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The Sandy Springs Innovation Center, a facility intended to brand the city as friendly to cutting-edge businesses, is opening its doors after more than a year of planning. Located in a glass-walled, groundfloor corner of the Northpark Town Center tower at 1000 Abernathy Road, the center will hold a grand opening on Oct. 12, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. But it’s already quiSee INNOVATION on page 22 PHIL MOSIER
Hundreds of residents got an up-close look at City Springs, the new civic center taking shape in downtown Sandy Springs, during public tours Sept. 23. Mayor Rusty Paul and members of the City Council acted as tour guides for approximately 400 visitors, according to the city, for the open house, which coincided with the opening day of the Sandy Springs Festival. City Springs remains an active construction site, with its public spaces set to open in mid-2018.
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Lake Forrest Dam fixes could cost over $7M BY JOHN RUCH email@example.com The troubled Lake Forrest Dam finally has two repair designs on the table — and they could cost more than $7 million and require up to 18 months of road-closing construction. The 60-year-old earthen dam sits directly under Lake Forrest Drive, right on the Atlanta-Sandy Springs border. Since 2009, the state Safe Dams Program has pushed for fixing the aging dam, but that has been delayed due to complex co-ownership among both cities and several private residents. For over two-and-half-years, the cities have been See LAKE on page 22
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Three candidates vie for Fulton County Chair Three candidates will vie for the Fulton County chairman seat on the Nov. 7 ballot, after a qualifying period ended earlier this month. The contenders include: Robb Pitts, a former Fulton commissioner and Atlanta City Council president; Gabriel Sterling, a current Sandy Springs City Council member; and Keisha Waites, a former state representative. The candidates are vying in a special election to replace John Eaves, who resigned to run for the Atlanta Mayor’s Office. The chair is an at-large, countywide position that leads the Board of Commissioners. Sandy Springs and Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood are within Fulton County. The election comes at a time of change for Fulton County, which will have its first new chair in more than a decade. Just a few of the big issues facing Fulton: Leaders are in the midst of planning for public transit and road expansions; skyrocketing property tax assessments recently triggered debate; and the role of county government is getting some rethinking with the recent formation of the city of South Fulton. There are diplomatic questions, too: Can county government continue its unprecedented era of good relations with north Fulton cities and improve relations with a new mayor of Atlanta?
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Community Briefs C IT Y S EEKS KSU B U S I N ES S PR OGRA M
Mayor Rusty Paul is asking Kennesaw State University to establish a business master’s degree program in Sandy Springs, according to the city. City spokesperson Dan Coffer said that Paul is “working on that KSU proposal for the city” and that he could not comment further. KSU spokesperson Tammy DeMel declined comment on the proposal. “At this time, we are unable to provide any information,” she said. Lever Stewart, the past president of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, said he is aware of the MBA proposal, but not directly involved in it. He noted that many cities smaller than Sandy Springs have such university programs. KSU is a state university based in Kennesaw and operates a Marietta campus. Its departments include a business college.
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The Sandy Springs Foundation has hired a company to raise funds for arts programs at the new City Springs civic center, and scored a $50,000 contribution. The nonprofit foundation is overseeing arts programs funding at City Springs, set to open in mid-2018. The $50,000 came from the Sandy Springs Development Authority, an agency promoting the city’s economic development, in a Sept. 14 vote. The foundation has hired First Community Development, a Peachtree Corners firm, to help with fundraising. According to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun, the company is paid $16,000 a month plus expenses. It also can make $3,000 a month in incentives for reaching fundraising milestones of $2.5 million, $5 million and $7.5 million, she said.
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The city’s director of Community Development has left for another position. The city now has an acting director just as a new zoning code that gives the position significant authority and discretion takes effect. Michelle Alexander left in mid-August by “mutual agreement” after a little over two years in the job, according to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. Alexander took a vice president position at The Collaborative, the consulting firm that handles city planning and communications under outsourcing contracts. SS
Ginger Sottile, the city’s planning and zoning manager, is serving as acting Community Development director pending a permanent hire. Sottile was an “integral member of the team” that developed the new zoning code and the city is confident she can handle its demands, Kraun said.
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A Sandy Springs firefighter was killed in an off-duty motorcycle crash on Sept. 21. Firefighter Jacob Hammond, 21, of Cumming, died when his Harley-Davidson went off a curve in Forsyth County’s Bannister Road around 1 a.m., according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. Hammond had served in Sandy Springs Fire Rescue since March 2015, according to the city. “There are no adequate words to express the loss we feel,” said Fire Rescue Chief Keith Sanders in a written statement. “Jacob was a wonderful kid. He loved his job and always came to the station with a smile on his face, ready to work. He was a part of our family, and will be sorely missed.”
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Responding to Tropical Storm Irma on Sept. 11 and 12 left local cities with significant bills and such suggestions as better real-time power outage information, according to early government reports. In Dunwoody, See related Irma cleanup cost commentary the Public Works and reader and Parks and survey, page 10 Recreation departments alone an estimated $20,000 to $30,000, according to the city. In Sandy Springs, a rough estimate from City Manager John McDonough was that storm response cost the city “six figures plus.” Atlanta and Brookhaven did not have cost estimates available yet. “The city is currently reviewing costs associated with Hurricane Irma and will undergo a cost-reconciliation process,” said city of Atlanta spokesperson Jewanna Gaither. “We predict to have figures in the next few weeks.” Among Reporter Newspapers communities, Sandy Springs had the most detailed report available, as McDonough briefed the City Council on Sept. 19. The storm “reminds us, it humbles us, about the power of nature,” McDonough said. McDonough said the city began outlining emergency response plans even
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before Irma approached the U.S. mainland as a historically powerful Category 5 hurricane. Sandy Springs initially was watching Hurricane Harvey as it devastated Houston, Texas, with flooding. Among the local planning was monitoring the Lake Forrest Dam, a troubled structure under Lake Forrest Drive on the Atlanta-Sandy Springs border, on Sept. 1. Both city governments and a group of private residences are working on a plan to repair or replace that aging dam, which the state fears could collapse and flood in a major storm. As Irma approached, Sandy Springs’ first concern was the large number of evacuees heading to metro Atlanta, where they filled up hotels. Then Irma finally arrived here as a tropical storm. Sandy Springs got its first call about a fallen tree at 6:30 a.m. on Sept. 11, McDonough said. By the storm’s end, about 45 roads had been closed by fallen trees or electric lines, and a local resident was killed when a tree fell on his house — one of three people the storm killed in Georgia. Sandy Springs Police officers knocked on doors of homes near Nancy Creek to alert residents about possible flooding, and city officials checked on conditions at assisted living facilities after hearing what McDonough called “horror stories” of seniors dying in Florida blackouts. Irma affected the city’s Call Center, which handles any type of city services request. Providing through an outsourcing contract, the Call Center service is based in Orlando, Fla., and had to evacuate for the storm. Backup service was provided from a Virginia office, McDonough said. Officials say the Call Center handled 1,930 calls during and immediately after Irma, but received only one complaint for poor response. McDonough said Sandy Springs had generally good communications with
other governments and such private agencies as Georgia Power Co. While generally pleased with the storm response, McDonough had one recommendation: Better real-time information from Georgia Power on where its crews were working. As an example, McDonough said he had a tree removal crew on standby and had to send them home because he could not tell whether Georgia Power was working on fallen lines in the same area. Such information also could allow cities to use their own crews to do some basic electrical repairs, he suggested. “Let’s be transparent about those things for all of our communities,” he said. Sandy Springs also quickly reviewed city streets for “dangerous” trees that will be proactively “eliminated” so they don’t eventually fall onto power lines or structures, McDonough said. He estimated the list, which was not immediately available, at about 100 trees. City spokesperson Dan Coffer later said it is about 50 to 60 trees. All local cities activated their versions of an emergency response headquarters, where staff worked around the clock to monitor conditions and supervise response. For Brookhaven, it was the city’s first use of the “Emergency Operations Center,” and officials deemed it a success— especially because the government itself fell victim to a power outage. “We had most of our staff in 24-hour mode, either at work or on-call, throughout the duration of this event,” said Mayor John Ernst in a written statement. “The EOC was able to function and succeed even though City Hall was in a blackout like most of the rest of the city.” –Evelyn Andrews and Dyana Bagby contributed
LOCAL STO RM IMPACTS BY THE NUMBERS Here are some of the early numbers on the impact of and responses to Tropical Storm Irma provided by local cities.
