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JUNE 10 - JUNE 23, 2016 • VOL. 8 — NO. 12


Brookhaven Reporter


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Attorney Mary Galardi purchased her condo-office space in Brookhaven Village on Dresden Drive eight years ago. The location, the restaurants, the shops – all of this appealed to her as she decided to move her business from Norcross. But now she worries two proposed apartment developments on Dresden Drive will disturb the mixed-use developments in the area that create a thriving See STORY. on page 14


Alice Piekut, 1, right, pets Maggie, during the 2nd annual “Bark in the Park” event at Brookhaven Park on June 4. The festivities included music, food trucks, canine trick demonstrations and pet adoptions. See additional photos on page 18.

EDUCATION Graduation pictures

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The challenge on Buford Highway is harmonizing the dreams of the people who have given Buford Highway its identity and vitality with an ugly, unsafe, underdeveloped, underutilized corridor designed to move cars and trucks. Marian Liou We Love BuHi See COMMENTARY Page 13

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Brookhaven defers vote on controversial traffic-calming petition BY DYANA BAGBY Faced with dozens of Brookhaven Heights residents divided over how to calm traffic in their neighborhood, City Council on June 7 punted a vote until next month on a controversial neighborhood traffic-calming plan. The council will hold another public hearing July 12 before voting on a request from residents of the neighborhood to slow

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New four-city partnership takes ‘small steps’ toward regional plans BY JOHN RUCH

on the Brookhaven-Chamblee border. ARC suggested a public-private partnership modeled on a similar group in Four north DeKalb cities have created Gwinnett County called Partnership a nonprofit public-private organization Gwinnett and on the Atlanta Aerotropcalled the Peachtree Gateway Partnerolis Alliance, an effort to redevelop the area around Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The cities conducted the planning in secrecy until last October, when former Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams announced its existence. Current Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst and Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal, who both took office this year, agreed to proceed with the effort, Reuter said. Ernst said he agreed with the partnership as “a great way for all four of us to get together and talk and see what each other is doing…I think it’s a good use of my time…And hopefully we can talk about traffic. “It’s not really set in ARC stone…what the objecBrookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville and tive is,” Ernst said, addDunwoody have formed the Peachtree Gateway ing that the cities have Partnership to conduct regional planning. agreed to start setting ship to conduct regional planning. goals at a future meeting. Some early talk The partnership’s first project will be has involved transportation and the posto create a coordinated plan for a multisibility of creating self-taxing communiuse trail network spanning the four citty improvement districts, he said. ies, said Dan Reuter, the Atlanta Regional Ernst said he is not concerned about Commission official who helped the four developers having close access to city of-- Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville and ficials on the partnership board, as he Dunwoody -- establish the organization. has not even noticed them at meetings. “We’re going to undertake that next. PretMore of the talk has been about planned ty small steps,” Reuter said. city trails and the airport, he said. The board of the new organization inThe partnership is a 501(c)(6) nonprofcludes the four cities’ mayors, with Chamit business organization, a status that was blee Mayor Eric Clarkson as chair. The officially approved last week, Reuter said. board also includes representatives of The nonprofit status means the group DeKalb-Peachtree Airport; Georgia Powcan raise money from private sources in er Co.; Epps Aviation Co., a charter airline such forms as contributions, memberoperating at the airport; and developers ship dues or sponsorships. The payments on the team undertaking Assembly, the would not be tax-deductible, but can be redevelopment of the former GM plant written off as business expenses, Reuter on Buford Highway in Doraville. said. The partnership is not currently The Peachtree Gateway Partnership charging dues, he said. has been in the works for roughly two The partnership’s efforts will not inyears. The four cities invited ARC to help clude the parts of Brookhaven and Dunthem create some sort of regional planwoody that are currently within the Pening and development authority, officials rimeter Center Improvement Districts. have previously said. Potential impacts of “It’s more the Buford Highway corridor, the Assembly project was one major mothe MARTA [Gold Line] corridor” and the tivation, while another was finding betairport that the partnership wants to foter ways to market the airport, which sits cus on, Reuter said.

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Local history books move forward BY JOHN RUCH

erland garden off Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. Meanwhile, a coffee-table-style book Brookhaven will soon have its own enabout Historic Brookhaven homes is in the try in the “Images of America” history writing and production stage, even as its book series, and a book about the houses of backers hope to raise more money to add to Historic Brookhaven is preparing for pubit. The book is being funded through sponlication, too. sorships and pre-sales to owners of houses Arcadia Publishing just offered a pubthat will be featured in the book. Backers lishing contract for a Brookhaven book last say they have raised $25,000 but are aimweek, said former Mayor Rebecca Chase ing for more. Williams, who commissioned the histor“We have enough funds to do a book,” ical research project that led to the book said Richard Dietrich, a local author and deal. architect who is writ“They just reing the book. “But cently accepted we’re expecting the Brookhaven to be a book to be just bigger book,” said Williams, and better.” who will be co-auHistoric thor along with loBrookhaven is the cal historian Valerie neighborhood in Biggerstaff. Williams Brookhaven and said they have to deBuckhead around liver the book by Janthe Capital City Club uary and it is slatgolf course. The book ed to be published in is focused on a part March. RICHARD DIETRICH of the neighborhood Biggerstaff, who AUTHOR that is listed as an previously put toHistoric District on gether an “Images the National Regisof America” book about Dunwoody, startter of Historic Places. The area has housed the project last year with $3,500 from es dating between 1910 and 1942. Planned Williams’ mayoral discretionary funds. In by a committee of the Historic Brookhavpart, Williams hoped it could be the beginen Neighborhood Association, the book is ning of a local historical society. intended to raise awareness about historic Williams said the co-authors will represervation. ceive a 10 percent royalty on sales and Dietrich is writing, interviewing resihopes to devote it to a “fund to increasing dents and creating some watercolor painthistoric preservation” efforts, but it is yet to ings to go along with the many modbe determined what form that will take or ern and historic house photographs. The if the city will be involved. book’s publication timeline has moved She said it could tie into a larger nonback from late this year to sometime next profit organization that could form to run spring, he said. other efforts Williams is involved with, inFor more information, see brookhavencluding the annual Cherry Blossom val and an effort to revive the historic

