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City considers hiking impact fees BY JOHN RUCH

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Emerson “Bill” Peet, a resident of Mount Vernon Towers, tries navigating along Mount Vernon Highway to visit his mother who lives less than a mile away, but the city’s lack of consistent sidewalks make his journey an hours-long odyssey.

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It’s just under a mile from Emerson “Bill” Peet’s home in Mount Vernon Towers to his mother’s home in Sandy Springs. But for Peet, the trip is an hours-long odyssey he has to plan a day around and risk his life to complete. That’s because Peet uses a wheelchair, and Mount Vernon Highway’s pedestrian paths are a jigsaw puzzle of dead-end, broken or nonexistent sidewalks. On a recent trip down that street, Peet pointed out the spot where a police officer stopped him several weeks ago for rolling in the road because there is no sidewalk. “He said, ‘Well, don’t be out here [in the street] anymore,’” Peet recalled, as if he and not the lack of sidewalks was the problem. “If you’re on wheels, you’re forced to break the law.” Peet, 50, has used a wheelchair since 1991, when a brain injury gave him severe balance problems. He’s become a popular figure at Mount Vernon Towers, dubbed its “mayor” by fellow residents, in his three years there. But he’s not new to the area—he’s a Sandy Springs native who grew up in the Mount Vernon Woods neighborhood. As the suburb became a city, he saw the increase in sidewalks. “It’s come in leaps and bounds, and now there’s something, but not near enough,” Peet said of Sandy Springs’

sidewalk installations. The city has spent millions fixing and installing sidewalks, and the City Council regularly debates ways to do more. City spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said the city is also working with the Atlanta Regional Commission on a “Complete Streets” plan, which designs streets for various types of users, not just cars. “We have been, from Day One, attacking the sidewalks, trying to upgrade, improve and add,” Kraun said. “We’ve got a lot of years to make up for. We’re very conscious of that.” City leaders often cite some good reasons for their sidewalk efforts, such as attracting active millennials to shopping districts or getting kids safely to schools. But spending a couple of hours traveling with Peet shows a more basic issue: sidewalk conditions that make it difficult and dangerous for many residents to visit businesses they like and people they love. Peet and his mother both live on the north side of Mount Vernon Highway, but there’s no direct sidewalk route. Peet only got a few hundred feet before the sidewalk abruptly ended, forcing him to cross the busy road. There’s a useable sidewalk in front of the library and Mount Vernon PresSEE INCOMPLETE, PAGE 6

Sandy Springs aims to boost the impact fees paid by new real estate developments for the first time in seven years. With the city in the midst of a building boom, that could mean more money for parks, police and streets. “Our fees have not been updated since 2008,” Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert said at the Nov. 3 meeting of the City Council, which directed him to hire a consultant to revise the fee structure. “There is room for growth in our fees without pricing ourselves out of the market.” Impact fees are intended to offset the increased costs the city pays to support new developments with services such as policing or infrastructure such as roads and sidewalks. In Sandy Springs, separate fees go to transportation, public safety, and parks and recreation, with an amount that may vary depending on the development’s type and size. The fee must be calculated based on the city’s actual costs—“you can’t just pick a dollar amount,” Tolbert said—so the formula can become complicated. But sample comparisons presented by Tolbert show that Sandy Springs’ fees are generally much lower than those of some neighboring cities. “I think you’ll see other communities have gotten out ahead of us…We’re a little bit behind,” he said. The highest total impact fee for a new residential unit in Sandy Springs is about $1,646. That’s higher than Atlanta, at around $1,500. But Milton and Roswell may charge for $4,000 and Alpharetta may charge nearly $6,500. Sandy Springs currently requires the SEE CITY, PAGE 5

