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MAY 31 — JUNE 13, 2013 • VOL. 5 — NO. 11

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City Council discusses library options

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Perimeter Business

BY MELISSA WEINMAN

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The long-dormant Brookhaven library project may be coming back to life. DeKalb County Public Library Director Alison Weissinger visited the Brookhaven City Council’s May 28 work session to talk to the council members about options for the new library. Brookhaven is among the last of DeKalb’s library branches to be upgraded through funds from a 2005 bond issue. Weissinger said DeKalb has a budget of $3.6 million to replace the Brookhaven branch. “We actually would like to spend a little bit more,” Weissinger said. Weissinger said the Brookhaven library branch, on North Druid Hills Road, was built in the 1950s and is about 6,800 square feet. The new library is proposed to be about 12,000 square feet, she said. The top two locations that have been identi-

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Selfless act Volunteers prepare dead for jewish burial FAITH 20

Home alone police program keeps an eye on residences

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Drew Valley residents help curb break-ins BY MELISSA WEINMAN

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Jack Finch, 5, cranks up the water with his father, Chris, by his side, during opening day for the Murphey Candler Park swimming pool on May 25. The fun was hosted by the Murphey Candler Marlins swim team, who provided refreshments and encouraged neighborhood swimmers to join their team. More photos on page 3.

DeKalb County police believe the recent rash of burglaries in Drew Valley may have come to a close. Maj. James Conroy of the DeKalb County Police Department said beginning March 19, there have been nine burglaries reported in the Drew Valley neighborhood. Police believe most of the break-ins, which occurred between April 24 and May 6, were connected to a group of kids. “On May 7, we arrested three juveniles who were suspected in a majority of these burglaries,” Conroy said. “Since then they’ve stopped, except we had one incident, which was unrelatSEE EFFECTIVE, PAGE 27

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