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Some residents say revised tree ordinance isn’t strict enough BY JOE EARLE
From left, Jose Luis, 6, Wendy Galaviz, 6, and her sister Viana, 5, prepare “Back to School Supply Pouches,” containing pencils, erasers and crayons for Woodward Elementary students to use on the ﬁrst day of school. The three were part of the second annual “Georgia United Credit Union School Crashers” event on July 18. See more photos on page 19.
New charter school plans ‘top-tier education’ Supporters of the Brookhaven Innovation Academy, a proposed public charter school in Brookhaven, were scheduled to present their case to Georgia’s State Charter Schools Commission on July 24. The commission rejected the Brookhaven application last year, so supporters retooled their plans and resubmitted them. City Councilman Bates Mattison chairs the school’s founding board. The Brookhaven Reporter recently questioned him about the board’s current plans for the school. Here are his answers.
Q: Why create the Brookhaven Innovation Acad-
Since the inception of the city of Brookhaven, our city has worked toward improving public school education due to its impact on economic development. In addition to working with DeKalb County School System (DCSS) to improve our existing schools, we realized that providing
an independent charter school focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), using project-based learning would benefit our children and our citizens. In addition, every DCSS elementary school in our city is over capacity, and Brookhaven is the fasting-growing city in metro Atlanta. Our efforts help DCSS address this capacity issue, while also providing school choice for our children beyond their district attendance zones.
How will Brookhaven benefit from having the new charter school?
First, our children will have access to a top-tier education that teaches to the skills required in the 21st century. Second, residents should see increases in their property values due to the availability of excellent public-school education options. Third, our business community will have a more skilled workforce, and Brookhaven will be an even SEE BROOKHAVEN, PAGE 4
About a year after city officials adopted Brookhaven’s controversial tree ordinance, they’re reworking parts of it. “We said all along this would be a work in progress,” Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams said. City arborist Kay Evanovich said the proposed changes – drafted after meetings with residents, many of whom thought the original law was too weak, and with developers and builders – were designed to help preserve Brookhaven’s tree canopy. “We’ve had issues come up with the loss of canopy,” she said. “We’re trying to stem that, and see if we can get some of the older growth preserved.” Proposed revisions, she said, include adding language to the ordinance to state that the goal of the law is to maintain a sustainable tree canopy in the city. But several residents who have advocated for tree protection told members of City Council that even with the changes the city’s ordinance wouldn’t be strict enough. Some said the proposal needs more review and discussion. “Some of us don’t see this ordinance as ready for prime time,” Lissie Stahlman told council members. Kathryn Gable called Brookhaven’s trees “the heart of the community.” SEE PROPOSED, PAGE 3
Down to two
Former mayor and Republican candidate J. Max Davis squares off against attorney Taylor Bennett, the sole Democrat, in a runoff on Aug. 11 for the District 80 seat. Read more on page 2.
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COMMUNITY Candidate Taylor J. Bennett (D) J. Max Davis (R) Catherine S. Bernard (R) Loren Collins (R) Total votes
Percent 36.84% 31.49% 30.09% 1.58%
Votes 1,473 1,259 1,203 63 3,998
Former mayor, sole Democrat in runoff for District 80 seat BY JOE EARLE
Some expected Republicans to dominate in the race for the seat in the state House of Representatives that had been held by former Rep. Mike Jacobs, a Brookhaven Republican. Four candidates, three of them Republicans, campaigned for the District 80 seat in the state House of Representatives. But when the votes in the July 14 election were counted, the sole Democrat led the field. Democrat Taylor Bennett, an attorney and former Georgia Tech football player, will face Republican and former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis in an Aug. 11 runoff election. Bennett collected 1,473 votes, or about 37 percent of the total vote cast, according to unofficial returns posted on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website. Davis fielded 32 percent of the vote, with 1,259 votes, just 56 more than the 1,203, or 30 percent of the total, cast for fellow Republican Catherine S. Bernard, according to the Secretary of State’s website. Republican Loren Collins received 63 votes or about 1.5 percent of the total, the website said. “That was a huge victory for us and demonstrates how viable we are going into this runoff,” Bennett said in an email shortly after the election. “I think that we performed so well in this district because it’s not a ‘Republican district,’ it just happened to be held for a long time by an admirable Republican legislator in Mr. Jacobs. District 80 is an incredibly diverse, well-educated, rapidly growing
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part of the metro area. “I don’t think that the people of this district have much time or inclination to play politics, they simply want a representative who will be accessible, accountable, and trustworthy to them. They want someone with new ideas, a cooperative approach, and a vision for improving our district and our state in a way that makes them proud. That goes beyond party.” But Davis said the three Republicans simply split their party’s votes. “Democrats, of course, coalesced around their single choice, so it was not surprising,” Davis said. “It means that the two-thirds of the voters in the race who voted Republican need to come back out and vote Aug. 11.” The district covers Brookhaven and parts of Sandy Springs, Chamblee and Dunwoody. But DeKalb County voters in Georgia House District 80 went to the polls this week at a much higher rate and in much higher numbers than their Fulton County counterparts, returns from the July 14 election show. Turnout in the DeKalb portion of the district reached nearly 16 percent of the registered voters. In Fulton, a mere 6 percent made it to the polls.
Brookhaven Government Calendar Brookhaven City Council usually meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m. at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Rd. For a complete and up-to-date schedule of Brookhaven city meetings, go to http://brookhavenga.gov. BK
Attorney General: City violated Open Meetings, Records laws BY JOE EARLE
City officials violated the state’s closure and therefore should not have “sunshine” laws in their handling of a been discussed in executive session.” request for information about an inColangelo concluded the letter by vestigation of a complaint concernasking that the city release any other ing the city’s former mayor, the state documents related to the issue. Attorney General’s office has deter“We have not been hit with any mined. sanctions,” Balch told council memAssistant Attorney General Jennibers on July 21. fer Colangelo wrote to new City AtGarrett’s email related to an incitorney Christopher Balch on July 20 dent in which former Mayor J. Max that the city had violated state Open Davis had sprayed an aerosol can “in Records and Open the vicinity of two Meeting acts in its city employees,” a handling of the recity news release lease of an email said. Davis later de“We have to rely on the from City Managscribed the incident advice of our attorneys. er Marie Garrett to as “a silly joke.” Human Resources At the time, the That’s what we pay them Director Rick Stone. city denied there for. I think we got some The city at first was any investigabad advice...I feel badly improperly refused tion of sexual hathat this happened.” to release the email, rassment connected which had been reto the event. In her quested by Trey Benemail, Garrett said – REBECCA CHASE WILLIAMS ton, editor of the she thought the inBROOKHAVEN MAYOR Brookhaven Post, cident was an act of and later released an sexual harassment. improperly redacted Council memversion of the email, bers said that the Colangelo wrote. documents have all The city violated the Open Meetings been released. In the aftermath of the Act when City Council wrongly disrelease of the documents, former City cussed the email in a closed meeting, Attorney Tom Kurrie resigned and was she said. replaced by Balch. “[The law] does allow executive ses“We have to rely on the advice sions to be used to discuss the contents of our attorneys. That’s what we pay of records that are exempted from disthem for,” Mayor Rebecca Chase Wilclosure under the Open Records Act,” liams said. “I think we got some bad she wrote in her letter. “However ... advice...I feel badly that this hapthe email was not exempted from dispened.”
