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Buckhead Reporter

SEPT. 18 — OCT. 1, 2015 • VOL. 9 — NO. 19


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For cars only Bike lanes draw wrath COMMUNITY 2

Call a ‘friend’ Zone 2 prosecutor fights crime PUBLIC SAFETY 34

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Residents: Put more cops on neighborhood streets BY JOE EARLE


Linda Zvonar and granddaughter Calliope Tirado, 10 months, enjoy the “Urban Farm Day” program cohosted by Farm Chastain and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve on Sept. 12. Participants toured beehives and the composting area, and learned about inner-city gardening. See more photos on page 3.

Scores of Buckhead residents, voicing anger and fear over recent high-profile crimes, recently told top Atlanta police officials that homeowners want more officers to patrol their community. “Our concern is house break-ins... We’re worried about the sanctity of our houses and the safety of our houses,” resident Brink Dickerson said during a public meeting Sept. 10. “Zone 2 needs more cops. There’s a well-known joke that if you see a cop in Chastain Park, you should stop and offer directions, because he’s lost.” Many of the more than 150 residents attending the gathering at The Lodge at Piedmont Presbyterian Church applauded as Dickerson told police officials, including Chief George Turner, that “we need more cops that are visible and on our streets more of the time. ... We feel a little underserved right now.” Maj. Van Hobbs, who commands the Zone 2 precinct, which includes Buckhead, said police are responding by putting more officers in areas where crimes regularly occur. “We will get resources,” SEE RESIDENTS PAGE 32

Barbershop creates a place for football, family and fundraising BY JOE EARLE

People often remember Walter “Tommy” Thomas’ barcut or shoeshine. bershop for its décor. Football helmets representing local “My daddy built a heck of a barber shop,” said Walter high schools and colleges in the ACC and SEC fill shelves “Tommy” Thomas, who, after his father Gilmer Thomas, is high above the barber’s chairs. Bright red Coca-Cola signs the second generation of barbers nicknamed “Tommy” to and dozens of commemorative Coke bottles cover just about own and run the place. “I’m just riding his coattails.” every available inch of the walls. But Thomas’ fans say Thomas does more than cut hair Yet regular patrons of the shop say there’s more to the and talk about football at the shop his dad opened in 1959. place than its clutter and classic barbershop look This month, the Foundation for Mitochonand feel. The place has become a Buckhead indrial Medicine is honoring Thomas, his wife Making a stitution during the 56 years it’s operated at the Linda, and their son Jason and daughter-in-law same spot at 1268 West Paces Ferry Road. Charlotte for their support of the organization. Difference Getting haircuts at Thomas’ place becomes a The family was to take center stage during the family tradition for some Buckhead boys. Men organization’s annual Hope Flies Catch the Cure who got trims when they were young keep coming back and benefit, held at the Buckhead Theatre. bring along their sons and their grandsons. Politicians stop “We’re honoring the Thomas family because of the imby to get spruced up while they do a little campaigning. pact they’ve had on mitochondrial awareness, for using Football coaches appear for pre-game trims. Businessmen Thomas Barber Shop to get the word out,” said Morgan visit to catch up on neighborhood news while getting a hairSEE A PLACE, PAGE 8


Walter “Tommy” Thomas gives Charlie Schreeder a trim in his barbershop, a business the Thomas family has been operating in the same spot in Buckhead for 56 years.

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Peachtree Road bike lanes draw additional critics BY COLLIN KELLEY Residents unhappy with a proposal to redraw the lanes on Peachtree Road sounded off during the Aug. 10 Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting. The Georgia Department of Transportation is considering restriping Peachtree Road through Buckhead to include central left turn lanes and bike lanes on the stretch south of Peachtree Battle Avenue. Dist. 54 House Rep. Beth Beskin (R-Buckhead), said the majority of residents she had spoken to were against the bike lanes. She also said residents need to start contacting the city about the proposed extension of the Atlanta Streetcar system from Lenox Square to Fort McPherson. The majority of residents on hand for the BCN meeting were opposed to removing travel lanes to accommodate for bike lanes. “Peachtree Road is overcapacity and it should be for cars and nothing else,” one meeting attendee said. Other residents were concerned that fewer through lanes for vehicles on Peachtree would mean more cars divert-

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ing into neighborhoods. Another resident suggested maybe it was time for Atlanta to stop spending money to accommodate more cars and start charging a congestion fee similar to the one in London where motorist pay a toll to drive in the heart of the United Kingdom’s capital. “I’m a cyclist and would never ride my bike on Peachtree Road,” one woman said. “The speed of traffic and density makes it unsafe even with bike lanes.” Other attendees said community focus should shift from how to accommodate more cars to alternative transportation.

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If you live, work or travel along Northside Drive in the Buckhead area, be prepared for up to two more years of construction work. Representatives from the city of Atlanta and Fulton County were on hand to brief the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods on work to install new sewer and water lines as well as upgrading intersections, sidewalks, curbs and resurfacing of the entire roadway. While 42 percent of the work is complete on Northside, there is still much to do. Here’s a timeline for some of the work still to be done: • New waterlines will be installed from I-75 to Collier Road beginning in October. • All waterline work is expected to be completed by summer 2016. • The Arden Road intersection will be the first to get new pedestrian crossings, curbs and handicap ramps. • Resurfacing of the entire street in fall 2017. • Entire project complete by end of 2017. There will be various road closures, narrowing of lanes and detours in place, so leave extra time for your journey or choose an alternate route. BH


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“Urban Farm Day,” co-hosted by Farm Chastain and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, gave folks a chance to get back to nature on Sept. 12.

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After two years of effort, the Peachtree Creek Greenway at Brookhaven park is moving quickly from an idea to a plan. Brookhaven City Council on Sept. 8 formally declared its intent to create the park and paved trail along the north fork of the Peachtree Creek, which legally sets the stage for making deals to assemble the park from land now largely held by private owners. “It’s going to be a statement park,” said Councilman Joe Gebbia, a champion of the Greenway, which he and others liken to the Atlanta BeltLine. The first public meeting called by consultants who aim to have a Greenway master plan completed by the new year is likely to be scheduled by early October. The park would connect to a portion of the creek that runs through Buckhead. Brookhaven plans on taking the lead on what could become a 12-mile Greenway along the entire north fork of Peachtree Creek, which runs from Mercer University in unincorporated DeKalb County to near the new PATH400 trail in Atlanta’s Buckhead

neighborhood. “Our commitment is not just to the [Brookhaven] city limits,” said Betsy Eggers, board chair of the North Fork Connectors, a nonprofit group that first envisioned the Greenway. The Brookhaven council’s declaration to establish the park on its 2.7-mile segment of the creek allows her group to “spread the word upstream and downstream” to advocate for other, local plans, Eggers said. Eggers said she has already had some of those discussions, including talks with Mercer and a recent meeting with leaders of organizations on the Atlanta end, including Livable Buckhead. The creek’s south fork has its own advocacy group, the South Fork Conservancy, that created unpaved trails, and the Greenway group is in touch with its leadership. A small segment of the Greenway in Chamblee could be done even sooner than the Brookhaven piece, Eggers said, because it all flows through a single property, the Century Center office complex, whose owner expressed support for the project at a 2013 Brookhaven council meeting.

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In Brookhaven, the creek largely flows between Buford Highway and I-85. Masked by buildings and overgrowth, it can be hard to see even from bridges spanning it. “It’s so inaccessible. That’s the problem,” Eggers said. “The creek is being damaged by washout and erosion and people throwing garbage in.” A parking deck off Clairmont Road actually straddles the creek, a fact that Eggers said advocates only became aware of during a kayak trip a couple of years ago. “All of sudden, we went through this huge concrete cave,” she recalled. The idea of the Greenway is to improve the environment while encouraging commercial development facing the creek instead of simply hiding it. “We’re going to rescue this creek that has a long, great history,” said Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams at the meeting where the council declared its intent to create the park. “We’re going to revive it and make it live.” Earlier this year, the city of Brookhaven hired the firm Heath & Lineback Engineers to create a master plan for the

Greenway’s Brookhaven segment. That firm has been meeting with area stakeholders and will hold a public meeting later this month or in early October, according to Richard Meehan of the city’s Public Works Department. A big challenge the consultants will address is “strategies for land acquisition,” Meehan said. The vast majority of land around the creek is privately owned. In recent discussions, council members indicated they are not interested in using eminent domain powers and likely will seek conservation easements or other forms of access. The city of Brookhaven does own one parcel along the creek. It was granted by the Pink Pony strip club as part of a lawsuit settlement last year. That land has been conveyed to the city, according to Aubrey Villines, an attorney for the club. In addition, the city is still in the process of acquiring several formerly flooded properties through a Federal Emergency Management Agency process, City Manager Marie Garrett previously has said.

