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Plan for Dunwoody connector road predates city’s incorporation BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
Dunwoody High School varsity volleyball players Talley Davidson, left center, and Madison McKnight, far left, go up against Riverwood International Charter School teammates, Brooke McAfee, Nailah Jenkins, and Anna Ryan, far right, during a match on Sept. 17 in the Riverwood gymnasium. The Dunwoody Wildcats won the match over the Riverwood Raiders 2 games to 1. See more photos on page 25.
A plan for a road network in the Perimeter Center area that was dreamed up a decade ago finally is beginning to take shape. Dunwoody city officials say plans are underway to develop a $20 million connector road coming off I-285, going under Ashford-Dunwoody Road and connecting with Perimeter Center Parkway. The road is part of a network of connectors planned for the area as new, high-rise developments are being built. “We can sit on our hands and wish this wasn’t happening or we can look at reality and figure out ways to deal with it,” Mayor Mike Davis said. “This is one of the steps that we have found that we can actually make an improvement in the situation.” Davis said “the horse has left the barn” in terms of stopping growth in the area. Property owners won the right to build high rises and dense development in DeKalb County before Dunwoody became a city, he said, and the development is inevitable. Dunwoody has to have a vision to get SEE INFRASTRUCTURE, PAGE 26
ChatComm shows just how far 911 technology has come BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
When someone called for help a decade ago, the first question a 911 operator would ask a caller was, “What is your emergency?” Now, operators who work for ChatComm, the Sandy Springs-based 911 call center, ask, “Where is your emergency?” Cellphones, unlike older “land lines,” are not tied to any particular addresses, so the proliferation of mobile
communication devices has changed the way 911 operators gather information in order to dispatch police and firefighters to emergencies. “There are 400,000 people who travel Ga. 400 and I-285, and they are just passing by,” said Stephen Pierce, an operations specialist with the Chattahoochee River 911 Authority, which usually is known by its nickname,
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Doug Hooker, executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, says the biggest change the Perimeter area must contend with is continued growth.
ARC director: Connectivity is key for Perimeter’s success BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
The executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission says the growth of the Perimeter area shows the benefits of infrastructure planning and says the rest of the metro Atlanta area has to catch up or die. “If regions fail to adapt quickly enough, they can become irrelevant or actually extinct,” Doug Hooker told members of the Sandy Springs Rotary Club on Sept. 28. Hooker said the region must continue to innovate to stay relevant and efficient for its people, natural life and built structures. The way to do this, he said, is through collaboration. The biggest change the region must contend with is its continued growth, Hooker said. Attracting company headquarters such as those for MercedesBenz USA and State Farm shows the Perimeter’s strength in connectivity, with highways and MARTA, he said, but continued innovation happens best through collaboration. “The only way to meet these challenges is through cooperative action and collaboration,” Hooker said. “We have to work together across jurisdictions, business sectors, cultural divides and socioeconomic lines in order to win the future.” Hooker wants to choose a path to win the future, he said, by getting serious about improving education and the quality of the workforce, providing for affordable housing and coordinating growth as a unified region. Part of the reason Mercedes, State Farm and other leading companies want to invest in the Perimeter area is because of connectivity between major highways and MARTA, Hooker said. “Your economy is booming as a result of that,” he said. “With MARTA being here, your neighbors to the north, up Ga. 400, want a taste of what you are experiencing now, so they want MARTA to extend out to the north of Ful-
ton County. They want what you have.” After a 2014 public opinion poll showed transportation to be the region’s biggest issue, the ARC made creating a “world-class infrastructure” a priority. But finding funding has become increasingly difficult, Hooker said, and he cautions not to expect more transportation money to come from the federal government. The ARC works toward better “livability,” Hooker said, which includes connectivity as much as an investment in education and affordable housing for all people. “We’re talking about real human lives,” he said. Hooker spoke about a woman who had to move to Smyrna after losing her apartment in Sandy Springs. She had to walk 19 miles a day to her job at Walmart, Hooker said. Developing and nurturing an innovation economy is crucial, Hooker said. Were the Atlanta region a country, it would be the 36th largest economy in the world, he said. “We are as a region as big as the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined,” Hooker said. “We are not a small, sleepy, Southern enterprise anymore.” Having some of the highest rates of income inequality in the region drains its economy, Hooker said. “The average household income in 2013 was about the same as it was in 1998,” He said. “Fifteen years, and essentially unchanged.” Hooker said too many places import talent and leave locals to low wage jobs. Through collaborative innovation, the communities in the region can continue Atlanta’s growth in a manageable way, he said. “Our region is at the precipice of tremendous change and opportunity,” Hooker said. “The choices before all of us are more important than ever. Our future is not written.”
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All creatures great and small All Saints Catholic Church held a “Blessing of the Animals” on Sept. 26. Above, Monseigneur Hugh Marren blesses Melvin, a labrador puppy, as twin sisters, Gracie Crofton, 10, far left, and Maddie, center, behind the dog, look on. Center, Mary Malinoff, 10, left, holds a hamster named Roller, as Shoela Ettampola, 7, center, Roller’s owner, the Monseigneur, and Maddie Crofton, 10, take a look. Right, the event was held in front of the church, out of the rain. Right, Mark Westrick,10, reads the blessing with a little help from the Monseigneur.
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An audiologist felt so strongly about the benefits of a new hearing technology system that she brought it to her synagogue. But she didn’t stop there. “My husband and I were very passionate to have this at our synagogue because it would make our services and classes more accessible to people wearing hearing aids,” Dr. Rita Chaiken said. Chaiken didn’t stop at getting a hearing loop installed at Congregation B’nai Torah in Sandy Springs. She invited local leaders to a demonstration to show others how well the system helps people hear. Now, Saint Luke’s Presbyterian Church in Dunwoody plans to have a hearing loop installed the week of Oct. 12. Nick Hobbs founded Active Life Hearing Loops, LLC, in 2012, after meeting Chaiken at a training meeting about hearing loops. Though Hobbs works as a systems engineer, he started installing hearing loops part time because he understood the importance of the technology, which he learned was more prevalent in Europe, he said. “My mother taught literature to deaf students,” Hobbs said. “In recent years, when I learned about this technology, I thought ‘Wow, this is a great way to inDUN
clude people.’” His business is now growing into more full-time work, he said. A church in Buckhead is also interested in hearing loop technology and Hobbs said he is putting together a proposal. Though the technology is fairly simple, it can get expensive to install. Chaiken said B’nai Torah decided to wait a few years from 2012 and install the loop as part of planned renovations in the synagogue. The loop was completed in 2014. Hearing loops are wires that circle a room and connect to a sound system. The loop transmits the sound electromagnetically. The electromagnetic signal is then picked up by the telecoil in a hearing aid or cochlear implant. Dr. Helena Solodar chairs the Georgia Commission for Hearing Impaired and Deaf Persons. She said the group wants to “loop Georgia” from its court systems that already have hearing loops to checkout lines in grocery stores. “Looping systems are an amazing and relatively inexpensive way to provide hearing access from a speaker system to an ear with very little trouble,” Solodar said. “Any sound coming out of the sound sys-
tem will be delivered dithe demonstration at B’nai rectly to the person’s ear, if Torah that he immediately they have a working telewent to his audiologist to coil.” have his telecoil activated. Sometime the audiolo“[During the demongist has to activate the softstration] my hearing aids ware for a patient, but the didn’t have the telecoils actechnology for telecoils has tivated, so we both were been around more than 60 given small hand-held reyears, she said. ceivers and conventionDave McKenney has al earbuds,” McKenney been a trustee and member said, “and were impressed of Saint Luke’s since it was at how clearly sound was founded in 1969. He and transmitted into our ears, Roby Price, the church’s without the background SPECIAL echo of their hall.” facilities manager, acceptPlaces of worship are ed Chaiken’s invitation to Rev. Shannon Dill, with installing technology the hearing loop demonSaint Luke’s, said the hearto aid hearing. stration. ing loop is the best techPrice said he had been nology available for helplooking for solutions to help people ing hearing impaired folks. She said many hear better in the church’s sanctuary, members of the congregation — both where the acoustics were designed more older and young — rely on hearing assisfor music than for speakers. The church tance devices, but still have trouble hearplans to spend $8,000 in donated moning speakers in the sanctuary. ey to pay for the double loop installa“We have worked over the years to tion. Hobbs will run the wires around make physical enhancements to our facilthe sanctuary and between the rows of ity, but none of them have made the difpews, taping the wire to the floor. Then ference in terms of clarity and reach that carpet will be installed over the existing the hearing loop will provide,” Dill said. brick, which has been the floor for 28 “With the loop, you can be seated anyyears, Price said. where in our sanctuary and be able to McKenney said he was so excited by hear.” www.ReporterNewspapers.net |
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Mayor, city council candidates share plans for Dunwoody Dunwoody voters head to the polls Nov. 3 to choose a mayor and a city council member. Mayor Mike Davis faces three challengers in his bid to win re-election. One is former City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Denis Shortal, who resigned his seat on council to run for the mayor’s post. The others are commercial lender Chris Grivakis and retired BellSouth employee and actor Steve Chipka. The Dunwoody Reporter asked each of the candidates a series of questions about their qualifications for the job and plans for the city. Here are their answers. For more about the campaign, go to ReporterNewspapers.net.
