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As crime jumps, police chief says department is ‘woefully understaffed’ BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
From left, Michael Apolinsky, A.J. Wright, Ryan Davies and Noah Manning, members of Bear Scout Troop 266, Den 3, sell popcorn at the the Orchard Park Shopping Center on Sept. 12. The scouts, who worked a four-hour shift, made more than $1,500 during their largest fundraiser of the year.
Saying crimes against people were up by two-thirds in Dunwoody, the city’s police chief is asking for three more officers and one more detective in 2016. “Compared to some of our neighboring cities, our [major] crime rate is unacceptably high,” police Chief Billy Grogan wrote in a memo to City Council. Grogan said his 51-officer department is “woefully understaﬀed.” He is seeking a 10 percent increase in the department’s budget, to $8.2 million from $7.4 million to add the four new officers. The chief said he wants to add patrol officers to increase visibility in the community and add a detective to help with the heavy investigative workload. In the memo, Grogan said that reports of all serious crimes -- murder, rape, armed robbery, aggravated assault, larceny and motor vehicle theft -- are down 5.2 percent through June, but were up 19 percent in 2014. But, he said, crimes against people were up by 85 percent through June. SEE POLICE CHIEF, PAGE 34
Some neighbors saying goodbye to Manget Way BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
A red “for rent” sign draws the eye of anyone turning oﬀ Chamblee-Dunwoody Road onto Manget Way. The neighborhood is changing. Owners are selling or leasing their homes, but it isn’t just the economy bringing a change in mood. Melissa Farrar, who lives at 1368 Manget Way, said she knows of four neighbors who sold or plan to sell their houses since the news got out in 2014 about a California company’s plans to open a personal care home at 1364 Manget Way. “Bob something sold his house and moved out already,” Farrar said. “And actually, the lady across the street—as soon as all this happened she was very vocal about it and boom, house went up for sale and she sold it.” One neighbor, Jan Parfitt, is asking $1.1 million for her house at 1360 Manget Way. Parfitt, who declined to comment for this article, is one of several neighbors who hired a lawyer last year to fight Center For Discovery, the company that bought her neighbor’s house for use as a private treat-
ment facility for teenage girls with eating disorders. Their lawyer, Linda Dunlavy, told members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association board in April 2014 she believed the home was not a legal personal care home, but more like a medical treatment facility, which is not allowed in a single-family neighborhood. The Zoning Board of Appeals agreed and voted in the neighbors’ favor, but in 2015 a DeKalb Superior Court judge reversed the decision, ruling in favor of Center for Discovery. The city filed an appeal in July and, in August, the Court of Appeals agreed to hear the case. Now the lawyer for Center For Discovery is suing the city for unspecified damages related to its costs from being unable to open for business. Attorney Josh Belinfante said his client, CFD, agreed to a long-term lease on the property and will lose money while the legal case continues since they cannot open the business. SEE NEIGHBORS, PAGE 8
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Dunwoody voters have at least two chances to see candidates for mayor and City Council meet face-to-face before the Nov. 3 election. The Dunwoody Homeowner Association candidate forum on Oct. 11 provides one chance for residents to hear the candidates speak. DHA President Robert Wittenstein said the forum is set to begin at 4 p.m. at Dunwoody High School’s auditorium. The school is located at 5035 Vermack Road. “It promises to give the voters a clear basis for comparison in the two contested elections on the ballot in November,” Wittenstein said. All candidates are invited to a Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber event Oct. 5 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Wild Wing Café, located at 4788 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Stephanie Snodgrass, the president and CEO of Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber, said guests must register by Oct. 4 to attend the “Political Hob Nob.” “There will be no staged questions or
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COMMUNITY DNC to host ﬁlm series The Dunwoody Nature Center will host a fall film series, examining “key environmental issues facing our society,” Executive Director Alan Mothner says. The series starts Sept. 30 and continues on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. through Oct. 21. Mothner said a grant from the Rotary Club of Dunwoody made the series possible, and all movies are free and open to the public, but the Nature Center asks people to pre-register by calling the program office at 770-394-3322. Snacks, drinks and a cash bar will be available for attendees. The first film, set for Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. is “The Vanishing of the Bees.” For additional film titles and previews, visit: dunwoodynature.org/Film-Series.
Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center plan to merge Northside Hospital, whose system includes a hospital in Sandy Springs’ Pill Hill area, and Gwinnett Medical Center announced Sept. 2 that they are considering a merger. The proposed Northside-Gwinnett Medical combined system would have nearly 1,400 beds, more than 16,000 employees and close to 3,500 physicians on staﬀ, according to a press release. The deal is still in an exploratory phase and would require regulatory approvB RI E F S als. “Northside and Gwinnett Medical Center already are geographic neighbors, and together we will serve one of the fastest-growing markets in the country,” said Northside CEO Bob Quattrocchi in the press release. The organizations are aiming to finalize a deal by early next year, the press release said. The Northside Hospital health care system is an 852-bed, not-for-profit health care provider with more than 150 locations across Georgia. That includes hospitals on Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs and in Cherokee and Forsyth counties. Gwinnett Medical Center operates hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. It is part of parent company Gwinnett Health System, which also includes Gwinnett Medical Group and Sequent Health Physician Partners.
City to pave parking spots outside high school City Council on Sept. 15 voted to paint parking spaces along Vermack Road at Dunwoody High School. Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said this year’s freshman class is almost double the number of current seniors and many students participate in after school activities or have part-time jobs. “There are no activities buses,” she said, so more students have to drive to high school. While parallel parking had always been legal on Vermack Road, striping makes for a safer and more orderly environment, Police Chief Billy Grogan said.
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City Council questions ability to regulate ‘small cell’ technology BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
Dunwoody residents won’t see new Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch said cell towers looming over residential she knows of three cabinets that have streets, but more and more “small cell” been installed on poles in her neighborsystems are already here, and now City hood of North Springs. She asked about Council wants to figure out how to regwhether or not the council could reguulate the technology. late the color of the wires. David Kirk, a lawyer rep“What we’ve gotten in resenting Verizon Wireless, North Springs are boxes,” said during a public hearing Deutsch said. “What I’m Sept. 15 that a recent study concerned about is that evshows 45 percent of Ameriery existing telephone is gocan households have “cut the ing to have one of these boxcord” and now rely entirees on them.” ly on wireless technology for Felgin said local governtheir communication needs. ment cannot regulate where Small cell box. “That’s an incredible inon the pole the box is placed. crease over the last decade and “Can we regulate the color it continues to grow,” Kirk said. of the wire?” Deutsch asked? These smaller devices attach to ex“Not under 6409, no,” Felgin said. isting utility poles and are installed by “Seriously? ...” Deutsch asked. “So companies such as Verizon. The technolthe orange cables stay, then.” ogy is housed in what looks like a box He recommended forging a cooperor a cabinet. The wires and antennas are ative system with the technology comintended to bring faster Internet service panies to avoid “an unnecessary lawand allow wireless technology users acsuit over an orange cable,” Felgin said. cess to more data. “I think it works better to have this coCity Attorney Lenny Felgin told operative environment.” council members they can adopt an orCouncilman Terry Nall said adopting dinance to restrict “substantial changan ordinance to have a policy in place es” in height and width of the devices protects the city more than not having in both public rights of way and on priany process in place would. vate property. “The reason to pass this ordinance Section 6409 of the Tax Act, which is to have a process and a procedure,” became law in 2012, provides that a Councilman Doug Thompson said. state or local government “may not deny Resident Bob Barnwell said he isn’t and shall approve” any request for collosure the technology itself is safe. cation, removal or replacement of trans“I’d feel a lot better if somebody mission equipment on an existing wirewould come up here and assure me that less tower or base station, provided this flooding my home with an industrial action does not substantially change the strength transmitter 24 hours a day is physical dimensions of the tower or base a good thing for me for the rest of my station.” life,” Barnwell said.
