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Perimeter Business ► Weather Company moving to Perimeter Center PAGE 5 ► New programs promote local video gaming industry PAGE 7 Family recipe hits shelves, Page 4

Pushing ahead on PATH400

North Buckhead concerned about rising residential crime rates BY DYANA BAGBY North Buckhead’s crime rates have decreased over the past several years, but this year shows an uptick in residential crime. The North Buckhead Civic Association issued an alert in its December newsletter citing data showing residential crime has increased 90 percent over last year. According to FBI statistics, the neighborhood had 35 crimes through September 2015 while the number has jumped to 67 during the same time in 2016. “While this might be a random fluctuation in our usual experience with crime, it is big enough to think it isn’t,” according to the newsletter. Calls and emails to members of the North Buckhead Civic Association were not returned. See NORTH on page 12


Buckhead residents Dexter and Amanda Patterson take their regular Saturday run Nov. 19 on PATH400 at Ga. 400 and Lenox Road. A design process has begun to connect PATH400 with Perimeter Center in Sandy Springs. Read story, page 14.►

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Historic sign will give a window to Buckhead’s past BY JOHN RUCH

The Buckhead Heritage Society exists to provide residents with a window to the past, but as it rolls out a longplanned series of interpretative signs, it’s taking that mission literally. The first sign, currently being fabricated for installation in Loudermilk Park early next year, will feature a historic photo of the 86-year-old Buckhead Theatre on a transparent sheet of plastic. Viewers will be able to look through the sign to see the historic and current versions of the theater at the same time. See HISTORIC on page 13

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Park over Ga. 400 inspires Sandy Springs version BY JOHN RUCH

The idea of a new park capping Ga. 400 in central Buckhead is still a controversial concept on the drawing board. But it has already inspired a similar proposal in Sandy Springs. The city of Sandy Springs is in the midst of updating its land-use plan and zoning code. A final draft of the landuse plan, unveiled in Nov. 16 community meetings, includes a call to study a possible 20-acre park capping Ga. 400 in the “Pill Hill” medical center area. City-hired consultants likened the concept to Buckhead’s proposed park. The Sandy Springs park concept is focused on the Johnson Ferry Road overpass, to the east of Northside Hospi-

tal and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. That’s about four miles north of where the Buckhead Community Improvement District has proposed its 9-acre park capping Ga. 400 between Lenox and Peachtree roads. “In order to improve connections across Ga. 400,” the draft Sandy Springs land-use plan reads, “an opportunity for an overbuild park is envisioned above Ga. 400 as a means of connecting residential development west of Georgia 400 to the medical employment center and [Medical Center] MARTA station, while also providing an attractive green gateway to the city and an amenity for residents and workers.” The Sandy Springs and Buckhead park concepts are both ultimately mod-

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eled on Klyde Warren Park, a similar highway-capping park in Dallas. That $110 million, 5-acre park has been a hit and a photo of it appears in the Sandy Springs draft land-use plan. Highway-capping parks are a popular trend around the country as a way to gain park space by doubling the use of infrastructure. Other notable examples are Boston’s Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and the Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, Az. Another cap concept under local consideration is Central Atlanta Progress’s proposal for a Downtown Connector cap called the “Stitch,” which would include both park space and buildings. The Buckhead CID’s concept plan for


a park was unveiled in September. The serpentine design curving above a halfmile of the highway in a series of bridges drew attention for its looks, and also for its estimated cost of $195 million to $245 million. The idea has been controversial within the CID’s own board and is now under study as part of the Livable Buckhead-led “BUCKHEAD REdeFINED” master plan for the neighborhood’s business core. The Sandy Springs land-use plan is set to be finalized and approved early next year. If the final version still includes the park over Ga. 400 concept and city officials decide to follow through, consultants estimated the preliminary study would cost $200,000.

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Heritage Society calls for preserving American Legion Post 140 BY JOHN RUCH

As plans for a new American Legion Post 140 near Atlanta City Council approval, the Buckhead Heritage Society is joining the call for preserving the Legion’s existing 1930s-era building. “Buckhead Heritage Society strives to preserve and promote the historic resources of Buckhead,” said Carmie McDonald, the society’s executive director. “As such, we would encourage the owners of American Legion Post 140 to consider alternatives to the demolition of this viable historic building, and we stand ready to assist them in any way we can.” The society joins the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation—whose president, Mark McDonald, is Carmie McDonald’s spouse—in opposing the Legion’s plan to demolish the building at 3905 Powers Ferry Road alongside Chastain Park. Max Hilsman, the Post 140 officer leading the building plan, said it received approval for a special use permit on Nov.

10 from the city’s Zoning Review Board. City Council is expected to approve the permit—the only zoning step the plan requires—on its Nov. 30 consent agenda, he said. Hilsman repeated the Legion’s position that it is open to talking with preservation organizations about possibly saving the existing building. The special use permit is required for either rehabilitation or new construction, Hilsman has said. “We have not been contacted by the Georgia Trust or any similar groups at this point,” Hilsman said. “I have been focused on the [special use permit] process, but will proactively reach out to Georgia Trust upon final completion.” Post 140 serves military veterans mostly from the Buckhead, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs areas. Its house-like building has a stone fireplace, a deck and walls of irregular wooden planks painted green outside. Since at least 1954, it has served as a Legion post, deeded by Fulton County on the condition it remain in Le-

NAPPS hosts meeting with parents to discuss IB program, other issues BY JUSTIN FEDICH Parents in the North Atlanta school cluster say they want to make sure that all students have a chance to succeed academically, not just those headed toward International Baccalaureate classes. “I think a universal theme that we heard over and over again was a focus on improving performance of all of our students,” NAPPS co-president Jane Rawlings said at a North Atlanta for Public Schools meeting on Nov. 16. The majority of the discussion involved the growth of the International Baccalaureate curriculum and the long-term strategies to implement the program to ensure the success of every student. Members of a panel composed of members of school governance committees, called GO Teams, from eight schools in the cluster told NAPPS members that all teachers should be certified to teach gifted classes. Some representatives said their school’s three-year plans call for every teacher at their schools to be gifted-certified by 2020. Jackson Elementary GO Team member Maria Diedrich said with all teachers becoming gifted-certified, the quality of education every student receives should increase. “I don’t see it as a negative that we’re going the IB route because now you’re going to have ideally smaller classroom sizes because you have additional teachers and teachers with this additional certification that can only benefit the kids,” Diedrich said. Laura Troup with Sarah Smith Elementary’s GO Team said there is a focus on making sure every student is making substantial progress throughout the school year, regardless of whether they are enrolled in the gifted program. “We’re paying close attention to all levels of achievement to make sure that that happens,” Troup said. “With these upcoming IB changes, we know that it’s extra important.” Lisa Jern of North Atlanta High School’s GO Team said that while the high school graduation rate for native English speakers is 85 to 95 percent, the rate for those who English is their second language is only about 50 percent. “That’s a population we can’t ignore,” Jern said. The IB curriculum provides students with six subjects, including math, science, a second language and the arts, write a 4,000-word essay, perform 150 hours of community service, and a “Theory of Knowledge” course over two years. The curriculum places an emphasis on critical-thinking skills, and gives students the chance to earn more than a year of college credit. The IB exam is recognized in over 120 countries around the world as a university entrance credential. Kevin Wade, a member of the Sutton Middle School GO Team, said IB diplomas are allowing students in North Atlanta public schools to attend top colleges, including Ivy League schools. The Next NAPPS meeting is Jan. 18 at noon at Jackson Elementary School. BH

