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Candidates for mayor, City Council speak at local forums

Catholic saint’s relics draw thousands

BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

At two recent panels in Buckhead, candidates for Atlanta mayor and city council seats had the opportunity to share their views on topics including the tree canopy, public safety, transportation and a possible Amazon headquarters in Atlanta.

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Several St. Pio of Pietrelcina’s relics were on display in Buckhead on Oct. 3 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Northside Drive. The relics were on a nationwide tour in celebration of the 130th anniversary of St. Pio’s birth and the 15th anniversary of his canonization. See story page 3 ►

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The Buckhead Business Association invited the top eight polling mayoral candidates for a panel Sept. 28. Seven took part. The panel was moderated by Daryn Kagan, a former CNN anchor, and held at the City Club of Buckhead on Peachtree Road. The candidates, listed here alphabetically, discussed how they would handle See CANDIDATES on page 30

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The Cherokee Town Club on West Paces Ferry Road is attempting to build a parking deck on its property and getting resistance from neighbors who fear it will create a dangerous intersection. The club said at the Oct. 3 NPU-B meeting that guests are often forced to park on See RESIDENTS on page 20

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The Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods will host a mayoral candidate forum Oct. 18 at North Atlanta High School. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. in the school’s auditorium located at 4111 Northside Pkwy. The event is free and open to the public. The forum will feature the six candidates that have raised the highest fundraising amounts. Jim Galloway, a political columnist at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, will be the moderator. Galloway will use questions submitted by Buckhead neighborhoods. The full list of questions has been posted online at buckheadcouncil.org.


The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously Oct. 2 to lessen the penalty for possessing up to 1 ounce of marijuana. The ordinance, later signed by Mayor Kasim Reed, lowered the penalty to up to $75 and no jail time. The current penalty is a fine of up to $1,000 and up to six months in jail. “Hopefully, we can empty out of the jail people who were caught with a little bit of pot,” District 8 City Councilmember Yolanda Adrean said at the Oct. 3 NPU-B meeting in Buckhead.



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NPU-B voted Oct. 3 in favor of legislation that would add new inclusionary zoning requirements to the BeltLine Overlay District, which spans the entire length of the planned BeltLine path and extends a half-mile in each direction from the path. The requirements would be added as a chapter to the city’s Code of Ordinances and would require developers building new rental housing in the district to provide affordable housing. Developers could opt for either pricing 15 percent of rental units for people making 80 percent of the area median income, which is $39,050 for one person, or 10 percent of the units at 60 percent of AMI, which is $29,280. Developers could also pay a fee instead of supplying the affordable housing units. The fees would be individually calculated for each development. There will be a public hearing on the legislation on Nov. 9.


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Catholic saint’s relics draw thousands to church BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

A display of St. Pio of Pietrelcina’s relics brought about 3,000 people — some from hundreds of miles away — to Holy Spirit Catholic Church on Northside Drive on Oct. 3, organizers said. The relics were on a nationwide tour in celebration of the 130th anniversary of St. Pio’s birth and the 15th anniversary of his canonization. The relics include a handkerchief he was clutching when he died, a lock of hair, a scab from a wound on his hand, gauze that covered the wound, and one of his gloves. “Relics are a physical object that helps us remember that person,” said Kim Schulman, the church’s director of communications. Touching and venerating the relics is seen as a way to be closer to God, Edward Dillon, the pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, said. Saints are seen as models for how to live a godly life, Dillon said. “Saints are by definition close friends of God and have a connection to him,” Dillon said. After the presentation at Holy Spirit, the relics went to New Orleans, La.,

and Jacksonville, Fla., before heading to their last stop in Glen Cove, N.Y., on Oct. 8. The tour was organized by the St. Pio Foundation, which is headquartered in New York. Known in life as Padre Pio, he lived in Italy and was made a saint in 2002 after demonstrating what the church says were miracles. In 1918, he reported his first occurrence of the stigmata, which is bleeding in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus. St. Pio continued to experience bleeding on his hands, feet and side for 50 years until his death, Dillon said. St. Pio also was said to be able to “bilocate,” or be in two places at once, Dillon said. Many people have a devotion to St. Pio because of these experiences, Dillon said. “Devotion developed to him all over the world,” he said. At Holy Spirit, people stood in a line that snaked around the sanctuary before viewing and touching the relics at the front of the room. The relics were on display from 9 a.m. to 6:50 p.m. Oct. 3, and people trickled in to see the display throughout the day. David Weldo came from Michigan with a friend after missing the display

This glove worn by St. Pio was one of the relics on display at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Buckhead.

in Saginaw, Mich., on Sept. 29. “It’s something that I’ll probably never get to see again so I wanted to make the trip down,” Weldo said. “I enjoyed every second,” Weldo said of his trip. Lorena Diaz, a Brookhaven resident, said she did not know much about St. Pio before seeing relics, but said it was “a good experience.” “I cannot explain it, but I feel the Holy Spirit in me after seeing them,” Diaz said.


Ljubica Vranicar, visiting from Pennsylvania, has been devoted to St. Pio for many years, she said, and relished the opportunity to see his relics. Originally from Croatia, Vranicar said St. Pio has changed her life. She brought with her rosary beads that had a picture of St. Pio in one bead. “He has really helped me in my life,” said Vranicar, who was visiting her daughter, who lives in Brookhaven.

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Buckhead CID releases little information on park over Ga. 400 discussions BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

What happened in a special Buckhead Community Improvement District meeting to discuss who’s in charge of the proposed park over Ga. 400? Meeting minutes released only after Reporter requests have little to say, and CID Executive Director Jim Durrett says no further information will ever be given. Meanwhile, the CID is forming a private “stakeholder” committee, whose member-

ship is not open to the public, to form a nonprofit that would create the park. The CID held the special called meeting in response to requests from board members Robin Suggs, a representative of the Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza malls, and Howard Shook, the District 7 city councilmember. They said they felt the board needed to have more discussion about the park. Robin Suggs has not responded to requests for infomration about the meeting. Shook said they discussed that David Allman, the board chairman who represents

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tion will be released about the meeting. The CID is in the process of creating a steering committee to build a nonprofit that will manage the park and raise funds for its construction. Some core members have been determined, but not announced publicly, and the CID aims to have the steering committee members finalized by the end of October. “The members are being selected for civic involvement and business involvement,” Durrett said. The steering committee will provide advice and feedback on how the CID should move forward with the park and how the nonprofit will be run. The CID is in the process of submitting paperwork to register the nonprofit with the state. Durrett said he does not know yet how or if residents will be able to apply to be involved with the nonprofit because that process will be determined by the steering committee. Residents can not apply to be a part of the steering committee, Durrett said. The CID “will not be making decisions” about the nonprofit, but one person from the CID will be on the steering committee “to keep some continuity,” Durrett said. The park was not the only topic discussed at the special called meeting. The minutes provided new details on which “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED” master plan projects the CID plans to fund or support. The board determined they would provide funding support for Ga. 400 interchange improvements, which includes further study on the Lenox Road interchange and a possible new interchange at East Paces Ferry Road, and for the project that calls for Lenox Road improvements. The board also determined it will provide funding support for the proposed “Buckhead Cultural Loop Trail.”

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Craig Miller, far left, a producer and chairman of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Commission, moderates a panel on the Georgia film industry at an Oct. 10 Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce event. Joining him on the panel were, from left, Jeffrey Stepakoff, executive director of the Georgia Film Academy, Susanna Spiccia, founder and executive director of re:imagine ATL, and LaRonda Sutton, a consultant who helps cities attract projects.

