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Confederate monument crossfire hits home BY EVELYN ANDREWS firstname.lastname@example.org
This Confederate monument is located on Peachtree Battle Avenue. An advisory committee will make recommendations in the coming months for what should be done with monuments and street names in Atlanta linked to the Confederacy.
EXCEPTIONAL EDUCATOR Sarah Smith teacher pursues ‘pizzazz’
Civil War monuments should be about marking transitions and remembering what happens when we can’t find peaceful solutions. People who attempt to violently remove them are exactly why we need them.
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Candidate list set for November city elections BY EVELYN ANDREWS With the qualifying period over, the candidate list for Atlanta elections is set. Both City Council districts representing the heart of Buckhead have attracted competing candidates. The Nov. 7 election includes all Atlanta City Council seats, City Council president, mayor and all Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education seats.
What should metro Atlanta officials do with Confederate monuments that stand on public land? See COMMENTARY, Page 11
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— A 35-year-old Brookhaven man
As national controversy swirls around Confederate monuments, at least two are located on former Civil War battlefields in Buckhead, and they may face different futures. The two monuments – one on private land at Piedmont Hospital and one on public land — refer
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A new book chronicles Sam Massell’s life, tells Buckhead’s history and, the former mayor hopes, “sets the record straight on some issues.” “It’s a marketing piece for Buckhead, in my opinion, but I also hope it encourages young people interested in politics to go into public service,” said Massell, who now is president of the Buckhead Coalition. The book, titled “Play It Again, Sam: The Notable Life of Sam Massell,” was written by former Atlanta resident and author Charles McNair. It chronicles Massell’s journey through careers in real estate, elected office and the tourism industry and as president of the Buckhead Coalition, a nonprofit civic association made up of 100 CEOs and other leaders in the community. The 200-page book shows why Massell has been nicknamed “The Mayor of Buckhead.” “On Sam’s watch, Buckhead has become a brand name synonymous with sophisticated, stylish, unapologetic affluence,” McNair writes of Massell’s work as president of the Buckhead Coalition. To develop material for the book, Massell spent evenings over the course of a year recalling old stories with his wife Sandra Gordy and with McNair. He and Gordy
spent a day at the Atlanta History Center what those issues are — people will have to reviewing documents and photos from read the book to find out, he said — but Massell’s time as mayor. he would say he believes even some of his “If I’d known what a big job it was I may friends will be surprised at certain stories. not have done it,” he said of the book-writThe last chapter, titled “The Buckhead ing process. “It’s nine decades of life the book covers,” said Massell, who turned 90 in August. Over 100 photos are printed in the book, ranging from recent events to Massell’s days in in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. The book includes a In a picture from the book, Sam Massell carries the Olympic Torch photo of a fishthrough Buckhead before the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. ing trip with Sidney Marcus, who was a representative Boy,” details not only Massell’s work in in the Georgia House and Massell’s former Buckhead, but also the history of the comcollege roommate. “He was a great friend munity. It discusses Atlanta’s annexation and I miss him very much,” Massell said of of Buckhead in 1952 and the shift from Marcus, who died in 1983. a residential neighborhood to a bustling Massell said he wanted the book written commercial center in the 1960s. so future generations of his family could “Buckhead was were you slept, Atlanta read about him and also to “set the record where you played. It changed in less than a straight on some issues.” He wouldn’t say generation,” McNair writes.
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Massell also warns in the book against Buckhead becoming its own city. He fearing the city of Atlanta would face financial difficulties if that happened. “There’s no question in my mind that Buckhead could make a success of itself, on its own, as a new city. But we have to think further than self-interests here. We have to look at the bigger picture,” Massell says in the book. Also detailed is the Buckhead Coalition’s work and accomplishments, most notably the extension of Ga. 400 through Buckhead. Massell recalls flying city councilmembers over the area in a helicopter to try to win their votes. Massell was the city’s first Jewish mayor, a fact the book highlights with its tagline: “Atlanta’s First Minority Mayor.” “[My election] showed there was a comfort level in the community at large that overrode its prejudices,” Massell said. The book details Massell’s tenure as mayor from 1970-1974, including his role in appointing African Americans to city positions, which occurred peacefully, unlike in some other Southern cities, he said. “It can fairly be said that Sam played a critical — and today widely underappreciated — role in Atlanta’s transition from city government under white leadership to city government under black leadership,” McNair writes.
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If the dams at DeKalb County’s twin reservoirs in Dunwoody failed, a roughly 10foot wall of water would slam into nearby houses. Within an hour, the flood would lap against I-285 at a depth of 10 to 12 feet, and flow nearly five miles down the Nancy Creek’s bed in Brookhaven. Some areas would be submerged in more than 40 feet of water. Hundreds of residents in the flood path would have little warning. Yet they would still have a precious chance to flee, because DeKalb recently filed an “Emergency Action Plan,” or EAP, about where the water would go in a worst-case scenario and who would get the alarm.
But among the 11 state-monitored public and private dams in Reporter Newspapers communities, that’s one of only a few that filed EAPs by a July 1 legal deadline. The state Safe Dams Program is working to get the others — and all of the roughly 500 “high-hazard” dams statewide — to get into compliance. “You’re realizing the sad reality” of how fast a dam-failure flood could hit homes and roads, said Tom Woosley, head of the Safe Dams Program, as he displayed the “inundation maps” for those Scott Candler Reservoirs in DeKalb. “I’ve had some owners go, ‘I didn’t know my dam could impact so much.’” The state’s classification of a dam as “high-hazard” is not a judgment about its condition; the Candler Reservoirs, for example, have received recent good inspection reports. “High-hazard” means that if the dam did fail for whatever reason — accident, natural disaster, structural failure, terrorism — the flood likely would kill people downstream.
The lethal potential of water was fresh on Woosley’s mind. As he was displaying various EAPs in a state records office in downtown Atlanta, where they are available only as printed documents, the city of Houston was drowning in historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey. The Federal Emergency Management Agency produced the concept of the EAP for public safety. The format varies state to state, but the basics are the same. There’s a map detailing the area that would be flooded in a worst-case, “sudden failure,” meaning all the water coming out of the dam within six minutes from the spot where the water would flow the strongest. There’s a list of all properties that would be flooded. For dams where a flood would affect only a small number of homes or other buildings, the EAP may include contact information for specific people there. For dams with bigger impact zones, there is simply a list of properties that authorities would alert by making a reverse 911 call to all numbers in that area. For DeKalb’s Candler Reservoirs, that list of properties is nine pages long. EAPs are intended for use by both dam owners and local governments. For the owners, the EAP notes three levels of problems and required responses. Level 1 is an unusual wet spot appearing on the dam, which only requires “monitoring.” This level is intended partly to encourage dam owners to make regular inspections. “All dams leak,” Woosley said, so the important part is knowing when a leak is unusual and a sign of a structural problem. “Part of the idea is the owner … should be inspecting this dam routinely … There’s some judgment in there, which goes back to, ‘Hey, owners. Get to know your dam.’” The other two levels are for serious problems and both require immediate notification of people in flood-zone properties. Level 2 is when water is seen flowing through the dam, requiring “protective actions” and repairs. Level 3 is imminent failure, which requires evacuation of everyone in the flood zone.
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The Emergency Action Plan for DeKalb County’s Scott Candler Reservoirs in Dunwoody shows in blue the area expected to be almost instantly flooded if both dams failed. Other maps in the plan show the flood extending miles away.
Local dams and EAPs The Safe Dams Program has a small staff that often struggles to find owners and receive regular inspections of highhazard dams, especially the many littleknown private dams that impound leisure lakes in subdivisions. It’s having similar challenges on the newly required EAPs. Woosley said the state received “one that said, ‘In the event of failure, we’ll run for it.’” That was the entire EAP filed for a privately owned dam in Cobb County. “They have since reconsidered their philosophy,” he added. Of 11 local high-hazard dams, Woosley said, only three have completed EAPs: the Candler Reservoirs (including separate flood maps for each reservoir); Brookhaven’s Murphy Candler Lake; and Lake Northridge in Sandy Springs. Those he said have not submitted include: Capital City Country Club Lake in Buckhead; Silver Lake in Brookhaven; Dunwoody Club Crossing Lake in Dunwoody; Lake Forrest on the Buckhead/Sandy Springs border; and Cherokee Country Club Lake, Peppertree Lake, Powers Lake and Tera Lake in Sandy Springs. Some owners have said they’re working on the EAPs, Woosley said, and the owners of Dunwoody Club Crossing Lake are appealing their high-hazard classification. Safe Dams does not monitor federally regulated dams that may also be highhazard. One of those is Morgan Falls Dam on the Chattahoochee River on the Sandy Springs/Cobb County line. However, such dams also file EAPs with the state; the latest Morgan Falls plan was filed in January.
