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‘Nightmare’ plan for Braves stadium traffic outrages mayor BY JOHN RUCH Cobb County plans to direct game-day traffic for the new Braves stadium off I-285 and onto local streets at Northside Drive, an idea that drew shock and outrage from members of Sandy Springs City Council on June 21. “This was our nightmare,” said a visibly angry Mayor Rusty Paul, blasting the plan and saying Cobb County leaders have not returned his calls for traffic management planning. He demanded that Cobb leaders “get evSee NIGHTMARE. on page 12 PHIL MOSIER

Yvonne Steern shows off her top hat adorned with glowing fish as she waits for the inaugural Sandy Springs Lantern Parade to get underway on June 18. The event, sponsored by Sandy Springs Hospitality and Tourism, stepped off at North Springs United Methodist Church on Roswell Road and moved down Morgan Falls Road to Overlook Park. See more photos on page 3.

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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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Pinocchios, an Italian restaurant located at 5975 Roswell Rd., Suite B211, in Sandy Springs, marked its grand opening with a ribbon cutting. Attendees included, from left, Angela Forrester, Debbie Walker, Erica Rocker-Wills, Courtney McGraw, Annie Vick, owner Kathy Gould, Leslie Hanson, Mayor Rusty Paul, Tisha Rosamond and Patty Conway.

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“These areas have been needing some love and attention for years. 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....” -- Cross Keys High School teacher Rebekah Morris, on her students’ “guerilla gardening” in Brookhaven

“I think change can be good. But I love this neighborhood and the character it has. It houses a lot of small, local, individual businesses. I think with development that’s probably going to go away.” --Store owner Desireé Osmon, who’s planning to move her Irby Avenue boutique from Buckhead’s West Village

“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 SS

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Letters to the Editor To the editor, There have been articles recently about the widening of Hammond Road. I have participated in several focus groups about the development of the center of Sandy Springs over the past 20 years. Traffic in our saturated rush hours is like water in a pipe. If you enlarge the pipe, you simply get more water. Adding traffic to the Hammond corridor will bring that traffic to Roswell Road and the evolving City Center. Neither can tolerate more through traffic. We just went through the widening of Johnson Ferry/Abernathy roads to facilitate east-west traffic. There are only two major bridges over the Chattahoochee River - Johnson Ferry and I-285. We should be doing what we can to direct east-west commuters to the two major arteries. The evening slowdown on I-285 westbound is from the back up of I-75 northbound. Until I-75 is eased, I-285 westbound will back up. So how can we work with the Georgia Department of Transportation and Cobb County officials to improve I-75? Expand CCT travel to the Perimeter area? Develop circulator mid-sized bus routes? All of these should be explored before a very

costly and disruptive re-construction of Hammond Road. Expanding Hammond would send commuter traffic to the Mount Vernon/ Riverside area through the City Center. There will be over 2,000 new people living in a five-block radius of “City Springs” within the next two or three years. We do not know where those people will work and what sort of transportation they will use. A Hammond widening project will bring more east-west commuter traffic through this area and clog the City Center streets. What needs to be on the T-SPLOST are projects that facilitate commuter traffic to the two, major east-west bridge corridors. The existing city-purchased lots should be converted to pocket parks for the benefit of the surrounding neighborhood.

Traffic in our saturated rush hours is like water in a pipe. If you enlarge the pipe, you simply get more water.