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Former Brookhaven mayors pick different sides in state House District 80 GOP runoff BY DYANA BAGBY

When it comes to politics in Brookhaven and who should be the state’s House District 80 representative, the city’s former mayors are split – although they are united on wanting a Republican back in that seat. Meagan Hanson Alan Cole Rebecca Chase Williams is backing Meagan Hanson, an attorney, and J. Max Davis is throwing his support behind neighborhood activist Alan Cole. Hanson and Cole face each other in the Republican runoff on July 26. The two were the top vote-getters in the May 24 primary with attorney Catherine Bernard finishing third. As for current Mayor John Ernst, he is so far undeclared. A Rebecca Chase Williams J. Max Davis friend of House District 80 incumbent Taylor Bennett, a Demoback anyone in the race. crat who won a special election last year, House District 80 includes parts of Ernst said he and the city will work with Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody and whomever wins the office in November. Sandy Springs. “I’m non-partisan. We’ve worked well Williams sent out an email a day bewith Taylor and will work well with fore the May 24 primary urging friends them, too,” Ernst said. He declined to say to vote for Hanson. “I know Meagan, who if he was going to endorse or publicly has been a frequent contributor to ‘The Georgia Gang’ with my husband Dick. I’ve talked to Meagan about the issues and the need to win this seat back to Republicans. I think she is in the strongest position to do this …” the email stated. In an interview, Williams said Hanson is a “very bright attorney” whose past involvement in Republican politics earned her support. The DeKalb Services Center “She’s been around the legislature quite a bit and knows how it works,” Wilhas been serving the community since liams said. “She’s the right age with the 1978. We empower adults living with conservative [values] that I’m attracted to development disabilities with the skills and that can best represent the district.” they need to lead more independent, Davis said he backed Hanson in the primary but is backing Cole in the runfulfilling lives. Where others see  off. He was with Cole at his May 24 elecdisabilities, we see the possibilities. tion watch party at an Italian restaurant, but said that was unplanned and that he • Training center with work had just stopped in for dinner that night. activities and instruction “I think he’s got more experience,” Da• Day program with hot lunches vis said. “Meagan called me early on and

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I supported her before the runoff.” He said he’s supporting Cole now because “it’s a different election now.” But, he added, he will be glad to support whoever wins July 26 in the November general election against Bennett. Davis said he is also supporting Cole in the runoff because he learned Hanson did not support him when he was seeking the District 80 seat as a Republican last year. “She didn’t vote for me in the HD 80 race – she didn’t vote at all,” Davis said. “That’s the main reason. It was somewhat of a shock when I learned that.” In Fulton County, Hanson garnered 227 votes for 43 percent of the vote. Cole finished second with 165 votes, or nearly 32 percent of the vote, according to the Fulton County Department of Registration and Elections. In DeKalb, Cole won with 681 votes or nearly 38 percent of the vote. Attorney Catherine Bernard finished behind Cole with 571 votes, or nearly 32 percent. Cole finished third with 558 votes, or just under 31 percent, according to the DeKalb County Voter Registration and Elections. Vote totals showed Cole as the top vote-getter with 846 votes, or 36 percent, and Hanson with 785 votes, or 33.6 percent, according to the Secretary of State Office. Voter turnout will be key going into the July 26 runoff. Turnout for the May 24 primary in Fulton County was poor with only 71,004 votes cast, or 13.75 percent of the county’s 516,508 registered voters turning out, according to Fulton voting records. In DeKalb County that number was just as dismal with 18.61 percent, or 70,500 voters, of the county’s 378,798 registered voters going to the polls, according to DeKalb’s voting numbers. Williams noted that getting people to the polls in a runoff is even more difficult. “It all depends on who gets voters to turn out,” she said.

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The Atlanta Hawks will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its new state-of-the-art practice facility on June 24 in Brookhaven’s Executive Park, according to a team spokesperson. The “traditional groundbreaking” ceremony is expected to feature Coach Mike Budenholzer, CEO Steve Koonin and owner Tony Ressler. The Hawks and Emory Healthcare have teamed up to construct a sports medicine and training center on Executive Park Drive. The facility will also serve as the team’s official practice site. The Emory/Hawks partnership is a $50 million deal for the land purchase and building construction with $14 million being covered by Emory University and the Hawks providing $36 million. --Dyana Bagby


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Above left, Erika Cassell, left, Jaylin Reid and Sydney Long, right, students at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, take a few moments to capture the excitement of their graduation day. Above right, Kasey Rohleder, left, and Josie Barton show their National Honor Society stoles.

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Epstein School graduates, left to right, Nadav David, Elijah Medwed, Brandon Sherman and Asher Fitterman, place their hands over their hearts as they sing the National Anthem at their graduation ceremony.


Epstein School eighth graders, back row, Zoe Rosenberg, Galya Fischer, Vanessa Greenstein, and front row, Amy Kowalsky, Maya Kahn, Rayna Fladell and Elaine Berger, perform at their graduation ceremony.


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Monday, June 13, 6-7:30 p.m. Learn traditional organic henna art by trained and certified cosmetologist Raj Gill. Class continues on Tuesday, June 14, 6-7:30 p.m. Only sign up if you can attend both. Free. For kids ages 7-17. Open to the first 15 participants. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Call 770-512-4640 to register.

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PLANT PULL Saturday, June 25, 9-11 a.m. The Atlanta Audubon Society seeks volunteers to assist with an invasive plant pull and habitat restoration at The Confluence Park, where the north and south forks of Peachtree Creek meet near Lindbergh. Groups welcome. Clear brush, spread wood chips on trails and more. For details and to sign up, email: or call 678-973-2437. The Confluence, accessed at the terminus of Armand Road off of Lindbergh Drive, 30324.



Wednesday, June 15, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Take your photography to the next level and create photos that catch the eye, are clean and free of distractions, use light best and see a more focused world. Bring camera or smartphone. Free. For middle and high school audiences. Open to the public. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 30305. Registration requested by emailing: Call 404-814-3500 to find out more.

