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New 'downtown' will showcase public art BY JOHN RUCH

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Sandy Springs city officials, councilmembers and Mayor Rusty Paul, back, visited the construction site of City Springs on Aug. 12, taking stock of the project's progress. Ennis Parker, bottom left, professor of engineering at Georgia Tech, led the group on a tour of the performing arts center.

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Fresh design for city’s namesake spring coming soon BY JOHN RUCH A design for a facility to better showcase the historic spring that gave the city its name has been chosen and will be revealed to the public soon, according to Heritage Sandy Springs. “Our goal is to reimagine the spring site, our community’s namesake, as an inspiring symbol of our heritage and our future,” said Carol Thompson, Heritage’s executive director. Construction could

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The gigantic theater whose walls are now rising above Roswell Road at City Springs is a monument to the importance of the arts in the city’s vision for its new downtown. But it’s just the most visible part of a bigger arts plan. Two city committees are helping to create a comprehensive public art program for City Springs, both inside the future City Hall complex and outdoors in its park spaces. Art Sandy Springs, which brought the city its wellregarded Playable Art Park, is planning an annual international sculpture competition

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Riverfront event facility proposed near Roswell bridge BY JOHN RUCH

A four-story riverfront event facility served by motorized trolleys is proposed for a Sandy Springs residential lot near the bridge to Roswell. The plan by Sandy Springs resident William Odrey II is slated for a preliminary community meeting Aug. 29. No plans have been filed yet, and Odrey was not immediately available for comment. Pete Hendricks, Odrey’s attorney, said the idea is partly inspired by how a planned pedestrian and bicycle bridge might impact the property at 9755 Roswell Road, where Odrey lives, as a construction staging area and as a traffic route. “You’ve got this pedestrian-bicycle bridge that is coming from Roswell and it’s dumping [onto] his property,” Hendricks said. “So that’s what gave rise to him saying, ‘My world’s turning upside down. This damn bridge is coming here…’” The bridge is being planned in partnership between the cities of Roswell and Sandy Springs, with Roswell taking the design lead. Kay Love, Roswell’s city administrator, said the bridge design “clip a little, small corner of [Odrey’s] property,” and added that it is too early to say where construction would be staged. “This bridge is simply a complement to that [event facility plan], or vice versa,” she said of Odrey’s new idea. A brief description filed with the city includes a 30,000-square-foot facility with a 5,000-square-foot observation deck on the Chattahoochee River at the corner of Roswell Road and Roberts Drive. Customers and guests would access the facility via a trolley service operated by Odrey, according to the statement. The property currently has a single-


A Sandy Springs resident proposes a fourstory riverfront event facility served by motorized trolleys on his property at 9755 Roswell Road, outlined in red. To see a larger version, go to

family ranch house, according to Fulton County property records. Odrey is “steeped in” the recreation industry in Atlanta and Florida, Hendricks said. Odrey previously ran the “Spirit of Roswell” riverboat on the Chattahoochee’s Bull Sluice Lake and has been involved in recreational boat rentals on the river with the Shoot the Hooch company, Hendricks said. Odrey contracts with the city of Roswell to provide recreational services in riverfront parkland, Love said. “This [event facility proposal] is nothing he all of a sudden had a pipe dream about,” Hendricks said, adding that the proposal has “got very positive potential for the city.” The bike/pedestrian bridge will parallel the Roswell Road vehicle bridge and is in the state permitting and final design phase, Love said in May. Construction is about two to three years away, she said. The Aug. 29 meeting about Odrey’s event facility plan is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. at the Stars & Strikes entertainment facility at 8767 Roswell Road.

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Windsor Meadows Park design is back on track BY JOHN RUCH

After a year-long delay, the design for the Windsor Meadows Park is back on track, though it will likely take at least another year for construction to start on the city’s newest park. An updated design for the 4-acre park at Windsor Parkway and Northland Drive was unveiled at an Aug. 1 meeting at the Church of the Atonement. The passive-use park will include some resident-requested amenities, like bicycle racks, but no dog park or disc golf course, said city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. The park’s site is where three houses were destroyed in a 2009 flood of the adjacent Nancy Creek. The city purchased the land through a federal flood mitigation grant program. Due to the floodplain location, the plan requires review by the Georgia and Federal Emergency Management Agencies and cannot contain structures, such as fences, that could block floodwater. In 2014, the Sandy Springs Conservancy and the High Point Civic Association presented the Windsor Meadows Park concept for the site. Possible amenities include paths, benches and trees. The Sandy Springs City Council agreed to provide $300,000 in funds. A year ago, the city submitted the plan to GEMA, while also revealing that three parking spaces had been added to the plan to serve visitors and maintenance crews. The parking sparked some complaints from neighbors concerned that Windsor Meadows could become a “destination park” rather than a local amenity. SS

