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Meagan Hanson has defeated incumbent Taylor Bennett in the state House District 80 race, winning by a slim margin of about 1 percent, according to unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. Unofficial results posted on the Secretary of State’s election website showed Democratic Bennett with 11,847 votes, or about 49.48 percent of the vote, to Republican challenger Hanson’s 12,095 votes, or about 50.52 percent. Bennett See HANSON on page 18 PHOTO BY PHIL MOSIER

Atlanta artist Margalena Lepore shows some of her original artwork to best friends (from left) Hayley Froseth and Reilly Bowerman on Oct. 29 at the Marist School’s Holiday Traditions 2016 show. Hayley is a seventh grader at Christ the King School and Reilly attends Marist. Sponsored by the Marist School Parents Club, the annual Holiday Traditions event is among the largest juried arts and crafts shows in the Southeast and is produced through the work of more than 400 volunteers. All proceeds support Marist School programs.

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BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net Jeff Turnage unfolded a map in the driveway of his home on Ashford-Dunwoody Road and spread it out on a visitor’s car. The noise of rush-hour traffic nearly drowned out his voice. “It’s basically a dead-end road,” he said as he pointed out the stretch of road between I-285 and Peachtree Road. This stretch of road, however, is also a major thoroughfare for Brookhaven residents and commuters. They use the road

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Rebecca Chase Williams, who served as mayor of Brookhaven from 2015 to 2016, is recovering at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital after several recent surgeries. Her husband, Dick Williams, editor and publisher of the weekly Dunwoody Crier and host of the weekly Georgia Gang on the local Fox affiliate every Sunday morning, said she underwent surgery six weeks ago. However, complications after about three weeks into the recovery led to two more emergency surgeries within days of each other. He said she is doing better. He declined to discuss her specific illness. “She’s much improved now and is soon to enter rehab,” he said Nov. 2 in an interview. Rebecca Chase Williams Williams thanked neighbors, friends and residents of Brookhaven and Dunwoody for helping him and his family during the trying time. Friends and loved ones have signed up to keep his refrigerator full through an online food service, and he even has a high school student carrying out his garbage. Another neighbor blew out leaves and from their driveway. A retired national reporter for ABC News, Rebecca Williams was a longtime neighborhood activist when she got involved in the cityhood movement that led to Brookhaven’s 2012 founding. She was elected to the first City Council and was appointed mayor in 2015 when J. Max Davis resigned to run for a state representative seat. She dropped out of last year’s mayoral race, citing family health concerns. She has been working with a Brookhaven historical society, an extension of a local history project she funded with mayoral discretionary funds. A local history book in the “Images of America” series is likely to come out of that effort. At the Oct. 25 Brookhaven City Council, Mayor John Ernst and the council members said they were praying for Rebecca Williams and keeping her in their thoughts as she recovers and asked residents to do so, too. Her husband asked that no flowers be sent to her room, but said she does appreciate cards. A Facebook group has also been set up to keep people posted on her condition and can be accessed by searching for “Rebecca Williams Updates.” Cards can be mailed in her name to Saint Joseph’s Hospital, 5665 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Atlanta, GA 30342.

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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 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 Council. 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. BK


