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New Dunwoody hotel to include rooftop bar Up-and-coming jazz musician Dunwoody-based screenwriter Alison Rose Greenberg is making waves with film and book projects. Read a Q&A with Greenberg on Page 17. (Special/Talitha Kauffman Photography)



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Contents OCTOBER 2021

Editor’s Note


Guide to Fall Events


Sandy Springs Mayoral Forum


Buckhead Cityhood studies




Minigolf bar


New hotel


Brookhaven Oglethorpe musical


Resident honored


Commentary Worth Knowing


Dining New Italian restaurant


Arts 12


Jazz musician


Dunwoody screenwriter


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Your letters make this publication stronger This is the fourth issue of Reporter Newspapers I’ve produced since joining as editor. It’s been amazing to BY AMY WENK connect with the community, and I’ve especially enjoyed hearing from many of you through email. One of the most heartwarming letters I received was from Liam Wood, who said he was a Boy Scout working on his communications merit badge. “One of the requirements is to email a news editor about an issue that is important to me,” Wood wrote. For him, that issue was Buckhead Baseball, a place he said you can make friends for life. “But over the years, the area around it has become run down,” Wood wrote. “There is crime happening, there is a lot of trash, and there are many speeding cars on Pharr Road. I think that there should be some more security around


that area to keep Buckhead Baseball a safe place for kids.” A notable cause, for sure. I got a chuckle when I recently received an email with the subject line “Editing the Editor.” That’s right Peter Cornelis, retired editor for CNN International, caught a typo in one of my newsletters. Thank you, Mr. Cornelis, for bringing that to my attention and for your thoughtful closing line as he thanked us for “helping keep local journalism alive.” Other readers have shared interesting perspectives with us. A Buckhead resident of 73 years, Al

Goodgame, wrote in response to recent articles we published about an effort brewing for Buckhead to break off and form its own city. “I am a retired landscape architect, land planner and history buff,” he wrote. “I know that embalming cities does not work. They must evolve over time as they become functionally obsolete and must regenerate themselves.” Goodgame went on to talk about how Buckhead needs to adapt to its changing population, not secede, sharing his knowledge of how other ar-

eas of Atlanta had evolved over the years. It was neat to hear his recollection of the city’s history. Robert Laurence Lindberg wrote to us with concern about the rising number of homeless people in Sandy Springs. “What can we do to help them?” Lindberg asked. I really appreciated this note, and we are looking into more stories about the unhoused population and what resources are available in the community. I share these letters because I really feel that they make our publication stronger. Thank you for writing. I’m here to listen (editor@reporternewspapers.net).

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Guide to fall fun It’s October – a month for thrills, chills, and of course, some fall fun! We’ve rounded up a guide to events in the community and beyond. Be sure to check for COVID-19 guidelines and don’t forget your mask – it is Halloween, after all.



North Springs Fall Pumpkin Patch North Springs United Methodist Church One-year-old Delilah McDaniel at Lucy’s Market will host its annual in Buckhead. (Isadora Pennington) pumpkin patch, a fundThe church is located at 2443 Mt Vernon Road. raiser for its youth ministry. The patch will be open daily Oct. 1-31. The Town Brookhaven’s Fall Pumpkin Patch church, located at the corner of Morgan Falls The Brookhaven mixed-use development and Roswell roads in Sandy Springs, is also will host a fall pumpkin patch event Oct. 23hosting special events. That includes a Harvest 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be “pumpCelebration on Oct. 2 and a children’s event kins galore” for purchase and a fall photo area. with live music on Oct. 23. Visit the church’s Town Brookhaven is located on Peachtree Facebook page for deals at facebook.com/ Road, near Oglethorpe University. northspringsumc. All Saints Pumpkin Patch

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The pumpkin patch at All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody is set to open Oct. 3 and will run through the end of the month. Proceeds from the patch are donated to charity.

Pumpkins are set to arrive at Brookhaven Christian Church on Oct. 10, according to the church’s calendar. It’s located at 4500 Peachtree Road.

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I’m running to represent District 1 at the Dunwoody City Council to ensure the City of Dunwoody serves the great citizens of our community. As an experienced former City Council Member and a financial services executive, it is time to bring back a CPA to Dunwoody City Council. Nearly two years into the pandemic and with the negative impact on city finances, my financial and business expertise is again needed on Dunwoody City Council to rebuild a solid financial foundation for today and the future.

DUNWOODY RESIDENT SINCE 1998 PROUD TO HAVE HAD BOTH CHILDREN ATTEND DUNWOODY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SERVED TWO TERMS AS A MEMBER OF THE DUNWOODY CITY COUNCIL PROVEN LEADER | RIGHT CHOICE. RIGHT TIME. AS YOUR NEXT DISTRICT 1 REPRESENTATIVE, MY TOP PRIORITIES WILL BE: PUBLIC SAFETY Increase public safety by stepping up the retention and recruitment efforts for Dunwoody Police with funding and support to overcome the new challenges experienced by law enforcement and restore Dunwoody PD as the “police agency of choice.”

DUNWOODY VILLAGE Establish the long-awaited “Town Green” in Dunwoody Village to make the Village a memory-making destination to enjoy food, drinks, and music from quality restaurants while the kids play in a green space. It is time to make this a reality.

CONNECTIVITY Accelerate connectivity projects of trails and sidewalks to fill in missing gaps at a faster pace, especially for safety along heavily traveled roads, such as District 1’s Dunwoody Club Drive and school routes due to the relocation of Austin Elementary School.