Shortly afterward, GEMA advised the city to withdraw the park design from review pending approval of a nearby pedestrian bridge and sidewalks on Windsor Parkway. It is unclear why GEMA advised that. The city put the bridge project out to bid in June. The updated design presented at the Aug. 1 meeting is essentially the same as last year’s version, including trails, trees and the three parking spaces. Residents requested moving the parking area’s driveway entrance, but Kraun said that would have “too many associated negative impacts.” “We were asked about adding bike racks, which were already on our planning table,” Kraun said. “We heard from several that they want the park to remain passive, and along that line was a request for no night lighting. The park will open at 8 a.m. and close at dusk.” “We’ll incorporate dog waste stations, but no inclusion of chain link fences to create a dog park, which FEMA will not permit,” Kraun said. “We had a request to create a Frisbee golf area, but the site is not large enough to accommodate a disc golf course.” Kraun also said that bird feeders and bat nesting boxes will be included, but a request for a herd of goats to eat invasive weeds is “not likely to happen.” The park design is still “in process,” she said, but the next step is government review and permitting. Kraun said the city has to approve its own plan through the normal permitting process and may do that step first. Next would be review for flood impacts by GEMA and FEMA, a step that can take a year or more.

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Sandy Springs may sue PCIDs, CH2M over $2.8m street funding dispute BY JOHN RUCH

The city of Sandy Springs may sue the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts and a company that once ran the city government over paperwork errors, forcing a repayment of $2.8 million in federal streetscape funds. The City Council voted unanimously to authorize legal action against the PCIDs and the company CH2M Hill at its Aug. 16 meeting after discussing the dispute in an executive session. City Attorney Wendell Willard said in an interview he is hopeful the leverage will help negotiate an agreement, especially with the PCIDs, without going to court. “If [we] can’t get them to step forward and honor their obligation under contract,

we may have to take legal action,” Willard said. “We’ve had a good relationship and hope it can continue.” PCIDs spokesperson Tammy Thompson declined to comment and CH2M did not immediately respond to an email. The dispute involves a sidewalks and streetscape beautification project along Peachtree-Dunwoody Road between I-285 and Abernathy Road carried out around 2008 and 2009, Willard said. The PCIDs commissioned the project using federal grant money provided through the Georgia Department of Transportation, with the city acting as a fiscal agent required under the grant policy. The PCIDs are two jointly operated self-taxing business districts, one in Fulton County and one in DeKalb. The grant—and the possible lawsuit—specifically involves the

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Fulton PCID. Years later, in 2014, the Federal Highway Administration audited the grant for compliance with its terms. According to a written statement from the city, the audit found “non-compliance” in the project’s paperwork, including “lack of information in the files related to materials and testing information; missing sediment and erosion control reports; and failure to include Buy America requirements [a mandate to use American-made products] in the project contract.” The federal government demanded its nearly $2.8 million in grant money back and sought reimbursement from GDOT, which in turn demanded the money from the city. Willard said that, rather than hitting the city with one huge bill, GDOT has agreed to deduct the money from the city’s annual allotment of state road-paving funds. Meanwhile, the city argues that PCIDs is on the hook for the funding under the terms of the project agreement. The city and the PCIDs have discussed the dispute

for some time without resolution, Willard said. “They’re sort of crossing their arms [and] haven’t done a lot,” he said. Willard said the city also believes that CH2M was responsible for vetting the project’s compliance. At the time, CH2M managed the city’s public works and administrative services under Sandy Springs’ model of outsourcing nearly all government departments to private contractors. “And on the other side of the coin, what was the obligation of the city?” Willard said of CH2M. “We think they have some responsibility.” In 2011, Sandy Springs left its singlecontractor government deal with CH2M, saying it was costing far too much money, in favor of bidding various departments out to several contractors. City Manager John McDonough has ordered city staff to audit other similar city contracts and agreements to see if any are vulnerable to this type of paperwork and bidding error, Willard said, adding that he has not heard of any further situations.