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The proposed Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA mixed-use development has taken a lot of heat from many community members opposed to high-density development near residential neighborhoods. But now some City Council members are also jumping into the fray, pushing back on MARTA’s desire for tax incentives from the city’s Development Authority to help cover the costs of the multi-million dollar project. City Council deferred voting on the MARTA rezoning request until January for the mixed-use development that includes apartments, a hotel, an office building, retail stores and a small public park. One reason given was the desire for more information on what kind of tax incentives MARTA wanted from the city. “I know tax abatements are not part of zoning, but it is a factor in my decision,” Councilmember Bates Mattison said in an interview. “What are the incentives? What are the public benefits?” MARTA has not hidden the fact it is seeking a tax abatement from the city to fund the project, but they argue a rezoning request should not hinge on the council’s concerns about tax abatements. Amanda Rhein, Senior Director of Transit Oriented Development and Real Estate at MARTA, said “it was a little bit of a surprise” when the issue and concerns of tax abatements for the project were brought up at the council’s Oct. 25 meeting. “We has been told by the city they wanted to do [the rezoning and tax abatements] separately,” she said. “You do have to check the box for the rezoning application that you will be seeking an abatement, but that process is not in full swing until after the rezoning is approved.” Rhein said public benefits from the project include traffic improvements to the congested area around Peachtree Road, Dresden Drive and North Druid Hills Road. Residents have balked at this argument, saying the development will only add more traffic to the area and increase traffic through the nearby neighborhoods. Councilmember Joe Gebbia has been vocal in his opposition to the tax abatements by MARTA. He says they will amount to some $26 million – especially if the public benefit included in the abatement includes the planned $8.4 million parking lot for the mixed-use development. “I’m not opposed to looking at an abatement, but I’m not supporting issuing $26 million in tax incentives for a parking lot,” he said in an interview.

Gebbia said Class A office space that could be provided by the proposed office building in the MARTA development is definitely in the public interest. But Gebbia warns that not including DeKalb County and the DeKalb School Board in discussions about the proposed tax abatements is not conducive to good governance. When cities provide tax incentives to businesses, the deals typically include property taxes savings over many years – money that does not go to the county or the school board. DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader was angered when Brookhaven offered a $36 million tax abatement to the Atlanta Hawks earlier this year to secure a state-of-the-art practice facility in Executive Park, leaving the county and school district without property taxes for 15 years. The Hawks partnered with Emory Healthcare on the project to bring a 90,000-square-foot practice and medical facility to Brookhaven. That deal, in part, led Rader and the DeKalb Commission to pass a resolution demanding more communication and warning when cities decide to give tax breaks to companies. “Cities need to be sensitive to the county,” Gebbia said, acknowledging his concern about the proposed tax abate-

ments for the MARTA development are a direct result of the issues raised by Rader. “All parties have to sit down. I want Brookhaven to be the entity to bring them together,” he said. “The school board needs to consider this action, but they have to be at the table. We want to work in concert, not in competition.” Gebbia said the Atlanta Hawks deal was “unique” for Brookhaven and promised jobs for the city, a definite economic benefit. Mattison agreed, saying “the Hawks deal was about creating economic development and the number of jobs created by having the Emory Sports Medicine Complex” located in the city. “I don’t want to battle with DeKalb schools and DeKalb County,” he said. “I want us to avoid hurt feelings.” Rhein declined to talk specifics about what the tax incentives would provide to residents. “It’s premature to comment on what the incentives would provide,” she said. She has said in the past that the property where the development is proposed is now a mostly-empty parking lot. By adding commercial and residential development to the site, the city’s tax base would grow through sales and property

taxes, providing an economic benefit. “We’re meeting with the city and the Development Authority over the next couple of months to discuss the incentives,” she said. Rhein also added that the rezoning for the development needs to be approved by January, if the project is to move forward. “Our development team is still moving forward. We continue to work with the city to address concerns,” she said. “But it is really important to get the rezoning approved in January, at the latest. The development team is far out on a limb with expenses.” Some questions about the project, she said, simply cannot be answered until rezoning is approved. “We feel we have done everything needed for due diligence,” she said. Gebbia, however, said he is not convinced. “I think if we’re transparent it will help our citizens and residents … if we understand what the deal is,” he said. “The biggest angst we face is we don’t have a formal ask brought before the council. No, this is not a zoning discussion. But it is about what the development is to be.”

