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Golfers object to shortening Bobby Jones Golf Course to nine holes BY JOE EARLE



Left, Lori Maggioni, dressed as bacon, and Merideth Reagan, as an egg, are in the spirit of things during the Mountain Way Common Midnight Pajama Jog on June 6. The second annual 5K and walk encourages entrants to wear pajamas, with proceeds benefiting the park. See more photos on page 2.

Skeptical golfers packed the Buckhead clubhouse of the Bobby Jones Golf Course to hear proposals on how best to fix up the venerable city-owned golf course named for an Atlanta golf icon. “We think Bobby Jones is not broken,” Anthony Smith of the Friends of the Bobby Jones Golf Course told the crowd. The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy, a nonprofit that supports the park that contains the golf course, is proposing that the city undertake a substantial renovation of the nearly 200-acre park. City parks officials are collecting public comment on the proposal before deciding what to do. City officials said they had collected more than 200 comments on the plan during a meeting April 27. SEE GOLFERS, PAGE 4

This 11 year old can play baseball ... and a national all-girls tournament came calling BY MARY HELEN KELLY When spectators sit and watch the Rangers of the Northside Youth Organization play baseball, they see a field full of kids with caps on and gloves down, ready for action at every pitch. A long blonde ponytail sticks out of the back of one cap. It belongs to 11-year-old Olivia Bailey, the only girl on this NYO All-Star team and the only girl in her age group in the baseball organization based at Chastain Park. “A lot of times people don’t know what to expect

when she hops in the batter’s box, but as soon as she starts swinging, people start paying attention,” said her dad, Jimmy Bailey. Olivia began playing when she was 8 and “fell in love with it.” She’s played ever since, and has been selected for multiple NYO All-Star teams. She plays middle infield, pitches, and regularly bats near the top of the lineup. This summer, she took her game to a new level. She SEE BUCKHEAD, PAGE 2

Olivia Bailey is the only girl on her NYO All-Star team.


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was invited to take part earlier this month in an all-girl’s baseball tournament sponsored by Baseball For All, an organization that supports and fosters girls’ baseball. Olivia said playing in the tournament was a “good opportunity for [her] to show that girls can play baseball, too.” Members of the original 1942 All American Girls Professional Baseball League – the women players made famous in the movie “A League of Their Own” – and other female baseball pioneers were to attend. Eight teams composed of players from around the country competed in Orlando, Fla. Olivia’s team, the Georgia Peaches, won two games and lost five.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity to have played at the first Baseball For All Nationals with so many girls who love the game like I do,” Olivia said in an email. “It was a great and unique experience that I will not forget.” Olivia attributes some of her interest in baseball to her older brother, James, who’s 13. She watched him play growing up. They now play alongside one another on their school team. Sometimes, they are literally side by side -- their father recalls one game where Olivia played second base and James played shortstop. “My sister Olivia is a very good athlete,” James said. “It’s neat to be able to watch her play baseball with younger friends of mine at

NYO. We also practice together in our backyard, which is great,” James said. Olivia says playing at school gives her a chance to play with people who are older than her, but at NYO she plays within her age group. In general, Olivia says playing with the boys is “interesting.” Olivia first played for Baseball for All last fall. Her school coach, Cliff Philips, had a former player who was involved with the program, so he suggested the Baileys contact Justine Siegal, founder of Baseball for All. After seeing photos and videos of Olivia’s play, Siegal invited her to be a part of a team that she took to play in an all boys’ tournament last fall. The all girls’ team won their division and

took home the trophy. Olivia was excited about her trip to Orlando, but says her ultimate goal for baseball is to play with Baseball for All in the annual American Youth Baseball Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament in Cooperstown. The tournament is a typically allboys tournament held each summer for teams under the age of 12. Every year Siegal takes one all-girls team to compete, and Olivia hopes to be a part of that team before she ages out of the tournament. “Olivia has a lot of passion and drive, and you can see that when she’s playing baseball. Her hard work pays off on the diamond, and we’re glad she could come represent Georgia on the Peaches team,” Siegal said.

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BY MARY HELEN KELLY The Brookhaven Bucks baseball team is back for its fifth season with a former major league baseball player as the team’s new head coach. Infielder Corey Patterson, who played with the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles, will guide the 2015 Bucks team. “We could not be more excited to have Coach Patterson join the Bucks this season,” said Brad Dickison, owner and general manager of the Bucks. “Coach Patterson is an incredible player, and we can’t wait to see how that translates as our head coach.” “I’m glad to be back on a baseball field,” Patterson said in a press release from the team. “We’ve got a great group of players.” The Bucks play in the Sunbelt League, a summer league for college players that fields teams in Georgia and Alabama. Sunbelt League teams use wooden bats,

like major league teams. Players on the 2015 team come from 19 colleges and universities covering eight states, the team’s website says. The Bucks play their home games at Oglethorpe University. The season opened June 1 and is to continue through mid-July. Tickets cost $5 for adults and $3 for children. The team’s schedule can be found at the team’s website, brookhavenbucks.com. Dickison has owned the not-forprofit team for the past four seasons. He said he has learned a lot about baseball and has come to understand how much goes into a “baseball family.” Dickison said the team is looking into hosting youth camps to interact with young players and coaches in the area. The team also is considering hosting free classes during which the Bucks players would help parents learn how to teach their children to play baseball.

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Golfers object to shortening Bobby Jones Golf Course

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The Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Course propose keeping the course at 18 holes. The group’s plan, shown above, includes improvements to the existing course and the addition of a walking path around the course. The group wants to keep the existing clubhouse. Both proposals were presented publicly during a June 1 meeting at the clubhouse. To see larger versions, go to ReporterNewspapers.net.

The Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy and the Friends of Bobby Jones Golf Course are offering differing plans for the best way to improve the historic city golf course. The conservancy’s plan, above, calls for redesigning and rebuilding the course as a nine-hole, reversible course, and adding a driving range, practice areas, new clubhouse, walking trail and a parking deck as part of an extensive overhaul of the Buckhead park.

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presentation and Smith said 1,200 had The conservancy proposes to resigned an online petition objecting to build the 18-hole golf course as a the nonprofit’s proposal. 9-hole one, to add a driving range Jane Yates, a member of the board and other practice areas, to construct of the Friends of Bobby Jones, said she a multi-use trail, a parking garage, a would support some modifications. “It new clubhouse and to expand tennis does need upgrades,” she said, but said facilities in the park. she thought it should remain an 18“Our mission is to make Atlanta hole course. “I just prefer Bobby Jones Memorial Park a beautiful, sustainable as it is now.” park connected to the neighborhoods,” Smith presented an alternative plan Conservancy Executive Director Cathcalling for improvements to the course, erine Spillman told the standing-roombut keeping it 18 holes. The course is only crowd of about 200 people, who played by tens of thousands of golfers, filled the clubhouse June 1. he said, and reducing the length of the Spillman said the changes proposed course would make it less attractive. for the portion of the park containing “We cannot give up the integrity of 18 the golf course could cost $15 to $18 holes,” he said. million. She said the conservancy plans He estimated the Friends of Bobby to raise the money from foundations Jones’ plan could cost as little as $1.5 and corporate sponsors. million to implement, a tenth of the es“Our intent the timated cost of the entire time is to creconservancy plan. ate a place that is apSmith said the “Our mission is to make plicable to as wide a golfers liked some Atlanta Memorial Park group of people as parts of the conpossible,” said Kirk servancy plan, a beautiful, sustainBillings, president such as construcable park connected to of the conservantion of a multithe neighborhoods.” cy. “We have a jewuse trail around the el here.” golf course – “with – CATHERINE SPILLMAN Billings told the emphasis on CONSERVANCY EXECUTIVE the crowd the around,” he said. golf course, which He said othDIRECTOR opened in 1933 and er changes, such as was named for the adding the driving Atlanta golfer who range, weren’t needwon the “grand slam” of golf tournaed. He said the course’s history attracts ments, is outdated, and that the renogolfers from around the country and vations proposed would make the park from overseas to Atlanta to play the more attractive to golfers as well as othcourse because of its association with er residents. “I think there’s a great opJones. portunity here,” he said. “After playing Spillman argued the conservancy’s the nine-hole course, it’s going to be a plans would attract new golfers to the better experience for golfers.” sport and more people to the park. But golfers attending the June 1 “It opens it to a wider demographmeeting seemed unconvinced. ic of people,” she said. “We’re trying to Several in the audience voiced their get more people into tennis and more objections during the conservancy’s people into golf.”

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Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Buckhead has a daily morning worship program featuring skits and songs, during Vacation Bible School.

followed clues around the church and found bonding activities at each location the clues directed them to. Johnson said the hunt was intended to provide practice looking up Bible verses, and the activities were intended to reinforce the content of the verses. For instance, one clue about Moses being put in a basket by his mother led to an activity where participants tossed eggs into baskets. On the next night, there was a service project, craft project and prayer project. Volunteers from the church helped to put on these nightly activities. Wilson said Peachtree Presbyterian’s program also is multigenerational. Each week of Vacation Bible School is built around a theme. This year, Peachtree Presbyterian’s program was centered around the life of the Apostle Paul. Every morning, there was a large production with skits and worship songs to help convey the lesson

for the day. One day, for instance, the skit was a re-enacting of a shipwreck with water guns and fans to explain the story of a shipwreck in Acts which was the scripture for the day. The “over the top” production keeps kids entertained and engaged while they are learning Bible stories, Wilson said. Vacation Bible School at Peachtree Presbyterian goes back to the church’s founding – the church started as a Sunday School for kids – and belief in involvement by the church community. Whether it is helping in the preplanning, or volunteering as a craft helper one day during the week, the program encourages parents to have a connection to what is going on. Wilson says people hear about Vacation Bible School all year and start to look forward to it. “People see it as a vital part of the yearly church life,” Wilson said.

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Head for the Hills Take time to explore North Georgia’s vineyards and wineries BY ROBIN CONTE If “wine is sunlight held together by water,” as Galileo observed, then North Georgia has the ingredients for a good bottle of grape. In the last two decades, about two dozen wineries and vineyards have developed in the northeastern corner of the state -- from Jasper to Toccoa and northward -- practically all of them less than a two-hour drive from Atlanta. Most of them hold individual events or combined festivals throughout the year, which makes for an excellent day trip or weekend getaway. Cartecay Vineyards in Ellijay, for example, features live music from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. each Saturday throughout the year. For $10, visitors can enjoy the music along with five tastings of their choice of vineyard wines or hard ciders from Mercier Orchards, and then take home a souvenir wine glass. Sitting neatly in the southern Appalachian Mountains and not far from the banks of the Cartecay River, Cartecay Vineyards was the first vineyard in Gilmer County. Owner Larry Lykins bought the property in 2007 after several years of researching the process of wine making. He rebuilt the original chimney of the old homestead with Georgia red clay and uses it as the focal point of an outdoor patio and bandstand; a rendering of the chimney serves as the vineyard’s logo. He also transformed the barn into a tasting room with the upstairs loft area functioning as an events venue and a winter location for the live music. Lykins now has about 13 acres of vines and says he’s involved in every aspect of the business, “from fixing door handles to washing dishes to planting grapes.” The president of the newly formed Georgia Wine Producers, which is a statewide organization, Lykins has a straightforward philosophy. “Wine making is making wines that people enjoy drinking,” he says. The same elements that make Ellijay prime apple growing country, such as elevation and a relatively cooler climate, make it amenable to vineyards as well. As Lykins puts it, “If you

