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Council picks Williams as mayor, but it’s not unanimous BY TIM DARNELL


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Brookhaven now has its second mayor. J. Max Davis, the city’s inaugural mayor, resigned to run for the state House of Representatives, so on June 9, Brookhaven City Council chose Rebecca Chase Williams to take the mayor’s chair. But the vote wasn’t unanimous. District 2 councilman John Park voted against Williams’ election, while Williams, District 3’s Bates Mattison and Joe Gebbia of District 4, voted for it. “I don’t believe that Ms. Williams represents the interests of all of Brookhaven and especially those of District 2,” Park said after the meeting. Brookhaven attorney Linley Jones, who was heavily involved in the city’s march toward municipalization, was nominated by Williams to fill her old District 1 seat. Her appointment was unanimous. “This is an historic night. We have a unique opportunity where we show how well our charter works,” said Gebbia, who nominated Williams. “We have to make sure we choose someone who can continue the charge SEE COUNCIL, PAGE 5


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 SEE LOCAL, PAGE 26


Rebecca Chase Williams is sworn in by State Court Judge Mike Jacobs as the city’s second mayor.

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DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee “Since our propMay highlighted two declining numbers erties are all over the during a town hall meeting in Tucker on county, if they inJune 8—the number of days residents creased everyone comsoon will see garbage pickups each week mensurate to that, then and the county’s proposed millage rate. it seems like to me, The latter number drew more discusthey’re going to have a sion at the meeting, the first of eight such whole lot more monevents scheduled across the county this ey than a little bit more summer. About 30 community memmoney … so thereLee May bers came to the Reid H. Cofer Library to fore they should be rehear May and county leaders share details ducing the millage rate a whole lot more,” about several county happenings, includBrown said after the meeting. ing the 2015 mid-year budget May recentOfficials said that while pockets of the ly outlined. county may have seen assessments go up Under the budget proposal, DeKalb 30 or 40 percent, DeKalb’s estimated tax could see its millage rate decrease from digest for 2015 of $24.727 billion repre21.21 to 20.81. The proposed 0.4-mill resents a smaller overall increase—a 9.7 perduction, if approved, would be the councent jump from the previous year. ty’s first tax rate decrease since 2004. The county’s Board of Tax Assessors “[A millage reduction of] 0.4 is realsent out annual assessment notices last ly the maximum threshold that we could month. Residents who do not agree with sustain, while also allowing us to continue the current year value displayed on their to make sure our fund balance was in good assessments have 45 days to appeal. More shape,” May said during his presentation. information on the appeal process can be “What we’ve done is looked at our found on the county’s website. budget now, put some assumptions in May also talked about changes coming place in terms of what we believe our exto the county’s sanitation collection serpenditure level will be throughout and all vice. Residents in unincorporated DeKalb of our funds for the next and those who reside in the three years, and we wantcities of Brookhaven, and See related Commentary ed to make sure at the end Dunwoody who receive on page 8 of three years, the end of sanitation collection service 2018, that we would still from the county will see have across all funds, one their trash picked up once month operating funding in reserves. That a week starting the week of July 6. Solid [millage rate] allowed us to do that.” waste, recyclable materials and yard trimThough the proposed rate decrease mings will be collected the same day. could lead to some residents seeing lower Officials say the reduction from the tax bills, those whose properties are assessed current twice-a-week schedule along with at higher values could end up paying more other improved efficiencies will reduce the despite the lower rate. Lou Brown, CEO county’s costs to provide sanitation service. of Certified Affordable Housing Provider, Fees for residential customers will remain asked May how the proposed millage resteady as a result of the decreased costs. duction took into account properties that More details about the changes to the received much higher assessments. county’s sanitation collection program can Brown said his company has about be found at 100 properties in DeKalb, which on averMay also has a town hall meeting set age were given assessments that were more for June 22 at Brookhaven City Hall, than 37 percent higher than the previous 4362 Peachtree Road. It is scheduled from tax year. 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.


