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Actors recreate the scene of the birth of Jesus on Dec. 3 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Glenridge Drive. More than 200 loaned Nativity sets were on display in the church’s fourth annual Nativity Celebration. The two-evening festival included children’s crafts, jazz ensembles and a choir/audience sing-along to Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

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Education, health care and renewed debate over a “religious liberty” bill are issues likely to be back before the Georgia Legislature this year, Fulton County lawmakers say. After voters rejected Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District referendum in November, others ways of reforming the state’s education system are expected to be brought up in the 2017 session. Rep. Beth Beskin (R-Buckhead) said she supports “student-based funding” which allocates money to schools based on a formula that takes into account students’ particular needs. Beskin said she also plans to keep pushing her proposed legislation to provide tax credits to a person who buys a home and moves into an elementary school district that is in the bottom 5 percent of the state’s districts by performance. Moving people into underpopulated areas will help rid the areas of economic blight, she See FULTON on page 14

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A long-awaited study and design of widening Hammond Drive between Barfield and Roswell roads will begin sometime next year after the City Council approved it Dec. 6. The council also approved buying another Hammond house as a placeholder, if the widening project is ever carried out. City Public Works Director Garrin Coleman said it will take several months to bid See CITY on page 11


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The city opened its new Marsh Creek Rain Garden Park to the public with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 6. The park at 100 Johnson Ferry Road, just north of Sandy Springs Circle, is a stormwater management pond that doubles as a park with a path, fountain, boardwalk overlook and other amenities. It uses plants to filter pollutants from stormwater. Appropriately, the park opened on a rainy day. The $4.6 million facility serves as a test project. If it works well, city officials say, it could inform future projects. The park provides a memorial to the late Celia Klardie, who served as the city’s stormwater services director and championed the project. Her parents, Mabel and Hugh Durden, attended the opening ceremony.

CITY R EVER SES LAN DU SE CHANG E THAT FU EL ED TO W NHO M E D ISPUTE

City officials have reversed a change to the new land-use plan that would have permitted a controversial 28-unit townhome project to replace eight houses in the Glenridge Hammond neighborhood.

The city decided to keep the properties as a “Protected Neighborhood” rather than a higher-density designation in response to “strong community input,” said city spokesperson Sharon Kraun. The draft of the land-use plan, known as the Comprehensive Plan, was approved for technical review by the state by City Council on Dec. 6. It is unclear what impact the land-use reversal has on the townhome plan by Sandy Springs-based Monte Hewitt Homes. The company did not respond to an email. The Character Area map in the city’s current Comp Plan does not allow such higher-density replacement housing on the properties, which are bordered by Hilderbrand Drive and Johnson Ferry and Harleston roads. The first draft of the new Comp Plan, issued in July, had the properties remaining as a “Protected Neighborhood”— meaning a single-family home area. In an unannounced change, the next draft in October switched those properties to the higher-density designation. Nearby residents learned of the change when Monte Hewitt Homes filed plans for the townhome project with documents that noted the new land-use plan would allow the project. Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert said the land-use change was made partly due to the eight homeowners looking to sell out for redevelopment, and partly because the city thought a higher-density “transition” area works there. At a Nov. 21 community meeting about the townhome plan, residents expressed strong opposition to the plan and to the underlying land-use change. Members of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods voiced concerns about land-use changes being made to suit a particular development.

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DECEMBER 9 - 22, 2016 ■ www.ReporterNewspapers.net The final draft of the Comp Plan, issued Dec. 2, reversed the land-use switch at the Hildebrand/Harleston site—yet also tweaked it further after officials realized one of the properties now is zoned for office and commercial use. Tolbert said at the council meeting the property, 339 Johnson Ferry Road N.E., is now designated as the “City Springs” mixed-use character area in the draft Comp Plan.

