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Peachtree Creek Greenway park moves forward BY JOHN RUCH


Erin Penn, left, snaps a photo of her daughter Lily, 5, and their pup “Laney,” during “Doggy Diving Day” at Murphey Candler Pool on Sept. 13. The special event allowed dogs to splash around without their owners during the pool’s last open day of the season. See additional photos on page 35.

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. 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 SEE PEACHTREE, PAGE 34

MARTA station redevelopment project to start in 2017 BY JOHN RUCH

MARTA on Sept. 3 named the developers for its transitoriented redevelopments at the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe and Chamblee stations. Construction at Brookhaven is slated to start in summer 2017. The Brookhaven station project would include housing, restaurants, green spaces—and maybe even a grocery store and a new City Hall, a member of the development team said. Brookhaven City Center Partners was selected as the developer for the Brookhaven station area at Peachtree Road and Dresden Drive. The mixed-use project would begin with 330 apartments, more than 25,000 square feet of retail space and 117,000 square feet of office space, according to a MARTA press release. Future phases could include around 400 more residential units of senior housing and condos along with civic spaces and a hotel. “It’s intended to be a completion of the fabric of what’s going on in Brookhaven,” said Trent Germano, a senior manag-

ing director at Transwestern Development Company, which its teaming with Integral as the Brookhaven City Center Partners. Integral is also on a separate team undertaking the massive redevelopment of the former GM plant farther up the MARTA train’s Gold Line in Doraville. “It’s also about place-making, and we’re very cognizant of that,” Germano said. “The idea is to make it everybody’s space.” The exact mix and types of uses, as well as construction timing, will depend on the market, Germano said. But the overall concept sticks to a 2006 Livable Centers Initiative redevelopment plan for the area. “The plan envisions a highquality, dynamic, mixed-use center that will become 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 afSEE MARTA, PAGE 31


Brookhaven MARTA station redevelopment would include housing, restaurants and green space.

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Brookhaven City Council recently selected several areas of city government for an auditor to review. According to city spokeswoman Ann Marie Quill, auditor William Mulcahy will examine the request for proposals process; the municipal court’s compliance with new laws; and several “weaknesses” previously found by other, external auditors. Those previously identified areas include purchasing policies, hotel/motel tax expenditures and staffing contracts, according to Quill. BR I EF S The City Council selected the areas for review at its Aug. 25 meeting, but the exact list of items was unclear. In the same discussion, the council requested some separate policy changes on such issues as travel and expense documentation. Mulcahy was hired in March as city auditor, a position required under the city charter.

Two tree ordinance workshops on tap Not sure what “120 DBH inches” or “45 percent canopy” mean in Brookhaven’s new, tighter tree preservation ordinance? The city is holding two workshops—one for developers, one for residents—on Sept. 24 at City Hall to explain the code. The “Builder & Developer Summit” will run 9 to 11 a.m., and the “Brookhaven 101” session for residents will run 6 to 8 p.m. City Hall is at 4362 Peachtree Road. For more information, call 404-637-0500 or see Andris Golde, MD | Sam Mickelson, MD | Aaron Rogers, MD | Steven Bomeli, MD

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Dust off those old family phosuch as Oglethorpe University, and the tos and church records. The city of area’s role in major historical events, Brookhaven is compiling information such as the Civil War. on the community’s history. “I think I know the right places to “Our history is too important for look,” she said. “One of the things us not to document and share it and that would be nice would be to find explore it,” Brookhaven Mayor Rebecsome people who have lived here a ca Chase Williams said. long time.” So Williams is Biggerstaff, a former banker who spending $3,500 teaches pre-school, said she likes learnof her discretioning about local history. ary city funds to “Part of it also goes to my family,” hire a local hisshe said. “My mom is from DeKalb torian to gathCounty originally. There’s a lot of er and compile DeKalb County history in my family.” Brookhaven histoWilliams said she hopes the project ry. Once the maand the collection it will create eventerial is collecttually will lead to something bigger. “My goal is to kickstart a historiRebecca Chase ed, Williams said, it could be used cal or preservation society,” she said. Williams for anything from “With a little seed money we can pull launching a local historical society to it all together. I hope from that will decorating the walls of a future City grow a Brookhaven historical society, Hall. because we don’t have that right now.” “The goal is to gather up all the varDuring a recent Georgia Municipal ious pieces of history we know are out Association conference, she attendthere and ed a panto try to el discusput them sion on Anyone interested in contributing to togethhow small er in a towns use the city’s survey of local history can central their hiscontact place,” tory to Williams attract said. tourists. Writer Valerie Biggerstaff of Sandy “People don’t just want the same old Springs, author of a history of the city [things]. They want to make connecof Dunwoody issued by Arcadia Pubtions,” she said. lishing as part of its “Images of AmeriBut there are less tangible reasons ca” series and a regular history columcommunities should know their histonist for a local newspaper, will staff the ry, she said. research project. “I think people generally under“She’s been collecting history in this stand you’ve got to understand where area for a long time,” Williams said. you come from to understand where Biggerstaff said that for the project you’re going,” Williams said. she will pull together information on “We want to know our history. We Brookhaven’s parks, neighborhoods, want to celebrate it. We want to build churches, cemeteries, local institutions on it. We want to tell our story.”

