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Residents’ outcry results in fewer apartments for Mercedes site BY JOHN RUCH The new Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters and a related housing project got Planning Commission approval July 16—but only for about half the requested number of apartment units. Slashing the number of apartments from 399 to 199 was the commission’s nod to a large crowd that turned out to protest the controversial housing element. The roughly 200 residents were not appeased, with commission Chair Lee Duncan repeatedly threatening to throw them out for laughing or shouting Readers sound off on out protests. “They’re splitting the Mercedes project. See baby,” resident Todd Hennings said after the letters on page 5. meeting. The proposed project combines 75 acres of largely wooded land along Glenridge Drive, straddling Abernathy Road. Mercedes plans its new headquarters at 6565 Glenridge Drive on the southern side. Ashton Woods would build a variety of housing types next to Mercedes, and also on another wooded parcel on the north side. That parcel is where historic Glenridge Hall stood before it was demolished earlier this year. The Mercedes building would be three stories, and the plan includes pre-approval for a potential nine-story corporate tower to follow. Nearly 40,000 square of neighborhood-oriented commercial space is part of the plan, too. Ashton Woods’ housing component includes 13 single-family homes, 279 townhouses, 333 condominiums and 399 apartments at luxury pricing. All of the apartments would be on the SEE FEWER, PAGE 20
Above, from left, Elizabeth Shaw, Sophie Galiano and Yoel Alperin participate in the “Human Knot” exercise during the first day of Riverwood International Charter School’s band camp on July 20. Left, sophomore Jesus Flores, who’ll play the snare drum, stretches during the camp’s morning session.
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K-9 supervisor named American Legion’s state ‘Officer of the Year’ BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
Officer Mike DeWald loves to talk. Ask him about his passion for training police dogs to make narcotics arrests and he will spend 10 minutes detailing the difference between how dogs sniff versus breathe. He’ll turn laymen into experts when it comes to understanding “scent habituation,” the base components of drugs and how dogs identify them. And don’t even get him started on
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Sandy Springs puts six-month hold on rezoning requests BY JOHN RUCH Sandy Springs City Council put a 180-day moratorium on many new rezoning applications on July 21—the same night it dealt with major rezonings on Roswell Road and the Glenridge Connector. The six-month moratorium affects rezonings for apartments, commercial, business, and office or mixed-use classifications. It gives the council breathing room while the city updates its Comprehensive Plan over the next year or so. The current Comprehensive Plan has proven inadequate or contradictory in the current building boom, councilmen said. “We have gotten into a bad pattern… [of determining] land use by zoning case,” Mayor Rusty Paul said. The council had two prime examples earlier in the meeting, where it tried to tweak projects amid vague zoning definitions. A major, long-delayed mixed-use project at 6075-6077 Roswell Road got rezoning approval—but only for 291 multifamily housing units instead of the 324 applied for. Amid density concerns from the public, that number was the council’s best guess at hitting a num-
ber closer to surrounding projects. It remains to be seen if homebuilder Camden USA will find that feasible. At 5575 Glenridge Connector, the council essentially asked Glenridge Highland III, LLC to withdraw its application for a roughly 300,000-squarefoot office building amid traffic concerns. One complication: the property is designated a “Live Work Community” in the current Comprehensive Plan, even though it already has a 19-story office tower on it. Project attorney Woody Galloway said the developers would give the city an extra $500,000 for long-term traffic fixes. But Paul said, “I’m probably going to veto anything over 185,000 square feet” with the traffic and long-term planning concerns. Galloway said the project has an interested tenant and will have to see if a smaller building proposed by the council at 175,000 square feet would be feasible. The rezoning moratorium does not affect such projects already in the pipeline. But it is in effect immediately on any new requests and can be renewed if the council finds it necessary.
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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 face Republican and former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis in an Aug. 11 runoff election. 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 their Fulton County counterparts, returns from the July 14 election show.
