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As local rents rise, public housing dwindles BY JOHN RUCH

There are 1,029 people on the waiting list for the last nine public housing units that remain in Fulton County—all on West Belle Isle Road in Sandy Springs. And the county Housing Authority is in the process of selling that building to the neighboring shopping center, which will tear it down for parking spaces. The Housing Authority still funds vouchers to subsidize rents, and Fountain Oaks is renovating a voucherKroger wins based apartment complex in Sandy Springs for approval. Page 2 seniors and people with disabilities. But both the voucher and public housing wait lists have been full and frozen for years, while local rents continue to climb. “There’s just not enough affordable housing,” said Larry Haqq, the interim executive director of the Fulton County Housing Authority. “It’s as simple as that.” When residents are displaced from the Belle Isle Apartments, SEE AS LOCAL, PAGE 4

Developer to preserve 14 acres as public park at Glenridge Hall site BY JOHN RUCH


Josh Sudduth, 2, has his eyes on the ball as he plays during “Kickoff Cookout Tailgate” at the Prado Shopping Center on Aug. 29. Hosted by the Sandy Springs Restaurant Council, the event gave the public an opportunity to enjoy live music, games, craft beer and food from local restaurants. See more photos on page 27.

A pond where a great blue heron and a kingfisher hunt. A stream with small waterfalls flowing through century-old forest. A “secret garden” with an outdoor stone fireplace. Those are just a few features of the former Glenridge Hall estate that Ashton Woods, as a deal-sweetener for its controversial housing development plan, has agreed to preserve as a new 14-acre public park. One recent afternoon, Linda Bain, executive director of the Sandy Springs Conservancy, and Mike Rabalais, who long lived on and managed the Glenridge estate, hiked the property together to look it over. As deer dashed nearby, Bain explained how the conservancy brokered the park deal, and Rabalais described how former property owner Caroline Glenn Mayson strategized for part of the historic family estate to become parkland. “This is a vast piece of land in an extraordinary location worth a vast amount of money,” said Bain, noting the rarity of scoring prime redevelopment land for what will be one of Sandy Springs’ biggest parks. That value is also why the other 60 acres will become housing despite complaints from some neighbors. Mayson sparked protests by demolishing the family mansion earlier this year and selling to SEE A TOUR, PAGE 7

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After neighbors’ concerns about traffic and noise appeared to be appeased, the Fountain Oaks Kroger expansion plan won approval from the Sandy Springs Planning Commission. In addition, the developers have agreed to clean up pollution from drycleaning chemicals on part of the site. “We’ve gone through an extensive negotiation,” said Woody Galloway, an attorney for Kroger and shopping center owner EDENS, Inc., adding that agreement was reached just days before the Aug. 20 meeting. The agreement covers fencing, landscaping and placing more delivery functions inside the building to reduce noise. Kevin Nellis and Paul Wendlandt, representing neighbors on West Belle Isle Road, supported the plan. The expansion of the Kroger at 4920 Roswell Road from 61,000 to 84,000 square feet would allow for a wider selection of goods and would include a full renovation. The project still requires Sandy Springs City Council approval. The developers also plan to purchase a public housing apartment building at 151 West Belle Isle Road and turn it into parking. Federal approval on that deal is pending and it is not a formal part of the approved plan. EDENS and Kroger also have agreed to clean up groundwater contamination at the Belle Isle apartments. Galloway said the developers won a state brownfield designation for the site, which gives them immunity from liability for the pollution in exchange for cleaning it up. That pollution is part of a long history of contamination on and near Fountain Oaks, consisting of dry-cleaning

chemicals from at least two sources, according to officials at the state Environmental Protection Division. A dry cleaner that formerly operated within Fountain Oaks released solvents that contaminated local soil and groundwater, according to David Hayes of EPD. The soil was cleaned up in 2008 and monitoring continues, currently showing very low contamination levels, Hayes said. The pollution on the Belle Isle Apartments site also is monitored and appears to show low levels, according to Hayes and Teresa Davis at the Housing Authority of Fulton County, which owns and operates the apartments. That pollution also involved drycleaning chemicals, but it came from a different source than the old Fountain Oaks dry cleaner, Hayes said. EPD has not determined whether nearby Chastain Cleaners is a source, but contamination appears to come from the property it sits on, Hayes said. He said it is possible that the Belle Isle Apartments’ contamination came from several different sources. Chastain Cleaners owner Sarah Lim said that she tested her property at EPD’s request three or four years ago, at a cost of $10,000, and that no contamination was found. “We don’t have any pollution,” she said, adding that her business follows proper chemical-handling procedures. Davis said the housing authority is aware of the pollution and has followed state reporting requirements. “At no time has the health or wellbeing of any tenant been at risk,” she said.

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the Housing Authority must get them special vouchers to subsidize market-rate rents somewhere else. But that could be somewhere far from Sandy Springs. For Robert Harris, a 75-year-old resident of Belle Isle Apartments, the future is “a big question mark. Fitting into another neighborhood is very challenging to me. I wouldn’t know where to begin.” “I love it,” Harris said of the apartment’s location. “It’s right in the middle of everything you need—your cleaner, your store, your gymnasium, your health food store. “On the other hand, I’m anxious to make a move, another chapter in my life,” he said, explaining that his wife died two years ago, making the place feel less like home. Harris, a Chicago native, once lived with his children in Norcross. He spent three years on the public housing waiting list and has now lived at Belle Isle for 15 years. Those waits and low turnover rates in subsidized housing are only getting longer and bigger, according to Haqq and Teresa Davis, the Housing Authority’s chief mortgage finance officer. “We’re not taking [new] applications,” Haqq said. “If a person lost their income and lost their job…even if they’re on the list, there’s nothing we can do to assist them at this time.” The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has seen deep budget cuts, Haqq and Davis say, while demand and maintenance backlogs grow both here and around the nation. HUD is moving to shutter traditional public housing like Belle Isle, owned and operated by the Housing Authority. Instead, the public housing system is moving to vouchers and mixed-income projects. “The whole idea HUD is wanting to focus on is the stigma of public housing and people living in projects,” Davis said. The Housing Authority can’t afford to maintain the Belle Isle facility and began the process of decommissioning it and selling it in 2013. Meanwhile, it is trying some of HUD’s new programs. Another former public housing building, the 100-unit Sterling Place on Allen Road in Sandy Springs, is being renovated and converted through a publicprivate partnership with voucher-based

rents. In addition, the authority is a partner in some mixed-income developments that house seniors, but those units are in the Union City area and none are currently planned near Sandy Springs. “Land is at a premium, as you know,” Davis said. The basic eligibility for receiving government-subsidized housing is having an income below 50 percent of the area’s median income, with much of the aid reserved for people making 30 percent or less. At Belle Isle, rent is capped at $350 per month. At Allen Road, rent is capped at $612 for a one-bedroom and $680 for a two-bedroom. Utilities are included in the rent at Allen Road. Besides rent caps, tenants of subsidized housing pay a maximum of 30 percent of their income as rent. In a city where new apartments often rent for $2,000 a month, that affordability is much needed. But the voucher waiting list is 599 people long, Haqq said, and no one has been able to join it for at least five years. With market rents skyrocketing, no one has been able to move out of existing subsidized housing. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, who once worked at HUD, recalls the days when local rents were so low that, he says, subsidies weren’t needed. Now the apartment boom is having a ripple effect on all housing costs, and tenants of new luxury apartments may need an annual income of $100,000 to afford the rent. “The rising rents in Sandy Springs are forcing many families who have relied on low-income [market] housing to look at alternatives,” Paul said. “As rents continue to grow, we’ll probably see those families forced out.” Middle-income housing is the biggest current crisis, Paul said, with a lowincome crunch a few years away. The city does not have its own housing authority, and Paul said he does not see such strategies as inclusionary zoning—which would require a certain percentage of affordable units in market-rate projects—as viable here. Such programs don’t outpace the market, he said, and could ultimately depress home values. “It’s tough. I’d love to tell you we had a plan that we thought would be successful,” Paul said.