To the editor: “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 Administration 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


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erybody in a room real fast…We’ve got to figure out some alternative to this.” The news was delivered in a non-voting council work session by Jim Wilgus, Cobb’s interim transportation director. The specific topic was permission to install directional signs for the Braves’ SunTrust Park and related Battery Atlanta commercial development, which are slated to open early next year in Cobb’s Cumberland area at I-285 and I-75. Then Wilgus dropped his bombshell: On days of games and other big events, the signs—with “dynamic” messages that change on the fly—would direct stadiumgoers to get off highways one exit before Cumberland and use local streets. On I-285, that exit would be Sandy Springs’ Northside Drive and traffic would route onto Powers Ferry Road and Interstate North Parkway, known locally as the “access road.” Cobb wants to put one of the signs on Powers Ferry near the Chattahoochee River. Wilgus said the idea is to lessen congestion on highways. Paul and councilmembers said that means increasing congestion on local streets. “You want to take all the traffic off I-285 and put it on surface streets?” asked an incredulous Councilmember Tibby DeJulio. “That’s what we want to do all over the system,” Wilgus replied. Wilgus fenced with the mayor and councilmembers over definitions of street types and hypothetical traffic impacts. “You can’t run these [sign-directed drivers] through neighborhood streets,” Paul said. “We’re not running them through neighborhood streets…Interstate North is not really a neighborhood street,” Wilgus said. “I live there, so you don’t tell me that it’s not a neighborhood street,” the mayor said. “We live here. We know those streets.” Some councilmembers noted that, once directed onto those roads, stadium traf-

fic could be expected to starting cutting through even more side streets. Wilgus said the signs would avoid that, adding, “That’s not our intent, to run [traffic] through neighborhoods.” “But that’s the plan,” Paul replied. DeJulio added, “That’s not a plan. That’s a hope.” Bryant Poole, assistant city manager for transportation, said Cobb’s traffic engineering staff has been meeting with his staff regularly, and Wilgus said that Cobb County Police soon will connect with their Sandy Springs counterparts for emergency response planning. But, Paul said, big-picture, policy-level planning has been lacking. He said Cobb’s county manager and county chairman have not returned phone calls from him about traffic impacts. “We’ve been trying for months to sit down with you people and work some of these issues out,” Paul said. “We’ve got alternative plans we’d like to see put in place. But we can’t get the time of day for you to come over here and sit down with us.” Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough raised another issue—a longproposed idea of an improved version of the half-interchange of I-285 and Powers Ferry on the Cobb side of the river. City officials think it’s such a good idea they has reserved $450,000 to pay for a study, a move just awaiting Cobb’s approval. But, McDonough and other officials said, Cobb has not responded, and Wilgus could not say what the county currently thinks of the idea. “That’s a top priority” for the city, the mayor said, adding that if Cobb wants Sandy Springs to even consider its signage plan, there must be “concrete accomplishments, not just talk” on the I-285/Powers Ferry project. As the discussion wound down, Paul apologized to Wilgus for some of the emotional heat of his statements, but not for their content. “I don’t like shooting the messenger,” the mayor said, “but you’re the one who showed up.”


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The insurance agency funding some of Sandy Springs’ court battles with adult businesses has won the right to stop cutting checks in one lawsuit, leaving the city to foot its own bill. But the city’s attorney says the lawsuits will continue and any financial effects on the city would be minor. The city is the target of three separate lawsuits from adult businesses that allege violations of their constitutional rights. City legal bills have been paid by the Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency, or GIRMA, a liability insurance agency operated by the Georgia Municipal Association. GIRMA was the city’s insurer until 2012, when the contract was rebid and OneBeacon won it, Sandy Springs City Attorney Wendell Willard said. However, GIRMA re-

mained contractually obligated to fund the lawsuits it was already defending, Willard said. “GIRMA, I think, got their feelings hurt” by losing the contract and decided to file its own lawsuit against the city, Willard said. GIRMA argued that it is not required to continue paying for the city’s defense in one of the lawsuits, involving the clubs Mardi Gras and Flashers, and the bookstore Inserection, and that it should get reimbursed for what it has already paid. GIRMA’s case was dismissed in Fulton County Superior Court, Willard said, but the insurer filed an appeal and last month won its case in the state Court of Appeals. The court ruled that GIRMA does not have to defend the city in lawsuits that do not involve possible monetary damages. The court also declined to make the city reimburse any existing legal fees.

