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Brookhaven Reporter

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City promises transparency after public embarrassments

Soccer club and city reach deal on use of Blackburn fields



After a series of public embarrassments, Brookhaven city officials are looking for ways to restore public confidence in the city. “My job right now is to right the ship, to make a course correction,” new Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams said at the start of a special council meeting called June 19 to hire the new city attorney. “We’ve had some stum- Q & A with new Mayor Rebecca bles. Some mistakes were made. ... We have Chase Williams, page 4 to learn from the mistakes and move forward Commentary: How city can “It’s been a hard week.” Indeed, much happened over the course of handle a PR crisis, page 6 the new mayor’s first days in office. So much that within a week, the city had a new attorney, the mayor was promising to hold fewer closed-door council meetings, the council was considering the public release of documents from previous closed-door meetings, and the council had approved a new document disclosure rule that one member approvingly said went far beyond the requirements of existing state law. Williams had been elected by her fellow councilors June 9 to succeed the city’s inaugural mayor, J. Max Davis, after he resigned to run for a seat in the state House of

Concorde Fire Soccer Club has gained control of the Blackburn Park’s multi-use fields in a $10,000-a-year deal signed by the city in May. The youth soccer club will pay to rehab and maintain the two fields. In exchange, it gains the use of the formerly open-use fields—and the surrounding parking lot, playground and other areas—for much of the day during eight months of the year. The fields will still be available to the public at other times. Four years ago, Concorde Fire ignited intense controversy with a plan to build a soccer complex on South Johnson Ferry Road. In the wake of that failed plan, the soccer club began exploring public-private partnerships with local parks, then owned by DeKalb County. Only now is that coming to pass in Blackburn. Brookhaven City Council inked the Blackburn deal on May 26, granting the club the right to start its season there Aug. 1. On June 1, the city announced the closure of the heavily worn fields for renovation. “Renovations to the fields in their entirety are being completed at the expense of Concorde Fire Soccer Club,” city Parks Manager Gary Schussler said in an email to Reporter Newspapers. “The exact cost of the renovations have yet to be determined. “Knowing the newly formed partnership, the fields will see an increase in use due to Concorde Fire’s play,” he added. Attempts to reach representatives of Concorde Fire were not successful.



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Four candidates are running in a special election July 14 for the seat representing District 80 in the Georgia House of Representatives. The district covers Brookhaven and portions of Sandy Springs and Chamblee. It was previously held by Republican Mike Jacobs, who resigned after he was appointed to a DeKalb County judgeship. Reporter Newspapers asked the candidates questions about themselves and their reasons for seeking the District 80 seat. Here is an edited version of their responses. To see their full responses, go to

Taylor Bennett

Q: Why do you want the House District 80 seat? A: I'm running because I believe that House District 80 deserves a principled, transparent and accountable representative to best serve its constituents. I believe that my bipartisan, cooperative approach to solving our district's and our state's problems is sorely needed at the Gold Dome. Q: Why should the voters in District 80 choose you for this seat? A: I am committed to holding the office with the integrity, work ethic and transparency that [voters] expect and demand. I know the issues businesses and workers face here in Georgia. One of our most substantial challenges is the polarization of the employer-employee relationship. Georgia touts itself as a national leader in attracting businesses to our state, but we also lag substantially behind the rest of the country in realizing those benefits for working families. For more:

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Q: Why do you want the House District 80 seat? A: HD80 is a great place to live, and I want to keep it that way – and help make sure other Georgians enjoy opportunity, freedom and prosperity as well. Unfortunately, some of the greatest threats to our community’s well-being are coming from the legislative process itself. Brookhaven, Sandy Springs and Chamblee are perfect places to use our strong communities to promote accountability and responsible government, so that we can achieve better outcomes for all. Q: Why should the voters in House District 80 choose you for this seat? A: I’m the only candidate in this race with the experience, ethics and wide-ranging connections to be an effective advocate for HD80 interests from Day 1. I have a strong track record of public service on economic development and public safety issues. For more:

Loren Collins

Q: Why do you want the House District 80 seat? A: I want to contribute to the betterment of not only my local community but to the state of Georgia as a whole, and not just on a single issue, but on a swath of them. Serving in the General Assembly is perhaps the ideal means of accomplishing that end. Q: Why should the voters in District 80 choose you for this seat? A: Mike Jacobs represented our district incredibly well for 12 years, and as a moderate Republican myself, I'm the most natural successor to his legacy in this race. I support fiscal responsibility in government and the protection of our civil liberties from government overreach. I'm an independent thinker, not a partisan or a party activist, and my campaign isn't driven by interest groups and their money. For more:

