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DECEMBER 9 - 22, 2016 • VOL. 8 — NO. 25


Brookhaven Reporter


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U.S. Rep. Tom Price

DeKalb’s state legislators consider goals for 2017 session

Kissing the boar at Oglethorpe



Stephanie Szalkowski, an alumni of Oglehtorpe University’s Class of 1989, puckers up at Oglethorpe’s “Boar’s Head Celebration.” A campus tradition for more than a century, the Dec. 2 holidays-launching ceremony began with a procession of new members of Omicron Delta Kappa kissing the boar head as part of their initiation. The head was the centerpiece for a concert featuring the University Singers on a night that included holiday receptions for Oglethorpe students and alumni.


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Residents tell us what matters most during the holidays See COMMENTARY, page 10

State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) is ready to try once again to convince his fellow legislators that now is the time to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to create independent school systems for Dunwoody and other cities throughout the state. But coming on the heels of the sound defeat at the polls of Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District legislation, trying any kind of education reform is sure to be a tough battle, he acknowledges. “This is not a partisan issue, this is a local issue,” Taylor said. “The general consensus in the community is this is a priority. This is not a Dunwoody bill per se, but it is what’s driving it. But we need to realize this is not about a Dunwoody school system. This has to be a statewide effort.” Taylor first introduced the legislaSee DEKALB on page 13

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Cross Keys High School is going to get a brand new building. The DeKalb County Board of Education voted Dec. 5 to spend $561 million of Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, with nearly $85 million dedicated to building a new Cross Keys High School. The building could be built at the former Briarcliff High School site on North Druid Hills Road and west of I-85. The vote was 6-1 with board member See NEW on page 14

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up … and it will create a more community hub,” Wilcox said. “I really like how this [design] is aimed at managing traffic, but the side benefits favor the neighborhoods … and will help reduce cut-through traffic.” Rachel Bartlone, who has lived on Ashford-Dunwoody Road between West Nancy Creek Drive and Brenton Way for two years, said she is infuriated with the chang-

Some Brookhaven residents welcome a consultant’s proposed changes to deal with traffic congestion on Ashford-Dunwoody Road while others express anger over plans they believe will cut into their front yards. “I know a lot of people are excited and also a lot of people have questions and concerns, especially at the big intersections that call for big changes,” said Councilmember Linley Jones, who represents residents living along AshfordDunwoody Road. Jones said the plans do not necessarily represent one project that will be completed at one time and that DYANA BAGBY there are discreet projBen Wilcox talks with Scott Shelton of Gresham, Smith ects within the overall and Partners about proposed changes to the Johnson plans that can be done Ferry Road and Ashford-Dunwoody Road intersection. more quickly than others because they are smaller and less complex. When any cones proposed for her neighborhood. Othstruction will begin remains unknown. er residents along the narrowest stretch of “Everything hinges on funding,” she the road are also angered about proposed said. changes. City Council approved $100,000 in the Plans for the intersection of Ashford2017 budget for design and engineering of Dunwoody and West Nancy Creek Drive improvements along the three-mile stretch include installing left turn lanes on eastof Ashford-Dunwoody Road, said Public bound and westbound West Nancy Creek Works Director Richard Meehan. Drive with left turn arrow signals and utiThe council is expected to hear a final lizing city-owned right-of-way to provide report in January from consultants from sidewalks, a landscape strip and a multiGresham, Smith and Partners, the firm use path. awarded the $125,050 planning contract “This is a nightmare,” she said. last October. “We bought our home to be within Residents got a chance to look over prowalking distance from Montgomery Eleposed plans for the corridor during an mentary … and now they want to take 36open house at City Hall on Nov. 29. feet of my front yard,” she said. The swath “A lot of people have expressed they like is part the city’s 50-feet of right-of-way, she the overall, big picture concept, but it’s the acknowledged. details that have some people concerned,” Bartlone said when she asked a consulMeehan said. “Right now we’re trying to tant about the proposed plans and how it settle on the big picture.” would affect her home, he told her that is A major north-south route through the why he “would not buy property on a busy city, Ashford-Dunwoody Road is a largely street.” two-lane road often overwhelmed by traf“This has been an infuriating process. fic from the hotels, schools and parks that They [consultants and city officials] are not it serves. addressing any of the concerns of the citiThe plan calls for some short-term and zens,” she said. long-term recommendations at the AshBartlone said she fears her property valford-Dunwoody Road and Johnson Ferry ues will decrease and that the proposed Road intersection, including extending the plans will only benefit commuters who right lane northbound on Ashford-Dunuse the road and not the people who live in woody from south of the Publix grocery Brookhaven. store to Johnson Ferry Road. “This is a busy thoroughfare for people Ben Wilcox, who lives in Cambridge who don’t live in Brookhaven and don’t pay Park, said he was pleased with the protaxes,” she said. “I don’t feel the residents posed redesign of the Ashford-Dunwoody want this to be a thoroughfare.” and Johnson Ferry intersection, saying it The vision for the overall street calls was “favorable for the neighborhood.” for adding sidewalks and multiuse paths, “It helps control traffic and reduce backas well as grassy medians in some spots.


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Much of the work could be done within existing right-of-way, though that can still mean cutting down trees and taking up dozens of feet of what many residents now use as their front yards, including trees and shrubs that shield their homes from the road. Meehan said he understood the concerns of people living near West Nancy Creek Drive and Montgomery Elementary School, but said much of what they consider their front yards is actually right-of-way. He said the city would replace any natural screens, such as trees, the residents have planted in the right-of-way to shield their homes from the noise of Ashford-

Dunwoody Road. “We want to work with the property owners … and a lot of what is proposed is contingent on funding,” he said. He said major work near Montgomery Elementary would likely not begin for another five to 10 years. “Some people have said to do nothing. And that is always an option if that is what the City Council and the community wants,” Meehan said. “But I don’t think it’s what a majority of residents want. They want to see the corridor improved.” Comments on the open house materials will be accepted through Dec. 14 at

