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Dunwoody Village’s old parking limits start to loosen BY DYANA BAGBY So far this year, three developers seeking to build or redevelop in Dunwoody Village were forced to ask City Council to approve more parking for their projects than currently is allowed. Councilmember Jim Riticher is asking the Community Development staff to tweak the ordinance. “The way it’s written, everybody wanting to redevelop in Dunwoody Village has to come before us for more parking ... and it’s a little bit absurd that we have to touch that element,” he said in an interview. At the council’s Nov. 14 meeting, members unanimously approved a speSee CONCERNS on page 14


Brandon Speir, a kindergartner at Austin Elementary School, tells Santa what he wants for Chrismas at the Light Up Dunwoody Christmas Village. Culminating with a tree-lighting, Light Up Dunwoody was held Nov. 20 at the Cheek Spruill Farm House and was sponsored by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. More photos, page 13.►

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New citizens’ police patrol hits the streets BY DYANA BAGBY 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 See NEW on page 23

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$34 million in tax breaks approved for State Farm development BY DYANA BAGBY

The Dunwoody Development Authority on Nov. 9 approved $34 million in tax abatements to the developers of the State Farm complex in the Perimeter Center. The abatements will help cover the cost of building two new office towers. Dallas-based KDC had asked for an additional $15 million tax abatement for the building that is nearly completed on Hammond Drive, across the street from the Dunwoody MARTA station, but pulled back that request after some Development Authority members raised concerns about approving tax breaks for a building already under construction. Typically, tax abatements are awarded for new construction. The $34 million in property tax abatements approved this week apply to two new Class A office towers to be built on Perimeter Center Parkway. The abatements will extend about 17 years. KDC sought the tax abatements for its second phase in order to start construction of the new buildings in 2017, rather than 2019, as originally proposed. “In addition to the thousands of jobs State Farm’s growth is bringing to the area, approximately $50 million will be invested during the development of the project for improvements benefiting the community,” State Farm spokesperson Justin Tomczak said. “These improvements include: MARTA connector and pedestrian bridge to maximize MARTA ridership, construction of east-west connector, Perimeter Center Parkway right-of-way dedication to increase use of under-utilized I-285 flyover bridge, right-of-way dedication for

widening of Hammond Drive, multi-use trail and public spaces to connect to the surrounding trail and park systems,” he added. The “east-west connector” road is planned for the southern edge of State Farm property and would nearly connect with the proposed Westside Connector, except for a short jog on Perimeter Center Parkway. The east-west connector road will extend to Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs, where a major mixed-use development has been announced at the Palisades office park at 5901 PeachtreeDunwoody Road. Total cost of constructing the two new Class A office buildings is approximately $410 million. It will include the construction of Building A, an approximately 14-story building containing 680,000 square feet, and Building B, planned to stand approximately 10 stories and enclose 460,000 square feet. State Farm is expected to save a total of $34 million in property taxes from the city, DeKalb County and the DeKalb County School District over 17 years of the tax abatement, according to a financial analysis by Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute. The project is expected to bring 2,200 new jobs to Dunwoody. Under the deals, the authority would own the properties and lease them to the developers, who would pay property taxes that start low, but would gradually increase over many years. Ownership would eventually return to the developers. State Farm received the highest available tax abatement of 95 percent, meaning it only pays 5 percent of property tax-

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es its first year, with the amount it pays gradually increasing to 100 percent over 17 years. The authority’s deals include “clawback” provisions that require developers to reimburse the authority if jobs or other projections are not met. While there is no official date to start building the two new State Farm buildings, the process wouldn’t begin until the end of next year at the earliest, company officials said. “The key is locking in and getting the deal done,” said Alex Chambers, Regional Vice President for KDC, at the Nov. 9 meeting. Dunwoody Development Authority Executive Director Michael Starling said

he likes the locations of the buildings because they will be close to I-85 and I-285 and shouldn’t create too much added traffic within the Dunwoody community. He also mentioned that a deal like this isn’t out of the ordinary. “We’re not doing something that’s outside the box,” Starling said. “These deals are done all over metro Atlanta.” While it will likely be a few years before the construction process begins, Starling said getting the complex built and people into the building should be a 30-plus month process. “We’re going to get people in there as fast as we can,” Starling said. — Justin Fedich contributed

