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Brookhaven Reporter


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Task Force begins tackling city’s affordable housing issues BY DYANA BAGBY

David Schaefer loses sleep worrying about affordable housing in Brookhaven and the surrounding areas. As director of Policy and Advocacy at the Latin American Association based in Brookhaven, Schaefer is chair of the city’s brand new volunteer 13-member Affordable Housing Task Force. The task force held its first meeting at City Hall Oct. 6. “I care about our people. We’re citizens See TASK on page 13

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MARTA station redevelopment proposal goes to City Council on Oct. 25 BY DYANA BAGBY Brookhaven City Council finally will get a chance to look at and discuss plans for the contentious proposed massive redevelopment of land around the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station on Peachtree Road. Developers proposing a mixed-use development that includes apartments, restaurants, retail, an office building, See MARTA on page 20



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not yet taking an official stance. However, there appeared to be a split among members at the meeting. Some argued that getting rid of the complexes they described as run-down and crime-ridden would increase usage of the park while others said that ushering more cars via a new road through a park defeats the purpose of having green space in the first place. “I will never be for it,” said Chad Boles of the Briarwood Park Conservancy. “We started a conservancy to protect this park.”

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A developer wants to build an access road through a Brookhaven city park to a planned neighborhood as a way to avoid the “stigma” of a Buford Highway address. Representatives of Pulte Homes, which is seeking to purchase two tracts of land on Buford Highway where The Terraces at Brookhaven and Northeast Plaza Apartments are currently located, said it would be better for residents wanting to purchase homes up the $700,000 range if they could enter and exit on a proPlanned Road posed access road through Briarwood Park rather than only via Buford Highway. “This is an expensive proposition … and people will not be very excited [to live in the new neighborhood] if the only entrance they had was on and off Buford Highway,” Joel Reed, vice president of operations of PulteGroup, which operates Pulte Homes, told a group of An aerial view shows a red line where Pulte Homes some 30 residents gathered at is proposing to build a road through Briarwood Park to a planned new single-family development the Forest Patio Pavilion in Brilocated where The Terraces at Brookhaven and arwood Park at an Oct. 4 comNortheast Plaza Apartments are currently located. munity meeting. The Pulte planned developSue Binker of PARC of Brookhaven, a ment would include up to 250 residencoalition of citizens from all city parks tial units made up of 162 townhouses, groups, said if the city were to approve including 40 single-family, three-story the access road it would set a “very dantownhouses at about 3,100 square feet gerous precedent” for all city parks by and valued in the $700,000 range; and opening the door for similar land swap 50 condominiums. The planned developdeals to developers. ment covers about 14 acres. Donna Hall wanted to know why the The developers are asking the Bricity would hold numerous community arwood Park Conservancy to support a meetings to come up with a parks masland swap with the city to build an acter plan only to allow a new development cess road from Briarwood Way, adjacent perhaps change everything that has been to the park’s tennis courts, into the proworked on and approved for Briarwood posed new development. In exchange for Park. The city is currently implementing the land needed to build a road, Pulte the parks master plan. Homes would donate a small stretch “Nobody said they wanted a street of land at the northern end of the park through the park,” she said. “It’s really near the swimming pool and $200,000 to hard to think people are going to be enthe Briarwood Park Conservancy. Pulte couraged to come to the park if there is a Homes would also add multi-use trails lot of traffic coming through it. It’s hypalong the road. ocritical.” If the new access road is not supRich Clarke, who lives in the small ported and approved, Reed said people neighborhood of Peachtree Hills on Buwill not want to purchase the expensive ford Highway and brings his children to homes and the investment would not be play at the park every week, said he supworth it to Pulte Homes. He did not say ports the redevelopment. how much the investment would be. “It’s very obvious they are trying to The “perceived value” of Buford Highavoid the stigma of Buford Highway … way is not as desirable as the appearand I want to destigmatize Buford Highance of being in Brookhaven that a road way because I live on it, as do thousands through the park would give to those in of other people,” he said. the new neighborhood “rather than com“But if that [no access road] jeopardizing in on Buford Highway,” Reed said. es the development from happening at Because no official plans have been all, then I think coming up with a solufiled with the city, the conservancy is tion to give them access is reasonable.” igh

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Study: Monorails not viable for city BY DYANA BAGBY