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“The ordinance is too vague,” Gable said. “It needs to be more specific for people and builders who don’t have experience with how a forest works.” During the council’s work session July 21, Evanovich outlined the proposed revisions to the ordinance. One change, she said, would allow developers to choose the formula they would use to determine how many trees to protect during construction of new buildings. Current rules base the number of trees to be preserved on a formula that computes a total number of “tree inches per acre,” a calculation based on measurements of the diameter of the trees at breast height. Brookhaven’s regulations say a project should maintain 100 inches of trees per acre. The proposed rewrite would allow a deBK
veloper to choose between 120 inches of trees per acre or maintaining 45 percent of the tree canopy on the property. Evanovich said the 45 percent figure was chosen in an effort to maintain or slightly grow Brookhaven’s current tree canopy, which recent measurements put at 49 percent. Because the city’s parks and other heavily wooded areas are counted in the total amount, the overall canopy percentage should remain level or grow if builders preserve 45 percent during construction projects, city officials said. The tree preservations calculations, she said, work out to about three large trees on a quarter-acre lot and four large trees on a third of an acre. Another major change proposed for the ordinance would reduce to three from five the number of non-hazardous trees a homeowner could cut down in a year.
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Brookhaven Innovation Academy promises a ‘top-tier education’
Has the plan to allow statewide enrollment through online courses been dropped? If so, why? If not, what benefit do you see from the online courses?
How will it differ from Brookhaven’s existing elementary and middle schools? Our use of blended learning as a core curriculum combined with the integration of computer coding and STEAM-based, project-based learning is unique to education in this area. Many of our existing schools provide some component of project-based learning, but BIA uses this focus as a core component of our Deeper Learning by Design strategy.
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The State Charter School Commission (SCSC) gave feedback last year that providing an exclusively online education in addition to the “bricks and mortar” was too complicated for a startup school. To address those very real concerns, BIA decided to focus all of our
Having established the mission of the school, including the innovative curriculum focus, the board’s role will be focused on school governance. While this founding board will have many tasks to get the school started, our primary responsibility will be setting the school policies while providing oversight, leadership and guidance to our BIA school director.
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What’s the planned relationship between the school and the city government? Recently, City Council authorized the purchase of a state building on Skyland Drive that could
be used to house the new school (or perhaps for a future City Hall); if the building houses the academy, will the city be more than the school’s landlord? What else do you think the city will be required to spend on the school?
The city of Brookhaven authorized the purchase of the old Skyland Elementary building, which currently houses the Georgia Vital Records Department. This building would make an excellent location for BIA, if the charter school is approved. There are no current plans for the city’s participation in BIA other than acting as a landlord, if the city chooses to lease the building to this school. The city of Brookhaven will make every effort to support BIA, just as we hope to support all of our public schools in Brookhaven. If BIA is allowed to lease the Skyland property, I expect the terms of the lease to be market-based and the build-out of the property to be handled by Brookhaven Innovation Academy. For more: brookhaven.education/index.html
Admission will be by lottery, and I hope that we will have a representative group of kids which mirror the diversity of the city of Brookhaven. Our city’s population is very culturally diverse and our intent is to address the needs of all kids who desire an innovative education focused on project-based learning.
How does the board intend to be “innovative” with the new school?
We will be utilizing the Compass blended-learning system, which allows personalized computer-based learning hand-in-hand with direct instruction. Many individual components of our plan can be found in some of our existing schools, but BIA’s focus and curriculum have been built around these high-tedch learning strategies.
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Who do you think will attend the Brookhaven Innovation Academy?
Brookhaven City Council recently authorized purchase of a state building on Skyland Drive that could house a City Hall or the new school.
These subjects, known as STEAM, address the skills needed and sought after by employers in the 21st century. In addition to science, technology, engineering and math, our focus includes “A” for arts. Creativity and critical thinking are extremely important skills, which we hope to build at BIA. Our teachers will be complimenting the core curriculum with an innovative, project-based learning strategy as well as providing an individualized learning curriculum for every child.
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Our pursuit of the state charter school works in concert with the city school system. While Brookhaven has always supported the legislative efforts to create a city school system, our kids can’t wait for this change. Every year that our charter school is delayed, another hundred kids that could have entered BIA will have missed the opportunity to participate in our “Deeper Learning by Design” curriculum. When the city school system efforts are successful, BIA could be absorbed into this system just as the existing public schools could be.
The new school will emphasize science, technology and math. What does that mean for the students? The teachers? The community?
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Why pursue a state charter for the school rather than backing, as Dunwoody has done, legislative efforts to allow creation of a separate city school system? Are the two city’s efforts in conflict?
energy at this time on a campus-based model. We are still utilizing blended learning by combining online resources with classroom instruction, but that is only being offered to students that are attending the physical campus.
