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With charter approved, new academy seeks a home, leader and students BY JOE EARLE

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.

Heather Mruk plays with Aaron Burell, 3, at a retirement party on Aug. 29 for her husband Chris, a firefighter with DeKalb County Fire Station No. 2, located at 1316 Dresden Drive. Mruk served as a DeKalb County police officer from 1986 to 1996 before joining the fire department. See additional photos on page 27.


ers to let her retain the office for the next four years. Ernst is running in part as a reformer, pointing to recent controversy over the city’s handling of allegations against Davis that included an incident involving an employee that some city officials described as sexual harassment. Boone promises lower tax rates, crime rates and traffic congestion. Williams was not yet campaigning this week in the wake of her mother’s death on Aug. 26. In an email, she wrote, “…I will not be campaigning or focusing on politics until my dear mother is laid to rest.” Ernst, on his campaign website, pledges to cut property taxes and boost park space, including a “Brookhaven Beltline.” He also promises to “restore trust” in city gov-

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 be-



Williams faces challengers in race for mayor BY JOHN RUCH

A three-way mayoral race and a battle for the District 1 City Council seat are underway as some of Brookhaven’s founding leaders seek re-election. As of midday on Sept. 2, the last day for candidates to qualify, incumbent Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams had two challengers: Dale Boone, known as a professional competitive eater, and John Ernst Jr., the former chair of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics. In District 1, incumbent City Councilwoman Linley Jones and challenger Eve Erdogan qualified, while City Councilman Bates Mattison was unopposed in District 3. Williams, one of the city’s founding council members, was appointed mayor in June when former Mayor J. Max Davis resigned to make an unsuccessful run for a seat in the state House of Representatives. Now she will ask vot-


Improvement plan for ten city parks is underway

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An in-depth study of 10 Brookhaven parks is underway. The study’s proponents foresee a fast-moving process that will produce additions to the city’s master parks plan by December. The city’s consultant firm, GreenbergFarrow, is facilitating meetings about each park this month to gather input. And the city has appointed stakeholder committees, one from each park, that will hold their own meetings. “We’ve asked the community to dream big,” said Liz Cole, a GreenbergFarrow project manager. “What’s important at this stage is to get on paper what people want to see.” Brookhaven already has an overall Parks and Recreation Master Plan, but it does not include specific details for each park. Earlier this year, the Parks and Recreation Coalition of Brookhaven began a visioning process for a few parks. The current “Site Specific Park Plans” is an outgrowth of that public demand. It covers the following parks: Ashford, Blackburn, Briarwood, Brookhaven, Clack’s Corner, Fernwood, Georgian Hills, Lynwood, Murphey Candler and Skyland. The process only covers existing parks, not proposals for new parks. Cole said that GreenbergFarrow will gather public input about the parks’ histories, uses and improvement wish-lists. The consultants also will come with a few overarching plans, such as coordinated signage

and maintenance guidelines. But the emphasis is on what makes each park special. “What’s really dynamic about this project is the variety of these parks and the neighborhoods they sit in,” Cole said. By early November, the consultants will hold another round of public meetings to display a draft plan for each park. By December, a final master plan will be delivered to the city. That doesn’t mean every suggestion will be carried out immediately. But the plan will include suggested phases of work and potential budgets. That final plan will be a “balancing act” between GreenbergFarrow’s main park design principles, Cole said. “Parks are for people” is one principle, meaning that parks should be designed for the community’s desired uses. “Design with the land” is the other principle, meaning that those uses should fit into and protect the park’s natural landscape. This major park planning effort is starting just as the city has lost its Parks and Recreation director, Jerry Kinsey, who is retiring and has yet to be replaced. Cole said the consultants are continuing to work with parks department staff and the city manager. “We’ve had no problems community with the city at all…We haven’t seen a gap,” she said. The consultant-facilitated meetings are all taking place at either the Briarwood or Lynwood community center. A full list is available at

Brookhaven searching for parks director The city of Brookhaven’s Parks and Recreation director, Jerry Kinsey, is retiring after only a year on the job, and the city is now searching for a replacement. This is the second time in less than two years that the position has come open. Kinsey replaced Ray Holloway, the city’s first parks director, who had served only about six months before resigning. “Jerry has been a tremendous asset to

