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A mother and son struggle to stay on Buford Highway

BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net Myrtle Goodman grew up in Blakely, a small town of slightly more than 5,000 people in the southwest corner of Georgia near the Alabama border. Her father managed a local furniture store and her mother stayed home to care for her and her seven brothers and sisters. She married a man from Columbus, Ga., where her son, Walter, was born. When her son was 3, she divorced her husband, becoming a single mom at the onset of the 1980s. Since 2000, the two have lived on Buford Highway, watching the area rapidly change around them. Now they fear they will be forced out. Myrtle is on disability. Walter, now 41, is currently unemployed. Her current income is $1,206 a month. She pays $1,015 in rent, including utilities. She’s been told her rent will go up next month to $1,200 a month, not including utilities. “I’ve been asking since April for them to let me continue paying what I’m paying now,” she said seated at the dining room taSee A MOTHER on page 16


Myrtle Goodman, 73, and her son, Walter, 41, have lived in their apartment on Buford Highway for 18 years. Threats of rising rents have them worried they will be pushed out of their home.

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New Bike Alliance pushes for pedal-powered improvements BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Two years ago, the city approved a bicycle, pedestrian and trail plan that promised to eventually provide safe ways for people to get around the city without getting into a car. With that plan in mind, local bicycle advocates have organized to create the Brookhaven Bike Alliance, an organizaSee NEW on page 30

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for new private streets from adjoining residentially zoned property and will require a variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Staff members also state only one student is estimated to be added to DeKalb Schools and that a sewer capacity analysis must be submitted to the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management before being issued a land disturbance permit. The development may have an impact on existing streets, transportation facilities and utilities, according to the staff memo. Traffic improvements and street enhancements would be necessary to reduce impacts on transportation facilities, the memo adds. The City Council is expected to take up the rezoning at its June 12 meeting.


The city’s Code Enforcement Division has developed an extended schedule for the remainder of the year. In addition to the division’s regular hours, Code Enforcement officers will be out in the field 7 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, and until 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.



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Minerva Homes is asking the city of Brookhaven to rezone 1.17 acres at 1296, 1302 and 1304 Kendrick Road to make way for a nine-townhome development. There are three detached single-residential houses currently on the property. City staff, who have recommended approval of the rezoning, note the proposed development does not comply with minimum street spacing requirements of 50 feet

Public hearings on the city’s 2018 millage rate will be held during three meetings in June. The first will be at the City Council’s June 12 meeting at 7 p.m. and the two others will be on Thursday, June 28, at 10:30 a.m. and at 6:30 p.m. After the final public hearing, the millage rate will be formally adopted at the June 28 meeting at 7 p.m. All hearings will be at City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. The City Council adopted in November 2017 an approximate $40.7 million budget. The general fund budget totals $26 million. The anticipated millage rate in 2018 is 2.74 mills, the same rate as in 2016 and 2017. Due to an increase in DeKalb County’s revaluation of real property tax assessments, the proposed 2.74 millage rate would result in an increase in property taxes by 8.15 percent over the rollback millage rate. Brookhaven’s millage rate is capped at 3.35 in the city charter.

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‘ C O M F OR T WOMEN ’ MEMORIA L TO CELEB R ATE O NE- Y EA R A N NI VERSA RY WITH GA RD EN D ED ICATIO N The Atlanta Comfort Women Memorial Task Force and the city of Brookhaven are hosting a one-year anniversary ceremony of the installation of the Young Girl’s Statue for Peace at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, at Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-DunSPECIAL woody Road. A new garden surrounding the ‘comfort women’ memorial in Blackburn Park will be The ceremony will incompleted and unveiled on June 28. clude the dedication of a new butterfly-shaped garden surrounding the statue in Blackburn Park. The statue, depicting a girl seated next to an empty chair, is intended to honor the so-called comfort women who were sexually trafficked by the Japanese military during World War II. It is identical to several similar statues installed around the world as part of a cultural and political dispute between South Korea and Japan over “comfort women� history and responsibility. More than 100 people attended the June 30 unveiling last year at the statue’s first location in what is called Blackburn Park II by city officials. The relocation of the statue to the main Blackburn Park followed threats of lawsuits by Blackburn Park II neighbors over lack of input in the memorial’s placement. City officials also said they wanted the statue to be in a more prominent site. Brookhaven was the first city in the state of Georgia and the Deep South to publicly commit to the Comfort Women memorial. The City Council agreed to put the memorial in Brookhaven after the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta backed out of locating the statue on its property. “It’s heartening to see momentum continue throughout the U.S. to never forget the nearly 200,000 girls and women who were enslaved during World War II,� said Baik


Kim, chair of the Task Force and President of the Korean American Grocers Association in Georgia, in a Task Force press release. “For too long, atrocities against girls and women have gone unrecognized with attempts to even erase them from history. The establishment of the Comfort Women Memorial in metro Atlanta tells the world: We remember. We honor the suffering of women and children. You mattered. And we will learn from our mistakes,� said Soon Mee Kim, Task Force member, in the release. The Task Force raised approximately $1 million to commission the statue and pay for its installation as well as to create the garden.


The Georgia Department of Transportation is rolling out technology along Peachtree Road through Brookhaven that will broadcast traffic updates to equipped vehicles. GDOT has installed and is testing software that communicates the status of traffic signals to equipped vehicles at 39 intersections on Peachtree Road from Roswell Road to I-285, running through Brookhaven as it goes from Buckhead to Chamblee. The project, called Signal Phase and Timing, or SPaT, uses radios to communicate traffic information to capable cars. It sends the timing of traffic signals to cars, as well as notifications if someone has pressed the pedestrian signal button. The technology used to receive the traffic updates comes standard on most modern cars and is geared to the probable future prevalence of autonomous cars, which could use the updates to automatically adjust their speed to hit green lights. The project, which costs about $1 million, is mostly installed and GDOT plans to complete testing the week of June 11, spokesperson Natalie Dale said.


The story “Brookhaven buys shuttered gas station as Buford Highway foothold� in the May 25 issue incorrectly reported the city purchased 19 acres of undeveloped land on Briarwood Road for $20 million. The correct price is $2 million.


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Cutting Income Tax.

Senator Millar is proud to have supported one of the highlights of this legislative session—the passage of HB 918—the annual tax code update and the first cut in our state income tax in eighty years. HB 918 doubles the standard deduction for all filers.

The income tax rate drops to 5.75 percent with the 2019 tax year and 5.5 percent in with the 2019 tax year and 5.5 percent in 2020. Based on the fiscal analysis, Georgia personal tax filers will receive in excess of $5 billion in relief between 2018-2023. The middle class should receive in excess of a 15 percent reduction.

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Some may talk about tax relief but only Senator Millar has effectively passed legislation to do this in DeKalb.

