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Tina Wilkinson loves the Earth so much so that she recently became an official “Earthkeeper” through the United Methodist Church. The Earthkeepers Program was started last year and is an international effort to commission parishioners from across the globe to complete projects in their communities that promote conservation and preservation of the environ-

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Tina and Scott Wilkinson had solar panels installed this year on their Ralston Court home. Tina Wilkinson spearheaded the Solarize Dunwoody campaign that officially began this month.

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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.

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State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) attended the Aug. 28 unveiling at the state Capitol of a statue of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Millar, whose district includes Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven, is a member of the Capitol Arts Standards Commission and his name as well as other commission members are inscribed on the monument. “Dr. King is recognized as one of the most influential people in our nation, and across the world, and his work and mission to see all people treated equally is one that is still relevant today,” Millar said in a written statement. “I am happy to know this monument will stand as a reminder of just how far our country has come for generations in the future.” The Capitol Arts Standards Commission is reSPECIAL sponsible for overseeing the acquisition, instalThe new Dr. Martin Luther lation, preservation, maintenance, display and King Jr. statue was unveiled storage of all Capitol artwork, including statues, Aug. 28 at the state capitol. paintings, portraits, plaques and sculptures. The commission is also responsible for determining what art may be placed on capitol grounds or in the Capitol Museum. Members of the King family, Gov. Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, members of Congress, members of the Georgia General Assembly and the public attended the unveiling, held on the 54th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

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Barry Deutsch, husband of City Councilmember Lynn Deutsch, was honored at the Aug. 28 City Council meeting by Police Chief Billy Grogan with a Boy Scouts of America Certificate of Merit for his help in finding a resident with dementia who went missing in May. Deutsch was nominated for the award by Lt. Fidel Espinoza, Grogan said. Grogan told the mayor and members of the City Council that the Deutsches were active in the search, provided waDYANA BAGBY ter to police officers and used social meBarry Deutsch, far left, with his wife and dia to bring awareness to the search. City Councilmember Lynn Deutsch and After reading on social media that Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan. Barry Deutsch was honored for his help someone thought they saw the missing in May for locating a missing man. man, the Deutsches went to the area and Barry Deutsch, following a hunch, climbed down a ravine where he found the man who had hit his head and been stuck for some seven hours, Grogan said. “He was in serious condition and [Barry Deutsch] used his training to stabilize him,” Grogan said. Deutsch is a Scoutmaster for Troop 477.

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After 30 years, CAC grows to meet needs BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net In its 30th year of preventing homelessness and hunger, the nonprofit Community Assistance Center says needs in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs are only growing. So the CAC is growing, too. With a $2 million capital campaign underway, the CAC is starting work on a greatly expanded food pantry at a 14,000-squarefoot Roswell Road building it recently purchased. And on the drawing board: two satellite locations for food pantries and counseling services in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. After starting small in 1987, says CAC Chief Executive Officer Tamara Carrera, “our organization is bigger. Our cities are bigger. The need in our community is bigger. … We’ve been slowly moving from [covering] basic needs to self-sufficiency.” When the CAC began, Carrera said, the local poverty rate was estimated at 4 percent. Today, it’s around 14 percent, and she thinks that undercounting people. “Food insecurity, which is the new name for hunger, is very prevalent in the community,” she said. Originally called the Community Action Commission, the CAC was a project of the Sandy Springs Ministerial Association, a group of area church leaders. Its first of-

fice was a room provided by Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church. Within a year, it expanded service into the Dunwoody area. In 2005, after a previous capital campaign, the CAC moved into its current headquarters at 1130 Hightower Trail in northern Sandy Springs. Among its new programs there was the CAC Boutique, a thrift store that provides goods for clients and raises funds from public sales. Today, the CAC has 11 staff members, 350 volunteers with its Boutique, and about 1,200 on special projects. Each year, the organization serves 2,300 to 2,500 families – about 5,000 to 6,000 individuals. The Hightower Trail location is now bursting at the seams. Last year, the CAC got a rent-to-buy deal on a former construction company office building nearby at 8607 Roswell Road. The CAC Boutique moved into the house-like front, and now work is beginning to construct the food pantry and other back-end facilities for the thrift store. The buildout is being performed by Sandy Springs-based Choate Construction, whose vice president for interior work, Steve Soteres, just became the city councilmember-elect for the area. On a recent tour of the building, which is much larger than it appears from the street, Carrera said the extra space is already having a major boost for the Boutique, whose retail space increased in size from 1,000 to

