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Residents continue to speak out against MARTA’s Peachtree Road redevelopment BY DYANA BAGBY

MARTA and its developers submitted July 1 a rezoning request to the city of Brookhaven to seek approval for a mixed-use development at the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe station on Peachtree Road. MARTA will hold a public hearing July 25 at Oglethorpe University at 5:30 p.m. The request is expected to go before the Planning Commission on Sept. 7.

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Back, from left, Dechen Cohen, 12, Mary Hogrete, 9, and Brookhaven Library Manager Catherine Lamply watch Lauren Dobbins, 8, handle the larger-than-life dice during a game of “Human Monopoly” at the library on June 29. See additional photos on page 19.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE A volunteer ‘legend’

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The local neighborhood parties we held, especially the streetside one at Mystic Place and Roswell Road, with our coolers nearby, frantically waving our American flags, as our neighbor ran by with the Olympic torch.

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Faith leaders concerned about affordable housing BY DYANA BAGBY

Martha Herrera is a single mother who is working this summer at the Boys & Girls Club on North Druid Hills. During the school year, she works as a receptionist at Ashford Park Elementary School. She attends Brookhaven Presbyterian Church. “Everything I do is in Brookhaven,” she said. But she can’t afford to live in Brookhaven. “I have never been able to live in Brookhaven,” she said. “It’s a little bit pricey.” See FAITH on page 16

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Hawks, Emory break ground on new sports medicine/practice facility

Community Briefs MAYOR WANTS TO MEET WITH CITY’S HOA REPRESENTATIVES Mayor John Ernst is hosting a meetand-greet with homeowner association presidents and representatives on Monday, July 25, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 4362 Peachtree Road. Those who would like to attend and/or receive city communications are asked to email


The Atlanta Hawks and Emory Healthcare are creating a new 90,000-square-foot complex.

Officials from the Atlanta Hawks and Emory Healthcare broke ground June 24 on a new sports medicine and basketball practice and training complex in Brookhaven. “This is a great day for Brookhaven,” Mayor John Ernst said. “It’s one of our first major economic deals.” The 90,000-square-foot complex will integrate four facilities on a 5-acre campus.

“This will be an asset to the franchise now and going into the future,” said Tim Hardaway Jr., shooting guard for the Atlanta Hawks. The complex, located at Executive Park Drive and the newly minted Hawks Lane, is scheduled to be completed prior to the 2017-2018 National Basketball Association season. --James Beaman

Four segments of Brookhaven sidewalks are being constructed and should be completed within four weeks. At the June 21 City Council meeting, the council approved a $324,120 bid to Precise Development Group to construct sidewalks from: • Ashford-Dunwoody Road from Kadleston Way to Brookhaven Hill Road (west side) — a total of 425 linear feet for $76,995. • Donaldson Drive from Bubbling Creek Road to Runnymeade Road (south side)

— a total of 1,250 linear feet for $99,475. • North Druid Hills Road from Arrington Place to Lenox Park Boulevard (west side) — a total of 1,350 linear feet for $101,300. • Goodwin Road from Shady Valley Road to East Roxboro Road (south side) — a total of 550 linear feet for $46,350.

SOME NEIGHBORHOODS ELIGIBLE FOR CITY PAVING PRICES As the city prepares for 2016 street paving, some neighborhoods with private streets in Brookhaven will be eligible to take advantage of the same unit pricing for asphalt and other materials available to the city per the city’s paving contract, according to a press release. Once the city awards a contract to the low bidder or bidders, the city will provide contact information to the neighborhood for the selected contractor. The neighborhood will be required to enter into a direct contract with the paving contractor for work on their streets. For more information, call David Delgado in Public Works at 404-637-0540.

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DATES SET FOR CHARACTER AREA STUDIES Brookhaven residents interested in participating in the character area studies of their neighborhoods are invited to kick-off meetings on July 14 and July 19. The July 14 meetings will be from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church at 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, and also from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. On July 19, meetings will be held from 10 a.m. to noon at Briarwood Park Recreation Center, 2235 Briarwood Way, and again at Brookhaven City Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Goals for the meetings include laying out appropriate land uses, implementation strategies, and an overall vision for the city’s neighborhoods and districts. City Council approved at its June 7 meeting an $83,000 contract with Sycamore Consulting to facilitate the 13 character area studies. For more information, call 404637-0500 or email characterareas@ A project website is available at

$1.4 MILLION SUMMER ROAD PAVING PROJECT APPROVED FOR BROOKHAVEN STREETS Brookhaven City Council awarded a $1.4 million bid at its June 21 meeting to H.E.H. Paving for the city’s 2016 street resurfacing project. The majority of the funding — $1.32 million — will come from the city’s Homestead Option Sales Tax, or HOST, funds. All work is expected to be completed within 120 days except for work on Clairmont Place. That work must be completed by Aug. 1 before school resumes after summer vacation. Paving, patching and striping will take place on these roads: • Briarwood Road from North Druid Hills road to Buford Highway. This will

also include the installation of bike lanes and “sharrows,” lanes shared by bikes and cars • Clairmont Place from the east to west end; must be completed before Aug. 1 due to school restarting • Somervale Court from Clairmont Way to end • Clairmont Court from Clairmont Way to end • Corporate Boulevard from Northeast Expressway to Buford Highway; also includes the installation of bike lanes and sharrows • Ashwoody Court from Ashwoody Trail to Candler Lake West • Oak Forest Drive from Ashwoody Trail to Ashford-Dunwoody Road • Oak Forest Way from Ashwoody Trail to Ashford-Dunwoody Road • Ashwoody Trail from Oak Forest Drive to end • Coosawaatee Drive from Cartacay Drive to Briarwood Road, including the removal and replacement of speed humps • Georgia Drive east from Bragg Street to Clarmont Road • Milowyn Place/Alta Vista Drive from Thompson Road to Grant Drive • Oakland Trace from Osborne Road to end • Pelly Circle from Osborne Road to Osborne Road • Capital Club Circle from Osborne Road to end • Raines Court from Parkcrest Lane to end • Parkcrest Drive from West Nancy Creek Drive to Ashford-Dunwoody Road Roads that will receive pavement marking only: • North Druid Hills road from East Roxboro to Peachtree Road – refresh and modifications to striping and installation of raised pavement markers • West Nancy Creek Drive from Old Johnson Ferry to Ashford-Dunwoody Road – install edge-line pavement markings • Ashford-Dunwoody Road at Johnson Ferry Road – install a “Do Not Block the Box” pavement marking and raised pavement markers

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Sandy Springs mayor: Employers must help fix traffic problems BY JOHN RUCH

Cobb County’s plan to divert future Braves stadium traffic onto Northside Drive was blasted as a “nightmare” at the Sandy Springs City Council meeting on June 21. But adding behind-the-scenes fuel to the fire was the plan’s lack of any of five traffic fixes the city has suggested for nearly two years. And the stadium was just one of two plans the council slammed the brakes on that night due to traffic concerns. The council effectively declared a parking-garage moratorium in the Pill Hill medical center out of frustration that no traffic master plan has emerged eight months after the city demanded one. “The employers here have to be part of [traffic solutions]. It can’t all be done behind this desk or inside this building,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said. But even when city officials have a seat at the table, they still run into surprises, miscommunication and lack of leverage. Just hours after the mayor complained of the missing Pill Hill traffic plan, the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts said one is already underway—yet the city and one

of the area hospitals said they had never heard of it. The council’s outrage over the stadium traffic resulted two days later in a meeting between Paul and Cobb Chairman Tim Lee. The city and county managers will now meet regularly, too. “I think we’re in a good place. I think we’re on the same page,” said Kellie Brownlow, Lee’s deputy chief.

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One of the city’s proposed fixes is moving ahead: a Sandy Springs-funded study of a new I-285/Powers Ferry Road interchange in Cobb. But other key ideas are up in the air, including a “slip ramp” allowing stadium traffic to go from I-285 to Northside without using local streets. Paul said he’s “optimistic” that Cobb will draw up better traffic plans eventually. “Will it be in place by…[Opening Day in] April 2017? Not at this point,” he said. The mayor said the city could not have done more to get its ideas in the traffic planning originally. “Ball’s in their court,” Paul said. “We have no leverage on Cobb County. That’s the tragedy of this whole issue.”

