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NOVEMBER 11 - 24, 2016 • VOL. 10— NO. 23


Sandy Springs Reporter


► Groundbreaking held for I-285/Ga. 400 reconstruction PAGE 6 ► Relocation planned for historic Brookhaven house PAGE 10

This way to the polls

Fulton voters back transportation sales tax BY JOHN RUCH AND DYANA BAGBY Fulton County voters on Nov. 8 narrowly approved a 0.75 sales tax increase to fund transportation projects, including a list of nine plans and programs in Sandy Springs that range from sidewalks to the groundwork for a possible Perimeter Center alternative transit system. In another notable result, Republican challenger Meagan Hanson ousted incumbent Democrat Rep. Taylor Bennett in state House District 80, which includes part of southeastern Sandy Springs. See FULTON on page 16

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The final draft of Sandy Springs’ new Comprehensive Land Use Plan will be presented for community review at two meetings on Nov. 16. The draft is not much different from the previous version put out in July, in which consultants presented ideas for more mixed-use developments, better transit and improved green space. Among the notable tweaks in response to public input, according to Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert, is lower density of the proposed mixed-use areas around MARTA stations and along southern Roswell Road. The plan is a 10-year city planning vision and policy document currently under major revision as part of the city’s “Next Ten” process, which is intended to develop a vision for the city over the next decade. It will help inform a totally new zoning code that is also in the works. The Comp Plan includes a “character area” map showing where various types of development should happen in the city. The Next Ten process also includes four “small-area plans” providing more detailed studies and recommendations. Those small-area plans include the Roswell Road corridor, the city’s piece of Perimeter Center, Powers Ferry Landing and MARTA’s existing North Springs station and possible future Northridge station. General trends discussed throughout the year-long planning process have been similar: ownership, middle-income housing in mixed-use settings; more street grids; better transportation alternatives; and pedestrian-friendliness. Since the July meeting, consultants have updated the draft plans based on public and official input. They also completed the Powers Ferry and MARTA small area plans, which were still in early drafts at that time. “I think the biggest change we’ve made is, we’ve got a lot of comments about the mixed-use development along the south side of Roswell Road,” said Tolbert, adding that much public comment focused on the new Gateway project at Roswell and Windsor Parkway near the Buckhead border. “What we heard consistently was … ‘The Gateway’s nice, but we don’t need that intensity all the way up on Roswell Road.’ That was never our intent for what might happen.” Consultants came up with a new character area category called “Neighborhood Mixed-Use” that allows what Tolbert calls “smaller-scale” mixed-use redevelopment that is more “nuanced.” Previously, “It was kind of a one-sizefits-all,” he said.

Similar changes were made to the small-area plan for the potential future MARTA station near Ga. 400 and Northridge Road, where public comment was against large-scale redevelopment. “We’re not recommending a lot of new density,” Tolbert said. “If [MARTA or developers] come in a with a good transit-oriented development plan, we could amend … but the neighborhood really doesn’t want high density.” The Powers Ferry plan remains focused on better organizing the commercial district in the area and on improving traffic flow and access to the Chattahoochee River park system. Tolbert pointed out one thing that the plan isn’t changing — the tangled, curving roadway network that is cut through by I-285. One big reason: the new Atlanta Braves baseball stadium opening next year in nearby Cobb County. “Let’s see what happens with the Braves,” Tolbert said of the city’s attitude of not building until traffic impacts are clear. “With that big unknown out there, we didn’t want to do anything to expand that unknown.” The final draft Comp Plan still contains 10 “key actions” for the city to perform: • Create a new city Development Code • Revitalize Roswell Road • Transform Perimeter Center and Pill Hill into mixed-use, live-work areas • Put high-density uses around MARTA stations • Achieve a better housing balance in terms of types and income levels • “Redesign Hammond Drive as an east/west connection” • Mitigate traffic congestion through many alternatives • Reduce parking requirements where alternatives are available and create MARTA-accessible “remote lots” • Develop a trail network and fund at least one pedestrian bridge over the river • Enhance and beautify the city’s public places The Nov. 16 public meetings will include a morning meeting from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Chastain Horse Park in Buckhead’s Chastain Park, 4371 Powers Ferry Road, and an evening meeting from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sherwood Event Hall, 8610 Roswell Road. Following those meetings, the draft plan goes to the City Planning Commission on Nov. 17 and likely to the City Council in early December. It would then be reviewed by the state and the Atlanta Regional Commission before final adoption by the City Council, likely early next year. To see the draft Comp Plan and small area plans, see SS

