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► Few local dams have emergency plans ready PAGE 4 ► Commentary: Tackling hate in schools, for kids’ sake PAGE 10


Candidate list set for Nov. 7 city elections

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City residents will go to the polls Nov. 7 to vote for two City Council seats, but only one race is competitive this year.

Park unchallenged

Councilmember John Park, with no opponent, should sail to an easy re-election representing District 2, which includes the Ashford Park area, Skyland Park and Parkside Park. Park, who was born in South Korea and moved to the U.S. with his family when

Hannah Morgan of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and canine companion Harper sport matching tutus as they join in the Ahimsa House’s Walk, Wag n’ Run Aug. 26 at Lenox Park. The 1K and 5K races for people and their pets benefited the human and animal victims of domestic violence.

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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.

OUT & ABOUT ‘Beachy soul’ comes to the Springs

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What should metro Atlanta officials do with Confederate monuments that stand on public land? See COMMENTARY, Page 11

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Buford Highway gears up for arts, street life event BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Buford Highway will buzz with the excitement of public art, a night market and community conversations this month when We Love BuHi and Living Walls team up to raise awareness of issues facing those living and working in the “multicultural heart of metro Atlanta.” The conference, named The BuHi Walk, takes place Sept. 8 through 17 at various locations and businesses in Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville along Buford Highway. The numerous planned events are open to the public, such as restaurant week, a See BUFORD on page 12

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The Planning Commission again will take up on Sept. 6 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s request to rezone property on Northeast Expressway. The rezoning is intended to make room for a new 8-story medical administration building as part of CHOA’s redevelopment of its 45-acre campus at North Druid Hills Road and I-85. In July, the commission deferred voting on the rezoning request because, in large part, CHOA did not have a master plan for its proposed campus, although one had been promised approximately a year ago. The Sept. 6 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road.


Brookhaven City Manager Christian Sigman has received a $5,400 bonus as well as a $3,420 raise after his first year on the job. The City Council approved at its Aug. 22 meeting the contract renewal for Sigman, bringing his new salary to $183,420. He was hired at $180,000 when he officially came on board in June 2016 after he left his job as county administrator for Hamilton County in Ohio, where Cincinnati is the county seat. In Ohio, Sigman’s salary was approximately $188,000. Sigman replaced Marie Garrett, who left in January 2016 after reaching a $225,000 settlement with the city shortly after Mayor John Ernst took office. Garrett’s annual salary was $214,000.


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A property management company has paid the city of Brookhaven $10,000 for numerous code violations at two of its apartment complexes in the city, according to city officials. Sunshine Property Management, which operates the Brookstone Crossing apartments at 2010 Curtis Drive and the Brookstone Gardens apartments at 3649 Buford Highway, paid the fine on Aug. 14. The amount is the largest such fine in the city’s five-year history, according to the city. The company was fined for having no business license, unsatisfactory interior conditions and exterior structural deficiencies at the two complexes, according to city officials. A call to Sunshine Property Management was not returned in time for comment to be included in this article. Sunshine has been fined previously in the past year. In June, Sunshine Property Management was fined $7,000 for failure to adopt state minimum standard codes. In December and January, the company was fined CITY OF BROOKHAVEN a total of $4,000 for sanitaA burned-out kitchen at the Brookstone Crossings tion violations and for work apartments, photographed in March. without a permit. “The living conditions at some of the apartment complexes in Brookhaven are so deplorable that they are immoral,” City Manager Christian Sigman said in a statement. “No one should have to live this way, especially not Brookhaven residents. We will continue to enforce our codes and hold property owners accountable until these conditions at least meet a minimum legal standard.” Community Development Director Patrice Ruffin said, “We have had a long history of complaints, citations and fines at these locations. I hope that property owners get the message that these conditions are not acceptable, and we intend to keep working to ensure compliance.”


