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Police seek citywide video camera system BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The Brookhaven Police Department is set to implement a voluntary surveillance camera network with residents and businesses throughout the city. The program, called “Operation Plugged In,” asks business owners and residents who have surveillance camera systems to voluntarily allow the police department access to their camera’s private websites, said Chief Gary Yandura at the City Council’s Aug. 9 work session.

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Planning Commission recommends denial of Dresden mixed-use project BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The city Planning Commission voted 5-1 on Aug. 3 to recommend the City Council deny a rezoning request for a $60 million mixed-use development on Dresden Drive. The recommendation now goes to the Aug. 23 City Council meeting where the council will have the final say. The vote came after much discussion by commission members, who said a major issue is determining what kind of development is appropriate for Dresden PHOTOS BY DYANA BAGBY Drive. Above left, Brookhaven Planning Commission members, from left, Conor Sen, John Funny, Chair Stan Segal, Rob Francour, Bert Levy and Mary Pike, voted 5-1 on Aug. 3 to recommend City Council deny a mixed-use development on Dresden Drive. “I think what we’re really trying to Above right, J.R. Connolly, CEO of Connolly Investment and Development, spoke to the commissioners at the meeting. struggle with is, what’s the benchmark for density on Dresden?” said Conor Sen. where the DeKalb County Tax CommisBrookhaven/Oglethrope MARTA station member Jim Eyre and Dan Woodley, the Bert Levy added the commission is sioner office is located, from O-I (office inredevelopment on Peachtree Road that original developer of the popular Village “trying to design a city block.” stitution) and PC-2 (pedestrian communicould add another 547 multifamily units. Place mixed-use development on Dresden Chair Stan Segal said the current Dresty) to entirely PC-2. Community members speaking out Drive. den Drive development, with restaurants The city’s Community Development against the project suggested that 30 units Connolly said Dresden Village “will and boutique stores, contributes to an enstaff recommended approval for Dresden per acre is a reasonable compromise. complete the pedestrian connection” bevironment residents desire. Village, but only if the density was lowJ.R. Connolly, CEO of Connolly Investtween Brookhaven Village and the pro“How do we get that village feel, but ered from the requested 56.6 residential ment and Development, the developers of posed Brookhaven MARTA redevelopstill protect what we have, what we want units per acre to 45 units per acre, or from the project, told commissioners the comment. so much?” he asked. 194 apartments to 155 apartments. pany is working on determining if the Opponents, however, said too much deDevelopers for Dresden Village, a proDensity is the sticking point. Many project is economically feasible at 45 units velopment on Dresden Drive, a two-lane posed 194-unit apartment complex with residents living in surrounding singleper acre as recommended by city staff. road, means congestion and cut-through 20,000 square feet of retail space, are family neighborhoods have criticized the “Going below is not feasible,” he said. traffic for residential neighborhoods seeking to rezone more than 3 acres at number of apartments projects on DresSpeaking out in favor of the project abutting and near the development. 07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1 7/27/15 9:18 AM Page 1 1336-1370 Dresden and 2544-256 Caldwell, den Drive, especially with the proposed at the meeting were former City Council

