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Residents argue over proposed traffic calming measures in neighborhood BY DYANA BAGBY

Steve Blanchard says he can’t safely walk his toddlers to his mailbox on Thornwell Drive because of cars zooming by his driveway to turn onto North Druid Hills Road. Even though it would inconvenience him, Blanchard says he’s willing to close off access to North Druid Hills as part of a proposed traffic calming measure, if it means See NEIGHBORS on page 11 PHIL MOSIER

Will Borden, 7, and his mom Stephanie, paddle around the Murphey Candler pool during the “Dive-In Movie Night” event on June 17. Preshow festivities included music and swimming before the movie “Jurassic World” got underway. See additional photos on page 22.

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‘Guerrilla’ gardeners aim to beautify Buford Highway BY JOHN RUCH Walk down Buford Highway and you’ll see more concrete and asphalt than trees and flowers. It’s a corridor with heavy pedestrian traffic, but lots of dirt paths, parking lots and featureless bus stops. Now a “guerrilla gardening” project aims to beautify the street with flowers, paving stones and other amenities installed without permission on spots that seem neglected. It’s the work of Cross Keys High School teacher Rebekah Morris and some of her See GUERRILLA on page 12

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Local businesses welcome gay customers after Orlando massacre BY DYANA BAGBY

An off-duty Brookhaven police officer parks outside a Buford Highway nightclub, hired by the club’s managers. Security guards pat people down and search their bags. Music thumps through Club Rush’s brick walls. It’s a recent Friday night – “Latino Night” at the club, which regularly holds special nights for lesbian and gay people. It’s also just five days after a gunman killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, lot of communities and it could just as easiFla. ly have been here, at this bar, this club.” Inside Club Rush, a poster showing the Moises Prado, vice president of Latifaces of the 49 slain in Orlando on June 12 no LinQ, said when he left to come to Club had been propped up against the DJ booth. Rush, his partner asked him how long he Empty beer buckets sat on the stage to colwould be gone. “I told him I’m not sure. lect contributions for the Orlando victims. And he said, you know, it’s Latino night. I “I was not afraid to come tonight, but said, yes, that’s why I’m going,” Prado said. safety is definitely something we have to Then his partner told him he was worried. talk about,” said Greg Bautista. “I hadn’t even thought about it, but there Bautista is a member of Latino LinQ, comes the realization there is the reality of an advocacy group for LGBT Latino peoa copycat.” ple and allies. The group has pamphlets on Just south and across the street from resources, for healthcare or immigration Club Rush stands Quickshot Buckhead, questions, set up on a table for clubgoers to a Brookhaven shooting range that is now pick up. the new home for the Atlanta Pink Pistols “Sadly, there are those people who want chapter. to attack those of us who are different – The Orlando shooting has led to a reanyone who is different,” he said. “The newed interest in the Pink Pistols, an in07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1 7/27/15 9:18 AM Page 1 shooting – it hit close to home. It affects a ternational organization catering to LGBT


At left, Moises Prado, left, and Greg Bautista are members of Latino LinQ, an advocacy group for LGBT Latinos and allies. Above, Zak Koffler takes aim at Quickshot Buckhead, a Brookhaven shooting range.

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Company cooks up new meaning for ‘hospital food’ BY JOHN RUCH

Would you like a handmade burger of locally sourced beef on herb focaccia bread with spicy Korean mayo and sweet potato fries? Feel free to swap the red meat for free-range chicken or a portabello mushroom. It sounds like the menu at a trendy new restaurant or food truck. In fact, it’s the cafeteria at Northside Hospital on Pill Hill, where Sandy Springs-based Morrison Healthcare cooks up meals for everyone from patients to the public. Welcome to a new era where the oncedreaded term “hospital food” now means higher quality and more choices. “Food’s an ever-evolving journey,” said Jeremy Rhodes, Morrison’s regional director of operations. “It’s not just about nourishing the body anymore.” Morrison is trying to stay ahead of trends driven by TV cooking shows, food trucks and better awareness of the role of the dining experience in patient health, he said. Or as Bryan Penland, Morrison’s senior director food and nutrition at Northside, put it more simply, it’s getting away from expectations of “red Jell-O, blue JellO.” All Northside cooking is done on-site

under Executive Chef Tim Wade, who previously ran the kitchens at Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency hotel and the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Ga. As a company, Morrison has transformed in response to dining trends. It began life in 1920 as Morrison’s Cafeteria, an Alabama-based restaurant chain that was highly popular for decades across the Southeast. The Ruby Tuesday restaurants joined the company in the 1980s. In the 1990s, Morrison shifted out of the restaurant business into three divisions—all based in Sandy Springs— providing food service to hospitals and senior living facilities and housekeeping-type services to both. Morrison now is owned by U.K.-based Compass Group, which provides food services in such places as military outposts and oil rigs, and locally to such facilities as the Georgia Aquarium, the Georgia Dome and the new Falcons stadium. Morrison Healthcare serves hospitals around the country and locally, including Northside’s neighbor, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Scottish Rite. The company’s philosophy is “the power of choice,” said Penland, and that choice includes customized contracts to serve a hospital’s unique demands.

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Morrison Healthcare cooks meals for everyone from patients to the public at Northside Hospital. The company says food is an “everevolving journey,” and tries to stay ahead of food trends.

At Scottish Rite, that includes hotelstyle room service available anytime—a feature young patients and their families praised during the new Ronald McDonald House opening earlier this year. At Northside, Morrison provides all food service except a standalone McDonald’s franchise, and that means running several mini-businesses to keep different sorts of customers happy. On a given day, Morrison serves about 1,500 patient meals; serves 500 to 800 staff and visitors in the cafeteria; and cooks more than 175 meals in the doctor’s lounge. The compa-

ny also operates a coffee stand called the Lotus Blossom Café and caters such inhouse events as board meetings. On the retail side, Morrison has a semi-captive audience of busy staff who need fast meals—but who also can get bored eating at the same place every day. Those handcrafted burgers are part of a new “micro-concept” menu, inspired by food trucks. Three days a week, the cafeteria offers fancier, handmade menu items—a little more pricey, but more customized—and has the staff wear a Continued on page 7

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Knox, a DJ and station manager at Radio 105.7, says radio now works on the “paper plate theory” - people consume content really fast and throw it away.