can grow an apple, you can grow a grape.” Specific to the northeastern corner of the state is the ability to produce the vitis vinifera grapes, or those traditional and commonly recognized European grapes, such as merlots and cabernets. Twenty of the North Georgia vineyards and wineries are members of the Winegrowers Association of Georgia (WAG), a nonprofit corporation that helps in marketing and promotion, and many of them host collaborative wine tours. Many are also collaborative with their communities, donating portions of their event proceeds to local charitable organizations. The weekend of June 12-14 marks the first “Plein Air at the Vineyards” event in Ellijay. The four Gilmer County vineyards, Cartecay Vineyards, Chateau Meichtry, Ellijay River Vineyards and Engelheim Vineyards have partnered with the Gilmer Arts & Heritage Association for a threeday winery tour that begins at 7 a.m. on June 12 and runs through 7 p.m. on June 14. Each vineyard will feature artists painting “in open air,” and will also have the artists’ works on display and for sale. A Plein Air Passport costs $25, entitling the holder to wine tastings at each vineyard, a souvenir wine glass, and admission to the special events, including an artists’ reception and a live auction. Some of the proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Ellijay. For more information, go to ellijaywinecountry.com or call 706-635-WINE. On the other side of the Chattahoochee National Forest, in the pastoral countryside of Rabun County, lies Stonewall Creek Vineyards. The 5-acre vineyard produces about 3,000 vines, all of which are the vitis vinifera variety. The land was purchased by Carl and Carla Fackler, former residents of Brookwood Hills, who originally intended to simply produce and sell grapes. They harvested their first grapes in 2005, and then opened their own winery in 2012. The Facklers now produce two labels: Stonewall Creek Vineyards, which uses

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their own grapes exclusively, and Standing Deer Cellar, composed of grapes from neighboring vineyards. Carl is a retired surgeon, however Carla is quick to explain that their current lifestyle is “definitely not retirement.” On June 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Stonewall Creek celebrates the longest day of the year with a festival that includes a live band, wine tastings and their specially created Skywalk wine cooler. Tickets are $15, and visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic. A neighboring organic market and deli will have some food for purchase. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Richard’s Kids, a local nonprofit that ministers “to the health, wealth and selfesteem of children in need in Rabun County, Georgia.” For information about all of the WAG North Georgia vineyards and wineries, and various events, visit georgiawine.com.

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Rabun County Music Festival A summer of music is planned in the Rearden Theater on the campus of the Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School. The lineup: Atlanta Symphony (June 21); Simply Diamond: A Tribute to Neil Diamond (July 5); Jason Coleman (July 19); Joe Grandsen and His Big Band (Aug. 2); and Satisfaction: A Tribute to the Rolling Stones (Aug. 16). For tickets and information, visit rabunmusicfestival.com.

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Outdoor living, small town charm draw homebuyers BY KATHY DEAN Just north of Atlanta, the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains offer a relaxed lifestyle, scenic views and friendly communities – all within a two-hour car ride from the city. It’s the perfect place to unwind, and that’s made the area a popular choice for second homes and vacation hideaways. “The attraction of the North Georgia Mountains is definitely the mountain life atmosphere – little traffic, a small town feel, friendly people, an easy commute to Atlanta and Chattanooga,” said Nathan Fitts of Nathan Fitts & Team, REMAX Town & Country in Blue Ridge. “Outdoor enthusiasts come here for the natural beauty and outdoor attractions, like recreation on Lake Blue Ridge, hiking and mountain biking trails.” Springer Mountain, in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range, is the beginning point of both the Appalachian Trail and the Benton MacKaye Hiking Trail. The Toccoa River offers trophy trout fishing, kayaking, canoeing and tubing. The Ocoee River, the site of the 1996 Olympics whitewater course, has rafting and nearby waterfalls, horseback riding trails, zip lines and canopy tours. “Blue Ridge has a strong arts community, too,” Fitts added. “The Blue Ridge Community Theater is superb, and there are many yearly festivals. Some of the most popular are the Blues & BBQ Festival, Paws in the Park, Jazz & Wine Festival, Taste of Blue Ridge and Fire & Ice Chili Cook Off.” According to Jennifer Blake, brokerin-charge at Highlands Cove Realty at Old Edwards Club in Highlands, North Carolina, people enjoy Highlands’ small town elegance, dining and shopping, but mostly the cool summer temperatures. She explained that the area owes its cooler weather to its altitude and gentle summer breezes. “At just over 4,100 feet on the Eastern Continental Divide, Highlands is one of the very rare locations at this latitude with an average high of only 78 degrees in July, far lower than the rest of the South,” Blake said. “We also have Harris and Cliffside

Lakes, as well as the Cullasaja and Chattooga Rivers – it’s a fishing paradise.” Known for its rainbow, brown and brook trout, Cliffside Lake is an especially popular destination. The Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests offer miles of hiking trails, and many provide access to the waterfalls of western North Carolina. The Old Edwards Club, set along one of the East’s highest ridges, features an 18-hole championship golf course. Other amenities include clay tennis courts, outdoor heated mineral pool, fireside patio and panoramic views. “Both Highlands and Cashiers, NC, offer shops that specialize in antiques, arts, jewelry, home décor and more,” Blake noted. “In Highlands, the Scudders Galleries’ auction season begins each June. These two communities offer the grace and allure of yesteryear, with placid streets and well-manicured landscaping.” The Highlands Playhouse and the Bascom Visual Arts Center feed the artistic souls of visitors, as do the art galleries, home and garden tours, culinary weekends and leaf season. “There are multiple reasons for coming to North Georgia,” said Kim Knutzen, managing broker, Harry Norman Realtors, Blue Ridge Office. “We have the national forest, and many rivers and lakes for the outdoor amenities that draw people for hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and boating. A new golf course is now on target to be finished this year, which will add that last component this area was missing.” She added that there’s a slower pace in North Georgia, much more laid back than Atlanta. The atmosphere attracts a sector of high wealth that wants to escape the pressures of their everyday work and unplug for a while. Being just 90 minutes from Atlanta, it’s convenient for a day, weekend or weeklong getaway.

