10-27-17 Dunwoody Reporter

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Chef-driven restaurants coming to Dunwoody Green BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

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The city of Dunwoody’s Urban Renewal Agency expects to finalize plans with a developer next month for the design and construction of several restaurants as part of the long-planned Dunwoody Green project. Economic Development Director Michael Starling said the URA is in the final stages of firming up a contract with developer Crim and Associates to build about five or six restaurants on about 2.5 acres in what’s designated as the city’s Project Renaissance urban redevelopment plan. The restaurants would be built around a small park space. The acreage, at the intersection of North Shallowford Road and Dunwoody Park, is part of the Dunwoody Green commercial site within the larger Project Renaissance development. “This is to be our Canton Street [in RoSee CHEF-DRIVEN on page 12

Excitement, wariness over Amazon HQ2 possibility BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

With the High Street property on Georgia’s official site list for its Amazon headquarters bid, residents and officials are voicing both excitement and wariness over the potential city-sized complex coming to town. Michael and Renee Fraser have lived in Dunwoody for 22 years. They don’t remember ever seeing anything but grass on the High Street property in Perimeter Center near the Sandy Springs border. See EXCITEMENT on page 22

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Council candidates make pitches during DHA forum BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

As the Nov. 7 election nears and with early voting already underway, the candidates for City Council are making their pitches to voters. At an Oct. 15 forum hosted by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, the six candidates running for three seats voiced their opinions and stances on such issues as density in Perimeter Center, traffic woes, apartment developments and more. Below are each candidate’s answers to several questions.

Post/District 1: Pam Tallmadge, Joe Hirsch Pam Tallmadge, the incumbent, is seeking election for her first four-year term. She is wrapping up a two-year term to complete Mayor Shortal’s term when he stepped down from the seat to run for mayor. She said there is a huge learning curve to serving on the City Council and she is now understanding the nuances of the seat and that is why she seeks re-election. Joe Hirsch, who sued the city in 2012 over its refusal to install his sign condemning the Public Works director, started off his comments by saying he believed Tallmadge was a “very nice lady” but that the city needed to

get away from the “establishment.” “I’m the person who can make the changes,” he said. Hirsch questioned the optics of Tallmadge’s volunteer role with the DHA as an organizer for its annual July 4th parade. He said the DHA’s role in working with developers could taint her role on the council. Tallmadge said volunteering to organize the parade has nothing to do with how she votes on the council. She said she listens to recommendations from the city’s Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals and staff and appreciates that DHA brings discussion on proposed developments to residents. Hirsch also questioned Tallmadge’s use of her city email in replies to constituents that ask if they are graduates of Dunwoody High School and want to be part of the school’s Wildcat Fund. He said it was unethical for a city council member to ask for a donation to the fund via her city email. Tallmadge responded by saying the Wildcat Fund is not just about fundraising but also about being involved in DHS activities and promoting the school. “I was not fundraising,” she said.

Post/District 2: Jim Riticher, Bobby Zuckman Jim Riticher, who is running for his sec-


About 50 people attended the DHA City Council candidate forum held Oct. 15.

ond term on the council, touted what he said were successes — the land swap with DeKalb County for a new Austin Elementary School, the purchase of a new City Hall and ongoing paving of city’s streets. Zuckman said he moved to Dunwoody two years ago from Brookhaven and said he wanted to focus on walkability and bicycle safety for residents and also wanted to make Dunwoody a more vibrant area. Zuckman said he hopes to see more vibrancy as well as improvement in communication between the city and residents. He said his young parent friends tell them they do not know what is happening in the city

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and are not able to go to City Council meetings held at 6 p.m. every other Tuesday. One resident from the audience said they can watch recordings of the meetings posted to the city’s website. He also said he felt there was disconnect between young, active residents and the city’s leadership. “As the community gets more involved, we will see a lot more young families move here,” he said. Riticher said the city has “done great work” in obtaining public input for its master plans, including its recently approved parks master plan that includes funding for a band shell and rectangular athletic fields. He said that process is successful and will take place again when the city decides what it wants to do with the Austin Elementary school site.

Post/District 3: Henry Biernfeld, Tom Lambert This is an open race after Councilmember Doug Thompson announced earlier this year he was not seeking re-election. Tom Lambert said the city has focused on its first 10 years making up for the years of neglect from DeKalb County. He said he’d like to see major projects, such as the Tilly Mill Road and North Peachtree Road intersection improvement, completed at a quicker pace. Lambert also noted Dunwoody has 50 percent rentals and 50 percent owner-occupied residents while he said the number should be 60-40 or 70-30 in favor of owner-occupied homes. He said he generally opposes more apartments. He also noted there are two Dunwoodys — the neighborhoods and Perimeter Center — and said he supported mixed-use developments over apartments because they don’t tax the city’s infrastructure like apartments do. Lambert floated his idea that the old Austin Elementary School building obtained during a land swap with DeKalb County to build a new AES could possibly become a senior center. Bierenfeld said more outreach by the city to the senior population to ask them what they want could be useful. He said there are also opportunities for seniors to serve as mentors and volunteer for numerous community organizations and said the city could perhaps sponsor some senior facilities. DUN

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State Rep. Taylor: ‘It was time’ to step aside BY DYANA BAGBY

Taylor is chair of the MARTOC committee, which oversees spending on MARTA. He said he prides himself in being a nearly daily MARTA rider. He also heads up the state Economic Development Subcommittee on Film and Entertainment. State Rep. Tom Taylor said after four terms in office, he thought it was best to let “I still have 14 months in office. I’m not resigning. There’s a lot to do,” he said. someone else step in. Taylor is part of a legislative study group to determine if it is time for state fund“It was time,” he said. ing to come into play when it comes to paying for MARTA. Taylor announced in October he was not seeking re-election in 2018. In an inter“But with state funding comes some state control,” he said. view he said that while he loves his job under the Gold Dome, it was time to bring in For the past several years, Taylor has also sponsored a bill to change the state new blood to the seat that represents Dunwoody, parts of Chamblee and Doraville. Constitution to allow for independent school districts. While the bill originated for He also acknowledged his drunk driving arrest and guilty plea last year “absoDunwoody to create such a school district, it would be for all cities in the state, lutely” played a role as well in his decision to not run again because of how it would he said. Changing the state Constitution requires a 2/3 majority of the Legislature likely be used against him in a viable campaign. which then sends it to the ballot for voters to decide. “I was wrong. I pled guilty because I knew it was an awful mistake,” he said. “It “I’ve always been able to get the bill out of committee, but never had votes to get was definitely going to be an issue in the campaign.” it out of the House. It’s not Republican or Democrat, black or white, it’s about turf,” Taylor was stopped last year in the city of Clayton in Rabun County for speeding he said. “Schools and rural hospitals are the largest employers in many districts.” and charged with DUI after a breathalyzer test “This is really my only regret,” he said. found his blood alcohol content was .225, more “But there is a major difference between than three times the legal limit. He also had sevpassing a bill and passing a constitutional eral teenage foreign exchange students in his veamendment and then a referendum.” hicle at the time. Taylor said that while he’s served four “I’m going to be real honest. This is an issue terms in the General Assembly, his days of I’ve dealt with for a long time,” he said. walking the halls of the Capitol go far back “It was almost a relief [when this happened] to when he lobbied for the creation and inwhere I said I need help. It was actually a wakecorporation of Dunwoody. up call. I realize I put lives in danger,” he said. “I’ve been at the Capitol for some 13 Asked how is recovery was going today, he years — that’s more than 20 percent of my said, “One day at a time.” life,” he said. “This should not be a career. I Taylor also said there is a sense of freedom looked at the picture of my freshman class now that he knows he does not have to run a reand more than half are gone now. election campaign. He said he intends to focus “This is something you do with a passion DYANA BAGBY on issues he is passionate about — transit and and then it’s time to leave,” he said. State Rep. Tom Taylor addresses the Dunwoody City Council at its filmmaking. Oct. 23 meeting to discuss upcoming legislation and priorities. dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

