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Wishing tree offers place to ‘take a moment to appreciate everything’ BY JOE EARLE

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Debra Minkley checks some of the paper tags covered with wishes that she has hung on on a tree in front of her home on Powers Ferry Road. Passersby write down their wishes, which she displays on the Wishing Tree. ‘The idea is kind of to throw them to the wind,’ she said.

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Dozens of brightly colored paper tags flutter in the breeze. They’re tied to the bare limbs of a dogwood like leaves that haven’t yet fallen for the change of seasons. They record wishes. “The idea is kind of to throw them to the wind,” said Debra Minkley, who started the Buckhead wishing tree in her front yard Thanksgiving weekend. Minkley made the first wish herself. Since then, passersby on Powers Ferry Road have stopped and left dozens more. They fill out tags with colorful Sharpie pens from the roadside display Minkley set up at the foot of her dogwood tree. A small sign instructs a visitor to record a wish on one side of a tag and to record something he or she is grateful for on the other. Visitors leave their wishes in a glass jar. Minkley collects them, laminates them or covers them with waterproof tape and hangs them from the tree. The wishes cover a lot of territory. “Some of them are poignant,” Minkley said. Some seek peace, for the wish-maker, or for others, or for the world. Some ask for improved health or improved love lives. Others are more idiosyncratic: “I am grateful to be SEE WISH, PAGE 26

Trails show where walkers really want to go BY JOHN RUCH

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Dunwoody resident Rashaud Stockdale walks to work on Cotillion Drive in a rut worn in the roadside grass. The road is a major connector to I-285 and the Georgetown commercial district, but for pedestrians, it’s like rural pastureland. “I’d say it feels dangerous,” Stockdale says of the off-road hike he sometimes has to make in the dark. Meanwhile, in Sandy Springs, Cedron Tigner escorts his visually impaired relative Hershell Horton along Hammond Drive. Instead of a sidewalk, there’s a muddy trail, studded with exposed tree roots and stones, which looks imported from a backwoods park. “Taking a chance every time,” Horton says of his walk to a convenience store. These trails blazed by pedestrians are known as “desire paths” or “desire lines”—or, more picturesquely, “goat

trails.” For decades, Atlanta’s car-centric suburbs left pedestrians to fend for themselves. But that’s changing. Sidewalks are now replacing desire paths on such routes as Buford Highway in Atlanta and Brookhaven. But finding the money can be tough, and public accessibility can still spark debates over keeping desire paths in such places as Buckhead’s Atlanta Memorial Park. Desire paths are “especially common in areas where people have no choice except to walk or use public transit” because they don’t own cars, said Sally Flocks, president and CEO of the Atlanta-based pedestrian advocacy group PEDS. “I think attitudes nationwide are changing. I do think a lot more people want the sidewalks,” Flocks said. SEE ROADSIDE, PAGE 10

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Atlanta City Council has removed Buckhead from a long-term streetcar expansion plan, according to the city. The far-reaching enlargement of the system was proposed to be folded into the city’s official transportation blueprint, the ‘Connect Atlanta Plan’. A streetcar line along Peachtree Road from the Lindbergh MARTA station to Lenox Square was listed as a ‘priority’ extension. During the council’s Dec. 7 meeting, Councilman Howard Shook, who represents much of Buckhead, offered the amendment to eliminate the Buckhead streetcar route from both the text and the accompanying map, the city said in a press release. “We know from previous analysis and discussion that a lot more thought needs to be put into this,” Shook said in the release. “The day may come when the public will support sharing precious Peachtree Road capacity with streetcars, but today isn’t it.” A recent Buckhead Business Association survey conducted by the DeFeo Groupe of 167 people who live, work of play in Buckhead found little support for the streetcar, the organization said. Though respondents identified traffic as the biggest problem facing Buckhead, only about 31 percent thought the streetcar was important or very important. About 57 percent thought it was not very important or not important at all, the organization said in a press release. About a third of the respondents said adding a streetcar in Buckhead would make traffic worse. “I would support more mass transit as long as it is not the streetcar,” one respondent submitted as part of the survey, according to a press release. Said another: “A streetcar would be great, but the area lacks the infrastructure framework to sustain a streetcar … other than on Peachtree Street, which is not ideal at all.”

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The board of NPU-B recommended approval of the rezoning of the former site of the Garden Hills Shopping Center for a 135,000-square-foot mixed-use development that would include mostly offices. Brand Properties proposes a 135-foot-tall building on the property at 2839 Peachtree Road that would include one to two levels of shops or restaurants and five levels of office space on its Peachtree frontage. Brand hopes to start work on the project next summer, President Michael Hoath said. The building will be on property that once was home to the Garden Hills Cinema and adjacent shops. The shopping center was destroyed by fire in 2013. After consultation with nearby residents, including those in the neighboring Garden Hills community, the company scaled back its proposal from eight levels to seven and moved the BR I EF S building forward on the property, toward Peachtree, Hoath said. Hoath said the developers had held 25 meetings with groups interested in the project. “We’re going to be good neighbors,” he told the NPU-B board. “We’ve made a considerable number of concessions.” Residents of the next-door Alhambra condominium continue to object to some aspects of the project. The condo board asked NPU-B board members to require the building to be designed “to keep the current transitional height plane intact” so as not to block the light and view of some condo owners. It also asked that NPU-B board recommend removal of a driveway onto Peachtree. The NPU-B board did not add those restrictions to the plan, but did recommend that the developer monitor the effects of construction on the historic condominium.

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Atlanta Braves fans should have better highway access to the new ballpark under construction in Cobb County than they now do to Turner Field, a team marketing official said recently. “The location is really important. Some people are asking, ‘What will the traffic be like?’ We are not solving traffic in Atlanta. That is not the Atlanta Braves’ responsibility,” Derek Schiller, executive vice president of sales and marketing for the Braves, told about 50 members of the Buckhead Business Association on Dec. 3. “We are selecting a location that has very strong access. You can get to it many ways.” Drivers will approach new SunTrust Park, located at the intersection of I-285 and I-75 in Cobb County, on interstates from four directions, he said. Once drivers leave the interstate, they will benefit from road network improvements already made in the area by the Cumberland Community Improvement District. Car access to Turner Field is more restricted, he said, because most drivers are coming from the north and must use only a couple of exits to get to the baseball stadium. “It’s a malaise. It’s difficult. It’s a difficult thing to navigate,” he said. “The number one thing that everyone cites is getting to the ballpark. We know this has been an issue.” Improved highway access was not the only reason Schiller gave for the Braves’ decision to relocate to Cobb, a decision some fans have criticized because of lack of MARTA access. Turner Field did not belong to the ball club, he said, but instead was owned by a public agency, with the Braves as tenants. The 20-yearold ball field, built for 1996 Olympics, also needed millions of dollars in maintenance, he said. And the Cobb site for the new stadium, scheduled to open in

