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Dog daycare plan ‘a travesty,’ neighbors say BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Plans to build a dog daycare in the Shops of Dunwoody shopping center near the Dunwoody West neighborhood has Maggie Warford barking mad. “It’s a travesty,” she said. “This is not a commercial area. This is a residential area, and you don’t put a doggie daycare in a residential area.” See DOG on page 19 Sharon Frank, far left, and Maggie and Ken Warford live on Trailridge Way in the Dunwoody West neighborhood. They say plans to put a dog daycare in the nearby Shops of Dunwoody will result in loud barking invading the quiet of their backyards. PHOTO BY DYANA BAGBY

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The Dunwoody Planning Commission is recommending a change to the city’s tree ordinance that requires a $25 permit before trees on non-residential property not undergoing construction can be cut down. Commissioners voted Aug. 8 to approve the amendment that also includes a fine of


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Council debates types of trails in transportation plan BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Multi-modal or multi-use? That’s the question City Council members are debating as the council considers an updated comprehensive transportation plan. At its Aug. 14 meeting, the council deferred voting on the plan until members could get more clarification as to what is meant by a “multi-modal path” and what is meant by a “multi-use path.” The council last month delayed voting on the transportation plan after disagreement arose over other issues related to the installation of a 12-foot-wide multi-use path on Tilly Mill Road from Mount Vernon Road to Womack Drive. Disagreement also arose over a proposed multi-use path on North Peachtree Road to Winters Chapel Road via Tilly Mill Road and Peeler Road. Councilmember Terry Nall specifi-

cally raised questions about the 12-foot multi-use trail on Tilly Mill Road encroaching on the property of residents who live along the busy thoroughfare. Councilmember Doug Thompson, however, argued that multi-use paths in residential areas significantly increase property values while also providing safe places for people to walk and ride their bikes as car congestion becomes increasingly unbearable. That debate led Public Works Director Michael Smith to remove any mention of “multi-use paths” in the updated comprehensive plan presented Aug. 14 and to replace the wording with the generic “multi-modal” term. Specific mention of size of a path also was removed from the updated version. Smith explained to council that a multi-use path can generally be defined as a paved path separated from the road and that can accommodate bicy-

clists and pedestrians, including people traveling on it in two directions. A multi-modal path, he said, can accommodate cars (such as adding turn lanes), bicyclists, pedestrians and transit. Multi-modal can also include “sharrows,” or painted bike lanes on roads. However, a specific definition is not included in the plan itself, he acknowledged. Several local cycling enthusiasts attended the Aug. 14 meeting urging the council to return the specific terminology “multi-use path” to the transportation plan. Residents need a separated, buffered lane – or multi-use path – to feel safe to ride their bikes and “not just a white stripe,” Jason Metzger said. A multiuse path will also enable children to feel safe to ride their bikes to nearby schools, he said. Bill Black commended the city for its progress in accommodating bike lanes

throughout the city, but said it would be a step backwards if the city was to replace “multi-use” with “multi-modal” in the updated transportation plan Joe Martinez said families won’t use bike lanes on main roads, but they will use multi-use paths. “We need paths, not just painted lines,” he said. The cyclists pointed out that pedestrian and bicycle accessibility and connectivity rank high on the public’s desires for what they want in the city, according to public surveys on parks and transportation plans. But Ken Levy, who lives on Dunwoody Glen at the corner of Tilly Mill Road and Womack Road, said he is concerned the construction of a 12-footwide multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists will not only take out the public right of way, but also his sideyard property along Tilly Mill, where he planted trees to provide privacy to DUN

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his backyard. He said a 5-foot-wide sideeach segment when it’s ready to go walk is fine for the area. when starting the design and concept “I am very much affected by this phase,” Nall said. “I think it’s a huge trail,” he said at the council meeting. disservice to call it anything other than “Why do you want to route through ‘multi-modal.’ ” people’s yards?” Councilmember Thompson, an avid Pam Tallmadge said cyclist, asked Smith if she wanted to make there was a definition sure children who of multi-modal and a want to bike to school multi-use definition invia Tilly Mill Road cluded in the transporcould do so safely, tation plan. He also exbut disagreed with a pressed concern about 12-foot-wide, multi-use ensuring connectivity to path. She suggested the Winters Chapel through possibility of protecta multi-use path, he said, ing cyclists by installand he believed using the ing planters on the side word “multi-modal” did of the road, rather than not ensure that possibilijust a painted stripe. ty. “Multi-modal does not “ ‘Sharrows’ are just contemplate multi-use,” as dangerous ... cars he said. “That’s a non- KEN LEVY still run bikes off the DUNWOODY HOMEOWNER starter to me.” road,” she said. “We Nall, however, said need to come up with he was “personally pleased” with the some medium ground where there is changes made to remove “multi-use safety, but we are not taking citizens’ paths” because it allows for flexibility. property with a 12-foot-wide path.” He said multi-modal paths do include Smith said 12 feet is the standard the possibility of all kinds of bike and width for multi-use paths. pedestrian facilities, from protected “If you go less than 10 feet it is not a lanes to cycle tracks. ‘multi-use path,’ due to federal standards,” “That is the definition of multi-modhe said. “If it’s less than 10 feet, there is no al ... and having the ability to work with center line for two-way access.”