J. Max Davis

Q: Why do you want the House District 80 seat? A: I want to continue the positive momentum I helped start as Brookhaven’s first mayor. As a state legislator I can have a more direct impact on stopping unfair county property tax assessments. As mayor I launched a new city that has exceeded expectations. I want to take my record of effective, conservative reform and continue it at the Gold Dome. Q: Why should the voters in District 80 choose you for this seat? A: I am the only candidate with deep roots in our community. I have spent most of my adult life working to make our area better. I led the campaign to make Brookhaven a city and served as its first mayor. I am the only candidate with a proven record who has made concrete proposals to reduce property taxes, relieve traffic congestion, enhance government transparency, reform our education system by bringing more local control, and reforming the DeKalb and Fulton governments. I have a successful record of bringing reform to reality. No other candidate can say that. For more: BK

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How can the city’s reputation be repaired?

Brookhaven is more than just its city government. I don’t want to lose sight of the fact that every day the city runs smoothly, with dedicated staff filling potholes, inspecting buildings, maintaining our parks and keeping our streets safe. My only plan is to do the right thing for the right reasons every day, to work hard to prove that we are a city of ethics, transparency, efficiency and good government. If the people of Brookhaven judge us by our actions, I believe we will win back whatever trust we have lost.

I plan to focus on the basics— police, paving, parks, permitting, code enforcement, zoning and keeping taxes low. I will continue to work to ensure that our city remains financially solid and working in the most efficient, ethical and transparent way possible. And third, my goal is to strive to make Brookhaven exceptional—whether that means building world-class parks, finding innovative solutions or becoming a national model for other cities. Rebecca Chase Williams

We have to stay focused on the reasons the city was formed and make sure we follow our core values of honesty and ethics. Financial stability and being good stewards of the taxpayers’ money is absolutely essential to being a strong city. And reaching for the exceptional is important to become the national model we strive to be.

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sonnel matters that were dealt with quickly, and I believe appropriately. They were errors in judgment that have hurt the image of the city but the council is part of the cleanup, not the coverup.

Do you think the city’s reputation has suffered during the events surrounding the recent firing of its former communications officer and leading to the resignation this month of the city attorney?


The incidents were both per-


Do you think those events have had a lasting effect on the relationship between the council and city staff?


No. We acted quickly and decisively, sending a clear message that the city has high standards.

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Where do you see Brookhaven in a year? In five years?

I see a Brookhaven that has continued to grow and thrive and be the most desirable place in Georgia to live, work and raise a family. A flourishing economy, improved traffic flow, better roads, more walkability, world-class parks, and smart development to manage future growth will keep Brookhaven at the very top of all the “Best of ” lists. We have had some early growing pains, but I believe they will only make us wiser and stronger. BK


Mayor casts tie-breaking vote on new city attorney hire CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the Georgia Municipal Association and Representatives. other lawyers. “I think he has the sturdy Then, on June 15, news media remoral compass to help us restore [confiports said the city withheld information dence] in our city,” she said. in the release earlier in the year related to But Balch’s appointment did not go a complaint against Davis. smoothly. On May 13, a city spokeswoman had Two members of the council — Bates confirmed to reporters that a sexual haMattison and John Park — said they rassment complaint had been made over were concerned that the interim apincident involving Davis pointment had no fixed and a city employee. The end point. Mattison said employee claimed the the city’s first “interim” then-mayor had sprayed city attorney had held the her with an aerosol. job for about two years. Davis apologized pubMattison also said the licly to two employees council should take more who were present durtime to consider the aping the incident and said pointment. “the action was inno“We created a crisis cent and was not intendhere in which we forced ed to bring discomfort.” the resignation of [KurCity Attorney Tom Kurrie] …,” Mattison said. rie was quoted in a city “I’d like for us to realpress release as denying ly deliberate on whom an investigation of sexuour interim city attorney al harassment was being is. It’s not good policy to conducted and saying as move so quickly on the Christopher D. Balch no claim of sexual haappointment of the inrassment had been made terim city attorney. ...All against Davis. I’m arguing for is, let’s be deliberate. We But on June 15, and The created a crisis that caused us to be here. Brookhaven Post published newly reLet’s not do it again.” leased memoranda from Davis and City But newly elected Councilwoman Manager Marie Garrett that revealed Linley Jones, chosen by the council to more information about the incident, fill Williams’ term in District 1, welincluding an statement by Garrett that comed the new attorney. “He’s a rare “I believe that the mayor took a liberty find,” Jones said. “We are lucky to find and crossed the line doing something I him. I believe Mr. Balch has a strong consider to be sexual harassment.” foundation in ethics and that has been The next night, June 16, Kurrie reshown throughout his legal career.” signed. “It was clear the majority of When the council split 2-2 on apcouncil was quite unhappy and disproving the appointment, Williams had mayed at his handling of recent open to break the tie herself, casting a rare records cases,” Williams said after anvote as mayor to hire Balch. nouncing his resignation. Once Balch was hired and took his Kurrie released a statement saying his seat before the council, council memresignation was to take effect June 19 bers immediately began seeking advice. at the end of the business day. That, he One question involved whether the said, would “enable an orderly transition council had not followed proper proceof our work in process.” dures when Williams was elected may“It goes against my nature to resign or on June 9. Balch said he thought the from any position, even with the diffiprocedure was acceptable, but the counculties that ensue in representing local cil asked him to report by the July 7 governments because of the ever-changcouncil meeting on what options the ing political environment,” Kurrie said council had, including a repeat of the in his statement. “However, it became election and a revote on all actions takclear to me that I did not have the supen since. Council members also wanted port of the new mayor and the newest to seek an opinion from the Georgia Atcouncil members. torney General’s office. “I do want to state that I am proud of “We want this issue buttoned up,” the service I provided to the citizens of Williams said. “We don’t want any quesBrookhaven, and I do not believe I have tions.” done anything to violate their trust.” Council members also asked Balch Later, in an interview, Kurrie called to report next month on whether they his departure “collateral damage” that could release minutes from closed-door resulted from “a stupid event.” “It’ll meetings the council had held earlier in have a lasting effect on my practice,” he the year. said. “I believe at this point in BrookhavThe council met again the morning en, we should be looking for reasons to of June 19 to name a new city attorrelease and not reasons to withhold,” ney. Williams appointed Atlanta lawyer Councilman John Park said. “What I’m Christopher D. Balch. Balch had been hearing from the public is, ‘What else is recommended to her by the counsel for there? What else do we not know?’” BK

