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Residents applaud new City Center plans BY JOHN RUCH After scoring public applause and a City Council thumbs-up in recent meetings, construction on the $220 million Sandy Springs City Center will begin early next month. More water, more trees, and bigger apartments are the main tweaks to the green and glittery plan. The massive public-private City Center development targets the intersection of Roswell, Mount Vernon and Johnson Ferry roads for a new City Hall, apartments, commercial space, and concert and theater halls. More than a year of planning has the various pieces in place, but the public recently weighed in on the look and feel of the final product. “I don’t know of anything we have done in the city where we have got more public input,” said Mayor Rusty Paul at a June 16 City Council meeting where construction funding was approved. Paul praised the architect and design team for processing comments from more than 1,000 resSEE WATER, PAGE 20


Above, Sandy Springs City Councilman Andy Bauman, right, talks to residents Chuck and Bonnie Berk about the City Center’s final design plans during a presentation at Heritage Sandy Springs on June 18. Right, the city released a rendering of what the performing arts center will look like. See more images on page 20.

New Atlanta Capitals hockey team checking into Center Ice Arena BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Sandy Springs has its own ice hockey team. The Atlanta Capitals of the North American Tier III Hockey League plan to play their upcoming season at the Center Ice Arena on Roswell Road. On June 17, team owner Don Stone, Coach Anthony Bohn and assistant coaches Vinny Bohn and Ryan Terrana gathered at the arena to make draft selections for the fall season. They drafted 11 players onto a protected list.

Stone said he bought his first hockey team, a Tier II team, in Topeka, Kan., six years ago. He started a Tier III team, the Topeka Capitals, two years ago. An active member of the hockey community, Stone said he talked with Center Ice Arena owners during construction about bringing a junior hockey team to his hometown. “Originally, I was going to have two Tier III teams,” Stone said, describing how an ending lease agreement led

him to bring his Topeka Capitals to Atlanta. “We’ll probably start a new team in Topeka next year.” The Atlanta Capitals is a junior hockey team where players aged 17 to 20 pay $8,000 per 22-game season. The cost includes coaching, ice time and travel. “Tier III is what they call ‘pay-to-play,’ so kids pay me to play on the team,” Stone said. For the draft, Bohn started in January to pull together a list of potential players for the team. These players agreed to play for the Atlanta Capitals if they didn’t make SEE JUNIOR, PAGE 5

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Leaders of nonprofits weigh in on city’s vision BY JOHN RUCH Traffic, environmental preservation, affordable housing—and did we mention traffic? Those are among the challenges Sandy Springs must tackle in its upcoming Comprehensive Plan update, according to more than a dozen local nonprofit and civic association leaders at a meeting June 23 at Heritage Sandy Springs. “The opportunities are enormous. Resources are not bad,” Mayor Rusty Paul told the attendees in response. But the process will have to winnow out priorities, he said. The meeting, attended by roughly 60 residents, was an unofficial kickoff for revising the Comprehensive Plan, a guiding vision document. The current plan was finalized in 2007 and now must be updated by 2017. It addresses land use, transportation and general development policies. The $950,000 planning process, led by the firm Rhodeside & Harwell, won’t formally begin until a series of meetings in the fall. But the city decided to hold some earlier meetings on its own to attract attention and get the public thinking. Paul said that included a private meeting June 22 with 120 homeowners association heads, where he got “a little bit of fire, a little bit of heat…We want to tap into that passion and channel it.” The June 23 meeting featured a wide range of organizations, from the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Com-

merce and Perimeter CIDs to the Sandy Springs Society and the local Kiwanis and Rotary clubs. Despite their different missions, the organization leaders generally agreed on the need for better transportation solutions, green space protections and affordable housing. They also agreed that the city has the wealth and determination to find good solutions. Linda Bain, executive director of the Sandy Springs Conservancy, called for proactive—but also ambitious—parks planning. “Think big,” she urged. “I’m talking, bring in the BeltLine, bring the PATH [multi-use trail network] into Sandy Springs.” Trisha Thompson Fox of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods said she will push for a truly localized plan. “I’m going to urge those teams— don’t send in boilerplate stuff they’ve cookie-cuttered out,” she said. “We’re a specific community with specific needs.” Affordability and opportunity are growing issues as well, said Tamara Carrera of the Community Assistance Center and Irene Schweiger of the Sandy Springs Education Force. They said the local poverty rate is 15 percent, and local public schools now have a majority of lower-income children. Paul said that the final plan may propose some multi-pronged solutions, such as more rental housing in traffic-reducing live-work centers.

