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Parks over highways are a national trend BY JOHN RUCH

The proposed park that would snake atop Ga. 400 in Buckhead’s business district is part of a nationwide highway-capping trend that has created green spaces from Seattle to Boston and from Chicago to Dallas. The reason is simple: Highway-capping can be a relatively easy way for a city to gain green space. But the challenge is big: Costs can be high and piecing together the public-private partnerships typically involved is complicated. “The most important piece of advice I See PARKS on page 14

At left, Nate Brochstein, ll, and Dylan Okeefe, 11, fish the Duck Pond in Peachtree Heights Park on Sept. 25, while on the other side, the Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association and The Ladies of the Lake Garden Club celebrate completion of Phase II of the Century Plan for the pond. See additional photos on page 15.


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One-of-a-kind political collection now at Oglethorpe BY DYANA BAGBY

Oglethorpe University now is home to thousands of pieces of political and campaign memorabilia dating back to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The James and Camilla Comerford Collection opened Sept. 19 on the second floor of the Weltner Library after Sen. Johnny Isakson spoke at the university’s celebration of Constitution Day. Since he was a small boy, Comerford has

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Former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell married Sandra Leigh Gordy in a surprise private ceremony on Sept. 21 at their home at 2600 Peachtree Road.


Former Mayor Massell marries in private ceremony Sam Massell, the former Atlanta mayor and current Buckhead Coalition president, and Sandra Leigh Gordy married Sept. 21 in a surprise private ceremony. The wedding of Gordy, 70, and Massell, 89, “caught many friends, business associates and even some family members by surprise,” according to a Buckhead Coalition announcement. It was the second marriage for both the bride and groom, who carried out the “‘elopement-style’ arrangement” ceremony at their home at 2600 Peachtree Road. The wedding was presided over jointly by Dean Sam Candler of the Cathedral of St. Philip, where Gordy is a member, and Rabbi Peter Berg of The Temple, where Massell is a member. Gordy is chief executive officer of American-Superior, Inc., and daughter of the late Jeff and Gladys Gordy of Gainesville, and formerly of LaGrange. The bride is also a concert pianist and served as adjunct professor of music at Brenau University in Gainesville. Massell is the son of the late Sam Sr. and Florence Massell of Atlanta. He served as mayor from 1970 to 1974, after 18 years in other elected offices. The bride wore a wedding dress she had purchased in Acapulco, Mexico, and a diamond necklace that had belonged to her mother. The bride’s ring was a gold band inscribed with Song of Solomon 6:3 in Hebrew: “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.” The groom’s ring was a gold band that had belonged to the bride’s father. Announcements mailed after the wedding state: “As we now have everything one could want, including each other, please do not proffer gifts, but if you MUST, please us by sending a contribution to either The Cathedral of St. Philip at 2744 Peachtree, Atlanta 30305, or The Temple at 1589 Peachtree, Atlanta 30309.”

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The Atlanta BeltLine held a quarterly briefing at Park Tavern in Midtown on Sept. 26, giving attendees an update on various projects and information on the two referendums that would increase the city’s sales tax to fund MARTA expansion and city of Atlanta transportation infrastructure. Both referendums will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot in Atlanta only. In July, the Atlanta City Council voted to put the transportation special local option sales tax (TSPLOST) referendum on the November ballot, asking for an 0.4 percent increase for street, sidewalk and trail projects. If approved by voters, it would raise anywhere from $250 million to $300 million over the next five years. In June, the council approved a half-penny sales tax referendum for MARTA expansion projects. If voters approve both referendums, it would push the city’s sales tax from 8 to 8.9 percent – the highest in the metro area. For more information, see BH

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Building boom keeps hair salon on the move BY DYANA BAGBY

Richie Arpino has been cutting and styling hair in Buckhead since 1980. But the recent building boom has put his salon on the move, and like many in modern Buckhead, he’s gone from a house to a highrise. For its first 33 years, Arpino’s salon was in a spacious, two-story house on West Paces Ferry Road, where his clients included actress Julia Roberts. That house was purchased by a developer who built a highrise on the property in 2012, Arpino said. “But I couldn’t move out of Buckhead because that’s where my clientele is,” Arpino said. A friend owned a strip mall, Pharr Road Shopping Center, where Arpino was based for three years. Businesses were booted from the strip mall this year for major renovations. Faced with finding another location in Buckhead, Arpino decided to take advantage of Buckhead’s booming highrise market. This month, Arpino reopened his namesake salon at 550 Pharr Road, the vintage 9-story building with the iconic red entryway located across the street from the Post Office. “If everything is being torn down and built into a highrise, why not move into a highrise?” Arpino said. Located on the fifth floor, Arpino Salon is the only hair salon in the building where several fitness and spa businesses operate. Bangkok Station, a Thai restaurant, opened last year and is located on the ground floor. “I’ve never been up in the sky,” Arpino said. “I think I’m going to start a new trend.” Arpino hails from New York, where he learned his trade at the renowned Maximus Salon. He said clients love coming to the new location where they can view Buckhead from the salon’s balconies with a glass of wine and catered lunch from Bangkok Station. “Our clients are loving it. I’m calling it the spa building of Buckhead,” he said. Arpino made a name for himself when he was the stylist for Roberts when her film “Steel Magnolias” SARA HANNA premiered in Atlanta in 1989. He’s Richie Arpino moved his namesake salon into gone on to cut and style the hair of a highrise at 550 Pharr Road, taking advantage other numerous celebrities includof Buckhead’s booming condo market. ing Brooke Shields and Andi McDowell. Even though Georgia has become a movie-making haven, Arpino said his chance of working with celebrities is less likely. “Now when a celebrity comes to Atlanta, they bring their own hair and makeup person,” he said. Those working at 550 Pharr Road tend to be young people, Arpino said, so his salon markets to their needs. A Friday “Glow and Blow” special includes a spray tan and hair style combination. “So you can look great when going out on a Friday night,” he said. The building where he works also has a history that Arpino remembers fondly. “I remember when the building had the Pharr Library nightclub [on the ground floor] and I would dance all night,” he said. In 2012, there were plans by a company to renovate the aging offices at 550 Pharr Road into apartments. That didn’t work out and the building was purchased last year by investors who wanted to keep the building for office space while also updating and renovating the building. “I wake up can’t wait go to work. Everyone comes into building and say they feel like they’re in New York,” he said. The location has other assets, including two levels of free underground parking. The building is about 80 percent full, Arpino said, and when the building is full the business owners will chip in for valet service for clients. “Each floor is different primary color,” Arpino said. “My floor is a beautiful blue. The building is fresh, clean and modern. “It’s nothing like when I went to the Pharr Library nightclub back in the day,” he said. “I can’t wait to go to work every day.” BH

