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Local nonprofit expands its service facility BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

The largest nonprofit human services organization in Dunwoody plans to expand its footprint in the community, its chief executive officer says. Jewish Family & Career Services CEO Rick Aranson said the organization plans to move its program helping developmentally disabled adults from a space in a Chamblee office park to its Dunwoody location on 4549 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. The building will be renovated and expanded to include an additional 8,300 square feet of space. John Perlman, president of the organization, said the “Tools for Independence” program started about eight years ago in the basement of a building in the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. When the program outgrew the 1,500 square feet there, it moved about five years ago to Chamblee, where it had 3,500 square feet. “We provide health, career and human services to improve the quality of life in both the Jewish and the broader communities,” he said. “We’re a nonsectarian organization and we’re diverse in every sense of the word.” SEE LOCAL, PAGE 20

Master swimmers travel out of state annually to compete BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE


Olivia Whitake, 10, takes delight in getting a close look at a “Julia Longwing” while attending the annual Butterfly Festival at the Dunwoody Nature Center on Aug. 15. The event attracted a record crowd who enjoyed games, crafts, live animal encounters, and of course, tents of butterflies. See additional photos on page 19.

Wade Whittle and his swimming friends train in Dunwoody, but they compete across the nation. On Aug. 8, these swimmers traveled to Chicago to take part in a mile-long race in Lake Michigan known as the Chicago Sharkfest Swim. It was the group’s fourth “destination race,” Whittle said. The friends first traveled to San Francisco to swim the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim in 2012. Then, they visited New York’s Liberty Island and swam in the Hudson River, which Whittle called “gross.” Last year, they went to Charleston, where Whittle, who is in his mid-30s, said he won first place in his age group. All of the Dunwoody swimmers successfully finished the race in Chicago, with John Stanforth and Whittle placing second in their respective age groups. Jeff Frame and Fran Romanchuck placed third in their age groups. Whittle said he’s been part of the masters swim team that trains at the Dunwoody Baptist Church facility for about six years, but Steve Hartley, a 57-year-old airline pilot from Sandy Springs, has been part of the team for more than a decade. This year’s trip to Chicago was the only out-of-state competition Hartley had to miss. Hartley said Dan Hardy, a Dunwoody dentist, organized the team and found its first coach, Greg Schmid, who swam at Auburn University. SEE MASTER, PAGE 19

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Dunwoody councilman resigns seat for mayoral run City Councilman Denis Shortal, a candidate for Dunwoody mayor, is resigning his council seat. In June, Shortal announced his run for mayor, challenging incumbent Mayor Mike Davis. By resigning now, Shortal clears the way for the City Council Post 1 (District 1 local) seat to be on the November ballot instead of requiring a special election, he said. Denis Shortal

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Dunwoody took one more step toward updating the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan when it sent the most recent draft to state officials Aug. 18. The plan was sent to the state Department of Community Affairs and the Atlanta Regional Commission for review.

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Democrat Taylor Bennett’s victory over Republican J. Max Davis in the Aug. 11 House District 80 election provided a rare win for his party in north DeKalb and it effects the state’s political landscape. Democrats now control the Fulton CounJOE EARLE ty delegation and can block state constitutional amendments in Left, Republican J. Max Davis and the House. Democrat Taylor Bennett shake hands How much that will matter before a public forum at Oglethorpe depends on who’s talking. The University on Aug. 6. Both were in state Democratic Party chair, the running for the House District 80 DuBose Porter, calls Bennett’s seat, which Bennett won on Aug. 11. win a “turning point in Georgia politics.” State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), on the other hand, such issues as “religious freedom” prosays he’s “not sure what it’s all going to tections previously shot down as anmean.” ti-LGBT rights. Bennett, whose mothBennett took 54.5 percent of the vote er and sister are gay, made fighting such in the district that includes Brookhaven bills a key part of his platform. and parts of Chamblee, Dunwoody and Porter said the win also sends an isSandy Springs. He will replace Republisue-based message to the state GOP. can Mike Jacobs, who left the seat to be“Republicans have felt very comfortable come a judge. cutting education, cutting the HOPE “It’s just like playing football,” Benscholarship, not expanding Medicaid,” nett, a former Georgia Tech quarterhe said. “But these are issues people realback, said in an Election Night interly care about.” view. “Enjoy the victory, but tomorrow Millar suggested that Bennett’s we’ve got to get back to work. There’s a win came out of a particular situalot of work to be done and a lot of probtion with several Republicans fighting lems to solve.” it out, rather than a sign of DemocratPorter was enthusiastic about the imic momentum.“I don’t think it’s a bellpact of Bennett’s win in a traditionally wether for anything,” he said. “But if I Republican district that said “yes” to his was a Democrat, I think I’d be embold“progressive agenda.” ened.” Strategically, it gives the Democrats a Millar acknowledged that Democrats one-seat majority in the Fulton delegagained a strategic edge with Bennett’s tion, and tips them over the one-third victory, but he added that it remains to margin of House seats needed to block be seen how that plays out in upcompotential constitutional amendments on ing battles. Email us NOW for the report:

