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Mayor, city respond to protester demands

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Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration has responded in detail to a list of protester demands in the wake of a July 11 Black Lives Matter march in Buckhead. In the nine-page answer to the ATLisReady protest coalition, the city claims it is already carrying out most of the demanded police reforms, while rejecting several ideas and saying officials are open to working on some others. “APD [the Atlanta Police Department] has adopted a philosophy of serving as protectors and guardians, and is continually working to build community trust and nurture relationships with Atlanta’s residents,” the city said early in its point-by-point answer, which is tiJustin Manglitz, partner and distiller at American Spirit Whiskey Distillery, pumps mash from the fermenter into the wash still on Aug. 20. The whiskey-making business opened for public tours and tastings last month on Armour Drive. Read story and see additional photos on pages 18-19.


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Council of Neighborhoods gets briefing on updates to city zoning code BY COLLIN KELLEY The Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods returned from its summer break on Aug. 11 to get an update on the overhaul of the city’s Planning and Community Development department and rewriting of Atlanta’s outdated zoning codes. The city’s deputy director of Plan-

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DESIGN MEETING FOR OLD IVY PARK The design concept for a new park along PATH400 in Buckhead will be unveiled at an Aug. 22 community meeting. Old Ivy Park, at 519 Old Ivy Road, will be a new 0.7-acre city park. Livable Buckhead, the nonprofit creating PATH400, came up with the idea for the park after deciding to buy a residential property there so the new multiuse trail could make a curve through the area. New trailside parks are part of the PATH400 concept. A 22-person community advisory committee has been discussing park design details for nearly a year. Livable Buckhead commissioned two alternative designs, and will unveil the chosen concept for public comment and input Aug. 22, 6-8 p.m., at the Sarah Smith Elementary School Intermediate Campus gym, 4141 Wieuca Road. At the meeting, formal presentations will be given at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.

ATLANTA REVEALS TUNNEL-DRILLING MACHINE NAME FINALISTS Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management has announced three finalists in its campaign to name a giant tunnel-drilling machine: Driller Mike, Peach Beast and Scarlett. The names topped more than 700 submissions, and the public can vote to select the winning name at through Sept. 2. The machine will dig a 5-mile-long, 12-foot-wide tunnel to turn Atlanta’s Bellwood Quarry into a reservoir, a project slated to be finished in December 2018. The finalist names and their origins, according to Watershed Management, are: • Driller Mike: a reference to Atlanta hip hop artist and activist Killer Mike. Multiple nominations, but as explained in a submission by Bryan Schroeder: “Killer Mike chews through words and raps like he’s got diamond-tipped teeth. A good role model for this drill, Driller Mike, to look up to!” • Peach Beast: In David Nixon’s nomination, he wrote: “The beast to help keep ATL and the Peach State green, healthy and safe. Plus it’s the beast that eats rock!”

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Scarlett: A reference to Scarlett O’Hara, the Georgia plantation heroine of the Civil War-era novel and movie “Gone with the Wind.” Nominated by Kristen Vick, who in her submission said, “O’Hara, of course. How perfectly classic Atlanta.”

PEACHTREE PARK GETS A BIT MORE GREEN SPACE The Peachtree Park/Darlington Nature Trail green space at the end of Burke Road is getting a little greener. A 0.2-acre parcel next door at 751 Burke Road has been purchased by Livable Buckhead and City Councilmember Howard Shook to add to the parkland. The existing 1-acre city park includes the trail and community gardens. Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling said in a press release that purchasing the extra land is part of the community’s plan to add 106 acres of green space to Buckhead. The cost was $266,000, Starling said. “One of the most effective ways to do that is by expanding existing parks, making them more significant and encouraging uses that draw more people to them,” she said. “The property will mostly be left natural,” said Wes Lyle, president of the Peachtree Park Civic Association, adding that some pieces of exercise equipment might be installed, but with “minimal intervention with nature.” “We greatly appreciate the support of Livable Buckhead, Howard Shook and Denise Starling in this effort,” Lyle said. “Our own Jason Kendal and Peter Davis have also been involved in this effort to add to our city’s and our neighborhood’s natural green spaces.”

ROCK CHASTAIN FUNDRAISER CONCERT ANNOUNCED FOR OCT. 15 The annual Rock Chastain concert, a fundraiser for the Chastain Park Conservancy, has been announced for Oct. 15 at the park’s amphitheater. The headliner is Ed Roland & The Sweet Tea Project. Roland, formerly of Collective Soul, lives in the Chastain Park area and helped select the bill, which also includes Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, The Whiskey Gentry and Brian Collins. “Living here, recording music here and playing shows in the neighborhood is something we are happy we’re able to do,” Roland said in a press release. “We as a band love supporting the Chastain Conservancy and playing at this event. Chastain Amphitheater is still one of the greatest venues in Atlanta.” Tickets range from $30 to $150 and are available for via Ticketmaster. For more information, see

COPPERHEAD FOUND IN BACK YARD A venomous copperhead was found in a Buckhead back yard recently, according to the North Buckhead Civic Association. “Our home backs up to Little Nancy Creek Park and…while doing yard work near the creek we discovered and dispatched a copperhead snake,” a Stovall Terrace resident reported to the association, according to its newsletter. “Please remind everyone that the wooded areas along the creek do have poisonous snakes living there.” According to a state Wildlife Resources Division snake guidebook, “Copperheads are apparently more tolerant of urban development than many snake species. Populations often persist in suburban neighborhoods as long as some patches of forest remain.” The snakes sometimes hide under fallen leaves or other cover, so anyone clearing brush or walking through woods should watch for them. Copperheads usually bite only if they are handled or attacked, so experts advise leaving them alone and not attempting to kill them, according to the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory guide.

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The City Design Project Studio, at Ponce City Market in Old Fourth Ward, invites residents to share their visions for the city’s growth.


Council of Neighborhoods gets briefing on updates to city zoning code years,” Lee acknowledged. Rewriting the zoning codes will be a ning and Community Development, three to five year process, but Lee said Terri Lee, told the group that Atlanta’s the office is initiating what she called zoning book hasn’t been updated since a series of “quick wins” that could be 1980. Lee said that the department had implemented in the next three to six undergone a sigmonths. Those nificant overhaul “quick wins” inthanks to new clude updates of Commissioner Tim definitions of exKeane. isting ordinances, Lee said that neighborhood desince Keane’s arrivsign standards and al last year, there parking requirehas been a new foments. cus on customer Lee said the city service, and strides was also conducthave been made ing a study on into make permitcreasing impact ting easier for resfees for developidents, developers ers, which, if apand businesses. proved, would be “In the past, peothe first increase in ple would call our 23 years. office with quesAnother eleTERRI LEE tions and no one ment of streamlinwould answer the DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PLANNING ing the city planphone,” Lee said. AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ning department is “That has changed.” the opening of the Those who come City Design Projin looking for a ect Studio at Ponce permit – to build a deck on the back City Market in the Old Fourth Ward. of their home, for example – should The studio invites residents to drop by only have to wait 30 to 40 minutes. “It the colorful, informal space to share shouldn’t take 10 days to get a deck pertheir own visions for the city’s growth mit,” Lee said. “You can now also apply as well as wants and needs for their and pay online.” neighborhoods. Many of the estimated 300 peoThe studio, which has only been ple who visit the planning office daiopen for six weeks, will remain at Ponce ly are inquiring about zoning variancCity Market for six months, then move es. “We have a high volume of variance to different location in the city. More requests, mainly because the codes information about the studio is availhaven’t been updated in more than 30 able at

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Peachtree Creek Greenway inching toward reality BY DYANA BAGBY Brookhaven’s vision of taking the lead on what could become a 12-mile “Greenway” along the north fork of Peachtree Creek took a step closer to reality during a presentation by designers at the Aug. 9 City Council work session. Regional connectivity and attaching the Greenway in Brookhaven to PATH400 and the Atlanta BeltLine are part of long-term plans for the project that carries a hefty price of more than $35 million, according to plans drawn up by Heath & Lineback Engineers Inc., and presented by Carlos Perez of Perez Planning + Design, LLC. “What excites us is that someday you will be able to go to Brookhaven, to Buckhead and to the BeltLine,” Perez said after the presen-

tation to City Council. “And this is something we see millennials and Baby Boomers agreeing on.” Brookhaven’s slice of the proposed 12mile Greenway stretches 2.7 miles along the North Fork, approximately one mile within the Century Center office complex that borders Chamblee near I-85 and Clairmont Road. While the Greenway is getting a start in Brookhaven, the ultimate goal is a park and trail along the entire North Fork of Peachtree Creek, which runs from Mercer University in unincorporated DeKalb County to near the PATH400 trail in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. Masked by buildings and overgrowth, it can be hard to see the creek, even from bridges spanning it. The Greenway is intended to improve the environment while encouraging commercial development facing the creek in-