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Stormy Daniels puts Pink Pony on her strip club tour BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Adult-film star Stormy Daniels, whose alleged affair with President Donald Trump has rocketed her into the mainstream, is set to perform two shows next month at the Pink Pony strip club. Dubbed “Making Atlanta Great Again,” the local show is set for Sunday, July 22, with shows at 9 p.m. and midnight. The Pink Pony is, of course, actually located in Brookhaven on Corporate Boulevard just off Buford Highway. “We’re anxious to have her here,” Pink Pony owner Dennis Williams said. “Her name is in the news. If it’s her 15 minutes of fame or if she’s more long-term, we’ll have to see.” Stormy Daniels has become somewhat of a household name in recent months after she alleged she had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006 and was paid $130,000 in hush money from Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, before the 2016 election. That fame, whatever length, is bringing major interest to her Pink Pony appearance, Williams said. When the show was announced recently on social media, the club’s website was immediately flooded with 30,000 hits, Williams said. “Ninety percent of the comments are

Pink Pony owner Dennis Williams with a life-size cutout of Stormy Daniels, an adult film star coming to the venue in July.


pretty positive, but some aren’t on board,” he said. “But this is all in good humor — that’s more what it’s about than politics.” Williams said he is a “strong Trump supporter” and sees nothing improper with having the porn star at the center of a presidential political scandal perform at his venue. “I don’t see this as any disrespect to our president and commander-in-chief,” he said. “We’re going to keep politics out.” But not entirely. Williams said he understands that a Stormy Daniels performance is “pretty tame” but there are plans in the works to incorporate “something presidential-like.” “We may have an appearance by a presidential-like [person] to enhance the performance,” he said. “I’ll just leave it at that.” The stop in Brookhaven is part of a national tour in which Stormy Daniels is crisscrossing strip clubs across the U.S. to promote, in part, her May/June Penthouse cover. Her stop in Brookhaven is booked between stops in South Carolina and Miami, Williams said. “The Pink Pony has quite a reputation for bringing in famous name features. That’s what put us on the map,” he said. “And the expenses were very reasonable. It’s going to be a fun night, and good for business.” Ticket prices haven’t been established yet.



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Women candidates on the rise in local races BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

More women have been running for local elected positions, particularly state legislature seats, in the past few years, pushing out perennial male candidates and filling seats formerly held by men. On both Democratic and Republican sides of this year’s current legislative races in districts that cover Buckhead, Brookhaven, Dunwoody or Sandy Springs, there are 14 women candidates and eight male candidates. Analysts think Republicans and Democrats alike are inspired by increased political attention nationwide and are more encouraged to run. The candidates agree those factors are contributing to the increase and also say women running encourages others. Kay Kirkpatrick, a Republican state senator who has represented Sandy Springs since 2017, said women bring a different perspective to the table. “There’s no reason women can’t be in leadership positions for the better of the state,” Kirkpatrick said. “They have different ways of thinking.” Andra Gillespie, a political science professor at Emory University, said most of the conversations around women candidates center on Democrats because the increase is chalked up to movements against President Donald Trump driving more political participation. “There’s a focus on Democratic women because of that hypothesis,” she said. But Trump could be inspiring conservative women, as well as more moderate Republicans, to run, Gillespie said. “They may be running as a more moderate voice in their party,” she said. One historical reason the amount of women running has been low is because they are not encouraged by their parties or voters to run, she said, adding that there may be a shift. “One of the big structural reasons women don’t run for office is they’re not encouraged to run,” she said. “Republican women have to be encouraged.” Women are automatically assumed to be more moderate and liberal, which can be a disadvantage in most Republican primaries, but may be an advantage in the north metro Atlanta area, said Beth Reingold, a professor at Emory. Many districts in this area are not “super-solid Republican districts,” which may give women a stronger chance at winning as voters begin voting for more moderate and Democratic candidates, Reingold said. In Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Republican Karen Handel beat Democrat Jon Ossoff in a race highly publicized as “flippable,” although a Republican has held the district since the 1970s. Democrats Kevin Abel and Lucy McBath will face off in a July 24 runoff, potentially setting up an allwomen race for the seat.

Several state legislature seats have drawn women Democratic challengers. In some races, both parties’ nominees are women and will face each other in the Nov. 6 general election. State Sen. Jen Jordan, a Democrat who represents parts of Buckhead and Cobb County in the District 6 seat, will face Republican Leah Aldridge. Jordan said the increase in women candidates could be due to issues that have become prominent recently being more important to women than men, such as education, healthcare and gun control. “I think that’s part of what compels women to run,” she said. She believes women were previously holding themselves back from running because of their obligations. Women often thought it wasn’t the right time for them to take on the endeavor, she said. “I think what we’ve started to realize is, it’s never a good time, but it’s absolutely necessary,” Jordan said. Aldridge said being a woman did not have influence on her decision to run, but she was mentored and encouraged by a longtime woman state representative, Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta). Kirkpatrick, who represents state Senate District 32, said women may be encouraged by the increase in women running. Democrat Ellyn Jeagar, who will challenge incumbent Republican John Albers in the District 56 race, said Democratic women are fed up with Republican policies. “I think some people have been pushed to the edge of what people can tolerate. That means some people are stepping in,” she said. She said Georgia is “fortunate” to have the women running to help provide a more accurate representation of voters. “At least half of Georgia is women, but you would not know that by looking at the House of Representatives or the Senate,” she said. Others, like Betsy Holland, have been recruited by local groups set up to encourage Democratic women to run and challenge incumbent Republicans. Holland, who defeated two male Democratic candidates in the primary, said the national political climate has “energized” people and drawn them to run. On the Democratic side, Reingold, the Emory professor, has seen more women that do not have a strong chance at winning running for office. “This surge in Democratic candidates seems to be a little less cautious,” she said. Women candidates are typically more strategic, while men are less concerned with their chances, Reingold said. “Male candidates are more willing to run even when they’re not sure of their own qualifications,” she said. Some male candidates in recent local elections, such as Democrats Patrick Thompson in state Senate District 56 and Bob Gibeling in state House District 54, have

been perennial and unsuccessful candidates for various offices. They typically win their primaries with A B C no challengers, but this year were both pushed out in the primary by women candidates. Thompson, who lost D E F to Jeagar in the A - Emory University political science professor Andra Gillespie. Democratic B - Ellyn Jeagar, a Democrat, is challenging is challenging District 56 primary, said state Sen. John Albers. C - Betsy Holland is running as the Democratic he was glad to nominee for the state House District 54 seat. D - Leah Aldridge, a Republican, is challenging District 6 state Sen. Jen Jordan. see more womE - State Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick. F - State Sen. Jen Jordan. en running, but believes he running for various seats for 10 years and lost because people vote for women purealways attends community events to be ly because their gender. bested by a newcomer. “I did hear people who are saying they “It’s a little disheartening,” he said. are voting for all women candidates, He said that groups like PaveItBlue rethe same as people that vote all one parcruiting unqualified women can have a ty, which I think is not a good practice,” negative affect because some people autoThompson said. matically vote for women. Thompson said he feels he has gotten “That’s good and bad. I’m glad women short shrift as the candidate who has been took the initiative to recruit people,” he said.

