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► Attorney General says city violated Open Meetings Act PAGE 2 ► Plan to stop some early-morning garbage pickups draws fire PAGE 3

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Deal to swap land for new Austin Elementary site called ‘win-win’ BY DYANA BAGBY

Dunwoody City Council members praised a plan to swap Dunwoody Senior Baseball fields to the DeKalb schools for Austin Elementary and cash as a “win-win” after they agreed to the exchange during a special meeting Oct. 5. “We ended up with park land and money,” said Councilmember Doug Thompson. “You just can’t beat that.” See COUNCIL on page 16


Carson Shows, who’s 6, shows her bicycle during “Bike Walk Dunwoody,” a series of cycling events and a picnic held on Oct. 9. Cyclists attending the event could take a 20-mile road trip, see new bike-friendly roadways in Dunwoody and check out a new trail from ChambleeDunwoody Road at Pernoshal Road to Brook Run Park. Activities also featured a ribbon cutting-ceremony for a public bike repair station. For more photos, see page 18.

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Council wary of $80,000 budget for new logo BY DYANA BAGBY Could Dunwoody’s notorious asterisk soon be omitted from the city’s logo? The city’s 2017 proposed budget currently has $80,000 set aside to pay for a firm to create a new logo and slogan as part of a rebranding campaign – but city officials are wary of spending that much cash, especially after the controversial branding process of 2010. At the City Council’s Oct. 10 meeting, Finance Director Chris Pike told members that because the city is readying to move into a See DUNWOODY on page 20



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Attorney General’s Office: City violated Open Meetings Act BY DYANA BAGBY

session,” she stated. At the Oct. 10 City Council meeting, Councilmember Terry Nall asked Felgin The Dunwoody City Council violatabout releasing the minutes of the execued the Open Meetings Act when it met in tive session. Colangelo did not require the closed session and determined that memcouncil to do so. bers of the Dunwoody Homeowners Asso“You all will have to vote to release the ciation should not serve on city boards, acmeeting minutes,” Felgin told Nall. cording to a letter from the state Attorney Colangelo recommended the council General’s office. participate in a 90-minute Open GovernThe Oct. 3 letter ment training with from Assistant Attorthe Attorney Generney General Jennial’s office. Bob Mulfer Colangelo to Aslen, city spokespersistant City Attorney son, said the council Lenny Felgin stated will participate in that while the counthe training slated cil met June 13 in a for Nov. 1 at 8 a.m. at closed-door execuCity Hall. tive session to dis“The city is cognicuss litigation, the zant of the delicate council violated the nature of executive Open Meetings Act session discussions when conversation and we are working veered to discussion to coordinate schedabout the roles DHA ules for an opportumembers should nity to participate in play on volunteer the voluntary Open city boards and comGovernment trainmissions, such as the ing which the AssisPlanning Commistant Attorney Gension and Zoning Reeral proposes within view Board. That disthe letter,” he said. cussion led Mayor In a lengthy letShortal to call several ter to Colangelo, FelDHA members and gin denied the counask them to either JENNIFER COLANGELO cil violated the Open resign from DHA or ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL Meetings Act. He artheir city board post. gued that because “When a discussion in executive sesthe city was discussing litigation resulting sion moves from a specific litigation matfrom a Zoning Board of Appeals decision in ter to a discussion of policy or procedural which DHA board member Gerri Penn was changes that should be made to avoid a hya member, the conversation was protected pothetical future harm, the executive sesby executive session. sion should be terminated and the discusAfter backlash from DHA members to sion moved to the open session,” Colangelo the directive its members resign from city wrote. boards, the City Council voted to suspend “Even if no votes are taken, a discussion the policy. Only Penn resigned after receivof this type is not authorized in executive ing the call from Shortal.