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Irene Schweiger of Sandy Springs Education Force, center, speaks during the Community Forum on the city’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan. From left, Linda Bain, Sandy Springs Conservancy, Trisha Thompson Fox, Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, Sherry Epstein, Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs, Cheri Morris, Art Sandy Springs.

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COMMUNITY Sandy Springs, Atlanta to share the cost of repairs to Lake Forrest dam The cities of Sandy Springs and Atlanta will share the costs of repairs to the Lake Forrest Dam, Sandy Springs officials announced. The 60-year-old dam has been classified by the state as deficient. About half of the portion of Lake Forrest Drive that crosses the dam lies in Sandy Springs and half lies in Atlanta, B RIEFS the city of Sandy Springs said in a press release. On June 16, Sandy Springs City Council approved a formal agreement with the city of Atlanta over repairs to the dam. The cities will make improvements to the dam to bring it into compliance with the Safe Dams Act. Repairs will be done in two phases, Sandy Springs city officials said. The first phase consists of lowering the level of the lake connected to the dam to eliminate the risk of damage caused by failure of the dam. The second phase will include repairs determined to be needed once the lake is drained and the dam can be better examined by engineers, Sandy Springs officials said in a press release.

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BY JOHN RUCH Another year, another development plan within the Palisades Office Park. Just 14 months ago, Sandy Springs City Council approved a dense multi-use development—including a 200-room hotel— on the grounds of the prominent property at 5901 Peachtree Dunwoody Road. On June 16, a new developer received the council’s zoning-modification approval for a smaller retail and multifamily housing project after announcing it would eliminate the proposed hotel. Pollack Shores Real Estate Group proposes building 10,000 square feet of retail space and 430 housing units. That’s down from 50,000 square feet and 645 units in the previously approved plan. The project still includes a partial

build-out of the long-desired “East West Connector” road between Peachtree Dunwoody and Perimeter Center Parkway, as well as adding extra lanes to the intersection. However, one traffic mitigation proposal included in the previous plan -- new dual left-turn lanes on Peachtree Dunwoody southbound into Palisades -- was deleted. Trisha Thompson, president of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, said she is not pleased with that “giveback” on traffic mitigation. Tyler Gaines of Pollack Shores said that with the hotel gone from the plan, those lanes—and the related tree-cutting and streetlight-moving necessary to make room for them—were no longer needed.

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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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“Definitely. As a kid ... I lived in Augusta, so I could make the trip over to South Carolina [to buy fireworks]. It’s nice to know I don’t have to make a special trip.”

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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.”

“I’m planning to go to Virginia where they can do fireworks there, and I’m doing fireworks on a farm. I just enjoy it, but I don’t light them off or buy them myself.”

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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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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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 Josh Doman  The Westminster Schools, rising senior Josh Doman found his flair for physics in a freshman science class. “Projects in that class used realworld applications,” he said. “In a crime scene activity, we were able to solve a crime based on a few pieces of information and our knowledge from physics. I found that fascinating.” Fascination soon turned to passion. Passion led to prizes. Josh recently competed in the United States Physics Olympiad and was awarded a Silver Medal. Josh was one of four Southern Silver Medalists, and he is the highest scoring Southeastern competitor. He plans to continue studying for the next Physics Olympiad in hopes of winning a Gold Medal and a spot on the United States physics team. “Josh is the most driven student I have ever encountered, which is why he has been so successful,” said his physics teacher, Meghan Bjork. “Working with Josh, it is clear that his motivation is internal and that he has a great deal of passion for physics.” Josh’s first physics competition came in “The Physics Bowl,” a 45-minute test that is designed to interest kids in competing in the more challenging Physics Olympiad. After placing eighth in the bowl, and winning the southern region, Josh realized his aptitude for physics and started seriously preparing for the Olympiad. As a sophomore, Josh took two classes through Stanford University’s online high school program. That summer he attended a String Theory seminar at Columbia University with 11 other stu-

dents from around the world. During his junior year, he convinced the board of The Westminster Schools that he could take AP Physics C, something a junior had never done before. But Josh wasn’t sure that even these classes were sufficient preparation for the competition. So, over Christmas break, he took part in a physics boot camp. “I was learning things just because I wanted to learn them, so I wasn’t really sure if I was on the right track,” he said. “Participating in the boot camp gave me an idea of what I needed to work on.” Through this process, Josh realized that this southern state lacks a physics presence, which he’d like to change. He hopes to use his experience to train other students to compete in the Physics Olympiad.

