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City seeks ways to fix AshfordDunwoody Road BY JOHN RUCH

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Piper Peden, 3, left, gets a big hug from Penny Knight, 3, with her sister Sam Knight, 18 months, right, closing in as well, at the fourth annual Brookhaven Chili Cook Off on Oct. 10. See additional photos on page 6.

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‘Bacon or flames?’ City seal design options are narrowed down BY JOHN RUCH

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Design options for Brookhaven’s official city seal were narrowed from 13 to five by the City Council on Oct. 13 in a discussion that sparked laughter as council members briefly played art critics. “You can’t tell if it’s bacon or flames or streams,” Councilman Bates Mattison said of one design. More seriously, he requested another $2,500 to polish the design finalists so the public and the council can fairly make a choice. The seal is a symbol used to stamp official documents. The design also probably would hang in city buildings and appear on a city flag. Unlike the city logo, the seal is supposed to be a “timeless” image, according to Mattison, who is in charge of Sky Design’s work on coming up with the seal. The city already paid Sky $2,000 to draft 13 possible seal designs. Last month, Mattison posted the designs for a public online vote at SurveyMonkey.com. That did not go well. Matti-

son used the free version of SurveyMonkey, which capped votes at 100. Linley Jones was the only council member to cast her votes—and Mattison accidentally erased them, he said. Given those blunders, the council decided to narrow the list of seal candidates on the spot, relying on their aesthetic opinions and the artistic eyes of some staff members. One finalist is described by Mattison as the “big ‘B’ on fire,” while Councilman John Park opined that the ‘B’ appears to be sitting atop a piece of bacon. Jones praised one sunrise-type design for displaying the city’s trademark brooks and trees along with “optimistic sunlight.” Park, however, said that design “reminds me too much of Japan.” Likewise, a design featuring a large flower “looks a little too much like Korean money,” Park said, adding, “Not that there’s anything wrong with that.” Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams was more pro-flower, while SEE CITY SEAL, PAGE 4

A new “corridor vision” for improving Ashford-Dunwoody Road will be in place by next summer in a planning process approved Oct. 13 by Brookhaven City Council. “In essence, it will be a game plan for figuring out how to improve that corridor,” said Jamie Cochran, senior vice president of transportation planning at Gresham, Smith and Partners, the firm awarded the $125,050 planning contract. A major north-south route through Brookhaven, Ashford-Dunwoody is a largely two-lane road often overwhelmed by traffic from the hotels, schools and parks that it serves. “It’s a really challenging corridor,” said Cochran, especially because of its limited right of way. The “corridor vision” will include a traffic study, but also will incorporate the city’s Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trail Plan that is still underway. “We’re looking at connectivity,” said City Manager Marie Garrett. Streetscape will be another element, though council members Joe Gebbia and Linley Jones pressed for it to get more emphasis. SEE CORRIDOR, PAGE 7

Reporter hosts election forum Oct. 20 The Brookhaven Reporter has invited the candidates in the Nov. 3 city election to take part in a public discussion of the issues. Brookhaven voters will have a chance to hear directly from candidates for mayor and City Council during the forum on Oct. 20. The event will be held at Oglethorpe University and is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. To find out more about candidates for the District 1 seat on City Council, turn to our Voters Guide on page 5. For more on the candidates for mayor, go to ReporterNewspapers.net.


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Small school district advocates prepare to renew the fight BY JOE EARLE

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Dunwoody’s advocates of smaller school systems are gearing up to take their cause to state lawmakers again before and during next year’s legislative session. “I think this is our year,” State Rep. Tom Taylor told about 20 people attending at public meeting on the subject at the Dunwoody library branch on Oct. 12. “We’ve got this thing teed up.” Taylor, a Dunwoody Republican, and members of Georgians for Local Area School Systems, or GLASS, admit they face an uphill fight to convince legislators to call for a constitutional amendment to allow the creation of smaller school districts. “It’s a change of about three words [in the Constitution],” Taylor said, “but it’s a massive seismic shift.” Taylor’s legislation allowing a public vote on the amendment has repeatedly stalled over the past several years. Still, supporters aren’t giving up. Taylor and GLASS leaders recently hosted a pair of community meetings to try to stir renewed interest in the proposal. They encouraged people who attended the first of the two meetings to contact friends and family members across Georgia by phone and so-

you’ll just worry about cial media to campaign for Dunwoody,” she said. approval of the legislation. “Could there be a way for “We need to reach out the bill to require that into all parts of the state,” dependent school systems GLASS member Alleginclude some low-income ra Johnson said. She said kids?” proponents of the change Paul Maner predicted need the backing of resiTaylor’s bill would never dents of areas other than win approval in the state Dunwoody in order to get Legislature. “I see pigs flythe attention of lawmaking first,” he said. “It’s Reers. She said she’d discovpublicans who have probered that some state lawlems with this bill.” makers care only about Robert Wittenstein, the interests of residents of president of the Duntheir districts. “It has been woody Homeowners Asan eye-opener to me to go sociation and a former down to the Capitol and JOE EARLE be told, ‘You don’t mat- GLASS members Allegra Johnson and Erika Harris and Rep. Dunwoody City Counter.’” Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) discuss efforts to amend the state cilman, said proponents of the amendment should Johnson and fellow Constitution to allow creation of new school districts. think how best to sell the GLASS members Erika idea in other parts of the Harris and Evan Wetstone seemed to agree. “I think a smallstate. He said the backers argued the change to aler system is better for everybody, not of small school systems need to show low smaller school districts was needjust for Dunwoody, but everywhere,” their communities could pull out of ed to improve education in the state. Cheryl Christensen said. larger school systems without hurting Smaller districts, they said, would alAs for DeKalb County’s school systhem financially. low more local control of the schools tem, she said: “It’s too big.” “I think a better answer,” Wittenand better accountability. Georgia law now limits the number stein said, “might be legislation that “It’s so much harder to hide things of school districts in the state to 180, puts a burden on the [new] school sysin a smaller district,” Wetstone said. Taylor said, which has created districts tem to help cushion the blow, so folks Several members of their audience in metro Atlanta with tens of thouin other parts of the county and other sands of students. Gwinnett County parts of the state will be comfortable schools enroll 179,000 students and that we’re looking out for everybody.” DeKalb County enrolls nearly another Taylor said lawmakers were looking 100,000, he said. at how a new school system should be “What we have are large districts created. That legislation, he said, “is that are incapable of meeting the not about education policy, it’s about needs of students,” Harris said. the transfer of assets.” But not everyone was convinced. Taylor also argued that changes “I just don’t know that independent need to be made to improve Georgia’s school systems are the solution,” said schools for economic development Rebekah Morris, an English teacher at reasons. Companies had located elseCross Keys High School in Brookhavwhere because of the school troubles, en, asked how creating a school syshe said. And, in DeKalb, residents pay tem in Dunwoody would affect othhigh school taxes, but end up with er students, especially poorer students, poorly performing schools. in the rest of DeKalb County. “At the end of the day, we have a “If you’re not a part of DeKalb, broken system here,” he said.

