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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 mid-

Dunwoody City Council members are questioning the cost of formally becoming a designated “bicycle-friendly” community after a presentation on earning the recognition. A 77-page Bicycle Friendliness Assessment created by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition was presented to council members on July 13. It included recommendations that would allow the city to earn within the next few years a “bronze” or “silver” designation from the League of American Bicyclists, a national advocacy group. But the price of one of the main recommendations worried council members. In his report, Johann Weber, a public policy graduate student at Georgia Tech, said Dunwoody should employ a dedicated bikefriendly community “champion.” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed in May named Atlanta’s first chief bicycle officer, a full-time planner, engineer and advocate for the city’s bike transportation goals. The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation is supporting the position through a five-year $250,000 challenge grant to the city through the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the city said in a press release. “This position is an example of how the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition is bringing new resources to the table for a more bikeable, walkable, livable city,” Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, said in a press release. But in Dunwoody, Councilman Terry Nall said he worries about “staff creep,” and Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch reminded Weber that Dunwoody likes to do things “lean and mean.” Nall asked why Dunwoody would seek a certification at all. “Why would we exert energy and resources to go after a certificate?” Nall asked Weber. “The certificate is nothing,” Weber said. “It represents something about your community that has value. You’re not chasing status.” Weber said seeking a bronze or silver certification would signify that Dunwoody as a community is not only a great place to ride

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Mary Nelson, 8, left, and her sister Kate, 9, channel their inner Annie Leibovitz at a summer photography camp led by Heather Johnson, right, at All Saints Catholic Church on July 21. The one-week course, for students ages eight to 13, taught the history of photography, camera operation and how to share moments through pictures.

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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 to 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.” Heyward Wescott said GLASS needs to get information


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Dunwoody will pay interest on tax refunds

State Farm office complex designed to house up to 10,000 employees BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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Dunwoody city officials have decided to pay interest on property taxes wrongly collected from homeowners over the past three years. City Council voted July 13 to add 1 percent per month in interest to the amounts now being refunded to taxpayers. The residents were taxed at too high a rate after city officials failed to properly notify DeKalb County of a tax exemption during the years 2012, 2013 and 2014. About $150,000 in refunds will be sent to owners of about 2,748 residential parcels, based on an initial analysis of the Dunwoody residential tax records for the three-year period, the city said July 8. Refunds will be as low as 11 cents and as high as $1,000. Finance Director Chris Pike said July 13 the mistake occurred because the city did not have a staff person designated to report the information to DeKalb. He said he will make this his priority now and work to be more proactive as opposed to reactive. “I don’t think there was a designated go-to person to make sure that legislation was tracked as closely,” Pike said. “We took more of a reactive point; when something came to our attention that affected us, we reacted.”

State Farm’s huge office complex under construction on Hammond Drive is being designed to house up to 10,000 employees, while minimizing its effect on surrounding streets and providing new public spaces, the developer says. KDC Realty Regional Vice President Alex Chambers said the Texas-based company is building a “multi-functional hub” with three buildings for the new State Farm facility. Dunwoody Homeowners Association board member Jim Redovian called it a “mega-project.” Chambers joked that it wasn’t State Farm’s description. The project’s design will allow employees to stay in the same place when they are promoted within the company, he said. Similar corporate complexes are being built in Phoenix and Dallas. Chambers told the Dunwoody Homeowners Association July 12 they spent a lot of time considering traffic, and the 10-million-square-foot complex will make it much easier to use MARTA because one of the three buildings will connect directly to the Dunwoody transit station. “We’re making it so easy for people to use MARTA,” Chambers said. The first building will be 600,000 square feet and include a three-level connector with a walkway that will keep employees from having to cross the street at the corner, Chambers said.

Use of multiple entrances and exits from parking decks should make it easier for drivers to avoid left turns that would back up traffic, Chambers said. He also said he believes the overpass above I-285 will get more use now. The company broke ground for its regional headquarters in Atlanta at Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center West in May 2014. By May 2016, the construction will start to take shape, Chambers said. “It will start to look like a building,” he said. State Farm no longer plans to build a hotel at the site, Chambers said. The company is working on a zoning change to allow office space in areas now zoned for residential use, he said. Dunwoody City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the change on July 27. “It’s zoned for 2 million square feet of residential and we’re going to change it to office,” he told members of the DHA board. “That should make most of you happy.” An open area in the middle of the complex will not only be used by State Farm, but also as a public amenity where programming could include musical performances or flea markets, Chamber said. State Farm is also planning a multi-use path for bikes and pedestrians to get through the site, he said. The project’s biggest hold-up involves an “east-west connector” road that State Farm plans to build along the Fulton and DeKalb County line.