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A stand-up switcheroo may resurrect the historic Punchline Comedy Club at Buckhead’s Landmark Diner. In turn, Atlanta comedy legend Jerry Farber’s Side Door club would move from the diner, where it occupies a side room, to a new Buckhead or Sandy Springs spot. Everyone involved differs on how close the Landmark is to becoming the new home of the Punchline, which shuttered its Sandy Springs doors in April after 33 years of hosting top stars. Farber said he suggested the comedy swap and is hopeful the deal will happen as a rare moment of club camaraderie. “I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart [for the Punchline]…They were always good to me,” said Farber, the 77-year-old dean of Atlanta’s comedy scene, who headlined the Punchline 26 times. “I’ve gone through the comedy club wars.” Punchline co-owner Jamie Bendall said he understands the curiosity— among both the public and comedians—about the future of his club, which was forced to close its Roswell Road spot by a pending redevelopment plan. The Punchline was a nationally known stop for such legends as Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld. “We’re in discussion” with the Landmark, Bendall acknowledged, but also said that talk of a deal is “still very premature.” “We’ve probably seen somewhere in the vicinity of 30 to 50 different properties,” Bendall said. “To highlight this one with any more attention than any of the others isn’t fair to anybody.” Meanwhile, the Punchline continues to stage “pop-up shows” in various towns, including Peachtree City and Alpharetta. The next one will be held Sept. 17 in conjunction with an Alpharetta food truck event. Bendall said those one-time shows are “separate and distinct” from the search for the Punchline’s permanent home, but could continue as part of the business. “Nothing yet,” Landmark owner Tom Lambrou said on Aug. 31 about a potential Punchline deal. “We talk about it, but nothing definite…[It will] maybe take a little more time to get it done.” Farber said he thought a deal was already done. “There were complications, as it turns out,” he said. Farber knows a thing or two about the comedy business. A fixture of Atlanta’s comedy scene since 1960, he formerly ran his own club in the 1980s on SS

Pharr Road during Buckhead’s raucous nightclub heyday. In 2010, he started the Side Door at the Landmark, where he books comedy, music and novelty acts, and sometimes performs himself. Farber said the Side Door space would need significant upgrades and enlarging to house the Punchline. He thought that work was feasible. And he was willing to move out himself, he said, because he makes his living on the road, not at the Side Door. Farber had that “pure moment of unselfishness,” he said, out of respect for the Punchline—and his knowledge of how rough the modern comedy-club business is. “I love to equate what we do with the Marines [slogan]… Many are called, few are chosen,” he said. “Many [clubs] open, but few make the cut.”

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Developer Ashton Woods is stirring controversy with another plan to turn former Glenn family land on Sandy Springs’ Glenridge Drive into single-family and multifamily housing. The “Glenn West” project at 6500 Glenridge Road, which puts 123 homes alongside new ball fields for Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, is right across the street from where Ashton Woods plans a variety of housing around the future Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters. Neighbors already unhappy with the density and projected traffic effects of the Mercedes plan aren’t thrilled with another 80 townhomes, 43 detached homes and five new driveways coming to Glenridge Drive. About 60 residents expressed concerns at an Aug. 27 Community Developer Resolution Meeting at Sandy Springs City Hall. The project is scheduled to go before the city’s public Planning Commission on Sept. 17. The 36-acre site is largely wooded, with a forking stream running through it. The property is part of the Glenn family estate that once covered nearly 500 acres. The pieces Ashton Woods and Mercedes are acquiring, on the east side of Glenridge, are being sold by family mem-

ber Caroline Glenn Mayson, who controversially demolished Glenridge Hall, the family mansion, earlier this year. The Glenn West parcel, on the west side, is being sold by her cousin, Tom Glenn, and his wife Lou, according to Dr. J. Brett Jacobson, the head of school at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. At Glenn West, the school would take 10 acres for a new multi-sport field and softball diamond. In part, that clears room for a new high school building. School officials say the number of students attending the school will increase, but won’t exceed the cap of 750 students allowed on campus. The project requires rezoning to allow the townhouses, and variances to let the school’s field encroach on a street setback and a stream buffer. Neighbors questioned Ashton Woods’ density calculations— which include the ball fields—and traffic numbers. They generally opposed the multifamily component. Mike Busher, a senior vice president of Ashton Woods, said demand is driving the multifamily housing. “Certainly, I feel [the mood] from the room that one more [multifamily project] is too many,” he said. Later, he said Ashton Woods will continue to negotiate with neighbors. SS


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Ashton Woods for a development that extends across Abernathy Road to where Mercedes-Benz USA’s new headquarters will rise. The tour by Bain and Rabalais included a stop at the mansion site, now an imploded basement filled with brick rubble. “It does break your heart,” Rabalais said while approaching the ruins. He described how he and Mayson spent four years trying make the fiLEFT & RIGHT PHOTOS, JOHN RUCH; RIGHT, SPECIAL nances work for turning the mansion into an event facilLeft, Linda Bain, executive director of the Sandy Springs ity—and if successful, “then Conservancy, and right, Mike Rabalais, who managed the Glenridge the thought was, the surproperty, walk the grounds. Right, developer Ashton Woods has rounding land can be open to agreed to preserve 14 acres for use as a public park. To see a the public.” larger version of the map, go to When that idea failed, Mayson remained committed New Urbanist village at Glenridge Drive,” The plan may preserve to preserving some public-access green said Mike Busher, a senior vice president some old equestrian trails space. “Our test was, when we come at Ashton Woods, in a written statement. and handmade stone walls. back in 10 years, we want something we “When development is complete, the park The park also will be a natcan be proud of,” Rabalais said. will be a tremendous amenity for the Sanural oasis from some of the They said no to several tree-leveldy Springs community and our future massive changes that have ing proposals, including from the dehomeowners.” carved it up since then, novelopers of Alpharetta’s massive mixedAshton Woods will pay for the park’s tably including Ga. 400, and remain use center Avalon. Even Ashton Woods amenities, largely consisting of trails home to wildlife such as foxes and coyoriginally intended to level off the enand six to eight parking spaces at varotes. tire site, Rabalais said, adding that they ious spots along Abernathy and Glen“There’s a major interstate nearby and pushed back on making the land, like ridge Drive. Busher estimated the cost we barely hear it,” Bain said at one point the mansion, flat as a “pool table.” at $200,000 or more. The developer on the tour. Bain praised Ashton Woods as willthen will deed the property to the city Of course, scores of housing units ing to preserve trees and open space, and as a park. will be next door to the future park. for agreeing at the “11th hour” to makThe park will curl around the eastern Local residents upset with the Ashton ing the new park a required condition side of the former estate, covering a hilly Woods project, especially the site on the of the zoning approval. The conservanstreambed and a marsh, among other arother side of Abernathy, have mocked cy brokered that deal behind the scenes, eas. Mayson’s claims of community-minded pushing the developer to shift from a The park will have some historiplanning at City Council meetings. general green space plan to an official cal significance, saving a sliver of what Rabalais said that if the mansion had Offering you: another plan was to public parkland. was once a 490-acre estate assembled a been preserved, “Ashton Woods is thrilled with the incentury ago by Atlanta business tycoon build offices along Abernathy, where es• Compassionate clusion of a public park into the planned Thomas Glenn as a vacation getaway. tate outbuildings stood, and offer them cremation and