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and neurological systems” by reducing the energy available for the body. There are no treatments available, the foundation says. The Centers for Disease Control says one in 2,500 people are affected by the disease, Smith said. Thomas says he also uses his place at the shop to help raise money for other causes, including efforts to fight cancer and heart disease. “I never say ‘no,’” he said. “I’ll do what I can ... The more money we can raise, the more we can help.” Thomas said he knew nothing about mitochondrial disease until his son, Jason, developed it about five years ago. Jason had planned to go to work at the barbershop with this dad. “I thought he’d be the third generation,” Walter Thomas said. Instead, Jason Thomas, who’s now 41 years old, was disabled by the disease, his dad said. “When he gets up, he looks like he’s run a marathon,” Walter Thomas said. “He just burns out after an hour or so. Right now, if you look at him, you’d think he looks great. But he’s just drained.” Thomas started telling his customers about the disease to let people know about it and to raise money to fight it. “Since we got involved, I want all my customers to be aware,” he said. “When

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you’ve got some skin in the game... I’m sitting in the middle of Buckhead. I know I can raise money to find something to help not only my son, but the children in wheelchairs. If I don’t get off my butt and do something, maybe nobody else will.” Thomas started working in his dad’s barbershop in 1970. And although his son won’t be moving into the business, he’s got a couple of grandkids, aged 10 and 11, who say they want to work at the shop, he said. They have time to move in. Although he’s worked at the shop for 45 years now, he says he doesn’t intend to even think about retiring until he logs at least 50 years at the shop. “I’ll be here for the next 10 years,” he said. Family is important in his shop, Thomas said. “The barbershop, it’s family,” he said. “We treat everybody like family. ... It’s kind of like Mayberry R.F.D. We’ve get three, four generations coming in here. That’s family. People come here because they know they can talk about anything you want to.”

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Smith, who works with Thomas now through the mitochondrial foundation, says her dad got his haircuts at the shop. “My father has gone here 50 years,” she said. “I bring my 2-year-old son here. My dad brought his son in here for his first haircut.” One recent Friday morning, Bud Burruss, who’s 25, took a seat in Thomas’ chair for a haircut. “I’ve cut his hair since he was in diapers,” Thomas joked. Burruss said he used to time his trips home from college in south Georgia around his haircuts. That way, he could be sure to get them at Thomas’ place. “Tommy’s the man,” he said. “He’s a good guy – very hard working and he supports the community.” Besides, he said, he likes Thomas’ barbershop. “These kinds of places are really hard to find in a big city like this,” Burruss said. Do you know an organization or individual making a difference in our community? Email


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No Peachtree ‘diet’ I am writing in response to your article “New battles revving up over bicycle lanes” [Buckhead Reporter, Sept. 4-17.] Over the years, my neighbors and I have noticed that Buckhead’s morning and afternoon traffic has gotten increasingly worse. The east-west connector roads leading to Peachtree Road are bumper-to-bumper in the mornings and afternoons. One morning, counting license plates on eastbound traffic on West Paces Ferry Road between 7:30-9:30 a.m., only 4 out of 10 cars were from Fulton County. The rest were from outlying counties, such as Cherokee, Paulding, Hall, Coweta, Barrow, Pike and Henry. The Georgia Department of Transportation and other groups are fond of saying if we “diet” the driving lanes on Peachtree Road (the part between Pharr Road and Brookwood Station), and add bike lanes, people will “get out of their cars and either walk or bicycle to work.” |

LE TTE RS TO THE E DITOR Well, that might be true if you are only looking at the tiny area of Buckhead. However, the drivers who enter Buckhead are coming from all over our vast metropolitan area. Atlanta is 8,000-square-miles large (the same size as the state of Massachusetts). During the morning, late afternoon and early evening hours, commuter traffic (not simply neighborhood traffic) is using this road, as well as the east-west connector roads to Peachtree Road. Atlanta is the biggest metropolitan region in the Southeast. Unfortunately, the only way currently to efficiently navigate Atlanta is by car - this city is too vast and has an inadequate public transit system to do otherwise. GDOT seems determined to “road-diet” Peachtree Road even though national studies discredit dieting roads that have more than 20,000 “annual average daily traffic” (AADT). Specifically, the U.S. Department of Transportation has stated that road-dieting is not recommended for roads that are at full capacity. In comparison, Peachtree Road has 45,000 AADTs and is clearly at full capacity. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Summary Report Evaluating Lane Reductions/Road Dieting states, “For road diets with AADTs above approximately 20,000 vehicles, there is a greater likelihood that traffic congestion will increase to the point of diverting traffic to alternate routes.” Peachtree Road is one of Atlanta’s busiest north/south arteries, with cars already diverting off this section of Peachtree (and the east/west connector roads) through the neighborhoods trying to avoid traffic congestion. It is confusing why GDOT is so anxious to put bicycle lanes on Peachtree Road, which is a very narrow roadway, instead of on Piedmont Road, which is wider and connects to the MARTA rail and bus stations. Bike lanes are fabulous, and other cities have enjoyed the most success when linked to public transportation. In an ideal world, it would be great if Peachtree were wide enough to have sufficient traffic and bike lanes, but that is not the case. Bike lanes should not cause the elimination of a lane on a full-capacity arterial road. Since road dieting a full-capacity road has been discredited by numerous national studies, GDOT may argue its proposal on safety concerns. If so, GDOT must make public the absolute numbers from which it bases its recommendations (since percentage changes of very low numbers are misleading) and also provide the comparisons used. Peachtree should be compared to other full-capacity arterial roads with 45,000 daily vehicles. If GDOT uses safety money to fund this project, it should still consider other factors such as congestion and

impact on neighbor communities. GDOT claims that the speed of morning and afternoon traffic will remain unaffected by the restriping and lane dieting. However, if traffic congestion becomes worse, especially on the east-west connector roads, what recourse is there for impacted neighborhoods? Nina Schwartz

A childish dream I read your article in the Buckhead Reporter [“New battles revving up over bicycle lanes,” Buckhead Reporter, Sept. 4-17] with great interest because I have been driving the affected stretch of Peachtree for 25 years. Everything the bicycle advocates and the state planning engineers claim is wrong. Nobody cycles to and from work regularly on Peachtree, so we won’t reduce the number of cars on the road. We will have the same number, but they will move slower and extend rush hours considerably. The bike lanes on Pharr Road are not inducing cyclists to use that road. Pharr is flatter and straighter than Peachtree, thus it is much more bike friendly. But no surge in bike use. So the theory “if you build it, they will come” is nothing more than a childish dream. Atlanta is not a bikeable city. It’s hilly and hot, and the rain is torrential. The two cyclists we see in an average week on Peachtree are back in their cars when the summer squalls soak the streets each afternoon. Bike lanes for October and April is an extravagance Atlanta cannot afford. Atlanta was built by people who drive cars for people who drive cars, and no amount of wishing we were Portland, Ore. will make it so. If urban planners want bicycle lanes in Atlanta, they should take it from the land that lines our streets, not from the lanes that are our streets. Brad Young

Say no to bike lanes I come from Portland, Ore., the land of bike lanes, bike boxes, bike accidents... people killed on a regular basis due to bike riding. The entire population of the state is half of our metro population. The weather is totally different. The mindset of the people is different! If Atlanta really wants to spend its money wisely, it will standardize Peachtree’s turn signals and turn lanes in order to have a consistent flow up and down the overly traveled street. It will pay attention to the horrible and rapidly deteriorating road conditions. Bike lanes are not the end-all solution. If a greener city is desired, there are many fine programs that have their origins in Oregon. Biking lanes are not one of them. Jaci Johnson BH


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History lessons

What’s your favorite subject in school and why? PAGES 16-18

Classes teach students to balance finances, change tires BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Allen Barksdale, history teacher at The Galloway School, says his work as an educator is to get students excited about learning.