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At the June 21 meeting, the City Council placed a surprise 60-day deferral on a rezoning request for a 450-space parking garage at the Center Pointe medical office building on Johnson Ferry Road. The council was “somewhat blindsiding” the applicant, Duke Realty, Paul admitted. But, he said, the city needed a way to emphasize the need for alternative commuting plans on Pill Hill, which can be gridlocked during rush hour. Last fall, Paul gathered leaders from the area’s three hospitals—Northside, Emory Saint Joseph’s and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite—to talk about a coordinated plan. But that never materialized. “To my knowledge, there’s been no [subsequent] meeting at all of all the hospitals together,” said Councilmember Tibby DeJulio, and the deferral vote was intended “to force those people to talk to each other.” Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, said a “master plan study” of traffic was approved by the PCIDs’ board in May and is underway, conducted by the firm Kimley-Horn. She said it began as a state-requested study of how the upcoming I-285/ Ga. 400 interchange project will effect Northside. The PCIDs asked for the study to be broadened to the whole area, with hospitals “sharing all the information,” she said. But Northside communications vice president Lee Echols said he can’t confirm that, and Emory Saint Joseph’s was “not aware of the traffic study,” said spokesperson Mary Beth Spence.


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A volunteer ‘legend’


At Ronald McDonald House, Evan Blankenship, 7, plays on a donated teddy bear that volunteer Tom Umstead secured from Costco.


Tom Umstead is the type of person who can turn a newspaper’s photo op into an opportunity for charitable giving. That’s exactly what he did one recent morning. Umstead visited the Ronald McDonald House near Scottish Rite to have his portrait made to run with this article. Instead of showing up wearing nice clothes and primped for a picture, he appeared wearing a T-shirt and with his car’s trunk full of food, flowers and baby-care items he’d collected for the charity. Umstead, or “Mr. Tom” to those that know him, isn’t your typical part-time community volunteer. At age 82, he gives his time to several local charities and says he’s involved in one volunteer job or another seven days a week. “I’m living an unbelievable life,” said Umstead. “Over the years I’ve built so many great relationships.” The Dorothy C. Benson Senior Multipurpose Complex in Sandy Springs reports he logged more than 5,000 hours of volunteer time from 2010 to 2015 at their facility alone. “He’s a volunteer legend,” Benson employee Bane Stojanovic said. Umstead now volunteers at the Benson Center at least three days a week, at Scottish Rite children’s hospital and the Ronald McDonald Houses on other days, and still finds time to deliver donated food to missions and soup kitchens. “He’s amazing,” said Marissa Greider, director of development at the Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities. “Out of all our volunteers, he is the most regular and frequent. He has developed great bonds with staff and other volunteers.” “What’s so incredible is that he came up with it himself,” Greider said. “Mr. Tom doesn’t look for appreciation. He does it because he finds gratification.” Ronald McDonald House Charities builds facilities that house fami-

lies with children who are receiving medical care. The facilities provide family members with a comfortable place to stay near the hospitals where children are receiving treatment. Metro Atlanta is home to two of the 356 Ronald McDonald Houses around the world. Umstead says the Ronald McDonald houses are special to him. “I love children,” he said. “If I ever have a down day, I can go and be happy real quick. I get so much more out of them than they can get out of me. ... I’m just an old guy. You see them smile. They don’t expect anything. They just want you to play with them.” About 15 years ago, Umstead started collecting extra food from a Publix grocery store and delivering it to the Ronald McDonald houses. At first he was just gathering the day-old bread, rolls, doughnuts and muffins that would have been thrown away. Then, the store started giving him more and more food and eventually flowers. Not long after that, Costco, Kroger and Trader Joe’s joined in, providing Umstead with enough goods to deliver donations seven days a week. Around the same time, Umstead and his wife, Lucrecia, began spending time with children at the Ronald McDonald Houses. She would read to the kids while Umstead would get down to the ground and play with them. “I do arts and crafts. I play. Unfortunately I’m not good at the Nintendo Wii games,” Umstead said. “I tell them I’m trying.” Other Umstead family members are involved with local charities. The Umsteads’ daughter, Lee, works at the Ronald McDonald House. Their oldest son, who is also named Tom, helps Umstead deliver contributions.

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Tom Umstead, left, receives donations of food and flowers and delivers all to local charities.

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any expectations I could set for them. It is a risky approach, but with trust between student and teacher, the results amaze me. Q: What do you hope your students take away from your class? A: Each student will take away something unique based on the influences that are at play in their lives at the moment, whether it is a deeper compassion for the world that they gained through learning about the enormous scope of the French-speaking or Francophone world, or a curiosity to travel and go and see more of the beauty the world has to offer when you are bilingual. Ultimately, I hope that they can see themselves a little more clearly and they are equipped with the selfconfidence to take risks in learning, growing and living.

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PERFORMING ARTS “URINETOWN” Thursday, July 14, 8 p.m. The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta announces its 7th annual Teen Summer Stock production, “Urinetown: The Musical,” a show about greed, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. Tickets, $15-$28. Additional shows: Saturday, July 16, 8:30 p.m., Sunday, July 17, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 678-812-4002 or visit: atlantajcc. org/boxoffice.



Revolution. Workshops include an overview of the war, medicine and health, documents, and a “please-touch” display of artifacts. Free and open to all. Dr. Marty Moran, retired physician, opens the series with a discussion of medicine and health. Additional lectures on Tuesday, July 19 and July 26. RSVP by emailing: or calling 404-851-9111 x2. Community Room, Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328.

FAMILY DNA Tuesday, July 19, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Parents and children engage in hands-on activities to learn how DNA makes us unique. Geared for those ages 5 & up. Free and open to everyone. Registration required by emailing: leah. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 to learn more.


CHAMBER MUSIC Thursday, July 21, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Come hear classical tunes played by the Franklin Pond Chamber Music at the Sandy Springs Branch Library. Free and open to the community. Suitable for all ages. No sign up required. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: for further details.

Tuesday, July 19, 7-9 p.m. The Georgia Perennial Plant Association presents, “Fine Gardening Meets Fine Dining: Delectable Woody Plants for the Home Landscape.” Learn how to use interesting and edible woody plants in the landscape, as well as in the kitchen. Free and open to the public. For adults. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. For more information, call 770-4397112 or visit:

LET’S LEARN! FOOD PRESERVATION Monday, July 11, 6-7:30 p.m. Want to preserve food through canning, freezing and drying methods for the first time? Or have a refresher on basic preservation supplies, recipes and the science of why it is important to properly preserve food? Free and open to the public. For adults. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 or email: for information.

HEART HEALTH Wednesday, July 20, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Youngsters are introduced to the basic anatomy and function of the mammalian heart and the circulatory system. Appropriate for ages 8 & up. Free. Open to the community. Registration required by emailing: Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-303-6130 for further details.