An illustration of the proposed new American Legion Post 140 building on Powers Ferry Road.

gion use; otherwise, ownership reverts to the county. Post officials say the building now has major structural issues, including a rotting kitchen floor, foundation problems and outdated wiring and plumbing. And the Legion post is starting to outgrow it, with membership swelling to around 200, including veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Their plan calls for demolishing the existing structure and replacing it with a larger building that might preserve some elements, such as the fireplace. In October, Mark McDonald called for preserving the existing building, saying,


“I frankly felt this was one of the easier preservation situations I’ve ever seen,” he said, adding in a written statement, “The Georgia Trust is strongly opposed to the demolition of this historic resource.” While the Legion and the Trust disagree on the building’s historic significance, little is known about it by either side. Hilsman said the common assumption is the structure was built as a bunkhouse for workers in President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal work programs. Backing the idea is the existence of similar structures at F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain.


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Father and son aim to add bloody marys to the craft cocktail trend BY JOHN RUCH

In a wood-paneled office on Lake Forrest Drive in Sandy Springs, prominent zoning attorney Pete Hendricks has hashed out real estate plans with such major metro Atlanta clients as Cousins Properties and Ashton Woods. Now that office doubles as the headquarters for a more personal business: Sister’s Sauce, a handcrafted bloody mary cocktail mix that Pete’s son Nat is making from an old family recipe. It’s named for a beloved bird dog who is depicted in an oil painting hanging over the office fireplace. “Over the years, we’ve served it to friends,” Pete Hendricks said of the bloody mary mix he first whipped up in college 50 years ago. “People kept saying, ‘You’re nuts not to do anything with this.’” A year ago, Nat decided to take the reci-

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pe commercial as a way to escape a corporate job for a more creative and personally rewarding line of work. “It encapsulates a lot of what I value— our family, our dogs,” Nat said. As a business, the Hendrickses aim to have Sister’s Sauce bring bloody mary mix into the booming craft cocktail and beer market. “The [craft] mentality hasn’t been applied to this yet,” said Nat, whose Sister’s Sauce label design advertises it as “bespoke” and “handcrafted one bottle at a time.” The bloody mary is a cocktail that mixes vodka and tomato juice with a variety of spices and seasonings, typically including horseradish, lemon juice, celery seed, pepper and Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces. A bloody mary mix is a prepared version of the tomato juice and seasonings ready for adding to vodka. Pete Hendricks developed his mix in the 1960s when he attended Washington JOHN RUCH and Lee University in Virginia. He said it Nat (left) and Pete Hendricks pose with a bottle of Sister’s Sauce under a painting was the “old-school Washington and Lee,” depicting the mix’s namesake, Sister the bird dog, at their Sandy Springs office. where food-servers dished out cocktails on interned for then-Rep. Nathan Deal, now As for what’s inside the bottle, Nat says Sunday mornings. One option was a tub Georgia’s governor. Nat ended up with a there are no secret ingredients, just “a very of vanilla ice cream with bourbon poured job at a logistics firm overseeing the imporclassic, simple bloody mary the way it over it; bloody marys were another option. tation of auto parts. He should be made.” “I got tired of drinksaid it was financially, but “Life’s complicated enough,” he said. “In ing these bloody marys not creatively, rewarding. a world of over-complication, this is simwhere I just felt bloated Looking around for ple.” when I was done,” Pete other options, Nat said, But it’s a finely tuned mix of the genersaid. “I started screwhe asked himself, “What ations, with the father’s old-school recipe ing around with concocif I start making dad’s refined by the son who talks in the modtions” and developed his mix?” ern language of “sustainable” and “holistic” own recipe. He got a commercial business. Pete said Nat “took the concocThe future Sister’s cooking certification, tion and refined it, but got all the junk out Sauce got one previous tweaked Pete’s recipe, of it.” It has no MSG or high-fructose corn public tasting in the earand began hand-bottling syrup, and it’s gluten-free, Nat says. ly 1970s, when Kathy the mix at shared kitchen While the Hendrickses can’t control Hendricks — Pete’s wife facilities, most recently at how people serve Sister’s Sauce, they hope and Nat’s mother — ran the University of Georgia. the attitude of simplicity carries over into a cooking and catering He dreams of opening his the garnish, which in many bars and resbusiness called Cook’s own “saucery,” a term he taurants is going well beyond the standard Corner on Buckhead’s coined for a mix-making celery stick and olives. Nat said he’s seen East Shadowlawn AveJOHN RUCH kitchen. “outlandish-looking bloody marys … with nue. Pete taught a course The label of Sister’s Sauce bloody The brand name came three chicken wings sticking out.” on his three special- mary mix features the dog Sister. naturally from Sister, The handmade Sister’s Sauce sells for ties: bloody marys, fried who belonged to a line of $15 a bottle — two to three times the price chicken and cole slaw. hunting dogs now in its eighth and ninth of the typical jug of mix available in groKathy’s kitchen also was an influence generations on the Hendricks family farm cery stores. Nat said his customers find it on Nat, who played at tossing together inin Starrsville in Newton County. Pete calls a fair price for a handcrafted family recipe. gredients. Sister, who died in 1990, “the love of my Sister’s Sauce launched a year ago at a “Mom would say, ‘You’re making polife.” She was important to Nat, too. pop-up shop in Midtown’s Ponce City Martions now,’” Nat recalled. “Literally his first word, clear as a bell, ket and is now available at specialty stores But Nat’s first career steps, a decade was ‘Sister,’ ” Pete recalled. around Atlanta, including Lucy’s Market in ago, headed toward government and comA painting of Sister decorates the mix’s Buckhead. For more information, see facemercial real estate. In 2006 and 2007, he label.

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Weather Company moving corporate headquarters to Perimeter Center

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The Weather Company is moving its corporate headquarters to the Perimeter Summit office complex in Brookhaven, according to a press release from Gov. Nathan Deal. The company, whose weather-forecasting products and services formerly included the now independently run Weather Channel, will relocate from Cobb County to 1001 Perimeter Summit Parkway in Perimeter Center in spring 2017, according to the press release. The move includes the creation of 400 jobs. “The Weather Company has made significant contributions in Georgia for more than three decades,” Deal said in the press release. “The company’s decision to expand its workforce in the metro Atlanta area is a reflection of our state’s ability to retain dynamic companies with our businessfriendly environment and highly skilled workforce. We look forward to our ongoing relationship with The Weather Company and its continued success in Georgia.” “We are pleased that The Weather Company has chosen Brookhaven, with everything our city has to offer, for its new headquarters,” said city spokesperson Ann Marie Quill. “The company’s decision to remain in Georgia and expand its workforce in Brookhaven will be a benefit to the city, the [Perimeter Center Improvement Districts], the region and the state.” IBM bought the Weather Company early this year. “The combination of technology and expertise from The Weather Company and IBM is progressing well as we create additional value for the clients of both companies,” said Cameron Clayton, The Weather Company’s CEO and general manager, in the press release. “The additional hiring and the move to a new headquarters are indicative of the support and investment that IBM is providing to attract and retain the best and brightest as we build this amazing business.” The Weather Company will be eligible for tax incentives if and when it actually creates the promised jobs, according to Stefaine Paupeck Harper, a spokesperson for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. The company would be eligible for the “Quality Jobs Tax Credit,” with varying amounts depending on the salaries of the created jobs, she said. The company did not receive any city incentives for the relocation, according to Quill.

