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OCTOBER 14 - 27, 2016 • VOL. 10— NO. 21


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BCID board votes to move forward with plans for park over Ga. 400 BY JOHN RUCH Planning for a park over Ga. 400 will move forward after a 4-2 vote of the Buckhead Community Improvement District board on Oct. 5, an approval that came amid concerns from major hotels and malls about possible higher business taxes and “conflict of interest.” In addition, planning for the park will merge into the public process for a recently begun update of Buckhead’s master plan, now renamed “Buckhead RedeSee BCID on page 16 PHOTO BY PHIL MOSIER

Garden Hills Elementary School kindergarten student Nella Zurn tries out a trellis and finds plenty to smile about during Garden Clean Up Day at the school. Her parents, Allen and Lupita Zurn, joined in the Sunday morning garden cleanup on Oct. 2. Students and parents made new raised beds, harvested vegetables and planted bulbs. More photos on pages 18 and 19.

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Legion wants to replace its 1930s building

American Legion Post 140 plans to demolish its rustic, 1930s-era building alongside Chastain Park and replace it with a larger stone-and-wood structure pictured above. The old building is falling apart, post leaders say, but the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is calling for it to be saved. See LEGION on page 6



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Everything from affordable housing to major road projects are on the table for “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED,” an updated master plan for much of the neighborhood. A six-month process to develop the plan was to begin with an Oct. 17 public input meeting at the Atlanta International School. It is technically an update of a 16-year-old Atlanta Regional Commission Livable Centers Initiative plan laying out how and where redevelopment should happen. But it is also taking a broader scope and folding in other efforts, such as a planned Lenox Road redesign and a potential park over Ga. 400 proposed by the Buckhead Community Improvement District. “It might as well be a brand new plan… [because] things have changed so dramatically,” said Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead, describing the master plan to the Buckhead CID Oct. 5. “We are not the same community that we were even five years ago.” Livable Buckhead and the CID are among a core group of organizations leading the master plan effort, along with the Buckhead Business Association, the Buckhead Coalition and the Rotary Club of Buckhead. There is also a stakeholder committee with more than 40 members, which recently held its first meeting. The plan is focused on Buckhead’s commercial district, but could affect much of the neighborhood with policies and projects. “This community is now a diverse mix of commercial and retail developments, multifamily highrises and single-family homes,” Starling said in a press release. “Our population is younger--in fact, nearly half are between 20 and 39 years old. We have to formulate a plan that takes these changes into account and gives Buckhead the chance to maximize opportunities and minimize the potential negative effects of our growth.” According to the press release, “Recommendations could include additional access points and ramp metering for Ga. 400, new road connections to improve traffic flow, [and] strategies to create housing options that are affordable for Buckhead’s workforce.” Also included are Lenox Road and Ga. 400 park efforts. Starling told the CID that folding those projects into the master plan makes them “stronger together” and avoids overwhelming members of the public with multiple planning processes that could “confuse and exhaust” them. The master plan is intended to lay out development and improvements for the next five to 10 years, and will include a 100-day “action plan” of quick fixes. The name “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED” is intended as “brand” that will last beyond the actual process, like the Midtown Alliance’s “Blueprint Midtown,” Starling told the CID. According to Livable Buckhead spokesperson Tracy Paden, the name “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED” is intended to combine the words “refined” and “redefined” as “the two aspects of Buckhead’s personality.” “Buckhead has always been synonymous with refinement and luxury,” Paden said, while the neighborhood is now being redefined by younger residents and more urban-style development. The stakeholder committee held its first meeting Oct. 4, Starling said. Some CID board members were surprised to hear that in its early feedback, traffic was not the top concern—“place-making” is. That means how to make Buckhead more walkable and otherwise retain millennials as long-term residents. Starling added that Buckhead’s millennials are not those “living in the basement…it’s the cream-of-the-crop millennials.” But traffic still a neighborhood concern. Early stats show Buckhead has a ratio of 6.5 jobs for every 1 resident, Starling said. “That’s crazy. What that means is [commuter] traffic,” she said. The Oct. 17 public meeting is the first of three in a master plan process running through April 2017 and largely funded by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The meeting, running from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., will include an overview of the process, then breakout sessions focused on five areas: “vision,” “place-making,” “connectivity,” the park over Ga. 400 proposal, and the Lenox Road corridor improvements. “It’s important for the public to turn out for this first meeting so they can help shape the vision,” Starling said in the press release. “While the plan will focus on Buckhead’s commercial district, it will really have a community-wide impact. The more voices and viewpoints that we can get involved with BUCKHEAD REdeFINED, the better.” Information and a survey will be available online as well on a project website that will go live shortly after the meeting at BH

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Wieuca Road Baptist Church considering sale, redevelopment

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The congregation of Wieuca Baptist Church is considering whether to sell or redevelop the church property at the intersection of Wieuca and Peachtree roads.


plans to turn the Wieuca Road/Phipps Boulevard intersection into a roundabout. A congregation vote apparently on reWieuca Road Baptist Church is condevelopment options was scheduled for sidering selling or redeveloping the site it Oct. 16. has occupied for 60 years at Wieuca and “Over the next several weeks, Wieuca Peachtree roads. Road Baptist Church will be entering into Word of the potential sale of the 3626 a time of discernPeachtree Road ment and discussion church was disabout our future as cussed by Buckhead a congregation,” the Community Imchurch’s online calprovement District endar said of the Oct. officials at their Oct. 16 vote on the “Struc5 board meeting. A tural Options” rechurch employee port. “It is a time for briefly confirmed the much prayer, much possible sale and said listening, and much redevelopment is unseeking of God’s der consideration. will. There will be a Church administralot happening over tor Skip Charlton these weeks.” was not available for Dunn said the comment. church online calenIn a September dar listing about the church newsletter, “structural options” Senior Pastor Dr. vote relates to the reMark Wilbanks said development possia “Structural Opbility. tions ad hoc commitSally Silver, an tee has been working advisor to Atlanta for a year to study CHURCH’S ONLINE CALENDAR City Councilmember our current circumHoward Shook said stances and alternasome church memtives that exist. They will present a thorbers “are leaning toward selling the propough analysis of directions the church may erty.” choose to create a new and desired future Since 1956, the church has occupied the for our congregation.” 4.6-acre property, which Fulton County “There are whispers they will be sold. values at $19.4 million, including both land There are whispers they will be redeveland buildings. The church building is a looped,” said Darion Dunn, the CID’s direccal landmark with its tall steeple and fator of capital improvements and planning, çade lined with columns. The church also explaining that the possible change at the operates a day school on the site. church site has put a temporary hold on

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A proposal to expand a parking lot for 3166 Mathieson Drive threatens two large oak trees that grow in the area.

Fate of large trees a concern in Buckhead Forest parking lot plan BY JOHN RUCH

crease the parking from 10 to 17 spaces. By the DRC’s original calculation, that exceeds the amount allowed under zoning and would require removing the oaks as well as a 14-inch cherry tree, a 7-inch dogwood tree and 14-inch pine trees. The committee recommended denial. However, the applicant later provided information showing that the calculation of the building’s square-footage—the basis for figuring out the amount of parking spaces allowed—was too low and that the owners were entitled to up to 21 parking spaces.

