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Tilly Mill sidewalks plan morphs into battle over bike lanes BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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The “Dunwoody Mermaids,” from left, Claire Rohrbach, Olivia Plumb and Hannah Plumb, throw seashells to children in the Marcus Jewish Community Center’s pool, during a party on May 31. The event, open to the public, featured music, dancing, face painting and door prizes. See another photo on page 4.

Guinn wants to set foundation for city’s future BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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Jessica Guinn said when people think about government, too often they think about the District of Colombia or the state capital. “What happens locally really impacts you so much more at home,” said Guinn, who has been named Dunwoody’s first assistant city manager. For her, a love of government started

while she was in the Master of Professional Administration program at Kennesaw State University, from which she graduated in 2005. She started working as a planner for Henry County, then joined a private sector firm that served local governments. In 2013, she became Woodstock’s community development director. She stayed SEE NEW ASSISTANT, PAGE 26

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What began simply as an effort to build a sidewalk along Tilly Mill Road has grown into a battle over bike lanes. “This started as a sidewalk project and it’s morphing out of control as we sit here and talk,” City Councilman Terry Nall said during the May 26 Dunwoody City Council meeting. The project is expanding as council members consider how to make room for bicyclists, cars, left-turn lanes and sidewalks, without encroaching on landowners’ rights. City Capital Projects Manager Mindy Sanders said the city would need to have a new contract with the project’s design consultant because the $50,000 threshold will be exceeded. “It’s now extending into a greater right-of-way effort, and a greater design and survey effort on that side,” she said. Mayor Mike Davis said he wants to consider all aspects of a project for Tilly Mill Road before getting started because he wanted to make sure what the city does the right thing. Councilman John Heneghan said he would endorse adding bike lanes only along the existing two-lane section of Tilly Mill between North Peachtree Road and Cherring Drive, with bicycles sharing the travel lanes with vehicles on the existing three-lane section, but Heneghan said he would want to take out the center lane completely. Resident Cheryl Summers said she and her neighbors wanted a sidewalk on Tilly Mill Road, but not bike lanes. Summers spoke against bike lanes during the meetSEE SIDEWALKS PLAN, PAGE 27

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All Saints parking deck approved by City Council BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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All Saints Catholic Church will be able to go ahead with its renovation plans and to build a parking deck on its campus. After deferring a decision on All Saints’ plan in March, Dunwoody City Council on May 26 approved the church’s request for a special purpose land use permit for its planned renovations. Rev. Daniel Rogaczewski said the church wants to have its complete plan approved by city council before construction starts. Nearby residents had questioned the church’s development plans, saying they could cause flooding of surrounding properties. Neighbor Arthur Goodelman said his backyard is eroding into the creek. “I have a 45-foot drop that wasn’t there when I bought my house 37 years ago,” Goodelman said. “There was a creek and now you need a structured bridge. I would either like to add on to my house or move, and a Realtor said, ‘This creek situation is devaluing your property.’” But city Engineer Rich Edinger said the results of a hydrology study showed the proposed construction will improve storm water runoff. “A wooded site generates the least amount of storm water

runoff,” Edinger said, noting that the effect of proposed construction would make any storm water issues better, and not worse. After Edinger’s findings, debate centered on the parking deck. “I am pleased that a hydrology study reveals the storm water impact post development will be less than today,” Councilman Terry Nall said. “For me, I’m really left with the parking deck.” Because All Saints is in a residential area, with neighbors who would have a view of a multi-level parking deck, council members debated whether or not approval of the permit would be in the best interest of homeowners. Though a longer-term project, the parking deck is part of the church’s comprehensive plan and would be built in the third phase of construction. “Our job here is to ensure the proposed development is compatible with the adjacent single-family homeowners, otherwise we wouldn’t require a SLUP,” Nall said. “To me a parking deck in a single-family residential area is just not compatible with the adjacent homeowners.” Nall added that he felt wary about setting a precedent. “I think it’s a dan-

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On May 26, Dunwoody City Council approved All Saints Catholic Church’s request for a special purpose land use permit to build a parking deck.

gerous decision on our part,” he said. The parking deck will be designed to look like a different sort of building in order to alleviate any negative connotations with a parking deck, Steve Foote, the community development director, said. The church also made changes to the lighting on the top deck so lights wouldn’t be visible to neighbors. “You’re looking at a concrete wall with windows, not a parking deck,” Councilman John Heneghan said, describing the changes made to the design. He said noise wouldn’t be a factor, nor

would aesthetics. Resident Shawn Wolcott argued that council members affiliated with All Saints should have removed themselves from voting. He said he worries the church in the future will request a permit for a school, which would only add to traffic problems. “This project will include the development of not only a three-story parking garage but also the addition of almost 125,000 square feet of additional space for the church, all located in an area zoned exclusively for single-family residential,” he said.