Retired BellSouth employee Why do you want to be mayor? I am fed up with the current group of City Council members and their lack of transparency to the citizens of the city of Dunwoody. Why should the voters choose
you? Voters should choose me because they are fed up with the current regime that does not listen to constituents.
What do you see as the most significant issue facing the city right now? How will you address that issue? The most significant issue facing the citizens of the city of Dunwoody is a City Council oblivious to their input. I will address that issue with public forums in various parts of the city at times convenient for residents of the city. What’s one thing about Dunwoody you think should change? One thing that needs to change about Dunwoody is the involvement of the taxpaying residents in city decisions. How do you see Dunwoody in 10 years? Dunwoody in 10 years will not be significantly dif-
ferent without a major change in leadership. The current approach of planning from the hip will continue to drain city of Dunwoody resources until the city is caused to eliminate debt to achieve any public projects. The city has already mired itself in debt with the “PVC Farm” project which funds a private construction company with taxpayer funds. In the future, the city of Dunwoody should be free of debt and striving to achieve a “green” status for all new development,
Mayor of Dunwoody since January 2012 Why do you want to be mayor? I love Dunwoody! I’ve raised my family here and been involved in countless civic organizations, primarily in leadership roles. I’ve had the opportunity to serve as the Mayor of Dunwoody for the past four years and I would love to continue to serve for the next four years. Dunwoody has a two term limit for the office of mayor, and I would like to continue to work to see Dunwoody be the best city it can be! I feel like I’m only half done with my job. Why should the voters choose you? My leadership style is one based on coalition building to accomplish our goals. I am committed to ensuring that all our council members are heard so we can
come up with the best solutions. I have a track record of honest and transparent government. I am fiscally conservative and work on a “needs” vs. “wants” basis when evaluating major city expenditures. We have previously established priorities (based upon plans with citizen input) such as paving and intersection fixes that should take precedence over costly and shortsighted special interests. I am best equipped to continue representing Dunwoody’s interest to DeKalb County, the state of Georgia and the surrounding areas. I have spent the past four years building relationships that have enabled Dunwoody to work well with other cities, the county and the state. What do you see as the most significant issue facing the city right now? How will you address that issue? We have two pressing issues, traffic and schools. On the traffic front I was one of the primary spokesmen representing Dunwoody’s charge to get the DOT and the governor to approve spending $1 billion on the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Most of the traffic in Dunwoody is due to commuters looking for a better route when our highways are at a standstill. One thing we can address at the local level is our intersections. We have 13 intersections in the city that need fixing. We are finally getting started at Peeler/No. Peachtree/Tilly Mill. This will be a huge improvement. What’s one thing about Dunwoody you think should change? The county control of our schools has to change. I feel that local control is the answer… we must create our own Dunwoody school system. DeKalb County has the highest school tax rate in the state and yet has a 60 percent graduation rate. That’s failing on any scale. We’ve proven we can run a city, we know we can run a school system as well. I have been the city’s representative for this project speaking to elected representatives
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Commercial Lender Why do you want to be mayor? Focus on why we became a city. Re-pave more roads yearly to finish prior to slow schedule we are on. Increase officers to patrol the streets keeping citizens safe (person-to-person crime increased 19 percent last year and 80 precent this year). Protect our students from over-crowding through zoning to stop high-density housing around Perimeter. Support school systems through IGA’s. Stop spending on city hall, gateways, and incentive money like $8.4 million used to attract State Farm. Why should the voters choose you? Strong advocate to keep Dunwoody suburban, prioritize spending on needed projects over interesting projects, and defer spending on City Hall/Gateway projects. I have a financial/analytical background and will use this to determine the pros and cons of each project. For police: increase rent stipend to live in
apartments to deter crime, require working managers, clear intersections. Support changing charter to require city (not council) vote to take over county services in future. What do you see as the most significant issue facing the city right now? How will you address that issue? Over-urbanization (density/height) of Perimeter area based on false assumption that we need taxes from such projects. I would vote against increasing height limits in current re-zoning. Additional children in schools and potential increased fire taxes would be detrimental. Large projects could still be reviewed but with City Council oversight, a safety mechanism that diminishes should height limits increase to 30 stories as proposed in the initial re-zone proposal presented at recent DHA meeting. What’s one thing about Dunwoody you think should change? Stop the notion that we have to build what is in the Master Plan and stop berating anyone who is against something in the Master Plan. The Master Plan is just a guide put together by those who had time to attend these meetings. True vetting occurs when a project is rolled out. Please don’t insult those who dissent by telling them that have no voice since they didn’t attend Master Plan meetings. How do you see Dunwoody in 10 years? With my input: suburban feel, paved streets, police visibility, sidewalks completed, no circle at Vermack/ Womack (or anywhere), height limits on buildings, charter requiring city vote on taking over county services, turf field at Dunwoody High School and Peachtree Charter Middle School with programs offered by city, and school master plan to present to county and school representatives to help us secure needed funds now and provide input on how we want future SPLOST funds to be used in our schools.
City Council member from 2008-2015; retired U.S. Marine Brigadier General Why do you want to be mayor? Why should the voters choose you? To provide open and positive leadership for the City Council and all the citizens of Dunwoody. This in-
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I currently have the honor of serving as the chairman of the Georgia Senate Committee on annexation, de-annexation and municipal incorporation. I sponsored the legislation forming this study committee, S.R. 609, after having witnessed firsthand the confusing, chaotic and all-too-divisive efforts to create the new DeKalb cities of Brookhaven, LaVista Hills and Tucker. The current General Assembly process that gets to a referendum on the formation of a new city could almost be described as ad-hoc. The lack of a formal process leads to the results being even more political than typical legislation taken up by the General Assembly, and this does a disservice to Georgia residents. The time for thinking “this is the last new city so we don’t need a real process to cope with this” is over. A new city is proposed even in Forsyth County, and there is talk of several others. It is time for the Legislature to come up with a fair, less political, more transparent process that serves Georgians SEN. ELENA better. PARENT At our first hearing, we heard testimony from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia, who represent Georgia’s counties, and the Georgia Municipal Association, representing Georgia’s citGUEST COLUMN ies. At our second hearing, we heard from the Andrew Young School at Georgia State and the Carl Vinson Institute for Government at the University of Georgia (CVI). Other knowledgeable groups have presented as well. As we move toward our third meeting, some common themes are emerging. A number of speakers have recommended that we implement a statutory process that would be more transparent and less open to manipulation. Many have also made a recommendation that the committee consider some sort of petition threshold that must be met by a new incorporation. Georgia is one of a small minority of states that have no petition component. A petition process, suggested by CVI, would have additional benefits of ensuring that the borders of the area to be incorporated or annexed are set and can’t be changed at the last minute, leading to more certainty in attempting to conduct a feasibility study. It would also give a better measure of true grassroots support and buy-in. Additionally, including consideration of the broader impacts of new incorporations and annexations has been repeatedly raised. The feasibility studies currently performed by GSU and CVI look at potential impact in the area to be incorporated from a revenue perspective, but no accounting is taken of the potential effects on existing cities or the county, or on school systems. School systems are impacted if an area to be annexed would change school districts, as the case would be with annexations into Decatur or Atlanta. The committee will discuss whether consideration of these impacts should be part of the process. Other states deal with these difficult issues in a myriad of ways. Some have boundary committees or committees at the General Assembly level with professional staff to investigate the need for the city, how it will function, and impact on existing governments before making a recommendation on a new incorporation. Most have a statutory process with a list of factors to be considered. Most all require petitions. At our third and fourth meetings, we will flesh out these themes, hear public comment, hear recommendation and deliberate. The third meeting is on Oct. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. and the final meeting will be Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. I am grateful to my committed colleagues, including Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), for serving on the study committee, and hope that we can adopt a process that will serve our citizens and our collective future better - no matter where we live.