The fate of two large oak trees is a concern in a plan to expand the parking lot for an office building in the Buckhead Forest neighborhood. On Sept. 7, the local SPI-9 Design Review Committee reviewed an application from the owners of 3166 Mathieson Drive to enlarge the lot behind the building. That would involve cutting down two tall oak trees, one 45 inches in circumference and the other 43 inches, as well as some smaller trees, according to DRC meeting minutes. “A 45-inch oak tree is a treasure,” said DRC member Sally Silver, adding that the city arborist is also concerned. No one showed up to represent the applicant at the DRC meeting, Silver said, and the city of Atlanta says A city spokesperson says an earlier plan to expand the parking it has not yet relot was terminated in February. In the latest application, owners ceived an updated of the buidling want to expand the lot from 10 to 17 spaces. application. Dale Baumann, who is listed as the agent Based on that new information, the for property owner Forum Investment DRC revised its recommendation. AccordProperties LLC, did not return a phone call. ing to its minutes, the DRC recommended The oak trees tower over the stone-faced “the applicant work with the planning deoffice building to roughly twice its two-stopartment to revise the proposed parking ry height. plan in a manner that mitigates impacts to According to city spokesperson Jewanthe two large existing oak trees making evna Gaither, the owners originally applied ery effort to preserve them.” for a parking lot expansion in 2014 and the Meanwhile, Gaither said, the owncity arborist examined the largest tree at ers filed a new permit application in Authat time. That application was “terminatgust, but the city did not accept the plans ed” in February 2016, she said. because they were incomplete. The city is Under the latest application reviewed awaiting any updated filing. by the SPI-9 DRC, the owners want to in-


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I-285/Ga. 400 project groundbreaking scheduled for Nov. 3 BY JOHN RUCH

A ceremonial groundbreaking for the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction project is slated for Nov. 3, according to the state Department of Transportation. But early preparation work is already underway, but major construction affecting traffic likely won’t begin until late February, according to GDOT spokesperson Jill Goldberg. The groundbreaking will feature Gov. Nathan Deal and GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry, among other officials. Its location is still to be determined, according to Goldberg. The contracting team on the project, North Perimeter Contractors, is currently conducting surveying and exam work such as inspecting storm drains and culverts, Goldberg said. GDOT expects to issue this week a “notice to proceed” allowing actual construction work. “It’s not going to be the kind of stuff where you’re going to see massive cranes and roads being torn up,” she said, adding that level of work is likely months away. Besides rebuilding the interchange to improve traffic flow and capacity, the project will add “collector-distributor lanes”—physically separated exit and entrance lanes— to Ga. 400 north to Sandy Springs’ Spalding Drive and to I-285 between Sandy Springs’ Roswell Road and Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody and Brookhaven. The Ga. 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. When construction starts, it will happen in phases and stages that will last more than three years, into mid-2020. Where exactly work will begin is still up in the air. “They have not made a decision,” Goldberg said of the contractors, though there is talking of starting with rehabbing or reconstructing bridges over Ga. 400, which includes the Mount Vernon Highway bridge. The interchange project’s major work will start around the same time that another big traffic impact is coming to the Perimeter: the new Atlanta Braves stadium in Cobb County. Goldberg said GDOT is not specifically coordinating the interchange work with Cobb or the Braves, but is generally aware of stadium parking and traffic planning.


A GDOT illustration of the future rebuilt I-285/Ga. 400 interchange

GDOT met Sept. 14 with local cities’ police, fire and rescue officials as an introduction to coordinating planning on how emergency vehicles will get through the interchange construction areas, Goldberg said. GDOT and the contractors will both have a hands-on command center near the heart of the project as they will operate offices on Carpenter Drive in Sandy Springs, just a block north of I-285. That means project officials will be driving through local traffic, too—and Carpenter Drive itself is due for a significant intersection reconstruction project in coming months. “We don’t escape [traffic impacts],” Goldberg said. “Welcome to the neighborhood, right?”


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American Legion Post 140 plans to demolish its rustic, 1930s-era building alongside Buckhead’s Chastain Park and replace it with a larger stone-and-wood structure. The old building is falling apart, post leaders say, but the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is calling on it to be saved. “If we don’t do anything, [the current building] won’t be there in five years,” said post commander Ken DeSimone, whose day job is serving as the Sandy Springs police chief. “It’s doomed one way or another. We make a new one or let it fall in on itself.” Mark McDonald, president and CEO of the Georgia Trust, took a look at the building earlier this year at the request of a small group of pro-preservation Legion members. He says there’s another way. “I frankly felt this was one of the easier preservation situations I’ve ever seen,” he said, adding in a written statement, “The Georgia Trust is strongly opposed to the demolition of this historic resource." “The only thing historic about the building is the fact that it’s old,” said Max Hilsman, a Buckhead resident and post official who has been shepherding the new building plan, explaining his own look into the building’s history. He said he might contact the Trust for more information, but also used a military joke to describe the Legion post’s caution. “We call them ‘good idea fairies.’ They have an idea and flit in and flit out again” without offering any resources or plan, he said. Post 140 at 3905 Powers Ferry Road serves military veterans mostly from the Buckhead, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs areas. Its house-like building has a stone fireplace, a deck and walls of irregular wooden planks painted green outside. Since at least 1954, it has served as a Legion post, deeded by Fulton County on the condition it remain in Legion use; otherwise, ownership reverts back to the county. The post is known for community connections, including last year’s opening of a T-ball field next to the building and the renting of the facility to such groups as the Buckhead 50 Club. Legion members help run a Boy Scout camp and hold such fundraisers as a run for Buckhead’s Shepherd Center for brain and spinal injury treatment. While the Legion and the Trust disagree on the building’s historic significance, little is known about it by either side. Hilsman said the common assumption is the structure was built as a bunkhouse for workers in President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal work programs. Backing the idea is the existence of similar structures at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain, where “buildings there look exactly like our structure…They are also painted green,” Hilsman said. Hilsman said he did some research about the building, with the Atlanta History Center directing him to its archives. He said the main research was reading through “Atlanta and Environs,” a definitive city history by Franklin Garrett, where

