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► Groundbreaking for I-285/Ga. 400 project on Nov. 3 PAGE 5 ► Legion Post 140 wants to replace its 1930s building PAGE 6

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The city of Sandy Springs has a new official logo, adopted at the Oct. 4 City Council meeting. Developed quietly over the summer at a cost of $99,333, the new logo features the city’s name under three curving lines—one light blue, one dark blue and one green. It replaces the 10-year-old city’s first and only previous logo, which featured the city’s name with a line of trees behind it and See SANDY on page 19


North Springs High football Spartans running back Fred Lyles heads for an opening in the defensive line as the Spartans took on the Cross Keys High Indians on Oct. 7 at Adams Stadium. The Spartans defeated the Indians 55 - 0. For more photos, turn to page 20.

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Andrea Goss and the 2016 national touring cast of Roundabout Theatre Company’s CABARET. Photo by Joan Marcus

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Shopping center may sell with pollution cleanup deal BY JOHN RUCH 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 Springs Associates, has been working for a year to clear the property of chemicals leaked from a former dry cleaner, in prepaSee SHOPPING on page 18



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CITY RELEASES VIDEO PROMOTING TSPLOST BALLOT QUESTION “Traffic is the problem and TSPLOST is an answer,” says Mayor Rusty Paul in a newly released video promoting the transportation special local option sales tax that will appear on Fulton County’s Nov. 8 ballot. The video is available via the city’s Twitter account and Facebook page. It shows the mayor outside MARTA stations, walking down sidewalks and standing in the city’s traffic camera center–between clips of local traffic jams–as he says the 0.75 sales tax boost is the way to help solve vehicle congestion. If approved, the five-year sales tax boost would be county-wide, but the revenue would be split among cities for use on specific projects. Sandy Springs is estimated to receive $101 million to $119 million. The city has a list of nine TSPLOST projects, including traffic signal improvements, sidewalk construction, a connection to Buckhead’s PATH400 multi-use trail, and “last-mile connectivity” to MARTA stations by paths or possibly alternative transit. While Paul mentions some of those projects in the video, he does not directly describe two locally controversial ones: planning for a possible widening of Hammond Drive and turning the Mount Vernon Highway/Johnson Ferry Road intersection into dual roundabouts. All of the projects were vetted in public input meetings where residents could vote for favorite projects with stickers or online comments. The video directs viewers to the city’s website,, for more TSPLOST information.

CITY TO HELP REZONE SUBDIVISION THAT LACKS PROPERTY LINES The city of Sandy Springs is helping homeowners in a subdivision approved years ago without internal property lines, an odd situation that is causing confusion about house sales and property rights. The Peachtree Manor subdivision consists of 12 houses with small yards on Manorwood Court, near the North Springs MARTA Station. Its zoning was approved in 2005 by Fulton County, before the city had incorporated. As city attorney Wendell Willard explained at the Sept. 20 City Council meeting, the county-approved zoning map did not show any internal lot lines or common areas. Willard said it resulted in “some hybrid” of private and common ownership that may have left homeowners with rights only to the building and none of the land around or under it. In any case, the lack of property lines has confused lenders, making it hard or impossible for homeowners to refinance mortgages or sell the houses. In 2014, the homeowners came up with a new subdivision map showing agreedupon lot lines. At the Sept. 20 meeting, the City Council agreed to a rezoning that essentially approves that new property map. The homeowners are paying to record the new map, while the city initiated the rezoning itself to assist them. Councilmember John Paulson was among the officials who asked questions in an attempt to picture the unusual ownership situation. Councilmember Gabriel Sterling summed it up by replying, “Mr. Paulson, it’s weird and we’re fixing it.” While Peachtree Manor’s situation is unusual, it may not be unique. Councilmember Tibby DeJulio recalled a similar case some years ago, and said that he and his wife recently encountered another one personally while in the market for a townhome. They found one unit they liked, but its ownership structure was unclear, he said. “We couldn’t figure out how to buy it. We couldn’t figure out how to finance it,” DeJulio said.


