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Answers on Lake Forrest Dam’s condition at least six months away BY JOHN RUCH

Setting their sights PHIL MOSIER

Front to back, Zachary Morgan, 6, Benjamine Morgan, 9, and Easton Knudsen, 9, compete in the bow and arrow event as judge Emily Cobb looks on, during “Going for Gold” at the Atlanta History Center on July 30. See additional photos on page 18.

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Covenant Presbyterian Church celebrates 90 years of service BY JULIE HERRON CARSON The year was 1926. Calvin Coolidge was president of the United States. Harriet High donated her home and the surrounding land to be used as an art museum in Atlanta. A.A. Milne published his beloved children’s classic “Winniethe-Pooh.” And a Presbyterian congregation left its original home in downtown Atlanta and moved to a new facility

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

What’s wrong with the dam running beneath Lake Forrest Drive, and how bad is the problem? Answers are finally on the horizon, but still at least a half-year of study away, the Sandy Springs City Council was told Aug. 2. “I’d say we have enough data to say we have a problem,” Sandy Springs Public

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Cathedral Thrift House marks 70 years of serving the community BY MARY BONDURANT

little tidbits which help to enhance our merchandise.” The Cathedral of St. Philip Thrift The Cathedral Thrift House also serves House, which began in 1947 in a church the community by welcoming its homebasement, has grown into a 6,600-squareless neighbors with a kind word, a warm foot warehouse, but its mission to serve jacket or a set of clean clothes. Since 2000, the community by selling quality goods the Thrift House has donated over $1.1 at affordable prices remains the same. So million to the community and church. does giving 100 percent of the profits back Recent recipients include the Emmaus to local charities. House, which serves the residents of the Most of the doPeoplestown neighnations to the Caborhood near Turnthedral Thrift House er Field, The Church come from parishioof the Common ners of the church Ground, Open Door on Peachtree Road Community, The in Buckhead. As a Road and the Bearesult, the Thrift con of Hope LearnHouse and its cusing Center. tomers see a wide “Our eclectic cusrange of high-qualtomers and merity inventory, from The thrift shop, a 6,600-square-foot chandise truly set Baccarat crystal and warehouse, contains a wide range us apart,” Holleman of inventory. Local charities receive collectible tea sets says. “We have some100 percent of the proceeds. to Brooks Broththing for everyone, ers suits, Cole Hahn from an unbelievable selection of books, shoes and the occasional Prada handmusic, art and jewelry to an equally great bag, as well as more standard thrift store offering of children’s clothing and toys. A items. All of the items are sold well below beautiful selection of furniture, rugs, porretail price. Their larger quarters on Piedcelains, linens, unique kitchenware, fabmont Road now allow them to offer more ulous men’s and women’s clothing and furniture, rugs and artwork. shoes. All in one beautiful spot.” “We are fortunate to have so many And, as Alice Remigailo, one of the wonderful customers from Morningmany Thrift House volunteers, says of side, Midtown and Buckhead,” says Thrift the Cathedral Thrift House mission, “I am House manager Nellie Holleman. “Not amazed by what we accomplish, not by only do they buy from us, but their genloving to recycle goods, but by recycling to erous donations support us. We take great love people.” pride in having an extremely talented The Cathedral Thrift House, located group of antique dealers who work in the at 1893 Piedmont Road, is open Monday area and visit us daily. Yes, they also buy through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call from us, but always take the time to give 404-876-5440 for more information. advice on pricing, history and wonderful BH

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MARTA installing bike repair kiosks at stations Cyclists can now ensure their bicycles are secure and road-ready by using the new self-service repair kiosks and bike racks installed by MARTA. The racks are part of MARTA’s ongoing efforts to make it easier for cyclists to use the transit system, and more are scheduled for installation. Bike kiosks and racks are currently installed at transit stations including Buckhead’s Lindbergh Center as well as Ashby, Edgewood/Candler Park, Five Points, H. E. Holmes, North Avenue and West End. Later this summer, the remainder of MARTA’s 38 stations will be outfitted with the kiosks. Equipped with the necessary tools for bike maintenance and repair – from inflating a flat to tightening handlebars – the repair kiosks were paid for separately by a crowdfunding campaign sponsored by IOBY (In-Our-Back-Yards), an organization that helps neighbors grow and implement ideas one block at a time. Other contributors to the crowdfunding campaign are the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Lanier Parking and MailChimp. “People who bike to places in Atlanta oftentimes rely on MARTA to help them go farther, especially in areas that aren’t yet connected to the city’s growing network of bike lanes and trails,” said Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition. “Knowing that you’re able to make a quick repair, secure your bike and catch the train SPECIAL MARTA has installed self-service repair kiosks to your destination can make a difand bike racks at some stations. The remaining ference in how accessible the city 38 stations will be outfitted later this summer. is.”