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he found no mention of the post building. McDonald said the building looks more solidly built than a bunkhouse and may have been purpose-built as a Legion post, though he said he has done no research about it. Post 140 was chartered in 1936, DeSimone said, but no one knows exactly where, though it is believed it was not in the Powers Ferry Road building. DeSimone and Hilsman say the building now has major structural issues, including a rotting kitchen floor, foundation problems and outdated wiring and plumbing. And the Legion post is starting to outgrow it, with membership swelling to around 200 in the era of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Following a vote of the post’s executive committee and general membership, the Legion is moving ahead with a plan to demolish the old building and erect the new one. The new stone-and-wood structure would stand on the same footprint as the current building, but would be larger. Hilsman and DeSimone said they have one historical element in mind: reusing the rafters and the stone fireplace. The post’s interior displays of military memorabilia also would be preserved. “We’re dreaming big. Hopefully we can pull it off,” said DeSimone. He estimates the new building will cost over $1 million and require donations. The plan requires a city Special Use Permit, as the post is grandfathered into a residential zoning, and is heading to a Zoning Review Board hearing sometime in November. The plan has received the blessing of NPUs A and B, as well as the Chastain Park Civic Association. However, about a dozen members would like to see the current building preserved and rehabbed. Richard Whitner, a member of both Post 140 and the Georgia Trust, is the one who had McDonald visit the site earlier this year. “Just the history of it and the fact we’ve been going to it since we were in high school,” Whitner said of why he and other members think the existing building should be saved. “Just the nostalgia.” But Whitner indicated he is deferring to the post’s executive committee decision. Whitner said DeSimone discouraged making an executive committee presentation on preservation, but the pro-preservation Legion members also had no formal plan and did not follow up with McDonald’s offer of providing architects and contractors to advise them. DeSimone said contractor estimated rehabbing would cost as much as new construction. “The building’s just past its useful lifespan,” he said. McDonald said that is a common “kneejerk reaction,” but that preservation assistance is often available, and the cost of new construction might force the Legion to boost rental rates. "The Georgia Trust believes the American Legion post is historically significant as a WPA-era building and should be preserved,” McDonald said in his written statement. “It is in good condition and offers excellent reuse possibilities. In addition, this building has served the Atlanta community and the American legion for over 70 years and has hosted hundreds of community events. Therefore, it is not only architecturally significant, but is a repository of memories from Atlanta's social history.” “I don’t think it changes our thinking,” Hilsman said of the Georgia Trust’s opinion, but added that the post is “respectful” of history. “I think it’s reasonable, at some point in the next couple weeks, to reach out to them,” he said. He noted that major rehabilitation also would require a Special Use Permit, so the city process would remain the same.

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The CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA discussed the company’s new local headquarters, life in his new hometown of Brookhaven, and self-driving cars at a Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce lunch Oct. 11 at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North hotel. Dietmar Exler, who became the luxury car-maker’s USA CEO on Jan. 1, said the company’s “culture…changed drastically” as a result of hiring 300 new employees locally after moving last year from New Jersey to Perimeter Center. Many of those new employees are millennials from outside the company or even the auto industry, and they have a more collaborative mindset. That’s one reason, Exler said, that the company’s new headquarters under construction in Sandy Springs has “small ‘me’ space and a lot of ‘we’ space.” “Don’t underestimate, if you bring 300 young people in, …the energy and the passion they bring,” Exler said in a conversation with Jim Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Sandy Springs-based CBT Automotive Network. For employees moving down from New Jersey or elsewhere, metro Atlanta’s rush-hour traffic is proving to be a culture shock, Exler said. During a questionand-answer period, one attendee said she lives in a townhome complex a block from MBUSA’s new headquarters at Abernathy and Barfield roads and that residents are “seeing a lot of people interested in purchasing our homes.” She asked whether they are MBUSA employees. Exler said that is possible because many employees are finding the local commute to MBUSA’s temporary headquarters in Dunwoody to be worse than expected. Some are looking to move “in close proximity” to the Sandy Springs

headquarters, he said. Exler said he is dealing with his own relatively short commute from Brookhaven, but gave no sign of moving closer to the office. “I love Brookhaven,” he said after the lunch, adding that he lives in the Ashford-Dunwoody Road corridor. Exler is originally from Austria and most recently lived in the Detroit area. During the lunch conversation, he said he got a taste of Southern hospitality on his first day living in Brookhaven. The neighbors came and “invited me to the birthday party of a guy down the street,” he said, adding that he and his wife immediately attended, bringing a bottle of wine as a gift. MBUSA’s new headquarters is set to open in early 2018 and will stand alongside a new housing development from the company Ashton Woods. While MBUSA was welcomed by Sandy Springs, the overall redevelopment of the heavily wooded former Glenridge estate and demolition of a historic mansion across Abernathy stirred controversy. “You probably all know we bought that piece of land that was wooded, and to build the headquarters, we had to cut down some trees,” Exler said. He said Trees Atlanta reviewed the headquarters site for any significant old trees and found none. The timber from some trees has been donated to Camp Southern Ground, a Fayetteville summer camp for children with various emotional, social or behavioral issues that was founded by country musician Zac Brown. MBUSA is also replanting some trees, he said. While awaiting the new headquarters, MBUSA is temporarily based in an office building on Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody. Exler said it is a good location, but compared it to renting an apartment versus buying or building a house.

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Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal, in the “The only question is, are you going question period, praised MBUSA as a to go nuts first, or the guy behind you? “good corporate neighbor” and said the Who’s screaming first?” he said. company is welcome to return. As for electric vehicles, MBUSA will Exler also discussed the future of selfrelease its first such model two years driving and electric vehifrom now, and cles. will have a He predicted that fully line of 10 modautonomous, or self-drivels by 2025, Exing, cars could be makler said. The ing highway trips withpush is driven in a decade, but that it by government would take more time to mileage reguextend autopilot driving lations, he said, to side streets. He said adding that that MBUSA vehicles almarket leader ready have some “autonTesla is still losomous features” that deing money on tect when a car is veering car sales due to out of a lane or about to battery costs. hit a car in front of it. But Asked by a fully self-driving car Sandy Springs has “some technical pitCity Councilfalls, and then there’s humember John man behavior.” Paulson about Establishing vehi- DIETMAR EXLER millennial cle-detecting lanes on a CEO OF MERCEDES-BENZ USA drivers, Exler

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said they currently are buying cars later in life. While millennials are stereotyped as living car-free in cities, Exler said that appears to be a temporary economic trend, with more people of that generation moving into traditional suburbs and driving.

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BY DYANA BAGBY Read neighborhood social network posts and you will likely find complaints from residents who have had their cars broken into – in parking lots, at apartment complexes, even in front of their own homes. “We are seeing an increase in car break-ins, and, as we talk to other agencies, we all think it’s a metro area-wide issue,” Capt. Mike Lindstrom of the Sandy Springs Police Department said. At a recent Brookhaven City Council meeting, Police Chief Gary Yandura said the department handled more than 100 calls about car break-ins for September, setting a record. Also in September, Atlanta police handled calls of 70 car break-ins in just one week across Buckhead, Virginia Highland, East Atlanta and Downtown. Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Atlanta police departments have all issued calls for caution via social media to residents, urging them to remove valuable items from their vehicles and to also lock their cars. “Entering autos continue to be an ongoing issue, not just in our city, but throughout the metro area,” said Dunwoody Sgt. Aaron Belt. Last month, seven cars parked in the Drexel Apartments on Drexel Way in Dunwoody were broken into in one night. The thieves took items from inside the vehicles and also stole the wheels off a BMW 525i and a GMC Yukon, leaving it sitting on bricks. Belt said tire and wheel thefts in Dunwoody are a trend, but that they also occur throughout the Atlanta area. In July, Dunwoody police arrested 10 people, including four juveniles, suspected in a rash of car break-ins at swim and tennis clubs in the city that began in June. “We continue to try to address the problem with directed patrols and by apprehending people,” Belt said. Sandy Springs police arrested four juveniles earlier this month suspected of 14 car breakins. Lindstrom said the frequency and number of car break-ins has ratcheted up significantly from just last year “In the past, we would see cars

