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Say hello to ... ‘City Springs’ BY JOHN RUCH

“City Springs” is the new name for Sandy Springs’ new downtown-district redevelopment and its surrounding neighborhood, Mayor Rusty Paul revealed in a public ceremony Sept. 20. “Welcome to everybody’s neighborhood—City Springs,” Paul said, unveiling a blue-green, fountain-like logo to a crowd of around 100 residents. The ceremony for the project formerly known as City Center was held on the 15-acre construction site where Mount Vernon Highway and Johnson Ferry Road meet Roswell Road. The $220 million, public-private redevelopment will include a new City Hall, apartments, commercial space, and concert and theater halls. When it is finished in late 2017, it is expected to anchor a downtown district that city officials believe will unify the city. “This is Sandy Springs’ gift to itself,” Paul said of the City Springs project. “The councilmen and I are just in charge of the wrapping paper.” SEE MAYOR, PAGE 6

Junior hockey team’s debut is a family affair BY JOHN RUCH


From left, Mel Mobley, Vann McNeill, center, and his children Seema, 1, and Ravi, 2, right, pour soil into a planter at the request of Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul, at a ceremony for the new City Center on Sept. 20. The mayor unveiled the area’s new name, City Springs, and logo, and asked residents to bring their neighborhood’s soil to mix in at the construction site.

The Sandy Springs-based Atlanta Capitals junior ice hockey team had a chilly debut, dropping its Sept. 18 inaugural game to the Nashville Jr. Predators, 6-3. But the Capitals got a warm welcome from familiar faces in the crowd of about 200 people at the Center Ice Arena in Sandy Springs. Most of the Capitals players were out-of-towners staying with local host families. Many of those hosts were in the stands, and so were a good number of the parents and siblings who traveled to Sandy Springs for surprise visits. “He’s a fourth-generation hockey player,” said Scott Pugliese, watching through the arena’s lobby windows as son Philip, a forward, practiced on the ice. Pugliese traveled from Michigan, just south of Detroit, to see Philip play. So did Philip’s sister, Marissa, and her tiny dog Louie, who joined the family in the stands. “We surprised him and got a good flight down,” Minnesota resident Sarah Roers said of son Jacob. The Capitals, who relocated from Kansas to Sandy Springs this year, are part of a “pay to play” league. The players, who are 17 to 20 years old, pay $8,000 a season to play in the hopes of being scouted by a college or professional team. As part of the deal, they get room and board, or “billeting,” from local host families. That can produce some culture shock for players, with most Capitals hailing from California, and many from other states that are more prone to ice and the hockey culture. SEE JUNIOR HOCKEY, PAGE 27

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The city of Sandy Springs will celebrate its 10th birthday with a series of events— including an open house and a party—in early December. City Councilman John Paulson is in charge of organizing the anniversary celebration for the city’s formal incorporation on Dec. 1, 2005. He reported on his thoughts at the Sept. 22 BR I EF S City Council meeting. Current plans include an open house at City Hall on Dec. 1, followed by a city birthday party on Dec. 4 and a celebration with a holiday tree-lighting on Dec. 5. The details and times are still in the planning stage.

5-acre park finally named “Crooked Creek” A nameless park at Spalding and River Exchange drives was dubbed Crooked Creek Park by the Sandy Springs City Council at its Sept. 22 meeting. The city purchased the 5-acre park two years ago, but had yet to give it a name. Crooked Creek borders the park and made for an obvious inspiration.

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Looping systems now make sermons much easier to hear BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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 in-

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, SPECIAL without the background Roby Price, the church’s Places of worship are facilities manager, acceptecho of their hall.” installing technology ed Chaiken’s invitation to Rev. Shannon Dill, with to aid hearing. the hearing loop demonSaint Luke’s, said the hearstration. 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.”

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Dunwoody’s plan for connector road predates its incorporation BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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, highrise 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 stopping growth in the area. Property owners won the right to build high rises and dense development in the area before Dunwoody became a city, he said, and the development is inevitable. Dunwoody has to have a vision to get 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, came to us and offered us the property


Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis says the city has to have a vision for getting cars in and out of the area.

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 Gold Kist/ Cotton States headquarters in 2013. Dunwoody’s public works direc-

tor, 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 con-

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nector 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 road-

way 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.”

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 Mercedes-Benz USA and State Farm shows the Perimeter’s strength in connectivity, with highways and MARTA, he said, but continued innovation happens best through collaboration. “We have to work together across jurisdictions, business sectors, cultural divides and socioeconomic lines in SS

order to win the future,” Hooker said. 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 and an investment in education and affordable housing. “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.” 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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Above, left, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul addresses the crowd during a public ceremony on Sept. 20, when the new City Center name and logo were revealed. Above, right, the City Springs logo.