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What is happening to Italian food in Atlanta? The fact that the Castellucci family is soon moving Double Zero from the Perimeter to Emory is bad news for the suburbs. The fact that the Karatassos clan has closed Veni Vidi Vici is bad news for the city. People are whispering that the next great Italian hope is il Giallo, a block away from Double Zero and possessed of most of the key staff from Veni Vidi Vici. Can il Giallo capture what is best about both places and still project a personality of its own? Karatassos and Castellucci are names synonymous with exceptional service. For il Giallo, I waited four additional months beyond my normal three, because I hoped to see a waitstaff that Dining Out could really show me a good time. The service was not bad, as Megan Volpert servers were respectful and attentive, and the plates arrived Megan Volpert lives in pretty quickly. The service was not good, as servers weren’t Decatur, teaches in Rovery personable, nor did they seem to possess much deep menu swell and writes books knowledge. I’m not talking about wanting a long pontification about popular culture. about the farm where one pig was raised; I just like to hear familiarity with and enthusiasm for the culture of a restaurant. If you’re bringing the kids or having a business lunch, maybe you don’t care about that higher standard of service. Can il Giallo hack it on food alone? On taste, there is no question that il Giallo is producing the best, freshest pasta on the planet, thanks to Jamie Adams. Watching him at the chef’s table making my pasta right there in the dining room and then eating that pasta just eight minutes later is truly the greatest thing about il Giallo, and there is no experience like it on offer at any place else in the entire metro. The day’s special was a fettuccine with greenery and speck, easy on the oil for a lightness that made it hard to put down my fork. We also ordered the agnolotti with brown butter, sage and pecans because this dish had been featured on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. It tasted delicious, too, but I was left with three questions. One, where is the Big Green Egg smoked flavor I was promised on the duck stuffed inside those delightful pasta purses? The sauce was drowning it out. Two, why is this SPECIAL PHOTOS classic staple of NovemAbove, grilled octopus and olive oil mashed potatoes. ber menus available to Below, pasta is handmade on the premises. me in May? I guess they worry about needing to capitalize on television publicity, when in fact the pastas can speak for themselves. Three, why is this plate so ugly? That last question is tough to answer and it was one I repeatedly had to ask myself through the meal. No attention was given to nicely presenting

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the agnolotti or even to simply prevent the pasta from smushing together because of cramping on the plate. The prosciutto and cantaloupe was likewise hard to photograph in its symmetrical but lazy way, even though this dish is usually very easy to make pretty. Even our panna cotta looked so lonely and naked on its plate. If you’re not keen on Instagram, perhaps weak plating doesn’t concern you. The best thing we ate that wasn’t pasta was the grilled octopus. Its medallions de-emphasize the tentacle, so it’s a good entry point if you’ve been afraid to try other octopus dishes increasingly proliferating in the city. The olive oil smashed potatoes beneath the octopus are delicious and the first few bites were great, only to be later overpowered by too much pickled red onion on top. My sense is that il Giallo just doesn’t quite know itself well enough yet. Having also been granted honorable discharge from Buckhead Life, General Manager Leonardo Moura should have a confidence in his attention to service detail that rises to the skill level of Chef Adams’ pasta. The kitchen may likewise still be feeling out differences between its own instincts and the restaurant group oversight with which it had been saddled for so long. It’s not yet worthy of date night, but il Giallo is one to watch. il Giallo is located at 5920 Roswell Road, B-118, in Sandy Springs.

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BY GRACE HUSETH As the Olympic Games get ready to begin in Rio de Janeiro this August, Atlantans are reflecting on their city’s moment of hosting the best athletes in the world 20 years ago. The largest remembrance of the 1996 Olympic Games will take place at Centennial Olympic Park on July 16. The park will honor the Games with a free, public celebration. The event will begin at 5 p.m. with musical guests, remarks from past organizers and Olympic athletes, and will end with a fireworks display. Morgan Smith-Williams, who handles public relations for Centennial Olympic Park, said former volunteers and friends of the 1996 Olympics will have the opportunity to reunite. There will color-coded tents to represent the various sports, venues and other support roles, so participants can relive the spirit and variety of the Games, Smith-Williams said. The Centennial Olympic Games Museum at the Atlanta History Center guides visitors throughout the history of the Olympic movement, from the inception of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece through the modern Olympic Games. The exhibit features athletic drama presented in a panorama that incorporates artifacts, sculpture, photographs and illuminat-

ed panels along an indoor running track. In addition, a media presentation offers largescreen highlights from the Games. Other highlights include America’s only complete collection of Olympic torches and medals. Howard Pousner, manager of media relations at the Atlanta History Center, said the Centennial Olympic Games Museum will close for renovation Aug. 22, immediately after the Rio de Janeiro Games end. New developments will make way for an improved history of the Atlanta Olympic Games and a special hallway to connect the atrium to the Cyclorama building, he said. Planning and fundraising for this new exhibition are ongoing, with reopening targeted for a date to be determined in 2017. “The new Centennial Olympic Games Museum exhibition will take a larger view of the ’96 Games from a two-decades-later perspective,” Pousner said. To jumpstart the Olympics season, the Atlanta History Center is hosting a “Going for Gold” event where families can enjoy the spirit of the Games with their own competitions on the history center’s campus. On July 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can explore the exhibits, meet Olympians and compete in Olympic-style sports for the chance to win 1996 Games memorabilia.

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Looking Back / 20 years after the Olympics Twenty years ago, Atlanta leaped to the center of the international sports world for a few hot summer weeks as the 1996 Olympic Games came to town. The Olympics remade the city and attracted thousands of athletes and sports fans. The Atlanta Games touched folks in Reporter Newspapers communities, too, as residents greeted the Olympic torch, imagined huge paydays for renting their homes to foreign fans or watched bicyclists race through Buckhead or marathon runners reach the gates of Oglethorpe University. We asked readers to send us their recollections of metro Atlanta’s moment in the spotlight. Here are some of their memories of our own Olympic moments. Anne Boatwright, Sandy Springs I remember attending several Olympic events, newly pregnant with my first child. I couldn’t believe how clear and crisp the air felt, as well as how wonderful the traffic was so uncharacteristic of Atlanta. Linley Jones, Brookhaven In 1996, I was living in Sexton Woods in Brookhaven. I decided to list my home for rent during the Olympics. I hired a real estate agent and within a few days received an offer to rent my modest home for two weeks for $9,000. Although that was huge money, enough money to make several mortgage payments at the time, my Realtor suggested that it was the first offer and I should hold out for a better one. She suggested I should get at least $15,000! Nervous but trusting, I declined the offer. It was the last offer I ever received to rent my house. In retrospect, it seems absurd, but that was how much excitement and optimism there was at the time! Robin Isaf, Dunwoody The kayak competition was held on the Ocoee River in Tennessee. It was fast-paced and fun. We sat on bleachers that seemed to

rise up out of the rocks on the river bank. The scenery was green and lush, and the whitewater gleamed, but we baked on those rocks! The venue designers planned for the sweltering heat, though, and outfitted a type of sprinkler-shower system behind the bleachers. Whenever we just couldn’t take it anymore, we stepped beneath the bleachers and got doused. It was wonderful. Karen Meinzen McEnerny Sandy Springs 1. The hot, hot heat and humidity, made bearable by the many vendors at each turn along the pedestrian walkways selling Coca-Cola. 2. How we believed the projections by MARTA for the need to ride the trains and stay out of our cars. There were masses of happy, joyful ticket holders and never a thought of not being safe. Then, after three or four days, we realized that there was ready accessibility of parking downtown in lots and parking decks so we stopped using MARTA and went back to driving our cars. 3. The local neighborhood parties we held, especially the streetside one at Mystic Place and Roswell Road, with our coolers nearby, frantically waving our American flags, as our neighbor Dr. Bob Cunningham ran by with the Olympic torch. Rusty Paul, Sandy Springs We came to realize the Olympic Games actually were coming to the metro area when the torch made its way through Sandy Springs. Ahead of the appointed time, we took our kids up to the route and patiently awaited what we expected to be a lone runner pass by with the lighted torch. Of course, nothing about the Olympic Games occurs without an entourage. Photographers, Olympic officials and others essential to the pageant of the torch surrounded the designated runner – including a back-up torch should the current version malfunction or even be extinguished. The torch was in view but an instant. Then it was gone. Our, at the time, 4-, 5- and 7- yearolds barely remember it today, but we will again remind them of their own brush with the torch, as we do every four summers. Judy Soden, Sandy Springs We were fortunate to have bought, traded or just gotten tickets to a Olympic event every day. How much fun it was taking MARTA with friends and our kids and just wandering around downtown and watching the world