Panel: Film industry can grow while reducing neighborhood impacts BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

The Georgia film industry needs to spread out from metro Atlanta to sustain the business and reduce impacts on local neighborhoods, said panelists at an Oct. 10 Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce event. As filming, which can can cause road closures or use loud special effects, begins to bother residents of some neighborhoods, moviemaking should become less concentrated in metro Atlanta, said LaRonda Sutton, a consultant who helps cities attract projects, at the event held at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North hotel. “Some of the neighborhoods in Atlanta are beginning to feel fatigue. The excitement starts to wear off,” Sutton said. Chastain Park neighborhood residents in Buckhead recently experienced that as filming for the NBC show “Good Girls” closed two neighborhood streets, Rickenbacker Way and Midvale Drive, for five days. Jeffrey Stepakoff, the executive director of the Georgia Film Academy, said filming in other areas of the state is needed to help spread the economic benefits. “We’ve got to spread the economic activity across the state,” Stepakoff said. “We are the Georgia Film Academy, not the Atlanta Film Academy,” he said. Sutton and Stepakoff, were joined by Susanna Spiccia, founder and executive director of re:imagine ATL, a nonprofit that teaches students skills needed in the film industry, and Craig Miller, a producer and chairman of the Georgia Film, Music and Digital Entertainment Commission, who moderated the panel. To make Georgia’s film industry sustainable, Stepakoff said, industry leaders need to train writers and bring post-production and distribution professionals to the state. Schools should encourage talented Georgia writers to stay in the state, he said, rather than send them off to New York and California. “That is precisely what we need to stop doing,” he said. “We need to keep

our talent here.” To help train middle and high school students in skills needed in the film industry, Spiccia launched re:imagine ATL, which goes into local schools to train students and teachers. They work in schools across the metro area, including North Atlanta High School in Buckhead. The organization helps students get internships and provides connections to help them get jobs in the industry, she said. “We want to get into as many schools as possible because we are a direct line to the industry,” she said. The film industry in the U.S. was found in 2015 to be predominately comprised of white men, Spiccia said. Bringing Atlanta students into the industry will make the industry more diverse, which is one of the goals of the nonprofit, she said. “We’re going to see a more inclusive industry,” she said. As the film industry continues to grow in Georgia and metro Atlanta, Sandy Springs could make some improvements to attract more projects, Sutton said. “You have to make sure the permitting process is streamlined and you are promoting what is beautiful about Sandy Springs,” she said. Sutton established the city of Atlanta’s office that streamlined the permitting process for filming and created a point of contact for residents with questions about projects filming in their neighborhoods. Companies are currently filming 51 movies and TV shows in the state, excluding reality TV shows, Miller said at the event. Tax incentives passed in Georgia in 2008 are the driving force behind the industry’s growth in the state, but having an international airport and a wide variety of environments also contributes, panelists said. To help attract and support the industry, DeKalb County officially launched the DeKalb Entertainment Commission on Oct. 11. In addition to the TV and film industries, the office will provide government support to the music and video game industries in the county.

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Trees come down for I-285/Ga. 400 interchange work BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Sandy Springs’ landmark “King” and “Queen” skyscrapers rise in the background as crews work on Ga. 400 right of way near Mount Vernon Highway.


Trees have been coming down by the truckload along Ga. 400 and I-285 in recent weeks as the state’s “Transform 285/400” interchange reconstruction project preparation moves ahead. Tree-clearing along Ga. 400 — which eventually will require some new sound barriers for local neighborhoods — has been underway for months. But activity in recent weeks has ramped up as the project nears its first milestone: replacing the Mount Vernon Highway bridge over Ga. 400 in Sandy Springs. Right of way clearing on I-285 got started, including at the busy Roswell Road interchange. The work has involved some lane and ramp closures, which are done at night to minimize traffic effects. All of the clearing is just prep work to relocate utilities and make way for new lanes and ramps. Aiming for completion in mid-2020, the project will rebuild the interchange to improve vehicle capacity and flow. It will also add “collector-distributor lanes”— physically separated exit and entrance lanes — to 400 north to Sandy Springs’ Spalding Drive and to 285 between Roswell Road and Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody and Brookhaven. The 400/Abernathy Road interchange in Sandy Springs will be rebuilt as a “diverging diamond,” in which traffic flow changes in time with traffic lights to move cars faster, and 33 bridges will be built or rehabbed. Here are some scenes from the recent work in late September and early October.

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Q&A with Pontoon Brewing’s CEO Sean O’Keefe BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Pontoon Brewing, promising to bring the “pontoon lifestyle” with plenty of beer to Sandy Springs, plans to open in early November. CEO Sean O’Keefe said he along with COO Marcus Powers and Brewmaster Cole Brown are busy finishing up the final touches on their brewery at 8601 Dunwoody Place. The friends all went to the University of Florida together where they learned to appreciate beer -- so much so, they started making their own. Check out more about the brewery at pontoonbrewing.com.


How did you all meet and then decide making beer would be a great career choice?


Marcus and myself [and two friends who are now silent partners] all went to college together. When [the now silent partners] both got jobs in Atlanta,

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OCTOBER 13 - 26, 2017 ■ www.ReporterNewspapers.net they started brewing as a hobby. I had worked at a brewery during the summers in North Carolina and subsequently, Marcus and I started homebrewing. Once the four of us reunited in Atlanta, we started brewing together and came up with Pontoon! All of us are involved and have helped make Pontoon what it is today.


What was the first beer you made? Did it taste great?

A: The first beer made was Southern

Skipper White IPA! It came out wonderful! [It took a] couple brews to get it dialed in, but from the start, we knew we had something great. No Pants Pilsner came right after.


How come the name is Pontoon Brewing? And why is the otter your mascot?


Pontoon really sells the Pontoon lifestyle — a slow-moving party platform that doesn’t need to be flashy or move quickly to have fun. We came up with Pontoon because no one buys a Pontoon boat to show off or go fast, they do it to have a great time, have a nice cold beer and enjoy where they are at that point in time. Same reason the otter is our mascot. You never see otters working. They even play with their food!

Q: Why locate in Sandy Springs? A: We looked at over 40 buildings

in areas as far as Carrollton, Acworth, Smyrna, the West End BeltLine, all the way to Sandy Springs. We finally found the location we are in today because of the great proximity to the Chattahoochee [River], the amount of traffic and businesses in Sandy Springs and the welcoming city. We thought Sandy Springs was a great location.


What is the secret to making a good beer that no one seems to know?

A: The secret to making good

beer is proper cleaning and taking good notes! Oftentimes, the reason a beer comes out bad is due to infection from oxygen exposure or bacteria that can spoil a great brew. Proper cleaning of all equipment is key. Also, keeping good notes to know what you did right and what you didn’t do right! Educating yourself on new hops, fun yeast strains and new techniques are all good ways to


make good beer.


How do you come up with the names of your beers — for example, No Pants Pilsner?


We actually have a pretty fun text group for coming up with names! Sometimes after having a few Pontoon brews! It’s a good mix of all of us that come up with the names.


How do you decide on flavors that go into your beers? Is it trial and error or is there a formula you all follow?


A lot of the beers we try to make are food inspired. For example, we made a Pecan Pie nut brown ale that is savory and perfect during the holidays! We also made a sour beer with cranberries, tangerines and fall spices. We take a traditional style of beer, really nail down the recipe and try fun varieties! Sometimes it doesn’t turn out like we like, but we brew as many times as it takes before we sell them.


Making beer seems like a dream job for people who love beer. Is that true? Any challenges to brewing?