The Murphey Candler Park Conservancy recently was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Resurgens Charitable Foundation to use toward the construction of a new playground. The city of Brookhaven and the MCPC are partnering on the design and financing of the project. The playground will be fully accessible and geared toward children of all ages and abilities. The Murphey Candler Park Conservancy is a 501c3 nonprofit. Donations for the playground can be made at murpheycandlerpark.org. BK

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Few local dams have emergency plans ready

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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


value could decrease due to its listing on an EAP. “I have no evidence that has ever happened,” he said.


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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.

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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.

National debt

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.


All money spent on the military and foreign aid is borrowed money, said Perdue, who serves on the U.S. Senate

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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.

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Afghanistan war

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

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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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 editor@reporternewspapers.net.

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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 volunteersaiaas@gmail.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

Other 3.5%

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 robinjm@earthlink.net. 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

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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

Buford Highway gears up for arts, street life event Continued from page 1 Night Market and discussions of the future of Buford Highway at various venues. Final details were still being wrapped up for some of the events at press time. Those interested in attending can visit the websites of We Love BuHi and Living Walls for more information. The Northeast Plaza shopping center in Brookhaven at Buford Highway and Briarcliff Road will be the site of a “Night Market” on Sept. 16 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The market will feature food, public performances and entertainment, clothing, arts and crafts and offer for sale small household goods, other products and services. As part of the Night Market, there will be a Bike Tour and many of the shopping center’s parking spaces will be transformed in an event titled “Living Rooms” that is related to the “(PARK)ing Day on Sept. 15, a nationwide annual effort to turn parking spaces into miniature parks. Lenox Square Mall in Buckhead is doing a similar program that day. Public art is a major part of Living Walls and two murals created by artist Jesse X. Snow have been painted on the Precision Tune Auto Care business of Buford Highway. Cross Keys High School students helped paint the murals that portray mothers embracing children. Amit Patel, who was born in London and moved to metro Atlanta in 1998, has

managed the auto business the for 15 years. He said his clientele is largely Hispanic. He agreed to allow the murals to be painted because he “wanted to make a difference in the community” where so many immigrants like him work and live. “The murals are art, they tell a story,” he said. “People come here on their own accord and due to circumstances — they should not be criticized. We’re all human, we all belong here.” One of Snow’s murals includes the words, “We were raised by our mothers, who carried us across the Pacific, to get here, from ash we reincarnate a home” and includes a larger-than-life painting of a mother embracing a child. The other mural also shows a mother and child embracing with the words, “We are here to stay.” Living Walls Executive Director and cofounder Mónica Campana said she wanted to bring Living Walls to Buford Highway, where a cluster of multiple immigrant communities live and work in Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville, to show “cultural diversity is exactly what makes our cities so strong and resilient.” “Since the moment I moved to this country, I saw my parents work day and night, non-stop, trying to get us settled here. Just like my family, the community of Buford Highway is comprised of people that hold the most impeccable work ethic, that are resilient, and most importantly, full of love,” she said in a written state-


Above, Artist Jess X. Snow created murals on the sides of the Precision Tune Auto Care on Buford Highway as part of Living Walls. Left, Amit Patel has worked at the auto store for 15 years and said the murals “tell a story.”

ment. “The more I hear their stories, the more I see myself in all of them, with pride and determination. Those stories need to be heard and portrayed and given recognition as vital stories of our communities.” The BuHi Walk will connect the interior walkways and informal pedestrian routes within Buford Highway’s lots and parcels through an array of murals and other art installations, Liou said. “Buford Highway is famed for its diversity and yet apart from the signage, it’s a challenge to see that diversity simply driving up and down the street,” she said in a statement. “To see oneself, to see difference as beautiful, is empowering and transformative on a personal level, and I believe it’s the same for communities. I’m very excited for this public art project in our most well-

known immigrant neighborhood that will allow all Atlantans to appreciate the richness, complexity, and breadth of the immigrant experience.”