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Children’s Healthcare plans 8-story Brookhaven center BY JOHN RUCH

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta plans to build an 8-story ambulatory care center at I-85 and N. Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven. Construction would begin next year and continue through 2107. “It will be one of the only centers of its kind in Georgia and will attract patients from all around the state,” said Children’s spokeswoman Patty Gregory, adding that an estimated 300,000 annual patient visits are expected. “We have engaged a traffic consultant, and we are working to develop

plans,” Gregory said of possible traffic impacts. The 300,000-square-foot facility would “provide outpatient clinic services for kids with chronic and complex diseases,” Gregory said. It would have about 900 employees, though it has not been determined how many would be new jobs and how many would transfer from other Children’s locations. The facility is slated for the site of the 19-story Executive Park Motor Hotel, which Children’s demolished last year. BK


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Ernst raises $56K in mayoral race; Boone far behind

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Brookhaven mayoral candidate John nance disclosure problems this week, Ernst has raised nearly $56,000 for his apologizing for racking up $1,375 in war chest, while fellow mayoral canfees and fines for failure to file various didate Dale Boone lags far behind at disclosures in 2011 through 2013. Mataround $3,900, according to campaign tison said he filed hard-copy versions finance reports filed last week. of the form on time, but failed to file Ernst’s contributors include many attorneys, Democratic Party-connected activists and local leaders, including Brookhaven City Councilmen Joe Gebbia and John Park. Gebbia also contributed to Boone’s campaign. Other Ernst contributors Here are the amounts raised and spent by include Clarkston Mayor EdBrookhaven candidates in competitive races. ward Terry, former Brookhaven City Councilman Jim Eyre, former Georgia Secretary of State David Pothyress, and the Mayor campaign committees of curDale Boone rent District 80 state Rep. TayRaised: $3,880 lor Bennett and former state Spent: $624.68 Rep. Mike Jacobs. Boone had a handful of donors, including some restaurant ownership groups. His campaign also reports more John Ernst than $5,000 in debt. Raised: $55,918.28 Ernst has raised roughly $14 Spent: $22,616.64 for every $1 Boone has raised. Ernst is heavily outspending his opponent as well, with almost $23,000 already paid or donated to various consultants, City Council, researchers and events. Boone District 1 has spent less than $625, with Eve Erdogan his mayoral filing fee as the Raised: $9,603 biggest expenditure. Spent: $1,403.53 Personal financial disclosures also show big differences between Ernst, an attorney, and Boone, a professional competitive eater. Boone reports no Linley Jones significant real estate ownerRaised: $53,400 ship or fiduciary positions. Spent: $10,906.17 Ernst is owner at his Chamblee law practice and owns his Silver Lake Drive home as well Source: city of Brookhaven as three rental properties on Finistere Court. Via his 401K, he is also an investor in Gogo, Netflix, Facebook, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, Wells Fargo and Google. electronically as well under a state sysIncumbent Mayor Rebecca Chase tem that “has since been scrapped due Williams raised around $14,000 beto problems with campaign filings from fore deciding to leave the race, records across the state.� show. She spent or refunded the entire “I apologize to my constituents that, amount. due to a technical issue in how the In Brookhaven’s District 1 City CCDR [Campaign Contribution DisCouncil race, incumbent Linley Jones closure Report] forms needed to be subreported about $42,500 cash on hand, mitted, the reports were not filed on while challenger Eve Erdogan reported time,� Mattison said in a written stateonly about $8,200. ment. “I have nothing to hide in my reDistrict 3 City Councilman Bates ports and regret any appearance that I Mattison, who is running unopposed, was not fully transparent in this process. had about $3,900 on hand after various I’m glad that all of the reports are now expenditures. available online and the fines have been Mattison also ran into campaign fifully paid.�

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City seal design narrowed down

Above and below, Brookhaven City Council narrowed down possible city seal choices from 13 to five.

City to raise cost of dancer’s licenses

Working as an exotic dancer in Brookhaven will get more expensive as the city plans to boost a license fee from $50 to $300. The City Council on Oct. 13 deferred action on the fee boost until next month to change the language so the higher fee does not apply to other, lower-wage strip club workers. Atlanta and DeKalb County charge similar fees, city staff reported. In Brookhaven, the change in practice affects the city’s only strip club, the Pink Pony on Buford Highway. Pink Pony vice president Dennis Williams and attorney Aubrey Villines attended the council meeting and generally agreed with the fee boost. However, Williams complained of being “blindsided” by the move, and Villines noted the club already pays the city $250,000 a year as part of a lawsuit settlement. BR I EF S “You’re in the range of being fair” with the $300 fee, Villines said, as long as it applies only to the dancers. In a council work session prior to the Oct. 13 meeting, council members agreed that boosting the fee on non-dancer strip club employees was inappropriate. Councilman Bates Mattison also disputed raising the fee at all, describing it as discriminatory and “double dealing” on the Pink Pony settlement agreement’s hefty annual fee. “I just don’t think it’s appropriate to single out a class of people” for a higher fee, Mattison said. Councilwoman Linley Jones replied that professional license fees are common, as are such dancer license fees. Keeping a low fee could attract more strip clubs, she suggested.

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The city paid $2,000 for the design options. The public will have a chance to weigh in after more polished versions are provided.

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still skeptical of nature-based designs. “I’m just cognizant of not making this too busy. I think we have to acknowledge we’re an urban community,” she said. “And of course I like any of them with blossoms.” “It’s going to have limited visibility, frankly,” City Manager Marie Garrett said of the future seal. “I think it needs to be simplistic.” Councilman Joe Gebbia requested an opinion from City Clerk Susan Hiott, the person who will use the seal the most as she stamps documents with it. “I don’t like it to be real busy,” Hiott replied. However, she acknowledged that even though the sunrise design qualifies as “busy,” she still likes it. The finalists include two designs similar to the current brook-and-buildings city logo; the sunrise; the giant “B”; and an illustration of a brook or waterfall. The

designs can still be seen on Mattison’s SurveyMonkey page, surveymonkey.com/r/ YXXTZN5, where they are Numbers 1, 2, 5, 6 and 8. Most of the designs are just pencil sketches on lined notebook paper. Mattison will have Sky create more polished versions and have the public weigh in via another online survey, possibly in around a month. Jones questioned “on principle, making city decisions on the basis of SurveyMonkey votes,” but Mattison noted that the council will have the final say. More controversial was the price tag. “Do we really want to spend another $2,500 on this?” asked Gebbia. “A seal is not something to go back and change. It’s timeless,” said Mattison. “That $2,500 bucks is a good deal to get the right Afterseal.” Garrett said she will try to negotiate with Sky for a lower price.

Staff members from the cities of Brookhaven and Sandy Springs recently met privately to discuss Pill Hill’s planning issues. The meeting included planning staff from both cities and was held Oct. 2 in Sandy Springs. Spokeswomen for both cities declined to say exactly what was discussed. Sandy Springs spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said the meeting involved “sharing of information” and “things Brookhaven folks would love to see” but need to be reviewed to see if the wishes are “realistic” and “legal.” The meeting followed renewed traffic and planning concerns about Pill Hill, the medical center at Johnson Ferry and Peachtree-Dunwoody roads that is home to Children’s Healthcare, Emory Saint Joseph’s and Northside hospitals. A new apartment proposal in the area triggered the discussions.

