Category: Brookhaven Reporter

Brookhaven moves Osborne Park maintenance yard to Briarwood Road

The city of Brookhaven recently opened a new maintenance yard on a Briarwood Road property it purchased as part of constructing a trailhead for the Peachtree Creek Greenway. City-owned equipment stored in Osborne Park has been relocated to the new facility. The City Council in July approved an $113,690 contract to Pro Building System to build a permanent maintenance yard at 1739 Briarwood Road. Items stored at the maintenance yard include salt-and-sand mix, salt-spreaders for snow and ice, equipment storage containers and storm drain culverts. The 10-acre Osborne Park is a wooded area, also including an old quarry, across...

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Robin’s Nest: Wrong Way Robin

I’m what you could call “directionally challenged.” You might think that this is my glib way of telling you that I am very short (which I am), but you would be wrong. Rather, I am divulging my complete and utter inability to find my way anywhere. Seriously. Anywhere. Given the choice between any two directions — north or south, east or west, forward or backward — I will inevitably pick the wrong one. This is true even if the choice is “up or down.” To further complicate matters, I walk very quickly. So when on foot, I get lost...

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Run raises money to rebuild arson-damaged school building

St. Martin’s Episcopal School held the Warrior 5K and Fun Run on Nov. 3 to raise money for a $5.5 million capital campaign as recovery from a July 2017 arson fire. Eighth-grader Truman Thompson won the 5K and sixth-grader Judson DiVenere won the Fun Run. The run raised more than $7,800 toward the campaign, which has not yet reached its goal, according to the school, which is located at 3110 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. But work on the new building is already underway with a January opening in the works. The first floor of the new building will be a “STEAM...

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Community Survey: Is the Super Bowl good for Atlanta?

When it comes to the Super Bowl, count many locals as superfans of bringing the game to Atlanta. And more than a few believe the Falcons can still win it. More than two-thirds of the 200 respondents to Reporter Newspapers’ most recent 1Q survey welcomed the Super Bowl LIII to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in February, saying that it mattered to them that the game would be played in Atlanta. “It is great for the community,” a 24-year-old Buckhead woman commented. “Hosting the Super Bowl is an honor for our city and helps the local economy greatly!” The survey was conducted...

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Brookhaven council temporarily waives deck permit fees

The Brookhaven City Council voted last month to provide free deck inspections to all residents in the city through Dec. 31 and if residents find their decks need to be repaired the city will waive the $565 deck permit fee for a short time. Councilmember Joe Gebbia asked for the legislation after he said residents living in the townhomes at Views at Lenox Crossing on Briarwood Road approached him about waiving the deck repair fees. The neighborhood borders Buckhead and is in Gebbia’s district. Gebbia said he was approached by between six to eight homeowners in the neighborhood who...

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Local transit board member boasts vanpool and app expertise

The first local representative elected to the new “ATL” transit agency board is a vanpooling pioneer and former Georgia Tech professor who is suing Uber and Lyft for alleged patent infringement — and hoping a settlement can help make a new public utility to connect everything from toll lanes to MARTA in one cellphone app. “The objective would be to make a public utility based in Atlanta where you could bring all these things together,” said Steve Dickerson, who was elected by officials on Oct. 24 to the ATL’s District 3 seat. “There’s a big advantage to having practically...

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Restaurant owner paints over Buford Highway mural after concerns over immigration politics

A popular mural celebrating the immigrant experience on an outside wall of the Havana Sandwich Shop restaurant on Buford Highway was partly painted over this week due to political concerns. The artist is alleging censorship of its message to embrace immigrants, but the restaurant owner to says because the mural was recently vandalized, it has become too politicized and her business must remain neutral on sensitive political issues like immigration. The mural was one of many murals painted on the sides of various businesses along Buford Highway in September 2017 as part of a Living Walls and We Love...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Nov. 16

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. Abernathy Road closure Nov. 10-11: closed between Ga. 400 and Barfield Road, detour on Ga. 400 Exits 5 and 5 A, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closure Nov. 12-14: Ramp to I-285 westbound closed, detour on I-285 eastbound/Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 lane closures Nov. 9-10: Northbound and southbound between Glenridge...

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Brookhaven affordable housing standards get a debate

The Brookhaven City Council is expected to decide later this month if it wants to enshrine “workforce housing” in its revamped zoning code that would require developers to build a certain number of affordable units in new multiunit projects along Buford Highway. Doing so would be a “bold step” to ensure housing for residents like police officers and teachers, according to an Atlanta official who successfully pushed for inclusionary zoning along the BeltLine. But a local apartment association warns putting a mandate to build a certain number of affordable units would put a financial burden on developers and could...

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Flight attendant recalls Vietnam War R&R service

In 1968, international jet travel was still a glamorous adventure, and Joan Policastro signed on as a Pan American World Airways flight attendant to get her taste of it. She soon got adventure in a risky, historic form — four years of flying “rest and recuperation” flights with U.S. troops in and out of the Vietnam War, sometimes with bombs going off outside the base. “I liked it. I liked them,” said Policastro on a recent afternoon as she sat at her kitchen counter in Sandy Springs, reminiscing over a photo of her serving young soldiers on one of...

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Letter: Thanks for a reminder of good at a time of evil

Jewish communities everywhere experienced grief and shock at the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, in which 11 Jewish lives were tragically taken in an act of hatred and violence. Here in our own Dunwoody community, as we struggled to comprehend this tragedy, we were immensely touched by the outpouring of support from our neighbors and friends. Emails, phone calls and floral tributes, all with warm and loving messages, truly uplifted our spirits in this dark time, and served to remind us of the good that surrounds us, even when evil rears its head. At a memorial service held at...

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McBath wins 6th Congressional District race as Handel concedes

Democrat Lucy McBath will represent the 6th District in Congress as incumbent Karen Handel conceded Nov. 8. It’s a historic loss for the GOP, which held the seat for decades, and a triumph for Democrats after a surprise-filled, two-year effort to “flip the Sixth.” McBath, a Cobb County flight attendant and gun control activist whose son was murdered in an infamous shooting, squeaked out a win in the Nov. 6 election with 50.46 percent of the votes. The district includes parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs as well as other sections of north Fulton and Cobb counties. “After...

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