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Local players get a kick out of new sport of FootGolf BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net


Cesar Martinez kicks from a tee, while Victor Vazquez looks on, at Steel Canyon Golf Club’s FootGolf course.

A player teed up on a recent Saturday afternoon at Steel Canyon Golf Club in Sandy Springs and nailed a hole in one. His buddies had the usual response. “Gooooooooaaaalllll!” they shouted. If that sounds more like soccer than golf, it’s because the men were playing a combination of both. FootGolf, as it’s known, involves kicking a soccer ball into an oversized golf hole drilled into the fairway of a regular course. The sport was invented in Europe in the 1990s, but only recently came to America, where there’s now a professional American FootGolf League. Steel Canyon appears to be the only course in the immediate metro Atlanta area that offers FootGolf, though farther-flung courses in Blairsville, Rome and Social Circle have it. “The first time I heard it, I was pretty skeptical,” said Scott Busch, the owner and general manager of Steel Canyon, about the newfangled European sport. But when another course operator told him it was a hit, he gave it a try. He configured the Steel Canyon links for FootGolf last year, figuring it might fill in some


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• • • • Victor Vazquez watches a shot go in the hole along with fellow players, from left, Julio Martinez, Cesar Martinez and Rodrigo Garcia.

wintertime business. “It actually sort of exploded,” Busch said, describing it as drawing thousands of players by word of mouth. “We’ll get entire soccer teams coming out,” including the Oglethorpe University squad, he said, adding it’s also popular for kids’ birthday parties and groups of millennials. FootGolf’s rules are much like that of regular golf, and so is the goal: get the ball in the hole with as few tries as possible. The difference is kicking a soccer ball instead of hitting a golf ball with a club, and doing it on an abbreviated course. At Steel Canyon, the 18 FootGolf holes – each 22 inches wide, Busch says – are drilled into the front nine fairways on a shortened course-within-thecourse. The FootGolf course yardages range from 46 to 160 and the holes have golf-style pars of 3 to 5 kicks. Superimposing a FootGolf course onto a regular course can spark some cultural clashes, Busch acknowledged. Especially in the beginning, he said, “golfers were freaked out to have soccer players right in the middle of the them” and vice versa. Steel Canyon has adopted a special time just for FootGolf play-

ers to minimize that mixing. However, some conflicts were still evident during the recent Saturday game. The director of a junior golf competition playing nearby holes twice had to ask the FootGolfers to quiet down, and another group of golfers said that if they had known FootGolf was underway, they would have played at another course. Busch said the junior golfers arrived late for their tournament and would not have shared the course with FootGolfers otherwise. The tradeoff is opening up the pleasures of the golf course to people who wouldn’t play otherwise, Busch said. Aside from the kicking, FootGolf has the similar appeal of spending time talking with friends in a strolling game across the landscape. “It’s a lot easier than golf. That’s the primary appeal,” Busch said, adding that only about 7 to 8 percent of Americans play golf. And it can be appealing even to a golf course owner. “Sometimes I have more fun … playing foot golf,” Busch said, calling FootGolf “all of the fun … with none of the grief.” For more about FootGolf at Steel Canyon, see steelcanyongolfclub.com.

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Def Leppard drummer brings his veteran-inspired art to local galleries BY JOHN RUCH johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

As the drummer for the legendary rock band Def Leppard, Rick Allen knows that timing is everything. So it’s no coincidence that his upcoming appearances at Buckhead and Dunwoody galleries to showcase his other creative work — mixed-media paintings, decorated drums and jewelry — are set for Veterans Day. The “Drums for Peace” artwork ties into, and helps fund, Project Resiliency, a nonprofit program Allen and wife Lauren Monroe formed to provide therapy and healing to veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder. The effort has become therapy for Allen himself, he says, as working with veterans made him aware that he suffers PTSD from the infamous 1984 car crash in which he lost his left arm. In a phone interview from his California home, Allen said his work with veterans “became a healing tool for me. It became a two-way street.” It also attuned him, he says, to the

many different types of trauma that his fans and others cope with. “We wear a convincing mask, but everybody’s suffering,” he said. Those are remarkably vulnerable words from a larger-than-life heavy metal hero known to fans as the “Thunder God.” Allen has one of rock’s great comeback stories, returning from the seemingly careerending injury with a new, more foot-centered drumming technique. He was soon back behind the kit to propel Def Leppard through its 1987 smash hit “Hysteria,” still one of the best-selling hard rock albums. (The band will tour North America and possibly Europe early next year on the new “Hysteria” 30th anniversary box set, Allen said.) But behind the comeback and success, Allen says, he was suffering and self-destructive. After pleading guilty to spousal abuse of his former wife in the mid1990s, Allen began straightening his life out. In 2001, he translated his interest in meditation, art therapy and other heal-