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aged gymnastics enthusiasts who would like to train to become coaches. Drawing on the popularity of the sport, the Sandy Springs Gymnastics Center in Hammond Park is expanding its programming to offer a Coach-in-Training (CIT) program for aspiring gymnastics coaches ages 15 years and older. The six-month program will involve attendance in training sessions, as well as time spent weekly shadowing gymnastics coaches and their classes. Coaches in training will participate in training sessions on first aid and CPR; leadership; child development; conflict resolution; teaching and coaching children with special needs; health and safety; event-specific gymnastics progressions and spotting techniques; gym policies; and staff responsibilities. “The goal of the CIT program is to provide high school students, who have an interest in coaching or gymnastics, with a pathway to gain the experience and training needed to move into an instructor role within Sandy Springs Recreation and Parks programing,” said Johanna Godleski, the city gymnastics coordinator, in a press release. Godleski, who will oversee the CIT program, has competed in both rhythmic and artistic gymnastics. Godleski is the recipient of more than 30 Georgia State Championship medals in rhythmic gymnastics and was a member of the USA National Team. She has more than 15 years of experience coaching all ages and types of gymnastics. The CIT program is an unpaid internship, but volunteer hours that CITs spend in the program are eligible to meet community service requirements. Interested candidates should contact the Godleski at 770-206-2037 or jgodleski@sandyspringsga. gov.

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What some respondents had to say: Trump is a smart businessman, but he does not know how to verbalize his thoughts. Clinton, on the other hand, can speak fluidly, albeit very scripted. She is slowly winning the voters over with her words, but empty actions. --26-year-old unaffiliated Brookhaven man I learned how Donald Trump withstands tough questions dealing with real-world issues. His temperament and lack of a true stance on policies are alarming and childish. I would rather a chimp run our country. --28-year-old Democratic Atlanta woman Donald Trump proved himself to be too much of a wild card to be taken seriously as a real candidate for the presidency. --20-year-old Republican Buckhead woman Clinton seemed more prepared in the first debate over Trump, but I feel Trump slightly outperformed Clinton in the second debate. Both debates exposed the candidates’ weaknesses more so than highlighting their strengths. Neither debate changed my opinion toward either candidate. --32-year-old independent Sandy Springs man I realized that Clinton is extremely knowledgeable and Trump seems to only answer questions on a surface level. He never provides specifics or indepth responses, always repeats cliches and what’s wrong instead of how he will fix it [and] just tells us he will. --32-year-old independent Atlanta man There was an important line that was crossed when Trump argued he would have Sen. Clinton arrested. Regardless of which party you support, a candidate running for office in the U.S. should not threaten to jail his/her opponent. We are a nation of laws. Our country should fight against tyranny and support democracy everywhere, especially within our own borders. --31-year-old Republican Sandy Springs man 1Q is an Atlanta-based startup that has developed a technology which sends questions and surveys to a cellphone via app or text message from businesses and organizations across the country. Respondents are paid 50 cents per answer, through PayPal, for sharing their opinions. Payments may also be donated directly to charity. Sign up to be included in our local community polls at or by texting REPORTER to 86312.

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Georgia Senate District 6

Hunter Hill

Republican, incumbent Occupation: President of Tommy Newberry Coaching Previous elective office: Senator from Senate District 6 since 2012. Other community service: On the board of the National Infantry Museum; chairman of the board of the Conservative Policy Leadership Institute; volunteered with the Smyrna Veterans Committee, the Cobb Citizen’s Oversight Committee for T-SPLOST; the Georgia Energy Forum and Keep Smyrna Beautiful.

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Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? A: Understandably, this is a tough environment for elected leaders. Sadly, many politicians deserve this ire from the voters. With that said, I am proud of my record in the state Senate. I have shepherded more than 40 bills through the legislative process, 30 of which were signed into law. I authored the “Beer Jobs Bill” which allowed craft breweries and distilleries across the state to sell directly to consumers and grow their businesses. I have worked to make Georgia a more competitive business environment by fighting for reductions in the state income tax and reigning in wasteful spending. I have also championed a number of reform efforts in education, transportation, welfare, government accountability and veteran’s affairs. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? A: Education, health care, and transportation. These are the most important issues facing Georgia’s promising future. Georgia’s economy has been steadily growing over the past four years, and we continue to bring quality jobs to the district. I intend to continue this trend by creating efficiency and excellence across government sectors in education, healthcare, and transportation infrastructure. That process begins with meaningful progress in reforming public education and Medicaid with more free-market principles. I have championed legislation to allow taxpayers to have more autonomy as they pursue education options for their children.