hit at a particular time with a multiple number of cars hit in one night,” he said. “Now we’re seeing a frequency in the amount of those incidents -- we’re seeing them every week. They are more frequent resulting in a larger number of victims,” he said. Before this year, police would likely be dealing with one or two suspects driving up in one vehicle to a place where many cars are parked, such as a parking garage, and striking as many cars as possible. Now, said Lindstrom, witnesses report seeing several men jump out of one vehicle and hit multiple cars in a matter of minutes. “We’ve not seen anything to this multitude before,” he said. “They empty out into a small area and take whatever is left in the car. Sometimes they break windows, sometimes the cars are unlocked.” Police offer several tips to motorists to help them avoid becoming victims, including the “Lock, Take, Hide” recommendation: 1. Don’t leave valuables in your car. And, if hiding something in your car, Lindstrom said it’s best not hide it when getting out of your car. “Do that when getting in,” he said. Don’t use a blanket or anything that looks out-of-the ordinary when covering up something, he added. “Take precaution when hiding items,” he said. Belt said thieves look for anything in cars. “Even if it is a dirty gym bag. It may have a laptop in it,” he said. “Remove all items and lock the car and pay attention,” he said. “The one constant we see in car break-ins is valuables left in plain view.” 2. Park in well-lit area although “this is not fail-safe,” Lindstrom said. 3. Be aware of your surroundings and be on the lookout for suspicious activity so, if necessary, you can be a good witness in case your car is broken into or another person’s car is broken into. 4. Lock your cars and don’t leave your keys in the car. This seems as obvious a recommendation as removing valuable items, but sometimes people need to be reminded, Lindstrom said. In recent years, people with fobs rather than car keys have been leaving the fobs in their vehicles, and thieves have taken advantage. “Safeguard your property and you won’t become a victim,” Lindstrom said.

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BY JACLYN TURNER Community organization Interfaith Outreach Home (IOH) is hosting a tennis tournament this month to raise money and spread the word about its programs. The home, located in Doraville and founded in 1992, tries to help financially unstable families remain together and get back on their feet. The facility supplies affordable two-room apartments to families to create a stable home environment for children. “I have been involved in a lot of outreach projects, but this is different,” said Dr. Kelly Spetalnik, a member of the program’s board. “It’s not just a Band-Aid fix.... It’s transforming people’s lives.” Rather than simply providing a temporary solution to a housing problem, the program requires families to take part in money-saving and financial-wellness courses. The program incorporates safe and secure housing with mandatory savings, accountability through being responsible for rent and personal food and support resources such as life skills counseling, case management and financial guidance. After two years in the program, many families save $10,000 to $15,000, Spetalnik said. The fundraising tennis tournament is scheduled for Oct. 22 and will be held at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center on Northside Drive. It starts at 6 p.m. Players pay an entry fee of $100 and compete in a round-robin event for prizes. The event includes food and drinks. All proceeds will go toward the Interfaith Outreach home. Last year, 30 players participated, but the home hopes to increase that number. Several local churches, and civic organizations, including St. Martin’s in the Fields, the Dunwoody Women’s Club and Our Lady of the Assumption support the program’s mission. Spetalnick, 57, former outreach chairman at St. Martins, became so enamored with the mission of the Interfaith Outreach Home that she left her role at the church to become a board member and a chair of development for the program. Now, as a tennis player herself, she is helping plan the tournament. Spetalnik and others with the program follow the lives of its graduates. She said 90 percent of families are still together in sustainable housing after five years. “They have come to not thinking about tomorrow as the end of everything,” she said. To participate in the tournament, email Lynn Newton at or visit to learn more about other volunteer opportunities.

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The presidential and vice-presidential debates are doing more to harden stances than change minds, according to the latest 1Q cellphone survey to residents of the communities served by Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown. Of 200 survey respondents, 52 percent said the debates have not changed their opinions of the candidates, and another 14 percent said they did not watch at all. Only 18 percent said the debates were “very” or “somewhat” significant to their opinions as the race heads into the final presidential debate on Oct. 19. Most of those opinions express general dissatisfaction with both Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump and the personal attacks both have made. But in respondents’ comments, “Trump” was the most frequently used word, mostly negatively, and he was the only nominee directly bashed by respondents of his own party. “Bluntly, the debates simply reinforced what I already knew: that both candidates are reprehensible, but that Trump is certainly worse,” said a 30-year-old Buckhead woman. “And as a woman and Republican, I find his misogyny and self-admitted acts of sexual assault (and cavalier dismissal of those actions) repugnant and nauseating. There is nothing about this election that I like.” Just over half of the respondents were affiliated with the major parties, skewing 30.5 percent Democrat to 23 percent Republican. Of the rest, 26.5 percent identified as “independent” and 20 percent as “other.” None of the televised debates included the nominees of the Green or Libertarian parties. Some of the respondents said the debates with the major-party nominees confirmed their decision to vote for one of those third-party candidates. “If anything, it made me want to vote for [Green Party nominee] Jill Stein or really anyone other than the participants of the debate,” said a 26-year-old Atlanta woman.

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Letter to the Editor Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza are original members of the Buckhead Community Improvement District and we have always been supportive of its mission to improve traffic, pedestrian flow and the overall beautification of the area. Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza have always demonstrated a commitment to Buckhead through our investments in several major improvements that make our community a desirable place to live, work and visit. We have backed many initiatives to bring parks and green space to the community, including the recent addition of the PATH400 Greenway Trail system. We have supported all initiatives of the BCID that conform with its mission and purpose, and projects that can be funded within its current financial capacity. We believe this [park over Ga. 400] project goes well beyond the mission and purpose of the BCID. We remain strong supporters of the BCID’s mission and vision of the area but we believe that the near-term transportation needs of the growing community is and should remain the BCID’s top priority, especially as extensive office and apartment developments are currently underway in the area. The size, cost and scope of the park over Ga. 400 project far exceed any project ever undertaken by the BCID. The current detailed planning and concept design study alone will cost the BCID close to $1 million, and early estimates for the park are $195 million to $245 million. We believe the current approach to this project creates a slippery slope for the BCID, and with our limited resources, will only serve as a distraction [from] more pressing needs. Due to the substantial ongoing financial burden this project will place on all the paying members of the BCID, and the fact the project falls far outside the boundaries of the BCID’s mission and purpose, we believe any investment in this project should be taken up by the entire membership through a referendum vote, rather than votes conducted as the normal course of business for this board. The proposed park would primarily benefit the properties abutting the park. Per the initial visioning study, properties within 500 feet of the proposed park can expect a 20 percent to 30 percent increase in real estate values. Several voting board members own property abutting the park, which we believe constitutes a conflict of interest, as board members are the only ones permitted to vote on these commitments. We simply do not believe this park is the best use of the BCID’s resources at the current time. -- Robin Suggs Simon Property Group

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Occupation: President of Tommy Newberry Coaching Previous elective office: Senator for Senate District 6 since 2012. Other community service: Serves on the board of the National Infantry Museum; chairman of the board of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute; volunteered with the Smyrna Veterans Committee, the Cobb Citizen’s Oversight Committee for T-SPLOST; the Georgia Energy Forum and Keep Smyrna Beautiful. Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? A: Understandably, this is a tough environment for elected leaders. Sadly, many politicians deserve this ire from the voters. With that said, I am proud of my record in the state Senate. I have shepherded more than 40 bills through the legislative process, 30 of which were signed into law. I authored the “Beer Jobs Bill” which allowed craft breweries and distilleries across the state to sell directly to consumers and grow their businesses. I have worked to make Georgia a more competitive business environment by fighting for reductions in the state income tax and reigning in wasteful spending. I have also championed a number of reform efforts in education, transportation, welfare, government accountability and veteran’s affairs. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? A: Education, health care, and transportation. These are the most important issues facing Georgia’s promising future. Georgia’s economy has been steadily growing over the past four years, and we continue to bring quality jobs to the district. I intend to continue this trend by creating efficiency and excellence across government sectors in education, healthcare, and transportation infrastructure. That process begins with meaningful progress in reforming public education and Medicaid with more free-market

principles. I have championed legislation to allow taxpayers to have more autonomy as they pursue education options for their children.