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Michael Perry has been named the city’s new Parks and Recreation director, replacing a predecessor who left in October after a news report he had forged a signature on a probation document. Perry, who starts the job Jan. 3, previously directed Alpharetta’s parks department for 25 years. He replaces Ronnie Young, who left after WSB-TV reported allegations from the Athens-Clarke County probation office that Young had forged an employee’s signature on a community service document for his son, who was cleaning up Sandy Springs parks as punishment for an underage alcohol offense. In Alpharetta, Perry oversaw the creation of four parks, among other work, according to a city of Sandy Springs press release. “Michael’s depth of experience aligns well with our current needs to manage growth of park space as well as to take recreation programming to its next level,” said Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough in the press release. “He also has a familiarity with the city, enabling Michael to quickly ramp up within the organization.”

NEW A PA R T M EN T F I RE SAFET Y R EQ UI REMEN TS A PPR O V ED

Apartment complexes will be required to have some fire-stopping devices under new safety rules approved by City Council on Dec. 6. Apartments without sprinklers now must have stovetop and regular fire extinguishers as well as a fire-resistant paint on any untreated wood surfaces, such as in attic spaces. The new rules also tighten inspection and reporting requirements for privately owned fire hydrants; set out requirements for firefighters’ access to gates and locked doors; and mandate a fire safety education packet to be given to all tenants.

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al Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare”; with Georgia Medicaid; and with Georgia PeachCare for Kids. The navigators can help people figure out if they are eligible for coverage, and help them apply for financial assistance, compare health plans and sign up. For Affordable Care Act enrollment, people can get a head start by opening at account at healthcare.gov. For people who do not have a computer, the Fulton County navigators can sign them up on computers at the Service Center. Health insurance enrollment usually takes 60 to 90 minutes, according to a county press release. People should bring official identification; proof of current insurance, if any; and proof of income, such as recent paycheck stubs, W-2 forms or wage and tax statements, if appropriate. The free help is provided by the county’s Department of Health and Wellness in partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine and Insure Georgia, a nonpartisan organization created to offer health insurance sign-up help. Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, call 404-612-2273. The North Fulton Service Center is located at 7741 Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. The health insurance navigators are available for walk-in visitors every Tuesday through Jan. 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., except no service is scheduled on Dec. 27.

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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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• ½ teaspoon pepper • 2 cloves minced garlic • 1 teaspoon paprika • 2 small sweet onions diced

Directions

Ingredients

• 1 teaspoon salt

1. Layer shrimp and onion rings in a large container. 2. Combine the remaining ingredients and pour mixture over shrimp and onions. 3. Seal tightly and refrigerate. 4. Turn container over every 6 hours during the first day and every 12 hours after. 5. Marinate at least 24 hours and up to 3 days. 6. Drain and serve in bowl with toothpicks.

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• 4 stalks celery, chopped

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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-

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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.

Ingredients

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

Coating

Dredge

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

Directions

• 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

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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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RIVERWOOD INTERNATIONAL CHARTER SCHOOL CHOCOLATE PIE

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.

Ingredients

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.

Ingredients

CARIBBEAN SWEET POTATO PIE

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.

Directions

Directions

• 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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HOLIDAY RUM CAKE

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

Ingredients

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

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• 1 stick butter • 2 ounces liquor

Directions

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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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“Definitely going to see my family. My extended family lives in Minnesota. We all go to church, eat dinner together and open presents.” Lisa Cameron

“It’s nice to have everyone together. It doesn’t happen that often. ... We’re new to the area and working on establishing traditions, but we like to decorate the house [and] have a big dinner and a brunch for the kids after the gifts.” James Drago