Council restricts proposed Perimeter office tower to 16 stories BY DYANA BAGBY

The fate of an office tower adjacent to the Dunwoody MARTA station remains unclear after developers received approval for a 16-story building rather than the requested 20 stories. The Dunwoody City Council voted 5-2 on Nov. 14 to approve the proposed Nexus office tower from developer Transwestern be built at 16 stories and not 20 stories. The tower is planned for an unused 4-acre portion of the Perimeter Mall parking lot across the street from the State Farm development on Hammond Drive. The vote came after City Councilmember Lynn Deutsch made an amendment to a motion to approve the special land use permit needed for the project to be approved at 16 stories rather than the requested 20 stories. “Where I’m struggling ... is I think there is a lack of cohesive vision of what the Perimeter Center will be in the future,” Deutsch said. “Certainly the amount of density is appropriate in the Perimeter, where a big chunk of the economic engine in metro Atlanta [is located]. What I worry about is, where is the tipping point?” she said. “If congestion gets too backed up nobody is going to want to do business there.” Voting in favor of the change to 16 stories were Mayor Denis Shortal and City Councilmembers Lynn Deutsch, Terry Nall, Jim Riticher and Pam Tallmadge; voting against the 16-story amendment were City Councilmembers Doug Thompson and John Heneghan. The current zoning of the property allows only for two stories. Transwestern was seeking the SLUP to build 20 stories. The company had sought 16 stories when the project was first proposed to the city in May. A representative from Transwestern said the project is not just losing offices by shrinking it by four stories because the size of the project affects how much rent must be charged to tenants for the project to be financially viable. The developers have to run numbers to determine if the 16 stories will work, he said. Attorney Jessica Hill, representing Transwestern, declined comment after the vote. At 20 stories, the speculative office building measured 456,840 square feet and would include ground floor retail and restaurant space. The project includes a 5-story parking deck. As part of the purchase of the land from Perimeter Mall’s owners, General Growth Properties, Transwestern would also buy a 600-space lot crrently leased to MARTA. Deutsch added her concern was more about square footage and not height. “Eliminating offices is the intent because it eliminates cars,” Nall said. The developers also seek a tax abatement from the Dunwoody Development Authority. The development authority approved a $14.5 million preliminary tax incentive package for the project in July, but it has not been finalized. The council vote on the development was deferred from September when members raised concerns about lack of green space in the project and the desire for a traffic study. Hill said Nov. 14 that developers were able to find space for a 6,100 square-foot pocket park south of the existing MARTA parking deck to include benches, walls and landscaping. A traffic study showed no significant impact to the area, she said. DUN

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City Council approves Austin Elementary School land swap BY DYANA BAGBY

Designs for new baseball fields at Peachtree Charter Middle School are under review, with tentative plans for City Council to approve the plans by the end of this year. Construction bids for the new fields are scheduled to go out no later than February and the work is to be completed by August. After the City Council agreed Nov. 14 to agree to swap Dunwoody Senior Baseball fields to the DeKalb school system for Austin Elementary and $3.6 million in cash, work to complete the ballfields has been underway. Officials say they are moving quickly so the fields can be completed in time for league play and to keep on a schedule to build the new school by 2019. The deal between the two government entities officially closes Jan. 20. At that time, the city will receive $3.6 million, which will be used to pay for construction of the ballfields and also to begin repairing and maintain the middle school’s football field, currently in serious disrepair. The vote was the culmination of nearly a year of negotiations between the city and the DeKalb County School District to find a place for a new building for Austin Elementary School to help ease overcrowding. The new school will be located on land in Dunwoody Park that is adjacent to the Dunwoody Nature Center. City Councilmember Lynn Deutsch said she understood not everyone was going to be happy with the agreement, but she said “this is a good deal … and a multigenerational solution.” She praised the deal for locating the new Austin Elementary building just a short distance from its current site and said the deal allows students to stay in the school while the new one is being built rather than being shipped to different locations. “Education tops everything,” she said. “We are going to have baseball in Dunwoody, period. The Dunwoody Nature Center will benefit with more parking on the weekends … and they will have a stronger relationship with a neighborhood school.” Laurel Butler brought her two young boys with her to ask the council to vote in favor of the deal because, she said, the current Austin Elementary School is unsafe. “We live in the Austin school zone … and we are also a baseball family,” she said. “My fourth grader is learning in trailers with no bathrooms. In the event of a tornado, students have to be shuffled [from trailers] into the school building. The school is not a safe place for our children.