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Democrat Occupation: Pediatric dentist and business owner No prior elective offices. Other community service: Started Wave of Excellence - a dynamic network of nearly 3,000 parents of Smyrna/Vinings public school children who share ideas, information, and solutions to achieve academic excellence. The program is focused on Campbell High School and its feeder schools. Also, service projects led by my dental practice and through business associations such as Vinings Rotary Club. Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? A: Voters should choose me because I understand the concerns of everyday citizens in our district who feel like they do not have a voice at the Capitol. They are tired of political grandstanding on unnecessary issues. I want our schools, businesses, and communities to work together toward a brighter future for all of Georgia’s families. Our district is extremely diverse in age, ethnicity, economics, and political views. We need a representative that values each perspective and takes a collaborative approach to finding solutions. The incumbent has given us four years of policies that are out of step with most voters in the district, mirroring the polarization we’re seeing on the national stage. We must change course immediately. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? A: The most important issue facing the residents of District 6 is public education: I would fight for proper funding and reform of high-stakes testing culture. Unfortunately, our lawmakers have underfunded our public schools by over $10 billion since 2003, according to the current funding formula. This is reprehensible and unacceptable. We must prioritize our school funding by making our eduBH

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Republican, incumbent Occupation: Attorney Previous experience in elective office: Represented House District 54 since November 2014. Other community service experience: board of directors of Brandon Neighborhood Association; past member of the board of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy; member and former Vice-Chair of Region 3 Planning Board of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (approximately 2011-2015). Q: Why should voters choose you for this position? A: I believe voters should choose me for this position because I am the best qualified candidate. As an attorney, I have the training and experience to understand the nuances of the legislative process and the drafting and passage of legislation, which often includes, for example, complicated issues of tax law and overlapping federal and state regulations. My committee assignments, including Judiciary, Education and MARTOC (MARTA oversight – on which I chair the Governance subcommittee) allow me to have input and shape legislation that greatly affects every person in our district. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? A: I think the biggest issue facing the constituents in our district is how to continue to realize the benefits of our vibrant economy and the resultant building activity, both commercial and residential, we have seen for the last few years here in House District 54, with the very real quality of life issue associated with increasing density, specifically, our everincreasing traffic. I have and will continue to address that issue by voting for transportation and transit solutions as a member of the General Assembly and also, specifically, in my role as MARTOC committee member and chair of the Governance subcommittee.

Bob Gibeling Democrat Occupation: Marketing Consulting Previous elective office: no. Other community service expe- rience: Organized public service projects for the Buckhead Business Association, as a Vice President; appointed to the Fulton County AIDS Task Force; organized volunteers to sing Christmas carols door to door in Garden Hills and directed choral music programs for several seniors’ residential towers in Buckhead; elected four times to the governing council of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, serving one term as Vice President. Q: Why should voters choose you for this position? A: I will more accurately represent the people of Buckhead. I will never support bad tax ideas that would cause Georgia’s credit rating to be downgraded, as warned by Gov. Nathan Deal, or gut the budget of the Atlanta Public School system, unlike my opponent. My votes will embrace the future with confidence not fear. I will be a bridge to the future, reflecting the strong pro- business attitudes of Buckhead residents, as well as celebrating our diversity. I have broad support, including Buckhead Business Association Republicans and loyal Democrats. I am a man who is a long-time supporter of women’s and LGBT equality, Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? A: As I go door to door, I hear the biggest challenges Buckhead residents face are rising property taxes and traffic congestion. I will be a strong advocate for ending actions of the legislature which put pressure on local property taxes. For example, unfunded mandates by the legislature dictate what local governments must do but do not provide any funding to accomplish these requirements. It is also a big problem that the Georgia Legislature is the only state government in the nation that has not financially supported the rapid transit system in that state. I will advocate for state funding for MARTA expansion.


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Board member Robin Suggs of Simon Property Group voiced some of the strongest opposition on behalf of her company’s Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza malls. She read a statement calling the park planning a “slippery slope” to higher taxes and a “distraction [from] more pressing needs.” She also called for a vote of the entire CID membership, not just the board. Some board members, she said,

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own property abutting the proposed park, which is expected to boost property values. That is a situation, Suggs said, “which we believe constitutes a conflict of interest…” “Right now, everyone’s enamored with the idea of the park. Who isn’t?” Suggs said after the meeting. “But when it comes down to it, there’s going to be a tax.” Similar concerns were raised by members of the Buckhead Hotel Council and Jim Sprouse, executive director of the Georgia Hotel & Lodging Association. They said they have no stance on the park idea at the moment, but they


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are concerned about raising hotel taxes in Atlanta, which they said already are among the nation’s highest. The CID board’s vice chair, John Lundeen of Coro Realty, was another “no” vote, though he said he might support a smaller project. “I just don’t see the [funding] sources without taxing—without dramatically taxing—the commercial [property owners],” Lundeen said. “I want to see something happen in the area… I just think spending $200 million on a project of this nature—I just can’t justify this…I think this is way beyond the scope of what the CID is for.” “Most people love the idea, love the design,” said board chair David Allman of Regent Partners, explaining that the board is sensitive to the taxation issue. The Buckhead CID has the lowest tax rate among metro Atlanta CIDs, he said. Board member Robin Loudermilk of the Loudermilk Companies supported

the park plan, but called for input from outside Buckhead as well. He said an initial public unveiling of the design last month at the Buckhead Theatre drew a “pretty broad sampling” of the local community and appeared to get a largely positive response. But he requested a more “formal metric” for gauging response and for input to come from a five-mile radius so it’s “not just a local, self-serving type park.” As the crow flies, that radius would include parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, among other areas. Buckhead CID Executive Director Jim Durrett said the next phase of park planning will study an array of issues, including: parking and traffic; legal and regulatory issues; a communication and outreach plan; park programming and projected annual costs; technical engineering issues; economic impact projections; and possible funding sources.

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Oct. 2 to clean up the school’s gardens. Katie Carlson and her third grade class organized the event to work on the eighteen flower and vegetable gardens located througout the campus. They also installed new garden boxes, harvested vegetables and planted bulbs. B-Andrew Munro, and his son Thomas, build a new planting bed. Thomas attends GHES in the 4-K Program. C- Fourth grader Aaron Smith and kindergarden student Nella Zurn work with a wheelbarrow of mulch.

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F- Parent Amy Holley puts shoulder to shovel. G- Goodies from the garden.