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Bennett: ‘I’m up to the task’ Taylor Bennett won the District 80 seat in the state House of Representatives in a special runoff election Aug. 11. He will represent Brookhaven and portions of Sandy Springs, Chamblee and Dunwoody when the Legislature reconvenes in January. The Dunwoody Reporter asked him five questions about his legislative plans. Here are his answers.


How are you preparing for the upcoming legislative session?


“how” I’ll approach my responsibilities as a representative for House District 80. Judge [Mike] Jacobs was a strong and responsible representative who served our district well regardless of his own affiliation, and I’ll be looking to do the same. Being open, transparent and accountable doesn’t have anything to do with my being a Democrat or another representative being a Republican, it’s just the way elected officials ought to conduct themselves.


Well, first and Your election foremost I’m gives Demofinalizing a community crats numerical conoutreach plan. We trol of the Fulton made a point during County delegation. our campaign of trying Very little of the camto touch and connect paign centered on Sanwith every voter we dy Springs, the porTaylor Bennett could regardless of party tion of your district in or any other characterisFulton, and relatively tic, and I intend to carry that approach few Sandy Springs voters turned out. forward as a state representative. In orWhat do you think you’ll be able to der for me to be the best representative I add to the discussion in the Fulton can be for the people of Brookhaven, delegation? Sandy Springs and Chamblee, I’m going I’m looking forward to workto have to be accessible, open, and listen ing with my colleagues in the and solicit input on all decisions. I’m reFulton County delegation regardless of ally looking forward to that dialogue, what party they belong to. Even with and we’re going to roll out our commuthe shift in numbers brought on by my nity schedule very soon, so stay tuned. election, it’s still nearly even and we’re What do you plan to do as going to have to work together to make your first action in the the best decisions for Fulton County House? that we can. For all of the partisan talk brought on by this election and the nuI’m not sure there is a singular merical ramifications of my seat, I’m first action, but there’s a lot to truly just committed to being the best be done between now and the start of representative I can be and bringing an session. First and foremost, I’m looking open, cooperative, and forward-thinkforward to establishing relationships ing attitude and approach to the Generwith my new colleagues on both sides of al Assembly in January. the aisle. There are a number of bipartiYou’ve said publicly that san bills already in the works that I think your family and your objecwould improve the lives of people in our tion to the “Georgia Religious Freedistrict and in our state and I’m anxious dom Restoration Act” were among the to see how I can support those ideas and things that originally interested you in hopefully move them along. I’ve also running for a seat in the House. Do got several ideas of my own I’d like to you expect similar legislation to come submit for consideration, which will up again next session? If so, what do mean meeting with party leadership on you see as your role in the debate? both sides of the aisle and working closely with legislative counsel to craft strong I do see RFRA coming up legislation. As soon as I get my commitagain this session and I will tee assignments I’ll immediately get towithhold any specific comment until we gether with the respective chairpersons have its most recent iteration in print and other members so I can learn as and in the House or Senate hopper. I’m quickly as I can and be the best represennot going to speculate as to the specifics tative I can be for my constituents. of what exists currently as a hypothetiThere’s a lot to do, but I believe I’m up cal, however likely it may be to arise. As to the task. I’ve said many times before, however, The House District 80 seat there are no shades of gray in discrimihas been held for many years nation, and I’m always going to oppose by a Republican. What will you do any legislation that allows for any indidifferently as a Democrat? vidual group to be discriminated against on the basis of their race, gender, sexual I don’t think that my party aforientation, ethnicity, religion or any filiation has much to do with other such characteristic.


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“I would be highly in favor of it. I’d be excited about it. I love to go to the casino. I love to go eat and I love to go gamble.”

“I think it would bring money and entertainment to the city — as long as there’s not a ton of casinos.”

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“Opposed. Because I like going on vacations to do my gambling.”

Josh Betts “I know in Florida a lot of the proceeds go toward education, so if there was some benefit to it I would be in favor of it.”

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“Right now I do not have a stance on legalizing gambling in Atlanta. However, I do believe that many of the pros and cons balance each other out. For instance, the increase in tourism may attract a different crowd into the city, but on the other end it would bring in a lot of revenue. The revenue would then be put towards the HOPE scholarship, which would allow for more students to be awarded financial aid.”