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tions Director Sharon Kraun said. “We pulled back on that,” Kraun said, adding the plan had been canceled “rather than do something that might not turn out the way we wanted.” Mercedes-Benz USA wants to rename a street that borders its future Sandy Th e city will still hold two smaller celebrations of its 10th anniversary early Springs headquarters for itself. next month. And the plan for the larger party – proposed to include tree- and meThe luxury carmaker’s desire to rename part of Barfield Road as Mercedes-Benz norah-lightings and fireworks – may revive sometime after 2017, when the new Drive was met with some hesitation at the Nov. 3 Sandy Springs City Council City Springs development and park will be available as a host site, Kraun said. meetings. Councilmen said they’re fine with MBUSA making the request, but that Th e city’s 10th anniversary is Dec. 1 and officials have been planning celebrait’s also time to create a formal street-naming policy. tions around that date. Th e two events still happening are a City Hall open house “Mercedes isn’t even in our city yet,” said Councilman John Paulson. “They on Dec. 1 and a $30-a-ticket party with a history display inside Sherwood Event haven’t turned a shovelful of dirt. I’m a little concerned [about] renaming a street Hall, 8610 Roswell Road, on Dec. 4. for a business that isn’t even here yet.” Th e now-scrapped larger party was to be held Dec. 5 at Heritage Sandy Springs. The request applies to the section of Barfield between Abernathy Road and Intended to establish a new holiday tradition for the city, it came with an estiMount Vernon Highway. MBUSA plans to move its corporate headquarmated price tag of up to $130,000, as Kraun announced at the Oct. ters, now temporarily based in Dunwoody, to that stretch of road in 2018. 20 City Council meeting. Later discussions raised concerns about Among the existing properties that would be affected by the street-adsuffi cient parking, electrical capacity for the lights, and other issues, dress change is the Atlanta temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of LatterB RIEFS Kraun said. day Saints. The temple did not respond to a request for comment. “Some elements would have been very expensive,” she said. “It got MBUSA announced its corporate relocation from New Jersey earlimore complicated…You name an issue, we had it.” er this year, but already is showing an affinity for putting its brand on prominent public facilities. The company made a splash in August when it bought naming rights to Atlanta’s new football and soccer stadium. The street renaming was on the City Council agenda only as a non-voting discussion item. To move forward, the renaming would require notice to local property owners, a public hearing and a council vote. “We don’t really have a policy on road naming,” said Mayor Rusty Paul. AsSandy Springs police officers and firefighters may soon receive housing-cost stisistant City Manager Jim Tolbert said that city attorney Wendell Willard advised pends to help them live in the increasingly expensive city they serve. that they should have one. Some type of suggested formal process for petitioning A rough draft of the stipend policy got a favorable response from Sandy Springs for renaming a road will come before the council at a later meeting. Under the City Council Oct. 20. Retaining personnel, boosting public safety and showing current process, the council will hold a public hearing and vote on MBUSA’s rethanks to the police were the main rationales. quest at a future meeting. “I think it’s almost immoral to ask police and firefighters to lay their lives on the

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Sandy Springs is scrapping its plan for a giant, holiday-themed 10th birthday party due to concerns about expense, parking and other issues, city Communica-

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Businesses to be checked for unpaid fees and taxes BY JOHN RUCH

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Sandy Springs businesses that aren’t paying local taxes or fees may soon get a friendly reminder—and a bill—from a city-hired auditor. Sandy Springs City Council on Nov. 3 approved a contract with the firm Revenue Discovery Systems to audit the city’s collection of business and occupational license fees and taxes on hotel rooms, alcohol and car rentals, among other goods and services. That revenue could be substantial. The last time the city did this type of audit, in 2008, it found $3.8 million in new revenue, said city Finance Director Karen Ellis. And that was done internal-

ly by city staff going after “low-hanging fruit,” she said. City Councilman John Paulson said downside of the previous audit was some businesses “complaining they were being treated a little heavy-handedly.” City Manager John McDonough acknowledged the 2008 audit might have taken an overly aggressive tone and that the new deal will be more collaborative. RDS regional manager Ivan Figueroa said his company is “more successful with the kid-glove approach than the ‘gotcha’ approach.” The auditing contract goes into effect Dec. 1, McDonough said.

