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► High school football team tackles community needs PAGE 8 ► Local librarians recommend autumn reads PAGE 14 BY EVELYN ANDREWS

Group pushes for crosswalk fixes after pedestrian death


Baraka Sentmore died after being hit by car while standing on a pedestrian island at the intersection of Piedmont Road and Morosgo Drive on July 11. She left behind four children. One month later, Atlanta advocacy group Pedestrians Educating Drivers on Safety, or PEDS, held a rally to honor her and push for pedestrian safety improvements in the Buckhead intersection and across the city. “Those children are going to grow up in completely different lives,” Sally Flocks, the founder and CEO of PEDS said at the Aug. 11 rally. “We need to recognize it’s real people being killed.” Sentmore was killed after being hit by a car after it collided with another See GROUP on page 18 Two volunteers attach flowers to a pole at the intersection of Piedmont Road and Morosgo Drive on Aug. 11 in honor of Baraka Sentmore, a pedestrian killed at that intersection a month earlier. EVELYN ANDREWS

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It’s chicken feed up here in Buckhead to cut down a tree. It should be an economic hardship to cut down a tree.

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BY JOHN RUCH AND EVELYN ANDREWS johnruch@reporternewspapers.net After nine months of work, the master plan for Buckhead’s commercial core has been released. It proposes “Six Big Ideas”: projects and studies that especially target the neighborhood’s problems with traffic


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Buckhead Backs Peter Aman for Atlanta Mayor Aman Endorsed by Councilwomen Yolanda Adrean and Clair Muller “With nearly $14 billion in transportation and water infrastructure on the line, we need a mayor with the background and the backbone to manage Atlanta’s finances and its future in a transparent manner. Peter is the candidate I trust – and who Atlanta can trust – to champion our city and its residents.” COUNCILWOMAN YOLANDA ADREAN, FINANCE EXPERT

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The Buckhead Community Improvement District will host a public meeting Sept. 6 on future Lenox Road improvements. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Buckhead Library at 269 Buckhead Ave. Findings of the CID’s Lenox Road Scoping Study will be presented and presenters will answer questions. The study began in October 2016 with funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission to determine the feasibility of pedestrian, bicycle and roadway improvements on Lenox Road, starting at East Paces Ferry Road and heading to Piedmont Road. One of Buckhead’s major streets, this section of Lenox Road includes the Buckhead STANTEC and Lenox MARTA StaThe Lenox Road Scoping Study was included in the Buckhead master plan, “BUCKHEAD tions; the Lenox Square ReDEFINED”. An illustration of a “boardwalk” on and Phipps Plaza malls; Lenox Road is included in the master plan. a Ga. 400 overpass; and the PATH400 multi-use trail. The study also was folded into the Buckhead master plan, “BUCKHEAD ReDEFINED.” The master plan recommends pedestrian enhancements between East Paces Ferry and Peachtree roads, intersection improvements at Lenox and Peachtree roads and a reconfigured interchange at Ga. 400, according to the master plan website.


A twice-yearly program that asks homeowners and commercial buildings to turn off lights in the evening to reduce bird deaths caused by collisions with buildings has begun. Up to an estimated 1 billion birds die each year in the U.S. after colliding with buildings, according to Atlanta Audubon Society. Deaths peak during fall and spring migration seasons, the organization says. The group created the program “Lights Out Atlanta” to reduce these bird deaths. Lights Out Atlanta encourages building owners and resiATLANTA AUDUBON SOCIETY dential homeowners The logo for the Atlanta Audubon Society’s to turn off or reduce “Lights Out Atlanta” program. lighting from midnight to sunrise during the peak bird migration periods, which during the fall runs from Aug. 15 to Nov. 15. Atlanta Audubon, headquartered in Buckhead at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve on Roswell Road, has partnered with the city of Atlanta’s Better Buildings Challenge, a program that challenges participating commercial buildings to reduce energy and water consumption by 20 percent by 2020. Buildings or homes that pledge to the voluntary program are asked to turn off unnecessary lighting, use light timers and motion sensors, close shades or blinds and dim or turn off lobby lighting, among other suggestions. For more information or to sign the pledge, visit atlantaaudubon.org/lights-out-atlanta. BH

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Ellen Bruenderman, volunteer coordinator at Parks Pride, speaks as Christina Gibson, canopy conservation coordinator at Trees Atlanta, and David Zaparanick, the city’s arboricultural manager, listen at the Aug. 10 Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting.

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The manager of the city of Atlanta’s arborist division agreed with residents at a recent community meeting that the next city tree ordinance needs to impose higher fees for cutting down trees, more transparency and enforcement. “It totally needs to be adjusted. It’s ridiculous,” David Zaparanick, the city’s arboricultural manager, said at an Aug. 10 Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting, of the fees that developers pay to cut down trees. Developers pay into a city fund that is used for planting, maintaining and protecting trees as a recompense fee for cutting down trees during construction. Zaparanick agreed with residents and the two other people joining him on the panel — Christina Gibson, the canopy conservation coordinator at Trees Atlanta, and Ellen Bruenderman, volunteer coordinator at Parks Pride — that the fees should be raised. The statements came after Gordon Certain, president of the North Buckhead Civic Association, suggested fees be based on property values instead of one standard fee for the entire city. The tree ordinance currently calls for a fee of $100 per tree destroyed plus $30 per inch of tree diameter. “It’s chicken feed up here in Buckhead to cut down a tree,” Certain said. “It should be an economic hardship to cut down a tree,” he said, adding that raising the fee a substantial amount across the entire city would “cripple” less wealthy parts of Atlanta. Zaparanick also explained the appeals process to residents at the meeting who may object to tree destruction in their neighborhoods. Residents can appeal a decision by the city’s arborists to allow trees to be cut down if they live within the NPU where the trees are being cut down or are within 500 feet of the border. An orange sign is posted outside the property for 10 days to notify residents a plan to cut down trees has been submitted to the city. Once it is preliminarily apBH

proved, a yellow sign is posted for five business days, during which residents have the opportunity to file an appeal. The appeal must be based on a violation of the tree ordinance and will then go before the Tree Conservation Commission, a citizenappointed board. Some residents, including Mercy Sandberg-Wright, a board member of the Tuxedo Park Civic Association, said those signs are sometimes not staying up and the city, which is responsible for posting the signs, needs to monitor them. “What happens with the signs after they are posted, I don’t know,” Zaparanick said. Sandberg-Wright replied, “They disappear.” Some residents said city officials need to rethink the process used to move plans through city departments. The arborist division is one of the last departments to see the plans, and by then, it is often too late for developers to change their plans, Zaparanick said. “Unless someone’s willing to go back to the drawing board, you could say it is too late,” he said. Zaparanick also said his “hands are tied” in most instances. Typically, as long as a plan complies with the zoning code and fees are paid, developers can cut down any trees. “As long as you can afford it, you can clear cut a lot,” Gibson added. “What I’m hearing is, there are no teeth in the ordinance,” Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods Chairman Tom Tidwell said. The tree and zoning ordinances will both be rewritten in the near future, giving residents and the city an opportunity to make changes and accomplish the goal of retaining the 48 percent tree canopy coverage in the city, Gibson said. The ordinances will be rewritten as part of the Atlanta City Design Project. The Department of City Planning is currently working on obtaining funding for a study involving all stakeholders that will last a year. Once, it begins, which Zaparanick said he hopes will be in the next few months, public meetings at which residents can offer input will be held.