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stead of simply hiding it. pose challenges to gaining trail access across Betsy Eggers, credited with leading the the entire corridor,” the draft plan states. effort of the Peachtree Creek Greenway that “Ways to negotiate access via sewer and powbegan in earnest three years ago, said the er line easements should be explored.” renderings of what the Greenway could be City Manager Christian Sigman told the exceeded her expectations. council that a consultant has been hired to “It’s so hard to picture what it can be when assist with land acquisition. you look at the kudzu-covered riverbed and A “100-day action plan” outlined by Heath how overgrown and nasty things are,” she & Lineback includes having City Council apsaid. “What will happen in the future is amazprove the draft Peachtree Creek Greenway ing. Master Plan, allocate funds in the 2017 bud“This will be so much more than just a litget for the design of the Greenway between tle park; it will be a legacy park,” Eggers said. Villas at Druid Hills and Briarwood Road, “It will be an attraction of regional interest.” and coordinate with the Salvation Army to The North Fork Creekside Trail in Bucksecure access to their property through a dohead, a mile-long paved trail from Lindbergh nation, acquisition or an easement for future Drive to Cheshire Bridge Road, is ready for construction of the trail. The Salvation Army Brookhaven to connect, Eggers said. property is located between Buford Highway “They’re just waiting for Brookhaven to and I-85 and just west of North Druid Hills build its path to get there, and then get to Road. Lindbergh Drive and then to the Lindbergh Working on a partnership with PATH MARTA station,” which would take pedestriFoundation is also part of that 100-day plan. ans and cyclists to the yet unfinished northA one-year plan includes seeking funding ern edge of the Atlanta BeltLine, she said. from the Atlanta Regional Commission and The City Council was visibly excited about also creating a zoning overlay for properties the plans they reviewed. adjoining the Greenway. “This is really exciting,” said CouncilmemThe developers are recommending a fiveber Joe Gebbia. “I remember in 2013 walking year plan that develops a segment of the Grethis and seeing the potential.” The economic payback to the city if the pathway does in fact connect with PATH and the BeltLine will be invaluable, he said. Perez told council members that through community input, the development of the Greenway should be done on the commercial side of Buford Highway SPECIAL and not the residential side. A rendering of what the same stretch would People want a combination look like after completion of the Greenway. of safe multi-purpose trails and nature trails, Perez said. The Greenway also enway from Villas at Druid Hills to Briarcan be considered a “catalyst” for developwood Road at an estimated cost of about $5.8 ment along Buford Highway, but the area million. This is expected to be the most “aesshould not develop in a way that is a detrithetically pleasing segment of Greenway” ment to the international culture and affordwith two greenspace areas, according the able housing that makes the corridor unique, draft plan. Perez said. Plans for this segment include a major A tricky park of the project will be acquirtrailhead at Northeast Plaza and a trailhead ing the land needed to build the Greenway. at Briarwood Road with unpaved nature Much of it is now held by private owners. trails and paved trails on both sides of the The city of Brookhaven does own one parcel creek. According to the draft plan, the south along the creek. It was granted by the Pink side trail system requires redevelopment of Pony strip club as part of a 2014 lawsuit setproperty on the I-85 access road that will intlement. clude a connection to Children’s Healthcare “Multiple property owners along the creek of Atlanta. BH

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Alcohol retailers see a millennial-driven boom BY JOHN RUCH

The Perimeter’s influx of apartmentdwelling, craft-beer-loving millennials is driving a boom in beer, wine and spirits stores, local retailers say. Business is good enough that owners are willing to sell stores in other markets to come here, due to a state law limiting one spirits retailer from operating more than two stores. And that two-store limit has been repeatedly challenged in the state legislature as major chains seek to expand. “The population growth in Sandy Springs has been double-digit the last four years,” said Bobby Yun, who last month opened the new Citi Wine & Spirits on Roswell Road. And younger customers are a big part of that demographic boom. “All the millennials are definitely into craft beers,” Yun said. At Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits on Piedmont Road, which has operated in Buckhead since 1948, General Manager David Halliday said the market is similar. “One reason the store is doing as well as it is, is the apartments coming in,” Halliday said. “The millennials are huge about craft [alcohol],” he said, adding that

“there doesn’t seem to be a concern about pricing.” The boom would be bigger if it wasn’t for that two-store restriction, which can also change the nature of the stores that do come in. The national alcohol-retailer chain Total Wine came to the Brookhaven Plaza shopping center last year. But, like another Total Wine in Dunwoody’s Perimeter Square shopping center, it doesn’t sell spirits because of two other outlets that opened earlier in other Georgia cities. Tower also operates a Doraville location. Until about 25 years ago, it had an interest in even more stores until agreeing to sell them off when the state said they were too closely tied to the Buckhead headquarters’ ownership. Yun’s family ended up owning two of them, including what is now another Citi Wine & Spirits in Atlanta and a College Park store the family recently sold, a move that freed them up to open the Sandy Springs location. The law makes for some complicated store ownership histories, but helps protect independent businesses, said Yun and Ed McGill, executive director of the Georgia Alcohol Dealers Association. “It actually helps the smaller indeContinued on page 10

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Father, son team up on video gaming BY JOHN RUCH

When Stephen Johnston Jr. was a student at Buckhead’s Pace Academy more than 20 years ago, his dad got a phone call from a teacher and feared the worst. But the news was a bit different. “He’s helping me teach the class. He knows more about computers than I do,” Stephen Sr. recalled the teacher saying. Today, the father and son are partners in Stephen Jr.’s Launch Media Network, a video game journalism, marketing and social networking company that recently left Buckhead’s Atlanta Tech Village and opened a new headquarters in Sandy Springs. “We grew out of Tech Village,” said Stephen Jr., whose company of nine fulltime employees and a bevy of contractors and freelancers is among more than 80 businesses in Georgia’s booming video game industry. The Johnstons are natives of Sandy Springs, where Stephen Sr. co-founded cellphone companies in the 1980s. But Stephen Jr. founded his gaming-related company in 2006 while living in Virginia. Originally called Guild Launch, the company’s initial business was providing social networking and event-organizing platforms for players of gigantic online roleplaying games. Stephen Jr. was a fan of “World of Warcraft,” an online fantasy game that requires players to team up in large groups to beat certain villains. He saw a business opportunity in the challenging task of getting players around the world to coordinate like that. For comparison, he says to imagine trying to get five friends to go out for pizza together. “One gets the time wrong. One doesn’t show up. In games, you need to get 40 people in the same place at the same time,” he said.

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Guild Launch’s calendar feature included automatic coordination of the world’s many quirky time zones, a huge task Stephen Jr. says few businesses face. “It’s something some large corporations deal with—and gamers,” he said, likening Guild Launch to building a network for a multinational company “and putting wizards and dragons on top of it.” The platform later expanded to include other types of games, such as esports, and was renamed Gamer Launch. Today it serves more than 4 million gamers and 600 different games. While those are big numbers, some types of online gaming have seen a drop in the player base, and there’s more competition for networking. In 2013, the company rebranded as Launch Media and started a new division called GameSkinny, specializing in video game journalism and marketing. The company raised $2 million in capital for that change and that’s when Stephen Sr. got more closely involved, becoming chairman. He’s also gotten more involved in playing video games himself. “I play ‘Angry Birds,’” Stephen Sr. said with what turned out to be understatement. He’s ranked the 38th best player in the world for the mobile game’s spinoff “Angry Birds Star Wars II”—an admittedly “useless skill.” It’s the sort of story GameSkinny might tell. The business pays freelance writers to cover gaming topics—some of them company-sponsored—and offers a nine-week training program in game writing and how to market it. Some colleges accept the program as credit, and Launch Media has worked with the University of Georgia’s New Media Institute, the Johnstons say. Trainees can earn a “revenue share” based on the website traffic on their articles.