to local nonprofits at below-market rents. Now, Mayson is putting the proceeds of the land sale into a new foundation that will issue local grants, Rabalais said. “2016 will be the year we hang our shingle out,” he said. Completion of the still-unnamed park and the housing complex are years away—assuming they happen at all, as some neighbors say they may sue Ashton Woods to stop the development. But, Bain said, the project is a big step in assembling park space in a young city undergoing a development boom. “We’re eking out a park system,” she said.

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Weatherwise, it’s been a summer of sharp contrasts in metro Atlanta. Weeks of hot, dry weather have been punctuated by torrential rain storms that have kept the plants in my yard sporadically happy and local lakes and rivers mostly full. While a portion of northern Georgia was considered “abnormally dry” in July, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, our water supplies are in pretty good shape this year for most of the state. But, in California, it’s a different story. It is in its fourth year of an “exceptional drought” with no end in sight. Residents in communities throughout the state have been ordered to conserve water or face consequences, and “drought shaming” of those with well-watered lawns or other signs of excessive water consumption has become commonplace. Six years ago, we were experiencing our own exceptional drought here in Atlanta. Given recent trends, it’s just a matter of time before another drought comes our way. The question is whether or not we’ll be more prepared for the next one than we were for the last. A recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey concludes that water use decreased significantly in Georgia during the decade from 2000 to 2010 when we experienced two major droughts. While this decrease was largely due to the move from coal-fired power plants – which use large volumes of water – to gasfired plants, it is also apparent that people are beginSPECIAL ning to get in the habit of A homemade rain barrel. conserving water, wheth-

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Sally Bethea is the retired executive director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization whose mission is to protect and restore the drinking water supply for nearly four million people.

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er we’re in a drought or not. And that’s good news. I love my garden as much as any other Southerner, and one of the best places I’ve found to reduce my personal water use is through rainwater harvesting to sustain my plants during Atlanta’s hot summers. Every time we have another downpour, my rain barrel captures and stores 60 gallons of water that SALLY falls on my roof, before it can enter BETHEA a storm drain and disappear. Rainwater harvesting is an easy GUEST COLUMN and effective technique to cope with drought, reduce storm runoff and increase our available water resources. Reducing Atlanta’s water demand also means that less water needs to be withdrawn from local rivers, keeping them as healthy as possible. Georgia Tech, Emory and other colleges have installed rainwater harvesting systems on their campuses that are delivering significant amounts of water for non-potable uses. Businesses are also investing in rain harvesting systems to maintain the appearance of their landscaping and reduce their water bills. The city of Atlanta is hosting a rain barrel workshop on Sept. 23 from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Water Works Lodge, 655 Green Street, NW. The fee of $40 includes a rain barrel and installation kit. To register, contact Danita Ogandaga at or 404-546-3217. Chattahoochee Riverkeeper also provides rain barrel workshops for groups of 15 or more. For more information, see call 404-352-9828.

“It’s exciting to see this finally start to happen. ... It’s been a long time coming and I’m looking forward to it.” –Clare Weaver, one of two directors of the Donaldson-Bannister Farmhouse in Dunwoody, on work to stabilize the building so it can be opened to the public. “Music is uplifting. Music is a spiritually uplifting thing.” –Street musician Sonny Calo, who regularly performs in a park next to a Dunwoody shopping center.

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A map showing multifamily residential projects approved or under construction along Roswell Road in Sandy Springs incorrectly stated the number of units planned at the JLB/Gateway site, 4586 Roswell Road. While the developer currently has building permits for 316 units, that is the first phase of the entire project, which was approved for a total of 630 new units. The project replaces 436 existing units.

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Good riddance, Chip and Dale! Please leave my garden alone! The sign at the ening it a nuisance! But now trance of our neighbormy problem was being dehood warns, in large letters, fined by a term that was “COYOTES in the neighmaking my skin crawl. This borhood! Guard your pets!” was serious. When my husband read The Chipmunk Patrolthat he said, “Maybe they’ll ler said that he could trap eat the chipmunks.” the rodents and remove If only. them, and that sounded like I, too, have grown to be a good plan to me at first. a chipmunk hater. The (excuse me) “catch” ROBIN JEAN For years, I thought was that the company used they were cute and love- MARIE CONTE live traps, which meant that able. When I was a child, once trapped, the disgusting I enjoyed watching them creatures could theoreticalROBIN’S NEST in their animated forms bely languish there, alive and ing zany with all the othwriggling, until the Chiper talking cartoon creatures of Saturmunk Patroller came to remove them. day morning. I loved them and their Ugh! I can’t even stand the sight of striped-fur appeal throughout my adoan upside down cockroach. lescence and into the stages of my earThen the professional rodent dely adulthood. stroyer told me that if the burrows I was charmed by them, still, when were deep enough, he could drop we met them, person-to-chipmunk, at smoke bombs in there—lethal to the Disneyworld. We had taken our two chipmunks, but harmless to children, SPECIAL young, impressionable tots to the Minbirds and pets. While Robin’s children, Nick, left, and Michael, right, have nie-Ha-Ha-Menehune – Make-MePerfect. Die, Chip and Dale, Die! fond memories of meeting Chip, left, and Dale, right, Say-Things-I-Can’t-Believe-I’m–Saying So Mr. Chipmunk dropped the Robin’s now has a different view of chipmunks. Character Breakfast at the Polynesian smoke bombs, and for exactly two weeks Villages Restaurant. I could watch our garage door open Then they all found their way into letters, “Coyotes welcome!” Chip and Dale were headliners without seeing a gang of chipmunks my tomatoes and under my deck again. Robin Conte is a writer and mother of then, along with Minnie Mouse in a scatter like thugs being raided at a craps I’m going to put up a sign of my own, four who lives in Dunwoody. She can be grass skirt, and we were keen to meet game. in my front yard. It will read, in large contacted at the pair of chipmunks–terrifyingly large and plastic-eyed, though they were. We hugged their gigantic, faux-fur bodies, got their autographs, and even joined the conga line with them. They congaed like nobody’s business. We learned that we could tell the two of them apart because Chip has the “chocolate chip nose.” Well, it’s all over, rodent. I’m a homeowner and a gardener now, and that piece of cocoa on your face is not going to save you. These tiny, scampering little furballs may appear adorable and harmless, but in reality, they are treacherous. They tunnel under brick and concrete, creating structural havoc. They chew through wires and tulip bulbs, and they raid gardens and eat vegetables that are meant for humans, not disease-carrying Highest Quality 8x10 in up to varmints. They can ingest $37 worth of Guaranteed 30x40 in pansies, overnight. Someone told me that cayenne pepper is a good natural repellant for chipmunks. I did try it, emptying three bottles in the holes under my front porch. But really, that’s like trying to hold a wolf at bay with a cigarette lighter. For years I watched these destructive, disdainful critters scurry in and out of my flowerbeds, impervious to neighborINCLUDES 30 MINUTES FREE PHOTOSHOP ENHANCEMENT hood dogs, hawks, snakes and spice jars. Offer Expires 9/15/15 I finally decided that it was time to call in the big guns, and I enlisted the help of the professionals. I Googled “kill the rodents” until I found a professional near me. A man from the Chipmunk Patrol drove up to my house the next day and determined that I did have an infestation. oswell oad An infestation! I had just been call-


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Left, Vladimir Chubinsky keeps a watchful eye on client Beth Nowak as she lifts weights during a “gravitational wellness” program.