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Georgia’s First Lady tips her hat

Above, Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal treated young patrons to a special Toddler Storytime at the Buckhead Library on July 28. Children enjoyed hearing “The Magician’s Hat” after a magic show with The Magic Man, in celebration of the Library System’s Summer Reading Program finale.


The reading program encouraged people of all ages to read 10 books (15 for younger patrons) during the summer months, according to a Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System press release. The program also helps ease the “summer slump” many students experience when they are away from school, teachers and homework assignments, and is geared toward keeping minds active and engaged, according to the release. For more information on AFPLS or the Summer Reading Program, visit BH


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Brookhaven officials considering many ways to slow down motorists BY DYANA BAGBY

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 ex-

amining 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. A lot of the speed bumps were “inherited” from DeKalb County probably a de-

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cade 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

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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. There are several other neighborhoods beginning the process that takes approximately a year to get through, Meehan said. The process begins with a minimum of 20 percent of residents in a neighborhood agreeing they want

traffic calming. When the city receives the 20 percent, it begins city-funded traffic studies to determine if such measures are indeed needed, Meehan said. Residents must also agree to pay $25 a year to cover maintenance and installation, Meehan said. Last year, for example, the city collected about $65,000 in traffic calming fees. Traffic studies for neighborhoods can cost more than $1,000. The study for Brookhaven Heights cost about $3,000, Meehan said. Installing a single speed bump costs approximately $3,500. The city works with neighborhoods to determine what is best, with most residents just wanting more speed bumps, Meehan said. Other traffic calming measures include “splitter islands” that are supposed to slow motorists as they pass into a narrower strip of road; roundabouts; a “gateway treatment,” usually a brick monument with the name of a neighborhood on it that could dissuade people from entering; and striping to narrow traffic lanes, squeezing motorists into tighter spaces that, hopefully, causes them to slow down. BH

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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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Quick Bites Beginning at 5:30 p.m., festivities will include lots of local food and beer, courtesy of the Atlanta chefs and breweries, a chance to meet and mingle with local farmers, and live music. The organization will reveal The Farmer Fund 2017 Calendar at the Grant Park favorite Stone Soup Kitchen will close Aug. 23 after 11 event, featuring Atlanta years in business. The restaurant was unable to negotiate a new chefs in nothing but Hedlease for its space. Owner Sarah Rick had been planning to sell the ley & Bennett aprons with restaurant, but said she was looking for a potential new space. the farmers who grow their food. For tickets visAtlanta’s best restaurants and bands are it teaming up for an evening of food, drinks, music and more, donating all of their servicA classic 1953 Chevy truck is being fully cuses to raise money for two Atlanta nonproftomized with Moore and Giles leather and reits. The fifth annual Eats & Beats event will claimed wood siding, and outfitted with a take place Aug. 11 wood-fired Mugaini from 7 to 10 p.m. at pizza oven for Souththe Buckhead Theern Crust catering’s atre, with 100 perdebut in Atlanta. The cent of the proceeds truck will be able to benefiting Children handle any event – of Conservation and from a backyard soiThe Giving Kitchree to a full-blown en. Guests will enwedding. The menu joy an open bar, live features snacks like entertainment and marinated olives, Doughnut shop Bon Glaze has opened its second tastings from 30 of burrata and panclocation in Buckhead in the Powers Ferry Square Atlanta’s top restauetta-wrapped figs shopping center next door to Bar Taco. The new rants. Participating shop will be walk-up only, but will feature 24 flavors alongside a selecrestaurants include tion of fresh green of shaved ice to go along with its sweet treats. To Local Three, Davio’s, mark the 1996 Summer Olympics anniversary, Bon salads. Pizza rangGlaze will have special “ring colored” doughnuts Cibo e Beve, Comes from classics like available. For more information, visit mon Quarter, Pacmargherita and pepes & Vine, Doraku Sushi, Gypsy Kitchen, The peroni to specialties like pistachio pesto and Southern Gentleman, Dennis Dean Caterbutternut. For more information, visit southing, The Big Ketch, Epic Events, Farm Burger, Venkman’s, Wrecking Bar Brewpub, Cook Hall, Horseradish Grill and more. Yacht Rock Revue will keep the party sailing along with performances from local chefs and their bands. Tickets, which range from $55 to $135 are available through xorbia. com. Libby Stovall has been named beverage director at TAP in Midtown.

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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.


iPHONE & iPAD BASICS Friday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. Let a certified Apple trainer guide you through the basics of your iPhone or iPad. Learn tips and tricks for a more efficient experience. Free and open to all. For adults. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-3036130 or email: to learn more.