BROOK H AVEN ■ City government handled 209 incident reports, including downed trees, blocked roads and traffic signal outages.
DUN WOODY ■ Approximately 25 trees removed from roads. ■ Four city crews of combined staff from Public Works and Parks and Recreation were dedicated to cleanup from Sept. 10 to 15 and logged 80 hours of overtime work.
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Traveling exhibit celebrates the area’s Jewish community BY JACLYN TURNER Heritage Sandy Spring’s newest exhibit, “L’Chaim Sandy Springs,” celebrates Jewish participation in the community. “The Jewish community has been a significant part of the culture of Sandy Springs from its formation to now, and we wanted to highlight that contribution,” said Leslie Walden, an HSS board member. The exhibit’s title refers to a common celebratory toast that means “To life!” in Hebrew. The exhibit, consisting of images and comments from local leaders and community members arranged in a timeline, opened at the William-Payne Farmhouse on Sept. 23 during the Sandy Springs Festival and will remain there until Oct. 1. Next, the exhibit is scheduled to be displayed at Temple Sinai and The Weber School in Sandy Springs and the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta in Dunwoody. “The way this exhibit works, is if it travels to a school, the kids are really fa◄ Melissa Swindell, HSS’s director of historical resources, stands in front of the first panel of the “L’Chaim Sandy Springs” exhibit. PHOTOS BY JACLYN TURNER
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miliar with Instagram, so they will initially be attracted to it because it’s something they know,” said Melissa Swindell, HSS director of historical resources. “When it travels to a synagogue, the adults will say, ‘I remember when this happened,’ and be attracted to the photos and the art.” Each panel is themed, and focuses on Sandy Spring’s Jewish schools, synagogues, arts, food, media and the roots of Jewish participation in the city. Representatives of the Atlanta Jewish Academy, Chaya Mushka Children’s House, The Davis Academy, the Epstein School, and The Weber School explore their approaches to Judaism and education. Members of Congregation Beth Tefillah, Congregation B’nai Torah, Congregation Or Hadash, Temple Emanu-El, Temple Sinai, and The Kehilla discuss their histories and what makes them unique. HSS collects and manages information and documents related to the history of the community with archives going back to the Civil War, but this is the first time the organization has collected artifacts to document the Jewish community in Sandy Springs. “We wanted to represent the entire population of Sandy Springs, which the Jewish community is a large population, with a complete and thorough archive,” Swindell said. Swindell and Walden conducted more than 120 interviews and conversations to understand the oral histories of Judaism in Sandy Springs as well as current achievements. The two started with Temple Sinai congregant and Sandy Springs City Councilmember Andy Bauman and the synagogue’s history committee, who wanted to create an exhibit to commemorate Temple Sinai’s 50th anniversary in 2018. Their explorations spread from there. “Being able to just network with everybody; there was so much we didn’t know who to contact or how to get in contact with them ... but one person would point us to another,” Swindell said. While the city of Atlanta and the Southeast have the Breman Museum, which holds archives for Temple Sinai, several newer synagogues and schools haven’t processed archives. “Some of the information can be found on websites, but this is the first time [that information related to Sandy Springs] is being pulled together into one space,” Swindell said. The Dewald family, the first identified Jewish family in Sandy Springs, moved into the area in the 1930s. Robert Ney opened the first pharmacy in Sandy Springs in 1955. In 1968, Temple Sinai was formed in Sandy Springs with the blessing of The Temple in Atlanta, which was overcrowded.
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When metro Atlanta started booming, and people started moving to the suburbs, Sandy Springs gained its Jewish population, crediting medical complexes such as Northside Hospital, as drawing Jewish Atlantans north of the city and helping to create a community feeling. The medical community and especially the hospital chaplains helped initiate the religious integration of the city, according to Walden. The exhibit also pays tribute to the city’s first mayor, Eva Galambos. Her family, survivors of the Holocaust, helped make the decision to give a home to an exhibit based on the life of Holocaust victim Anne Frank. In 2016, the city formed a sister city relationship with the Western Galilee Cluster in Israel with the coordination of Mayor Rusty Paul. The Consul Gen-
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eral of Israel and Andrea Worthy, economic development director for the city of Sandy Springs, spoke about both cities’ unique and diverse populations and commitment to technology and medicine for the project. “It’s not just a Jewish community. It’s a place where Jews, Arabs, Druze, and Christians all live together. They take a lot of pride into that,” Worthy said. Swindell and Walden said the exhibit took more time to pull together than they originally had expected because they kept finding more to include. “It kept growing,” Walden said. “We first started with questions for schools and synagogues, we didn’t want to leave anything out and to be as thorough as possible.” For more information, see HeritageSandySprings.org.
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Marist School teacher Rand Wise last month won an award for encouraging his students to participate in math competitions, and, in May, used his competition experience to become a runner-up contestant on NBC’s “Jeopardy!” Wise was awarded the Edyth May Sliffe Award in August for his work with American Mathematics Competitions, which have students complete examinations. They move on to harder rounds if they score high enough. Wise said they are an “incredible means of challenging students to go beyond the math they learn in the classroom.”
The award is given annually by the Mathematical Association of America to approximately 20 teachers in the U.S. “who have done outstanding work in motivating students in mathematics through participation in one of the MAA American Mathematics Competitions,” according to the organization’s website. Wise also coaches the school’s academic and math competition teams, which compete in quiz games similar to “Jeopardy!” A teacher since 1991, Wise began teach-
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Why did you choose to go on “Jeopardy!”? What was the experience like?
