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Dunwoody Reporter

OCT. 30 — NOV. 12, 2015 • VOL. 6 — NO. 22


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Axel Bong, 3, throws out a wave while enjoying a ride during Apple Cider Days on Oct. 25. The five-day event, held at Perimeter Mall, was hosted by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. The festivities offered up a carnival-like atmosphere, along with midway games and food. See another photo on page 4.

City officials plan to spend a $500,000 budget surplus to build new sidewalks, pave more streets and cut the grass around city entrances so the town looks better. Originally, the city’s budget committee voted to leave some of the 2016 surplus untouched, but City Council on Oct. 26 voted to use up the remaining money on paving. City Councilman Terry Nall argued the city should go ahead and spend the money, rather than save it, because the 2016 budget has a $300,000 contingency fund, which is separate from the surplus. He said the city needed to pave more streets. “We’re losing ground in the paving war,” Nall said. CITY ON PAGE 3

Farmhouse to host Light Up Dunwoody again BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Light Up Dunwoody will continue this year in the same place it’s been held for the past five. But the Christmas tree and a six-foot menorah that had been proposed as part of the annual holiday festival will be moved across the street. The Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Preservation Trust compromised to keep the traditional lighted festival going. “I’m glad to see that cooler heads prevailed,” Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis said. The DHA’s proposal to add the six-foot menorah to the property at the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse caused its owner, the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, to reject any potentially religious symbol at the annual event. Co-presidents of the trust said the mission to include all residents

meant restricting non-secular objects on the property. “Because some holiday symbols are open for individual interpretation, we respectfully request that the DHA move the tree to another location,” Dunwoody Preservation Trust said in a public statement. DHA board member Richard Jones said in an email that he wanted to find a compromise that would benefit the event organizers, the community and the groups sponsoring Light Up Dunwoody. “This is a celebration of good will,” Jones wrote. “Let’s not let it devolve into a negative source of ill will that all will regret.” So, DHA President Robert Wittenstein and DHA board members sought a solution that would allow the SEE CHEEK-SPRUILL, PAGE 4


The annual Light Up Dunwoody event will continue at the the Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse, but the Christmas tree and a proposed six-foot menorah will be displayed across the street.

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On Nov. 3, Dunwoody voters will cast ballots for mayor and three City Council seats. Four candidates – incumbent Mayor Mike Davis, former City Councilman Denis Shortal, Chris Grivakis and Stephen Chipka – seek the mayor’s post. Councilman Terry Nall faces challenger Becky Springer for an at-large post on the council. Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch and Councilman John Heneghan are running unopposed. To find where you vote, go to For results on Election Night, go to

MARTA to seek new tax for expansion MARTA plans to ask Georgia lawmakers next year to convert a portion of a proposed transportation sales tax to raise $4 billion to extend rail lines, the transit agency’s chairman says. MARTA Chairman Robert L. Ashe said the agency wants to use half of a proposed transportation sales tax to pay for transit expansion, and to ask DeKalb and Fulton voters to extend the tax for 42 years, through the life of the current MARTA sales tax. “That’s BR I EF S the only way we’re going to get [the expansions] built,” Ashe told members of the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs during their Oct. 26 meeting. But Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody), who chairs a MARTA oversight committee, said during a Dunwoody City Council meeting, also on Oct. 26, that the proposed MARTA sales tax would likely bring a “battle royal” in the upcoming legislative session. “The issue that is going on with this is, they are putting a lot of pressure on [legislators] outside the two counties that have funded this for the past 45 years to pass it, saying, basically, ‘Hey, it doesn’t affect you. DeKalb and Fulton are going to pick it up.’ What I intend to do here is, if they want to make it a statewide issue, let’s make it a statewide issue,” Taylor said. “If it’s a benefit to the state, let the state get some skin in the game.”