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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 that retail sales of fireworks in the city are not listed as an approved type of business. “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 city needs 90 days to plan draft the proper ordinances, he said. 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 reviewing and enforcing local permitting and li-

censing. Regulating retail fireworks sales also has not made it onto Brookhaven’s agenda, but police spokesman Officer Carlos Nino said the department is concerned about public safety. “The No. 1 concern is responding to some sort of horrific accident where fireworks are blamed, such as a house fire or someone severely injured because of the sale of fireworks in the city,” he said. “And in the past we’ve responded to callers who weren’t sure if it was gunshot or fireworks they heard.” Nino isn’t sure whether the new law will create safety problems within the city. “It’s really too early say. If the public is careful about them, it will minimize its impact on the department and it will improve the local economy,” he said. “We were fully staffed during last year’s Fourth of July and we will be again, this year.” When he signed the new law, Gov. Nathan Deal said it’s time Georgia started reaping the financial benefits of fireworks sales. “People in our state are crossing state lines and buying fireworks,” Deal said. “We have so many neighbors around us that already authorize the sale of fireworks, this just made sense. And we have taken every precaution we can to try to eliminate any injuries associated with it.” The law will allow businesses and nonprofits to pay a $5,000 licensing fee to sell some previously banned fireworks such as firecrackers, torpedos, Roman candles and skyrockets. That money is designated for public safety purposes, and the law also creates a new excise tax of 5 percent on every sale.

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Four seek District 80 House seat 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 (RBrookhaven) resigned to accept an appointment as a state court judge. Three Republicans -- Catherine Bernard, Loren Collins and J. Max Davis -and a single Democrat --Taylor J. Bennett -- filed to run for the seat. All four candidates say they live in Brookhaven. All four are lawyers. Bennett, the sole Democrat in the race and a former Georgia Tech foot-

ball player, says in his campaign literature that “he believes in a Georgia that is worker-friendly as well as businessfriendly.” Bernand, who ran against Jacobs in the 2014 Republican Primary, is described in her campaign literature as “a committed limited government conservative.” 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 has 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.” –Joe Earle

City Council delays townhomes until ‘senior housing’ is defined BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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Dunwoody City Council has delayed consideration of a townhome project at Dunwoody Village so the city can come up with a definition of “senior housing” in the area, council members say. Cypress Communities LLC wants to build 81 townhomes at Dunwoody Village. But council members said during their June 8 meeting that the developer’s plans didn’t seem to fit with the city’s desire to have housing for older residents. “The developer stood in front of us at the last meeting, and when we asked about a master bedroom and bath combo on the first floor, he said, ‘No, that would not happen,’” Councilman Denis Shortal said. “That throws a red flag.” Shortal said he talked with an elderly neighbor who said he thought an appropriate townhome would have a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen on a single floor, and he doesn’t want to have deal with an elevator. The council voted 4-2 to deny a request to change the city’s land use plan to allow the townhomes. The council then voted to defer the rezoning request to allow city officials time to develop a definition of “senior housing.” Cypress Communities’ plan called for three-story townhomes with up to three bedrooms.

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Shortal said he didn’t understand how a study by DeKalb County Schools anticipated only eight students coming from the 81 units. “I don’t know,” Shortal said. “Maybe I just came in from the University of Mars and I didn’t understand that one.” Councilman Terry Nall said a 2-acre property at 1536 Dunwoody Village Parkway was a piece of a larger parcel that had been divided when adjacent buildings were sold. Nall and Councilman Doug Thompson voted in favor of amending the land use plan for that parcel, saying it should be used for housing, not offices. “The 1536 parcel is an orphan piece of property that has less than the minimum street frontage that’s needed,” Nall said. “What we should do at the very least is amend our land map to say that this parcel and the other parcel with the three buildings should be redeveloped together.” Assistant City Attorney Cecil McLendon said that if council members approved the land use amendment as proposed by the developer, then those opposed to the request to rezone part of the same area would need specific reasons why the rezoning shouldn’t be allowed.