City wants businesses to sound off on noise ordinance

A new city noise ordinance based on decibel levels rather than police officers’ opinions is in the works. But the City Council deferred a vote at its Oct. 13 meeting so that local businesses can sound off on the idea first. Councilmembers Linley Jones and Bates Mattison noted that restaurants with live music in such areas as Brookhaven Village are getting hit with noise tickets. The city will circulate the proposed ordinance to the Chamber of Commerce and businesses. Current code involves whether a sound is audible at a certain distance and leaves a lot to police interpretation, City Attorney Chris Balch said. The new ordinance is based on decibels, a scientific measure of sound. A decibel meter can measure that sound level and be used as court evidence. However, cost may be an issue. Police Chief Gary Yandura said the police have some decibel meters that cost $200 each and need to be recertified each year for $100. The department likely would need more meters and more officer training, which Yanuda said he is struggling to find at an affordable rate.

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District 1 candidate shares vision Brookhaven’s voters head to the polls Nov. 3 to choose a new mayor and a new District 1 representative on City Council. The Brookhaven Reporter asked the candidates about their qualifications for office and their visions for the city’s future. Here are the answers from District 1 Councilwoman Linley Jones. Her opponent, Eve Erdogan, did not respond to repeated requests from the Brookhaven Reporter for answers to the questions. To see the answers from the mayoral candidates, go to ReporterNewspapers.net.

A: I have lived in Brookhaven for

over 22 years and I am personally invested in our community. I will stand up for the interests of the citizens in the decisions of City Council. Although I have only been on City Council since June, my track record already proves this. I have voted for positive development supported by neighbors, against harmful redevelopment opposed by neighbors, in favor of greater tree protection, and in favor of parks and green space.

Q: What do you see as the most significant issue facing the city right now? How do you plan to address that issue? A: Our most significant issue is growth. The Atlanta Regional Commission predicts significant continuing growth in the Atlanta area in the next four years. We must protect the quality of life for our citizens and address this growth in accordance with Brookhaven’s Comprehensive Plan. This means making each decision with an eye toward our future goals, while studying and implementing creative solutions to specific problems, for example, the upcoming traffic study of the Ashford-Dunwoody Road corridor.

Linley Jones Occupation: Trial lawyer Elective offices held and previous elective or appointive offices held: Currently serving on Brookhaven City Council, appointed June 2015. Previous community work: Spokesperson for Brookhaven Yes; leader of effort to stop Kroger gas station; Neighborhood Affairs Chair of Cambridge Park Civic Association; board member of Citizens for North DeKalb; supporter of Friends of Brookhaven and Friends of Blackburn Park; medallion member of Murphey Candler Park Conservancy; Murphey Candler Little League team mom.

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Time to spice up the town at the chili cook off

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Top left, Sam Knight, 18 months, center, Piper Peden, 3, front, and Sam’s sister, Penny Knight, 3, back, play on the putt putt greens while adults enjoy spicy treats at the fourth annual Brookhaven Chili Cook Off on Oct. 10. Carson Finney, manager of a local resturant, fires up some wings to go with the patrons’ chili. Guests were able to sample brunswick stew and chili, listen to live music and vote for their favorite eats.

Above left, Katherine Clemons, left, and Chris Conay get in a little taste at the event held in Brookhaven Park. Above right, Debra Anderson, left, gives out samples to Brookhaven police officers Cpl. Kissel, left, and Cpl. Martin.

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The city has declared a two-month moratorium on permitting new signs while it determines whether city codes conflict with the First Amendment following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. That means new businesses and holiday events can’t get permits or variances to erect signage at least until Dec. 16 and possibly longer—though some City Council members at their Oct. 13 meeting indicated the city might look the other way for longstanding local events. While the business impact worried the council, City Attorney Chris Balch said the review is necessary. “We are at risk…We are in a state of unsure law,” said Balch, warning that the city could face a legal challenge from virtually anyone denied a sign permit. In the worst-case scenario, the city’s entire sign code could be declared unconstitutional and invalid. The Supreme Court case in question is Reed v. Town of Gilbert, where a church sued an Arizona town over an ordinance that restricted temporary roadside signs in different ways based on content categories, including “political,” “ideological” and “directional.” The court unanimously ruled in June that such content-based sign restrictions violate the First Amendment. But different justices gave different reasons for their decision and different opinions on how sign ordinances could be changed to comply, the Washington Post reported at the time. Many cities around the state and country—including nearby Sandy Springs and Johns Creek—already enacted sign moratoriums and are reviewing their codes, Balch said. The Maryland-based International Municipal Lawyers Association is drafting a model sign ordinance that might be ready by December, he said. Under the moratorium, a very basic “informational” sign, up to 16 square feet in size, could still be posted, according to city Community Development

Director Ben Song. Any sign permits or variances filed before Oct. 13 will still be processed as normal under current ordinances. At their Oct. 13 meeting, Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams and City Council members were not thrilled with the moratorium. “We’re going to tell them, ‘Welcome to Brookhaven. You can’t have a sign’?” Williams said of new businesses. “It gives me angst and heartburn to enact a sign moratorium because we got new businesses moving in,” said Councilman Bates Mattison. Councilman Joe Gebbia suggested adding an exception for business sign permits, but Balch noted that would be exactly the kind of content-based action the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional. The moratorium could affect signage for such events as the Marist School’s Holiday Traditions, council members said. Mattison suggested that for schools and churches “with longstanding traditions, I don’t think the city even needs to see those applications,” and Gebbia added, “Don’t ask, don’t tell.” As much as the council didn’t like the moratorium idea, it liked even less the possibility of a constitutional lawsuit. Williams and Councilwoman Linley Jones expressed particular concern about billboard companies, with Williams saying the city is already involved in litigation with one. Williams asked Balch if waiting a couple of weeks to enact the moratorium would “open a window of opportunity for mischief ” by encouraging a rush of controversial sign applications. “You’re not only opening the window. You’re kicking it off the sash,” Balch said. The council approved the moratorium as effective immediately to run through Dec. 15. Balch will provide an update on the ordinance review, and the moratorium can be extended if necessary.

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Besides an overall vision, the process will include sub-studies of the road’s three main sections: the Peachtree Road intersection, the Johnson Ferry Road intersection and the Perimeter area. The plan will identify potential funding sources for improvements and suggestions for phasing any work. The public input process will include BK

meetings—including a planning charrette—and a stakeholder committee with residents, business owners, Perimeter officials and area commuters. The process is expected to take about eight months. Gresham, Smith and Partners also created the city’s Transportation Master Plan, which will inform the process.

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ST R E E T T A LK Investigators looking into corruption in DeKalb County’s government recently reported the county was “rotten to the core” and suggested Interim CEO Lee May should resign. What’s your reaction to their report? Should May resign?

“If there’s any validity [to the report] it should be investigated and government has a civic duty to uphold it— to work for the people in the community they represent. Sure, [May should resign]. Anyone responsible and who is participating in corrupt practices should be held accountable.”

Michael Davis “I’m completely tired of the corruption in DeKalb County. I think it’s ridiculous. I think the position of CEO should be eliminated.”

Peter Pizzo “It’s unfortunate. ... [Should May resign?] I don’t know if he’s had a fair shake.”

“I think we need to get some better communityminded people [into government]. I think we need to privatize the financial sector of government and leave the other half to public interest. [Should May resign?] I think there needs to be more investigation. It’s early ... but if things are discovered that warrant his resignation, at that point ask for it.”

John Morrison “[The officials should respond] with honesty, with sincerity and transparency. Nobody’s a fool. I think [May] has been doing a good job so far and he deserves a chance, and he should be given the benefit of the doubt for now. He’s making an effort to clean things up and improve things in the county.”

