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► Another look for Sandy Springs Circle design? PAGE 2 ► City now requires ‘higher-quality’ apartment construction PAGE 11



Riverfront event facility plan gets stream of criticism BY JOHN RUCH

Plans for a riverfront event facility in Sandy Springs at the Roswell bridge drew a stream of criticism from residents at an Aug. 29 community meeting. Traffic and a possible conversion to a restaurant were main concerns with the four-story, 30,000-squarefoot facility planned at the corner of Roswell Road and Roberts Drive. “It’s a disaster for the residents or anyone who drives an automobile on Roberts

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Cole Gardner, left, and Michael Massa Jr., 10, find “virtual creatures” in a parking lot, known as “Pokéman Island,” at The Prado shopping center on Aug. 25. The area has a reputation for being the third best spot in metro Atlanta to capture Pokémon characters. Local businesses gave up four parking spaces to make it easier for players to gather.


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City nears traffic agreements for Braves, Pill Hill BY JOHN RUCH

More than two months after blasting Cobb County and Pill Hill hospitals for “nightmare” traffic, the city of Sandy Springs is inking deals to work with them on mitigation plans. Cobb has abandoned its plan to dump future Braves stadium traffic off I-285 onto Northside Drive and is backing parts of the city’s own traffic management plan, officials said at the Aug. 16 Sandy Springs City Council meeting. And Pill Hill hospitals are close to signing onto a city-administered “Shared Congestion and Parking Management Strategy.”


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Sandy Springs Circle road design may get a second look BY JOHN RUCH

The controversial Sandy Springs Circle roadway design—especially a plan to turn two travel lanes into on-street parking—may get a second look after a noisy, three-hour meeting drew about 125 residents to Sandy Springs City Hall Aug. 17. Sandy Springs United Methodist Church had a large presence at the meeting and later launched two petitions against the project. The church also revealed its concerns are rooted in a potential private redevelopment on its property. “We’re not interested in building a project that the city doesn’t want,” Mayor Rusty Paul said at the meeting about the design for Sandy Springs Circle between

Hammond Drive and Mount Vernon Highway, which includes sidewalks and a multi-use path. The project could be built next year and is in the right-of-way acquisition phase, which city Capital Programs Manager Andrew Thompson estimated could cost $2.8 million to $3 million. The entire project budget is about $7 million. “How do we kill this thing?” one resident shouted in a meeting filled with much laughter and applause. Most of the complaints were aimed at the parallel parking spaces and reduced lanes, which city engineers say would slow traffic while more than handling needed capacity on what is now a four-lane road. The engineers explained that traffic on such a road is not about lanes, but about how intersections function, and that the project would actually somewhat improve the

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“At this time, we are not at liberty to flow of an average 8,000 vehicle trips per day in the corridor in 2018. share any potential development plans Many people said they generally liked with you due to the fact that our congrethe idea of making Sandy Springs Cirgation has not made a formal determinacle a “boulevard” lined with trees and tion regarding the future use of the propsidewalks, while the multi-use path had erty,” Martin said in an email. “However, friends and foes. I am able to say that the city’s plans for “I think there was an ask for re-evaluSandy Springs Circle will have a dramatic ation of some aspects of the project,” but impact upon the church’s ability to utilize also support for walkability features and its property in the future, development or a “more efficient and safno development.” er” street, said City ManThe church’s two peager John McDonough titions against the projafter the meeting. He We’re not interested in ect—one for church said the City Council has members and one for the the authority to make building a project that general public, on the just about any project the city doesn’t want. website had change if it chooses. drawn more than 500 Not building the proj- MAYOR RUSTY PAUL signatures by Aug. 29. ect at all seems unlikeAnother big instituly, as Thompson said it tional neighbor of the would leave much of the project, Heritage Sanstreet without sidewalks and could force dy Springs, has no official position, but the refunding of federal money. But it also “would welcome increased walking trafappears that tweaks are possible. fic and additional parking spaces in the The plan’s path and retaining walls area,” said Heritage Executive Director would extend more than 40 feet into the Carol Thompson. However, she added, church’s property. Rev. Thomas Martin, many members are concerned that prothe church’s senior pastor, declined to say grams and events, such as the annual what the private developers are proposSandy Springs Festival, would be affected ing, except that they would not affect the by the year-long construction phase. existing church Activities Center.

