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What’s going down your drain? COMMENTARY 8

Will it be enough?

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New battles revving up over bicycle lanes BY JOE EARLE

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The Lovett School’s Jay Harris, center right, scores a touchdown during the Lions’ game against The Westminster Schools’ Wildcats in the “Battle of Buckhead” on Aug. 28 in Kilpatrick Stadium. The Wildcats beat the Lions, 26-23. See additional photos on page 27.

Punchline may resurrect at Landmark Diner

Buckhead’s bicycle battles appear to be cycling back. More than 50 residents packed NPUB’s September board meeting as the neighborhood planning group debated proposals intended to make the city of Atlanta more bike-friendly. Several residents voiced objection to the city’s bike plans as well as a proposal recently outlined by state transportation officials to add bike lanes along portions of Peachtree Road through south Buckhead. State transportation officials are considering redrawing the lanes on Peachtree Road through Buckhead to add a central left turn lane and to add bicycle lanes along the portion of Peachtree south of Peachtree Battle Avenue. “I think Peachtree is just one of those roads where cycling is a bad idea,” said resident Valerie Taylor, who attended the Sept. 1 meeting of the board of Neighborhood Planning Unit B. But resident Mike McLeod defended bike lanes, saying they were not a new idea. “It’s a perfect opportunity to have a bike network,” he said. “You can get people out of their cars. There’s data that shows traffic flow will improve. I know it’s difficult to believe, but if you take cars away, you can improve traffic flow.” The Georgia Department of Transportation’s new plan will likely be presented for SEE NEW BATTLES, PAGE 6

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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-yearold 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 onetime 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, SEE PUNCHLINE, PAGE 4

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From at-risk to ‘ambassadors’ BY CLARE S. RICHIE Education, community and baseStadium. ball can transcend humble beginnings. For high-school participants, A local nonprofit is using all three of L.E.A.D. staff run an eight-week fall those tenets to help at-risk youth. program from which 25-30 ambassaC.J. Stewart understands this firstdors are selected based on athletics, hand. He grew up in an old northwest academics and civic duty. For the rest Atlanta housing project, Hollywood of the year, ambassadors meet, on avCourts. With the erage, four days per help of mentors who week at Booker T. recognized C.J.’s poDo you know an organization or Washington High tential and connectSchool in southwest individual making a difference ed him to needed reAtlanta for pracin our community? Email sources, he earned tice and games, and editor@reporternewspapers.net a baseball scholararound the city for ship to Georgia State various enrichment University and was later drafted by the activities. For example, ambassadors Chicago Cubs. Today, he’s recognized visit a local fire station to learn about as one of the country’s leading hitting public service, maintain the Washinginstructors and player development ton Park section of the Atlanta Beltprofessionals with clients like Jason Line, and meet with Georgia’s Own Heyward and Andruw Jones. Credit Union CEO and staff to learn In 2007, C.J. and wife Kelli started about banking and finance. L.E.A.D. (Launch.Expose.Advise.Direct.) “I’m proud to be a L.E.A.D. Amto empower at-risk youth to become ambassador for life,” said Desmond bassadors prepared to lead their city. Jones, who joined L.E.A.D. as a sev“C.J. was developing suburban enth-grader. In middle school, he was players to achieve their goals, but an admittedly “slacking off,” but pushed inner city youth couldn’t afford to himself because the organization betrain with him,” Kelli explained, “so lieved in him. C.J. decided to make himself available In high school, Desmond was seto those just like him.” lected to be a L.E.A.D. Ambassador, Together the husband and wife a distinction that signifies he is a colteam developed a proven model, Pathlege-bound, civically engaged stuway2Empowerment, which provides dent-athlete. Thanks to the nonprofyear-round academic support, baseball it that changed his projected pathway, training and competition, communiDesmond graduated from Mays High ty service experiences, and exposure to School and is headed to Tuskegee Unicolleges and careers. versity this fall. “They put me in posiTo reach at-risk youth, L.E.A.D. tion to win. I’m glad that I have them partners with Atlanta Public Schools in my corner.” (APS) to recruit sixth–12th gradDesmond is just one of the many ers who are underperforming across L.E.A.D. success stories. Another is grades, attendance and behavior. Austin Evans, a 2015 Gates MillenniFor middle schoolers, APS coaches um Scholar, Posse Scholar and Eagle and teachers conduct weekly core valScout, who is an incoming freshman ue training about excellence, humiliat Texas A&M. Both were likely inty, integrity, loyalty, stewardship and spired by L.E.A.D.’s first college gradteamwork, while L.E.A.D. facilitates uate, Joseph McCrary III, who is a role offsite events, like a celebrity basemodel for younger ambassadors. ball clinic at Turner Field and an anIn 2013, Joseph graduated Magna nual visit to watch the Georgia Tech Cum Laude from Savannah State UniYellow Jackets play at Russ Chandler versity on a four-year athletic schol-