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In its bid to make a splash in metro Atlanta’s arts scene, the City Springs Performing Arts Center has announced a highly varied debut season with some star power. Jazz legend Branford Marsalis and his band will play as part of the opening day series at Sandy Springs’ new civic center Aug. 11. Other 20182019 performers include blues and world music star Taj Mahal, bestselling Christian author and speaker Rob Bell, and SPECIAL special programs by the AtlanTaj Mahal Trio. ta Ballet and the Atlanta Opera. The season also includes film, comedy, lectures, circus arts, dance, symphonic and chamber music, and more. The new City Springs Theatre Company, an independent but City Springs-based company, will have its debut season as well. The season announcement included a non-artistic event with news that National Night Out, the annual police community relations gathering, would be held at City Springs’ City Green park Aug. 7. The city previously joined Brookhaven and Dunwoody in a joint National Night Out at Perimeter Mall. It’s described as part of an “opening celebration” for the PAC, which technically includes City Green, though it will not be the first event held there; the June 9 “Food That Rocks” restaurant tasting is scheduled for that honor. The artistic kickoff on Aug. 11 is branded as “City Springs Day” and will have a variety of free performances, with a charge only for the Branford Marsalis Quartet concert. Subscription ticket packages are on sale now, and single tickets will be available starting June 22. For more information, see citysprings.com. City Springs is the city’s new mixed-use civic center on a 14-acre site bounded by Sandy Springs Circle, Mount Vernon Highway and Roswell and Johnson Ferry roads. The following is a list of events by various series. Some events are in multiple series and are not mulSPECIAL tiple-listed here. Rob Bell.


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OPENING CELEBRATION • National Night Out, Aug. 7 • City Springs Day and Branford Marsalis Quarter: Aug. 11 • Concerts by the Springs After Party (featuring surprise guest artist): Aug. 12 • National Geographic Live!: Steve Winter: On the Trail of Big Cats: Tigers, Cougars, and Snow Leopards: Aug. 14 • Joe Gransden Big Band, featuring Landau Eugene Murphy: Aug. 16


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• Steinway Celebration (debut of concert grand piano): Aug. 17 • Sutton Foster: Aug. 18 • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival presents Heading Home: A Tale of Team Israel: Aug. 19

PERFORMING ARTS SERIES • Taj Mahal Trio, Sept. 8 • Late Night Tailgate comedy/sports: Oct. 11 • The Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir: Oct. 25 • Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company: Nov. 1 • Boston Brass: Christmas Bells are Swingin’: Dec. 22 • City Springs New Years Celebration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, featuring Joe Gransden and Francine Reed: Dec. 31 • Simone Dinnerstein, piano, and Matt Haimovitz, cello: Jan. 29 • Broadway’s Next Hit Musical: Feb. 1 and 2 • Cirque Éloize: Saloon: Feb. 5

SPEAKER SERIES • Rob Bell: The Holy Shift Tour, Oct. 13 • Colonel (Ret.) Jill W. Chambers, speaking on PTSD and veterans: Sept. 22 • DEA Narcos: Steve Murphy and Javier Peña, involved in pursuit of drug cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar, Oct. 16

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The Dunwoody Fine Art Association holds an opening reception and awards ceremony for its juried regional art exhibit at City Gallery at Chastain Arts Center. Free. Exhibit runs from Monday, June 18 to Friday, July 27. 135 West Wieuca Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: dunwoodyfineart.org.

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The Heather Gillis Band, a roots rock band, is next up in this lineup of summer concerts, held every other Saturday evening, rain or shine, through July 21. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis in the meadow or on the back porch. Outside food and drink welcome. Craft beers, sodas and water available. $5 adults; $3 students; free for members and for children 3 and under. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodynature.org/2018-summer-concert-series.

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POSSUM TROT 10K Saturday, June 16, 6-9 a.m.

The 40th annual Possum Trot 10K is a flatcourse run along the Chattahoochee River that benefits the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s environmental education and wildlife rehabilitation programs. Food, music and vendors before and after the run at CNC’S Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion. Registration fees for the AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifying event include free admission for the day to CNC, a T-shirt and giveaways. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Registration and parking info: chattnaturecenter.org.

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CAJUN CONCERT AND DANCE Saturday, June 16, 8-11 p.m.

The Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association hosts the Nashvillebased Roux du Bayoux Cajun Band at the Dorothy Benson Center. Cajun/Creole food for sale. All ages. No partner necessary. $18; $14 active military; $5 students. Cash or check only. Free Two-Step dance lesson at 7 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced Cajun dance class from 4:30-6 p.m. is $15. 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: aczadance.org or 877-338-2420.

FATHER’S DAY ON THE RIVER Sunday, June 17, 1–4 p.m.

Dads and grandfathers get free admission to the Chattahoochee Nature Center on Father’s Day. Walk the trails, enjoy nature center programs or celebrate the day with a family canoe trip and paddle to the playgrounds at Riverside Park. Ages 6 to adult. $35 general public; $30 CNC members. Register by June 14 for limited spaces for the canoe trip. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Info: chattnaturecenter.org.


Join the Brookhaven Bike Alliance for community rides every third Sunday at varying locations. Rides cancelled in inclement weather. June 17 location is Ashford Park, 2980 Redding Road, Brookhaven. Info: facebook.com/groups/BrookhavenBikeAlliance.

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Community Survey / The importance of women on the ballot More women candidates are appearing on ballots this summer and fall, and a substantial majority of the respondents to our most recent 1Q.com community survey found that to be a good thing. Asked whether they thought increased representation by women was an important consideration when they voted, 70 percent of the 200 respondents said a candidate’s gender was very important or mattered a little. Just three in 10 said gender made no difference. And the gender of the person answering the question seemed to matter in determining her or his answer. About two thirds of the people who answered gender was “very important” were women. And nearly twice as many men as women felt that gender made no difference. The survey was conducted by cellphone and is not scientific. Among many of the respondents who felt increasing the number of women in elective office was important to do, expectations are high for the changes more women officials would bring to governing, both locally and nationally. Those respondents said they expected change on a wide variety of topics: gun control; listening to constituents; better family care policies; more money for education; more accountability and less corruption in government. One 38-yearold woman predicted the result would be “more logical thinking and open-mindedness.” “I’m not sure there will be new or different policies, but there will be more diverse conversations around all policy discussions,” a 54-year-old Brookhaven woman commented. A 29-year-old Buckhead man predicted that having more women in elective office would mean “more support for Planned Parenthood, education reform and equal rights for women.” A 28-year-old Dunwoody man expected “better family care

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The group focuses its attention on a half-dozen issues its members see as driving women’s political discussions here. Topics include gun violence, women’s health and reproductive rights, refugee and immigrant rights, education and child protection, hate crime legislation and resisting “religious liberty” laws in Georgia. The founders say the salon defines itself as a women’s group created for and run by women and that it keeps its discussions women-only. The only time men have been invited to participate is when the salon hosted forums in which local candidates came in to debate. Kratovil said in an email that it “comes down to a sense of camaraderie and being able to have a true safe space, especially with women’s health and access to healthcare as a main focus of JDWS.” Now that the organization is up and running, the founders say they intend to keep going. “We started with an idea and look what we’ve accomplished,” Habif said. “This is what happens when like-minded people come together. … We will never go back. Once you understand your responsibility, you can never go back. It was a delusion to leave it to others to do the right thing … “Complacency is not an option,” she said.