In Detail: Johnson Ferry intersection plan 1. Realign Ashford-Dunwoody Road south of Kadleston Way between the Publix grocery store and Peachtree Golf Club and tie Ashford-Dunwoody Road into Johnson Ferry Road at Blair Circle. ■ Include one dedicated left turn lane on northbound Ashford-Dunwoody Road (to turn onto westbound Johnson Ferry Road) and one left/through/right turn lane. ■ Convert Kadleston Way to a cul-de-sac, preserving pedestrian access to Ashford-Dunwoody Road. 2. Realign Johnson Ferry Road west of Waddeston Way to travel behind the existing shopping center and tie into Ashford-Dunwoody Road at Woods Drive (may be contingent upon redevelopment of shopping center). ■ Install one left/through lane and two dedicated right turn lanes on eastbound Johnson Ferry Road (to turn onto southbound Ashford-Dunwoody Road) and install one left turn lane on northbound Ashford-Dunwoody Road (to turn onto westbound Johnson Ferry Road). ■ Install a traffic signal at the new intersection at Woods Drive and remove the existing traffic signal at the Valero gas station. 3. Design and construct a planted median along the shared roadway and install directional median openings to allow left turns where needed, preserving access to businesses.


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For many of us, the holidays mean the return of special foods, those favorite family dishes that hold special meaning. They’re the once-a-year treats that help tie families together and offer reminders of those who came before. Without these dishes on the holiday table, the season just wouldn’t be the same. We asked our readers to share some of their favorite holiday treats. They replied with recipes that would bring grace to any holiday table. We thought you might want the main course -- whether it’s turkey, ham, lamb, beef or goose -- to represent your family’s tradition, so here are some other dishes you can use to expand your holiday table and to incorporate some of the traditions of your neighbors. -- Joe Earle

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I love shrimp for parties, but hate the cocktail sauce drips that end up all over the house. I came across the recipe 40 years ago and modified it to give it a little more zip. It is a favorite and I fixed it for every holiday party. I have never had leftovers. Make 1 to 3 days ahead • 1 ½ large sweet onion sliced into thin rings • 2 to 3 pounds large or extra-large shrimp, cooked and cleaned • 2 cups balsamic vinegar (apple cider works, too) • 1 cup vegetable oil • ½ cup Worcestershire sauce • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard

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My father’s mother, Inez King Herron Findley, was born in South Carolina in 1902 and lived most of her adult life in Anderson, S.C. She always made this dressing for holiday meals. My father and I both love it, so when she became too old to cook, I took over making it for family gatherings. It’s very simple and has a great flavor.

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• Make a pan of cornbread, crumble

• 2 large onions, chopped

• 2 1/2 - 3 cups bread crumbs

• 4 stalks celery, chopped

(crumbled toast has a better texture

• 1 heaping teaspoon sage

than packaged bread crumbs)

• 2-3 cans chicken broth

• 2 eggs, slightly beaten

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1. Crumble cornbread and bread crumbs together into a large bowl. 2. Add eggs, onion, celery and sage. 3. Mix together. 4. Add enough chicken broth to make the mixture soupy. 5. Let it sit for an hour. 6. Pour into greased baking dish and bake at 350 de-


grees until brown (about 45 minutes). Serve with gravy on the side.

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Submitted by Gabriel Sterling of Sandy Springs Getting young kids to eat vegetables can often be problematic. I was no different when I was young. I did have one that I loved, though. I was a big fan of popcorn. So to get me to eat a certain veggie, my grandmother used to tell me it was “green popcorn.” The vegetable that my grandmother tricked me into eating was fried okra.


Fried okra remains a staple side dish for football and holiday season in our family’s home. It is not difficult, but requires focus and a bit of cleanup.

• Okra

• canola or vegetable oil



In a bowl, mix:

In a separate bowl, mix:

• ½ cup cornmeal mix

• 1 large egg

• ½ cup all-purpose flour

• ½ cup milk

• 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

• 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

• 1 teaspoon salt


• black pepper 1. Chop fresh okra (smaller pieces tend to be more tender) into about ½ inch pieces. Discard the caps (some fry those as well; I don’t). Place okra pieces in a bowl. 1. Pour canola oil or vegetable oil into a large frying pan (preferably cast iron). Use enough oil to cover the bottom of the pan with a layer ¼ -inch deep. 2. Set the stove on medium high. 3. After a few minutes, place a fork in the dredge and get a few drops on it and drop it in the oil. If it immediately beads to the top of the oil and begins to crackle, the oil is ready for frying. 4. Take a handful of the chopped okra and coat with the dredge. Transfer the dredged okra to the coating bowl. Fully coat and transfer to frying pan. 5. Allow to fry until brown on one side, use fryer scoop to turn


and move the okra until it is golden brown on all sides. 6. Drain the fried okra on a plate covered with the paper towels, to remove excess grease. 7. Repeat until all of the okra is fried. Regulate the heat. Lowering the heat may be necessary if the oil becomes overheated. 8. Salt and pepper to flavor and serve hot. Tell the kids it’s “green popcorn.”

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Submitted by Allen Clark, food service director at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School I have been cooking since my parents bought a drive-in restaurant in Texas when I was 12 years old. It fed my passion for what I do and after a stint in the U.S. Navy, I went back to what I love. I was introduced to some great chefs in New York City and learned to cook. I have been an executive chef, restaurant owner and caterer. For 12 years, I cooked in the Braves Clubhouse for their players and coaches. I was working at Auburn University feeding their football team when I was offered the opportunity to interview at Mount Vernon Presbyterian School.


I took my honeymoon in Barbados and have many fond memories. The pie that I have shared is a tribute to the warmth of the Caribbean. It is sweet and spicy and perfect for a winter day with a bit of fresh whipped cream.

• 2 sweet potatoes roasted until very soft, peeled and mashed (2 cups) • 1 cup dark brown sugar

Submitted by Elissa Oliver, chef for Riverwood International Charter School’s culinary arts program. Elissa Oliver, who grew up in the Mississippi Delta, joined the Riverwood faculty four years ago and began the program to make holiday pies as a fundraiser three years ago. About 190 students in the culinary arts program contribute to the pie baking, she said. Here’s the recipe for chocolate pie, one of several kinds of pie students bake for the annual pie sales.