come to our city. We sat in the rain with Zep plastic garbage bags over our heads, as did most of the stadium on the first day of track and field. We were amazed at the speed of the game we call ping pong, but for the incredible players from Asia it was not the sport we recognized. Of course the highlight was watching the Magnificent Seven, the women’s U.S. Gymnastics team with the stunning performance by the injured Kerri Strug sticking the landing at the end of her routine. Barbara Henry, Oglethorpe University Our biggest role was our selection as the turnaround point for the Olympic marathon (just outside our gates on Peachtree Road). The broadcast trucks were all over. In fact, for several years the red line followed by the participating athletes was still visible on the road. For the viewing party, we invited all the neighbors, alumni, etc., to watch the marathon. I would guess we had 250 or more people here early in the morning to watch. Sam Massell, Buckhead As an Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games board member, I was in position to represent our community’s best interests: keeping the operations of street vendors and entertainers safe and orderly; negotiating direct civic benefits; protecting property surrounding the St. Philip Cathedral cycling grandstands; coordinating approved marathon neighborhood street utilization, and arranging for the very valuable Buckhead official Olympic pin. Preceding this, I had the thrill of carrying the Olympic torch through the heart of Buckhead, followed by the Paralympic torch run. Capt. Steve Rose, Sandy Springs police I was at a residence on Riverview Road, working security. The wife there was Lithuanian and they were hosting several athletes from Lithuania. Also in attendance was the Lithuanian president. One of our lieutenants at the time, Ed Kvietkus, was himself Lithuanian. Kvietkus was one of the most beloved officers with the department. He always had a cigar, sometimes lit, and always called you “Lad.” I called the precinct captain and asked if “Lt. Ed” was working, which he was. I told him what was going on and I thought it would be a memorable event for him to meet the Olympians and the president. A half-hour later, the captain and Lt. Ed drove up. I introduced them to the host and I then returned outside. Turns out that Lt. Kvietkus became the celebrity of the event. The Olympic team members crowded around him, marveled at his uniform, and all had their photos made with him—as did the president. It was like he was a long-lost brother found.

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It’s finally time! It’s time to hop on an airplane and take that getaway you’ve been waiting for all year. You’ve worked hard, you’ve chosen your destination, planned your itinerary, and purchased your tickets. You have shrink-wrapped all your clothes and crammed them and your essentials into a 9”x 14”x 22” carry-on bag, so that you won’t be charged an extra $25 each way for luggage, and so that your bag will be stored reassuringly above your own head and you won’t run the risk of checking it and having it wind up in Bogota, Colombia (which has happened). You have parked your car in Row 64-G of the Wherez-My-Car lot, and you

have stashed your ticket in a very special place that you will completely forget a week from now. You have snaked through a security line so long that you became briefly comatose and then finally awoke expecting to see Splash Mountain in front of you. You have escalated down and up and side to side and walked and trammed and shuttled and people-moved to your terminal. You have found your gate and settled yourself in-between a teenager who is working his way through the jumbo bag of fried onion rings and a sleeping woman who is flying standby and has been there since last Tuesday.

At last, it’s time to board! ver, Silver Medallion, Blue Silver, FlyYou listen as the flight attendant aning Silver, Hi-Ho Silver, Corporate Silnounces that the crew is now ready for ver and High Achievers.” “pre-board,” which allows mothers adStill not you. ditional time to get on the plane with “Zone Two may now board: Nicktheir young children who all happen to el, Copper, Zinc, Aluminum, Magnehave ear-infections. (I was one of those sium, Germanium, Plemoms). beians, and the Red Birds You check your ticket and wait your turn. and Blue Birds reading Now the flight attendant groups.” is calling for their PreThere’s only one zone mium boarding: “All our left, and it’s got to be Diamond members, Meyours. dallion members, Pen“Zone Three: Gallium, dant members, Ornament Boron, Silicon, and the members, Olympians, Super-Duper-Special-Elite rest of the Periodic Table Club members, Nobel may now board, plus PaPrize Winners and Poet per and Wood. Laureates may board.” “There is no more room That’s not you. You Robin Conte is a writer in the overhead compartwatch the crowd file into ment for your carry-on and mother of four who the jet bridge while an lives in Dunwoody. She bags, Zone Three, but we even larger crowd gathcan be contacted at will check them for you ers, expectantly. “It’s now time for Prifor your convenience. We ority boarding: Our Platiassure you that, although you will not num members and Gold members, our find them in baggage claim at your desComfort level, Cushy level, Posh level tination, they will safely arrive in Bogoand also our Virgin Lithuanian Fly Club ta, Colombia. members, please come to the agent, “We hope you enjoy your flight.” with your tickets in hand.” And so your trip begins. Let’s hope Moments pass.

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Residents hear final MARTA proposal before rezoning request submitted Continued from page 1

“We are working with the Development Authority of Brookhaven,” said Art LoAt a June 22 community meeting menick, president of development for The at Oglethorpe University, MARTA repIntegral Group. Developers for the project, resentatives and representatives from Brookhaven City Center Partners, is a joint Brookhaven City Center Partners, develventure of The Integral Group and Tranopers for the proposed development at swestern. the city’s MARTA station, made their fiThe incentives would be used to finance nal pitch to about 70 residents before the infrastructure, for example, for the projrezoning request was submitted. ect, said Amanda Rhein, senior director of Many people continued to speak transit-oriented development and real esout in opposition. Resident Chad Boles tate at MARTA. angrily questioned why the proposed The specific tax incentives will not be MARTA development was seeking tax discussed publicly, said Luke Anderson, incentives from the Brookhaven Develchair of the Brookhaven Development opment Authority. Authority. “The city’s transactions involving land acquisition are not subject to the Open Records Act. Thus, until an acquisition is disclosed at a public meeting, the Brookhaven Development Authority does not publicly discuss any such transactions,” he said in a statement. MARTA’s property is located in four different base zoning classifications as well as the Brookhaven Overlay District: M-Industrial, C-2 General SPECIAL An artist’s rendering of the mixed-use Commercial, RM-75 Multifamdevelopment planned near MARTA’s Brookhavenily and R-75 Single Family. DeOglethorpe station on Peachtree Road.


MARTA says it wants to build a “vibrant village center” on the current station’s mostly empty parking lots. A community green space also is planned at the center of the proposed development, where art festivals and concerts could be held.

velopers are seeking to have the property rezoned to PC-2 Pedestrian Community District to allow for the mixed-use development project. City staff members are expected to review the rezoning request for up to 60 days and then present it to the Planning Commission in September. The City Council will have the final vote. Depending on how the rezoning request goes, MARTA hopes to begin the de-

velopment in late 2017 and finish Phase 1 in two years. Phase 1 includes a public park space that is the focal point of the project as well as the residential buildings on either side of the park that include retail businesses on ground floors. Plans for the project – known as a transit-oriented development – first were made public over a year ago. The plans have been modified in response to community concerns, specifically about traffic.

Revised plans for Dresden Village • Reduced number of apartments from 206 to 194, which reduces density from 60 units per acre to 56.6 units per acre. • Changed the access on Caldwell Drive from full retail/residential access to be residenSPECIAL tial, right-exit only. There Developers submitted revised plans for will be no entrance on Dresden Village to the city. Caldwell Drive. BY DYANA BAGBY • Developer will contribute $20,000 to the city of Brookhaven to facilitate traffic improvements at the intersection of Caldwell Developers for Dresden Village, a proRoad and Green Meadows Lane to prevent posed mixed-use development at the intercut-through traffic into the neighborhoods. section of Dresden and Caldwell drives, re• Relocated trash, deliveries and loading/ cently submitted revised plans to the city. unloading from Caldwell to Parkside. The project is expected to go before the Plan• Added over 1⁄2 acre of public green open ning Commission on Aug. 3. space in pocket park and pedestrian pathThe evolution of the project resulted from way that connects Caldwell Drive to Dresden collective efforts between developers and Drive (which will be a public easement). a “group of dedicated neighborhood advo• Designated two parallel parking spaces cates, that met on numerous occasions,” said on Dresden for Uber/taxi (or other transporBrian Fratesi, vice president of development tation drop-off and pick-up). and acquisitions for Connolly Investment. • Developer will contribute $5,000 to the The project is a joint effort between Connolly Ashford Park Community for improvements and Fairfield Residential. at Parkside Park. Revisions to the plan include: • Development will have over 140 public• 4 stories on Dresden Drive and 3 stories ly accessible paid parking spaces to help profacing Caldwell Drive, with Caldwell Drive vide needed parking in the area. frontage now having the look of townhomes. BK