Account Executives Susan Lesesne Jim Speakman
Sen. Elena Parent (D-Atlanta) represents District 42 in the Georgia Senate. Her district covers much of central DeKalb County and takes in a portion of Brookhaven.
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Cities seek a prescription for Pill Hill’s traffic BY JOHN RUCH
Pill Hill in Sandy Springs is nicknamed for the three major hospitals—Northside, Emory Saint Joseph’s and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta—that treat hundreds of thousands of patients a year. But it might as well refer to the aspirin a driver might need for the medical center’s rush-hour traffic headaches. The heart of Pill Hill, the intersection of Peachtree Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry roads, often is clogged. A recent surprise plan for a dense apartment building on a piece of Emory Saint Joseph’s property sparked calls for better Pill Hill planning from the mayors of Sandy Springs and neighboring Brookhaven. Meetings among both city’s engineering staff and the hospitals are in the works. “I’m going to be sitting down with the hospitals…to talk about mobility,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in August. “It’s truly a public safety issue.” “The bottom line is still the traffic,” said Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams. “We try to work, and certainly talk about working, with a regional view. But now we’ve got to walk the walk.” Emory Saint Joseph’s and Northside said they offer various commuting options to their thousands of employees, many of whom use MARTA’s Medical Center station. But they are open to meeting, they said. “We always welcome dialogue that addresses traffic conditions and traffic safety,” said Northside spokeswoman Katherine Watson. The hospitals agree that there is more to be done in an area also impacted by the neighboring Perimeter Center and the Ga. 400/I285 interchange. Heather Dexter, Emory Saint Joseph’s chief operating officer, said at a recent Sandy Springs Planning Commission meeting that traffic is sometimes a challenge for the hospital’s doctors and ambulances. All three hospitals work with the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts, which offers commuter consulting, and is planning various street and bike path fixes in the area. “We’re very engaged with our hospital community,” said
The intersection of Peachtree Dunwoody and Johnson Ferry roads is often clogged with traffic atop Pill Hill. A recent surprise plan for a dense apartment building on a piece of hospital property sparked calls by the mayors of Sandy Springs and Brookhaven for better planning.
Yvonne Williams, the PCIDs president and CEO. “We know traffic is going to be expanded because so much growth is going on with the medical area and the corporate area in general.” Pill Hill’s boom began when Northside opened its doors in 1970. The other hospitals followed within the next eight years, along with a sprawling array of medical offices and nursing colleges. Today, the medical center is a jewel of the Perimeter, offering a full
range of well-regarded health care, employing thousands, and offering millions of dollars worth of free health screenings and other local charitable activities. At the same time, it’s become increasingly hard to get in and around the area, at least during peak hours. “It’s wonderful we have this fabulous complex of hospitals,” said Sandy Springs City Councilman Tibby DeJulio, whose district includes Pill Hill. Not so
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Abernathy Road corporate corridor is booming BY JOHN RUCH
A long-planned office complex dubbed NorthPlace is moving ahead at Barfield Road and Mount Vernon Highway in Sandy Springs’ booming corporate-headquarters corridor along Ga. 400 and Abernathy Road. The Perimeter’s thriving office-space market is moving NorthPlace forward. But it remains to be seen whether that momentum will spread to other stalled plans—including an office skyscraper and a luxury hotel—on major parcels around the Ga. 400/Abernathy intersection.
“The rental rate on office space…is really at the highest levels ever,” said Kirk Demetrops, president of Sandy Springsbased MidCity Real Estate Partners, which is teamed with Atlanta’s Crocker Partners on the NorthPlace project. The apartment market was the first real-estate sector to come booming out of the recession, Demetrops said, and now the office market is following suit. Both trends have made a splash on Abnerathy Road just west of Ga. 400, where Mercedes-Benz USA will build its new headquarters alongside more than
The 3.7-acre NorthPlace site would be anchored by two office towers.
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Local Estate-Planning Attorney Focuses on Keeping Children Safe Jim Fletcher lives in Dunwoody with his wife Sara and their 3 daughters. After seeing what can happen when families fail to plan, he has become passionate about helping parents (like him) make sure that they have a fail-safe plan to make sure their kids are cared for by the right people, and provided for financially, if tragedy strikes. Jim also founded the “Kids Protection Center” to help educate parents about ways to keep their children safe.
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sure doesn’t hurt in marketing NorthPlace’s office space, Demetrops said. Then again, he noted, the Ga. 400/ Abernathy/Mount Vernon area has long been attractive to corporations, with its highway and MARTA access. “Corporate headquarters after corporate headquarters have chosen to relocate here,” Demetrops said. Those include UPS, Newell Rubbermaid and Global Payments on Glenlake Parkway. The following projects are pending or underway around the Ga. 400/Abernathy intersection:
The 275-room luxury hotel was proposed by the Kessler Collection in 2008 on the wooded parcel ringed by Abernathy, Mount Vernon and Peachtree Dunwoody Road. The project has stalled since then, reportedly due to difficulties in securing financing. Kessler currently has a sign posted on the property advertising 34,500 square feet of it for sale as a “potential high-rise condominium development” to be done “in conjunction with” the hotel. A Kessler spokeswoman said there will be no “official updates” on the hotel until next year at the earliest as the company focuses on an Alabama hotel.
The 3.7-acre NorthPlace office site would be anchored by two office towers, one about six stories and one about 10 stories, along with build-to-suit structures. It’s the second phase of a redevelopment that began about a decade ago with the Promenade at NorthPlace condos farther up Barfield Road. The entire site previously was a car dealership. Demetrops said some potential tenants “have been waiting for us” and will be ready to occupy the site.
This massive proposal along Abernathy between Ga. 400 and Barfield broke ground in 2007, but only the Serrano mixed-use building has been built. Plans for over a half-million square feet of offices and a hotel have yet to materialize, though the current development team—Cousins, Ackerman & Co. and H.J. Russell & Company—issued updated drawings last year. The developers did not respond to emails seeking comment.
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A gigantic mixed-use plan with 500 apartments and a 50-story office tower was proposed last year for the 16acre open space in the southeast corner of the Ga. 400/Abernathy intersection. The developer is Hines, who built Dunwoody’s Ravinia tower. After community debate, Hines reduced the scale of its plans, then withdrew them about a year ago. Hines did not respond to emailed questions about the project’s status.