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Traffic: Find a new conversation topic When you’re stuck in an elevator with a stranger, grabbing coﬀee with a colleague you don’t know so well or waiting for everyone to arrive for the 9 a.m. staﬀ meeting, what is your go-to small talk? Traffic. We all know that it’s an inevitable truth in Atlanta. Each morning, millions of Atlantans travel to their workplace during the same peak hours as everyone else and are being stopped at the same intersections day after day. Perimeter Connects, the new commute program of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs), is here to help you find a commute alternative to give you more choices for how you travel and to change your conversation topic. Find a new route. The Perimeter area is anchored by three MARTA stations and multiple last-mile connections with front-door shuttle service to most of the employers located a fair distance away from these stations. MARTA has seen some great improvements in the past few years. As a regular MARTA rider myself, I have truly appreciated the real-time arrival information for all buses and trains using the OneBusAway or MARTA On The Go apps and the free Wi-Fi on the train. This allows for so much more flexibility in my day, and I honestly feel as if I have more freedom with my commute than when I drive. MARTA has also increased rail frequency, with trains arriving every 10 minutes during peak periods, and increased public safety presence on the trains and in the stations. New GRTA Xpress commuter bus routes will be headed to Perimeter in 2016. With only one Xpress bus in Perimeter now, this will be a great opportunity for commuters. Traveling during peak commute times, these comfortable buses will be routing from Forsyth, Gwinnett, Cobb and Rockdale counties. Rideshare. Millions of commuters travel each morning. Chances are, quite a few of those motorists are headed to Perimeter from your area. You can switch oﬀ driving responsibilities and have a personal driver bring you in every other week while you sit in the passenger seat. You can either start the carpool the old-fashioned way, by reaching out to those neighbors or coworkers who share
May’s idea a ‘boondoogle’ To the editor: Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May has proposed an extravagantly expensive project to build a whole new DeKalb County government complex in the Memorial Drive area of the county. May is calling this proposal “Downtown DeKalb.” It would be an incredi-
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bly expensive boondoogle. There is nothing wrong with the current DeKalb County government complex in downtown Decatur. Why spend millions DeKalb County does not have on a new government complex?
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your workplace, or put some technology around it. Perimeter Connects partners with Georgia Commute Options to provide access to a ride-matching database, which allows you to receive a list of potential neighbors who share similar work hours to you. The excuse “no one lives near me” is a thought of the past.
Flexibility. In this evolving HAAR workplace, flexible work arrangements are key to increased retenGUEST COLUMN tion and recruitment. Most employers are oﬀering some type of flexibility, whether it’s staggered shift schedules, compressed work weeks or telework programs. Flexibility is also critical when choosing a commute mode. Riding to work on the train may not work for you every day. We are not asking that you give up your car, but we are asking that you switch it up every once in a while, or more often. The good news is that you’ll never be stranded without a guaranteed ride home in case of emergency. A benefit we have in the market is access to free parking available at most places in Perimeter. This free parking allows for you to make a choice week-to-week on which commute mode would work best for you without having to completely relinquish access to your favorite spot. Try MARTA for an entire week, find a new favorite seat and then use your car when needed. The parking spot will be there for you. Emily Haar is program manager for Perimeter Connects, a commute services program of the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts. Perimeter Connects offers no-cost consultation services on telework consulting, discounted transit pass sales, rideshare services and personalized commute planning. Learn more at PerimeterConnects.com or contact Emily@PerimeterConnects.com for more information on building a commute program for your organization.
DeKalb County’s coﬀers are not exactly overflowing. This proposal would be such a financial boondoogle that I believe that DeKalb communities who do not want to see their hard-earned tax revenue go to fund such a wasteful project should petition the Georgia Legislature to secede from DeKalb County and form a new county of North DeKalb. Elections should be held to determine which parts of DeKalb County support
much I look forward to reading her column in our “Sandy Springs Reporter.” So now I figure it is time for you to hear it. You know the saying, “Read what you like and have fun, read who you
this boondoogle and which parts of DeKalb County are against this costly endeavor and want to break away from DeKalb County. DeKalb County residents who want to fund a new government complex could do so and remain in what remains of DeKalb County. Make no mistake about it, May’s proposal is a “make work” project that DeKalb County cannot aﬀord. Keith Watkins
like and make friends.” Well, with this delightful “writer and mother of four,” I get to read both what and who I like. Thanks for bringing it—her—to your paper. Charles Papa DUN
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Classes teach students to balance finances, change tires BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
Allen Barksdale, history teacher at The Galloway School, says his work as an educator is to get students excited about learning.
Who decides what should be taught in U.S. history? BY JOE EARLE
Stuff from American history clutters Allen Barksdale’s classroom. He’s got scores of items big and small, from a gunslinger on a comic book cover to a mining pan from the Dahlonega gold rush, from a huge scale that once weighed bales of cotton to a Ben Franklin action figure. “I see it as like an American culture headquarters,” he said.