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.

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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.


Opening day at Fulton County’s Heards Ferry Elelementary School last year.

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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Above, some members of Covenant Presbyterian Church, which recently celebrated 90 years of service from its sanctuary at 2461 Peachtree Road. The church had its beginnings in 1874 in Tennessee, and then relocated in 1904 to the corner of Harris and Spring streets in downtown Atlanta before moving “north.”

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In 1924, the decision was made to move the church’s location to a “quieter area,” and Harris Street Presbyterian became one of the first of the downtown churches to move north. “Our church started a trend of downtown congregations moving north,” says Charlotte Cook, who has been a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church since 1939. “Everybody thought we were crazy to relocate outside the city limits, beyond Peachtree Creek, but

“just north of Peachtree Creek” in what would later become Buckhead. That was the beginning of Covenant Presbyterian Church, this year celebrating 90 years of service from its sanctuary at 2461 Peachtree Road. “In our 90 years on Peachtree Road, we’ve weathered a lot of changes, especially in geography, demographics, culture and politics,” said interim pastor Rev. Dr. Richard Hill. “Throughout it all, we have sought out opportunities to do God’s work, and I am confident we will continue to do so for the next 90 years and beyond.” Covenant Presbyterian had its early beginnings in 1874 as an outreach church of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Tennessee. Over the next 30 years, the new congregation met in borrowed space, disbanded and re-formed, and built a church at the corner of Harris and Spring streets in 1904. Harris Street Presbyterian Church Charlotte Cook has been a member of Covenant was known for its Presbyterian Church since 1939. open door policy, and strengthened that reputation during World War I by invitour congregation has never failed to ing soldiers of all faiths to the church step out in faith and do what we believe for services and social events. is right.”


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Choosing a location at the corner of Peachtree Road and Terrace Drive, the congregation commissioned architect Charles Henry Hopson to design the structure that has served the church for 90 years. Hopson, who was known for designing in Gothic Revival style using a combination of building materials, chose stone and brick for the new church building. In a nod to the past, the cornerstone of the old Harris Street church


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ican members. He also voiced support for the establishment of the United Nations, and served as Moderator of the United Presbyterian Church, U.S.A., which was formed when the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. and the United Presbyterian Church of North America merged in 1958. Throughout the ensuing decades, Covenant’s members have remained focused on their mission of serving others, despite demographic shifts and other challenges. In the 1960s, the church established a kindergarten for minority and immigrant children, and in the 1970s offered an after-school latchkey program for students at nearby E. Rivers Elementary School. Currently, Covenant hosts the daily preschool, kindergarten and Mothers’ Morning Out programs of The Spanish Academy. Recently, the Buckhead Coalition recognized Covenant Presbyterian Church for its 90 years of service to the community. Today, under the leadership of interim pastor Hill and associate pastor Dr. Jill Ulrici, Covenant Presbyterian Church continues to welcome new members and serve the city of Atlanta through its mission of “Equipping the people of God to serve Christ in the world.” The church boasts a liveBuckhead Coalition President Sam Massell, left, gives interium pastor Rev. Dr. Richard Hill a commendation ly youth group, handsfor the church’s 90 years of service to the community. on mission work, a women’s spirituality ministry and a strong music prowas placed at the base of the sign at gram led by Jeffrey McIntyre. Throughthe sanctuary entrance on Peachtree out the year, the church presents public Road. The first service in the new buildlectures, social events, musical perforing was held May 2, 1926, and the new mances, educational opportunities and church and manse were dedicated as more. Covenant Presbyterian Church on Nov. The church supports numerous lo7, 1926. The current building retains cal organizations including Buckhead much of the original design, although a Christian Ministry, the Central Night new educational wing and chapel were Shelter, ChildSpring International, added in 1955. Habitat for Humanity, The Open Door One of the church’s most notable Community, Earth Covenant Ministry and forward-thinking pastors was Rev. and Faith Alliance of Metro Atlanta. PaDr. Herman L. Turner, who served the rishioners tutor Latino children from church for over three decades, beginnearby E. Rivers Elementary School at ning in 1930. He guided his congregathe church as part of the LaAmistad tion through the Great Depression and After School program. Covenant also garnered national recognition for his takes a leadership role in the LaGonave support of the Civil Rights movement. Haiti Partners, a more than 20-year In 1957, he was the principal author of partnership with the Episcopal Church the “Ministers Manifesto: A Declaraof Haiti. Ongoing Haiti projects include tion of Equality,” a statement calling a community health center, as well as for peaceful debates about school inteprograms for education, agriculture, gration, which he and 80 other Atlanta adult literacy and children’s nutrition. ministers signed. The church will officially celebrate Under Turner’s guidance, Covenant its 90th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. Presbyterian became the first north At13. For more information, see covpreslanta church to welcome