Jaha Howard Democrat

Occupation: Pediatric dentist and business owner Previous eelctive office: No. Other community service: Started Wave of Excellence - a dynamic network of nearly 3,000 parents of Smyrna/Vinings public school children who share ideas, information, and solutions to achieve academic excellence. The program is focused on Campbell High SS

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School and its feeder schools. Also, service projects through his dental practice and through business associations such as Vinings Rotary Club. Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? A: Voters should choose me because I understand the concerns of everyday citizens in our district who feel like they do not have a voice at the Capitol. They are tired of political grandstanding on unnecessary issues. I want our schools, businesses, and communities to work together toward a brighter future for all of Georgia’s families. Our district is extremely diverse in age, ethnicity, economics, and political views. We need a representative that values each perspective and takes a collaborative approach to finding solutions. The incumbent has given us four years of policies that are out of step with most voters in the district, mirroring the polarization we’re seeing on the national stage. We must change course immediately. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? A: The most important issue facing the residents of District 6 is public education: I would fight for proper funding and reform of high-stakes testing culture. Unfortunately, our lawmakers have underfunded our public schools by over $10 billion since 2003, according to the current funding formula. This is reprehensible and unacceptable. We must prioritize our school funding by making our education budget separate from the general fund. District 40

Tamara Johnson-Shealey Democrat

Occupation: advocate Previous elective office: No. Other community service: 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 SS

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Fran Millar

Republican, incumbent Occupation: Marketing Consultant Previous elective offices: Georgia Senate 2011-present; Georgia House of Representatives, 1999-2011. Other community service: 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 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? A: 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 District 56

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Voters Guide Continued from page 15 Senate. Other community service: World Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation Board of Directors (past chairman), Chamberlain Nursing College Board, Gilsbar Holdings Board of Directors, Roswell United Methodist Church Job Networking Industry Guide, Scout Leader, Kiwanis, Roswell Rotary, US Air Force Civil Air Patrol. Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? A: I have a strong track record of serving the families of my district. Over the past six years, I have passed numerous important pieces of legislation and helped balance the budget. I continue to support causes for first responders, veterans, small business, education, senior citizens, families, etc. I championed: the removal of the Ga. 400 tolls, reduced taxes on families and businesses, reduced burdensome regulations to increase jobs, helped protect both children and senior citizens and focused on traffic/transportation solutions. I am very active in my community serving in my church, charitable organizations, attending events, sending out newsletters and host town hall meetings, etc. I work tirelessly to serve my constituents and have a strong track record of success. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue?

A: The economy is the biggest issue facing my constituents and all over our great state. Georgia has been named the No. 1 place to do business by multiple organizations for several years. This did not happen by accident; we have worked hard in Georgia to create the ideal climate for job growth and we can continue to cut burdensome regulations and taxes to stimulate additional growth. Jobs solve a myriad of problems and a robust economy is critical. The government does not create jobs, but we can have the best environment for job growth. This is done by reducing taxes and regulations allowing the entrepreneurial spirit of Georgians to thrive. A well educated workforce is needed to fill 21st century jobs. I am a champion for high-tech schools and educational options from kindergarten through college and beyond.

Patrick Thompson Democrat

Occupation: Business management. Previous elective office: None. Other community service: Scoutmaster for more than 20 years; Georgia Water Coalition, Sierra Club, Chattahoochee Riverkeepers, Must Ministries, Drake House, North Fulton Charities, Goodwill, Appalachian Trail Club, Blue Green Alliance, Red Cross, area food banks. Q: Why should the voters choose you for this position? A: If voters seek a return to public service and integrity from the people who represent them, I’m their candidate. I ac-

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cept no funds, lobby money, gifts or trinkets. You’ll get a legislative agenda that’s responsive and effective – not based on groups from outside the state that cost Georgians jobs, waste tax dollars and generate negative results. Every step taken will come from citizen input and answer the question of whether this will improve the lives of Georgians. Georgia needs new ideas and needs people representing them in office that actually work for them. I pledge allegiance to the people. Q: What is the biggest issue facing the constituents you seek to represent? How will you address that issue? A: A total lack of planning and coordination of resources has left citizens with no transportation options or cross-community integration, overdevelopment with no investment in infrastructure, education policies underfunded and fleecing our communities of school budgets and safety, hospitals closing and people sick and dying because we’re paying our tax dollars to other states who accepted the ACA, gas pump pricing beholden to energy choices. I will seek more transportation options than asphalt, return and increase funding to public education, accept expanded Medicaid while striving for better solutions that remove insurance and pharma companies from between us and our medical care.