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“I really don’t have a strong opinion either way. I wouldn’t support it or be against it. If people want to gamble, I don’t care. I don’t consider myself a big supporter of gambling, but I don’t think the government has the right to tell people they can’t do it since the state currently operates the only legal gambling in the state with the lottery.”

Bill Selvey

“I would support it — more revenue for the state to help fund programs. The lottery funds the HOPE scholarship. Maybe casino gambling can do the same.”

Ravi Patel “My personal opinion [is] if they could control the crime elements, it could be positive, bring a lot of income [to the area]...”

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“I would probably support it. Additional tax revenue would presumably reduce the tax burden on the citizens and retard future tax growth.”

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Apartment boom sparks debate about Perimeter’s future BY JOHN RUCH

An apartment development boom is reshaping the new Perimeter cities and sparking debates about density, traffic and quality of life. From the new Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters project in Sandy Springs to the old Hastings Nursery in Brookhaven, residents are packing neighborhood gatherings and city zoning meetings in order to push back against massive apartment plans. This week, an apartment proposal even triggered friction between cities, with Brookhaven’s mayor complaining of lack of input on a Sandy Springs border project. Yet, at the same time, city officials argue that mixed-use apartment complexes will give them attractive, walkable downtowns where outmoded, car-centered suburban strip malls now stand. That creative tension will continue along with the apartment trend, real estate and planning experts say. Apartments are the growth area of residential development, driven by “a switch from ‘I rent because I have to’ to ‘I rent because I want to,’” said Ron Cameron, a senior vice president at Colliers International-Atlanta who specializes in multifamily real estate investment. Millennials and retiring baby boomers drive the trend to create new “live-work-play” places such as Brookhaven’s TOWN/Brookhaven and Sandy Springs’ planned City Center project, according to Cameron. “The bottom line is, who wants to live in a place


Construction on One City Walk, located at the corner of Roswell Road and Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs, is underway. The mixed-use project will consist of 202 units as well as street-front retail space.

that’s not a place?” says Michelle Alexander, Sandy Springs’ director of community development. The irony is that Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs incorporated partly out of concerns that apartment projects were overwhelming single-family neighborhoods. Dense apartments have been viewed as generators of traffic, crime and infrastructure strains. Some new projects are replacing older apartments with new, luxury-oriented models,

but many of these criticisms remain. Two apartment-complex owners sued the city of Dunwoody in 2013, accusing the city of trying to force low-income apartments out of business. The lawsuit was dropped, but it illustrates the sense of tension in a city that the head of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association says is now roughly half homeowners and half renters. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8

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Apartment boom sparks debate about Perimeter’s future CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 happening. More than 2,400 apartRobert Wittenstein, a former Dunments are approved or under construcwoody city councilman and current tion at various sites on the Roswell Road DHA president, explained some of the corridor. The city made such developlocal concerns. “Apartment-dwellers ments a key part of its 2012 downtown tend to be more transient, tend to have master plan. In fact, it’s a partner in one less of a stake in the community,” he of them—the public-private City Censaid. “This is a great place to ter project, which pairs a new come, and we want [residents] City Hall facility with multito stay.” family housing. Co v er School system capacity is a The Sandy Springs City St o r y big infrastructure issue as well. Council is often split on “All of our schools have trailwhether apartment proposals ers…Every building that gets match those City Center goals built creates overcrowding in schools,” or are overdoing the density. A mixedWittenstein said, noting that applies to use project at 6075 Roswell Road that dense condo projects, too. came before the council last month was Density can also solve infrastructure a case in point. The council ended up problems. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty approving the project—but also cut the Paul often points out that apartments number of apartment units by roughly located near workplaces should reduce 10 percent. the city’s notorious commuter traffic. The situation highlighted holes in Then again, Paul has reservations himthe city’s zoning code, including lack of self about the pace of the city’s aparthow to measure density or how to dement boom. fine “mixed-use.” The city is embarking “I don’t think we need to redevelop on a full rezoning and planning process Roswell Road all at one time,” he said at in part to get a better handle on the dea recent City Council meeting. velopment boom. At a glance, it looks like that’s already “When are we going to decide

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enough’s enough?” City Councilman Graham McDonald asked at that meeting. The 2012 City Center master plan contained projections for how many new apartments the area market would bear in coming years. After approval of a multi-use project on Roswell Road in July, the city passed the number of apartments it had projected for 2017 and was closing in on its 2022 numbers. Cameron said that is part of an Atlanta market boom. About 11,000 new multifamily units—including apartments and condos—have been built in the past seven quarters in metro Atlanta, he said. There is still plenty of demand, as suggested by rents continuing to climb: 5.5 percent last year and more than 7 percent higher so far this year. Millennials are a huge demographic that demands “mobility and flexibility” in housing, Cameron said. They don’t

want to drive everywhere, and in today’s market, they can “rent a place as nice any [house] they could dream of having.” Retired baby boomers are another growing demographic moving away from high-maintenance, single-family homes. Cameron said market experts estimate that by 2030, the number of U.S. renters age 65 and older will more than double to 12.2 million. With that kind of momentum, the question is not whether the Perimeter will have more apartments, but where they will go and how they will mix with their surroundings. The only slowdown in sight, Cameron said, is rents eventually outpacing incomes. “The thing we talk about a lot in our business is the affordable component,” Cameron said. “At some point in time, the millennial renter is going to say, ‘No mas.’”