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City uses surplus to build sidewalks, replace police gear and design trails CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1

The budget committee on Oct. 20 approved several projects that totaled $401,505 and on Oct. 26 the remaining $98,495 was added for paving projects. The extra money comes from better-thanexpected tax collections. Budget committee members Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch and Councilmen Jim Riticher and Doug Thompson decided which projects to fund from a short list put

“I was a little miffed that the Cotillion multi-use project was on our list and Winters Chapel was not on our sidewalk priority list.” – DOUG THOMPSON CITY COUNCILMAN

together by city staff members, Finance Director Chris Pike said. After looking at and agreeing to spend $50,000 designing the multi-use trail on Cotillion Drive, Thompson brought up adding the Winters Chapel Road multi-use trail project.

“I was a little miffed that the Cotillion multi-use project was on our list and Winters Chapel was not on our sidewalk priority list,” Thompson said. “The response I got back from public works was that Winters Chapel was a transportation project and not a sidewalk project.” Deutsch suggested allocating $50,000 to the Winters Chapel Road multi-use trail, which the committee approved. The committee also approved $156,000 to complete a sidewalk on Village Creek Drive, which Pike identified as a top priority. The council budgeted a total of $55,000 for mowing along roads at city entrances. That included $40,000 budgeted last year and an additional $15,000 from the surplus that Pike said would pay for mowing from Perimeter Industrial Boulevard to Winters Chapel Road. During the Oct. 12 City Council meeting, Councilman John Heneghan questioned about paying for the additional mowing along interchanges. “Can I get a sense from the budget committee or the mayor of why the $40,000 for mowing the Interstate is important to the city of Dunwoody and the residents who live here?” Heneghan asked. Thompson responded the mowing helps keep the city looking sharp for vis-

itors. “Like at Ashford-Dunwoody [Road], [mowing] sets the tone for quality in the city,” Thompson said. “Go down and get off at Memorial Drive or some of the intersections down there and as soon as you get off you go, ‘That’s a crappy part of town,’ and I don’t want that same image being projected in Dunwoody.” The committee also approved $50,000 093015_Gillys_Layout 1 9/28/15 4:15 PM Page 1 to design a sidewalk and bike lane along

Peeler Road between Chamblee-Dunwoody and North Peachtree roads, at the segment from Olde Village Lane to North Peachtree. The cost made sense, committee members said, because the road was already scheduled for resurfacing and paving. Of the surplus money, $38,000 will go toward replacing in-car and interview room police cameras, though a request to add an officer in 2016 was not approved.

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Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse will continue to host Light Up Dunwoody

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menorah and Christmas tree to be displayed nearby, while keeping the traditional lights at the trust’s property, located at 5455 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. The owner of Dunwoody Animal Clinic, Douglas Morgan, agreed to allow a tree and menorah on his property, across the street from the farmhouse, Wittenstein said. Robert Wittenstein “The DHA board of directors voted to hold Light Up Dunwoody at the farmhouse,” Wittenstein wrote in an email. “This reverses a decision announced a week ago to find a new location for the event. We thank the [trust] for their willingness to allow us to produce the event on their property.”


The sun was out and so were the smiles on Oct. 17, during Peachtree Charter Middle School’s annual Fall Festival, hosted by its Drama Club. Top left, Patricia Ruan tries her hand at the ball toss game. Top right, Samantha Kasowski agrees the inflatable is fun. At bottom left, sixth grader Gabrielle Delgado takes part in a fishng game.

At bottom right, Tay Johnson enjoys an ice cream cone while attending Apple Cider Days at Perimeter Mall. The five-day fundraising event, hosted by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, offered up a carnival-like atmosphere, along with midway games and food.

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vestigations. Worse, appointments 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:

with the county, paid or unpaid, as well as the CEO and county commissioners.

Board composition: Instead of the current seven-year terms, appointed by the CEO and commission, the seven members of the board of ethics will serve staggered three-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.

Penalties: Violations of the Code of Ethics will include public reprimands; fines not to exceed $1,000; and referrals for prosecution in State Court, and upon conviction, fines of up to $1,000 per violation and up to six months in prison. In the case of a contractor, the contract will be suspended and the 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.

