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Brookhaven Reporter


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Brookhaven Innovation Academy begins first year BY DYANA BAGBY

More than 400 students started their first day of school at the opening day of Brookhaven Innovation Academy, a debut more than three years in the making. The new state public charter school opened Aug. 2 at its temporary location in Norcross with 420 students signed up for grades K-6, said Head of School Dr. Laurie Kimbrel. There are three classes for each grade See BROOKHAVEN on page 20


At left, Ben Robinson, 3, and Carson Herring, 4, take part in Nerf wars during the “May The Force Be With You” event at Blackburn Park on July 30. Kids battled it out on the field, followed by a showing of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on the big screen.

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Trump was humanized and shown to be on-point on every issue. Respondents’ comments to our community survey on the presidential conventions. See COMMENTARY Page 13

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‘Futuristic’ parks restrooms style debated BY DYANA BAGBY The Brookhaven City Council stalled on approving “futuristic” designs for park restrooms after Mayor John Ernst said he was unsure the public would readily accept their contemporary look. But Councilmember Joe Gebbia praised the angular, wood-walled restrooms as “monuments” that will say, “You’re in Brookhaven.” And Councilmember Bates Mattison likened them to the Sydney Opera House, an Australian landmark of modern architecture. Ernst acknowledged he was not ready See ‘FUTURISTIC’ on page 18

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Council denies Dresden Drive apartment development

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idents in the surrounding neighborhoods. “We are the most sought after prom date and we have standards,” said KarThe Brookhaven City Council voted en Dernavich of Brookhaven’s popularity unanimously at its July 26 meeting to deny with developers. a rezoning request for the proposed SoCouncilmember John Park questioned lis Dresden development that included 113 why some developers seem to bring to the apartments. table plans they know won’t be supportThe vote follows the Planning Comed by residents mission’s vote and then agree to deny recomto make some mending approvchanges only afal three weeks ter strong backago of the relash that crequest as well as ates anxiety and the city’s recomhours of work mendation the for residents. rezoning request “I would be be denied. telling developTerwilliger ers to bring their Pappas was seek‘A’ game earlier,” ing to rezone Park said. four tracts of “Those [zonland at the coring] laws are in ner of Dresden place for a reaand Appalachee son … in order to drives to build protect the citiSolis Dresden, a zens. These are four-story apartpeople with jobs, ment complex children, and PHOTOS BY DYANA BAGBY with a restaurant Top, Brookhaven City Council, from left, members they are workLinley Jones and John Park, Mayor John Ernst, and and retail on the ing hard to promembers Bates Mattison and Joe Gebbia, voted ground floor. unanimously July 26 to deny a rezoning request tect their neighAt the beginfor a mixed-use development on Dresden Drive. borhoods,” Park ning of the July Above, Greg Power, right, of Terwilliger Pappas, said. “For us to igand attorney Laurel David attended the meeting. 26 meeting, the nore that and to developer’s attornot send a clear ney asked to withdraw its rezoning request message and not deny when it is warrantwithout prejudice. The property is currented … is irresponsible. This is the time to act ly zoned for single-family homes. and I support this denial.” However, several residents spoke during Councilmember Bates Mattison pointthe public comment portion of the meeting ed out that Mayor John Ernst is seeking a to ask the council to deny the rezoning resix-month moratorium on high-density dequest rather than accept the withdrawal or velopment—a direct result of the backlash defer the vote. City Hall was packed with to the Solis Dresden project and another homeowners wearing red shirts to show proposed and contentious project, Dresden opposition to the development. Village, also on Dresden Drive. The DresLaurel David, attorney for the developden Village rezoning request, which iner, asked for the withdrawal because she cludes 194 apartments, is slated to go besaid the property owner would not be able fore the Planning Commission on Aug. 3. to develop the property for two years. “The city at large needs to have a conCity Attorney Chris Balch said there versation of what we want to be developed is an ordinance that allows the property on Dresden Drive,” Mattison said. “Our owner to return before the council after six codes would allow these applications that months to make another rezoning request. allow 60 units per acre.” Developers met with community memThe perfect opportunity to do so is with bers over the course of several months, and the city’s current neighborhood characdespite many changes, those living in the ter study project, he said. The Brookhavsurrounding neighborhoods could not supen-Peachtree Overlay District that includes port the development. More than 730 peoDresden Drive is not part of that study. ple have signed a petition urging against Ernst said the character studies are to high-density development on Dresden look at residential areas and the Overlay Drive near single-family neighborhoods. District will have to be addressed by zonResidents told council members that ing ordinances. The zoning codes will be while they don’t oppose development, they addressed after the character studies are can’t support more apartments on Drescompleted, in about six months. den Drive. And while the developers did “Let’s use the next six months to make some changes to their original plans, see what can be built on Dresden and the changes never met the requests by resPeachtree,” Mattison said.


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that James Carter, a Democrat operative, felt it necessary to send out a misleading flyer in the HD 80 GOP After winning the hotly runoff to try to divide Recontested House District 80 publicans. primary, Meagan Hanson “It is really important said it is now time to unite all Republicans come toRepublicans as they head to gether,” she said. “We saw the polls in November. how the Democrats are Hanson held on to a raconcerned about Taylor zor-thin victory over Alan Bennett’s vulnerability Cole in the Republican runand felt the need to interoff for House District 80 on vene to try to divide us beJuly 26 and will face Demfore the general election. ocratic incumbent Taylor “Now we need to work Bennett in the general electo make sure all Republition on Nov. 8. cans show up in the fall Results from the Georto vote and to make sure gia Secretary of State’s ofthey have their voices fice shows Hanson winning heard [by] someone who by 29 votes in the July 26 will represent their valrunoff in which fewer than ues in the General Assem1,600 people showed up to bly … someone who truly the polls. Hanson received represents the values and 777 votes to 748 votes, for a principles of our constituslim win of 50.95 percent to ents in District 80,” Han49.05 percent. son said. Cole called Hanson to Hanson said she wants congratulate her on her victo bring fiscal conservatory and is not going to ask tism and limited governfor a recount. ment values to the Gold “The Alan Cole campaign Dome. “We need someone wishes Meagan Hanson standing up for free entergood luck in November. We prise and small businesswill not ask for a recount,” es so they can compete in according to a statement isthis day and age,” she said. sued July 27. HD 80 includes parts FILE PHOTOS Hanson said she now of Brookhaven and Sandy From top, Meagan Hanson, wants to work with Cole to Alan Cole and Taylor Bennett. Springs. gain support of his voters. Cole handily won “I appreciate [Cole’s] conDeKalb County, includcession call and congratulations,” Haning Brookhaven, according to the DeKalb son said. “I plan to meet with him in the County Voter & Registrations office, with future and discuss how we can unify our 651 votes, or 53.27 percent, compared to voters to take on the Democrat in the Hanson’s 571 votes, or 46.73 percent. fall.” But Sandy Springs and Fulton County Hanson said the vote was “truly a were a different story, with Hanson domsqueaker” and appreciated all those who inating. Hanson won 206 votes, or 68 percame out to vote. She said she believes cent, to Cole’s 97 votes, or 32 percent.



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Residents push for numbers on MARTA’s Brookhaven station project BY ADRIANNE MURCHISON Residents remained frustrated following a July 25 MARTA update on plans for a new development at the Brookhaven/ Oglethorpe station. During a public meeting at Oglethorpe University, MARTA representatives and partners introduced the current master plan, which includes less density than the one presented in June in areas such as rental units, as well as office, restaurant and retail space. Neighbors were especially concerned with changes in traffic patterns and a lack of parking details. The idea behind the project is to transform the surface parking lot at the Brookhaven station into a mixed-use development and ultimately increase MARTA ridership. The project is part of MARTA’s Transit-Oriented Development program. If approved and redeveloped, the area will be considered a town center for the city, with a multifunctional space near Apple Valley Road, explained Gary Warner, a landscape architect with Cooper Carry. “You can close [Apple Valley] off and have art shows,” he said. “You can close it off and have movie night. We can do yoga at the park. You can move tables and chairs around as you feel. The restaurants would spill out into it. The retail shops

would open their doors onto it. So it really becomes a great downtown green.” Neighbors were especially concerned with changes in traffic patterns and parking details. After hearing plans to add a turning lane at Peachtree Road and North Druid Hills, and three through lanes at Dresden Drive, the consensus was it would be more feasible to widen the road to accommodate more people. Representatives did not provide the exact number of parking spaces planned for the project when asked. Tom Johnson, who has lived in Fernwood Park Townhomes for 15 years, said that aspect of the development has not been adequately planned. Parking usage is near capacity now with the 560 spaces that are going to be redeveloped, he said. “I can tell you that they will try to park in the back of the neighborhood,” he said, adding that MARTA patrons search for parking on his block. “When we first moved in, there was no parking on Fernwood Circle because it was a paid parking lot [at the MARTA station] and they were avoiding that.” MARTA officials believe that Brookhaven/Oglethorpe will become most utilized by locals who will walk to the station. Johnson is doubtful, especially during summer heat waves.