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Family’s basement stocks ‘Mini Libraries’ for schools BY MARY HELEN KELLY Kissy Dabbs recalls when books overtook her Sandy Springs home after a book drive for the Mini Libraries program at Heards Ferry Elementary last year. “We had our entire dining room and foyer just full. We could lose children in these books!” she said. Dabbs and her two daughters provide the brains and a large part of the energy behind the Mini Libraries program sponsored by the Sandy Springs Education Force. Kissy Dabbs, center, with daughters The program, which foLiza Twari, 9, left, and Clara Twari, 10, cuses on supplying books generated the idea for the Mini Libraries to children who otherwise by starting a neighborhood library in the might not have access to basement of their Sandy Springs home. them, is active at three elementary schools in Sandy Springs -- Ison Springs Elementathe libraries program. ry, Dunwoody Springs Elementary and Irene Schweiger, executive director Lake Forest Elementary. In the last year, of the nonprofit, said, “These may be Dabbs said the Mini Libraries have prothe first and or only books these chilvided over 14,000 donated books to dren have for themselves. Putting these children at these elementary schools. books in the hands of these needy stu“Our big goal is just [to get] books in dents is a first step in encouraging a love hands,” Dabbs said. of reading and furthering their success Through the Mini Libraries, kids are in school and life.” invited to take two books a day that they The libraries are stocked solely from never have to return. Kids get to keep donations, all of which are sorted and the books themselves, share them with distributed from the home of Dabbs. their friends or form libraries of their “People drop off books all the time, own. which is fantastic. And it’s nice because The idea for the Mini Libraries began they know where they’re going. They’re when Liza, 9, and Clara, 10, decided to staying in this community, and they’re start a library in their basement for kids going to be read by the kids who later in the neighborhood. Dabbs, who had go to junior high with them, or the kids always fostered a love of reading in her who they play soccer with, or the kids daughters, full heartedly supported the who we see at Kroger,” Dabbs said. idea. Sandy Springs’ kids are the ones doThe girls soon realized that they lived ing most of the sorting of these books at in a neighborhood where books were the “sorting parties” Dabbs hosts at her easy to come by. About two months afhome. Clara and Liza both recall special ter opening their “Sisters Library,” they memories from the big sorts they have realized that more books were being doat their house. nated to the library than were being Liza playfully said sorting was her checked out. least favorite part because she can hardDabbs reached out to education adly stand to be surrounded by so many vocacy groups in the area to see where books and not be allowed to read them these books might be better used. The all. Clara said all the “hard labor” of Sandy Springs Education Force resorting was worth it when she sees the sponded to Dabbs and extended their impact these books are having in other helping hand in the process of putting kids’ lives. these books into schools for other chilDuring sorts, books are categorized dren to enjoy. to ensure they are being used in the most “They really gave us an infrastruceffective ways at schools. The donations ture and support which I didn’t expect,” are not only used to stock the libraries, Dabbs said. but are also distributed to teachers at The nonprofit purchased magazine schools when needed and available. holders on Craigslist that were made Teachers have been able to make reover by kid volunteers to house the quests through the program, and if books. Dabbs describes the Mini LiDabbs has the books available, they are braries program as a “no-overhead ingiven directly to the teachers. Dabbs stitution” based on volunteers and doworks with curriculum support teams at nations. Cardboard boxes are the only schools to find and fill the needs of each other supply the nonprofit purchases for school.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE tists, explorers, environmentalists and humanitarians who were pioneers in the technological world for these students to study. “For me, the best part of our experience was seeing kids realize everyday people like them can do amazing things. It was wonderful to watch kids connecting to the world around them and coming to believe that they really do have the potential to make a difference,” Long said. Dabbs says a long-term SPECIAL PHOTOS goal for the project is for it The family hosts “sorting parties” so books to be entirely “kid-run” from can be more effectively used at schools. start to finish. She hopes to get Whether it is 10 copies of “Stuart high school students involved Little” a teacher wants to use for a parin stocking the libraries at schools and ticular lesson or a collection of books on making it a program where kids are servmath and science, Dabbs says they caing other kids in the community. ter to as many requests as possible. She “We are one city says giving the teachand one communiers the books is “just Do you know an organization or ty, and even though another route to the we look very different individual making a difference same kids.” from street to street, in our community? Email Kerstin Long, it doesn’t have to be the math instructhat way. For the tional coach at High kids, they could care Point Elementary, recently worked with less. All they really want to do is share Dabbs. This summer Long mentored a books,” Dabbs said. group of fifth graders at High Point in If you are interested in volunteering, a math and technology camp. The Mini contact Kissy Dabbs at kkdabbs@gmail. Libraries provided biographies of sciencom.