3. Blackburn II Park 4. Briarwood Park 5. Brookhaven Park 6. Clack’s Corner 7. Fernwood Park 8. Georgian Hills Park 9. Lynwood Park 10. Murphey Candler Park 11. Osborne Park 12. Parkside Park 13. Perimeter Trail at Murphey Candler 14. Skyland Park SPECIAL

Park planning meetings The following is a list of the upcoming site-specific park planning meetings facilitated by city-hired consultants. They will be held at the Lynwood Community Center, 3360 Osborne Road.

the city of Brookhaven,” City Manager Marie Garrett said in a press release. “He identified critical needs for improvements in our parks, from tennis court resurfacing and a recreation program guide to constantly searching for ways to expand our parks programs with running clubs, youth soccer, kickball and more. Jerry has set the right course for our Parks and Recreation Department.”

Blackburn Park, Sat., Sept. 12, 9-11 a.m. Brookhaven Park, Sat., Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Murphey Candler Park, Sat., Sept. 12, 1-3 p.m. Lynwood Park, Mon., Sept. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fernwood Park, Mon., Sept. 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Georgian Hills Park, Wed., Sept. 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Skyland Park, Wed., Sept. 16, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ashford Park, Sat., Sept. 19, 9-10 a.m. General Park Comments, Sat., Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

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A popular chef will open a new restaurant in the “Little White House,” the original home of Brookhaven’s city government, at 2536 Caldwell Road. Dubbed Dixie Moon, the restaurant is the brainchild of Brookhaven chef Scott Serpas, who runs the successful Serpas True Food in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. The restaurant will reuse a small white house that Brookhaven’s then-new city government first used as a kind of City Hall in 2012. The restauSPECIAL rant plan also involves constructing The Little White House a two-story brick addition. Brookhaven City Council on Aug. 25 approved a rezoning to althe zoning decision. Serpas staged a low the restaurant use, despite strong pop-up restaurant event at the site concerns about parking. The restauseveral months ago. He said that rant will have only 15 parking spaces, drew about 120 people, most of which meets a current zoning code rewhom did not drive. quirement that is based on square-footIn a work session prior to the Aug. age, not use. 25 meeting, the City Council discussed Serpas committed to using valet the ongoing parking crunch in the area parking that he claims will squeeze and speculated on the possibility of the up to 28 cars onto the lot, but that city or a private developer creating a cannot be enforced or made part of parking deck or AM similar solution. 07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1 7/27/15 9:18 Page 1

Brookhaven City Council tightened the city’s tree ordinance on Aug. 25 amid cautious praise from some advocates and resistance from developers. A key change requires developers to maintain 120 inches in diameter of trees per acre—up from 100 inches— or 45 percent of the site’s tree canopy coverage. The number of large, healthy trees a homeowner can cut down per year is lowered from five to three. City Councilman John Park said the tougher tree protections will “continue to make Brookhaven an oasis in the middle of a concrete Atlanta.” The updated ordinance was largely welcomed by advocates from Brookhaven Protects Trees, though some called for an even tougher version—with a 50 percent canopy preservation—that the council rejected. Some advocates also worried about a possible loophole in the ordinance’s language allowing removal of “diseased” trees. Meanwhile, representatives of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and the Council for Quali-

ty Growth—two major developer organizations—complained that tighter tree protections could slow Brookhaven’s construction boom. However, city officials described the tree rules as a work in progress that includes current best practices. “This ordinance combines the best of what is working well in other cities around us,” Kay Evanovich, the city’s arborist, told the council. In a provision to protect trees on property boundaries, the ordinance provides for an escrow account to replace a tree killed by construction. The ordinance also sets a $200 per diameter-inch fee, with certain maximum costs, for removing various “specimen” trees if replanting is infeasible. Councilwoman Linley Jones said she would prefer more restrictive rules, but liked this “pragmatic” update as a way to stem the tide of tree loss. “We’re losing trees all the time. Something is better than nothing,” she said. “I think we’ve taken a giant step forward for trees,” said Councilman Joe Gebbia.

