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Sandy Springs Reporter

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


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City Council wrestles with sidewalk changes and funding BY JOHN RUCH


Elaine Waidelich, center, shares a laugh with her two grandchildren, Henry Waidelich, 5, left, and Knoxie Burson, 8, during the final “Concerts by the Springs” featuring fan favorite Banks and Shane on Sept 6. The band entertained well into the evening in front of a large crowd. See additional photos on page 38.

City Council frequently wrestles with methods to expand the city’s sidewalk network, and its Sept. 15 meeting brought another bout. The council approved a new buy-out formula for homeowners who are required to build sidewalks, but split in a contentious vote over funding a long-demanded Brandon Mill Road sidewalk. For months the council has wrangled with its controversial sidewalk creation policy, which had been sticking some homeowners with added costs that can reach more than $10,000. The council previously changed the policy to exempt single-family houses not on the city’s Sidewalk Master Plan streets, as well as renovations and accessory-use projects. At the Sept. 15 meeting, the council approved a final change: a payment in lieu of building a required sidewalk. Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert said the buy-out will be allowed if a city sidewalk project is already planned for the area, or if the property owner faces a “special hardship” that would make the sidewalk difficult. The buy-out amount will be $100 per linear foot of sidewalk. Tolbert said that SEE CITY COUNCIL, PAGE 31

City Center to get new name, logo and up to $222 million in bonds BY JOHN RUCH

Sandy Springs City Center redevelopment is getting a new name, a new logo and up to $222 million in revenue bonds to pay for it all. The name and logo were to be unveiled during a public ceremony at the construction site at Roswell Road, Johnson Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Highway on Sept. 20, after the close of the annual Sandy Springs Festival on nearby Heritage Green. The $220 million, public-private redevelopment will include a new City Hall, apartments, commercial space, and concert and theater halls. When it is finished in late 2017, it is expected to anchor a downtown district that city officials believe will unify the city. “Sandy Springs is a wonderful collection of neighborhoods,” Mayor Rusty Paul said in an email. “Community is happening within these cul-de-sacs. You see a couple of neighbors connecting as they walk their dogs or collect the mail, and pretty soon, it’s a neighborhood gettogether. We want to create that camaraderie on a larger scale. “This project will do that. This development will create the community’s neighborhood,” SEE CITY CENTER, PAGE 6

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Vernon Woods Homeowners Association, who has previously discussed a possible lawsuit over that project, did not respond to questions. LaMarsh reportedly attended the recent Glenn West meeting. The Glenn West project at 6500 Glenridge Drive would redevelop largely wooded land as 123 units of detached and multifamily housing along with new ball fields for the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. Trisha Thompson, president of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, said she attended the Sept. 9 meeting between residents and representatives of Ashton Woods and the school. She said residents criticized the project’s density, among other issues. Ashton Woods indicated that “minor adjustments” in the plan might be possible, she said. Thompson said she believes Ashton Woods is trying to avoid a repeat of the situation next door, with the threatened lawsuit over density and lingering public outrage over the property’s seller, Caroline Glenn Mayson, demolishing the family’s historic mansion. “My thoughts are, the applicant, Ashton Woods, does not want to go through the firestorm of public hostility that was caused by the razing of the Glenridge property,” Thompon said. “I think they would not like to have that raging opposition.” Dr. J. Brett Jacobsen, the head of school at Mount Vernon Presbyterian, said he feels that talks have been “extremely collaborative.” “Traffic and the long-term implications continue to be a point of discussions,” along with property buffer issues, Jacobsen said. SS

COMMUNITY Northside Hospital and Gwinnett Medical Center plan to merge Northside Hospital, whose system includes a hospital in Sandy Springs’ Pill Hill area, and Gwinnett Medical Center announced Sept. 2 that they are considering a merger. The proposed Northside-Gwinnett Medical combined system would have nearly 1,400 beds, more than 16,000 employees and close to 3,500 physicians on staff, according to a press release. The deal is still in an exploratory phase and would require regulatory approvals. “Northside and Gwinnett Medical Center already are geoB RIEFS graphic neighbors, and together we will serve one of the fastest-growing markets in the country,” said Northside CEO Bob Quattrocchi in the press release. The organizations are aiming to finalize a deal by early next year, the press release said. The Northside Hospital health care system is an 852-bed, not-for-profit health care provider with more than 150 locations across Georgia. That includes hospitals on Johnson Ferry Road in Sandy Springs and in Cherokee and Forsyth counties. Gwinnett Medical Center operates hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth. It is part of parent company Gwinnett Health System, which also includes Gwinnett Medical Group and Sequent Health Physician Partners.