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The proposed “Little White House” restaurant, originally planned for a building that was demolished, is finding a new home with a proposed mixed-use development on Dresden Drive. Developers for the Dresden Village mixed-use development are in talks about purchasing the property where the “Little White House” stood on Caldwell Road, adjacent to a site where they want to build an apartment complex, townhomes and retail space. The land is currently occupied by the DeKalb County tag office. “We have an agreement with the owner [Fritz Rybert] to purchase the land where the Little White House was located,” said J.R. Connolly, president and CEO of Connolly Investment and Development, developer of Dresden Village along with Fairfield Residential. “The restaurant would be built essentially the same plan as it was. The flavor will be similar,” Connolly said. “It will look like a house, but we are incorporating it with the project, which gets rid of the biggest problem of parking because we have a parking structure.” Rybert did not return calls for comment. Located just off the thriving Dresden Drive corridor, the one-story house at 2536 Caldwell Road was rezoned by the city last year to allow a restaurant by chef Scott Serpas named Dixie Moon. Serpas, a Brookhaven resident, is known for Serpas True Food in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward. But Rybert’s contractor demolished the house in June, violating the city’s zoning policy and forcing the city to halt work on the restaurant, which had been in the works for several years. The city’s zoning code prohibits construction of a new single-story building at the site of the Little White House due to restrictions in the Brookhaven Peachtree Overlay District. But by adding the White House to the Dresden Village development, zoning codes are likely to be met, according to City Attorney Chris Balch. “The solution is between the two landowners,” Balch said. “But hypothetically speak07-29-15_PerimeterPediatricDentistryFinal_Layout 1 7/27/15 9:18 AM Page 1 ing, if this joint venture were to go forward, it complies with the overlay for a two-story

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Mila Sagel, 3, plays with a dollhouse at the new “Pray Ground” at Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs. Children younger than five can play in this area while they listen to services.

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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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they need, whether it’s groceries, clothes or a car. There are weather apps that provide alerts to dangerous conditions and calendar apps that send out reminders for birthdays and appointments. Handheld devices keep shopping lists handy, list TV programs and even help with crossword puzzle clues. Most importantly, everyone can keep in touch with family and friends through texting and social media sites, and that seems to be the most important benefit that technology offers to many older adults. In fact, Facebook’s 2014 demographics report showed that the number of adult users over the age of 55 had increased during the previous threeyear period by more than 80 percent. In April of 2016, researchers at Penn State University released findings that the upward trend has continued. In 2013, 27 percent of adults aged 65 and older were members of a social media site, like Facebook or LinkedIn. The number has jumped to 35 percent this year. Despite the many benefits that technology and the Internet offer, some older adults find it intimidating to jump online and begin surfing the net. There are plenty of helpful opportunities in the north Atlanta region, however. Computer classes are provided at libraries in Fulton, Cobb, Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. For example, AtlantaFulton Public Library’s Kirkwood Branch has a Drop-In Computer Lab that’s available during normal operating hours. Some Cobb County libraries offer an ongoing series that goes through the basics of using a computer, getting online and using email. Several area library systems offer Book-A-Librarian. Residents can make an appointment for a one-on-one, 30-minute customized session at no charge. According to the Cobb County Public Library, available topics include “database


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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.

Where to go to learn more… Bluehair Technology

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

invited to visit the site.

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Many libraries in the area offer technology classes that are not necessarily senior-based. The best advice

is to call or drop in at your local library and see what they have scheduled. You can, of course, check their websites, but be warned—some library sites are challenging to navigate. Still, you can find library phone numbers on the sites.

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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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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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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:

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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.

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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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Former Dunwoody mayor Mike Davis named Nancy Jester’s chief of staff BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

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. As mayor, Davis played a role in attracting Mercedes Benz USA headquarters and a State Farm regional headquarters to the Perimeter Center. “My main effort as mayor was economic development, encouraging companies to relocate to the metro areas … my main goal [as Jester’s chief of staff] will be to take that expertise and spread it across the county,” he said. Jester said Davis would also work to maintain relationships between the county and the cities in District 1 to ensure the county is providing the services the cities require. He has a unique set of skills and knows what is in the best interest of District 1 and in maintaining those relationships,” she said. “He understood that role as mayor.” While Jester said she is excited about BK