Her sons are young and play baseball at the Morgan Falls Park program in Sandy Springs, she said, but they will play in Dunwoody when they enter middle school. Dunwoody Senior Baseball supporters were urging the council to build the baseball fields in the back area of Brook Run Park, but doing so would delay construction of the new school building. “No matter where the fields are, we will be there,” Butler said. “But the education of our children comes first. Do not delay building the school … over baseball fields.” As part of the agreement, the city will construct two new baseball fields on about eight acres of property at Peachtree Charter Middle School. The fields will be used by the school and Dunwoody Senior Baseball league, which mostly serves middle-school-aged boys. The school district will then build a new 900-seat Austin Elementary where the current baseball fields are located. After construction of the new school, the city will get the property where the current Austin is located to use as a park space. The city is updating its parks master plan and multi-use fields in Brook Run Park are already a top consideration by

A rendering of the new Austin Elementary School slated to open in 2019 in the city of Dunwoody.

many in the community. “The next step is the parks master plan and the back 30 acres of Brook Run Park are for athletic fields, if that’s what the community wants,” said City Councilmember John Heneghan. Most of those attending applauded the council’s vote to approve the deal and shouted “thank you” to councilmembers. Dunwoody Senior Baseball board


member John Crawford stayed for the more than four-hour meeting to thank councilmembers for their support during a difficult time. He said the league is ready to work with the city and county. “I know you guys struggled. We appreciate your work,” he said. “We are ready to move forward and build a sports complex that Dunwoody will be proud of.”

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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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Do you plan to spend more or less on presents this holiday season?

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Less, because of the financial situation and because our kids are older.


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About the same, or maybe a smidge more, because my kids are a little older and I like to treat them well.

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The same. I don’t give a lot of gifts. Every day is a holiday.


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About the same. Why upset tradition? Both kids are in college and expenses are tight. It won’t be too lavish, money is going to college education.


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About the same. We spend pretty consistently every year.


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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 way. up for in organizational abilities. I put But at one week ahead of time, the those abilities to the test in November; business starts in earnest—that’s when basically, I plan the heck out of ThanksI begin to label all the serving dishes giving. and inventory my piles of My kids retreat with us ingredients. to the mountains for the And then, it’s four days holiday, the current deal ahead of time, and I must being that I cook and they cook something. clean. So I do, and even if it’s I admit that I would a make-ahead carrot and love to create the iconcauliflower purée that no ic Rockwellian turkey evone will eat, it is incrediery time, but I only get bly gratifying to have comone shot at it per year, and pleted one dish. I proceed my learning curve is way thusly—one dish at a timeslower than that. So I’ve - until the big day, when the given up on this goal. I’d main things left to do are also love to present a feast shove the turkey in the oven for my family complete and then turn something with three buttery starchRobin Conte is a writer into gravy. In keeping with es, two orange sides, someand mother of four who my personal Thanksgiving thing green, and a choice lives in Dunwoody. She tradition, I must perform of homemade pies, but I’m can be contacted at these tasks in my bathrobe. too lazy to do all of that. Now that the Big Day is You see, I’m a Type A behind me and I’ve manpersonality trapped in a aged to lounge my way Type B body. through the kitchen and The Parade, I I’ve therefore reduced my own excan confirm for another year that what pectations to their essence, and my holmaster cooks say is true: It’s all in the iday goals (not necessarily in this order) timing. are twofold: 1) produce an edible meal, and 2) watch the entire Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in my pajamas. And for someone who can’t boil an egg without referring to a recipe, meeting said goals requires a bit of planning. So I approach the fourth Thursday of November armed with lists, charts, a stack of 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—and then I am cleaning out my kitchen cabinets to make room for that new item (by discarding the older, smaller, and in all ways inferior potato ricer). Two weeks ahead of time, I am spending hours surfing the internet and watching top chefs who show me exactly how to create perfectly mashed potatoes and fool-proof cornbread stuffing, then bookmarking those videos to my “Thanksgiving File,” which I will revisit four days ahead of time. This is all much more satisfying than doing the actual cooking, by the