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The city is now streamlining the park facility rental and payment process through the launch of a new online “Parks Registration Portal.” The page on the city website provides visitors with a one-stop resource for Dunwoody park facility reservations, rentals and payments. The portal also includes features to accommodate future recreation programming needs, such as class registrations and event sign-ups. “The Parks & Recreation Department is very excited about the new application and believes residents will be pleased with the convenient functionality of the site,” said Rachel Waldron, Parks and Recreation Program Supervisor. “The new software is ready for use as the city plans future events, adds new facilities and expands park programing to include exciting classes, and sports leagues for participants of varying ages.” To visit the new portal, go to dunwoodyga.gov, click on the Parks and Recreation department page, and the pull-down menu will include the Parks Registration Portal link. Users will be asked to create an account, check facility rental calendar availability, choose their preferred fa-

cility, and enter payment information. Rental confirmations, along with receipts and permits, are emailed automatically to registered users who reserve a pavilion or park facility.


Joe Hirsch announced Aug. 16 he is running for the City Council District 1 seat currently held by Councilmember Pam Tallmadge. “While continuing with the SPECIAL positive changes, Joe Hirsch it’s time for our city to demand excellence. Dunwoody can do better. We need stronger leadership,” Hirsch states on his website. Hirsch said he is known as “Public Comment Joe” for all the time he has spoken out at City Council meetings and states he is “willing to stand up when others stick their heads in the sand.” He graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism and worked at outlets such as ABC News, Fox News and the Weather Channel. He is currently a member of the board of directors of VOX Teen Communications. Tallmadge has announced she is seeking re-election. Qualifying for the City Council race is Aug. 21-23. The election is Nov. 7.


Mayor Denis Shortal, left, presents Tom McFerrin with a proclamation.


The city of Dunwoody honored Dunwoody High School Principal Tom McFerrin at the City Council’s Aug. 14 meeting. Mayor Denis Shortal presented to McFerrin a proclamation thanking him for his years of service. The proclamation cites McFerrin’s “compelling devotion to the education profession” and thanks him for “creating a healthy and happy learning environment at Dunwoody High School.” McFerrin announced July 27 that he was stepping down as the school’s principal. He will be taking a new job as the DeKalb County School District’s Career Technical and Agricultural Education coordinator. A new principal has yet to be selected and McFerrin remains at DHS until a new one is hired.


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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


Aug. 25: Jefferson Sept. 1: Holy Innocents’ Sept. 8: Woodward Academy Sept. 15: At Banneker Sept. 22: Lithia Springs Oct. 6: At Decatur Oct. 14: Carver, Atlanta Oct. 20: At North Springs Oct. 27: Grady Nov. 3: At Jackson, Atlanta

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.”

What’s Next?

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.

Q: Has the appeal changed? A: No, the appeal has not changed. I

think I have the best job in the world because I get to sing, dance, play instruments, listen to music and act every day!

Q: What keeps you going year after year?

A: The exuberant response of the children as they sing, dance, play instruments and create.

Q: What do you think makes a great teacher?

Is there a “trick” that works to get students involved?

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


What do you hope your students take away from your class?

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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program you use year after year?

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.


Brookhaven City Manager Christian Sigman, front, and other staffers get ready for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

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Brook Run multi-use fields a top priority in parks master plan BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The first thing the City Council wants to see implemented as part of the new parks master plan is the construction of two rectangular multi-use fields in the back acreage of Brook Run Park. Mayor Denis Shortal and the council agreed at the Aug. 14 council meeting the new fields, costing about $2.5 million, should be priority No. 1, followed closely by a $1.3 million update to the park’s Great Lawn area. The priority recommendations came from Councilmember Terry Nall and if approved would be planned to be completed within three years. Total estimated costs for all of the additions and renovations to Brook Run Park come in at $8.5 million, according to the parks master plan presented to the council at the Aug. 14 meeting. An actual vote on the priority list is yet to come, however. Steve Provost of jB+A, consultants for the parks master plan, presented the council with a project list, estimated costs and concept designs for all the city’s parks. It offered a stark contrast with the master plan draft presented last month that was soundly criticized by councilmembers for lack of detail. It included such new details as cost estimates. The $2.5 million for the new fields in Brook Run includes construction of a concession stand and new restroom and additional parking. The $1.3 million for the Great Lawn includes a pavilion, a bandstand and a restroom. Total cost for the top two priorities comes in at an estimated $3.8 million — more than the approximate $3 million remaining from the city’s 2015 parks bond settlement with DeKalb County, according to Finance Director Chris Pike. But it’s enough to get started, said Councilmember Doug Thompson. “We’ve been sitting on that money for a couple years. It’s time to get going,” he said. Most of the focus of the parks master plan discussed Aug. 14 centered on Brook Run Park. The only major change from what was proposed was that council members asked for a water feature to be installed linking to the Great Lawn area rather than a new Veterans Memorial Plaza and Garden. Shortal said he preferred the Veterans Memorial remain where it is despite future plans for basketball and tennis courts to be build adjacent to that plot of land. Mid-term projects for Brook Run Park are estimated to be completed in four to six years. Council members appear to agree to about $3.63 million in projects, including:



A concept site plan for Brook Run Park as part of the parks master plan includes two multi-use fields in the back acreage, which the council has determined to be its top priority.