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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

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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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Destinations: From Sandy Springs’ High Point Road to Buford Farmer’s Market; and from Peachtree Road Kroger and Brookhaven City Hall to Plaza Fiesta. Waze’s route: On all three rush-hour trips, Waze directed drivers through central Brookhaven via Dresden Drive. Last month, Brookhaven City Council approved extensive traffic-calming measures—including dozens more speed humps and partially closed roads—in the Brookhaven Heights neighborhood. The intent of the plan is to thwart Waze-users and other motorists from cutting through the residential neighborhood off North Druid Hills Road. But in all three trips of the recent experiment, Waze never directed drivers through Brookhaven Heights, instead using Dresden Drive about a block away. The traffic-calming devices are not yet installed and it is unclear whether Waze may have changed its map in response to the controversy. Waze and its corporate owner, Google, did not respond to questions.


Destination: From the Reporter Newspapers office on Roswell Road to the Dunwoody Nature Center on Roberts Drive. Waze’s route: The app sent drivers to Dalrymple Road in Sandy Springs onto Chamblee-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody. It then directed drivers to cut through the quiet residential street Dunwoody Knoll Drive.

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A rendering of a commercial streetfront within the 1117 Perimeter Center West redevelopment. The existing hexagonal office building is shown to the left with a heavily modified facade.


The billion-dollar, five-skyscraper redevelopment plan for 1117 Perimeter Center West in Sandy Springs has drawn traffic concerns. At an Aug. 22 community meeting, the developers tried to reassure residents with new commitments: guaranteeing a direct MARTA station connection and pledging to delay three of the five towers until after major roadway upgrades are done in 2020. About two dozen people attending the meeting at Sandy Springs City Hall still had concerns about parking and traffic, estimated at a minimum 12,000 vehicle trips per day. Among them was a representative of the neighboring Perimeter Pointe shopping center, who revealed early mixed-use redevelopment plans for the site. “No surprise, what we have primarily heard is, ‘It’s too dense. The infrastructure is

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overloaded,’” said project attorney Carl Westmoreland. But, he noted, the project is less dense than the city’s interim zoning guidelines around transit stations. It’s still one of the biggest projects ever proposed for Perimeter Center, while its mixed-use approach aims to make it an example of transit-oriented development. The plan by Australia-based Hong Property Trust, with JLL as developer, calls for about 1,600 residential units in three towers; about 1.5 million square feet of offices in two towers; and about 200,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space. Including parking and other features, the towers could be 35 stories tall, project agent Rob Forrest said. An unusual, hexagonal office building currently on the site would remain, with heavy modifications into a retail attraction. New renderings presented at the meeting showed an ice skating rink in its central courtyard. Physicians/Providers: Gregory J. Cox, MD, Elizabeth M. Burns, MD, Corinne L. Erickson, MD, Shaanan S. Shetty, MD, and Pamela M. McElearney, PA-C

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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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Jinya Ramen Bar When was the last time you ponied up 79 cents at the grocery store for a brick of dehydrated raDining Out men noodles with a Megan Volpert tiny seasoning packMegan Volpert lives in et? If that is your idea Decatur, teaches in Ro- of what ramen is, reswell and writes books joice, for Jinya Ramen about popular culture. Bar has finally arrived in Sandy Springs, and the ramen there is nothing like the sad, salty snack you remember from college. Jinya is a small, fast casual chain conceived by Tomonori Takahashi, who moved his ramen joint from Tokyo to California in

2010. Takahashi’s success over the past six years has sprouted more than 20 shops, from Santa Monica to Austin to Chicago to Washington D.C. Our city was overdue – heck, even Tulsa is getting a Jinya this year. The ramen you slurped in college had only two things going for it: it was cheap and fast. The power of Jinya is that it preserves those two essential values, with the additional two grown-up values of being delicious and healthy. This little 40-seat ramen bar is designed to get you out the door again in under an hour. Enjoy the upbeat dance pop and reggae music while you wait fewer than 10 minutes for your food to arrive. Nobody has time to simmer a 10-hour broth made from scratch at home; Jinya has many varieties

