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Mayor wants to put brakes on apartments, mixed-use developments BY DYANA BAGBY firstname.lastname@example.org
At left, Lyla Tito, 1, along with her brother Gray, 6, enjoy a popsicle from a vendor at the Brookhaven Farmers Market on July 16. The market, located in the University Baptist Church parking lot off Dresden Drive, is open Saturdays through December 10.
Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst announced July 14 that he is seeking a moratorium on rezoning for high-density development projects, specifically apartment complexes. Ernst made the announcement at one of the city’s kick-off meetings for its character area studies. Those in attendance applauded the decision. The City Council will have to vote on the moratorium next month, Ernst said. “We’re stopping the train,” he said. “It gives space for the character area studies to play out and to get input from the citizens … so they don’t have to be fearful of the next rezoning.” The moratorium would not affect current proposed developments, inSee MAYOR on page 12
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New school named for U.S. Rep. John Lewis BY DYANA BAGBY email@example.com
The new elementary school to be built in Skyland Park will be named for U.S. Rep. John Lewis, the civil rights icon and longtime member of Congress. Meanwhile, officials met with resU. S. Rep. idents over concerns about John Lewis the future school’s traffic and population. The DeKalb County Board of Education voted July 12 to name the school for LewSee NEW on page 13
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Last-ditch effort made by developers on controversial mixed-use project
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Attorney Woody Galloway explains some of the changes to plans for the proposed development at the corner of Dresden and Appalachee drives.
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Developers for a controversial mixeduse development at the corner of Dresden and Appalachee drives make their last-ditch effort for approval to the City Council on July 26. Brookhaven’s Planning Commission voted unanimously July 6 to deny recommending approval for a proposed building on the city’s booming Dresden Drive that includes 113 apartments. The developers now go before the City Council for a last pitch to construct the apartment building and retail space on the 2-acre lot. Woody Galloway, attorney for Terwilliger Pappas, developers for the property called Solis Dresden, said the proposal is not expected to be pulled prior to the council meeting. Galloway began the Planning Com-
Opponents to a mixed-use building on Dresden Drive wore red shirts and packed City Hall July 6 for the city Planning Commission meeting.
mission meeting asking for a 30-day deferral of the commission vote, but no board member made a motion to do so. That opened up the meeting to approximately an hour of public comment from more than a dozen people, including an 8-year-old girl, all opposing the development. Opponents, many of them wearing red shirts, packed City Hall to show they do not want more high density development — specifically apartments — constructed on Dresden Drive, a corridor that is based in the midst of several single-family residential neighborhoods. “I think you can see by the number of red shirts behind me we have a connected community,” neighborhood advocate Jen Heath said to the Planning Commission. Residents brought up traffic issues that already exist along Dresden Drive
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and how congestion would worsen with more apartments. The increased traffic would then lead to more cut-through traffic, street parking and more people “honking their horns,” said Karen Dernavich, who lives in the Ashford Park neighborhood. Dernavich also brought concerns of capacity for storm water and sewer. “I respectfully request you do not put the cart before the horse and put infrastructure in place before you start building,” she told commissioners. Terrell Carstens said the area for the proposed development is in a residential area. “Dresden Drive was not to become apartment row,” she said. City staff has recommended denying the rezoning request, but Galloway said the city only considered the plan submitted to the city April 1 and has not considered “substantial” changes made since
then after meeting with the community to hear their concerns and needs. For example, the original plan called for 121 apartments and now the plan calls for 113 apartments and eight for-sale townhomes, he said. The development would be 3,600 square feet for residential and 9,000 square feet for the ground floor, which he said developers anticipate being a restaurant and retail stores. Galloway also said developers are willing to spend $1.2 million to provide 44 free public parking spaces on the property. Planning Commission members were not impressed, however. “Sometimes it doesn’t fit,” said John Funny of the proposed development. “We in Brookhaven want to protect our quality of life.”
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Last month, Mattison held two community meetings, one at City Hall, and said he felt a smaller working group The Brookhaven City Council voted could help better hammer out some July 12 to wait another month before kind of compromise. voting on a traffic calming proposal for Mattison said during the July 12 the Brookhaven Heights neighborhood. council work session that some stickA vote was slated to take place in ing points by those who oppose the trafJune, but City Councilmember Bates fic calming petition include number Mattison, who represents Brookhaven and location of speed humps and the Heights, asked for a 30-day delay due to proposed partial closings of key access backlash from many points into Brookhavin the neighborhood en Heights. opposing the traffic “I’m intending to calming petition. ask the city manager Mayor John Ernst and our Public Works said he was willing to director about some approve another 30alternative strategies, day delay, but that like law enforcement on Aug. 9 the council and signage,” Mattiwould vote on the isson said. “Once I get sue. feedback from staff, “We cannot drag hopefully I can bring this on,” he said. “I back a recommendawill be calling for a tion to council.” vote on Aug. 9.” The traffic calming Mattison told a resolution includes room filled with ap- MAYOR JOHN ERNST a request to partially proximately two dozclose Standard Drive en people who spoke and Thornwell Drive for and against the by making them righttraffic calming petition that he underin only from North Druid Hills Road, stood the uncertainty of what will hapand also partially closing Oglethorpe pen is causing anxiety among neighAvenue by making it right-in right-out bors. only from North Druid Hills Road. “It is very important everyone’s Many residents opposing the trafvoice is heard,” he said. fic calming petition say if those three A small working group made up of roads are partially closed off, the retwo residents of Brookhaven Heights maining two roads off North Druid and two from Brookhaven Fields met Hills—Pine Grove Avenue and Colonial on July 11 and had a “productive meetDrive—will be flooded with even more ing,” Mattison said. traffic congestion. email@example.com
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When the Old Hickory House restaurant, a local landmark in Dunwoody Village, closed in 2014, a prankster resident posted a sign out front reading, “Anything here but a bank.” Today, SunTrust wants to turn it into a new branch bank. In the digital age, major banks are moving services online and slashing branch banks by the thousands nationwide. So why is the Perimeter area seeing a branch boom big enough to inspire that joke-turned-prediction in Dunwoody? Experts say the factors are a booming local economy, expanding banks wanting to plant flags, and the marketing of more personalized services that branches can provide. “I think that brick-and-mortar cer-
Experts say traditional banks, like this newly built Bank of America branch at 6087 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, are thriving due to a booming local economy and branches marketing more personalized services.
tainly is not obsolete today, but there’s no question it’s certainly used less by customers today than in past generations,” said Chris Burnett, market president at
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the Bank of Sandy Springs. But that’s still a lot of customers, and the face-to-face personal banking touch can be a big factor in customer loyalty
and marketing specialty products, Burnett said. Most individual customers still prefer to set up an account in person— even if they bank online day-to-day later—and Burnett said he expects the baby boomer generation to continue a brickand-mortar leaning as they age. “I think, by and large, they are still more comfortable with a personal bank relationship as opposed to online banking,” said Burnett. At the Bank of Sandy Springs, Burnett changed the way the building functions in response to modern times. “We’ve taken out the traditional teller line” in favor of desks with comfortable chairs, he said. In part, that’s making a virtue of modern banking’s necessity of reduced staffing, but it’s also part of the community Continued on page 6
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In 2014, Sandy Springs resident Wesley Bloeme didn’t know much about pressure washing. But he knew a lot about the student debt facing him as he attended Maryville College in Tennessee. Now the young entrepreneur has turned a summer job into College Student Pressure Washing, a business that employs two other students and has him on track to graduate next year debt-free. “I always wanted to have my own business since I was a small boy,” said Bloeme, a graduate of Buckhead’s Christ the King School and Sandy Springs’ Riverwood high school. In part, that was because of his parents’ entrepreneurship: Father Peter Bloeme is co-founder of the Atlanta Rocks! indoor climbing gym, and mother Lynn Duran is an independent public relations specialist. In the summer of 2014, a friend suggested to Bloeme that they mow lawns to make some cash. Bloeme figured that most local homeowners already have mowing contracts, and he wanted a longer-term money-making opportunity. He saw a market for pressure washing, even though he knew nothing about the machines, which use pressurized water to clean outdoor surfaces. Bloeme said that summer, he got a small pressure-washer from a friend’s aunt and found a first customer. “I didn’t even know how to turn it on until I got to the job,” he said. Since then, Bloeme has learned a lot more about the business and has been successful enough to invest $20,000 in equipment. Meanwhile, he’s made college loans part of his sales pitch. The company’s logo is a man using a pressure-washer to free his ankle from a ball
and chain labeled “student debt.” During the summer, his business operates in Buckhead, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs. The company has cleaned entire neighborhoods in Brookhaven and Sandy Springs for homeowners associations, he said. During the school year, Bloeme doesn’t stop working; he just shifts business to the area of his college, which is near Knoxville, Tenn. He cut a deal with a local storage unit company to let him keep his washing rig there in exchange for cleaning the facility. Describing his workload from earlier this year, Bloeme made it clear a big work ethic is required. “I play on the college tennis team. I had my full course load of classes and was working 40 hours a week,” he said. Even so, something had to give. It was Bloeme’s position as placekicker on the school’s football team. “It’s more important for me to graduate debt-free than to be an all-conference player,” he said. The booming business was one influence on Bloeme’s choice of a major in finance and accounting. He intends to put those skills to use continuing the business after graduation next spring. “I see myself continuing it on,” he said. “I plan on coming back to Sandy Springs, coming home, just growing the business down there.” But will it still be called “College Student Pressure Washing” when Bloeme is no longer a student? “I’ve thought about it. I want to keep it,” he said of the name. “I want to continue the mission of [hiring] guys who can graduate without, or minimize, student debt.” For more information about Bloeme’s business, see collegestudentpressurewashing.com.