Jill Stedman’s history classroom appears a bit more formal in decoration. Portraits of past presidents line the walls, framed with colored backgrounds that indicate their political parties. Each high school history teacher’s approach to the subject matter can follow a slightly different track. Teachers admit that. SEE WHO DECIDES, PAGE 13
Marist students see where the Holocaust happened BY MARY HELEN KELLY It started with frustration. But from that frustration has come understanding, empathy and a newfound desire to do good in the world for many students at the Marist School. Brendan Murphy, a high school history teacher at Marist, a Catholic school in Brookhaven, has for nearly 20 years organized a seminar to study the Holocaust, the slaughter of millions of Jews and others by the Nazis during World War II. “It was out of frustration in having to teach the Holocaust in the context of World History,” he said. “The lessons of that history are too important and too myriad. There are too many things that kids need to learn. So I just felt like it required a careful analysis, more careful study.” For the past seven years, Murphy also has put together Spring Break trips SEE MARIST TEACHER, PAGE 20
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Makala Muhammad started her first business when she was in middle school. Her handbag making venture was inspired by her parents, who both ran small companies. At the end of her sophomore year, she enrolled in Dunwoody High School’s “Academy of Finance,” a two-year program designed to act as a minor and help students focus on college and career goals. “I figured the Academy of Finance would help me figure out what I really wanted to do and give me a perspective of what business would really be like,” Muhammad said. Teacher Steve Fortenberry, a former investment analyst and financial planner, started the Dunwoody High School program in 1999, basing it on the National Academy Foundation, which was started in the mid ’80s in New York. Fortenberry said the course is a way to help students focus on business – something he thought was missing when he graduated from Dunwoody in 1984. Back then, “money was not talked about much at all,” Fortenberry said. Now, many high schools offer some form of personal financial education, ranging from classes in how to balance a checkbook to courses such as Fortenberry’s on how to run a business. The Council for Economic Education, which promotes economics courses, reported in 2014 that 19 states, including Georgia, require schools to offer a course in personal finance. Local schools offer a variety of classes or programs to ground students in financial realities they’ll face after graduation. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School offers an “Innovation DiSEE LIFE SKILLS, PAGE 12
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ploma” that “prepares them for the real world well before they attend and graduate from college,” said Allison Toller, the school’s chief brand strategist. Exposure often comes as a high school elective or as a project for high school seniors. But middle school students aren’t exempt. Mike Thorton teaches middle schoolers at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs how to budget—and the class is mandatory. “All of our eighth grade students take this class in a quarterly rotation, so it’s about an eight-week class,” he said. “We used project-based learning to teach kids the nuts and bolts of living on your own, finding a job, managing a budget.” The class gets “as down and dirty as grocery shopping and how to save money in the grocery store,” he said. Thorton said he spent an entire class on purchasing a car on credit. “That’s a shocking thing for students,” he said. “They have no idea how expensive that can be.” Mike McCandless, a science teacher at The Galloway School in Buckhead, said senior projects give students a chance to learn about the cars they drive. “Many seniors don’t even know how to open a hood latch and have no idea how
Dunwoody High School student Katie Morris, left, with teacher Steve Fortenberry, who started the school’s two-year “Academy of Finance” program in 1999, to help students learn about business.
to change a tire,” McCandless said. McCandless said he and another teacher offer a four-hour session on basic auto maintenance. In the class, students bring in their own cars so the lesson applies directly. “We show where the fluids are, may-
be add brake or transmission fluid,” McCandless said. “We’ll actually show them how to top off fluids.” Now that she’s a high school senior, Muhammad makes candles to sell, instead of handbags. She said she buys the glass jars, scented wax and wicks to
make the candles. The Academy of Finance is teaching her about business plan writing. “One of the fun parts here is the focus on the entrepreneurial piece and that there are so many businesses,” Fortenberry said. Dunwoody student Kyra Perry said she will learn how to give an elevator pitch about the hammocks she created and plans to sell. “I have the opportunity to start my own business, which is something I wouldn’t have done if I had taken any other academy or just regular classes,” said Perry. During one of her lessons in Dunwoody’s personal finance class, senior Katie Morris was assigned a make-believe job as a high school teacher and had to figure out how to support herself and her family. “I had to roll the dice to see how many children I would have,” she said. Luckily, she said, she married an NFL player and had a combined income of about $900,000 a year. Not everyone got off the hook so easily. “I got lucky, but some students were single moms or had incomes around $20,000 a year,” she said. “It gave you an idea on how much you spend.”
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Which Test: SAT or ACT? As founder of Applerouth Tutoring, I often help parents navigate the complicated world of college admissions testing. Parents know the ACT is an alternative to the SAT, but they often do not know how to help their student choose between the two tests. Recently announced changes to the tests have contributed to the uncertainty.
Jill Stedman, teacher at Holy Spirit Prepatory School, says learning is all about teacher quality and not necessarily the curriculum.
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“Personal preference by the teacher is always going to be part of the class,” Barksdale said in his cluttered classroom at The Galloway School. “I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I see my work as an educator isn’t to indoctrinate or tell people think one way or another, but to get them excited about learning.” But when it comes to the tangled history of the United States, deciding what and who should be included in classroom lessons have become part of a very public battle in some parts of the country, including Georgia. The latest fuss has broken out over the Advanced Placement U.S. Histo-
ry course, known as APUSH, which is put together by the New Jersey-based College Board, a not-for-profit company that also devises the SAT and other national tests. In 2015, 17,829 Georgia students took the end-of-course AP test that can be used to win college credit for students, according to the College Board. In Colorado, parents and school board members drew national attention when they publicly criticized revisions to what schools were told to teach in their AP history classes. Some Georgia school officials joined the criticism and the Georgia Senate in March voted CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
Students tend to feel more comfortable with one test format over the other. Over the past thirteen years, I’ve seen time and time again how that extra comfort can translate into a significantly higher score to send to colleges. It’s important to make as informed a decision as possible about your student’s test preparation.
Making an Informed Decision Students become familiar with the SAT format when they take the PSAT in 10th grade, but not all students take the ACT equivalents, the PLAN/ASPIRE. Parents often ask me how they can use just a PSAT score to make this important decision. The easiest way to make this decision is to have your student take a mock ACT so that they can compare their PSAT/SAT score equivalents to the ACT scores in order to make the best choice. If it’s been a year or more since they last took the SAT, they may additionally want to sit for a mock SAT test. Compare your student’s percentile rankings on the two tests, and then put your energy into the test your student more naturally excels at. There is zero risk and a lot of benefit to using meaningful data to make the right decision early on because when students find out early which test is a better fit, they can avoid a lot of unnecessary stress and frustration down the road!
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38-17 to adopt a resolution saying “the APUSH framework reflects a seemingly biased view of American history that overemphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing many positive aspects.” The Senate resolution said the course framework did not include adequate discussion of “the country’s Founding Fathers, the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the religious influences on our nation’s history and many other critical topics...” Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), one of the sponsors of the resolution, said he felt the revised AP U.S. program “tilted too far in one direction.” “I felt [it] was too revisionist,” he said. Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta), another sponsor, said he saw at his dinner table what he felt were “substantial changes” taking the course in a direction he did not approve. Two of his children took the AP U.S. history course in successive years, he said, and during family discussions “my daughter was asking me unusual questions about American history and my son had not asked those questions the year before.” He took what he called “a deep dive” on the new course and didn’t like what he found. “In my view, America is not the cause of all the problems in the
Daniel Gribble, AP World History teacher at Riverwood International Charter School, believes worries about Common Core spilled over into criticisms to the changes to AP U.S. History.
world,” he said. Faced with criticisms like that, the College Board announced it would revise its APUSH courses this year. “Every statement in the 2015 edition has been examined with great care based on the historical record and the principled feed-
back the College Board received,” the organization said in a statement. “The result is a clearer and more balanced approach to the teaching of American history that remains faithful to the requirements that colleges and universities set for academic credit.”
