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Council marks Sandy Springs’ 10th birthday with cake, tour, votes BY JOHN RUCH


Sandy Springs traffic services engineer Bill Andrews explains the operations of the city’s Traffic Managment Center to a group of residents touring City Hall on Dec. 1 as part of the city’s 10th brithday celebration.

Dec. 1 was a working holiday for the Sandy Springs City Council, whose regular meeting date happened to fall on the city’s milestone 10th anniversary. Business mixed with pleasure; Mercedes-Benz USA got a tax-break and the audience got birthday cake. Mayor Rusty Paul issued a proclamation praising Sandy Springs citizens for the long battle to achieve cityhood in 2005 and their ongoing civic activism. Elected officials have “the privilege to sit up here,” the mayor said, but “what makes this community truly, truly great is not us. It’s the people who live here.” Before the council meeting, about twodozen people attended a City Hall open house, touring various departments alongside the mayor and councilmen. The traffic management center—where engineers tackle everyone’s favorite local evil with a wall of live camera feeds—stole the show. Attendees were welcome to share a birthday cake and were given commemorative pins depicting a flying pig—a symbol of Sandy Springs’ founding and later cityhood efforts. It was inspired by a supposed remark by state Sen. Vincent Fort, D-Atlanta, that Sandy Springs would become a city when SEE SANDY, PAGE 26

Trails show where walkers really want to go BY JOHN RUCH

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


Cedron Tigner, left, and Hershell Horton make it to a patch of sidewalk alongside Hammond Drive after walking on a narrow path along the busy road.


Local Muslim leader condemns recent terrorist attacks BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

A founding member of the Muslim congregation in Dunwoody says members of the group have not experienced any “untoward incidents” in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif. Khalid Bashir, a spokesman for the group, said he and the congregation condemn the attacks. “We as humans and, more so, as Muslims, deeply condemn the dastardly act,” Bashir said. “The Quran is very serious and absolute in its declaration that innocent people and civilians of any kind

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should never be harmed.” Masjid Uthman Dunwoody is “doing OK as a community,” he said. “Our approach has been simple: Be patient, strengthen your connection with God, return any evil action or comment towards you with a good one,” Bashir said. The congregation is raising money for a permanent home in Dunwoody. Members are raising money with the hope they can move “two blocks from the current location,” the congregation said on Facebook. “The Facebook [post] and website implies that [we have found a permanent location], but we are far from having made a final decision,” Bashir said. “We are in the process of securing a permanent place, have few options but haven’t finalized it yet.” Masjid Uthman Dunwoody now is located at 1707 Mount Vernon Road in an office park. “Unfortunately, during the heat of all of this in the national debate, Islam and Muslims are under fire for all the negativity and all the good values and high moral standards that Muslims possess and practice and what good Islam advocates is being lost in the noise,” Bashir said.

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at Johnson Ferry Road and Mount Vernon Highway will include a new City Hall, housing, a performing arts center, parks and shops. City Manager John McDonough said that money City Council on Dec. 1 approved will fund construction through Februmore than $1 million in waived busiary, when the project’s final budget is ness taxes and building perexpected to be set. mit fees for Mercedes-Benz The council already set a USA’s forthcoming Sandy spending cap of $222 milSprings corporate headquarBR I EF S lion for the project. Mcters. Donough said the project The council also aphas had 14 rained-out conproved about $1.9 million struction days, but is still in road and streetscape improvements close to on-schedule “and we are still around the MBUSA headquarters site. on budget.” That will include giving the company $1,027,000 directly from the impact fees developer Ashton Woods will pay for its residential project next to the MBUSA site. “We’re using impact fees as the law intended,” said Mayor Rusty Paul, noting they are supposed to be spent Sandy Springs Conservancy Execlocally for project mitigations. utive Director Linda Bain is retiring,

Sandy Springs Conservancy gets leadership change

Another $13M moves City Springs project forward An additional $13 million in spending on the City Springs project was approved by City Council Dec. 1. The development on Roswell Road

and Billy Parrish will replace her in leading the influential parks organization, she announced at the Dec. 1 Sandy Springs City Council meeting. “Billy brings leadership and vision to the Conservancy’s initiatives and a deep sense of commitment to green space advocacy in Sandy Springs,” said Conservancy Board Chairman Steve Levetan in a press release. Bain was a founding board member of the Conservancy, which formed