An idea of possibly building a monorail along Buford Highway in Brookhaven didn’t get much support from a city councilmember’s commissioned study. Councilmember Joe Gebbia used his $10,000 discretionary fund last year to pay for a traffic study by Gresham, Smith and Partners to look at alternative modes of transportation in the city, especially “last mile connectivity” that takes commuter from the MARTA station to near their homes or offices. The study, completed in June, is expected to be presented to the City Council in the near future, Gebbia said. “It was not a very expensive study. It was peripheral,” Gebbia said. “But I wanted to start the conversation and use this as a pivot point to look at mass transit options in the city.” The study looked at population, demographics, right-of-way expenses, potential for future development, including at the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station, and much more in determining what were some ways to ease congestion in the city. A costly monorail system – for example, the 3.9mile network in Las Vegas built with private funds that cost about $89 million per mile -- is not recommended for Brookhaven at this time, according to the study. “Given the current and planned future land uses in the study area, which do not yet meet acceptable thresholds for this type of transit, as well as the ongoing discussions to revisit the city’s land use planning framework, including its community character areas, it is not possible to ascertain the viability of other non-bus transit alternatives, including any aerial systems,” the study says. The study says Brookhaven residents do use public transportation more often than others in metro Atlanta or across the state and also have shorter commute times. About 37.6 percent of Brookhaven commuters have one-way commute times of 30 minutes or more, compared to 48.3 percent for metro Atlanta workers and 39.4 percent of all Georgia workers, the study says. Nearly 11 percent of Brookhaven residents use transit to get to work compared to about 3.2 percent of the population in metro Atlanta and 2.2 percent throughout Georgia, according to the study. The study’s short-term recommendation centers on the MARTA station and suggests adding a circular bus route from the station to the south side of the city. The bus would connect the MARTA station with neighborhoods along North Druid Hills Road, a portion of BK

Buford Highway including Corporate Park, the redeveloping Executive Park area, the newly developing office and health care facilities by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and new residential and mixed-use developments within and near the Executive Park area, west of North Druid Hills Road. The bus would make about a dozen stops. Pickup and drop off sites would be as close to job sites, residential areas and medical facilities as possible. The route would operate clockwise in the morning and counter clockwise in the afternoon about every 15 minutes, allowing commuters to also catch MARTA. Implementing this recommendation includes purchasing three 23-24 passenger-seat buses at a cost of about $72,500 each. Operating expenses are estimated at between $244,000 and $286,000 a year and cost to install shelters, benches and concrete pads at the stops would cost about $222,000. The city could also contact this transit service with three buses for about $289,000 to $315,000 annually, the study states. A less costly way to create connectivity to the MARTA station is for the city to partner with MARTA and private on-demand services, such as Uber and Lyft. Last year, MARTA partnered with Uber to cover that last mile of service MARTA doesn’t reach. A car service route could begin at the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station and proceed to Apple Valley Road. The vehicles would then turn right onto Apple Valley Road and proceed to the traffic signal at North Druid Hills Road. Turning left on North Druid Hills Road, the vehicles would proceed south to Briarwood Road, where they would turn left and continue southeast to Buford Highway. The vehicles would then turn right and go south on Buford Highway to Corporate Boulevard, then turn right and proceed to the southbound service road paralleling I-85. The vehicles would then continue south to the I-85/North Druid Hills Road exit ramp and turn left on North Druid Hills Road. The vehicles would make a loop within Executive Park, then proceed across North Druid Hills Road at Tullie Road and serve the new CHOA development at the corner of North Druid Hills Road and Tullie Road. The vehicles would then proceed along the northbound service road paralleling I-85 to the underpass where a left turn is permitted. Vehicles then would continue along the southbound I-85 service road to Corporate Boulevard, then and return back to the MARTA station via Briarwood Drive and North Druid Hills Road.

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Leash law tightened with revised ordinance BY DYANA BAGBY

sue for civil liability. She said the leash law also puts the city on par with surrounding cities, including Atlanta. The revised ordinance also states county and city officers can cite people for animal abuse, allowing dogs to run free on streets, and if a dog attacks another dog or person. City fines for code violations, including the animal ordinance, can be up to $1,000.

Beware of the dog … leash law. That’s the message the Brookhaven City Council wants people who give their dogs free rein in city parks and neighborhoods to know. The City Council voted unanimously Oct. 11 to revise its animal ordinance to clear up confusion about which agency can cite people for animal control violations, such as allowing a dog to run loose in a park. The revised ordinance makes it clear that Brookhaven police officers as well as DeKalb County Animal Services officers can do so. “We want people to know we now have and enforceable leash law on the books,” said Councilmember Linley Jones. The city’s revised animal ordinance now allows the city’s police chief or a designee to enforce the leash law and delegates issuing citations for violations of the ordinance to DeKalb County Animal Services, according to City Attorney Chris Balch. The city adopted DeKalb County’s leash law in 2013 shortly after it became a city. That ordinance, however, only stated that DeKalb County officers can cite people for violations. “We were having questions raised about the county writing citations in the city and this revision clears that up by making it clear that city and county officers can write citations,” Balch said. The amendment is intended to clarify jurisdictional questions and resolve disputes between the city’s police department and the DeKalb County Animal Services over enforcement, Balch added. Dogs are still allowed to run free in designated dog park areas. “I’m very glad we are finally passing a strong and effective animal control ordinance,” Jones said. “It greatly concerned me that we did not have an enforceable leash law in the city.” Frisbee dogs wait their chance to perform at Brookhaven Park’s ‘Bark in the Park’ event Jones, a trial attorney who has represented victims of dog attacks, held in June. While these dogs were allowed to roam freely, the city’s leash law ordinance said the city’s ordinance will now also allow victims of dog attacks to mandates citizens in parks keep their dogs on a leash or face possible fines.