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY Thursday, June 16, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tinkering girls and boys are invited to see how STEM transforms things we wear. Learn garment engineering, circuitry and computer programming, and create circuitry for a tie, vest or skirt. Free. For elementary through high school youth. Open to all, but limited to 25 participants. Reservations required by emailing: Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 30305. Call 404814-3500 with questions.


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Wednesday, June 22, 11 a.m. Get up close and personal with some reptile friends. For ages 3 and up. Free. Open to the public. No registration required. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: for additional information.

Tuesday, June 14, 2-4 p.m. Adults, learn how to navigate the digital collections at the Buckhead Branch Library. Find out about Flipster and Zinio, and discover access to eBooks, music and TV shows via Hoopla. Bring your devices. Free and open to the public. For elders, college, high school and middle school audiences. 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 30305. Email: or call 404814-3500 to find out more.

LIBRARY MINI GOLF Wednesday, June 22, 1-2 p.m. The Buckhead Branch Library’s teen center will have a mini golf course! Putt your way around books, graphic novels and good times. Prizes and snacks for all players. For middle and high school youth. Free. All are invited. 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 30305. Call 404-814-3500 or email: for further details.



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TITLES @ TWILIGHT Tuesday, June 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs’ adult program, “Titles@Twilight,” promoting local authors with stories of history and the South, continues. Franklin Cox presents, “How to Write from Your Five Senses: Make Your Words Come Alive.” On June 21, Jackie Cooper and Dale Cramer discuss, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Writing.” Free and open to the public. In the Garden Room, Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Cir., Sandy Springs, 30328. RSVP by visiting:, emailing: mswindell@ or calling 404-851-9111 x2.


Wednesday, June 22, 2-2:45 p.m. A high-energy, Latininspired dance fitness party for youngsters and their caregivers. For 5-10 years olds. Open to the first 30 participants. Free. No registration required. Bring water bottles and wear comfortable clothing. Park behind the Brookhaven Branch Library and enter at the lower level. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-848-7140 with questions.

Thursday, June 23, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Discover Henri Matisse and his artwork, then create your own vase and flower drawing based on his style. Learn how to use lines, shapes and angles by using regular and watercolor pencils. Free. Open to the first 20 participants. For adults. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 ChambleeDunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770512-4640 with questions.


TOUCH A TRUCK Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Brookhaven Police and Fire Departments provide a day of fun and learning for the entire family. Hop on a fire truck, get behind the wheel of some heavy equipment, check out police vehicles and get safety tips. Free. The public is invited. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. For more details, email: philip.mitchell@brookhavenga. gov or call 404-637-0512.

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Brush Sushi Izakaya is a Japanese gasmame, nigiri and tropub located in Decatur specializing in omakase. The yakitori. dish that will Gastropub: snacks and plates somewhat keep Brush in bigger than what we think of as tapas, but the running for still smaller than a full entrée and usually top tier dining in meant for sharing. Yakitori: skewers upon this regard is defskewers of grilled chicken parts that are deinitely the snow licious and not very greasy. Also, kushikatcrab chawansu: skewers more heavily seasoned and mushi. Chawanbreaded than yakitori. mushi: a hot or All skewers run from $2.50 to $6, with a cold egg custard. Dining Out chef’s choice mixed plate at $18 to $20. EatBrush’s version Megan Volpert ers new to this type of grilling can stick to arrives steamMegan Volpert lives in wings and thighs, maybe a little pork beling in a gorgeous Decatur, teaches in Roly. More adventurous eaters can hit the clay pot. The swell and writes books heart, neck, cartilage and other items that silky custard is about popular culture. are comparatively rare. You don’t see a lot wonderfully deliof conservationist whole-bird butchering in Atlanta. cate and the snow crab is eviThere are some things on dent throughout. Between the the menu that are gaining in pop of the ikura (salmon cavau rant Re popularity right now. The house iar) and the umami (savory chashu rice with soy-cured yolk taste) of the Shimeji mushand seared pork belly will satisfy folks who rooms, Brush’s snow crab chawanmushi is usually stick to the safety of ramen or fried one of the best ways to spend $9 in Decatur. rice. There’s a Some peonice rice-less ple have compoke (fish salad) plained that it’s of tuna, salmtoo expensive on, avocado and and that Decahouse chili oil tur is already that was thorfull of decent oughly flavorsushi. It’s true ful without gothat this place is ing overboard more expensive into spicy territothan other nearry. For those who by places; save do enjoy more it for date night spicy food, they or when you’ve Rice-less poke, or fish salad. have a yellowtail got visiting injalapeno that I’d put up against Umi’s. While Umi lays a pepper slice right on the fish, Brush does it as a puree that looks just as lovely while thankfully distributing the heat more evenly. With the ramen renaissance in our city, from Nexto to Jinya, Atlanta will need to be increasingly discerning about the broadly competitive field of Asian cuisines. At a minimum, our vocabulary needs to A selection of skewers. get somewhat beyond edalaws to wrangle. Brush will especially please your father-in-law, who notoriously subsists on steak and baked potatoes. This is because Brush is not really a sushi place.