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The grand opening of C2 Education of Dunwoody, located at 1402B Dunwoody Village Parkway, was attended by many supporters on Sept. 9. Front row, from left, Stephanie Snodgrass, Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber president, Farrah Joseph, Christopher Babb, Eunice Kwon, Hanh Giang, Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, Wendy Hayes and Jina Pak. Back row, from left, Dr. Betsy Wampler, MJ Thomas, Officer Trey, Dunwoody Police Department, Jeff Kremer and Dan Farrar. C2 Education offers personal tutoring, SAT/ACT test help, customized curricula, personalized attention and a wide variety of enrichment services for elementary, middle and high school students.
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‘Funky and fun’ Psycho Sisters store closing its doors BY JOE EARLE
Stephanie Cramer intends to stay in business through at least one more Halloween. “Halloween is so much fun,” she said. “Come in right before [the holiday] and sit here. It’s energy. Everybody is happy. ... It’s really, really fun at Halloween.” Cramer says she plans to close the Sandy Springs branch of Psycho Sisters, her vintage clothing and costume shop located at 280 Hammond Drive, by the end of the year. The closing won’t affect the remaining Psycho Sisters shops in Little Five Points in Atlanta or in Hapeville, company representatives said. Cramer, who bought the Sandy Springs location 14 years ago, hasn’t set a formal closing date, but says she’ll certainly hold Perimet er on at least through Pro fil e the spooky dress-up holiday that brings big sales to Psycho Sisters shops. How important is Oct. 31 to her business? “We start counting down to Halloween on Nov. 1, the day after Halloween,” she said. But every day can’t be Halloween. And the marketplace for vintage clothing and Halloween costumes is changing, Cramer said. Too many big chains are moving into the suburbs to hawk Halloween costumes and sell vintage clothes. “Everything has a season and Psycho Sisters’ [business] in suburbia has been taken over by the national chains,” said Angie McLean, the store’s founder and original owner, and now CEO of Psycho Sisters Clothing LLC. “She’s really smart to close the store gracefully.” McLean said she started the Psycho Sisters business back in the 1990s, when the nightclubs in Buckhead were booming and people wanted to dress up in fancy clothes for a night on the town.
She started the business with a lookalike friend – they were the “sisters” – she had known in Florida and from metro area clubs, she said. The Sandy Springs shop was the first Psycho Sisters to open, she said. Why Sandy Springs? Partly for its proximity to the club scene, she said. But mostly, “I just picked a place on the map,” she said. Soon, she opened another Psycho Sisters shop in Little Five Points. Psycho Sisters branches started spreading across the metro area, from Hapeville to Cartersville. Cramer, who lived in Dunwoody, was a regular customer of the Sandy Springs shop, the two women said. Fourteen years ago, when McLean decided she’d spread herself too thin and that she needed to sell the Sandy Springs shop, Cramer happened to be looking for a business to move into. “I needed something,” she said. “It fell right into my lap.” She had just had her first child, she said. Owning and operating the shop meant she could bring her child to work with her. “I wanted something where I didn’t need to day care my child. I went in one day and saw a for sale sign. I called my husband and said, ‘Sisters is for sale.
Business and retail briefs The Buckhead Atlanta development quietly changed its name to The Shops Buckhead Atlanta last month, according to a report from Tomorrow’s News Today. No formal announcement was made, but the development’s website and social media accounts were all updated to the new moniker. SRS Real Estate Partners (SRS) announced that the project leasing team in Atlanta has secured three new leases at Gateway, a 21-acre, mixed-use development at the intersection of Roswell Road and Windsor Parkway in Sandy Springs. The 121,071-square-foot mixed-use development project, which is owned by Core Property Capital, consists of 630 apartment units, a 20,000-square-foot office component and 100,000-square-feet of commercial/retail space. Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, which makes handmade pies, has leased a 1,530-square-foot space. Kale Me Crazy, an organic juice and smoothie bar, has leased 850 square feet; and Blast, a boutique fitness concept, is relocating from Buckhead to a 2,765-square-feet space. This will be Kale Me Crazy’s fourth location in the Atlanta market. The Metro Atlanta Chamber has announced that Kate Atwood will join the organization as vice president of marketing. In this newly created role, she will be responsible for leading the recently launched ChooseATL regional marketing campaign. At-
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Left, Stephanie Cramer, who bought the Sandy Springs Psycho Sisters location 14 years ago, will close the store by the end of the year. Above, Halloween brings big sales to the chain.
I’m buying it!’ I raised my daughter in the store... “It’s been a wonderful journey. I think it made [my daughters] very special children because they grew up with shoppers coming in.” Psycho Sisters still is crammed with Halloween costumes – Harry Potters and Elvises and Disney princesses and “Star Wars” outfits for the kids, and nurses and showgirls and other more adult disguises for the grownups – but Cramer says some of her customers have changed through the years. Nowadays, she said, older women drop by the shop to try out jewelry because they’ve never had their ears pierced. Psycho Sisters still sells clasp earrings. At the same time, teenagers come in to check out the racks of vin-
tage tops and skirts, she said. “Sandy Springs has changed so much,” she said. “This shop was more funky 14 years ago. I’m still trying to keep it funky and fun.” Besides, after 14 years of running her own shop, Cramer decided the time had come to try something new. Her daughters now are at an age where she wants to spend more time with them after school. And she and her husband, who remodels houses, are talking of working together in a real-estatebased business. “I’m ready for a life change,” she said. “It’s not a midlife crisis, it’s a life change. I love doing this, but I’m ready for a change. “I think I could do well at real estate. It’s something that interests me.”
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wonderful, DeJulio said, was when he recently was stuck in traffic through 10 cycles of a traffic light next to Northside Hospital. “We need to have a coordinated plan for traffic in the Pill Hill area, where we need to bring all three hospitals together,” DeJulio said. “As the hospitals continue to grow and the population continues to age more…I think it’s just going to continue to get worse.” Children’s Healthcare last month filed paperwork to expand its Pill Hill hospital by 60 beds. A new, much larger Ronald McDonald House, which houses families of ill children, is going up at Peachtree Dunwoody and the Glenridge Connector. Northside owns a huge vacant parcel, the site of a former hotel, marked with signs saying only, “Planning for growth, investing in the future.” Then there’s Emory Saint Joseph’s plan to sell a Johnson Ferry parcel to North American Properties for a 305unit apartment building along the Brookhaven border. North American says it will be just the sort of walkable project that could help relieve Pill Hill’s traffic crunch. Neighbors worry it will add to the traffic nightmare. Lack of notice in Brookhaven was also a concern, drawing Mayor Williams to hold unusual meetings with Sandy Springs officials, helping to spark the new attention to Pill Hill. Communication is an underlying issue: city to city, hospital to city, and both to the neighborhoods. Mayor Williams said she was surprised by Emory Saint Joseph’s “radio silence” on the apartment plan. DeJulio said, “We don’t really hear from the hospitals.” “We are open to having broader conversations and look forward to working with city officials, since the governments will ultimately be responsible for the infrastructure required to make…improvements,” said Emory Saint Joseph’s spokeswoman Mary Beth Spence.
Yvonne Williams said the PCIDs work with the hospitals in two major ways that have helped. One is the new Perimeter Connects commuter consulting program, which helps with such efforts as carpool and reduced MARTA fares. It’s also talking with hospitals about consolidating some of their shuttle services. Then there are major infrastructure projects like the proposed widening of Peachtree Dunwoody, including adding bike lanes, under I-285. That would connect with the PATH400 multiuse trail planned to run between Pill Hill and Ga. 400. Such “multimodal” transportation projects would be a huge help, Williams said, and the pending Ga. 400/I-285 interchange project is a big opportunity for fixes. A previous project, completed in 2009, added better sidewalks and other streetscape for pedestrians. Another big opportunity is some type of transit-oriented development directly around the MARTA station, as MARTA is planning at some other stations, including in Brookhaven. Williams said there no formal plans for that yet. Pill Hill’s issues can be complex. While rush-hour traffic is bad, the streets can be relatively clear on off hours. Pedestrians, on the other hand, can still have safety and wayfinding challenges. The streets have wide crossings where cars turn against walk signals. Construction blocked some local sidewalks last week. On two recent Pill Hill visits, lost pedestrians were struggling to find Emory Saint Joseph’s and a medical office located in one of the many nondescript buildings. Yvonne Williams said that having the Perimeter Center’s “corporate community, a Fortune 500 community, right adjacent to a medical center is very unique…It makes it a very appealing area. Our assets are very strong. We just need to develop opportunities to connect those uses.”