Road repairs on Northside Drive to last through 2017 If you regularly travel along Northside Drive through Buckhead, be prepared for up to two more years of construction delays. The project isn’t expected to be completed until 2017. Representatives from the city of Atlanta and Fulton County told members of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods much remains to be completed on Northside. Among the remaining projects: 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 Northside in fall 2017. There will be various road closures, narrowing of lanes and detours in place, so be sure to leave extra time for your journey or choose an alternate route.

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Morgan Smith, operations manager for Burruss said he used to time his trips Dr. Butler is a board-certified rheumatologist who brings over three decades of the foundation. home from college in south Georgia practice experience. She offers excellent, personalized care to adult patients, as The foundation describes mitochonaround his haircuts. That way, he could drial disease as “an energy-production be sure to get them at Thomas’ place. well as thorough preventive screenings for the diagnosis and treatment of problem that primarily affects muscular “Tommy’s the man,” he said. “He’s a medical problems before other complications arise. and neurological systems” by reducing good guy – very hard working and he the energy available for the body. There supports the community.” are no treatments, the foundation says. Besides, he said, he likes Thomas’ 875 Johnson Ferry Road NE, Suite 200, Atlanta, GA 30342 The Centers for Disease Control says barbershop. “These kinds of places are one in 2,500 people are affected by the really hard to find in a big city like this,” disease, Smith said. Burruss 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, JaNorth Campus, 86 Mt Vernon Hwy North Campus son, developed it about five years ago. South Campus and Activities Center, 85 Mt Vernon Hwy 9:45 AM Sunday School Jason had planned to go to work at the Sandy Springs, GA 30328 404-255-1181 for All Ages barbershop with this dad. “I thought he’d be the third generation,” Walter 11:00 AM Worship Thomas said. 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At the Sept. 15 Sandy Springs City Council meeting, Paul said he got the soil-mingling idea from Rabbi Joshua Heller of Congregation B’nai Torah. Also during that meeting, Sandy Springs officials authorized issuing up to $222 million in revenue bonds to fund the massive project. The actual bond issuance likely will be smaller, though still significant. The city’s financial advisers gave an estimate of a $156 million bond issuance for $180 million in proceeds. The entire City Center project budget has been estimated at $220 million. “We know the amount we need will be significantly less…I want to make it clear we have no intention of borrowing $222 million,” said Paul. The maximum bond amount—officially $222,712,000—gives the city financial flexibility, City Manager John McDonough said. The bonds will be paid off with lease revenue from the project.


Paul oversaw the two approval votes on the same night by both the Sandy Springs City Council and the city’s Public Facilities Authority. The two bodies have identical memberships. The authority exists to own property and sign leases on behalf of the city. It “will eventually have ownership of all properties of City Center,” said city attorney Wendell Willard. The initial bond authorization is just the first step in an approval process that includes getting Fulton County Superior Court to validate the bond issuance. The interest rates to be paid on the bonds and their maturity dates will be worked out in time for another dual meeting of the City Council and the Public Facilities Authority on Oct. 20. City advisers did say they expect the city to receive a AAA bond rating, and that the bonds will be available in relatively small, retail packages that local residents could buy.

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“Is it electric? Is it really wood?” and “How fast does it go?” are the top three questions people ask Paul Krause about the cycle he rides through Sandy Springs. The answers: “Yes,” “yes” and “about 35 miles per hour.” One recent morning, Krause’s custom electric bike drew looks and comments from almost every passerby in the parking lot. One man walked past a row of cars with his eyes fixed on the wooden machine. He called out to Krause, asking if the bike belongs to him. “It’s pretty unique,” the man calls back after Krause confirmed ownership. “I believe there are only two in the world,” Krause said, without taking credit as the creator, although his name is etched in white on a red metal plate affixed to the cycle’s wooden frame, below the seat. The man took a photo with his cellphone and wandered off. About three years ago, Krause left the corporate world, where he designed advertising art products such as cardboard

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cutouts of Santa drinking a bottle of Coca-Cola. After an injury to his skull left the Sandy Springs inventor with post-concussion syndrome for months, he said he realized working hard to retire early isn’t as good a plan as doing something full time that doesn’t feel like work. “We’re only here for so long and that injury helped me realize that,” he said. “So do what you love and try to forget all the pressures society puts on you.” He said he built his cycles largely to see if he could, with the goals of creating something structurally sound that “could be proven.” At one time, he wanted to be an engineer, he said, but he earned a journalism degree and pursued advertising instead. “The more I’m away from business, the more I don’t want to deal with it,” he said. He had taken up furniture making and cabinetry as hobbies even before he was injured. When parents asked him to make a cubby or dollhouse for their child, he would ask them to have the kid draw what he or she wanted. “I can imagine something and then build it,” he said. He said he wants kids to know about that possibility—especially with the Internet now. Krause said he wants young people to realize what’s possible, what can be made and brought into the real world. “Without going to a factory or a specialist, you can make things you want,” he said. During an episode of “How It Works,” in which a man made wooden bicycle frames, Krause said he felt inspired. He created his design simply from an image in his mind, he said. SS

