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The city has taken over management of four golf courses — including Buckhead’s North Fulton course — after twice rejecting a $15 million bid from the nonprofit Atlanta Public Golf Conservancy, a decision that the bidder says left it “flabbergasted” and wondering about a “hidden agenda.” Now the city is operating the courses See CITY on page 16
Calvin Kinard, center, and twins, Calvin Kinard, right, and Charlotte Kinard pause for a photo break at the Chastain Park Arts Festival on Nov. 6. The sixth annual Chastain Park Arts Festival featured about 185 artists and artisans. For more festival photos, see page 18 ►
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BY JOHN RUCH email@example.com Buckhead could see new light rail transit lines, a completed BeltLine and a faster PATH400 trail build-out after voters approved two transportation-related sales tax increases Nov. 8. The city’s total sales tax will be 8.9 percent following approval of a 0.4 percent transportation local special option sales tax and a 0.5 percent increase in the existing MARTA funding tax. Both ballot
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The Georgia Department of Transportation has released the results of a study to build a high-speed rail line between Atlanta and Chattanooga, on a route along I-75 through Buckhead. The study offers three potential routes, with the fastest getting passengers between the two cities in 88 minutes, with trains traveling up to 180 miles per hour. The I-75 Corridor route – identified by the GDOT as the “best performing alternative” – would have eight stations along its 128-mile route at a cost of approximately $8.76 billion. A second alternative would see the train divert from I-75 to Rome, lengthening the route to 150 miles and adding 15 minutes to the travel time. A third “worst performing alternative” would see the train divert east and add seven minutes to the trip. To see details and the route map, see dot.ga.gov.
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Brookhaven Innovation Academy and Atlanta Tech Village have announced a partnership. Students from the science-and-math-oriented charter school will visit the Buckhead tech startup center, and Tech Village employees will visit classrooms to volunteer their expertise. “We look forward to our new partnership with Atlanta Tech Village to support the delivery of our unique blend of personalized and project-based learning, in which students work creatively to solve real world problems,” Dr. Laurie Kimbrel, BIA’s head of school, said in a press release. “Pairing with businesses of all sizes will enable our students to see that the communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills they practice at Dr. Laurie Kimbrel BIA are among the most important in a 21st century workplace.” “As part of our on-going commitment to the community, we are excited about this partnership, because we are now reaching children at the earliest of ages, including kindergarten students within Brookhaven Innovation Academy,” said Tech Village founder David Cummings in the press release. The partnership is volunteer-based and Tech Village is not giving BIA any money, according to Tech Village spokesperson Karen Houghton. “We are offering an informal partnership as part of our desire to give back to our community by offering BIA students field trips and volunteer opportunities to our members,” she said. BIA is a new independent school originally created by Brookhaven City CounBH
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cil. It opened this year at a Norcross location after being unable to find a site within Brookhaven, but is seeking a permanent location in its namesake city. Atlanta Tech Village, based at Piedmont and Lenox roads, is home to hundreds of startup tech businesses.
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The PATH400 multi-use trail is among the winners of this year’s Golden Shoe Awards from the Atlanta pedestrian advocacy group PEDS. PATH400 received the award, in the “Walk-Friendly Trail” category, at an Oct. 25 ceremony. Design and construction of the 5-plus-milelong trail and park along Ga. 400 is led by Livable Buckhead in partnership with the PATH Foundation and the Buckhead Community Improvement District. “It’s an honor to win this award from PEDS,” said Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling in a press release. “Great partnerships lead to great projects, and the fact that PATH400 has been honored so many times in its short existence speaks volumes about the quality of our partners, the Buckhead CID and PATH Foundation. We’re thrilled to add the Golden Shoe to our trophy shelf.” “As someone
a Nov. 16 meeting at Buckhead’s Chastain Park. The Comp Plan is a 10-year city planning vision and policy document for Sandy Springs currently under major revision as part of the city’s “Next Ten” process. It will help inform a totally new zoning code that is also in the works. The latest community meeting about the draft Comp Plan was held in July, where consultants presented ideas for more mixed-use developments, better transit and improved green space. The Comp Plan does not include Buckhead, but does include detailed plans for border areas along Roswell Road and the Powers Ferry Landing. The Nov. 16 meeting will run 9:30 a.m. to noon at Chastain Horse Park, 4371 Powers Ferry Road. For more information and an early look at the draft Comp Plan, see thenext10.org.
who loves to walk and is eager to help others share the joy of walking, I’m thrilled by the progress partners are making in transforming our streets and communities into places that are safe, inviting and accessible to all pedestrians,” said PEDS president and CEO Sally Flocks in the press release. PATH400 is intended to ultimately connect the Atlanta BeltLine with trails in Sandy Springs and other parts of north Fulton County.
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Ryan Gravel continued to engage the public in his draft framework of what Atlanta could become as our city’s population grows, known as Atlanta City Design, in a Nov. 3 meeting at the Downtown Central Library. Gravel, Atlanta City Design’s project manager, gave an abbreviated presentation, reviewing five core values of “Atlanta at it’s best” – nature, access, ambition, progress and equity. Atlanta City Design seeks to meld these values into aspirational Ryan Gravel fields questions from the audience guidelines for how the about the city’s future growth. city can accommodate an estimated 1.3 million people by 2050. The framework also contemplates growth along different city corridors such as Peachtree Street or Hollowell Parkway while preserving adjacent neighborhoods with tree canopies and low density. Ultimately, it will come down to specific policy and implemenResidents look at city growth concept tation decisions, such recommendations at the library. as the ongoing revamp of the city’s zoning ordinance, to transform the vision into reality. M EET ING S B Y T O P IC This meeting and others to follow, invite 8 to 9:30 a.m. the community to participate in this creAtlanta City Studio at ative process, “to involve you in a once in Ponce City Market, 2nd Floor a lifetime opportunity to discuss the future Nature – Nov. 18 of Atlanta,” Department of Planning and Access – Nov. 29 Community Development Commissioner Ambition – Nov. 30 Tim Keane said. Progress – Dec. 2 During the meeting, Gravel solicited Equity – Dec. 8 ideas and questions from the audience. On the topic of nature, attendees suggestM EET ING B Y LO C AT IO N ed Atlanta add more water features such as fountains as a place to convene and as a Citywide – Dec. 6, 6 p.m. symbol of life and growth. Atlanta Central Library Another attendee asked about use of solar panels downtown. Gravel said the city Northeast Quadrant – Nov. 28, 7 p.m. is looking into putting solar panels in unThe Cathedral of St. Philip expected places, like landfills. The discussion then ranged from proNorthwest Quadrant – Nov. 30, 7 p.m. moting the arts by keeping creative space The Agape Community Center costs down, to alternatives to subsidies for affordable housing, to facilitating social inSoutheast Quadrant – Dec. 1, 7 p.m. teraction between long-term low-income Georgia Hill Neighborhood Center residents and their new neighbors. Poster boards outside the auditorium Southwest Quadrant – Dec. 8, 7 p.m. displayed non-vetted draft concept recomAdamsville Recreation Center mendations from last month’s meeting; input from visitors to the Atlanta City StuFor more information, visit the Atlandio at Ponce City Market; and left room for ta City Studio Facebook page (https:// more post-it feedback. www.facebook.com/atlcitystudio/) You can voice your opinions and learn
