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Council considers housing public safety workers on Hammond Drive BY JOHN RUCH

As Sandy Springs continues its shopping spree of houses on Hammond Drive for a potential road-widening, pressure is mounting to plan the properties’ short-term future. Lowcost housing for city police and firefighters is one idea with lots of positives and negatives, the City Council heard at its Aug. 2 meeting, where it requested more data to make a quick decision. “I support investigating this further…[But] I do have some concerns about the liability this See CITY on page 14


Travis Cline feeds his daughter Ruby Heart Cline, 1, while attending the Sandy Springs Farmers Market on July 23. The market, located at the corner of Mount Vernon Highway and Lake Forrest Drive, is open on Saturdays through December. See additional photos on page 20.

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Demoted police officers who made complaints may sue city

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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 SanSee POLICE on page 16

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Pill Hill hospitals, Sandy Springs to coordinate traffic plans

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The intersection of Peachtree-Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry roads is often clogged with traffic atop Pill Hill.



in that area. It would make it easier for ambulances to get in and out,” as well as hospital patients and employees. Pill Hill hospitals and the city of Sandy The mayor also asked the hospitals to do Springs will meet regularly to coordinate trafthat specifically through “some coordinafic and commuter planning following a July tion and cooperation”—which 21 “transportation summit,” achas been lacking among the cording to Mayor Rusty Paul. competitive organizations for “I felt it was a very positive years. His idea is for the hosmeeting,” Paul said of the pripitals to team with MARTA to vate summit, which also inbuild shared parking garages cluded officials from MARat transit stations—an “innoTA and the Georgia Regional vative solution” that could help Transportation Authority. In traffic and “save them millions the discussions with hospital of dollars in capital costs” to officials, he said, “we learned spend on other facilities. Paul a lot. I think they learned a lot said that MARTA CEO Keith from us.” Mayor Rusty Paul Parker responded positively to The summit came exactthat idea in a previous meeting. ly one month after a far less happy mayor As for the hospitals’ point of view, they and City Council essentially declared a parktalked about the challenge of getting employing garage moratorium on Pill Hill in frustraees not to drive, Paul said, describing it in cartion at the lack of alternative transportation rot-and-stick terms. The hospitals have “been planning in the car-choked medical center using carrots to get people to use MARTA,” at Peachtree-Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry and when he suggested using the stick more roads. That warning shot got Pill Hill’s three frequently, they cautioned that the market hospitals—Children’s Healthcare of Atlanfor healthcare workers is highly competitive. ta at Scottish Rite, Emory Saint Joseph’s and “If you wield the stick too hard, they’ll decide Northside—scrambling to the meeting table. not to work there,” he said. Going forward, city Community DevelopLikewise, “The city has some things it ment Director Michelle Alexander will lead needs to do,” the mayor said. “If you want planning meetings between city staff and facilipeople to use MARTA, we have gaps in our ties management staff from the three hospitals, sidewalks, for example,” to get people to and Paul said. There is no specific meeting schedule, from stations. but they will meet “regularly,” he said. “We’re going to have to take a real hard “We were pleased with the meeting and look at infrastructure needs…to remove the its discussion, and Northside looks forward barriers to allowing more people to walk and to meaningful progress on this issue,” said bike and use alternative transportation,” he Lee Echols, Northside’s vice president of marsaid. One item the hospitals mentioned was keting and communications. better pedestrian access through and around their own campuses, as Northside’s MARTAThe goal: 10% using workers’ current best path to work is literally walking through Emory Saint Joe’s traffic reduction building, he said. 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

Pending plans, studies

Northside’s pending plan for a 10-story employee parking garage was not discussed due to competitors being in the room, the mayor said, adding that he understands the hospital’s general rationale for the facility. That plan was slated to go before the city Planning Commission SS

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.

BY JOHN RUCH 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-ahalf from the Sandy Springs border. At a June 21 Sandy Springs City Council meeting, Cobb’s interim transportation director presented a stadium traf-

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ble. 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. “Nobody committed anything to anybody other than to continue to work,” Paul said, adding that’s a good outcome at this point. “It’s too early to commit to anything. And it’s in their interest to find a solution.”

