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AUG. 7 — AUG. 20, 2015 • VOL. 9 — NO. 16

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Pharr Road gets new lanes, but real test yet to come BY JOHN RUCH

Rogelio Macias, right, and Morgan Lakeman, bending, along with more than 50 other volunteers, gathered at Chastain Park on Aug. 1 to help clear invasive plants between Chastain Memorial Parkway and West Wieuca Road. The cleanup effort was to make way for a new playground. See additional photos on page 24.


Pharr Road finally has its new car and bicycle lanes after a long summertime painting project that bewildered some drivers with overlapping lanes. It remains to be seen whether the new lanes will do their job of easing traffic flow. “I think, from my point of view, it’s doing well,” said Brian McHugh, the transportation and planning director at the Buckhead Community Improvement District. “I’ve driven it several times and observed good, controlled traffic flow.” But, McHugh added, road changes only truly prove themselves once the school buses start running. “The background traffic’s still not heavy… the test comes when school’s back in,” McHugh said. Not everyone is convinced the new lanes will pass that test. “It’s a terrible idea,” said north Buckhead resident Jim Cosgrove. “It’s far worse than what we had before.” Cosgrove predicted real traffic problems will show up next spring, when Buckhead Baseball begins its busy season at Frankie Allen Park, which opens onto Pharr. He predicted traffic jams will force some drivers who use Pharr to cross Buckhead to use nearby neighborhood streets instead. BCID proposed the restriping project earlier this year, targeting most of Pharr SEE PHARR ROAD, PAGE 5

New park offers ‘perfect solution’ on PATH400 BY JOE EARLE

A couple of years ago, Denise Starling spotted a problem at one point on the route being considered for PATH400. As executive director of Livable Buckhead, Starling was looking at where the planned bike-and-pedestrian trail would go as it ran alongside Ga. 400. A problem arose where the trail would meet Old Ivy Road. It made a T intersection. “I was looking at it from a parent’s perspective and thinking, ‘I’ve got a kid who thinks he’s competent on his bike and he’s not, and ... yes, he’d go right off into the road,’” she recalled recently, sitting in her Buckhead office. “We wanted a curve.” At the site, she stood where the trail would hit the street, trying to imagine a safe intersection. When she looked up

the hill, she got a pleasant surprise. The house next door was for sale. “Why didn’t we think of that?” she said. They bought the house. Problem solved. The trail could make its turn on a piece of the less-than-an-acre lot the house sat on. And as part of the deal, north Buckhead residents got a new city park. A small park, but a new spot of publicly owned greenery in the middle of a part of Atlanta that has been identified as home to too few parks. “It ended up being the perfect solution,” Starling said. Livable Buckhead bought the property for about $594,000 and then turned around and sold it to the city of Atlanta, Starling said. Now, the house is demolished, and neighbors on Old Ivy are helping the nonprofit group deSEE NEW PARK, PAGE 2


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The next wave of development in metwas cut off from nearby neighborhoods, ro Atlanta will probably hit the city’s west he said, but the new one “is going to side and areas of south Fulton and DeKalb have connectivity” to communities that counties, a former high-ranking city offineed new development. cial and development lawyer predicts. “There’s going to be a lot of money Steve Labovitz, a partner invested in this area,” he said. with the Dentons law firm and A project DeKalb County former chief of staff for the city Commissioners approved Aug. of Atlanta, told members of 4 to build corporate offices and the Buckhead Business Associtraining facilities for Atlanta’s ation on July 30 that he forenew professional soccer team sees new development around on Memorial Drive “could be the Atlanta Falcons’ upcoman incredible spur to developing stadium in Atlanta, around ment in DeKalb County,” he a proposed soccer complex in said, “and, gosh, DeKalb needs DeKalb County and in south Steve Labovitz it.” Fulton County. The south Fulton Coun“I think south is the opporty area he identified for future tunity. I do,” Labovitz told the 30 or growth is the corridor connecting Hartsso people attending the BBA breakfast field-Jackson Atlanta International Airmeeting. port with the Serenbe community or He said traffic problems on the north with proposed developments in Dougside of the metro area make it less desirlas County. “Clearly, the southern part able for some new developments. of Fulton County is one area where land “You know they can’t go north beprices are better, traffic is not really as cause of congestion. You know they’ve bad and it’s close to the airport,” he said. got to go south,” Labovitz said. Porsche Cars North America’s deciHe said the new Falcons stadium “is sion to build its new headquarters and going to be world-class” and argued it a test track near Hartsfield-Jackson will attract new investment in surroundshowed the area was drawing attention, ing neighborhoods in a way the Georhe said. gia Dome did not. The existing stadium “I think that’s just the start,” he said.