“I don’t want MARTA patrons parking in front of my house,” he added. “It’s not about what’s best for MARTA. It’s about what’s good for the overall community, and your riders.” The project is in the BrookhavenPeachtree Overlay District created by DeKalb County. MARTA is requesting rezoning for a pedestrian community— known as PC2 within the district—that would allow for more uses on the site. Fernwood resident Ralph Williams

wanted to know what happens if the zoning request is denied. “The meeting a month ago was identical to this,” he said. “They told me the community overlay had already been approved and the PC2 was just a rubber stamp.” “The project may not move forward if we can’t get appropriate zoning for the mixed-use project that we are seeking,” said Amanda Rhein, MARTA’s senior director of transit-oriented development.


Interactive community meetings, also known as “charrettes,” have been set in Brookhaven to discuss and plan how residents want their neighborhood characters to look and be maintained as the city continues to grow and development continues to knock on doors. All charrettes are slated for next month and will be held at City Hall. Facilitators will be on hand to assist participants to develop and create guidelines for how they want their neighborhoods to look and feel in the future. All meetings will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dates and the neighborhoods to be discussed: • Aug. 16 — Historic Brookhaven • Aug. 18 — Lakes District, Blackburn • Aug. 22 — Brookhaven Heights-Brookhaven Fields and Briarwood Park • Aug. 24 — Ashford Park-Drew Valley • Aug. 29 — Lynwood Park, Osborne • Aug. 30 — Roxboro, Lenox Park • Aug. 31 — Buford Highway corridor

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U.S. Paralympics soccer team preps at Oglethorpe for Rio Games BY DYANA BAGBY

his bike was bent up and was not able to be ridden again – so 1 to 0, me,” Bohlemann said with a laugh. Steven Bohlemann is going to Rio to Hard work and humor has paid off play soccer. for Bohlemann as he recovered from his The Atlanta resident made the final cut brain injury. He still suffers some side-efto represent the U.S. Paralympic National fects, such as nausea, dizziness, memory Team in the Paralympic loss and some balance isGames, which follow the sues. On the field, Bohle2016 Summer Olympics mann said he has adapted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, his game to become a top in September. The men’s center midfielder. team has been prac“I know what I was before ticing at Brookhaven’s and after my ‘speedbump,’” Oglethorpe University. he said. He prefers to call the “There is nothing 2013 accident a speedbump higher than representbecause it doesn’t sound as ing your country,” said negative, he said. Bohlemann, who hails Before his speedbump, from Florida and recently he played defender and SPECIAL PHOTOS earned a master’s degree was able to race backwards Above, Coach Stuart Sharp. in mechanical engineerBelow, Paralympics soccer team and make quick turns. He member Steve Bohlemann. ing from Georgia Tech. is unable to do that now The team named its “because my feet don’t al14-member roster on Aug. 1. The team is exways go exactly where I want,” he said. pected to practice again at Oglethorpe UniThe U.S. team is heading to Brazil versity on Aug. 10-11 from 9 a.m. to noon. ranked eighth out of eight teams. Practices can be viewed by the public. “We have set some targets for ourselves The Paralympic Games, organized by to achieve in Brazil,” Sharp said. “It’s not the International Paralympics Committee going to be easy competing against the top in Germany, is for athletes that have some seven countries in the world. The one thing form of physical disability to compete at the for sure is that we will not be going to the world level in a wide range of sports. The Brazil to accept anything less than fully 2016 Paralympic Games will run Sept. 7-18. committed performances – as a tight unit To qualify for the soccer team, a playwe have the belief that our team possesses er must be able to run and walk, and have the technical ability and collective desire to a traumatic brain injury, have suffered achieve the extraordinary.” a stroke or was born with cerebral palsy, The U.S. kicks off Group A play against said Coach Stuart Sharp, a Scottish native the fourth-ranked Netherlands on Sept. and former Brookhaven resident who now 8, followed by matches against secondlives in Marietta. ranked Russia on Sept. 10 and sixth-ranked “The team has players from all walks of Argentina on Sept. 12. life, from college graduates to veterans,” he Group B teams are from Brazil, Great Britsaid. “They’ve enjoyed training in Atlanta ain, Ireland and Ukraine. The top two teams so much some say they want to move here.” from each group will advance to the semifiPlayers have come to metro Atlanta to nals on Sept. 14, with the medal matches set train from as far as Colorado and Califortake place on Sept. 16, Stuart said. nia to represent their country. There are “I’m privileged to lead this team … and to three veterans who were injured overseas give them the collective ability to represent on the team. their nation,” Sharp said. “It is a true honBohlemann, 27, who played socor to do that.” cer in college, suffered a traumatFor Bohlemann, playing soccer ic brain injury three years ago with a group of men who are not in a freak accident. He was jogjust teammates but friends and ging on a bridge in Charleston, mentors is something he will nevS.C., when a bicyclist accidentally er take for granted. struck him on the descent por“My worst life experience tion of the bridge. opened the door to my He suffered a fracbest life experience,” tured skull and spine he said. “I’m so hapand a subdermal py to be representhematoma in his ing my country, I brain. He was can’t explain it.” hospitalized for Email SSharp@ weeks and put on and a breathing mavisit facebook. chine. com/parasoccer “The bicyclist for more informawas uninjured, but tion.

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The menu at Hampton + Hudson does not only list wine pairings Dining Out for everything, but also beer and Megan Volpert cocktail pairings, Megan Volpert lives in and you can find Decatur, teaches in Roall three types of swell and writes books about popular culture. beverages here on tap. There are several vegan options, plus gluten-free items in every section of the menu. A neighborhood place should allow enough kinds of food and drink to suit all the neighbors, and even still, Hampton + Hudson asks patrons to reach inside themselves for a more optimistic interpretation of comfort food than the traditional expectation of lowest common denominators at a local dive. For example, there are real flowers on the tables. No big deal, but after a long day at work when I’d really like somebody else to cook dinner for me, sniffing a sunflower in a Mason jar as I await my meal reminds me to keep my head up. Don’t worry, gentlemen, there are plenty of televisions. This is a space where you definitely can sit at the bar and enjoy talking to strangers about the game. There have been some events catering to soccer lovers and they also host a team trivia night for those in search of mental exercise. The bar runs most of the length of the main dining room, with lots of seating as well as standing room, but if you’re not in the mood to socialize, Hampton + Hudson respects that.

for sharing, classic diner entrees, delicatessen faves, side and salads, a couple of items that can pass for breakfast. If you’re in the mood for Southern comforts, go for the hot chicken biscuit sliders nestled in cast iron. If you’re still trying to sneak in something like brunch, go for the lox toast, which is actually on an everything bagel. If you just 1 want to stay on trend, order the avocado toast that actually foregrounds ricotta and radishes or order the charred octopus. If you have the kids with you, order some mac and cheese that’s normal enough for a toddler to eat but interesting enough for you to finish whatever is left when the kid is through. The only thing I ordered that was boring and predictable turned out to be the fish and chips, but on a Tuesday night after a meeting runs too long, even that has its place. All the dishes were fresh, 2 locally sourced, properly cooked, put together and plated with care, and of above average deliciousness for a neighborhood place. There were three dishes that really stood out as excellent. One was the waygu pastrami and kraut, a delicate, salty stack of goodness that warmed the heart and taste-buds of my wife, who grew up on Long Island deli sandwiches. Another was the steak tartare tacos with potato chip shell. It sounds like a gimmick but the shell is really very sturdy and the total effect was delicious. I could’ve eaten a dozen of those and gone home happy. The last was a dessert called a Tennessee tea cake that came with a heavy co3 conut crust and a generous helping of fresh blueberries alongside a scoop from The Hamton + Hudson menu is full of comfort Queen of Cream. food like Waygupastrami and kraut (1), Whatever version of casual dining Tennessee tea cake (2) and steak tartare tacos (3). you’re into, Hampton + Hudson will deliver with ease. The service is attentive but There’s a covered patio as well as a smallnot obtrusive, intelligent but not chatty uner room full of booths, and the main dining less you so desire. Billy and Jenn Streck have room tables give the bar a wide berth. Comonce again gambled well in asking us to elebined with the giant picture windows overvate our daily selves an inch, just as they did looking a sunny courtyard, this is a recipe for with Cypress Street Pint and Plate. spaciousness where you could jam a lot of peoHampton + Hudson is located at 299 N. ple in here before the place feels too packed. Highland Ave. in the Inman Quarter develEven if you’re not in the neighborhood, opment. For more information, visit hampthe food and service are worth a little trip. This menu touches all the bases: small plates

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THE FANTASTICKS Friday, Aug. 12, 8 p.m. Act3 Productions presents “The Fantasticks,” a romantic musical about a boy, a girl and their two fathers who try to keep them apart. Additional shows: August 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 8 p.m.; August 14 and 21 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $15-$30. 6285-R Roswell Rd., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 770241-1905 for additional information or visit:

A1A Sunday, Aug. 14, 7-8:30 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs continues Concerts by the Springs by hosting Atlanta-based A1A – the official and original Jimmy Buffet tribute show. Free and open to the public. Family friendly. Gates open at 5 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers welcome; no outside tables. No smoking or pets. Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Blue Stone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. To learn more, visit: or call 404-851-9111.


