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DHA attorney: No conflict of interest in serving on city boards BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The recent attempt by city officials to bar members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association from serving on city boards due to a fear of conflicts of interest and potential lawsuits is unfounded and likely unconstitutional, according to an attorney hired by the DHA. Seth Weissman, a real estate attorney See DHA on page 16

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A Dunwoody Police officer remains on active duty while being investigated for possible criminal charges by the DeKalb County District Attorney’s office for fatally shooting a suspect in 2012. Sgt. Jason Dove shot Bradley Almy, 34, in November 2012, after he was seen driving erratically in the police department parking lot and on Ashford-Dunwoody Road during rush hour. A civil grand jury that convened last year directed the DeKalb DA’s office to investigate whether Dove should face criminal charges. Marcus Garner, spokesperson for the DeKalb DA’s office, said Dove’s case is still under investigation and there is no timeline when it will be completed. The shootDove was ing placed on routine On Nov. 28, administrative 2012, around 6:30 leave at the time p.m., Almy was while the shooting seen driving erwas investigated. ratically in the Dunwoody PoDunwoody Police Chief Billy lice headquarters SPECIAL Grogan said invesSgt. Jason Dove remains on active duty while parking lot. Potigations conductbeing investigated for a 2012 shooting. lice followed Almy ed by Dunwoody in his minivan. Police and GeorAlmy pulled into gia Bureau of Investigations directly afan Exxon station parking lot, struck sevter the shooting led him to put Dove back eral cars, then drove off, heading northon the force. bound on Ashford-Dunwoody Road. “Per our policy, Sgt. Dove was placed Almy then made a U-turn and headon administrative leave while the GBI ed southbound, where he approached a conducted an outside and impartial incongested intersection, police said. vestigation into his use of force. The The officers saw what was happenDunwoody Police Department conducting and rushed over. Dove positioned ed an internal investigation as well,” himself in front of the minivan as it was Grogan said. stopped and shouted commands at the “After both investigations were comdriver, but the driver lurched forward, pleted, I made a decision to return Sgt. according to police. Dove to active duty. This decision was The officer “felt that he was in immibased on the results of our internal renent danger and shot one time,” Dunview of the shooting,” he said. woody police said. The GBI turned over evidence it colThe officer’s bullet struck the drivlected during its investigation of the er in the torso, but he kept driving, poshooting to the DeKalb DA’s office on Jan. lice said. His van finally came to a stop 25, 2013, said spokesperson Scott Dutton. near an apartment complex on PerimeHe said the GBI does not make any deterter Center East. mination in its investigations of officerDeKalb County paramedics rushed involved shootings and only turns over Almy to Grady Memorial Hospital, its information to the DA. where he was pronounced dead. Grogan declined to comment on how Police shootings of unarmed suspects long the DeKalb County DA investigadriving motor vehicles have become tion is taking. controversial, with many departments The DeKalb DA’s office is currently inchanging their use-of-force policies to vestigating eight other officer-involved restrict such shootings. Last month, the shootings, Garner said, with Dove’s case Atlanta Police Department fired an offibeing the oldest case. cer after determining he used excessive “Most cases we are investigating hapforce in fatally shooting a suspect who pened in the last year,” Garner said. was fleeing in an allegedly stolen car. DUN

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Planning Commission attempts to revive Perimeter Park BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The Dunwoody Planning Commission approved Aug. 9 a rezoning request for Transwestern to build a 16-story office tower on an unused corner of the Perimeter Mall parking lot adjacent to the Dunwoody MARTA station at the intersection of Hammond Drive and Perimeter Center Parkway. The plan will now go before the City Council in September. As part of the approval, commissioners asked for conditions in an effort to revive plans for what has been dubbed Perimeter Park. The specific conditions are that the city of Dunwoody be allowed to use the

