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Brook Run Conservancy ‘rebranding’ theater renovation BY DYANA BAGBY

The effort to create a community theater in 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 DanSee BROOK on page 12


Timothe Dorce, 12, at left, and his brother Taijeon, 11, take advantage of the Park at Pernoshal Court’s playground equipment on June 18. The park, located at 4575 North Shallowford Road, contains a pavilion, basketball courts, pickleball court, an open field area for play and a connection to part of the Dunwoody Trailway. Read related story on page 3.

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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 on the top issues presidential candidates should address See COMMENTARY Page 10

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For the second year in a row, the Dunwoody Fourth of July parade will conclude with the swearing in of new U.S. citizens. Twelve people will be sworn in this year after the parade as part of events taking place in front the U.S. Post Office in Dunwoody Village. “The Dunwoody community loved it [last year] and we are very excited and honored to be selected to host this event,” said Pam Tallmadge, coordinator of the parade. Pamela Wilson, spokesperson for the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services of the Department of Homeland Security, said her agency reached out to Dunwoody last year. “Our office reaches out to different

community events and we generally look for places that are outside,” she said. “The Fourth of July is a big day because it symbolizes when the U.S. became a nation. So it’s extra special for [new citizens] and for us as an agency,” Wilson said. This year’s grand marshals for the parade will be first responder representatives. The Dunwoody Fourth of July parade last year attracted more than 30,000 spectators, according to organizers, and is considered the largest Fourth of July parade in the state. --Dyana Bagby


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City Council considers proposal for soccer program at newest park BY DYANA BAGBY

Association, staff has determined that the Chiefs Futbol Club is currently the largest provider of soccer programs to Dunwoody youth … Based on this data, it was determined that an agreement with the Chiefs Futbol Club would allow the Parks Depart-

Plans for Dunwoody’s first youth soccer program to hold games at the new Park at Pernoshal Court were passed off by the City Council to a future date so league officials can come back with specific times the park would be in use by the program. At the June 13 council meeting, members questioned the agreement between the city and the Chiefs Futbol Club because the league wanted exclusive use of the park from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the week and weekends during league play. PHIL MOSIER Suzanne Deaton, left, and her mother Mary Ann “This seems excessive … and Deaton enjoy a quiet moment on a bench during a unreasonable,” Councilmemvisit to the Park at Pernoshal Court on June 18. ber John Heneghan told Brent Walker, manager of the city’s ment to better serve city residents and reParks and Recreation Department. duce the requirement to travel to other Councilmembers worried about the municipalities to receive these types of serpark not being available to all communivices,” Walker stated. ty residents as it was intended, such as for Councilmember Doug Thompson pick-up soccer or football games. praised the relationship between the city The Chiefs Futbol Club league play park and a youth sports program because at the park would be for those ages 3 to 7 there are so few athletic fields in Dunand take place in the fall and spring, with woody. some activity in the summer, according to “This is a great day for Dunwoody. This a league representative. is the first step of many and where we needThe league is asking to have the field ed to be headed,” he said. available for practice from about 5:30 to The Chiefs Futbol Club currently op7:30 p.m. on weeknights, with the actual erates programs at Pleasantdale Park, Silgames played on Saturday mornings and verbacks Park, Dunwoody Baptist Church, Saturday afternoons with some matches Dunwoody United Methodist Church, Sagalso played on Sunday mornings. amore Hills Elementary School, Evansdale However, that information is not inElementary School, Laurel Ridge Elemencluded in an official document to be signed tary School, Annunciation Day School and by league and city officials. Rather, the Hawthorne Elementary School in DeKalb agreement states, “The Club shall be able County, according to Walker. to utilize the field on the [field] on SundaysThe park, approximately 5 acres, is the Saturdays from 7 a.m.-10 p.m.” largest newly-built park created since the Walker wrote in a memo to council city’s incorporation. It contains a pavilion/ members that by working with the soccer restroom facility, 162 parking spaces, pasleague, the city would allow youth athletes sive and active open areas/fields for sports, to stay in their home city rather than travel and basketball courts with a pickleball out of town to play soccer. court overlay as well as trail connectivity. “After meeting with the Georgia Soccer