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Saturday, Aug. 13, 10- 11:30 a.m. Get your feet wet with canoe guides on the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Beaver Pond! Session is for first-time paddlers, families with young kids or adults coming back to the sport. Get instructions on paddling techniques and equipment. Races, games and water squirters included. Equipment provided. General public, $15 for ages 5-adult; $10 for members. Register by August 10 to or calling 770-992-2055 ext. 237. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075.

Monday, Aug. 8, 1-2:30 p.m. Participants learn to use the ReferenceUSA database to find jobs, business opportunities, view historical market trends, analyze community demographics, and search addresses and phone numbers. Free. Open to all. For adults. Light refreshments served. Registration required by calling 404-303-6130 or emailing: Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The annual Butterfly Festival returns to the Dunwoody Nature Center. Activities include two butterfly tents, birds of prey show, live animals, games, educational booths, crafts and music. Food and drink available for purchase. Early member preview, 9 a.m.; general admission, 10 a.m. Rain or shine. No pets. Tickets, $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-12, free for children 3 and under. Park at North Atlanta Church of Christ, 5676 Roberts Dr. and take shuttle service. 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-3322 or go to: to learn more.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 10-11 a.m. Through fiveminute yoga practices, this session presents easy-to-practice tools, helping you cope with the pace of modern lifestyles. Free. Open to the general public. Does not require any fitness level or previous yoga experience. Wear comfortable clothing. Yoga mat is necessary. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-3036130 or email: with questions.

MANAGING ARTHRITIS Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2-4 p.m. Come learn techniques and exercises to help reduce pain from arthritis and keep you moving. Free. Space is limited. RSVP to 404-843-1880. For members of the Cancer Support Community. 5775 Peachtree-Dunwoody Rd., Suite C-225, Atlanta, 30342. Go to: for additional details.



Wednesday, Aug. 10, 10 a.m. Ann Hardin, a rising Lovett high school senior, and Sandy Springs Police Officer Samuel Worsham discuss preventing scams against senior adults. The public is welcome to attend. Confirm attendance by emailing Lee Smith at pnvillages@ or calling 470-231-0015. Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church, 471 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328.

Saturday, Aug. 13, 12-2 p.m. Calling all first-time parents and caregivers! This class covers CPR basics, including choke-saving skills, home safety and other injury prevention measures. Hands-on practice with a manikin provides confidence and skills to handle an emergency. $48 for two adults. Northside Hospital, Interchange Building, 5780 PeachtreeDunwoody Rd., NE, Suite 419, Atlanta, 30342. Go to: or call 404-845-5555 to register or for further information.

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PLANT EXTROVERTS Tuesday, Aug. 16, 7-9 p.m. The Georgia Perennial Plant Association presents, “Plant Extroverts.” Learn about plants that have energy and personality for the garden. Free and open to the public. For adults. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. For more information, call 770-439-7112 or visit:

KIDS’ STUFF TURTLE TOURS Wednesday, Aug. 10, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs’ “Turtle Tours,” an educational series appropriate for children ages 2-5, continues. In this program, museum mascots Spring and Sandy use “treasure maps” and help young visitors learn history. Free; no reservations required. All are welcome. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email:, call 404-851-9111 or visit: for details.

and discuss academic goals and plans. For high school students. Registration required by calling 404-458-4189. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30305.

COMMUNITY BACK 2 SCHOOL BASH Tuesday, Aug. 16, 4-7 p.m. Celebrate the new school year at this year’s Back 2 School Bash at Hammond Park. Now in its seventh year, the city-sponsored event includes water slides, games, a DJ spinning music, raffles, prizes, face painting, popcorn, snow cones and more. Free and open to the community. 705 Hammond Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. Questions? Visit: or call 770-730-5600.

DUNWOODY MOMS Wednesday, Aug. 17, 6-8 p.m. Are you a mother of a preschooler looking to connect with other moms? Join Dunwoody MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) for the 2016-17 kickoff and socialize with others, enjoy dinner and learn about plans for the new season. Monthly meetings and membership are open to any mother of children age infant through kindergarten. Dunwoody Baptist Church, Room D-306, 1445 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, visit: dbc. org/ mops.

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BOOK SALE Thursday, Aug. 18, 1-4 p.m. The Friends of the Chamblee Library hold a book sale. Preview for Friends members on Thursday; open to the public Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19-20, and Monday, Aug. 22 (Bag Day) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Proceeds enhance adult and children’s book collections and programs. 4115 Clairmont Rd., Chamblee, 30341. Call 770-9361380 for details.

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sion and love for the subject being taught, a person who can academically challenge students, someone who is fair and firm, and a person who cares and has an interest in students.

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From the perspective of a history teacher, I would certainly want my students to have an understanding, an appreciation and a love for history. I would want them to be critical thinkers and writers. But as to the bigger picture, eventually I want my students to enter professions where they are happy and see themselves as contributing to the betterment of our society.

What do you want to see in your students?

has taught AP European History for decades. While his students’ success on the AP Exam might be seen as its own measure of success, what truly makes Charles an exceptional educator is his dedication to the craft of teaching, and to his colleagues and their well-being. His students remember him for his kind professionalism— that unique mix of being committed How do you ento student learning, gage your stuwhile holding them dents? to high standards. I guess I am “old His peers see in school” as I see a Charles a man who need for lectureis remarkable at his oriented classes, job in the most quiespecially for Adet and humble of vanced Placement ways, without seekEuropean HistoCharles Pearson ing credit or attenry. But I think even Marist School tion for the good with lectures, you work he does. can certainly get the students involved by questions and answers. What attracted you to teaching at Furthermore, I believe films and the first? use of humor can help to engage stuI have always loved an academdents. However, I don’t think a teachic atmosphere, study, scholarly reer needs to put on a dog and pony search and reading. Teaching proshow to engage students. vides opportunities for all of these for me. I have a great love for history, and Do you have a project or special I wanted to share this with others. program you use year after year?



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What keeps you going year after year? Since I have been in Catholic education for over 40 years, what has kept me going is the fact that I see teaching as a vocation, not a job. I sincerely believe that I have been called by God to teach over these past years, especially at Marist School. So I believe it is really this religious dimension that “keeps me going.”

What do you think makes a great teacher? I think students would be able to give the best and most reliable answer here. They know! But from my perspective, I think what makes a great teacher is one who has a pas-

During the course of the year in AP European History, I use the film series “The Western Tradition,” narrated by Dr. Eugen Weber. For many, Dr. Weber has almost become a cult figure. Many enjoy his style and at times, his humor. After the AP examination in May, I usually have a project that students work on for about two weeks. This year, they are researching current issues/problems in European society.

What do you hope your students take away from your class? As I mentioned before, I hope my students develop a love for history. In addition, I want them to take away from the class an appreciation for the cultural achievements of Europe, especially in the areas of art and architecture. I try to point out to students that cultural achievements are what endure through the centuries.

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School opening day schedules It’s back-to-school time in Reporter Newspapers communities. Some schools and districts are already in session, including Atlanta Public Schools, the Ben Franklin Academy and Mt. Bethel Christian Academy’s upper school. The following is a guide to other schools’ opening days in the coming weeks.