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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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agree. Allan been recognized by Atlanta Clients notehas that Allan goes above their Magazine as a and 5 Star recognition expectations is Agent alwaysinaccessible. of positive feedback from pastI’m clients. He is “I am available whenever needed also a 5 Star Premier Agent on Zillow and … real estate is not a Monday through and he’s the number one agent in the Sandy BRINGING ATLANTA Friday, nine-to-five job.” That’s what BUYERS & SELLERS Springs office. Satisfied clients are Allan’s keeps clients coming back to numbersome one priority. TOGETHER FOR Allan again and again. OVER 15worked YEARSwith Allan We have for the last ten years and through six transactions. He’s assisted us in buying and selling condos and single We havehomes, worked for thehas lastbeen ten very yearssmooth and through family andwith everyAllan transaction and very He is honest, diligent,ushard-working, andselling his record speaks sixpleasant. transactions. He’s assisted in buying and condos, — Kory and Jeff M for itself. land and single family homes, and every am available whenever I’m needed, and know my listings and markets like the back of my hand.” Minter is on track for a record-breaking year, on a business and personal level. He is on track to surpass his $13 million in sales volume from the previous year, and he and his wife Ana are now proud parents to baby Stella, who was ALLAN M I NTE R born in April. The devoted family man and exercise enthusiast S E N I O R M A R K E T I N G C O N S U LTA N T loves the improvisation required in the industry and believes H A R RY N O R M A N , R E A LTO R S in quality over quantity when it comes to working with clients. “It’s simple: If you take the best care of your clients, it will come back to you,” he says.

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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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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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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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Letters to the Editor There is an obvious conflict of interest between Dunwoody Homeowner Association officers and directors that serve on city government committees and members of the Dunwoody City Council serving on the DHA Board of Directors as currently shown on the DHA website. The Dunwoody Homeowners Association today no longer has the broad support of the community the way it once did many years ago – today the DHA represents only a group – a segmented clique that has no standing to make any deals about city projects or developments. However, there is genuine appreciation for the wonderful Fourth of July Parade

and Light Up Dunwoody – and if the DHA changed its purpose to only operate those type of events it would no doubt have the broad support of the community and have many more members. Several years ago many of the more than 850 members of Save Dunwoody attempted to have input about the Village Parkway project at meetings of the Design Review Advisory Committee. These meetings were actually held at the DHA headquarters, and most members of that committee including the chairman, were incumbent members of the DHA Board of Directors. Councilman Terry Nall now claims these very unfair meetings should

not have taken place. The point is they did happen, and under the current structure of city government, there is no guarantee they will not happen again. The job of the Dunwoody City Council is to represent all the citizens – not just one group. Any member of the Dunwoody City Council who does not insist that his or her name be removed from the DHA website as a member of the DHA Board of Directors should resign from the Dunwoody City Council. Mayor Shortal should be greatly admired for his courage to address this significant problem. - Jim Dickson

In response to Mr. Lowry’s Letter to the Editor (Dunwoody Reporter, Aug 5-18): If there has been one positive result of the City Council’s actions (however legally doubtful) against the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, it is that more people have become aware of its existence and are taking interest in its activities. The downside is, there is a great amount of misinformation driving some individual opinions. The reality is the Dunwoody Homeowners Association is an advocate for the interests of single-family homeowners in the face of a growing and changing

region with developers seeking to leave their mark and influence on our lives. Since 1971, the DHA has facilitated an open dialogue between commercial and residential interests that is not possible in a government setting. The goal is always development that enhances residential lifestyles. The DHA has also included advocating for its members and our community before the government, and holding our elected officials accountable for their actions. That began with the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners and continues today with Dunwoody City Council.

Our Aug. 14 meeting included a presentation from attorney and Georgia Tech professor Seth Weissman, an expert in zoning law, and the issues and procedures surrounding zoning decisions. He touched upon the value of a civic group’s or homeowners association’s interactions with developers to promote mutually beneficial projects. I would like to personally invite Mr. Lowry and anyone else to our next meeting on Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the North DeKalb Cultural Center, adjacent to the Dunwoody Library. - Adrienne Duncan, vice president, DHA

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CHORAL TRYOUTS 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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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.

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: registration.sandyspringsga.gov. 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: comments@co.fulton.ga.us or call 404-303-6130 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: comments@co.fulton.ga.us 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: atlantahistorycenter.com 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 404-851-6550 for an appointment. Doctors’ Centre, 5th Floor, Suite 520, 980 Johnson Ferry Rd., Atlanta, 30342. Find out more: northside.com.

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BIRD TRIVIA 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.

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 404-303-6130 with questions.