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City funds Hammond widening study, buys another house Continued from page 1 the study contract and 18 to 24 months to complete the work. The largely two-lane stretch of Hammond Drive through the area has been the focus of widening proposals for a decade. The proposals have been locally controversial as potentially increasing traffic and reducing property values, but got good overall public support as an item on the city’s transportation special local option sales tax ballot question that Fulton County voters approved last month. The current widening concepts include not only vehicle lanes, but also sidewalks and possible mass transit of some sort. The TSPLOST will help to fund the study and design, but not construction, which would be roughly another decade away, if the study determines it is worth doing. City Councilmember Chris Burnett was elected last year after expressing skepticism about the widening idea during the campaign. At the council meeting, he called for expanding the study’s scope to look at traffic impacts along the Mount Vernon Highway corridor to Riverside Drive because Hammond could become an even bigger east-west commuter corridor that he likened to a new I-285. He also wanted a “team of residents” assembled to review and give input “at the appropriate time.” Councilmember Tibby DeJulio said he wants to be sure the study includes a true no-widening option, not just the stan-

dard “no-build” option that is typical in planning studies. He said there should be an option that improves the street with bike lanes and similar amenities if it is not widened, and Coleman said that can be included. Councilmembers indicated they received some comments from residents asking to delay the study until various real estate and road projects are complete, but that will not happen. “Is there ever perfect time to do a study?” Mayor Rusty Paul asked Coleman, receiving the “no” he appeared to expect. The study is estimated to cost $500,000, according to a city memo. The city currently has a $240,000 grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission and the council approved a 20 percent funding match. TSPLOST funds will start coming in April. In the meantime, the city has purchased seven residential properties on Hammond as “protective buys” to get them at lower prices in case the widening eventually happens. The council approved the purchase of yet another property, a house at 400 Hammond Drive at the intersection with Hilderbrand Drive, for $325,000. The city earlier this year purchased properties at 372, 418, 521, 550 and 590 Hammond. The 521 Hammond house will be used in the short-term as affordable housing for a police officer, and City Manager John McDonough said it is likely 400 will be, too. The others will be demolished in coming weeks, he said.

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handle any new developments filed in the next few months, before the new Comp Plan is formally approved. The Sandy Springs’ new land-use plan is council agreed with city staff that a headed for state review after the City moratorium on development applicaCouncil approved a final draft Dec. 6. tions is not appropriate. Mayor Rusty The state review is largely a formaliPaul said the council would simply keep ty and some small changes to the draft the new Comp Plan’s goals in mind durComprehensive Land Use Plan may still ing any reviews—“looking through the happen. The council’s approval essenwindshield rather than necessarily tially marked the end of an 18-month through the rear-view mirror.” public input process—and the beginUnder the new Comp Plan, about 67 ning of a new one to rewrite the city’s percent of the city’s land area is deszoning code. ignated as “Protected Neighborhood.” The Comp Plan, as it’s commonHigher-density redevelopment is limitly known, is a 10-year policy and planed to major road corridors and public ning document guiding land use and transit nodes. redevelopment. Its “The greatest asset this vision serves as the community has and albasis for the city’s ways has had is its neighzoning code, which borhoods,” Paul said, is being rewritten in while also noting the a process that will Comp Plan’s modern ideas I’ll just tell you the kick into high gear for walkable districts in early 2017. The political reality of along Roswell Road. new Comp Plan also Councilmembers this... Those neighincludes “small area praised residents for their plans” giving more borhoods are only extensive input in the long detailed attention process. Paul noted that as protected as four to Roswell Road, still more input is needPerimeter Center, votes on this council. ed, as the Comp Plan is MARTA stations and just the “skeleton” for the RUSTY PAUL Powers Ferry Landzoning code to come. The MAYOR ing. mayor also pointed out The overall Comp that, however lofty the viPlan has been well-received at public sions in the Comp Plan are, constant meetings. City Councilmember Andy public vigilance and input are needBauman said it “reflects the will of the ed, because the council always has the community.” power to approve a rezoning contrary Most public comment at the counto it. cil meeting was about a controversial “I’ll just tell you the political reality change of eight Glenridge Hammond of this,” he said. “Those neighborhoods neighborhood properties from singleare only as protected as four votes on family “Protected Neighborhood” to a this council.” higher density use at the request of a The Comp Plan and the new zoning particular group proposing a neighborcode are part of the city’s “Next Ten” hood sell-out for a townhome project. planning process. For more informaThe city has reversed that change. tion, see thenext10.org. Another concern has been how to johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