Far left, Sandy Springs residents Shawn and Bridgette Cunniff tie ribbons to the barrier fence, before entering the City Springs construction site. Left, Mayor Rusty Paul encouraged residents to bring soil from their neighborhood to eventually be mixed into the area’s landscaping, symbolizing City Springs is “everybody’s neighborhood.”

Mayor: New City Springs is ‘everybody’s neighborhood’ CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

As part of the ceremony, Paul had asked residents to bring a jar of soil from their neighborhood to mingle in a planter. The soil eventually will be mixed into the City Springs landscaping to symbolize that it is “everybody’s neighborhood.” At least two dozen residents showed up with jars of dirt. Paul recalled that the site was long known as “the old Target site” for a shut-

tered chain store, and more recently as City Center. But city officials were concerned that name was too generic to attract quality retailers and restaurants for what is envisioned as the city’s new downtown. They hired a branding firm to come up with a new name and logo. The firm was Atlanta-based Iconologic, a company whose clients include the International Olympic Committee, the Coca-Cola Co. and the Atlanta Belt-

Line. It came up with the “City Springs” name based in part on surveys of Sandy Springs residents. The city paid Iconologic $77,000 for the work, according to city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun. The name “City Springs” was chosen to reflect the incorporation of the city 10 years ago and the historic spring that gave the area its name. The abstract, spray-like logo is intended to suggest both water and trees—“the things we

think are important,” Paul said. “From now on, if you call it City Center or the old Target site, you get fined $5,” Paul joked. The first reaction from the crowd to the new logo was some murmuring, but eventually they applauded. “Wow, it’s gorgeous,” remarked one woman in the crowd. Among those in the crowd was Frank Self, a Dunwoody resident who grew up

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Time for the state Legislature to form a fair, more transparent process for new cityhood

Senior Account Executives Jeff Kremer Janet Porter

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


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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:

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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.

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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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‘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.

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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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Saturday, Oct. 17, 6-10 p.m. – The Commu-

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: 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 or email:

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 to purchase tickets. Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church, 805 Mount. Vernon Hwy., NW, Sandy Springs, 30327.

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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


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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 or call 404-848-7140.

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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: Need more information? Go to 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 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 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-

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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, contact Ilana Schlam at 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 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: to register. Go to for details. 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, 30328.

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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 “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:


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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:


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: FortMountain


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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:


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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.

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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,

which we’ve been eating all wrong, but that’s another column) it’s all good! Guided by my original wish list, I went craROBIN JEAN zy and started with, “Are MARIE CONTE croissants ROBIN’S NEST good for you?” I found a site which explained that, sure enough, they are! Croissants contain iron and selenium, and even though I have never in my life heard of selenium, it happens to be an essential mineral, and that is good enough for me. And take our old friend bacon, for example. I googled, “Is bacon good for you?” and up popped a post that is entirely devoted to the virtues of bacon. It’s on a website called Bacon Today, posted by Boss Hog (who else) and liked by, at last count, 24,735 humans. It is titled “Top Ten Reasons Bacon is Actually HEALTHY for You!” and it informs us that bacon is good for the brain, the heart, blood pressure, general well-being, and that it can fuel your car and major industry, too. I have spent several days researching the health benefits of foods-formerlyknown-as-unhealthy. I have concluded that a hamburger cooked medium well, covered with mushrooms and melted Swiss cheese, served with a side of (gluten-free) chips, guacamole and a beer, and finished with a dark-chocolate brownie a la mode, is the ultimate brain-powering, endorphin-boosting, healthy meal. Plus, after you eat it, you will make all the green lights. Robin Conte is a writer and mother of four who lives in Dunwoody. She can be contacted at

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Let’s rock! The band No Solution, comprised of North Atlanta High School students Devon Gates, Max Bittner, Chris Robinson and Atlanta Classical Academy student Micah MacLane, recently won the the Atlanta Blues Challenge, Youth Division, sponsored by the Atlanta Blues Society.

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

“ Weber students embrace the creative process and connect with who they are artistically, culturally, and spiritually.”

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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Not so close The Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s varsity football team squared off against Cross Keys High School on Sept. 18 at Adams Stadium. Above, the Mount Vernon Mustangs take to the field. The Mustangs beat the Cross Keys Indians 45-7. Top right, team captains, left to right, Cross Keys’ David Velasquez and Eddie Cano, and Mount Vernon’s Reggie Burnette and Tommy Stupek, await the coin toss to start the game. Bottom right, Cross Keys running back Calvin Farley, far right, gets tackled by Mount Vernon’s Marquez Bembry.