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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 GOOGLE MAPS know if they’ll share it An aerial view of the Pill Hill area, with Scottish Rite at bottom center, Northside to the north of it, and Emory Saint Joseph’s to with us or not. I don’t the east. To see a larger version, go to even know what the study is.” Meanwhile, the mayor is sounding more However, the mayor said, he’s not that inpositive than he did in June, when he threatterested in more studies. “Truthfully…we’ve ened to have the city “impose some solution” got more traffic studies than we know what if the Pill Hill hospitals didn’t come to the tato do with,” he said, adding the real need is


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fic plan that drew shock and outrage for essentially dumping cars off I-285 onto Northside Drive and possibly other residential streets. Mayor Rusty Paul said the plan ignored five traffic management ideas the city proposed two years ago and claimed Lee had not returned his calls about traffic concerns for months. Paul and Lee met two days later and worked out a system of regular city-county traffic meetings. But the clock is ticking, as SunTrust Park and the related Battery Atlanta commercial development are slated to open early next year. Lee will remain in office through year’s end, so much of the pre-opening planning will still happen on his watch. Boyce said he has not seen the stadium parking plan and that Cobb government staff has not yet briefed him on traffic plans. “But I can assure you,” Boyce said, “one of the clear things I heard in campaigning door-to-door is [residents] are ticked off that things happen in the neighborhood and they don’t know about it.” He said he will change that lack of communication, including in neighboring cities and counties affected by the stadium. Boyce defeated Lee in a Republican primary and still must win a vote on the November ballot, but there is no Democratic challenger.

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Answers on dam’s condition at least 6 months away BY JOHN RUCH

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 Works Director Garrin Coleman told the council about 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 the week of July 25. 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

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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 has budgeted $1.91 million for its half of the fixes. The firm Schnabel Engineering has proposed a study—including soil testing to look for moisture levels within the dam and drawing up possible solutions—that is now under review by the two cities, Coleman 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. Some fish remain, Coleman said, because it turns out “the lake is not flat-bottomed. It is V-shaped.” That means there is room for some fish to survive while most of the lake is dry and allowing engineers access to the dam’s surface.

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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.

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.

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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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10 | Education ■ Editor’s note: Through our “Exceptional Educator” series, Reporter Newspapers is showcasing the work of some outstanding teachers and administrators at our local schools. If you would like to recommend an Exceptional Educator, please email

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.

Charles Pearson

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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phrase, “the city becomes a landlord.” There are liability issues, repair costs, lost investcould open the city up to,” said Councilmemment if the city fixes up the houses only to ber Ken Dishman, reflecting the council’s demolish them later. There are possible legal general reaction to the public-safety houstangles in the city acting as a tenant’s landing idea. lord and employer at the same time, with a The council has talked about the idea “worst-case scenario” of a terminated emfor months, but time is running short. That ployee alleging discrimination and suing to same night, the council approved buying its remain in the house. Another negative menfifth Hammond Drive residential propertioned in the memo: possible tax liability for ty this year—a house at 418 Hammond for the employee if the subsidized housing is $350,000—as a “protective buy.” The possicounted as income. ble widening project is controversial among The memo includes two examples of other residents, but so is the fate of the properties cities that offer subsidized employee housing, in the miniwith one not mum 10-year really matchperiod before ing Sandy the project Springs’ idea, would begin, and the othif it happens er reportedat all. In April, ly a disaster. the city cited Abilene, Texone of its own as, allows newly purworkers to chased houslive virtuales at 521 Hamly rent-free mond for code at utility sites violations. exchange GOOGLE EARTH in “The A Google Earth image of 418 Hammond for maintainclock’s tickDrive as seen from Hildebrand Drive. ing them. And ing right now,” the city of InCity Managdustry, Calif., provided subsidized employee er John McDonough told the council. “We housing in city-owned property, but has run bought another one tonight. We need some into a scandal over high-paid workers living direction.” there and may face massive tax penalties or The city originally planned to tear down prosecution, according to the Sandy Springs any houses it buys on Hammond, but when memo and media reports. one turned out to have been recently renoFor any Hammond Drive housing, counvated, some councilmembers raised concilmembers seemed to agree hiring a private cerns that demolishing it might be wastemanagement company would make sense. ful. That concern merged with a previous But they also questioned the properties’ conpolicy idea of providing a housing stipend dition. for police and firefighters, as Mayor Rusty “A lot of them—we don’t want to be slumPaul said it’s “immoral” that many of them lords, and they just need to come down,” said can’t afford to live in the increasingly expenCouncilmember Tibby DeJulio. sive city they protect. Councilmember Andy “Everybody likes to have a police officer Bauman advocated city-owned Hammond in their neighborhood,” DeJulio said, but the houses as a possible temporary solution or council also needs to make sure that when pilot program. it comes to housing public safety employees, McDonough said about 10 police officers “the city doesn’t end up with mud in the eye.” and five firefighters previously responded “You could talk yourself out of this proto a city survey expressing interest in “lowgram” by posing enough questions, said Bauor no-cost” housing if it was available. If the man, urging more investigation—but also Hammond housing does work out, it likeposing many of those questions, includly will still amount to a form of subsidized ing whether several officers could share the housing, McDonough said, explaining that housing as roommates. he’s “pretty sure this is going to require a city “This is being done out of good intensubsidy. I don’t think we’re going to break tions…[but] I do have a lot of concerns even on this.” about the unknowable unknowns out Jacob Wingate, a management intern for there,” said Councilmember Gabriel Sterthe city, ran through some pros and cons of ling, citing such possible problems as “jealthe idea. Aside from the obvious benefit to ousy” among police officers who don’t win some public-safety employees, Wingate said a lottery for the housing. the positives include a “perception that the City staff could not provide some baarea becomes safer”; improved relationship sic data, such an inventory of the currently between officers and the community; and owned houses’ conditions and cost to renshorter employee commutes and possibly ovate. The council called for those numfaster emergency response times. bers and indicated a policy decision will be The negatives were summed up in the based on them.