Changes on the dial: Locally-based radio tuning in to the digital age BY JOHN RUCH

Radio has changed dramatically in the 12 years since Sandy Springs resident Reed Haggard co-founded the pioneering liberal talk network Air America. “The thing that threw everything up [in the air] was this,” Haggard said in a recent interview, holding up a cellphone. “People have so many choices now.” Now Haggard and his old Air America partner Jon Sinton are trying to turn the digital tide to their advantage with a liberal talk app called Progressive Voices. He’s just one of many in the local radio business— which often operates in under-the-radar offices—who are coping with what “radio” means in the new multimedia landscape. Some are huge companies like Cumulus Media, which operates several stations— like Rock 100.5 and OG 97.9—from offices near the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Some are local small businesses, like America’s Web Radio, an online conservative talk and educational station based in a Sandy Springs office park. Knox, the one-named DJ and promotions manager at Buckhead-based alternative rock station Radio 105.7, says the radio world now works on the “paper plate theory—people consume [content] really fast and throw it away.” Social media is now a big part of the job, Knox said as he sat at his desk clicking a new post to the station’s Facebook page. “You can find music pretty easily” anywhere these days, he said, so radio’s task is to tie it into a “lifestyle” via social media and DJ personalities. Haggard has been in radio for over 35 years on the sales and fundraising side of the business, at both commercial stations—he started at Atlanta’s old 94Q rock station—and such public broadcasting outlets as WABE. Even 10 years into the inter-

net era, Haggard said, it was a business that “printed money” with big profit margins. “When I left [alternative rock station] 99X in 2003, we billed $23 million [to advertisers]. Half of that was profit,” he said. “And we weren’t the top biller in the marketplace.” In the wake of satellite radio, the iPod, online music services like Pandora and phone radio apps, the pie is sliced way thinner, Haggard said. And while companies like Cumulus and iHeartMedia have built huge multi-station empires, he said, they also built up debt. Radio 105.7 is owned by iHeart, which operates five other stations in the same building at 1819 Peachtree Road. Stations as diverse as 94.9 The Bull, El Patron 105.3 and 640 WGST AM share studios next to each other, like apartment building neighbors. Knox got his start in radio at 99X the same year Haggard left the station and recalls the long-gone days when stations had 20 to 30 staffers. “Radio 105.7 is essentially run by two people at this point,” Knox said. “Everyone wears nine hats.” But that’s still enough to pack a punch, he said, noting the station sponsored a concert by the band Weezer the previous night that drew 18,000 fans. And the digital revolution has many upsides, he said, including iHeart’s online radio platform that aggregates its stations for about 60 million registered users. Haggard is also trying to get the doubleedged sword of multimedia to cut his way. Air America had a famously meteoric life as a liberal counterpoint to conservative talk radio, launching the career of MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow and boosting comedian Al Franken to a U.S. Senate seat. But it rapidly collapsed financially. Haggard said the expense of paying talk Continued on page 6

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Continued from page 5 talent is one reason why. Progressive Voices, founded in 2010, uses a lower-cost model of creating a virtual syndicated talk network. Liberal talkers around the country record shows in their homes or local radio stations. The San Francisco-created app integrates those shows through the Westwood One network in Denver with specialty content on servers in Connecticut. For the user, it’s a simple slate of shows they can listen to on a phone or computer. The company also has a nonprofit arm that develops local talent to add into the mix, such as Mike Malloy, the former WSB Radio personality. “We triangulate all that stuff to make everything work,” Haggard said. “This technology just blows me away, that it’s just so advanced.” He said business is good, with 600,000 listeners, which he expects to hit 1 million by the presidential election. Whatever form it takes, radio still has some magic for its personality-driven practitioners. “I am much more conservative than the [Progressive Voices] hosts. But that’s not saying a lot. You make your money and your name by being somewhat extreme,” Haggard said. But overall, he added, “selling ideas” is more satisfying than “selling entertainment.” And amid all the changes, Knox still runs one of rock radio’s most basic services: a local-music show. “It’s not a ratings driver, but it connects us to a local audience,” he said. “I root for the underdog.”

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Former cafeteria company gives new meaning to ‘hospital food’ Continued from page 4 different style of uniform to add to the atmosphere. Morrison commissions restaurant-style demographic research to come up with the concepts. “We’re not winging this,” said Rhodes. “It’s not a bunch of old guys sitting around saying, ‘Let’s do a burger concept.’” But Morrison’s main job is acting as the hospital’s food department. Penland works on-site and supervises 125 hospital employees. “We’re here for the patients,” Rhodes said, and Morrison aims to offer them a similar menu of choices within the bounds doctors and nursing staff set. Penland said patients always have hot and cold meal options, and if the patient doesn’t like either one, “we can accommodate most patient requests.” “If you get a turkey sandwich with flatbread and hummus…it makes them want to eat, makes them stronger,” Rhodes said of the health benefits of better menu choices. “Our food and nutrition service is an integral part of the care that Northside provides,” said Lee Echols, Northside’s

vice president of marketing and communications. “We are proud of the exceptional quality of the cuisine, food selections and service that our staff provide.” Morrison also pre-plans for disasters that bring in mass casualties or damage the hospital. It’s not abstract to Penland, who led a DeKalb Medical Center kitchen staff trapped by the 2014 “snowpocalypse,” or to Rhodes, who was running a New Orleans hospital’s food service when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 and stayed through flooding and looting. “[If] we can boil water, we can make food,” said Penland. More typical is Morrison’s planning for patients’ special events. Penland said one young patient recently missed his prom when bone marrow treatment went longer than expected. Morrison cooked up a “five-star meal” and nursing staff threw an in-room party. “We had a prom for him in his room,” Penland said. “The smile he had made even the hard days you have in food service worth it.” “Other than births, it’s not a great experience” to be in a hospital, said Rhodes. “The highlight of your day, typically it’s a meal…We hope to be the highlight of someone’s day.”