Who decides what should be taught in U.S. history? BY JOE EARLE

Stuff from American history clutters Allen Barksdale’s classroom. He’s got scores of items big and small, from a gunslinger on a comic book cover to a mining pan from the Dahlonega gold rush, from a huge scale that once weighed bales of cotton to a Ben Franklin action figure. “I see it as like an American culture headquarters,” he said.

Jill Stedman’s history classroom appears a bit more formal in decoration. Portraits of past presidents line the walls, framed with colored backgrounds that indicate their political parties. Each high school history teacher’s approach to the subject matter can follow a slightly different track. Teachers admit that. SEE WHO DECIDES, PAGE 13

Marist students see where the Holocaust happened BY MARY HELEN KELLY It started with frustration. But from that frustration has come understanding, empathy and a newfound desire to do good in the world for many students at the Marist School. Brendan Murphy, a high school history teacher at Marist, a Catholic school in Brookhaven, has for nearly 20 years organized a seminar to study the Holocaust, the slaughter of millions of Jews and others by the Nazis during World War II. “It was out of frustration in having to teach the Holocaust in the context of World History,” he said. “The lessons of that history are too important and too myriad. There are too many things that kids need to learn. So I just felt like it required a careful analysis, more careful study.” For the past seven years, Murphy also has put together Spring Break trips SEE MARIST TEACHER, PAGE 20


Marist student Laura Harrison writes in her journal while visiting Auschwitz. |

Makala Muhammad started her first business when she was in middle school. Her handbag making venture was inspired by her parents, who both ran small companies. At the end of her sophomore year, she enrolled in Dunwoody High School’s “Academy of Finance,” a two-year program designed to act as a minor and help students focus on college and career goals. “I figured the Academy of Finance would help me figure out what I really wanted to do and give me a perspective of what business would really be like,” Muhammad said. Teacher Steve Fortenberry, a former investment analyst and financial planner, started the Dunwoody High School program in 1999, basing it on the National Academy Foundation, which was started in the mid ’80s in New York. Fortenberry said the course is a way to help students focus on business – something he thought was missing when he graduated from Dunwoody in 1984. Back then, “money was not talked about much at all,” Fortenberry said. Now, many high schools offer some form of personal financial education, ranging from classes in how to balance a checkbook to courses such as Fortenberry’s on how to run a business. The Council for Economic Education, which promotes economics courses, reported in 2014 that 19 states, including Georgia, require schools to offer a course in personal finance. Local schools offer a variety of classes or programs to ground students in financial realities they’ll face after graduation. Mount Vernon Presbyterian School offers an “Innovation DiSEE LIFE SKILLS, PAGE 12

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Classes teach students to balance finances, change tires CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11

ploma” that “prepares them for the real world well before they attend and graduate from college,” said Allison Toller, the school’s chief brand strategist. Exposure often comes as a high school elective or as a project for high school seniors. But middle school students aren’t exempt. Mike Thorton teaches middle schoolers at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs how to budget—and the class is mandatory. “All of our eighth grade students take this class in a quarterly rotation, so it’s about an eight-week class,” he said. “We used project-based learning to teach kids the nuts and bolts of living on your own, finding a job, managing a budget.” The class gets “as down and dirty as grocery shopping and how to save money in the grocery store,” he said. Thorton said he spent an entire class on purchasing a car on credit. “That’s a shocking thing for students,” he said. “They have no idea how expensive that can be.” Mike McCandless, a science teacher at The Galloway School in Buckhead, said senior projects give students a chance to learn about the cars they drive. “Many seniors don’t even know how to open a hood latch and have no idea how


Dunwoody High School student Katie Morris, left, with teacher Steve Fortenberry, who started the school’s two-year “Academy of Finance” program in 1999, to help students learn about business.

to change a tire,” McCandless said. McCandless said he and another teacher offer a four-hour session on basic auto maintenance. In the class, students bring in their own cars so the lesson applies directly. “We show where the fluids are, may-

be add brake or transmission fluid,” McCandless said. “We’ll actually show them how to top off fluids.” Now that she’s a high school senior, Muhammad makes candles to sell, instead of handbags. She said she buys the glass jars, scented wax and wicks to

make the candles. The Academy of Finance is teaching her about business plan writing. “One of the fun parts here is the focus on the entrepreneurial piece and that there are so many businesses,” Fortenberry said. Dunwoody student Kyra Perry said she will learn how to give an elevator pitch about the hammocks she created and plans to sell. “I have the opportunity to start my own business, which is something I wouldn’t have done if I had taken any other academy or just regular classes,” said Perry. During one of her lessons in Dunwoody’s personal finance class, senior Katie Morris was assigned a make-believe job as a high school teacher and had to figure out how to support herself and her family. “I had to roll the dice to see how many children I would have,” she said. Luckily, she said, she married an NFL player and had a combined income of about $900,000 a year. Not everyone got off the hook so easily. “I got lucky, but some students were single moms or had incomes around $20,000 a year,” she said. “It gave you an idea on how much you spend.”

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Which Test: SAT or ACT? As founder of Applerouth Tutoring, I often help parents navigate the complicated world of college admissions testing. Parents know the ACT is an alternative to the SAT, but they often do not know how to help their student choose between the two tests. Recently announced changes to the tests have contributed to the uncertainty.


Jill Stedman, teacher at Holy Spirit Prepatory School, says learning is all about teacher quality and not necessarily the curriculum.

Who decides what should be included in U.S. history class? CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11

“Personal preference by the teacher is always going to be part of the class,” Barksdale said in his cluttered classroom at The Galloway School. “I don’t think that’s a bad thing. I see my work as an educator isn’t to indoctrinate or tell people think one way or another, but to get them excited about learning.” But when it comes to the tangled history of the United States, deciding what and who should be included in classroom lessons have become part of a very public battle in some parts of the country, including Georgia. The latest fuss has broken out over the Advanced Placement U.S. Histo-

ry course, known as APUSH, which is put together by the New Jersey-based College Board, a not-for-profit company that also devises the SAT and other national tests. In 2015, 17,829 Georgia students took the end-of-course AP test that can be used to win college credit for students, according to the College Board. In Colorado, parents and school board members drew national attention when they publicly criticized revisions to what schools were told to teach in their AP history classes. Some Georgia school officials joined the criticism and the Georgia Senate in March voted CONTINUED ON PAGE 14

Students tend to feel more comfortable with one test format over the other. Over the past thirteen years, I’ve seen time and time again how that extra comfort can translate into a significantly higher score to send to colleges. It’s important to make as informed a decision as possible about your student’s test preparation.

Making an Informed Decision Students become familiar with the SAT format when they take the PSAT in 10th grade, but not all students take the ACT equivalents, the PLAN/ASPIRE. Parents often ask me how they can use just a PSAT score to make this important decision. The easiest way to make this decision is to have your student take a mock ACT so that they can compare their PSAT/SAT score equivalents to the ACT scores in order to make the best choice. If it’s been a year or more since they last took the SAT, they may additionally want to sit for a mock SAT test. Compare your student’s percentile rankings on the two tests, and then put your energy into the test your student more naturally excels at. There is zero risk and a lot of benefit to using meaningful data to make the right decision early on because when students find out early which test is a better fit, they can avoid a lot of unnecessary stress and frustration down the road!

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38-17 to adopt a resolution saying “the APUSH framework reflects a seemingly biased view of American history that overemphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing many positive aspects.” The Senate resolution said the course framework did not include adequate discussion of “the country’s Founding Fathers, the principles of the Declaration of Independence, the religious influences on our nation’s history and many other critical topics...” Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), one of the sponsors of the resolution, said he felt the revised AP U.S. program “tilted too far in one direction.” “I felt [it] was too revisionist,” he said. Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta), another sponsor, said he saw at his dinner table what he felt were “substantial changes” taking the course in a direction he did not approve. Two of his children took the AP U.S. history course in successive years, he said, and during family discussions “my daughter was asking me unusual questions about American history and my son had not asked those questions the year before.” He took what he called “a deep dive” on the new course and didn’t like what he found. “In my view, America is not the cause of all the problems in the


Daniel Gribble, AP World History teacher at Riverwood International Charter School, believes worries about Common Core spilled over into criticisms to the changes to AP U.S. History.

world,” he said. Faced with criticisms like that, the College Board announced it would revise its APUSH courses this year. “Every statement in the 2015 edition has been examined with great care based on the historical record and the principled feed-

back the College Board received,” the organization said in a statement. “The result is a clearer and more balanced approach to the teaching of American history that remains faithful to the requirements that colleges and universities set for academic credit.”