■ Adding a restroom at the dog park ($320,000) ■ Trail system additions ($200,000) ■ Play field community garden ($60,000) ■ Disc golf ($150,000) ■ Maintenance yard ($300,000) ■ Arboretum ($1.1 million) ■ Basketball/tennis courts ($1.5 million)

Provost also showed council members proposed plans for other city parks. Winwood Hollow Park’s short and mid-term estimated costs come in at $800,000 and proposals include a new $350,000 tennis court, a new $250,000 restroom, $120,000 for paved paths and $50,000 for mulch trails as well as $30,000 for park signage. No concept plans for the Austin Elementary School site are proposed because public input is needed before anything is decided. The council quickly shot down a proposal to spend $165,000 in fencing around Vernon Oaks Park.

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Commentary / Local librarians recommend autumn reads School is back in session, so students have new reading lists for the fall. But what about their parents? We asked local folks who know about books — librarians in Reporter Newspapers communities — to recommend some fall reading for adults. Here’s what they suggested, just in time for the arrival of National Literacy Month in September.

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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.

Kate Whitman Vice President of Public Programs, Atlanta History Center, who orchestrates author programs for the center and the Margaret Mitchell House.

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The city’s Public Works Department was recognized at the Aug. 14 City Council meeting by the Federal Highway Administration for Excellence in Planning for the Dunwoody Village Parkway. The 2017 award was awarded to the city for using transportation funds for a road diet and streetscape project on Dunwoody Village Parkway in the “historical heart of their community,” according to the FHA. The city was praised for converting a 4-lane, median-divided, suburban style parkway into a two lane, urban-style street with bike lanes, wide sidewalks, street trees, lighting and street furniture.


The City Council approved spending up to $75,000 for sidewalks and minor road construction to extend the sidewalk and bike lanes to close an existing gap on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road from Cambridge Drive to Donaldson Bannister Park. Funding for project will come from the surplus funds remaining from the Chamblee-Dunwoody Road sidewalk and bike lane project, said Public Works Director Michael Smith. To construct the bike lanes, Chamblee-Dunwoody Road would be widened approximately 8 feet to the east between the existing edge of pavement and the existing sidewalk. The sidewalk construction would occur within the right of way and on park property.


CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF QUALIFYING FOR POSITIONS OF MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL Qualifying for candidates in the November 7, 2017 nonpartisan municipal election will take place August 21 – 25, 2017. Candidates may download the application from the city’s website, sandyspringsga.gov/vote, or pick up the application and qualify at Sandy Springs City Hall between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday, August 21, 2017 through Thursday, August 24, 2017 and between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017. The qualifying fee is $1,200/mayor and $540/council member. All applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office in person by 12:00 p.m., August 25, 2017. The Clerk’s Office is located at Sandy Springs City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500, Sandy Springs Ga. 30350. Required qualifications: No person shall be eligible to serve as mayor or council member unless that person shall have been a resident of the area comprising the corporate limits of the City of Sandy Springs for a continuous period of at least 12 months immediately prior to the date of the election for mayor or council member, shall continue to reside therein during that person’s period of service, and shall continue to be registered and qualified to vote in municipal elections of the City of Sandy Springs. In addition to the above requirement, no person shall be eligible to serve as a council member representing a council district unless that person has been a resident of the district such person seeks to represent for a continuous period of at least six months immediately prior to the date of the election for council member and continues to reside in such district during that person’s period of service. 7840 ROSWELL RD, BUILDING 500 SANDYSPRINGSGA.GOV/VOTE 770-730-5600

The local Perimeter Connects commuter services program won the Outstanding Transportation Management Association Award at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s conference in New Orleans in early August. Perimeter Connects is a program of the Perimeter Center Community Improvement Districts, two self-taxing business areas that operate from an office in Sandy Springs’ Northpark towers on Abernathy Road. According to a PCIDs press release, 70 organizations representing more than 28,000 employees have used Perimeter Connects services, and transit usage has increased by 38 percent in Perimeter Center since the organization’s inception in 2015. Another award-winner at the conference was Machelle Pellegrini of State Farm, who was recognized as the 2017 Employee Transportation Coordinator of the Year. She has worked for State Farm since 2012 and coordinates transit agencies’ and local governments’ commute option information for more than 7,000 employees in the Perimeter Center area, according to a press release.