Robin Conte gets into her Thanksgiving Day cooking comfort zone by starting planning and preparations two months ahead of time.

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Hammond Drive corridor study approved for city’s upcoming transportation plan update BY DYANA BAGBY

A draft plan of recommended changes to the Hammond Drive corridor proposes widening the road to six lanes from Peachtree-Dunwoody Road to AshfordDunwoody Road, adding dedicated bicycle lanes and wide sidewalks and calls for more study of dedicated lanes to encourage bus use. The Dunwoody City Council on Nov. 14 got a peek at the 85-page study of 1.5 miles of the corridor, from Glenridge Drive to Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The study has been in the works for more than a year. It’s a collaboration between Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts. The draft plan, designed by Gresham, Smith and Partners after holding public meetings and meetings with businesses along Hammond, has yet to go before the Sandy Springs City Council or the PCIDs Board. The Dunwoody City Council approved the conceptual design at its Nov. 14 meeting so it can be incorporated into the city’s upcoming comprehensive transportation plan update. Recommendations include: ■ Provide one-way cycle tracks on

both sides of Hammond Drive from Glenridge Drive to Ashford-Dunwoody Road, with the exception of the bridge over Ga. 400, where on-street bicycle lanes would be provided. ■ Widen Hammond Drive to six lanes from Peachtree-Dunwoody Road to Ashford-Dunwoody Road, with dual left turn lanes at major signalized intersections. ■ The option for a transit-HOV lane along Hammond Drive could encourage increased use of MARTA and GRTA transit in the Perimeter area, the study says. The study recommended that the option to convert one lane in each direction be further studied as plans for the regional managed lane system along Ga.400 and I-285 are finalized over the next few years. ■ In order to minimize right-of-way requirements and reduce distances for pedestrians to cross Hammond Drive, the use of reduced lane widths (11 feet wide in Sandy Springs and 10 feet wide in Dunwoody) and shared through-right turn lanes are recommended. ■ In order to provide connectivity south of Hammond Drive and access to planned development, construction of both the East-West Connector (on the State Farm development site) and the Westside

Connector is recommended. The Westside Connector is a proposed road coming off I-285 west and going underneath AshfordDunwoody Road and eventually connecting with Perimeter Center Parkway. ■ In order to provide connectivity between Hammond Drive and the proposed Westside Connector, it is recommended that when the Best Buy/Rooms to Go property redevelops, that north-south connections be built between Hammond Drive and the proposed Westside Connector. This will provide an alternative to Perimeter Center Parkway for vehicles using the Westside Connector to connect to Hammond Drive. Because of heavy use of pedestrians around the Dunwoody MARTA station and the popular use of bicycles, plans include separate walking and cycle paths, Jay Bockish, Senior Transportation Engineer for Gresham, Smith and Partners, told the council at its Nov. 14 meeting. “As development continues ... there is more interest in alternative modes of transportation -- pedestrian, bicycle, transit,” Bockish said. “This is a very active corridor. The focus was to guide for future development and establish a more walkable area.”