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Why brick-and-mortar branch banks still thrive in the digital age Continued from page 4 bank’s marketing of “high-touch” personal relationships instead of herding customers in lines. Burnett said the personal touch is also important for banks that market specialty services like wealth
management and insurance that involve a sense of trust. Such changes mirror larger industry trends. An American Bankers Association report last year said more than 2,600 branch banks nationwide shuttered in 2014 and staff was cut within many of
those that remain. But the real trend, the report said, is not eliminating branch bank systems, but rather “optimizing” them. For example, Chase Bank last year announced the closure of 300 branchJOHN RUCH es—but also From left, Chris Burnett, market president at the Bank of Sandy the reconfigSprings, Tiffany Kennybrew, assistant banking center manager, uration of far and Cindy Miller, banking specialist, at a desk and chair area for customers, instead of the traditional teller line. more, about 1,200 of them, building. to automate routine services and focus “The branch banking center conpersonal contact on customers who realtinues to be an important resource for ly need and want it. many of our clients,” Miller said, adding Brad Miller, a consumer network that in the online banking era, “many cliplanning executive at SunTrust Bank, ents still prefer to use branches for more talked in system-optimizing terms about in-depth conversations in order to gain why the bank is looking at the Old Hickthe financial confidence to achieve a life ory site. He said SunTrust aims to “conwell-spent.” sistently refine its branch network” and The Old Hickory House happens to be that the Dunwoody location gives good right next door to a Bank of North Georcustomer access and a more efficient gia branch. Burnett said branches serve as important marketing in a metro Atlanta boom time. He said that during the 2008 recession, about 90 Georgia banks closed. Now that number is climbing back up, with many new banks entering the market and plenty of bank mergers and acquisitions. The real question for the banking industry—and probably for the fate of other beloved former restaurants—is what the millennial generation will want after growing up online. “Branches will change or die,” said a Bain & Company report last year on bank customer behavior and loyalty, while adding that some the trends are elusive. The report found that most customers use a mix of physical and online banking, and that branches can be an important way to build customer relationships. On the other hand, the report also found that customers who use branches frequently are almost three times more likely to switch banks than those who frequently bank online. And the digital world offers all sorts of new ways to offer personal touches without literally in-person contact, it noted. So it remains to be seen whether millennial customers will want face-to-face banking, or what “face-to-face” will mean in the tech future. At the Bank of Sandy on any double installed on any single installed Springs, a place where they still offer cusThermacore® door Thermacore® door tomers free coffee and hand out candy to their kids, Burnett said, “Candidly, we Not valid with any other offer. Expires 12/31/16 don’t have an answer to that question.”
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Auto body shop’s owner has lifelong love affair with cars BY JOE EARLE firstname.lastname@example.org
Lisa Dombrowsky likes cars. She has since she was a teenager. “I’ve been in this business since I was 17,” said Dombrowsky, the owner of Dent Wizard on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, who’s 46 and has kids of her own now. “I started selling cars... I wanted a brand-new 300 ZX and the only way to buy myself a car was to go to work. I worked long enough to get that car.” She lived in Miami then. Originally a Jersey girl, she moved to south Florida with her family at age 14, she said. She got her first job at 15, working in a restaurant. She’s worked at different jobs through the years, but kept coming back to ones that had something to do with cars. “I’ve just always been into cars,” she said. “I love ’em. I love the feel of a nice car. I love the way a car looks. There’s nothing better than having a kick-ass car that you’re one with. ... You can just drive.” After she earned enough money to buy that first 300 ZX, she went into auto insurance, she said. Through the years, she worked with a car detailing company and for a mobile body shop su-
pervising the guys who removed dents from banged-up fenders. “I started with two trucks and within a year, I have 12 trucks on the road, and 24 guys and 39 dealerships served,” she said. When she met her husband-to-be, a neighbor in her apartment complex named Scott, he was in the dent-fixing business, too. “We lived in the same complex,” she recalls. “He lived downstairs with his little frou-frou Pomeranian and I lived upstairs with my two kids.” They relocated to Atlanta and, in 2010, went into business running the car dent repair shop at 5717 Peachtree Industrial Highway in Chamblee. Scott, who had worked for years with Dent Wizard, knew the repair side of the business, Dombrowsky said. “I’m the one who knew the business side,” she said. “He knew nothing about the business side. ... He had the skill of paintless dent repair,” which she described as a method of fixing dents in car fenders by using tools on the inside and outside of fenders to push out the dent. Getting settled in metro Atlanta wasn’t easy at first, she said. “I hated it here,” she said. Then, in 2012, Scott died from an an-
eurism in his brain. Lisa suddenly had to take over the business, called Unique Auto Appearance, and run it by herself. “Solo,” she said. It hasn’t been easy. She says other business owners think they can take advantage of her simply because she’s a woman owner in a male-dominated business. She hired her own staff and still operates her business from the repair shop located among the cluster of car dealers on Peachtree Industrial. “It is a man’s world, but being in it since I was 17, I don’t look at it that way,” she said. “In Georgia it’s that way, but in Miami, it’s not. I take my business seriously. If something happens to somebody’s car, I fix it. I look at clients’ cars as if they’re my own cars.”
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Cutting the ribbon on the 1000 Spalding Apartments at 1000 Spalding Drive in Sandy Springs on July 14 included Barbara Pomerance, Joanne Harrington, Marvin Tulloch, Rachel Sliger, Fatima Youssef, Felicia Cowan, Bill Ritter, Samantha Burton, Devin Harvey, Scarlett Sparkman, Suzanne Brown and Beth Berger.
Meet Christie Kinsaul, who moved to Canterbury Court to downsize and simplify her life. Little did she know how much she would love her new lifestyle. “Maintaining a two-story townhouse and everything in it was taking considerable time and effort. I was ready for some changes, and I wanted to make the move on my own terms.” 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.
Fido Fido Dog Daycare and Boarding, located at 275 Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs, recently celebrated its 10th Anniversary with a ribbon cutting. On hand for the festivities, from left, Barbra Pomerance, Katie DeVos, Jan Paul, Marea White, Suzanne Brown, Mayor Rusty Paul, Erica Rocker-Willis and Beth Berger. The facility offers grooming, massage, birthday parties and other services for canines.
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Jinya Ramen Bar, located in the Hammond Springs Shopping Center, opened on June 29 with a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of Commerce and the city of Sandy Springs. Chamber ambassadors, along with representatives of the city’s Economic Development department, attended. Co-owners William Chen, Li Cheng and Julie Mei cut the ribbon.
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Tupelo Honey Café, at 4600 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, opened its doors last month with a ribbon cutting. Attending were Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul joined by, from left, Zac Coleman, Tiara Coleman, Alesha Sisk, Jessica Hammond, Jeff Gould, Stephen Frabitore and Tyler Alford.