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For Braves, stadium traffic is a business decision BY JOHN RUCH

here,” he said. He noted that SunTrust Park will have about 9,000 fewer seats and many more As the April 14 Opening Day nears for entrances than the old Turner Field, nickthe new Atlanta Braves stadium complex named “The Ted.” Unlike The Ted, the new in Cobb County, many Sandy Springs resistadium is paired with a massive mixed-use dents and officials have voiced fears of trafproject called the Battery, featuring many fic jams. A common complaint is that the shops and restaurants. The idea is that trafteam is more focused on its stadium busific will be spread out, instead of jammed at ness than on its neighborhood impacts. game time, as many fans choose to come It turns out that the Braves have worearlier and stay later for shopping and eatried about traffic, too, because it could iming. pact stadium business. Evan Gitomer, the However, some Sandy Springs officials executive in charge of marketing and seatsay they are more concerned about the Batselling at the Braves’ SunTrust Park, sits in tery’s traffic impacts than that of the ballon traffic-planning meetings, he said at a park. Nov. 10 talk at Temple Emanu-El in Sandy Gitomer said the Braves also expectSprings. ed some traffic improve“Parking meetings are ments due to the ballpark not my favorite,” Gitomer being located closer to its said. But sales and trafnorth metro Atlanta seafic-planning departments son-ticket population. must work together, he He said that “55 percent said, because the Braves are of the people that come selling an entire fan “expethrough our gates come rience.” with a child,” leading the “What we learned is, team to assume fans will the experience doesn’t start travel from home rather when [fans] walk in the than from the workplace, doors,” Gitomer said. It incutting down on long-disSPECIAL cludes how long, and how tance travels from work Evan Gitomer, marketing painlessly, it takes them to centers such as downdirector at the Atlanta get to the ballpark, he said. Braves’ SunTrust Park. town. That’s one reason the Seat sales are “very Braves have made such good,” Gitomer said. He explained that changes as moving game start times back the goal in baseball is selling about half to 7:30 p.m., he said, a decision that came the seats as season tickets, and the Braves from a 12-day study of when rush hour are “well beyond half” now. He said comstarts to thin out. petition with Atlanta’s other sports teams Gitomer spoke about the stadium as with new stadiums is a factor, but baseball part of Temple Emanu-El’s community is different in deliberately keeping some lecture series. He’s a consultant with the low-priced seats. At SunTrust, the cheapest sports marketing firm Van Wagner Sports seats will be $6 and the most expensive will & Entertainment, hired by the Braves to dibe around $500. rect stadium marketing, starting with sellFans at Temple Emanu-El were eager ing the naming rights to SunTrust. to know whether they would be allowed Gitomer has worked in similar posito bring food into SunTrust games. Gitions for such teams as the NFL’s Philadeltomer said the team hasn’t decided yet phia Eagles and, most recently, the Orlanand that safety is a factor. do Magic basketball team. He talked about Regarding in-house concessions, the getting into the sports marketing business team is focused on quality rather than after seeing how games can bring people rock-bottom pricing, he said, contrasttogether with events that are “trivial” in the ing it with the Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s grand scheme of things. recently announced plans to sell $2 hot “You start to see this camaraderie that’s dogs. At SunTrust, he said, concession built,” he said. “You see people going to companies pay the Braves a flat fee, not those games and hugging complete stranga percentage of sales, so they have an iners.” centive to sell higher-quality food. However, the Braves’ move from AtlanResidents at the talk also were curita to Cobb has not always generated camaous about rumors of a grocery store joinraderie. About 250 people attended a Seping the Battery complex. Gitomer said tember forum in Sandy Springs to voice the Braves are in talks with two grocery concerns about traffic. At the Temple Emachains, but added that it’s a tough businu-El talk, a few residents expressed siminess driven by highly specific demolar fears. graphic statistics. Gitomer said that, while the Braves have “I wouldn’t say it’s impossible,” he their own concerns, they’re also comfortsaid of a grocer coming to the Battery. able with the solutions. “I would say I would anticipate one will “We’re in Atlanta. Traffic’s not great happen.”

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Video game industry ‘ecosystem’ gets local boosts BY JOHN RUCH

ment industry. A video of the conference shows officials discussing the Georgia boom, with As Georgia’s video game industry more than 113 game development compabooms, so are local efforts to help organize nies operating in the state, up from eight in and sustain it. 2005, with an estimated $550 million ecoAn October conference at Sandy nomic impact. Springs’ Launch Media Network brought One of the biggest is Alpharetta’s Hi-Rez a hundred professionals together to share Studios, makers of the hit game “Smite.” ideas, and early this month, DeKalb CounA combat game, “Smite” has become an ety debuted a Film, Music and Digital Entersport that has highly skilled players comtainment Commission. peting for prize money in tournaments The efforts all are about developing “the fans can view online or on TV. media of the 21st century” the way metro Todd Harris, chief operating officer of Atlanta in the previous century developed Hi-Rez, said at the Launch Media conferthe likes of CNN and Turner, said Andrew ence that his company started with four Greenberg, who is one of the new DeKalb employees and now has 275, with plans to commission’s members as add 75 more in the next year. well as executive director of While “Smite” turns a the Georgia Game Developers few players into well-paid eAssociation. sports athletes, Harris said Launch Media is a video that gaming can connect game journalism, marketing people to coding and comand social networking computer jobs in general. pany that recently moved to “Gaming is basically a Sandy Springs from Buckgateway for many people head. On Oct. 12, it hosted a into technology,” he said at conference called “Exploring the conference. “For many the Ecosystem of the Gaming SPECIAL people, games are what light Andrew Greenberg, Industry.” that fire.” executive director “The purpose of the event Launch Media is planof the Georgia Game was to unite Atlanta leaders, ning another conference, Developers Association businesses, universities and with the Game Developers game development studios Association, next spring. to meet one another to discuss the impact The new DeKalb entertainment comof the gaming industry and its growth in mission is intended to foster the partnerGeorgia,” said Launch Media spokesperson ships and mentoring that draws employees Kathryn De Shields. into the industry and provides opportuAmong those attending were officials nities for them closer to home, Greenberg from the Georgia Department of Economsaid. ic Development; professors and students “DeKalb County was the epicenter of from Georgia State, Kennesaw State and the gaming industry in Georgia” in the SCAD Atlanta; and leaders of the state’s big1990s and 2000s, he said. Back then, he was gest gaming companies. lead developer of “Vampire: The Masquer“Launch Media is not only producing ade,” an extremely popular tabletop game jobs in Georgia, but they are supporting opcreated by White Wolf, a company based portunities for students, companies, and at the time in Stone Mountain. And today, gaming enthusiasts,” said Asante Brad“The county is home to astonishing numford, the Department of Economic Develber of creators,” including 600 film union opment’s liaison to the digital entertainmembers, he said.