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More Pill Hill apartments would cut traffic, study says BY JOHN RUCH

geted for hospital employees in Nashville, Tenn., and convinced Sandy Springs officials that more Pill Hill housing could rePill Hill has far less housing nearby duce vehicle traffic. than some other major Southern mediToll Brothers, a Pennsylvania-based nacal centers, and building more could take tional developer of luxury housing, is now hundreds of cars off the roads, putting a following suit as a partner in the mixedbig dent in the notorious local traffic conuse redevelopment of the Pavilion office gestion. Those are among the findings of a park, which is still in the Sandy Springs market study commissioned by Toll Brothreview process. Noell’s market study for ers, the company planning to build apartthe project is proprietary, but Toll Brothers ments—some of them tailored to suit hosagreed to share the summary of its findpital workers—in Pill Hill’s Peachtree ings. Dunwoody Pavilion redevelopment. A major finding: “There simply are not Toll Brothers plans a 335-unit apartenough multifamily residential units to ment building on what is now a parking meet the pent-up demand in the Pill Hill lot adjacent to MARTA’s Medical Center market.” About 8,400 people live within 1 Station. Of those residents, the study from mile of Pill Hill, but only 1,066—about 12.7 Atlanta’s Noell percent—work Consulting Group there, the study estimates, at least says. That is far 20 to 30 percent lower than Houswould work in ton’s Texas MediPill Hill and 30 to cal Center, where 40 percent would 33.7 percent of commute daily by nearby residents MARTA. work there, and “Increasing the the University of number of mulAlabama Hospital tifamily units in center in BirmingPill Hill, especialham, where the ly at the [Pavilion rate is 27.3 percent. site], which is just A survey of five a stone’s throw high-end apartfrom the hospitals, ment complexes TOLL BROTHERS would lead to an that are near Pill A rendering of a planned 335-unit apartment increased density Hill indicate that complex slated for a parking lot adjacent that would allow to MARTA’s Medical Center station. “pent-up demand,” for more employthe study says. The ees to walk to work,” the study says. complexes reported that an average of The plan follows twin trends of build24 percent of their residents—about 390 ing housing close to employment cenhouseholds—work in Pill Hill and that livters and near public transit stations, said ing close to work was the main driver of Charles Elliott, managing director for their housing choice. apartment living at Toll Brothers. The low ratio of housing to jobs is a “I think this is a trend that’s not just fobig factor in traffic nightmares in Perimcused on the medical employee necessarieter Center in general, the study says. ly,” he said. “I think a lot of cities are strugWhile 8,400 people live in that 1-mile ring gling with traffic infrastructure.” around Pill, that same area has about But for the Pill Hill version, Toll Broth78,700 “high-paying” jobs. A mile distance ers would tailor some of the units to mediis the rule of thumb for how far people are cal employees and work with hospital huwilling to walk to work, the study says, so man resources departments to market that means tens of thousands of people are directly to them, said Elliott and Stephen commuting in, most by car. Bates, the company’s director of acquisiLiving near public transit also can cut tions in metro Atlanta. Among the amenicar use. Noell surveyed seven rental comties, they said, would be units with “buried plexes, totaling 2,118 units, near unidenbedrooms”—windowless rooms that allow tified MARTA stations and found that an night-shift workers to sleep during the day. average of 21 percent of residents rode Pill Hill, centered on Johnson Ferry MARTA daily and 46 percent used it at and Peachtree-Dunwoody roads in Sandy least twice a week. Springs, is home to Emory Saint Joseph’s, What does all of that mean for the PaNorthside and Children’s Healthcare of Atvilion project? Bates said Toll Brothers was lanta at Scottish Rite hospitals, as well as attracted by those numbers—and believes traffic that can back up into neighboring it can beat them. Brookhaven and Dunwoody. The study projects that at least 20 to North American Properties sparked de30 percent of Pavilion residents would be bates about Pill Hill housing last year with Pill Hill workers, and possibly more if the its plans for a 305-unit apartment buildprogram of internal hospital marketing ing on Johnson Ferry. North American to employees is effective. “It would be Toll has experience in building housing tarBrothers’ goal to have occupancy numbers