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DHA attorney: No conflict of interest in serving on city boards Continued from page 1 and professor at Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning, presented his opinion at the DHA’s Aug. 14 meeting. “I have found nothing that [means] your activities need to be constrained or creates a conflict of interest,” Weissman told DHA members. “When a government says to anyone that it wants to limit who you associate with and that if you are on a city board and must give up all other allegiances … that is when they are trampling on your constitutional rights,” Weissman said. But there is a place where the law is not entirely clear, Weissman said. A member of the Zoning Board of Appeals acts in a quasi-judicial capacity – like a judge – and interprets the city’s zoning laws. That’s different than an official acting in a legislative capacity, such as someone on the Planning Commission or City Council, he said, so a distinction can be made between the two roles. Weismann advised DHA board members who serve on the ZBA not to participate in DHA board votes on issues that are likely to come before the ZBA. The DHA paid Weissman, an author of “Zoning and Law Use in Georgia,” $4,585 for his services, DHA President Robert Wittenstein said.

After the meeting, Wittenstein said, the board voted to create a policy “out of an abundance of caution” that ZBA members leave the room before a vote is taken on such matters and to record in the minutes that the person has left the room. Mayor Denis Shortal, who did not attend the DHA meeting, responded briefly in an interview the following day. Shortal was a DHA member until June 20. “That is a legal opinion. Only a court can determine if anything is unconstitutional,” he said. Members of the city boards were informed June 17 via email that DHA members must choose between the DHA or their appointed city positions. The email was attached to a five-page legal memo from the city’s attorneys explaining a conflict of interest exists by having DHA members serve on city boards. The city has claimed the memo is confidential, but local activist Bob Lundsten published a copy online. Only one DHA member resigned a city post. Gerri Penn decided to step down from the ZBA and remain on the DHA after receiving a phone call from Shortal before the email was sent out, according to a city official. The City Council voted to suspend enforcement of the prohibition at a June 24 special called meeting following heavy

backlash from DHA members. The new city policy also banned City Council members from attending DHA meetings where many times developers discuss their plans before presenting them to the city. As part of the memo and in a separate email, the city’s attorneys told DHA members to choose between their DHA membership or service on a city board, and threatened to slap anyone who received the memo with an ethics violation if they spoke publicly about it. Weissman said the city was moving into “Star Chamber” territory by making such a threat. “That is not the way we do business in America. The government can’t say you can’t talk about it,” Weissman said at the DHA meeting. “That’s a ridiculous position to take.” While Weissman said he understood the mayor and council’s desire not to be sued, the policy that was implemented and then suspended would do nothing to stop any lawsuits. Being sued, unfortunately, is “part of the game of being a city,” Weissman said. “There are many benefits to being a city, but also downsides … including litigation,” he said. “I very strongly believe that if this policy is adopted, or not adopted, it would

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“I just cannot think of a compelling reason why the city would adopt such a policy,” he said. “There is no lawful basis to support this claim.” Weismann explained conflict arises on governing boards when there is a financial or property interest, and that none exists for those who sit on neighborhood boards or who attend public meetings.

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City adjusts stance on ballfields Continued from page 1 lacrosse at Dunwoody High School, said it is time for the council to “show up” and build the fields. He says they are badly needed to provide the city’s young athletes with access to playing fields and also will create a new revenue maker for the city. “We’ve been keeping people in front of the council for a while now, letting them know we want the fields,” said Oliver. The organized effort is not a specific organization, but rather a group of parents who want their children to be able to play softball, soccer, lacrosse and other sports in their hometown. “This really is about the future,” Oliver said. Every weekend, “hundreds and hundreds of kids” and their families are leaving the city to play baseball, football, soccer or lacrosse in sports leagues at Murphey Candler Park in Brookhaven or Morgan Falls Park in Sandy Springs, Oliver said. Those athletes and their families should be able to stay in Dunwoody, while also spending their money in the city. Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker believes the city’s attitude toward athletic fields has changed drastically from five years ago. In 2011, voters overwhelmingly rejected referendums to borrow about $66 million to acquire park land and improve city parks, including by adding athletic fields. And five years ago the city conducted its first parks master plan and athletic fields were not a priority. This year’s parks plan ranks athletic fields as a top priority. In July, the City Council approved an agreement with the Chiefs Futbol Club to operate a soccer league for children ages 3 to 9 at new Pernoshal Park – a first-of-itskind sports program in Dunwoody. City Councilmember Doug Thompson,