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Lobbyists for independent city schools hope to educate lawmakers BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
For many Dunwoody parents, the GLASS is half full. Erika Harris, co-chair of Georgians for Local Area School Systems, or GLASS, says upcoming months will be about fundraising and educating lawmakers. Dunwoody’s hopeful lobbyists want state lawmakers to call a vote to amend the state Constitution and allow local school districts in places such as Dunwoody. But they’ve watched legislation stall during the past two years. This year, they hope to convince state lawmakers to pass the bill, known as HR 4. Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody), who wrote HR 4, said he plans to bring it up for a vote this year. “We want to bring it the floor as early as we can,” he said. Taylor also said a Senate version of the bill may move forward, if HR 4 stalls in the House. GLASS’s focus, he said, will be advocating for the legislation while he is working on the “procedural stuff to get the bill through.” GLASS supporter Heyward Wescott of Dunwoody said the organization needs to get information in front of every legislator. “We’ve got to spell it out for them” he said. “This is statewide, and many legislators might not realize this is coming down
the pipe.” Wescott said he came to Dunwoody like other parents “to build a nest” and only after moving in did he start to look closely at the schools. He said Dunwoody has a “perfect footprint” for a Dunwoody school system with several elementary schools feeding into middle and then a single high school. “We’re excited,” he said. “It’s a major uphill task, but right now it’s one of the best options the state has in improving the education system.” He described Harris as somebody who “drills down to the issues.” Harris is a mother of four and a master teacher who earned a graduate degree to teach elementary through middle schools in California. After her family moved to Georgia, she said she started asking questions. “I didn’t understand why there weren’t smaller school systems,” she said. She said she quickly learned 49 of the 50 states have flexibility in creating smaller school systems, but even when DeKalb County nearly lost its accreditation recently, Dunwoody was prevented by the state Constitution from creating its own system.
“DeKalb County was unable to meet the individual needs of its students,” she said. “You’d hear a lot of chatter without any effort put into solving the real problems and with a district this big, they were solving it from a top-down approach and that’s not going to work.” In a district with 100 schools, meeting the needs of the students is impossible, she said. “DeKalb has a one-size-fits-all policy and that’s frustrating,” she said. The curriculum in DeKalb County Schools failed to meet the needs for Harris’ daughters, she said. One daughter is gifted and the other has dyslexia. “We had a choice of two curriculums to meet 100,000 students’ needs,” Harris said and her daughters had unique needs that would have been met in a smaller school system, she said. Harris recently pulled her girls out of public school and began home-schooling them so she could them her 100-percent attention, she said. She plans to enroll her 5-year-old twin boys in public school and “see how it goes,” she said. “Historically, the top-ranked school systems in the state are city school systems,” Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis said. “We know what works, so why not support and educate people on a potential bill which promotes quality education and
Ashton Harris, son of Erika Harris, co-chair of Georgians for Local Area School Systems, in the homeschool area of his residence.
system improvements?” Opponents cite increased bureaucracy and increase cost, but Harris said a rightsized system is most beneficial financially. “If you have a right-sized school system you actually see an economic benefit,” she said. “There is such a thing as too large, where you lose the financial advocacy.” GLASS plans to use donations contributed to an online fundraising platform at gofundme.com to create and distribute information to legislators, Wescott said. A fundraiser also is scheduled for McKendrick’s Steak House in August. “Across the board, people are starting to understand that business as usual in Georgia is not good business,” Harris said. “And right now education needs to be at the forefront of our policy decisions.”
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President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law on Aug. 6, 1965. The landmark legislation remade politics in the southern United States by ensuring that members of minority groups could not be prohibited from voting. The U.S. Department of Justice says on its website that the act “has been called the single most effective piece of civil rights legislation ever passed by Congress.” Dr. Kendra A. King Momon, a professor of politics at Oglethorpe University, and U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta), who as a civil rights activist played an important role in events leading to the passage of the legislation, offer their insights on the Voting Rights Act’s 50th anniversary.
Reflect yes, but work still needs to be done As we approach 50 years since the passing of the historic and landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, I believe it remains the best of times and the worst of times for African Americans in the U.S. It is the best of times in that over the past 50 years an unprecedented number of African Americans have been elected to local, state and national office. It is the best of times in that African Americans are being recognized on and off the field for their immeasurable economic, educational, political, social and cultural contributions to the world house. And, it is the best of times as cities like Atlanta - with a strong African American populous - continues to draw and attract international acclaim, businesses and residents. It is the worst of times, however, as 50 years after the passage of the Voting Rights Act, African Americans have not been fully protected, nor have their rights been fully extended. It is the worst of times as black churches are being burned down and black lives are being shot down in houses of worship. And, it is the worst of times as racial, economic, social and cultural antipathy rises exponentially both here and abroad. Still, I remain hopeful that positive redress will abound. In my book “African American Politics,” I detail the tenuous journey of African Americans to secure the right to vote. From the violence-filled “Bloody Sunday” attack on many,
including two of our state’s beloved sons – U.S. Rep. John Lewis and Rev. C. T. Vivian - to Dr. Martin L. King Jr.’s “Give Us The Ballot” speech – the past 50 have not been an easy course of navigation. Yet, the affects and effects of these collective efforts are undeniable. We are a better people and a better nation because of the courage our known and unknown lead- DR. KENDRA A. ers had to rewrite the law to empower those previously excluded KING MOMON due to xenophobia and man-made GUEST COLUMN laws. As we take time to reflect on this momentous occasion, I humbly submit that the time is ripe for a recommitment to the eradication of extensions of the law and full fledge Voting Rights for all of America’s citizens. Moreover, I humbly submit that the time is ripe to look beyond voting rights to economic rights for the “least of America’s children.” Dr. Kendra A. King Momon is an associate professor of politics in the division of history, politics and international studies at Oglethorpe University. She also is director of the Rich Foundation Urban Leadership Program.
Rep. John Lewis: Repair the Voting Rights Act Across the country, there is a deliberate, systematic attempt to make it harder and more difficult for the disabled, students, seniors, minorities, poor and rural voters to participate in the democratic process. We must not let that happen. That is why we need to repair and restore the Voting Rights Act now more than ever before. The burden should not be placed on citizens whose rights are violated to mount their own defense. As leaders of this Congress, we have the power to change that. We can make access to the ballot box more simple and more fair. The right to vote is the most powerful, nonviolent tool we have in a democratic society. My own mother, father, grandparents and great-grandparents could not register to vote. My father died before he was ever able to cast a vote in this country. We must not slip back to that dark past. We have to throw off the burden of fear, and continue to move forward.
As leaders of this country, we have a moral obligation to repair the Voting Rights Act. It is our duty in a democratic society to open up the political process and let every citizen have a say in their own future. That is something every American and all of us here in the Congress can agree upon. We must do this now, and we must do it on our watch. It is what the people of this country deserve. Thank you.
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GUEST COLUMN U.S. Rep. John Lewis represents the Georgia’s Fifth District, which includes portions of Buckhead and Brookhaven.
