Category: Brookhaven Reporter

PDK air traffic expected to increase for SEC college football championship game

Air traffic is expected to increase at DeKalb-Peachtree Airport Dec. 5-8 due to the NCAA SEC Championship game between the UGA Bulldogs and LSU Tigers. The championship game will be played Dec. 7 at the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Airport officials did not give numbers on how much they expect air traffic to increase. Average operations, which include takeoff and landings, are estimated about 350-450 a day, according to PDK. PDK is in Chamblee on Clairmont Road on the Brookhaven border. It was constructed on a part of the old Camp Gordon, a World War I Army training...

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Photos: Santa, snow and songs illuminate Light Up Brookhaven

The annual Light Up Brookhaven event on Dec. 4 attracted many local residents to Blackburn Park to herald the holiday season. This year’s celebration included Santa arriving in a Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta helicopter, plenty of singing, and even some human-made snow floating over attendees as well as a small snow mountain for children to ride down on an innertube. There was food, crafts and more before the lighting of the city’s 40-foot tall Christmas tree by Mayor John Ernst and some CHOA patients. Rabbi Brian Glusman and members of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta lit the...

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Dunwoody man’s news photos captured Sandy Springs blast, other moments in Olympic bomber’s terror campaign

Around these parts, Alan Mothner is best known as the longtime executive director of the Dunwoody Nature Center, which programs a beloved local park. But in the 1990s, he had a very different career as a news photographer on the story of a terrorist’s bombings of the Olympics and other metro Atlanta sites. In 1997, he was within 30 feet of a bomb when it exploded outside a Sandy Springs abortion clinic, and took dramatic photos that were published around the nation. “It was one of those fight-or-flight moments… I decided to do what a good journalist does, which...

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99-year-old GDOT ‘legend’ and WWII veteran tours I-285/Ga. 400 interchange project

To many metro Atlanta residents, the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange reconstruction project is considered a nuisance. But to Wendell Lawing, a 99-year-old former state bridge engineer for the Georgia Department of Transportation and a World War II veteran, it is a sight to see. “I have been around a century and I have seen a lot of changes,” Lawing said during a Nov. 7 tour of the “Transform 285/400” project guided by project manager Marlo Clowers. Lawing is considered a legend by the state transportation department, paving the way for the designs of the I-285/I-85 interchange known today as Spaghetti...

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Buckhead executive named new U.S. senator for Georgia, replacing Isakson

Buckhead business executive Kelly Loeffler will be the new U.S. senator for Georgia, replacing incumbent Johnny Isakson, who is stepping down mid-term at year’s end for health reasons. Loeffler, a Republican, was appointed to the Senate seat Dec. 4 by Gov. Brian Kemp. If she seeks to stay in the seat beyond the vacancy appointment, she will have to defend it in a 2020 special election. The seat will be on the ballot yet again in 2022, when Isakson’s original term expires. In a social media post, Kemp praised Loeffler as political conservative: “Kelly is a patriot who believes...

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Memories of a terrorist’s bombing spree at Olympics and Sandy Springs

The 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing is back in the news, as a new book and an upcoming Clint Eastwood movie give their takes on the story of Richard Jewell, a heroic security guard who saved people from the bomb only to become falsely suspected as the criminal who planted it. The real perpetrator was right-wing terrorist Eric Rudolph. After the Olympics, Rudolph went on to bomb an LGBTQ nightclub in Atlanta and two medical clinics that performed abortions, one in Alabama and one in Sandy Springs. The Sandy Springs bombing on Jan. 16, 1997, at an office building at...

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Around Town: An activist and grandmother writes her memoir

Sherry Frank wears a small gold necklace. The unobtrusive chain displays a single word: bubbe. It means grandmother, or, more specifically, a Jewish grandmother. “I wear it every day,” Frank said, smiling when the word draws notice. “Bubbe fits me.” Others may see the 77-year-old Sandy Springs grandmother as an energetic activist who has lived a very public life. But her jewelry proudly proclaims she’s also the kind of woman who likes to bake cookies for her grandkids. Still, she’s no homebody. She served 26 years as executive director of the Atlanta chapter of the American Jewish Committee. She...

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Brookhaven to vote on LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance in January

Brookhaven could soon join the movement of metro Atlanta cities passing nondiscrimination ordinances that include protections for people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. Councilmember Linley Jones said at a Dec. 2 community meeting that a nondiscrimination ordinance banning businesses from discriminating against minority groups including LGBTQ people is being written now and would be introduced at the Dec. 10 council meeting. A vote on the ordinance would then follow in January after District 3 Councilmember-elect Madeleine Simmons is sworn into office, she said. “We’re all going to want to spread the message to be here Dec....

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Dec. 8

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Dec. 5, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Dec. 3-7, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. I-285 lane closures Dec. 3, 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., westbound between Chamblee-Dunwoody Road and Ashford-Dunwoody Road, two right lanes. Other traffic changes On Dec....

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Brookhaven’s Peachtree Creek Greenway grand opening set for Dec. 12

The grand opening of the first mile of the Brookhaven’s portion of the Peachtree Creek Greenway is set for Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. at 1801 Corporate Square. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to news@brookhavenga.gov to get information on parking and shuttle information. The “model mile” of the Greenway is between North Druid Hills Road and Briarwood Road. The first phase includes a paved multiuse trail and a pedestrian bridge crossing the north fork of Peachtree Creek. A trailhead is located off North Druid Hills Road next to the Salvation Army’s regional headquarters entrance. Another trailhead...

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Historic American Legion building is renovated to serve generations of vets

The historic Waldo M. Slaton American Legion Post 140 building in Buckhead’s Chastain Park is freshly renovated and will serve more generations of veterans after the post set aside a controversial plan to demolish it and build a larger version. “This renovation should ensure the viability of the building for another 50 years,” said post Commander Ken DeSimone, who also serves as the Sandy Springs police chief, about the roughly 80-year-old, rustic structure at 3905 Powers Ferry Road. The post held an open house on Veterans Day to show off the $100,000 renovation, which repair rotting flooring, outdated wiring...

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‘A Tuna Christmas’ marks the holidays, and a theater partnership

The Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s production of “A Tuna Christmas” this month is a way to celebrate the holiday season – and a successful new partnership with Oglethorpe University’s Conant Performing Arts Center. “A Tuna Christmas” is the second production GET, the resident professional company at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, has brought to Oglethorpe under a “binding partnership” forged in 2018. The first, in June, was a remount of GET’s 2018-2019 season hit “Driving Miss Daisy.” Connections between the theater company and the university, however, were already ongoing. GET produced “Million Dollar Quartet” at the Conant in 2017. A...

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