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Sandy Springs Circle design revised after controversy BY JOHN RUCH

A new city revision to the controversial Sandy Springs Circle streetscape design will eliminate some on-street parking and a sidewalk that ran alongside a multi-use path. Following an August meeting at which residents heavily criticized the plan, city staff looked at “anything to mitigate, minimize, improve” the project, said Assistant City Manager Bryant Poole at a Nov. 1 City Council meeting where the revision was approved by consensus. He said the revised design “resolves concerns” while “still meeting the spirit” of the City Center Master Plan’s walkable street grid concepts. Poole said the project contract can be altered to make the changes and that the state Department of Transportation and the Atlanta Regional Commission have already reviewed the proposal. The plan for Sandy Springs Circle between Hammond Drive and Mount Vernon Highway has been highly controversial since it was unveiled in March. Two major points of controversy were turning two of four travel lanes into parallel parking and large right-of-way takings due to installing both a sidewalk and a


multi-use path. The Sandy Springs United Methodist Church said it would be particularly affected due to its possible partnership in a private redevelopment on part of its property. The church delivered hundreds of petitions to the city opposing the design. Now only one northbound lane will be converted into on-street parking, while the two southbound lanes will remain open. The plan also eliminates a 6-foot-wide sidewalk on the west side of the street while keeping the multiuse path, reduces the need for retaining walls, and keeps the church’s driveway in its current location. At the City Council meeting, church attorney Scott Peters thanked the city for revising and “coming back with a project the church is comfortable with and is happy to see going forward.” “The members of Sandy Springs UMC are grateful for the support from the community as we continued discussions with the city,” said Rev. Thomas Martin, the church’s pastor, in a later email. “Our priority has always been, and will always be, the safety and vitality of our ministries as a congregation in the heart of Sandy Springs.” The changes will increase the cost of


The first full design for Sandy Springs Circle as presented at a March 9 public meeting.

the design of the $7 million project, but will save money due to less right-of-way acquisition and fewer items to build, Poole said. The project also will be delayed somewhat, he said, but not too much, because the city must spend some state and federal funds in the current fiscal year or lose them. One reason the city wants the onstreet, parallel parking is to discourage speeding by making the street feel more residential and less like a highway. Questioned by Councilmember Chris Burnett,

Poole said that speeding remains a concern and that the city will look for other “traffic calming” measures to add to Sandy Springs Circle. Poole also said that it “wouldn’t be too difficult” to remove the on-street parking from the northbound lane if traffic volumes demanded it in the future; likewise, he said it would not be hard to add onstreet parking to the southbound lane as originally intended, if the city wanted to in the future.

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City Council has approved a controversial zoning change allowing new-car dealerships on northern Roswell Road to expand their facilities, with councilmembers expressing fears the dealers will leave for other cities and be replaced by shoddy used-car lots. “We have a real-world issue we need to address … to support our corporate citizens,” said Councilmember Gabriel Sterling at the Oct. 18 council meeting, where he was one of several city officials to refer to car dealers possibly leaving, but did not name any that might. City officials didn’t mention that one dealer already has expanded by renting a parking lot at a county government center next to the John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve, where it stores cars, recently including a damaged vehicle with trash and leaf debris inside. Classic Cadillac and Subaru, based at 7700 Roswell Road, has been leasing a rear parking lot at the North Fulton County Government Services Center across the street for vehicle storage since March, according to a copy of the $3,000-a-month lease provided by the county. Classic Cadillac and Subaru owner and general manager Mike Domenicone did not respond to a phone call and email. Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert was aware of Classic Cadillac’s lot rental there, but it did not affect his proposal for the zoning change, according to city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. The zoning change has drawn concerns for allowing more car lots instead of other types of development; for allowing city staff to approve the car lots’ use permits instead of going through full rezoning processes; and for benefiting a small number of specific businesses. The city Planning Commission recommended denial of the zoning change in August. “I’m not happy with it,” said Trisha Thompson, president of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, who spoke against the change at the Planning Commission and City Council meetings. “I’m not happy with that text amend-