Lake Forrest is among the many highhazard dams with complicated ownership and repair issues. It sits directly on the Atlanta/Sandy Springs border beneath Lake Forrest Drive, and has a homeowners association involved in ownership as well. The city of Sandy Springs is taking the lead on managing state-ordered inspections of its condition and consideration of possible alternative designs, but the process has dragged on for years. Meanwhile, the lake has been drained, though large storms could fill it up rapidly, the state says. Sandy Springs city spokesperson Sharon Kraun said Safe Dams granted a twomonth extension on filing the EAP while alternatives are finalized as a necessary step to creating the response plan. But Woosley said that’s not quite true. “We can’t grant an extension … we can grant some discretion on enforcement,” he said, referring to the possibility of the state Attorney General suing the owners. “But technically, any that didn’t make the July 1 deadline, they’re out of compliance.” With Lake Forrest, Woosley said, the city’s decision on a long-term fix is “irrelevant” to filing an EAP because the flooding issue would be similar. “You can get something in,” he said. A major issue addressed by EAPs is that people often don’t know they live downstream from a dam. Woosley said people should check a program like Google Maps to see if they live along a waterway or valley that is near a dam — and any lake or pond in this area has a dam, he said. “On the flipside, don’t panic,” if you’re near one of these high-hazard dams, he added. “Having an EAP is not a bad thing … and having an EAP does not mean the dam
is going to fail.” Woosley said that homeowners are sometimes concerned that their property
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U.S. Sen. David Perdue made lengthy appearances at two recent events in Buckhead and Sandy Springs, where Georgia’s Republican junior senator spoke on a variety of federal issues. Perdue had two major themes. One was strongly supporting President Donald Trump, while calling for bipartisan, pragmatic solutions to national problems. The other was the national debt as a crisis-level threat to national security. On Aug. 23, Perdue spoke at a Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce lunch at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North hotel. On Aug. 25, Perdue joined a panel discussion on global security issues at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Buckhead. Sponsored by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the panel also included retired U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Hawley and Coca-Cola Company executive Michael Goltzman. About 20 protesters gathered outside the hotel during the Buckhead event, chanting “Where’s David Perdue?” and making chicken noises as attendees exited. The protesters object to Perdue’s lack of public town hall forums. At the Sandy Springs lunch, which was heavily guarded by police but drew no protesters, Perdue told reporters he “absolutely” feels he is in touch with his constituents without holding town halls. The following are some of Perdue’s comments on key issues made at one or both events.
Perdue is close to Trump and addressed the president’s many contro-
versies and critics, both within and outside the Republican Party. “I don’t understand why Republicans aren’t supporting a Republican in the White House,” Perdue told reporters, and to the Sandy Springs audience, praised Trump in the highest terms. While acknowledging that “we have a person in the White House who doesn’t fit your mold of a president, doesn’t fit my mold of a president,” Perdue said Trump is like “men of destiny” such as Winston Churchill. “Forget about his tweets. Forget about everything else the media wants you to focus on,” Perdue said. Instead, he listed what he said were Trump’s accomplishments, such as successfully nominating U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, reducing hundreds of business regulations, and convincing other NATO member countries to consider paying a greater share to that mutual defense program.
Underlying such issues as health insurance reform and military readiness is the national debt, Perdue said, and it should be seen as a “crisis” that could unite Americans like world wars have done. He said typical answers from across the political spectrum — raising taxes, cutting spending or growing the economy — won’t work, and left the solution less clear than the problem, though he emphasized pragmatism and publicprivate partnerships.
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Committee for Foreign Relations and several relevant subcommittees. “We can’t solve every problem off of our budget,” he said. Without adequate funding for diplomacy and aid, war is more likely, he said. Public-private partnerships are one tactic Perdue emphasized that can provide humanitarian aid while reducing the national debt. “The encouragement for me is … more and more dollars are coming from the private sector and other governments because of our leadership,” he said.
said, adding that such a balanced approach reflects the unity among diversity the country needs in its politics. He did not directly say what that context should be, but said he grew up in a diverse “melting pot” of a military town and that the signs “can’t be offensive.”
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Perdue praised Trump’s recently announced policy to allow more U.S. troops on more flexible missions in Afghanistan. “We told the enemy when we were leaving. … That’s no way to win a war,” Perdue said of the previous policy of reducing troop levels. He said Trump’s plan to put emphasis on diplomacy is “refreshing.” “Victory is not killing every member of Taliban. It’s to get them into a diplomatic conversation,” Perdue said. “We are no closer to [victory] now than we were 10 years ago, but we now have a mission, we now have a definition of what victory is,” Perdue said.
Confederate monuments, most erected in the era of racist Jim Crow laws, are coming down in several Southern cities and Atlanta is considering the fate of its own. Perdue suggested that such monuments remain standing, but with new interpretative historical signs. “I personally think the monuments and the whole memorabilia is part of history, but needs to have context,” he
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Bejay Osby Sarah Smith Elementary Bejay Osby has been teaching at Sarah Smith Elementary, a public school in Buckhead, for nine years. Osby began his teaching career at Sarah Smith and taught all subjects to fourth graders for the past eight years. This year he became a fifth -grade teacher and will only teach math and science, his “two true passions.” He also regularly incorporates exercise in his classroom and has his students help care for the school’s garden.
have ever had, but the most rewarding and satisfying as well.
What keeps you going year after year?
Being in a superlative school with superlative students, parents, and teachers is definitely a constant inspiration and motivation that I am endlessly grateful for. I love what I do and I love where I do it!
What attracted you to teaching at first?
A: I love kids and I love
Bejay Osby teaches math and science to fifth-graders at Sarah Smith Elementary.
teaching kids, but it wasn’t that simple. I initially chose a career path that I knew would be lucrative as an account executive, but I was miserable. Professionally, I have little patience for adults and I needed something more than just a job. I needed to be more creative. I needed to have a greater impact. I needed to become a teacher. I was afforded the ability to go back to school and change my path. It is without question that teaching is the hardest job I
How do you engage your students?
In this day and age, you have to be creative to engage students. Technology is key, but project-based learning is just as important. I like for my students to create and connect, communicate ideas, argue various perspectives and get their hands dirty in their learning process. I am also certified to teach health and physical education, K-12, so engagement in my class, and beyond, includes physical activity. We may do Pilates body breaks or
Osby, center, poses with his students at the Dunwoody Nature Center where he said his class got the inspiration to create a pollinator garden at Sarah Smith Elementary.
quick cardio bursts in the classroom, but I think play, and being involved in that play, can be crucial in teaching my students outside the classroom. For example, you may find me on the basketball court, four-square court or pitching a game of kickball at recess. This helps build deeper connections with my students. I can help them problem-solve
in a competitive setting, and often bridges are built between students, especially those who may be more reluctant to join a game.
Do you have a project or special program you use year after year?
The book “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio plays a key role my classroom each year. The main character, Auggie Pullman, has a craniofacial abnormality, or “difference,” and is going to school for the first time in fifth grade. Last year, my class was so moved that they decided to raise money for the World Craniofacial Foundation (worldcf.org). My students also enjoy creating each year an Explorer Wax Museum, when they “become” wax representations of the European explorers we study. They have full costumes and well-prepared, one-minute biographical speeches they deliver to the invited visitors of our museum. My class heads our school’s “Captain Plant” gardens. My students last year were inspired to add a pollinator garden to help with the Monarch butterfly and bee population. With the help of the Dunwoody Nature Center and Blue Heron Nature Preserve, they grew milkweed from seedlings in our lab and eventually transferred them to beds outside.
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Is there a “trick” that works to get students involved?
