Category: Brookhaven Reporter

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital runs COVID-19 Recovery Clinic for long-term symptoms

While COVID-19 is an immediate threat to someone’s health, the coronavirus disease may also cause a wide variety of long-term effects about which little is known. Piedmont Atlanta Hospital in Buckhead is now home to a Pulmonary COVID-19 Recovery Clinic offering aid to patients who have recovered from the disease but are still experiencing lingering symptoms. “As we continue to learn more about COVID-19, we are starting to see a subgroup of patients we’re calling COVID long-haulers,” said Dr. Jermaine Jackson, director of the Piedmont Pulmonary COVID-19 Recovery Clinic, in a press release. “These are patients who have cleared...

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St. Martin’s spelling bee winners head to state competition

The winners of a St. Martin’s Episcopal School spelling bee are headed to the first round of a statewide competition. The Brookhaven school held its annual Middle School Spelling Bee Jan. 13 in a pandemic-altered version, according to a press release. The 24 contestants competed in the school gym, masked and distanced, while students, teachers and parents watched remotely on video. Sixth-grader Patrick Feagin won first place with a spelling of “voracious,” according to the release, while eighth-grader Drew Park took second place. They now move on to the Georgia Independent School Association Spelling Bee, which will begin its...

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DeKalb County sanitation collection delayed by one day for MLK Day

DeKalb County sanitation collection will be suspended on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18. Residents whose regular collection days are Mondays through Thursdays will have collection delayed by one day. The schedule affects collection of garbage, recyclable materials and yard trimmings. The North Transfer Station will be open on Jan. 18 from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Central Transfer Station and Seminole Road Landfill will be closed on Jan. 18. For more information, call 404-294-2900; email sanitation@dekalbcountyga.gov; or see...

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DeKalb and Fulton public libraries to close for MLK Day Jan. 18

The public libraries of DeKalb and Fulton counties will be closed Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. However, both systems will offer virtual programming that day. Both systems’ branch libraries remain closed to the public for the pandemic, but books and other materials have remained available for curbside pickup, which will resume Jan. 19. For more information about the DeKalb County Public Library services and programs, see its website here. For more information about the Fulton County Library System services and programs, see its website...

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Letter: Oppose the destruction of natural features at Brookhaven’s Murphey Candler Park

It’s been sad and frustrating to love Murphey Candler Park these past couple of years. It’s sad because what was most beloved about this park is changing forever and not for the better. Murphey Candler Park has not only hosted first-rate youth sports leagues for over 60 years, but is also a rare, forested natural haven around a lake inside I-285. The park has been the happy place for families and nature lovers from all over the region since 1954. As children and their families enjoyed the games on the fields, others enjoyed the peace and unstructured nature of...

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Local cities on alert for political violence leading up to Inauguration Day

Officials in local cities are on alert for possible political violence leading up to Joe Biden’s presidential Inauguration Day Jan. 20. The concerns follow the deadly Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol by President Trump supporters attempting to halt the certification of Biden’s winning Electoral College votes, and the U.S. House of Representatives’ impeachment of Trump on a charge of inciting the attack. The FBI, according to national media reports, has warned law enforcement agencies about possible protests or attacks by armed right-wing groups in every state capital this weekend and related dangers to any government facility. Some...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Jan. 22

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 closures Jan. 20-22, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., westbound between Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Ga. 400 closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Jan. 21-22, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Jan. 21-22, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to Hammond Drive closed. Ga. 400 lane closures Jan. 15-16, 9 p.m. to 5...

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MARTA track work to replace trains with shuttle buses at Buckhead stations Feb. 16-22

A MARTA rail replacement project will halt train service at Buckhead’s three stations and replace it with shuttle buses Feb. 16-22. The work will affect the Gold Line and Red Line service to the Buckhead, Lindbergh Center and Lenox stations. The work will begin Feb. 16 at 9 p.m. and end Feb. 22 at 4 a.m. The shuttle buses will run from the start of construction to end of service on Feb. 21 and will be free. A MARTA map of the shuttle services shows the buses will run between Lenox and Buckhead stations, and between Buckhead and Lindbergh...

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Brookhaven begins public input on tree ordinance rewrite

The city of Brookhaven is launching a public input process for a long-awaited rewrite of its tree ordinance. The ordinance, which aims to preserve the city’s tree canopy from development and other removals, was last updated in 2015. Many tree-cutting controversies have followed, leading to momentum for a complete remake. Originally slated for review in 2020, the rewrite was delayed by the pandemic. The city has launched a website, available here, with an interactive presentation and comment mechanism. The site includes links to the current ordinance and other information. Public comments will be accepted via the site through March...

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Brookhaven Councilmember Gebbia will not seek re-election; Park to run again

Brookhaven’s District 4 City Councilmember Joe Gebbia will not run for re-election this fall, while fellow Councilmember John Park will seek to retain his District 2 seat. The announcements come as the City Council recently set candidate qualifying fees and dates for the Nov. 2 election. The council’s four seats are on the ballot in staggered terms, so that two seats are on the ballot every two years. Gebbia, a health-food entrepreneur, was a member of the city’s founding City Council in 2012. He won a full term in 2013 and a second term in 2017. “I announced when...

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Brookhaven cancels Cherry Blossom Festival due to pandemic

The city of Brookhaven cancelled the annual Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival planned in April for a second year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Brookhaven Cherry Blossom Festival is a music and arts festival that had been scheduled for April 17-18 this year. The Cherry Blossom Festival 5K road race also fell victim to the cancellation, the city said in a news release. “When we cancelled last year’s Cherry Blossom Festival, it was our sincere hope that COVID-19 would be eradicated in time for a successful event this year,” said Mayor John Ernst. “As that is clearly not the...

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DeKalb Police investigate fatal shooting on I-85 in Brookhaven

A fatal shooting of a man driving northbound on I-85 near North Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven the morning of Jan. 14 is under investigation by the DeKalb County Police Department. “DKPD responded to a call of a male fatally shot in his vehicle on I-85 north just north of [North] Druid Hills,” said DKPD spokesperson Michaela N. Vincent. “The victim, a male in his 40s, appeared to have been shot inside his vehicle, where he was alone.”  She called the investigation “very active right now.” The DKPD used its Twitter account to announce that all lanes of I-85...

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