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et, preoccupied with their toys. Some even sang along with the tunes they recognized. In most religious sanctuaries, children “It seems that they couldn’t stay away,” may be seen, but not heard. Parents get said Or Hadash Executive Director Erica embarrassed by a child’s disruption, and Hruby. “They were very excited to have a many congregations have separate proplace to be a part of services, while they are grams for children to attend while parents at an age-appropriate level where we can’t leave to pray. Congregation Or Hadash in expect them to sit and follow along with Sandy Springs is on to something different. the service. But they can hear the service Rather than viewing and what is happening children as noise, they around them, while they are the background and are playing, and begin to the backbone of the serinternalize what is hapvice, the synagogue and pening in the service.” its community. Or Ha- “I think the Pray The synagogue’s presdash’s celebration of Ground was very ident, Marc Medwed was the Jewish holiday Sheinspired by an article he meni Atzeret on Oct. 24 well received by both found about a church marked the dedication kids and parents... in Minnesota that creatof its new “Pray Ground,” ed a similar space for its an area just off from the MARC MEDWED young members in May, platform at which prayer PRESIDENT, CONGREGATION OR HADASH and Bortz and Karpuj is conducted where chilembraced the idea. dren younger than five “I think the Pray play and listen to the serGround was very well revice. ceived by both kids and parents and many “In our congregation kids are the core are looking forward to enjoying the space treasure of our congregation. They are the together and to contributing to its growth,” warmth of our service. It’s another opporMedwed said in an email. tunity to welcome them,” said Rabbi AnaBortz predicted that this type of experilia Bortz, who started Congregation Or ence will help the children grow familiar Hadash with her husband, Rabbi Mario with the services. In fact, several children Karpuj, 13 years ago. The conservative egalas young as eight years old took turns readitarian synagogue has grown into a moding from the Torah and being an integral ern, light-filled space at 7460 Trowbridge part of the services. Road. With the addition of the children, and “We wanted to bring them in, to create the Pray Ground, prayers come alive, Bortz something interesting and motivating to said. “They bring God in when they are them in their own language and to make smiling and praying and playing. They emthem feel part of the whole sacred commubellish our space,” she said. nity,” she said. “If we had people who come and comDuring the recent service, about half a plain about the noise from kids we might dozen children played with dolls or stuffed say to them this might not be the right place animals, read books and configured puzfor you,” Bortz said. “We value the [conneczles. They were encouraged to share tion of] generation to generation, L’Dor Vawith each other and put back what they Dor. The kids are our next ‘Dor,’ the generatouched. A low hum of the playtime filled tion. We want them to be the next link, and the sanctuary, but the children stayed quito feel part of the congregation.”
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Gov. Nathan Deal joined many other officials for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction project on Nov. 3 at the Concourse Center’s “King Building” in Sandy Springs. Major construction work will not begin until February and will never directly affect the King Building. Organizers said the groundbreaking was staged to satisfy demand from media for some type of visual ceremony, and holding it on a location along the actual highways would be difficult and dangerous. Deal and other officials spoke in a vacant office space, decorated with construction signs and traffic cones, on the skyscraper’s 32nd floor, which offered sweeping views of the tangled interchange far below. They then went to a small lawn next to the building and used gold-colored shovels to toss dirt that had been shipped in and piled onto a tarp. The remarks from various officials largely repeated information and praise they have delivered at previous announcements and speaking engagements about the massive highway project. “This is indeed the heart of much of [the region’s] growth and much of the congestion,” said Deal, sporting a red necktie decorated with white silhouettes of the state of Georgia. He praised the project’s public-private financing and design-while-building models for saving large amounts of money. Not counting right of way acquisition and other extra costs, the project is budgeted at around $460 million, far under the $803 million the state originally estimated.
Deal said that the Georgia Department of Transportation is regularly contacted by officials around the country asking, “How did you get to be so progressive … and so far ahead?” in road infrastructure build-outs. In perhaps the event’s largest boast, GDOT board member and former Georgia House Speaker Mark Burkhalter likened the project to the previous night’s dramatic baseball game, saying the Chicago Cubs “may have won the World Series of baseball, but I think Georgia won the World Series today of investing in our future and our infrastructure.” GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry, as he has many times before, touted the project’s intended benefits of reducing congestion and traffic accidents. Pointing to the event decorations, he also gave some fair warning about the upcoming three-plus years of construction. “The cones you see in front of us today—get ready to see more and more cones,” he said. Among the many other leaders in attendance were: Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal; Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul; Sandy Springs City Councilmembers John Paulson and Gabriel Sterling; Brookhaven City Councilmember Linley Jones; Mike Davis, former mayor of Dunwoody and now chief of staff to DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester; former DeKalb CEO Liane Levetan; state Sens. Hunter Hill and Fran Millar; state Rep. Tom Taylor; and former Perimeter Community Improvement Districts president and CEO Yvonne Williams. Besides rebuilding the interchange to improve traffic flow and capacity, the project will add “collector-distributor lanes”—physically separated exit and entrance lanes—to Ga. 400 north to Sandy Springs’ Spalding Drive and to I-285 be-
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Shoveling dirt for the I-285/Ga. 400 reconstruction groundbreaking ceremony Nov. 3 at the Concourse Center were (from left) state Rep. Tom Taylor; Jay Roberts, director of planning at the Georgia Department of Transportation; GDOT board vice-chair Jamie Boswell; Georgia Regional Transportation Authority Executive Director Christopher Tomlinson; GDOT Commissioner Russell McMurry; Gov. Nathan Deal; GDOT board member Mark Burkhalter; state Sen. Fran Millar; GDOT board member Rudy Bowen; Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul; and Daniel Filer, vice president of business development at Ferrovial Agroman USA, one of main partners on the project’s contractor team. Gov. Nathan Deal (left photo) and Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul (bottom right) comment on the project.