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The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts moved July 1 from Dunwoody’s Ravinia complex to Sandy Springs’ 500 NorthPark office tower. Going along with the move were the PCIDs Perimeter Connects commuting alternatives program and the Perimeter Business Alliance, a PCIDs partner organization. The PCIDs are two self-taxing business districts in Perimeter Center—one on the DeKalb County side and one in Fulton—that share a single staff. The move to 1100 Abernathy Road makes the PCIDs a neighbor of such corporations as Veritiv, which joined the Fortune 500 list this year. For more information, see perimetercid.org.
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Opinion / The state of police-community relations The relationship between police departments and civilians is in a local and national spotlight. Huge protests followed the controversial police killings earlier this month of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota. Meanwhile, gunmen mass-murdered police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Reporter Newspapers asked local police chiefs how their forces are reacting to the event in Dallas—the Baton Rouge incident had not happened yet—and what training their departments use to keep routine interactions between officers and the public from escalating into shootings.
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All the officers are more cautious when responding to calls. We are send-
ing at least two officers out on more serious calls. Officers are now prone to back each other up on traffic stops. The recent police killings have not hurt department morale because most of the officers wouldn’t have taken the job without knowing there are risks involved, and most officers enjoy their jobs. In some respects, the outpouring of community support we’ve received recently has actually strengthened department morale. To prevent regular stops from escalating to violence, we are just using open communication—all of our officers are handling everything the same way they always have. We haven’t had any complaints; our officers are mindful of peoples’ rights and are courteous to people. A number of our officers have received a training called “Verbal
Judo,” which is a method of verbal deescalation, and we are going to continue to provide that. More training was actually scheduled before the last the few incidents, but we continue to increase our training on dealing with mentally disturbed people through Crisis Intervention Teams (CIT). I’m serving on the state board of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The CIT training is a subsidiary of NAMI; we are trying to increase participation in NAMI throughout the state. I also just attended this past week the White House Advancing 21st Century Police Briefing, which emphasizes more cooperation and interaction with the community and promotes positive interactions through the use of social media.
ber their training and tactics learned, and to trust their instincts to stay safe in these most troubling of times. The city has invested a great deal of time and resources into training that includes cultural diversity instruction as well as “shoot and don’t shoot” tactics. We constantly work with officers in developing discipline and restraint in the use of deadly force. This past week, SSPD opened its new training facility, expanding our capacity in developing these skills. Our department will open the use of this facility to other surrounding law enforcement agencies as well. We will continue to be proactive in our robust training programs. We are very committed in the area of developing relationships within the community as evidenced through the driving and self-defense programs we offer, the Citizens on Patrol volunteer program, the neighborhood watch programs and more. The outpouring of
support we’ve received from the community has been tremendous. We’ve received calls and letters; individuals and company representatives have dropped by headquarters to deliver meals and baked goods; and thousands have expressed their support via social media. That support is a source of comfort and is greatly appreciated by the men and women that serve Sandy Springs. We don’t take it for granted. It will be some time before the confrontational atmosphere subsides. We also need to remain responsive to the community we serve. I am working closely with our command staff to make certain we take appropriate operational measures to ensure the continued safety of our officers as well as the members of the community. Our focus has been, and will continue to be, the safety of our officers and those in the community we serve.
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Dunwoody Police Department The ambush and execution of five Dallas police officers and the assault of seven other officers with their department serves as a stark reminder of the dangers facing law enChief Billy Grogan forcement today. Unfortunately, the reality of this danger struck close to home hours after the deadly shooting in Dallas when a Roswell police officer was shot at and a Valdosta police officer was shot in what has been described as an ambush. In spite of the dangers law enforcement faces today, Dunwoody police officers continue to provide professional service to the citizens of Dunwoody through fair and impartial policing. In spite of the numerous protests across the United States and the anti-police rhetoric on social media, Dunwoody police officers continue to build positive relationships with our community and maintain high morale.
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Atlanta Police Department The recent murder of five Dallas police officers sent shockwaves through the Atlanta Police Department (APD). The mass shooting put officers on notice that they too can become a target. Chief George Turner Members of the law enforcement community share a bond that reaches beyond our city and state borders. When one of us is affected in this manner, it affects all of us. Our Employee Assistance Program and Chaplaincy Unit are available to assess the mental and emotional well-being of our officers. Every day we leave our respective homes, not knowing if we will return. Each member of the Atlanta Police Department has accepted the responsibility to protect and serve the city of Atlanta with integrity and dignity. The risks associated with being a police officer are heightened during times like these, which makes our officers more vigilant while reinforcing our commitment to our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief David Brown and the Dallas Police Department. In an effort to promote positive interactions among officers and citizens, APD has BK
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www.ReporterNewspapers.net The department has worked tirelessly to train our staff in how to de-escalate tense police encounters so the public and officers remain safe. This training has included roleplaying “use of force” scenarios where the actions of the officer influences the response of the role-player. Additionally, over 50 percent of the department’s staff has attended Crisis Intervention Training (CIT), which provides extensive training in how to respond to calls where someone is experiencing a mental health crisis. Our goal is to send 100 percent of our officers to CIT training. In the near future, we plan to provide Procedural Justice training for officers as well. Our officers are also equipped with several non-lethal force options like pepper spray and a Taser. Of course, an important piece of having a professional police department that maintains a good relationship with the community is holding officers accountable. The Dunwoody Police Department reviews every use of force for policy compliance. Also, supervisors randomly review in-car video and bodyworn camera video for policy compliance and training opportunities. The Dunwoody Police Department operates in a transparent and open manner to foster a positive relationship with our community. We use social media to educate and inform and as a means to provide that transparency. As we all know, communication is the key to any successful relationship.
made community policing a priority. The Atlanta Police Department is one of the most progressive and diverse police departments. We are aware that the department mirrors the communities we serve. We actively communicate and connect with citizens; therefore, we are meeting and strategizing with community leaders to address their concerns and develop the right type of response. The Atlanta Police Department is one of 15 law enforcement agencies in the nation to be recognized for implementing the 21st Century Policing methods. We obtained a model city designation for our efforts to implement and follow the 59 recommendations set in place by President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. We have taken on a guardian mindset to continue to build trust and nurture relationships. The Atlanta Police Department already provides professional development and continuing education training for officers who are actively serving. In an effort to put the best officers on the streets, Atlanta Police recruits receive over 22 weeks of academy-based training; more than double the 10 weeks and a day mandated by the state of Georgia, and 12 weeks of field training. Atlanta police recruits and officers are the most extensively trained police officers in the state. The training provided helps our officers to properly identify and avoid situations from escalating into shootings. Training received by Atlanta police officers includes: interpersonal communication/cultural awareness; control tactics/less than lethal weapons; crisis intervention; LGBT awareness; cultural diversity; and bias-based profiling.
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Mayor wants to put brakes on apartments, mixed-use developments
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Residents review a character area studies map at the kick-off meeting on July 14 at City Hall.
Continued from page 1 cluding those on Dresden Drive and the MARTA redevelopment, he said. Developments that don’t require rezoning also are not affected by the moratorium. The call for a moratorium comes after proposed mixed-use developments on Dresden Drive have brought out numerous residents living in the surrounding single-family-home neighborhoods to protest the highdensity developments at community meetings. The Planning Commission recently voted to not recommend approval of the proposed Solis Dresden development at the corner of Dresden and Appalachee drives. Developers there want to build a four-story complex with 113 apartments with the main floor having retail and a restaurant. Another similar mixed-use development on Dresden Drive, named Dresden Village, is proposed to go on the property where the DeKalb Coun-
ty Tax Commissioner office is located. Residents living in surrounding neighborhoods have complained that these kinds of high-density developments will only worsen traffic in already congested areas, will negatively affect their neighborhood’s character and put stress on the city’s infrastructure. The four-story Dresden Village development includes 194 apartments. It goes before the Planning Commission on Aug. 3.