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Opinion / A vision for Buford Highway I’m frequently asked about my viage Buford Highway’s assets to accomAs We Love sion for Buford Highway. plish two things: (1) capture and grow BuHi has demWhat is Buford Highway’s vision for an inchoate sense that Buford Highway onstrated, so itself? is the American Dream writ small, that long as good Sometimes, not often enough, I ask Buford Highway, positioned at the geofood and interthe people living and working on Bugraphical, social and cultural margins esting sights are ford Highway about their vision for Buguaranteed, peoford Highway, though not in preciseple will pay for ly those terms. I ask them where they the novelty of grew up, how they came to the Unitriding their bied States and then to Buford Highway, cycles on the Marian Liou how long they’ve lived or worked in the deadliest road Founder of We Love BuHi area, and which schools their children, in Georgia or if they have children, attend. crowding onto MARTA buses to hear Although the words “vision,” “hope,” experts talk about infrastructure and and “dream” may never come up in pedestrian safety. these conversations, I’m fairly certain By providing individuals with phystheir vision for Buford Highway, the ical experiences that connect them to a place in which they live or work, is a viplace and to each other, We Love BuHi sion that is common to all of us, no mataspires to instill among them a sense of ter where we live or work. We all want personal ownership in the future of Bua safe place to live, a decent job that’s ford Highway. By attracting new cusconvenient to get to, good schools for tomers through non-traditional activiour children, an opportunity for a life ties and marketing channels, We Love of meaning and joy. BuHi hopes to facilitate agency, engageThe challenge on Buford Highway ment and expertise among local busiis harmonizing the dreams of the peoness owners in the processes of comple who have given Buford Highway its munity and economic development. identity and vitality with an ugly, unMy vision for Buford Highway, theresafe, underdeveloped, underutilized fore, is one in which ideas and plans to MARIAN LIOU corridor designed to move cars and make Buford Highway livable, more FOUNDER OF WE LOVE BUHI trucks. The paradox is that these very connected and still affordable comunpromising conditions have enabled prise the communities living and workcontinuous waves of our ing on Buford Highway today. most recently arrived immiMy vision for Buford Highgrants to find housing, jobs, way is one in which “commuand resources among people nity engagement” no longer of similar economic and ethrequires quotation marks. nic backgrounds – in other My vision for Buford Highwords, to thrive. way is one in which inclusion Is it necessary, or even posand equity foremost are built sible, to ensure that the forinto any and all discussions tunes of the immigrants of and decisions about Buford Buford Highway do not fall as Highway. the fortunes of Buford HighFinally, my vision for Buway rise? Can both rise toford Highway recognizes that gether? if Atlanta is the cultural capiWe Love BuHi was foundtal of the New South, then we ed, in part, to frame any serimust learn to celebrate Buous and truly thoughtful disford Highway as the multicussion of Buford Highway’s cultural capital of Atlanta. JOHN RUCH challenges squarely and inI say “learn,” because celWe Love BuHi founder Marian Liou envisions a safe, fun, tentionally within the context ebrating a place and its attractive, livable, inclusive Buford Highway. of its immigrant community, many varied communities to ensure that recommendaisn’t merely holding a festitions and policies established through of the city of Atlanta, is actually an inval once a year. It isn’t one-dimensionlocal and regional decision-making and trinsic and important part of Atlanta al. It is a process that involves bravery, planning, as well as their implementaand of this country’s larger fabric; and vulnerability, a willingness to possibly tion and actual outcomes, fully include (2) catalyze a broad, community-driven say the wrong thing and own up to it, the ideas and dreams of the people who conversation about Buford Highway’s a commitment to forgive, an acknowlhave made Buford Highway what it is challenges. In forming creative placeedgment that all our hopes and dreams today. making collaborations with other soare fundamentally the same, and an We Love BuHi envisions a safe, fun, cial enterprises and grassroots organiempathy borne of that common underattractive, livable, inclusive Buford zations, area nonprofits and neighbors, standing. Highway. What that means in its parWe Love BuHi encourages people to It is an ongoing process that begins ticulars is for us to figure out together. re-examine and imagine what Buford not with a grand vision, but by saying We Love BuHi simply seeks to leverHighway can be. hello.

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The other, Solis Dresden by developers Terwilliger Pappas, would be directly across the street from Galardi’s office on an undeveloped piece of land. Solis Dresden proposes 121 apartments and Dresden Village is proposing 206 apartments. Two other complexes are already located nearby on Dresden Drive – @1377 and Rosewood. Both were approved by DeKalb County before Brookhaven became a city. “I was under the assumption the new development would be more mixed-use and more owneroccupied,” Galardi said. “I’m an attorney – apartment residents are not my clients, homeowners are.”

and right above Pour Bistro, she knew future developcommunity. ment would be taking place. “When my clients walk Developers want to build into my office they all say, two more apartment build‘This is just awesome, that ings on Dresden, within a you can just walk downstairs block of Galardi’s office. to a nice restaurant,’” said One proposed complex Galardi, who specializes in will sit where the DeKalb Mary Galardi estate planning and corpoCounty Tax Commissioner’s rate law. office now stands. It will be When Galardi purchased the condo, named Dresden Village and developed by located in the same building as the KaleiConnolly Investment and Development, doscope restaurant, on the second floor and Fairfield Residential.


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He recalled leading the effort to rezone Brookhaven Village, anchored by Village Place and Village Park Place mixed-use developments, years ago. There was a group of approximately eight people who fought the rezoning “tooth and nail,” Honderd said. Then, when J. Christopher opened about 2010, Honderd said he and his wife, Betsy Eggers, decided to walk over for breakfast one morning. “Coming out of J. Christopher was a leader of that opposition. She was with her husband and told us, ‘We can’t tell you how great this is. We come here once a week,’” Honderd said. “And she said it with no sense of irony. They embraced it and loved it,” he said. The moral of the story is to not point out their change of heart, he said, but that while change is hard and disruptive, many will come to eventually embrace it. And just taking a wild guess, with no hard data to back up his anecdote, Honderd said he finds about 50 percent of homeowners will sell due to development while 50 percent will come to em-


Neighborhood activists Jennifer Heath, left, and her sister Suzanne, have been speaking out about future development.

brace the change. New people who embrace the change will then move in. Honderd also praises the long, difficult public process developers must go through. The opposition from residents always results in a better development. “Perceptions and emotions are strongly felt,” he said. But those are not always supported by data – and data is what needs to be looked at when considering such issues as traffic. Honderd said the city is now prepared to tackle issues such as traffic. He said he agreed with Mayor John Ernst when he said at his recent traffic town hall meeting that traffic is a sign of an economically viable community and city. The City Council approved at its June 7 meeting an $83,000 contract with a consultant to lead residents through “character area” studies for the various neighborhoods and districts in the city. Ernst called for the character study areas in February because he said he was getting backlash from people about not having their own input on the city’s comprehensive zoning plan in part from residents disturbed by proposed developBK

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ment on Dresden Drive. Many people have asked the council to implement a moratorium on all development along Dresden Drive until after the character studies, which are expected to begin in July and then take six months to complete. Ernst said he didn’t feel it was appropriate to call for a moratorium because he knew developers, including the two that are proposing the apartments on Dresden Drive, would then “rush to City Hall” with their applications and try to ram them through the city planning process. “The city cannot stop people from asking for what they want do to,” he said. Ernst was able to get MARTA to agree to a voluntary moratorium on its planned transit-oriented development at the Brookhaven station. Plans were initially set to have MARTA file rezoning and variance requests June 1; however, that date has been pushed back to at least July. Traffic for heavily traveled Peachtree Road, North Druid Hills Road and Dresden Drive is being tackled as a regional issue now, Ernst said, with input from the Georgia Department of Transportation, MARTA, the ARC and the city.