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The 43rd annual Dunwoody Home Tour brings visitors to five homes in Dunwoody and nearby Sandy Springs. Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 on the day of the tour. Purchase online at the Dunwoody Woman’s Club website: dunwoodywomansclub.org. All ticket proceeds benefit the diversified service products of the club, a 501.3c charitable organization.
Tour de Dunwoody Saturday, Oct. 17, 9 a.m. – The Dunwoody
Elementary School presents their annual family bike ride. Riders can participate in the Tiger Route, a police escorted 3-mile ride through the streets of Dunwoody, or take the Cub Route, a shorter, closed course through the campus. Students will be accepting pledges to raise money for the Dunwoody Elementary Tiger Fund Campaign, which makes possible activities and equipment for the school. All riding abilities welcome. Registration: $20 per person and comes with event t-shirt. Dunwoody Element ary School, 1923 Womack Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Have questions? Go to tourdedunwoody.com or email: email@example.com.
nity Assistance Center presents the 13th annual Vintage Affair fundraiser event. Award winning wineries, top local restaurants, silent and live auctions all come together for an evening of charity and giving. Tickets are $110 per person or $200 per couple. For information on sponsorships, volunteer opportunities and tickets, contact Vintage Affair chairwoman Shelly Dozier-McKee at shelly.confettistyle@gmail. com. Go online to vintageaffair.org to purchase tickets. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mount. Vernon Hwy., NW, Sandy Springs, 30327.
Harvest on the Hooch Sunday, Oct. 18, 1-4 p.m. – The Chatta-
hoochee Nature Center presents “Harvest on the Hooch,” celebrating farm-to-table practices. Visitors enjoy a garden party tasting, featuring high-profile restaurants, live bluegrass music and activities. Proceeds benefit the center’s Unity Garden, which supplies more than five tons of fresh produce annually to the North Fulton Community Charities’ food pantry. Rain or shine event. Tickets: $40 for adults; $15 for kids; free for ages 10 and under. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075. Find out more at chattnaturecenter.org.
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families are invited to watch this PG film following Eggs, a young orphaned boy raised by underground, cave-dwelling trash collectors. Light snacks provided. Free and open to the first 25 participants. Brookhaven Branch Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. To learn more go to dekalblibrary.org or call 404-848-7140.
Button Mania Thursday, Oct. 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. –
Drop in and craft one-of-a-kind buttons for yourself and your friends at this workshop. Use personal photographs, illustrations, magazines and other artwork to make unique pins for your bags and jackets. Free. Appropriate for teens and adults. Registration requested by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. Need more information? Go to afpls.org. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Buckhead, 30305.
Night Hike Friday, Oct. 9, 8-9 p.m. – Bring the family
for a leisurely night hike around the wetlands and back forests of Dunwoody Park. Educators from the Dunwoody Nature Center will guide groups through the hike and educate participants on the sounds of nocturnal creatures. Free. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-394-3322 or go online to dunwoodynature.org to learn more.
nual Run Your Happy Tails Off Run and Festival benefiting Happy Tails Pet Therapy returns to Brook Run Park in Dunwoody. Fun Run begins at 8 a.m., followed by a 5K at 8:30 a.m. Post-race festival starts at 1 p.m. and offers food from local vendors. Course is USATF qualified. All dogs must be on a fixed (not retractable) leash no longer than six feet. Two dogs maximum per person. Go to runyourhappytailsoff.com for more details and to register. Advanced online registration is $35 for the 5K and $25 for the Fun Run through October 9. Day of registration is $40 for the 5K and $30 for the Fun Run. 4770 North Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.
Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 10, 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. – The Open Arms Child Development Center
preschool hosts their annual Fall Festival fundraiser. Wristbands are $5 each, and include pony rides, petting zoo, beauty station, pirate make-over, inflatable bouncy houses, go fish, matchbox races and silent auction. Proceeds benefit programming at the center. 4000 Ro-
out & about swell Rd., Buckhead, 30342. To find out more, email: email@example.com or go online to openarmsbuckhead.org.
Fall Fun Day Sunday, Oct. 11 9:30-11:30 a.m. – Celebrate
the onset of fall at the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody. Families will enjoy a petting zoo, bounce house, face painting, crafts and more. Snacks and drinks provided. Suitable for all ages. For additional information go online to atlantajcc.org, contact Ilana Schlam at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-812-5342. $20 for members, $32 nonmembers. 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.
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Bluer Heron Nature Preserve hosts a guided walk around the property, aimed at engaging children with sensory experiences in nature. Accompanying adults will learn how to provide and encourage similar experiences in a safe and positive way. As a bonus, come away with a treasure made from natural materials. Suitable for kids ages 5 and under. Tickets: $5 for adults. Free for children. Strollers are welcome, but the terrain is uneven. Register online at bhnp.org. 4055 Roswell Rd., Buckhead, 30342.
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CSI Academy Tuesday, Oct. 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m. – Learn all about the science behind forensic investigation in this familyfriendly class and workshop, part of the Big Thinkers series. Made popular by TV shows such as “CSI” and “Law & Order,” kids have an opportunity to learn about the technical aspects of the job. Registration required. Space is limited. Stop in the Sandy Springs Branch Library, call 404-303-6130 or email: email@example.com to register. Go to afpls.org for details. 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, 30328.
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Charter Middle School presents the sixth annual fall festival following the CV Classic 5K Run. 5K starts at 8 a.m.; 1-mile run/ walk starts at 8:30 a.m. Bracelets are $15, and include access to inflatables, games, crafts, face painting and fair hair. Concessions, a bake sale, book sale, photo booth and silent auction available for cash sale. Race and run/walk are rain or shine events. Race registration, $20. Find out more online at peachtreechartermiddleschool.org. 4644 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, 30338.