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It’s still the stupid economy. At least that’s what respondents to Reporter Newspapers’ most recent community survey think. Asked to pick two of 10 issues that candidates running for president should address, more than half the respondents pointed to the economy. “The most important issue to me is getting our economy on track,” a 34-year-old Buckhead man said. “We need to fix our country before helping others.” Responding to questions posed days after the shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando, substantial portions of the 200 people surveyed also said the candidates should address ways to deal with terrorism and to control guns. More than a quarter of the respondents listed those issues among their top two. Others cited healthcare (21 percent) or education (20 percent) as top issues. “Health. It’s so expensive to be healthy and if something happens, insurance covers only so much,” a 29-year-old Atlanta woman said. A 30-year-old Atlanta woman called for more financial support for students: “Education should be free. Student loans need to be forgiven, so we can live in a debt-free society.” During the cellphone survey of adults across communities served by Reporter Newspapers, many respondents voiced anger about the choice they’ll find on the ballot in November. Although some respondents voiced support for one of the presumptive nominees of the two major parties, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, more expressed disillusion. “It’s a complete circus,” a 40-year-old DeKalb County man commented. “Trump is a disaster and Hillary is just as bad.” Others were just turned off. “We are one nation, and we all want what we think is best for it and ourselves,” a 33-year-old Buckhead man said. “The combative nature of both parties driven by sensational media has completely turned me off, and I don’t plan on voting.”

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“Local rules differ on cranes hoisting loads over streets” [Reporter Newspapers, May 13-May 26], was a very good story with great research. All cities should adopt the Occupational Health and Safety Administra-

tion concept for public protection when cranes are used, especially because it is a bigger disaster if things go wrong. It’s hard to believe that Sandy Springs has no ordinance, and maybe, too, in my city of Brookhaven. Imagine a carload of kids … Robert Branson

“Donald Trump would be a complete disaster for the United States domestically, but, more importantly, internationally. Hillary Clinton is crooked and will say anything to get elected, but she’s better than Trump.” --32-year-old Atlanta man “Trump scares me. [He] might get us in a war. However, I like him for all domestic issues, except gay rights.” --31-year-old Atlanta man “The most important issues at hand encompass many sectors: affordable housing, prevention of gentrification, affordable healthcare access and gun control.” --29-year-old Buckhead woman “I think race relations are crucial; the shooting of African American men by law enforcement and by other African Americans (due to poverty) has become so normalized that it is expected. Students are graduating with so much debt that it almost makes the education retrogressive rather than progressive.” --23-year-old Atlanta woman “Terrorism/defense and the economy are the only things that really matter on the federal level.” --34-year-old Brookhaven man “Terrorism is important, but pales in comparison to our healthcare and economic concerns.” --45-year-old Atlanta man “Everything is polarized to a point where there is no middle ground, but in reality the solutions are not black or white. I think the most important issue is whether the next president can bring the people together over differences.” --27-year-old Dunwoody man “I think both of our current candidates are a joke and I’m highly disappointed in my country for allowing such absurdities to happen.” --30-year-old Brookhaven woman BK

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Mattison said on June 15 that he’s not eliminating cut-through traffic. sure 30 days will pro“I’m not going to sit back and vide enough time to watch someone get hurt,” he come up with what said. will likely be some But Danielle Gourley, who kind of new plan. It’s lives between Colonial Drive possible another deand Pine Grove Avenue, believes lay will be needed. plans to close off some roads to Mattison also motorists in the neighborhood Danielle Gourley promised that a webwill only mean even more trafsite with traffic studfic on her streets. “This is not a ies and data will be traffic calming plan, this is funcreated in the near funeling traffic to Colonial and ture to allow access to Pine Grove,” she said. reports and analysis These are the two basic arto everyone and not guments presented at a June just those included in 15 community meeting hosted Facebook groups. by Brookhaven CouncilmemA major disagreeber Bates Mattison in an effort ment between neighto find some kind of commubors is the desire by nity compromise over a trafSteve Blanchard many in the area to fic plan for the Brookhaven partially close StanHeights neighborhood. Various dard Drive and Thornproposals have pitted neighbors well Drive by makagainst one another. ing them right-turn-in SPECIAL “There’s a lot of animosity only from North Dru- Residents of the Brookhaven Heights neighborhood are at odds over how to handle cut-through traffic and, with that, nothing will get in their area. Some see partially closing Standard and Thornwell drives as an option; others say that id Hills. Some residone,” Mattison said as he lisplan will redirect vehicles to other nearby streets. To see a larger version, go to dents also propose tened to people voice opposipartially closing tion in several tense exchanges Oglethorpe Avenue by making drivers seeking an easier route from use the Waze app that tells them to cut about the proposed traffic plan. it right-in, right-out only from Peachtree Road to Buford Highway or I-85. through the neighborhood by way of At its June 7 meeting, Bates Mattison North Druid Hills. Those living on Pine Grove Avenue Oglethorpe Avenue to get to North Druid Brookhaven City Council de“I work in Norcross, and I and Colonial Drive, however, argue limitHills. If and when Oglethorpe Avenue is ferred until July 12 taking action won’t be able to go left out of my street,” ing access to roads means the already bad partially closed, she asked, what will keep on the petition for traffic calming meaBlanchard said. “Also, those who won’t cut through-traffic on their roads will get Waze from directing drivers to Pine Grove sures in the neighborhood. The petition know [about the partial closing] will have worse. Avenue? She also opposes partial road clocalls for closing streets, adding more speed to turn around in my driveway. But this “The plan that’s on the table is essensures because she said she should be able humps and a roundabout. is what’s best for the community. Safety tially flawed … what it’s doing is benefiting to use the entrances and exits that are “I’m not set in stone with any one idea,” first.” the majority at the expense of the minoravailable in her own neighborhood. Mattison said. “The proposed solution is Residents in favor of the closings say ity. Why should Pine Grove and Colonial Mattison says it appears some sort of very restrictive to the neighborhood, and limiting access into the neighborhood at have to suffer?” said Sarah Ford, who lives compromise must be reached. when I see a neighborhood willing to reseveral major access points will signifion Pine Grove Avenue. “Everyone’s voices are extremely imstrict its own access, it certainly speaks to cantly reduce cut-through traffic from Gourley said she knows people who portant,” he said. the significance of the problem.”