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Test-driving Atlanta’s new bike share service BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

With Atlanta’s Relay Bike Share service recently rolling out, Reporter Newspapers took a test drive of the bicycle rental service. While the bikes gave a nice ride, the lack of bike lanes on local streets could make using them a challenge. Bike share systems have recently been proposed in Sandy Springs and some private systems are operating in Perimeter Center. But Atlanta is the first local city to launch a full public system. Buckhead is the latest neighborhood in Atlanta to join the city’s bicycle share station system, which allows users to rent a bike for a fee from an automated kiosk or with a smartphone app. Three stations, or “hubs,” were installed in July and can be found across the street from the Lenox MARTA Station at East Paces Ferry and Lenox roads; at Tower Place, at the intersection of Lenox and Piedmont roads; and in Piedmont Center, which is on the opposite side of Lenox Road from Tower Place. None of the bikes at the Lenox MARTA Station were out for use on a recent Sunday, but on some weekdays all the Tower Place bikes are being used. Other experienced cyclists were riding their own bikes were in the area.

The test drive started at the Relay hub at the Lenox MARTA Station, followed by a quick ride around the block bounded by Lenox Road, East Paces Ferry Road, Oak Valley Road and Wright Avenue. None of those streets in that area have bike lanes, making for a challenging ride, and city code bars bike-riding on the sidewalks. For a first-time user, getting a Relay bike takes about five minutes. Instead of renting from a kiosk and swiping a credit card, riders type in an account number and PIN on a small display on the rear of the bike powered by a solar panel. But first, they must download the Social Bicycles app or visit the Relay Bike Share website at relaybikeshare.com to create an account and enter payment information. If a rider isn’t a monthly or yearly subscriber, he or she must buy a 30-minute ride for $3.50 manually on the app or website before each ride and before entering the account number on the bike’s display. A monthly membership costs $15 and allots members 90 minutes of daily ride time. An annual membership costs $10 a month and a full year has to be paid up front. Individual rides are $3.50 for 30 minutes and 15 cents for each minute after. Monthly or yearly subscribers can tap a member card on the same display, similar to tapping a MARTA Breeze card at the


This Relay Bike Share station outside the Lenox MARTA station was installed in July along with two other bike share stations in Buckhead.

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historian. “It’s unique, it’s bold and simple, and it’s authorized.” The Civil Air Patrol, or CAP, is an auxiliary of the Air Force that specializes in aerospace education, cadet programs, and emergency services. A civilian nonprofit organization, CAP is known for providing search and rescue missions. CAP was created in 1941 to fly anti-submarine combat patrols during World War II. There are currently more than 1,500 units with 57,000 members. The Sandy Springs unit started meeting in 1963 at Sandy Springs High School. Today the squadron meets weekly at St. Jude’s Catholic Church. Senior members teach cadets ages 13 to 21 about aviation and the military. They are trained how to survive in the woods and how to search for missing aircraft. Cadets who complete training receive the Snoopy patch. The patch was designed to adorn the Sandy Springs unit’s uniforms in 1967 by Cadet Commander Joe Congleton. He modeled the patch on the cover of Schulz’s 1966 cartoon book “Snoopy and the Red Baron.” Congleton added the words “The Flyin’ 45th” to refer to the squad’s charter number. Lt. Harry Topliss wrote to Schulz to ask permission for the use of Snoopy’s image on the patch. In a brief letter dated July 25, 1967, Shultz replied, “You

certainly may have my permission to use Snoopy in your squadron patch. I am flattered that you wish to do so.” In the years since, copies of the patch have traveled with CAP alumni to space, to the Middle East, and even on Air Force One, the president’s airplane. Significant wearers have included former Georgia cadet and astronaut Eric Boe in 2011; Andrew Steadman, a White House military aide promoted in 2016 by President Obama; and Thomas McArthur, a Coast Guard rescue swimmer who saved 12 lives in 2010. “[The patch] represents the continuity of the squadron that has done great things in the past and plans to do great things in the future,” said Berry. “It shows a determined Snoopy facing a difficult foe and taking a few hits on his

doghouse and yet with either a grin or a grimace on his face, is working through his problems and facing his challenges.” Congleton is part of that sense of determination. He received a nomination to the U.S. Air Force Academy, but couldn’t qualify for medical reasons. He studied at Georgia Tech before dropping out to go to flight school with the U.S. Army. He was selected to fly the AH-1G Cobra fighter helicopter in 1969. He flew Cobras in Vietnam until April 1970, when his base was attacked and he was severely injured. He earned the Air Medal and a Purple Heart for his service. For more information about the Sandy Springs unit, see ga045.org.

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Jeremiah Collier, left, and Ethan Haas, seniors on the Dunwoody High School Wildcats football team, were up early the night after a pre-season game to volunteer to pack food to be sent to impoverished communities in Honduras.


Dunwoody football players tackle community needs BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Jeremiah Collier, a senior linebacker on Dunwoody High School’s football team, is known for some fierce licks against running backs trying to sneak up the middle during a game.

Jeremiah Collier, a senior linebacker, carries a box of prepackaged food to be shipped.

He also could easily carry a heavy box filled with bags of rice in Dunwoody United Methodist Church’s recent Foodstock event, where volunteers prepared boxes of food to be sent to impoverished communities in Honduras. “I like to help the less fortunate,” Collier said. Collier was working an 8 a.m. shift at the church along with about a dozen other DHS football players who also had played late the night before in a pre-season game against Appalachee High School. The Dunwoody Wildcats won 30-7. “Yeah, I had a good game,” Collier said, smiling. “Had some good tackles.” DHS Head Coach Mike Nash says how his players perform on the field is important – but even more important is how they carry themselves off the field. When Nash came to DHS two years ago from Shiloh High School in Snellville, he wanted to instill in his players not only the fundamentals of football, but also the importance of service to the community. “For me, football is a community thing,” Nash said. “Football does a lot to

bring a community together.” While volunteering for various organizations is not required, Nash said it is strongly encouraged. “It’s important the players understand they are part of something bigger than themselves,” he said. Daneen Collier, Jeremiah’s mother, and Tricia Casey, whose son Charley is a senior wide receiver for the Wildcats, are in charge of organizing volunteer opportunities for the players. The team has done jobs ranging from clearing brush and weeds at the historical Stephen Martin Cemetery, which is tucked behind the strip mall adjacent to the massive State Farm development, to cleaning up and setting up for the city’s annual Fourth of July parade. “There are a lot of projects where it helps to have some brawn,” Daneen Collier said. Tricia Casey said the team’s dedication to community service creates “the closest thing to Mayberry, in a good way,” for the city and its residents. “These boys need to be going out into the community to help the community that supports us so much,” she said.

Ethan Haas, a senior running back, carries packaged rice to be put into food boxes.

Ethan Haas, a senior running back, was all smiles despite the early morning at DUMC as he helped organize the boxes of food. “This is a chance for us to give back to the community, to be part of it, because we want them to come out and support us on Friday nights,” he said.

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FALL 2017 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE Listed are the public high schools in the Reporter Newspapers communities


Sept. 1: At McNair Sept. 29: At Pataula Charter Oct. 6: At North Springs Oct. 13: Clarkston Oct. 20: At Glascock County Oct. 27: Pataula Charter


Freshman Wildcats Davis Ledoyen, far left, Conner MacDonald and Grey Kuriger measure rice as part of prepared food packages.