COMMUNITY in 2001, and has been its Councilman Gabriexecutive director since el Sterling said he gener2008. She has overseen ally likes the guidelines several new park efforts, to avoid “horse-trading” recently including Ashwith developers at the ton Woods’ major comcouncil table. “I don’t mitment for a 14-acre want to be a design conpark alongside its redesultant up here,” he said. velopment of the former Councilman Andy Glenridge Hall estate on Bauman said the guideAbernathy Road. lines should include Parrish is a develprovisions for “qualiopment and planning PHOTO BY JOHN RUCH ty” construction, while consultant who also he acknowledged the Linda Bain chairs Dunwoody’s Susterm can be hard to detainability Committee fine. “I want to use that and serves on the board of the Chatword,” he said. tahoochee Parks Conservancy. He has Mayor Rusty Paul said he agrees a background at such organizations as that developers should be told that Main Street, the Georgia Department when they “come into Sandy Springs, of Community Affairs and the Georthey give us the best product that is gia Trust for Historic Preservation. He available in the marketplace.” told the council he hopes to work with Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert it on “place-making and green space said the guidelines could specify cerand connectivity.” tain materials, such as favoring brickBain’s retirement takes effect Dec. and-steel over wooden “stick” con31, according to the Conservancy’s struction. website.

City seeks ‘quality’ in development guidelines The city’s proposed “Interim Development Guidelines” were well-received by City Council on Dec. 1. But an approval vote was delayed until Dec. 15 to tweak the guidelines, especially to include concepts of highquality construction. The guidelines are intended to encourage and better define dense, mixed-use projects until a new landuse plan goes into effect in 2017. Holes and vagueness in the current plan led the council to declare a rezoning moratorium in July, largely because of mixed-use projects.

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The new Ronald McDonald House at Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and the Glenridge Connector is a 31-bedroom facility.


The new Ronald McDonald House on Pill Hill will begin serving families of ailing children on Dec. 21. The 31-bedroom facility at PeachtreeDunwoody Road and the Glenridge Connector also includes a three-story interior “treehouse” play area for children. It is more than three times the size of the original house that began operations on the site in 1994. “We dreamed big in imagining a modern facility that would meet all the needs of more families coping with sick children,” Javier Goizueta, a board member of Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities and its capi-

tal campaign chair, said in a press release. “We hope it will be a safe haven for healing for those who need it to be their home away from home in the coming years.” Ronald McDonald Houses around the country provide free or low-cost housing to families of children who are undergoing treatment at nearby hospitals. In the case of the Sandy Springs facility, that’s Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite. The houses are run by chapters of an Illinois-based nonprofit that is separate from, but heavily supported by, the McDonald’s fast-food company.

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The ‘treehouse’ inside the new Ronald McDonald House located on Pill Hill will provide a play area for children when the facility opens Dec. 21.

ARMHC opened an Atlanta house in 1979, followed by the Peachtree-Dunwoody location—originally an 11-bedroom house—in 1994. Both saw heavy demand and wait lists, leading to the construction of new facilities in recent years. The Atlanta house, near CHOA’s Egleston site, was rebuilt with 50 bedrooms in 2008. Efforts to expand the Pill Hill house began more than a decade ago. Fulton County approved the project in 2005, prior to the existence of the city of Sandy Springs. But a lawsuit from neighbors delayed it. The groundbreaking finally came last year. “A larger facility was needed to fulfill an ever-increasing need,” the ARMHC press release said.

The new house is about 53,000 square feet in size and cost more than $15 million. A notable design element is the “treehouse”—a play area designed like a tree that stands three stories tall in a lobby area. All rooms have private baths. The facility includes common areas, a kitchen, a dining room, and arts/crafts and activity room, a laundry and a conference room. In addition, a community room will be available to local organizations. The building will be accessible to people with disabilities and has a LEED Silver certification, a construction industry measure of environmental sustainability. For information on eligibility to stay at the house, call 404-315-1133 or see

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Braves exec: New ballpark to offer better road access BY JOE EARLE

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 rough-

ly 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, JOE EARLE shops, a microbrewDerek Schiller, executive vice president for ery, a hotel and a conthe Atlanta Braves, talks to the BBA backed cert venue named for by an image of new SunTrust Park. a longtime Buckhead rock club. “We’re Although some fans have criticized bringing back the Roxy Atlanta [concert the team for moving out of the city of hall],” Schiller said. “We’re reinvigoratAtlanta, Schiller said the Braves draw ing the Roxy name. Were super excited their fan base from across north Georabout that.” gia. Schiller said the goal was to build a “This should not be about Cobb development that would be “lively on County,” he said. “It should not be game days or non-game days.” about Atlanta. It should be about the “This is a galvanizing project, we beentire area. ... We expect this project will lieve, for the entire region,” he said. affect everyone”

