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It’s custom made by Debbie Left, Debbie Matzdkin makes silk art at a vendor’s booth during the 11th annual Brookhaven Arts Festival on Oct. 17. The two-day event, located on Apple Valley Road next to the MARTA station, featured more than 100 artists, showcasing fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture and other works of art. See more photos on page 19. PHIL MOSIER

Women bring pink handcuffs to police work BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE


Peachtree Creek Greenway could offer many trails BY JOHN RUCH

The first-draft design of the new Peachtree Creek Greenway at Brookhaven park and trail contained 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, offers an “opportunity to create multiple experiences in the corridor,” lead planner Carlos Perez said as he unveiled the draft design at an Oct. 22 meeting at Brookhaven’s Briarwood Park. The Greenway was conceived as a BeltLinestyle linear park with a paved multi-use trail running roughly 3 miles through Brookhaven’s section of the creek. That multi-use trail is still the core concept. But in some sections, it 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. In addition, if the greenway triggers commercial redevelopment facing the creek, there’s also an opportunity for them to feature “urban promenades”—a kind of combo trail and patio overlooking the other trails. Cross-sections of various areas of the creek showed potential open space that could be filled with such amenities as boardwalks and SEE PEACHTREE, PAGE 5

The only “dainty, girly” things about Brookhaven Police Officer Celeste Rausch when she’s on duty are her pink nails and a set of pink handcuffs on the dashboard of her patrol car. “I ride a motorcycle [off duty]. I work part-time sports broadcasting for Turner Sports,” Rausch said. “I’ve done a lot of things—shoot guns—that are, in my head, male things to do.” She admits she has a feminine side, though she said she only does her nails to keep from picking at them. “I find that when I polish them I leave them alone for the most part and they don’t break as easily,” Rausch said. “I don’t do my hair or wear makeup on duty.” As a female officer, Rausch is a relative rarity among local cops. She is one of 11 women among the 70 officers in Brookhaven. In Sandy Springs, Lauren Ruffini is one of 11 fe-

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male officers on the 125-officer force. In Buckhead, Atlanta Police Officer April White is one of 349 women among Atlanta’s 1,921 officers. Until this month, Dunwoody’s department hadn’t had a female officer since 2012. Police officials said few women applied for a job and of the few who did, none were qualified. Officer Rashida Moore joined Dunwoody Oct. 8 and was sworn in by the mayor at a City Council meeting Oct. 26. In Sandy Springs, Ruffini started as a patrol officer in May, after the department put her through the police academy to get certified. She said she had worked in the DeKalb County Jail and knew from Dunwoody officers that she wouldn’t get hired in that city because she wasn’t a sworn officer yet. SEE WOMEN, PAGE 20


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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 committee, is not just decorative. It’s an attempt to raise awareness of the area’s historic value as many houses are changed or 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 they would no longer qualify [as historic] or have been torn down,” said book committee member Lauren Jackson. “Things are changing. This is a pretty unique neighborhood.” “They’re losing these historic houses,” said Richard Diedrich, an architect and author of two coffee-table books about clubhouses who has agreed to write the Historic Brookhaven book. He lives in a 90-year-old house in the neighborhood. Historic Brookhaven is the neighborhood around the Capital City Club golf 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 the club’s borders, soon followed by two 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 demolition. About 150 historic homes remain in Historic Brookhaven, but at least 50 others have been demolished or heavily altered 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.

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Pill Hill housing plan delayed again BY JOHN RUCH

A controversial Pill Hill apartment plan was deferred again by Sandy Springs City Council Oct. 20, pending renewed talk of a new roadway through the area. The Perimeter Center Improvement Districts are moving ahead on an old plan to extend the “flyover bridge,” Councilman Tibby DeJulio said. That bridge takes Perimeter Center Parkway across I-285 to Lake Hearn Drive. “I think we really need to see what [PCIDs] have in mind,” DeJulio said, and not “eliminate the possibility of doing this [connection] in the future” by approving redevelopment on part of the possible site. PCIDs President and CEO Yvonne Williams said in an interview that engineers are doing a 60-day “feasibility study” of the roadway extension. “We’re in an information-gathering mode,” she said. Both the road and the apartment project—planned on Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital land at Johnson Ferry and Old Johnson Ferry—are pitched as partial solutions to traffic tangles in the Pill Hill medical area at Johnson Ferry and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. Mayor Rusty Paul revealed that on Oct. 19, he had his long-planned traffic-planning meeting with administrators of Pill Hill’s three hospitals, also including Northside and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “What keeps me awake at night is [the idea of] an incident like a tornado or something where we can’t get people in for