2017, stands closer to the areas where Braves ticket buyers live. “We are moving 10 miles closer to our fan base,” he told the BBA members gathered at the City Club of Buckhead, which is located in the 3300 block of Peachtree Road. “You’re closer to SunTrust Park today as you sit here [than to Turner Field]. Buckhead is important to us. We feel we are very connected to Buckhead.” The new park will be smaller than Turner Field – providing room for about 41,000 seats, as opposed to the roughly 50,000 at the existing park, Schiller said. But SunTrust Park will offer more “premium” seats, he said, and will offer seats at field level for some fans in the outfield. The Cobb property also offered the Braves a chance to develop a housing, office and entertainment complex around the stadium. The new development, called The Battery Atlanta, will include 550 apartments, restaurants, shops, a microbrewery, a hotel and a concert venue named for a longtime Buckhead rock club. “We’re bringing back the Roxy Atlanta [concert hall],” Schiller said. “We’re reinvigorating the Roxy name. Were super excited about that.” Schiller said the goal was to build a development that would be “lively on game days or non-game days.” “This is a galvanizing project, we believe, for the entire region,” he said. Although some fans have criticized the team for moving out of the city of Atlanta, Schiller said the Braves draw their fan base from across north Georgia. “This should not be about Cobb County,” he said. “It should not be about Atlanta. It should be about the entire area. ... We expect this project will affect everyone”

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City’s new sustainability director: Atlanta can lead on solar energy BY DYANA BAGBY As a child, Stephanie Stuckey Benfield took walks along Cumberland Island beach with her father, Georgia Congressman Bill Stuckey. It was on this stretch of land with her dad – and also while boating on the Okefenokee Swamp and while camping with her family – where Benfield learned to love the outdoors. “My father was in Congress representing South and Middle Georgia. We had a home there [on Cumberland Island] and spent every summer there,” Benfield said. Rep. Stuckey, a Democrat from Eastman, drafted the federal legislation ensuring the protection of Cumberland Island from development and keeping its natural habitat unharmed. He was also instrumental in pushing through federal legislation to protect Okefenokee Swamp in the 1970s. Watching her father work to conserve the land he loved made a significant impression on Benfield. “My father was politically involved in environmental issues. I remember him advocating on these issues. And we went outdoors a fair amount. Be-

ing around that gives you an appreciation for nature at an early age,” she said. As the Director of Sustainability for the city of Atlanta, named to the post in April by Mayor Kasim Stephanie Reed, Benfield Stuckey Benfield has taken her love of the outdoors and has fashioned it into a career of working to conserve and preserve the city’s, and the state’s, natural resources. Before heading up the city’s Office of Sustainability, Benfield, who is an attorney, served three years as the executive director of GreenLaw, a nonprofit organization providing legal and technical support on environmental issues. (“The perfect marriage between my love for the environment and my love of the law,” she said.) Before that, Benfield was a well-known member of

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2020. Also, in the near future, the city plans to purchase 20 electric vehicles for city employees to use; currently, the city has two donated electric cars. About 200 city buildings now are being retrofitted for energy and water efficiency through an energy and savings contract as well. But it is in the area of solar energy where Benfield sees Atlanta being a leader for the entire state. Benfield said she aims to install about 1.5 megawatts of solar power in cityowned buildings. “I think the city of Atlanta can serve as a leader on solar energy and really help advance the solar industry in the south. Good, clean energy is good for business, saves money and creates green jobs,” she said. And while her job is about finding ways to conserve the environment, Benfield makes sure to find time also to enjoy the natural resources Atlanta and Georgia have to offer and to enjoy the great outdoors with her husband and two children, as she did as a child with her family. Because being outside, communing with trees and rivers and family, is what makes the work worthwhile, she said. “I just find it therapeutic to be outdoors. I enjoy camping, hiking, paddling,” she says. For the past several summers, she and her husband and two children have participated in Paddle Georgia, a project of the Georgia River Network, where people paddle for eight days and over 100 miles on different rivers. “Being outside, with clean air and water, is where you can interact with others on a real and human level, when you don’t have the usual distractions you have in usual work day – you don’t have cellphones or TV or computers,” she said. “I love not only to be able to be out in nature but to be in nature with my family.”

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Innovation Academy chair: ‘Great amount of work to perform’ before school opens next fall Brookhaven Innovation Academy is a recently approved public charter school slated to open in the 2016-17 school year and serve students in Brookhaven and surrounding communities. BIA will begin with 420 students in grades K-6 and, under its charter, will eventually expand to 540 K-8 students. BIA’s board is now in a fast-paced search for a school building locaJENNIFER tion, and recently hired Brookhaven City Councilman Bates MattiLANGLEY son as its interim executive director, which led to a city ethics review of GUEST COLUMN his dual jobs. Reporter Newspapers asked BIA Board Chair Jennifer Self Langley, who also runs the Buckhead-based JL Events & Association Management, to describe BIA’s current status.

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What are the steps in BIA’s process for getting the school open by August 2016? BIA has a great amount of work to perform prior to school opening in fall 2016. Coordinating this essential work needed in an effective and focused manner is one of the key reasons we recently elected to add four highly experienced board members with specialized talents we felt were needed to assist us in opening the school, as well as our decision to hire a full-time executive director. We have also established a committee to review board development and board strategy for the short and long term of BIA. Additionally, we are working diligently to research and secure highly qualified vendors to fulfill the needs of the school.

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The board members of BIA are looking for the best location available to create an outstanding school with a focus on utilizing technology to teach our children the job skills required for success in the 21st century economy. Furthermore, a school that will inspire teachers to utilize their talents to their fullest extent, and also develop those talents further over time to create a learning environment to meet and hopefully exceed the standards outlined in our charter provided by the State of Georgia Charter Schools Commission. To that end, we are looking at multiple locations in the Brookhaven region. No location is definitely in or out.

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Is there a possibility the school will not open on schedule next August? What happens if it doesn’t? We will open in fall 2016 in either a permanent or temporary location. BIA Interim Executive Director Bates Mattison recently came under an ethics review regarding his other position as a Brookhaven city councilman. Does BIA think that ethics review was necessary and has it affected the process of starting the school?

