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Ready for a soft landing Brady Chan is poised for liftoff at the annual Sarah Smith Elementary School Fall Festival on Oct. 24. The event featured carnival games, activities such as a haunted hall, tattoos and laser tag, and included an International Travelers week table, celebrating the country of Mexico. PHIL MOSIER

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Residents fight Galloway athletics facility in Sandy Springs BY JOE EARLE

The Galloway School’s proposal to build an athletics facility in Sandy Springs is drawing sharp attacks from neighbors who argue it will create runoff problems and bring unwanted traffic. “There is not one single person in this community who wants you here,” Sandy Springs resident Sheila Cornelius told Galloway officials during an Oct. 27 meeting at Sandy Springs City Hall. “We don’t want you here. This is not good for our community. We want you to expand and grow your program, but we want you to go somewhere else.” Many among the more than 60 Sandy Springs and Buckhead residents who crowded into the City Hall meeting room applauded her. Galloway officials want to build a softball field, tennis courts, a concessions stand and SEE RESIDENTS, PAGE 3

Renovated Atlanta History Center opens its new front door BY JOE EARLE

The Atlanta History Center is reopening its front doors. One recent Friday afternoon, construction workers were putting finishing touches on the building’s new 5,300-squarefoot atrium. One worker touched up drywall on the new ceiling. Another worker spray-painted letters to highlight the names of major donors that had been carved into the new limestone walls. Standing near the new front door, Jackson McQuigg, vice president of properties for the history center, pointed out how the new entrance and 30-foot-tall, glass-walled atrium would take future visitors directly to the large hallway leading to the center’s exhibits, and to the gardens and displays beyond. “It’s all coming together,” McQuigg said. “And it’s so exciting.”

After about 14 months of construction, the history center’s new entryway, part of a $21 million renovation of the building, is scheduled to open to the public on Nov. 7. The opening marks roughly the halfway point in a renovation and expansion that officials say is intended to make the history center’s home on West Paces Ferry Road more inviting and less, well, stodgy. “It’s not just the physical changes, it’s the cultural changes and the mindset changes we’ve had at this organization,” said Hillary Hardwick, vice president of marketing communications at the center. “It’s all about the visitor.” The new atrium is roughly twice the size of the old entryway and the design of the new facade – a curve of glass and limestone set on a granite base – is intended to make the building SEE NEW, PAGE 4


Nancy Ballew highlights names of major donors carved into limestone walls in the Atlanta History Center’s new 5,300-square-foot atrium.



Historic homes book in the works BY JOHN RUCH

The fine houses of Historic Brookhaven could be coming to a coffee table near you, immortalized in a limited-edition book. !! .! The book project, led by a Historic #,  / Brookhaven Neighborhood Association / )*+0(&(0%)-)   "/ committee, is not just decorative. It’s an &,(- $ /. /  .'-'', attempt to raise awareness of the area’s hisOffering a unique collection of home 678-424-1606 toric value as many houses are changed or decor, furnishings, and women’s accessories hand picked from across the US. 2949 Paces Ferry Rd, SE • Atlanta, GA 30339 demolished to make room for bigger, infill mansions. The book’s publication, which is not yet guaranteed, relies on pre-sales from homeowners and history-lovers in general. “Unfortunately, since [the book idea was raised] five years ago, many of those homes are either altered so significantly Register today for this Exclusive they would no longer qualify [as historic] Painting Experience for your child! or have been torn down,â€? said book committee member Lauren Jackson. “Things You will be able to drop your children off for a pre-scheduled are changing. This is a pretty unique session and our “Secret MudMonkey Elvesâ€? will help them with neighborhood.â€? selecting an item for a special loved one, oversee painting, “They’re losing these historic houses,â€? then after ďŹ ring ~ gift wrap for you to pick up! Call today to said Richard Diedrich, an architect and hold your spot for this fall. author of two coffee-table books about clubhouses who has agreed to write the Ages 3-5: 30 Minute Secret Elf Session. Ages 6-up: 1 Hour Secret Elf Historic Brookhaven book. He lives in a Session. $20 per child per session, plus pottery costs. 90-year-old house in the neighborhood. Historic Brookhaven is the neighborPeachtree Battle Shopping Center- 2385 Peachtree Rd. Atlanta, GA 30305 hood around the Capital City Club golf 404-812-1750 course in Brookhaven. It straddles the border of Brookhaven and Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. The book project is focused on a smaller area within the neighborhood—the official Historic District that has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1986. The neighborhood dates back to a 1910 plan for what was then called the Brookhaven Country Club in an area of summer cottages. A community called Brookhaven Estates was plotted around Traditional Vietnamese classics with the club’s borders, soon followed by two our own modern twist... other subdivisions. Homes dating from the 1910 to 1942 era are now part of the Historic District. The National Register designation offers recognition and eligibility for preservation-related grants and tax credits, but does not protect buildings from demoliProudly serving tion. About 150 historic homes remain in authentic Historic Brookhaven, but at least 50 others have been demolished or heavily alVietnamese pho