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In Trump era, a Democratic women’s group thrives This is not your father’s political group. It doesn’t raise funds or hand out contributions to candidates. Its founders don’t deny their partisanship, but they don’t see themselves as practicing politics in the usual way, either. They call their group a “salon,” the Jewish Democratic Women’s Salon. “We didn’t know what else to call it,” co-founder Joanie Shubin said. “We don’t mean a hair salon,” co-founder Valerie Habif quickly added. No, their salon would be one of the old style, a place for talking and for learning about issues and politics. “It was really to gather like-minded people,” Habif said. “We were really frustrated about what was happening to people.” But their salon has developed a newfangled spin: it has taken off on the internet. The group that started with a few dozen women gathered in the meeting room of a Buckhead condo now claims more than 1,100 members who interact regularly through an invitation-only Facebook page. And they believe they offer a sign of change in local politics since the election of President Donald Trump. The women behind the salon say Trump’s presidency has convinced waves of other progressive and Democrat-leaning women to join the political seas. Even, the salon’s organizers say, in traditionally Republican suburbs such as Sandy Springs. Members of the salon actually started meeting back in 2012, when Barack Obama was president and the Affordable Care Act, nicknamed “Obamacare,” seemed to be all anybody wanted to talk about. Habif, a clinical psychologist who’s now retired, and Shubin, who volunteered with nonprofits, were trying to figure out just what the fuss was all about. “We didn’t understand the opposition,” Habif said during a recent chat at a Sandy Springs coffee shop. “What we did was to better understand the other side. Why would people be opposed to everyone having access to the same healthcare they have? What was so scary about healthcare?” Habif and Shubin, who both live in Sandy Springs, regularly talked to one another about issues, but they decided they needed to hear more points of view. They invited some friends to get together and invited an expert to speak. Soon, the women were meeting regularly to discuss issues of the day and to hear from experts on those issues. The idea was to educate and empower like-minded women in the area, the founders said, and to get them engaged in political issues. “We mean [to attract] women, other Jewish women, who were going through the same things we were going through,” Habif said. The group grew slowly, through word of mouth at first. Once 29-year-old member Kate Kratovil of Brookhaven, who works with nonprofits as a professional, established the group on Facebook in 2016, however, membership really took off. It was about the time of the current president’s election, she said, and suddenly progressive women wanted new ways to get involved in politics. “Donald Trump was the catalyst,” Kratovil said. Regardless of what motivates members, its founders say the salon focuses on local issues. “We’re all about local,” Habif said. “This is about having local voices.” “We are a true grassroots group,” Kratovil said. BK

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Church ‘adopts’ police officers to show support for service BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Sgt. Jake Kissel did not think many officers of the Brookhaven Police Department would be willing to participate in the Adopt-A-Cop ministry started last year by Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church. Those in law enforcement tend to be private individuals, he said, and he predicted not many would want to be “adopted” by a local family that would promise to pray for them every day, send them letters of encouragement, write them emails or invite them to their home. “Now to see the connection between the officers and the parishioners ... it is really blowing my mind,” he said. Kissel heads up the department’s community policing program with the mission of building relationships between residents and officers. The program also organizes such events as Coffee with a Cop and Shop with a Badge, an annual event where officers take underprivileged children Christmas shopping. More than 50 officers at BPD have signed up to participate in the local Adopt-A-Cop program and the ministry has moved for many beyond just an occasional card and prayer to even create intimate friendships, he said. “To see officers go out to be with families on their own time, taking their time off to be with their adopted families ... just makes my job easier,” Kissel said. The Adopt-A-Cop ministry is a national one started in 1998 by a police chaplain in Michigan. There are now 70 Adopt-ACop chapters across the U.S. and in other countries, according to the ministry’s website. Kissel works directly with Anne Ste-


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phens, communications chair for OLA and the Adopt-A-Cop manager at her church. Last year, she “adopted” a rookie officer, David Pawlowski, and now, she said, he is like a son to her. “He sent me a Mother’s Day card that made me cry,” she said. He has no fami-

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be what each individual officer wants.” Sarah Cash and her husband, Audey, and children Aaron and Ainsley have adopted Maj. Don Chase. The major has attended several of their children’s functions at the OLA school and a close friendship has evolved over the past year. “I’m the daughter of a former Marine and was taught it is always important to show appreciation and be grateful for those who serve our community,” Cash said. “We would always take a moment to say a prayer when we heard a siren, but now it is very personal.” Chase said he was hesitant to participate in the ministry at first because he is not Catholic, but learned the ministry is not meant to push religion on the officers. “It’s meant to have the community support you,” he said. “What I like is we can meet other people and also represent the Brookhaven Police Department and the city.” Sgt. Kissel said programs like the Adopt-A-Cop also create a relationship between the police department and the community so when a crisis does occur, such as a fatal police shooting, the department knows the community will be fully behind them. He said a climate of media scrutiny on fatal police shootings can bring unrest to communities and cities. If such an incident occurs in Brookhaven, he said, having a relationship that builds trust with the parishioners at OLA and throughout the community makes sure officers will be supported. “One day we will have to call on our community to back us up and without a shadow of a doubt they will,” he said. “It’s a testament to programs like this.”

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All-girl BSA troops could be coming to north DeKalb BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Strong interest from Boy Scouts of America troop leaders in Dunwoody and Brookhaven to start all-girl troops when they become available next year has led state BSA officials to SPECIAL start organizing and Tyler Maxwell, left, and his brother Evan are members preparing for the new of Dunwoody BSA Troop 477. Their sister Avery, wave in scouting. right, is a member of the BSA’s inclusive Venturing Jordan Naliwajprogram. She plans to join BSA next year. ka is the Hightowstrong interest shown means putting steps er Trail district executive of the Atlanta in place now so people can be ready when Area Council for BSA and serves cities in Feb. 1 rolls around. north DeKalb, including Dunwoody and The BSA states that since October 2017, Brookhaven. She said she has heard from more than 3,000 girls in the U.S. have enmany troop leaders in the area who are rolled in the BSA’s Early Adopter Program interested in what to do to form an alland are participating in Cub Scouts. girl troop. Girls started joining existing Cub Scout “On Feb. 1, the BSA will be chartering alltroops in August with Cub Scout dens regirl troops ... and right now we are in the maining single-gender. Cub Scout Packs process of teaching leaders how to make have local control to decide to have a Pack sure they are ready,” Naliwajka said. with only boy dens, a pack with boy dens “Knowing this date is coming has led and girl dens, or a pack with only girl dens. many of our volunteers to be very proactive and many are excited and so are their daughters,” she said. Also on Feb. 1, the name of the youth program will become “Scouts BSA,” while the organization will continue to be known as the Boy Scouts of America. In October 2017, the board of directors of the Boy Scouts of America approved allowing girls ages 11-17 to join as part of their own troops. Girls already participate in BSA through the inclusive Venturing program, but the new policy gives the opportunity for girls to join the BSA and earn their Eagle Scout badge, for example, the most prestigious honor in BSA. For some, all-girl troops may seem like a jarring change, Naliwajka said, but they may not be aware of the popular Venturing program that has always included girls. “Girls being involved in BSA is not new,” she said. “This is just a new program.” This program will parallel the current Boy Scout program, include the same curriculum and merit badges, and allow girls to earn the Eagle Scout rank, according to Naliwajka. Rob Maxwell of Dunwoody has two sons, Tyler and Evan, who are members of Troop 477 that is chartered by Kingswood United Methodist Church. His daughter, Avery, is a member of the local Venturing crew. She plans to join BSA next year in an all-girl troop, and work toward an Eagle Scout badge, just like her brothers, he said. Naliwajka recently convened a meeting of area troop leaders and others in Brookhaven and Dunwoody interested in chartering an all-girl troop. She said the BK