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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.


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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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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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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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Task Force begins tackling city’s affordable housing issues Continued from page 1

officers, for example, often spend more than 30 percent of their incomes on housin Brookhaven ... and I’ve been watching ing. In Sandy Springs, the City Council rethis process over the past two and a half cently voted to rent a house it owns on years,” Schaefer said of rapid development Hammond Drive to public safety employin the city pushing out older, apartment ees for $500 a month. complexes for new, luxury housing. BuA map of Brookhaven shows the lowford Highway, where the LAA is based and est salaries for families are in the southwhere many Latino and other immigrants ern portion of the city, specifically along live, also is ripe for redevelopment. Buford Highway, Sigman said. As incomes “Affordable housing keeps me up at move north, they rise significantly. “This is a national issue. This is a North Atlanta issue. People can’t afford a two-bedroom apartment on minimum wage. We’re not DYANA BAGBY alone in this,” David Schaefer of the Latin American Association, far right, Sigman said. goes over a vision for the city’s Affordable Housing Task Force Marian Liou, with other volunteer members at its first meeting Oct. 6. founder of We Love BuHi, said the role of the Task Force should go beyond night. The top two goals for me [for this ensuring people can afford to have a roof task force] are equity and diversity,” he over their heads. said. “We’re not just about providing shelter, City Manager Christian Sigman said he but how do we also create opportunity so hoped the Task Force could come up with a people do not have to fight this fight for a policy recommendation by early next year. lifetime,” she said. “Economic mobility is The city is under a zoning moratorium unpart of this.” til February 2017, when the city is set to unSeveral Task Force members said they dergo a zoning rewrite. should not just focus on apartments, but “My role is to make sure what you do also find ways to support people who want [leads to] serious policy discussion,” he to buy their own houses. David Ellis, execsaid. “We want to give something to the utive vice president of the Greater Atlanta City Council that they can stew on. If we’re Home Builders Association, said he knows doing our jobs right, we will make it diffidevelopers who want to build affordable cult for them.” housing in Brookhaven, but community What exactly is affordable housing in attitude toward apartments makes it imBrookhaven remains a question to be firmpossible. ly defined by the Task Force. The U.S. gov“The sentiment of the community is ernment states housing costs at or below not supportive and builders say it would be 30 percent of one’s income to be affordable. easier for them to build luxury housing,” The city pulled data from the 2015 GeorEllis said. gia Power Community Profile that shows The city’s tough tree ordinance oftenBrookhaven has an average household times makes development difficult and exsize of 3.15 people with 45 percent of those pensive for builders, Ellis said, and local households having an income base below governments have a role to play, through $49,999. zoning and process, to ensure all people For 2016, a household of three persons can find an affordable place to live. with an income level below $48,600 is con“Brookhaven has been the place where sidered to be low income, explained Grants the market dictated you build bigger housAdministration & Fund Development Dies and sell for more money. At the same rector Patty Hansen. time, this leaves a disparity that is discon“This data then would indicate that 45 certing to all of us,” Ellis said. percent of families in Brookhaven, based Brookhaven’s Affordable Housing Task on an average family size of three, are livForce was started after a dozen members ing in what is considered for our metro of the city’s faith community sent a letter area to be low income households, and bein June to the mayor and City Council urgtween 14 to 20 percent in very low to exing them to consider affordable housing as tremely low households,” Hansen said. it addresses the city’s rapid growth and deAffordable housing is not just for peovelopment. The task force’s next meeting is ple living in poverty. Teachers and police Nov. 3. BK

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Tamara Johnson-Shealey Democrat

Occupation: advocate No prior political experience. Active volunteer with local schools. Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? A: The voters should choose me for this position because I truly believe it is time that we put people over politics. It is time that we focus on making our educational system better. It is time that we expand Medicaid. It is time that people are paid a livable wage. It is time that we focus on the people of Georgia. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? A: The biggest issue facing constitutes I seek to represent is the educational system in Georgia. I will address this issue by diligently working with other elected officials and local school boards to determine the right solutions to move Georgia forward.