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Consulates help small businesses cross international borders BY JOHN RUCH

The Indian government consulate for the Southeast, operating from a mansion on Sandy Springs’ Glenridge Drive, has the standard passport and visa office. But the main reason the consulate opened shop there in 2012 was to do business. The northern Perimeter area has 13 foreign government consulates, and many more unofficial “honorary consulates,” that play a little-known but key role in helping small businesses do international deals. “I jokingly say Sandy Springs is the only city with its own foreign policy, because we do have a significant number of consulates here,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul. Countries with consulates in Paul’s city include India, Colombia, Costa Rica and Nigeria. And it’s not an accident—Paul’s predecessor, the late Mayor Eva Galambos, pushed hard to convince the Indian consulate to open in Sandy Springs. “Eva’s mindset, and it certainly still drives me today, is the world is no longer insular,” said Paul. “You’ve got to be able to look beyond your borders…If you’re not forming relationships around the world, you’re getting left in the dust.” Nagesh Singh, India’s consul general in Atlanta, said his country had business on its mind, too. “As the Southeast started emerging as

for example, frequently works with the Buckhead-based Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, which represents mostly large corporations, and the Latin American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, which represents mostly small businesses. Conexx, a private LEFT, CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS; RIGHT, CONSULATE GENERAL OF MEXICO, ATLANTA America-Israel busiAt left, Indian Consul General Nagesh Singh, left, receives a proclamation from Sandy Springs ness networking orMayor Rusty Paul last year. Right, from left, Javier Díaz de León, consul general, Consulate General of México in Atlanta, and Juan Perez and Gabriel Vaca, both with UPS, attend the ganization serving the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Meeting on September 21. Southeast, frequently works on Perimeter a manufacturing hub…we started noticing small companies navigate rules, regulabusiness connections. the growth here,” he said of the choice of a tions and tax systems. And it goes both di“Basically, it’s a triangle,” said Conexx Sandy Springs consulate. rections—foreign companies coming here, President Guy Tessler, describing the joint The booming Southeast economy also and vice versa. work among his organization, the Israegets the attention of countries that are al“The large corporations, the big boys, li consulate in Atlanta, and the Israeli govready longtime trading partners, such as have their own ways of doing that,” Díaz ernment’s Economic Mission in New York Mexico, the second-biggest international said. “But we do help a lot of medium [and] City. Working together, he said, they can efbuyer of Georgia goods. Mexico has long small businesses.” ficiently find the proper business partners had a metro Atlanta consulate, now operMultinational companies like Coca-Coamong the hundreds or thousands availating from Chantilly Drive, just across I-85 la and UPS also connect with the consulable in the U.S. and Israeli economies. from Brookhaven and Buckhead. ates, the consul generals said, but more for That “triangle” recently went to work in “It’s no secret the Atlanta region has bedirect talks about government policy rathcreating an innovative Sister City relationcome a multicultural and diverse market,” er than nitty-gritty business help. ship between Sandy Springs and the Westsaid Javier Díaz de Léon, Mexico’s consul While the consulates act as a resource ern Galilee Cluster, a group of local governgeneral and a Sandy Springs resident. for business information, they don’t do it Díaz and Singh said their consulates’ alone. They often work with internationContinued on page 9 business work usually involves helping al or cultural business associations. Díaz,




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Electric bikes roll into the Perimeter market dents who want to get around campus. And we have some people who are 75 to 85 years old and they say they don’t want to give up their quality of life,” Hunger said. In other words, there is no target market, he said. Hunger said his business does attract more leisure riders rather than competitive, hard-core cyclists. “There are two very distinct groups of cyclists,” he said. Helen Gardner, general manager of Peachtree Bikes with stores in Sandy Springs and Buckhead, agreed there are vast differences between those who like their road bikes and those who want to ride an e-bike. “I thought, ‘What’s the point?’” she said. “I didn’t understand them,” she said. But in the past few years as the popularity of e-bikes has moved from China and Europe to the U.S., Gardner and other touring and road bike fans and stores have opened up to a different kind of cyclist. “We don’t stock many e-bikes. We started carrying them a couple years,” she said. “But we’re still selling regular bikes hand over fist.” The e-bikes are preferred by a totally different clientele than what normally comes into their stores, and Gardner predicts they will bring in a “new genre of customers” in the coming years. Rebecca Serna, executive director of the Atlanta Bicyle Coalition, said she loves her


Eric Hunger has opened his own ElectroBike store in Executive Park in Brookhaven.


It had been 18 years since Eric Hunger of Sandy Springs had gotten on a bike. Bad knees from playing tennis kept him from a onceloved form of leisure activity. Then he learned about electric bikes, which use a battery to provide pedal assistance for riders straining up a steep hill or needing an extra push after a long ride. His first ride on an ElectroBike, the brand of one kind of “e-bike,” as electric bikes are known, a couple years ago sold him on the product.

