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Consultants present early plan for PATH400 BY EVELYN ANDREWS evelyn@reporternewspapers.net

The Scarecrow, portrayed by local actress Jasmine Nikkel, gets a welcome from strawberry-costumed Lindsey Fink, 8 months old, at the city’s second annual “Spooky Springs” Halloween event Oct. 21 at Abernathy Greenway Park. A large crowd attended for trick-or-treating, face-painting and other activities.

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Residents expressed enthusiasm and support at a public meeting Oct. 25 for a plan to build the PATH400 trail’s “missing link” segment in Sandy Springs along Ga. 400. Consultants presented a concept with few details. Trail designers Carlos Perez and Patrick Peters said that was done intentionally to allow residents to say where they think the trail access points should be located and what amenities should be on the trail. “We are here to hear ideas and concerns from you,” Peters said. The project would create a “missing link” between the popular multi-use trail in Buckhead and a northern extension that will be created through Sandy Springs’ Pill Hill medical center as part of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction. About a quarter of the proposed segment is located in the city of Atlanta and the rest is in Sandy Springs. Consultants See CONSULTANTS on page 15

House-taking fears triggered by Mount Vernon widening studies BY JOHN RUCH johruch@reporternewspapers.net

The launch of city studies of possible Mount Vernon Highway widening has triggered tensions between residents who fear eminent domain of nearby homes and city officials who say it’s too early to say. City Councilmember Chris Burnett apologized for the city’s “poor job” of communicating a controversial Mount Vernon Highway widening concept, and pledged a “task force” for input, at a seething two-hour community meeting Oct. 24. See HOUSE-TAKING on page 12

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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, Dunwoody residents and officials are voicing both excitement and wariness over the potential city-sized complex coming to town. Sandy Springs — which did not enter the bidding war — has had little say. Mayor Rusty Paul said earlier this month that neither High Street owner GID nor Dunwoody city officials have spoken with him about the Amazon bid. “It’s an invisible line, but it’s a real one,” Paul said with a smile about the city boundary. While Sandy Springs is not submitting an Amazon bid, Paul said, the city is “cooperating” with state economic development officials on the overall submission package, which is expected to include many bids from various metro areas. He explained that means letting Amazon know that Sandy Springs can offer support and space for related offices or businesses, rather than the main headquarters.

Other reactions

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. “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, bumper-to-bumper all the time.” “I just think that property is too small for what they want,” Michael added. But the High Street property has been continually mentioned as one of the top three locations by economic pundits and analysts trying to gauge metro Atlanta’s chances of scoring the $50 billion project. The other two are the former GM Assembly site in Doraville and what is known as The Gulch in downtown Atlanta. “The city of Dunwoody would love to have it,” City Councilmember Doug Thompson said while he was attending a farewell event for the Dunwoody Senior Baseball fields on Oct. 21. The High Street area, to Thompson, is “a perfect fit” for Amazon. “It would be a game-changer for Dunwoody,” he said. But Thompson tempers his excitement with reality. He said he owns property in Colorado and he reads news that Denver is boasting it will be selected by Amazon. “The whole world thinks they’re getting Amazon,” he said with a laugh. “But I think we’re the best site.” The city and GID, the Boston-based developer that owns the 42 acres known as the High Street site, teamed up to submit a proposal to the state Economic Development Department. The state then made its bid to Amazon in a secret package delivered to Seattle by the Oct. 19 deadline. GID has had plans for more than a decade to build a massive mixed-use development on the property. Phase One of the project, on 36 acres, included a 30-story residential tower, a 12-story office building, two seven-story residential buildings, two eight-story residential buildings, a 12-story residential building and several three-story townhouses. Last year, GID Vice President of Development Jeff Lowenberg told members of 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. Dunwoody Economic Development Director Michael Starling said while GID submitted a proposal to the state, he doesn’t believe that means GID is abandoning