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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 dry-cleaning 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 of the West Belle Isle Homeowners Association and Paul Wendlandt, representing immediate neighbors on West Belle Isle Road, both spoke in support of the expansion and the agreement. The Kroger at 4920 Roswell Road was built in 1987. The expansion 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 W. Belle Isle Road, known as Belle Isle Apartments, and turn it into parking. Federal approval on that deal is still pending, and it is not a formal part of the approved plan. EDENS and Kroger also have agreed to clean up groundwater contamination on the Belle Isle Apartments site. Galloway said in an interview that they voluntarily sought a state brownfield designation for the site, which gives them immunity from legal liability for the pollution in exchange for cleaning it up. That pollution is part of a long history of soil and groundwater 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 groundwater monitoring continues, currently showing very low levels, Hayes said. The pollution on the Belle Isle Apartments site is also 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 dry-cleaning chemicals, but it came from a different source than the old Fountain Oaks dry cleaner, Hayes said, because the apartments are upstream from the shopping center. Testing in 2008 and 2009 found similar types of pollution on the nearby property of Chastain Cleaners, a dry cleaner at the corner of Roswell and W. Belle Isle roads, Hayes said. However, Hayes said, EPD has not determined whether Chastain Cleaners is the source of the contamination or whether the pollutants are flowing through the property’s groundwater from some other source. 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 to 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 well-being of any tenant been at risk,” she said.

Punchline may revive at diner in comedy club swap CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

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 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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New battles revving up over bicycle lanes CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 cars would be a good idea. public comment in October, said An“Congestion in Buckhead is terridrew Heath, a DOT traffic engineer. ble. It’s worse by the day,” Taylor said. An earlier plan was widely panned by “I have seen what bike lanes have done residents, so DOT planners took a new to Northside and Pharr roads. I have look at ways to restripe the lanes on seen no increase in cyclists. I think Peachtree between Dearing and Pharr most people who can afford to live in roads after the road Buckhead are not of is repaved. the demographic, After examining a the age, that they’re “I think most people variety of options for going to take up cywho can afford to live efficiency and safecling.” in Buckhead are not of ty, DOT engineers One resident are recommending a of the Peachtree the demographic, the plan that would reHeights West neighage, that they’re godraw Peachtree’s six borhood said the ing to take up cycling.” lanes from Dearturn lane would ing to Pharr roads. help, but that the The DOT’s proproposal didn’t fit – VALERIE TAYLOR posal would redethe community. RESIDENT sign Peachtree in “We’re in Atlandifferent lane configta. We weren’t develurations south and oped like New York, north of Peachtree Battle. on a grid with all that public trans“Peachtree changes character at portation. There are certain places, Peachtree Battle,” Heath told members like Peachtree, that should never have of the board of the Buckhead Commuany constriction on the use of cars,” nity Improvement District when dehe said. “It should be left the way it scribing the project on Aug. 25. is now.” The proposed design for Peachtree Members of the NPU-B also quesRoad north of Peachtree Battle calls for tioned whether the city’s plans to adopt three lanes headed south, two headed new, more bike-friendly policies apnorth and a central turn lane. plied in Buckhead. The board voted to The proposed design south of recommend that the city not adopt a Peachtree Battle would have two south“complete streets” policy, which would bound lanes, two northbound lanes, mean considering all kinds of transpora central turn lane and bicycle lanes tation when designing streets, and a cyalong each side of the road. cling initiative. The design, which Heath said would The board voted to recommend a allow church parking to continue on city policy promoting “transit-orientSunday mornings, would improve ed development” around MARTA train safety and traffic operations along stations after board members said the Peachtree, the DOT presentation said. proposal wouldn’t conflict with the exBut residents seemed unconvinced isting special zoning districts around that reducing lanes dedicated to use by Buckhead’s MARTA stations.