Scope of responsibility: Jurisdiction is expanded to include all appointed officials, employees and contractors

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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.

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“Under no circumstance should the city of Brookhaven learn about economic development and tax abatements given away by the county through the newspaper.” --Wendy Butler, the attorney for the Brookhaven Development Authority, on large tax breaks granted to two Brookhaven commercial properties by DeKalb County’s Development Authority without notice to city officials. “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. Things are changing.” --Lauren Jackson, a member of a committee attempting to produce a coffee-table book showcasing the houses of the Historic Brookhaven neighborhood in Brookhaven and Buckhead.

“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.” –-Brookhaven City Councilman Bates Mattison, discussing the city’s transparency scandals at an Oct. 20 candidate forum sponsored by the Reporter Newspapers.

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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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Small batch bourbons becoming a hot commodity BY JOE EARLE

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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Diwali celebrated as Hindu festival of lights BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

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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The only “dainty, girly” things ery ethnicity, faith or gender. about Brookhaven Police Officer CeWhite disagrees. She said she beleste Rausch when she’s on duty are lieves a police force needs officers who her pink nails and a set of pink handrepresent the races, beliefs and gender cuffs on the dashboard of in the community they her patrol car. serve. “I ride a motorcycle “Oftentimes, citizens [off duty]. I work partare comfortable when time sports broadcastthey know the officer reing for Turner Sports,” sponding understands Rausch said. “I’ve done their customs, practices a lot of things—shoot and religion and can diguns—that are, in my rectly relate to the situahead, male things to do.” tion at hand,” White said. She admits she has a Rausch said she wonfeminine side, though dered if she had a skewed she said she only does her perception because the nails to keep from picktwo agencies where she ing at them. “I find that SPECIAL has worked as an officer when I polish them I Dunwoody Police Officer had women in investigaleave them alone for the Rashida Moore joined tive roles for sensitive sitmost part and they don’t the force on Oct. 8. uations. She said she’s break as easily,” Rausch never felt her co-workers said. “I don’t do my hair don’t respect her or that or wear makeup on duty.” suspects treat her differently because As a female officer, Rausch is a relaof her sex. tive rarity among local cops. She is one “I don’t know if it’s the motherly of 11 women among the 70 officers in side of females—they seem to handle Brookhaven. In Sandy Springs, Laucrimes that are serious crimes against ren Ruffini is one of 11 female officers females such as rape or crimes against on the 125- officer force. In Buckhead. kids,” Rausch said. “I don’t mean to Atlanta Police Officer April White is seem sexist but I don’t think I’ve ever one of 349 women among Atlanta’s seen a man in those positions, but this 1,921 officers. is only my second agency.” Until this month, Dunwoody’s deWhite, on the other hand, argues partment hadn’t had a female officer compassion is the key. since 2012. “I believe it’s more about chemistry Officer Rashida Moore joined Dunand experiences more than the sex of woody Oct. 8 and was sworn in by the the individual,” White said. “Dependmayor at a City Council meeting Oct. ing upon the current traumatic situa26. Police officials said few women aption or due to past incidents, our main plied for a job and of the few who did, focus is making the victim comfortnone were qualified. able enough to share their story and In Sandy Springs, Ruffini started as bring the suspect(s) to justice.” 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. 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.” ELLEN ELDRIDGE But Rausch said she thinks a poCeleste Rausch is one lice force can effectively enforce and of 11 women among 70 communicate with its citizens withBrookhaven police officers. out having an officer to represent evDUN