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Stephen Johnston Sr. left, and his son are partners in Stephen Jr.'s company, Launch Media Network.

Last year, Launch Media moved to the family’s native Atlanta, using space in Tech Village. Karen Houghton, a Tech Village spokesperson, said the company is “producing some great things in the gaming community.” “Our goal was to get embedded [in] and connected to the Atlanta tech scene,” said Stephen Jr. “We saw the explosion of technology here.” Much of Georgia’s booming gaming industry is based in north Fulton. That includes Alpharetta’s Hi-Rez Studios, whose game “Smite” is among those served by Launch Media’s Gamer Launch product. Launch Media quickly outgrew Tech Village with its nine full-time employees,

the Johnstons say. Last month, it moved to 8010 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, where it shares space with Stephen Sr.’s telecom company Lucid Communications Services. Stephen Jr. said he likes the company’s position as “gamer” becomes an increasingly broad term. Today people not only play video games; they also watch them in arenas, on TV and online. And the “Pokémon Go” phenomenon shows the “ubiquity” of gaming beyond the stereotypical geek culture, Stephen Jr. said. “When we look at ‘video gaming’ across everything that means, it really is media at this point,” he said. For more information, see


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opening of his Dakoro Art Gallery on July 28. It is filled with his abstract works and portraits meant to inspire and promote positivity. His favorite work, “Today A Slave,” which depicts a woman freed from bondage in 2010, stands proudly at the front. Pieces painted recently are displayed on the wall, and each one tells a visual story of perseverance, dedication and hard work. “I like the diversity, the energy of the city,” Dakoro—who goes by his first name only—said of his moving to Sandy Springs from Syracuse, N.Y., a number of years ago. “It just feels like a good spot. There really hasn’t been a space like this in Sandy Springs, and from what I understand, it’s very welcome.” “The sun just shines differently down [here],” Dakoro said. “I like the pace of Atlanta; you can create your own pace. You can be relaxed if you want, be high energy.” The original vision of City Walk was to be a multi-use development for living, working and play, and the addition of the art gallery might just fulfill that cultural purpose among all the retail. Dakoro’s painted steadily since the

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Above, the gallery is filled with Dakoro’s abstract works and portraits. Right, his art is often marked by vivid colors and portraits with piercing eyes.

age of 5. He credits his most formal art training to his 6th grade art teacher. “He just influenced a freestyle type of creativity. Even in art classes, I didn’t have to do much of what the other students were doing, but my art came from a different place,” he reminisced. Before taking his passion full time, Dakoro spent his youth playing basketball and working as a master barber. Dakoro emerged onto the Atlanta art scene in 2012 when he came in first place for a local competition from the RAW artists network. But 2016 has been the shining year for Dakoro. He said he has been commissioned to paint a mural with the theme “Stronger Together” at Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s Atlanta campaign office in Castleberry Hill, which will be completed by Aug. 20. Dakoro is a swift painter, creating his works with large, fluid strokes. His work is often marked by vivid colors and portraits with piercing eyes, which symbolize the viewer looking at the art and the art looking back at the viewer. “If you see something immediately, that’s what I want you to see,” Dakoro said of his style. “There’s always something behind it.” He completed his portrait of musician David Bowie in as little as 20 minutes for a live audience, a way he enjoys showing off his craft. At his new gallery Aug. 10, an opera singer performed while he painted a portrait of a woman in front of a skyline. “It was just so beautiful in here,” he said of the event and his grand opening celebration. “You had all ethnicities, status levels— everyone brought a great energy in here and had a great time.” “I’m kind of a motivator. I look at the bright side of things,” he said. “I really try to promote a lot of positivity, achieving

goals and paying it forward. There’s a lot of people that all they need is a helping hand to get over an obstacle, and that is what my art does. “Art is like a bridge, a bonding glue. It’s beautiful about how it brings people together. I want [the gallery] to represent a unity,” he said.

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Bobby Yun, center, owner of Citi Wine & Spirits located at 5861 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, cut the ribbon on Aug. 15 in front of Sandy Springs Chamber members, employees and friends.


Alcohol retailers see a millennial-driven boom Continued from page 5 pendents out so the big chains can’t dominate the market,” Yun said of the two-store limit. McGill said the law is largely intended to reduce crime and corruption by keeping retailers small-scale and accountable. But he doesn’t mind its restrictions on national retailers like Walmart getting into the spirits business. “Big boxes put small independents out of business, and prices go up and the customer gets screwed,” McGill said. “We feel [the ownership limit is] very good for not only the industry but

also the people of Georgia.” Nonetheless, bills to increase the store ownership cap have come in four of the last five Gold Dome sessions, he said. At Tower, Halliday said he thinks the cap-raising is inevitable and that his store might take advantage. “I don’t think there’s much doubt that’s going to happen,” he said. “We could be prepared, if it comes to pass, to open more stores.” But for retailers in the heavily regulated alcohol industry, store ownership caps are just one of many uncertainties and challenges that come with

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every legislative session, not to mention local laws. In a common example, Citi Wine & Spirits constructed its own Sandy Springs building because some other available locations didn’t match restrictions on selling alcohol close to churches or other institutions, Yun said. “God knows what’s going to happen,” Halliday said of the upcoming state legislative session’s possible impact on alcohol laws. “There’s no mirror to look in to say, ‘Mirror, mirror, on the wall, what’s happening?’” Halliday has seen a lot of changes in his 50 years in the business, but he says it still comes down to some simple retailing principles. “It’s not the number of stores. It’s location,” he said, as well as the financial strength to keep a store well-stocked. Tower owner Michael Greenbaum added that a knowledgeable and help-

ful staff is important, especially in an upscale market like Buckhead. “The wine factor in this area is a big factor,” he said. “If you don’t have good people, [customers will] walk out the door.” A final challenge: Keeping up with trends and fads those customers prefer, which comes back to the craft boom and the millennial demographics. Halliday said the craft beer market looks to be getting “saturated,” and Yun noting big beer-makers are buying up the small craft brewers. But craft spirits may be next on the horizon, especially with many now being distilled locally, such as the J.R. Revelry bourbon from Sandy Springs’ Rick Tapia. “[Millennials] like making gin cocktails with stuff they never heard of,” Yun said. “I think you’re going to see a big boom in the [craft] spirit business.”

Perimeter Center gets new Xpress bus route Sept. 6 A new Xpress commuter bus route connecting Perimeter Center with Cumming in Forsyth County begins service Sept. 6. The Georgia Regional Transportation Authority’s new Route 401 bus will run between a park-and-ride location in Cumming and MARTA’s Medical Center station in Sandy Springs. Stops in between will include the Sandy Springs and Dunwoody MARTA stations; Perimeter Center Parkway stops at Perimeter Center West and Office Park Drive; and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road at Concourse Parkway. GRTA Xpress buses serving Perimeter Center have free Wi-Fi. Route 401 fares will be $3 one-way; $5 round-trip; 10 trips for $25; and a 31-day pass for $100. For more details on the route and schedule, see Perimeter Connects, a commuting program from the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, can connect bus-riders to other incentives. They include the “guaranteed ride home” that provides up to five free taxi rides if a commuter misses the bus home. For more information, see perimeterconnects. com. Route 401 is one of three new Xpress bus routes that will expand Perimeter Center service in coming months, Perimeter Connects director Jennifer Harper previously said.

