EPA sets Capital City fine at $157,500

The Capital City Club has finally heard from the federal Environmental Protection Agency regarding its fine for violations that resulted in mud being dumped into streams and a lake last year during construction work on the golf course, which is in Brookhaven.

The EPA fined the country club $157,500. The same runoff resulted in a $3,000 fine from the city of Atlanta and a $150,000 fine from Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division.

The EPA is taking public comment on its planned fine through May 9.

Marist official name VP at Hospice Atlanta

Brookhaven resident Lisa Robinson has been named vice president of advancement at Visiting Nurse/Hospice Atlanta, Georgia’s largest nonprofit home health and hospice care provider.

The organization’s 36-bed inpatient facility, Hospice Atlanta Center, is in Brookhaven.

Robinson’s primary role is to lead fundraising efforts while supporting its mission: providing compassionate, innovative and cost-effective home health and hospice care.

She will oversee all aspects of advancement for the $38 million nonprofit, including board relations, major and planned gifts, foundation and corporate relations, the annual fund, branding and communications, and special events such as the Big-To-Do, scheduled for April 26 at Zoo Atlanta, and the Hospice Atlanta Gala.

Before joining Visiting Nurse/Hospice Atlanta, Robinson was vice president for institutional advancement at Brookhaven’s Marist School. Before Marist, she was vice president of merchandising for a home furnishings importer. Her marketing and branding experience came from Cotton Inc., where she worked for more than 11 years.

Wolf Camera liquidating Brookhaven Station store

Ritz Camera Center Inc., the owner of Wolf Camera, gained Bankruptcy Court approval to sell the assets of the 400 stores it plans to close, including the store in Brookhaven Station in Brookhaven, as part of a plan to liquidate 40 percent of its stores.

Beltsville, Md.-based Ritz Camera, a privately held chain, will shutter 400 of its 1,000 stores in 45 states.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary Walrath in Wilmington, Del., also approved Ritz’s request to borrow $85 million from Wachovia Bank to help fund operations as it shuts the stores. Ritz will have as many as 375 stores after the sales.

In 1987, Ritz launched Boater’s World, a boating and fishing supply retailer. A drop in consumer spending and slumping sales at Boater’s World prompted the company’s bankruptcy filing. The company got permission to shut those stores March 19.

In 2001, Ritz acquired Atlanta-based Wolf Camera, which had sought bankruptcy protection.

Ritz’s retail brands include Wolf Camera, Kits Cameras, Inkley’s and The Camera Shop.

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