Category: Brookhaven Reporter

New faces at local schools

Several schools in Reporter Newspapers communities have new leaders this year. Marist School starts the school year with a new president and a new principal. Father William Rowland was named president of the school and Kevin Mullally named principal earlier this year. Rowland had been serving as acting president prior to his appointment. Mullally started the 2017-18 school year as vice principal and academic dean and in the past had served as the dean of the faculty and assistant dean of students.               The Galloway School has a new head of school. James...

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Atlanta Jewish Academy sets enrollment record

Atlanta Jewish Academy attracted a record number of students for the 2018-19 school year, the school announced. The 675 students enrolled in the school this year represent 22 synagogues, 13 countries and 35 ZIP codes spanning Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and other areas of metro Atlanta, the school said. AJA was created by the 2014 merger of Yeshiva Atlanta High School and Greenfield Hebrew...

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Brookhaven planning chair proposes citywide ‘workforce housing’ mandate

The Brookhaven Planning Commission chairperson wants the City Council to require a “workforce housing” mandate throughout the city in future multi-unit housing and not just along Buford Highway as part of the zoning ordinance rewrite. A current draft of the zoning rewrite includes the middle-income housing mandate, also known as inclusionary zoning, only in the proposed Buford Highway Overlay. Chair Stan Segal made his proposal at the Sept. 5 commission meeting. Other members backed his recommendation, saying it could put Brookhaven at the forefront of finding innovative ideas to address the lack of affordable housing many cities in metro...

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Brookhaven’s Pink Pony strip club files for bankruptcy

The company that owns the Pink Pony in Brookhaven has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy following the city’s recent decision to cut back the strip club’s hours. But lawsuits filed by former dancers over wage and hours at the club are also playing a role in the bankruptcy filing. Dennis Williams, the CFO of Trop Inc., the company that owns the Pink Pony, said the club remains open and the bankruptcy filing allows Trop Inc. to “reorganize our structure.” “We feel it’s necessary to do this to continue operating and to give us some relief,” Williams said. The Pink...

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Dunwoody Police seek suspects in break-in, highway crash

Dunwoody Police are seeking car break-in suspects who allegedly caused a two-vehicle crash on I-285 in the early morning hours of Sept. 20, sending two other drivers to the hospital. Police say they received a call around 2:45 a.m. about four teenage males breaking into an SUV in the parking deck at the Perimeter 31 apartments at 31 Perimeter Center East. Police officers from both Dunwoody and Sandy Springs responded and began searching for the suspects. Police then spotted a red 2012 Toyota Camry on Ashford-Dunwoody Road near the apartments “traveling at a high rate of speed,” according to...

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College counselors give advice on getting into your dream school

Fall doesn’t just mean football and colorful leaves. It’s also college application season, the time that high school seniors are rushing to pull together packets of information about themselves that will assure their admission into their perfect colleges. That’s a lot of pressure. So we thought we’d ask a three local experts for a little help. Here are their responses. Steve Frappier is director of college counseling at The Westminster Schools. He is a co-recipient of the National Association of College Admission Counseling’s 2018 Excellence in Education Award. Q: How do I decide what college is right for me?...

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Local mayors chosen to help elect new transit board

The mayors of Sandy Springs and Brookhaven have been selected to be part of a group that will elect board members to the new umbrella transit authority known as “The ATL.” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul was selected Aug. 29 to help elect the District 3 board member. Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst was chosen Sept. 10 to help elect the representative for District 5. “I’m excited about being part of the process that creates a truly regional transit system,” Paul said in a written statement. “It’s been decades in the making and will be decades more in achieving the...

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Brookhaven mayor’s Sept. 20 town hall to discuss city’s new alert system

Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst will hold a town hall on Thursday, Sept. 20, that will include a presentation on the city’s new Brookhaven Alert system. The town hall will be at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. Brookhaven Alert, powered by Smart911, is a free service available to all residents. People can sign up to receive notifications sent from state and local authorities on weather, traffic and other emergencies. Alerts can be received via email, text or voice message on their cell phones. To sign up, visit or by downloading the Smart911 app in their mobile...

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Bids go out for construction of Brookhaven’s Peachtree Creek Greenway

The city of Brookhaven has issued an invitation to bid on the construction of the first phase of the Peachtree Creek Greenway known as the “model mile” between North Druid Hills Road and Briarwood Road. “This is an important milestone for the Peachtree Creek Greenway as the invitation to bid signals that we are ready to get shovels in the ground this year and make this grand dream a reality,” said City Manager Christian Sigman in a press release. The Greenway master plan outlines a series of nature trails, paved multi-purpose trails and promenade trails which will connect Brookhaven’s...

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DeKalb sets meetings on redistricting for Lewis Elementary

The DeKalb County School District has set three public meetings to gather input on upcoming redistricting for the Cross Keys cluster in Brookhaven as a new elementary school prepares to open next year. The three meetings will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cross Keys High School, located at 1626 North Druid Hills Road, on Oct. 2, Oct. 23 and Nov. 27, according to a press release. The redistricting effort will address the additional capacity that will be created by the new John R. Lewis Elementary opening in Brookhaven, as well as the overcrowding of existing...

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Perimeter Progressives group calls it quits

Perimeter Progressives, one of several regional political groups that rose in the wake of President Trump’s election, is calling it quits. The group, which drew more than 100 residents and elected officials to its debut meeting in Dunwoody roughly 18 months ago, said in a Sept. 4 farewell statement that the competition since then made it unnecessary. “In the fullness of time as these groups have matured and sharpened their focus, we knew that some of us had overlapping goals,” said the statement posted on Facebook. “In order not to dilute the finite energy needed to reach the results...

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Lenox Park office buildings sold

Brookhaven’s five-building Lenox Park office complex, located near the Buckhead border, was bought in August by a real estate firm. The 32-acre office park along Lenox Park Boulevard has long been occupied by AT&T offices. Bridge Investment Group, the new owner, says it will renovate 1277 Lenox Park Boulevard, a seven-story tower that AT&T recently vacated. The renovation is for speculative office space geared for any type of potential tenant, a spokesperson...

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