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Redesigned Bobby Jones Golf Course prepares its big debut BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

After years of planning, neighborhood debates and massive real estate deals, it’s time once again to play at Bobby Jones Golf Course. Atlanta’s first public golf course, dating to 1932, reopens Nov. 5 with a dramatic redesign, pitched as “revolutionary and spectacular.” See GOLF on page 12 PHIL MOSIER

Marty Elgison, head of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation, tries a putt on one of the redesigned course’s oversized, two-hole greens.

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Holy Spirit Prep seeks major site expansion BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

Holy Spirit Preparatory School is planning a major expansion of its Buckhead Upper School campus onto a roughly 13acre site next door in neighboring Sandy Springs. The plan would consolidate the Lower School, currently on Sandy Springs’ Long Island Drive, onto the current Upper School site. Plans filed with the city show the largely wooded site being filled with four school buildings totaling nearly 200,000 square feet, a parking deck and a sports See HOLY on page 23


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Chastain Park building could be renamed for late co-founder

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Left, this steel hut serves as the Chastain Park Conservancy’s office. SPECIAL

Above, Ray Mock drives a golf cart on the park grounds in a photo from the Chastain Park Conservancy.

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The Atlanta City Council is considering a measure that would rename the Chastain Park Conservancy’s building for Ray Mock, a co-founder of the group who recently died. Mock was the first employee of the Chastain Park Conservancy, a nonprofit that supports the Buckhead park, and served as its director of operations, overseeing the grounds since 2003. Mock, a lifelong Buckhead resident, died in July at the age of 66. He led the effort to refurbish the previously dilapidated building, a Quonset hut – a World War II-era prefabricated steel structure – that now serves as the conservancy’s office. District 8 City Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit, who founded the conservancy and served as its first president, sponsored the measure. “Ray was an integral part of Chastain Park’s success over the last 15 years,” Matzigkeit said in a written statement. “His knowledge of the park’s history, his outreach program to youth in the community and his perpetual enthusiasm for nature and preservation efforts are just part of his legacy. We are honored to name the Quonset hut after him and his family.” Mock was remembered after his death for his work with youth who needed to do re-

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quired community service and for his effort to revitalize the park. The ordinance was introduced Oct. 1 and said Mock was “the heart and soul of the organization.” The ordinance will not be voted on by the City Council until it is reviewed by NPU-A at its Nov. 6 meeting, said Jim Elgar, Matzigkeit’s policy advisor, in an email. The Chastain Park Conservancy would cover the cost and is still reviewing the options for the type of plaque, wording and placement, Elgar said. Rosa McHugh, the executive director of the conservancy, confirmed that they are involved in the proposal and said they are “honored” to have city support to rename the hut. “It is our goal to make this site a community gathering space for people to enjoy the beauty of the park, and it seems fitting that the site would be named after Ray who so loved this property,” McHugh said. The hut originally served as the operations headquarters for the construction of Chastain Park in the 1940s, according to the conservancy website. It sat vacant and neglected for years until the conservancy was founded in 2003 and Mock began leading its renovation. It is now surrounded by gardens and pavilions, the website said. Details are still being worked out for an event to celebrate the renaming, Elgar said.

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The Buckhead Community Improvement District and Livable Buckhead, which are leading a study on affordable housing in the Buckhead area, have launched an online survey to gather input. The survey is available at surveymonkey.com/r/ HYZ6CJ6. The study aims to study affordability through the angle of reducing traffic congestion and is based, in part, on findings that came out of the 2017 master plan, which reported that most traffic congestion results from Buckhead employees not being able to afford housing in the area. A task force that includes public officials and representatives from private industries and nonprofits is overseeing the study. Work began in August and is expected to last six months.

ZRB C A LL S F OR DEF ERR AL O N BLA C K L A N D ROA D TOWNHO M ES

The Zoning Review Board on Oct. 11 recommended a 60-day deferral on a rezoning to allow a 23-townhome project behind the Landmark Diner at 10 Blackland Road. Monte Hewitt Homes’ plan to redevelop the 2-acre site, formerly a landscaping company, has been strongly opposed by many neighbors via NPU-A and the Tuxedo Park Civic Association. They say it is out of character with the single-family area. Despite talk of a reconsideration after a previous NPU deferral, the plan is unchanged. Mary Norwood, the former city councilmember and mayoral candidate, has emerged as a voice of opposition in her role as the civic association’s former president. “For more than 30 years I have fought to preserve and protect neighborhoods

all over the city of Atlanta, and I look forward to working with my neighbors to help preserve and protect Tuxedo Park,” she said in a civic association press release. “Buckhead neighborhoods have coexisted with surrounding commercial development for decades, and we have fought hard to keep our boundaries intact, thereby maintaining the integrity and desirability of our communities.” However, city staff, in a memo to the ZRB, recommended approval, saying the project “has the potential to add value to the character of the neighborhood and serve as a transitional use” between Roswell Road’s commercial corridor and Tuxedo Park’s houses. The project now heads to the City Council’s Zoning Committee.

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The technology company Salesforce says it will add 600 jobs to its Buckhead regional office and put its name on the tower that houses it. The 34-floor Atlanta Plaza skyscraper at 950 East Paces Ferry Road and Oak Valley Road, next to the Lenox MARTA Station, is already home to Salesforce’s Atlanta regional hub. The company will add the 600 employees over five years, starting in 2019, according to a press release and a spokesperson. The building will be renamed the Salesforce Atlanta Tower. The expansion was jointly announced by the Georgia Department of Economic Development, which described it as a $12.25 million investment. In response to an open records request from the Reporter, the state said Salesforce will receive some type of state incentives for the project. But the company and the state declined to provide any details pending a signed agreement, with the Department of Economic Development citing an exemption in the Open Records Act that allows it to choose to keep the details secret until the deal is done.

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VOTERS GUIDE Nov. 6 ballot questions

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Voters will face a bevy of ballot questions on Nov. 6, including constitutional amendments and statewide and local referendums. In various Reporter Newspapers communities, voters will see at least eight, and up to 12, questions on the ballot. The following is a guide to what they mean in plainer English.

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AMENDMENT 3: FOREST LAND TAXATION

Would alter an existing system of reduced taxation of large tracts of timberland that are under conservation agreements and a formula where the state reimburses local governments for some of the lost tax revenue. The amendment would raise some tax assessments under state collection authority, while reducing the required length of conservation agreements and creating a new, smaller class of tax-break-eligible timberland.

AMENDMENT 4: CRIME VICTIMS’ RIGHTS

Also known as “Marsy’s Law,” this would give certain judicial system rights to people who report that they are crime victims, including the right to receive notice when their offender is released from prison, and invitations to participate in court hearings. Most of those rights already exist under state law, but would now be enshrined in the state Constitution. For pro-and-con commentary from advocates about this amendment, see ReporterNewspapers.net.