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Buckhead boys. Men who got trims when they were young keep coming back and bring along their sons and their grandsons. Politicians stop by to get spruced up while they do a little campaigning. Football coaches appear for pre-game trims. Businessmen visit to catch up on neighborhood news while getting a haircut or shoeshine. “My daddy built a heck of a barber shop,” said Walter “Tommy” Thomas, who, after his father Gilmer Thomas, is the second generation of barbers nicknamed “Tommy” to own and run the place. “I’m just riding his coattails.” But Thomas’ fans say Thomas does more than cut hair and talk about

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COMMUNITY Ideas and suggestions about Brookhaven Park improvements can be emailed to the conservancy at A full list of consultant-led meetings for the various parks can be found on the city’s website at Kelly displayed an illustration, created by a conservancy member, of one main wish-list item: an arched entry gate to the park on Peachtree Road to welcome pedestrians rather than only the current half-hidden driveway off Osborne Road. Also available for public viewing were photos of amenities in other parks, including Alpharetta’s Waggy World dog park and Sandy Springs’ Playable Art Park. Around two dozen people braved rainy weather to attend the cookout and were able to vote on amenities they liked by placing stickers next to the photos. Jim Dupree, a member of the park’s stakeholder committee, said it was an easy way to help answer the question, “What do you want to see in Brookhaven Park? Or the flip side is: What don’t you want to see in Brookhaven Park?” Features with some of the highest votes included a fenced dog park, a water feature for dogs and traditional playground equipment. Images of picnic tables and public art got fewer votes. That will inform the process, but is not the final word. “We would love to see an arts focus in the park,” Kelly said. “It’s so peaceful and serene.” The 20-acre park has many different uses and some perennial challenges, including its popularity as a dog-walking area and limited parking, combined with confusing access by foot or bike. Kelly said the conservancy and other stakeholders are keenly aware of the pending redevelopment around the nearby Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station, which would bring many more park users.

One frequently debated item not on the table, Kelly said, is relocating the DeKalb Services Center for developmentally disabled people, which fronts on the corner of the property. That facility has a 50-year lease, she said, and DeKalb County still owns the park’s land, with the city of Brookhaven operating and maintaining it for now. Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams was among those attending, along with her two pet dachshunds. “Now we’re finally starting to have fun in this city” in planning terms, Williams said, likening the process to drawing up blueprints for a “dream house.” “The people we chose [as stakeholder committee members] are activists and [are] invested in their parks,” Williams said. “It’s that citizen involvement that is so critical to the success of all of this.” Also attending was John Ernst, one of the candidates challenging Williams for the mayor’s office. “I know this park very, very well,” Ernst said, adding that he was one of the organizers of the 2014 Soccerfest that drew enormous crowds to watch World Cup games. “It’s a hidden jewel of Brookhaven that hasn’t been fully utilized yet.” Ernst said the parks process is an example of “what’s needed in Brookhaven…community involvement and input from citizens.” City Councilman Bates Mattison noted that “curb appeal is lacking in this park.” Mattison said that even though the park can easily be overlooked by passersby on Piedmont Road, it should get noticed. “This park,” he said, “is the namesake of the city of Brookhaven.”