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Planning Commission to discuss minimum lot sizes for schools BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The Brookhaven Planning Commission is expected to discuss minimum lot sizes for private and charter schools in the city at its Sept. 6 meeting. Community Development Director Patrice Ruffin is recommending the ordinance be amended to require a minimum lot size of 5 acres for private and charter elementary, middle and high schools. The city’s current ordinance only addresses private schools and requires private elementary schools be on 5 acres or more; middle schools be on 12 acres plus one additional acre for each 100 students; and that high schools be on 20 acres plus one additional acre for each 100 students. “The existing ordinance requires varying acreages by grade level at sizes that are more suited to a suburban school developed on a major county roadway; however, the private schools located within the city of Brookhaven are not currently developed in that manner, being in an urban environment,” Ruffin states in an Aug. 2 memo to the Planning Commission. Commissioners discussed the ordinance amendment at their Aug. 2 meeting, but postponed consideration after questions were raised when Ruffin said charter schools JESSICA LANGLEY would be included in BOARD CHAIR OF the amended ordinance. BROOKHAVEN INNOVATION ACADEMY Dale Boone, who is running against incumbent City Councilmember Joe Gebbia in District 4, argued at the Aug. 2 meeting that requiring a minimum of 5 acres for schools would prohibit state charter school Brookhaven Innovation Academy from being able to move back into the city. The school, founded by the Brookhaven City Council, now operates as a separate entity and is leasing school space in Norcross. “Adding 5 acres hinders Brookhaven Innovation Academy from coming back,” Boone told commissioners. “There’s not 5 acres in the city for developments. There is nowhere for [BIA] to go except a place under 5 acres.” Boone also said charter schools do not have acreage requirements. That’s not true, however, said Josh Gregory, vice president and principal at Colliers International, and who is an expert on the public/charter school industry and charter schools’ requirements for buildings and land. He said because charter schools are public schools they must follow guidelines established by the state Department of Education when it comes to buildings and property. The state DOE requirements as outlined on its website for public and charter schools are the same as the current Brookhaven ordinance: at least 5 acres for elementary schools, at least 12 acres for middle schools, and at least 20 acres for high schools. Private schools do not have to meet any property requirements set by the state, Gregory said, but must meet zoning codes in the municipalities they are located. Charter and public schools can apply for waivers to the state DOE, however, if they cannot find land meeting the minimum acreage, Gregory said. “When you get a waiver, there is no minimum or maximum,” he said. Ruffin said at the Aug. 2 meeting she was requesting the ordinance be amended because an existing private school in Brookhaven was seeking to renovate and expand its facilities. She declined to identify the school. The way the current ordinance is written prohibits the private school from applying for a building permit from the city because it does not meet the school plot size requirements, Ruffin said. Lowering the minimum acreage to five acres allows that school to do the necessary renovations and expansions without having to apply for a lengthy special land use permit, she said. Ruffin did not say anything about BIA, but said she wanted to add charter schools to

I think any local municipality trying to set minimum standards for zoning for public schools would simply be interfering with the Department of Education’s goal to allow for quality choices in education in areas where it is needed most.


the ordinance amendment. Gregory said while it seemed like the city was attempting to make it easier for schools to build and renovate in the city, he thought it should be left up to the state DOE to determine property requirements for charter and public schools. Jennifer Langley, board chair of BIA, said she was not aware of the city’s proposed ordinance amendment concerning school property, but FILE that it could interfere with Patrice Ruffin. BIA’s future plans. “The Georgia Department of Education has always expressed a willingness to work with BIA on waivers for a site less than 5 acres,” Langley said. “We have a waiver for our current location. The Department of Education understands the cost of in-town land to be cost prohibitive, and good site planning, with a two-story structure, can easily allow a smaller site to satisfy the other requirements for a quality campus. She added, “I think any local municipality trying to set minimum standards for zoning for public schools would simply be interfering with the Department of Education’s goal to allow for quality choices in education in areas where it is needed most.”