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Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? A: The major reason I should be reelected is my proven ability to get results. I have been honored by groups ranging from the NAACP to the United Peachtree Corners Civic Association. I continue to be endorsed by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and National Federation of Independent Business.

People are tired of gridlock in politics and my bipartisan approach has allowed me to get passed legislation like savings accounts for disabled children and a property tax freeze. My political philosophy champions capitalism and personal responsibility while my opponent (trying again) is a unionbacked progressive. This is a clear difference in the direction we think is best for our constituents and state. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? There are several major issues. Affordability in higher education crosses the entire income spectrum. I am championing an initiative to examine this and efficiencies in our universities, colleges, and technical colleges. The governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the House, Board of Regents and chancellor are all on board and we are beginning the work right now. Traffic remains a major problem and the regional transit group on which I serve will hopefully bring forth some major solutions. Finally, DeKalb County is a disaster and I look forward to working with the presumptive new CEO since we have had past successes together.

District 42

Elena Parent Democrat, incumbent

Occupation: Attorney Previous elective offices held: state Senator since January 2015; state House member representing District 81 in 2011 and 2012 Other community service: member of the Board of Directors for the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer; member of the Georgia Association of Women Lawyers’ Foundation Board; Advisory Board for the Olmsted Linear Parks Association; member of the Emory Board of Visitors. Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? BK

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A: I ask for my constituents to re-elect me as their voice in the state Senate. I have a record of legislative accomplishment and bipartisan work on critical issues facing our area, such as increasing funding for transportation initiatives, improving early childhood education and K-12 education, and reforming DeKalb County government. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? Ensuring that our area is poised to attract quality jobs. This means we need to focus on having a well-educated workforce by improving PreK-12 education and to improve our outdated transportation system.

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Taylor Bennett Democrat, incumbent

Occupation: Attorney Elective offices held: District 80 state House since August 2015. Other community service: Southeastern Regional Board of Directors for the Anti-Defamation League. Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? A: I’m asking the citizens of District 80 to place their trust in me once more because I believe that my experience and success as a member of the Georgia House uniquely qualifies me to continue pursuing creative, bipartisan solutions to the problems facing our communities. I’ve worked across the aisle to improve our schools, expand and promote public transit, fight for women’s equality in the workplace, support small business growth, and defeat dangerous legislation like RFRA and “Campus Carry.” The work remains undone, but I am committed to doing it in a way that rises above partisanship and petty politics. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? A: One of the biggest issues facing our community is how to improve education in Georgia for all students. We must ensure a quality education for every child, we must empower students and parents and we have to build better schoolto-home relationships. We must attract, train and retain quality teachers and then compensate our teachers for their dedication and sacrifice. There are numerous ways to accomplish all of these concerns, but we can only reach a conBK

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Meagan Hanson Republican

Occupation: Attorney No prior public offices held. Other community service: Pro bono legal services; organizing educational community events; member of the Junior League of Atlanta; volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Sandy Springs. Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? We deserve an effective state representative who advocates for our community. As your representative, your priorities are my priorities. I will make sure that your voice is heard at the State Capitol and fight to make sure your needs are met. The job of a state representative is to represent the needs and wants of his or her constituents—not to use the position to advance one’s personal career or agenda. Our current representative makes a living by suing businesses for alleged employment regulation violations. His first piece of legislation as our representative proposed more business regulation that would inevitably lead to more business for his law firm. We deserve better. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? A: After knocking on 8,000 doors in the Republican primary and thousands of doors since, I’ve spoken with a lot of Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, and Chamblee residents. They told me they are struggling to keep up with increasing taxes, disgusted by years of government corruption, and upset by the current state of public education. However, the most prevalent issue facing our district is traffic and congestion. Unfortunately, our current representative does not sit on the legislative committees that address transportation, so we do not have a voice on this important issue. As your state representative, I will request to sit on these committees to ensure our community’s needs are met and our voice is heard. House District 81

Lane Flynn Republican

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Other community service experience: Worked as a private citizen at the Capitol to see that our legislature passes common sense, pro-citizen legislation; worked in my community to help advocate for local, accountable government officials; volunteers with a group that fights blood cancer and for local food banks. Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? A: For several years, I have been personally involved as a private citizen in efforts to reform DeKalb County and provide local, accountable government to the citizens of District 81. I have run a small business for 10 years and understand the ways in which good government can help the economy grow, and ways in which bad government can restrict growth and drive families away. Finally, my education in both engineering and economics has prepared me to understand and solve the complex issues facing our Legislature.

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Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? Ensuring that the citizens of District 81 are served by high quality schools and municipal services should be the top priority of all elected officials. To this end, reforming DeKalb County government is the most important issue facing our citizens. The first step is to eliminate the CEO position that has been the source of much of our corruption and mismanagement. The next step is to establish an independent water authority to provide citizens relief from the wildly inaccurate bills being generated by the county, and I will continue to push for further county reform legislation after that.