Letter to the Editor

These days, it seems like anyone can win elected office As Dunwoody voters elected Republican Georgia state Rep. Tom Taylor, who thought it prudent to drive four exchange-student teenagers at 72 mph in a 45 mph zone while being so sloppy drunk that he blew a .225 blood alcohol content with a loaded Glock strapped to his hip, then two weeks subsequent accepted a campaign donation from a liquor distributors lobbyist; And Republican Georgia state Sen. Fran Millar publicly opposed new Sunday voting hours because they’ll primarily benefit African-Americans — then explained that he simply “would prefer more educated voters”; And Republican U.S. Rep. Karen Handel vehemently opposed LGBTQ rights; And the nation elected President Donald Trump, whose most memorable meme from the campaign was “I just grab them by the -----!”; It makes me think that if I can scrape up the $360 qualifying fee, then my benign lunacy of wanting to ban adult cyclists from city sidewalks, establish a copperhead habitat, and legalize marijuana within the municipality should make me a shoo-in for Dunwoody City Council! Gary Ray Betz Dunwoody DUN

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One hotel OK’d, one deferred, by Planning Commission BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Two hotel projects met different fates at the Dunwoody Planning Commission Aug. 8, with one winning approval and the other deferred for more work on details. Trammell Crow Company’s transit-oriented plan for a 16-story office tower and a 10-story hotel at 1134 Hammond Drive, next to the Dunwoody MARTA Station, won a 3-1 vote recommending future City Council approval with certain conditions. But Prado Perimeter Center LLC was forced to wait, by a 4-0 vote, until the September meeting for a decision on its plans for a 121 Perimeter Center West. That plan involves adding a 7-story, AC-brand hotel, a 5-story parking garage and a large restaurant alongside an existing building that houses a SunTrust Bank and a Tin Lizzy’s restaurant. Those are two of three new hotels recently proposed around Perimeter Mall, where they would join an already busy existing hotel market. The other recent proposal is a revived plan for a 12-story hotel and restaurant space at 84 Perimeter Center East, currently a vacant bank that served as a location in this summer’s hit movie “Baby Driver.” That proposal won a unanimous Planning Commission approval recommendation last month. Three residents who attended the Aug. 8 meeting had differing reactions to the plans. Nancy Keita and former mayoral candidate Chris Grivakis criticized both projects to varying degrees for tree loss, traffic increases and urban scale. “What we’re doing is loving the Perimeter to death” with high-density projects, said Grivakis. By allowing large garages, he said, residents “risk basically pouring cement all over Dunwoody and calling ourselves the parking deck city.” Keita said her neighbors have taken to using a pun on the city’s name: “Dunwoody, where trees go to be done.” Wyesha Dillard had a different take. She recently moved from Midtown to Dunwoody to be closer to her Perimeter Center job, part of the younger generation of employees looking for transit-oriented development and a more live-work atmosphere. “People like me would like to see more things like this,” Dillard told the commission.

1134 Hammond

Trammell Crow is essentially taking a plan for the office tower, proposed and abandoned last year by developer Transwestern, and adding a hotel. The project requires a special land use permit for increasing the height above 35 feet or two stories. It also seeks several variances for reduced setbacks. The plan retains Transwestern’s concept of erecting the tower in what is now a surface parking lot along Hammond Drive and buying an existing MARTA parking garage for the tower’s use. The tower and the garage would be connected by an elevated walkway. The hotel would be tucked into a triangular area – also now a surface parking lot — behind the tower and right next to the mall’s massive parking garage. The hotel and the tower would have an elevated walkway and terrace connecting them. Jessica Hill, an attorney for the developers, described the hotel as “screening” the parking garage from view, though as Keita pointed out, it is now screened by large trees that would be cut down for the project. Traffic was one point that drew commission questions. The only direct traffic study related to the project was one Transwestern did for its original, 20-story tower proposal, before city officials reduced it to 16 stories and that developer sold out. Instead of a new traffic study, Trammell Crow representatives said, they conducted a comparison of the two projects’ size and uses and determined that rush-hour traffic would be lower, by 7.9 percent in the morning and 1.4 percent in the evening. However, a city staff memo noted that the comparison also found that the overall daily traffic volume would be 7.1 percent higher. Commissioner Thomas O’Brien asked whether there is any industry standard for making such a comparison-based traffic estimate; Trammell Crow representatives did not answer directly, saying only that there is a standard for determining traffic “levels of service.” DUN


An illustration of the proposed 1134 Hammond Drive development as seen from a parking lot across the street. The main tower in the center fronts on Hammond Drive. The Dunwoody MARTA Station is in the background to the left.

The commission voted to recommend approval of the project with staff-suggested conditions, mostly related to allowing future sidewalks and bicycle paths, and with the understanding that the plan will allow for a potential connection to the proposed Perimeter Park north of the station. “This is something that’s both good for the city and good for the development,” said Commissioner Paul Player. The single “no” vote came from Commissioner Renate Herod, who said the area should have “special” hotels. “I just don’t see how a hotel between the back of a building and a parking garage can be special,” she said.