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Dunwoody Homeowners Association adopts new logo

The Dunwoody Homeowners Association is going for a new look. The board voted Oct. 9 for a new logo to replace the current one that has been the signature look for the homeowner’s organization for decades. The board looked at four potential looks designed by member and graphic designer Heyward Wescott. Wescott is donating the work. The board picked a simple, clean design from the options. DHA President Robert Wittenstein said there likely would be some tweaks to the final logo design, including color. He was not sure how long the current logo had been used. DUN

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Village and two more near Perimeter Center Place. Assistant City Manager Jessica A Dunwoody City Councilmember Guinn said these were areas where has expressed anger with the mayor’s the county could pick up trash on latattempt to block early-morning garbage er schedules at no cost to the city, but pickup, accusing the mayor of wanting if more areas were to be delayed, the “preferential schedules” for certain arcounty would charge the city. eas, including one near his home. Guinn also said she’s only received City Councilmember Doug Thompcomplaints from one person, a resident son was visibly upset at the Oct. 10 City at the Manhattan high-rise apartments Council meeting with Mayor Denis on Olde Perimeter Way adjacent to the Shortal’s recommendation the city reTarget shopping center. She said she new its agreement with DeKalb Counheard of other complaints from other ty for garbage pickup, but amend the areas in the city from the mayor and agreement to stop other councilmemgarbage trucks bers. from rolling before City and county 8 a.m. in certain officials met twice commercial and before the meeting residential areas. to come up with a Shortal’s proplan. Councilmemposal failed, but ber John Heneghan not before Thompsaid he appreciated son had some the county’s willchoice words for ingness to work the mayor. with the city on “This just angers reasonable pickme,” Thompson up times, but codtold Shortal, saying ifying it into a lethe pickup schedgal agreement was ule was giving “improper.” “preferential treat“I’m not hapment” to certain py with the excluneighborhoods, insionary concept,” cluding the mayHeneghan said. or’s. Shortal denied “That’s just flat his idea was excluwrong. I guess sionary. what angers me “This is the first … is the [areas] rebite at the apple … maining are all in and we’ve made inDOUG THOMPSON District 1, by your CITY COUNCILMEMBER roads at DeKalb,” house, Denny,” Shortal said. “This Thompson said to is not trying to be Shortal. exclusionary. [These] are the places “We live in the same city. You’re the where we’ve had complaints.” mayor of the whole city. I’m not going Shortal said next year the city could to participate in this,” he added. ask more residents where they would County garbage trucks begin their want garbage pickup at later times. routes at 5:30 a.m. and target major Councilmember Lynn Deutsch business areas first to try to be out of also disagreed with Shortal’s proposthe areas before customers begin filling al. Deutsch said the fairest way to deal up parking lots. with garbage complaints was to handle One area Shortal wanted excluded them on an individual basis. from having garbage pickup before 8 “This is the problem – businessa.m. was the Dunwoody Park area on es like their garbage picked up earlier. Roberts Drive and next to his home on We’re a residential community that reWyntercreek Lane. Other areas suggestlies on our commercial tax base,” she ed to be excluded from garbage pickup said. “I worry about the message we are before 8 a.m., besides Dunwoody Park, sending. Our businesses are part of the were commercial areas in Dunwoody fabric of our community. We coexist.”

“That’s just flat wrong. I guess what angers me … is the [areas] remaining are all in District 1, by your house, Denny. We live in the same city. You’re the mayor of the whole city. I’m not going to participate in this.



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Demolition of Brook Run theater underway BY DYANA BAGBY

The stained glass windows of the theater at Brook Run Park are being removed, but no set date for the complete demolition of the building has been set. On Oct. 6, workers were seen removing the stained glass windows from the building. City Council voted Sept. 12 to spend up to $272,000 to tear down the structure. The council voted to spend $20,000 to save and store the stained glass windows. “The stained glass structures are being repaired and disassembled, and removal will take place over the next couple of weeks,” said city spokesperson Bob Mullen. “Demolition of the theater building will begin after the stained glass structures are out, [but] there is no specific date set yet,” Mullen added. “Based on experience of demolition of other buildings at Brook Run, the presence or discovery of asbestos at the site will likely be revealed in areas during the demolition process.” The low bid to bulldoze the building came in at $147,000 but a contingency fund of $125,000 was added to the final amount. Brent Walker, director of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, said the contingency funding was needed due to un-


A worker removes stained glass windows that are part of the theater at Brook Run Park. The windows are being saved by the city before demolition of the theater.

