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► Retiring to the North GA mountains


► Chasing waterfalls in state parks


Suiting up for a Night Out

Unhappy trails? Multi-use paths in yards spark debate BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewpapers.net


Dunwoody Police Detective Blake Yeargin helps Bryce Warner try on gear from the North Metro SWAT Team at the National Night Out event Aug. 1 at Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody. Police and fire departments from Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Johns Creek and Sandy Springs joined in the ninth annual event, which is intend to build relationships between the police and the community. See more on page 30 ►

EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATOR Sharing wisdom of ancient ages

Many students in our community are choosing to be Dunwoody Wildcats because so many wonderful things are happening at DHS. We are excited about our growing community, but our student population is rapidly outgrowing our facilities.

OUT & ABOUT Wing it with butterflies

Dunwoody High principal says leaving is ‘bittersweet’ BY DYANA BAGBY Dunwoody High School Principal Tom McFerrin is stepping down this year as the school’s principal, ending a 22-year tenure in city schools. “It was not an easy decision, but I really love new opportunities and the chance to challenge myself,” McFerrin said. He soon will become the coordinator for the DeKalb County School District’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education pro-

What is your local school’s biggest challenge? See COMMENTARY, Page 14

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Kelly Clinch and Elizabeth Julian Co-presidents Dunwoody High School PTSO

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Ken Levy planted about 10 Leyland cypress trees and other shrubs nearly a decade ago on the outside of his backyard fence along Tilly Mill Road. He wanted his family to have privacy when they took a dip in their swimming pool. His home, on Dunwoody Glen at the corner of Tilly Mill Road and Womack Road, and those trees, now may be in the sights of the city’s proposed updates to its Comprehensive Transportation Plan. The proposals include adding a 12-footwide multi-use path on Tilly Mill Road from Mount Vernon Road to Womack Drive. Cost to the city for this project after grants is estimated at $144,000, according to the draft plan, and is recommended to be completed between 2018 and 2022. Levy said he is concerned the construction of a 12-foot-wide multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists and will not only take

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Community Briefs D EM OC R AT T O C HA L L ENG E STATE R EP. TAY LO R I N HO US E DI S TR I C T 79 Democrat Michael Wilensky is running for the House District 79 seat currently held by Dunwoody Republican Rep. Tom Taylor. A Sandy Springs native, Wilensky is a small business owner, a trial attorney and president of the Ashford Chase neighborhood’s homeowners’ association, according to his website. He’s also a member of the city of Dunwoody’s Sustainability Committee, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody and the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber. Wilensky stated his priorities include transportation, education and equality. Taylor was elected to the seat in 2010. In another local race, Democrat Sally Harrell has announced she is challenging Republican state Sen. Fran Millar, also of Dunwoody, in District 40. Election for both seats will be in 2018.

D EKALB SCHO O L S TO EX TE ND S C HO O L O NE HO UR FO R S O L A R EC L IP S E The DeKalb County School District students will stay in class an extra hour on Aug. 21 as part of the district’s decision to provide learning opportunities as well as safe dismissal during the solar eclipse, according to a press release. “The solar eclipse offers a very special opportunity to experience science and the universe at work. We want our students to have a safe and comprehensive viewing moment, and extending the school day allows for that,” Superintendent R. Stephen Green said in the release. “We will take the appropriate steps to remind our families of this scheduling change, and to minimize its impact.” Schools will be dismissed an hour later based on a three-tier system — elementary schools will be dismissed first, then high school students and finally middle school students. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s school to determine the exact dismissal time on Aug. 21. The solar eclipse will be viewable about 1:02 p.m. and end about 4 p.m. and DeKalb Schools will be providing lessons to students so they can safely watch the solar eclipse, according to the release. “Those lessons may include the distribution of special viewing glasses, and opportunities to view the eclipse using monitors and safe viewing options. Many teachers will also include information on the eclipse in their lessons that day, as appropriate,” the release said. Atlanta, Fulton and Gwinnett schools are also delaying dismissal due to the eclipse.

CITY CO U NCIL APPRO V ES TWEA KS TO S IG N O R DINA NC E The City Council voted July 24 on second and final read to approve some tweaks to its sign ordinance, but the council is staying away from the banning of “people in costumes” and limiting the number of signs during a political season. Ronnie Kurtz, city planner, explained to the council that the city code already prohibits “animated signs” that would include people moving and waving signs, so no change to that section was necessary and there was no need to add the phrase “people in costumes.” Animated signs that are prohibited include balloons, streamers, air or gas filled figures, according to the ordinance. During a political season, residents will still be able to place an unlimited number of signs in their yards despite some consideration of limiting the number. Non-residential areas are limited to four standard informational signs per lot. Some council members raised concerns about consistent code enforcement. The city’s code enforcement is complaint driven. When a resident makes a complaint, then code enforcement responds. There are plenty of sites throughout the city where sign violations exist, but no enforcement is taking place, Councilmember Lynn Deutsch said. “None of this [tweaking ordinance] matters if we don’t get enforcement handled in a meaningful way. There are sign violations on a regular basis that are not getting handled,” she said. “If we have a sign code, we need enforcement and to enforce it consistently.” More than 430 illegal signs were picked up during the second quarter of this fiscal year, Assistant City Manager Jessica Guinn said. The city began receiving daily complaints about signs during the 6th Congressional District campaign, Kurtz said, but none of the complaints were about signs on residential lots. DUN

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Parks master plan criticized for lack of detail BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