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ing to about her rent are representatives from Strategic Holdings, a real estate investment company based in California. The real estate investment company in October purchased the complex the Goodmans live in and the adjacent complex, for $16.9 million, according to their website. The new names are Sierra Gardens and Sierra Station and they have 194 units together. Walter also spends time trying to talk to representatives from Strategic Holdings but said they don’t see their residents as actual people. He graduated from Cross Keys High School in 1995 and then attended DeKalb Technical College in Clarkston. For the past 10 years he’s worked with a small group of friends repairing computers out of the apartment. This job allowed him to make some money while also caring for his ailing mother full-time. He hasn’t found computer work for some time, however, and recently applied for a job at a food processing plant. He found a help wanted ad on Craigslist for a staffing agency in Forest Park in Clayton County. But when he got there he was told all the jobs were filled. Because he does not have a car, he relies on MARTA to get around. Strategic Holdings states the “pro forma value” of the apartment complex where the Goodmans live is more than $23 mil-

lion. The company states on its website it intends to spend $1.4 million upgrading the apartments, built in the 1970s. The company estimates investors will receive a $4.9 million profit, according to the website. Strategic Holdings in 2016 purchased for $11.4 million the apartments at 3547 Buford Highway, now known as Sierra Terrace. The complex, formerly known as Brookstone Terrace, has 135 units and was at full occupancy when purchased, according the company website. “Our investment strategy is to buy commercial properties at what we identify as deep discounts,” the company states on its website. Susan Levine, the national property manager for Strategic Holdings, was recently in the leasing office of the Buford Highway complex where the Goodmans live. “We’re renovating all the units as everybody moves out,” she said. When asked if they speak to residents about what is occurring at the complex, she said, “Yeah, when they come in to pay rent.” When asked about raising rents, Levine said simply, “Whatever the market dictates.” She added that Strategic Holdings wants to fix up the complex and make the area a “better neighborhood.” And she acknowledged she knew Buford Highway was a corridor ripe for rede-

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Modern living, rustic settings beckon homebuyers


Tiger Mountain Vineyards, co-owned by Martha Ezzard (pictured below), sits on 90 rolling acres between Rabun Gap and Tallulah Falls in North Georgia.

Days of Wine and Roses

Tiger Mountain Vineyards produces award-winning grapes BY JULIE E. BLOEMEKE When three Tiger Mountain wines — the 2015 Sweet Petit (late harvest Petit Manseng), the 2014 Tannat and the 2016 Rosé — each won silver medals at the Los Angeles International Wine Competition, Martha Ezzard, one of the founders of Tiger Mountain Vineyards, knew it was official: “Georgia wines have come up in the world.” The 2017 competition received over 3,000 wines from 999 wineries including wines from France, Portugal, South Africa, Italy and the U.S.; that Tiger Mountain did so well is a testament to family commitment, passion and dedication. Ezzard was also particularly thrilled because “Tiger Mountain was competing alongside wines from Napa and Sonoma wineries.” The vineyards, located on about 90 acres between Rabun Gap and Tallulah Falls in Northeast Georgia, boasts a tasting room that hosts individual and reservation-based group tastings; individual and group winery tours; a wine and gift shop; an on-site facility where grapes are crushed, fermented and bottled; the Red Barn Café which offers lunch, brunch and Saturday dinner; a Tigerwine Tasters Wine Club; a pond teeming with bluegill and bass where visitors can relax and enjoy a glass of wine; numer-

ous picnic areas; and spots for do-your-own blueberry picking. Weddings, live music weekends, business meetings, parties and an Awakening the Vines celebration in the spring are also common events. However, it was not always that way. The vineyard began with a dream and vision for Martha Ezzard and her husband, John, both professionals who traded city careers for a return to the rural land of Rabun County. John, a physician, and Martha, a lawyer, award-winning Atlanta Journal-Constitution writer and author of a memoir about the experience of relinquishing city life — “The Second Bud” — confesses their motivation: “Our chief aim,” said Ezzard, “was to save the family farm. It was part of John’s soul; he’s a farmer at heart.” The land that comprises Tiger Mountain has been in the Ezzard family since the 1830s. Previously a dairy farm, John wanted to grow something but he was not sure what. There was talk of apples, but after extensive research and considering the land, soil and elevation, he landed on wine. It was not necessarily a popular decision with folks that had lived in the area for generations. Martha laughs when she shares the reaction. [Many people said] “John, how come you are growing these highfalutin grapes?” Then she confesses,

“I thought it was a crazy idea too, but the secret was finding a mentor in Virginia.” It was another Georgia vintner — David Harris, previous owner of a small winery in Habersham County — who recommended that John speak to Dennis and Sharon Horton in Charlottesville. After doing so, Martha and John began by working the first five acres on their own, and in 1994-1995 they planted five red European grape varieties — Cabernet Franc, Tannat, Malbec, Touriga Nacional and Mourvedre. All of these were selected by John, who took Horton’s advice to cultivate grapes for fine dry wines. And French grapes (with the exception of the Touriga, which is Portuguese) were best suited for southeastern climate and soils. Tiger Mountain Vineyards was the first vine-

yard in Georgia’s history to make this move, concentrating on the fine dry wines over the sweeter varieties like muscadine. A particular time of excitement came in 1998, when the first grapes were ready to harvest after about three years of maturing. The Ezzards shared the fruit with a local vintner who was “very excited about the quality,” Martha says. And they sold the first harvest to the Hortons. This was also when the Ezzards produced their first batch of wine — on the back porch of the farmhouse in a large bucket purchased from Walmart. A photo of this event hangs in the old barn, now lovingly restored and converted to a shady nook-filled respite for visitors to enjoy a glass of wine while overlooking Tiger Mountain. This bout of initial success led to another important event in 1999: it was the year the winery officially opened for sales. These days Tiger Mountain Vineyards produces 10 wines, but grows seven varieties of grape — five French, one Portuguese (the Touriga) and the native American Norton. They also produce three blends: Continued on page 20 BK

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Continued from page 18 the five-grape blend Rabun Red, (the most popular Tiger Mountain Wine), Mountain Cyn (a blend of Cab Franc and Norton, also known as Cynthiana) and TNT ( a blend of Touriga Nacional and Tannat). The Norton, a grape native to Virginia, thrives on the Blue Ridge. It’s known, Ezzard says, for “being hardy and reliable.” Martha has taken on her own experiments with the variety. She is currently growing two rows of Norton grapes that are chemical free. They cannot be organically certified because of the proximity of other grapes that are being grown traditionally. And the wine the Norton produces is not only known for being full-bodied with qualities of plums and cherries, it is also one of the essential wines that comprise the famed Rabun Red. The Petit Manseng is also a point of pride for Martha. Native to the southwestern France in the Pyrenees, it is known for its small berries and loose clusters, which make it harder for mildew to take hold. And the ability for the Petit Manseng to ripen in the Georgia climate is great. The grape produces a crisp white wine with a hint of green apple tones. The late harvest Petit Manseng comprises the Sweet Petit, known for just enough sweetness to be considered a dessert wine. And, while it was the 2015 late-harvest Petit Manseng grape that secured the 2017

win at the LA International Wine Competition, it was the 2013 Petit Manseng that won a gold medal for being an “exceptional wine that is near the pinnacle of achievement in its category” in the 2015 San Francisco International competition, known worldwide for “setting the standard for professional wine judging since its debut in 1980,” according to the website. But to Martha, the connection to the grape is highly personal: “I think the Petit Manseng just loves Tiger Mountain!” she says. Martha says a lot of folks see running a vineyard as “romantic.” But she is quick to note the intense labor involved, a topic she addresses in detail in her memoir: “[Running a vineyard] is so much work. We are just farmers.” Still, when touring Tiger Mountain Vineyards, one can’t help but note the rosebushes planted at the end of almost every row of vines. Pops of red, orange and yellow dot the landscape amidst the green of the grape leaves. This practice originated in France as the flowers are early indicators of disease. Harbingers, they serve as way to ensure vines will stay healthy. As it happens, Martha says, she and John have been “gifting each other rosebushes for years.” It is a tradition they picked up on and continued, in honor of the vineyard’s legacy, and of one another. For more information, visit tigerwine.com.