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tered in recent years, Jackson and fellow book-planner Mike Elliot estimate. The book would feature high-quality photos of the houses’ facades mixed with historic photos. The Capital City Club, already featured in Diedrich’s previous books, would be included, too. Diedrich said the book idea gained momentum over the past year when the neighborhood association formed the special committee and the Historic Brookhaven Foundation created an LLC to publish it. The committee is relying on owners of the historic homes, as well as interested neighbors, to pre-purchase special, signed editions of the books for $250, with other extras available for bigger donations. They’re also seeking loans of historic photos of the houses from anyone. “We don’t want a book that is just a series of facades,� said Diedrich, explaining that vintage photos would show the “richness of the history.� It also allows residents who don’t own a historic home, but may own historic photos, to participate, he said. Jackson is an example of an interested neighbor, as she lives in the Buckhead side of the neighborhood, but not in one of the Historic District homes. The committee aims to publish the book in time for the holiday season in 2016. That means getting financial commitments and a production schedule in place much sooner. “You don’t want them to be dead-of-winter photos,� Jackson said. On Oct. 15, the committee held a private reception for the 150 homeowners. About 40 percent have responded, Jackson said, but more will have to participate to make the project feasible. “In small groups, one-on-one, everyone is really enthusiastic about the book because they’re enthusiastic about the neighborhood and they’re enthusiastic about the history. But that doesn’t mean it will come together,� Diedrich said of the project. “As you’d expect, we haven’t been overwhelmed with riches, but I really believe the committee will find a way to do it.� To see a map of the Historic District and more information on participating in the book project, visit brookhavenlibretto. com. BH

COMMUNITY Garden library raises $2.5 million The Cherokee Garden Library has raised more than $2.5 million for its endowment, reaching a goal set more than a decade ago, when the library merged with the Atlanta History Center. Gifts ranging from $30 to $300,000 from 150 individuals and organizations allowed the library to reach the fundraising goal as it celebrated its 40th anniversary, the history center said. “This type of support truly allows the center, and specifically the Cherokee Garden Library, to serve a broader community, expanding in ways that keep it relevant and engaging to future generations,” Atlanta History Center Vice President Hillary Hardwick said in an email. The library was founded by the Cherokee Garden Club of Atlanta in 1975. It now is one of the special libraries of the Kenan Research Center at the history center. The Cherokee Garden Library contains more than 30,000 books, photographs, postcards, seed catalogs and other gardening-related items.

Peachtree Creek trail could provide paths The first-draft design of the new Peachtree Creek Greenway at Brookhaven park and trail had a big surprise: not just one creekside path, but up to four paths of different types and uses. The creek, largely hidden behind buildings along Buford Highway and I-85, has a surprising “opportunity to create multiple experiences in the corridor,” said lead planner Carlos Perez, JOHN RUCH unveiling the draft design at an Residents examine a map of the Oct. 22 meeting at Brookhaven’s Peachtree Creek Greenway during an Briarwood Park. Oct. 22 meeting at Briarwood Park. The Greenway was conceived as a BeltLine-style linear park with a paved multi-use trail running roughly 3 miles through Brookhaven’s section of the creek. In some sections, the main trail could run parallel to an unpaved “nature trail” and a “creek trail” where hikers would be “actually jumping from rock to rock when the water is low,” Perez said. Regional connectivity is a larger goal of the plan. While the Greenway is getting a start in Brookhaven, the ultimate goal B RI E F S is a park and trail along the entire north fork of the Peachtree Creek, which runs from Mercer University in unincorporated DeKalb County to near the PATH400 trail in Buckhead.

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bathrooms on 8.3 acres at the end of High Point Road, just inside the city of Sandy Springs. After discussions with neighbors, the proposal is to go to the city Planning Commission in December. Galloway’s athletics programs have outgrown its Buckhead campus and more fields are needed, school officials said. The school already has some off-campus athletics facilities on Defoors Ferry Road, Athletics Director Josh Burr told the crowd. The proposed Sandy Springs courts and field, Galloway lawyer Sharon Gay told the room, would not include lighting, bleachers or a sound system, and would only be used during daylight hours. Most players would be bused from the school’s campus at Chastain Park, representatives said, but the facility would include a parking lot. “We know High Point Road is narrow, and nobody wants us to park on BH

