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A proposal to build more hangars at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK) has residents in Brookhaven and Chamblee raising concerns about even more noise from the second-busiest airport in the state. The airport, which is governed by DeKalb County and located in the city of Chamblee, is near the Brookhaven border. Residents living in nearby neighborhoods, such as Ashford Park, have in the past complained See PDK on page 14

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BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net The City Council unanimously approved Sept. 12 entering into a three-year lease agreement with Georgia Power to lease surveillance license plate reader cameras at nearly 30 spots throughout the city. The agreement comes after the Brookhaven Police Department in May became the first municipality in the state to team up with Georgia Power for a test run of the license plate readers to

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The city of Brookhaven broke ground on Phase 1 of improvements to Georgian Hills Park on Sept. 7. “Today’s event is the latest chapter in our ‘Summer of Progress,’ and the work will not end as fall approaches,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst. In July, the Brookhaven City Council approved the first phase of improvements to the 3.6-acre park that will include an open space field with Bermuda turf, an irrigation system and a walking trail that extends around the open space field. A playground, picnic shelter, and an outdoor basketball half-court will also be constructed. Infrastructure enhancements at this location will also include a redesigned parking lot and improvements to the sidewalk that runs along Clairmont Road. The total cost of these improvements is $1,221,118.24. The work is being completed by Pro Building Systems. This project is the first of two major park upgrades kicking off in September. On Sept. 28, the city will celebrate a groundbreaking for Murphey Candler Park’s future open space field.


The Brookhaven Planning Commission voted Sept. 6 to recommend that minimum lot sizes in the city be one acre for private/charter elementary, middle and high schools. City staff had recommended 5 acres, but after discussion among members and learning that the minimum lot size in Sandy Springs was 1 acre, the commission unanimously agreed to go with the one-acre minimum. City ordinances had required that elementary schools be at least 5 acres; that middle schools be at least 12 acres; and high schools be at least 20 acres. When an existing school in Brookhaven requested an addition to its school to the Community Development Department, it was discovered the school did not meet the city’s minimum requirements of acreage. The City Council is expected to take up the issue at its Sept. 26 meeting.


The City Council approved a resolution Sept. 12 to join the Welcoming America movement, a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization that connects nonprofits and local governments. Welcoming America helps the connected entities build plans and policies that encourage newcomers and longtime residents to participate in social, civic and economic endeavors in the city. The resolution was promoted by Councilmember Joe Gebbia. The resolution takes into account Brookhaven’s immigrant population. “Brookhaven’s multicultural setting is a catalyst for the city to be a ‘receiving community’ to immigrants that have chosen to make Brookhaven their home ... and immigration is essential to the development and enrichment of our community,” the resolution reads. BK

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Brookhaven history now part of ‘Images of America’ BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Former Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams returned to the City Council chambers Sept. 5 to showcase the newly published “Images of America” book recounting the history of the city. Arcadia Publishing, renowned for its “Images of America” books, recently published the Brookhaven history, which has been in the works for about two years. As mayor in 2015, Williams used $3,500 of her discretionary funds to commis-


Thornwell Jacobs, president of Oglethorpe University, shovels the first dirt during the ground-breaking ceremony of the construction of Lupton Hall in 1919.

sion local historian Valerie Mathis Biggerstaff to compile and research the city’s history. Biggerstaff previously put together an “Images of America” book on the history of Dunwoody. The Brookhaven book is 126 pages but does not read in a traditional narrative format. Instead, the book contains numerous historical photos with lengthy, explanatory captions, Williams told the mayor and council. Chapters of the book are: "The Early Years," "Impact of the Civil War," "The Rebirth of Oglethorpe University," "Historic Homes and Neighborhood Landmarks," "Camp Gordon and Military Hospitals," "Schools," "Churches," "Parks," and "Brookhaven Becomes a City." The cover of the book is a photograph of Thornwell Jacobs, president of Oglethorpe University, as he shovels the first dirt during the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of Lupton Hall in 1919. “When I was mayor I thought it was important to start gathering Brookhaven’s very special history, within our boundaries,” Williams said in an interview. “I thought it was important to claim our own history ... because for so long we were just a part of unincorporated DeKalb County.” Williams and Biggerstaff worked with Georgia State University, the Atlanta History Center, the DeKalb History Center and Oglethorpe University to gather stories and photos for the book. They also visited each of the schools in the city and all the churches to learn of their past.


Former Brookhaven mayor Rebecca Chase Williams hands out complimentary “Images of America” history of Brookhaven books to the City Council at its Sept. 5 meeting.

Williams noted that although Brookhaven did not play a key role in the Civil War because no battles were fought in the area, the city did play host to Union Gen. William T. Sherman. Sherman sent a military dispatch to Gen. J.B. McPherson on July 18, 1864, from the home of Samuel House near Cross Keys, at what is now the Johnson Ferry Road and Ashford-Dunwoody Road intersection Another highlight for Williams is finding a photograph and learning the history of the first Brookhaven School, which opened in 1924 on North Druid Hills Road. The school was founded by Z.W. Jones and his wife, Margaret, who moved to the area and found there was no school for their daughters to attend. The couple started by teaching in their home before they built a school to accommodate all the students. “Finding the first Brookhaven School was one of our great finds,” Williams said. “I was not aware of it and had never seen anything about it. This was before public schools and is truly one of the earliest schools in the area.” There are celebrity sightings in the

book as well, including of a photo of Margaret Mitchell sitting on the dam at Silver Lake and Bing Crosby and Bill Cosby playing golf at the Capital City Club. The book ends with the city’s incorporation, including pictures from its first City Council meeting on Dec. 16, 2012. The book costs $21.99 and is for sale on Amazon.com. Now finished with the book, Williams said she hopes to put the history out into the places where it happened. For example, she told the council, she envisions putting historical photographs into kiosks in parks so people walking through a park can stop and read the story of people who used to live there or what the area once looked like or how the park came to be. The Brookhaven “Images of America” book follows the recent publication of “The Storied Houses of Historic Brookhaven” coffee-table book that features 90 houses in the historic neighborhood that straddles Brookhaven and Buckhead. The limited-edition book is the product of several years of work by a committee of the Historic Brookhaven Neighborhood Association.