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Alcohol retailers see a millennial-driven boom BY JOHN RUCH

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

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

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Father, son team up on video gaming BY JOHN RUCH

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“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. What will happen in the future is amazing.” Betsy Eggers, chair of the Peachtree Creek Greenway nonprofit, discussing a draft plan of the proposed 12-mile trail and linear park that would run along the entire North Fork of the Peachtree Creek, from Mercer University in unincorporated DeKalb County to near the PATH400 trail in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood and potentially the Atlanta BeltLine.

“Let’s be honest. We’re not going to solve the problems, we’re just going to shift the pain.” Brookhaven Councilmember John Park on the City Council’s Aug. 9 vote to approve a controversial traffic calming plan in the Brookhaven Heights neighborhood.

“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.

“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.

“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.

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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:, call 404-223-6362 or visit:



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

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




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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: SS

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

PLANTS OF GEORGIA Saturday, Sept. 3, 10-10:45 a.m. Naturalist Megan Clark leads six 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: Call 770-730-5600 for additional details.

Monday, Aug. 22, 6-7:30 p.m. Join Mr. Duncan as he offers different strategies to better assist youngsters with special needs. Parents will learn how to utilize different resources to help serve their children in school settings. Free and open to all. For adult audiences. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Email: or call 404-303-6130 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 404496-6994. For adult audiences. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For additional details, email: or call 404-3036130.

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“NEGROLAND” Thursday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m. The Atlanta History Center hosts Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson to mark the paperback release of her National Book Critics Circle Award-winning memoir, “Negroland.” $10. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. For additional details, go to: or call 404-814-4000.

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A Heritage Sandy Springs presentation says the city’s namesake, a spring, is nothing more than a “hole in the ground covered by a metal grate,” above, and the nonprofit wants to change that. The organization will soon unveil plans for a new facility to better show off the spring.

New design for city’s namesake spring coming soon Continued from page 1

and Heritage with local history markers is one idea. Similar self-guided histobegin late this year or in 2017, she said. ry tour trails exist around the country, Heritage Green, the nonprofit’s hissuch as San Francisco’s Barbary Coast toric property on Blue Stone Road, inTrail, where medallions in the sidewalk cludes the spring where religious remark historic sites, and Asheville, N.C.’s, vival meetings of the 1840s led to the Urban Trail, which combines sculptures establishment of a community. Today, and historic markers. the spring is, as a Heritage presentation Emerson said Heribluntly puts it, “a hole in tage’s version is in the earthe ground covered by a ly planning stages. But metal grate.” Many visithe idea is to install about tors are underwhelmed, 10 markers at the City Thompson and Heritage Our goal is to Springs site that, rather board member Chip Emthan marking actual hisreimagine the erson previously said. toric locations, would link Earlier this year, Heri- spring site, our via smartphone or comtage announced a design puter to local history incommunity’s namecompetition for some sort formation. Placing an acof facility to show off the sake, as an inspiring tual trail of such markers spring—especially to redown the street to Hersymbol of our veal the flowing water. itage or other locations The nonprofit had raised heritage and would be a second step. nearly $100,000 for the Other physical projects our future. project. proposed, but not yet fulNow, Thompson said, CAROL THOMPSON, ly planned, for Heritage Heritage has selected a EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, Green are a museum exHERITAGE SANDY winning design and arpansion and a covering on SPRINGS chitect from three in comthe stage at the Entertainpetition. Heritage was ment Lawn. scheduled to show the design privately Yet another idea already carried out to leaders of the Sandy Springs Society, is the “Sandy Springs Gazette,” an online the project’s largest funder, and also will digital magazine of articles based on present it to the City Council. oral histories collected by Heritage. That “Once those two groups have been publication is available on the nonprofbriefed on the project, we will be hapit’s website at py to share more details…about the deA new exhibit based on the Gazette, sign and our chosen architect,” Thomp“Sandy Springs Gazette LIVE!,” opens son said. Sept. 7 in the Williams-Payne House mu“As we look ahead to 2016, Heritage seum on Heritage Green. Sandy Springs is at a pivotal moment in “The exhibit will further bring these our community’s history as a new city stories to life through enhanced imagcenter is being developed adjacent to ery, artifacts and hands-on activities for our historic property,” wrote Thompson children throughout the museum,” said in the nonprofit’s 2015 annual report. Melissa Swindell, Heritage’s director of A “Heritage Trail” connecting the historic resources and education proforthcoming City Springs town center grams.