Critics say they’re looking over revisions this year to see how they work out. But history teachers, including current and past AP U.S. History teachers, say that complaints about the coursework give teachers too little credit for what they teach. The story of history, they say, is told in the classroom, not the paperwork. “What’s really most important is the intent and philosophy of the teacher,” Barksdale said. At Pace Academy, Tim Hornor, who taught AP U.S. History for 11 years, thinks critics of the AP U.S. History course curriculum were concerned about a framework for the course that would be used by teachers only as a guideline. “The [College] Board is not telling you what you can and cannot teach,” Hornor said. “It is not as if they would say, ‘Please don’t teach [President and Declaration of Independence author Thomas] Jefferson. No teacher of U.S. history would leave out George Washington. The framework is a framework, not a guidebook.” At Holy Spirit Preparatory School, a Catholic school, Stedman also argues an engaged teacher is an important part of determining what students are taught, and, importantly, what they learn. “If you have a competent teacher, that’s all

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EDUCATION GUIDE going to work itself out,” said Stedman, and that is trying to take away local conin her ninth year of teaching APUSH trol,” he said. classes. “It’s all about teacher quality. It’s But, he said, the changes give classnot the curriculum.” room teachers more control. “The new Stedman said that her class actually curriculum actually gives you more freebecame more rigorous. Her chief wordom to teach,” he said. ry about the APUSH course last year Barksdale, who has taught at Galcame from changloway since 1997, es to the end-of-thesaid he can’t imagyear test used to deine a U.S. history termine how well course that doesn’t students understand include significant the subject. But her events or moments students, she said, such as Washington’s performed well on Farewell Address or the test. historic personaliShe thinks comties such as Andrew plaints about the AP Jackson. “I would course dovetailed with be teaching that recomplaints about the gardless of whether Common Core stanit’s on the [AP] test,” dards, which were dehe said. “I think any “Tilted too far in one vised as a way to reach teacher would be dodirection. I felt [it] national standards in ing that.” was too revisionist.” English and math, Still, the overarchand have drawn wideing point of studyspread criticism. The ing U.S. history is to – SEN. FRAN MILLAR standards have been R-DUNWOODY understand the comadopted in 42 states, plexities and changes including Georgia. in the country. Riverwood Inter“The real thing national Charter School AP World HisI would want them to get is just a real tory teacher Daniel Gribble also thinks interest in their country and knowing worries about Common Core spilled how things got to be the way they are,” over into criticisms to the changes to AP Barksdale said. “Having that [knowlU.S. History. “It is the perception that edge] would help them to be good citCommon Core is the top-down model izens in every sense of the word.”

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Clean out your car’s trunk. Late summer is a good time to evaluate what you have in your car, and then remove any unnecessary items. The heavier the vehicle, the more fuel it consumes. Dropping 100 pounds from your car can increase your fuel economy from 2 to 5 percent.

Alter your commute. High-traffic areas become even more congested as the school year begins. Drivers can avoid getting stuck in traffic by altering their commutes. Ask your boss if you can arrive for work later in the morning, when school-related traffic is minimal. Or even better, look into whether your company allows telecommuting, and skip the traffic entirely. Avoid idling. For parents who are waiting to pick up their children from school, it may seem convenient to keep the car running, but not only does it waste gas, it is extremely harmful to the environment. For every 10 minutes of idling you cut from your commute, you can save one pound of harmful carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere. The general rule is to turn off your engine if you’ll be idling for more than 30 seconds. Start carpools. Consider setting up a back-to-school carpool with the parents of four other kids in your neighborhood. This way, you only have to make one trip to school a week, instead of five. You can save even more money by carpooling to work on the days that you don’t lead the kids’ carpool. Ride the road less traveled. Many commuters get stuck in school traffic while traveling to work. To save gas and time, research some additional routes to your workplace to avoid school traffic. Google Maps and MapQuest offer interactive mapping options to explore alternate routes that bypass school traffic. For additional information, visit Georgia’s Clean Air Force website at or contact the GCAF call center at 800-449-2471.

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Web coders find success at Weather Channel Hackathon BY KEITH BELL Everyone loves underdog stories in LAMP Camp session, Austin Peete, which people discover their potential Ocean Evers-Peete, Raymond Hebard, and rise above the odds like Rocky BalWren Howell, Eric Dyer, Erick Lin, boa, the everyman who went the disJasper Lee and Saied Motevali took on tance, or two guys named Steve who teams of coders from around Atlanta in grew a computer empire from humble the “Storm the Road Hackathon” hostbeginnings in a California garage. ed by The Weather Channel, in conThis storyline recently unfolded for junction with Google Maps’ 10th annia group of aspiring developers from versary celebration. LAMP Camp. This Despite their limband of unlikely vicited experience, four tors proved to othof the LAMP Camp“You wonder if your ers and themselves ers teamed up as the that honoring their “Inglorious Gaijin” ideas are valid. The mentors while makand finished second hackathon helps you ing their own way place overall while realize that they are.” through creative another camper team thinking can lead to finished third overall, success. besting 10 more es– RAYMOND HEBARD LAMP Camp is a tablished teams. LAMP CAMPER AND fully sponsored de“You wonder if INGLORIOUS GAIJIN MEMBER veloper education your ideas are valprogram in Atlanta id. The hackathon designed to turn codhelps you realize that ers into developers they are,” said LAMP through real-world experience building Camper and Inglorious Gaijin member enterprise applications using PHP and Hebard. “You feel like you belong and MySQL. PHP is a server-side scripting that you can do this.” language that now powers more than 70 The triumphant campers developed percent of the Web. a concept that fulfilled the hackathon Armed with the skills they honed challenge of connecting people with in the first few weeks of this summer’s essential supplies in regions affected


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Where will your child go and how will they get there? The Society of Mary founded Marist School more than 100 years ago to provide an education unlike any other. Our faculty and curriculum encourage excellence in all of our students. Beyond the classroom, we offer a comprehensive array of extracurricular activities to inspire exploration and uncover students’ hidden talents. Through it all, we instill a sense of personal responsibility, foster spiritual growth, and teach the joy of serving others.

Learn more about what Marist has to offer. Please visit or call Jim Byrne, director of admissions and financial aid, at 770.936.2214. Help your child prepare his or her future—no matter where it leads.


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to Europe during which Marist students visit Holocaust sites. He sees the trips as an extension of the class. Highlights of the trip include sight-seeing in historic European cities, visiting one of the oldest Jewish communities in Europe and experiencing places the Holocaust occurred. “The utter brutality of the murderous machine that was the Holocaust challenges us in a variety of arenas -- faith, trust, the propensity to good or evil, and the effects of ultra-nationalism and perverted leadership,” said Father Joel Konzen, principal at Marist School. “I want to continue to support this opportunity that Marist students have experienced through the direction and insight of Brendan Murphy,” Konzen said. “I hope many, many more students will have the chance to see what took place in the Holocaust and what

will be required of them in order to steer us away from any repeat of that hideous era.” Murphy started teaching at Marist in 1994 and proposed the Holocaust class two years later. The Holocaust seminar has become a sought-after class that draws about 100 students each year. From the 70 to 80 students that apply for the trip, about 32 are able to take part. “There’s nothing that compares with travel when it comes to education, especially history,” Murphy said. During the spring trip, the travelers make three stops in Europe: Munich, Prague and Krakow. Murphy picked these spots for their proximity to one another, the places to see in each city and their connections to the Holocaust. While Murphy says he tries to make the trip “not all Holocaust all the time,” by adding sight-seeing in Munich and nights spent exploring the streets of


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the students. Kyle Coughlin, a member of the class of 2017, said the letters added to the importance of the trip. “The whole idea of the trip is to bear witness, because shortly there will be no living survivors. My favorite one was probably from Archbishop [Wilton] Gregory [of Atlanta] because he wrote a very inspirational letter about questioning where God was during this time,” Kyle said. Throughout the journey, particularly while visiting concentration camps, students are asked to keep track of their thoughts in a journal. The goal each year, Murphy said, is to have students return with a new view of the Holocaust. “They come back different,” he said, “changed, with a greater understanding about their own potential for good -- or for evil -- for that matter.” One thing that is consistent from year to year is a “bearing witness promise” students create toward the end of their trip. Murphy asks students to consider one thing that they can do differently upon their return to Atlanta to make the world a better place. “I like the idea of the ‘bearing witness promise’ because it makes me feel confident that the trip was worthwhile,” Murphy said.