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Answers on dam’s condition at least six months away Continued from page 1 Works Director Garrin Coleman told the council about the Lake Forrest Dam, which appears to have some sort of leak in an internal pipe. But Sandy Springs and the city of Atlanta are just starting to review a sixmonth scope of work from an engineering firm to nail down answers and suggest alternative fixes, he said. Meanwhile, a chain link fence topped with barbed wire went up atop the dam in July. And, Coleman said, the city and engineers are investigating reports of “downstream sediment” reported by a resident. The earthen dam, running under the 4600 block of Lake Forrest Drive on the Atlanta-Sandy Springs border, is rated “highhazard” by the state, meaning that if it fails, the flood likely would kill people. Since 2009, the state Safe Dams Program has said the 60-year-old dam has obvious issues, like trees growing atop it. It was last inspected by the state in February, but the official report is still not available, according to Safe Dams Program manager Tom Woosley. Sandy Springs is taking the lead on studying and repairing the dam while splitting the costs with Atlanta. Sandy Springs

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man said. Depending on what is found, city officials previously said, the options range from dam repairs, to building a retention pond upstream, to simply breaching the embankment permanently to make it a culvert instead of a dam. Schnabel has been prepping the dam for examination for over 18 months, including draining most of the lake and relocating fish to another pond.

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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. 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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The Atlanta History Center celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Centennial Olympic Games with “Going for Gold” on July 30, giving participants a chance to compete in games and win memorabilia.

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On Our Borders Editor’s note: News knows few boundaries. Here are some of the local news stories from neighboring communities that may be of interest to Buckhead residents.


In Sandy Springs, police officers who were demoted after raising claims of a hostile work environment are considering legal action. The city says their claims had no merit and they were demoted only for not following the proper complaint procedures. “We have an attorney and are considering all options,” said one of the officers, Ron Momon, a former spokesperson for the Sandy Springs Police Department who was named the force’s “Supervisor of the Year” in 2013. The city cannot comment on pending legal or personnel matters, according to a spokesperson. Momon, who now works as a detective for the Conyers Police Department, retired from the SSPD in June after 10 years on the force. He said he retired rather than accept a demotion that he claims was in retaliation for alleging in February that other officers were harassed and ridiculed by commanding officers and Chief Kenneth DeSimone. The other officers who made the allegations are Lawrence Joe and Glenn Kalish. Joe also retired from the force after he was demoted, while Kalish accepted the demotion from captain to sergeant and remains on the force, according to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun.


Also in Sandy Springs, Cobb County Chairman-elect Mike Boyce is pledging better communication about Braves stadium traffic planning after defeating incumbent Tim Lee, who oversaw a plan blasted as a “nightmare” last month by Sandy Springs leaders. Boyce’s message to Sandy Springs and other cross-border neighbors: “You’re going to be getting a phone call from me before we do anything.” Boyce’s July 26 runoff victory over Lee is widely viewed as a referendum on Lee’s initially secret agreement, announced in 2013, for the Braves to move from Atlanta to Cobb’s Cumberland area at I-285 and I-75. The deal includes a new stadium, SunTrust Park, heavily funded by Cobb taxpayers without a public referendum that many residents demanded. Lee and the Braves have run into repeated secrecy and lack-of-input controversies about the stadium plan, and Boyce won on a “transparency” platform. One big stadium concern is traffic and parking at a site already heavily congested at rush hour and lacking significant mass transit lines. The stadium is about a mile-and-a-half from the Sandy Springs border.


In Brookhaven, the mayor and City Council debated “futuristic” designs for new park restrooms. 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 to flush the ideas just yet and said the City Council will reconsider the bathroom aesthetic at its meeting Aug. 9. 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.”


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. 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.



The Dunwoody City Council is prepared to plunk down more than $8 million for a new City Hall, but needed capital improvements add up to additional $659,500, according to an assessment done as part of due diligence. Also, the building the City Council wants to purchase at 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody

Community | 19 Road has four current tenants and the city will be required to pay to relocate for those businesses, which could cost another $550,000. Eric Johnson of Comprehensive Program Services told the City Council at its July 25 meeting that the building itself is in “great shape” and “the deficiencies are all curable and easily fixable.” First and foremost, Johnson said, is the need for a full roof replacement at a cost of $345,000. The roof is more than 20 years old, he said, and has leaks. Fred Sheats, senior vice president of Colliers International, a real estate company, is negotiating with the building’s current tenants, including a law office, management company and mortgage company. To relocate those three businesses would cost the city about $130,000, he told the council. However, the fourth business, Elite Radiology of Georgia, which focuses on MRI services, has very particular needs, and relocation, including build-out for its specialized equipment, is estimated at $425,000, Sheats said.