ment at all.” “I think there was probably more to it than came out,” Thompson added when told of Classic Cadillac’s use of the county center’s parking lot. The zoning change, or “text amendment,” affects Roswell north of Dalrymple Road. There are four car dealerships in that area, including Classic along with Nalley Ford, RBM Mercedes and Motorcars of Georgia, which deals in exotic sports cars such as Lamborghini. More dealerships in that area were banned several years ago within a “Suburban Overlay” district. While the existing dealerships are grandfathered in, they cannot expand under the code. The change allows expansion as well as adding some design standards and a prohibition on off-loading cars in the center lane of Roswell Road, as some do today. While applying only to dealerships that primarily sell new cars, they may also sell some used cars as well. “This will allow these dealers to expand and to upgrade their businesses to stay relevant and competitive with other metro dealers,” a staff memo about the change says. Sterling acknowledged that city zoning consultants say it would be better to encourage retail uses on that corridor. But, he said, the city is also concerned with losing dealerships that add value to the city by dealing expensive, high-end models. Mayor Rusty Paul called the change a “defensive move” to keep businesses “that are being encouraged to leave our community.” City Councilmember Ken Dishman also agreed with the zoning change, saying it helps the “character of the whole north end of Sandy Springs.” Thompson said she understands the concern about high-end dealerships devolving into used car lots. “But a car lot’s a car lot,” she said. And, she added, car dealerships are otherwise an allowed use under the commercial zoning that lines much of Roswell Road, meaning they could expand significantly. According to the city, car storage — as opposed to car sales — is already a permitted use as well.


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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.


Congregation Or Hadash debuts new ‘Pray Ground’ concept for children BY JACLYN TURNER

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. Deal joins ceremonial groundbreaking for I-285/Ga. 400 reconstruction project BY JOHN RUCH



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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

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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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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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Winterize your gardening tools BY SARAH E. BRODD

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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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, Sarah Brodd is an Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent for UGA Extension in DeKalb County.

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Concourse Center mixed-use project goes back to drawing board BY JOHN RUCH

Plans for a $90 million expansion of the Concourse Center are going back to the drawing boards, apparently due to a city warning that an apartment component of the mixed-use proposal might not get City Council approval. “We are withdrawing our Concourse application and are revising the site plan,” said Sheldon Taylor, chief financial officer of Regent Partners, adding the developers expect to return for city Planning Commission review “in the near term.” Taylor did not say why Regent is withdrawing the mixed-use plan, revealed in March, for its Perimeter Center property known for its landmark “King” and “Queen” skyscrapers. The plan, focused on the Peachtree-Dunwoody Road frontage of the site, included up to 280 apartments, a hotel with up to 150 rooms, and about 25,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space in three buildings. Trisha Thompson, president of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, which met privately with Regent officials and supported their plan, said she understands the developers are withdrawing due to the apartment compo-

nent. She said she is “disappointed” by the withdrawal. “It seemed like a good plan … It seemed like a decent mix,” Thompson said. “But the City Council has been wary of apartments in rezonings.” City spokesperson Sharon Kraun said that city planning staff have not issued official recommendations about the proposal because it had not yet been reviewed by the Planning Commission. But, Kraun added, some time ago, Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert “did advise the developer that it was not a good time to apply for such a request” due to the apartment component. The mixed-use plan was a big change to Concourse. Built between 1984 and 1991, the complex already features more than 2 million square feet of office space and a large Westin hotel. The area proposed for development, located around the corner of Peachtree-Dunwoody and Hammond Drive, is currently zoned for a four-story office building. Besides a mix of uses, the proposal included interior pedestrian connections and a tie-in to the future extension of the PATH400 multiuse trail through the area. The plan requires a rezoning to allow for mixed use. The mixed-use and housing in particular is what drew support from the

Council of Neighborhoods. At a March community meeting, Thompson said that such projects could reduce traffic congestion by allowing people to live closer to Perimeter Center jobs. The last tweak to the Concourse plan, in May, was bumping up the potential density of the hotel and the apartments. The Concourse plan was filed around the same time as another major mixed-use redevelopment proposed for Peachtree-Dunwoody, the Pavilion office park in the Pill Hill Medical Center area, which will be reviewed by the Planning Commission on Nov. 17.


A diagram of the original plan for the Concourse Center mixed-use project, which includes apartments, a hotel and retail and restaurant space.