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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


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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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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

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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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“I want to be an exercise science major, which is physical therapy, and in my free time I study biology and anatomy because it’s so fascinating to me. We were just learning about connective tissues, which are made of different kinds of cells; like, did you know that connective tissue can be bone? But I also love the [Anatomy and Physiology] class because Dr. [David] Lambert is one of the most knowledgeable teachers I’ve ever had.”

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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.

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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amount, long debated by council members, is “a balance we think reasonably covers the cost, but doesn’t put an unreasonable burden on the property owner.” Defining a “hardship” will be a “judgment call” of Public Works, Tolbert said, adding, “It’s kind of like obscenity. You know it when you see it.” While the council unanimously supported that policy change, it divided on how the Brandon Mill project best fits into the Fiscal Year 2016 sidewalk program budget. Mayor Rusty Paul cast the tie-breaking vote and ruled bickering councilmen out of order along the way. For years, residents have demanded a Brandon Mill sidewalk, and the council has long prioritized it, especially because the street serves the Spalding Drive Elementary School. However, councilmen and city staff say the project is expensive due to the topography and is still in the concept stage, with much of the right of way still to be acquired. Marty Martin, the city’s Capital Improvement Programs Unit Manager, said the sidewalk program has about $1.3 million available to allocate. He recommended devoting $639,000 of that to completing the remaining 1,200 feet of the Brandon Mill sidewalks. Councilmen Gabriel Sterling and Andy Bauman introduced dueling alternative plans to reduce that amount and to free up funds for other projects. Those projects would be determined by a scoring system the city recently introduced. Sterling suggested devoting $239,000 to Brandon Mill, which he said still equated to fully funding the project because the work schedule would come close to next fiscal year’s budget anyway, when the council could deliver the remaining funding.

“Every single council since we have existed” has made Brandon Mill’s sidewalk a priority, Sterling said. Bauman called for funding only the $65,000 design phase of the Brandon Mill project, saying it would give a better sense of the true costs. The Brandon Mill sidewalk must be done, Bauman said, but “I am concerned it’s paved with gold.” “Are we saying we will do this project at any cost?” Bauman asked. He was concerned about property owners seeing an incentive to make the city purchase right of way instead of donating it. Martin said that without the full $639,000, right of way acquisition could be slowed by a few months, but acknowledged that negotiations could begin. Councilman Ken Dishman noted that the council could always allocate general funds to the project if needed. Sterling claimed that Bauman had supported his plan in a private conversation, leading to a debate that had Paul telling them to “hush” and gaveling them out of order. Councilman Graham McDonald declared impatience with any compromise on the Brandon Mill budget and reluctance “to put money towards our number one priority.” “How long are we going to kick the can?” McDonald asked. Bauman’s plan drew a 3-3 tie vote from council, then prevailed when Paul cast a tiebreaker vote in favor. Paul grumbled about his “great reluctance of the mayor getting involved in this question” that he said “gets down to angels dancing on the head of a pin.” The overall sidewalk program budget passed 5-1, with McDonald casting the no vote.

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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 Councilmember 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 JOE EARLE the Atlanta Police FounAtlanta police Maj. Van Hobbs addresses dation have joined sevthe crowd during a Sept. 10 community eral organizations, inmeeting while, seated, left to right, Deputy cluding the Georgia Chief Joe Spillane, Chief George Turner, World Congress Center, Police Foundation President Dave Wilkinson Atlanta Public Schools and Assistant Chief Shawn Jones, listen. and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, to the phone call.” monitor cameras. Eventually, technology will allow ofDuring a community meeting at ficers to collect information from surThe Lodge at Peachtree Presbyterian veillance cameras, car tag readers and Church, Wilkinson said technology alfrom callers with cellphones. One syslows “smart policing.” tem being proposed, he said, should al“If you call 911 anywhere in the city low cellphone users to install an app of Atlanta, when the 911 operator is that would allow them call 911 and “to talking to you, police officers are queushow the officers what you’re looking ing up cameras closest [to your locaat.” “The bottom line is you don’t have tion],” he said. “These officers truly are to explain it, you can show them,” he investigating the moment you make said.