Russian import: This gym promotes very heavy lifting

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From the outside, the little building numbers can in Sandy Springs doesn’t seem all that be eye-popdifferent from its neighbors. It’s just anping. “Satother former suburban home off Rourday I was swell Road that has been converted to there, and I an office or shop. lifted 1,500 But inside, things look a bit differpounds,” ent. Although most of the rooms in this Burke said. Cliftwood Drive business are sparely Chubinfurnished, a single, large room that runs sky charges along one end of the building is filled $100 a sesAROUND with rows of equipment. It’s a very spesion. Each TOWN cialized gym. workout The clients training in this gym work takes about JOE EARLE out with weights. They don’t lift weights 30 minutes in the familiar way, with arm curls or and the proclean-and-jerks, but instead follow a gram includes workouts once a week training program developed by a Rusfor 10 to 12 weeks or so. Clients say the sian physiologist named Anotoly Samoprogram makes them feel better and imdumov. They’re not here to build musproves their health, Burke said. cles, but to improve their health. “I’m a big advocate...,” Sandy Springs “There’s one place in the world, other developer Jim Jacoby said. “I’m going to than Moscow, where this is done, and it’s be 72 and I’ve still got a lot of energy Sandy Springs,” said Dr. David Burke, and it gives me more. ... My wife did it, who chairs the department of rehabilitatoo, and my daughter.” tion medicine at the Chubinsky says Emory University he doesn’t know School of Medicine why the program and has been studyimproves his clients’ ing the program. “This program gives you health, just that Under the watchthey tell him it does. additional strength, ful eye of trainer “It’s not about [how which you cannot get by Vladimir Chubinmuch] weight [one any other workout.” sky, a Ukrainianlifts],” he said. “It’s born physical therabout how you feel.” – VLADIMIR CHUBINSKY apist and wrestler Participants are TRAINER who brought the able to lift large “gravitational wellamounts of weight ness” program to because the lifts are the U.S in 1997, the done with their cenpeople working out tral bodies. For the in the Cliftwood Drive gym lift weights floor lift, Chubinsky places a wide belt loaded with metal disks weighing hunacross the lifter’s lower back, spreading dreds of pounds. the weight across their bodies. AltogethHundreds and hundreds of pounds, er, there are four weight stations that in fact. More than 1,000 pounds, at stress different areas of the body. Over times. Even participants admit the time, “this program gives you addition-

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“There’s one place in the world, other than Moscow, where this is done, and it’s Sandy Springs.”

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al strength, which you cannot get by any other workout,” Chubinsky said. “Whatever you’re doing, you will be better,” he said. “It’s like a catalyst for anything you do.” Chubinsky said he moved to Sandy Springs in the 1990s because he wanted to operate his business in metro Atlanta. “People say if you can succeed in Atlanta, you can succeed anywhere,” he said. His gym has attracted celebrities, athletes and local business leaders. Some clients fly in from New York, Canada or Europe just for the workout, Chubinsky said. “It’s got a cult following,” Burke said. Word of the program spreads primarily through word of mouth. Some local and national sports publications have written about Chubinsky, but most of his clients are referred by other clients. Chubinsky believes the program won’t stay small forever. He’s convinced that “gravitation wellness” will spread and become something many people do as part of their regular fitness programs. He imagines it being used in high schools. When? “I don’t know,” he said. “But it will happen.” Burke, who also lives in Sandy Springs, started studying the “gravitational wellness” program several years ago after he overheard someone at a conference talking about lifting extraor-

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Tours Daily Please call to schedule one dinary amounts of weight at Chubinsky’s gym. Burke has produced scientific papers on the program, including one he presented in July at an international medical conference in Berlin. His colleagues’ reactions? “This is such stunning stuff, they don’t know what to make of it,” he said. But Burke seems convinced that something extraordinary takes place on Cliftwood Drive. He considers it alternative medicine. “It seems to me this is something unique,” he said. “People feel better ... and it doesn’t require a lot of effort.” Burke holds a third-degree black belt in the martial art of Tae Kwon Do. He thinks Chubinsky’s clients may feel stronger and healthier because they stimulate primarily the core of their bodies. That area is associated in martial arts with “chi,” or life force, he said, and the people he interviewed for his study said the program made them feel better. “Everybody said, ‘I’ve got so much more energy. I think more clearly.’ It was just a sense of well-being,” he said. “Here’s the bullet item that intrigued me: You [work out] a maximum of 30 minutes a week for two months, and you’re able to double your strength and increase you sense of health, well-being and vitality, with no injuries. That is just shy of taking a pill.”

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The fall crop is in Chesnut Charter Elementary School first graders kicked off the new school year with a hands-on science lesson on composting, planting and harvesting. Led by a parent volunteer and teachers, students learned it’s never too early to get excited about the change in seasons, as they harvested pumpkins and learned how lettuce goes to seed.

Above, the U-14 basketball team, coached by Brian Seitz and Jacob Gluck, earned gold. Team Atlanta played in more than 15 sports, including: girls’ soccer, volleyball and basketball; and boys’ soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and flag football, as well as individual events such as dance, swimming, table tennis, golf and tennis.

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It’s all yours Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, left, and Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, right, join Stephen Cannon, president and CEO of MercedesBenz USA, as he hands over the keys to a 2015 Sprinter 2500 passenger van to Tamara Carrera, CEO and executive director of Sandy Springs’ Community Assistance Center on Aug. 25. Mercedes donated the van to CAC so they can provide transportation for their clients as well as use it as a mobile office. The CAC helps individuals and families in need.

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Show spirit High Point Elementary School second-grader Ella Daniel, left, and her teacher, Emily Rhoades, shared ideas about being a good “communicator,” after school staff hosted a “welcome back” pep rally. Festivities were led by the administration and consisted of loud songs and cheers, much to the delight of students.

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Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta presents a standup performance by comedian Lenny Marcus. With recent appearances on Comedy Central and The Late Show, this standup performance is sure to please comedy enthusiasts. This event is strictly 18+. Tickets are $18 for members and $25 for nonmembers. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to or call 678-812-4000.