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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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The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber held a ribbon cutting on June 10, celebrating the opening of 100% Chiropractic, located at 4490 ChambleeDunwoody Rd. In attendance: Stacia March, Freddie Howard, owner Dr. Samantha March Howard, Megan Hickok, Bailey Palmer, Laquita Scott, Mike Davis, Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber president/CEO, ZACH PORTER/REVELRY PHOTO HOUSE Stephanie Snodgrass, Ella Shiver Georgia School of Orthodontics, located at 8200 Roberts and Beth Berger. Dr., Suite 100, in Sandy Springs, hosted a ribbon cutting Services include corrective ceremony on June 2. Those on hand: Patty Conway, chiropractic care, massage Erica Rocker-Wills, Dr. Pramod Sinha, Dr. Randy therapy, X-rays, nutritional Kluender, State Rep. Wendell Willard, Dana De La Parra, supplements, health coaching Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann, City and wellness programs. Councilmember John Paulson, U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Eli Apted, Lia Stone and Ross Perloe.

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“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 DUN

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don of the email on June 16, and that McClendon suggested he meet with the mayor and city manager. Wittenstein, who met with Shortal and City Manager Eric Linton on June 20 to discuss the situation, criticized city officials for making the decision in closed-door meetings. They threatened DHA members with an ethics violation who spoke publicly about the mandate, Wittenstein said. “Discussing and adopting this policy in secret and threatening board members with ethics violation charges if they disclose it is inexcusable,” Wittenstein said in a June 21 email to DHA members. The DHA says it has 1,000 members. Wittenstein said in his meeting with Shortal and Linton that Shortal did most of the talking, explaining the city was taking this route based on legal advice. “They explained their position and we talked about their rationale … which is to avoid the possible risk of a lawsuit,” Wittenstein said. “They want to reduce their vulnerability to a lawsuit.” When Wittenstein asked for a copy of the policy, he was told it was not written down. Wittenstein, a former City Council member himself, noted that votes cannot be made in executive session. “They essen-

commissions due to the potential of a conflict of interest – and to also stave off potential threats of a lawsuits, according to a city official who asked not to be identified. Top city officials remained tightlipped in the days following the move. Repeated calls and emails to Mayor Denis Shortal went unanswered. Shortal was reached by phone June 21 and promised to release a statement the morning of June 22, but did not do so. Calls and emails to City Manager Eric Linton and City Attorney Cecil McClendon for comment were also not returned. A city official said the mandate affects the 24 members of the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, the Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals and the Design Review Advisory Committee. As of June 22, only one DHA member has resigned a city post. Gerri Penn decided to step down from the ZBA, said city spokesperson Bob Mullen. Mullen said he had no other information about the city’s new policy. Penn made the decision to resign after receiving a phone call from Shortal and before the email was sent out, according to the city official. DHA President Robert Wittenstein said in an interview he was warned by McClen07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1

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tially adopted an unwritten policy without a vote,” Wittenstein said. The new policy also bans council members from attending DHA meetings, something many have done regularly since the founding of the city in 2006, Wittenstein said. City Council members attending DHA meetings have slacked off at recent meetings; at its June 6 meeting, Councilmember Terry Nall was the only one in attendance. The reason to ban council members from DHA meetings, as explained by the mayor to Wittenstein, is that a council member may be unduly influenced by a community discussion on a project and that could in turn affect their vote. And if a developer is unhappy with a council vote, the developer may decide to take the city to court for that reason. “This deeply concerns me,” Wittenstein said. “The idea a city councilmember shouldn’t be in a room with a developer explaining to community members what they have planned …. That’s helpful and informative. That sense the council has to be isolated – [the city] is completely misreading how the process ought to work.” The DHA was heavily involved in the recently proposed Crown Towers mixed-use development. DHA members met with developers several times and agreed to support the project in exchange for such prom-