“I rode 4.5 miles around town and had a blast,” he said. Hunger was so sold on e-bikes that this month he opened his own ElectroBike store in Brookhaven’s Executive Park. ElectroBike is an e-bike brand founded in Mexico City, where there are 28 stores; there are also several stores in California. Hunger is banking on what he believes is an emerging form of transportation in the U.S. by bringing the concept to Georgia and Florida, and then, he hopes, the entire Southeast. “We have millennials coming in who want to commute to work. We’ve sold to college stu-

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Electric bikes roll into the Perimeter market Continued from page 5 electric bike. She has a toddler who loves to be pulled in a trailer behind her. On the hilly roads of Atlanta, pulling a small child is no easy task, but with pedal assist, uphill climbs are eased. “We want biking to be an option to as many people as possible,” she said. And electric bikes are an option for people who want to ride a bike but are intimidated by, for example, the Georgia heat or the hills of their neighborhoods. “The e-bikes will fill an important role in this arena,” she said. Global research firm Navigant Research predicts electric bike sales around the world will jump from $15.7 billion in revenue in 2016 to $24.4 billion by 2025. More than 35 million bikes are expected to be sold globally this year, according to the firm. Electric bikes are powered by lithium

batteries and allow the rider determine how much help is needed during a ride. With the motor turned off, the bike operates as a traditional bicycle. A flip of a switch turns on the bike’s battery to give a boost, or pedal assist, so a rider can easily pedal with the e-bike taking over the hard riding. Many e-bikes also have throttles which allow riders to not pedal as the bike essentially transforms into a scooter. “We have had some people come in and say they are ‘cheater bikes,’” Hunger said. “But it’s up to you to decide how much exercise you want.” E-bike batteries can be charged in conventional electric outlets. In Georgia they are also are allowed on designated bike paths, according to state law. Hunger said his decision to locate in Brookhaven was sealed as he learned more about the Peachtree Creek Greenway project, a 12-mile multi-use path and linear park that is de-

signed to connect the cities of Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville and, in the long term, to the Atlanta BeltLine. The Brookhaven City Council approved in August a $35 million master plan for the greenway. In the Perimeter Center, there is also an ongoing push to DYANA BAGBY E-bikes can sell for $1,000 and up. ease car congestion by encouraging bicygy for the commercial area. While the PCIDs cle use with bike paths being built and striped plan does not specify e-bikes in its plan, it does in Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven. feature a Cox Enterprise employee who comThe Perimeter Community Improvement mutes to her job on Peachtree-Dunwoody Districts has also gotten these cities to approve Road in Dunwoody on an e-bike. a proposed bicycle implementation strate-

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Openings Cheeky Taqueria Chastain brought out the ribbon for its grand opening Sept. 19. On hand, Marian MacleodElliott, Nick Ridgely, Suzanne Brown, Adam Clark, general manager, Gene Suttonk, Zac Smith, Matt Hughes, Roger Prichard, Tom Mahaffey, Joe Luranc, Erica RockerWills, Beth Berger and Angela Forrester. The resturant, located at 4600 Roswell Rd. in Sandy Springs, serves Mexican cuisine.


M ER CED ES- B ENZ US A B R EA KS G R O UND A groundbreaking for the Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters at 6480 Barfield Road in Sandy Springs was held Sept. 26. From left, Dietmar Exler, MBUSA’s president and CEO, Gov. Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul lift the shovels. MBUSA is temporarily headquartered in Dunwoody while awaiting the new building, due in early 2018.

Complete Spine Solutions opened its newest location at Brookhaven Station, 4060 Peachtree Road, Suite J, and celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Sept. 20. On hand for the festivities, Alan Goodman, Simone Cingel, Alyssa Dennis, Francisco Albizu, Dr. David Shapiro, Arlene Shapiro, Rick Martin, Brookhaven City Councilmembers Linley Jones and Joe Gebbia, Department of Labor representatives, Meagan Hanson, City Councilmember Bates Mattison and Elizabeth Warren.

The Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber celebrated the relocation of Travelfaire after 32 years to 1711 Mount Vernon Road on Sept. 22 with a ribbon cutting. In attendance: front row, from left, Peggy Grant, Bill Grant, Meredy Shortal, Dunwoody Mayor Dennis Shortal, Celia Gardner, co-owner, Jan Gardner, co-owner, Jan McMullen, Carla Thomas and Melissa Brown. Back row, Scott Nathanson, Leslie Shahan, Gary Hinchliffe and Mary Jo Thrasher.

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Join us for a free educational event featuring Jennifer Smrtka, ARNP-C, MSCN, an expert who will discuss topics about multiple sclerosis (MS). Plus, get some tips for talking about MS with friends and loved ones. Mayor Shlomo Bohbot, left, presents Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough with a gift from the Western Gallilee Cluster.


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terms the Americans may take as a polite brush-off and Israelis interpret more literally. “The simple phrase ‘It’s interesting’ has caused many headaches and need for interpretation,” he said. Singh noted that doing business in In-

ments in Israel. Paul specified that he wanted the Sister City to be more than the typical cultural exchange. He wanted an ongoing economic development partnership focused on medical technology, tourism, and information technology and cyber security. Conexx helped find the right region of Israel with the right sort of industries to match Sandy Springs. Government leaders from Sandy Springs visited the Western Galilee last year, and some of the Israeli area’s SPECIAL From left, Yael Ron, Western Galilee Cluster, Lisa Nash, principal, leaders visited here Heards Ferry Elementary School, Yariv Hameiri and earlier this month, Mayor Yechilei observe schoolchildren at work. stopping at such places as Emory dia can be tough enough for Indians, as Saint Joseph’s Hospital. But besides that there are 29 national languages, each spotraditional form of exchange, “task forces” ken by at least 20 million people. “I’m more of officials from both sides are staying in comfortable speaking with you than [with touch for ongoing connections. someone] in southern India,” he said. The outcomes can be surprising. Paul Likewise, Southern hospitality can be said that during a stop at The Weber a surprise to Indian immigrants who are School, one Israeli mayor noticed the linomore familiar with north communities or leum floor—a common product here, but ones in California. Singh said that when he unusual in the Western Galilee. The mayand his wife took a walk after moving to or was interested in the durable material, Buckhead, they were surprised that drivers and it turns out some of it is manufactured waved at them. “’Who are these people?’” in Georgia. “It’s even mundane things like he recalled wondering. “Then I realized it’s that,” Paul said. a normal thing to do.” Doing business can require some cul“Better cultural understanding of each tural interpretation, and local consuls said other’s habits and ways is almost 50 perthey wished they were asked for help with cent of the job done,” Singh said, “wheththat more often from both sides. er it’s the political sphere or the economic Tessler said that Americans and Israesphere.” lis can misunderstand each other over

