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Inside Land grab Legislators growing weary of cityhood movement? COMMUNITY 2-3

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DEC. 27, 2013 — JAN. 9, 2014 • VOL. 4 — NO. 26

Year in review City debated citizens over numerous issues COMMUNITY 4-5


Our top photo picks for 2013

Farewell, Eva Rep. Wendell Willard sings mayor’s praises COMMENTARY 6

King for a day Celebrate holiday season with a Mexican flair OUT & ABOUT 14-15

A dozen letters Senior earns rare athletic achievement STANDOUT STUDENT 18 PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

Reporter Newspapers strives to give readers a variety of in-depth news and community coverage throughout the year, accompanied by compelling visuals. We’ve taken a careful look through the archives and selected some of our favorite images captured by photographer Phil Mosier over the past 12 months. These include: Above, left, in “Give it a spin,” Ritch Fusakio helps “turn over” the engine on a B-17 aircraft at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, during the nonprofit Liberty Foundation’s event. Above, center, “Hitting the field - of screen,” from left, Brooks Bowling, Hugh Carter, Billy Gingrey, Bryce Bowling and Luke Gingrey, enjoy video games before Buckhead Baseball’s Opening Day festivities. Center, below, “It’s cool in the pool,” Olivia Langell, left, and Caroline Seelke, members of The Branches “Gators” swim team, get ready for action. Right, “Walking on water,” Samantha Black intently listens to paddleboarding instructions at Morgan Falls Overlook Park. To see more of our 2013 cover photos, go to pages 16-17.

Construction begins on controversial city projects BY JOE EARLE

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Work is under way on two of the city of Dunwoody’s most controversial projects: the redesign of Dunwoody Village Parkway and the second phase of construction on the multi-use trail through Brook Run Park. Workers began clearing trees from the

center median of the parkway on Dec. 10, and will begin removing the median and putting in erosion control systems in January, city Public Works Director Michael Smith said. The project is expected to take six to eight

months to complete, he said. The city plans to narrow the four-lane roadway and add bike lanes and sidewalks in what it calls its “Main Street Project.” Meanwhile, on Dec. 9, Dunwoody City Council narrowly approved the construction contract for the second phase of the Brook Run Trail, which will add a 1.06-mile segSEE CONTROVERSIAL, PAGE 22


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12-27-2013 Dunwoody Reporter