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To avoid a future PR crisis, Brookhaven should plan for it

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Brookhaven’s had its share of issues in recent months, from claims against the former mayor to open records problems that resulted in the resignation of the city attorney to the public dismissal of the city’s former communications director. Media coverage – in this paper and a range of other media outlets – hasn’t portrayed the city in the most favorable light. But these kinds of situations don’t have to be “par for the course” when you’re running a city. Of course, the best way to avoid negative media coverage of a crisis is simply not to have one. With the right advance preparation, many of these situations can be averted before they even happen. Proper preparation is key here. Any company – and that includes city governments – should take the time to put together a detailed plan to prepare for negative situations. It begins with thinking through all of your operational issues, all of the “what if this happens” scenarios. That process should include, among other things, a thorough understanding of every likely issue and your process for handling it. It can begin with common situations (how to respond if a city building is evacuated) and go deeper into more complicated issues (what’s the city’s social media policy). We find that often issues identified in this “discovery” process can be addressed early and thus never become problems. The very act of crisis planning is also “crisis aversion.” There are strategies and practices that can help you better manage a “crisis” situation. When a crisis situation occurs, there are three rules that should be followed: respond quickly, respond honestly, respond accurately and completely.

Respond quickly

A quick response is key to taking control of the situation. Explain what you know as fast as you can. If you don’t know all the details, say that, but provide a timeline of when you’ll have additional information. For example, most airlines have excellent procedures in place in the event of an incident. They know who their spokesperson will be, where they’ll do their press briefings, how they’ll work with family members and more. They’ll schedule information updates on a regular basis (daily or even hourly) to answer questions, even though there’s often no new information to be released. In the absence of a quick response, other voices will fill the information void. Those voices are not likely to be your friends or have your best interests at heart. A common reaction by many organizations is to avoid talking with media in a crisis situation, thinking (erroneously) that they can prevent negative coverage that way. The oppo-

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site is usually the case: A news story that includes phrases like “representatives did not respond to requests for information” or “no one from the city responded to repeated interview requests” simply creates an impression that something is being hidden. Cooperation with working media in a crisis situation is almost always the recommended course. The very effort to demonstrate openness and transparency often yields more positive opinions among the media and your target audiences.



Respond honestly

Once upon a time, a company or organization might have gotten away with lying or omitting key information. With a 24/7 news cycle and an Internet that allows access to an unimaginable trove of information, it’s almost a certainty that lies will be revealed. The “honesty” component is particularly an issue with city governments. Freedom of Information laws allow media and citizens access to just about any piece of official government communications, from emails to texts to meeting minutes.