Critics say they’re looking over revisions this year to see how they work out. But history teachers, including current and past AP U.S. History teachers, say that complaints about the coursework give teachers too little credit for what they teach. The story of history, they say, is told in the classroom, not the paperwork. “What’s really most important is the intent and philosophy of the teacher,” Barksdale said. At Pace Academy, Tim Hornor, who taught AP U.S. History for 11 years, thinks critics of the AP U.S. History course curriculum were concerned about a framework for the course that would be used by teachers only as a guideline. “The [College] Board is not telling you what you can and cannot teach,” Hornor said. “It is not as if they would say, ‘Please don’t teach [President and Declaration of Independence author Thomas] Jefferson. No teacher of U.S. history would leave out George Washington. The framework is a framework, not a guidebook.” At Holy Spirit Preparatory School, a Catholic school, Stedman also argues an engaged teacher is an important part of determining what students are taught, and, importantly, what they learn. “If you have a competent teacher, that’s all
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EDUCATION GUIDE going to work itself out,” said Stedman, and that is trying to take away local conin her ninth year of teaching APUSH trol,” he said. classes. “It’s all about teacher quality. It’s But, he said, the changes give classnot the curriculum.” room teachers more control. “The new Stedman said that her class actually curriculum actually gives you more freebecame more rigorous. Her chief wordom to teach,” he said. ry about the APUSH course last year Barksdale, who has taught at Galcame from changloway since 1997, es to the end-of-thesaid he can’t imagyear test used to deine a U.S. history termine how well course that doesn’t students understand include significant the subject. But her events or moments students, she said, such as Washington’s performed well on Farewell Address or the test. historic personaliShe thinks comties such as Andrew plaints about the AP Jackson. “I would course dovetailed with be teaching that recomplaints about the gardless of whether Common Core stanit’s on the [AP] test,” dards, which were dehe said. “I think any “Tilted too far in one vised as a way to reach teacher would be dodirection. I felt [it] national standards in ing that.” was too revisionist.” English and math, Still, the overarchand have drawn wideing point of studyspread criticism. The ing U.S. history is to – SEN. FRAN MILLAR standards have been R-DUNWOODY understand the comadopted in 42 states, plexities and changes including Georgia. in the country. Riverwood Inter“The real thing national Charter School AP World HisI would want them to get is just a real tory teacher Daniel Gribble also thinks interest in their country and knowing worries about Common Core spilled how things got to be the way they are,” over into criticisms to the changes to AP Barksdale said. “Having that [knowlU.S. History. “It is the perception that edge] would help them to be good citCommon Core is the top-down model izens in every sense of the word.”
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Alter your commute. High-traffic areas become even more congested as the school year begins. Drivers can avoid getting stuck in traffic by altering their commutes. Ask your boss if you can arrive for work later in the morning, when school-related traffic is minimal. Or even better, look into whether your company allows telecommuting, and skip the traffic entirely. Avoid idling. For parents who are waiting to pick up their children from school, it may seem convenient to keep the car running, but not only does it waste gas, it is extremely harmful to the environment. For every 10 minutes of idling you cut from your commute, you can save one pound of harmful carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. The general rule is to turn off your engine if you’ll be idling for more than 30 seconds. Start carpools. Consider setting up a back-to-school carpool with the parents of four other kids in your neighborhood. This way, you only have to make one trip to school a week, instead of five. You can save even more money by carpooling to work on the days that you don’t lead the kids’ carpool. Ride the road less traveled. Many commuters get stuck in school traffic while traveling to work. To save gas and time, research some additional routes to your workplace to avoid school traffic. Google Maps and MapQuest offer interactive mapping options to explore alternate routes that bypass school traffic. For additional information, visit Georgia’s Clean Air Force website at cleanairforce.com or contact the GCAF call center at 800-449-2471.
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“My favorite subject is history because of the great teachers I’ve had which have fostered my interest, and because it connects to other subjects I like, such as politics and economics.”
“My favorite subject in school would be Spanish. I am taking AP Spanish at school. ... Senora Adams, who teaches the class, makes the course so fun and interesting.”
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“Math is my favorite subject because I’m a very straightforward thinker. I like to know the exact way to do something and expect to get only one answer to my question. I also like how there are so many different concepts to learn in math, so you will never really stop learning.”
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“My favorite subject is Spanish. The head of the modern and classical language department, Mrs. Buchanan, is very passionate about Spanish, and she makes the class fun for all her students. All of the Spanish teachers care about the subject. They create an enthusiastic classroom environment where students feel comfortable speaking up - in Spanish, of course - about their weekends and any questions they may have. I finished AP last year, so there are no more Spanish classes left for me to take. I wanted to keep Spanish as a part of my day, so now I am helping Mrs. Buchanan with her Spanish I class.”
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“English because I like writing and learning about old writers, especially Shakespeare, and annotating the stories that they write.”
Joe Virgin Riverwood International Charter High School “Ancient Greek because it’s kind of different; you don’t see it very much.”
David Sullivan Holy Spirit Preparatory School
“I want to be an exercise science major, which is physical therapy, and in my free time I study biology and anatomy because it’s so fascinating to me. We were just learning about connective tissues, which are made of different kinds of cells; like, did you know that connective tissue can be bone? But I also love the [Anatomy and Physiology] class because Dr. [David] Lambert is one of the most knowledgeable teachers I’ve ever had.”
Emma Rolader Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School
EDUCATION GUIDE “Math, because everything has a definite answer, so it’s easy to tell if you’re doing something wrong. It’s also interesting to see how math can apply to everyday life.”
Zach Morochnik Dunwoody High School
“My favorite subject in school is most certainly English. I enjoy gaining new ways to use the language for conveying a message. Additionally, I like to examine the quirks in everyday grammar. English allows me to do this analysis and dive further into the ways people talk. The more I learn, the more I can examine.”
Sam Wimpfheimer The Galloway School
“AP Economics is a really interesting class because I love learning how the concepts we study, like opportunity cost and efficiency, apply to historical events and people’s everyday decisions. It’s exciting to see that what we do in school can be used in the outside world.”
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“My favorite class in school is Psychology. I believe studying about the brain is such a unique and interesting topic.”
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EDUCATION GUIDE “My favorite subject in school would have to be literature. Generally, literature classes give people more insight into many different pieces of texts. Usually, intricate analyses interest me, so I like to learn more. It’s the thought-pricking aspect of it that attracts me.”
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“My favorite subject in school is history, because I love analyzing how seemingly mundane events from the past are all interconnected and have affected the events of today. I also love reading primary sources, as well as studying historians’ explanations of past events.”
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“My favorite subject is math. It’s my favorite because it is the most engaged class and I’m rarely bored.”
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“I like anatomy and physiology because we’re learning about the body and I like science. I want to be a physician.”
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“I’ll say history because you learn about the past.”
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“AP bio because eventually I want to go into the medical field and that’s the foundation.”