Do you each have a favorite beer? Which ones and why?


We are very diversified when it comes to favorite beer styles. Cole likes his German styles, a good mild and IPAs. As our brewmaster, BJCP [beer judge certification program] judge and level 2 Cicerone [beer certification program], he can appreciate all styles, though! Marcus likes saisons, Kolschs and IPAs. You can always find at least two of those in his fridge. My favorites are stouts, browns, Scotch ales and saisons. It could be 100 degrees outside and I could be sipping a rich, chocolatey stout.


What does the future hold for Pontoon?


We are planning to open in the first two weeks of November! We will have a big grand opening with bands, a live otter [from North Georgia’s Zoo to You] and great beer! Pontoon will likely open a second location that focuses on production to get into future states like Florida, Alabama, Tennessee and other southern states. We are so excited to open the brewery! It’s been a lot of work but we’ve had tremendous support from a lot of companies and individuals. We can’t wait for our fans to help experience the Pontoon lifestyle as well!


We think it’s the dream job! We started Pontoon because we love beer and love the industry. The industry is very unique and is very collaborative. For anyone considering opening their own brewery, I would say build a good team, brew for a few years and make it happen! There are some big challenges. Capital is needed. It’s hard to start a brewery without money. There is also a lot of red tape and things that pop up. All of these things make it tough for little guys to come in but it does happen and it makes it all the more exciting.

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Beer business an ‘untapped’ development boon, experts say BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Craft beer isn’t just fun to drink, but also a billion-dollar industry with “untapped” potential to spark economic booms in local cities, according to experts at an annual north Fulton development conference. Indeed, “Untapped” was the official theme of this year’s “North Fulton Opportunity Outlook” event, held Sept. 15 at Sandy Springs’ Wyndham Atlanta Galleria hotel. Presented by the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the Council for Quality Growth, the conference brings city officials and developers together to network on trends and redevelopment sites. “There’s a lot more breweries coming,” said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, a Denver-based craft brewing trade group. One of them in Pontoon Brewing, set to open next month in northern Sandy Springs. Its CEO, Sean O’Keefe, was among the “Untapped” panelists. Pontoon will be Sandy Springs’ first brewery – as opposed to a brewpub that also serves food – and city leaders see it as potentially sparking their longtime urban planning goal: redevelopment of northern Roswell Road’s older shopping centers and apartment complexes. And that’s not the only craft brewing

business headed to one of Sandy Springs’ redevelopment wish-list areas. Another is Porter Pizza Brewery, slated to open this winter at Powers Ferry Road and Northside Drive, just across the street from the Wyndham. Owner Allen Porter says he hopes to create a brewpub chain that can open a Dunwoody location as well. At the conference, economic development officials from other north Fulton cities said they have their eyes on the craft business. A Roswell representative said that city aims to have breweries operating within its borders by year’s end. In Milton, an official explained, the city offers a new “limited tap” license that allows up to four beer taps at a business that does not regularly serve food. One of the first to take advantage: a company that wants to stage bicycle rides that end with a drink. Gatza put some numbers on the craft — meaning made locally by small businesses — beer business’s exploding market share. In 1980, he said, there were 89 breweries in the U.S. owned by 42 companies, of which five were craft. Today, there are more than 5,600 breweries, and craft has grown to 13 percent of the market share. Each year, about 900 craft breweries open and about 100 close, he said. The emergence of craft beers in the late 1980s helped to revitalize his hometown of Denver, Gatza said. The opening of Wyn-

koop Brewery was “the ignition point for the whole downtown area to emerge,” he said. He added that today, downtown Denver’s real estate is so expensive that some of the breweries that made it successful, such as River North Brewery, have been priced out of their own neighborhoods. Georgia is benefiting from the craft beer trend as well, Gazta said. The state had 53 breweries in 2014; today, it has 65, of which 38 are craft breweries. Another 85 are in the planning stages, a number that Gatza said could triple in next five years. He praised the so-called “Beer Jobs Bill” — the last legislative session’s Senate Bill 85 — which allowed breweries and distilleries to sell a certain amount of alcoholic drinks directly to consumers rather than through a distributor. The Brewers Association is pushing for a higher cap on the amount of alcohol sold, among other legislative changes. The bill was shepherded through the legislature by former state Sen. Hunter Hill of District 6, which includes parts of Buckhead and Sandy Springs. Pontoon is among the breweries that opened or changed their business model in response to the Beer Jobs Bill. “The word ‘red tape’ is thrown out a lot,” said O’Keefe, describing the complexities of licensing and permitting for an alcohol-producing business. But, he added, reaching out early to the city of Sandy

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Springs for advice was key, and legislation like the Beer Jobs Bill helps the industry. One of those city officials is among those looking to benefit from the craft beer trend. Gabriel Sterling, a Sandy Springs city councilmember and candidate for Fulton County Chair, has been working on his own beer for several years under the name Elbow Bend Brewing. While the business is on hold while Sterling campaigns, he attended the “Untapped” event as a public official and spoke afterward about the plans he has brewing. Sterling said he had originally planned to contract out his beer-brewing, but with the Beer Jobs Bill allowing for direct sales, he “might open a physical location,” he said. “I’d love to do it in Sandy Springs.”

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Fulton Chair candidates debate policies at forum BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

During a recent forum, the three candidates for Fulton County Commission chair cited their experiences as elected officials as the reason they are qualified to lead the county of more than 1 million. Robb Pitts, former Fulton County Commissioner and former Atlanta City Council member; Gabe Sterling, current Sandy Springs council member; and Keisha Waites, who resigned her seat as state representative to run for the Fulton chair seat, are vying for the post vacated by John Eaves in his quest to be Atlanta’s next mayor. At an Oct. 4 forum hosted by Reporter Newspapers and the Riverside Homeowners Association at Kairos Church in Sandy Springs, the candidates laid out their experiences while also outlining their differences in making their pitch to voters. The special election in the nonpartisan race is Nov. 7. The person who wins the chair seat will have to run again for office next year. There were subtle barbs tossed by each of the candidates, but there was also agreement on such issues as the need for a regional transportation plan and the importance of working with leaders of each of the 15 cities that now make up Fulton County. The hour-long forum offered each candidate a chance to make opening and closing statements. Reporter Newspapers Managing Editor John Ruch asked the candidates three questions and questions submitted from the audience also were asked. Pitts noted his educational background as well as his work for the Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce and Central Atlanta Progress. He also said because the Fulton chair race is a nonpartisan election, people have the opportunity to select the best qualified candidate despite party affiliation. Starling noted that although the race is nonpartisan, he is a Republican, while Pitts and Waites are Democrats. He also said now is a time for fresh leadership. “Fulton County is at a crossroads,” Sterling said. He noted that since South Fulton became a city last year, municipalities govern nearly all of the county. He said the county’s budget is $991 million and if elected chair he would work to lower that amount. Waites said as a state representative for the past five years representing portions of Atlanta, College Park, East Point, Forest Park and Hapeville, she has the relationships at the General Assembly to advance an agenda benefitting homeowners and small business owners. She said the fact Fulton County is 100 percent municipalized indicates to her there were “echoes and screams of disappointment” from residents over its government. “I’m here to make sure the little guy has a say and a voice,” she said. The first question dealt with the diversity of Fulton County. Each candiBH