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Left, the Highlands community in North Carolina offers shops that specialize in antiques, arts, jewelry and home decor.

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“The quaint downtowns, as in Blue Ridge, feature high-end restaurants, wineries, boutiques and art galleries,” Knutzen said. “There’s also the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, and the area hosts many festivals, like the Apple Festival, Adventure Races, Triathlons and Fourth of July fireworks on the lake.” The peace and quiet of a mountain home can be found nearby in Jasper, known as “Georgia’s First Mountain City.” Situated in Pickens County, Jasper is one hour from Atlanta via I-575/515. It’s home to Bent Tree Community, a gated neighborhood that’s owned and governed by property owners. “For folks interested in a second or vacation home that won’t be occupied full time, it’s highly recommended to select a gated community for security,” advised Ben L. Torrey, broker & realtor, Torrey Mountain Properties, Inc. “Bent Tree has a lake, a world-class 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor tennis, and two swimming pools.” Knutzen noted that the Blue Ridge office services multiple counties including Gilmer, Fannin, Union and Towns, as well as sections of Tennessee and North Carolina. “We have a good mix of vacation and second homes. The area

lacks in hotels but thrives in cabin rentals. Some investors are looking for a return on their money while having the opportunity to also enjoy it when it’s not rented.” Blake has also seen strong interest from investors looking for vacation rental properties, and said that their market covers approximately 80 percent second homes to 20 percent vacation. In fact, Highlands boasts the #14 slot in Barron’s “Top 20 Places for Second Homes.” According to Fitts, a large percentage of the market is the Atlanta-based crowd, but there’s also a huge vacation market from south Florida. “Historically, our market has been primarily vacation homes,” he explained. “Approximately 70 percent of our sales were vacation or second homes vs. 30 percent primary and retirement homes.” Over the last 24 months, however, he has watched those numbers change. “Many more people are looking to move to our area full-time, and many of the homes that people bought previously as second homes are becoming their primary residences as they retire. All these things add up to an economic growth forecast over the next few years that’s expected to be great.”

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Flamenco Musical Saturday, June 20, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 21, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Pre-

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Atlanta Freedom Bands Saturday, June 20, 8 p.m. – The Atlanta Freedom Bands perform orchestral masterworks by composers with a secret past paired with works by contemporary composers who have come out of the closet. The performance is part of Stonewall Week, which celebrates gay and lesbian composers. General admission tickets, $15; seniors, $10; students, $5. Performing Arts Auditorium, North Atlanta High School, 4111 Northside Parkway, NW, Sandy Springs, 30327. For further details, go online to atlantafreedombands.com or call 404-802-4700.

Americana Concert Sunday, June 28, 4 p.m. – The Dunwoody United Methodist Church Chancel Choir performs in honor of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Concert features classic Americana music. Church-wide picnic follows the performance. Register for the dinner by going online to dunwoodyumc. org before June 21. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For additional information, email: mail@ dunwoodyumc.org or call 770-394-0675.


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Kyle Puttkammer, the creator of Galaxy Man comics, hosts a workshop to teach kids how to draw comics. Paper and pencils provided. Free and open to the public with valid library card. Recommended for kids aged 5-12. To see Galaxy Man comics, go online to galaxymancomics.com. Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For learn more, go online to dekalblibrary.org or call 770-512-4640.

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Read to Rover Thursday, June 25, 1-2 p.m. – Kids practice their reading skills by reading

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Comic Poster Class Wednesday, June 24, 1:30-3 p.m. – This art class and workshop provides teens with an opportunity to illustrate their own comic book poster featuring heroes and villains. Taught by Mr. Funn and sponsored by the Goddard Foundation Grant. Free and open to the public with valid library card. Recommended for middle and high school students. Registration requested by emailing: amy.alexander@ fultoncountyga.gov. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Buckhead, 30305. For details, go online to fultoncountyga.gov or call 404-814-3500.

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Looking farther ahead, Lutz said some of his After a two-year break, the Oglethofewer people available due to personstudents are gearing up rpe University Museum of Art is restartal circumstances, making it difficult to to guide the tours for ing its docent program with a group provide the staffing.” other exhibitions later of local volunteers, including students, “I believe the docent program is curthis year scholars and retirees. rently being reinstated in part, due to The Audubon Although the docents, trained to the interest of a number of people who prints also attracted guide tours through the museum, had have experience and expertise in bird the interest of membeen Sunday afternoon icons at OUMA watching, and therefore a particular inbers of Atlanta’s Auduin years past, the program came to a halt terest in the Audubon exhibition.” bon Society (AAS), a during the transition between museum An exhibition of John James Auduconservation group. administrations. bon’s bird prints called “John James Nikki Belmonte, the Brookhaven resident Sandy Murray, Audubon: Swift Birds of Passage,” is on executive director of a museum member for 10 years, weldisplay at OUMA through August 23. the Buckhead-based comed the docents back. Jessica Gregerson, a rising senior at society, credits society “We always enjoyed having the doOglethorpe and one of the new docents, member Susan Gibbs cents in the past, and have been missing said she wanted to serve as a docent for of Brookhaven—who them for a while during the transition the new exhibition because it gives her a is also a OUMA board between the previous and the current chance to combine her interest in ecolmember—with “sugmuseum administrations,” Murray said. ogy with art. gesting that AAS be “The docents added so much value to Gregerson is pursuing a degree in contacted to partner the exhibitions. We benefit from their conservation biology, which she called on the exhibit.” MARTHA NODAR knowledge and experience. They walk “the science of trying to reduce the huAs the result, severAnne McCallum, left, a member of the Atlanta us through it and point out things of inman impact on our natural resourcal docents for the ex- Audubon Society who volunteered to be a docent File Name: M8012_50193_QB_ConnectAtlanta_HalfPage_NSP_10_6_R1 10" x 6" so-Closing Date: Fri May 22 terest.” es,” and says the Audubon exhibit gives hibitLive: are Audubon at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, Murray emphasized that learning her an opportunity to raise awareness ciety master birders. discusses a bird print with Jessica Gregerson, an NOTE: Keyline Live Area Revision 1: May 18, 2015 about the historyIndicates and the background of – Prints about 100% birds. “IBlack researchedBlueline over 30 spe“We are excited to Oglethorpe student who is also a new docent. a work of art adds meaning to the musecies of birds in the span of four months help Oglethorpe with um experience. and wrote the labels posted next to each its Audubon exhibit,” INT15-051 “Having a knowledgeable guide enJay Lutz, a member of the museum’s print,” she said. Belmonte said. Restaurant hances the experience of appreciating board and Oglethorpe’s French profesGregerson will be guiding the tours Museum patrons said they apprecithe art,” said museum visitor Liz Willis sor, said that he “believed the museum and sharing her knowledge with muate the additional expertise the docents of Sandy Springs. went through a period where there were seum patrons on June 28 and Aug. 2. bring to the museum.