High Point Road,” she said. But residents argued the facility would draw too much traffic to an area they said now has relatively little. “It’s just a quiet, little residential area,” said Tom Ramseur, who said he’d lived in the neighborhood for more than 20 years. “I think the increased traffic would be bad.” Ramseur also worried that traffic noise from nearby Ga. 400 would be louder after the removal of trees for the athletics fields. Alan Toney wondered whether the project would require widening High Point at some places. “High Point Road, the last 300 yards of it, is basically a driveway for houses,” he said. “Are you going to have to widen it? Can you imagine what you are going to do to those people who live down there on a quiet street and you’re going to bring buses through there?” |

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Council cooks up ways to make Sandy Springs a dining destination BY JOHN RUCH

The Savor Sandy Springs Restaurant Week, returning Nov. 2-8 for its second year, is one of many similar promotions boosting the dining business around the Perimeter and the nation. But there’s something special about the group organizing it, the Sandy Springs Restaurant Council, and about how Restaurant Week fits into its much bigger business plan. An initiative of the Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, the Restaurant Council hosts expert speakers at monthly meetings and is organizing quarterly public events with the goal of putting the city on the metro Atlanta fine-dining map. The Restaurant Council model could become influential amid talk of Dunwoody and Sandy Springs possibly collaborating on future Restaurant Weeks, and as the young city of Brookhaven considers creating its own. “Basically, the purpose of the Restau-

rant Council is to make Sandy Springs a fine-dining destination,” said Karen Trylovich, the council’s chair. “People go down Ga. 400 to get to Buckhead and bypass Sandy Springs ... when we have over 500 restaurants in Sandy Springs.” The council made a splash in August with its new football season cookout party that drew hundreds of customers. At a recent council meeting, Jason Sheetz, the owner of the Hammocks Trading Company restaurant, praised the group’s model. “We have massive momentum,” Sheetz said, adding that with its Restaurant Week program, “You can absolutely see the increase in business year-to-year.” Restaurants Weeks are a collaborative promotion where various restaurants offer special menus with fixed prices. They are typically organized by either a private promotional company, as in Buckhead’s five-year-old RestauCONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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Rick Tapia admits he got really interMiami for his job. But liquor companies ested in bourbon only fairly recently. He’d buy and sell one another all the time, he been a vodka man. said, and before his transfer was complet“Growing up in the Northwest, you ed, his company was bought by anothgrew up drinking vodka, rum, maybe er company and they found themselves some Jack [Daniels] and Coke,” he said. headed to Georgia, instead. “My wife and “I don’t recall any bourbon. It wasn’t sexy I were a bit surprised,” he said. at the time.” In Georgia, he discovered bourbon. But times change. Bourbon turned “When I moved here was when I learned sexy after all. And Tapia, who about it and started drinking it was born in Peru and grew up on a regular basis,” he said. near New York, now lives in P er imet er When his company was sold Sandy Springs and has created again a couple of years ago, he P r o f ile his own brand of bourbon, the and his family faced another favorite whiskey of the Amercorporate transfer, which would ican South. He hopes it will have required starting over in catch on as part of a new interest in small another town. So he decided to head off batch bourbons. on his own, “to create my own brand,” he He named his whiskey J.R. Revelry. said. The “J.R.” represents his initials; his full He knew what he liked in the bourname is Jesus Ricardo Tapia. The “Revelbons he drank himself, he said, so he “rery” part of the name suggests celebration, verse blended” his own brand to get a he said. And the design on the label of his smooth bourbon that would mix well in bottles – a black bowler – is a nod both to cocktails, he said. good times and his family’s roots in South And small batch bourbons now seem America, where the round-topped hats to be the hot commodity. “Things were still represent high fashion in some areas. changing. The whiskey thing was startTapia is quick to point out that his ing to happen,” he said. At the same time, bourbon is 100 percent American-made. in the world of selling whiskey, “the ecoIt says so right on the label, in Spanish. nomics of creating a brand had complete(“The Spanish on the label was for me, ly changed. Craft brewing had evolved to a personal thing,” he said. “I was saying, craft distilling.” ‘Hey, I’m Latino.’”) His bourbon, which Now Tapia takes bottles of J.R. Revelsells for $30 to $40 a bottle, is distilled in ry to golf tournaments, office parties, hapIndiana and bottled in Nashville, he said. py hour tastings - wherever he can find a Even the stoppers are made in the U.S., group of people willing to try a taste. He he said. figures it’s the best way to go up against the Tapia, who’s 44, comes by his interest big companies he used to work for. “Who in producing spirits through experience. knows? Maybe someday they’ll buy my He actually started out as an accountant company,” he joked. (In college, “I knew I couldn’t do a fluffy His whiskey now is sold in six states, degree,” he said.), but quickly moved to he said. But competition is tough. “There working as a promoter for various nationare new brands everywhere,” he said. “We al and international liquor companies. He say there’s the ‘browning of American polpromoted vodka, tequila, even the occaitics’ and then ‘the browning of Amerisional Scotch. He worked for various comca...’” Maybe the time has come, he said, panies during his 18 years in the business. for tastes to turn to darker drinks. About nine years ago, he and his wife “It fits,” he said. “It’s good for us. It’s planned to move from the Northeast to good for America.”