Those Friday nights are when a community comes together to cheer a team and the players on the field represent their parents, their school and the entire community, Nash said. “Our motto is, ‘Family,’” he said. “We are helping raise these kids to turn them into men.” Sweating on a field in practice and during games is one thing, Nash said, but then to volunteer side-by-side unloading pumpkins for a church sale or hammering 2-by-4s at the Donaldson Bannister Farm as part of its preservation project is another way to bring players closer together. He hopes that dedication to each other will translate into good plays and strong efforts on the field. “Football is a game played with emo-

tion and passion,” Nash said. “But it’s more important to coach the community.” Ben Stecker, a senior and long snapper for the Wildcats, said volunteering in the community “is a way to make our mark on Dunwoody.” Junior cornerback Will Forth said helping others is a way to “try to make things better.” Ricki Vann, a member of Dunwoody UMC, was packaging food with her husband, Mike, and a group of players. “They are hard workers,” she said. “It shows they have integrity and they want to help others. It’s great to have young people involved in positive things and not negative things.” She said she and her husband watch the Wildcats every Friday on TV. The team is forced to play at North DeKalb


Sept. 1: Chamblee Sept. 8: North Atlanta Sept. 22: At Chattahoochee Sept. 29: Northview Oct. 6: At Cambridge Oct. 13: Pope Oct. 20: At Centennial Oct. 27: At Alpharetta Nov. 4: Johns Creek


Sept. 1: At KIPP Atlanta Collegiate Sept. 8: At Dunwoody Sept. 15: Chattahoochee Sept. 22: Pope Sept. 29: At Alpharetta Oct. 13: At Centennial Oct. 20: Northview Oct. 27: At Johns Creek Nov. 3: Cambridge

Stadium in Chamblee because of the poor conditions of its own home field. A $2 million capital campaign is underway to build a new athletic complex at Dunwoody High School. When Nash came to Dunwoody in 2015, there were 17 players on the Wildcats squad. Today there are more than 100. The team’s records have been notably dismal the past several years and the team is still “learning how to play


Aug. 25: At KIPP Atlanta Collegiate Sept. 1: At Towers Sept. 15: Decatur Sept. 23: At Carver, Atlanta Sept. 29: Jackson, Atlanta Oct. 6: Cross Keys Oct. 13: At Grady Oct. 20: Riverwood Oct. 27: At Banneker Nov. 3: At Lithia Springs


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football,” he said. “We’re miles ahead of where we’ve been the past two years,” he said. “Now we are learning how to be competitive.” Nash also praised the city of Dunwoody, saying the players come to him already with a sense of knowing they are part of a community and helping others is a priority. “This is a special community,” he said.




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Max Seidel has always had a passion for engineering. “Since I was really young, I always wanted to take apart things and put them back together, and I still am that way,” he said. So it seemed only natural for him to enter Riverwood International Charter School’s Science Fair during his sophomore year. His project was a 3-D printed prosthetic arm that a wearer can move with electric impulses from their remaining muscles. “It was basically an alternate way of giving people who don’t have the money to afford $50,000 prosthetic arms individual finger movement, which I achieved by making it 3-D printable and lowering the cost to around $500, which was a big thing for children, specifically,” he said. Although it was his first science fair, Max impressed the judges and won first place. He then went on to a Fulton County fair. He recalls being overwhelmed with pride and excitement. After the county fair, Max competed at the state level and won numerous awards, including “Best Biophysics Project” and “Intel Excellence in Computer Science.” He was also interviewed by Dr. Christopher Horvoka, a professor of prosthetics at Georgia Tech, and won an award from him for “Prosthetics and Orthotics Wearable Technology.” Additionally, Max’s prosthetic arm was shown at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville as part of a four-week exhibition. He then went on to the International Science Fair, where he was able to meet teenagers around the globe with a passion for science, technology and engineering. “It really enlightens you to learn that these people are all there for a goal,” he said. “The goal is advancing humanity, whether it be in the sciences, in engineering aspects, biology, biomedical, physics, chemistry, everything. No matter what politics say, people want to do good.” He cites the people he met at the International Science Fair as his favorite part of the experience, and noticed the importance of their passion. “It’s easier to teach someone the

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knowledge behind something. It’s not really easy to teach someone to have a passion,” he said. He was also able to meet Nobel laureates and MacArthur fellows, and was inspired by the work they do to help others. “I’m more into helping other people because I’ve seen how you can do it through other people, how big of a deal it is,” he said. Max always had a deep passion for helping others, and this passion was a large motivator in his project. “I want to help people to achieve things that previously they couldn’t,” he said. Max now is working with his synagogue’s nonprofit organization to fund and create a prosthetic arm for a child in need. Although it was a difficult process to teach himself how to create the arm, Max considers it well worth the effort. To learn how to build the project, he used a combination of YouTube videos and help from teachers, physical therapists and a Georgia Tech graduate student. Max says he has two statements that he lives by. Number one, never let age get in the way of pursuing a passion, and number two, “It doesn’t matter what other people think of you.” “In my philosophy,” he said, “weird people change the world.”

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Max will continue to compete in science fairs, and plans to pursue engineering as a career. This article was reported and written by Sarah Kallis, a student at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.

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ers I had throughout my school years. As a child, I went to my mom’s music classroom during Spring Break. I remember participating and having the time of my life because I was able to play the instruments, sing and dance. In fact, after her day was over, I would venture out to other classrooms and act like I was teaching a class. Back at home, I am grateful I had friends who loved to play school. We would set up a classroom with a blackboard and assign a teacher and a few students. We all wanted to be that difficult student to see how our friend [playing the role of the teacher] would handle the situation.

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The “trick” is making it fun, while the child is unaware of how much they are learning.


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During the holiday season, the entire Lower School presents “Light One Candle” to the families and community. The program is a unique reenactment of the Jewish story of Hanukkah, as well as the Christian story of Christmas. Every student learns and sings songs in multiple languages and American Sign Language.


I hope my students gain an appreciation and love for music, progress in musical skills development, become independent learners, and continue to learn and enjoy music throughout their lifetime.

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A teacher who is passionate about teaching, loves children, [is] an encourager, a good role model, mindful of individual needs, actively involved in their lessons and a lifelong learner. A great teacher should be involved in the community by attending workshops, conferences and being part of a network supporting excellence in music education.

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Drama is a collaborative effort between the classroom and music teacher. Each student in the elementary school participates in a musical play where they have a significant role through speaking, singing and choreography.


Pace Academy’s Vonda Vrieland, who has been teaching music for 21 years, was inspired by her mother’s career in the same field. As a child, Vrieland said, she pretended to teach music classes at her mother’s school during breaks. Vrieland uses singing, dancing, writing and composing, among other activities, to teach her students about music, hoping to see them “to reflect the joy of making music,” she said. The students all participate in plays, including one in the holiday season that has them sing in multiple languages and perform in American Sign Language.

Another feature of our program is the Lunchtime Concerts. Students who take outside music lessons are able to perform in front of their peers, teachers and parents during lunchtime.

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I want them to reflect the joy of making music and take personal investment in their learning.

Q: How do you engage your students? A: I use a myriad of teaching manip-

ulatives and games. Sometimes a puppet introduces a song; a beach ball is tossed from student to student to practice reading rhythms and pitch; a stonepassing game to encourage steady beat; chasing games to teach a musical concept; an interactive board to assist in musical writing; and many other fun games and teaching tools.