Character studies to look at residential neighborhoods
During a kick-off for the longawaited character studies at City Hall on July 14, residents learned the studies were to take place specifically in residential neighborhoods with some infill development: the Lakes District, Blackburn Park neighborhood, Lynwood Park, Osborne Park, Ashford Park-Drew Valley, Brookhaven Heights-Brookhav-
en Fields, Briarwood Park, Roxboro, dents living in the surrounding sinLenox Park, Buford Highway and Hisgle-family neighborhoods and restoric Brookhaven. idents said they want to be able to Interactive community meetings have a say in how that area is develwill be held in August and September oped in the future. for people to make suggestions and Community Development Director recommendations Ben Song said peofor their neighborple will be able to hoods, including speak on those arheight of buildings, eas while participatdensity and archiing in the specific tectural style. The neighborhood meetentire process is exings that border the pected to take six Peachtree Corridor months. and Overlay DisMany residents trict. attending quesSong said the tioned why the recommendations Peachtree Corrimade with resident dor was not includinput will be the ed in the charac“meat” to add to the ter studies as well city’s current comas the Brookhavprehensive plan. en Peachtree OverThe recommendalay District, where tions will also be a much of the controsupplement to the versial development MAYOR JOHN ERNST comprehensive plan is taking place. and not replace it, “We did not inhe said. clude those. Our foAfter the recomcus is mainly on residential neighmendations are hammered out in deborhoods,” said Kristine Dedrick of tail, the city can look to them when reSycamore Consulting, the company writing its zoning ordinances, which hired by the city for $83,000 to facilregulates what kind of development itate the character studies. “This pargoes where, Song said. ticular study is just on residential.” “Preserve, maintain and enhance However, several residents said it – what does that truly mean?” Song is the Peachtree Corridor and its trafsaid. fic congestion that prompted them to Public input will define these get involved in the character studies. words and then allow the city to inAlso, the proposed mixed-use develcorporate them into the “regulatory opments on Dresden Drive have been tool” or zoning ordinances, he said. causing serious angst for many resi-
We’re stopping the train. It [the moratorium] gives space for the character area studies to play out and to get input from the citizens … so they don’t have to be fearful of the next rezoning.
Character studies will include: Lakes District, Blackburn Park neighborhood, Lynwood Park, Osborne Park, Ashford Park-Drew Valley, Brookhaven Heights-Brookhaven Fields, Briarwood Park, Roxboro, Lenox Park, Buford Highway and Historic Brookhaven. brookhavencharacterareastudy.com
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New elementary school named for U.S. Rep. John Lewis Continued from page 1 is, who represents the 5th District in Atlanta. The official name of the school will be John Robert Lewis Elementary School. This is the first public school in the country named for Lewis. “John Lewis is an American icon who has dedicated his life to the highest ethical standards and moral principles,” said Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green in a statement.
School officials meet with residents
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On July 14, residents from the Skyland Park neighborhoods met at Brookhaven City Hall with school district officials, including Green. In a controversial vote, Brookhaven City Council voted May 10 to approve an agreement with the DeKalb County Board of Education to purchase Skyland Park for $4.7 million for the new 900-student elementary school as part of the school district’s efforts to alleviate overcrowding in the Cross Keys cluster. The school is expected to draw students from overcrowded Montclair Elementary and Dresden Elementary, whose student populations are largely Latino. Neighbors in the area at the time said
they did not want such a large school near their homes and raised concerns of congestion and traffic. Some also worried that the school’s students would be largely Hispanic and on public assistance. “This won’t represent the community the school is in,” one resident said at the May 10 meeting. Mayor John Ernst promised at the time he would set up a meeting between the residents, many with elementary-age students, and school officials; the July 14 meeting was fulfilling the promise. The school district is purchasing 10 acres of Skyland Park from Brookhaven and is also purchasing from the state the Skyland building where the State Vital Records Office is located for $2.8 million. 07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1 7/27/15 9:18 AM Page 1
As part of the agreement, DeKalb County BOE will then transfer the land the building is located on — some 4 acres — to the city for the renovation and construction of a new Skyland Park. The school district is expected to close on the properties with the city and state by January 2017 with the new school slated to open in three years. Who will be attending the school and from what areas remained concerns. Kim Gokce, founder and director of the Cross Keys Foundation, asked residents to embrace the project as representative of the city. “If you created a Brookhaven City District School today, two-thirds of the students would be a minority – immediately,”
he said. Race, housing type, diversity – those are not considered when the Board of Education redistricts, explained Dan Drake, director of Planning and Forecasting. Rob Smith, who has served as a spokesperson for residents living around Skyland Park, said he felt the meeting with school district officials was “very positive.” “I’m Glad Dr. Green showed up. That was important,” he said. “We’re still not sure on the feeder pattern … There’s not a good answer yet because it’s early. I think everyone was heard.” Traffic issues will have to be addressed by the city, Smith said, and ongoing discussions will take place on how to handle school traffic in and around residential neighborhoods. Green said he also felt the meeting was positive and informative for the school district and the residents. “Sometimes putting a new school in can worry people, but then you can see the brighter side to this and trigger and launch discussion around beautification efforts in neighborhoods.” The John Robert Lewis Elementary School will be temporarily located at 2383 North Druid Hills Road in Atlanta, in the former International Student Center, until it opens in Brookhaven in early 2019.
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House District 80 race takes nasty turn with misleading mailer ahead of July 26 runoff BY DYANA BAGBY
Carter told the AJC. “All of the allegations contained in it are 100 percent true.” Davis was investigated for alThe Republican runoff for House leged sexual harassment while he was District 80 remayor and Mattison cently took a nashas recently filed for ty turn. bankruptcy. A campaign Carter did not remailer mocking turn an email from GOP candidate Reporter Newspapers Alan Cole appearseeking comment. ing to come from Carter earned nathe other GOP tional notoriety in candidate, Mea2012 when he disgan Hanson, was covered a video of actually sent by then-presidential Rea Democrat operpublican candidate ative. Mitt Romney sayHanson, who ing, “There are 47 did the footpercent of the peoAlan Cole work to uncovple who will vote for er the fact that the president [Barack the mailer was Obama] no matter sent by former what … My job is not President Jimmy to worry about those Carter’s grandpeople.” son, James CartBill Gannon, a er, said she was Sandy Springs resappalled when ident who is camshe saw the mailpaigning for Hanson, er that features called the mailer a a photograph of “new low.” former Brookhav“Taylor Bennett en Mayor J. Max and his supporters Davis, Brookhavhave reached a new en Councilmemlow and this is someber Bates MattiMeagan Hanson thing they will have son and Cole with to deal with in Noderogatory terms vember,” he said. stamped on them and allegedly sent Hanson, who has vehemently deby the “Super Friends for Meagan Hannounced the mailer, also denounced son.” the Democratic Party for getting inHanson and Cole, both of Brookhavvolved in a Republican race. en, face each other in the July 26 Re“I was very shocked they [Demopublican runoff. The winner of the runcrats] would get involved in our Repuboff will face Democrat state Rep. Taylor lican primary,” Hanson said. Bennett of Brookhaven in November. “They have no business doing that. Bennett defeated Davis last year for the What it shows me is they are very conseat vacated by Republican Mike Jaccerned about the HD 80 seat. I think it’s bos, who left the seat to become a judge. important for everyone to know, ReHouse District 80 includes Brookhavpublican or Democrat, that the Demoen and a small slice of Sandy Springs. crats are trying to have influence with Hanson said she was so angered by a Republican election — and that’s not the mailer, she tracked down who sent OK,” she said. it by first locating the bulk mail firm that mailed it and then the printer that actually printed it. She said she discovered that a “Sally Carter,” wife of James Carter, purchased the mailers for some $800. The Atlanta JournalConstitution was able to confirm that Carter sent the mailer. “I take full responsibility for the mailer,” James dyanabagby@reporternewspaper
Cole’s campaign issued a statement saying, “It appears that Alan Cole has been the subject of a vicious anonymous attack by the Democratic Party. This kind of dirty trick is a reason not to trust Georgia Democrats in the fall campaign. Alan intends to be the Republican nominee for District 80 by taking our positive message of property tax relief and reigning in county government straight to the voters.” Bennett also issued a statement in response to the mailer. “I strongly disagree with the tactics that have been used recently in the HD80 Republican Primary race, regardless of their source or sources. My office and my campaign strive to adhere to the highest standards of transparency and accountability. During the first weeks of my legislative career, I sponsored HB 1016, which would have prohibited sending campaign-related mailers without taking responsibility for their content. I will never participate in anonymous or misleading mailings, and I encourage all candidates in HD 80 and their supporters to focus on the substantive issues that affect our district and our state,” Bennett said.
