Category: Brookhaven Reporter

DeKalb County hosting household hazardous waste event

Brookhaven and Dunwoody residents can get rid of their old paint cans, batteries, propane tanks and more during a household hazardous waste event set for March 21. The county’s Sanitation Division is sponsoring the free event from 8 to 10 a.m. at its Central Transfer Station, 3720 Leroy Scott Drive in Decatur. Only DeKalb County residents can participate. Proof of residency is required. The county recommends early arrival due to the popularity of the event. Residents are limited to 10 gallons of paint per vehicle. Other items accepted include household cleaning supplies, flammable substances, lawn care products, swimming pool...

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‘Brookhaven Counts Festival’ to raise awareness of 2020 Census

The city of Brookhaven is hosting a “Brookhaven Counts Festival” on March 14 to raises awareness about the 2020 U.S. Census. The free event is set for March 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at Northeast Plaza, 3307 Buford Highway. There will be bounce houses for children, music, games and giveaways. The festival is focused on growing the community’s awareness of the upcoming Census, how to participate, and its effect on funding and political representation for local communities, according to a news release. The Census is held every 10 years to get a headcount of the country’s population. The...

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Brookhaven confirms land-purchasing deal to create new park

A deal reached between Brookhaven and DeKalb County will allow the city to add another public park to its environs. The intergovernmental agreement, presented at a regular council meeting Feb. 11, says the county will provide $400,000 towards the $1.35 million purchase of the proposed Corporal Robert C. Langford Memorial Park, with the city paying $950,000. The purchase of the property, located in Brookhaven Heights, was initially approved at a Nov. 12 meeting. The lot consists of approximately 0.8 acres and includes a house built in 1930. The   park will be named in honor of a Brookhaven resident’s service...

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Brookhaven Police crime reports, Feb. 9-23

From Brookhaven Police reports dated Feb. 9 through Feb. 23. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website. Theft and Burglary 1600 block of Northeast Expressway — On Feb. 10, in the evening, a woman was arrested and accused of theft by taking. 3200 block of Buford Highway — On Feb. 11, in the early morning, items from a car were reported stolen. 700 block of Brookhaven Avenue — On Feb. 12, in the morning, a theft from a building was reported. 2000 block of North Druid Hills Road — On Feb. 13, in the evening, a shoplifting...

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Goodwill CEO discusses Atlanta’s income equality and new Sandy Springs store

Atlanta is the worst city in the country to be born in poverty and the area has the nation’s most unfavorable income inequality, according to Keith Parker, CEO of Goodwill of North Georgia. Parker, former general manager of MARTA, was the guest speaker at a Rotary Club of Sandy Springs meeting on Feb. 17. He now heads a Decatur-based nonprofit perhaps best known for its donation center and thrift stores through the communities of Buckhead, Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, along with the rest of the metro area. Parker said that while every economic indicator says the area is...

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Brookhaven explores ways to help those with dementia

  City Councilmember Joe Gebbia says he wants Brookhaven to become a “Dementia Friendly City,” a designation from the organization Dementia Friendly America. The designation is earned once a community puts in place such goals as the adoption of dementia friendly practices. Bringing together government, clinical and community-based organizations to raise awareness of dementia is also part of the program. “This is an opportunity for us to listen and then learn what we can do as a community to help those afflicted with dementia,” said Gebbia in a news release. “We’re looking at instituting programs that will enhance the...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Feb. 29

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. Ga. 400 ramp closures Feb. 24, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed. Feb. 27-29, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 lane closures Feb. 21-23, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound between Northridge Road and Spalding Drive, one right lane. Feb. 23, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.,...

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State Rep. Wilensky wants school overcrowding to be part of zoning decisions

State Rep. Mike Wilensky (D-Dunwoody) has filed a bill that says local governments can deny apartments or other residential developments because they could further burden already overcrowded schools. Dunwoody parents and city leaders have been battling with the DeKalb County School District for years about overcrowding in local schools. Chamblee and Doraville, also in Wilensky’s district, are facing the same overcrowding issues. Brookhaven schools are overcrowded. Wilensky said it is a statewide problem. He said House Bill 898 would put language into Georgia code that clearly states local governments can deny zoning applications due to overcrowded schools. A co-sponsor...

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Brookhaven murder suspects acquitted after prosecutors were not ready for trial

A DeKalb County judge recently found two Brookhaven murder suspects not guilty after she said in a scathing order that the District Attorney’s office failed to do the work needed to be ready for trial more than a year after their arrests. DeKalb Superior Court Judge Shondeana Morris granted the unusual order on Jan. 10 to acquit Stephen McAllister and Quintez Griffin. Brookhaven Police charged them in December 2018 with killing Carthel Johnson, 25, in a shooting at the Mille at Brookhaven Apartments on Barone Avenue. A third man was arrested but was later determined to be a victim...

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Restaurant Report: Popular Irish pub gets makeover; Mediterranean restaurant reopens

Alma Cocina, a modern Mexican restaurant, opened a location in Terminus 100, a multi-use complex at 3280 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, on Feb. 4. The restaurant has a current location downtown and is owned by Fifth Group Restaurants. Info: alma-atlanta.com. A Great American Cookies location opened in Perimeter Mall at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody on Feb 1. The national chain sells traditional cookies and cookie cakes. Info: greatamericancookies.com. The Local Wood Fired Grill opened at the Arabelle Perimeter apartments building, previously the Hanover Perimeter, at 1110 Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs on Feb. 11. It is the...

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Old house in Brookhaven will make way for two new family homes

A house at 1221 Kendrick Road will be torn down to make way for two new residences after the Brookhaven City Council approved a rezoning application at its Jan. 28 meeting. The applicant, Donald Neustadt, is a builder who has lived behind directly behind the roughly half-acre property for 32 years. “It’s a really, really old rental property that is way past its lifetime and I just want to do a lot division so I can build two single-family homes,” he told councilmembers. In a letter of intent received by the council on Nov. 6, Neustadt wrote, “This will...

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Another construction worker killed in fall on I-285/Ga. 400 interchange project

A construction worker on the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange rebuilding project died after falling from the roadway on Feb. 14, according to state and Sandy Springs officials. It is the second fatal fall on the project in just over four months. According to the Sandy Springs Fire Department, the unidentified worker fell in the area of I-285 and Peachtree-Dunwoody Road. Contractors in that area are building new ramps for the project, which is known as “Transform 285/400.” “We are aware of an incident that resulted in a fatality that occurred on the Transform 285/400 … interchange project,” said Natalie Dale,...

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