date was asked to give an example of how in the past they worked to unite people from differing backgrounds to come together for a common goal. “Sandy Springs is viewed by many as an enclave of rich people,” Sterling said. In reality, though, Sandy Springs is very diverse racially, in sexual orientation and socioeconomic status, he said. He said he has worked with Mayor Rusty Paul and other council members to have more housing options available in the city through zoning policies. He also noted the city’s “Next Ten” program that included two years of meetings and outreach to residents from the African American and Hispanic communities as well as to young people. Waites said there is no better place to learn about bringing people together than in the General Assembly. She said during her time there she readily worked with people from both sides of the aisle on legislation. She noted the second House member to sign on to her “Fallen Hero Bill” was a Republican. The bill provides college tuition assistance to children of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. “I’ve worked with African American, white, rich, poor, Republicans, Democrats, gay, straight,” she said. “I can be a consensus builder.” Pitts said he understands how to work with diverse groups and boasted of his reputation as both an independent thinker and an aisle-crosser. He said an old joke was that the Fulton commission had “three blacks, three whites and Robb Pitts,” or, in another version, “three Democrats, three Republicans and Robb Pitts.” “I deal on the issues, not personalities,” Pitts said. “Leadership is important, image is important and experience matters.” Pitts said his experience as Atlanta City Council president and president over the council’s 15 members puts him in a strong position to lead the Fulton Commission, which has six members in addition to the chair. “I will lead with respect and dignity and be a chair you can be proud of,” he said. Sterling shot back at Pitts’ comment, though. Sterling said during Pitts’ time on the Fulton Commission, it was wellknown for being divisive and dysfunctional. Waites then responded with a dig at Sterling, saying his Republican stance of fiscal conservatism apparently clashed with his support of Sandy Springs’ City Springs, a new city center project being led by the city.


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Voters Guide: City Council Voters in Atlanta City Council District 6, representing the Lindbergh Center area, and District 8, representing western Buckhead, will have choices to make on open seats to fill on the Nov. 7 ballot. In District 6, Jennifer Ide and Kirk Rich are competing, while the candidates in District 8 are J.P. Matzigkeit and Anna Tillman. The Reporter asked all of the candidates for a biography and answers to questions about their political stances. All of the candidates except Tillman responded, and part of their answers are below. For full answers, see ReporterNewspapers.net.

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Occupation: Commercial Real Estate Broker – Avison Young Atlanta Why should the voters choose you for this position? I am the only candidate running for District 6 having held multiple board leadership positions as well as working directly with the city as an Invest Atlanta Director dealing with critical issues facing City Council. I founded a successful commercial real estate brokerage firm in 2001, selling it to Avison Young to run for City Council. I am a community activist, proven entrepreneur and community leader. I understand the job at hand

and will be effective on Day One. What is the biggest issue facing the Buckhead section of the district and how will you address it? Transportation. We must finalize a comprehensive traffic plan using the best engineers and experts, with balanced inclusion of pedestrian, bike, rail and automobile options. It must also plan for autonomous vehicles and technology so we stay ahead of change. Buckhead also may consider a secondary high-tech “people mover” option to create a loop within the business and entertainment districts. Are you satisfied with the Atlanta Police Department’s efforts to fight crime in the neighborhood? Would you suggest any other strategies? I think they are doing what they can with the resources being provided. I am a proponent of higher police pay, better benefits and incentives to live within the city they serve. This will improve morale, allow retention rates to increase and ultimately increase the number of our men and women in uniform. These policy changes will help fight crime along with better technology and justice reform. Continued on page 16



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Why should the voters choose you for this position? I live and work in Atlanta and am passionate about helping my community be the best it can be. I have a long track record of public service with the Chastain Park Conservancy, and am running because I can have a positive impact on District 8 and all Atlanta. I have the experience that matters: experience as a financial steward, experience listening to neighbors, experience in compensation and benefits — and a proven track record of getting things done for District 8. As CFO, I’m responsible for developing budgets, managing investments, transparent financial reporting and structuring financing. What is the biggest issue facing the district and how will you address it? I’ve spoken with many people throughout the district. I’ve had meet and greets, attended neighborhood meetings, hosted a survey, taken calls, knocked on doors and read emails. What I’ve consistently heard is, security is the number one issue.

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OCTOBER 13 - 26, 2017 ■ www.ReporterNewspapers.net Atlanta must have: ■ The right number of officers: Reaching our goal of 2,000 police officers is essential. I’ll help Atlanta there through my HR experience. ■

With the right tools: Including the latest technology. As a tech exec, I’ll build on our camera and license-plate-reader program.

■ In the right places: I’ll ask the chief to re-examine officer zone deployment and zone configuration. Are you satisfied with the Atlanta Police Department’s efforts to fight crime in the neighborhood? Would you suggest any other strategies? APD does a really good job given the resources they have. Today, crime is down, but as the city grows and as technology becomes more widely available, the APD can be more effective with more personnel and more tools. As previously mentioned, Atlanta must have the right number of officers with the right tools in the right places. I’ll use my experience and focus to help Atlanta get there, and I’m honored Atlanta’s Police Union, the IBPO Local 623, and Atlanta’s Firefighters Union, Local 134, have both endorsed me as the person for District 8.

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Commentary: After Las Vegas, ministers speak on ‘the unspeakable’ It struck many of us as all too familiar. A gunman had climbed high in a hotel and opened fire on a concert crowd below. All that seemed different about the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1 was the location and the numbers of the dead and wounded. Police found the body of the killer, Stephen Paddock, in a hotel room stocked with a small armory of guns and ammunition. They even found calculations he’d made to better target people in the crowd below once the killing began, according to news reports. By the time he was done, 58 people were dead, nearly 500 wounded. Many officials locally and around the country responded with statements of thoughts and prayers for the victims, while national media was filled with debates about whether thoughts and prayers are enough. In the days after the shooting, we asked several local ministers what they would say — what they could say — to console members of their congregations after yet another mass shooting. Here’s some of what they said.

In the face of unspeakable gun violence in Las Vegas on Sunday night, many of us are left wondering how we respond. As our hearts break, we are called first to lament, to remember, and to pray. We hope that many of you will find the church to be a space of healing in the face of such an act of evil. – Covenant Presbyterian Church Senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Richard Hill and Associate Pastor Rev. Katie Owen Aumann emailed a note to their congregation.

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In the aftermath of the horror of Las Vegas, I ask you to remember and pray for the souls of those who have died, including Mr. Paddock. I encourage you to seek the comfort we find in Christ Jesus. Holy Scripture reminds us that we are to “… rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.” It is an important part of what makes us human. Even though Las Vegas is more than 1,500 miles from Georgia, we are nevertheless connected with the men and women struck down and the loved ones they left behind by our ability to empathize and have compassion. So, we pray. We reach to God in familiar words to remember the dead and send our positive psychic and spiritual energy to those still in shock and who will grieve for years to come. But let us remember also, Jesus was a man of prayer and of action. Prayer must be prelude to action. Prayer with no corresponding action is a useless and vain exercise. Most importantly, prayer without action is not the faith Jesus practiced! My sincere prayer is that the lives of those killed in Las Vegas will not be in vain. I still believe that America is a great country! I still believe we can accomplish great things together. I believe we can affirm the Second Amendment, protect the rights of hunters and sportsman, and enact common sense gun laws that put into practice intelligent safety measures. This is not a partisan sentiment. Morgues and cemeteries are not divided by political affiliation. This is about coming to the realization that moments of silence and prayer will not, of themselves, make us safer. What will make us safer is ordinary people like you and I, from every political stripe, finding the courage to act. Jesus often asked men and women he encountered, “What do you want?” I want an America where we are less afraid and more neighborly. An America where it is more difficult to get a semi-automatic weapon or high capacity magazines than it is to get a bottle of Sudafed. I want an America where special interests like the National Rifle Association don’t control our elected officials with campaign donations that render them spineless. I want an America where law enforcement officers are better equipped to keep us safe than criminals are equipped to do us harm. These are not Democratic dreams or Republican dreams. This is an American dream. – Rev. Robert C. Wright, Episcopal Bishop of Atlanta, in a public statement.