GOP runoff also in House District 81 Two Republican candidates are also vying to win the House District 81 nod to take on incumbent Democrat Scott Holcomb in November. HD 81 includes a portion of Brookhaven, Chamblee and Tucker. Jim Duffie and Lane Flynn face each other in the July 26 runoff. Duffie, of Atlanta, is the state director for Georgians for Fair Taxation, ran unsuccessfully for HD 81 in 2014 and for Senate District 40 in 2010. Lane Flynn, a business owner and commercial pilot, is from Tucker.
Briefs DEKALB BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS KILLS SPLOST, E-HOST REFERENDUMS The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted July 19 to kill putting a referendum for proposed sales tax increases on the November ballot after questions were raised that doing so would likely eliminate a longstanding property tax freeze. County and city elected officials began asking questions about wording in House Bill 596. The word “tolled” is used in the bill rather than “extend” — meaning if the sales tax referendums, a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and Equalized Homestead Option Sales Tax were approved by voters in November, the property tax freeze would disappear, according to legal analysis. The penny tax was to be used to fund infrastructure projects, including paving. As part of the process to get the referendums on the ballot, DeKalb County sought Intergovernmental Agreements (IGA) and resolutions of support for the SPLOST and E-HOST referendums from municipalities, including Brookhaven and Dunwoody. The Dunwoody City Council deferred its vote on July 11, before the tax freeze questions were raised, because council members wanted to wait to see how the BOC would vote at its July 19 meeting. On July 18, at a special called meeting after the property tax freeze questions were raised, the Dunwoody City Council voted again to defer voting on the measures.
CITY COUNCIL AGREES TO FORM AFFORDABLE HOUSING TASK FORCE The City Council agreed during the July 12 work session to form a 12-member task force to look at affordable housing in the city. City Council will present a list of potential members to city staff at a later date. The task force, suggested by Councilmember Linley Jones, is in response to a letter signed by members of local churches, asking the council to put the issue on their agenda. Those serving on the task force should also include developers, Mayor John Ernst said. Councilmember Joe Gebbia noted there are resources available on affordable housing and that he is interested in assessing impact fees on developers to assist with workforce housing. Gebbia is also interested in creating a workforce housing fund. Councilmember Bates Mattison wanted to make sure members from the Latin American Association and the Center for Pan Asian Community Services had input on the task force. BK
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Experts: No ‘magic bullet’ for traffic snarls BY JOHN RUCH firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sandy Springs mayor wants Pill Hill shuttle services running from new MARTA parking garages. Some residents want to widen Hammond Drive; some want to keep suburban-style streets. The rapidly growing city is building multiuse trails and talking about monorails. There’s no shortage of ideas for fixing Sandy Springs’ increasingly tangled traffic, but plenty of questions about which ones actually work. Local experts say there are no easy answers and many different alternatives will be needed. The downside: traffic is getting harder to predict, and the impact of some commuting solutions is difficult to measure. “There’s no silver bullet here, no magic bullet,” said Michael Hunter, a traffic engineering professor at Georgia Tech. “It really should be a multi-alternative approach, especially when you’re looking at a complicated area like this.”
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“Rarely can you ever actually solve [traffic congestion],” Hunter said, describing more of a problem-management approach. “Usually, it does end up being a collection of different [solutions]….Putting in a shuttle may make sense in one area and make absolutely no sense in another area.” Jennifer Harper at Perimeter Connects knows a lot about those shuttles, and carpools, and discount MARTA passes. Harper helps employers use those solutions and more in the alternative commuting program administered by the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts. She agrees that the challenge is targeting the alternatives to the proper situations. “Telecommuting’s not going to work for everyone. MARTA’s not going to work for everyone,” Harper said. Instead, Perimeter Connects works on a “personalized plan for each company.” When experts like these look at how to tailor such solutions in a place like Sandy Springs, they start with “capacity” and “demand.” Capacity is what engineers like Hunter mostly handle: physical infrastructure like roads and traffic signals. Demand is what alternative transportation consultants like Harper mostly handle: methods for reducing the number of single-occupant cars on the road. “Capacity and demand are the two big things,” said Hunter, emphasizing the need to “look at both parts of the equation.” And of course, the lines between them aren’t strict. Hunter noted that, without careful design, new road projects can trigger “induced demand”—attracting more traffic—as
well as “latent demand,” where drivers who avoided a nasty road return when it improves, causing it to quickly clog up once more.
What engineers see
Traffic engineers like to start by studying the heck out of the situation, Hunter said. “The first thing you need to do is, you need to figure out what’s going on,” which may not be what average drivers expect or assume. A curveball in traffic studies, Hunter said, are commuting apps like Waze and Uber-type private taxi services. Such technology makes traffic more unpredictable, and while some people believe technology like driverless cars could solve everything, they’re full of potential for “unintended consequences,” he said. “Is there anything innovative I can do?” Hunter said is a question engineers ask. One such innovation is the “diverging diamond” interchange that speeds up intersection flow by allowing traffic to swap sides of the street. A diverging diamond is already installed on Ashford-Dunwoody Road at I-285 in Dunwoody, and another is coming to Sandy Springs’ Abernathy Road at Ga. 400. Capacity is also about trade-offs, Hunter said, noting it’s possible to build a giant road to handle rush-hour traffic that is empty concrete the rest of the time. “Where do you want to live? How do you want the area to look?” he asked, saying residents might answer, “I can live with more congestion a few hours a day if it means we get fewer lanes, more green space, more bike lanes.” That’s not a pure engineering choice, but a “societal choice, a political choice,” Hunter said. “Make it an active choice instead of something that just happens as we go along.”
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At Perimeter Connects, Harper deals with the dramatically different needs of hospitals, Perimeter Mall and Fortune 500 companies. “We’re a very unique market. We’re a bit different than Buckhead or Midtown or Downtown,” she said. “You market to each of them very differently.” Some of that work is behind-the-scenes detail, like helping Pill Hill hospitals adjust their shift schedules to better match MARTA. Some is helping coordinate efforts like the three new Georgia Regional Transportation Authority bus routes coming to Perimeter Center, with the first debuting in September. Perimeter Connects helps coordinate one Perimeter Center shuttle service; about a dozen corporations have their own as well. And it supervises staggered-shift programs by major corporations so they don’t all simply move rush hour to another time. Commuting is a concern for the PCIDs itself, which has a new office in Sandy Springs. Harper said some employees take MARTA— the office is near North Springs station—
while some others “moved specifically here in the market so they’re not commuting.” But Harper herself lives in Brookhaven and has kids in different camp programs, meaning it’s car travel for Perimeter Connects’ program manager. That mix of alternatives is common in the quest to “reduce single-occupancy trips as much as we possibly can,” as Harper put it. But which programs are actually working? The data is limited. Perimeter Connects
knows how many discount MARTA passes sell and that the local shuttle is full. But the best option—people working from home— is “nearly impossible” to measure. In fact, telecommuting programs often fizzle because companies lack the “nuts and bolts, hardware and software” to make it practical—services that Perimeter Connects is stepping up consulting efforts to improve, Harper said.