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NORTHSIDE HOSPITAL IS GROWING WITH SANDY SPRINGS The future of our Atlanta communities is bright. And there’s no better example than Sandy Springs. More than 900 Northside Hospital employees call Sandy Springs home. Their families contribute to the neighborhoods, schools, youth leagues, faith centers and businesses -- every single day. Northside Hospital supports them, too, by our involvement with groups like Leadership Sandy Springs, the Sandy Springs Mission, the Sandy Springs Conservancy and many more. Most importantly, we deliver world-class health care. We’re building a new patient care tower on our Sandy Springs campus, because our patients need it. And they deserve it, too. Our campus expansion will continue our powerful impact on people’s lives -- in cancer services, women’s health, radiology, surgery and babies -- both for Sandy Springs and for countless others. And as the top large employer in Georgia as ranked by Forbes, Northside Hospital always seeks the best employees, providing them the daily resources to do one thing: care for you and your families.



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City Springs to become public art’s ‘home’



Continued from page 1 to display fine art at City Springs, some of which could later move to other public sites. “This should be the home, the emotional home, [and] the conduit of how we introduce public art to the city,” said Cheri Morris of Arts Sandy Springs, describing the outdoor part of the City Springs art plan at the Aug. 2 City Council meeting. The program, she said, will seek to “amplify the

role” of City Springs as a major arts center. “I think you’re going to be very pleased with this once all the pieces are pulled together,” said Mayor Rusty Paul, who arranged the arts advisory committees. Morris is shepherding the outdoor sculpture program, while city communications director Sharon Kraun is leading the indoor art plan, which also must work hand-in-hand with signage and city memorabilia displays.

“There’s not a specific art gallery in City Springs...but there are spaces that lend themselves to public art,” said Kraun. Among those working on the interior art plan at the mayor’s request are representatives from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church’s Ventulett Gallery, which hosts a variety of secular art exhibits. City Springs is the city’s $220 million mixed-use redevelopment combining a new City Hall with a performing arts center,

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parks, housing and retail space. It’s scheduled to be complete in late December 2017. The 1,000-seat performing arts center is planned as a key economic generator for City Springs and has drawn significant planning attention. The city recently signed a management company contract and is in the process of hiring a general manager to start booking shows. But art exhibits are seen as an important part of City Springs’ success as well. “We’re looking at both the inside and outside for ways to showcase [art],” said Kraun. Morris said Art Sandy Springs has been involved in planning the outdoor sculpture displays for a year. The advisory group aims to have a formal proposal ready for City Council review by November, she said. The City Springs concept is similar to the way Art Sandy Springs created the Art Park within the Abernathy Greenway. That collection of interactive sculptures, which opened in 2014, was selected by experts and focus groups from 140 submissions from artists in 11 different countries, Morris said. In City Springs’ public spaces, the concept is an annual juried show of sculptures, with about 10 winners on display for a year and one or two kept as permanent artwork until the site fills up. The other works might be offered to other public sites around town, such as libraries. “The program we’re working on will benefit not only Sandy Springs…We can put [artworks] around the city,” said Kraun. Morris said the goal is to “bring really fine art…We do look for diversity. We look for high quality.” Likewise, she would aim for the jurors to include sculpture experts from such institutions as the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the Savannah College of Art and Design. The fountains and outdoor furniture, such as benches, should be seen as art opportunities as well, Morris said, adding that they could be “elevated beyond what a commercial designer might do.” SS

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A - City Springs, a $220 million mixed-use development, will contain a performing arts center, parks, housing and retail. B - Ennis Parker, front, professor of engineering at Georgia Tech, talks with city officials as they tour the construction's progress on Aug. 12. C - The 1,000-seat performing arts center is viewed as a key economic generator for City Springs and has garnered significant planning attention. D - City Springs is scheduled for completion in December 2017. E - Sandy Springs Councilmember Gabriel Sterling, right, speaks with Corey Reece, Holder Construction team superintendent, on Aug. 12.