What’s Next: Josh is weighing college options, but he is interested in Harvard and Dartmouth because their physics programs would allow him to also pursue business studies. This article was reported and written by Amanda Gibson, a student at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.

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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 Aixen-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 made us more successful as a team,” she said. Bonnie’s coach, Veronica McDaniel, describes her as “a community leader in the classroom, on the soccer field, or doing service for anti-human trafficking.”


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On June 18, about 100 residents attended a presentation at Heritage Sandy Springs to hear final design plans for the new City Center.

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Top, the City Center Master Plan. Second from top, a “Market Square”commercial mini-center, planned for Johnson Ferry Road, will contain a small park and fountain. Center, the City Green features a wooded seating area and open parkland. Above, the main building, fronting Roswell Road, is four stories, with a glass face. 20 | JUNE 26 – JULY 9, 2015 |

idents. That’s roughly 1 percent of the city’s population. The plan seemed to please members of the crowd of about 100 residents who attended a June 18 presentation at Heritage Sandy Springs. “I think they’ve done a good job of blending some of the necessary highrise elements with stone and trees… things that feel warmer,” resident Bonnie Berk said. However, the meeting did not include a question-and-answer format. Instead, Paul requested residents to have one-on-one chats with elected officials and design team members in scattered spots around the room. Most resident comments and questions heard afterward involved construction details. Chuck Berk, Bonnie Berk’s husband, said he is “impressed with the level of detail” in how the plan was tweaked to suit the public’s comments. But resident Wil Johnson said in an email that he fears the project repeats the mistakes of the shuttered Target store at the site’s core. “It puts a high-rise fortress at a location which cannot handle the existing traffic flow,” Johnson wrote. “It adds 10 times the density to a location where Target already failed due to terrible access.” After several public discussions, members of the design team added to the project six fountains and scores of trees, including a green rooftop terrace on the main building. “The primary theme we heard from the, it involves water and it involves shade,” said project architect George Bushey at the City Council meeting. The building—combining City Hall, retail space and the Performing Arts Center—is the most public face of the complex. Fronting on Roswell Road, it will present a four-story, glassed, dramatically lit face to the community. Another highlight is the City

Green, a large park adjacent to Mount Vernon. It will feature a wooded seating area and a “water wall” fountain, as well as open parkland. An “interactive fountain” spraying up from the ground for children to splash in goes elsewhere on the site. The “Market Square” commercial mini-center planned on the Johnson Ferry side is shaped like an oval with a small park and fountain in the center. Two privately developed apartment buildings will anchor the western side of the site, along Sandy Springs Circle. They will have a mix of sizes and exterior designs. Some will be townhomes with bay windows, and all will have functional balconies. Many of the more than 800 parking spaces will be underground, as will delivery and trash services. Besides the main City Center plan, Paul said there is funding for two wish-list items on adjacent properties. One is another park on the Johnson Ferry/Mount Vernon triangle on the other side of Roswell Road. Its details are yet to be finalized. The other item is a large accessory parking lot to the south of the site, between Mount Vernon and Hilderbrand Drive. Holder Construction will start work on City Center early next month after the council approved a contract for an initial expenditure of $12.9 million in prep work. The eventual total project could be north of $220 million, but there will be a maximum spending cap in the contract. Some demolition is already underway on the former Goodwill store on the property. Holder will begin site work early next month. Paul said at the June 18 presentation that he wants one further piece of public involvement at a planned August groundbreaking ceremony. “We’re going to ask people to bring some dirt from your neighborhood to this site…symbolically linking the [new] neighborhood to your neighborhood,” he said. SS


Four candidates seek District 80 seat in state House 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:

Catherine S. Bernard

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:


Police Blotter The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from June 6 through 11.

 8300


The following information was provided by the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

appears the burglar did not make entry.


 5500 block of Roswell Road—On June

 Cedar

Run—On June 6, a resident reported someone forced entry to his apartment sometime between 8 and 11 p.m. Nothing was reported missing, however his TV had been moved.

 7000

block of Roswell Road—On June 6, someone said his apartment had been entered and several items of jewelry were missing.

 5000

block of Lazarian Court—On June 6, someone cut the screen to the back porch of the home and entered. It


speak Spanish either, nor remember his birthday. Eventually, the cops were able to look into the apartment, but the XBox was not located.