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said. Republicans did score a victory in House District 80, which inGeorgia Republicans should broaden cludes Brookhaven and a slice of Sandy their party’s appeal to Latinos, Asians Springs, with Meagan Hanson defeatand African Americans if they want to ing incumbent state retain control of the Rep. Taylor Bennett by governor’s mansion fewer than 300 of the and the Legislature in 24,486 votes cast. the future, local politiJoseph Knippencal experts say. berg, a professor of pol“We need to reach itics at Brookhaven’s out and work with peoOglethorpe University, ple who aren’t Caucasaid while Democrats sian. It’s that simple,” like to claim HD 80 is a said State Sen. Fran swing district, “it’s basiMillar (R-Dunwoody). cally a Republican dis“We need to have a mestrict” where “a generic sage that resonates Republican beats a gewith these people.” neric Democrat for the Millar was re-electtime being.” ed Nov. 8 to a third term Knippenberg said representing District Hill’s “near death exFILE 40, which covers porGOP tate Sen. Fran Millar perience” is due to the of Dunwoody said while tions of DeKalb, Fulton rapidly changing deRepublicans mostly prevailed and Gwinnett counties. mographics of his disin the Nov. 8 election, state Although traditionaltrict and that some ReRepublicans will need ly a Republican strongto reach out to African publicans, such as Hill Americans, Asians and Latino hold, the district’s deand Millar, can no lonto ensure they keep their mographics have ger waltz into office power in the legislature. changed dramatically and will have to “break in recent years as mema sweat” in upcoming races and also bers of minority groups and transplants reach out to minorities. have moved to the suburbs. Millar, who voted for Trump, said Millar’s opponent, Tamara Johnsonthe contentious president-elect might Shealey, a Peachtree Corners Democrat have played a role in hurting some lowho ran on a platform that included cal Republican candidates in the metprotecting voter rights and being supro-Atlanta suburbs, such as in Cobb and portive of immigrants, received 44 perGwinnett. cent of the vote -- two more points than “For me, [voting for Trump] was she received when she ran against Milabout capitalism and the Supreme lar two years ago. Court,” he said. “And she didn’t do Millar denied Trump anything. She ran a ran a racist and anti-SeFacebook campaign mitic campaign and said and got 44 percent of “he’s not going to deport the vote. That is an area 10 million” undocuof concern for me,” he mented immigrants like said. he promised throughState Sen. Hunter out his campaign. InHill (R-Smyrna), whose stead, Millar said he bedistrict includes parts lieves Trump and his of Sandy Springs and administration will foBuckhead, won his recus on health care, edelection with only 52 ucation, lowering taxes percent of the vote over and transportation. Democrat and political “For the things that newcomer, communiare important to everyFILE ty activist and pediatric one, you have to offer a Dunwoody state Rep. Tom dentist Jaha Howard. solution,” Millar said. Taylor said the changing And with Cobb and State Rep. Tom Taydemographics of Georgia Gwinnett counties votmeans Republicans need to lor (R-Dunwoody) ran begin embracing ‘fiscally ing for Democrat Hillunopposed in District conservative and socially ary Clinton over Repub79, which includes pormoderate’ policies. lican Donald Trump in tions of Chamblee and the presidential race, Millar said state Doraville, cities known for their ethnic Republicans can no longer “take things and racial diversity and immigrant popfor granted.” ulations. He agreed with Millar that this “This is maybe a wake-up call,” he election might indeed be a wake-up call

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for state Republicans. “Georgia’s population is becoming more urbanized,” he said. “We had a large influx of immigrants from the Olympics who have now become citizens. We’ve got a lot corporations relocating here.” Rather than focusing on rural, mostly white constituents, Republicans will need to be more welcoming of being labeled “fiscal conservatives but social moderates,” Taylor said. Knippenberg said the state GOP may have to rein in rural lawmakers who might feel emboldened by a Trump presidency to continue to push for controversial socially conservative policies. “Republicans who have won in metro Atlanta need to figure out a way to persuade rural Republicans to not hang issues on them that will hurt them,” he said. An example is the Religious Restoration Freedom Act, vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal last year, and heavily supported by Republicans living outside Atlanta’s blue bubble. “If the party is not competitive in metro Atlanta, it is not going to win the governor’s seat,” he said. The national Anti-Defamation League, with a Southeastern office in Atlanta, is tracking upticks of hate crimes across the country in the wake of Trump’s election. It condemned the appointment of Steve Bannon, former Breitbart News executive, CEO of Trump’s presidential campaign and now the White House chief strategist, warning of Bannon’s support of the alt-right movement, a “loose network of white nationalists and anti-Semites.” David Schaefer, director of Policy and Advocacy for the Latin American Association, which has an outreach center on Buford Highway in Brookhaven, said his organization still is analyzing Trump’s transition and his cabinet picks. “[W]e are responding in ways that will address the concerns of the community,” Schaefer said. “We are working with the Mexican Consulate [located on Chantilly Drive, just across I-85 from Brookhaven and Buckhead] to hold a series of community informational forums in the upcoming weeks.” Locally, two Cross Keys High School teachers recently were suspended after they were accused of making deportation threats to some students; Cross Keys is known for its many Latino students. Taylor said in a recent interview he voted for Trump but knew nothing of Bannon. “I had never heard of him … I know no history of this guy,” he said. “There’s a lot of rhetoric out there.” He asked people to “give everyone a chance” and said change in government moves like an aircraft carrier, or, in other words, very slowly. “We will have to wait and see what happens,” he said.

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Less, because I bought everything big last year. It will be mostly toys this year for my cousins, my sister’s kid and my child.

More. I just want to get everybody a better gift compared to years before. I don’t want to get them the same kind of gift. I want to upgrade.



Less, because we are officially empty nesters now and Christmas will be smaller, a little more toned down this year. I would like to do an adult Christmas, just more practical gift giving.