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Cigar lounges offer relaxation and celebrity glamour BY JOHN RUCH On a quiet, early afternoon at Churchill Fine Cigars in Sandy Springs, owner Shafi Hai showed off some of the shop’s luxurious features. The smoking lounge with plush dark-leather couches beneath a mural of Winston Churchill and Cuban scenes. The cedar-paneled, walk-in humidor stocked with hard-to-find premium cigars. He demonstrated the private lockers where regulars can store their smokes, and pointed out one with a brass nameplate reading, “Dr. Jay’s.” “You know—Dr. J?” he asked. Yep, the Dr. J—pro basketball legend Julius Erving, a Sandy Springs resident who frequently visits Churchill and shares a smoke with fellow cigar connoisseurs. With this old-school social club atmosphere and occasional celebrity glamour, the cigar lounge business is on the rise in the metro north area. Hai claims to have pioneered the shop-and-smokinglounge concept in Georgia 20 years ago with his Scottish Tobacco stores in Buckhead and Rockdale County. He opened Churchill in 2013 to pick up Sandy Springs customers. And Davidoff of Geneva—a Swiss luxury brand that recently marketed a $500 cigar—is about to open a store and lounge in the Buckhead Atlanta complex. Cigars had a renaissance as a luxury item in the economic boom of the early 1990s. The magazine “Cigar Aficionado” launched, highlighting such cigar-loving superstars as Sylvester Stallone and Pierce Brosnan. At the same time, health laws banning public smoking were on the rise, inspiring specialty cigar bars and cigar lounges that were exempt. (The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to warn that cigar-smoking raises the risk of cancer, gum disease and other illnesses.) Such laws took a while to reach the Atlanta area, but have played a role in the cigar lounge trend. Dantanna’s, the upscale sports bar and restaurant in Buckhead, opened the adjacent Buckhead Cigar Lounge 10 years ago in response to the smoking restrictions. “We had many very good regulars who were cigar-smok-
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Shafi Hai, owner of Churchill Fine Cigars in Sandy Springs, opened his store in 2013. The shop features a smoking lounge with leather couches, a cedar-paneled, walk-in humidor and private lockers.
ers, and we were a cigar-friendly bar back in the day,” said Dantanna’s partner David Clapp. The restaurant turned to a group of those customers, led by Mike Turrentine, to transform the former private dining room into a stand-alone cigar shop
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Q&A on Perimeter office space: ‘The ... submarket is very healthy’ As senior vice president for leasing with Cousins Properties, Bill Hollett is responsible for a number of the company’s Class A office properties in metro Atlanta. He has more than 28 years of experience leasing, managing or operating commercial office properties. Reporter Newspapers recently posed some questions to him about the office market in the Perimeter area. Here are his answers.
larger employee bases that reside in the northern half of the metro area and also service clients on the north side of Atlanta. Examples include five Fortune 1000 companies, plus Veritiv, Cox Communications and Mercedes of North America have all chosen the submarket for their headquarters location. Since the early 2000s when MARTA opened the Sandy Springs and North Springs stations, the Perimeter CID successfully worked to make significant infrastructure changes on the roads leading to the highways and throughout the submarket (such as the Ashford-Dunwoody diverging diamond project, the Hammond interchange and Perimeter Center Parkway flyover). In addition, the increased walkability from sidewalks and crosswalks has converted the community into a more urban submarket that emphasizes walkability and proximity to retail, restaurants, hotels and residential.
What is the current status of the office market in the Perimeter area? How big is the market? How big should it be? Bill Hollett Senior vice president for leasing Cousins Properties
The Central Perimeter submarket is very healthy as a result of strong absorption of office space during the past three years. CoStar lists the submarket as a 34-million-square-foot market (with 83 Class A buildings containing approximately 22 million square feet). The class A vacancy rate has fallen below 10 percent for the first time since 2000 and new speculative office development could commence in the next year.
Is there demand for all types of office space, or is the demand centered on Class A space or on new office developments, such as those for State Farm and Mercedes?
It is a combination of both: a) demand for existing class A space still significantly outpaces the other classes of existing space in absorption and b) as you noted, firms such as State Farm and Mercedes have chosen new developments for a campus environment on available parcels of land that are well located in prox-
imity to MARTA and/or the highway systems that service the submarket.
What’s happening to rents?
Do you think traffic troubles – either existing problems or fears of future problems -- have an effect on the demand for office space in the Perimeter?
Rents in the class A office market have increased by approximately 25 percent in the past three
How does the Perimeter market fit into the overall metro Atlanta market now? How has that changed over time?
The Central Perimeter market has always been a logical consideration for companies that have
The leadership in the Perimeter (e.g. Perimeter CID, city of Sandy Springs, city of Dunwoody and city of Brookhaven) are working in concert with public officials and private enterprises to address the continuing growth of the area. The planned I-285/ Ga. 400 Interchange, Ga. 400 collector distributor system, and Ga. 400/Abernathy Road projects are much needed and great examples of continued improvements to address traffic congestion and mobility for the area.
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CSM Bakery Solutions, a company with origins in the Netherlands, will relocate its global headquarters to Sandy Springs, creating 120 jobs and investing more than $5.5 million, Gov. Nathan Deal announced July 21. The company produces a broad range of bakery ingredients, products and services. By moving its global headquarters to Sandy Springs, CSM will consolidate several regional functions into one centralized location. The transition will generate a total employment in Georgia of more than 800. These new and relocating employees will serve the company in an array of areas, including senior leadership, sales, marketing, business development, administration and other support positions. With revenues of approximately $3 billion and more than 45,000 global customers, CSM employs more than 8,500 people around the world and offers a broad portfolio of well-recognized brands supported and developed from its eight innovation centers. “We’re very grateful to the state of Georgia and the city of Sandy Springs for their collective efforts and generosity in helping to bring CSM Bakery Solutions’ global headquarters to the Atlanta area,” CSM President and CEO Robert Sharpe said. “Critical in our decision were the area’s transportation infrastructure, schools, cost and quality of housing and business-friendly atmosphere – all in support of our multicultural workforce.” Swiss fashion label Akris will open a new boutique in Buckhead Atlanta in September. The boutique will offer luxury goods for women, including accessories and handbags.
