilmen) do not represent you unless you are going to put big money down on the table. Call me naive, but I voted to become a city so that we would have a say in the destiny of our city, that we would have control of land use locally, and our neighbors, who we would elect, would act on the wishes of the homeowners and taxpayers, and that we would control the destiny of Sandy Springs.

Boy, was I wrong, and I apologize to any and all that I asked to vote for cityhood. And, I caution all that have bought the propaganda put out by the city that our model of government is the way to go. I will tell you, in my experience, and I attend most of the city meetings, that this is not the way to go. There is no one looking out for you and me except in a perfunctory way or to get your vote. Follow the money. We have gone from the Golden Ghetto to the Platinum Ghetto, and we are for sale. And, in the interest of business, get the hell out of the way, because our way of life here, the goose that laid the golden eggs, is being squeezed for everything she has got, and she is going to get choked to death with her own success. Patty Berkovitz

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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-


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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1160 Hammond Apartments recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Attending, from left, Alvin Hicks, Kyle Fraim, Alexis Hollis, Erin Ross, Laura Hill, Chad Buckles, Marvin Cox and Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Tom Mahaffey. The complex has 345 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments with high-end finishes.

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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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 or call 770-394-8492.

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Ice Cream Social Saturday, June 7, 12:15-2 p.m. – The

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 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, email 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, email programs@ 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 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 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, go online to, 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 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 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 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 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

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, email, 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 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

Dunwoody High

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

Marist School

Valedictorian Myriam Shehata

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Valedictorian Abigail Joy Askew

Salutatorian Shengjie “Jack” Bian

Cross Keys High

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal

Valedictorian Claire Kelsey

Brandon Hall

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

Valedictorian Carolyn Stanek

Pace Academy

Salutatorian Caroline Albright

Valedictorian Connor Huddleston

Salutatorian Erin Rawls

The Weber School

Salutatorian Nina Patronis

Valedictorian Ilan Palte

Valedictorian Bonnie Simonoff

Salutatorian Samantha Leff

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New PATH to be included in Ga. 400/I-285 project CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 through the intersection as part of the of trails, including Atlanta’s BeltLine, huge project, and Poole said the city’s Mayor Rusty Paul said. long-range plans call for a bike trail “A lot of people are interested in conalong Ga. 400 from city limit to city necting by bicycle,” Paul said. “The more limit. people we can get to work [by bike], the “It’s been a great joint effort for this fewer cars we’ve got on the streets.” to be done while the big roadway is beSandy Springs Assistant City Maning done,” Poole said. “We are appreciaager Bryant Poole said the trail segtive of GDOT’s willingness to do this.” ment included in the Ga. 400/I-285 State transportation officials met project would run from Johnson Ferry recently with city officials from SanRoad to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. dy Springs and Dunwoody, and repThe Perimeter Center Improvement resentatives of the PATH FoundaDistricts plan to widen Peachtreetion and the PCIDs, to develop the Dunwoody to add plan for financing bike and car lanes the new trail segas it runs beneath ments, Pete PelI-285. legrini, construcPATH Foundation manager for tion Executive Directhe PATH Foundator Ed McBrayer said “A lot of people tion, said during a the extension “was Perimeter Business are interested essential for us to get Alliance luncheon in connecting by the trail through the at the Hyatt Atlanbicycle. The more Ga. 400/I-285 interta Perimeter at Vilsection because we la Christina. “We people we can get to are trying to connect have gone through work [by bike], the the area with trails.” a major milestone fewer cars we’ve “We’re really conwith GDOT. We necting the whole can address some got on the streets.” Perimeter Center of the funding and Sandy Springs needs,” Pellegrini – MAYOR RUSTY PAUL down to PATH400,” said. he said. Pellegrini said The first halfplans still have to mile-long segbe worked out to ment of PATH400 connect the Buckopened in Buckhead trail to the seghead earlier this year and another porment now being planned at Ga. 400 and tion is under construction. MeanI-285. Livable Buckhead Executive Diwhile, the Georgia Department of rector Denise Starling said the group has Transportation is planning a complete applied for a federal grant for the conoverhaul of the Ga. 400/I-285 internecting segment. section that is expected to cost nearPaul said he hoped the trail would ally $1 billion. Federal authorities have low more commuters to find ways to get agreed that the proposed Ga. 400/Ito work other than driving their cars. 285 interchange will have no signifi“We’re looking at alternatives to vehicucant environmental impact, clearing lar traffic,” Paul said. “How do we move the way for the state to move ahead people, other than sitting in their cars? with the project, GDOT announced. We’re looking at all the multi-modal apTrail advocates have argued an exproaches to get people to and from Santension of PATH400 should be routed dy Springs.”