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Hot Pursuit 5K Saturday, Sept. 12, 8 a.m. – The Brookhaven Police Department hosts a 5K and Tot Trot in support of

the “Shop-With-A-Badge” program. Awards for overall male and female, overall male and female masters, and the top three in age groups ranging from 10 and under to 70 and over. All finishers in the Tot Trot receive a ribbon. The 5K begins at 8 a.m.; Tot Trot begins at 9 a.m. Late registration and packet pickup begins at 6:30 a.m. The 5K will be certified before race day so runners can use their times for Peachtree seeding. Parking available in the MARTA lot on Dresden Dr. Brookhaven MARTA, 4047 Peachtree Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. For more information, go to

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Entertainment Schedule Location: Festival Main Stage Saturday, September 19, 2015 9:30 – 10:30 am Kiwanis Pet Parade Registration 10:30 – 11:30 am 27th Annual Kiwanis Pet Parade and Awards Ceremony 11:30 – 12:15 pm J Dance Company and Collective Dance Project Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta 12:15 – 1:00 pm Ridgeview Singers, Ridgeview Jazz Band, Riverwood Singers Ridgeview Charter Middle School & Riverwood High School 1:00 – 1:15 pm Los Ninos Primeros Chorus 1:15 – 1:45 pm Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks Department Gymnastics Demonstration 1:45 – 2:15 pm Bush Centre for Ballet 2:15 – 3:15 pm Is That So? 3:15 – 4:15 pm Mr. Blue Sky 4:15 – 5:30 pm Undercurrent Festival closes at 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 20, 2015 10:00 – 10:45 am Muse for Life: Craig and Havalyn’s Original Music Experience 10:45 – 11:00 am Moohans Martial Arts Karate Demonstration 11:00 – 11:30 am Jump Start Gym Demonstration 11:30 – 12:00 am Dance Theatre of Sandy Springs 12:00 – 12:30 pm Sky Gym / Ariel Dance 12:30 – 12:45 pm Georgia Boy Choir 12:45 – 1:30 pm Great Safari Adventure Show, A Kids Exercise Extravaganza 1:30 – 2:30 pm Darnell Boys 2:30 – 3:15 pm North Springs Charter High School Marching Band 3:15 – 4:30 pm Black Lion Reggae Festival closes at 5:00 pm




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

Friends of the Festival Thank you to the following individuals for their financial support of the 2015 Sandy Springs Festival: Anne and Jeff Bachman Honey and Alan Barnes Josh and Karina Belinfante Marsha and Tony Cintorino Jean and Ken Clary Emmett and Teri Cloud Cathy and Jeff Crumrine Winston and LaFon Dees Laura and D.J. DeLong David Epstein and Stacey Hader Epstein Lori Evers



Dr. John Gamwell Rodger and Jill Johnson Margie Kessler Kevin King Carole and Sidney Kirschner Meryl and Richard Levitt Patricia D. Levy Nancy and Scott McCord Bunny Mitchell Dorothy S. Myers Dr. John and Gail Neeld Alice T. Nelson

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Peter and Sally Parsonson Don and Joan Plunkett Jan and Lever Stewart Cynthiaand Jerre Swann Carla and John Sweetwood Bob and Georgia Watts Marsha Webb Dick and Dale Werner Dan and Beka Whigham Representative Joe Wilkinson Ward and Mary Jo Winer

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What To Know Before You Go FESTIVAL HOURS: Saturday, September 19, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm. • Sunday, September 20, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.This event is rain or shine. ABOUT: The Sandy Springs Festival is a two-day outdoor arts and community festival presented by Heritage Sandy Springs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting history, stewarding a community park, and enhancing the cultural identity of Sandy Springs. The Festival is celebrating its 30th year in 2015. ADMISSiON: Adults $5 Youth (Ages 6-17) $2 Children (5 and under) FREE

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

PARKING/TRANSPORTATION: FREE PARKING, with shuttle service provided by Cooper Global Chauffeured Transportation, is available at the following locations: Pick Up Location Century Springs East/West Lake Forest Elementary School Northside Tower Parking Deck*

Address Drop Off Location 6000-6100 Lake Forrest Drive NW (@ Mt. Vernon Hwy) Gate 4 (Sandy Springs Cir. & Sandy Springs Pl.) 5920 Sandy Springs Circle 6065 Roswell Road (Behind Signature Bank)

Gate 4 (Sandy Springs Cir. & Sandy Springs Pl.) Gate 2 (Hilderbrand Drive & Blue Stone Rd)

*Note: This shuttle will pick up and drop off on the back lower level of the parking deck on the Boylston Road side.

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

FESTIVAL AMENITIES: Amenities include ATMs, Lost and Found, designated recycling and trash containers, a baby changing station, as well as multiple restroom locations. Food and beverage vendors will be located throughout the Festival and in the Food Court. The Moondog Growlers Beer Garden will feature a selection of local craft brews on draft for attendees age 21+. The Sandy Springs Festival prides itself in being a pet-friendly event! Please keep your pet on leash at all times and be mindful of others. Heritage Green is a smoke-free park. No tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars and pipe tobacco will be permitted.

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READing Paws

Pirate Crafts Thursday, Sept. 17, 4-4:30 p.m. – In hon-

or of Talk Like a Pirate Day, the Brookhaven Library hosts a craft workshop to make pirate hats and eyepatches. Funding provided by the Friends of the Brookhaven Library. Free. Suitable for kids aged 5 to 12. Open to the first 20 participants. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. For more information, go to or call 404-848-7140.

Wednesdays, Sept. 9 through Nov. 18, 3:15-4:30 p.m. – Children who would like to

practice their reading skills can sign up for 15minute sessions to read to therapy dog Freckles! Registration required. Space is limited. Please note, kids can only sign up for two sessions per month and all participants must be able to read. Recommended for ages 5 and up. Free and open to the public. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, go to, email or call 404-303-6130.

Urban Farm Day

Book Sale Friday, Sept. 18, 12-6 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Friends

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of the Northside Library presents their monthly book sale and fundraiser in the meeting room. Free event is open to the public. Suitable for all ages. Northside Branch Library, 3295 Northside Pkwy., NW, Atlanta, 30327. For more information, email or go to

KidStuff Consignment Thursday, Sept. 17, 5-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. – Just in time for back to

school, this consignment sale features children’s fall and winter clothing, toys, books, baby equipment and much more! All proceeds support the missions of Kingswood UMC. No children under 10 permitted on Thursday, and on Saturday, many items will be discounted or half price. Kingswood United Methodist Church, Community Life Center, 5015 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to


Chef Bert Chapman Phone: 404.252.7713 Cell: 404.641.2867 5920 Roswell Road, Suite D-205 Sandy Springs, GA, 30328 Cafe Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-6pm Saturday-Sunday Catering Only

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Fall in love with fall festivals BY ISADORA PENNINGTON

As days grow shorter and the air becomes distinctly more crisp, fall enthusiasts everywhere rejoice with the onset of autumn, dreaming of pumpkin spice everything and cozy scarves on chilly days. For those living in our communities, fall also means some great festi-

Yellow Daisy Festival

vals and events nearby, made all the sweeter by cooler temperatures and beautiful autumn colors. Along with the Sandy Springs Festival set for Sept. 19 and 20, here are some other festivals planned in the metro area this fall.

Fall Folklife Festival

Thursday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 13. Returning for its 43rd year to Stone Mountain Park, this outdoor festival offers shopping, live entertainment, festival foods and works for sale by more than 400 artists and crafters. With vendors from 38 states and internationally as well, this bustling event has grown tremendously since it began as a small arts and crafts show many years ago. Families and visitors of all ages are invited to partake in Children’s Corner activities, crafter demonstrations and beautiful wooded trails for walking. Admission to the Yellow Daisy Festival is free with parking, which is $15 per vehicle for a one-day permit. Stone Mountain Park, Highway 78E, Stone Mountain, 30086. To find out more details about the event, go to or call 770-498-5690.

