Category: Brookhaven Reporter

Brookhaven hosts annual MLK Day Dinner at historic Lynwood Park

The city of Brookhaven hosted its annual MLK Day Dinner and Celebration on Jan. 21 to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event was held at the Lynwood Park Recreation Center, the former school for the Lynwood Park community. The school was open for decades but closed in 1968 when students were integrated into the DeKalb County School System. The Lynwood students are now known as the “Lynwood Trailblazers.” Former Lynwood Park resident U.S. Army Brigadier General Richard Dix gave the keynote speech, urging people to “stay true to the principles that Dr. King stood for.” “Love will...

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Brookhaven extends alcohol sales hours for Super Bowl week

Brookhaven aims to get a piece of the Super Bowl dining and nightlife business by extending its alcohol-selling hours for the week leading up to the game. But the move came with a dissenting vote from a city councilmember concerned about public safety. The National Football League championship game will be held Feb. 3 in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. In a 3-1 vote on Jan. 22, the City Council approved extending alcohol service from the usual 2 a.m. cutoff time on a schedule based around the game. Businesses licensed to sell alcohol on Sundays can do so starting at 11...

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Bus system best option for I-285 transit, consultants tell Sandy Springs

  A new bus system running along the planned I-285 toll lanes is the most feasible solution to provide east and west connectivity in the area, transportation consultants working with several cities along the interstate said in a report at the Sandy Springs City Council Jan. 22 retreat. The study was the result of meetings initiated in 2017 by Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst with other top end mayors from Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Chamblee, Doraville, Smyrna and Tucker as well as Perimeter Community Improvement Districts and the Cumberland Community Improvement Districts, which all helped fund it. The effort looks at...

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Brookhaven sells $38.8M in bonds for parks; oversight committee named

The city of Brookhaven on Jan. 22 sold $38,855,000 in bonds to fund parks upgrades – a bit less than the $40 million maximum approved by voters last year. And a citizens oversight committee was named the same day to review the spending on new and improved green space, including what improvements are made and when. Securing the money “really kicks off the program, and we’ll be tearing down the road the next few years getting parks built,” Assistant City Manager Steve Chapman told the City Council. City officials said a favorable overall interest rate of 3.41 percent allowed...

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Brookhaven mayor, two councilmembers to run for re-election this year

Brookhaven’s mayor and two city councilmembers aim to stay in office another four years, saying they’ll run in an election scheduled for Nov. 5. Incumbents Mayor John Ernst, District 1 Councilmember Linley Jones and District 3 Councilmember Bates Mattison all say they intend to run again for four-year terms. “Yes, I’m running again,” said Ernst, whose first term began in 2016. “We’re providing results.” “Everything that I’ve asked for in my previous election, I’ve completed … We’re a highly efficient government right now,” Ernst added, noting the city’s major public projects on the way, such as the Peachtree Greenway...

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Controversial Brookhaven daycare plan is withdrawn

A controversial plan to build a large daycare center in Brookhaven’s Ashford Park neighborhood has been scrapped. Foundation Academy had sought to build a two-story, 14,000-square-foot daycare center at Clairmont Road and Bragg Street, a plan that required rezoning. After neighborhood and city Planning Commission opposition, a Foundation Academy requested City Council permission Jan. 22 to withdraw the plan “just to be able to reassess our options.” The council approved the request, essentially sending Foundation Academy back to the drawing board. A large number of residents had opposed the plan for its size and possible traffic effects, and the...

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Brookhaven Police crime reports, Dec. 23-Jan. 6

From Brookhaven Police reports dated Dec. 23 through Jan. 6. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website. Theft and Burglary 1400 block of N. Cliff Valley Way — On Dec. 23, in the morning, an armed street robbery was reported. 3000 block of Clairmont Road — On Dec. 23, in the morning, a forced-entry burglary to a residence was reported. 4400 block of Memorial Drive — On Dec. 23, in the morning, a man was arrested and charged with theft by deception. 1400 block of Northeast Expressway — On Dec. 23, in the afternoon, items were stolen...

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Brookhaven proposing traffic fixes on North Druid Hills Road

Proposals to improve traffic flow along North Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven between Peachtree Road and Buford Highway include adding turn lanes at some intersections and building a roundabout at the East Roxboro Road intersection. Multiuse paths, sidewalks and crosswalks are also included in the proposals. City leaders say they envision a multimodal, community-oriented corridor that runs between large single-family residential neighborhoods and is a connector to churches, schools and parks. The public got their first look at what is being proposed as part of the North Druid Hills Corridor Study during two open house sessions on Jan. 14...

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Super Bowl brings business excitement, policing boost

The Super Bowl comes to Atlanta Feb. 3, bringing a 10-day football festival that is stoking local excitement about hospitality-industry money, and boosting policing in Buckhead and Brookhaven, while local departments are also sending officers to help secure the Mercedes-Benz Stadium area. Buckhead is expected to be a center of activity, as many attendees of the NFL championship game are staying in local hotels, and the neighborhood is hosting many public and private parties. One of the two competing teams — the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots — will stay at a Buckhead hotel, according to...

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Around Town: His life changed, retiree finds new focus in helping kids

Two moments changed Steve Wadley. Taken together, they convinced him to spend part of his retirement devoting his time, talents and experience to raising money for local organizations that support education in Atlanta’s inner-city schools. The first moment came when Wadley was a boy. He played football then on a team based in Buckhead. His team played in a citywide league and when he and his teammates played away games in poorer Atlanta neighborhoods, he saw that those players had nowhere near the level of support — the new equipment, the uniforms, the practices — that benefited him and...

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Exceptional Educator: Orchestra director Stephen Lawrence of North Atlanta High

Buckhead’s North Atlanta High School orchestra will perform at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall next month under the leadership of director Stephen Lawrence, the Atlanta Public Schools’ high school Teacher of the Year. “It was surreal! Having the chance to be recognized is beyond believable,” Lawrence said of the award. “There are so many inspiring educators out there. The fact that I was chosen is both humbling and exciting.” Lawrence, the director of orchestral activities and the chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, has been an educator for 11 years and has taught at North Atlanta High, his...

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Local MLK Day celebrations set for Jan. 21

Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be celebrated in several different ways in Reporter Newspapers communities on Jan. 21. For full details, click on the headline of each event below. Atlanta History Center free programs The history museum in Buckhead will offer free admission and a wide variety of programs about African American and Civil Rights history. Brookhaven MLK Day dinner The city will host its annual dinner at Lynwood Community Center, once the site of the segregated Lynwood schools, whose students integrated the DeKalb School System in 1968. Dunwoody MLK Day of Service Dunwoody marks the day with...

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