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After residents demanded in community meetings that developments at least have some retail and commercial space, both developments have complied. But for many attending these meetings, the changes are not enough. Jennifer Heath is a third-generation Brookhaven resident. She’s witnessed first-hand the booming growth of the city, especially along Dresden Drive, and said she’s “somewhere in the middle” of

supporting future development along the thoroughfare that borders several single-family neighborhoods. “I enjoy the density we have currently and being able to go to the restaurants and shops,” she said. “But I’m scared of the existing proposals and what they could do to us.” Heath lives on Sylvan Circle, between North Druid Hills Road and Dresden Drive. She’s become a leading neighborhood activist speaking out recently against the two proposed apartment developments. Residents at community meetings bring up the typical concerns – traffic, density, owner-occupied versus rentals. But Heath said it’s more than just these concerns – it’s the worry that the wrong kind of development will drastically change the character of a neighborhood that has been part of the city’s history, and identity, for dozens of years. “We have a real sense of community. We have suburban neighborhoods. We owe something to those for making [the city] desirable [with development]… but we need to back off now,” she said. “It’s like a pendulum swinging.” Building near the BrookhavenOglethorpe MARTA station is understandable, she said. But why not put that development on the Peachtree Road corridor itself and not backing up to established neighborhoods along Dresden Drive, she asked. Heath says her goal is to not stop progress, but to ensure the development is applicable to the area. “People have invested a great deal of money in their homes and because of that we have become very passionate,” Heath said. “We just have to keep the passion going.”


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Brookhaven defers vote on controversial traffic-calming petition Continued from page 1 and reduce traffic on their streets by installing speed bumps and partially closing off some roads. “We’re obviously disappointed, [no vote was taken] but that’s OK,” said Giles Stevens, president of the Brookhaven Heights Community Association. “We’ve had multiple public meetings where the entire neighborhood has been invited, so we feel the neighborhood has been informed and that’s why there is so much support. We’ll definitely be ready [to come back July 12].” The traffic-calming resolution includes a request to make Standard and Thornwell drives right turn-ins only from North Druid Hills Road, and also partially close Oglethorpe Avenue by making it right-in, right-out only from North Druid Hills Road. Many residents opposing the trafficcalming petition say if those three roads are partially closed off, the remaining two roads off North Druid Hills – Pine Grove Avenue and Colonial Drive – will be flooded with even more traffic congestion. “This is not traffic calming, this is traffic diversion,” said Tom Sanders, who said he has lived on Matthews Street since 1999. Supporters of the petition said the traffic measures, which also include 12 new speed humps and a roundabout at the intersection of Oglethorpe Avenue and Colonial Drive, would force cut-through traffic out of their neighborhood and provide safety for families. Those opposing it say they don’t want their streets to absorb the relocated traffic. Many of those opposing the plan also questioned whether proponents had secured enough legitimate signatures on the petition submitted to the city to consider implementing traffic-calming measures. The city requires a minimum of 65 percent approval from property owners affected by the plan. Public Works Director Richard Meehan said traffic analysis by the city showed that during one day: 4,000 cars traveled

on Colonial Drive; 1,500 cars traveled on Standard Drive; 1,000 cars traveled on Thornwell Drive; and 400 cars traveled on Oglethorpe Avenue. The decision to partially close access roads into the neighborhood came from the residents living in the neighborhood, Meehan said, who added his analysis predicted there would be no significant increase of traffic on other streets by partially closing Oglethorpe Avenue, Thornwell Drive and Standard Drive.

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Brookhaven Park was host for the 2nd annual “Bark at the Park” event on June 4, featuring food trucks, music, pet adoptions and dog tricks. Far left, Arden Forrester, 6, gets in some play time with her stuffed toy named “Poodie.” Center, Dean Werts, and his Frisbee-catching dog Tease. Right, Tease, along with friends Jenga, center, and Limit, right, rest up before their performance.

Congratulations to our North Atlanta High School Class of 2016. Thanks to the ongoing dedication of our students and families committed to public education, along with our top notch administration, faculty, volunteers & program offerings, we have great news to share about our seniors this year. • $19,727,728 in Scholarships Awarded • • 1 Gates Millennium Scholar, 3 Georgia Scholars & 1 Posse Foundation Scholar • • 43 Zell Miller Eligible & 109 HOPE Eligible Students • National Merit Scholarship: 5 Commended Students, • 1 Semifinalist & 1 Finalist • Admitted to 39 of the Top 50 U.S. Colleges & Universities, including 9 of the Top 10 (per U.S. News Report & Forbes • Magazine) & 6 of the 8 Ivy League Schools • Acceptances at both United States Air Force Academy & United States Naval Academy (4th & 5th appointments in the past 4 years)

21 Total Admitted to Georgia Tech (63%) & 50 Admitted to University of Georgia (80%) NCAA Athletic Commits include: Baseball, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer & Swimming 80% of the 368 Graduating Seniors applied to college this year, 17% of Graduating Class is of Hispanic Origin (largest percentage in NAHS History) 38% of NAHS Seniors took AP or IB course load & 33 Dual Enrollment Students

Stats as of 5/27/16 (final stats will be available from NAHS in August 2016)

North Atlanta High School offers a well-rounded academic program as well as a variety of extra-curricular activities, fine & performing arts, competitive athletic programs and study abroad programs. NAHS is an International Baccalaureate School which has the oldest International Diploma Program (IBDP) in the Southeast. Students participate in community service hours throughout their high school years so they can further engage in the wider world that awaits them at graduation.

Thank you to the residents of our community whose tax dollars support the students at NAHS and our APS North Atlanta Cluster.