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Shopping center cleanup deal done, site may stay all-retail BY JOHN RUCH

“hazardous” sites, as long as the cleanup is finished as promised. The shopping center, located in the A 9-acre shopping center at 7300 Rosouthwest corner of the intersection of swell Road appears headed for redevelRoswell and Dalrymple roads, dates to opment after the state recently approved 1969, according to Fulton County propera pollution cleanup deal. The revamped ty records. Big Lots, its most recent anchor North Springs Center will remain all-restore, closed earlier this year as North tail, but with “higher-end” businesses, Springs Associates has prepared it for a reaccording to City Councilmember Ken development-oriented sale. The shopping Dishman, who represents the area. center is now largely empty. In his newsletter, Dishman said the developer plans to conduct a “partial demolition of some of the existing structures, perform an extensive renovation of much of the current footprint and perhaps even add more retail space FILE PHOTO closer to the road.” The North Springs Center at 7300 Roswell “Most important, there Road as it appeared last year. is no intention to simply The shopping center’s buyer, accordapply ‘lipstick to the pig’ and bring more ing to state records, is Buckhead-based discount retailers into the existing footBlanchard Real Estate, an investment manprint,” Dishman continued. “Instead, it agement firm specializing in retail projects. appears the new owner plans to sign on Blanchard did not respond to an email a host of higher-end retailers and resseeking information about the sale, and taurants, including a coffee shop that I Peyton Nunez, an attorney representing know will generate much joy and fanfare the buyer in the pollution cleanup deal, in these parts!” declined to comment. State Environmental Protection Division officials involved in the cleanup deal said Blanchard has not divulged its redevelopment plans. In his regular constituent newsletter, Dishman reported the sale and gave sevSaturday, December 10 9 to 11 a.m. eral details about the developer’s plans, without naming Blanchard. Dishman Bring your children and grandchildren said he is “not at liberty to say” where he (and everyone who believes) for this fun event! got the information. Waffle bar Photos with Santa Register to win a $25 gift card In the newsletter, Dishman described the plan as “a large scale transformation of the site as a new retail destination.” While townhomes are allowed and supported by the neighborhood as a mixed use, he said, none will be built in the short term due Tuesday, December 13 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. to the site’s pollution issues. According to Wine & cheese Meet our team Tour our furnished models EPD, a housing-oriented use requires more thorough cleanup than a retail use would. The pollution is chemicals that leaked from a former dry cleaners. North Springs Associates, the longtime owner of the shopping center, has worked for Saturday, December 17 1 to 4 p.m. over a year on cleanup with supervision Bring your gifts to Towne Club Windermere and we’ll wrap them for you! from the state EPD. On Oct. 11, the EPD approved a deal for the site under the state “brownfields” profor any or all these events at (770) 844-7779 gram that provides Blanchard with limited financial and legal liability for the cleanup, keeping the seller mostly on the hook, according to Kevin Collins, a unit coordinator in EPD’s Response and RemeAt each of these special events, diation Program. The intent is to make a you may drop off your unwrapped sale—and the cleanup—happen faster. Toys for Tots donation and help make 3950 Towne Club Pkwy. the holidays special for those in need. Collins said that EPD has reviewed the Cumming, GA 30041 For each toy donated, your name latest cleanup test results and, on Nov. 21, will be entered into a drawing determined that the shopping center will for a $25 gift card. TowneClubWindermere.com not be listed on the EPD’s official list of johnruch@reporternewspapers.net