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Bible schools vital part of church life BY MARY HELEN KELLY The three Ballowe children -- Evie, church to church in size and theme. Beck and James -- raced excitedThis year, Peachtree Presbyterians’ proly through the halls of Sandy Springs gram, which ran from June 1 to June United Methodist Church one recent 4, included more than 900 kids, Sannight. Their parents followed closely dy Springs UMC’s program included behind. about 40 participants, including parThey were trying to decipher a clue ents, and ran from June 3 to June 5. that would lead them to their next The Bible schools cross denominatask on a scavenger hunt. The clue ditions, showing up at Methodist, Baprected them to the second floor of the tist, Presbyterian and Catholic churchchurch, to a classroom called “Chiles alike. Most Vacation Bible Schools dren’s Church.” begin in the morning and run until There, they found early afternoon. church volunteer But for their VaSuzy Williamson cation Bible School “We wanted a chance ready to lead the this year, leaders at Ballowe family in a Sandy Springs Unitfor families to get to game similar to Piced Methodist chose know each other a tionary, as part of to try something little better and build the church’s sumdifferent. They startmer Vacation Bible ed a night school so some community.” School. entire families could Beck got the take part. Church word and drew a leaders wanted to – CANDACE JOHNSON picture on a chalkget to know the SSUMC CHILDREN’S MINISTER board wall. It didn’t families of the kids take the Ballowe who were attendfamily long to guess ing Vacation Bible their word: “family.” That was the foSchool in order to build a strong comcus of the church’s family Bible school munity of families, so they switched program this summer. to this format, said Candace Johnson, With the return of summer, scores the church’s minister to children and of churches are starting up their anleisure activities. nual summer Vacation Bible Schools. “We wanted a chance for families to They’re programs that usually last less get to know each other a little better than a week and involve crafts, drama and build some community,” she said. and songs to teach Bible stories and The theme for the week at Sanintroduce young church members to dy Springs United Methodist was concepts from their faiths in an easy“Sprout: Growing Together in Faith.” to-understand way. The nightly program consisted of a The goal is to “teach them about Jedinner, a worship program and then sus in a way that’s fun and over the a Bible-based activity, including the top,” said Len Wilson, creative direcscriptural scavenger hunt. tor at Peachtree Presbyterian Church During the scavenger hunt, which in Buckhead. took place during the first night of the Vacation Bible Schools vary from three-night school, family members

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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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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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City Council, don’t wilt now To the editor: The May 29-June 11 Dunwoody Reporter reported that the Dunwoody City Council plans to spend one-half million dollars [$500,000] to employ outside experts tell us what we need to do for parks, green space, etc. On its surface, this appears to be a gambit for elected officials to avoid taking a position by hiring outside “experts” [out of town, but who have a briefcase] who are paid to tell us what is best for us. Council members, I don’t recall any-

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one running on the platform of “elect me and I will hire someone to tell me what to do!” You were elected because the voters liked your vision for the community. Don’t wilt now. Have the courage you spoke about during your campaign. Don’t spend taxpayer money to cover your rear end. Within this community is a wealth of talent. Find it. Marshal it. Don’t outsource it.

Man up! Put your plan in front of the community! Let us know what you think the community needs. Be judged on your insights and vision, and not simply on what is contained in some 500-page document for which the rest of us paid $500,000. If you won’t put your plan out, if you can’t lead, or if you are simply in over your head, step down. If we are hiring consultants for the important decisions, what is the role of the council and the city staff? We are rapidly becoming like state and federal government where decisionmakers cannot be found. “Things just happen.” Larry Weber

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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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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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Queen Glitter Monday, June 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Kathy Bennett, a.k.a Queen Glit-

ter, offers a reading and performance for kids. Magical tales and storytelling to encourage a love for reading in children. Free and open to the public with valid library card. Recommended for youngsters aged 4-12. In the Children’s Room, Northside Branch Library, 3295 Northside Parkway, NW, Atlanta, 30327. For more information, go online to afpls.org, email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404-814-3508.

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

required by calling 404-303-6130. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, go online to fultoncountyga.gov.

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

aloud to “Ellie,” a trained therapy dog. Appropriate for youngsters aged 5-8. Free and open to the first 12 readers with a valid library card. Groups of 5 or more, call ahead for an appointment at 404-848-7140. Brookhaven Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319.

