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The gift of giving back Dancers Julia Hall, left, and Beatrice Russell, wait to perform “We Need a Little Christmas” at Light Up Dunwoody on Nov. 24. The two are part of the Atlanta Jazz Theatre group, out of Dan and Company Studios. Light Up Dunwoody, held on Chamblee Dunwoody Road in front of the CheekSpruill Farmhouse, is an annual community event.

Better off? Public asked ‘state of city’ after five years COMMENTARY 6-7

Joyful noise Churches putting on holiday concerts OUT & ABOUT 18, 22

Tons of toys Local police, firefighters brighten childrens’ holiday PUBLIC SAFETY 30

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DeKalb school board ‘isn’t open to new ideas’

Questions arise over Georgetown-area park

BY MELISSA WEINMAN AND JOE EARLE

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Some north DeKalb parents and officials believe the DeKalb County Board of Education’s recent vote to deny a “charter cluster” application for Druid Hills sent a message that the embattled school board isn’t open to new ideas. Proponents of independent school systems in north DeKalb say the school board’s decision will bolster efforts to start new school systems. “The school board has a one-size-fits-all [philosophy],” said Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall, who has advocated for a separate Dunwoody school system. “They’re not willing to rec-

Dunwoody residents reviewing the latest concept for a new city park questioned whether it would flood nearby streams, create traffic problems for nearby residents and whether it should include an amphitheater. More than 50 residents attended a public meeting at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on Nov. 19 to look over the latest plans for the 5-acre park at the corner of North Shallowford Road and Pernoshal Court. Construction of the proposed park is scheduled to begin next

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