PARKS IMPROVEMENTS Establish a sustainable funding plan to support parks programs, parks maintenance, capital improvements at our community gems including Dunwoody Nature Center and Dunwoody Cultural Arts Center, plus complete the build-out of four park sites, which includes District 1’s old Austin Elementary School and Perimeter Center Park.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY Work proactively beyond the annual budget through a five-year forecast identifying funding shortfalls from the pandemic financial downturn and reviewing all available sustainable funding solutions. REMEMBER TO VOTE: Early Voting begins October 12th at Dunwoody Library Election Day is November 2nd at your assigned voting precinct

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Mayoral candidates discuss vaccines, community diversity BY BOB PEPALIS Both Sandy Springs mayoral candidates believe COVID-19 vaccinations are necessary to get past the pandemic but differ in how they would get more residents to take a jab. Reporter Newspapers and the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber hosted a candidate forum on Sept. 27 that brought together the 17 candidates for the City Council and mayoral races. The event was a partnership with WABE and Atlanta Civic Circle. Visit reporternewspapers.net/sandysprings2021 to watch the full mayoral forum. Election day is Nov. 2, with early voting beginning Oct. 12. Mayor Rusty Paul said he’s been going out in the community to urge residents to get vaccinated, while mayoral candidate Dontaye Carter said a vaccine mandate is necessary. “I’ve spoken to many doctors. I’m well aware of the issues that are going on,” Carter said. “And the reality is we’ve got to go ahead and mandate this vaccine. We’ve got to ensure that we are putting people’s lives above liberty.” Paul said he’s been going out with the city’s fire department to apartment complexes to urge residents to get vaccinated.

Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul and mayoral candidate Dontaye Carter. “It’s been an amazing job of getting out in the community, working with people, and we’re making some progress,” Paul said. “We’ve increased the number of our city employees who’ve gotten vaccinated.” The candidates also discussed how to build a more diverse and inclusive community. “Our Diversity and Inclusion Task Force that we’ve talked so much about, they’ve already submitted their recommendations. When are we going to act on

them?” Carter said. Paul said he needed to correct Carter because the task force hasn’t finished its work yet. The Civic Dinners that Paul launched, which facilitated discussions around diversity and inclusion, had more than 300 participants, he added. “And it was real clear that we had people who didn’t feel included,” Paul said. “They didn’t feel involved.” That led to the formation of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, he said.

Other topics included how to address worker shortages, affordable housing and public safety. In his closing remarks, Paul said he’s focused on keeping Sandy Springs safe, protecting its neighborhoods, and keeping taxes low. Carter said in closing that he wanted to make a difference in the community. “I’m going to put the interests of the people at the forefront,” he said. The forum also included the 15 candidates running for six council district seats. Council candidates are elected by the voters in the district they serve. At least two new members will join City Council next year as Steve Soteres (District 2) and Chris Burnett (District 3) decided not to seek reelection. City Council candidates gave their views on protecting the city’s existing neighborhoods, traffic congestion and how they would improve diversity and inclusion in the city. They all agreed the city needs to help ensure affordable housing is available for workers including firefighters, police, nurses and teachers, although their opinions on how to achieve that differed. Visit Reporter Newspapers’ Youtube channel for each of the City Council forums.



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A group trying to break off Buckhead from Atlanta released a feasibility study that claims an independent city could raise more than $200 million a year in revenue, with almost $114 million in surplus. The Buckhead City Committee commissioned Valdosta State University’s Center for South Georgia Regional Impact for the study, which asserts the proposed “Buckhead City” could be financially feasible. The study, available at becnow.com, outlines a structure for the new city, comparing its expenses to similar-sized cities including Sandy Springs and Roswell. The study area represented 25 square miles in Buckhead with almost 104,000 residents, or about 20 percent of Atlanta’s population. State law requires a feasibility study for legislation proposing incorporation to be considered. Supporters of the cityhood effort are hoping to get legislation passed at the Georgia General Assembly next year, which would place a referendum on the November 2022 ballot allowing Buckhead residents to vote on whether to form a new city. “We’ve been saying all along that taxes paid to the City of Atlanta have not generated a fair return for Buckhead in terms of city services,” Bill White, CEO of the Buckhead City Committee, said in the press release. “Given the same tax revenue, the administration of Buckhead City would deliver more and better services to the people of Buckhead, starting with a highly effective and properly compensated police force with a minimum of 250 officers.”

But Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District and president of the Buckhead Coalition, called the feasibility study from the Buckhead City Committee a check-the-box study. He said it’s “not deep and overly simplistic for the complexity of what they are pursuing.” Opponents of the Buckhead cityhood effort released a study Sept. 16 that claims there would be a substantial financial impact on the city if Buckhead were to secede. The study, available at committeeforaunitedatlanta.com, says that the net fiscal loss to Atlanta would range from $80 million to $116 million per year if Buckhead were to break off. Atlanta Public Schools would be hit harder, says the study, with an estimated $232 million annual loss. The study also says that both Buckhead and Atlanta residents would see increased taxes due to the loss of financial resources, among other impacts. Atlanta-based consulting firm KB Advisory Group conducted the study. Staff members at George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis participated as consultants. It was paid for by the Buckhead Coalition. Anti-cityhood group Committee for a United Atlanta distributed the report. “This study clearly shows that breaking up Atlanta is a bad idea. It’s bad for Buckhead. It’s bad for Atlanta. It’s bad for the metro region. And it’s bad for the state of Georgia,” said Linda Klein, cochair for the Committee for a United Atlanta.