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Councilmember Joe Gebbia, who has represented District 4 on the council since the city was founded five years ago, does face a challenger in Dale Boone. The district covers the southern portion of the city, including Buford Highway and the I-85/North Druid Hills Road area where Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is building an enormous medical center and Emory University and the Atlanta Hawks are developing new facilities. Gebbia runs a health food wholesale business. Boone is a TV producer in India and a U.S. professional competitive eater. Gebbia caters to the healthy crowd as the owner of SPECIAL Health Matters Inc., an online natural goods wholesale Joe Gebbia. business. He has two children: a daughter, Kim Chappell, head of communications at Weebly and a former news anchor in Indiana; and a son, Joe, who is a founder of the famously successful short-term rental company Airbnb. Gebbia said he is not an investor in the company estimated in value at some $31 billion last year, according to CNBC. He said he did make a loan to his son to help start Airbnb, and the loan was paid back. The elder Gebbia also touts Airbnb, saying he regularly uses Airbnb himself when traveling and chastises friends who do not. But he stresses the successes of his daughter who SPECIAL has won a national Edward R. Murrow award and was Dale Boone. a two-time Emmy winning evening anchor and investigative reporter at WBND, an ABC affiliate. She’s also a new mother of Gebbia’s first grandchild. “I have two very successful children and I am proud of what they are doing with their success,” he said. Boone is not new to the city’s political scene. He was a vocal supporter of the city’s 2012 incorporation and lost to John Ernst in a bid for mayor in 2015. He is involved TV production in India. After graduating from the Georgia Institute of Technology, he worked in Comcast’s Asia division, which gave him the opportunity to go to graduate school in India and where he created a variety show called “My India TV.” Asked what he does for a living, Boone said he is an “entertainer.” His nearly 20-year career in competitive eating includes a championship from the World League of Competitive Eating. New Restaurant

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City tightens right of way policy BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The city’s Public Works Department has implemented a right of way policy to clear up confusion for property owners and city officials when it comes to ensuring the areas are well maintained and free of obstructions. Public Works Director Hari Karikaran informed the mayor and City Council at its Aug. 22 work session that the policy sets up a clear definition of right of way and the responsibility of property owners adjacent to the city’s rights of way, informing them that permanent fixtures, such as fences, cannot be installed in city rights of way. “When the city is trying to enforce right of way issues ... all is just not clear for the city,” Karikaran said. “There is also confusion for citizens on what is the right of way.” Public right of way is defined as the area on, below or around a roadway that the government holds for the benefit of the public and where, for example, a sidewalk, curbing or utility infrastructure exists or could exist in the future, city spokesperson Burke Brennan said. Some roads in the city may have rights of way ranging from 40 feet (20 feet on each side of the road) to as much as 90 feet (45 feet of each side of the road). As a fairly new city, residents and city staff continue to raise questions about who is responsible for what when it comes to the public right of way. Defining and enforcing a right of way policy will allow the city to ensure it is able to undertake infrastructure projects, including road paving, sidewalks, multi-use paths, stormwater maintenance and utility work, Karikaran said. Councilmember Linley Jones raised the issue of poor sidewalks near Montgomery Elementary School on Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Homeowners along AshfordDunwoody have said they are not responsible for the sidewalks because of the city’s right of way. That is not true under the new city policy, and the sidewalks are now the responsibility of homeowners, she said. The new policy states property owners who have property abutting a public right of way are responsible for: • Removing temporary obstructions from the public right of way, such as vehicles, trailers and stockpiled materials. • Removing snow, ice, dirt/leaf accumulation from a sidewalk to ensure the safety of pedestrians. • Removing plant materials, such as grass or weeds, growing into cracks in sidewalks. • Repairing a sidewalk if it is damaged by neglect or abuse of the property owner, such as driving or allowing heavy vehicles onto the sidewalk. • Trimming all trees within private property that grows into the public right of way. • Maintaining the landscape buffer along the property in a safe and clean manner.