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Mercedes-Benz USA’s relocation to move brings it closer to its future U.S. Sandy Springs is sparking a “transforcustomer base, he said. mation” of the luxury automaker, PresCannon answered questions from ident and CEO Steven Cannon told a crowd of hundreds at the Oct. 20 Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Cannon also discussed Mercedes’ forthcoming new office tower and charitable programs. And he voiced his optimistic hope of having a 20-minute commute from his new Buckhead home. “What started as a move from Montvale, N.J., to Atlanta has been a transformaJOHN RUCH tion for the company,” CanMercedes-Benz USA President and CEO non said, describing Mercedes’ Steve Cannon, left, answers a question from move to the Perimeter as a cre- Jim Fitzpatrick, CEO of CBT Automotive ative shake-up. “It’s almost got a Network, at the Oct. 20 Sandy Springs/ start-up feeling to it at our tem- Perimeter Chamber of Commerce luncheon. porary headquarters.” That temporary site is in DunJim Fitzpatrick, CEO of CBT Automowoody, where the company will remain tive Network, a Sandy Springs-based authrough 2017, until the first phase of its tomotive industry news outlet. new headquarters off Abernathy Road CBT provided a comedic video about in Sandy Springs is built. Cannon dethe top 10 reasons for buying a Mercedes scribed the “open-floor, transparent” inhere, including use of an “exclusive Merterior design of the forthcoming towers. cedes HOV lane” and a self-driving car “I said to the architects, ‘Build a that would pilot itself to Sandy Springs’ building around a town hall concept,’” forthcoming City Walk apartments. where employees can quickly and easily Of course, local traffic and commutgather for meetings, he said. “The cubiing nightmares are no joke, and Mercle culture…that’s going away.” cedes is well aware of that part of its Cannon said that local hiring has move. The company is already facing gone better than expected. He said he challenges in Dunwoody. appreciates the welcome and offers of “We’re looking at some flex-time opsupport he has received here. tions” to stagger employee commute In a sign of the political part of that times, Cannon said in an interview afsupport, Cannon was seated at a table ter the luncheon. The new generation of with the mayors of Brookhaven, Dunemployees expect such flexibility in lifewoody and Sandy Springs. style, too, he said. “There’s a great migration going on in “Look, if you don’t offer millennials this country,” Cannon said, with many those kinds of options, you’re not gopeople moving from the North to the ing to hold onto them,” Cannon said. “smile states” of the Southeast, South “You’ve got to change the way you do and Southwest. In that sense, Mercedes’ business.”

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rant Week, or by the local Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, as in Dunwoody. The goal is usually a modest one: boosting business during a traditionally slow week. “It’s a unique way for residents and visitors to try restaurants they wouldn’t try otherwise, and to try them at a fixed price point,” said Katie Bishop, executive director of the Dunwoody CVB, which has organized a Restaurant Week in collaboration with the city and the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber each June since 2011. This year’s Dunwoody Restaurant Week had 17 restaurants offering lunch menus and 24 offering dinner menus. Dunwoody copied the Restaurant Week idea from other places, Bishop said, but the CVB has tried some homegrown efforts, too. One example was the “Wine-ing About Winter” event, running in January of 2013 and 2014, with restaurants offering discounted meals or bottles of wine during a dead-of-winter week. “We just want to affect the bottom line that week,” Bishop said. “We’re just trying to drive business into what is a slower week for restaurants.” She and other Restaurant Week organizers acknowledge that measuring the impact is difficult. “Each restaurant owner has their own way of doing things,” said Trylovich, “so it’s really hard to know what that impact is.” The debut Georgia Restaurant Week, a statewide event in July arranged by the Buckhead-based Georgia Restaurant Association, in collaboration with the state Department of Economic Development, shows how the measurements can be tricky. At first glance, an association report looks pretty good: total sales over $900,000; 500 meals ordered from the special menus; 42 percent of customers showing up to try a new restaurant and 81 percent