known asbestos levels. The city plans to store the stained glass structures on city park property, he said. The theater building, owned by the city as part of park property, is the last remaining structure of 17 buildings in the park, including the hospital building, that were once part of the Georgia Retardation Center. The Georgia Retardation Center was closed in the late 1990s. Danny Ross, who led a years-long effort as president of the Brook Run Conservancy to try to save the theater and have it renovated into a performing arts and community center, said the stained glass windows were designed and handmade by monks at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers. Many council members questioned why no money was raised for the project since talk to save the theater began as far back as 2011. At the City Council retreat in February, council members said it was time to put the issue to rest. Ross told the council the Brook Run Conservancy did not raise any money for the project because it needed to have the city’s official support and vote for time to do so. The conservancy also asked the city to contribute up to $2 million of the $4 million parks settlement the city received from DeKalb County alast year to renovating the theater.

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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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SOLD LISTINGS The new stone-and-wood structure would occupy the same footprint as the current building, but would be larger. Post 140 leaders say the current building is falling apart.

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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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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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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Council holds third meeting to discuss Perimeter zoning rules BY JUSTIN FEDICH

to me that is the deciding factor. It’s the amenities and the look,” Thompson said. The height of buildings in the PeCouncilmember Lynn Deutsch prorimeter area, sustainability and bicycle posed that square footage should be regparking were among the latest points of ulated in a way similar to the way that discussion as Dunwoody City Council height currently is. “Regulating height continues its efforts to rewrite a portion doesn’t necessarily get us where we of the city zoning and land development want to be because a 30-story building is ordinances. 100,000 square feet and a 15-story buildOn Oct 7, the council held its third dising with 100,000 square feet are going to cussion of the proposed changes, which have exactly the same impact,” Deutsch are part of an effort to develop a specifsaid. ic zoning district for The two focusthe Perimeter area. es of the code reThe project was iniview have been on tiated in late 2014, chapter 27, which and the city’s hope deals with proposed is to finish the study Perimeter Center by the end of this Overlay and Perimeyear. ter Center Districts. The proposal diOne of the plans unvides the area into der Perimeter Cenfour districts -- Peter Districts is bicyrimeter Center 1, cle parking. 2, 3 and 4 – that City Communihave varying buildty Development Diing height requirerector Steve Foote ments. The densest said bicycle parkdistrict, PC-1, was ing is the next step the focus of converthe city should take. sation at the Oct. 7 While there are meeting. LYNN DEUTSCH multiple reasons As of now, the COUNCILMEMBER why a majority of height limit for a the members decidbuilding in PC-1 is ed bike parking is a good idea, Deutsch 30 stories, while buildings in other dissaid it will help reduce traffic by encourtricts must be shorter. Dunwoody Mayaging more people to ride bikes to work or Denis Shortal said 30 stories is a lot to and other places. give a developer. “Every time there is not a car on the Many of the council members, howroad, there is a direct benefit to the resever, argued that regulation of the height idents and the people who work in Dunof the buildings is not the only issue. “We woody,” Deutsch said. are losing the ability to have the public Changes proposed in the Perimeter space even though the density is way up,” Center Zoning Code address the most said Councilmember John Heneghan. necessary and likely areas of developCouncilmember Douglas Thompson ment and aim to protect single family also expressed a desire for public space residential neighborhoods. City officials in buildings, stating that height should say they hope to adopt the new code by not be the only focus. “It’s not the height the end of 2016.

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On Our Borders Editor’s note: News knows few boundaries. Here are some of the local news stories from neighboring communities that may be of interest to Dunwoody residents.


In Buckhead, 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 Redefined.” The first public meeting for that plan, which is technically an Atlanta Regional Commission Livable Centers Initiative process, is slated for Oct. 17 at a time and location to be announced. The Buckhead CID, a self-taxing business district, proposed the park over Ga. 400 more than a year ago. Last month, it unveiled a design for a 9-acre, half-milelong park built atop a bridge-like structure over Ga. 400 between Lenox and Peachtree roads, with a roughly estimated cost of

$195 million to $245 million. The CID’s Oct. 5 vote authorized spending up to $340,000 for 16 weeks of further study of such issues as funding sources, traffic impacts and economic benefits. The vote does not authorize the park to be built. Still, like every previous board vote on the park concept, there was significant opposition from some members concerning the cost of the project and whether the park would be an appropriate project for the CID. 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.”