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Thanksgiving: It’s all in the timing What I lack in cooking skills I make up ing top chefs who show me exactly how to for in organizational abilities. I put those create perfectly mashed potatoes and foolabilities to the test in November; basically, I proof cornbread stuffing, then bookmarkplan the heck out of Thanksgiving. ing those videos to my “Thanksgiving File,” My kids retreat with us to which I will revisit four days the mountains for the holiahead of time. day, the current deal being This is all much more satthat I cook and they clean. isfying than doing the actual I admit that I would love cooking, by the way. to create the iconic RockBut at one week ahead of wellian turkey every time, time, the business starts in but I only get one shot at it earnest. That’s when I begin per year, and my learning to label all the serving dishes curve is way slower than and inventory my piles of inthat. So I’ve given up on this gredients. goal. I’d also love to present a And then, it’s four days feast for my family complete ahead of time, and I must cook with three buttery starches, something. two orange sides, something So I do, and even if it’s a green, and a choice of homemake-ahead carrot and caulimade pies, but I’m too lazy to Robin Conte is a writer flower purée that no one will do all of that. and mother of four who eat, it is incredibly gratifying You see, I’m a Type A perlives in Dunwoody. She to have completed one dish. I sonality trapped in a Type B can be contacted at proceed thusly, one dish at a body. time, until the big day, when I’ve therefore reduced my the main things left to do are own expectations to their esshove the turkey in the oven sence, and my holiday goals (not necessarand then turn something into gravy. In ily in this order) are twofold: 1) produce an keeping with my personal Thanksgiving edible meal, and 2) watch the entire Matradition, I must perform these tasks in my cy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in my pajabathrobe. mas. And for someone who can’t boil an Now that the Big Day is behind me and egg without referring to a recipe, meetI’ve managed to lounge my way through ing said goals requires a bit of planning. the kitchen and The Parade, I can confirm So I approach the fourth Thursday of Nofor another year that what master cooks vember armed with lists, charts, a stack of say is true: It’s all in the timing. cookbooks, a file of YouTube videos, and a highlighter. I start two months ahead of time by rummaging through my cabinets, looking for the menu that I’ve used for the Thanksgiving weekend for the past five years. Then I go to the grocery store and stock up on butter, wine, and cream of mushroom soup. Four weeks ahead of time, I am thumbing through recipe books, searching for something I can make four days ahead of time. Three weeks ahead of time, I am purchasing a new cooking tool — a potato ricer, for example — that is vital to the recipe that I can make four days ahead of time. Then, I am cleaning out my kitchen cabinets to make room for that new item (by discarding the older, smaller, and in all SPECIAL ways inferior potato ricer). Robin Conte gets into her Thanksgiving Two weeks ahead of time, I am spendDay cooking comfort zone by starting preparations two months ahead. ing hours surfing the internet and watch-

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North Buckhead concerned about rising residential crime rates Continued from page 1 FBI statistics, based on information from the Atlanta Police Department show that there were 19 residential burglaries this year compared to 13 last year. The data also shows there were 27 larcenies from vehicles reported this year, compared to just 13 last year, and 17 larcenies from non-vehicles this year compared to six last year. APD Spokesperson Elizabeth Espy said anytime there is a rise in crime in the city, the department immediately looks into possible solutions. “At this point, the overall crime rate is down 4 percent, however, we are higher in homicide, aggravated assault, and larceny from auto as compared to last year,” she said. “The crime rate does fluctuate throughout the year and also varies from year to year. The year-end numbers are more of a consistence reference.” The NBCA said its compiled data is based on numbers from the residential areas that include singlefamily homes and low-rise condominiums inside North Buckhead, which includes about 2,400 homes and 5,800 residents. The NBCA states it has surveyed neighborhoods “many times” to see if residents are willing to pay for security patrols or to help pay for security cameras for neighborhood streets. “So far most said no,” states the newsletter. A survey discussing crime in the area is set up online at Espy said young children are behind the “driving forces” in crime increases in North Buckhead and throughout the city. “Our data shows that children as young as 12 years old are committing crimes and are the driving forces behind the increase in the crime numbers,” Espy said. “We know that we cannot just arrest our way out of this problem. It will take a combined effort of the entire criminal justice system, [including] judges, district attor-


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Historic sign will give a window to Buckhead’s past

The Buckhead Theatre at 3110 Roswell Road.

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let visitors “draw their own conclusion about the changes that have tak“The thing that’s exciting about it to en place.” me is it’s not a traditional historic in“For the younger generation, this is terpretation sign,” the direction history said Carmie McDonis taking,” with inald, the society’s exteractive, on-site eleecutive director. “It’s ments instead of exlike street art with a pecting people “to go didactic component to a museum for a … sort of guerrilla history lesson,” Mchistory tactics.” Donald said. The Buckhead Turning the masTheatre sign is the ter plan into actufirst element to be al signs depends on built from the sofunding and sites ciety’s Interpretabecoming availtive Master Plan. able. Loudermilk In 2013, the society Park, at the trianhired the firm Signagle where Roswell ture Design to develand Peachtree roads op the master plan, meet, is the first site which identified key because the park is neighborhood hisundergoing its own tory stories to tell final renovation and concepts of intouches and offered terpretative signs CARMIE MCDONALD the opportunity to and artworks. The EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR partner with such BUCKHEAD HERITAGE SOCIETY plan was developed groups as the Buckwith input from a head Community 28-member steering Improvement District. committee with representatives from The park offers a clear view of the neighborhood associations, nonprofits Buckhead Theatre across the street and government. at 3110 Roswell Road. The Spanish BaThe overarching idea, McDonald roque-style theater dates to 1930, acsaid, was for interactive displays that <Branch name> cording to its website, when it was built

as a movie palace by the firm Daniell and Beutell. Construction costs were $250,000—about $3.6 million in today’s dollars, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ inflation calculator. Over the decades, the theater operated as the Capri and the Buckhead Cinema ’n’ Drafthouse. In the 1990s, it became a popular concert venue called the CocaGOOGLE EARTH IMAGE Cola Roxy, which closed in 2008 and is now being revived at the Atlanta Brave’s new SunTrust Park stadium complex in Cobb County.

After the Roxy closed, the building was renovated by Charlie Loudermilk, the founder of Buckhead’s Aaron’s, Inc. and the namesake of the park. It reopened in 2010 as a concert and event venue under the original Buckhead Theatre name. The Heritage Society’s display, currently being manufactured by the Douglasville firm DeNyse, will feature two signs. One is the see-through historic photo and the other is a narrative sign that will describe “the history of the commercial core of Buckhead and specifically address the history of the Buckhead Theatre,” McDonald said. Locations for other interpretative signs are yet to be determined, McDonald said. The society will look for opportunities when new sidewalks or redevelopments take place, she said. That’s partly because space and money might become available, but also to give the society a chance to talk about preservation, if a historic site is involved. She said the sign program is “a literal and figurative stake in the ground for our preservation [effort] in Buckhead… Our goal is to ensure that preservation is a consideration.”

The thing that’s exciting about it to me is it’s not a traditional historic interpretation sign. It’s like street art with a didactic component … sort of guerrilla history tactics.

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PATH400 link to Perimeter Center nears design

PATH400 link to Perimeter Center nears design


Scenes from Path 400 on Nov. 19, at Georgia Highway 400 and Lenox Road.


