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City Council considers what’s next with DHA members and city boards BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Dunwoody City Council will learn more at its Sept. 12 meeting about a recent outside legal opinion stating it would be wise to keep Dunwoody Homeowners Association members off city boards “in order to protect the city.” The DHA has a contrary opinion from its own attorney. The new legal opinion by AbSee DHA on page 14 PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

Far right, Barbara Moore, left, Hope Fullmer, secretary for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, and Wright Dempsey, vice president of development for the trust, discuss plans for The Donaldson-Bannister Farm, located at 4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, during an Open House on Aug. 27. The community was invited to tour the 3-acre property and take a look at ongoing renovations. The home was built in 1870, and the farm is listed on both the Georgia Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places.

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Parents worry DeKalb offers no clear school overcrowding options BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspaper.net The DeKalb County School District is in the process of determining how to use millions of dollars of E-SPLOST funds to alleviate overcrowding that includes the possibility of building new schools and adding on to others in Brookhaven and Dunwoody. Hundreds of people packed into Cross Keys High School in Brookhaven Aug. 25 to learn more and provide input into three opSee LOCAL on page 23

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utes about the “dangers of having and being caught with marijuana, but then stated that he was going to let [him] go without any A Dunwoody Police officer is facing a charges whatsoever,” according to the lawfourth lawsuit alleging an unlawful search suit. and detention months after the city settled Laskowski also told Laidlaw he was gothree similar suits against him. ing to put him in the city of DunOfficer Dale Laskowski has woody’s system as “possibly, been sued in federal court and might be in possession of mariaccused of “unlawful seizure, juana” and that anytime he was detention and search” of Colton stopped in Dunwoody again, he Laidlaw, who was 17 at the time, would be “red-flagged” as possiduring a traffic stop in 2014. bly having marijuana. The city settled three other Laidlaw’s suit claims Lassearch-related lawsuits against kowski had “no reasonable, arLaskowski in March for a total ticulable suspicion or probaof $135,000, while not acknowlbly cause” to initiate the traffic edging any liability or wrongstop, and unlawfully detained Officer doing. The three men who sued and searched him and the vehiDale Laskowski Laskowski claimed in their lawcle, violating his Constitutional suits that the officer conducted unconstirights under the Fourth Amendment. tutional searches during traffic stops in “Defendant Laskowski violated clear2013. ly established law. No reasonable offiThis most recent lawsuit was filed Aug. cer could have believed that it was lawful 29 after Laidlaw’s parent saw media reto: (1) stop Mr. Laidlaw without probable ports of Laskowski’s other lawsuits, accause or reasonable, articulable suspicion cording to Laidlaw’s attorney, Mark Bullof a traffic violation; (2) detain Mr. Laidman. Laidlaw is seeking a jury trial and law beyond the legal end of the traffic stop monetary damages. without probable cause or reasonable, arDunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan ticulable suspicion; (3) search Mr. Laidlaw said he had not received notice of the lawwithout probable cause, reasonable, articsuit. ulable suspicion, a warrant or consent; or, Laidlaw, now 20, states in his lawsuit (4) search Mr. Laidlaw’s car without probthat Laskowski stopped him on March 21, able cause, reasonable, articulable suspi2014, on Old Village Run near the interseccion, a warrant or consent,” according to tion of Village Court while he was driving the lawsuit. to work. “In all the foregoing, Defendant LasAccording to the lawsuit, Laskowski kowski acted with reckless and callous intold Laidlaw he stopped him for driving difference to Mr. Laidlaw’s constitutionalmore than 15 mph on a curve and wanted ly protected rights.” to make sure he was not on his cellphone Laidlaw’s lawsuit has some differencor listening to loud music. es from the three lawsuits filed in 2013 and “Then, without any reasonable suspisettled earlier this year. In those three cascion or probable cause to believe that the es, Laskowski called for the Doraville K-9 plaintiff was committing or about to comunit to conduct drug sniffing around the mit any crime, defendant asked plaintiff if men’s vehicles after they refused to allow he used ‘occasional recreational marijuathe officer to search their cars. na,’” according to the lawsuit. Grogan previously said, regarding the Laidlaw denied he was speeding or used three other lawsuits, that the department marijuana, but Laskowski said he could changed its policy long before the settlesee marijuana in his vehicle and said he ments and now requires an officer to get now had probable cause to search his car, a supervisor’s approval before requesting the lawsuit states. a K-9 unit. After demanding Laidlaw step out of The department also now follows a 2015 his car and patting him down, Laskowksi U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states, “abbegan an approximately 15-minute search sent reasonable suspicion, police extenof the teen’s car. sion of a traffic stop in order to conduct a “Defendant Laskowski searched the vedog sniff violates the Constitution’s shield hicle extensively and, while doing so, jokagainst unreasonable seizures,” Grogan ingly stated, ‘You got it everywhere, dude,’” said. the lawsuit states. “Our current policy reflects all of the Laidlaw did not have any marijuana in changes mentioned, which were put in his vehicle and Laskowski at no time gathplace long before the settlement of these ered any alleged marijuana as evidence, cases. All of our sworn staff has been the lawsuit states. trained in our new policy,” Grogan said. After eventually checking Laidlaw’s liLaskowski received the Meritorious cense and registration, Laskowski then Service Medal in 2012 and was recently lectured the young man for several minhonored for saving an overdose victim. dyanagbagby@reporternewspapers.net

