Author: Ellen Eldridge

Making a Difference: Winner of ‘Positive Aging Award’ says it helps to stay young

In 1995, Linden Longino was “on loan” to the Carter Center during his final years as a banker with SunTrust. He worked with former President Jimmy Carter and his associates on an inner-city poverty program called The Atlanta Project. “I worked in south Atlanta in the Carver Homes area, the very poor neighborhood, and I tried to bring some much needed banking services into that area,” Longino said. But he also saw kids “tr ying to grow up under awful conditions, facing gangs and drugs.” He wanted to help them “do something constructive,” so he started a program for...

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2015 in Review: Dunwoody sees changes at City Hall

2015 brought some big changes to Dunwoody. Mayor Mike Davis lost his bid for re-election to former Councilman Denny Shortal, and a new city manager came aboard. Police officers started wearing body cameras—but the department also requested more bodies, as Chief Billy Grogan warned of understaffing and rising crime. A longstanding lawsuit over parks funds was finally settled and Light Up Dunwoody expanded to handle a controversy over a menorah display. Here are some of Dunwoody’s top stories from 2015. Voters pick Shortal as city’s third mayor Mayor Mike Davis lost his bid for re-election and Dunwoody will welcome...

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Councilman wants circles, not roundabouts, to calm speeds

  Dunwoody Councilman John Heneghan says he wants drivers to slow down. In a recent blog he advocated for “neighborhood traffic circles,” which, he said, are usually found where residential streets intersect and are different than roundabouts. The blog went up Dec. 14, shortly before the City Council met to discuss the city’s traffic calming policy, which was written in 2009 to establish criteria for installing different measures to slow traffic, Public Works Director Michael Smith wrote in a memo. Heneghan asked city staff to review the policy and add discussion to the agenda in part because residents say...

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Dunwoody Elementary School takes next step in its butterfly project

Program Manager Jackie Sherry from the Dunwoody Nature Center has been meeting with first-grade students for the past two weeks to talk about Monarch butterflies and their disappearing habitat. Last spring, DNC donated milkweed plants and a butterfly garden to Dunwoody Elementary School and other Dunwoody schools to help promote the Monarch’s North American migration. The goal is to harvest the seeds from their butterfly garden and grow more milkweed that students can take home and plant in their own gardens, the school said in a press...

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Police say they are often called to apartment building where woman was shot and wounded

  In the days after a resident of The Darlington apartments on Peachtree Road was shot in the finger through her closed apartment door, another resident said crime has been an ongoing problem at the Buckhead building. “Every time I leave or come to my apartment, I feel unsafe,” Darlington resident Je Wesley Day said. Resident Natasha Smith lost part of her middle finger when she was struck inside her apartment by a bullet that passed through the door or wall at about 2:45 a.m. on Dec. 14, police said. Donald Davis, 23, who lives in the apartment next...

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