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Opinion / Mexican community’s contribution to Georgia economy Wherever new immigrants go, they face significant challenges. Migrants have very high resilience and capability for integration with the members of the communities where they live, but most of the time, they struggle against social, economic, cultural and lawful impediments to move forward towards a better life due to their immigration status. However, they face them with dignity and perseverance. For instance, in Georgia, their adaptation process is in many ways a complex issue, considering the many economic and legislative obstacles that immigrants face in their quest for further or higher education. Unfortunately, many residents believe that immigrants do not deserve an opportunity for a better education, or to obtain valid identifications or access to driving licenses. This is hard to understand, considering that an inclusive, better educated and empowered community provides better opportunities for everybody. Nevertheless, some remarkable initiatives of understanding and acceptance have been carried out in this great city and in this state. Such is the case of “Welcoming Atlanta,” an initiative that promotes inclusion and welcoming to build a multicultural community in metro Atlanta. According to Welcoming Atlanta, the city boasts the second-fastestgrowing foreign-born population in the United States. The city government of Atlanta recognizes the richness of the cultural and economic contributions of these communities, and that makes a lot of sense. Since Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced in May 2014 the creation of Welcoming Atlanta, this initiative has focused on five key areas of immigrant integration: ensuring equitable access to services; expanding educational oppor-

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tunities; facilitating economic empowerment; enhancing public safety and fostering a connected community; and building immigrant civic engagement and leadership. Through this initiative, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs was established, which has been working as the liaison between the city of Atlanta and the immigrant and refugee comJavier Díaz de León munity. The goals of this was appointed as the consul general of Mexico in Atlanta in office are, among others, June. He previously served as consul general in Raleigh, N.C., public safety, community and as deputy consul in New York and San Diego, Calif. engagement, and economic development. ico. Georgia has increased its exports to Here is some hard data that may proMexico in more than 200 percent since vide an overview of the importance and NAFTA started. The top exports from contribution of the Latino and Mexican Georgia to Mexico are: insulated wire; community to Georgia: 1 in 10 Georgians aluminum sheets; gas turbines; civilian are Latinos; in 2014 the purchasing powaircraft and related engines and parts; er of Georgia’s Latinos was $17.6 billion and refrigerating or freezing equipment. (an increase of 1,232 percent since 1990); And on the other side, these are Georgia’s and Latinos in Georgia paid $1.9 billion in top imports from Mexico: insulated wire; federal taxes and $1 billion in state and televisions; motor vehicles; refrigerators local taxes in 2013. or freezers; internal combustion piston Mexico’s importance for Georgia in engines; and lamps and light fittings. terms of our economic relationship is Mexico and Georgia share a strong surprising to many. Mexico is Georgia’s and vibrant relationship, since we are fourth-largest trading partner in the very important to each other. We are world, after China, Germany and Canabusiness partners and we share an interda. Our bilateral trade reached $9.7 bilest in common prosperity. lion dollars in 2015; but more importantMexican migrants moving to Georly, Mexico is the second-largest buyer of gia embrace a dream for a better life. We goods from Georgia, after Canada. Geormust understand their ideals and needs, gia exports to Mexico reached $3.4 bilbut also recognize their daily contribulion in 2015, when Mexico accounted for tions to the economy and social fabric of 9 percent of Georgia’s exports worldwide. Georgia. We encourage them to be proud Besides the above mentioned, Georof their roots, their culture and the place gia’s exports to Mexico have grown at an where they come from, but also to be an annual average rate of 10.2 percent in 21 integrated, empowered and vocal part of years since NAFTA came into force; Georthe communities they live in. gia is the 11th U.S. state in exports to Mex-

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“It’s kind of like planning for war.” --Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, speaking at a Sept. 21 forum about the traffic impacts from the new Atlanta Braves stadium coming to nearby Cobb County “The city of Sandy Springs opposes any boycott, divestment or sanctions initiative whose purpose is to instill hostility or promote anti-Semitism.” --An excerpt of a Sandy Springs City Council resolution that opposes the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions political movement that is pressuring the Israeli government on alleged human rights issues

“Everyone knows where I stand. We’re a democracy and votes were taken. In a democracy, majority rules.” --Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal, speaking at a Sept. 20 town hall, about the recent City Council vote to demolish the Brook Run Theater “I’m struggling with the lack of green space. In my experience, when a developer asks to up density in an area, the government gets something in return. I don’t see what benefits the city is receiving ... in an area full of concrete.” --Dunwoody City Councilmember Lynn Deutsch, speaking at a Sept. 26 council

meeting about Transwestern’s proposed office tower next to the Dunwoody MARTA Station “The city is investigating into ways to intervene or try to ensure affordable housing when massive apartment complexes are disassembled and people are going to be displaced.” --Brookhaven City Councilmember Joe Gebbia about plans to redevelopment hundreds of apartments units in the Buford Highway corridor


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The uber-listmakers among us Robin’s Nest Robin Conte

I pulled something out of the pocket of a jacket I hadn’t worn since last season. I know you’ve had that serendipitous experience, of discovering perhaps a forgotten $10 bill or a Robin Conte is a writer Werther’s Original caramel that had been stuffed into a piece and mother of four who of clothing. But that’s not what was in my pocket; it was an lives in Dunwoody. She old list. can be contacted at I find them everywhere—lists in my purse, lists on my nightstand, lists under my lists. You see, I am a compulsive list-maker. I know I’m not the only one. There are those who are list-makers and those who are not list-makers, and then there are those who are uber-listmakers—the truly OCD among us—like me. I am an uber. If you’re not a listmaker, you’re not, and you know you’re not. You’re one of those happy-go-lucky, “que sera, sera” people who skip through life not worrying, being happy. What you don’t know is that you’ve been missing out. You don’t know the little tingle, the small rush, the spark of joy you get when you cross off an item on your list. It’s a cheap thrill, but it’s still a thrill. If you are a list-maker, you know that, too. What you may not know is the difference between yourself and an uber. I am here to illuminate the distinctions. If you are a garden-variety list-maker, you will take the time to jot down the specific groceries you intend to buy or the items you need at the hardware store. You might make a note on your smartThing, reminding yourself to take the dog to the vet or that you need to update your tetanus shot. But you will be able to function normally without a list. If you are an uber, you cannot. Your day will not truly begin until you have a list. List-less, you will wander aimlessly through the kitchen, coffee cup in hand, wondering what you are supposed to do until you see, let’s say, a newspaper begging to be read. That will jolt you into action, so you will find a stray piece of paper and write down “read the newspaper,” along with 10 other tasks, and you can start your day. If you are an uber, you will then prioritize the jobs, and if you are an advanced uber, you will also designate the time periods within the day during which the jobs will take place. If you happen to complete a task that wasn’t yet written on the list, you will write it down just for the satisfaction of crossing it off again. You know you’re an uber if you need that fix. If you are an uber, you will take one task and break it down into multiple steps, i.e.: write the letter, address the envelope, stamp the envelope, mail the envelope. This allows for optimal crossing-off satisfaction. If you are an uber, you will throw a little party for yourself if you actually complete everything on your list. I hope you have been enlightened as to the differences among us. Now, if you are an uber, please cross this off your list and go about your day.