Georgia House of Representatives District 80

Taylor Bennett Democrat, incumbent

Occupation: Attorney Elective office held: 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 SS

will you address that issue? A: We must ensure a quality education for every child, we must empower students and parents and we have to build better school-to-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 consensus by bringing everyone to the table and putting our kids before politics and corporate interests. I’ve sought to be a consensus-builder for my district, and I’ll continue to work to find common ground and move Georgia forward.

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Meagan Hanson Republican

Occupation: Attorney Previous elective offices: None. Other community service: Pro bono legal services; organizing edu- cational 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. 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.

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ration for a sale. In recent months, the center has been advertised with a $9.6 million asking price by Buckhead’s Major & Arroll real estate firm. “It looks like they have a purchaser that’s interested in helping out with the cleanup,” said Kevin Collins, a unit coordinator in EPD’s Response and Remediation Program. Collins said that on Oct. 4, EPD officials met with attorneys for North Springs Associates and the unnamed potential buyer to discuss entering the property into a state “brownfields” program. That program can provide the buyer of polluted property with limited financial and legal liability for the cleanup, keeping the seller mostly on the hook. That can help a sale—and cleanup—happen faster, Collins said. North Springs Associates and the potential buyer filed an application for the brownfields program on Aug. 31, Collins said. Peyton Nunez, the attorney for the potential buyer, declined to comment. Andrea Rimer, the attorney for North Springs Associates, did not respond to an email. The potential buyer has not divulged its plans for the shopping center, according to Collins. “They did not talk about what the future use may be,” even after EPD officials asked, he said. Major & Arroll’s marketing flyer offers the property as a “redevelopment opportunity” and notes that its zoning allows for “apartments above or behind retail.” In April, some tenants remaining in the shopping center said there were rumors of redevelopment into apartments or condos. Collins said that the environmental cleanup has to be good enough for “non-

residential” uses, but that an owner is free to clean a site further to meet the higher residential standards. The shopping center, located in the southwest corner of the intersection of Roswell and Dalrymple roads, dates to 1969, according to Fulton County property records. Big Lots, its most recent anchor store, closed earlier this year as North Springs Associates has prepared it for a redevelopment-oriented sale. The shopping center is now largely empty. The hitch in a sale is the former Prestige Cleaners, a dry cleaner that operated at the center’s northern end from 1996 until its eviction on Sept. 30, 2015, according to state records. The cleaner leaked toxic dry cleaning solvents in the soil and groundwater, according to EPD. According to EPD, North Springs Associates has removed contaminated soil, dug wells to monitor pollution gases, and injected chemicals into groundwater to neutralize the pollution. Collins said that EPD is still awaiting the latest, full data on how successful those cleanup efforts have been so far. But, he said, the early reports show much of the potentially contaminated soil is removed and that the chemicals have not spread far from the site in the form of gas. In March, EPD ordered further testing about that gas-spreading possibility out of concern it could affect nearby homes. The potential buyer has paid a $3,000 fee and filed an application for a “Prospective Purchaser Corrective Action Plan,” Collins said. If approved by EPD, the plan would give the new owner immunity for liability on groundwater pollution and third-party lawsuits related to the pollution, while still being responsible for completing the cleanup.

Dan says people are “missing the boat” by not moving to a retirement community sooner. “Here you have several restaurant options, all kinds of activities and excursions, a theater with daily showings, a heated pool and wellness center, 11 acres of beautiful gardens ... it’s like being on a permanent vacation!”

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Above: The new Sandy Springs logo. At left: The old logo. Below: The stylized image of a turtle the city received as part of the new logo package. City officials aren’t sure how they’ll use it.