3,000 square feet. The Boutique raised $35,000 a year ago and is on track to bring in $75,000 this JOHN RUCH The CAC Boutique at 8607 Roswell Road, in a building year, she where the food pantry will open early next year. said. The CAC hopes to get building as the administrative headquarthat to $500,000 a year and make the store ters and for counseling, education and the organization’s major funding stream. youth programs, some of which will soon At the back of the building, a former have room to expand there. break room will become a “little supermarThe CAC has raised about $1.5 million ket” for the food pantry. Set to open early of its $2 million goal, including $200,000 next year, the pantry has its own rear enfrom its volunteers. trance. “It’s very dignified,” Carrera said. The CAC’s headquarters, an area of She pointed out the door to a wooded many lower- and middle-income apartarea that is part of the property, but curment complexes, is changing rapidly. rently has an easement placed on it. “We Skyrocketing rents are pricing out many would love to have a vegetable garden in residents in the short term. In the long there,” she said, though that is not part of term, the city is gearing up to incentivthe immediate plan. ize massive redevelopment focused on Also planned are the satellite officmixed-income housing and a larger peres aimed at “pockets of poverty” on Rocentage of home ownership, though it swell Road near I-285 — the CAC has its remains to be seen how that plays out. eye on specific space — and somewhere Carrera said those housing affordabiliin southeastern Dunwoody. ty and displacement factors mean popula“This building will be like the mother tion changes in the CAC’s service area. ship,” Carrera said. “The housing is not a Sandy Springs isThe CAC will retain the Hightower Trail sue. It’s a metro Atlanta issue,” she said.

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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.

President Trump

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.

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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

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.

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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!

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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?

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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

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in a competitive setting, and often bridges are built between students, especially those who may be more reluctant to join a game.

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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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Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs has opened the school’s new building, part of the first of seven phases of construction. The first phase included the construction of the first two floors of a new classroom building at the school located off Heards Ferry Road. A third floor FULTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT A photo of the new Riverwood International will be constructed in phase two, which Charter School shows the building will begin in the summer of 2018. The nearing completion in April 2017. first phase also included a new baseball field and an expanded and renovated cafeteria, according to school documents. An additional expansion of the cafeteria will be done in phase two, as well as the construction of more classrooms and a media center. The next phases will include the demolition of an old building, the addition of a new gymnasium, an auditorium and parking. All construction is planned to conclude in January 2022, according to documents.

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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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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,

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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

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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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Competitive races for council give voters choices Continued from page 1 Hirsch. Incumbent City Councilmember Jim Riticher of Post/District 2 faces opposition from political newcomer Robert “Bobby” Zuckman. City Councilmember Doug Thompson is retiring this year and two people are vying for the Post/District 3 seat he’s held. Tom Lambert, who was active in incorporating Dunwoody as a city, and political newcomer Henry H. Bierenfeld square off in District 3. Qualifying ended Aug. 25 and Zuckman, Biernfeld and Lambert attended the Aug. 28 City Council meeting. Bierenfeld introduced himself to Lambert, who has been attending meetings for several months, and both candidates said they looked forward to a good race.

Tallmadge vs. Hirsch

Incumbent Tallmadge, executive assistant for the Charter System Foundation, a nonprofit group advocating for charter schools, represents Pam Tallmadge Post/District 1, which includes Dunwoody Village and neighborhoods to its north. Tallmadge was elected in 2015 after running unopposed Joe Hirsch for the seat vacated by Denis Shortal, who resigned the post to run for mayor. A key organizer of the city’s annual Fourth of July Parade, Tallmadge said she is running for what would be her first full term because she wants to see several projects through, including the building of the new Austin Elementary School and the new baseball fields at Brook Run Park.