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assistance, library catalog and account instruction, downloadable media and device assistance and 3D printing.” The service is open to all library patrons. An Atlanta area organization, Bluehair Technology Group, is a 501c3 non-profit that specializes in connecting seniors with the digital world around them. Jane Ratliff, founder and executive director of Bluehair Technology, helps seniors learn to enjoy their tablets, smartphones and computers. “All our students are bright and capable, and they can all learn; they just need to have the motivation,” she said. “It’s important to find out what’s important to them. Once they see the value in learning the technology, and once they understand what it can do for them, they’re very receptive.” According to Ratliff, many seniors want to learn to use their devices to send and receive text messages, as well as to take and save photos. Others are interested in using email and Facebook, in addition to Facetime or Skype, to stay in touch with their families, especially their young grandchildren. That’s not all, of course. “They’re really open to any services that can make their lives easier, like a GPS to help them navigate on the road, or the Internet to search for information, check bank statements and enjoy the convenience of online shopping,” she said. Ratliff said she was inspired to start the organization in 2011, when helping her mother learn how to use her new iPad. The tablet was a birthday gift from Ratliff’s brother. He’d hoped their mother would use the iPad to keep in touch with family members all around the country, but it was going to take basic, step-by-step instruction for her to become comfortable with it since she’d had no previous computer experience. Ratliff’s patience and persistence paid off. She reported that, five years later, her mother, now 91, uses her iPad every day. “She stays connected with her family and friends through Facebook and regularly checks her bank statement. She also plays Words with Friends with five people, including me.” That’s not the end of the story, by any means. Through her mother’s experience, Ratliff realized that, these days, everyone needs technological skills. She founded Bluehair Technology to fulfill that
purpose, specifically focusing on the senior population. It was formed as a non-profit so it could serve a wide range of seniors, through grants, sponsorships and other forms of funding. “People won’t be able to function in the future unless they can use the latest technology,” she said. “Americans of every age and income level need to have basic technological skills in today’s society, and it will only become more true in the future.” Karen Keeter, Instructor and Social Media Associate with Bluehair Technology, said that it can be challenging to teach a class where there are wide differences in the levels of knowledge between students. She makes sure everyone stays focused so they stay on track and cover the entire curriculum. After retiring from IBM three years ago, Keeter looked for opportunities to stay involved in the latest technology. She explained that she always enjoyed working with seniors — in fact, she also volunteers time at the Jewish Home — so becoming an instructor with Bluehair Technology was a perfect fit. Bluehair Technology relies on its teachers and volunteers to keep offering their services. “We’re always looking for volunteers and teachers, specifically skilled, patient teachers like Karen,” Ratliff said. “Many of our instructors are retired teachers, while others work in technological fields and donate part of their weekends to teaching.” Iinstructors should not only have teaching skills but also must be patient and able to control a room. This fall, Keeter has been teaching a class of seniors how to use their iPhones. The four-week class meets on Saturday mornings at Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs. Keeter and the other volunteers see students’ eyes light up when discovering some of the things their phones can do. “It’s rewarding when you see those ‘ahha moments’ where your students figure out how something works,” Keeter said. “I remember the first time one of my groups sent their first text messages, with selfies, to their kids and grandkids. There were big smiles all around, me included!” This article is reprinted from Atlanta Senior Life, sister publication of Reporter Newspapers. For more stories visit AtlantaSeniorLife.com.
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Workshops and classes that focus on various tech topics are held throughout the Atlanta metro area. Examples of October offerings include iPhone Basics at Saint Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, Windows 10 Basics at Second Ponce de Leon Baptist Church’s Family Life Center in Atlanta and Cyber Sunday at the St. George Village Activity Center in Roswell. Visit bluehairtech. org to learn more. Anyone interested in donating or volunteering is also
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The historic Goodwin House on Peachtree Road in Brookhaven is being dismantled, with plans to rebuild it and relocate it to another city location. The white, wood frame house that dates back to the 1830s and which owners claim to be the oldest house in DeKalb County, is now nothing more than a small foundation with a bare frame and stone fireplace. Logs are piled where an expansive porch once stood and piles of debris surround the otherwise bucolic land, where squirrels run and hide in the piles and birds sing from overhanging tree branches. “I’m very sad to see it go,” said Albert Martin, whose family has owned the house for more than seven generations. “But there was no remediation on taxes, no resources to preserve it. We couldn’t get any tax breaks and there was no way to rent it.” Local resident Soren Ludwig is heading up the effort to dismantle the house. He declined to say what was in store for the piece of the city’s history, other than to say “we will have something special soon.” “We look forward to making something awesome for Brookhaven,” he said. Most people who drive the busy Peachtree Road corridor may not even know the house is there — it is hidden behind tall pines and magnolias. From Peachtree Road, passers-by see only a small driveway between a U-Haul store and a Subway sandwich shop. Its original site is occupied by a motel. MARTA tracks run behind the house. Martin said the only way to save the house was to carefully dismantle it, particularly the log cabin section of the home, and store the logs so it can be rebuilt when relocated to another location. However, where that will be is still unknown, he said. “It’s being dismantled and then moved … it will be reassembled with modifications to make it usable in the near future,” he said. Martin said there is talk of moving the house into Brookhaven Park. “Doing this [dismantling it] was the only way we could think to save the house,” Martin said. The Goodwin house will be featured in the upcoming Brookhaven Libretto, a coffee table book about the city’s historic homes, said Richard Diedrich, author of the book that is expected to come out next spring. “I think it’s a shame what’s happened to the house. I know the Martins have tried for years to preserve it,” Diedrich said. At one time, the Goodwin House was part of a 600-acre farm. The house sits on more than an acre of commercial property on Peachtree Road. For years, the Martin family has struggled with what to do with it. The house has been for sale since at least 2008, when it was put on the market for $3.5 million. There were even efforts to give the house away to an owner who promised to preserve it.
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D DYANA BAGBY AND PHIL MOSIER
TH E H I S TO RY O F TH E H O USE In what was once Creek Indian land, the area’s first white settler was Harris Goodwin, a South Carolinian who homesteaded a tract on both sides of what is now Peachtree Road in the early 1830s. Harris Goodwin later brought his father, Solomon, to the area. The Goodwin home and a small graveyard in which they are buried survive at 3931 Peachtree Road near the intersection of North Druid Hills Road. The original log cabin on the Echota Indian Trail was expanded in the 1830s and 1840s into the present home. In 1864, it was a landmark for Federal troops closing in on Atlanta during the Civil War. Goodwin descendants still own the property.
A. The historic Goodwin House on Peachtree Road, built in the 1830s, as it looked last spring. B. Logs piled up for storage will be used when the home is rebuilt. C. Lynda Martin shows the living room of the Goodwin House in 2010. She represents the seventh generation of her family to own the Brookhaven home. D. The scene inside the Goodwin House home this month, after dismantling began. E. A stone fireplace in the historic home is one of its last standing remnants.
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The fall semester is well underway, and it’s time for a math checkup! Can your child answerthese mental math questions? If they can solve questions at and above grade level, they could be ready for a challenge! If they are unable to answer questions at their grade level or below, they may be in need of extra help.
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Count by 1¾ from 0 to 7.
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Halfway through the second quarter, how much of the game is left?
How much is 6½% of 250?
On a certain map, 6 inches represents 25 miles. Hom many miles does 15 inches present?
When you take 3 away from twice a number, the answer is 8. What is the number?
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Fall is finally here and it’s either time to get your tools back out for a fall garden or store them for the winter. If you are ready to hang up your tools after a long summer, don’t just store them and forget about them. Here are some helpful tips to get everything ready for the upcoming winter season:
Clean and store all hand tools or other gardening tools. Soap and water is all you need to use to get all the dirt and grime off. For the hard to reach crevices where dirt usually tends to stick, use some steel wool. Wipe dry and hang up. Store seeds in a sealed container. When the temperatures drop, many rodents look for something to eat. Your tasty seeds are a great snack. Seal the seeds in a Ziploc and place in a larger sealed container, preferably not on the floor. The trickier they are to get into, the less likely you will find them munched on in the spring.
Don’t forget to disconnect any outside hoses and store them for the winter. Also, you might need to shut off the water line to those outside spigots, if possible. Winterize any machinery that won’t be used during the winter months. You can drain the gas and fluids or add a winterizing product for any fuel left in the machine.
More info on gardening, agriculture and the environment is available at the UGA Extension website, www.extension.uga.edu. Sarah Brodd is an Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent for UGA Extension in DeKalb County.