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Community Briefs C O UN C I L MEMBER N ORWOOD JO INS ATL A N TA MAY ORA L RACE Atlanta City Councilmember Mary Norwood, a Buckhead resident, is joining the mayoral race, she announced Oct. 5. Norwood, who holds the Post 2-At-Large seat, is the second Buckhead resident to join the race. Peter Aman, the former city chief operating officer, announced his candidacy earlier this year. In her campaign announced, Norwood said, “I am running for mayor of Atlanta to give all Atlantans a responsible, transparent and accountable government that will ensure that we have a safe city, a sustainable city and a prosperous city for ALL of our citizens.” Several other candidates are in the running to replace incumbent Kasim Reed, who must Mary Norwood leave office due to term limits after the 2017 election. Some of the candidates include City Councilmember Kwanza Hall; state Rep. Margaret Kaiser; City Council President Ceasar Mitchell; Michael Sterling, the former head of the city’s workforce development agency; and former City Councilmember Cathy Woolard. Norwood lost to Reed in the 2009 mayoral race. She was re-elected to the City Council in 2013.


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PCIDs’ Williams departs: ‘What I did was wear myself out with passion’ BY JOHN RUCH

The Perimeter Community Improvement Districts remain without a president and CEO five weeks after Yvonne Williams’ resignation. Meanwhile, Williams said her departure after 17 years heading the organization was her decision and not the PCIDs boards forcing her out. “I guess maybe what I did is wear myself out with passion,” Williams said, also attributing her resignation partly to time demands of her daughter heading to college and her mother’s health issues. “I just felt, with the intensity that was needed, it would be a good time to be involved, but at the level of CEO, I probably can’t be involved,” Williams said. At the same time, Williams spoke of finding ways to “contribute” at the state or regional levels. And she touted the PCIDs’ Perimeter Connects commuting system and said she will attend the November groundbreaking for the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction, a project she advocated and for which she helped raise money. The PCIDs are two jointly operated, selftaxing business districts in Perimeter Center. Williams resigned from their top staff position effective Sept. 2, but the PCIDs did not announce her departure for more than three weeks, and did not have a successor in place. “Our two PCID boards are working on a timeline, and work continues every day on multiple projects, but nothing definitive has been released or posted as yet,” said PCIDs spokesperson Bill Crane. Asked whether the PCIDs boards had forced her resignation for some reason, Williams said her departure involved “nothing” like that. While noting that “I built the thing from ground zero,” she added, “I have no regrets at the people” of the PCIDs. As to the lack of a successor in place, Williams said, “I left it in great order… [I] left the organization with major capital investment in the bank,” as well as a successful audit. “It’s been a great opportunity,” Williams said. “It’s not like it’s been a short stretch… If I’d been there 25 years, it would’ve been unbelievable.” Williams took leadership at the PCIDs in 1999 and oversaw it through a period of explosive growth in Perimeter Center and the incorporation of three local cities: Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs.

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Friday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m. Gather for a free screening of Zootopia at Ashford Park. Free popcorn. 2800 Redding Road.




Saturday, Oct. 22, 11a.m – 2p.m The festival will include carnival games, carnival rides, numerous interactive attractions, donut bobbing, arts and crafts, a school-wide pumpkin contest/auction, a cake auction, a live DJ and several local food vendors. Wristbands ($30 for children older than 5; $20 for children younger than 5) provide unlimited access to almost all of the activities. Tickets will also be available in $10 increments for individual games and attractions. Heards Ferry Elementary School, 6151 Powers Ferry Rd., Sandy Springs, 30338. For more Information:


Oct 22nd, 10-2 p.m. Celebrate fall with inflatables including 35foot double-sided slide, dancing dome, extreme obstacle course, Lazer Tag, haunted hall, football and basketball throws, face and nail Painting, SCARE-do’s, photo booth, sand



art, lots of carnival games and more—plus food, bake sale, lemonade stand, DJ and entertainment for the entire family. $20 advance/ $25 door for unlimited wristband. $1 tickets also available. Sarah Smith Elementary, 370 Old Ivy Road NE, Information:


Saturday, Oct. 22, 1-4 p.m. Bring your four-legged best friend to Mile Zero of Path 400 for live music, yard games, trail tours, photo opportunities and BBQ and beer available to purchase from Smokehouse. Pet Adoption from Lifeline Animal Project available too. 2323 Piedmont Rd. Visit:


Sunday, Oct.23, 12:30 - 2:30 pm Join the MJCCA for a great afternoon of family fun! In celebration of the Fall holiday of Sukkot, activities will include a petting zoo, arts & crafts, live bluegrass music, scavenger hunt, fall fruit sampling sponsored by Sprouts Farmers Market, and more! FREE and open to all! MJCCA at Zaban Park. 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info:

Tuesday, Oct. 18/25, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Attend this free educational lecture series, happening each Tuesday in October. Oct.




Friday and Saturday Oct. 21, 22, 28, 29, 7-10 p.m. Take your child on a well-lit, guided hike through the forest to meet woodland creatures and hear about their lives. It’s the perfect non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween events all while supporting Chatahoochee Nature Center. Also, create crafts, listen to music and get face painted. $10. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, 30075,





Wednesday, Oct. 19 Douglas Tallamay will discuss how residents can welcome more wildlife into their yards by planting a few native plants. His lecture “Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants,” is presented by the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center. $25. For tickets, visit For more information, please call 404-814-4150. Lecture ticket purchases are nonrefundable.

Add a scare to your October October 12 – 29, 8 p.m. Beware! The Ghastly Dreadfuls will rise from the dead once more. The Atlanta cult classic will haunt the stage with fan favorites as well as a brand new frightful French theater piece, The Horrific Experiment: A Grand Guignol. The spooky stories, spinechilling songs and devilish dances will take audiences to a world beyond this mortal plane and isn’t for those who take life (or death) too seriously! Ages 18+. $25. Center for the Puppetry Arts, 1401 Spring St NW. Tickets 404-873-3391 or


18 hear Frederick A. Leher discuss the Manhattan Project, and Lee Dunn’s Oct. 25 talk, “Cracking the Solid South: The Life of Major John Fletcher Hanson, Father of Georgia Tech.” Community Room at Heritage Sandy Springs, 6110 Blue Stone Rd. For more information: or call 404851-9111ext. 2.

Friday, Oct. 28, 6-9 p.m. The 12-acre historic Candler estate will have a live Halloween concert, door-todoor trick-or-treating, and Halloweenthemed building activities from LEGOLAND Discovery Center. Exciting prizes will be given for the best family-friendly Halloween costumes and other Halloween-themed contests. $4 online; $5 at the door. Callanwolde Mountain, 980 Briarcliff Rd. More information at


Friday, Oct. 28, 6-9:30 p.m. Come walk with ghosts through historic

Sandy Springs! The tour begins at the Williams-Payne House (HSS Museum) where you can enjoy hot apple cider, light snacks, and haunted tales. Then, follow your tour guide down to the original spring site and over to the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery. Tours last approximately 90 minutes, and begin each hour, covering half a mile of haunted history. $15. Heritage Sandy Springs. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Atlanta 30328. Contact: 404-851-9111 or


Friday, Oct. 28, 6-9:30 p.m. Enjoy a night out knowing your children are safe and happy. Kids will take part in Halloween-themed crafts, games, activities and movies. $30 Zone of Light, 1202 Zonolite Rd., Atlanta, 30306. Reserve: 678948-8059 or