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Aug. 8 Fulton County Public Schools; The MJCCA Preschools; Mt. Bethel Christian Academy (lower and middle) Aug. 9 Springmont (new students) Aug. 10 Holy Spirit Preparatory School (upper and lower); Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School Aug. 11 Cumberland Academy of Georgia; The Epstein School; Holy Spirit Preparatory School (preschool); Springmont (returning students) Aug. 15 The Davis Academy; Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School; The Weber School; The Westminster School (high and middle); Atlanta Classical Academy Aug. 16 Atlanta International School; The Children’s Schools; Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (all except early learners); Mount Vernon Presbyterian School; The Westminster School (PF-5); Whitfield Academy Aug. 17 Atlanta Jewish Academy; The Galloway School; Pace Academy; Sophia Academy Aug. 18 St. Martin’s Episcopal School Aug. 22 Atlanta Jewish Academy (lower school campus); Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School (early learners) Aug. 24 Brandon Hall School; First Presbyterian School; Peachtree Presbyterian PreSchool (M-F, MWF and WF)

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I’ve decided I’ve lived in the South long enough to own a skillet. And by “skillet,” I mean the honestto-goodness-cast-iron variety, the likes of which Sipsey used on the Bad Guy in “Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café” and Rapunzel chose as her key weapon in “Tangled.” This is actually the second skillet I bought. I lost the first one. I had purchased the first one to cook a rather enticing recipe I discovered on a blog that I followed during my blogging phase (a phase which was, like the Macarena, short-lived and unfortunate). The recipe was SPECIAL for cherry upside-down cake, made Robin researched how to properly with corn meal, almond meal and season her latest cast-iron skillet. fresh cherries. It took two hours to make, and it was delicious. turkey. Everyone, from Maratha StewBut then I lost the skillet. And beart to Emeril Lagasse to the guy whose fore you ask how it is possible to lose wife is videotaping him in their kitchsomething as imposing as a cast-iron en, has an opinion. skillet, I will explain that First, you wash it—but the problem is in the stormaybe with soap or maybe age of it. It’s like figuring you should never use soap. out where to store an anThen you rub it with oil— vil. I learned that it is not but maybe using a paper supposed to be stacked Robin Conte is a writer towel, or maybe you should or covered, because that and mother of four who never use a paper towel. messes with its “seasonlives in Dunwoody. She And your oil is maybe lard, ing,” and that the oven is can be contacted at or maybe something that a good place to store it. has never been hydrogeOf course, the problem of nated, or maybe something what to do with it when that comes out of a tube you are actually using the that is specially marked oven still exists; it needs to “skillet seasoning oil,” or maybe the abbe stashed someplace where it won’t solute best seasoning oil is something fall on your foot. like flaxseed oil and you’ll have to go to So I moved it to a corner beside the a health food store to buy it and it will dining room table, then under the guest cost $16.99 a bottle. room bed, then in the storage room in Then you bake it in the oven, upside the basement, moving deeper, ever down on a foil-lined pan, or not... for 30 deeper, into the recesses of our home minutes or an hour or an hour and a until it lodged (heh heh) comfortably a setting of 325 or 350 or 375 desomewhere, never to be found again, grees, and you leave it in there to cool unless, perhaps, by a future homeownfor a long, long, long time because now er or an archaeologist on a dig. the anvil is a burning hot piece of iron But our society is going retro on its that could brand you. road to wellness, and, thumbing my Or maybe you forget the oven and do nose at Teflon, I jumped back on that the whole thing on the stove. train and bought another skillet. And you go through this once or A cast-iron skillet, however, is way twice or three times, depending on more retro than Fiestaware; in fact, I time of year and what your zodiac don’t know how far back you have to go sign is and, most likely, how bored before you’ve passed “retro” and landed you are. on the prairie over an open campfire, So I chose eclectically and added my but there I was, faced with a new skillet own personal twist. I used a “dedicated that was primed and ready for seasonrag” and coconut oil (because it burns ing, and even for something as iconic as belly fat and would make my house a frying pan, I must admit that I found smell like Tahiti) and I put the pan upit a bit intimidating. side down in the oven and repeated the Seasoning is the process that makes process three times, all the while prothe skillet somewhat cling-free. I honclaiming to my family that I would not estly think that I never seasoned my be able to cook dinner that day because lost skillet properly, so I decided to do I was busy seasoning my skillet. study on it. I learned that there are as The next day, however, we would many opinions on the proper way to dine on fried green tomatoes and cocoseason a skillet as there are opinions nut flavored cornbread. on the best way to cook a Thanksgiving

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“Trump was humanized and shown to be on-point on every issue. Democrats showed so much hypocrisy, it made me sick.” –50-year-old Atlanta man “I always am surprised how much I like listening to Hillary, but that scares me because I think she easily lies to the public. I want Trump to be more polished. I like that he goes against the grain and isn’t politically correct, but what if he ends up being a disaster?!” –18-year-old Buckhead woman

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“The Democrats have taken over Reagan’s optimism.” –58-year-old Sandy Springs man “I wanted Trump to lay out policy, and it just never materialized. Disappointing. I was leaning towards voting for him, but he lost my vote that night for sure. Fear is no way to lead a country.” –41-year-old Buckhead man

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In the latest 1Q cellphone survey to residents of the communities served by Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown, the time, effort and money the Democratic and Republican parties poured into their conventions were wasted on more than half the 250 respondents, who said the televised spectacles had no influence on them. Among those who said they were swayed, comments suggest Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton did a better job polishing her image than GOP nominee Donald Trump. A 51 percent majority said they were immune to the conventions, with 17 percent not watching at all and 34 percent saying they watched but heard nothing to change their minds. “It only confirmed my original decision to vote for [Libertarian Party nominee] Gary Johnson. Both Hillary and Trump are awful choices,” said a 30-year-old Atlanta woman. Another 20 percent said the conventions had only a minor effect on their thinking, while 28 percent saying the events “somewhat” or “very significantly” shifted their positions. The most frequently used word in their comments was “Trump,” often negatively, while Clinton seemed to reassure some independents and former supporters of Democratic rival Bernie Sanders. Just over half the respondents were affiliated with the major parties, skewing 30 percent Democrat to 21 percent Republican. Of the rest, 28 percent identified as “independent” and 20 percent as “other.”

“Trump is still a maniac, and nothing was done at the RNC to make him seem less so; but the emphasis on Hillary’s past and work ethic now makes a vote for Hillary much more palatable.” - 31-year-old man from Buckhead “My stance has not changed. Both parties are a dumpster fire and I am still voting third-party.” –31-year-old Atlanta man

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Letter to the Editor We are writing this letter to the editor with some thoughts regarding our recent review. (“Dining Out: il Giallo,” Reporter Newspapers, July 8-22.) We felt compelled to speak out on our guests’ behalf as well as give voice to what many restaurateurs think and never have the chance to say. First, we have a loyal following, as do all successful restaurants, yet the reviewer’s comments infer that they all must be witless fools that only come in because of a TV show that aired five years ago. Our guests frequent our restaurants because we serve them food that they enjoy and we have spent months and years cultivating relationships with them; but that is not a sexy topic for food critics. Secondly, food critics do not behave as our guests. We are human. A cook may over-salt something, a server may get an order wrong, or the chef just had a lousy idea. A paying guest, unlike the critic whose meal is paid for, brings these to our attention and we fix them. That’s how we develop relationships and how we define

who we are. Food critics gleefully report any misstep and never raise their hands. It is much easier to craft a snarky commentary than interact with servers, managers or owners. Lastly, food critics are very disconnected with what is at stake for small business owners; personal guarantees for bank loans, vendor debt, payroll (we employ 50 people) and all of the other responsibilities do not make for an engaging review. Somehow this culture has evolved into the fact that writing a nasty review represents notoriety and fame for the critic. We propose that in the future, “critics” have some culinary experience on which they base their reviews, and they leave subjectivity, personal tastes and the goal of creating fame for themselves out of the picture. On the flip side, we always welcome valuable feedback from seasoned food writers. -- Jamie Adams, chef and co-owner, il Giallo

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Brookhaven’s Public Works Director Richard Meehan pulled up a map of the city on his desktop computer and pointed to the hundreds of yellow dots. “Those are all the speed bumps in the city,” he said. There are more than 200 speed bumps within the approximate 11 square miles of the city, he said. But residents want more of them—and several other types of traffic calming devices the city is examining amid complaints of cut-through commuter traffic. From “splinter islands” to roundabouts, Meehan’s job is to weigh the possibilities. “There’s just so much an engineer can do to slow down some idiots,” Meehan said. “We just ask everyone to be patient.” A quick glance of the map shows that more than half of Brookhaven’s speed bumps are positioned between Peachtree Road and Buford Highway. Brookhaven Heights, Brookhaven Fields and Ashford Park are some of the major neighborhoods in this area and have many traffic calming measures in place. A lot of the speed bumps were “inherited” from DeKalb County probably a decade before Brookhaven became a city, Meehan said. The reason for so many speed bumps is to slow and attempt to deter the hundreds of cut-through commuters trying to avoid the congested Dresden Drive and North Druid Hills Road area that serve as de facto thoroughfares to I-85 and I-285. “A lot of the issues we have are shortcuts through the neighborhoods.

