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City no longer considers massage an ‘adult service’ BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

In part to allow a new commercial business to open in Perimeter Mall, Dunwoody City Council on June 22 changed its zoning code to allow more space for businesses offering massages. The change means the majority of 18 existing massage establishments in Dunwoody, such as the Atlanta School of Massage, now officially are allowed under the city’s zoning ordinance. Those that didn’t conform with city zoning rules were “grandfathered in” as existing prior to the regulations and were allowed to continue operating. The proposed change came about after the owners of The Woodhouse Day Spa applied for a permit to open in Perimeter Mall, which was not zoned to allow massage. Woodhouse Day Spa owners David and Khyshan Perlman, who are Dunwoody residents, said they want to have their flagship location in Dunwoody. They already have 40 locations in the United States. They plan to open 200 more, they said. The Perlmans plan to invest in a 6,000-square-foot space in the mall. “We will be investing upwards of seven figures in build-out and equipment,” David Perlman said. “We as the owners will be onsite often to make sure the high standards we set are being upheld,” Khyshan Perlman added. Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said she welcomes The Woodhouse Day SEE MASSAGE, PAGE 5

Code complicance officer’s job focuses on safety, aesthetics and signs BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE


Sofia di Benedetto, 11, gives the zip-line a try at Brook Run Park on June 20. The zip-line is part of a self-guided, treetop obstacle course operated by Treetop Quest.

Dunwoody Code Compliance Officer Tom LaPenna doesn’t have to look for things to do in Dunwoody. The residents call him. He climbs into his car daily with a list of places that people have complained about. They call about anything from tall grass and stagnant ELLEN ELDRIDGE pool water to illegal yard signs. Dunwoody Code Compliance On June 19, as he set off on his morning rounds, a Post-it note clung Officer Tom LaPenna places a to the dashboard of his white city stop work order at a residence. SEE CODE, PAGE 21

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Renovating the Brook Run Theater would cost anywhere from $5.1 million to $6.8 million dollars, engineer Kevin McOmber said June 22 during a Dunwoody City Council meeting. He didn’t recommend renovation and said proponents for a theater in Dunwoody must determine the community’s needs—a process that is now underway. The 50-year-old theater within Brook Run Park has been shuttered since the 1990s. It’s part of a larger building that contains other rooms, all in bad shape. “In order to renovate this facility, it truly needs to be completely gutted,” he said. “Really, the structure is the only remaining component that appears to be in good condition.” The Brook Run Theater review came out of ongoing discussions about bigger and better arts events facilities in the city. Brook Run Conservancy President Danny Ross announced at the council meeting that he and a committee have begun a process of interviewing about 30 people involved with arts, theater and organizations such as the Convention and Visitors Bureau to determine not only the needs for a theater, but also what kind of support exists in the community. “If the support is not there, then this probably isn’t a very good venture for the city of Dunwoody to get into,” Ross said. Community pressure for more multicultural events has been growing since March, when Ross asked city council to help fund a $40,000 feasibility study. Ross announced June 22 a committee had formed to help determine what the

community wants and how community groups would help support a theater. Two months ago, the city asked McOmber to take another look at the Brook Run Theater and determine a potential cost for restoration. Clark Patterson Lee Design, of which McOmber is vice president and a member of the board of directors, completed a study of Brook Run Theater in 2011. “We found a number of new deficiencies,” he said, such as broken heating and air conditioning systems that led to mold growth. Despite attempts to keep people out, the theater had been broken into, and resulting damage requires the building to be completely gutted, McOmber said. A third party, TSG Design Solutions, Inc., evaluated the acoustics to determine what types of activities could take place in the theater, which was designed as a “typical multipurpose theater” for the 1960s and built in 1966. The facility would have to be updated to comply with energy and Americans with Disabilities Act codes as well as advanced technology in programming. Councilman Terry Nall said that he and other council members think Brook Run Park is not the best place for a theater. Mayor Mike Davis added that he fears “being the savior of last resort and not being convinced it’s in the right place in the city in the first place.” Davis asked McOmber what it might cost to operate the Brook Run Theater on a yearly basis were it restored. He said he assumes it would be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. McOmber said labor would be the most expensive operating cost.