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The BIA board elected to hire Councilman Mattison because of his unique experience in opening the city of Brookhaven as city councilman, as well as his being an instrumental part of obtaining the charter for Brookhaven Innovation Academy. The report was not necessary. However, due diligence is important for any private or public organization or association. We are pleased that the report came back affirming there was no conflict or ethical issues in Mr. Mattison taking the role as the BIA executive director to further assist our efforts to open in fall 2016.

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A flock of Eagles flies together at Troop 304 Eagle Scouts are supsupportive of each other.” posed to be rare birds. It Baker remembered takes years of work to bewhen a lot of scouts started come an Eagle and scout dropping out of the troop leaders say that only a in middle school. Havsmall fraction of the boys ing a group of friends he’d who take part in scouting known since first grade earn the program’s highest stick with scouting made it rank. easier for him keep going. But this year, the boys “If these people weren’t in in Troop 304 at Lovett it, I don’t know if I could School apparently didn’t have done it,” he said. AROUND get the message. In NoA little friendly compeTOWN vember, Troop 304 gradtition helped, too. “Other uated its own flock of Eaguys getting their projects JOE EARLE gles. This group claimed done ... it’s kind of a kick their Eagle badges in in the butt,” said Freddy numbers usually reserved for eggs or Achecar, whose Eagle project installed doughnuts: There are a cool dozen of posts for displaying signs at Chastain them. Park. “I think we beat the odds,” former Their Eagle projects now pop up Troop 304 Scoutmaster Kevin Link all over Buckhead and a few other arsaid one recent evening as eas. Taken together, their he and some of the boys projects contributed more gathered at Lovett’s Scout than 1,500 hours of comHut. munity service and inThese aren’t Troop 304’s volved more than 130 volfirst Eagles. The Lovettunteers, the troop said in based troop has produced a press release. about 100 Eagles since Griffin Leinbeck refurit was chartered in 1996, bished duck boxes at the Link said. The troop acBlue Heron Nature Centually has twice before ter. Sam Baker worked on awarded more than a dozthe community garden at en Eagles in a single year, Little Nancy Creek Park. with 13 bestowed in 2006 Joe Callaway and Ned Eland 2009. lis did landscaping and Part of what’s unusubuilt picnic tables for the Kevin Link al about the 2015 group farmers market at St. Philis that these guys did it all ip’s Cathedral. together. The path to an Wil Harrison renovatEagle badge takes commitment. Eaed a work shed at Chastain Park. Angle scouts work their way through all drew Link built picnic tables for the other scout ranks, then accumulate 21 Vinings United Methodist Church. merit badges, which each shows a proMaxwell McCrady built a sign for Atficiency in certain lanta First Station areas such as citi26 at Howell Mill zenship, personal and Moores Mill fitness or emergenroads. cy preparedness. EaPatrick McGuire “I think part of it for me gles must also think was there were 11 others; installed picnic taup, organize and bles at a school in I think we were really manage public serJonesboro and vice projects in their supportive of each other.” Hayden Page and communities. Garrett Wright reTroop 304’s dozstored a playground – MATTHEW BOUTTE en Eagles helped and added picnic taone another out bles and a bench at along the way. They a women and chilall joined scouts in dren’s shelter in East first grade and stuck Point. together through their senior year in Page moved to Colorado recenthigh school. “It was a group journey ly, but, in November, he was back and to this point,” new Eagle Sam Baker the entire dozen Eagles assembled at said. Lovett’s Scout Hut to receive their EaThey went to scout camp and on gle badges. scout outings together. They worked Andrew Link said making Eagles on one another’s Eagle projects. “I gave them “a sense of accomplishment think part of it for me was there were since we stuck with it from the begin11 others,” said Matthew Boutte, ning and didn’t quit.” whose Eagle project was to renovate Callaway nodded in agreement. the Columbarium at St. Paul’s Epis“It’s been 12 years of our lives working copal Church. “I think we were really on this,” he said.

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Sandy Springs residents Hershell Horton (left) and Cedron Tigner are forced to walk in the road on Hammond Drive near Boylston Drive in Sandy Springs.

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But there’s a big backlog to catch up with. DeKalb and Fulton counties began requiring new developments to include sidewalks in the 1990s, she said, and Atlanta and the Perimeter’s newer cities do as well. Linking those disconnected bits of sidewalk is expensive. “Probably the most important [challenge] is money,” Flocks said. That’s true in Dunwoody, where the city plans to replace part of the Cotillion Drive trail with a paved multi-use path in 2017. The new multi-use path is coming because the city is aware of Cotillion’s obvious pedestrian problem, said Public Works Director Michael Smith. But it’s taking years because new sidewalks cost roughly $250,000 per mile—Cotillion’s multiuse path probably will cost more than $1 million. The city’s overall plan for 20 miles of new sidewalks will cost at least $5 million—or about 16 percent of the city’s $32 million annual budget, if it were all done at once. “It’s not something that can all be done at one time,” Smith said. “We’re trying to chip away a little bit each year.” Cotillion, running a mile along Dunwoody’s southern border between North Peachtree and Chamblee-Dunwoody roads, is a classic environment for desire paths. Smith said it likely was built as part of I-285’s construction in the 1960s or ’70s, when pedestrian structures weren’t automatically included and the area was less developed. Since then, two multifamily housing projects have added disconnected pieces of sidewalk. Even the desire path disappears at the Georgetown end among busy parking lots for gas stations and fastfood restaurants. Jamie Lee lives on one of Cotillion’s sidewalk islands, the Madison Square at Dunwoody condos. She walks for health, but cuts through the parking lots of a near-

by office park to avoid the desire path, which she doesn’t find so desirable. “It’s not as safe because it’s not flat,” she said. “And traffic is so bad here.” Pedestrian safety drove the Georgia Department of Transportation to upgrade walkways along Buford Highway, a state route, starting in 2012. Buford was lined with narrow desire paths along the highspeed, multi-lane road. And it was infamous for pedestrians killed by cars—at least 22 between 2000 and 2009, according to a report in Creative Loafing. GDOT’s recently finished $11.5 million project targeted the Buford corridor from Lenox Road in Buckhead to just south of Clairmont Road in Brookhaven. It replaced desire paths with sidewalks and installed medians and signalized crosswalks. With another round of funding, GDOT plans to extend the improvements north from Clairmont Road into Chamblee, said spokeswoman Annalysce Baker. But that’s not until 2020, so rough desire paths remain in use there. Flocks said the method of getting sidewalk funds can be an issue, too. PEDS opposes metro Atlanta’s tradition of treating sidewalks as something for private property owners to install and maintain, calling that unfair and inefficient. “We’ve said [sidewalks] should be paid for with public funds because it’s a public good,” she said. The burden on private owners can trigger resistance from those who may “want [their land] to have a rural feel. They don’t want people walking in front of their property,” she said. Those issues can spark debate even on public land, such as a current proposal to add sidewalks, as well as paved interior paths, at Atlanta Memorial Park. At a recent community meeting, advocates said paving the existing desire paths along Woodward Way and Wesley Drive is a basic safety and accessibility matter. Opponents worried that sidewalks could damage the environment and attract overuse