• Not construct any permanent structure except a driveway or mailbox within the right of way. The city is not responsible for: • Removing healthy trees from the right of way. • Removing trees from private property. • Trimming trees on private properties that have overgrown into the right of way. • Repairing any malfunctioning or leaking irrigation system/sprinkler system within the right of way. • Repairing or installing private driveways. • Repairing mailboxes. The city will remove dead or hazardous trees from the right of way that are reported to the city and deemed dead or hazardous by the city’s arborist. The policy goes on to say that the city will remove fallen trees only within public rights of way. However, any portion of a fallen tree that extends onto the private property is the responsibility of the property owner to remove, according the policy. When the city begins a project such as road paving or widening, repairing or installing a sidewalk or path, or traffic calming measures, the city will notify property owners of any encroachments they have into the public right of way, Karikaran said. If the property owner does not respond within a reasonable amount of time, the city will remove the encroachments and place them on the private property, according to the policy. The policy also states that mailboxes removed from the right of way for a city project will be removed by the city and reinstalled at the city’s expense. Any ornamental shrubbery that has to be removed will not be replaced by the city and trees within the right of way will be removed and property owners will not be compensated, he said. Properties which do not comply with the policy and code could be subjected to citations and fines. If the city finds a violation, a written notice will be given by the city and the property owner requiring the property owner to fix the problem within a stated time given by the city. If the property owner does not fix the issue within the stated time — such as moving a car parked in the right of way — the City Council has the authority to adopt a resolution to fix the issue and pass on all costs to the property owner, according to the ordinance.

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This typically includes the land between the curb or pavement edge and back of sidewalk. For example, some properties in Brookhaven have right of way outside a fenced-in perimeter or beyond a wooded area which has not been maintained by the property owner, explained Brennan. “These areas are not exempt from the stipulations of this policy and property owners are required to maintain these areas as well,” he said. Property owners are also required to: • Remove unpermitted temporary and permanent objects from the right of way. • Obtain right of way encroachment permits and/or tree removal permits from the city before cutting down healthy trees in the right of way.

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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. finley@atlantajcc.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.



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.

JUNIOR BEEKEEPER PROGRAM Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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.

PREDATOR ANIMALS OF SANDY SPRINGS Sunday, Sept. 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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.

LEARN SOMETHING “BEHIND ENEMY LINES” Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 to 10 p.m.

Marthe Cohn, a 97-year-old Holocaust survivor and former spy in World War II will

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, ellen@customcalm.com, 770-3136162 or Debra Sharker, dsharker@bellsouth.net, 404-936-2955.


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Tuesday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m.

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.


Thursday, Sept. 14, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; VIP admission 5:30 p.m. The 14th annual Taste of Buckhead offers unlimited tastes from Buckhead’s premier restaurants along with wine, beer and spirit tastings in a fundraiser for the Buckhead Business Foundation, the charitable arm of the Buckhead Business Association. $50; $75 VIP. The Stave Room, 199 Armour Drive N.E., Buckhead. Info: tasteofbuckhead.org.

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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

for it?


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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Michel Arnette, owner of the Brookhaven restaurants Valenza, Haven and Vero Pizzeria, is set to open a steakhouse next year at the new Apple Valley Brookhaven development at 2700 Apple Valley Road. The steakhouse and bar will be named Arnette’s Chop Shop, according to Simon Arpiarian of Stream Realty Partners, which is renovating the 70,000-square-foot site. “Stream Realty Partners is very excited to welcome Arnette’s Chop Shop to our AVB office project in Brookhaven,” said Arpiarian. For more information about the project, see avbbrookhaven.com.


Shami Kitchen, a quick-serve Mediterranean restaurant, opened last month at 8363 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The 45-seat restaurant is open for lunch and dinner six days a week, and offers catering. For more information, see shamikitchen.com.


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Deshawn Visco and Lisa Maclellan making 50 cheese pizzas.

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,

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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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A rendering of the townhomes that a developer wants to build on Johnson Ferry Road near Pill Hill. The City Council denied the application at its Aug. 22 meeting.

BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The Brookhaven City Council voted unanimously Aug. 22 to deny a developer’s request to build 17 townhomes on Johnson Ferry Road near Pill Hill because the proposed development does not fit in with the comprehensive plan for the area. The council vote follows the city’s Community Development Department recommending denial of the proposed development and the Planning Commission’s vote to recommend denial based on land use. The property is near the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange and includes Nancy Creek at its southeastern boundary. Tom Platford, representing developer Majestic Investment Corporation, requested a 60-day deferral at the council meeting so the developer could look over the plans and gather more input from area residents who oppose the proposed development. “We’ve also retained counsel to advise us,” Platford told the council. Majestic Investment Corporation was seeking to rezone 1611, 1621 and 1659 Johnson Ferry Road, near Pill Hill in Sandy Springs, from R-100 (single-family residential) to R-A5 (single-family residential) to allow for 17 townhomes that would be priced between $650,000 and $850,000 per unit, according to city documents. The property takes in about 13.5 acres. City staff members say the development would cover about 1.5 acres, but representatives of the developer told the city Planning Commission the development would cover about 4 acres. Councilmember Linley Jones made the motion to deny the request. “I have followed this process since its genesis … and unfortunately I’ve not seen Majestic make any significant effort to work with the community,” she said. “The community’s interests have been completely disregarded.” A two-month deferral would only delay the inevitable, she said. “All along the city has been clear in its denial of this application and the inconsistency of this application with the goals of the city,” she said. “This application has wasted a lot of the city’s time and investment already.”

The property is in the Lakes District, where townhomes are discouraged, according to the character area of the district set out in connection with the city’s comprehensive plan. The plan recommends that future development within the Lakes Character Area be permitted only if it maintains the single-family detached character of the surrounding neighborhood, according to a Community Development Department memo. Councilmember John Park restated what he has told developers in the past – to bring their “A” game at the beginning of any proposed development. “And that should have happened 60 days ago,” he said. “If you want a new entitlement … you have to demonstrate the benefit to the community. That has not been done.” Prior to the vote, several residents spoke out against the proposed development. Fay Ann Sherris said she was speaking for hundreds of single-family homes surrounding the property and also for those who live downstream on Nancy Creek, but who may not live in Brookhaven. “We started off not being opposed to development on this land,” she said, “however through the course of this process we have been so distraught by how the developer is approaching it and handling it. And then after seeing the flooding two weeks ago … I don’t think this land can be developed.” Sherris accused Platford of being inconsistent in what he has planned for the property, including filing paperwork with the city that states development would occur on 1.5 acres of the 13.5 acre property, but then telling the Planning Commission the total acreage for development would be more like 4 acres. She added that she and her neighbors are “gravely concerned” about flooding in the area, especially after the area saw severe flooding during recent heavy rains. Bill Gannon, who said he was speaking on behalf of the High Point Civic Association and other homeowners associations, told the council that in 2011, after DeKalb County denied a special land use permit there, the city of Sandy Springs requested a hydrology study be conducted on the property by future developers. BK

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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From Brookhaven Police reports dated Aug. 20 to Aug. 27. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website.

T H E F T A N D B U R G L A RY 4000 block of Peachtree Road — On

Aug. 20, in the early morning, a burglary of a commercial site was reported. 2600 block of Buford Highway — On

Aug. 20, in the early morning, a man was arrested and charged with burglary. 3300 block of

Buford Highway — On Aug. 20, in the evening, items were stolen from a car. 3400 block of

Durden Drive — On Aug. 21, in the morning, a burglary of a residence was reported. 3600 block of

Buford Highway — On Aug. 21, in the morning, a theft took place.

1100 block of Lincoln Court — On

battery incident took place.

arm or knife while attempting a crime.

Aug. 22, in the morning, a burglary of a residence was reported.

1400 block of Ragley Hall Road — On Aug.

1700 block of North Druid Hills Road

3800 block of Peachtree Road — On Aug.