Lightning alert system suspended indefinitely After a “test pilot failure,” City Council voted June 22 to suspend indefinitely its lightning warning system. The alert sirens installed in October near Brook Run and Dunwoody parks were set to go off any time lightning hit within a 10-mile radius. Neighbors said that no one pays attention and the noise is “torture.” Brent Walker, Dunwoody’s parks director, asked council members how to respond to several neighbors’ complaints concerning the alerts.

Franci Ethridge, whose Wyntercreek Lane home backs up to the baseball field in Dunwoody Park, said the alerts sound “for no apparent reason,” and caused one of her neighbors to have post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. She added other neighbors had to buy noise machines to cancel out the siren so their children could nap. “We are saddened by this noise torture,” Ethridge said. –Ellen Eldridge

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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

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Spa to Dunwoody, but she’s concerned about unintended consequences in defining massage businesses similarly to day spa businesses that offer personal improvement services such as manicures and facials. “There are day spas, and there are massage parlors, and they are really, really, really not the same thing in general,” Deutsch said to council June 8. “There is an acknowledgement that massage parlors and strip clubs are an integral part of the sex trafficking industry in this county.” City staff members say regulations— not zoning—help control illegitimate businesses that offer massage. Reclassifying massage as a “personal improvement service” rather than an adult service facility does nothing to change the fact that a masseuse must hold a state license, Community Development Director Steve Foote said. Massage providers also must undergo a full police background check, said Officer Tim Fecht, who speaks for the Dunwoody Police. Foote said many businesses in Dunwoody offered massage but did not comply with the city’s zoning so a wording change seemed warranted to make those businesses legal, he said. Deutsch, the sole council member to vote against the change, said she worried businesses “that only offer one service” might choose Dunwoody over nearby cities, such as Chamblee, which allows massage businesses only in industrial areas of the city. Dunwoody’s change would allow massage businesses in office areas as well, she said. She also said if some of the “less than pristine” massage business owners go out of business, those businesses don’t need to be replaced. “We have areas in Dunwoody that are

not upscale and are transitional at best,” she said. Other communities regulate massage businesses in different ways. Sharon Kraun, a spokeswoman for Sandy Springs, said Sandy Springs differentiates between businesses offering facials and complementary neck or arm massage for manicure clients and businesses that charge for full-body massage or offer massage as a separate product. Sandy Springs and Atlanta allow massage parlors in areas zoned for commercial or mixed use. City Solicitor Bill Riley said Dunwoody doesn’t have the population to support illegitimate massage businesses. “I think what we have for enforcement is effective here,” he said. Assistant City Attorney Lenny Felgin said he doesn’t see a problem. Many illegal businesses in Doraville and Johns Creek have been shut down in part because of the ordinance Dunwoody already adopted, he said.“Our licensing ordinances and code enforcement are the tools that we have—and they’re very good tools—to find out administratively and judiciously the massage or spa establishments that are not legitimate,” Felgin said.

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“I never really bought fireworks…If it was sold here, we might buy them. We would never go out of state to try them.”

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“We don’t buy them. We usually watch the fireworks display at Lenox Mall.”

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“I’ve never been into buying fireworks, so it’s not going to change my plans. I’m usually just an admirer. I don’t mess with fireworks; I like my limbs.”

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“Yes, I think that we would enjoy using fireworks now that they are legal. With all the rain we’ve had it makes me feel safer that the grass is not too dry.”

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“Absolutely not. I love the Sandy Springs fireworks, but I probably won’t do them myself.”

“I am in support of it. You have to trust that people are going to use them correctly, and I like the tax revenue.”

“I don’t usually buy them, but usually people bring fireworks to my house. I think [the ordinance] will inspire them to bring more kinds to my house, which is OK with me.”

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“We don’t drive out-of-state to go get them, but the fact they’re here? Sure, we’ll end up going to get some. Growing up, it was a rite of passage.”