Bicyclists and pedestrians could be traveling the PATH400 multi-use trail between Buckhead and Perimeter Center in about four years as a design process for a “missing link” recently gained Sandy Springs approval. The Sandy Springs City Council on Nov. 15 approved $160,000 in matching funds for design of a PATH400 extension north of Loridans Drive to the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. A transportation-targeted sales tax boost ap-

proved by Fulton County voters Nov. 8 is estimated to raise $5.5 million for construction. “This is a big step for our community. … This is really a monumental night tonight,” Sandy Springs City Councilmember Andy Bauman said, of authorizing a design start. Councilmember Tibby DeJulio, who has walked PATH400’s existing segment in Buckhead, said, “The project they have down there is really wonderful,” and that he wants it extended into Sandy Springs as soon as possible. Meanwhile, on the Buckhead end, a

separate city of Atlanta transportation sales tax increase will help PATH400 expand faster and could build out other trails such as one planned to run adjacent to the Blue Heron Nature Preserve to Chastain Park. Originally proposed as a 5-mile trail, PATH400 currently runs between Lenox and Old Ivy roads in Buckhead, and has phased extensions north to Loridans Drive either under construction or already planned. Last year, the state Department of Transportation agreed to add a segment of PATH400 to its upcoming re-

construction of the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. That piece would run between the Glenridge Connector and PeachtreeDunwoody Road in Sandy Springs’ Pill Hill medical district. That leaves the “missing link” section to be designed and built. Its exact route and timeline remain to be determined. Garrin Coleman, Sandy Springs’ director of Public Works, said the trail likely will take a year to design and construction may line up with the I-285/Ga. 400 project, which is slated for completion in mid-2020. SS

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State Sen. Hunter Hill shares his legislative goals BY JUSTIN FEDICH When Republican Sen. Hunter Hill saw the way Cobb County voted in the presidential election, he felt grateful to be back in the Georgia Senate. “I didn’t realize it, but I’m doggone lucky to be standing here in front of you today,” Hill said to the Rotary Club of Sandy Springs, a couple weeks after winning the election with 52 percent of the vote. Hill spoke to the Rotary Club at the Hilton Perimeter Suites in Sandy Springs on Nov. 21 about his goals for the state as he begins his third term as the state senator for Georgia’s 6th district. While Hill addressed a variety of topics, including Hillary Clinton’s “surprising” 5639 victory in Cobb County, the majority of his speech addressed his vision for the state’s funding of education, healthcare and transportation. On education, Hill said the goal is to reform schools following the failure of the Opportunity School District ballot question, a proposal from Gov. Nathan Deal that would have allowed state control of chronically failing schools. “The bottom line is the old funding formula is not working, and we’ve got to figure out a way to fund education better and really have money follow the child better,” Hill said. “That would be my hope and not be determined by any other factors.” Hill also said he believes there should be less focus on giving teachers higher pensions and more on higher salaries. “I think we should be paying [teachers] a better wage for the value that they’re bringing today,” Hill said. On the topic of healthcare, Hill said he doesn’t know what Presidentelect Donald Trump will do to reform healthcare, but he is sure there will Sen. Hunter Hill be changes over the next four years. Hill addressed Medicaid, which is currently funded 35 percent from the state and 65 percent from the federal government. Those numbers are currently set in stone, but Hill said through way of a block grant, perhaps the split doesn’t have to stay the way it is. “How we manage that is very important,” Hill said. Hill expressed his desire to add more money toward transportation, but to be careful as to what the state decides to fund. He said rail transit isn’t necessary in today’s world of ride sharing through Uber and other innovations. The transportation budget is currently at 5 percent of the state’s budget, but Hill wants that to change. “I’d like to see us push transportation spending up to really take into account the growth challenges that the metro Atlanta area faces over the next 15 to 20 years,” Hill said.

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University Museum of Art, 4484 Peachtree Road N.E., Brookhaven. More information:

part of Heritage Sandy Springs’ monthly Winter Classic music indoor concert series celebrating classical, jazz, and vocal music. Tickets at door: $5 HSS members; $10 for non-members. Heritage Hall, 6110 Blue Stone Road, Sandy Springs. More information:


Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

BALLET, TAP AND JAZZ DANCE Thursday, Dec. 1, 6 p.m.

The MJCCA’s J Dance Company will perform original ballet, jazz and tap dance choreography at a performance showcase. A second performance is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets are $8 for the community, $5 for members. MJCCA’s Morris and Rae Frank Theatre at Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Tickets:

COMFORT AND JOY Dec. 2 and 3, 8 p.m.

Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus kicks off the holiday season with a festive choral performance that will include a first act comprised of new works and arrangements of old favorites written specifically for gay men’s choruses. Tickets: $15. The Cathedral of St. Philip. 2744 Peachtree Road, Buckhead. More information: voicesofnote. org.

ATLANTA CONCERT BAND HOLIDAY CONCERT Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church presents the Atlanta Concert Band for its annual Holiday Concert. Free. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian Church Sanctuary, 471 Mt. Vernon Hwy., Sandy Springs. More information: contact John Arnold at 404-358-1966.


Dec. 11, 4 p.m. The Dunwoody United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, led by Rev. C.G. Walden III, brings new life to your favorite Christmas music. In the church sanctuary, 1548 Mt. Vernon Road, Dunwoody. Free. For more information:

GERMAN CHRISTMAS MARKET Saturday, Dec. 3, 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The 2016 German Christmas Market offers food and drink, live entertainment, Christmas craft activities for kids, a photo opportunity with Christkindl and St. Nikolaus, a large choice of gift items, and much more. Atlanta International School, 2890 North Fulton Drive, Buckhead.

Saturday, Dec. 3, 7-11 p.m.

HERITAGE WINTER CLASSIC Sunday, Dec. 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

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This free event features musical performances, visits with Santa, Christmas & Hanukkah crafts, refreshments, lighting of the Christmas tree and a Hanukkah display. The city is also holding its first Wreath Contest, and winning entries will be displayed at city facilities. Deadline for submission is Dec. 3, and winners will be announced at Light Up Brookhaven. Attendees are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift for Toys for Tots. Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. More information: brookhavenga. gov or call 404-637-0508.

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SWINGIN’ IN THE HOLIDAYS WITH THE BRENT RUNNELS TRIO Join The Brent Runnels Trio for a festive afternoon of music in the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art. The trio features Brent Runnels on piano, Ben Bailey on drums and Kevin Smith on bass. Tickets $10; free for OUMA members. Oglethorpe

Meet talented entrepreneurs and local vendors selling holiday gifts galore. Visit the Nature Store for eco-friendly gifts, nature-related toys and games, and nature-related books. Free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Information:


Welcome the holiday season with the Jambalaya Cajun Band, sponsored by the Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association. A dance follows a free dance lesson from 7-8 p.m. Tickets: $18 adults, $5 students, $14 active military. Dorothy Benson Center, 6500 Vernon Woods Drive, Sandy Springs. More information:

Stroll along candlelit wooded trails connecting decorated historic homes such as The Smith Family Farm and the Swan House. Festive activities, a Holiday Market, and a visit with Santa are among highlights at the Atlanta History Center, which aims to take you back in time this holiday season. 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta. Tickets: $10 members; $15 nonmembers; $8 for children. Purchase and information at


Celebrate the holiday season with Mediterranean cuisine, an international dinner auction, jewelry and other items for sale by local venders and a gently-used book sale. Congregation Or VeShalom. 1681 North Druid Hills Road, Brookhaven.

GLOBAL GIFT MARKET Sunday, Dec. 11, 12:30-5 p.m.

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18 | Out & About ■ Continued from page 4 nant Presbyterian Church will host its popular Global Gift Market in the church’s Fellowship Hall. Expect hand-crafted gifts, jewelry, home décor, accessories and more for sale from Haiti and around the world, along with fair trade food products and baskets. Proceeds will support the efforts of Ten Thousand Villages and the LaGonave Haiti Partnership. Covenant Presbyterian Church.. 2461 Peachtree Road, Buckhead.