A parks master plan more than a year in the works offers no real specifics, no estimated costs and no priorities for proposed projects, leaving several members of the City Council to question its value. “When I look at our current master plan [from 2011], I see a lot more detail,” Councilmember Terry Nall said at the July 10 council meeting, when representatives from Colorado-based Greenplay LLC and Atlanta-based Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, formerly jB+a, made a presentation about the 157-page document. “What we have here isn’t terribly specific,” he added. Greenplay representative Pat O’Toole explained this specific master plan needed to be approved by the council so that the consultants could then create a detailed master plan for Brook Run Park. The Brook Run Park master plan is expected to come before the council this month. “A master plan is typically a 50,000-foot look. It’s an update,” O’Toole said. “So we need to approve this very generic master plan so you can move forward for the detailed Brook Run Park plan?” asked Nall. “Yes,” O’Toole answered. While the council approved the parks

master plan unanimously, most members were not very pleased with the result. “I think our, or my, expectations were not correct,” said Councilmember Lynn Deutsch. Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker said the parks master plan as presented is “more of a department staffing management plan” and not a list of recommendations of capital projects, site plans and funding sources, as council members apparently were expecting. Dunwoody Homeowners Association President Robert Wittenstein, during public comment, also voiced his frustration with the parks master plan. “I’m really disappointed in the parks master plan. It cost us $100,000 … and it doesn’t say anything,” Wittenstein said. “The bulk of the plan is about process. There is no priority list. It’s fluff. It feels like we wasted a year.” The council approved a $115,000 contract with Greenplay in late 2015, with several community meetings seeking public input beginning in January 2016. A months-long battle over demolishing the theater in Brook Run Park delayed some of the process of developing the parks master plan. Also slowing the process a bit was the city’s decision to sell the Dunwoody Senior Baseball fields in Dunwoody


A concept plan of a proposed Austin Elementary Park is included in the city’s recently approved parks master plan.

Park to the DeKalb County School District for $3.6 million so the school district can build a new 900-seat Austin Elementary School on that property. In exchange for the sale, the school district is transferring the current Austin Elementary School property to the city to use as it wishes, such as a park. In the section labeled “An Action for Dunwoody,” the project list includes items such as continuing to develop pathways, sidewalks and bikeways and expanding them to connect to neighborhood parks; expanding the greenway system; considering land acquisition in the northeast and

southwest parts of the city; and developing Perimeter Center East and Austin Elementary School Park properties. The plan does include a conceptual drawing for the proposed new Austin Elementary park, but Councilmember John Heneghan cautioned against approving anything specific about that site because it has not yet been vetted by the public. The parks master plan recommendations also include considering passing bond funding for facilities improvements. To review the parks master plan online, visit https://tinyurl.com/y9sfe7qs.

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Hotel company puts logo on Ravinia skyscraper BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

A large “IHG” logo recently was raised on the Three Ravinia Drive skyscraper in Perimeter Center as part of the InterContinental Hotels Group’s expansion of its regional headquarters there. IHG is a British hotel company that owns such brands as Crowne Plaza, which operates a hotel in the Ravinia complex, and Holiday Inn. Built in 1991, Three Ravinia is a 31-story tower – the tallest building in Dunwoody – that did not previously bear a corporate logo. Raising its visibility is part of IHG’s plan to “expand and transform the property” to allow for consolidation of corporate employees across metro Atlanta into one central location by next year, said IHG spokesperson Soojin Yoon. Large IHG signage was installed facing I-285 and on the side of the building facing Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Employees from two other metro Atlanta IHG offices will move to the expanded Dunwoody site at Three Ravinia in the final phase of the project in 2018, Yoon said. “Our footprint at Three Ravinia previously accommodated 1,600 employees. Upon completion, our newly transformed

headquarters will see an increased capacity to a total headcount of 2,700 employees,” Yoon said. The expansion was initiated in 2015 when IHG renewed its lease at Three Ravinia, home to the company’s Americas Regional Headquarters. The headquarters oversees 4,000 hotels in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean, Yoon said. After the expansion is completed, IHG will occupy 22 floors at Three Ravinia. “We will also be expanding our lobby, creating a true sense of arrival when you enter the building,” she said. Yoon said last year IHG began its transformation of its workspace “to reflect the IHG brands we love, including InterContinental, Kimpton, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn, and who we are as a hospitality company.” “Each of the floors we occupy is being completely reimagined to create an entirely new work environment,” Yoon said. “These enhancements include more natural light, more meeting and social spaces, more amenities, more floors in the building, more technology, more ways to be environmentally sustainable, more freedom and flexibility.” The changes will support the company’s sustainability efforts to include uni-


New IHG signage was recently installed at Three Ravinia Drive as part of the regional headquarters’ expansion efforts and to enhance visibility.

versal access to natural light, LED and motion-sensor lighting and new bathroom fixtures using low flow technology to reduce water impact, Yoon said. “We are committed to environmental practices regarding furniture and

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Church riles neighbors with code, rezoning issues BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

A Mount Vernon Road church is riling neighbors with backyard noise issues and a quickly withdrawn request to rezone its property for a housing redevelopment. Life Center Ministries has operated for decades at 2690 Mount Vernon, just across the city line in Sandy Springs, under pastors Drs. Buddy and Mary Crum. Sandy Springs is nearly finished writing a new zoning code and map, and had Life Center’s 6-acre property pegged for a district of singlefamily houses with a minimum 2-acre lot size. In a surprise last-minute request to the city Planning Commis- FRAN MILLAR STATE SENATOR sion last month, the church sought a zoning category that would allow more houses in a possible redevelopment. In making the pitch, church attorney Chip Collins said it was getting some neighborhood support, because if they

church can sell the property, it would solve ongoing code enforcement issues involving noise from an air conditioner system. He indicated the church might need to move because it is growing. City officials seemed unconvinced, and two of those neighbors, Bill and Laura Pearson, showed up to oppose the request at the Aug. 1 Sandy Springs City Council meeting. It turned out that the church already had withdrawn the request. However, the future of the property remains a concern, especially to Dunwoody neighbors and officials who had no idea about the Sandy Springs zoning classification request. Unease dates back to 2012, when the church proposed bringing a 10,000-squarefoot day care franchise business to the property. That proposal evaporated after the Dunwoody Homeowners Association offered to fund a lawsuit against it. State Sen. Fran Millar, who lives in the Brooke Farm subdivision across