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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, 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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Local cities get ready for legal fireworks sales BY TIM DARNELL With sales of more types of fireworks set to become legal in Georgia on July 1, Sandy Springs has declared a moratorium on businesses that sell the merchandise. At present, Brookhaven and Dunwoody haven’t considered any similar measures, but Brookhaven’s police chief expresses concerns about the new law’s potential impact. State Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs), said sales of fireworks are not listed as an approved type of business in the city. At least 90 days are needed for the city’s planning commission and city council to draft the proper ordinances. “Previously, the only type of fireworks that were allowed for sale were smaller ones, like sparklers,” said Willard, who voted against House Bill 110. “This moratorium allows us the time to draft

the right zoning ordinances and business classifications.” The moratorium was adopted on June 2 and expires on September 2. Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis said his city has not enacted any additional regulation measures. “We don’t view the recent fireworks law as a huge issue requiring the city to enact extra legislation on top of what the state passed,” Davis said. “We’ll keep a close eye on the sale and use of fireworks within Dunwoody, especially in and around the July Fourth holiday. “Should we determine possible public safety concerns or issues related to the sale of fireworks exist, we’ll discuss potential actions to address them.” City spokesman Bob Mullen also said Dunwoody is working with the DeKalb County Fire Marshal’s office on review-

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Four candidates filed to run in the July 14 special election to choose a new lawmaker to fill the District 80 seat in the state House of Representatives, according to the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. A new election to choose a representative for the district, which covers Brookhaven and portions of Sandy Springs and Chamblee, was ordered after former Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Brookhaven) resigned to accept an appointment as a state court judge. Three Republicans -- Catherine Bernard, Loren Collins and J. Max Davis -and one Democrat -- Taylor J. Bennett -filed to run for the seat. All four candidates say they live in Brookhaven. All are lawyers. Bennett, the sole Democrat in the race and a former Georgia Tech football player, says in his campaign literature that “he believes in a Georgia that is worker-friendly as well as business-friendly.”

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Bernand, who ran against Jacobs in the 2014 Republican Primary, is described in her campaign literature as “a committed limited government conservative.” “House District 80 ... is one of the most vibrant areas of metro Atlanta, and needs representation focused on building strong communities through free enterprise and accountable, transparent government,” she said in a press release. Collins, a self-described “Bull Moose Republican,” says he ran as a write-in candidate for the U.S. Congress in 2006 and 2008, and published a book on the principles of skepticism. Davis, who served as Brookhaven’s first mayor and whose father served in the state House, launched his campaign with a claim that he was the only candidate “with deep roots in our area.” “I want the opportunity to build on our shared successes,” Davis said in a campaign email. --Joe Earle

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of all of the programs in effect in our city. “Rebecca has done an excellent job on staying abreast of these issues.” Mattison was unanimously elected as Mayor Pro Tem, filling the position held by Williams. Both Williams and Jones were sworn in by newly appointed State Court Judge Mike Jacobs, who used to represent House District 80 under the Gold Dome. “I really look forward to the challenge of building a great city,” Williams said. “I want to build a government that is truly exceptional, and that means being open and honest.” Davis, who attended the meeting, said his decision to run for House District 80 — a seat once held by his father — was difficult. “I know this city is on the right path, and my fear of leaving something undone was allayed by the knowledge that we have an excellent council and an excellent staff,” Davis said. “We’re very lucky to have such qualified and talented individuals serving as representatives of our citizenry.” Less than three years after it became a city, Brookhaven has already had two mayors and two new city councilors, and has elections coming up in November for mayor and council members from DisBK

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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