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Some residents want more input into Skyland Park, but deadline looms to break ground BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The city is ready to break ground on a new Skyland Park Feb. 1, but a group of residents wants to have more say on the park’s look now that a new DeKalb County school is being built on the park’s original site. Time is tight, though, as the city’s parks consultants at GreenbergFarrow are finishing up construction documents that soon will be released as part of a request for proposal for the project, said Brian Borden, Brookhaven’s director of Parks and Recreation. “The permitting and review phases of this project could take anywhere from one to two months GREENBERGFARROW The original design of Skyland Park on 10.6 acres to complete. Our goal is to have evincluded tennis courts as seen in this map. The erything ready to submit for counsmaller park does not include tennis courts. To see cil approval by the end of the year,” a larger version, go to ReporterNewspapers.net. Borden said. In a surprise deal last May, city we thought of is the new plan for Skyland officials sold Skyland Park to the DeKalb Park -- we thought we could leverage the Board of Education for $4.7 million. The City Council” to listen, Jensen said. school system will use its property for Community input is being accepted, the new John Robert Lewis Elementary but the city is ready to begin digging dirt School. for the new park. As part of the deal, the DeKalb school Skyland Park was originally a 10.6 system also purchased the State Vital Reacre plot, and last year community meetcords Office, which was located next to ings were held to collect ideas on what the the Skyland Park site and will turn that park should look like and what kind of property over to the city. The building’s amenities it should include. As part of the site is where the new, smaller Skyland original plan, tennis courts were included Park will be built. in the park’s layout. Of the $4.7 million being paid to the The new park now will be built on the city, $2.3 million will be used to demolish 4.6-acre site that had included the Vital Rethe building and build a new, smaller park cords building. featuring dog parks, a multi-use field and “The consultants have been able to ina playground, according to draft plans corporate what was in the original plan [of drawn up by GreenbergFarrow. Estimat10.6 acres] into this smaller site plan [of 4.6 ed cost to build the new Skyland Park is acres], minus the tennis courts,” Borden right at $2.3 million, according to the city. said. “It is also important to note that durNow some residents in the area say ing our public stakeholder meetings that there should be new community discuswere held last fall, which the original plan sions about what will go into the park. resulted from, tennis was not a top priori“We understand there were meetings ty of those that attended the meetings.” in the past, but the new school opens up Borden said the school system and the conversation. It would be great to add state are scheduled to close the sale of transparency to this project that wasn’t the Vital Records building city on Jan. 30. transparent with the school,” resident “Thus the target [construction] start date Myron Jensen told council members at of Feb. 1,” he said. the Aug. 9 meeting. Real estate deals are “The Skyland Park project is scheduled decided in executive sessions and behind to take 180 days – or six months -- to comclosed doors by city governments until a plete, and DeKalb County Schools cannot public vote must be made. begin construction on their new school Because the original plans for Skyland until the new park has been completed Park were in place before the school was and opened to the public,” he said. slated to be built on the property, Jensen “At this time, there are no additional said, neighbors are asking the council to stakeholder meetings planned. However, reopen discussion on the park’s layout. as always, citizens are welcome to con“We are not going to have a lot of say in tact their council representative at any the construction of the school. One thing time,” Borden said. BK

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Council approves controversial traffic calming plan for Brookhaven Heights BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Brookhaven City Council on Aug. 9 approved a controversial traffic calming plan for Brookhaven Heights intended to stop motorists from cutting through the neighborhood to avoid congestion on North Druid Hills Road. Rather than implementing permanent partial road closures at Standard and Thornwell drives by making them right-in only from North Druid Hills Road, as originally proposed three months ago, the plan approved Aug. 9 calls for barring turns onto those roads only during peak traffic periods. The plan also includes speed humps, bump-outs, a roundabout and other phys-

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hibit turns into the neighborhood from North Druid Hills Road onto Standard Drive and Thornwell Drive during peak morning hours, from 6 to 9 a.m. The plan also calls for no right turns onto Pine Grove Road from North Druid Hills Road during the afternoon peak hours, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The short-cut had become popular among users of the Waze app, an online traffic-avoidance service. Councilmember Bates Mattison said he contacted the Waze app company and was told that temporary restriction turn signs will be listed as permanent turn restriction signs on the mobile app. Waze’s mission, as listed on its website, includes finding ways to “outsmart traffic.” “This plan is a test of technology,” Mattison said after the meeting. “It will really be a test on whether the signs work and if commuters are going to abide.” The Brookhaven Police department will not have dedicated officers at the signs to enforce the prohibited turn signs, but will be on the lookout. “This is a first step towards trying to get a solution to reduce cut-through traffic,” he said. The measures of the plan are: • 12 new speed humps; • 19 new “bump-outs,” also known as “chokers,” or curb extensions, that narrow streets. Most will go on Standard Drive and Thornwell Drive, but two will go on Pine Grove; • No left turn during morning peak hours sign on Standard (sign placed on North Druid Hills northbound); • No left turn during morning peak hours sign on Thornwell (sign placed on North Druid Hills northbound); • Partial closure of Oglethorpe Avenue (right turn in and right turn out on North Druid Hills); • Roundabout at Oglethorpe Avenue and Colonial Drive; • Painted narrowing lanes over the bridge on Colonial Drive; • Three, new 4-way stop signs at Pine