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Jack Kerdasha has been playing golf almost his entire life. The 16-year-old first picked up golf clubs a dozen years ago. His father taught him the game. Jack says he likes golf because it’s a family sport and he often plays with his siblings and parents. And he likes it because of the game’s integrity. Practice paid off. This year, the Dunwoody High School sophomore won the Atlanta Junior Golf 18-hole Championship. day, as he has already applied to work as Jack was a member of the Peachtree an aide for Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson. Middle School golf team and now plays Jack is to be the DHS sophomore class on the Dunwoody team. president. In eighth and This past year, the team ninth grade, he served as won county and regiontreasurer. al championships. AlOutside of sports, though he was on junior music and school, Jack varsity team last year, he is a “volunteen” at Emoplans on making the varry Saint Joseph’s Hospisity squad this year. tal. He has worked at the His golf skills led him hospital for the past two to Atlanta Junior Golf. summers in admissions, He’s been part of the orgapatient transport and nization for three years. communications. While he has competed in Allison Hager, directhe championship for all tor of guest and volunthree years, his best finish SPECIAL teer services at the hosJack Kerdasha won the before this year’s win was pital, said that Jack has Atlanta Junior Golf 1822nd. The biggest factor hole Championship. a special bond with the in Jack’s jump from 22nd seniors in the hospito first was to put in the tal. She said that he genuinely became necessary practice, he said, and stronger friends with many of the patients and shots with the clubs known as irons. that “they love him, and they can’t wait Golf isn’t his only interest. Jack also until he comes back.” plays saxophone in the high school What’s Next? marching band and he will be the sophJack hopes to study political science omore class president this year. Outside in college and eventually go on to law of school, he volunteers at Emory Saint school. Joseph’s Hospital. This article was reported and written by Jack has been playing the saxophone Sam Wimpfheimer, a senior at The Gallofor five years. “I always liked the way it way School. looked and sounded,” he said.

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Commentary / Playing American football in Ireland The 2016 Marist War Eagle football team will have the unique and unprecedented opportunity to travel to Dublin, Ireland, to play an American football game in a completely different environment that most high school athletes could not comprehend. Playing American football in front of an audience that has minimal knowledge and information about the game and in a location that most have only read about or seen in pictures makes this experience both unique and scary. There are many issues that the coaches and players will be needing to address. How will the team adapt to the change in routine from our normal practice and preparation schedule? What part will the travel and location play in our players’ mental approach to the game? We are playing a football game against a very good team (Belen Jesuit of Miami, Fla.). We will try to practice and prepare as normally as possible during the hectic days leading up to our game, while the players, coaches, families and fans trav-

eling with us will have an opportunity to do some sightseeing and participate in cultural exchanges with the people of Ireland and with the several Marist schools in the area. It would See more be a complete high school football failure if this coverage on page 28 opportunity was wasted on only a football game. These additional activities should be an enlightening and an educational experience. That was a major consideration in accepting the offer to travel and play in Ireland, and is what justifies all the time and effort put forth by so many individuals to coordinate the logistics to make this trip possible. An added bonus to the trip is the chance to see several Marist alums play in the Georgia Tech vs. Boston College game. As different and unique as this experience will be, it is important for our players to understand that this is not the end of our season. This is just the start.

We have the remainder of our schedule to complete and we return home to face our biggest private school rival, the St. Pius X Golden Lions, the following week. The Golden Lions are not only our neighborhood rival but a longtime opponent, starting in the early 1960s. We cannot lose sight of the goals we set for ourselves, both individually and as a team upon our return. Alan Chadwick is the head football coach at Marist School, where he started coaching in 1976. He is Marist’s longest-serving head football coach and among the winningest coaches in Georgia.

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Letter to the Editor The Lake Forrest Dam situation is the ultimate example of, “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” (“Answers on Lake Forrest Dam’s condition at least six months away,” Aug. 5-18.) This lovely lake sat for decades, beautiful and harmless. Even during the 500year flood we experienced in September 2009, this lake was never out of its normal banks. These facts have been ignored

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completely by the state of Georgia, which in its bureaucratic mindlessness, has classified this lake as a threat to public safety and stirred local residents into a Chicken Little frenzy about catastrophic flooding from this small, innocent lake. Now the city of Sandy Springs is having to pay millions of dollars of tax money to an engineering firm that will no doubt determine that millions more

need to be spent. All of this money could go to worthwhile projects like sidewalks, parks, police, etc., instead of being completely and utterly wasted on a problem that does not exist. Meanwhile, the oncebeautiful lake has become an eyesore that will only get uglier. As a famous general said during World War II, “It’s enough to discourage Christ.” - Penelope Malone

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“This really is about the future.” Dunwoody parent Eric Oliver on a push by supporters of youth sports to convince the city to build athletic fields in Brook Run Park. “I think this is a slippery slope that we’re on. I think this is a bad precedent to be setting…We have to keep the vision of how we want the city to run in the long term.” Sandy Springs Councilmember Tibby DeJulio on the council’s Aug. 2 decision to approve a no-bid, one-year contract extension for the firm running the Sandy Springs Tennis Center. Since its founding in 2005, Sandy Springs has drawn national attention for outsourcing most of its government with competitively bid private contracts. In June, the council also gave no-bid, three-year extensions to its

main contractors, fearing disruption during construction of its City Springs project and a rewrite of its zoning code and land-use plan. “They’re sort of crossing their arms [and] haven’t done a lot.” Sandy Springs City Attorney Wendell Willard on Perimeter Center Improvement Districts’ apparent unwillingness to negotiate an agreement over paperwork errors forcing a repayment of $2.8 million in federal streetscape funds. The council voted Aug. 16 to authorize legal action against the PCIDs and the company CH2M Hill after the Federal Highway Administration audit found the city in noncompliance in fulfilling the requirements of a sidewalks and streetscape beautification project along Peachtree-Dunwoody Road between

I-285 and Abernathy Road carried out around 2008 and 2009. The PCIDs commissioned the project and CH2M was responsible for vetting the project’s compliance. “Let’s be honest. We’re not going to solve the problems, we’re just going to shift the pain.” Brookhaven Councilmember John Park on the City Council’s Aug. 9 vote to approve a controversial traffic calming plan in the Brookhaven Heights neighborhood. The plan is an attempt to alleviate motorists cutting through the neighborhood as a way to avoid congestion on North Druid Hills Road. Opponents say putting in measures such as “chokers” and more speed humps on certain roads will only move traffic to other roads.

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Thursday, Aug. 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sunset sips welcomes Atlanta-based City Mouse, a folk band performing with a mixture of instruments including banjo, guitar, standup bass and fiddle. Cash bar. Bring a picnic dinner. Family friendly. Tickets: included with general admission to the Chattahoochee Nature Center; free for members. Learn more by visiting: or calling 770-992-2055, ext. 237. 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. Check out the band:

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Monday, Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m. Choral Guild of Atlanta encourages singers of all voice parts to audition for their 2016-2017 season. Audition consists of short, prepared piece less than three minutes in length or “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” sight singing and pitch-matching exercises. St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To schedule an audition or for information, email:, call 404-223-6362 or visit:




BIG PEACH SIZZLER 10K Monday, Sept. 5, 7:30 a.m. Celebrate the end of summer by running a 10K, and attending a post-race party with food, drink, vendors and music. Fee for timed runners: $45 through Sept. 1; $50 on Sept. 2 through race day. Funds go toward Cystic Fibrosis research. Race is Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Free shuttle buses. Course goes from Chamblee MARTA station, 5200 New Peachtree Rd., 30341, to 1 Buckhead Loop Rd., Atlanta, 30326. Register and learn more:


MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT Friday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m. Leadership Sandy Springs brings back the Movies by Moonlight series, with the showing of “Zootopia,” about a city of mammals and the first rabbit to join the police force. Rated PG. Family friendly event held at Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, Activities Center Lawn, 86 Mount Vernon Highway and Sandy Springs Circle, 30328. Food and activities begin at 6 p.m. Movie shown at dark. Find out more by visiting:

TAILGATE PARTY Saturday, Aug. 27, 12-4 p.m. Come out and support your favorite college football team while tasting some of Sandy Springs’ top restaurants at the biggest tailgate event of the year! Free admission; you must purchase food and drinks. 5 Seasons Brewing Company, Prado Shopping Center, 5600 Roswell Rd., Atlanta, 30342. Questions? Call 770-2061447 or go to:

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Saturday, Aug. 27, 7:30 a.m. It’s time to Walk, Wag, N’ Run for Ahimsa House. Proceeds help human and animal victims of domestic violence. 5K at 7:30 a.m.; 1K Fun Run at 8:45 a.m. 5K uses chip timing and is a 2017 Peachtree Road Race qualifier. Dogs welcome in both races. High-tech T-shirts and goody tables at finish line. $35-$40; $15 Fun Run. Lenox Park, 1025 Lenox Park Blvd., Brookhaven, 30319. Register: ahimsahouse. org or Call 404-469-4038 with questions.