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Minigolf bar planned for Dunwoody’s High Street



The minigolf bar Puttshack has signed a lease to open a new location in Dunwoody. Puttshack is expected to open at the city’s upcoming High Street development, according to a press release. High Street is expected to be a multi-use development built on about 36 acres at the northwest intersection of Perimeter Center Parkway and Hammond Drive. The Dunwoody Development Authority approved the final bond documents for the project on Aug. 26, making way for construction to begin. Puttshack is the first anchor tenant for the High Street development, according to the press release. The location will feature four custom mini golf courses and a “globally-inspired” menu and full cocktail bar. Construction on High Street is expected to begin in 2021. The first phase of construction will include 150,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space, about 600 rental apart-

ments, 90,000 square feet of loft office space, and 222,000 square feet of existing office space. “Our vision for High Street is to deliver a highly connected cosmopolitan oasis in Atlanta’s thriving Central Perimeter market that features an incredible mix of entertainment, shopping and dining,” said Jim Linsley, president of developer GID Development Group, in a press release. “Puttshack at High Street is delivering on that vision and will bring our community the types of new and exciting experiences they crave, all while being seamlessly integrated within the project’s energetic and vibrant mixed-use environment.” This will be Puttshack’s second location in Atlanta, joining its first spot at The Interlock on Howell Mill Road. According to the press release, Puttshack plans to open locations in Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, Texas, Arizona, and Tennessee over the next few years.


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New Dunwoody hotel to include rooftop bar BY SAMMIE PURCELL A new hotel will bring a rooftop bar – the first in the area – to Dunwoody. AC Hotel Atlanta Perimeter opened in Dunwoody at 40 Perimeter Center Place on Sept. 9, offering 156 rooms and situated across the street from Perimeter Mall. The hotel will soon feature the city’s first rooftop bar, called Bar Peri. “The concept behind the AC Hotel Atlanta Perimeter is simple but powerful – edit away the unnecessary to allow guests to focus on what is most important to them,” said Mitch Patel, president and CEO of hotel owner Vision Hospitality Group, in an announcement. “ We are excited to of-

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BY SAMMIE PURCELL Film and television productions in DeKalb County are expected to bring in $1.377 billion in economic output from 2018 to 2023, according to a new report from the Atlanta Regional Commission. The metro planning agency joined forces with the DeKalb Entertainment Commission to generate the report. It looks at the projected economic impact and employment of the film and television industry, along with the types of productions. One of the productions partly filmed in DeKalb County is the upcoming reboot of “The Wonder Years,” said a spokesperson for economic development agency Decide DeKalb. The reboot premiered Sept. 22 on ABC. “Georgia’s robust and thriving film and television industry has created a multi-faceted return on investments statewide as productions bring needed job opportunities, technical training, earning potential, and direct economic impact that strengthens the financial fabric of our community,” said Decide DeKalb President Dorian Debarr. The report takes data from 2018 and uses that as a base to project the industry’s trajectory over the next five years. According to the report, 85% of the industry jobs that come to DeKalb County in the fiveyear period will stay in the county. The report also projects that the industry in DeKalb County will experience a 6.9% annual growth rate between 2020 and 2023.

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Oglethorpe University students cast alongside professional actors in ‘Heathers: The Musical’

The upcoming ‘Heathers:The Musical’ includes Oglethorpe University students Chloe Campbell (in yellow) and Wynne Kelly (in green). Campbell plays Heather McNamara and Kelly plays Heather Duke. (Special)

Chloe “CC” Campbell (right) pays attention during a music rehearsal Sept. 15 for “Heathers: The Musical.” (Beth E. Concepción)

BY BETH E. CONCEPCIÓN Long before the Plastics from “Mean Girls,” there was a different set of high school queen bees, all with the same name: Heather. The dark comedy film “Heathers,” starring a barely post-“Beetlejuice” Winona Ryder as Veronica, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1989. It became a cult classic – enough so that it spawned a stage show, “Heathers: The Musical,” in 2013. The show will be performed at Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center through Oct. 17, thanks to the university’s partnership with Actor’s Express. What makes this partnership different from past ones with the likes of the Alliance Theater and the Georgia Ensemble Theater is that more than half the cast features Oglethorpe students. “That’s the really great benefit of this [production],” said Matt Huff, director of Oglethorpe’s theater program and associate professor of theater. “It really puts the students front and center in a way that the other partnerships haven’t.” The students also are getting an opportunity they wouldn’t have otherwise in terms of the type of show. “It’s the biggest scale of production at all that we’ve ever attempted at Actor’s Express,” said Freddie Ashley, artistic director of Actor’s Express. “One of the things that is great about the partnership is that it allowed both the Express and Oglethorpe to take on something on a scale that we might not be able to take on indepen-


Actor’s Express Artistic Director Freddie Ashley, at right, speaks to actors before a music rehearsal Sept. 15. (Beth E. Concepción) dently.” Ashley said that the musical “reframes and readapts” the movie for a modern era. “You couldn’t make that movie today,” he said. “As a matter of fact, you wouldn’t make that movie today because the things that were funny because they were unfathomable are not funny anymore.” Ashley said, “The satire is as sharp and the claws are just as pointed but it’s wrapped up in a sense of effervescent fun that I think makes some of the darker cor-

ners more accessible to a contemporary audience.” Fortunately for the students, the cutthroat environment depicted in the musical does not extend to the rehearsal process. “What is unique about this experience is that students and professionals are working alongside each other with no hierarchy,” Ashley said. This peer-to-peer style makes the process more than enjoyable, according to