I have wanted to be on “Jeopardy!” ever since I watched with my family growing up. It was definitely a “bucket list” experience. I was disappointed in myself for coming in second, but the experience was amazing. Getting to see behind the scenes, meet the incredible crew, talk with Alex Trebek, and getting to share the experience with my wife and son were fantastic.
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Someone who cares about helping people, who makes a personal connection with students, who knows their subject really well and fosters a love of
Wise poses at one of his students’ math competitions.
that subject in their students, who is patient and forgiving, who can find a way to challenge each and every student to rise to their potential.
What do you want to see in your students?
I want my students to give 100 percent; to feel comfortable making mistakes and asking questions. I want my students to love mathematics, especially if they come to me having had bad experiences with math. I want to see my students grapple with the “why” of a process rather than simply memorizing a series of steps.
Do you have a project or special program you use year after year?
I have done some interesting projects over the years, but usually mix them up. I have had students build kaleidoscopes and produce geometrical art, and last year a fellow teacher and I had our students make geometry-inspired lanterns. We got the idea from the popular BeltLine Lantern Parade. In calculus, I have some favorite problems that I bring back every year, including designing things to optimize certain parameters.
Is there a “trick” that works to get students involved?
My “trick” is simply a mixture of perseverance, humor and humanity. I try to make things student-centered as much as possible. Editor’s note: Through our “Exceptional Educator” articles, Reporter Newspapers showcases the work of some of the outstanding teachers and administrators at our local schools. If you would like to recommend a teacher or administrator to be the subject of an Exceptional Educator article, please email editor@ReporterNewspapers.net.
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Education Briefs N ATION A L SC H OL A R SHIP PR O G R AM N A MES SEMIFINALISTS
Students from local schools have qualified as semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. About 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide qualify as semifinalists. The students were chosen for their scores on qualifying tests, and now must submit letters of SPECIAL recommendation, college entrance exam scores and inforEthan Moon. mation about their leadership and community activities. Students then chosen as finalists receive a $2,500 scholarship. The Fulton County School District, Wesleyan School and Marist School sent out announcements on students who qualified. Fulton announced that 123 students qualified as semifinalists, including several students from Sandy Springs schools. North Springs Charter High School students Claudia Chu, Jared Coffsky, Daniel Lopez and Eric Miller and Riverwood International Charter School students Saya A. Abney and Lily Schneider qualified. Six Marist School students, Allison Hart, Jack Pantlin, Paul Plaia, Beatrice Russell, Conor Walsh and Benjamin Wise, qualified as semifinalists, the school announced. Ethan Moon, a student from Dunwoody who attends Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners, qualified, the school said.
DEKA L B EXT EN D S SC H OOL DAY S DUE TO IR M A CLO SU R ES
DeKalb Schools will extend school days by 20 minutes from October to December to make up for days missed during Tropical Storm Irma. Every school day will be extended beginning on Oct. 2 and lasting through the end of the first semester on Dec. 20. DeKalb schools and offices will also remain open on Election Day on Nov. 7, according to the release. “We lost four days and we’re trying to be as creative and productive as we can about recapturing that time,” Superintendent and CEO R. Stephen Green said in a statement. DeKalb chose to extend schools days rather than shorten fall or winter breaks. The district did not want to use all of its allotted inclement weather days in case it needs them during the winter. Fulton County School District spokesperson Susan Hale said the district is discussing plans, but has made no decision yet. Atlanta Public Schools spokesperson Latisha Gray said the district has no plans to add any make-up days.
R I V ERWO OD STUDEN TS TA K E TRIP TO JAPAN
Five students and one teacher from Riverwood International Charter School, a Fulton public high school in Sandy Springs, traveled to Japan in June for a two-week language education program. Five of the school’s Japanese language students flew to Tokyo, where they visited museums and palaces before travelling to Shizuoka to attend Inatori High School. In addition to attending classes, the students learned about Japanese flower arranging, calligraphy and martial arts, and volunteered at a preschool. The students also visited Kyoto, where they visited temples, shrines and museums. In the past year, Riverwood sponsored student trips to Nicaragua, Spain and France as part of the school’s international studies program.
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Commentary: A power-ful lesson from Irma Irma taught me something. I like electricity. Hurricane Irma wreaked horrible damage on the Caribbean and Florida. I don’t want to diminish that in any way. But when Irma blew through metro Atlanta, downgraded to a tropical storm, we thought we’d dodged the worst of it at our house. The winds blew, but they didn’t seem as bad around us as had been predicted. Rain fell, but it didn’t seem much worse than a usual rainstorm. Yet Irma managed to do something that we’d never seen at our house. Despite decades of keeping an eye on tornadoes, cooling it during snowstorms, waiting out downpours and fearfully watching windstorms, we’d never lost power for more than a few hours. Irma changed that. This time, we had no electricity for more than two days. And I discovered that I missed it. No, more than missed it. Electricity had become part of just about everything I do. Without realizing it, I had filled my days with electronic stuff. Electricity was everywhere and part of everything. We were never in any sort of danger, but without electricity, things changed. A lot. Without electricity, I couldn’t work. I couldn’t read the news on the internet, play solitaire on the computer, find real cards to play solitaire without the computer, listen to music, see the Braves play baseball or enjoy watching the detectives in some quaint English village solve a murder on TV. I fell way behind on my daily quota of outrage for the goings-on in Washington and lost track of what Irma was doing beyond my house. Without electricity, I couldn’t even make coffee. I couldn’t even grind the beans to make coffee.
Without electricity, I suddenly realized, life was boring. At first, I thought the absence of electricity would be no problem. After all, people lived happily for millennia before Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse came along. And we never had power during those camping trips I took with my sons during their Boy Scout days. We did just fine. It was kind of fun not having electricity. No music on the stereo? No problem, I thought. I’d just make my own. My son and I broke out our acoustic guitars and played together by candlelight. But in a half-hour, we’d run through every song I had memorized. We didn’t have enough light to read sheet music to other songs, so we gave up. I decided to fill the dark hours by reading a book or two. But after a couple of hours of enjoyable reading, my e-book ran out of power. I couldn’t plug it in for a re-charge. No problem, I thought. I’ll simply read a real book, one with pages and not digits. I have plenty in the house. I thought that given the circumstances, I’d try re-reading Thoreau. But then I realized that without lights, I’d never find my ancient copy of “Walden” buried away in darkened bookshelves. I settled on Twain, pulling out a dusty copy of “Roughing It” that had been stored closer to hand. But reading by candlelight proved more difficult than I had expected. I don’t know how Abraham Lincoln did it. To make out the words in tiny type, I had to move the candle dangerously close to the page. I suddenly envisioned a book aflame, followed by the sound of fire trucks. I gave up on reading. Finally, I decided to try a jigsaw puzzle. I like them and they take lots of time to complete.