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DeKalb County is moving in the right direction For many months now I have been telling everyone that DeKalb County is moving in the right direction. We are stronger and we are better governed. Despite all the challenges we see in the news every day, we are turning the corner. We are turning the corner on strengthening and enforcing our ethics laws and truly reforming government. We are turning the corner on rebuilding our local economy that was devastated by the Great Recession. We are now at a point where I am confident in our fiscal and budgetary management. This is why, for the first time in more than 10 years, I am recommending a cut in our millage rate, while at the same time increasing our rainy day fund to more than one month’s expenses in reserve. We are also following through on a promise to help our men and women who protect us every day by funding body cameras for our police officers and increasing funding for firefighters and sheriff deputies. This has not happened by accident. For nearly two years we have worked to restore the public’s trust. The best way to do that is to take care of the peoples’ money by spending responsibly and conservatively. I have presented a mid-year budget recommendation to the DeKalb Board of Commissioners that includes the following: • Total budget across all funds = $1.4 billion with $102 million in budgetary reserves; • Total tax funds budget = $630 million with $57.5 million in budgetary reserves; • The .4 mill tax cut reduces our overall millage from 21.21 mills to 20.81 mills; • In our tax funds alone we will have 1.2 months of operating funds in our budgetary reserve. All of those statistics simply means this: Our fiscal house is in order and the taxpayers of DeKalb are getting a tax break. We are in this position as a result of controlling our spending and living by conservative budget principles, in addition

to better than expected market conditions. The economy is moving at a pretty exciting pace and we should be proud of that. This is just the beginning. I am going to continue to insist on budget discipline, cutting wasteful spending, balancing our budgets, and ensuring that the longterm financial outlook for DeKalb is sound and stable. LEE In addition to our financMAY es, nothing is more important to DeKalb than protecting the people GUEST COLUMN and giving our police officers the support and tools they need to do their jobs. Police officers overwhelmingly support body cameras. It makes their job safer and their policing more effective. The public also overwhelmingly favors the use of body cameras for police officers, because it better protects all stakeholders. That is why I am determined to provide our officers with the best technology and support that is available. I have included $1 million to cover the first half of body cameras for all officers on the street, with the second half to come from federal matching funds or from the 2016 budget. Our budget adds or restores necessary funding for fire and rescue, the sheriff’s office, courts and other law enforcement, parks, stormwater, information technology and our libraries. Budgets are a matter of priorities, and these are my priorities. We are on the right path. We are turning the corner. And, as our budget shows, we are making progress every day. I urge the Board of Commissioners to adopt these recommendations, fund our key priorities, and begin the process of offering some tax relief to the residents and business in DeKalb County. Lee May is the Interim CEO of DeKalb County.

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On the record Read these articles from our other editions online at “Our mission is to make Atlanta Memorial Park a beautiful, sustainable park connected to the neighborhoods.” --Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy Executive Director Catherine Spillman on the conservancy’s plans to remake the park, including the Bobby Jones Golf Course. “We think Bobby Jones is not broken.” --Anthony Smith of the Friends of the Bobby Jones Golf Course on the conservancy’s proposal to reduce the golf course to nine holes from 18 holes. “This started as a sidewalk project and it’s morphing out of control as we sit here and talk.” --Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall on the proposed addition of sidewalks to Tilly Mill.

“What happens locally really impacts you so much more at home.” -- Jessica Guinn, Dunwoody’s first assistant city manager, on the importance of local government and citizen participation. “It’s dangerous, and if you permit this to happen without looking at that intersection, then the city of Sandy Jessica Guinn Springs is responsible.” -- Sandy Springs resident Angela Conliffe on Traton Homes building townhomes at 900 Spalding Drive and the potential traffic the homes may create.

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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 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

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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

Highlands Village Square Art & Craft Show Held in the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park in the town of Highlands, North Carolina, the June 20-21 event features art, live music, food and more. For information, visit

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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.

Above, a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains from inside a mountain retreat.

“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-

sented by Caló Theatre Company, a professional flamenco theater ensemble, “WONDERLAND” tells Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” through flamenco music and dance. Family-friendly event. Tickets start at $40. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to or call 678-812-4000.

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 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@ or call 770-394-0675.