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Frequent readers might be aware that I have been on a quest for Atlanta’s quintessential French bistro for quite some time. Friends recommended La Petite Maison. We visited most recently on a Tuesday, one of the slowest nights of the week for restaurants, but were surprised to find a good-sized crowd. They take reservations, which earns high marks from me. The space is configured in such a way that it can easily accommodate couples, large parties and business diners with its assortment of seating arrangements. There’s even a covered outdoor patio where you can pretend you’re dining in Paris on the Champs-Élysées; admittedly a stretch for Roswell Road. There’s a small bar that “greets” you when you first walk-in that also does double duty as a hostess stand. The owner and hostess extraordinaire was not on-premises this night, but the front of the house was expertly manned by two gents right of out of central casting for John Turturro’s butler role in “Mr. Deeds.” These two were everywhere at every time; one was a magician at pouring water which was quite entertaining to watch. Neither asked if they could change our socks; watch the movie. Monday thru Thursday the restaurant offers a prix fixe menu featuring choice of a soup or salad, entree and dessert for $32. Not necessarily cheap, but the portion sizes guarantee leftovers for lunch the next day. Only wine and beer are served. There’s a decent selection of French wines that are reasonably priced by the glass or bottle. A plate of crisp French bread slices, a good olive tapenade and whole pitted olives are waiting at each table. Individually sized French bread loaves quickly appear and disappear just as quickly. We ordered mussels in white wine. They were juicy, firm and plump but the sauce lacked seasoning. Our plan for sopping up this seafood “potlikker” was

spoiled by its lackluster flavor. The French onion soup (is it just onion soup when ordered in a French bistro?) was quite good with a cheesy crouton topping. The salads are large dinner-sized portions that could easily stand-in for an entrée. In fact, on future visits, my plan will be to split a salad and split an entrée; there is that much food. The ingredients were fresh and the dressings were well made. Both the salad Verdi and the warm goat cheese salad were excellent. The veal Normandy was the highlight dish. The veal was tender and the mushroom cream sauce, while rich, would make a shoe taste good. A side of stewed tomatoes and sautéed green beans was the perfect contrast. The “Gratin Dauphinois” was also crusty, creamy, “potatoey” good. The sole “Chex Nous” was fried sole paired with arugula, Parmigianino cheese, tomatoes, basil and olive oil served with a side of fries. It’s an example of how those sneaky French can make you think you’re eating something healthy when it’s really just fish and chips; a good dish. The steak frites “Parisien” was the single biggest disappointment of the meal. This simple dish can rival the best of beef. This version was “Plain Jane” and forlorn-looking, lacking the juiciness and seasoning that usually makes this dish shine. The sauce on the side could



Selections from the La Petite Maison menu, far left, salad verdi, bottom left, mussels in white wine, and above, filet de sole “chez nous.”

nor hiccup or two. It is located at 6510 Roswell Road, NE. Call 404-303-6600 or visit lapetitemaisonbistro.com. Art Huckabee is one of Yelp’s Elite Reviewers, as well as a pilot, gourmet cook and food lover. Send feedback to atlantafoodwriter@gmail.com

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News you can eat: Quick Bites The team behind Buckhead Pizza Company has opened Pizza Crosta at 5590 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The new concept offers a dipping station for pizza crusts. The station, similar to a salsa bar, features fresh spices, a variety of oils, dips and more so guests can enjoy the crust as much as the cheese-covered pizza itself. For more information, visit pizzacrosta.com. Sprouts Farmers Market is wrapping up construction on the 26,000-square-foot store at 4600 Roswell Road at the Sandy Springs Gateway. An opening date of Sept. 2, at 7 a.m., was recently announced. Sprouts is hiring 100 full- and part-time team members for the store. To learn more about the available opportunities or to apply, visit sprouts.com/careers. Tex-Mex restaurant Pure Taqueria has opened its sixth location at the Brookleigh Marketplace in Brookhaven. The Atlanta Summer Beer Fest is June 20, 4 to 9 p.m. at The Masquerade Music Park in the Old Fourth Ward. This beer-centric event featuring more than 200 beers, ciders and wines will also showcase live music on two stages and a DJ. Patrons must be 21-plus with valid ID; no children or pets allowed. Advance tickets bought before June 11 are $40, increasing to $45 after that date, and day-of tickets are $55 each. For more information and to buy tickets, visit atlantasummerbeerfest.com. Dolce Italian recently served up a victory on the season finale of Bravo’s culinary competition series Best New Restaurant. Atlantans will get a taste of the winning modern Italian menu when a new outpost opens later this summer at Buckhead Atlanta.