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Amazon, he thinks people are too focused on the site and not any of the other specifications Amazon is looking for, such as quality of life and available workforce. “The site will work itself out in the end,” he said. Councilmember Terry Nall, donning a new Dunwoody Senior Baseball hat he was presented at the farewell-to-the-fields event, is focused on location and said the 42-acre High Street site is too small for Amazon. But High Street combined with the former GM site in Doraville — that maybe could work, he said. “As a standalone, High Street is a tight space,” he said. The idea of Amazon maybe coming to Dunwoody is exciting, acknowledged Nall, “but it really depends on how many jobs would be at the High Street location.” Councilmembers John Heneghan and Lynn Deutsch were volunteering at the Harvest Fall Fest, signing up volunteers and selling tickets to carnival games. “I think it’s exciting Dunwoody is in the running [for Amazon],” Deutsch said. Her concern lies mostly with tax incentives that Amazon will be seeking from its new home. “The challenge for local municipalities is that if you don’t give incentives, the county can come in behind you and give incentives and then you [as a city] lose all control,” she said. She said a project like Amazon would likely have state tax inGID Recent renderings of Phase One of the High Street development, which is to include 1,500 apartments, centives to finance infrastructure improvements, especially with 1,500 condominiums, 400,000 square-feet of retail, 400,000 square-feet of new office and 400 transit. But the city’s Development Authority may also be called on hotel rooms. Phase One of Amazon’s request for proposal calls for enough room for buildings to provide some kind of tax abatements. of more than 500,000 square feet by 2019 and up to 8 million square feet beyond 2027. Deutsch acknowledged there is a lot of excitement in the city in just being considered for the project, but there also are plenty of its plans for the High Street development. people who have voiced concerns to her about the number of people that would be “It’s just a very complicated project,” Starling said. moving to the area. Market issues and financing could be playing a role in the High Street delay, Heneghan said he would love to see Amazon come to Dunwoody, but knows there Starling said, but he noted that GID is a “very patient developer and they will wait would be a great deal of work to be done by the City Council. “There would be chalto get the project they want.” lenges as well as benefits to the community in so many different ways,” he said. “I When a proposal from a corporation such as Amazon comes around, it makes would be excited to work through them.” sense for just about everyone to throw their hat in the ring, Starling said. But with


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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

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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?

A: I meet with and advise students about

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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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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House-taking fears triggered by Mount Vernon widening studies Continued from page 1 “We need, as a city, to better communicate,” Burnett told more than 80 members of local homeowners associations packed into a back room of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church. “And we need to do a better job as a city of listening to you … and not dismissing your concern.” Burnett still could not rule out the main concern — the taking of some houses shown in an early conceptual drawing for possible widening, which would make way for multi-use paths and transit lanes. But he earned respect from much of the crowd for taking the heat and saying the use of eminent domain is “just not in my DNA … My goal would be to find a resolution that has the least amount of impact in all respects, including eminent domain.” Some other officials who did not attend the meeting, on the other hand, stoked the HOA members’ fury with recent social media comments. One was Mayor Rusty Paul, whose Facebook post that day alleging “someone is spreading false information” about the project was printed out enlarged into a poster by organizers and displayed for ridicule. The Mount Vernon lanes concept has been on paper for months and is a combo of items on the transportation special local

option sales tax, or TSPLOST, project list approved by voters a year ago. Those items include a multi-use path on the street and a study of possible mass transit alongside such path routes. But the conceptual drawings created early this year were not widely known until recent weeks, when surveyors began appearing in local yards and cityhired consultants held a meeting to discuss transit preferences. HOA leaders say their concerns about property impacts were brushed aside as premature by city officials and consultants, and they fear losing meaningful input, along with their homes. City officials strongly imply that any widening would shift away from houses, but that opens up other cans of worms, including impacts on a cemetery and the Mount Vernon Presbyterian School. The school has no comment yet, said spokesperson Allison Toller. Burnett indicated that the City Council itself was not aware of the surveying or details of the consultants’ presentation. “The council has not been informed to a measurable degree about this,” he said, adding later that he was “really pressing hard with folks from the city” for more information to share at the meeting.

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One of the city’s conceptual designs for Mount Vernon Highway has two “multi-modal lanes,” marked with diamonds, flanked by a sidewalk to the left and a multi-use path to the right.