Chloe “CC” Campbell, who plays Heather McNamara. “It’s such a great experience,” said the Smyrna sophomore who is double majoring in theater and communications. “[Rehearsal] is definitely the part I look forward to most every day. Even on my bad days, this is literally a dream. I can’t believe I’m a part of it, and I get to be here every day. It’s amazing, and I love it so much.” Caroline Gammage, a junior theater major from Cedartown who plays Martha Dunnstock, said this role gets her closer to her goal of being a professional actor. She said her “pinch me” moment happened early on in the process. “We got emails asking for bios and headshots to go on the website,” she said. “I thought, ‘Oh my God! I’m going to have my info on a professional acting website with my headshot!’” “This is a great learning opportunity, and one of the benefits of coming to a smaller school like Oglethorpe,” Huff said. “At a larger B.F.A. program, [the students] wouldn’t have had these opportunities.” In the words of Ryder’s Veronica, “How very.” reporternewspapers.net DUN


Brookhaven names greenspace after resident Brookhaven has officially dedicated a greenspace located on Remington Road to local resident and veteran Tom Reilly. The dedication took place during the Brookhaven City Council meeting on Sept. 14. Councilmember Linley Jones read the proclamation at the greenspace, which is located at 1664 Remington Road. The city decided to honor Reilly – who has lived in Brookhaven since 1953 – because of his dedication to the environment, the preservation of greenspaces in the city, and the protection of urban wildlife, Jones said. Reilly has volunteered for the National Wildlife Federation – a national conservation advocacy group – for 15 years. He is also a member of the Brookhaven Tree Conservancy and has advocated for the reduced use of herbicides while still supporting the removal of invasive plant species and the protection of native plant species in Brookhaven parks. “Tom Reilly worked to protect and preserve the natural environment and became a relentless advocate for wildlife and a dedicated steward of the ecosystem,” Jones said. “[He] played a vital role in setting up habitats, clearing trails, manning recruitment booths, publishing wildlife articles, establishing ecology clubs, making presentations, and help-


I have enjoyed serving the citizens of District 1 and Sandy Springs and ask for your support to continue that effort. I believe I have helped make our city a better community.

Brookhaven has named the Remington Road green space after Tom Reilly (center). ing create and pass Brookhaven’s tree protection ordinance.” Cary King, who serves on the Brookhaven Planning Commission, also said a few words about Reilly’s time in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War during the event. Reilly received a Bronze Star Medal and two Purple Hearts for his service. Reilly said a few words at the end of the ceremony, thanking the council for the dedication. “My family and I will remember this forever,” he said. “Thank you so very, very much.” — SAMMIE PURCELL

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Danny Ross proposes tech incubator for Dunwoody

Danny Ross, Already recognized as one of the counlongtime Duntry’s top ten tech cities, Atlanta is the unwoody residisputed leader in fintech, with more than dent, venture half of U.S. financial technology firms capitalist, enbased here and nearly 70 percent of all Carol Niemi is a marketing consultant who lives on the Dunwoody-Sandy Springs line trepreneur, inU.S. debit, credit card and prepaid card writes about people whose lives inspire others. Contact her at worthknowingnow@gmai ventor, comtransactions processed in the state. munity leader Danny Ross sees this ecosystem of taland member of ent and resources as a source of both fithe Dunwoody nancial and intellectual capital for the Economic Reincubator, which he has dubbed the Innocovery Comvation Center of Dunwoody. mittee, has subFor now, his proposal is in the hands BY CAROL NIEMI mitted to the of Dunwoody’s Director of Economic Decity a 44-page velopment Michael Starling and a consulproposal for a Dunwoody tech incubatant hired to study the options for growtor, a plan that was turned down when he ing Dunwoody’s new economy. Carolit’s Niemi is a marketing consultant who lives on the Dunwoodyfirst proposed it in 2012. Now, more rel“We have to compete for talent, tech Sandy Springs line and writes about people whose lives inspire evant than ever as the Committee seeks companies and small entrepreneurs,” others. Contact her at worthknowingnow@gmail.com. ways to respond to a changing economy said Starling. “Quality of place and qualiin which technology touches everyone. ty of life are important as is access to busiThanks to Atlanta’s expanding tech ness resources. Work forces want to live ecosystem, many OTP cities now have in a true live-work-play environment. We tech incubators, with ties to Georgia want to do all the right things.” Tech’s ATDC (Advanced Technology DeNo stranger to the give-and-take of sellvelopment Center) and TAG (Technology ing new ideas, Danny, who with his son Association of Georgia). Dell holds seven technology patents, start-



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AND PROUD OF IT. Now Open in Sandy Springs & Alpharetta Sandy Springs Michael Starling, Dunwoody economic development director. ed his first business while in college, selling imported wigs door-to-door. His first job, with IBM during the infancy of computers, led to leadership roles in tech startups in Atlanta and New York, including the launch of the Timex home computer that sold for under $100 through Timex watch retailers. “We sold the world’s cheapest computer at the world’s largest department store [Macy’s New York],” he said. A price war between Timex, Commodore and Texas Instruments eventually caused the demise of the Timex computer. “But first we put a lot of them into classrooms,” Danny said. “I still meet people who say their first computer was a Timex.” Returning to Atlanta, Danny co-founded a venture capital firm based in Midtown at ATDC and entered the nascent Atlanta tech ecosystem. “We funded 30 startups and served on their boards,” he said. In 2004-2009, he found time to be copresident, along with his wife Queenie, of the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. During that time, he was instrumental in saving the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, campaigned for Dunwoody cityhood and served on Dunwoody’s first city council. Like Michael Starling, he thinks Dunwoody already has the infrastructure, including plenty of banks and office space, low personal tax rates and high quality of life. “Why go all the way to ATDC when you can get the same resources in Dunwoody?” he asked.