Grove, Thornwell and Oglethorpe on Matthews (these replace 2-way stops); • Southbound turn restriction sign with no right turn on Pine Grove during the morning peak hours. Councilmember Joe Gebbia said the police department currently lacks the resources to enforce the turn restrictions. But police enforcement is what’s needed to ensure the safety and quality of life for the neighborhood, said Thornwell Drive resident Conni Todd. “I think there’s a missing component in the vote and that’s what we’re going to do about the policing of the situation, or the accountability component,” she said after the vote. “I think they’re right that there’s no 100 percent win. But I think as a community we all want same thing … and that’s going to come from the police or traffic cops,” she said. “Otherwise, this is just a Band-Aid.” A vote on the original plan was deferred in June and then again in July at Mattison’s request. He has held meetings over the past several weeks with those in favor and opposed to the measures trying to work out a compromise. The city will revisit the compromise plan in six months and decide if permanent measures need to be taken. Councilmember John Park said that while he voted in favor of the plan he wasn’t happy with the process. “Let’s be honest. We’re not going to solve the problems, we’re just going to shift the pain,” he said. “It is what it is.” Park added the young city is still trying to define its culture and how it wants to deal with these kinds of issues. Mattison said he has no problem bringing up the issue every six months for the residents he represents. The real issue is fixing the traffic on Peachtree Road and North Druid Hills Road, he said. “We need to preserve the safety and sanctity of our neighborhoods … and I don’t want to discount this step in the right direction,” he said. “And if we need to go further, we will go further.” BK


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Alcohol retailers see a millennial-driven boom BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

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 johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

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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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 launchmedianetwork.com.

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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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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 xpressga.com. 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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The instrument first intrigued him in fifth grade, he said, when he saw the video of former President Bill Clinton, decked out in cool sunglasses, playing sax on the “Arsenio Hall Show” in 1992. Jack now plays in his church’s concert band and the DHS marching band. Jack hopes to work in Washington one

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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On The Record “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. The recent advocacy for athletic fields signifies a cultural shift in the city where just five years ago voters overwhelmingly voted down referendums to acquire park space to build sports fields. “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.” Jim Chasteen, co-founder of ASW Distillery, a whiskey-making business that recently opened in Buckhead. 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. “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

Read these articles from our other editions online at ReporterNewspapers.net 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 non-compliance 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. “In the past, people would call our office with questions and no one would answer the phone. That has changed.” Atlanta’s Deputy Director of Planning and Community Development Terri Lee in an Aug. 11 presentation to the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods about the department’s renewed focus on customer service and strides made to make permitting easier for residents, developers and businesses. “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.” Part of a point-by-point response Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration issued to police-reform demands from ATLisReady protesters who marched through Buckhead last month. The local march ended outside the Governor’s Mansion when Reed and Police Chief George Turner arrived to meet privately with protest organizers inside a police truck. Most of the city’s response consisted of saying it was already carrying out good practices, but it also said there is some room for improvement.

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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: auditions@cgatl.org, call 404-223-6362 or visit: cgatl.org.

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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: leadershipsandysprings.org.

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: visitsandysprings.org.

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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 runsignup.com/WalkWagRun. 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@gmail.com. BK


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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: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404-303-6130 with questions.

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: northatlantawarriors.org.

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: atlantahistorycenter.com or call 404-814-4000.

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 404496-6994. For adult audiences. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For additional details, email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404-3036130.

Saturday, Sept. 3, 10-10:45 a.m. Naturalist Megan Clark leads six environmental-based 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; 1212:45 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: registration.sandyspringsga.gov. Call 770-730-5600 for additional details.

Sunday, Aug. 28, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Join others for Atlanta Audubon Society’s third annual Chippy Challenge Bird Trivia! Play individually or with teams of no more than four people. Smartphones not allowed. Prize for the winner(s). $5 per person to play. Proceeds benefit the LAB Programs of Atlanta Audubon Society. Open to the public. All are welcome. 5 Season’s Brewery, 5600 Roswell Rd., NE, #21, Sandy Springs, 30328. Visit: atlantaaudubon.org for further information.

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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 404-851-6550 for an appointment. Doctors’ Centre, 5th Floor, Suite 520, 980 Johnson Ferry Rd., Atlanta, 30342. Find out more: northside.com.