22, in the afternoon, a theft was reported.

21, at night, a battery incident took place. 3000 block of Brixworth Place — On

100 block of Town Boulevard — On

Aug. 26, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of family violence and battery.

Aug. 22, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting.


Aug. 24, at night, a man was arrested and accused of reckless driving.

4600 block of Peachtree Road — On

3100 block of Buford Highway — On Aug.


block of Cynthia Drive — On Aug. 22, in the evening, a theft occurred. 1900

Aug. 20, at night, a man was arrested and accused of driving without a license. 2900 block of Clairmont Road — On

Aug. 20, at night, a man was arrested and accused of marijuana possession.

block of North Druid Hills Road — On Aug. 23, in the early morning, items were stolen from a car.

2900 block of Clairmont Road — On Aug.


block of Buford Highway — On Aug. 23, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of theft by taking.

1800 block of Briarwood Road — On

3400 block of Blair Circle — On Aug.

3300 block of Buford Highway — On Aug.

22, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of loitering and prowling. 300 block of Brookhaven Avenue —

On Aug. 22, an individual was arrested and accused of marijuana possession. Aug. 22, at night, a man was arrested and accused of driving without a license. 4000 block of Peachtree Road — On

Aug. 23, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of disorderly conduct.

21, in the morning, a theft took place.

23, in the afternoon, a burglary of a home was reported.

23, in the evening, three men were arrested and accused of marijuana possession.

3400 block of Durden Drive — On

3700 block of Peachtree Road — On Aug.

3100 block of Clairmont Road — On

700 block of Lincoln Court — On Aug.

Aug. 21, in the evening, a burglary of a residence was reported. 1000 block of Glen Way — On Aug. 21,

at night, items were stolen from a vehicle.

— On Aug. 24, at night, a man was arrested and accused of failing to use due care while using the radio or mobile devices.

23, in the afternoon, a theft was reported.

A S S AU LT 2800 block of Buford Highway — On

Aug. 21, in the early morning, a simple

G R EEN WAY C O MMUN I TY MEETI N G SET FO R SEPT. 11 Brookhaven residents will have a chance to look over the PATH Foundation’s engineering and design plans for Phase I of the Peachtree Creek Greenway park and multi-use trail during a community meeting Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. The Salvation Army will host the community meeting at the Atlanta Temple Corps building, 2090 North Druid Hills Road. The city and the PATH Foundation will give a detailed presentation of the plans with time for questions immediately following. Parking for the open house will be in the rear of the building, and directions to the meeting room will be posted at the entrance. The city adopted the Peachtree Creek Greenway Plan in October 2016. In March 2017, the City Council approved a contract with the PATH Foundation for design and engineering. Phase I runs along the North Fork of Peachtree Creek from the Salvation Army Property on North Druid Hills Road to Briarwood Road. In July, a Peachtree Creek Greenway Steering Committee was appointed to advise PATH on community interests. For more information about the Peachtree Creek Greenway, visit brookhavenga.gov.

3300 block of Buford Highway — On

25, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of loitering and prowling. 1900 block of Dresden Drive — On Aug.

25, after noon, a man was arrested and accused of possessing a firearm while committing a crime. Another was arrested and accused of trafficking illegal drugs. 2100 block of North Druid Hills Road

— On Aug. 26, in the morning, a woman was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license. 4000 block of Peachtree Road — On Aug.

27, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of marijuana possession.

OT H E R I N C I D E N T S 1400 block of North Cliff Valley Road

— On Aug. 20, at noon, damage to private property was reported. 100 block of Executive Park Drive —

On Aug. 20, at noon, a criminal trespass warning was given.

Aug. 24, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.

3800 block of Peachtree Road — On

3800 block of Peachtree Road — On

1300 block of Dresden Drive — On

Aug. 24, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of possessing a fire-


Aug. 20, in the afternoon, damage to a business property was reported. Aug. 23, in the morning, a fraud involving impersonation was reported.


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