“Violence has once again horrified us as a nation and drawn us together in sorrow. All of us — people of faith as well as those with no particular religious affiliation — are stunned by the tragic, senseless, and incomprehensible loss of life in Las Vegas. “At the same time we are awed by the courage and selflessness of the first responders, touched by the kindness of generous neighbors, and moved by the actions of strangers who have reached out to care for those who have been hurt, separated from their companions and frightened. I invite all of us to pray for those whose lives were taken and those whose lives have been altered by such violence. “May Mary, the Mother of Jesus, comfort the people of Las Vegas and strengthen our nation with trust in one another and hope for our common future.” – Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta in a public statement.

With many tears and fears for the present and the future, we lament in hope and humble ourselves to pray. As we pray, we remember the promise that you hear our prayers and heal our land. Father, our hearts ache from the frequent earthquakes and natural disasters, wars and rumors of wars, and senseless acts of violence. And honestly, as much as we desire to be a faithful people who trust in you, in the back of our minds lingers the question, “Where is God in all of this?” In the effort to find a suitable answer, we search the depths of our hearts, minds and souls, seemingly to no avail. And suddenly, out of the abyss of darkness, springs the hope of Elijah. Elijah who, even as a prophet of God, wrestled with these same questions. You responded to him as you respond to us now: “I am not the author of disaster. I am not the author of confusion. But I am with you, so close you can sense my presence and hear me whisper, “I love you.” Father, you are an only-good God. You love us and promise to never leave us nor reject us. You hear our prayers. And so we ask: comfort our hearts, renew our minds and refresh our souls; give us hope. And father, because we do not understand the why in all of these things, we need you to help us. Help us do our part to heal our land. We repent of any error in our ways and ask you to forgive us and reconcile us. Reconcile us, not only to you, but also to one another and teach us to love as you love, forgive as you forgive, be present as you are present and be good to each other as you are good to us. In Jesus’ name, amen. – Pastor William C. Givens, Buckhead Baptist Church, in a statement issued to Reporter Newspapers.


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This girl’s a natural behind the wheel BY JOE EARLE joeearle@reporternewspapers.net

She just got it. The first time Malena Shipley climbed into a Soapbox Derby car, it was obvious to the adults around her that she instinctively knew what to do to make that car go fast. She was just 7, but she somehow seemed to know how to handle the car. That’s what Nancy Mooney saw. She was there that first day. Mooney’s the race director of the North Georgia Soapbox Derby, which holds its races in Dunwoody. Back five years ago, she was showing kids soapbox cars during Lemonade Days, Dunwoody’s annual hometown celebration, when Malena first got into a Soapbox car and piloted it down a hill. Mooney’s been around Soapbox cars much of her life. Her dad raced them when he was a boy and she raced them when she was a girl. When she saw Malena get in the car, Mooney watched the young girl naturally get into a racing position. “She definitely had a natural ability at 7 years old,” Mooney said. “She had a natural instinct to put her bottom back and lean her nose forward.” Mooney recruited Malena as a driver and found her a car. A short time later, Malena won her first race.


Since then, Malena’s never stopped. The Brookhaven seventh-grader has been the North Georgia champion in each of the three different divisions of Soapbox racers, was a top rally point earner in the nation in the “stock” division last year, and has been to the national competitions in Akron, Ohio, five times to race against other top drivers, said her dad, John Shipley. Now, at age 12, Malena’s a world champion. In July, Malena took first place in the local masters division of the All-American Soapbox Derby. Her black-and-yellowstriped car will be displayed in a derby museum alongside all the other winners’ cars from eight decades of competition. How good is she? “On a scale of 1 to 10? She’s a 12,” Mooney said. Malena’s dad, an art director, serves as his daughter’s pit crew. They travel together to competitions scattered from Florida to Virginia. Malena figures she races about once a month. Some of her best friends are now drivers in other cities or other states. In a race, Malena has to work the track to find places her gravity-powered cars can gain speed. She’s not really sure how she knows where to go, she just goes. “We look for places to go downhill,” she said with a

Above, Malena Shipley poses with her trophy and her winning Soapbox Derby car. (SPECIAL) Inset, Malena Shipley, right, and her dad, John Shipley, discuss her racing success. (JOE EARLE)

shy grin. “It’s like skiing. I don’t ski. I just know stuff about skiing.” Through five years of racing, Malena’s learned her way around a Soapbox track. She’s taken tips from other drivers and watched closely as winners made their runs. “I’ve learned by trial and error and by watching people,” she said. In a race, she said, things slow down. She tries to work out an imaginary line that offers the quickest run downhill and stick to that line. “When we’re going downhill, things are like in slow motion — and going fast, too,” she said. Drivers of the masters-level Soapbox cars aren’t seated, but more or less lie down and peek through a narrow slot to see where they’re going. “Can you see your competitors?” her dad asked. “I don’t look at competitors because you

tend to steer to where you look,” she said. That would slow her down, of course. So, leave worrying about other drivers to the ones behind her. The point, after all, is to go as fast as possible. Malena likes that. “I like the way it feels to go downhill,” Malena said. “I guess I just like going fast.” “She’s a little edgy,” her dad said. “She’s likes things with a little challenge.” What comes next? Malena already has a new car, painted black and yellow like her old one, and she’s started competing again regionally. She can race Soapbox cars through age 20. But she doesn’t think she will. She’s turning her competitive nature to a different sort of sport. She wants to play basketball, to drive for baskets instead of finish lines. She plans to play in the WNBA someday.

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Continued from page 1 the grass because the current lot, which has 49 spaces, is not large enough. Instead of expanding the parking lot, the club at 155 West Paces Ferry Road hopes to build a parking deck with 209 spaces. The current lot is at the center of the property and adjacent to West Paces Ferry Road, with two entrances that are about 500 feet east and west of Andrews Court. The proposed deck would be between GOOGLE MAPS The Cherokee Town Club, located at 155 West Paces the road and the tenFerry Road, is seeking a permit to build a parking nis courts, which are deck between the road and the tennis courts. on the west side of the property. The entrance to be heard,” Quillian said. would be relocated to the center of the propThe lower level of the parking deck erty, directly opposite Andrews Court. would be underground, making the top Cherokee’s Buckhead location is a tenlevel the same height as the current parknis club, while a second location in Sandy ing lot, Hughes said. The deck would not be Springs has a golf course. able to be seen from the street and would NPU-B recommended the city approve be screened by trees, he said. the plan with a 16-2 vote. Two members of Residents are also concerned about the board abstained. The plan will go betree loss. Construction would cause the fore the city’s Zoning Review Board Oct. 17. destruction of 35 trees, but Hughes said If the current surface lot was expandthey would save larger trees and replant ed enough to add the same amount of spactrees. Any plan to expand parking and es as a deck, the lot would have to be exany location of the parking deck would panded by 2 acres, which would “destroy cause tree loss, he said. A surface lot the character” of the area, said Robert would likely cost 50 trees, he said. Hughes, a planner for HGOR, the firm de“There’s no doubt that whatever we do, signing the deck. The top level of the parkwe will lose trees,” Hughes said. ing deck would have 112 spaces and the botThe proposed location for the deck is betom would have 97. tween West Paces Ferry Road and the club’s The club plans to locate the parking tennis courts. A suggestion at the meeting deck’s entrance directly across West Pacto build the deck beneath the courts was es Ferry from Andrews Court. Hughes said quickly shot down. Construction would the proposed location of the parking deck cost at least twice the amount required is the best choice because it is the largest by the current plan, tennis players would open space on the property, and that lining object, and the area beneath the courts is the entrance up with Andrews Court is the planned to be used to collect stormwater safest option. Off-setting the roads would run-off, officials said. be less safe, he said. In addition to adding a condition that Residents expressed fear at the meetthe club would not ask for a traffic light for ing that the intersection would cause 10 years, it also would create a 20-year masaccidents. While the club has agreed ter plan before applying for another permit. not to request a traffic light at the inRobin Fowler is restoring a historic mantersection for 10 years, they say, the city sion designed by Philip Trammell Shutze could install one at any time. adjacent to club. He objects to the proposal “A light would add to traffic congestion, because the parking deck would be directly but without a light there will be accidents,” beside his back yard, he said at the meeting. a resident said. He is hoping to have the club lease If a light is added, it may cause other 0.2 acres to him so he and his family lights to be added along West Paces Ferry can use that space as a buffer. He said Road, the resident said. that would provide compromise with Buff Quillian, the president of Peachtree the club over building the deck. “It’s all Heights West Civic Association, said the ora downside for me, but I want to try to ganization opposes the proposal. “Not one make it work out,” he said. person in the entire neighborhood has spoOfficials with the club said they are ken up for this. All I’m saying is we deserve negotiating with Fowler on a lease. BH