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Brookhaven’s Marist School and and became head coach in 1985. In Buckhead’s Westminster Schools boast 2012, he became one of the state’s few two of the metro area’s longest-servhigh school coaches to break the 300ing head football coaches. Alan Chadwin mark. He has coached Marist to wick, in his 30th two state championyear at Marist, ships and his teams and Gerry Romhave won more berg, Westminthan eight of every ster’s coach for 23 10 games they’ve years, share more played. than longevity. Romberg came Both coaches to Westminster after have piled up imcoaching stints at pressive records public and private and regularly keep high schools, intheir teams in the cluding Dunwoody state championHigh and Washship hunt despite ington, D.C.’s Maworking at priret School, as well vate schools with as at the college levstrong academel at the Citadel ic programs. Both and the U.S. Coast coaches have an Guard Academy. In old-school com2009, he became mitment to highWestminster’s most school ball. winning coach. A “Over the years, Then there’s the championship reI’ve enjoyed the direct connection: mains elusive, but Romberg played Romberg keeps his opportunity to develop for Chadwick years teams consistent[and help] young boys ago during one year ly in the running, mature into adults we of middle school at including 18 trips can be proud of.” Marist. “He doesn’t to the playoffs— advertise that very including last seamuch,” Chadwick son’s 12-2 team— – GERRY ROMBERG, said with a laugh. and two to the state WESTMINSTER VARSITY “He is an excellent semifinals. FOOTBALL HEAD COACH football coach. He Both men said knows the game they thrive on the extremely well,” challenge of keepChadwick quicking their teams ly added. competitive and have a love for the Romberg said he’s proud he had a high-school game. chance to play for Chadwick—and “I just enjoy this age group,” Romhopes their schools will soon be schedberg said, praising Westminster’s harduled to play against each other, as they working students. “Over the years, were in the 1990s. I’ve enjoyed the opportunity to devel“You talk about consistency and op [and help] young boys mature into continuity, he’s the model of that,” adults we can be proud of. Sometimes Romberg said of Chadwick. “He’s the I feel like football is just a vehicle to most competitive guy I’ve ever met in help these young men progress into my life.” successful adults.” These days, Romberg said, few Chadwick says the power of his coaches stay put support staff and as long as he and Marist’s traditions Chadwick have. “A are part of what Find local high school lot of coaches are has kept him at the football schedules at going to bounce school for three dearound and chase cades. state champion“It’s the people ships,” he said, and and just the overthere is more NFLall environment at style pressure for schools to fire coachMarist,” he said. “It’s such a uniquees who don’t win quickly. ly wonderful place to work and to Chadwick was a star player at Deplay. ... Five of my varsity staff memcatur High and a record-setting quarbers played here [and] came back to terback at East Tennessee State. He coach.” was drafted by the Chicago Bears but Marist is famed for still using the ended up not making an NFL roster. running-game-based wishbone ofHe started coaching at Marist in 1976 fense. “We’ve been running it for 40-

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL plus years,” Chadwick said. “We’ve tweaked it a good bit.” “We don’t always have the types of athletes [opponents] do,” Chadwick said of Marist’s method of grinding opponents down. “You’re not going to see us run a lot of fakes, or a lot of razzle-dazzle.” “The more things change, the more they stay the same,” Romberg said of the concept underlying Westminster’s program. “We use the word ‘family.’ It’s the cornerstone of our program.” High-school football also goes through changes, often trickling down from the NFL. Programs to reduce concussions and other injuries are a big change these days. Chadwick said

took over a team struggling with coaching turnovers and off-field issues. Going up against a far su“It’s the people and just the overall perior Marist team, they battled to a 7-7 halftime tie. “Alan just went environment at Marist. It’s such a uniquely ballistic. [Marist] came out [afwonderful place to work and to play.” ter] the half and just blitzkrieged us” to win the game, Romberg re– ALAN CHADWICK, MARIST VARSITY FOOTBALL called. HEAD COACH But by standing their ground against a better team, “The kids realized I was dedicated to making this program as good as it can be,” he said. Chadwick recalls those battles fondly as well. “They knew us better than we knew ourselves,” he’s not a fan of most of them, calling ing the kids today not being as overly aghe said of the Romberg-coached them “conversations of mommas not gressive and physical as they need to be Westminster teams. letting ‘baby’ play football anymore.” to play this game,” he said. That’s why both coaches clearly wish Concussion-reduction efforts have Romberg said a game against Marist they had one more thing in common: been good, he said, but added, “I’m seewas crucial to his first season, when he more chances to play each other.