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Question: After such a long and divisive presidential campaign, do you think the country will be able to heal?

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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 or by texting REPORTER to 86312.

Voices from the community “Having a positive attitude that unites both sides, that doesn’t point fingers [or] talk negatively, and essentially tries to bring together all Americans.

“If Donald Trump wins, to not to be so arrogant or closedminded. He’s not going to take our citizen’s opinions or suggestions to heart.”

“Work for the good of the citizens of the United States and the rest of the world, and disregard power-tripping for their own good.”

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Letter to the Editor The Sandy Springs pig has flown. Mayor Rusty Paul is the pilot. After years of planning by our mayor and the Sandy Springs City Council, along with teams of consultants, planners, developers and builders, the new Sandy Springs has begun to rise. Square One, at the corner of Hammond and Roswell, is a perfect example of our mayor’s vision of turning Sandy Springs into a high-rise Perimeter Center Improvement District. To a completely broken intersection, we’re adding hundreds of new residents and hundreds of cars in a grand box of a building. How are they going to get in and out or to and from Roswell Road? What quality retailer will open a business on the ground floor at this location? The concrete block of the new parking deck at the corner of Mount Vernon and Sandy Springs Circle will forever be my entrance to the new City Springs. An ugly gray box. Who could think this is acceptable? What designer or builder could dream that this is what Sandy Springs should look like? We’re holding our breath for Modera and other high-density projects near Roswell and Hildebrand, the projects at Cliftwood, new apartments on Roswell across from Steak ’n Shake, the new communities at Allen and Lake Forrest. The list will continue to surprise us with new high-density live/work/play communities that make it very difficult for us to live, work and play. I know Sandy Springs tax coffers will swell. I understand that lobbyists, lawyers, consultants, developers and builders need to provide for their families. But we’re left holding the bag. We have to live here. We will have to fight traffic all the way to and around the city center and every place of business near it for years. It borders on incompetence to allow all of this to be built without any significant improvement to our roads and only token “show and tell” public input sessions to address the “quality of life” issues which make a city great. It is hypocrisy to unleash this torrent of development and then say we must slow down and review our building codes. Or to say that next time around we’ll require developers and builders to have skin in the game for infrastructure with impact fees. Insult to injury is the pivot to the glorious Sandy Springs Next Ten vision project to distract us from the fact that the Next One, Next Two and Next Three are going to be hell on wheels. The good news is that Mayor Paul is up for re-election very soon. It’s time for all of us to start thinking about having a mayor who cares more about the quality of life in Sandy Springs than the size of the purse you can make out of the ear of our beloved Sandy Springs pig. Wil Johnson Sandy Springs

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. SS

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Fulton voters back transportation sales tax Continued from page 1 The TSPLOST ballot question had 52.8 percent of voters saying “yes,” according to unofficial county election results. The Fulton sales tax will increase to 7.75 percent under the question, raising an estimated maximum of $119 million for Sandy Springs. The city proposes using the funds to speed along projects ranging from traffic-signal timing to studying a controversial widening of Hammond Drive to planning for possible alternative mass transit in Perimeter Center. Other Fulton cities and unincorporated areas will receive funds, too. “We took a regional issue, traffic congestion, and worked collaboratively on a strategy to create change,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul in a written statement. “Each community benefits through the local projects, and as a collective region, we all benefit. The process, and the outcome, has been a very positive experience.” The sales tax increase does not apply to the part of Fulton within the city of Atlanta, which has its own, separate TSPLOST question this year.

HOUSE DISTRICT 80 In House District 80, Hanson defeated

SANDY SPR ING S TSPLO ST PR O JECTS Traffic efficiency improvements

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Bennett by a slim margin of about 1 percent, according to unofficial results from the Georgia Secretary of State’s office. Bennett 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.

Perimeter Center last mile connectivity

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PATH400 extension

Fill in a “missing link” of the multi-use trail from Buckhead to a planned section on the Pill Hill hospital area that will be built as part of the Ga. 400/I-285 interchange reconstruction

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“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 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.” 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.” 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 knocking 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 Taylor 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. In other local results, voters returned two incumbent state legislators to office: District 6 state Sen. Hunter Hill (R-Smyrna) and District 56 state Sen. John Albers (R-Roswell).