They’ve been trying to peddle that property for years. This is not a recent phenomenon.

the street, is among the neighbors concerned about Life Center’s plans. “They’ve been trying to peddle that property for years,” Millar said. “This is not a recent phenomenon.” Barry Crum did not respond to a phone call, but Collins acknowledged the air conditioning noise problem and said the church is relocating that machine. Jim Tolbert, Sandy Springs’ assistant city manager for land-use and code departments, said code enforcement officials had received repeated complaints about Life Center in recent months. The Pearsons said noise problems include music and pool parties, not just the air conditioning, and date back several years. Collins, in an email prior to the zoning request’s withdrawal, said that keeping the option for long-range redevelopment was the church’s intent. “The church has no definite plans to move and therefore no timeline for doing so,” Collins said. “Because the church is growing, however, the pastor, Dr. Buddy Crum, anticipates that a move might be necessary within one to five years.”

DEKA L B S HER IFF M A NN P L EA DS G UILT Y I N P I EDM O NT PA R K A R R ES T C A S E DeKalb County Sheriff Jeff Mann pleaded guilty July 27 in Atlanta Municipal Court in the case stemming from arrest after fleeing a police officer who said the sheriff exposed himself. Mann pleaded guilty to committing “prohibited conduct” in a park and also to obstruction, according to court documents. Mann was sentenced to 80 hours of community service and to pay a $2,000 fine. He is also not allowed to visit city of Atlanta parks for six months. He keeps his job and returned to work this week. Mann was arrested May 6 by an Atlanta police officer after the officer stated he was patrolling in Piedmont Park “in an area known for sexual acts after dark.” When the officer confronted Mann, the sheriff ran from the park and a chase ensued on foot. He was charged with public indecency and obstruction. In late May, Mann decided to voluntarily suspend himself for one week for “conduct unbecoming.” Gov. Nathan Deal also suspended Mann for 40 days.

City Council approves forming Public Facilities Authority Dunwoody City Council voted unanimously July 24 to approve a resolution to create a Public Facilities Authority. The authority’s members will be the mayor and members of the council. The authority’s first meeting, to appoint officers, is scheduled for September. The act to create the Public Facilities Authority in Dunwoody was approved by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal in May. Economic Development Director Michael Starling said the vote this week was part of the mayor and council’s desire to be transparent. The authority was mainly created so it could enter into long-term lease agreements with the Dunwoody Nature Center and other entities, rather than use only one-year leases. “Under current state law, the City Council cannot bind future councils with a long-term lease agreement. The facilities authority is able to enter into such contracts and this will allow us to negotiate a long-term agreement,” Nature Center Executive Director Alan Mothner said. “As we seek further funding for a capital campaign among corporations and foundations, they need the assurance of a long-term lease so that any funds donated for capital improvements remain under the control of the Nature Center, and not another entity that may use the property at a future time,” he said. The Nature Center is undertaking a $2.6 million capital campaign to add facilities to its current venue at city-owned Dunwoody Park to expand programming and to meet the growing need for residents and visitors to come to the park. Outside of entering into long-term leases, a Public Facilities Authority would also have the ability to purchase materials tax-exempt and potentially to establish future finance opportunities, such as bond funding. Cities like Decatur, Peachtree Corners and Sandy Springs have set up similar authorities. DUN

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Commentary / New principal, old school are Dunwoody High challenges Dunwoody High School is a growing and vibrant school. We are proud of the many accomplishments of our students in athletics, the arts, and academics, but, like many wonderful schools, we are facing a few challenges this year. The first challenge will be replacing our much-loved principal, Tom McFerrin. Mr. McFerrin announced last week that he has accepted a Career Tech Coordinator position with the county. We are thrilled Mr. McFerrin has been honored with a career opportunity he is excited about, but he will be deeply missed at DHS. Having grown up in Dunwoody schools himself, Mr. McFerrin has the unique quality of being an exceptional administrator who also is deeply tied to our community. However, we know that our wonderful team of administrators and strong faculty will maintain the solid learning environment at DHS and build on the legacy Mr. McFerrin leaves behind. The other challenge we are facing this year involves our facilities. Many students in our community are choosing to be Dunwoody Wildcats because so many wonderful things are happening at DHS. We are excited about our growing community, but our student population is rapidly outgrowing our facilities. We need more classroom and performing arts space, and better athletic facilities. DeKalb County school officials are working to address these issues and have us slated for the construction of a new wing of

Community Survey: What is your local school’s biggest challenge? It’s about the money. When we asked participants in our 1Q survey to identify the greatest challenge facing their local grade schools in the coming year, nearly 40 percent cited school budgets. One 66-year-old Brookhaven woman put it simply: “More funding!” Of the 200 respondents, 18 percent saw administrative leadership as the biggest challenge facing their local school. Another 16 percent listed state or federal standards governing schools as the top problem. Respondents to the cellphone-based survey of residents in communities served by Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown were asked to choose one primary issue from among seven issues facing schools, or to choose “other” if the listed issues missed the mark. Choices ranged from classroom subject matter to parental involvement. The smallest number — just 4 of the 200 respondents, or 2 percent — saw school buildings or facilities as the