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Bennett Thrasher LLP has entered into an agreement to move its operations to three floors of Riverwood 200, a proposed 12-story Class A high-rise in the Cumberland Galleria area. Bennett Thrasher currently is headquartered nearby at One Overton Park on Cumberland Boulevard. With the move, the firm will expand its space to 62,500 square feet from 50,000 square feet, while retaining a location near the northwest interchange of I-75 and I-285. The move is scheduled for May 2017. Construction Resources has opened Buckhead Cambria Gallery at 3096 Roswell Road, just a few doors down from Buckhead Theatre. The store offers inspiration and products for kitchen and bath projects. Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta/Perimeter Center, an all-suite extendedstay hotel chain, will open later this year at 915 Crestline Road. The 114-unit hotel is within walking distance of the Sandy Springs MARTA station. Eddie Bauer is planning a new store at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, according to Tomorrow’s News Today. The new store will be on the upper level of the Macy’s wing in the former Sephora space. The store will be about 5,500 square feet and is slated to open in early 2016.
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Local businesses mark openings Ace Hardware, located at 6348 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, celebrated its opening with a ribbon cutting. From left, Charlesetta Gipson, Al Stasko, Cathy Tatum, Betty Thigpen, Brittany Whitstine, with scissors, Lisa Whitstine, owner, holding scissors, Tom Mahaffey, president/CEO, Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, Brian Roberts, store manager, with scissors, Donna Mahaffey, Kaye Lewis, Susan Lesesne, Bill Piercy, Bobby Dansingani, Suzanne Brown and Jim Derrick.
Resource Residential, offering the apartment property Perimeter Circle, at 5470 Glenridge Drive in Atlanta, celebrated with a ribbon cutting on July 9. On hand for the festivities, from left, President/ CEO Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber of Commerce Tom Mahaffey, Drew Woods, Chelsea Carrington, Joel Carmichael, Jennifer Hardy, Dave Carney, Jacque Dill, Nathan Ridgeway, Suzanne Brown, Jim Derrick, Erica Rocker-Wills and Charlesetta Gipson.
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Cigar lounges offer relaxation and celebrity glamour CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 gars come wrapped in a paper-thin Scottish Tobacco in Buckhead takes slice of cedar wood for freshness. He the club concept a step further. Its Sinan boasts of such famous customers as Lounge is a private area with countryAtlanta-based comedian Steve Harvey club-style rates of $500 to $1,000 a year. and legendary actor Robert De Niro, It includes access to printers, copiers and who once spent four hours with him a fax machine for business meetings. at Scottish Tobacco. Cigar-lovers with a more modest “You don’t make a lot of money, but budget, or who lean toward more of a you make a lot of connections,” Hai said neighborhood-hangout atmosphere, of the cigar business. have options, too. Someone’s making money, howevDunwoody Cigars and Lounge in er. At Churchill, some cigars had price Dunwoody has the laid-back vibe one tags north of $20 each. Asked what a might expect from a place bought by a first-timer can expect to spend at a cigar former customer. On a recent Friday aflounge, Hai smiled and politely shook ternoon, owner Jay Markowhis head. This is the sort of itz relaxed on a cream-colbusiness where if you have to ored leather sofa, watching ask, you can’t afford it. C o v er golf on a giant TV. A group “Most people don’t care. It’s S t o ry of lawyers came in to play a lifestyle,” Hai said. some poker over cigars and On the other hand, if a cuscut Markowitz in. tomer can afford the luxury of Markowitz is a Sandy Springs rescigars, there are no picky rules about enident whose main work is serving as a joying them. A lounge is selling not just partner in a company that manufaca cigar, but also the sociability and patures prosthetic breasts for women who tience the slow-burning items require. have mastectomies. A longtime custom“It doesn’t matter how you hold [the er of Dunwoody Cigars, he bought out cigar], how you smoke,” Hai said. “It’s the owner about 3 1/2 years ago, when if you enjoy your company—that’s what it seemed like it might close. matters.” “We were a bunch of buddies who For more information: Buckhead used to come here and hang out,” MarCigar Lounge, 3400 Around Lenox kowitz said. “We didn’t want to lose the Drive, Suite 304, Atlanta, dantannas. clubhouse.” com; Churchill Fine Cigars, 5841 RoHe and wife Mei now operate the swell Road, Sandy Springs, churchilllounge, which includes a walk-in humifinecigars.com; Dunwoody Cigars and dor, a large back room and private ciLounge, 1404 Dunwoody Village Parkgar lockers. way, Dunwoody, dunwoodycigar.com; At Churchill, Hai is proud that he Scottish Tobacco and Sinan Lounge, recently won the hard-to-earn right to 2625 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, scotcarry the Davidoff brand, whose citishtobacco.com.
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Tuesday, July 28, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Sean Driscoll of The Story Ship puts on a show for kids aged 3 and up. The performance includes animation, puppetry, comedy-theater and music blended into an hour-long show. Free and open to the public. First come, first serve seating; no registration required. Suggested audience: toddler, preschool, elementary school, middle school. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 295 Mount Vernon Hwy, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, go online to afpls.org, email email@example.com, or call 404-303-6130.
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your little ones to a storytime for toddlers aged 2-3 years old at the Brookhaven Library. The event includes storytelling, fingerplaying, rhymes and songs all targeted to the developmental needs of toddlers. Park behind library and enter through the lower level. Free and open to the first 20 participants. Brookhaven Branch Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. For more information, go online to dekalblibrary.org or call 404-848-7140.
Button Mania Wednesday, July 29, 2-3:30 p.m. – Just in
time for back to school, this workshop teaches button-making techniques and provides an opportunity to make your own custom buttons. Participants will repurpose photographs, magazines and illustrations into wearable art for themselves and their friends. Free and open to the public. Suggested audience: middle and high school. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., N.E., Buckhead, 30305. For more information, go online to afpls.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 404814-3500.
The Mighty Thor Movie Thursday, July 30, 2:30-4:30 p.m. – The Buckhead Branch Library presents their Summer Super Movies in July series, featuring a two-hour PG-13 movie centering on the epic adventures and legends of Thor. The story follows a powerful and arrogant warrior whose reckless actions reignite an an-
cient war. Free and open to the public. Suitable for all ages, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Buckhead, 30305. For more information, go online to afpls.org, email email@example.com. ga.us or call 404-814-3500.
Back to School Splash Party
Saturday, August 1. – It’s nearly back to school
time, and what better way to round out a humid and hot summer season than with a pool party! All Brookhaven city pools will be open and will have live music, food and children’s activities to provide one more day of fun in the sun before classes resume. There will also be tables set up at the Lynwood Park and Briarwood Park locations to receive donations of back to school supplies. Everyone who brings donations will be entered into a raﬄe for a prize. Free with general pool admission; rates vary per location. Murphey Candler Park Pool, 1551 W. Nancy Creek Dr., NE, Brookhaven, 30319; Briarwood Park Pool, 2235 Briarwood Way, NE, Brookhaven, 30329; Lynwood Park Pool, 3360 Osborne Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. For more information, go online to brookhavenga.gov or call 404-637-0500.