AMENDMENT 5: SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX REFERENDUMS

Would allow independent public school districts below the county level, but serving a majority of students, to call for a countywide, 1 percent sales tax referendum to fund building construction.


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STATEWIDE QUESTIONS QUESTION A: PROPERTY TAX INCREASE CAP

Would limit property tax assessment to a 2.6 percent annual value increase for homeowners in a city that is in more than one county, pays a public transportation sales tax, and has an independent school district. In practice, this new homestead exemption is intended for Atlanta homeowners. But it was made a statewide referendum because lead sponsor state Rep. Beth Beskin, a Buckhead Republican, was unable to get the largely Democratic Atlanta delegation’s support for a local question.

QUESTION B: TAX EXEMPTION ON CERTAIN HOMES FOR PEOPLE WITH MENTAL DISABILITIES

Would allow nonprofit facilities that provide services to people with mental disabilities to have tax-exempt status when a for-profit business is among its owners due to financing and construction.

FULTON COUNTY QUESTIONS Voters in Fulton County, including Buckhead and Sandy Springs citizens, will have three countywide questions to decide.

FULTON INDUSTRIAL DISTRICT REPEAL

Would repeal a state Constitutional provision that keeps the area along Fulton Industrial Boulevard in south Fulton as the county’s last unincorporated area. The repeal would open the area to annexation by Atlanta, the City of South Fulton or both, as both have previously attempted to do, creating a dispute that is pending in the state Supreme Court.

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR SENIORS

Would exempt homeowners over 65 years old from paying property taxes on the first $50,000 in assessed home value. That is a $20,000 increase for the Fulton County government portion of the tax bill.

FULTON SCHOOLS PROPERTY TAX CAP

Would cap the portion of property taxes that go to the Fulton County School System annually at 3 percent or the inflation rate, whichever is lesser.

CITY QUESTIONS LOCAL SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES QUESTIONS

Citizens in all four cities in Reporter Newspapers communities — Atlanta, Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs — will vote on local questions that would authorize the sale of alcoholic beverages in restaurants on Sundays starting at 11 a.m. rather than the current 12:30 p.m. The question would enact the so-called Brunch Bill legislation sponsored by state Rep. Meagan Hanson (R-Brookhaven/Sandy Springs).

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Atlanta voters will decide a question that would alter the current homestead exemption of the first $30,000 in assessed value for the APS portion of the tax bill. Homeowners would pay taxes on the first $10,000 in assessed value, but the exemption also is increased to $50,000. The new exemption system would last three years and has support from APS, which says it would reduce tax revenues by roughly $25 million that could be made up elsewhere. The legislation was sponsored by state Sen. Jen Jordan (D-Buckhead/Sandy Springs).

BROOKHAVEN PARKS BOND

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Local GOP, Democrat candidates outline differences at Dunwoody forum

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U.S. Rep. Karen Handel sat alone at a table set up for candidates at the Oct. 21 forum sponsored by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association because her challenger, Democrat Lucy McBath, declined to participate.

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Candidates running for the state legislature staked out their party differences on such issues as education, Medicaid expansion and the state’s voting system during an Oct. 21 forum sponsored by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) and his Democrat challenger Sally Harrell, a former state House representative from Chamblee, appeared together at the forum in the hotly contested race for Senate District 40 that includes Dunwoody and portions of Brookhaven and Sandy Springs. Also participating in the forum were Republican Ken Wright and Democrat Mike Wilensky, both of Dunwoody, who are vying for the open seat left by state Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody). The race for House District 79 includes all of Dunwoody.

SD 40 and healthcare A key difference between Harrell and Millar is their stance on Medicaid expansion — she supports it, he does not. Georgia is one of 18 states that did not approve Medicaid expansion to low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Harrell said Medicaid expansion would provide healthcare to some 500,000 Georgians currently without any coverage. Medicaid expansion would also give rural hospitals the revenue they need to remain open, she said. “We pay federal taxes for Medicaid and we are not getting it back. Our money is going to other states,” she said. “It makes no sense.” Millar said the state would likely offer Medicaid waivers next year to stabilize premiums. He said he supported legislation to create a rural hospital tax credit that went into effect last year. The tax credit allows corporations and individuals to donate to qualifying rural hospitals to help them cover costs. Millar also noted that the Supreme Court recently ruled able-bodied people can be required to work or volunteer to receive Medicaid. “We can’t just have people be given something for nothing,” he said. “There’s a cost in everything.”

SD 40 and the voting process Millar said at the forum there is bipartisan support in the legislature for a voting system with a paper trail that includes a receipt given to voters, so they know their ballot was counted as they wanted. He noted a commission was formed this year to study paper ballots and next year there are plans to select a new voting system and have it in place by 2020. Harrell said she also supported a paper ballot system so voters can be assured they know how their votes are counted. She also said the state needs to address gerrymandering so people can feel as though their votes “make a difference.” “Voting integrity is the root of our democracy,” she said.

State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), left, and Democrat Sally Harrell, served in the state House together from 1999 to 2005. Harrell is now opposing Millar in the state Senate District 40 race.

SD 40 and education Millar, chair of the Higher Education Committee and who served on Gov. Nathan Deal’s Education Reform Commission, boasted the legislature fully funded education this year. But he acknowledged the need to update the school funding formula. An updated formula, he said, would mostly help students with disabilities and include a factor for poverty. “How can you say you fully funded education when you don’t know how much it costs to educate a child?” Harrell shot back at Millar, referring to the state using the 1985 funding formula. “An entire generation of children have been shortchanged” due to $9.2 billion in education budget cuts over the past several years at the General Assembly, she said. She said many parents have told her they have pulled their children from public schools due to the budget cuts and were forced to find money to pay for private schools. “Public schools should be a viable option for everyone,” she said.

HANDEL MAKES HER CASE FOR CONGRESSIONAL RE-ELECTION U.S. Rep. Karen Handel, a Republican, appeared alone at the Oct. 21 Dunwoody Homeowners Association candidate forum. Her challenger, Democrat Lucy McBath, declined an invitation to participate, according to DHA President Adrienne Duncan. The 6th Congressional District includes portions of Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and Brookhaven. Handel praised President Trump for his expected signature later this month on an opioids package passed with bipartisan support that includes $1 million to combat the opioids crisis in the 6th Congressional District. She said she supported “common sense gun legislation” that includes strengthened background checks and more mental health services. Handel was asked about the Central Americans making their way to the U.S. border in a migrant “caravan.” The caravan, she said, is “why we must fix our broken immigration system.” She addressed the country’s $779 billion deficit and said it includes some $100 billion in unplanned federal disaster relief. She said she supports a balanced budget amendment and a two-year budget cycle. McBath’s homestead exemption in Cobb County has been questioned by Handel. McBath moved to Tennessee where her husband lives in 2016 before moving back in 2017. Handel says her husband is claiming the exemptions in both states.