People are going to drive where they are going to drive,” Meehan said. On Aug. 9, the City Council is set to vote on a controversial traffic calming petition in Brookhaven Heights that calls for more speed bumps in the neighborhood, but also the partial closure of Standard Drive and Thornwell Drive by making them right-in only from North Druid Hills Road, and also partially closing Oglethorpe Avenue by making it right-in, right-out only from North Druid Hills Road. Many residents opposing the traffic calming petition say if those three roads are partially closed off, the remaining two roads off North Druid Hills – Pine Grove Avenue and Colonial Drive – will be flooded with even more traffic congestion. The council has deferred the vote, and residents along with City Councilmember Bates Mattison, who represents the area, are trying to hammer out a compromise before the vote. “Traffic calming can be so emotional,” Meehan said. “But it’s not our job to be the referee for a neighborhood. We put the burden on the neighborhood liaison.” But this is just one of at least 10 traffic calming petitions currently under consideration by the city. Most requests are for more speed bumps and other “passive measures” such as chicanes, which are a series of road-narrowing curves, or striping to make lanes narrower, Meehan said. “We get one or two calls a week. We’ve gotten a lot more calls since Brookhaven Heights,” Meehan said. Some living on West Nancy Creek west of Ashford-Dunwoody Road are in the process of gathering the necessary 65 percent of signatures of residents needed to kick-start a city traffic study BK

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that begins the traffic calming request clude “splitter islands” that are supposed process; the Ashford Park Elementary to slow motorists as they pass into a narSchool neighborhood will likely be seekrower strip of road. There are several of ing City Council approval soon for more these on Caldwell Road where the Post speed bumps; Windsor Parkway east of Apartments are located and also on West Hermance Drive residents are seeking Nancy Creek Drive. passive measures; the city is working The Brookhaven Heights traffic calmwith a section of Park Crest Drive on the ing petition includes a neighborhood possibility of more speed bumps. roundabout – a circular intersection at The neighborhood between Duke Oglethorpe Avenue and Colonial Drive, Road and Bragg Street – in that groundbut that measure was already being conzero zone between Peachtree Road and sidered by the city because of poor visiBuford Highway – is also in the midst of bility, Meehan said. gathering 65 perRoundabouts cent of signatures are also typically of residents. traffic control feaThere are sevtures rather than eral other neightraffic calming, he borhoods beginsaid. A roundabout ning the process is currently being that takes approxiconsidered for inmately a year to get tersection of Windthrough, Meehan sor Parkway and said. The process Osborne Road. begins with a minThe four-way imum of 20 perstop at this interCITY OF BROOKHAVEN section leads to macent of residents in a Renderings of types of traffic calming neighborhood agreejor backup traffic measures, going clockwise: choker, splitter ing they want traffic islands, gateway treatment and chicanes. and a roundabout is calming. better, and cheaper, When the city receives the 20 perthan installing a traffic signal, Meehan cent, it begins city-funded traffic studies said. Another roundabout exists at Town to determine if such measures are indeed Brookhaven. needed, Meehan said. Meehan said another traffic calming Residents must also agree to pay $25 a measure being discussed by city leaders year to cover maintenance and installais what’s known as “gateway treatment,” tion, Meehan said. Last year, for example, usually a brick monument with the the city collected about $65,000 in traffic name of a neighborhood on it that could calming fees. dissuade people from entering. Traffic studies for neighborhoods can “It’s supposed to subliminally affect cost more than $1,000. The study for the motorist to slow down because they Brookhaven Heights cost about $3,000, see they are entering a neighborhood … Meehan said. Installing a single speed They’re entering something different,” bump costs approximately $3,500. Meehan said. The city works with neighborhoods Striping to narrow traffic lanes is anto determine what is best, with most resother passive measure that squeezes moidents just wanting more speed bumps, torists into tighter spaces that, hopefulMeehan said. ly, causes them to slow down. Striping is Other traffic calming measures inalso low cost at about 50 cents a foot.

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Sandy Springs officials that more Pill Hill housing could reduce vehicle traffic. Toll Brothers, a Pennsylvania-based naPill Hill has far less housing nearby tional developer of luxury housing, is now than some other major Southern medifollowing suit as a partner in the mixed-use cal centers, and building more could take redevelopment of the Pavilion office park, hundreds of cars off the roads, putting a which is still in the Sandy Springs review big dent in the notorious local traffic conprocess. Noell’s market study for the projgestion. Those are among the findings of a ect is proprietary, but Toll Brothers agreed market study commissioned by Toll Brothto share the summary of its findings. ers, the company planning to build apartA major finding: “There simply are not ments—some of them tailored to suit hosenough multifamily residential units to pital workers—in Pill Hill’s Peachtree meet the pent-up demand in the Pill Hill Dunwoody Pavilion redevelopment. market.” About 8,400 people live within 1 Toll Brothers plans a 335-unit apartmile of Pill Hill, but only 1,066—about 12.7 ment building on what is now a parking lot percent—work there, the study says. That adjacent to MARTA’s Medical Center stais far lower than Houston’s Texas Medical tion. Of those residents, the study from AtCenter, where 33.7 percent of nearby resilanta’s Noell Consulting Group estimates, dents work there, and the University of Alat least 20 to 30 percent would work in Pill abama Hospital center in Birmingham, Hill and 30 to 40 percent would commute where the rate is 27.3 percent. daily by MARTA. A survey of five high-end apartment “Increasing the number of multifamily complexes near Pill Hill indicate that “pentunits in Pill Hill, especially at the [Pavilion up demand,” the study says. The complexsite], which is just a stone’s throw from the es reported that an average of 24 percent of hospitals, would lead to an increased densitheir residents—about 390 households— ty that would allow for more employees to work in Pill Hill and that living close by was walk to work,” the study says. the main driver of their housing choice. The plan follows twin trends of building The low ratio of housing to jobs is a big housing close to employment centers and factor in traffic nightmares in Perimeter near public transit stations, said Charles ElCenter in general, the study says. While liott, managing director for apartment liv8,400 people live in that 1-mile ring around ing at Toll Brothers. Pill, that same area has about 78,700 “high“I think this is a trend that’s not just fopaying” jobs. A mile distance is the rule of cused on the medical employee necessarithumb for how far people are willing to ly,” he said. “I think a lot of cities are strugwalk to work, the study says, so that means gling with traffic infrastructure.” tens of thousands of people are commuting But for the Pill Hill version, Toll Brothin, most by car. ers would tailor some of the units to medLiving near public transit also can cut ical employees and work with hospital hucar use. Noell surveyed seven rental comman resources departments to market plexes, totaling 2,118 units, near unidendirectly to them, said Elliott and Stephen tified MARTA stations and found that an Bates, the company’s director of acquisiaverage of 21 percent of residents rode tions in metro Atlanta. Among the ameniMARTA daily and 46 percent used it at least ties, they said, would be units with “buried twice a week. bedrooms”—windowless rooms that allow What does all of that mean for the Pavilnight-shift workers to sleep during the day. ion project? Bates said Toll Brothers was atPill Hill, centered on Johnson Ferry tracted by those numbers—and believes it and Peachtree-Dunwoody roads in Sandy can beat them. Springs, is home to EmoThe study projects ry Saint Joseph’s, Norththat at least 20 to 30 perside and Children’s Pill Hill’s housing market cent of Pavilion resiHealthcare of Atlanta UNDERHOUSED dents would be Pill Hill at Scottish Rite hospiAbout 12.7 of residents living within workers, and possibly tals, as well as traffic that 1 mile of Pill Hill work there, much more if the program of can back up into neigh- lower than medical center areas in internal hospital marboring Brookhaven and Houston (33.7 percent) and Birming- keting to employees is efDunwoody. ham, Ala. (27.3 percent). fective. “It would be Toll North American Brothers’ goal to have ocCOMMUTING IMPA CTS Properties sparked decupancy numbers above bates about Pill Hill High-paying jobs within 1 mile: that,” Bates said. housing last year with 78,700. Residents living within 1 mile: And 20 to 40 percent 8,400. its plans for a 305-unit of residents are projectPAVILION HOUSING apartment building on ed to use MARTA to comPROJECTIONS Johnson Ferry. North mute, and 50 percent to American has experi- At least 20 to 30 percent of residents use it for some trips— ence in building housing would work in Pill Hill; at least 20 to estimates Noell also betargeted for hospital em- 40 percent of residents would use lieves are conservative. ployees and convinced MARTA to commute.