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Yes 52.8%

No 47.2%

State House District 80

Taylor Bennett 49%

Meagan Hanson 51%

State Senate District 6

Hunter Hill 52%

Jaha Howard 48%

State Senate District 56

John Albers 60%

Patrick Thompson 40%

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City launches apartment complex safety rating map

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A detail of the interactive map on the city of Sandy Springs’ “Apartment Safety Checker” website, showing crime and fire safety information for a Hammond Drive complex. The “Safety Checker” site offers several types of data presented in different ways. All of the city’s apartment complexes are highlighted and a pop-up window provides recent statistics about crimes at each complex. Information about recent fires and whether the complex has sprinkler systems and on-site security is also provided.

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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 city call center gets those questions, too, said city

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communications director Sharon Kraun, though she could not offer an estimate of how many. 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 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. Kraun said the crimes-per-unit statistic was calculated so the city is “equitable” in ranking apartment complexes of various sizes. However, city crime rates are usually calculated per person, not per housing unit, and the Safety Checker offers no direct comparison with the city’s overall crime rate. Based on police crime stats and U.S. Census data, it can be roughly calculated that Sandy Springs’ crimes-per-unit rate—citywide and counting all types of housing and all categories of crime — is around 0.06, or 6 percent. The Safety Checker’s average crimes-per unit rate for the city’s 71 apartment complexes is around 0.04, or 4 percent. The median rate for the apartment complexes is 3.51 percent and the highest rate is 13 percent. The Safety Checker’s other ranking SS

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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. “I assume you don’t want to live in a red apartment zone,” Mayor Rusty Paul said as the color system was presented. But Councilmember John Paulson noted that the color-coding system is entirely relative. Even if all of the complexes had very low absolute crime rates, the top third would still get the warningsign-style magenta color on the map. “We’ll never have them all green, the way this is structured,” Paulson said. Councilmember Gabriel Sterling agreed, noting that many of the complexes were currently listed with low rates. “This is a great starting point,” he said of the map, but suggested that some other system besides color-coding be used. “We looked at just doing all of them with no colors,” Kraun said after the meeting, explaining that city staff concluded that a visual ranking of some sort was more useful. “If something is in the magenta color, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad complex,” she said. Councilmember Andy Bauman spoke about the focus on apartments and some

other interpretations of crime rates that the map suggests. Bauman said that some residents have told him they would like to see similar maps for areas of single-family homes and retail developments. Many cities post some form of crime maps online, but they typically cover the entire city, not particular types of developments, instead being sorted by police patrol zones. While the intent of the map is to inform tenants seeking an apartment, Bauman noted that not everyone can afford to freely shop around, saying, “Those are our residents who may not have a choice.” He said the map “begs the question” of how crimes can be reduced, not merely avoided, and how to “help them, both residents and complexes … get all of those into the green.” DeSimone said the police already use crime incident data to determine where to focus police resources. Kraun emphasized that the Safety Checker is just a start and that its features can be changed or expanded. The current plan is for the crime stats and ranking to be updated annually, unless there is some dramatic spike in crime in the meantime, she said. The Safety Checker site is available at

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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.

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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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Q: What keeps you going year after year? A: This is perhaps a little bit difficult to answer.

The short answer would be faith. The author of the book of Hebrews in the Christian New Testament wrote that faith “is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things that are not yet seen.” In many ways I believe that this is where I am supposed to be — and the evidence of that is a completely irrational desire to come back even when it isn’t everything I hoped that it would be. Perhaps that is entirely too metaphysical. A more concrete answer would be that the relationships I have built with students, and over the course of many years SS

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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 allows 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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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:

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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:

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:

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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:

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:

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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!

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Monday, Nov. 14, 6-9 p.m.