Davis joining her staff, she also praised Breedlove’s work for her during his nearly two-year tenure. She cited his work in eliminating blight in the county, including the notorious Brannon Hill condominium complex off Memorial Drive, known for its burned out units and trashed property. The county sued for the right to clean up the private property earlier this year. She also praised him for organizing a recent water billing town hall in which hundreds of DeKalb residents showed up to voice their complaints over bills sometimes totaling in the thousands of dollars. “Before that town hall, the administration was not acFILE PHOTO knowledging this was an issue,” Former Dunwoody mayor Mike Davis is DeKalb County Commissioner Nancy Jester’s new chief of staff. Jester said. She also said Breedlove enwill return that money to the county,” a week I started with new staff and sured her office spent much less than she said. brought on Mike Davis,” she said. its annual budget and a recent audit She also asked for people to have “[Breedlove] did a lot of good things of her office shows no funds were missympathy for Breedlove and his famifor a lot of people, but we are going to spent. ly, but said she and Davis will move forcontinue to move forward, to continue “We only spent 37.7 percent of our ward in working to serve District 1. our agenda, and we are not going to be budget in 2015 … and in 2016 we spent “I dealt with the issue swiftly, I imstopped by the tragedy of this one perless than 50 percent of my budget, and mediately took action and within son,” she said.

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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.

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Character area studies wrap up with recommendation for lower density

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Maps, markers and neighborhood discussions made up much of Brookhaven’s “character area” studies, which recently wrapped up with recommendations on what to do in several of the city’s residential areas. The major takeaway from the meetings -- held in various city neighborhoods -- can be boiled down to one simple phrase: “A strong desire for net zero gain in density.” Other concerns include developing affordable housing on Buford Highway; watching how development affects infrastructure and the environment; creating buffers between single-family residential neighborhoods and other uses; and addressing issues raised about the Brookhaven Peachtree Corridor Overlay District, where residents have been battling to keep high-density apartment complexes and mixed-use developments off Dresden Drive. Mayor John Ernst called for new studies of neighborhoods identified as “”character areas” of the city shortly after he took office in early 2016. He said residents did not feel they had enough input into the city’s original neighborhood zoning plans. A planned zoning rewrite of the city is expected to begin early next year and will take into consideration the new character area studies. The City Council hired Sycamore Consulting for $83,000 to facilitate studies. A final proposal outlining ideas and recommendations for the character areas is expected to be presented to City Council in December, with planned adoption of the character area studies in January, spokesperson Ann Marie Quill said. Some new proposals came out of the character area discussions. A neighborhood commercial redevelopment at the corner of Windsor Parkway and Osborne Road was suggested. Residents argued the site, where Avellino’s restaurant is located, was ripe for more neighborhood-scale commercial development. Another proposal suggested transforming Clairmont Road, considered by some as a “gateway to Brookhaven,” into a boulevard to include sidewalks, streetscaping, bike lanes and neighborhood scale mixed-use residential and retail developments. Pocket neighborhoods were also a popular discussion item during the studies. Pocket neighborhoods are “small groups of neighboring houses gathered around a shared open space such as a courtyard, garden, alley or pedestrian walkway,” according to the preliminary study presentation. Pocket neighborhoods are tucked into existing neighborhoods and could fill a need for more affordable housing in Brookhaven, the study states. One such location for a pocket neighborhood includes the Morrison Farm property in the Lynwood Park neighborhood.