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FOR M ER D UN WOODY M AY O R N A M ED DEK A LB C OM M IS S I ON ER’ S C H I EF O F S TA F F
Former Dunwoody mayor Mike Davis has returned to politics as the new chief of staff for DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester. Davis took the job after Jester fired her former chief of staff, Jeff Breedlove, when he was arrested Oct. 24 and charged with making a false report to police and confessed to police to being a drug abuser. “I had no inkling this was an issue in his past,” Jester said of Breedlove. “I wish him well. We all want him and his family to have healing. Addiction and mental illness are diseases … and I hope he gets the treatment he needs.” Jester said Davis’ experience and relationships with residents and officials throughout DeKalb County District 1, including Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Chamblee, make him an ideal fit for the job in her office. “I’m thrilled he has decided to come out of retirement to do this,” Jester said. “I know Mike Davis and I know he cares about District 1.” Davis resigned his job in business development for the Dunwoody Perimeter Chamber to take the chief of staff post for Jester. He said he received a text message from her asking him if he wanted to work for her and District 1. “I think I can make a big difference. Nancy needed me and I believe I can help her a lot. Besides, my golf game wasn’t getting any better,” Davis said. Davis, who was elected as the mayor of Dunwoody in 2011 and then lost his re-election bid last year to current Mayor Denis Shortal, said he believes his real strengths are his relationships with the cities and their staffs and residents. He said his past work in economic development, including as Dunwoody’s mayor, gives him an advantage in his new job.
ulatory Affairs, tried to calm concerns raised by the council about the company’s contractors digging up yards, not informing people when they will be digging, and the regular accidental cutting of utility lines. “I personally apologize,” Crowell said. “We’ve been doing this for a while and are learning as we go. We are aware we have some concerns with our contractor.” Councilmember Jim Riticher was the most vocal with his dissatisfaction with AT&T’s contractors, the companies installing the fiber optic cables that will provide high-speed internet service to the city. “You have real problems with your contractors. There are a lot of cut utilities. When you first came to my neighborhood, a water main was hit,” Riticher said. “There are no supervisors on site that speak English. Water, gas, electric, cable lines are being cut. From my perspective, this is way out of control. “You are hurting the AT&T brand with what your people in the field are doing,” he said.
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The city has launched an interactive website showing apartment complexes’ crime and fire safety data. It includes a color-coded map of the complexes’ relative crime rates. Officials unveiling the “Apartment Safety Checker” at the Nov. 1 City Council meeting said it is a response to frequent questions from prospective tenants that the city previously couldn’t answer. But some councilmembers, while generally praising the effort, questioned whether the color-coding is confusing and amounts to a scarlet letter on some complexes, even though they have fairly low crime rates. Police Chief Kenneth DeSimone, introducing the Safety Checker, said that “one of the biggest questions we get … is how safe an apartment complex is.” The “Safety Checker” site offers several types of data presented in different ways. On the map, all of the city’s apartment complexes are highlighted and a pop-up window provides recent statistics about major crimes at each
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complex as well as disorderly conduct, loitering and prowling incidents. Police calls that do not result in criminal charges are not included. In addition, there is information about recent fires and whether the complex has sprinkler systems and on-site security. The Safety Checker also calculates a form of crime rate — in terms of crime reports per unit — and ranks all of the city’s complexes with it in two different ways. One ranking is a list of complexes from lowest to highest crime rates. The lowest reports 0 crimes per unit and the highest lists about 0.13. The Safety Checker’s other ranking method is color-coding the apartment complexes on the map by whether they are low, medium or high in crime ratings relative to the average for all complexes. Green indicates complexes in the lowest one-third; yellow is the middle one-third; and “magenta” (appearing red or orange to various viewers and devices) is the highest one-third. The Safety Checker site is available at sandyspringsga.gov/residents/resident-guide/your-home/renting/apartment-safety-checker.
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As they awaited the results of a bitter, nasty presidential election between two historically disliked candidates, 200 local voters responding to Reporter Newspapers’ latest 1Q cellphone survey were hesitant about whether the country could heal from the political battle. The survey was taken on Election Day, shortly before Republican Donald Trump was declared the winner over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Only 48 percent of respondents said they were sure the country could heal from the divisive election, whoever the winner turned out to be, while 35 percent were unsure and 18 percent said no. “I mean, I don’t think this campaign is going to end the country, so in that sense, yes, we will heal. Definitely will leave a scar, though,” said one respondent. “Too many things were said that cannot be taken back,” said another. In political affiliation, 32 percent of respondents were Democrats, 25.5 per-
cent Republicans, and the rest identifying as independent or “other.” In age categories, 55 percent were 25 to 34. Reporter Newspapers also asked some local residents on the street what the new president could do to heal the nation, with the advice trending toward lowering their egos and focusing on the people’s business. What some other respondents had to say: “It’s always bad. It always gets better.” “I think both candidates were pushed to extremes of their parties and now there will be a lot of people dissatisfied with either presidential candidate as their new president. It felt like a lose-lose situation and it will take a long time for Republicans to get over ‘deplorables’ and Democrats to get over Trump’s boastful racism.” “We are a united country, and though this campaign has divided our people on some issues, we will remain
united in our belief of a free and just nation.” “I don’t trust that we will have the leadership necessary for healing as a country.” “If we see action on improving the economy, we will be able to heal because the people want to see action and are tired of just the words.” “I believe the country will heal, but it will take time. It may also take a crisis for us to come back together. The tone of the campaign was deplorable and at some points made me ashamed to be a citizen of this country.” 1Q is an Atlanta-based startup that has developed a technology which sends questions and surveys to a cellphone via app or text message from businesses and organizations across the country. Respondents are paid 50 cents per answer, through PayPal, for sharing their opinions. Payments may also be donated directly to charity. Sign up to be included in our local community polls at 1Q.com/reporter or by texting REPORTER to 86312.
Voices from the community “One way would be to bring honesty back into the White House. I’d like to see our government really work for the people of the United States and to take care of us first. I want to feel safe.”