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Mayor and council debate design of ‘futuristic’ parks restrooms Continued from page 1 to flush the ideas just yet and said the City Council will reconsider the bathroom aesthetic at its meeting Aug. 9. “I’m somewhat concerned that we don’t get ahead of ourselves,” Ernst said after a presentation by GreenbergFarrow on park restroom prototypes at the City Council July 26 work session. “I don’t know if the community will take a look at this and think this is a little more futurist then they were expecting,” he said. “I’m concerned everyone will say this looks too ‘out there’ for our little city.” New restroom designs were part of the GreenbergFarrow Site Specific Parks Master Plan approved by the City Council in April, with the recommendation from councilmembers that designers think “green.” Parks and Recreation Director Brian Borden explained the prototypes were based on council suggestions to have an “organic” look and blend into the natural

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certain ratio of urinals to toilets and there may be more stalls should the city decide to approve unisex restrooms, according to GreenbergFarrow. Councilmember Linley Jones noted that during a recent trip to Asheville, N.C., she noticed most businesses and public venues had done away with gender-identified restrooms and the practice was being accepted. Those Ashville changes were in response to Republican North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory signing into law the controversial HB 2 bill that bans transgender people from choosing to use restrooms that match their gender identity. Bruce Dillman of GreenbergFarrow explained the “sculptural” designs are intended to enhance the environment in which they are located and also to be different than the standard cement-block buildings used for many park restrooms. The restrooms would include sustainable features, such as low-flow toilets and sensor-activated faucets and lights. The angled-roof design of the restrooms appeared to have a gap to the outside, leading Jones to recall a past experience in one such bathroom years ago. “I was actually joined in an open-air bathroom in Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica by a capuchin monkey,” she said to chuckles. “It was disturbing.” “We want to hear about this,” said Councilmember John Park. Jones laughed and said while Brookhaven doesn’t have monkeys, she wanted to ensure those using the city park restrooms wouldn’t be bothered by squirrels, birds, rodents or insects. She was assured the restrooms would be secured by translucent materials. “Be it monkeys or Pokémon, we want to keep critters out,” Dillman said. As part of the sustainability of the rest-

room structures, the roof designs allow for air to flow in and out while also providing natural lighting, he said. The angled roofs of the restrooms would be replicated throughout the park systems in other buildings, such as pavilions, according to GreenbergFarrow. Ernst again raised his hesitation to sign off on the designs. “All our parks will have this look throughout,” he said. “This will be, in a sense, since we don’t have any typical architecture in our city … this will be what we are known for. In the future [these designs] will scream Brookhaven.” Councilmember Gebbia said the designs are great representations of the city. “We talk about monuments …and how we want people to know they are in Brookhaven,” he said. “This is definitely leading in that direction. Our parks are really something exceptional and this definitely [says], ‘You’re in Brookhaven.’” Mattison said he “loved the designs.” Jones reminded council members that the architects and designers were drawing up plans from direct input from city residents made during the development of the parks plans. “I understand this is perhaps a more modern treatment than some residents expect,” she said. “But this is the designers’ answer to the feedback people gave of what they wanted to see in our parks.” “I agree these are much more natural looking than steel,” Ernst said. Borden said the designs needed to be approved within the next month to remain on schedule for the designs and construction of the parks master plan. Ernst asked council members to discuss the designs with residents and said the topic will be revisited at its next meeting, scheduled for Aug. 9. BK

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Buford Highway’s ‘brand’ discussed at mayor’s town hall meeting BY GRACE HUSETH Brookhaven’s “brand identity” and Latino community relations were discussed as Mayor John Ernst brought his series of town halls to Buford Highway on July 28. The town hall, which drew about 35 people, was held at the Latin American Association, which provides social and immigration legal services to Atlanta’s Latino community. Last year, its services and programs assisted more than 40,000 people, LAA Executive Director Anibal Torres told the audience. Christian Sigman, who was appointed city manager in May, said he was attracted to Brookhaven’s blank-canvas potential. “Brand is like character,” he said. “Our brand will be how we live our lives. Residents will be the brand ambassadors,” Sigman said. Another topic of discussion was We Love BuHi, an organization founded last year to promote and protect Buford Highway’s diverse community through Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville. Glianny Fagundo, an attorney who has served on various LAA and Buford Highway planning committees, praised the efforts of We Love BuHi, and suggested the city adopt the name as part of Brookhaven’s brand. “What has been the most effective thing lately? ‘BuHi,’” Fagundo said. “Someone came up with a concept that’s effective because it’s getting away from the word ‘highway’ to promote a livable, walkable community.” Discussion about the Latino community in Brookhaven was sparked by Nancy Tzintzun, a resident who said she is also serving as an intern at the city of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. Tzintzun said that many in the Hispanic community are hesitant to report crimes, not understanding the difference between Brookhaven Police, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura said that educating the community on the difference between the organizations can start by setting an example for others. Residents should not hesitate to call on Brookhaven police and let their neighbors see that the police are a resource for service and safety, he said. “Outreach is important as we go out and discuss issues that impact the community,” Torres said. BK

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Brookhaven Innovation Academy begins first year Continued from page 1 with approximately 20 students in each class, she said. There are 21 classroom teachers, one special education teacher, one music teacher, one PE teacher and one ESOL teacher. “Our extensive preparations over the last several months have allowed us to be ready for a successful start, and our highly skilled teachers cannot wait to meet their students,” Kimbrel said in an email. “We look forward to sharing our personalized, project-based approach to STEM (science, technology and math) education to ensure that all students are prepared for success in our ever changing and complex world.” BIA’s beginnings were bumpy. Created by the City Council and now an independent nonprofit, BIA is focused on a STEM curriculum, and is intended in part to cope with overcrowding in DeKalb County schools, especially Brookhaven’s Cross Keys cluster. The charter school won approval in August 2015 after first being rejected by the Georgia’s State Charter Schools Commission in 2014. With less than a year before the school was slated to open, school supporters raced to find a suitable location. Eventually, the board of directors chose to lease a space in Norcross for the school’s first

year as BIA’s interim executive director. Mattison stepped down from the post in May. When the state approved the school’s charter, Councilmember Joe Gebbia was also a BIA board member but he resigned last year to do away with any appearance of conflict of interest. Several City Council members—including Williams—had BIA board seats in the school’s formative stages, which raised conflict questions before. The GSCSC Commission ordered a reduction in the number of City Council members on the board as one condition of approving the school. Students attending are not only from PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

Above left, Jennifer Langley, BIA chair of the board, left, and Dr. Laurie Kimbrel, BIA head of school, cut the ribbon on the first day, Aug. 2. Above right, Mason Weiss, left, and Spencer Phillips wait for class to begin. Right, Taryn Bowman, BIA board member, left, and Craig Newton, Norcross City Council, attend the festivities.

year after they said they could not find a site in Brookhaven. “Our Norcross site is a temporary location, and the board of directors is still considering permanent locations in the Brookhaven area,” Kimbrel said.

City Councilmember Bates Mattison was cleared of any ethical impropriety by outside legal counsel after then-Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams raised concerns when he was hired last

year as BIA’s interim executive director. Mattison stepped down from the post in May. When the state approved the school’s charter, Councilmember Joe Gebbia was also a BIA board member but he resigned last year to do away with any appearance of conflict of interest. Several City Council members—including Williams—had BIA board seats in the school’s formative stages, which raised conflict questions before. The GSCSC Commission ordered a reduction in the number of City Council members on the board as one condition of approving the school. Students attending are not only from Brookhaven but are coming from Decatur, Stone Mountain, Dunwoody, South Atlanta, Buckhead and Cobb County, Kimbrel said. “It is with great pride that we are opening a first-class school available to all residents of Georgia, where each student will have their own tablet or computer and receive customized instruction from one of our outstanding teachers under the leadership of BIA’s Head of School, Dr. Laurie Kimbrel,” said Board Chair Jennifer Langley in a statement. This summer, the board of directors tried to raise money toward the $250,000 needed to fund an adequate busing system. The school had $85,000 budgeted for transportation but was only able to raise just under $28,000 by parents, according to BIA. Instead of a busing system, the school set up a carpool system in collaboration with Georgia Commutes Options and are utilizing the PikMyKid app.


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Realtor Nathan Fitts says “rustic chic” is mixing modern amenities such as stainless steel kitchen appliances and soaker tubs with plenty of wood accents.