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Amenities, attractions draw home buyers to the mountains BY KATHY DEAN There’s a lot to love about living in the city, but everyone needs a change of scenery from time to time. Luckily for Atlanta residents, some of the most breathtaking scenery in the Southeast is just north of the city, in the foothills of the Appalachians. “Mountain life is appealing because it has a low-key resort feel with lots of amenities and attractions,” said Nathan Fitts, with Nathan Fitts & Team of REMAX Town & Country. “Blue Ridge is just 90 miles from downtown Atlanta, making it a great weekend escape for those looking to get a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.” It’s a perfect fit for those who love the great outdoors, as there are 106,000 acres in the Chattahoochee National Forest offering horseback riding, whitewater rafting, tubing, zip lining, mountain biking trails and hiking trails – including the Benton MacKaye Trail and the beginning of the Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain. “Some of the best trout fishing waters on the East Coast are in Blue Ridge, which has been designated by the state as ‘The Trout Capital of Georgia,’” Fitts reported. Local mountain trout is a popular dish in many of the region’s eateries, too. The historic downtown Blue Ridge area is full of upscale and specialty restaurants. Other favorite foods that visitors enjoy include barbeque, fried apple pies, biscuits and grits and sausage gravy. “The mountains of north Georgia provide peace, beauty, solitude and outdoor recreation,” said June Slusser, CEO, Coldwell Banker High Country Realty. “Clean air, the night sky filled with stars and a lack of urban noise is what many city dwellers look for. What they find is even greater than their expectations – lively, small downtowns, quaint shops, extraordinary


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restaurants, community theater, the arts and so much more.” Among that “so much more” is the ecotourism opportunities offered at orchards, farms and wineries. Festivals – such as Trout Fest, Wine and Jazz Fest, Big Green Egg Fest, Blues and BBQ, Arts in the Park and Apple Festival – fill the calendar. Of course, visitors still ride the train – The Blue Ridge Scenic Railway – and walk along Main Street while browsing the antique shops, boutiques and galleries. They enjoy stopping for a bite at the cafes while drinking in the small town atmosphere and chatting with the friendly folks who pass by. “Other big draws are the ever-growing Union County Farmer’s Market, as well as new wineries and wedding venues,” Slusser said. “There’s always a crowd heading to Harrah’s Cherokee Valley River Casino in Murphy and more musical events are slated for the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. Expanding and upgraded RV parks bring in more campers, too.” Highlands gives the Atlanta commu-

nity a quick get-away spot with a short 2-2 ½ hour drive. Bill Gilmore, provisional broker, Highlands Cove Realty and Atlanta Realtor with PalmerHouse Properties, noted that the elevation offers a lower temperature of 10 to 15 degrees, and fresh air cleaned by the National Forests awakens the senses. Hikes and views appeal to everyone, with the most popular destination being Whiteside Mountain. “Many Atlantans belong to one of the 12

private golf clubs or play the three public courses,” Gilmore said. “Visitors also love the variety of restaurants and shopping offered in both Highlands and Cashiers, and there are many events that add to special time spent in the mountains.” He suggested stopping at local farmers’ markets that are open summer through fall to stock up on fresh fruit, local cheeses and produce from the region. Visitors should be sure to schedule time for the Highlands 10th annual Culinary Weekend, Nov. 10-13, too. “In October, many Atlanta residents come to see the shadow cast in the valley from Whiteside Mountain,” Gilmore said. “It’s called the Spirit Bear or Bear Shadow and appears just before sunset.” One key to Big Canoe’s attraction is its proximity to Atlanta and the surrounding metro area. It’s only one hour from the high energy of the city, yet once a person passes through the gates and crosses over the covered bridge, they feel a million miles away. “In today’s nonstop, fast-paced world,

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Are the Mountains Calling You? Ellijay, GA 5BR/5BA/4HB $1,250,000 Exquisite Mountain Home on 8.2 acres exceeds all expectations of space, design, custom features, privacy, and offers year-round Mountain views. In gated community and borders USFS. Five ensuite BRs + 4 powder rooms. An outdoor fireplace AND a 6 car garage. So many more features and benefits make this a very special property. A MUST SEE! MLS 256584 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Morganton, GA 5BR/4.5BA $699,000 Amazing Barna Log home atop mtn ridge (3000’ elevation) and bordering USFS. All custom with upscale finishes & fixtures, floor to ceiling FP, heart pine floors, chef’s kitchen, 3 zone HVAC, spa with steam room, screen porch, oversized carport. Year round long range views. 1+ acre lot. 25 min to Blue Ridge – 45 to new Murphy Casino. This one has it ALL! MLS 253109 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Ellijay, GA 3BR/3BA $490,000 Upscale Adirondack style mountain home on 1.1 acre beside the Ellijay River. Master suite on main, open kitchen overlooking keeping room with FP. Lodge style living room with FP and French doors to screened outdoor living room with 3rd massive fireplace. Words & pictures can’t do it justice. You MUST come experience mountain living here. MLS 255208 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Epworth, GA 4BR/2BA $288,500 Spacious weekender on 1.3 flat acres with 280 feet on Fightingtown Creek. Fly fish, tube & kayak from your yard. True master on the main, cozy stone fireplace in the open concept living/dining/kitchen. Partial, unfinished basement for storage & workshop. Decks galore AND a covered rocking chair front porch. 20 minutes to Blue Ridge and Ocoee River Gorge. MLS 257760 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

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MOUNTAIN EVENTS & ACTIVITIES If you’re thinking of moving to the north Georgia mountains and wondering what there is to do besides admire the view, check out this list of eclectic events happening this summer and fall.

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Georgia Wine Country Festival Three Sisters Vineyards in Dahlonega is marking 15 years by hosting this festival every weekend in June. A garden showcasing wineries from around the state will be featured along with food trucks, jazz and more. Visit for details.

Simply Homegrown Farmers Market This big market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Clayton Municipal Complex in Rabun County. Veggies, herbs, handmade goods and more can be found in the stalls. Visit for a list of vendors and 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 19); Paul Byrom (July 10); Antsy McClain and the Troubs (July 17); Married to Broadway (July 31); and Emile Pandolfi (Aug. 14). Tickets and details at rabunmusicfestival. com.