Ruch named managing editor of Reporter Newspapers John Ruch, associate editor of Reporter Newspapers, has been named managing editor of the community publications. In his new role, John will oversee editorial operations and new initiatives for the four bi-weekly papers. “Since joining the company in mid-2015, John has taken a leadership role in our editorial department and written a number of important stories focused on community issues,” said Steve Levene, founder and publisher of Springs Publishing LLC, the parent company of Reporter Newspapers. “He’s an experienced and thoughtful journalist.” John succeeds Joe Earle, who served as managing editor since 2010 and now will assume the new position of editor-at-large. In that role, Joe will work on special sections and projects, including the company’s new monthly publication, Atlanta Senior Life. Before joining Reporter Newspapers, John was an editor with the Independent Newspaper Group and Gazette Publications in Boston. He lives in Dunwoody. Springs Publishing LLC, founded in 2006, publishes Reporter Newspapers, Atlanta Senior Life and the monthly Atlanta INtown. BK

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Ashford-Dunwoody Road residents concerned over proposed corridor changes

Above, a cross-section of the new roadway and streetscape design consultants have proposed for the Ashford-Dunwoody corridor around Montgomery Elementary School. Below, the consultants’ map of intersection improvements there.

Continued from page 1 to go everywhere from the interstate to City Hall. A major north-south route through the city, Ashford-Dunwoody Road is a largely two-lane road often overwhelmed by traffic from the hotels, schools and parks that it serves. Last year, City Council hired Gresham, Smith and Partners for $125,000 to come up with a “corridor vision” to improve the street. Their vision for the overall street is adding sidewalks and multiuse paths, as well as grassy medians in some spots. Much of the work could be done within existing right of way, though that can still mean cutting down trees or digging up sizable swaths of property that many residents now think of as part of their front yards. The final draft recommendations will be available to review at a public open house on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Brookhaven City Hall.

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Turnage, who has lived at his home for nearly 20 years, sees the effort to make room for more traffic as something that will destroy his neighborhood and way of life. “We knew what we were getting into when we bought on road, but we did not buy into someone’s idea of cutting down trees and putting in more lanes,” Turnage said. Emily and Andrew Simpson moved to their home nearby about two years ago. From their house, it’s just a short walk to Montgomery Elementary School and they chose it because they could walk their young children to school. They have a spacious front yard on Ashford-Dunwoody. Large trees border the road in front of their house and provide a buffer to the constant noise of the traffic whizzing by. “If these changes go through, our trees and half our driveway will be gone,” said Emily Simpson. “We moved here because we wanted to live in a better school district and needed a bigger house. This is the perfect house.”

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Her two children, ages 4 and 2, regularly play in the front yard, she said. But the idea of widening the road and taking out at least 40 feet or more of their yard means the children will be force to play in their hilly and sometimes dangerous back yard, she said. “Our house sits farther back [from the street], it’s shielded, our kids can run in the front yard,” she said. “With this plan we lose all of that, all our trees, everything in the front yard.” Andrew said their property values would be crushed by the road changes, including widening and/or adding turn lanes near their home. He and his wife questioned the city’s willingness – or what they believe to be a lack of willingness -- to listen to the concerns of homeowners living along the road. “Our stretch is the only stretch with families and kids,” Emily said. “We are the only stretch that directly affects 12 or 15 homes and families of us compared to a couple of hundred in apartments down the road. What makes me

mad is we are actually live on the street, but [the city] wants to move people [in cars] who don’t live here quicker. And they don’t live here or vote here.” City Councilmember Linley Jones, who represents District 1 including the Ashford-Dunwoody Road corridor, said the point of the study was to identify improvements. “To leave the road as it is is not on the table,” she said. “The problems on this road are obvious and well known. We are obligated to address the impact. Homeowners’ concerns are an important consideration and efforts are being made to listen. We want to improve the quality of life, not damage it.” The fact is Ashford-Dunwoody Road is a much different road than it was just a decade ago, Jones said. “The road has changed dramatically since older residents lived there.” she said. “But it is an important connector road and we can’t remain stagnant.”