LYMPHEDEMA 101 Thursday, Aug. 25, 12-1:30 p.m. Join others for a program on lymphedema, a condition that can lead to decreased mobility, repeated episodes

COLORING FOR ADULTS Wednesday, Aug. 31, 6-7 p.m. Join others in the Sandy Springs Branch Library browsing area, and relax and unwind, reducing stress and anxiety one coloring page at a time. All materials provided. Free and open to the public. Suggested audiences: elders, adults, college. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404303-6130 with questions.

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Peachtree Creek Greenway inching toward reality

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A current view of a stretch of the proposed Peachtree Creek Greenway. A fence blocks access to the creek.

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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.

Continued from page 1 “What excites us is that someday you will be able to go to Brookhaven, to Buckhead and to the BeltLine,” Perez said after the presentation 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 instead of simply hiding it. Betsy Eggers, credited with leading the effort of the Peachtree Creek Greenway that began in earnest three years ago, said the renderings of what the Greenway could be exceeded her expectations. “It’s so hard to picture what it can be when you look at the kudzu-covered riverbed and how overgrown and nasty things are,” she said. “What will happen in the future is amazing. “This will be so much more than just a little park; it will be a legacy park,” Eggers said. “It will be an attraction of regional interest.” The North Fork Creekside Trail in Buckhead, a mile-long paved trail from Lindbergh Drive to Cheshire Bridge Road, is ready for Brookhaven to connect, Eggers said.

“They’re just waiting for Brookhaven to build its path to get there, and then get to Lindbergh Drive and then to the Lindbergh MARTA station,” which would take pedestrians and cyclists to the yet unfinished northern edge of the Atlanta BeltLine, she said. The City Council was visibly excited about the plans they reviewed. “This is really exciting,” said Councilmember Joe Gebbia. “I remember in 2013 walking this 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 and not the residential side. People want a combination of safe multipurpose trails and nature trails, Perez said. The Greenway also can be considered a “catalyst” for development along Buford Highway, but the area should not develop in a way that is a detriment to the international culture and affordable housing that makes the corridor unique, Perez said. A tricky park of the project will be acquiring the land needed to build the Greenway. Much of it is now held by private owners. The city of Brookhaven does own one parcel along the creek. It was granted by the Pink Pony strip club as part of a 2014 lawsuit settlement. City Manager Christian Sigman told the council that a consultant has been hired to assist with land acquisition. The developers recommend a five-year plan that develops a segment of the Greenway from Villas at Druid Hills to Briarwood Road at an estimated cost of about $5.8 million.

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Police seek citywide video camera system

The Brookhaven Heights neighborhood has allowed the city police department access to its surveillance camera on Colonial Drive.

Continued from page 1 Yandura said there would be no cost to the city. The program, supported by the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce, is still in the preliminary stages. A website with FAQs and online registration will go up in the near future, Yandura said. “We want to make this a safer city for all of us,” he said. The program would work by allowing businesses and residents to register their cameras online with the police department and then give the department the passwords to their pri-

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

Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson after his speech.

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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.” 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 criticized 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.

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 woods that are now Dunwoody’s Georgetown and Sandy Springs’ Concourse Center. “I killed more snakes on this property than anybody you’ve ever seen,” the senator said. “The only good snake’s a dead snake, as far as I’m concerned.” Isakson long had the family’s real estate business office in Sandy Springs, and he praised the city’s new developments, such as its City Springs civic center. “Sandy Springs was the epitome of strip zoning and poor planning and ugly [development],” he said. “It was urban sprawl at its worst. Now it’s probably the finest renaissance that I’ve ever seen…Sandy Springs is a living proof that anything can happen if people want to work together.”

Transportation and transit PHOTOS BY JOHN RUCH

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson speaks to the Perimeter Business Alliance Aug. 12 at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North hotel in Sandy Springs.

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

Community Briefs C H A R ACTER AR EA STU D IES R ELO CATED Interactive community meetings, called “charrettes,” to allow residents to provide input on Brookhaven’s character areas and comprehensive plan, have been relocated from their original site at City Hall to larger venues due to overwhelming response. Most meetings will now be held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church at 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, including the one on Aug. 22 for Brookhaven Heights, Brookhaven Fields and Briarwood Park. The Lynwood Park and Osborne meeting is Aug. 29, with Roxboro and Lenox Park set for Aug. 30. The Buford Highway area charrette is set for Aug. 31 at the Latin American Association, 2750 Buford Highway. All charrettes will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. A second round of charrettes will be announced at a future date. At that time residents can weigh in on suggested revisions to the comprehensive plan.