7, a resident said his wife was loading up the car and left the door to the apartment slightly ajar. Someone entered and took an X-Box 360 game system. His juvenile neighbors said a new roommate had recently acquired a new X-Box 360. It was in his room, which was locked. The victim, speaking to the Hispanic juvenile, noted the boy spoke good English but when he questioned him about the theft, he suddenly couldn’t speak it anymore. The officers questioned the boy, who couldn’t remember which story he was going with, so he said he didn’t

block of Roswell Road—On June 9, a woman said that between 8:45 a.m. and 9 p.m. someone entered her apartment and took a Toshiba Laptop and two cellphones. It appears the burglar came in through a partially opened sliding glass door.

 6000 block of Wright Road—On June 10,

a 44-year-old man reported his white 2012 Ford F-250 4x4 pickup truck was stolen.

 1000

block of Johnson Ferry—On June 6, a tool bag and tools were reported stolen from an automobile.

block of Powers Ferry Road— On June 7, a 9-millimeter gun, iPad Air, Surface Pro 3 were reported stolen from an automobile; a second theft from an automobile reported a Read more of the Swiss Army RollPolice Blotter online at ing Suitcase and miscellaneous papers stolen.

 5600

block Roswell Road—On June 10, someone forced a bedroom window screen. Several items were stolen including a laptop and X-Box.

THEFTS  7800

 6700

 4900 block of Roswell Road—A Leno-

vo Yoga Laptop was stolen from an unlocked car.

block of Holcomb Bridge Road—On June 8, an iPad was left on the counter at a gas station. An hour or so later, the owner realized it and upon return, found that it had been stolen.

 5900

 5500

 6000

block of Glenridge Drive—On June 9, a Moped was reported stolen. |

block Roswell Road—On June 10, a report was made of articles stolen from an automobile.

ASSAULT block of Roswell Road—On June 6, a man reported that around 3 a.m., he was “minding his own business”

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at a nightclub and, while doing so, security personnel put a choke hold on him and dragged him out of the club and into the parking lot and struck him with a Taser device that gave him a rapid heart rate. He was checked by EMS and released. The officer’s report said he did not see any physical evidence of Taser prong strikes on the man’s chest. The security person was not on scene at the time of the report. The man left the location.  3200

block of River Exchange Drive— On June 10, police responded to an office building on a “person shot” call. They found a man shot in the chest, but alive and talking. He was taken to the hospital and will recover. The man who shot him was there and voluntarily spoke to the police. Short version is that the person shot and the man who shot him got into an argument and the person shot pulled a gun. The other man, upon seeing this, pulled his and fired, striking the man in the chest. The man who is in the hospital was charged with aggravat-

ed assault. Oddly enough, both men were armed at the time of the argument.

OTHER THINGS  A 27-year old woman reported that she

had been dating a man and recently lent him her keys including her car keys. During an argument over the phone, the pair decided to break it off. Now she has not been able to get her keys returned. We’re so nice when we’re in love but when that goes south, we use the other brain and realize our liabilities.


39-year-old man reported that he was contact by a woman he knew, who told him he owed her money for a “drug debt.” She told him she needed $140 now. He said he didn’t have it. She got mad and said “I gave my buddy your address and he’s on the way to see you. Now you have something to worry about. These people kill over stuff like this.”


53-year-old woman reported that someone used her personal information to rent an apartment in Texas in 2009. She found this when she ran her credit history.


man was contacted by someone claiming to be an IRS agent who told him he owed $2,800 and he needed to pay it today or be arrested. He followed the instructions to purchase a Money Gram Card and, after paying it, realized it was a scam. How many times have we gone through this?Repeat after me: The IRS doesn’t arrest you. The IRS doesn’t take Money Gram / Money Pak Cards.


man called the police on June 9 reporting that he received a call from a Lt. Johnson from the Fulton Sheriff’s Department regarding a warrant. The lieutenant said a payment of $1,388 would

take care of the arrest. He was prompted to obtain two MoneyGram cards, for $1,000 and $388, and give that info to the lieutenant, which he did. The money was immediately taken off the card. He went to the sheriff’s department and found that he had been duped by an imposter.


400 at Glenridge Connector—On June 6, an arrest was made for DUI.

 220

block of Sandy Springs Place—On June 7, a man reported his “old friend” hit him several time with iron chairs. He also kicked and punched him. The victim did have visible injuries. He was treated at the scene by EMS. He told the officers the friend had been arrested recently. The officer found the information on the previous arrest and a photo on the report management system and later found the subject at 6065 Roswell Road, sitting on a bench. He was arrested for aggravated assault.

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