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Reporter analysis: Waze directions send traffic through quiet streets BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

A traffic-navigation app called Waze is taking over the roadways and drawing controversy for encouraging cut-through traffic in neighborhoods locally and nationwide. A recent experiment with Waze found the app indeed directs drivers through quiet neighborhood streets in Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. But, ironically, Waze would not send drivers into a Brookhaven neighborhood that has been a hot spot of protests about app-driven traffic. With the motto “Outsmarting traffic, together,” Waze uses a combination of GPS tracking and local roadway information crowdsourced from its own users. It both directs drivers to their destinations by the fastest route and allows them to report where heavy traffic is, where road work is happening, and even where police have set up roadblocks. Waze advertises 50 million users worldwide. It has gained popularity from drivers, and disdain from some neighborhoods, because its disembodied voice often directs users to back roads, side streets and through residential neighborhoods which were once only known to locals. Georgia Tech traffic engineering professor Michael Hunter says such apps are making traffic harder to predict. Elected officials are concerned, too. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul has voiced concerns that drivers heading to the forthcoming Braves stadium in Cobb County will “start Waze-ing their way” through city neighborhoods. In Brookhaven, City Councilmember Bates Mattison was quoted in the Washington Post in June about Waze complaints there. But Waze

also partners with governments on traffic-mapping, including with the Georgia Department of Transportation and the city of Atlanta. Here is where Waze directed drivers during recent experiments in Reporter Newspapers communities:

BUCKHEAD TO SANDY SPRINGS Destination: From 103 West Paces Ferry Road to Reporter Newspapers at 6065 Roswell Road. Waze’s route: Waze directed drivers through Tuxedo Park neighborhoods via Habersham Road, including some streets with traffic-calming speed humps, then to Lake Forrest Drive. Traffic was light.

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Another major feature: a direct connection to the Sandy Springs MARTA station via a tunnel under Perimeter Center West. Updated designs show much of the tunnel lined with storefronts. The project would feature the tallest buildings in Perimeter Center—and one of the lowest parking ratios. The 5,200 proposed on-site spaces are 35 percent fewer than regular zoning would call for, and about 10 percent lower than the city’s transit-oriented development standards, the developers said. Like every other major development, it would offer tenants incentives for MARTA use—but it also would simply not provide enough parking for everyone to drive. The project needs rezoning from commercial to mixed-use, but its only requested variance will be for lower-than-required parking. “We don’t want or need to have that many cars here,” Forrest said, explaining the developers are convinced from Buckhead and downtown Atlanta examples that there is a market for projects that draw transit-users. “Pushing the parking count way down…to almost half of whatever anyone else would do, is pushing people to [use alternative transportation].” DDR Corp., the owner of Perimeter Pointe, is concerned that could also mean people simply park in its lots across the street, especially with the MARTA tunnel connecting them. “It both concerns me and it’s exciting,” Tom Garvey, DDR’s director of development, told Forrest during the meeting. More transit use is the future, Garvey said, but, “culturally, Atlanta’s not there yet.”