Pie filling • 1 ½ cups white fine sugar • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder • 1 5-ounce can of evaporated milk • ¼ cup melted butter • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • 2 eggs

• 1 cup evaporated milk • 1/2 cup Coco Lopez

Pie dough

• 1/4 cup molasses

• 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled),

• 4 eggs beaten

plus more for rolling dough

• 1 teaspoon ginger powder

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/2 teaspoon allspice

• 1 teaspoon vanilla

• 1/2 teaspoon sugar

• 1 tablespoon cinnamon

• 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

• 8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

1. Mix all ingredients together. 2. Press through a strainer to remove any strings from the sweet potato. 3. Pour into a 10” pie shell -- either a classic crust or graham cracker crust -- and bake in a preheated 350-degree oven for 40 to 45 minutes. The center of the pie will still be slightly soft. 4. Cool the pie at room temperature. 5. Serve with fresh whipped cream. Adventurous cooks can add 2 tablespoons of spiced rum to the pie mix.



• 2 tablespoons ice water, plus 2 more, if needed

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. Mix sugar and cocoa powder together. Beat eggs, then add the cocoa mixture. Beat in the milk, butter, and vanilla. 3. Pour mixture into pie dough (directions below) or a 9-inch unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees. for 45 minutes or until set. Let cool before slicing. Pie dough 1. In a food processor, pulse flour, salt and sugar several times to combine. Add butter. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal, with just a few pea-size pieces remaining.

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5. Roll dough to a 14-inch round. Using paper, lift and wrap dough around rolling pin (discarding paper); carefully unroll over a 9-inch pie plate. Gently fit into bottom and up sides of plate. 6. Trim overhang to 1 inch; fold overhang under itself. Pinch between thumb and forefinger to make a uniform edge around the rim. Crimp edge; refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Cook’s Note: Always start with chilled dough and a well-floured work surface. Chilled dough does not soften as quickly as warmer dough; flour absorbs any moisture and prevents sticking.

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From “the collection of Harry & Karen Meinzen McEnerny,” submitted by Karen Meinzen McEnerny of Sandy Springs.


Here is a family favorite. Harry was a terrific cook and always used recipes with a “twist.” We enjoyed this cake every season and also gave them away as gifts.

• 1 small package instant pudding: vanilla, coconut cream, or pistachio • 1 box yellow cake mix (plain yellow cake mix, not the kind with pudding already in it) • ½ cup light rum, Amaretto, bourbon or Grand Marnier • ½ cup water

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• ½ cup salad oil • 4 whole eggs • If desired, nuts, grated coconut, or raisins to taste

5 TIPS FOR OLDER ADULTS TO STAY ACTIVE AND ENGAGED DURING THE HOLIDAYS • Physical activity: Taking a walk after a hearty holiday meal is a good idea for those of any age, but it is particularly beneficial to seniors.


• Healthy diet: Lean meats, such as turkey breast, serve as a healthy alternative to red meat. Other “super foods” for older adults that are beneficial in holiday meals are blueberries, flax seed, carrots, eggs, nuts and salmon.

• 1 cup sugar • 1/4 cup water

• Sharp minds: Designing holiday festivities around skill-based games such as Scrabble, checkers, backgammon or Wii, not only makes the event fun for party-goers, but it can also help seniors enhance cognitive function.

• 1 stick butter • 2 ounces liquor


• Social ties: While group activities in family homes or senior centers can be the focus of holiday celebrations, aging adults can also benefit from receiving daily calls or emails to help them feel connected to those they care about. • Calmness and Purpose: For some older adults, participating in a religious service helps them maintain a calm center and focus on their life purpose; others may prefer practices such as yoga or meditation.

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When it comes to the holidays, it’s all about family and friends. No contest. When we asked participants in our 1Q community survey recently what they thought was the most important way to celebrate the season, 78 percent said it was to spend time with family or friends. “Holidays are for a time of remembrance of what is important to you and cherishing what you have and what you have to give to others,” a 31-year-old Brookhaven woman said. Others agreed. “It’s the time I can spend with family and friends and celebrate our relationship,” a 26-year-old Atlanta woman said. And a 30-year-old Atlanta man thought warmly of the holiday season as the time for “going home to my mom’s house for old fashioneds and a warm fire.” No other choice offered in our cellphone survey of 200 adults who were spread across the communities served by Reporter Newspapers and Atlanta INtown even registered a percentage of replies in the double digits. Two other categories – “giving and getting presents” and “enjoying the music, celebrations and pageantry of the season” – placed second by each attracting 6 percent approval from the respondents. Just two respondents said they don’t celebrate the holidays at all.

“I love our family traditions. Gathering, lighting candles, eating latkes, showering grandchildren with love and presents.” --a 66-year-old Buckhead woman “I’m kind of disgusted by all the commercialism, and really try to downplay the gift-giving side of things and focus more on just feeling and expressing appreciation.” --a 50-year-old Sandy Springs man “Love and happiness!” --a 27-year-old Dunwoody woman “Sharing time with family and friends, making memories, tacky sweaters, sugar cookie decorating, and enjoying drinks by the fire!” --a 24-year-old Atlanta woman

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Voices from the community “We do [a] night of Christmas worship and Christmas services at our church. We recognize that the holiday is about Christ and then giving activities in the area.” Deanna Duram

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Here’s what some of those who responded to the survey had to say:

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City close to taking ownership of Brookhaven Park BY DYANA BAGBY

guage that set that amount. The county argues the property is commercial land and says the city should purchase it for After three years of back-and-forth market value. In 2013, that market value discussions with DeKalb County, it apwas estimated at $4 million. pears the city of Brookhaven soon will “The reason this transfer has been be the proud owner of approximately more difficult than other parks is be12 acres of Brookhaven Park, commoncause it includes two parcels,” Mattison ly referred to as the said. “The front par“back” portion of cel [where DeKalb the park. Services Center is Ownership of located] is not conthe “front” portion, sidered as part of where the DeKalb the park by DeKalb. Services Center is That’s held up the located, is still beprocess. ing debated. “In the long term DeKalb Counwe will have to have ty officially transdiscussions with ferred the properDeKalb Services ty at the corner of BATES MATTISON Center. We want to CITY COUNCILMEMBER Peachtree and Osmake sure we proborne roads to the tect their concerns. city on Oct. 25 and If there is a way to find a new building, the city will pay $100 an acre for the that’s something to decide for another property. The money has not yet been day.” paid to the county, said city spokesperBrookhaven Park was originally part son Ann Marie Quill. The city has been of the city’s parks master planning propaying for maintenance and upkeep of cess and was included in public input the park since the city incorporated in meetings. An initial design with pro2013. posed improvements to the park was Because a Veterans Affairs hospital drawn up by GreenbergFarrow a year was once located on the land, the city ago. is awaiting federal approval to make But the Brookhaven Park design the transfer complete. City officials say plans were halted “at the last minute” they do not know when the federal govwhen ownership issues arose, Mattison ernment will sign off. DeKalb County ofsaid. The city approved a $28 million ficials said all information must come parks master plan in February, but left from Brookhaven. off Brookhaven Park off the list. “Right now we’re waiting for the fedA community meeting, scheduled eral OK, but it seems the transfer is imfor Dec. 10 at Lynwood Park, to discuss minent,” said City Councilmember plans for Brookhaven Park is “picking Bates Mattison, whose district includes up where we left off,” he said. Brookhaven Park. The GreenbergFarrow design from Since 2013, the city has sought to last year included a fenced area in which have Brookhaven Park transferred to its dogs could run loose. Brookhaven Park ownership. Because the park is separatis currently a popular spot for people to ed into two parcels -- the “back” 12 acres let their dogs run off-leash, but some usof passive park space, including a chilers have complained this is not safe. dren’s playground, community garden “Right now the park is a de facto dog and open fields, and the “front” 8 acres, park. We need to address public safewhere the DeKalb Services Center is loty,” Mattison said. “We need to be more cated -- negotiations have proved diffiproactive and decide if this will be a dog cult. park or not. It’s not good policy to igThe DeKalb Services Center, which nore our own dog leash law, so I support has been in its location since 1978, having a fenced-in area for dogs to run serves people with disabilities. The cenloose.” ter has more than 100 clients, includMary Ann Kelly, president of the ing a large aging population. Along with Brookhaven Park Conservancy, said she day programs, the DeKalb Services Cenand other volunteers are ready get to ter also provides a hot lunch and physiwork to improve the park. cal therapy for those who need it. “We formed our organization three Mayor John Ernst said the city conyears ago and have been patiently waittends the land the DeKalb Services Cening for a plan to fundraise for,” she said. ter occupies is park space and should “It’s been a long road because without be able to be purchased for $100 an owning the park, there was nothing acre from the county and $5,000 for the the city could do to improve it. We are building because the legislation to crethrilled a portion is finally going to be ate the city of Brookhaven included lanacquired.” BK

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As the City Council vote on the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA transit-oriented development approaches next month, councilmembers are quickly trying to determine if the city needs an Architecture Review Board in place to oversee the potential development, as well as other city developments. Mayor John Ernst said the idea of the review board, with members appointed by the mayor and approved by the council, is not a new one. But the impetus to get one in place by next month is prompted by what could happen with MARTA’s proposed plans, including building a 10-story office tower. “The idea has been out there in the ether; this is not something that has come out of the blue,” Ernst said. “Obviously the pressure is on because of different projects going on ... and discussions we’ve had with MARTA is a driving factor,” he said. “But this board is something the community has asked for. We JOHN ERNST

trict, so the council has more time to consider what kind of scope a city-wide board would include. “Right now we’re all over the place” with scope, Mattison said. “Probably the tipping point for this is the look for the office building at MARTA.” But residents have raised serious concerns over other development projects in the city, including the Rockhaven homes being constructed between North Druid Hills and Roxboro Road, he said. The use of wood siding and the “dramatic” clear cutting of trees in the area disturbed many people, he said. Residents also recently met with consultants to create character areas for their neighborhoods that also need to be taken into account when deciding on an ARB. But Jan. 24 is the City Council’s deadline to have an ARB in place, Mattison said, and that’s why he believes implementing one to cover only the small area of the MARTA project or the overlay district is the best route to take. “My preference is we start small and then grow it,” he said. “And then we can discuss ways it can be used to enhance places like Buford Highway, Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Perimeter Summit.” Mattison said he also worries about developers having another layer of bureaucracy to go through. Currently, developers have to go through the Planning Commission and the City Council and also the Zoning Board of Appeals if seeking variances. The process adds time and money and may thwart businesses from locating in Brookhaven if it becomes too complicated, he said. Councilmember Linley Jones said the scope of an ARB should not include single-family homes. “That’s a horrible idea,” she said. “I think it would make the city feel like a giant HOA.” She favors an ARB that focuses on community development to ensure the city is not, for example, filled with “cookie cutter apartment complexes that other cities are subjected to.”

We’re not trying to rush ourselves. We’re working through this. There are a wide ranging number of issues to go through.

want good, quality- MAYOR designed buildings in our city.” Last month during a work session, City Council members discussed what a proposed ARB would look like and what its scope would be: would it be city-wide, which buildings and developments would it include, and how would the process work. Ernst said he wants professionals, including architects, to be on the board. But the council may decide it doesn’t need a full board, but rather a city architect instead to oversee building designs, he added. And although the MARTA vote is slated for Jan. 24, Ernst said the council will take the time needed to ensure it has the right board, or person, in place. “We’re not trying to rush ourselves. We’re working through this. There are a wide ranging number of issues to go through,” he said. Councilmember Bates Mattison favors creating an ARB that includes only the MARTA planned development or the Brookhaven Peachtree Overlay Dis-