Overall, we have to be entertainers through our lesson presentations, classwork and projects. Learning, especially at the primary and intermediate levels, needs to be fun, motivating and differentiated. Engagement is key. I strive to give my students razzle, dazzle, pageantry and pizzazz for each lesson each day. If you love what you are doing then students see that, and naturally want to be a part of that process. Editor’s note: Through our “Exceptional Educator” series, Reporter Newspapers showcase the work of some of the outstanding teachers and administrators at our local schools. To recommend an educator for our series, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Lovett School has disciplined students involved with playing an anti-Semitic party game, according to a statement from Billy Peebles, the school’s headmaster. The Buckhead private school was made aware of the game two weeks ago and conducted an immediate investigation, Peebles said in the statement. “Two weeks ago, The Lovett School was made aware that several students, and students from other schools, were involved this summer in an off-campus incident with anti-Semitic overtones and other violations of Lovett’s character pledge and student handbook,” Peebles said in the statement. “The school pursued an immediate investigation, and significant responses — including disciplinary action and counseling — have been undertaken.” News media, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, have reported the game was beer pong played at an off-campus party and called “Jews vs. Nazis.” One student was expelled and five were suspended, the AJC reported. Peebles also said in the statement the school will learn from this “very troubling incident.” “Character education is at the heart of all we do at Lovett, and we deeply appreciate the individuals and organizations across our community who are helping us to continue to learn and grow from this very troubling incident,” he said.
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Left, the school’s science lab is gutted after being damaged by smoke and fire. Right, a meeting room has been divided and turned into two temporary classrooms while the school building is being repaired.
St. Martin’s Episcopal School in Brookhaven reopened for its first day of school Aug. 17, but some students are located in remote classrooms on church property after a man started a fire in the school earlier this year. Michael Hornbuckle, 40, who authorities said is homeless, was arrested July 6 and was charged with arson in the first degree for the July 4 fire. The part of the school building that is closed included all classrooms for Pre-K and 1st grade and one kindergarten classroom. Those students now are taught in church Sunday school rooms. The students also eat in the church’s fellowship hall instead of their usual cafeteria. All the church property used by the school, which is located on Ashford-Dunwoody Road, will have to be converted weekly to be used by the church, Kristi Gaffney, the school’s marketing and communications manager said during an Aug. 17 tour of the school. Some teachers also had to discard school supplies and furniture that were damaged by smoke, she said. The building remains gutted as contractors work to ventilate it to clear it of the smoke odor. The school is submitting paperwork to its insurance company to determine how much its insurance will cover, which will determine what possible improvements can be made to the building during reconstruction, Gaffney said. Gaffney said they are lucky the school has been able to move to areas within the church instead of an off-site location. “We are really fortunate they are letting us use the space,” she said.
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Commentary / Tackling hate in schools, for kids’ sake In August, the country watched the streets of Charlottesville, Va., become a battleground, as white supremacists waved Nazi flags and shouted vile phrases about Jews and other minorities, and a rage-filled racist took the life of an innocent women and injured many others. According to the Anti-Defamation League, anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. surged by more than one-third in 2016 and have jumped by 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017. The ADL also reports that in 2016, the number of incidents reported of anti-Semitic bullying and vandalism in elementary schools and high schools across the country increased dramatically. Thus, perhaps now more than ever, impressionable children are exposed to proliferating anti-Semitism and many other forms of hate that are rampant in the news, on social media and in casual conversation. They witness role models and leaders discussing it, repeating it, analyzing it, debating it — and it penetrates into their own vernacular without hesitation. But lack of maturity and understanding prevent them from truly recognizing the gravity of their own behavior and speech when they reiterate slurs, replicate symbols and repeat other comments and actions that offend, instill fear and hurt those who know more, those who know better. As anyone who has been targeted can attest, the pain and terror inflicted doesn’t discriminate based on the offender’s ignorance. Furthermore, when one group is targeted, all are at risk. Therefore, anti-Semitism is not just a Jewish problem; it is truly a community problem. Our schools are faced with the challenges of deciphering intent, determining appropriate responses and future prevention. They must do this not only when hate acts and speech occur on school playgrounds
and school buses, in classan example to other commurooms, hallways and lunchnities. One of the top priorities rooms, at social and sporting to emerge from AIAAS’ Leadevents, but now when these ership Forum was focusing efbehaviors transpire outside forts on children — through school hours, via social media education, exposure, involveand direct messaging. ment, responsibility and more. Many discipline the culAIAAS also launched a seprit. Some use the incidents cret Facebook group as a prias teachable moments. But so vate, nonpartisan space for much more can be done. the Atlanta community to disSchools and religious leadcuss instances of anti-Semiers have a perpetual obligation tism; within three days it had to always do better, not just for more than 3,500 members. It the students involved in partichas since become a commuular incidents but for the ennal support system for families tire student body and for the with children who experience future of the world at large. It anti-Semitic behavior from isn’t only important to teach classmates. those who perpetrate; bystandAll of these factors and ers are also culpable in such inmore have compelled the stances and need to know how growing grassroots effort, now to properly become “upstandapproximately 4,400 strong, to ers,” as the Anti-Defamation focus its attention and energy League espouses. on an ambitious endeavor to Earlier this year, the Atlanaddress these issues with all of ta Initiative Against Anti-Semthose who work to shape the Lauren Menis itism corralled nearly 200 of hearts and minds of children. the most prestigious leaders More than 200 impassioned Danielle Cohen from every sector in the greatAIAAS volunteers are currentLisa Fox Freedman er metro area to come together ly working together to host an are founding members at the first-ever Atlanta Leadeducational leadership event of the Atlanta Initiative ership Forum on Anti-Semiin November. AIAAS is invitAgainst Anti-Semitism, tism to discuss how to stand which formed earlier this ing thousands of educationas a united city to combat anti- year and held its first fo- al and religious leaders from Semitism and hate in our com10 metro-area districts reprerum in Sandy Springs. munity. Topical presentations senting public schools, private from experts led to inspiring schools, homeschool groups facilitated discussions among the business, and religious schools, as well as educationreligious, law enforcement, academic, cival, religious, human and civil rights, and soic, nonprofit, arts and entertainment, culcial justice organizations at the local, state, tural, ethnic and social leaders, generating regional and national levels. They will adover 100 pages of ideas of how Atlanta can dress proactive and reactive responses to keep anti-Semitism and hate at bay and be passive and aggressive anti-Semitism and other forms of hate as they relate to children, schools, curriculum, policies, procedures, protocols, programs, resources, tools and much more. The event, whose date and location are to be announced, will include topical presentations from experts in the field and facilitated discussions amongst attendees. To learn more about AIAAS, visit stopantisemitismatl.org, and to become involved, email email@example.com. Rabbi Spike Anderson of Temple Eman-El in Sandy Springs speaks at his table at the Atlanta Initiative Against Anti-Semitism forum hosted by his synagogue on March 30. JOHN RUCH
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Community Survey / The future of Confederate monuments Confederate statues? They ought to be museum pieces. That was the opinion of a nearly 44 percent plurality of respondents to our recent 1Q.com survey of residents in areas served by Reporter Newspapers and INtown Atlanta. The 200 respondents to the recent cellphone survey were asked to choose from among five possible answers setting forth options for what public officials in metro Atlanta should do with the Confederate monuments that now stand on public land. They were also asked what message Civil War monuments should convey. About 16.5 percent of the respondents said the statues should remain just the way they are. About 12 percent said they should be scrapped altogether, while about the same number thought should be left in place with interpretative signs placed nearby to provide context about slavery or racist Jim Crow laws. Another 12 percent said monuments to leaders of the Civil Rights
movement should be placed near the Civil War statues. “The monuments should merely be to acknowledge [and] remember a historical period, but not to celebrate a movement that tried to destroy our union and continue the abhorrence of slavery,” wrote a 62-year-old Sandy Springs man who thought the statues should be moved to museums. A 20-year-old Brookhaven woman agreed. “Our history is our history. We should not glorify it. However, we do need to acknowledge it in order to learn from it and grow,” she wrote. Monuments to Confederate leaders that stand in public places have stirred disputes recently from New Orleans, where several statues were removed, to Charlottesville, Va., where a protest in support of keeping a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee led to violence and a death. In Atlanta, city officials say they will put together a group of advisors to study and make recommenda-
tions on what to do with public Confederate statues and street names. “I don’t believe we have a time in history where the losing side has been immortalized in such a fashion,” wrote a 37-year-old Atlanta woman who said the monuments should be removed. “While we need to recognize that this chapter in our history existed, we should do so in a way that does not insult any segment of our population,” she wrote. “Don’t focus on the individuals, but more that a battle happened, and the outcome. Something symbolizing that American lives were lost, but not creating heroes out of fallen leaders that do not encompass today’s ideology.” A 40-year-old Atlanta man who agreed the monuments should be scrapped said they sent the wrong message. “It should convey a message of building America to make it great, not a constant reminder of oppression,” he wrote. And a 48-year-old Atlanta woman who
What should metro Atlanta officials do with Confederate monuments that stand on public land? Move them to a museum 43.5% Keep them just the way they are 16.5% Keep them, but add interpretative signs about slavery or Jim Crow laws 12.5% Take them down and turn them into scrap 12% Keep them, but install new monuments to Civil Rights figures nearby 12% WIKIPEDIA
A portion of the carving on Stone Mountain, which depicts Confederate figures Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