Pavilion mixed-use plan gets even bigger BY JOHN RUCH email@example.com
The gigantic Peachtree Dunwoody Pavilion office park redevelopment plan is getting even bigger, topping 1.1 million square feet of more apartments, hotel rooms, parking decks and offices. The redevelopment of the 19-acre office park, at Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Lake Hearn Drive in Sandy Springs’ Pill Hill medical area, was proposed in March. Almost every part of the plan is bigger in the official city paperwork Simpson Organization, the developer, recently filed. Multifamily housing units are up to 335 from 250, and an office tower went from 11 stories to 18. The increased density is due to several factors, said Boyd Simpson, president of the Simpson Organization, in an interview. Those factors include more available land than originally thought, some regulatory requirements for parking, and increased demand from potential office tenants. An office tower in the plan has increased in height following interest from both Northside and Emory Saint Joseph’s hospitals in possible administrative space, Simpson said. At a July 12 community meeting, the development team presented some new details, including that the housing would be “luxury” apartments. The hotel would be either a Hy-
att or a Marriott and would including at least some extended-stay rooms, said Simpson. The apartments would target hospital workers, including windowless bedroom units for night-shift workers who sleep during the day, said Stephen Bates of Toll Brothers, the project’s residential developer. He said market research shows about 30 percent of residents would “regularly” use the adjacent Medical Center MARTA station. The site’s main new parking deck would include a pedestrian bridge and dedicated stairway/ elevator bank to that station. The project requires rezoning for the mixed use and will seek use permits for heights that include the 275-foot office tower, two parking garages around 100 feet tall, and the 64-foot-tall residential building. The existing parking lot is about 1,175 spaces; the new parking total would be nearly 3,000, according to the filing. The plan is still less dense than allowed under current zoning, which would be about 1.5 million square feet, according to the project filing. Three existing buildings in the office park, totaling 340,000 square feet, will remain. The project next heads to the city Planning Commission in September. If the project meets city approval, Simpson said, phased construction could start this winter with the parking garage. The hotel and apartments construction could begin in summer 2017.
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FOR KIDS PARROT POWER Monday, July 25, 1111:45 a.m. See beautiful live birds talk, do tricks, give kisses and even sit on your arm. Park behind the Brookhaven Branch Library and enter at the lower level. Free. The public is welcome. Suitable for all ages. Open to the first 30 participants. Call 404-848-7140 to sign up or for an appointment for a group of five or more. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319.
BR’ER RABBIT Tuesday, July 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Join Br’er Rabbit and his friends for 40 minutes of stories, music and humor in this new production by a solo puppeteer. Free. Suitable for ages 3 and up. Open to the community. No registration required. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: email@example.com or call 404-3036130 for details.
COOL IT! Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Grab your tennis shoes and participate in a celebration for the 20th anniversary of the Centennial
Tuesday, July 26, 1-2:30 p.m. Have you ever wondered how the food in your refrigerator stays cold? Why does cooling off in a swim-
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Northwest Georgia offers visions of other places, other times 2
BY JOE EARLE A drive up I-75 may call to mind places to pick your own apples or watch the leaves change color in the fall, but there’s much more to see. Northwest Georgia can show you surprising things: dinosaur skeletons and space capsules; folk artist Howard Finster’s exotic visions of distant worlds and celebrations of this one; imagined scenes celebrating cowboy life; and the actual place where an Indian nation prospered before its people were forced to march west on the Trail of Tears. Here are five places you might find worth a trip.
Paradise Garden Summerville
Rev. Howard Finster claimed he “took the pieces you threw away and put them together...” into art. The folk artist, who died in 2001, gained fame by making tens of thousands of works (he numbered them) in order to spread the gospel and his views of this world and others. He also somehow found the time and energy to assemble the extraordinary place known as Paradise Garden. Using concrete, wood, mirrors, discarded tools and bicycles, shards of pottery, baubles and even the liner to a box of chocolates, Finster cobbled together buildings, flowers and colorful sidewalks into a place where visitors casually can stroll through what feels like a piece of another world. The garden now is operated by a nonprofit foundation. Where: 200 North Lewis Street, about
three miles north of downtown Summerville, just off U.S. 27. Take Exit 306 from I-75, turn west on Ga. 140. Turn right on U.S. 27. Take U.S. 27 through Summerville. Look for mile marker 13 and turn right onto Rena Street. Follow the signs and go about three blocks to turn into the entrance to the garden. Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Cost: $15 adults; $10 seniors (55 and older); $5 students; younger than 12, free. For more: paradisegardenfoundation.org, 706-808-0800.
ing, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Cost: adults aged 18 to 61, $7; seniors 62 or older, $6.50; youth aged 6 to 17, $5.50. For more: gastateparks.org/NewEchota.
Western Art Museum 3 Booth Cartersville
New Echota Historic Site Calhoun
New Echota once housed the capital of another nation. In 1825, Cherokee lawmakers established their capital at this site. During the next decade, it was home to the Cherokee nation’s legislature and courts, and the first Indian-language newspaper. The community also gave its name to the treaty that relinquished Cherokee claims to lands east of the Mississippi River and led to their forced removal to the west on the infamous Trail of Tears. Today, visitors can learn about the history of the Cherokee in Georgia, walk among a dozen original and reconstructed buildings, watch a hand-operated press print a mock newspaper page and even hear a recording of “Amazing Grace” sung in Cherokee. Where: 1211 Chatsworth Highway NE, Calhoun, Ga., 30701. Located in Calhoun one mile east of I-75, Exit 317 on Highway 225. Hours: Wednesdays to Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Thanksgiv-
Cowboys in Cartersville? Why not? The Booth promises one of the largest collections of western art in the South. It features realistic and abstract painting, sculpture and a collection of portraits and signatures of American presidents. A larger-than-life cowboy riding a bucking horse in a sculpture out front sets the tone; inside, works by more than 200 artists examine the mythic west, the modern west and the lives of westerners. Where: 501 Museum Drive, Cartersville, Ga., 30120. Take I-75 to Exit 288. Turn west and follow Main Street (Ga. 113 /61) about 2.2 miles into Cartersville’s business district. Turn right on Gilmer Street, go two blocks under the bridge. The museum is on the left. Hours: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m. Cost: adults $10 + tax; seniors (65 and over) $8 + tax; students $7 + tax; children 12 and under free. For more: boothmuseum.org.
Tellus Science Museum Cartersville
Gemstones, dinosaurs, cars, airplanes and space travel are among the scientific subjects touched on in the displays within this sprawling structure in Cartersville. The museum’s exhibits explore places from the center of the Earth to outer space, and examine a century of changes in transportation. Where: 100 Tellus Drive, Cartersville, Ga., 30120. Take I-75 to exit 293. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but closed on major holidays. Cost: adults, $14 + tax; children (3 – 17), $10 + tax; students, $10 + tax; active military, free (1/2 price admission for active duty dependents with ID); seniors (65+), $12 + tax. For more: tellusmuseum.org, 770-606-5700.
History Museum 5 Bartow Cartersville This local history museum focuses on the settlement and development of Bartow County. Visitors can check out Cherokee and pioneer cabins, sit in a one-room schoolhouse or learn about the Civil War and the early textile industry, the museum’s webpage promises. Where: 4 E. Church St., Cartersville, Ga., 30120. Take I-75 north to Exit 288 and drive into downtown Cartersville. Hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: adults, $5.50; seniors/students, $4.50; children younger than 5, free. For more: bartowhistorymuseum.org, 770-387-2774.
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Continued from page 16 ming pool feel so good in the summer? Come learn about refrigeration through a simple science experiment hosted by ASHRAE, a nonprofit that sponsors research into HVAC and refrigeration. For those ages 6-12 years old. Free and open to the public. Brookhaven Branch Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. Call 404-848-7140 to learn more.
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Wednesdays, July 27, 6-7 p.m. Join others in the browsing area, and relax and unwind, reducing stress and anxiety one coloring page at a time. All materials provided. Free. Open to the community. Suggested audiences: elders, adult, college. Email: email@example.com. ga.us or call 404-303-6130 to learn more. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.
BIRD FRIENDLY Thursday, July 28, 7-9 p.m. Join a potluck dinner starting at 7 p.m. and then listen to Adam Betuel, director of conservation at the Atlanta Audubon Society, who discusses conservation projects and ways to take action. An activity and evening bird walk follows. $5 for Chattahoochee Nature Center members; $10 for general public, age 16 to adult. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. Visit: chattnaturecenter.org or call 770992-2055 for additional information.
TEEN MOVIE Wednesday, July 27, 2-4:30 p.m. Join others for a showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Rated PG-13. Snacks provided. Free. Open to the first 20 participants. For those ages 13-17. Call the Brookhaven Branch Library at 404-848-7140 to sign up or for an appointment for a group of five or more. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319.
MAGIC MAN Thursday, July 28, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Awardwinning magical routines, music, audience participation and live animals. Free and open to the community. Geared for all ages. Buckhead Branch Library, in the Confer-
Thursday, July 28, 10-11 a.m. Participants learn the basics about how their small business can contract with government agencies. Free. All are invited to attend. For adults. Registration required by calling 404-303-6130 or emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.