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Specifically, Park said rising rents are curInstead, Herrera and rently forcing out many her two young chilin the Latino communidren, who also attend ty, especially those livAshford Park Elemening on and near Buford tary, live in Clarkston, Highway. Bradley notapproximately 14 miles ed that gentrification southeast of Brookhavhas already pushed out en. many African-Ameri“I drive to work … it’s can families that lived about 25 minutes in the for generations in Lynmorning and 45 minwood Park as developDYANA BAGBY utes back to my aparters moved in and built Rev. Zach Bradley, of Brookhaven ment in the evening bePresbyterian Church. higher-priced homes. cause of traffic,” she Last year, Brysaid. ton Hills Apartments, Herrera pays $832.75 across the street from a month for a two-bedSkyland Church, was room apartment in torn down to make Clarkson. In Brookhavroom for three-stoen, she said she could ry townhomes priced only find one bedin the high $400,000s. rooms for $800 to $900 Many of the residents a month. in the 58-year-old comAffordable housing plex near Clairmont in Brookhaven is beRoad and Buford Highcoming such a problem way were Latino. in the city as developers “And now all those SPECIAL propose mixed-use defamilies are scattered to Martha Herrera velopments and “luxuthe wind,” Park said. ry” apartments that city A 2014 Buford Highfaith leaders are now way economic study stepping up and asking commissioned by the the City Council to do city of Brookhaven something. states at the time there At the June 21 counwere 19 older complexcil meeting, Rev. Zach es (built between 1956 Bradley of Brookhavand 1977) with a total of en Presbyterian Church 2,199 apartments, and read a letter signed by seven newer complex12 pastors from differes (built after 1984) with ent congregations and a total of 1,909 apartdenominations urging ments. SPECIAL the council “to study the The vacancy rate Rev. David Park, of Open stock of and need for affor the older complexTable Community Church. fordable housing so as es, with rent for a oneto ensure its long-term availability for bedroom as low as $655 a month, was our neighbors who are in need.” “very low,” the report stated. Rents for “This is one issue we feel we cannot the newer complexes were between hold our tongues,” Bradley said in an $845 and $1,150 a month for a one-bedinterview. room apartment and the vacancy rate Rev. David Park of Open Table Comwas also very low, according to the munity Church, a small church with a study. mission of serving minorities, knows Marquis Investments purchased first-hand about being priced out of a eight complexes on Buford Highway home. in 2013, according to the company’s His church was located in Chamwebsite and the 2014 report. A diviblee until it was forced this spring sion of Dunwoody-based Crown Holdto relocate to Brookhaven to share a ings Group, Marquis Investments purspace with Skyland Church on Skychases real estate and implements its land Terrace. The church could no lon“3R Strategy” to “Recapitalize, Renoger afford the rent at its old location. vate and Reposition” to capitalize its “We want cities to grow… but we multi-family assets, according to the want them to understand this could study and the company’s website. affect their diversity as well,” Park And while the rent for a one-bedsaid. room in a Marquis complex ranged BK

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between $660 and $715 per month, “successful implementation of the ‘3R Strategy’ by Marquis Investments will likely result in steady rent increases in the Marquis Properties,” the report stated. A study for development at the Brookhaven MARTA station said the 2013 median income for the Atlanta region is $66,300, which allows a family of four with a $53,000 income per year to qualify for workforce housing. The study claimed that income was comparable to the average starting salary of a Brookhaven police officer. Councilmember Joe Gebbia, whose district includes Buford Highway, has long been concerned about affordable housing, or workforce housing. He has said he favors zoning regulations to ensure there is affordable housing for those who work in the city. City Councilmember Linley Jones lived on the eastern side of Buford Highway near North Druid Hills Road from 1988 until 1991 while attending college and her first year of law school, and working as a hostess at a nearby restaurant. She and a roommate paid $535 rent for a spacious apartment, she said. “It was a huge apartment by today’s standards,” she said. “And obviously those of us who lived there were lowwage earners, and part of the complex was Section 8 as well.” Affordable housing is also a traffic issue, Jones said, because if people cannot afford to live where they work, they must commute. Jones said she will be proposing at the July 12 City Council meeting a voluntary task force be organized to consider affordable housing. “We in Brookhaven are lucky to have a good situation right now with different housing opportunities, but if we are not careful, that could be compromised,” she said.


Park worries that owners of apartment complexes will want to entice developers to buy their property. Already he said he is hearing of landlords raising rents or requiring monthly leases. The uncertainty of living situations can affect a community’s spirit, he said. “Our morality and our business sense are not talking to each other,” he said. “Our hope is that we put this issue in the conscience of the city leaders.”

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Is the ‘Sandy Springs model’ of government changing? BY JOHN RUCH

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Since its founding in 2005, Sandy Springs has drawn national notice for outsourcing most government operations to competitively bidding private contractors. But last month, the city approved three-year, no-bid contract extensions due to fears of government disruption during a planning and development boom. Sandy Springs City Council approved the no-bid extensions only after voicing caution about not shifting to an “in-house,” private-sector government. But new local cities inspired by Sandy Springs, such as Brookhaven and Dunwoody, already have brought more jobs and departments in-house. And Sandy Springs has significantly changed its own organization chart, switching from one contractor to several in 2011, and bringing more executive jobs in-house. City Councilmember Tibby DeJulio, known as the council’s unofficial sage of the city’s founding ideals, backed the no-bid renewals as a temporary measure. But, he said, the city must avoid making it a habit “and not start bringing those positions in-house.” Oliver Porter, the retired engineer who drew up the city’s original privatization plan, says he understands the city’s reasoning and doesn’t see any “backsliding” yet. “That’s one of those judgment calls that only time will tell,” Porter said of the no-bid contract extension. Porter says outsourcing remains the most efficient way to run governments; he’s skeptical of new cities that do more in-house. “Each of them put their own wrinkles on it,” he said. “The closer they adhere to the [Sandy Springs] model, the better off they are.” The Sandy Springs experiment is new, and academic research about it is rare, says one of the few studies, a 2014 Iowa State University master’s thesis called “Extreme Privatization: A Performance Analysis of the ‘Sandy Springs Model.’” That thesis, by Jack Feldman, found that in fiscal years 2008 through 2012, Sandy Springs’ government had a much higher per capita cost, and lower performance scores, than the nearby cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Milton. The lowest-cost government was Milton, which had switched from outsourced to largely public-sector government. Feldman admits his study was limited in data and covers a time when Sandy Springs was under a single outsourcing contract to CH2M. Today, the city has eight main outsourcing contracts held by six companies at a total cost of about $16.4 million. Sandy Springs directly employs only

‘In-house’ administration jobs and departments Sandy Springs Departments: police, fire rescue 10 staff: assistant city managers (2); city clerk; city manager; court administrator; executive administrator for city manager; finance director; fire rescue chief; human resources director; police chief

Brookhaven Departments: communications; finance; information technology; human resources; parks and recreation; police; parts of courts, community development and parks and recreation 12 staff: 9 department heads listed above; city clerk; city manager; city manager’s executive assistant

Dunwoody Departments: courts, police 13 staff: assistant city manager; business retention manager; city clerk; city manager; community development director; court administrator; economic development director; finance director; human resources director; human resources generalist; parks and recreation director; police chief; public works director Source: Cities of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs 10 administrative executives and has only two completely public departments—the police and fire rescue—largely for insurance liability reasons. State law requires the city clerk and court administrator to be employed by the city. The other positions Sandy Springs has brought in-house include: city manager; two assistant city managers; an executive administrator for the city manager; finance director; and human resources director. In 2005, Sandy Springs launched with only two employees and one giant contract, partly as an efficiency ideal and partly from necessity, Porter said. As Georgia’s first new city approved for incorporation in decades, Sandy Springs had only months to form a government from scratch. The outsourcing was modeled on Weston, Fla., a gated Miami suburb that became a city in 1996. But the Sandy Springs model got national press attention and has had local influence. But the model has changed. In 2011, the city dumped CH2M’s single deal to bid out multiple contracts, saying that saved $7 million. “I was concerned about it,” said Porter, adding that while he prefers single-contract government, he doesn’t criticize the wisdom of officials who made that decision. City spokesperson Sharon Kraun the plan is to rebid the contracts three years from now. But she acknowledged that, as the current situation shows, “something could change.” BK

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You are the playing piece during ‘Human Monopoly’ Far left, Brookhaven Branch Library Manager Catherine Lampley, sitting, watches Nicholas Loannides, 11, and Lauren Dobbins, 8, in charge of retrieving the dice, as they listen to Francis Dotson, right, manager of the NorthlakeBarbara Loar Library, explain the rules of “Human Monopoly” on June 29. Left, Nicholas advances his position on the board. The game featured two children on a team, one handling money and property transactions, and the other rolling the dice and moving around the “board.” PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

Above left, Brookhaven Library Manager Catherine Lampley, back left, and Francis Dotson, front, library manager at Northlake, help the teams, while Cooper Brown, 11, center, and Sanaa Marshall, 11, look on. Above right, Dechen Cohen, 12, left, Sanaa Marshall, 11, and Nicholas Loannides, 11, right, play the game.