Asked about lane widths, Bockish said that Dunwoody staff was fine with 10-footwide lanes but Sandy Springs wanted 11-foot-wide lanes. Hammond Drive currently has mostly 12-foot wide lanes. “That is the big difference between the two cities,” Bockish said. He said it was not common practice to have two different lane widths along the same corridor, but faced with working with two jurisdictions, it was something agreed to as part of the draft plan. The transition point would likely be at the High Street planned mixed-used development, he said. “We don’t think most motorists will notice,” he said. The plans are not funded yet and no timeline has been established, Michael Smith, director of Public Works, told the City Council, but construction could begin in about five years. “But it is now on paper,” he said. As developments continue along Hammond Drive, they will be incorporating the recommendations into their site work at their own cost, he said. Sandy Springs and the PCIDs will be part of the efforts to find funding that will likely include seeking state and federal grants, he said.

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Dancers and prancers celebrate the holiday season during Light Up Dunwoody at the Cheek Spruill Farm House. The annual event, which was held Nov. 20, was sponsored by the Dunwoody Homeowners Association. A - Checking out Santa’s sleigh are Edelisa Rodriguez and her daughter Eliza Rodriguez. Eliza attends first grade at Chesnut Elementary School. B and C - Children of the Atlanta Musical Theatre Center perform “Once Upon a Ballet.” D - Aleena Huang , 7, decorates and eats cookies. Aleena attends first grade at Vanderlyn Elementary School. E - Atlanta Jazz Theatre Group dancers Lilly Cochran, left, and Elizabeth Erdman warm up before their perfomance. Lilly is a freshman at St. Pius School, and Elizabeth is a sophomore at Marist School. DUN

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Concerns about Dunwoody Village parking restrictions raised Continued from page 1 cial land use permit to make way for more parking for developers wanting to build a 5,800-square-foot restaurant/ retail structure at the corner of Chamblee-Dunwoody and Mount Vernon roads. The current Dunwoody Village parking rules mandate three parking spaces per 1,000 feet of building floor area. The proposed development was approved for up to 35 spaces at the site, more than the currently allowed 17 spaces. The property is currently the site of an abandoned car wash and also where a Phillips 66 gas station once stood. It is located across the street from the historic Cheek-Spruill Farmhouse. This wasn’t the first time that developers has sought special permission for more parking as development continues in Dunwoody Village. And it likely won’t be the last, Riticher said. In September, the council approved more parking spaces for the relocation of a SunTrust bank branch office to the site of the vacant Old Hickory House at 5490 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. In August, the council approved more parking for a shopping and retail center proposed as a redevelopment of a shuttered Wells Fargo bank site at the corner of Mount Vernon Road and Dunwoody Village Parkway. “That’s three for three in the Village,” Riticher said. “The code was wellintentioned, but when we have as much redevelopment going on ... it seems out of whack.” Dunwoody Homeowners Association President and former City Council member Robert Wittenstein addressed the council at the Nov. 14 meeting about the parking restrictions. “I’m an author of parking maximum in Dunwoody Vil-

lage and when we were working on the overlay, there was the sense in general there was too much parking,” Wittenstein said. The idea behind restricting parking was to encourage people to walk from other nearby parking lots to their destination, he said. “The goal was not to create an impediment,” Wittenstein said. But the proposed development at the corner of Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and Mount Vernon Road and the two other sites did not have other nearby parking that could be used by patrons of the planned businesses, Riticher said. Wittenstein said he supported the SLUP for the Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and Mount Vernon Road redevelopment, but hoped there would still be consideration for parking restrictions in Dunwoody Village. Riticher said he understood the thinking behind the restriction, but is asking city staff to look at tweaking the city code when it comes to developments such as restaurants. “Part of the problem is the linear formula,” he said. “I’m asking staff to take a look at it, because they see some of the same issues we do.” Laurel David, attorney for developer Crim & Associates, said the additional parking was needed to attract businesses. She asked for parking to be approved up to 35 spaces to allow for five spaces per 1,000 feet for retail and 10 spaces per 1,000 feet for a restaurant. “This allows us the most flexibility,” she said. “There is a lot of interest in this corner and people would like to see it cleaned up.” No firm tenants yet have been named for the project, she said. DUN