Candidate Taylor J. Bennett (D) J. Max Davis (R) Catherine S. Bernard (R) Loren Collins (R) Total votes
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New senior rabbi starts at Temple Emanu-El
Sandy Springs United Methodist welcomes pastor
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Just three hours into his new job as rabbi at L.A.’s Stephen S. Wise Temple, senior rabbi at Temple Emanu-El, Spike one of the country’s largest. Anderson outlined some of his goals for More recently, he looked around the the Spalding Drive congregation. country for a temple where he could “I think I’d like to do a lot of comtake on the bigger responsibility as semunity outreach, get the nior rabbi. Temple Ematemple much more innu-El was the right fit. volved in Israel, and get “I was ready to take a the temple much more real leadership position, involved in local social and [I] love Atlanta,” justice issues,” Anderson Anderson said, adding said during a July 1 interthat Temple Emanu-El view. “seems to emanate a great Anderson is succeedgood.” ing Senior Rabbi Scott He and wife, MariColbert, who is retiring ta, have three children. at year’s end. For Ander“We like the idea of raisson, it’s a big move, and ing our family here,” Annot only in terms of leadderson said. ing the Reform Jewish At the Stephen S. temple. It’s also a literal Wise Temple, according move across the country to its website, Anderson from Los Angeles, where created some innovative Rabbi Spike Anderson a religious awakening programs. They included drew him from the high“Kehillat Wise,” where tech business world into congregation members religious studies. provided pro-bono expert advice and “This is a second career for me. I was talents to one another in the wake of out in Silicon Valley for the ’90s,” said the economic crisis, and “Daditude,” a Anderson. group for fathers to spend time with the Originally from the Boston area, he pre-school-aged children. moved to the West Coast to create such Anderson said one of his goals at tech firms as Monday Technology SoTemple Emanu-El is boosting social-juslutions. But about 15 years ago, his life tice involvement, especially in the wake changed. of the Charleston church murders. “I “I had an epiphany of sorts,” Anderthink Jewish relations with the African son said. “I really wanted to devote my American community is really importime and life to Judaism and the Jewish tant,” he said. “There’s a real need to repeople and God.” connect us in strong ways really quickly.” After five years of rabbinical schoolBut, first things first. ing at New York’s Hebrew Union Col“Boxes to unpack and sermons to lege, he returned to the West Coast as a write,” Anderson said.
In June, Sandy Springs United pointment in the Methodist Church Methodist Church welcomed its first was at Peachtree Road United Methnew senior pastor in four decades. odist in Buckhead, where he has Dr. Thomas Martin, 33, follows served as an associate minister since Senior Pastor Dr. Ken Ray, who rehis graduation. tired June 21 after 40 He, his wife Lesyears at the church. lie, their two children “This communiDavis and Mills, and ty has been very welthe family dogs have coming and made my all made the move to family feel at home,” Sandy Springs. DaMartin said. vis, who will be 5 in Martin said he’s exSeptember, and Mills, cited about the way who will be 1 in Septhe church can contember, will enroll tinue to grow with the in the church’s precity of Sandy Springs. school. “I think the Martin said it has church is poised to been an “adventure” be known as the moving with two community church, young kids, but says and it always has he can tell “this has been,” he said. “But already become [DaDr. Thomas Martin to become a partvis’s] new church.” ner with City Hall, In his free time, which is being built Martin enjoys playright across the street, and not just ing disc golf. He said he would like work in the community, but with to find a way to get a small disc golf the community in the years ahead, course on the church campus. It as Sandy Springs grows, is an excitcould even become a community ating opportunity.” traction, he said. Martin studied at BirminghamMartin said he wants Sandy Southern for his undergraduate deSprings UMC to “continue to do the gree and graduated from Duke things that churches do, but to look Divinity School in 2008. His first apat new ways to be the church.”