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many conservatives by …”. Question 3 begins “Critics accuse Bush of lacking vision because…”. The chapter also emphasizes Clinton’s success in the economic arena, when in fact he simply presided over an economy that was in the midst of the Internet revolution – a trained monkey could have been president during the Clinton years and (incorrectly) gotten the same credit. It is clear that the people that create American History curriculum are predominantly liberal (as polls consistently show) and you have to look no further than the study guides to confirm this fact. Rob Branson BK


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Kate Burke grew up in Kentucky, where her mother made every Halloween costume she ever wore, she said. “We wouldn’t dream of buying a storebought costume,” Burke said. Burke, her husband, Wells, and her two kids, Owen, 5, and Margaret, 3, live in the Margaret Mitchell neighborhood in Buckhead, where every year her neighbors gather for a Halloween party before the kids head out to trick-ortreat. She said they love the festivities so much that Burke’s mother comes to visit so someone is home to hand out treats. “I want to do it all, so I have to have my mom man the door,” she said. Suburban Atlantans go crazy for Halloween. Families in neighborhoods spread from south Buckhead to Dunwoody North get into the spirit of the Halloween holiday. They celebrate with friends, organize cul-de-sac parties, bring in food trucks, and plan parades to supplement their trick-or-treating. In Brookhaven, the Redding Road neighborhood has someone who organizes a donation collection to help residents buy candy every year, nearby resident Sonja Greeley said. “They have the street shut down, and last year a person took charge of soliciting candy donations because so many people come to Redding. It was a polite gesture so everyone who lives there doesn’t go broke handing out candy,” Greeley said. And in Dunwoody, the Briers North neighborhood has become so well known for its Halloween celebration that the neighbors close subdivision streets from 5:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and won’t let cars inside. Drivers park at a nearby church that collects donations to benefit its school. Briers North resident Joe Bowen said he’s been decorating for more than 15 years and he’s flattered when people

comment favorably about the neighborhood’s celebration, but he’s nervous about attracting more attention. “The problem is that the number of visitors is at critical mass. That is not an exaggeration,” Bowen said. “The streets are so crowded (5,000 plus based on candy count) that it is difficult for volunteers to walk the streets.” Karen Siegel, who organizes the event and handles media requests, said Halloween has become increasingly stressful for the homeowners. “We are now at a critical juncture as the number of visitors is continuing to rise and is overwhelming our subdivision and stressing out many of our homeowners,” Siegel said. “Even with hiring three off-duty Dunwoody police officers to handle the outside traffic and over two dozen resident volunteers handling the inside visitors/children, many in our small neighborhood think it’s simply gotten too large.” Bowen said the neighborhood spends several thousand dollars for candy, and even more for decorations. Others see Halloween as a chance to raise money for charity. In Sandy Springs, Jeff Marcus erects an extravagant yard display to raise awareness of autism, a developmental disorder characterized by emotional detachment and impaired communication. He collects donations from passersby as well as online at Scareawayautism.com. He said last year he raised almost $20,000 for the cause. “It kind of just evolved because my daughter, who’s autistic, loves Halloween,” Marcus said. “My wife says it got out of hand.” Burke’s Buckhead neighbors start their party with food trucks at the nearby school, she said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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“The Morris Brandon Primary Center is right down the street so the entire neighborhood congregates there,” Burke said. “It’s a do-not-miss event in our neighborhood.” Burke said her house has become popular with neighbors because of the goodies for kids and their parents, she said. “We have a bucket of beer for the dads,” Burke said. “You’ll see people who don’t know us as well and kids will say, ‘My dad wants to know if he can have a beer.’” Marsha Sims gets ready for fall with her 11-year-old triplets, Olivia, Jack and Nicholas Schramkowski, by decorating the yard in the Argonne Forest neigborhood in Buckhead. Sims said she grew up on the other side of town and went to Druid Hills High School. “We always went trick-or-treating,” she said. “Neighborhoods got all decked out for Halloween.” But Sims said the gatherings weren’t as big back then. Her daughter said on

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It’s time for tasty treats, spooky fun and crazy costumes BY ISADORA PENNINGTON Whether you’re in it for the costumes, the parties or the candy, there’s something for everyone to look forward to on Halloween. We compiled a list of some of our favorite events in our communities to share with you and yours this season. Have a spooky good time! Haunted Halloween at the Atlanta History Center Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Get ready to be scared at Atlanta History Center’s newest after dark program. The center’s historic houses are transformed into fictional haunted experiences. Festivities include classic Halloween movie screenings, costumed character photo ops, Monster Mash and Thriller dance lessons, and lots of history mixed in with the haunted home displays. Snacks, beer, wine and specialty cocktails available for purchase. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, and $8 for children. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. To buy tickets and learn more, go to atlantahistorycenter.com/family or call 404814-4000. Chattahoochee Nature Center Halloween Hikes Friday, Oct. 23, Saturday, Oct. 24, and Friday, Oct. 30, 7 - 10 p.m. If you have been searching for a non-scary alternative to traditional Halloween festivities, check out the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s evening Halloween Hikes. This well-lit tour of the trails includes entertainment and education relating to the woodland creatures that live at the center. Groups of 2025 will walk the trails that last roughly 45 minutes. Campfires, s’mores, world music and crafts also available during the event. Admission is $9; free for kids 2 and under. Ticket sales are available from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each night. CNC members can purchase their tickets in advance at the Visitor Services Desk in the Discovery Center. Please leave pets at home for this event. Bring cash for snacks. 9135 Willeo Rd, Roswell, 30075. Visist chattnaturecenter.org or call 770992-2055 for more information. Haunted Farm Tour & Festival Saturday, Oct. 24, 3 - 9 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 477 hosts its annual Haunted Farm Tour and Festival at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm House. This family-friendly event features a haunted tour, games, live music, s’mores and snacks. Recommended for kids elementary school age and younger. Free parking at Independence Square (corner of Chamblee-Dunwoody at Peeler) with regular shuttle bus service to the property. Additional parking can be found at the Vermack Swim Tennis Center. This fundraiser

helps send boys to summer camp who might otherwise not be able to afford the experience. 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Questions? Call 770-451-5180. Chamblee Halloween Spooktacular Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Get a head start on Halloween with this outdoor event at Keswick Park. Visitors will enjoy a spooky fun house, hay rides, pumpkin painting, pony rides, a free costume contest at 1 p.m., food, music, face painting, bounce houses and a cupcake walk. Costumes are encouraged. Event suitable for all ages. Free and open to the public. Keswick Park, 3496 Keswick Dr., Chamblee, 30341. To learn more or to get involved, contact Chris Madden at cmadden@chambleega.gov or call 770-986-5016. Halloween Hunt Monday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. School-age kids are invited to the Brookhaven Library for a Halloween scavenger hunt. Equipped with a scavenger hunt sheet from the circulation desk, kids will solve puzzles and search for clues throughout the library, and winners will receive a prize. Recommended for ages 3 to 12 years. Free and open to the public. 1242 N. Druid Hills Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Go online to dekalblibrary.org or call 404-848-7140 for additional details. Haunted Sandy Springs Friday, Oct. 30, 6 - 7:30 p.m. and 8 - 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 31, 1 2:30 p.m. Take a walk through historic Sandy Springs with a spooky twist. The tour begins at the Williams-Payne House, where you can enjoy hot apple cider, light snacks and scary stories. Tour guides then lead participants to the original spring site and over to the Sandy Springs United Methodist Church Cemetery. Tours last approximately an hour and a half. Tickets are $15 each and tours are limited to 20 people per group. Must be 15 years or older to participate. Go online to heritagesandysprings.org to purchase tickets. 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328. Have questions? Call 404-851-9111, extension 2.