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Blogging and tweeting,Grogan becomes social media expert BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan employs social media to extend the reach of the long arm of the law. “We started out using Twitter from Day One and quickly added Facebook and YouTube,” Grogan said. As more police departments are recognizing the value of social media – the Atlanta, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven departments all have Facebook and Twitter accounts – Grogan is becoming recognized as a local expert on the subject by blogging, training officers on



social media use and by publishing a book, “Twitter for Law Enforcement,” in July. Brookhaven Police Officer Carlos Nino said Grogan visited that city in August to train about 20 officers in social media best practices for two hours. Those officers now follow Grogan’s “system,” Nino said. “We have mirrored Dunwoody’s use of social media.” Nino said transparency was the biggest takeaway from Grogan’s teaching. “We want to be as transparent as pos-

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sible, especially during unique/ difficult situations that we may encounter in our community,” Nino said. Brookhaven recently added a Spanish Facebook page, and the Atlanta Police Department recently announced its use of Periscope, an application that allows police to live stream special events. The department later adds the video to its YouTube channel at “We want to make sure that our citizens have multiple opportunities to engage with us,” Chief George Turner said in a press release. “Social media is an ideal platform to increase our community outreach and share how Atlanta officers are fighting crime.” Grogan said his interest in social media, coupled with his exELLEN ELDRIDGE pertise in law enforcement’s use of Dunwoody Police Chief Billy Grogan social media, led him to believe he said his department has been could write his new book. Some using Twitter since Day One. colleagues encouraged him, Grogan said, and when he searched on Amazon he said he didn’t find social media as an extension of commuch in the way of educational books munity policing. Citizen police acadabout social media for law enforceemies, ride-alongs and communiment. ty meetings could only ever reach so “I read an article not too long ago many people, Grogan said, and reachthat said something like 80 percent of ing the wider community takes more the people in the United States want effort. “Social media actually kind of to write a book, but only 1 percent evens the playing field and makes what ever will, and so that was kind of why I we’re doing available to everybody,” did it,” he said. “It’s not the only book Grogan said. I plan to write.” The International Association of A colleague who met Grogan more Chiefs of Police encouraged Grogan than a decade ago bought Grogan’s to write a social media blog in 2011, “Twitter for Law Enforcement” on which he did monthly during the year. Amazon shortly after it published in “I still [blog] today, but I don’t have to July. Kennesaw Police Chief Bill Westblog as often because now they have enberger said he and Grogan worked more people doing it,” he said. together in “many ways over the years.” Grogan said in addition to blogging “He cares deeply about the comhe also speaks publicly on social media munity and always looks for ways to as a professional courtesy. best serve,” Westenberger said. “He “The majority of time that I speak has made several presentations at semabout social media, it’s at conferencinars and panels on the topic [of soes that I’m already attending,” Grocial media].” gan said, such as at conferences for the Westenberger said Kennesaw poGeorgia Association of Chiefs of Police found Grogan’s book on Twitter lice and the International Association beneficial, and believes other agencies of Chiefs of Police. would, too. “We wish the book would “I’ve always been interested in techhave been around when we began usnology and had been reading about ing Twitter,” he said. “We could have social media,” Grogan said. “I think I saved a great deal of time and energy might have had a MySpace account at by having the book and learning best one time.” practices.” Twitter was barely a year old when Dunwoody City Councilman John Dunwoody incorporated in 2008, but Heneghan began his blog as a “soundGrogan said he had been tuned into ing board” for local issues more than the Internet throughout his career. 15 years ago, he said. Heneghan said He said he started to focus on learnsocial media as a mass communicaing about social media when he got to tion tool for police has “far surpassed Dunwoody. The chief said he knew the days of a wanted poster at the losocial media would allow the officers cal post office.” to learn about and connect with their Grogan and officers who use the community. police department’s social media plat“It takes time to develop that reforms have cultivated a following lationship with your community. I among Dunwoody residents and bestarted looking around and realized yond, Heneghan said. The police can that a lot of people in our communi“inform, warn or laugh at the realities ty are online, on the Internet, they’re of today’s existence,” he said. blogging and very savvy, social-mediaGrogan said he’s always looked at wise,” Grogan said. DUN


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Dunwoody Police Blotter From police reports dated Oct. 9-22 The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-to-Citizen Portal Event Search website and is presumed to be accurate.