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ket. That includes brothers Jonathan and Ryan Akly, along with chef and partner Ian Winslade. For Winslade, it’s his first foray into Sandy Springs after nearly three decades of being in Atlanta. Winslade, who is originally from England, had come to Atlanta before the 1996 Olympic Games. He’s been involved in top restaurants across the city, including the former Bluepointe restaurant in Buckhead, Murphy’s in Virginia-Highland, and Paces & Vine in Vinings. “I think Sandy Springs has really become an extension of north Buckhead, but out of the hustle and bustle of Buckhead,” Winslade said during a media event Sept. 17. The city is growing rapidly, he said, in particular noting investments by Atlanta developer James-

town, which owns two shopping centers in Sandy Springs and is currently planning a big redevelopment at one. That project is just a couple blocks from Tre Vele. Giancarlo Ruiz, formerly of restaurant Storico Fresco, is serving as executive chef at Tre Vele. Ruiz, 40, was born in Peru but raised

Chef Ian Winslade and Jonathan Akly. (Special) in Florence, Italy. In an interview, he said he’s excited to highlight the handmade pastas of the restaurant, which he makes fresh and dries by hand. The pastas can accommodate different dietary needs, such as vegan and gluten free. Winslade called Ruiz a master of Italian food and said he was pleased to show off his talent to the city. Some menu items include a grilled Branzino fillet (a mild white fish) with layered potatoes, tomatoes and squash. There’s also a handmade Pappardelle pasta with lamb ragu and Grana Padano (an Italian cheese).

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Local musician Joe Alterman finds his calling in jazz BY BETH E. CONCEPCIÓN Mark Twain — or Confucius, some say — coined the phrase, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Whoever said it, jazz pianist Joe Alterman is living it. He has been interested in music since he was a Sandy Springs toddler. “I remember when I was like three or four going to my parents and asking for piano lessons,” Alterman said. “They gave me the lessons, and I took a few and hated it. I wanted to quit. They wouldn’t let me.” His parents were smart. He went on to earn praise from jazz legend Ramsey Lewis: “Joe Alterman is an inspiration to me! His piano playing, his will to explore, and his ability to swing is a joy to behold.” Alterman, 32, credits Doc Watson’s “Freight Train Boogie” with turning his piano hatred to love. He said he wanted to learn that song on the guitar. “My dad made a deal that I could take guitar if I kept Jazz pianist Joe Alterman. (Beth E. Concepción) up with my piano,” he said. “The teacher eventually tion with his heroes that provides many of told me, ‘You know, boogie woogie is piano his career highlights, such as meeting Les music. Doc Watson put that on the guitar,’” McCann. Alterman said. “He said, ‘How much do you practice?’ I That brought him back to the piano was kind of excited to tell him how much I around the age of 13. practiced. I said, ‘Six hours a day.’ He said, “I was always getting into trouble for ‘Man, that’s way too much … You’ve got to changing a note or two,” Alterman said. “I live a little so you have something to play didn’t know there was any kind of music about.’” at the time where you could be encouraged Alterman said he now practices about to do that.” three hours a day. It’s plenty to keep him in Or that it would end up being his career. top shape for upcoming shows to support He earned a Bachelor of Music and a Mashis new album, “The Upside of Down.” The ter of Music in New York University’s jazz album is taken from live shows at Birdland program. One of his fondest memories is in November 2019 and February 2020, but playing New York’s Iridium Jazz Club. the title came to him during the pandemic. New York also is a special place because “I was trying to look for some good in of trips he took with his dad – arguably his all the bad,” he said. “And that’s when the biggest supporter. title ‘The Upside of Down’ came to me. It’s “He knew I had talent, but I don’t think what I’m all about. And I think it is what he really was encouraging it as a career,” jazz is all about. There’s something very Alterman said. “But now he just loves it. He uplifting about music. Even the sad stuff travels with me to everything.” has some happiness to it.” As a teenager, he begged his dad to see Alterman (with Kevin Smith on bass Oscar Peterson at Birdland Jazz Club – a and Justin Chesarek on drums) will be at venue Alterman played for three nights in Callanwolde Fine Arts Center on Oct. 8 at 7 July and will play for five nights in January. p.m. for Jazz on the Lawn. “To play at Birdland with my dad in the “Bring a sweater,” Alterman advised. audience now, sitting at the table he and I And an interest in jazz by an artist with a sat at when I was 16 to see Oscar Peterson, lifelong love for it. it’s really powerful,” Alterman said. In fact, Alterman said it’s the connec-

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In conversation with Dunwoody screenwriter Alison Rose Greenberg What are the next steps for “Clean Air?” Greenberg: So I will have a kickoff call, and they’ll look at the treatment. If they love everything on it, I’ll go off and write it and then get them a first draft. If they need tweaking of the outline, we’ll tweak that and then I’ll go off and write it. It’s usually a kickoff call with all the producers. And then it’ll be me putting my head down for, you know, four to eight weeks or whatever it is and writing the heck out of that first draft.