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Hanson ousts Bennett in House District 80 race Continued from page 1 has conceded the race and said he will not request a recount. Hanson could not be immediately reached after the election. At her Election Night watch party, she praised her campaign for focusing on issues. “We fought hard to get this seat back” into Republican control, Hanson said. Hanson said she ran for office because the Republicans she saw running were not socially moderate like she is

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and she wanted to have that kind of representation in the General Assembly. “I wanted to bring balance back to the Republican Party,” she said. “If not me, then who?” “Obviously, it was very close and we didn’t know the final tally until this morning,” Bennett said in a phone interview. “We knew it would be close.” The House District 80 seat includes Brookhaven, Chamblee and a strip of Sandy Springs. Both candidates live in Brookhaven. Bennett noted when the district was formed, it was a conservative Republican stronghold. That demographic has changed in recent years. He praised his campaign and staff for their hard work and said he hopes his message of inclusion and hope continues to resonate. “It’s a different world right now and I hope people understand they need to pay more attention,” he said. “We had such small turnout in our races and also at the national level.” Bennett, an attorney, said he would continue to work in the state to make it better. “You don’t need to be a state legislator to get stuff done,” he said. Hanson’s campaign manager, Ian Caraway, said a win for Hanson would show the right Republican candidate could win in competitive districts. “Her win [proved] we can win in a swing district and that we can win anywhere with the right candidate,” Caraway said. The ground games for both candidates were crucial. Hanson said her volunteers knocked on 20,000 doors asking for votes and made more than 20,000 phone calls. Robert Sills, campaign manager for Bennett, said volunteers and supporters knocked on more than 25,000 doors and making 5,000 phone calls in support of the Democrat over the past two weeks. “This is a swing district … and Tay-

lor has shown he is more than willing to cross the aisle,” Sills said. Bennett, who was elected last year in a special election, was vying for his first full term as a state legislator. Former state Sen. Jason Carter was at Bennett’s election watch party, as was state Sen. Elena Parent, a Democrat who coasted to an easy reDYANA BAGBY election in District 42 In top photo, House District 80 winner Meagan Hanson and campaign volunteer Sam Brenner, 14, at her Nov. with more than three8 watch party. Below, Hanson’s strategist Robert Lee, quarters of the votes cast, far left, looks over results with campaign manager Ian according to unofficial Caraway, center, and her husband, David Hanson. results from the Secretary of State Office. In another local race, incumbent Scott Holcomb beat challenger Lane Flynn to retain the state House District 81 seat.

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A ballot question allowing the state to take control of “chronically failing” schools – including two in Brookhaven – failed with voters. The statewide Opportunity School District question drew 60 percent “no” votes, according to unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. A proposal from Gov. Nathan Deal, the Opportunity School District would have required a state constitutional amendment to go into effect. DeKalb County’s Montclair and Woodward elementary schools in Brookhaven were among dozens on the potential Opportunity School District list.

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Police department’s ‘Operation Plugged In’ is up and running BY DYANA BAGBY dyanabagby@reporternewspapers.net

More than 20 Brookhaven residents have signed up for “Operation Plugged In” and agreed to provide police with access to their home video surveillance systems, if the images are needed for a criminal investigation. The program has been in the works for several months. Last month, the city posted registration forms on the Brookhaven website to allow those who want to participate to sign up. “Operation Plugged In is a great tool for us to utilize after a crime has occurred,” Chief Gary Yandura said in a statement. “It has already helped us clear up some burglary and auto theft cases.” Brookhaven Police Officer Carlos Nino, spokesperson for the department, could not provide specific examples of the crimes solved thanks to the video surveillance. Nino stressed the program is completely voluntary and that police do not have live access to homeowners’ cameras to watch live feeds.