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I weave together three best practices in music education: the Orff-Schulwerk, Kodaly, and Creative Movement. Through the Orff-Schulwerk approach, the child experiences music naturally and unconsciously through imitation, exploration, improvisation, composing, drama and speech. The Kodaly Method uses a sequential approach to teaching skills such as singing, listening, mov-

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Eclipse viewing parties offer safe way to watch BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

Two local nature centers and a public library will host viewing parties for a solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. A total solar eclipse, where the moon blocks the light from the sun, will occur in parts of the U.S. on Aug. 21, including parts of north Georgia. While metro Atlanta will not experience a full eclipse, about 97 percent of the sun will be covered, causing the temperature to drop significantly. The eclipse in Atlanta is expected to peak at about 2:30 p.m. The eclipse should only be viewed through solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses,” which are available at viewing events, because even the small amount of sunlight that gets around the moon can severely damage the eyes. Even very dark ordinary sunglasses are not safe for looking at the sun, according to NASA.


The city of Brookhaven is inviting the public to Brookhaven City Hall at 4362 Peachtree Road and all city parks to watch the eclipse. The city is urging residents to only view the eclipse with protection. The city gave away 500 free solar eclipse viewing glasses to Brookhaven residents on Aug. 16, but ran out within a few hours. “A common misconception regarding solar eclipses is that it is safe to look at the sun during the event due to the diminished sunlight; however, this is not the case. Looking into direct sunlight, for even brief periods, can cause eye damage and even blindness. For this reason, it is important to use special-purpose solar filters when enjoying the eclipse,” Paul White, Brookhaven’s emergency management coordinator, said in a press release.

Only northeastern areas of Georgia will see a total solar eclipse, while areas in the metro Atlanta area will see the sun covered around 97 percent.


The Dunwoody Nature Center will hold an eclipse event from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Dunwoody Senior Baseball Fields at 5321 Roberts Drive. The nature center will provide eclipse viewing glasses. The center asks that visitors park in the baseball field parking lot and bring blankets or chairs. Call 770-394-3322 for more information.

The Northside Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System will host a viewing party from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The library will provide viewing glasses, refreshments and educational viewing clips. The library is located at 3295 Northside Parkway in Buckhead. Call 404-814-3508 for more information.

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead welcomes the public to gather in front of its building at 4055 Roswell Road from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Call 404-4553650 for more information.


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BeltLine founder turns focus to Buford Highway BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The visionary behind the Atlanta BeltLine is setting his sights on Buford Highway as the very first project of a new urban planning nonprofit he created. “I love Buford Highway,” said Ryan Gravel in a recent interview in his office on the eighth story of Ponce City Market. “Buford Highway has this amazing spirit, culture and vibrancy, [and it] would be inspiring to see the next chapter of that story.” Gravel, whose thesis at Georgia Tech evolved into the renowned BeltLine, recently created a new nonprofit called Generator, an “idea studio” that is “committed to the production of ideas about cities that nobody is asking for, but that just might change the world,” he said. Funding for Generator will come from a restaurant, named “Aftercar,” that he said will have an urban dystopian theme, recreating the vibe of movies such as a “Mad Max” or “Blade Runner.” His first Generator workshop is a School of Design class at Georgia Tech that begins Aug. 22 and will focus on Buford Highway, the corridor that runs through Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville. Home to more than 1,000 immigrant-owned businesses, Buford Highway is a regional attraction in

large part because of its ethnic and cultural diversity that many know because of its numerous restaurants. Korean, Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Bangladeshi, Central American, Somali and Ethiopian goods and services are part of the fabric of Buford Highway’s “International Corridor.” But as metro Atlanta grows by an expected 2.5 million people in the next 20 years, the property values along the road will continue to increase. Gentrification and redevelopment threaten to change the nature of the corridor. Gravel’s Generator is partnering with another nonprofit, We Love BuHi, founded by Brookhaven resident Marian Liou to preserve and promote Buford Highway’s cultural diversity. The ideas they hope to be generated by Georgia Tech students will be ways to acknowledge the growth of the region while also finding ways to celebrate and preserve the diversity of the people who live and work on Buford Highway. Liou said Gravel’s focus on Buford Highway could become “a model for suburban immigrant communities nationwide and beyond.” “Ryan is not only a visionary, he went and helped make a big, bold idea happen,” she said. “I hope that this continued focus on Buford Highway and energy from one of our most innovative and fiercely conscientious thinkers en-

courages local residents, business ownCenters Initiative (LCI) put together by the ers, community leaders and city officials Atlanta Regional Commission for Chamand staff to think even more protectively, blee and Doraville. Ideas from the LCI inappreciatively and creatively about this clude everything from wider sidewalks community we as Atlantans, and Ameriand bus lanes to a night market, mixed-incans, are so fortunate to have right here.” come residential units, and public art. Gravel knows Buford Highway well. Selecting the corridor as his very first He grew up in Chamforay into his new Genblee and his father, an erator nonprofit was a Air Force veteran, flew “no-brainer,” he said. Cessnas out of DeKalbThe main mission Peachtree Airport. He of the Generator class remembers shopping at is to allow students the mall that is now Plato become more comza Fiesta. fortable generating Last year, he was the ideas, he said. They keynote speaker for a will research informa“bus crawl” on Buford tion needed to back Highway organized by up their ideas and to We Love BuHi and the pitch them and also MARTA Army [advolearn about the role DYANA BAGBY cates for transit riderof policy, politics and Ryan Gravel in his office ship]. He discussed his the press in finding at Ponce City Market. ideas for the corridor ways to implement and the importance of culture-based planthe ideas, he said. ning. “Some ideas will be realistic, civic “I think a lot of immigrant communiproposals,” Gravel predicted. “But some ties are more inventive because they have might just be provocative, to get people lived in different kinds of conditions, difthinking. It doesn’t really matter. This ferent places in the world and know differ[Generator workshop] on Buford Highent models of how people live,” Gravel said. way is about finding a way of recognizGravel, Liou and others also recenting the cultural diversity and the need ly wrapped up a Buford Highway Livable to preserve the cultural diversity.”

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by Ruta Sepetys No, this book has nothing to do with “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Instead, this is the story of a Lithuanian family and their deportation to Siberia during the Stalin era. It’s a gripping story about a part of history that doesn’t get much attention.

by Andrew Davidson This book will grab the attention of readers from the get go. It opens with a single-car accident leaving the driver with severe burns all over his body. The rest of the book entails his recovery in the burn ward and his relationship with a patient from the psychiatric ward who visits him during his stay.



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by Hanya Yanagihara In a way, this is a coming of age story. It’s a book about friends, careers, relationships — past and present — and figuring out one’s lot in life. At times the subject matter is extremely difficult to read, but readers will turn page after page in the hopes of a happy ending.

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by Chris Bohjahlian A beautiful story written about the Armenian genocide. It alternates between 1915 and 2012 as a writer from New York researches her family history. Readers will become engrossed in this book about a segment of history that often times fails to get recognized.

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by Ryan Gravel The creator of the Atlanta BeltLine discusses his inspiration for the BeltLine and his personal journey towards more sustainable, walkable cities.


by Margaret Atwood The author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” sets Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” in the modern day with a college professor ready to employ a team of prisoners to exact his petty revenge. You don’t need to be a Shakespeare buff to enjoy this one!

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MY TWO SOUTHS: BLENDING THE FLAVORS OF INDIA INTO A SOUTHERN KITCHEN by Asha Gomez Local chef Asha Gomez shares recipes for delicious and fresh dishes, with her unique fusion of South Indian and American Southern cooking.


by Curtis Sittenfeld In this modern day re-telling of Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,” the Bennets are an old, moneyed Cincinnati family struggling to keep up with the Joneses; Mr. Darcy is a highly-eligible bachelor neurosurgeon; and Mr. Bingley is a reality TV-show contestant looking for a bride.