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Remember to thank war veterans for service John Paulson is a member of Sandy Springs City Council and is a U.S. Marine veteran. This is an edited version of remarks he delivered at Sandy Springs’ observance of Veterans Day on Nov. 11.

long. Right in the middle was gone. Suffice to say it was time to grow a Marine just sitting. When I my hair and get on with my life. asked why he was just sitting Life has a way of pulling tricks on in the bunker, he said he was you. You smell burning diesel fuel and going home the next day and are right back there on a hill “in counwas taking no chances! try.” It takes about 10 years before you On the next day, we were can sit through a Fourth of July fireassigned to our respective works display without sitting in the Let me take you back units. I was assigned to A1/9, car with the radio on because fireworks to 1968. It was a tumultuor Alpha Company, first Batsound just like mortar fire. ous year: the Vietnam war talion, Ninth Marine RegiThere is good news also: I went to JOHN was raging; Martin Luther ment. A1/9 had earned the college using the GI Bill; I get 10 perKing had just been assasnickname the “walking dead” cent off at Home Depot and Lowe’s; I PAULSON sinated; anti-war protests because of the heavy casualties am working with veterans through the were everywhere; college the unit had incurred. American Legion Post 140, and am inGUEST COLUMN campuses were staging anMy first job was as an volved with a veteran nonprofit, the ti-war rallies routinely; and ammo humper, someone who Phoenix Patriot Foundation, assisting men were fleeing to Canada to avoid the follows the gunner combat wounded vetdraft. around carrying boxes erans with the next I had heard about the Big War from of extra ammunition stage of their lives. my father and uncles and other men for a 30-caliber maThe people of this who had served, and about how the chine gun. Wherevgreat nation have recU.S. saved the world, and I wanted to er he went I followed. ognized the challengbe a part of that fraternity. So I enlistMost firefights lasted es that Vietnam vets ed in the United State Marine Corps in less than a minute. went through when June 1968. In July, we were they came back and Boot camp was hard. But our drill notified that members are working to make instructors had all been to ’Nam and of A1/9 were to be the amends. told us repeatedly that war was harder. first combat troops Every generation They were right. After boot camp, I was pulled out of Vietnam has known war. Every assigned to the infantry and went off to by President Richard war has its warriors, Camp Pendleton, where we were taught Nixon. On one day those few who have the business of war. in early August, we put their lives on the When I went home to Chicago on went from being out line for this country. leave for Christmas, I saw family and in the bush on patrol SPECIAL They were not the ones friends I had left six months earlier and to riding trucks back who make policy, nor John Paulson during his quickly realized nothing had changed to DaNang, where decide where to fight, service in Vietnam. for them. But I had changed. I had been the South Vietnambut served this great trained to be a warrior and I was going ese government threw nation in that time of to war. In February of 1969, off we flew, us a parade, to standneed. to Okinawa, then on to Vietnam. ing on a parade ground next to a ship This country has changed, and for That first night in ’Nam, I was at while speeches were made. Finally we the better. We no longer blame the wara base at Da Nang. There was an outboarded ship and headed to Okinawa. I rior for the war. So when you get the door movie theater, where that night was ready to go. I had survived. opportunity, spend some time with the movie “Green Berets” with John I was discharged in Southern Calithese warriors, whether 19 or 90. They Wayne was playing. Sometime that evefornia to a country that did not like the are a unique group who actually went ning there were incoming rockets or war, and was taking it out on the warinto harm’s way for you. “And keep mortars and we all went into a big bunriors. Those images of the World War II those who are still serving downrange in ker — really a large pipe about 200 feet veterans who saved the world were long your thoughts and prayers.” minum softball bats, shouted exhorReal issue with tations and instructions, and on game Galloway facility is days sound-speaker player introductions and the roar of the noise the crowds (even small LE TTE R TO

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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.

Eleven of the dozen new Eagle Schoots in Troop 304 gather at the Scout Hut at Lovett School. The are: front row, left to right, Joseph Callaway, Freddy Achecar, Ned Ellis, Patrick McGuire, Wil Harrison; back row, left to right, Griffin Leinbach, Matthew Boutte, Andrew Link, Sam Baker, Max McCrady, Garrett Wright. Not pictured: Hayden Page.