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Wilensky said he supports updating the Quality Basic Education formula, which determines the amount of state funding going to public schools by establishing a cost per student. The formula hasn’t been updated since 1985. Updating the formula, he said, would ensure more money to Dunwoody schools to alleviate overcrowding and maybe even eliminate trailers that crowd campuses. Wright said he also supports updating the QBE. He said he was the “poster boy” for local control — he helped lead the effort to incorporate Dunwoody — and would propose legislation for an independent school district. An independent school district is a “big hill to climb,” but he said he was told that Dunwoody would never become its own city. Wright said he believed the DeKalb County School District spent too much money on bureaucracy at its administrative offices and more of that money should be spent in Dunwoody.

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HD 79 and the DeKalb delegation Wright said as a Republican, he would play a key role in stopping the Democratled DeKalb County delegation at the Gold Dome from passing “punitive” legislation against Dunwoody, specifically House Bill 244. Sponsored by state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), the bill would require newer cities, such as Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Tucker, to continue paying for DeKalb pension liabilities through property taxes. After the cities were incorporated, property taxes that went to pay for county services went instead to their municipalities. “I will fight it tooth and nail,” Wright said, calling the bill “punitive against Dunwoody.” “I will stand up and pull these punitive bills [from the DeKalb delegation],” Wright added. “They want to come after us as homeowners.” Wilensky said the pension bill is “heavily argued” at the DeKalb delegation. “This is very important to figure out,” Wilensky said. “We do not need to pay any money not owed.”

HD 79 and Dunwoody independent school district While an independent school district for Dunwoody is ideal, Wilensky said legislators must make priorities, and finding support in the General Assembly for this is “very, very difficult.” Taylor introduced a resolution for a constitutional amendment for the past several years to allow Dunwoody to separate from DeKalb Schools, but it has stalled.

Election Day is Nov. 6 Election Day arrives Nov. 6, when local voters will help to decide the race for governor, Congressional seats, many local state legislative races, and a bevy of ballot questions. For more about local candidates and their policy positions, see our Voters Guides and continuing coverage at ReporterNewspapers.net. For information about your polling place and elected officials, see the Georgia Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” at mvp.sos.ga.gov/MVP/mvp.do.

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New Chamblee Doraville Community Improvement District raises hopes, concerns BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

A new Chamblee Doraville Community Improvement District aims to boost local projects, including Chamblee’s downtown master plan and a connection to Brookhaven’s Peachtree Creek Greenway trail. But there is concern about what it will mean for Buford Highway’s famously diverse businesses, many of whom do not qualify to directly join the group of self-taxing property owners. Dan Reuter, a consultant working to form the CID sometime next year, says that members believe the two cities already have a lot of good plans in place and some strong assets, like the businesses, communities, highways and MARTA. The goal is to provide at least $1 million a year to help leverage more funding for them. “The area has a lot of functional infrastructure,” Reuter said. “It’s just not

stitched together very well.” And Reuter said the CID’s initial members — mostly large-scale real estate and car dealership operators — are aware they’re in “really the most mixedcultural, diverse area in metro Atlanta” and aim to be “grassroots and inclusive… [and] not get anyone worried about the intentions of the CID.” Marian Liou, executive director of the Buford Highway advocacy group We Love BuHi, called the CID an “exciting development,” but spoke cautiously about it as well. “Any transformation in Buford Highway’s outward form — for example, from a dangerous transportation corridor to a tree-lined boulevard — will be hollow unless we are intentional about sustaining its heart and soul and ensuring that its immigrant community can remain, adapt and thrive in place,” Liou said in an email. “What is Buford Highway, after all, without its people?”

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The next step is to put together a formal plan to present for approval to the DeKalb County tax commissioner’s office, Reuter said. He expects that to happen in the first quarter of next year.

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Besides some general concepts of supporting existing city efforts, the CID has some specific intended priorities. Working on a plan to connect the Chamblee Rail Trail to Brookhaven’s Peachtree

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Creek Greenway is a big one. The Greenway is a concept for a 12-mile park and trail running along the creek and Buford Highway, eventually connecting Doraville and Mercer University to the Atlanta BeltLine and other trails in Buckhead. Brookhaven expects to break ground by year’s end on a “model mile” of the Greenway. Reuter said the Greenway is a “project that is inspiring a lot of people right now. ... If we were able to have the CID advance connections from Chamblee’s downtown and Doraville’s downtown

to the Peachtree Creek Greenway, you could ride a bike all the way from Chamblee to the BeltLine.” But the Greenway is also among the projects raising concerns about gentrification and displacement on Buford Highway. Liou, who served on the Buford Highway LCI that recommended the CID’s formation, said she has discussed the community’s preservation with organizers. “I’m optimistic after hearing from CID organizers that they fully recognize Buford Highway’s unique character and its small, immigrant-owned businesses as intrinsic and valuable to the CID’s identity and mission,” Liou said. “Undoubtedly the organizers will not avail themselves of Buford Highway’s longheld reputation as an ‘International District’ without fully informing, including and incentivizing the participation and leadership in the CID effort of the immigrants who make this place amazing.” For more information about the CID, see PeachtreeGatewayPartnership.com.


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Commentary / The pros and cons of ‘Marsy’s Law’ The Nov. 6 ballot includes, as Question 4, a proposed state constitutional amendment that “provides rights for victims of crime in the judicial process.” The Reporter Newspapers asked two advocates to explain the pro and con arguments on the question, which is commonly known as “Marsy’s Law.”

Marsy’s Law would enforce a victim’s bill of rights This November, when you head to the polls, you will not only be voting on your legislators; you will also be asked to vote on a number of state and local measures. One section of the ballot will include five statewide constitutional amendments. Of these five, the fourth amendment, is a victims’ rights initiative known as “Marsy’s Law.” Here’s a brief description of this amendment and the reasons why I supported it in the state Senate. The purpose of “Marsy’s Law” is to outline a victim’s bill of rights to ensure that victims are aware of any information pertinent to their offender in a court case. It will give victims the right to know information about the case and the offender and the right to be heard through the criminal process. Victims will have the right to request the court and release dates of their offenders; the right to be notified of any rulings

in the case; and the right to decide whether or not they want to be part of the criminal proceedings. Companion legislation also allows victims to petition prosecuting attorneys in writing to be notified of all proceedings. Under current statute, these rights are present, but not enforced. By putting “Marsy’s Law” into the state Constitution, we are ensuring that victims of a crime have rights and can use their voices to be made certain that their rights are adhered to. Because this amendment deals with the rights of criminals and victims, I want to assure you that this is a measure to protect victims and will not create a layer of legal issues. This law will not undermine defendants’ rights or law enforcements’ authority. The sole intention behind this measure is to ensure that victims feel safe by know-

ing the status of their offender through each step of the legal process. I hope that this gives you insight on why I supported the legislation known State Sen. Elena Parent as “Marsy’s (D-Atlanta) represents Law” and the 42nd District, includhow I believe ing part of Brookhaven. that Amendment Four will allow victims of a crime to meaningfully participate in criminal proceedings, have their voices heard, and ensure that courts are held accountable in enabling victims to feel protected.