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ing into the Raven Drum Foundation, intended to help other people in “crisis.” In 2006, a visit to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., led him to make the foundation’s work more veterans-focused. “It was just as simple as, go spend time with people with similar injuries to me,” Allen said of his reason for visiting the military hospital. “I saw how much suffering there was, but I also experienced how much potential healing there was.” Meeting veterans struggling with PTSD awakened him to his own and how “trauma had really upset my balance … my existence.” “I held it together there,” he said, but returned to the hotel, called his wife, and broke down. “It was the realization that I was one of them, in terms of my experience with extreme trauma,” he said. Allen now partners with such organizations as the Wounded Warrior Project to offer a wide variety of therapeutic events, which he often attends. Some are lengthy retreats with drum circles and horseback rides. When Def Leppard is on tour, it might be an informal group therapy session backstage before the show. In those pre-show gatherings, Allen said, “I’ll go into my experience of my car accident and how it affected me … pushing people I loved away from me, self-medication. I’ve experienced a fair amount of tears — people just letting it out … While I’m up there playing drums … I’m thinking about all those people I just talked with.” Painting and photography are Allen’s early artistic loves, which he returned to in recent years after painting with his now 7-year-old daughter. While painting in his garage and joining Def Leppard on a massive tour are different expressions, Allen said they’re similar as therapy and as unifying people in what he called a “disappointing” time of cultural division. “Music and art bring people from all walks of life together, and most importantly, [they] bring people together without words,” he said. “Personal experiences are more powerful than having somebody writing it down and reading it in a textbook.” A blend of pop and abstract styles, Allen’s visual art often uses images of places or objects from his life, such as the London double-decker buses he says he is now painting in his garage. Common motifs are the flags of his native U.K. and his current home, the USA; both appear within a Purple Heart medal in a special piece he created for the local Veterans Day shows, where part of the sales will benefit Project Resiliency. Allen says the flags touch on patriotism. What does patriotism mean to him? “That’s a really good question,” he said. “To me, it’s about loving fellow human beings and giving people that respect, whether it’s people on the planet now” or people who are remembered for their “integrity and truth.” “I don’t relate it to something political or even military … It’s something that

brings people together,” he said. “I want it to be a unifying factor. If we all keep trying to throw a different slant, a different angle, on what it means to be patriotic, maybe that’s what we need to be searching for.” Allen has seen cultural division up close during the 1980s culture wars, when a politically powerful group called the Parents Music Resource Center attempted to restrict or censor metal and rock albums, often by promoting SPECIAL conspiracy theoRick Allen’s painting “Courage After Combat.” ries. Def Leppard made the PMRC’s “Filthy Fifteen” list of seriously, he added of the would-be censongs it claimed were corrupting youths sors, “Hopefully, people went into detail a into sex, drugs, crime, suicide and Satanlittle more and said, ‘These guys aren’t so ism. bad after all.’ … Hopefully, they’re grow“By today’s standards, we’re like the ing into grace and wisdom.” Andrews Sisters,” Allen joked, saying the “I don’t like to see division. We’re so PMRC’s claims seemed ridiculous. More

R I C K A L L EN A P P EA R A NC ES Saturday, Nov. 11

Rick Allen will appear at Wentworth Gallery locations in Perimeter Mall and Phipps Plaza Mall. The public is welcome, but RSVPs are strongly recommended due to limited space. 1-3 p.m. Perimeter Mall 4400 Ashford-Dunwoody Road Dunwoody RSVP: 770-913-0641 or perimeter@wentworthgallery.com. 5-8 p.m. Phipps Plaza Mall 3500 Peachtree Road Buckhead RSVP: 404-233-0903 or phipps@wentworthgallery.com. Allen’s art will remain on display for public view and purchase. For more about Allen and his nonprofit, see rickallen.com and project-resiliency.org

much stronger when we’re together,” Allen added. “Even when you have differences, talk about the things we have in common first.”

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Nancy Beane, counselor at Westminster As college application season ramps up, seniors at the Westminster Schools in Buckhead are getting some awardwinning advice from counselor Nancy Beane. years. Beane recently won a national award from the What do you want to Association of College see in students you counCounselors in Independent sel? Schools. The Marty Elkins Award for Excellence in I want to see them develCollege Counseling is given op the confidence to know to one counselor each year that they can succeed, to es“to recognize those among tablish a strong work ethus whose work enriches ic that they will continue SPECIAL Nancy Beane. our profession,” according to develop as they become to the association’s website. Beane said she lifelong learners, to learn to think critical“was totally shocked and deeply honored” ly, to learn to work collaboratively, and to to receive the award. make an effort to establish mutual respect Beane, an educator for 44 years, became between themselves and all around them. a counselor at Westminster in 1992. She I want them to know that the world truly said she initially turned down the job, but needs their time, talents and skills and that now “cannot imagine doing anything else.” they have a responsibility to give their best each and every day.



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Q: What do you do in your counselor position?

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possible colleges, possible majors, possible locations, etc. While I do not do school counseling (emotional and counseling dealing with learning issues), much of my work is broader than just the college process. As a college counselor, I start working with individual students when they are juniors and continue working with them through their senior year. I travel to a good many colleges each year, attend conferences of admissions representatives and college counselors, go to meetings at school, consult with teachers about my students’ work in their classes and attend many of my students’ activities.

Q: What keeps you going year after year? A: I truly believe in the work I am doing.

It’s my job to help equip students with the skills to continue their growth, to help them believe in themselves, to develop the determination to work hard and succeed, to learn how to think critically and problem solve and to learn how to work collaboratively. I still enjoy the work and am in awe of my students and all they do. Early on, I became active in professional organizations. Through these groups, I have had numerous opportunities to focus more broadly on students and issues affecting them statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. I have had tremendous concerns about the need for equity of opportunity and success for all students, whatever age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, learning differences or other aspects of their lives. There is so much work that needs to be done to make sure that that we meet the needs of all students and our work has become so much more complex through the

Q: What is your advice for high school seniors and their families?


The first piece of advice is to take a deep breath and to make sure they don’t allow the college application process to overwhelm them. By taking the process a step at a time, giving their best in and out of the classroom, not expecting that everything will go perfectly and truly putting the process in perspective, I think they will have a good outcome. Where a student goes to college will not determine that person’s life in and of itself. What the students do with where they go is much more important than going to particular schools. I am concerned about much more than just where my students want to go to college and where they end up going. Understanding that the path won’t always be easy will make the journey more meaningful and workable in a lot of ways.


What are you most proud of in your career?


I’m most proud of my students with whom I’ve worked through the years. I truly believe in each and every one, think every student has the potential to learn and to thrive in school, and I’m honored to have hopefully played some small role in their journey through life.


What was your response when you found out you won the award?

A: I was totally shocked and deeply hon-

ored. I’ve had amazing opportunities and tremendous support in every school where I’ve worked, and I’m grateful to the profession and my colleagues in every school where I’ve served and in the professional organizations in which I have been a member.

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North Springs Charter High School’s Future Business Leaders of America club created, planned and executed a fundraiser that raised $1,700 to benefit the AtlanSPECIAL ta/Central Georgia North Springs Charter High School FBLA members March of Dimes. present a check for $1,700 to March of Dimes Senior Development Officer Erika Perry [center]. Over 1,000 students purchased a $1 ticket to march around the Sandy Springs school’s athletic field during the last class of the day, and for an additional dollar participated in the largest water balloon fight in school history, a press release said. The fundraiser benefited the local Atlanta chapter of the March of Dimes, a nationwide nonprofit that works to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. “Your donation will help fund research to understand why too many babies are born too early in Georgia,” Erika Perry, senior development manager for the Atlanta March of Dimes, said in a press release. “You have made a difference and we thank you all.”