“This is not Big Brother in your living room,” he said. The surveillance video will be accessed by the department only after a request to a homeowner, or business owner, after a crime has been committed in the area where the cameras are located, he said. Officers can then view the video and search for clues -- such as license plate numbers or suspect identification – that can help solve a crime, such as a home invasion or business robbery. Nino said plans are to plot where the cameras are on a map so officers can know where surveillance cameras are available. Police are pleased with homeowner interest in the program, but especially are interested in getting business owners to participate, Nino said. The program would work by allowing businesses and residents to register their cameras online with the police department and then give the department the passwords to their websites that stream the surveillance footage. Only the police department would have access to the foot-

age, Yandura told Brookhaven City Council during an August work session. There is no plan at this time to have an officer dedicated to watching the cameras live, Yandura said, but the ability to do so is possible. The department would archive the footage. Nino said depending on how long an investigation takes place, the footage could be stored for one or two years. Police currently have a surveillance camera located across the bridge on Colonial Drive that leads to the Brookhaven Heights neighborhood. Officers can watch a live feed of that camera if they want to. Nino said that camera, requested by the neighborhood, was the pilot program for Operation Plugged In. Participants will be provided with a small sticker for those wishing to place

FO R M O R E I NFO R M ATI O N A B O UT O P ER ATI O N P L UG G ED I N, C A L L 4 0 4 - 6 3 7- 0 6 0 0 Registration forms to be part of Operation Plugged In are located on the city’s website at www.brookhavenga.gov/public-safety/operationplugged-in. them on their property, such as on a window or a door, to let potential criminals know they are being watched as a way to help deter crime, Nino said.

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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.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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,

The Rialto celebrates 100 years as an arts anchor in downtown Atlanta and 20 years with Georgia State! This Rialto Series anniversary season is not to be missed!

Want to see them all? Select 6 or more shows and Save 20%! Or Select 4-5 Shows and Save 15%. Single tickets are also available. For the full Rialto Series schedule, visit rialto.gsu.edu or call 404-413-9849 FREE PARKING for Rialto Series shows in the 100 Peachtree Deck (formerly Equitable Deck) on Fairlie Street.

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HOLIDAY SPIRIT HOLIDAY ARTIST MARKET OPENING

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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.

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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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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.

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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 180° 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.

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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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Dr. Shelley Machuta Dr. Peter Possert Dr. Sahar Rosenbaum Dr. Edmund Simon Dr. Nancy Wiggers

„„1700 block of Briarwood Road. On Oct.

30, articles removed from a vehicle. „„4100 block of Peachtree Road. On Oct.

30, articles removed from a vehicle. 1000 block of Bluffhaven Way. On Oct. 30, articles removed from a vehicle. „„

„„2600 block of Buford Highway. On

„„3300 block of Buford Highway. On Oct.

„„1300 block of Briarwood Road. On Oct.

31, man arrested for possession of cocaine. „„3900

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. Woman arrested for marijuana possession. „„1800 block of Corporate

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Nov. 5, man arrested for marijuana possession.

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Oct. 31, man arrested for driving under the influence of several substances.

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„„2000 block of N. Druid Hills Road. On

„„3300 block of Bu-

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From Brookhaven Police reports dated Oct. 30 through Nov. 6. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

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Road. On Nov. 3, man arrested for marijuana possession. „„3100 block of Buford Highway. On Nov.

4, man arrested for cocaine possession. „„3000 block of Buford Highway/Lin-

coln Court Avenue. On Nov. 4, man arrested for driving under the impairment of drugs. Another wanted person was located and arrested. „„500 block of Brookhaven Avenue. On

Nov. 4, man arrested for marijuana possession.

31, theft reported. „„2900 block of Clairmont Road. On Oct.

31, forced entry to a residence reported. „„1500 block of W. Nancy Creek Drive.

On Oct. 31, articles removed from a vehicle. Items were recovered, including drugs. „„1600 block of N. Cliff Valley Way. On

Nov. 1, burglary reported at a residence. No forced entry. 3800 block of Peachtree Road. On Nov. 1, strong arm robbery reported on the street.

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„„ 2800 block of Buford Highway. On Nov. 4, man arrested for shoplifting.