Marsy’s Law is a solution in search of a problem November ballots in six states, Georgia among them, include a referendum on whether to add to those state constitutions a victims’ bill of rights commonly known as Marsy’s Law. It’s likely to pass; no right-thinking person would vote against victims’ rights. But in Georgia, where the statutory crime victim’s bill of rights is acknowledged as one of the strongest in the nation, a constitutional amendment is a solution in search of a problem. Marsy’s Law is an initiative begun and heavily funded by California billionaire Henry Nicholas, whose sister, Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas, died after being shot in 1983 by her ex-boyfriend. Marsy’s brother told the Los Angeles Times: “After the funeral service, we were driving home and stopped at a market so my mother could just run in and get a loaf of bread. And there in the checkout line was my sister’s murderer, glowering at her.” He said the family was not told the accused killer had made bail; there was no obligation by the state or court to inform the family. Nicholas funded a ballot initiative that led to a 2008 California constitutional amendment. In 2009, he founded Marsy’s Law for All, whose goal is to add victims’ rights to all state constitutions and, eventually, to the U.S. Constitution. Voters in Illinois, Ohio, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota passed constitutional amendments. A Montana court tossed its version out. South Dakota’s leg-

islature and Marsy’s Law advocates renegotiated after the amendment passed with costly, unintended consequences, including hindering the press. In South Dakota and North Dakota, some officers are claiming “victim” status to shield their identity after shootings. Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, Nevada, North Carolina and Oklahoma are next. A Kentucky judge has already ruled the amendment is so vaguely worded that the vote will not be certified, noting, “The electorate cannot be expected to vote on a constitutional amendment of which they are not adequately informed of the substance.” The Marsy’s Law for All mantra is, inexplicably, “equal rights for crime victims,” as if crime victims are less equal under the Constitution. Victims of crime were shepherded across Georgia and into the state Capitol to share how the justice system let them down. Heart-wrenching campaign ads feature victims, while advocates and lobbyists argue a constitutional amendment is needed to add heft to statutory victim protections. The Georgia Public Policy Foundation warned in 2017 of the unintended consequences of the Senate’s initial legislation. The subsequent bicameral compromise is less harmful. Now, a victim (broadly defined) would “opt in” to be informed of case proceedings. If they are not informed, they have a right to be heard in court. Georgia legislators are justifiably proud of their hard-won, nationally recognized advances in criminal justice re-

forms, accepting since 2011 that it’s time to get “smart on crime.” In a state where one person in 13 is under some form of correctional supervision, separating justice from vengeance is crucial; it’s perhaps why Lady Justice is blindfolded. Georgia’s Crime Victim’s Bill of Rights has been in force Benita Dodd is vice presisince 1995. dent of the Georgia Public Georgia state Policy Foundation, a nonRep. Manprofit, non-partisan redi Ballinger, search institute that proa former vicmotes economic freedom tims’ rights and limited government. advocate, asserted, “Georgia has one of the strongest victims’ rights statutes in the country.” The state also has a Victim Information Program and metro counties participate in the VINELink victim information network. If the system is letting down some victims and alleged victims, the solution would be to repair the system. Instead, Georgia wants voters to sign off on a potential new problem by experimenting with evolving proposals and enshrine victims’ “equal rights” in the state Constitution, where problems become even more difficult to fix. BH


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Around Town

Joe Earle is editor-at-large at Reporter Newspapers and has lived in metro Atlanta for over 30 years. He can be reached at joeearle@reporternewspapers.net

The season for haunted lawns returns The dragon is back. It spreads its bright yellow wings in Blair and Alex Garrett’s front yard in Brookhaven. It’s been there since October flew in. Blair wanted to put the inflatable dragon out in her yard in September, but her husband said no. That was just too early, he said, to decorate for Halloween.

derdale, Fla. Her mother loved to decorate for the holidays and her uncle strung colored lights on his fishing boat for holiday parades. “My family was really big into Halloween,” she said. “My mother was a schoolteacher. They’re really big into decorations.” The Garretts work in finance. She analyzes businesses and he’s a financial advisor, so decorating the house gives them a break. “I look at spreadsheets all day, so I enjoy doing something creative,” Blair Garrett said. It’s not just Halloween. October just kicks off the house decorating season. Thanksgiving follows and then there are decoration-friendly holidays lined up into next year and orange and black will give way to red and green. “I go pretty much nuts during Christmas,” Blair Garrett admitted.

Letter to the Editor THE REPO RTER TO PS THE NEWS-READING LIST This morning I picked up three papers in my driveway: the New York Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Buckhead Reporter. I started with the Buckhead Reporter. I read everything. Good, interesting stories, of concern to me. And none of which I’d ever find in the AJC. Still haven’t unwrapped the plastic off the other two papers. Thank you! Mercy Wright Buckhead

Blair and Alex Garrett pose with the dragon in their Brookhaven yard.