121 Perimeter Center West

The commission decided that the Perimeter Center West plan was not ready, as the developers and city staff continue to negotiate over permission to rearrange the site. The developers need approval to amend the site plan as rezoned in 2010. They also need a special land use permit for height; to ignore or change newly imposed streetscape requirements; and to allow the bank’s drive-through to be moved to a spot visible from the street. Most of those requests still are being debated. In addition, the parking garage needs a variance to reduce a 40-foot setback to 10 feet. That would put its wall only 20 feet from a neighboring apartment building’s balconies, according to a city staff memo. Den Webb, an attorney for the developers, said that without the setback, the smaller footprint would mean the garage might have to be an additional story taller, making it nearly as tall as the hotel it would serve. On the streetscape standards, Webb said the developers have a counter-proposal for Perimeter Center West that would save trees by re-routing a sidewalk. But staff members indicated they had only seen some of those plans on the day of the meeting. Webb also said the developers want out of a city request to turn an existing east-west driveway through the property into a full-fledged, public-access street, which he suggested was both illegal and infeasible. The drive-through relocation is key to the plan, Webb said, but also could be affected by other elements the developers themselves are unsure of, including the legal status of a shed on the property. “We cannot do this deal unless we find someplace else for that drive-through to go,” Webb said. He also asked the commission to recommend approval of the plan contingent on working out streetscape details and by converting some of the staff’s recommended language from “will” to “would.” The commission was not ready to make a decision, and among the advice from Chair Bob Dallas was to work on a nicer design for the parking garage.

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Tree removal crackdown effort gets first nod Continued from page 1

representatives from Perimeter Mall approached the city earlier this year about up to $1,000 per tree cut down without a wanting to cut down 69 specimen underpermit. story trees along the Ashford-Dunwoody The permit is required before cutting Road side of the mall. down a hardwood tree at breast height In an interview, Community Develthat measures 14 inches or more in diopment Director Richard McLeod, who ameter; “specimen” softwoods, such as came on board with the city in June, said pine trees, that meathe mall approached the sure 30 inches or more; city before he was hired, and “specimen” underbut that he understood story trees that meathat the mall wanted to sure 6 inches or more. remove trees that are 30 Specimen understory to 40 years old because trees include dogwoods, they were blocking the sourwoods and crepe view of the mall. myrtles. “We warned them The permit is for trees there would be heck located on “non-resito pay” if they did so, dential, mixed-use and McLeod said. multi-family zoned lots,” The mall eventually the ordinance states. It decided not to remove does not apply to resithe trees. dential property. “They did not and we The ordinance CITY OF DUNWOODY won’t let them,” he said. amendment now goes to Community Development A call to mall manDirector Richard McLeod. the City Council for final agement seeking comconsideration. ment was not returned. A memo to the PlanThe mall request shined a light on a ning Commission from Planning Manloophole in the ordinance. The mall manager John Olson said the idea for an agers could have cut down the 69 trees amendment was brought into focus after without a permit because the tree remov-

al was unrelated to any kind of construction permits. “They could have cut them down … but essentially they came to their senses because they knew they would have a black eye if they did so,” McLeod said. Olson also noted in his memo to commissioners that tree removal companies have taken advantage of the fact that Dunwoody does not have a process for tree removal other than during construction projects. “As a result, large trees have been targeted by tree companies after big storms,” Olson stated. “And unfortunately, otherwise savable trees with only minor storm damage have been removed.” The tree ordinance amendment is meant to “reign in the needless removal of trees” outside of construction, Olson added. “Numerous residents and businesses within the city of Dunwoody have reached out to staff, often weekly, to express their concern when seeing trees being removed and ask for direction with their own trees. However, many are shocked when they learn that our ordinance does not speak to the removal of trees outside of the construction process,” Olson said. The proposed permit and review pro-

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Dog daycare a plan ‘a travesty,’ neighbors say real claim. The attorney explained to Ward that Camp-Run-A-Mutt could choose not to seek 100 feet of DUMC parking lot, but could legally build out into an adjacent wooded lot and cut down trees for the dog run. “We have no recourse, and I’m very upset with the church” for supporting the variance request, Warford said. “The church is supposed to be about love thy neighbor ... Well, they screwed their neighbor.” She also tore into the Shops of Dunwoody owners for leasing space to a doggie daycare that she and other neighbors say does not fit


Camp-Run-A-Mutt is expected to be located in the former daycare building in the Shops of Dunwoody which is adjacent to the parking lot of Dunwoody United Methodist Church, seen in the background.

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Continued from page 1 Warford and some of her neighbors who live on Trailridge Way and Hidden Branch Circle in the affluent neighborhood near Dunwoody Village protested the plans for a Camp Run-A-Mutt daycare at the Aug. 3 meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals. The dog-care business is set to go into the former Dunwoody Academy child day care center at the back of the Shops of Dunwoody shopping center and adjacent to Dunwoody United Methodist Church’s parking lot. The new business needs to encroach on the 100-foot setback of the church’s parking lot, which, for reasons city officials do not know, is zoned residential. The ZBA unanimously granted a variance allowing the encroachment and the church supported the city’s decision to do so in a letter to staff. The closest an actual residence is located to the dog-care business is more than 200 feet away. City code allows commercial property, including animal care facilities, to be located within 100 feet of residential property. That is simply too close, Warford said. Although her home is located several hundred feet from the planned dog daycare, Warford said the loud barking sure to come from the dozens of dogs at the facility will no doubt carry into her back yard and disturb her peace. She thinks it also will drive down property values for all residents in Dunwoody West. “We’re caught between a rock and a hard place because the city doesn’t distinguish what kind of commercial property is allowed within 100 feet of residential,” she said. “It’s going to be pandemonium back there.” Blair Sperry, owner of the local CampRun-A-Mutt, told ZBA commissioners at the Aug. 3 meeting the extra 100-feet was needed for a planned dog run, where the pets would be allowed to play outside at various times during the day. The dogs would be DUN

in with the character of the center that includes restaurants and boutique shops. “They don’t give a damn about the people that support the shopping center,” she said. “This [Dunwoody West] community supports the church and the Shops of Dunwoody and they show total disregard for this community. We are livid. “We are going to hear the noise,” she said. “I’ve lived here 25 years in the quiet, serene neighborhood with my trees. The city needs to establish a new code for affluent neighborhoods. We have to have stronger codes.”