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ernment following the Davis scandal, including through regular town hall meetings. “As a former chairman of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics, I understand what it takes to clean up government,” Ernst said on his website. “Secret meetings do not create a relationship of trust between residents and our city. “I’m very excited about this opportunity to serve,” Ernst said in a written statement provided by his campaign. “I’m running to make Brookhaven better by putting the city to work for its citizens.” Boone has received attention, including on “The Tonight Show,” for his unusual career as a competitive eater who holds records for wolfing down hot dogs and other foods. Locally, he was a member of the Brookhaven Yes committee and is president of the Oakwood Neighborhood Association. “As a competitive eater, I am no stranger to competition,” said Boone in written statement. “As mayor, I will fight for all of Brookhaven’s citizens, taxpayers and small businesses to ensure they have a strong voice in every decision made. “During my campaign for mayor, I will champion a greater quality of life by working to lower taxes, reduce traffic congestion and protect our community by addressing the crime that is afflicting Brookhaven,” Boone said in the statement. In the District 1 council race, Jones is attempting to retain the seat she was appointed to in June when Williams left the position to become mayor. Erdogan, meanwhile, said she is running out of concern about that appointment. “I’m looking forward to continuing the work I’ve done the last few months for the people of the city of Brookhaven,” said Jones, who works as an attorney. “I’m looking forward to the race, and for the opportunity for voters to get to know me and the opportunity to hear from voters.” Erdogan is an attorney and an executive at Chamblee-based ACT Investments, which invests in multifamily real estate projects—none of them in Brookhaven. Erdogan said she is running “really to bring checks and balances” to city government, expressing concern that Jones was “appointed by the current mayor.” Williams nominated Jones to her former council seat after becoming mayor, and the council voted to appoint Jones. “You kind of want to have a separation of power,” said Erdogan. Referring to Williams, she said, “I do like her and I do think she has a pretty good chance of winning.” Mattison, one of the city’s founding council members, was the only candidate for his District 3 seat as of midday Sept. 2. He was not available for comment. The city election will be held Nov. 3.

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In a suburban city where sidewalks are rare and car horns provide the ongoing song of the road, a street musician is an unusual sight—and, judging by the smiles on passersby, a welcome sound. Sonny Calo, the street musician of Dunwoody, breaks out his saxophone on early evenings at the Georgetown Shopping Center and plays rich, mellow jazz. Entranced kids toss a coin or two into his sax case. Adults break into grins and stop to listen or even shoot cellphone video of the slim, middle-aged musician with his thin moustache and jazz hat. “Music is uplifting. Music is a spiritually uplifting thing,” Calo said during a pause in his playing. Now a Dunwoody resident, Calo is a New York native who headed south after attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. He plays in some bands, including Atlanta Boogie, and performs for residents of assisted living facilities. About a year ago, he began playing outdoors at shopping centers in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, including the miniature park next to the Kroger at Georgetown. “Rather than sitting in a room [while practicing], why not share the music?” he said. Calo plays jazz, saying he likes its freedom. He enjoys the many flavors of jazz, and many other types of music, such as punk rock. “It’s all just music,” he said. He performs on a Selmer Mark VI sax, a beautiful instrument with an etched surface, mother-of-pearl keys and a patina from frequent handling that lends it a sense of character. It’s a French instrument that he estimates is about 50 years old. On the Georgetown sidewalk, Calo BK

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what should be saved and what should be demolished, said Lauderdale, who has been involved with the organization for a decade. Lauderdale said the front part of the house, the part facing Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, is what is considered historic, and what was listed on the National History Register in 2008. “I was excited to see it will get saved, but it will take $4 million to $5 million [to do everything needed],” Lauderdale said. The goal is to get the house open to the public, Williams said. “I think the key thing is to know this house is a public park, and it will be a public park for citizens of Dunwoody and the community at large,” Williams said. The trust plans to host a variety of education programs at the house. Williams said neighbors want to see the property and house put to use, and the plan to stabilize the floor will allow people to use the building. Williams said through the renovation, the city and trust are adding bathrooms, space for an educational facility for kindergarten through eighth-grade students and an event facility that could potentially be used for weddings. The facility also will include a multi-function room and an area to gather groups of people, he said. When the current phase of the renovation is completed, the nonprofit plans to continue working on additional grant applications from both the city and other organizations to continue work on the property. “We certainly have a tremendous outpouring of volunteers and we’re always looking for more,” Williams said. “A lot of the work will be broken down into mini-projects that volunteers can help with and take pride in the work.”