Respond accurately and completely

Not only should you respond honestly, you must add “accurately” and “completely” to your communication requirements. Many viewers watched Brian Williams’ interview with Matt Lauer last week where he talked about the actions that knocked him from the NBC Nightly News anchor desk. But his “apology” fell short to many when he declined to detail all (or any) additional cases where he misrepresented facts in stories. In the aftermath of City Attorney Tom Kurrie’s resignation, it’s clear that the mayor and City Council have recognized previous procedural problems and have taken action to correct them. A new resolution calling for the city to do more than is required by state open records laws is an excellent move toward demonstrating transparency. Mitch Leff is president of Leff & Associates Public Relations in Atlanta. He’s been counseling clients on public relations, crisis communications and other media relations issues for more than 25 years. He lives in DeKalb County.

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“We’re not very popular. We don’t get any Christmas cards.” –Dunwoody code enforcement officer Tom LaPenna, on public reaction to his job. | JUNE 26 – JULY 9, 2015 |

“What’s great about [this neighborhood] is a sense of what I grew up with in Atlanta. We used to have street parties. We used to have cakewalks. ... Kids knew kids. There were no cellphones. There were no texts. You picked up the phone and said, ‘There’s a baseball game in my yard.’ You could hang out and parents wouldn’t worry about you.” –Buckhead resident Walker Sullivan, known by some as the “mayor’ of his neighborhood, Argonne Forest. BK

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The Price of Progress

With redevelopment looming, long-time tenants of one Sandy Springs shopping center face the wrecking ball BY JOE EARLE

Charles Cuthbert knows moving day will come soon for his business. It’s the price of progress. He’s not sure when he’s moving, exactly, but he knows the dance studio he owns and operates in downtown Sandy Springs can’t stay put. He’s already looking for a new home. “We are looking for another place, however we haven’t found one yet,” he said. “It’s hard to find a place. It’s hard to find a place like we’ve had. We’re just trying to balance the realities between our wishes and our budget.” Cuthbert operates the Atlanta Ballroom Dance Centre, a 7,500-square-foot, mirror-walled dance studio in the Hilderbrand Court Shopping Center. His studio provides lessons in tango, swing, rhumba, cha-cha and a variety of other dance styles. The business, he says, has operated for more than half a century. Cuthbert bought it in 2005 and has operated in the same location the entire time. Now, Cuthbert and the owners of other businesses located at Hilderbrand Court suddenly find themselves looking for new locations. Hilderbrand Court stands at the intersection of Roswell Road and Hilderbrand Drive. That’s just a few hundred yards from Sandy Springs’ planned new City Center, a $200 million project city officials say will create a performing arts center, a city office building, parks, and places to live and eat. Developments such as the City Center spin off more development. Hilderbrand Court recently was rezoned for a new complex that will create more than 300 apartments and 40,000 to 50,000 square feet of new shops in place of the aging, single-story shopping center. The planned mixed-use complex, being developed by Mill Creek, is one of several projects proposed around the City Center project. “It’s like this whole Ro-

Charles Cuthbert has operated the 7,500-square-foot Atlanta Ballroom Dance Centre in the Hilderbrand Court Shopping Center since 2005, but will have to find a new location. A planned mixeduse project with shops and apartments is slated for the area.

swell Road [area] is a giant Etch-A-Sketch and Sandy Springs is going shake, shake, shake...,” said Ian McPherson, owner of Ruin, a skateboard shop he started in 17 years ago in “this exact space” in Hilderbrand Court. His narrow shop, crowded with skateboards and clothes, is the only place his business ever has been located, he said. The coming change angers some affiliated


with current businesses. “It is heartbreaking that this development is forcing this [Atlanta Ballroom Centre] business to close,” Cindy Johnson, an instructor at the dance center, said in an email. “Atlanta Ballroom is a legend in the dance community. ... Most of the other businesses in the center have been in this location many years CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

Dunwoody company shoots for the moon...and Mars John Olds, a former Georgia Tech professor, is CEO of SpaceWorks Enterprises Inc., a private aerospace engineering company. JOE EARLE


John Olds remembers watching the moon landing. He says he was about 5 years old then. He and his dad, a college physics professor in South Carolina, watched the landing on TV and then went outside to look at the moon and marvel. “I kind of got the bug for aerospace early on, watching the Apollo landing and the Apollo 13 rescue,” he said. “I set my sights on that.” He still sets his sights on space travel and the moon, but now he and others at his 15-year-old company also think about Mars, or asteroids, or high-altitude flight. Olds, a former Georgia Tech

professor, is owner and CEO of SpaceWorks Enterprises Inc., a Dunwoody-based, private aerospace engineering company. SpaceWorks consults with NASA, the U.S. military and private aerospace companies about engineering problems such as how to set up refueling stations around the moon or how to divert an asteroid headed toward Earth. “We live at the border of science fiction and science fact,” Olds, who’s 50, said one recent afternoon as he sat in his glass-walled office in the Pe- |