treatment,” Paul said of Pill Hill traffic. The hospitals’ meeting also included traffic consultants from the firm Nelson/ Nygaard, according to Emory Saint Joseph’s spokeswoman Mary Beth Spence. “At this initial meeting, all three hospitals committed to working with the mayor and the consultants, and the consultants also shared that they will provide information about best practices from other cities,” Spence said in an email, adding that those meetings will continue. Dane Peterson, the president of Emory Healthcare Hospital Group, attended the meeting. In a written statement, he said, “We are eager to enter this collaboration with our neighboring hospitals to make improvements for our patients, families, employees and the community we serve.” Emory Saint Joseph’s CEO Heather Dexter voiced traffic concerns at the City Council meeting. Commute times for doctors and staff are among the issues, she said. The hospital sold the land for the housing use—which also mixes some office, restaurant and park space—because it needs “apartments that employees can afford,” she said. Richard Munger of North American Properties, the developer, said the project’s “walkability” to hospitals and MARTA meshes with a recent U.S. surgeon general’s report. The council tossed the project back to the city Planning Commission and will rehear it on Dec. 15.

Officials question surprise county tax breaks BY JOHN RUCH

Brookhaven officials were unpleasantly surprised to learn that DeKalb County approved city tax breaks for two major commercial developments without telling them. At the Oct. 27 City Council meeting, officials said they’re concerned about questionable processes and wrong numbers in the abatement calculations. Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams said the projects are good for Brookhaven and that DeKalb apologized for the apparently unintentional lack of notice. But it turns out there’s at least a third tax-break deal within Brookhaven that the city didn’t know about. City officials are now examining the possible budget impacts of at least a half-million dollars in tax abatements. “Under no circumstance should the city of Brookhaven learn about economic development and tax abatements given away by the county through the newspaper,” said Wendy Butler, the attorney for the city’s Development Authority, which did not review the deals. She added that the county might not BK

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Candidates for mayor, City Council meet in public forum

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BY DYANA BAGBY Brookhaven candidates gathered at Oglethorpe University Oct. 20 to make their cases to voters about why they should be elected to office. Taking part in the discussion hosted by the Brookhaven Reporter were mayoral candidates Dale Boone and John Ernst; District 1 Councilwoman Linley Jones, who was appointed to the post in June; and District 3 Councilman Bates Mattison, who is running unopposed. The election is Nov. 3. More than 50 people gathered to listen to the candidates discuss topics ranging from ways to alleviate traffic to whether or not Brookhaven should have independent schools. The candidates also addressed past public scandals, including the communications director’s departure after making comments some interpreted as racist, and the city attorney resigning amid accusations he misled the public about sexual harassment allegations against former Mayor J. Max Davis. “These problems are in the past. We do need to recognize them and not do them again,” Ernst said. Ernst also said his experience as former chair of the DeKalb County Board of Ethics will help to rebuild trust between the city and residents. Jones acknowledged such past issues were “heartbreaking.”



“In my experience with the council, every person is committed to transparency, committed to ethics,” she said. “Going forward, this city is going to be in good hands and we are on a positive course we need to stay on.” Mattison said more mistakes will be made in the future, but the council has learned from its past mistakes. “We’ve made positive changes. We’re a government for the people, and as long as [what we discuss] is not harming the citizens of the city, it will be public,” he said. Boone made a plea for more citizen involvement to help keep city government honest. “We’re having such a problem satisfying everyone’s needs. Nobody is coming to city council meetings. We need you to be part of this,” he said. There were a few fireworks at the forum. A woman asked each candidate if he or she had ever been arrested and if the attorneys — Ernst and Jones — had ever been disciplined by the State Bar of Georgia. Ernst and Jones answered no to each question; Mattison also said he’d never been arrested. Boone said he was arrested 15 years ago, but did not say for what other than it involved a family member. “This made me the person I am today,” he said. “I’ve


On Nov. 3, Brookhaven voters choose a new mayor and two City Council members. Dale Boone and John Ernst seek the mayor’s chair being vacated by Rebecca Chase Williams, who is not seeking election. Councilwoman Linley Jones faces Eve Erdogan. Councilman Bates Mattison is running unopposed. To find where you vote: To find out the results election night, check