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Friday, July 29, 10-11 a.m. Participants learn SBA loan programs such as 7a, 504, micro loans and community advantage. The basics of the SBA Guaranty Bond Program will also be covered. Free. For adults. Registration required by calling 404-303-6130 or emailing: email@example.com. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.
BEGINNING MEDITATION Saturday, July 30, 10-11 a.m. Discover simple and powerful meditation that takes just 12-18 minutes by sitting in a chair. Free. Open to the general public. Previous meditation experience not required. For adults. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 404-303-6130 for further details. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.
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Wednesday, Aug. 3, 6:30-8 p.m. Learn about the benefits, risks and limitations of genetic testing. Question-and-answer session follows. Led by a genetic counselor from Northside Hospital. Free. RSVP to 404-843-1880. For members of the Cancer Support Community. 5775 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd., Suite C-225, Atlanta, 30342. Go to: cscatlanta.org to find out more.
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Music, comedy and more in local theater companies’ new seasons
BY JAMES BEAMAN
“We’ll have something for everyone this season,” said Brian Kimmel, MJCCA’s director of Arts and Culture. “We have a whole Three local arts institutions are staging bunch of different sides of Jewish culture. a variety of plays in their 2016-2017 seasons It’s primarily music, and we’ll have Matithat feature comedy, romance and music, syahu, who is pretty well known.” from old favorites to recent hits. CoincidenSantally, Act3 and dy Springs’ the MJCCA inAct3 Produccluded the same tions and Dunplay, “Urinetwoody’s Stage own,” in their Door Players are new seasons. long-running “Urinetown” is community thea comedic musiater groups. The cal set in a time Marcus Jewwhere a water ish Communishortage has led ty Center of Atto a government lanta (MJCCA) ban on private FILE PHOTO in Dunwoody toilets. The citRobert Egizio, producing artistic is hosting condirector for Stage Door Players izens must use certs and other public amenities artistic events, as well as a slate of plays for regulated by a greedy corporation. The MJCadults and families. CA’s staging wrapped up earlier this month, Act3 will launch its season with “The while Act3 will perform the play in April. Fantasticks” playing from Aug. 12-27. The comedic and romantic musical is about a boy and a girl as their fathers try to keep Act3 Productions them apart. act3productions.org “With our upcoming season, we are “The Fantasticks” (Aug. 12-27), “The Women” embracing our intimate theater,” said Mi- (Sept. 16-Oct. 1), “Violet” (Nov. 4-19), “And Then chelle Davis, artistic director for Act3 Pro- There Were None” (Feb. 10-25), “Urinetown” ductions. “At Act3, the audience becomes a (April 14-29) part of the story.” MJCCA, atlantajcc.org Stage Door Players, located in Dunwoody, “From Head to Toe” (Oct. 30), MJCCA Youth Enwill kick off their season with “Barefoot in semble presents “Xanadu Jr.” (Dec. 11-12), MJCCA Youth Ensemble presents “Schoolhouse Rock the Park” from Sept. 23 through Oct. 16. Live! JR.” (Dec. 13-14), “Broadway Kaleidoscope: “It’s by the classic, Tony-award winning A Musical Revue” (Feb. 5), “A Brown Bear, A CatNeil Simon,” said Robert Egizio, producing erpillar & A Moon: Stories by Eric Carle” (April artistic director for Stage Door. “Audiences 16), MJCCA Youth Ensemble presents “Guys and Dolls JR.” (April 30-May 1), “Disney’s Beauty and can expect non-stop laughter.” the Beast KIDS” (May 2-3) “Barefoot in the Park” is about a newlyStage Door Players wed couple who move into an apartment stagedoorplayers.net together after a six-day honeymoon. Com“Barefoot in the Park” (Sept. 23-Oct. 16), “Let edy ensues as they try to play matchmaker Nothing You Dismay” (Dec. 2-18), “Death by Dewith the bride’s mother and due to the crasign” (Jan. 27-Feb. 19), “The Cemetery Club” zy neighbor in the attic. (March 17-April 9), “Boeing Boeing” (May 19-June “It’s familiar for many audiences, so it’s a 11), “Baby Case” (July 14-Aug. 6) nice way to kick off the season,” said Egizio.
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The Lovett School, senior Christopher Weaver, a senior at The Lovett School, is recognized for being a leader in his school, the surrounding communities, and through starting his own nonprofit, American Heroes for Hire. Not only is he a social entrepreneur and a hard-working student, Christopher is recognized by Brian Howard, Lovett’s associate director of college counseling, as being “one of the most respectful and considerate students you will encounter at Lovett. “ Christopher began American Heroes for Hire through the GivingPoint Institute, an organization in Atlanta that “takes students with certain passions, and provides to them the resources so that they can do positive things in, and for, their communities.” Christopher said he started American Heroes for Hire because he “recognized a major problem that was and still is plaguing the country: veteran unemployment.” His passion for this issue comes from his experiences of working with homeless shelters and veterans organization through his church and Lovett. To solve this issue, American Heroes for Hire will put on monthly job-readiness fairs for mil-
itary veterans to prepare them for the civilian workforce. “The events contain everything from resume building, interview prep, proper attire-fitting, to even working with a search firm to schedule interviews where the veteran would be more likely to receive the position,” explains Christopher. The nonprofit’s first event is planned for this summer. In addition to spearheading the founda-
tion of American Heroes for Hire, Christopher is very active in his school community. Along with starting American Heroes for Hire, Christopher plays football and throws shot-put/discus for The Lovett School. He plays the tuba in the concert band, and is an active member of Vestry, Speech and Debate, Model Arab League, National Honors Society and the Student Service Board. He is also an admissions ambassador at The Lovett School. Christopher has also been honored for his service at his school. He was the recipient of 2016’s Brig. Gen. Burke Whitman Service Award, awarded to a “servant leader” in each grade. “Prior to entering Lovett’s Upper School, he received the Paul Bright Service Award in 8th grade for sustained service-leader-
Christopher Weaver and his mother, Connie, at the GivingPoint Institute’s Sparks event in May. Christopher started American Heroes for Hire to help veterans find employment.
ship throughout his three years of middle school,” notes Howard. Originally from Alabama, Christopher calls himself “a huge Alabama Crimson Tide fan.” He also enjoys deer hunting in the winter. Christopher’s goal for college is to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point. If he does not attend West Point, Christopher still plans on participating in ROTC at the college he attends. Christopher plans on having a career in the military after graduating from college. Further
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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From Brookhaven police reports dated July 10 through July 15. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.
On July 10, report of theft-articles from vehicle.
July 13, report of criminal trespass warning.
2900 block of Clairmont Road – On
2400 block of Briarcliff Road – On July
July 10, report of theft-articles from vehicle.
13, report of forgery-of check.
3300 block of Buford Highway – On
3200 block of Clairmont Road/Clair-
July 11, report of theft-articles from vehicle.
mont Terrace – On July 10, arrest for suspended/cancelled registration.
4100 block of Peachtree Road/Os-
July 10, arrest for disorderly conduct.
borne Road – On July 11, report of theftarticles from vehicle.
2400 block of Briarcliff Road – On July
2900 block of Clairmont Road – On
3300 block of Buford Highway – On
10, arrest for forgery in the third degree. 4000 block of Peachtree Road – On
July 10, arrest for loitering and prowling. 1800 block of Briarwood Road – On
July 11, arrest for obstruction and interference. 3000 block of Buford
Highway/Briarwood Road – On July 12, arrest for battery-family violence. 3200 block of Buford
Highway – On July 13, arrest for marijuana possession. 2200 block of Briarcliff
Road – On July 14, arrest for obstruction and interference. 3300 block of Buford Highway – On
July 15, arrest for obstruction and interference. 3500 block of Buford Highway – On
July 15, arrest for battery-family violence.
A S S AU LT / B AT T E RY 4000 block of Summit Blvd. – On July
11, report of simple battery.
July 11, report of theft-articles from vehicle. 100 block of Executive Park – On July
12, report of theft-other offenses.
OT H E R 3200 block of Buford Highway – On July 10, report of unruly child.
3300 block of Buford Highway – On July 10, report of city ordinance violation.