Also in Buckhead, Wieuca Road Baptist Church is considering selling or redeveloping the site it has occupied for 60 years at Wieuca and Peachtree roads. Word of the potential sale of the 3626 Peachtree Road church was discussed by Buckhead Community Improvement District officials at their Oct. 5 board meeting.

A church employee briefly confirmed the possible sale and said redevelopment is under consideration. Church administrator Skip Charlton was not available for comment. In a September church newsletter, Senior Pastor Dr. Mark Wilbanks said a “Structural Options ad hoc committee has been working for a year to study our current circumstances and alternatives that exist. They will present a thorough analysis of directions the church may choose to create a new and desired future for our congregation.” “There are whispers they will be sold. There are whispers they will be redeveloped,” said Darion Dunn, the CID’s director of capital improvements and planning, explaining that the possible change at the church site has put a temporary hold on plans to turn the Wieuca Road/Phipps Boulevard intersection into a roundabout. A congregation vote apparently on redevelopment options was scheduled for Oct. 16.


In Sandy Springs, a possible buyer for North Springs Center at 7300 Roswell Road is working on a pollution cleanup deal that could speed the 9-acre shopping center’s redevelopment, according to the state Environmental Protection Division. The shopping center’s owner, North

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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 in Brookhaven ... and I’ve been watching this process over the past two and a half years,” Schaefer said of rapid development in the city pushing out older, apartment complexes for new, luxury housing. Buford Highway, where the LAA is based and where many Latino and other immigrants live, also is ripe for redevelopment. “Affordable housing keeps me up at night. The top two goals for me [for this task force] are equity and diversity,” he said. City Manager Christian Sigman said he hoped the Task Force could come up with a policy recommendation by early next year. The city is under a zoning moratorium until February 2017, when the city is set to undergo a zoning rewrite. Study: No monorails right now 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. DUN

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Voters Guide Dunwoody voters head to the polls Nov. 8 to cast ballots for an array of federal, state and local officials. Reporter Newspapers questioned candidates in several local contested races about their qualifications and reasons for running for office. Here are edited versions of answers from candidates seeking seats in the state Legislature. To see their full answers and answers from candidates for other offices, go to the For information about the election such as where you go to vote and whether you are registered or to see a sample ballot, go to Georgia Senate District 40

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.

Fran Millar

Republican, incumbent Occupation: Marketing Consultant Previous elective offices held: member, Georgia Senate 2011-present; member, Georgia House of Representatives, 1999-2011. Other community service experience: various committees at Dunwoody

United Methodist Church; ex-officio member, Dunwoody Homeowners Association; member, Spruill Arts Center. Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? A: The major reason I should be re-elected 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 union-backed 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.

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tion, and much more in determining what were some ways to ease congestion in the city. A costly monorail system – for example, the 3.9-mile 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.

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lion from the [school board] and we can get some nice fields.” Through the proposed swap, the DeKalb As part of the proposed land swap deal, County school board will use the ballfields the school district will pay the city $3.6 milas the site of a new school building and will lion and give eventual control of the curpay the city $3.6 million, which it can use to rent Austin Elementary School property develop new ballfields at Peachtree Middle on Roberts Drive to the city. In exchange, School, according to the deal set to be voted the city will give the Dunwoody Senior on by the council next month. Baseball fields in Dunwoody Park, just The council met in executive session down the road from Austin Elementary, Oct. 5 for about 20 minutes. When counalso on Roberts Drive, to the school district cil members emerged from the closed-door to be used for a new 900-seat Austin Elemeeting, Mayor Denis Shortal announced mentary School. the city had signed a letter of intent with Plans for what the city will do with the the school district to do the deal. The school old Austin Elementary School site have not board signed the same letter of intent on been made and council members said the Oct. 3. community will have say into what goes Thompson said negotiations between into the area, including the possibility of a the school board and the city have been park. “The current site of Austin will become a city park someday. What does the city want? What are the needs of that corner? There is a great amount of need for this,” Councilmember John Heneghan said. The city will use the $3.6 million to build CITY OF DUNWOODY two new baseball fields An aerial view of one of the new baseball fields to be built at Peachtree Charter Middle School. A new concession at Peachtree Midstand, in foreground, will aslo be constructed. dle School to include lighting, a concession stand and 34 additionyears in the making and he believes the al parking spaces, according to the agreeone being considered now is good for all inment. The city will also use the money to volved. make capital improvements to the PCMS “We know Dunwoody Senior Baseball football field and track area, including irrihas been tough on us,” he said. “I’m a youth gation improvements, in exchange for a 25sports guy. I would not have done anything year agreement for use of the fields for cityto hurt the program. We’re getting $3.6 milsponsored athletics, when not in use by the

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On the Cutting Edge of “Nice Moves, Nana!”


