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Despite drought, Blue Heron Garden gives new life to community; Girl Scouts plan pavilion for garden area

By C. Julia Nelson A little sunshine and a labor of love have given new life to the Buckhead and Sandy Springs communities. Sitting precariously aside Roswell Road adjacent to a sewage tunnel cover is what could quite possibly be one of Buckhead’s best-kept secrets: the Blue Heron Community Garden. Regardless of the unlikely location between a residential neighborhood and a business community along Nancy Creek, the community garden represents more than just a place to nurture vegetation. Between 2001 and 2005, the City of Atlanta utilized the same site as the base of a tunnel built to improve local sewage drainage. Since the property, which belongs to the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, is on the outskirts of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, its board pursued the creation of a community garden to restore the former construction zone. Assisted through ParkPride, a local 501(c) 3 dedicated to ‘leading and inspiring action for parks and greenspace,’ the Blue Heron Community Garden became a reality with permission from the City of Atlanta. In the summer of 2006, through the efforts of the nature preserve and the North Buckhead Civic Association, start-up costs were provided to break ground on the organic garden. Today, the garden consists of 32, 5’x10’, garden plots enclosed by a wooden fence on the edge of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve and serve as a...

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Education briefs

Round three ahead for redistricting The Fulton County School System will host its third redistricting meeting for Sandy Springs’ elementary schools on Dec. 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at North Springs High School. Those in attendance will have a chance to review and provide input on revised attendance zone alternatives in small group discussions. From the meeting’s input, the redistricting staff will develop final attendance zone options to submit to the Fulton County School Board. The redistricting is necessary due to the opening of two new elementary schools in Sandy Springs. One located at the intersection of Lake Forrest and Cliftwood Drives will open for the 2008-2009 school year. The second, located off Ison and Roswell Roads, is scheduled to open for the 2009-2010 school year. The school board is scheduled to vote on the new attendance zones in February. To see the three attendance zone maps currently drawn as the alternatives for the redistricting of Sandy Springs’ elementary schools, visit www.fultonschools.org/redistricting. N. Springs is one of 25 U.S. schools cited as ‘healthiest’ The “Got Milk?” marketing campaign, in association with the School Nutrition Association and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, has named North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences one of the 25 healthiest schools in the country. The recognition is a result of a nationwide search for America’s Healthiest Student Bodies, a...

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Community briefs

Police will do home safety checks The Sandy Springs Police Department has a form posted on its website for residents who would like safety checks performed on their residence while they are out of town. The form can be accessed by visiting www.sandyspringsga.org and clicking on “Police” under the “Emergency Services” link. Completed forms can be mailed or dropped off at police headquarters, 5995 Barfield Road. The complimentary, out-of-town check does not guarantee that a burglary or other crime will not occur. It is intended to be a request for an officer to periodically check the home, provided the officer is available to do so. City wins Crown Community Award The City of Sandy Springs has been awarded one of eight 2007 Crown Community Awards given by American City and County magazine. The award came in recognition for the start up of the Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department, which launched in December of last year and took just six months to create. The honor was received during a Nov. 15 reception at the National League of Cities conference and an article on the fire department will now appear in the December edition of American City and County. The other communities honored included Boston, Mass., Buffalo, N.Y., Compton, Calif., Ogden, Utah, Renton, Wash., San Diego, Calif., and Scottsdale, Ariz. The awards honor cities where more than raw materials and money...

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Police training, accuracy improves with new Glock .45 pistol

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net In addition to garnering nationwide publicity in an advertising campaign for the new Glock .45 pistol, the Sandy Springs Police Department has received another, albeit much more important, advantage from their new service weapons. Accuracy. Since switching the weapon Sandy Springs’ police officers carry from a Sig Sauer P220 to the newest model of the Glock .45, the department has seen a sizable increase in average accuracy when its personnel complete mandatory re-certification sessions. Twice a year, police personnel are required to complete a 40-hour block of in-service training. On the first day of training, officers are run through a series of accuracy drills involving firing at stationary targets from 25, 15, seven and three feet. The minimum qualifying score is 240 out of a possible 300 points. With its previous weapons, the Sandy Springs Police Department averaged a score of 260, or 89 percent accuracy. Once the department completed the transition period with the new Glocks, however, the average score increased to 288, or 96 percent accuracy. While the new weapons are credited with keeping the department sharp, Officer Perry Baxter, who trains the city’s police department at a firing range in south Fulton County, said the department’s good shooters have only gotten better. “If you score less than 240 three times in a row, I take your pistol and you’re put on administrative...

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Resident offers 7 comments on dog park plan

To the editor: From $ 25,000 to $275,000, WOW! Point 1: It is ridiculous. To get a $ 25,000 dog park we are going to spend $275,000? All that is needed for a dog park is a fence, and some water, and perhaps some trees for people shade and sitting. Point 2: Parking for 70 cars? That is ridiculous. I have been to over 20 dog parks. There is never that many people at any dog park, including the city favorite, most popular, Piedmont Park. Point 3: I want to know what Ridgeview is going to be used for now. Point 4: $50,000 (taken) away from our roads (fund)? That is nuts too! Do these elected officials not drive in Sandy Springs? Point 5: Less than an acre for large dogs? That is nuts as well! It is very inappropriate in size. How can 10 or 12 dogs run in less than an acre? Point 6: In the meeting it was stated that we were promised the dog park in the spring. What the Mayor actually said was in the early fall. We have passed that. Point 7: If it must be at Morgan Falls, the least amount of potential harm for the environment is Plan B. It also costs less, and has an entrance and exit. The (Sandy Springs) Conservancy and (Georgia Tech) rowing team also support Plan...

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