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Don’t tell that to Anthony Cabrera. He spends the whole year planning his Halloween decorations and starts building stuff about Labor Day. “Over the course of the year, I experiment with stuff like, ‘What would make a good-looking wall in an asylum?’ he said. “The more time I have, the crazier it gets.” Once the big day itself arrives, Cabrera, a corporate lawyer, expects hundreds to tramp through his home — so many, in fact, that he’s turned his annual display into a fundraiser to buy toys for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Last year, 900 people stopped by to see his Halloween decorations. The time has come again to dress up our houses for the holidays. Forget autumn leaves. Around here, the real sign of fall is the coming of the jack-o’-lanterns. October is the month when faded bedsheets turn into ghosts and hang in trees, suburban yards sprout gravestones and oversized spider webs, and green isn’t the color of the lawn, but of a witch’s warty skin as she pulls Reese’s Pieces from her cauldron. In Sandy Springs, some of those witches gather at the Hammond Hills home of Sallie Duncan. She started her Halloween tradition shortly after she moved into the neighborhood more than 20 years ago. Now, Duncan attracts packs of trick-or-treaters every year. “It sort of developed and grew over the years,” she said. Does she plan to decorate again this year? “Do you think I have a choice?” she said. “If I didn’t do it, I think I’d get egged.” Duncan says she waits until the last minute to set up her decorations. Through the years, she has pulled together a corps of friends who dress up as witches and help out by working the door and escorting trick-or-treaters through what Duncan described as “less a haunted house than a haunted dining room.” “I think the adults like it as much as the kids,” she said. Cabrera’s not satisfied with a single room of scary stuff. He uses the entire first floor of his Cobb County home and his garage for his homemade Halloween haunts, which he calls The House of Unhappy Pumpkins. Each year’s display has a theme: a haunted hotel, a swamp. This year it’s “Lily’s Sanatorium,” named for his 17-year-old daughter, he said. “My wife says this is pretty crazy,” he said. But it can draw a crowd. Last year, visitors to the Cabrera family home at 1260 Grand View Drive contributed thousands of dollars for Christmas toys for young patients at CHOA, he said. To raise the money during “a dark holiday like Halloween, it makes us feel good,” he said. In Brookhaven, the Garretts just enjoy watching neighborhood kids gather to watch the dragon. The Garretts live at the corner of Mathews Street and Thornwell Drive in a neighborhood with a lot of kids. They’ve decorated their yard with lights and a giant spider web and spider and a few gravestones, but it’s the dragon that pulls the crowds. “It’s kind of cool to have a 15-foot dragon in your yard,” Alex Garrett said. The Garretts started decorating for Halloween shortly after they moved into their neighborhood about five years ago. “It keeps growing and growing,” Blair Garrett said. They don’t have kids themselves (“That’s the biggest question we get: ‘Your kids must love it?’” Alex Garrett said. “Nope. No kids.”), so they say the monsters referred to by the sign next to their front door announcing “the home of the Wicked Witch and her little monsters” refers to their two dogs, Lucy and Charlie. And, yes, the dogs dress up for Halloween. Blair Garrett caught the holiday decorating bug when she was growing up in Fort LauBH

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Redesigned Bobby Jones Golf Course prepares its big debut Continued from page 1 The $23 million remake of Bobby Jones, located off Northside Drive in Atlanta Memorial Park, includes a total reconstruction of the course. Instead of the previous 18 holes, it’s now a “reversible” nine-hole course that golfers can play in two directions. The brainchild of the late famed designer Bob Cupp, it’s one of only two reversible courses in the nation. And that’s just one of many big changes, from a rebuilt tennis center to the inclusion of a state golf hall of fame. Standing on a manicured green during a recent preview tour, General Manager Brian Conley said he’s seen quite a few courses in his time — including the championship set-up at Lanier Golf Club, which he formerly ran — but nothing like the new Bobby Jones. “This really doesn’t compare with anything,” he said. Marty Elgison has been working on Bobby Jones improvements for at least seven years, at first as a member of the Atlanta Memorial Park Conservancy. Now he’s head of the Bobby Jones Golf Course Foundation, a private group overseeing the reconstruction on behalf of the state, which now owns the course. Piloting a golf cart over the course’s rolling landscape during the tour, Elgison emphasized the intent to make it a welcoming and accessible public course, not just a “revolutionary” experience for pros. One of the simplest features is a lack of roughs. “One of the things we want to encourage is to play fast and have fun,” said Elgison. The tees will be gender-neutral, ranked by a numerical skill level rather than “men’s” and “women’s,” and were designed as accessible to people with disabilities under advisement from Buckhead’s Shepherd Center rehabilitation hospital. The city’s only public driving range is part of the project. Youth golf is important, too, with Bobby Jones serving as North Atlanta High’s home course. The redesign includes an instructional “short course” for kids to “grow the game,” Elgison said. But, for all those appeals to the public interest, not all members of the public were on board with remaking Bobby Jones, especially as the plans shifted over the years from minor upgrades to the massive reconstruction. Also unsettling to many was an ownership change, as the city of Atlanta handed over the course to the state in exchange for some downtown properties around Underground Atlanta.

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Top, a footbridge over Tanyard Creek, with the former clubhouse in the background. Above, one of the mature trees that was saved on the course fairway. Right, a pond on the new course doubles as irrigation.

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One of the things we want to encourage is to play fast and have fun. MARTY ELGISON

The foundation recently avoided possible legal action from a conservation advocacy group by agreeing to save and plant more trees, and is facing a pending lawsuit from a group of neighbors concerned about tree loss, traffic and other impacts. More general criticism has centered on expansion elements, including a large new clubhouse — it won’t open until sometime next year — that will house the hall of fame, offices for state golf associations, and a bar and grill called the Tenth Hole. Elgison says that massive change was needed to make the course safe and usable, and to live up to the legacy of its namesake, a top pro of the 1920s and longtime Buckhead resident who founded the Augusta National course and cofounded the Masters Tournament. The big challenge, Elgison said, was that the course sits on 128 acres instead of the 18-hole standard of 250. The course was still popular — workers dug up 1,400 lost balls during reconstruction — but its squeezed-in nature created some problems. One was safety: balls flying at other golfers from blind angles, among other issues, Elgison said. So Bob Cupp, a Brookhaven resident who was one of the world’s top course architects, proposed the reversible course as a way to get 18 holes for the space of nine. He died during the design process and his son Bobby finished the job. It’s an unusual set-up. Elgison discussed it while trying out a putt on one of the oversized greens, each of which has two holes. “I was as confused as anybody” when he first played the course, Elgison said, but he got used to it. Players will be able to use tablet computers programmed with an interactive course map to help them figure it out, too, he said. Some other changes aren’t as big as they seem, Elgison said. The “golf hall of fame” really will be more of a memorabilia room rented out for events, not a tourist destination, he said. Other changes don’t directly involve BH

Above, an overview of the new golf course as seen from one of its hills near Northside Drive. Below, an area where trees were saved will serve as a “short course” for children to learn golf.

golf, but are part of the rapidly changing landscaping. A redesigned Bitsy Grant Tennis Center next door was part of the project and opened in August with some courts atop a new, free parking deck. A new PATH Foundation multiuse trail, which is part of a connection to the At-

lanta BeltLine, recently opened alongside the course. As a public course, Bobby Jones will be open seven days a week and likely 365 days a year. The initial pricing for an 18-hole round is $45 to $85, Elgison said, a rate that may be adjusted de-

pending on public reaction. After a private soft opening for special donors, the course is expected to open to the public Nov. 5. For more information, see bobbyjonesgc.com.