GA Peach Trick or Treat Saturday, Oct. 31, 2 - 4 p.m. Join the GA Peach Authors for a literary costume event at the Buckhead Library. Authors Marissa Monteilh, Norlita Brown, Jade Jones and Marlon McCaulsky will be featured, and visitors can participate in a costume contest, enjoy trick-or-treat goodies and enjoy readings during the afternoon. All ages welcome. Free and open to the public. 269 Buckhead Ave., NE, Atlanta, GA 30305. Find out more at afpls.org or by calling 404-814-3500. Halloween Storytime Saturday, Oct. 31, 3 - 4 p.m. Ms. Leah presents a fun seasonal story time with related activities for the whole family. Registration is required and space is limited, so stop by the library during normal hours, email leah.germon@fultoncountyga.gov or call 404303-6130 to sign up. Recommended for kids aged 3-7; free and open to all. Sandy Springs Branch Library, 395 Mount Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs, 30328. Halloween at Briers North Saturday, Oct. 31, 6 - 9 p.m. Looking for a fun spot to bring your kids and go trick-or-treating? Look no further than Briers North, a quiet Dunwoody neighborhood that goes all out on Halloween. decorations. Rain or

shine. Free and open to the community. Suitable for all ages. Pets not allowed. Candy will be distributed from 6-9 p.m.; no admission to the subdivision after 8:30 p.m. No parking inside the subdivision, so participants are encouraged to find suitable street parking nearby. Brier North Road (off Tilly Mill Road), Dunwoody, 30338. Go online to briersnorth.org for more information and to see pictures from previous years. A Social Mess Halloween Party Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. - 2:30 a.m. Costumes, drinking and partying - oh my! The popular Social Mess Halloween Party returns for its sixth year to the Buckhead Theatre. This event draws thousands of partiers and promises an evening of top-rated DJs and adult beverages. 21+ only; no refunds. General admission tickets are $23 each.Group tickets can be purchased for $20 each, minimum 10 guests. 3110 Roswell Rd., NE, Atlanta, 30305. Go online to asocialmess. com to buy tickets and learn more. Monster Bash 2015 Saturday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Join the celebration at a Latin and international Halloween party at Eclipse di Luna in Dunwoody. Returning for its 17th year, this party offers Latin and international music, a costume contest with $2,000 in cash prizes, drink specials and other giveaways. Ladies must be 18+ for this event; guys must be 21+ to attend. Costumes required. Admission is free until 10 p.m. 4505 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Atlanta, 30346. Find out more by visiting monsterbashatl. com.

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These 11 dams could cause extensive damage should they fail The following list shows the current conditions of the 11 local “highhazard” dams as reported in state Safe Dams Program files. Unless otherwise noted, the owners of record did not respond to questions. Capital City Country Club Lake Dam, W. Brookhaven Drive, Buckhead Built 1925. Latest inspection information from 2014 indicates it is in good condition. Cherokee Country Club Lake Dam (middle lake), Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs Built 1966. Latest inspection information from 2013 reported some erosion that needed to be repaired. A 2010 inspection found erosion that “should be closely monitored.” Dunwoody Club Crossing Dam, Dunwoody Club Crossing, Dunwoody Built 1988. No clear inspection information on file. Lake Forrest Dam, Lake Forrest Drive, Sandy Springs Built circa 1945-1950. The city of Sandy Springs is in the process of examining its condition. Charles Wilson of Schnabel Engineering previously expressed concerns about signs of a leaking pipe within the dam, but a formal exam was still pending. Murphey Candler Lake Dam, W. Nancy Creek Drive in Murphey Candler Park, Brookhaven Built 1953. Latest report is from 2012, reporting relatively minor maintenance issues, when DeKalb County still owned the park and lake. The city of Brookhaven did not have an immediate report on its current condition. Lake Northridge Dam, Northridge Road, Sandy Springs Built 1970. Latest inspection report from 2014 said the main dam parts are in “excellent” condition. The homeowners association said the dam is regularly

inspected by its engineer. Peppertree Lake Dam, Dunwoody Springs Drive, Sandy Springs Built 1939. Trees and brush removed this year from the spillway. A follow-up state report in July said the tree stumps should be removed and noted an unmarked and submerged drain. The report also advised against a request to place park benches in the spillway. Powers Lake Dam, Powers Lake Drive, Sandy Springs Construction date unknown. A 2014 report shows trees and brush were removed and an animal hole filled in. “To my knowledge, according to the state, our dam is in excellent shape,” said Donald Dutson Jr., the owner of record. Scott Candler Reservoir Dam, Peeler Road, Dunwoody Two reservoirs built: one in 1942; the other in 1953; dam expanded 2004. Latest reported information from 2012 called for relatively minor repairs and maintenance issues. DeKalb County did not respond to questions.

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Silver Lake Dam, off Ragley Hall Road, Brookhaven Originally built in 1911 and rebuilt since then. An inspection in May by Piedmont Geotechnical found some minor maintenance issues. Regular inspections say the dam is in “very good condition, according to James Gallo of the Silver Lake Civic Association. The state reported concerns about a “bolt-

ed cover” on an drainpipe, but Gallo says the pipe was never intended as an emergency drain and appears to be an old construction artifact. Tera Lake Dam, Burdette Road, Sandy Springs Built circa 1958. Latest inspection information on file showed issues of

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When record-breaking rains hit South Carolina earlier this month, the deadly floods were made worse by the failure of little-known dams on privately owned lakes. Many were built decades ago with dubious engineering and were monitored by an underfunded state agency that sometimes struggled to identify the dams’ current owners to order repairs, according to local media reports. Georgia dodged the historic rains, but has similar challenges with more than 4,200 dams. The state Safe Dams Program lists more than 40 dams in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, most built decades ago during a boom in suburban leisure lakes and still the responsibility of private owners. The state categorizes 11 of those local dams as “high hazard,” meaning that if they were to fail, the flood likely would kill people downstream. The “high-hazard” category is based on the size and location of the dam, not its current condition. Statewide, 474 dams are currently categorized as high-hazard. Some of the local highhazard dams are well-known and publicly owned, like the lake in Brookhaven’s Murphey Candler Park. But many dams impound private lakes hidden behind backyards and possibly unknown to neighbors living downstream. When the state categorizes a dam as high hazard, the owners have 180 days to get an operating permit, which includes filing an assessment of the dam’s condition. But in reality, determining the ownership and condition of such dams can be tough. The Lake Forrest Dam on the Buckhead/Sandy Springs border is a classic example. The tree-covered dam is easy to miss even though Lake Forrest Drive runs right atop it. The state declared it high hazard six years ago, only to discover the dam’s complicated ownership tangle involving a homeowners association and the cities of Sandy Springs and Atlanta. Sandy Springs agreed to take the lead on assessing the dam’s condition and any repairs, which has turned out to be a slow and labor-intensive process. Currently, the lake above the dam is half-drained, with some fish removed by boat, which in turn required lopping down many trees. There is still no final report on the dam’s integrity. “It’s just kind of sitting on hold,” said Hansell Roddenbery, president of the Three Lakes Corporation, the local homeowners association. “We’re just not real sure what’s going on.” Sometimes, the state can’t find any owner at all. In other cases, local homeowners are entirely on the hook and can be taken to court by the state if they don’t properly maintain their dams. State records show homeowners actively