DDR has mixed-use redevelopment plans of its own for Perimeter Pointe, Garvey said. Such redevelopment was recommended in the 2005 Perimeter Livable Centers Initiative study, and suggested in a 2010 master’s student project displayed at the Museum of Design Atlanta. The Perimeter Pointe plans are “just very conceptual at this point,” Garvey said in an interview. But, he added, the site is clearly a good one for “intensification” with mixed retail and housing uses. A current phrase in the shopping center industry, he said, is, “Instead of a mall, we call it an ‘all.’” Westmoreland and Forrest said the developers will agree to make the project’s occupancy permits conditional on building a working MARTA connection. In plain English, that means that if the MARTA tunnel doesn’t work, the developers can’t rent or sell space to anyone. The developers also committed to delaying three of the five towers until several major Ga. 400-related road improvements are completed. Those huge projects, slated for completion in 2020, include: rebuilding the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange; adding separate entrance/exit ramps on Ga. 400; turning the Ga. 400/Abernathy Road interchange into a diverging diamond; and widening the Mount Vernon Highway bridge. In the meantime, the developers would build one residential tower and one office tower. The proposal next heads to the Sandy Springs Planning Commission in October, Westmoreland said.

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Chef Ron Eyester has joined Nancy and Colman Goodrich to rebrand Nancy G’s into Southern Bistro. The Sandy Springs restaurant, located in the Fountain Oaks Shopping Center at 4920 Roswell Road, will feature an updated menu and more expansive bar program as well as food-driven events and a Sunday brunch service. More information at southernbistroatl.com. Midtown Restaurant Week is set for Sept. 10-18 with more than 40 restaurants offering brunch, lunch and dinner options from $15, $25 and/or $35 prix-fixe menus. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity. A complete list of those participating is available at mrwatlanta.com.

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“Tailgating, watching the live game with friends and family, the nostalgia and ambience of fall football.” --32-year-old Sandy Springs man

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Atlanta Falcons (54%) UGA Bulldogs (23%)

“I love the football season vibe. It gets everyone in a team mood, and from everything to tailgating with friends and creating fantasy football leagues [to] going to games with work colleagues, everyone comes together to have fun. You don’t even have to love football to enjoy football season.” --27-year-old Atlanta woman

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What some respondents said they love about football season:

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“Just watching and enjoying the game, period.” --25-year-old Brookhaven man “What excites me about football season is the camaraderie of its fans. Whether it is meeting new people at a tailgate or starting a fantasy league at your job, football season brings all fans together. --24-year-old Buckhead man

Better than last season (54%) Worse than last season (4%)

“Tailgating and the atmosphere of the games! Win or lose, it is always a great time with friends!” --24-year-old Atlanta woman

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“I love the feeling I get when I smell the grills going and hearing cheers at tailgates while other games are going on! The excitement is everlasting and it gets me excited for the game later that day!” --28-year-old Sandy Springs woman

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Metro Atlanta’s top pro and college football teams hopefully will improve on their 2015 seasons—and if not, there’s always tailgating! So say the kickoff-ready respondents to the latest 1Q cellphone survey of residents in Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown communities. A 54 percent majority of the 167 respondents said the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons are their favorite local professional team, with the rest almost evenly split between the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the University of Georgia Bulldogs. And 54 percent thought their favorite team would have more wins than last year—which would be good news for the 3-9 Yellow Jackets and 8-8 Falcons. Tailgate partying was by far the activity fans most enjoy about football season. But some respondents also cited fantasy football, visiting impressive stadiums and the game itself. “I absolutely love tailgating,” said a 20-year-old Buckhead woman. “What’s better than BBQ, a cold beer and watching the game with your buddies?”