Saturday, Oct. 29, 8- 11 p.m. Celebrate Halloween with the Roux du Bayou Cajun band and their authentic Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp Pop, and Mardi Gras music. These talented musicians bring infectious energy to the dance floor. Prizes will be awarded for best Halloween costume. Authentic Cajun/Creole Food for sale. Free dance lesson 7-8 pm $18 Adults, $5 students, $14 active military. Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., Sandy Springs, 30328.. Visit: aczadance. orgFor further information contact 877338-2420 or


Saturday, Oct. 29, 11-2 p.m. Halloween Spooktacular includes an allages costume contest, hayrides, games, a spooky fun house, a 5K in costume, and food vendors. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Drive. Free. Info:

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Friday, Oct. 28, 6:30-9 p.m. Take part in a special Friday night Shabbat service with Israeli artist in residence Gabriel (Gaby) Meyer. Services begin at 6:30 p.m. At 7:30, journey with Gabriel from intimate transparency to ecstatic bliss in his solo “formance.” His sacred healing heart songs — multilingual and world fusion music — will be spiced up by stories and intention, reflecting his nomadic experiences as a peace, interfaith and deep ecology social entrepreneur. Temple Sinai. 5645 Dupree Dr. Sandy Springs, 30327. Contact: 404-252-3073


Saturday, Oct. 29, 10-10:45 a.m. Naturalist Megan Clark leads a class on the behavior of animals. Geared for youngsters ages 4-12. Participants spend time outdoors and learn about nature. Includes a hike, investigation and games. Dress for the weather. Early session for ages 4-6; 11-11:45 a.m. for ages 7-9; 12-12:45 p.m. for ages 10-12. $5 per class. Lost Corner Preserve, 7300 Brandon Mill Rd., Sandy Springs, 30328. Register: registration. Call 770-730-5600 for further information


Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8 a.m. Peachtree Charter Middle School is hosting their 7th Annual ‘CV Classic’ 5K Road Race. Proceeds from the ‘CV Classic’ go to

help pay for the salaries and supplies of PCMS on-site school nurses. Peachtree Charter Middle School. 4664 North Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Registration: $25 and includes dri-fit shirt. Online pcms.membershiptoolkit. com/CVClassic. Questions? Contact Gina Torjak


Saturday, Oct. 22, 6:30 p.m. Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities’ (ARMHC) holds its 8th annual Hearts and Hands Gala event. Fox 5 chief meteorologist David Chandley will host and the evening, will feature live and silent auctions, dancing and a performance by Yacht Rock Revue. $400 individuals/ $800 couples. Flourish. 3143 Maple Dr. Buckhead, 30338. Information:


Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. Proceeds from the Hustle for Hope races will benefit the Frank Clark Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund enables children and young adults with special needs from 6 weeks to 22 years old to receive support services vital to their optimal development. In its eighth year, the race includes a 5K, 1.5 Mile Fun Run and new this year a Diaper Dash and Toddler Trot. The 5K begins at 10 am, 1.5 Mile Fun Run at 10:10am, Diaper Dash at 11am and the Toddler Trot at 11:15am. Pre-registration is encouraged and will guarantee a T-shirt. Registration at is $35 available at as well as Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Drive.


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Admire autumn colors at nearby state parks BY JOE EARLE

The return of autumn means it’s time to hit the highway and check out the changing colors of fall in the Georgia mountains. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says late October and early November usually bring the peak weeks to admire the reds and golds of the changing leaves. Georgia’s state parks system brags that its parks offer some of the best leaf-peeping around. And, through a website called Leaf Watch, the park system guides tourists to places where they can find the best fall color. “Beginning in October, regular updates will keep travelers posted on how fall color is progressing across Georgia’s Blue Ridge,” the state says. “The website is filled with information about top trails and overlooks, mountain cabins and campsites, fall events and safe hiking tips.” This year, the DNR




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north of Atlanta, Red Top Mountain offers lake and forest views. There’s also a paved walking patch behind the park office, according to park officials.


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Although it may be best known for a mysterious rock wall along the mountain top, Fort Mountain offers a variety of hiking trails. They range from a 1.2-mile loop around a lake to an 8-mile, all-day hike. GA 52 has beautiful mountain scenery and overlooks.


This park, an hour north of Atlanta, includes the Southeast’s tallest waterfall, viewable from easy and challenging trails. The park gets busy on October weekends.


The 4-mile Bear Hair Gap Trail makes a nice day trip for experienced hikers, offering great mountain color and a bird’s-eye view of the park’s lake, state park officials say. The twisting roads around Vogel, particularly Wolf Pen Gap Road, offer some of north Georgia’s prettiest fall scenery.


If you’re heading to Helen’s Oktoberfest, you can check out the more than 6,000-acre park around Dukes Creek. A 1.6-mile trail climbs to Laurel Ridge and provides a view of Mount Yonah, according to state park officials.


Uniocoi promises hiking, mountain biking, a lake with a beach and a 100-room lodge that hosts conferences, weddings and retreats.


Georgia’s smallest state park sits on the shore of a gorgeous deep-green lake. GA 197 is a particularly pretty road, state officials say.


Black Rock Mountain (altitude 3,640 feet) is Georgia’s highest state park. It offers sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from roadside overlooks and its visitors’ center, according to the state parks system.


Tallulah is one of the most spectacular canyons in the Southeast. Visitors can hike easy or difficult trails offering waterfall views. With permits from the park office, hikers may trek all the way to the bottom of the gorge. Exhibits in the park’s interpretive center highlight the Victorian resort town’s history and the rugged terrain and ecosystem.

The fall semester is well underway, and it’s time for a math checkup! Can your child answerthese mental math questions? If they can solve questions at and above grade level, they could be ready for a challenge! If they are unable to answer questions at their grade level or below, they may be in need of extra help.

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How much is 99 plus 99?

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How much is 6½% of 250?


On a certain map, 6 inches represents 25 miles. Hom many miles does 15 inches present?


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The Chattahoochee National Forest surrounds the park and provides a perfect leaf-viewing opportunity. Visitors are invited to fish in the two well-stocked lakes, hike along the three miles of trails looping the lakes, or relax and enjoy nature’s beauty. Visit for details and updates.

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Zach Flash

North Atlanta High School, senior Zach Flash recently won a prestigious award: the national Legion of Valor Bronze Cross award. The award, given by the U.S. Army, honors cadets from the Reserve Officer Training Corps who demonstrate excellence in military, scholastic and civic affairs. This award was given to 29 cadets in the U.S, and Zach was one of two in Georgia. Zach has been working towards this goal since his childhood. “Being recognized on the national level for my achievements means that I have set myself up on a path to success and excellence,” said Zach. “It’s truly an honor.” In addition to Zach’s impressive military awards, he fills his time with school activities. “In school I am a part of the

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Standout Student varsity football team, captain of the varsity rifle team, and I participate in JROTC [Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps] activities,” Zach said. “I also am part of Students of Excellence, the Student Athletic Leadership Team, and Ambassadors and Champions of Excellence.” Zach’s parents introduced him to JROTC. “After a few days in JROTC, I knew it was the place for me. After learning more about the military, I started to really take an interest in JROTC and the military as a whole,” said Zach. “Part of what drew me to JROTC were the values that are talked about each day. I feel that I am causing positive change in the world, every day I lead my peers in JROTC sponsored activities.” With all these extra-curricular activities, Zach does not have much free time. When he does, he enjoys spending time with his family, training in Krav Maga (an Israeli self-defensive system), reading and traveling. Zach has ambitions to become an emergency medicine physician or special operations officer. His favorite subject is math. “Math is one of my favorite subjects because it always came easy to me,” said Zach. “I participate in Mu Alpha Theta (a math honor society), where I help younger kids with math.” Zach prides himself on his leadership abilities. “My role model is Gen. Douglas MacArthur, because throughout his time as a (military) leader, his subordinates always had an open line of communication with him,” said Flash. “Additionally, he went by his gut and didn’t let anybody tell him he was doing something wrong, when he knew he was right. I try my best to model my leadership after his style