The Dunwoody Development Authority voted July 28 to approve $780 million in bonds to provide property tax breaks for two separate development projects in Perimeter Center: State Farm’s complex and Transwestern’s planned office tower next to the Dunwoody MARTA station. Under the deals, the authority would own the properties and lease them to the developers, who would pay much lower property taxes that gradually increase over many years. The ownership would eventually switch back to the developers. If the Dunwoody authority had not offered the tax incentive deal, State Farm developer KDC could have gone instead to Decide DeKalb, its DeKalb County counterpart, said KDC Regional Vice President Alec Chamber. And Trent Germano of Transwestern said his tower needs a break to compete with a nearby Brookhaven tower that got a Decide DeKalb abatement deal. The authority’s vote to approve the tax incentives is part of a “game” that states and municipalities play to remain competitive in today’s economic climate, said Carlianne Patrick, economics professor at Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. “We live in a world where there is no federal law that prohibits states and communities from competing with each other,” she said.



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Pill Hill hospitals, Sandy Springs to coordinate traffic plans BY JOHN RUCH

Pill Hill hospitals and the city of Sandy Springs will meet regularly to coordinate traffic and commuter planning following a July 21 “transportation summit,” according to Mayor Rusty Paul. “I felt it was a very positive meeting,” Paul said of the private summit, which also included officials from MARTA and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority. In the discussions with hospital officials, he said, “we learned a lot. I think they learned a lot from us.” The summit came exactly one month after a far less happy mayor and City Council essentially declared a parking garage moratorium on Pill Hill in frustration at the lack of alternative transportation planning in the car-choked medical center at Peachtree-Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry roads. That warning shot got Pill Hill’s three hospitals—Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, Emory Saint Joseph’s and Northside—scrambling to the meeting table. Going forward, city Community Development Director Michelle Alexander will lead planning meetings between city staff and facilities management staff from the three hospitals, Paul said. There is no spe-

cific meeting schedule, but they will meet “regularly,” he said. “We were pleased with the meeting and its discussion, and Northside looks forward to meaningful progress on this issue,” said Lee Echols, Northside’s vice president of marketing and communications.

The goal: 10% traffic reduction

Paul said the city came to the meeting armed with documents showing a “staggering” amount of existing and proposed parking facilities on Pill Hill. And he had a simple demand as well. “The bottom line was, what I asked for was a 10 percent reduction in their traffic impacts,” Paul said. “A 10 percent reduction would be significant. It would really improve mobility in that area. It would make it easier for ambulances to get in and out,” as well as hospital patients and employees. The mayor also asked the hospitals to do that specifically through “some coordination and cooperation”—which has been lacking among the competitive organizations for years. His idea is for the hospitals to team with MARTA to build shared parking garages at transit stations—an “innovative solution” that could help traffic and “save them millions of dollars in capital

costs” to spend on other facilities. Paul said that MARTA CEO Keith Parker responded positively to that idea in a previous meeting. As for the hospitals’ point of view, they talked about challenge of getting employees not to drive, Paul said, describing it in

said. Likewise, “The city has some things it needs to do,” the mayor said. “If you want people to use MARTA, we have gaps in our sidewalks, for example,” to get people to and from stations. “We’re going to have to take a real hard look at infrastructure needs…to remove the barriers to allowing more people to walk and bike and use alternative transportation,” he said. One item the hospitals mentioned was better pedestrian access through and around their own campuses, as Northside’s MARTA-using workers’ current best path JOHN RUCH to work is literally The intersection of Peachtree-Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry roads is often clogged with traffic atop Pill Hill. walking through Emory Saint Joe’s building, he said. carrot-and-stick terms. The hospitals have “been using carrots to get people to use Pending plans, studies MARTA,” and when he suggested using the Northside’s pending plan for a 10-stostick more frequently they cautioned that ry employee parking garage was not disthe market for healthcare workers is highcussed due to competitors being in the ly competitive. “If you wield the stick too room, the mayor said, adding that he unhard, they’ll decide not to work there,” he derstands the hospital’s general rationale for the facility. That plan was slated to go before the city Planning Commission that night, but is now on “administrative hold.” Also not discussed was a traffic study for the area, except for confirmation that Northside is funding a Perimeter Community Improvement Districts study that may encompass all of Pill Hill. The city learned of that study from news reports and Paul said it “confused us all.” “It’s a proprietary study,” he said. “I don’t know if they’ll share it with us or not. I don’t even know what the study is.” However, the mayor said, he’s not that interested in more studies. “Truthfully… we’ve got more traffic studies than we know what to do with,” he said, adding the real need is better sharing of information and planning “to bring a broader picture together.” While the three hospitals are within Sandy Springs, Pill Hill borders Brookhaven and Dunwoody. Paul said those two cities are not directly involved in the new traffic planning discussions yet, but will be invited to the table “when and if it makes sense.” All three cities’ transportation and planning staffs are in regular contact anyway, he said. Meanwhile, the mayor is sounding more positive than he did in June, when he threatened to have the city “impose some solution” if the hospitals didn’t come to the table. He said he understands the hospitals are in the business of healing the sick and injured, and it’s the city’s responsibility to lead the coordinated planning discussions. BH

