Category: Buckhead Reporter

Lake Forrest Dam design vote delayed after neighbors complain about lack of briefing 

The Sandy Springs City Council delayed a vote to choose a contractor to design plans for the ‘high-hazard’ Lake Forrest Dam repair at a Sept. 17 meeting after some neighbors said they were not fully briefed on the plan.   “We decided to back off and wait to speak to more residents,” City Councilmember Tibby DeJulio said.  The state Safe Dams Program has ordered repairs because of the dam’s condition and its placement on a list of “high-hazard” dams, meaning that if it failed in a worst-case scenario, the flood would likely kill people downstream.  The repair has been a slow process because of complex co-ownership among Atlanta and Sandy Springs governments, as...

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Swan Coach House Flea Market returns Sept. 20-21

The Forward Arts Foundation will host its annual Swan Coach House Flea Market in Buckhead Sept. 20-21, with proceeds supporting visual arts in Atlanta. The foundation, based at the Swan Coach House on Slaton Way, supports the visual arts at such major institutions as the Atlanta History Center and the High Museum of Art. The flea market runs 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 20 and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 21. Admission is free. It will be held at in the lower-level parking lot at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road. A...

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Sandy Springs to vote on contract for final design of ‘high-hazard’ Lake Forrest Dam

After nearly 10 years of discussion, Sandy Springs is set to vote on a contract for a final design to repair the “high-hazard” Lake Forrest Dam at a Sept. 17 City Council meeting. The contract recommended by city staff is to be awarded to Schnabel Engineering for $756,800. Two alternatives have been proposed by the engineering firm: concrete box culverts, which would construct tunnels to carry the stream under Lake Forrest Drive, and a concrete channel with a bridge. The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs, which are jointly working on the repair, chose the culvert option. “At this...

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Fine Arts Festival comes to Buckhead Village Sept. 21-22

The Buckhead Fine Arts Festival returns to Buckhead Village Sept. 21 and 22. The festival will showcase 100 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalworkers, glass artists and jewelers, and also offer artist demonstrations and live acoustic music. Admission is free. The festival runs 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sept. 21 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 22. The festival runs along Buckhead Avenue. For more information, see...

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Taste of Buckhead returns Sept. 19

“Taste of Buckhead,” the Buckhead Business Association annual tasting event with top restaurants, returns Sept. 19. The event will feature a “Spirit Wall” fundraiser to benefit Nicholas House, a nonprofit agency operating an emergency shelter and temporary housing for homeless families. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at ASW Distillery, 199 Armour Drive, Buckhead. Tickets are $75. For more information, see...

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New principals take the lead at Holy Spirit Prep

New principals take the reins at Holy Spirit Preparatory School’s upper and lower school this year, according to the school. Dr. Edward Lindekugel has been named principal at the Upper School, which is based in Buckhead. Kyle Pietrantonio takes the new position of principal of the Lower School, based in Sandy Springs, and also serves as head of school. Heather Kerutis becomes director of the preschool. Lindekugel in 2018 founded and led the Catholic School Services division of the Southern Teachers Agency, the nation’s oldest teacher and administrator placement firm, the school said in a press release. Pietrantonio came...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Sept. 21

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 ramp closures Sept. 13-14 and 16-17, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to Ga. 400 northbound closed. Abernathy Road lane closures Sept. 13-14, westbound between Peachtree-Dunwoody Road and Barfield Road, one left lane. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Sept. 13-14, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Sept. 13-14 and...

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Buckhead Council may suggest express buses, street tolling among commuter traffic fixes

A 17-point list of ways to reduce cut-through commuter traffic is in the works at the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods, prominently including affordable housing, express buses and tolls on local streets. The draft resolution on transportation issues, presented at a Sept. 12 meeting, largely mirrors a previous BCN discussion in May. (See below for the full text of the resolution.) As in the earlier meeting, there was support for many of the proposals and particular criticism about the “congestion pricing” tolls on residential streets, though BCN chair Mary Norwood pushed hard for it as part of the strategy. City...

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‘Wine, Women and Shoes’ event for Northside cancer programs comes to Buckhead Sept. 15

The “Wine, Women and Shoes” Northside Hospital benefit event comes to the Grand Hyatt Atlanta hotel in Buckhead on Sept. 15. Benefiting the leukemia and women’s cancer programs at the Sandy Springs-based hospital, the event includes a wine-tasting and designer fashion show with a raffle, live and silent auctions, and more. Tickets for the event, which runs 1-4 p.m. at the 3300 Peachtree Road hotel, are $150 and up. For more information, see...

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Photos: NYO Football kicks off in Buckhead’s Chastain Park with family event

Northside Youth Organization football kicked off in Buckhead’s Chastain Park on Sept. 8 with a family event at Blackwell Field. Besides a “Bigs League” game – the league for sixth- and seventh-grade players – the event including a cheerleading exhibition and a character lesson discussion with Daron and Zack Blaylock, twins who formerly played football in NYO and at the University of Kentucky. NYO is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year and is planning a celebration for Oct. 6. For more information, see nyo70th.splashthat.com. Photos by Phil Mosier. From left, Vikings cheerleaders Morgan Rhino, Brooke Davis, Anna Sheets and...

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Brookhaven doctor, ex-Westminster athletic star accused of drug-dealing from Sandy Springs clinic

A Brookhaven doctor who ran a Sandy Springs weight-loss clinic and a former NFL player who was an athletic star at Buckhead’s Westminster Schools are among four people facing federal charges of allegedly dealing prescription drugs. Federal prosecutors allege that Dr. Victor A. Hanson, 86, prescribed oxycodone, stimulants and other controlled substances without a medical purpose, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia. Former NFL player Sedrick Hodge, 40, of Cartersville, and others then sold those drugs “on the streets for cash,” prosecutors claim in the release. Hodge is a...

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Ossoff, Democrat who shook up local Congressional race, makes a bid for U.S. Senate

Jon Ossoff, the Democrat whose close loss in the 2017 6th Congressional District election presaged a “blue wave” in the suburbs, has joined a crowded field of challengers to U.S. Sen. David Perdue in 2020. Ossoff lived in Brookhaven from late 2017 until April of this year, according to his campaign, when he moved to Atlanta’s Grant Park neighborhood. Ossoff is CEO of Insight TWI, a company that produces film and TV investigative documentaries about international crime and corruption. While he was living in Brookhaven, he worked with undercover journalists on an exposé of corrupt soccer officials that shook...

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