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More than 100 people gathered at a recent International Club of Atlanta discussion group gathering in Sandy Springs to hear from a noted speaker with plenty of international knowledge — Michelle Nunn, CEO of CARE USA, based in Atlanta. Nunn, who ran for U.S. Senate in 2014 but lost to David Perdue, gave the crowd at its Sept. 5 meeting a general introduction of CARE, one of the longest-serving humanitarian organizations dedicated to eliminating poverty across the globe. Founded as the “Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe” in 1945, the organization helped the millions of people in need following World War II by organizing a program to send them food relief, or CARE packages, of U.S. Army surplus meal-ready-to-eat food parcels that included such items as meat, butter, coffee, sugar, egg powder and chocolate. In the 1990s, CARE changed its acronym to mean “Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere” to better encompass its mission of helping other countries. Nunn explained that CARE specifically focuses on empowering women and girls through human rights, education, health care, economic opportunities and other resources. Poverty can only be defeated when there is equality, she said. Recently CARE partnered with seven other humanitarian organizations to form the Global Emergency Response Coalition in response to some 20 million people starving in Nigeria, Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia as well as Niger, Uganda, Chad, Cameroon, Kenya and Ethiopia. Drought and wars contribute to the crisis, Nunn said.

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Teji Sahni, left, and former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, father of Michelle Nunn, greeted each other during a recent meeting of the International Club of Atlanta where Michelle Nunn spoke about the mission of CARE USA to eliminate poverty.

Getting the word out about the global poverty is difficult in “the world of Donald Trump” where the news media is focused on his tweets, Nunn said, adding there are special challenges as a society to tell a global narrative. She also touched on climate change and said CARE “believes in the science of climate change.” “Increasingly we are seeing climate change refugees,” she said. “The impact is not theoretical.” Last year, CARE reached over 70 million people in 94 countries and by 2020 aims to help 150 million people overcome hunger, poverty and social injustice. While the numbers may appear troubling, there is reason to be optimistic because poverty has been cut in half over the past 25 years, Nunn said. Members thanked Nunn with applause. And for Teji Sahni, who founded the International Club of Atlanta in 1991, the meeting was more proof that such as club is needed, and important, in the world today. “The basic idea is we broaden our outlook,” Sahni said. “We go outside the narrow confines of our world and find that human beings are the same, but of different cultures.” The International Club promotes international ties and offers members social and intellectual settings that reflect its diversity, from a book club to bridge night to monthly “Curry Nights” where members visit the more than 100 curry-serving restaurants in metro Atlanta. Bill Bozarth, president of ICA, worked for IBM in the 1970s and 1980s, including a stint in Germany in the mid-1980s. “Other than the birth of my children, nothing in my life has had such a profound effect on me as the experience of living abroad,” he said. “My interests and perspective on the place of America in the world were forever changed. Subsequent jobs after returning with my family to the U.S. in 1988 brought me back to Europe on a regular basis. I stopped all that travel in 1995, and since then, have sought out opportunity to get to know like-minded people.” The discussion group, which hosted Nunn, is a monthly gathering where speakers from various professions share their thoughts on what is going on in the world and the U.S. On Oct. 8, the discussion group will host Jonathan Mann, who recently retired after 30 years of international reporting for CNN. “We offer a tremendous enriching experience – and it’s fun,” Sahni said. “This is not a networking group. Members are from all parts of the world and we intermingle with each other. This is really about learning from each other.” Socializing with people from different countries helps break down barriers and defeat prejudices, Sahni said. “I think ignorance dictates certain prejudices. When people discuss and learn from each other, I think that helps everyone,” he said.

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Keith Parker, the MARTA CEO and general manager who helped put mass transit back on the agenda in north metro communities, will leave for another job this fall, he announced Sept. 5. Now local leaders are expressing a mix of gratitude and uncertainty as they push ahead with that transit agenda – including key SPECIAL General Assembly proposals Keith Parker, MARTA’s CEO and general manager. next session. Parker, who is leaving to “Transit Master Plan” of priority projects become the new president and CEO of to take advantage of any funding that Decatur-based Goodwill of North Geormight come out those discussions. gia, spent nearly five years as MARTA’s MARTA’s board will name an interchief. In that time, he oversaw a finanim general manager while conducting cial cleanup – from massive debt to rea search for a permanent replacement, serves of more than $240 million – and MARTA said in a press release. In addiimprovements to service that also retion, the board has named a deputy generduced the perception linking MARTA to al manager, Arthur “Rob” Troupe, who will rampant crime. start work Sept. 18. Troupe arrives from Years of progress the infrastructure project consulting firm A politically savvy leader, he built reHNTB – one of the companies working on lationships with local and state leadFulton’s Transit Master Plan – where he led ers, whetting an appetite for more tranthe Northeast Division’s transit and rail sit. That helped to win landmark MARTA services. Troupe previously served as a depexpansion funding, including to Clayton uty general manager at the Washington County via a 2014 vote, and last year’s vot(D.C.) Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. er-approved sales tax boost within the city Leaders react of Atlanta. The Atlanta funding, expectAmong local leaders, the loss of Parked to draw more than $2.5 billion over 40 er was met largely with caution that tranyears, could bring light rail to Buckhead’s sit talks will find a way forward without BeltLine segment and the Clifton Corridor the pioneering transit agency chief. out of Lindbergh Center Station, among Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul has many other improvements. emerged as one of the north metro arParker also led the agency through ea’s biggest transit evangelists. Earlier new attempts at transit-oriented developthis year, speaking about regional transit ment with varying results; in Brookhavsolutions, he prophetically warned that en, the community earlier this year MARTA’s improved reputation could be rejected a planned mixed-use redevelopin trouble if Parker leaves. ment at the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Sta“How long is he going to be here? tion. Local transit-oriented corporate deWill MARTA revert to its previous bevelopment has been more successful, havior if someone new comes in?” Paul such as the new State Farm office towasked at the time. er that is directly connected to the DunIn a written statement on the day of woody MARTA Station platform. Parker’s resignation announcement, Then there was this year’s fire and colPaul expressed the need for continued lapse of an I-85 overpass in Buckhead, good leadership. which Parker could see smoking from “By correcting many of its management MARTA’s Lindbergh Center headquardeficiencies, he has completely turned ters. The snarled traffic afterward was a around the perception of MARTA among watershed moment for Atlanta transit, the policymakers across the region, though and Parker was widely praised for MARMARTA has been slow to develop a regionTA’s increased service for the many new al plan for transit expansion,” Paul said. “I riders avoiding the disaster. hope the MARTA board will find someone Parker’s resignation comes at a cruwith similar credentials who can build on cial time for state and local transit planwhat Keith has done and develop a consenning. The General Assembly is expected sus around a true regional transit strategy.” next session to have unprecedented proFulton County Commissioner Lee posals for possible increased state fundMorris said that a “key player change ing of mass transit and of a new, regional that occurs in the midst of significant initransit governing agency. Fulton Countiatives always creates pause for thought. ty is attempting to quickly wrap up a