BY KATHY DEAN It seems that more and more people are moving from the hustle and bustle of city life to settle among the beauty and tranquility of north Georgia and its surrounding hills. Really, the idea of enjoying life in the mountains is almost as old as the hills themselves. But there’s plenty that’s new in the mountains, too – new communities, new home styles and a new awareness. “Highlands has always been known for its beauty and luxury,” said Bill Gilmore, provisional broker, Highlands Cove Realty and Atlanta Realtor with PalmerHouse Properties. “Unfortunately, that has kept some people away. They’d been concerned that the high price points might keep the area out of reach for them. These days, Highlands is finally becoming recognized for being more inviting to a wider range of people, without losing any of its reputation for luxury.” Gilmore shared a long list of features that are drawing new residents to the Highlands-Cashiers area, just over the Georgia border in North Carolina. There’s the redone Highlands Pool and the Cashiers Fitness Center, both available to everyone. Half Mile Farm, a country inn now owned by the Old Edwards Inn, has been completely renovated into something

pensive, but they should know that there’s a good selection of affordable homes, some fully furnished and ready to move into, that offer good rental potential,” Gilmore explained. “We’re getting the word out that our community is welcoming and family friendly. And with the wide variety of price points in the area, a broader range of people are becoming aware that this is the place for them.” While homesites in the mountains are considered luxurious, with their lush greenery and breathtaking views, that’s not the normal perception of mountain homes. People often think of primitive log cabins and the barest of necessities. Today, that’s far from the truth. “The hot new trend here is modern rustic homes,” said Nathan Fitts, Nathan Fitts & Team of REMAX Town & Country in Blue Ridge. “In the past, housing in the area was primarily cabins for vacationers. Now, local builders are concentrating on more modern finishes for the interiors.” Those finishes include premier lighting as well as features for full-time living, like pantries, masters on main and walk-in closets. Modern rustic homes tend to have a contemporary look inside, but rustic elements on the outside, and take full advantage of the mountain views with full-length windows. “One area builder uses locally sourced elements throughout the homes he builds, like old barn wood that he reclaims and uses to create chair rails in rooms,” Fitts added. “It’s touches like these that give each home a history, makes it unique and keeps it native.” While there are plenty of historical sites and long-held family homes in the north Georgia mountains, a notable new community in the Blue Ridge area is garnering a lot of attention. Don’t let the world “old” confuse you: Old Toccoa Farm is a new, active lifestyle community in the Blue Ridge mountains of north Georgia. Homesites normally range from onehalf to three-quarters of an acre, and there’s a well-balanced portfolio of home designs, each carefully positioned on the land to take advantage of long- and short-range mountain views of the distant Cohutta Mountains, Rich Mountain Wilderness and Toccoa River Valley. Builders in the 400-plus acre master-planned community now offer some smaller footprint homes and cottages that range from 2,200 to 3,200 square feet, with even smaller cottages set to begin very soon. Board and batten, cedar shakes, natural stone and tin accent roofing are some of the features used to create a look and feel unlike the typical mountain cabins seen in other communities. According to Old Toccoa Farm Managing Partner Peter Knutzen, “People come to see Continued on page 22

unique. Cashiers/Sapphire will see new restaurants opening, some headed by the former chef of Madison’s at Old Edwards, a AAA Four-Diamond Award restaurant. Speaking of food, the Highlands Food and Wine Festival, previously known as Highlands Culinary Weekend, is a three-day long celebration of regional and local cuisine that embodies the essence of the Highlands community in an assortment of private venues. This year, the autumn festival runs from Nov. 10-13, and includes a variety of wine dinners, a sip and stroll, small bites presentations, Sunday Gospel Brunch, Autumn Oyster Roast and an exclusive “Rockwood Rocks” dinner held at the Rockwood Lodge. Brewers, wine makers, artisans, local chefs and culinary leaders of the Southeast will all be in attendance. “Everybody thinks that Highlands is ex-

Small, but functional cottages, such as this one in Ellijay, also bring modern accents like stainless and granite indoors with generous porches to enjoy the views outside.

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What’s new in them old hills Continued from page 21 Blue Ridge and they fall in love with the area. Then they visit Old Toccoa Farm, and they’re thrilled to find all the added values – like gatehouse security, city water and sewer, river footage, miles of walking trails – all included for the same price points.” The community’s state-of-the-art infrastructure is complete with Blue Ridge city water, private sewer, and high-speed internet and phone. There are golf course and river views, and property owners have access to more than 4,000 feet of Toccoa River frontage, miles of walking trails and an

18-hole golf course (9 holes currently open) that features zoysia fairways, tees and fast, bentgrass greens. And then there’s the location of Old Toccoa Farm, which couldn’t be better. It’s a mere five miles from downtown Blue Ridge, and just four miles from Lake Blue Ridge. Other nearby attractions include Ocoee Whitewater Center, Noontootla Creek Farm, the Appalachian Trail, the Benton Mackaye Trail, ziplining, John C. Campbell Folk School and Grumpy Old Men Brewery. The charming downtown of Blue Ridge

contribute to the laidback mountain vibe that brings in day trippers and families up for long weekends. It’s been reported that several new Blue Ridge businesses and ventures are underway for 2016. A new attitude, a Old Toccoa Farm new community, a new style, new restaurants has earned the city its distinction as “Georand businesses – there’s gia’s Top Renaissance City.” Bar- and grilla lot more that’s fresh in north Georgia style food, fine dining and local breweries than just the mountain air.

Above, Jim Prantl’s large rustic cabin at Lake Blue Ridge offers multiple porches and outdoor areas to see magnificent views of the mountains. Below, Bill Gilmore, with Palmer House Properties & Highlands Cove Realty says, “There are affordable homes for sale in the Highlands/Cashiers area.”

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Cloudland Canyon will offer a Night Hike from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 12. Along the two-mile hike, you’ll learn interesting facts about the geology and history of the canyon. Ages 10 and older. Reservations required. $10, plus $5 parking. 706-913-7170.

Hardman Farm Historic Site - Sautee Nacoochee Emory Jones, author of “Distant Voices: The Story of the Nacoochee Valley Indian Mound,” will read excerpts from his new book “The Valley Where They Danced” on Aug. 13 at 10:30 a.m. This pre-WWI historical novel features scenes from Hardman Farm. Hear excerpts prior to the tour and then bring back questions for Jones afterward. 706-878-1077.

Tallulah Gorge State Park Slackline 101 will offer a unique opportunity to learn the basics of walking on a slackline at the site of Lake Tallulah Karl Wallenda’s 1970 crossing of the gorge. No experience necessary, just bring a pair of comfortable shoes and your balance. Ages 12 and up. Space is limited, so call ahead to reserve a spot. The date is Aug. 17, from 3 to 5 p.m. $5, plus $5 parking. A Full Moon Lake Paddle will be held Aug. 19 from 9:15 to 11:15 p.m. on Tallulah Lake. This ranger-led event is a way to get out in the evenings and enjoy nature. Space is limited, so register in advance. No pets; kids must be 8 or older. $15, plus $5 parking. 706-754-7981.

Tugaloo State Park Join the Atlanta Astronomy Club at picnic shelter #5 to view the night sky through telescopes during this Night Time Astronomy event on Aug. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m. Members of the club will be on hand to assist. $5 parking. 706-356-4362. For more, visit

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Stay fit with kayaking, trail biking and rock sliding If you’re planning to make the move to North Georgia and wondering how you’ll stay fit without your local gym, the state parks have some interesting and unusual ways to get your regular exercise. With only a $5 parking fee, you can visit multiple parks on the same day and stay fit year-round.

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Georgia State Parks just launched the new Tails on Trails Club, geared toward dog owners and their pups. While all of Georgia State Parks’ trails are dog-friendly, the Tails on Trails Club encourages dog owners to complete seven designated hiking trails for a reward. Upon completion of all seven trails, dog owners will receive a T-shirt and dogs get a bandana.

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Paddle lakes and rivers Don Carter State Park is the only state park on the northern edge of 38,000-acre Lake Lanier, making it the perfect paddling spot for stand-up paddleboards or paddling. For a challenging workout, take a three-mile trip to Flat Creek Island, the northernmost island of Lake Lanier. Don’t own a boat? Canoes and/or kayaks may be rented seasonally at more than 20 state parks. Join the Park Paddlers Club and paddle 22 miles of scenic

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Can your child answer these mental math questions? The results may surprise you! If they can solve questions at and above grade level, they may be looking for a challenge. If they are unable to answer questions at grade level or below, they’re likely in need of extra help.

Second Grade

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 =

Third Grade

How much is 99 plus 99 plus 99?

Fourth Grade

Count by 1_43 from 0 to 7.

Fifth Grade

17 _ , 23 _ , or 18 _ ? Which is greatest: 18 30 19

(Explain how you got your answer.)

Sixth Grade

Halfway through the second quarter, how much of the game is left?

Seventh Grade

How much is 6 _12 % of 250?