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Police and firefighters train for the unthinkable at Perimeter Mall





A - Local police, fire and rescue officers gathered at Perimeter Mall on Oct. 9 to train on ways to respond should an “active shooter” attack. The training exercise took place inside the mall before it opened as well as in the parking lot. B - Officers from Sandy Springs Fire and Rescue, DeKalb County Fire and Rescue, Dunwoody Police, Sandy Springs Police, Brookhaven Police, and DeKalb County Police participated in the event. C and D - The event taught officers how to create a unified game plan, create command and control, and conduct patient triage. E - DeKalb Police Officer Franklin, with his K9 Officer “Kaiser,” on their way to the scene.



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Traditional Executive Mahogany Office Furniture - Matching desk, credenza, two bookshelves. Good condition. Asking $750.00. Richard (404) 994-7507

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295 Dunwoody Creek Circle, Sandy Springs, GA 30350 – Good condition, brick frame, tri-level Townhouse. 2000+ sq. ft., end unit - built in 1994. Close to GA 400 (Northridge exit). 3 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, open floor plan, lots of storage. Basement with laundry tub/hookup for washer & dryer. 2 car garage w/elect opener, central H & A, attic fan, ceiling fans, double pane windows. New paint in & out, new roof -25 years shingles – 4 years old. No homeowner dues. Price to sell $265,000 to see call 770-887-8172.

Vernon Woods Animal Hospital in Sandy Springs – Looking for an Animal Care Attendant. Full or Part-time. Some weekends included. Must have own transportation and live within 20 minutes of Sandy Springs area. Please send resume to: Dunwoody Doctor Office: Eyewear Company – Need Part-Time Front Office Receptionist and an Administrator. Knowledge of QuickBooks Essentials. Call 404-983-0003.

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UNDER CONTRACT 895 Heards Ferry Road 6120 Riverwood Drive 175 Chaseland Road 3341 Weathertop Way The time to sell is NOW! Call me if you are looking to make a change and I will be happy to conduct a free consultation to help you in your decisions to move forward.

Police Blotter / Buckhead From police reports dated Sept. 25 to Oct. 1 The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.




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Peachtree Dunwoody Internal Medicine & Rheumatology is proud to announce the addition 28 of Dr. Elizabeth D. Butler Exit 28


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block of Peachtree Road -- During the early morning of Sept 29, a pedestrian said he was robbed while walking home from a bar. A man approached him and demanded his belongings, patting what appeared to be a gun in his pocket. The man then fled. „„2200 block of Cheshire Bridge- During

the morning of Sept. 30, a victim said a man walked in through the side door of a restaurant and pointed a gun. He then demanded all the money. The victim handed him the money from the register and the suspect fled.

AG G R AVAT E D A S S AU LT : „„1200 block of Howell Mill Road -- On

the morning of Sept. 25, the driver of a vehicle began discharging a firearm at the victim’s vehicle, causing damage. The victim did not know the driver or the vehicle. „„1100 block of Collier Road --

During the morning of Sept. 29, while at the apartment call box, three men approached a woman’s vehicle and demanded her belongings. She put her vehicle in reverse and attempted to flee the scene. The suspects then opened fire upon her vehicle. Victim was uninjured, but her vehicle was damaged.

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ing the morning of Sept. 30, the victim was approached by a man who asked if he wanted to fight. Victim advised that he did not know what the suspect was talking about, but that the suspect took a swing at him, so he ran. The suspect then attacked the victim with a group of his friends. Witness observed the incident and saw five to six men beating the victim. The victim had been in the club with the victim prior to the incident.

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„„2400 block of Camellia Lane -- On

Sept. 25, a woman lay down in the sus-

pect’s apartment after going on a date with him. She awoke to him caressing her buttocks and pushed him way. The suspect began choking her. When she attempted to flee, the suspect pursued and choked her a second time. The victim then bit the suspect and he fled.

B U R G L A RY 2400 block of Coronet Way- On Sept 25, an apartment door was damaged to gain entry. The Victim said that during a dispute the door was kicked off the hinges. No items reported stolen.


„„ 1200 block of Peachtree Battle Ave. - On Sept. 27, a door was kicked in at a home currently under construction and a red craftsman air compressor was stolen. „„3000 block of Margaret Mitchell Court

- On Sept. 28, a gas range was removed from a home under construction. „„4400 block of Northside Parkway -

On Sept 30, a front door to an apartment was discovered open. Cash totaling $152.00, Oxycodone, and two topaz rings were stolen. „„3500 block of Habersham Road NW-

On Sept 30, a door was pried and forced open. More than $1,000 in jewelry was stolen from the location. „„ 2100 block of Bolton Road

NW – On Sept. 25, Storage sheds forced. Mailbox damaged. Vehicle entered. Chainsaw stolen. „„ 1500 block of Chattahoochee Ave. NW- On Sept. 29 the front door to a home was damaged and cologne, speaker, bracelet and necklace were stolen. „„2800 block of Peachtree Road- On

Sept. 27, a burglary arrest made. „„2800 block of Alpine Road NE – On

Sept. 28, a witness observed a male suspect force entry to the rear door of a home. He called the victim and the victim returned home. He heard noises upstairs and shouted, “Come down here and get out of this house.” The suspect then came downstairs and fled. No items were removed from the location. „„40 Peachtree Valley Road- On the

morning of Sept. 25, $2,000 in cash was stolen from an apartment via forced enBH

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try. „„3800 block of Land O Lakes Drive NE-

On Sept. 30, a back door was forced to gain entry. Necklaces, jewelry, purse, and miscellaneous debit cards removed. „„700 block of Morosgo Drive NE- At an

unknown time, the rear door glass of an apartment was cut. MacBook Pros, MacBook Air, Samsung TVs, and iPhone 6 stolen from the location.

time, a key cutter was removed from the locations storage facility. The door to the location was not functioning properly and could have been easily entered. „„22 E Andrews Dr. NW – On the morn-

ing of Sept. 26, a jewelry store reported a forced entry to the bathroom window. $500 cash had been stolen from the register. Several jewelry items were also stolen.


„„700 block of Sidney Marcus Blvd. NE-

At an unknown time knife, Kindle tablet, checks, passport and miscellaneous items removed from an apartment. „„400 block of Armour

Drive NE- On Sept. 30, an iMac, duffle bag, backpack, and miscellaneous items were removed from an apartment.

CO M M E R C I A L B U R G L A RY „„1185 Collier Road NE- At an unknown

„„ There were 53 reported larceny from vehicles reported between Sept. 25 and Oct 1. There were 34 other larcenies, including shoplifting, reported between Sept. 25 and Oct 1.

AU TO T H E F T „„There were 15 auto thefts reported be-

tween Sept. 25 and Oct 1.




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