Inside An earful City Council feels heat over Pink Pony lawsuit community 3
Trigger happy Media needs restraint on school shootings commentary 7
Sept. 6 — sept. 19, 2013 • vol. 5 — NO. 18
City officially in charge of parks
Name game How some local roadways got their monikers
By Melissa Weinman
The city of Brookhaven officially has taken over maintenance of the 11 parks within its borders. Under the terms of an intergovernmental agreement with DeKalb County, Brookhaven assumed control of the parks Sept. 3. On Aug. 27, Brookhaven City Council authorized an emergency contract to maintain the parks through the end of the year. City Manager Marie Garrett said the city would need the additional help to mow grass, clean bathrooms and maintain park facilities until a full-time parks director is hired. “Your community has very high expectations of their parks,” Garrett said. As part of negotiations with DeKalb County, the city agreed to take on the parks maintenance two months earlier than planned, putting the city in “triage,” Garrett said. The city began the search for a parks and recreation director
First person WWII veterans have stories to share around town 10
Dream teens Youngsters are ‘backbone’ of YMCA making a difference 15
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PDK director surprised by scheduled charter flights By Melissa Weinman
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Mallory Kornowa and “Gunner” get ready for the start of the Walk, Wag N’ Run event at Lenox Park on Aug. 24. The 2nd annual race raised money for Ahimsa House, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people and animals victimized by domestic violence.
Southern Airways’ recent decision to begin offering scheduled charter flights out of DeKalb Peachtree Airport surprised a lot of people, including Airport Director Mike Van Wie. “Twenty days ago I would have bet this couldn’t happen here,” Van Wie said. DeKalb Peachtree Airport, known as PDK, is available for use by commuter planes and small, on-demand charter flights – not commercial airlines. But Van Wie said Southern Airways is able to operate out of PDK under an obscure Federal Aviation Administration defsee pdk, page 21
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