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THE LONELY POLYGAMIST by Brady Udall Golden Richards has an enormous amount of responsibility on his shoulders keeping his construction company afloat and struggling to pay the bills while caring for four wives and 28 children in rural Utah. This novel takes a surprisingly humanizing look at the struggles of polygamist Mormons.

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by Sarah Miller This highly anticipated historical novel, authorized by the Laura Ingalls Wilder estate, retells the classic story of “Little House on the Prairie” from the perspective of Caroline “Ma” Ingalls, detailing the hardship she and her family faced on the frontier of the late 1800s.

by Brené Brown. Self-help books may be a dime a dozen, but this one is a modern classic. Based on her popular TED Talk, Brown’s insightful and heartfelt book describes how having the strength to admit your own vulnerabilities can transform every aspect of your life.

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by Bill Bryson Autumn is a great time to get back in touch with nature. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, you can curl up indoors and read about Bryson’s ill-fated and hilarious attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail without getting lost or eaten by bears.


by Attica Locke The author of “The Cutting Season” and producer of the TV show “Empire” returns with the brand new thriller about a black Texas Ranger on the trail of a double homicide. Described as a “rural noir,” Locke’s latest novel could be the sleeper hit of the season.

POLICING THE BLACK MAN: ARREST, PROSECUTION, AND IMPRISONMENT Edited by Angela J. Davis This collection of essays explores the way the criminal justice system is failing black boys and men. A very readable book that is filled with alarming data and statistics as well as heartbreaking stories.


by Gabrielle Zevin An uplifting and funny book about a young intern who has an affair with her Congressman boss, and, when the scandal breaks, it ruins her life, not his. She escapes to a faraway place with a new identity but must come face to face with her past when she decides to run for mayor in her small town. (Scheduled for release this month. The author is scheduled to appear at the Margaret Mitchell House on Sept. 14.)



by Brad Meltzer My 7-year-old loves these approachable and wonderfully illustrated history books about how ordinary people changed the world through following their passions and/or taking a stand. “I Am Sacagawea” will be released this fall and will be a great addition to the collection. (Scheduled for release Oct. 3.)

SMITTEN KITCHEN EVERY DAY: TRIUMPHANT AND UNFUSSY NEW FAVORITES by Deb Perelman Fall always makes me think of food, and getting back into the kitchen to try out new recipes. Deb Perelman’s “Smitten Kitchen Cookbook” is one of my all -time favorites and I eagerly await her new book “Smitten Kitchen Every Day.” (Scheduled for release Oct. 24.)


by Ernest Cline Don’t wait for the movie next spring. This surprise hit novel from 2012 packs a truckload of adventure wrapped in a feast of 1980s nostalgia, arcade games, movies and Saturday morning cartoons. Anyone who fondly remembers that decade must read this book.

THE BREAKDOWN by B.A. Paris I love a good psychological thriller, and this one kept me in suspense until the very end.

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Master plan sets new course for Buckhead’s commercial core Continued from page 1 congestion and housing affordability. “I think some really good ideas were developed which will be important for Buckhead’s future,” said Jim Durrett, the executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, which was a key player in building the master plan. Branded as “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED,” the master plan came out of three large community meetings and other methods of gathering public opinion. It also at times incorporated pre-existing planning processes for a possible park capping Ga. 400 and Lenox Road streetscape improvements, both of which are recommended in the final plan. Durrett also said that not only are the master plan’s recommendations helpful, but so is the way the master plan came about. The master plan public and stakeholder meetings provided important community input, he said. “Going through the process of developing the plan, in bringing together the com-

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munity to discuss Buckhead problem areas and how to address them, was extremely beneficial,” Durrett said. The master plan, intended to guide the next 10 to 15 years of development, is technically a reboot of the earlier Buckhead Action Plan, which went into effect in 2002. The Action Plan was focused on property redevelopment, while BUCKHEAD REdeFINED is more about transportation, housing choices and “place-making.” Howard Shook, the city councilmember representing District 7 in Buckhead, agreed the master plan brought about good ideas, but said many of them still need to be


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fleshed out before it can be adopted by the city of Atlanta. “Virtually everything in it has descriptors like ‘needs more work,’ ‘further research is needed,’” Shook said. “It’s basically a catalog of promising ‘what-ifs,’” he said. The prime example of this is the proposed park over Ga. 400, Shook said. The projects brings an “almost limitless list of unanswered questions,” he said. The new master plan was coordinated by Livable Buckhead, the Buckhead Community Improvement District, the Buckhead Business Association, the Buckhead Coalition and the Rotary Club of Buckhead. Those organizations will remain active with the master plan, which is not intended to simply sit on a shelf; it includes a “100-day action plan” for moving agencies and organizations toward the first phases of many “short-term” projects — meaning projects that could be completed within five years. Sam Massell, president of the Buckhead Coalition, a nonprofit civic association that sponsored the master plan, said he is on board with everything he has read in the plan. “It all looks like positive steps for Buckhead’s future,” Massell said. Massell also said he hopes recommendations from the plan come to fruition and don’t remain only a plan. “I’m a big believer in planning, as long as it is executed,” he said. The master plan drew hundreds of people to community meetings, but also had a rocky wrap-up. Originally announced as a six-month process, the scope and concepts continued to widen, and planners announced an extra community meeting and other further input. But the BCID declined to fund that further input, meaning the plan was finalized in behindthe-scenes discussions over the past three months. The 171-page plan contains no surprises, but instead compiles the many concepts that were vetted in the public meetings and surveys. It also lays out some priorities; provided detailed conceptual designs for sub-neighborhoods; and incorporates a “walking audit” that studied the neighborhood’s pedestrian-friendliness problems.

The core of the master plan is its “Six Big Ideas”

Detailed concepts for the West Village sub-neighborhood in the “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED” master plan.

“Develop a district-wide multi-use trail to connect and celebrate the area’s history and culture.” Branded as the “Buckhead Cultural Loop Trail,” the trail would run along East and West Paces Ferry roads; Lenox Road; and the East Andrews Drive area. Various segments of this trail are listed as short-term possibilities.



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“Enhance mobility to and from Ga. 400 and beyond.” That means further study of improving the Lenox Road/Ga. 400 interchange and of construction a new Ga. 400 interchange at East Paces Ferry Road. The East Paces Ferry interchange was a highly controversial concept in the meetings.



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“Foster a distinctive Buckhead identity along Lenox Road.” That means a series of streetscape and green space projects, including a linear park with a boardwalk alongside Lenox Square Mall.





“Diversify housing opportunities.” A major finding of the planning process was that the neighborhood has a serious lack of housing in general, and especially of affordable housing, both of which contribute to massive commuter traffic. This “Big Idea” has three components. One is an “affordable housing strategy,” including preservation of affordable senior housing, transit-oriented development, “micro-units” and “employment-assisted housing.” Another is further “housing gap” analysis as the neighborhood hosts 10 times as many jobs as it has households. And the final component is better mass transit service and connections.

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“Define the civic heart of the community through parks and green space.” The park over Ga. 400 is the key part of this idea. But the plan also includes a concept for gaining publicly accessible green space in future private developments, with many specific sites suggested.