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The DeKalb County School District announced Oct. 20 it will revise the schedule for extending the school days to make up for instructional time lost during Hurricane Irma. The school days will now be extended by 20 minutes until Nov. 30. The district originally announced the extended days would go until the end of the semester on Dec. 20. The district then revised that schedule to end Oct. 31, citing community feedback, before moving the end date to Nov. 30. 335 COLEWOOD The extended days will allow the district to recover three of the four days lost to Irma, according to the release. The district will waive the fourth day, the press release said. “This month, we have diligently surveyed a cross section of parents, teachers, principals, teacher organizations, parent-teacher organizations, parent council groups, and school council members. Ex5122 epst SimBuckhead ad 7_17_1.indd 1 tending the school day with this schedule is the least disruptive for all parties,” R. Stephen Green, DeKalb’s superintendent and CEO, said in a press release. The press release also said DeKalb “will continue an aggressive communications campaign to keep students, parents and the community informed about how this temporary schedule change will impact student transportation, afterschool programs and athletics.” Updates will be available on the district’s website at www.dekalbschoolsga.org, its mobile app and on Facebook and Twitter, the release said.

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Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School in Sandy Springs will host its second annual “STEMsational Saturday,” a math and engineering event for young children, on Nov. 4. The STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — event, which is free and open to the public, invites children ages 3-6 and their parents to spend the morning programming robots, building sail cars and launching straw rockets, a press release said. The event begins at 9 a.m. at the Alan A. Lewis Primary School, 805 Mount Vernon Hwy. To RSVP, call 404-303-2150, ext. 276 or email kay.wright@hies.org.


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A Attend a costume party at a


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We metro Atlantans are a party people, and Halloween is no exception. Asked the best way an adult could celebrate Halloween, about half of the 200 respondents to the Reporter Newspapers’ latest 1Q.com cellphone survey voted to get dressed up and head to a costume party. Most of the rest opted for trick-or-treating. Twenty-three percent voted to stay home and hand out candy to costumed kids, while 16 percent wanted to take their costumed kids out for a night of trick-or-treating. So, candy either way. Who — or what — should you expect to see filling those parties or walking the streets come Halloween night? Some are going with fairly traditional Halloween getups: witches, vampires, zombies, pirates. A few plan to embody specific creatures: Dracula, say, or Death, or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, or the Kool-Aid Man, or Curious George, or Grumpy Cat. A 63-year-old Sandy Springs man said he would be an Atlanta Falcons player. Others plan to act like movie characters: Snow White, Cruella De Vil, characters from “Beauty and the Beast,” Harry Potter, “scary Mickey Mouse.” There were a bunch with plans to dress as characters from Cartoon Network shows. One 27-year-old Atlanta woman somehow intends to be both Dory and Nemo. Atlanta’s newest movie antihero is getting some costume attention, as a 35-year-old man will become the title character from the locally filmed thriller “Baby Driver.” Still others plan to don secret identities as superheroes: Spider-Man, Captain America, Batman (or, as one 33-year-old Atlanta woman responded, “Batman!!!”) And the many Batmen will need to watch their backs, because others planned to hit the streets as comic book supervillains Harley Quinn and Bane. One woman said she will be a “superhero so my daughter can see I’m a super mother.” Halloween also has become a time to make some sort of political statement. Joining the political costume parade this year will be several versions of the current U.S. president, including “Sexy Donald Trump” and “Donald Trump deporting you.”

There also will be Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Adams, King George III and a 23-year-old man who said he planned to portray “an uninformed voter – the scariest thing of all.” Then there were the themed couple costumes. One Atlanta couple plans to dress up as TV painter Bob Ross and his canvas. Another intends to go as characters Pam and Jim from the Halloween episode of the TV show “The Office.” A 19-year-old Buckhead man said he will dress up as an ear of corn while his date dresses as a unicorn. Together, he said, “we are both going to be uni(corn)s.” “A PG adult version of My Little Pony – my daughter loves us to match,” said a 36-year-old Dunwoody mom. Other tricksters planned equally creative costumes. One 45-yearold woman says she’ll be an “embarrassing mom.” A 28-year-old man will dress as a “tacky tourist,” while a 30-yearold man said he’ll pose as an “offended millennial.” A 28-year-old Brookhaven woman plans to go as “a cereal killer.” And a 36-year-old Atlanta woman said she will dress as boxed wine. And one 37-yearold woman said her costume this year would be a hospital gown. “I’m scheduled for a Halloween C-section!” she wrote.

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Revenge is best served by Bitmoji To the absolute horror of my children, I now have a Bitmoji. And I finally figured out that a very effective way to get back at the offspring for all the years of toddler tantrums, teen angst and post-graduate anxiety (and let’s not forget the combined 73 hours of labor), is to bombard them with Bitmojis … constant streams of cringe-worthy Bitmojis. Robin Conte is a writer It’s like seeing me in a and mother of four who bathing suit. They hate it. lives in Dunwoody. She A Bitmoji, as you can be contacted at know, is basically an robinjm@earthlink.net. emoji cubed. It’s a smileyface unleashed in its animated form. It’s an iPaper doll with attitude. It’s an app on your smartPhone that creates a cartoon avatar of yourself and comes to life as your alter ego, complete with your face, your hair, your eyes and your wardrobe of choice. It was apparently invented for 12-year-old girls and middle-aged women, but now practically everyone has one. One of the allures of Bitmoji-dom is that you can create your own and ostensibly personalize it to look just like you. But who are we kidding? It will look much better than you do. Faster than you can say “Botox,” you can choose a wrinkle-free complexion; in the time it takes to google “Mediterranean diet,” you can give your cyber-self a flab-free body.

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And then you can revert to your inner child and dress your little bitty Bitmoji. I’ve done all that, and I have produced a Bitmoji that is way hotter than I am. She dresses better than I do, too. I’m actually getting jealous of my Bitmoji because she looks good in everything, even outfits I haven’t worn since I was 21, like a midriff top and cutoff shorts. She’s fab in the Wonder Woman getup, and she totally rocks the Turtleneck & Chain. She even looks good in a broken eggshell. My Bitmoji is also more coordinated than I am, more adventurous than I am, more competent than I am, and wittier than I am. Plus, she has a lot more fun than I do. I don’t know if I can live up to her. But I’m still going to keep her around, because everything is cute in Bitmoji speak. You see, a Bitmoji is like an Irish accent, in that you can say anything with one and get away with it. You want to break up? Say you’re running late? Dis someone? Ask someone to the prom? There’s a Bitmoji for that. And there’s a Bitmoji that says, “There’s a Bitmoji for That.” Which brings me back to annoying the kids. Why just ask them to call me when I can send my Bitmoji with a megaphone to do the dirty work? Or I could opt for a sassy message in the form of my Bitself flopping on the couch, asking the colorful question, “What Up Fam?” If they’re not sending me photos or following through on various tasks, I can admonish them with my Bitself dressed as a carrot top and threaten to send more. Once they see me in Bitform, striking a John Travolta “Saturday Night Fever” pose beneath a disco ball, they’ll Bitmoji Robin may not look beg for mercy. vengeful, but don’t let that fool you. Revenge is sweet.