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‘Guerrilla’ gardeners aim to beautify Buford Highway Continued from page 1 students who took part in the “Buford Highway Project” assignment this year, an effort to produce youth-created visions for the corridor. “Our class is continuing the efforts we began with the ‘BuHi Project’ during the summer,” Morris said in an email. “This isn’t officially a school assignment, but I wanted to figure out a way to keep the momentum going.” She discovered the idea of “guerrilla gardening” and “the students immediately gravitated toward the idea,” she said. The guerrilla gardening movement began more than a decade ago in London, where its ongoing efforts are documented at The general idea is to add life and usefulness to ugly or car-dominat-

ed areas. Even with sidewalks and signalized crosswalks recently installed on the Brookhaven end, Buford Highway remains notoriously dangerous for pedestrians, and its bus stops often lack shelters or benches. A fundraising website for Morris’s project said the students are using the tactic “to provoke change by using guerrilla gardening as a form of protest/direct action.” “These areas have been needing some love and attention for years,” Morris said. “In many places, there are piles of dirt lining the streets of Buford Highway, and we want to improve the overall appearance of the corridor by planting small flowers and plants in areas that currently are devoid of vegetation.” Their first experiment in guerrilla gardening was carried out June 1 at a MARTA

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The “guerrilla gardening” at a MARTA bus stop on Buford Highway in Chamblee, in a photo from the project’s fundraising website.

more people decide they, too, want to take ownership of their community,” Morris said.

LATEST B UFO R D HI G HWAY FO O D TO U R : TR O L L EY ‘C IR C UL ATO UR ’ We Love BuHi has done it by bike and by MARTA bus. Next up for its slate of Buford Highway food tours: trolleys. Dubbed the “CirculaTour,” the series of food tours planned for later this summer will double as advocacy for some sort of mass transit “circulator” system on the Buford corridor, according to We Love BuHi founder Marian Liou. Various transit ideas for the corridor have been floated in recent months, from dedicated bus lanes to a monorail. We Love BuHi’s tours focus on the multicultural food and urban planning challenges of Buford Highway. The CirculaTour, or “BuHi Circ” for short, is planned as a series of motorized trolley tours on five dates in July, August and September. They will visit places matching such themes as “Sweet,” “Wrapped” and “Whipped,” Liou said. The tour routes will terminate near MARTA stations to show how easy it is to get around on Buford Highway and encourage public transit use. And, Liou said, another goal is to “induce popular imagination and support for a Buford Highway area circulator, whether it takes the form of a bus, trolley or even streetcar.” The CirculaTour is still in the planning stage, but We Love BuHi aims to hold the first installment on July 23. For more information, go to


Brookhaven residents interested in participating in the character area studies of their neighborhoods are invited to kick-off meetings on July 14 and July 19. The July 14 meetings will be from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church at 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, and also from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. On July 19, meetings will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Briarwood Park Recreation Center, 2235 Briarwood Way, and again at Brookhaven City Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Goals for the meetings include laying out appropriate land uses, implementation strategies and an overall vision for the city’s neighborhoods and districts. The City Council approved at its June 7 meeting an $83,000 contract with Sycamore Consulting to facilitate the 13 character area studies. For more information, call 404-637-0500 or email characterareas@brookhavenga. gov. A project website is available at BK

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GDOT officials say work on I-285/Ga. 400 interchange to start in October BY JOHN RUCH Construction on the massive I-285/Ga. 400 interchange project now is expected to begin in mid-October, state Department of Transportation project manager Butch Welch said at the June 14 meeting of the Buckhead 50 Club. Welch and GDOT communications manager Jill Goldberg gave an update on the I-285/Ga. 400 project, slated to wrap up in mid-2020, at American Legion Post 140 in Chastain Park. The project remains the same, but there were some new details on anticipated traffic impacts and the contractor team’s surprisingly low bid. The I-285/Ga. 400 project and other GDOT plans got a skeptical response from members of the civic and social club. “In general, you build more roads, you get more traffic,” one audience member said. But Goldberg said GDOT is no longer adding regular lanes to highways. Instead, it will add “managed lanes”—ex-

press lanes where drivers pay a toll that changes based on traffic volume. Managed lanes on I-75 in Cobb County are under construction now, and more are coming, eventually including I-285. “Someday, the whole Perimeter will be connected by managed lanes,” Goldberg said. Welch noted safety is another reason for the project, as the interchange currently forces drivers to change lanes rapidly to enter or exit. He said he’s surprised there aren’t more accidents, adding, “I was involved in one [accident] two months ago.” Besides rebuilding the interchange, the project also adds “collector-distributor lanes”—physically separated exit and entrance lanes—to Ga. 400 north to Sandy Springs’ Spalding Drive and to I-285 between Roswell Road in Sandy Springs and Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody and Brookhaven. The Ga. 400/Abernathy Road interchange in Sandy Springs will be rebuilt as a “diverging diamond,” where traffic

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Butch Welch, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s project manager on the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction, presents the plan to the Buckhead 50 Club at the American Legion Post 140 in Chastain Park June 14.