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Keith’s leadership has been terrific and his involvement with the Fulton transit study and the upcoming General Assembly session would have been positive.” But, Morris added, MARTA has good board and staff leadership, and “a growing group of legislators who know how important transit will be to the region’s future. So I am optimistic that the change will not set us back.” State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) has a wide-angle view of MARTA’s leadership question as a member of MARTOC, the General Assembly’s joint committee with oversight of the transit agency’s budget, and as a member of the new House Commission on Transit Governance & Funding. Taylor says that while Parker’s loss will be felt, there are other political factors as the General Assembly takes up a likely discussion on a broader, regional transit system. “My first thought — ‘Gosh, he’s going to be hard to replace,’” Taylor said. But, he added, “No one’s irreplaceable and the system is going to be there … But I think you’ve got some hard political choices to make … With more state funding [of transit] comes more state control.” MARTA’s immediate challenges, Taylor said, are filling Parker’s big shoes from a small pool of likely candidates, at least in terms of executives who have run large transit systems. He said the larger political question, however, is whether the timeline for hiring a replacement

wraps up by, say, year’s end with somegoing to be,” Taylor said. one who could participate in General But whoever is in that next General Assembly discussions. Parker has been Assembly session, Taylor said, “I think serving as an ex ofyou’re going to ficio member of the see more of a Transit Governance & move to expand Funding commission, regionally [bewhich next meets on yond MARTA’s Sept. 15. current threeOther political faccounty system]… tors have nothing to and I’m not sure do with MARTA’s leadwhat that animal ership, Taylor said. On looks like.” Asked the funding end, he whether such talk said, a big question is of a regional syswhether Atlanta will tem — maybe an annex the Emory Uniagency that could versity area of DeKalb supersede MARCounty and thus autoTA — could have matically provide its been a factor in newly boosted sales Parker looking at tax money to fund a new job opportumissing link of that nities, Taylor said planned Clifton Corhe doesn’t think ridor light rail. And so. STATE REP. TOM TAYLOR there are leadership R-DUNWOODY “I don’t think questions not only for that is the issue,” MARTA, but for the Taylor said. “He General Assembly and MARTOC itself. was not being looked at like a guy we need Taylor noted that state Sen. Vincent Fort to get rid of — quite the opposite.” (D-Atlanta), a fellow MARTOC member, State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) and state Rep. Stacey Evans (D-Smyrna) called it a “tremendous loss … He certainrecently resigned to make runs for other ly put MARTA on the right track – right offices. choice of words – going forward.” “I don’t know who the new faces are But asked about effects on the Gen-

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eral Assembly proposals, Millar said, “I don’t think so. I think it’s more of a governance situation we’re looking at anyway,” rather than funding models that Parker might have helped to sway. Parker’s exit “also calls attention to the fact of how important it is to have regional transit,” Millar added, and not just MARTA as it exists today with limited county participation. Fulton Commissioner Bob Ellis was another leader expressing caution about continued transit progress. “Mr. Parker has made significant contributions to MARTA, and his leadership will certainly be missed,” Ellis said in an email. “As the Atlanta region continues to grow, congestion and traffic will as well and it will be critical for smart and aggressive transit planning to address the current and future challenges we will face in Fulton and the Atlanta region. Despite a leadership change at MARTA, it is important that efforts like the transit plan that is being developed in Fulton and the work being done at the state level not be delayed.” In Atlanta, which already got the MARTA expansion funding it wanted, Mayor Kasim Reed expressed gratitude. “Keith set a new standard for the role of general manager,” Reed said in a press release. “I cannot compliment him enough on the terrific job he did at a pivotal time for one of the most important public transit agencies in the nation.”

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of land there, so that meant the Google Fiber hut had to be placed deeper into the park, much closer to a stream and Dresden Drive. The proximity to Dresden triggered community complaints about a fence at least 55 feet long front the street in a public park. The first hut is apparently being used, but when and if a second hut will be needed is not known at this time, according to a Google Fiber spokesperson. Google Fiber does continue to lease land from the city of Brookhaven for the Fiber hut in Blackburn Park. In addition to lease payments for the land, Google Fiber also maintains landscaping around the structure. The city and Google Fiber did not respond to requests for how much the lease payments are by press time. The Google Fiber hut in Blackburn Park is currently being used for operational needs, but what that means exactly a Google Fiber spokesperson did not say. Plans are still in the works to use the Blackburn Park Fiber hut in the future to serve customers in the Brookhaven community. Google Fiber announced in January 2015 that it was officially coming to Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Atlanta, Avondale Estates, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville and Smyrna.

The high-speed rollout of Google Fiber in metro Atlanta including Sandy Springs and Brookhaven has significantly stalled, although representatives say plans are still in the works to provide the internet service. “Google Fiber is currently available in over 100 residential buildings in the metro Atlanta area and in several neighborhoods in the center of the city. We’re working hard to connect as many people as possible, and encourage people to sign up for updates on our website,” a Google Fiber spokesperson said. In Sandy Springs, however, permits to install the fiber-optic cable stopped six months ago. “I’ve checked with our utilities manager and to date, Google has not provided any formal notice of delay,” said Sandy Springs spokesperson Sharon Kraun. “They halted their permits about six months ago. Restoration work continues, which ensures property where work was conducted is left in order.” Brookhaven city officials say they are not sure when the service will be provided in the city. “We continue to be in contact with Google Fiber. They have communicated that they are still very much committed to the Atlanta market including Brookhaven, but we do not know exactly when service will be offered,” city spokesperson Burke Brennan said. Google Fiber’s quest to offer services in Brookhaven hit a roadblock dating back to 2015 shortly after the rollout was announced for metro Atlanta when the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals denied its request to build a utility hut in Parkside Park. Google Fiber’s system requires a number of utility huts in central locations. In Brookhaven, the city had agreed to provide space for two huts in public parks. One is already built in Blackburn Park; the other was to be in Parkside Park, a narrow strip of green space running along Dresden Drive between Apple Valley Road and Parkside Drive. Former Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis at the But it turned out that announcement two years ago that the city was one the city was mistaken in of nine metro area communities where Google will begin providing high-speed Internet connections. thinking it owned a strip


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Workers installed fiber-optic cables for Google Fiber along North Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven in July 2016.