“The excitement, the competition, the fact that you never know what will happen. Football is the best reality TV!” --36-year-old Atlanta woman

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Mount Vernon and Tilly Mill intersection fix is planned BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspaper.net

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The city is in the planning and design stage of how to improve the intersection at Mount Vernon and Tilly Milly roads and is seeking public input. Residents have long GOOGLE MAPS complained about the The city of Dunwoody plans to redesign the intersection at confusion at the interMount Vernon and Tilly Mill roads and is seeking public input. section. A 2011 compre$500,000. hensive city transporPiedmont Primary Care and Sandy Springs. A plan estimated to cost $300,000 tation plan marked it as high priority The start of a very healthy relationship. suggests improvements to the connectbecause of poor safety. ing Tilly Mill corridor, including adding Public Works Director Michael curb and gutter on the west side of the Smith said the city has funded conroad for stormwater management and cept work for the project and a lot more improving the aesthetics, according to work needs to be done with the design, city documents. which includes a possible left-turn lane “The position of the curb and gutter on Mount Vernon Road, bike lanes, is ultimately dependent upon the type multi-use paths and sidewalks. of bicycle and pedestrian accommoda“We’re still very early in the project,” tion desired by the community,” states Smith said. “Construction is at least five a memo. years out.” Smith said the concepts may be preEstimated cost is $1.6 million. sented to the City Council this fall. The concept plan presented at an Aug. 16 public meeting includes adding left-turn lanes on Mount Vernon Road at Tilly Mill Road and at other adjacent intersecting roads. “These modifications will improve the level of service and reduce rear end collisions along the corridor by providing turning vehicles a place of refuge,” states a city memo on the project. “It will also reduce the number of angle collisions at Tilly Mill Road by enforcing proper lane assignments through the intersection. The concept also provides for improved pedestrian crossings as well as bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the roadway,” the memo states. This intersection is confusing for drivers who have the right of way, and the biggest concern is for motorists coming west on Mount Vernon Road with no turn lane, Smith said. “A little of the lane goes into a neighborhood [Wellesley Trace], so they kind of use it to go around” other cars at the stop light, Smith said. All Proceeds Will Benefit The Alzheimer’s Association Adding a left turn lane on Mount Vernon Road would likely make the inFirst Baptist Church of Sandy Springs | 650 Mt Vernon Highway, NE tersection safer, Smith said. September 17, 2016 | 10:00am - 2:00pm The city is also looking to realign For More Information: (404) 599-7336 “Providing Safe and Joyful Environments the intersection at Tilly Milly Road and Open to Public • FREE Admission Mount Vernon Place to make it more where Seniors Feel Loved and Valued!” clear to motorists who has the right of way when approaching the intersecPlease call or come in to see how we can be of assistance for your loved ones. tion. This will also improve the line of sight for a stopped vehicle using the in690 Mount Vernon Hwy. NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30328 tersection, a city memo states. Cost for this project is estimated at

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Entertainment Schedule Location: Festival Main Stage

Saturday, September 17 (festival hours 9:00 am – 6:00 pm) 9:00 am - 10:00 am Pet Parade Registration 10:00 am - 11:00 am 29th Annual Pet Parade 11:00 am - 11:30 am Pet Parade Awards Ceremony 11:30 am - 12:00 pm Jump Start Gym 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Bush Centre for Ballet 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Ridgeview MS & Riverwood HS 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Grace and the Spartans 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Highbeams 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Sam Burchfield 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm Dance It Off Studio 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Banks & Shane Festival closes at 6:00 pm

F E S T I V A L SEPT 17 & 18

Sunday, September 18 (festival hours 10:00 am – 5:00 pm) 10:30 am - 11:00 am Dance Theatre at Sandy Springs 11:00 am - 11:45 am Sky Gym 11:45 am - 12:30 pm School of Rock Buckhead 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Moohan Martial Arts 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm No Solution 1:45 pm - 2:30 pm North Springs HS Marching Band 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Zach Seabaugh 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Drake Irish Dancing School 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm AJ Ghent Band Festival closes at 5:00 pm

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Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.