got nothing to hide. I am very remorseful [of] my past … but I can’t be crucified for something I did 15 years ago.” Candidates tackled the subject of education, the crisis in the DeKalb County School District, and said would they support a separate Brookhaven school system. “We have to understand that this is a state constitutional issue,” Ernst said. “My indication is this is not coming anytime soon. We should work with DeKalb County. We need to concentrate on what’s happening now, not what could happen in the future.” Boone said he supported a charter schools idea for Brookhaven. Mattison said he would support a city school system, but only as a “nuclear option,” saying instead it is smart to continue working with DeKalb County to ensure a quality education for its students. “We need to continue to hold DeKalb County accountable, and the Legislature needs to do so, too,” he said. Jones said she supported the idea of a city school system “100 percent” and cited the success of the city schools of Decatur. “We could have that in Brookhaven if we could get the constitutional amendment,” she said. There is no quick fix to finding solutions to Brookhaven’s traffic issues, the candidates said. Brookhaven is located the middle of a great deal of development and most of the traffic is cut-through traffic —

motorists from other cities and areas traveling through Brookhaven as they drive to I-85 or Decatur, for example, Mattison said. “What we need to do is take a regional approach” and work with DeKalb County, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Doraville and the Atlanta Regional Commission, Ernst said. A study on the Ashford-Dunwoody corridor is a first step in alleviating some traffic issues in the city, Jones explained, and public input is needed to guarantee residents get what they want, including protecting neighborhoods, Jones said. Boone, however, said studies were not necessary in helping the city’s traffic issues. “We need to stop relying on people to tell us what we already know. Has anyone heard of a traffic steering committee?” he said. “Studies are what lead to federal and state funds,” Ernst said. Ernst, Jones and Mattison shared their excitement for the new Peachtree Creek Greenway and the proposed BeltLine. “The key to a successful future for Brookhaven is having a healthy path system,” Jones said. “The Peachtree Creek Greenway is an untapped resource and will change the entire tone of Buford Highway.” “We want trails, yes,” Boone responded. “I know Peachtree Creek very well. I take food to homeless living under bridge there. That’s your Buford Highway.”

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to the board were ignored by the CEO and the presiding officers of the Board of Commissioners, so the membership dwindled and they couldn’t consistently draw a quorum to conduct business. When these failings became public, ethics board leaders were removed and replaced with political supporters. The board we have now is limping along, but this year’s legislation could go a long way to right the ship. The key elements of the reform subject to voter approval include: Board Composition: Instead of the current 7-year terms, appointed by the CEO and commission, the seven members of the board of ethics will serve staggered 3-year terms, and will be appointed by the DeKalb County Bar Association, the Chamber of Commerce, the Legislative delegation, the judge of Probate Court, the chief judge of the Superior Court, a committee of the six major colleges and universities in DeKalb, and Leadership DeKalb. Appointments are time-limited, members must reside in DeKalb County, and satisfy standards ensuring that there are no conflicts of interest. Scope of Responsibility: Jurisdiction is expanded to include all appointed officials, employees and contractors with the county, paid or

unpaid, as well as the CEO and county commissioners. Staff: One staff position, not to exceed a six-year term with responsibilities to include: educating the board on ethical conduct, monitoring a “hot line” for complaints and reports of alleged violations, reporting suspected violations to the board, obtaining disclosure reports and filing an annual report with the board, the CEO and the public. The board’s budget will be guaranteed to support staff and operations. Penalties: Violations of the Code of Ethics will include public reprimands; fines not to exceed $1,000; referrals for prosecution in State Court, and upon conviction, fines of up to $1,000 perviolation and up to 6-months imprisonment. In the case of a contractor, contract will be suspended and individual disqualified from performing work as a contractor or sub-contractor in DeKalb County in the future. The question on the ballot states: “Shall the Act be approved which revises the Board of Ethics for DeKalb County?” I’m voting “yes” and hope you will, too. Jeff Rader represents District 2 on the DeKalb County Commission.

their website (https:// staff members.” This apwww.surveymonkey. proach troubles me. LE T T E R T O com/pricing/), where If the city wants to T HE E DIT OR for only $300 he could seem more transparent E-mail letters to have had all the responsand less like fools, then es he wanted for this plop down $300 for a survey and others for a survey and let their cityear. Nice job, Bates. izens chime in after adBut wait, my chuckvertising it...and the ling from city bumbling does not stop votes be taken into account, even by there. Then he “accidentally erased” the Linley Jones. Also, let some kid tally results of the votes. I’ve used Surveythe results for the cost of a pizza and a Monkey before; erasing a file is not that six-pack of beer...just not one of Bates easy. Perhaps he did not like the results Mattison’s kids, obviously. That should of the vote. Regardless, the level of inbe in the city budget. eptitude in this series of events is pretBetter yet, since the Brookhaven ty bad once you stop laughing. Mayleadership is about to be voted out of be the council can get one of their kids office, maybe they should refrain decidto do a better job surveying next time. ing on issues that one cannot go back While Linley Jones pooh-poohs and change altogether. the idea of SurveyMonkey, I’d like to As a final thought, this whole epithink we have representatives that welsode reminds me of a “Parks & Recrecome input from their constituents. So ation” episode I saw recently. “Parks & now the City Council, who already had Recreation” is a comedy; I don’t think demonstrated their incompetence in (at that is the standard we should be aimleast) this matter, has decided to make ing towards. the decision amongst themselves with John Hess input from “the artistic eyes of some


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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

The Sandy Springs Restaurant Council made a splash in August when it organized a football season cook-out party at the Prado Shopping Center on Roswell Road.


