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DEC. 26, 2014 — JANUARY. 8, 2015 • VOL. 6 — NO. 26
Predictions for 2015
BBA makes $3,000 donation COMMUNITY 2
‘Urban camping’ Homeless: Don’t sleep here PUBLIC SAFETY 17
The year brought out smiles in all of us, no matter if we were painting, dancing, counting or playing sports — it was good to live in one of the Reporter Newspapers communities. We’ve selected a few of our favorite cover photos from 2014, shown here, with more on pages 8-9.
Far left, Sammy Lesser, 4, shows off his “inner artist,” with mom Nancy’s help, during Dunwoody’s Lemonade Days Festival at Brook Run Park on April 26. Left, Blaire Bodell, 8, left, and sister Mara, 2, dance before an audience of “bunnies” at the Ashford Park Easter egg hunt in Brookhaven on April 12. Below, Simoni Castillo, nanny for Ansley Shane, 1, helps compare toes with Brutus, a Mastiff, during a program at the Buckhead Branch Library on July 17.
YEAR IN REVIEW
Below, left, Julia Rutledge, front, with Susanna Robinson, back left, show “gator glory” during the Sandy Springs Youth Sports baseball and softball Opening Ceremonies and Parade at the Morgan Falls Athletic Complex on March 8. PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER
Loudermilk Park now scheduled for completion in 2015 BY JOE EARLE
Work on renovating the triangular park at Peachtree and Roswell roads will continue into next year, wrapping up in February or March, according to the executive director of the Buckhead Community Improvement District. “By the end of February, you’ll look at it and go, ‘Hey, that’s a completed park,’” CID Executive Director Jim Durrett said. The $2.5 million renovation of Charlie Loudermilk Park originally was scheduled to be completed months ago, but construction was delayed so the work wouldn’t conflict with other nearby proj-
ects, such as streetscape improvements around the Buckhead Atlanta development, Durrett said. The location of the park at the conjunction of two state highways made scheduling lane closings for construction more difficult than anticipated, he said. The CID’s early estimates said the park would be finished by last April, then by July. Work now is under way to install the park’s “hardscape,” Durrett said. “The hardscape is going great,” he said. The CID now hopes to hold a formal openCONTINUED ON PAGE 2
Work on a park honoring Charlie Loudermilk will wrap up in early 2015.