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Top, Sean McVay, left, and Nolan Daniels at Dachau. Above, Marist students also visited Auschwitz. Left, for the past seven years, Marist history teacher Brendan Murphy has led Spring Break trips to Holocaust sites.

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Above, the new 136,000-square-foot Heards Ferry Elementary School in Sandy Springs opened on Aug. 10.


The Fulton County School System opened its new Heards Ferry Elementary School building in Sandy Springs on the first day of the 2015-16 school year. The 136,000-square-foot, multi-story building was built on 14 acres and designed as a prototype for school buildings that need to be constructed on smaller parcels of land than had been used in the past. The new school features a gym, computer outlets in every room and a 2-acre grassed play area. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School students and city officials gathered Aug. 21 for the blessing of the 64,000-squre-foot math, science and commons hall built as part of an $18.4 million renovation of the campus. The new glass-andstone-walled, three-story building, which is visible from Mount Vernon Road, includes math classrooms, science labs, a television production studio for classes in broadcasting, a robotics lab and a 500-seat cafeteria. Second-graders Margaret Reynolds, center, and Mac Flinn sprinkle water on HIES’ new math, science and commons building on Aug. 21. JOE EARLE

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The Lovett School opened the 40,000-squarefoot Murray Athletic Center and also renovated Kilpatrick Stadium.

The Lovett School opened its 40,000-square-foot Murray Athletic Center and renovated its Kilpatrick Stadium. The $17.4 million project includes a new pedestrian plaza, locker rooms and restrooms in the stadium, a fitness and weight-training center and space for faculty, staff and coaches in the new athletic center.


New faces Atlanta International School opened the year with new principals at both its upper and lower schools. Upper School Principal Tambi Greene arrived from Des Moines, Iowa, where she worked with Des Moines Public Schools for over 18 years. Lower Primary School Principal Lynda Sarelius, an Australian, Lynda Sarelius moved from the Vienna International School, where she has been the deputy principal of the primary school.

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Jocelyn Sotomayor joined Holy Spirit Preparatory School as the new principal of its Upper School. Previously, she had held a variety of positions at Pinecrest Academy, an independent Catholic school in Cumming. Before Pinecrest, she served as school interim director of the University of Puerto Rico Laboratory High School, president of the Caribbean Counselors Association, and head guidance counselor at The Episcopal Cathedral School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Norman C. Sauce III takes over this year as Chamblee Charter High’s new principal. Sauce worked as a Jocelyn Sotomayor high school social studies teacher and assistant principal at several comprehensive high schools in the Los Angeles area before moving to Georgia in 2012. He served as principal of Barnwell Elementary School and assistant principal at Roswell High School.

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EDUCATION GUIDE Mount Vernon teacher joins symphony chorus The director of Visual and Performing Arts at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School has won a position on the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Matthew Neylon, who recently joined the school, auditioned for the Tenor 1 position in the chorus.

AIS marks 30 years, names new board chair

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Atlanta International School turns 30 this year. Coincidentally, incoming first-graders will be members of the high-school class of 2030. The milestones will be highlighted at the school’s signature WorldFest International Festival on Oct. 25, and the class of 2030 will bury a time capsule on the campus. BR I EF S AIS also recently appointed a new Board of Trustees chair. Christian Fischer, an executive vice president at Georgia-Pacific, is the parent of two current AIS students as well as two alums.

Chesnut Elementary wins garden grant Chesnut Charter Elementary School in July won a grant for garden-based learning projects. The Captain Planet Foundation’s Project Learning Garden grant provides the school with a three-year program, including an environmental curriculum, lesson kits, a schoolyard garden, a mobile cooking cart and a summer garden management intern.

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Fulton County Schools in June was named the first-ever recipient of the “Charter System of the Year Award” from the Charter System Foundation, a Georgia nonprofit. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, recognizes the Georgia charter system that best demonstrates effective local governance; leadership in the charter system community; strong community partnerships; and academic progress supported by flexibility and innovation. Fulton County Schools became the state’s largest charter system in 2012.

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Garden Hills Elementary opens updated path The Garden Hills Elementary School PTA on Sept. 13 cut a ribbon on an updated pedestrian path along Rumson Road, linking the school to the Atlanta International School. In 2006, fundraising began for a pedestrian path in the area. In the latest round of fundraising, “Bricks for Kids” donors received commemorative bricks placed in the area.

Holy Innocents’ partners with civil rights center Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School recently was named an affiliate partner with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta. Holy Innocents’ will receive educational programming, professional development opportunities, internships and special admission fees for such events as field trips to the center. “As an Episcopal school, we are called and compelled to stand for inclusivity of culture, diversity of thought, and the worth and dignity of every human being,” said Head of School Paul Barton in a press release.

Marist Athletic Director Tommy Marshall, second from right, with, from left, son Danny, daughter Stacy and wife Dana, was selected by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association for inclusion into its 2015 Hall of Fame.


Marist athletic director selected for Hall of Fame Marist School Athletic Director Tommy Marshall has been selected by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association as a member of its Class of 2015 Hall of Fame. The honor is given to coaches who have displayed great leadership and prominence during their careers. Marshall has been at Marist for 19 years, overseeing the school’s wins of many sportsmanship awards and state titles. Under his administration, “Sports Illustrated” named Marist the country’s 15th best high school athletic program, and the school has won the GADA Directors Cup for Best Overall Athletic Program 16 years in a row.

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EDUCATION GUIDE North Springs expands health program

With a focus on academics through play, we offer small classes, an experienced staff, and modern classrooms filled with developmentally appropriate resources. Temple Sinai has a remarkable and exciting educational experience waiting for your child in each of our programs from ages 12 months through Transitional Kindergarten. For more information or to schedule a tour of the preschool, please call 404.255.6200.

North Springs Charter High School is expanding its popular Allied Health Pathway program for health careers. The program has added two larger classrooms, a teacher with a radiology specialty and the opportunity for students to earn Certified Clinical Medical Assistant status. The Allied Health Pathway is one of Fulton County’s Career Technical Education programs.

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Pace Academy students recently gained prestigious positions at Atlanta symphonies and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Junior Whit FitzGerald was named to the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, and eighth-grader Paul-Louis Biondi joined the Metropolitan Youth Symphony. Both are violinists. Senior Andrew Wu recently served as Pace’s first student intern at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, where he conducted research and reported on human rights issues.

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Nine public schools received STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) grants this year from the Sandy Springs Education Force. SSEF gave a total of $17,000 in STEM grants to Heards Ferry Elementary School, High Point Elementary School, Ison Springs Elementary School, Lake Forest Elementary School, North Springs Charter High School, Ridgeview Charter Middle School, Sandy Springs Charter Middle School, Spalding Drive Elementary School and Woodland Elementary School. SSEF recently received $3,000 from the Delta Community Philanthropic Fund for its After School All Stars STEM program at Sandy Springs Charter Middle and Dunwoody Elementary.



Shining silver Nineteen Lovett School students, members of Girl Scout Troop 28300, received Silver Awards on Aug. 23, the second highest award of the Girl Scouts. In order to qualify, a scout must identify an issue within their community, work to create a sustainable solution, implement the solution and complete a report. Front row, from left, Caroline Stubbs, Reagan Marshall, Isabel Johnson, Samantha Austin, Bianca Dullabh, Alyssa Abraham, Pearson Rackley, Cate Wilby and Aurora Hammond. Back row, from left, Kennedy Preval, Frances Wargo, Natalie Beck, Emma Mayfield, Elizabeth Collingsworth, Isabella Williams and Madison Crenshaw.