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fect will be. Many may want to get the session over faster so they can camsaid, and also help the schools. paign. And it’s probably true people Health care is also expected to be a will be distracted if they are running major issue in the 2017 session. Presifor something else. But will this temper dent-elect Donald Trump has promised what happens this session or not reto repeal the Affordable mains to be seen.” Care Act and Beskin said State Rep. Wendell Willegislators will have to have lard (R-Sandy Springs) serious discussions about noted there could be probrural hospitals and indilems created for the Fulgent care. ton County delegation The nomination of U.S. caused by the resignations Rep. Tom Price (R-Roswell) of state lawmakers who to become secretary of the decide to run for the fedfederal Health and Hueral office. “There are five man Services department legislators interested and as part of the Trump adSPECIAL if they do run, they have to ministration is expected to State Rep. Beth Beskin resign their seats,” Willard have an effect at the state said. “And that results in a Legislature, too, especially on the Fulton major hole in the Fulton County deleCounty delegation. gation.” The scramble to see who will run to State Sen. Judson Hill (R-Marietta), represent Georgia’s 6th District in Conwhose District 32 includes a part of gress once Price vacates the seat is exSandy Springs, announced Nov. 30 he pected to include several state lawmakers, was running. State Sen. John Albers (Rwho would then have to resign their seats. Roswell), whose district also includes “A lot of the session will be colored a portion of Sandy Springs, is “prayerand flavored by those running for Tom fully considering” a run for Price’s ofPrice’s seat ... and many are in the Legisfice. Others on the list of potential canlature,” Beskin said. didates whose names have been floated “I don’t know what the cascading efas candidates to succeed Price include

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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.

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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.

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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: stagedoorplayers.net, TIX.com or 770-396-1726.

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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 ilana.schlam@atlantajcc.org 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: dekalblibrary.org/events or 770-512-4640.

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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: dunwoodynature.org/winter-break-camp 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-

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Police Blotter / Sandy Springs The following incidents and arrests represent some, but not all, of the reports filed with Sandy Springs police from Nov. 26 through Dec. 2. The following information was provided by Capt. Steve Rose of the Sandy Springs Police Department from its records and the information is presumed to be accurate.

B U R G L A RY „„1900 block of Monterrey Parkway —

On Nov. 26, a resident reported that she was gone for several days and during that time someone entered through a back window, possibly unlocked. Items such as a laptop and flat-screen TV were left untouched while several other items including a video game system and games were taken. „„7000 block of Glisten Avenue — On

Nov. 26, a resident reported that someone entered her home through a window. She was notified by her alarm service while away from her home. Her mother was on site, but upstairs sleeping. It appears the car keys were taken to a loaner car she had. The burglar left

a black sock. „„1000

block of Brentwood Way — On Nov. 26, the resident said he returned from work and found his apartment ransacked. Outside his back window, he saw CAPT. STEVE ROSE, SSPD srose@sandyspringsga.gov an 8-foot ladder leading to the window. Electronic items including a laptop were stolen. „„Barbara Lane — On Nov. 29, someone

entered an unoccupied home through a basement door after shattering the glass with a football-size rock, which set off the alarm. It appeared that the burglars were looking for appliances to steal, but the alarm scared the suspect(s) off. „„5200 block of Green Oak Court — On

Nov. 29, someone removed an AC unit from a home that is under construction. „„Silverwood Road — On Nov. 29, offi-

cers responding to an alarm call found

evidence of attempted force entry to the back of the home, screen, and window trim. Nothing was taken. „„300 block of Highbrook Drive — On

Nov. 29, the resident left for approximately an hour and on return found forced entry to the front door. The home had been ransacked and a number of items were taken. „„Parkgate Drive — On Nov. 30, the resi-

dent said someone came into the apartment through an unlocked window and a few items were taken. „„100 block of Nesbit Ferry Place —

On Dec. 1, the resident said he noticed his garage door slightly open when he returned home from work. The home had been ransacked but nothing was missing. The owner is in the process of moving and there was little to take.

THEFT „„2000 block of Spring Creek Lane.

— On Nov. 27, a resident said his friend called and said he was coming to visit.