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Cavender Creek Vineyards & Winery 3610 Cavender Creek Road Dahlonega, GA cavendercreekvineyards.com Wine tastings invite visitors to sample any four wines from the menu; souvenir glasses are available.

Three Sisters Vineyards 439 Vineyard Way, Dahlonega, GA threesistersvineyards.com Hosts walk-in tastings Thursday through Sunday. Features “Chicks and Chocolate” tasting which pairs six wines with various artisan chocolates.

Boutier Winery 4506 Hudson River Church Road Danielsville, GA boutierwinery.com Hosts weekend wine tastings with a sampling of six wines; no appointment needed.

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A Fisherwoman’s Tale

Atlanta resident trades corporate world for trout streams

Natalie Sharp



The water gets too warm for good trout fishing in July and August, she said. Her trips include a stream-side lunch she serves with silver and plates and linen napkins and sometimes with little fishshaped napkin rings. Metro Atlanta resident Bob Muniz, who’s been fly fishing much of his life, went out last fall on a day trip with a friend and with Sharp as their guide. “We had such a great day,” he said. Now, they’re eager to return on a second trip with her this fall and they’re bringing along a couple of friends. Muniz has nothing but praise for Sharp: “She’s got that Southern charm, that Southern lady charm,” he said, and she knows what the fish will bite, too.” Sharp describes her clients as “people who want to make it a day of relaxation. “It’s about being out on the water,” she said. “It’s all about relaxation.” And, of course, catching a few fish. “What I tell my clients is, ‘You’re going to see a lot of fish. You’re going to hook a lot of fish. And you’re not going to land a lot of fish,” she said. “My goal is to always get a fish into the net.” But that’s not the real appeal for her. Not anymore. “In the beginning, you just want to catch a fish,” Sharp said. “Then, the second thing is, you want to catch a lot of fish. Then you want to catch a big fish. Then you don’t care about catching a fish. It’s just being out there. “What I loved about it was being in nature. It’s the beauty God creates for us.” Besides, she said, “it’s much more relaxing than being on a deep-sea fishing boat.”

Natalie Sharp’s introduction to fishing came on big boats in the deep salt waters off Florida when she was growing up. But about 17 years ago, when she lived in Atlanta, she decided to try something a bit different. She was traveling a lot then as a consultant to dental practices. She needed a break from the road, so she headed to the north Georgia mountains. Eventually, she bought a home and settled in near Blue Ridge. She’d always wanted to learn to fly fish, so she hired a guide to teach her how and started walking nearby mountain streams in search of trout. “I just sort of fell in love with it,” she said. Now the 67-year-old angler is herself the guide, one of dozens salted across mountain communities who teach visitors how to effectively stalk trout in Georgia’s cold mountain creeks and rivers. Through her company, Sharper Bites, she gives her clients lessons on how to cast a fly, the preferred lure for trout, and then leads anglers to fishing spots along private trout streams on the headwaters of the Toccoa River. And, as part of the deal, she provides lunch. “I used to the be only [guide] who supplied lunch,” she said with a laugh. “Now others do.” Sharp has taught fly fishing to clients aged 6 to 85, she said. They tend to be “couples, husbands who want their wives to fish, corporate groups.” Mostly, she guides only a couple of customers at a time. Some special corporate events have included up to 10, she said. She guides fishing trips from March through June and from mid-September through November. Bob Munitz shows off his catch.


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Mountain Fun

Wine, music, Cabbage Patch Kids and more on tap If you’re headed to the mountains of North Georgia or North Carolina this summer and fall and wondering what there is to do besides admire the view, check out this list of eclectic upcoming events.

BLAIRSVILLE SCOTTISH FESTIVAL Bagpipes, drums, games and food will bring the Scottish highlands to Meeks Park in Blairsville on June 9-10. Visit blairsvillescottishfestival.com for details.

BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS WINE & JAZZ FESTIVAL The festival will be held June 16 from 2 to 10 p.m. at 58 Boardtown Road near the town of Blue Ridge. More than a dozen wineries will provide the vino, while musical acts include Kharisma Jazzmatic Funk, The 4 Korners, Tray Dahl and The Jugtime Ragband and Taryn Newborne. Visit blueridgewineandjazz. com for tickets and details.

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VILLAGE SQUARE ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW Held in Highlands, N.C. on June 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kelsey-Hutchinson “Founders” Park on Pine Street in downtown. There will be high quality fine art, folk art and regionally made crafts. Visit facebook.com/villagesquareshow for more information. RABUN COUNTY MUSIC FESTIVAL The annual music extravaganza returns to the Rearden Theatre on the campus of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Rabun County. The lineup includes: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (June 23); Evening in the Round with Linda Davis, Lang Scott and Bill Whyte (July 7); Emile Pandolfi (July 21); 7 Bridges (Aug. 4); and The Drifters (Aug. 18). Tickets and details at rabunmusicfestival.com.

POTS ON THE GREEN This two-day festival – June 30 and July 1 – in Cashiers, N.C. features the area’s rich pottery heritage with demonstrations, talks and original pottery on display and for sale at The Village Green Gazebo. Visit villagegreencashiersnc.com for more information.

FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA ON THE GREEN Celebrate the 4th of July in Cashiers, N.C. with this evening festival, which will include food, music, dancing and a colossal fireworks display. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. at The Village Green. Details atvillagegreencashiersnc.com. GEORGIA MOUNTAIN FAIR This year’s fair is July 20-28 at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. Rides, live music, food and much more draw thousands of visitors each year. See all the events happening this summer at the fairgrounds at georgiamountainfairgrounds.com.

BABYLAND GENERAL HOSPITAL The Cabbage Patch Kids were created by Xavier Roberts in Cleveland, Ga., which is home to Babyland General Hospital where the tykes are born. The Cabbage Patch Kids are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and there will be events all summer long (including regular weekend tea parties) culminating with an anniversary celebration on Sept. 8. Find out more at babylandgeneral.com. BLUE RIDGE BLUES AND BBQ MUSIC FESTIVAL The annual festival will be held in the downtown Blue Ridge City Park on Sept. 15 from noon to 9 p.m. There will be barbeque, live music, craft beer, fun stuff for the kids and more. Find more information at stayinblueridge.com. ROME BEER FEST Head to Rome for the annual unique craft beer, art and music experience on Sept. 22 at Heritage Park. All proceeds benefit the Rome Area Council for the Arts, providing community arts programming, education and outreach. For more information, romebeerfest.com. GEORGIA APPLE FESTIVAL The annual event is held over two weekends – Oct. 13-14 and Oct. 20-21 – in Ellijay. There will be more than 300 vendors, an antique car show, a parade and plenty of apples. Visit georgiaapplefestival.org for information.