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OK to tell an adult ‘no’ if they want to touch your private areas or take inappropriate pictures, or ask you to keep secrets from your parents,” she said. For her work fighting human trafficking, Sydney was honored as Scout of the Year by the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter and placed third in the state of Georgia. “Sydney has shown that she is diligent, she follows through on all projects, she is a team player and she can accomplish tasks in a courteous and timely manner,” said Sydney’s Girl Scout Troop Leader, Bobbe Gillis. “Sydney lives by the Girl Scout law and upholds the principles of scouting in all her interactions. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow socially, intellectually and emotionally. I believe she is well equipped to excel in a college environment.” Outside of Girl Scouts, Sydney is coconsul of the Latin Club and participates in cross country, track and field, and chorus. Her favorite subjects are social studies and Latin.

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Above, Dunwoody Nature Center’s annual Butterfly Festival showed off many of the colorful insects, including the state butterfly, the Tiger Swallowtail. Left, Sam Sullivan, 5, tries to attract some of the creatures his way.

Master swimmers travel out of state annually to compete CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

“I happened to see them swimming on Mondays and Thursdays,” Hartley said about joining the team. Though both Schmid and Stanforth moved out of state, Stanforth said the swim events provide an excellent opportunity to keep in touch with the Atlanta swim group. “My wife, Maria, and I always plan one of our vacations around the destination event,” Stanforth said. “One of the highlights of the trip is planning our adventure for next year.” Romanchuck said Stanforth plans to return to Dunwoody, though. She called him a “ringleader” and one of the founding members, along with her. Romanchuck, who is 48, said she and her husband had been doing triathlons when they moved to Atlanta in 1998. “I do it more for fun than competition,” she said of competitive swimming. “I have an advantage as I get older. The pool [of participants] gets a little smaller and that doesn’t hurt either.” She said traveling annually keeps the friendships close and the team members motivated. “We get to meet people’s spouses and friends,” she said. “It’s a social and an athletic endeavor. It’s a lot of fun with a

nice group of people.” Though they have a core group, they always welcome new members. “We’re not a bunch of Type A’s trying to beat each other,” Hartley said. When the team came in to practice one day last year, the pool was crowded and a woman had a lane the team needed, so Hartley said he asked her, Laura Medrado, if she wanted to join them. Usually, people will choose to move on so the team can practice, but Medrado agreed to join them, he said. “She just about blew everybody out of the water – she was fast,” Hartley said. “We said, ‘Wow, it looks like we have another member of our team.’” Stanforth said he would encourage other adult swimmers in the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area to consider working out with the group at the Dunwoody Baptist fitness center. He said the group makes swimming fun. “You get a great deal of satisfaction after a workout,” Hartley said. “You learn a lot about someone and yourself when you do a set of 100-yard sprints without much rest.” Hartley joked they recently chose the name DBC Sea Cucumbers because “it strikes fear in the hearts of rival swimmers and pride in the hearts of sea cucumbers ocean-wide.”

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Rader: DeKalb officials must ensure public is well informed DeKalb County’s government is “rotten to the core,” according to investigators hired by the county. Investigators Mike Bowers, the former state attorney general, and Richard Hyde reported in an Aug. 5 letter to Interim CEO Lee May that they found widespread waste and fraud, including an apparent “bribery scheme involving a major county department.” “The DeKalb County government we have found is rotten to the core,” Bowers and Hyde wrote. “The misconduct starts at the top and has infected nearly every department we have looked at.” Their final report has not been completed. We asked District 2 County Commissioner Jeff Rader, whose district includes parts of Brookhaven, what he thought of the claims made in the letter.

Q. A.

Were you surprised by Bowers’ statements?

I have no factual context to evaluate Bowers’ pronouncements, and was not aware that this summary report would be circulated. I look forward to his comprehensive report, and to the explanations provided by those whom he faults. ICEO May commissioned Bowers’ engagement, and I

would have thought that Bowers’ work products would have been structured in the engagement. I am surprised at the presumptuous tone of ICEO May’s renouncement of Bowers’ conclusions.

Q. A.

How should the county handle Mr. Bowers’ investigation now and once it is completed? I believe that DeKalb should formally request an outside investigation under the control of the state of Georgia, and under the color of law, so that formal evidence can be obtained in support of indictments if warranted. Mr. Bowers may also have useful recommendations on needed changes in county operating procedures that would correct bad practices that do not rise to a criminal level, and if so, we should reform county practices in response in order to rebuild public trust.