ARRESTS „„3500

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Oct. 30, forgery incident reported. Woman later arrested for forgery in the second degree. „„1000 block of Johnson Ferry Road. On

Oct. 31, woman arrested for providing false information. „„2000 block of Burton Plaza Lane. On

Oct. 31, woman arrested for failing to keep her animal under restraint while off the property. „„2600 block of Buford Highway. On

Nov. 2, a man arrested for public intoxication and consumption. BK


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„„3600 block of Buford Highway. On

„„4400 block of Peachtree Road. On Nov.

Nov. 2, man arrested for simple battery.

6, man arrested for simple battery.

„„3100 block of Buford Highway. On

Nov. 3, woman arrested for disorderly conduct. „„3500 block of Buford Highway. On

Nov. 3 man arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked drivers license. „„2000 block of Burton Plaza Lane. On

Nov. 3, two men arrested for loitering or prowling. „„2800 block of Clairmont Road. On

Nov. 4, man arrested for giving false information. „„1100 block of W. Nancy Creek On Nov.

4, man arrested for striking fixtures on highway. „„2600 block of Buford Highway. On

Nov. 4, man arrested for family violence and battery. „„1800 block of Corporate Boulevard. On

OT H E R I N C I D E N T S „„2100 block Village Pt. On Oct. 30, crim-

inal trespass reported. „„1300 block of N. Cliff Valley Way. On

Oct. 30, damage to property recorded.

Community Input Needed Ashford Dunwoody Corridor Study If you walk, bike, jog, drive or push a stroller along Ashford Dunwoody Road, we want to hear from you!

„„3100 block of Buford Highway. On Oct.

30, a fray reported.

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„„1400 block of Cortez Lane. On Oct. 31,

damage to property recorded. „„1200 block of Executive Park Drive. On

Nov. 1, criminal trespass reported.

6:00pm - 8:00pm

„„4000 block of Skyland Trail. On Nov. 2,

Brookhaven City Hall

criminal trespass reported.

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„„3000 block of Clairmont Road. On

Nov. 2, battery reported. „„2700 block of Buford Highway. On

Nov. 3, criminal trespass warning given.

Nov. 5, man arrested for disorderly conduct.

B R OOK H AV EN WOMA N , A C C USED O F KILLING 8 - M O N TH -OLD DA UGH TER, SEEKS R ELEASE The Brookhaven woman accused of killing her 8-month-old daughter will be in court seeking to be released from jail on bond on Nov. 16, according to the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. Shavone Whitehead, 25, and her boyfriend, Edward Fair Wilson, 33, are both charged with felony murder, cruelty to children and aggravated battery in the Aug. 1 death of Kamonie Whitehead. Wilson has already been denied bond, according to a press release from the DA’s office. Brookhaven police charged the couple with felony murder Aug. 30. Autopsy results show that Kamonie had been severely beaten and died from traumatic brain injury. Whitehead and Wilson had been staying at the Microtel Inn and Suites on Corporate Boulevard in Brookhaven when police responded Aug. 1 to a call of a child not breathing. The officers and medics were able to revive Kamonie and she was transported to Egleston Children’s Hospital. Officers reported they noticed bruising on the child and charged Whitehead and Wilson with cruelty to children. Kamonie died two weeks later due to her injuries, on Aug. 13, at the hospital.

C A R JA C K I N G SUSP EC TS A RRESTED

Brookhaven police found two carjacking suspects sleeping in the vehicle they are accusing of stealing from a woman after striking her in the head with a handgun early Oct. 25. Joseph Woodruff, 19, and Patrick Caesar, 21, were arrested Oct. 25 and charged with aggravated assault and hijacking a motor vehicle, according to a Brookhaven Police Department press release. Caesar was also charged with possession of a Joseph Woodruff Patrick Caesar firearm during the commission of a felony. Police said the two young men took the vehicle about 1 a.m. on Oct. 25 in the 2000 block of North Druid Hills Road. The vehicle’s owner, a woman, tried to stop them and she was struck in the head with the firearm, receiving minor injuries, police said. Hours later they were found in Atlanta sleeping inside the stolen vehicle, police said.

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