who has advocated for city sports fields since he was elected to office in 2010, said the Pernoshal Park and Chiefs Futbol Club partnership is the kind of program he has advocated for since Day 1. “I finally won a vote after six years,” he said with a laugh. Thompson said he is tired of seeing athletic programs leave Dunwoody, and praised the council’s decision to bring the Chiefs Futbol Club on board. “This was long overdue,” Thompson said. Walker said the cultural shift in this new desire for ball fields that has “bubbled up” in recent months can likely be attributed to younger families with children moving to Dunwoody and a basic maturity of the city as it has grown. Thompson said City Council continues to evolve and more members are amenable to the idea of athletic fields. Oliver joked that he believes that “C.A.V.E. people” moving out of Dunwoody is also a reason for the shift in demand for sports fields. “That stands for ‘Citizens Against Virtually Everything,” he explained. Community meetings, or charrettes, for the parks, including Brook Run Park, are part of designing a new parks master plan and are slated to begin this fall, Walker said. A solid draft of the parks master plan is expected by the end of the year. Oliver and Thompson envision two rectangular fields in the back 38 acres of Brook Run Park, where drone operators now test their skills and some pickup soccer and football games are played. The Dunwoody High School baseball team occasionally practices there, too. The new fields would be for soccer, lacrosse and perhaps some 7-on-7 football tournaments, Oliver said. Seed money for the fields, said Oliver, can come from the $4 million parks settlement the City Council approved last year

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with DeKalb County. That 38 acres of open space, mostly surrounded by trees, abuts 60 single-family homes that make up the Lakeview Oaks community, however, and some residents there have and continue to oppose building athletic fields in that area of the park. Concerns about noise, traffic, bright lights, and pollution could adversely impact property values, according to the Lakeview Oaks Homeowners Association. “We do support activities that citizens can use and enjoy. We encourage the development of playing fields that are unfenced, not lighted, [with] no speaker or sound system, and open for free play or team practice,” the HOA said in a statement. The HOA also opposes cutting trees for fields and paving for parking. Dunwoody Park has two fields run by the Dunwoody Senior Baseball League, a league that has operated in the city for four decades. But the league’s future, and the fu-

ture of the baseball fields, are in limbo as the DeKalb County School District eyes their site as the possible future location for a new Austin Elementary School. The city and school district have declined discussing negotiations over the property, saying they don’t talk about real estate matters. Where could Dunwoody buy land for park space? “That’s a great question,” Walker said. “Dunwoody is pretty much built out.” When Pernoshal Park opened, the basketball courts were immediately filled with pick-up play every day of the week, Walker said. “We couldn’t hang the goals quick enough,” he said. “We need more passive areas, but we also need more active areas and areas for organized play,” Walker said. “We would love … to not have families be forced to drive to Brookhaven and Sandy Springs to play sports, and where they are not paying taxes.”

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Planning Commission approves more parking spaces for new bank The Dunwoody Planning Commission approved Aug. 9 a special land use permit to allow for more parking spaces at the site of the former Hickory House restaurant where a new SunTrust bank is being planned to be built. The .74-acre site at 5490 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road is located in Dunwoody Village and currently only allows for 11 parking spaces. Developers for the bank say they need 22 to meet employee and customer needs. SunTrust is relocating its bank branch from 1710 Mount Vernon Road to the Chamblee-Dunwoody property, said attorney Dennis Webb. The developers for the bank plan to demolish the Hickory House building and site and construct a 3,543-square-foot bank building with a new parking lot behind the facility. They will also install bicycle parking, add new greenspace, landscaping, streetscape amenities and better lighting. The Hickory House is a single-story building totaling 4,200 square feet. It was built in 1980 but has been vacant since the restaurant closed in August 2014. As part of the redevelopment, 0.27 acres of the paved lot will be converted into an open greenspace. The magnolia trees along the front of the property will remain.

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U.S. Sen. Isakson praises local cities, but not Trump BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

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

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Yvonne Williams, president and CEO of the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, with U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson after his Aug. 12 Perimeter Business Alliance speech.