flow directions change in time with traflion square feet of concrete paving on fic lights to move cars through faster. Ga. 400; and 125,000 linear feet of storm Other details revealed during the meetdrains will be installed. ing: Why was the --GDOT and the bid for the project contracting team, lower than origNorth Perimeter inally expected? Contractors, will GDOT had estimatsoon open field ofed the project budfices within walkget at $803 million, ing distance of the but North Perimproject, on Carpeneter’s winning bid ter Drive in Sandy was only $460 milSprings. That street lion. Less expensive is just north of the is good, but the bid I-285/Roswell Road was so surprisingMEMBER OF THE AUDIENCE AT THE interchange. ly lower that GDOT BUCKHEAD 50 CLUB MEETING ON --Welch said the staff spent two days JUNE 14 project will have reviewing it in de“minimal traffic tail for flaws, Golddisruptions”—a relberg said after the ative term—with most of the work takmeeting. ing place at night. He also said traffic She said the contractors actually imshould improve during construction beproved the plan and found “efficiences” cause various ramps and lanes will open in design and right of way use, and esas they are finished, instead of shutting pecially “saved tremendously on financthe whole interchange down and reing” because GDOT is using a method opening it all at once. where the contractor finances most of “I think as the project progresses, the project. (The actual final price tag you’re going to be seeing just more freewill be higher when previous right of dom of movement through the corridor,” way acquisition and other work is facWelch said of the phased-opening plan. tored in.) As for impacts on nearby Buckhead, “We feel very confident and secure Welch said it’s “hard to say.” Goldberg with that bid” and that it won’t go up sigsaid some cut-through traffic is likely as nificantly later, Goldberg said. drivers “get scared” by the project, but Still, the Buckhead 50 Club audience most of the work will be at night. was skeptical. --GDOT is planning a system of regWith the population booming, a ular, real-time construction and detour Braves stadium coming soon to nearby updates for the project. Cobb County and public transit expan--The project requires a lot of materision lagging, club members were skepal. Welch gave some construction suptical that road work will decongest anyply numbers: 33 bridges will be built or thing for long. Managed lanes will make rehabbed; more than 1 million square things “worse for the masses” who can’t feet of noise-blocking walls will be built, afford the tolls, one man said, while othand a similar amount of retaining walls; ers talked about the lack of MARTA exthe project requires 400,000 tons of aspansion and the unbuilt Outer Perimephalt to pave the I-285 section and 2 milter highway to handle truck traffic. BK

In general, you build more roads, you get more traffic.

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Brook Run Conservancy ‘rebranding’ theater renovation proposal BY DYANA BAGBY

The effort to create a community theater in Dunwoody’s Brook Run Park is undergoing a bit of an identity crisis. Supporters of refurbishing the shuttered building that was once a theater for the Georgia Retardation Center into a contemporary community theater say they envision more than a place to see plays and performances. “I think we misbranded this,” said Danny Ross, president of the Brook Run Conservancy. “This is far more than a theater. “It’s much more of a community center. There are attributes here you don’t find elsewhere,” he said. “We have 48,000 people in this city [and many] come to this park. They find this is a gathering place.” Ross and the Brook Run Conservancy are slated to appear before the Dunwoody City Council on July 11 to make a presentation on how they plan to raise up to $11 million to refurbish the building that has been boarded up since the 1990s. Others estimate refurbishing the building could cost closer to $20 million. Tense exchanges between council members and conservancy representatives about what to do with the building have been going for a year. Some council members and community members want to tear the building down because they don’t see it as worth saving. “If they want to tear it down, they can. But they do so at their own peril,” Ross said, adding that the building is a valuable asset to the city.

and could be used for weddings, receptions and community meetings, he said. A catering kitchen could also be built into the chapel, and people wanting to eat before a theater production could sit and eat at tables set up in the chapel. A financial feasibility study to determine if the conservancy can raise the millions needed to renovate the theater building is underway, Ross DYANA BAGBY said, and will include interDanny Ross, president of the Brook Run Conservancy, views with individuals, founsays the theater is much more than just a place to see plays, but is a “community center” and “gathering place.” dations and corporations. The study is expected to take about six months. Ross through. There is still a great deal of shatadmits it won’t be an easy proposition to tered glass, trash and decrepit furniture raise so much money. Raising millions of throughout. dollars could take years. As he opened doors to former class“We’ve never raised money in this comrooms, Ross said it is important to look past munity,” Ross said. “And when we have the dirt and decay to see what the buildcouncil members saying they want to tear ing can be – a centerpiece for Dunwoody – it down -- can you imagine putting your where nonprofit organizations could hold money into such a project? It’s like pushing meetings, corporations could hold teamstring uphill. We’ve got to get our council building exercises and, of course, people on board, but also back away and give us could watch the latest Stage Door Players time to do it.” production. The chapel, where stained glass windows have survived without too much damage, holds approximately 125 people,

City funds to be used for renovations?

Ross said the city will have to invest in Brook Run Theater to ensure the renovation happens. However, Mayor Denny Shortal has promised the city would “not go into debt” to fund the renovations, and other council members have promised taxpayer money will not go into the project. Conservancy spokesperson Lewis said the city has to “put skin in the game” to ensure other organizations and foundations will be willing to contribute. The $4 million settlement the city reached with DeKalb County last year could be a source of funding, he said. However, some council members have long said that money should not be used to renovate the Brook Run Park building. “It’s not their money,” Lewis said. “It’s our money. It belongs to the people of Dunwoody – as does the building and as does the park.” However, a divide in the community continues, and many members have said publicly that the DeKalb settlement funds should be used for other projects, such as building athletic fields in Brook Run Park. But Ross believes if people understand this project is about much more than a theater, they would come around to support it. “This is much more than a theater. This is for everyone in Dunwoody,” he said.

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The conservancy recently brought on a volunteer public relations spokesperson, Randy Lewis, who set up a “Save the Brook Run Theater” Facebook page that has nearly 150 members and started a “Save the Historic Brook Run Theater” petition that has 140 signatures. These efforts are part of a renewed push and education campaign to inform people that the effort is just not to save a theater. Of the 34,000-square-foot building, only about 60 percent is the theater, said Lewis, meaning there is plenty of room for other uses in the building. “There are two other wings where many other uses can take place,” he said. Renovation of the theater and community center would take place in four stages, Ross said during a recent walkthrough and tour of the building. It is dark and musky inside with graffiti on most of the walls, some of it obscene. But there is also a “Feel the Bern” tag from the recent presidential primary campaign. Ross said the city in recent weeks has been cleaning out much of the debris that has piled up in the building so the conservancy can walk potential investors BK

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DUNWOODY Monday, July 4, 9 a.m. Celebrate America’s birthday by attending the annual Fourth of July parade in Dunwoody, reportedly the largest in the state of Georgia. Event features floats, marching bands, vintage cars, clowns and animals. Free. Open to all. 1551 Dunwoody Village Parkway, Dunwoody, 30338. Get more information by visiting: or calling 770-354-7653.