ready when you arrive. Just pick your additions and plunge in. You can’t go wrong with any of the choices, but if you don’t know where to start, pick a number. I had the #1 spicy chicken ramen. It comes with chicken broth, two fat slices of tender chicken chashu, spinach, spicy bean sprouts, Tokyo negi (a type of onion), green onion and thin noodles. All noodles and broths are made in-house. If you like fresh pasta, wait until you try fresh ramen. It comes in a gigantic bowl, and try as you might to put a dent in it, no matter how hungry you are you’ll still be taking half of it home. Well worth the $12, and you can add over 20 different accoutrements for a dollar or two more – anything from extra noodles to a poached egg to bok choy to dried seaweed. My wife ordered the #2 garlic

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The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber’s Restaurant Council marked the start of football season with its second annual “Kickoff Cookout” at The Prado’s 5 Seasons Brewing Company beer garden on Aug. 27. Attendees enjoyed live music and food from several local restaurants.

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 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

Foundation. This year’s theme is taken from John Updike’s novel and film, “The Witches of Eastwick.” Hosts/chefs Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison will welcome an all-female line up of award-winning chefs at Ponce City Market for the event. Tickets are $250 for James Beard Foundation members and $275 for non-members. For details, visit Restaurateur Chris Martha and Chef Michael Semancik are expected to open Scout in Decatur’s Oakhurst neighborhood soon. The menu will feature “interpretive regional cuisine” alongside a craft cocktail menu from beverage director Nate Shuman. The restaurant is located at 321 West Hill St.


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Survey/ Are you ready for some football? Question 1: With the upcoming official kickoff of football season, which of the following is your favorite local professional/major college football team?

What some respondents said they love about football season:

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Atlanta Falcons (54%)


Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (22%)

“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.”

UGA Bulldogs (23%)

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Question 2: How do you think your favorite team will do this year compared to last year?

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About the same (42%)

“Fans and the stadium. [The] Georgia Dome is pretty cool. Can’t wait ’til they are finished with the Mercedes-Benz [Stadium].” --27-year-old Dunwoody 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?” Contributors Grace Huseth, Phil Mosier, Clare S. Richie, Megan Volpert

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“Tailgating and the atmosphere of the games! Win or lose, it is always a great time with friends!” --24-year-old Atlanta woman “Just watching and enjoying the game, period.” --25-year-old Brookhaven man

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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

Letter to the Editor Does our city council give special consideration to industry lobbyists not afforded Sandy Springs residents? It is council policy to only allow public comment at the end of the second monthly meeting? Last week this rule was suspended to allow timber industry lobbyists to speak on an ordinance proposed to amend a section of the building code requiring steel and concrete construction in apartments rather than wood. Thumbs up to Councilman Tibby DeJulio for being the lone voice opposing industry favoritism. The stricter building ordinance passed, but the industry lobbyists should never have received preferential treatment not granted citizens.

“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 “I love the feeling I get when I smell the grills going and hearing cheers at tailgates while other games are going on!” --28-year-old Sandy Springs woman

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A similar issue occurred at a recent Planning Commission meeting. New text amendments were up for review, and a landowner’s zoning attorney and staff had crafted them to only apply to just a few parcels along Roswell Road. Should our code be “spot zoning” by legislation instead of review by full City Council? Why craft such narrow uses for just a few parcels of land? Kudos to the Planning Commission for denying one amendment and deferring the second proposal. We did not become a city to favor the clients who hire powerful, connected lobbyists and zoning attorneys, but to have all of us represented. — Tochie A. Blad

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City now requires ‘higher-quality’ apartment construction BY JOHN RUCH