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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 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 go-

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block of Granite Ridge Place— On Sept. 5, a resident said just after 2 p.m. someone knocked on her door. She wasn’t expecting anyone and decided not to answer. She said that she did look out the peephole to see a 30- to 40-year-old man, wearing a white shirt, standing at her door. Shortly after, someone knocked and said “Sandy Springs Police, is anyone home?” She was startled and said “yes,” and then got dressed and answered the door. She did not find anyone, but found her back door had been pried open and it appeared someone opened a kitchen cabinet. A butter knife, possibly used to pry the door, was recovered outside and taken as evidence.

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block of Mount Vernon Highway—On Sept. 8, someone forced a kitchen door open to enter a home. A Viking six-burner gas range/cooktop was taken.

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block of Peachtree-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 8, a 35-year-old man said that around 3 p.m. he was working out in the gym. Another man, whom he knew, was also working out. When he left for 10 minutes, he left his wallet and cash behind and returned to find $100 cash missing. He asked about the money, and the man said he would give the money back the following day at lunch. He never showed. The officer talked to the suspect, SS

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block of Monticello Drive—On Sept. 5, $10 cash and a mobile power pack were reported stolen from a vehicle. block of Hammond Drive—On Sept. 5, a man attempted to cash a forged check for $583.22. He fled before police arrived.

covered in a rain storm and while he was away. He had a wet shirt and a small cut on his lip.

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Point Road—On Sept. 6, a man said he was jogging around 10 p.m. when he was hit in the head by a water balloon thrown by juveniles passing by in a white Chevy Suburban.


block of Brentwood Way—On Sept. 5, two drunk persons, male and female, got into an  5500 block of argument over a Roswell Road— chicken sandwich. Read more of the On Sept. 6, a SamThe argument Police Blotter online at sonite backpack took place around and personal docu1:19 a.m. and, as ments were reportsuspected, alcohol ed stolen from a vehicle. was involved. block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 6, an HP laptop, an iPad and $40 cash were reported stolen from a vehicle.

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block of Carpenter Drive —As seen on TV, two juveniles are in custody after a series of car break-ins that came to a head on Carpenter Drive just after 1 a.m. Someone reported a suspicious car leaving the area and an officer located a silver Jeep Liberty in a cul-de-sac nearby. The driver of the Jeep rammed the police car and fled, later to wreck at Mount Vernon and Roswell roads. The car was found to have been stolen in Smyrna. Another car and occupants were able to flee the scene. No injuries were reported. The arrests will clear six local thefts and several more in Cobb County.

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block of Hammond Drive—On Sept. 5, just after 5 a.m., a man was arrested after a woman called to say he was on the hood of her car and would not get off. She apparently called earlier, after she saw him near her car and suspected he was vandalizing it.


NOTICE OF PUBLIC COMMENT ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS 2015 CDBG ANNUAL ACTION PLAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD: October 7, 2015 TO November 6, 2015 PURCHASE OF PEDESTRIAN STREET LIGHTING NORTHRIDGE ROAD SIDEWALK ENHANCEMENT PROJECT On May 5, 2015, the City of Sandy Springs adopted its 2015 CDBG Annual Action Plan to provide land surveying, planning and construction of sidewalk improvements in the City’s CDBG target areas in the Roswell Road corridor from Interstate 285 to Long Island Drive. These sidewalk improvements will meet all ADA and City Overlay District Standards. Plans developed for these improvements include the installation of pedestrian street lighting throughout the surveyed area.

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In addition, the City proposes to amend it 2015 CDBG Annual Action Plan to design, purchase, and install 20 street lights at Northridge Drive. All street lights purchased will be installed for the sidewalk project anticipated to begin in spring of 2016. Adding this new activity to the 2015 CDBG Annual Action Plan represents a substantial amendment to the current Annual Action Plan. This amendment will be advertised for public comment from October 7, 2015, to November 6, 2015, prior to final adoption by Mayor and City Council on November 17, 2015, at their regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. at Sandy Springs City Hall, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500. Those who may wish to comment on the amendment or the City’s proposed use of the CDBG funds may email comments to, visit the Sandy Springs Community Development Department’s website at for more information on CDBG, or call 770-730-5600 for questions or comments on the amendment. |

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Last chance, last dance for this year’s concert series Top left, Knoxie Walstad, center, holds granddaughter Presley Burson, 5, on her lap, while listening to the whispers of granddaughter Knoxie Burson, 8, at a Banks and Shane concert at Heritage Green on Sept. 6. Top center, the band played as part of the final “Concerts by the Springs” event of the season. Top right, Henry Waidelich, 5, keeps an eye on the action at his grandparent’s table. Above left, the concert brought out a large crowd. Above right, Billy Waidelich enjoys the evening with his family.

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