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Black Lives Matter protesters block Lenox Mall BY JOHN RUCH

A Black Lives Matter protest had about 50 people block various Lenox Square Mall driveways and Peachtree Road on Sept. 24, while calling for a boycott in response to controversial police killings of black men and boys. While dubbed “ATL Silent Protest,” the 4.5-hour event was vocal most of the time, with protesters chanting such slogans as “Hands up, don’t shoot” and leaders using bullhorns. However, many protesters also wore strips of tape over their mouths with various slogans written on them. There were no arrests, according to Atlanta Police Lt. Anthony Singh, who led a police presence on the scene. The protest was led by “Sir Maejor” Page of Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, joined by the DeKalb County Southern Christian Leadership Conference chapter. Explaining the Buckhead location, he said

A protester wears tape across her mouth with “Unapologetically black” written on it.

white police officers involved in controversial killings of black people often also protect or shop in such wealthy areas. Such police, he said, “murder us and slaughter us

through the streets of our neighborhood and then they run back here to Buckhead, where they continue business as usual.” “This is a boycott,” he said. “No longer will Macy’s, no longer will Lenox…profit off of our suffrage. No longer can they get another black dollar off of our pain.” Sir Maejor is a controversial actor/ model/activist who was disavowed by other, larger Black Lives Matter groups in the wake of a major protest in July that also took place in Buckhead. That July protest secured other Black Lives Matter a City Hall meeting with Mayor Kasim Reed that collapsed in dissent, but Sir Maejor also attended and joined a mayoral press conference. Other activists went public about their earlier break with Sir Maejor on LGBT activism and personal issues, and media reports revealed his prior arrests on charges of impersonating police officers. At the ATL Silent Protest, Sir Maejor also addressed those controversies. Clad in a jacket customized with his name and rank as his group’s president, he criticized other activists as “cliques” and “protesters for a day,” and condemned Fox 5 for its reporting on his arrests. “He’s trying to make it about himself,” one fellow protester remarked. A more positive reaction came later in the day from Nathan Knight, president of the DeKalb SCLC, who said his is mentoring Sir Maejor. “He’s a great guy and he’s a great leader,” Knight said. In an interview, Sir Maejor said his alleged police impersonations “never happened” and that they were false arrests conducted in part to stop him from participating in previous protests because “I’m a nuisance to law enforcement.” As for the controversial mayoral meeting and the city’s response to the July protest’s de-

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A Black Lives Matter protest had about 50 people block various Lenox Square Mall driveways and Peachtree Road on Sept. 24.

mands, Sir Maejor said, “I wasn’t there to endorse the mayor…I think the mayor could do more” on such issues as use of military gear and that he’s planning a press conference to elaborate. The ATL Silent Protest was part of a national protest response to the latest controversial killings of black men and boys by police officers, including Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla.; Tyre King in Columbus, Ohio; and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C. It was the latest of several Black Lives Matter protests to target Buckhead in general and Lenox Square Mall in particular as wealthy, majority-white business centers. Mall owner Simon Property Group did not respond to an email and mall security declined to comment at the protest. The ATL Silent Protest took about an hour to start marching, as protesters created signs with such sayings as, “We dream in black.” One protester carried a boycottoriented sign reading, “Black out: Don’t shop here.” Sir Maejor said the protesters originally intended to enter the mall, but security

found out and said that would not be allowed. Instead, protesters marched along Lenox and Peachtree roads. At different times, they blocked three different mall driveways, including the main Peachtree entrance, by sitting on the pavement. They also briefly blocked Peachtree by sitting or lying in the road. Police officers appeared to be avoiding arrests except as a last resort, and Singh and Sir Maejor repeatedly negotiated street-blocking terms. Those discussions sometimes had tension, as Sir Maejor at one point noted he knows the mayor, and Singh replied that it wouldn’t matter if he knew the president. Many drivers honked or raised fists in support of the protesters, while some called out in opposition with such phrases as “All lives matter.” On the edges of the protest, some passers-by and protesters discussed the Black Lives Matter movement and such related issues as the war on drugs. A trio of young teens passing by briefly joined the protest, raising their fists and repeating a boycott chant of “black dollars matter.”


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collected political buttons, posters and literature, and over nearly 50 years has amassed a collection of 20,000 pieces. A sizable piece of the collection, from 1932 to 2012, hangs from the university library’s walls and is encased in glass-covered shelves as part of a permanent exhibition. From Roosevelt to John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama, the collection is a visual history of American politics. Comerford, managing director of Proscenium Capital, is the chair of the Sandy Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee. He’s served as chair for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Tom Price and on the transition team of Gov. Sonny Perdue. He told a group gathered at the opening that he started his collection in elementary school with a Dwight D. Eisenhower button. “I was interested in history ... and this collection was a means of teaching myself on a myriad of subjects,” he said. “In politics you PHOTOS BY DYANA BAGBY get everything from economics to Top and above, the James and Camilla Comerford Collection at Oglethorpe University showcases psychology.” thousands of pieces of political and campaign A University of Virginia gradumemorabilia dating back to Franklin D. Roosevelt. ate and University of Georgia law school graduate, Comerford said he and history and economics ... and all disciwanted his collection at Oglethorpe Uniplines you find in politics.” versity “where it could make a difference.” Comeford has not stopped his own colHis oldest son graduated from Ogletholecting, but he said he hopes students at rpe. Oglethorpe will add to the collection with “The mission as a liberal arts college is centered on the development of leadermemorabilia from their home states.


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Parks over highways are a national trend


Left and above, the East Lawn of the Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. The park, which opened in 2012, draws a million visitors a year.