The Georgia Center for the Book (GCB) has selected the works of 24 prize–winning authors and illustrators with Georgia connections for the 2016 lists of the “Books All Georgians Should Read” and “Books All Young Georgians Should Read.” The lists are compiled annually from nominations received throughout the year by the writers, educators, librarians, media representatives and individuals who comprise the Georgia Center for the Book Advisory Council. In 2013, the Advisory Council voted to make the compilation of these lists an annual event. The ceremony this year will mark the seventh edition of the “Books All Georgians Should Read” and the fourth “Books All Young Georgians Should Read.” “For the Georgia Center for the Book, the ‘Books All Georgians Should Read’ and the ‘Books All Young Georgians Should Read’ lists are a wonderful way to

honor the extraordinary talent we have right here in Georgia,” said Joe Davich, executive director of GCB. “The lists give us the opportunity to inform readers across our state about the diverse body of work produced by Georgians, and a platform to celebrate Georgia’s literary heritage.” The new list of “Books All Georgians Should Read” includes three works of fiction, six of non–fiction and a collection of poetry. The list of “Books All Young Georgians Should Read” includes three picture books, three books for middle school readers, three books for young adults and one graphic novel. Both 2016 lists are the result of months of discussions by the Advisory Council, which considered over 125 books before narrowing down the list. The authors and illustrators will be honored on Thursday, Aug. 18, at a free, public event scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore Street.

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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From Brookhaven Police reports dated July 17 through July 24. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

A S S AU LT / B AT T E RY „„1400 block of N. Cliff Valley Way – On

July 17, report of simple assault. „„1800 block of Corporate Blvd. – On

July 17, report of simple assault. „„2900 block of Clairmont Road – On

July 17, report of battery. „„3100 block Buford Highway – On July

17, report of battery. „„3700 block of Buford Highway – On

July 19, report of aggravated assault with gun. „„1000 block of Barone Ave. – On July 20,

report of battery. „„2400 block of E. Club Drive – On July

22, report of simple battery. „„3000 block of Buford Highway – On

July 22, report of simple assault.

„„3500 block of Buford Highway – On


„„100 block of Corporate Blvd./North-

July 17, arrest for contributing to delinquency of a minor.

„„3600 block of Duberry Ct. – On July

east Expressway – On July 24, report of aggravated assault-gun.


„„3200 block of Buford Highway – On

21, report of burglary-forced entry-residence.

July 18, arrest for obstruction and interference.

„„2100 block of Weldonberry Drive – On


block of Clairmont Road – On July 17, arrest for battery.

2700 block of Green Meadows Lane – On July 18, arrest for obstruction and interference. „„

„„1300 block of Sun-

land Drive – On July 17, arrest for public intoxication and consumption.

2800 block of Buford Highway – On July 19, arrest for possession of heroin. „„

„„1800 block of Cor-

porate Blvd. – On July 17, arrest for wanted person located. „„3200 block of Bu-

ford Highway – On July 17, arrest for public intoxication and consumption. „„3200 block of Buford Highway – On

July 17, arrest for disorderly conduct.

3700 block of Buford Highway – On July 19, arrest for aggravated as-

July 22, report of burglary-no forced entry-residence. „„1500 block of Tryon Road – On July 23,

report of burglary-no forced entry-residence. „„2800 block of Buford Highway – On

July 23, report of burglary-forced entrynonresidence. „„2800 block of Buford Highway – On

July 23, report of strong-arm robbery at a residence.


sault. „„3700 block of Buford Highway – On

THEFT „„2700 block of Buford Highway – On

July 17, report of theft, other offenses. „„1000 block of Bluffhaven Way – On

July 19, arrest for aggravated assault.

July 18, report of theft of articles from vehicle.

„„3600 block of Buford Highway – On

„„2600 block of Osborne Road – On July

July 21, arrest of wanted person located. „„1400 block of N. Cliff Valley Way – On

18, report of theft of articles from vehicle.

July 22, arrest for public intoxication and consumption.

„„2800 block of Buford Highway – On

„„2900 block of Buford Highway – On

„„4400 block of Peachtree Road – On

July 22, arrest for hit and run. „„3800 block of Peachtree Road – On

July 22, arrest for public intoxication and consumption. „„1900 block of North Druid

Hills Road/Buford Highway – On July 23, report of aggravated assault. „„4400 block of Peachtree

Road/Lanier Drive – On July 23, arrest for possession of controlled substance or marijuana. „„700 block of Town Blvd. – On July 23,

arrest for criminal trespass. „„Briarcliff

Road/North Druid Hills Road – On July 23, arrest for expired tag. „„3400 block of Buford Highway – On

July 23, arrest for aggravated assault. „„1400 block of W. Nancy Creek Drive/

Brenton Way – On July 24, arrest for altering license plates and operating vehicle with improper ID.

B U R G L A RY / R O B B E RY „„300 block of Brookhaven Ave. – On

July 17, report of burglary-no forced en-

July 18, report of theft, other offenses. July 18, report of theft, other offenses. „„700 block of Brookhaven Ave- – On

July 18, report of theft, other offenses. 3200 block of Buford Highway – On July 19, report of theft by taking auto.


3800 block of Buford Highway – On July 20, report of theft by taking auto. „„

„„ 1600 block of Trailview Way – On July 21, report of theft by conversion. „„ 2000 block of North Druid Hills Road – On July 21, report of theft from a building. „„1300 block of Keys Lake Drive – On

July 21, report of theft by taking auto. „„1500 block of W. Nancy Creek Dr. – On

July 21, report of theft of articles from a vehicle. „„700 block of Brookhaven Avenue – On

July 22, report of theft of articles from a vehicle. „„2600 block of Camille Dr. – On July 22,

report of theft, other offenses.


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„„1400 block of N. Cliff Valley Way – On

„„2300 block of N. Druid Hills Road – On

July 24, report of thefts of parts from a vehicle.

July 18, report of suspicious person/vehicle.


„„2800 block of Buford Highway – On

„„700 block of Brookhaven Ave. – On

July 24, report of theft of articles from a vehicle.

July 19, report of possession of schedule II substance-cocaine. 3800 block of Peachtree Road – On July 19, report of lost and found property.


„„1300 block of N. Cliff Valley Way –

On July 17, stolen vehicle recovered. „„1300 block of Sunland Drive – On

July 17, report of city ordinance violation. „„1700 block of Briarwood Road

– On July 17, report of verbal dispute. „„3200 block of

Buford Highway – On July 17, report of city ordinance violation. „„3200 block of Bu-

ford Highway – On July 17, report of city ordinance violation. „„3000 block of Buford Highway/Curtis

Drive – On July 18, report of damage to private property. „„3500 block of Buford Highway – On

„„ 1900 block of North Druid Hills Road/Buford Highway – On July 21, report of obstructing police.

3100 block of Lenox Park Circle – On July 21, report of entering auto. „„

3100 block of Lenox Park Circle – On July 21, report of entering auto. „„

„„ 2600 block of Osborne Road/ Peachtree Road – On July 21, report of animal complaints. „„3800 block of Peachtree Road – On

July 21, report of entering auto. „„3200 block of Buford Highway – On

July 21, report of criminal trespass warning.

July 18, report of damage to private property.

„„3000 block Buford Highway – On July

„„2700 block of Drew Valley Road – On

„„1300 block of W. Nancy Creek Dr. –

July 18, report of damage to private property. „„2800 block of Cravenridge Drive – On

July 18, report of lost and found property. „„2400 block of Briarcliff Road – On July

18, report of forgery of check. „„2700 block of Green Meadows Lane –

On July 22, report of financial identity fraud. „„1400 block of N. Cliff Valley Way – On

July 22, report of city ordinance violation. „„1000 block of Brookhaven Square –

On July 22, report of damage to private property. „„3800 block of Peachtree Road – On

„„1200 block of Bluffhaven Way – On

„„3800 block of Peachtree Road – On M

July 22, report of disorderly conduct. C

July 22, report of city ordinance violation. Y









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On July 18, report of city ordinance violation. July 18, report of entering auto.


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Council and A 34-YEAR-OLD ago, we went he added he is WOMAN IN SANDY SPRINGS WOMAN bers met behind mem“A few years the state economica not aware of WHO LIVES 12 WHO LIVES any recent fire WHO LIVES closed doors with IN BROOKHAVE IN SANDY SPRINGS where firefighters Continued on page and a mediation Garrett N WOMAN had trouble finding a attorney on Jan. working hydrant A 44-YEAR-OLD N 20 to try to work out an on a public agreement. IN BROOKHAVE WHO LIVES Mayor John Ernst Continued on page and members 14 of City Countinued on page 14

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