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E. Rivers tree sale raises 23,000

Several hundred Buckhead residents enjoyed the holiday spirit and hot spiced cider as they selected fresh-cut Christmas trees at the E. Rivers PTA’s recent Christmas Tree Sale Weekend. Over $23,000 was raised—the highest amount ever from the annual holiday event—for the Buckhead elementary school’s academic, athletic and arts programs. According to co-chairs Beth and Tim Ryan, “The trees were shipped in from Laurel Springs, North Carolina, which has supplied the White House with its glorious indoor tree.” The tree sale was sponsored again this year by Comer Jennings, III, of Harry Norman Realtors Buckhead/Northwest office. Over 400 fir and spruce trees were purchased, while Girl Scout Troop Number 25340 decorated candy-cane bedecked pointsettia plants “which were snapped up so fast for holiday decorations,” reported Troop Leader and E. Rivers PTA President Pamela...

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Baggy pants outlawed by School Board

By John Schaffner editor@reporternewspapers.net The Atlanta School Board unanimously voted Dec. 10 to change the student dress code to ban “baggy oversized clothing,” to include “sagging shorts and trousers.” Such sagging, underwear-baring pants are prohibited on all Atlanta public school campuses. Board members decided to take up the issue after Atlanta City Council member C.T. Martin formed an indecency task force to investigate a possible law against showing underwear in public. “Although schools have been enforcing the district dress code and, for the most part, students have been complying, we believe it is important to specifically prohibit this latest trend of sagging pants,” stated school board Chairwoman Kathleen Pattillo. It remains the responsibility of the principals of the district’s 96 schools to determine when there is a violation and what to do about it. School board member Brenda Muhammad brought up the issue after working with the task force started by Martin. Martin created an uproar this past summer when he suggested expanding the city’s indecency ordinance to include publicly visible undergarments, such as boxer tops and bra straps. All of that got the school board thinking about what it could do on its school campuses, which resulted in the Dec. 10 vote. Meanwhile, a legislative task force will hear from residents during at a Jan. 18 public hearing as it continues deliberating the city indecency law amendment. The...

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Campbell-Stone completing $12 million renovation project

Campbell-Stone in Buckhead, an affordable retirement community just a few blocks from Peachtree Road and The Streets of Buckhead, is putting the final touches on a $12 million renovation, totally remodeling 342 residential apartments, with 89 newly renovated units becoming available early this month. “This property is a positive benefit to Buckhead and beyond,” says Buckhead Coalition President and former Atlanta Mayor Sam Massell. Operated by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), this is the first significant construction project since the not-for-profit facility opened in 1964. Campbell-Stone is located in two of Atlanta’s neighborhoods, Buckhead and Sandy Springs. The Buckhead location is at 2911 South Pharr Court, N.W. The sister Sandy Springs location is located 350 Carpenter Drive N.E. “This renovation will help us continue our mission for another 40 years,” says Campbell-Stone Executive Director Cliff W. Pepper. “The needs of our residents have changed, and the building was showing its age.” The apartment community targets older adults seeking the privacy of independent living in a safe, comfortable and compassionate environment. Available units include expanded studio as well as 1- and 2-bedroom apartments. The floors have been completely gutted, and the remodeled spaces feature new cabinetry, windows, fixtures, lighting and ceiling fans; updated finishes — from carpeting to paint; as well as modern plumbing and air conditioning/heating systems. “Campbell-Stone is a valuable asset to Buckhead, providing affordable retirement living...

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Business Briefs

Scott Sikes joins Shepherd Center Foundation as executive director Scott Sikes recently joined the Shepherd Center Foundation as executive director and was also named Shepherd Center’s vice president of development. The Shepherd Center Foundation sets the development policy and acts as the major fundraising entity for Buckhead’s Shepherd Center, the country’s largest catastrophic care hospital specializing in the treatment of people with spinal cord injury and disease, acquired brain injury, multiple sclerosis and other neuromuscular disorders and urological problems. Sikes came to Shepherd Center following an extensive nationwide search from Valdosta State University, where he was the vice president for university advancement and CEO of the Valdosta State University Foundation. Previously, he worked at the University of Georgia as a senior development officer for many years. Sikes began his career in the Georgia General Assembly as an administrative aide to Joe Frank Harris during Harris’ final year as House Appropriations Committee chair and his first term as Georgia’s governor. Sikes earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs and a master of business administration degree from Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business. He holds the professional designations of Certified Financial PlannerTM and Certified Fund Raising Executive. Sikes and his wife Valerie have relocated to Atlanta from Valdosta. Microsoft gives History Center $1 million Microsoft Corp. gave a gift of $1 million...

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Sewell family continues tradition with city’s oldest business; 45-year-old Sandy Springs appliance dealer turned upscale but retains service

By Ellen Fix The first thing you notice when you walk through the door of Sewell Appliance Sales and Service Co. is the gleam. It’s the gleam of aisle upon aisle of glamorously upscale cooktops, ovens, warming drawers and other kitchen necessities and – you can’t help but be struck by it – the sparkle of 100 percent stainless steel. Oh, and some beautiful examples of top-of-the-line integrated cabinetry, too. “That’s all we sell,” explains Andy Sewell, who helps run the business along with his brother Stan and his dad Charles, who founded the company 45 years ago. “In 1998, our emphasis began to change dramatically. We are really focused on homes in this area that need upgraded kitchens. About 75 percent of our business is remodeling; the rest is replacement and new construction. We work with high-end builders, decorators and contract installers, mostly in east Cobb, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. So we’ve narrowed our inventory down to what’s popular.” Sewell Appliances is allegedly the oldest continuous business in operation in Sandy Springs. Says Charles, “Repeat business has been the key to our success. We have focused on giving the community the service that they have required. And we like to treat people like we’d want to be treated. Honesty has served us well.” Some regular accounts include Bill Grant Homes, Bildon Construction and Capstone Builders, among others. Most...

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