housed indoors at night with a staff member on site 24-hours a day, he said. Mike Lowery, an agent for the Shops of Dunwoody, said Camp-Run-A-Mutt is a “high end” dog-care center. “I’ve lived in Dunwoody for 30 years and I wouldn’t do anything to damage the community in any way,” he said. “The community needs service uses in this area. We fully intend to develop this shopping center.” Camp-Run-A-Mutt’s facility will use 7,000 square feet of the former daycare center that includes a small outdoor playground. “Basically the dogs will stay indoors and there will not be dogs wildly barking ... the nearest house is well over 200 feet away, which is double the requirement,” Lowery said. Church Administrator Jim Boyea said that Shops of Dunwoody was the only property owner to contact the church before the vote. “While we did agree to the variance, we were not involved in the actual approval of the request,” he said. At the Aug. 14 City Council meeting, Councilmember Pam Tallmadge, who attends DUMC and who represents the Dunwoody West residents, asked staff members to research the possibility of limiting the types of commercial businesses, such as dog-care facilities, that can be located near residential property. She also asked staff members to report back with a more detailed report on the city’s animal nuisance code that currently prohibits “long and continued noise.” Tallmadge declined to discuss further the zoning complaint because she said residents have 30 days to appeal the Aug. 3 ZBA ruling to DeKalb Superior Court. Warford and others wrote letters to the city threatening a lawsuit if the variance was approved. Warford said she did consult with an attorney, but was told the residents have no

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DHA to negotiate details, support City Hall redevelopment BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association says it will support the mixed-use redevelopment of the current City Hall site after its executive board negotiates details with the developer. At the Aug. 6 meeting, the DHA board voted to allow its six-member executive committee to work out an agreement with Grubb Properties for its proposed Park at Perimeter Center East development. Grubb Properties is seeking to build four residential towers and an office tower at the property located at 41, 47 and 53 Perimeter Center East, where the current City Hall is located. Plans are to bring back an agreement to the DHA’s board during its Sept. 10 meeting. If the board approves, an official contract will be signed stating DHA’s support for the project, DHA President Robert Wittenstein said. After receiving DHA support, the developers will go to the city seeking approval. The agreement between the DHA and Grubb Properties essentially means the DHA will voice its support for the development at city Planning Commission and City Council meetings, Wittenstein said. The DHA entered into a similar contractual agreement for the proposed Crown Towers development that included a residential tower and hotel at the former Gold Kist site. Developers withdrew that plan from City Council consideration after disagreements arose, such as one over how many of the residential units would be owner-occupied and how many would be rental. Grubb Properties representatives presented its proposed plans for the 19.5 acres located behind the Ravinia complex off Ashford-Dunwoody Road to the DHA in May after several meetings with DHA members and city staff. At this month’s meeting, Grubb Properties representatives said the developer has invested $38 million in the property so far. They said some changes, including the addition of more green space and multi-use paths for cyclists and pedestrians, were made to the proposal due to input from the DHA. A small park that would be open to the public is planned for the center of the development. The developer also plans trails to connect to Georgetown and eventually across Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Those proposals would help meet demands from residents concerned about green space and connectivity, said Todd Williams of Grubb Properties. The company plans to keep the 6-story building now housing City Hall and a 6-story office building next to it. They would include offices and ground-level retail spaces. The company plans to demolish another 6-story office building, located nearer to I-285, to make room for two residential towers and an office tower.

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Four new residential towers and one new office tower. Two parking decks. Residential towers south of property and closest to I-285 would be 16 and 14 stories and would enclose a 19-story office tower. Two existing 6-story office towers remain, but would include retail businesses, such as small restaurants, on the ground floor. Two 12-story residential towers – one in the center area of the proposed development and one to the north of the site, closer to existing townhomes. Maximum of 1,200 new residential units. Maximum of 500,000 square feet of new office space. Full build-out unit mix of 75 percent owner-occupied for-sale housing and 25 percent rental (up to a maximum of 300 units). Until full build-out of site, Grubb Properties shall have up to five years from full Certificate of Occupancy on first residential development to reach 50/50 percent interim unit mix of owner-occupied for sale and rental. A non-compliance penalty of $2,500 per unit for failing to reach that interim unit mix. That money would be paid to the city of Dunwoody, Wittenstein said. Williams said in talking with DHA members and city staff, it was agreed the towers would be constructed of concrete and steel. Rental units would likely go for about $1,400 a month and for-sale units would likely be priced in the $350,000 and higher ranges, he said.