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Chef Ford Fry plans to open a second outpost of his “Mex-Tex” restaurant Superica in Buckhead. The restaurant, which is expected to open early next year, will take over the old Outback Steakhouse space in Buckhead Court. The Superica concept made its ISADORA PENNINGTON debut at the Krog Chef Ford Fry Street Market in Inman Park earlier this year and has been a big hit with the locals, with wait times for a table topping two hours on the weekends. The Atlanta Margarita Festival will be held June 20 at Atlantic Station with a day devoted to food, music and more in honor of America’s favorite tequila-based concoction. The event includes a chance to vote on Atlanta’s best margarita. The festival offers limited-admission VIP Taste of Tequila from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests will be able to sample dozens of premium tequilas and mezcals, and savor gourmet appetizers from top Atlanta restaurants. From 1 to 5 p.m., the Margarita Grand Championship offers the chance to taste and judge over 25 drinks. The main festival will offer shopping, live music, Mexican and traditional festival foods, beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and, of course, many different flavors of margaritas from 1 to 6 p.m. Tickets range in price from $90 for VIP tickets to $25 for regular admission. Vist atlantamargaritafestival.com for more information.


Find a special meal for your man on Father’s Day Editor’s note: Yelp is a website and a mobile app – free to use – that connects you with local businesses, organizations and events. Reporter Newspapers has partnered with Yelp for a monthly feature on Yelper’s favorite eats, treats and more in Reporter Newspapers communities. Yelp Atlanta OTP Community Manager Kellie Morvillo compiled this list. Father's Day arrives June 21, and while heartfelt cards and new ties don't go unnoticed, we know what dads really want. Whether your father’s ideal day involves a Mexican feast, a seafood extravaganza or a mouth watering slab of steak, here are some suggestions for your dude's special day.


New York Prime - 3424 Peachtree Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30326 Want to impress good ol' Pops? Bring him to New York Prime. He certainly won't leave hungry. Ocean Prime - 3102 Piedmont Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30305 New York Prime Does dad like seafood or does dad like any food that he sees? Ocean Prime will deliver the best seafood experience for the "Poseidon" of your family. Joy Cafe - 316 Pharr Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30305 It's all in the name. Do you want to bring joy to the head of the family? Bring him down to Joy Cafe.


Pour Bistro - 1418 Dresden Ave., Suite 170, Brookhaven, 30319 Pour offers dad an elegant way to enjoy his day. Give the Mac & Cheese Starter a try. I hear it's awesome! Valenza - 1441 Dresden Dr., NE, Suite 100, Brookhaven, 30319 Looking for a big Italian dinner in Brookhaven? Look no further... Valenza has got even the most picky Italian covered. Newk's Eatery - 305 Brookhaven Ave., Suite A1100, Brookhaven, 30319 Does daddy dig big portions? Take him to Newk's!


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Xan Likes displays many talents. He’s published his own children’s book, “Corporate Fish.” He recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. And he’s earned a six-year letter for playing tuba in his high school’s marching band. “Corporate Fish” began as a project for Xan’s finance management class. The project was to email one’s hypothetical boss every day and ask for a raise, with all the reasons why that day’s work was so extraordinary as to merit the raise. Xan decided to add a touch of humor to the assignment, using problems caused by intelligent fish to justify the raise. After finishing the project, his teacher at the time recommended he compile all of the emails and convert it into a story book. That began an online search for an illustrator. Xan found Mary Barrows. Xan edited and formatted the fictitious emails for a storybook, Barrows completed her illustrations, and Xan used CreateSpace to self-publish the work. Along with publishing it independently, he’s also sent “Corporate Fish” to Deseret Books, where it is in review for listing on their website. His first author read was at St. Jude’s Hospital. Xan says the kids seemed to have a good time listening to the story. “Xan is a very deep and caring person,” said Kelley Likes, his finance teacher. “He has the ability to make you laugh and wonder all in the same sentence.” Xan picked up the tuba in sixth grade. As one of the bigger kids in his

grade, he – naturally – was assigned to play the largest horn, and he says he always enjoyed hitting the low notes. He kept playing through Marist School’s high school band, marching with the band for six years. In case any readers may be wondering what Xan does in his free time, he is also part of the national runner-up robotics team and takes roles in Marist theater shows.

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With cross country, track, advanced placement classes, marching band and community service on his resume, one could say Abraham Araya just about does it all. “I want to make the sacrifices, and all the time and energy invested into me by my family, teachers, coaches and friends worth it, so to give anything less than my best is unthinkable,” Abraham says. Abraham certainly gives his best effort in the classroom, ending his senior year in the top 10 percent of his class. He has taken 10 AP classes at Chamblee, including AP Biology, and AP Anatomy and Physiology, his favorites. He has also studied German since fourth grade. Abraham played first chair in the concert band for four years. He was also active in the marching band as the low brass section leader for two years and brass captain his senior year. His athletic achievements are equally impressive. He began his running career in ninth grade. In spite of obstacles in his first two years, including a stress fracture at the start of his junior year, he “was able to run again, except now the inspiration for running came from within,” rather than the outside pressure he had previously felt. That inspiration, along with the coaching of his older brother, helped him place sixth at the region cross country meet as a junior, and be named team MVP for helping his team qualify for the state championship. “[Abraham’s] work ethic during the season and off season is incomparable,” said his older brother and coach, Semere Araya. That same year Abraham set many personal records and broke school records. He was named MVP and placed ninth in the state track meet. He competed in the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa, the

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From left, Chief Gary Yandura, Brookhaven PD, Chief John King, Doraville PD, Chief Stacey Cotton, Covington PD, Keith Glass, director of Public Safety, Monroe PD, and Chief David Lyons, Garden City PD, exchanged basic information with their counterparts in the Republic of Georgia.