Puzzling during daylight hours worked fine. As it grew darker, though, I found I had a hard time telling the pieces apart, I switched to a flashlight to spotlight the piecJoe Earle es. That meant I Editor-at-large at could only clearReporter Newspapers. ly see one piece at a time. It turns out, that’s a surprisingly frustrating way to do a jigsaw puzzle. I went to bed. I wondered, how did we keep from being bored on those scout camping trips? Then it hit me: We stayed busy staying busy. We had to build fires, pitch tents, tend fires, police camp, watch the fires burn just to make sure they didn’t burn the place down. The whole day was built around eating and sleeping and staying warm. My electric life takes care of just about all of that stuff. I thought to myself that I should learn from this experience and be better prepared for next time. I’d get bigger flashlights, more batteries, a radio that didn’t plug in, maybe even a battery-powered phone charger. I’ll get a new French press for coffee. I’ll figure out how to get by using less electric stuff. But now, the next morning, the power is back. I’m typing on my computer, drinking a freshly ground cup of coffee from my Mr. Coffee while listening to a new Randy Newman CD and trying to get the TV cable and internet to work again. There’s news to follow. And somewhere on Netflix, there’s a detective in a quaint English village with a murder to solve.
Community Survey: Planning for future storms Local residents say they’re happy with the local response to Tropical Storm Irma, though they had some ideas for better dealing with the next one. Respondents to the 1Q cellphone survey of 200 residents of communities served by Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown generally gave local officials and utilities good marks for their handling of storm repairs. But some respondents offered suggestions on how to improve the response to future storms. “They did a fine job,” a 53-year-old Buckhead man commented. More than nine of 10 respondents said local governments and utilities responded either very well or OK in repairing damage from the storm. Only 9.5 percent rated the response as poor or terrible. Hurricane Irma, which inflicted extensive damage on the Caribbean and Florida, was downgraded to a tropical storm in Georgia, but it still brought high winds and rain and knocked out power, closed roads and downed trees across the state, including in metro Atlanta. More than half of Georgia Power Co.’s customers in DeKalb County lost power, according to media reports, and some local residents were without power for days.
Some called for better coordination. A 49-year-old Brookhaven man suggested officials “proactively communicate before, during, and after the storm of current and/or potential problems.” Others suggested preparing for the problem before it arrives by burying power lines or identifying trees likely to fall. “Bury Buckhead power lines!!!!! Too many trees,” a 48-year-old Buckhead man said. Other respondents called for better use of technology to communicate with residents about the storm cleanup. “They should use mobile websites to show consumers in detail where damage has occurred and which houses/businesses are off,” a 49-year-old Sandy Springs man noted. “Then show specifics about the progress -- known, dispatched, on-site, repairing, testing, etc.” A 36-year-old Atlanta woman thought it would help to have the information in one place. “When the power is out use of radio announcements are key! It would be great to have one website dedicated to when disasters happen,” she wrote. Not everyone was pleased with the response. One 20-year-old Brookhaven woman had a simple suggestion for bettering communications with the public: “Answer the phone.” SS
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Compliments to the comma I confessed in a previous column, “Grammar Snob,” that I am, in fact, a Grammar Snob. I am one of those people (there are three of us) who find robust humor in Jack Sparrow’s use of parallel structure in “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,” where he states, “I think we’ve all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically, grammatically.” Ha! Ha! I’m giggling right now. But I reserve special affection for the comma. It is so often misused, unused, and underused, I feel that the least I can do is devote 675 words to the little guy. Honestly, the comma is an invention of our civilized world that is not unlike the zipper: Even though we might occasionally get hung up on it, it truly makes our lives easier. Ironically, another construct of our modern world Robin Conte is a writer is hastening the demise of our friend, comma. I am reand mother of four who ferring, of course, to texting. You can find a teenager at lives in Dunwoody. She a Barry Manilow concert more often than you’ll find a can be contacted at comma in a text. My texts, however, will come to you firstname.lastname@example.org. properly punctuated. I can’t help it. I take heart in the fact that I’m in good company regarding my respect for the comma, as there is an Oscar Wilde anecdote that has been entertaining Grammar Snobs for decades. The story goes that when Wilde was questioned smugly about what kind of work he did all day, he responded that he spent most of the day putting in a comma and the rest of the day taking it out. Go, Oscar! I do, too! (Or is it, “Go Oscar; I do, too”?) Anyhoo, then my editor gets in the game with me, because I’ll put a comma in, and he’ll take it out. I happen to enjoy writing the occasional long, breezy and rhythmic, free-flowing sentence — not so free-flowing and stream–of-consciousness as James Joyce, per se, but lengthy enough to cover the lumpy parts and loose enough to be comfortable, like a swing top. But my editor doesn’t like long sentences. He likes them short. He likes them punchy. He likes them short and punchy. He takes out commas and puts in periods.
This brings me to another comma entirely, which is the serial comma, a.k.a. the Oxford comma, my absolute favorite comma of all. I think of it as a rare gem when I see it glowing brightly in its perfect setting between the penultimate word in a series and a conjunction. My editor, however, uses the Associated Press comma, which SPECIAL is invisible. So I’ll write a Robin keeps a spare comma handy phrase such as, “planes, in case her editor kills one. trains, and automobiles,” and as soon as I pass it along to my editor, my attentively placed serial comma (the one after “trains”) will disappear like my kids when it’s time to do yardwork. I maintain that the conjunction is not enough. Imagine us walking through a garden, stopping along the way to smell the roses, as it were, and then when we near the end of our stroll, we are shoved right past the final bed of flowers. Well, that would be rude. It’s the same way with the written word. We walk along through a series, pausing politely after each word or phrase in it, and then we hit the no man’s land of comma blankage and stumble clumsily, head-first into the final word. It’s madness. My affection for the serial comma was rekindled several months ago when I learned about a court case in Maine that involved said comma; it had to do with dairy workers and the tasks they performed that would or would not garner them overtime pay. Without going into journalistic details, I will tell you that the final two items on the list of tasks ineligible for overtime pay were not separated by a comma. The judge stated, “For want of a comma, we have this case,” and, in fact, for want of a comma, the dairy workers won. The devil is in the details, and the clarity is in the comma.
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Voters Guide: State Senate District 6 Eight candidates will vie for the state Senate District 6 seat in a Nov. 7 special election. The district includes parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs, along with a section of Cobb County. They are seeking to replace Hunter Hill, who resigned to run for governor. The Reporter asked all of the candidates for a biography and the answers to questions
LeahforGeorgia.com Occupation: Attorney and owner of Atlanta Breastfeeding Consultants, LLC. Why should the voters choose you for this position? Voters should choose me to be the next state senator for the 6th District because experience matters. I am a small business woman, running a healthcare business in Fulton County for the last five years, and a corporate attorney who has closed multimillion-dollar public company deals. I advocated for four years under the Gold Dome on a piece of Republican-sponsored legislation — from drafting the bill, to testifying in six hearings, to negotiating amendments, to working with the Governor’s Office. I have proven I can and will get the job done at the Capitol for the 6th!