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Make a Splash

Georgia State Parks offer water activities for summer


Summer is calling, and outdoor lovers will soon be on the hunt for the perfect destinations to enjoy water activities. Lucky for locals and visitors, Georgia State Parks offer a plethora of ways to get wet, including paddling, boating, fishing and kayaking just to name a few. And whether you’re heading for the hills or to some other part of the state for your summer vacation, there’s some great scenery, too.

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PADDLING The Park Paddlers Club offers an abundance of scenic waterways to explore, for both seasoned paddlers and beginners. Whether paddling in a kayak, in a canoe or on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), paddle the 24 miles of water trails at the six participating state parks and earn a Park Paddlers t-shirt and bragging rights. In addiHigh Falls SUP tion to the six state parks in the Park Paddlers Club, visitors can rent kayaks, canoes and SUPs to explore a variety of mountain lakes, coastal waters and winding rivers, all located within Georgia state parks. Find a complete list of parks with paddling at GaStateParks.org/Paddling. FISHING Georgia State Parks are an angler’s paradise with reservoirs, streams and rivers, lakes of all sizes and saltwater fishing. Many bass fishermen equate “The Bass Capital of the World” to George T. Bagby’s Lake Walter F. George. In fact, the size and variety of fish are rivaled only by the varieties of unspoiled environments, from bass at Tugaloo and Hart Outdoor Recreation Area, to crappie at Seminole, Red Top Mountain and Richard B. Russell. Several of the parks have created programs that allow you to borrow equipment for little or no charge. Find a fishing spot at GaStateParks.org/Fishing. BOATING In addition to lakeside beaches, dozens of Georgia State Parks provide public boat ramps and docks, a few with their own docks adjacent to campgrounds and cabins. Boat rentals are available at more than 20 state parks. Larger lakes even allow boaters to partake in water skiing, sailing and other personal watercraft activities, however, some parks on smaller lakes have horsepower restrictions to preserve the tranquil setting and wildlife. See a full list of boat ramps at GaStateParks.org/Boating. SWIMMING Nothing says summer like a trip to the lake. Georgia State Parks’ sandy swimming beaches serve up all the amenities of a trip to the coast without the expense. Check out the beaches at parks like Red Top Mountain, Hard Labor Creek or Tugaloo. If swimming pools are more your style, head to F.D. Roosevelt, High Falls, Little Ocmulgee or Victoria Bryant state parks. Kids will find fun ways to play in the water with splash pads at Magnolia Springs, Little Ocmulgee and Gordonia-Alatamaha. Find a lake, pool or splash pad at Red Top Mountain Beach GaStateParks.org/Swimming.

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Noted poet, dancer and activist prepares for mountain move BY COLLIN KELLEY Poet, dancer, activist and history-maker Louise Runyon is leaving Decatur for the mountains of North Carolina. Her latest poetry collection, “The Passion of Older Women,” not only acts as goodbye letter to the city, but also arrives at the height of the social mediadriven #MeToo movement as a frank testament and tool of empowerment for women “of a certain age.” “I love Atlanta and Decatur. I will deeply miss the DeKalb Farmers Market, my many communities here, my friends and garden,” Runyon reflected. “But I’m looking forward to pursuing a more spiritual path, and part of that is being in the mountains. I want to rest, be quiet and appreciate the natural world. I want to take better care of myself and get to know a new place and community. It’s an adventure.” Runyon is not new to adventures and forging her own path. She made history in the 1970s by becoming the first woman to work at Atlantic Steel (where Atlantic Station now sits in Midtown) since World War II. She also made a name for herself in the dance world, touring the country as a performer and choreographer and creating the Louise Runyon Performance Company. Runyon said the strong women in her life were her inspiration, including now as she prepares to make another life-altering move. “I’m 68, so it’s pretty daunting to make this move by myself,” Runyon said. “But the mountains are where my heart is.” She was particularly inspired by her cousin, Francis, who moved to the North Carolina mountains at age 70 and lived happily there for another 26 years. “Those were the best years of her life,” Runyon said. “She found peace there and I hope to do the same.” Before she makes the move to Sylva, North Carolina, Runyon remains steadfast in her role as an activist, including support of #MeToo. “Sexual assault on women, viewing them as objects and commodities, leads to the stigmatization of older women,” she said. “When you become an older woman, you feel shame and stigmatized no matter how confident or powerful you’ve been. It’s not really talked about, but just part of the fabric of our culture. I think the Me Too movement is a huge step forward for women.” While writing “The Passion of Older Women,” Runyon became aware of just how little writing there was for older women. She said most of the books come from a religious angle or “formulaic garbage” playing on the old trope of older women desperate for younger men. “I hope that when women read this book they will gain solace, hope, comfort and direction,” Runyon said. “We’re looking at the last third of our lives and how we’re going to live it. It’s not an easy thing to face. Younger women may not think about it or want to think about it, but this is their future, too.” As for her legacy, Runyon said she’s not one to reflect on it. “My contribution is to write and talk about the power of the women of my generation,” she said. “We’re a formidable group. We’ve made a difference and will continue to do so and not just disappear.” Louise Runyon will read from “The Passion of Older Women” on June 25, 7:15 p.m. at the Decatur Library as part of Poetry Atlanta Presents… in conjunction with Georgia Center for the Book. For more information, visit georgiacenterforthebook.org or louiserunyonperformance.com.

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Design Ideas

Ideas for decorating your mountain retreat As more people buy mountain homes for retirement or as weekend getaways, interior design has definitely evolved. Gone are the days of the primitive log cabin, replaced by modern conveniences with a rustic flare. We rounded up a few design ideas to help inspire you if you’re getting ready to decorate your mountain retreat.

1 An outdoor fireplace is a must for those chilly nights in the mountains. It also makes an excellent focal point for a family gathering, party or just curling up with a good book.


No outhouses here! A sleek, modern bathroom can have a rustic touch as well as a commanding view of the mountains while you soak in a big tub or enjoy a long shower.



A modern version of the campfire, a fire pit with plenty of seating is great for parties, sleepovers or sitting around toasting marshmallows and listening to ghost stories.


Wood and stone accents in a mountain home offer plenty of charm, while big windows offer great views – even from bed.


Open floorplans are de rigueur in city homes these days, but they are also perfect for mountain retreats, especially if you’re trying to get closer to the family or hosting a party. A big kitchen bar with plenty of seating and a grand view of the living space opens up all kinds of possibilities.

If you’re going to be entertaining at your mountain home, plenty of seating will be a must. This interior design offers multiple areas for gathering, socializing and intimate conversations.