M AYO R ’S TO WN HALL SET Mayor John Ernst will hold his monthly town hall meeting on Aug. 25 at the Marist School, 3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The mayor holds his town hall meetings the last Thursday at every month at various locations through the city. The town halls are typically informal and in the past have covered topics such as traffic and development.

he also recalled the business-minded advice he once got from the father of Atlanta developer Charlie Brown: “Son, remember this: 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.”

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.

CO M M UNIT Y WO R KS HO P O N A S HFO R DDUNWO O DY C O R R I DO R The city is hosting a community workshop on Sept. 12, at Marist School, 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road, to discuss the Ashford-Dunwoody Corridor and invites the public to attend to provide input. The workshop will be an open-house style, meaning that anyone may stop by at any time between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The workshop is part of an ongoing study the city is conducting of Ashford-Dunwoody Road, between the city limits near I-285 on the north and Peachtree Road on the south. The community workshop will include a recap of feedback from stakeholder meetings conducted in March, the results of the traffic analysis, and activities to get input about potential options for configurations of the roadway and typical cross sections, including how to make sure the road accommodates all users, including bicyclists and pedestrians. Workshop materials will be made available on the city’s website at BrookhavenGA.gov for review following the workshop. If you are not able to attend, contact the project team at ADCorridorStudy@ brookhavenga.gov or 770-754-0755.

CITY HI R ES NEW G R A NT S A DM I NI S TR AT O R The city recently hired Patty Hansen to be its first grants administrator. Hansen is the former communications specialist for the city of Johns Creek where she also worked as the city’s grants administrator. As a grants administrator, Hansen is charged with organizing, writing and supervising the writing of city grant applications in coordination with city departments. Hansen will also seek out potential grants for funding for city projects and programs. Hansen will report to City Manager Christian Sigman. BK


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Nancy Creek Watershed repairs could cost $19 million BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

An engineering firm gave the Brookhaven City Council bad news about the Nancy Creek Watershed, saying the creek is unsafe according to state standards and has been contaminated with fecal matter, likely from county sewer overflows. The price tag to repair the damaged watershed and address other concerns, including trash in Murphey Candler Lake, is $19.4 million. The report was presented to the City Council at its Aug. 9 meeting by the firm Sustainable Water Planning and Engineering, which the city hired last year. Councilmember Linley Jones said the plan represents a “turning point” in caring and repairing the watershed. “The watershed has gone without any attention for decades and now we have a plan,” Jones said. It is an expensive plan to fix the watershed, Jones acknowledged, but that cost is expected to be stretched out over 20 years. In the meantime, the city can take out “bitesize” chunks. One possibility is using stormwater fees, plus grant money, to repair the shoreline of Murphey Candler Lake. The cost of that project is $123,000 and can be completed in about three years, Jones said. Residents brought the issue of the deteriorating watershed to city officials in recent years, discussing their concern over the loss of fish and lack of wildlife. As the city works to reclaim the watershed, Jones said she hopes homeowners also take pride in the environment and watershed, much of which is located on private property, to care for the land. “This will make a big difference,” she said. A watershed is an area of land that catches rain and other forms of precipitation and drains or seeps into a marsh, stream, river, lake or groundwater. The upstream portion of the Nancy Creek Watershed includes portions of Dunwoody, Doraville, Chamblee and Sandy Springs, as well as Brookhaven, the report explains. From Brookhaven, Nancy Creek continues to flow southwest through Sandy Springs and Atlanta before it joins Peachtree Creek and then flows to the Chattahoochee River. Water from the Nancy Creek Watershed eventually reaches the Gulf of Mexico. The plan presented to the Brookhaven City Council focuses on the upper Nancy Creek Watershed, which is delineated from the downstream boundary of Brookhaven, where Nancy Creek exits Brookhaven, states the report. The study area covered 19.3 square miles, or about 12,300 acres, over eight different subsections of the watershed. In Brookhaven, those areas include Bubbling Creek; Nancy Creek’s North Fork and main stream; Perimeter Creek; and Silver Creek. The study