Friends of the Festival Thank you to the following individuals for their financial support of the 2016 Sandy Springs Festival: Alan & Honey Barnes Susan & Bob Beard Guy & Jeanette Berger Iain Bluett Barton & Joy Brown Marsha & Tony Cintorino Emmett Cloud / Morgan Stanley D.J. & Laura DeLong Lane Duncan Barbara Duren Lori Evers

Maryann & Jim Gillespie Jim Hinkle Rodger & Jill Johnson Kevin King Carole & Sidney Kirschner Meryl & Richard Levitt Nancy & Scott McCord Le'Dor Milteer Suzanne Minotto Bunny Mitchell

Sarah & Mark Moore Dorothy Myers Dr. & Mrs. John Neeld Alice Nelson Sally & Peter Parsonson Harriet Sessoms Cynthia & Jerre Swann Megan Tucker Bob & Georgia Watts Joe Wilkinson Gene Wypyski

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What To Know Before You Go FESTIVAL HOURS: Saturday, September 17, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. • Sunday, September 18, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.This event is rain or shine. ABOUT: The Sandy Springs Festival is a two-day outdoor arts and community festival presented by Heritage Sandy Springs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting history, stewarding a community park, and enhancing the cultural identity of Sandy Springs. The Festival is celebrating its 31st year in 2016. ADMISSiON:

Adults $5 Youth (Ages 6-17) $2 Children (5 and under) FREE

2-Day Pass: Adults $7 2-Day Pass: Youth (Ages 6-17) $3 HSS Members FREE

PARKING/TRANSPORTATION: FREE PARKING, with shuttle service provided by Cooper Global Chauffeured Transportation and the City of Sandy Springs, is available at the following locations: Pick Up Location RED LOT Century Springs East/West BLUE LOT Lake Forest Elementary School YELLOW LOT TBD

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The closest MARTA stop is the Dunwoody Station, 1.6 miles away. A passenger can take the #5 Sandy Springs or the #87 Roswell Road bus. Both drop passengers at Hilderbrand Drive and Roswell Road, one block east of the Festival entrance on Hilderbrand Drive and Bluestone Road Please DO NOT park at City Walk or area shopping centers. These private lots are for retail patrons only. Towing is enforced.

FESTIVAL AMENITIES: Amenities include ATMs, Lost and Found, designated recycling and trash containers, a baby changing station, as well as multiple restroom locations. Food and beverage vendors will be located throughout the Festival and in the Food Court. The Man Cave will feature a Beer Garden, BBQ, and Bourbon. The Sandy Springs Festival prides itself in being a pet-friendly event! Please keep your pet on leash at all times and be mindful of others. Heritage Green is a smoke-free park. No tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco will be permitted.

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The outside legal opinion agrees with the city’s legal counsel that there “is a conbott S. Hayes, who was hired by the city, acflict of interest that arguably tends to imknowledged that the matter of a conflict of pair the independence of his or her judginterest “is not crystal clear” in the memo ment or action in the performance of received at the council’s Aug. 22 meeting. official duties” with DHA members also “Like most ethical issues not involving serving on city boards. direct financial conflict, Mayor Denis Shortal it is a judgment call,” he said the outside legal opinstates in the legal memo. ion confirmed the counBut Hayes states he cil acted in a “proper manclearly believes it is a con- In my view, we do ner” in “seeking to remove flict of interest for city apany conflict of interest.” not need a policy pointees and elected offi“We’re going to listen to cials to be active members of demanding Hayes at the Sept. 12 counof the DHA and advises cil meeting and as a counsuch membership “should resignations from our cil decide what the next be avoided to in order to tireless volunteers. course of action will be,” protect the city.” Shortal said. One course “To align oneself with TERRY NALL of action includes officialCOUNCILMEMBER the DHA, which expressly ly implementing a city polstates that it supports and icy that states DHA members cannot serve opposes development, would raise a potenon city boards, he said. tial appearance of conflict,” states Hayes. Shortal has publicly stated that DHA DHA President Robert Wittenstein members serving on such city boards as said he was disappointed to read the outthe Planning Commission and Zoning side legal opinion and that it did not overBoard of Appeals could cause serious filap more with the organization’s own legal nancial liability to the city. opinion from attorney Seth Weissman that Since the inception of DHA more than states there is no legal precedent prohibit40 years ago, developers have presenting members of a HOA from also serving ed their plans for proposed projects to the on city boards. DHA before filing applications with, at first And if the city does decide to implement DeKalb County, and now, the city. a policy, there are options for the DHA to Councilmember Terry Nall issued a take, including initiating an ethics invesstatement in opposition of forcing DHA tigation or possibly even suing the city to members to choose between serving on stop such a policy. city boards or serving in the DHA. “I don’t want the DHA to go head-to“In my view, we do not need a policy of head with the city,” Wittenstein said. “I’d demanding resignations from our tireless like cooler heads to prevail.” volunteers,” Nall said. “Rather, we must The City Council hired the Gainesville provide ongoing ‘best practices’ training law firm Hulsey, Oliver & Mahar in June to and guidance to our volunteer board memweigh in on its directive that members of bers about how to conduct their respective the DHA should be prohibited from servcity board business and activities within ing on city boards because of a potential reasonable measures of risk management. conflict of interest. This is the path I will support.” DUN