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and increase family engagement. This digital inclusion for the Old Fourth Ward public school is possible thanks to a pilot with the Martin Luther King Sr. Community Resources Collaborative ■ www.ReporterNewspapers.net NOVEMBER 11 - 24, 2016HHES, (MLK Sr. Collaborative), and PowerMyLearning, and a seed grant from Fulton Aging and Youth Services Department. As a part of the pilot, families of third grade HHES students will receive technology training and tools to support continued learning at home. These tools include a laptop loaded with 40 digital learning programs and Microsoft Office software. “Our goal is to disrupt the poverty cycle faced by many families in HHES,” said Detria Russell, MLK Sr. Collaborative Executive Director. MLK Sr. Collaborative is a non-profit based in the King Historic District that provides resources and tools for families to face daily challenges and become self-sufficient. Through ongoing discussions with the HHES Principal Maureen Wheeler, Russell realized that Hope-Hill could benefit from afounder creative program to assist teachersaswith learning Blue Heron Nature Preserve Nancy Jones is retiring theinnovative organization’s exoptions and increased family engagement. So the nonprofit developed the pilot initiative and ecutive director at the end of 2016 and Kevin McCauley, the Projects and Operations Dibrought together key partners to reach students, teachers and parents. rector, willand take the helm. Wheeler MLK Sr. Collaborative targeted third graders, since performance for that there wouldofbe no Blue Heron Nancy,” said BHNP Board Presschool“Simply year canput, be an indicator a child’s success in without future years. ident Jayresources Levin inwill a press release. to “She applied her vision, “These be invaluable ourhas students. Providing all passion, creativity and tireless enthusiasm to expand Blue Heron fromwill its allow original seven acres to its present third graders with a laptop and parents with training, usfootprint, to expose students plethoraregarded of opportunities beyond the establishtoaa highly and successful education program, and extend school day,” Wheeler explained. the Preserve’s focus into research and advocacy across a variety of urban environmenthe national nonprofit that leverages talPowerMyLearning, causes.” technology to strengthen learning, will donate the laptops BHNP formed in 2000 when Jones joined forces with the North Buckhead Civic Asloaded with educational software programs. They’ll also sociation to preserve seven of on floodplain, provide training for parents and acres teachers how to according to the release. Working with the community, the city of literacy Atlanta over the past 10 years, BHNP has acengage the students developers in modules and that strengthen quired to reach its current 30-acre footprint. and mathadditional skills as wellparcels as howof toland care for the device. Its operations includesoftware a headquarters Even though the also educational programs facility from which the organization opdon’t require Internetofaccess, participating parentsprograms, arts exhibitions and children’s erates a variety successful educational may access free Internet service at the MLK Sr. camps. Complex Cyber Café, six days a week. Once pilot is McCauley, who has served as Projectthe and Operations Director at Blue Heron since completed, performance data collected 2014 and previously served the organization as a board member and volunteer for on students and parents will inform many years, steps into the executive director position following a 30-year career in infuture initiatives. formation at Home Depot. “While wetechnology, have startedmost with recently, the is aitlongtime Buckhead resident and has been a volunteer leader for nuthird He grade, would be North our wish to provide thisenvironmental opportunity to and morecommunity organizations. His work at Blue Heron has inmerous grades,” said. the first community garden in Buckhead, playing an instrumental cludedRussell establishing
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Blue Heron Nature Preserve founder retiring, successor named
role in acquiring additional property for the Preserve and managing restoration and capital improvement work to expand our mission and reach into the community. Top and BottomNancy’s photos: Students at “Though legacy cannot be overstated, the board feels very fortunate it can Hope-Hill Elementary get hands on with look forward their new laptops.to a seamless transition of leadership with Kevin,” Levin said. McCauley will be leading BHNP through its next phase of growth and development based on the recent completion of the organization’s first strategic planning process by the staff and board. The resulting plan outlines and prioritizes key goals for BHNP to A t work l a n t a I toward N t o w n P aover p e r . cthe o m next three years. The Blue Heron Nature Preserve is a 30-acre 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Buckhead. The Preserve was founded in 2000 with aims to create “a personal experience with nature through a regional model of conservation, education, research and connectivity.” Blue Heron serves as an urban refuge for native plants and animals. Learn more at bhnp.org.
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ment. On Oct. 31, the day American Golf’s conwith a “skeleton crew” and without such tract ended, city Parks Commissioner Amy upgrades as a new North Fulton clubhouse, Phuong issued a statement that suggestaccording to Conservancy trustee Whitney ed a city takeover of the golf course manCrouse. agement, announcing the hiring of Arthur The Nov. 1 management change, which Culbreath as an “Interim Head of Golf Opthe city has not fully explained, apparenterations.” Culbreath did not rely was triggered by the conspond to questions. troversial shift of Buckhead’s “Mr. Culbreath will soon Bobby Jones Golf Course in have a full team dedicated to October to state ownership golf management and operafor a reconstruction plan. tions working under his direcAmerican Golf Corpotion,” Phuong’s statement said. ration, which managed the “We plan to hire current Americity courses for more than can Golf staff as subcontractors 30 years, ended its contract and to assign some of our strondue to the financial implicagest, most experienced city emtions of Bobby Jones leaving ployees to the team to maintain Whitney Crouse the management portfolio, Mosaic Clubs & Resorts current service levels. We will according to Marty Elgison, also have all the necessary equippresident of the Bobby Jones ment in place for patrons to use Golf Course Foundation, the and for the [Parks and Recreation] Departnonprofit now managing the course. ment to maintain our courses.” “The package of the four [city] courses Phuong’s statement did not menwithout Bobby Jones wasn’t economically tion the conservancy’s twice-rejected bid, viable to them,” said Elgison, adding that which proposed, among other upgrades, the change has added to confusion about new clubhouses at North Fulton, Brown’s Bobby Jones’ now separate operations. BobMill and “Tup” Holmes. by Jones is still open and will remain in opWhitney Crouse, a conservancy trustee eration for another year before renovation and chairman of the Alpharetta-based Mowork begins, he said. saic Clubs & Resorts, said the city’s statements have masked confusion and “panContract confusion ic” about the golf course management and Last month, the city announced that mystery about why the conservancy’s bids American Golf was ending its contract were rejected. Mosaic manages several golf for the city courses—which also include courses in metro Atlanta, and is serving as Brown’s Mill, Candler Park and Alfred the short-term manager at Bobby Jones. “Tup” Holmes — after declining to participate in a competitive bidding process. But Nonprofit bid rejected city officials have repeatedly not answered The Brookhaven-based conservancy or responded to questions about why the formed several years ago with the idea of contract was rebid, who else bid and who possibly managing city golf courses one is running the courses now. American Golf day. A nonprofit with a diverse membercould not immediately be reached for comship, the organization’s intent is to put
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A design for a new “Tup” Holmes golf course clubhouse included in Atlanta Public Golf Conservancy’s bid for the city course management contract.
profits back into the courses, according to Crouse. While Crouse’s company Mosaic is a for-profit, he said Mosaic and other members joined the conservancy “just out of love of the game and to do something for the city and especially for minority kids.” The conservancy got its chance a year ago, when it became clear that American Golf was concerned about the Bobby Jones ownership change, Crouse said. The city sought bids and the conservancy and Mosaic submitted one proposing $15 million in upgrades and a lease payment of $150,000 a year for the first five years, escalating to more than $550,000 a year after 20 years. The conservancy turned out to be the only bidder, likely because most of the courses are too “distressed” to attract forprofit management companies, Crouse said. But the city “canceled the bid under the guise they couldn’t accept [only] one bid,” he said, adding the conservancy does not believe that to be true. The city then asked American Golf to remain as manager, but that company said no, Crouse said. That created a problem, he said, because American Golf owned all of the courses’ equipment, from golf carts to computer systems. “We told [city officials] the city would have to come up with $1 million cash” to equip the courses and keep them open, and officials “freaked out,” Crouse said. The city then opened a second bidding process in September of this year, and the conservancy was again the only bidder. “And the city said no, which left us absolutely flabbergasted,” Crouse said, adding that the city has not explained its decision. “We didn’t even get a phone call from Amy Phuong. ... There wasn’t even a thank-you. “We are still trying to figure it out. It left some of my board members pretty pissed at the city,” Crouse said.