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Web coders find success at Weather Channel Hackathon BY KEITH BELL Everyone loves underdog stories in LAMP Camp session, Austin Peete, which people discover their potential Ocean Evers-Peete, Raymond Hebard, and rise above the odds like Rocky BalWren Howell, Eric Dyer, Erick Lin, boa, the everyman who went the disJasper Lee and Saied Motevali took on tance, or two guys named Steve who teams of coders from around Atlanta in grew a computer empire from humble the “Storm the Road Hackathon” hostbeginnings in a California garage. ed by The Weather Channel, in conThis storyline recently unfolded for junction with Google Maps’ 10th annia group of aspiring developers from versary celebration. LAMP Camp. This Despite their limband of unlikely vicited experience, four tors proved to othof the LAMP Camp“You wonder if your ers and themselves ers teamed up as the that honoring their “Inglorious Gaijin” ideas are valid. The mentors while makand finished second hackathon helps you ing their own way place overall while realize that they are.” through creative another camper team thinking can lead to finished third overall, success. besting 10 more es– RAYMOND HEBARD LAMP Camp is a tablished teams. LAMP CAMPER AND fully sponsored de“You wonder if INGLORIOUS GAIJIN MEMBER veloper education your ideas are valprogram in Atlanta id. The hackathon designed to turn codhelps you realize that ers into developers they are,” said LAMP through real-world experience building Camper and Inglorious Gaijin member enterprise applications using PHP and Hebard. “You feel like you belong and MySQL. PHP is a server-side scripting that you can do this.” language that now powers more than 70 The triumphant campers developed percent of the Web. a concept that fulfilled the hackathon Armed with the skills they honed challenge of connecting people with in the first few weeks of this summer’s essential supplies in regions affected
Team Inglorious Gaijin members, from left, Wren Howell, Ocean EversPeete, Raymond Hebard and Austin Peete, were also part of LAMP Camp.
by natural disasters. They credited the mentoring at LAMP Camp for their success. Brothers Ocean Evers-Peete and Austin Peete also related the hackathon to their experience at LAMP Camp. “Our exposure to the Scrum framework helped a lot. A big part of what we’ve learned and already do at LAMP Camp transferred to the hackathon,” said Ocean.
LAMP Camp Director Kane McConnell expressed pride in the teams’ success. “LAMP Camp is rigorous, and not everyone has what it takes to make it through,” said Kane. LAMP Camp runs year-round and is currently accepting applications from those who are driven to become outstanding Web developers. For more information, visit lampcamp.guru.
Where will your child go and how will they get there? The Society of Mary founded Marist School more than 100 years ago to provide an education unlike any other. Our faculty and curriculum encourage excellence in all of our students. Beyond the classroom, we offer a comprehensive array of extracurricular activities to inspire exploration and uncover students’ hidden talents. Through it all, we instill a sense of personal responsibility, foster spiritual growth, and teach the joy of serving others.
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to Europe during which Marist students visit Holocaust sites. He sees the trips as an extension of the class. Highlights of the trip include sight-seeing in historic European cities, visiting one of the oldest Jewish communities in Europe and experiencing places the Holocaust occurred. “The utter brutality of the murderous machine that was the Holocaust challenges us in a variety of arenas -- faith, trust, the propensity to good or evil, and the effects of ultra-nationalism and perverted leadership,” said Father Joel Konzen, principal at Marist School. “I want to continue to support this opportunity that Marist students have experienced through the direction and insight of Brendan Murphy,” Konzen said. “I hope many, many more students will have the chance to see what took place in the Holocaust and what
will be required of them in order to steer us away from any repeat of that hideous era.” Murphy started teaching at Marist in 1994 and proposed the Holocaust class two years later. The Holocaust seminar has become a sought-after class that draws about 100 students each year. From the 70 to 80 students that apply for the trip, about 32 are able to take part. “There’s nothing that compares with travel when it comes to education, especially history,” Murphy said. During the spring trip, the travelers make three stops in Europe: Munich, Prague and Krakow. Murphy picked these spots for their proximity to one another, the places to see in each city and their connections to the Holocaust. While Murphy says he tries to make the trip “not all Holocaust all the time,” by adding sight-seeing in Munich and nights spent exploring the streets of
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Prague, he says the trip really centers around the visits to the concentration camps. Murphy says he grounds his class, as well as the trip, in a mission statement that provides direction and reminds students what they are trying to accomplish. The statement reads: “Bearing witness is a humanizing endeavor, a journey through the past that helps us reconsider how we understand ourselves as human beings. It’s a subject that should engage the heart, help develop better judgment and teach empathy.” Students do a lot of preparation for the trip. They research and make presentations on sites they will see to share with the group. They visit the Breman Jewish and Holocaust Museum in downtown Atlanta, where a Holocaust survivor shares his story. “These stories are really important so that when we get to a place like Auschwitz, the kids can then put a name and a face and an experience to that terrible place,” Murphy said. To help these students understand the importance of the sites they are seeing, Murphy asks various people to write letters to the students to be read to them as they are on the journey. Konzen, Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson, and even President Obama have written letters to
the students. Kyle Coughlin, a member of the class of 2017, said the letters added to the importance of the trip. “The whole idea of the trip is to bear witness, because shortly there will be no living survivors. My favorite one was probably from Archbishop [Wilton] Gregory [of Atlanta] because he wrote a very inspirational letter about questioning where God was during this time,” Kyle said. Throughout the journey, particularly while visiting concentration camps, students are asked to keep track of their thoughts in a journal. The goal each year, Murphy said, is to have students return with a new view of the Holocaust. “They come back different,” he said, “changed, with a greater understanding about their own potential for good -- or for evil -- for that matter.” One thing that is consistent from year to year is a “bearing witness promise” students create toward the end of their trip. Murphy asks students to consider one thing that they can do differently upon their return to Atlanta to make the world a better place. “I like the idea of the ‘bearing witness promise’ because it makes me feel confident that the trip was worthwhile,” Murphy said.
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Top, Sean McVay, left, and Nolan Daniels at Dachau. Above, Marist students also visited Auschwitz. Left, for the past seven years, Marist history teacher Brendan Murphy has led Spring Break trips to Holocaust sites.
In July, students explored the Kalahari Desert during an Isdell Center for Global Leadership (ICGL) study tour to Namibia and Botswana. Photograph by TRISH ANDERSON ICGL Director
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EDUCATION GUIDE The new school year brings new people and new school facilities. Here are some of the new places and faces on campuses this year.
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Above, the new 136,000-square-foot Heards Ferry Elementary School in Sandy Springs opened on Aug. 10.
The Fulton County School System opened its new Heards Ferry Elementary School building in Sandy Springs on the first day of the 2015-16 school year. The 136,000-square-foot, multi-story building was built on 14 acres and designed as a prototype for school buildings that need to be constructed on smaller parcels of land than had been used in the past. The new school features a gym, computer outlets in every room and a 2-acre grassed play area. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School students and city officials gathered Aug. 21 for the blessing of the 64,000-squre-foot math, science and commons hall built as part of an $18.4 million renovation of the campus. The new glass-andstone-walled, three-story building, which is visible from Mount Vernon Road, includes math classrooms, science labs, a television production studio for classes in broadcasting, a robotics lab and a 500-seat cafeteria. Second-graders Margaret Reynolds, center, and Mac Flinn sprinkle water on HIES’ new math, science and commons building on Aug. 21. JOE EARLE
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The Lovett School opened the 40,000-squarefoot Murray Athletic Center and also renovated Kilpatrick Stadium.
The Lovett School opened its 40,000-square-foot Murray Athletic Center and renovated its Kilpatrick Stadium. The $17.4 million project includes a new pedestrian plaza, locker rooms and restrooms in the stadium, a fitness and weight-training center and space for faculty, staff and coaches in the new athletic center.