Brookhaven police offer tips to business owners BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Brookhaven police invited local business owners to City Hall on Aug. 27 to share tips for keeping their businesses crime-free and avoiding becoming targets. Take pride in your place of business and be proactive in cleaning up graffiti, Sgt. Justin Young said. Criminals and gang members have no respect for anybody’s property, he added. Management and maintenance is crucial, he said. Picking up trash, repairing broken lights and windows sends a message to the community that the property is “well cared for and would be inhospitable to criminals,” Young said. In addition to keeping up the appearance of a business, Young said to make sure people can see what is going on inside, especially at restaurants and convenience stores. “A lot of businesses will litter their front windows with advertisements and signs, and that’s actually going to hinder the business’s safety,” Young said. Knowing your employees may seem like common sense, especially for small business owners, but those who share space in an office complex should keep an eye out for each other and watch for people who don’t seem to know their way around, Officer Carlos Nino said. Nino said new employees will need an adjustment period, but all people can help deter crime by staying alert. “If you feel the hair on the back of your neck standing up, follow your gut,” Nino said. “You know when

something’s not right.” Maj. Brandon Gurley discussed how business owners and managers should react in cases of active shooter situations. He said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has an entire two-hour training program dedicated to this, but the key is the three-step, “avoid, deny and defend” process. Those who cannot avoid or leave a dangerous situation should try to deny access and if that fails, the person should defend himself or herself, Gurley said. Nino alluded to the recent shootings of reporters in Virginia by a frustrated coworker and said “[we’ve] all dealt with difficult people at work,” but when workers take the time to pay attention to their co-workers they can more quickly act when someone shows signs of “frustration,” Nino said. “Body language tells a lot about your level of frustration,” Nino says. One way to look at frustration is par for the course when it comes to business, he said, but knowing it exists and taking time to talk to coworkers is important. The first line of defense for business owners is preparedness, and business owners and managers might want to address whether or not employees who have gun carry permits can bring weapons to work, the officers said. In the case of any emergency, evacuation plans help people know how to safely exit the building as well as responsibilities for each employee. Designating a manager as responsible for following up with those in his office will help with accountability. Nino said employees and managers can also become targets when they follow the same routine every day. He recommended switching up the route to work and not parking in the same space all the time. “The way we work in policing is we don’t go to Dunkin’ Donuts every morning, we may get Krispy Kreme,” Nino joked. “We don’t go to the exact same place every time so that we don’t become targets.” A final tip the officers offered was that people with emergencies who call 911 should use a land line when possible because the dispatcher who answers will see the address on a screen. On a call from a cellphone, the dispatcher may not know where the caller is located, and may have to transfer the call deELLEN ELDRIDGE pending on the type of service, such as fire and emerOfficer Wilner Piquant holds signage gency medical service. that will be posted around the city.




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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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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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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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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 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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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

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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)

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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


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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

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

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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

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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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Quick Bites: News You Can Eat Open Hand will host its 12th annual culinary-focused fundraising event – Party in the Kitchen. The event will be held at American Spirit Works, 199 Armour Drive, on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Organized by Chef Kevin Rathbun, Chef Gerry Klaskala, Kim Klumok, Stewart Little and Mary Williams, guests will enjoy an evening of music, cocktails and cuisine prepared by some of the city’s most talented chefs and mixologists. There will be an opportunity to bid on silent and live auction items that include travel and entertainment packages. Tickets to the main event are $250 each. To purchase tickets: Bert’s Big Adventure Restaurant Week will be held Sept. 14-20. The event will benefit the nonprofit that offers trips to children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. Participating restaurants include: Avellino’s Pizza in Brookhaven and Decatur, Buttermilk Kitchen, YEAH! Burger in West Midtown and VirginiaHighland, Suwannee Park Tavern in Suwanee, 1Kept in Buckhead and all locations of Taco Mac, Tin Lizzy’s Cantina, and Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Centers.