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sign a new neighborhood pocket park at 519 Old Ivy. “It’s a great idea,” said Robert Sarkissian, who lives at 515 Old Ivy, next door to the new park, and is a member of the 22-person committee debating what to include in the park. “It’s needed. I think it will greatly heighten the livability of the neighborhood here.” Sarkissian thinks the lot, which now is overgrown, eventually could offer a playground and perhaps a picnic area and an adult workout area. It also could provide a green spot to sit beneath shade trees and admire views of nearby high-rises, he said. “Surprisingly, there are some pretty nice views of offices on Peachtree,” he said. “You can just sit there and be amazed that you’re sitting in a wooded area and have a skyline in front of you.” Walking through the overgrown lot one recently hot afternoon, Sarkissian pointed out an area that could be used for shady picnic tables. “Parents could sit up here and watch their kids [on a playground] over there,” he said, pointing to a level area in the sun a few dozen feet away.

Starling said the committee also is considering including public art in the little park, which now is known only as 519 Old Ivy, its address. The steering committee will Denise Starling continue to meet to plan the park and public meetings will be scheduled, probably in September and October, to solicit comment on the plans. “It’s completely unfunded at this point,” Starling said. “The idea is to create the vision so we can go ask people for money for it. What most people were talking about is a neighborhood park – nothing that would be a regional attraction. ... “It’s a really nice space.” Sarkissian agrees. “It’s a wonderful location,” he said. “It just makes so much more sense now that PATH400 is built. Our whole family is for it. We think it will add to the value of our entire block.” BH

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Neighbors push back against Fountain Oaks Kroger expansion BY JOHN RUCH

Kroger plans a major expansion and upgrade of its Fountain Oaks supermarket. But first it must negotiate with worried neighbors who say the store is already a source of delivery noise problems. The plans also involve buying and demolishing a public housing building in Sandy Springs, at 151 West Belle Isle Road, apparently to expand the parking lot. Residents involved in the talks with Kroger and shopping center owner EDENS, Inc. say they are concerned that plans for the property remain unclear. “We’re very supportive of [Kroger] in this expansion,” but not “at our personal expenses,” said Paul Wendlandt, a West Belle Isle homeowner who is among many abutters involved in the talks. Kroger would not comment on the negotiations, and EDENS and the Galloway Law Group, which represents the project, did not respond to questions. Kroger sought a 30-day deferral from the city’s Planning Commission last month to talk with neighbors. Wendlandt said the group is due to meet again Aug. 10 with updated plans. Built in 1987, the Kroger at 4920 Roswell Road is outdated and small by modern standards. The plan would expand it by nearly 40 percent, from 61,000 to 84,000 square feet. That involves demolishing several other shopping center storefronts that until recently housed such businesses as a martial arts studio and a coin-trading shop. Kroger aims to start work this fall and wrap up late next year. “The multi-million-dollar investment will include new décor, upscale elements in service departments, [an] expanded grocery department, [an] expanded bakery and deli, and extensive natural and organic food offerings,” Kroger spokesman Glynn Jenkins said in an email. But even at its current size, the store creates noise problems with late-night deliveries and unloading of trucks, neighbors said at the July 16 Planning Commission meeting. Wendlandt said residents have logged more than 150 noise complaints