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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.

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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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also focusing on characters overcoming their prejudices, with the main character condescending to local “rednecks” while members of the cult have racist attitudes. “Part of James’ character arc is that he outgrows these attitudes,” Quinn said. Quinn’s experience as a history teacher also inform his novels and help address racial issues, he said. While Atlanta’s geography and culture inspire Quinn’s storylines, the metro area’s horror-writing community helps him write them. Quinn is a member of the Lawrenceville Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Group in Gwinnett County, which require him to commit to writing a chapter before each meeting. That keeps him on schedule. “They kept me on deadline and helped me get the book done,” Quinn said of the writing group. Quinn was first inspired to write this book in 2007, but put it down for a few years before picking it back up in 2014, he said. He has published several short stories, but this is first novel. He is now working on a sequel. Quinn will host a book signing and discussion of the book Oct. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Posman Books in Ponce City Market. For more information, see the author’s website at accordingtoquinn.blogspot. com.


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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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Saturday, Aug. 26, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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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.

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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”

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The Dunwoody Nature Center is asking the City Council for another $200,000 for construction of a pavilion in Dunwoody Park after construction estimates came in much higher than expected. That’s on top of $200,000 the Nature Center already received. Executive Director Alan Mothner told council members at the Aug. 14 meeting that a cost estimate to build the approximately 1,800-square-foot-pavilion came in at $550,000 — much higher than the original 2016 estimate of roughly $300,000. The Nature Center, which operates on the city-owned park, is also putting $150,000 of its savings toward construction of the pavilion that Mothner said is needed to allow for more programming, including Boy Scout and Girl Scout troop meetings and school field trips. Opportunities for renting the facility out for corporate events also would be available. Mothner said the Nature Center’s space now is so limited that when there is inclement weather, there is nowhere to put visitors. The pavilion, which will be enclosed in glass and built on the hill overlooking the center’s meadow, will provide that much needed space, he said. In April, the city awarded the Nature Center a $200,000 Facilities Improvement Partnership Program grant, which was $105,000 less than requested. That money is to be used to build the pavilion. City Council officials chided the Nature Center earlier this year for not putting any money toward the construction project itself, and Mothner said that led the board to vote to take $150,000 out of its savings for the project. So the $200,000 from the grant plus the $150,000 from the Nature Center totals only $350,000 – leading the Nature Center to ask the city for the additional $200,000. Construction costs are rapidly rising, Mothner said. He noted the increase last month in project costs to build an open field at Murphey Candler Park in

Brookhaven — an original estimate put the cost at $136,400, but the bid came in at close to $600,000. The city’s budget committee is expected to meet in early September and come to the full council in October with a proposed 2018 budget as well as any amendments to this year’s budget, Finance Director Chris Pike said. Allocating an additional $200,000 to the Nature Center could be discussed during that process, he explained. Council members agreed to have the request go to the Budget Committee for discussion and then be discussed by the council. Mothner has said the Nature Center would like to begin construction of the pavilion in September and complete it by March 2018. He has also said estimates show the new pavilion would bring in more than $61,000 a year in additional revenue to the Nature Center. Mothner said it could be feasible to have the pavilion built by next spring with the council waiting until October to vote on funding. But, he added, with construction costs rising rapidly it would be better to move sooner than later. “Costs are rising 50 percent across the board,” he said. “There is an inherent risk in waiting.” Mayor Denis Shortal pointed out this year has been tough, with the city’s new baseball fields coming in nearly $2 million over budget and the new City Hall renovations also costing more than anticipated. “It’s been a hectic year,” he said. The Nature Center also is planning a $2.6 million capital campaign. The city also recently formed a Public Authorities Facility that would allow the Nature Center to enter into long-term leases with the facility rather than only being able to enter into year-to-year leases with the City Council. By doing so, the Nature Center’s opportunities for obtaining significant grants is greatly improved, Mothner said. The lease agreements with the Public Authorities Facility are still being worked out, he said. DUN

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody Police reports dated Aug. 6 through Aug. 13. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.

5400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody


Road — On Aug. 7, in the evening, a man reported that someone broke into his car and stole an iPad.

100 block of Perimeter Center Place

2300 block of Leisure Lake Drive — On

— On Aug. 6, in the afternoon, a woman reported that someone burglarized her house, taking an Apple computer, an iPad and $7,000 worth of jewelry.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 6, in the morning, officers responded to a larceny in progress. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 6, in the afternoon, a 63-year-old man was arrested and accused of trying to steal jewelry from a department store. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 6, in the evening, someone stole a pink FujiFilm instant camera from a big box retailer. 4600 block of Peachtree Place Park-

way — On Aug. 7, in the morning, a man reported the theft of his Toyota Corolla. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 7, in the afternoon, a man reported the theft of his iPad. Suspects are known. 100 block of Perimeter Center West —

On Aug. 7, in the afternoon, employees at a phone store reported the theft of a Samsung 7 Edge. 2300 block of Delverton Drive — On