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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.

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Visit Georgia’s State Parks for unique events If you’re looking for something to do while searching for your new mountain home, check out some of the events happening at Georgia’s State Parks and historic sites.

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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Mountain fitness

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.

Hike with your dog

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.

Participating parks include Fort Mountain, F.D. Roosevelt, Don Carter, Sweetwater Creek, High Falls, Fort McAllister and Red Top Mountain. Find out more at

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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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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• J im Auchmutey – The Class Of ‘65: A Student, A Divided Town, And The Long Road To Forgiveness (Public Affairs Books)

• B  ecky Albertalli – Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Blazer + Bray)

• Taylor Brown – Fallen Land: A Novel (St. Martin’s Press) • Ashley Callahan – Southern Tufts: The Regional Origins And National Craze For Chenille Fashion (University of Georgia Press) • Lynn Cullen – Twain’s End: A Novel (Gallery Books) • Sandra D. Deal, Jennifer W. Dickey and Catherine M. Lewis – Memories Of The Mansion: The Story Of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion (University of Georgia Press) • Ryan Gravel – Where We Want To Live: Reclaiming Infrastructure For A New Generation of Cities (St. Martin’s Press)


• Jim Grimsley – How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning The Racist Lessons Of A Southern Childhood (Algonquin Books)

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• R  oshani Chokshi – The Star-Touched Queen (St. Martin’s Griffin) • D  ori Kleber – More-igami (Candlewick Press) • A  isha Saeed – Written In The Stars (Speak!) • K  abir Sehgal and Surishtha Sehgal – The Wheels On The Tuk Tuk (Beach Lane Books) • V  icky Alvear Shecter – Thor Speaks!: A Guide To The Realms By The Norse God Of Thunder (Boyds Mills Press) • L  aurel Snyder – Swan: The Life And Death Of Anna Pavlova (Chronicle Books) • M  egan Jean Sovern – The Meaning Of Maggie: A Novel (Chronicle Books) • L  isa Lewis Tyre – Last In A Long Line Of Rebels (Nancy Paulsen Books) • J oey Weiser – Mermin Vol 3: Deep Dive (Oni Press)

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Police Blotter / Buckhead From Atlanta Police reports from July 10 through July 23. The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

R O B B E RY „„1500 block of Carroll Dr. NW – On July

10, in the evening, the victims reported that they were walking in the area when a man pulled up next to them and asked if they knew how to get to Sandy Springs. One victim told the man he needed to get on the expressway. The suspect then got out of the vehicle with a black revolver and snatched her iPhone. The suspect next told the victims to go, and they fled. Male and female suspects were observed in the vehicle. „„1000 block of Huff Rd. NW – On July

11, in the morning, a man reported his girlfriend threatened him with a Taser and took his cellphone. „„100 block of W. Paces Ferry Rd. NW –

On July 12, during the day, a man said a male suspect entered a restaurant and told him not to turn around. The suspect

then told him to hand over all the money in the register. The victim said he retrieved the money and gave it to the suspect, who then fled. The victim said he unintentionally left the door unlocked, allowing the suspect to gain entry. He also believed the suspect to be armed, but was uncertain. Money bags were recovered outside the business. The suspect appeared to have taken the cash and dropped the bags. The victim’s wallet was also taken. „„2000

block of Bolton Rd. NW – On July 14, in the morning, a man reported he left his vehicle running and went into the gas station to make a purchase. A male suspect then got out of a black sedan and attempted to flee in the victim’s vehicle. The victim ran to his vehicle and grabbed the suspect. Two other male suspects got out of the sedan and opened fire on the victim. The three suspects then got back into the sedan and

fled. „„2900 block of Peachtree Rd. NW – On

veillance cameras that may have captured part of the incident.