with the police in recent years, but Kroger has never offered a practical solution. “We’ve had numerous conversations with Kroger in which they’ve essentially given us the middle finger,” Wendlandt said. “We don’t have much confidence, trust or faith in Kroger doing the right thing or being a good neighbor.” A city staff report says Kroger did not provide enough information to figure out whether the expanded store would have more deliveries heading for the loading docks off West Belle Isle Road. Residents are concerned that, with even less room, trucks would be forced to line up on the street, and would discover there is no turnaround room. Parking is another concern. The existing shopping center is “underparked,” with fewer spaces than current code requires, according to the city. EDENS and Kroger are seeking a variance to allow 599 parking spaces instead of the required 910. Purchasing the public housing would allow adding more parking later, and in the meantime, EDENS has talked about using it as a construction staging area for the Kroger project, residents say. But, Wendlandt said, officials in a recent meeting said “it’s not likely that [construction stage] will happen,” leaving open the question of where that major work would happen. The Housing Authority of Fulton County already had plans to sell the nineunit West Belle Isle public housing building, dating back to 2012. Teresa Davis at HAFC said the apartment building, built in 1966, has “outlived its usefulness” and is “very expensive to maintain.” Davis said the property is currently under agreement for the sale to AmREIT, the center’s former owner, which EDENS recently acquired. If and when the deal closes, the public housing tenants will get a 90day notice to move, help in finding new housing, and subsidizing housing vouchers to maintain their ability to pay rent. “Rest assured, they won’t be put out on the street,” Davis said. BH



Pharr Road gets new car, bike lanes CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 tution reported. between Peachtree and Piedmont “The temporary and permanent roads. Much of the previous four- to striping were overlapping each other,” five-lane set-up was changed to two McHugh said. “It’s good that [work] travel lanes and a central turn lane, happened in the summertime.” plus a bike lane on The restriping either side. Among plan got a mixed rethe goals were calmsponse from resing traffic, encouragidents and busi“I’m still adjusting to ing bike-riding and ness owners when it. Driving on [Pharr] easing turns at the it was presented at with narrow lanes will Peachtree and Pieda BCID-sponsored mont intersections. meeting in March. take an adjustment.” The city of AtlanGarden Hills resta carried out the reident Steve Jacobs, striping this spring who attended the – STEVE JACOBS and summer, wrapmeeting, said he’s GARDEN HILLS RESIDENT ping up around the taking a wait-andbeginning of July. see attitude now that The work drew comthe work is done. plaints for dragging “I’m still adjusting on for months and for temporary lane to it,” Jacobs said. “Driving on [Pharr] markings that were confusing and even with narrow lanes will take an adjustdangerous to drivers, as 11Alive rement.” ported. “I haven’t heard any positive or negRichard Mendoza, the director of ative response from the public,” said the city’s Department of Public Works, McHugh. “We have to wait and see as eventually paid a personal visit to make we go into September” and then hit sure the street work was wrapping up the “crush period of the holidays,” he properly, the Atlanta Journal-Constiadded.



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Counselors deserve same recognition as teachers I have been an educator for 30 years and a counselor with DeKalb County Schools for the last 14. Currently, I am privileged to work at Dunwoody High School, which is shining under its new administration. Our students are getting accepted at top colleges around the country, as well as at the University of Georgia, Emory University and Georgia Tech. A strong team of counselors is critical in establishing a successful high school experience for each and every student, yet parents and community members are often unaware of the many services counselors provide to students. We provide assistance to all students, not just those who are highly gifted or have learning disabilities. In addition to aiding students with class selection, counselors help students in all areas of academic achievement, including assisting students with the very complicated and detailed college application process, encouraging understanding and tolerance in a multicultural and diverse population, and working with at-risk students in an effort to reduce the drop out and failure rates. Counselors do much more. We stand ready to assist in ways that others cannot even imagine. We are there for not only the students, but for the school staff, as well. Many times we are the ones students turn to when they feel there is no one else who can help them in navigating the murky waters of adolescence. We help students cope with a