I’m actually getting jealous of my Bitmoji because she looks good in everything, even outfits I haven’t worn since I was 21, like a midriff top and cutoff shorts.


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Chef-driven restaurants coming to Dunwoody Green Continued from page 1 swell] or Dresden Drive [in Brookhaven],” Starling said. “It will be walkable and is intended to give a sense of place ... and that is a destination for folks.” Residents have long said they want more local and chef-driven restaurants in the city, Starling said, and this section of the project is intended to meet that need. No timeline has been set for when the restaurants would be completed, but the city hopes to have a contract signed by the end of November. The search for a developer has taken more than a year. “We purposely carved out this community node in Project Renaissance ... to reimagine ... what the Georgetown community area could be,” Starling said. The restaurants would include outdoor seating and encourage community interaction and walkability, he said. The URA owns the property and the site is an extension of a public purpose


Renderings of the Dunwoody Green commercial node of the Project Renaissance project shows an archway that would lead into an area where several chefdriven restaurants are expected to be built.

of Project Renaissance, which includes the creation of parks, new residential units and a multi-use trail system, Starling explained. Plans are to have the commercial development be a catalyst for additional development activity in the Georgetown area and North Shallowford Road Corridor, while also creating a sense of place for the community, he said. Project Renaissance goes back to 2012, when 35 acres were purchased by the city. The property now is owned by the URA. One parcel is the 16-acre property known as the “PVC Farm” – for its previously half-developed state with pipes sticking out of the ground -- that City Council purchased for $5 million. The other is the 19-acre site of the former Emory Dunwoody Hospital. The city selected John Wieland Homes and Neighborhoods as its development partner after an invitation for proposals. Wieland purchased some 13 acres and is nearly finished building more than 110 homes. Starling said the city’s decision to purchase the property and plan Project Renaissance was a “bold move” to design and implement a vision the city leaders saw fit for the area. The housing market is “white hot” right now, he said, and the Wieland homes have been selling quickly. It would be the City Council’s decision if it wanted to get back in the real estate business such as it did with Project Renaissance, Starling said, but the fact is there are not many large plots of land remaining in the city, he said. “I absolutely think [Project Renaissance] is a huge success,” Starling said. “But our bandwidth is limited in Dunwoody and I can’t imagine another project of this scope. There is very little land left.” DUN

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Dunwoody Senior Baseball President Jerry Weiner, far left, with Austin Elementary Principal Ann Culbreath, PTO Co-President Nina Arnold, and school council member Christy Kramer during a farewell to the ballfields event Oct. 21.


Dunwoody Senior Baseball players and fans said farewell Oct. 21 to the ballfields the league has called home for the past 42 years. The field house and concession stand at the fields at Dunwoody Park on Roberts Drive are to be torn down in the next few weeks as the DeKalb County School District readies to build the new Austin Elementary School on the site. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. Dunwoody Senior Baseball will move its league play next spring to new fields now under construction by the city at Peachtree Charter Middle School and adjacent to Brook Run Park. The land swap between the city and DeKalb Schools was approved last year. The new fields, owned by the city, will be shared with Peachtree Charter Middle School. The fields will be artificial turf with dirt mounds. One field will measure 315 feet to the outfield fence while the other will stretch 365 feet to the centerfield fence. Dunwoody Senior Baseball President Jerry Weiner introduced Austin Elementary School Principal Ann Culbreath, PTO co-president Nina Arnold and school council member Christy Kramer at the farewell ceremony as the “new owners of the fields” and presented them with DSB baseball caps.

CIT Y C O UN C IL A P P ROVES $2 4 M 2 0 1 8 B UDGET

The mayor and City Council voted Oct. 23 to approve a $24 million budget. The budget was included in the consent agenda and included no discussion. A public hearing on the budget was held two weeks ago. The approved budget includes $850,000 for a Winters Chapel multiuse trail as part of connection to Peachtree Corners and is part of a plan that goes back several years. The budget also includes: ■ $4.6 million budget for Public Works, with $3.3 million going toward paving and resurfacing city streets; ■ $200,000 to the Dunwoody Nature Center for its new pavilion; DUN

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The city’s Alcohol License and Review Board voted Oct. 17 not to suspend the license of Total Wine and More after the liquor store was recently ticketed for selling alcohol to a minor. According to minutes of the hearing, the board agreed that the licensee violated the code section and violated the terms of its license, but that “suspension of their license is not necessary.” Total Wine and More is located at 124 Perimeter Center West. Board members were told by Total Wine and More’s attorney that the staff has been retrained. Six businesses total were cited in Februrary during undercover operation in which officers used an underage teenager to make attempts to purchase alcohol at the businesses. At the Sept. 18 meeting of the Alcohol License and Review Board, five of the six businesses agreed on negotiated terms with the city to prohibit alcohol sales for one day as their punishment. The businesses receiving punishment and the day they were scheduled to suspend alcohol sales are: ■ BP gas station, 4368 N. Peachtree Road, Sept. 26. ■ BP gas station, 4485 Chamblee-Duwoody Road, Sept. 25. ■ Outback Steakhouse, Ashford Crossing, Oct. 31. ■ Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant, 118 Perimeter Center West, Oct. 31. ■ Eclipse Di Luna, 4505 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Nov. 27. Total Wine and More had its hearing delayed from that Sept. 18 date to Oct. 17 due to other legal matters.

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ball field. A 5-foot-tall fence around the football field is expected to be completed in the next few weeks and the refurbishing of the track should be finished by November, she said. A paved walkway around the track is under construction. The second phase of the project includes new lights at the football field and the adjacent girls’ softball field, she said.