Scott Holcomb Democrat, incumbent

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fices held: State legislator since 2010. Other community service: Since leaving active duty in 2004, I have been representing veterans and their family members on a pro bono basis. I have also served on the State Bar of Georgia Military Legal Assistance Program Committee since 2008 and the Suicide Prevention and Awareness Committee since 2013. I was previously an advisor to the Northlake Community Alliance and I have served on several boards including the Georgia Perimeter College Foundation and HOPE Atlanta, a non-profit that is working to end homelessness. Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? A: I work hard and I get things done. I have built bipartisan coalitions to tackle big problems. For example, I passed three major reform bills for DeKalb County that improved ethics, instituted an independent auditor, and made procurement more transparent. I authored legislation to improve DeKalb’s governance and to move away from a CEO to a chair/professional county manager model. Finally, I passed legislation that requires the timely processing of untested rape kits in Georgia. If re-elected, I will continue to lead the charge for reform and will continue working on the issue of sexual violence against women. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? A: I’ve spent a lot of time speaking with my constituents and there’s no single issue. They are concerned about healthcare, education, jobs, and public safety. They want the government to run effectively and efficiently. I’ve been a leader on all of these issues at the Capitol. I do my homework, actively listen and seek input, and vote for what I think is best for our district and the state. I fight for transparency every step of the way so voters can make informed decisions. I build coalitions and get things done.


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Celebrating chili: Tunes, tastings and a day in the park PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

Brookhaven hosted its fifth annual Chili Cookoff on Oct. 8. The event drew chili fans to Brookhaven Park for music and tastes of the fresh, hot chili. Here are some scenes from the cookoff. A - Singer-songwriter Chelsea Shag performs. B - Jason Byrd serves a portion of the chili made by The “Make Chili Great Again” team, which took second place in the competition for the “Most Spirited Award.” C - 10-year-old Harrison Green tastes the “Make Chili Great Again” team’s entry. D - Chili chefts Don Johnson, Bryan Durkis and Byrd, left to right, display their work . E - The crowd enjoys a chili day.





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Brookhaven officials not part of new Buford Highway planning process BY DYANA BAGBY

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Chamblee, Doraville and the Atlanta Regional Commission are teaming up to develop an economic and transportation plan for Buford Highway as part of Livable Centers Initiative, but the city of Brookhaven is absent from the study group. The reason? Brookhaven already has such a plan in place. The Buford Highway Improvement Plan and Economic Development Strategy was approved by Brookhaven City Council in 2014. The city hired The Jaeger Company and Urban Partners to develop the plan with the help of citizens, elected officials and city staff. “We weren’t able to get an LCI grant because we already have our Buford Highway improvement plan in place,” said city government spokesperson Ann Marie Quill, who said Brookhaven’s city manager will attend meetings when possible to keep up with discussions over the new plan. Brookhaven’s plan will be “grandfathered” into the Livable Centers Initiative, or LCI, plan when Chamblee, Doraville and the ARC complete its study. “The Buford Highway LCI will incorporate Brookhaven’s existing plan combined with what Chamblee and Doraville do,” said Jim Jaquish, spokesperTHE FO LLO WING FIRM S AR E PAR T O F THE B U FO R D son for the ARC. Councilmember Joe Gebbia said HIG HWAY LCI TEAM : Brookhaven should be part of overall planning for the highway corridor that runs ► Sixpitch, founded by urban planthrough the three cities. ner and designer Ryan Gravel whose “There is no way you can have a conver1999 master’s thesis was the original sation about Buford Highway without invision for the 22-mile loop around Atcluding Brookhaven – this has to become a lanta known as the Atlanta BeltLine; tri-city effort,” Gebbia added. “This is a hic► WeLoveBuHi, founded by Buford cup.” Highway resident Marian Liou to adA community meeting was held Oct. 12 vocate for businesses and residents livat the Canton House on Buford Highway to ing on the corridor; bring together people to discuss what they ► Perez Planning + Design, which would like to see on busy corridor known for its international cuisine and as home to designed the Peachtree Creek Greenthousands of immigrants. Planning for the way master plan for Brookhaven; LCI is expected to continue through Febru► Nelson Nygaard, a firm dedicated ary 2017. to developing transportation systems; “This study supplements existing plans and in both cities (Chamblee and Doraville) and ► Canvas Planning Group, also a will help develop a plan and process to revitalize Buford Highway, addressing conneccommunity design group. tivity, affordable housing and pedestrian ► Mosaic Urban Partners, another safety,” according to the study’s website at Atlanta-based urban designing firm.