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Millar: Cities aren’t broken, counties are see is a shift to annexation by County? existing cities. A: If you look at the Q: You sponsored legvotes, they’ve declined for islation to create LaVista cityhood as we’ve gone forHills. Now that the voters ward [with successive cities]. have said “no” to that city, There have been some natuwhat happens next? ral enclaves for cityhood – A: I think the people i.e., Dunwoody, Peachtree I represent have to decide Corners. Brookhaven was a what they want to be. Do close vote. You’ve seen that they want to remain uninagain with LaVista Hills. It corporated? Do they want to could have gone either way. become part of Tucker? Do The reason I supportSen. Fran Millar they think they want to be ed LaVista Hills – Number part of Chamblee? one, I support people’s right Q: Would you sponsor legislato self-determination – but I got intion to create another city in the volved with LaVista Hills because I repplace of LaVista Hills? resent that area. A: No. I have told my Senate colI think going forward, you’re goleagues that this was the last area that I ing to have to make sure you get all the represented [I would sponsor for cityparties together who really want to be hood]. The people were going to be in a part of this. Over 60 percent of the LaVista Hills or Tucker. Some of the people I represent in the area of LaVpeople I represent are in Tucker. In ista Hills voted “yes” for the city. That’s LaVista Hills, I think they either reQ: With the voters turning down a landslide. main unincorporated or they look to a city of LaVista Hills, do you think Has it run its course? I hope the be annexed by Tucker or look to be the “cityhood” movement has run its Stonecrest people are given the opporannexed by Chamblee. I was extremecourse among residents in DeKalb tunity. I think now what you’re going to ly gratified that over 60 percent of the people I represent voted for a city. Q: Has the concept of “new cities” lost the support of state lawmakers? Or the public? A: I don’t think so. There are other city movements going on right now outside of DeKalb County. There’s a city pending in Forsyth County. There’s talk of a city of St. Simons. There’s such dissatisfaction with large government, i.e., federal and certainly county government, to say we want to be closer to our elected officials. The Thanks to the community for another great Movies by Moonlight series! track record for cities we’ve created has been good. We appreciate your support throughout the successful, Q: Why do you think LaVista sometimes soggy season. Hills lost? A: I think the borders were too far Thanks to our Presenting and Star Sponsors: expanded outside of the original map. It wasn’t the map these people came up with. Q: Other lawmakers argue the process to create new cities is broken. Do you agree? How should it be fixed? A: There are some changes we need to make, absolutely. But at the end of the day, if you have some people come together and say, ‘We want to do something,’ we’re not going to Reporter stifle that process. Newspapers The cities aren’t what’s broken. It’s the counties that are broken. Here’s what I feel bad about: The people that I represented [in the LaVista Hills area] got it. I’m sorry they didn’t get the chance to have a city.

Starting with Sandy Springs a decade ago, Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) has backed every effort to create a new city in Georgia. He sponsored legislation to start the cities of Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Peachtree Corners and, most recently, to set up a new central DeKalb County city called LaVista Hills. “It’s safe to say that I’ve supported every city that’s passed,” he said. But on Nov. 3, voters in the area that would have become LaVista Hills voted down the plan for that city. The margin was slim: just 136 more “no” votes than “yes” votes out of the 13,714 cast. Meanwhile, voters in a neighboring area overwhelmingly backed creation of a new city called Tucker. The Sandy Springs Reporter asked Millar for his reaction to the vote and his thoughts on future city-creation efforts in DeKalb County and the state Legislature. Here’s what he had to say.

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History made on golf course History can rise in surcity-owned golf course was prising places. Important open only to whites. The city events don’t all occur on farowned no golf courses then away fields or in exotic lowhere blacks were allowed cales. Sometimes, important to play. Black golfers played events, the ones that make on private courses segregated us who we are, took place for use only by black players. right around the corner, in Charles Bell Sr. rememplaces still in plain sight. bers the match that wasn’t Like, say, a golf course. played in 1951. He was One recent Saturday there, part of the foursome AROUND morning, a crowd of golf Holmes brought to the BobTOWN and history buffs gathered by Jones course that day. in the clubhouse of the Bob“We came to the clubhouse,” JOE EARLE by Jones Golf Course to resaid Bell, who’s now 97 years member a round of golf that old and lives in Warner Robhad been played there on Christmas ins, Ga. “We prepared to pay our fees. Day six decades ago. We were just informed that because of Or, to put it more precisely, they reour color, we were not allowed to play,” called a round of golf that had not been he said. played and then, years later, on ChristThey had expected to be rejected, mas Day 1955, went forward under an he said. They intended to challenge the order issued by the United States Sucity’s segregationist laws in court. “We preme Court. That game of golf helped planned it. We knew we would be dechange many things, and opened Atnied the right to play,” he said. “We lanta recreation facilities to all of the decided to come to the Bobby Jones city’s residents. course... and the rest is history.” In 1951, an Atlanta golfer named They did make history. The group’s Alfred “Tup” Holmes and a group of effort to play golf on the whites-only his friends went to the Bobby Jones course came years before the U.S. SuGolf Course in Buckhead and asked to preme Court would strike down legal play a round. Holmes and his friends segregation in public schools and faciliwere turned away. They were black. The ties. It came years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger, spurring the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott. “We were still deep in the thrall of Jim Crow [laws],” said Anne Emanuel, a professor emerita at Georgia State Law School. Demanding the right to play golf on a city course in 1951 was a brave act, Emanuel said. “It was hard,” she said. “It was dangerous to get in front of that train. .... The courage factor. Probably Atlanta was the only place in Georgia you would survive if you did this. The times were very different and very danJOE EARLE gerous.” Michael Holmes stands with Holmes and members of his famia photo of his father, golfer ly fi led suit against the city. Their case Alfred “Tup” Holmes, that is worked its way to the Supreme Court, included in a new exhibit at where it was among the first group of the Bobby Jones Golf Course.