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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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101 Dalmatians Tuesday, December 15, 6 - 7 p.m. – The

MJCCA Youth Ensemble Junior presents a performance of 101 Dalmatians. The classic animated tale of kidnapping villains and courageous pups has been adapted for a new generation of young performers. Free and open to the public, no registration required. MJCCA Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, 30338. For more information, go online to or call 678-812-4000.

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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 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

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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 to learn more.

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

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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@ or call 770-552-4889. Community Assistance Center, 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs, 30350.

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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 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 to see showtimes and purchase tickets, call 404-5237647, or email 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 Stage Door Players, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, 30338.

Chocolate Nutcracker 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 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. 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 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

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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 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 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 or call 404-267-4264. General admission tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.

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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 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 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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“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.”


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


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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A new orthodontics school schedsaid Carol Lefebvre, dean of The Denuled to open in Sandy Springs next year tal College of Georgia at Augusta Uniwill increase greatly the number of stuversity, the only school that now offers dents studying orthodonture in an orthodonture residency proGeorgia, officials of the school gram. say. Lefebre said there are apThe Georgia School of Orproximatley 220 orthodontists thodontics is seeking to provide in Georgia and 66 orthodon18 residency positions in orthotic residencies graduating 383 dontics, school officials said in orthodontists yearly in the U.S. a fact sheet about its opening. The Sandy Springs school That compares to three orthis scheduled to open next fall, odontic graduates in the state Randy L. Kluender school officials said. now. They said in a fact sheet that the new The Sandy Springs-based, for-profschool, when in full operation, is exit school, affiliated with Meadowlands pected to have an economic impact on Hospital in New Jersey, is intended to the Atlanta community of $25 million a help fill a national and state need for year and will save metro Atlantans $11.6 more trained orthodontists, cboard million a year in medical costs. chairman Randy Kluender said during a The school’s flagship operation recent visit to Sandy Springs. will be located at 5200 Roberts Drive. “You have more [orthodontists beSchool officials said they plan in the coming] retirees than graduates coming school’s second year to open communiout of the schools, across the U.S.,” he ty care clinics in locations around metsaid. “There is a need.” ro Atlanta. But some state officials disagree. School officials say it will provide re1 11/19/2015 1:14:13 “There Reporter_GTC_ANF_Nov_27_Half is no perceived need for Page_111915.pdf anothduced-cost dental care inPMunderserved er orthodontic residency in Georgia,” communities.

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Expert: Monorail could work in Sandy Springs BY JOHN RUCH

The original Disneyland Monorail in 1963.

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Readers weigh in on monorails

The idea of a Sandy Springs monorail sparked online discussion among Reporter Newspapers readers. The following are some of the reader’s comments. It may never come to pass, but it gives us hope that living or working in Sandy Springs might mean more than subjecting oneself to endless gridlock. Consider swinging by Pill Hill as well as the Perimeter. —Mark Perloe While this may be a solution to get from “downtown” Sandy Springs to the Perimeter Area, the real congestion in Sandy Springs comes from people traveling through to get from Atlanta to Cobb County or Northern Fulton County. The gridlock at rush hours is almost all through traffic. —Randy Green

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The city of Sandy Springs’ review of a proposed Sandy Springs monorail will be token at best, officials say. Meanwhile, a top monorail advocate says a local system could be not only feasible, but even a money-maker. “If you build it right, you can actually turn a profit,” said Kim Pedersen, president of the California-based Monorail Society and author of the new book “Monorails: Trains of the Future—Now Arriving.” Monorails are “really quite popular right now”—at least in other countries, such as South Korea and India, he said. The monorail idea was floated last month by Sandy Springs Planning Commission Chairman Lee Duncan as a solution to traffic snarls. He suggested a monorail loop connecting downtown Sandy Springs to MARTA stations and other Perimeter Center locations. Assistant City Manager Jim Tolbert said in response that city consultants would “seriously review” the idea. The review won’t really be that serious. City spokeswoman Sharon Kraun said the consultants developing a new land-use plan are tasked with addressing any idea raised in public comments.