The Buckhead CID is currently exploring what parts of the master plan it will take on, which already include the proposed park over Ga. 400 and Lenox Road improvements, Durrett said. Among the items on the 100-day action plan are getting formal approval of “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED” from the city of Atlanta, and to start seeking federal funding, administered by the Atlanta Regional Commission, for some of the short-term projects. Another action plan item is an awareness-raising campaign to “educate area businesses, property owners, residents, and developers on the changing demographics in Buckhead to promote a shift in perspective that seeks to alleviate the jobs-to-housing imbalance, and provide economical housing options.” To view the full “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED” plan see the Livable Buckhead website at livablebuckhead.org/community/buckhead-redefined. BH

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and often has issues navigating sidewalks. Taylor explained Clavigo would car. She was walking to work at the have issues keeping his balance on the Kroger grocery store at the intersecsmall pedestrian islands inside the tion, Flock said. heavily trafficked intersection where Flocks argued the city needs to reSentmore was killed. focus some attention, and funds, from Andy McBurney, who works in improving congestion to improving Buckhead, said he crosses the interpedestrian safety. section daily to go “If we can keep to work and would people alive, that’s like to see improvea lot more imporments made so he tant than getting and others could someone home feel safer. two minutes fast“We need better er,” she said at ways to get across the rally held at Piedmont Road bethe intersection cause there is so where Sentmore much traffic,” Mcdied, which about Burney said. 20 people, includMcBurney being Atlanta mayorlieves several simal candidate Peter ple fixes would Aman, attended. go a long way, in“It’s not an issue cluding restriping, of affording it. It’s paving and changan issue of where ing the timing of are we putting our lights. money,” Flocks Aman said he said. came out to the The rally was rally to tout that SALLY FLOCKS originally planned FOUNDER AND CEO OF PEDS safety is his camto focus only on paign’s “number Sentmore’s death, one priority.” but in the following two weeks, three “Pedestrian and bicyclist safety other pedestrians were killed in is something we can and should imDeKalb County, outside of the city of prove,” Aman said. Atlanta boundaries. Aman also said the rewriting of the Floyd Taylor, a Buckhead resident, city’s zoning ordinance as part of the explained at the rally that his partner Department of City Planning’s City Mauricio Clavigo, who attended the Design Project gives the city an imporrally in a wheelchair, has balance istant opportunity to address safety issues stemming from a gunshot injury

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sues across the city. Aman did not have specific issues he wanted to immediately address. “This is a holistic opportunity to improve safety,” Aman said. At an interview at the PEDS headquarters in Midtown before the rally, Flocks said that because Piedmont Road is a state highway, she has met with the Georgia Department of Transportation to advocate for improvements at the intersection. She is advocating for improvements to the intersection’s pedestrian islands, which she places blame on for Sentmore’s death. The islands are only raised in small sections and are mostly level with the ground, causing pedestrians waiting on the islands to be unprotected. GDOT representatives did not respond to a request for comment in time for publication in this article. Flocks said sidewalk and pedestrian improvements are important for ablebodied pedestrians and vital for those with disabilities. “It’s a huge need, especially for people with disabilities,” she said. “There’s not enough consideration for people walking, and very little consideration for how hard it would be if you’re in a wheelchair or if you were blind.” Flocks also said construction and road work need to have stricter guidelines for allowing pedestrian access, especially as pedestrians with disabilities often have no way of navigating construction areas. “‘Road work ahead’ or ‘construction ahead’ signs really mean, for someone in a wheelchair, ‘sidewalk closed,’ ” Flocks said. The city has been working on improving access for pedestrians with disabilities since the city signed an agreement to do so with the U.S. Department of Justice after a federal audit found the city was not complying with the American with Disabilities BH

Act, Flocks said. The city still is making improvements, including adding curb ramps to allow wheelchair access. More work is being done as part of the Renew Atlanta Bond program, which allocates funds to improve the city’s infrastructure, Flocks said. “It will happen, but I think it’s really shameful that it hasn’t happened yet,” she said of the ADA improvements and curb ramps. City representatives did not respond to a request for comment. The Renew Atlanta Bond lists several active projects being done to comply with the ADA, including two in Buckhead, although construction has not begun. The city will build accessible ramps on sidewalks along Lenox Road from Johnson Road in MorningsideLenox Park to near the Lenox MARTA Station. The other is along Old Ivy Road, which runs between Piedmont and Wieuca roads. Flocks also believes the city could improve ATL311, the service that allows residents to put in requests for infrastructure fixes, among other uses. After a request is sent to the proper department, the request is closed, even if the fix has not been made. Flocks is advocating for the city to change this process. “It’s been very frustrating to people who use it,” Flocks said. Flocks noted the design of streets in Buckhead play a role in pedestrian safety. Compared to Midtown, the street lights are placed farther apart, making it easier for drivers to speed, Flocks said. Buckhead is also much more spread out than other areas of Atlanta, and more people rely on driving than in some other areas of the city. “It is a much more car-dependent part of the region, so you have a lot of people who don’t walk very much for transportation,” she said.

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Buckhead collector’s coins on display at UGA BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

Bob Harwell has turned his childhood pastime of collecting coins into a profession, and now coins he collected are on display at a University of Georgia library. The display includes a complete set of gold coins produced at the U.S. Dahlonega Mint prior to the Civil War. The coins are “the most important artifact to Georgia history,” Harwell said. Harwell, a coin dealer, pulled together the set of gold coins for Atlanta collector John McMullan. McMullan later decided to donate them to UGA because he is a “very strong supporter of getting young people interested in Georgia history,” Harwell said. The coins are displayed at the university’s Special Collections Library, which houses archives and provides several ongoing exhibits. The library is often visited by children on school trips, which McMullan saw as a way to share his collection with young Georgians, Harwell said. Harwell collected the coins for McMullan over eight years. He found sources among collectors in Europe and auctions. The 62-count set, which includes all the types of coins produced at the mint, is valued at nearly $1 million. McMullan named the collection the Reed Creek Collection, after a creek on the

property where he was born. Harwell has been collecting gold coins for 40 years. After reconnecting with a childhood friend he’d collected coins with, the two opened Atlanta’s Hancock & Harwell Rare Coin and Precious Metal Company, which is located in Buckhead at 3155 Roswell Road. The McMullan collection isn’t the first set of Dahlonega gold coins they’ve assembled. Harwell also put together a complete set of uncirculated Dahlonega gold coins. The Dahlonega mint opened in 1838, 10 years after the first discovery of gold in Dahlonega, which was the first discovery of gold in the U.S. To Harwell, the coins are an important artifact of Georgia history. By the time the mint closed in 1861, it had produced almost 1.5 million gold coins with a face value of more than $6 million. The gold rush also created an economic and population boom in Georgia in the 1800s, Harwell said. Jean Cleveland, a public relations specialist at UGA’s Hargrett Library, said the donation of the rarely seen full set gave the library a chance to showcase other artifacts in their collection, including maps, rare books, letters and photographs. “It’s not generally well known that the Georgia Gold Rush happened 20 years before the California Gold Rush,” Cleveland

said. Cleveland also noted this exhibit affords an opportunity for education about the damage to the environment caused by mining for gold in Dahlonega. Steam beds and hillsides were damaged and minSPECIAL ers cut down Above, Bob Harwell, a Buckhead resident, stands behind forests to build a collection of Dahlonega gold coins he collected on wooden shacks, display at a University of Georgia library. Inset, the front and back of a coin collected by Harwell for Atlanta she said. collector John McMullan, who donated the coins to UGA. Also, the gold rush was a main factor in why Native Americans were named “Gold-digging in Georgia: America’s forced off lands, Cleveland said. First Gold Rush” in the university’s RichIt also is one of the first examples of ard B. Russell Special Collections Library the south becoming industrialized, with in Athens, Georgia. It will be on display unboth U.S. mint and private mints opening til Dec. 5. to transform the gold into currency, CleveFor more information about Hancock & land said. Harwell, see raregold.com. The coins are on display in an exhibit