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district. The main reason is strong local opposition to the city’s plan to widen Hammond, which would include adding sidewalks. The widening project still lacks full funding, said city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun. Adding sidewalks to the existing road isn’t in the near future, either. “Proof of pedestrian activity such as desire paths” is one criterion for prioritizing new sidewalks, Kraun said, but added, “In our current list of sidewalks scoring, Hammond is not on that list.” With cities now working under sidewalk expansion policies, paving the old desire paths is probably a matter of when, not if. But patience can be hard for today’s walkers like Stockdale, who sometimes arrives at work with soaked shoes from wet grass and hikes home PHOTO JOHN RUCH on the road’s white line because A trail on Hammond Drive near Kayron it’s all he can see Drive in Sandy Springs. in the dark. “Hey, make mond remains an obvious sticking point, ’em put a sidewalk out here for me!” he lined with a ragged desire path despite called as he trudged home down the Colinking the increasingly walkable Perimetillion Drive path. ter Center and Roswell Road downtown

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Steve Kilby wasn’t sure he was ready event benefitting the U.S. Marine Corps to organize the first Jingle Mingle in Reserve Toys for Tots program. “We 2003. He knew it would take a lot of support their mission,” Kilby said. work to organize a charity fundraisThis year, Jingle Mingle will be held er from scratch, but it turned out to be Dec. 19 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Peworth the trouble. rimeter at Ravinia, located at 4355 Ash“I somewhat reluctantly did the ford-Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody. event, because these things are a lot of Toys for Tots started in Los Angeles, effort, but we were so successful, with Calif., in 1947, when Diane Hendricks 700 attendees,” the asked her husband, Buckhead salesman Maj. Bill Hendricks Do you know someone making a said. of the U.S. Marine That first Jingle difference in our community? E-mail Corps Reserve, to Mingle, an upscale deliver a Raggedy editor@reporternewspapers.net party benefitting Ann doll she had the U.S. Marine made to an organiCorps Reserve Toys zation that would for Tots program, took place at a sports give it to a child. No such organization bar on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs. existed, so Bill Hendricks started one, The restaurant cleared out its tables to according to Toys for Tots website. host the event, but the hundreds who As the director of public relations showed up gridlocked Roswell Road to for Warner Brothers Studio, Hendricks the point that Fulton County police arconvinced many celebrities to support rived, Kilby said. Toys for Tots and, in 1948, the Marine The officers likely would have shut Corps Reserve adopted the program on the event down due to the logistical a nationwide basis. Walt Disney then mess, but “when I pointed to the two designed the Toys for Tots logo, which Marines at the front door taking donathe organization still uses today, the tions, and said they were Marines, the website says. officers both looked at each other and Kilby’s fundraising party connected said, ‘Hey, we’re Marines,’ and they to Toys for Tots its first year. turned their attention to managing traf“The Marines were first to answer fic congestion rather than shutting the the phone and we adopted them as our event down,” Kilby said. “It really was a charity,” Kilby said. “They were enthusimagic moment.” astic and excited to hear from me.” Kilby, who had worked with othKilby said the Marines accept toys er nonprofits, started the Jingle Minduring the Jingle Mingle event. They gle after several charity workers he knew take the toys to a warehouse and distribasked him how they could do more. ute them with the help of the United He organized a group called the AtlanWay, which helps determine organizata Two Hundred, which hosts the fortions can give the toys to needy families. mal dinner dance called the Jingle Min“The toys absolutely stay in metro Atgle each year. lanta,” Kilby said. “You don’t realize it, “We’re a rag-tag group of volunteers,” but someone who may look okay [beKilby said. cause he or she] has a car and apartment, He describes Jingle Mingle as the will get some toys. It’s our neighbors — largest metro Atlanta area one-night it’s people right beside us that may be on


MAKING A DIFFERENCE 28 and 32, chosen on the basis of five criteria, the “least of which is looks,” Kilby said. “The angel concept relies on personality and charisma,” Kilby said. “They have to be fit. They have to be professional, accomplished and have a charitable history. Number 5 is looks.” Sara Davis, who has been an “Angel” several times, says her role is to serve as the “face and the inspiration” for the program. The Angels call Kilby the “Toy King,” Davis said. “Our job is to be classy ambassadors for the event and raise awareness of the cause, aiming SPECIAL to reach thousands of people Steve Kilby, founder of Atlanta Two and help over thousands of unHundred, and Angel Sara Davis, derprivileged children to have at a Jingle Mingle event. something under the tree at Christmas,” Davis said. “It is all food stamps or assistance. The toys aren’t about bringing joy to others. It is such going to Bolivia or Tennessee; they stay an incredible rewarding experience.” right here in Atlanta.” Jingle Mingle sold out last year and By 2006, Jingle Mingle attracted Kilby said he expects 2,500 to 3,000 atmore than 4,000 attendees to Grand tendees this year. Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead, Kilby said. When the Atlanta Two Hundred isn’t The U.S. Marine Corp Reserve says on working on its flagship Jingle Mingle its Toys for Tots program website that event, the friends work to benefit the 2006 was one of the biggest years on National Alliance on Mental Illness and record. In 2007, the Marines flew four Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. generals from Quantico, Va., to the Jin“To keep Atlanta Two Hundred acgle Mingle, Kilby said. tive in minds and hearts, we support Now, Kilby uses what he calls “Amother charities throughout the year,” bassadorettes of good will and cheer.” Kilby said. His 15 “Angels” are between the ages of

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Mental Health Discussion Saturday, December 19, 12 - 2 p.m. – Author Lena G. Clark will speak about her purpose, passions and story. Centered around her relationship with her late husband Norris Clark who suffered from mental illness, her book “An Amazing Mind” is a resource to those also experiencing mental illness within their families. Free and open to the public. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Buckhead Branch Library, Large Meeting Room, 269 Buckhead Ave. NE, Atlanta, 30305. For more information, go online to afpls.org, call 404-814-3500 or email comments@co.fulton.ga.us.