HERE’S WHAT SOME OTHER RESPONDENTS HAD TO SAY “They should convey a message of ‘No More!’ No more should there come or be a time where we can’t unite as the human race!” --58-year-old Brookhaven woman “The Civil War happened and there was a lot of pride in the South. You cannot erase history by taking down monuments. The Confederate soldiers were a proud group of men and should be honored.” --56-year-old Buckhead woman “General Lee is a difficult one. Instead of waging guerrilla warfare,
he led the South to peaceful concession with the North and aided in the reconciliation and unity of the country. While the early ‘cause’ and motivations were unjust, he symbolized a 180-degree change in attitude that many racists today should follow.” --49-year-old Sandy Springs man “Respect for the Union. Mercy, but not reverence, for the Confederates.” --53-year-old Atlanta man “Civil War monuments should be about marking transitions and remembering what happens when we can’t find peaceful solutions. People who attempt to violently remove
them are exactly why we need them.” --a 35-year-old Brookhaven man “The monument should convey the reason why South and North fought. The Civil War was not only about independence, but it was about slavery, and slavery is a dark and shameful part of U.S. history. This country was built on slavery and the monuments are there to remind us of the dark past.” --37-year-old Atlanta woman “They fought for a cause they believed in.” --46-year-old Buckhead man “Despite slavery, African-Americans are more than just slaves. They
said the monuments should be removed said the message should be simple: “The South was defeated.” The results had some political divisions. Moving the monuments to museums was by far the top choice of Democrats and independents. Republicans’ responses were less uniform, with a 36 percent plurality preferring to keep the monuments unchanged. Of 53 Republican respondents, none chose “take them down.” The overwhelming majority of respondents – about 86 percent – were white. About 8 percent were African-American. The museum move was the top choice of white respondents, about 43 percent of them. Scrapping the monuments was the top choice – about 44 percent -- among African-American respondents. A 35-year-old African-American Atlanta man who thought the monuments should be removed said they hinder efforts to resolve old wounds. “Things need to change for us to move forward,” he wrote. But others saw the statues as a link to the past. “These monuments are a part of our history in the city of Atlanta,” wrote a 24-year-old white Atlanta woman who thought they should be left alone. “Why would you take down a piece of history? They don’t represent what we believe now. They represent what they believed then. They remind us that we our lucky to live in this day and age and they teach children about the past. We can’t just erase history.” “Never forget your past ... or you will be doomed to repeat it,” a 38-year-old DeKalb County man wrote. “What is now was not what was back then, and what was back then is not what is now. Today, we have no concept of what was back then.” But what should be remembered, and how? The questions aren’t easy. As a 33-year-old Atlanta man who thought the statues should become museum pieces noted, “History is complex.”
are a great example of what it means to rise above all obstacles and challenges in life. They are WARRIORS!!!” --41-year-old Sandy Springs woman “It should convey that we are all equal. That we are to treat each other with kindness and love. An equal standard and acceptance. That no one is above the other. It should pay respect to those who have dealt with a lack of civil rights and recognize the damage it has done to them and our society. We will not stand for inequality. The Lord claims equality over us and it is our responsibility to claim that for one another.” --23-year-old Atlanta woman
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Grammar Snob I am a coffee snob. I am a chocolate snob. And when it comes to grammar and punctuation, I am an annoying snob. I am one of those people who can Robin Conte is a writer ruin a good and mother of four outing by who lives in Dunwoody. complainShe can be contacted at ing about email@example.com. improperly punctuated signage. Put more genteelly, I have a cultivated appreciation for a properly punctuated sentence and for pronouns in their objective form. So in my column for today, I am going to extol the virtues of grammar and punctuation. I am going to use words and phrases such as “aforementioned,” “as it were,” and “grammatically speaking.” I am going to use the serial comma. And, as a bonus, I am going to give you a free
Facebook.com/TheReporterNewspapers ■ twitter.com/Reporter_News grammar lesson. Here it is: “For you and I” is grammatically incorrect because “for” is a preposition and thus takes the objective form of a pronoun. “For you and me” is correct, grammatically speaking. Always. There. Now that that’s out of the way, I will proceed to signage. I enjoy a pithy phrase as much as the next person, whether it’s embroidered on a kitchen towel, stamped on a stack of cocktail napkins, or painted on reclaimed wood. For instance, I bought a sign for a sommelier friend of mine that read, “A meal without wine is breakfast.” It’s funny and correctly written, so it passes my test. But not all signs are so spot-on. I will find signs with misplaced modifiers and participles dangling all over the place, signs that pay no attention to punctuation (witness: “Weekends are a girls best friend”). I find others, such as “Blessed,” “Family,” and “Chardonnay” that apparently have no idea what to do with a phrase and play it safe with single words. Then I will come across a plaque that’s selling for $24.95, and, while I might agree with the sentiment, I will develop a nervous tic at the sight of a poorly punctuated phrase and will continue exhibiting physical symptoms of stress at the mere memory of it until I am at last compelled to correct it in writing … and per-
haps publish that correction, as it were. Take this sign, for instance: “But first coffee.” Now I ask you, what is first coffee? Is first coffee a drink that is served on a first date while performing first aid for a firstclass first impression? No. No, it is not. What I want is a sign that says this: But first, coffee. Add a comma and you have created a sign that I can get behind. If you really want me to buy it, you can write this: But first … coffee. That SPECIAL Robin brushes up on her grammar lessons. gives me more of a pause, more of an “ah and sip” of the aforementioned sign to plummet. moment with which to begin my day. And annihilating sales of signage is not And because my theme today is splitmy goal here, for I respect anyone’s right ting hairs, I will continue with an examto print words on wood and make a few ple of a questionably punctuated humorbucks. I only want to heighten your awareous sign: “You had me at merlot.” ness of signage punctuation to the point This, of course, is a clever and amusthat when you pass a poorly punctuated ing play on the “Jerry Maguire” line, “You one, you, too, will develop a nervous tic. had me at ‘hello,’ ” and thus, in my gramBeyond that, my goal is simply to hold matically uptight world, should be puncyour interest in grammar and punctuatuated with “merlot” in quotation marks. tion enough to keep you watching for my Therefore, I believe that the sign should next column, which will be dedicated to be written like this: “You had me at ‘merthe Oxford comma. lot,’ ” which would naturally cause sales
Airbnb mansion rental continues despite city order BY EVELYN ANDREWS firstname.lastname@example.org
A Buckhead mansion remains available on the short-term rental service Airbnb, despite a previous city shutdown order, frustrating nearby residents and City Councilmember Howard Shook. The mansion at 4205 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road has received many complaints, drawing the ire of residents who complained of loud parties. The city in April sent a letter requiring the owner, Paul McPherson, stop renting the property by April 24. However, the property is still listed in the Airbnb website, which shows it was scheduled to be used on Labor Day weekend. Residents have been trying to get the city to shut down the rental since a May 2016 concert that drew headlines after social media posts advertised cover charges to get into the concert and a picture of one guest flashing a pistol. After that, Shook said he had the owner removed from Airbnb by contacting the company, but it is now listed under the name “Jon,” although McPherson still owns the property. Shook said he doesn’t know the city’s plans for this specific property, but said he will look for ways to address the problem with short-term rentals throughout the city. “It is not a problem unique to this
property or this city,” he said. “It has driven me nuts.” The city prohibits using a property zoned for a single-family home as a hotel, which is defined in the city code as a property “offered as transient lodging accommodations, available at daily rental rates, to the general public.” Jewanna Gaither, deputy press secretary for Mayor Reed, said the city found a family was not living in the property and issued a cease-and-desist letter, but she would not answer questions about whether that letter is being enforced. She added the Department of City Planning is investigating the issue of short-term rentals. “We determined that no family, as defined by city code, resided at the house and determined that the property was still being used as a hotel, not a single-family dwelling,” Gaither said in a written statement. “The Department of Planning is analyzing the issue of short-term rentals in single-family residential neighborhoods.” At the August Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting, Gordon Certain, the president of the North Buckhead Civic Association, said the city is now working on a compromise with the owner. “The approach they’re willing to tolerate apparently is to have a person responsible full-time living at the house,” Certain said. The Airbnb listing for the property
now notes: “There is a caretaker that lives on the property. Their residence is exclusive of yours, but they are available if the need should arise.” McPherson would not answer questions about if the property was still being rented, or if he was working with the SPECIAL A mansion at 4205 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road is still city, but he complained about being rented on Airbnb, despite a cease and desist what he sees unfair targeting letter city officials sent to the owner in April. and possible racist motives. McPherson said there Tom Tidwell, the Buckhead Council have been no other noise violations of Neighborhoods chairman, said a rap since the 2016 incident and neighbors’ video was filmed at an Airbnb property complaints are unwarranted. “They’re in his neighborhood, Moore’s Mill, about just harping on an incident that hapa month ago. He said cars were parked pened over a year ago,” he said. across the neighborhood and he found He also said they are complaining bean empty alcohol bottle in his yard. cause they are uncomfortable with having Shook, the councilmember representan African-American neighbor. “This vicing the area, said he has had meetings with timization is causing me too much stress. many city officials to try to find a solution I’m totally stressed out about a house I paid to short-term rentals and complained the over $1 million for,” he said. “My house alissue should have already been addressed. ways has been and remains a non-issue.” “You would think this would have been Certain also reported at the meeting fixed a while ago,” Shook said. that the city needs eyewitnesses to testify While he hopes to address it through that the property is being rented before it a change in the law, Shook said many can act further. properties already violate other laws This property became a symbol of that aren’t being enforced, including residents’ frustrations with short-term the noise ordinance. rentals at the meeting, with several oth“They’ve already violated laws,” he ers airing complaints about rentals in said. “That’s the part of this I find extheir neighborhoods. tremely frustrating.”