Francis Dotson, left, gives Dechen Cohen, 12, seated, and Sanaa Marshall, 11, some tips on how to play.

Before the game begins, teammates Savory Marshall, 12, and Roy Hogrete, 11, discuss strategy. BK

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City dwellers find new homes in the mountains

An aerial view of golf and river community Old Toccoa Farm.

BY KATHY DEAN The mountains of north Georgia have a strong draw on people, especially city dwellers. Mountain vistas offer a spectacular beauty that calms the spirit and wakens the soul. Woodland trails entice hikers, and lakes invite boaters and fishermen and women. Friendly neighbors, arts and craft festivals, delightful shops and top-notch restaurants are everywhere. It’s no wonder that so many visitors claim a piece of the mountain for themselves. For Cathy and Ted Day, the search for a mountain retreat was, in a way, a return home. “We both grew up with a love of the mountains,” Cathy explained. Originally from Gainesville, Ga., Ted spent much of his time enjoying activities in the great outdoors. Cathy grew up in Florida and always thought of herself as a beach girl. Still, her parents had a mountain house in North Carolina, and her sister’s family still has one there. “As our children got older, married and had children of their own, the mountain house became our gathering place, our memory maker,” Ted added. “Now we have the opportunity to create that same kind of family gathering place.” The couple spent several years looking for a cottage in the Blue Ridge area, with the help of Kim Knutzen of Harry Norman Realtors, Blue Ridge. During one of their ventures, they overheard someone ask Kim about Old Toccoa Farm, and it piqued their curiosity. Kim took Cathy and Ted to see the development; the more they saw and learned, the more they became convinced that Old Toccoa Farm was the perfect setting for their next home. According to Cathy, they were impressed by the love and commitment that the developers, including Managing Partner Peter Knutzen, have for Old Toccoa Farm. “Their concept is just what we wanted. They believe in being part of the community and giving back to it.” All the main requirements for their new home were met: a place to retreat and restore their souls; a place to enjoy and share fellowship with their very full family of 10; a place to create community with other residents and friends; and a


place to potentially enjoy an active retirement. “We invited our kids up to Old Toccoa Farm around Thanksgiving,” said Ted. “Before they left, they turned to us and said, ‘It’s perfect! What are you waiting for?’ That same day, we signed up and bought our piece of the Farm!” Karen Rowell and Steve Frick recently purchased a vacation home in Mineral Bluff, near the Georgia/North Carolina border. “We absolutely love it!” Karen said. “It’s been a dream in the making, and Nathan Fitts, our Realtor with Remax Town & Country, helped make it come true.” Steve and Karen agreed that their two biggest draws to the area were the beauty of the mountains and the outdoor lifestyle. They regularly ride their bikes, hike with their dogs and enjoy beautiful Lake Blue Ridge. While they still work in Atlanta, Karen noted that it would be a perfect place to retire or reinvent themselves one day. “Maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise, but it’s amazing how less stressful life seems here than in Atlanta, where I’ve lived all my life.” Steve Baker and Sally Farr love to travel, though they found a perfect place to take a respite in the north Georgia mountains. Steve, originally from Illinois, worked in the university system there for over 30 years, and is now retired. Throughout the years, he regularly traveled back and forth between the Champaign-Urbana area in Illinois and the St. PetersburgSarasota area of Florida. He often dropped in on friends along the way – Joe and Diane in Mineral Bluff, Ga., just outside of Blue Ridge. In 2013, he asked Joe to show him some homes in the mountains that fit his needs and price range. He and Sally picked out Dogwood Cabin in Mineral Bluff and bought it, with the help of Mountain Tracks Realty of North Georgia. “It was originally friends that brought us to the area, and it didn’t take long for the gorgeous views and central location to convince us to stay,” Steve explained. “We like most of the things the area offers, like antiquing, festivals and art shows.” The cabin isn’t terribly secluded, so they can retreat there,

Steve Baker and Sally Farr at their Mineral Bluff home.

but still enjoy the friendly neighbors. And they’re just 7 ½ miles from Blue Ridge, 5 ½ miles from Blairsville, one hour from Chattanooga and one hour, 20 minutes from Atlanta. They can easily drive to visit friends in Canton, Lexington and Asheville, and tailgate with friends at Clemson games. Sally grew up in West Virginia and feels at home in the mountains. “I love this place! I love the area and my friends here,” she said. Eventually, Steve and Sally may settle full time in their cabin, Continued HILLS on page 22 BK

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Are the Mountains Calling You? Hayesville, NC 3BR/3BA $1,455,000 “Riverfront Rhapsody” 1000’ of Hiawassee River frontage on 7.6 acs of manicured property. 4,225 SF main House & guest cottage with 2 master suites overlook the river and pond. Detached spa room, terrace level theater, more. A MUST SEE! MLS 256708 Call Faron King 706.781.7199


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Turtletown, TN 3BR/3.5BA $1,250,000 Stunning 29 acre Tennessee estate has EVERYTHING – 6,452 SF, Master suite and library/office + 2 ensuite BRs, formal and informal living & dining, chef’s dream kitchen, 3 FPS, bar, game room, wine cellar, outdoor patio, gazebo, pool with waterfall, oversized 2 car garage + detached 3 car garage with workshop. RV storage bldg/pad with water and septic. WOW! MLS 258214 Call Lee/ Carol Barbour 828.361.2040


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Blairsville, GA 3BR/3BA $859,000 “La Belle Ferme Montagne”, custom estate home of 3000+SF on 18.8 acres with ALL you could want for you AND your horses. Fabulous, well planned interior, 2 master suites, 3FP, family room with wet bar. Many custom features for easy living and entertaining. No detail overlooked! Fruit trees, pastures, huge barn (4 stalls), 3 stocked ponds and Jones Creek trout stream, 3 car garage, AND a heated saltwater infinity pool. Call Jeanne Mills 706.218.4202

Ellijay,GA 3BR/3BA $749,000 One of most awe inspiring properties on the market. Craftsman/Rustic inspired riverfront home with 1.56 flat, useable acres and over 300ft of noisy Ellijay River frontage. 4,686 SF home features master suite fit for a King, 2 spacious BRs, bunk room and sleeping porch. Family room, formal living room, home theater, gaming room provide ample gathering space. 2 car garage/gated entry. MLS 257916 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Jasper, GA 6BR/4.5BA $575,000 Escape to the mountains in Style. Elegant home in upscale swim/ tennis community. Mtn. view, high end finishes, terrace level with living area for guests or extended family. Great outdoor entertaining area! MLS 249109 Call Christine Cleberg 706.972.9301

Blue Ridge, GA 3BR/3BA $369,900 #ProwfrontAskaBigViews. Need we say more? Phenomenal location, long range views, excellent condition, superb rental potential. Granite, stainless, all the extras. Terrace party room with bar/3rd fireplace. Outdoor fireplace. In the heart of Aska Adventure area (hike, bike, kayak, swim, boat, fly fish all within 2 mi radius). Ready for the summer and an awesome fall. MLS 258344 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Mineral Bluff, GA 4BR/3.5BA $527,500 Panoramic view as far as the eye can see!! 2934 SF home on 2.47 acres at top of the mountain. Open floor plan, spacious BRs, main level master, oversized 1 car garage. Wrap deck with FP, hot tub. Move in ready. MLS 258209 Call Suzie Soave 706.455.1195

