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Inside All aboard? MARTA plans eastern expansion up Ga. 400 COMMUNITY 2

Speak up Residents can have say in Georgetown park plans

Dunwoody Reporter www.ReporterNewspapers.net

NOV. 15 — NOV. 28, 2012 • VOL. 4 — NO. 23

He ‘digs’ it!

THREE SMILING page 19

FACES

Dog park fans pack council meeting

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Family ties Apron strings bring loved ones together COMMENTARY 9

BY JOE EARLE

joeearle@reporternewspapers.net

Keep truckin’

More than 100 supporters of the dog park in Brook Run packed Dunwoody City Council’s meeting Nov. 12 to protest plans to move the dog park. Dozens in the standing-room-only crowd wore red articles of clothing to show opposition toward the city’s intention to relocate the park to a different part of Brook Run. Many in the crowd carried signs supporting the park or criticizing the city. Some brought dogs, which remained in the parking lot outside City Hall during the meeting. Dunwoody resident Robert Moss carried a sign that said, “The dog park isn’t broken. Do not spend money to change it.” Moss said he lives about a half mile from the park and goes there regularly with his golden retriever, Mattie. “I have so much enjoyment and pleasure

Food ‘on wheels’ extremely popular COMMUNITY 10

Empty shelves Food banks feel pinch of economic slowdown MAKING A DIFFERENCE 13

Center circle Labyrinths making comeback at local churches

SEE DOG PARK, PAGE 26

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Council elections reveal divided city BY JOE EARLE

joeearle@reporternewspapers.net

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PHIL MOSIER

Clare Smale watches as her son Marcus, 3, learns about archaeology during an interactive “We Love Our Library Day” program at the Dunwoody branch on Nov. 2. The annual event helps encourage children to read. More photos on page 25.

Dunwoody’s cranky 2013 election season ended by returning two incumbents to Dunwoody City Council, where they’ll be joined by a critic of the council. Councilman Doug Thompson, who won re-election to the District 3, Post 3 seat with 51 percent of the vote, said on election night that the Nov. 5 election results showed voters were sharply divided on a number of issues. Fellow incumbent Councilman Denis Shortal collected 58 percent of the vote in his race. “It was so close that I don’t think either side can think their platform was the consensus opinion of the majority of DunSEE COUNCIL, PAGE 6

11-15-2013 Dunwoody Reporter