An aerial view of the two new baseball fields to be built at Peachtree Charter Middle School with a view also of the football field and track area. Extra parking spaces are also to be built as seen by the paved spot in the top left corner. Below is a rendering of the concession stand.

school. The roughly twoyear timeline for the entire process allows the new baseball fields to be constructed first, so Dunwoody Senior Baseball can make the transition to using them. Construction on the new Austin Elementary would then begin, with plans to open the new school in August 2018. Shortal stressed that the signing of the letter of intent with the school board on Oct. 5 was not the final action required by the deal. There will be two community meetings at City Hall on Oct. 17 and Oct. 25 at 6 p.m., with a final vote slated to go to the council on Nov. 14. “We have about six weeks to look at this, to vet this,” he said. “We are the folks you elected and I’ve urged council to be open to public input.” Dunwoody Senior Baseball supporters have opposed the move to PCMC, saying traffic and other issues would hamper league play. DSB President Jerry Weiner said the league is seeking ways to be supportive of the plan and is searching for options, including the possibility of building two new baseball fields at Brook Run Park. “DSB recognizes there are some good things for the city and clearly we would love to stay at Dunwoody Park,” he said. “But we’re looking at options, including the 2010 Parks Master Plan that had the fields built at Brook Run Park.” Councilmember Lynn Deutsch also praised the deal’s guarantee of more parkland for the city. She also said the city was going “above and beyond” in being transparent about the real estate swap, noting that the city of Brookhaven recently entered into a similar park land swap with the school district with no public input. “We are starting month-long process,” she said. “This is not a bad deal. And this just the beginning of the process. We are open to input.” Councilmember Terry Nall expressed DUN

some displeasure with the deal, saying there would be no issues had the county built the new school where the current one is located. Nall said that state Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) had worked out a deal with the prior school superintendent, Michael Thurmond, to do just that. However, no formal agreement was ever made to do so, said DeKalb schools spokesperson Quinn Hudson. Nall also said the overall deal was a good one. “Schools make our community and our job is to protect our community. This is a net gain for the city,” he said. Thompson said he understood that moving DSB moving to new baseball fields after some 40 years at Dunwoody Park will be difficult. “The new fields will be better, but they will be different,” he said. “We’ve bought ourselves a month. We’ll hear you out.” Shortal blasted the DeKalb County School District and said he would be “dancing in the streets” when the city is able to take over the schools, adding the school board is “totally inadequate.” “It is unbelievable to me the school board cannot build decent facilities for our schools,” he said. The Dunwoody Homeowners Association board voted to support the deal at its Oct. 9 meeting. The new school is being funded with taxes raised when voters approved a 2011 E-Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

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Bicycle enthusiasts gahered at pernoshal Park on Oct. 9 for the “Bike Walk Dunwoody,” which offered a 20-mile ride, a look at new bike-friendly conditions on Dunwoody roads and a ride on a trail to Brook Run Park. A - Activities ended with the ribbon cutting ceremony of a public bike repair station on the trail. Bike advocate Joe Seconder, and Bruce Hagen of Bike Law Georgia joined Dunwoody City Councilmembers Lynn Deutsch, Doug Thompson, and John Heneghanfor the formal opening of the repair station. B - Paige Metzger, and her son Reid Metzger lead the way on a trail ride to Brook Run Park. C - Riders gather for a group portrait. D - Emerson Shows, 8, and her sisters Carson, 8, and Lauren, 10, brought their bikes for the afternoon gathering.