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. 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. Isakson cited connections to every Perimeter Center city, noting he grew up on Buckhead’s Piedmont Road, lived in Brookhaven, and helped clear brush for surveying the route of I-285 in woods that are now Dunwoody’s Georgetown and Sandy Springs’ Concourse Center. 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.” The senator praised the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts on kick-starting the I-285/Ga. 400 project, designed to handle the area’s traffic. But 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.” 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.

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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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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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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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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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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 / Dunwoody From Dunwoody Police reports dated Aug. 5 through Aug. 13. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate. „„On Aug. 5, at about noon, a 26-year-old

man reported that someone broke into his Toyota Corolla while it was parked in the lot in the 1700 block of Old Spring House Lane. Stolen were two MacBook Pro laptops valued at $2,500 each and some Beats headphones valued at $600. „„On Aug. 8, at about 11 a.m., some-

one broke into the Honda Accord of a 23-year-old woman while it was parked in the Chamblee-Dunwoody Road exit. The thief or thieves stole a Smith & Wesson handgun valued at $600, and miscellaneous power and hand tools valued at $1,400. „„On Aug. 10, at about 3 p.m., an offi-

cer saw a motorist fail to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk at the 100 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Ashford Parkway. The driver, a 38-year-old Woodstock man, was stopped and cited for the violation. The driver also had no insurance and a suspended registration. He was released and his car was impounded. „„On Aug. 11, at about 5 a.m.,

police were called to a parking lot of an apartment complex the 4000 block of Dunwoody Park, where a 26-year-old resident reported his Kia Sportage had been broken into. Taken from his car were miscellaneous clothes, Louis Vuitton luggage and an $8,000 video camera.

LARCENY „„200 block of Chestnut Landing – On

Aug. 5, report of larceny from building. „„5200 block of Winters Chapel Road

– On Aug. 5, report of larceny-other offenses. „„1700 block of Old Spring House Lane

– On Aug. 5, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 5, report of larceny-shoplifting. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 5, report of larceny-shoplifting. „„I-285 E. and Chamblee Dunwood Road

– On Aug. 6, report of larceny-articles from vehicle.

„„4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 6, report of larceny-shoplifting.

shoplifting.

Aug. 10, arrest for fraud.

„„100 block of Azalea Garden Drive – On

„„100 block of Azalea Garden Drive – On

Aug. 10, report of larceny-other offenses.

Aug. 10, arrest for fraud.

„„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 7, report of larceny-bicycle.

ARRESTS „„ 5300 block of Cham-

blee Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 5, arrest of wanted person located.

„„2700 block of Fon-

tainebleau Drive – On Aug. 7, report of larcenyarticles from vehicle

„„ 4400 block of Ash-

„„2700 block of Fon-

tainebleau Drive – On Aug. 7, report of larcenyarticles from vehicle. bleau Drive – On Aug. 7, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„2200 block of Dunwoody Crossing

– On Aug. 7, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 7, report of larceny-shoplifting. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 7, report of larceny-from building. „„

1600 block of Mount Vernon Road – On Aug. 7, report of larcenyshoplifting. 2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing – On Aug. 7, report of larceny-articles from vehicle.

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4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 7, report of larceny-shoplifting. „„

„„2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing

– On Aug. 8, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 8, report of larceny-shoplifting. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 8, report of larceny-shoplifting. „„4000 block of Dunwoody Park – On

Aug. 10, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 10, report of larcenyshoplifting. „„1200 block of Hammond Drive – On

Aug. 10, report of larceny from building. „„4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 10, report of larceny-

Aug. 10, arrest for drug-cocaine-possession. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 10, arrest for larcenyshoplifting.

ford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 5, arrest for larceny-shoplifting

„„100 block of Perimeter Center East –

„„ 4500 block of Ash-

„„5500 block of Chamblee Dunwoody

ford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 6, arrest for larceny-shoplifting.