Monday, Aug. 22, 4-5:30 p.m. Community Bible Study’s After School Kids (A.S.K.) will host an open house at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church. Bible study for elementary school age students (K-5th grade). Class meets for 10 weeks on Mondays after school. 1978 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To register or for information, email: askdunwoody@ BH

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LACROSSE CLINIC Saturday, Aug. 27, 8:30 a.m. Brush up on lacrosse skills or try the game for the first time. The North Atlanta boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams host a clinic for 1st through 5th grade. Girls’ clinic runs 8:30-10 a.m.; boys’ clinic, 10-11:30 a.m. $35 per player. Held on the turf field at North Atlanta High School, 4111 Northside Pkwy., NW, Atlanta, 30327. For details and to register, go to:

PLANTS OF GEORGIA Saturday, Sept. 3, 10-10:45 a.m. Naturalist Megan Clark leads six environmentalbased classes geared for youngsters ages 4-12. Participants spend time outdoors and learn about nature. Classes include a hike, investigation and games. Offered Saturdays and twice monthly from September-November. Take one class or all. Dress for the weather. Early session for ages 4-6; 11-11:45 a.m. for ages 7-9; 12-12:45 p.m. for ages 10-12. $5 per class or $25 for six. Lost Corner Preserve, 7300 Brandon Mill Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Sign up: Call 770-730-5600 for additional details.

LEARN SOMETHING! SPECIAL NEEDS Monday, Aug. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. Join Mr. Duncan as he offers different strategies to better assist youngsters with special needs. Parents will learn how to utilize different resources to help serve their children in school settings. Free and open to all. For adult audiences. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: or call 404-3036130 with questions.

MEDICARE Tuesday, Aug. 23, 10:30-11:15 a.m. This 45-minute workshop tells you what to expect with Medicare parts A and B, Medicare Advantage (Part C), Prescription Drug Plans (Part D) and Medicare Supplements (Medigap). Free and open to the public. Registration required by calling 404-496-6994. For adult audiences. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For additional details, email: or call 404-303-6130.

Thursday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m. The Atlanta History Center hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson to mark the paperback release of her National Book Critics Circle Award-winning memoir, “Negroland.” $10. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. For additional details, go to: or call 404-8144000.

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HEALTH SCREENING Saturday, Aug. 27, 9 a.m. Northside Hospital offers free screenings for cardiovascular disease. Screenings administered by health care professionals and include risk assessment, blood pressure reading, total cholesterol and a one-on-one consultation. Registration required by calling 404-8516550 for an appointment. Doctors’ Centre, 5th Floor, Suite 520, 980 Johnson Ferry Rd., Atlanta, 30342. Find out more: northside. com.

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From left, Dave Ward, president and CEO of Nobis Works, board member Lynn Nobis and board member and former Atlanta Falcons player Tommy Nobis after the Buckhead 50 Club meeting at Chastain Park Aug. 9.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN! Running 17 exercise classes each week, plus private sessions with people recovering from injury or surgery, would surely exhaust an average person. Of course, Mattie’s far from average. She’s a bundle of energy who loves to dance, works a variety of music into her classes, and joins Canterbury’s walking club whenever she can, especially when they’re training for the annual Peachtree Road 10k. She says residents and staff are so much like family that she’s always encouraging people to move here.

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ple earned a collective $500 million and freed up more than $200 million in public benefits they otherwise would have reTommy Nobis, the former NFL star playlied on without access to the workforce. He er for the Falcons, visited the Buckhead 50 also noted that when the organization was Club’s Aug. 9 meeting in support of the vofounded, it was common for people with cational-training nonprofit that bears his disabilities to remain at home in the care name. of relatives and cut off Dave Ward, president from many opportunities and CEO of Mariettafor independence and sobased Nobis Works, was cial living. the club’s featured speakWard, who has a long er at the American Legion career in public service Post in Chastain Park. He nonprofits, has led Noexplained the nonprofit’s bis Works for 10 months. mission of providing jobs His most recent previous and work training for position was executive people with barriers to vice president of mental employment, including health and family servicphysical or mental dises for the Florida-based abilities, criminal records veteran-supporting nonand such challenging life profit the Wounded WarDAVE WARD situations as single parrior Project, which ran enthood. The nonprofit PRESIDENT AND CEO, into scandal over lavish particularly serves peo- NOBIS WORKS spending on top execuple with disabilities seektives’ salaries and publicing work, and among its prominent local ity shortly after he left. Ward said that nonpartners is the Kroger grocery store chain. profit’s leadership could have prioritized “Kroger has been a fantastic partner of some of that spending differently, but that ours,” Ward said. it still served veterans well and he believes Ward also praised Tommy and his wife, it received a “raw deal” in the press. Lynn Nobis, who also attended the BuckTommy Nobis was a star linebacker head 50 meeting, for their work supportfor the University of Texas at Austin Longing the nonprofit. Tommy Nobis helped horns, and became the first player drafted to found the organization 40 years ago, by the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons in 1966, the lending it his name and significant donateam’s first year of existence. After an illustions. Tommy and Lynn, who live in Sandy trious career, including many Pro Bowl apSprings, are Nobis Works board members. pearances, he worked for Falcons manage“Tommy has been there from the beginment for many years. ning, and we’re so thankful for his commitThe Buckhead 50 is an invitation-only ment and his tenacity,” said Ward. civic and social club with a men-only memWard said that in its 40 years, Nobis bership. The club is seeking new members. Works has found employment for more For more information, contact club presithan 25,000 people who have disabilities. dent Michael Moore at 404-667-4762. The nonprofit estimates those 25,000 peo-

Tommy has been there from the beginning, and we’re so thankful for his commitment and his tenacity.


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Protestors marched in Buckhead on July 11 in response to the police killings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota.

Continued from page 1 tled, “2016 Atlanta Civic Activism Response.” Avery Jackson, one of the ATLisReady organizers who met with Reed and Police Chief George Turner during the Buckhead protest, said the coalition has made “no response” to the city’s answers. He did not indicate if or when there might be one. Meanwhile, ATLisReady has carried out smaller protests aimed at gentrification and started a campaign named “Don’t Call the Cops,” urging white people not to call the police for minor incidents involving people of color. The coalition also continues to meet, with more than 45 organizations and 70 people joining a recent gathering, Jackson said. But ATLisReady has not held marches on the scale of the July protests that followed the police killings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, both of whom were black. Five straight nights of Atlanta protests were joined by thousands of people, culminating in the July 11 Buckhead march that was intended to shock the city by entering a neighborhood with many wealthy and white residents.


The Buckhead protest ended when organizers successfully demanded an on-the-spot meeting with Reed and Turner, which was held inside a police truck outside the Governor’s Mansion on West Paces Ferry Road. A follow-up meeting at City Hall was held July 18, but fell apart in a dispute over whether it should be open to the public and questions about the legitimacy of Sir Maejor, a Black Lives Matter activist who had disagreed with many ATLisReady organizers on personal issues and their inclusion of LGBT rights activism in protests. Sir Maejor appeared at the Buckhead protest, where several other protesters said they were upset to see him, and more recently was revealed to have a record of impersonating police officers and FBI agents, according to Fox 5 news. Despite the disputes, ATLisReady published a list demanding more than two-dozen policing-related reforms for the mayor’s consideration. Reed’s administration responded to those, as well as some other concerns raised at the July 18 meeting. His response was published, apparently without notice, sometime in August on the city’s website, in the “Projects and Initiatives” section of the

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Mayor’s Office page. On many points, the city said it is already doing many of the demanded reforms, such as training police officers in de-escalation of potentially violent situations and in being aware of racial bias. Among APD’s training principles, according to the city’s response, is that “All people, even well-intentioned people, have biases,” and that “Officers can learn skills to reduce and manage their own biases.” On some points, such as a halt to immigration-violation detentions, the city said it has no power to change or disobey state or federal laws. The city said some other points are not applicable to it, such as reducing school system policing, which is now carried out exclusively by the district’s own police. The city rejected several demands, including an end to anti-terrorism training in Israel; the halting of the “Operation Whiplash” gun-crime crackdown; and a release of all evidence in the controversial police killing of Alexia Christian, who was shot in the back of a police car last year after somehow escaping handcuffs and drawing a gun, according

to police. Operation Whiplash was created partly due to residents’ demands, the city said, adding that such “collaborative efforts…have been shown to be effective in making communities safer.” Then there were some points where the city was willing to accept some room for improvement. They include more community outreach hours for officers; reviewing the “no-knock” search warrant policy; alternatives to private, outsourced probation companies; and improved mental health screenings and programs for officers. The city acknowledged that a reform movement is underway for court fines and fees in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., protests. A federal investigation found Ferguson relied heavily on such court income and that its impact on poor and black residents was part of the context for the protests and riots in 2014. “The Reed Administration is open to exploring alternatives to the use private probation and private collection firms,” the city’s response says.