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New pastor ‘excited’ to be at Kingswood United Methodist

Senior rabbi starts at Temple Emanu-El

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That Dunwoody was north of I-285 was sisted in some key accounts,” Broome said. about as much as Rev. Charles Broome knew “We sold to people like Home Depot, Pike’s about the place before moving with his wife and those kinds of places.” to lead Kingswood United Methodist Church. He said when he mentioned his desire to “The membership has opened their arms change career fields, his wife said she could and hearts to us and I’m excited to be here,” he understand that, but if God had wanted her to said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my five days here be a pastor’s wife, she’d have married a pastor. so far and I hope I have a long“I asked her to pray, and we time appointment here.” prayed for three years when it Broome led his first Sunday came to me to be a part-time local service on June 28, two days afpastor,” Broome said. “She lowter a tree fell on his car outside his ered her head for a second and church-owned home, he said. looked up and said, ‘I can deal Though the church in Auguswith that.’” ta he moved from had a more traThat was in 1997. As a partditional style, Broome said he felt time pastor, Broome said he refreshed by the change. served in a smaller church that “Here the style of the worship couldn’t afford a full-time passervice is a little different than tor. He agreed to go to school to what I’m accustomed to, but the study theology, but not seminary messages will be the same,” he school. said. “Typically, I am accustomed It was “like technical school as Rev. Charles to everything coming from the opposed to university,” he said. Broome pulpit or platform and in this ser“You get exposed to all of the vice people sang from the congresame things, but instead of havgation and balcony and used the entire space. ing to swim in deep water, I had a lifejacket.” I’ve seen one worship service and it was a great Because he wanted a master’s degree, he did day even before I spoke.” enroll in 2004 at Erskine Theological SemiFor five years Broome was the senior pastor nary, an educational institution of the Associat Saint Mark United Methodist Church in ate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Augusta, where Broome’s two daughters and Now that he and his wife are moved into five grandsons still live. He moved into that their home in Dunwoody, he said she’s excitrole after working 12 years as a part-time pased. “It’s a new adventure. We’re in a new town tor, where he said he had a part-time secretary and exposed to new and great things,” he said. and did everything that needed doing himself. Broome didn’t say he considered it a sign Broome said he believes he always ends up from God that a tree hit his car, but he said he where he needs to be, and as a minister, his knew he was in the right place when he saw gifts and graces are used for a higher purpose. Joshua 24:15, which says “As for me and my “I’m a firm believer in this whole process,” house, we will serve the Lord” on an entryway he said. “I don’t understand how, but in the at Kingswood UMC. midst of the process we’re appointed for a sea“Strangely enough that has been one of my son of the church. There is a place for our gifts favorite verses since we started having chiland graces to be used,” Broome said. dren, and I had those words on a plaque on He said he chose to go into ministry when my kitchen wall in Augusta,” he said. “The he was in his mid-40s, after working as a saleslast thing we took off the wall when we moved man for one of the largest wholesale nurseries was that plaque and that felt so appropriate [to in the country. see it on the entryway]. It’s very evident in the “I worked in the mid-Atlantic area and asway we’ve been greeted that holds true here.”

Just three hours into his Temple, one of the country’s new job as senior rabbi at Temlargest. ple Emanu-El, Spike AnderMore recently, he looked son outlined some of his goals around the country for a temfor the Spalding Drive congreple where he could take on the gation. bigger responsibility as senior “I think I’d like to do a lot rabbi. Temple Emanu-El was of community outreach, get the the right fit. temple much more involved in “I was ready to take a real Israel, and get the leadership position, temple much more and [I] love Atlaninvolved in local sota,” Anderson said, cial justice issues,” adding that Temple Anderson said durEmanu-El “seems ing a July 1 interto emanate a great view. good.” Anderson is sucHe and wife, ceeding Senior Rabbi Marita, have three Scott Colbert, who is children. “We like retiring at year’s end. the idea of raising For Anderson, it’s a our family here,” big move, and not Anderson said. only in terms of leadAt the Stephen Rabbi Spike ing the Reform JewS. Wise Temple, acAnderson ish temple. It’s also cording to its weba literal move across the counsite, Anderson created some try from Los Angeles, where a innovative programs. They inreligious awakening drew him cluded “Kehillat Wise,” where from the high-tech business congregation members proworld into religious studies. vided pro-bono expert advice “This is a second career for and talents to one another in me. I was out in Silicon Valley the wake of the economic crifor the ’90s,” said Anderson. sis, and “Daditude,” a group for Originally from the Bosfathers to spend time with the ton area, he moved to the West pre-school-aged children. Coast to create such tech firms Anderson said one of his as Monday Technology Solugoals at Temple Emanu-El is tions. But about 15 years ago, boosting social-justice involvehis life changed. ment, especially in the wake of “I had an epiphany of sorts,” the Charleston church murders. Anderson said. “I really want“I think Jewish relations with ed to devote my time and life to the African American commuJudaism and the Jewish people nity is really important,” he and God.” said. “There’s a real need to reAfter five years of rabbinconnect us in strong ways realical schooling at New York’s ly quickly.” Hebrew Union College, he reBut first things first: “Boxturned to the West Coast as a es to unpack and sermons to rabbi at L.A.’s Stephen S. Wise write,” Anderson said.