Sow a bounty! From left, Daniel Bonastre, John Victor Silva and Eddie Bueno proudly display cucumbers from the High Point Elementary School’s garden. At the beginning of this new school year, students gathered around a garden they had started in May and could see a large amount of fresh produce they could harvest.


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Jeanné Brown & Trio Sunday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m. – Jeanné Brown and

Trio performs “September Song,” an afternoon of melodic soprano jazz. This performance features classical, operatic and spiritual tunes with the aid of a piano, bass and drums. Appropriate for all ages. Suggested donation, $10. Chapel, Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Learn more at

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Saturday, Oct. 3, 3-5 p.m. – For more than 20 years, musicians Rosemary Rainey and John Robertson were the resident headliners at Dante’s Down the Hatch, now closed. The duo will play standard and classic jazz numbers. This family-friendly event is free and suitable for all ages. For more details, email, call 404814-3500, or go to Buckhead Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Buckhead, 30305.

Thursday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Sept. 28 – Presented by Friends of the Dunwoody Library, this book sale offers affordable literature for your home library. On Thursday there will be a member’s only time slot from 1-4 p.m., followed by open hours from 4-8 p.m. Additional hours: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.- 5p.m., and Bag Day on Monday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Open to all. Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to or call 770-512-4640.

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third annual Pottery on the Porch sale returns to the Chastain Arts Center. Students and instructors at will display and sell their handmade, functional and decorative pottery for home and garden. Enjoy a live demonstration of pottery wheel-throwing and firing in a Raku kiln, plus food trucks, raffle prizes and plenty of unique artwork for sale. Chastain Park, 135 W. Wieuca Rd., NW, Buckhead, 30342. For more details, go to or call 404252-2927.

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Imaginators On the Go! Tuesday, Sept. 22 through Wednesday, Sept. 30, 3:30-4:30 p.m. – The Children’s

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Girl Talk Dream 5K Saturday, Sept. 26, 9 a.m. – Girl Talk is a national peer-to-peer mentoring program where high school girls mentor middle school girls, and the Dream 5K is an opportunity for young girls to come out, get active, meet one another and foster healthy relationships. Registration includes a t-shirt and goodie bag. $30 in advance; $35 on race day. Road Runner Sports Buckhead, 3756 Roswell Rd., Buckhead, 30342. Learn more and sign up by visiting or CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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Back to School Yoga Saturday, Sept. 26, 10:30-11:30 a.m. –

Brenda Barr hosts a yoga session for kids to help decompress and prepare them for the new school year. The lesson includes information about yoga and meditation techniques to help students cope with stress. Funding provided by Friends of the Dunwoody Library. Open to the first 20 participants. Recommended for ages 7-12. Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go to dekalblibrary. org or call 770-512-4640.

Mobile Mother Goose Monday, Sept. 28, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. –

It’s storytime for baby at the Dunwoody Library. This program utilizes stories, fingerplay and action rhymes to meet developmental needs of 12-month to 24-month old children. Open to the first 25 pairs of participants. Arrive 15 minutes early to register in the Children’s Department. Funding is provided by Friends of the Dunwoody Library. For more information, go to or call 770-5124640. 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

Henna Workshop Tuesday, Sept. 29, 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Miss

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Tour of Homes Thursday, Oct. 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m. – Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC) has announced the return of the biennial Historic Brookhaven Candlelight Tour of Homes. Presented by Beacham & Company Realtors and the Skogstad-Sodemann Team, this event features a tour of five decorated homes. The 2015 event also includes a luncheon and fashion show on Wednesday, Oct. 7 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. To find out more about these events and to purchase tickets, see BrookhavenTour.

Hispanic Heritage Storytime Saturday, Oct. 3, 3-4 p.m. – In celebration of

Hispanic Heritage Month, Ms. Leah hosts a seasonal storytime and activities program suitable for the whole family. Go online to for more information. Registration is required and space is limited. Contact, stop by or call 404-303-6130 to sign up. Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328.


Social Security Smarts Saturday, Sept. 26, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. –

Kevin Turner discusses strategies to avoid shortchanging your Social Security in a workshop at the Buckhead Library. Find out when to start taking benefits, how to increase lifetime benefits, what you can do to minimize taxes on benefits and how to coordinate Social Security with your retirement income strategy. Free and open to the public. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Buckhead, 30305. Find more information online at or call 404-814-3500.

Environmental Films Wednesday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. – The Dun-

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come a village center and focal point for the Brookhaven community,” that document said. Germano said the developers used the LCI plan as a basis for their own. It includes mid-rise mixed-use buildings, an affordable housing component and public green spaces to allow for walking straight through the site between Peachtree and Apple Valley Road. The plan would reduce the size of the station’s parking lot, replacing 560 existing parking spaces and totally eliminating 900 spaces, according to MARTA. “The whole station area becomes much more inviting, much more pedestrianfriendly,” Germano said. Local resident Michael Elliot said that sticking to the LCI plan’s standards is important. “The purpose of that was to make sure the [station property] and the area surrounding it along Peachtree and Dresden had some design focus with broad community support,” Elliot said. “It’s not meant to be a high-rise site. This is not Buckhead. “The Brookhaven MARTA property’s always been considered to be the center of Brookhaven, and the development there hopefully will reinforce the importance of the property as a city center,” Elliot said. Germano said the current plans envision a total of 750 housing units, of which 100 would be condominiums and 126 would be affordable housing for seniors making up to 80 percent of area median income. The rest would be rental apartments. Restaurants would occupy 20,000 to 25,000 square feet of ground-floor spaces, and there could be up to 40,000 square feet of retail.

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he said. “We will put them up here and we’ll turn it around.” Residents indicated they have been on edge since three home invasions earlier this year and more than 100 car break-ins during a single week in September. Turner said the APD now “has more police officers on the street than we’ve ever had in this city.” The agency is authorized to employ 2,034 officers and now has only about 70 vacancies to fill, he said. The department has about 100 recruits in training, he said. But Turner told the crowd he also thought Buckhead needed more officers on patrol. “I agree with you that you need more police officers,” he said. “We need more police officers in the city.” Police officials said that in addition to the officers on the street, the department uses high-tech crime-fighting equipment, including a network of cameras spread throughout the city. Keeping an eye on the cameras creates “smart policing,” Dave Wilkinson, president of the nonprofit Atlanta Police Foundation, said. The department now monitors about 5,700 cameras and plans to install as many as 10,000, he said. But homeowners weren’t satisfied. “We can talk about cameras all we want to, but we need more policemen in our neighborhoods,” Jana Unterman said. “We can all agree on that,” Turner said. “We’ve got to have officers on the street,” Unterman continued. “We’ve got more police officers on the street than we’ve had in this city,” Turner said. “We need more,” Unterman replied. Residents pointed to a series of car break-ins and reports of home invasions and said they had seen reports on social media of people driving through their neighborhoods as if scouting houses for possible thefts. Others said

outsiders would knock on their doors, as if to see whether anyone would answer. Lindsey Yarborough told the officials a man came to her door pretending to sell magazines and kept trying to get in for 10 minutes after she called 911. “He stood at my door for 10 minutes and did everything he could to gain access to my home,” she said. The man was released on bond and faces a court hearing later this month on a charge of soliciting without a license, she said. “The reality is he committed a crime that was much worse than what he’s charged with,” she said. One resident said she didn’t sleep well because of her fears about crime in the community. Another shouted a question from the back of the room asking if she could shoot strangers at her door. “Not for knocking on your door,” Turner replied. Another resident held up a computer printout that he said showed a dramatic increase in some types of crime in Zone 2. “Rape is up 50 percent in Zone 2,” he said. “I want to know what you’re going to do in Zone 2 about rape! ... Long-term [solutions] we heard about. But what are going to do about the short term? Short term, what are we going to do... to stop the madness?” Hobbs said the rape statistics did not show the full picture. The increase in reports was from 13 to 18, he said. Some of those assaults were crimes that were reported this year, but did not occur this year, he said. Others involved people who knew one another or had been together socially before the attack. Only a single report involved a stranger-on-stranger attack. “One [rape] is too many,” he said, “but we don’t have a serial rapist running around.” Still, residents said they did not feel safe in their neighborhoods. “There is a feeling of being a sitting duck,” one resident said.