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Candidate list set for November city elections Continued from page 1
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COUNCIL DISTRICT 8
Two candidates qualified Aug. 23 for the District 8 seat, which covers areas of Buckhead west of Roswell and Peachtree roads, including the Chastain Park, Memorial Park and West Paces Ferry neighborhoods. J.P. Matzigkeit, the chief financial officer for a Buckhead fitness company, Wahoo Fitness, announced his intent to run shortly after City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean announced she would not run again. Matzigkeit is also the founder and former president of the Chastain Park Conservancy, where he said he “learned the importance of listening to constituents and SPECIAL learned a lot about working with city officials.” He served as a board member at the Anna Tillman, left, and J.P. Matzigkeit are running for Atlanta City Council District 8. conservancy until recently. Matzigkeit said that if elected, his focus would be on public safety, traffic and responsible spending. “As a business professional, I will continue to focus on Atlanta’s financial well-being. I will also work to ensure that precious tax dollars are spent wisely and well, not just in District 8, but citywide.” Matzigkeit also said he wants to bring more companies to Atlanta and make sure Atlanta is “an attractive place to do business.” His campaign website is jpforatl.com. Anna Tillman, a Mount Paran/Northside resident and Galloway School substitute teacher, also is running for the seat. Tillman announced her candidacy Aug. 23 and said she would focus on transparency, fiscal accountability, improved constituent services and increased infrastructure repair funding. “I will also support regional transportation alternatives, including MARTA, while advocating for increased funding for walking/ bike trails and sidewalks,” Tillman says on her campaign website, annatillman.com. She holds a master’s degree in geology and has experience in construction management, health and safety regulations and budgeting, according to her announcement.
COUNCIL DISTRICT 6
Two candidates qualified to seek Alex Wan’s District 6 seat, which he will vacate in his bid for City Council president. District 6 represents the Lindbergh area and other Buckhead border areas near I-85. Kirk Rich, a Morningside resident and commercial real estate broker, has been running for months. Rich previously served on the board of Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm. Rich supports increasing greenspace, expanding bike lanes, raising police pay, improving infrastructure and limiting development that could “change the fabric of our historic neighborhoods,” according to his campaign website, kirkforatlanta.com. Jennifer Ide, a Morningside resident and lawyer, also is running in District 6. Ide mentions affordable housing, “serious traffic congestion, intrusive commercial development, and roads and sidewalks in desperate need of repair” as issues she will address on her campaign her website, jenniferforatlanta.com. Ide has a law degree from Emory University and clerked for the federal district court. She has held leadership positions with the State Bar, Georgia Association of Women Lawyers, and Atlanta Legal Aid, according to her website.
A crowded field of candidates is running to replace term-limited Mayor Kasim Reed. Thirteen candidates qualified to run for mayor. They are: Peter Aman, Rohit Ammanamanchi, Keisha Lance Bottoms, John Eaves, Vincent Fort, Kwanza Hall, Carl Jackson, Laban King, Ceasar Mitchell, Mary Norwood, Michael Sterling, Cathy Woolard and Glenn S. Wrightson.
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Nancy Meister, the incumbent for the Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education District 4 seat, which covers Buckhead, faces no opposition in her bid for re-election.
The voter registration deadline for all Atlanta city elections is Oct. 10. The elections for Atlanta City Council, Board of Education, City Council president and mayor will be held Nov. 7. If needed, run-off elections will be held on Dec. 5. The number of mayoral candidates raises the possibility of a run-off vote. City elections are nonpartisan, so candidates don’t run as members of particular political parties.
COUNCIL DISTRICT 7
Rebecca King qualified to run for the District 7 seat, challenging incumbent Howard Shook. The district represents areas east of Roswell and Peachtree Roads, including the Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza area, and neighborhoods including Garden Hills and North Buckhead. PHOTO BY ANDRIA LAVINE King serves on the Rebecca King is running for boards of Livable BuckAtlanta City head and the North BuckCouncil District 7. head Civic Association. She has lived in District 7 for seven years, she said. “My concern for preserving the quality of life in Buckhead as it expands will mean actively addressing the challenges of traffic congestion, public safety, construction, SPECIAL and monitoring the development of Park 400,” Howard Shook is running for a fifth King said. term as the city Shook is running for councilmember representing his fifth city council term, District 7. having first been elected in 2001. He has served on every council committee and currently chairs the council’s Finance Committee. One of his major projects has been to increase the amount of parkland in the district.
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Confederate monument crossfire hits home Continued from page 1 to the “valor” of both sides of the war. Confederate monuments on public land could be altered or moved by the city, depending on recommendations from an advisory committee that Mayor Kasim Reed formed in response to the national debate. The local monument that sits on public land is located on Peachtree Battle Avenue across from E. Rivers Elementary School. The other is located on private land and owned by the private Piedmont Hospital, but it was temporarily moved to storage because of the hospital’s expansion. The seven-member Atlanta advisory committee will make its recommendations within 70 days and will be in place after Sept. 4, Reed has said. “We want to ensure that we approach this endeavor in a thoughtful matter,” Reed said in a statement. John Green, a member of the Old Guard of Atlanta, which erected the monument on Peachtree Battle Avenue, said he believes it should stay, but fears it won’t. “I hope the mayor doesn’t see that GOULD B. HAGLER one, or he may take it down, too,” This monument dedicated to soldiers on both sides of the Civil War’s Battle of Peachtree Creek is owned by Piedmont Hospital, which is Green said. located at the site of the battle. It is currently in storage due to construction, but will be reinstalled on the hospital’s private property in 2020. Green said the monument is owned by the Old Guard, but sits on explain that context. city property. If told they had to move In response to the current debate, the museum will host a free panel discussion, it, he doesn’t know where it would end up, but hopes it does not come to that. called “Confederate Memorials: De-Mythologizing the Iconography of the South,” on “You can’t erase history. I don’t see any need in taking the history and trying to Sept. 11 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Margaret Mitchell House, 979 Crescent Ave., in Middestroy it or hide it,” Green said. town. To make reservations, visit atlantahistorycenter.com. Among common suggestions about ways to deal with exiting monuments that The Atlanta History Center has its own ties to erecting Confederate monuments. some residents find offensive is to add context to them on site, or to move them to In 1944, when known as Atlanta Historical Society, the center erected the “Battle of museums, where context can be added. Peachtree Creek” monument that is now owned by Piedmont Hospital. After the 2015 Charleston, S.C., shootings triggered a debate on the display of the The monument states, “This memorial to American valor is dedicated to the parConfederate flag and on Confederate monuments, the Atlanta History Center, headticipants in the Battle of Peachtree Creek,” referring to a battle that took place in quartered in Buckhead on West Paces Ferry Road, published the “Confederate Mon1864. ument Interpretation Guide.” It is now in storage, but it will be reassembled when the hospital’s expansion is “In the wake of the Charleston shootings and the renewed controversy over the complete in 2020, said Max Davis, a senior communications specialist at the hospiConfederate flag, we felt it would be appropriate to make one,” said Sheffield Hale, tal. the museum’s president and CEO. Gould Hagler, a Dunwoody resident who authored a book about the state’s ConWhile some early monuments were erected to honor dead Confederate soldiers, federate monuments, said he is happy to hear that the monument will return. most monuments were created during the Jim Crow era, which lasted from 1877 to “I’m glad it’s going to be back at Piedmont Hospital, because that is the best place the 1950s, “to stand in opposition to racial equality,” the guide states. for it since the battle actually occurred there,” said Halger, who wrote “Georgia’s The guide recommends context be added to these monuments if they are not reConfederate Monuments: In Honor of a Fallen Nation.” moved. The other monument in Buckhead, the one owned by the Old Guard, was erected “If the monuments are not removed, then they need to be reinterpreted in an acin 1935 and says, in part, “This memorial is a tribute