A $20,000 check delivered this month to the Game On Campaign volunteers brings them a bit closer to an ambitious $2 million goal to renovate and repair the Dunwoody High School football and softball fields and refurbish the aging track. The hefty donation came from the All Fore One golf tournament held on Oct. 2. The All Fore One committee is comprised of parent volunteers from Dunwoody High School, Peachtree Charter Middle School, Austin Elementary, Chesnut Elementary, Dunwoody Elementary, Hightower Elementary, Kingsley Elementary and Vanderlyn Elementary. “It’s huge,” DHS football coach Mike Nash said of the donation. “This campaign is almost $2 million, so every little bit helps.” Melissa Humphries, parent of a student athlete and member of the Dunwoody High School Community Association, said the Game On Campaign has raised some $450,000 in its first year. With that money, the Left, Melissa Humphries and DHS football coach campaign has paid for new alumiMike Nash sit on the new benches recently num bleachers that were recently ininstalled at the high school football field. stalled on the visitors’ side of the foot-

Another part of the second phase is construction of an archway and brick path leading to the football stadium and a new concession stand and restroom facility. Game On Campaign officials hope to raise another $400,000 by the end of DecemPHOTOS BY DYANA BAGBY ber to cover the costs Dunwoody High School Principal Priscilla Cole, center, holds an oversized $20,000 check donated to the school’s Game of the second phase, On Campaign to renovate and repair the athletic fields. Humphries said. Coach Nash said Dunwoody would not comment specifiwhen he came to DHS two years ago, the cally about the Game On Campaign. He football field was “unplayable.” The team’s did say the school district budget is bigbooster club and other volunteers worked ger “than it has ever been” at $1.7 billion. over the summer to fix up the field with “There is a retention swamp in front natural grass and now freshman football of Dunwoody High School the school disgames and junior varsity games can be trict can’t maintain to code,” he said. “The played on the field, he said. school district couldn’t take care of Dun“I’m a coach, but sometimes I feel like all woody’s middle school football fields, so I do is cut grass and raise money,” Nash said. they are letting the city take care of it.” The varsity football team plays its “Perhaps [the lack of funding is] for home games at Chamblee, but plans to the same reason that the school district return to its own school’s field after the buys 100 percent of the football equipwork of the campaign is finished. ment — shoulder pads and helmets DeKalb Schools did not respond to a — for all the students at all the high request for comment. schools, except Dunwoody High School School Board member Stan Jester of and Lakeside High School,” he said.

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The opening of the historic Donaldson-Bannister Farm could take place in time for the holidays. Parks and Recreation Director Brent Walker said contractors are still finishing up grading, paving and constructing walls for a walkway on the property. The final touches should be done by November, he said. The Dunwoody Preservation Trust hopes to hold a ceremony in time for the holidays, but Walker said a date won’t be set until more work is completed. The farm and its property are closed to the public during the week for construction. Walker said the property was open on weekends for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust’s Apple Cider Days events in October. Otherwise, the property and use of the grounds and the house remain closed, he said. “Besides the festivals, it is still closed to the public,” Walker said. Pipe work to allow drainage from the house still must be laid and cement must be poured for sidewalks. Construction of small walls for the walkway also must be completed. The City Council voted July 10 to award a contract not to exceed $558,000 for site improvements at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm to include handicapped parking and Americans with Disabilities Act regulated accessibility to the house and restrooms. Last spring, the city put in a new gravel parking lot located off the Vermack Road entrance. The Dunwoody Preservation Trust, the nonprofit organization that works with the city to manage the Donaldson-Bannister Farm, recently put $228,000 toward the final touches to the farm while the city paid $300,000 through the city’s Facilities Improvement Partnership Program to put in the final touches. Built in 1867, the Donald-Bannister Farm is the second oldest home in Dunwoody. Since 2009, the home located at 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Nov. 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees Nov. 5 and Nov. 12 at 3 p.m.

An ambivalent Cinderella, a bloodthirsty Little Red Riding Hood and a charming prince with a roving eye all get their wishes in Act3 Productions’ presentation of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods.” $15-$30. Act3 Playhouse, Sandy Springs Plaza, 6285-R Roswell Road, Sandy Springs. Ticket and schedule info: act3productions.org.


Friday, Nov. 10 to Sunday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday. Picnicking and music begins one hour before show time.

Stroll through Dunwoody Park, led by lantern light, in a family-friendly evening of 20-minute stories, plays and reenactments drawn from the “Red Book” history of Dunwoody. Free, with limited tickets. Hosted by the Stage Door Players, the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, the Dunwoody Nature Center and the city of Dunwoody and presented by Country Gardens. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Ticket info: dunwoodynature. org/theater-in-the-park.


Saturday, Nov. 4, 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets include free beginner Zydeco dance lesson at 7 p.m.

The Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association presents a concert and Zydeco dance with Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys. No partner necessary. All ages welcome. Cajun/Creole food for sale from Fusions Catering. Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs. $18, $14 active military, $5 students. An intermediate/advanced Zydeco dance lesson will be held separately at the Benson Center from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. $15. Info: aczadance.org.

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DUNWOODY COMMUNITY BIKE RIDE Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A community ride for all ages and abilities kicks off at Dunwoody’s Village Burger. Helmets are required and bikes with gears are recommended to handle hills on a 4.5-mile loop around Dunwoody. Riders age 10 and under must be with an adult. Ride cancelled in inclement weather. 1426 Dunwoody Village Pkwy., Dunwoody. Info: bikewalkdunwoody.org.

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This fourth annual 5K is a Peachtree Road Race qualifier that starts and finishes at Lake Forest Elementary School. Pre-race warmup by fitness professionals, live entertainment and vendor booths. Proceeds support the Sandy Springs Education Force. 5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. $30-$35 adults; $12-$15, children 12 and under. Registration info: active.com. Use keywords: Footprints for the Future. Continued on page 18

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Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This seventh annual event presented by the Sandy Springs Society showcases 85 vendors’ unique jewelry, glass, wood and metal crafts, seasonal decor and gourmet foods. Musical and dance performances, fashion show, “Polar Express Cafe,” and an appearance by Steve Penley, who will sign his book, “Reagan and the American Ideal.” $5; free for children 10 and under. Proceeds support the Sandy Springs Society’s grant program for community nonprofits. Lake Forest Elementary School, 5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: www. sandyspringssociety.org.

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One of the largest juried arts and craft shows in the Southeast, this event is produced through the work of 400 volunteers with more than 240 vendors. Proceeds support Marist School programs. $5, no strollers. Lunch available for sale. 3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Road N.E., Brookhaven. Free shuttle service at the Ashford Green office complex, 4170 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Info: marist.com/ holidaytraditions.



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DUNWOODY UMC HOLIDAY FESTIVAL Saturday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Dunwoody United Methodist Church presents its 26th Annual Holiday Festival, an indoor event featuring handmade arts and crafts by 125 artisans. Other activities include an online silent auction, “Attic Treasures” sale, Book Nook, Casseroles-to-Go, pancake breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m., BBQ and Chick-fil-A lunch, children’s activities and photos with Santa. Proceeds benefit Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. Free; fee for some children’s activities. 1548 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Info: dunwoodyumc.org.


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Saturday, Nov. 4, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Presented by the nonprofit organization We Love BuHi, this event celebrates Día De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and Latin American countries to honor departed family members and ancestors. Community altars, traditional arts and crafts and music, food for sale, and a one-mile round-trip walking procession and bicycle parade on Buford Highway after the sun sets. Free. Northeast Plaza, 3307 Buford Highway N.E., Brookhaven. Info: welovebuhi.com.