Heritage Sandy Springs, the historic and cultural nonprofit, has discussed tentative plans for a “Heritage Trail” of historic markers on the City Springs site. Kraun said that it still just a concept that could be added later and is not part of the current arts planning. As for the interior, Kraun and the advisory committee are identifying spaces, such as lobbies, that could be suitable for public art. It’s not just about looking at blueprints. The goal is to build proper features, such as lighting, into the spaces ahead of time to make them suitable for art exhibits. The city also has to figure out how exhibits coordinate with other displays, like branding and wayfinding signs, portraits of elected officials and

assorted memorabilia currently hanging in City Hall or displayed in trophy cases. “It’s looking at everything we have and [deciding], ‘Where does it go in the new building? Should it go in the new building?’” Kraun said. Besides choosing where to put art in City Springs, how the city chooses it is another important policy decision. Public art can be controversial as it tries to combine artistic vision with representing the entire community—and with First Amendment free speech rights applying to government decisions. Kraun said the city is already working on a policy to determine, “How are things selected? What are the rules of the road?...It will be a formal program.”


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Tennis center contract sparks debate about privatized government BY JOHN RUCH

Concerns that Sandy Springs is sliding down a “slippery slope” away from its privatized model of city government were voiced by the City Council Aug. 2, as it approved 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. But in June, the council gave no-bid, threeyear 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. Those contract extensions were done cautiously with concerns about changing the city’s outsourced ideals. The same concerns boiled again Aug. 2 as the council rejected a longer contract extension for Groslimond Tennis Services, and councilmembers debated stability versus competition in government. “I think this is a slippery slope that we’re on,” said Councilmember Tibby DeJulio when city parks director Ronnie Young proposed a three-year, no-bid ex-

tension. “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.” But Councilmember Ken Dishman, a former president of Sandy Springs Youth Sports, worried about disrupting apparently popular services at the city’s tennis center at 500 Abernathy Road. “I have a bit of a different perspective on this, having come from Sandy Springs Youth Sports,” Dishman said, worrying that if a new contractor won a bid, they are “not going to know the community, not going to do as good a job.” He said such a change at a city park could be a “disaster” with loss of “tribal knowledge.” Groslimond Tennis Services, or GTS, is working under a 2013 vendor contract that expires at year’s end. The contract is essentially a right to manage the tennis center, with GTS paying the city a fee of $60,000 a year and covering all maintenance costs, Young said. Young urged approval of a three-year, no-bid GTS contract extension composed of three one-year automatic renewals with an annual review. He said the extension proposal was “due to the excellent service they’ve given us” and GTS’s $60,000 annual payment, which the company offered to raise by 10 percent. Councilmember Andy Bauman said he was “uncomfortable” with skipping the bid process that way, a concern “reinforced by your statement a moment ago [that] they have offered more money.” “There’s a value and virtue in stability…but I find this process to be a little haphazard,” Bauman said. The council previously requested “metrics” on GTS’s tennis center management. Young provided a sheet showing thousands of players, many community programs, and positive customer feedback about services, though also some concerns about facility conditions. But Bauman said that information was not sufficient for a contract extension. “These aren’t metrics. These are numbers,” he said, noting a lack of benchmarks or other expectations. Dishman said the data shows “they’re integrated in the community. They’re doing a good job.” He emphasized the possible loss of that expertise to a new contractor chosen solely on a money basis. But DeJulio said that a different contractor ran the tennis center under Fulton County before the city’s incorporation. He argued that if GTS is doing a good job, there is no reason to fear a possible change of contractors. The council ultimately agreed to Councilmember John Paulson’s compromise of a one-year, no-bid extension to give Young time to rebid the contract. “I can go along with no more than one year,” said Mayor Rusty Paul.


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

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

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

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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: Atlanta History Center Swan House

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

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

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.”

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

Not our fence, not our problem

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


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Georgia high schools tackle concussions BY DYANA BAGBY

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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs The following represent some, but not all, of the reports made to the Sandy Springs police from Aug. 6 through Aug. 12. The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

R O B B E RY „„600 block of Riverlawn Court – On

Aug. 9, a 28-year-old woman reported that on the previous Sunday, around 11:45 p.m., she took Uber to Riverlawn Court to visit a friend. According to her, when she arrived, her friend told her by phone to walk around to the back of the complex to use the rear gate. She did so and came across two men, one of whom pulled a gun on her. They took several items from her, then fled in a blue SUV. One man was wearing dreadlocks and black basketball shorts. The officer asked her why she reported the robbery on Tuesday instead of the Sunday it happened. She said she couldn’t call because the robbers took her phone.

B U R G L A RY „„7000 block of Roswell Road – On Aug. 7

while hosting a pool party, the host allowed someone to use the bathroom in her apartment. Later she found that her son’s Xbox game system was missing. „„6900 block of Roswell Road – On Aug.