New faces Atlanta International School opened the year with new principals at both its upper and lower schools. Upper School Principal Tambi Greene arrived from Des Moines, Iowa, where she worked with Des Moines Public Schools for over 18 years. Lower Primary School Principal Lynda Sarelius, an Australian, Lynda Sarelius moved from the Vienna International School, where she has been the deputy principal of the primary school.
Jocelyn Sotomayor joined Holy Spirit Preparatory School as the new principal of its Upper School. Previously, she had held a variety of positions at Pinecrest Academy, an independent Catholic school in Cumming. Before Pinecrest, she served as school interim director of the University of Puerto Rico Laboratory High School, president of the Caribbean Counselors Association, and head guidance counselor at The Episcopal Cathedral School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Norman C. Sauce III takes over this year as Chamblee Charter High’s new principal. Sauce worked as a Jocelyn Sotomayor high school social studies teacher and assistant principal at several comprehensive high schools in the Los Angeles area before moving to Georgia in 2012. He served as principal of Barnwell Elementary School and assistant principal at Roswell High School.
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EDUCATION GUIDE Mount Vernon teacher joins symphony chorus The director of Visual and Performing Arts at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School has won a position on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Matthew Neylon, who recently joined the school, auditioned for the Tenor 1 position in the chorus.
AIS marks 30 years, names new board chair
Atlanta International School turns 30 this year. Coincidentally, incoming first-graders will be members of the high-school class of 2030. The milestones will be highlighted at the school’s signature WorldFest International Festival on Oct. 25, and the class of 2030 will bury a time capsule on the campus. BR I EF S AIS also recently appointed a new Board of Trustees chair. Christian Fischer, an executive vice president at Georgia-Pacific, is the parent of two current AIS students as well as two alums.
Chesnut Elementary wins garden grant Chesnut Charter Elementary School in July won a grant for garden-based learning projects. The Captain Planet Foundation’s Project Learning Garden grant provides the school with a three-year program, including an environmental curriculum, lesson kits, a schoolyard garden, a mobile cooking cart and a summer garden management intern.
Fulton County Schools named charter system of the year
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Garden Hills Elementary opens updated path The Garden Hills Elementary School PTA on Sept. 13 cut a ribbon on an updated pedestrian path along Rumson Road, linking the school to the Atlanta International School. In 2006, fundraising began for a pedestrian path in the area. In the latest round of fundraising, “Bricks for Kids” donors received commemorative bricks placed in the area.
Holy Innocents’ partners with civil rights center Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School recently was named an affiliate partner with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. Holy Innocents’ will receive educational programming, professional development opportunities, internships and special admission fees for such events as field trips to the center. “As an Episcopal school, we are called and compelled to stand for inclusivity of culture, diversity of thought, and the worth and dignity of every human being,” said Head of School Paul Barton in a press release.
Marist Athletic Director Tommy Marshall, second from right, with, from left, son Danny, daughter Stacy and wife Dana, was selected by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association for inclusion into its 2015 Hall of Fame.
Marist athletic director selected for Hall of Fame Marist School Athletic Director Tommy Marshall has been selected by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association as a member of its Class of 2015 Hall of Fame. The honor is given to coaches who have displayed great leadership and prominence during their careers. Marshall has been at Marist for 19 years, overseeing the school’s wins of many sportsmanship awards and state titles. Under his administration, “Sports Illustrated” named Marist the country’s 15th best high school athletic program, and the school has won the GADA Directors Cup for Best Overall Athletic Program 16 years in a row.
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EDUCATION GUIDE North Springs expands health program
With a focus on academics through play, we offer small classes, an experienced staff, and modern classrooms filled with developmentally appropriate resources. Temple Sinai has a remarkable and exciting educational experience waiting for your child in each of our programs from ages 12 months through Transitional Kindergarten. For more information or to schedule a tour of the preschool, please call 404.255.6200.
North Springs Charter High School is expanding its popular Allied Health Pathway program for health careers. The program has added two larger classrooms, a teacher with a radiology specialty and the opportunity for students to earn Certified Clinical Medical Assistant status. The Allied Health Pathway is one of Fulton County’s Career Technical Education programs.
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Pace Academy students recently gained prestigious positions at Atlanta symphonies and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Junior Whit FitzGerald was named to the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and eighth-grader Paul-Louis Biondi joined the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Both are violinists. Senior Andrew Wu recently served as Pace’s first student intern at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, where he conducted research and reported on human rights issues.
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Riverwood International Charter School last month received a $7,000 grant from the Sandy Springs Society for its nationally recognized college preparedness program, Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID.
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Nine public schools received STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) grants this year from the Sandy Springs Education Force. SSEF gave a total of $17,000 in STEM grants to Heards Ferry Elementary School, High Point Elementary School, Ison Springs Elementary School, Lake Forest Elementary School, North Springs Charter High School, Ridgeview Charter Middle School, Sandy Springs Charter Middle School, Spalding Drive Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School. SSEF recently received $3,000 from the Delta Community Philanthropic Fund for its After School All Stars STEM program at Sandy Springs Charter Middle and Dunwoody Elementary.
Shining silver Nineteen Lovett School students, members of Girl Scout Troop 28300, received Silver Awards on Aug. 23, the second highest award of the Girl Scouts. In order to qualify, a scout must identify an issue within their community, work to create a sustainable solution, implement the solution and complete a report. Front row, from left, Caroline Stubbs, Reagan Marshall, Isabel Johnson, Samantha Austin, Bianca Dullabh, Alyssa Abraham, Pearson Rackley, Cate Wilby and Aurora Hammond. Back row, from left, Kennedy Preval, Frances Wargo, Natalie Beck, Emma Mayfield, Elizabeth Collingsworth, Isabella Williams and Madison Crenshaw.
Sow a bounty! From left, Daniel Bonastre, John Victor Silva and Eddie Bueno proudly display cucumbers from the High Point Elementary School’s garden. At the beginning of this new school year, students gathered around a garden they had started in May and could see a large amount of fresh produce they could harvest.
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the extreme in this play that follows the story of Judy Denmark and her daughter Tina. At eight years old, Tina is a talented actress and vying to win the part of Pippi Longstocking in her school’s musical. Judy, sure that her daughter deserves the part, will do anything to ensure that her competition is out of the picture. Act3 Playhouse, 6285 Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. For showtimes and additional information go to act3productions.org or call 770-2411905.
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Trio performs “September Song,” an afternoon of melodic soprano jazz. This performance features classical, operatic and spiritual tunes with the aid of a piano, bass and drums. Appropriate for all ages. Suggested donation, $10. Chapel, Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Learn more at dunwoodyumc.org.
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Thursday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Sept. 28 – Presented by Friends of the Dunwoody Library, this book sale offers affordable literature for your home library. On Thursday there will be a member’s only time slot from 1-4 p.m., followed by open hours from 4-8 p.m. Additional hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.- 5p.m., and Bag Day on Monday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Open to all. Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to dekalblibrary.org or call 770-512-4640.
Gardening by the Springs Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m. – Presented at the Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market, the North Fulton Master Gardeners will show participants how to make fall- and winter-themed containers for your plants. The workshop is presented in cooperation with UGA Extension in Fulton County. Free and open to the public. Century Springs East, 6100 Lake Forrest Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328. Questions? Go to heritagesandysprings.org.