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In 2013, a massive “fatberg” weighing nearly as much as a school bus was removed from a London sewer. Water utility officials described it as a 15-ton behemoth of “wrongly flushed, festering food fat mixed with wet wipes.” It broke the sewer and cost more than half a million (ratepayer) dollars to repair, according to The Guardian. A fatberg is a blob-like lump of waste that forms when cooking oil and other fats are poured down household and restaurant drains; the oil congeals and combines with other debris, including wet wipes and sanitary items. The result: municipal and residential pipes can become clogged and in some cases totally blocked. “If fat is like the mortar, wet wipes are the bricks in fatbergs,” noted a London water official.

with a lab stirrer revealed that a sheet of toilet paper fell apart after about eight seconds in swirling water, as it was designed to do; however, SALLY a "flushable" BETHEA wipe didn’t even fray afGUEST COLUMN ter half an hour. So, what to do about this nasty and expensive problem? First, only three things should go down your toilet drain: pee, poop and toilet paper. To properly dispose of your personal wet wipes, place them in household garbage. Kitchen grease should be poured into a jar or coffee can, cooled and also discarded in household garbage. In early September, I’ll join the city of Atlanta to launch a new campaign to raise public awareness about the proper disposal of wet wipes and grease, with a goal of keeping our streams clean and more money in our pocketbooks. Sally Bethea is the retired executive director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (chattahoochee.org), a nonprofit environmental organization whose mission is to protect and restore the drinking water supply for nearly four million people.

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not see a single bike rider. In addition, the restriping is horribly executed. It would be nice if our tax dollars could be used to address the serious uptick in crime in this area and not adjusting lane widths for bikes. I can’t wait to see what this does to traffic during the holiday shopping months. I express this sentiment for dozens of business owners and residents off Pharr Road.

The flow of untreated sewage and wastewater that backs up behind these gooey blobs has to go somewhere, so it spews from the pipes through manholes and cracks, and spills into nearby creeks. Atlanta’s Watershed Management Department says that grease and wet wipes constitute about 75 percent of the clogs in city pipes. Last year, the city spent $4 million to replace two centrifuges that had been compromised by wipes; the overhaul of existing centrifuges can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Despite marketing claims, most wipes do not disintegrate and are not bio-degradable. They are not made to be flushed, and typically say so on the packaging, but often in fine print. While wipes have been around since the 1950s, they began to be mass-produced in the 1990s, in response to a demand for baby wipes for adults to serve a wide variety of purposes. It has been reported that wet wipe consumption has nearly tripled in the past decade. A ConReSPECIAL sumer ports test A fatberg filled with baby wipes, cooking grease performed and other waste pulled from an Atlanta sewer.

I thought I’d take a moment to give some feedback on the Pharr Road restriping article. [“Pharr Road gets new lanes, but real test yet to come,” Buckhead Reporter Aug. 7–Aug. 20.] I have travelled Pharr Road for over 20 years. I live nearby and also work just off Pharr Road. It’s a nightmare. The one street in Buckhead that had no traffic now has traffic and is more danger-

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ous than ever, with little ability to turn into the far lane. Also, in all my years, I have never once seen a bike rider on the street. And since the restriping, I have continued to

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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 robinjm@earthlink.net. 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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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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Friday, Sept. 18 through Saturday, Oct. 3 – Act3 Productions presents “Ruth-

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 atlantajcc.org 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 brookhavenga.gov/city-departments/police.

