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INSIDE


Bumpy road Skinny city coffers mean little repaving and a lot more pothole-fi lling


– COMMUNITY 4


Looking ahead Vision for a greener, more walkable Buckhead Village comes closer to reality


– COMMUNITY 7


School days The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart are honored for their decades of work


– FAITH 10


Fun fundraiser The 25th Sandy Springs Festival serves up snazzy cars, a pet parade and more


– OUT & ABOUT 14


Caring hearts Dedicated couple’s


advocacy helps keep foster kids’ lives on track


– MAKING A DIFFERENCE 20


Leading lady Atlanta Girls School grad acts, and takes the academic spotlight too


– EDUCATION 21


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INSIDE Grand idea


Help seniors by donating through a text messaging campaign


– COMMUNITY 2


Hook, ladder Sharing a day in the life of the “band of brothers” at Fire Station 2


– COMMUNITY 4


School days The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart are honored for their decades of work


– FAITH 10


Fun fundraiser The 25th Sandy Springs Festival serves up snazzy cars, a pet parade and more


INSIDE No cop-out


Crime is down more than 10 percent from last year in Sandy Springs


– COMMUNITY 3


Taxing topic Sandy Springs’ attorney offers a defense of occupa- tion, business tax policy


– COMMENTARY 12


Fun fundraiser The 25th Sandy Springs Festival serves up snazzy cars, a pet parade and more


– OUT & ABOUT 14


Caring hearts Dedicated couple’s


advocacy helps keep foster kids’ lives on track


– MAKING A DIFFERENCE 20


Leading lady Atlanta Girls School grad acts, and takes the academic spotlight too


– EDUCATION 21


School spirit Legions of former Spartans get together for a North Springs High reunion


– COMMUNITY 30


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For more photos from the game, see page 8. Vol. 4, No. 19 • Sept. 10 – Sept. 23, 2010


Last dance – page 22


Who owns


team during a Sept. 3 game against Strong Rock Christian School at Adams Stadium. The game ended in a 7-7 tie. one muddy Cross Keys High School junior Alexis Strensen-Reuter, who is co-captain of the cheerleading squad, roots for her


earthen dam question


Can-do duo’s efforts transform eyesores By Jason Massad


By Maggie Lee


Tree months ago, local resident Griff Sims noticed that the underpass at the Brookhaven MARTA station was choked with overgrown brush, strewn with litter and serving as a haven for the homeless.


Instead of silently fuming to himself or making tele- phone calls to navigate what he deemed likely to be a


nization of like-minded community activists — helped clear the brush and pick up the trash at the corner of Dresden Drive and Peachtree Road.


en residents, the underpass is covered with mulch that


Te trees undermining a high- hazard earthen dam near Chastain Park need to be cut down, say state regulators.


But it won’t happen until a Fulton County judge assigns ownership to one or more reluctant parties: home- owners, the county, Sandy Springs or Atlanta.


maze of bureaucracy, Sims — as a part of a loose orga-It’s a case that can easily happen as neighborhoods age or a homeowners


association goes dormant. helps keep the weeds out and discourages vagrants from see JUST DO IT, page 3


Five-year-old Immanuel Ford, a student at Ison Elementary School, takes a swing at an orange ball during the “First on the Turf” back-to-school bash held Aug. 26 at Hammond Park. The event invited families to play games on the new synthetic turf at the park. The city of Sandy Springs spent $450,000 and two months installing the AstroTurf at Hammond Park. For more photos, see page 5.


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A twice-as-nice trend at Heards Ferry By H.M. Cauley


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Among its roughly 550 students, Heards Ferry in- cludes 21 sets of twins and one set of triplets.


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“Tis year, there are two sets in our pre-K class, a cou- ple in kindergarten, and the rest are spread all through the school,” McBride sad. “I’ve worked in four schools before this, and having that many twins is an unusu- al thing.”


McBride estimates there’s an even number of iden- tical and fraternal twins. “But even so,” he added, “it’s


Gerstel was pleased that the school staff left it up to her to decide whether or not to separate the twins. “For us, it was best to separate them, but I was very pleased to know that the administration took my thoughts into consideration,” she said.


Bronwyn Robinson’s identical twin girls, Bryn and see STORY, page X


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Te natural world can seem lost in the urban city of Sandy Springs. Tat is until you find yourself at Lost Corner Preserve, the 22-acre tract at the corner of Riverside Drive and Brandon Mill Road.


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man. “I’ve had to get an attorney.” For a few years, Longman and his wife have owned land on Lake Forrest Drive below the so-called Tree Lakes Dam (also called the Lake Forrest Dam). Te approximately 60-year- old structure escaped regulation un- til 2009, when a periodic state evalu- ation found that if the dam failed, it could flood a residence. Tat poten- see STORY, page X


Chamblee line.


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still amazing.” Stephanie Gerstel has done the math to explain how extraordinary the school’s twin population actually is. “Last year, my boy-girl twins, Ella and Caleb, were one of four sets in the first grade,” she said. “With about 69 children in their grade, that averaged out to about 6.2 percent of those births, compared to a national average of only 3.2 percent.”


Lost Corner By Amy Wenk amywenk@reporternewspapers.net


congregating there, he said. It’s not necessarily the ulti- mate solution, he admitted, but it’s not a glaring eyesore anymore, either.