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Fantastic Finds For Him, located at 220 Sandy Springs Circle, #157B, held a ribbon cutting on June 3. In attendance: Jim Derrick, Erica Rocker-Wills, Luis Amato, Paula Williamson, Antan Wilson, Mayor Rusty Paul, Cori De Francis, Patty Conway, Robert Winton and Dan Coffer. The store is a consignment shop designed exclusively for men. The Nantahala Outdoor Center recently opened an outpost at Powers Island, 1650 Riveredge Lane, in Sandy Springs. Those in attendance included, Charles Conner, NOC marketing director, William Irving, NOC COO, John McCraw, NOC Chattahoochee outpost manager, Sutton Bacon, NOC CEO, Steven Foy, NOC director of outposts, and Sandy Springs City Councilmen Gabriel Sterling, holding scissors, and Andy Bauman, back row, far right. The NOC offers rafting, tubing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

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Commissioner Russell McMurry, with the Georgia Department of Transportation, spoke at a Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce luncheon on June 23, saying the new I-285/Ga. 400 interchange will save commuters eight hours of road time a year once completed.

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become a Sandy Springs landmark, says he’s looking at a bigger location elsewhere in the city. He said he and his wife, Sally, are also seeking an operating partner interested in getting involved with the business. “Over the next several months, The Brickery will no longer be operating at its current location,” he said. Other business owners also expect to have to find new locations by the end of the year. “We’ve got to just move,” said David Besay, who said he’s managed the Paint Unlimited store in the shopping center for nearly 18 years. “I’ve never had to move before. I know that’s a lot of work. ...It’s sad to see business leaving Sandy Springs.” Kwang Lee W. Yi, owner of Sushi Mio, says he plans to take his time before deciding what to do after closing his restaurant, which has been in operation at the center since 1999 and which he’s owned since 2003. “I don’t have any plan,” he said. “I need to take a break. Since I came to this country 25 years ago, I have never taken a break, taken a vacation.” Still, he thinks he’s too young to retire, so he plans to take several months off and then he’ll figure out what to do next. Several of Hilderbrand Court’s business owners worry they will face higher rents after moving. They also expect rents for space in the new development will be higher than those in Hilderbrand Court. In fact, McPherson said it was the shopping center’s low rents that helped him get his business up and running when he started the shop as a 22-year-old skater being financed by his mother. He opened his shop in Sandy Springs originally, he said, because it lay at the center of the area where metro Atlanta skateboarders lived. “No one would lease to me – because it was a skate shop – except this mall,” he said one recent afternoon as he assembled a skateboard for a customer. “Can we find someone to lease to us [now]? Well, now we’ve been around 17 years, paying rent.” So he believes he’ll find a new landlord. Several other business owners believe they will, too. They just know they have to move quickly. “The wrecking ball is coming sometime this year,” Cuthbert said.


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Christie didn’t expect to find such luxurious living in a one-bedroom apartment, which she says “is plenty big” and comes with full services and amenities. She was also delighted to discover an abundance of activities designed for resident interests, including outings to local events. As a retired music teacher, she’s especially fond of going to the Atlanta Symphony and the opera.

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The 46th annual Peachtree Road Race kicks off the holiday with 60,000 people taking part in the massive morning jog from Buckhead to Midtown. As usual the race starts at Lenox Square and makes its way down Peachtree Street to 10th Street and Piedmont Park. The wheelchair race begins at 6:43 a.m. and the foot race at 7:30 a.m. Spectators are strongly encouraged to take MARTA, which will begin running at 5 a.m. on race day. Many restaurants and bars will be open along the route to watch the race, so check with your favorite wa-

tering hole. For more information, visit The Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square features live music and one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country. Lenox Square shops and restaurants will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4. Entertainment begins at 6 p.m. with Gump Fiction and Party on the Moon. Fireworks are scheduled to begin at approximately 9:40 p.m. Parking will be almost impossible, so visitors are encouraged to take MARTA. Pets are not allowed. For more information, visit The Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration will begin at 6 p.m. with fireworks scheduled around 9:40 p.m. There will be entertainment and live music, too. Visitors are encouraged to take MARTA to Philips Arena/ GWCC or Peachtree Center stations, and don’t forget the Atlanta Streetcar stops at Centennial Park. For more information: Decatur’s July 4th Pied Piper Parade will wind through downtown Decatur on July 4 and the community is invited to join in by decorating your wagon, riding a bike, skating or walking in the event. Line-up is at 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Decatur; the parade begins at 6 p.m. and ends at the Community Bandstand on the courthouse square. The Callanwolde Concert Band will play at 7 p.m. and fireworks will follow at dark. For more information, visit The Georgia Aquarium Red White & Brew is July 4 from 7 to 10 p.m. with beer, food and live music in the Oceans Ballroom. Guests will move to the aquarium’s parking deck rooftop to watch the fireworks at Centennial Park around 9:40 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $55, and proceeds go to the aquarium’s educational and summer camp programs for kids. For more information, visit