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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.”


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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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woody United Methodist Church presents their 24th annual Holiday Festival. The festival features handmade arts and crafts by more than 120 talented artisans, an online silent auction, attic treasures, casseroles-to-go, children’s activities, a gourmet shop, photos with Santa and more. All proceeds from the event will be used to build two homes for Atlanta Habitat for Humanity next year. Friday night’s hours are a preview night for shopping, with no children’s activities. On Saturday, the day begins with a pancake breakfast at 7:30 a.m. All other activities start at 9 a.m. Free to attend and open to all. Need more information? Go to

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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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Women in police departments often bring a sensitive and compassionate side to law enforcement, Ruffini said. “Having females is always an asset,” Ruffini said. “We look at things differently.” Ruffini said she and other women in policing would be called in cases involving children or victims of domestic abuse. “[Children] are more likely to respond to me than a male,” Ruffini said. “I’ll hang out with the child while we try to find the adult.” But Rausch said she thinks a police force can effectively enforce and communicate with its citizens without having an officer to represent every ethnicity, faith or

gender. White disagrees. She said she believes a police force needs officers who should represent the races, beliefs and gender in the community they serve. “Oftentimes, citizens are comfortable when they know the officer responding understands their customs, practices and religion, and can directly relate to the situation at hand,” White said. Rausch said she wondered if she had a skewed perception because the two agencies where she has worked as an officer had women in investigative roles for sensitive situations. She said she’s never felt her coworkers don’t respect her or that suspects treat her differently because of her sex.

“I don’t know if it’s the motherly side of females—they seem to handle crimes that are serious crimes against females such as rape or crimes against kids,” Rausch said. “I don’t mean to seem sexist, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a man in those positions, but this is only my second agency.” White, on the other hand, argues compassion is the key. “I believe it’s more about chemistry and experiences, more than the sex of the individual,” White said. “Depending upon the current traumatic situation or due to past incidents, our main focus is making the victim comfortable enough to share their story and bring the suspects to justice.”


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Brookhaven Police Blotter Brookhaven police blotter: Oct. 9-22 The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

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block of Green Meadows Lane— On Oct. 10, a homicide by gun was reported.

Oct. 12, theft by taking auto was reported.


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block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 18, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

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 1400

block of Hearst Drive—On Oct. 9, burglary of a residence was reported.

block of Town Boulevard—On Oct. 13, a stolen vehicle was recovered. block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 15, carjacking was reported. block of Curtis Drive—On Oct. 17, theft by taking auto was reported.

 1500

block of Lake Hearn Drive—On Oct. 13, burglary was reported.

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 19, theft by taking auto was reported.

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block of Briarwood Road—On Oct. 20, burglary was reported.

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block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 19, theft by taking auto was reported.

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block of Buckhead Valley Lane— On Oct. 10, theft by taking auto was reported.

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block of Pine Grove Avenue— On Oct. 12, theft by taking auto was reported.

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block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 12, battery was reported and an arrest was made.

 3400

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 3500

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 12, theft by taking auto was reported. block of Northeast Expressway— On Oct. 12, a stolen vehicle was recovered.



block of Clairmont Road—On

block of Blair Circle—On Oct. 12, simple battery was reported. block of Briarcliff Road—On Oct. 14, simple assault was reported, and arrests were made for simple assault and battery.

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block of Dresden Drive—On Oct. 14, an arrest was made for sexual exploitation of children.

 3100

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 14, harassing communications were reported.

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and an arrest was made for forgery in the third degree.

Oct. 12, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

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block of Perimeter Summit Boulevard—On Oct. 16, fraud by swindle was reported.

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 2500

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block of Briarwood Road—On Oct. 16, fraud by swindle was reported.

block of Executive Park Drive— On Oct. 15, an arrest was made for simple battery.

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block of Clairmont Road—On Oct. 16, simple battery was reported.

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block of North Cliff Valley Way—On Oct. 19, aggravated assault with a weapon was reported.