Star Stories Sunday, December 27, 1 - 2 p.m. – Do you have a passion for astronomy? Love learning about

the stars? Well, the Chattahoochee Nature Center has a special event that’s perfect for the stargazers among us. With an inflatable planetarium, STARLAB, the center will offer insight into the stories of Creek and Cherokee people who once lived in this area and how they used the stars in their daily lives. Recommended for ages 6 and up. Two sessions, each 25 minutes long, will be offered during that time. Free to CNC Members and included with general admission for nonmembers; $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+) and students (ages 13 -18), $6 for children (ages 3 -12), and children 2 and under are free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, 30075. Have questions? Call 770-9922055 or go online to chattanturecenter.org.

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Sunday, December 19, 7:30 p.m. – Me-

della Mental and Behavioral Health, Inc. is hosting a “Father-Daughter-Mother-Son Masquerade Party” at Huntcliff by the River Clubhouse. Medella Mental and Behavioral Health, Inc. is a nonprofit organization supporting families and adolescents diagnosed with 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome and mental illness. All proceeds generated from this event will support Camp H.O.P.E., a camp designed for children with disabilities. The event will include an evening meal, beverages, dessert bar and music. Huntcliff by the River Clubhouse, 9072 River Run Road NE, Sandy Springs, 30350. Go online to medellahealth.org for more information and to register.

Family Fun Day Friday, December 25, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. – The MJCCA is opening its doors for a day

of family entertainment and fun. The JCC fitness center, indoor pool and Marcus gym will be open and available all day, and at 11 a.m. Family Fun Day officially begins with a sing-along followed by family-friendly movies. Kids are invited to play on inflatables, ride-on toys, play table tennis, basketball games, indoor pool, and enjoy the playground. Food will be available for purchase at Goodfriend’s Grill from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free and open to the community. MJCCA, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go online to atlantajcc.org or call 678-812-4000.

Menorah Lighting Sunday, December 13 at 4 p.m. -– Join the First Lady, Sandra Deal, as she hosts the Menorah Lighting Ceremony at the Georgia Governor’s Mansion. Israeli Consulate General Varnai Shorer and Temple Emanuel’s Rabbi Spike Anderson will join other local dignitaries in the Hanukkah festivities. Governor’s Mansion, 391 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, 30305. Have questions? Go online to sandyspringsga.org to learn more.

Merry Monday! Monday, December 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The

crew at the Atlanta History Center is hosting a Christmas-themed Magic Monday as part of the ongoing program. This monthly series is recommended for kids aged 18 months to 5 years, and engages them in activities that bring history into their play. Catch the Christmas spirit with sing-alongs, dances and crafts. Members get in free, adult admission is $6.50;

$5.50 for children. Discounted rates are available for groups with 10 or more children. For more information, please call 404-814-4110 or go to atlantahistorycenter.com. Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, 30305.

Adopt-AFamily Through Thursday, December 17 – The Com-

munity Assistance Center in Sandy Springs is hosting an Adopt-A-Family program that serves local families. It’s easy to sign up as a donor by going online to the CAC website, there you can view family stories as well as children’s wish lists. Donors are asked to spend $50 per child and to deliver the new and unwrapped gifts to the gift distribution site. Gifts will be distributed to families as they are received. If you have questions, email holidays@ ourcac.org or call 770-552-4889. Community Assistance Center, 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs, 30350.

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Brookhaven’s Birthday Thursday, December 17, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. – The city of Brookhaven is throwing a

birthday party at City Hall. Residents are invited to stop by for a slice of the city’s birthday cake, served up on December 17. Free, open to the public. Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven, 30319. For more info, go online to brookhavenga.gov or call 404-637-0500.

Toy Drive Through Thursday, December 17 – The Sandy Springs Police Department is collecting toys this season for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. You can make a difference to a child in need with your gift donations. Toys will be accepted at the SSPD Headquarters, 7840 Roswell Road #301, Sandy Springs, 30328. For more information, go to sandyspringsga.org/ public-safety/police-department or call 770551-6900.

Krampus Xmas Thursday, December 17 through Saturday, December 19 – 7 Stages presents a

performance of Krampus Xmas, a holiday tradition in the community. Paired with music by The Little Five Points Rockstar Orchestra and Syrens of the South, the performance includes burlesque dancers, stilt-walkers, aerialists and more surprises. Go online to 7stages.org to see showtimes and purchase tickets, call 404-5237647, or email boxoffice@7stages.org. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. Atlanta, 30307.

Let Nothing You Dismay Thursday, December 17 through Sunday, December 20 – Stage Door

Players in Dunwoody present a play centered around two soon-to-be-parents at Christmas time. The couple requests that their family gives them space until they bring the baby home, but a variety of eccentric characters show up despite their wishes. Eight actors play twenty-two characters in this quick witted holiday farce that celebrates families of all shapes and sizes. General admission tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors, $22 for students, and $15 for kids under 12. For more information and showtimes, call the box office at 770-396-1726 or go online to stagedoorplayers.net. Stage Door Players, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 30338.

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ech.edu/ferstcenter for information and tickets. Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Dr., Atlanta, 30332. Need more info? Call 404-894-9600.

Gingerbread House Decorating Party Saturday, December 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Making a gingerbread

house is a holiday tradition that has been celebrated for many years. Putting the project together, however, can be timeconsuming and daunting. This year crafters of all ages are invited to this holiday decorating workshop. Participants will be provided with a blank canvas gingerbread house and will be taught how to make a decadent Royal icing, as well as choose from more than 20 candies to accent. Groups are limited to two people per house, and each house costs $35 for supplies. Vino Venue, 4478 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 30338. Call 770-668-0435 or go to atlantawineschool.com/ shop/gingerbread.

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during this last day of the market. The Spruill Gallery features unique and locally crafted gifts, artwork, and decor. Spruill Gallery, 4681 Ashford Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody 30338. For more information, go online to spruillgallery. blogspot.com or call 770-394-4019.

Monday, December 21, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. – The Chattahoochee Nature Center in-

vites the community to enjoy winter break activities and wrap some gifts at the same time. Nature Exchange Points can be used to purchase a nature gift for someone special in your life. Nature-inspired wrapping materials will be hand to prep your gifts for the ocon casion. Free to CNC Members and included with general admission for nonmembers; $10 for adults, $7 for seniors (65+) and students (ages 13 -18), $6 for children (ages 3 -12), and children 2 and under are free. Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, 30075. Have questions? Call 770-992-2055 or go online to chattanturecenter.org to find out more about this event and others.