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Sandy Springs author releases crime drama set in desert


BY JACLYN TURNER Steven Cooper did not sleep well two nights before the release of his first novel in 10 years. “I’m excited-slash-anxious,” said the novelist, a Sandy Springs resident. “It’s like delivering a baby and asking the world if you like my baby.” This baby’s name is “Desert Remains.” It’s the first in a series of crime dramas following Detective Alex Mills and psychic Gus Parker, who team up together in an unconventional partnership to catch a killer. The psychic character, Gus, is meant to turn psychic fiction on its head. “It’s well integrated in the reality of the crime drama without it being fantasy,” said Cooper, who hopes to reach a broad audience with his book. The book is set in the deserts around Phoenix, where Cooper once worked as a TV reporter. “It’s a love letter to the desert as a backdrop to crime,” Cooper said. “As beautiful as the desert is to look at, the book allows the desert to become a character of its own. The killer is using the desert as a tableau for his crimes, to manipulate people. “It has unexpected elements to a crime novel with unpredictable characters, an unusual setting, not a big city setting,” Cooper said. Prior to setting up residency in Sandy Springs to try a corporate life working communications at Newell Brands, Cooper was a TV reporter in Phoenix and Orlando. He has received multiple Emmy awards and nominations and an Edward R. Murrow Award. He also taught at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. In Phoenix, Cooper often covered crime as a young reporter. “I sat in trials, observed the crazy [things] people do to each other. It’s not uncomfortable [for me] to write about crime. It’s a way to work out the ugliness I had to watch going to crime scenes and seeing body bags,” Cooper said. His home also backed up to a mountain preserve, which he often hiked and which served as an inspiration. “Ever since I left Phoenix, I knew I wanted to write this story,” Cooper said. When he found the momentum to pick up his writing career, he pitched the idea to his family and friends, receiving positive feedback, and started writing. Last year, Newell Brands chose to relocate its headquarters to New Jersey. Cooper received a two-book deal from publisher Seventh Street Books three weeks after finding out about the move. He didn’t want to uproot himself again, so he set to writing. The release date for his novel, Oct. 10, coincidentally marks the first anniversary of his departure from the company. Cooper frequently writes and edits at the Starbucks and Einstein’s Bagel Bros. coffee houses at Peachtree-Dunwoody and Hammond roads. “It’s a chance to get out of the house, be around a different vibe, and be around a lot of coffee. Coffee is key for writers.” During the editing process, Cooper visited Phoenix to explore the mountains, trails, and the neighborhoods. He consulted with the Phoenix police department to discuss how they deal with crime. But now, Cooper is feeling quite settled in to his metro Atlanta lifestyle, and imagines he might one day want to write a book with Atlanta as a backdrop. “Atlanta has great neighborhoods and pockets of intrigue in it.” Yet Cooper noticed a trend about how he writes, saying the process is to immerse and then get distance. His previous books, of a more campy mystery genre, are also inSPECIAL fluenced by places he’s been or lived, and he Steven Cooper. did not write them until he lived in Florida. “I’d probably write my Atlanta novel flying off to a vacation somewhere. I’ll start it when I’m away,” Cooper aid. “I’d like to go to Peru.” “Desert Remains” is available on Amazon.com and at local bookstores. Cooper will be hosting book signings at Barnes & Noble, 2952 Cobb Parkway, on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m., and at Tall Tales Bookstore, 2105 LaVista Road, on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 2 p.m.

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Dressing up is for horses, too, at this Halloween event featuring pony rides, barn tours, a horse show competition and Atlanta Mounted Police demonstrations. Children are encouraged to come in their Halloween costumes and parade with costumed horses. All proceeds benefit Chastain Park’s therapeutic riding and community outreach programs. Free, with food and drink for sale and a silent auction. 4371 Powers Ferry Road, Buckhead. Info: chastainhorsepark.org.





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Kick off the night with a Mad Hatter Tea Party, enjoy Music in the Museum with a DJ, and stroll through the Atlanta History Center’s foggy gardens and haunted historic houses. Scare factor ratings on all events ranging from 1 (all ages) to 5 (“very scary!) will help you decide which paths to take. Children are encouraged to come in costume. Food and drink available for purchase. $20 general public; $15 members; $10 children. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.


Saturday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join costumed characters for a “not-so-frightful” evening at Abernathy Greenway Park. Events include a trick or treat candy station, face painting station and a photo op station. Food available for purchase. Free. 70 Abernathy Road N.E., Sandy Springs. Handicapped parking on site. Other


Friday, Oct. 20 to Sunday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Galloway Theater Company presents the Tony Award-winning play, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” at the Chaddick Center for the Arts at The Galloway School. Features 35 Upper Learning actors playing 100 characters from marauding pirates to unlikely heroes. Suitable for ages 5 and up. $10 online or at the door. 215 W. Wieuca Road N.W., Buckhead. Tickets: gallowayschool.org.

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Thursday, Oct. 19 to Saturday, Oct. 21, 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 22, 3 p.m.

Riverwood International Charter School presents this Tony Award-winning tragicomedy set in Hazlehurst, Miss., in the home of the Magrath sisters, who are dealing with their own problems while awaiting news of their gravely ill grandfather. $5 students; $10 adults. Riverwood auditorium, 5900 Raider Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: RiverwoodICS.org.

“HARMONIC PROGRESSION: THE JOURNEY” Sunday, Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.

The Atlanta Concert Band performs music by Wagner, Strauss, Alexander and Grainger in a concert at North Springs High School. Free. 7447 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Info: atlantaconcertband.org.


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Covenant Presbyterian Church’s adult choir presents “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure in the historic sanctuary at the church. Free. 2641 Peachtree Road N.E., Buckhead. Info: covpresatlanta.org.

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The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta invites the community to its Cycle Studio throughout October. Participate in at least eight indoor cycle classes, track your progress on the leaderboard, and earn points toward the chance to win a Precor indoor bike. Free. MJCCA Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Register: atlantajcc.org/biketoberfest. Info: deanne. jacobson@atlantajcc.org or 678-812-4025.