Saturday, Sept. 26. Celebrate the traditions of the South at the Atlanta History Center’s Fall Folklife Festival. The family-friendly activities include live bluegrass and folk music by local musicians and taste treats from Atlanta-based food trucks. This year the festival is highlighting the contributions of African-American chefs and home cooks, including demonstrations by Michael Twitty and a panel discussion with Southern chefs moderated by Erika Council, author of the Southern Souffle blog. The event is free for members and included in the cost of general admission for nonmembers. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. To learn more, go to or call 404-814-4000.

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Thursday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 27. Experience the tastes and traditions of Greece at the Atlanta Greek Festival. Alpha-Omega Sound headlines the event and plays authentic music from different regions in Greece, and dancers from the Greek Orthodox Cathedral perform traditional as well as contemporary dances from Greece, Cyprus and Asia Minor. Live cooking demonstrations by local chefs and plenty of festival favorites like gyros and Greek pizza are available for sale using the Festival Bucks system. Large crowds are expected, so plan accordingly. Free parking and shuttle buses available at the Century Center Office Park adjacent to I-85, at 2200 Century Pkwy., NE, Atlanta, 30345. For more information, go online toatlgoc. org/greek-festival or call 404-633-7358. Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30329.

Saturday, Oct. 10. If chili is your thing, then you may not wanr to miss this festival in the heart of Brookhaven. Featuring a chili and brunswick stew tasting with 75+ competition teams, this event is perfect for the foodie in your life. In addition to the chili offerings, food trucks will be on hand selling their goods. Adults can enjoy adult beverages and football on the big screen while kids play cornhole, do arts and crafts and hit the kid’s zone. Live music will entertain the entire family while raising money for Releash Atlanta. Amateur teams can sign up for a chance to win prizes, medals and bragging rights. Leashed pets are allowed, but no coolers, outside food or beverages permitted in the venue. Tickets and more information can be found on their website at Brookhaven Park, 4158 Peachtree Rd., Brookhaven, 30319.

Pumpkin Festival Fridays through Sundays, Sept. 25 to Oct. 25. This annual happening brings visitors to Stone Mountain Park for attractions, games, shows and beautiful views of changing fall colors. Life-sized storytelling, a parade, meet and greet with characters, a scavenger hunt and even a pie-eating contest make this recurring weekend outing a family favorite. Visitors can also trek through the treetops in the ropes course and take a ride to the summit of the mountain during their trip. Tickets can be purchased online, and more information can be found at Stone Mountain Park, Old 78 Hwy., Stone Mountain, 30083. 20 | SEPT. 4 – SEPT. 17, 2015 |

Brookhaven Arts Festival Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18. This juried fine art event returns for its 11th year to Brookhaven. Produced with the input of local artists by the Brookhaven Community Foundation, this popular event has returned after their 2014 hiatus. Boasting more than 150 artists, the event also offers plenty of food, live music and a classic car show. The Little House of ART will provide an interactive kid’s booth. Free and open to the public. Apple Valley Road behind the MARTA station, 2573 Apple Valley Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. To learn more, call (770) 988-4548 or go to

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Fall Festival on Ponce Saturday, Oct. 17 and Sunday, Oct. 18. The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces presents the 5th annual Fall Festival on Ponce in Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors can browse over 125 fine art, folk and craft displays. Kids can enjoy a children’s area while adults sample local gourmet food, beverages and listen to acoustic musical performances. This outdoor event is free and open to the public. Olmstead Linear Park, 1451 Ponce de Leon Ave., NE, Atlanta, 30307. For more information, go to

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MEGAN VOLPERT As someone interested in modern or even experimental cuisine, it’s been a long time since I bothered with a Brazilian steakhouse. What self-respecting cuttingedge diner goes to a place like that, right? After eating at Chama Gaúcha, which has been open in Buckhead for three months now, I feel a little dumb for having forgotten the merits of such a place. The downside of a regular steakhouse is the commitment required. Enjoy your giant rib eye while trying not to think about

the New York strip you almost ordered instead; don’t covet thy neighbor’s truffled mac n’ cheese while sulking into your own mixed vegetable medley. A Brazilian steakhouse is always going to be superior to that because of the sheer number of foods you can try. Chama Gaúcha works the way all these places work: you order beverages, hit the salad bar, then feast on a million different cuts of meat that are carved table-side, and maybe if you exercise a great deal of self-restraint you can make it to two bites

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of dessert. The difference between those other places and Chama Gaúcha is one of both quality and hospitality. One of those other places is actually just down the block, but Chama Gaúcha is 10 bucks cheaper at about 40 bucks for dinner and 25 bucks for lunch. The food and beverage quality was excellent. Our server suggested a caipirinha, Brazil’s national cocktail, similar to a margarita. They don’t use a mix for the lime juice – several times I had to unclog my straw because of pulp, which adds brightness to the drink so your taste buds won’t burn out. It’s misleading to say that we then went to the salad bar. Chama Gaúcha is home to a 360º ice bar: a square covered on all sides by elegantly hard-packed crushed ice, atop which are embedded a wide variety of cold items. You can treat it like tapas, make a salad, or just peck around for interesting things. Hearts of palm, seasoned mozzarella, smoked salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, jumbo asparagus, five olive oils, marinated mushroom caps, a parmesan wheel as big as your head, et cetera. My wife went nuts over a heaping pile of sweet shrimp cocktail, and I dabbled around with a basil lime sauce that went great on everything. Every item was of the utmost freshness. Vegans can easily get their money’s worth without ever touching meat or bread. The bread! Small, gorgeously doughy popovers with a faint hit of parmesan. They’re hollow, so don’t worry about getting full before the parade of meats. There’s a card on your table, and when

you flip it from red to green, the servers appear with a dozen usual cuts and daily specials. Meanwhile, your table accrues a pile of accompaniments. Sauces: horsey, mint jelly, chimichurri, salsa. Sides: mashed potatoes, fried polenta cakes, fried bananas. When you realize you’re too full for dessert, you’ll be glad for that fried banana. We could talk about the specific meats, but why? You go to a Brazilian steakhouse so you can try everything and get a little meat-drunk. Every bite was cooked to perfection and the char on the outside was just right. My wife dug the baconwrapped sirloin and I couldn’t get enough of the beef ribs. To each their own, again and again until you give up and turn your card to the red side. The beauty of the service at Chama Gaúcha is that at first they won’t take red for an answer. This is Brazilian hospitality! Your server is there to direct the flow of food and to ask you seven times if you’re sure you can’t eat one more bite. We’d thrown in the towel before the kitchen got cracking on some sausage, so our server totally charmed us into flipping that card back to green. Nobody was pushy; everybody was super nice and attentive. You can bring your finicky grandmother here – or your no-nonsense boss, your gluten-free friend, your table of 25 people where seven of them are always late. Indeed, we’re going back very soon. Megan Volpert lives in Decatur, teaches in Roswell and writes books about popular culture.