Aug. 7, a woman reported that someone entered her unlocked SUV, which had been parked in her driveway overnight. Nothing was reported taken. 4900 block of Winters Chapel Road —

On Aug. 7, in the evening, a woman reported someone smashed her car window, looking to take items from her car. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 7, in the evening, a man took 35 items totaling more than $1,600 from a big box store. The items were recovered. The man escaped in a Mazda. 1000 block of Crown Pointe Parkway

— On Aug. 7, in the evening, a man reported that someone smashed his rear, driver side window, taking a briefcase containing a laptop and a wireless hotspot. The briefcase was found empty. 5500 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — On Aug. 7, in the evening, a man reported that someone broke into his car and stole a computer and iPad. DUN

Aug. 7, officers responded to an entering auto call.

woman was arrested and accused of trying to steal clothing from a big box store. She also was accused of stealing Xanax, but charges were not brought against her for the pills. 1200 block of Ashford Crossing — On

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 8, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of trying to steal bedding from a big box store.

Aug. 12, in the evening, a woman reported that her Kennesaw State University jacket and medicine bag were taken from her car. Another woman reported the theft of her bag, including camera equipment and a laptop.

1200 block of Hammond Drive — On

100 block of Perimeter Center Place —


Aug. 8, in the afternoon, a woman reported the theft of her cellphone. 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road— On Aug. 8, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting at a department store. She had items that can be used to bypass security devices on clothing. A juvenile involved was not arrested.

A warrant has been obtained for a man accused of stealing two Nintendo controllers Aug. 12 from a big box store. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 13, in the afternoon, someone tried to steal a phone charger from a big box store.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 9, in the morning, a woman reported her wallet stolen.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 13, in the afternoon, an 18-year-old man was arrested and accused of trying to steal a Lacoste shirt from a department store.

6600 Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard

100 block of Perimeter Center W —

— On Aug. 9, in the afternoon, man reported a firearm missing from his home. 4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 9, in the afternoon, a man reported the theft of his cellphone while at a cafe. The cellphone has been recovered and a suspect arrested and accused of the theft. 4400 block of Chamblee- Dunwoody

Road — On Aug. 10, at night, someone stole $200 worth of Red Bull from a grocery store. 1000 block of Crown Pointe Parkway

— On Aug. 10, in the evening, someone stole a bowling ball from a car. Another car nearby was also broken into. A tote bag containing a laptop, chargers, sandals and a tumbler mug were stolen. 4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 10, in the evening, a 19-year-old woman was arrested and accused of trying to steal a red Polaroid camera from a department store. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 11, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of stealing a $4 phone charger from a big box store.


On Aug. 13, in the evening, two women were arrested and accused of trying to steal merchandise from a discount retailer.

A S S AU LT 2400 block of Littlebrooke Drive — On

Aug. 8, in the evening, officers responded to a child custody dispute between parents. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 8, in the evening, a woman snatched a watch from a man. She was arrested and accused of larceny, assault and providing false representations to police. The victim has his watch back. 4900 block of Winters Chapel Road —

On Aug. 10, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of family battery. 4000 block of Dunwoody Park — On

Aug. 10, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of domestic violence. 6800 block of Peachtree Industrial

Boulevard — On Aug. 10, at night, a man was arrested on simple assault charges during a domestic dispute.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 11, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of stealing clothing from a big box store.

4500 block of Perimeter Lofts — On


8300 block of Madison Drive — On


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 12, in the afternoon, a

Aug. 12, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of family violence battery. Aug. 12, in the afternoon, a family of-

fense involving no violence was reported. 3100 block of Charleston Place — On

Aug. 13, in the early morning, an assault took place. The case was cleared. 4300 block of Bishop Hollow Court —

On Aug. 13, in the morning, a nonviolent domestic dispute was reported. 4200 block of Peachford Circle — On

Aug. 13, in the evening, a woman was arrested following a family assault.

ARRESTS I-285 EB/ Chamblee-Dunwoody Road

— On Aug. 6, in the morning, a 21-yearold man was arrested and accused of speeding and reckless driving. Ashford-Dunwoody

Road/ Ravinia Parkway — On Aug. 6, a man was pulled over and accused of committing a traffic violation then arrested on charges of failing to obey traffic control devices, driving with a suspended license and registration. 1800 block of Womack Road — On

Aug. 7, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of speeding and driving with a suspended license. 1000 block of Hammond Drive — On

Aug. 7, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of loitering and prowling at the offices of a media outlet. 900 block of Dunwoody Club Drive —

On Aug. 8, in the morning, a woman was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended registration. 4400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — On Aug. 8, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of leaving the scene of a hit-and-run accident. 100 block of Perimeter Center Place —

On Aug. 8, in the evening, a wanted man was accused of giving false representations to officers. When apprehended, he was accused of having marijuana on his person. He was arrested. I-285/ Chamblee-Dunwoody Road —

On Aug. 9, after midnight, a man was arrested and accused of reckless driving. 1500 block of Mount Vernon Road —

On Aug. 9, an officer pulled over a man for failing to stop at a stop sign. He was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license. 4200 block of Dunwoody Club Drive

— On Aug. 10, a man was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license and registration and without insurance.

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