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greatest problem. Asked how best to improve education locally, survey respondents found areas needing fixing in about every part of the school system. Some respondents pointed to classroom teachers. “Hire better qualified teachers who are accountable for results,” a 61-year-old Sandy Springs man wrote. Others took fault with school administrators. “Have strong, honest leaders that know how to budget and lead,” a 36-yearold Atlanta woman said. Still others looked to parents for a solution. “It starts with parents teaching kids at home,” a 42-year-old Atlanta woman said. And others looked to the larger community as the source of, and potential solution to, local school issues. “Deal with the root causes,” a 22-yearold Buckhead woman responded. “Racial and class divides manifest themselves in the geographic composition of the city, and the effects of white flight in the 1970s fol-

lowing integration efforts are still seen today, leading to some public schools having ample funding while some severely lack in resources.”

What is the biggest challenge affecting education in your local grade school in the coming year? School budget 39.5% Administrative leadership 17.5% State or federal standards 16% Parental involvement 12.5% Class subject offerings 5% School building or other facilities 2% Other 7.5%

Here’s what some other respondents had to say: “Providing more resources to schools, for both students and teachers.” --22-year-old Atlanta woman

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classrooms and facility improvements — but not until 2021. In the meantime, our student population this year will grow to more than 1,900 students in a building that was designed to hold Kelly Clinch and Elizabeth Julian about 1,400. are co-presidents of the Dunwoody High School We have addParent Teacher and Student Organization. ed some portable classrooms on campus recently, but our greatest challenge will be creating the best learning environment without all of the space and facilities we need now. Our Parent Teacher Student Organization is committed to doing all we can to make Dunwoody High School a wonderful place for our teachers to teach and our students to learn — and this year, we will support our faculty and administration as they creatively address these facility issues and begin the search for a strong principal to lead our school to continued success.

“More community involvement.” --55-year-old Sandy Springs man. “Strong leadership and effective communication with students and families will lead to an improvement in the education

system.” --18-year-old Buckhead woman “Better paid teachers.” --31-year-old Brookhaven woman “Raise money for better qualified teachers.” --20-year-old Brookhaven woman

“Please get rid of the constant standardized tests. Teachers teach for the test instead of imparting knowledge.” --58-year-old Buckhead/Sandy Springs man “More parent involvement and better funding for the arts.” --36-year-old Brookhaven woman


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Life on the edge of pasta I had done it. I had pushed my kids over the pasta edge. That day came last week when I asked my kids what they wanted for dinner, and one of them answered, “Nothing that rhymes with ‘maghetti.’” And I thought I was doing so well. I wasn’t even using a jar of Ragu; I was making fresh tomato sauce with my own home-grown tomatoes, the noodles were Italian, the parsley hadn’t gone bad, there was garlic involved ... The problem has been the summertime — that time of year when schools are out and college kids come home and the house becomes once again full of people who eat. It’s the time of year when the homebound ecosystem becomes skewed. The box of orange juice that used to last for a week is gone in two days, cereal is inhaled, and bananas don’t even stand a chance of turning brown. It’s the time of year when my mental Rolodex of recipes gets stuck on “nothing requiring more than 10 minutes of effort,” and life is lived on the edge of pasta. I mean, the kids get a summer break from school — why can’t I get a summer break from cooking? So, for two out of three meals a day, I let them fend for themselves. Summertime is survival of the fittest in my house. You want to eat? Go forage for food. Of course, I can’t actually send them to the backyard to hunt rodents and eat ivy (although that would be helpful). I have to augment the food supply, and that means constant trips to the grocery store. I see the cashier at my local supermarket more than I see my own husband. I do tend to stock our shelves with food that I like or food that I think is healthy. That creates an improbable mix, and the food pyramid in our house is a bit wonky. At the base of the pyramid is a constant supply of ice cream (made from the milk of happy cows) and Trader Joe’s dark chocolate nonpareil candies (they’re high in iron). Forming the pyramid’s middle are a drawer full of Vidalia onions and organic zucchini (three weeks old), several containers of Greek yogurt (plain), and hummus. At the pyramid’s apex are a box of rice crackers and a jar of pumpkin butter. I did come home once with three bottles of pink lemonade, which I had purchased for a bridal shower that Robin Conte is a writer I was co-hostessing. As I unpacked them, one son gave and mother of four them the look he usually reserves for puppies in petwho lives in Dunwoody. store windows and said in a pitiful voice, “I’m guessing She can be contacted at those aren’t for us, are they?” It did the trick. I opened a bottle and poured him a robinjm@earthlink.net. glass. But my point is that there is food in the house, and it flies all over me when my kids complain that there isn’t. “Mom, there’s nothing to eat,” they whine, circling me like the rebellious pack of hyenas from “The Lion King.” “Yes there is, too!” I insist. “Look, there’s chia seeds! Rice cakes! Arugula!” They stare at me, blankly. I open the crisper in the fridge and continue, “Celery! Cream cheese! Hot dog buns!” They perk up. “Are there any hot dogs?” “… No.” I rummage around some more and find a package of lunch meat. “Here,” I say, handing it to them. “Use this on the hot dog buns. It’ll be good.” There are only a handful of days left before school begins and I’ll be once again free to eat as I please, breakfasting on cappuccino and lunching on a protein bar and a head of lettuce without worrying about the offspring. But the school year also tends to usher in a whole new kind of busy — a busy which too often dictates dinners on the fly. So, my Rolodex file will flip to “fast and filling.” I will know it has been stuck there for too long when one of my kids finally asks “what’s for dinner?” and follows it up by saying that he wants nothing that rhymes with “nac zamboni and sneeze.”