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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

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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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Georgia’s transportation commission says each commuter using the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange will save eight hours of road time a year once a $1 billion project to ease congestion is completed. After 20 years, drivers could save 13 hours a year, which translates into money saved, he said. “Even though traffic will continue to grow, in the long haul, you’ll save more time,” Russell McMurry said to the Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce at a June 23 luncheon. McMurry was appointed Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Transportation by the State Transportation Board in January. The department’s biggest project is the $1 billion dollar remake of I-285/Ga. 400 that is intended to help alleviate congestion by adding access lanes. McMurry said a crowd of drivers equal to the population of Wyoming passes through the interchange every day. “That’s 500,000 cars a day, but you guys know that,” he said. “You live it.” Traffic congestion is made worse by crashes, McMurry said. But he predicts the number of traffic tie-ups will fall once the project segregates through traffic from local traffic. “We’re going to markedly im-

prove mobility,” he said. McMurry and the GDOT have an innovative plan to bring in a private contractor to help finance the project. After the initial 25 percent of the cost, which GDOT will bring to the table, one of four private contractors will be chosen to help “build a better mousetrap at a lower cost,” McMurry said. Their technical comments will help save the state money, he said. “These are not only the nation’s best but the world’s best contractors that have interest,” McMurry said. He described the selection process as complex, but said a decision would be made by December. After the spring of 2016, the 51-month project will commence. One of the most important technical aspects to consider is how to keep traffic flowing during construction. “Our daily lives still have to go on, and we have to move half a million people through the interchange while we’re building,” McMurry said. McMurry said a “red letter day” occurred recently when the major project got approval from the Federal Highway Administration, which is always the last step. “That means we can now start buying right of way,” he said.

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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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The Dunwoody 4th of July Parade is the largest in the metro area. It steps off at 9 a.m. July 4 at the corner of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry roads. There will be floats, marching bands and after-parade activities.

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.

The Sandy Springs Stars and Stripes Celebration is actually on July 5, with music from Shiloh at 7:30 p.m. followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. at the King and Queen buildings. The official viewing area will be located on the lawn at the Concourse Corporate Center, located at Five Concourse Parkway. Visitors are encouraged to pack a snack, bring a blanket, and enjoy an evening under the stars. For more information, visit

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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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Turn that earth Above, on June 12, the Chastain Park Conservancy celebrated the launching of construction on its 40,000-square-foot outdoor natural learning environment, Play Chastain. Attendees included CPC Executive Director Rosa McHugh, former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell, Atlanta City Council Member Yolanda Adrean, Jay Smith, Cynthia Gentry, Bill Caldwell, Michael Halicki and Andrew Lindsay. Construction is scheduled to be completed December 2015. At left, Leland Jones, 12, addresses the crowd. Leland sent a letter back in 2013 requesting more space to play. Play Chastain will serve 85,000 children within a 5-mile radius of Chastain Park.

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Hold those shiny objects The Sandy Springs Storm 12U softball team defeated West Cobb 3-0 to win the Murphey Candler All-Star Showdown Championship. Proudly holding their trophies, front row, from left, Caroline Chitlik, Averie Bielski, Virginia Fuss, Bella Dishman. Middle row, Katharine Linnihan, Ella Cannon, Amanda Foy, Jessica Hopper, Olivia Torri, Kendall Slayden. Back row, Coaches Mike Hopper, Jonathan Worrell and Brian Linnihan.

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Trophies for all A team of 11-year-old Sandy Springs boys won the Silver Bracket Championship, beating the Druid Hills Blue Claws 9-6. Above, the Eagles, seeded #7, went on a tear, winning three games in a row, knocking off the #1 Blue Claws.

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Four seek District 80 seat in state House of Representatives Four candidates are running in a special election for the seat representing District 80 in the Georgia House of Representatives. The district covers Brookhaven and portions of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Chamblee. It was previously held by Republican Mike Jacobs, who resigned after he was named to a DeKalb County judgeship. The candidates are Taylor Bennett, Catherine Barnard, Loren Collins and J. Max Davis. All four are lawyers. All four live in Brookhaven. 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

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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, including founding a legal defense nonprofit (along with friends in law enforcement) dedicated to approaching criminal justice reform from a limited government perspective. 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