to American valor, which they curate historical context which plainly states why they were erected and what they of the blue and they of the gray had as a common heritage.” The monument also were intended to represent,” the guide says. mentions the soldiers who fought in the American Revolution, the Spanish-AmeriThe Atlanta History Center will be doing just that to two artifacts that have at difcan War and World War I. ferent times been a symbol for the Confederacy. Neither Buckhead monument focuses solely on soldiers on the Confederate side. The museum now owns and will display the “Solomon Luckie” streetlamp that Hagler, who traveled across the state for two decades researching for the book, said until recently was displayed in Underground Atlanta. It was proclaimed the “Eterthat is common. nal Flame of the Confederacy” during the 1939 “Gone with the Wind” movie premiere “It’s not at all unusual for the monuments to have the theme of reconciliation,” celebrations in Atlanta. Hagler said. “The Piedmont Park monument is the most famous, but it’s far from the The streetlamp is named for an African-American barber who was killed when an only one. I think the men who built these monuments knew peace was better than artillery shell fired during the Union Army’s shelling of Atlanta in 1864 ricocheted war.” off the streetlamp and struck him. The museum will add context and history to the Other nearby monuments include a stained-glass window at Rhodes Hall on lamp, as the only plaques on the streetlamp now are about the Confederacy. Peachtree Street near Buckhead and several in Oakland Cemetery. “We will talk about that and the irony of how it became a symbol for the ConfedNo Confederate monuments are located in Buckhead’s Atlanta Memorial Park, eracy, given its history,” Hale said. which was the site of a Civil War battle, but there are several historic markers there The museum will also display the cyclorama painting of the Civil War’s Battle of about the Civil War, said Catherine Spillman, executive director of the Atlanta MeAtlanta, which has been altered at various times to favor both Northern and Southmorial Park Conservancy. ern biases about the war. The exhibit is planned to open in the fall of 2018 and will BH
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Residents want solution to motorcycle noise BY EVELYN ANDREWS email@example.com
Frustrated by late night-noise that is often attributed to motorcycles, residents along Peachtree Road are forming a group to lobby for stronger enforcement. Ben Howard, chairman of the Buckhead Condo Alliance, announced the creation of this group at the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods August meeting. Although he is not leading the movement, he is helping spread the word, as he is frustrated by the lack of enforcement. Howard, who lives in the Alhambra condominiums on Peachtree Road, said residents historically have had issues with motorcycles. “Simply put, when motorcycles come and go in groups, their noise is amplified and disturbs life along the corridor, especially during late evening and night hours,” Howard said. The city code requires noise stays under certain decibel levels, but part of the problem, residents say, is the motorcycles are gone before police can come to the area to measure the noise. Residents complain motorcycles rev the engines, speed and generally cause noise. Howard has heard that the city’s noise ordinance is difficult for Atlanta Police to enforce, so the group is looking for ways to strengthen it. “The basic feedback that I get is that the city has provided an ordinance that has such strict requirements that it’s almost unenforceable by APD, especially as it relates to individual motor vehicles,” he said. APD spokesperson Officer Lisa Bender said Zone 2 officers are working to enforce the ordinance. “Officers and supervisors in Zone 2 are aware of the situation and are diligently working to alleviate the problem, as best they can, with increased officer presence and by monitoring the noise levels in the area,” Bender said. Howard is concerned about the motorcycle noise, but also commercial loading and unloading, garbage pickup and construction. “I’m hoping that the traction this group gains, gets support from people throughout the city so that we can address an obsolete ordinance by updating it to give everyone a chance to peacefully live, work and play within the city of Atlanta,” he said. Jaci Johnson, who lives in the Buckhead Forest neighborhood, is helping lead the group and hopes to get the noise ordinance enforced or changed if it is unenforceable. “We want drivers of all vehicles to realize people live in those apartments and condos and to be considerate during normal sleeping hours,” Johnson said. “Racing and showing off should be done elsewhere and at other times, but not on major streets that combine residential BH
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and commercial interests. We want to raise awareness of this long standing issue which is affecting many people who feel powerless over the situation.” Janet Mozely, who lives in the Mathieson Exchange building on the corner of Peachtree Road and Mathieson Drive, said residents are not complaining about late night noise from nearby bars, but are focusing on motorcycles. Mozely said eight to 10 motorcycles make noise, which she described as “deafening,” from 1 a.m. to 4 a.m. most nights. “We all call 911 like the police have instructed, but it hasn’t brought on any changes,” Mozely said. “Please know that I am not voicing complaints about the bars. They were here before we were and I knew that when I bought my home. The motorcycles racing up and down Peachtree and revving their engines is my concern.” Stephanie Sloan, another resident, said problems mostly occur on Friday and Saturday nights. She suggested a stronger police presence or additional regulations on motorcycles. “It’s shocking what motorcycle drivers are doing these days, not only from creating noise, but also driving dangerously through the streets,” Sloan said.
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Saturday, Sept. 9, 9 to 10 a.m. A new monthly exercise and education initiative featuring walks at Brook Run Park kicks off with a walk hosted by Dr. Stephen Szabo, director of community oncology at the Winship Cancer Institute. Sponsored by the City of Dunwoody in partnership with Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Walk with a Doc is open to all ages. Walks will be held on second Saturdays and hosted by health care professionals who will offer support and answer questions along the way. Free. 4770 N. Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. Info: walkwithadoc.org.
People ages 50+ are invited to the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta for a day of activities including water aerobics, introduction to pickleball, Jewish cooking and Israeli container gardening. In remembrance of 9/11, Cary King, a decorated U.S. Army and National Guard veteran, will give a keynote address at 1:30 p.m. Lunch included; transportation available upon request. $5; $10 at the door. Advance registration required: atlantajcc.org/seniorday. 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: Earl Finley, earl. firstname.lastname@example.org or 678-812-4070.
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The Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance’s annual Teal Trot 5K Walk/Run celebrates and remembers gynecologic cancer survivors and patients and those who care for them. $35; $45 after Sept. 9; $20 for children ages 6-12; younger children free. Proceeds support education, awareness and patient outreach programs. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive N.W., Buckhead. Info: tealtrot.com.
HOT PURSUIT 5K
Saturday, Sept. 9, 7:45 p.m. Brookhaven Police host their 5th annual Hot Pursuit 5K to support the department’s annual Shop with a Badge event. A nighttime glow run begins with a Tot Trot for youngsters at 7:45 p.m. The race kicks off at 8 p.m. and is an official Peachtree Road Race qualifier. $35. Race route starts and ends on Apple Valley Drive with parking in the rear lot of the Brookhaven MARTA station, 3360 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven. Registration: itsyourrace.com.
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The Atlanta Audubon Society’s annual selfguided tour features six Certified Wildlife Sanctuary properties along a 19-mile route from Sandy Springs to Atlanta. Ticket prices include admission to the Atlanta History Center, home to the Goizueta Gardens, which are part of the tour. Also on the tour are the Lost Corner Preserve in Sandy Springs, Buckhead’s Blue Heron Na-
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Comedian, Emmynominated writer and best-selling author Carol Leifer takes the stage at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta for a comedy show touching on aging, love, family and the world of Jewish humor. Leifer, author of “When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win,” will sign copies of her book after the show. $20-$25. 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: 678-812-4005 or atlantajcc.org/bookfestival.
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Heritage Sandy Springs’ outdoor concert series wraps up with the beachy soul music of The Tams, a group formed in the ’60s that had several hit singles. Picnics welcome. Food, beer and wine available. Free. Entertainment Lawn at Heritage Green, 6110 Blue Stone Road, Sandy Springs. Info: heritagesandysprings.org or 404-851-9111, ext. 1.