The nine cities were to work closely with Google to build a brand-new fiber-optic network capable of delivering gigabit speeds throughout the service areas. It appears building that fiber-optic cable network was more difficult than anticipated, resulting in the slow-down of getting the service to these cities. Teri Anulewicz, the former mayor pro tem for the Smyrna City Council, wrote on georgiapol. com last month that Google Fiber repre-

sentatives told Smyrna officials that the “construction project is a large, complicated infrastructure project, and they encountered more challenges than they expected in many markets” including metro Atlanta. In July, Gregory McCray, the CEO of Google Access, which oversees Google Fiber, resigned following Google Fiber’s announcement in October 2016 it was stopping work in cities it was in talks with to bring their service. The average American broadband speed is 11.5 megabits per second. In contrast, Google Fiber is expected to bring metro Atlanta residents access to gigabit internet connections up to 1,000 megabits per second. Google Fiber internet plans cost either $50 or $70 a month; internet and TV plans combined cost $140 or $160 a month. -— John Ruch contributed.

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Commentary: DACA youths help make America great When a country declares education to be a priority, it demonstrates a clear vision of the path to a more developed society. An investment in education implies the development of the nation, it gives citizens the opportunity to cultivate their own minds and instills within them the capacity to be leaders. An investment in education produces conscientious citizens who are responsible for the role they are to play in a productive society and the world. In 2013, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announcing the Global Education First initiative said, “People today often ask about my country’s transformation from poverty to prosperity. Without hesitation, I answer that education was the key.” In 2017, on Sept. 5, President Trump announced the end of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a program which offered opportunities for development to those who were brought into the country as children, a country which they know to be their native land where they have built their lives. The end of DACA will affect approximately 800,000 young people who have sought to reach their universal right to education here in this country. For them, DACA has been an opportunity to feel part of the only country they have ever known, not in the shadows but in the light. DACA is the face of María, José, Jorge, or Camila, who were able to walk free from the fear of being detained, or drive without the fear of being arrested. For many families, DACA has provided opportunities which have kept them out of poverty and all that poverty implies. These families, who arrived over a decade ago with the courage to seek out a better life for their children, learned to survive and guide their children through the complex process of assimilation to a new culture in the so-called “land of dreams.” In Los Niños Primero, a nonprofit organization that helps

underserved Latino children from age 3 to be successful in school and develop passion for learning, we have seen the faces of many DACA recipients. As children, they found the space to grow and learn English. They were able to build a solid foundation from which successful academic careers could blossom. Thanks to DACA, these children had the space to create, a space where their parents could build hope. Maritza Morelli These same children have matured Executive Director into self-assured young people. María, of Los Ninos Primero, José, Jorge or Camila, they have since a nonprofit organizagraduated from high school, and purtion that helps undersued their dreams on to higher educaserved Latino children tion, never losing hope of attaining a college education. They, who were once children, now return to the program having developed a sense of social responsibility to help others in their community, and contribute in service of an organization that opened its doors to them when they were only 3 and 4 years old. The suspension of DACA ends a world of possibilities: the dream of escaping poverty, of being prosperous citizens. María, José, Jorge and Camila won’t be added to the list of graduates, or doctors or engineers, now they will go back to believing that the opportunities they’ve longed for are simply not for them. As community leaders in this country, who have seen the enrichment of our society thanks to diversity and the desire that this group of young people have to thrive, we have the individual and collective responsibility to let it be known that DACA recipients are brave human beings who are making this nation extraordinarily great.

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Since the new federal administration came into office, the government of Mexico has promoted the continuation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in order to safeguard the protection of thousands of young beneficiaries of this program, known as “Dreamers,” who make significant contributions to the economy, culture and society of the United States of America. Without any doubt, U.S. immigration policy is solely determined by American people and institutions. However, Mexico cannot ignore the fact that thousands of Mexican-born youths will be potentially affected by the rescission of the program. In the face of this situation, the government of Mexico has the moral duty to act, through diplomatic channels and always fully respecting the rule of law, to actively promote both with the U.S. executive and legislative branches a solution to the legal uncertainty faced now by DACA youths. The Mexican government, through our ambassador to the U.S., Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández, sent a letter to U.S. legislators in which he underscored the significant contributions of these Dreamers to American society and invited them to continue analyzing options to permanently solve the legal situation. The Mexican Government will keep an open and permanent dialogue with the U.S. Congress to support a solution. Also, we are in contact with Department of Homeland Security authorities to learn in full detail the implementation process of the measure announced on Sept. 5. Furthermore, Mexico will receive with open arms those young Dreamers that eventually return to our country. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has instructed federal agencies to reinforce actions that support these young people and make the most of their talents and abilities, as well as fully integrate them to our national economy and society. The Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta has the responsibility of protecting young Dreamers born in Mexico that live in Georgia, Alabama and most of Tennessee; hence, it will strengthen its actions to offer personal and comprehensive consular assistance to every Dreamer that asks for it, particularly legal advice and representation. There is a very particular danger of fraud from paralegals, “notarios” and false attorneys. We urge the Mexican community to keep informed through official channels and report any abuse. We invite them to contact us at informacion@consulmexatlanta.org; to call the Center for Information and Assistance of Mexicans (1-855-463-6395), a toll-free line available 24/7; and to download the free app “MiConsulmex,” which has an emergency button to contact any Mexican consulate in the U.S. Javier Díaz de León was appointed as the consul general of Mexico in Atlanta in 2016. He previously served as consul general in Raleigh, N.C., and as deputy consul in New York and San Diego, Calif.