Cancer Run/Walk Saturday, June 20, 8 a.m. – Home Depot presents the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk starting in the Home Depot parking lot. Includes a 5K run/ walk, 1-mile walk, kids Superhero Dash for Dad, and virtual Snooze for Dudes program. Food and drinks available. Special “Build a Father’s Day Gift Workshop” for kids onsite. Free admission; participation in run/walk requires registration. Fees vary. 6400 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information and to register, go online to or call 202-463-9455.

Odyssey Quest Run Saturday, June 27, 8 a.m. – The Odyssey

Quest Run/Walk offers a scenic course, trivia and entertainment. For all ages. Walkers are welcome but strollers are not allowed. Tickets, $30 by June 25; $35 from June 26 to day-of. Route circles around the campus. 1424 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, 30327. To find out more and to purchase tickets, go online to or call 404-367-5150.

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Comics Workshop Monday, June 22, 4-4:45 p.m. –

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 Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For learn more, go online to or call 770-512-4640.

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Touch a Truck Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m. -2 p.m. – Brookhaven presents the first Touch-

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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@ Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Buckhead, 30305. For details, go online to 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.”

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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 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 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 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 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.

What’s Next: Over this summer, Xan will be submitting papers to go on a mission trip for the Church of Latter Day Saints. He plans on attending Georgia Tech. This article was prepared by Sam Wimpfheimer, a rising junior at The Galloway School.

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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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Local cops advise fellow officers overseas CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 sophisticated networks and are very adapthrough the state-funded program. tive in their thinking.” “He is experienced in internationThe taxpayers don’t pay for these trips, al travel and I wantbut the experience ed to have professiongained by their leadal chiefs who have ers helps communibeen to a third-world ties at home, chiefs country,” Keenan say. “We are a global society, said. “The State DeIn 1991, the Suwith criminal networks partment asked me to preme Council of the come up with recom- disregarding boundaries.” Republic of Geormendations and [Yangia declared indedura] was one of the pendence from the first people I thought U.S.S.R., and in 1992 – KEN DESIMONE of.” became the 179th SANDY SPRINGS POLICE CHIEF Sandy Springs member of the UnitPolice Chief Ken ed Nations. Today, DeSimone said it is Georgia is a presidennot unusual for police tial democracy. departments to take advantage of trainYandura said he felt safe in the relaing opportunities, with other cities in the tive seclusion of one city he visited, which United States and abroad. He said he and was a four-hour drive into the mountains other Sandy Springs officers have trained from the embassy in Tbilisi, the capital. in England, South Korea and Israel. He said he could envision more and more “We are a global society, with criminal tourists over the next five years. networks disregarding boundaries,” he The small village reminded Yandura said. “Criminals today link together with of a ski resort, he said, where maybe 20

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7882 Stratford Lane - $689,900 Rose Anne Schulman 404-502-5921 Stunning home on quiet cul-de-sac lot w/beautiful waterfall feature. 5 spacious bdrms, 5.5 baths. Owner’s suite sitting room w/fireplace. Island kitchen w/walk-in pantry, bonus/offi ce, eat-in space. Formal living rm, Banquet sized dining room Family rm w/fireplace overlooking waterfall.

Interested in a career in real estate? The Sandy Springs/Vinings office is ready to assist! 404.252.4908 404.252.4908 5252 Roswell Road, Suite 202 Atlanta, GA 30342 5252 Roswell Road, Suite 202 Atlanta, GA 30342

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Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor agents and are not employees of the Company. Nothing in this document is intended to create an employment relationship. Any affiliation by you with the Company is intended to be that of an independent contractor agent. The property information herein is derived from various sources that may include, but not be limited to, county records and the Multiple Listing Service and it may include approximations. Although the information is believed to be accurate, it is not warranted and you should not rely upon it without personal verification. ©2015 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Previews International and the Previews logo are registered and unregistered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. 10475ATL_3/15 |

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PUBLIC SAFETY May 25, a sex offense was reported; On May 27, a simple assault was reported; On May 29, an arrest was made for cruelty to children in the 2nd degree; On May 31, battery was reported.