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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

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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

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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.

ForSECURITY: more The info: | 404-851-9111 Sandyevents@heritagesandysprings.org Springs Police and Fire Departments will be on site all weekend and ready to providex 4 assistance should the need arise. Please report any and all criminal or suspicious activity to the nearest officer. Any emergency health concerns should immediately be referred to these trained personnel.

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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 dekalblibrary.org 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 afpls.org/sandy-springsbranch, email leah.germon@fultoncountyga.gov 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 comments@co.fulton.ga.us or go to afpls.org/northside-branch.

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 kingswoodumc.org/kidstuff.

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‘Cinderella’ by Moonlight

Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. –

Blue Heron Nature Preserve partners with Farm Chastain to present Urban Farm Day, part of their Second Saturday Safari Series. The event features a tour of the property and a chance to harvest your own veggies for a healthy salad. Master gardeners will provide fall gardening tips, soil test kits and seed packets. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids. Farm Chastain, 4001 Powers Ferry Rd., Atlanta, 30342. For more information, go to bhnp.org.

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Friday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m. – Come out for a

screening of Cinderella at Movies by Moonlight, a free drive-in movie and block party suitable for the whole family. Presented by Leadership Sandy Springs. Sandy Springs United Methodist Church, 86 Mount Vernon Hwy., NW, Sandy Springs, 30328. Need additional details? Go to leadershipsandysprings.org or call 404-256-9091.

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Fall in love with fall festivals BY ISADORA PENNINGTON

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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-

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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 stonemountainpark.com 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 atlantahistorycenter.com 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 brookhavenchilicookoff.com. 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 stonemountainpark.com. Stone Mountain Park, Old 78 Hwy., Stone Mountain, 30083. 20 | SEPT. 4 – SEPT. 17, 2015 | www.ReporterNewspapers.net

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 brookhavenartsfestival.org.


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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 festivalonponce.com.

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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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Dan Sasser loves coming and going as he pleases. That’s just one of many reasons he chose Canterbury Court to be his home. Marlow’s Tavern plans to open its next location in Brookhaven, according to a report from Tomorrow’s News Today. The 3,400-square-foot restaurant would occupy suite 301 of Brookleigh Market on Johnson Ferry Road in Brookhaven. Atlanta’s Best Cellars Dinner will be held Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at the InterContinental Buckhead. Attendees will drink rare wines, listen to live music by the Class Act Band, and eat a four-course meal prepared by Guest Chef de Cuisine Jérôme Grilhot and Executive Chef Didier Lailheugue. For more information, visit tjmartell.org. Restaurateur Justin Anthony (10 Degrees South, Yebo) plans to open Cape Dutch, a contemporary steak and seafood kitchen, in the Morningside neighborhood this month. The restaurant will be located at 1782 Cheshire Bridge Road. The annual Great Atlanta Beer Fest at Turner Field is on Sept. 26 from 3 to 8 p.m. The event features 200-plus beers, ciders and 30-plus wines. There will be live music from the Geeks Band, college football on big TVs, and fun and games on Scout’s Alley and around the event. Advance tickets are $40, $45 after Sept. 17 and $55 the day of the event. Tickets can be purchased at greatatlantabeerfest.com.

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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-

er Atlanta McDonald’s Operators Association in 1985 in memory of McDonald’s founder, Ray A. Kroc. Each participating school selects one graduating senior per year to receive the award. “Andrew is a natural leader, and he combines great leadership skills with an incredibly optimistic attitude,” Curtin said. His belief that good things come from hard work fuels his projects. “He’s also very talented, which allows him to be successful in many areas from arts to academic to service organizations at our school,” Curtin said. In addition to starting the pro-life club at school, Andrew participated and won first place in the Atlanta Chapter of Georgia Right to Life Oratory Contest in the spring of 2014. He went on to win the statewide contest, earning $250 and a summer internship with Georgia Right to Life. His winning speech was titled “Proliferate the Pro-Life Rate.” In the speech, he said people should love and not pass judgment on women who become unexpectedly pregnant. But Andrew’s commitment to life extends beyond pregnancy. “To me, the pro-life cause transcends the issue of abortion,” he said. “Being pro-life means treating everyone I meet with the love and dignity that every human life deserves.” When the pro-life club took a trip to the District of Columbia for the March for Life, Andrew and other club members brought along blankets and granola bars to donate. “We handed these out to the homeless people we encountered while marching,” Andrew said. “That is what the pro-life movement is about.”