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Bob Bakert and his six-piece band take their smooth jazz sounds to the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Ben Brady Lakeside Pavilion. All ages
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” will be presented by Leadership Sandy Springs on a giant 30-foot screen in an event that also features pre-movie activities, performances and food trucks. Free. No pets. Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, Activity Center terraced lawn, 85 Mount Vernon Highway N.W. and Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Inclement weather info: 404-256-9091. Other info: leadershipsandysprings.org or the Movies By Moonlight Facebook page.
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Metro Atlanta Beekeepers Association conducts a one-day program for children ages 6 to 13 that’s all abut honeybees — how they pollinate flowers and make honey, and why they are so important. Kids can suit up in safety clothing and participate in a live beehive inspection. Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Road, Buckhead. $35 per child. Sign up: edward.hoehn@gmail. com or metroatlantabeekeepers.org.
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Sunday, Sept. 10, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Canines get their day in the water as pool season closes at Murphey Candler Park. Small dogs up to 35 pounds swim from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Dogs over 35 pounds swim from 3 to 4:30 p.m. $10 per dog. 1551 W. Nancy Creek Drive, Brookhaven. Info: brookhavenga.gov.
“PAINT THE PARK” Saturday, Sept. 16, 1 to 4 p.m. Artists of all ages are invited to draw inspiration from natural surroundings and “Paint the Park” at Blackburn Park. Completed pieces of artwork will be displayed in the park, visible from Ashford-Dunwoody Road, until the event ends. Art supplies and paper will be provided for free. Bring your own easel and canvas, if desired. Winning pieces will be displayed at Brookhaven City Hall. Free, including free refreshments. 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven. Info: annmarie.quill@ brookhavenga.gov or 404-637-0508.
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Learn about the animal predators in the local area, including foxes, bobcats, owls, eagles, the occasional bear and the newly arrived coyotes. Sponsored by Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. $10 family; $5 per person. Lost Corner Preserve, 7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs. Info: 770-730-5600 or registration.sandyspringsga.gov.
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share her story at the Buckhead Theatre, an event rescheduled from a cancellation earlier this year. Her book about her experience, “Behind Enemy Lines: The True Story of a French Jewish Spy in Nazi Germany,” will be available for purchase. Hosted by the Intown Jewish Academy. Tickets: $20 and up. 3110 Roswell Road, Buckhead. Info: jewishspy.org or 404-898-0434.
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A community health education forum features a panel discussion by medical professionals on the importance of equal treatment for women in medical research, drug testing and treatment, and how to advocate with your doctor and policy makers about optimal treatment. Presented by the Health Professionals and Ketura Groups of Hadassah Greater Atlanta. Congregation Or Hadash, 7460 Trowbridge Road, Sandy Springs. $18 at hadassah.org/events/ gem2017; $20 cash at the door. Info: Ellen Sichel, email@example.com, 770-3136162 or Debra Sharker, firstname.lastname@example.org, 404-936-2955.
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David Gushee, a theology professor at Mercer University who drew controversy in 2014 for his stance on LGBT inclusion, discusses his insider’s account of the frictions and schisms of evangelical Christianity at the Atlanta History Center. Gushee will be in conversation with Barbara Brown Taylor, author of the New York Times bestseller “An Altar in the World” and her memoir, “Leaving Church.” $10 public; $5 History Center members. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com or 404-814-4150.
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Editor’s Note: In our new series “Food for Thought,” we talk with chefs, restaurateurs and other foodies who are helping the culinary and dining scene boom in Reporter Newspapers communities. Chef Linda Harrell runs Cibo e Beve, an Italian restaurant at 4696 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. She has more than 25 years of professional cooking experience, including at the James Beard House in New York City, and has competed on such TV shows as “Kitchen Inferno” and “Beat Bobby Flay.” (A rerun of her 2015 “Beat Bobby Flay” appearance airs Sept. 7, 3 p.m., on the Food Network.) On Sept. 21, Harrell is teaming up with James Beard award-winning Chef Virginia Willis at Food 101, a neighboring sister restaurant of Cibo e Beve, on a special four-course “It’s Grits” dinner. Tickets can be purchased at culinarylocal.com. For more about the restaurant, see ciboatlanta.com.
When did you begin cooking? Do you remember the first meal you cooked?
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Some of my earliest memories are of me helping my mom in the kitchen. Most of the food prepared with my mom was for my immediate family, as well as all of my delicious Easy-Bake Oven cakes. When my paternal grandmother passed away, I inherited her cookbooks and that is when I started to experiment with recipes on my own. The first thing I did was ask my dad what I could make him, and he asked for Hungarian goulash. I made it, but decided the recipe needed to be tweaked (never having made this dish before, mind you) and the result was a plate of beef in a paprika sludge. A few years ago, before
rant in Little Italy, Baltimore. I was 13 and it was my first real job. I did a little bit of everything. I remember I couldn’t even reach into the sink [so] they gave me a dish rack that I stood on and I would clean sinks full of garlic [and] lettuce. Sometimes I would bus tables. The most exciting night of working there was when President Jimmy Carter came in to eat. He was president at the time and it was crazy when he came in. I remember I was warned not to go near his table for any reason.
How was cooking on “Beat Bobby
It was an amazing experience. Bobby was great and my competitor is an awesome guy. It’s funny, I was on a show before that and I had tried to do too much, and I decided to keep it simple when I was on Bobby’s show.
Did you prepare
Not really. All you’re doing is cooking and I do that every day. It’s the timing that is the tricky part and it’s kind of hard to prepare for that part of it.
What’s the hardest thing about cooking on TV?
You have to appeal to the judge’s palate. For example, on “Chopped,” if you have Scott Conant, he doesn’t like raw onion. If you use it, he’s probably not going to like your dish, which leaves you at an unfair disadvantage. On “Beat Bobby Flay,” the featured ingredient was fennel. You have to make that ingredient the star, so I did. One of the judges said I should have used pasta. Well, it’s a pasta dish then, not a fennel dish.
What do you think of the era of competitive cooking we seem to be in right now – good or bad for the industry?
I think it is good for exposure, but unfortunately I think some people go to culinary school now because they have an unrealistic impression of what their career will be when they graduate. It’s a big surprise because it’s not like the Food Network.
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Why did you choose the restaurant name Cibo e Beve, which means “Food and Drink” in Italian?
Well, I wanted to name it Cibo, but someone already owned the rights to that name, so one of my partners came up with Cibo e Beve.
Meatballs are a specialty of yours. How many can you eat in one meal?
A: Max of two of mine at the restaurant.
If they’re smaller, I can eat maybe four.
What is your guilty pleasure to eat when you are nowhere near other foodies and professionals?
Wow, I don’t even know where to start. I really eat whatever I want. I love cereal. Cap’n Crunch or Honey Nut Cheerios. Mmmm.
What do you dislike most about being a chef?
A: Sometimes having to work on holi-
days is difficult. But I really do love what I do, so it’s a small price to pay.
What do you love most about being a chef?
The instant gratification of cooking your heart out and having someone smile when you watch them enjoying whatever it is that you just made. I love that. And creating. There are so many things I love about what I do.