“highly likely” to return. But with 96 participating restaurants, that means each location sold less than one Restaurant Week menu meal per day. The sales figure includes all restaurant revenue, not just any above-average bump that week. And only 35 customers responded to the survey. Thirty percent of the restaurants saw a business boost, said association spokeswoman Melanie Charyton. She emphasized it was the statewide Restaurant Week’s first year, adding that “we hope to build on this next year and create more revenue for our restaurants.” The Sandy Springs Restaurant Council is aiming beyond the quick-hit Restaurant Week model to brand the city as a dining hotspot like Buckhead or Midtown. The council formed in late 2013 when Mayor Rusty Paul was serving as the Chamber’s board chair and heard the call for more restaurant promotions. “As far as greater Atlanta is concerned, Sandy Springs is a restaurant desert,” Paul said at a recent City Council meeting about the Restaurant Council effort. About 15 people attended a recent council meeting at Seven Hens, including restaurant owners and representatives from the city, the chamber and the Perimeter Center Improvement Districts. One agenda item was the Restaurant Week’s cross-promotion with an older tradition, the Sandy Springs Society’s Elegant Elf event. (Several restaurants will serve “Elf-tini” cocktails.) “It’s been collaborative amongst us. It’s not a competitive thing,” said Tisha Rosamond of Nothing Bundt Cakes, describing the council as a “partnership as well as friendship.” Barbara Boukater, whose 5 Seasons Brewing hosted the football kickoff event, said the collaboration is “driving home that this is a neighborhood effort. Keep it in Sandy Springs.”


Businesses mark new beginnings

The Dunwoody Chamber of Commerce helped celebrate the reopening of Adult Day, located at 1 Dunwoody Park South, Suite 123, on Oct. 21. Attendees included Mayor Mike Davis. The facility is an all-day adult health services center.

Employees with Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa, located at 5610 Roswell Rd., Suite D-120, in Sandy Springs, celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Oct. 26. Front row, from left, owners Mark de la Vega, Luis Pardillo and David de la Vega.

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annual Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show brings together 30 of the country’s finest contemporary jewelry artists and displays of their handcrafted work at the Atlanta History Center. A “meet the artists reception” takes place Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m., and offers a time to relax and chat with the artists about their work. Admission to the reception is included with ticket price. A portion of proceeds from the show benefits CERF+, the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, a national service organization providing relief and assistance to craft artists who have suffered from natural disasters or other catastrophic events. Tickets are $10 each and include access to the Atlanta History Center. 130 W. Paces Ferry Rd., NW, Buckhead, 30305. To find out more, see

Sandy Springs Society presents this festive, highend gift market showcasing around 80 local and regional artists, gourmet food purveyors and vendors. This year’s session includes an entertainment lineup with informative holiday demonstrations, book signings, theatrical performances, dancers and carolers from area school choirs. Admission is $5 each; free for children 10 and under. Funds support education, the arts, the environment, and heritage in the Sandy Springs community, including the hosting school. Lake Forest Elementary School, 5920 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs, 30328. Find out more information online at

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Farmers Market Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. – Come out and enjoy the fall weather for this rain or shine farmers market. Stock up on fresh produce, meats, eggs, artisan oils, freshly baked breads and pastries, prepared foods, coffee and sweet treats. This weekly event takes place every Saturday through Dec. 12. Free and open to the public. University Baptist Church, 1375 Fernwood Cir., NE, Brookhaven, 30319. More information can be found at or

Free Park Day Wednesday, Nov. 11 – In honor of Veterans Day, the National Park Service offers a free park day at select locations across the nation. One such participating park is the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, and visitors are invited to enjoy the grounds and property with no entrance fees. More information can be found at findapark/feefreeparks. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, 1978 Island Ford Pkwy., Sandy Springs, 30350.

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ect aspires to build a worldwide living memorial in remembrance of the children who perished in the Holocaust, and support children who continue to suffer in humanitarian crises today. The public is invited to participate in the planting of daffodil bulbs at the Hammond Drive Park entrance. The shape and color of the daffodils represent the yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust, and yellow is the color of remembrance. The Daffodil Project is a service project of Am Yisrael Chai!, a nonprofit Holocaust education and awareness organization. For more information, visit or contact Mike Weinroth at mikeweinroth@ Free and open to the public. 705 Hammond Dr., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328.