above that,” Bates said. And 20 to 40 percent of residents are projected to use MARTA to commute, and

50 percent to use it for some trips—estimates that Noell also believes are conservative.

Pill Hill’s housing market UNDER HO US ED About 12.7 of residents living within 1 mile of Pill Hill work there, much lower than medical center areas in Houston (33.7 percent) and Birmingham, Ala. (27.3 percent).

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Police officers, demoted after making complaints, may sue Continued from page 1 dy 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. Kalish is appealing the demotion and had a grievance hearing in late July before an independent officer, according to attorney Mary Huber, who is consulting with him through the Georgia Police Benevolent Association. Huber is also representing Joe and Momon through the PBA, an organization that provides police officers legal represen-

tation during disciplinary law enforcement officers, actions. She declined to is investigating the three comment on potential leofficers, said Executive Digal action. rector Ken Vance. He de“They don’t have a lot clined to comment further. of options. They are at-will The three officers allege employees for the city,” command staff, including Huber said. Georgia is an DeSimone, ridiculed offiat-will state and Sandy cers and targeted others to Springs is an at-will city, participate in “fat camps.” meaning employees can be The officers also alleged fired with no cause. command staff mocked The city denies all alleoverweight officers publicgations from Momon, Joe ly and mandated those 40 and Kalish, and said the and older to take medical officers were demoted betests. “They are not allowed cause they failed to follow to do that,” Momon said. city policy when making There was also prescomplaints by going disuring and threatening of rectly to Mayor Rusty Paul overweight officers to take via an anonymous letter voluntary physicals by rather than the chain of command staff, Momon command. An internal resaid, and name-calling, inview recommended firing cluding calling at least one the officers, but City Manofficer a “fat ass.” FILE PHOTOS ager John McDonough Momon said the comTop, City Manager John chose the lighter punishplaints of the harassment McDonough. Bottom, Ron Momon was named Sandy ment of demotion instead, were made to him, Joe and Springs Police Department’s Kraun said. Kalish late last year when “2013 Supervisor of the Year.” The Georgia Peace Ofthe department conducted ficer Standards and Traina manpower study. He said ing Council, which certifies and regulates there were 22 officers who were willing to

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make official complaints. Joe said he talked to Mayor Paul early this year about the complaints he was hearing from other officers. Joe said the timeline for the complaints began when DeSimone was hired as chief in 2013. “I spoke with [the mayor] on the phone and called him originally to see if we could set up a meeting, but he didn’t feel comfortable doing that,” Joe said. Joe said the mayor told him he would accept a document, a letter, outlining some of the allegations that included unethical rules violations and officers not being treated fairly. Joe said he personally delivered the letter to the mayor in early February. The reason he did not take the letter to Chief DeSimone or City Manager Joe McDonough as required by city policy is because some of the complaints were against them, Joe said. “If you have a complaint against the city manager, who do you go to?” Joe said. McDonough answers directly to the mayor and City Council, according to the city charter. Joe said he became involved in bringing the complaints to higher-ups because lower-level officers feared losing their jobs. “I was one of the first 10 officers to come on the department,” Joe said. “It amazes me the mayor said he has no power. I don’t know who the city manager is accountable to.” Momon, who was also a founding officer and received the Supervisor of the Year award from the department in 2013, said he felt “betrayed” by the city. “We were trying to bring attention to inappropriate behavior, and unfortunately the city did not want to listen,” Momon said. Momon said he was not targeted himself by any harassment. Kraun said the mayor received an anonymous letter alleging policy violations of employees within the police department and forwarded it to McDonough. “When City Manager John McDonough received the letter from Mayor Paul, he directed that an internal investigation be conducted by the [police department’s] Office of Professional Standards into the allegations raised,” Kraun said in a statement. “After that investigation concluded, a second investigation was opened to determine if any violation of personnel policies were violated.” Kraun said the internal investigation found the allegations “largely baseless,” and concluded that “the authors of the letter had little to no first-hand knowledge of the complaints and made little to no effort to verify the claims.” “In addition, the three senior-level officers [Momon, Joe and Kalish] were advised by the human resources director to put their complaints in writing, which they did not do. Instead, they chose to bypass the city’s well-established dispute resolution process that all officers are made