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Andrew Agrippina started the prolife club at Holy Spirit Preparatory School, but that wasn’t enough for the young activist. He’s also volunteered as president of Delta Omega, a service club, at soup kitchens in Atlanta, collecting over 1,000 cans of food, and hosting different drives to collect food and blankets. He was also involved in service as a part of Youth Leadership Sandy Springs. Andrew said he was shocked when he learned what abortion is and that it happens. “My Catholic faith tells me that I cannot stand idle while grave injustices run rampant in our society,” he said. Earlier this year, Andrew worked with Knights of Columbus at Holy Spirit Catholic Church to raise a billboard on I-75 in Atlanta. The photo of a newborn baby with the words “All Life Matters” represents to Andrew a dedication to life and serving others. He said he took his school’s motto, “Ministrare non Ministrari,” which means “to serve, not to be served,” seriously. “I have been raised with these values, and they have become a part of who I am,” Andrew said. He calls Tommy Curtin his mentor, and “an educator in the purest sense.” Curtin served as football coach, principal, teacher, director, piano accompanist and vocal coach during Andrew’s time at Holy Spirit. “He played a pivotal role in my formation as a student, helping me discover my passion for music and love of knowledge,” Andrew said. “He’s an incredible teacher, and it is very evident that he loves what he does.” Curtin said Andrew followed through with his billboard plan like a good business person. “As part of his work with [the prolife club], he met with city officials in Atlanta to propose billboards to promote life, and I believe one was approved,” Curtin said. “He saw the project through start to finish, and that to me is a very entrepreneurial activity.” Andrew said the effort to raise the billboard taught him how important perseverance and drive are, but he said he also learned he cannot do everything alone. He said he is thankful for the help he got from Knights of Columbus. On his resume, Andrew lists the Ray Kroc Youth Achievement Award, which was established by the Great-

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Hundreds of students and supporters watch the formal opening and blessing of the new Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School’s math, science and commons building on Aug. 21.


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Hundreds of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School students and city officials gathered outside the Sandy Springs school on Aug. 21 for the blessing and formal opening of its $18.2 million renovation, which includes a new 64,000-squre-foot math, science and commons hall. “The days of driving along Mount Vernon Highway and not seeing us are gone,” Head of School Paul Barton said during a brief ceremony. “We have an amazing new building here.” The new glass-and-stone-walled, threestory building, which is visible from Mount Vernon, includes math classrooms, science labs, a television production studio for classes in broadcasting, a robotics lab and a 500-seat cafeteria. Margaret Reynolds, a 7-year-old second-grader, said she appreciated the new building, in part because it offered something new at each table during lunch. “I think it’s really good,” she said, “because

we have our own salt and pepper.” She and fellow second-grader Mac Flinn, 7, helped with the blessing of the school building by Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church Rector Rev. Michael Sullivan. The two students, using laurel branches cut on campus, sprinkled blessed water on the building’s threshold as Sullivan prayed. Barton said HIES is now the largest Episcopal Parish School in the country. The school takes in about 1,375 students, school officials said. Bruce Ford, chairman of the HIES board, said the school started planning the building in 2007. The new building gives Holy Innocents’ “two anchors on our property — the church on the west end and the upper school building on the east end,” he said. The new building enhances the education offered at the school, he said. “It’s a building to be proud of,” Ford said.

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The Riverwood International Charter High School Raiders hosted the Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Golden Bears at Hoskyn Stadium on Aug. 28, in the “Battle of Raider Drive.” The Raiders were victorious, 28-0. Top, Holy Innocents’ quarterback Christian Ketchup, center, carries the ball. Center, Riverwood cheerleader Parker Courson, left, welcomes Holy Innocents’ cheerleader Ellie Crown. Above, Heards Ferry Elementary first-grader Aiden Archer, 6, lends some vocal support. Left, Riverwood Band member Brian Hill performs the National Anthem on the sousaphone. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER


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It’s good! The Sandy Springs Restaurant Council hosted the “Kickoff Cookout Tailgate” event on Aug. 29 at the Prado Shopping Center. Left, Ricky Johnson, 7, left, and his brother, Garrick,10, play cornhole. Above, Leila Suddeth, 6, left, and Emerson Frofs, 7, check the air in the footballs. Right, the public enjoyed live music, games, craft beer and food from local restaurants. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

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The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Aug. 15-27. The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and the information is presumed to be accurate.



block Roswell Road—On Aug. 16, a man reported a robbery around 10:30 p.m. He said he was in the laundry room of his apartment complex when another man came in and threw an egg at him, missing him, but hitting the wall behind him. Seconds later, a second man came in and pulled a gun. He took an iPhone from the man in the laundry room and demanded the password, but ran off when the man refused to give his password.

taining a gun described as a Taurus 9mm with a 28-round extended magazine. Rahid was accompanied by another man. They forced their way inside the door, ordering all in the apartment to turn over their phones and money. One of the victims jumped over the balcony rail and landed some 30 feet below, sustaining injuries. Two iPhones, just under $600 cash and a driver’s license were stolen.

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block of Huntcliff Village Drive—On Aug. 24, a 24-year-old man reported that he and an acquaintance met a man named “Rahid” at a club in Atlanta and invited the man over the following day to “chill.” When Rahid arrived, he had with him a Taco Bell paper bag con-

Here’s my secret: I take them home where I write the name of an expensive designer on them. I thought I had everyone fooled until someone told me that Goochie wasn’t how it was supposed to be spelled.

BUR G LARY block of Glenridge Drive—On Aug. 15, a resident reported a $500 pair of sunglasses and an $800 pendent necklace were missing from his home. He said earlier the apartment staff emailed that fire inspections would take place. He thinks this may be related.

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block of Franklin Road—On Aug. 18, an apartment was entered and a TV and $700 that was stored under a mattress were missing. According to the report, the front door was likely left unlocked while the victim was away.

 7400 block of Roswell Road—On Aug.

22, Classic Collision reported that between 6 p.m. on Aug. 22 and 9:30 a.m. the following day, someone entered the shop and forced a gate open. A number of tools were taken.

 4900

block of Lake Forrest Drive— On Aug. 24, a resident said he found a rear window open and the storm glass part removed. Missing is a 60-inch TV, guns, watch and $50 in change. A neighbor said they saw a light blue station wagon in the carport, thought it was strange, but assumed that it was the cleaning peo-

ple who normally come the following day. This is a great example of how you shouldn’t second guess your first instinct. He thought it strange but dismissed it. We catch burglars when folks go with their first instinct. Go with it!  5000

block of Riverside Drive—On Aug. 26, a resident reported that between noon and about 3 p.m., someone entered his residence through a patio sliding door, which was left open. He said it appears they looked around, but what he is missing is mostly tools.

THEFTS  8600

block of Roberts Drive—On Aug. 22, a cab driver said his fare was let off at an apartment complex owing $48. He said he’d go get the money. The driver waited, and then found the man in the pool area. The man said he would get the money. The driver waited again, but then insisted on the fare. The man ran and then pulled a gun on the cabbie, threatening to shoot him if he followed.

 5300 block of Roswell Road—On Aug.

22, a package goods store employee said a man came in and took four bottles of Crown Royal and then ran out. He got into a Chevy Cobalt, driven by another person, and left.

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Sandy Springs Police Department gets a ‘drive-thru’ window Sandy Springs Police Capt. Steve Rose joked in his “Weekly Wrap” that a new “drive-thru” is being tested at police headquarters after a SUV crashed into the building. Sgt. Forrest Bohannon, a spokesman for Sandy Springs police, said a vehicle driven by a civilian struck police headquarters in the morning, and, “thankfully, no one was injured.” The cause of the accident is under investigation and no charges have been made at this time, she said. “SSPD announced today that the office now has a drive-thru lane located on the south end of the building in what used to be the executive assistant’s office,” Rose wrote. “The initial test was not so successful.”