desegregation decisions announced after the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education case desegregated public schools. The Holmes family case was among a group of cases that extended the rules applied in the Brown case to other public recreation facilities, such as the Bobby Jones Golf Course, Emanuel said. Michael Holmes, Tup Holmes’ son, said the decision has been referenced 51 times in other cases. “It was a big deal,” Emanuel said. Bell and Emanuel were part of a group of about 75 people that gathered at the Bobby Jones clubhouse to mark

the 60th anniversary of the decision, released Nov. 7, 1955, with the formal opening of a new exhibit about the case called “Holmes v. Atlanta: Changing the Game.” The exhibit, sponsored by the Friends of the Bobby Jones Golf Course and put together by Georgia Tech professor Mary McDonald and her graduate students, includes information about Holmes, his family and the lawsuit. “We felt like it was a story that needed to be preserved,” McDonald said. “I think it’s got all sorts of really important issues connected to it. And it’s an CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

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Atlanta story.” Just a few weeks after the Supreme Court ruled, Holmes and his friends got the chance to play golf on a city course. They actually played their first round under the judge’s order on Christmas Eve at North Fulton Golf Course. Bell remembers it was a more prestigious course than Bobby Jones. Others suggested the idea might have been to have that groundbreaking first round played somewhere other than Bobby Jones to avoid a racial confrontation. Bell remembers there were photographers on hand to record the event and said that some people may have shouted catcalls at the players. But he admits it’s hard to recall particulars now. The next day, Christmas Day,

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“The lake is pretty—as much as I would like to fill it in at times,” said Gerri Schwartz, the property manager in charge of Peppertree Lake. It’s not the lake itself, nestled among homes in the heart of Sandy Springs’ Perimeter Center, that raises her ire. It’s the massive dam holding it back— and recent state-mandated repairs that may cost more than $60,000. Peppertree Lake Dam is one of 11 “high-hazard” dams in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs—“high hazard” meaning that if they collapse, the subsequent flood likely would kill people. More than

20 similar dams failed and contributed to deadly floods in South Carolina last month. Many of Georgia’s dams are in private hands with homeowners on the hook for maintenance. Along the top end of the Perimeter, homeowners may grumble at the cost, but likely can afford it. Lower-income areas, or old dams where no owner can be found, can be a bigger problem. About 15 states have some type of grant or low-interest loan program for dam repairs, but Georgia is not among them, according to the state Environmental CONTINUED ON PAGE 13

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Red Cross Blood Drive Wednesday, Nov. 25, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. – Donating blood is a simple thing to do, but it can make a big difference in the lives of others. All donors receive a Red Cross mixing spoon and a copy of celebrity chef recipes (while supplies last). You may schedule your appointment at redcrossblood.org using sponsor code dunwoodylib or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Dunwoody Library parking lot, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Rd., 30338. More information can be found online at dekalblibrary.org.


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Monday, Nov. 16, 6 - 9 p.m. – The Spruill Center for the Arts presents their 22nd annual Holiday Artists Market. The event features a wide array of art and gifts from local artisans on display in the gallery through Dec. 23. On Monday, Nov. 16, Spruill hosts an opening night ceremony and sneak peek of the market. Wine and light fare provided. Free and open to the public. Go to spruillarts.org to learn more or call 770-394-4019. Spruill Center for the Arts, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Rd., Dunwoody, 30346.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. – The Swedish Women’s Educational Association International, Inc., presents their annual Christmas Market in Sandy Springs. Come out for an afternoon of baked goods, flower arrangements, traditional and modern handicrafts, Swedish Christmas ornaments, Scandinavian design, and traditional Swedish food and drinks. The market also offers kids’ activities hosted by the Swedish School of Atlanta. Tickets are $2 for adults, free for those under 18. Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Dr., NE, Sandy Springs, 30328. To find out more, go online to atlanta.swea.org or call 404-613-4900.