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A five-year-old plan to improve a resident recently pointed out in a letPeachtree Road for pedestrians will ter to the city asking about the status be revived and rebooted by the city of the Peachtree Road plan. Peachtree of Brookhaven this fall. But it could Road doubles as Ga. 141, which is still take until 2019 to get such new maintained by the Georgia Departamenities as sidewalks, streetlights and ment of Transportation. Meehan said benches. trash cans would be up to GDOT, but The $3 million plan, focused on GDOT spokeswoman Annalysce BakPeachtree between Ashford-Duner-Wilson said, “We don’t supply trash woody Road and Dresden Drive, was cans.” announced by DeKalb County in Much of the Peachtree Road plan’s 2010 for completion in 2013. funding comes from a Livable CenBut in 2012, voters approved incorters Initiative grant from the Atlanporating the new city of Brookhaven. ta Regional Commission. AccordThe county put the plan on hold with ing to Meehan, the grant provides up the intent of handto $400,000 for deing it over to the new sign and $2.4 milcity to better handle lion for construction. C A TC HING local comments and The city has to proUP concerns, according vide matching funds to Brookhaven Pubof 20 percent and Revisiting a local news story from the recent past lic Works Engineer must purchase all reRichard Meehan. quired right of ways “The project has and easements. been on hold while project sponsor“With the incorporation of the city, ship has been shifted from the counit took a while for the sponsorship of ty to the city, but we are about to rethe project to be changed from the start the project this fall,” Meehan said county to the city, necessitating the in an email. change in the schedule,” Meehan said. The plan focuses on the west side of “However, the funding is still there Peachtree and originally included betand has not been spent or reallocated ter sidewalks, street furniture and peto other projects.” destrian crossings. Public comments The city expects to issue a request also requested a look at bicycle amenifor proposals from design consultants ties and a traffic analysis, which were in the next few weeks, Meehan said, never completed, Meehan said. The and start conceptual planning in Nocity will essentially restart the planvember. Construction is estimated to ning process to cover those items, he happen in 2019, in part because the said. project includes some federal funds One item the plan apparently won’t that require lengthy reviews and proinclude is trash cans, the lack of which cesses.

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When you’re stuck in an elevator with a stranger, grabbing coffee with a colleague you don’t know so well or waiting for everyone to arrive for the 9 a.m. staff meeting, what is your go-to small talk? Traffic. We all know that it’s an inevitable truth in Atlanta. Each morning, millions of Atlantans travel to their workplace during the same peak hours as everyone else and are being stopped at the same intersections day after day. Perimeter Connects, the new commute program of the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs), is here to help you find a commute alternative to give you more choices for how you travel and to change your conversation topic.

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History lessons

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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


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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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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

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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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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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by natural disasters. They credited the mentoring at LAMP Camp for their success. Brothers Ocean Evers-Peete and Austin Peete also related the hackathon to their experience at LAMP Camp. “Our exposure to the Scrum framework helped a lot. A big part of what we’ve learned and already do at LAMP Camp transferred to the hackathon,” said Ocean.

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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.

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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 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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Ashley Marshall Ashley Marshall became Lovett School’s new lower school principal in July. Before Lovett, she served as the early childhood director at Charlotte Country Day School in Charlotte, N.C., where she oversaw junior kindergarten through second grade. Prior to that, she taught kindergarten, and first and fourth grades at The Spence School in New York.

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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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Riverwood International Charter School last month received a $7,000 grant from the Sandy Springs Society for its nationally recognized college preparedness program, Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID.

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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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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

Museum of Atlanta and Dekalb Public Library pair up to present an interactive science workshop for kids. The hands-on program is suitable for youngsters aged 5-12 years old. Open to the first 25 participants. Brookhaven Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. Find out more by going to or call 404-848-7140.

Fall Native Plant Sale Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – Fall is an ideal time to start planting, with winter months enabling resilient native plants to develop dense root systems, leading to healthy spring growth. Horticulturists and Master

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

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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

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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.

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fordable 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 pedestrian-friendly,” 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, depending on whether a grocery store can be brought in as an anchor. “We’d love to have one of the [grocery] brands right in the middle of the project,” Germano said. A 150-room hotel is also possible, but if the initial office space rents well, the developers may opt to build more office space instead. The developers are also reserving a “place-holder” space for a possible new

Brookhaven City Hall, if the city is interested. Formed in 2013, the city is renting its current City Hall space and has a feasibility study for a permanent location underway. “There’s been a lot of conversation about a future City Hall,” Germano said. “We thought that would be a wonderful thing to have.” A primary goal of transit-oriented development is to reduce residents’ car usage. But the new development would create more traffic on an area with some narrow streets, including Dresden and North Druid Hills Road, said Ashford Park resident Griff Sims. He said the initial office-heavy mix would reduce the effects of traffic, but he warned that density should be restricted below the maximum. “If done on a human scale of moderate density, it could be something special,” Sims said in an email. “If done to maximize tax digest, we’ll miss the target.” Germano acknowledged that traffic is a challenge and said that, while the developers have some ideas, they have not conducted a traffic study. “We’re going to have to work closely with the city and DeKalb County and MARTA to work through the traffic problems. We just don’t have the answer,” he said. MARTA spokesperson Saba Long said that there will be a “community engagement plan” about the redevelopment “to ensure community input and buy-in.” The station should remain open during any construction, according to Long and Germano, and some parking will remain available, as well. The Chamblee Station project, in downtown Chamblee, is slated to start next summer and could include retail and office space, along with a park. Trackside Partners, a team of Pattillo Industrial Real Estate and Parkside Partners LLC has been selected as developer for that project.