Robin prepares the one meal a day her children don’t have to forage for themselves.

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Methodist Dunwoody United Gil Yates, about to begin at for his classmate Coast Indians was making a beeline A class on Pacific strode into the room, Church when a man OK.” approached. “Shuffling’sbuddy, who would not front row, center. said, as the man his “No running!” Yates is a year older than all in good fun. Yates The teasing was age: 91. with Perimeter Adults but did share his classes this spring reveal his name, 175 students taking among are men The most of whom (PALS). By Kathy for senior adults, Learning & Services continuing education the start.Dean year of providing been members from PALS is in its 25th need for of Dunwoody, have Wethe hear takes care of it all and his wife, Dot, and this kind of are 60-plus. Yates rings especially the time: less is more. The to help other people, phrase true for older “People our age want made lifelong friends.” adults who are empty nests and Yates said. “We have facing are4 ready to Continued on page fellowship,” Dot of their enjoy the lives. Intown and north metro second half many comforta Atlanta offer ble options for them. “Baby boomers have spent much working and of their lives building said Dawn Anderson their wealth for retiremen t,” , Realtor, Dorsey “As retiremen Alston Realtors. t becomes more of a reality, they plan their transition begin to to downsize. Ease and affordability of life, proximity are certainly the goals of most downsizi ng common boomers.” The trend of continues to grow, 55+ active adult commun ities Anderson said. well qualified “Baby boomers buyers and know are looking for.” exactly what they are Kim Isaacs, aged Avalon in Alpharet 58, said that her townhom e in ta gives her everything they and her husband want. “We had home in Johns lived in our previous Creek for 19 years. left for college, When our last we child and really didn’t decided that we wanted a change need a large house of us,” she said. for just the two



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out the right of way, but also his side-yard property along Tilly Mill Road, where those trees stand. “This is my concern, if they take out all my buffer over there,” he said, pointing to the trees lining his fence, as traffic raced past on Tilly Mill Road, “then we will lose the privacy around the pool.” At the same time Levy was talking, a cyclist riding north on Tilly Mill Road was using the narrow 4-foot-wide sidewalk that currently exists along the thoroughfare. Sidewalks run on both sides of the road. Levy said he did not know the city was updating its 2011 transportation plan and that he did not know about the proposed plan for potential 12-foot wide multi-use paths along Tilly Mill Road until he got a call from City Councilmember Terry Nall. The council on July 24 deferred voting on approving the plan by consultant Pond & Company after debate arose about the recommended widths of sidewalks and trails along some residential streets. Graham Malone of Pond & Company told council members there was a strong desire from the 470 respondents to a survey about what they wanted to see in the city’s updated transportation plan for more bicycle and pedestrian accessibility and connectivity. At the July 24 meeting, Nall raised questions about planning multi-use paths that combine bicycle and pedestrian use on Tilly Mill Road, rather than sidewalks as approved in the 2011 transportation plan. “I’m trying to visualize how we get a 12foot multi-use path on somebody’s front or side yard depending on where the home is on Tilly Mill,” he said. “That’s somebody’s yard. Call it right of way, but it’s still somebody’s yard.” Public Works Director Michael Smith said public feedback called for multi-use paths because residents feel safer riding bikes on dedicated paths rather than on bike lanes painted on the road. In a heated exchange, Nall and Councilmember Doug Thompson debated putting multi-use paths in residential neighborhoods. “Somehow in Dunwoody ... we think this will hurt our property values. And that is just not the case,” Thompson said. “I don’t want this fear ... that paths somehow damage values,” Thompson added. “Yes, there will be people who don’t like it, but, by and large, we have great buy-in.” Nall said the city will have to decide on which side of the road a multi-use path will be located and that the yards of those to be affected are likely to be residents who have lived in the homes for decades. Thompson said the lucky people will get the path and the unlucky ones won’t. “That’s where we are philosophically opposed,” he said to Nall. Councilmember Lynn Deutsch backed Nall and said many residents purchased

Above, Ken Levy, whose home on Dunwoody Glen is adjacent to Tilly Mill Road, is concerned the trees behind him that provide privacy will be knocked down for a proposed 12-foot multiuse path on Tilly Mill Road. Left, Leyland cypress trees and other shrubbery stand on the outside of Ken Levy’s backyard, providing privacy for the family when using the swimming pool. DYANA BAGBY

their homes and have lived there for a long time without necessarily anticipating development. She suggested the possibility of using 8-foot wide multi-use paths instead of 12feet. “I think the language needs to be flexible,” she said. Levy and his family moved into his Dunwoody Glen home in 1999 after losing their home on Sharon Drive during the 1998 tornadoes that devastated the city. As a Jewish family, the proximity to the Marcus Jewish Community Center was a bonus, he said. Their home is also near the Dunwoody campus of Georgia State University. He said he understands the city wants to plan for alternative modes of transportation and to also plan for the future, but “it seems a little bit strange” for a multi-use path on Tilly Mill Road when there are already workable and serviceable sidewalks on both sides of the road. “I’m not against bike paths per se, and I’m not against pedestrian access. I just think it’s highly improbable, especially for a busy road like Tilly Mill,” Levy said.