BY SAMMIE PURCELL Things have been moving fast for Alison Rose Greenberg. In the past year, the Dunwoody-based screenwriter has begun work on a couple of films and finished the first draft of her second book – all before the first one has even been released. Greenberg – who wrote on the sixth season of the popular TV Land television series “Younger” – has already written the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her first book, “Bad Luck Bridesmaid,” which will be published in January of 2022. She’s also in the beginning stages of working on the screenplay for “Clean Air,” a NASCARthemed romantic comedy backed by big names like Will Smith and the electronic music duo The Chainsmokers. Reporter Newspapers talked to Greenberg about what it’s been like working during the COVID-19 pandemic, her favorite WB teen dramas, and more. This interview had been edited for length and clarity. You live in Dunwoody now – did you grow up there? Alison Rose Greenberg: I grew up in Buckhead. [I] went to Woodward [Academy] and then USC out in L.A. And then Atlanta, New York, and back to Atlanta – because no one ever leaves the South. It’s a boomerang, you have to come back. Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer? Greenberg: It was funny. I was a teenager who discovered 1990s WB television, which was like the age of “Dawson’s Creek,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Felicity.” I was like, “I don’t know what I want to do, but I want to make things like this.” I don’t know if I want to be a writer, or a director, or a producer. I always loved reading and writing – English was my strongest subject in school – and I went to USC and minored in cinema and television. Then I took one screenwriting class and it, for me, was like breathing. It was so easy and effortless, and exciting. And I was like, I just would like to do this forever. That was my first venture into screenwriting.

Dunwoody screenwriter Alison Rose Greenberg has adapted the screenplay for her first book, “Bad Luck Bridesmaid,” which will release on Jan. 11, 2022. (Special/Talitha Kauffman Photography) What was your first job in the industry? How did that come about? Greenberg: I’d say my first kind of random big thing – which they tell you as a screenwriter, never spec a show, never write a sample episode of the show you want to write on. It’s a bad idea. But I did it anyway. I watched the season finale of season five of “Younger,” which is Darren Star’s TV show. And I was like, I could write this season six premiere. I’m going to just do it. I wrote a spec and it got to a friend who then … got in Darren Star’s hands. I ended up doing the story for this season six episode, which was my first toe dip in this industry that I’d been circling around for years and years. That was the first adventure, and then from there, [Creative Artists Agency] and I found each other. I have a book called “Bad Luck Bridesmaid” coming out on Jan. 11 of 2022. That’s set to be adapted already, right? Greenberg: Yes. I adapted my own book and wrote the screenplay for that, too. I also saw that you’re attached to another movie with Will Smith’s company Westbrook Studios. Is that correct?

Greenberg: Yes. “Clean Air” is with Westbrook, which is Will Smith, and then NASCAR is producing it as well, and The Chainsmokers … which is like a whole kitchen sink of interesting people, but actually some of the most phenomenal producers that I’ve had the pleasure of pitching and working with. I think [this] would never have happened if not for quarantine. So were you working quite a bit during the pandemic, or were there lulls and flows? Greenberg: No lulls! I was writing “Bad Luck Bridesmaid,” my first book, during the pandemic, doing pitches alongside that of the “Clean Air” pitch and the treatment, and then I just finished the first draft of my second book … I don’t know when that’ll be out, but we got to get the first one out, and then I’ll do line edits on the second! It was constant writing and pitching. With TV and films, you’re pitching more projects than your friends ever know about. I would say like 99% fail, and you just need the 1% to go through. So it’s just been a lot of writing and pitching, and exercising the prose muscle on one side of my brain and the screenwriting muscle on the other.



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Leaf Watch October will see fall leaves ablaze with color in North Georgia, North Carolina

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ctober is primetime to see the fall foliage at its peak color, so set aside a weekend for a drive to North Georgia or North Carolina.

According to the Fall Foliage Prediction Map at smokymountains.com, leaves will peak a little earlier than usual in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina between Oct. 4-11, while Oct. 18-25 will offer the brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows in North Georgia. At this writing, Georgia State Parks were still limiting access if parks become too overcrowded to maintain social distancing, so be sure to check gastateparks. org for updates. The same goes for the Smoky Mountains, where the National Park Service is requiring masks in all buildings and in crowded outdoor spaces According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, these are the parks to check out the best foliage color along with some recommended hikes and activities.


Amicalola Falls State Park & Lodge An hour north of Atlanta in Dawsonville, you’ll find the Southeast’s tallest cascading waterfall. A short, flat path leads to a boardwalk offering the most spectacular views. There’s also an easy-to-reach overlook at the top. For a tougher challenge, start from the bottom of the falls and hike up the steep staircase.

where you’ll find two waterfalls. The 5-mile West Rim Loop is moderately difficult and offers great views of the canyon.

Black Rock Mountain State Park At an altitude of 3,640 feet, Black Rock Mountain in Clayton is Georgia’s highest state park (Brasstown Bald is the state’s highest peak). Roadside overlooks and the summit visitor center offer sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The 2.2-mile Tennessee Rock Trail is a good choice for a short, moderate hike. For an all-day challenge, take the 7.2-mile James E. Edmonds Backcountry Trail.