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Dana Munson Riverwood International Charter School Riverwood International Charter School teacher Dana Munson, no stranger to awards, was recently honored for her work teaching students art. Munson was honored as Georgia’s National Art Honor Society Distinguished Teacher of the Year alongside her students as they won their own awards. “Though the honor should be enough, what I treasured most was that my National Art Honor Society kids were there to see me win this award. To be able to share that with the kids that made it possible to win the award was one of my finest moments as a teacher,” Munson said of accepting the award, which was announced at the group’s March conference. She has previously been honored as Educator of the Year for both the Georgia Art Education Association and from the National Art Education Association. For nine years of Munson’s 20-year career, she has been teaching at River-



wood in Sandy Springs. Munson believes art teaches kids how to “dream big, to make mistakes, to fail and to succeed.” She could be on her way to another award. Munson and teacher Lana Ensmann have been nominatSPECIAL Dana Munson. ed as sponsors of the year by the Georgia Art Education Association for their work with Riverwood’s National Art Honor Society, where they have led students to raise $1,500 for a nonprofit. “I really enjoy getting to know my students through the art that they create,” she said.

Dana Munson helps her students with their artwork.

Q: What keeps you going year after year? A: The students are the reason I keep

coming back. Each student is unique and it is part of the puzzle of educating that you have to find a way to reach each one. Some kids are easier than others, but that is part of the reason that teaching never gets old.


What do you want to see in your students?

A: One student told me once that I had

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taught him more science than any other teacher. Though I know that just wasn’t the case, I also realized that through the arts, he had actually applied his science knowledge in a different way. I really enjoy seeing when a student realizes some insight (large or small) that makes an impact on him or her. Those are the moments that we, as teachers, look forward to.

Q: What are you most proud of in your career?

A: Though I have won several awards

and those were proud moments, the one thing that I am most proud of is that I was able to teach my daughters when they were in elementary school and I was able to teach them in high school. They are graduating this year from Riverwood and I couldn’t be prouder of them and the time we have spent together.

Q: What is your favorite memory at your school?



Though I have had some fabulous memories at Riverwood throughout my time here, I have to say my favorite (to date) was having my last day with my graduating [Advanced Placement] art students this year. I have taught these kids for three to four years and have become very fond of each of them. It was a sad day for me to see each of them move their name to the AP art student name wall (a tradition in my room), but I know that each of these fabulous kids will do great things in the future. Right now, it is my proudest memory.


What do you hope students learn from you?

A: Deep down, I really want my students

to appreciate their talent and skills. As an artist, we create and it is through creating that we gain insights into ourselves. For students, the arts help to give them the confidence that each needs to be able to conquer problems. One of the quotes in my room is, “In art, it’s not a mistake, it’s an opportunity.” The arts teach kids that it is okay to make a mistake and to learn how to go beyond that mistake. Art is about process and achieving a goal and for my students, I think this is the greatest lesson. Editor’s note: Through our “Exceptional Educator” articles, Reporter Newspapers showcases the work of some of the outstanding teachers and administrators at our local schools. If you would like to recommend a teacher or administrator to be the subject of an Exceptional Educator article, please email editor@ReporterNewspapers.net.

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New Bike Alliance pushes for pedal-powered improvements Continued from page 1 tion that is working to educate residents about bicycle safety and holding community bike rides. Members also are lobbying their elected officials at town halls and City Council meetings asking them to start funding that plan in next year’s budget. “Right now, we are definitely not a bike-friendly city, but we want to get there,” said Marjon Manitius, a member of the Alliance’s steering committee and resident of Brookhaven Fields. “And we want to help the city prioritize where to spend the money.” The city paid Pond and Associates $96,000 in 2015 to create the bike-ped plan with community input. As part of that process the company split the projects up into three phases: short-term (possible to implement in five to 10 years), mid-term (10 to 20 years) and long-term (more than 20 years). The plan was then approved in 2016 and, if fully implemented, would include 20.4 miles of new “sharrows,” or shared lane markings; 6.9 miles of new bicycle lanes or cycle tracks; 31.3 miles of new sidewalks; and 38.7 miles of new multiuse trails. Total cost of the plan at the time was a whopping $66.4 million, but the consultants and council agreed that phasing the projects out over time would be the best

way to fund them. Just the short-term phase, however, would cost about $9.2 million in 2015 numbers, according to the plan. Other figures were $25.2 million for the mid-term phase and $32 million for the long-term phase, again with old figures. Manitius said the Bike Alliance has identified $12 million in projects that can be done in the next five years. “This year the budget included $300,000 for sidewalk projects, but zero money for bicycling specific projects,” she said. “The bike-ped plan clearly shows us where the needs are and how to get the best bang for the buck,” she said. “We have a plan, but we need to fund it.” The city is implementing easy parts of the plan already. When it repaves a road on the bike-ped plan, such as Osborne Road this year, bike lanes are painted as part of that project. On other paving projects, Manitius said the Alliance is asking the Public Works Department to direct contractors to narrow the automobile lanes to 10 feet to leave space on the shoulder of the road between the white line and the curb. “While this may not meet the technical definition of a bike lane, it is free and is a huge improvement for bicyclists,” she said. The Brookhaven Bike Alliance has also

Dozens of children and their parents participated in the new Brookhaven Bike Alliance’s first community ride at Ashford Park Elementary School in March.

identified eight specific projects from the bike-ped plan and has put out a public survey on its Facebook page, asking respondents to select the top three they would like to see done next year. The Bike Alliance would then present the top three vote-getters to the council and ask for funding.

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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From Brookhaven Police reports dated May 27 through June 3. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website.

June 1, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting.

rested and accused of family violence.


4400 block of Peachtree Road — On

29, in the afternoon, a man was arrested on aggravated child molestation charges.

1600 block of Northeast Expressway

— On May 27, in the evening, a theft was reported. 3900 block of Peachtree Road — On May

27, in the evening, a theft was reported. 3300 block of Buford Highway — On May

29, in the early morning, a forced-entry burglary to a non-residence was reported. 4000 block of Peachtree Road — On

May 29, in the evening, items were stolen from a car. 700 block of Brookhaven Avenue — On

May 29, in the evening, there were two reported incidents of items stolen from cars. 4000 block of Peachtree Road — On

May 29, in the evening, items were stolen from a car. 2700 block of Ashford Road — On May

30, in the afternoon, a theft was reported. 3000 block of Buford Highway — On

June 1, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of theft of services.

A S S AU LT 2800 block of Buford

3500 block of Buford Highway — On May

1000 block of Barone Avenue — On

May 29, in the afternoon, a battery incident was reported.

Highway — On May 27, in the early morning, a battery incident was reported.

1000 block of Barone Avenue — On May 29, in the evening, a battery incident was reported.

2900 block of Buford

Highway — On May 27, at noon, a man was arrested and accused of simple battery. block of Peachtree Road — On May 28, in the evening, a simple battery incident was reported.

400 block of Lincoln Court Avenue — On May 29, at night, a battery incident was reported.


1500 block of Brookhaven Circle — On

May 28, in the evening, a simple battery incident was reported. 1700 block of Briarwood Road — On

May 28, in the evening, a woman was ar-

1000 block of Perimeter Summit Boulevard — On May 30, at noon, a simple assault was reported.

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Briarcliff Road — On May 27, in

the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of loitering and prowling. 3900 block of Buford Highway — On

May 27, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. 2600 block of Briarcliff Road — On

May 27, in the early morning, a woman was arrested and accused of loitering and prowling. 3300 block of Buford Highway — On

May 27, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving without a license. 3200 block of Buford Highway — On

May 27, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of driving without insurance. 3400 block of Buford Highway — On

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