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DeKalb legislators ready for 2017 session Continued from page 1 tion, House Resolution 4, in 2013 after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools placed the DeKalb County school system on accreditation probation due in part to a dysfunctional school board and a massive budget deficit. Lack of support has stalled the HR 4 effort over the past few years, but Taylor said he is hoping to gain enough votes to have the referendum put on the ballot in 2018. While DeKalb schools have improved and Supt. Stephen Green has earned the respect of many parents, Taylor said, the idea of creating an independent school system is still necessary. And as Dunwoody, and then Brookhaven, formed their own cities in part to have more local control, his bill would do the same for schools, Taylor said. “Just like we did with the city [of Dunwoody] we can do with schools – we can do better,” Taylor said. But this battle will be “a tough, tough fight – much harder than the fight for cityhood.” Taylor is working with members of Georgians for Local Area School Systems, or GLASS, to try to educate peo-

ple in other cities about the proposed Constitutional amendment. Erika Harris, a founder of GLASS, said at a recent Dunwoody Homeowners Association meeting that she has talked to independent school supporters in other cities including Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville, Lawrenceville and Sandy Springs. Georgia law now limits the number of school districts in the state to 180, Taylor said, which has created districts in metro Atlanta with tens of thousands of students. Gwinnett County schools is expected to have more than 200,000 students enroll by 2020, for example. DeKalb County has more than 100,000 students and is bursting at the seams, according to GLASS. “DeKalb County is plagued with the highest millage rate and lowest graduation rates. We pay more for less,” Taylor said. Other local legislators have their own projects to promote during the 2017 session of the General Assembly. Newly-elected Rep. Meagan Hanson (R-Brookhaven) promised during her campaign to bring transportation issues in her home city to the forefront and said she supported MARTA expansion and also a comprehensive review

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dy Springs), sponsor of the legislation to recreate the Judicial Qualifications Commission, said he will be spending much of the upcoming session working on “redoing and revamping” the commission. The judicial watchdog agency will now have appointments made by the Legislature and not the State Bar of Georgia. Sure to come up in some form for the fourth year in a row is a “religious liberty” bill championed by the evangelical wing of the Republican Party. Last year, Deal vetoed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or House Bill 757, saying the bill invited discrimination. State Rep. Beth Beskin (R-Atlanta), who has been at the center of the “religious freedom” fight while sitting on the House Judiciary Committee, said she welcomes a Donald Trump presidency and a push to move the fight to the federal level. “People have talked for a long time that Congress should revisit the Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” she said, noting Trump and a Republican Congress appear agreeable to take up the issue. “I would appreciate this ... because [at the state level] it takes up a disproportionate amount of time and energy.

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New Cross Keys High School part of DeKalb schools SPLOST funding Continued from page 1

Stan Jester of Dunwoody voting against the plan. Jester had asked to have the vote delayed. “From a Cross Keys perspective, it is a bittersweet outcome that assures the disassembly of a cluster that is a mirror of its beautiful Buford Highway community,” said Kim Gocke, president of the Cross Keys Foundation. “But there can be no doubt that this will lead to a brighter future for more of our Buford Highway area kids across Brookhaven, Chamblee and Doraville.” The new Cross Keys High School will have room for 2,500 students, while the current high school building will be renovated into a new middle school at a cost of $9.5 million and will hold 1,500 students, according to DeKalb schools. No timeline has been established. Many people have raised concerns about building a new school at the former Briarcliff High School site due to heavy traffic in the area. The school district is also searching for other sites, not yet named, as open land becomes scarcer in north DeKalb County. Gocke said he has confidence in the school board to ease anxiety. “Many community members express valid concerns about the capacity of North Druid Hills Road and the limited access points to the old Briarcliff High School site. I trust the district to make a proper assessment of their options, whatever site is chosen,” he said. Voters overwhelming approved a referendum on May 24 for $561 million to be raised by GA extending Road Atlanta, 30305the 1 cent E-SPLOST for five years. The board voted to spend $291 million on new facilities and school additions to alleviate overcrowding, with $260 million coming from E-SPLOST rev-

enue and $31 million coming from Georgia Department of Education capital outlay reimbursements. School officials have said there will be a shortage of 5,600 seats at secondary schools in Region 1 between now and 2022. Region 1 includes the Cross Keys Cluster in Brookhaven and the Dunwoody Cluster. “This blueprint will enable the DeKalb County School District to provide our students with first-class facilities and services that they deserve,” Superintendent Stephen Green said in a statement. “But our work is far from finished. We will engage the community every step of the way as these projects move forward. Our goal is to build trust, and complete quality projects, together.” The Cross Keys cluster, which includes Cross Keys High School, Sequoyah Middle School and Woodward, Montclair, Dresden and Cary Reynolds elementary schools, has been overcrowded for years. The cluster has a capacity for 5,700 students, but more than 7,500 were enrolled last year, according to school officials. In March, the DeKalb County School District approved a redistricting plan for the Cross Keys cluster to address the overcrowding by moving 1,700 students in these schools to other North DeKalb schools. The Cross Keys cluster is also noted for many students who live along Buford Highway and do not speak English as their first language. “I believe the Board of Education sent a message to all DeKalb stakeholders that the old politics of ‘North versus South’ or “black versus white” will no longer be allowed to dominate their governing process,” Gocke said. “This is particularly good news for what I call the ‘gray’ children of immigrants and refugees in Cross

The current Cross Keys High School building.

Keys and Clarkston areas. The Dec. 5 also moved forward a deal with the city of Brookhaven to build a new $30 million John Robert Lewis Elementary School where Skyland Park currently is located. The school is named for civil rights icon and U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-Atlanta). With a projected 2017 enrollment of 394 students, John Robert Lewis Elementary School will play a key role in relieving overcrowding in the Cross Keys cluster by receiving students from Montclair Elementary School, according to school officials. In May, the school board agreed to purchase Skyland Park for $4.7 million for the new elementary school. The school district also is buying — from the


state — the Skyland building, where the State Vital Records Office is located, for $2.8 million. As part of the agreement, DeKalb County BOE will then transfer the land the vital records office building is located on — about 4 acres — to the city for the renovation and construction of a new Skyland Park, which is expected to open next year. E-SPLOST funds will also be used to build a new elementary school for Cross Keys North students. The school district plans to spend $30 million for the construction of the school, but will also have to locate and purchase land for the site which is expected to be in the Doraville area.