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Thursday, Nov. 19, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. – Looking for unique gifts for this holiday season? The annual Christ the King School Holiday Market returns this month to Kenny Hall. A unique and festive shopping experience for all, the event features work by more than 50 artists and vendors. Free and open to the public. Christ the King School, 46 Peachtree Way, NE, Atlanta, 30305. More info? Call 404-233-0383 or go to christking.org.

Thursday, Nov. 26, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. – Don’t have plans for Thanksgiving this year? Still want the traditional meal experience? The city of Broo khaven invites you to come to the Lynwood Community Center and pick up a meal for yourself and your family. Call 404-637-0542 for more information. Lynwood Park Community Center, 3360 Osborne Rd., Brookhaven, 30319. Go to brookhavenga.gov to learn more.

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Artist Market Friday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 22, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. – The Work of Our Hands Artist Market returns for its 12th year to the

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Today at a MARTA bus stop, you’ll see the signature tri-colored sign attached to a pole and little else. The MARTA Army is working to change that through their adopt-a-stop initiative, Operation Timely Trip. The initiative seeks to improve bus riders’ experiences on metro’s Atlanta public transit. MARTA Army, an independent grassroots action group, was an idea sparked at the 2014 Georgia Tech Transportation Camp. The citizen group says it plans on using “boots-on-the-ground interventions to improve the physical, cultural, and social environment of the MARTA system.” “It’s tactical urbanism – citizens coming together to do small acts for large -scale change,” explained Simon Berrebi, a MARTA Army co-founder and Georgia Tech Transportation Systems Engineering doctoral student. The army is pulling together citizen soldiers from different Atlanta neighborhoods and backgrounds to reclaim ownership of MARTA and make it more accessible and convenient. Most MARTA bus stops don’t have bus route and destination information. The few that provide a route timetable only list times for the main locations on

the route, leaving the rider to guess at arrival times. MARTA Army’s first intervention will upgrade “a bus stop to show you where you can go, on which bus or route, and when,” said Berrebi. For citizens who adopt-a-stop, MARTA Army will provide training and printed timetables, making bus destinations more visible and hopefully more enticing. Co-founders Binh Dam and Harshath JR, who commute on MARTA, developed an app to produce the bus stop-specific timetables. “We can make informative signs on the spot,” Dam said, “which is an improvement that MARTA is excited about.” With initial support from In Our Backyard crowdfunding, MARTA, Georgia Tech and the city of Atlanta, MARTA Army was able to launch an adopt-a-stop initiative at the recent 2015 Transportation Camp. As of early October, more than 65 citizens had adopted bus stops. The army has a signup sheet at martaarmy.org/join-an-army where recruits can volunteer to adopt bus stops and to organize boot camps in their neighborhoods.

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Rituals matter. People need ways to mark the big events – marriages, say, or deaths or births – that change their lives. Jews in metro Atlanta soon will have a new place for the traditional immersion ritual used to mark such big life events. The new Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah, a place for ritual baths, opens this month at Congregation B’nai Torah, 700 Mt. Vernon Highway, in Sandy Springs. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 15. “In the community, it’s a pretty big deal, if I do say so,” said Rabbi Joshua Heller of Congregation B’nai Torah, who said 20 synagogues and organizations in the metro area will rely on the facility. “This is one of the few religious resources that is shared so widely.” Alice Wertheim of Dunwoody, president of the board of directors of the new mikvah, said the facility will be open to anyone in the Jewish community who wants to use it. “This is a sacred space that brings together varied elements of the community, and that doesn’t happen very often,” she said. “Most open spaces are secular. This is a sacred space – that’s

what makes it different. It’s unique and it’s exciting, and it adds another dimension to the spiritual life of the community.” A mikvah is a special pool used for Jewish ritual immersion, according to MACoM, the nonprofit organization building the facility. “It’s a ritual accessible to anybody,” Wertheim said. In its brochure describing the new pool, MACoM says, “Traditional uses of mikvah include immersing when converting to Judaism, before getting married, before the Shabbat or other Jewish holidays, and to make a woman’s monthly cycle.” Similar facilities exist at a few other synagogues in metro Atlanta and the new one replaces an older one at B’nai Torah, Wertheim said. But she believes the new $850,000 facility built alongside B’nai Torah will find new users hoping to mark more and more varied types of life-changing events. “All these rituals, they are all transitional moments,” she said. “In conversion, you are going from non-Jew to Jew. In marriage, you’re going from non-

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Ingrid Bongers, a student at Sarah Smith Elementary School in Buckhead, proudly raises her work, part of the Reflections Arts competition. Each year, the National PTA Reflections program has a theme students use as inspiration for artistic pieces. Sarah Smith students submitted 226 entries in five categories, including visual arts, literature, photography, film production and dance choreography, based on the theme “Let Your Imagination Fly.”