The victim said the door was unlocked and to come in. A half-hour later, the victim returned home to find several items taken. The victim knows the subject only as “David” with a street name of “Red.” He contacted “Red,” who denied stealing anything. „„Okay here’s a good tip: If you know

someone by their suspicious street name but you don’t know their real last name, don’t offer up your home to them. That’s an inside joke because all street names are suspicious. These names include: Stub, Cannon Head, Iron Head, Dead Head, etc. If any of your friends have street names similar to this, don’t offer up your home. 4900 block of Roswell Road — On Nov. 29, a woman reported that her car was stolen from a gas station’s gas pumps. When she got out to pay, a man got in and drove off. Her phone and personal items were in the car including the keys that he used to start it and drive off. Among the items in the Cherokee Jeep Latitude were $500 cash and an iPhone. The sus„„

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DECEMBER 9 - 22, 2016 ■ www.ReporterNewspapers.net pects attempted to use a credit card at a Chevron Station on Sylvan Road a while later, but it was declined. This particular area has pumps very close to where you pay so don’t assume since it is, no one would dare risk stealing your car. Take the keys and better yet, lock it. Simple fix. „„5700

block of Roswell Road — On Nov. 29, a 46-year-old man reported that a woman drove up to him at a gas station and asked directions. He let her use his phone, and then went into the store for something to write directions down for her. In the meantime, she drove off. This is actually a sad story because the victim said the phone contained photos of his daughter who is deceased. (Side note: Send those digital photos off to be printed. It’s inexpensive.) „„Hampton Drive — On Nov. 29, a

25-year-old man reported that when he returned home to his apartment complex, he saw a woman dragging a mattress across the lot. The mattress was in fact his, confirmed by the shipping address on the box. The woman said the mattress was her daughter’s. He reclaimed the mattress but declined to press theft charges on the woman. „„7300 block of Cardigan Circle — On

Nov. 29, a 37-year-old woman said someone stole her car sometime around or just after 6 p.m. She said that she lost her keys, possibly in the parking lot, on the previous Sunday. „„Northwood Drive — A 32-year-old

man said he rented an apartment room on Northwood Drive back in June. He was supposed to live there from June to August but after five days, the landlord kicked them out for non- payment of the rent. He told the officer he actually paid $400 to a man he knew under the name

of “El Pissa” who apparently pocketed ONE PERSON KILLED, ANOTHER INJURED IN SHOOTING the money but didn’t pay the rent. He AT SANDY SPRINGS APARTMENTS confronted El Pissa and when he menSandy Springs police are investigating the Nov. 25 shooting death of a womtioned he was calling the cops, El Pissa an at the Avalon Townhomes complex. took off running down Northwood toPolice say Cierra Ford, 25, a Clark Atlanta University student, was found dead at ward Roswell Road. By the way, the man about 3 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 25, from an apparent gunshot wound. Her body was in 3181 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30305 said “El Pissa” means friend from the the bedroom of one on the units. The complex is located at 165 North River Drive. same community or region. Well Police also reported that Tyrique Lobban was found sitting on the sidewalk that one’s ripe for interpretation. outside the complex with an apparent gunshot wound to his left upper arm. Lobban was treated at the scene and then taken to North Fulton Hospital.

THEFTS FROM VEHICLES

„„ There were a number of thefts

between Nov. 26 and Dec. 1 from cars in the 5000 block of Roswell Road including Round Hill Condos and other areas south of that. Several of the cars were unlocked. A car was stolen in the Southern Trace Apartments at 5320 Roswell that could have been used by the crew doing the theft from cars. „„6400 block of Roswell Road — On Nov.

29, a 39-year old man said he was at a nightclub and at some point he placed his wallet on the counter where he was sitting. Someone apparently snatched it and its contents including credit cards, ID, and $450 cash.

A S S AU LT „„8600 block of Roswell Road — On Nov.

26, officers met with the medical staff at the DeKalb Medical Center regarding a man who said he was shot in the thigh in the parking lot of a bar. He said he didn’t remember how he got to the hospital from there (no 9-1-1 call was made) and did not know who shot him. He thinks that it was a ricochet. He said he knows nothing else. There was no crime scene, shells found, etc. „„200 block of Northwood Drive — On

Nov. 30, a 26-year-old man said he was beaten up by a man who is 6’-5” and 500 pounds. The victim is 5’-7.” Alcohol was involved.

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