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Whiskey-maker joins Buckhead’s craft-brewing hotspot BY GRACE HUSETH Jim Chasteen pointed to the copper still inside American Spirit Whiskey Distillery, his new whiskey-making business that opened for public tours and tastings last month in Buckhead. “The next flavor trend is not going to come from tweaking a factory still in Kentucky. It’s going to come out of a little still like this,” said Chasteen. Chasteen and ASW co-founder Charlie Thompson met at the University of Georgia. In November 2011, they founded American Spirit Whiskey and after distilling in Charleston, S.C., for the last five years, they returned to their Georgia roots. ASW stands in the former Mason Murer Fine Art gallery on Armour Drive in Buckhead. They chose the location in hopes of attracting visitors from SweetWater Brewing Company, a wellknown craft beer-maker headquartered just around the corner. A change to state alcohol laws last year, known as the “beer jobs bill,” allowed distilleries to start charging for tours, and increases alcohol-tastings to 1.5 ounces per person. That legal change allowed ASW to open its doors for public tours. Their stand-out piece is a copper still made by Vendome Copper and Brassworks, a big still-maker for all Kentucky bourbon manufacturers. ASW spent time researching and collecting each piece of equipment, and everything is handmade in the U.S., except for the bottler made by Italian manufacturer Mori. The first step is the mash cooker, where grains like corn, rye or malted barley are soaked in hot water to break down the complex carbohydrates of the grain into simple sugars. Yeast is added, and then it’s off to the fermenter to make a basic form of beer. After fermentation is complete, the distiller’s beer gets to visit the prized Vendome copper stills where whiskey will be made in a traditional, Scotch-style double-pot still system. To better explain this whiskey-making system to visitors, ASW created a chart that is now painted as a large mural in the tasting room. Head distiller Justin Manglitz, along with medical artist Aaron Fu, took ASW Distillery’s equipment schematic and created the mural. ASW will create posters of this process, for both whiskey connoisseurs and educational purposes. Towards the end of the distilling process, the whiskey is evaluated by Manglitz to make “cuts,” or decisions of what to put in a barrel to become whiskey and what to redistill. The cuts are based on taste and smell. ASW uses both a traditional, Scotch-style system and Southern flavors like native grains

while also experimenting with different flavors. “Whiskey is all about cuts, what you take out and what you keep in,” Chasteen said. ASW says its flavors are exclusive—

from its original product, American Spirit Whiskey, a mild whiskey, to its forthcoming bourbons and single malt whiskeys. In September, American Spirit Whiskey will produce more origi-

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U.S. Sen. Isakson praises local cities, but not Trump BY JOHN RUCH

Don’t ever complain about traffic…If you don’t have traffic, you ain’t got nothin’.” MARTA CEO Keith Parker was among the officials in attendance, and Isakson praised him during the press conference. The senator said that more mass transit is needed and he believes north Fulton voters are ready to back a MARTA Red Line train extension. “You can’t pave enough lanes to solve a problem,” and the “perfect combination” is a mix of roads and transit, he said. “Mass transit is a part of the puzzle. It’s not the end-all solution, but it’s certainly a part of the solution.”

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Marietta) heaped more praise on Perimeter cities than on his own party’s presidential nominee during a wide-ranging speech and press conference with the Perimeter Business Alliance Aug. 12. Isakson lauded Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal as “your biggest advocate” and hailed Sandy Springs’ “renaissance.” But the senator would not say whether he will vote for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, whose many controversial statements and behaviors have caused some in the party to abandon him. “A lot of things can happen” and there is still time to make a decision on whom to vote for, Isakson said. Regarding Trump’s recent comment about Second Amendment advocates stopping Democrat Hillary Clinton—a remark widely interpreted as an assassination joke—Isakson said, “I would never have made that statement.” On paper, Isakson attended the event, held at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North hotel in Sandy Springs, to talk about federal funding of such area road projects as the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction. In reality, it was more like a campaign event as Isakson heads into a November ballot showdown with Democrat Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckley. In a press conference afterward, Isakson briefly addressed his Parkison’s disease, a diagnosis he revealed last year, saying, “My health is good. I feel good.”

Presidential politics In the press conference, Isakson repeatedly avoided direct comments about Trump, saying he would only comment on his own campaign. However, he said nothing positive about the nominee and criti-


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cized the content of some of Trump’s controversial statements. “My job…is not to be an editorial cartoonist or editorial commenter on another race,” Isakson said, adding that anyone who says something “wrong” or “off-color” should be asked about it directly. Trump has feuded in the media with Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of a U.S. Army soldier killed in the Iraq War, since Khizr Khan spoke at the Democratic National Convention. Isakson declined to comment directly about that situation, but said that with any such “Gold Star” parents of troops killed in the line of duty, “there’s no justification that I know of for them being an issue, period,” except to thank them.

Local praise Isakson cited connections to every Perimeter Center city, noting he grew up on Buckhead’s Piedmont Road, lived in Brookhaven for a decade, and helped clear brush for surveying the route of I-285 in

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Transportation, transit The senator praised the work of the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts on kick-starting the I-285/Ga. 400 project, which is among the tactics underway to handle the area’s ever-increasing traffic. But he also recalled the business-minded advice he once got from the father of Atlanta developer Charlie Brown: “Son, remember this:

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National issues Isakson touched on a wide range of national policy issues, including his proposed reforms of the Veterans Affairs department in the wake of scandals about veterans unable to get treatment quickly or at all. He said the problems are not as bad as reported, but acknowledged, “Yes, there have been suicides that could have been avoided,” among other problems. His reforms include the ability to fire VA officials for cause if they were incompetent. The senator said he cannot confirm the findings of a recent Congressional panel’s report that intelligence officials doctored reports about the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. But he returned to his frequently voiced opinion that the U.S. should lead an international coalition in a full-scale war against ISIS. “It’s time we started killing every single one of them,” he said to applause. Isakson said the “single biggest problem in America” is “over-regulating the economy.” He also said he wishes regular people had more influence in federal policy-making. “I get tired, quite frankly, with talk-show hosts…driving the whole agenda,” he said.

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Theme parties, food trucks, photo booths are hot BY COLLIN KELLEY Traditional is out and unconventional is in when it comes to planning wedding receptions, birthday parties, bar mitzvahs and other types of celebrations. Local party planners and retailers are excited about these new trends, which offer many more options for the hosts and guests. Ashley O’Donnell, who works in marketing for gift and party store Swoozies (, said one of the biggest gift trends was items that could be personalized or monogrammed. “It just adds that extra special touch,” O’Donnell said. She also said that gold – from gold foil accented invitations to décor items – were nearly impossible to keep in stock. One of the trends O’Donnell is most excited to see returning is party-planners going back to sending paper invitations. “Everyone was sending invitations online for years, but now they are going back to traditional paper invitations for baby showers, birthday parties or even just a

girls’ night out,” she said. “It’s refreshing.” Terri Moore with Naomi’s Paperie ( said wedding couples want to create a day that is more personal, intimate and reflective of their personalities. This includes everything from color scheme, locally sourced food for the reception and satellite bars, to his and hers specialty cocktails. “Thematic and destination weddings are very popular whether it be at the beach, in the mountains or even a barn wedding,” Moore said. “This can make it easier to plan décor. Lighting is always important, and couples are looking more for a romantic, intimate ambiance. Soft glow pendant lights, chandeliers and candelabras help create the perfect mood. For weddings with a country feel, burlap and chalkboard décor are still on trend.” Bobby Yun, owner of Citi Wine and Spirits ( said small batch whiskies, local craft beers and specialty gins were very popular right

now. “Vodka is also popular, and there are many new flavor-infused versions so mixologists can make up these crazy cocktails,” he said. Citi’s wine manager Teresa Dalton said rosé and sparking varieties were becoming popular year-round for just about any type of occasion. “In summer, people want a lighter wine, but we’ll be moving into fall soon and that will mean richer, heavier reds for barbecues,” Dalton commented. Dan Sirois with Elite Events and Occasions ( said his company plans weddings, bar mitzvahs, Sweet 16 parties and much more. He said one of the hottest new trends are photo booths, where partygoers can take pictures and short video clips to post on Instagram, Snapchat and other social media.