While city officials say house-taking talk is premature, some of them weighed in on the subject on social media, quickly drawing HOA ire. “Please don’t call me a liar, Mr. Mayor. We’re just trying to save our houses,” said Brian Eufinger, one of the meeting organizers, who believed Paul’s Facebook comment was directed at him. Paul’s comment said the widening would not involve “additional vehicular lanes,” but Eufinger argued that’s what the concept shows in the form of shuttles or other transit vehicles. Another official wading into the debate was Gabriel Sterling, a city councilmember and Fulton County chair candidate. His comments on the Sandy Springs Zoning Coalition Facebook group — which Eufinger runs — initially called house-taking “something that simply ain’t happenin’ in real life” and “unnecessary drama,” and described media coverage as “borderline fake news” and “fear-mongering.” He soon softened his stance, saying he understands local concerns, but was trying to say housetaking is highly improbable financially and politically. Linda Hanks, head of the Glenview HOA, criticized the “condescending attitude” of city officials. She called Sterling’s comments “belittling” and singled out city spokesperson Sharon Kraun’s previous statement to the Reporter that talking about eminent domain is “so way ahead” of the process. “I don’t know about you, but when someone starts to talk about disrupting my community in any way … the time to start talking about it is when you hear it,” Hanks


said. The city, she said, should not dictate “when we should speak, how we should speak, what we should say.” Burnett apologized for the other officials’ comments, though it was not clear that he knew who had said what. “No one [in city government], I don’t care who, …. should talk to you in a way that makes you feel belittled,” he said. Further goading the HOA organizers was the city’s formal announcement, that very day, of its first community meeting about the Mount Vernon concept, to be held Nov. 14. While the meeting was already in the works, Hanks and Eufinger viewed the announcement’s timing as a tactic to neutralize their rabble-rousing. “So the folks who had been telling us, ‘Oh, it’s too early; oh, it’s months away’ are suddenly ready to talk,” Hanks said, adding it only shows their pressure is working, and they look forward to attending.

Input concerns

The input the residents want to provide was wide-ranging and reflected many of the city’s simmering political tensions: an urge to change and fix traffic, and a desire to protect single-family neighborhoods from projects serving commuters or downtown apartment-dwellers. But there were some clear requests: Immediate community notice when a street goes on the development agenda; quick clarity on the house-taking issue so property values aren’t in doubt for years; and a consensus to leave Mount Vernon at its current width, barring transparent data proving its multi-modal parts would work. SS

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The audience of HOA members gathers to hear and voice concerns about the Mount Vernon Highway project and concepts on Oct. 24 at Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church.

Some just wanted regular sidewalks, crosswalks and improved traffic-light timing. Trust was a problem, starting with the unannounced surveyors, and followed by a Sept. 18 HOA meeting with consultant Gresham, Smith and Partners. At that meeting, Hanks said, consultants pushed the widest design concept — which Burnett called “a little disappointing” — and only asked about transit use, avoiding any questions about land acquisition. Hanks said city planners attending that meeting remarked “we would never do that” about house-taking, but no commitment or further details on how else the widening could

happen were given. Burnett said he will propose to the city manager a “task force” of HOA members to review the project and perhaps join in presentations early next year.

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Visitors enjoy the offerings of food trucks at a 2013 Art Sandy Springs event at Kudzu and Company on Roswell Road. Now the city is allowing food trucks to operate not only at such special events, but regularly on private property around town.

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Food trucks may begin appearing soon in Sandy Springs parking lots, as the City Council on Oct. 17 legalized the mobile vendors to operate outside of special events. While food trucks can still appear at


festivals under the special events permits, the new system also allows a truck to operate at up to five private properties. There are two exceptions on locations: The trucks can’t be within 100 feet of singleor two-family homes, and they can’t operate outside a brick-and-mortar restaurant owned by someone else. At a previous council discussion in Sep-

tember, Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert said the new permit attempts to balance public demand for food trucks with concerns from restaurant owners. He said the city talked about allowing food trucks a couple of years ago, but got resistance from restaurateurs. On the other hand, he said, the city recently shut down an unpermitted food truck, “and we got a lot of grief out of it.” The new permits, good for one year, will allow trucks that sell food and nonalcoholic beverages. Truck owners will be allowed to set up one table, up to 10-by10 feet in size. Other required paperwork will include written permission from the property owners and a drawing of where exactly the truck will park to ensure it does not block traffic or emergency vehicles. The trucks also will need the standard business license and permits from the fire and health departments. Tolbert said the new permit policy was reviewed by the Food Truck Association of Georgia, the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce and the Sandy Springs Restaurant Council. At last month’s discussion, City Councilmember John Paulson asked whether there would be a limit on the total number of food truck permits issued, suggesting it could “get out of hand” with trucks everywhere. Councilmember Gabriel Sterling said the market likely would self-regulate to a reasonable number of trucks, and Tolbert said there is no plan for limiting the permits. Councilmembers also wondered about possible unintended consequences. Councilmember Andy Bauman said he once held a bar mitzvah at his home and had a food catering truck in the driveway. City Attorney Dan Lee said that the permit requirement would apply only to trucks whose business is “open to the general public.” At the September discussion, Sterling wondered whether the permits would affect ice cream trucks — and, when Tolbert said no, whether their unusual business model could become a loophole big enough to drive a food truck through. “If food trucks move around and play a song, they’d be OK?” Sterling asked, while Mayor Rusty Paul joked about “hauling those darn ice cream trucks in.” The final version of the food truck ordinance specifically exempts ice cream trucks of the sort that drive through neighborhoods on public streets. However, it specifies that such trucks can only stop for 15 minutes at a time and operate on streets where the speed limit is 30 mph or less. Likewise, food trucks, under the new permits, are not allowed to play “any music, sound effect or noise that is audible outside of the vehicle.”