For the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Steve Twomey has penned a book about the 12 days leading up to the Japanese attack — the warnings, clues, and missteps. He’ll give a lecture about his book at the Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road, Buckhead. Reservations required. Reserve tickets online: Atlanta History Admission: $5 members, $10 non-members.

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Dr. Glenn Sharfman, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oglethorpe University and a historian with a research interest in Holocaust and Jewish history, sheds light on the conundrum of Nazi-era art. Tickets: $5 general admission; free with Petrel Pass or OUMA member-

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Children of all ages are invited to participate in a workshop with Davio’s Atlanta Pastry Chef Qiana Davis as she teaches guests to build personalized gingerbread houses. The event benefits Toys for Tots. Admission is $40 per child, adult admission free. Each child will receive one gingerbread house to decorate, with decorations included, as well as afternoon snacks prepared by Davio’s Executive Chef Timothy Magee. Reservations required. Davio’s Phipps Plaza, Phipps Plaza, 3500 Peachtree Road, Buckhead. More information: 404-844-4810 or email to secure your seat.

WINTER DADDY-DAUGHTER DANCE Sunday, Dec. 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Girls in grades Pre-K to 6 are invited to dress up in semi-formal attire and dance the night away with a “date” — their father, uncle, older brother, etc. Prizes, dinner and dancing are included. Donations of winter coats will be collected. Tickets: community $50/pair, MJCCA members $35/pair. MJCCA Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Contact: Ilana Schlam, 678-8123727,

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Justice Michael has had a passion for music throughout his life. He started by playing on pots and pans as a baby. Justice has now been playing the drums for 14 years and has been playing the piano for two. Along with his brother and friends, he formed a funk/fusion band called Anonymous Da Band when Justice was only 9. Anonymous Da Band has won attention locally. The band played an 80-minute show at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, an annual festival celebrating jazz musicians. Anonymous Da Band played the festival last summer, and released their premier album, “The Odyssey.” They’ve also opened shows at the Mablehouse Amphitheatre for performers such as Chrisette Michele, Na-

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Police Blotter / Buckhead From police reports dated from Oct. 30 to Nov. 12. The following information was provided by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

RAPE „„400 block of Northside Circle. On

Nov. 12, a woman said she went on a date with a man she met on Tinder. The woman said she does not remember leaving the location where the two met, but remembers being driven home by the suspect. The woman later woke up to discover they were both naked in her bed and that the suspect was wearing a condom. A rape kit was performed and sent to GBI for analysis.

ROBBERY „„3300 block of Peachtree Road. On

Nov. 3, a man walking to the bus stop approached a woman, pushed her down and snatched her purse. „„600 block of Darling Circle. On Oct.

30, a man reported that while he was walking home another man snatched $22 from his pocket. Witness observed the suspect flee in an older four-door red sedan. „„1800 block of Howell Mill Road. On

Nov. 10, a shoplifting arrest was made at a discount department store. „„1100 block of Woodland Avenue. On

Nov. 11, a man said that while he was waiting for a ride, another man approached and presented a handgun. The robber then demanded the victim’s money. The victim surrendered $10 and his wallet. The suspect then fled. „„1500 block of Piedmont Avenue. On

Nov. 11, a woman said that while she was getting into her vehicle, she was approached by a man with a handgun. The robber demanded she surrender her purse, which she did. He then fled.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT „„3400 block of Peachtree Road. On

Nov. 4, a security guard saw a man driving erratically. He approached the suspect to speak with him. The suspect then pulled a gun on the victim. The suspect was arrested. „„3500 block of Piedmont Road. On

Nov. 8, a woman said that while she was entering a parking deck, another driver almost struck her vehicle. She said she honked her horn at the vehicle and the other driver became agitated, followed her to her parking space and began screaming at her. She said the driver then pointed a gun at her and her

daughter and said she would shoot them. The driver, a woman, then got into her vehicle and sped away. „„3300 block of Peachtree Road. On

Nov. 11, an arrest was made for aggravated assault.

BURGLARY AND RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY „„2300 block of Pine Grove Drive. On

Nov. 1, a man said suspects entered his home without force and took a 50-inch Samsung TV, an Xbox, an Apple TV, iPad and miscellaneous other items. „„3500 block of Cloudland Drive. On

Nov. 4, a home was broken into and its alarm system activated. An iPhone dock, 42-inch flat screen TV, and HP laptop were stolen. „„4400 block of Reid Lane. On Nov. 2,

someone broke a rear door to gain entry to a home and stole silverware. „„100 block of Putnam Drive N.W. On

Nov. 2, a rear window was pried open. Silverware and a University of West Virginia watch were stolen. A neighbor observed an older Crown Victoria parked in the driveway. „„4300 block of

Jett Road. On Nov. 2, the rear door to a house was damaged to gain entry. Jewelry and a drawer of silverware were stolen. „„3600 block of Castlegate Drive. At an

unknown time, a gas stove top was stolen from a home under construction. „„1900 block of Grandview Avenue. On

Nov. 2, a window was forced to gain entry and a 42-inch TV and silver MacBook Pro were stolen. „„2000 block of Noble Creek Drive. At

an unknown time, a rear window was damaged to gain entry. Seven watches and cologne were stolen. „„1800 block of Defoor Avenue. On Nov.

3, entry was made through the dog door and a Remington shotgun was stolen. „„1200 block of Defoor Village Court.

On Nov. 3, a balcony door was damaged and an Apple laptop, Gucci sneakers, glasses and headphones were stolen. „„800 block of Canterbury Overlook.

Upon returning from a lake holiday, the family found a necklace in their garage.

They entered the home to discover that wedding bands, costume jewelry, an LED TV, gift cards, Falcon’s tickets and other items were missing. „„2300 block of Arbor Gates Drive. On

Nov. 4, a gray MacBook Pro was stolen. „„1200

block of Lanier Boulevard. On Oct. 31, a witness observed a gray Range Rover with a trailer pull into the victim’s driveway. Witness said the suspects began loading up the trailer with items from the home. The witness called to notify the victim. Furniture, artwork, pottery and stove were stolen. „„2200 block of Mount Paran Road. On

Nov. 8, a window was forced to gain entry. Necklaces, bowls, and goblets were stolen. „„4300 block of Paran Place. On Nov.

8, a front door was kicked in and the house was ransacked. An HP laptop was stolen. „„

4300 block of Mount Paran Parkway. On Nov. 8, an audible alarm was activated at the home. The front door had been kicked in and serving utensils and costume jewelry were stolen.

2300 block of Paul Avenue. On Nov. 9, the front window A/C unit was pushed out and an iPad, a Samsung cell phone, an Xbox, a 42-inch LG TV and other items were stolen. „„

„„2500 block of Forrest Avenue. On Nov.

11, a window was smashed and a TV and jewelry box were stolen. „„1900 block of Main Street. On Nov. 11,

a Michael Kors watch, a MacBook Pro and an iPad were stolen. „„3300 block of Noble Creek Drive. On

Nov. 12, a PS4, an Xbox 1, a Vizio flat screen TV, a woman’s watch and an HP laptop stolen. „„2900 block of Rhodenhaven Drive.