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profile, never gloating over his many and varied accomplishments. He is a Max Harris defines much sought-after partsuccess as achieving the ner, as he is intelligent, high goals he sets for fun and kind. Although himself. possessing a great love “I constantly quesfor language, histotion what I would like ry, government, science to be, and that thought and mathematics, he is alone motivates me. simply passionate about What kind of person I learning for the sake of want to be guides me to learning.” what I want to be in life Weber Hebrew Deand what my values are,” partment Chair, ArielMax said. la Livnat, described Max He wants to be enas “very involved in and gaged with the world. committed to Weber “Grades are not imSchool and its students, portant,” Max said. as well as human rights “What is important is worldwide, in addition having integrity and to being a true learncontentment with myer for the sake of knowlMax Harris self. I did my best and I edge.” tried my hardest. I am fine Max says he draws inwith an 85 or 95 as a grade, spiration from the stoas long as I know I strived and put in ry of Elon Musk, who immigrated to my greatest effort.” Canada from South Africa with nothMax juggles participation in a variing in his pocket, and has gone on to ety of clubs with class work. He is the found businesses such as Tesla Motors president of his school’s student counto SpaceX. cil, a student ambassador and takes Max says Musk’s success shows the part in a variety of different school value of perserverance. clubs. “I want to make a difference in soHe established the Investment ciety,” Max said, “uphold responsibiliClub, where members discuss manty, solve problems and be an active and aging money. In addition, Max has influential citizen. All of this ties back made many improvements in his youth into my moral ethics.” group, as one of the board members. WHAT’S NEXT: Michelle Brown, academic dean and English teacher at the Weber Max is interested in pursuing a libSchool, says Max shows passion and eral arts education. dedication toward understanding new He plans to apply to small collegthings. es such as Pomona College, Bowdoin “I believe Max has a genuine and College, Davidson College, the Uniauthentic character,” she said. “He versity of Richmond and also the Unihas a passion and dedication to learnversity of Georgia. ing and comprehending new ideas and teachings. “He is a student who excels beyond

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Drive—On Nov. 4, a resident said she returned home and noticed the door was not locked. She was sure she left it locked. She reported her Sony TV and Nintendo Wii game system missing. She suspects a man who lived with her about nine months ago. She said he was a thief and had stolen from her before. She said he didn’t have a key, but he had access to hers (meaning he probably made a copy of one.)

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took the shoes and $400 cash from her closet when she broke up with him. He apparently admitted taking them to her, but did not return them. I suggest that if the relationship is over and it is time to end it, make sure you get all your stuff out before you actually leave. I found this out when I discovered my golf clubs and bag on fire when I returned for them. It’s a good idea to hire a bouncer to keep the intended person in the room during the breakup speech.  5700

block of Roswell Road—An employee of a gas station reported a man stole several scratch-off tickets. The em-

ployee said he knows the man, who is a regular customer and thief. Bad guys who steal scratch off or other lotto tickets know the numbers are canceled out, much like serial numbers, so what they do is sell them half price or more. So don’t buy a $5 scratch-off ticket for $2.  Summer

Crossing Drive—A man said his gun is missing from the night stand. He said that there have been delivery people in the residence and could have taken the gun. If someone is going to steal a gun, I think the VERY FIRST place to look is the night stand. Don’t leave it there when you’re gone. In fact, take the gun with you when you go. That’s what

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Road—On Oct. 29, a woman reported she placed her phone on the counter at her job and left it unattended. She said someone reached over the cubical and took it. She saw the shadow of someone running out the door toward the stairs, but could not make out the person well enough for a description.