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Bike share stations come to national park bordering Buckhead BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

A bicycle share service recently began offering rides at two stations in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area bordering Buckhead and Sandy Springs. And in November, the bike rental service, organized by Cobb County’s Cumberland Community Improvement District, will open a station at the Atlanta Braves’ SunTrust Park and Battery complex. It’s all part of a master plan for alternative transportation and trails throughout the Cumberland area, in a burgeoning trend in local cities as well. “The Cumberland area presents the opportunity to create a major bike hub,” says Cumberland CID Director of Operations Kyethea Clark, “with access to regional destinations such as The Battery Atlanta/SunTrust Park, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area…, CobbLinc Transfer Station and many other places of interest.” The bike share service, operated by the private company Zagster, opened stations in August at the national park’s Paces Mill/Palisades area off Northside Parkway, and the Cochran Shoals trail-

head off Interstate North Parkway. “The idea is that you can ride from one unit to the other,” said Bill Cox, the National Park Service’s superintendent at Chattahoochee River park system. Each station currently includes five bikes, painted white with the CID logo and equipped with a basket. The bikes are rented through a smartphone app or text messaging, which requires an account registration and a payment method. The first hour of riding is free, with each additional hour costing $2, up to a maximum of $16. Bike share programs are an increasingly popular form of alternative transportation nationwide and in the metro area. Atlanta launched its “Relay” bike share system last year, which includes some stations around Buckhead. Pri-

Bicycles in the Zagster bike share station at Cochran Shoals.

vate bike shares operate in such Perimeter Center office tower complexes as Sandy Springs’ Concourse Center and Brookhaven’s Perimeter Summit. Massachusetts-based Zagster operates more than 200 bike share systems in 35 states, including in Smyrna, Alpharetta and Kennesaw. In 2016, Zagster pitched its system to the city of Sandy Springs, which eventually decided its

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Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Produced by the work of more than 400 volunteers and with more than 240 artisans and crafters from around the Southeast, this event supports Marist School programs. Visit Holiday Tradition’s Cooked Goose Café for homemade corn chowder. Event admission: $5. No strollers. Marist School, 3790 AshfordDunwoody Road N.E., Brookhaven. Free shuttle service at Perimeter Summit, 2002 Summit Boulevard, Brookhaven. Info: marist.com/holidaytraditions.

THE ELEGANT ELF MARKETPLACE

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 9-10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (“Evening of Elegance,” Thursday, Nov. 8, 6:30-10 p.m.) This eighth annual event presented by the Sandy Springs Society features more than 90 vendors’ handcrafted artistic and gourmet creations and author book

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signings. Proceeds support the society’s grant program for community nonprofits. $5. An “Evening of Elegance” on Nov. 8 includes dinner, auctions and music. $115. City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs. Registration and other info: sandyspringssociety.org/the-elegant-elf.

DUNWOODY UMC HOLIDAY FESTIVAL

Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This 27th annual Dunwoody United Methodist Church indoor event features more than 100 juried artisans. All proceeds benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Shop for holiday gifts, buy Casseroles-to-Go and find garage saletype treasures. Silent auction bidding is already underway online at DUMCfest18. givesmart.com. Pancake Breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m., children’s activities, photos with Santa, BBQ and Chick-fil-A lunch. Free; fee for select children’s activities. Parking on site and at 100 Ashford Center North with a shuttle running from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Info: facebook.com/DUMCholidayfestival.

PERFORMANCES “AN EAST/WEST METAMORPHOSIS”

Sunday, Nov. 11, 4-5 p.m. The Virginia-Highland Chamber Music Society, featuring soprano Brianna Gilliam, pianist Randy Elkins, and Karen Zgonc on flute, performs at the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. $5; free for OUMA members. 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Brookhaven. Info: connect.oglethorpe.edu/event/2794427.

NOV 11 • DEC 9 Designed for little kids, big kids, and the whole family, Second Sundays are for everyone. Visit us each month and experience new interactive, innovative family activities inspired by our collections and ever-changing exhibitions. Second Sundays are sponsored by the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT FOR FAMILY PROMISE

Sunday, Nov. 11, 5 p.m. Family Promise of North Fulton/DeKalb partners with local congregations and others to provide emergency shelter and self-sufficiency solutions for homeless families with children. All proceeds from the fundraising concert, co-hosted by St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church and Peachtree Road Lutheran Church, benefit Family Promise. $20 donation suggested. St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Info: 770609-5407 or FamilyPromiseNFD.org.


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Saturday, Nov. 3, 7-10 p.m. A second annual evening of fundraising for Prevent Blindness Georgia includes a silent auction, music, cocktails and dinner. Last year’s event helped PBG screen 11,150 children for sight-stealing eye conditions and provide 22 vision clinics to adults in need. InterContinental Hotel Buckhead, 3315 Peachtree Road N.E., Buckhead. Ticket info: georgia.preventblindness.org/night-sightgala.

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Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 3, 4, 10 and 11, 3 p.m. Paddle quietly along the Chattahoochee River and take in the vibrant colors of the trees on these final opportunities to paddle with the Chattahoochee Nature Center until next spring. Ages 6+. $35; $30 CNC members. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Advance registration required: 770-992-2055 x237 or scheduling@chattnaturecenter.org. Register online: tinyurl.com/jvvooed.

Saturday, Nov. 10, 7-10:30 p.m. Good Mews, a no-kill, cage-free cat shelter, hosts its annual fall gala and auction at the Hyatt Regency at Villa Christina. This year’s theme, “30s For Our 30th,” commemorates the shelter’s 30th year of operation. 1930s era attire is encouraged. Live jazz, dinner and a presentation by Sterling “TrapKing” Davis of TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions. 4000 Summit Boulevard, Brookhaven. Ticket info: goodmews.org.

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Saturday, Nov. 3, 7:30 a.m. This Peachtree Road Race qualifying event benefits programs at St. Martin’s Episcopal School including rebuilding efforts for the Early Childhood Building which was severely damaged by arson in July 2017. Post-race celebration with music, food, and an award ceremony. $20 and up. 3110-A Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Brookhaven. Register: Search for “Warrior 5K” on RaceRoster.com.

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Sunday, Nov. 4, 3-4 p.m. Join Bike-Walk Dunwoody on the first Sunday of each month for a community bicycle ride. The event starts at 2:45 p.m. at Village Burger on Dunwoody Village Parkway with a short pre-ride safety talk. Riders depart at 3 p.m. for a 4.5-mile loop around Dunwoody. All ages and abilities welcome. Helmets required. Free. Hang out after the ride for $1 custards, $1 off beers, and post-ride socializing at Village Burger, 1426 Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Dunwoody. Info: bikewalkdunwoody.org.

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Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to noon. Chattahoochee Nature Center Horticulturist Julie Hollingsworth-Hogg helps you discover native plants you can grow in your yard for beautiful autumn plant displays. Ages 16+. $25; $20 CNC members. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Advance registration required: 770-992-2055 x237 or scheduling@chattnaturecenter.org. Register online: ecommerce.chattnaturecenter.org.