Fireﬂy Hike Saturday, August 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m. –
Watch the last glow of summer on a night hike at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Catching fireflies, also known as lightning bugs, is a summer tradition. The event begins with making your own bug catchers and is followed by a guided hike down a wooded trail as evening falls. Night activities and cold treats will round out the evening. Tickets: adults, $10; children, $5. Space is limited, RSVP in advance by phone, in person during Monday through Friday visiting hours, or by mail. Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30342. For more information and to download the forms for mailed registration, go online to bhnp.org or call 404-345-1008.
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Through Saturday, August 1. – Calling all teen photographers and writers! The Sandy Springs Library is
currently accepting entries for two contests, one for photography and one for creative writing. Photography submissions must be in digital format, taken within the past two years, and be original work created by the contestant. Writing submissions must be no more than 250 words, submitted digitally in Microsoft Word format, and the topic is real-life heroes. Contest is open to all Fulton County residents and students in Fulton County schools aged 12 to 18; limit one entry per contestant. For consideration, email your entries with name, age, school, address and phone number by August 1. Prizes awarded for the top three entries in both contests. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, go to afpls.org or call 404-303-6130. To submit a written entry, email firstname.lastname@example.org; to submit a photography entry, email email@example.com.
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Tuesday, July 28, 10 a.m. – Painters, sketchers, and pastelists will find picturesque spots throughout the Chattahoochee Nature Center grounds to set up and make art. This weekly event allows guests to interact with the artists while they create original artwork en plein air. Free for members and with general admission. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. For more information, go to chattnaturecenter.org or call 770-992-2055.
Sunday, August 2, 3 p.m. – Join the
community for a 4.5-mile, mostly right turns, community bike ride through Dunwoody Village. This family-friendly ride is suitable for all ages and abilities, with a shorter route detour for younger riders or less mobile riders to take after the group start. Riders 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult, and all cyclists must wear a helmet to participate. This event is weather-permitting, and will not take place in inclement weather or hazardous conditions. Paritipants will gather at 2:30 p.m. Village Burger, 1426 Dunwoody Village Pkwy, Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to bikewalkdunwoody.org.
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Thursday, July 30, 4-7 p.m. – Regency Home
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Care and Modern Emergent Care hosts a silent auction and open house with Stella & Dot and ThirtyOne. The event raises funds and awareness for the Alzheimer’s Association, and features auction items from local businesses, and free beer and wine. During the event there will also be opportunities to sign up for the Atlanta Walk to End Alzheimer’s on September 26 at Atlantic Station. Modern Emergent Care, 5505 Roswell Rd., #100, Sandy Springs, 30342. For more information call 404-625-5313.
Wish Georgia celebrates their 20-year anniversary with an evening of Tex-Mex food at the grand reopening of Ray’s Rio Bravo. Special guest Debbie Tilman, founder of the Georgia Make-A-Wish Chapter, will be in attendance for the event. Tickets start at $25. Rio Bravo, 6450 Powers Ferry NW, Sandy Springs, 30339. For more information and to purchase tickets, go online to raysriobravo.com or call 770-580-9342.
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Moscow Nights & Golden Gates Sunday, August 2, 4 p.m. – This live dance
and music performance brings to life the stories and traditions of Old Russia. Utilizing traditional Russian folk instruments, dances and vocals, this event is suitable for audiences of all ages. Buffet- style dinner follows the concert in the Fellowship Hall. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to dunwoodyumc.org or call 770-394-0675.
Concerts by the Springs Sunday, August 2, 7-8:30 p.m. – Local band
The Return performs, part of the Sandy Springs Concerts by the Springs series at Heritage Green. This Beatles tribute band is a lively throwback to original songs and is known for their resemblance to the original band members. In its 19th year, this annual concert series is held one Sunday evening each month through September. Free and open to the public. Suitable for all ages. Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Bluestone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, go online to sandyspringsga.org or call 404-851-9111.
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out & about A legacy of art at Spruill BY ISADORA PENNINGTON “Everything will be OK,” proclaims the big, bold sign on the old seed house at the corner of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Meadow Lane Road.
The famous mural on the Spruill property by Jason Kofke.
The simple mural was originally painted by local artist Jason Kofke at the Spruill homestead for the 2009 Emerging Artists exhibit. The message has since become a staple of the Spruill ideology, an arts organization which by all accounts is indeed doing just fine. On August 8, the Spruill Gallery and Historic Home will open its doors from 1 to 4 p.m. for a party to cel-
ebrate the 40th anniversary of the Spruill Center for the Arts. The exhibition, juried by Saskia Benjamin of ART PAPERS, features works made by students and faculty at the Spruill Center for the Arts. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, glass, metalwork and encaustics, and reflects the variety of courses available at the center. The Aug. 8 event will feature live music, art activities, chalk murals, food, beverages and 100 works by 71 artists on display. The Spruill Gallery is located in a quaint Victorian building known as the Spruill Homeplace in Dunwoody. Originally built as a home for the Spruill family in the 1860s, the building has gone through its fair share of changes throughout the years. In 1993, the building was relocated to the prominent corner where it now sits and opened as an art gallery and gift shop. Just over a mile down the road from the Gallery is the Spruill Center for the Arts. The center occupies one wing of the building which also houses the Dunwoody Library and Stage Door Players. The long hallway of the center is lined with students’ artwork, and during the summer months, the walls are usually plastered with art by students in summer
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Robert Kinsey, CEO of the Spruill Center for the Arts, is an avid art lover.