Now, through the effort of some can-do Brookhav- North Druid Hills and down Peachtree Road to the Springs property owner Albert Long-


“I’m dragged into this kicking and screaming,” says avowedly angry Sandy


“It has worked out pretty good. Tere’s some of the debris out there, but it doesn’t look as bad as it did,” said Sims, who works for a commercial real estate compa- ny and resides in Brookhaven Township, a townhome community near the station. “It’s funny - nobody notic- es when it looks nice, but they notice when it doesn’t.” Te MARTA station cleanup is one example of the volunteer beautification projects that Sims and Ashford Park resident Ronnie Mayer have spearheaded around


PHIL MOSIER Reporter BROOKHAVEN Vol. 2, No. 19 • Sept. 10 – Sept. 23, 2010 www .r epor ter newspapers.net Pompom power


Half pads – page 23


Cross Keys granted 25K


to help kids By Jody Steinberg Cross Keys High School has been


awarded a Learn and Serve Ameri- ca $25,000 grant for two inno- vative programs designed to con- nect students and curriculum to the Hispanic community to improve health, reduce childhood obesity and train adults in on-job skills. “I’m a big advocate of Learn and


see GRANTS, page 7


Serve, because I have seen academ- ic achievement increase. I have seen students’ attitude towards school improve, and I have seen students want to go to school and want to be a part of school because they’re tak- ing ownership in their own learn- ing,” says Glenda Bonds, who sub- mitted the grant application for Cross Keys. Service learning is when students take academic lessons and apply them to real-world situations out- side the classroom in ways that im- prove their communities, explains Joe Turner, director of the Georgia Commission for Service and Vol- unteerism. GCSV administers the K-12 grant program, which orig- inates from the Corporation for National and Community Service. Twelve grants totaling $538,000 were awarded this year in Georgia, says Turner, some of which will be redistributed in smaller amounts by the grantees. Bonds coordinates work-based learning, apprenticeships, Skill- sUSA and other career technology programs for Cross Keys and will help develop and manage the proj- ects under the grant. She has han- dled similar smaller grants before at DeKalb’s High School Technology- North, where she was based until it merged with Cross Keys last year. Cross Keys students from career tech, health and science classes will design and teach job skills, includ- ing resume writing, as well as health and nutrition, including meal plan-


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Sweet tradition – page 7


Watershed Management head steps


down By John Schaff ner johnschaff ner@reporternewspapers.net


On Sept. 2, Wildwood resident


Bill Lucas, who has been leading the fi ght with the Department of Wa- tershed Management over excessive- ly high water bills, met with Atlanta’s Chief Operating Offi cer Peter Aman and asked for two things: DWM Commissioner Rob Hunter’s resigna- tion, and an independent third-party audit of DWM operations. On Sept. 7, Aman announced that


PHIL MOSIER


Jeremy Leven takes a snap from center during a Sept. 6 practice of the Northside Youth Organization Pee Wee Football league at Chastain Park. Leven plays for the Warriors, the seven- and eight-year-old boys team. For more photos, see page 22.


Bad boost: Burglaries up in four beats


By John Schaff ner johnschaff ner@reporternewspapers.net If you think the number of burglaries has increased


this year in your neighborhood, you are correct if you live in an area from northwest Buckhead east to Brookhaven and down the Lenox Road area. In Beat 202 of Atlanta Police Zone 2, which includes


the area around Chastain Park and Mt. Paran in north- west Buckhead, there have been 10 more burglaries this year — 26 burglaries last year, up to 36 this year to date — Zone 2 Commander Maj. Robert Browning told the Reporter on Sept. 2. In Beat 201, which is the area south of Chastain and including the West Paces Ferry Road area near Ran-


dall Mill Road and Northside Drive, burglaries have in- creased from seven last year to 10 so far this year, accord- ing to Browning. However, the combined increases in burglaries in those beats are not the highest for two beats in Zone 2. Browning said Beat 204, which covers the area


north of Peachtree Road and the Brookhaven area along Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, and Beat 205, which covers Lenox Square mall and the area south to Buford High- way, have seen a larger combined increase this year. According to Browning, the combined increase year to date for beats 201 and 202 is 13 or 14 more burglar- ies than last year at this time. For beats 204 and 205, the increase is 16. see BAD BOOST, page 30


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Hunter had resigned as DWM com- missioner, eff ective Sept. 10. Four of Hunter’s six deputy commission- ers also have been let go–Sally Mills, Sheila Pierce, Debra Henson and Chris Hebberd. Hunter, who had become the fo- cus of the Buckhead community’s outrage over excessively high water bills in recent months, will continue to serve as a technical adviser to the city on issues, such as the water/sew- er consent decree modifi cation, until the end of the year and assist with the see HE NEEDED, page 8


Is October restart month


for Streets? By John Schaff ner johnschaff ner@reporternewspapers.net


October may be the answer to what has been a frequently asked question in Buckhead: When will construction work re- sume at T e Streets of Buckhead? October is the time frame develop-


er Ben Carter e-mailed to the Buck- head Reporter on Sept. 1. T ere have been announcements see IS OCTOBER, page 5


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