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Work on I-285/Ga. 400 interchange to start in October BY JOHN RUCH

club. “In general, you build more roads, you get more traffic,” one audience member said. But Goldberg said GDOT is no longer addConstruction on the massive I-285/Ga. ing regular lanes to highways. Instead, it will 400 interchange project is expected to begin add “managed lanes”—express lanes where in mid-October, according to state transportolls change based on traffic volume. Mantation officials. aged lanes on I-75 in Cobb County are under construction now, and more are coming, eventually including I-285. Welch noted safety is another reason for the project, as the interchange currently forces drivers to change lanes rapidly to enter or exit. Besides rebuilding the interchange, the project also JOHN RUCH adds “collector-distributor Butch Welch, the Georgia Department of Transportation’s lanes”—physically separatproject manager on the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction, presents the plan to the Buckhead 50 Club ed exit and entrance lanes— to Ga. 400 north to Sanat the American Legion Post 140 in Chastain Park June 14. dy Springs’ Spalding Drive Georgia Department of Transportation and to I-285 between Roswell Road in Sanproject manager Butch Welch and GDOT dy Springs and Ashford-Dunwoody Road in communications manager Jill Goldberg gave Dunwoody and Brookhaven. an update on the I-285/Ga. 400 project, slated The Ga. 400/Abernathy Road interchange to wrap up in mid-2020, during the June 14 will be rebuilt as a “diverging diamond,” meeting of the Buckhead 50 Club. where traffic flow directions change in time The I-285/Ga. 400 project and other with traffic lights to move cars through faster. GDOT plans got a skeptical response from Other details revealed during the members of the venerable civic and social meeting:

--GDOT and the contracting team, North Perimeter Contractors, will soon open field offices on Carpenter Drive in Sandy Springs. --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. The bid was so surprisingly low that GDOT staff spent two days reviewing it for flaws, Goldberg said after the meeting. She said the contractors actually improved the plan and found “efficiencies” in design and right of way use, and especially “saved tremendously on financing” because GDOT is using a method where the contractor finances much of the project.

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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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CHAMBLEE Monday, July 4, 5-10 p.m. Annual holiday celebration includes a bike and mini-train rides, corn hole tournament, kids’ activities, live music featuring the Journey tribute band “Departure,” starting at 7 p.m., food and more. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Personal food and beverages allowed; no alcohol. Free and open to the public. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr., Chamblee, 30341. Contact or call 770-986-5016 to find out more.

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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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.


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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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Petition Number:


Masoud Zahedi


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305 Carpenter Drive

Property Location:

6025 & 6029 Glenridge Drive

Present Zoning:

A-L (Apartment Limited Dwelling District)

Present Zoning:

R-2 (Single Family Dwelling District)


Request to rezone from A-L to TR for the development of 17 townhome units, with concurrent variances.


Public Hearings:

Planning Commission June 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Request to rezone from R-2 (Single Family Dwelling District) to A-L (Apartment Limited Dwelling District) with two use permits to increase the maximum height and allow senior housing, with concurrent variances

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission April 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council July 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

RZ16-0086 / U16-0017 / U16-0018

Mayor and City Council July 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600



Petition Number:


Petition Number:



Marc Lefkovits, LEFKO Group


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Property Location:

6691 Sunny Brook Lane, 0 Roswell Road

Property Location:

0 River Exchange Drive

Present Zoning:

R-3, A-O

Present Zoning:



Rezone from R-3 and A-o to O-I for the conversion of an existing single family residence into an office with five (5) concurrent variances


Rezone from C-1 to O-I for the development of an assisted living facility with concurrent variances

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission June 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission July 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council July 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Mayor and City Council August 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600



RZ16-0095 & U16-0024

Petition Number:



Northside Hospital


City of Sandy Springs

Property Location:

1000 Johnson Ferry Road, 5780 Peachtree Dunwoody Road

Present Zoning:

O-I (Office Institutional District)



Rezone to O-I (Office Institutional District) for the expansion of the hospital and the construction of a parking deck, with a Use Permit to exceed the maximum zoning district building height (Sec. 19.4.5)

Proposed text amendment to Sandy Spring’s fireworks regulations. The proposed Ordinance amends Section 3.3, Definitions, 12B.7, the Sandy Springs Overlay District, and 19.3.4, Administrative Permits and Use Permits.