camp. Groups of energetic and chattering kids file down the hall between activities while adults work studiously in quiet classes in adjoining rooms. Because classes are not accredited and the students don’t work toward any degrees, there are no final exams, there’s no pressure, and the students who participate have a genuine love for making art. Classes are offered at a variety of times during the week and throughout the weekend. The center works with the gallery to put together an annual exhibition of works by students and faculty in the Spruill homestead. Robert Kinsey, CEO of the Spruill Center for the Arts for nearly 12 years, has a deep affinity for the institution. “The people who are here want to be here,” he said of the center’s students. Kinsey himself has a fairly eclectic and varied taste in art. His office walls are covered in artwork, many of which he has purchased from students. Though his background prior to working with the center was in the corporate world, art has been a large part of Kinsey’s life for many years. A client he knew who worked at IBM decided to change careers and open a gallery in Buckhead, an act
that inspired Kinsey to begin collecting. “I’ve grown to be a little bit of an art addict,” he laughed, glancing around his office and all the artwork on the walls. It is not only Kinsey who has benefited from being among artists and artwork in his career. Clare Callahan, the marketing and PR coordinator for the center, has also found artistic inspiration at work. “It’s a wonderful place to work,” Callahan gushed. “It’s a wonderful place to be.” Since she started working at the center last year, she has stepped outside of her comfort zone and has taken a variety of art classes from calligraphy to glasswork. Callahan’s role has expanded to include social media, catalogues, promotions and most recently, a new website. “Most people who know about us have heard about us from someone else,” she said, but in today’s world it’s also necessary to keep with the times and modern technology. Events like the annual Student & Faculty Juried Exhibition in August provide another important avenue through which the Spruill Center and Gallery promote themselves and engage with the community. Jennifer Price, director of the Spruill
The Spruill Gallery is located at 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody and can be reached at 770-394-4019. At left, Amy Rowe works on her hand-sculpted artwork in a classroom. At right, work by kids currently taking art classes is on display in the hall.
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Above, gallery director Jennifer Price. At top right, the Spruill Gallery as it appears today. Bottom right, the current show features works by 71 local artists.
Gallery, expressed appreciation not only for the ability to work with so many local artists, but also for the opportunity to do so within the historic building. “It is a challenge to recreate the space for the gallery’s various exhibits and events but when done successfully, there is no environment more inspirational,” Price said.
Other yearly events include the Jewelry Market, Pottery & Art Sale, Ceramic Bowl Sale, Holiday Artist Market, in addition to a number of gallery exhibitions. For more information on the Spruill Center for the Arts, the Spruill Gallery, and their upcoming events go online to their website at spruilarts.org.
Student & Faculty Juried Exhibition When: Through Aug. 8 Where: Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd. Admission is free.
Here are the winners of the 2015 student and faculty juried art show:
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Until recently, the shopping center storefront housed an arts and crafts shop. But this summer, it’s home to a different sort of art and creation. The “Discover DaVinci and Michelangelo: Side by Side” exhibit currently on display at the Perimeter Pointe shopping center in Dunwoody shows reproductions or models of works by the two Renaissance artists side by side. Mark Rodgers, the exhibit’s director, says many people don’t realize Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci lived at about the same time. Rodgers said the idea of displaying the works of the two artists together was his idea. He said the exhibit is trying to look at the Renaissance from a “whole artist perspective.” “We want everyone that comes to the exhibit to not only reflect on what these two men did in their lives, but we want to inspire each individual to discover their own ‘inner DaVinci and inner Michelangelo’ to bring their lives to the next level,” Rodgers said. “That is truly the message.” Genius Productions, a nonprofit company based in St. Louis, brought the exhibit to Dunwoody, which is the final stop on the exhibit’s journey across North America. It has been displayed over the past 4 1/2 years at locations in Los Angeles, Denver, St. Louis and Bradenton, Fla., Rodgers said. At the end of October, the exhibit is scheduled to return to its home at the Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy, he said. Included in the exhibit are licensed reproductions of the artists’ works and models of machines based on drawings. At the exhibit, visitors will see a casting of Michelangelo’s Pieta as well as one of the head of the statue of David. Visitors also will find over 60 hand-
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crafted models of DaVinci’s inventions. The models are interactive and visitors are invited to use them and see how they work. There is also a special children’s area where kids are invited to rebuild a model of DaVinci’s portable footbridge or color paintings by Michelangelo. The exhibit can be experienced through a docent-guided tour or audio tour available on smartphones. Both are included in the price of admission. Videos that elaborate on certain aspects of the exhibit are also played throughout the day. Rodgers said that although the artists were born more than five centuries ago, modern visitors could relate to their work. “After you study their story, everything they said and everything they did relates to our lives today,” he said.
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These ‘buddies’ bond over a good book BY MARY HELEN KELLY Last spring, Les Fuchs dropped by principal at a school, finds volunteers, Lake Forest Elementary School one day coordinates the schedule, and works every week. The retired Delta Air Lines with the students the school identifies as pilot would meet fourth grader Sair Bacandidates for the program. nos, and the two of them would head to The program currently operates at the school library to read during the stuLake Forest Elementary and Ison Springs dent’s lunch period. Elementary. The program is looking to Fuchs read aloud expand next year. To from “James and volunteer or learn The Giant Peach,” by more, contact the Do you know an organization or Roald Dahl, a book Sandy Springs Eduindividual making a difference Sair chose at the start cation Force at: sanin our community? Email of the spring firstname.lastname@example.org ter. Fuchs would read force.org. as Sair ate lunch. This year marked As they worked through the book, Fuchs’ first experience with the program. Fuchs would ask questions: Did Sair He came to look forward to the weekly know the meaning of difficult words? meetings. He said he wasn’t sure exactDid he know the location of events from ly how he and Sair had been paired, but the story? If not, Fuchs would explain having a granddaughter the same age as the words or identify the places. the student helped him relate to the boy. “I love to read myself. And it makes Fuchs said the program is about more a huge difference in a young person’s life than just reading. It is also about the volif they develop a love of reading,” Fuchs unteers’ interactions with the students said. and “helping them to develop an appreThe two were paired through the ciation and love of reading.” He said he Reading Buddies program created by gained as much from the experience as the Sandy Springs Education Force. Sair did. Through the program, a volunteer reads Fuchs recalls one day where part of with a student for 30 minutes every the story took place in England. Fuchs week. grabbed a globe and showed Sair the reThe SSEF brings the program to a lationship between Atlanta and England
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Brookhaven Police Blotter Brookhaven police blotter: July 3-15
1000 block of Lincoln Court Avenue—
On July 6, burglary of a residence was reported.
The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.
block of Weldonberry Drive— On July 8, burglary was reported.
block of Briarwood Road—On July 9, burglary was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On July 3, a strong-arm robbery in the street was reported.
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block of Lenox Park Boulevard— On July 4, a strong-arm robbery in the street was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On July 11, a robbery in the street with a gun was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On July 11, an arrest was made for robbery.
block of Buford Highway—On July 5, robbery of a residence with a gun was reported. block of Buford Highway—On July 7, robbery in the street with a cutting instrument was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On July 12, robbery of a business with a gun was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On July 8, robbery in the street with a cutting instrument was reported.
block of Curtis Drive—On July 10, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.