She states she is pro-business and supports small business growth and is also an advocate for the city’s parks. Challenger Joe Hirsch says he supports an independent school district for the city and also is campaigning on fiscal responsibility, enforcement of city codes and more government transparency. Hirsch, a member of the board of directors of VOX Teen Communication, gained notoriety in 2012 when he unsuccessfully sued the city in federal court claiming the city violated his First Amendment rights when the Public Works Department denied his application to put up a sign that insulted the Public Works director. Hirsch wanted his sign, which read “Dunwoody’s Public Works Director Michael Smith is a $#%@,” to be installed as part of the city’s Adopt-A-Spot program. “Too many rules and regulations seem to be written for selective enforcement, or as if we are a glorified neighborhood association,” Hirsch states on his website. “Dunwoody has a population near 50,000 residents and includes the economic powerhouse of Perimeter Center. We need leadership with a critical mind and a sharp sense of understanding.”

Riticher vs. Zuckman

Riticher won the Post/District 2 seat in 2013 when he ran as a “clean sweep” candidate determined to change the direction of city government. He said he is seeking a second term to follow through on projects begun during his first term, such as the renovation of the new City Hall slated to open

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next year. He also wants to continue a foners. cus on paving roads. Incumbent Thompson has said this He touts his career in engineering, IT area has not received the attention paid management and consulting as bringto other areas, such as Dunwoody Village ing “useful skills” on the council when or Perimeter Center, and recently conit comes to construction and developducted a walking tour of a stretch of the ment projects and also to zoning issues. road to highlight safety issues for pedesHe supports Dunwoody creating an indetrians. On the tour he revived talks of two pendent school district and keeping taxof the city’s most controversial proposes low. als: redeveloping some apartments into a Zuckman has lived in Dunwoody for sports complex and building a trail along about two years, after living in Brookhavthe Georgia Power Co.’s electric line right en for more than 20 years. He said after of way. watching Brookhaven become a city, he Lambert took part in the walking tour knew he would want to take an active role and has promised to follow through on in his new home city. Thompson’s vision for the area. Zuckman said he wants to help the Lambert also is focusing in his bid city come up with an “overall vision and for office on traffic, education, transporcohesive plan” to attract the “right kind of tation, parks and recreation and pubindividuals and right kind of companies” lic safety. Renovations and additions to to Dunwoody. Brook Run Park are a top priority, he said. “A lot more people are moving to the He said he wants to serve on the counsuburbs … and Dunwoody is in a unique cil to help create a vision for the next 10 position to take advantage of growth and years of Dunwoody. not be a transitional area,” he said. Bierenfeld has lived in Dunwoody for Zuckman said he also wants to focus 47 years and manages the food and bevon making Dunwoody a more bicycleerage department at the East Lake Golf friendly and pedestrian-friendly city and Club in Atlanta, where he has worked for adding more green space. Transparency 15 years, he said. of city government is an important issue, A first-time candidate, he said he dehe said, as is finding ways to cided to run for office “because evcommunicate what is happenery candidate needs an opponent.” ing in the city to residents to Bierenfeld said the one-year anmake sure the city is “meeting niversary of his father’s death also the needs of all our citizens.” inspired him to run for office beZuckman also said he threw cause his dad was an active voter. his hat into the ring because he Issues he said he’s concerned about Tom Lambert said he believes competition is essentially echo those of the othgood for every candidate. er candidates — traffic, education, and funding the new parks master plan. Lambert vs. “I’ve been interested in local polBierenfeld itics for some time and now is the The Post/District 3 seat repopportunity for me to make a differresents East Dunwoody, inence,” he said. Henry cluding Winters Chapel Road, Bierenfeld which straddles Peachtree Cor-

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After more than a year of work, the city’s Parks Master Plan was approved by the mayor and City Council on Aug. 28. The top priority, as expressed by council members and community comments, is to construct two regulation soccer fields at the back of Brook Run Park with concession stands as well as parking for the new fields, estimated to cost about $2.5 million. Other top priorities, included on the short-term list to be completed within three years, is a new park entrance at Barclay Drive, estimated to cost $105,692, and a $1.3 million update to the 6-acre Great Lawn in the middle of the park that includes installing a new restroom, a pavilion, and a band-