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BY JACLYN TURNER Baking a thousand pizzas is no small job, but Lisa Maclellan is feeling energized. After all, by making food, she was making a difference. Lisa and her husband, Morgan, own the Your Pie Perimeter pizza restaurant at 123 Perimeter Center West in Dunwoody and have just received the company’s award for community engagement for their local efforts. Last August, Your Pie founder Drew French brought together his franchise owners at the company’s annual Franchise Fest and challenged them to give 1,000 pies to hungry kids in need. The Maclellans took that challenge and by the end of July, with help from their employees and general manager Andrew Gehrhardt, had reached the goal of 1,000 pies. “The challenge really resonated with us,” said Lisa. “While it did start at the brand level, it was a really local initiative. It was such a strong expression of our culture that we’ve tried to create here, and the community isn’t just a checkmark on our values system, it’s really something that we believe. It was so neat to have the opportunity to give back to the community we serve. To be able to give back in a positive way, is really special.” “Here at Your Pie Perimeter, we are nothing without the support of those we serve,” Morgan said. “For us, our guests are more than just customers — they are part of our Your Pie Family.” The owners reached out on Facebook to its customers to ask where the need was,
and the response was overwhelming. They were connected to nonprofit and local organizations through social media, networking with City Council members, and connecting with Karen Shanahan, the director of community service at the Marist School in Brookhaven. “The owners of Your Pie Perimeter have made hundreds of children happy with their donations of pies,” Shanahan said. “Some of the reMorgan and Lisa Maclellan, cipients were children in homes of domestic viowners of Your Pie Perimeter. olence, children whose parents struggle daily to keep food on the table, [and] poor children who were excited to just enjoy a pizza of their own.” Organizations that Your Pie Perimeter worked with included Family Promise, La Amistad, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Ronald McDonald House and Bright Future Academy. Volunteers would pick up the pies throughout the year from Your Pie to distribute to children and families in need. Once a week, Your Pie would give fresh, personal pizzas to the families temporarily staying with Family Promise, a network of interfaith organizations working to end homelessness. During the summer, Your Pie often provided lunches during summer programs at La Amistad, which works to achieve educational excellence and quality of life for Latinos. A volunteer recalled how the kids looked forward to the pizza day with great anticipation. Your Pie has about 50 locations around the Southeast and specializes in customizable personal pizzas, paninis and salads and a selection of craft beers. The restaurant, originating in Athens in 2008, was a pivotal meeting spot for Lisa and Morgan while in college at the University of Georgia. After time spent in the corporate world, Morgan looked for an entrepreneurial opportunity, and brought a Your Pie to the Perimeter area in January 2015. He loved how good food and craft beer could bring people together. Now, the couple is franchising a second location in Grant Park, which will open later this fall. “We love pizza. We love craft beer,” said Lisa. “But we are also about the faith, family, food, fun, which is why we got into all of this, and community plays a big role.” Another recent fundraiser called for guests to participate by donating $2.50 to provide a lunch and a peach to a child in school through the partnership of Smart Lunch, Smart Kid. The Georgia Peach Council would donate a fresh peach for every Peach Prosciutto pizza donated. The donors got their names listed on the restaurant wall. “Morgan and I both enjoy being known as the pizza people, but bigger than that, we want to be known as the pizza people that make a more lasting impact than the food you are enjoying in our restaurants,” Lisa said. “That’s through the team we lead, young people we get to mentor, and the guests that come in every day.” For more about Your Pie, see yourpie.com.
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Businesses and nonprofits will take over a Lenox Square mall parking lot Sept. 15 to install their interpretations of a mini-park in the second annual “PARK(ing) Day” event. Livable Buckhead is organizing the local version of “PARK(ing) Day,” which takes place nationwide. Participants will transform 36 parking spaces between Peachtree Road and the mall’s front entrance into their interpretation of a park. All the spots have been claimed, but the event is open to the public. “The event has people reimagine the urban landscape. We want to push people out of cars and recognize parks are an important part of the community,” said Anna Sharp, Livable Buckhead’s client accounts manager for transportation demand management. Participants will include local businesses, corporations, nonprofits and neighborhood associations. PARK(ing) Day began in San Francisco in 2005, when a local design firm rented a metered parking spot and created a minipark with sod, a park bench and a tree. Since then, the event has spread to other cities around the U.S. The idea behind the event is make the area less car-oriented, at least temporarily, and get people thinking about parks in an urban environment. “Although the project is temporary, we hope PARK(ing) Day inspires you to parFILE ticipate in the civic processes that permaValerie McKibben of the city of Atlanta’s Office of Sustainability demonstrates nently alter the urban landscape,” the naa stationary bicycle used to power tionwide event’s website says. a smoothie-making machine at the Participants will begin setting up their office’s mini-park at Lenox Square mini-parks at 7 a.m. and disassemble them Mall for the 2016 PARK(ing) Day. by 4 p.m. Food trucks will be on site from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. so people can lunch as they view the installations. The local event has been almost doubled in size from last year, when about 20 spaces were allotted for the event, said Sharp. The spaces are donated by Simon Property Group, which owns the mall, and is coordinated by the mall’s area manager Robin Suggs, who serves on the Livable Buckhead board. This will be the fifth year Livable Buckhead has hosted the local event, and its second year hosting the event at Lenox Square, Sharp said. “We want to help people realize these public spaces are wonderful because you can interact with community there and host activities, even in small parks or spaces,” said Sharp, citing the example of yoga classes held in Charlie Loudermilk Park, a small park wedged between Roswell and Peachtree roads and Sardis Way. “We want to get people using public spaces as community gathering spaces,” Sharp said. Participants pay a fee to enter. Money not spent on the event’s operating costs goes toward the organization’s projects, including PATH400, Sharp said. The goats used to clear land for PATH400 also will make an appearance at the event, she said. “Livable Buckhead will use PARK(ing) Day to help call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to provide a fun opportunity for positive community interaction in an unlikely place: the Lenox Square parking lot!” the organization said about the event on its website. Several local nonprofits are taking part, including the Atlanta History Center and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, which says it will turn its spot into a “mini” preserve. One of the most creative and memorable installations last year was done by the city’s Office of Sustainability, Sharp said. The department, she said, set up a stationary bicycle used to power a smoothie-making machine. In Brookhaven, the organization We Love BuHi is holding a similar PARK(ing) Day event Sept. 15-17 at Northeast Plaza, a shopping center on Buford Highway at Briarcliff Road. “Our aim is to reimagine how this strip mall corridor of thriving immigrant businesses can be more people-friendly and more human-scaled and celebrate the diverse, multicultural heart of Atlanta that is Buford Highway,” We Love BuHi said in a social media post about the event. BH
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Community Briefs EAVES RESIGNS AS FULTON CHAIRMAN FOR MAYORAL RUN
John Eaves resigned as Fulton County chairman on Aug. 23, an expected move that was required for him to officially join the Atlanta mayoral race. Commissioner Bob Ellis, whose District 2 includes part of northern Sandy Springs, has been serving as vice chairman and now will be interim chairman pending a special election, according to a Fulton County spokesperson. The special election for the chairman’s seat will be held Nov. 7 to match local municipal elections. The race has two announced candidates: Robb Pitts, a Democratic former Fulton commissioner and Atlanta City Council president, and Gabriel Sterling, a Republican Sandy Springs City Council member. Official candidate filing will be held Sept. 18-20. With Eaves’ resignation, the sevenmember Fulton Board of Commissioners is now operating with two vacant seats. Vice Chair Joan Garner died in April, and another special election will be held Nov. 7 to fill her District 4 seat, which includes the northwest Atlanta area bordering Buckhead. Six candidates are running for that seat: Eddie Lee Brewster, Kathryn Flowers Glasco, Natalie Hall, Steven D. Lee Sr., Reese McCranie and Joshua McNair.
ATLANTA B ELTLINE C HANG ES CEO S
The president and CEO of Atlanta BeltLine Inc., Paul Morris, will leave his position effective Sept. 11, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced in a statement Aug. 23. The ABI board voted to replace Morris with Brian McGowan, a principal at the law and lobbying firm Dentons, where he focuses on global economic development initiatives. He led Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development arm, in 2011. ABI recently held a local meeting about early planning stages of the Northeast Trail, which would enter Buckhead near the I-85 border. Asked if the leadership change could affect that planning, ABI spokesperson Ericka Davis said it is too early to comment about impacts on specific projects. The leadership change followed criticism of Morris, including from Reed, that the BeltLine was not fulfilling its commitment to create and preserve affordable housing as the park, path and transit project increases property values. In a statement, Morris said he is thankful for the opportunity to serve as CEO and is confident the BeltLine will continue to “transform the lives and quality of life for everybody in Atlanta.”
Police Blotter / Buckhead The following information, involving events that took place Aug. 6-19, was provided by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department.
AG G R AVAT E D A S S AU LT 3300 block of Northside Parkway —
R O B B E RY 1700 block of Howell Mill Road — Aug. 7 900 block of E. Paces Ferry Road —
2000 block of Bolton Road — Aug. 6 600 block of Miami Circle — Aug. 11
B U R G L A RY 300 block of Pineland Road — Aug. 7 2400 block of Cheshire Bridge Road
— Aug. 8 1900 block of Cheshire Bridge Road
— Aug. 14 3000 block of Maple Drive — Aug. 15 3700 block of Peachtree Road — Aug. 16 2300 block of Someo Court — Aug. 16 1800 block of Marietta Boulevard —
Aug. 18 100 block of Northwood Avenue —
3100 block of Andrews Drive — Aug. 19
3100 block of Mathieson Drive — Aug.
17 2200 block of Lenox Road — Aug. 19
LARCENY Between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12, there
were 34 larcenies from vehicles reported across Zone 2 and 29 reported cases of larceny and shoplifting. Between Aug. 13 and Aug. 19, there were 62 larcenies from vehicles reported across Zone 2 and 38 reported cases of larceny and shoplifting.
AU TO T H E F T There were nine reported incidents of
auto theft between Aug. 6 and Aug. 12. There were 18 reported incidents of auto theft between July 30 and Aug. 5.
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