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


block of Brookhaven Commons Drive—On May 26, aggravated assault with a weapon was reported.




block of Briarcliff Road—On May 27, terroristic threats were reported.



block of Briarcliff Road—On May 28, simple battery was reported.




block of Buford Highway—On May 27, a strong-arm robbery of a business was reported; On June 1, a strongarm robbery was reported at a business.


block of Sylvan Circle—On June 4, burglary was reported at a residence.



block of Drew Valley Road— On May 28, a strong-arm robbery in the street was reported.


A UTO TH EFT „„3100

block of Buford Highway—On May 23, theft by taking auto was reported.


block of Peachtree Road—On May27, theft by taking auto was reported.

block of Buford Highway—On May 29, strong-arm robbery of a business was reported.




block of Buford Highway—On June 1, a strong-arm robbery in the street with a gun was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On June 1, a robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

block of Brookhaven Way—On June 1, theft by taking auto was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On June 2, entering auto was reported.

AS S AULT „„3600

BURGLA RY „„2600

block of Buford Highway—On May 28, two arrests were made for burglary.


block of Clairmont Road—On May 31, burglary was reported at a residence.


block of Buford Highway—On May 31, burglary was reported at a nonresidence.


Road—On June 1, two arrests were made for burglary.


block of Briarwood Road—On June 2, a burglary attempt was reported.

block of Buford Highway—On May 22, terroristic threats were reported.

„„4000 block of Summit Boulevard—On

May 22, battery was reported; On May 23, an arrest was made for battery of a family member.


block of Buford Highway—On May 24, battery was reported and an arrest was made.


block of Buford Highway—On May 24, battery was reported and two arrests were made.


block of Cliff Valley Way—On May 25, simple battery was reported.




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block of Curtis Drive—On June 1, theft by taking auto was reported.

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block of Corporate Boulevard— On May 28, aggravated assault with a gun was reported; On May 28, simple battery was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On May 30, battery was reported and an arrest was made.


block of Buford Highway—On June 1, battery was reported.


block of North Cliff Valley Way—On June 1, a child molestation was reported.


block of North Druid Hills Road—On June 2, battery of a family member was reported and an arrest was made.


block of Buford Highway—On June 2, aggravated assault with a weapon was reported.


block of Hermance Drive—On June 4, aggravated assault was reported.


block of South Johnson Ferry Road—On June 4, an arrest was made for battery.

FR AUD „„100

block of Town Boulevard—On May 22, financial transaction card fraud was reported.

block of Newbridge Trace—On May 26, fraud by worthless check was reported. block of Peachtree Road—On May 26, fraud by swindle was reported. block of Peachtree Road—On May 27, forgery of check was reported. block of Gables Drive—On May 27, fraudulent activity was reported.


block of Osborne Road—On May 29, fraud by worthless check was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On May 29, fraud by financial transaction card was reported.


block of Skyland Drive—On May 22, theft was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On May 22, shoplifting was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On May 22, shoplifting was reported; On May 31, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On May 23, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.


block of Briarwood Road—On May 25, theft of articles form a vehicle was reported.


block of West Nancy Creek Drive—On May 25, theft was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On May 26, theft was reported; On May 29, theft from a building was reported. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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block of Buford Highway—On May 22, a robbery in the street with a cutting instrument was reported.

block of Buford Highway—On May 22, swindle was reported.

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block of Sunland Drive—On May 22, fraudulent activity was reported.


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block of Brookgate Way—On May 26, theft from mail was reported.


block of Peachtree Road—On May 26, shoplifting was reported.


block of Town Boulevard—On May 26, shoplifting was reported; On May 27, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.


block of Redding Road—On May 27, theft was reported.