Continued from page 1 give a community like Atlanta that is considering [a cap park] like this is, find your champion,” said Tara Green, president of Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, which has become a model of highway-capping success. Klyde Warren Park’s champion was banker Jody Grant, “who didn’t take no for an answer” and put up $1 million of his own money to start leveraging public financing for the $110 million project, Green said. For the Buckhead Community Improve-

ment District board, which has proposed the park, costs have been a concern. The current proposal is not a complete cap, but rather a large bridge paralleling Ga. 400, partly because that is easier to build. After a project gets a champion, keeping the price tag reasonable can be another challenge. Boston’s downtown has been reconnected with the 1.5-mile Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, built atop a formerly elevated highway now sunken in a tunnel. That project, nicknamed the Big Dig, became notoriously wasteful, with cost estimates running well over $15 billion.

However, now that it’s complete, Boston’s Greenway is extremely popular, packed with public art and events, according to Janet Knott, the policy and media director for Boston City Councilor Sal LaMattina, whose district includes much of the park. Like Buckhead’s proposal, the Greenway has sub-parks in different sections. “It’s a set of parks defined by the neighborhoods along it,” Knott said. “It involves the neighborhoods by creating this network instead of creating this blanket open space.” “This [park over Ga. 400 idea] is excit-

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Duck Pond celebration draws those who love the water





A: Marcia Donnell, a long-time resident of Peachtree Heights East, talks with Joel Forslund and his wife Mandy at a gathering of the Peachtree Heights East Neighborhood Association and The Ladies of the Lake Garden Club on Sept. 25, to celebrate completing Phase II of the Century Plan for the Duck Pond. B: Peggy Allumbuagh, chair of the Capital Campaign for the Duck Pond, addresses the crowd. The Century Plan is designed to help drainage and create a positive, environmental impact on the pond and surrounding community. C: Nate Brochstein, 11, checks on his bait. He caught several fish, which he released back into the pond.


D: John Evart, president of the neighborhood association, says a few words. E: The two groups mingle and celebrate.


F: Tony Gibson, left, owner of Gibson Landscape, talks with Bob Guinn, a pond trustee for 36 years. Gibson Landscape completed the project.

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Wednesday, Oct. 5, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The 44th annual Dunwoody Home Tour features four homes in Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. Tickets, $25, available at: home-tour, from Dunwoody Women’s Club members and also at area businesses. Pick up online ticket purchases at Will-Call, 5393 Redfield Cir., Dunwoody, 30338 (first home on tour).

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Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Chastain Arts Center holds its 4th annual Pottery on the Porch sale. Check out functional, sculptural or for the garden pieces. See demonstrations of throwing on the wheel. Free and open to the public. 135 W. Wieuca Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30342. For additional information, call 404-2522927.

BEANS & BOWLS Friday, Oct. 14, 5-9 p.m. Spruill’s 15th annual “Free Beans with Every Bowl” sale gets underway. Purchase ceramic pieces and stay for a bowl of chili, made by Spruill Arts Ceramics Department students and instructors. Free. All are welcome. Proceeds benefit the department. Cash and checks preferred. Continues Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Oct. 16, 12-5 p.m. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Go to: or call 770-394-3447, x223.



Sunday, Oct. 16, 7 a.m. Certified as a Peachtree Road Race 2017 qualifier, this Rotary Club of Dunwoodysponsored 5K begins and ends at Perimeter Mall. The course is designed for runners—a fast and challenging course. The 1-mile Fun Run begins at 9 a.m.; Tot Trot, for ages 2-5, at 9:15 a.m. 5K, $25-$35. Music, awards, door prizes, refreshments. 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30346. Register and learn more:


HOOS IN THE FOREST Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Reception for Dunwoody Nature Center’s inaugural Art in the Park event, “Hoos in the Forest,” featuring 20 whimsical creatures made of naturally found materials. Artist’s talk, tour, workshops, “poetry on demand.” Lunch and beverages provided. Free admission. Exhibit runs through Nov. 15. See additional details: or call 770-394-3322.







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MOVIE NIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6:30 p.m. Polar explorer and environmentalist Robert Swan visits Pace Academy, who will discuss climate issues, part of the school’s Isdell Center for Global Leadership’s Year of Climate. Free. The public is welcome to attend. Knights Hall, Garcia Family Middle School, 5th floor, 966 W. Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30327. Learn more by going to: or calling 404-262-1345.

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Join others at the Brookhaven Branch Library for a screening of “Where the Wild Things Are.” Rated PG. Free. Open to all. The first five families in attendance receive a personal copy of the book. Snacks provided. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. To learn more, call 404-848-7140.

FALL GARDENING Saturday, Oct. 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Find out about fall gardening from the president of the Dunwoody Garden Club. Light refreshments provided. Free. For adults. No registration required. 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-512-4640 to learn more.

STILL LIFE ART Tuesday, Oct. 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Get to know artist Frida KahFrida Kahlo lo and her work, Artist then create your own still life drawing based on her style. Learn how to use lines, shapes and angles. Free. For adults, ages 18 and up. Open to the first 15 participants. Call 770-512-4640 to sign up. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.

OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Gather at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve for their fall Open House, with Atlanta Audubon and Trees Atlanta also in attendance. Enjoy a bird walk, nature hike, planting trees, children’s crafts, theater performances and tours. Free. Open to the community. 4055 Roswell Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30342. Call 404-345-1008 or visit: for details.

KIDS’ STUFF CREATE CUPCAKES Monday, Oct. 10, 3-4:30 p.m. Fill your sweet tooth with this cupcake decorating session. Come create an edible masterpiece! Geared for those ages 10-12. Free. Open to the first 15 participants. Call the Brookhaven Branch Library at 404-8487140 or swing by 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., NE, Brookhaven, 30319 to sign up.

ALTERED BOOKS Tuesday, Oct. 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Celebrate Teen Read Week at the Dunwoody Branch Library by making decoupage boxes out of old books

COMPUTER GAME DESIGN Thursday, Oct. 13, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center-Atlanta offers a threesession workshop for teens, grades 8-11, covering fundamentals of video game design and programming, including how to build code with HTML, CSS and JavaScript. $80 for non-members; $60 for members. Continues Oct. 20 and 27. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, contact Paige Godfrey at 678-812-4082, or email:

HEAD TO TOE! Friday, Oct. 14, 2:15-3:15 p.m. This program invites young audience members to think, observe and move like their favorite animals. Inspired by Eric Carles’ book of the same name. Free. All are welcome. Suitable for those ages 2-4. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. For details, call 404-303-6130 or email:

FUN ART Friday, Oct. 14, 3-4 p.m. Get creative with arts and crafts inspired by nature and the seasons. Free. For those ages 5-12. Open to the first 10 participants. Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. For information and to sign up, call 770-512-4640.