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Consultants present early plan for PATH400 Continued from page 1 have not determined yet if it will run on the east or west side of Ga. 400 and did not present a definite location for the trail, only a map that showed the public right of way along Ga. 400. This segment of the trail would run between Loridans Drive and Pill Hill. It would connect to the existing trail that runs along Ga. 400 between Lenox and Old Ivy roads in Buckhead. Phased extensions north to Loridans Drive are either under construction or already planned. About 40 residents attended the morning session of the public meeting held at High Point Episcopal Community Church. They expressed mostly support, but a few concerns. Mardi Mountford, who lives on High Point Road, said she would like cyclists to be separated from pedestrians on the path, a concern often voiced about the Atlanta BeltLine. “When you’re on the BeltLine at peak hours, they whip in and out of pedestrians and it is disconcerting,” Mountford said. Mountford said she is looking forward to being able to ride her bicycle in Sandy Springs, but is concerned there will not be enough parking at trail access points. She feels Sandy Springs roads are too dangerous to ride her bike to the trail.

“I’m not going to bike on any streets,” she said. Mountford said she is not concerned about the trail bringing crime to the neighborhood, but one other resident, writing on comment posters around the room, cited a possible crime increase as a complaint. Perez said the best location for the trail would be on the east side of Ga. 400 because the planned extension in Buckhead ends on the east side. Construction feasibility and cost will ultimately determine which side it would be built on, Perez said. Cost largely depends on the steepness of the land. Residents were able to vote on options for the trail by placing stickers on posters. The majority voted for the edges of the trail to have an open fence and vegetation. Some other choices included high walls, dense trees, a sound wall and a short wall. The least popular option with one vote was a photo of the wall decorated with the word “Buckhead” at a current PATH400 access point near the intersection of Lenox Road and Ga. 400 in Atlanta. Perez said that some parts of the trail will require a sound wall running along the edge. Residents also voted on what amenities should be included along the trail and at access points. For access points, rest-

rooms were a popular choice, as well as parking, trash and recycling bins and an emergency contact station. Less popular options included a bike rack, seating area and drinking fountain. Access points were not presented at the meeting, but Peters EVELYN ANDREWS said the team has deResidents view the location of the proposed segment of PATH400. termined access could be provided at interan unpopular choice. sections, at Ridgeview Park and at the Perez said it is not likely restaurants or Ridgeview Charter School. Residents said other developments similar to what has they would like to be able to access the been seen on the BeltLine could be built trail from the opposite side of Ga. 400 and along this segment of the path. Most of to have several access points, but they did the area along this stretch is zoned for resnot offer many specific locations. idential buildings and Perez does not see The former toll plaza along Ga. 400 that changing. could also potentially become an access The consultants next will host smallpoint, a decision that the Georgia Departer neighborhood meetings with resiment of Transportation will have to make, dents that live adjacent to the proposed Peters said. path. Consultants will take the sugges“It’s kind of a pie in the sky idea and it’s tions from residents given at the Oct. 25 to never been done before, but it’s possible,” build a concept plan that will be presentPeters said. ed in early 2018. Construction could beFor along the trail, residents voted for gin in 2021 or 2022 and would last 12 to 18 security cameras, lighting, benches and months, Peters said. mileage markers. Bike racks were again


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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.

FOOTPRINTS FOR THE FUTURE 5K ROAD RACE Saturday, Nov. 11, 8 a.m. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

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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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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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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TITLES@TWILIGHT: “THE INK PENN” Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Kathy Manos Penn discusses “The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday,” a collection of favorites among her local newspaper columns, and her 2017 release, “Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch,” about a dog who discovers he’s descended from royalty. Free. Garden Room at the Williams-Payne House, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. Info: Melissa Swindell, mswindell@heritagesandysprings.org or 404-851-9111 x2.