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

a-Truck event in Blackburn Park. Kids will see and touch real government vehicles, sit in a fire truck, meet a police K-9 and turn the lights on in a Brookhaven police car. Breakfast treats, a dipping station and coffee provided by Krispy Kreme. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. Questions? Go to brookhavenga.gov or call 404-637-0500.

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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.

Jewelry Workshop Wednesday, June 24, 2-4 p.m. – Teens learn how to craft hand-made brace-

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Basketball & Cheerleading Camp Monday, June 29 through Thursday, July 2, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. – Kids

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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


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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.

Northside Hospital Cancer Institute’s survival rates are among the highest in the country for bone marrow transplants. That’s for both related and unrelated donors. It’s one reason why so many people from across the country trust Northside with their cancer care. Northside has seen thousands of cancer survivors walk out their doors. And then, go just about anywhere. For help finding a cancer specialist, call 404-531-4444.

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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.


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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.

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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.

Brookhaven

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!

Dunwoody

Cafe Sababa-Mediterranean Grill - 4639-D N. Shallowford Rd., Dunwoody, 30338 Is Mediterranean his thing? Look no further in Dunwoody.

Ultimately, it’s your experience that matters. To be sure, we’re proud of our 27 years of experience in senior living. But, to us, what really matters is your experience at our communities. We do everything with that idea clearly in mind. So, go ahead, enjoy yourself with great social opportunities and amenities. Savor fine dining every day. And feel assured that assisted living services are always available if needed. We invite you to experience The Piedmont for yourself at a complimentary lunch and tour. Please call 404.381.1743 to schedule.

Wrights Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe - 5482 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338 Looking to spoil dad with a great sandwich? Check out Wrights. Don't you dare let him leave without a piece of the lemon cake. Chong Qing Hot-Pot - 5385 New Peachtree Rd., Atlanta, 30341 Looking for something a little different or is dad a Hot Pot conesouir?

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until June 1, when she took one step closer to her dream job: Guinn said in an article published two years ago, when she started in Woodstock, that her dream is to one day become a city manager. The opportunity to serve people close to home makes her feel like she’s making a bigger difference at home, Guinn said. “When I was growing up, I ELLEN ELDRIDGE was determined to be the first Jessica Guinn stands next to the Dunwoody woman president,” Guinn said City Hall sign on her third day in office. with a smile. “I think somebody might beat me to the punch, such as “millennials” seek less traditional but at this point I’ve determined politics methods of getting and staying involved, probably isn’t for me.” like social media, and that twice monthShe did a research assistantship where ly council meetings just aren’t “practical” she looked at Marietta’s permitting profor many of them. cesses, seeking to improve and stream“Find places where people are goline them. That’s where she said she realing to be,” Guinn said. She hopes to enized she “likes processes.” gage Dunwoody residents by attending She enjoys finding ways to make proparades and other events where people cesses easier to navigate and friendligenerally feel more relaxed than in a forer for people who aren’t familiar with mal public meeting. them. Her work as a planner lends itself City Manager Eric Linton said her well to her plans for Dunwoody. Infrabackground fits the city’s needs. “It is structures, jobs and parks facilities are not very often you come across someone just some of the top priorities she has. with her qualifications and proven track “Planning sets you up really well to record,” Linton said. have a good overview of government,” As assistant city manager, Guinn she said. “A lot of the skills I learned in hopes to encourage more citizens to get planning are applicable in my new role.” involved with government. But she recIn her first 30 days in office, she wants ognizes the difficulty members of workto learn more about the character and ing families with children have in findpriorities of Dunwoody. Understanding ing the time to participate. the city’s direction, which is moving at “I’m a perfect example,” she said. “I “warp speed,” she said, excites her. live in Cobb County, but I work over City spokesman Bob Mullen said here, and I’m a mom and have baseGuinn comes to Dunwoody at the perball practice and all those things to deal fect time. “As we grow as a city, it’s imwith, so it is hard to find opportunities portant to have somebody with that to participate in my own local governplanning experience and that foresight ment and my own community.” to be able to guide the city in the right She said she plans to continue finddirection,” Mullen said. Guinn looks ing opportunities for people to engage forward to the challenge. , participate and know what’s going on “It’s exciting to be in a city that’s still in ways other than showing up for City a relatively new city and being a part of Council meetings. setting the foundation for the future,” She added that younger populations she said.