Sandy Springs reveals new logo Continued from page 1 a stream in front of it. The new logo is “all about growth” and embodies the city’s dual suburban and urban interests, said Juliet D’Ambrosio of Imbibe Brand Design, the firm that developed the logo. The old logo is “pretty” but “hard to reproduce,” with its rectangular shape and shaded colors, D’Ambrosio said, adding that the new logo “passes…the bumper sticker test.” The new logo will be phased in slowly in such uses as city vehicles and police uniform patches. One place the old logo will remain is as the center of the official city seal, used to stamp city documents, so “we keep that piece of history,” Kraun said. The seal also hangs over the mayor and council’s dais. As a bonus, the city also got a stylized image of a turtle, Sandy Springs’ mascot animal, though it is unsure what to do with it. Mayor Rusty Paul said the turtle was considered as the main logo, but would have looked bad on, say, a speedy police car. City spokesperson Sharon Kraun said the turtle likely will end up being used on promotional materials for city programs and events. “We liked him,” she said. A main reason for creating the new logo is the city’s overall “branding” effort. The city’s former “City Center” downtown district was rebranded as “City Springs” last year with a new logo designed by the same people, though they were at a different, now-dissolved firm. The new city logo is intended to better match that City Springs branding effort, which Kraun called a “good home run.” The City Springs logo creation cost $77,000 and included a full “branding SS

guide” establishing how the logo should appear on various objects and in various colors. The new city logo will come with a similar guide, and D’Ambrosio said one standard was creating a design that looks good without color and in various lighting. The logo selection process involved an internal committee including the mayor; City Manager John McDonough; members of the Sandy Springs Hospitality & Tourism board; and residents with marketing experience. The logo also got some “man on the street” testing, Kraun said. The committee and the design firm reviewed many city logos and seals from around the nation and also looking, including Brookhaven’s recently adopted seal. The chosen design is intended to have an “S” shape reflecting the city’s name; the blue-and-green colors of water and trees; and a sense of energy and motion. “Sandy Springs is at a threshold” with “a lot of growth and energy and development,” but also interest in its roots, said D’Ambrosio in describing the logo’s intent. One reason the new city logo cost more to design than the City Springs logo was complexity, Kraun said in an email after the meeting. “City Springs was an easier project in that we had a clean palate in which to work,” Kraun said. “With a rebranding, there are more challenges. You are taking something familiar and something that has been a part of a community and either changing it or replacing it.” The design process was more formal and more confidential than that for the original city logo. According to Kraun, the then-new city held a public contest to design the logo, but the mayor and council rejected all submissions, then hired a small design firm to create the final image.

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North Springs Spartans roll over Cross Keys Indians 55-0


Top Left: North Springs High Spartans running back Fred Lyles scores a touchdown to end the first half of the team’s Oct. 7 contest with Cross Keys High’s Indians. The Spartans won the game, played at Adams Stadium, by a score of 55-0. Above: Spartans fullback Justin Ruiz scores. At left, during halftime, North Springs Assistant Coach Josh Weaver explains changes in the defense for the second half to Spartans lineman Brendan Liu. Below, Spartans Head Coach Daniel Devine calls plays At bottom, Ruiz, a senior, enjoys the game.

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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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visitors to a pair of waterfalls. The 5-mile West Rim Loop is moderately difficult and offers great views of the canyon.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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How much is 6½% of 250?


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


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Two ponds and a nature trail are among the features in this 500-acre beauty spot nestled among rolling hills. The star, according to state officials, is the bubbling stream that inspires photographers and picnickers to stop and take in the awe-inspiring vistas.


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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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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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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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs The following incidents and arrests represent some, but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Sept. 24 to Oct. 4.

and demanded his wallet and anything else he had on him. The pair then fled.

guard reported that he found a broken window, courtesy of a cinder block. It appears someone entered and possibly took a computer.


27, officers responded to an alarm about noon and found the front door had been opened by force. Missing is a MacBook, iPad, and LG DVD player.

woman said she was eating at a fast food restaurant. She got up to go to the bathroom and left her phone on the table. Upon her return, no phone. A witness said a man she knew, named Kevin, took the phone and ran out the door.

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„„5900 block of Roswell Road - On Sept.

lounge was taken from a resident´s patio.