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Retired astronaut and natural storyteller Scott Kelly, who spent a year aboard the International Space Station, will share his story in an inspirational talk at the Atlanta History Center. Pre-signed copies of Kelly’s book, “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery,” are included in the cost of tickets. $35 members; $40 general public. 130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W., Buckhead. Info: atlantahistorycenter.com.


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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.

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY GALA Sunday, Nov, 12, 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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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The city has won a lengthy court battle over the Northpark property at Abernathy Road and Ga. 400, confirming its halt to a planned office tower and hotel, according to City Attorney Dan Lee. The developer, Hines, would have to seek rezoning to move ahead with the plan. “What the property owners will do, I can’t say, but their plan rejected by [the city’s Board of Appeals] is affirmed,” Lee said of the Oct. 18 court decision. Doug Dillard, the attorney representing Hines, did not respond to calls and emails. The 14-acre wooded site at the interchange’s southeast corner was once part of a larger development site, most of which has been built out over the decades, including nearby office towers and shopping centers. In 1987, Fulton County approved a zoning plan allowing for two towers — one up to 50 stories tall — and a hotel and commercial space on the property. Since then, the property has had physical changes, including Peachtree-Dunwoody Road cutting through the site and a corner being sold to another developer for a still-unbuilt hotel. In 2015, Hines applied to build a roughly 25-story office tower, a 600-room hotel and a mixed-use “village” based on that 1987 rezoning. But the city rejected the old decision as no longer valid due to the site changes. The hotel was a particular sticking point. The court appeal began in January 2016. Hines has declined to identify the property owner it is working for beyond saying it is a “state agency” from outside Georgia and suggesting it is a pension fund.


A contract to repave many city streets in fiscal year 2018 was approved by the City Council Oct. 17. The contract went to the lowest bidder, Stewart Brothers, in the amount of $3,751,944.30. The company did the city’s fiscal year 2012 repaving contract as well, city officials said, and the bid was below the city’s cost estimate of about $4.08 million. Among the biggest single sections of road to be resurfaced are Brandon Hall Drive; Riverside Drive between Johnson Ferry Road and I-285; and Glenridge Drive between Mount Vernon Highway and the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange.


A Sandy Springs Police dog is getting an armored vest donated through a Massachusetts nonprofit group. Falco is one of five police dogs on the force. The others already have bullet- and stab-resistant vests, according to Sgt. Sam Worsham. The need for the vests is not theoretical. Police say that Falco’s predecessor, Rock, was stabbed by suspects in two different incidents last year – once with a SPECIAL set of spiked brass knuckles – before retiring. Falco the police dog. Falco’s vest, valued at $1,744 to $2,283, is coming from Vested Interest in K9s of East Taunton, Mass., a nonprofit specializing in providing such dog-protecting vests. The Derby Sports Bars helped raise a contribution of $950 to qualify for the vest.