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New state charter in hand, members of the board of the Brookhaven Innovation Academy are looking for a new home, a new leader and financial contributions. “Now the work starts, the operational work,” Bates Mattison, chairman of the school’s board and a member of Brookhaven City Council, said after the State Charter Schools Commission voted unanimously Aug. 26 to approve a charter for the Brookhaven-based school that will emphasize science, technology and math classes. “We really do have a tremendous amount of work to do.” The board hopes to settle on a location for the school by October, Mattison said. City officials recently proposed buying the former Skyland school building from the state, which now uses it for offices. School board members are negotiating to use that building to house the school, Mattison said, but if that location doesn’t work out, board members are considering several other possible sites. “There’s been a lot more deliberation about Skyland than anywhere else,” Mattison said, adding that he removed himself from the negotiations because he sits on both the City Council and the school board. Negotiators include former state Rep. Ed Lindsey of Buckhead, a new board member, Mattison said. The new school board also must quickly hire a head of school, the board chairman said. That new school leader then will begin assembling the faculty, he said. Backers had sought state approval of the school for two years. Their original proposal was voted down last year, so they returned this year with a plan they believed addressed the commission’s objections. Mattison told the commission members that during the presentation last

year, he felt like a condemned man facing his executioners. “This year, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning,” he said. “I am pleased you came back for the second year,” commission member Tony Lowden said. “The only way Georgia is going to get better is if we give folks choices and better schools ... Thank you for coming back for a second bite of the apple. We didn’t execute you, we just delayed you.” Mattison said that dealing with the commission’s complaints forced the board to make the school plan stronger. “The State Charter Schools Commission put us through paces,” he said. “We’re pretty well detailed about how we’re going to run this school. ... Now it’s a question of operational execution.” One change the state required was to expand the number of members on the school board and reduce the number of Brookhaven City Council members on the board. At full size, the selfperpetuating board will be composed of 14 members, including two named by Brookhaven City Council. The school is scheduled to open in August of 2016. The board plans to open with about 420 students, chosen by lottery from a statewide pool of applicants, in kindergarten through sixth grade, according to its webpage. By fall 2018, the school will grow to 540 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Mattison said he thought that because the school would offer transportation only to and from MARTA, applicants likely would come from nearby communities. “If they want to bus their kids or fly them up from Savannah, that’s fine. We’ll take ’em,” he said. But he said he thought most applicants would come “from around where we’re located.” Potential students can sign up for the lottery now on the school’s website, Brookhaven.education.

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What the opportunity school district could mean BY COLLIN KELLEY Georgia voters will decide on the state’s proposed Opportunity School District (OSD) referendum to turn around failing schools during the 2016 general election. Atlanta Public Schools, which has 26 schools on the failing list, is already hard at work to make sure its houses of learning remain under local control. Under legislation passed earlier this year, schools persistently scoring below 60 on the Georgia Department of Education’s accountability measure,

the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI), for three consecutive years would be subject to takeover. No Buckhead schools were on the list. The OSD would take on no more than 20 schools per year, but is limited at governing 100 at any given time. Schools would stay in the district for no less than five years but no more than 10 years, and would then return to local control. Last month, APS launched its “New School Turnaround Strategy Project” led by Boston Consulting Group. The school board also hired Erin Hames, the governor’s former policy and legislative affairs advisor, to consult with APS on how to get the schools back on track and avoid being taken over by the state. APS Superintendent Meria CarstarSPECIAL Gov. Nathan Deal and his wife Sandra read to a class. phen said on her