Christmas for Kids Through December 25 – The City of Dunwoody Police Department has teamed up again with I Care Atlanta to bring toys and food to those in need this holiday season. Christmas for Kids is seeking donations of new, unwrapped toys and gifts for ages newborn through 15 years. Nonperishable food items such as cereal, flour, sugar, pasta, and oatmeal are welcomed, as well as nonexpired canned goods like tuna, vegetables, fruits, pasta sauce, soups, etc. Donations can be dropped off 24/7 at the Dunwoody Police Headquarters, 41 Perimeter Center E #100, Dunwoody, 30346, as well as at I Care Atlanta, Inc., 5879-B New Peachtree Rosd Doraville, 30340. To learn more, visit dpdchristmas4kids.com.

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Music of the Holidays

Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19 – The Atlanta Young Singers

will perform a holiday tribute to famed conductor Robert Shaw, reliving favorites from their 23 years of appearances with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. The Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. Tickets start at $12 for general admission and can be purchased online at aysc.org. Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 2855 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta, 30329.

side Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. The event will feature the AYS Treble Concert Choir & Youth Chorale, and harpist Dania Lane. Tickets start at $15 for general admission, and more information can be found online at aysc.org. Please note, seating is in pews and is reserved by row but not seat, all individual seats are first come, first serve. Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 2855 Briarcliff Road NE, Atlanta, 30329.

Coro Vocati Concert Sunday, December 20 at 3 p.m – This musical group is an en-

semble of professional singers based in Atlanta. Coro Vocati serves as a master class for singers and they will present a program of Advent and Christmas music sure to please the whole family. All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 634 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, 30308. For more information go to allsaintsatlanta.org or call 404-267-4264. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

Georgia Boy Choir Friday, December 18, and Saturday, December 19, 7 p.m. – Enjoy two eve-

You’re cordially invited to our Holiday Open House Thurs, December 17th • 11:00am-3:00pm Wow! We’ve been busy. We’ve been decorating our community in its “holiday best” and we’re soooo excited to show you. So, if you’ve been thinking about taking a tour of The Piedmont, now may just be the best time ever. And did we mention the holiday goodies? Go ahead, treat yourself to our Holiday Open House and grab hold of some holiday cheer (and maybe a cookie, too).

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nings of holiday classics performed by the Georgia Boy Choir at the Peachtree Road United Methodist Church. This performance is a well-loved community tradition and is a sure bet for getting into the holiday spirit. General admission starts at $20 each, preferred seating is $40 each, and students, seniors, and children are $12 each. To purchase tickets go online to georgiaboychoir.ticketleap.com/christmas2015. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 30305.

Atlanta Young Singers Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19, 8 - 9:45 p.m. – The Im-

maculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church will host the 41st annual Music of the Holidays. Presented in celebration of the legacy of late famed conductor Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Young Singers 23 years of appearances along-

Messiah SingAlong Sunday, December 20 from 3 to 4 p.m. – Join voices

from around Atlanta for an annual musical tradition. Professional vocal soloists and an orchestral ensemble from the Georgia Philharmonic will join the ranks with organist Tom Alderman and hundreds of other community singers for classic holiday songs. Whether you’d prefer to bring your own score or buy one at the church, guests are welcome to join in the music or simply sit back and enjoy the tunes. Tickets are $10 each regardless of participation. Go to mosingers.com/tickets or call 770-594-7974 to buy tickets and find out more details. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell, 30075.

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Griffin’s animal portraits showcased in Sandy Springs BY ALLEN RABINOWITZ Although better known for advertising images, music album covers and portraits of business leaders, musicians and other celebrated people, photographer Marti Griffin says her new project, titled “Animalia,” combines her two great loves: photography and animals. The collection of 40-plus images of animals includes domestic and feral cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, amphibians, horses, rabbits and other members of the animal kingdom. The exhibit is on display at the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library-Sandy Springs Branch, through Dec. 30. “Animalia” marks the longtime Sandy Springs resident’s third animalthemed show at the library. Griffin says the library is one of her favorite exhibition spaces, primarily for what she calls the “intelligence factor.” “A lot of intelligent people go in there,” she explained. “They look at the art and enjoy it. Sandy Springs is more oriented toward families and young professionals. The show is geared to anyone who loves animals.” Along with photographs of animals in their habitat and pictures of friends’ pets, many of the images were taken as assignments for clients of her business specializing in animal portraiture. She founded her company in 1999 after she reached a point where, she said, “I was tired of shooting advertising assignments.” “I love photographing people, but I felt more drawn to animals,” she said. Gaining a subject’s trust, according to Griffin, is one of the key elements to a successful animal portrait. “First and foremost,” she said, “you’ve got to gain the animal’s trust, unless you can grab a candid shot like ‘got it and gone’ because they’re skittish. To gain their trust I just try to be myself, but if it gets bad, especially with the cats, I try to have catnip with me and see if that helps. I try to get a bond going and they respond to me.” Although most cats look annoyed, Griffin explained, “That’s just the way

cats are. I found out that it’s hard to find a smiling cat. Especially the feral cats, they never are happy and they mistrust you somewhat. It’s rare where I can get in and actually pet a feral cat.” Dogs, on the other hand, are natural hams in front of the lens. “They seem to relate to the camera more,” said Griffin. “In the right situation, if a cat is comfortable, you can get a relaxed shot.”

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Metro Atlanta neighbors aren’t shy about lighting up their homes for the holidays. Here are a few must-see sites for anyone wanting to see some extraordinary displays. Pragya Singh moved into her Buckhead home at 815 West Paces Ferry Road six months ago. Her husband is Indian Consul Gen-

eral Nagesh Singh, so the family moves about every three years for his job. This year, she decided to decorate for the holidays. Her house now is aglow with hanging lights. A contractor did much of the work around the yard, while Singh served as creative director and strung lights around smaller pillars. Her hol-

iday lights recognize and celebrate the Indian holiday Diwali, which was Nov. 11 this year. The lights were all up by the last week of October and she decided to continue the lightshow through the New Year, she said. “It’s nice to have your house decorated,� she said. CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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“The festive season started here with Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas and then New Year’s, so I thought it’d be nice to have the lights for at least two months since everybody’s worked so hard.” Over in Sandy Springs, Greg Talbott has been decorating his home during the Christmas season since the 1980s. His display of more than 22,000 lights goes up in October. It adds about $175 a month to his electric bill, he said. Talbott said he does it for his two grandkids. “We had three [grandchildren], but we lost one to cancer a few years ago this month,” he said. “She was 9. She was the light of our life.” This year, they added an LED lighted Olaf the Snowman figure, representing a character from the movie “Frozen.” Talbott said it doesn’t shine as brightly as the older figures that don’t use LED lights, but the LEDs save electricity. “Quite a bit” of storage space is needed to house the decorations during the year, Talbott said. “We’ve got a couple of rooms in the basement and we’ve got a shed.” Dr. Gary Gropper also needs a large amount of storage space for his more than 150 inflatable decorations. Year after year he fills his yard at the corner of Winall Down and PeachtreeDunwoody roads with everything from snowmen to Santa Claus to the leg lamp from the movie “A Christmas Story.”