7, the resident returned home from vacation and found that someone had entered her home. The area was ransacked but the only item missing is $40 cash. A second burglary was reported on Aug. 8. „„100 block of Cedar Run – On Aug. 7,

the resident returned home from work and found the door unlocked. Missing are 40- and 32-inch televisions. Entry was from a rock thrown through a bedroom window. „„8600 block Roswell Road – On Aug. 9,

ECR Company’s alarm activated just after midnight. Responding police found that a glass door was broken and it appeared entry was made. A K-9 request was made. K-9 Igor and handler arrived to check it out. No suspect found but the place had been burglarized. A small amount of cash was missing. „„7300 block of Cardigan Circle – On

Aug. 11, a resident said someone entered her home and took her purse and car keys. The car was stolen, but recovered later that night. Stolen were $20 cash and an ID badge. „„3000 block of Spalding Drive – On Aug.

11, while responding to an alarm, officers found forced entry to some French

doors on the side of the home. At the time of the report, nothing was reported missing. The resident said when he left that morning, just after 10 a.m., he noticed a grey Dodge station wagon driven by a man with dark hair, early 20s, on Spalding. He thought it to be suspicious.

$300 (in $20 bills) was counterfeit. a man who identified himself as a deputy sheriff. The caller informed the man he had a warrant for him for missing jury duty and deputies were on the way to arrest him. He was instructed to go to the federal building downtown but while driving there, remain on a phone line and further instructions would be provided. Now if you haven’t figured this out yet, it’s a scam that shows up occasionally. The phone numbers were all fake and “spoof” numbers. The man did not follow the instructions so he didn’t lose money. The reason they want you to stay on the phone while driving to the federal building is to redirect you to someplace where you’ll pay the “fine.”

that an animal was locked in a car at a coffee shop on Roswell Road. When they got there, they found that the animals in the car were gerbils. The owner of said car/gerbils called back (he was the original caller) and said he locked his keys in the car but there were no gerbils. He said he wanted to cancel the call and would call a locksmith instead. The patrol sergeant arrived and spoke with the caller and in fact identified the animals as gerbils, then asked why the man lied about it. He apparently wanted the fire department or police department to open the car at no charge compared to the locksmith charge but then, I guess, worried about getting in trouble with the gerbil thing so he tried to cancel it all out. The man was charged with making false representation to the police on the 911 call.

„„On Aug. 8 a woman reported that she

„„A Cadillac Escalade, stolen from Con-

„„A man reported he received a call from


„„600 block Edge-

water Trail – On Aug. 11, while responding to an alarm, officers found that an outside door appeared to have been tampered with. It appears that the suspect(s) did not gain entry to the home.

THEFTS „„On Aug. 8, a 20-year-old woman said

someone entered her locker at a gym and took several items. „„Chattahoochee Bluff Drive – On Aug.

11, a resident called police and said that two women stole landscaping rocks from his lawn around 9 a.m. that morning. He said a truck backed into his driveway and a woman got out and knocked on his door. He answered the door and spoke to the woman who asked for directions. Afterwards, he walked back inside and then saw, through a window, a second woman loading landscaping rocks into the bed of the truck. The truck then left. He drove around looking for the truck but was unable to locate it. The truck was a blue pickup with a bed cover.

THEFTS FROM VEHICLES „„There were 15 thefts from vehicles.

A S S AU LT „„8000 block of Roswell Road – On Aug.

6, a woman said she came into a beauty supply store and was elbowed by another person. In response, she pushed that person who, in her response to the response, and with the help of another person, punched the (victim). She said she knew the other person and there was “bad blood.” She was taken to the hospital.

received a strange email saying “Catch me if you can.” Shortly after, she received an alert email from SunTrust Bank that the settings on her account had been changed and $9,500 had been paid from the account. „„A 91-year-old woman reported that

she received a phone call on Aug. 9 from someone claiming to be her grandson, who was in Iowa. He was crying and said he was arrested for drugs. He needed money for bail. Unfortunately, she believed the caller and went to a grocery and purchased $2,000 in iTune cards. She gave the suspect the code and the money was immediately withdrawn. He then tried to convince her to go to a pharmacy and do the same thing, but she then figured she had been taken and refused. „„Another woman said that she received

a call from someone saying he was her nephew whom she had not seen in 10 years and who was currently living in Peru. He said he was coming to visit but was laid over in Mexico and needed to pay a fine of $1,300. She said she didn’t have that much, so he convinced her to transfer what she had ($950,) which she did to a man named Gerardo Villcarreal Damian. Of course she called the nephew the following day and he said he was not aware of any of it. „„Don’t be gullible. Be politely skeptical.