Georgia Mountain Fair This year’s fair is July 15-23 at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds in Hiawassee. Rides, live music, food and much more draw thousands of visitors each year. Can’t make the summer event? The Georgia Mountain Fall Festival is Oct. 7-15. See all the events happening this summer at the fairgrounds at

Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Music Festival The annual festival will be held in the downtown Blue Ridge City Park on Sept. 17 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 facebook. com/BlueRidgeBluesandBBQ.

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highly desired, one of Big Canoe’s most sought-after spots is Wildcat, a mountain ridge neighborhood with a private reserve. Nearly half of the 700-acre area is set aside for usable green space, including 12 miles of walking paths and trails. Home sites share spectacular views of the neighboring mountains, wildflower meadows and lush forests. Wercholuk said that other frequent requests include a master bedroom on the

interested in an outdoor lifestyle, Wercholuk reported. “With our unique Jeep Trail, 22 miles of award-winning hiking/biking trails, three outdoor dog parks, three waterfalls, three lakes and scenic mountain landscapes, they have it all. In fact, we won 2015 Hiking Community of the Year from Bliss Awards-Real Estate Scorecard.” Since neighborhoods with trails and locations that promote outdoor living are

main level, open floor plans, four-season rooms, such as covered screened porches with fireplaces and grilling areas, and longrange mountain views and water views. Slusser agreed that log and cottage style homes on a lake or with long-range mountain views are in the greatest demand. Many homebuyers are seeking a home off the grid, as well as tiny homes. “Smart home technology is becoming a necessary feature for the out-of-town buyer,” she






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added. “Locks, security systems and thermostats that can all be controlled from a smartphone are increasingly important.” Intown living is in big demand, too. She has a list of buyers looking to purchase a loft- or cottage-type dwelling within walking distance to the quaint downtown areas. Gilmore has also noticed that intown living is popular. “It’s nice to put away the car and walk to town or the grocery store. Close proximity to town, spectacular views, and lakefront or golf community properties tick most of the boxes for location,” he said. Cashiers has a new development in the construction phase which will be the first in-town eight-cottage community, just two blocks from the crossroads. Highlands’ new construction is increasing in-town, and there are many resale homes and condos in the area at prices ranging from $300,000 to $6 million-plus. Real estate has always been robust on the plateau, and the area is known for its expensive homes, so affordability is not something folks often look for, Gilmore stated. He quickly added that there are still homes and townhomes for every budget. Communities like Sapphire and Whispering Lake offer great values starting in the $300,000s. Many homes are sold fully furnished, allowing new residents to move right in and enjoy their mountain homes. “Lots of homeowners can’t make it to the mountains every weekend, so they rent their homes using VRBO or one of the many rental management companies. It’s a great way to utilize your home and capture some funds for expenses,” he explained. “Clients in this area are typically very nice families that respect and care for others’ property.” With all the interest in the Blue Ridge, some new developments have gained in popularity. The Heights at Cashes Valley offers elevated rustic living and is one of the most upscale communities in the area, according to Fitts.

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“The prices per square foot in the community have yielded higher returns than anywhere in the county,” he said. “The homes are architecturally designed using many natural materials, including rough sawn wood, natural poplar bark siding, live edge siding, board and batten, cedar shake, and lots of natural stone accents and columns.” A few other Blue Ridge communities with new construction include Shepherds Ridge and Little Creek Overlook, located in the popular Aska Adventure Area. Necowa Cove is a community that offers lakefront living as well as properties with panoramic views along miles of Lake Blue Ridge with layered mountains in the distance. “For lake lovers and those who en-

joy boating, water skiing, stand up paddle boarding and jet skiing, this community is perfect,” noted Fitts. The homes overlooking the lake are in the $400,000-$600,000 range and the lakefront homes range from $1 million to $1.5 million. Leading builders Big South Builders and Watkins Home Builders are responsible for many of the newly designed homes in the area. Fitts added that the trend for Atlanta residents purchasing in the mountains has transitioned from the log cabin look to more of a modern rustic design. “This term in the north Georgia mountains simply means that the homes offer rustic charm and warmth with the modern amenities that most city folks are used to.” Other requested design features are a

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„„500 block of Brookhaven Avenue – On

May 22, arrest for shoplifting. „„2700 block of Buford Highway – On

Brookhaven Police assisted the Atlanta Police Department in the arrest of two men suspected in a string of car break-ins in Brookhaven, Fulton County and Atlanta. Officer Carlos Nino, spokesperson for Brookhaven PD, said on May 17 the department was investigating about five car break-ins in the Buford Highway area. A witness told police they saw a silver Ford F-150 truck in the area. A Brookhaven detective was following up on that lead and also learned that one of the Brookhaven victims found out his stolen tools were pawned at a shop on Donald Lee Holloway Parkway, Nino said. The detective went to the pawn shop and saw a silver F-150 parked there. He called Atlanta police to let them know that the suspects’ car was at the pawn shop, Nino said. “Our detective just happened to be there and thought this might be the guy and called Atlanta police,” Nino said. “He was at the right place at the right time.” APD officers were patrolling the area and, according to an APD report, they saw Brookhaven Cpl. Tom Martin, who had pulled his gun and had his car’s blue lights flashing, attempting to arrest suspects in the F-150. The men in the F-150 ran when they saw Martin, and the APD officers chased them on foot. Two of three suspects were captured and arrested. Atlanta police identified them as Jennorris Brinson and Naqwan Arnold, both 21. They were charged with fleeing an officer and theft by receiving stolen property from vehicles.

May 22, arrest of wanted person located.

From Brookhaven police reports dated May 22 through May 29.

„„1100 block of Town Boulevard – On

The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

ARRESTS „„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

May 22, arrest for wanted person located. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

May 22, arrest for wanted person located. „„2100 block of Clairmont Road – On

May 22, arrest for battery-family violence.