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Affordable housing, education big issues at Buford Highway forum BY JUSTIN FEDICH A panel discussion about Buford Highway’s challenges drew about 75 people to Brookhaven’s Cross Keys High School Oct.


Above, audience members listing to the panel, pictured below, discuss issues of affordable housing, education, voting and more on Oct. 5 at Brookhaven’s Cross Keys High School.

5, where topics included overcrowding of schools, affordable housing and the importance of voting. While the Buford Highway community has long been known for being one of the most diverse areas in the Southeast, it is facing rapid change from redevelopment and other pressures. The panel consisted of Cross Keys High School Principal Jason Heard; Pastor David Park of Brookhaven’s Open Table Community Church; state Rep. Scott Holcomb (DAtlanta), who represents part of the Buford Highway area; Doraville City Councilmember Dawn O’Connor; and recent Cross Keys graduates Ana Cadreny and Mileydy Villegas. The concern for affordable housing has increased in recent weeks, when it was announced in late September that two Brookhaven apartment complexes — The Terraces at Brookhaven and Northeast Plaza Apartments — could be torn down BK

to build single-family houses and townhomes, potentially leaving hundreds of residents without a place to live. Even with the apartment complexes that aren’t being torn down, the cost of living has gone up around the Buford Highway area, challenging low-income residents to pay for rent and threatening the diversity that makes the area so unique. Holcomb said one way he hopes to make a difference is by raising the state’s minimum wage. “If you can’t keep prices down, at least you can try to increase the earnings,” Holcomb said. “I support it going up to $15 an hour.” Heard said the two ways to influence government is through money and votes. In the back of the school’s cafeteria, where the discussion was held, voter registration was provided by the Center for Pan-Asian Community Services. The panel members all agreed that one of the main ways to influence change in the community is to vote for candidates who will make positive changes to affordable housing, education and other issues facing the area. “We’ve got to voice our concerns,” Heard said. “We’ve got to be the ones to let our decision-makers know what we want as a community.” Park didn’t wait until Election Day to make his voice heard. Earlier this year, he and a dozen other faith leaders from the area wrote a letter to the city of Brookhaven expressing concerns that the diversity of the city was at stake because of the lack of affordable housing. The city listened to the request, and last month appointed 13 volunteers to Brookhaven’s first Affordable Housing Task Force. Park said the letter’s result shows that there is power in numbers. “People are listening and are wanting to help, but they won’t know how to address the issue without that type of incentive,” Park said. During the conversation, the issues related to education in the Buford Highway area were brought up. High schools in the area are overcrowded, panelists said, while a lack of affordable housing is reducing the number of teachers in one of the elementary schools and causing classes to be consolidated. Students from Cross Keys High School were present, and Heard said it is important that the community’s youth take part in the conversation because they are a part of the future. It was emphasized throughout the night by the panelists that coming up with solutions, rather than simply stating the problem, is the best way to produce change. “As soon as we realize that collectively we have a voice, then change will happen,” Heard said.


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MARTA redevelopment rezoning goes to City Council on Oct. 25 tel, 547 residential units, nearly 56,000 square feet in retail space, 200,000 square feet of office space and small town-center park on an approximate 15-acre site. The Planning Commission split 4-3 to deny a special land use permit to allow developers to build a 125-foot-tall, eight-story office building on Peachtree Road. The MARTA developers are seeking 25-feet of extra height for the building to allow for more floor-to-ceiling space on the floors. Voting in favor of the denial were Segal, Levy, Mary Pike and Rob Francour.


Above, a rendering of the proposed MARTA station development, including an 8-story office building at left and a hotel at right, looking at the transit station from Peachtree Road. Right, an aerial rendering of the development from Apple Valley Road showing a public park enclosed by apartments and ground retail.

Continued from page 1 a small park and a hotel for the property go before the council Oct. 25. The city Planning Commission voted Oct. 5 to recommend approval of the project, but with more than 30 conditions. The recommendation came after three hours of discussion and includes conditions that range from installation of sidewalks to road and traffic improvements to restricting when delivery trucks can enter the project in the morning. The vote was 6-1, with Commissioner Bert Levy voting no. “We’ve obviously wrestled with this … and yes we have a big package of conditions, but I still have concerns,” Levy said. “Personally, for me, it’s about traf-

fic and sewer [capacity].” Levy also said the controversial Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District, a special set of zoning requirements for the area which includes the MARTA development site, has been used “more as a sword than a shield.” Commission Chair Stan Segal said this was a 50-year decision for the city and while he has tremendous anxiety about it, the developers had met all its legal requirements for the project. “There is no way to do away with the anxiety. All we can do is mitigate it,” he said. The proposed mixed-use development at the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe station, which borders Apple Valley Road, Dresden Drive and North Druid Hills Road, includes a 125-room ho-