monitoring many of the local dams, but often at great effort and expense. Lake Northridge on Northridge Road in Sandy Springs is one example. Gordon Elkins, president of Lake Northridge Inc., the local homeowners association, said he was pleasantly surprised when he moved into his home to learn of the beautiful, well-hidden, 88-foot-deep former quarry turned into a recreational lake in 1970. “I was shocked because I had no idea…this thing was even here,” Elkins said. A far less pleasant surprise was the maintenance duties of dealing with “beavers, geese and a Class I [high-hazard] dam…It comes with a lot of responsibility, too.” The homeowners association contracts with a private engineer who inspects the dam three or four times a year, Elkins said. Inspection reports are posted on the association website, lakenorthridge.com. The latest, from November 2014, reports the dam’s main parts in “excellent” shape. State records on the 11 local highhazard dams show only one safety issue presented as significant, and it may not

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The city of Sandy Springs is assessing the condition of Lake Forrest Dam, built circa 1945-1950.

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be a real issue. A “bolted cover” on an emergency drainpipe on Brookhaven’s Silver Lake Dam could have “catastrophic consequences,” according to an engineer’s report dated in May of this year. But James Gallo of the Silver Lake Civic Association, which maintains the 27acre lake, said that pipe appears to be a non-functional leftover from 1980s dam reconstruction and was “never intended as emergency relief.” Regular state and private inspections show the dam is in “very good condition,” Gallo said. While state records do not show significant issues with most other dams, the records range from formal engineering reports to personal emails. For some, the most recent information dates to 2012. Some files show the state cajoling owners for years to conduct maintenance. The management company responsible for the 76-year-old Peppertree Lake, which is tucked behind apartments off Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Perimeter Center, recently removed trees that could have blocked an emergency flow of water from its dam. Re-

cords show a state engineer wrote it took more than a decade for the trees to be removed, and that the stumps still have to go as well. That company, Working Solutions, did not respond to a phone call. While the maintenance issues can be minor, the stakes can be high. The Safe Dams Program was created after a 1977 dam failure in Toccoa, Ga., killed 39 people. In 1978, state inspectors found Silver Lake Dam to be so unsafe that the governor declared it “a real and immediate threat of a disaster.” The lake was drained and the dam demolished. The civic association restored it in the 1980s. The local dams withstood metro Atlanta’s historic rainfalls and floods of 2009—in some cases with significant damage—but that doesn’t mean they will survive the next disaster. Georgia’s Safe Dams Program faces staffing shortages and budget cuts, according to damsafety.org, an informational website run by the Kentucky-based Association of Dam Safety Officials. In South Carolina, there is talk of requiring reinforcement of old earthen dams and boosting the state inspection program.

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‘Lions in Illyria’ Thursday, Oct. 22 and Friday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. – Separated from her brother after a storm at

sea, Violet, a young lioness, must brave an unknown country all alone. This family-friendly, one hour show is a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s 12th Night told through animals, humor and music. Tickets are $5 each and support the MVPS Arts program. Black Box Theater, 510 Mount Vernon Hwy., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. To purchase tickets in advance and for more information, go to mountvernonschool. org or call 404-250-5880.

Family Movie Night Friday, Oct. 23, 6:30 p.m. – The All Saints Catholic Church in Dunwoody presents a screening of the popular classic “The Wizard of Oz” in the Social Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie starts at 7 p.m. This event will be Chastain style; guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and food, and watch the movie. 2443 Mount Vernon Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. Go to allsaints.us or call 770393-3255 for additional details.

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Seussical the Musical Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31, 7 p.m., and Nov. 1, 3 p.m. – The Dun-

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Come out for a morning of giving back at Brook Run Park. Volunteers will be working with Trees Atlanta to plant new trees in the park as part of Dunwoody’s Volunteer Day. Free and open to the public. Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Rd., Dunwoody, 30338. To find out more information and to register as a volunteer go to treesatlanta.org.

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Cancer Institute hosts “A Modern Approach to Ovarian Cancer” event at B’nai Torah. Lecture by Dr. Benedict Benigno, founder and CEO of The Ovarian Cancer Institute and Northside Hospital’s Director of Gynecologic Oncology. Q&A and panel follow presentation. Free and open to the public. Donations appreciated. RSVP at kharper@ovariancancerinstitute. org or 404-300-2997. B’nai Torah, 700 Mount Vernon Hwy. NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. Need more details? Go online to ovariancancerinstitute.org.


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ily out for carnival rides, amusements, food and vendors. This annual fall fundraising event is hosted by Dunwoody Preservation Trust. Free to attend; bring cash for rides and snacks. Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30346. Find out more by going online to appleciderdays.org.

Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 24, 1 - 5 p.m. – Enjoy the crisp weather at Lynwood Park with a fall-themed get-together for the entire family. The event will have food, a bounce house and other activities. Free and open to the public. Lynwood Park, 3360 Osborne Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Go to brookhavenga.gov to learn more.

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Ashford Park Fall Fair Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m –The Ashford Park School Fall Fair is a community tradition that helps support on-going professional development for teachers, STEM classroom and student enrichment programs, and special events throughout the year. Activities include a rock wall, inflatables, festival games, sand art cart, petting zoo, food trucks, raffle prizes, craft vendors and School of Rock. Free and open to the community. All-inclusive wristbands are $15; purchase by Oct. 20 and pay only $12. Adults do not need a wristband. Children 2 and under play for free. 2968 Cravenridge Dr., Brookhaven, 30319. Go to ashfordparkschool. com or call 678-676-6702 to learn more.

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Harvest Festival Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. –

3 p.m. – The 2nd annual Heards Ferry Harvest Festival includes carnival games, interactive attractions, a rock wall, arts and crafts, a school-wide pumpkin auction, holiday cake auction, cupcake walk, a live DJ and several local food vendors. Wristbands provide unlimited access to most of the activities, and are $25 for children over five and $15 for children under five. Tickets also be available in $10 increments for individual games and attractions. Parking available at the Fulton County Office building next door to

Sunday, Nov. 1, 12 - 5 p.m. –

Visitors of all ages are invited to learn about and experience a Day of the Dead Festival at the Atlanta History Center. The event features storytelling, crafts, authentic Mexican food and entertainment, plus a display of altars honoring lost family and friends that are decorated with flowers, favorite foods and beverages. This event takes place on free admission day, and is open to all ages. 130 West Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Atlanta, 30305. Call 404-814-4000 or go online to atlantahistorycenter. com for more details.

St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church invites you to join us at our new adult Sunday School Class, Church in Today’s World, a weekly speaker series from 10:10 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Sunday mornings. October 25, 2015 – Rev. Stefanie Taylor and Arthur Taylor, Ph.D. will discuss Virtuous Living in a Post-Globalized World. November 8, 2015 – Carl McColman, a contemplative writer, speaker, retreat leader, spiritual companion and author of several books, including Befriending Silence, Answering the Contemplative Call, and The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, will discuss “Christianity and the Nones”. November 15, 2015 – Sean McConnell, National Director of Engagement for the Episcopal Relief & Development Fund (“ER&D”), will discuss how ER&D is creating deep and lasting transformation in the lives of the people it serves.