„„2800 block of Buford Highway – On

May 23, arrest for suspended/revoked driver’s license. 1300 block of Dresden Drive – On May 23, arrest for theft of services. „„

3300 block of Buford Highway/Briarwood Road – On May 23, arrest for not having proper brake lights and turn signals. „„

„„ 100 block of Windmont Drive – On May 23, arrest for altering license plate. „„2000 block of North Druid Hills Road

– On May 23, arrest for disorderly conduct. „„2600 block of Buford Highway – On

May 23, arrest for wanted person located. „„2200 block of Drew Valley Road – On

May 23, arrest for loitering and prowling. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

May 23, arrest for operating a motor vehicle without a tag. „„Buford Highway/Knoll Place – On

May 24, arrest for marijuana possession. „„Buford Highway/Knoll Place – On

May 24, arrest for wanted person located. „„3000 block of Buford Highway – On

May 24, arrest for suspended/revoked driver’s license. May 24, arrest for simple assault. „„North Druid Hills Road/Peachtree

Road – On May 24, arrest for no driver’s license. „„1200 block of Perimeter Summit Park-

way/Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On May 24, arrest for no driver’s license. „„3400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road/Johnson Ferry Road – On May 24, arrest for possession of a firearm or knife during the commission or attempt of a crime. „„2200 block of Lenox Ridge Court – On

May 24, arrest for burglary. BK

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„„1600 block of Briarwood Road/Buford

„„1900 block of Sterling Oaks Circle –

„„1800 block of Corporate Boulevard –

May 24, report of loitering violation.

Highway – On May 24, arrest for marijuana possession.

On May 28, report of sex offense.

On May 22, report of damage to property.

„„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

„„1600 block of Briarwood Road/Buford

Highway – On May 24, arrest for theft by receiving stolen property. „„1300 block of North Druid Hills Road/

Briarwood Road – On May 24, arrest for marijuana possession. „„1900 block of Buckhead Creek – On

May 25, arrest for driving left of center. „„2800 block of Buford Highway – On

May 25, arrest for suspended/canceled registration. „„1800 block of Corporate Boulevard –

On May 25, arrest for prostitution. „„2700 block of Buford Highway – On

May 26, arrest for speeding in excess of maximum limits. „„3100 block of Buford Highway – On

May 26, arrest for wanted person located. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

May 26, arrest for wanted person located. „„2600 block of Buford Highway – On

May 26, arrest for burglary. „„3200 block of Buford Highway – On

May 26, four arrests for public intoxication and consumption. „„300 block of Perimeter Center North

– On May 27, arrest for possession of a gun or knife during a crime. „„1900 block of North Druid Hills Road/

Buford Highway – On May 27, arrest for failure to obey traffic control devices. „„3200 block of Buford Highway – On

May 28, arrest for robbery. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

B U R G L A RY / T H E F T „„3400 block of Buford Highway – On

May 22, report of burglary-no forced entry-residence. „„1300 block of North Cliff Valley Way –

On May 22, report of theft from vehicle. „„3600 block of Buford Highway – On

May 24, report of theft by taking auto. „„3600 block of Buford Highway – On

May 24, report of burglary-forced entryresidence. „„1500 block of West Nancy Creek Drive

– On May 24, report of theft from vehicle. „„1600 block of East Nancy Creek Drive

– On May 24, report of theft of articles from vehicle.

„„3100 block of Buford Highway – On

May 23, report of simple battery. „„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

May 24, report of battery. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

May 25, report of battery. „„1100 block of Brookhaven Green – On

May 26, report of battery. „„1900 block of North Druid Hills Road/

Buford Highway – On May 27, report of simple battery.


„„2000 block of North Druid Hills Road

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On May 24, report of marijuana possession.

– On May 23, report of city ordinance violation.

„„3800 block of Buford Highway – On

„„2200 block of Drew Valley Road – On

May 25, report of terroristic threats/intimidation.

May 23, report of city ordinance violation.

„„3200 block of Buford Highway – On

„„1300 block of North Druid Hills/Briar-

May 26, report of city ordinance violation.

wood Road – On May 24, report of city ordinance violation.

„„2000 block of North Druid Hills Road

„„3300 block of Buford Highway/Briar-

– On May 28, report of city ordinance violation.

wood Road – On May 24, report of marijuana possession.

„„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

„„3400 block of Buford Highway – On

May 28, report of city ordinance violation.

May 25, report of theft of articles from vehicle. „„3600

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On May 26, report of theft from vehicle. „„1500 block of West Nancy Creek Drive

– On May 27, report of theft of articles from vehicle. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

May 27, report of theft by conversion. „„1900 block of North Druid Hills Road –

On May 27, report of theft from vehicle. „„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

May 29, report of theft by taking auto.

R O B B E RY May 28, report of an armed street robbery.

May 22, report of battery.

May 22, report of damage to private property.

„„2900 block of Clairmont Road – On

„„2800 block of Buford Highway – On

„„2100 block of Clairmont Road – On

May 24, report of criminal trespass warning.

May 25, report of burglary-no forced entry-residence.

„„3500 block of Buford Highway – On


„„1000 block of Barone Avenue – On

„„4400 block of Peachtree Road – On

May 29, arrest for disorderly conduct. May 29, arrest for altering license plate.


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„„100 block of Lincoln Court Avenue –

On May 29, report of strong-arm robbery.


Dan Sasser loves coming and going as he pleases. That’s just one of many reasons he chose Canterbury Court to be his home. “I left a tenured position so I could live wherever I wanted. Then I retired at 60 and was working part time when I discovered Canterbury Court. I thought, ‘How wonderful it would be to live there.’” When he decided to move to Canterbury Court, he chose a studio apartment, which he says “is more than big enough for me.” The maintenance-free lifestyle also lets him keep a second home in Florida and take frequent road trips. Dan says people are “missing the boat” by not moving to a retirement community sooner. “Here you have several restaurant options, all kinds of activities and excursions, a theater with daily showings, a heated pool and wellness center, 11 acres of beautiful gardens ... it’s like being on a permanent vacation!”

„„4300 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road – On May 22, report of fraudulent activity. „„2500 block of Cove Circle – On May 27,

report of fraud-swindle. „„3100 block of Buford Highway/Clair-

mont Road – On May 27, report of fraudimpersonation.

OT H E R „„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

May 22, report of lost and found property.

3750 Peachtree Road, N.E. Atlanta, Georgia 30319 Canterbury Court is Atlanta’s first and foremost continuing care retirement community, non-profit, and committed to welcoming all people.

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6-10-2016 Brookhaven Reporter  
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