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Police Blotter The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from May 9 through May 22. The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.


block of Peachtree Hollow Court—On May 16, a man said that just after 4 a.m. he was walking on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road when he was approached by car that stopped next to him. The driver asked if he needed a ride. He told the man no. The man in the car then asked if he smoked marijuana. He said he did not. The man then pulled a gun, pointed it at him and demanded his wallet. The victim gave him his wallet containing two dollars. The suspect looked at it and gave it back—taking nothing. He told the victim that if the cops found his fingerprints on it, he’d kill him. The suspect then drove away.

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ident said that around 9:45 p.m. she heard noises coming from her rear porch. She looked and found a man standing just inside the screenedin porch. The man fled. A search did not turn up the suspect. This home is just behind the home on Whitley Park Drive. Probably the same guy. „ Other

burglaries were reported on May 10 on Cedar Run and on May 11 in the 200 block of Franklin Road and in the 5400 block of Glenridge Drive.

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block of Roswell Road—On May 13, someone reported a burglary of a condo where a 55-inch Samsung TV and a Bose audio system were taken while the resident was moving out. The loss is about $3,800.

block of Roswell Road—On „ Harris Trail—On May 13, a resiMay 17, a delivery driver said he dedent reported that between May 1 and livered an order to an apartment at the 9 someone entered her garage and took Dunwoody Pointe Apartments. No items from it. one answered at the door so the driver „ 9000 block of Gables Lane—On May phoned the call-back number and was 13, a resident said someone kicked in then approached by two men from the his door and took parking lot. One an iPad, SKS 7.62 said he left his Read more of the rifle and an Xbox keys downstairs Police Blotter online at game system. and turned as if to walk down „ 1100 block the stairway, but of Hammond then turned around holding a silver Drive—On May 13, a resident said semi-automatic pistol. They took the someone forced the deadbolt open, endriver’s iPhone and the food. tered the apartment and took a pair of sunglasses. The officer noted that the BU RGLA RY resident said if the perp was caught, she „ 1100 block of Mount Vernon Highwould not prosecute. Well, first of all, way—On May 9, a department store if we do find this dude, we’re going to alarm activated just after 3 a.m. Officers prosecute him (assuming it’s a him) so found forced entry to the front door. A your non-commitment will have been rock was found on the floor by the shatwasted. Ha!! So there. tered glass door. A Michael Kors purse „ 7000 block of Glisten Avenue—On was found on the floor. About 15-20 May 14, a woman reported that somepurses were stolen. Store video showed one took several pieces of silver from two men in the store at 3:08 a.m. One her residence sometime between Febrususpect wore a long-sleeve grey shirt, ary 15 and May 14. jeans and a black ball cap with a yellow visor. The second suspect wore a dark „ 1100 block of Hammond Drive—On blue hoodie and jeans. May 14, a resident manager said they evicted a woman after three months of „ Whitley Park Drive—On May 9, offinon-payments. When marshals entered cers responding to an alarm just after 10 to remove the items, it was discovered p.m. found a set of doors forced open. that most of the apartment’s appliancNothing appears to have been taken. es were gone. „ Lazarian Court—On May 9, a resCONTINUED ON PAGE 22 SS


Sandy Springs officers dress and prepare for “active shooter” training.

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

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 local 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 Perimeter Mall 20 years ago,” DeSimone said this type of situation is something society can’t get away from. Until recently, Sandy Springs police used a makeshift two-story building for training officers to deal with an armed assailant in an urban setting. Training Officer Sgt. Chip Bohannon teaches officers to use their brains when real-world events unfold. “An active assailant is someone who is trying to harm people – you mainly see it in schools,” Bohannon said. “If their intent is to cause mass casualty, it doesn’t matter what kind of weapon they have.” The place where Bohannon conducted the training recently closed. DeSimone said police need a new facility because the type of training for situations is different from standardized training for weapons qualification. Police in Brookhaven and Dunwoody also conduct training for active shooter situations. “We are actually trying to use Cross Keys High to do our active shooter training in the summer,” said Officer Carlos Nino, spokesman for the Brookhaven department. “Agencies are known to use large buildings such as schools for that type of live training besides from simulators.” Police use fake ammunition, called “Simunition,” which is similar to paintball pellets, but more painful when it hits. “It’s like paintball on steroids,” DeSimone told members of Sandy Springs City Council recently. “We also use a projector and a large white screen with live actors to simulate real life situations,” Dunwoody police spokesman Officer Tim Fecht said. It’s similar to a Fire Arms Training Simulator machine that Dunwoody officers travel to Cartersville to use, 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 stress-inoculate 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 that are exposed, like the hands and arms, get hit with those rounds, it could leave a nice, strawberry-red 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 real-world 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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block of The Valley—On May 14, a resident said someone broke into his apartment and took a laptop. An additional burglary was discovered in the 5200 block of The Valley.