 5600

block of Roswell Road—On Aug. 22, a woman said she was at a tavern around 11 p.m. She left and later realized she left her purse on the bar. She called an employee, who confirmed it, and the woman said she’d be in the following morning to retrieve her purse. She did so on the following day and discovered that $400 cash and a $400 check were missing.

 Jefferson

Drive—On Aug. 24, a woman said she was at her friend’s home and placed her iPhone 6 on the counter in the kitchen. While it was unattended, someone took it.


44-year-old woman reported that while she was in jail, someone stole her 55-inch TV, cellphone, $2,000 worth of clothing, and methadone, Lortab and Phenobarbital medication.


block of Hammond Drive— Cops were called around 9:30 a.m. to meet with a man who said the following: He picked up a friend, whom he met online five months ago. They spent the following day together and the morning after that, he drove her back to her residence on Hammond Drive. She couldn’t find her keys, saying she left them at his place. He told her they had to be somewhere and he couldn’t drive, but after his appointment, he’d retrieve her keys. In return, she grabbed his keys and ran out the door. He called the cops and spoke to the woman. The officer spoke with her and said if she didn’t return the keys, he would have to charge her with theft. She told the officer that in return, she would call the cops and charge him with theft. The drama continues.

 Summer

Lake Drive—A man said he and his girlfriend decided to break up. She packed up and had all her stuff at the front door, which is when he decided to leave for a bit to avoid a confrontation. He left and came back the following day and sure enough, his ex-girlfriend


was gone, as was a PS4 game system, six PS4 games, a Canon camera, six watches, headphones and a .22-caliber gun and ammo. All this totaled more than $2,900. The man said his ex’s sister and boyfriend helped her move and, therefore, are on the short list of suspects.  5500 block of Roswell Road—On Aug.

15, the manager of a gym called the police and said that a man entered the business by going around where the pool is and bypassing the lock. He went into the locker room where he was seen by one of the members, who locked his stuff and took a shower. When he got out of the shower, he saw the man going through his locker and had his wallet. The member confronted the man. Employees came and escorted the man to the front to verify he was a member. He then fled through the front door. The staff believes that the man recorded the combination lock with his cellphone camera, while he pretended to use his phone.

 5900 block of Roswell Road—On Aug.

19, a woman reported that someone stole her wallet from her purse located in the “steal me” position in her shopping cart. By the time she reported it, a credit card had been used at the Target at the Prado.

 800

block of Mount Vernon Highway—On Aug. 19, someone stole a MacBook Air laptop and an iPhone 5 from an office at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church.

AS S AULT  1100

block of Hammond Drive—On Aug. 15, a man reported that he and other employees of a Chinese restaurant were playing soccer behind the building when one of the players, named “Lucas,” became angry, grabbed a player and squeezed him. The player said he couldn’t breathe, and believed a rib was cracked or broken due to the progressive pain he felt as the day wore on. Lucas works in the kitchen.

 Well

this mutt  Spring Creek defeated the lock Read more of the Lane—On Aug. on the pool gate Police Blotter online at 22, a man said and then the comhe was assaulted bination lock in the by his girlfriend locker room. Don’t at his apartment. leave your stuff there. Get in the habit of The man said his girlfriend hit him with stashing it in your car trunk before goboth her hands and feet, leaving him with ing to the club. If you’re driving an upobvious injuries to his eye, both arms and scale SUV, find a creative place to hide it. neck. The man said she became angry Don’t get lazy. about a pre-existing argument that was

 4900 block of Roswell Road—On Aug.

17, a woman said someone took her wallet from her purse while she shopped at a grocery store. She canceled her credit cards before they could be used.


hospital employee reported someone stole her wallet from her purse near the nurse’s station. A credit card, $3 in cash and medication were taken.

 5000

block of Long Island Drive—On Aug. 19, someone reported an air conditioning unit was stolen from a home that is under construction.

not completed the previous day. After whooping him, she bolted over the balcony rail and disappeared into the night before cops arrived.

 Kingsport

Drive—On Aug. 24, a 61-year-old man said he got into a verbal fight with another man, who pushed him down onto the couch.

 1100

block of Mount Vernon Highway—A woman reported that while she waited in a fast food restaurant drivethrough, a man at the drive-through window was attempting to use a breakfastonly coupon at lunchtime. He was upset |

and throwing a tantrum at the employee, and then began honking the horn of his car and backing away from the line, at which time he almost backed into a person crossing the parking lot to her car. She yelled at him to stop and he did. Back-and-forth yelling ensued and, as she walked away, he charged at her in the car, stopping only a couple of feet from her. She then took a photo of his car. The manager of the restaurant told him to leave the property, which he did after a few more choice words. Tag and information were obtained and the incident is being investigated.

OTHER THINGS  6500 block of Roswell Road—On Aug.

22, a drunken guy fell off his bike and injured himself. He was taken to the hospital.

 Ga.

400 at Windsor Parkway—On Aug. 23, a man was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital following a traffic accident. He was pronounced dead a short time later. It is believed that he died of a medical problem that caused him to wreck the vehicle.


woman reported that she and her husband are involved in a divorce. She has received Facebook messages from a person, whom she thinks is his new girlfriend. The sender apparently knows the intimate details of the divorce. She also sent over 30 text messages over a 24-hour period. She even sent a photo of the ex’s penis, which is kind of stupid since the wife already knows what it looks like— I assume, or maybe not, which, now that I think of it, may be a reason for the divorce? Never mind! Anyway she filed a report and forwarded the documentation to detectives.

 8000 block of Roswell Road—On Aug.

23, a 62-year-old man shot himself in the hand while at the Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range. While standing at the firing lane, and assuming the .380-caliber Beretta was not loaded, he began to work CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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on the gun, causing it to fire. The bullet passed through the fatty part of the hand, then down range. He is expected to recover fully.  Roswell

Road and Tahoma Drive—On Aug. 24, Traffic Sgt. Scott Levy was on Roswell Road around 5 p.m., when he heard a “person down” call dispatched to a nearby location. In response, he found a man on the ground and two women next to him giving chest compressions (CPR.) The sergeant, who had an AED in the unit, determined the man was not breathing and had no pulse. He applied

the AED’s pads to the man’s chest where the AED read the man’s pulse/heartbeat (in this case none) and instructed a request for a shock. The shock was administered and as a result, the AED read a pulse. Sandy Springs Fire and Emergency Medical Service personnel arrived and took the man to North Fulton Hospital. It appears the man fell and struck his face along the curbing of the roadway.

AR R ES TS  Highland

Park Trail—Just after 3 a.m., an officer was riding through the apartment complex when he saw a man urinat-

ing in the bushes. The officer requested identification, but the man refused and walked off. He was arrested.  Roswell

Road—On Aug. 17, the manager of a car repair business called police and said an employee allowed a customer to obtain four new tires, valued at just over $1,000, and did not charge the customer, putting a zero balance on the invoice. The employee said he had done this in the past also. He was arrested at the store and taken to jail.

 7800

block of Roswell Road—On Aug. 18, cops responded to a fight call at

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