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Police issue citations, warnings to speeders on Tilly Mill Road BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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Dunwoody police joined forces with a pedestrians advocate group to slow drivers on Tilly Mill Road and make the area safer for walking. On July 16, officers wrote 12 citations and issued three warnings during a special detail on the road, where the speed limit is 35 mpg, but drivers hit speeds as high as 55 mph, department spokesman Officer Tim Fecht said. “We’re just trying to get people to slow down and, hopefully, become more observant of crosswalks,” Fecht said. The speeding crackdown was planned in conjunction with a “Slow Down, Save Lives” initiative started in March by PEDS, a metro Atlanta advocate for pedestrians. Through the initiative, multiple speed and crosswalk enforcement operations are being conducted throughout the metro area and yellow “Slow Down!” signs are being posted by concerned citizens who want safer streets in their residential areas, Fecht said. About four pedestrians a day are hit by drivers in metro Atlanta, and Dunwoody officers targeted speeding drivers along Tilly Mill Road because the area has high rates of pedestrian crashes, he said. Speed is a crucial factor in how likely someone is to survive if hit by a car, Fecht said. About a month or two ago, an officer dressed up like a civilian tried to cross the major intersection at Tilly Mill Road and Andover Drive, Fecht said. “We had several citations that day,” he said. “People just flat-

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Officer Christopher Irwin uses radar to judge the speed of cars traveling on Tilly Mill Road.

out won’t stop or he’d get halfway across the intersection and then oncoming cars would not let him finish [crossing],” Fecht said. Ever since re-paving Tilly Mill Road, Fecht said peo-

ple drive like “it’s a nice drag strip,” and many people who live in the subdivisions have a hard time exiting— especially to turn left, he said. “So we’ve been out here consistently trying to slow people down,” Fecht said.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 sustainability committee hope to incora bicycle, but also is a peaceful and safe porate some of the ideas into the transplace to live. portation plan, she said. But Councilman John Heneghan City Councilman Doug Thompson, said he wants to see a citizen survey of a bike enthusiast himself, said city offipublic interest and support for more bicials should continue building multi-use cycle-friendly amenities before city offitrails to connect different parts of Duncials include them in the next city budwoody. The majority of Dunwoody resget. idents simply don’t Deutsch said she feel comfortable ridwondered whethon the streets, “Dunwoody is just begin- ing er the community he said, but they will ning to reach the point surveys should have take their families on been completed bea multi-use trail. of being ready to apply fore making a presen“Dunwoody is for Bike-Friendly Comtation to the council. just beginning to munity recognition.” City Planner Rereach the point of bebecca Keefer said the ing ready to apply for report comes as part Bike-Friendly Com– JOHANN WEBER of the city’s sustainmunity recognition,” ability action plan. Weber said. He noted Methods for implestrengths in Dunwoody such as an “acmenting recommendations made by the tive citizenry” and a well-regarded pobicycle coalition will be discussed at the lice department, but said weaknesses insustainability committee’s August reclude many roads’ narrow rights of way treat. She said the sustainability comand the lack of a programming body. mittee would also work at the retreat Weber said opportunities for imto resolve who would be responsible for provement in Dunwoody exist in areas approaching local businesses with incensuch as expanding safe routes to school. tives to become more bike-friendly. “A quick and easy win” for the city “We don’t expect the assessment itwould be to train police officers on bike self will be adopted by City Council,” laws and safety, Weber said. Keefer said. Rather, the members of the DUN


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dle 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

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of public school and began homeschooling them so she could give 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 system improvements?” Opponents cite increased bureaucracy and increased cost, but Harris said a right-sized 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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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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?