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Lake Forrest Dam repairs bring fish and recreation concerns BY JOHN RUCH
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The dam is one of three built to create three unnamed “lakes”—actually small ponds—running to the northwest between Forrest Lake Drive and Tall Pines Drive. Filled primarily with stormwater runoff, the ponds are not suitable for swimming, but fishing and boating are popular among the 35 neighboring families, Roddenbery said. Many years ago, the Three Lakes Corporation stocked the ponds with fish. “There’s bass, bream, crappie—lots of fish,” Roddenbery said. No one knows exactly when the dams were built, but Roddenbery and a Sandy Springs-hired engineer say it was probably in the 1940s or ’50s. State surveyors first raised concerns about the dam’s condition in 2009, noting it had signs of weakness and that a failure could be fatal to people downstream. The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs now agree that they are jointly responsible for fixing the dam. The Three Lakes Corporation owns the ponds. After an initial report from the firm Schnabel Engineering earlier this year, Sandy Springs decided to take immediate action in May to lower the water. Charles Wilson of Schnabel said that lowering the water by 6 feet reduced pressure on the dam, making it less like-
Private backyard docks above the Lake Forrest Dam stand high and dry this summer, two months after officials lowered the water level amid fears of a dam collapse. For residents, it’s an example of how public safety concerns are joined by worries about wildlife impacts and property values that may go down as the water does. Next, officials intend to scoop out all the fish with a large boat and transport them alive to a private pond. Then they will lower the water further and figure out what it takes to fix the dam. Options could range from a pipe repair to a redesigned dam and a new 2-acre side pond. “We may be looking at four to five years from now before everything is back to the way it was,” said Hansell Roddenbery, president of Three Lakes Corporation, the homeowners association that owns the ponds above the dam. “All we ask is to remain informed and let us know it’s happening before it happens.” The earthen dam sits beneath part of the 4600 block of Lake Forrest Drive, right on the Sandy Springs-Atlanta border. Blink and you’ll miss it. Mature trees growing atop the dam block views of the cloudy pond on one side and the steep 40-foot drop on the other.
ly to give way. Wilson is concerned Fo because his first look found that a rre st pipe carrying excess stormwater La ke through the dam is leaking, a sign Dr of a potential sinkhole inside. NW All of the water must be drained for a full examination of the dam. To avoid a heap of dead fish on the scene, officials are bringing in an expert to remove them alive before the draining. That work will be done by Aquascape Environmental of Woodstock, which specializes in lake and fishery management. “The fish will be relocated from the lake,” Wilson said. “The contractor has a pond…They’re GOOGLE MAPS not going to be destroyed.” The dividing line between Buckhead While the neighbors share the and Sandy Springs runs through public safety concern, their “big three lakes near the Lake Forrest picture” is restoring the pond’s Dam. To see a larger version, go natural environment after any reto ReporterNewspapers.net. pair, he said. “There has been substantial Right now, the dam holds in all water concern about the fish and wildto a certain level, and has a vertical pipe life,” he said, describing turtles, geese, that acts like an emergency drain on a ducks and an egret as among the pond’s bathroom sink. Wilson said one opresidents. tion is to give the dam a “flow-through” There’s also the question of how long structure that is constantly letting some the residents will have unusable docks water out. In that design, he said, “There on a drained pond. The decision-makwould be a side pond, essentially, that ing process has been slow, and some rewater could be diverted into during expair options could change the landscape treme storms.” permanently.
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COMMENTARY This rendering of Ashton Woods’ development plan consists of townhouses, treehouses, condos, green space and civic structures such as gazebos. The parcel is comprised of approximately 47 acres north of Abernathy Road and east of Glenridge Drive. To see a larger version, go to ReporterNewspapers.net. SPECIAL
Shameful disregard To the editor: I am writing with much concern about the city management and community engagement around zoning and development issues in Sandy Springs — in particular, the three developments associated with the Mercedes-Benz complex. There has been shameful disregard on the part of the city to engage those who will be most impacted by this development in terms of putting forward viable solutions for excessive traffic, increased housing density, environmental impact, infrastructure improvements, or building construction inconvenience. In fact, the current view is that the city attempted to do this specifically without engaging constituents until there was no choice. This disregard leads voters to assume the city has no appetite for a win-win solution with the community. Because of the lack of sophistication with engaging the impacted community, there is much talk about rejoining the city of Atlanta and voting out all city officials. I am not certain of the legal parameters around this, but just the simple fact it is being debated is problematic of
City over-burdened To the editor: The proposed 77-acre Ashton Woods /Mercedes-Benz USA project is inconsistent with the character of Sandy Springs, would harm the city’s environment and natural resources, would irreparably damage many neighborhoods, would destroy a wildlife habitat, and would further over-burden Sandy Springs’s already over-burdened infrastructure. Moreover, the 48-acre portion of the proposed site north of Abernathy Road is a designated Conservation Area in the Sandy Springs Comprehensive Land Use Plan. This land is meant to be left in its natural state for conservation and environmental protection, and used only for passive recreation and park space. To my knowledge, no Sandy Springs Conservation Area has ever been developed. SS
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the divide between city officials and the community. There seems to be fundamental ignorance on a number of cultural components: --The impact on traffic in the area will be substantial because the metropolitan Atlanta area, relative to other cities in America, is a “commuter city,” despite attempts by urban planners to reverse it. --The large-scale introduction of apartments will create a transient community very different from invested homeowners, with incentive to grow their investment by creating a better community and improving property. -- if Mercedes-Benz is held accountable for alienating the community due to perceived blatant disregard for our beautiful city, they are likely to face backlash which I am certain they do not want associated with their well-regarded and monetarily valuable brand.