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City remembers veterans with ceremony at Brook Run Park



The city of Dunwoody marked Veterans Day with a ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in Brook Run Park on North Peachtree Road. Speakers included Mayor Denis Shortal, who is also a retired Marine general, and Maj. Gen. (ret.) Thomas Wessels of the U.S. Army Reserves. A. Mayor Denis Shortal speaks at the Nov. 11 ceremony. B. Members of the Dunwoody High School Air Force ROTC present the colors. C. WWII veteran Hilbert Margol, U.S. Army, 42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division, salutes during the presenting of the flags. D. Mark Lamback, left, directs the Dunwoody High School Choral Ensemble. E. Kyle Shiflett plays “Taps” at the ceremony.





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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.

Indulge in the fine tunes of Joe Gransden with special guest Theresa Hightower as

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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LECTURE: THE CONUNDRUM OF NAZI-ERA ART Wednesday, Dec. 7, 7-8 p.m.

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.

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Police Blotter / Dunwoody From Dunwoody Police reports dated Nov. 11 through Nov. 16. The following information was pulled from Dunwoody’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

B U R G L A RY „„4700 block of Kings Down Drive. On

Nov. 11, a forced entry burglary was reported. A door was jimmied open and $20,000 in cash and $30,000 worth of jewelry were stolen from a safe. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 15, a forced entry burglary into a home resulted in the theft of various items including a handgun, watch, TVs, and a diamond ring, totaling more than $10,000 in losses.


„„4500 block of Barclay Drive. On Nov.

„„4500 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

13, keys were stolen and recovered from an office.

Road. On Nov. 13, police responded to an armed person at a restaurant.

„„1100 block of Hammond Drive. On

„„100 block of Perimeter Center. On Nov.

Nov. 13, a woman stole almost $2,000 worth of men’s underwear from a department store.

16, police responded to a domestic dispute.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 13, a woman tried to steal jewelry and a handbag from a department store, and was caught and arrested.

„„100 block of Perime-

„„3000 block of Lake Ridge Lane. On



block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov 10, a man was arrested at Macy’s for attempting to shoplift $300 worth of clothes. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 10, a woman was arrested at Von Maur for stealing a pair of designer jeans. She was later arrested for failing to appear. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 10, a woman was arrested for larceny. „„2300 block of Charleston Place. On

Nov. 11, an iPhone was stolen. „„4900 block of Springfield Drive. On

Nov. 11, a license plate was stolen from a car. „„4700

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 11, a man was arrested for shoplifting a pair of $20 earbuds from a discount department store. „„4600 block of North Shallowford

Road. On Nov. 11, a car was illegally entered. „„4900 block of Parliament Drive. On

Nov. 11, a car was stolen. „„4700 block of Ashford Dunwoody

Road. On Nov. 12, a man was seen removing a phone charger from the packaging at a discount department store and subsequently arrested.

Just after midnight on Nov. 10, a man was arrested for marijuana possession. „„ 100 block of Ashford-

Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 10, a man was arrested for driving without headlights.

blee-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 14, about $3,000 worth of cigarettes were stolen from a vehicle.

Nov. 10, a purse with $3,500 in cash and a pair of shoes were stolen from a car parked at home. Nov. 10, an iPad Pro was stolen from a residence.

„„4600 block of Winters Chapel Road.

„„4400 block of Cham-

ter Center. On Nov. 14, a man was arrested for shoplifting at a discount department store and for marijuana possession.

„„5300 block of Oxford Chase Way. On


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 14, a woman was arrested at a clothing store for shoplifting a pair of men’s jeans. Police also recovered a pair of Valentino shoes with a tag from a department store still attached. „„1400 block of Dunwoody Village Park-

way. On Nov. 14, a drive-out tag was stolen from a car. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 15, a cellphone was stolen from a fast-food restaurant. „„4500 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road. On Nov. 15, a suspect stole $100 worth of diapers and $50 worth of laundry detergent from a grocery store.