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Planning Commission July 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission July 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council August 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Mayor and City Council August 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:




George Callum

Property Location:

5950 Riverwood Drive


One (1) variance from Zoning Ordinance Section 6.4.3.D. to construct a detached two car garage in the minimum rear yard and one (1) variance from Section 6.4.3.C. to bring into conformity an existing residence that encroaches into the minimum side yard.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals July 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600




Jordan Britt

Property Location:

5110 Baroque Circle


Variance from Section 6.4.3C to encroach into the minimum side yard to construct a carport.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals July 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs From police reports dated June 12 through June 20. The following information was pulled from Sandy Springs Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.


The driver of a 2015 Cadillac Escalade crashed into a power pole on the morning of June 18 at Roberts Drive and Summer Crossing, knocking out power to parts of the area. The driver fled the scene, according to a police report. On June 18, a resident called police to report “wires down” and that after the sound of a car crash the power went out. An officer discovered a wrecked vehicle located on the north side of Roberts Drive, just past Summer Crossing. The officer reported the Escalade had been moving northbound on Roberts Drive when it missed making a sharp curve, struck a street sign and then hit a power pole, breaking the pole in half. The vehicle overturned, resting on the passenger side. Police found an iPhone 6 inside the vehicle, and while searching the area, about 30 feet away, they found a Herstal 5.7×28 pistol with 20 rounds of ammunition in the magazine. Georgia Power Co. was informed of the outage. The road was closed while repairs were made and power was restored.


On June 12, police responded to a call from medical personnel at North Fulton Hospital. A Roswell man told officers he had been at a local bar on Roswell Road when he stepped outside between 1 a.m. and 1:30 a.m. to smoke a cigarette on the patio. He got into a heated argument with another patron. That patron eventually went to his car in the parking lot and returned with a black pistol. The man who had been smoking said he saw the other man pull the slide back on the gun. He then struck the victim in the face with the handle of the gun. The officer asked the victim if the attacker pointed the gun at him at any time. The victim said no. The attacker left the bar.


A Roswell man was arrested June 13 by Sandy Springs Police for drug possession and weapons charges. Police pulled him over about 1 p.m. on I-285 West and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. Tracy Tramble faces charges of failure to signal a lane change or turn, possession of a firearm during commission SS


The driver of a vehicle crashed into a power pole at Roberts Drive and Summer Crossing, breaking it in half and knocking out power to nearby residents.

or attempt to commit a felony, expired or no license, possession of a Springfield sawed-off shotgun, possession of MDMA, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and willful obstruction of law enforcement officers, according to the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department. A Sandy Springs police report states he also had four baggies of marijuana. Tramble also had a digital scale, a LG cellphone, an iPhone, and a Husky folding knife on him that were all taken into evidence.


A woman told police that on June 13, at about 12:30 p.m., she was shopping at a Roswell Road grocery store when a man assaulted her in the milk aisle. She told police that the suspect “stopped her from going past by grabbing her cart. He then proceeded to grab her forearm and stated that he hadn`t had sex in 10 years and asked her if she would have sex with him to which she stated no,” according to a police report. The man continued to grab her and say obscene things while also making obscene gestures. When police went to question the suspect who was outside the store, “he was unable to answer any questions and became very irate when asked anything due to the amount of alcohol he had consumed,” the report states. The man was not arrested. According to Fulton County Sheriff’s Department records, the suspect has a long criminal history dating back to 2002, including charges of DUI, sexual battery, child molestation, criminal trespassing and theft by shoplifting. Capt. Steve Rose’s reports will return soon.

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