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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-

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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?

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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.

Charles Schwab, offering financial From left, Brookhaven O pe nin gs and investment chamber member services, opened Laura Stevenson, its new location chamber member at 1105 Hammond Jay Groundwater, Drive in Sandy Springs Tiffany Ryals, Jazmine with a ribbon cutting on Sam, Michael Lemay and July 15. Lending a hand, Cathy Holt help Mary Eyler from left, Charles Evans, and Renae Slagle, holding Rick Groff, William Clanton, Sandy Springs/Perimeter Chamber of scissors, Atlanta market Commerce President Tom Mahaffey, Mark Anheier, Dan DiLuzio, managers for Salon Lofts, Charles Schwab Branch Manager Adam Heatley, Susan Riley-Hayes, with a ribbon cutting. Lindsay Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, holding scissors, Chris Burnett, Kammer, Heath Authement, Cheryl Jones, Karen Marie, Chasity Jermaine Brown, Karen Trylovich, Chip Collins, Chris Barfield, Johnson and chamber member Buz McComber also attended. Jason Sheetz, Martin Van Der Laan, Suzanne Brown, Carolyn The salon, located at 3879 Peachtree Road in Brookhaven, is a Axt, Kevin McQuilken, Mary Beth Spence and Patty Conway. community of beauty specialists who run their own salons.

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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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Toddler Time Tuesday, July 28, 11-11:30 a.m. – Bring

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 amy.alexander@fultoncountyga.gov, 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 comments@co.fulton. 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 sandyspringslibrary@gmail.com; to submit a photography entry, email sandyspringsphotocontest@gmail.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.

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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.

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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 semesdyspringseducationeditor@reporternewspapers.net 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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Former mayor and sole Democrat in runoff for District 80 seat Four candidates, three of them Republicans, campaigned for the District 80 seat in the state House of Representatives. When 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 J. Max Davis face Republican and former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis in an Aug. 11 runoff 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 [former Rep. Mike] Jacobs,” Bennett said. “District 80 is an incredibly diverse, well-educated, rapidly growing part of the metro area.” Others argued that the Republican candidates split their party’s votes. 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 at a much higher rate and in much higher numbers than

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‘Upscale’ townhomes planned for Perimeter Center Acadia Homes and Neighborhoods hopes to build 87 townhomes on 9.8 acres in Perimeter Center, behind City Hall and across the North Fork of Peachtree Creek from Georgetown. Part of the property, a piece totaling 2.3 acres, will be donated to the city for a park. The space will also act as a buffer, separating neighborhoods and keeping wildlife close to the creek. Attorney Den Webb told Dunwoody Homeowners Association members July 12 the project would not include a road to cross the creek and connect to Old Spring House Lane. He said it would be up to the city to develop a path or road across the creek. The only way residents of the 87 townhomes will be able to access the development will be from Perimeter Center East, Webb said.

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If the residents want trails or other amenities in the 2.3 acres, it would be up to the city to provide them. Webb said he believes the city plans more of a “passive park” because of the topography. The Perimeter Center area is zoned for high-rise office buildings and is not part of the city designated for senior citizen housing, as is the Dunwoody Village area. The Acadia Homes, like other recent townhome projects, are designed to be three-level units ranging from 2,300 to 2,900 square feet. Prices will start at about $500,000, said Nevel Allison of Acadia Homes. “This will be a very upscale development,” Allison said. “There will be a pool and cabana in addition to our open green space in the middle.”

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Dunwoody’s police department has recently earned awards for its creativity and its dedication to being “the best of the best,” as the executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police puts it. After announcing July 13 that the #WhyIWearTheBadge social media campaign won a Telly Award for its video, Chief Billy Grogan presented to the mayor and City Council Dunwoody’s state certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Grogan said the Dunwoody Police Department went through a rigorous process to earn state certification from the association. Frank Rotondo, the executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, told Mayor Mike Davis that Dunwoody should be proud of its accomplishments. “Mr. Mayor, your city’s been a city about seven years, and you’ve really accomplished an awful lot,” Rotondo said. “It’s one of the best police departments in the state of Georgia.” Dunwoody is one of 118 police agencies to earn state certification, which is about 17 percent of the total existing agencies in Georgia that could try to get certified. Sandy Springs and Atlanta also earned state certification. “All agencies are bestowed certification by virtue of having a police agency,” Rotondo said. But this is a “special program” that establishes the people’s trust in the police department. Over the next three years, Dunwoody Police will have to file annual reports attesting to its continuing compli-