Additional cameras, tag readers coming to Buckhead BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE AND COLLIN KELLEY More surveillance cameras soon will appear in Buckhead and throughout the city. Dist. 8 Atlanta City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean said at a recent Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting that she plans to use $250,000 from her discretionary budget to partner with the Atlanta Police Foundation for more surveillance cameras and vehicle tag readers. Also, Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza shopping malls will add 235 cameras as part of a partnership with Simon, the real estate company that owns the malls. Buckhead residents have been on edge since three home invasions earlier this year and more than 100 car break-ins during a week in September. Adrean said generous residents of the community (including one who paid to have Tuxedo Park wired for cameras) and local businesses will also be involved in helping to fund and decide locations for the cameras and tag readers. “The cameras and tag readers won’t solve all our problems, but it’s a step in the right direction,” Adrean said. Robin Suggs, the general manager for Lenox Square, said Simon works with local law enforcement to coordinate focused efforts around their security program. Suggs said Simon welcomes the opportunity to provide the entire community with heightened measures through the Operation Shield program, which was created in 2007 to improve crime prevention. “Thanks to our collaborative relationship with the Atlanta Police Department, we now have enhanced safety and security around our properties with the Operation Shield initiative,” Suggs said. “Cameras such as these are increasingly responsible for arrests that otherwise wouldn’t be made,” Councilman

Howard Shook said. “I applaud Simon for their civic-mindedness and hope others follow suit.” Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said the partnership will boost proactive crime fighting efforts in Buckhead. “The additional cameras will help our officers to do more than just monitor crime but will also aid in capturing video evidence to help solve crimes faster,” Turner said. Dave Wilkinson, head of the nonprofit Atlanta Police Foundation, which supports the APD, said the foundation wants “to build the best video surveillance system in the world.” Atlanta police now can monitor about 5,700 public and private-sector cameras, he said, and officials hope to connect eventually to 10,000. Since the program’s start, the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta Police Foundation have joined several organizations, including the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta Public Schools and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, to monitor cameras. During a community meeting at The Lodge at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Wilkinson said technology allows “smart policing.” “If you call 911 anywhere in the city of Atlanta, when the 911 operator is talking to you, police officers are queuing up cameras closest [to your location],” he said. “These officers truly are investigating the moment you make the phone call.” Eventually, technology will allow officers to collect information from surveillance cameras, car-tag readers and from callers with cellphones. One system being proposed, he said, should allow cellphone users to install an app that would allow them call 911 and “to show the officers what you’re looking at.” “The bottom line is you don’t have to explain it, you can show them,” he said.

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Elizabeth Morrow wants Buckhead resWayne Robinson is a Buckhead residents to know they have a friend in the ident who regularly rides along with AtDistrict Attorney’s office. lanta patrol officers in Zone 2. He said his Morrow grew up in Milledgeville, Ga., neighbors throughout the area should feel and worked in the trial division of the comforted that police care about the comFulton County District Attorney’s office, munity. where in 2014 she was named attorney of “They make a point to stop and say helthe year for her unit. Earlier this year, she lo [when] passing through neighborhoods was chosen to be the community prosecuand wish more people would approach tor for Atlanta’s Zone 2. them,” Robinson said. “I know they are “Many people think Zone 2 is just well trained and motivated to get crimiBuckhead,” she said, “but Zone 2 includes nals off the streets.” Lindbergh, Garden Hills and Marietta While Robinson said he thinks the anBoulevard, and extends to Northside Parkswer is to add patrol officers, community way. It’s 40 square miles, so it’s the biggest prosecutors take a lead role in identifying zone.” and driving crime out of the area, Morrow Chair of Neighborhood Planning Unit said. B Andrea Bennett has been a Buckhead Morrow meets with the Citizens Adresident for 25 years and joined the NPUvisory Committee, Neighborhood PlanB in 2005. She said she appreciates havning Unit B and the Buckhead Council ing a community prosecutor who often atof Neighborhoods. “That’s where we get tends meetings, and updates residents on the feedback from the community to see current cases and crimes. what issues they’re having and what areas When people ask Bennett for help in of concern they’re having in terms of crime contacting someone, Bennett said it’s good in their neighborhoods,” Morrow said. to have a specific recommendation. “InMorrow said she also works with the stead of saying ‘call the DA’s office,’ I can Buckhead Business Association and the say, call this person,” Bennett said. police department’s repeat offenders unit Morrow said she’s going after crimiso she can get everything she needs to keep nals and helping unite the community she repeat offenders in jail. serves. She describes herself as a liaison beMorrow recently won a conviction of a tween the community and the DA’s office, 23-year-old man who already had two vishe said. olent felony convictions when he was ar“What we do is take high-profile casrested July 13 for breaking into cars. es in which the community has a great inTravantae Turner was accused of terest, usually repeat offenders, and we will smashing the windows of three cars in a seek the maximum sentence or at least ingym parking lot on Bishop Street and stole carceration,” she said. a computer bag, camera, iPad and MacMorrow said feedback from neighbors Book laptop, she said. One of the car ownabout a possible drug or “trap house” leads ers saw him stealing and demanded her to controlled drug buys, and police can things back, Morrow said. When Turner verify drug dealing and illegal activity. drove out of the parking lot, he drove on “If a community identifies [crime in] an area, we will canvas with our mobile outreach clinic and our investigators,” she said. Examining arrests made by patrol officers provides the DA’s office more ammunition to prosecute cases and seize property. The DA’s office then sends a “cease and desist letter” and can eventually seize the property, she said. “In Zone 2, there’s been a very good response to issues in the community and a very good response to the community prosecutor—me,” Morrow said. “The APD has been very responsive to citizens’ concerns. Once we can identify something, we can act.” SPECIAL She said many people do call Zone 2 includes Buckhead, Lindbergh, police when they notice a probGarden Hills and Marietta Boulevard, lem because they want to feel and extends to Northside Parkway. safe in the place where they live To see a larger version, go to and pay taxes. BH

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the wrong side of the road and hit a patrol car, she said. He was arrested after a brief chase and promptly admitted everything, Morrow said. Morrow offered him a plea deal where he would serve 2 1/2 years in state prison, followed by two years and four months on probation. When he gets out of prison, Turner will have to pay $2,500 in restitution, attend mandatory drug treatment, and will be banished from Zone 2 for the duration of his probation, Morrow said. If he fails to pay the restitution to the victims, which represents the deductible they had to pay for smashed car windows and other damage, he would be sent back to prison, Morrow said. Same thing if he fails to report to probation or attend drug treatment. “Hopefully he can get some kind of treatment in jail,” she said. Some criminals are obviously drug addicts in need of rehabilitation, Morrow said, but others are just violent. Morrow said she went after this 23-year-old man so hard because he already had two violent felony convictions on his record, she said. “One was a burglary, one was false imprisonment,” she said. “None of them were drug related.” During his recorded jail phone calls, he bragged about his crimes and said he would only get probation, Morrow said. “He was laughing about it, bragging about it and trying to get his girlfriend to take possession of a stolen gun that was in the car,” Morrow said. Morrow said if defendants have mitigating factors such as being in school or someone is the primary caretaker of children, she won’t necessarily try to make an example out of that person. “What I said before about the mitigation, that did not apply,” Morrow said.

She calls herself an advocate for the victims of crime, such as the woman who walked out of the gym to find her car window smashed and glass all over the ground. “One moment you’re going into a gym, working out, and another moment the glass of your car is all in the grass and your stuff is gone and [the victims] have to pay,” Morrow said. Morrow said her job as a community prosecutor helps her engage with the larger community and not just the victims of crime. “We take the DA’s office from the courtroom into the community,” Morrow said. As an attorney who represents people “on behalf of the state,” Morrow said she enjoys seeing in practice the people she works so hard for. “You actually get to see ‘the people,’” she said. “I like that aspect of [my job].” She said when she started law school, she felt business minded, and used her English background toward drafting and interpreting contracts, but she said she quickly felt bored. She wanted to help others more, she said. “When I was working in the private sector, I felt like I was working for myself, and now I feel like I’m working for other people, and that makes me feel fulfilled,” Morrow said. She describes her work as an extension of her personal goals to help people and do outreach, she said. Morrow said she is proud to be part of a team of people working to fight crime on a local level. “It’s like you have a friend in the DA’s office,” she said. “You have to keep the community safe.”