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Forget country music, I’ve got the blues Today I’m going to explore two of the most popular musical genres of the South: country music and the blues. I’m a blues girl, myself. Now, I realize that there’s a fine line between the blues and country music, and that’s a line that I don’t want to cross. I’ll go as far as bluegrass, but I stop there. You might say that both of these musical genres are forms of artful whining. But the difference between the blues and country music is the difference between telling it like it is and ruthlessly exploiting my emotions. If I happen to hear a country song that starts off with a letter stuck to an old oak tree, I switch the radio dial, because whoever wrote that letter is going to die. And that will make me cry. And I don’t want to listen to a song and cry unless I’m watching Les Miserables. With the blues, you start down and you stay down, and those minor chords make it kind of fun while you’re down there. Not so with country music. You’ll be Sittin’ Knee-Deep in the Water Somewhere and the next thing you know, you’re being showered with tears that are pouring down on you from Holes in the Floor of Heaven. Don’t jerk me around like that. I don’t want to be having a rollicking good time with my red Solo cup in hand and in the next moment witness my daughter growing up too quickly before my very eyes while plumbers and other sages are telling her that she’s going to miss this when it’s gone, which starts me spiraling straight into a Sunrise, Sunset melancholy. Stop it, already! With the blues, I know what’s coming. There will always be a minor scale and a major problem, and it will be played out in a very reliable fashion. There will be a 12-bar chord progression, three-

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Shopping, dining and attractions beckon in North Georgia BY COLLIN KELLEY If you’re planning to buy a second or retirement home in the North Georgia Mountains, you’ll obviously be looking for peace and quiet. But you’ll also want to be near shopping, restaurants and activities when you need a break from rustic living. Here are a few suggestions.


Okay, so the faux-Bavarian is a tourist trap, but Helen also has its charms. Oktoberfest offers kitschy fun, while the annual Balloon Race in June is a must-see. Unicoi State Park is just north of town, offering swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and playgrounds.


The town bills itself as the “gateway to the mountains” and has plenty to offer in way of shopping and dining. The historic courthouse square area has eclectic shops, restaurants and even a soda fountain. The old courthouse has been turned into an interesting museum, but Cleveland was really put on the map as the home of the Cabbage Patch Kids. Be sure to visit Babyland General Hospital to see how the kids are born and maybe adopt a new bundle of joy.


The town was made famous as the site of the first major gold rush in the U.S., but is now known for its vineyards and wineries. After you’ve had a tipple, head to the town square to visit the shops, restaurants and art galleries. The annual Gold Rush Festival in October attracts thousands to the city.


Located along the Appalachian Trail, Hiawassee is home to Lake Chatuge, a TVA reservoir popular for swimming, boating, jet skiing, paddling, sport fishing and other water sports. The Georgia Mountain Fair is held at the fairgrounds each summer and the Fred Hamilton Rhododendron Garden is in bloom April to late May with more than 3,000 azaleas and rhododendrons.

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The town is home to The Hambidge Center, a nationally known retreat for writers and artists, and Southern victuals mecca The Dillard House is nearby. The Sylvan Falls Bed & Breakfast Inn offers a quiet and relaxing retreat in the shadow of Wolf Valley, which has become a favorite spot for photographers to capture images of the waterfalls. The Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School offers events and theater productions year round.


This mountain town has a multitude of antique and craft shops, restaurants and two vineyards to explore. For the adventurous, go white-water rafting on the Chattooga River or wander through the Chattahoochee National Forest, which offers camping, trails for horse enthusiasts, waterfalls and overlooks.



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Saturday, Aug. 15, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. – Bring the family for a community-wide meal packaging festival at the Dunwoody United Methodist Church. This annual event provides participants with the opportunity to make at least 300,000 meals for the organization Stop Hunger Now. Volunteers can sign up for a variety of shifts to put together the bags or for a variety of other support tasks. Youth are invited to help unload and celebrate with tailgate games and a move on Friday, August 14, from 4-8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, Gymnasium, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information and to sign up, go online to or call 770-394-0675, extension 119.