into Murphey Candler Lake. The trash accumulates in the lake’s upper coves, and trash that is washed into the lake is blown by the wind into the eastern cove. Volunteer groups periodically remove trash via a canoe, but those efforts are not consistent or sustainable, according to the report. A better solution, the report says, would be “floating trash racks” that are attached on the downstream side of a culvert to catch the trash before it enters into the waterway. Cost of a trash rack is $50,000. The plan proposes four trash racks just north of Murphey Candler Lake. ►Streambank erosion: Erosion results in the loss of private property, and the eroded sediments are deposited downstream, negatively imCITY OF BROOKHAVEN pacting stream habitat, the reThe map shows the Nancy Creek Watershed and Study port says. Planting hardy and Area. An engineering firm told Brookhaven City Council on native vegetation along shore Aug. 9 that the creek is unsafe and contains fecal matter, and $19.4 million is needed for area clean up and repairs. banks can help reduce eroTo see a larger version, go to ReporterNewspapers.net. sion. Stream enhancement projects, such as stabilizing area also includes drainage from Chamblee, stream banks with logs, can help reconnect Dunwoody, Doraville and Sandy Springs. a stream with a floodplain and improve the The main tributaries in the watershed as quality of the watershed. stated in the report: ►Stormwater and drainage concerns: • North Fork Nancy Creek that flows Complaints to the city are numerous about south from Dunwoody and is locaterosion, infrastructure and maintenance, ed to the east of the Perimeter Mall the report says. There are only 108 stormarea. The dam on North Fork Nancy water management features within the Creek at West Nancy Creek Drive creBrookhaven portion of the watershed to ated Murphey Candler Lake. The lake drain an area of approximately 3,025 acres. is just upstream of the confluence of Since most of these features are intended to North Fork Nancy Creek with the priserve drainage areas less than 1 acre, much mary Nancy Creek downstream segof land area is uncontrolled, the report says. ment. In a developed watershed, like Nancy Creek, • Bubbling Creek originates in Chamthere are relatively few opportunities for blee and flows northwest to the conlarger stormwater management features, fluence with Nancy Creek. which means that a larger number of small• Perimeter Creek originates in Duner features will be needed. The overall imwoody to the west of Perimeter Mall pervious area in the Nancy Creek Waterand receives most of the drainage shed study is 38 percent. Studies show that from the Perimeter Mall area. A mawatersheds with impervious area greater jor tributary of Perimeter Creek flows than 25 percent have degraded habitat consoutheast from Sandy Springs near ditions. Northside Hospital and joins Perimeter Creek just inside Brookhaven. Perimeter Creek flows south and west to the confluence with Nancy Creek. • Silver Creek is the name assigned to an unnamed tributary stream included in the report. This stream includes Silver Lake and Little Silver Lake. There are three ongoing watershed concerns the report says need to be addressed: ►Trash and debris: Trash including plastic bottles, cans and other floatables is a concern, especially within Murphey Candler Lake, the report says. Trash from I-285 flows down North Fork Nancy Creek and

Pollution and bacteria are also concerns, the report says. There are many pollutants in the watershed area, likely because there are more intense land uses such as commercial, industrial and roadway, and few stormwater management features in the study area. Murphey Candler Lake also has too much fecal coliform bacteria, according to state standards. According to the report, the DeKalb County Watershed Management Department is under a federal court order to address sanitary sewer overflows that should lower fecal matter in the water.

Property tax revenue leads to big budget amendment BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

City Council has agreed to sock away nearly $1 million in its General Fund while also allocating additional funds to various departments for projects and personnel as part of an amended budget. Brookhaven’s budget for 2016 was set at $21.4 million. A mid-year review shows General Fund revenues coming in at roughly $22.8 million, City Manager Christian Sigman said at the Aug. 9 City Council work session. This increase totals about $1.4 million, with $933,953 of the amount coming from an increase in property tax revenue. “Based on City Council direction as part of the 2016 millage rollback discussion, this [$933,953] amount will be directed to the city’s General Fund reserve and not be budgeted or expended in 2016 or assumed as part of the 2017 budget,” Sigman stated in a memo. A mid-year review with city departments showed a need to adjust the city’s budget up to $21.9 million, or 2.3 percent more than what was originally budgeted for last year. The city is estimating it will bring in more than $436,000 in additional revenue this year, Sigman said, and coupled with an existing contingency of $1.4 million, there is just more than $1.8 million available to meet mid-year changes to the General Fund.