stand for live entertainment. The total cost for the top two priorities, the new fields and Great Lawn, is estimated at about $3.8 million. Finance Director Chris Pike said the city has $3.4 million in the bank from the 2015 parks bond settlement with DeKalb County that hasn’t been dedicated to a project and could be used for the Brook Run Park projects. The short-term plans approved by the council also include continued development of paths, sidewalks and bike lanes to connect neighborhoods to the park. A 12-foot multi-use path is estimated to cost about $375,000 a mile, according to the city’s consultants for the parks plan, GreenPlay and jB+a. City Councilmember John Heneghan

noted the cost estimates included in the parks master plan are based on 2017 numbers and that the work could cost more in the future. Reagan Carr of jB+A told the mayor and council that Brook Run Park remains at 81 percent green space even with the new additions and that total parking for the park, including the new parking for the new multi-use fields, would provide nearly 700 spaces. Other short-term plans approved as part of the master plan include building a disc golf area in the wooded back area of Brook Run Park for an estimated $93,000. Plans also include a new picnic area and a 123-space parking area adjacent to the Great Lawn, estimated to cost slightly more than $1 million.

Mayor Denis Shortal asked about the size of the two rectangular fields that are designed to be built. At 240-feet by 360-feet, they will be the size of regulation NCAA soccer fields. The fields’ size also would allow lacrosse and football and other sports to be played on them, according to the consultants. “The challenge is funding. We need to set priorities ... among all our parks,” Shortal said. “As I look at this, the multi-use fields, parking and the Great Lawn are my top priorities. I think that’s where we get the most bang for the buck.” Before any projects are finally approved, there has to be a specific design created for each, and a bid process. Dates of when projects may begin have not been determined.

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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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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

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Sunshine power comes to Dunwoody Continued from page 1 ment, she said. “I’ve been commissioned for three years as an Earthkeeper and as part of that, I must complete a project that goes beyond the church walls,” she said. Wilkinson decided to take on a project to bring solar panels to Dunwoody. She started the project, known as Solarize Dunwoody, after seeing similar programs in Athens and DeKalb/Decatur. Solarize programs are able to facilitate savings to residents who want solar panels for their homes and businesses by leveraging the power of bulk purchasing, Wilkinson said. Solarize Dunwoody is a coalition of community members and is collaborating with Decatur-based Solar CrowdSource, a forprofit company. Solar CrowdSource administered solar campaigns in Athens and Decatur and is also set to help begin a Solarize Atlanta campaign later this year. Through Solar CrowdSource, Solarize Dunwoody put out a bid to select a solar installer for Dunwoody residents. After interviews and vetting of three different vendors, Atlanta-based Hannah Solar was selected to be the company installing solar panels in Dunwoody, Wilkinson said. Wilkinson said Solar CrowdSource does things such as manage the Solarize Dunwoody website and put out marketing materials. In exchange for the work, the company receives a percentage of each solar panel contract signed. “I think the timing is right for solar energy; the prices are really good,” Wilkinson said. “This is all about clean energy and taking care of the environment.” Dunwoody residents are able to start signing up this month for free estimates and evaluations to determine if their homes or businesses are compatible for solar panels. A formal launch party is set for Sept. 7 at the Dunwoody

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Scott Wilkinson points to the Georgia Power meter that runs backwards when solar panels on his roof generate excess electricity, which is fed into the power grid. Below, Scott Wilkinson uses an app on his iPhone to track solar energy produced through his solar panels. On Aug. 21, the deep dip in the blue shows no power being produced at the time of the solar eclipse.

Nature Center. Registrations for the Solarize Dunwoody program will go through Jan. 31, 2018, Wilkinson said, and the goal is to register about 60 people in that time. The more people who register, the cheaper installations are, she said. Wilkinson and her husband, Scott, paid about $13,000 to install solar panels on the roof of their Ralston Court

home through the Solarize DeKalb/ Decatur program. Wilkinson said they signed a contract in October, the panels were installed in April, and in June they had the panels connected to Georgia Power Co. Although solar panels are powered by the sun, most home installations still need to be connected to the grid system so people can get electricity when there is no sun shining. On Aug. 21, for example, during the solar eclipse, the panels did not produce any energy. When the Wilkinson’s solar panels are generating power, any excess electricity is fed into the grid and actually “turns back” their electricity meter. “You can actually see the meter moving backwards,” Scott Wilkinson said. The panels have a 30-year life span and are expected to pay for themselves within a decade. Tina Wilkinson said their typical July power bill was $305. With the solar panels installed for just one month, they saw their power bill