Sandy Springs City Council on Aug. 16 adopted a “higher-quality” code that requires more apartment buildings to be built with steel and masonry rather than wood. The unanimous approval came over objections from development and wood industry advocates that left city officials—including Mayor Rusty Paul, whose family is in the tree-farming business—protesting that they are “not discriminating against wood.” The code change requires apartment buildings over three stories tall or over 100,000 square feet in size to be constructed with steel and masonry rather than wood framing. Previous code—which also includes hotels and condos—allows wood-framing up to four stories, or five stories if the building has a fire sprinkler system, and steel and masonry for taller structures. The change became effective immediately. But it does not apply to any project filed earlier as long as it gets a building permit within six months. The code change required review from the state, which had no objection or comment, according to Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert. The move to reduce wood-framed, or “stick-built,” apartments has several motives as described by city leaders. One is better-looking and longer-lasting buildings. Another is fire safety. Steel and masonry also costs more, which Paul has said might discourage infill apartment housing in the city’s “protected neighborhoods” of old-school, suburban single-family homes. Opponents speaking before the vote included Michael Paris, president and CEO of the Council for Quality Growth, a Sandy Springs-based developer advocacy group. Paris warned that higher construction costs might contradict the city’s policy goal of more affordable housing and offering a “full range of housing choices.” He said his group is “concerned some of those goals might be unattainable” and suggested that building quality be regulated through zoning rather than material restrictions. “I don’t know what the problem is you’re solving,” said Sam Francis, senior director of National Programs for the American Wood Council, who came from Pennsylvania to protest. He promoted wood as more environmentally sustainable and at least as fire-safe as steel and masonry. The code change “will not add to the safety and durability of buildings here in Sandy Springs,” said Matt Hestad, a spokesperson for the Georgia Forestry Association, who emphasized the economic importance of wood as a “homegrown” Georgia building material. The mayor and council were not swayed. “I don’t think what we’re trying to do here is solve a problem. I think what we’re SS

trying to do here is set a goal,” said Councilmember Chris Burnett. “We’re certainly not discriminating against wood.” “It almost sounds like you all think we’re not allowing wood construction,” said Councilmember John Paulson, noting that the code change just reduces the requirement by one story. “It’s not as if we’re abandoning wood construction.” The industry advocates were apparently unaware of Mayor Paul’s connections to the timber industry. “It’s not discriminating against wood at all,” the mayor said, describing the change as “a very narrow utilization and a very narrow application” and also calling it an “interim step.” “I don’t think you’re going to be selling less wood products in Sandy Springs because of this ordinance,” Paul said. There was some council controversy about allowing the industry advocates to speak at all before the vote, as it was not required under city procedure. City Manager John McDonough requested the public comment period due to a staff miscommunication with the advocates that they would be allowed to speak. The council voted 5-1 to allow the prevote comments, with Councilmember Tibby DeJulio the lone “no” vote.

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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

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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:

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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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Drive,” said one man in the crowd of 45 attendees gathered at the Stars & Strikes bowling lane for an early meeting held before a plan is officially filed with the city. Some residents also recalled a previous development controversy several years ago with property owner William Odrey II, who lives in the house currently on the site and runs the Shoot the Hooch boating company in Roswell. Odrey insisted throughout the meeting that his idea was triggered by a planned bicycle and pedestrian bridge that, he said, will ruin the residential use of his property. But afterward, he acknowledged he proposed the “same thing” years ago, though residents variously remembered it as a “school,” “handicapped” facility or “research center.” Odrey’s plan involves replacing his own ranch house with the event facility, designed by Sandy Springs-based Restaurant Consulting Group in what he called a “Frank Lloyd Wright-ish” style with staggered stories and a stone exterior. It includes a 5,000-square-foot observation

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deck overlooking the Chattahoochee River and a kitchen for use by caterers, but no restaurant. The facility could hold events hosting around 400 people, Odrey said. The plan includes 40 parking spaces that Pete Hendricks, Odrey’s attorney, said would be used only for caterers and guests with disabilities. Guests would access the site, Hendricks and Odrey said, via motorized trolleys picking them up or possibly by using off-site parking at nearby office parks. Odrey said he owns a trolley business called Premier Trolleys. Residents said area traffic is already bad and predicted that many facility guests would drive and park on nearby public streets. Some said that 40 parking spaces sounds like more than needed just for caterers and handicapped spots, with one resident calling it a “little misrepresentation.” The plan requires rezoning from residential to commercial use, a precedent that concerned residents. Hendricks said the plans may be filed with the city by Sept. 6., with more meetings to follow.








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Friday, Sept. 9, 6 p.m. Leadership Sandy Springs’ Movies by Moonlight series shows a film about a man-cub, raised by wolves, on a journey of self-discovery. Free. Rated PG. Family friendly. Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, Activities Center Lawn, 86 Mount Vernon Highway and Sandy Springs Circle, 30328. Movie shown at dark. Visit:

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.



