Category: Brookhaven Reporter

Brookhaven suspends nightclub’s alcohol license; restaurant ordered to pay $10K

The city of Brookhaven is suspending Medusa Restaurant & Lounge’s alcohol license after the business failed to pay more than $32,000 in liquor taxes. The result follows the city’s crackdown on several restaurants and bars the city says owe back taxes on liquor sales. In another alcohol license case, the popular Hudson Grille has been ordered to pay more than $10,000 in liquor taxes after losing an appeal before the city’s alcohol beverage hearing officer earlier this month. The owner says he intends to pay the money and avoid having the restaurant’s alcohol license suspended. Assistant City Manager and...

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Brookhaven pays $1.5M for Buford Highway parcel for future I-85 flyover bridge

The Brookhaven City Council approved April 23 spending $1.5 million to purchase an approximate 1.5 acre parcel on Buford Highway as part of a long-term plan to build a bridge over I-85. The bridge is part of a regional strategic plan to provide access to Executive Park and the new Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta medical campus, according to city officials. The flyover bridge would also help alleviate traffic on North Druid Hills Road, according to the city. The parcel is located at 2751 Buford Highway, where the Druid Pointe office building now stands. In November, the city entered into...

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Living Walls, We Love BuHi mural finds new home on Buford Highway

A mural of monarch butterflies celebrating education and the immigrant experience has a new home on Buford Highway, months after the original painting was erased due to political differences. Yehimi Cambron, a Cross Keys High School art teacher, will be unveiling a new monarch mural on Friday, April 26, at the Latin American Association, 2750 Buford Hwy N.E., at 6 p.m. There will also be a panel discussion titled, “#HeretoStay: Immigration Advocacy in Our Public Spaces” that will discuss creating art in immigrant communities and how politics, race and other subjects play a role in these conversations, according to...

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Brookhaven Bike Alliance hosting ‘Pedal the Parks’ on April 28

The Brookhaven Bike Alliance is inviting cyclists of all skill levels to join it on Sunday, April 28, for a bike ride to many of the city’s parks. The “Pedal the Parks” event is part of the organization’s celebration of Earth Day. Pedal the Parks will begin at 2 p.m. and is expected to wrap up around 4:30 p.m. Participants are invited to ride the entire nine miles to visit nine parks or join at different times at different parks. If it rains on April 28, the make up day will be May 5. The event is free, but...

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Atlanta might tighten its smoking ban; Perimeter Center cities not changing rules for now

A tighter anti-smoking ordinance that would ban lighting up within nearly all bars and restaurants is under consideration by the Atlanta City Council. One health organization backing the move says it’s intended to inspire similar laws statewide, but Perimeter Center cities say they aren’t changing their codes for now. “I would fully expect that after Atlanta passes its ordinance, more [cities] will,” said Andy Freeman, the Georgia government relations director for the Cancer Action Network, a lobbying affiliate of the American Cancer Society. A landmark state law in 2005, the Smokefree Air Act, largely banned indoor smoking in Georgia’s...

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DeKalb Watershed to host Brookhaven meeting about sewer system rehab

The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management is set to begin major sewer system rehabilitation projects this summer in the Brookhaven area. A community open house to go over the projects is set for Thursday, April 25, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the Briarwood Recreation Center, 2235 Briarwood Way NE. DeKalb County’s projects include the installation of new and larger wastewater pipe. This project is part of DeKalb County’s $1.345 billion Capital Improvement Program. Projects are designed to reduce sanitary sewer system overflows and increase service capacity. In December 2011, DeKalb County reached a Clean Water Act settlement...

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Photos: Kids flock to Brookhaven’s Blackburn Park to ‘scramble’ for Easter eggs

Children of all ages flocked to Brookhaven’s Blackburn Park for the annual Easter Egg Scramble held April 20. Unlike traditional Easter egg hunts where eggs are hidden, this Easter Egg “scramble” spreads out hundreds and hundreds of plastic eggs and other prizes all over the park’s fields and children then race to pick up as many as they can. Dozens of children and their parents braved the drizzly weather to scoop up the colorful eggs spread throughout the park. Photos by Phil Mosier....

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Brookhaven mayoral term limit extension stalls; tax relief bills approved

A bill to give the Brookhaven mayor the right to serve in an extra term in office extra failed to pass in the General Assembly this year due to last-minute changes that would require a referendum to decide the matter. The bill is expected to be taken up again next year. The General Assembly did approve two bills to provide tax relief to Brookhaven homeowners. State Rep. Matthew Wilson (D-Brookhaven) sponsored House Bill 695, which would have amended the city’s charter to give the mayor the ability to serve three consecutive terms. Currently the mayor can serve two consecutive...

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Brookhaven parks group votes in new leader

Members of the Parks and Recreation Coalition Brookhaven recently elected Steve Peters from the Murphey Candler Park Conservancy to succeed Sue Binkert as the nonprofit group’s president. Binkert had helmed the organization since its founding in 2013. Peters has said is goal is to reinvigorate PARC Brookhaven and is working with all parks groups to become members. PARC Brookhaven was formed shortly after the city was incorporated. The founding members are residents who were active in various parks advocacy groups before the city incorporated. PARC Brookhaven was instrumental in helping create an initial parks master plan in 2014. In...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through April 28

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 April 24-25, northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. April 26-28, northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. April 25-27, northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Ga. 400 lane closures April 20-21, southbound between Abernathy Road and Mount Vernon Highway, three...

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Brookhaven Farmers Market to feature rescue rabbits, egg hunt for Easter weekend

Two rescue rabbits – Lonnie and Sonya – will be at the April 20 Brookhaven Farmers Market as part of an Easter-themed event that includes a cooking demonstration and an egg hunt. The farmers market is from 9 a.m. to noon at 1375 Fernwood Circle NE. The rescue rabbits are from the Georgia House Rabbit Society, a nonprofit dedicated to rescuing and rehoming rabbits in need. Jardi Chocolates will be selling their artisan chocolates and also donating the profits of sales of their Easter Bunny Adoption Boxes to the Georgia House Rabbit Society. A chef with the Cook’s Warehouse...

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300-plus properties could be affected by I-285 ‘top end’ toll lanes project

The state’s plan to build toll lanes on the top end of I-285 could impact a minimum of 300 properties all along the corridor, ranging from construction easements to full land takings, according to city of Brookhaven officials. Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst and City Councilmember Linley Jones said they learned the number April 16 after meeting with a Georgia Department of Transportation official. Not all the properties are located in Brookhaven, they said at an April 18 community meeting at Brookhaven City Hall with roughly 50 people attending. They also said they did not know how many Brookhaven properties...

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