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 4600


block of Perimeter Center East— On Oct. 9 and 20, arrests were made for burglary.

 5000

block of Winding Branch Drive—On Oct. 9, burglary was reported at a residence.

 4700 block of North Peachtree Road—

On Oct. 11, burglary was reported.

A UTO T H EFT  4500

block of Abercorn Avenue—On Oct. 9, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.

 4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Oct. 12, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.

 1800

block of Cotillion Drive—On Oct. 20, theft of a motor vehicle was reported.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Oct. 19 and 20, arrests were made for shoplifting.

 4900

block of Leisure Drive—On Oct. 11, burglary was reported at a residence.

4400 block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Oct. 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 and 22, shoplifting and/or larceny was reported and/or arrests were made.

 6800 block of Peachtree-In-

dustrial Boulevard—On Oct. 20, burglary was reported at a residence. block of Perimeter Trace East—On Oct. 21, burglary was reported at a residence.

 10,000

block of Lake Ridge Lane—On Oct. 9, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road—On Oct. 9, a strong-arm robbery in the street was reported.

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Oct. 18, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

 5300

 2100

 4400

 6800

 5700

block of Roberts Drive—On Oct. 9, larceny was reported.


block of Peachtree Place Parkway—On Oct. 18, robbery in the street with a gun was reported.

Road—On Oct. 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21 and 22, reports and/or arrests were made for shoplifting and/or larceny.

 4500 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road—On Oct. 17, larceny was reported.

 6000

 4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody

block of Lake Ridge Lane—On Oct. 9 and 10, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1400

block of Mount Vernon Road— On Oct. 10, larceny was reported. block of Mount Vernon Road— On Oct. 17, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

block of Mill Trace Drive—On Oct. 14, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported. block of Madison Drive—On Oct. 14, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 1200

block of Ashford Crossing—On Oct. 15, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

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block of Glaze Drive—On Oct.

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 1500

 First

block of Perimeter Center East— On Oct. 10, larceny from a building was reported; On Oct. 18, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 6800

block of Peachtree-Industrial Boulevard—On Oct. 11, larceny was reported.

 1100

block of Coronation Drive—On Oct. 13, larceny from a residential mailbox was reported; On Oct. 22, an arrest was made for larceny from a residential mailbox.

 100

block of Perimeter Center Place— On Oct. 14, larceny was reported; On Oct. 15, theft of articles from a vehicle was reported.

 2400

block of Jett Ferry Road—On Oct. 14, larceny was reported.

17, shoplifting was reported.  5400

block of Woodsong Trail—On Oct. 17, larceny was reported.

 1100

block of Aurora Court—On Oct. 22, an arrest was made for theft by receiving stolen property.

A S S A U LT  2600

block of Peeler Road—On Oct. 12, simple assault and battery was reported.

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block of Charleston Place—On Oct. 12, family battery was reported.

 2000

block of Perimeter Trace—On Oct. 12, harassing communications were reported.

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block of Perimeter Center East— On Oct. 13, harassing communications were reported.

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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WINDOWS & SIDING Offering vinyl, wood and composite windows – All types of siding. Factorytrained installation. Family-owned, Familypriced. Angie’s List ‘A’ Rated. BBB ‘A+’. 33 Years In Business. Quinn Windows & Siding. 770-939-5634.

SERVICES AVAILABLE Driveways & Walkways – Replaced or repaired. Masonry, grading, foundations repaired, waterproofing and retaining walls. Call Joe Sullivan 770-616-0576.

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.


Detail Cleaning Services – Houses, apartments, offices and more. Affordable prices excellent references. I will beat any advertised price. Call 770-837-5711.