Cloudland Canyon State Park Located in Rising Fawn, one of Georgia’s most beautiful parks offers easyto-reach rim overlooks and challenging trails. A favorite hike takes you down a staircase to the bottom of the canyon,

Fort Mountain State Park This park in Chatsworth is best known for a mysterious rock wall along the mountain top, plus a variety of trails. For the easiest walk, take the 1.2-mile loop around the park’s green lake. For a challenging, allday hike, choose the 8-mile Gahuti Trail. Mountain bikers have more than 14 miles to explore. Hwy. 52 has beautiful mountain scenery and overlooks worth stopping to see.

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▲F.D. Roosevelt State Park Many people are surprised to find hardwood forests and rolling mountains south of Atlanta. The 6.7-mile Wolf Den Loop is a favorite section of the longer Pine Mountain Trail. For a touch of history, drive to Dowdell’s Knob to see a lifesize bronze sculpture of President F.D. Roosevelt and views of the forested valley. Ga. Hwy. 190 is a pretty driving route.

Georgia’s smallest state park sits on the shore of a gorgeous Lake Burton. Guests can choose from the 2-mile Hemlock Falls Trail or 1-mile Non-Game Trail with a wildlife observation tower. Hwy. 197 is a particularly pretty road, passing Mark of the Potter and other popular attractions.

Smithgall Woods State Park Protecting more than 6,000 acres around Dukes Creek, this is the perfect spot for fly fishing while enjoying fall color. Day visitors can picnic near the creek, and overnight guests can hike a private trail to Dukes Creek Falls. A 1.6-mile loop climbs to Laurel Ridge and provides a view of Mt. Yonah once most leaves are reporternewspapers.net DUN

off the trees. Smithgall Woods has some of the park system’s most sought-after cabins and is near wineries and Helen’s Oktoberfest.

Tallulah Gorge State Park Tallulah Gorge near Clayton is one of the most spectacular canyons in the Southeast, and you can choose from easy or difficult trails. Hike along the rim to several overlooks with waterfall views, or hike to the bottom of the gorge for a bigger challenge.

Unicoi State Park & Lodge Ziplines take you high above the forest canopy for a unique view of leaves near Helen. If you’re up for a steep hike, take the 4.8-mile Smith Creek Trail up to Anna Ruby Falls. Unicoi offers a lodge and restaurant.

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Near Blairsville, the 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail makes a nice day trip for experienced hikers, offering a birds-eye view of the park’s lake. For an easier walk, follow the Lake Loop to a small waterfall below the dam. The twisting roads around Vogel, particularly Wolf Pen Gap Road, offer some of north Georgia’s prettiest fall scenery.

While the leaves will be past their peak, the annual Highlands Food & Wine Festival (highlandsfoodandwine.com) returns Nov. 11-14 with music, tastings, dinners and more. Highlands also offers great shopping, dining, and the chance to explore the scenic surroundings.. Visit highlandschamber.org for more information.

A short drive from Asheville, just below Mt. Mitchell and near Black Mountain, the music festival features African, Latin, Appalachian, Cajun, Celtic, Blues, Bluegrass, and more Oct. 14-17. Visit theleaf. org/the-festival for tickets and information.


Enjoy dining, shops, visit the Biltmore Estate, take a ride on the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad, or have a drink at one of the breweries or distilleries. The Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands is set for Oct. 14 and Oct. 17 in downtown. Visit romanticasheville.com for more information.

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival At press time, the annual Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival at Village Green in downtown Cashiers was still on for Oct. 8-10. More than 100 Artisans, food, entertainment and more are staples of the event. Visit villagegreencashiersnc.com for more information.


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When In Rome

Picturesque city in the Appalachian foothills is perfect for a weekend getaway BY COLLIN KELLEY Built on seven hills at the confluence of the Etowah, Oostanaula, and Coosa rivers, Rome is a charming alternative for quick weekend getaway. Around 90 minutes northwest of Atlanta, Rome is probably best known as a college town thanks to the presence of Berry College and Shorter University, but there’s also plenty of museums, historic sites, dining, shopping, and beautiful places to stroll along the river.

Where to Stay Rome is mostly a chain hotel room town, so if that’s what you’re looking for, go for the two that put you right smack-dab in the middle of the action: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham (wyndhamhotels.com) or Courtyard Marriott Riverwalk (marriott.com). At press time, rooms were going for around $135 per night. Both hotels are downtown, so all the

restaurants, shopping, and places of interest are literally outside your door. There also both on the Oostanaula River, so see if you can book a room with a view. The other option is Airbnb (Airbnb.com). There are a few places downtown, but you’ll likely be in the more residential areas outside the city center. From lofts to charming cottages, there’s likely a home to suit you.