Where some of that additional money will go: • Increase Law/Legal budget by $150,000 to provide for unanticipated legal services relative to ZBA service and appeals, pending city litigation, and legal services for the MARTA TOD project. • Increase the Public Works Department budget by $400,000 for infrastructure services. • An increase of $600,000 to the Parks and Recreation department, with $500,000 going toward paying for park and facilities services (i.e. professional services, technical services, repairs and maintenance and contract labor) and another $100,000 for the insurance portion of bridge repair at Murphey Candler Park. Sigman said he is also seeking to hire or contract an Economic Development Director for the city. Funds for that position will be paid from his office’s budget, he said. BK


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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 (swoozies.com), 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 (naomiespaperie.com) 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 (facebook.com/citiwineandspirits) 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 (eliteeventsandoccasions.com) 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 (buckheadrestaurants.com) 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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Atlanta History Center Whether you want to get married in roaring 1920s-style at the old Swan House mansion or have a grand banquet in versatile McElreath Hall, Buckhead’s Atlanta History Center has a number of unique spaces for special occasions. Information: atlantahistorycenter.com.

Historic Trolley Barn This Inman Park landmark from 1880 has been transformed from a trolley car maintenance shed into a quirky and unusual space for a wedding or corporate event. Information: thetrolleybarn.com.

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Hard Rock Cafe You can rock ‘n roll all night at this downtown destination, which hosts everything from high school proms and birthday parties to corporate events and business meetings. There are versatile rooms or spaces, or you can even take over the entire venue for a special event. Information: hardrock.com/cafes/ atlanta/.

The Temple The grand Peachtree Street synagogue regularly hosts bat/ bar mitzvah events. Many families host Shabbat dinners, Kiddush luncheons and evening celebrations in Schwartz-Goldstein Hall. Information: the-temple.org.

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A unique birthday party idea for kids, the Midtown venue gives a shout-out to the birthday boy or girl before a main stage show, followed by cake and ice cream in Harlequin Hall. You can even have a create-a-puppet workshop. Information: puppet.org.

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The Midtown garden has a variety of lush spaces for a party or event including Day Hall, Fuqua Orchid Center, Storza Woods or at the newly-open Linton’s in the Garden restaurant. Information: atlantabg.org.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History If you’ve ever wanted to party with a giant dinosaur, the Great Hall at Fernbank is the place to do it. The Great Hall can accommodate 400 people for a seated dinner and 600 people for a reception. There’s also the terrace overlooking the woods and the IMAX theater for something different. Information: fernbankmuseum.org.

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Heritage Sandy Springs Heritage Green is home to the spring that gave the city its name, and just one of this historic and cultural society’s event offerings. There’s also the modern event facility Heritage Hall, the Entertainment Lawn and the historic Williams-Payne House museum and grounds. Information: heritagesandysprings.org.

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Weeds, trucks and fences: A look at one city’s residents complaints BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

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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.

The Sherlock of weed-killing

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.”

Move this truck

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 dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

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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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From Brookhaven police reports dated Aug. 5 through Aug. 14.

Aug. 9, arrest for aggravated assault. „„2400 block of Briarcliff Road – On

Aug. 9, arrest for forgery in the fourth degree.

The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

Aug. 5, arrest for battery.

block of Peachtree Road – On Aug. 9, arrest for shoplifting.

„„1400 block of Dresden Drive – On Aug.

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On Aug. 6, arrest for possession of controlled substance or marijuana.

„„1200 block of Briar-

5, arrest for marijuana possession.

Aug. 6, arrest for shoplifting. „„1900 block of N. Druid Hills Road – On

Aug. 6, arrest for battery.

„„2400 block of Briarcliff Road – On Aug.

12, arrest for forgery in the third degree.

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Aug. 8, arrest for simple battery-family violence.

Aug. 12, arrest for simple battery.

„„3000 block of Buford Highway – On

„„3500 block of Buford Highway. – On

Aug. 8, arrest for simple battery-family violence.

Aug. 12, arrest for simple battery.

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Aug. 13, arrest for forgery in the fourth degree.

„„2400 block of Briarcliff Road – On

On Aug. 8, arrest for obstruction and interference.

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Aug. 5, report of theft-articles from vehicle. „„1600 block of Wayland Circle – On

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„„1500 block of Lake Hearn Drive – On

Aug. 5, report of harassing communication. „„1400 block of Dresden Drive – On Aug.