Local pastors, rabbis respond to Charleston killings BY JOHN RUCH AND MARY HELEN KELLY Church, Rev. Dan Brown tossed out his planned sermon to tackle the horrific killing. He pointed to a remarkable moment after the murders—victims’ family members telling suspect Dylann Roof at a court hearing that they forgive him. “I thought, ‘Yes! This is how Christians respond in the darkness of deep hurt,’” Brown said in a video posted on YouTube. “They allow the light of Christ to shine at its brightest.” Dock Hollingsworth, senior pastor at Buckhead’s Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, said he was already committed to preaching from Job, the Bible’s classic tale of suffering. “I didn’t deal head-on with the racial implications” or other aspects of the shooting because of the pre-planned sermon, Hollingsworth said. But he did use Job to shed light on the response to the crime. “When I got to the part about Job’s anger at God for what seemed to be senseless suffering, I did reach over and touch that shooting to say Job’s questions are our questions,” Hollingsworth said. “Job gives us permission to be angry.” Temple Emanu-El in Sandy Springs, like many Jewish synagogues, already


Rev. Marthame Sanders, pastor at Brookhaven’s Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church, delivered a sermon after the Charleston shootings calling for communion with people who are different from ourselves.

was keenly aware of the type of hatedriven violence inflicted on the Charleston church, and provides on-site security, said Executive Director Mark Flaxer, a member of a group of Atlantaarea temple executive directors that will make a donation to Emanuel AME. “The Jewish community is very attuned with the incident that happened in Charleston,” Flaxer said, adding that Senior Rabbi Scott Colbert, who is cur-

rently on a trip to Israel, “did a sermon about dealing with tragedy and dealing with peace in the community.” At Dunwoody United Methodist, Brown said, “Make no mistake about it, dear friends: hurt and heartache, tragedy and grief, violence and sorrow are not the final word. The final word belongs to God…,” Brown said. “There will come a day when there will be no more racial division.”

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Good will overcoming hatred. Hope beating despair. Good triumphing over evil. Those were messages local pastors and rabbis delivered in their first sermons following last week’s mass murder at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C. “People come to worship looking for some word about the moment that gives them something to do and gives them hope,” said Rev. Marthame Sanders, pastor at Brookhaven’s Oglethorpe Presbyterian Church. Over the weekend, churches across Reporter Newspapers communities addressed the Charleston slayings and the young racist accused of killing nine churchgoers after attending a prayer meeting at the historic black church. Buckhead Church joined in a national commemoration, said Billy Phenix, the congregation’s lead pastor, by opening its service with a chime of nine bells. “We also prayed for the city and specifically for Emanuel AME Church as they gathered with heavy hearts that morning.” The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Christ the King in Buckhead held Masses for the victims, the families and Emanuel AME in the days following the shooting. Rev. Msg. Francis McNamee, the church pastor, preached his Sunday sermon on the theme of Jesus’s disciples in a boat with him during a storm. “In the storm of life, who do we look to?” McNamee said he asked. “I said, ‘Nine people went to be with the Lord… The senseless act occurred, and it would be very easy to look away from the Lord. But we have to look toward him.” At Oglethorpe Presbyterian, Sanders’ sermon was a call for communion with people who are different from ourselves. “My refrain this morning comes from Paul: ‘When one part of the body suffers, all suffer with it,’” Sanders said in a text of his sermon, which he posted online. “There is no asterisk next to the statement, listing exceptions based on race, or nationality, or gender, or age, or sexuality, or denomination.” In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, Oglethorpe Presbyterian began building a relationship with Atlanta’s historic black church First Congregational, Sanders said. Last Sunday, some of Sanders’ church members chose to worship at First Congregational, which he referred to in the sermon. “In the grand scheme of things, it’s a symbolic gesture—but it is something,” Sanders wrote. “Here at Oglethorpe, we can, and will, pray for the victims and the perpetrator in Charleston. We can, and will, pray for the church on Earth to look a little bit more like the kingdom of heaven. And yet, when we can still talk about black churches and majority white churches, it is clear that we still have a long way to go.” At Dunwoody United Methodist