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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:

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:

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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;

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;

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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.;

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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;

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;

Meals on Wheels Atlanta With a heart for seniors, Meals on Wheels Atlanta is hosting a canned food collection during the month of November;


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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 ( 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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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs The following incidents and arrests represent some, but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs Police Oct. 19 and Nov. 3. The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and the information is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY „„700 block of Dalrymple Road. When the

victim parked his car in his condo parking lot Oct. 19, he saw four men. He entered the condo and later came back out. While walking to his car, he saw one of the men standing next to it. Seconds later, two more appeared from a stairwell, with guns, demanding that he turn over his wallet, cash and the car keys. They left in his black Toyota Camry. All were armed with semi-auto weapons. „„6112 Roswell Road. On Oct. 19, cops were

called to Rumi’s Kitchen Restaurant and met with two valets who said the following: Around 10 p.m., a man, described as a black male, dark or gray hoodie, and jeans, and armed with a handgun, approached them demanding keys from the valet box,

specifically for a Mercedes. They told him they had none, so he took the keys to an Audi A4, registered to one of the restaurant’s guests. The owner of the car said a MacBook, gym clothing and golf bag, were in the car. „„5500 block of


Roswell Road. On Oct. 21, cops were called to the Falls Apartments after a woman reported that she was robbed by an acquaintance. She got out of a car after being dropped off by a co-worker. The suspect suddenly appeared from the dark and grabbed her by the throat and threatening to kill her. He then took her purse and phone and fled. She had no evidence of physical injury. Her purse, without contents, was found. The suspect answered the phone when the officer called him, but quickly hung up. „„8300 block of Roswell Road. On Oct. 23,

SANDY SPRINGS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING A resolution to authorize the transmittal of the Comprehensive Plan for review to the Atlanta Regional Commission and Georgia Department of Community Affairs, pursuant to The Georgia Planning Act and DCA Rules on Local Comprehensive Planning (110-12-1).

officers were called to the QuikTrip just before 2 a.m. to speak with a man who said he was parked at the Exxon when someone knocked on his window requesting a ride. The man said he would help him if the suspect had cash. The suspect then pulled a gun and demanded the victim’s money. He then hit the victim with the gun, causing the victim to put the car in drive and drive forward. The suspect fired two shots, hitting the car both times, but not injuring the victim. The suspect is described as a black male, 5-feet-9-inches and 165 pounds.

BURGLARY „„8850 Roswell Road. On Oct. 19, the alarm

at Bojangles activated around 2:30 a.m. Someone had pried the drive-through window. It appears that nothing was taken. „„8601 Dunwoody Place. On Oct. 20, the

store owner said someone removed two bicycles from a display rack after breaking the glass storefront window. The alarm that was set did not activate in that particular area. The bikes are Cervelo brand. „„300 block of Amberidge Trail. On Oct.

20, A resident reported that she returned home from an errand around 1 p.m. and

Petition Number:

Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Petition Number:



Charles Grad

Property Location:

185 Northglenn Court


Variance from Section 109-225 of the Development Regulations to extend a deck in the 25-foot impervious surface stream setback.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals - December 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

„„6800 block of Roswell Road. On Oct. 22,

the front door of a condo had been forced open. It is not known if anything was taken. „„9400 block of Roberts Drive. On Oct.

23, police learned that someone entered the home between the 21st and 23rd, taking a 60-inch TV and several pieces of jewelry. The entry point looked to be a kitchen window. „„200 block of Mt. Paran Road. On Oct. 26,

V16-0145 Ryan Duffey

Property Location:

885 North Island Drive


One (1) Variance from the Zoning Ordinance R-1 (Single Family Dwelling District), 6.1.3. Development Standards. C. Minimum Side Yard. Twenty-five (25) feet adjacent to interior lot line. The variance would allow a reduction in the minimum side yard setback from 25 feet to 15 feet.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals - December 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600



someone entered a residence through a window between 9 p.m. and 2 a.m., taking an Xbox game system and games.


Planning Commission - November 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council - December 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


„„500 block of Summer Drive. On Oct. 22,


The draft plan is available for review at Public Hearings:

once inside her home, she saw two men. They side-stepped her as they fled although she tried to push them back, and they ran out, got into a blue, late-model Ford SUV and drove away. Suspect 1 is described as a black male, heavy-set, wearing black shirt, pants and a mask. Suspect 2 is described as a black male, 5-feet-10-inches with a medium build, wearing a black shirt and pants. It appeared that at least one piece of jewelry was taken during the interrupted burglary.

Petition Number:

V16-0132 & DR16-0008


SunTrust Bank

Property Location:

6240 Roswell Road


Variance request to allow a drive-through structure adjacent to a public street and three variance requests to allow two existing nonconforming driveways on Johnson Ferry Road and Roswell Road to remain.

Public Hearings:

Board of Appeals - December 8, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.