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Susan Tourial could barely contain The festival’s appeal also is based on her enthusiasm. the authors it chooses to present and “I’m ready to go already. How much how it presents them, Tourial said. More longer?” she asked one recent afternoon than 200 volunteers are involved in 14 as she sat at the kitchen table of her Sandifferent committees that put on the fesdy Springs home. “I’m ready to start. tival, according to the MJCCA. Get this party started, already!” From 75 to 100 volunteers are inShe wouldn’t have to volved in the author sewait much longer. The lection process, Tourial party she eagerly awaitsaid. Some read books ed is the Marcus Jewand rate them. Some ish Community Center take part in one annuof Atlanta’s 24th annual event, held in New al book festival. It starts York, that functions as Nov. 5 and continues sort of “speed dating” through Nov. 22. between writers and Tourial’s enthusiasm book festival officials is understandable. This from across the counyear, she co-chairs the try, she said. Other auevent. She’s been inthors are chosen after volved with the festival their publicists contact for five or six years and festival officials to prostarted working on this mote their work, she year’s edition last Janusaid. ary. Is it worth all the Besides, she thorwork? “I think it’s an JOE EARLE oughly enjoys this animportant thing to Susan Tourial, co-chair nual showcase of Jewish do,” Tourial said. I think of the Marcus Jewish writing that has grown it’s an important culturfrom presenting just Community Center’s 24th al festival for the whole annual book festival. three authors in its first community. Atlanta’s a year to hosting more big community. I grew than 40 this year, inup in a Jewish Atlanta cluding such recognizable names as Ted where there were maybe five synagogues. Koppel, Alan and Arlene Alda, Mitch Look how many there are now.” Albom and Dr. Ruth Westheimer. “We Besides, she said, “I love to read. feel like this is our gift to the communiWhen I started going to the book festity, to have the caliber of some of these val, I realized how much I enjoyed hearauthors,” Tourial said. ing an author talk about their process.” Besides, she said, “it’s so much fun. So, after months of putting the fesIt’s probably the most fun volunteer tival together, Tourial is eager to get thing I have ever done.” things started. Through the years, the festival also “I really and truly enjoy it,” she said has been fun for the writers, too, she enthusiastically. “It’s fun.” said. More than 13,000 book fans are expected to attend the festival’s events this year. And they buy books, Tourial Marcus Jewish said. “Over 24 years, Atlanta has built up a really good reputation for the numCommunity Center’s ber of people in our audience, the way we treat authors and the fact we sell 24th annual book books,” Tourial said. festival Author Joey Reiman of Buckhead, who will discuss his book, “Thumbs Authors as varied as Mitch Albom, Up! Five Steps to Create the Life of Your Arlene and Alan Alda, Judy Blume, Dreams” on Nov. 22, calls the Marcus Alan Dershowitz, Jonathan and Faye Center festival “one of the most imporKellerman, Ted Koppel and Dr. Ruth tant festivals that has ever been creatWestheimer talk about their books. ed.” Part of its appeal comes from its atWhen: Nov. 5-22 tachment to the Marcus Center, which was named for Home Depot co-founder Where: 5342 Tilly Mill Road, DunBernie Marcus, Reiman said. “In Jewish woody nomenclature, there is something called Cost: varies by event a mensch,” he said. “A mensch is a genuine human being in the moral and ethiFor more: 678-812-4005 or atlantacal arena. When I see Bernie is involved with an organization, the word mensch comes up.”

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There’s a train that runs past a drive-in theater showing “Gone with the Wind,” over Savannah’s famous River Street, alongside an Atlanta Steel plant, and into the Georgia mountains. It’s called the My Way Railroad, and it makes the entire trip in a basement on Nesbit Ferry Road. Mike and Lee Dunn’s enormous model train layout was one of several Sandy Springs stops on Oct. 25 on an open-house tour called the Piedmont Pilgrimage. Hundreds of model railroad fans

who’s writing a book about her husband’s ancestor. She pointed out some of the layout’s small details that were often charming or humorous, such as “Wicked Wanda’s,” a miniature railroad brothel. Small details and family roots were themes in all the local layouts. At Joe Nichols Jr.’s Ridgemont Drive home, father Joe Sr. helped him run a recreation of 1917-era Colorado gold-hauling train. Joe Jr. and Joe Sr. share a name, a profession—they’re both surgeons—and the family hobby. They’re both NMRA-certified “Master Model Railroaders,” only the third father-son pair to have the status, Joe Sr. said. The elder Nichols will open his home on the Nov. 7 Piedmont Pilgrimage date, and his son will return the favor by helping to run it. “He’s got one of the biggest layouts in town,” around 1,000 square feet, said Joe Jr. The space, cost and SPECIAL time needed to build Mike and Lee Dunn’s model train layout is one a layout mean that most hobbyists get into it later of several Sandy Springs stops on an openin life, Joe Jr. said. house tour called the Piedmont Pilgrimage. “The biggest limitamade the trip, and will visit more layouts tion is cost,” he said. “The second limitain Dunwoody and Sandy Springs as the tion is getting permission from your wife.” open houses continue through November. That’s Lynn Nichols, who confirmed some “It gets bigger every year,” said Dave complex negotiations underway about Bennett of Woodstock’s Train Installasome extra basement square-footage. tions, who built the layouts for the Dunns Many of Joe Jr.’s Colorado mountains and many other model-railroaders. were still unfinished Styrofoam carvings, In fact, Sandy Springs is an epicenand he isn’t picky about the complexiter of the old-school hobby. The regional ties of switches and signals on the miniaPiedmont Division of the National Modture railroad. “I don’t care if they derail,” el Railroad Association meets monthhe said, explaining that he enjoys building ly at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, the train models more than running them. sometimes drawing 100 members. BenFor Robert Young, who runs a minianett stays busy working with many memture Pennsylvania Railroad in his Hunters bers, making home visits in a locomotiveTrace Circle basement, the appeal is crestyle van outfitted with a cowcatcher and ating trackside scenes—people fishing, a smokestack. He also maintains the train fire trucks leaving a station and hundreds layout running in the Children’s Healthmore events packed into the landscape. care hospital on Pill Hill, an item donated “It’s vignettes,” said Young. “You pick by one of his customers. an area and it tells a little story. That’s the Building a model train layout can take part I enjoy, is detailing it.” years and cost $1,500 to $15,000—or way Young has worked on his layout since more, for layouts such as the My Way line, 2006. His love for the hobby was passed said Bennett. The Dunns’ layout fills a on by his father, who built a layout about 30-by-25-foot room with 500 feet of track 50 years ago. Some components of that and realistic murals providing a 360-delayout are in Young’s setup today. gree background. The Piedmont Pilgrimage “I guess it’s in the genes,” said Mike Dunn. He got hooked on model trains model train tour as a kid in Los Angeles, then became an entrepreneur and a fan of trap-shooting. When: weekends through Nov. 22, Years later, after coming South, he learned with stops in Dunwoody and Sanhis great-great-grandfather was a trapdy Springs on Nov. 7 and Nov. 15 shooter and president of the Central of Cost: Free Georgia Railway. For more: “I’m the historian,” said Lee Dunn,