27, officers were called to a pet store and spoke with an employee and a loss-prevention officer. The officer said an employee had skimmed $1,257 in fake returns from the Sept. 17 to Sept. 26. The employee, once confronted, told the loss-prevention officer that he wanted to hurt himself and didn’t want to live. The man was taken to Northside Hospital for evaluation. Charges are pending the results.

Roswell Road - On Sept. 27, at 7 a.m., a victim was in his car when he heard a tap on CAPT. STEVE ROSE, SSPD the window. He looked up to see a man and his gun, ushering him out. The man demanded the keys and left in the victim’s car, but not before shaking the victim’s hand and telling him “thank you.”

ROBBERY „„5800 block of Riverside Drive (near

I-285) - On Sept. 25, about 9:30 p.m., a man called police and reported he was robbed inside a car. The man said he was riding in his friend’s Ford Mustang after being picked up from work by the female driver. Another man, whom he did not know, was in the backseat. They were on the way to Paces Ferry Road to visit a friend. They exited on Riverside Drive at which time the man in the back seat pulled a knife and took his money ($11). The victim said he then jumped from the car and walked back towards the interstate and called the police.

BURGLARY „„9300 block of Huntcliff Trace- On

„„100 block of Cimarron- A man said

that about 4 a.m. on Sept. 26 he was robbed in the parking lot of his apartment complex after returning home. He said a small black car pulled up next to him and two men exited, pulled a gun

On Oct. 3, a woman reported that several pieces of jewelry were taken from her apartment. There were no signs of forced entry.

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„„8700 block Roswell Road - On Oct. 4,

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an alterations business was entered after someone pried the rear door. A television, stereo and a MacBook computer were missing. On Oct. 3, an apartment manager said someone pried a door to the maintenance building and took a Rayon Blower, Dewalt circular saw and Craftsman circular saw.

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„„7500 block of Roswell Road- On Oct. 3,

Sept. 24, between noon and 3:15 p.m., someone forced a side door and entered the house. The man cutting the grass noticed the forced door and called the police. Items taken have not yet been reported. man Services- On Sept. 25, a security


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On Oct. 4, a resident said she heard the doorbell and then seconds later, heard a banging sound from the back of the house. Looking off her back porch, she saw a man. When he saw her he said “sorry,” then walked away. It appears he was trying to get into one of the doors on the ground floor. Units were in the area within 2-3 minutes away, but the suspect was not located. „„6000 block of Roswell Road- On Oct.

4 light fixtures were stolen from a construction site. „„6000 block of Peachtree-Dunwoody

Road - On Oct. 5 a hotel guest said that while she was away from her room, someone entered and took several jewelry items.

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„„111 Glenridge Point Parkway - On Sept.

26 a 51-year old man said that just after 3 p.m., he pulled up to a sandwich shop and went inside while leaving his car

running. While he was inside, he saw a man get into his car and drive off. „„1100 Hammond Drive- A 20-year old

„„7325 Roswell Road- On Sept. 28, a 37-

year old man said he was at a gas station on Roswell Road. He went into the store to pay, leaving his keys in the car. He said he saw two men in a silver car at a nearby pump. He looked away to transact his business and then looked back to find that the men and his car were gone. In the car was a Glock pistol, a silver MacBook, iPad Pro, numerous hard drives, an iPhone 6S, Fiji camera, and documents. The victim said his last track on the phone showed it on I-285 and I-20. „„5500 block Glenridge Drive- On Oct. 1,

a 33-year old woman said that she went out of town and her boyfriend stole all her stuff from her apartment including food, iPhone, and her Xanax. „„1100 block Mount Vernon Highway -

On Oct. 3, a 25-year old man said that his cellphone was stolen from his locker at a gym. „„700 block of Starlight Drive- On Oct.

4, a resident reported that during the night, someone stole his 2010 Ford F-150 from his driveway.

LARCENY „„There were 15 reported larceny from

vehicles reported between Sept. 24 and Sep. 27 and 15 reported larceny from vehicles reported between Oct. 1 and Oct. 4.