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Check out pickleball, which combines elements of badminton, tennis, ping pong and racquet ball, in a beginners’ clinic at Hammond Park. For adults ages 18 and up. Free. Hammond Park tennis courts, 6005 Glenridge Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: tramos@sandyspringsga.gov. Register: registration@sandyspringsga.gov.

BEGINNERS ZYDECO DANCE CLASSES Thursdays, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Learn Zydeco dance in two classes sponsored by the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association. No partner or previous dance experience needed. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Food and drink available for purchase. Arrive early to dine with instructor Don Baggett. $10 per class. Darwin’s Burgers and Blues, 234 Hildebrand Drive, Sandy Springs. Walk-ins welcome, or register: essex34d@aol.com. Info: aczadance.org.


COMMUNITY INPUT MEETING The City of Sandy Springs is hosting two public meetings to provide the community with information about the proposed Path 400 Multiuse Trail Extension. The first of these two meetings will be on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – noon. A second town hall meeting will be held that same day from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Both meetings will cover the same content. Location:

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Saturday, Oct. 21, 8 a.m. race time; 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 check in.

Hosted by Riverwood International Charter School’s Community Service Club, all proceeds from this 5K go toward building two houses for Nicaraguan families and supplying food and hygiene kits to the same community. The race begins and ends at Riverwood. $35; $40 on race day. 5900 Heards Drive, Sandy Springs. Register: runsignup.com/ Race/GA/Atlanta/RiverwoodRunsforaReason5k. Sponsor info: Laura Taylor at taylorls@fultonschools.org. Continued on page 24


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Celebrate community through this annual event whose theme this year is farmers markets. Volunteer to read “Fresh Picked Poetry, A Day at the Farmers’ Market” to a classroom of second graders and lead related creative activities and discussion at Sandy Springs elementary schools. Through Oct. 28. Info: Myers-kathy@comcast.net.

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Sandy Springs second graders share poems from “Fresh Picked Poetry” and some of their own poems at the Sandy Springs Farmers Market, 6100 Lake Forrest Drive. Saturday, Oct. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

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Children ages 7 to 14 can create their own dishes and learn about locally grown foods at the Sandy Springs Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy. N.E. Thursday, Oct. 26, 4:30 p.m. Registration required: leah.germon@fultoncountyga.gov or 404-303-6130.

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Pick up a rock in the lower parking lot at the Dunwoody Nature Center through Oct. 28 and decorate it for a new event co-sponsored by the nature center and the city of Dunwoody. Decorate at home or in a free Oct. 21 workshop at Spruill Center for the Arts. All paints and materials must be nontoxic and water-based. Rocks will be placed at the nature center during the Dunwoody Rocks! Party on Saturday, April 28. [See next Out & About event.] Nature Center: 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Spruill Center: 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodynature.org.


Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Dunwoody Nature Center at the Dunwoody Rocks! Party. People who have decorated rocks for the event [see above Out & About event] can place their rocks around the center and participate in activities including a DJ, picnic lunch and chalk artist Taylor Wilkins. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Free. Info: dunwoodynature.org.


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More than 20 teams will cook through the night vying for grand champion status in this 5th annual festival coordinated by the benevolent society Hebrew Order of David. Festival guests are asked to bring Kosher nonperishable food items in exchange for free tasting tickets for this event, which benefits six charities. $1 per taste. Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. Info: theatlantakosherbbq.com.

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DAY OF THE DEAD (DIA DE LOS MUERTOS) FESTIVAL Sunday, Oct. 29, noon to 5 p.m.

Experience traditional dancing, crafts and authentic Mexican food and entertainment at a Day of the Dead Festival presented by the Atlanta History Center in partnership with the Consul General of Mexico and the Institute of Mexican Culture. This free admission day at Atlanta History Center includes access to exhibitions and historic house experiences. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.


This 13th annual festival features a chili cookoff, arts and crafts, children’s Halloween costume contest, music and other family activities. Suggested donation: $20 family. Free with High Point Civic Association membership. Highpoint Episcopal Community Church, 4945 High Point Road N.E., Sandy Springs. Info: highpointcivic.org.




Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Functional and sculptural ceramic works created by more than 25 teachers and students will be for sale at the Chastain Arts Center 4th Annual Pottery On The Porch Pottery Sale. Raku firing demonstration and bluegrass music from Hicks with Picks. 135 W. Wieuca Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: ocaatlanta.com/chastain.

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LEARN SOMETHING “TOMORROW’S BUCKHEAD: A WALKING TOUR” Tuesday, Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Join Jim Durrett, executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District, for a guided tour of Buckhead. A PEDS’ Walktober event [walktoberatl.org], the tour will highlight the locations of transformation projects including the Park over Ga400 and wraps up at the newly renovated Charlie Loudermilk Park. Free. Register for one of 25 spaces. Meet outside of the main lobby entrance at 3340 Peachtree Road N.E., 100 Tower Place, Buckhead. RSVP: buckheadcid.com.


Learn what you can do with those boxes of random family photos in a presentation at the Atlanta History Center by Sue VerHoef, the center’s director of Oral History and Genealogy. $15 nonmembers; $10 members. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.



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The Weber School, junior Daniel Stern has always had a passion for tennis and he used that passion to create a tennis camp for children with mental disabilities. Daniel began playing the game at age 6, following in the footsteps of his older sisters. He played competitiveSPECIAL ly until eighth grade, Daniel Stern, right, a junior at The Weber School, created when a knee injury a tennis camp for children with mental disabilities. forced him to take a break. After recoverhours to updating every racket donated. ing, Daniel began playing again recreationDaniel plans to continue the tennis ally, and eventually played singles for the camp with Friendship Circle next summer, Weber School’s tennis team. and wants to expand the program to reach Along with tennis, Daniel also has a other kids. strong passion for helping others. He beSarah Kallis, a student at Holy Innocents’ gan volunteering at Friendship Circle, a Episcopal School, reported and wrote this arnonprofit organization that provides comticle. panionship to people with special needs, after hearing a representative speak at his school during his freshman year. Daniel started out being paired with someone with special needs at an event, such as a karate class. “I really became interested in this program,” he said, and he enjoyed seeing the difference he was making in someone else’s life. Daniel quickly made the decision to become more involved in Friendship Circle, signing up for its “Buddies” program. He was paired with a man named Mike and visits him once a week. After playing tennis with Mike one day, Daniel became inspired to share his love for tennis with other people involved in Friendship Circle through a summer camp. It was a long process to turn the camp from an idea to a reality. “The most difficult part was starting off,” he said. First, Daniel went to the Sandy Springs Tennis Center to start the process of acquiring a court. “I asked them if they would be willing to donate courts for a special needs tennis camp, but I really didn’t know what I was doing yet,” he said. Luckily, the tennis center was very willing to help. “They gave us shady courts with a picnic area,” Daniel said. Next, Daniel approached Friendship Circle, told them his plan for a four-day tennis camp, and rounded up 15 campers through them. He then found 17 volunteers, mostly from the Weber School, to help him with the camp. Each camper was paired with a volunteer. The students also donated $1,200 raised on a crowd-source fundraising website for camp food and supplies. Daniel also held a racket drive at school, and later dedicated

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Dunwoody Elementary School is hosting a bicycle race Oct. 21 to raise money for the school’s “Tiger Fund,” which helps fund school programs and events. Registration costs $20 per person and will be open until the day of the event. Registrations is open online at dunwoodypto.membershiptoolkit.com. The event is limited to 300 participants and will be held rain or shine. All participants are required to have a helmet, according the event website. There are two routes: a 2-mile open course on the street and a route for younger riders that stays within the school’s parking lot. Check in and registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the first race begins at 8:30 a.m.