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Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura has taken advantage of opportunities to travel abroad for training—both in giving it and receiving it. Yandura was invited to the Republic of Georgia this May by Georgia Bureau of Investigations Director Vernon Keenan to assess police services, leadership and management in the hope of setting up an exchange program. “We met with police chiefs for seven precincts and had discussions,” Yandura said. “We exchanged basic information.” The Brookhaven chief said visiting the Republic of Georgia with fellow chiefs from Doraville, Monroe and Garden City made him thankful for what he has at home. The U.S. State Department has had an international exchange program for 25 years, Keenan said. Kennan invited Yandura on the trip to Georgia because they’ve worked together for more than 10 years and Keenan said he has “the utmost respect” for Yandura, who had also been to Israel through the state-funded pro-

gram. “He is experienced in international travel and I wanted to have professional chiefs who have been to a third-world country,” Keenan said. “The State Department asked me to come up with recommendations and [Yandura] was one of the first people I thought of.” Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone said it is not unusual for police departments to take advantage of training opportunities, with other cities in the United States and abroad. He said he and other Sandy Springs officers have trained in England, South Korea and Israel. “We are a global society, with criminal networks disregarding boundaries,” he said. “Criminals today link together with sophisticated networks and are very adaptive in their thinking.” The taxpayers don’t pay for these trips, but the experience gained by their leaders helps communities at home, chiefs say. In 1991, the Supreme Council of the Republic of Georgia declared independence from the U.S.S.R., and in 1992 be-

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about involved distrust of police in the Republic of Georgia. Because the country only recently established itself as independent, citizens don’t have a lot of faith in their police, he said. They also don’t get much of a chance to communicate with law enforcement officials, Yandura said. “One of the things we found out was the police are seen everywhere, but they drive around on the streets,” Yandura said. “Traffic is terrible—they [officers] drive with lights activated all the time. They don’t have too much interaction with the public.” Dunwoody Chief of Police Billy Grogan went to the Republic of Georgia in 2010, when he provided leadership training to the Georgian Police and shared his experiences of starting the Dunwoody Police Department from scratch. “[The Republic of] Georgia had recently fired all of their police officers and was in the middle of rebuilding their department with the help of the Department of State,” Grogan said. “I also recently provided, in April 2015, media relations and law enforcement’s use of social media training to the Georgian Police.” Grogan said the ability to help train a developing police department in best practices of a professional law enforcement department was a great opportunity to showcase law enforcement in Dunwoody. “It was also a great opportunity to share some of the success Dunwoody has

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block of Howell Mill Road—On May 22, a strong-arm robbery was reported outside a department store. A man attempted to push a shopping cart with 12 bottles of motor oil past all points of sale. When loss prevention employees confronted him, the man resisted by kicking and pushing them away.

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block of Paces Ridge—On May 25, a home-invasion robbery was reported after two men armed with handguns entered a house and ordered the residents to the ground. The men placed towels over the residents’ heads and ransacked rooms, taking jewelry. One of the suspects forced a male resident to drive to an ATM and withdraw money, while the other suspect remained at the residence with the other victims. When they didn’t get the amount of money expected, the gunmen threatened to kidnap the youngest child if the father did not provide them with $15,000 in cash. A man’s and woman’s diamond platinum wedding

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block of Peachtree Road—On May 25, a commercial robbery was reported at a department store after suspects were captured on video surveillance scaling a wall and placing items into bags. They entered and exited the location taking merchandise to an unknown location. When one of the suspects re-entered the location and attempted to leave with more merchandise, she was confronted by a loss prevention officer and a physical encounter occurred. A bystander assisted the officer in taking a suspect into custody.

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block of Peachtree Avenue—On May 25, a pedestrian reported a robbery in a parking lot after he picked up a man who works for Lyft, a mobile app-based transportation company. Once at the location, a second man came over, saying he would pay for the fare. Instead, he placed his hands inside a book bag, gestured as if he had a gun and demanded money. The two suspects took $17 cash from the victim and left.




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block of Cheshire Bridge Road— An assault was reported outside a fastfood restaurant after investigators discovered a man who said he was stabbed with a box cutter. He said he tried break up a fight between his friend and an unidentified suspect.

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block of Peachtree Road— A man walked into a restaurant, walked behind the counter and began screaming obscenities and threatening to kill an employee. When he got into a woman’s face, he was able to pin her arms behind her and walk her out the door, where he threw a bottle of Snapple at her, but missed. He got into her vehicle, drove around the parking lot and re-entered the business with a glass bottle challenging the person behind the counter to come out. The dispute concerned $900 the suspect thinks the victim took.


block of Milmar Drive—A Dell XPS laptop, a pair of neon blue Dragon Alliance snow goggles, a silver 13-inch MacBook Pro laptop, an HP 14.5-inch laptop and an Apple MacBook Pro laptop were taken from a house.

block of Forrest Avenue—A Dell laptop, a Toshiba laptop, a Samsung 32inch TV, a 32-inch flat panel TV, a Cannon 7.5MP digital computer, assorted jewelry and two lottery tickets were taken from a house.

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block of Defoor Village Court— A resident woke up and discovered her apartment in disarray. A purse that contained a credit/debit card, cash, license, a work laptop and keys to her vehicle were taken. She later discovered her 2014 Black Kia Forte was also taken. The vehicle was recovered the next day on Lenox Road, with the keys were left on the tire. The officer noted several papers and baby items inside the vehicle.

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block of Lablanc Way—An Apple MacBook Air computer, a 13-inch Apple MacBook Air computer, an Apple iPad mini, an Apple iPad and two canvas shoulder bags with a leather address book were taken.

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block of Pharr Road—A Remington Shotgun, a bike, a toolbox, an industrial fan and two pressure washers were taken from a condo. The shotgun, wrapped in a blanket, was recovered by Georgia Tech Police.