Tree Climb Adventure Saturday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. –
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State parks provide public places to admire autumn leaves BY JOE EARLE
The return of autumn means it’s time to hit the highway and check out the changing colors of fall in the Georgia mountains. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources says late October and early November usually bring the peak weeks to admire the reds and golds of the changing leaves. Georgia’s state parks system brags that its parks offer some of the best leaf-peeping around. And, through a website called Leaf Watch, the park system guides tourists to places where they can find the best fall color. For regular updates on where to see leafy views that are at or near their colorful peaks, go to gastateparks.org/leafwatch. “Beginning in October, regular updates will keep travelers posted on how fall color is progressing across Georgia’s Blue Ridge,” the state says. “The website is filled with top trails and overlooks, mountain cabins and campsites, fall events and safe hiking tips.” And state officials enourage photographers to post their favorite shots to the Georgia State Parks’ Facebook page and on Instagram. This year, DNR recommends a number of state parks to check out for fall color. Here are 10 likely prospects:
CLOUDLAND CANYON STATE PARK A hike down a long, steep staircase in this park takes visitors to a pair of waterfalls. The 5-mile West Rim Loop is moderately difficult and offers great
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RED TOP MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Located about a 40-minute drive north of Atlanta, Red Top Mountain offers views of lake and forest. Families with young children will find a paved walking path behind the park office, park officials say. For more: gastateparks.org/RedTopMountain
FORT MOUNTAIN STATE PARK Although it may be best known for a mysterious rock wall along the mountain top, Fort Mountain offers a variety of hiking trails. They range from a 1.2-mile loop around a lake to an 8-mile, all-day hike. Ga. 52 has beautiful mountain scenery and overlooks. For more: gastateparks.org/ FortMountain
AMICALOLA FALLS STATE PARK Located an hour north of Atlanta, this park includes the Southeast’s tallest cascading waterfall. The falls can be viewed from both easy and difficult trails. The park gets very busy on pretty October weekends, the state says. For more: gastateparks.org/AmicalolaFalls/Trails
VOGEL STATE PARK The 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail makes a nice day trip for experienced hikers, offering great mountain color and a bird’s-eye view of the park’s lake, state parks officials say. The twisting roads around Vogel, particularly Wolf Pen Gap Road, offer some of north Georgia’s prettiest fall scenery. For more: gastateparks.org/Vogel
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These Founding Fathers take to Twitter as they start a revolution There were anachronisms, to be sure. George Washington tweeted the whole event. Ben Franklin’s cane looked more than a little like a Halloween prop. One Founding Father wore a patch for the New England Patriots. And in place of his usual tri-corner hat, John Hancock wore a cheese head. “It’s a triangle,” sniffed Adam Rubinger, explaining the orange headgear he wore as he played the part of Hancock. Still, by the time this particular meeting of the Second Continental Congress was done, all the major points had been covered. The delegates had voted to rebel against Great Britain, drum up a militia and sign a short, to-the-point Declaration of Independence that read: “In 1776, we solemnly declare ourselves independent of Great Britain.” Who needs the real Thomas Jefferson and all his wordiness? As Davis Academy history teacher Matthew Barry saw it, everything went just fine in this year’s version of his annual eighth-grade re-enactment of the Second Continental Congress, the gatherings in 1775 and 1776 that led to the creation of this country. Barry played Washington, complete with buff-and-tan coat, white wig, tricorner hat and Twitter account. “Thirty or 40 people are following [on Twitter]
right now, including Independence Hall in Philadelphia, which is cool,” he said shortly after the start of the class. (Washington isn’t the AROUND only historTOWN ic character Barry plans JOE EARLE to bring into class during the school year. He’s also got costumes he uses to portray Sitting Bull, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and a pair of Civil War soldiers, one from each side, and a few others, he said. “If there’s a chance for me to dress up, I will,” he said.) This was the 11th time he had organized a recreation of the Second Continental Congress. The four-hour event has become a favorite part of the school year. Students look forward to it. Parents come and watch for part of the day. It’s Barry’s way of trying to get students engaged with history, and have a little fun with it, rather than just reading about it.
Students re-enacting the Second Continental Congress gather around teacher Matthew Barry’s laptop to videochat with a class in Chicago.
“It’s one of the most exciting parts of the eighth grade,” said parent David Rubinger, whose twin sons Adam and Eric were taking part this year and whose two older children had been through previous congressional re-enactments. “He really brings history to life in a way I don’t remember when I
was going to school.” This year, 58 eighth-graders from Barry’s U.S. history and government classes gathered in the school library to portray the delegates. Flags of the rebellion, including several showing a coiled snake and reading “Don’t tread on me” lined the back walls, and an image of a
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At left, Davis Academy student Ian Quegan discusses revolutionary ideas with fellow delegates. Teacher Matthew Barry, above and at right, portrayed George Washington, and tweeted the entire event.
tax collector hanged in effigy was projected at the front of the room. Each student played the part of a particular delegate to the original Second Continental Congress, which met in Philadelphia back in 1775 and 1776. Barry’s classes contained two students too many for the 56 actual delegates, so the extras portrayed other Sons of Liberty from the time, including Paul Revere. The students dressed in a variety of costumes to represent their 18th century characters. Some wore white wigs. Others donned costume tri-corner hats, boots, vests or long coats with knee-length pants.
At one point, someone shouted at Samuel Felner that he had a stain on his trousers. “They’re not trousers,” he replied. “They’re baseball pants.” There were girls among the delegates, too. Several wore long braids. “I think we’re supposed to be boys,” said Gabi Louis, who played the part of Arthur Middleton of South Carolina. Seated at 13 tables covered with green tablecloths and small, electric candles, the delegates shouted approval or disapproval as various positions were presented and argued. They banged on tabletops. They hooted at opponents.
“Arguing is a very fun aspect,” said Adam Prass, who portrayed New York delegate James Duane and drew catcalls for arguing against independence. Debate touched the major issues of the day: slavery, trade, how to raise a navy when you don’t have one, what to make of battles with British soldiers in Boston. At their table, Jonah Medoff and Arie Voloschin worked on a drawing of the tarring and feathering of a tax collector. Once all the shouting and tablebanging and presentation of arguments were done, 11 delegations voted to de-
clare independence, Barry said the next morning. Two delegations voted to abstain. That suited Barry just fine. “I just let them go with it,” he said. And you can take nothing for granted when it comes to recreating history. Past re-enactments have varied in their outcome. Over its 11 years, Barry said, the Davis Academy version of the Continental Congress is 10 and 1 when voting for independence. One year, the whole thing collapsed into bickering. “They went to war with each other,” he said. “North Carolina declared war on South Carolina.”
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In a perfect world, my favorite foods would have magical properties. Croissants would make my hair smooth and silky, potato chips would make me sing on key, and bacon would kill germs that cause bad breath. Lo and behold, dear readers, that world has arrived! Every time I log-on, I see a new announcement splashed across the Internet that a formerly forbidden food is now considered healthy. It started with chocolate…dark chocolate. Somewhere, somehow, someone discovered that dark chocolate is jampacked with antioxidants, which of course are the superheroes of our generation, and furthermore, that dark chocolate releases endorphins, which are good for the soul. Chocolate with ice cream is even better for the soul, and if there is coconut oil somewhere in the mix, it will kill your belly fat as you eat it. The happy news continues. Coffee is good for the muscles, red wine is good for the heart, hamburger and avocados are good for the brain, and beer is a probiotic. And to round things out, I will add that olive oil and garlic are good for the joints. It’s as if we’ve fallen into the Land of Oz. Pretty soon we’ll learn that apple strudel whitens teeth and pasta quattroformaggi improves your chances of winning the lottery. Why, just today, a headline appeared in the “healthy living” section of my newsfeed, entitled, “The Top Ten Best Foods You Can Eat.” I took the bait and clicked on the link. All the usual suspects were there—blueberries, kefir, beans, spinach—but buried in the middle were mushrooms, which gave me pause, and then, making a grand finale appearance on the list, was pork! Pork, people, pork! Well, now we’re talking. It appeared to me that all food is trending “good for you,” so I decided to try a little experiment. I googled random foods and attached the question, “Is it good for you?” And I have discovered that (with the exception of strawberries,
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There’s so many! Olivia Berry, a student at Spalding Drive Elementary, is wowed by the mountain of shoes collected by the school’s Shoes for Paws service project, in which donated shoes are cleaned and shipped to those in need.
It’s fast, it’s fun! North Springs Charter High School algebra student Deraun Fry, center, shows off a “classroom response device” that encourages students to participate in math class. The school’s math department won a $10,000 grant from the Sandy Springs Society. Also on hand, from left, Friends of North Springs Foundation grant chair Mary Reid, Sandy Springs’ philanthropy chair Joan Plunkett, Sandy Springs Society President Karen Meinzen McEnerny, Principal Eddie Ruiz, Math Department Chair Jessica Woods and Foundation President Sandra Jewell.
Far out! At left, Susan Oltman of Brookhaven, and April Whitt of Dunwoody, second from right, recently joined NASA for two scientific research flights. Also on board were Nichelle Nichols, known As Lt. Uhura on “Star Trek” and Ivor Dawson of the Traveling Space Museum.
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Standout Student Student Profile: Ansley Guthrie Whitefield Academy, junior Ansley Guthrie is a young philanthropist with a passion for graphic design. Last summer, she traveled to Uganda, caring for imprisoned children. With siblings adopted from China, Ansley has always felt an urge to help children less fortunate than she was growing up. She is amazed at how such a small effort by her family helped her siblings in such a huge way. It also motivated her to help in other ways when given the opportunity. The perfect one presented itself this past summer. Her godparents live in Uganda and work for Sixty Feet, which is mainly a well-digging service for drought-ridden towns and villages. Ansley explained that they hit water at 60 feet under the ground, hence the name. The organization has divisions outside of well digging: clothing, food and a few others, including working in children’s prisons. She explained that her godparents are in charge of all the company’s Ugandan operations, so they knew when they needed help. Ansley was eager to help out and to take a trip to Uganda.