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State-ordered dam repairs can take years Editor’s note: This is one of a series of articles Reporter Newspapers is publishing about dams in our communities. Previous installments have looked at the location and condition of the 11 local high-hazard dams and the costs of maintaining high-hazard dams. To see previous articles, go to ReporterNewspapers.net.

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The goal of the state Safe Dams Program is as simple as its name suggests. But when the program identifies dams—including two in Sandy Springs—as needing safety-related repairs, the process can get complicated quickly and can take years. The local Lake Forrest and Tera Lake dams are in conditions that concern the state, but are still ongoing issues more than seven years after the first notices were sent to dam owners, said Tom Woosley, program manager of the Safe Dams Program. In part, that’s due to issues in identifying and getting cooperation from dam owners; it’s also due to the state’s lengthy review processes. Tera Lake, off Burdette Road, is an example of a “long enforcement process that can go on for years,” said Woosley. And, he said, the dam under the 4600 block of Lake Forrest Drive is “definitely not going like the typical project. It’s taken so much longer.” Lake Forrest and Tera Lake are two of 11 dams in the Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs area on the state’s list of “high-hazard” dams. That means that if the dams failed, the flood likely would kill people. The high-hazard classification is not a judgment about the current condition of the dam. But it does trigger regular state inspections and suggests the stakes involved if a safety problem is discovered. The dam on Tera Lake (also known as Berezney and Lee Lake on some maps), built in 1958, is one such situation. The state placed the dam on the high-hazard list in early 2008 and has had serious concerns about its condition. In 2013, Woosley said, inspectors found “an instability with slope of

Lake Forrest dam also ran into long ownership confusion when Safe Dams declared it high-hazard in 2009. It is partly owned by the homeowners around the so-called Three Lakes the dam creates, but it also runs under a road on the Atlanta-Sandy Springs border. The two cities have agreed to do repairs and split the costs. Trees will have to be removed from the dam, Woosley said. And the cities are in the process of assessing the condi-

tion of an internal pipe, which requires draining the lake. A partial draining— including the removal of fish—was carried out several months ago. But it took until Nov. 30 to get state permission to fully drain the lake, said Sandy Springs City Attorney Wendell Willard, who is supervising the work. “Anytime you touch the structure itself, you need approval of the state,” Willard said. The work so far has cost $98,000, he said.

the dam” and ordered its partial drainage. The dam remains a safety concern because heavy rains could build up the water again. “It would not take much at all for the lake to fill back up again,” he said. But the Safe Dams program had trouble identifying the dam’s owners from the start. In 2008, the state sent dam-operating permit forms to four potential owners, only one of whom responded—with the form declaring the dam’s owner “unknown.” Since then, Woosley said, two owners have been involved in coordinating repairs and maintenance, particularly Marc Pollack. Pollack is the chairman and CEO of the Pollack Shores real estate firm, but the company is not a dam owner, Woosley said. Pollack did not respond to interview requests. The Safe Dams program is scheduled to inspect the dam early next year for the first time since 2013, though the owners have privately-hired engineers examining it as well. The state believes work still needs to be done to stabilize the Tera Lake dam. “It does need upgrading,” Woosley said. “Here we are today and nothing is submitted to us for getting it into compliance. This ofSPECIAL fice is going to have to push them to get moving on it.” Eleven dams in the Buckhead, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven areas have been classified as “high hazard” in the Safe Dams Program files.

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COMMUNITY Dozens and dozens of people have placed their wishes, some for themselves, some for others, on the Buckhead Wishing Tree created by Debra and John Minkley. In center photo, Debra hangs and untagles wishes as John steadies the ladder. With them are Lindsay Marks and her twin boys, Will (in blue) and Mason (in brown), ages 5, ready to make their own wishes. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

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here, now.” “I wish for a sibling to laugh and play with.” “I wish all the homeless pets find loving homes.” Another simply expressed gratitude on one side: “for the brothers I share blood with” and, on the other, “for the brothers I shed blood with.” Yet another visitor was grateful for success in business, but added: “Also, please send a good man my way.” “There’s all kinds of different things up there,” Minkley said. “I love that part.” This is Minkley’s first Wishing Tree. She got the idea from a TV news report earlier this year about a similar tree in San

Francisco. She looked it up on Facebook and liked what she saw. “It was very touching,” she said, “but there was something beyond touching that just stuck with me. I just wanted to bring joy into the house.” She decided Buckhead needed its own wishing tree. She settled on the dogwood planted in 1983 in front of her home at 4160 Powers Ferry Road, the year she moved in. It stands right across the street from the Chastain Park golf course. One recent Sunday, passing joggers and strollers and dog walkers admired the tree. A few stopped to read the notes and contributes their own additions. “I love how many people have respond-

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Law enforcement and government officials are spreading the word — mostly via social media —to help keep shoppers safe this holiday season. Atlanta Police Department is working with The Justice Network, a “new network that is partnering with us to share safety tips,” Elizabeth Espy, a spokesperson for APD, said in an email. “They produced the videos for their network and we are simply sharing them on our social media.” In a holiday safety video posted on YouTube, APD Officer Ralph Woolfolk suggests traveling in groups, keeping your car keys in hand when walking through a parking lot and removing or hiding valuables from view in a car. Heather Sautter, a publicist for Justice Network, said tips will continue to be posted after the holiday seaon. “These will be ongoing and be featured every hour on our network,” she said. Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs police departments each have a “Lock. Take. Hide” campaign, which

warns shoppers to hide valuables. Dunwoody Mayor Mike Davis recently appeared on Facebook in a Dunwoody Police Department video for its “Lock. Take. Hide” campaign, while Sandy Springs created a video in 2013 that shows how a thief can break into a car and steal items in 20 seconds. The Sandy Springs video says, “If there is nothing to steal, nothing will get stolen.” Sandy Springs Officer Forrest Bohannon said the city hasn’t seen more crime than usual this holiday season, but the department posted a graphic on Facebook reminding shoppers to “Stay alert and be aware of everybody around you.” Dunwoody Traffic Enforcement Officer Christopher Irwin said people should think ahead and place valuables in the trunk before getting to the mall or even throughout the year when heading to the gym. “People go shopping and they’ll come out and put stuff in their trunk, but what people don’t realize is that the criminals are actually out in the parking lots watching,” Irwin said.