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Dunwoody council wary of $80,000 budget for new logo Continued from page 1 new City Hall next year, it would make sense to conduct a rebranding campaign now so the new logo and slogan could be printed on new business cards, stationary, signs and other city materials, along with the new address. “If we were going to do a rebranding, this would be the most ideal time to do it,” Pike said. Pike said the $80,000 figure was likely more than enough for what was needed to hire a marketing group. He also recommended the council discuss the topic more at its retreat early next year. All councilmembers, however, expressed reluctance to commit that much money — or even any money — to rebranding the city. “I’m not thrilled with the branding [costs]. We spent way too much on this last time,” said Councilmember Lynn Deutsch. She noted Sandy Springs just spent nearly $100,000 on its new logo and said there was no way she could support spending that much money for rebranding. In 2010, the council, the Chamber of Commerce and the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Dunwoody chipped in a combined $105,000 to hire a marketing firm to come up with a logo and slogan for

the three entities. The resulting logo says “Dunwoody” in blue accented by a lime-green asterisk. Beneath “Dunwoody” appear the words “Smart people – Smart City.” The original slogan was “Smart People – Smart Place,” but that had to be revised shortly after the logo was unveiled at a city music festival because city officials learned the city of Plano, Texas, used the same catchphrase. At the time, a small but intense group of Dunwoody bloggers published criticisms of the original design. One popular complaint was that the logo looked like the Walmart logo with a yellow star and the slogan, “Save Money. Live Better.” Last year, the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Dunwoody ditched the asterisk for its own logo. The controversy of the logo campaign from six years ago still reverberates today, Deutsch said.

“We’ve done this once and it ended badly,” she said. “It’s still a pretty raw subject in our city.” Councilmember Terry Nall harkened back to those days, saying he described the city’s current logo as the “Walmart asterisk.” “Do we even need a slogan?” Nall asked. “We need to have a convincing argument to do this.” Councilmember Doug Thompson said he didn’t believe the money spent in 2010 for a city logo was a good deal and said he doesn’t believe spending more money necessarily translates into a better product. The 2010 process that included public meetings, he said, was frustrating and resulted in no consensus “and everybody was mad about it.” “Now is a good time [to rebrand], but we don’t need to throw a lot of money at it and have meeting after meeting,” he said.

Councilmember Jim Riticher wondered if the costs for the new logo could be paid out of the city’s moving budget. Mayor Denis Shortal said he believed a sounding group of five citizens could come up with a logo and slogan. Councilmembers Pam Tallmadge and Deutsch said they supported the idea of having a public slogan contest, with no guarantee of a winner, and then hiring a graphics designer to create the visual logo to go with it. “It’s the perception … with our citizens we want to be real careful how we spend $80,000,” Tallmadge said. The City Council directed Communications Director Bob Mullen to come up with a significantly lower price tag to be considered at the council’s next meeting Nov. 14 when the council is expected to vote on the budget.

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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.

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Each January, we feature students from public and private schools and colleges who have given back to their community in a significant way. In recent years, some of these students have created their own nonprofits, or have given up summer vacation to work domestically and abroad to help the less fortunate. One even helped build a library by collecting books. The annual 20 Under 20 will appear in our January 6, 2017 issue, and we are now seeking nominations of students ages 19 and younger who have committed themselves to service in the community. Nominations are welcome from teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, siblings,

OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Nov. 12 Kindergarten, 1:00 pm Sunday, Nov. 13 Grades 1–5, 1:00 pm Grades 6–8, 3:30 pm Wednesday, Jan. 25 Grades 9–12, 6:30 pm The Lovett School practices a nondiscriminatory admission policy. Financial aid is available.

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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 / Dunwoody From Dunwoody Police reports dated Sept. 25 through Oct. 6

„„4400 block of Ashford Dunwoody

Road - On Sept. 25 a cell phone was stolen from a restaurant patron.

The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

„„4300 block of Ashford Dunwoody

Road - On Sept. 26, a cell phone was stolen.


27, report of larceny of articles from a vehicle. „„4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road - On Sept. 27, shoplifter arrested after trying to remove TV from discount department store.

„„4400 block of Chamblee Dunwoody

„„100 block of Peachford Circle- On

ing to cut sensors off of socks and a belt at a clothing store. The items were recovered. „„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road - On Oct 4, a man reported that his wallet containing credit cards and $500 in cash, was missing.