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FOR KIDS MAGIC TIME Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Be entertained by a high-energy comedy program with magic by Cliff Patton, as well as ventriloquism, balloon artistry and audience participation. For ages 3 & up. Free. No registration required. The community is welcome. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: or call 404-303-6130 for details.

FIDDLIN’ DAN Wednesday, June 29, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Music and stories with a north Georgia flair! Fiddle, mandolin and spoon playin’ too! For ages 3 & up. Free. No registration required. Open to the public. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: or call 404-303-6130 for information. Check out Fiddlin’ Dan at the Northside Branch Library on Thursday, July 7, from 1111:45 a.m. Also free. 3295 Northside Parkway, 30327. Call 770-512-4640 to learn more.

Monday, July 4, 10 a.m. Lenox Square lights up the sky with the 57th annual “Legendary Fourth of July.” Mall shops and restaurants open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with some later. Musical entertainment begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks go off at approximately 9:40 p.m. Free. The public is invited to attend. 3393 Peachtree Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30326. See details by going to:, and clicking on news and events.

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Wednesday, June 29, 1-2 p.m. Create an original journal out of discarded library books. Use the journal to track your fitness, your dreams or favorite books. For middle and high school audiences. Free. Open to the public. Registration requested by emailing: Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., Atlanta, 30305. For more information, call 404-814-3500.

LIFE-SIZED MONOPOLY Wednesday, June 29, 2-4 p.m. In this gigantic version of the classic game, you are the playing piece. Open to the first 16 participants. Free. All are invited. For kids, 10-17 years of age. Brookhaven Branch Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-8487140 to register or with questions.

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FAMOUS ARTIST Friday, July 1, 4-4:45 p.m. Join a discussion about the artist of the month. Then, get inspired to create a masterpiece of your own! Free. For ages 7-12. No early registration; sign in upon arrival. Open to the first 10 participants. The community is welcome. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-512-4640 for additional details.

Thursday, June 30, 7:30 p.m. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Book Festival welcomes author Emily Giffin, who discusses her book, “First Comes Love.” Q&A, book signing follows program. Event includes wine, door prizes, gift bags, a photo booth and treats. Tickets, $28-$33. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For information, visit: or call 678-812-4002.

CUPCAKE DECORATING Tuesday, July 5, 4-5:30 p.m. We encourage playing with your food! Use cupcakes as your canvas and icings as your paint. Free. Open to the first 15 participants. All are invited to attend. Suitable for those age 7-13. Call the Dunwoody Branch Library at 770-512-4640 or visit 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338 to register.

“INSIDE OUT” Tuesday, July 5, 5:30-7:30 p.m. All are encouraged to come to the Brookhaven Branch Library and see the movie “Inside Out,“ about a young girl who has to relocate, and how her five personified emotions guide her through this time. Rated PG. Free. For the community. Snacks provided. Open to the first 30 participants. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-848-7140 to sign up and find out more.

SATURDAY SPORTS Saturday, July 9, 3 p.m. Ms. Leah leads a storytime and related activities for the entire family. Wear your favorite sports costume! Suitable for ages 3-7. Free and open to all. Registration required by emailing: Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-3036130 for further information.

FAMILY MOVIE Saturday, July 9, 4-5:30 p.m. Come relax and enjoy a Saturday movie with the family. Refreshments provided. Suitable for all ages. Open to the community. Registration required by emailing: leah.germon@fultoncountyga. gov. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 with questions.

LEARN SOMETHING! TITLES @ TWILIGHT Tuesday, June 28, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs’ adult program, “Titles @ Twilight,” promoting local authors with stories of history and the South, continues. Ed Putnam presents, “Baseball and Life as Experienced through Yogi Berra’s Most Famous Quote: ‘It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.’” Free and open to the public. In the Garden Room,

iPHONE & iPAD BASICS Friday, July 1, 10-11 a.m. Let a certified Apple trainer guide you through the basics of your iPhone or iPad. Learn tips and tricks for a more efficient experience. Free and open to all. For adults. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: to learn more.

MOVIES, MUSIC & SPIRIT Wednesday, July 6, 10 a.m. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church and Temple Sinai present, “Movies, Music and Spirit - The Southern Roots of an American Revolution 1945 – 1960,” a program on the influence of film, popular music and American religious thought in the years following World War II. Classes on July 13 and July 20 at the church, 805 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, 30327; classes on July 27, Aug. 3 and Aug. 10 at Temple Sinai, 5645 Dupree Dr., Sandy Springs, 30327. $49 for six sessions. Register and learn more by going to: or Call 404-2523073 or 404-255-4023 for details.




ELECTRIC AVENUE Sunday, July 10, 7 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs continues its Concerts by the Springs by welcoming Electric Avenue, an ‘80s pop tribute band. Outdoor concert is free and open to the public. Gates open at 5 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers welcome; no outside tables. No smoking or pets. Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. To learn more, visit:, email: or call 404-851-9111 x1.