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block of Clairmont Road—On July 3, theft by taking auto was reported. block of Peachtree Road—On July 6, theft by taking auto was reported. block of Druid Knoll Drive—On July 7, theft by taking auto was reported. 9, theft by taking auto was reported.
block of Brixworth Place—On July 4, burglary was reported.
block of Executive Park Drive— On July 10, theft by taking auto was reported. block of Buford Highway—On July 14, theft by taking auto was reported.
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block of North Druid Hills Road—On July 3, battery was reported.
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block of Peachtree Road—On July 4, battery was reported and an arrest was made.
block of Apple Valley Road—On July 4, simple battery of a family member was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On July 5, an arrest was made for battery of a family member.
block of North Druid Hills Road—On July 7, simple battery was reported and an arrest was made.
block of Buford Highway—On July 10, simple battery was reported; On July 15, an arrest was made for battery.
block of Johnson Ferry Road— On July 12, sexual assault was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On July 13, battery was reported.
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block of Briarcliff Road—On July 8, fraudulent activity was reported; On July 9, forgery of a check was reported; On July 14, an arrest was made for forgery in the third degree.
block of Peachtree Road—On July 9, forgery of a check was reported.
block of Briarwood Road—On July 11, fraud by worthless check was reported.
block of Clairmont Road—On July 13, fraud by bad check was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On July 14, fraud by impersonation was reported.
2600 block of Skyland Drive—On July
block of Buford Highway—On July 3, burglary was reported; On July 9, an arrest was made for burglary. block of Johnson Ferry Road— On July 3, burglary was reported.
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block of Briarcliff Road—On July 3, an arrest was made for forgery in the third degree.
block of Corporate Boulevard— On July 8, financial transaction fraud was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On July 8, financial transaction fraud was reported.
block of Buford Highway—On July 3, theft was reported; On July 6, an arrest was made for shoplifting.
block of Buford Highway—On July 3, theft was reported.
block of Brookhaven Avenue—On July 3, theft was reported.
block of Lake Hearn Drive—On July 4, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported and three arrests were made for theft by receiving stolen property.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On July 5, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of North Cliff Valley Way—On July 5, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Lanier Drive—On July 6, theft from a building was reported.
block of Peachtree Road—On July 6, theft was reported.
block of Briarwood Road—On July 7, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Executive Park Drive— On July 7, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported and multiple reports of entering auto were made.
1000 block of Lenow Park Boulevard—
On July 8, theft was reported.
block of Lake Boulevard—On July 8, theft was reported.
block of Town Boulevard—On July 8, entering auto was reported.
block of Peachtree Road—On July 8, theft for a building was reported.
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July 9, theft was reported. 2100
block of Lake Boulevard—On July 9, theft was reported.
block of Clairmont Road—On July 9, shoplifting was reported.
block of North Druid Hills Road—On July 11, entering auto was reported.
block of Inman Drive—On July 11, theft was reported.
block of Clairmont Road—On July 12, theft was reported.
100 block of North Druid Hills Road—
On July 3, an arrest was made for DUI.
Way—On July 7, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.
block of Town Boulevard—On July 4, an arrest was made for public consumption and intoxication.
block of North Druid Hills Drive—On July 4, an arrest was made for manufacturing/selling/distributing drugs; On July 10, a wanted person was located and arrested.
block of Buford Highway—On July 4, an arrest was made for trafficking illegal drugs and a wanted person was located and arrested; On July 11, an arrest was made for driving without a license; On July 14, an arrest was made for loitering and prowling.
at North Druid Hills Road—On July 5 and 7, arrests were made for DUI.
block of Clairmont Road—On July 12, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Oglethorpe Drive—On July 5, an arrest was made for possession of alcoholic beverages.
block of Briarcliff Road—On July 13, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
Peachtree Road—On July 14, an arrest was made for shoplifting.
1000 block of Lincoln Court Avenue—
On July 6, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court.
block of Ellijay Drive—On July 7, a wanted person was located and arrested.
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block of Buford Highway—On July 3, an arrest was made for making a U-turn where prohibited; On July 4, an arrest was made for possession of controlled substance; On July 13, two arrests were made for prostitution.
block of Buford Highway—On July 3, an arrest was made for public drunkenness.
block of Clairmont Road—On July 7, an arrest was made for driving on a suspended or revoked license.
block of North Druid Hills Road—On July 7, an arrest was made for driving without a license; On July 12, an arrest was made for DUI; On July 14, four arrests were made for marijuana possession.
block of North Cliff Valley
Road at Cannon Farm Hill Road—On July 8, an arrest was made for DUI. block of Buford Highway—On July 8, criminal trespass was reported; On July 11, an arrest was made for speeding.
1200 block of North Cliff Valley Way—
On July 8, an arrest was made for DUI.
Parkway at Woodrow Way— On July 8, an arrest was made for DUI.
block of Buford Highway—On July 10, an arrest was made for driving without a license.
block of Dresden Drive—On July 10, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.
block of Briarwood Road—On July 11, a wanted person was located and arrested.
block of North Cliff Valley Way—On July 11, a wanted person was located and arrested.
block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On July 11, arrests were made for possession of marijuana.
block of Peachtree Road—On July 11, an arrest was made for driving without a license; On July 15, a wanted person was located and arrested.
block of Briarwood Road—On July 11, an arrest was made for DUI.
block of Town Boulevard—On July 11, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.
block of Buford Highway—On July 12, an arrest was made for driving without a license.
block of Northeast Expressway— On July 13, an arrest was made for failure to stop or yield at road sign.
block of Buford Highway—On July 13, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court.
block of Burton Plaza Lane—On July 13, an arrest was made for public consumption.
block of Peachtree Road—On July 14, an arrest was made for possession of a firearm by a felon.
block of North Druid Hills Road—On July 15, an arrest was made for suspended or cancelled registration.
2200 block of North Druid Hills Road—
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block of Buford Highway—On July 3, damage to private property was reported.
block of Briarcliff Road—On July 3 and 9, hit and runs were reported.
1900 block of North Druid Hills Road—
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block of Ellijay Drive—On July 3, criminal trespass was reported.
block of Corporate Boulevard— On July 5, damage to private property was reported.
block of Brixworth Place—On July 6, damage to private property was reported.
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