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Buckhead Police Blotter From police reports dated Aug. 16-29 The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

she had none, the man grabbed her keys, pushed her outside the vehicle and said “Get the [expletive deleted] on.” When the woman ran for help, a man in the passenger seat yelled out, “He was just playing.” When the owner returned, her gray 2011 Nissan Sentra was gone.


 First block of West Paces Ferry Road—

 1700

block of Sumter Street—Three men approached a man and asked for a jack to fix their vehicle. When the man refused entry into his residence, he was shot in both legs. One of the suspects fired projectiles at a woman when she ran out the rear door to the residence. All suspects were identified and arrested.

man in a hoodie who was carrying a silver gun tried to take a white 2003 BMW X3. The man shot at the vehicle, damaging the rear taillight, as the driver drove off.

 3000

block of Piedmont Road—A man entered a store armed with a handgun, walked the clerk to the register and demanded he put money into a bag. The clerk put $742 from the register and an unknown amount of money from under the drawer into a black plastic bag and the gunman ran out. He was arrested after he jumped into a taxi and the driver refused to drive.

 2200

block of Lenox Road—Four men, three of whom were armed, approached a driver and demanded the car and all belongings.

 1100

block of Howell Mill Road—A woman pulled into the lot and a black GMC Terrain pulled beside her. When she went to the passenger side to retrieve her purse, the driver grabbed her from behind, pushed her inside her vehicle and demanded money. When she said

 2100

block of Monroe Drive—A carjacking attempt was reported after a

 3400

block of Peachtree Road—A woman at a flower shop was arranging flowers outside when she heard the door chime and saw a man leaving. When she noticed the man had her phone, she tried to grab him and he pushed her hand away telling her “not to touch him.”

A carjacking was reported outside a gro 800 block of East Paces Ferry Road— cery store. A woman noticed someone A woman was carjacked when she sitting at a table as she entered the lopulled up to an intersection and a man cation. Upon exwalked up, pulled iting, a man folout a black pistol Read more of the lowed behind her and put the gun Police Blotter online at as she approached against her her vehicle. He er window. He orstopped her from dered her out of closing the car door and ordered her to her 2011 red Chevy Aveo, then reached “get out the car.” Then he brandished inside the vehicle and tried to open the a Husky box cutter and cut the womdoor through a rolled-down window. an when she began screaming and fightThe woman got out of the car. An offiing him. He pulled her from the vehicle cer on routine patrol noticed the woman when she tried to kick him. A witness sitting in the middle of the street, havsaw what was going on and ran over ing what appeared to be mechanical isto help. The man got into the woman’s sues. She was speaking with the man 1996 green Land Rover and drove off. when the call came across the police raPatrol units caught up to the man in the dio and the officer arrested the man who stolen vehicle and stopped him. He was was trying to carjack the woman. then arrested.  1600 block of Piedmont Avenue—A woman was walking from a bar to her vehicle when four men pulled up in a silver Hyundai Sonata or Genesis, with a Georgia state temporary tag. Three men got out with black guns and robbed her of her cellphone, keys and black leather bag. The suspects shot twice in the air as they drove off.


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block of Cheshire Bridge Road—A person creating a disturbance in a nightclub damaged a worker’s hand when confronted.

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block of Monroe Drive—Two people were arguing outside a gas station. One of the two sprayed the other with Mace, but police made no arrests due to lack of facts. Emergency medical services treated the Mace victim and recommended taking a cold milk shower.

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block of Cheshire Bridge Road—Three men were attacked outside a nightclub. The first person sustained lacerations to the left ear and throat, while a second was physically assaulted and a third reported his head was stepped on during the attack.

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block of Loridans Drive—A front door was kicked in and a patio door was tampered with. An Apple MacBook Pro, a black Kindle Fire, Skull Candy headphones, a Wells Fargo checkbook, a PlayStation 4 with controllers, a Burberry watch, a Jos. A. Banks watch, a white laundry basket, an Xbox with controllers and four games, four watches, an Amazon Fire HD7 and 500 pesos were taken.

 600

block of Yorkshire Road—Two windows and screens were broken and a Lenovo laptop, a belt and 15 pairs of golf shorts were taken.

 400

block of Northside Circle—A Sony Flat screen TV with 3D glasses, a MacBook Pro laptop, an Apple iPhone, a Winchester 1300 combo 20-gauge shotgun with tactical vest, a Go Pro camera, adapter cables, two 64 GB memory cards, an Xbox with controllers, a “Call of Duty” game and various hair supplies in a carrying bag were taken.

 100

block of 26th Street—The top of a condo’s door lock was punctured and the door was kicked in. A MacBook Pro laptop, an Apple iPad, jewelry, iPhone 3GS, Apple iPad, Social Security card

 3000

block of Peachtree Road— A boutique was broken into, its front showroom window was broken and handbags and shoes were taken.

 100

 3000

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block of Melante Drive—A homeowner reported damage to the front door, but nothing was stolen.

block of Maple Drive—A Sony Bravia TV, a 42-inch Vizio TV, two 22-inch Asus monitors, an Apple iPad mini, six 23-inch monitors and an Apple MacBook Pro were taken.

 900 block of Cardova Drive—A home-

 1300

 3400

and personal papers were taken.  4300

block of Wieuca Road—A house’s rear glass door was shattered and a MacBook laptop, a 46-inch Samsung TV and a diamond ring were taken.

owner received a text about his alarm sounding but refused police because he didn’t want to be fined. A neighbor discovered the front door kicked in and a TV from the living room was in the driveway. No other items were taken.

 1800

block of Wellbourne Drive— A 60-inch Sony TV, a Wii controller, a diamond ring, an Apple MacBook Air, an Apple Thunder Bolt display, a MacBook Pro, two Apple keyboards and wireless mice, a Canon camera, a Sony video camera and a external hard drive were taken when a house’s front door was kicked in.


block of Chattahoochee Avenue—Two cardboard boxes of copper cord and S/O power cord were taken from a blower vac.

 3000

block of Early Street—Someone damaged a front store window and reached inside, grabbing a case that contained three antique Rolex watches. The case was recovered on the ground outside the location. A small spark plug, used to break the window, was also recovered and submitted as evidence.

block of Northside Drive— Several thefts were reported at a storage company. An employee reported seeing a suspect crawl underneath a gate and run back toward the storage units. Several units were entered and items recovered tossed about. A box of vintage records and two unfinished bar stools were taken from a unit. Another unit owner reported finding a black bag that contained pills, clothing, an air compressor and black shelving unit that didn’t belong in the unit. Additional stolen items from units include a Dell monitor, tower, keyboard and mouse.

 3500

block of Peachtree Road—A storefront glass was shattered with a rock. Two men entered and grabbed approximately 20 Michael Kors purses and ran to an awaiting silver Hyundai Sonata and red Dodge Dart. Several employees were inside the location at the time of the incident.

 1200

block of Howell Mill Road— Four Apple iMac computers were taken after a front door glass was smashed.

block of Andrews Drive—Two front display windows were broken. Suspects possibly reached in and took two antique platters. block of Antone Street—An art gallery’s side windows were broken. Suspects made entry and attempted to remove several computers off the office desks. block of Peachtree Road—Several computers, laptops and a Samsung Note tablet were taken from the office area of a hotel.

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block of Roswell Road—A liquor store’s front glass was broken. Video surveillance shows the suspect throwing a rock through the front glass, entering and filling a black bag with various liquor bottles.

AUTO THEFT  Between

Aug. 16 and 22, a total of six vehicles were reported stolen and two attempts to steal a vehicle were reported.

 Between

Aug. 23 and 29, a total of 17 vehicles were reported stolen.


Aug. 16 and 22, a total of 49 thefts from automobiles were reported and an additional 36 reports of other larcenies, including shoplifting, were made.

 Between

Aug. 23 and 29, a total of 58 thefts from automobiles were reported and an additional 55 reports of other larcenies, including shoplifting, were made.

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