MATT BENTLEY votemattbentley.com Occupation: Attorney.
Why should the voters choose you for this position? I am the candidate with the deepest local roots, which is why I care so much about our great community. I was born in Marietta, raised in Vinings, went to the
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Westminster Schools in Buckhead, lived in Buckhead while attending Emory Law School, and now live in Smyrna with my wife and dogs. I was trained to draft, analyze and find loopholes in legislation that is crafted by our state legislators, and have been litigating on behalf of local governments. I am not a politician and will advocate for strong conservative values, including individual responsibility, less government and lower taxes.
kathycanfor.us Occupation: Chief Operating Officer of Smart Door & Delivery. Why should the voters choose you for this position? We need a Republican leader who will lead the way to common-sense, business-minded solutions on the issues that matter. I have the experience to lead the way. I have done so as a successful executive with public and Fortune 500 companies, as a mother and as a leader in our community. I have worked hard to earn a reputation for being the person to turn to if something new and innovative needs to be launched or if an organization is broken and needs direction. That is what we need in the state Senate, and I can lead the way.
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Voters Guide: City Council District 4 Voters in the City Council’s District 4, representing the north-central city around Ga. 400 and Roswell Road, will choose between candidates Le’Dor Milteer and Jody Reichel in the Nov. 7 city election. They are vying to replace incumbent Gabriel Sterling, who is running for Fulton County Chair. The Reporter asked both candidates for a biography and the answers to questions about their political stances, and part of their answers appear below. For their full answers, including positions on development, traffic and housing affordability, see ReporterNewspapers.net.
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Vote4Jody.com Occupation: Real estate investor. Why should the voters choose you for this position? I have spent much of my spare time performing civic and community work, including acting as treasurer of my neighborhood’s homeowners’ association. Combined with my work in real estate investment, a career in computer banking sales, and a degree in business and economics, I feel prepared to pursue a career in public service. With my children in college, I have the time to pursue this new challenge. I have my finger on the pulse of Sandy Springs and have the energy and commitment to advocate for the best interests of District 4 in cooperation with the city’s other districts. SS
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Sandy Springs City Council candidate Jody Reichel makes a living as a landlord and real estate investor with 21 properties in some of Fulton County’s lower-income areas. Some of Reichel’s tenants in Atlanta and East Point give her glowing reviews for responsive management and low rents. Several other residential properties she owns are vacant, including six in Atlanta’s struggling English Avenue neighborhood, where Mayor Kasim Reed has criticized absentee real estate investors. While most of Reichel’s properties have no history of code violations, one English Avenue house had two citations in the past year, both of which were resolved. Reichel, who is competing with Le’Dor Milteer for the District 4 council seat, said she tries to treat tenants well and keep her housing affordable. She said she did not recall code violations on her properties and that she intends to renovate the English Avenue properties into student housing. “I wouldn’t rent a house I wouldn’t want to live in myself,” said Reichel, who lives in a 12-room house on Sandy Springs’ Carriage Drive valued by county tax assessors at $1.1 million. “I really care about my tenants. I don’t look at this as just a business. I look at this as, those are people who are hard-working. I try to keep my rents low so they can have affordable housing.” Vaughn Andrews, the retired chief probation officer of DeKalb County, has been Reichel’s tenant at 2411 Old Colony Road in East Point for five years. He sang her praises. “She’s been a great landlord,” Andrews said. “I haven’t bought a house because of the treatment she’s given me … If she’s elected, she’s going to make a hell of a representative. She’s good people.” “Miss Jody is the best in the world,” said Annie Davis, an eight-year tenant of Reichel’s property at 423 Mount Zion Road in Atlanta. If a repair is needed, Davis said, “She’ll fix it herself … She put up the lights.” Reichel said she has been buying and selling residential properties for many years. She said she started buying more houses after the mortgage crisis and market crash a decade ago, and had made more deals since her children headed to college in recent years. She owns some properties
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in her own name and some under limited liability companies with two friends. Reichel only recently became aware of the English Avenue neighborhood, she said, after it was mentioned by a friend attending nearby Georgia Tech. Her properties there include four houses and a small apartment building — all boarded up — and a vacant lot where she recently demolished a house. She bought one of those properties, 702 Meldrum St., last year from Rick Warren, a Buckhead real estate speculator sentenced to jail for repeated code violations in the area in a notorious 2015 case. Reed attended the court hearing and blasted Warren as a “predator” for buying large numbers of English Avenue and Vine City properties, then keeping them vacant and failing to maintain them. Reichel said she knows Warren, but declined to discuss her thoughts about him on the record. “I met him through the sale [of 702 Meldrum],” she said, adding that it was not immediately clear he was a partner in the company selling it. “I didn’t know who I was buying it from.” Reichel’s property at 552 Griffin St., in the heart of a rough area called the Bluff, received two recent code enforcement citations, according to city records: one in September 2016 for “overgrowth” and one in January of this year for “exterior structure damages/junk, trash and debris.” It’s one of only two of Reichel’s current properties to receive code citations under her ownership, all of which have been resolved. (The other is 1665 Willis Mill Road in southwestern Atlanta, cited in 2015 and 2016 for overgrowth or deteriorated siding.) Reichel said she does not recall the citations on either property. She noted that English Avenue properties can be damaged due to “a lot of drug activity and a lot of vagrants.” Her English Avenue properties were “for the most part” boarded up when she bought them, she said. She said she may renovate them for rental in the next year or so, especially for student housing, as she sees the market changing. English Avenue is among the neighborhoods spotlighted by redevelopment hopes and gentrification concerns in the wake of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium opening nearby. “Eventually, I’d like to have … Georgia Tech housing over there,” Reichel said. “I’m waiting to see what happens over there.”
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Former state Rep. Keisha Waites is pledging to be a “bridge-builder” with crucial state political connections if she wins the Fulton County chairman office Nov. 7. Waites, an Atlanta Democrat, made an earlier, unsuccessful run for chairman in 2006, losing to John Eaves. Now she joins Robb Pitts and Gabriel Sterling as candidates to replace Eaves, who left to run for Atlanta mayor. “I’ve had the unique opportunity to gain experience in the Georgia House of Representatives,” Waites said of what has changed since her previous chairman run. “I have alliances and relationships I did not have before.” She cited property taxes and transit as among the top issues facing the county. Waites has run unsuccessfully for several offices over the past 15 years, including various General Assembly and Atlanta City Council seats. In 2010, she ran for the Fulton Commission’s District 4 seat, losing to the late Joan Garner. In 2012, Waites won a special election for the state House District 60 seat, representing an area around East Point, Hapeville and southeast Atlanta. Waites cited her sponsorship of several House bills: the “Fallen Hero Bill,” providing college tuition assistance to children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty; restoration of driver’s education funding for high schools; “April’s Law” addressing domestic violence; efforts to address distracted driving; and funding to ensure accessibility in state buildings for people who use wheelchairs or are visually impaired. “A lot of issues facing Fulton Coun-
ty, I’ve already dealt with at the state level,” Waites said. “I want to be frank with you. Every one of SPECIAL Keisha Waites. us who qualified…will probably do an outstanding job,” Waites said when asked about the race’s other candidates. But, she added, “I walk into the door with immediate relationships with the speaker of the House” and other key officials. “These are people I dial on my cellphone,” she said. Waites resigned from her House seat on Sept. 18 to run for chairman. She said she views the chairman seat coming open as “a signal and a sign it was time to move on and do greater public service.” Like her competitors for the seat, Waites said she would aim to unify a county that has often been divided along racial, economic and political lines. “I’m not interested in having a Democrat or a Republican conversation,” said Waites, pledging a unified message on “black and white issues, gay and straight issues” and issues affecting seniors and youths. “There will not be two separate campaigns” in north and south Fulton, she said. She also said she worked with Eaves “when there was a movement afoot to carve Fulton up” with the proposed reversion of north Fulton to a separate “Milton County.” Waites said it is important that the county have good relations with the cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs.