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ing’s first public comment period and then waited nearly two hours to hear council’s discussion. She returned to the podium with obvious anger. “I’m Cheryl Summers and I live on Tilly Mill Road, and none of you do!” she said. “None of you know what the traffic is like on that road and I’m here to tell you that center turn lane is essential to the people who live between Cherring and Womack.” She said she and her neighbors need that center turn lane to get into their driveways. Joe Seconder, a cycling proponent who lives off Dunwoody Club Drive, said he and his neighbors don’t want a center turn lane because when they want to turn, they just wait for an opening in traffic. “I’d be waiting all damn day!” Summers shouted out while Seconder was speaking. Rob Augustine, a former Dunwoody Homeowner Association president, said he believes the city staff and engineers can come up with solutions that allow bike lanes without preventing homeowners from accessing their driveways during heavy traffic times. “A city should be capable of figuring out how to maintain the traffic flow and accommodate the people who need to get out of their driveways,” Augustine said. He said he’s felt frustrated since 1995, when he requested bike lanes on Tilly Mill Road for its entire length as part of the DHA effort to contribute to a revised and updated land use plan for DeKalb County. Several residents joined Seconder at the June 8 council meeting to voice support for a “complete streets” plan, which would include bike lanes. They argued the lanes and sidewalks are needed to reach the Marcus Jewish Community Center, Congregation Ariel, Georgia Perimeter College, Kingswood United Methodist Church and Brook Run Park.

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The only thing proponents and opponents agree on is that Tilly Mill Road isn’t safe for bicyclists.

Terry Tolbert, who has been cycling in Dunwoody since 2006, agrees. “Imagine being told that if you want to go run, then you have to drive to Duluth, or, if you want to write, you need to go to the library in Alpharetta, or, if you want to watch the football game, then you have to drive to the stadium,” he said. Pattie Baker, who joined Seconder and his wife on a bike ride along Tilly Mill Road to attend the grand opening ceremony for Georgetown Park last year, said the road isn’t safe for bicyclists. “I suggest folks simply ride it and see for themselves,” she said. “The challenges are self-evident.”

The 2015 July Fourth celebration in Dunwoody will feature a swearing-in ceremony for 25 new United States citizens. The parade, sponsored by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, also will feature five marching bands, including The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable, a bagpipe band, Dunwoody High School’s marching band and a Panamanian marching band, DHA board member Bill Robinson said during the board’s meeting June 7. Wendy Corona, who joined Channel 2 Action News in January, 2013, as an anchor for the station, will take part in the parade, Robinson said. The nearly 2-mile parade route steps off from the intersection of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry at 9 a.m. July 4, and proceeds west on Mount Vernon to Dunwoody Village Parkway. This year’s theme is “Honoring Our Educational Stars.”

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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 program. “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 De-

partment 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 became the 179th member of the United Nations. Today, Georgia is a presidential democracy. Yandura said he felt safe in the relative seclusion of one city he visited, which was a four-hour drive into the mountains from the embassy in Tbilisi, the capital. He said he could envision

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lifting was reported and two arrests were made; On May 30, shoplifting was reported and an arrest was made; On June 1, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On June 4, an arrest was made for shoplifting.

From police reports dated May 22 through June 5. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-to-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

„„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30 and on June 1, 2 and 3, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made.

ROBBERY „„6600

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On May 30, a robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

BURGLA RY „„4500

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On May 22, burglary was reported at a non-residence.

„„7300

block of Madison Drive—On May 22, burglary was reported at a residence. block of Perimeter Center East— On May 22, burglary was reported at a residence; On June 1, burglary was reported at a residence.

Drive—On May 27, burglary was reported at a non-residence. „„11,000

block of Perimeter Trace—On May 30, a burglary was reported at a residence.

A UTO T H EFT „„4600

block of North Shallowford Road—On May 25, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.

„„First

„„5500

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On May 27, burglary was reported at a non-residence.

„„4200

block of Dunwoody Club

THE FT/LAR CEN Y „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 22, 27, 29, 30 and June 2, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made.

„„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 22, shoplifting and larceny were reported; On May 26, shop-

way—On May 23, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On May 31, larceny from a building was reported. „„2000

block of Asbury Square—On May 24, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

„„First

block of Perimeter Center East— On May 24, larceny was reported; On May 28, an arrest was made for larceny.

„„5500

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On May 22, larceny was reported.

„„4900

„„4600

„„4400

block of Peachtree Place Parkway—On May 23, larceny was reported.