SCHO O L B O AR D ’S $5 0 0 M I L L I O N S P ENDI NG P L A N The DeKalb County Board of Education on Dec. 5 approved its plan for how to spend about $500 million in E-SPLOST funds New facilities and additions - $291 million The construction of three new elementary schools, additions at eight middle and high schools, and construction of a new high school. Facility condition improvements - $100 million High school artificial turf installation, elementary school playground replacement, restroom fixture replacement, school accessibility improvements, potential lead/water remediation, school bus pavement upgrades, parking additions at schools, major building system replacements. Technology - $65 million Finance/Human Capital Management system replacement, computer refresh for all schools, phone upgrades for all schoolhouses, safety and security technology for all schools, active boards replacement, technology infrastructure enhancements. School buses, vehicles and other equipment - $40 million The purchase of up to 257 new school buses, service vehicle purchase, musical instruments and equipment, portable classroom purchase, replacement of select kitchen equipment at 68 schools. Safety and security improvements - $15 million Installation of automatic fire sprinklers and various security improvements and facility upgrades. A full listing of projects can be viewed at Source: DeKalb County schools BK

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U.S. Rep. Price nominated to Trump’s cabinet; local pols may run for seat BY JOHN RUCH

U.S. Rep. Tom Price’s nomination as president-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of Health and Human Services set off a potential string of political dominoes to replace him. For the congressman, it’s a long-awaited to chance to replace Obamacare, a topic he frequently discusses in local Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce meetings. For his Sixth District — which includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs — it’s the beginning of a political shake-up as incumbent state legislators appear likely to run for his seat. State Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta), who represents District 32, which includes a part of Sandy Springs, announced a run Nov. 30. Two Democrats, Joshua McLaurin and Ron Slotin, announced campaigns. Slotin, a Sandy Springs resident, was a state senator in the 1990s and currently works in marketing for the Sandy Springs-based staffing firm BrightWell Talent Solutions. He said he’s running to “improve the quality of life for people in the district,” including traffic, schools and environmental protection. McLaurin could not be reached for comment. Among other locals cited as potential contenders are state Sen. John Albers (RRoswell) and Bruce LeVell, a prominent Trump campaign operative from Dunwoody, who said they’re open to running. Price, a Roswell Republican, has held the Sixth Congressional District seat since 2005. He’s a medical doctor and a strong critic of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and its health insurance mandates and marketplace. His demands for an Obamacare replacement appear to be a main factor in Trump’s decision to

nominate him to the health cabinet position. In a candidate statement to Reporter Newspapers for his re-election campaign this fall, Price said, “We see examples of Obamacare failing the American people every day. Premiums and deductibles going through the roof. Patients losing their doctors. Millions getting insurance cancellation notices in the mail. That’s why we’ve developed an alternative to Obamacare and it’s called a Better Way for Health Care.” In a Nov. 29 written statement, Price said he was “humbled” by Trump’s nomination and took aim at Obamacare. “I am humbled by the incredible challenges that lay ahead and enthusiastic for the opportunity to be a part of solving them on behalf of the American people,” he said. “There is much work to be done to ensure we have a healthcare system that works for patients, families, and doctors; that leads the world in the cure and prevention of illness; and that is based on sensible rules to protect the well-being of the country while embracing its innovative spirit. “The citizens of Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District have given me the privilege of representing them in Congress,” Price’s statement continued. “I am so proud and grateful to live in and work on behalf of such a wonderful community and hope to continue serving our fellow citizens in this new role.” Possible contenders Price’s nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate and he has not yet resigned his post in Congress. Assuming those events happen, local political sources say a special election will be held as soon as March 21 to replace Price and any incumbents who leave other offices

to run for his seat. mentally reform Washington, D.C.” Long lists of possible candidates have Albers, in an email, praised Price’s been floated by the Atlanta Journal-Connomination and said he is considering stitution and GeorgiaPol. Among the loa run for the Congressional seat. “I am cals mentioned with varying degrees confident [Price] will do a superb job and of likelihood were Hill; Albers; Sandy thankful for his continued service to our Springs Mayor Rusty Paul; Sandy Springs nation,” Albers said. “I am humbled and City Councilmember Gabriel Sterling; overwhelmed by the hundreds of calls, state Attorney General Chris Carr, a Duntexts and other messages of support and woody resident; and LeVell, the ownencouragement to run for Congress. I er of Dunwoody Diam spending considamonds U.S.A., who erable time prayerfulhad a prominent role ly considering this imin Trump’s campaign portant decision.” as a diversity spokesLeVell, in a phone person. interview, did not rule Hill was the first out a run for Price’s to announce a candiseat or some other dacy. He did so Nov. type of government 30 in a written stateservice. “I don’t know. ment with a headline I’m all over the grid,” calling himself “Conhe said. “I’m trying to servative Senator serve, whatever PresiSPECIAL Judson Hill” and saydent Trump wants me U.S. Rep. Tom Price ing he is running to to do.” “continue the Price/ About possibly Isakson/Gingrich record of principled running for Price’s seat, LeVell said, “It’s conservative congressmen representing not off the grid. [Trump] does want a our district.” champion in Congress. So it could go ei“I am asking for the votes of the citither way.” zens of the Sixth Congressional District State Rep. Taylor Bennett (Dbecause I want to serve them as a conBrookhaven) and state Rep. Scott Holservative reformer,” said Hill, who has comb (D-Atlanta), prominent Democrats served in the state Senate since 2004. “I whose names have been floated as potenam running for Congress with a record tial candidates, both said they will not of standing firm on principles of liberty, run. limited government and fiscal responsi“I have not given it an iota of a thought bility. until I heard from six media outlets to“The people of our great country votday that apparently I’m considering it,” ed in November to chart a new course to Bennett, who recently lost a re-election restore America’s leadership role in the bid, said Nov. 29. world,” he continued. “America’s best Most of the others identified as possidays are ahead of us if elected leaders ble candidates did not respond to queswill simply return to our founding printions or declined to comment. ciples and seize the opportunity to funda-

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Shop for unique gifts and home decor created by more than 100 local artists at the Spruill Center for the Arts’ 23rd annual Holiday Artists Market. Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from noon-5 p.m. A Handmade Gift Bazaar featuring jewelry, ceramics, ornaments, glass and personal care products will be held Saturday, Dec. 17, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Last Minute Shoppers Holiday Sale is Friday, Dec. 23, from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: or 770-394-4019.