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“SOUP’ER FALL FOODS” Monday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Learn techniques to make rich and flavorful autumn meals including butternut squash, lentil soup, spicy black bean soup, broccoli-cheddar soup and zuppa al cioccolato (chocolate soup) at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. Members: $45. Non-members: $55. Advanced registration requested. MJCCA-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Register: atlantajcc.org. Info: email Howard Schreiber at howard.schreiber@ atlantajcc.org.

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One of the largest whisky tasting events in the U.S., this affair features more than 200 distilled spirits from around their globe, along with their makers and ambassadors. A benefit for the North Atlanta Rotary Foundation, the event includes whiskey seminars, whiskey and food pairings and whiskey and cigar pairings. Ages 21 and up. $120. VIP admission: $145. Westin Buckhead Atlanta, 3391 Peachtree Rd N.E, Peachtree Road, Buckhead. Info: whiskiesoftheworld.com/atlanta.

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The Atlanta Speech School Guild holds its 44th annual gala supporting the Speech School’s mission of helping children reach their potential through language and literacy. Cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Capital City Club, 53 West Brookhaven Drive N.E., Brookhaven. $125. Tickets: atlantaspeechschool. org/guild or call the school SUBMIT YOUR EVENT LISTING WITH US AT at 404-233-5332.


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Excitement, wariness over Amazon HQ2 possibility Continued from page 1 “As far as I can remember, it’s been an empty lot,” Michael Fraser said. “Every once in a while, we would see something happening, something being dug up, and then nothing,” Renee Fraser said. The Frasers were eating a hot dog lunch at a recent Boy Scout Harvest Fall Fest at the Donaldson-Bannister Farm. Both were skeptical of the Amazon bid. “That’s not a good location for it,” Renee said. “Even with the MARTA line right there.” She said she thought the new headquarters would have 2,000 to 3,000 employees. Told the number Amazon proposes is actually closer to 50,000, Renee shook her head. “That would be like having a football game every day around that area,” she said. “The infrastructure is just not there for the traffic. Just going from Costco to I-285 is stop-and-go, bumperto-bumper all the time.” “I just think that property is too small GID Recent renderings of Phase One of the High Street development, which is to include 1,500 apartments, 1,500 condominiums, for what they want,” Michael added. 400,000 square-feet of retail, 400,000 square-feet of new office and 400 hotel rooms. Phase One of Amazon’s request for proposal But the High Street property has been calls for enough room for buildings of more than 500,000 square feet by 2019 and up to 8 million square feet beyond 2027. continually mentioned as one of the top three locations by economic pundits and 42-acre High Street site is too small for Amazon. analysts trying to gauge metro Atlanta’s chances of scoring the $50 billion project. The But High Street combined with the former GM site in Doraville — that maybe other two are the former GM Assembly site in Doraville and what is known as The could work, he said. “As a standalone, High Street is a tight space,” he said. Gulch in downtown Atlanta. The idea of Amazon maybe coming to Dunwoody is exciting, acknowledged Nall, “The city of Dunwoody would love to have it,” City Councilmember Doug Thomp“but it really depends on how many jobs would be at the High Street location.” son said while he was attending a farewell event for the Dunwoody Senior Baseball Councilmembers John Heneghan and Lynn Deutsch were volunteering at the fields on Oct. 21. The High Street area, to Thompson, is “a perfect fit” for Amazon. Harvest Fall Fest, signing up volunteers and selling tickets to carnival games. “It would be a game-changer for Dunwoody,” he said. “I think it’s exciting Dunwoody is in the running [for Amazon],” Deutsch said. But Thompson tempers his excitement with reality. He said he owns property in Her concern lies mostly with tax incentives that Amazon will be seeking from its new Colorado and he reads news that Denver is boasting it will be selected by Amazon. home. “The challenge for local municipalities is that if you don’t give incentives, the county “The whole world thinks they’re getting Amazon,” he said with a laugh. “But I can come in behind you and give incentives and then you [as a city] lose all control,” she said. think we’re the best site.” She said a project like Amazon would likely have state tax incentives to finance The city and GID, the Boston-based developer that owns the 42 acres known as infrastructure improvements, especially with transit. But the city’s Development the High Street site, teamed up to submit a proposal to the state Economic DevelopAuthority may also be called on to provide some kind of tax abatements. ment Department. The state then made its bid to Amazon in a secret package delivDeutsch acknowledged there is a lot of excitement in the city in just being conered to Seattle by the Oct. 19 deadline. sidered for the project, but there also are plenty of people who have voiced concerns GID has had plans for more than a decade to build a massive mixed-use development to her about the number of people that would be moving to the area. on the property. Phase One of the project, on 36 acres, included a 30-story residential towHeneghan said he would love to see Amazon come to Dunwoody, but knows there er, a 12-story office building, two seven-story residential buildings, two eight-story resiwould be a great deal of work to be done by the City Council. “There would be chaldential buildings, a 12-story residential building and several three-story townhouses. lenges as well as benefits to the community in so many different ways,” he said. “I Last year, GID Vice President of Development Jeff Lowenberg told members of would be excited to work through them.” the Dunwoody Homeowners Association plans were to break ground in 2017. Those plans haven’t panned out and calls to Lowenberg have not been returned. Phase Two of the project included tearing down several nearby buildings on its property, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution building at 223 Perimeter Center Parkway. The AJC’s lease of the building was originally set to expire in 2018, but just last month was extended through 2021, Elizabeth Olmstead, spokesperson for AJC owner Cox Enterprises, confirmed. Election Day is Nov. 7. Local early voting will be Dunwoody Economic Development Director Michael Starling said while GID held at the Dunwoody Branch Library, 5339 Chamsubmitted a proposal to the state, he doesn’t believe that means GID is abandoning blee-Dunwoody Road, on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 its plans for the High Street development. a.m. to 4 p.m., and from Monday, Oct. 30 through Fri“It’s just a very complicated project,” Starling said. day, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Market issues and financing could be playing a role in the High Street delay, Voters in all of Dunwoody can weigh in on three balStarling said, but he noted that GID is a “very patient developer and they will wait lot questions related to a special local option sales tax. to get the project they want.” In addition, three local City Council seats are the When a proposal from a corporation such as Amazon comes around, it makes ballot, representing Posts/Districts 1, 2 and 3. sense for just about everyone to throw their hat in the ring, Starling said. But with For more information about those races and the Amazon, he thinks people are too focused on the site and not any of the other speccandidates, see our Voters Guides at ReporterNewsifications Amazon is looking for, such as quality of life and available workforce. papers.net. “The site will work itself out in the end,” he said. For information about your polling place and elected officials, see the elections Councilmember Terry Nall, donning a new Dunwoody Senior Baseball hat he page of the county website at DeKalbCountyGA.gov. was presented at the farewell-to-the-fields event, is focused on location and said the

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody police reports dated Oct. 15 through Oct. 22. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website.


man was arrested and accused of trying to steal a hat. He also was accused of disorderly conduct at a department store.

the evening, a man reported he was missing a wallet containing $40 in cash, an ID, and a Bank of America card.

