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Dog park plan causes stink among its neighbors

By C. Julia Nelson Sandy Springs City Council members may be in the doghouse no matter what they decide regarding a possible dog park at Ridgeview Park. The Sandy Springs Pooch Park Pals want a safe place for their dogs to run and play, unleashed, within the city limits. Pooch Park Pals are volunteers who act as stewards to the parks providing general maintenance and cleaning services. Additionally, the group has raised about $15,000 in private funds to add to the $25,000 already allotted by Sandy Springs City Council for the purpose of creating the dog park. On the other side of the fence, neighbors living in the immediate area surrounding Ridgeview Park are wary of increased traffic, lack of enforcement of current leash laws and oppose adding a dog park to a park that is rarely maintained and has limited space for other recreational activities. The catch 22: everyone is concerned that people continuously disregard the law and let their dogs run unleashed, putting children at risk. Last Wednesday, about 100 people attended a town hall meeting, at the Church of the Redeemer, 5185 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, to discuss a one- to two-acre, fenced-in space for local canines to run amok without bothering others in the 20.2-acre park. District 5 Councilman Tibby DeJulio arranged the meeting to collect information as to how and if council should proceed with the...

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Mayor lists year one accomplishments, looks to future

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net Mayor Eva Galambos presented a long list of first-year accomplishments for the city of SandySprings—including ending the year with a budget reserve—and then forecast the future in her annual “State of the City” address July 11 to a packed house of more than 160 Sandy Springs Business Association members and guests. “The state of the city of Sandy Springs is excellent,” the mayor stated. “We are on a very sound financial footing and we have produced for you in terms of delivery of services which, after all, is what the city is all about.” She said the city finished its first year of operation with a financial reserve, “which is a frugal way of running a conservative, fiscally well-managed city.” The mayor cited as being “remarkable” that the city had, in the past year, put on the street full-fledged, professional police, fire and EMS forces. She said the police officers have the highest average of experience when hired of any department in the metro Atlanta area. She cited as being unique that when the police officers are hired they have to go through a very rigorous ethics program. Mayor Galambos explained that EMS has turned out to be the largest portion of the Fire and Rescue Department, answering more calls than fire calls. “We have a fabulous training program for all paramedics” under contract with...

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City tables any Historic Preservation Board plans

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net The city has now tabled further discussion on creating a Historic Preservation Board, despite the vocal efforts of one councilwoman. District 6 Councilwoman Karen Meinzen McEnerny was met with a resounding silence at the city council’s July 10 work session when Mayor Eva Galambos asked who on the council would be in favor of McEnerny’s proposal to create the board. The council passed an ordinance in December, 2005, to allow for the creation of the board, but the group was never created. McEnerny said at the work session that she wanted to activate that board at the behest of members of Heritage Sandy Springs as well as many residents. The purpose of the board, McEnerny said, would be to have another step in the process if the owner of a historic property wanted to go through a rezoning or get a permit for a land disturbance. In addition, she also wants the board to compile a registry of historic properties in the city. That list, though, would not be sanctioned by the national or state registries. The board, McEnerny said, would then be included in the city’s normal rezoning process. “In my view, we need a qualified board of people that are familiar with architectural integrity, age and history to come up with a listing of properties that should be on the registry,” McEnerny said....

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Prescription for success; Last Sandy Springs independent pharmacy thrives despite ‘big box’ competitors

By C. Julia Nelson Ever heard of home medicine delivery that didn’t require an Internet connection? For 36 years, pharmacist Richard ‘Doc’ Smith, R. Ph. has been delivering medications to the doors of customers who couldn’t make it to the pharmacy. The medications are delivered the same day they are ordered and for only a dollar over the cost of the medicine. Operating two businesses, “where the customer comes first,” Doc Smith is confident that the independent Sandy Springs Pharmacy and E-Z Med, a closed pharmacy servicing assisted living homes relative to medication packaging, has an edge over the ‘big boys’ in the pharmaceutical industry. The independent pharmacy was formed by Doc Smith, now age 63, in 1971 as a compliment to the former Sandy Springs Medical Center, now known as the Benson Center. In 1974, he partnered with the late Orrin Skolnick and together the two men created a niche that continues to maintain its loyal clientele despite the convenience of drive-thru pharmacies where photos can be developed or groceries bought. Doc Smith and Skolnick later relocated the pharmacy to Vernon Woods Drive at Roswell Road and in 1990, moved the pharmacy to its current location at 6329 Roswell Road. (E-Z Med is located at 199 Hildebrand Dr. NE. and opened in 1985.) This past February, Sandy Springs Pharmacy became the last independently owned pharmaceutical outlet in the...

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Young Chefs Academy makes meal preparation fun for kids

By Tova Fruchtman When Jennifer Fox decided to leave her finance and accounting career in the corporate world she spent about a year researching what she wanted to do next. She knew she wanted to do some type of activity for children. That, combined with her love of cooking brought her to the Young Chef’s Academy — a bright, colorful kitchen setting that offers cooking classes, birthday parties and field trips for children. At the time, there was only the original Young Chef’s Academy in Waco, Texas, and Fox flew out to meet the owners and creators of the business. “I thought, ‘This is such a healthy concept, and such a fun one, that how could we do anything but hit a homerun with it here in the Atlanta area,’ ” Fox said. “I’m a mom, and the whole time I was learning about Young Chef’s Academy franchise as a business, I couldn’t help but think about the fact that I would have loved to have had this opportunity when my kids were younger.” It’s been more than a year since Fox opened her own franchise of Young Chef’s Academy in Sandy Springs’s CityWalk shopping center and she has plans to open in Buckhead and East Cobb next. The concept has been a hit. Summer and school break camps that partner with Imagym- a few doors away, and offers...

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