to do so.

block of Powers Ferry Road—On May 15, an alarm call activated around 2:30 a.m. Responding officers found smashed windows on the fast-food business and evidence of burglary. A small amount of cash was later reported missing. Officers found blood, which was swabbed and entered as evidence.

block of Roswell Road—On May 9, a man reported that around 4:20 a.m. he and his girlfriend woke to find two men, whom they met “a while back,” standing over them in the apartment bedroom. The resident told the men to leave. They hit him in the face and left in a Toyota 4Runner. The motive was not listed in the report. They believe the men climbed to the back patio area and entering the apartment through an unlocked sliding door. The victim was treated at the scene and not seriously injured.




block of Spalding Forest Court— On May 15, a resident found his apartment door kicked in and his Xbox game system stolen.


block Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On May 15, a resident said he arrived home from work and found his door kicked open and a 32-inch Sharp LED TV missing.


man on Powers Chase Drive said that just after 3 a.m., a car-for-hire driver punched him in the face after he complained that he was taking the wrong road. The passenger said the driver told him, “All I’m trying to do is take your drunk a** home [expletive deleted]” He told the driver to stop and he would get out. He said the driver threatened to kill him and punched him under the eye— then took him home. The man took a photo of the tag with his phone. He said the driver forcefully took the phone, attempting to delete the photo but failed


block of Colquitt at the intersection of Northridge Crossing Drive— On May 9, a 25-year-old woman said she was looking for her friend’s jacket and, while in her car, came upon about 10 people hanging around the intersection. She asked about the jacket, which somehow angered another girl who punched the victim in the eye, took her cellphone and ran off. The cops learned that the suspect’s name was possibly Tiffanye. When they spoke to the victim, she was evasive about the information. She didn’t seem to have much desire to find out anything more.


Woods Trail—On May 9, a man with a history of domestic violence was arrested during a domestic violence call.


block of Northwood Drive—On May 9, around 9 p.m., officers responded to an assault and found a man who had been hit in the head by another man holding a gun. The suspect walked past

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the victim and then said something to the man like, “If you talk to the police, I’ll shoot you” and then hit him. The victim had a good-sized laceration and was transported to the hospital. He did not know the man who was about 30 years old and wore a sleeveless shirt and baggy pants. The same man had been seen earlier near the liquor store on Northwood Drive, with the gun in his waistband. „„4900

block of Roswell Road—On May 9, a man was arrested for domestic violence.

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Glenridge Drive—On May 9, at 2:30 a.m., a beat officer passed a man standing next to his car. The man was urinating in the middle of the roadway. According to the report, his genitalia was exposed so he was cited for public urination. Middle of the road? If you’ve got to go and you can’t make it to the public restroom, look for bushes, or other isolated areas (not yards of homes by the way) or take the hit and just get home quickly and change pants. We’ve never cited anyone for wetting their pants—at least not for that alone. Point is, middle of the road is not a good idea.


block of Northwood Drive—A man spotted a police car pulling into the parking lot and crouched down behind a car. Unfortunately for him, another police car pulled into the area on the other side of the lot and that officer spotted the man hiding. He confronted him and asked him what he was doing. The man said, “Don’t worry about it” which means “I’m drunk. Take me to jail.” He

was charged with prowling after he could not provide a reason he was there (didn’t live there) just before 1 a.m.


Creek Lane—A man said he and a coworker had some cocktails beginning at 4 p.m. and ended up in bed together. The man woke to find another man standing over him with a gun, yelling “Get out before I kill you!” He, not needing to be told twice, took the hint and vacated in a hurry, minus his shoes and pants. The man with a gun turned out to be the boyfriend of the girl in bed with our victim. He said he had no gun and ordered the man to get out. The girlfriend confirmed the drinking and bed part, but said there was no gun involved. The officer retrieved the man’s pants and shoes and gave him a ride to MARTA for the long ride home—allowing time for reflection. Many of you know that Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote a very appropriate song about being at the wrong place and time with the wrong person. Fortunately for this dude, he gave him the three steps needed to git!


block of Roswell Road—A man said he rented an apartment for two months and paid $1,300 to a woman for the rental. He moved in, but was soon visited by the apartment staff asking what he was doing in a vacant apartment. Now, he cannot get the woman to call him back. Lesson learned I hope. Most apartment complexes do not allow subrenting. Not a good idea to agree and pay without a call to the office. Check with them first.



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