The children’s prisons in Uganda are very different than the juvenile correctional facilities in the United States. In Uganda, Ansley said, children can be imprisoned if they beg or simply cannot find their family in public. Ansley went to work every day in these prisons, giving the children food, water and clothes, and simply being someone they could talk to.
The teenagers and older boys value the conversations, Ansley said. And she admits that her time wasn’t spent in completely selfless action; she loved the conversation and time with the children as much as they did. Overall, she enjoyed her time in Uganda, and plans to go back in the future. In addition to her humanitarian endeavors, she is very enthusiastic about art. Ansley said she loves graphic design and hopes to pursue it in the future. Also, she would like to incorporate graphic design into helping less fortunate children. She hopes to create advertising to raise awareness for organizations such as Sixty Feet. Art and graphic design is very much a part of Ansley’s life at school. She is in
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AP Art and a member of the Art Club. AP Art teacher Rebecca Brown says Ansley’s work is “thought provoking and highly original.” “She enjoys working creatively to produce conceptual works of art that are highly skillful,” Brown said. “Ansley is one of the most considerate students I have ever taught. She is compassionate and generous, and lives out our school’s mission statement in all she does, but especially the part – ‘for others ahead of self.’” Ansley also is a member of the Whitefield tennis team. She plays number 3 singles, and the team went to regional competition last year. This coming spring, she will captain the varsity girls’ team.
What’s Next: While her college search is well underway, Ansley is sure that she wants to go to college either in New York or Chicago. She says the energy of a big city excites her and draws her in. Also, she is inspired by the constant movement and happening of a large urban area. This article was reported and written by Sam Wimpfheimer, a student at The Galloway School.
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cars in and out, the mayor said. “Unfortunately, there were no real plans made with the county and developers to make sure we gridded all this out before [development started],” he said. Davis said if Dunwoody can add connector roads, such as the one planned between Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Center Parkway on the State Farm campus, commuters will use them to get to highways, instead of cutting through neighborhoods. “That’s the way it’s supposed to work,” he said. The city of Dunwoody will spend $500,000 toward engineering and design, and the city is hopeful a grant from the State Road and Tollway Authority will match that, Davis said. Davis said the state’s planned $1 billion remake of the interchange of I-285 and Ga. 400 will take about three years to complete and that construction of the Westside Connector would start afterward. “We’re looking at four or five years,” Davis said. The Westside Connector was conceptualized in the 2011 Perimeter Community Improvement Districts’ 10-year plan, but wasn’t a reality until this year. The Westside Connector plan started “when the owners of Crown Holdings, who own the old Gold Kist property,
Dunwoody city officials say plans are underway to develop a $20 million connector road coming off I-285, going under AshfordDunwoody Road and connecting with Perimeter Center Parkway. To see a larger version, go to ReporterNewspapers.net.
came to us and offered us the property for the road at no cost,” Davis said. Charles Brown, with Crown Holdings, offered to donate about 2 acres of the 15-acre site to the city of Dunwoody. An affiliate of Crown Holdings Group — Dunwoody Crown Towers LLC — acquired the former GoldKist/ Cotton States headquarters in 2013. Dunwoody’s public works director, Michael Smith, worked on the core
team that came up with the 10-year plan for the PCIDs. “If you read the description in the PCIDs’ plan, these kinds of connections were contemplated with private development participation or cooperation,” Smith said. Davis said the land itself could be worth more than $8 million, so the connector project would have been prohibitively expensive without the land donation. “State Farm paid $8 million an
acre for the property right next door,” Davis said. With improvements planned for Ga. 400 and I-285, Davis said getting the Westside Connector project “on the board” will allow the city to seek additional funding from state and federal agencies. The PCIDs’ LCI study shows a connector road coming through the old Gold Kist site, with connections to build out a grid, but not connecting to I-285, Smith said. “That’s the part of the project we brought forward, but it did show a roadway in here with connections to Hammond,” Smith said. Dunwoody will have to work with the Georgia Department of Transportation as well as the Federal Highway Administration to secure money to finish building the Westside Connector, but the money for the design is in place, Davis said. Doug Hooker, the executive director of the Atlanta Regional Commission, said he feels confident about the project’s future. “I think it’s a good possibility that it’s a project that Georgia DOT will want to support,” Hooker said. “It’ll be a matter of timing and when they can work it into their budget.”
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ChatComm has changed in other ways, too. It has grown during its six years of operation. The agency, owned by the cities of Sandy Springs and Johns Creek, dispatches police and fire officers in those cities and police officers in Dunwoody and Brookhaven. It was the first public-private partnership to run a 911 call center, Pierce said. Pierce said he predicts that with coming changes in technology, locating cellphone callers won’t present the problem they do now. Future 911 operators will be able to tell automatically where a caller is located, down to finding the room inside a high-rise building a call come from. Pierce started as a police officer in the 1970s, when 911 didn’t exist at all. People in emergency situations either called the local sheriff’s office, the fire department or the local ambulance service. A 20-minute response time would have been considered fast in some rural areas, he said. Few people knew CPR and procedures to help people provide first aid over the phone often failed, Pierce said. Now, ChatComm can instantly dispatch a police officer who has first aid training skills and equipment. In Dunwoody and Brookhaven, medical and fire response services have to be transferred from ChatComm to DeKalb County. Former Councilman Danny Ross voted against Dunwoody’s switch to ChatComm four years ago, saying the one-button transfer takes too long. Ross said his solution four years ago would have been for Dunwoody to start its own emergency call center. “The transfer is the problem,” Ross said. “I voted against it because we couldn’t do the entire process. We should have our
own 911 system.” He said he tried to convince Brookhaven not to switch to ChatComm, which the city did a year ago. “I made a presentation to Brookhaven before they decided to go to ChatComm,” Ross said. “They have the same problem we do and they’ve just accepted that it will take a few minutes to transfer the call. They don’t have any plans to do
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what Dunwoody is trying to work on.” Pierce called the Dunwoody-driven push to connect the Computer Aided Dispatch systems used by ChatComm and DeKalb an “above and beyond” measure. Engineers are currently working to fix an issue with the firewall. Another live test will be needed before the system can “go live,” Pierce said. When Pierce started with ChatComm six years ago, he sat down as a dispatcher. He said he “got bored” after retiring from law enforcement and took
Top left, Brittany Baxter, a ChatComm floor supervisor, left the restaurant industry to join the company as a dispatcher. Left, Stephen Pierce, an operations specialist with ChatComm, says an ability to multitask and handle rude people are skills crucial to taking 911 calls. Above, Vanessa Ollee, a ChatComm 911 dispatcher, handles police calls for Dunwoody.
up an opportunity to work at a private 911 call center. “I was blown away with the professionalism,” Pierce said. Brittany Baxter left the restaurant industry to join ChatComm as a dispatcher. Now, she’s the floor supervisor. She said the job helped prepare her for call taking. “The fast pace, you’ve got to get those pizzas out,” Baxter said. “That’s
what helped—having to do everything under pressure.” Pierce said her ability to multitask and to handle rude people gave her the experience needed to take 911 calls. “It takes a special person to be able to smile and do your job, and that’s the same way when you’re taking a 911 call,” Pierce said.