R ECO M M ENDATIO NS FR O M THE DR A FT UP DATE TO THE 2011 CO M PR EHENS I V E T R A NS P O R TATI O N P L A N ► Improve the intersection of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road at Womack Road by adding westbound left and right turn lanes ► Extend the dual eastbound left turn lanes at Meadow Lane at Ashford-Dunwoody Road ► Construct an eastbound left turn lane within the median at the intersection of Meadow Lane and Ridgeview Road ► Construct a westbound right turn lane on Peachford Road at North Shallowford Road ► Construct left turn lanes on Mount Vernon Road at Dunwoody Station/Trailridge Drive ► Implement a road diet (lane reduction) on Ashford Center Parkway to combine elements from the 2011 CTP such as pedestrian enhancements, mid-block crossings, etc. ► Construct a multi-use path that connects North Peachtree Road and Winters Chapel Road via Peeler Road and Tilly Mill Road ► Construct a multi-use trail system between the Withmere neighborhood, from Withan Drive, to Dunwoody Park and Austin Elementary School ► Coordinate with the cities of Peachtree Corners and Doraville to construct multi-modal improvements on the SR 141/Peachtree Industrial Boulevard frontage road ► Construct a multi-use trail on Tilly Mill Road between Womack Road and Mount Vernon Road


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Dunwoody High principal says leaving is ‘bittersweet’ Continued from page 1 gram. The program is designed to put students on a path for their lives after high school, whether they plan to attend twoyear colleges, four-year universities, enter armed services or start full-time jobs. “This opportunity came up, I saw it posted and I’ve always been passionate about that program,” he said. “This is a great way to reach all the students of DeKalb County.” McFerrin said he found out July 24 that he got the new job and on July 27 sent out an email to DHS families and supporters letting them know he would be leaving. DHS classes were scheduled to start Aug. 7. Parents and other community stakeholders are expected to take part in the hiring of the new principal, but no date when one will be hired has been established. McFerrin said he is staying on until a new principal is hired. McFerrin was named Dunwoody High School’s principal in 2014. He attended DHS and then became a teacher at Peachtree Charter Middle School. He taught at DHS and served as assistant principal of instruction before becoming principal. He also coached golf and swimming. McFerrin acknowledged leaving DHS was “bittersweet,” but that he was also excited for new challenges in his career and to help the CTAE department showcase all of DeKalb’s students. He said he voluntarily sought out the new position after seeing it posted earlier this year. “I will forever cherish the relationships I have built with the students, staff, and community over the years and I will continue to be involved on some level because Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat,” he stated in the email. McFerrin said as a DHS teacher he was part of the push in the early 2000s to add the Academy of Mass Communications at the school and worked first-hand at that time with CTAE staff to develop a curriculum for the program. That experience led him to appreciate the mission of the program.

“I’m up for the challenge … and I’ll still is a true gift that Tom McFerrin has and he students’ personal success. The positive rebe in DeKalb and working with DHS,” he has done for Dunwoody High School.” sults were dramatic, as the College and Casaid. “Of course, this is bittersweet, but I’m Councilmember Terry Nall also praised reer Ready Performance Index increased super excited for this new opportunity.” McFerrin’s leadership at DHS and thanked from 73.6 to 93.4 during his principal tenMcFerrin said DHS’s leadership in the him for “a job well done.” ure. classrooms and at the ad“Communities and “I believe his greatest gift was teachministrative level are in a schools go together as a ing our students about the potential “good place” and he expects hand-in-glove. Dunwoody within themselves to achieve more than the school, the students and High School has long been they imagined was possible,” Nall added. staff to continue to excel. one of the pillars of Dun“While Mr. McFerrin may be leaving DunMcFerrin also said the fuwoody,” Nall said. “Over the woody, his legacy gift remains with our ture of DHS remains bright years, our Dunwoody comstudents. I know our students will conwith its leadership, teachers munity benefited with Tom tinue to unleash their potential to achieve and staff and with the new McFerrin in his many school personal success.” opportunity he looks forroles. As principal at DHS, Added Councilmember Doug Thompward to continuing to serve he nurtured top notch staff son, “Tom McFerrin did a wonderful job as Dunwoody but also all of for our students’ educationprincipal of Dunwoody High School. It is DeKalb Schools students. al success and focused on my hope that the next principal will serve “Great things are happenculture and climate for our Dunwoody just as well.” Tom McFerrin ing [at DHS] and they will keep it moving,” he said. “Obviously I’m going to miss DHS, but this is a great opporPR INCIPA L M C FER R I N’S EM A I L tunity and … this will broaden my leaderTO D HS FAM IL I ES A ND S UP P O R TER S ship experience in the district.” DeKalb County Board of Education Friends, member Stan Jester, who lives in DunMy journey as a Dunwoody High School Wildcat began as a student, then a teacher, woody and represents Dunwoody on the a coach, an assistant principal, and now as your principal. Therefore, after working school board, said McFerrin will be “sorein the Dunwoody cluster for 22 years, it is with a heavy heart that I inform my Dunwoody family about my departure as principal of Dunwoody High School. ly missed.” While I will always feel connected to this community, I am taking advantage of “Since he became principal in 2014, the an opportunity to serve Dunwoody High School and the DeKalb County School school’s College and Career Ready PerforDistrict as a Career Technical and Agricultural Education (CTAE) coordinator. mance Index (CCRPI) scores have gone With my teaching experience and expertise in career education, this new role through the roof and many students have is an exceptional opportunity that will broaden my leadership experience come back to DHS from private schools,” in the district. I am excited about this new position, and I am pleased to be able to impact not only the continued success of the Dunwoody cluster of Jester said. “He will be sorely missed by the schools, but all of the schools in the DeKalb County School District. community.” I will remain in my current role as principal of Dunwoody High School until a Dunwoody City Councilmember Pam replacement has been appointed. Parents of currently enrolled DHS students Tallmadge, who attended DHS and has will have an opportunity to provide input on their preferred leadership three children who graduated from DHS, attributes through a survey that will be delivered through Infinite Campus. … congratulated McFerrin on his move, but I will forever cherish the relationships I have built with the students, also said she will miss his leadership. staff, and community over the years and I will continue to be involved on some level because Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat. “I have known Tom for many years, since the late ’90s. Tom is advancing his Thank you for the support you have given me. I’ll be around, so stay in touch! career, and moving into a field he knows Go Wildcats! well. I wish him all the best,” she said. “The key to a school’s success is the principal. One who can bring the community and school together, as well as maintaining and hiring good teachers, staff and creating a happy-healthy atmosphere, which is best for our kids,” she said. “That