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Nearly every fall, Viju Rao and his color.” family throw a huge party. Although the Raos don’t attend the They invite crowds of guests to their local temple or consider themselves relihome — “everybody that we meet on the gious Hindus, “we are cultural Hindus,” street in Dunwoody, plus Viju Rao said, and happy to all of [daughter] Devika’s celebrate the holiday. friends,” Rao said. “Most “The cultural part is of them have started asking, very peaceful, very secular,” ‘When’s Diwali this year?’” Devika Rao added. This year, Diwali, the Viju Rao said a HinHindu festival of lights, will du guides himself with two be celebrated Nov. 11. Piybooks, one of which is the ush Behre, a volunteer with “Ramayana,” an 8,000the Hindu Temple of Dunword epic poem written in woody, said the holiday is Sanskrit about the story of mostly celebrated in homes. Lord Rama. “These stories Diwali commemoare not religious,” Rao said. rates “the day Rama comes “They’re just mythology.” SPECIAL back to his kingdom after Sunitha GandavaAshby Fox and 14 years—that’s why all the di teaches Sanskrit to chilDevika Rao lights,” Viju Rao said. “The dren at the Hindu Temple kingdom lights up and evof Dunwoody. She, too, says erybody celebrates the return of the culture and spirituality outweigh reliking.” gious dogma. “We just say we are HinIn Dunwoody, Hindu families hang dus because of the festivals we celebrate,” on to their cultural heritage by celebratGandavadi said. ing the stories and the traditions. DeviShe added she and her friends “are not ka Rao described the celebration as “fire religious in a way that would look down sparklers, food, friends, family and lots of on another religion.” “We don’t,” Gandavadi said. “Even back in India, we went to Catholic schools.” When people understand the messages in myths, such as tales about Lord Rama, Rao said, the stories teach about morality. “The fact is it’s a very intelligent, smart way to teach a commoner,” Rao said. “If you spend a little time thinking about it, and reading about Indian spirituality, you start to understand why they told these stories.” He says his family is celebrating the new year when he invites people for Diwali, which mirrors Christmas because people exchange gifts and sweets. Accountants get their books blessed “so they can cheat for the rest of the year,” Rao joked. Last year, the Hindu Temple of Dunwoody opened at 2029 Pernoshal Court. The owners of Indian Bazaar grocery store converted a warehouse they own into the temple space, Gandavadi said. CALL NOW Gandavadi said the local temple brings families together, with dancing and celeDunwoody/Sandy Springs brating festivals. “We do pot luck festi678-500-8185 vals,” she said. Gandavadi and Sunitha Umashankar Decatur/ N. Druid Hills moved to Dunwoody in the late 1990s. They said they are thankful for the tem404-963-9904 ple, which introduces children to their Indian culture and their community. Lake Oconee/Greensboro “Everybody who comes here is part of 706-438-4227 Dunwoody,” Umashankar said. The temple offers yoga, Hindi lanLake Sinclair/Milledgeville guage and religious classes, she said. 478-607-7576 The women of the temple teach children how to pray and about moral ues, Gandavadi said. “It’s not really about religion,” she said. “We teach them the good stuff.”