Sirois said he’s also been seeing a lot of unconventional and non-traditional parties for wedding receptions and other events. Food trucks provide a fun, interactive way to serve guests with a variety of food, forgoing a formal meal. Games such as cornhole, giant Jenga and Scrabble are also adding fun and whimsy to parties. Sophie Berger and Leslie Bahr with Buckhead Life Restaurant Group ( handle the 103 West event space and have seen new trends emerging in the last year. “We host a lot of wedding receptions, and we’ve noticed that food stations are Continued on page 26


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Historic DeKalb Courthouse Located in the heart of downtown Decatur, the old courthouse is a perfect venue for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, holiday parties, fundraisers, bar/bat mitzvahs, reunions, meetings and more. The marble walls and

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becoming popular rather than traditional sit-down dinners,” Berger said. “It gives guests options for food and it’s not so formal.” Bahr said couples are more hands-on than ever when it comes to menu planning for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. “The couples especially want input on the kind of alcohol being served. We’re seeing specialty wines, craft beers and signature cocktails.” For bar/bat mitzvahs at 103 West, boys are going for pop culture themed parties like “Star Wars” and “The Avengers,” while girls want fun, social events with photo booths, cotton candy bars and chocolate fountains. “Kids are creating their own hashtags and filters for photos so they can be easily identified when uploaded to Ins-

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Weeds, trucks and fences: A look at one city’s residents complaints BY DYANA BAGBY

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From reporting potholes to cracked sidewalks to dead trees, Brookhaven residents are reporting items directly to city officials that they want to see fixed through the city’s Brookhaven Connect app available on iPhone and Android phones. Up and running since October 2015, the app allows people to take a photo and send it in with their complaint. Here are some reports showing that results may vary.

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Created: May 24 at 10:16 a.m. Location: 2688 Osborne Road NE Description: Shoulder-high weeds and trash On June 30, the city responded that it was already aware of the issue—but then revealed its step-by-step sleuthing into the identity of the lawnowner. “A Notice of Violations was sent to the owner to cut the property on April 28, 2016,” the city responded. “Found a new owner and a Notice of Violations was sent on May 10. Received the certified letter back from the post office for the new owner stating that the PO box was unknown May 18.” “Sent a letter to the registered agent of the owner of the property on June 6, 2016,” the city continued. “Received a letter back from the registered agent stating that they do not represent the company that owns the property and that they do not have an interest for the property in which the violations exist. Found a new address for the owner and a Notice of Violations was sent on June 29, 2016. Spoke with the owner and she informed that the grass will be cut on Monday morning July 25.” On July 26 at 03:21 p.m., the city wrote: “The grass and weeds have been cut.”

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For three days straight in June, a resident complained about a truck parked at an intersection. "Big white truck parked at stop sign at intersection of Park Ave and Apple Valley. Parks here often and impedes safe travel," the resident wrote on June 19. "Parked for three days at stop sign. I cannot see around this F-350 without sticking way out into possible oncoming traffic," the resident wrote again on June 21. "Parked at stop sign, 3rd report. What use is this app?" the motorist reported June 22. The city responded June 30, and with each entry stated the complaint had been turned over to the city's police department and that a notice had been placed on the parked vehicle. The report's status is "closed."

Not our fence, not our problem

Created: June 12 at 4:19 a.m. Location: 4120-4190 Peachtree Road Complaint: “This photo does not come anywhere near capturing the magnitude of the long stream of debris along the broken, rusty, chain link fence that restricts Peachtree Road access to Brookhaven Park. Was so hopeful when the city took over maintenance of the park that that litter removal on the Peachtree Road side of the fence would occur more frequently than it did when the county was responsible for maintenance. Unfortunately, just the opposite has occurred. Please address this eyesore. Would also be nice if Roundup could be sprayed on the weeds growing in the curb/sidewalk crack all along this same area. Thank you!” June 13 at 3:28 p.m., city response: “This is actually GDOT R/W [Georgia Department of Transportation right of way] so it would be up to GDOT to maintain [not] the city. Also, the fence is part of the service center property owned by DeKalb County and they are responsible for maintaining this fence.” On July 26, the city updated the report’s status to “not an issue.”


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Georgia high schools tackle concussions BY DYANA BAGBY

Aggressive practices several times a day including full-on contact drills are no more on the football fields of Georgia high schools as coaches and medical professionals continue to look for ways to lessen concussions and brain injuries. Last year, the Georgia High School Association set limits on the amount of full contact during practices as one way to reduce the number of concussions. The concern for concussions trickled down to high school athletics in recent years after several retired NFL players sued the league in multi-billion dollars lawsuits alleging they were not warned of the serious risks of brain injuries. “Back then, players were just considered to be ‘shaken up’ or they got ‘dinged’ or had their ‘bell rung,’” said Dr. David Marshall, Sports Medicine Medical Director at Children’s Healthcare of At-

lanta. “But the long-term effects are multiple.” Marshall, whose specialties include treating young athletes with concussions, said he sees numerous concussion patients at the kick off of high school football season. Last year he treated about 600 young athletes for concussions. “I just had three already this morning,” he said on a recent weekday shortly after noon. Full contact is limited to 45 minutes per day and 135 minutes per week in preseason, and then to 30 minutes per day and 90 per week in the regular season, said Marist School Coach Alan Chadwick, who has led the football squad for more than 30 years. Also, during preseason, practices with full-contact drills cannot take place over three consecutive days. During any twice-daily practice, only one session can include full contact. During the regular season, full-contact practice is only allowed during

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three practices a week. showed the program reducing injuries “I think first and foremost this has by 76 percent and concussions by about had a positive effect,” Chadwick said. At 30 percent, according to a July 27 story the same time, the players are just not in the New York Times. as good as they should be due to less However, a review by the New York on-the-field training, Times found that he said. data to be false, and “We’re not funthat Heads Up Footdamentally very ball showed no degood right now,” he monstrable effect on said. “The game has concussions during changed a lot. We’re the study, and signifstill old-school and icantly less effect on like to run the ball injuries over all,” acdown the hill,” he cording to the story. said. Concussion preNow coaches cautions are now spend more time enin just about every forcing proper techsport, all the way nique when hitdown to Pop Warner Dr. David Marshall, Sports Medicine Medical Director at ting but also using football, Marshall Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. no-contact or consaid. trol drills to run “Anytime there is plays. Players hita chance for an athting bags or running lete to make contact full-speed and then with another – such coming to a stop beas in soccer or la• Difficulty thinking fore striking anyone crosse – there is an • Headache are examples of conincrease of possibil• Fuzzy or blurry vision trolled drills. ities for traumatic • Difficulty concentrating “It’s a balancing brain injuries,” Mar• Difficulty remembering act. We’ve had to shall said. new information come up with more Educating par• Sensitivity to noise or light ways for the players ents and coaches, • Dizziness to practice at fulland especially the • Balance problems speed without conplayers, of the risks • Feeling tired, no energy tact,” he said. “The of concussions goes • Irritability players are adjusta long way in pre• Sadness • Anxiety ing.” vention. Source: CDC Players now “And it doesn’t watch a lot more mean you are soft film and study plays and techniques and wimpy,” Marshall said. than in the past, Chadwick said. Marshall is calling on schools to “It’s still taking some getting used provide some middle ground in helpto,” he said. “There’s the consequence ing students who do get concussions and the tradeoff [to limited contact by finding ways to allow them to repractices]. And right now we’re not usmain in school but perhaps away from ing proper techniques in blocking and the loud noise of a lunch hour. Isolattackling.” ing students by keeping them at home The team and coaches have to try to while they recover, for example, can create a “balancing act” between a good lead to depression and worsening of workout that will translate to skills on symptoms. the field during an actual game and a Having a student attend classes but safe workout with teammates that inrest in the nurse’s office during odd cludes less hitting. hours helps with recovery, he said. “We’re using what we can to control While there is no way to completedrills,” Chadwick said. ly avoid concussions, there are ways to Coaches are also required each year minimize by wearing the proper gear, to take an online course on the risks of he said. A helmet must fit tightly so the concussions and how to recognize and head does not rattle around in it when help athletes if necessary. it is struck. The NFL has tried to reassure parNFL and college football own the ents and youth athletes that concusweekends, so there is no reason to besions are on the decline. A study conlieve the sports will go away anyducted last year by the NFL-funded time soon, Marshall said. Each year he Heads Up Football, a program designed cheers for his favorite team – the Atlanto teach coaches safer tackling skills, ta Falcons.