„„2800 block Fontaine-

„„100 block of Azalea Garden Drive – On

„„I-285 WB/Ashford-Dunwoody Road –

On Aug. 6, arrest for obstruction-probation violation. „„6800 block of Peachtree Industrial

Boulevard – On Aug. 7, arrest for drugcocaine possession. „„I-285 WB/N. Shallowford Road – On

Aug. 7, arrest for speeding. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 7, arrest for reckless driving. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Drive – On Aug. 7, arrest for obstructionprobation violation. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 7, arrest for larcenyshoplifting. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 7, arrest for larcenyshoplifting. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 7, arrest for larcenyshoplifting.

On Aug. 11, arrest for false representation to police or any city department. Road – On Aug. 12, arrest for carrying a concealed weapon. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 12, arrest for larcenyshoplifting.

A S S AU LT / B AT T E RY „„5100 block of Ashmont Court – On

Aug. 6, report of assault-simple assault/ battery. „„100 block of Perimeter Center Park-

way. On Aug. 9, report of assault-intimidation. „„200 block of Perimeter Center Park-

way – On Aug. 9, report of assault-intimidation. „„200 block of Perimeter Center Park-

way – On Aug. 9, report of assault-intimidation. „„2400 block of Stonington Road – On

Aug. 9, report of assault-simple assault/ battery. „„200 block of Perimeter Center Park-

way – On Aug. 10, report of assault-intimidation.

OT H E R I-285 WB/AshfordDunwoody Road – On Aug. 5, report of damage to property.

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„„Ashford

Pkwy./Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 8 arrest for expired tag, no insurance and driving on suspended license.

„„ 100 block of Perimeter Center West – On Aug. 5, report of fraud-credit.

„„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road – On Aug. 8, arrest for larceny-shoplifting. „„2400 block of Ston-

ington Road – On Aug. 9, arrest for assaultsimple assault/battery. „„100 block of Perimeter

Center Place – On Aug. 10, arrest for obstruction-probation violation. „„100 block of Azalea Garden Drive – On

2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing – On Aug. 5, report of harassing communications. „„

„„2500 block of Stonington Road – On Aug. 6, report of damage to property. „„5600 block of Woodsong Drive – On

Aug 6., report of extortion offense. „„100 block of Perimeter Center Place

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Road – On Aug. 6, report of credit fraud.

„„100 block of Perimeter Center Place

„„6700 block of Peachtree Industrial

– On Aug. 6, report of fraud-worthless check.

Boulevard – On Aug. 7, report of damage to private property.

„„200 block of Perimeter Center Park-

„„9100 block of Madison Drive – On Aug.

way – On Aug. 6, report of credit fraud.

8, report of family offense-no violence.

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„„4000 block of Dunwoody Park – On

block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Aug. 8, report of family offense-no violence.

„„1200 block of Austin Glen Drive – On

„„6600 block of Peachtree Industrial

„„4200 block of Dunwoody Club Drive –

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On Aug. 9, report of damage to business property.

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„„2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing –

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Dunwoody City Council members congratulate police officers for using the drug naloxone to save the lives of recent overdose victims.

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The Dunwoody City Council has honored police officers who recently saved the lives of drug overdose victims with the drug naloxone. Police Chief Billy Grogan praised the officers at the council’s Aug. 8 meeting and noted that Sgt. Robert Parsons approached him a year ago about the drug used to save lives of opioid overdose victims, including users of heroin. The department received a grant for the drug naloxone, also known as Narcan. Each officer carries two injections of naloxone while on duty, Grogan said. The situations in which naloxone was used: • On July 13, Officers G. Wiencek and M. Vermillion responded to a local apartment complex for a medical call. After evaluating the situation, the officers administered four doses of naloxone to an unconscious male with labored breathing. Approximately five minutes after the fourth dose was administered, the male regained consciousness. He was later transported to the hospital for further treatment. He survived this life-threatening event. •

On June 16, Dunwoody Police Sgt J. Dove and Officer N. Berryman responded to a local hotel for a medical call. After reviewing the situation, and after being advised two individuals had possibly overdosed on opioids, the officers administered three doses of naloxone between an unconscious male and unconscious female. After receiving the injections, both subjects regained consciousness and were later transported to the hospital for further treatment. Both the male and female victim survived this life-threatening event.

In Dec. 2015, Sgt. Parsons administered two doses of naloxone to an unconscious male suspected of being the victim of a drug overdose. That victim was also able to make a full recovery.

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