FRAUD AND SCAMS „„A 67-year old woman said she received

an evening phone call from someone claiming to work for Microsoft. The caller said her internet security had expired. She was told she had a store credit and to log onto a website to receive it. SS

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The caller asked for two MoneyGrams to be purchased for $1,940 each, and the serial numbers be provided to the caller. She said in the end, the total fraudulent funds to her account totaled $7,800. OK, this is partly out of frustration, but when does the light go on? This caller had scam written all over him yet the victim was willing to spend more on the security of the computer than another computer would cost. Ask questions. Take time, make the caller answer and you’ll see they’ll start to slip up. Don’t take calls like this for face value. Geeze! Let’s be smart about this. We’re making it too easy. „„An 81-year old woman reported that

she received a call from someone claiming to be Chase, her grandson and who was in trouble for a DUI in Florida. Chase said he needed bond money and his attorney would make a followup call to her. After hanging up, she received another call from a man named Raymond Carter, claiming to be the attorney, and who said she needed to get three discount store cards for $1,000 each and give him the information on the cards, then send the cards to a woman named Patricia Renda. She did so and the following day she got another call from a man saying he was her grandson and needed his car from impound that cost $2,200. Another $3,000 was sent via discount store cards to the same Patricia Renda, even after the victim said she began to feel something was wrong. Okay, aside from the obvious “When does the light go on? Etc”, I am indeed hoping that karma will kick in and each of these scammers will at some point explode. That would be awesome. „„A 28-year old woman said she re-

ceived a call from a man named Mark Rodriguez about a medical debt to the WPG Wealth Management Group. He told her to pay six monthly payments to

erase the debt. What concerned the victim is that Rodriguez knew her personal information including Social Security number and date of birth. She said she is not in debt and owes no medical bills. What medical group calls themselves Wealth Management Group? That might be the agenda, but shouldn’t it be called something medical?

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING A resolution to authorize the transmittal of the Comprehensive Plan for review to the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Department of Community Affairs, pursuant to The Georgia Planning Act and DCA Rules on Local Comprehensive Planning (110-12-1). The draft plan is available for review at Public Hearings:

Mayor and City Council December 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

„„A 29-year old man reported that some-

one set up a number of accounts in his name, including SyncBank, CBNA Sears, Kohls, Wells Fargo, and Credit One. He placed a freeze on his credit, contacted the FTC to report the fraud, and had a police report made to show each creditor that the account was criminally fraudulent. „„A man reported that as his credit was

being checked for an apartment, it was learned he had a fraudulent $10,000 outstanding auto loan that he was delinquent on. The address listed was in Decatur.


on Sept. 24, an off-duty employee began taunting another employee with obscenities and sign language. The receiver of the taunting began yelling back at him. The first employee then threw a drink on the second one and (now) the manager. The first guy left after the manager fired him.

Petition Number:



Lauren Hansford, The Galloway Law Group


0 High Point Rd, 614, 624, 634, 644, and 654 Windsor Pkwy


Variance from Section 103-72 of the Development Regulations to allow access for an additional residence through an existing nonconforming private driveway, and Variance from Section 19.3.15B.1 of the Zoning Ordinance to allow for the construction of a swimming pool in a front yard.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals November 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


„„300 block of Northridge Road – On

Sept. 28, a security officer reported that a package was found near an apartment building and he was not sure to whom it belonged. The package was suspicious looking and so “suspicious package” protocol was kicked in. A perimeter was set up and a bomb tech from GBI came out and checked it out. Turns out it was a toolbox. The owner was located.

Petition Number:



Sol Elisha, Atlanta Porch & Patio


455 Hunters Crossing Dr


Variance from Section 6.4.3D of the Zoning Ordinance, to encroach into the 35-foot minimum rear yard setback.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals November 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600



Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600


MISC. „„6575 Roswell Road - About 4:30 a.m.

Planning Commission November 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF VARIANCE PETITION Posted by T.I. Equities, LLC on behalf of the City of Sandy Springs

Petition Number:



John Lynch

Petition Number:



535 Forest Hills Drive


T.I. Equities, LLC


Variance from Section 109-225 of the Development Regulations to permit the construction of an existing retaining wall with associated grading/backfill in the stream buffer and impervious surface setback.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals November 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600



4644 East Conway Drive


Two Variances from Section 109-225 of the Development Regulations to construct a retaining wall and to install an impervious driveway instead of pervious materials in the stream buffer.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals November 10, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

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