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Residents, visitors cope with historic storm Irma BY JACLYN TURNER AND EVELYN ANDREWS Tropical Storm Irma pummeled Brookhaven with rain and wind Sept. 11, downing trees and power lines around the city, and forcing City Hall to close due to a power outage. Some residents went without power for days on end. As the remnants of the storm hit metro Atlanta, many Florida evacuees were hunkered down in Perimeter Center area hotels and homes where they had arrived days earlier to escape the historically powerful storm’s full destruction. Some came here because they knew the area. Some simply found it a good place to stop as traffic worsened and fear of gasoline shortages grew. And all of the evacuees wondered whether Irma’s strike on Atlanta would extend their stay in their temporary shelters. The following are the stories of three Florida families who spoke to Reporter Newspapers while they waited out Irma at Perimeter Center businesses on Sept. 10, the day before the storm followed them to metro Atlanta.

The Shaffners, from Fort Myers

As Irma approached their home in Fort Myers, Fla., the Shaffner family packed two cars and a small U-Haul for their valuables. They drove through the middle of the state, attempting to avoid I-75 because of the evacuation gridlock. “When [Florida] Gov. Rick Scott said this was the time to leave, we took that seriously,” said Sue Shaffner, whose group included her daughter and grandchild, adding the family had Hurricane Harvey’s recent Texas landfall on their minds. “After Houston we were thinking, we can leave, so we should. “We have a grandbaby and five animals between us, so we weren’t going to leave them,” she continued. “I don’t want to be rescued off the roof of my house.”

The group averaged 40 mph on the drive into Georgia. “Gas was a problem. Only one out of 10 gas stations probably had gas,” Shaffner said. “We didn’t plan to come here. We were trying to get north of Atlanta, but with the traffic and conditions, and having a child in the car, my daughter was calling from the car to secure a place that was pet-friendly.” They tried a stop at a pet-friendly hotel in Valdosta, Ga., but found it unpleasant. So they aimed farther north and ended up at the brand new Residence Inn by Marriott in Dunwoody. The hotel, located next to the Spruill Art Gallery on Ashford-Dunwoody Road, just opened on Aug. 30 and has found housing Irma evacuees to be one of its first missions. The majority of cars in the Residence Inn’s parking lot sported Florida plates, with a few from Texas as well. General Manager Joe Fallis said the hotel placed orders for glow sticks, flashlights and a larger than normal food order. The hotel also froze prices for those needing to extend their stay due to the storm. Shaffner spoke highly of the hotel for its friendliness to pets, walkability to restaurants, and general hospitality. “I just want to cry. [We] don’t even know these people, but that aspect of Atlanta has blown us away,” she said, recalling a server at a restaurant who gave the family her business card in case they needed a place to stay. Shaffner and her family want to get home as soon as possible to assess the damage of their home and various rental properties her sons own across the state. But for now, they have some supplies and are constantly watching the updates. “Some of my neighbors didn’t leave, and they are posting all this stuff [online], and they are so nervous, and upset they didn’t leave,” Shaffner said. “On the other hand, it turns out it’s not as bad as everyone thought. For us, we made the right decision.”

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It took three cars and 18 hours for the Grant family – seven adults, two young children, three dogs – to flee Naples, Fla., for Perimeter Center. And a good thing, too, as that Florida city took a strong hit from Irma. Lisa and Scott Grant, the family grandparents, Some members of the Grant family of Naples, Fla., waiting out the storm included, from left, Josh have been watching TV beGrant, Jennifer Goetzl, Jason Grant, Scott Grant tween supply runs to a loand Lisa Grant, joined by dogs Cara and Tessie. cal Target store, and managed a visit to the Georgia Aquarium to occupy their 2-year-old granddaughter. “We haven’t even watched the local news, we’re so concerned … and we’re worried BK

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about what we are coming home to,” said Lisa Grant. She did know that their home, eight miles from the Gulf Coast, had already lost power on Sept. 10 after a call to her home phone went straight to an answering machine and a video doorbell security device stopped working. “We could see the wind at 8:30 this morning through the video feed,” she said. “We’re storm refugees!” exclaimed Scott Grant, who explained the family’s decision to head to metro Atlanta. “It makes sense because it’s the biggest drivable city to get [to] out of Florida. It’s inland. It’s not near water. It’s not going to get a storm surge.” “It’s vastly populated. It’s not in the boonies,” added Lisa. The Grants were able to find rooms

I just want to cry. [We] don’t even know these people, but that aspect of Atlanta has blown us away. SUE SHAFFNER FORT MYERS, FLA. RESIDENT in another Residence Inn by Marriott on Savoy Road on the Dunwoody/Chamblee border. They originally booked rooms through Tuesday, Sept. 12, but with the storm’s impact, they extended the stay through Friday, Sept. 15. If their son’s apartment in Gainesville, Fla., regains power sooner than that, they may head there. For Lisa Grant, it means facing her own uncertain future just weeks after she donated to hurricane relief efforts in Texas. “Ironically, I just gave a lot to Harvey, and now I’m paying for three rooms and food,” she said. “But we gotta do what we gotta do. I’m glad I’m here and safe, but nervous about what we are going back to, or when we’re going back.”

CHOA rezoning postponed again BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

The Brookhaven Planning Commission unanimously voted Sept. 6 to recommend a 60-day deferral to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in its rezoning request to build an office building and parking deck on the Northeast Expressway. The postponement will grant CHOA more time to finalize its master plan for its massive redevelopment at North Druid Hills Road and I-85. The mayor and City Council will consider the deferral recommendation at its Sept. 26 meeting. If approved, the council will send the rezoning request back to the Planning Commission. Plans are then for CHOA to return to the Planning Commission on Nov. 1 with a master plan and to seek rezoning for more than 11 acres on the Northeast Expressway to make way for an 8-story office building and 7-story parking deck. Planning Commission Chair Stan Segal thanked CHOA’s representatives for heeding the commission’s request to see the master plan. The commission delayed voting on the rezoning request in July because CHOA did not yet have a master plan for what it intends to do on the roughly 45 acres of land at the busy interchange of North Druid Hills Road and I-85. “This [area] is the gateway to our city, from that side. I appreciate you all listened to us,” Segal said. “We said we were concerned … and we wanted to see how everything is going to integrated. You listened and we really do appreciate it. I know how difficult this is for CHOA. It’s going to get done … and it’s going to get done right.” Currently, an 8-story Center for Advanced Pediatrics building is being built at the interchange and plans are


