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Dunwoody Reporter

SEPT. 5 — SEPT. 18, 2014 • VOL. 5 — NO. 18


Real Estate

Speed bump Perimeter needs limits COMMENTARY 6

Terrible 22s? When men mimic boys ROBIN’S NEST 7

‘Hole’ lotta fun

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Gas station ‘Think Tank’ offers up coffee, politics and daily conversations BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE


Julie Greer, 2, daughter of Kimberly Greer, assistant to the city manager, plays before the grand opening of Phase II of Brook Run Park’s multi-use trail on Aug. 23. A children’s bicycle race and a run/ walk also ushered in the latest section of the trail now open for public use. More photos on page 20.

Status updates and “liking” on social media posts are slowly replacing gatherings of friends in public, but virtual reality takes away the warmth of a handshake, hug and a smile. “People don’t say to your face what they will say behind a machine,” Chuck Batcheller said. These are some of the reasons Dan McMahan sticks with Batcheller and several others he joins for coffee just about every morning, before everyone rushes out to fulfill the day’s duties. They call themselves the Dunwoody Think Tank, and they invite everyone to stop by and say hello. Well, almost everyone. “Dunwoody Think Tank, everyone welcome,” reads the side of a sign that has been in the window about six years. From the outside, visitors cannot see the white letters added on the reverse side of the sign that say “almost.” “It’ a joke,” McMahan says. McMahan and his fellow thinkers have been meeting at the BP gas station on Chamblee Dunwoody Road for about as long as Facebook SEE ‘THINK TANK,’ PAGE 4

County commission office will continue to provide services despite Boyer’s departure BY JOE EARLE

As former DeKalb County Commissioner Elaine Boyopinions and issues on to other commissioners, and preer confronts federal criminal charges, her office will remain pare the office for the next elected commissioner, he said. open to provide services to residents of the north end of the “We’ll make sure everything is ready for the new commiscounty, the DeKalb County interim CEO says. sioner when they step in.” “Bob Lundsten will remain as constituent service person Federal prosecutors on Aug. 26 accused Boyer of misfor District 1,” Lee May told about two using county money and a county purdozen residents and city officials gathered chasing card. They said she conspired to For updated information to hear him speak in Dunwoody on Aug. commit mail fraud and wire fraud. In a on the case, go to 28. The district covers much of north press release, they said she was scheduled DeKalb County, including Dunwoody, to plead guilty to the charges on Sept. 3. and a significant portion of Brookhaven. Lundsten said he was surprised by the Lundsten, Chief of Staff to Boyer, said charges, but had no further comment he and another District 1 staff member would stay in place on Boyer’s situation. “I haven’t spoken to her since it hapuntil a new commissioner is elected. pened,” he said. They will deal with constituent concerns, pass political SEE DESPITE PAGE 3


Dan McMahan, a ‘Think Tank’ member, settles in for a chat.

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