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Student Profile:  Bonnie Watkins  Atlanta International School, rising senior When Bonnie Watkins isn’t on the soccer field, or living in France, or studying French culture, she turns her attention to human rights issues. In the coming school year, she will spearhead Atlanta International School Against Human Trafficking. Bonnie has been studying French since pre-school. Her parents enrolled her in the AIS French program, immersing her in a learning environment taught half in French and half in English. For the past two summers, she’s spent time in France. Last year, she studied at the Saint-Denis International School. This year, she is an au pair to an English-speaking American family in Aix-en-Provence. “You do notice more cultural differences, especially working for Americans that don’t speak French,” she said. After spending so much time in France, she said she couldn’t decide whether her favorite aspect was the food or the people’s attitudes. “They remind you to slow down and enjoy the moment,” she said. Soccer also plays a large role in Bonnie’s life. She plays club soccer, and the AIS school team she captains made history by winning its region championship. She says her favorite part of the past season was a trip the team took to Savannah to play. It made her happy to see all of the team drawing together on the bus rides down and back. “The bonds we created over that trip


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The soccer club plays at many regional fields, notably including shared fields at the YMCA on Ashford-Dunwoody Road near Blackburn. Concorde Fire already plays some games at Blackburn, but the new deal means far more extensive use of the two fields, located near the intersection of Ashford-Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry roads. The deal gives Concorde Fire “primary right to use and manage” the two fields and their surrounding area for two seasons: Feb. 1 to May 31 and Aug. 1 to Nov. 30. During those periods, the soccer club gets exclusive use Mondays through Fridays, 5-10 p.m.; Saturdays, 1-9 p.m.; and Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The soccer club can stage not only games, but also practices, clinics and such promotional events as Opening Day ceremonies. Concorde Fire will pay all utilities during those times, and absorbs capital improvement and field maintenance costs. The contract automatically renews every year, but if the city cancels it within the next two years, it will reimburse the soccer club for a percentage of any improvement costs. The soccer club also will pay a $10,000 fee each year, but only $5,000 this year, as the contract begins halfway through the year.

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Weekly garbage pickups start in July BY MARY HELEN KELLY DeKalb County residents will soon find something new in their driveways: a 65-gallon green garbage can. Beginning July 6, waste collections by the county will be reduced to once a week from twice a week. Residents should receive a notice hanging from their door knobs informing them of their collection days. On a resident’s designated day, he or she will be expected to roll the new green garbage cart to the street before 7 a.m. County sanitation workers will empty the bin before sundown. The resident is then to roll the cart back to the house. Under the new system, county sanitation workers will pick up recycling and yard clippings on the same days the workers pick up garbage. Officials have said they are

making the move to once-a-week pickups to save money and to avoid a hike in the county’s garbage fee which has remained unchanged since 2006. They say they will save money by switching to an automated pickup system that uses the new carts and requires fewer employees. Over time, they say, the new pickup system will reduce employment as workers leave sanitation jobs and it will also make the job safer for the employees who remain. Any resident who does not receive a cart from the county by July 6 is asked to continue using their current containers until they have received the new cart, the county says. Once the carts are distributed, though, a resident is expected to use only his or her cart when putting out the garbage.

“Once the program is fully implemented by the end of August 2015, garbage will not be collected in any other container or cart,” the county says on its webpage. County officials say the program will improve the look of neighborhood streets by consolidating solid waste, recyclable and yard trimming pick-ups all to the same day. The consolidation of days will also reduce confusion as to what day is for recycling, trash or yard trimmings and keep streets clearer on most days. After the county tested the once-a-week pickups through a pilot program, county surveys found that 88 percent of participants supported the consolidated service. For any further questions or concerns contact the Customer Service Division of the DeKalb Sanitation Department at 404-294-2900 or

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„ 1800

block of Duke Road—On June 7, indecent exposure was reported.

„ 3300

block of Buford Highway—On June 8, battery was reported.

From reports dated June 5-19. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

block of Towne Estates Drive— On June 9, terroristic threats and intimidation were reported.

„ 2000

„ 3500

„ 2700

block of Buford Highway—On June 10, a robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

„ 3000

block of Buford Highway—On June 13, a robbery in the street with a weapon was reported. block of Northeast Expressway— On June 15, a strong-arm robbery in the street was reported.

June 8, burglary was reported at a residence. „ 4100

block of Shawnee Lane—On June 9, burglary was reported at a residence.

„ 100

block of Wilmont Drive—On June 12, burglary was reported.


„ 1800

„ 2800

block of Buford Highway—On June 18, a strong-arm robbery in the street was reported.

BURGLA RY „ 2900

block of Clairmont Road—On June 5, burglary was reported at a residence.

„ 1500

block of West Nancy Creek Drive—On June 7, burglary was reported.

„ 2200

block of Briarwood Way—On June 7, burglary was reported.