June 1, shoplifting was reported and an arrest was made. „„1200

block of Executive Park—On June 2, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.


block of Lindenwood Lane—On June 3, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.



block of Peachtree Road—On May 27, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

block of Peachtree Road—On May 22, two arrests were made for DUI; On May 25, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On May 27, an arrest was made for DUI.



block of Granger Drive—On May 27, theft was reported.



block of Clairmont Road—On May 22, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.


block of Buford Highway—On May 23 and 26, arrests were made for DUI; On May 27, an arrest was made for public intoxication; On May 29, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.


block of Buford Highway—On May 23, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.


block of Buford Highway—On May 23, an arrest was made for failure to appear.



Hills Road—On May 22, an arrest was made for pedestrian on highway.

block of Osborne Road—On May 27, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.



block of Saxon Valley Circle— On May 30, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.


block of Peachtree Road—On May 31, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.


block of Osborne Road—On May 31, theft was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On


at Johnson Ferry Road—On May26, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.


block of Memorial Drive—On May 28, a wanted person was located and arrested.

Highway at Clairmont Road— On May 23, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On May 29, an arrest was made for failure to appear.

block of Buford Highway—On May 28, an arrest was made for manufacture/sell/dispense/distribute illegal drugs and an arrest was made for loitering for the purpose of engaging in drug activity.




block of Buford Highway—On May 23, an arrest was made for no driver’s license.

block of Buford Highway—On May 30, arrests were made for DUI and no driver’s license; a hit and run was reported.





block of Buckhead Valley Lane— On June 1, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

block of North Druid Hills Road—On May 23, an arrest was made for DUI.

block of Tullie Circle—On May 29, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

block of Buford Highway—On May 22, an arrest was made for failure to appear; On May 28, an arrest was made for following too closely.

block of Peachtree Road—On May 30, an arrest was made for DUI.




block of Clairmont Road—On May 29, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.


block of Lake Hearn Drive—On May 31, an arrest was made for DUI.


block of Buford Highway—On May 22, arrests were made for obstruction, interference and DUI.

block of Clairmont Road—On May 30, an arrest was made for DUI.


block of Buford Highway—On May 27, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

block of Peachtree Road—On May 22, an arrest was made for DUI.



block of Buford Highway—On May 29, an arrest was made for public intoxication.

block of Buford Highway—On June 4, arrests were made for possession of marijuana.

OTHER „„1800

block of Clairmont Terrace—On May 22, a hit and run was reported.


block of Woody Trail—On May 23, damage to private property was reported.


block of Glen Way—On May 24, damage to private property was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On May 25, disorderly conduct was reported.


block of Buford Highway—On May 25, damage to public property was reported.


block of Peachtree Road—On May 31, damage to private property was reported.

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Medical Billing & Collections – Experienced Medical Billing/Collections specialist needed for busy Dermatology and Plastic Surgery practice in Sandy Springs. We are looking for a motivated, articulate, personable, reliable and detail-oriented professional to complete our team. This position is responsible for patient billing questions, payment posting, A/R followup and denial resolution. Previous medical billing experience is required. Dermatology or plastic surgery experience preferred.

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Walls, Flag Stone and Brick Paver Patios, Landscape Lighting, Drainage issues and Pavilions. Free qu Lynwood Park otes. Visit: or call 678-788-5656.






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D i n e a r o u n d D u n w o o d y d u r i n g t h e f o u r t h a n n u a l D u n w o o d y R e s t a u r a n t We e k , J u n e 20-27. Over 24 restaurants from around town will par ticipate and showcase their best d i s h e s a n d d e s s e r t s a l l w e e k l o n g f o r l u n c h a n d d i n n e r. L u n c h p r i c e p o i n t s a r e $ 1 0 , $15 and $25 and will include an appetizer selection and entrée selection. Dinner price points are $20, $30 and $45 and will include an appetizer selection, entrée selection a n d d e s s e r t o p t i o n . To v i e w p a r t i c i p a t i n g r e s t a u r a n t s , p r i x - f i x e m e n u s , a n d t o m a k e r e s e r v a t i o n s t h r o u g h O p e n Ta b l e p l e a s e v i s i t D u n w o o d y R e s t a u r a n t We e k . c o m | # D R W 1 5 .



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