Blue Ridge, GA 3BR/2BA $349,900 A special place at the end of the road, top of the mountain on 7.38 acres. One level living with basement 90% finished. Updated appliances, granite counters, tin ceilings, stone fireplace with wood burning insert. Master suite on main, open floorplan, covered & uncovered decks, out buildings and a TREEHOUSE! Gentle Mountain top acreage with hiking trails and total privacy. MLS 257535 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Blue Ridge, Georgia Blairsville, Georgia 274 W Main Street 706.632.7311

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Ellijay, Georgia 329 River Street 706.276.1254


Blue Ridge, GA 4BR/3.5BA $1,050,000 5.85 acre Country Estate on rushing Fightingtown Creek. 4,934 SF of luxury & upgrades. Two full masters, theater room, laundry on 2 levels, chef’s kitchen, potting shed, orchard/garden, rv dump station, 2 car garage. Room to add guesthouse. MLS 255705 Call Suzie Soave 706.455.1195

Blue Ridge, GA 3BR/3BA $339,900 Impressive log sided cabin with stunning mountain views, end of road privacy, minutes from Blue Ridge. Custom interior, 3 levels of porches, detached fireplace porch, fire pit, hot tub, more. MLS 254795 Call Donna O’Neal 770.356.9034

Hiawassee, Georgia 430 N. Main Street 706.896.3132

Morganton, GA 3BR/3BA $329,900 Heavenly views of mountains and Lake Blue Ridge from two story cabin on 2.76 acres. High ceilings with open plan main floor, rec room. Full, finished basement. Fireplace on each level Adj. lot available. MLS 258038 Call Kimberly Bruner 706.455.5703

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Continued from page 20 but in the meantime, they continue to travel and rent out the two-bedroom Dogwood Cabin through, while they’re on the road or visiting friends. “This is a beautiful area,” said Barbara. “Both the land and the people are wonderful.” Now retired, she moved in 2007 from California to her home in Hayesville, N.C. Barbara enjoys walking and hiking in the mountains and around Lake Chatuge, a reservoir that reaches into Georgia and North Carolina with 132 miles of shoreline. The area has opportunities for swimming, boating and fishing. Water sports are also available on the Hiawassee River and Valley River. According to Barbara, vegetable gardening – spring through fall – is a must, even though there are some very good farmers markets in Murphy and Blairsville. “There are also many classes offered through the John C. Campbell Folk School, Young Harris College (through the Institute for Continued Learning) and other venues on a variety of subjects,” she said. “I just finished a weekend class on dog training through Cold Nose College in Murphy, N.C.” There is so much to do that Barbara was

surprised by it all. In fact, it seems there’s always something happening, whether it’s a festival, theater production, musical event or gathering. She noted that a person can get overwhelmed choosing what to do! Barbara said that, when it comes down to it, she believes the best part of living in the mountains is the people. “They’re so friendly and willing to help with anything and always smiling,” she said. “There’s great energy here that’s not found in many areas.” Like many others, Jackie and Jonathan Griffin fell in love with the scenery, cooler weather and friendly people of north Georgia. They found the mountain homes had just the right balance of warm-and-cozy with trendy new touches – rustic meeting industrial with a splash of modern features. They strolled through towns that had a very cool vibe and a hip/urban culture. The couple is still working, but plan to retire in the next five years. Their plan includes a home in the mountains, so they had one built; it was completed and became theirs at the end of March this year. They expected, and got, a relaxing retreat. What they didn’t expect was that they could still enjoy all the Continued on page 27

Steve Frick and Karen Rowell

Are the Mountains Calling You? Cherry Log, GA 4BR/3.5BA $329,900 Mountain home has 4 spacious BRs, true master suite on the main with all the bells & whistles. 3 layers of decks and hot tub overlook the 3 acres. Huge kitchen, incredibly high ceilings and loads of glass. If you want total privacy, paved access, minutes to downtown Blue Ridge and Hwy 515 and a wonderful ridgeline view, this is for you. Perfect retirement home or fantastic vacation rental. MLS 257117 Call Mark Reeves 706.455.2418

Blairsville, GA 3BR/3BA $315,000 Elegant 2856 SF country home on 6 acres with year round mountain views. Quality reconstruction of 1916 home, high end amenities, 3 stone FPS, huge master and much more. MLS 257587 Call Linda Bowen-Hughes 706.897.2956

Blairsville, GA 3BR/2.5BA $275,000 Spacious mountain home – long range views! Top of the line renovation – new fixtures, flooring, granite. Two decks. Upscale area with paved roads – easy access. MLS 252731 Call Linda Bowen-Hughes 706.897.2956

Morganton, GA 3BR/3BA $259,000 Waterfront/waterfall setting above trout stocked Hemptown Creek. Solid log cabin on 2.4 ac in My Mountain S/D. Firepit, koi pond, 2 story ATV shed, deck overlooking creek. MLS 258055 Call Robin Gard 706.455.5099

Blue Ridge, GA 2BR/1BA $172,500 Privacy on 4.7 acres. Room for a garden, open interior, loft. Large deck, wood floors, tankless water heater, HVAC with propane backup, deck ready for hot tub. Great rental potential. MLS 256905 Call Anne Williamson 706.633.9847

Hiawassee, GA 2BR/2BA $114,000 Log-sided doublewide manuf. home on .5 acres in Hiawassee Mtn Village. Year round mountain view, new appliances, floors, fixtures. Detached 2 car garage with storage and workroom. MLS 254937 Call Mary Ann Dermody 706.970.5214

Cherry Log, GA 3BR/2BA $199,900 Solid Log home on 1.74 unrestricted acres is made for family fun. Mountain views, large deck, country kitchen, 2 BR on main, carport with storage. Great rental potential. MLS 257937 Call Kimberly Bruner 706.455.5703

Blue Ridge, Georgia Blairsville, Georgia 274 W Main Street 706.632.7311

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Ellijay, Georgia 329 River Street 706.276.1254

Hiawassee, Georgia 430 N. Main Street 706.896.3132

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Local dishes

Georgia Tourism rounds up mountain food favorites

The Beechwood Inn in Clayton, Ga., offers wild chanterellefilled ravioli with wild mushroom sauce.


The Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Division has released its 2016 state culinary guide, “Georgia Eats,” featuring the popular “100 Plates Locals Love.” Tasters from around the state were asked to submit their favorite dishes at restaurants. We’ve excerpted the favorites found in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Visit and click on Dining to see the full list.

Atlanta Highway Seafood Market, Gainesville: Fried Shrimp Po Boy. An authentic taste of NOLA at Lake Lanier – a hoagie roll piled high with fresh-fried gulf shrimp, served with hand-cut coleslaw and fries. – Stacey D.

Beechwood Inn, Clayton: Wild Chanterelle Filled Ravioli with Wild Mushroom Sauce. Foraged foods from the Northeast Georgia Mountains should be on every foodie’s list of things to taste. – David D.

Market 50, Hartwell: Roast Beef Sandwich. A traditional roast beef sandwich piled high with thinly sliced, well-seasoned meat on homemade bread. Great after a day on the lake or before heading out on the water. – Cheryl S.

Back Porch Oyster Bar, Dahlonega: Gorgonzola Shrimp Linguine. Stunningly excellent, flavorful dish that does justice to both gorgonzola and fabulous shrimp in equal measure. It’s hard to believe a mountain restaurant does seafood so well! – David Z.

Coco’s Cuban Restaurant, Cumming: Cuban Sandwich. Traditional, authentic Cuban sandwich on freshly baked Cuban bread, served with the best rice and beans. Yummy! – Nicole R.

The Chophouse, Hiawassee: Crispy Portobello Mushrooms. Tasty appetizer features crispy Portobello mushrooms with a delicious gorgonzola rosemary sauce. – Kelly I.