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aware of, and in fact, sign off as receiving,” Kraun said. The process dictates complaints are to go through every level in the officer’s chain of command up to and including the city manager, she said. “Beyond the city manager, there is an additional review step consisting of the appointment of an independent hearing officer who reviews the facts of the case and makes a recommendation to the city manager,” she said. The officers individually met with the human resources director, who directed each to write up their concerns per policy procedures, Kraun said. “That was not done … [and] Police Chief Ken DeSimone recused himself from the case as the internal investigation was opened. He had no oversight or involvement in its handling,” she said. Kraun said while recommended disciplinary action against the three officers was to fire them, McDonough chose instead to demote them and put them on a 12-month probationary period with the chance to gain promotion after that year. However, Momon and Joe decided to retire. In a May 25 letter outlining their punishment, McDonough questioned the offi-

cers’ “extremely reckless behavior” by not verifying the allegations they made to the mayor of discrimination in the department. Joe said while he could not verify some of the complaints officers made to him, such as the withholding of approval for extra security jobs if an officer refused to take a medical test, the “fear and intimidation” in the department led to a hostile workplace. “The officers who were direct targets were afraid to speak up and that’s why I became involved,” Joe said. In his letter, McDonough likened the complaints to “gossip and rumor.” “Many of the accusations in the letter pertain to events occurring several years ago and, at best, can be described as stale, while others are little more than gossip and rumor,” McDonough stated. “This strongly suggests to me that the letter was motivated by ill-will and a desire to negatively influence the mayor’s confidence in leadership within the department, rather than any legitimate purpose.” McDonough also stated that because they were supervisors, their behavior was “very troubling.”

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Hanson aims to unify GOP against Bennett in HD 80 BY DYANA BAGBY

After winning the hotly contested House District 80 primary, Meagan Hanson said it is now time to unite Republicans as they head to the polls in November. Hanson held on to razor-thin victory over Alan Cole in the Republican runoff for House District 80 on July 26, and will face Democratic incumbent Taylor Bennett in the general election on Nov. 8. Results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office show Hanson winning by 29 votes in the July 26 runoff in which fewer than 1,600 people showed up to the polls. Hanson received 777 votes to 748 votes, for a slim win of 50.95 percent to 49.05 percent. Cole called Hanson to congratulate her on her victory and is not going to ask for a recount. “The Alan Cole campaign wishes Meagan Hanson good luck in November. We will not ask for a recount,” according to a statement issued July 27. Hanson said she now wants to work with Cole to gain support of his voters. “I appreciate [Cole’s] concession call and congratulations,” Hanson said. “I plan to meet with him in the future and discuss how we can unify our voters to take on the Democrat in the fall.” Hanson said the vote was “truly a squeaker” and appreciated all those who came out to vote. She said she believes SS

that James Carter, a Democrat operative, felt it necessary to send out a misleading flyer in the HD 80 GOP runoff to try to divide Republicans. “It is really important all Republicans come together,” she said. “We saw how the Democrats are concerned about Taylor Bennett’s vulnerability and felt the need to intervene to try to divide us before the general election. “Now we need to work to make sure all Republicans show up in the fall to vote and to make sure they have their voices heard [by] someone who will represent their values in the General Assembly … someone who truly represents the values and principles of our constituents in District 80,” Hanson said. Hanson said she wants to bring fiscal conservatism and limited government values to the Gold Dome. “We need someone standing up for free enterprise and small businesses so they can compete in this day and age,” she said. HD 80 includes parts of Brookhaven and Sandy Springs. Cole handily won DeKalb County, including Brookhaven, according to the DeKalb County Voter & Registrations office, with 651 votes, or 53.27 percent, compared to Hanson’s 571 votes, or 46.73 percent. But Sandy Springs and Fulton County were a different story, with Hanson dominating. Hanson won 206 votes, or 68 percent, to Cole’s 97 votes, or 32 percent.