„„ 4300 block of Ash-

ford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 10, a woman was arrested for driving under the influence and having an open container in the car. She had been pulled over for driving too closely. „„100 block of Tilly Mill Road. On Nov.

11, a man was arrested for driving with a suspended license. „„6800 block of Peachtree Industrial

Boulevard. On Nov. 11, a man was arrested for driving unlicensed and without headlights. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 12, a man was arrested for disorderly conduct inside a coffee shop. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 12, a wanted person was located and arrested for driving with an expired tag.


block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 13, a woman used a stolen credit card to make a purchase. She was arrested. On the same day, a man was arrested for driving unlicensed and with an expired tag. „„6800 block of Peachtree Industrial

Boulevard. On Nov. 14, a woman was arrested for disorderly conduct during a domestic dispute and obstruction of a criminal investigation. „„4300 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road. On Nov. 14, a man was arrested for driving while unlicensed. „„5000 block of Winters Chapel Road.

On Nov. 14, a man was arrested for driving while unlicensed and failing to yield while turning left. „„100 block of Perimeter Way. On Nov.

14, a woman was arrested for driving under the influence after being pulled over for not using headlights. „„4400 block of Tilly Mill Road. On Nov.

15, a woman was arrested for failing to obey traffic control devices. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 16, a man was arrested for credit fraud. „„4500 block of Shallowford Road. On

Nov. 16, a woman was pulled over for reckless driving and improper lane usage. It was determined she was under the influence of alcohol and she was arrested.

OT H E R I N C I D E N T S „„4800

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 10, police responded to a suicide threat call.

„„100 block of I-285 at Ashford-Dun-

„„4300 block of Dunwoody Park. On

Nov. 10, criminal trespass was reported at a storage center.

Nov. 16, a man tried to steal a pair of boots from a department store.

woody Road. On Nov. 13, a man was arrested for speeding and driving without a license. On the same day, a man received a DUI charge and was cited for reckless driving and driving while unlicensed.


„„4400 block Ashford-Dunwoody Road.

„„6800 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

„„100 block of Ravinia Drive. On Nov. 16,

a wallet was stolen. „„1200 block of Hammond Drive. On

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 16, police arrested two shoplifters at a department store for trying to steal a pair of sunglasses.

A S S AU LT „„100 block of Perimeter Center. On Nov.

10, a disgruntled boyfriend assaulted an employee at a restaurant. He was arrested. „„4500 block of Chamblee-Dunwoody

Road. On Nov. 11, police responded to a fight call at a tavern.

On Nov. 13, a man was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, and failure to obey traffic control devices. „„4300

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 13, a woman was arrested for disorderly conduct. „„100 block of I-285 at Ashford-Dun-

woody Road. On Nov. 13, a man pulled over for speeding was arrested for cocaine possession and driving without a license.

„„5200 block of Meadowcreek Drive. On

Nov. 12, police responded to a damage to private property call. On Nov. 12, a domestic dispute was reported at a private home. „„100 block of Perimeter Center. On Nov.

13, a disorderly conduct call was reported. „„5200 block of Redfield Court. On Nov.

15, police responded to an animal complaint call. „„4400

block of Ashford-Dunwoody Road. On Nov. 15, police responded to a credit fraud call. DUN

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Chief Billy Grogan describes the work that went into creating the city’s first Citizens on Patrol program. Volunteers who went on the program’s first patrol stand behind the chief, from left, Wayne Radloff, Ron Silvers, Jim Sturgis and Russ Thompson.


Police city officials gathered for a group photo before the new Citizens on Patrol program officially hit the streets.

New citizens’ police patrol hits the streets Continued from page 1 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.” Grogan said the hope is that by having “another set of eyes and ears” that the program will serve as a crime deterrent. Those on hand for the program’s launch included Mayor Denis Shortal, Councilmembers Pam Tallmadge and Jim Riticher and City Manager Eric Linton. The four other volunteers in the Citizens on Patrol program are Jim Roberts, Julian Black, Kris Bhatia and Jim Kilburn.




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