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address—A woman said she was assaulted by her boyfriend, who struck her after he wanted money and she told him he was ungrateful. She said he hit her with a carton of Newports. He was charged with simple battery. address—A woman said her boyfriend and soon-to-be baby’s father struck her in the face after she tried to remove a beer from his hand during the GeorgiaFlorida football game. She said she had scratches on her face from the incident. She did have scratches, but they were not recent. The boyfriend left the location. No charges were filed.

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called to North Fulton Hospital to see a victim who said he was assaulted and stabbed several times in the forearm while at a gas station on Dunwoody Place. He told officers that he walked to the station to buy cigarettes. In line in front of him was a couple. They took a long time to check out, so he said something to them about taking so long. He had words with the man, then bought his cigarettes and walked outside. The same man came up to him and stabbed him in the arm. The victim ran off.

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block of Morgan Falls Road—On Nov. 3, a man reported that he was in a verbal argument with an employee. The man said the other guy “got in his face” and took an aggressive stance while he was in his work space. The other guy then punched him in the mouth, grabbed his personal items and left.

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Drive—On Oct. 24, officers were called to a restaurant shortly before midnight regarding an attempted car theft. What they found was that the man was very drunk and, instead of getting into his Jeep, he got into someone else’s Jeep by mistake. (Thankfully he did not make it into his Jeep.) He was with a sober friend, who took him home after police cited him for disorderly conduct under the influence.

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address—A man said his ex-girlfriend said she was coming over to break his stuff. He broke up with her recently and on the previous Saturday he told her that he didn’t want to talk to her anymore. In response, she said she would come over and break his windows and damage his belongings. He said he didn’t have hardly any belongings so she would be damaging his roommate’s belongings. Asked what car she would arrive in, he said she doesn’t drive so friends would have to give her a ride.

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SERVICES AVAILABLE Driveways & Walkways – Replaced or repaired. Masonry, grading, foundations repaired, waterproofing and retaining walls. Call Joe Sullivan 770-616-0576. Caregiver / Certified Nurse Assistant – Specializing in Alz/Dementia. Medication reminder, memory games and activities. Delicious and nutritious meals. Patient, kind and respectful – nonsmoker. Contact: Zena 404-454-6697

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

CANTERBURY COURT

3750 Peachtree Road, NE • 404-261-6611

ONSITE PARKING AVAILABLE

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

House Cleaners

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

404-889-0482

Home Services Directory Appliance Repair ALL WORK GUARANTEED

Call Kevin 24/7 770.885.9210

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

North Georgia Lawn Care

To Advertise, call 404-917-2200 ext 110

Trash, Junk Hauled For Less

35 – $150

$

per load

Oriental Rug Cleaning

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

Call James

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

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

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

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(770) 251-9765

404-875-2299 www.imbrexroofing.com

Commercial & Residential Junk Removal Recycling 770-399-6605 www.justtrashit.com Licensed Insured

Free Estimates

Locally Owned Since 1997

Ronnie Bennett 404-432-0385 bennettpaint56@att.net

Best of Atlanta Award 2014 YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD ROOFING COMPANY

Wallcovering, Special Coatings, Pressure Washing

Antique and Decorative Rugs since 1976

5548 Peachtree Ind. Blvd Atlanta, GA 30341 404-995-8400

Pre-screened Providers. Pre-negotiated Rates.

justTRASHit!

EST 1975

Oriental Rug Shop

www.generatorstore.com

• Roofing • Gutters • Painting

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

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470-222-4369

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poern ou c stom u 0 c $ 5 e per

Call Tony 404-402-5435

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

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

On

Honest Affordable Dependable Free estimates

Hair Stylists

Insurance Agents

Tuesday-Sunday

770-401-7945

Pet Sitters

Life Coaches

Next to Johnny’s Pizza

www.mygoodrascal.com

Lawyers

Positive, Gentle Methods

Health Instructors

Barbers

GINA

Private Training In Your Home

Place your SERVICES ad here! Accountants

Certified Dog Trainer

Now cutting hair at Tangles!

Caregivers

Good Rascal Dog Training

Belco Electric

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

A+ Angie’s List

1.5 miles inside 285 in Chamblee Plaza

www.PersianRugParadise.net

Fall & Holiday

Atlanta’s Premier

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

since 1968

Your home. Our help. 770-455-4556

Check out our new website www.BelcoInc.com and follow us on

404.355.1901

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% 20 OFF

Cleaning & Repair of All Rugs

With coupon. One per family.

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

John Salvesen • 404-453-3438 thehandymancanatlanta@gmail.com

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