Council candidate wins group’s endorsement, retracts quote BY JOHN RUCH

pects of city business for the first time. “I have not heard any imAn endorsement by an mediate concerns from Sandy LGBT Democrats group in the Springs residents on discrimnonpartisan City Council Disination issues impacting the trict 4 race has both candiLGBTQ [lesbian, gay, bisexual, dates declaring support for diftransgender and queer/quesferent parties while backing tioning] community,” Milteer legal protections for gay ressaid when asked whether the SPECIAL idents. The endorsement of Le’Dor Milteer. city needs to do more to welLe’Dor Milteer was complicatcome or protect gay residents. ed by the candidate having to retract a fab“However, I am attuned to the discriminaricated quote in its announcement. tion that [members of] the LGBTQ comMilteer won an endorsement Oct. 11 munity often face. I am absolutely against from the Georgia Stonewall Democrats, discrimination of any kind and I support a group representing gay, lesbian, bisexuequal rights, whether it be the LGBTQ comal and transgender community interests munity or any other community.” that works to elect Democrats. It was the On the same topic, Reichel cited last group’s only endorsement this year in any year’s anti-bias policy work. municipal race outside the city of Atlanta. “I absolutely support the Sandy Springs “I tend to support the Democratic Parnondiscrimination policy adopted on June ty on most issues,” Milteer said in an 7, 2016, that tightens protections for the email. “I’m grateful for the support that LGBT community,” she said. I’ve received in this race from people and A press release about the endorsement, organizations across the political specissued by Milteer’s campaign, included a trum. City government should not be lengthy quote personally praising the cana partisan matter, but I’ve always been didate, attributed to Stonewall Democrats clear about my views on issues impactboard member Juliana Illari. However, the ing our community and our nation.” quote was fabricated, Illari later said, and Jody Reichel, the other candidate for the campaign retracted it, saying it was a the District 4 seat, said she is not doing any “rookie staff error.” partisan campaigning, but voiced a differ“We accept the campaign’s sincere reent political affiliation. “I am a moderate, grets and then acting swiftly to retract and common-sense Republican,” she said. send a corrected release,” said Illari. She LGBT civil rights were on the city’s agensaid Stonewall Democrats will continue da last year, when City Councilmember endorsing Milteer and other previously anAndy Bauman called for a tighter non-disnounced candidates “unless new informacrimination policy in the wake of state “retion comes to light.” ligious freedom” legislation widely critiSteen Kirby of Bold Blue Campaigns, a cized as permitting bias against gay people. Florida-based Democratic political consultAs a result, the city updated its anti-bias ing firm hired by Milteer, declined to depolicy with language about sexual orienscribe exactly why the quote was fabricated, tation and gender, and applied it to all assaying that that Milteer was not involved. johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department, provided the following information, which represents some of the reports filed with Sandy Springs Police Oct. 10-Oct. 17.

B U R G L A RY 5000 block of Mt. Vernon Parkway—

On Oct. 12, the complainant said someone removed an unattached Sundown Audio System from his carport. He valued the loss at $6,000 and told the officer the system weighed around 500 pounds. 300 block of Carpenter Drive — On

Oct. 12, an apartment resident said someone came into his residence and took a 55-inch TV and his Samsung Galaxy 8, as well as his Amazon Fire tablet. Entry point looks to have been a window. 200 block of Mount Vernon Highway

— On Oct. 13, a gas station manager said someone chiseled a hole in the wall and entered his store where (he or they) broke into the video machines and damaged other items. The store video shows a suspect breaking in at 3 a.m. The store owner said about $5,000 in cash was taken from the machines. He also reported the damage to be over $10,000. 3600 block of Spring Creek Lane — On

Oct. 16, between 9:30 and 10 a.m., someone entered the apartment and took a 46-inch TV. No forced entry was found.

THEFT 100 block of Northwood Drive — On

Oct. 10, a 36-year-old man said he made an electronic deposit by taking a photo of his paycheck and sending it via mobile app. The bank told him someone had cashed the check he photographed. He told officers that he left the check on the night stand and there were several people in and out of his apartment after he photographed the check. 1165 Perimeter Center West— On Oct.

13, witnesses said that just before 10 p.m.,

a woman came into a restaurant and walked behind the counter, where she opened the register via touchscreen and looked in it. Apparently the money had alCaptain ready been STEVE ROSE, cleared, so she SSPD walked to anothsrose@saner register and dyspringsga.gov did the same thing. The witnesses, employees, said they thought it was a joke and did nothing to stop her. Another employee said she thought nothing of it until the woman hastily exited the restaurant. The manager caught wind of what was happening and followed the woman outside, where she saw the suspect and a man get into a car and drive away. She followed them, but lost sight of them just inside Dunwoody city limits. The manager told cops she thinks the car belongs to an employee, a woman who has worked at the restaurant since March.

16, a 32-year-old woman reported her roommate stole items from her apartment while moving out. The whole thing started when the roommate was confronted about her boyfriend staying over multiple times without contributing to rent. She told her to knock it off or move out. A 42-inch TV, a 55-inch TV, purses, shoes and clothing are missing.


ARRESTS 5930 Roswell Road — On Oct. 15,

following a shoplifting call at a grocery, a patrol officer located a suspect across the way at a gas station. He was arrested and accused of the thefts. The stolen items consisted of a 12-pack of beer, 2 pizza slices and a hot bar food item, totaling just over $50. $50? Must be some good pizza.

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6600 block of Roswell Road — On Oct.

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44-year-old woman reported someone stole her purse from her shopping cart at a thrift store, sometime about 8:30 p.m. 5665 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road — On

Oct. 15, a patient at St. Joseph’s Hospital said he was moved from one room to another. During that time, someone stole his wallet. An employee found the wallet, minus three $50 bills, in the trash can.

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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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