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Food donors are happy to do a good thing for the community at no or very Diana Silverman parked on the loadlow cost, he said. “They just need to packing dock of the Buckhead Fresh Market, age it up for us to pick up,” he said. “Evpoised to execute her Second Helpings erywhere I go, I get hugs.” Atlanta “food rescue” mission. Second Helpings Atlanta was modeled The store’s assistant manager, John after a program in Hilton Head founded Doss, stood at the ready inside with three by Alpharetta area resident Guenther shopping carts brimming with excess Hecht. boxed and bagged delectables — specialHecht wanted to start a similar proty salads, artisan breads, some Quiche gram at Sandy Springs’ Temple Sinai Lorraine, caramel apple pies, and turkey, at about the same time Alli Allen was Havarti cheese looking to start a and cranberry huge communisandwiches. ty service project Within 15 there. After years minutes, the of steady growth, pair had finSecond Helpings ished filling the Atlanta became a trunk and back 501(c)(3) nonprofseat of Silverit in 2013. man’s midsize Sandy Springs’ car with 171 Community Aspounds of food. sistance Center Then, she was has been a partoff in a flash DONNA WILLIAMS LEWIS ner agency since to deliver the Second Helpings Atlanta volunteer Diana Second Helpings Silverman picks up excess bread, sandwiches, bounty to My began. The orsalads and desserts from the Fresh Market Sister’s House, ganization is deat Roswell Wieuca Shopping Center. a 264-bed shellivering about ter for women 30,000 pounds of and children in Atlanta on Howell Mill food a month to the nearly 30-year-old Road. CAC, according to Tamara Carrera, its Since its 2004 founding, Second HelpCEO and executive director. ings Atlanta has picked up and delivered Families can now select these foods more than 5 million pounds of fresh and in a mini-market setting created a couprepared food that would have otherwise ple of months ago. “The food is so much become food waste. better than what we distributed before,” Alli Allen, a board member and a said Carrera, referring to the years that founder of the group, called that milethe center was limited to canned and dry stone, reached May 21, “pretty amazing.” goods. “It makes me just so proud of how far In Dunwoody, Second Helpings enwe’ve come,” she said. ables Malachi’s Storehouse to offer free With 474 volunteers using their own food once a week to about 765 people in vehicles and one refrigerated truck, a market setting and through a hot meal about 118 pickups and deliveries of food served to about 200, said Kathy Malcolm are made by Second Helpings every week, Hall, executive director. said Joe Labriola, the group’s director. A few years ago, the nonprofit housed Joining Fresh Market on a roster of at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church began nearly 60 food donors are Whole Foods, getting flash-frozen Whole Foods hot bar Target, Costco, Publix, Cox Enterprises, extras among its grocery deliveries. Trader Joe’s and Sprouts, as well as loThose items weren’t too popular at cal restaurants, caterers, bakeries and school cafeterias. The organization also picks up one-time donations of leftovers, S EC O ND HEL P I NG S such as four trays of meatballs from a ATL A NTA : HO W Y O U Taste of Atlanta event. C A N HEL P Donations are delivered at no charge Visit www.secondhelpingsatto nearly 30 partner agencies serving the to find email links to infood insecure. formation about volunteering, doIn Georgia, one in five people and 30 nating and receiving food, making percent of children live in homes with financial contributions and the orlimited or uncertain access to adequate ganization’s youth program. food, according to government statistics. To learn more about corpo“We know that we produce enough rate sponsorships and the Corfood in the United States to feed every porate Kitchen Food Rescue man, woman and child,” Labriola said. program, send an email to direc“The challenge is in getting food from those who have it to those who need it.”

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first because they didn’t look very appealing in their freezer bags, Hall said. “So we decided to serve them, and the hot meal was born,” she said. “On Wednesdays, the church is turned into a cafe and market for the food marginalized.” Hecht said he is thankful for everyone responsible for Second Helpings Atlanta’s success. “Without our volunteers,” he said, “we would be nothing.” The organization has a “90-minute model” for volunteer drivers who are asked to make just one run a month. Routes are assigned so they can pick up and deliver food and get back to their homes within about 90 minutes. They’re placed in small teams so they can fill in for each other when necessary. Silverman, a Buckhead retiree, began volunteering for Second Helpings Atlanta about five years ago.

“I’ve never had to go hungry, and you take that for granted,” she said. “For a very little time and a little driving and a little elbow grease lifting stuff you get a better feeling than you deserve.”


The Community Assistance Center in Sandy Springs has opened a “client choice pantry,” a mini-market that offers fresh and prepared food rescued by Second Helpings Atlanta.


Second Helpings Atlanta celebrates the rescue of its 5-millionthpound of food with Pace Academy students and representatives of partner organizations at a local Costco Wholesale.

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Johnna said. “They remind me of what’s important and not to take life too seriously. Becoming an active part of their community and having the opportunity to positively influence these students’ lives has been the most rewarding experience of my high school career.” Johnna said her volJohnna Gadomunteer work ski made a mark has helped in high school her take less through working about her life with organizations for granted. that helped othAfter expeers, both locally riencing the and globally. situations At Holy Inthat these nocents’ Episcostudents deal pal School, Johnwith daina founded the ly, she and school’s UNICEF fellow club Club and also volmembers unteered with the have a new school’s Changeappreciation A-Life Club, which for their own paired high circumstancschool student es. mentors with at“It nevrisk students at er ceases to Ridgeview Charamaze us to ter School, a SanJohnna Gadomski see Johnna’s dy Springs midpassion and dle school. dedication to better the lives of our Johnna’s first endeavor in helpat-risk children in our community,” ing others came through the UNICEF said Felix Lora, director of the Sandy Club, a group of Holy Innocents’ stuSprings Mission, another group Johndents who work to support the Unitna has worked with as a volunteer. “She ed Nations-founded organization that would do anything possible to see these helps children in developing countries children succeed academically. She is around the world. She was the club’s an amazing young leader!” founder and president. She moved from California to AtJohnna joined the Change-A-Life Club lanta in the summer of 2012, just beduring her junior year. Last year, she fore her freshman year. She was used took over as its president. Her goal was to the West Coast active lifestyle and to bring awareness to the state of the chilcontinued that through membership in dren’s lives and help others understand her school’s cross-country and soccer what the students needed to succeed. teams. She also said she takes at least Club members tutor Ridgeview stutwo hikes every week. dents to help them with their school Johnna says she plans to follow her huwork. They hold bake sales, host school manitarian work after she finishes college. supplies drives and tutor the students.

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Johnna said the club “is highly committed to ensuring the success of local lowincome students.” Since the club’s creation, it has contributed to a higher graduation rate at Riverwood International Charter School, Johnna said. This fall, the Change-A-Life Club will have its first college attendee who was helped by the program in middle school, she said. “I’ve become so close with my students, and their success is my success,”

What’s Next? Johnna will be attending Emory University. She plans to pursue a major in global health and eventually a graduate degree in public health. This article was reported and written by Sam Wimpfheimer, a rising senior at The Galloway School.