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CELEBRATION FOR SENIORS Friday, Dec. 16, 2-3:30 p.m.

Perimeter North Villages, a nonprofit that helps senior adults continue living in their own homes, will hold a holiday celebration for seniors with sing-alongs and storytelling. Free. RSVP by Wednesday, Dec. 14. St. James United Methodist Church, 4400 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: 470-231-0015.


ies and inflatables in a full day of fun at MJCCA-Zaban Park. Free. Food can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: email Rabbi.Glusman@atlantajcc. org or 678-812- 4161.


Through Sunday, Dec. 18

The Gordons, the Sapersteins and the other crazy folks in Kevin and Allie’s life meddle in the arrival of their first child in “Let Nothing You Dismay,” a holiday comedy returning to Stage Door Players after its soldout run last season. Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Stage Door Players, 5339 ChambleeDunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info:, or 770-396-1726.


Tuesday, Dec. 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

All ages are invited to attend a screening of the movie “The Polar Express” (rated G). The event is open to the first 30 participants. Snacks will be provided. Free. Brookhaven Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Road N.E., Brookhaven. Info: dekalblibrary. org/events or 404-848-7140.

PARENTS’ AFTERNOON OUT Sunday, Dec. 18, 4-8 p.m.

Drop the kids off at MJCCA-Zaban Park for fun activities including arts and crafts, sports, board games, computer lab and more. Pizza dinner and snacks provided. For kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. Community: $45 per person. Members: $35 per person. Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta-Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Info: email or call 678-812-3727.

WINTER CRAFT NIGHT Tuesday, Dec. 20, 6-7 p.m.

Kids ages 5 to 12 can make glittered decorations to add sparkle to their homes. Open to first 20 participants. Free. Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody. Info: or 770-512-4640.


Sunday, Dec. 25, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Three sessions of fun and adventure are in store for kids at the Dunwoody Nature Center’s winter break camps. Kids will study the winter climate’s effect on the animals, plants and habitats of Dunwoody Park. Half-day sessions will be held for kids ages 3 and 4, and full-day sessions will be held for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. Prices vary. 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody. Info: or 770-394-3322.


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A BY MEGAN VOLPERT In the past two years, the Castellucci Hospitality Group has opened Cooks & Soldiers in West Midtown, shuttered Double Zero Napolitana in Sandy Springs, opened a revised Double Zero concept in Emory Village, and announced plans to fill the Cockentrice vacancy in Krog Street Market. The original Double Zero location was meant for families, business lunches and lovers of authentic Neapolitan pizza. They ran bocce ball tournaments on the patio out back, and while the place may have been salvation for suburbanites seeking great wine and lovely plates while stuck with kids in tow, there was something about the cavernous gray space that never felt quite like home for

a family as warm and colorful as the Castelluccis. So they decamped for the more boisterous and crowded environs of campus life at Emory Village, occupying the old Ink & Elm space. After knocking down a bunch of walls to properly let in the sun, CHG also knocked down some of its own sense of refined traditionalism and chose instead to offer a more eclectic menu of small plates.

You can still get really excellent pizza at Double Zero, and with Slice & Pint next door, the kitchen has been ramping up its creativity to offer pies that go beyond the usual. We ordered a sausage and pear pizza where the pork sausage was local, the pears were lightly pickled, and the basil was super bright. If you want a plate all to yourself, DZ continues to do fresh pastas that suit the seasons. We tried the mafalde pasta, with mushrooms, peas and fennel, and well as the tortelli with butternut squash, apple butter, walnuts and pickled apples. Pickling is really having a moment in Atlanta, and the kitchen here is on top of it. The small plates are reasonably priced for the neighborhood, ranging from $6 to $17 and including a variety of vegetarian options. Standout plates are the burrata and the oxtail. Every Italian place requires some version of the burrata, and DZ’s goes all-in on the wintry delights of plum slices and scallion pesto. It’s a sweet but sassy interpretation with a nice sour-



dough bread and a fluffy cheese, a classic dish with unfussy modern updating.

D For the more adventurous, there’s the oxtail. Finely cut and not at all tough, the protein luxuriates in a bed of celery root puree, layered under frisee greenery and shredded Greek kataifi dough, then garnished with grapefruit. A finely textured and thoroughly playful vision of a shepherd’s pie, this dish truly shows the forward thinking going on in the kitchen. As for dessert, look beyond the flourless chocolate cake to the butterscotch budino and the pine nut tart, each $7. Budino is basically pudding in a jar, but it’s so thick and richly creamy that two people can share it and be full before reaching the bottom of the jar. The pine nut tart is an utterly more palatable adaptation of pecan pie, all the texture with a mercifully reduced sweetness. Did I mention the cocktails? Bless the bar manager, Nicholas Dolby, for hilarious names like the Stregasaurus, delicious riffs like the Architect’s old fashioned, and surreal new seasonals like El Pistolero.


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Police Blotter / Brookhaven From Brookhaven Police reports dated Nov. 27 through Dec. 4 .

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The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website and is presumed to be accurate.

„„3400 block of Buford Highway — On

ARRESTS Nov. 27, just after midnight, a man was arrested for loitering and prowling.

A S S AU LT S „„2000 block of North Druid Hills Road

— On Nov. 27, just after midnight, a simple assault was reported. „„3200 block of Buford Highway — On

Nov. 27, a man was arrested for battery. „„2000 block of Burton Plaza Lane —

On Nov. 28, a man was arrested for aggravated assault.

T H E F T A N D B U R G L A RY „„2900 block of Clairmont Road — On

Nov. 27, a theft was reported.


block of Peachtree Road — On Nov. 27, a man was arrested for driving with a suspended or revoked license. „„2600

block of Osborne Road — On Nov. 27, a man was arrested in the afternoon for public intoxication. „„3300 block of Buford Highway — On

„„1800 block of Corporate Boulevard —

On Nov. 28, a theft was reported from vehicle. „„3900 block of Buford Highway — On

Dec. 4, a woman was arrested for finan-

school bus.