Sept. 25, a Louis Vuitton handbag, Dell laptop and cellphone were reported stolen from a home.

Road - On Sept. 26 a man was caught shoplifting $30 worth of beer from Kroger.

„„4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

„„4500 block of Chardonnay Court - On

„„4440 block of Chowning Way- On

„„4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Oct. 1, a gun was reported stolen from a home.

Sept. 27, theft from car reported; diaper bag stolen.

„„1200 block of Village Terrace Court -

„„2200 block of North Forest Terrace

Road - On Oct. 2, two women were taken into custody for shoplifting at a discount department store.

„„5000 block of Vernon Oaks Drive - On

– On Sept. 27, report of larceny of articles from a vehicle. On Sept. 27, later in the evening, report of larceny of articles from a vehicle

Oct. 3, there was a check theft and forgery at a residence.

„„2200 block of Tamassee Court – On

On Oct.1, a gold tennis bracelet worth $16,000 reported missing from a home.

Sept. 27, report of larceny of articles from a vehicle.

LARCENY/ SHOPLIFTING/ THEFT „„ 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road - On Sept. 26, a man was apprehended trying to steal a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses from a sunglass shop.

„„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

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Road - On Sept. 28 a man stole $2,500 worth of Kate Spade handbags from a clothing store. „„1200 block of Hammond Drive- On

Sept. 28, s suspect in a Toyota Corolla stole loafers from a clothing store. „„4500 block of Olde Perimeter Way-



„„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

27, report of theft of laptop from a vehicle.



Road - On Oct. 3, police responded to a shoplifting incident where eight pairs of sunglasses were stolen from a sunglass shop. Suspects not caught.

„„100 block of Dunbar Drive – On Sept.

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„„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road - On Sept. 28, woman arrested for shoplifting more than $300 worth of items from a clothing store.

„„200 block of Dunbar Drive – On Sept.


Road - On Oct. 2 a man reported the theft of his cellphone.

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On Sept. 29, report of larceny of articles from a vehicle. „„4500 block of Ashford Dunwoody

„„1100 block of Hammond Drive- On

Oct. 3, a man was arrested for shoplifting at a clothing store. „„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road - On Oct. 3, after hours, someone stole drones from a store. „„2100 block of Peachford Road - On

Oct. 4 police responded to a larceny report of a stolen wallet. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road - On Oct. 4 a department store recovered approximately $400 worth of stolen clothing. A suspect was arrested. „„4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road - On Sept. 29, report of larceny of articles from a vehicle.

Road - On Oct. 4, store security officers at a discount department store reported a missing sunhat.

„„100 block of Perimeter Center- On

„„4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Sept. 29, a wallet was stolen from a restaurant. „„4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road - On Sept. 29, a woman was arrested for stealing $200 worth of merchandise from a clothing store. „„100 block of Perimeter Circle- On Sept.

29, shoplifting reported at a gas station. „„5000 block of Winding Branch Drive -

On Oct 1, auto larceny reported. „„4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road - On Oct. 1, a victim left his cellphone on the ground. When he remembered he left it, it was gone. „„1200 block of Ashford Crossing- Man-

agement of a restaurant reported that someone repeatedly made false online orders. „„1100 block of Hammond Drive- On the

evening of Oct 1, a man was found try-

Road - On Oct. 5, store security officers at a discount department store apprehended a man for attempting to steal $1,300 worth of merchandise. Police found heroin on the suspect, who was arrested. „„100 block of Perimeter Center- On Oct.

5, a theft was reported at a gas station. „„4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody

Road - On Oct. 5, police received a call about a theft in progress at a store.

A S S AU LT : „„2100 block of Peachford Road - On

Sept. 25, a dispute between two juveniles turned into an assault involving hands, feet and teeth. „„4800 block of Ashford Dunwoody

Road - On Sept. 28, a family assault reported between a juvenile and her mother. DUN

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„„2100 block of Peachford Road- On

„„2300 block of Dunwoody Crossing- On

„„1100 block of Hammond Drive- On

Sept. 29, a simple assault occurred at a drug store.

Sept. 28, a man was arrested for disorderly conduct involving a handgun.

Oct. 3, a man was arrested for impersonation (fraud) with a fake Georgia license.