3800 block of Chaucer Wood – On July 10, report of animal complaints.
4000 block of Peachtree Road – On July 10, report of city ordinance violation.
10, report of fraudulent activity. 2700 block of N Thompson Road – On
July 11, report of fraud-impersonation. 1200 block of Chaucer Lane – On July
12, report of financial identity fraud.
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POLICE OFFICER DRAGGED BY VEHICLE Brookhaven Police arrested a 38-year-old man July 13 after he allegedly dragged a police officer with his car during a traffic stop. Tyrone Chapman faces charges of aggravated assault on a police officer, felony obstruction of justice, driving while license suspended and criminal damage to property. He is currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail. The incident occurred at about 3:50 a.m., when Officer T. Lefever noticed a vehicle stopped in the intersection of Peachtree Road at Dresden Drive with the driver hunched over the steering wheel. The officer was able to wake the driver up to speak to him and the driver provided a name and date of birth to the officer, which was learned to be false, according to a press release from the Brookhaven Police Department. Chapman put his car into drive while being questioned about his identity. Lefever attempted to stop him by putting his arm into the vehicle through the window, the press release states. As Chapman drove faster, Lefever became lodged in the window “to the point that the officer feared possibly being killed if he let go and fell to the ground at such a high rate of speed,” according to the press release. Lefever tried to climb into the vehicle through the open car window as Chapman accelerated. Lefever also made eye contact with Chapman and told him, “You’re going to kill me.” Chapman told him, “I don’t want to kill you” and slowed his car. After the vehicle was stopped, Chapman exited the car as demanded by Lefever. But Chapman forgot to put the car into park and the car began rolling. Lefever jumped into the car and stopped it. “We are very thankful that Officer Lefever was not injured in this incident,” said Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura in the press release. “In today’s policing climate, officers are operating at a heightened sense of awareness. This situation could have ended very badly for our officer and the suspect,” he said.
July 10, report of damage to private property. 1700 block of Windsor Parkway/Ash-
ford-Dunwoody Road – On July 11, report of animal complaints. 1800 block of Briarwood Road – On
1100 block of W. Druid Hills Drive – On
2400 block of Briarcliff Road – On July
14, report of criminal trespass warning.
1600 block of Danbury Parc Pl. – On
4000 block of Peachtree Road/Dres-
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100 block of Corporate Blvd – On July
July 10, report of entering auto.
July 12, report of simple assault. den Drive – On July 13, report of aggravated assault.
July 14, report of city ordinance violation.
2900 block of Clairmont Road – On
July 11, report of city ordinance violation.
3100 block of Buford Highway – On
3100 block of Buford Highway – On
July 11, report of harassing communication. 3600 block of Buford Highway – On
July 11, report of damage to private property. 3400 block of Blair Circle – On July 12,
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Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura, third from right, with city council members, recently honored Deputy Chief Juan Grullon Jr., far left, Sgt. Moises Vargas, fourth from left, and Cpl. Jeff Gant, center right.
THREE OFFICERS EARN PROMOTIONS Three Brookhaven Police officers were honored by the City Council after their recent promotions. Chief Gary Yandura introduced the officers at the July 12 council meeting. Those recently promoted are Sgt. Moises Vargas and Cpl. Jeff Gant. Also promoted but not able to be at the City Council meeting was Lt. Lonnie Napier who was attending the memorial in Dallas for the five officers slain by a sniper. Napier was shot at by a fleeing suspect last month. The bullet struck his patrol car’s back window and Napier was uninjured. Yandura also acknowledged Deputy Chief Juan Grullon Jr., who recently spent two weeks in Israel for counterterrorism training. Grullon attended as part of a delegation of police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement officials organized by the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange or GILEE. BK
JULY 22 - AUGUST 4, 2016
Volunteers lend police a hand with Citizens on Patrol BY JAMES BEAMAN firstname.lastname@example.org
On a recent afternoon, Mark Anderson and Nelson Kramer stopped at the scene of an accident on Sandy Springs Circle, where two cars had collided across the street from the Brooklyn Café. They made sure everyone was OK and stopped traffic to allow the drivers to pull into the parking lot and safely figure things out. Anderson and Kramer weren’t just good Samaritans. They are volunteers with the Sandy Springs Police Department Citizens on Patrol program, and helping out in such situations is part of their work. As the name suggests, Citizens on Patrol is a program where volunteer citizens can help patrol the streets. They drive cars outfitted with “Citizen Patrol” decals and orange lights, and wear a specially designed uniform to differentiate them from officers. The COPs are unarmed, cannot make arrests and are not sworn officers. To become a patrol member, volunteers must complete the 13-week Citizens Police Academy and an additional 12week course. The Sandy Springs Police Department started its Citizens on Patrol program five years ago in 2011. The Sandy Springs COPs program, which has about 50 volunteers, is one of many programs around the country. The Dunwoody Police Department is in the process of starting its own COPs program. Anderson said he was a crew chief on a Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter in the Vietnam War. “I planned on being a New York State Trooper when I got back from Vietnam, but my wife said she didn’t want to wait for me to come home so long anymore,” said Anderson. After retiring from IBM after 37 years, Anderson now owns a photography shop in Sandy Springs and spends about 100 hours per month working with the COPs. Kramer, a frequent partner with Anderson, retired after more than 40 years in commercial real estate and now spends much of his time with the COPs. “I found I really enjoyed this, and I’ve retired, and now I sort of do this full time,” said Kramer. “I’m almost embarrassed to say it, but I put in about 200 hours a month.” “We put in a lot of hours, Mark and I do,” said Kramer. “The department asks
folks to put in eight hours a month.” According to Kramer, the SSPD COPs contribute about 16,000 volunteer hours per year to the department. Over the course of about four hours during a recent patrol, Anderson and Kramer made two residential checks, gave out one handicapped-parking violation warning and helped at four vehicular accidents. The variety of the work is one aspect of COPs that Kramer and Anderson find enjoyable. “We might be going along with absolutely nothing going on,” said Kramer. “All of a sudden there was a single-vehicle accident over on Riverside Drive that took down a telephone pole and wires. We went out there and were a part of a team that closed down Riverside Drive for a couple hours.” “I enjoy being out here,” said Anderson. “I enjoy the interactions with the officers, and I enjoy just being able to be of assistance to the people who put their lives on the line for everybody else.” “Another real pleasure of the program is the people in the program,” said Kramer. “We go out for a number of hours on patrol and we have a chance to talk and catch up on what’s going on in each other’s lives. It’s very social.” Regardless of the enjoyment Anderson and Kramer get out of volunteering in the COPs program, Kramer says they are an asset to the police department. “One of the reasons that departments are finding this extremely valuable, we free up officers on a regular basis to do higher priority things,” said Kramer. “We save a lot of officers’ time. For instance, if there’s a storm and trees go down and wires go down, we’ll go and block one or both ends sometimes for hours until the tree can be removed or power lines can be put back up. And that frees an officer to go deal with higher priority calls.” Capt. Mike Lindstrom, spokesperson for the SSPD, said that the program is valuable in a time of controversy over police shootings. “With all that’s going on in current events, there’s a need for a spokesperson to tell the people that the police aren’t all bad,” said Lindstrom. “Aside from the work that they do, it’s a form of relationship-building with the community.” For more information on the Citizens on Patrol program, its goals and how to get involved, visit sandyspringsga.org/ public-safety.
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Public Safety | 23 RESIDENTS RAISING HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR POLICE DEPARTMENT Lemonade stands and an online fundraising campaign are just some of the ways Brookhaven residents are raising money to show appreciation for the city’s police department. The outpouring of support for the Brookhaven Police Department follows the deadly shooting of five Dallas Police officers as they worked to protect marchers who were protesting recent killings of two AfricanAmerican men by white officers in Baton Rouge, La., and Minnesota. A gofundme.com online campaign for the local police department has raised nearly $1,000. For more information, see gofundme. com/2dqypnf8. In Ashford Park on Duke Road, neighborhood children raised more than $650 on July 9 by selling lemonSPECIAL ade. This money will also Lemonade stands and an online fundraising go toward a police departcampaign are two of the ways neighborhoods are ment appreciation dinner. showing appreciation for Brookhaven’s police.
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