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Chilling in the Mountains

Pre-retirees starting search early for dream mountain homes BY KATHY DEAN

“It’s amazing to live in a beautiful mountain community that’s 30 minutes Cool weather, beautiful landscapes from the north Atlanta suburbs, and just and a relaxed lifestyle all help to make 30 minutes from the start of the Appathe mountains a perfect place to settle, lachian Trail,” said Robin. “More imporand many metro Atlantans plan to retire tantly, though, are the wonderful people there. Not everyone waits to claim their who live here and the many cherished little spot of heaven, though. More and friendships we’ve made.” more people are making the move to find They admit that mountain driving was or build their mountain retreat now, to a challenge at first, but added that they enjoy before and after retirement. quickly adapted. “While some driving is Keith and Robin Sievers label themrequired to get to everything we need, the selves “outdoor people.” They’ve settled essentials are close at hand,” said Keith, into their new home, a two-story moun“and we’ve learned to group our errands tainside home with main and terrace into enjoyable ‘urban safaris.’ ” levels, in Big Canoe, a gated private resKatie Wercholuk, marketing director idential community set in the rolling of Big Canoe Company, LLC, reported that mountains of Jasper, Ga. she has seen an increase in pre-retirees atThe climate and natural landscapes tracted to the lifestyle and options in Big of north Georgia are perfect, the Sievers Canoe. “Many metro Atlanta residents are said, and so are the amenities they enbecoming empty-nesters, but they’re still joy in Big Canoe, where they’ve found working while planning for the future bethe lifestyle they were looking for. The fore it’s time to retire,” Wercholuk said. community boasts a unique Jeep Trail, Old Edwards Club, between Highaward-winning 22+ mile trail system lands and Cashiers, was the spot where for hiking and biking, three dog parks, Lynda and Bill McNeeley found their three waterfalls, three lakes and scenic mountain home. “We both grew up in mountain landscapes. the mountains,” Lynda said, “but had always gravitated to the beach. We first went to Highlands in the late 1980s. The cool weather and great mountains, smells and activities drew us in. We bought a small cabin in town and went there about once a month for 12 years.” The McNeeleys joined Old Edwards Club in 2007 and bought their permanent retirement home in 2009. The house is a 2,500-square-foot cottage with a lovely screened-in porch and Big Canoe Company, LLC mountain view. Robin and Keith Sievers


The McNeelys at their mountain home.

“Every morning we wake to the same beautiful view,” Lynda said. “Our friends love to visit and come every year, and our grandchildren love it as much as anyone. Bill’s sister-in-law and some friends from Atlanta bought here after just one visit to Highlands.” Old Edwards Club offers a relaxed, family environment, and Old Edwards Inn & Spa, located in Highlands, spoils visitors with delicious food and wine, a nationally ranked spa and a world-class golf course designed by Tom Jackson. “We have something for everyone,” said Bill Gilmore, Provisional Broker, Highlands Cove Realty at Old Edwards Inn, and Realtor with PalmerHouse Properties. Lynda said that she and Bill adore Old Edwards, and everyone they’ve met is friendly. The McNeeleys added that there’s plenty to do, too. They walk to the golf course, pool and the best restaurant in town. There are wonderful pools and fitness, hiking, shopping galore, amazing waterfalls and the nicest merchants you could ever meet, Lynda said. “Add craft shows and great mar-

kets that offer every kind of food you can imagine,” she said. “It’s easy to find what you need to cook gourmet meals at home, so we rarely eat out.” While Bill is retired, Lynda still works full-time remotely as a Residential Mortgage Loan Officer with Fidelity Bank Mortgage, so many of their Atlanta trips are scheduled to coincide with closings or office activities that she wants to attend. It’s a wonderful setting for working and taking good care of her clients, she said. According to Gilmore, the area’s internet and cell phone service is first rate, making it a place where executives can take care of business when they need to, and then unplug and relax. Lynda has had no issues with mountain life. “It’s a quick two-and-a-halfhour drive to the city if I have a business commitment. And our community has a house watch during the off season, so we never have to worry about anything,” she said. “Just one phone call and they’ll check on anything for you. And they’ll even dig you out of the snow if you come during the off season. I love that!” Duane and Kim Champlin are currently overseeing the construction of their Old Toccoa Farm mountain retreat. “We had a weekend cabin near Blue Ridge before we retired, and we fell in love with the area,” Kim said. Old Toccoa Farm, just 85 miles north of Atlanta, is near historic Blue Ridge, Ga., and about 15 miles from the Aska Adventure Area, which features camping, hiking and water activities like tubing, canoeing and kayaking. Continued on Page 26 DUN

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Brokers see influx of buyers heading for the hills BY KATHY DEAN When the time comes to step away from successful careers, many active retirees are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the pastimes that they couldn’t fit in their schedules when they were working. The north Georgia and Blue Ridge mountains offer just that, with cool temperatures, breathtaking natural landscapes and plenty of opportunities for activities like golf, fishing, boating and hiking, to name just a few. Mark Reeves is an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker High Country Re-

alty Blue Ridge and half of “The Mountain Duo.” Reeves said, “My teammate is seeing a huge influx of buyers who have retired or plan on retiring soon. I’m the listing agent for the team and he specifically works with buyers.” The duo’s other half, Scott Nichols, also an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker High Country Realty Blue Ridge, got more specific. “Over the last three to four years, at least 50 percent of my business has been coming from buyers moving here to retire. Continued on Page 22


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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody police reports dated July 23 through July 30. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.

peared to be an attempt at shoplifting and released to their mother.

man was arrested and accused of shoplifting at a department store.

the afternoon, a man said his iPhone had been stolen.