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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 Pink Pony. 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, likening them to pearls waiting to be strung together for the parkland.



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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. 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


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Dogs have their day in Murphey Candler pool


The Murphey Candler Pool hosted “Doggy Diving Day” on Sept. 13. The special event allowed dogs to splash around without their owners during the pool’s last open day of the season. Clockwise, top left, Sarah Tengstrom, 13, waits to take a good shot of her dog Addie and its friend Jax while they romp around the pool. Top right, Betsy Tengstrom tries to convince her dog Chase that the water is OK. Center, Laney has no problems going in the pool. Below, right, Addie shows off her wet look. Below, center, Erin Penn, right, daughter Lily, 5, and their dog Laney, greet another canine participant. Below, left, Shane Coldren and his lab Angus play with a tennis ball.

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Police Blotter

 3400

block of Blair Circle—On Aug. 31, battery was reported; On Sept. 1, an arrest was made for battery of a family member.

Aug. 28 to Sept. 10

 1400 block of Sylvan Circle—On Sept.

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

1, battery was reported.

 2000

block of Burton Plaza Lane—On Sept. 1, an arrest was made for rape.

ROBBERY block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 30, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

 2900

 3300

 3700

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 7, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

BURGLA RY  2400

block of Briarcliff Road—On Aug. 30, burglary was reported.

 2900

block of Clairmont Road—On Aug. 30, burglary was reported.

 2700

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 4, burglary was reported.

 1000

block of Barone Avenue—On Sept. 4, burglary was reported. block of Lincoln Court Avenue— On Sept. 8, burglary was reported.

Sept. 9, burglary was reported.  3100

block of Osborne Road—On Sept. 9, burglary was reported.

 Auto  2000

block of Curtis Drive—On Aug. 28, theft by taking auto was reported. block of Clairmont Road— On Sept. 7, theft by taking auto was reported.

block of Drew Valley Road—On

 2800

block of Clairmont Road—On Sept. 3, simple assault was reported.

 3400

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 5, simple assault was reported.

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 1000

block of Lenox Park Boulevard— On Sept. 10, theft by taking auto was reported.

2400 block of East Club Drive—On Sept. 8, battery was reported and an arrest was made for cruelty to elderly. 


 3200

block of North Cliff Valley Way—On Aug. 30, battery was reported.

 2900

 1300

3100 block of Clairmont Road— On Sept. 7, simple assault was reported.

 2900

 900

 2400


block of Clairmont Road—On Sept. 2, harassing communication was reported.

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 9, simple battery was reported.

block of North Cliff Valley Way—On Aug. 29, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 29, entering auto was reported.

 1000

block of Wimberly Road—On Aug. 29, theft was reported.

 2900

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 29, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On Aug. 30, theft was reported.

 2000

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Aug. 30, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1900

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Sept. 2, theft was reported; On Sept. 9, theft by receiving stolen property was reported.

 2600

block of Osborne Road—On Sept. 3, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1400

block of Thornwell Drive—On Sept. 1, financial transaction fraud was reported.

 1400

 2600

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 3, fraudulent activity was reported.

 3700

block of Peachtree Road—On Sept. 5, financial transaction fraud was reported.

 300

block of Brookhaven Avenue—On Sept. 9, fraudulent activity was reported.

 100

block of Corporate Boulevard— On Sept. 9, forgery was reported and an arrest was made.


block of Bramblewood Drive— On Aug. 28, theft was reported.

 2400

block of Briarcliff Road—On Aug. 28, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 3100

block of Clairmont Road—On Aug. 28, theft by conversion was reported.

 1300

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 1300


block of Lincoln Court Avenue— On Sept. 2, fraudulent activity was reported.


block of Executive Park Drive— On Aug. 29, entering auto and theft of articles from six vehicles were reported; On Sept. 3, entering auto was reported.