What’s your perception of the status of corruption in DeKalb County? And what’s your take on what’s going on with Bowers and May, and on Bowers’ investigation?


Several elected and appointed officials have been indicted and convicted of crimes, mostly by the

U.S. Attorney. The Superior Court Special Grand Jury that completed work in 2013 recommended many tarDistrict 2 County gets of inCommissioner vestigaJeff Rader tions that, to my knowledge, have not been acted upon. There is likely work remaining to clean things up, but law enforcement is silent on their activities. With reference to the Bowers investigation, I believe that an outside investigation under the color of law would have been more appropriate. ICEO May issued, and then amended, the Executive Order establishing the Bowers’ investigation, and appears to have issued further direction to Mr. Bowers on what departments to investigate. Such input by an interested party that also controls the resources available to the investigation is fraught with problems.


What should the county do now? Should it clean house or wait for the criminal justice system to get involved? If officials want to act quickly, how should you go about it?


Criminal actions are the proper focus of law enforcement activity, and the county cannot intercede. I would expect that if Bowers has evidence documenting such, he has already alerted law enforcement, and that law enforcement will inform the public of steps that they are taking. Those who are formally accused of crimes are to be suspended from employment pending resolution of their cases, according to the county’s personnel code. Suspension, termination and the exaction of restitution would be an appropriate course for those found guilty. Reform of processes that lack accountability or transparency should be a top policy priority of every DeKalb elected official in order to re-establish public trust. Also, every elected official in DeKalb should go the extra mile to ensure that the public is well informed of their actions and transactions, and that the public has every opportunity to offer input into county decisions.

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The Marcus Center is a social and recreational organization, while Jewish Family & Career Services is a service organization, Aranson said. Chief Marketing Officer Brenda Fiske said JF&CS employs more than 230 people and is one of the largest nonprofits in Dunwoody. Perlman added they are the largest employer in the portion of Dunwoody outside the Perimeter area. “We do things from adoption all the way to burying folks that don’t have the finances for a funeral,” Aranson said. “We have a dental clinic and everything else in between.” The office in Chamblee is used to help adults with developmental disabilities become more independent and find work, Arason said. The nonprofit is building a new prevocational training space at its Dunwoody campus, Aranson said. “We are not building a residential facility,” he said. “This will be a hub and a jumping off point to get the support they need to work [in the community.]” Aranson said he wants the work in “moving people toward greater independence” done in a space that is as highquality as the people providing the services. “We have credentials that match the best practitioners across multiple disci-



plines,” Aranson said. “We believe clients deserve the best experience possible, and this new space will enable us to provide first-class services to all people in need, not just the needy.” The philosophy held by JF&CS in the Tools for Independence program extends to everyone who comes in for help, Fiske said. “We look at every single person as a potential employee,” Fiske said. “We look at them through that lens when they walk through the door.” Each person is evaluated on a personal basis to determine their capabilities and interests, Fiske said. She described a man named Ben who she said loved doing art projects. JF&CS has an art initiative, Fiske said. “Today we have him employed in an art gallery,” Fiske said. “That’s the perfect ending to the story.” Aranson said JF&CS sees opportunities in Dunwoody’s growth, such as with the Georgetown master plan and business development, to help integrate developmentally disabled people into the community. “Our current space in Chamblee is tucked away,” Aranson said, and isn’t the kind of space they need to properly get people engaged with the community. Perlman said JF&CS has outgrown its Chamblee space, which the company plans to close after renovations are

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complete. The program is at capacity for the number of people it can help and the space isn’t large enough to accommodate clients. The new space will have more restrooms, for starters, Perlman said. The JF&CS plans to move its Giving Garden, which Perlman said provided ELLEN ELDRIDGE 2,000 pounds of fresh John Perlman, president of JF&CS, left, and vegetables to people Rick Aranson, CEO, say their organization’s last year, and erect a “Tools for Independence” program is building for its pre-vogrowing and needs more space. cational training center. After the garden is “We are more than the sum of our moved, it will be bigger, Perlman said. parts,” Aranson said. “We provide severPart of the renovation of the Dunal different services, but it’s an interconwoody campus involves establishing two nected web of services. That’s within our separate entrances to provide more priown walls and also in the community.” vacy for clients. Perlman said he would have wanted “Most people show up with more to start construction immediately, but than one issue,” Perlman said. “If a guy’s spring 2016 is a more realistic target. lost his job, he’s going to come here for “We are well on the way with our employment counseling, resume writfundraising, and now we are in the ing and things like that, but he may also phase where we’re talking to the founwant to use the kosher food pantry.” dation community and we’re hopeful Aranson said the nonprofit measures we’ll be able to break ground in March,” its success on the impact of the work Aranson said. done alone and with the help of comFor more information on JF&CS, munity partners. visit DUN


Police Blotter

 4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 10, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.