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promises an evening of music, local eats by top Atlanta chefs, spirits and a foodie silent auction to benefit Children of Conservation and the Giving Kitchen. Tickets start at $75 each and can be purchased online. The Buckhead Theatre, 3110 Roswell Rd., Buckhead 30305. For more information and to buy tickets, go to or email

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Live butterflies have visited the Dunwoody Nature Center annually for more than two decades. But people won’t see the hundreds of colorful guests flying in a mass migration into town. Before they go on display, the showy butterflies ride from Florida on a truck, asleep in a simulated state of hibernation. Ashley Jones and her father now own the traveling butterfly exhibit that had been SPECIAL part of the Greathouse Ashley Jones, along with her father, owns Butterfly Farm in Earthe traveling butterfly exhibit that will letown, Fla. The farm bring the insects to the Dunwoody Nature closed in January and Center’s annual festival on Aug. 15. owner Zane Greathouse hired Jones to care for the 100 acres of land and for his ing, and those tents are a prime examnearly 90-year-old mother, Jones said. ple of being back in touch with nature,” “It was sort of a family business beMothner said. “You’re in a tent with cause we all worked there, but we’re hundreds of butterflies flying around. not related [to the Greathouse famiThere’s no other experience like it.” ly].” Jones said. “Some of my family In addition to Monarch butterflies, and some of my friend’s family worked which the Nature Center’s 22nd annuthere.” al butterfly festival will focus on as part Before the Aug. 15 festival, Jones and of its Milkweed Project, Jones and her a handful of family members will load family are bringing Zebra Longwing, up a rental truck for the seven-hour trek Common Buckeye, Sleepy Orange, Gito Dunwoody. ant, American Black and Tiger SwallowOnce there, they set up a pair of tents tail species of butterfly. filled with butterflies and plants the butThe Monarch butterfly can live up to terflies feed on. Jones and “Professor eight months, Jones said, but most speMullet,” the character her father plays, cies of butterfly live only two to four each host a tent. They teach about the weeks, depending on the season as much lifecycle of the butterfly and why it’s an as the species. important pollinator, along with bees Jones and her father grow butterflies and bats. in greenhouses that have the proper host Alan Mothner, the Nature Center’s plants, such as the milkweed for caterexecutive director, said once people vispillars that will become Monarch butit the festival, they look forward to it all terflies. year until the next one. “They lay eggs on plants and grasses, “We’re all about experiential learnso you have to have the right plants for

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Alan Mothner, executive director of the Dunwoody Nature Center, says the butterfly festival is both an entertainment and educational event.

the specific butterfly,” she said. “They lay their eggs, they hatch, and the caterpillar eats the food, makes a chrysalis and emerges. Then it starts all over again.” Though the butterflies exhibited at this year’s Butterfly Festival will return to Florida, some butterflies leave their farm home for good, Jones said, shipped in special containers via priority overnight FedEx. Her business sells some butterflies that are to be released -- customers as far away as Canada purchase the butterflies for release during special events such as birthday parties, weddings and funerals. “We fold the wings up as if they were resting and put them in an insulated box,” she said. “We have ice packs at the bottom, separated by a barrier so [the butterflies] don’t get too cold. It puts them in a hibernation state.” Cooling and shipping butterflies extends their lives, she said, because of the hibernation state. “When it gets cold here, they fold their wings and rest until it warms up,” Jones said. That’s how they travel for the annual festival as well, she said. Jackie Sherry, the program manag-

er for the Nature Center, said visitors to the tents will be expected to follow the rules set by Jones and her family. Because more than 3,000 people come to spend time with the butterflies, each group of 20 people will have between seven and 10 minutes in the tent, Sherry said. Jones said visitors will be given sticks to hold and a sugary substance like Gatorade to put on the sticks to encourage the butterflies to land on them. Though many people treat the butterflies with respect, accidents do happen, Jones said. Sometimes, someone will accidentally step on a butterfly or a child might get nervous and shake the sugary stick too hard, she added. “Throughout the day, usually about 10 butterflies end up not making it,” Jones said. The end result is education as much as entertainment, Mothner said. He wants to show people how important butterflies are for the environment and give people a chance to check them out up close. “We want people who might be scared of bugs or butterflies to come in and realize how beautiful they are,” Mothner said.