blog, @ATLSuper, that the district is “developing an aggressive and targeted course of action for school improvement. If we can achieve that, state intervention will be unnecessary.” However, Carstarphen recognized that getting all 26 schools off the state takeover list would be a challenge. If voters approve the OSD referendum next November, the state will likely begin taking over schools beginning with the 2017-18 academic year based on CCRPI data. Carstarphen said generous donors are paying for the Boston Consulting Group’s work. Parents should keep an eye out for surveys, focus groups and town hall meetings on the issue. Carstarphen said she would collect feedback from teachers and principals, especially those who are “in the trenches” every day. On the hiring of Hames, Carstarphen said she would be a “key component in challenging us to do the tough and smart work as well as help us navigate the system to avoid the OSD.” “It won’t give APS an automatic pass, but I think it gives us the leverage of advice from an expert who understands the decisions surrounding the creation, mission and structure of the OSD,” Carstarphen said.

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Ready for some football The Lovett Lions squared off against The Westminster Schools’ Wildcats in the “Battle of Buckhead” on Aug. 28 in Kilpatrick Stadium. The Wildcats beat the Lions, 26-23. Left, Lovett students Claire Hadley-Benton, center, and Katie Preisinger, right, welcome Lovett players back onto the field after halftime. Right, Westminster senior Kenneth Hartzfeld shows off his school spirit and patriotic side. Center left, Lovett players get ready to get on the field to start the second half. Center right, Westminster Assistant Coach John Wild, left, gives his players some words of encouragement and a fist bump as Sabastian Mosso, center, and Nance Hill, right, look on. Below left and right, both schools, Lovett, left, and Westminster, right, cheer enthusiastically for their varsity football teams. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

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an grabbed his wallet from his hand. The man told police one of the women asked for his phone number so they could return his wallet. He said one of the women called him and said they would return the wallet. After texting “Can I have my wallet,” the man got no response. The patrol officer noted the man’s story changed.

The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY „ First

block of Delmont Drive—A man borrowed a phone from a pedestrian, then grabbed her hair and threw her to the ground. He ran off with her iPhone 6 cellphone.

„ 2400

block of Morosgo Drive—A man was walking in the area of Lindbergh and Morosgo drives when two men approached him, punched him in the face and demanded his money. They took $40 from the man and ran off.

„ 2500

block of Piedmont Road—A man arranged for two women, whom he met on Craigslist, to come to his residence. They all went to the pool and when they returned to the apartment, one of the women stole $200 from his wallet. The women attacked him when he asked for his money back and they stole his vehicle, house and building access keys. The women left with two men, who were waiting for them in the parking deck. One of the women dropped the stolen cellphone.

„ 2000

block of Bolton Road—Two men with masks over their faces entered a restaurant and pointed handguns at an employee. They demanded she open the cash register, and they took $40 cash she had in her pocket. They took an unknown amount of money and fled in a silver Dodge Avenger.

„ 500

block of Pharr Road—A woman was approached by two men as she was getting out of her black 2015 Land Rover. One of the men pulled his shirt up displaying a black handgun and demanded, “Don’t move. Give me the keys

to that black Land Rover.” In a panic, she began reaching into her purse and the man said “Just give me the purse.” The second man took the keys from her pocket and took her Apple iPhone. The two men got in her car and drove off. The woman’s phone was tracked to 405 Pharr Road and recovered. The vehicle’s theft recovery system was activated and the vehicle was recovered. „ 100

block of Pharr Road—A man and a woman were walking from a bar when a gold, four-door vehicle approached them. Three men armed with handguns got out of the car and held guns to their heads while demanding their belongings. One of the gunmen told the other to shoot the woman in the head. The woman was knocked into the bushes and she sustained cuts to her face. A bag that contained a wallet, cellphone, vehicle keys, ID and anxiety medication was taken.