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Police Blotter / Brookhaven SU S PEC T A R R ESTED I N S HO O TI N G AT BR OOK H AVEN P OL I C E O F F I C ER

An Atlanta man faces an aggravated assault charge after shooting at a Brookhaven Police officer, according to police reports. Brandon Joseph Barabino, 34, turned himself into law enforcement authorities on June 10. He faces an aggravated assault charge after allegedly shooting at Sgt. Lonnie Napier on June 7. According to police, Napier was parked in the Village at Druid Hills shopping plaza when a man ran up to him and shouted, “I just got robbed.” Napier drove around the plaza looking for the suspect and pulled up to a white car. The white car reversed and Brandon Barabino struck the officer’s car. The driver of the white car got out and said he was just robbed by a man who ran into a nearby apartment complex. Napier drove to the complex looking for the suspect and saw a black vehicle backing out of a parking space. The driver of the black vehicle, now identified as Barabino, saw the officer, lowered his window, and he and Napier spoke faceto-face, according to Maj. Brandon Gurley, police spokesperson. Napier asked the man if he had seen someone running. Gurley said Barabino pointed behind Napier and told him the man ran that in that direction. As Napier moved his car to try to get the tag number of the black car, Barabino fired a shot at Napier, according to police. “The bullet entered through the rear driver’s side window missing the officer’s head by inches,” said police. The suspect then led police on a car chase into DeKalb County where he lost control of his car on Briarlyn Court and fled the scene on foot. Barabino was arrested for armed robbery in 2008 and then released in 2009, according to DeKalb County Jail records.

From Brookhaven police reports dated June 12 through June 19. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

A S S AU LT / B AT T E RY „„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

June 12, report of simple battery. BK

„„100 block of Park Vista Drive/Lenox

„„3600 block of Clairmont Road/Dres-

„„1400 block of North Cliff Valley Way –

Park Blvd. – On June 12, report of simple assault.

den Drive – On June 15, arrest for no driver’s license.

On June 12, report of damage to private property.


„„2700 block of Buford Highway – On

„„1900 block of Saxon Valley Circle – On

June 15, arrest for public intoxication and consumption.

June 12, report of terroristic threats/intimidation.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On June 12, arrest for failure to meet headlight requirements. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

June 12, arrest for DUI. „„2900 block of Buford Highway/North

Druid Hills Road – On June 12, arrest for failure to have correct windshield and windshield wipers requirements. „„3900 block of Peachtree Road/Colo-

nial Drive – On June 12, arrest for disorderly conduct. „„2900 block of Buford Highway/North

Druid Hills Road – On June 12, arrest for failure to meet tail light requirements. „„4000 block of Peachtree Road/Dres-

den Drive – On June 13, arrest for public intoxication and consumption. „„3900 block of Peachtree Road – On

June 13, arrest for marijuana possession. „„3700 block of Buford Highway – On

June 13, arrest for aggravated child molestation. „„1800 block of Corporate Blvd. – On

June 13, arrest for simple battery. „„3200 block of Henderson Mill Road –

On June 13, arrest for theft by taking. „„3700 block of Buford Highway – On

June 13, arrest for no driver’s license. „„1400 block of Druid Valley Drive – On

June 13, arrest for no proof of insurance. „„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

June 13, arrest for wanted person located. „„3900 block of Peachtree Road – On

June 14, arrest for shoplifting. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

June 14, arrest for no driver’s license. „„3000 block of Clairmont Road – On

June 14, arrest for aggravated child molestation. „„2900 block of Buford Highway/North

Druid Hills Road – On June 15, arrest of wanted person located. „„2800 block of Buford Highway/Briar-

wood Road – On June 15, arrest for disorderly conduct. „„1400 block of North Cliff Valley Way –

On June 15, arrest for wanted person located.

„„Executive Park Drive/

„„ 3100 block of Osborne

North Druid Hills Road – On June 16, arrest for begging and soliciting alms.

Road – On June 12, report of theft. „„ 100 block of Town

Blvd – On June 12, report of suspicious person/vehicle.

„„3300 block of Buford

Highway – On June 16, arrest for impeding flow of traffic.

„„ 3500 block of Buford

Highway – On June 12, report of theft by taking

„„3000 block of Buford

Highway – On June 16, arrest for fleeing or attempting to elude a police officer.


„„3000 block of Clairmont Road – On

June 16, arrest for criminal trespass.

den Drive – On June 12, report of city ordinance violation.

„„3000 block of Buford Highway – On

„„3300 block of Buford Highway – On

June 17, arrest for theft by shoplifting.

June 13, report of city ordinance violation.

„„2400 block of Briarcliff Road – On

June 17, arrest for an employee not having a permit to sell beer and wine. „„2600 block of Buford Highway – On

„„4000 block of Peachtree Road/Dres-

„„3900 block of Peachtree Road – On

June 13, report of city ordinance violation.

June 17, three arrests for employee not having a permit required to sell distilled spirits.

„„1100 block of Brookgate Way – On

„„1800 block of Corporate Blvd. – On

„„2800 block of Buford Hwy – On June

June 17, arrest for employee not having permit to sell beer and wine.

13, report of theft of articles from vehicle.

„„1000 block of Childres Road/Buck-

„„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

head Valley Lane – On June 18, arrest for theft by receiving stolen property.

June 13, report of damage to private property.


„„500 block of Brookhaven Ave – On

„„3000 block of Buford Highway – On

June 13, report of strong arm robbery at a business. „„3100 block of Buford Highway – On

June 15, report of street robbery with a gun.

B U R G L A RY „„3100 block of Buford Highway – On

June 13, report of residential burglary through forced entry.

June 13, report of theft of articles from vehicle.

June 13, report of theft of parts from vehicle. „„3800 block of Peachtree Road – On

June 14, report of verbal dispute. „„2900 block of Clairmont Road – On

June 14, report of theft of articles from vehicle. „„1700 block of Briarwood Road – On

June June 15, report of damage to private property. „„3600 block of Brookleigh Lane – On


June 15, report of fraud-swindle.

„„3800 block of Peachtree Road – On

June 12, report of city ordinance violation.

„„4300 block of Peachtree Road – On

June 15, report of theft of articles from vehicle.

„„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

June 12, report of damage to private property.


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