A rendering of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s proposed 8-story office building and parking deck on Northeast Expressway.

to build a $1.3 billion hospital to replace CHOA’s Egleston Hospital on Clifton Road near Emory University. Residents living in the area and city officials have said they need more information about plans for the overall campus due to the already notorious traffic in the area. Laszlo Pallos, who lives on Timothy Drive near Cliff Valley Way, told the commission that if the city does approve CHOA’s rezoning request for new development, then the city should also require CHOA to find ways to lessen traffic in the area. Woody Galloway, attorney for CHOA, said the hospital plans to spend up to $9 million on traffic improvements as part of the proposed office building and parking deck. He also noted that when the master plan is submitted to the city of Brookhaven, a Development of Regional Impact, or DRI, is triggered at the state level which will include more

traffic improvement proposals including public input. CHOA representatives have said they need to build the new office building and parking deck as soon as possible so CHOA can relocate staff currently working in the office complex on Tullie Circle and Tullie Road to the new building. Plans are then to tear down the office complex buildings to make room for the new $1.3 billion hospital. CHOA officials say Egleston Hospital is filled to capacity and it needs to build a new hospital to provide specialized care to children from across the state. The mayor and council will also be considering CHOA’s request to annex into the city the approximate 11 acres on the Northeast Expressway where the proposed office building and parking deck would go. The annexation request can only be considered after the property is rezoned.

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PDK's proposed new hangars raise noise concerns Continued from page 1 about noise from the airport. A federally mandated emergency area for runaway aircraft is currently being constructed and the land being cleared for this project is being eyed by airport administrators as the perfect place for new hangars. PDK Aiport Director Mario Evans said the airport is currently constructing a $10 million Engineered Material Arresting System, or EMAS, at the south end of the runway after being directed to do so by the Federal Aviation Administration. That project began July 5 and includes the clear cutting of more than 10 acres of trees near the south end of the runway — close to the 57th Fighter Group Restaurant — that have been a buffer for homes living along and near Clairmont Road. The project is funded with 90 percent FAA funds, 5 percent state funds and 5 percent airport funds. Evans said nearly 7 acres of trees will remain as a buffer between the airport and Clairmont Road. The EMAS is essentially a bed of powdery materials, such as sand, where a runaway aircraft can drive into and safely stop so it does not go off the runway, Evans said. An airport EMAS can be compared to run-


PDK Airport has clear cut several acres of trees at the south end of the runway that some residents said served as a buffer to noise to those living near the airport.

away truck ramps seen on the side of interstates that gives trucks with braking problems a place to drive to a stop, Evans said. “It stops the aircraft from moving and saves the aircraft,” he said. And it keeps any runaway aircraft from driving onto the busy Dresden Drive. The trees near the runway are being cut down specifically so the airport can dig up



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the dirt to use in the EMAS bed, Evans said, and saving the airport about $1 million from having to ship in dirt. At the site of where some of the trees are being removed are proposed plans to build nine private/corporate hangars, Evans said. That proposal has raised the ire of some neighbors living in the area who are just recently hearing about the plans and are disturbed about the trees cut down and the potential for more noise. For some the concern is about the lack of communication between the airport and the residents living in the Chamblee and Brookhaven neighborhoods letting them know what is happening. “The major concerns vary depending on who you ask,” said Jordan Fox, who lives in the Wakefield Forest neighborhood in Chamblee and said he is one of the few residents who regularly attend the PDK Airport Advisory Board meetings. “For me it is all about communication,” Fox said. “I feel that the Chamblee representative on the PDK airport advisory board, Dan Zanger, does not communicate what's going on at PDK to Chamblee. PDK also does a poor job communicating to Chamblee, Brookhaven and citizens in general. If you don't go to meetings you have no idea what's going on. I wish DeKalb would help them be better communicators.” Others are concerned about the development itself, specifically the removal of trees and the noise that will come from the additional hangers, Fox said. “Oddly, the noise currently affects those who live north or south of the airport like my neighborhood, The Variations Condos, Drew Valley in Brookhaven. We hear the noise. With the east/west runway closed, Ashford Park and the rest of Brookhaven doesn't hear nearly as much noise unless it's a helicopter,” Fox said. “With the new proposed development, they are worried they will hear a lot more noise, though. I don't think they will, but there's no way to know for sure.”


Brookhaven Councilmember John Park, who lives in Ashford Park near the airport, said it’s common knowledge the airport has always wanted to expand. About 20 years ago, the airport purchased several acres of residential property on Clairmont Road using FAA funds. DeKalb County Commissioners Jeff Rader and Kathie Gannon supported a decision by residents to turn that area into green space, but when the city of Chamblee annexed the airport five years ago, it rezoned the property for airport industrial use, Park explained. Adding hangars is the logical next step, he said. “There is the zoning for it, there is a demand for it, and Mario wants it,” he said. “PDK is a resource for the entire community. I chose to live next to an airport. And it’s not like they are adding another runway.” Park said there are plans to bring Evans to a Brookhaven work session or City Council meeting in the near future to discuss the proposed development. Evans said PDK has 21 corporate hangars and 153 other hangars that are full all the time. Most airplane owners want hangars because they do not want their aircraft sitting outside in the elements, for example, he said. The new hangars have the potential to bring in million in property taxes from that would benefit Chamblee, DeKalb County and the DeKalb County Board of Education, Evans said. New hangars help with economic development and attracting corporations to the area, Evans said. Estimates include more than $2 million a year to DeKalb, more than $1 million a year to Chamblee and nearly $4 million for DeKalb Schools. Evans said there are plans to replace the trees cut down on airport grounds or elsewhere in DeKalb County. PDK is self-sufficient and receives no county funds, Evans said.


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Continued from page 1 be placed on Georgia Power utility poles as part of the service provider’s SiteView program. Georgia Power will provide 44 license plate readers to be located on its utility poles for a total of $19,476.64 per month for three years for a total of more than $700,000. As part of the lease agreement, Georgia Power will install a new utility pole at 4400 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road by the Texaco as well as provide maintenance of the cameras and the networking and software needed. Georgia Power will retain ownership of the cameras. Brookhaven Police will have access to the Vigilant LEARN system, the software used to capture and read license plates as the pass cameras.