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A local real estate firm’s plan to turn a single-family house at Roswell Road and Sunny Brook Lane into its own office was shot down by the City Council July 19. LEFKO Group ran into neighborhood opposition on a wide array of issues, from traffic to septic system capacity, and the council had troubling putting its finger on the exact problem. Councilmember Ken Dishman said he was “sympathetic” to the plan, “but fundamentally to me, it just does not pass the eye test.” Several residents spoke in opposition, as did Rhonda Smith of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods. Councilmember Chris Burnett moved to deny the project based on the outstanding issue of whether it would use a limited residential septic system or the county sewer line, and also on the impact on the nearby Sunny Brook Meadows neighborhood and the assumption that the house could still be used as a residence. The property, on Roswell just north of Abernathy Road, is within a commercial zone in the city’s Comprehensive Plan, a land-use guide. For that reason, LEFKO’s Marc Lefkovitz argued the project fits with public policy, and city staff recommended conditional approval of his rezoning request. “I find it ironic that we’re always accused of not following the Comp Plan, and now we’re here being asked to ignore the Comp Plan,” said Councilmember John Paulson in response to local opposition. Despite some hesitancy—Councilmember Gabriel Sterling said he might have preferred a deferral—the council unanimously rejected the rezoning. Lefkovitz said that, while his company is currently based in Sandy Springs and he wanted to stay here, he had already purchased a back-up property in the city of Roswell.

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The Riverside Drive bridge over I-285 in Sandy Springs is slated to close for three weekends in August for repairs and maintenance, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. The work is related to GDOT’s ongoing project to add roundabouts to Riverside’s I-285 interchange. The closures are slated for Aug. 5-8, Aug. 12-15 and Aug. 19-22, according to GDOT. On those weekends, the closures will begin at 9 p.m. on Friday and end at 5 a.m. on Monday. All schedules are weather permitting.


Northside Hospital will be the main tenant of a newly announced 12-story medical office building in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood. Northside is based in Sandy Springs’ Pill Hill medical center area, where it operates its flagship hospital. Northside also has hospitals in Cherokee and Forsyth counties. The Midtown tower will start going up later this year at 1130 West Peachtree St.


Former City Council candidate Joe Houseman has been appointed to the Sandy Springs Development Authority. He replaces Dave Nickels, who is resigning. Mayor Rusty Paul said he intended to make the appointment as a “consolation prize” to whichever candidate lost the recent District 3 campaign between Houseman and Chris Burnett. At the July 19 council meeting, Burnett made the motion to approve Houseman’s appointment.



A 17-unit townhome project on a lot at 305 Carpenter Drive was approved by the City Council July 19. Masoud Zahedi, the owner and developer, received rezoning and variances to allow the project, except for a stormwater facility exemption he sought. Zahedi unsuccessfully attempted a redevelopment on the site some years ago and built an underground stormwater structure that may or may not meet current regulations. The council did not allow the facility to be automatically grandfathered into current code, according to council minutes.


The public will get another look at the controversial design for Sandy Springs Circle at an Aug. 17 meeting. Everyone from the mayor to residents were surprised earlier this year with a plan for the section of Sandy Springs Circle between Hammond Drive and Mount Vernon Highway, which includes turning two lanes into on-street parking. It turns out the idea was only approved conceptually over three years before the actual design was unveiled without that background information. City planners said there would be no further public meetings, but now there will be, at the behest of new City Councilmember Chris Burnett, who said “there are questions about this project that I believe were further magnified by the heavy congestion we experienced this spring when the Sandy Springs Circle/Mount Vernon intersection was closed” for other construction. The meeting is slated for Aug. 17, 7 p.m. at City Hall at 7840 Roswell Road. Burnett said the presentation will include updated traffic-count information. “This way, our citizens can see the same information that is being provided to the city,” he said.

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F Folks flocked to the Sandy Springs Farmers Market, located at the corner of Mount Vernon Highway and Lake Forrest Drive, on July 23.