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GET INTO THE ARTS DUNWOODY FINE ARTS MONTH
Opening reception Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5 to 7 p.m.
More than 30 businesses and 30 artists will showcase original paintings, drawings, collages, mixed media and photography for sale to the public throughout the month. A portion of proceeds from each sale will benefit the Dunwoody Arts Association and other organizations. The public is invited to the opening reception at Fidelity Bank, 2 Perimeter Center East at Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Artwork locations and other info: dunwoodyfineart.org.
CERAMIC BOWL SALE
Friday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 8, noon to 5 p.m.
DUNWOODY HOME TOUR
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Dunwoody Woman’s Club 45th annual Dunwoody Home Tour features four homes in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. $25. Info: dunwoodywomansclub.com.
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The 16th annual Spruill Center for the Arts Ceramic Bowl Sale offers pieces created by students and instructors of the center’s Ceramics Department. All proceeds benefit the Ceramics Department. On Friday night, a variety of chilis can also be sampled. Free. Spruill Arts Education Center, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: spruillarts.org.
FOOD FESTS BROOKHAVEN CHILI COOK OFF
Saturday, Oct. 7, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., VIP admission starts at noon.
Taste chili or Brunswick stew from more than 75 restaurant and amateur competition teams at this sixth annual event at Brookhaven Park. Live music, beer and wine, kids’ activity zone. A portion of proceeds benefit the Atlanta Fundraising Foundation and the Brookhaven Park Conservancy. Free parking behind MARTA’s Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Station and Brookhaven City Hall. 2660 Osborne Road, Brookhaven. Kids 12 and under free. General admission: $20-25; VIP: $56-60. Info: brookhavenchilicookoff.com.
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Saturday, Oct. 7, 8 to 11 p.m. Free beginner dance lesson at 7 p.m.
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The Big Easy Playboys put on a Louisiana-style dance party at the Dorothy Benson Center in an event sponsored by the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association. Tickets: $18; $14 active military; $5 students. No partner necessary. All ages welcome. Cajun/Creole food for sale. 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: aczadance.org or 877338-2420.
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SUKKOT FARM-TO-TABLE FESTIVAL Sunday, Oct. 8, noon to 4 p.m.
Celebrate the Festival of Booths at this Jewish festival featuring chef demonstrations, garden workshops, craft beer garden, live music and kids’ activities. Free, and open to the community. Food available for purchase. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: atlantajcc.org or Rabbi Glusman at 678-812-4161.
HARVEST ON THE HOOCH TASTE FEST
Sunday, Oct. 15, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., VIP event noon to 1 p.m.
The Chattahoochee Nature Center holds its sixth annual outdoor food, live bluegrass music, craft beer and wine event to raise funds for CNC’s Unity Garden, which supplies more than four tons of fresh produce annually to the North Fulton Community Charities food pantry. Garden tours and games. All ages. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Ticket info: chattnaturecenter.org.
KIDS AND FAMILIES
Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to noon.
Kids can learn about planting bulbs for spring and growing them in containers in sunny windows. Each participant takes home a container of bulbs planted in this family gardening program presented by Heritage Sandy Springs. Best suited for ages 6 to 10 with accompanying adult. Free. Heritage Sandy Springs Farmers Market, 6100 Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: heritagesandysprings.org. Continued on page 18
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OCTOBER HEALTH FEST
Saturday, Oct. 14, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Meet local health and wellness providers at an event featuring fitness demos, health presentations, kids’ activities and healthy snacks. Free. Presented by Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber’s Health & Well-Being Council. North Springs United Methodist Church, 7770 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Info: Sarah Galambos, email@example.com.
SANDY SPRINGS READS: “ONE BOOK, ONE CITY” Throughout October
The “Sandy Springs Reads” program is gearing up for its sixth annual October event where residents are encouraged to read and discuss the same book. This year’s book is the 2013 bestseller “Gaining Ground: A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food, and Saving the Family Farm,” a memoir by Virginia farmer Forrest Pritchard. The program’s companion book for young readers is “Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market” (2017) by Michelle Schaub. Events revolving around the chosen books will be announced. “Sandy Springs Reads” is a collaborative program of Art Sandy Springs, the Sandy Springs Education Force, Friends of the Sandy Springs Library, Los Ninos Primero, Altrusa International, the Abernathy Arts Center and the Sandy Springs Branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. Info: artsandysprings.org.
ATLANTA WARBIRD WEEKEND
Saturday, Oct. 7 to Sunday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
See famous aircraft, take plane rides, meet World War II veterans and noted authors and visit with war reenactors in the fourth annual Atlanta Warbird Weekend at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. The Weekend’s 2017 theme is African-American pilots from World War II to the present. Free. Parking: $15, cash only. On Saturday at 7 p.m., hear original Tuskegee Airmen veterans share their stories in a dinner event at the 57th Fighter Group restaurant. Dinner tickets: $149. 2000 Airport Road, Atlanta. Info: atlantawarbirdweekend.com or 404-913-2635.
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Atlanta native Lynne Bird discusses her memoir on being a “Georgia Peach” at Heritage Sandy Springs. Free. Garden Room at the Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: Melissa Swindell, firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-851-9111 x2.
Saturday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to noon.
Master Gardener Richard Osterholtz explains how to build and repair raised garden beds at the next Dunwoody Community Garden & Orchard edu-session at Brook Run Park. Free. Refreshments served. Meet at the DCGO greenhouse complex opposite the skate park at Brook Run, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. Info: dcgo.org.
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DISCOVER NATURE LECTURE SERIES: BATS! Sunday, Oct. 15, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Learn about bats common to this community and how you can help save them from a potentially extinction-causing disease. Bat box installation tips and sunset bat viewing over the gardens. Ages 6 and up. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Lost Corner Preserve, 7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs. $5 individual; $10 family. Info: 770-206-2035 or registration.sandyspringsga.gov.