Those who voted against the denial were Conor Sen, John Funny and Shannon Cameron. The commission also discussed whether or not to rezone a 2.5 acre parcel on Apple Valley Way and located in a residential neighborhood as part the mixed-use development. The land is across the street from the main project site in a residential area and is used as the MARTA stormwater detention pond; developers included the acreage

as part of the required open space needed for the project. Commissioners finally OK’d rezoning it as part of the overall project, but with the understanding the acreage would not be included as part of the open space requirements. MARTA already meets the open space requirements on its main project site. Speaking in favor of the redevelopment were members of the Fernwood Park Homeowners Association and Brookhaven Fields Civic Association. They said this kind of mixed-use development was has been planned for the MARTA site for more than a decade. Residents opposed to the project raised questions about sewer capacity issues by the county and concerns about traffic. The MARTA site is surrounded by two-way streets leading to residential neighborhoods. The only major corridor leading to the MARTA station is Peachtree Road, known for its congestion at Dresden Drive and North Druid Hills Road intersections in front of the MARTA station. If City Council approves the rezoning, construction is slated to begin next year and take approximately four years to complete. The station will remain open during construction.

Atlanta Hawks preview new athletic center to Chamber of Commerce BY DYANA BAGBY

The Atlanta Hawks want to be a championship contender and the team believes its new sports and medicine facility in Brookhaven’s Executive Park will get it there. The Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce hosted the Hawks’ General Manager Wes Wilcox and CFO Thad Sheely at its Oct. 4 breakfast meeting and learned more about the 90,000-square-foot facility now under construction. “This has been a summer of change,” Wilcox said. “We’re excited this year, we’re very optimistic. Our goal is to be the most competitive while continuing to build toward being a championship contender.” To do that, the team must acquire quality players and then provide the players with the care and development they need, he said.

The new facility is a partnership between the Hawks and Emory Healthcare and the city of Brookhaven. The privately funded facility will combine the Hawks’ training facility and Operations Department with 30,000 square feet dedicated to Emory sports medicine facilities, the first such facility in the NBA. Emory is also the team’s official sports medicine provider and got the naming rights to the facility. Emory’s entire Sports Medicine Center will move to the Brookhaven site as well. The complex will also serve as the East Coast headquarters for Peak Performance Project, known as P3, “a world-leader in applied sports science that provides individualized training for elite athletes from across the globe – using data and science to give them a competitive edge.” “This is really about player development and player care ... and sports sciences, and this facility ties into all of that,” Wilcox said.

Wilcox said he envisions the Brookhaven complex will serve as a national and international training facility, where NBA players from around the country can practice and play during the off-season. Sheely said when the Hawks were located in the “bowels of Philips ATLANTA HAWKS Arena,” the players did A rendering of the lobby of the new Atlanta Hawks and Emory Healthcare athletic facility being built in Executive Park. not feel as though they were receiving the best care and training and Hawks funding $36 million. Emory Unithat the new complex will change that. versity will then provide a ground lease to “We’re going to create something the Hawks for the practice facility. unique and special,” he said. To secure the deal to have the Hawks The Emory/Hawks partnership is a and Emory located the facility in $50 million deal for the land purchase and Brookhaven, city officials agreed to offer building construction with $14 million bethe Hawks a $36 million tax abatement. ing covered by Emory University and the


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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:

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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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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.

First Grade

11 + 12 = _______

Second Grade

1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8+9+10= _______

Third Grade

How much is 99 plus 99?

Fourth Grade

Count by 1¾ from 0 to 7.

Fifth Grade

Which is greatest: 17/18, 23/30, or

Sixth Grade

Halfway through the second quarter, how much of the game is left?

Seventh Grade

How much is 6½% of 250?


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


When you take 3 away from twice a number, the answer is 8. What is the number?


What is the Absolute Value of the point (3,4)?

(Explain how you got your answer.)



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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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Matthew’s Handy Services – Small jobs and chores re my specialties. Shelving/ organizers, carpentry, drywall, painting, plumbing and minor yard work. Member of the Better Business Bureau. Call 404-5472079 or email: Caregiver / Household Technician – Let me take care of your loved one. Call Robin 770572-6441. Full-Time, Part-Time or Overnight. References Available.



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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From police reports dated Oct. 1 through Oct. 9.

8, man arrested for battery. „„1800 block of Corporate Road- On Oct.

8, man arrested for disorderly conduct.

The following information is from the Brookhaven police and is presumed to be accurate.

„„2800 block of Clairmont Road – On


Oct. 9, man arrested for disorderly conduct.