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drop to $182. “This is just one month, so it’s not statistically significant. But we were happy,” she said. Jason Metzger is on the city’s Sustainability Committee and is volunteering with Solarize Dunwoody on behalf of the city to promote sustainability, he said. “That’s one of my passions — taking care of the environment,” he said. Metzger would like to get solar panels on his home, but said his homeowner’s association does not allow solar panels on the south side of homes that are facing the road. The south side of his home is where the panels would need to go to get the most sun. But he feels programs like Solarize Dunwoody give individuals the opportunity to become open to considering solar power for their homes. “We’re excited and we’re hoping to get the Dunwoody community excited as well,” he said. “I think it can be very intimidating for an individual to go through the process on their own ... and I think these kinds of ventures help bring experts to the table to help the individual homeowner.” DUN


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The new extended-stay hotel on Ashford-Dunwoody Road opened Aug. 31.

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The new 7-story, 127-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Dunwoody is set to open Aug. 31. Located at 4695 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, behind the Spruill Gallery and Fogo de Chao restaurant, the extended-stay hotel’s clientele is expected primarily to be people working in the Perimeter Center area. “We are excited to add this stunning new property to Dunwoody’s hotel portfolio,” said Katie Bishop Williams, executive director of the Dunwoody Convention & Visitors Bureau. “This well-known extended-stay brand will help fill a need for Dunwoody’s business/transient travelers, and serve families and groups on the weekends.”

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Officially named the Residence Inn Atlanta Perimeter Center/Dunwoody, the hotel is owned by Hotel Development Partners Spruill LLC and managed by Dunwoody-based Hotel Equities. The nonprofit Spruill Center for the Arts has a 99-year ground lease with HDP Spruill, developer of the approximate 5-acre plot at the corner of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Meadow Lane Road, where its gallery is located. There is also 6,000 square feet of retail space that could be developed on the site. The money from the lease will also go toward expanded programming at the center and gallery, including creating more outreach into the community. A new sculpture garden is going in behind a smokehouse, where the gallery’s landmark “Everything Will Be OK” sign stands. Plans are for new sidewalks and landscaping, including new trees surrounding the gallery and throughout the property.

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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.

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SANDY SPRINGS

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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Sunday, Sept. 10, 6 p.m.

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.

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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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BACKYARD WILDLIFE SANCTUARY TOUR

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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Sunday, Sept. 10, 6 to 9:30 p.m.

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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DOGGY DIP DAY

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.

GENDER EQUITY IN MEDICINE Sunday, Sept. 10, 12:30 p.m.

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.

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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.

Q:

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.

Q:

How was cooking on “Beat Bobby

Flay?”

A:

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.

Q:

Did you prepare

for it?

A:

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.

Q:

What’s the hardest thing about cooking on TV?

A:

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.

Q:

What do you think of the era of competitive cooking we seem to be in right now – good or bad for the industry?

A:

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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Q:

Why did you choose the restaurant name Cibo e Beve, which means “Food and Drink” in Italian?

A:

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.

Q:

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.

Q:

What is your guilty pleasure to eat when you are nowhere near other foodies and professionals?

A:

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.

Q:

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.

Q:

What do you love most about being a chef?

A:

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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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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ble road widenings and signal upgrades; and operational improvements such as intersection improvements and addiThe City Council approved on Aug. tion/extension of turn lanes. 28 a projects list that includes transpor“The council has set the level of spectation improvements such as paving ificity to a point,” Pike said. “We know and congestion relief as it prepares for we want to spend on these general catDeKalb County officials to call for a speegories, but have not cial local option sales identified a speciftax referendum in ic list of where [the November. money will be spent]. The DeKalb Coun... This [projects list] ty Board of Commisis how we have spent sioners was schedSPLOST funds in the uled to meet with city past and we will be and state leaders Aug. doing the same going 31 to discuss moving into the future.” forward with putting Money from the a SPLOST referendum SPLOST, if approved, on the ballot. The proalso could go toward posal would increase public safety, such the sales tax from 7 as purchasing police percent to 8 percent cars and renovation to raise money to be SPECIAL and repair of police Chris Pike used for transportafacilities, he said. tion and public safe“The bulk of the ty. None of the money money, 85 percent, would go to MARTA. would go to transDeKalb County ofportation and public ficials estimate if the safety,” Pike said. “We six-year SPLOST refcan get more specific erendum goes on the at a later date.” ballot and is approved Up to 15 percent of by voters, the city of the SPLOST funds can Dunwoody would realso be used for capiceive nearly 7 percent tal project repairs, he of the total, or about said. $42 million. The Pike said the councounty decides how ty wants to put a sixmuch each city reyear SPLOST referceives, based on 2016 CHRIS PIKE endum on the ballot, population numbers. FINANCE DIRECTOR but to do so the counFinance Directy must enter into intor Chris Pike explained that a detailed tergovernmental agreements with each project list, such as naming which speof the 13 cities in the county. cific roads would be paved with SPLOST The IGAs, which include each city’s funds, is not required by state law. Howproposed project lists, has to be wrapped ever, state law requires each city and up and approved within the next month the county to explain on the ballot what to give the county the legally required 30 kinds of projects they intend to use the days notice before putting the referentax money for, so voters can have a generdum on the Nov. 7 ballot, Pike said. al idea what kind of projects they would If just one city does not agree to an be voting for or against. IGA with the county, then the referenThe projects list approved by the maydum will have to be for the traditional or and City Council states the city intends five-year SPLOST, Pike said. With a fiveto use the funds to finance transportation year SPLOST, Dunwoody’s portion is estiimprovement projects, including road remated at $35 million. surfacing and replacement and rehabilDeKalb County would receive roughly itation of bridges; addition of sidewalks, 61 percent of the SPLOST funds, totaling streetscapes, bike lanes and multi-use nearly $370 million over six years. trails; congestion relief to include possidyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody stolen from their car while they were dining at a restaurant.

— On Aug. 24, in the afternoon, a woman reported that a man was stalking her.

„„5500 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road

„„5400 block of Chamblee- Dunwoody

„„8100 block of Perimeter Lofts Circle

— On Aug. 24, in the morning, a woman reported someone entered her car.

— On Aug. 22, a woman reported that someone pried open her front door.

„„5200 block of Mount Vernon Road —

Road — On Aug. 24, in the afternoon, the victim was pushed and yelled at by a stranger at a gas station.

From Dunwoody Police reports dated Aug. 20 through Aug. 26. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.

B U R G L A RY

LARCENY/ SHOPLIFTING/ THEFT „„4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Aug. 20, a shoplifting incident took place at a superstore in the afternoon. „„4700 block of Ashford- Dunwoody

Road — On Aug. 20, in the afternoon, $50 cash was reported stolen from a discount shoe store. „„4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Aug. 20, in the evening, two teenagers were arrested for trying to steal instant camera supplies from a superstore. „„1000 block of Crown Pointe Parkway —

On Aug. 21, a man reported that two dress shirts were stolen from his hotel room. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 21, in the afternoon, two men were arrested and accused of trying to steal headphones and a phone charger from a superstore. The same two men then reported that there cellphones were stolen from their parked car. „„4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 21, in the afternoon, a teenager was arrested at a department store and accused of misdemeanor shoplifting and resisting an officer.

On Aug. 24, around noon, a leaf blower was reported stolen. „„5600 block of Roberts

Drive — On Aug. 24, in the evening, a man reported a pistol and a book bag were missing from his car. „„4400 block of Ashford-

Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 24, in the afternoon, two people were reported to have stolen $1,600 worth of underwear from a lingerie store. „„1200 block of Ashwood Crossing —

On Aug. 24, in the evening, a woman reported that her car was broken into and a gun, $500 cash, speakers and personal hotspots were taken. „„1100 block of Hammond Drive — On

Aug. 25, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting. „„4500 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Aug. 25, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting. „„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Aug. 26, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting.