 3400

 300


 1200

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 10, simple battery was reported and an arrest was made.

 1100


Aug. 28, theft was reported.

block of Fernwood Circle—On

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 3, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. block of Epping Forest Drive— On Sept. 3, theft was reported. block of Dresden Drive—On Sept. 5, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 2300

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Sept. 5, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On Sept. 8, theft was reported.

 4000

block of Peachtree Road—On Sept. 5, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 3300

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 5, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On Sept. 8, theft was reported.

 2700

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 5, theft was reported.

 300

block of Brookhaven Avenue—On Sept. 7, theft of a bicycle was reported.

 2400

block of Briarcliff Road—On Sept. 7, theft from a building was reported.

 1200

block of Keys Lake Drive—On Sept. 8, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported.

 500

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Brookhaven Police Blotter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 36  1900

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Sept. 9, an arrest was made for theft by receiving stolen property.

 1700

block of Brookhaven Close—On Sept. 9, theft was reported.

 700

block of Brookhaven Avenue—On Sept. 9, theft was reported.

ARRES TS  2600

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 28, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court; On Aug. 29, a wanted person was located and arrested and an arrest was made for failure to appear in court; On Sept. 4, an arrest was made for DUI; On Sept. 8, 9 and 10, arrests were made for failure to appear.

 2700

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 6, an arrest was made for a noise violation.

 2800

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 28, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

 3000

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 4, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

 3100

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 30, an arrest was made for no driver’s license; On Sept. 2, an arrest was made for public intoxication and public consumption; On Sept. 3, an arrest was made for failure to appear; On Sept. 5, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

 3200

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 28, an arrest was made for public

intoxication and public consumption; On Sept. 3, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court and an arrest was made for public intoxication and public consumption; On Sept. 9 and 10, arrests were made for failure to appear; On Sept. 10, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.  3300

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 2, an arrest was made for public intoxication and public consumption; On Sept. 6, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct; On Sept. 7, am arrest was made for public consumption and public intoxication.

 3500

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 28, an arrest was made for driving without a license; On Sept. 2, a wanted person was located and arrested; On Sept. 7, an arrest was made for hit and run.

 3800

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 28, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

 3900

block of Buford Highway—On Aug. 28, an arrest was made for failure to wear a seat belt.

 3100

block of Clairmont Road—On Aug. 28, an arrest was made for operating a motor vehicle without a tag.

 3900

block of Peachtree Road—On Aug. 28, an arrest was made for urban camping.

 1800 block of Northeasy Expressway—

On Aug. 29, an arrest was made for no driver’s license.

 Briarwood

Road at Northeast Express-

way—On Aug. 29, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.  2300

block of Colonial Drive—On Aug. 29, an arrest was made for obstruction and interference.

 1200

block of Dresden Drive—On Aug. 29, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 1300

block of Dresden Drive—On Aug. 29, an arrest was made for DUI.

 I-85

at North Druid Hills Road—On Aug. 30, an arrest was made for DUI.

 4000

block of Peachtree Road—On Aug. 30, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

 2200

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Aug. 30, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On Sept. 5, two arrests were made for possession of marijuana. Druid Hills at Briarcliff Road— On Sept. 2, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 3000

block of Clairmont Road—On Sept. 5, an arrest was made for criminal damage in the second degree.

 1700

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Sept. 5, an arrest was made for driving on a suspended or revoked license.

 3800

block of Peachtree Road—On Sept. 5, an arrest was made for speeding.

 2400

block of Briarcliff Road—On Sept. 5, an arrest was made for a criminal attempt.

 2800

block of Clairmont Road—On Sept. 6, an arrest was made for public consumption and intoxication.

 1200

block of Executive Park Drive— On Sept. 6, an arrest was made for DUI.

 First

block of Corporate Boulevard— On Sept. 8, arrests were made for DUI and open container violations.

 North

 1800

block of Corporate Boulevard— On Sept. 4, an arrest was made for DUI.

 2600

block of Skyland Drive—On Sept. 4, an arrest was made for driving on a suspended or revoked license.

 3900

block of Peachtree Road—On Sept. 5, a wanted person was located and arrested.

 1300

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Sept. 5, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

OTHER  1100

block of Hampton Hall Drive— On Aug. 28, a suspicious person or vehicle was reported.

 2400

block of Reserve Drive—On Aug. 29, damage to private property was reported.

 2500

block of Skyland Trail—On Aug. 30, damage to private property was reported.

 2000

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Aug. 30, damage to private property was reported.

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