Category: Buckhead 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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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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Buckhead’s Powers Ferry bridge now expected to close Oct. 1

The closure of Buckhead’s Powers Ferry Road for bridge reconstruction has again been delayed. The bridge is now expected to close Oct. 1, according to the city. The bridge, which is located on the west side of Chastain Park, was expected to close Sept. 4, but was delayed until Sept. 19 due to utility relocation issues. On Sept. 18, the office of District 8 Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit announced the closure would be delayed until further notice. A statement from Renew Atlanta, the bond program funding the project, said the delay is due to crews encountering rock when relocating the...

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Carstarphen wins Georgia Superintendent of the Year Award

The American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees Local 1644 and the Georgia Federation of Public Service Employees recently presented Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria J. Carstarphen with a 2018 Georgia Superintendent of the Year Award. “Her leadership is bold and inclusive,” said Demetric Bishop, executive director of GFPSE. “Dr. Carstarphen is the best Superintendent in the state of Georgia and our students and community are blessed to have...

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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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Buckhead’s Blue Heron is offered grants for nature trail

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead has received offers for a possible $170,000 in grants for its planned nature trail. The park at 4055 Roswell Road is currently raising money for a mostly internal trail network under a capital campaign called the Blueway Trail Initiative. Funds would be used to improve existing trails and build new ones to connect all three of the preserve’s parcels with three miles of soft trails. Two of the grants are anonymous gifts from Atlanta family foundations that are contingent on matching funds, a press release said. One is a $100,000 grant which...

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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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Local legislators aim to prevent school shootings

Local legislators are leading an effort to come up with potential solutions to a problem receiving greater attention nationwide: school shootings. State Sens. John Albers, Kay Kirkpatrick and Fran Millar, Republicans who represent parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, are serving on a Senate committee meeting coming up with ideas for school safety improvements that will be presented in a report in December. The committee, which is chaired by Albers, has met at several schools across the state, kicking off with a June meeting at North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs. Although school shootings have been...

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Developers clear trees for Buckhead apartment complex

Developers have been clearing hundreds of trees along Roswell Road in Buckhead for the second phase of the Camden Paces development. This phase runs on the west side of Roswell Road near the East Andrews Drive intersection. The apartment complex was reviewed by development boards in 2016. The complex includes two nine-story buildings that will have a combined 365 units, according to the developer, Nine Bolton Associates, website. The site was formerly heavily wooded. The development follows the nearby Camden Paces development farther west on East Andrews Drive. There is space for another future development on the lot, according...

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