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Sunday, Oct. 25, 1 - 4 p.m. – Calling all artists! The city of Brookhaven hosts an afternoon of art in Blackburn Park. The day features art contests, treats and a bounce house for the kids. Artists of all ages are encouraged to participate. Paper and art supplies provided. Winning entries will be displayed at City Hall. Free and open to the public. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. For more information, go to brookhavenga.gov. To sign up as a judge or to inquire further about the event, email news@brookhavenga.gov or call 404-637-0508.

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port the students at E. Rivers Elementary School in this 5K along Peachtree Battle Avenue. Race proceeds benefit the E. Rivers PTA. Race day check-in and same day registration opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 7:30 a.m. Tickets start at $30 each for 5K participation and $15 for the 100-yard run. E. Rivers Elementary School, 8 Peachtree Battle Ave., NW, Atlanta, 30305. Find out more at eriverselementary. com or by calling 404-802-7050.

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Candler Park Conservancy presents the second annual Duck Duck Goose 5K and one-mile fun run. This fundraiser supports the conservancy and their efforts to maintain and promote the park. Online registration is $30 for the 5K and $20 for the one mile until Oct. 21. Runners are encouraged to arrive by 8:45 a.m. 1662 West Nancy Creek Dr., Brookhaven, 30319. More information? Go to murpheycandlerpark.org.

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us decide on desserts, and kept all the servers in good spirits so they remained just as friendly and helpful as she was. Every time she approached a table with a little kid digging happily around in a blue ramekin of perfect mac and cheese, Kayla would talk to the children first and the guardians last. She reminds me of my favorite cousin – the one I most often got to see when we all ended up at grandma’s house for dinner. As much as Decatur certainly appreciates a celebrity chef making dinner in the neighborhood, Revival is truly at its best when it reminds us of our roots and traditions. Couldn’t we all use a little more Sunday dinner in our lives? Revival, 129 Church St., revivaldecatur.com. Megan Volpert lives in Decatur, teaches in Roswell and writes books about popular culture.

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the organization’s website. John was promoted recently to 2nd Lt. Deputy Commander and was awarded the Billy Mitchell Award, the highest award given to cadets. Only 2 percent of cadets receive this award, he said. “John is an exceptional young man and is not one to let obstacles stand in his way when it comes to something he wants to achieve,” said his dad, Bill Willingham. “He’s always setting and pushing to complete more difficult goals. Receiving his private pilot’s license was a very special day for him, and it’s one goal his Mom and I enjoyed very much seeing him achieve.” John said that getting his pilot’s license was, like his other passions, worth the work it required. “Having that interest to get up every morning and keep working at it,” he said, “it’s definitely reachable.” John’s dad was his first passenger. “Once John passed his [Federal Aviation Administration] check flight this past summer in Orlando, he asked me if I would be his first passenger. Of course, I said, ‘Yes,’ and we flew to The Villages, Fla., to see his grandparents waving up at us from their house. “This was the first time I had the chance to see him in action, and was impressed in how he communicated with the tower and Flight Watch. He didn’t seem to be nervous at all and even requested and was given clearance to fly over the parks because he wanted to show me all the people standing in line. All in all he handled everything like he’d been flying for years. It was a very special day for both of us.”

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The St. Pius X Catholic School’s Golden Lions hosted the Marist War Eagles on Oct. 9, in a rivalry game dating back to 1962. Above, those in the Marist student section went home disappointed, with the Golden Lions winning, 24-14.

Above, St. Pius player Grant Holloman, center right, carries the football during early action at George B. Maloof Stadium. Right, the game was a defensive battle, with the score tied 7-7 at halftime as the St. Pius players walk off the field.

St. Pius Color Guard member Sami Volk, right, watches from the sidelines. Although Marist leads the series 30-17-3, St. Puis has taken the coveted annual “Fish Bowl Award” for the last four games, including the win on Oct. 9.

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Buckhead residents riled by Peachtree Road bike lanes News knows few borders. Here are some of the local news stories breaking in neighboring communities that could be of interest to Brookhaven residents. In Buckhead, residents angered by a plan to add bike lanes along a portion of Peachtree Road are continuing their efforts to convince state officials to put on the brakes. Georgia’s state traffic engineer got an earful at a Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods meeting Oct. 8 as a standingroom-only crowd at times booed and jeered his presentation of a proposal to add bike lanes to Peachtree. The residents said state officials should come up with an alternative plan. BCN President Tom Tidwell questioned whether state officials were “pandering to the bike lobby,” while other residents blamed the Buckhead Community Improvement District for pushing the bike-lane option despite community opinion. Georgia Department of Transportation state traffic engineer Andrew Heath said state officials looked at a number of plans and even built a computer simulation of Peachtree to monitor traffic flow before arriving at the current proposed plan, called the Peachtree Battle Hybrid Alternative. Under this plan, there would two

traffic lanes north and south, a center turn lane and bike lanes on either side from I-85 to Peachtree Battle. Beyond that point, the road would shift to three southbound lanes, two northbound lanes and a center turn lane to Maple Drive. Heath said traffic models showed re-

On Our Borders moving the bike lanes at Peachtree Battle would help improve traffic flow while giving cyclists access to the nearby Atlanta BeltLine trail. Also in Buckhead, North Buckhead Civic Association President Gordon Certain wants to stop Atlanta’s streetcar from rolling through much of Buckhead. Although the streetcar now is limited to a 2.7-mile loop in downtown Atlanta, long-range plans call for a 50-mile system of streetcars crisscrossing the city. The tracks would follow the 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine loop and run along Peachtree from the Buckhead MARTA station to Fort McPherson.

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Brookhaven Police Blotter Brookhaven police blotter: Sept. 25-Oct. 5

Way—On Oct. 7, simple battery was reported. „ 1900

block of Johnson Ferry Road— On Oct. 7, simple battery was reported.

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

„ 1900

block of Dresden Drive—On Oct. 8, simple battery was reported.

ROBBERY

FR AUD

„ 3100

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, robberies in the street with a gun were reported.

„ 1600

block of Tyron Road—On Sept. 25, forgery of a check was reported.

„ 2400

„ 3100

block of Clairmont Road—On Sept. 26, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

„ 100

block of Windmont Drive—On Sept. 26, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

„ 1500

block of Briarwood Road—On Oct. 1, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

„ 3000

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 2, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

„ 3500

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 2, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

„ 4400

block of Peachtree Road—On Oct. 2, robbery in the street with a weapon was reported.

A UTO TH EFT „ 3700

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 27, theft by taking auto was reported.

„ 1400

block of North Cliff Valley Way—On Sept. 30, theft by taking auto was reported.

„ 1000

block of Lenox Park Boulevard— On Oct. 1, theft by taking auto was reported.

„ 1200

block of Gables Drive—On Oct. 1, theft by taking auto was reported.

„ 4100

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Oct. 2, theft by taking auto was reported.

„ 2000

block of Town Boulevard—On Sept. 25, burglary was reported at a residence.

„ 3800

„ 2200

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Sept. 30, burglary was reported.