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Saturday, Sept. 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This festival fundraiser benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. See police and fire vehicles, enjoy bouncy house, face painting, music, train rides, dunking booth, barbeque, petting zoo. Free. All are welcome. Donations appreciated. First Baptist Church of Sandy Springs, 650 Mount Vernon Highway, NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. Call 404-257-1143 for details.

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Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. The Brookhaven Fields Civic Association hosts its 22nd annual Yard Sale. Residents sell their wares in garages, front yards and driveways. Look for hot pink signs, maps of participating homes. Free. Open to the public. Behind Brookhaven MARTA, between North Druid Hills Road and Dresden Drive, 30319. Go to: facebook.com/BFCAYardSale.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Atlanta History Center celebrates all things Southern, featuring cooking demonstrations, corn husk doll making, music, art and storytelling. Free for members; included with admission for non-members. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., Atlanta, 30305. Call 404-814-4000 or visit: atlantahistorycenter.com.

CONSERVATION WORK Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m-12 p.m. Volunteers needed at Confluence Park to remove invasive species, plant natives and conducting avian surveys. Groups welcome. Free and open to all. The Confluence, at the terminus of Armand Rd. off Lindbergh Dr., Atlanta, 30324. For details or to volunteer, email: adam@atlantaaudubon.org.

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PERFORMING ARTS CONCERTS BY THE SPRINGS Sunday, Sept. 11, 7-8:30 p.m. Heritage Sandy Springs welcomes Band X, playing songs from the ‘60s to today’s pop favorites. Free

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and open to the public. Gates open at 5 p.m. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers welcome; no outside tables. No smoking or pets. Sandy Springs Society Entertainment Lawn, 6110 Blue Stone Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Visit: heritagesandysprings.org or call 404-851-9111.

ISRAELI FOLK GROUP Sunday, Sept. 11, 7-9 p.m. Baladino offers interpretations of Sephardic and Ladino melodies. For all ages. Open to the community. Tickets: $15-$22. Morris & Rae Frank Theatre, Marcus Jewish Community Center-Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 678812-4002 or email: box.office@atlantajcc.org.

‘RUINATION’ Thursday, Sept. 15, 6-9 p.m. Spruill Gallery reopens to the community with a reception for an exhibit which explores the impact of mankind’s intervention in the natural world. Show continues through October 29. Free. 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-4019 or go to spruillgallery.blogspot.com.

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DOCUMENTARY SCREENING Tuesday, Sept. 13, 6-8 p.m. Weinstein Hospice and Jewish Home Life Communities hold a free, community viewing of “Being Mortal,” touching on patients and families facing terminal illness, as well as exploring relationships between patients and doctors. Q&A follows. William Breman Jewish Home, 3150 Howell Mill Rd., Atlanta, 30327. Call 404-3524308, email: cshaw@weinsteinhospice.org or visit: weinsteinhospice.org.

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ELECTION 2016 Tuesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m. Emory University Professor Alan Abramowitz presents, “Election 2016: “An Election Like No Other.” Free and open to the public. Preregistration required by going to: templeemanuelatlanta. org/events/te-talks-an-election-like-no-other. Temple Emanu-E, 1580 Spalding Dr., Sandy Springs, 30350.

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Sunday, Sept. 18, 3 p.m. The Dunwoody Preservation Trust presents speaker Clarke Otten, who discusses, “The Dinky in Dunwoody — History of the Roswell Railroad.” Free. All are welcome. Donaldson-Bannister House, 4831 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-668-0401 or email: dunwoodypreservationtrust@gmail.com.