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Buckhead Police Blotter From police reports dated Nov. 15 to 21

side a gas station was shot. A witness saw two men running from the gas station.  First

block of Bennett Street—While shopping at a gallery, a man ran into an HVAC system installation worker, who was hired and still owes him money. When the man asked about when he would be paid, the worker threatened to kill him and threw a glass bottle at him.

The following information was provided to the Buckhead Reporter by the Zone 2 precinct of the Atlanta Police Department from its records and is presumed to be accurate.

ROBBERY  400

block of Northside Circle— A woman walking toward her apartment noticed two men inside the parking lot. As she approached the stairs, a man armed with a black handgun pointed at her waist and demanded, “Gimmie your stuff.” She gave up her Apple iPhone 5S in a pink case, her Dooney & Burke handbag that contained a wallet, license, credit cards and a silver wedding ring. The second suspect remained at the top of the stairs as a lookout.

 600

block of Lindbergh Way--Two men with revolvers entered a hair salon and spa and forced the employees to empty the cash drawer, other drawers and their pockets. The gunmen were able to take a glass jar containing $200 in change and they took a total of $600 from the owner and three customers.

 2300

block of Bolton Road—A man with a handgun approached a man pumping gas and said, “Give me everything you got.” The victim removed his jacket and threw the suspect his car keys.

 300

block of Pharr Road—A carjacker with a gun approached a man as he entered his 2015 White Land Rover. The gunman said, "You know what it is" as the man got out of his car. The gunman pointed the handgun and demanded the car keys. The car owner threw the keys and the suspect drove away, heading west on Pharr Road.

A G GRAVATED ASSAULT  3400 block of Buckhead Loop—A man

met up with a woman at a club and took her to his hotel room. When the man

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went into the bathroom, the woman fled with his wallet, money, vehicle keys and phone. When he tried to catch the woman, she tazed him.

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block of Kingsboro Road—A woman’s boyfriend said she pointed a gun at him shortly before expressing thoughts of harming herself. When patrol units arrived, they discovered her sitting in a back bedroom holding a gun to her head. After being told to “back out,” officers held the scene until SWAT and hostage negotiators were called. A single gunshot was heard and officers entered the location after a warrant was received.

block of Peachtree Battle Avenue—Police responded to an audible alarm call and discovered a door kicked in. A 30-inch TV and a Yamaha piano keyboard were taken.

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block of Cheshire Bridge Road— A man entered an adult products shop and was asked to leave by management. When he refused, employees attempted to escort him out. The man pulled a silver knife and told an employee, "I will stab you if you ever tell me what to do.” When police arrived, the man tried to run and he and the officers struggled. The man was arrested.

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block of Melo Drive—A man at a food processing plant ran up to a man, pulled a gun from his waistband and said, "Leave my girl alone." A fight turned physical when the two began fighting and one man punched the other with a gun. The victim received a golf ball lump under his left cheek with a one-inch laceration.

 300 block of Pharr Road—A person out-

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block of Main Street—One person hit another in the head and stomach with a glass bottle. Arrests were made.

 1500

block of Margaret Mitchell Drive— A kitchen door was shattered and four gold necklace sets, a gold necklace and cash were taken. A purse that was taken from a shelf was left behind. The resident’s son was not at home and could not tell police what comic books and collector’s figurines were taken.

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block of Dupont Commons Circle—A neighbor phoned 911 to report two men carrying a TV. Police officers canvassing the area saw two men carrying a bag. They ran and, after a brief canvass, police arrested one man. A black bag that contained a laptop and iPad was recovered near a walking trail. A 55-inch TV was recovered near a building at MacArthur Boulevard. The second suspect was taken into custody when the resident called to report a prowler in her shed.

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block of Oldfield Road—Several drawers inside the kitchen and living room area were opened. Despite several items of value in plain view, nothing was taken.  700

block of Wilson Road—A resident discovered her china cabinet glass broken and a Francis the First tea service set, a silver tray, a silver set and two Reed & Barton candelabras missing.  2700

block of Dover Road—A homeowner refused police when she was told her alarm was going off. Upon returning home, she discovered a rear back bedroom window broken. Several drawers were opened and rummaged through. Jewelry and a 12-piece silver set were taken.

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block of Tenneyson Drive—A 52inch Sony TV, a trashcan, an Apple iPad, jewelry, a 36-inch Sylvania TV, an Apple MacBook computer, a Kindle and assorted clothing and toiletries were taken from a house.

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block of Wilson Road—Two jewelry boxes and two televisions were taken from a house where entry was made through a basement window.

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block of Northside Drive—An Apple MacBook laptop, an Apple iPad and two TVs were taken from a house.

 400

block of Brentwood Drive—An XBOX and a Guerini 20 gauge shot gun were taken from a house.

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block of Runson Road—Rear French doors were broken and police found a rock nearby on the ground. Two flat screen TV’s, a French horn, an Apple TV box, four antique Cartier watches, a Philippe Patek watch and an Apple MacBook Pro laptop were taken.

 300 block of Deering Road—Several con-

struction tools and ceiling fans were taken from a house that is under construction.

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block of Macarthur Boulevard— A 46-inch LG TV, an Apple iPad, a Surface laptop and $20 in currency were taken. A suspect was seen on camera hitting a surveillance camera and crawling under a fence. The suspect was arrested in a separate burglary that occurred at 1421 Dupont Commons.

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block of Chantilly Drive— A Serta mattress, Bose stereo, a Yamaha stereo, two Xbox video game consoles, silverware utensils and dishes were taken from a public storage unit.

 Firct block of West Paces Ferry Road—

A Security Guard saw several men using a large rock to break the front glass. Three to four men got out of a small sedan, entered a business and began running back and forth with items.

Nov. 22 and 29, a total of 10 vehicles were reported stolen and one attempt to steal a vehicle was reported.

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