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Where to Eat Broad Street is Rome’s bustling main thoroughfare, and you’ll find plenty of delicious places to eat and shop (more on that in a minute). Harvest Moon Café (myharvestmooncafe.com) has giant burgers and tortilla chips with homemade pimento cheese dip, while La Scala (lascalaromega.com) offers up pasta, fresh seafood, and a good wine list. Ana’s by the River (anasbytheriverrome. com) has rotolo, sandwiches, and salads or

if you’re craving Mexican food, El Zarape (elzaraperome.com) has tacos, fajitas, and margaritas. For dessert, stop by City Creamery (facebook.com/thecitycreamery) for

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What to See To get the lay of the land and a spectacular view of the rivers and downtown, go to historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Built in 1857, the terraced resting place’s most noted residents are former First Lady Ellen Axson Wilson, the wife of President Woodrow Wilson, and Private Charles Graves, a World War I veteran chosen as the “Known Soldier” to be buried alongside the “Unknown Soldier” at Arlington Cemetery in Washington. Graves’ mother objected, and he was brought home to Rome instead. Another Rome landmark is the Clock Tower, which dates to 1872. There’s a museum inside that’s open the first Saturday of each month. If you want to climb to the top for another impressive view of Rome, it’s 109 steps to the top. Walking and biking paths along the river are a great way to relax and check out the city. Be sure to cross the Robert Redden Footbridge, which was formerly a railroad bridge across Oostanaula River where it meets the Etowah to form the Coosa. There’s a touch of Paris on the bridge, as couples

have attached locks to the railing to symbolize their love. The Chieftains Museum is located in the home of Major Ridge, a leader of the Cherokee tribe who was eventually assassinated for his role in ceding Indian land to the United States, which led to the infamous “Trail of Tears” – the forced removal of indigenous people to reservations. The Town Green just off Broad connects to the riverfront and is often the spot for concerts, events, or just chilling with the free wi-fi. Berry College has more than 80 miles of

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hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, and disc golf courses, all open to the public. The European style feel of the campus and its lovely ground are also perfect for a stroll. The campus has become a favorite movie location, with “Stranger Things,” “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Remember the Titans” are just some of the tv shows and films that have been shot there. To find even more tourist spots, romegeorgia.org.

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Mountain Events ◄ Dollywood Dolly Parton’s theme park in Pigeon Forge, TN is hosting its annual Harvest Fest events through Oct. 30 The rides, games, and entertainment are open during the day, before the park transforms for whimsical, eyecatching displays of lighted jack-o-lanterns and other harvest themed illuminations. Visit Dollywood.com for more details.

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Georgia Mountain Fall Festival

▲Oktoberfest in Helen

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Wings Over North Georgia Air Show The U.S. Navy Blue Angels will headline this year’s air show, Oct. 30-31, at the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport in Rome, GA. The event will be held 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily and will utilize a drive-in format offering spectators the perfect mix of social distancing while watching some of the top military and civilian aviation performers. Visit wingsovernorthgeorgia.com for more information.

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Railroad based in Chattanooga is running weekend trips all month long on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. There are several routes to choose from and there’s even a dinner option to enjoy a meal in the dining car. Visit tvrail.com for information, reservations, and to see COVID-19 safety information.

The 50th annual Oktoberfest continues daily throughout October with local businesses and restaurants serving up music, food, and plenty of beer. See the details, band schedule, where to stay, and more at gamountainguide.com.

Tennessee Valley Railroad A perfect way to see the changing fall colors is by train, and the Tennessee Valley

Head to the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Oct. 8-16 for the festival, which will offer musical performances, arts & crafts, attractions, food and more. Visit georgiamountainfairgrounds.com to find out more and see the fairgrounds’ full schedule of events.

▼Fall at Biltmore The famed Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC is the perfect place to check out the changing leaves, along with touring the mansion (including a special rooftop tour), winery, gardens, and more. Find out more at biltmore.com.

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Delta CEO Ed Bastian: ‘We are thrilled to call Atlanta home’ BY MARIA SAPORTA As Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian sees it, the upcoming Atlanta city elections are “extremely important” for our city’s future. Bastian commented on the city elections after speaking at the Sept. 21 meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta. “The city is at a real inflection point,” Bastian said during a brief interview. “We are looking for great leadership.” Bastian heralded the close relationship between Delta and the City of Atlanta, which owns Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, now the second busiest airport in the world after the Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, China. “Speaking as an airline guy, I won’t get into all the politics of Atlanta,” Bastian said. “But we have the most important airline asset in the world here. HartsfieldJackson is the best run airport; it is the biggest airport, and it drives the most amount

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of economic value for our region over any other asset in the state. The city does a fabulous job running it. We are thrilled to call Atlanta home because of that asset.” Although he didn’t mention the State of Georgia by name, Bastian has previously said he is opposed to efforts for the state to takeover Hartsfield-Jackson. Kiwanian Phil Smith asked Bastian about the company’s government relations with the state, and he apologized for “a few curveballs” legislators have thrown at Delta over the years, such as trying to remove a jet fuel tax credit when they didn’t like certain positions the airline had taken. “Growing up as a corporate leader, we’re trained to keep our head low,” Bastian said. “We try to stay out of politics … Unfortunately, when you look at the world we’re in, the society we’re in and the divisiveness we’re facing, the values that our brand and our company represents … Sometimes you feel compelled to speak and say something. Sometimes you have to put yourself out, out in harm’s



way, and I appreciate some people agree. Some people don’t agree but we’re not trying to be politicians. We are just trying to represent our company and the values we stand by.” During his talk to Kiwanis, Bastian covered many topics. He called the pandemic the “biggest” crisis in history of the airline industry – greater than 9/11, the 2008 global economic recession, the Gulf War or mergers. In 2019, Delta had the most revenues of any airline in the world – generating $50 billion. It celebrated a record profit sharing with its employees on Valentine’s Day 2020, and then 30 days later its revenues had dropped to 3 percent. “It was as dramatic as it sounds, and it still gives me shivers when I say that,” Bastian said. “But we’ve picked ourselves up. We’re not all the way through it yet. We’re about two thirds of the way through, in terms of revenues coming back.” Read the full story on saportareport. com.


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