Dunwoody boys recognized for reporting fire BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE
DeKalb County Fire Chief Darnell Fullum recognized two Dunwoody boys and their father for helping fight a June 30 fire. Public safety officials say to “see something, say something,” but Ethan and Brian Wittenton went an extra step and actually did something, too, Fullum said. “Your heroic actions helped save many lives that day and your efforts do not go unnoticed,” Fullum told the family when presenting the boys certificates of special recognition during the Dunwoody City Council on Sept. 28. Fullum said that in June, the boys were at a local bank with their father when Ethan spotted a fire outside a nearby building. Ethan was insistent with his father, who agreed to leave the bank and check it out, Fullum said. The fire was burning toward two large HVAC units near another building, so the father left his sons in the car and helped evacuate the building, Fullum said. The boys asked a lady who pulled up to call 911. Fullum said he learned from the father that the boys at some point got out of the car and helped to direct traffic. “I asked Brian who first spotted the fire and he said, ‘Ethan,’ so he continuously gave his little brother credit for this,” Fullum said. DUN
DeKalb County Fire Chief Darnel Fullum, left, and Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis, right, recognized brothers Ethan, left center, and Brian Wittenton, right center, for reporting a fire outside a building. www.ReporterNewspapers.net |
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Police Blotter The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-toCitizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.
block of Perimeter Center East— On Sept. 13, robbery of a business with a gun was reported; On Sept. 21, a forcedentry burglary was reported at a residence.
On Sept. 17, burglary was reported. First
block of Perimeter Center East— On Sept. 17, burglary was reported.
block of Winters Chapel Road— On Sept. 20, a strong-arm robbery in the street was reported.
1400 block of Dunwoody Village Park-
way—On Sept. 22, robbery of a business with a gun was reported.
block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Sept. 21, burglary was reported. block of Perimeter Lofts Circle— On Sept. 21, burglary was reported.
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block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 16, burglary was reported. block of Olde Perimeter Way—
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block of Perimeter Center West—On Sept. 13, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.
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block of Peachtree Place Parkway—On Sept. 22, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 11, 13, 16, 19, 20, 22 and 25, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made; On Sept. 11, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On Sept. 19, pick-pocketing was reported.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 15, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported; On Sept. 20, larceny was reported.
block of Ashford Crossing—On Sept. 15, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Perimeter Lofts Circle— On Sept. 21, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 11, 17, 19, 20, 22 and 25, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made.
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block of Perimeter Center West— On Sept. 15, shoplifting was reported and an arrest was made.
block of Winters Chapel Road— On Sept. 17, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19 and 25, shoplifting was reported and/or arrests were made.
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block of Perimeter Center East— On Sept. 15, larceny from a building was reported; On Sept. 18, larceny from a building was reported.
block of Perimeter Center Place— On Sept. 16 and 20, shoplifting was Read more of the reported. Police Blotter online at www.reporternewspapers.net 5600 block of Trowbridge Way— On Sept. 16, larceny was reported.
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block of Peachtree Place Parkway—On Sept. 12, larceny from a coin machine was reported.
Sept. 11, simple assault was reported.
block of Asbury Commons—On Sept. 12, larceny from a building was reported; On Sept. 13, larceny from a building was reported.
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building was reported.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 17, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported.
block of North Shallowford Road—On Sept. 11, larceny from a
block of Drexel Way—On Sept. 16, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported. block of Perimeter Trace—On Sept. 16, theft of parts from a vehicle were reported. block of Asbury Square—On Sept. 18, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported. block of Perimeter Lofts Circle— On Sept. 18, theft of parts from a vehicle was reported.
block of Perimeter Lofts Circle— On Sept. 18, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Sept. 12, an arrest was made for battery of a family member.
block of Madison Drive—On Sept. 12, battery of a family member was reported.
block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Sept. 13 and 19, reports of simple assault and battery were made, and an arrest was made on Sept. 22.
block of Perimeter Center West— On Sept. 16, simple assault and battery was reported.
block of Holly Avenue—On Sept. 16, simple assault and battery was reported and an arrest was made.
block of Peachford Road—On Sept. 17, simple assault and battery was reported.
block of Vernon Oaks Drive— On Sept. 17, simple assault was reported and an arrest was made.
block of Ridgeview Road—On Sept. 18, aggravated assault and battery with a weapon was reported and an arrest was made.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 20, simple assault and battery was reported.
block of Dunwoody Club Crossing—On Sept. 20, assault by intimidation was reported.
block of Peachford Circle—On Sept. 21, simple assault was reported.
Road at Perimeter Center West—On Sept. 21, aggravated assault and battery with a gun was reported.
block of Twin Lakes Trail—On Sept. 22, family battery was reported.
block of Perimeter Center Parkway—On Sept. 19, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Sept. 21, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Charleston Place—On Sept. 21, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.
block of Womack Road—On Sept. 22, larceny was reported.
block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 24, shoplifting was reported.
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block of Pernoshal Court—On
block of Peachford Circle—On Sept. 23, simple assault was reported. block of Wyntercreek Court— On Sept. 24, an arrest was made for simple assault and battery.
block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 11 and 20, fraud by worthless check was reported.
block of Dunwoody Crossing— On Sept. 11, fraud by swindle was reported.
block of Perimeter Center East— On Sept. 11, fraud was reported.
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Road—On Sept. 11, fraud by worthless check was reported and an arrest was made.
cense; On Sept. 13, an arrest was made for suspended registration; On Sept. 16, an arrest was made for driving while unlicensed.
block of Stonehouse Court—On Sept. 11, credit fraud was reported.
block of Carnaby Court—On Sept. 14, fraud by impersonation was reported.
block of Winters Chapel Road— On Sept. 13, an arrest was made for reckless driving.
block of Dunover Circle—On Sept. 22, credit fraud was reported.
Peachtree at Cotillion Drive— On Sept. 14, an arrest was made for DUI.
block of Tilly Mill Road—On Sept. 24, fraud by swindle was reported.
at Ashford-Dunwoody Road— On Sept. 11, 13 and 14, wanted persons were located and arrested; On Sept. 14, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On Sept. 19, an arrest was made for DUI; On Sept. 20, an arrest was made for reckless driving.
I-285 at Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—
On Sept. 11, an arrest was made for following too close; On Sept. 13, an arrest was made for driving without a license; On Sept. 23, a wanted person was located and arrested.
Chapel Road at Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Sept. 12, an arrest was made for driving without a li-
block of Perimeter Center North—On Sept. 15, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 15, a wanted person was located and arrested; On Sept. 17, an arrest was made for headlights required.
1500 block of Dunwoody Village Park-
way—On Sept. 16, an arrest was made for a loitering violation.
block of North Peachtree at Cotillion Drive—On Sept. 17, an arrest was made for driving on a suspended or revoked license.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 17, a wanted person
was located and arrested; On Sept. 25, an arrest was made for driving while unlicensed.
was located and arrested; On Sept. 23, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.
block of Peachtree Place Parkway—On Sept. 17, an arrest was made for driving on a suspended registration.
block of Olde Perimeter Way— On Sept. 18, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On Sept. 22, an arrest was made for a loitering violation.
at North Peachtree Road—On Sept. 18, an arrest was made for driving while unlicensed.
block of Perimeter Center Place— On Sept. 18, a wanted person was located and arrested.
block of Cotillion Drive—On Sept. 19, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.
block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Sept. 20, an arrest was made for DUI.
block of Cotillion Drive—On Sept. 20, an arrest was made for DUI.
block of Madison Drive—On Sept. 21, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct under the influence.
block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 22, a wanted person
block of Perimeter Center East— On Sept. 23, three arrests were made for probation violation. block of Mount Vernon Road— On Sept. 24, an arrest was made for DUI.
block of Savoy Drive—On Sept. 24, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.
block of Madison Drive—On Sept. 25, an arrest was made for DUI.
block of Asbury Square—On Sept. 11, damage to private property was reported.
block of Peachtree Place Parkway—On Sept. 12, damage to private property was reported.
I-285 at Peachtree Road—On Sept. 12,
damage to private property was reported.
block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Sept. 12 and 13, damage to private property was reported.
block of Ashford Crossing—On Sept. 12, damage to private property was reported.
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