July 18, during the day at a grocery store, a man said he walked out of the bank after cashing a check. He was approached by two men who said if he gave them a ride to a nearby church, they would pay him. Once inside the vehicle one of the men pulled a knife and told the driver to give them his money. He gave them $480. The suspects then fled.

„„3600 block of Hadden Hall Rd. –

2300 block of Marietta Blvd. NW – On July 21, in the evening, a man said he was pumping gas at a gas station when a dark blue sedan pulled up next to him. A man got out of the sedan and began to get into the victim’s vehicle. The victim said he yelled at the man and that another suspect in the vehicle pointed a gun at him. One of the men then grabbed the victim’s iPhone and they fled.

July 17, during the day, a man said he left his laptop in his apartment while doing laundry. He said he had a houseguest and that when he returned the laptop and the guest were missing.


„„3000 block of Piedmont Rd. NE – On

July 29, in the evening, a man said the suspects pulled up next to him in a darkcolored vehicle. The suspects exited the vehicle with masks on, pulled a knife and demanded he give them his backpack. The backpack contained $500,000 in jewelry.

AG G R AVAT E D A S S AU LT „„2100 block of Brookview Dr.

NW – On July 19, in the morning, a reckless conduct arrest was made at a house. „„2000 block of Peachtree

Rd. NE – On July 22, in the evening, a man reported he was punched in the face by an angry tenant who has recently been evicted from the building.


On July 14, during the day, the door to a house was kicked in and a Google Chrome book was stolen. The home was ransacked. „„3800 block of Randal Ridge Rd. – On

July 15, during the day, the front door of a house was kicked in. An iPad, WWII Colt handgun and a 20-gauge, doublebarrel shotgun were taken. „„2000 block of Peachtree Rd. NE – On

„„1000 block of Huff Rd. NW – On July

18, in the evening, a deadbolt was pried off a front door of an apartment. A MacBook Pro, flat screen TV, backpack and HP laptop were taken. „„3200 block of Lenox Rd. NE – On July

18, at an unknown time, a resident reported an HP laptop and Samsung tablet were stolen from his apartment. No signs of forced entry were found. „„3200 block of Lenox Rd. NE – On July

20, in the evening, the door to an apartment was kicked in at the location and unknown items removed. A witness saw three men fleeing in a newer sedan. „„2000 block of Bolton Rd. NW – On July

21, in the evening, officers were dispatched to a house in response to an audible alarm. The rear glass door was shattered. A Nikon SLR camera was stolen from the residence along with a Samsung TV. „„ 2200 block of Defoors Ferry Rd. NW – On July 21, during the day, the front door of a house was kicked in. No items were removed from the property.

„„2800 block of Lenox Rd. NE – On July

„„1900 block of Cambria Ave. NW – On

10, in the evening, at a senior living center, people reported they heard the alarm trigger. From their windows, they saw one of the cleaning staff enter the conference room and leave with a large black object. The suspect fled, but a TV was missing from the wall.

July 21, in the evening, a cigar box containing miscellaneous debit/credit cards and $300 cash stolen from a house. Some of the property was recovered from a nearby intersection.

„„3100 block of Paces Bend Ct. NW –

On July 14, during the day, the rear patio door of a house was kicked in to gain entry. An Apple laptop, Raymond Weil watch, Burberry watch and bluetooth speaker were taken. A neighbor has sur-

„„1900 block of Seaboard Pl. NW – On

July 21, at an unknown time, the right side door of a house was damaged to gain entry. An old passport and school ID were taken from the property. „„1700 block of Commerce Dr. NW –

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to a house was damaged to gain entry. A Sony TV, MacBook Pro, Nikon DSLR camera, sunglasses, silver Volkswagen Passat and 2013 Texas tag were stolen. „„400 block of Northside Cir. NW – On

July 23, during the evening, the front door to an apartment was kicked in. A flat screen TV, movies, DVD player, camcorder, shoes, PS4, camera, sunglasses, Gucci bag, laptop and miscellaneous other items were stolen. „„3700 block of Peachtree Rd. NE – On

July 23, in the evening, a woman reported miscellaneous jewelry missing from her home. She said it was on her nightstand and then disappeared. „„400 block of Lind-

bergh Pl. NE – At an unknown date and time, the front door of an apartment was damaged to gain entry. A Lenovo laptop, tin of foreign currency, diamond

wedding ring and LG TV were stolen.

„„Between July 10 through July 16, there

cleaning machine were stolen.

„„1700 block of Cheshire Bridge Rd. NE

were 34 larcenies from vehicles reported. There were 39 other larcenies, including shoplifting, also reported.