„ 3100


„ 100

block of Lincoln Court Avenue— On June 5, an arrest was made for battery of a family member. block of Wescott Cove— On June 6, battery was reported and an arrest was made.

block of North Druid Hills Road—On June 9, aggravated assault with a weapon was reported.

„ 3100

block of Buford Highway—On June 12, a sexual assault was reported; On June 13, an arrest was made for simple battery.

„ 2000

block of Burton Plaza—On June 13, battery was reported.

„ 1000

block of Antioch Drive—On June 13, aggravated assault with a gun was reported.

„ 3000

block of Templewood Drive— On June 13, a peeping tom was reported.

„ 3700

1800 block of Duke Road— On June 14, an arrest was made for public indecency.


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„ 1300

block of North Cliff Valley Way—On June 6, battery was reported.

„ 2700

block of Buford Highway—On June 6, simple battery was reported.

„ 3200

block of Buford Highway—On June 7, aggravated battery was reported.

block of Lenox Park Circle—On |

„ 1800

block of Briarwood Road—On June 16, an arrest was made for battery of a family member.

„ 1300

ROBBERY block of Buford Highway—On June 9, a strong-arm robbery in the street was reported.

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„ 3100 block of Clairmont Road—On June 15, aggravated assault by cutting was reported. „ 3700

block of Buford Highway—On June 16, simple assault was reported and an arrest was made.

„ 1300

block of Briarwood Road—On June 16, battery was reported and an ar-


block of North Druid Hills Road—On June 7, theft was reported.

„ 2800

block of Clairmont Road—On June 7, theft was reported.

„ 1000

block of Victoria Street—On June 7, theft was reported.

„ 2000

block of North Druid Hills Road—On June 7, theft was reported.

„ 2400

block of Brookhaven Heights Court—On June 7, theft was reported.

„ 3300

block of Buford Highway—On June 7, shoplifting was reported and an arrest was made; On June 11, shoplifting was reported; On June 14, shoplifting was reported; On June 17, theft was reported.

„ 4300

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On June 8, 12, theft was reported.

„ 500

block of Brookhaven Avenue—On June 8, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

„ 2100

block of South Johnson Ferry Road—On June 8, theft was reported.

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Brookhaven Police Blotter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 20  2900

block of Buford Highway—On June 8, theft was reported.

 1600

block of Tullie Circle—On June 10, theft was reported.

 100

block of Town Boulevard—On June 10, shoplifting was reported; On June 11, an arrest was made for shoplifting.

On June 10, a wanted person was located and arrested; On June 9, two arrests were made for public intoxication: On June 15, an arrest was made for DUI and a wanted person was located and arrested; On June 16, two arrests were made for loitering and prowling; On June 17, arrests were made for public intoxication.

block of Buford Highway—On June 5, an arrest was made for trafficking cocaine and other illegal drugs.

block of Buford Highway—On June 5, an arrest was made for public indecency; On June 9, an arrest was made following an animal complaint; On June 13, an arrest was made for DUI; On June 15, arrests were made for obstruction, public consumption and disorderly conduct.

 3200

 3900

ARRES TS  3000

block of Buford Highway—On June 5, a wanted person was located and arrested, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct and two people were arrested for public intoxication and public consumption. An arrest was also made for open container; On June 6, two arrests were made for DUI and an arrest was made for obstruction and interference; On June 7, an arrest was made for DUI;

 3300

block of Peachtree Road—On June 5, an arrest was made for DUI; On June 9, an arrest was made for suspended or revoked license; On June 10, an arrest was made for DUI; On June 12, two arrests were made for urban camping and a third was made for possession of marijuana; On June 13, arrests were made for DUI and speeding; On June 14, an arrest was made for DUI.

 1800

block of Corporate Boulevard— On June 5, an arrest was made for prostitution and obstruction/interference.

 3800

block of Peachtree Road—On June 5, an arrest was made for DUI.

June 6, a hit and run was reported; On June 10, criminal trespass was reported.  2900

block of Clairmont Road—On June 7, a suspicious person or vehicle was reported.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On June 6, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 1000

 1300

 1800

block of Tullie Road—On June 6, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 1100

block of Barone Avenue—On June 7, damage to private property was reported. block of Corporate Boulevard— On June 10, criminal trespass was reported.

block of Town Brookhaven—On June 18, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

 4200


 2100

 3100

block of Buford Highway—On June 6, a hit and run was reported.

 3200

block of Buford Highway—On June 6, damage to private property was reported.

 3300

block of Buford Highway—On

block of Peachtree Road—On June 11, a hit and run was reported. block of Coosawatee Drive—On June 11, damage to business property was reported.

 3800

block of Buford highway—On June 14, a hit and run was reported.

 1500

block of West Nancy Creek Drive—On June 14, a hit and run was reported.

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