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Park facilities topic of joint town hall meeting

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net Residents will have yet another chance to dissect the city’s park facilities when Councilwomen Karen Meinzen McEnerny and Ashley Jenkins hold a joint town hall meeting on Aug. 13. The Monday night meeting will be held in the library of Holy Spirit Prep School on Long Island Drive. The 90-minute meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Meinzen McEnerny, the District 6 councilwoman, said the meeting will be more of a chance for the community to review all of the city’s park facilities, rather than discuss one particular park or parks-related issue. “The public might not be aware of the location and amenities of what we have in Sandy Springs,” Meinzen McEnerny said. “I just want to alert everybody. Unfortunately, some of the parks don’t have improvements yet.” Jenkins said parks have remained a priority because now that Sandy Springs is a city, it can claim its own parks facilities, while also recognizing they need improvements because of prior neglect by Fulton County. “They just need some tender loving care,” Jenkins said. “They need to be spruced up, some need capital repairs, some need new programs and they need to be promoted so our citizens know about them and enjoy them.” Meinzen McEnerny said she does expect the issue of a proposed dog park will be brought up. She said the fact that the dog park...

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Kiwanis Club hears story of strength and survival

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net Despite a wartime escape from Nazi-occupied France and a youth spent in pre-Castro Cuba, Rose Cunningham has retained the ability to find the joy in life. Cunningham, an Atlanta resident since coming to the United States as a war bride with husband John following World War II, spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Sandy Springs on July 19 and painted a picture of quite the colorful life. Born Jewish and raised Catholic, Cunningham’s childhood began in Romania. A few months prior to the beginning of World War II in the Fall of 1939, Cunningham came home to find her family, including her French father and Romanian mother, packing their bags. “[My father] said we were leaving because if we didn’t, we were going to die,” Cunningham said. “He was willing to go anywhere.” The family soon fled to France ahead of the looming cloud of the war, but eventually fled Paris one day before the German invasion. In 1942, after hiding in Marseilles for two years, the family escaped from France on a freighter carrying 500 Jewish refugees to Havana, Cuba. The six-week journey, which cost $500 per person, included a change to another ship in Casablanca, Morocco and stops at ports in Jamaica and Mexico. While initially in hiding, Cunningham said it was tough to understand the magnitude of the war. “When the war...

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Business briefs

Law firms to merge, keep Buckhead office International law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, which has its local offices at Five Concourse Parkway in Sandy Springs, is merging with the Atlanta law firm of Gambrell & Stolz LLP, which has offices in Buckhead and Macon. The combined firm will maintain the name of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC. The 36 Gambrell & Stolz attorneys are joining Baker Donelson’s 14 attorneys in Atlanta, bringing the combined firm’s total number of attorneys in Georgia to 50. Firm wide, the total number of attorneys and public policy advisors now exceeds 500. Current plans call for the combined firm to maintain Gambrell’s existing offices in Buckhead and Macon, with Baker Donelson’s Atlanta attorneys and staff relocating from their current offices by the end of 2007. Gambrell & Stolz was established in 1963 by David Gambrell, whose father founded the original Atlanta Legal Aid Society. Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC is one of the 100 largest law firms in the country. Through strategic acquisitions and mergers over the past century, the firm has grown to include more than 500 attorneys, and public policy and international advisors. Snelling Staffing opens Sandy Springs office Snelling Staffing Services opened a new office at 6600 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs in July. The office, located at suite 108 in Embassy Row...

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Abernathy 400 proclaimed ‘gateway to Sandy Springs’

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net During groundbreaking ceremonies July 17, Sandy Springs Councilwoman Ashley Jenkins proclaimed the Abernathy 400 mixed-use development at Ga. 400 and Abernathy Road the “gateway to Sandy Springs.” Kris Miller, president of Ackerman & Co., went a step further proclaiming the $270 million office, retail, hotel and condominium development the “gateway to Perimeter Center and to Sandy Springs” to the 50 plus representatives of development partners, city and county officials and interested parties on hand. Highlight of the event was when Jenkins climbed up on a large backhoe and used it to dig the first ceremonial dirt for the development. Abernathy Development Partners, a venture of Ackerman & Co. and Russell New Urban Development, is developing 550,000 square feet of office space in two buildings, 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space and a 400-room hotel on the site. At the same time, Atlanta-based Lane Co. is developing Serrano, a 150-unit Mediterranean-themed condominium community, with prices starting in the low $300,000 range, and 6,500 square feet of vertically integrated retail. The first phase will involve the development of Serrano, with the second phase, to begin in 2008, encompassing the hotel, office and retail space. Although Ackerman & Co. Chairman Charles Ackerman was unable to attend the event, Russell New Urban Development was represented by its President Jerome Russell and Russell & Company founder Herman...

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Council denies, defers several contested zoning applications

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net The approval of six alcoholic beverage licenses and changing of the name of West Nancy Creek Drive to Curry Drive were about the only uncontested, non controversial agenda items taken up by the Sandy Springs City Council during its four hour meeting July 17. For the record, those establishments now legally serving alcoholic beverages are: Tony’s Sports Bar and Grill, 8610 Roswell Road; La Rumba, 6317 Roswell Road; Mellow Mushroom, 6100 Roswell Road; Sultan Restaurant, 5920 Roswell Road; The Bookhaus & Company, 227 Sandy Springs Circle, and Nothing But Noodles, 6080 Roswell Road. Applicants for street abandonments and rezonings didn’t have as easy a time with the council and residents who spoke their minds during the public comment periods. An attempt to get the city to abandon an undeveloped portion of Green Pine Drive failed when it was pointed out by several speakers that this is a much-used back entrance to Ridgeview Park by residents along the property and their children. Green Pine Drive runs off Trimble Road into the park. A resolution seeking abandonment of a section of Forestwood Lane from Lake Forrest Drive to a cul-de-sac and Woodgreen Drive from its intersection with Forestwood Lane caused Councilman Dave Greenspan to move to have the issue deferred until the Fulton County School Board comes to agreement with the city on negotiations for a park...

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