Inside Needs a redo City council seeking new Brookhaven logo community 3
Almost ready Chamblee Charter facilities target winter opening community 4
July 26— aug. 8, 2013 • vol. 5 — NO. 15
Created just for me
Parents need to understand accreditation process commentary 6
On the move?
Dog park regulars unhappy with changes Pet reporter 16
Hurdle happy Track star aims for collegiate career standout student 18
Trial time Jury selection to begin in Sneiderman case
Sofia Smyth, 2, shows off her custom-made, woven bracelet at the Brookhaven Farmers Market on July 20. The market hosts vendors offering everything from jewelry to soup to gourmet cheese, and has relocated this season to Brookhaven Baptist Church, 1294 North Druid Hills Road. Another photo on page 14.
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Dispute escalates over Century Center By Melissa Weinman
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Ashford Park Foundation getting high-tech hand By Melissa Weinman
Brookhaven and Chamblee officials have escalated a dispute over who has the right to annex an office complex off Clairmont Road. Brookhaven City Council deferred a vote to rezone and annex the Century Center complex into the city at a special called meeting July 22. The same day, a DeKalb County Superior Court judge granted Chamblee a temporary restraining order preventing Brookhaven from annexing the property until a court hearing could be scheduled. Brookhaven City Council was scheduled to take a final vote on the annexation July 23, but deferred the decision. Relations between the neighboring cities have been strained since the owners of Century Center applied for annexation into Brookhaven July 1. The commercial property is also part of an annexation referendum that, if passed
The Ashford Park School Education Foundation is getting a high-tech helping hand in raising money for an outdoor amphitheater and classroom. The school’s fundraising project is the first to be featured on a new, online crowd-sourcing platform called URUUT, based at the Atlanta Tech Village in Buckhead. “We’re excited about it, and I think it’s a great opportunity for the school and business community to get together and do something together,” said Shawn Keefe, co-chair of the Ashford Park School Education Foundation. The foundation is hoping to raise $100,000 for the project. The new project will replace the school’s current outdoor amphitheater, which is dilapidated and made of rotting railroad ties. “It’s basically a hazard,” Keefe said.
see tension, page 4
see ashford park, page 19