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Creating a sweet treat

Hushed money Ga. 400 toll plaza comes down coMMENTARY 8-9

Joyful noise Churches showcasing seasonal tunes ouT & ABouT 18, 22

Tons of toys Local police, firefighters brighten childrens’ holiday PuBLIc SAfETY 30

Paige durand, 10, gets a jump on the holiday baking season by decorating some cookies at the Brookhaven Branch Library on Nov. 25. More photos on page 5.

Setback provision delays Ashford Park house

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

BY MELISSA WEINMAN

BY MELISSA WEINMAN AND JOE EARLE

Angry Ashford Park neighbors told City Council that the handling of permits for a new home in their neighborhood has them questioning their confidence in the new city’s government. On Nov. 22, residents addressed the City Council before a special called private meeting. They are concerned about a home being built at 2802 Ashford Road that they say is being built far closer to the street than it should be under city zoning regulations. According to the DeKalb County zoning code adopted by

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

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