Ask questions. When someone wants to talk about you providing money, ask, ask, ask. My son called me the other day asking for $5 for lunch. I requested a polygraph.

F R AU D „„A man said he sold two handguns in

exchange for a rifle and $300. He met the person at a parking lot and made the sale/exchange. Later, he discovered the

OT H E R „„On

Aug. 6, cops and fire personnel received a call

course Parkway, showed up, at least in parts, in Tennessee. The Tennessee Department of Revenue officials recovered the engine and transmission during a vehicle inspection. It appears the parts were purchased on Craigslist. Further investigation yielded the information on the seller, who apparently has or had other sales ads similar to this one. That investigation is ongoing. „„Cops were called to meet with a

49-year-old woman who said that on Aug. 10, she observed on Facebook that her husband married another woman this month. She said she married him in 2009 but recently separated in March. „„A man reported that he was rear-end-

ed on I-285 East at Ga. 400. He and the other driver pulled to the side and exchanged information, then decided to handle it among themselves. The complainant said the other driver won’t answer the phone and he has no information on his vehicle. The officer informed him he couldn’t write an accident report because the two men entered into a civil agreement. He did however offer to make an information report.

ARRESTS „„A man was arrested at a big-box de-

partment store after he entered, took a display bike valued at $300, then tried to leave without paying for it. „„A 14-year-old girl is charged with steal-

ing a $650 cellphone, not knowing she was recorded on video. Cops identified her and she admitted stealing the phone. It was recovered. She was left in the custody of her family pending court dates.



AUGUST 19 - SEPT. 1, 2016


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City of Sandy Springs


Resolution to authorize the transmittal of the draft Capital Improvements Element (CIE) update to the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Department of Community Affairs for review and comment

Public Hearing:

Mayor and City Council September 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF REZONING Petition Number: Petitioner: Property Location: Present Zoning: Request:

Public Hearings:



RZ16-0092, U16-0021, U16-0025 TSO PDP LP 5775 Peachtree Dunwoody Road (Peachtree Dunwoody Pavilion) O-I (Office Institutional District) Rezone from O-I to MIX (Mixed-Use District) for the development of office, multifamily residential and a hotel, with concurrent variances, a use permit to exceed the maximum building height (Sec. 19.4.5), and a use permit for a college Sec. (Sec. 19.4.40). Planning Commission September 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council October 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


Petition Number:

RZ16-0095 & U16-0024

Petition Number:



Northside Hospital


InLine Communities, LLC

Property Location:

1000 Johnson Ferry Road, 5780 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd

Property Location:

0 and 6555 Roswell Road

Present Zoning:

O-I (Office Institutional District)

Present Zoning:


Rezone to O-I (Office Institutional District) for the expansion of the hospital and the construction of a parking deck, with a Use Permit to exceed the maximum zoning district building height (Sec. 19.4.5)

R-3 (Single Family Dwelling District) and C-1 (Community Business District)


Request to rezone from R-3 and C-1 to TR (Townhouse Residential District) for a townhome development, with concurrent variances.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission September 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission September 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council October 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Mayor and City Council October 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600




Pulte Group

Property Location:

120 West Wieuca Road

Present Zoning:

A (Medium Density Apartment District)


Rezone from A to A to allow a height increase for a partially constructed townhouse development with concurrent variances

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission September 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council October 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600




City of Sandy Springs


An Ordinance to Amend Section 9.2, C-2 Commercial District; Article XII-B, Sandy Springs Overlay District; and Article XIX, Administrative Permits and Use Permits, of the Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission August 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.




City of Sandy Springs


An Ordinance to Amend Section 12B.8, Main Street District Standards, of the Sandy Springs Zoning Ordinance

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission August 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council September 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.




Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600



Reza and Catherine Kasravi

Property Location:

3920 Dahlwiny Court

Present Zoning:

CUP per 2000Z-0083, ZM08-009


Request to modify condition 3.q of zoning modification ZM08-009 to rezoning 2000Z-0083, to reduce the required rear buffer and improvement setback to install a pool.

Public Hearings:

Planning Commission August 18, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor and City Council September 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Mayor and City Council September 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Location:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

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