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Veteran’s book tells of brotherhood and war, faith and forgiveness BY JACLYN TURNER

Press, a publisher that specializes in military Vietnam veteran Michael March is history and veteran living his second childhood. He writes, memoirs. goes to the gym, spends time with his March grew up in family and girlfriend, and sings in the the 1960s and describes choir at his church. himself as a “peace and He’s also an author. March has writlove hippie.” His faten a fictionalized tale of serving in Vietther urged him to go nam and describes his book, “Each One a to Fashion Institute of Hero: A Tale of War and Brotherhood,” as a Technology for induswar novel in the tradition of “Catch-22” or trial engineering so he “M*A*S*H.” It’s based on his year as a memcould manage a knit ber of the 11th Armory Cavalry Regiment. shirt factory in North Many mornings, March sits at one Carolina, but Marsh of the large chairs in the corner at the followed his passion Panera Bread restaurant on Mount Verfor music. non Road writing, editing his books, “It was all I lived and hashing out more ideas. for,” he said. A loquacious 70-year-old, March has In 1965, March piercing blue eyes and long sandy hair competed in a battle peppered with grey. He moved to Sandy of the bands at the Springs five years ago from New York City World’s Fair in New York and took sevto help his brother with their 90-year-old enth place. mother. Two of his children March was drafted into soon followed, as the 11th Armory Cavalry did his ex-wife. Now Regiment and spent a year March is happy to in Vietnam coordinating talk about the acartillery fire. At the base complishments of his camp, he remembers, he children and the two played guitar for his felother books he’s in the low soldiers. He eventumidst of writing. ally went through four March wrote an guitars while in the early draft of his novarmy, he said. el more than 22 years “I did my year ago when he lived in and got out, but I New York, but life and also needed to write raising a family seemed about it,” he said. to get in the way. “The experience After he moved to Attaught me about lanta, he unearthed the God, life and how floppy disk holding the stoto be a better a ry, and decided to revive it. person and use the experiHe spent many months reence to do good. My parents thought I writing and trying to find the right pubwas out of mind when I came home, belisher before partnering with Hellgate cause all I wanted to be was a good person and God wanted me to represent good.” He said a stranger, who had been a sniper, sought him out, saying, “I’ve been looking for you. I’m a messenger from God. He sent me to find you. If God can forgive me, he can forgive anyone. Our generation is going to save the world.” March used that encounter as the climax of his book. His military service, he said, “taught me how to live life and MICHAEL MARCH be appreciative.” AUTHOR OF “EACH ONE A HERO: A TALE OF WAR Writing his book and AND BROTHERHOOD”

I did my year and got out, but I also needed to write about it. The experience taught me about God, life and how to be a better person and use the experience to do good.

Michael March settles in for some writing at Panera Bread.

its related spinoffs, he said, has brought a different sort of fulfillment. A fellow veteran told him he thought he was reading about himself, truly making the “blood and guts” of war into a story of connection, brotherhood and shared experiences.


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The story takes place in May 2010, when many people were still suffering from the housing and economic colA local science fiction and horror lapse. author is inspired by Atlanta’s urban“It takes place in a bedroom comization and sets his books in the city, munity that suffered heavily from the with its monsters Great Recession,” haunting the same Quinn said. places he’s lived and The book also gone to school. plays off the “The protago“atrocities of racnist is a student at ism” that occurred [Georgia State Uniduring the Civil versity]. He’ll walk War, Quinn said. the same halls I did Daly is threatand ride the same ened by a “monMARTA routes I strosity” with tendid,” said Matthew tacles that has Quinn, a Buckhead been worshipped resident, about his by a cult since beforthcoming sequel fore the Civil War. to his debut novel, The property it “The Thing in the lives on was the Woods.” site of a Civil War Quinn, a former battle. Recent dejournalist who now velopment of the teaches high school city threatens to history in Fulton MATTHEW QUINN reveal the cult’s County after getting AUTHOR OF and the monstrosa history degree at “THE THING IN THE WOODS” ity’s secrets. GSU, recently pubQuinn delished a new book drawing on his exscribes the novel’s genre as horror, but periences living in Griffin, a small city south of Atlanta. His new book is set in the fictional town of Edington, Georgia. The book not only plays off the urbanization of Atlanta, but off recent national events. The main character’s father buys a house after receiving a promotion at an Atlanta law firm, but loses his job during the Great Recession. The son and main character, James Daly, described by Quinn as “a teen Buckhead snob whose family has moved to a small town,” now has to work at the local Best Buy to help his family pay the Matthew Quinn’s first novel mortgage. was published in May.

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Choral Guild of Atlanta kicks off its 78th season with a workshop featuring guest composer and choral conductor Timothy Powell. Join the choir in singing excerpts from its fall concert including the “Bluegrass Mass” by Carol Barnett. All singers welcome. Free. Refreshments served. St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Info: 404-223-6362 or info@cgatl.org.

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Saturday, Aug. 26, 7:30 a.m.

The Ahimsa House Annual 5K and 1K Fun Run benefits the animal and human victims of domestic violence. Dogs are welcome on the course, which follows roads around Lenox Park. The 5K course uses chip timing and is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. 5K: $30 early bird fee through Aug. 19; $35 through Aug. 25; $40 day of event. 1K fee: $15 anytime. Free parking adjacent to the park at 1025 Lenox Park Blvd. NE, Brookhaven. Register: ahimsahouse.org.





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Participants travel through time via the perspectives of historic characters of the American Girl books in a monthly program hosted by Heritage Sandy Springs. This month’s topic is an art class with Saige, a resident of New Mexico who is skilled in horseback riding. Best suited for ages 5-12, and kids can bring their favorite dolls. Advance registration recommended. $8 members, $10 non-members, or $15 at the door. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: heritagesandysprings.org.

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The Atlanta History Center hosts a panel discussion on the Atlanta Beltline, a burgeoning 22-mile trail and transit loop. Speakers include BeltLine founder Ryan Gravel; Alexander Garvin, the city planner who created the “Emerald Necklace” plan of connected parks along the BeltLine; and Mark Pendergrast, author of “City on the Verge: Atlanta and the Fight for America’s Urban Future,” which uses the BeltLine story as a narrative thread. $10 public; $5 members. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com or 404-814-4150

IMMIGRATION AND FAMILY RESEARCH Saturday, Aug. 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Sue VerHoef, director of Oral History and Genealogy at the Atlanta History Center, teaches you how to get information about your immigrant ancestors. $15 public; $10 members. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Buckhead. Info: 404814-4042.

DIOCESAN DAY ON IMMIGRATION Wednesday, Aug. 30, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Priests, Christian lay leaders and Episcopal bishops provide theological guidance and practical ways in which Christians can respond to the needs of immigrants during the current political turmoil over immigration. Free. The Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NE, Buckhead. Info: episcopalatlanta.org.

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Thursday, Aug. 24, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, Aug. 27, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta is helping parents take the bite out of meal prep time with a menu of classes that promote simple, healthy, home-cooked dishes. Among upcoming topics are classes on 30-minute meals (Aug. 24), freezer meals (Aug. 27), and cooking for babies and toddlers (Aug. 29). $45 members; $55 community. Culinary studio at the Kuniansky Family Center at Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: atlantajcc.org, 678-812-3798 or sandra.bass@atlantajcc.org.