4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

4500 block of Ashford-

— On Oct. 15, in the afternoon, a woman reported she lost her wallet with credit cards inside in a department store and later found fraudulent activity on her accounts. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Oct. 15, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting from a cosmetics store. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Oct. 15, in the evening, a 19-year-old woman reported her wallet missing. 900 block of Potomac Road — On Oct. 16,

overnight, a woman said someone broke into her car and damaged a window. 4700 block of Layfield Drive — On Oct.

16, overnight, a man said someone broke into his BMW and damaged a window. 4800 block of Layfield Drive — On

Oct. 16, in the early morning, a man reported his car was broken into. He identified two potential male suspects. 4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Oct. 16, in the early morning, a 26-year-old man was arrested on disorderly conduct charges after he was accused of shoplifting from a clothing store. 4500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Oct. 16, in the morning, a

4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Oct. 17, at night, a 17-year-old boy was arrested and accused of stealing lip balm, valued at $8, from a department store.

Dunwoody Road — On Oct. 16, in the afternoon, two men were arrested and accused of shoplifting T-shirts from a department store. 1200 block of Ashford Crossing — On

Oct. 17, overnight, a man reported someone broke into his car and stole a laptop and his wallet containing $150 cash and debit/credit cards. 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Oct. 16, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of shoplifting and disorderly conduct at a department store. 5400 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road — On Oct. 16, at night, a man said two laptops, two tablets and $100 cash were stolen from his car. 4300 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

5500 block of Whitewood Court — On

Oct. 18, in the morning, someone stole a backpack leaf blower from a home. 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Oct. 18, in the afternoon, two people stole a French bulldog, valued at $4,750, from a pet store. block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Oct. 18, in the afternoon, an 81-year-woman was arrested and accused of stealing a $450 Hammitt bag from a department store.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Oct. 20, at noon, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting. 4800

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road — On Oct. 20, in the evening, a man was arrested and accused of shoplifting.

B U R G L A RY 4600 block of Shallowford Road — On

Oct. 15, in the early morning, a man was arrested and accused of burglarizing a pharmacy. He was accused of stealing $4,000 worth of cigarettes, which have since been recovered. The entry was forced, and police reported they also found tools. 2700 block of Fontainebleau Drive —

On Oct. 16, in the evening, a resident came home to see four young men running from his house. He discovered his home had been burglarized. Two laptops were missing.



4700 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

— On Oct. 16, at night, a woman was arrested and accused of trying to shoplift from a department store.

— On Oct. 19, in the afternoon, a shoplifting suspect was found with stolen items and in possession of marijuana when he was arrested on charges related to the theft.

1100 block of Hammond Drive — On

4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road

Oct. 17, in the afternoon, a woman was arrested and accused of trying to shoplift from a discount retailer.

— On Oct. 19, in the evening, two juveniles were accused of shoplifting at a department store.

12100 Madison Drive — On Oct. 17, in


7100 block of Madison Drive — On Oct.

16, in the afternoon, a 37-year-old man was arrested on charges following a family violence battery incident. 4100 block of Madison Drive — On

Oct. 17, in the evening, an officer was dispatched to a nonviolent family incident. 6800 block of Peachtree Industrial Bou-

levard — On Oct. 21, after midnight, a man was arrested and accused of family battery.



Voters to decide on sales tax increase, property tax freeze BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

Dunwoody voters will decide Nov. 7 whether they want to raise their sales tax from 7 to 8 percent for six years as part of an initiative to raise funds for capital projects for the city as well as unincorporated DeKalb County and 11 other cities in the county. But that’s not the only ballot initiative they will be deciding on. The two other ballot initiatives are: • A new HOST (Homestead Option Sales Tax), which would replace an existing HOST by applying 100 percent of the revenue to reduce property taxes for homeowners. Currently, 80 percent goes to reduce property taxes for homeowners and 20 percent goes to capital projects. That 20 percent will no longer be needed if the SPLOST is approved. The HOST and SPLOST referenDUN

dums must both be approved by voters for them to take effect. If one fails, they both fail. • Finally, voters will decide to vote for or against the continuing freeze on property tax increases for existing homeowners for the six-year period of the SPLOST. The estimated $600 million of revenue from the SPLOST will be split roughly 60 percent to the unincorporated areas of DeKalb and 40 percent to the 12 cities, according to state Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), an author of the bill. Currently, due to the rise in cities, the unincorporated areas only get about $2 million a year and the cities get about $20 million a year. If the SPLOST is approved, the city of Dunwoody is expected to rake in an additional $42 million over six years. City officials do not have specific projects outlined for what the money will go toward, but nearly $37 million will go toward

transportation improvement projects, including paving, sidewalks, bike paths and intersection improvements. The city would put $6 million toward public facilities and related equipment, including the purchase of police vehicles; and another $1.2 million would go toward repairs of city facilities, such as parks. DeKalb County is also asking the incorporated cities to kick in extra funding to cover Fire and Rescue Department costs. Mayor Denis Shortal said the city has not decided whether it would contribute more money. If the SPLOST is approved, DeKalb would receive $388 million over six years and nearly 60 percent of that total is slated to go toward transportation projects, with $151 million for road resurfacing, according to CEO Michael Thurmond. Millar, who is vocally supporting the SPLOST, said he wrote the SPLOST bill

with input from DeKalb County CEO Mike Thurmond, including agreeing to Thurmond’s request that the penny tax increase does not apply to food or prescription drugs so as to not be as a regressive tax against poorer residents. But Bruce Levall, a Dunwoody jeweler who ran unsuccessfully earlier this year for the 6th Congressional District seat, urged voters during public comment at the Dunwoody City Council meeting on Oct. 23 to vote against the SPLOST. Levall said an 8 percent sales tax would hurt businessmen like himself and that nearby counties with lower sales tax rates would work to recruit businesses away from DeKalb County. “I’ve talked to a lot of small business owners and we’re fine, we don’t need more sales tax,” he said. “Guys like me who own stores and collect taxes, to turn money over to DeKalb ... with its problems ... is a terrible mistake.”

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8TH ANNUAL SANDY SPRINGS VETERANS DAY TRIBUTE JOIN THE CITY OF SANDY SPRINGS AS WE CELEBRATE OUR NATION’S VETERANS This year’s celebration will take place at the Veterans Memorial located at the Concourse with the keynote address given by Hunter Hill, Veteran of the United States Army.

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