ises as payment of a $760,000 “voluntary impact fee” to be used toward park space in the Perimeter. There was also a great deal of back-and-forth on what percentage of the residential units should be owner-occupied as opposed to rental. On May 23, the developers pulled back the rezoning request for the project planned for the former Gold Kist site near I-285. They said they did so because they were unsure if City Council would vote to approve their rezoning request. “My guess is they were disturbed by our role in Crown Towers and feel we crossed some line,” Wittenstein said. “But what line that was, I don’t know.” Wittenstein said the idea of a discussion of whether or not DHA members should be appointed to city posts is one worth having – but in public. “That’s a healthy discussion to have,” he said. And the discussion has been had in the past with DHA members serving on city boards or commission agreeing to recuse themselves from any vote that could be perceived as a conflict of interest, Wittenstein said. Wittenstein said DHA members will discuss the topic at the group’s July 10 meeting. Shortal and Linton have been invited to attend the meeting.

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Danny Ross, president of the Brook Run Conservancy, says the theater is much more than just a place to see plays, but is a “community center” and “gathering place.”

Brook Run Conservancy ‘rebranding’ theater renovation Continued from page 1 ny 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.

Rebranding efforts underway

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.

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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 through. There is still a great deal of shattered glass, trash and decrepit furniture throughout. As he opened doors to former classrooms, Ross said it is important to look past the dirt and decay to see what the building can be – a centerpiece for Dunwoody – where nonprofit organizations could hold meetings, corporations could hold teambuilding exercises and, of course, people could watch the latest Stage Door Players production. The chapel, where stained glass windows have survived without too much damage, holds approximately 125 people, 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 said, and will include interviews with individuals, foundations and corporations. The study is expected to take about six months. Ross admits it won’t be an easy proposition to raise so much money. Raising millions of dollars could take years. “We’ve never raised money in this community,” Ross said. “And when we have council members saying they want to tear it down -- can you imagine putting your money into such a project? It’s like pushing string uphill. We’ve got to get our council on board, but also back away and give us time to do it.”


“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.

Above, the chapel in the 34,000-squarefoot building at Brook Run contains stained glass windows, which remain relatively untouched by vandals and age. Left, the back of the theater. A recent tour of the facility found shattered glass, trash and decrepit furniture throughout, as well as graffiti on most walls.

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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. DUN

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GDOT officials: Work on I-285/Ga. 400 interchange to start in October BY JOHN RUCH Construction on the 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”—express 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 be-


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.

tween 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 flow directions change in time with traffic lights to move cars through faster. Other details revealed during the meeting: --Welch said the project will have “mini-

Fireworks will illuminate the skies above the King and Queen buildings in Sandy Springs as the community comes together in celebration of our nation’s independence.

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mal traffic disruptions”—a relative term— with most of the work taking place at night. He also said traffic should improve during construction because various ramps and lanes will open as they are finished, instead of shutting the whole interchange down and reopening it all at once. As for impacts on nearby Buckhead, Welch said it’s “hard to say.” Goldberg said some cut-through traffic is likely as drivers “get scared” by the project, but most of the work will be at night. --GDOT is planning a system of regular, real-time construction and detour updates for the project. --The project requires a lot of material. Welch gave some construction supply numbers: 33 bridges will be built or rehabbed; more than 1 million square feet of noiseblocking walls will be built, and a similar amount of retaining walls; the project requires 400,000 tons of asphalt to pave the I-285 section and 2 million square feet of concrete paving on Ga. 400; and 125,000 linear feet of storm drains will be installed. Why was the bid for the project lower than originally expected? GDOT had estimated the project budget at $803 million, but North Perimeter’s winning bid was only $460 million. Less expensive is good, but the bid was so surprisingly low GDOT staff spent two days reviewing it in detail for flaws, Goldberg said after the meeting. She said the contractors actually improved the plan and found “efficiences” in design and right of way use.