6600 block of Peachtree Industrial


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 28, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of trying to shoplift from a department store.

4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

2000 block of Perimeter Trace — On

6800 block of Peachtree Industrial

July 29, a woman reported that two iPods were missing from her car.

Boulevard — On July 29, in the evening, a bicycle was reported stolen.

4400 block of Ashford-

— On July 29, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting headphones and possessing marijuana.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 28, in the morning, an apartment complex reported a burglary from its maintenance shed.

LARCENY/SHOPLIFTING/ THEFT 100 block Perimeter Center West —

On July 23, in the morning, a theft was reported at a hotel. 100 block of Dunwoody Park — On

July 23, in the afternoon, a woman reported someone entered her car and took her purse containing her wallet, $50 cash, ID and debit cards. 4300 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On July 23, in the evening, a 17-year-old female was arrested and accused of trying to shoplift at a department store. 4600 block of Peachtree Place Park-

way — On July 24, in the early morning, a man reported the theft of his 2004 Ford. 100 block of Perimeter Center West —

On July 24, in the afternoon, men’s clothing was stolen from a discount retailer. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 24, in the evening, a woman was cited and released after she was accused of attempting to shoplift a necklace from a department store. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On July 25, a teenager was accused of trying to shoplift from a department store. 1100 block of Hammond Drive — On

July 25, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of trying to steal 24 items from a retailer. 1100 block of Hammond Drive — On

July 25, in the evening, a 17-year-old female was arrested and accused of trying to steal uniform clothing from a retailer. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On July 26, in the morning, an employee at a mall restaurant discovered $95 cash and a set of store keys were missing. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 26, in the morning, a kitchen supplies store reported that it was missing $3,500 worth of chef knives. 4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On July 26, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 26, in the afternoon, juveniles were stopped during what ap-


Road — On July 27, a man reported that his 1998 Volvo was stolen. 4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 27, in the afternoon, someone attempted to shoplift from a department store. 4600 block of Cham-

blee-Dunwoody Road — On July 27, in the afternoon, a woman left her car unlocked and reported someone entered it.

Dunwoody Road — On July 29, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of trying to steal clothes from a department store.

100 block of Ashford

Center — On July 27, in the evening, a man reported that someone illegally entered his car. 4800 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road — Overnight into July 28, someone entered a car and took an apartment access key card. 4300 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On July 27, at night, a 17-year-old was arrested and accused of trying to steal 50 items from a department store.


block of Lake Ridge Lane — On July 29, in the afternoon, a woman reported that someone stole a laptop and a TV from her car. 4400 block of

Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 29, in

— On July 29, in the afternoon, a 19-yearold man was arrested and accused of stealing a phone charger from a discount store.

4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 30, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of trying to shoplift from a department store.

A S S AU LT 2300 block of Peachford Road — On

July 27, at night, a woman said an exboyfriend was stalking her and trying to contact her against her wishes.



block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — Overnight into July 28, someone entered a car and took the keys that allow the door to lock.


100 block of Perimeter Center Place

Qualifying for candidates in the November 7, 2017 nonpartisan municipal election will take place August 21 – 25, 2017.


— On July 27, in the evening, someone apparently tried to steal sandals and iPhone accessories from a big box store. 4300 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On July 27, at night, two females were arrested and accused of shoplifting. 200 block of Lake Ridge Lane — Over-

night into July 28, a man reported a firearm stolen from his car. 900 block of Ashwood Parkway — On

July 28, someone broke into a car during the day. The passenger window was broken. 100 block of Perimeter Center Place —

On July 28, someone stole a purse containing a Tennessee ID and debit/credit cards. 100 block of Perimeter Center Place

— On July 28, into the evening, someone stole a laptop, clothes, and a checkbook from a car. 100 block of Ashford Center — On July

28, in the evening, someone tried to enter a parked Scion and Toyota. 4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On July 28, in the evening, a

Candidates may download the application from the city’s website, sandyspringsga.gov/vote, or pick up the application and qualify at Sandy Springs City Hall between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday, August 21, 2017 through Thursday, August 24, 2017 and between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017. The qualifying fee is $1,200/mayor and $540/council member. All applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office in person by 12:00 p.m., August 25, 2017. The Clerk’s Office is located at Sandy Springs City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs Ga. 30350. Required qualifications: No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or council member unless that person shall have been a resident of the area comprising the corporate limits of the City of Sandy Springs for a continuous period of at least 12 months immediately prior to the date of the election for mayor or council member, shall continue to reside therein during that person’s period of service, and shall continue to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the City of Sandy Springs. In addition to the above requirement, no person shall be eligible to serve as a council member representing a council district unless that person has been a resident of the district such person seeks to represent for a continuous period of at least six months immediately prior to the date of the election for council member and continues to reside in such district during that person’s period of service. 7840 ROSWELL RD, BUILDING 500 SANDYSPRINGSGA.GOV/VOTE 770-730-5600

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