The Spotlight Theater Company for adults with special needs, ages 18 and up, is holding auditions for its second year of programming. The company is part of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta’s Blonder Family Department for Special Needs. Participants meet weekly on Fridays, perform productions, take trips to arts organizations and have classes with professionals. Free. Auditions are open to the community. Appointments required. MJCCA Zaban Park campus, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: 678-812-4073 or email auditions@atlantaSUBMIT YOUR EVENT LISTING WITH US AT jcc.org.


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Sandy Springs’ Act3 nominated for 38 theater awards Act3 Productions, a Sandy Springs semi-professional theater company, has been nominated for 38 Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards for its past season. The bevy of nominations includes the “Best Overall Performance” category for the play “And Then There Were None” and the musicals “Violet” and “Urinetown.” “The annual MAT awards are not only wonderful for recognizing individual theater professionals and stand-out performances, but the organization also brings us all together to celebrate the exceptional work being done by community and semi-professional theatre companies throughout the city,” Act3 artistic director Michelle Davis said in a press release. The awards have been granted annually since 2004. The 2017 award-winners will be announced at an Aug. 27 ceremony at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. Act3, based at 6285-R Roswell Road, has been a frequent nominee and winner. The 2017 nominations mark the most the company has received in a single year, according to the press release. For its current season, a production of the musical “The Robber Bridegroom” began Aug. 11.

The full list of nominations includes: Leading Actor, Musical ► Tyree R. Jones, “Violet”; and Zac Phelps, “Urinetown”

Major Supporting Actress, Play ► Alisha Boley, “And Then There Were None”

Leading Actress, Musical ► Laura Gronek, “Violet”; and Barbara Cole Uterhardt, “Urinetown”

Minor Supporting Actor, Play ► James Connor, “And Then There Were None”; and Toby Smallwood, “And Then There Were None”

Major Supporting Actor, Musical ► Weston Slaton, “Violet”

Minor Supporting Actress, Play ► Jessica Hiner, “And Then There Were None”

Major Supporting Actress, Musical ► Summer McCusker, “Urinetown”

Sound Design, Play ► Ben Sterling, “And Then There Were None”

Minor Supporting Actor, Musical ► Andrew Berardi, “Violet”; and Jonathan Goff, “Violet”

Lighting Design, Play ► David Reingold, “And Then There Were None”

Minor Supporting Actress, Musical ► Doriane Velvet Alston, “Violet”

Costume Design, Play ► Alyssa Jackson, “And Then There Were None”

Youth Award, Musical ► Dorey Casey, “Violet”

Best Overall Performance of a Play ► “And Then There Were None”

Set Design, Musical ► Will Brooks, “Urinetown”

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Lighting Design, Musical ► Taylor Sorrel, “Violet”; and Bradley Rudy, “Urinetown” Sound Design, Musical ► Ben Sterling, “Violet”; and Ben Sterling and Ian Gibson, “Urinetown” Moira Thornett Director’s Award, Musical ► Taylor Sorrel with Johnna Barrett Mitchell, “Violet”; and Liane LeMaster with Ian Gibson and Melissa Simmons, “Urinetown” Choreographer ► Misty Barber Tice, “Urinetown” Music Direction ► John-Michael d’Haviland, “Violet”; and Laura Gamble, “Urinetown” Best Ensemble, Musical ► “Violet” and “Urinetown” Best Overall Performance of a Musical ► “Violet” and “Urinetown” Moira Thornett Director’s Award, Play ► Amy Cain with Michael Rostek, “And Then There Were None” Leading Actor, Play ► Clay Johnson, “And Then There Were None” Leading Actress, Play ► Emma Greene, “And Then There Were None” Major Supporting Actor, Play ► Gwydion Calder, “And Then There Were None”; and Paul Milliken, “And Then There Were None”

“THE ROBBER BRIDEGROOM” Through Saturday, Aug. 26

Act3 Productions presents “The Robber Bridegroom,” based on the novella by Eudora Welty about a dangerous, handsome rogue who’s a gentleman by day and bandit by night and who falls for the beautiful daughter of a wealthy planter. Act3 Playhouse, Sandy Springs Plaza, 6285-R Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Schedule and ticket info: act3productions.org.

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Farmers Market celebrates 10 years The Peachtree Road Farmers Market is celebrating its 10th year operating in the parking lot of the Cathedral of St. Philip, 2744 Peachtree Road NW. The market’s traditional hours are Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to noon, through Dec. 16. This year, the market also operates on Wednesdays, 4:30 to 8 p.m., through Oct. 25. For more information, see PeachtreeRoadFarmersMarket.com. Below are some scenes from the market on Aug. 12. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

Police Blotter / Buckhead The following information, involving events that took place in Buckhead between July 22 and Aug. 5, was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department.

AG G R AVAT E D A S S AU LT 900 block of Defoors Landing — July

1100 block of Lavista Road — Aug. 2 3000 block of Towerview Drive — Aug.

2 2200 block of Paul Avenue — Aug. 4

23 1900 block of Piedmont

2200 block of Paul Av-

Circle — July 23

enue — Aug. 5

1900 block of Pied-

4200 block of Arbor Gates Drive — Aug. 5

mont Circle — July 24 1900 block of Mon-

roe Drive — July 26

100 block of E. Andrews Drive — Aug. 5


Jane Dorsey, 8, spends some time with 12-week-old Gilbert while her parents shop in the market.

block of Cheshire Bridge Road — July 29


B U R G L A RY 3300 block of Peachtree Road — July


1700 block of Howell Mill Road — July

28 1300 block of English Street — July 29

2000 block of Bolton Road — July 23

1300 block of Northside Drive — July

500 block of Bishop Street — July 23


2100 block of Monroe Drive — July 26

1900 block of Peachtree Road — July


1600 block of Loring Drive — July 27

2100 block of Cheshire Bridge Road —

3900 block of Ivy Road — July 27

Aug. 1

700 block of Sidney Marcus Boulevard

— July 27

500 block of East Wesley Road — Aug.


100 block of Pharr Road — July 27

2400 block of Piedmont Road — Aug. 2

2400 block of Cheshire Bridge — July


28 1800 block of Rock Springs Road —

July 29 Buckhead resident Linda Blumberg shares a ginger apricot scone with Bella. The two visit the Little Tart Bakeshop at the market every Saturday. “After we finish our snack, we shop in the market and walk home,” Blumberg said.

2300 block of W. Roxboro Road — July

29 700 block of Sidney Marcus Boulevard

— July 29

Between July 23 and July 29, there

were 36 larcenies from vehicles reported across Zone 2 and 33 reported cases of larceny and shoplifting. Between July 30 and Aug. 5, there were 36 larcenies from vehicles reported across Zone 2 and 35 reported cases of larceny and shoplifting.


900 block of Canterbury Road — Aug.


There were 8 reported incidents of

2200 block of James Jackson Parkway

— Aug. 1

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1900 block of Main Street — Aug. 5

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The Buckhead master plan will keep on planning for a while. A Feb. 27 community meeting for the “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED” plan was scheduled to be the last, but now input will continue into April to hash out some controversial ideas, said Eric Bosman of lead consultant Kimley-Horn. Those include ideas large and small for Buckhead’s commercial core, from a new Ga. 400 interchange to a neighborhoo d trail loop. A crowd of about 100 at the Atlanta International School received a sprawling, 90-minute presentation that narrowed some earlier ideas, elaborated others, and introduced still more new concepts, all while mingling shortand long-term plans. Several of its recommended “first steps” are already underway, like finishing the PATH400 trail along Ga. 400; some See BUCKHEAD on page 16

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