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SANDY SPRINGS Sunday, July 3, 6:30 p.m. Head to the Concourse Center lawn for the city’s annual fireworks show! Shiloh performs at 7:30 p.m.; fireworks scheduled for 9:45 p.m. Free. Complimentary parking. All are welcome to attend. Pack a snack, bring a blanket, and enjoy the fireworks illuminating the sky above the King and Queen buildings. Pets, tents, outdoor cooking and personal-use sparklers not permitted. 5 Concourse Parkway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Questions? Go to: or call 770-730-5600.

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.

SUMMER SOUNDS Sunday, July 10, 7 p.m. Sing along to sounds from the ‘60s and ‘70s with Bob Bakert and Friends. Tickets, $22.50; first-come, first-served pavilion table seating. $17.50 for lawn seating. Students, 11 years and older, $15; children 10 and under, free with paid adult lawn seating. Purchase tickets: Call 770-992-2055 x224 or email: for details. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30076.


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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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Rep. Tom Taylor receives fine, probation for DUI BY DYANA BAGBY AND JOHN RUCH State Rep. Tom Taylor of Dunwoody pleaded guilty June 20 to driving under the influence and an open container violation in Rabun County in April. He accepted a plea deal that includes a Rep. Tom Taylor year of probation, a $1,500 fine and community service. Taylor appeared in Clayton Municipal Court with an attorney to enter his guilty plea. As part of his sentence he will serve one year on probation, complete 40 hours of community service, attend DUI school, undergo an alcohol assessment, and complete alcohol treatment based on that assessment, said Prosecutor Mitch Baker. Taylor also was sentenced to spend 24 hours in jail, but was given credit for time served at the time of his arrest. A speeding charge was dismissed and merged with the fine.


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Mayor Denis Shortal, third from left, administered the oath of office to new Dunwoody Police Department Officer Joshua Sanders, center, at Dunwoody City Council’s June 13 meeting, with Sanders’ family in attendance.


Dunwoody police are searching for a woman who is suspected of using a stolen credit card to purchase more than $700 in items at Perimeter Mall. Police in Biloxi, Miss., are also searching for the suspect for credit card fraud and identity theft. Police say the woman went into Von Maur, a high-end department store at Perimeter Mall, on April 14, and opened a line of credit using another person’s information. The woman then purchased $721.69 in items before leaving the store. The same woman is accused of credit card fraud and two counts of identity fraud by the Biloxi Mississippi Department. Contact Det. Tim Waldron with any information regarding this case or suspect at 678-382-6911 or email People can also submit anonymous tips at Submit_a_Tip.

From police reports dated June 12 through June 16

The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate. „„On June 12, a thief broke into a ve-

hicle parked at the 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and stole an Apple MacBrook Pro valued at $1,200, a Jessica Simpson purse with a wallet, ID and $300 cash, a wallet with $80 in cash and ID, and an iPad valued at $650. „„On June 14, thieves stole factory

wheels and tires from two SUVs parked in the 900 block of Potomac Road. „„On June 14, officers made contact

discovered the passenger, a 32-yearold man from East Point, possessed cocaine, Xanax and less than an ounce of marijuana, as well as a stolen Sig Sauer 9 mm handgun. The driver of the vehicle had an open container of alcohol. The passenger was arrested and charged with larceny, possession of a weapon and possession of drugs, and was transported to DeKalb County Jail without incident. The driver, a 39-year-old Atlanta man, was issued a citation and released at the scene.

ed 30 round magazine and was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

„„An employee with S&T Magic Carni-


val set up in the parking lot of Perimeter Mall reported to police on June 15 that his vehicle and another vehicle were broken into while parked next to the carnival. The employee said it appeared someone went through his glove box but nothing was taken. „„A 29-year-old Florida man was arrest-

ed June 15 in the 100 block of AshfordDunwoody Road and charged with driving while his license was suspended/ revoked and also for window tint violation. „„On June 16 in the 100 block of Pe-

rimeter Center East, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a child safety seat violation. The traffic stop resulted in a 34-year-old old Decatur man being arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute heroin. He also had a Beretta 92SF handgun with a load-

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