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Angela Schwartz On July 16, the Sandy Springs Planning Commission approved the destruction of this Conservation Area in order to accommodate the residential developer Ashton Woods, and Mercedes-Benz USA. These proceedings highlighted a cozy relationship among Ashton-Woods, Mercedes-Benz, and the Planning Commission, the result being an astounding betrayal of the citizens of Sandy Springs by the Planning Commission. The city’s agreed-upon mandate, as documented in its Comprehensive Land Use Plan, is to preserve its neighborhoods, protect its natural resources, minimize vehicular traffic, maximize tree cover and control development. Facilitating the destruction of one of the city’s few Conservation Areas is a shameful disregard for this mandate by the Sandy Springs Planning Commission.
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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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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com; to submit a photography entry, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 email@example.com 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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to make the story come to life. They talked about common interests such as roller blading and iceskating. At one point, the pair got on the subject of Australia and its indigenous animals. A short time later, Fuchs traveled to Australia and mailed Sair a postcard showing some of the continent’s unique creatures. Sair recalled the postcard when he SPECIAL spoke at SSEF’s anLeft, volunteer Les Fuchs and student Sair Banos, nual breakfast in with Lake Forest Elementary School Principal Harvey May about his exOaxaca. Fuchs and Banos were part of the Reading perience reading Buddies program, created by the Sandy Springs with Fuchs. Irene Education Force. Through the program, a volunteer Schweiger, execureads with a student 30 minutes each week. tive director of the a lot of time bonding and developing nonprofit, said Sair Sair’s reading skills. received a standing ovation after his talk, At the end of the semester Fuchs and that for weeks she got calls from bought Sair a book about soccer, a subpeople who had been moved by what he ject Sair enjoyed. Fuchs said he hoped had to say. that Sair would read the book over the Fuchs said that although the pair summer. didn’t finish the book, they did spend
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EDUCATION In this 2014 rendering, the new Heards Ferry Elementary School uses a multi-story design in order to fit into the small parcel located at 6151 Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs.
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Heards Ferry expects to open on time BY JOHN RUCH With the first day of school just a few weeks away, the new Heards Ferry Elementary is still under construction. But Fulton County Schools says the school will be finished in time for its Aug. 10 debut. “It will be a tight fit, but we do expect we will be able to open on time,” school system spokeswoman Susan Hale said on July 15. “It’s quite amazing what you can do in three or four weeks.” The school is moving from its aging Heards Ferry Road location to the new building at 6151 Powers Ferry Road in Sandy Springs. Fulton County Schools recently relocated its administration headquarters next door, where Hale said she sees the heavy construction equipment outside the school every day. “Visually, you drive by and it looks like a hot mess,” Hale acknowledged. But the contractor, Parrish Construction Group, told her on July 15 that there will be “no problem” finishing the work in time. Work on both the exterior
and the interior is still underway. Hale said school construction and renovation projects often go down to the wire because they have to be squeezed into the shorter school-year calendar. Some parts inevitably fall behind schedule, while other parts go ahead of schedule, she said. “It’s not uncommon for us to be sweeping dirt out as kids come in,” she said. If a major construction problem pops up in the next couple of weeks, the old Heards Ferry Road building is still usable as an alternative. “If worse came to worse, we could still potentially hold classes there,” Hale said. Heards Ferry Elementary uses a multi-story design new to the school system. It’s needed to fit full-size schools onto smaller parcels in heavily developed places such as Sandy Springs, where open land is at a premium. While opening day is Aug. 10, Heards Ferry construction needs to be
Atlanta Jewish Academy’s upper school on the move BY JOHN RUCH
The Atlanta Jewish Academy is preparing to relocate its upper school from Doraville into a brand new building at its Sandy Springs campus. “We will become one family on one site,” said Evie Weinreich, AJA’s director of facilities and security. Sandy Springs City Council approved the new building for the 5200 Northland Drive campus at its June 16 meeting. AJA aims to start the 10- to 12-month construction project in the fall. AJA was born a year ago as the administrative merger of two separate Jewish schools: Greenfield Hebrew Academy and Yeshiva Atlanta High School. The result is metro Atlanta’s first Jewish day school to offer a full educational track from preschool to grade 12. Weinreich said that, under zoning, the school is allowed to have up to 720
students in Sandy Springs, and that cap will not change. Its current expected enrollment this fall is about 500 students. The new upper school structure will be a “state-of-the-art building” with classrooms, a gym and science labs, Weinreich said. A soccer field is part of the plan, too. The building will be placed on the Northland Drive side of the campus, attached to the existing performing arts center. At the council’s June 16 meeting, council members heard support of the project from the Northpoint Civic Association. The council approved the project unanimously. AJA has sold its upper school in Doraville for use as a DeKalb County charter school, Weinreich said. Until the AJA’s new upper school is complete, AJA is leasing the Doraville space.