5, report of city ordinance violation. „„2900 block of Clairmont Road – On

Aug. 5, report of entering auto. „„3600 block of Buford Highway – On

Aug. 6, report of verbal dispute.

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1900 block of North Druid Hills Road – On Aug. 6, report of battery.

On Aug. 6, report of marijuana possession, less than an ounce.

„„3100 block of Buford Highway – On

Aug. 6, report of shoplifting.

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Aug. 7, report of simple assault. 8, report of simple battery.

Aug. 6, report of entering auto.

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„„3400 block of Wycherly Court – On

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„„2200 block of North Druids Hills Road

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Brookhaven Police have charged a couple in the beating of an 8-month-old child who later died. The infant girl, Kamnoie Love Whitehead, died Aug. 13 at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Egleston. She had been admitted to the hospital Aug. 1 after Brookhaven Police responded to a call of an unresponsive child. Police said they noticed bruising on the child consistent with child abuse. Shavone Whitehead, 24, and her boyfriend, Edward Wilson, 33, are charged with aggravated child abuse and cruelty to children. Brookhaven Police say they are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine if more charges will be filed against the couple. The couple is being held at the DeKalb County Jail, each with a $15,000 bond.

INAUGURAL HISPANIC CITIZENS POLICE ACADEMY GRADUATES HONORED

S US PEC TS I N H OME I N VA SION AR R ESTED

Two armed suspects were arrested in Brookhaven early Aug. 9 after they allegedly barged into a residence and demanded money. At approximately 4:20 a.m., Brookhaven Police officers responded to 1750 Briarwood Road, where the Reserve at Brookhaven apartments are located, Brookhaven Officer Carlos Nino said. A person in the residence was able to call the police to tell them about the incident, and Brookhaven Police were able to help the person escape. BPD also set up a perimeter around the apartment building. One armed suspect surrendered shortly after Brookhaven Police arrived. North Metro SWAT responded to the scene and the other suspect barricaded himself in the apartment, according to Nino. The second suspect was arrested after a standoff of more than two hours with no shots fired and no injuries reported, Nino said. North Metro SWAT includes officers from Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven police departments.

PO L I C E G ET F UN DIN G F OR BODY CAM ER AS

The City Council has approved $84,000 to outfit Brookhaven police officers with body cameras. The council approved the amendments to its 2016 budget at its Aug. 9 meeting, including an additional $226,715 for the police department to be broken down into three categories: $84,000 for body cameras for 60 officers; $81,715 for a detective to focus on crimes against children; and $61,000 to replace police cars totaled in accidents. Total cost for the body cameras are $300,000, with $84,000 to be paid the first year and $54,000 each year for the next four years, according to information provided to the council. Dunwoody Police began wearing body cameras last year and the Sandy Springs City Council approved funding for the department’s 80 patrol officers to begin wearing body cameras sometime in Fiscal Year 2017. The Atlanta City Council approved Aug. 15 to spend $5.6 million on body cameras for the police department Body cameras for APD officers were gven the green light after a lawsuit by a body camera vendor against the city alleging an unfair bidding process was dismissed in June. “Our initial roll-out will be concentrated in the Field Operations Division and Airport, as those units have the greatest interaction with the public,” said APD spokesperson Elizabeth Espy.

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Mayor John Ernst, far right, congratulates several of the graduates.

DYANA BAGBY

The Brookhaven Police Department honored members of the inaugural Hispanic Citizens Police Academy at the Aug. 9 City Council meeting. Chief Gary Yandura shook all of the graduates’ hands as they received their certificates from Deputy Chief Juan Grullon and Officer Carlos Nino. Graduates are Tomas Hernandez, Jesus Ramirez Lopez, Maria Natividad Garibo Morales, Delia Jimenez Castro, Jesus Alexander Euceda Jimenez, Jose Pantoja Toscano, Abigail Elizondo, Gregorio Henandez Barrera, Yineth Lippman, Eduardo Antonio Fernandez, Fredis Alberto Jimenez Castro, Marisol Montalvo Fernandez, Juana Ramos Ramos, Martha Azucena Aguilar Prado, Miceli De la O. Castanon, Carlos A. Alonzo and Miguel Angel Garcia.

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Deputy Chief Juan Grullon, left, and Officer Carlos Nino, center, handed out certificates to the graduates and Chief Gary Yandura, far right, shook their hands.

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