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Through our “Exceptional Educator” series, Reporter Newspapers is showcasing the work of some of the outstanding teachers and administrators at our local schools. If you would like to recommend an Exceptional Educator, please email editor@ReporterNewspapers.net. Edna-May Hermosillo teaches middle school French at Pace Academy and is middle school director for global leadership.

Q: What attracted you to teaching at first? A: I have many childhood memories of convincing my younger brother he wanted to be my student in my pretend classroom. I think I’ve been training to be a teacher for a long time. I had already worked with children quite a bit as a high school and college student—I was a ski instructor, a taekwondo coach and a Girl Scout leader—so it seemed like a natural fit. I actually got my first teaching job right out of grad school partly because the head of the World Language Department remembered my work as a Girl Scout day camp counselor.

Q: Has the appeal changed? A: I think you have to reinvent yourself sometimes so that, while what attracted you in the first place may change, you still love what you do. Recently I have become involved with Pace Academy’s Isdell Center for Global

Q: What keeps you going year after year?

Leadership (ICGL). My A: I love the role as direcrhythm of the tor of Global school year with Leadership a fresh, excitin the miding beginning evdle school ery August. There allows me LAURA BLACK INMAN is time to learn to be a classEdna-May Hermosillo, far right, with students at last something new room teachyear’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership program. and refresh over er while also the summer, and the start of having a hand in developing the next school year is the perprograms and education for fect opportunity to implement students and teachers around new, creative ideas and reflect an annual global theme, and on what has worked well and to help teachers create a series what should be changed. I’m of domestic and international not sure there are other professtudy tours for our students. sions in which one gets a redo The past two summers I’ve every 12 months. had the incredible experience I also typically teach the to lead an ICGL service trip to same group of students for the Dominican Republic. Pace Edna-May Hermosillo two to three years, and it is inMiddle School students plan Pace Academy credibly motivating to see how and lead a week of activities much progress they make as French speakers at an English-immersion summer camp for from year to year. underprivileged children, mostly Haitian, in Ultimately, though, what truly motivates partnership with Project Esperanza. We teach me is a sense that I am helping my students English, practice French and Spanish, and we see that there is a world outside of Atlanta. try to learn Creole. We say that we are “changing our stars toQ: What do you think makes a great gether.” I would never have imagined this

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A: I have always believed that great teachers come in a lot of flavors and that students can benefit greatly from working with all kinds of teachers. Of course, a passion for the subject and truly caring about kids is essential. The great teachers I know work hard every single year, have good senses of humor and are entertained by their students; they know how to roll with the punches, are always learning and improving, and are never really “off-duty.”

Q: How do you engage your students? A: I prioritize making my classroom a student-centered microcosm of “all things French.” It’s like a flea market of objects I’ve gathered in my own travels…from a Haitian Mardi Gras horse mask to Moroccan shoes. And we listen to music, watch films, meet people and learn about the culture of a variety of French-speaking places. I work diligently to create opportunities for all students to participate enthusiastically and actively in learning activities that run the gamut from artistic to technological to competitive. I expect students to use the language to sing, dance and create in French, and not just learn about it.

Q: Do you have a project or special program you use year after year? A: Each year is a little different and my students do many projects, but one thing I try to do is find opportunities for students to realize that French is real and it is all around them. For example, I have accompanied students to see many French plays at Atlanta-based Théâtre du Rêve, to practice their skills at several different French restaurants around the city, to learn about West African art at the High Museum, and to travel on trips to Francophone destinations like France, Quebec and Haiti. We have engaged in the classroom with guest speakers such as returned Peace Corps volunteers and refugees from Rwanda— we’ve even Skyped with Haitian students. And, of course, students always look forward to when we make crêpes and also indulge in chocolate fondue!