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block of Northside Circle—Two women, one of whom had a handgun wrapped in clothing, jumped out of a silver Jeep Cherokee and approached a man walking on the street. The women demanded he “stay still” and one wom-

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block of Hillside Drive—A house’s rear doors were forced and drawers opened. The resident has dementia and can’t tell police what items were taken. 700 block of Huff Road –A man received a call from his alarm company. Upon returning home, he discovered the front door deadbolt was visibly damaged. An Apple iMac computer was taken. „

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block of Monroe Drive—A carjacking was reported after a man was rear-ended while stopped at a red light. Two men armed with handguns forced the driver out of his car. One man with a gun got in and drove off in the man’s car, while the other headed back to the car used to rear-end the first car.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT „ 1100

block of Huff Road—A man outside his apartment was shot in the leg when he was approached by a man with tattoos on his neck and face. While the interviewing the victim, the officer saw a bag that contained a .45-caliber Taurus Millennium handgun, several Xanax pills and $224 in cash.

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block of Chattahoochee Avenue--Someone entered a bar with a bat and threatened to kill a patron. The argument was over the recent schedule change for the bat-holder’s girlfriend.

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block of Northside Drive--A taxi driver dropped a man off at his home. When the man said he needed to go and get money for the fare, he returned waving a gun in his hand. He then waved the gun in the air and yelled that he was going to kill the taxi driver. The man with the gun punched the driver and his cab, breaking the front windshield of the vehicle.

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block of Dellwood Drive— A man became upset when another man received a text message and began throwing items onto the lawn. The upset man went to his car, where he loaded a handgun and said “Tell that [expletive deleted] I will kill him, he better watch out.” He then left the area without further incident.

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block of Marietta Road—One person held a knife to another person’s neck during a verbal argument that turned physical. The person who had the knife had departed by the time police arrived.

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block of Hunting Road—A man with a handgun approached a man in his car. The man in his car had pulled over to check email. When the driver saw the man with a gun, the driver drove off as the man fired a bullet into the driver’s side door.

„ 400

block of Northside Circle—An apartment resident reported the rear window blinds were in disarray and screen damaged. An Apple laptop, an LG Smart 50-inch TV and an Apple iPod were reported stolen.

„ 3300

block of Peachtree Road—A laptop computer, black laptop bag and cords, an Asus laptop computer and a PlayStation gaming system were reported stolen.

„ 2400

block of Parkland Drive—A Rolex watch, a Diver watch, three Ralph Lauren golf shirts, a Ralph Lauren leather jacket, a Fitbit, 32-inch LG TV, a 16-gauge Huglo Armsco rifle Ruger 22 , $800 in cash and a black braided WM Henry bracelet were taken. The victim recently passed away from a fall at the residence.

„ 1100

block of Collier Road—Someone tried to force a way into an apartment door and the resident caught on cellphone video the person walking away after a second unsuccessful attempt was made to enter.

„ 200

block of Colonial Homes Drive— Several pieces of jewelry, a watch, a MacBook, several pairs of sunglasses, a Cannon camera and a passport were taken from an apartment.

„ 4700

block of Peachtree Park Drive— A resident discovered a guitar lying on the floor and a black PlayStation 4 with two controllers missing.

„ 1700

block of Northside Drive—An apartment resident discovered his 55inch TV unplugged and placed on the floor, his sofa cushions removed and placed on the floor, the prescription closet open, and clothing closet and drawers moved about. No items were taken. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30 BH


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block of Peachtree Park Drive— A MacBook laptop was taken from an apartment.

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block of Piedmont Road — Approximately $150 in currency, a credit card, a MacBook, charger, a safe, an iPad, a Social Security card and a passport were taken from Homewood Suites.

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block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—A 42-inch TV, an Apple iPad, a white comforter, a pair of grey/blue Jordan shoes, a laundry basket, a 55-inch

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block of East Roxboro Road— An Xbox gaming console, a revolver, four pairs of designer sunglasses, two men’s watches, $600 in cash and a Louis Vuitton duffle bag were taken from a house.

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block of Cardova Drive—A 47inch TV, an Apple desktop, a 32-inch Vizio TV and an HP laptop were taken from a house.

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block of Antone Street—Police responded to an alarm call and discovered the front door unlocked. They noted monitors and cables on the floor. Two iMac computer monitors were taken.

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