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southern site. The project requires rezoning the entire site from residential to mixed-use, and a use permit to build above the twostory height limit. The planning commission voted 4-0, with one abstention, to recommend approval of the project’s various zoning changes. The proposal now heads to City Council for a vote. The residents made it clear they support the Mercedes part of the project, but are focused on the housing. Several also said the project clashes with the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which labels the southern site as a live-work community and the northern site as “private recreational.” Residents are largely concerned about density and traffic impacts. The developers say the density would be lower than adjacent properties, and that traffic will be mitigated. Residents say the density calculations are improper and compromise the traffic details, too. “We’re already well below [the density of] comparable projects in the area,” said Carl Westmoreland Jr., an attorney for housing developer Ashton Woods. He described the Comprehensive Plan as a nonbinding guideline and “inappropriate” in how it labels the area. Hakim Hilliard, an attorney hired by more than a dozen homeowner associations, asked for a deferral so the residents and developers could negotiate. However, he struggled to come up with specific negotiating goals, and the commission made it clear it would not give a deferral. Planning commissioners voiced support for the project with varying degrees of enthusiasm. “This could actually be
worse, a lot worse,” said commissioner Dave Nickels, who proposed the 50 percent cut in the apartment count. Commissioner Andy Porter criticized the “fallacious math” of some of the developers’ density comparisons., but said it’s a “really good project. It’s well thought-out.” Duncan agreed that it’s a good project, except for apartments. “I’m still not sold that we have an apartment site here, and if we do, it needs to be scaled down significantly,” he said. When the commission voted to approve the zoning request with the lower apartment count, shouts rose from the audience, including, “Shame on you all!” Lawyers on both sides weren’t thrilled by the commission’s decision, either. Westmoreland said he does not think 199 units will be feasible. Community conversations will continue and may result in project changes, he said. Hilliard said the city has a “real legal quandary.” He claims the city is unlawfully considering two separate properties as one unified project. Ellen Smith, an attorney for MercedesBenz, said Hilliard is wrong. The developers are just following city staff’s advice and recommendations, she said. The meeting included an appearance by the property’s seller, Caroline Glenn Mayson, who approved Glenridge Hall’s demolition. Mayson called this project “head and shoulders, the best deal for our community.” She said she got higher offers, but that Ashton Woods and Mercedes “show respect for green space” and have lower density—comments that drew laughter from the crowd.
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the “globalization of drug problems that people don’t realize” and how buying a small amount of marijuana helps fund terrorism. “Nobody smuggles two pounds across the border; it comes in bulk,” he said. “It’s like anything else. It’s the same principle as any other commodity.” But DeWald scrambles to find words when asked how he earned statewide recognition from the American Legion as “Officer of the Year.” Each year, the American Legion gives its National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award to a wellrounded law enforcement officer who has exceeded the duty requirements expected of his or her position and has demonstrated a distinct pattern of community service coupled with professional achievement, Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone said. DeSimone is also commander of the Buckhead American Legion Post 140. On July 13, ImmediatePast District Commander Eddie Asberry presented DeWald with the state award, DeSimone said. But DeWald said he had no idea it was coming. “I just got a call from my chief,” he said. DeWald said he knew at the end of 2013 that he earned an award for officer of the year at the post level, but he didn’t expect he would be named officer of the year for the state. Now, DeWald and the rest of SSPD are waiting to see if he earns national recognition at the American Legion conference, which is set for Aug. 28 through Sept. 3 in Baltimore. He acts humbly, but DeWald admits he wears “a lot of hats.” He is the K-9 Unit supervisor and departmental trainer, and he’s one of only four active certifying officials in Georgia recognized by the National Narcotics Dog Detection Association, which is the largest certifying body in the country, he said. “I’m a certifying official and I certify law enforcement dogs in the disciplines of narcotics detection and police service dogs,” he said. “So, I got my judgeship to certify dogs.”