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You risk a ticket, or jail, if you don’t stop for a school bus BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Students return to school this month, capture photos of stop-arm violations, which means drivers heading to work he said. must stop when school buses do. So, when do you stop? If a driver doesn’t stop, he or she risks Where no median divides the road, a ticket – and even a trip to jail. all drivers – those headed in both direcTwo Brookhaven drivers who didn’t tions – must stop when a school bus exproperly stop for a school bus stop sign tends its stop-sign-bearing arm, Nino did find themselves headed to jail after said. police pulled them over and found they Police admit there can be confusion didn’t have proper licenses. at times for drivers who trained in the “It is not common to be arrested and ways of the road before buses regularly jailed for failure to stop at a school bus rolled down divided highways and fourstop sign,” said Carlane roads. los Nino, a spokes“If there is a ce“One of our municipal person for Brookhavment or grass median en police. “Normally, in the roadway, the court judges said a traffic stop of that drivers on the same when the red blinking nature results in the side of the school bus light is out, all drivers driver’s compliance are supposed to stop,” have to stop.” and they are cited Nino said. “Drivers and released at the loon the other side are <Branch name> cation of the traffic free to go.” <Location> – CARLOS NINO stop.” There also can <Phone> BROOKHAVEN POLICE But police write be confusion about SPOKESPERSON plenty of tickets for when a driver a must school bus stop-arm stop. scofflaws. “The other misBetween January conception is 1 and May 5, Sandy Springs police citwhether or not the bus has to be comed 76 drivers with overtaking and passpletely stopped and the stop sign is ing a school bus. Dunwoody police citcompletely out,” Nino said. “One of ed three motorists, while Brookhaven our municipal court judges said when police gave five warnings and cited 20 the red blinking light is out, all drivers drivers with passing school buses. have to stop.” Atlanta Public Schools reported no One of the most common excuses citations through early May, but that police get from drivers who fail to stop could be changing. Internal cameras on is that they didn’t see the light, stop sign school buses are being upgraded, and or bus. Nino said that’s no excuse. when the project is complete, there will Another common excuse is claimbe cameras on the bulkhead, driver’s side ing “I’m not from around here,” Nino and on the rear of each bus, Open Resaid. Cops won’t buy it. “I’m sure your cords Administrator Kent Johnson said. state has laws that mirror Georgia’s,” External cameras were to be added to Nino said. BH

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Local chiefs compare policing tactics in Israel BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

There are some places in the metro area to Dunwoody. you should watch your step after dark, “I’ve been to several countries around Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimIsrael, but not in Israel,” DeSimone said. one said. On a recent trip to the Middle “This is the 50th country in the world I’ve East, he says he discovered the same is true visited.” in Israel. Local chiefs said they look at their cities “In the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, with a new perspective after the training. it’s a lot worse [than other areas],” DeSimBrookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura one said. “I looked at it sort of like Atlansaid the visiting officers ate in a restaurant ta: you go to Buckhead and it’s relatively where a suicide bomber had killed more safe, but other places in Atlanta, you better than 20 people years earlier. They saw how watch where you walk after the sun goes law enforcement efforts had made comdown.” munities safer, he said. For the 23rd year in a row, DeSimone said he was most the Georgia-Israel Law Enforceimpressed by the way the Israement Exchange sent public safeli police had to maintain law and ty and law enforcement offiorder in such a diverse country. cers, including the police chiefs Though it’s a Jewish state, Musof Sandy Springs and Brookhavlims and Christians live there, en, overseas for training. GILEE too. “It was professionally reis a partnership between Georwarding to see how Israel police gia State University and local law were able to police different comenforcement agencies that helps Sandy Springs munities, whether Islamic, Jewprepare its participants to deal ish, Christian or any subsets,” Police Chief with threats to public safety and DeSimone said. “They are able to Ken DeSimone effectively police these communito improve security. Seventeen Georgia law enties fairly and equitably.” forcement officials took part this year. Yandura had recently returned from Though DeSimone had experience training in the Republic of Georgia and working with military police and travelcompared his impression to Israel. ing as a Marine, he had never been to Isra“Georgia was a little more secure beel, he said. He was the fourth person from cause they weren’t under the threat of atthe Sandy Springs department to travel for tack all the time,” Yandura said. “More the GILEE training, he said. Dunwoody people from this country should see how Police Chief Billy Grogan completed the they [Israeli police] have to live in a panic training in Israel in 2000, before he came mode—on alert 24 hours a day. We found

Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura, second from left, with Israeli border police.

out the police and military are on 24 hour, 7-day-a-week alert. If you heard a siren, you had 15 seconds to get downstairs. “And there was an officer who was stabbed three times near Jerusalem” while they were visiting the country, he said. After the stabbing, the border patrol guard shot and killed his attacker, DeSimone said. Yandura said some of the technology that Israeli officers have, such as facial recognition technology, could help here. “Facial recognition is not perfect, but it’s improving,” Yandura said. Yandura said a crowded place such as Perimeter Mall might make good use of facial recognition, especially to catch shoplifters. Though the country and police stayed on high alert, Yandura said peace did ex-


ist in a small city of Acre, which the officers visited, Yandura said. Religious leaders such as Greek Orthodox priests and Muslim imams told the visitors they didn’t understand why others couldn’t simply coexist. “In this little town there was a lot of cohesiveness and they got along,” Yandura said. “They comingled very well.” Both chiefs agreed that the mandatory military service requirement for Israeli citizens gives everyone greater respect for law enforcement. “There’s a sense of unity in the country,” Yandura said. “I suppose they’re more patriotic.” Yandura said he knows an Israeli airline pilot who also volunteers to fly for the country’s air force, and he’s always on alert. “I feel very fortunate we’re not worried about getting bombed all the time,” Yandura said.

Buckhead Police Blotter From police reports dated July 12-25

Uzi, held guns to two victims’ heads and demanded their property. The third suspect acted as a lookout.

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.

„ 700 block of Sidney Marcus Boulevard—

ROBBERY „ 1100 block of Huff Road—A man armed

with a black pistol approached a man getting out of his car and demanded, “Give me all your stuff.” The man gave the gunman his wallet and keys.

„ 100

block of Noble Creek Drive—A woman was inside a community mailbox area when she was approached by a man armed with a grey handgun. “Give me your money,” he demanded, and she threw her keys at the gunman and ran away. She knocked on several doors seeking help.

„ 100

block of Alden Ave—Three men with handguns approached a woman, who was waiting in her car at a callbox for a condo development. One of the men pointed a gun in her face and demanded her property. She complied and surrendered a Gucci book bag, a purse and Galaxy S4 cellphone with a driver’s license case. Some of



the property was recovered at the intersection of 26th and Peachtree streets. „ 4200

block of Roswell Road—A man with a pistol demanded money from people loading groceries into their car outside a store. One of the victims surrendered $200 and the other surrendered $300. The suspect ran away.

„ 2500

block of Lenox Road—A man was standing in front of his apartment when a white sedan with a dealer tag drove by. A few minutes later, three men came from around the apartment building. Two of them, one armed with a silver-and-black

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Three men robbed a man as he approached his car in an apartment parking lot. One of the suspects had a silver handgun and demanded the man’s car keys and Apple iPhone 6. The suspects entered the victim’s car and drove off. The iPhone was tracked to 336 Howell Drive, but when police canvassed the area, they did not find the car.

