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Community Action Center to host annual Vintage Affair fundraiser

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net The Community Action Center (CAC) will host its 5th Annual Vintage Affair on Sept. 29, a Roaring 20’s-themed party that will be held this year in historic Glenridge Hall. The private home and special events venue is owned by Sandy Springs resident Joey Mayson and was built in the 1920’s. This event, which has become the organization’s yearly flagship fundraiser, will also highlight the yearlong celebration of the CAC’s 100th anniversary. The CAC is a nonprofit organization that works to prevent homelessness and provide assistance to needy families in Sandy Springs and Dunwoody. Located on Hightower Trail, the facility offers financial assistance as well as donations of food, clothing, school supplies and other basic family needs. Tickets to Vintage Affair, which will be held from 6 to 10 p.m., are $150 per person or $250 per couple. $75 of the ticket price is tax deductible. Tickets can be purchased through the Phoenix and Dragon Bookstore, 5531 Roswell Road, or by ordering online at www.vintageaffair.org. Event chairwoman Elizabeth Igleheart said organizers are hoping for 150 partygoers as space is limited. Attendees, however, will have no shortage of entertainment. The evening will include a sit-down dinner catered by local restaurants that have donated their food and wine. In addition, Vintage Affair will include both a silent and live auction, with items including a week at the Westin...

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Thefts from cars examined at Jenkins town hall meeting

By Katie Fallon katiefallon@reporternewspapers.net While district 4 councilwoman Ashley Jenkins’ Sept. 17 town hall meeting may have been sparsely attended, the prevailing theme of the evening was clear. Public safety. The Sandy Springs Police Department’s Lt. Steve Rose continued to try and convince residents that by simply eliminating the opportunity, crime categories like thefts from cars could be dramatically decreased. Overall, though, crime in the city was reported to be down by 25 percent. Rose said the number of thefts from cars last month did contribute to August’s monthly increase in crime rates. That one category, he said, has a snowball effect on the city’s crime rate. “August was not a kind month for us,” Rose said. “We had a total of 334 Part 1 crimes. What spiked those numbers are the larcenies and thefts and what spiked those numbers were the thefts that are coming out of cars.” In fact, Rose said the excess of thefts from cars is not only affecting Sandy Springs. Because it borders the Dunwoody community across the county line, the city is also sharing the burden with DeKalb. The most recent “hot spot” for this type of crime has been Peachtree Dunwoody Road and Hammond Drive. Similarly, Rose said the hot item being taken from cars is GPS systems more so than other high ticket items like laptops. So far, the police department’s...

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“Name Your Neighborhood Stream”

The City of Sandy Springs has partnered with several local community groups for the “Name Your Neighborhood Stream” project that will use residents’ votes to christen 11 unnamed streams in the city. The winning name for each stream will be certified by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and will appear on official city maps. The USGS is responsible for approving the names of all physical features in the country. The project, which has been spearheaded by district 6 Councilwoman Karen Meinzen-McEnerny, includes a partnership with Heritage Sandy Springs, Sandy Springs Conservancy, the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods, Brown and Caldwell Environmental Engineers and Consultants, Holy Spirit Prep School, Trees Sandy Springs and the Long Island Creek Watershed Association. The submissions will be judged by McEnerny, city representatives and the project partners. Residents can choose from already-suggested stream names compiled by historians from Heritage Sandy Springs, or they can think of their own. All names will be considered for selection. “We’re pleased to offer this opportunity for community involvement,” McEnerny said. “By naming some of our City’s natural resources, residents will be shaping history.” Name submissions can be emailed to Councilwoman McEnerny at karen.mcenerny@sandyspringsga.org. For more information on the “Name Your Neighborhood Stream” project, please call...

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City debuts new rescue unit

On Sept. 10, the Sandy Springs Fire Rescue Department put a new rescue unit into service at Station 4 on Wieuca Road and added Advanced Life Support (ALS) to the Quint 3 unit at Station 3. The fire trucks are referred to as “Quints” because they perform the five separate functions of being equipped with a booster tank, ground ladders, a hose, aerial ladders and a pump. The Advanced Life Support (ALS) added to Quint 3, now increases the capacity of emergency medical services to cover the entire city. Sandy Springs has staffed up six positions to accommodate the additional Quint. “This puts more units on the streets,” said Deputy Fire Chief Dennis Ham. “Having Rescue 4 increases our response time in the southwestern sector of the city. It frees up the Quint at Station 4 for other calls. However, if a rescue call comes in while Rescue 4 is on a rescue call, the Quint and its personnel can go on that one. So, in essence, we have double coverage now for Station 4 like all the others.” The ALS-equipped Quint 3 joins the already ALS-equipped Quints 1, 2 and 4, from their respective stations. Advanced Life Support is a treatment consensus for cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in cardiac arrest and related medical problems. Ham said the new vehicle has similar advantages besides providing increased coverage. “Having Rescue 4...

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Roswell Road signal retiming saves $11 million in first year

In just over one year, a major signal retiming on Roswell Road has saves Sandy Springs motorists $11 million in terms of fuel and time. The estimate comes from study findings released this month by the private firm Geostats and is calculated based on an average fuel price of $3 a gallon and motorist time valued at an average of $10 an hour. According to the city, while motorists on Roswell Road between the City of Atlanta limits and the Chattahoochee River may still notice traffic snarls, they are also likely to spend significantly less time idling in traffic overall. In comparison to a year ago, drivers headed southbound in the afternoon rush hour and northbound in morning rush hour may experience, on average, a 40 percent reduction in their travel time during those peak hours. In northbound afternoon rush hour, a reduction of 11.47 percent travel time is average. “Saving the average area motorist just a few minutes a day on Roswell Road, as this study shows, can result in millions of dollars in cost savings over the course of a year,” said Mayor Eva Galambos. “The end goal of signal retiming efforts is to get drivers to their destinations with greater ease, as well as reducing the psychological, financial and environmental costs of being stuck in traffic.” Major state routes like Roswell Road that provide direct highway...

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