A - Jessi Cerrato and her son Korben, 2, enjoy the live music of Bitsyland Band. B - Leon Buchanahn of Lone Oak Farms sells his freshly picked blueberries. C & E - The market drew crowds eager to sample and purchase items from nearly 50 vendors. D - Teresa Friedman, with the Bitsyland Band, plays the fiddle. F - Bitsyland Band members Teresa Friedman, left, Patrick Powers, back, Ross Friedman, center, and Edwin Hall, perform.


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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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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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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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Georgia authors on list of ‘should read’ BY COLLIN KELLEY

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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 / Sandy Springs The following represent some, but not all, of the reports made to the Sandy Springs police from July 23 through July 30.

24, someone accessed a vacant office space, probably with a key, and then made a hole into the adjacent office space where they accessed an interior office and stole $2,000 cash and several gift cards. The vacant space was not built out yet. All of the doors to the vacant office space were secure. The incident happened sometime between 10 p.m. and 9 a.m. the following morning.

top drawer open and $2,000 cash missing. He said he keeps cash due to his job as a truck driver, transporting cars. His cousin said he fell asleep too, at which time the two women, at Captain some point, left. STEVE ROSE, The victim said he SSPD had phone numsrose@sanbers for the girls and texted one who admitted taking $200 but not the full $2,000. She told him she would bring the money back but at the time of the report, she had not done so.

„„1000 block of Glenridge Drive – On July

„„8700 block of Roswell Road – On July

24, a 36-year-old man told the cops that he was at a restaurant on Windy Hill Road the night before, with his cousin, when they met two girls. They returned to his home around 5 p.m. Later, the victim went to bed around 10:30 p.m., leaving his cousin and the two girls in the living room. The following morning, the victim noticed his

24, an employee of a cellphone store said that around 1 p.m., a female took a phone that he placed on the store’s counter, and walked out.

The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

BURGLARY „„6600 block of Vernon Woods – On July

„„Harbor Pointe Pkwy. – On July 25, a

29-year-old woman said she allowed her boyfriend to use her Jeep that she recent-

ly purchased. She later moved away from Sandy Springs after they broke up and now he won’t return the Jeep. She sent a certified letter of demand for the Jeep’s return but the letter came back not deliverable with no forwarding address. Because she sent the letter of demand with no result, she can now take a theft by conversion warrant on the ex.

„„7000 block of Princeton Trace – On July

27, a 61-year-old man said he is in the process of moving and hired movers to do that job. He later discovered that three watches were stolen from him during the time the movers were on site. He had seen them just prior to that time. „„1100 block of Mount Vernon Hwy. – On

July 27, a 34-year-old man said his Dell laptop, valued at $400, was stolen at Starbucks after he briefly left his seat. This happened around 7 p.m.

„„5900 block of Peachtree Dunwoody

Road – On July 26, a woman said someone came into her office and took two boxes of electronic equipment. Looks like an inside job because there was no forced entry and no alarm activation. The hallway video will be forwarded to detectives to see if anyone is on it.

„„1000 block of Brentwood Way – On July

27, a resident said he left his apartment just after 10 a.m. and returned around 10 p.m. The front door had been kicked in and he was missing a Sony laptop, Acer tablet and Movado watch.

„„5500 block of Roswell Road – On July 26

at a fitness business, a juvenile reported his wallet was stolen while he played basketball at the gym.

THEFTS FROM VEHICLES „„There were 12 thefts from vehicles re-

ported between July 23 and July 27. 

„„5500 block of Powers Ferry Road – On

July 26, a 36-year-old woman reported that she accidentally left her keys on the counter at a Northside Drive gas station. When she returned, the keys were gone. They checked the video that showed a man behind her in line took them.

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provided by a DJ. Following the reception, the groom paid the DJ the agreed price of $500 but the DJ said that he wanted more because he “did announcements and stuff.” An argument ensued and at one point the DJ punched the groom in the jaw. Days later, the groom showed up at police headquarters with his attorney wanting to file “formal” charges against the DJ. FYI: “Formal” charges are no different than “charges.” Lawyers like to dress it up for the client.