FOR SALE Fall Sale! - Arborvitae, Leyland Cypress, for beautiful privacy borders, FREE delivery & planting start @ $59 each. 404-839-4736 or visit

Annual Fall Accumulation Sale Christmas décor, furniture, clothes, jewelry, luggage, glassware, books, treasures & more! Thursday, Nov. 19 9am-4pm Friday, Nov. 20 9am-2:30pm (Half Price Day)


3750 Peachtree Road, NE • 404-261-6611



Personal & Professional Services Directory 7875-A Roswell Rd Sandy Springs, 30350

House Cleaners

404-917-2200, ext 110 Affordable. Display. Frequency.


Home Services Directory Appliance Repair ALL WORK GUARANTEED

Call Kevin 24/7 770.885.9210

• All Major Appliances & Brands FREE Service • Stoves, Ovens, Dishwashers • Refrigerators, Disposals Call with • Washers, Dryers Repair or $25 Service • 30 Years Experience Charge Servicing All of Metro Atlanta

North Georgia Lawn Care

To Advertise, call 404-917-2200 ext 110

Trash, Junk Hauled For Less

35 – $150


per load

Oriental Rug Cleaning

We will pick up appliances, furniture, tree limbs, construction debris, basement and foreclosure clean-outs.

Call James

cell (404) 784-5142 home (770) 455-6237

Antique Repair Specialist • Speciality Care Hand Wash Cleaning (front and back with plenty of water) • No Chemicals Used Air Dried, Scotch Guard • Mothproof, Padding, Storage Appraisal & Insurance Statements • Pickup and Delivery Available

15% O With


This A d

In the heart of Buckhead

404-467-8242 • 3255-5 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta GA 30305

poern ou c stom u 0 c $ 5 e per

Bennett Painting & Remodeling, LLC. Commercial/Industrial/Residential


Honest Affordable Dependable Free estimates

Hair Stylists

Insurance Agents



Pet Sitters

Life Coaches

Next to Johnny’s Pizza


Positive, Gentle Methods

Health Instructors



Private Training In Your Home

Place your SERVICES ad here! Accountants

Certified Dog Trainer

Now cutting hair at Tangles!


Good Rascal Dog Training

• Most Air-Cooled Models In Stock and Ready To Install • Most Air-Cooled Models In • Automatic Standby Generators Stock Ready To Install • Most Air-Cooled Models In • Automatic Standby Generators Stock Air-Cooled Ready To Install • Most Models In (770) 251-9765 • Automatic Standby Generators

(770) 251-9765

Call Tony 404-402-5435

Stock Ready To Install • Automatic Standby Generators (770) 251-9765

EST 1975

Wallcovering, Special Coatings, Pressure Washing Ronnie Bennett 404-432-0385

Skilled Handymen at Your Service (770) 251-9765 ELF Home Improvement

• Roofing • Gutters • Painting

& Repair

Pre-screened Providers. Pre-negotiated Rates.

HVAC, Plumbing, Carpet Cleaning, Pest Control, Moving Services & More




Commercial & Residential Junk Removal Recycling 770-399-6605 Licensed Insured

Free Estimates

Locally Owned Since 1997

• Kitchens • Decks • Bathroom • Fences • Windows • Doors • Electrical • Plumbing • Various Repairs


Call for an Estimate! Ed Fulcher • 678-630-4543 Mark McCoy • 404-542-2495

Belco Electric

Fall & Holiday

• Family Owned since 1972 • Fast, Dependable Service by Professional, Uniformed Electricians

Atlanta’s Premier

• Window Cleaning • Gutter Cleaning • Pressure Washing • Family Owned • Licensed and Insured • FREE ESTIMATES

since 1968

Your home. Our help. 770-455-4556

Check out our new website and follow us on


Windows • Siding • and More! • Free Estimates • BBB A+ • Family Run • References Available 35 years experience


The Handyman Can • Plumbing • Electrical • Sheetrock • Floors • Tile • Framing • Kitchens • Painting • Roofwork • Concrete • Stained Glass • Antique Door Restoration as well as many other issues...

John Salvesen • 404-453-3438

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