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“I left a tenured position so I could live wherever I wanted. Then I retired at 60 and was working part time when I discovered Canterbury Court. I thought, ‘How wonderful it would be to live there.’” When he decided to move to Canterbury Court, he chose a studio apartment, which he says “is more than big enough for me.” The maintenance-free lifestyle also lets him keep a second home in Florida and take frequent road trips. Dan says people are “missing the boat” by not moving to a retirement community sooner. “Here you have several restaurant options, all kinds of activities and excursions, a theater with daily showings, a heated pool and wellness center, 11 acres of beautiful gardens ... it’s like being on a permanent vacation!”

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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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Andrew plans to attend Washington and Lee University, with a double major in business administration and politics, and minor in music. He said he made the choice based on the school’s inspiring honor code and intimate academic environment. This article was prepared by Lela Johnson and written by Ellen Eldridge.


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The linear park planned for Peachtree Creek had a new formal name announced at the Aug. 25 Brookhaven City Council meeting: the Peachtree Creek Greenway at Brookhaven. But the council had to drop plans to announce the start of formal planning at the last minute after city officials realized they lack an official property map. The nonprofit North Fork Connectors has been working on the park concept, which is starting with the Brookhaven stretch of the creek, but is intended to run between unincorporated DeKalb County and Buckhead. While the local piece would be called Peachtree Creek Greenway at Brookhaven, other sections would use the local place name.


Council members suggest electric vehicle boosts

City Council members Linley Jones and Bates Mattison requested budget study of boosting electric-car use by residents and the city itself at the council’s Aug. 25 meeting. Mattison suggested purchasing after-lease Nissan Leaf electric cars to replace the city’s fleet. “I think that would be a very good message for us to be sending… and might save us some money,” he said. Meanwhile, Jones wants the electric-car charging station at City Hall to be available at all times instead of the restricted schedule used now.

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CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the school board and reduce the numlieved addressed the commission’s obber of Brookhaven City Council memjections. bers on the board. At full size, the selfMattison told the commission memperpetuating board will be composed bers that during the presentation last of 14 members, including two named year, he felt like a condemned man facing by Brookhaven City Council. his executioners. “This year, I feel like a The school is scheduled to open in kid on Christmas morning,” he said. August of 2016. The board plans to “I am pleased you came back for open with about 420 students, chosen the second year,” commission memby lottery from a statewide pool of apber Tony Lowden said. “The only way plicants, in kindergarten through sixth Georgia is going to get better is if we grade, according to its webpage. By give folks choices fall 2018, the school and better schools will grow to 540 stu... Thank you for dents in kindergarcoming back for a ten through eighth “The only way Georgia second bite of the grade. is going to get better is apple. We didn’t exMattison said if we give folks choices ecute you, we just he thought that bedelayed you.” cause the school and better schools.” Mattison said would offer transthat dealing with the portation only to – TONY LOWDEN commission’s comand from MARplaints forced the TA, applicants likeSTATE CHARTER SCHOOLS COMMISSION board to make the ly would come from school plan stronger. nearby communi“The State Charter ties. “If they want to Schools Commisbus their kids or fly sion put us through paces,” he said. them up from Savannah, that’s fine. “We’re pretty well detailed about how We’ll take ’em,” he said. But he said he we’re going to run this school. ... Now thought most applicants would come it’s a question of operational execu“from around where we’re located.” tion.” Potential students can sign up for One change the state required was the lottery now on the school’s webto expand the number of members on site,

March dates chosen for second Cherry Blossom Fest City officials plan to hold Brookhaven’s second annual Cherry Blossom Festival next year on March 26 and March 27. “This will be an event that families can embrace,” Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams said. The inaugural festival earlier this year drew an estimated 10,000 visitors to Blackburn Park over three days, helping to add as much as $185,000 into the local economy, city officials said in a press release. BK