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Sunday, Sept. 27, 1-4 p.m. – Value seekers rejoice! This community yard sale brings together a variety of people selling their unwanted goods all in one place. Free to attend; tables can be purchased for those who want to sell their items. Briarwood Gym, 2235 Briarwood Way, NE, Brookhaven, 30319. To find out more, call 404-637-0512 or go online to brookhavenga.gov.
third annual Pottery on the Porch sale returns to the Chastain Arts Center. Students and instructors at will display and sell their handmade, functional and decorative pottery for home and garden. Enjoy a live demonstration of pottery wheel-throwing and firing in a Raku kiln, plus food trucks, raﬄe prizes and plenty of unique artwork for sale. Chastain Park, 135 W. Wieuca Rd., NW, Buckhead, 30342. For more details, go to ocaatlanta.org or call 404252-2927.
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nity Assistance Center holds a Fashion Sale. Check out this shopping event featuring consignment clothing, handbags, jewelry, shoes and more at bargain prices. The CAC is an agency comprised of 28 member congregations of all faiths, businesses, schools, civic groups and individuals dedicated to serving residents of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody communities who are experiencing an unexpected financial crisis such as job loss, high medical expenses, family separation or illness. Community Assistance Center, 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs, 30350. For more information go to ourcac.org or call 770-552-4889.
a celebration of dachshunds, complete with activities, crafts, music, food, beer and activities for people and pups alike. Special events include dachshund races, a water dunk, costumes, hot dog lunches, a face kissing contest, howling competition, silent auction and artist market. Proceeds benefit the DREAM Dachshund Rescue veterinary fund. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To learn more, go to dreamrescue. org.
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Imaginators On the Go! Tuesday, Sept. 22 through Wednesday, Sept. 30, 3:30-4:30 p.m. – The Children’s
Museum of Atlanta and Dekalb Public Library pair up to present an interactive science workshop for kids. The hands-on program is suitable for youngsters aged 5-12 years old. Open to the first 25 participants. Brookhaven Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. Find out more by going to dekalblibrary.org or call 404-848-7140.
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Brenda Barr hosts a yoga session for kids to help decompress and prepare them for the new school year. The lesson includes information about yoga and meditation techniques to help students cope with stress. Funding provided by Friends of the Dunwoody Library. Open to the first 20 participants. Recommended for ages 7-12. Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to dekalblibrary. org or call 770-512-4640.
Mobile Mother Goose Monday, Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. –
It’s storytime for baby at the Dunwoody Library. This program utilizes stories, fingerplay and action rhymes to meet developmental needs of 12-month to 24-month old children. Open to the first 25 pairs of participants. Arrive 15 minutes early to register in the Children’s Department. Funding is provided by Friends of the Dunwoody Library. For more information, go to dekalblibrary.org or call 770-5124640. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.
Henna Workshop Tuesday, Sept. 29, 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Miss
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Tour of Homes Thursday, Oct. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) has announced the return of the biennial Historic Brookhaven Candlelight Tour of Homes. Presented by Beacham & Company Realtors and the Skogstad-Sodemann Team, this event features a tour of five decorated homes. The 2015 event also includes a luncheon and fashion show on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. To find out more about these events and to purchase tickets, see armhc.org/ BrookhavenTour.
Hispanic Heritage Storytime Saturday, Oct. 3, 3-4 p.m. – In celebration of
Hispanic Heritage Month, Ms. Leah hosts a seasonal storytime and activities program suitable for the whole family. Go online to afpls.org for more information. Registration is required and space is limited. Contact email@example.com, stop by or call 404-303-6130 to sign up. Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328.
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Social Security Smarts Saturday, Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. –
Kevin Turner discusses strategies to avoid shortchanging your Social Security in a workshop at the Buckhead Library. Find out when to start taking benefits, how to increase lifetime benefits, what you can do to minimize taxes on benefits and how to coordinate Social Security with your retirement income strategy. Free and open to the public. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Buckhead, 30305. Find more information online at afpls.org or call 404-814-3500.
Environmental Films Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. – The Dun-
woody Nature Center presents an environmental film screening series on Wednesday evenings this fall, starting with the feature “The Vanishing of the Bees.” Made possible by a grant from the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, these screenings are free and open to the public. A topical conversation will follow the screening, and snacks, beverages and a cash bar will be available. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to dunwoodynature.org/film-series or call 770-394-3322.
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Dust oﬀ those old family photos and church records. The city of Brookhaven is compiling information on the comAnyone interested in munity’s history. contributing to the city’s “Our history is too important for us not to document and share it and exsurvey of local history plore it,” Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca can contact history@ Chase Williams said. So Williams is spending $3,500 of brookhavenga.gov. her discretionary city funds to hire a local historian to gather and compile Brookhaven history. Once the material is collected, Williams said, it could be “Part of it also goes to my family,” she used for anything from launching a local said. “My mom is from DeKalb County historical society to decorating the walls originally. There’s a lot of DeKalb Counof a future City Hall. ty history in my family.” “The goal is to gather up Williams said she hopes all the various pieces of histhe project and the collectory we know are out there tion it will create eventuand to try to put them toally will lead to something gether in a central place,” bigger. Williams said. “My goal is to kickWriter Valerie Biggerstart a historical or presstaﬀ of Sandy Springs, auervation society,” she said. thor of a history of the city “With a little seed money of Dunwoody issued by Arwe can pull it all together. cadia Publishing as part of I hope from that will grow its “Images of America” sea Brookhaven historical sories and a regular history ciety, because we don’t have columnist for a local newsthat right now.” Brookhaven paper, will staﬀ the research During a recent Georgia Mayor Rebecca project. Municipal Association conChase Williams “She’s been collecting ference, she attended a panhistory in this area for a el discussion on how small long time,” Williams said. towns use their history to attract tourBiggerstaﬀ said that for the projists. ect she will pull together information “People don’t just want the same old on Brookhaven’s parks, neighborhoods, [things]. They want to make connecchurches, cemeteries, local institutions tions,” she said. such as Oglethorpe University, and the But there are less tangible reasons area’s role in major historical events, communities should know their histosuch as the Civil War. ry, she said. “I think I know the right places to “I think people generally understand look,” she said. “One of the things that you’ve got to understand where you would be nice would be to find some come from to understand where you’re people who have lived here a long time.” going,” Williams said. “We want to Biggerstaﬀ, a former banker who know our history. We want to celebrate teaches pre-school, said she likes learnit. We want to build on it. We want to ing about local history. tell our story.”