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Friday, Oct. 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Create animals using plastic bottles at the Sandy Springs Branch Library. Registration required by emailing: leah.germon@fultoncountyga. gov. Free and open to all. Suitable for ages 5 and up. 395 Mount Vernon Highway, Sandy Springs, 30328. Questions? Call 404-303-6130.

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Exceptional Educator: John Gresens of North Springs Charter High School Editor’s note: Through our “Exceptional Educator” series, Reporter Newspapers is showcasing the work of some of the outstanding teachers and administrators at our local schools. If you would like to recommend an Exceptional Educator, please email John Gresens teaches visual art, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry design and other art courses at North Springs Charter High in Sandy Springs. He has been teaching for seven years and sponsors the school’s participation in “The Deconstruction,” a twoday, online international competition during which students deconstruct something and reimagine it as something else. North Spring students won the competition two

years ago. For this year’s challenge, the students will deconstruct America.



Q: What attracted you to teaching at first? A: I was given some bad advice when I was a young person. I was always the “art kid,” and I knew that I wanted to be an artist from a very early age. Someone close to me in a position of authority told me, “You’ll never be able to make a living as an artist.” I listened and I was occupationally derailed for a long time. After marrying my wife, who is an artist and was a sculpture major at the time, I realized that I had to create. In 2003, my mother died in a house fire and I had an epiphany. In a moment of ex-


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treme clarity, I knew that I wanted to be an art teacher. Q: Has the appeal changed? A: I think it changes from year to year. This is such a dynamic occupation that is subject to radical shifts annually. Changes in policy, administration, strategy and technology all have such an effect on teacher motivation. I’ve had some real struggles with all of the previously mentioned issues in the past. While I have to deal with the non-classroom issues, I’ve really embraced the idea that the focus is, and will always be, the student. Q: What keeps you going year after year? A: The personal connections with my students that I get to develop are so rewarding. To be able to teach a 14-year-old student and watch her or him grow, change, struggle, fail, triumph and ultimately leave at 17 or 18 with a stronger sense of who he or she is, is amazing. I smile knowing that I had a part in that! Q: What do you think makes a great teacher? A: A wise teacher told me early in my career that teaching is all about relationships. I believed it then and I believe it now. All of the best teachers I know really care about their students and they let them know that daily. The strategies may be different, but the caring and communication are constants. If your students trust you, you can teach them anything. Q: What do you want to see in your students? A: I want to see them engage with process, find passion in the content, and execute a strong, informed product. All of this while showing respect for others and the studio. The sum of this should produce an artist or at least an art appreciator. Q: How do you engage your students? A: Every day is another show. It’s like being on stage, banging out a performance worthy of appreciation. I try to make sure that my passion for the content areas is always

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strong and that I’m actively learning on my time. Being “on fire” for the material carries over in my lectures and demonstrations. I also teach an adult wheel pottery class at the Spruill Art Center on Monday nights. Teaching adults in a three-hour block helps me to solve more advanced problems and bring that knowledge back into the classroom at North Springs. Q: Do you have a project or special program you use year after year? A: Two years ago we participated in “The Deconstruction.” It’s a 48-hour global project where you bring a bunch of stuff together, tear it apart and reassemble it to solve a creative problem. We won the whole thing in 2014! The competition/project “went dark” for a year as the organizers reloaded. It’s back this year and we plan to participate again. This year the theme is “Deconstructing America.” Check it out at I am also running a Maker Lab at North Springs. The whole student body will have access to my tools and equipment to satisfy their creative curiosities. I’ll have it up and running in the next month or so and it will be accessible a couple of days a week after school and at least one day before school. We’ll work collaboratively with science, some clubs and science teams to get them access so that they can learn and compete. Q: Is there a “trick” that works to get students involved? A: Have fun and tell them you care about them. Show them some passion. They might not completely buy in, but it’s hard to let down someone who explains their motivations and stays real. Q: What do you hope your students take away from your class? A: I hope that they will understand the challenges and beauty of communicating through objects and performances that are made from knowledge, wisdom, hard work and creativity. I also hope they will come out unafraid to take calculated risks for rich rewards.

CORRECTIONS In the Reporter Newspapers’ Education Guide [Sept. 16-29], a quotation from Riverwood International Charter School student Celine LaGrange was accompanied by a photograph of a different student. Here is Celine’s photo. Also in the Education Guide, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s production of “eurydice” was omitted from a list of plays planned at local high schools this fall. The play is scheduled to be performed Oct. 13-15 in the school’s Black Box Theater on its Glenn Campus.

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Police Blotter / Buckhead From police reports dated Sept. 4 through Sept. 10.

ered with possible tracking from stolen items. „„2200 block of Lenox Road NE – On

The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

Sept. 6, in the evening, a restaurant employee said a man attempted to steal the business cash register. The employee said he chased the suspect off and that the suspect threw a folding chair at him and pulled a knife.

R O B B E RY „„1300 block of English Street NW – On

Sept. 6, in the evening, a man said that he was working when a man approached him and put a gun to his chest. He said that the suspect demanded he surrender his money. The victim said the suspect punched him in the face and took $200 from his pockets. The suspect then fled.

„„700 block of

Cosmopolitan Drive, NE – On Sept. 6, in the morning, a man said that he was stopped at an intersection. He said a dark SUV approached him; three to four male suspects exited and demanded his vehicle. The victim said that one of the suspects pointed a gun at him. He said he surrendered his vehicle and that the suspects then fled.