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody Police reports dated Aug. 14 through Aug. 25 The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

„„On Aug. 23 at about 9 p.m., police re-

ceived a call of a burglary at a residence in the 10000 block of Madison Drive. Police reported there was no forced entry. Stolen were numerous IKEA furniture items, including a $699 Hjellestad

mattress, two Henriksdal chairs valued at $139, a Stornas bar table valued at $299, a Hemnes dresser valued at $249, a Hemnes nightstand valued at $69.99, a Hemnes bedframe valued at $249, a Kivik couch valued at $899, a Sony TV valued at $300, a Hisense TV valued at $300, wall décor valued at $500 and assorted dishware. „„On Aug. 24 at about 3 a.m., police re-

ceived a call about a burglary at a residence in the 6700 block of Peachtree Industrial Blvd. According to the police report, a window was broken for the suspects to gain entry while the victims were on vacation. Stolen were a 65-inch RCA TV valued at $2,000, a Sony stereo valued at $500, an Apple/Mac laptop valued at $1,500 and a 75-inch Sony TV.

port of larceny-parts from vehicle. „„5400 block of Abercorn Ave. – On Aug.

14, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

– On Aug. 14, report of larceny-shoplifting. „„1200 block of Ashford Crossing – On

Aug. 14, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

– On Aug. 14, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

– On Aug. 14, report of larceny-articles from vehicle.

„„On Aug. 25 shortly before 5 a.m., police

„„4600 block of N. Shallowford Rd. – On

arrested a 22-year-old Atlanta man for hitting a 34-year-old man with a crowbar in the parking lot/garage in the 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The suspect was charged with aggravated assault, obstruction of a criminal investigation and obstruction of police.

Aug. 15, report of larceny-shoplifting.

„„On Aug. 25 at about 7:30 p.m., a 64-year-

old Dunwoody man living in the 5100 block of Mount Vernon Way pushed his way into his 42-year-old neighbor’s house while intoxicated and assaulted his neighbor. The man was charged with simple assault/battery, disturbing the peace and criminal trespass.

„„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

– On Aug. 15, report of larceny-shoplifting. „„1100 block of Hammond Dr. – On Aug.

16, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.

– On Aug. 16, report of larceny-articles from vehicle. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Rd. – On Aug. 16, report of larceny from building.

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Parents worry DeKalb offers no clear school overcrowding options Continued from page 1 tions the district is considering as part of its planning and feasibility study for middle and high schools. A final plan expected to be presented to the DeKalb Board of Education at its Dec. 5 meeting. School officials noted at the Aug. 25 meeting that Region 1 of the district— which includes Dunwoody High School, Cross Keys High School, Chamblee middle and highs schools, and Sequoyah Middle School—is vastly overcrowded. Brookhaven parents said they worry about their schools being split up with all options proposed including “re-clustering” attendance areas in the Cross Keys cluster. Some Dunwoody parents whose children attend Chamblee Charter High School, a magnet school, say an option to relocate it leaves too much uncertainty of where their children would be going. Voters overwhelming approved a referendum on May 24 for $500 million to be raised by extending the penny cent ESPLOST for five years. Of that money, $230 million is to go toward alleviating overcrowding with $170 million set aside for new schools and additions. School officials say there will be a shortage of 5,600 seats at secondary schools in Region 1 between now and 2022.

Option A includes a new 2,400-seat Sequoyah area high school built on land to be found and purchased, plus a new Cross Keys area middle school at the former Briarwood High School site on North Druid Hills Road near I-85, across from Target. There would be additions at five secondary schools, including 600 seats to Cross Keys High School, and no “split feeders” – meaning that middle school students could go to the same high school together. That option adds 6,500 seats to Region 1 middle and high schools by 2022 and is estimated to cost $247 million, including land. Option B would re-cluster Cross Keys and build a new 2,500-seat Cross Keys High School at what is known as the Briarcliff site on North Druid Hills Road and convert the current high school to a 1,500-seat middle school. Dunwoody High School would get 600 seats added. That option includes split feeders to schools in several regions and would add 4,950 middle and high school seats. Estimated cost is $163 million. Option C includes re-clustering Cross Keys, adding a new 2,000-seat high school in the Sequoyah area area, adding a 1,400seat middle school for Cross Keys at the Briarcliff site and relocating Chamblee magnet programs to schools in various regions that have available space. Estimated cost is $224 million, including land purchase.

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