Fumbling over words about why he’s been praised in his career, DeWald defers to his dog, a nearly 9-year-old Belgian Malinois named Rock. “My dog and I, as a team, assist other agencies,” he said. “I’m deputized, so I go all over and help people.” Rock and DeWald help Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Atlanta and other local cities as well as help specialized units with Sandy Springs police, he said. They also assist other officers in Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, DeWald said. “Anybody who needs canine assistance, I’m always there for them,” he said. “I have a passion for what I do.” He said he figures he’s developed ELLEN ELDRIDGE a reputation for helping others and Sandy Springs K-9 Supervisor Mike DeWald, seen working hard as a “proactive” law enhere with his dog Rocky, was named “Officer forcement official. “In all honesty, I of the Year” by the American Legion. just go out and work hard,” he said. He admitted he didn’t know exactly what he was get“I don’t go out and show people what ting into with law enforcement when he joined his first I’ve got. It just makes its way up to the chief ’s office.” police department in Kennesaw, but he quickly focused A lot of officers have written commendations for his career on narcotics. DeWald’s assistance, he said, but he said he wasn’t lookHe transferred to DeKalb County police and left ing to stand out. “I could sit here and name 15 peoafter five years for the opportunity to start the Sandy ple off the top of my head who could have gotten this Springs Police Department as one of its first officers. award for the work that they do,” DeWald said. “I left DeKalb County to come here for the oppor“It’s not because I wear the badge and the patch tunity to be part of something you just can’t become here, but I honestly see the caliber of officers here,” he part of—like starting a new police department,” he said. “We have some of the finest officers in the state said. “I came over here and we started the K-9 Unit. here, so for me to receive this award, considering my I wanted to build on that to have what we have today, company, is humbling.” and I continue building.” DeWald said his great-great-great-uncle was a NewDeWald explains his accomplishments by attributark, N.J., state cop in 1900. But he doesn’t consider his ing his success to his dog. passion to have come from his familial connection to “Basically, Rock’s in charge,” he said. “I’m just the police work. guy behind the leash.” “I always had an interest in public safety,” he said.
Rapper charged with terroristic threat
The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports ﬁled with Sandy Springs police from July 3-10. The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and the information is presumed to be accurate.
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completely useless. As Bell (and moron number two) sat trying in vain to start said getaway car, the workers converged on them, one with video on his phone. Bell and M2 fled on foot. Bell was arrested earlier this week by detectives.
Denard O. Bell was charged with the July 6 burglary of a home. Bell’s accomplice is still being sought for burglarizing a home the two thought was empty, but in fact was occupied by several workers.
wearing a Read more of the yellow vest (as if to 2900 block Police Blotter online at be a meter reader, I of Spring Creek www.reporternewspapers.net guess) was also out Lane—On July 6, of gas in the twosomeone forced door Ford Explorentry to an apartment sometime between er getaway car. Bell mistakenly found and 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. A 42-inch television stole diesel gas, which he poured into the was stolen. gas tank of the getaway car, rendering it
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. 700
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Cigar and Tobacco reported a shoplifting of a $140 Hookah pipe. The employee saw and then chased the man but was unable to catch him.
Springs Drive—A 20-year-old woman said two watches that she had ordered on Amazon.com were stolen from her mailbox.
Bluff Drive—On July 6, a leaf blower was stolen from the back of a truck.
block of Crest Valley Road—On July 6, someone forced the lock on a Pod storage container and took several personal items from the container including four bikes.
Creek Drive—A man reported on July 7 that he met a man on Craigslist and invited the man over. After the visit, the victim noticed his iPad mini missing. The man’s name was not known by the victim (getting the picture?) , who described him as a 200-pound, 5-foot-11inch man who drove a 2007 cream colored GMC Yukon. Don’t rely on this stuff in your personal life. It’s dangerous.
block of Hammond Drive—On July 9, the manager of the Hammond Glen Community said one of his employees had his wallet stolen from his employee locker. They reviewed video showing another employee going into the victim’s locker, taking the wallet and leaving. Another employee later found the wallet in a restroom. The suspect is known and will be fired and arrested, not necessarily in that order.