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Saturday, Oct. 7, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The 14th annual Vintage Affair brings together top local restaurants, fine wines, music and live and silent auctions in the largest annual fundraiser for the Community Assistance Center, which has helped neighbors in need in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody since 1987. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mount Vernon Highway N.W., Sandy Springs. Ticket info: vintageaffair.org.
PEACHTREE ROAD FARMERS MARKET CELEBRATION Monday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.
An evening of local food, live music and dancing observes the market’s 10th anniversary. All proceeds benefit the market, located at The Cathedral of St. Philip, in Buckhead. Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. Ticket info: prfm10thanniversary. brownpapertickets.com.
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GPB CEO discusses education programs at Sandy Springs chamber
Left, Teya Ryan, CEO of Georgia Public Broadcasting, with Jan Paul, GPB board chairperson, executive director of Leadership Sandy Springs, and wife of Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, at the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber luncheon Sept. 13.
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interactive textbooks and games. “I’m really honored to have so many educators here because what we do is really for you,” Ryan said. Educators and administrators from local public schools set up booths in the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North hotel, where the luncheon was held. Jan Paul, the GPB board chairperson, executive director of Leadership Sandy Springs and wife of Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, introduced Ryan at the lunch. Jan Paul has served on GPB’s board of directors for 14 years and served on the search committee that hired Ryan as CEO. In introducing Ryan, Paul said GPB’s education division is what she is “most proud of.” Also at the luncheon, Tara McGee, principal of Woodland Elementary, spoke about her school becoming the 16th elementary school in the state to be designated a STEM school with the help of the Sandy Springs Education Force, a group that works to improve local public schools. While most people know GPB provides radio and television across the state, many are not aware it provides significant educational materials and programming to public schools, Ryan said. Since becoming CEO in 2009, Ryan has worked with her team at GPB to produce
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more educational materials, saying airing educational shows is not enough to further GPB’s education mission. One of those programs included a live-stream discussion with biologists at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary on the Georgia coast. More than 45,000 students and teachers viewed the video and submitted over 1,000 questions, Ryan said. The audience included students and teachers from Ridgeview Charter Middle School in Sandy Springs. The live stream was planned to last half an hour, but was extended to an hour and a half due to the number of questions, Ryan said. “It was an astonishing experience,” she said. GPB’s educational efforts are provided through digital media because children have grown up with digital media, understand it and are motivated to use it, Ryan said. “Our children are digital media natives. They are completely absorbed, good or bad, in their digital world,” Ryan said. One of the first education projects GPB worked on was the production of the Georgia history books used by all eighth graders at public schools in the state. GPB transformed it into an interactive digital book with original videos, which schools in Fulton County use, she said. Printed copies of the book cost schools $100 each, but digital copies are made free to the public through federal funds and grants. When the book is updated, schools using the digital version only have to download a new version instead of buying new copies, Ryan said. “The beautiful part of this is it doesn’t take $100 a book to update it,” Ryan said. The use of the textbook initially stagnated, and Ryan found the release was “one step ahead” of digital media knowledge among teachers. “We assumed these very busy teachers had time to go and learn how to use digital media. We were wrong in that assumption,” Ryan said. GPB hired two educators and sent them across the state and to many metro Atlanta schools to educate teachers on using digital education tools. Since then, the use of the digital book has more than doubled, Ryan said. They will be visiting schools again this year to educate more teachers, she said. “The education side of what we do is now the highest-trafficked part of our website. It used to be TV, so it’s changed dramatically,” she said. GPB is considering producing university books because the cost of textbooks is often a barrier for students, she said. The education division at GPB has also created 40 “elaborate” interactive lessons, games and virtual “field trips” for free use by schools and the public. For more information visit gpb.org/education.
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Enjoying the Innovation Center patio are Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce board chairman Dan DiLuzio, left, and president Tom Mahaffey.
Innovation Center opens to foster local start-up culture Continued from page 1 etly open for business with its hybrid of shared workspace and start-up incubator offerings. “Sandy Springs is a good place to innovate,” is the main message, said Lever Stewart, past president of the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, which established the center as a spin-off nonprofit. He said that “really the core purpose is marketing … the positives of looking to locate an innovation [or] technology company in Sandy Springs.” Inspired by such start-up incubators as Atlanta Tech Village and the Alpharetta Innovation Center, the Sandy Springs version took a while to get going. The opening was delayed several months to add an outdoor patio. In the meantime, the name was shortened from the originally announced “Technology and Innovation Center to be catchier and because “technology” sounds “passé,” Stewart said. The Sandy Springs Development Authority provided $75,000 in buildout costs — $25,000 of which for the patio alone — and Comcast is paying for operating costs in exchange for branding the rooms. Northpark owner Cousins Properties is offering reduced rent and other assistance. On a recent preview tour, Chamber President Tom Mahaffey and current Board Chairman Dan DiLuzio showed off the 3,500-square-foot center’s modern-styled rooms. The main space includes a seating area and two types of desks for rent: desks in cubicles with locking storage, available for $400 a month, and small “hot desks” available first come, first served for $300 a month. Small offices can be reserved for $875 a month, and the facility includes a conference room, printers, scanners, and a small coffee room along with the patio. Users gain access to the facility at any time and can also rent Northpark’s upstairs conference room and rooftop garden area. The general idea is that entrepreneurs and workers from established companies will use the facility to start businesses and form partnerships. How exactly that plays out in programming terms remains to be seen and is partly depending on getting a revenue stream going for such advertised perks as on-site staffing. Mahaffey said that some of Northpark’s other tenants, including the Fortune 500 firms Veritiv and WestRock, have expressed interest in using the center. So has the nearby Art Institute of Atlanta, he said, adding that some of its students provided decorative painting on a center wall and will provide a rotating exhibit of artwork. Other possibilities include hosting seminars where entrepreneurs can make pitches to investors, and a proposed display explaining how to apply for Sandy Springs business licenses and permits. Whatever happens inside, the chamber officials says, the center advertises the city as an option for start-up businesses seeking a home, and highlights Northpark as an accessible commercial center standing across the street from the Sandy Springs MARTA Station. “We’re competing,” said DiLuzio as he sat on the patio under an “Innovation Center” branded umbrella. “We’re the suburban Midtown.” For more information, see sandyspringstechcenter.com.