„ 2600

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 25, financial transaction fraud was reported; On Sept. 30 and Oct. 5, reports were made of fraudulent activity.

„ 1600

block of Granger Court—On Sept. 28, forgery of a check was reported.

„ 1100

block of Brookgate Way—On Sept. 29, fraud by impersonation was reported.

block of Burton Plaza Lane—On Sept. 26, harassing communication was reported. block of Granger Drive—On Sept. 27, aggravated assault with a gun was reported.

„ 3400

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 27, an arrest was made for battery.

TH EFT/LAR CEN Y block of East Club Drive—On Sept. 25, theft was reported.

„ 8100

block of Brixworth Place—On Sept. 26, theft was reported.

„ 1600

block of Richwood Drive—On Sept. 27, theft from the mail was reported.

„ 1700

block of Clairmont Road—On Oct. 3, burglary was reported at a residence.

„ 2700

„ 2900

„ 2900

„ 3200

„ 3000

block of Clairmont Road—On Oct. 5, burglary was reported at a residence.

„ 500

block of Windmont Drive—On Oct. 5, burglary was reported at a residence.

„ 3700

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 5, burglary was reported at a residence.

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block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 5, simple battery was reported. block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 5, simple battery was reported.

„ 3100

block of Clairmont Road—On Oct. 6, aggravated assault with a weapon was reported and an arrest was made.

„ 4200

block of Gables Drive—On Oct. 6, harassing communication was reported.

„ 1400

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„ 500

block of Brookhaven Avenue—On Oct. 3, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

„ 1300

block of Chaucer Lane—On Oct. 5, an arrest was made for theft by receiving stolen property in another state.

„ 1500

block of Lake Hearn Drive—On Oct. 5, theft was reported.

„ 3200

block of Osborne Road—On Oct. 5, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

„ 1800

block of Corporate Boulevard— On Oct. 5, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

„ 4300

block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Oct. 6, theft was reported.

„ 3400

block of Peachtree Road—On Oct. 8, an arrest was made for shoplifting.

ARRESTS

„ 2400

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 4, aggravated assault by cutting was reported and an arrest was made.

block of Corporate Boulevard— On Oct. 1, burglary was reported at a residence.

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 3, theft was reported.

„ 3800

block of Lake Hearn Drive—On Oct. 2, fraudulent activity was reported.

„ 3500

„ 1800

„ 4400

„ 3700

„ 1500

block of Peachtree Road—On Sept. 27, entering auto and theft of articles from a vehicle were reported.

block of Remington Road—On Sept. 30, burglary was reported at a residence.

block of Town Boulevard—On Oct. 1, theft was reported.

29, fraud by impersonation was reported.

block of Peachtree Road—On Oct. 2, arrests were made for aggravated assault.

„ 1700

„ 1100

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 7, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

„ 1400 block of Sylvan Circle—On Sept.

AS S AULT

BURGLA RY „ 1100

block of Briarcliff Road—On Sept. 25, forgery of a check was reported and an arrest was made for forgery in the third degree.

Oct. 1, theft was reported.

„ 2600

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 25, 28, arrests were made for failure to appear in court; On Oct. 5, a wanted person was located and arrested.

„ 2700

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 3, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

„ 4000

block of Buckhead Lane—On Sept. 28, theft was reported. block of Clairmont Road—On Sept. 28, theft of articles from a vehicle and entering auto were reported.

„ 2600

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 28, theft was reported.

„ 3000

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 29, theft was reported; On Sept, 30, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

„ 2400

block of Briarcliff Road—On

„ 2800

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 26, an arrest for registration and license requirements was made during a traffic stop.

„ 2900 block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 25, an arrest was made for DUI; On Oct. 3, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana; On Oct. 3, an arrest was made for false representation of age. „ 3000 block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 5, an arrest was made for failure to obey traffic control devices. „ 3200

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 1, two arrests were made for possession of marijuana. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30 BK


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Brookhaven Police Blotter CONTINUED FROM PAGE 28 „„3300

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 30, a wanted person was located and arrested; On Oct. 2, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct; On Oct. 4, an arrest was made during a traffic stop for tail light requirements.

„„3400

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 3, two arrests were made for possession of marijuana; On Oct. 6, an arrest was made for failure to appear.

„„3500

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 25, an arrest was made for manufacture/sell/dispense/distribute illegal drugs; On Oct. 7, an arrest was made for no driver’s license and an arrest was made for failure to yield.

„„3600

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 7, an arrest was made after a traffic stop for overtaking and passing a school bus.

„„3700

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 3, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct.

„„3800

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 2, an arrest was made for no driver’s license.

„„3800

block of Peachtree Road—On Sept. 25, an arrest was made for failure to appear in court.

„„1800

block of Corporate Boulevard— On Sept. 28, an arrest was made for not obeying hours of sale and operation.

„„First

block of Executive Park Drive— On Sept. 28, a wanted person was located and arrested.

„„1800

block of Northeast Expressway— On Sept. 29, an arrest was made for no driver’s license.

„„3300

block of Clairmont Road—On Sept. 29, a wanted person was located and arrested; On Oct. 2, an arrest was made for driving on a suspended or revoked license; On Oct. 3, an arrest was made for DUI.

„„1300

block of North Cliff Valley Way—On Sept. 29, an arrest was made for passing on the shoulder of the roadway.

„„4000 block of Summit Boulevard—On

Sept. 29, an arrest was made for DUI.

„„3800

block of Peachtree Road—On Sept. 29, an arrest was made for urban camping.

„„4500

block of Peachtree Road—On Sept. 29, an arrest was made for DUI.

„„2800

block of Clairmont Road—On Sept. 30, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

„„2200

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Sept. 30, an arrest was made for DUI.

„„1200

block of Curtis Drive—On Sept.

30, a wanted person was located and arrested. „„1800

block of Briarwood Road—On Oct. 1, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

„„3000

block of Clairmont Way—On Oct. 1, an arrest was made for driving without a license.

„„4200

block of Peachtree Road—On Oct. 1, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

„„2700 block of Ashford Road—On Oct.

1, an arrest was made for violating a limited driving permit.

„„2000

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Oct. 2, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana and an arrest was made for driving on a suspended or revoked license; On Oct. 5, an arrest was made for soliciting or begging on county property; On Oct. 7, an arrest was made for DUI.

„„1900

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Oct. 6, an arrest was made for marijuana possession.

„„2400

block of Briarcliff Road—On Oct. 6, a wanted person was located and arrested.

„„2100

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Oct. 6, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

„„1200

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Oct. 6, an arrest was made for no driver’s license.

„„Lincoln

Court at Buford Highway— On Oct. 7, an arrest was made for public intoxication and public consumption.

„„3100

block of Osborne Road—On Oct. 7, an arrest was made for no driver’s license.

„„3700

block of Clairmont Road—On Oct. 8, an arrest was made for overtaking and passing a school bus.

OTHER „„2900

block of Redding Road—On Sept. 25, damage to private property was reported.

„„2800

block of Clairmont Road—On Sept. 27, a hit and run was reported.

„„3700

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 29, damage to private property was reported.

„„2600

block of Buford Highway—On Sept. 29, a hit and run was reported.

„„1500

block of Dresden Drive—On Oct. 6, damage to private property was reported.

„„2200

block of Lake Boulevard—On Oct. 7, damage to private property was reported.

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