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and a cellphone, which reduces overall E-911 fund amounts,” Linton said. “To make up for a reduction in E-911 fund amounts, the city will need to increase allocated contributions.” The proposed budget predicts city revenues of $24 million in 2016, which includes a 39 percent jump in revenues from licenses and fees. Linton said the change comes from projected increases in fees related to construction. Under the budget proposal, more than $4.5 million will go toward paving and intersection and sidewalk improvements, and $1.6 million will help pay debt associated with Project Renaissance land purchases. An additional $2.3 million in General Fund transfers and $5 million in Homestead Option Sales Tax fund transfers to the city’s Capital Projects program will allow development of critical city assets, infrastructure projects and public safety enhancements, Davis and Linton wrote in their budget memorandum. The budget keeps the tax millage at 2.74. A homeowners’ property taxes are computed by multiplying the tax value of a property by the millage. “This cautious planning aﬀords the city the opportunity to maintain our original 2.74 millage rate while also aligning
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With Dunwoody showing one of the largest crime rates in the area, Police Chief Billy Grogan is asking for more officers.
expectations for modest revenues from veyed, only Johns Creek posted fewer ofproperty taxes and new building permit ficers per 1,000 residents, with 0.8. collections,” Davis and Linton wrote. Dunwoody also showed one of the Grogan’s memo included a chart highest crime rates among the 12 citshowing Dunwoody police had 1.07 ofies, surveyed for the chart. Dunwoody ficers per 1,000 city residents. showed a rate of 47.5 crimes per 1,000 Other metro Atlanta cities posted residents. larger numbers, including Sandy Springs, Only two others of the cities surveyed which had 1.27 officers per 1,000 resishowed higher rates - Douglasville had a 07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1 7/27/15 9:18 AM Page 1 dents, the chart said. Of the 11 cities surrate of 70.6 crimes per 1,000 people and
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Police Blotter From police reports dated Aug. 28 to Sept. 10. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-toCitizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.
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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 30, strong-arm robbery in the street was reported.
On Sept. 1, a motor vehicle theft was reported.
block of Olde Perimeter Way— On Sept. 10, burglary was reported.
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block of Vermack Road—On Aug. 28, burglary was reported.
block of Kingsland Drive—On Sept. 2, burglary was reported.
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block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Aug. 31, a motor vehicle theft was reported.
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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 31, Sept. 3, 5, 7 and 8, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made; On Sept. 5, larceny was reported; On Sept. 7, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
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block of Cotillion Drive—On Sept. 8, a motor vehicle theft was reported.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 29, larceny was reported; On Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 7, 8, 9 and 10, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made; On Sept. 6, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 28, 29, 30, 31, Sept. 2, 4, 7, 9 and Sept. 10, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 30, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
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block of Hammond Drive—On Aug. 29, larceny was reported.
block of Valley View Road—On Aug. 30, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Perimeter Center West— On Aug. 31, larceny was reported.
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Aug. 31, larceny was reported.
block of Perimeter Center Parkway—On Aug. 31, larceny was reported.
block of Winters Chapel Road— On Sept. 2, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Perimeter Center East— On Sept. 2, larceny was reported.
block of Perimeter Center Place— On Sept. 4, shoplifting was reported.
block of North Shallowford Road—On Sept. 5, shoplifting was reported.
block of Lake Ridge Lane—On Sept. 5, larceny was reported.
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block of Winters Chapel Road— On Sept. 6, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Winterhaven Court— On Sept. 7, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Kingsgate Drive— On Sept. 7, larceny was reported.
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block of Briarleigh Way—On Sept. 5, simple assault and battery was reported.
block of Ashford-Duwnoody Road—On Sept. 5, an arrest was made for aggravated assault and battery with a weapon.
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block of Peachford Road—On Aug. 28, simple assault was reported; On Sept. 5, simple assault and battery was reported.
block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Aug. 28, battery of a family member was reported.
block of Oak Trail Court—On Aug. 29, simple battery of a family member was reported.
block of Perimeter Center North—On Sept. 6, simple battery of a family member was reported.
FR AUD 5200 block of Magnolia Walk Circle—On Aug. 28, fraud by swindle was reported.
1800 block of Independence Square—On Aug. 28, fraud by impersonation was reported.
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block of Perimeter Center East— On Sept. 3, credit fraud was reported.
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block of Vermack Road—On Sept. 8, an arrest was made for simple assault and battery.
block of Chateau Drive—On Sept. 2, an arrest was made for simple battery of a family member.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 5, simple assault and
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block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Sept. 7, simple battery of a family member was reported.
block of Cotillion Drive—On Sept. 1, simple battery of a family member was reported and an arrest was made.
block of Asbury Commons—On Sept. 5, assault by intimidation was reported.
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block of Kings Down Road—On Aug. 28, a wanted person was located and arrested.
block of Perimeter Center East— On Aug. 28, an arrest was made for probation violation and an arrest was made for failure to appear in court; On Sept. 2, an arrest was made for violation of probation; On Sept. 3, 11 people were arrested for crimes related to prostitution.
block of Dunwoody Park—On Aug. 28, an arrest was made for driving while unlicensed.
block of Cotillion Drive—On Aug. 28, an arrest was made for marijuana possession; On Sept. 3, an arrest was made for DUI.
block of Perimeter Center Parkway—On Aug. 29, an arrest was made for loitering.
at Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Aug. 29, an arrest was made for driving while unlicensed.
block of Twin Lakes Trail—On Aug. 29, an arrest was made for obstructing a court order.
block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Aug. 29, an arrest was made for driving on a suspended registration.
300 block of Perimeter Center North—
On Aug. 30, a wanted person was located and arrested.
block of Crown Pointe Park-
way—On Aug. 31, an arrest was made for driving while license was suspended or revoked. 5500
block of Roberts Drive—On Aug. 31, a wanted person was located and arrested.
block of Chowning Way—On Aug. 31, a wanted person was located and arrested.
I-285 at Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—
On Sept. 1, an arrest was made for driving without a license; On Sept. 2 and 7, arrests were made for DUI. block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 6, a wanted person was located and arrested.
Sgt. Fidel Espinoza getting pinned by Chief Billy Grogan
Department names new majors, lieutenants
block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Sept. 6, two arrests were made for illegal drug possession. block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 7, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct; On Sept. 9, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.
The Dunwoody Police Department held a promotional ceremony Sept. 14. Lieutenants David Barnes and Oliver Fladrich became majors. Sgts Fidel Espinoza, Michael Carlson and William Furman became lieutenants, and Officers Tim Fecht, Sean Lenahan and Lee Hasseltine were named sergeants.
Police arrest 11 following undercover prostitution sting
block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 7, an arrest was made for possession of heroin.
at Perimeter Center Parkway— On Sept. 8, a wanted person was located and arrested.
block of Georgetown Square— On Sept. 10, a wanted person was located and arrested.
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block of Perimeter Center Place— On Aug. 28, damage to private property
On Sept. 3, Dunwoody police charged seven people with prostitution, three people for pimping and one person for escorting without a permit. Dunwoody police worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Metro Atlanta Child Exploitation Task Force and the Gwinnett police’s vice unit to conduct an undercover prostitution sting at a cooperating hotel within the city limits of Dunwoody, said Officer Tim Fecht, a spokesman for Dunwoody police. “Our goal of the operation was to rescue any victims of human trafficking and reduce crime as it relates to prostitution,” Fecht wrote in a press release. was reported. 4700
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 28, damage to private property was reported.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody
Road—On Aug. 30, criminal trespass was reported. 1900
block of Mount Vernon Road— On Sept. 3, damage to private property was reported.
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