Sandy Springs City Hall Morgan Falls Office Park 7840 Roswell Road, Building 500 Sandy Springs, Georgia 30350 770-730-5600

Rep: Dennis J. Webb, Jr.


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a 76-year old woman reported that around 3:45 p.m., a woman who identified herself as a Georgia Power employee came to the door and asked questions about her property line. The victim accompanied the woman to the back of her home for about 45 minutes. When she returned to the home, she noticed some items missing, including jewelry and a Coca-Cola gym bag. She told the officer the woman wore no Georgia Power ID. She said that she left the door leading to the home from the carport open. „„300 block of Franklin Road. On Oct 26,

the complainant was at the residence, checking on behalf of the owner, who was out of town. He found evidence of forced entry to the side door. Several items were taken. „„3100 block of River Exchange Drive. On

Oct. 27, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., someone entered the apartment and took two guns, one from an unlocked or open safe, and another from a dresser drawer. A PS4 was also taken. Safes are a great way to secure valuable like documents and weapons. They’re even better when you close and lock the door! „„700 block of Heards Ferry Road. On Oct.

29, the owner of a home under construction said a Makita drill and $3,500 worth of tile were stolen sometime between Oct. 27 and 29. „„5600 block of Roswell Road. On Oct. 29,

someone entered the victim’s condo by forcing a sliding glass door. Taken was a 60-inch TV and some jewelry. „„1000 block of Hammond Drive. On Nov.

2, a resident at Extended Stay said someone entered his room and took $350, a watch, two RCA Tablets and $1,500 in Indian currency. „„400 block of Hilderbrand Drive. On Nov.

2, the resident reported someone forced a rear door (pushed in) and gained entry into the home. Several electronic items were taken. „„Marlow Place. On Nov. 3, someone stole

a compressor from a residential construction site. „„6000 block of Stone Mill Trace. On Nov.

3, a resident said he discovered that his Giant road bike had been stolen from his garage. A second Giant road bike was taken from the 300 block sometime between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. „„1000 block of Huntcliff. On Nov. 3, the

resident said she came home around 5:15 pm and noticed her garage door open and with pry marks. It appears the home was entered through the garage. Several items were taken.

„„300 block Highland Park Terrace. On

Nov. 3, the resident said she was gone from just before 9 a.m. till 8 the next morning. During that time, someone entered the home through a screened-in bedroom window.

THEFTS „„5500 block of Glenridge Drive. On Oct.

19, around 12:30 a.m., officers received a call of a theft in progress from the parking areas at the Nevadan Apartments. Two suspects were seen walking from the complex, but when they spotted the officers, they ran back into it. Several officers searched the area, but the two suspects were not caught. They were described as thin, black males. It appeared that a couple of cars had been entered but nothing was missing. Recovered at the scene were a black backpack, Polo hoodie, a blunt punch tool and gloves, all thought to be those of the suspects. „„500 block of Abernathy Road. On Oct.

19, a project manager said six AC units were stolen from a construction job site. Each unit is valued at $2,000. Two other AC units were reported stolen from 8601 Roberts Drive. „„6700 block of Sunny Brook Lane. On

Oct. 19, A 15-HP Evenrude boat engine was stolen from the home. It is a valued at $1,900. „„400 block of Hampton Drive. On Oct.

20, a man reported his 1993 red GMC Sierra stolen overnight. „„500 block of Calaveras Drive. On Oct.

22, a 2010 black Nissan Altima was stolen overnight. „„I-285/Roswell Road. On Oct. 23, a dis-

abled blue 2-door 2000 Honda Accord was stolen from I-285 East at the Roswell Road exit ramp. „„200 block of Northwood Drive. On Oct.

23, a 1995 black Ford Explorer was stolen from the parking lot. „„5500 block of Glenridge Drive. On Oct.

25, a white 2006 Ford Econoline Van was taken from the parking lot of the residence. A second vehicle, a Yamaha motorcycle, black with green trim, was also taken. The motorcycle GPS showed the bike was taken to Gwinnett County sometime during the night. „„5500 block of Glenridge Drive. On Oct.

27, a 27-year old man told officers someone stole his 2002 Yamaha motorcycle. „„Another theft was reported from LA Fit-

ness on Oct. 27 between noon and 1:15 p.m. The victim placed his wallet in the locker. Someone took it. Credit cards were used at Nordstrom at Perimeter Mall.


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