From police reports dated Aug. 1-14.

 100

block of Perimeter Center Place— On Aug. 2, shoplifting was reported and an arrest was made; On Aug. 4, shoplifting was reported.

 First

block of Perimeter Center East— On Aug. 12, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.

The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-toCitizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

 100

block of Perimeter Center West— On Aug. 3, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported.


 4900

block of Winters Chapel Road— On Aug. 3, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 4300

BU RGLA RY  4000

block of Perimeter Trace—On Aug. 3, two burglaries were reported at residences.

 5300

 9300

block of Peachford Circle—On Aug. 3, burglary was reported.

 5400

 1300

 2900

block of Asbury Square—On Aug. 3, burglary was reported; On Aug. 10, an arrest was made for burglary.

 3900

block of Dunwoody Club Drive—On Aug. 5, burglary was reported.

 5300

block of Harris Circle—On Aug. 7, burglary was reported.

 2200

block of Davantry Court—On Aug. 8, burglary was reported.

 1800

block of Independence Square— On Aug. 8, burglary was reported.

block of Redfield Road—On Aug. 10, burglary was reported. block of Redfield Circle—On Aug. 10, burglary was reported. block of Ridgelock Court—On Aug. 11, burglary was reported.

A UTO T H EFT  4600

block of Peachtree Place Parkway—On Aug. 4, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.

 1200

block of Ashford Crossing—On Aug. 6, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.

 4500

block of Chardonnay Court— On Aug. 6, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.

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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 6 and 8, shoplifting and other larcenies were reported and arrests were made; On Aug. 2, theft from a building was reported.

 3700

block of Dunwoody Club Drive—On Aug. 4, larceny was reported.

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 3, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. On Aug. 4, shoplifting and theft of a bicycle were reported; On Aug. 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13, shoplifting was reported.

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road— On Aug. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 13 and 15, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made.

 4900

block of Glaze Drive—On Aug. 4, larceny was reported.

 1400

block of Mile Post Drive—On Aug. 4, theft from mail was reported.

 1000

block of Winding Ridge Court— On Aug. 5, theft of articles from a veRead more of the hicle was reported. Police Blotter online at  5000 block of Glaze Drive— On Aug. 5, larceny was reported.  5000

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 6, larceny from a building was reported.

 First

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Dunwoody Police Blotter AS S AULT


block of Wyntercreek Court— On Aug. 7, larceny was reported.

 600

block of Ashwood Parkway—On Aug. 7, larceny from a building was reported.

 5300

block of Roberts Drive—On Aug. 9, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 4600

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 3, simple battery of a family member was reported and an arrest was made.

 1200

block of Ashwood Parkway—On Aug. 4, simple assault and battery was reported.

 1100

block of Mile Post Drive—On Aug. 10, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

block of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard—On Aug. 6, simple battery of a family member was reported.

 1100 block of Aurora Court—On Aug.

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12, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

at Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 7, simple assault and battery was reported.

 1200

 4700

block of Hammond Drive—On Aug. 12, shoplifting was reported.

 5600

block of Coronation Court—On Aug. 12, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1900

block of Mount Vernon Road— On Aug. 13, theft from a building was reported.

 6600

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 8, aggravated assault and battery with a gun was reported.

 2100

block of Peachford Road—On Aug. 12, simple assault and battery was reported. 

First block of Perimeter Center East— On Aug. 12, simple battery of a family member was reported and an arrest was made.

AR R ES TS First block of Perimeter Center East—On Aug. 1, two arrests were made for disorderly conduct under the influence and possession of marijuana; On Aug. 4, an arrest was made for harassing communication; On Aug. 8, two arrests were made for possession of marijuana. 

 300 block of Perimeter Center North—

On Aug. 9, simple battery of a family member was reported.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 1, an arrest was made for driving on the wrong side of the roadway; On Aug. 11, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

 6600

 4500

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Aug. 10, simple battery of a family member was reported.

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 1 and 5, arrests were made for driving while license was sus-

pended or revoked.

OTHER  9400

block of Madison Drive—On Aug. 1, damage to private property was reported.

 1200

block of Ashford Crossing—On Aug. 4, criminal trespass was reported.

 4600

block of Peachtree Place Parkway—On Aug. 5, damage to private property was reported.

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 6, damage to private property was reported.

 300 block of Perimeter Center North—

On Aug. 6, criminal trespass was reported.

 2300

block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Aug. 10, damage to private property was reported.

 200

block of Perimeter Center Parkway—On Aug. 13, criminal trespass was reported.

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