From left, Sgt. Andrew Fondas, Frank Rotondo, executive director of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, Mayor Mike Davis and Police Chief Billy Grogan beam after the city of Dunwoody was presented with state certification from GACP.

ance and identify any instances of significant non-compliance. Grogan said standards cover eight critical areas essential to effective law enforcement and provide a blueprint for professional law enforcement to follow. Grogan said Sgt. Andrew Fondas was designated as the Certification Manager and was given the task and responsibility of guiding the department through the process.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On July 7, assault by intimidation was reported; On July 15, simple assault and battery was reported.

 1800

block of Cotillion Drive—On July 8, assault by intimidation was reported.

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 2100

block of Peachford Road—On July 9, simple assault and battery was reported.

 2300

block of Dunwoody Crossing— On July 11, simple assault and battery was reported.

 4600

block of Dunover Circle—On July 14, simple assault and battery was reported.

block of Perimeter Center East— On July 6, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court; On July 7, 9 and 11, arrests were made for violation of probation and for failure to appear; On July 10, an arrest was made for DUI; On July 11, two arrests were made for possession of marijuana; On July 13, a wanted person was located and arrested. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On July 5, three arrests were made for possession of marijuana; On July 8 and 10, arrests were made for driving without a license. 

 First

block of Perimeter Center East—On July 15, an arrest was made for assault by intimidation.

 4500

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On July 3, an arrest was made for DUI.

FRAUD

I-285 at Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On July 3, an arrest was made for driving while license was suspended or revoked; an arrest was made for obstruction and disorderly under the influence. 

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On July 3, an arrest was made for credit fraud; On July 9, credit fraud was reported.

 6200

block of Ashford Gables Drive— On July 7, fraud by worthless check was reported.

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On July 8, fraud was reported.

 5600

block of Brooke Ridge Drive— On July 8, fraud by swindle was reported.

 200

block of Perimeter Center Parkway—On July 10, fraud was reported.

 4000

block of Dunwoody Park—On July 10, credit fraud was reported.

 First

block of Perimeter Center East— On July 13, fraud was reported three times; On July 15, fraud was reported.

 5600

block of Trowbridge Drive—On July 4, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On July 5 and 12, arrests were made for DUI.

 3000 block of Peeler Road—On July 6,

four arrests were made for driving while unlicensed.

 4800

block of Happy Hollow Road— On July 7, a weapons offense was reported and an arrest was made.

 I-285

at North Peachtree Road—On July 7, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On July 9, an arrest was

Rapper charged with terroristic threat The rapper known as “Young Thug” was arrested July 15 and charged with making terroristic threats by threatening to shoot a security guard at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody. Jeffery Lamar Williams, the 22-year-old’s legal name, was arrested at his rented home in Sandy Springs with assistance from US Marshals and the Sandy Springs K-9 Unit, Officer Tim Fecht, a spokesman for Dunwoody Police, said. Sandy Springs police added drug and weapons charges on July 16, the day after Williams’ arrest. Williams also was named in a Cobb County indictment as being involved in a conspiracy to kill rapper Lil Wayne, whose tour bus was shot in April, according to media reports. Williams was not charged in connection with the shooting. Williams was released from DeKalb Jail on July 16 after posting a $10,000 bond. made for driving while license was suspended or revoked.  1000

block of Redfield Terrace—On July 7, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On July 10, an arrest was made for DUI.

 5800

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On July 9, an arrest was made for obstruction.

 2000

block of Pernoshal Court—On July 11, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

 4700

block of Vermack Road—On July 11, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 I-285

at Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On July 12, an arrest was made for DUI.

 4600

block of Ridgeview Road—On July 12, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 4400

block of Tilly Mill Road—On July 14, an arrest was made for driving

while unlicensed.  4700

block of North Peachtree Road— On July 15, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

OTHER  4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On July 4, criminal trespass was reported.

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On July 4, a report was made of cruelty to animals.

 4400

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On July 5, a hit and run was reported.

 10,400

block of Madison Drive—On July 5, damage to private property was reported.

 4600

block of Ridgeview Road—On July 9, criminal trespass was reported.

 I-285 at Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—

On July 9, damage to private property was reported.

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