„ 1200

block of West Paces Ferry Road— A woman with a money bag in her hand got out of her car at a bank. Someone ran up from behind, pushed her and snatched the bank bag belonging to the “Street Exes Studio.” The suspect was last seen entering a white Chrysler van.

„ 300

block of Buckhead Avenue—Four people were walking down Buckhead Avenue when two men wearing bandannas ordered them to get on the ground. One of the men had a black-and-silver gun. The suspects took the women’s purses, ran down Buckhead Avenue and fled in a vehicle.

„ 2000

block of Peachtree Road—A woman was sitting inside her vehicle talking to the male suspect, when he called the female suspect over. Once inside the vehicle, the female suspect presented a silver pistol and demanded money. The suspect went through the woman’s purse, taking an EBT card. The victimized woman was in an ongoing relationship with the suspect’s boyfriend.

„ 3500

block of Peachtree Road—As a man approached his car outside a tavern, another man, who had a silver handgun, pushed him against his car and demanded his Rolex watch. After a brief struggle, the gunman ripped the watch off the man’s wrist and ran to a black, newer model vehicle, possibly a 2013 or 2014 Cadillac.

„ 3300

block of Peachtree Road—A man sat in his vehicle talking on the phone, when a man wearing a red bandana around his face, armed with a .22-caliber pistol, opened the passenger door, demanding “Give me the [expletive deleted] keys, your cellphone and get out!” The victim complied and was able to flag down a passerby. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 BH

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The man fled the scene in the victim’s black 2014 Chevy Suburban. „„3600

block of Roswell Road—A strongarm robbery was reported when an Uber driver picked up a man and two women from a bar. When they got to the intersection of Powers Ferry and Roswell roads, the man cancelled the ride and told the driver that they were not going to pay him. The suspects assaulted the driver, taking his iPhone.


block of Peachtree Road—Loss Prevention witnessed two men grab a handful of trading cards and try to walk out of a discount department store without paying.

When confronted, one of the men started a physical altercation with the employee. The suspect dropped the cards before fleeing the scene with the second suspect. „„100

block of Terrace Drive—A man armed with a semi-automatic handgun and a dark bandana over his nose and mouth approached two people who were outside an apartment smoking cigarettes. The gunman demanded money and one of the men gave him $7.


block of Summit North Drive— A carjacking was reported at a condo. A man getting out of his car, gathering bags from the back seat, was approached by a man with a revolver. The gunman point-

ed the gun at the victim’s head and asked, “Where’s the money?” Then he demanded, “Give me the money, where’s the money, give me the keys,” while another man rummaged through the vehicle and attempted to start it. When he could not operate the vehicle, the suspect with the handgun ordered the victim to strip. He eventually jumped into a small silver sedan that pulled up in front of the victim’s vehicle as the second man fled in the victim’s 2014 Kia Forte.


block of Huff Road—A man punched the arm and threw a drink on his friend during a verbal argument.


block of Woodward Way—A man attacked his mother with a knife after becoming irate during a conversation. He then proceeded to cause extensive damage to her car and the inside of the home, breaking and throwing things. He also rammed her car into the garage and drove over a 3-foot flower bed in front of the house. When police arrived, he pointed and threw a knife at them.


block of Northside Circle—Two people in an apartment were arguing, when one grabbed a pair of scissors and the friend’s arm. The victim received an abrasion to her forehead during the scuffle. An arrest was made.

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Over 50 volunteers gathered on Aug. 1 at Chastain Park to assist with a cleanup effort. The goal was to remove invasive plants between Chastain Memorial Parkway and West Wieuca Road, in anticipation of a new playground. Above, left, the group initially met with Susie Lyden, left, and Ray Mock, right, to receive instructions. Above, right, volunteers listen in the parking lot of the Chastain Gallery and Arts Center. Right center, Jenilee Dumlao and Justin Brumleve. Bottom right, William Basfield. Bottom middle, Phil Bush. Bottom left, Ben Shlanta, 12. Below, Gabrielle Ferroe, left, and Katherine Burch. Left center, Dan Gunyon and Marcus Fras. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER



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