„„12500 block of Madison Drive- During

„„100 block of Perimeter Center- On

„„100 block of Perimeter Center- On Oct.

the early morning of Oct. 2, the victim was attacked by her friend inside her apartment.

Sept. 29, a woman arrested for failing to appear.

3, a wanted person was located and arrested.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road- On Sept. 29, at 2:30 a.m. a 25-yearold woman was arrested for a DUI.

„„100 block of Perimeter Center- On Oct.

„„4600 block of Tilly Mill Road - On Sept.

„„4700 block of Ashford Dunwoody

29, a wanted person was located and arrested.

Road - On Oct. 4, a wanted person was located and arrested.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road - On Oct. 6, a man was arrested for walking out on his tab at McKendrick’s Steak House.

„„1400 block of Meadow Lane Road - On

„„6800 block of Peachtree Industrial


Oct. 1, a man was arrested for violating probation.

Boulevard - On Oct. 4, a man was arrested for dangerous drug possession.

„„4400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

„„100 block of North Shallowford Road

Road - On Oct 1. A man was spotted behind a gas station, apparently about to inject a drug. He was arrested for heroin possession.

- On Oct. 4, police arrested a driver for driving with a suspended license and registration and providing false representations to police.

„„100 block of Perimeter Center- On Oct


„„4700 block of Peachtree Road - On Oct.

3, a woman was arrested for simple assault. „„4600 block of Peachtree Place Park-

way - On Oct. 4, officers responded to a domestic dispute. „„1100 block of Hammond Drive- On

Oct. 6, an assault occurred at a Halloween store. A Chucky costume was stolen.

ARRESTS „„I-285 at Ashford-Dunwoody Road - On

Sept. 25, during a traffic stop, a woman was arrested for possession of marijuana and an open container violation. „„1800 block of Mount Vernon Way-

On Sept. 25, about 1 p.m., a suspect was charged with hit and run and following too closely. The offender drove a black 2004 Honda CR-V and struck another vehicle in the rear, then fled. The offender was later arrested at Dunwoody High School.

4, a man was arrested for driving with suspended license.

1, a man was arrested for driving while his license was revoked.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road - On Oct. 4, a person was arrested for disorderly conduct.



block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road - On Oct. 1, a man was arrested for failing to appear. „„2200 block of Cotillion Drive- On Oct.

3, a man was arrested for a probation violation.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road - On Oct. 4, a wanted person was located and arrested. „„4500 block of


woody Road - On Oct. 4, man was arrested for marijuana possession. „„100 block of Peachtree Industrial Bou-

levard - On Oct. 4, a man was arrested for marijuana possession. „„100 block of Perimeter Center- - On

Oct. 5, a wanted person was located and arrested. „„4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road - On Oct. 6, a man was arrested for failure to appear.

INCIDENTS: „„4400 block Ashford-Dunwoody Road

- On Sept. 27, a woman’s car was damaged. „„100 block of Perimeter Center-

On Sept. 25, police responded to a private property hit-and-run accident of a Kia. „„1300 block of Magnet Way- On Sept.

26, a report of fraud was reported.


„„I-285 at Peachtree Road - A man was

arrested for driving on the wrong side of the road and with a suspended license. „„5000 block of Vernon Springs Drive-

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On Sept 26, shortly after midnight, a man was arrested in connection with a family dispute. „„4600 block of Tilly Mill Road - On the

morning of Sept. 26, a man was arrested for driving without a license. The car was towed. „„1200 block of Hammond Drive- On

Sept. 26, a man was arrested for impersonation. „„100 block of Perimeter Center East/

Ashford Dunwoody Road - On Sept. 26, a wanted person was located and also charged with driving on suspended license and with no insurance.

Happy Halloween

„„5800 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Join us for some wickedly fun festivities

Road - On Sept. 26 a man was arrested for failure to appear.

• Best Costume Contest • Haunted House • Fang-tastic treats and magical drinks!

Insignia of Sandy Springs

„„1200 block of Hammond Drive- On

October 27th, 2016

Sept. 28, a man arrested for marijuana possession. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road- On the afternoon of Sept. 28, a man was arrested for a probation violation. „„100 block of Perimeter Way- On Sept.

28, a woman was arrested for a probation violation.


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