Fleur-de-Lis, Braselton: Two Lump Crab Cakes. Served in the relaxing Spa at Chateau Elan, these two lump crab cakes with spicy mustard remoulade and mixed arugula salad with apple cider vinaigrette compliment the serene surroundings. – Peggy H.

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Glen Ella Springs Inn, Clarkesville: Rack of New Zealand Lamb. The New Zealand rack of lamb is fantastic! Combined with the scenic ambiance of this historic inn, it’s the ultimate in romance and elegant dining. – Jeanne B. Commerce Sports Bar and Grill, Commerce: New York Strip Sandwich on Homemade Bread. This grain-fed New York Strip is covered in sautéed mushrooms, onions and Swiss cheese, and is served on freshly baked bread. – Vickie S.

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Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites has launched a dog walking club, “Tails on Trails.” Hikers and their four-legged companions are challenged to hike seven trails at Georgia state parks and upon completion, dogs earn a bandana and their owners earn a T-shirt for logging the miles. Dog walkers have always been welcome in Georgia state parks, and the Tails on Trails club offers a way for owners and their dogs to accomplish designated hikes. Those who would like to join can purchase a $15 membership card at any of the seven participating parks’ visitor centers or online at Owners must abide by state parks rules: keep dogs on a leash no more than 6-feet, clean up after dogs, and never leave dogs unattended in campsites, cottages or vehicles. Georgia state parks offer several dog-friendly cottages, which are available to book online at These select cottages often fill quickly, so reservations are highly recommended. A $45 fee per dog (limit 2) is charged. The following seven trails are featured in the “Tails on Trails” club: Fort Mountain State Park (Chatsworth) Explore a shaded forest and a serene creek valley along the 1.1-mile stretch of Fort Mountain’s Lake Trail. The trail is short and mostly flat, making a great running loop for owners and their dog. F.D. Roosevelt State Park (Pine Mountain) Dogs will enjoy roaming on the gentle, rolling mountains of F.D. Roosevelt, Georgia’s largest state park. The Mountain Creek Trail is one of the most scenic, and passes through several plant habitats such as pine and hardwood forests. Don Carter State Park (Gainesville) The hike on the Lakeview Loop Trail showcases Don Carter State Park’s prime location on the 38,000-acre Lake Lanier, and is paved for stroller and wheelchair accessibility. Dog owners who are seeking shade can venture into the forest to hike the Woodland Loop Trail.

Sweetwater Creek State Park (Lithia Springs) Sweetwater Creek features two trails for “Tails on Trails” club members, and both lead to the ruins from the New Manchester Manufacturing Company. The Red Trail, 2 miles, is the most frequently used trail and leads directly to the mill ruins. For a longer hike through the park’s wildlife and plant communities, members can hike along Sweetwater Creek’s rocky banks on the 5-mile White Trail. High Falls State Park (Jackson) Dogs can frolic along the Towliga River accompanied by the sound of the upcoming High Falls. The 1.5-mile Falls Trail is a moderately challenging trek through hilly forests that offers a rewarding waterfall view. Fort McAllister State Park (Richmond Hill) Stroll on the 3.1-mile Redbird Creek Trail under the cover of Spanish moss and discover scenic views of salt marshes, coastal wetlands and nature-viewing opportunities at Fort McAllister State Park. Red Top Mountain State Park (Cartersville) The White Tail Trail of Red Top Mountain State Park meanders through hardwood forest to a beautiful overlook of Lake Allatoona. Additional Georgia state parks with dog trails are listed at

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July 28 august 18 September 15 october 20 The screened porch at Steve Frick and Karen Rowell’s home.

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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From Brookhaven police reports dated June 19 through June 26

control devices.

Dunwoody Road – On June 19, arrest for DUI-alcohol.

„„300 block of Brookhaven Ave. – On June

The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

„„3100 block of Buford Highway – On June


„„100 block of Town Blvd./Peachtree Road

19, arrest for disorderly conduct.

25, arrest for not having an employee permit to sell beer and wine. „„2100 block of Johnson Ferry Road – On

June 28, arrest for theft by receiving stolen property. „„3500 block of Buford Highway – On June

28, arrest for unlawful use of license or personal ID card.

„„2900 block of Buford Highway/North

June 25, arrest for not having an employee permit to sell beer and wine.

„„3500 block of Buford Highway – On June

– On June 20, arrest for DUI-alcohol.

Druid Hills Road – On June 19, report of simple battery.

„„4300 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

„„3000 block of Buford Highway – On June

„„1700 block of Briarwood Road – On June

Road – On June 20, arrest for forgery in the first degree.

25, arrest for driving on a revoked/suspended license.

30, arrest for battery-family violence.

„„2000 block of Burton Plaza Lane – On

„„1900 block of North Druid Hills Road –

June 30, arrest for theft by taking.

June 20, arrest for DUI-alcohol.

On June 25, arrest for no driver’s license.

„„3300 block of Buford Highway – On June

„„3000 block of Buford Highway – On

20, arrest for wanted person located.

June 26, arrest for public intoxication and consumption.

„„1700 block of Briarwood Road – On June

25, report of simple battery. „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On June

25, report of simple battery. „„2800 block of Buford Highway – On June

26, report of simple battery.

FRAUD „„1700 block of Clairmont Way – On June

19, report of fraudulent activity. „„ 500 block of Brookhaven Avenue – On June

20, report of fraudulent activity. „„2400 block of Briarcliff Road – On June

„„3200 block of Buford High-

way – On June 20, arrest for public intoxication and consumption.

3100 block of Buford Highway – On June 26, arrest for obstruction and interference, and disorderly conduct. „„

„„3900 block of Buford High-

way/Clairmont Road – On June 20, arrest for driving with no insurance.

1800 block of Corporate Blvd. – On June 26, arrest for forgery-counterfeit ID. „„

24, report of fraudulent activity.

„„2000 block of North Druid

„„2400 block of Briarcliff Road – On June

Hills Road – On June 22, arrest for loitering and prowling.

„„3100 block of Buford Highway – On June

„„1600 block of North Druid Hills Road –

„„1900 block of North Druid Hills Road

On June 23, arrest for failure to obey traffic control devices.

– On June 27, arrest for possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

„„3800 block of Buford Highway – On June

„„2300 block of North Druid Hills Road – On

23, arrest for failure to appear.

June 28, arrest for forgery in the first degree.

„„3300 block of Buford Highway – On June


24, report of forgery-check. „„3000 block of Buford Highway – On June

24, report of forgery. „„3500 block of Knollhaven Drive – On June

24, report of fraud-impersonation. „„3500 block of Blair Circle – On June 25,

report of fraudulent activity.

23, arrest for reckless conduct.


„„Clairmont Road/Northeast Expressway

„„1400 block of North Druids Hills Road/

– On June 24, arrest for driving on suspended/revoked license.

Northeast Expressway – On June 19, arrest for driving on a suspended/revoked licenses.

„„1400 block of Dresden Drive – On June

19, arrest for marijuana possession.

24, arrest of an employee for not having permit to sell liquor.

„„2900 block of Buford Highway – On June

„„3300 block of Buford Highway – On June

„„2700 block of Buford Highway – On June

19, arrest for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana.

24, arrest for not having a driver’s license.

„„1800 block of W. Nancy Creek Drive/

24, arrest of an employee for not having permit to sell liquor.

Ashentree Drive – On June 19, arrest for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. „„4300 block of Peachtree Road – On June

19, arrest for disorderly conduct.


„„4500 block of Peachtree Road/Ashford-

27, arrest for battery.

block of North Druid Hills Road – On

30, arrest for battery-family violence.

„„3000 block of Clairmont Road – On

THEFT „„3300 block of Buford Highway – On June

19, report of theft. „„4400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road – On June 19, report of theft-articles from vehicle. „„ 3400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On

June 20, report of theft-articles from vehicle. „„100 block of Windmont Drive – On June

20, report of theft. „„1200 block of Dresden Drive – On June

21, report of theft of articles from vehicle. „„1200 block of Dresden Drive – On June

21, report of theft of articles from vehicle. „„1200 block of Dresden Drive – On June

21, report of theft of articles from vehicle.


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