The city again “panicked,” Crouse said, and again unsuccessfully asked American Golf to remain. In what is apparently a permanent move, he said, the city was left to run the courses itself.
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“The city stepped in Nov. 1 with a skeleton crew, having to replace everything, with no experience in doing this,” Crouse said. “It left all of us in the golf industry scratching our heads about, ‘What is the hidden agenda here?’” The courses remain open under city management, but such issues as staffing levels are unclear. Phone calls to the North Fulton course’s managers were not answered, in some cases routing to voicemail boxes that were full and not accepting messages. Meanwhile, Bobby Jones is moving ahead under its own, separate nonprofit leadership under the foundation, with Mosaic as the short-term contracted management company. Amid all the Atlanta golf course management confusion, Elgison issued a press release emphasizing that Bobby Jones remains open as usual for the next year. Elgison said the foundation might have considered keeping American Golf as manager at Bobby Jones if a deal between the company and the city for the other courses had worked out, though he added, “They were never friendly with us. ... We didn’t have a warm and fuzzy feeling.” He also expressed surprise, partly due to his knowledge of Crouse and Mosaic, over the city’s rejection of the conservancy’s bid. He called the bid “fantastic” and the “right thing to do.” “I couldn’t tell you in a million years why the city decided to do what it did,” he said.
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‘Historic’ vote means big transit plans for Buckhead Continued from page 4 questions won support from about 70 percent of voters. “We are thrilled that Atlanta residents have passed TSPLOST, because it means great trails and green space projects will soon be a reality across the city,” said Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead, which is building PATH400. “Of course we’re most excited about the $5 million that we anticipate for PATH400. That puts us more than halfway to our fundraising goal and it means we can continue moving full steam ahead to get the entire 5.2-mile greenway complete. This was a big victory for a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly Atlanta.” Mayor Kasim Reed called the votes “historic” in an Election Night statement. “Over the next 40 years, our city and region will continue to change and grow,” Reed said. “By approving the two referenda, voters have put the city of Atlanta in a position to be proactive, flexible and adaptable. We’re laying the groundwork now to ensure we can build the city of the future that we all want.” The five-year TSPLOST could raise up to $300 million for streets, sidewalks and traffic signal improvements. The 40-year MARTA tax could raise an estimated $2.5 billion. Among the projects that MARTA
says the sales tax could help fund are: ■ A new Armour Yard rail station on the Gold and Red Lines. Armour Yard, at Piedmont Road and I-85, currently has a MARTA maintenance facility. ■ BeltLine light rail. Buckhead’s segment of the BeltLine would run between Armour Yard and I-75 along Peachtree Creek, the Shepherd Center and Piedmont Hospital. ■ Clifton Corridor light rail. This new line would run from Buckhead’s Lindbergh Center Gold/Red Line station to the Blue Line’s Avondale station through the Emory University area. ■ Arterial rapid transit bus on Peachtree Street and Peachtree Road. “Arterial rapid transit” means a bus that runs especially frequently and with priority at signals. The Peachtree route would run through Buckhead between Five Points station in Downtown to the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe Gold/ Red Line station in Brookhaven. MARTA proposes pedestrian improvements on that corridor as well. ■ Bus rapid transit on Northside Drive. “Bus rapid transit” means the bus would travel mostly in a dedicated lane. The Northside route would run between southwest Atlanta and I-75 on the Buckhead border. In other local election results, voters returned two incumbent state legislators to office: District 6 state Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) and District 54 state Rep. Beth Beskin (R-Atlanta).
RESULTS BY TH E N UMBER S Atlanta TSPLOST
State Senate District 6
MARTA sales tax
State House District 54
Yes 69% No %31
Yes 72% No 28%
Hunter Hill 52% Jaha Howard 48%
Beth Beskin 61% Bob Gibeling 39%
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Chastain Park Arts Festival Visitors admired the handiwork of about 185 artists and artisans at the sixth annual Chastain Park Arts Festival, a Nov. 6 event organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces and volunteer artists.
A - David King checks out a fish wind chime. B - Vic Tedoff, right, discusses the art work of Linda Hill, center. C - Donna Abbott, left, and Lynn Smith, look over some jewelry. D, I - A large crowd strolls through the white-tented booths. E - Paul Collett looks through a kaleidoscope at one of the booths. F - Dan Williams, left, plays his handmade instrument for patrons, Ann Small, right, and Bob Small.
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Congressman John Lewis The Davis Academy is pleased to host Congressman John Lewis for an evening of conversation and sharing about his life, his work and his #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel memoir trilogy, March.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2016 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
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teaches AP World History and IB Theory of Knowledge at Riverwood International Charter School.
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desk “teaching” his students, the first real awareness of my desire to teach history originated in Mr. St. Claire’s class in seventh grade. History had always been something that I enjoyed, but Mr. St. Claire made history come alive. I can remember the day that he kicked a double desk (you know, the kind that two students sit at with the cubbies underneath) to the back of the room — he had a flair for the theatric — and the shock that I felt. History came alive for me in the seventh grade. About three years later, between my ninth and tenth grade years, that love for history blossomed into some very specific life goals as I decided the following: “I am going to go to college to major in history with the intent of teaching history. I am going to take enough math classes that I can get a job teaching math if one is not available in history right away. I want to be in a position to make history come alive for others the same way that it came alive for me.” Over the course of the next several years, I realized that I was not simply choosing a career, but that I was committing to a vocation, or calling. In the time leading up to my initial employment with Fulton County Schools I realized that a part of that calling was deeper than simply making history come alive. My childhood had been pretty sheltered in many ways and I felt that perhaps the best way to understand, and ultimately be in a position to help others that were suffering, was to be in a public school with students from diverse backgrounds that were experiencing diverse challenges.
Q: Has the appeal changed? A: I think that growing older, having a family of my own and living through person-
al and professional struggles have tempered the idealism that burned so brightly in the early years. But my desire is still very much the same. I have learned that a great percentage of the job is spent doing things (paperwork, sundry meetings, etc.) that often times seem so removed from my underlying goals, and in some cases are counterproductive to those goals. In spite of the frustration that creates, I believe that the great majority of the time I still wake up excited to come to work and hopeful that I will have the opportunity to make an impact in my students’ lives.
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now with families, are substantial and fulfilling. Seeing former students find success in college, graduate school, and the work force — these are all meaningful and fulfilling things.
Q: What do you think makes a great teacher? A: I don’t think my answer will be very politically correct.
In this day and age, the world of education is trying to redefine what a teacher is. Teachers are “facilitators” of student learning. But I guess that I’m old school and still see a role for actual teaching. I think great teachers have mastery of their content, exceptional communication skills, and the “it” factor. I would say “it” is charisma, but I believe there is more to it than that. While there is the constant push in the world of education to try to make education a science, there is something that great teachers have that allows them to pursue their craft as master artists. A few years ago, when Race to the Top replaced No Child Left Behind, The Atlantic published an article entitled “What Makes a Teacher Great?” The point of the article was perhaps to make a case that one could scientifically define great teaching. It has been my experience that teachers with great pedagogy come and go, but great teachers stay and persevere both before and after the waves of educational buzzwords. Their greatness cannot be quantified into pedagogy, rather, it is the sum of the essence of all that they are.