On Nov. 8, a rear window was kicked in and pearl necklaces and miscellaneous costume jewelry items were stolen. „„3000 block of Rhodenhaven Drive.

A rear window was shattered and the floors damaged. A Thermadore stove was stolen. „„600 block of Norfleet Road. On Nov.

10, a rear door was forced and a laptop, a TV, a Smith and Wesson handgun,

iPads, a briefcase, a Smartwatch, and other items were stolen. „„1500 block of Howell Mill Road. On

Nov. 10, a home basement was broken into. No items were reported missing. „„3300 block of Mathieson Drive N.E.

On. Oct. 12, a cooktop was stolen from a home under construction. „„1100 block of Converse Drive N.E. On

Oct. 12, red wine and a beach cruiser bicycle were stolen.

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Nov. 5, a rock was used to smash a store window. High-end bags were stolen. „„3200 block of Paces Ferry Place. On

Nov. 5, the front door to a salon and the cash register were pried open. Nothing was reported stolen. A short time later, the door to a nearby shop was pried open and $400 was stolen. „„400 block of Trabert Avenue N.W.

On Oct. 30, the side window to a business was shattered and items inside appeared to be damaged. „„3267 block of Roswell Road N.E. On

Oct. 30, a desktop computer and $500 were stolen. „„400 block of Armour Drive. On Nov. 5,

storage units were forced into and two wigs were stolen. „„1800 block of Cheshire Bridge Road.

On Oct. 31, officers responding to a call saw two vehicles, a white Dodge Ram truck and a red Nissan Altima, backed into the parking lot in front of a business. The windows had been shattered out. Four men, their faces concealed by hoodies, ran out of the business. The Nissan evaded police. The truck was pursued to a nearby parking deck. The suspect evaded police. The vehicle was recovered and taken into evidence. A cellphone was recovered from the suspects’ escape route. „„3500 block of Piedmont Road. On

Nov. 6, Apple laptops were stolen. „„2100 block of Cheshire Bridge Road.

On Nov. 6, the rear door was pried open at a business and the safe was pried.

LARCENY „„Between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5, there

were 49 larcenies from vehicles reported and 39 reported cases of larceny and shoplifting. Between Nov. 6 and Nov. 12, there were 40 larcenies from vehicles reported and 33 reported cases of larceny and shoplifting. SS

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On Our Borders Editor’s Note: News knows few borders. Here are some of the local news stories from neighboring communities that may be of interest to Buckhead residents.


The sweet smell of baking bread wafts from EPI Breads and greets visitors to the Executive Parkview Townhomes. The bakery on Tullie Circle is just north of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta office park in Brookhaven’s city limits. The town homes, surrounded by trees on Woodcliff Drive and within yards of CHOA, are in unincorporated DeKalb County. Residents are hoping Brookhaven City Council will close the gap by approving a requested annexation. “Nobody knows we’re back here,” said Rick Bennett, HOA president for Executive Park Townhomes. “We’re a secret.” Seeking to be annexed into Brookhaven along with Executive Park Townhomes are the Executive Park Apartments on Briarcliff Road, the Executive Park Condominiums on Executive Park Lane and two single-family homes at 1705 and 1721 Woodcliff Drive NE. The two houses have been purchased by a developer seeking to have the property redeveloped into nine townhomes. A recent request to the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners to rezone the property for multi-use homes was deferred. The total annexation area is approximately 19 acres and includes nearly 200 people. “This is completely resident-led, all done by volunteers,” Bennett said of the annexation request.


Volunteers with Dunwoody Police Department’s Citizens on Patrol program hit the streets the morning of Nov. 15 ready to serve as extra eyes and ears for officers. “My father raised me to support the local police department … and it is incumbent on us as citizens to be involved and engaged,” said Wayne Radloff, a retired Navy captain and one of the first eight members of the program. Radloff, Ron Silvers, Jim Sturgis and Russ Thompson drove from City Hall in the program’s two new white vehicles, marked “Dunwoody Citizen Patrol” on the sides, to make their first solo patrols after weeks of training. “Since I’ve come to Dunwoody, I’ve heard about how much people here volunteer and this is a great example of that,” said Chief Billy Grogan, who announced the program in June. The volunteers are not police officers and do not carry weapons, Grogan said. They have undergone extensive classroom and field training with other officers so they can handle such responsibilities as directing traffic and conducting business and residential safety checks. Officer Mark Stevens, who helped organize the program and train the volunteers, said the slogan of the program is “See and Be Seen.”



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A plan to replace a Wendy’s restaurant on Roswell Road with a SunTrust bank was slammed by the city Planning Commission Nov. 17 as out of character with the pedestrian-oriented City Springs project across the street. In a 5-1 vote recommending denial of the project’s variances, the commission agreed with a city staff finding that called the bank and its drive-through a “detriment [to] the public good via perpetuating a pedestrian-hostile environment.” SunTrust next goes to the City Council for a final decision. The Wendy’s restaurant has operated for about 30 years at 6240 Roswell Road at the intersection with Johnson Ferry Road. SunTrust aims to demolish the restaurant and replace it with a branch bank relocating from 5898 Roswell Road at the Cliftwood Drive intersection. Bank officials declined to say what would happen with the bank’s current location. SunTrust spokesperson Katie Lopez said the proposed relocation is “a natural part of ensuring that SunTrust is able to maximize its market opportunities and meet the needs of clients in an efficient and effective manner. The 6240 Roswell Road location provides the convenience our clients want, while also allowing us the space that better fits our needs.” City Springs, under construction on the other side of Johnson Ferry, is the city’s massive mixed-use development. It will include a theater, a new City Hall, shops and apartments, all tied into a larger master plan for a walkable, denser downtown. SunTrust’s project requires variances, according to city planning staff members, for the property’s two driveways — which lose any grandfathered status due to the new project — and for a proposed drive-through ATM structure separate from the main

bank building. SunTrust attorney Den Webb claimed that “we don’t think we need variances at all,” triggering some confusion as to whether he was challenging the commission’s ability to hear the case. Webb then argued that SunTrust deserves the variances from the “hardship” of designing the separate drive-through because it is safer for walk-in customers than putting drive-through lanes closer to the building.


Nearly a year after the Brookhaven Zoning Board of Appeals denied Google Fiber’s request to build a utility hut in Parkside Park, a place to put the building still has not been located. Mayor John Ernst told residents attending his town hall Nov. 17 that the search for an alternative site for the utility hut to service the south side of the city is still underway. “The city is working really hard … so the south side can have some connectivity,” Ernst said. “I’m on a first-name basis with Google Fiber Georgia now.” While the technology has advanced in the past several months, Google Fiber still needs to build a 10-foot tall barbed-wire fence surrounding the building, Ernst said. Last December, the ZBA denied Google Fiber’s request to build the utility hut in Parkside Park, a narrow strip of greenspace running along Dresden Drive between Apple Valley Road and Parkside Drive. Google Fiber’s system requires a number of utility huts in central locations. In Brookhaven, the city agreed to provide space for two huts in public parks. One in Blackburn Park is finished. The other was to be built in Parkside Park, next to a DeKalb County fire station at the park’s western end. But the city later learned it did not own the strip of land there.



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