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Left, William Turton, a Westminster sophomore, and faculty advisor Daniel Searl filming for the school’s TV news program, WCAT, which recently won an award.

Bennett Porson, a senior, William Turton, a sophomore, and the WCAT staff won in the live sports event category for their coverage of the varsity football team’s secondround state playoff game against Savannah High School on Nov. 18, 2016, the release said. “It’s an honor for WCAT to receive the National Student Production Award for Live Sports,” said Daniel Searl, WCAT’s faculty advisor, said in a statement. “The award recognizes the hard work and professionalism of our students who plan, organize, and execute full-fledged broadcasts with six cameras, three on-air announcers, a pre-game show, replay, custom scoreboard, graphics and more.”


Pianos for Peace, a local nonprofit that hosts a piano festival each fall, has donated pianos to several Atlanta schools, including schools in Buckhead, according to Atlanta Public Schools. The nonprofit hosted the festival, which brought around 50 pianos to public parks and streets, in September. After the festival concluded, the pianos were donated to local schools, nursing homes and community centers, according to the organization’s website. Two of the pianos were donated to Garden Hills Elementary and Warren T. Jackson Elementary School on Mount Paran Road. Nine other pianos were donated to other Atlanta schools.

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Candidates for mayor, City Council speak at local forums Continued from page 1 ethics, public safety, property taxes and bringing Amazon to Atlanta.

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Peter Aman, former chief operating officer for the city of Atlanta: Aman drew from his experience as the former chief operating officer for the city to answer a question about how he would handle a recent string of ethics scandals in the city government. “There is no question that there is corruption at City Hall,” Aman said. Whenever he found “dirty things” happening in the government, he had them investigated, he said. To have a more transparent government, Aman said he would have published online all purchases, contracts and information about who owns companies with contracts. Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta City Councilmember for District 11: Bottoms answered a question about how to address crime and public safety by discussing how she felt when her nephew was killed after being mistaken for a gang member. She said the city should focus on preventing crime. “The police pulled video from the camera system to arrest people who killed him,” Bottoms said. “It was a reactive approach to what happened to my nephew, not a proactive approach.” She said the police department and city need to understand why people commit crimes, and how to address the high rate of high school dropouts committing crimes. “We have to treat these issues first in order to find solutions,” Bottoms said. John Eaves, former Fulton County Chairman: In response to a question about how to deal with rising property taxes and the recent assessment problems, Eaves drew on his experience dealing the assessments as Fulton County chair. “We did something courageous as a

board in a bipartisan way,” Eaves said, referring to the Board of Commissioners vote to reject the tax digest and freeze property assessments. Eaves said the board can freeze the assessments for a second year, but he would also look to implement exemptions for seniors. He also said development is partly to blame for rising property tax assessments, and that it needs to be controlled, especially around the BeltLine. Vincent Fort, former state senator: If he was making a deal with Amazon to bring a second headquarters to Atlanta, Fort said he would ensure residents are not displaced as a result of its move to the city. “If we’re going to do a deal with Amazon, it needs to be a deal that does right by all the citizens of Atlanta,” he said. “We need a community deal that ensures the whole community’s needs are taken care of.” The “affordable housing crisis” would also have to be addressed, which he said he warned about when BeltLine development was first underway. “Twelve years ago, when the BeltLine was proposed, I said it could be an engine for gentrification and it is,” he said. Ceasar Mitchell, Atlanta City Council president: Mitchell said as mayor he would audit the procurement process to fight corruption in creating contracts with companies. He said the city council has “limited review of what happens in procurement process” and they have tried to find information about the process, but have been denied. He would create “an open, transparent and fair process,” and would bring a compliance director to the procurement process. Mary Norwood, Atlanta City Councilmember, Post 2 At-Large: Norwood used the question about making a deal with Amazon to address transportation and traffic congestion in Buckhead. Bringing Amazon could help convince peo-

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OCTOBER 13 - 26, 2017 ■ www.ReporterNewspapers.net in campaign contributions. District 7 candidate Rebecca King did not, so neither she nor her opponent, incumbent Howard Shook, participated in the forum. The candidates were asked questions submitted by Buckhead council member neighborhoods. Below are responses to select questions at the forum from candidates for District 8, which represents Buckhead. PHOTOS BY EVELYN ANDREWS

J.P. Matzigkeit, a District 8 candidate, participated in the Buckhead Council of Neighborhood’s Sept. 27 forum at North Atlanta High School.

Anna Tillman, a candidate for District 8, speaks at a Buckhead Council of Neighborhood’s Sept. 27 forum at North Atlanta High School.

ple of the need to have transit funded at the state level through a tax on gas, she said. “We know that the traffic is killing us. We know it is tough to get around in Buckhead. We need a subway coming in from the northwest part of the region,” she said. Development needs to be spread to other parts of the city, not just within the northern third that has seen the most development in recent years, she said. “We need to do a better job of marketing the entire city,” she said.

in this marriage,” Woolard said. The city would have to ensure residents are not displaced by the move, which could raise property and rental rates. She also said Amazon could help bring the state on board with funding transit.

Cathy Woolard, former Atlanta City Council president: For Woolard to make a deal with Amazon as mayor, she said Atlanta would have to be benefit significantly, especially regarding creating more transportation options. “We’re not going into a dowry system

Kwanza Hall was invited to the forum, but he did not attend.

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The Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods invited candidates for City Council District 8, City Council president, City Council post 1 at-large and City Council post 2 atlarge to a Sept. 27 forum at North Atlanta High School. District 8 candidates Anna Tillman and J.P. Matzigkeit, attended the forum. The organization set a requirement that candidates must have raised $5,000

On public safety To stop neighborhood associations from feeling that they need to hire off-duty officers to patrol their neighborhoods, Matzigkeit said he would evaluate officer pay to make sure the Atlanta Police Department can retain officers. Matzigkeit also said he would build on the security camera and license plate reader program built by current District 8 Councilmember Yolanda Adrean, who is not seeking re-election. “We need to have the right number of officers, in the right place with the right tools,” Matzigkeit said. Tillman said she would take a look at where officers are zoned to ensure it is effective. She also said more police officers need to be on foot, patrolling the streets, and that adequate patrolling in every neighborhood is needed. “We need a police officer in my neighborhood patrolling that is not paid by our neighborhood association, and we need

that for everyone,” Tillman said. Traffic congestion Tillman said she would consider not allowing traffic through neighborhoods during peak traffic times, saying “we cannot handle the load of cars that are coming into the area.” Matzigkeit, an executive at a Buckhead technology company, Wahoo Fitness, said he would use technology to help alleviate some traffic, including traffic lights that are well-timed and apps that can help people find parking. He also would seek to stop construction contractors from closing lanes during peak times. Development and the tree canopy Tillman said more zoning regulations need to be put in place to stop developers from building houses that are much larger than nearby houses, saying “it’s changing the character of our neighborhoods.” “We also need to curtail or completely eliminate clear-cutting,” Tillman said. “It’s a lot cheaper for [developers] to remove everything. It’s about money for them, and it needs to be about trees for us.” Matzigkeit said as Atlanta continues to develop, “we need a vision for that growth.” He advocated for zoning and permitting processes that protect the tree canopy and neighborhoods from development. “I think we really need strong protections for our neighborhoods and for our tree canopy. We have to grow smart,” he said.


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