Q: What do you want to see in your students? A: This is easier. I want to see young people who are learning to think. I frequently tell
them that I would rather they be passionately wrong than apathetically right. I want to see them develop a work ethic that transcends whatever level of ability they have. I want to see them make good decisions, and, when they make bad decisions, I want to see them care enough to make things right. I hope that some of them love history, but I want all of them to be excellent people.
Q: How do you engage your students? A: It depends on the day, and the students. To some degree I would like to think that I allow the story of history to engage my students and that I play the role of storyteller to a degree. I also attempt to ask interesting questions and attempt to make connections with everyday life. Part of that process involves balancing serious questions with humor. For the students who perhaps find themselves not wishing to be engaged, I am willing to play the role of a common enemy. In many cases, their efforts to band together against a common enemy are a form of engagement, but don’t tell them that.
Q: Do you have a project or special program you use year after year? A: I have a research project that I use in the spring that has served me very well. It al-
lows the students to pursue interests that they have within the field while developing stronger research and writing skills. It is one of the things that many former students have indicated was a helpful and positive experience that built the skills necessary to be successful at college.
Q: Is there a “trick” that works to get students involved? A: There are lots of tricks that can work to get students temporarily involved. I have
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silly titles for some of my lectures such as a lecture on trans-Saharan and Silk Road trade entitled “My Humps My Humps, My Lovely Camel Humps.” Sometimes I provide arguments that are really outrageous because they will typically respond to those. But, those things are just tricks and they only provide temporary levels of engagement. When I can help students see and understand how what they are learning connects to their future then they become genuinely engaged. Most of the time that realization has nothing to do with history, and everything to do with the process of learning.
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Q: What do you hope your students will take away from your class? A: If they walk away with a love for history, that would bring a smile to my face. But,
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Hear Tim O’Brien, author of “The Things They Carried,” an awardwinning novel about a platoon of U.S. soldiers in the Vietnam war. Free. The Lovett School in the Hendrix- Chenault Theater, 4075 Paces Ferry Road NW, Buckhead. RSVP to rsvp@ lovett.org.
THE AMERICAN SCHINDLER Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7-8 p.m.
Elizabeth Peterson, director and adjunct professor of Art & Culture and Museum Studies at Oglethorpe
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University, will speak about “The American Schindler: Varian Fry and the Flight Portfolio,” about works from artists rescued during the Holocaust. Tickets: $5 or free with membership. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art, 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Brookhaven. Info: 404-364-8555.
Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:30- 9 a.m.
Chamblee Chamber of Commerce holds Mayor’s Forum Breakfast with Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst, Dunwoody Mayor Denis Shortal, Chamblee
Mayor Eric Clarkson and Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman, with moderator asking specific questions regarding growth, population, diversity and other issues. Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad St., Chamblee. Admission $15 advance, $25 at door. Info: chambleechamber.org.
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FESTIVALS BROOKHAVEN BRUNCH FESTIVAL Saturday, Nov. 12, 12-5 p.m.
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AMERICAN GIRL CLUB Thursday, Nov. 17, 4-5:30 p.m.
Monthly program based on history characters in “American Girl” series with November theme of “Isabelle’s Nutcracker Ballet,” with hands-on activities, crafts and snack. Heritage Sandy Springs Museum, 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, Sandy Springs. $10 non-members; $8 members; RSVP required at 404-851-9111. Info: heritagesandysprings.org.
Brunch food from local restaurants with live music and DJ. Tickets $25 advance, $30 day of event. Brookhaven Park, 4158 Peachtree Road NE, Brookhaven. Info: xorbia.com.
Metropolis silent film with Alloy Orchestra November 12, 2016, 8pm Ramsey Lewis
Chucho Valdés & Joe Lovano Quintet (Cuba) November 13, 2016, 7pm
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GYMNASTICS BEAM CLINIC Saturday, Nov. 19
Gymnastics beam clinic for ages 5-18. Times: 2-4 p.m. for ages 5-7; 2-5 p.m. for 8 and older. Fees $25 for ages 5-7, $35 for ages 8 and older. Sandy Springs Gymnastics Center, 705 Hammond Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: sandyspringsga.org.
Food truck event benefiting Second Helpings Atlanta, a nonprofit working to reduce food waste, with children’s activities, children’s service project, music and artist market. King and Queen buildings, Concourse Center, Concourse Parkway, Sandy Springs. Tickets $5 advance, $10 at door; children 10 and under free. Info: secondhelpingsatlanta.org.
Jazz Masters January 21, 2017, 8pm
The Nile Project (Nile River Region) January 28, 2017, 8pm
Sweet Honey in the Rock® February 18, 2017, 8pm
Malpaso Dance Company (Cuba) February 11, 2017, 8pm
Balé Folclórico da Bahia (Brazil) February 24 & 25, 2017, 8pm
Shaolin Warriors March 25, 2017, 8pm
THANKSGIVING CRAFT NIGHT Tuesday, Nov. 22, 4-5 p.m.
Create Thanksgiving turkeys out of simple toilet paper rolls. Open to first 20 participants. Dunwoody Library,
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Over 100 local artists with a wide variety of gifts and home décor. Opening night with wine and light food; market continues through Dec. 23. Spruill Center for the Arts, 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: spruillarts.org.
HANDMADE GIFTS WORKSHOP Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
Supplies and directions for holiday giftmaking. Buckhead Branch Library, 269 Buckhead Ave., Buckhead. RSVP to amy. email@example.com or 404814-3500.
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SWEDISH CHRISTMAS MARKET Saturday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-3p.m.
SWEA’s annual Christmas Market based on holiday traditions of Sweden, with Scandinavian crafts, gifts and traditional baked goods and sweets, plus children’s activities hosted by the Swedish School of Atlanta, entertainment by the Swedish Men’s Choir Vasa Drängar and the Santa Lucia procession. Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs. Tickets: Adults $2, under 18 free. Info: atlanta.swea.org/julmarknaden.