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The test run for the cameras proved successful and Chief Gary Yandura recommended the city enter into a formal agreement. The license plate readers will be clearly marked with BPD signage. The video feeds do not come through Georgia Power; video is sent to a video recorder on-site or to third-party, cloud-based storage and Brookhaven Police ultimately owns the data and feed, according to Georgia Power officials. “One of the options for the program moving forward is working with city governments for installation of SiteView cameras on electric utility poles on the public right of way,” Hawkins said. “The Brookhaven Police Department engaged with us early on regarding this possibility and we are working with them to explore the potential to further customize the service to align with public safety systems they already have in place, including license plate recognition programs,” he stated. In Yandura’s memo, he says the Georgia Power program could “dramatically expand our crime solving capacity, our crime predicting analyses, and crime deterrence capabilities through video monitoring and license plate detection facilitated by [Georgia Power].” Similar programs have been used across the U.S. and globally, Yandura said. More than 500,000 cameras are in use across London. And in the city of Atlanta, a camera and LPR system boasts more than 14,000 cameras, Yandura has stated. Last year, the BPD’s mobile LPR devices that can be used in police vehicles scanned more than 350,000 license plates resulting in nearly 6,000 alerts to stolen vehicles and wanted persons, Yandura said in May. BK

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HIGH HOLIDAY WORKOUT Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:45 to 9 p.m.

All ages are invited for Zumba and a Sh’Bam dance party at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Beginners to advanced welcome; open to the community. Free. 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Register: atlantajcc.org. Info: Rachael Rinehart at 678-812-4022 or rachael.rinehart@atlantajcc.org.


Bring your flashlight for a guided, family-oriented hike and hear the sounds of nocturnal creatures at the Dunwoody Nature Center. The hike follows trails around the wetlands and returns about an hour later to the meadow, where hot cocoa will be served around a fire. Strollers not recommended. Free. RSVP requested: email holly@ dunwoodynature.org or call 770-3943322. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodynature.org.

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Sunday, Sept. 24, 4 to 7 p.m. Free beginner dance lesson at 3 p.m.

The Grammy Award-winning Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band bring their traditional accordion, 70s funk and classic R&B sound to the Dorothy Benson Center in an event sponsored by the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association. Tickets: $18; $5 students; $14 active military. No partner necessary. All ages welcome. Cajun/Creole food for sale. 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: aczadance.org or 877-338-2420.

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Azaleas, hazelnuts, ground covers, evergreens, veggies and a variety of butterfly attractors in full bloom are among the items that will be up for grabs in the Fall Native Plant Sale at the Chattahoochee Nature Center Greenhouse. Horticulturists and master gardeners will be on site. Admission is free to the horticulture area. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Info: 770-992-2055 ext. 229 or horticulture@chattnaturecenter.org.


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The 32nd annual two-day festival will feature art, live music, cultural performances, a pet parade with prizes on Saturday at 10 a.m., children’s activities, classic rides, 10K and 5K races, a Battle of the Bands on Sunday from noon to 3:30 p.m., a car show and a variety of food options. A new Heritage Sandy Springs exhibit about Jewish life and culture in the city, L’Chaim Sandy Springs, officially opens during the festival. Festival admission is free, for the first time in its history. Heritage Green, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: sandyspringsfestival.com.


Saturday, Sept. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members preview begins at 9 a.m.

The Atlanta History Center’s celebration of Southern culture includes folk art, storytelling, demonstrations of crafts such as woodworking and blacksmithing, and acoustic music by The Whiskey Gentry band at the Smith Family Farm, a preserved 1840s farm. Michael W. Twitty, author of “The Cooking Gene,” will demonstrate open hearth cooking. Hot dogs, craft beers available. Admission is included in cost of general admission; free to members. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Tickets and other info: atlantahistorycenter.com/family.

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Tony Wendice has married his wife, Margot, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason in this classic crime mystery presented by Stage Door Players. North DeKalb Cultural Center, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Schedule and ticket info: stagedoorplayers.net.

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Singers from the Capitol City Opera Company will perform highlights from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera “Aida” in the monthly Dinner and a Diva program at Petite Violette restaurant. Appetizers and cash bar begin at 6:30 p.m. Three-course dinner includes a glass of wine. Reservations required. 2948 Clairmont Road N.E., Brookhaven. Pricing and reservations: 404-634-6268. Dinner and a Diva info: ccityopera.org. Continued on page 18

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LEARN SOMETHING “THE COOKING GENE” Thursday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m.

Culinary and cultural historian Michael W. Twitty, author of “The Cooking Gene,” a memoir of his roots and the origins of Southern cuisine, will speak at the Atlanta History Center. Twitty was named one of “Fifty People Changing the South” by Southern Living magazine. $10 general public, $5 members. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.

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New York Times best-selling author Nelson DeMille presents his new novel, “The Cuban Affair,” at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. DeMille will appear in conversation with Alan P. Gross, who was accused of spying when he was working as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development and spent five years in a Cuban jail cell. $10-$15. Info: 678-8124005, or atlantajcc.org/bookfestival.


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‘Camino Tom’ Beck shares his 50 years of experience on the trail BY GARY GOETTLING Tom Beck and his fellow Arctic hikers didn’t think twice about cooking a fresh fish dinner out in the open over a campfire — until company arrived. “A huge grizzly bear came into our camp area and raised up on his haunches and just looked at us,” the 72-year-old hiking enthusiast and longtime Sandy Springs resident recalled. Fortunately, “we made a lot of noise, and he turned around and walked off.” Beck and two companions had been flown from an Alaskan Eskimo village named Bettles to a point about 250 miles into the bush, where they began their trek. Heading northwest through the Atlanata Valley, they hiked for two weeks to a rendezvous with a supply plane bearing kayaks. After six days of paddling along the Noatac River, they were picked up and returned to civilization. “It was an awesome trip and a jawdropping experience as well,” Beck said. “We had caribou running through our camp, too.” Over the past five decades, the retired insurance executive figures he’s walked about 8,000 miles, including hikes at “just about every major mountain in the U.S.” Three years ago, he completed his fourth journey along the Camino de Santiago — The Way of St. James — a 1,200-year-old route followed by early Christians making a pilgrimage to the burial site of the apostle James at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in the coastal town of Galicia, Spain. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the