„„1500 block of N. Druid Hills Road- On

Oct. 2 woman arrested for battery regaRoading family violence.

POSSESSION AND DUI: „„1200 block of Goodwin Road- On Oct.

„„3100 block of Buford

2, man arrested for DUI.

Highway- On Oct. 2, man arrested for simple battery.

3200 block of Buford Hwy- On Oct. 2, woman arrested for marijuana possession. „„

„„2900 block of Clair-

mont Road- On Oct. 4, man arrested for aggravated assault.

1000 block of Barone Way- On Oct. 3, man arrested for marijuana possession. „„

„„2600 block of Clair-

mont Road- On Oct. 4, man arrested for aggravated assault.

1400 block of N. Cliff Valley Way- On Oct. 7, man arrested for „„

„„1300 block of Briar-

wood Road- On Oct. 8, man arrested for battery regarding family violence.

DUI. „„4400 block of Peachtree Road- On Oct.

„„3000 block of Clairmont Road- On Oct.

8, woman arrested for DUI and underage impairment greater than .02.

driver’s license.

„„1900 block of N. Druid Hills Road- On

Oct. 4, wanted person located.

Oct. 8, man arrested for battery, regarding family violence.

„„3300 block of Clairmont Road/ Buford

„„3700 block of Durden Road – On Oct.

Highway- On Oct. 4. a man arrested for driving without a driver’s license.

9, man arrested for marijuana possession.

„„900 block of Rice St. – On Oct. 4, wom-

„„3200 block of Buford Hwy- On Oct. 8,

man arrested for DUI.

THEFT: „„3900 block of Peachtree Road- On Oct.

4 man arrested for theft by receiving property. „„1300 block of Dresden Dr. - On Oct. 7

man arrested for shoplifting.

OT H E R A R R E S T S : „„1300 block of N. Druid Hills Road- On

Oct. 1, man arrested for public intoxication and consumption. „„3100 block of Buford Highway - On

Oct. 1, man arrested for driving without a license. „„3700 block of Buford Highway - On


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Oct. 4, woman arrested for driving without a license. „„1100 block of Town Blvd. - On Oct. 5,

woman arrested for public intoxication and consumption. „„2900 block of Clairmont Road- On Oct.

5, wanted person located. „„3700 block of Buford Highway - On

Oct. 6, man arrested for not following headlight requirements. „„2900 block of Clairmont Road- On Oct.

6, man arrested for public intoxication and consumption. „„3200 block of Buford Highway - On

Oct. 6, woman arrested for driving with suspended or cancelled registration. 3000 block of Buford Highway - On Oct. 7, man arrested for driving with suspended or revoked license. „„

„„2800 block of Buford Highway - On Oct. 8, man arrested for driving without li-

woody Road- On the afternoon of Oct. 2, a man was arrested for driving without a driver’s license.


„„3100 block of Ashford- Dunwoody

9, man arrested for public indecency.

Road- On Oct. 2, wanted person located. „„2600 block of Buford Highway - On

Oct. 2, man arrested for failing to appear. „„2900 block of Buford Highway - On

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„„3200 block of Buford Highway- On

- Woman arrested for disorderly conduct.

Oct. ,3 man arrested for driving without insurance.

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„„4500 block of Peachtree Road- On

„„2800 block of Buford Highway


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Oct. 2, a woman arrested for driving without headlights.


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„„1900 block of N. Druid Hills Road- On

„„3100 block of Buford Highway- On Oct.

„„Buford Highway - On Oct. 9, man ar-

rested for public intoxication and consumption. „„3200 block of Buford Highway- On

Oct. 9, man arrested for driving with suspended or cancelled registration. „„2000 block of North Druid Hills Road

– On Oct. 9, person arrested for failing to appear.


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Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan, fifth from left, who also is the president of the Georgia Associaton of Police Chiefs, recent presented the Brookhaven Police Department with its state certification. The certification was presented at a City Council meeting. In the center are Mayor John Ernst and Chief Gary Yandura with the plaque recognizing the achievent. Benefits of state certification for a law enforcement agency includes confirming the department is consistent with progressive professional standards, reduced liability potential, greater public confidence and greater operational and administrative effectiveness.

Police Chief Gary Yandura, left, swears in Joshua Benton as the city’s police department newes officer on Sept. 12. The Brookhaven Police Department currently has approximately 70 police officers on staff. A proposed budget for 2017 includes the addition of a dedicted Traffic Unit to include three officers at a total cost of $145,900.This year the department was one of 10 recipients nationwide for a Project Safe Neighborhood Grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Partnering with the state U.S. Attorney’s Office, DeKalb County and the Chamblee Police Department, the BPD was the primary recipient of the $500,000 grant designated to assist in violent crime reduction associated with gangs and weapons.


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