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Winship Cancer Institute celebrates $6 million expansion metro Atlanta during his residency and said he jumped at the chance to move back. Winship Cancer Institute at Emory St. More than 25 oncologists and physicians Joseph’s Hospital has renovated and exwork at the Winship center. “I want to panded its facilities in what hospital offibuild something special here,” Klafert said. cials call an effort to become one of the preThe renovation was largely funded mier cancer centers in the southeastern through the Robert W. Woodruff FounUnited States. dation and Now, more than through the 400 patients can be hospital’s capitreated a day, twice tal budget. as many as before Emory St. the $6 million renoJoseph’s is the vation, hospital offionly Nationcials said. al Cancer InThe center restitute desigmoved administranated cancer tive offices from the center in Georinstitute’s building, gia. Other NCI created a central centers include JACLYN TURNER registration area The UniversiCutting the ribbon at the Winship Cancer and installed more ty of Texas MD Institute Dedication are, from left, Dr. Peter Rossi, director of radiation oncology; Dr. Stephen exam rooms in the Anderson CanSzabo, director of community oncology; Heather radiation and medcer Center in Dexter, CEO of Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital; ical oncology wings. Houston, the Rusty Paul, mayor of Sandy Springs; and Dr. David Kooby, director of surgical oncology. Members of the Mayo Clinic community and in Rochester, hospital staff gathDuke Cancer ered Oct. 19 for a ribbon cutting ceremony, Institute and the Sidney Kimmel Comprefollowed by a blessing for the center and hensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins tours of the new facility. Medicine in Baltimore. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said it represents “the cutting edge of healthcare.” “This is a disease that has touched each of us in this room,” Paul said. “I can’t wait to figure out how to defeat it.” Dr. Peter Rossi, a radiation oncologist, said the expansion will provide greater access for patients in north Georgia and neighboring states. “We strive to have the best of cancer practices,” he said. 22nd 23rd Among the new pieces of equipment added to the building are two linear accelerators, which customize high energy radiation to treat abnormal tissue growth and cancer cells in a variety of cancers, and The Gamma Knife Icon, which offers a minimally invasive and highly precise radiation treatment for patients with brain tumors. Emory Saint Joseph’s is the fourth facility in the United States and the first hospital in Georgia to acquire this newly updated machine, hospital officials said. 170 “We’re most proud of the way we are able to provide the services,” said Heather Dexter, CEO of Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital. “We’re providing it in a multi-disciplinary manner. We’ve got our surgical, radiation, and medical oncologists working together at the same clinic, on the same patient, at the same time,” Dexter said. “Rather than a patient having to get three separate opinions on their best course of care, we have our physicians sitting at the table, trying to figure out what the best course of care is for each patient, individually.” Dr. Robert Klafert, a general oncologist, moved from New York City six months ago to work in the hospital. He had trained in BY JACLYN TURNER
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BY GRACE HUSETH Thanksgiving and Christmas are for family gatherings, but can also be times to give back. There are plenty of organizations in the Atlanta area that can use your help during the holiday season. Here are some nonprofits where you can donate your time and money.
Atlanta Community Food Bank The Atlanta Community Food Bank has gathered nonperishable foods for decades, but is starting to get creative. From Nov. 7-18, teams of architects and engineers will design giant sculptures of donated canned goods and boxes that nearly reach the ceiling. Add to the Canstruction at 171 and 201 17th Street in Atlantic Station; acfb.org.
Atlanta Mission While Atlanta Mission prepares 1,000 meals nightly, Thanksgiving dinner will be a special time for fellowship at the homeless shelter. Atlanta Missions is asking for help to Build a Table, with donations of $2.67 for each meal; atlantamission.org.
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Christmas365 Cobb County Senior Services will hold its 11th annual Christmas365 on Dec. 7. The event allows homebound clients to enjoy an afternoon of food, gifts, cheer and fellowship. “Adopt a senior” financial donations and donations of new generic items are welcomed. Suggested donation items include blankets, pajamas, hats, gloves and gift cards for food and/or prescriptions. Items can be dropped off at Cobb County Multipurpose Facilities, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; CobbSeniors.org.
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City of Refuge Thanksgiving dinner at this Christian ministry will be prepared in the City of Refuge 180Â° Kitchen, a culinary arts school that trains students for jobs in the hospitality industry; cityofrefugeatl.org.
Hosea Help For more than 45 years, Hosea Help, formerly Hosea Feed the Hungry, has hosted the largest sit-down Thanksgiving dinner in the Southeast. The organization is looking for volunteers to help with clean-up, breakdown, security and more during the event that will provide up to 7,000 dinners and 5,000 hand-delivered meals; 4hosea.org.
Meals on Wheels Atlanta With a heart for seniors, Meals on Wheels Atlanta is hosting a canned food collection during the month of November; mealsonwheelsatlanta.org.
Volunteers work the food service line at a recent Hosea Feed the Hungry event in Atlanta. Volunteers are needed to help this Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Meals on Wheels One out of every six seniors in Georgia is food insecure. The Meals on Wheels program needs volunteers to deliver nutritionally balanced meals to homebound seniors. Meals on Wheels operates throughout the Atlanta area.
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Look East for a better recycling solution BY SALLY BETHEA Japan is a country without visible trash – quite the opposite of the U.S. where it’s virtually impossible to find a road or a waterway that isn’t littered with some debris, Above the usually plastic. Waterline Six years ago, I visited my son RobSally Bethea ert in a small town in Japan’s Nagano Prefecture, where he was teaching English. During the 10 days that I traveled around the region by car, train and foot, I saw litter only once – a single plastic cup on a street in Kyoto – yet trash cans were nowhere to be found. In a country where packaging is king, I marveled at this cleanliness, especially in waterways like Kyoto’s beautiful Kamo River. With limited land for waste disposal in landfills, the Japanese have developed a unique waste management system that
also reflects their ethic of land stewardship. Every Japanese locality has a strict garbage sorting and recycling system that has become embedded in their culture. While all of the garbage is separated into burnable, non-burnable and recyclable categories, some towns require separation into more than 40 different categories! Faced with the very real possibility of trash shaming by community leaders and neighbors and the refusal of collectors to pick up improperly filled bags, the Japanese are extremely diligent in their waste-handling. The result: only 16 percent of the country’s garbage is deposited in landfills, as compared with nearly 70 percent in the U.S. Trash that isn’t recycled in Japan is incinerated in waste-to-energy programs. Importantly, the cities and countryside are not polluted by unsightly debris. In America, we throw too much stuff away. Low landfill fees and a fragmented waste-management system have kept the country’s recycling rate far lower than most rich countries, according to The Economist. On a recent walk around Piedmont Park’s Lake Clara Meer, I saw trash float-
ing in the lake, including the ubiquitous plastic bottles; it was disgusting. How did this trash end up in the park: storm runoff, careless littering or a purposeful toss of unwanted packaging into the water? We need to do better; we need to be better – taking cues from success stories like those in Japan. Every October, the nonprofit organization Rivers Alive (riversalive.org) tackles the monumental task of corralling volunteers to pull man-made products out of the waterways that serve as our drinking water supplies and recreational areas. While the numbers for 2016 aren’t in yet, those for last year are impressive: more than 25,000 people spent 87,600 volunteer hours during 268 events to pull half a million pounds of trash out of Georgia waterways. This haul included 39,756 cigarette butts, 15,629 aluminum parts/cans and 15,527 plastic bottles. Bonny Putney, a former Rivers Alive board member and self-dubbed “trash queen” says: “Picking up trash is one of the things that we can do as citizens to effect immediate change – and it’s fun!” I totally agree. Picking up trash is highly satisfying,
Plastic bottles and other man-made trash mar the beauty of Lake Clara Meer in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park.
but why can’t we find a way to stop littering in the first place? Forty-five years ago, the famous “Crying Indian” ad helped galvanize a generation to clean up our environment. What is it going to take to inspire cultural and behavioral change today – to keep the stuff that we no longer want out of our rivers, parks and other public spaces. Better laws, enforcement, trash shaming, packaging alternatives, innovation in recycling markets? Probably all the above and more. One thing is plain: Japan shows us that we don’t have to live with garbage around us; this disrespect for our communities and for each other can be avoided. This column is reprinted from the November issue of Atlanta INtown. Sally Bethea is the retired executive director of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper (chattahoochee. org), a nonprofit environmental organization whose mission is to protect and restore the drinking water supply for nearly four million people.
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