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block of Pharr Court South—A resident discovered $80 cash was missing from a purse that was left on a table. He was awakened by a neighbor, who was standing inside his residence.

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Northside Circle—A Samsung 50inch TV, a Samsung 32-inch TV, an IBM Think Pad and an HP laptop were taken from an apartment.

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block of Armour Drive—A patrol officer saw a fire official trying to treat a combative victim, who would only say he and a friend got into a fight and the friend left in a vehicle. The victim finally agreed to be transported to receive further treatment for his injuries. The exact circumstances are not known.

ROBBERY block of Culpepper Street NW— On May 17, patrol units were dispatched to an attempted auto theft call. While in route, an officer noticed a vehicle fitting the description of a “carjacking in progress.” The victims were taking out the garbage when a man armed with a handgun demanded they “get out or I will shoot you.” The man then attempted to fire, but his gun jammed and the two scuffled. The gunman entered the white Cadillac Escalade and drove off. A stolen red pickup was recovered in the parking lot of 790 Huff Road; the suspect was attempting to use it to take a motorcycle.

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block of West Wesley Road—A Toro pressure washer, a Black & Decker leaf blower, a tool box with miscellaneous tools, a Black & Decker drill, two extension cords and food items were taken from a house.

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a Bulova watch, an Apple MacBook Pro laptop, an Audi key and a Beats by Dre Bluetooth speaker were reported stolen from an apartment; A second resident in the same apartment complex reported stolen a Dell laptop, a Vaio computer and two Michael Kors watches.  4200

block of Rickenbacker Way—A gold wedding ring with three diamonds and silverware from a dining room set was reported stolen from a house. A second house on the block reported their sliding glass door lock was broken. The suspects ate nuts, berries and drank four beers from the kitchen area. Approximately $55 in coins was taken from a change jar.

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block of Wieuca Road NE—Several coins were taken from a house. When the residents were leaving, two men were seen staring at them from the rear of the neighbor’s home. They got into a black Ford F250 and drove away. A silver dollar coin was later recovered in the backyard.

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block of Parkland Drive—A Glock 26 generation handgun, an Acer laptop, a Gucci key chain, a Louis Vuitton wallet, a Gucci necklace, a birth certificate and a Social Security card were taken from an apartment; A second apartment in the same complex reported that a door lock was damaged and a Dell laptop, an iPad 3, two pairs of diamond earrings, four pairs of gym shoes, two leather coats, two suits, a Skagen watch, two suitcases, a backpack and a bottle of cologne were taken.

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block of Lindbergh Place—Patrol

units responded to a prowler call at an apartment complex and saw someone walking out while carrying several items in his hands. The apartment window was shattered and the blinds were torn. Several other items were located piled up as if the suspect was returning to retrieve them.  1900 block of Hollywood Road NW—

Security bars in the rear bedroom were pried off and the window was broken out. A Phillips Plasma TV, a LG Plasma TV and $500 in cash were taken from the house.

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block of Collier Road—A deadbolt lock was damaged. A 55-inch Panasonic TV, an Xbox, an Xbox 360, two laptops, an iMac, an HP laptop, an iPad and a ladies wrist watch were taken from the apartment.

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NE—A hole was drilled in dead bolt lock and the peephole was punched out of a door to an apartment. An Apple iPad and a 40-inch Samsung Smart TV were taken.

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inch flat-screen TV, a sound bar, PlayStation 4, six baseball caps, eight pairs of Nike Jordan tennis shoes and a grey tote were taken from an apartment.

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block of 26th Street NW—An Apple MacBook and several pieces of jewelry were taken from an apartment after it had been ransacked.

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block of Peachtree Park Drive NE—A resident was inside her bathroom when she heard noises coming from her roommate’s room. As she opened the bathroom door, she observed a shadow

of a man running out the residence. No items were taken from the house. block of Roswell Rd NE—An Apple iPad mini, a set of SRS-X7 Sony speakers, an iPod, a Sony digital camera, and a Michael Kos watch were taken from an apartment. A Sweetwater Brewery bag was also taken, possibly to carry the items in.

man, who ran out of the apartment after seeing her. No items were taken.

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block of Club Drive NE—A new microwave and kitchen sink, both in their boxes, were taken from a house that is currently being renovated.

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block of Dumbarton Road NW—A 2005 Honda CFR250R Dirt Bike was reported stolen from the residence’s driveway. The dirt bike was taken from the rear of a pickup truck. Also taken was motorcycle racing gear and a red and black toolbox.

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block of Bohler Road NW—A 1987 Chevy Silverado was stolen from the driveway.

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block of Collier Road—A 2006 Ford Crown Victoria was reported stolen from the parking lot of a gas station. The owner left the key inside the ignition while he entered the store. An IBM laptop was taken.

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block of Peachtree Hills Circle NE—A MacBook Pro 13inch laptop, a Samsung Galaxy S5 and a LG 32-inch TV were taken from an apartment.

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block of Rivers Road NW—A 1998 Chevy van was reported stolen after the owner left the it unlocked with the keys in the center console while he worked.

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block of Armour Drive NE—A Hisense 55-inch TV and $550 in cash were taken from an apartment; two additional apartment units in the complex reported damage to the door locks and items taken.

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block of Lavista Road NE—Several pieces of jewelry were taken from an apartment.

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block of Piedmont Road—A resident was in the shower when she overheard three loud “thuds.” When she looked out the bedroom door, she saw a

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block of Northside Drive NW—A 1998 Jeep Cherokee was reported missing from the third floor of an apartment complex’s parking deck.

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block of Peachtree Road NE—A BMW 325 was reported missing from a condo parking lot.

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block of Piedmont Road NE—A 2003 Dodge R150 was reported stolen from the parking lot of a department store. A suspect was captured on video surveillance exiting a silver Hyundai/Lexus-type sedan and entering the victim’s vehicle.

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