„„2100 block of Monroe Dr. NE – A man

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unknown date and time, the rear door of a house was pried open. A 9mm handgun, Remington shotgun and 9mm Highpoint assault rifle were stolen. The victim took photographs of an alleged male suspect.

1900 block of Wildwood Pl. NE – At an unknown date and time, the victim reported someone had been in his home, used the shower, and eaten oatmeal. No other property was reported missing. „„

CO M M E R C I A L B U R G L A RY „„3800 block of Roswell Road – At an un-

known date and time at a fitness business, a door’s lock was reported damaged. A video receiver and $30 cash were missing. „„2300 block of Parkland Dr. NE – At

an unknown date and time, a woman reported her storage unit had been entered and items had been removed. „„3100 block of Piedmont Rd. NE – On

July 18, in the morning, a stolen truck backed through storefront windows of a camera shop. Nikon and Canon cameras were taken. „„3200 block of Lenox Rd. NE – On July

19, in the morning, the lock and chain to an apartment maintenance building was cut. A pressure washer and drain-

reported the lock to his storage unit had been removed and replaced with a different lock. An electric guitar, PA speaker and lighting poles were removed from the unit.

LARCENY „„Between July 10 and July 16, there were

34 larcenies from vehicles reported. There were also 39 other larcenies, including shoplifting, reported. Between July 17 and July 23, there were 45 larceny from vehicles reported. There were also 35 other larcenies, including shoplifting, reported.

AU TO T H E F T „„Between July 10 and July 16, there were

10 auto thefts reported. „„Between July 17 and July 23, there were

nine auto thefts reported.

Buckhead Police Briefs ATL A N TA R A P P ER C H A RGED I N BO M B THR EAT

block traffic. As he waited for the HERO unit, McCall turned on the blue lights to his patrol car to block traffic. When McCall exited his vehicle to assist Brown, an Audi “driving at a high rate of speed” in the far left lane struck a Ford, causing the Ford to cross two lanes of traffic and strike McCall’s patrol car, according to a police report. McCall was able to run toward the right shoulder of the road to avoid being struck by the Ford. He was not injured. The driver of the Audi, Abraham Martinez, 29, was arrested and charged with DUI. The driver of the Ford was transported to Grady Hospital where he was reported to not have any visible injuries but was being evaluated, according to a report. McCall’s patrol car suffered heavy damage to the front end and had to be towed.

Atlanta rapper Drama was arrested July 28 after allegedly making a bomb threat at the Lenox Plaza office building on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. The building was evacuated but no injuries were reported. No bomb was found. Drama, born Terence Cook, went to the fifth floor lobby of the Bader Law firm in Lenox Plaza and told employees that he “was tired of being treated wrongly and that he had a bomb,” according to an Atlanta Police report. Police said Cook was attempting to get to The Parks Group Attorneys at Law firm on the second floor but was unable to get to WOM A N KIL L ED I N C R O S S FI R E O UTS I DE that floor because APD officers stopped him B UC KHEA D BA R on the fifth floor. The firm is owned by “Real Housewives The Buckhead Coalition, a civic organization, is offering of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks. Parks is an a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and entertainment attorney and has representconviction of the person or people responsible in the shooted Cook in the past. ing death of Taylor Hayden. Cook had a FedEx envelope and a book, Hayden was shot and killed outside a Buckhead bar SPECIAL according to police. July 23 after apparently being caught in the crossfire of two Atlanta rapper Drama was arrested for making a bomb The Department of Homeland Securigroups of men shooting at each other, according to an Atthreat at the Lenox Plaza office building on July 28. ty responded to the scene and has charged lanta Police report. Cook with terroristic threats and creating a false public alarm. Police responded to Anchor Down Bar and Grille on Piedmont Road at about 5 a.m. Atlanta Police S. W. A. T. units and airport K-9 also responded to the scene. A sweep of on July 23, where a woman was found shot in the arm and side. She was rushed to Grady the location was conducted, including Cook’s vehicle on the basement level of the parkHospital where she was pronounced dead, according to a police report. ing lot. No device was located. Witnesses told police there were two groups of men shooting at each other in the bar

ATL A N TA P OL IC E OF F I C ER N AR R O WLY ES C A PES I N JURY IN BUC K H EA D CAR CR ASH An Atlanta Police officer responding to an accident in Buckhead narrowly avoided injury after an alleged drunk driver struck his patrol car. On July 24, early in the morning, APD Officer McCall was assisting Officer Brown at an accident on Ga. 400 southbound at Lenox Road. While Brown worked the accident scene, McCall requested a Highway Emergency Response Operator (HERO) unit to BH

parking lot and the woman was shot during the exchange of gunfire. Hayden, 25, is the sister of Minnesota state Senator Jeff Hayden.


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