Firefighters celebrate one of their own DeKalb County Fire Station No. 2 celebrated the service of one of its own on Aug. 29, holding a retirement reception for firefighter Chris Mruk. Left, firefighters from many DeKalb stations came by to show support. Left center, Mruk’s fellow firefighters at station No. 2 created a U.S. flag out of a firehose. Right center, Murk served as a DeKalb County police officer from 1986 to 1996 before joining the fire department. He served at station No. 2 from 1987-2015. Below, left, as part of his retirement party, Mruk drove around in a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette, compliments of a local car dealership. Below, right, DeKalb firefighter Brock Roddey, left, speaks with retired DeKalb firefighter Clarence “CP” Smith. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

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„ 2800

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 18, simple assault was reported; On Aug. 20, simple battery was reported.

Aug. 14-27

„ 3100

block of Windsor Lake Drive— On Aug. 23, an arrest was made for battery of a family member.

The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.


ROBBERY „ 2600

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 25, an arrest was made for robbery.

BURGLA RY block of Stratfield Circle—On Aug. 15, burglary was reported.

„ 2400

block of East Club Drive—On Aug. 19, theft by taking auto was reported.

„ 1400


„ 3400

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 15, burglary was reported.

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Aug. 16, simple battery was reported.

„ 1300

block of Roxboro Drive—On Aug. 16, burglary was reported.

„ 3500

„ 1100

„ 1600

block of Goodwin Road—On Aug. 16, burglary was reported.

A U TO THEFT „ 3700

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 14, theft by taking auto was reported.

„ 5200 block of Reserve Drive—On Aug.

18, theft by taking auto was reported.

„ 1200

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 16, battery was reported. block of North Cliff Valley Way—On Aug. 17, aggravated assault by cutting was reported.

„ 4400

block of Memorial Drive—On Aug. 17, an arrest was made for terroristic threats and acts.

„ 1200 block of Lincoln Court Avenue—

On Aug. 17, simple battery was reported and an arrest was made.

„ 3900

block of Peachtree Road—On Aug. 14, shoplifting was reported.

„ 3500

block of Durden Drive—On Aug. 14, theft was reported.

„ 4000

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 14, theft of a bicycle was reported.

„ 2400

block of Briarcliff Road—On Aug. 17, an arrest was made for forgery in the first degree.

„ 2000

„ 2600

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 17, fraudulent activity was reported.

„ 200

„ 3200

„ 3300

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 17, fraud by swindle was reported.

„ 2400

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Aug. 18, an arrest was made for forgery in the third degree.

„ 1300

block of Dresden Drive—On Aug. 18, fraudulent activity was reported.

„ 1300

block of North Cliff Valley Way—On Aug. 18, fraud by swindle was reported.


block of Briarcliff Road—On Aug. 14, theft or articles from a vehicle was reported.

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Aug. 14, shoplifting was reported. block of Town Boulevard—On Aug. 14, entering auto was reported. block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 16, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

„ 3600

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Aug. 18, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

„ First

block of Executive Parkway Drive—On Aug. 18, an arrest was made for theft by taking.

ARRESTS „ 2600

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 20, an arrest was made for public intoxication and public consumption; On Aug. 23, a wanted person was arrested; CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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On Aug. 24 and 27, arrests were made for failure to appear in court. „„2900

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 19, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On Aug. 26, an arrest was made was for no driver’s license.


block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 22, an arrest was made for driving without a license; On Aug. 23, a wanted person was arrested.

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block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 21, an arrest was made for crimi-

nal trespass. „„3200

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 18, arrests were made for marijuana possession, and public intoxication and consumption; On Aug. 22, a wanted person was located and arrested; On Aug. 24, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.


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block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 14, an arrest was made for public drunkenness; On Aug. 15, a wanted per-

son was located and arrested; On Aug. 20, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On Aug. 24, an arrest was made for pedestrians in the right of way in crosswalks.




block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 17, an arrest was made for overtaking and passing a school bus; On Aug. 19, an arrest was made for marijuana possession.


block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 22, arrests were made for possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a felon; On Aug. 23, an arrest was made for public in-

toxication and public consumption. block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 26, an arrest was made for no driver’s license. block of North Druid Hills Road—On Aug. 16, an arrest was made for theft by receiving stolen property.


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