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 1800

block of Howell Mill Road—A man entered a drugstore and asked about a product. When the employee located the product and proceeded to ring him up, the man placed a note on the counter demanding all the money. The employee told him she didn’t have any money, to which he responded, “Yes you do, I have a gun, don’t make me kill you. Open the register now.” The employee gave the suspect $166 from one register. He then demanded she open the other register. When she said she could not, he came behind the counter and attempted to place handcuffs on her. After he placed one handcuff on her, the employee saw a passerby and started screaming. When

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Lenox Road—A man exiting a bus at the Lenox MARTA station was approached by two men, one of whom asked, “What’s up?” The man replied to the strangers and kept walking. When he turned around, he saw them running toward him with pistols in hand. They demanded his property and he gave them $30. They then demanded his cellphone. When he stood still, a gunman struck him in the face with a pistol and took his cellphone. The gunmen were last seen running back toward the Lenox MARTA station.

 2400

block of Noble Creek Drive--A white vehicle approached a woman unloading items from her car outside an apartment. A man with a silver gun told her not to move and he took her laptop, cellphone and purse from the trunk.

 3100

block of Piedmont Road—Four men armed with handguns and wearing hoodies drove in a silver Honda or Hyundai sedan up to a group of pedestrians as they were walking. The men in the car pointed their guns at the walkers and demanded their belongings. The walkers gave the men their wallets and cellphones.

 100

block of E. Andrews Drive— Two men wearing skull caps entered a parking lot in a blue Honda and backed into a parking space. They got out armed with handguns and demanded property from a group of pedestrians. The group gave the men

their cellphones and wallets.  2000

block of Peachtree Road—A man at an apartment grabbed a woman’s arms and pushed her around the room. He then grabbed her cellphone and purse and ran. A security officer at the complex chased the man down the street, but was unable to catch him.


block of Peachtree Road—Police officers arrived at a bar and saw a man lying on the ground, surrounded by several patrons. They could only say the man was involved in a fight with several other men and was knocked unconscious. There was a visible laceration to his forehead and he said he was intoxicated.

 2400

block of Piedmont Road—A man heard a tapping noise on his vehicle while he was driving. When he confronted three men standing nearby, they said, “No, and if we did, what are you going to do?” When the driver said he would call the police, one of the men pulled a replica firearm (BB gun) and pointed it at him. An arrest has been made.

 600

block of Bellemeade Avenue—A verbal argument turned physical when a man choked and pushed a woman, causing her to twist her ankle. A witness recorded the man saying he would kill her. He was arrested.


block of Main Street—A 50-inch Samsung TV and a HP computer were taken from a house.

 1100

block of Collier Road—Police responded to an alarm call and discovered the front door lock damaged with a hole drilled into the lock. No items were taken. Still photos captured two men.

 1000

block of Peachtree Park Drive— An ASUS laptop with a teal and orange case, a MacBook Pro laptop and an Adderall prescription were taken from an apartment; Another apartment in the same complex reported stolen two MacBook Pro laptops and a PlayStation.

 4200 block of West Club Lane—A saw,

air hose, compressors, nails and trim guns were taken from a house.

 900

block of East Paces Ferry Road— A J. Crew wallet, credit cards, iPad, MacBook, two Lenovo laptops and a Lenovo work bag were taken from an apartment.

 2500

block of Forrest Avenue— A TV was pulled off the wall; it later was discovered on the ground near a locked gate.

 800

block of Morris Street—Several pieces of copper piping were taken from a house.

 2100

block of Peachtree Road—A Rolex watch and $3,000 in cash were reported missing.

 1300

block of Peachtree Park Drive— A backpack was emptied and a MacBook

Air laptop in a yellow case was taken from an apartment.  3800

block of Stratford Park Drive— A vehicle parked in the driveway was entered and a remote used to gain access. A set of Titleist golf clubs and the remote were missing.

 4100

block of Haverhill Drive—Several pieces of expensive jewelry, a Mac Air laptop, two iPads, a Samsung flat screen TV and clothing were taken from an apartment.

 400

block of Armour Drive—A PlayStation 4, $3,500 in cash, two MacBook Pro laptops, a smart balance wheel, a yellow Movado watch and a black Techno marine watch were taken from an apartment.

C O MME R C I A L B U R G L A RY  3200

block of Piedmont Road—A vehicle rammed a clothing boutique and items were taken.

 4300

block of Roswell Road—A fast food worker entered a restaurant and noticed the alarm was not on. Police found no signs of forced entry. The safe had been cut open and $6,300 in currency was taken. Interior cameras had been disabled.

 3200 block of Peachtree Park Drive—A

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 300

block of Armour Drive—A front door was smashed with a rock and a side door was pried off its hinges. An Apple desktop monitor and an Apple laptop were taken.

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