„„2600 block of Buford Highway — On

„„3100 block of Buford Highway — After

Dec. 2, a man was arrested for failing to appear in court.

midnight on Nov. 29, a man was arrested for driving without a driver’s license. „„2800 block of Clairmont Road — On

Nov. 29, a man was arrested for driving without a driver’s license. North Druid Hills Road — On Nov. 29, a man was arrested for driving without a driver’s license.


3800 block of Buford Highway — On Nov. 29, a man was arrested for obstruction and interference. „„

„„4200 block of Peachtree Road — On

Nov. 27, officers arrested a man for driving without insurance.

Nov. 30, a man was arrested for aggravated stalking.

„„3700 block of Buford Highway — On

„„3300 block of Buford Highway — On

the afternoon of Nov. 28, a man was arrested for overtaking and passing a

Nov. 30, a man was arrested for disorderly conduct. „„3600 block of Buford Highway — On

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way — On Dec. 1, a man was arrested for driving without a driver’s license. way — On Dec. 1, a woman was arrested for failing to appear in court. „„2800 block of Clairmont Road — On

Dec. 2, a man was arrested for excessive speeding.

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„„4400 block of Peachtree Road — On

Dec. 2, a man was arrested for driving with a suspended license. „„2000 block of N. Druid Hills Road —

On Dec. 3, a man was arrested for disorderly conduct. „„1300 block of Oaklawn Avenue — On

Dec. 4, two men were arrested for the discharge of a weapon.

POSSESSION AND DUI „„3400 block of Buford Highway — On

Nov. 27, just after midnight, a man was arrested for marijuana possession. „„1600 block of Northeast Expressway/

Old Briarwood Road — On Nov. 27, during mid-morning, a man was arrested for driving under the influence. „„3600 block of Buford Highway — On

Nov. 27, in the evening, a man and woman were arrested for marijuana possession. „„2700 block of Buford Highway — On

Nov. 29, a man was arrested for marijuana possession. „„3000 block of Buford Highway — On

Dec. 1, a man was arrested for marijuana possession. 2800 block of Clairmont Highway — On Dec. 1, a man was arrested for driving under the influence. „„

„„ 1600 block of W. Nancy Creek — On Dec. 3, in the early morning, a man was arrested for driving under the influence and endangering the life of a child. „„Georgian Terrace — On Dec. 3, in the

„„2600 block of Buford Highway — On

morning, a man was arrested for marijuana possession.

Dec. 2, a woman was arrested for failing to appear.


„„2800 block of Clairmont Road — On

Dec. 2 in the early morning, a woman was arrested for excessive speeding. In the same block, an hour later on Dec. 2, another woman was arrested for excessive speeding. „„2900 block of Buford Highway — On

Dec. 2, a woman was arrested for improper use of a central turn lane. „„6200 block of Brixworth Place — On

Dec. 2, two men were arrested for disorderly conduct.

„„2900 block of Clairmont Road — On

Nov. 27, a man received a criminal trespass warning. „„3300 block of Buford Highway — On

Nov. 27, a traffic offense was reported. „„3300 block of Buford Hwy — On Nov.

27, officers issued a criminal trespass warning. „„3300 block of Clairmont Road — On

Nov. 28, officers issued a criminal trespass warning. BK

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Community Briefs AS H F OR D PA R K F OOTBRIDGE C LOSED FO R R EPAIR S The Ashford Park footbridge connecting Camille Drive and Valvedere Road is closed for repairs after a safety check deemed it unsafe. The city is working on plans for repairs and will reopen the bridge after repairs are completed. No timeline has been set to get the bridge fixed, according to a press release.

C L A C K ’ S C ORN ER I MP ROVEMENTS B EG IN, PA R K TO BE C LOSED F OR SI X W EEKS Construction at Clack’s Corner park has begun, making it necessary to close the park for about six weeks, according to a city press release. The City Council approved individual master plans for nine of the city’s parks in February. Clack’s Corner improvements include a monument sign with a seating area, a community lawn, a natural play area, new benches and brick pavers. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held early next year to mark completion of the project, according to the release.

TO Y S F OR TOTS C OL L EC TI ON S UND ERWAY Residents can drop off donations for Toys for Tots through Friday, Dec. 16, at city of Brookhaven facilities, including City Hall, the Brookhaven Police Department and Lynwood and Briarwood recreation centers, according to a press release. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at any of the four facilities between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Toys for Tots is a program of the U.S. Marine Corps. Collection sites: Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road; Brookhaven Police Department, 2665 Buford Highway; Lynwood Recreation Center, 3360 Osborne Road; and

Briarwood Recreation Center, 2235 Briarwood Way. For more information, call 404-637-0508. Visit for additional collection sites.

STATE SU P R EM E C O UR T O V ER TUR NS FO R M ER D EKA L B C EO ’S C O NV I C T IO N The Georgia Supreme Court threw out the conviction of former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis in an opinion issued Nov. 30, ruling Ellis did not receive a fair trial. Ellis was convicted in July 2015 of perjury and attempting to extort a campaign contribution from a county vendor. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Gov. Nathan Deal suspended Ellis from the county CEO position and Lee May took over as Interim CEO. In the 30-page opinion, the state Supreme Court states, “We find that the evidence presented at trial was sufficient to enable a rational trier of fact to find Ellis guilty of the two charges upon which he was ultimately convicted – one count of perjury and one count of attempt to commit theft by extortion – beyond a reasonable doubt.” Although the state Supreme Court agreed with the trial court that Ellis’ constitutional rights to due process and equal protection were not violated, “we must nevertheless reverse Ellis’ convictions based on certain evidentiary errors that occurred at his trial. Accordingly, we affirm in part and reverse in part to allow for a retrial on the charges of criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion and perjury,’” the opinion states. Ellis served eight months of his sentence and was released in March. The DeKalb DA’s office issued a statement to the decision: “While we respect the decision of the Georgia Supreme Court, we are obviously disappointed. The case has been remanded back to the DeKalb County Superior Court for retrial, however the decision to try the case again will rest with the incoming district attorney [Sherry Boston]. We appreciate that the court noted that there was sufficient evidence to support convictions for perjury and criminal attempt to commit theft by extortion. Our office is assessing whether or not to file a motion for reconsideration.”









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