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:

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:

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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:

‘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


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: or visit:

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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:

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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 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

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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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A: There are no tricks, but I think over the years you develop different layers to your class so that there are many things going on at once. A casual observer might not notice those various layers, but the teacher and students understand. I try to create a fun atmosphere in which everyone feels involved and participates.

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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs The following represent some, but not all, of the reports made to the Sandy Springs police from Aug. 11 through Aug. 24. The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.


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300 block of Carpenter Drive said that on Aug. 22, he saw two males exit an older black sedan. One took a leaf blower from his truck. The victim said he surprised the suspect, who raised his waistband to reveal that he had a gun. The two men left in the car. The suspect was in his 20s and 5-feet, 9-inches with a thin moustache.

Kingsport Drive – On Aug. 19, a CAPT. STEVE ROSE, SSPD 46-year-old man reported that around midnight, he and his roommates were in the apartment when they heard a knock on the door. He opened it and saw a woman who told him that she needed $120 and would exchange sex for the money. He declined and closed the door. Minutes later someone knocked again. He opened the door at which time three to four males forced entry. He said he was hit in the head by one of the men. He then fled the apartment; however, his roommates were still inside. He called the police, who arrived just after midnight. He said the suspects were in their 20s. The woman was thin, in her 20s, with long black hair. He is missing his Mexican Consulate ID, phone and credit card. None of the residents had cash on them.

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someone forced entry to the Rio Bravo Restaurant overnight. Missing is a safe containing a small amount of cash. „„100 block of Maryeanna Drive – On Aug. 23,

someone forced entry to the home through a door and removed several jewelry items.

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these crooks are parasites, ruining people, but for goodness sakes, common sense should come into play here at some point. „„A man reported that his home is for sale,

and he discovered that someone removed the for-sale sign and put it in the bushes on several occasions. He also noticed that he was receiving mail addressed to someone he did not know. He told the postal carrier about this and increased his security by adding a video camera. FedEx delivered a package that he suspected of being credit card applications. He believes the previous mailings were also credit card applications. On Aug. 19, his neighbor saw a car parked in the culde-sac. He confronted two people who were walking around the home. They quickly left. The neighbor did not call 911. The car is a black Toyota, Florida tag, Dollar rental. They were looking to intercept the mail. Call 911 folks!



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City nears Braves, Pill Hill traffic agreements Continued from page 1 “Are we at nirvana? No, not even close to it,” Mayor Rusty Paul said of the Braves traffic situation. But, he added, dialogue is underway, “so there’s no more need for temper tantrums from the rostrum for now.” Paul’s traffic-related outbursts seemed to play a role in bringing Cobb and the hospitals back to the table in recent weeks. But actual solutions are still down the road, and many residents continue to raise traffic concerns on their own. The Riverside Homeowners Association has organized a Sept. 21 community traffic forum at Riverwood International Charter School. Meanwhile, here is the current state of traffic-planning agreements.

COBB AND THE BRAVES Cobb will no longer seek to dump stadium traffic deliberately onto Northside Drive, Assistant City Manager Bryant Poole announced to the City Council. And it has agreed to back such city proposals as a “slip ramp” that would allow drivers to shift directly from I-285 onto Interstate North Parkway during stadium events. Cobb and the city have written a joint letter to the Braves and the Georgia Department of Transportation requesting such

projects, which could be done by Opening Day in April, according to Poole and City Manager John McDonough. Cobb does want to install an electronic sign with changing traffic messages along Interstate North Parkway within Sandy Springs, an idea that some city councilmembers had hesitations about.

PILL HILL The city is close to having Pill Hill’s three hospitals—Northside, Emory Saint Joseph’s and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite—sign an agreement to coordinate their traffic and parking management plans. A draft of the agreement shows several detailed requests, including a $5,000 contribution “toward the cost of a parking management consultant for the Medical Center area to prepare recommendations for gaining efficiencies.” The city would hire and manage the consultant. The agreement includes an October deadline for coming up with a written strategy. CHOA said it is committed to working with the city, while Northside said it is reviewing the agreement and may want to provide feedback before signing it. Emory Saint Joseph’s did not respond to questions.

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