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Junior hockey team’s debut is a family affair CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

Scott Pugliese was able to give his son some preparation, since he had gone on a hockey-player exchange trip to Sweden in his own youth. “It was different,” Scott Pugliese said with a chuckle. Metro Atlanta isn’t quite as different, but the host families still play an important role. Among the hosts cheering in the stands were Keith Bernard and young sons Cameron, who’s 5, and Thomas, who’s 7. The youths waved homemade signs rooting for Jack Cleaver and Dylan Wattles, the players JOHN RUCH they’re hosting. “I grew up in PennsylvaThe Sandy Springs-based Atlanta nia and I played hockey when Capitals junior ice hockey team plays I was younger,” said Bernard. home games at Center Ice Arena. Cleaver and Wattles are both from California, but tickets. they’re learning to fit into their host “I found it’s not going to be covering home. “The players participate in family the cost of what they eat,” Bernard said events, help our kids with homework,” of the hearty-eating athletes. Bernard said. “We all sit down with dinBut having hockey players around ner together.” the house offers a source of inspiration In exchange for hosting, they receive for Cameron and Thomas. They’re now $300 per player per month, plus season learning to play roller hockey.


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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 Springsbased 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, ChatComm. “They don’t really know where they are.” Neither, for the most part, do 911 operators. If you think you or a loved one is having a heart attack, grab a land line because the operator will see the address associated with the line, Pierce said. He recommends residents register cellphones with Smart, a public service that allows users to provide information online that would help first responders locate them and understand ongoing medical issues. 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 comes 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 Brookhav-

Police Blotter The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and the information is presumed to be accurate.



block of Cedar Run—On Sept. 12, a man reported that at approximately 3 a.m. he pulled into his apartment parking lot and, when he exited the car, a man confronted him and demanded “everything” or he would shoot. He said a second man then approached. He said one of the men had something, but he couldn’t see if it was a gun or not. The victim gave his wallet and iPhone to the two men, who fled.


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en 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 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

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 multi-tasking 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 handle many things at once and to deal with 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.

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The following incidents and arrests are some but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Sept. 11-25.



Above, Brittany Baxter, a ChatComm floor supervisor, left the restaurant industry to join the company as a dispatcher.

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block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 11, an eyeglass store alarm activated at 4 a.m. Officers found that someone had thrown a rock through the window and had taken several pairs of glasses, while overlooking other more expensive items such as computers. They broke in an eyeglass store, got glasses but not the expensive stuff. Somehow that makes sense. Probably grabbed the glasses and

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Sept. 13, a woman reported that around 2 a.m. she was driving her car into the parking deck of her residence community when another car blocked her from entering the parking deck. She said a man got out of the car and started yelling and cursing at her. He told her to “back up the [expletive deleted] car.” A woman got out of the car and the man who was driving told her to “[expletive deleted] up this white bitch.” The woman went over to the man and appeared to calm him down a bit. The man then approached the woman, whose car was blocked in, calling her a “white racist bitch.” She said at this point she was afraid he was going to hit her and told the man she was calling the cops, to which he replied, “Call the [expletive deleted] racist police, I don’t give a [expletive deleted].” The man then got back in his car and moved it. She got the tag and called the police. The tag was registered to a man who lives in Sandy Springs and is wanted on a warrant in Fulton County for obstructing the police and giving a false name. „„1800

block of Jefferson Drive—On Sept. 15, a woman said that around midnight, she was pulling into the gated entrance. As she did, another car piggybacked and came through. She stopped to let him pass. The car behind her stopped, then drove off to another section of the complex. A few seconds later a grey BMW SUV drove up (presumed to be the same

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block of Roswell Road—On Sept. 16, a woman reported she was in a grocery store parking lot when a silver Toyota Camry pulled up next to her. A girl who appeared to be about 13 to 15 years old, seated in the passenger seat of the car, asked if the woman spoke Persian and then asked if there was a Persian grocery store nearby. The woman said she didn’t think so. The girl then said her mom’s purse had been stolen. The woman began to ignore them and walked to her car. They followed her, so she told them to leave her alone. She took her phone out and snapped a photo. The man driving the car got out and cursed at her, saying “Why are you taking pictures of us?” He continued to curse at her, but returned to his car and drove off. The photo of the car and tag showed prior police contact for solicitation in both Sandy Springs and Dunwoody.

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