„„1100 block of Hammond Drive — On

Aug. 22, in the evening, officers responded to a retailer involving a shoplifting that had already occurred. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 22, at night, three briefcases containing laptops were stolen from a rental car in a parking lot. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 23, in the afternoon, a woman reported a theft while shopping. „„100 block of Perimeter Center West — On

A S S AU LT „„1100 block of Asbury Square — On

Aug. 20, in the morning, a nonviolent domestic dispute took place. „„1600 block of Chateau Drive — On

Aug. 20, in the evening, someone reported a simple assault via phone call. „„1200 block of Ashford Crossing — On

Aug. 21, in the evening, a man was arrested for aggravated assault with a gun, and theft by receiving stolen property.

Aug. 23, in the afternoon, a woman reported that her cellphone and wallet containing $25 cash were pickpocketed from her.

„„5000 block of Vermack Road — On Aug.

„„1100 block of Hammond Drive — On

„„2200 block of Dunwoody Crossing —

Aug. 23, in the afternoon, a couple reported that they were missing 20 credit and gift cards. „„4600

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 23, in the evening, a couple reported that more than $4,000 worth of computers and clothes were DUN

22, at night, a mother reported her disorderly juvenile to police for documentation.

„„100 block of Perimeter Center West —

On Aug. 26, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of simple assault and battery.

ARRESTS „„ I-285 / Chamblee-Dun-

woody Road — On Aug. 20, in the early morning, a 44-year-old man was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license. „„ I-285 / Chamblee-Dun-

woody Road — On Aug. 21, after midnight, an officer arrested a man who was accused of driving with a suspended license. „„4300 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — On Aug. 21, in the afternoon, police stopped a car they said made an improper turn. After the stop, a wanted person was located and the driver of the car was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license. „„Ashford-Dunwoody Road/ Perimeter

Center East — On Aug. 21, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license.

„„I-285 / Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On

Aug. 23, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license. „„Ashford-Dunwoody Road/ Peachtree

Center West — On Aug. 23, at night, a woman was arrested and accused of improperly registering her vehicle, which police said had a switched or fraudulent license plate. Police reported she also was driving with a suspended license. „„3400 block of Lake Ridge Lane — On

Aug. 24, after midnight, officers responding to a suspicious vehicle call arrested and accused a man of marijuana possession. „„I-285 / Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On

Aug. 26, after midnight, a man was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. „„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Aug. 26, a man was arrested and accused of driving with a suspended license. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 26, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol.

OT H E R I N C I D E N T S

On Aug. 21, at night, two men were arrested and accused of damaging another car and disorderly conduct. „„2500 block of Stonington Road — On

„„1700 block of Mount Vernon Road —

Aug. 22, in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving unlicensed and for failing to obey traffic control devices. „„I-285/ Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On

Aug. 22, following an accident in the morning, a man was arrested and accused of driving unlicensed and following too closely. „„4800 block of North Peachtree Road —

On Aug. 23, in the afternoon, a woman reported a domestic dispute. „„4500

„„Ashford-Dunwoody

„„4500 block of Perimeter Center Lofts

Aug. 23, in the afternoon, a man was pulled over during a police inquiry scan for stolen vehicles and accused of driving without insurance. He was accused of having marijuana in his car and was arrested.

Road/ Perimeter Center East — On Aug. 20, after midnight, a man was cleared after he was pulled over and police found trace amounts of marijuana.

„„100 block of Perimeter Center East —

On Aug. 22, in the morning, a man was pulled over after making what police said was an improper turn. He was arrested and accused of marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Aug. 23, in the evening, officers responded to a nonviolent domestic dispute at a restaurant.

„„I-285 / Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On

Road/ Ravinia Drive — On Aug. 22, in the afternoon, a man was pulled over after, police said, a traffic violation occurred. The man was arrested and accused of providing false information to the officer.

„„Ashford-Dunwoody

On Aug. 21, a roofing company was the victim of a forged check. „„2100 block of Peachford Road — On

Aug. 22, employees at a hospital reported receiving harassing phone calls from a man. The case was cleared. „„1700 block of Mount Vernon Road —

On Aug. 22, in the afternoon, officers responded to a hit-and-run accident. „„4800 block of Dunwoody Station

Drive — On Aug. 22, at night, a credit fraud was reported. „„2000 block of Potomac Road — On Aug.

23, the victim`s work email was accessed and false emails were sent to clients telling them to deposit money into an account that does not belong to the business. „„2300 block of Mount Vernon Road —

On Aug. 24, credit fraud was reported.


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