„„2400 block of Camellia Lane – On

Sept. 6, in the evening, the victims told police they were returning home when they saw a male suspect standing in their bathroom holding a gun. The suspect ordered them to put their hands on their heads and sit on the floor. The suspect then took their cellphones and laptops, and exited the apartment from the back window. The suspect told the victims that he knew who they were and that he would harm them if they called the police. Serial numbers were recov-

„„3500 block of Peachtree Road – On

Sept. 8, in the evening, a man said he was approached by a man who asked if he could use the victim’s phone. When the victim handed it to him the suspect punched him in the face and fled the location. Swelling was observed to the victim’s face.

kill you.” The suspect took $213 in cash, some jewelry and an iPad mini. The second victim said he passed the suspect on his way back into the apartment, leaving from the laundry room. The victims said that they would be able to identify the suspect if they were shown a lineup.

„„ 3400 block of Roswell Road NE

„„1500 block of Piedmont Ave. NE – On

– On Sept. 10, in the morning, a man said he was walking home from work when he was approached by two men. The victim said that as he attempted to enter his home the suspects pulled a gun and demanded his phone. He told police the two suspects did not take his phone, but did steal his wallet with $750 in cash and miscellaneous debit/ credit cards.

Sept. 8, in the evening at a cellphone store, a victim said that two men entered with guns. He said they told the people in the store to back up and pointed guns at them. The men with guns demanded to be taken to the safe, and then instructed the victims to lie face down on the ground. The victims said the robbers took many miscellaneous electronics and cellphones from the location. The suspects then fled out the rear of the location.

AG G R AVAT E D A S S AU LT „„3200 block of Roswell Road, NE – On

Sept. 4, in the morning, a man was assaulted after being asked to leave the bar. Witnesses believe two suspects approached the man and began beating him up but no witnesses actually saw the incident take place. The victim could

„„1100 block of Woodland Ave. NE –

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not recall what happened to him. „„2900 block of Pharr Court South NW

– On Sept. 5, in the morning, a victim reported he was mistreated by an orderly at a nursing home in Buckhead. He said that he defecated his pants because he is paralyzed. He said that the orderly was annoyed because he had to change him, and began jerking him around and pushing his legs to his chest. The victim said that the suspect shoved the nurse call into his mouth and injured his throat and gums. „„1900 block of Piedmont Cir. NE – On

Sept. 9, at an unknown time, a man said that he thought a male suspect stole his cellphone while at a bar. He said that he patted the male down for the phone but did not find it. He said that the boy was angry and said he was going to get his uncle. Victim advised that the male returned with his uncle and that the suspects began attacking him. „„1900 block of Monroe Drive, NE – On

Sept. 9, in the morning, an aggravated assault arrest was made. „„1800 block of Peachtree Road, NW –

On Sept. 10, in the morning at a restaurant, a man said he was in his vehicle on security patrol at the location when he was attacked by three male suspects. He said that one of the suspects began hitting him with a gun. The victim said the males fled the scene. A suspicious person was observed nearby matching the description of one of the suspects. After being interviewed and dispelled of suspicions, the suspect was released without any charges. Surveillance cameras captured some of the incident. The incident appeared to be an unsuccessful robbery.

R E S I D E N T I A L B U R G L A RY „„1100 block of Huff Road, NE – At an un-

known day and time, the patio door to a


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neous clothing were taken. „„600 block of Phipps Blvd. NE – At an

house. Tracking was available for the iPhone. „„1900 block of Rockledge Road, NE – On

6, during the day, the rear door of an apartment was kicked in. The victim called police and the suspect, a man, fled the scene.

unknown time and day, a woman reported that over a course of days she noticed several jewelry items were missing from her home. She said she had been in and out of town. Several earrings and a diamond bracelet were missing.

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„„1100 block of Woodland Ave. NE – On

– On Sept. 6, during the day, someone entered a house through an unlocked window. A 42-inch flat screen TV was stolen, along with a laptop. Dirt footprints were observed on the couch at the location where the suspect entered. Partial latent fingerprints were recovered and submitted for analysis.

an unknown day and time, the door handle of an apartment was damaged to gain entry. Two laptops, two TVs, $10,000 cash, credit/debit cards, a Fossil watch, ring and Social Security cards were stolen.

Sept. 10, during the day, a cellphone, wallet and backpack were stolen from the apartment.

„„500 block of Northside Cir. – On Sept.

„„500 block of Bishop St. NW – At an un-

known day and time, the rear window latch of an apartment was damaged to gain entry. Sixty pairs of shoes, an Apple watch, Apple radio, two TVs, purses, sunglasses, MacBook, and a Gucci suitcase containing clothing and jewelry were stolen. „„1000 block of Lindridge Way NE – On

Sept. 7, during the day, the back door of a house was forced open. An LG TV and Dell laptop were stolen. A woman said she saw a suspect and suspect vehicle in her driveway. „„4500 block of Club Circle, NE – On

Sept. 7, during the day, a woman said she returned home and found items missing. A jewelry box, wallet, $125 cash, miscellaneous power tools and other items were stolen from the home. Crime scene responded to the location to process for evidence. „„1000 block of Huff Road, NE – On

Sept. 8 in the evening, the rear door of an apartment was forced open to gain entry. A smart TV, Invicta watches, gold and diamond necklaces, diamond rings, Apple laptops, leather bags and miscella-

„„1900 block of Monroe Drive, NE – On

Sept. 9 during the day, the back glass patio door of an apartment was shattered. A PS4, Apple TV, 50-inch TV, MacBook Pro and Chrome laptop were stolen. Surveillance footage of a suspect vehicle was captured. „„200 block of Sibley Drive. NE – On

Sept. 10, in the morning, officers responded to a call to a house and saw two suspects fleeing the scene. Officers pursued but lost sight of the suspects. A canvas of the area was performed but the suspects were not located. The rear door glass was damaged to gain entry. An iPhone, wallet and pouch containing miscellaneous keys were stolen from the

Sept. 10, in the evening, a woman reported she heard a noise outside her apartment. She said she then saw her window open and the screen missing as though someone tried to make entry.

CO M M E R C I A L B U R G L A RY „„4200 block of Roswell Road, NE – On

Sept. 10 in the morning,, the front glass door to a coffee shop was shattered. A safe and $4,856 in cash was stolen from the store. Surveillance cameras were observed in the location that may have captured the incident. „„3700 block of Peachtree Road, NE – At

an unknown day and time, at a condominium complex, a leaf blower was stolen from the lawn equipment storage facility. „„1500 block of Monroe Drive – A victim

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