DUNWOODY FINE ART ASSOCIATION PROGRAM

Wednesday, Nov. 7, 9:30 a.m. Diana Toma, an artist and instructor who uses a free-flowing approach in her acrylic and watercolor paintings, is featured speaker for the association’s November meeting. The monthly meeting begins with refreshments and social time followed by the program at 9:45 a.m. Free. Open to all interested artists. Spruill Arts Center, Room 4, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodyfineart.org.

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Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 p.m. Bestselling author Winston Groom appears at the Atlanta History Center to discuss his book “The Allies: Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin, and the Unlikely Alliance That Won WWII.” Groom is the author of 18 previous books, including “Forrest Gump,” “The Generals,” and “The Aviators.” $10,

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Steaks and sides with restaurateur Michel Arnette BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Restaurateur Michel Arnette made a name for himself with his restaurants in Brookhaven — Haven, Valenzo and Vero — all located on bustling Dresden Drive and part of the Word of Mouth Restaurants group. He chose Brookhaven again to open his newest restaurant, Arnette’s Chop Shop, last year in the renovated Bagcraft Papercon building on Apple Valley Road in a complex named Apple Valley Brookhaven. Chef Stephen Herman, Arnette’s business partner, moved from Haven to Arnette’s Chop Shop, but is also the culinary executive director for all Word of Mouth restaurants. Arnette already has a fifth restaurant in the works, on Peachtree Road at the edge of Chamblee and Brookhaven. The concept is named The Royal, he said, and is a “blend of upscale diner meets roadhouse grill.” The site is an old gas station and the interior and exterior design “will be influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s

creative style,” he said. A longtime Brookhaven resident, he now lives in Sandy Springs.

Q: Why did you decide

Q: What do you like about Brookhaven? A: I’ve always loved its diversity of neigh-

A: I felt we had done

borhoods. You have Historic Brookhaven that borders with Lynwood Park and reaches to Brittany. Then, there is gentrified Brookhaven, which comprises Ashford Park, Brookhaven Fields, Brookhaven Heights and Drew Valley, which blends into Buford Highway.

Q: What prompted you

to open your restaurants on Dresden Drive?

A: My family lived in Ashford Park and I would drive Dresden Drive every day headed to Buckhead for work. Something kept telling me that this is where it begins. I had dreams of a warm and cozy little neighborhood restaurant where I could feed the soul of the community. I met the developer, Dan Woodley, and the rest is just a wonderful journey where we are still making our history.

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our work to bring attention to Dresden Drive. [Apple Valley Brookhaven] thrives as a wonderful mixed-use vibrant community center in the heart of our neighborhood. It was time to branch out. ApANGIE WEBB CREATIVE A variety of steaks highlight the menu at Arnette’s Chop Shop in ple Valley feels like that edgy enclave in Brookhaven, from dry aged strip steaks to Wagyu flat iron steaks. Brookhaven ripe for new development. It has that Inman Park and West Midtown vibe. How do you like your steak cooked? What sides and wine do you prefer with a steak dinner? What do you like and appreciate about Chef Herman? I am a fan of wet aging and love a prime

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A: Stephen has been with me since the be-

ginning. He is first a wonderful friend and a great partner. I trust him implicitly and he is skilled and gifted with creative culinary talents that I do not possess. I learned early in my career to surround myself with humble and trustworthy people and provide an environment for them to thrive.

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Do you think the restaurant scene is picking up outside the Atlanta intown area?

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The restaurant scene certainly has grown outside of the Perimeter. I believe it is due to urban sprawl and the planned home communities that have developed in the last 20 years. People also don’t want to deal with the traffic after a commute to and from work.

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has been a suburb of Atlanta. You could say the same of Buckhead some 25 to 30 years ago. It takes time and the efforts of many people for a neighborhood, and now a city, to become a dining destination. I like the word “destination” in dining destination. It’s derived from the word destiny. Most restaurateurs want a location that already has a built-in market; it is just safer. It is something special when you believe you have the ability to create the destination. I sure hope we are doing our part!

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rib eye steak served up just past medium rare. Add just about any kind of potato and anything green and I’m happy. As for beverage, I am a fan of a good pinot noir, burgundy or Brunello di Montalcino.

Q: Are you personally a good cook? A: Let’s get real here, I am educated in the

business of fine cuisine, but you do not want me cooking! I leave that to the talents of my chefs and my wife, who is an excellent cook.


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Book Festival of the MJCCA set for Oct. 30 to Nov. 18 The 27th annual Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA) is set for Oct. 30 to Nov. 18 with some of the nation’s bestselling authors. This year’s event features more than 45 authors, including Oscarwinning actor Tom Hanks (Oct. 30), former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman (Nov. 3), and two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Mike Luckovich of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Nov. 4). Most events will be held at the MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Some other authors scheduled to appear during the festival proper include Anna Quindlen, Stuart Eizenstat, director Kenny Leon, Jon Meacham, Liane Moriarty and NPR’s Peter Sagal. “Included in our exciting lineup are some of Atlanta’s best local authors presenting their work,” said Book Festival Co-Chair Susie Hyman in a press release. “Additionally, I am thrilled that we will bring back our ‘In Con-

versation’ interviews between authors and local journalists; as well as various events with book clubs from throughout the city.” Individual tickets and series passes are available. Some events are free. For the complete lineup and tickets, call 678-812-4005 or see atlantajcc.org/bookfestival.

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Aditya Barot, a sophomore at Dunwoody High School, used his passion for computer science to teach himself how to build a phone app, using most of his summer to build a game and publish it. Aditya has been invested in coding and app design from a very early age. He and his friends would often discuss their interest in the field and their plans to one day develop apps of their own, he said. He finished his first app earlier this year. Called Pixel.Jump, the app is a game where you must maneuver triangles at an accelerating speed. Although science, technology, engineering and math programs, often called STEM, are rapidly growing at both public and private schools, Dunwoody High does not yet offer many classes that teach the skills Aditya wanted to learn, so he set out on his own. “I would sign up for classes such as intro to digital technology or computer science, which I am taking this year, but I found that I didn’t learn much about programming other than the absolute basics,” Aditya said. Aditya, however, did not allow that to stop him. He began teaching himself to code and design as a freshman, often using sources such as YouTube tutorials and educational websites like Code Academy when he got stuck or needed help. Those tools paired with his extensive background in robotics helped him successfully learn the skill by himself. Developing Pixel.Jump took Aditya almost all summer. He started in late May, with sleepless nights and long days. “When I really got into it, I would spend hours working each day,” he said. Although the actual designing and building of Pixel.Jump wasn’t completely smooth sailing, the real challenge was getting it published. His major setback was not being able to publish the app as a minor, but his parents helped him work a way around the strict guidelines and he was able to publish it on the iPhone app store. “I’m glad I worked hard on it because, in the end, it paid off,” he said.