OT H E R „„Here’s how it all went down: A guy said

another guy took his belongings from the first guy’s car. The first guy gave the second guy a ride and the second guy left his stuff in the car. Apparently the two guys work together and the second guy quit his job during the day and took his stuff, and the first guy’s stuff from the car. „„A 21-year-old man said that he was with

his juvenile girlfriend (a juvenile is anyone under the age of 17) at the pool area of an apartment complex on Summit Springs Drive. This was around 11 p.m. According to him, the juvenile female’s father and cousin showed up. The cousin was angry over the dating situation, pulled a gun out and pointed it at the head of the 21-year old man to reinforce his opinion on the pair dating.

ARRESTS „„An officer, working an accident at Aber-

nathy Road and Glenridge Drive, on July 23, ran the license of one of the drivers and found he was wanted in Duluth for shoplifting and in Atlanta on failure to appear for a traffic offense. He was arrested. „„5500 block of Northside Drive – On July

23, cops were called to the emergency room at Northside Hospital just after midnight, on a person shot in the leg. The man who was shot said that he and two others in the car pulled into a gas station, and at some point, one man was shot by someone who none of the car’s occupants can describe. No shell casings were found nor was there any blood. The victim’s wound had burn marks indicating that the gun was right up against him at the time it fired. The clerk at the gas station said he never heard a gunshot. Detectives came in and stories be-

gan to change, recanted from the original. The two occupants of the car were arrested for making false representation to the police. The man shot in the leg was given a copy of charges and released. He was later transfered to Grady Hospital with non lifethreatening injuries. „„500 block of North River Pkwy. – On July

23, police were called just before 11 p.m. after a resident saw two juveniles breaking into cars in the area of an apartment complex. An officer spotted a juvenile who matched the description of one of the suspects. He had on a backpack. He told the officer he was playing a video game requiring him to walk around. The officer noted that he was breathing hard and sweating. The witness confirmed that the juvenile was one of the suspects. Another officer located a second juvenile who was confirmed to be the second suspect. Items in the backpacks were confirmed to have been stolen from several cars. The items included GPS units and a Ryobi drill. The juvenile was charged and taken to the Fulton County Youth Detention Center where they refused to take him. He was taken home to his mother. The second suspect, old enough not be considered a juvenile, was taken to jail.


Public Hearings: Location:


RZ16-0095 & U16-0024


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Present Zoning:

O-I (Office Institutional District)


Rezone to O-I (Office Institutional District) for the expansion of the hospital and the construction of a parking deck, with a Use Permit to exceed the maximum zoning district building height (Sec. 19.4.5)

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission August 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council September 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

„„5500 block of Roswell Road – On July 24,

employees of a department store detained a man who put two cellphone cords/chargers down his pants and attempted to leave the store without paying. He was taken to jail for the $40 theft.


„„On July 24, cops arrested two juveniles

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


on Northwood Drive for shooting a BB gun, hitting a man in the leg.

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„„7800 block of Roswell Road – On July


City of Sandy Springs


An Ordinance to Amend Section 12B.8, Main Street District Standards, of the Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission August 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

26, officers were called to a liquor store regarding a complaint of street drug dealing. A description of a male, white shirt, gym shorts, was seen selling to another person. The officer located a man who matched the description. The man said he worked at the store and was not selling drugs. The officer found no drugs on the man but after running a records check, the man was found to be wanted in College Park for failure to appear. He was arrested and later transferred to the College Park Police Department.

Mayor and City Council September 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:




Reza and Catherine Kasravi

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Property Location:

3920 Dahlwiny Court


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Present Zoning:

CUP per 2000Z-0083, ZM08-009


Request to modify conditions of zoning modification ZM08-009 to rezoning 2000Z-0083, to reduce the required minimum rear yard, rear buffer, and improvement setback to install a pool, patio, and associated equipment.


An Ordinance to Amend Section 9.2, C-2 Commercial District; Article XII-B, Sandy Springs Overlay District; and Article XIX, Administrative Permits and Use Permits, of the Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance

Public Hearings:

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission August 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Planning Commission August 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council September 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:


RC-16-02SS Ryan Benjamin, 285 Crosstree Lane - Sandy Springs, GA 30328 285 Crosstree Lane LL 129, 17th District, Council District 3, City of Sandy Springs Fulton County, GA 30350 0.825 Acre The owner of the property proposes the construction of a swimming pool and deck at the existing residence. The total area of the pool and pool deck is 900 ft2. The site is 0.825 acre located in vulnerability category “E” with a maximum allowed area of impervious of 5,845ft2. Mayor and City Council August 16, 2016 Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Mayor and City Council September 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

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