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Code Enforcement car. LaPenna wanted to remind himself to stop by a home on Manget Court to place a “stop work” order on an in-ground pool. “It looks like we’re the bad guys because we’re saying that’s wrong and that’s wrong,” but LaPenna said ensuring that all construction workers have proper plans and permits is about safety and zoning. Dunwoody Homeowners Association President Robert Wittenstein said the work code compliance officers do is a direct result of the city’s incorporation. “He is one of the primary faces of Dunwoody, and one of the reasons we formed the city was to have enhanced code enforcement,” Wittenstein said. But, though he’s often called out, LaPenna said he and his co-workers aren’t popular. “We’re not very popular,” he said laughing. “We don’t get any Christmas cards.” Dunwoody’s three code compliance officers don’t carry handcuffs and they don’t make arrests. The lights on their cars flash yellow and orange, not red or blue. LaPenna works for a private company that contracts with the city to enforce its laws on such matters as property maintenance and construction quality. In other cities, he said, the company’s officers drive around all day looking for violations. “I don’t have to do

that in Dunwoody,” he said. On one occasion, a resident called about a neighbor’s stagnant pool, LaPenna said, but the officer, who often jokes about his short stature, said he couldn’t see over the fence into the neighbor’s back yard. Privacy laws prevent code enforcement officers from using extraordinary measures to find violations, so the complainant invited LaPenna into his home to look down into the neighbor’s yard from his upstairs bedroom. One thing residents regularly complain about is signs. Yard sale, garage sale, real estate and missing pet signs sprout up “like mushrooms,” LaPenna said. He says if he stopped to pull an illegal sign up every time he saw one, he’d get nothing else done. But he doesn’t want residents stopping in dangerous places to pull up illegal signs, so he goes out three times a month just to police signs. During a chat with the DHA board in June, LePenna talked of one set of signs that caused him problems. The signs were posted for a missing dog named Buddy. “Buddy was driving us crazy,” LaPenna said, because he and fellow code compliance officer Chris Lee said to themselves, “We like dogs. We want somebody to find this dog.” But then they started seeing fliers zip-tied to stop signs. “You could not go anywhere without seeing a sign for Buddy,

Police Blotter

 2400

block of Mount Vernon Road— On June 10, larceny was reported and an arrest was made.

From reports dated June 6-18.

 4600

block of Ridgeview Road—On June 10, larceny was reported.

The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-to-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

block of Mount Vernon Road— On June 11, theft of articles from a vehicle were reported.

block of Abercorn Avenue—On June 6, burglary was reported at a residence.

 6800

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On June 17, burglary was reported at a residence.

 1300

block of Winding Branch Circle—On June 17, burglary was reported.

T HEF T/ L A RC EN Y  4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On June 6, 8, 13 and 16, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made; On June 14, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On June 6, larceny by pocketpicking was reported; On June 7 and 17, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported and arrests were made; On June 8, 9, 10, 12, 16, 17 and 18, larceny and shoplifting were reported and/or arrests were made.

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On June 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made; On June 10, theft of


 4500

block of Tilly Mill Road—On June 17, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

parts from a vehicle was reported.  2300

block of Dunwoody Crossing— On June 7, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1200

block of Verdon Drive—On June 7, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 100

block of Perimeter Center West—On June 7, shoplifting was reported.

block of Cotillion Drive—On June 12, larceny was reported.

 5200

block of Ashley Trace—On June 12, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 First

 4400

 1000

block of Shadow Court—On June 7, larceny was reported.

 2300

block of Kings Point Drive—On June 8, theft from mail was reported.

 100

block of Ashford Gables Drive— On June 8, larceny was reported.

 1000

block of Crown Point Parkway— On June 10, larceny from a building was reported.

 100

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On July 14, an arrest was made for shoplifting.

block of Perimeter Center Place— On June 10, larceny by sudden snatching was reported.

4700 block of Vermack Road— On June 15, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

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 1600

A S S A U LT block of Peachford Road—On June 7, simple assault and battery was reported; On June 8, an arrest was made for simple assault and battery.