Camino de Santiago is the collective name for a number of pathways that all converge at Galicia. Beck favors the 500-mile route starting in St.-Jean-Piedde-Port, France, and continues over the Pyrennes Mountains and across the width of Spain to the coast. This popular route draws about 200,000 hikers and cyclists a year. “You walk through a lot of tiny and medium-size Spanish towns on a paved surface, but about 70 percent of the trail is through woodlands, eucalyptus groves and vineyards,” said Beck, who first hiked the Camino in 2011, then again in 2012, 2013 and 2014. “It’s a moderate hike,” he continued. “It’s definitely not strenuous like the Appalachian Trail, but some parts are a little tougher than others. “If you’re relatively fit and don’t mind getting up in the morning and walking 12 or 15 miles a day for 35 days, you can do the Camino,” he added. “I’ve hiked with people in their nineties, and I remember walking with a lady pushing a carriage with her eight-month-old son inside. She was walking the whole trail.” Hostels along the way provide places to eat, socialize and spend the night. “After a long day of hiking, it’s great to get to your hostel in the late afternoon and sit and drink beer and wine with interesting people from all over the world,” he said. Beck started serious hiking more than 50 years ago when he and his best friend and co-worker, David Adams, decided on a whim to walk the 2,190-mile-

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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From Brookhaven Police reports dated Sept. 3 to Sept. 10. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website.

2900 block of Buford Highway — On


Sept. 4, in the morning, a man was arrested and charged with financial identity fraud.

2600 block of Buford Highway — On

3900 block of Peachtree Road — On

Sept. 5, after midnight, a man was arrested and charged with stealing a car. 3900 block of Buford Highway — On

Sept. 5, in the early morning, a man was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property. 3800 block of Peachtree Road — On

Sept. 4, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and charged with driving without a license. 3900 block of Buford Highway — On

Sept. 5, in the early morning, a man was arrested and charged with possession of drug-related objects.

Sept. 7, in the early morning, a man was arrested and charged with theft by taking.

1100 block of Bluffhaven Way — On

3300 block of Buford Highway —

3800 block of Peachtree Road — On

On Sept. 7, in the evening, a woman was arrested and charged with shoplifting.

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Buford Highway — On Sept. 3, in the early morning, a woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. 1700

block of Briarwood Road — On Sept. 4, in the early morning, a man was arrested on family violence charges. 3000 block of Clairmont Road — On

Sept. 10, at midnight, a woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. 1400 block of N. Cliff Valley Way —

Sept. 5, at night, a man was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Sept. 6, in the evening, a man and a woman were arrested and charged with begging and soliciting alms. 1000

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1800 block of County Services Road

9000 block of Tara Boulevard — On

Sept. 8, in the early morning, a woman was arrested and charged with violating her probation. 1800 block of Briarwood Road — On

Sept. 3, in the afternoon, a man was arrested on public indecency charges.

Sept. 8, at night, a man was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license.

2900 block of Buford Highway — On

3300 block of Buford Highway — On

Sept. 4, in the morning, a man was arrested and charged with possession of drug-related objects.

A fire burned part of the vacant Park Villa Apartments off Buford Highway on Sept. 10. With the fire still underway at 7 p.m., DeKalb County Fire Rescue had no immediate report of injuries and no determi-

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Sept. 7, in the evening, a woman was arrested and charged with criminal damage to the second degree.


3100 block of Buford Highway — On



2900 block of Clairmont Road — On

— On Sept. 8, after midnight, a man was arrested and charged with violating his probation.

On Sept. 3, in the morning, a man was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license.

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2100 block of Johnson Ferry Road — On Sept. 7, in the afternoon, a man was arrested and charged with impersonating an officer.

On Sept. 10, after midnight, a man was arrested on simple assault charges.

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We want to reward you for banking with us. When you open an account with us, you receive the resources we have to offer. Our knowledgeable staff and convenient Virtual Wallet® money management tools will help put you on the path to success. OFFERS END SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

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when you open and use a select new PNC checking product.* To receive the reward, simply establish a qualifying direct deposit and make 10 purchases with your PNC Bank Visa® Debit Card. Reward amount depends on which checking product you open.

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*You may earn a $100 reward if you open a new Virtual Wallet®. You may earn a $300 reward if you open a new Virtual Wallet® with Performance Spend or Performance Checking. You may earn a $400 reward if you open a new Virtual Wallet with Performance Select or Performance Select Checking. You will only be considered for one reward amount, which is based on the product type you open. To qualify for the reward, you must visit the PNC Buckhead Branch to open the new checking account between 9/1/2017 and 9/30/2017 and the following conditions must be met within the first 60 days: (a) qualifying direct deposit(s) must be received and (b) 10 qualifying purchases must be made using the PNC Bank Visa® Debit Card associated with the newly opened account. Your checking account must remain open in order for you to receive the reward, which will be credited to the eligible account within 60 days after all conditions have been met and will be identified as “Cash Trans Promo Reward” on your monthly statement. A qualifying direct deposit is defined as a recurring direct deposit of a paycheck, pension, Social Security or other regular monthly income electronically deposited by an employer or an outside agency into a Performance or Performance Select Checking Account, or the Spend Account of a Virtual Wallet, Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend or Virtual Wallet with Performance Select. The total amount of all qualifying direct deposits credited to your checking account must be at least $500 for Virtual Wallet, $2,000 for Virtual Wallet with Performance Spend or Performance Checking, or $5,000 for Virtual Wallet with Performance Select or Performance Select Checking. Credit card cash advance transfers, transfers from one account to another or deposits made at a branch or ATM do not qualify as qualifying direct deposits. A qualifying debit card purchase is defined as any debit card purchase made at point of sale using your signature or PIN, or a purchase made electronically or online using your debit card number, including recurring payments. New account will not be eligible for offer if any signer has signing authority on an existing PNC Bank consumer checking account or has closed an account within the past 90 days, or has been paid a promotional premium in the past 12 months. If multiple accounts are opened with the same signers, only one account will be eligible for the premium. For this offer, signing authority will be defined by the customer name(s) and Social Security number(s) registered on the account. Offer may be extended, modified or discontinued at any time and may vary by market. The value of the reward may be reported on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1099, and may be considered taxable income to you. Please consult your tax advisor regarding your specific situation. Visa is a registered trademark of Visa International Service Association and used under license. ©2017 The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. All rights reserved. PNC Bank, National Association. Member FDIC BK