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Inside Spruced up

Trees, river theme for Roswell Road bridge COMMUNITY 3

That’s cool Ice rink plans opening next spring COMMUNITY 4

Wide gap

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Feeling alive on the ride

Parents need to understand accreditation process COMMENTARY 6

On the move?

Dog park regulars unhappy with changes PET REPORTER 16

Hurdle happy Track star plans collegiate career STANDOUT STUDENT 18

Trial time Jury selection to begin in Sneiderman case PUBLIC SAFETY 22

Left, Chloe Beacham, 12, aboard “Copper,” gets lessons from instructor Jessica Strott, right, at the Huntcliff Equestrian Center on July 23. The center holds a Dressage Summer Camp during June and July, teaching youngsters how to work with, care for and ride horses. Another photo is on page 14.

Gateway project sign of things to come

New principals take charge at high schools



The debate over the recently approved Sandy Springs Gateway project likely will repeat itself in the coming years as more developers build apartments in metro Atlanta. Apartments are on the rise as more people opt to rent instead of buy. With apartments come increased traffic, and that means road improvements. Road improvements cost money. When the Sandy Springs City Council approved the Gateway project at its July 16 meeting, it also approved spending $3.7 million to realign the adjacent intersection of Roswell Road and Windsor Parkway. Developer JLB Partners will offset much of the cost by paying the city impact fees. It’ll be a different story at the intersection of Roswell and West

This isn’t Dr. Robert Shaw’s first time being the new face at school, so he knows what to expect in his first year as principal of Riverwood International Charter School. “When you go to a new school, it’s kind of like you’re a first-year teacher all over again,” Shaw said. “You have to learn people, you have to learn systems, you have to learn kids’ names, and you have to learn all the different ways things function.” North Springs Charter High School has a new principal, too. Dr. Eddie Ruiz of Orlando, Fla. replaces Dr. Lisa Stueve as principal at North Springs. At Riverwood, Shaw replaces interim principal Ron Tesch. Shaw, former principal of Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs, taught history and Advanced Placement Government at Avondale High



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07-26-2013 Sandy Springs Reporter