studying repair options, with Sandy Springs taking the lead and splitting the costs with Atlanta. Officials from Schnabel Engineering have finally narrowed the alternatives to either an upgraded version of today’s dam or a new, smaller dam built farther upstream. A previous, simpler-sounding concept to get rid of the dam completely and replace it with a culvert has been discarded as too expensive, they said. “Those two alternatives, they basically would bring [the dam] into compliance with the Safe Dams regulations,” said Schnabel engineer Brad Boyer at the Sept. 19 Sandy Springs City Council meeting. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul and the councilmembers listened with grim expressions, many frowning and gripping their chins in their hands, as Boyer laid out a lengthy construction timeline and early cost estimates ranging from about $5.9 million to $7.5 million. But they did not question the need to fix the dam, which the state has classified as “high-hazard,” meaning that if it were to fail, the flood would likely kill people downstream. Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management is “working closely” with Sandy Springs on the plan, said Atlanta city spokesperson Jewanna Gaither. Atlanta City Councilmember Yolana Adrean, who represents the dam area, said she had not seen the designs, but added, “It’s one of those things that we have no choice but to fix it because that road is not safe.” All of the owners will have to review the plans and choose a design option. There are no signs that the dam is about to fail, but it has “structural deficiencies” and cannot handle a worst-case, hurricane-style rainstorm of 15 inches falling in six hours, Boyer said. Last year, the city lowered the water level in the pond behind the dam by about 12 feet to make it “less unsafe,” as Dane Hanson, the city’s Stormwater Services unit manager, put it. But permanent fixes are needed. “There are significant issues with the dam,” Hanson told the council. He showed an image from a 2013 video camera inspection of a pipe that provides drainage through the dam, pointing out “significant corrosion in that pipe.” Leaks within the pipe could cause the dam to fail internally. On the exterior, the dam’s approximately 30-foot-high slope is covered in trees that could destabilize it. And the dam’s spillway – the outflow for excess water – simply doesn’t have the capacity to handle the major rainstorm that Safe Dams uses as a measure. In such a storm, the pond could overflow, with water spilling down the dam’s surface, causing erosion and possible collapse.
Design options Schnabel’s two alternative design options amount to either repairing or replacing the dam. Both involve major changes to the dam, such as a new concrete spillway or turning that short section of the 4600 block of Lake Forrest Drive into a bridge over a culvert. Either option has a similar, lengthy timeline, Boyer said: Nine to 12 months of design and permitting, and 15 to 18 months of construction. The repair option is known as the “full pool” design and the replacement option is known as the “reduced lake level” design. The early cost estimate ranges are higher for repair and lower for replacement. However, the replacement option has more cost variables, and its high-end estimate is similar to the repair option’s low-end estimate, both around $7 million. The “full pool” repair option is so called because it would allow the pond to be refilled to around its original water level. The dam’s height would be increased by several feet; all trees would be removed and the slope flattened; and a new spillway and drainage system would be built. Lake Forrest Drive would continue to run along the top of the dam. This option also could involve “acquiring properties downstream” for easements, Boyer said. The “full pool” cost estimates: $7.027 million to $7.622 million. The “reduced lake level” replacement option is so called because it would create a smaller pond with the water level similar to the current partly drained state. In what is now the pond’s bed, a new, smaller earthen dam would be built to contain the water. Instead of the dam running under Lake Forrest Drive, there would be an open or closed culvert carrying excess water, which could mean building a small bridge. The new dam would need a concrete structure for controlling water flow. The dam’s surface would have what Boyer called “armoring” of stone blocks, allowing high water to spill over it without severely eroding the surface. The “reduced lake level” cost estimates: $5.854 million to $6.953 million. --Evelyn Andrews contributed
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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs
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R O B B E RY 500 block of Summer Crossing — On
Sept. 16, at River Vista Apartments, a 22-year-old woman reported that just after 4 a.m., she was robbed by two men as she exited her car. She said she noticed a car following her earlier and she noticed that it followed her into the apartment parking lot. She found a spot, parked, and was confronted and robbed as she got out of the vehicle. Both men had guns. She reported they took $500 cash, clothing, iPhone, credit cards, and other property. She was not injured. I am going to guess that I don’t need to tell you what she should have done, knowing she was being followed.
B U R G L A RY 1000 block of Hammond Drive — On
Sept. 12, the complainant said he was residing at an extended-stay hotel. About 2:30 a.m., he witnessed two subjects, male
and female, burglarize the front desk area of the hotel, after hearing noises from that area. As he approached, he heard noises from the back room area, where he witnessed a male, Captain wearing all black STEVE ROSE, clothing, and a female, also dressed SSPD in all black, firstname.lastname@example.org sconding in a hurry. He said the lock was broken and had been for some time. The complainant followed the pair for a bit, but lost sight of them. A box, labeled “cash box,” containing $500 cash was taken. Two things come to mind. One, fix the (^@(%$^) lock! Secondly, instead of labeling the box “cash box,” which translates to “steal me,” don’t label the box or, if it needs a label, cover it with HazMat tape with the word “anthrax” written in a Sharpie. Don’t forget the exclamation points at the end.
12, the resident said he was gone Sept. 11 and 12, due to no power, at which time someone forced a window and entered his apartment. Several items were stolen. 5800 block of Pine Brook Road —
On Sept. 16, the resident reported his dog started barking just after 4 a.m. He checked it out, but found nothing. Later in the morning, he discovered a shovel near the rear sliding door that did not belong to him. He found both sets of keys to his car and home, previously hanging on top of the refrigerator, lying in the yard, indicating the burglar made it inside the home. Nothing was taken. 5600 block of Roswell Road — On Sept.
18, a resident reported that around noon, she was in her apartment’s bedroom when she heard a noise from the living room. She went into the room and saw a man dressed in an orange shirt. He saw her and ran, jumping over the balcony. The burglar stole a MacBook and iPad. 5300 block of Roswell Road — On
Sept. 20, a resident called police to report that when she returned home, she found a burglar inside. The man fled, exiting through a broken-out window and leaving behind a bag, which she recovered. A neighbor’s video captured the man’s image at the victim’s front door. So far he is unidentified. 5900 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody
Road — On Sept. 21, an office manager reported that over the weekend, someone entered the office and stole an iPad and iPhone. The office was entered around 5 p.m. and the suspect departed about 25 minutes later. The security camera showed a man at that location at that time. There was no forced entry and the normal access is data-card based, but entrance was made by a key.
THEFT A 37-year-old woman lost her wallet
during lunch in the 900 block of Hammond. She returned to the restaurant, but the wallet was gone.
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5400 block of Glenridge Cove — On Sept.
CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS MUNICIPAL COURT - UNCLAIMED BONDS NOTICE: Pursuant to the Ordinances of the City of Sandy Springs, any cash bail which has been posted with the Sandy Springs Municipal Court and not claimed by the named surety after a period of one year from the full disposition of the case shall be paid into the general fund of the City. Claims for these monies should be made to the Sandy Springs Municipal Court Clerk’s Office. Any monies unclaimed within thirty (30) days from the date of this notice shall be forfeited. The following are cases holding unclaimed funds: M00058626 M00069772 M00091985 M00094264 M00102232 M00138327 M00139046 M00144447 M00148783 M00148791 M00151029 M00154171 M00154634 M00157107 M00158367 M00159931 MEZ M00166547 M00171839 P00012391 P00012420 P00012476 T00104532 T00105685 T00133994 T00135455 T00140259 T00140260 T00140261 T00140262 T00140263 T00140264 T00143054 T00144452 T00144453
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