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block of Morgan Falls Road— On July 5, a man reported that around 8:15 p.m. his girlfriend assaulted him by throwing a candle at him and then came at him with a pair of scissors. This apparently started when she found out the city-sponsored fireworks show was in the area of the Concourse/Hammond Drive, rather than Morgan Falls.
Ferry Road—A woman reported her former girlfriend beat her up in a fast food restroom and took her phone, ID card, credit card and $130 cash just before 7 p.m. on July 6.
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woman reported that she was at an athletic club on July 4 and mistakenly left an iPad mini on the bench in the women’s locker room. She returned and discovered it was gone. The GPS showed the item was at 5885 Glenridge Drive as of the 8th.
Lane—On July 9, a 68-yearold woman reported someone stole a package containing a clothing item that was delivered to her mailbox. She noted that she received no mail for two days so she believes that they may have taken other mail as well.
River Drive—Around 3 a.m., cops were called about a man walking in the middle of the road. The man told them it was safer than walking on the sidewalk because if on the sidewalk, wild animals could attack him. Alcohol and/or drugs were involved. block of Clair Rose Lane—On July 6, police were dispatched to a residence regarding the following: The resident said he was watching TV in the late evening when he saw two people in his backyard. They appeared to be juveniles. They saw him and fled, getting into a 1998 Toyota 4Runner and drove off. The
men had opened two gates to get into the backyard. Although nothing was stolen, the two suspects were up to something.
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block of Roswell Road—On July 4, around midnight, an officer responded to the Taboo 2 nightclub about a disorderly woman. The woman was in the parking lot, intoxicated and angry about someone having her purse in their car. The officer spoke with her, but she was clearly irrational, telling the officer she was in the Army and demanding that he call her General. She refused to tell him her name, so after a few minutes of mindless conversation, it was clear she was disorderly and drunk. She was arrested.
block of Roswell Road—On July 4, a woman called the police and identified herself as a “working girl” who was invited to a room at the Hilton. Those whom invited her there did not like what they saw and refused to pay her. The man said they met and he invited her to his room to “hang out” and, for that, she demanded $160, which I guess is the union standard for “hanging out.” She further told the officer that if not paid, she at least wanted the $40 for the cab fare. Turns out the dispute took a strange turn due to the outstanding warrant on her behalf from Forest Park Police Department on a probation violation. She was arrested for that. The male in the room was advised to find other jurisdictions to “hang out” with women who wanted to charge for it. Don’t hang out.
block of Roswell Road—On July 5, police responded to Roswell and Vernon Woods around 2:30 a.m. about a man refusing to pay cab fare. The drunk suspect cursed the driver who, after picking up and dropping him, refused to take
him to get the money. The man hit the cab with a rock. They found the man after a 911 call on a man throwing rocks. He was arrested. A
911 call at 5:30 a.m. sent officers to an apartment complex looking for a shirtless man who was peering into and trying to open car doors. They found the man in the apartment playground area. He tried to run. Drunks don’t run well. The man, who appeared hammered, said he had two beers. He was arrested. Incidentally, he was on an earlier short list of burglary suspects in that complex.
man walked into the QT store on Dunwoody Place, leaving his bicycle outside. Someone took it. The man came outside and saw three men, one of whom had the bike. Argument and tug-of-war ensued, punches were thrown and swelling of the eye was sustained. The owner said the bike had been given to him by his boss who, on the phone, confirmed and identified the bike. The guy who stole it was arrested.
block of Roswell Road—On July 4, just before 10 p.m., officers met with a taxi driver and an intoxicated, angry man. The cabbie said she was called to a location in Roswell, by Roswell police, to take the man to a location near Roswell Road and I-285. The cabbie and the man agreed on a $20 fare. They got to the 6500 block of Roswell Road when the man became agitated and argumentative, accusing the taxi driver of working with the Roswell police because she had a radio and microphone similar to those in police cars. He refused to pay and got out. SSPD officers arrived and the man agreed to pay with a card, but it was declined. He was later arrested.
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