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City reviews total bans on water usage, other fixes

By John Schaffner Editor@reporternewspapers.net The Sandy Springs City Council heard some strong legislative proposals at its work session Nov. 13 from the city attorney and departments of Public Works and Community Development for imposing restrictions to deal with the current drought conditions and a future overtaxed water supply. Among the issues brought before council by City Attorney Wendell Willard a full ban on all outside watering, a full ban on car washing at home or by commercial car wash establishments, and a full ban on private pressure washing. Willard said the city does have the legal authority under its police powers to regulate the water usage and enforce such ordinances. He said the city can impose civil penalties but he does not recommend the city turn off anyone’s water, because it does not own the water system. The city purchases its water from the city of Atlanta and pays a 21 percent premium per gallon over what residents of Atlanta pay for the same water. In terms of building and development conservation measures, staff recommended that the city mandate that all new construction be required to install low-flow fixtures, regulate the length hot water has to flow from the water heater to a shower by using circulation pumps, and require installation of waterless urinals in commercial buildings. They also recommended mandating the use of grey water systems in certain...

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Whole Foods celebrates its grand reopening

The Sandy Springs Whole Foods Market, located at 5930 Roswell Rd., celebrated its grand reopening with a series of in-store activities, including cooking demonstrations, Oct. 26 to 28. The reopening came after the store’s $5.5 million renovation more than doubled the size of the existing store to 50,000 square feet. The facility, however, never closed to its loyal customers who have been visiting the store for the past seven years. The large increase of square footage came after the store took over the space next door that was formerly occupied by a yoga studio. “We listened to what our customers were looking for and incorporated many of those ideas into the renovations,” said store team leader David Azzolino. “It’s an even better store than before and we’re excited to finally show it off to our shoppers.” The new features include the following: -8,000 square foot farmer’s market-style produce department with a more extensive selection -Burrito bar and expanded hot and salad bars -45 foot butcher-style meat counter -Smoked meats bar -35 foot seafood case -Expanded bulk and grocery departments – Katie...

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72-year-old Sandy Springs barber retains profession’s traditions

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net Charlie Day has watched young boys grow to middle-aged men as he has cut their hair in Sandy Springs for the past 46 years and, at 72, he shows no signs of being ready to retire anytime soon. Day owns Day’s Barber Shop on Hammond Drive just west of Roswell Road—the last of the old-time barber shops remaining in Sandy Springs. Instead of bowing to the increase of discount, franchised hair-cutting establishments, Day’s traditional barber shop has moved in Sandy Springs, but it has withstood the test of time, complete with a traditional red, white and blue barber pole out front. Day got his start as a barber after being laid off from Lockheed Martin in 1955. Just two years previous, Day first reported to the aerospace firm on the same morning James Dean was killed in a car accident. His inspiration for changing careers came after a particularly long day of trying to get his hair cut in Alpharetta. “While I was waiting that day, 33 people came to the door and left,” Day said. “When I got my haircut and left, there were still 31 people in the waiting area. It was easy to figure out the barbers were making more money than I was making.” At the time, Day had made about $16 a day working for Lockheed. But all that changed...

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Local Ironman makes history

By Katie Fallon Sandy Springs resident Scott Rigsby, 39, made history Oct. 13 by becoming the first double amputee to finish the Ironman triathlon championship in Kona, Hawaii. As reported in the Sept 21 and Oct. 5 editions of the Reporter, Rigsby lost his right leg in a car accident at the age of 18. Twelve years later, he elected to have his left leg amputated due to lingering health problems. Rigsby finished the “world series” of triathlons – which includes a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike course and marathon run of 26.2 miles – in nail biting fashion with a time of 16 hours and 42 minutes, just 18 minutes shy of the 17-hour cutoff. Despite being kicked in the eye during the swim, facing 30 mile-per-hour headwinds during the cycling portion and having to dump sweat out of his prosthetic legs every four miles during the run, Rigsby completed each phase of the race within the time limits before receiving resounding applause as he crossed the finish line. “The last three miles were probably the worst self-inflicted pain I’ve ever felt,” Rigsby said. “I was so happy, but in so much pain.” Rigsby said he will spend the next year focusing on his nonprofit organization, The Scott Rigsby Foundation, and participating in smaller triathlons to be 100 percent ready for the 2008 Hawaiian...

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Holy Spirit Prep named a top 50 Catholic school

From staff reports Holy Spirit Preparatory School has been named one of America’s top 50 Catholic high schools by the Catholic High School Honor Roll. The Honor Roll provides a powerful resource to parents and educators by acknowledging those schools that best maintain high academic standards, uphold their Catholic identities, and prepare students to actively engage in the world. Holy Spirit’s Upper Campus, which contains the high school, is located on Northside Drive in Buckhead and its Lower Campus is located on Long island Drive in Sandy Springs. This is the first year that Holy Spirit Prep was eligible for consideration and the first year that any school in Georgia has been recognized nationally in such a manner. “We are proud and grateful to be named one of the top 50 Catholic high schools in America,” said Holy Spirit President Gareth N. Genner. “Our dedicated faculty and staff as well as our committed and supportive parents make Holy Spirit Prep a special place. We thank the Catholic High School Honor Roll for this distinction. We look forward to continuing our commitment to academic excellence, Catholic faith formation and exceeding the high expectations of our students, parents and alumni in the years to come.” Nearly 1,300 Catholic high schools were invited to apply to the Honor Roll by completing surveys that measure academic excellence, Catholic identity and civic education. With...

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