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Aditya hopes to attend Georgia Institute of Technology after graduating high school. He also plans to have his own app development or design company. “It’d be really cool to have a company of my own, where I’m in charge,” he said. This article was written and reported by Halimah Budeir, a junior at Fulton Science Academy and a Dunwoody resident. Editor’s Note: Through our “Standout Student” series, Reporter Newspapers showcases some of the outstanding students at our local schools. To recommend a “Standout Student” for our series, please email editor@ReporterNewspapers.net with information about the student and why you think he or she should be featured.


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Stigma biggest challenge to opioid epidemic, CDC director says BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said at a Buckhead event that the stigma against addiction is one of the biggest threats to combating the opioid epidemic, where he also discussed the flu and other public health threats. “Even the word ‘addict’ is stigmatizing,” Robert Redfield, the director of the Atlanta-based global health organization, said at the Oct. 11 Buckhead Business Association breakfast meeting. Opioids are a class of addictive, often easily lethal drugs that include opium and morphine as well as substances with similar effects. National controversy has raged over opioids available as prescription pills, such as oxycodone, while illegal varieties such as heroin and fentanyl now kill the most people through overdoses, nationwide and in local communities. Redfield, who was appointed to the position in March, called the opioid epidemic “the public health crisis of our time.” “One of the biggest challenges in the opioid outbreak is that stigma becomes the enemy of public health,” Redfield said. He said people should work to reduce the stigma associated with addictions so those affected are more likely to seek help. “When you relapse from cancer, we don’t give you a hard time,” he said. “It’s a medical condition, not a moral failure,” he said of opioid addiction. Redfield said it can be easy to not see the signs of addiction, even among family members. One of his three children almost died due to an opioid use, he said. He said it was a “tremendous learning experience” in how to help someone overcome an addiction. “Recovery is possible. It needs to be the rule, not the exception,” he said. He compared the stigmatizing qualities of the opioid epidemic to the HIV/AIDS outbreak. “If the AIDS epidemic didn’t help you re-evaluate how you may be inadvertently stigmatizing people, not intentionally, the opioid epidemic ought to wake us all up,” he said. But progress with the spread of AIDS is also a sign of hope for a breakthrough in

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treatment for opioid addiction, he said. “Very similar to the AIDS epidemic, science will solve it,” he said. Science has come a long way on AIDS treatments, with medicine now able to prevent transmission or acquisition of the disease, he said. Redfield has been researching HIV/AIDS for decades, including through partnerships with abstinence-promoting organizations, which became part of the controversy surrounding his appointment by President Donald Trump in March this year. Redfield’s appointment also received criticism for an unusually high salary initially offered, but was later lowered. Redfield did not take press questions, but BBA members did ask questions, including about the HIV/AIDS epidemic’s affect on Fulton County and how to convince people to get a flu shot. Like other diseases, HIV/AIDS still spreads despite the treatments and preventive medicine available, he said. Fulton County is among the top counties in the country for new HIV/AIDS diagnoses, Redfield said. “I do think there’s an opportunity to revisit how we can be more aggressive here,” he said of the county. “There still is a greater stigma of the AIDS epidemic in the South, and we need to take that on.” In a similar way, tens of thousands of Americans die each year despite the availability of seasonal vaccines. Over 80,000 Americans died from the flu last year, most of whom were not vaccinated, Redfield said. “There’s no reason for us to lose 1 million Americans over the next decade from the flu,” he said. Each season stories are typically spread about the people who got the flu despite being vaccinated, but those people are still much less likely to have severe reactions to the disease or to spread it to others, he said. “What the narrative should be is: How well does the vaccine keep you from dying from the flu?” Redfield said. He said the globe is at the same risk today as it was when a pandemic of flu began in 1918 and killed millions. “When people ask me what keeps me up at night, I will tell you [it] is pandemic flu,” he said. One of the best ways to prevent a pandemic flu is to properly respond to seasonal flu by getting vaccinated, Redfield said. “I can’t plead enough for people to get vaccinated,” he said. The business community and private sector are also important in reducing disease spread and creating cures, such as Rotary International’s goal on ending polio. Due in part to Rotary’s work, polio cases have reduced drastically from thousands to a handful of cases a year, he said. “We are on the verge of eliminating polio. Why? Obviously because of the vaccinations, but, more importantly, because a group of individuals had the ability to see the possible,” he said. Three other trends threatening public health are the increased amount of pathogens spread through insects, chronic illnesses caused by obesity and tobacco use, and antibiotic resistance, he said.

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Holy Spirit Prep seeks major site expansion diately to the north along Mount Paran Road, in Sandy Springs, is an archdiocese-owned property of roughly 13 acres. It has the church rectory and a couple of other older houses and small buildings, but is largely undeveloped. Plans show the archdiocese is attempting to purchase parts of two other lots off Jett Road to add about threequarters of an acre to the site. New buildings proposed in the school expansion include: ■ Two church school classroom buildings, each two stories tall and 20,000 square feet

■ Another private school classroom building, two stories and 50,00 square feet

■ A school recreation center, two stories and 50,000 square feet ■ A sports field ■ A parking deck, three stories tall with 250 spaces

■ A roughly 15-space surface parking area with a roundabout, as well as a new driveway

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Continued from page 1 field. The plans also add a large new rectory for Holy Spirit Catholic Church, which shares the school’s property. The plans require a conditional use permit. A community meeting about the plan is scheduled for Oct. 30, 6 p.m., at Holy Spirit Prep’s Upper School Library, 4449 Northside Drive. Holy Spirit Prep was founded in 1996 at what is still its Lower School campus on Sandy Springs’ Long Island Drive. The Upper School campus at Northside Drive and Mount Paran Road in Buckhead opened in 2003. The overall campus there is about 19.5 acres. The church and school sit right against the Atlanta-Sandy Springs border. Imme-

Police Blotter / Buckhead The following information, involving events that took place in Buckhead Oct. 1 through Oct. 18, was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its open data records.

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A map of Holy Spirit church and school’s proposed site expansion as filed with the city of Sandy Springs. The map is oriented with north to the left; the line down the middle is the Sandy SpringsAtlanta border. The property on the right is the existing church and Holy Spirit Prep campus; to the left are the proposed buildings and facilities of the expansion.

The plans also feature a new rectory, two stories tall and 12,000 square feet in size. For more information and to submit comments to city staff, see the city’s zoning web page through sandyspringsga.gov.

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