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 1400

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 19, simple battery was reported.

 2900

block of Clairmont Road—On Oct. 20, battery was reported and an arrest was made.

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 17, counterfeiting was reported. block of Bailiff Court—On Oct. 19, financial identity fraud was reported. block of Regency Park Walk— On Oct. 19, fraudulent activity was reported. block of Briarwood Road—On Oct. 21, financial identity fraud was reported.


 2000

block of Curtis Drive—On Oct. 21, battery was reported.

block of Clairmont Road—On Oct. 10, theft was reported; On Oct. 17 and 18, entering auto was reported.

 3600

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 21, simple battery was reported.

 2500

 500

 3500

block of Lincoln Court Avenue— On Oct. 22, a verbal dispute was reported.

 2900

block of Ellijay Drive—On Oct. 10, theft was reported. block of Inman Drive—On Oct. 10, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 3000

F RA U D  3100

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 10, fraud by worthless check was reported.

 3000

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 15, forgery of check was reported

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 10, theft by conversion was reported.

 1900

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Oct. 11, entering auto was reported.

 4000

block of Peachtree Road—On

block of Clearview Drive—On Oct. 13, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. block of Lake Boulevard—On Oct. 14, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1100

block of Dorby Park Drive—On Oct. 15, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1200

block of Apple Valley View—On Oct. 17, theft was reported.

 2000

block of North Druid Hills Road—On Oct. 20, an arrest was made for shoplifting.

 1500

block of Lake Hearn Drive—On Oct. 21, entering auto and thefts of articles from vehicles were reported.

 4100

block of Oak Forest Drive—On Oct. 22, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

ARRESTS  2600

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 15, an arrest was made for failure to appear; On Oct. 16, a wanted person was located and arrested, and an arrest was made for hit and run; On Oct. 17, arrests were made for public intoxication and possession of marijuana; On Oct. 21, four arrests were made for failure to appear in court and one arrest was made for arson; On Oct. 22, an arrest was made for DUI.

 3800

block of Peachtree Road— On Oct. 17, theft was reported.

 3300 block of Buford

Highway—On Oct. 17, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

block of Brookhaven Avenue— On Oct. 19, theft was report-


 2700

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 12, an arrest was made for possession of marijuana.

 2900

 700


 1000

block of Lenox Park Boulevard— On Oct. 19, theft was reported.

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 11, arrests were made for brake lights and turn signals required, and for obstruction and interference.

block of Peachtree Road—On Oct. 19, theft was reported.

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 18, an arrest was made for disorderly conduct and an arrest was made for marijuana possession.

 1400

 3100

 4400

block of Northeast Expressway— On Oct. 20, theft by receiving stolen property was reported and an arrest was

 3000

block of Buford Highway—On Oct. 19, an arrest was made for hit and run.

Reporter Classifieds HELP WANTED Administrative Assistant – Part time, 1:00 – 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Dunwoody CPA Firm. Previous office experience helpful. Strong computer skills a plus. Pleasant phone manner. Good communication skills, both written and oral. Nonsmoking office. Fax resume to Human Resources, 770-551-5868. Computer/IT - Consulting Manager (70% travel), Implementation Consultant (20-30% travel), Senior Software Engineer, Software Engineers and Software Engineer IIs, Atlanta, GA. Apply: Vernon Woods Animal Hospital – Kennel Assistants needed for our three locations in Sandy Springs and Brookhaven. Experience preferred, some weekends included. If you are interested in long term employment, please contact: Dr. Jay Empel, Dr. Andrew Empel or Cindy Martin. Call 404-252-1641, Fax 404-2527401 or Email:

Computer/IT - Software Engineers and Principal Software Engineers, Alpharetta, GA. Apply: Administrative Assistant - Well-established family law firm in the Sandy Springs area is currently seeking an administrative assistant to greet clients, answer phones and provide administrative support to our team. An ideal candidate will have experience within a family law firm. However, more importantly, the applicant should have a positive attitude and a willingness to learn. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office Suites is a necessity. Candidate must be reliable and on-time each day. Office hours are 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Salary will be commensurate to experience/skills. This is an immediate opening. Please send your resume to crobinson@mgefamilylaw. com (LinkedIn Profile Address must be provided within your resume).

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CEMETERY PLOTS Arlington Memorial Park Sandy Springs – Two spaces in the Garden of Roses (Section D - Lot 42B). Side by Side, $2000 single or $3500 both. Call Karen Brock, 256-2440203 or email: Arlington Memorial Park – 2 Prime lots in Lakeside. Asking $17,000. Call 912-6950094.


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