„„1300

block of Buckline Crossing—On May 27, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On May 27, shoplifting was reported.

block of Nerine Circle—On May „„5300 block of Fairfield West—On May 23, theft of articles 28, theft of articles from a vehicle was from a vehicle was reported. Read more of the reported. Police Blotter online at „„1200 block www.reporternewspapers.net „„ 100 block of Hammond of Perimeter CenDrive—On May ter Way—On May 23, shoplifting was reported and arrests 28, shoplifting was reported. were made for wanted person located and shoplifting. „„1200 block of Ashford Circle—On May 28, theft of articles from a vehicle „„200 block of Perimeter Center Parkwas reported. way—On May 23, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. „„4500 block of Olde Perimeter Way— „„1000 block of Crown Pointe ParkCONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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On May 28, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. „„6700

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On May 29, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

„„4300

block of North Peachtree Road— On June 1, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

„„100

block of Perimeter Center Place— On June 2, an arrest was made for shoplifting.

AS S A U LT „„2100

block of Peachford Road—On May 24, a sexual assault was reported.

„„4300

Road—On June 3, assault by intimidation was reported. „„First

block of Perimeter Center East— On June 3, aggravated assault and battery with a gun was reported.

FR AUD „„First

block of Perimeter Center East— On May 23, an arrest was made for fraud by swindle.

„„4400

block of AshfordDunwoody Road—On May 30, credit fraud was reported.

„„200

block of Perimeter Center Parkway—On May 29, simple assault and battery was reported.

„„2700

„„4500

On June 3, fraud was reported.

block of Roswell Road—On June 2, fraud by impersonation was reported. block of Fontainebleau Drive— On June 2, credit fraud was reported.

„„4800 block of North Peachtree Road—

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Ashford Gables Drive—On June 3, simple assault and battery was reported.

block of Perimeter Center East— On May 22, arrests were made for DUI and failure to appear in court; On May 24, an arrest was made for failure to appear; On May 28, an arrest was made for probation violation; On June 3, a wanted person was located and arrested.

„„5000

„„100

block of Winters Chapel Road— On June 2, aggravated assault and battery was reported and two arrests were made.

„„100

block of Chestnut Forest Lane— On June 3, harassing communications were reported.

„„4800

block of Ashford-Dunwoody

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block of Dunwoody Park—On May 23, fraud was reported.

„„6900

„„4900

285 at Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 22, a wanted person was located and arrested for driving on a revoked or suspended license; On May 24, arrests were made for wanted person located and possession of marijuana; On May 28, a wanted person was located and arrested; On June 1, an arrest was made for DUI.

„„4000

block of Georgetown Square— On May 25, simple assault and battery was reported.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 29, family battery was reported and an arrest was made.

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„„First

block of Perimeter Center West— On May 22, an arrest was made for DUI; On May 23, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

Ga. 285 at Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On May 23, an arrest was made for possession of cocaine during a traffic stop; On May 24, an arrest was made for speeding. 1500 block of Mount Vernon Road—On May 23, an arrest was made for driving while unlicensed.

„„4600

block of Peachtree Place—On May 28, a wanted person was arrested; On May 31, an arrest was made for DUI.

„„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On May 30, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

„„1200

block of Hammond Drive—On May 30, an arrest was made for driving under the influence of drugs and possession of marijuana.

„„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On June 4, an arrest was made for sale of heroin.

OTHER

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Chapel Road at Peeler Road—On May 23, an arrest was made for driving while unlicensed. „„5300

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On May 24, an arrest was made for DUI.

„„4400

block of Peachtree Road—On May 24, an arrest was made for DUI.

„„6900

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On May 25, an arrest was made for possession of amphetamine drugs.

„„5400

block of Trentham Drive—On May 26, an arrest was made for DUI.

„„1400

block of Mount Vernon Road— On May 28, an arrest was made for speeding and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

„„2300

block of Leisure Lane—On May 22, criminal trespass was reported.

„„1500

block of Old Spring House Lane—On May 23, damage to private property was reported.

„„4400

block of Old Spring House Lane—On May 23, damage to private property was reported.

„„100

block of Perimeter Center Place— On May 23, disorderly conduct was reported.

„„4700

block of North Peachtree Road— On May 26, public indecency was reported.

„„600

block of Perimeter Walk—On May 27, damage to private property was reported.

„„6800

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On June 1, disorderly conduct was reported.

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