 1800

 3200

block of Seaton Drive—On June 9, burglary was reported.

way—On June 17, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1600


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but we’re glad Buddy was found.” LaPenna said his job makes the city safer. One of the first things current Mayor Mike Davis did when he was elected was to implement a program intended to crack down on code violations such as overflowing trash bins, LaPenna said. Lee conducts “apartment sweeps,” Tom LaPenna visiting each of the city’s 32 complexes, recording violations and putting together reports for property managers. “Electrical problems are the priority,” Lee said. LaPenna said some complexes have outdated sprinkler systems or violations such as paint covering the sprinkler heads. Dunwoody Glen in January lost four of its units in a fire that burned all the way down to a fire wall. In examining the damage, LaPenna used his experience as a building inspector to request an engineer’s report. “It was a fire wall: a cinderblock wall, and that wasn’t constructed as the main wall of the whole building, so we wanted an engineer’s report on how to proceed and design,” he said. “Because of the cross-training we are able to do more with a small staff.”

 4800

block of Tilly Mill Road—On June 15, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1700

block of North Springs Drive— On June 15, theft from a residential mailbox was reported.

 4700

block of Kings Down Road—On June 15, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 5300

block of Redfield Drive—On June 16, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 4600

block of Peachtree Place Park- |

 2100

block of Perimeter Center East— On June 9, an arrest was made for simple battery of a family member. block of Manoah Court—On June 10, simple assault and battery was reported; On June 15, assault by intimidation was reported.

 1400

block of Lake Ridge Lane—On June 12, battery of a family member was reported and two arrests were made.

 4800

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

 600

block of Lake Ridge Lane—On June 16, assault by intimidation was reported.

 4900

block of Winters Chapel Road— On June 17, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

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block of Pine Branches Close— On June 7, credit fraud was reported.

 1200

block of Ashford Crossing—On June 8, credit fraud was reported. CONTINUED ON PAGE XX

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Dunwoody Police Blotter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21  4500

block of North Shallowford Road—On June 9, an arrest was made for forgery.

 4800

block of Tilly Mill Road—On June 12, fraud by swindle was reported.

 4800

block of Adams Road—On June 12, fraud was reported.

 300 block of Perimeter Center North—

On June 13, fraud was reported.

ARRES TS  First

block of Perimeter Center East— On June 6, 7, arrests were made for failure to appear in court; On June 8, an arrest was made for violation of probation; On June 9, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 17, wanted persons were located and arrested and arrests were made for failure to appear in court; On June 18, an arrest was made for DUI.

 Ga.

285 at Peachtree Road—On June 7, an arrest was made for speeding; On

June 11, an arrest was made for driving while unlicensed; On June 13, an arrest was made for possession of cocaine.  4300

block of Chowning Way—On June 8, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 5300

block of Winters Chapel Road— On June 8, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

 Ashford-Dunwoody

at Ashford Parkway—On June 14, an arrest was made for endangering the life of a child while driving under the influence.

 4700

block of Peachtree Road—On June 15, arrests were made for possession of marijuana and obstruction.

block of Peachford Circle—On June 10, a hit and run was reported.

 5500

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On June 10, a runaway juvenile was reported.

 300 block of Perimeter Center North—

On June 10, damage to private property was reported.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On June 15, arrests were made for disorderly conduct and a wanted person was arrested; On June 18, an arrest was made for DUI.

 4900 block of Summerford Drive—On

 4600

 6600

was made for DUI.

block of Peachtree Place Parkway—On June 15, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

 Ga.

 Ga. 285 at Ashford-Dunwoody Road—

 4400

 4700

block of Tilly Mill Road—On June 10, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 Tilly Mill Road—On June 13, an arrest

285 at Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On June 13, an arrest was made for reckless driving; On June 14, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

 4400

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On June 14, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

 4400

 8200

On June 17, an arrest was made for DUI drugs.

June 12, damage to private property was reported.

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On June 12, damage to private property was reported. block of North Shallowford Road—On June 13, criminal trespass was reported.

 1900

O T H ER  4600

block of Peachtree Place—On June 9, criminal trespass was reported.

block of Peachford Road—On June 14, a hit and run was reported.

 2000

block of Asbury Square—On June 18, a hit and run was reported.

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