The monorail will be treated as just one of those comments, with no particular plan or budget to analyze. Asked if it will be a “back-of-the-envelope” type of calculation, City Councilman Tibby DeJulio said, “I think that may be overstating it.” Pedersen said it’s common for U.S. cities to dismiss monorail proposals, assuming they would be excessively expensive. Sometimes smaller cities look at the price tags of big-city monorail systems and “get some frightening numbers,” he said. But, he said, smaller monorails are available and ones operating in Las Vegas and Seattle are profitable. “Now would a city with 100,000 [people] benefit from monorail? Certainly, if they get the proper scaled monorail…,” he said. The monorail idea also drew favorable attention from Brookhaven City Councilman Joe Gebbia, who spoke positively of the idea during the Dec. 1 Brookhaven council meeting. Pedersen is not a transit engineer, just a longtime monorail enthusiast. He has visited Atlanta, but not Sandy Springs. However, he said there are precedents for the kind of system Duncan suggested and advantages to a monorail in a dense, commuter-traffic city. Tokyo has a large-scale version of

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“pigs will fly.” The cake was served in the Flying Pig board room. Long after the meeting, Paul and Councilman Tibby DeJulio remained at the dais—beneath a painting of the late founding Mayor Eva Galambos—and reminisced about Day One. Paul remembered the new council coming in at 12:01 a.m. to hurriedly pass provisional codes so Sandy Springs wouldn’t be “the Wild, Wild West or Dodge City of redevelopment.” DeJulio recounted Congressman John Lewis’s surprise backing of a cityhood vote as a matter of civil rights. In his remarks about the proclamation, Paul at one point compared Sandy Springs’ fight for local control with World War II’s Siege of Bastogne. “They refused to give in. They fought to preserve the community,” he said of residents. “A community that is as tough and as committed to an idea as this community was must be saved and deserves the best we can give it.” “So, Sandy Springs, happy birthday,” he concluded. “Now we’ll go on to approve a public alcohol license.” SS


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block of Forest Hills Drive—On Nov. 25, a resident said she was in her home around 10:15 a.m., when a man came into her home. They came face to face and he told her he was there to pick up the furniture. She told him she didn’t arrange for that and asked whom he worked for. He pointed to a construction truck for a granite surface installation company. The man then walked out and down the street. The men on the truck said the man did not work for them. She discovered that the man entered through a kitchen window—probably unaware she was home. Partial prints were taken from the window ledge.

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block of Glenridge Drive—On Nov. 30, a resident returned from lunch to find his front door forced open. It appears that no entry was made into the residence.

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Reporter Classifieds LANDSCAPING SERVICES Tranquil Waters Lawn Care - Pressure washing, aerating, flower beds, trimming, tree/shrubs installation, hauling of debris, etc. Free estimates, Discounts for Seniors & Veterans. No contracts needed. Call Mike 678-662-0767 or Andrew 678-672-8552.

WINDOWS & SIDING Offering vinyl, wood and composite windows – All types of siding. Factorytrained installation. Family-owned, Familypriced. Angie’s List ‘A’ Rated. BBB ‘A+’. 33 Years In Business. Quinn Windows & Siding. 770-939-5634.



Arlington Memorial Park – two spaces in section A of the Calvary lot. Asking $11,500 for both spaces.Call 864-569-9049.

Saturday, December 19, 2015 - Brookhaven Baptist Church, 1294 North Druid Hills Rd NE (parking lot behind the church). Sales is between 8:00 AM till 3:00 PM.

Arlington Memorial Park – Two (535-A 1 & 2) spaces in the Calvary section of the cemetery. Plots available for viewing by visiting the cemetery office. Closing will be held at Arlington Cemetery offices. Asking $9500.00 for both spaces. Call 404-2167175. SS BK

Reporter Classifieds can work for you! (404) 917-2200 x110

STORAGE SPACE WANTED 300 sq. ft. of storage space. Lease for 12 months. Call 404-932-4774.

SERVICES AVAILABLE Driveways & Walkways – Replaced or repaired. Masonry, grading, foundations repaired, waterproofing and retaining walls. Call Joe Sullivan 770-616-0576.

CAREGIVER Caregiver / Certified Nurse Assistant – Specializing in Alz/Dementia. Medication reminder, memory games and activities. Delicious and nutritious meals. Patient, kind and respectful – nonsmoker. Excellent references available. Contact: Zena 404454-6697 |

HELP WANTED EXCITING! FUN! AND REWARDING OPPORTUNITY! – The Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber seeks an ambitious, commission based sales person to sell memberships. Work from home and engage with businesses that are helping our community grow and prosper. Call Suzanne Brown, Director of Member Services (678) 443-2990 or email suzanne@sandysprings. org. Administrative Assistant: Performs full administrative duties and general support duties to assist the manager and Board of Directors. Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Outlook. Excellent starting compensation with benefits. Sandy Springs area. E-mail resume to: sjankowski@

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Dec-11-2015 Sandy Springs Reporter  

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