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Police Blotter / Buckhead From Atlanta Police reports from July 31 through Aug. 6. The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate. „„1400 block of Mecaslin St. – On Aug.

5 during the day, a victim told police he was using the restroom when he heard a noise from the front door. A voice told him to stay in the bathroom. The suspect was armed with a hammer and advised he had a gun. The suspect then demanded items from the victim. The suspect is possibly the former tenant who lived beneath the victim.

R E S I D E N T I A L B U R G L A RY „„2700 block of Defoors Ferry Rd. NW –

At an unknown date and time, the glass patio door of a house was shattered. No items reported missing. „„1200 block of Peachtree Park Dr. NE –

On July 31 in the morning, a 13-inch MacBook, 40-inch TV, Xbox One, a 15-inch MacBook Pro, four pairs of Jordan and Nike shoes, and Apple MacBook with a leather cover were stolen from a house. There was no forced entry. Latent fingerprints were recovered and turned in for analysis. „„4000 block of Skyland Dr. NE – On

Aug. 1 at an unknown time, a house under construction was left unlocked. A refrigerator, vent hood, light fixture and water filter were removed from the location. „„100 block of De Arc Pl. NW – On Aug.

2 at an unknown time, a condominium

was found open and a stackable washerdryer set were removed. „„100 block of De Arc Pl. NW – On Aug. 2

at an unknown time, an apartment was broken into with no force and a stacked Maytag washer and dryer taken from the location. „„1400

block of Mount Paran Rd. NW – On Aug. 3 during the day, a man left his house and returned to discover the garage door open and his home entered. Miscellaneous jewelry was taken from the location. „„1100 block of Mount Paran Rd.

NW – On Aug. 3 during the day, the rear French doors of a house were forced open. An iMac, checkbook, leaf blower, edger and jewelry box containing silver items were taken. Latent fingerprints were collected and turned in for processing. „„700 block of Sherwood Rd. NE – On

Aug. 3 at an unknown time, someone stole a wine cooler, refrigerator and range from a house. „„2500 block of Forrest Ave. NW – On

Aug. 4 in the evening, the rear door glass of a house was shattered. A Samsung TV, Apple laptop and microphone were stolen. Latent fingerprints were recovered and turned in for processing.

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„„2700 block of Noble Creek Dr. NW –

On Aug. 5 in the evening, the front door of a house was forced open. No items were taken from the residence, but the home was rummaged through. „„1400 block of Mecaslin St. NW – On

Aug. 5 during the day, the front door of an apartment was damaged to gain entry. A Visio TV and MacBook were stolen. „„1400 block of North-

side Dr. NW – On Aug. 5 in the morning, two glass doors of a house were shattered to gain entry. Surveillance video showed two male subjects force entry. Footage did not show the suspects take anything with them. Photographs were taken and collected as evidence.

from the location. Crime scene responded to process the area. „„3200 block of Lenox Rd. NE – At an un-

known date and time, someone forced entry into an apartment through the bedroom door and $2,000 in cash was stolen. A set of keys is in possession of a third party the victim does not trust. „„700 block of Morosgo Dr. – At an un-

known date and time, the front door of an apartment was forced open and a Stuhrling watch, MacBook Pro, Beats headphones, HP laptop, Lenovo Thinkpad and $5,000 were taken. „„2300 block of Parkland Dr. NE – At an

unknown date and time, someone broke into an apartment. A flat screen TV, Samsung TV, entertainment center, Comcast cable box, headphones, iPad and picture frames were taken.


„„1400 block of Mecaslin St. NW –

On Aug. 6 in the evening, someone forced open a window and entered an apartment. A digital camera, 13inch MacBook, 15-inch MacBook, Sony PS4, Adidas shoes and Samsung tablet were taken.

„„ 1900 block of Piedmont Ave. NE – On Aug. 2 in the evening, surveillance footage showed a male suspect enter the urology business by unknown means. Multiple electronic items were taken including: a Dell tablet, wireless speakers and an iPad. The alarm was activated during the night but the suspect was undiscovered.

„„3400 block of Piedmont

Rd. NE – At an unknown date and time, a homeowner said there was a burglary, no forced entry, and a 42-inch TV, sound bar, DVD player, portable speaker, GoPro camera, wine cooler refrigerator and .38 special revolver were stolen

„„ 3400 block of Northside Pkwy. NW – On Aug. 4 in the morning, the side glass door to a fast-food restaurant

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business was shattered with a rock. Surveillance footage showed two male suspects enter the location and cut into the safe. A total of $14,868 was stolen. The suspects then fled the location. Crime scene responded to process the area. „„1200 block of Menlo Dr. NW – At an

unknown date and time, a 3-by-3-foot hole was drilled into a brick wall to gain entry into a video business. Ten digital movie cameras and zoom camera lenses were taken from the business. Surveillance cameras were observed in the area of the incident, but did not appear to be pointed in the correct direction. „„800 block of Lambert Dr. –

At an unknown date and time, the door was left open at a hair and beauty salon. The employee returned to the business and found the rear door open. Several hair treatment tools were taken.

„„1500 block of Piedmont Ave. NE – On

Aug. 5 in the morning, the front window of a pharmacy was shattered. Surveillance footage showed two suspects break the front glass with a crowbar. They then entered the business and jumped the counter to where the narcotics are kept. Multiple drugs and pills were stolen. General investigators were advised of the incident.

LARCENY „„ There were 53 larcenies from

vehicles reported between July 31 and Aug. 6. There were 24 other larcenies, including shoplifting, reported between July 31 and Aug. 6.

AU TO T H E F T „„ There were 18 auto thefts reported between July 31 and Aug. 6.


A 33-year-old Sandy Springs man has been arrested and charged in the assaults of two sisters after they finished a jog around Chastain Park in Buckhead. Atlanta Police said they do not recall any other attacks at Chastain Park in recent memory and they have increased patrols in the area. Police arrested Silvestre Diaz-Duque, 33, of Roswell Road in Sandy Springs, on Aug. 11 and charged him with two counts of battery. FULTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT According to police, one woman said after she and her sister finished their jog about 10:30 p.m. on Silvestre Diaz-Duque was charged with two Aug. 11, she was walking back to their vehicle when counts of battery. a suspect attacked her. He then punched her sister in the face when she came to her aid. The sisters fought off the suspect as he punched and tried to grab them. When one sister ran for help, he fled the scene, according to a police report. Multiple units responded to the scene looking for the suspect and K-9 units from the APEX violent-crime unit joined the search, tracking him through the park. Two units from the Tuxedo Neighborhood Patrol and Tuxedo Road Patrol spotted Diaz-Duque walking down Tuxedo Road, more than two miles from the general direction of the park, according to APD. They detained him and one of the victims identified him as the attacker. Diaz-Duque told police he met the women and asked for a ride back to his vehicle on Roswell Road, according to a report. As they were walking to their car, he said he put his arm around one of the woman’s shoulders and she began to “freak out,” so he punched her in the face, according to a report. When the sister came over to help, Diaz-Duque said he punched her, then got scared and ran from the scene, according to the report.

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Atlanta Police are asking for help in finding an armed robber of a GameStop store in Buckhead. On Aug. 2, officers responded to the store located at 2625 Piedmont Road NE after an armed robber demanded an unknown of money from the register. SPECIAL According to a report, witAtlanta Police say this robber of a GameStop nesses told police the suspect store in Buckhead is armed and dangerous. asked to buy two games and once the clerk was getting the change out of the register, the suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded the cash. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 404-577-TIPS (8477).



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