Category: Commentary

Letter: Thank you to Dunwoody 4th of July Parade supporters, participants

Wow! We did it again! A special thank-you to our presenting sponsors, the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Reporter. The parade depends on you! A standing ovation to all our sponsors and Friends of Dunwoody parade supporters. To the parade committee, what a superb job: Connie Cavanaugh, Adrianne Duncan (Dunwoody Homeowners Association), Leah Economos, Su Ellis, Bob Fiscella, Randy Forth, Bill Grossman, Scott Heath, Jim Redovian, Jim Sheahan and Scott Wilkinson. We would like to give a big round of applause on behalf of our city of Dunwoody Police, especially Lt. Patrick Kreig. Every police officer was on...

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Around Town: A family that plays together in the Ultimate game

After Fred Perivier graduated from college in 1979, he bought a motorcycle and headed to Atlanta to visit some friends and look for a job. He was sleeping on a couch in a house in Sandy Springs, he said, when he decided to put a personal ad in the daily paper seeking others who played a Frisbee-based game he’d learned at school. It didn’t take long for someone to tell him about a group that regularly got together to play the sport then known as Ultimate Frisbee and now simply as Ultimate. They gathered at Piedmont Park or at...

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Robin’s Nest: At a coffeehouse, you are what you drink

A few years ago, Starbucks introduced a new caffeinated beverage, which they call the “Flat White.” When I saw that, I thought, “Great. Now they’ve come up with a drink that describes me in two words.” But I was intrigued by my newly discovered doppelganger in espresso form and decided to learn more. It turns out that (according to the Starbucks website) this drink is composed of “expertly steamed milk poured over ristretto shots of espresso and finished with a Starbucks signature dot.” Ristretto, by the way, is a shot of espresso made with the normal amount of coffee...

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Worth Knowing: With seven siblings and one piano, Dunwoody’s Rogers Family is a YouTube hit

They say the family that plays together stays together. For Dunwoody’s Rogers Family — boasting seven siblings, including a set of triplets and a set of twins – it takes a lot of playing, with the piano as their instrument of choice. The siblings, ages 18 to 25, have made “RogersFamily” the name of their performing piano group with its own YouTube channel, which in three years has garnered almost 14,000 subscribers and close to 2 million views, some from as far away as Japan. Check out their videos, and you’ll see seven attractive young people dashing around the...

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Commentary: Sharing and responding to your questions about the Ga. 400 express lanes

Earlier this year, the Georgia Department of Transportation hosted five Public Information Open Houses to provide project information and solicit public comments on the State Route 400 Express Lanes project. We welcomed more than 1,200 attendees and received more than 500 comments. We are grateful to those who attended to provide this valuable feedback. Additionally, a number of questions were posed during and after these meetings. Georgia DOT is committed to responding to those questions and keeping the public informed. An official response is nearing completion and will be posted to the project webpage: dot.ga.gov/DS/GEL/SR400. Many of you told...

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Sandy Springs city manager reflects on progress, thanks residents

Editor’s Note: Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough, the first and only person to hold the job since the city’s 2005 incorporation, is leaving for a similar job in South Carolina. He provided the following statement reflecting on his time in Sandy Springs: It is rare to have the opportunity to start up a new city, and as I look back at my time as the city’s first city manager, we have accomplished a great deal in our short 13 years. One highlight, of course, is starting up a new city. I am happy to leave the community with...

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Letter: Dunwoody’s non-discrimination code is good, mischaracterizing religious freedom laws isn’t

I read with interest Dyana Bagby’s characteristically well-reported article on the Dunwoody non-discrimination ordinance (“Dunwoody set to quietly approve LGBTQ anti-bias ordinance,” June 1.) My only quibble is with her use of scare quotes to characterize Georgia’s religious freedom bill, which is a pretty standard-issue piece of legislation that certainly doesn’t license the kind of discrimination its opponents allege. It simply tracks the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) legislation, which was passed overwhelmingly and signed into law by Bill Clinton. That law, which operates only at the federal level, gives those who can show that a regulation burdens...

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Local librarians recommend summer reading books

Summer’s here and the time is right for reading on the beach. But, what to read? To find out, we checked in with our local book experts, the librarians in our communities. Elizabeth Meszaros-BardocziDunwoody Branch Library Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover This biography shows how one woman, Tara Westover, who comes from a humble background, decides to educate herself in order to leave her home in Idaho and to become the person she is today. She becomes a student of prestigious universities, dedicates herself to education and transforms her life. This inspiring story teaches us that no matter...

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Around Town: A local author re-imagines the story of Georgia’s amazing ‘Magnetic Girl’

Jessica Handler’s mother was the first to tell her about Lulu Hurst. Handler and her mother shared an interest in stories of remarkable women, so years ago, when Handler’s mother came across an article about Hurst, she emailed a copy to her daughter. The article was titled “The Feats of the Magnetic Girl Explained.” “I just fell in love with her, although I’d never heard of this girl,” Handler said. After reading some of Greil Marcus’s musings on American folk music, Handler felt an attraction to what Marcus called “the old, weird America.” The Magnetic Girl felt like a...

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Letter: Thanks for coverage of history at Holy Spirit site

Regarding the story “Holy Spirit offers to sell 150-year-old house for $1 to save it from expansion plan”: I just read your article and wanted to thank you for your thorough research and effective interviewing in bringing this issue to light. I grew up in Savannah, where we treasure our old buildings and our trees. I so wish Atlanta did too! But Atlanta is a city of developers and shiny things. You’d think a church would be a better steward of the natural world. Again, kudos for a job well done. Kathleen Lewis Sandy Springs   Have something to...

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Worth Knowing: At 92, a jeweler is a gem of the community

Helen Sher, the 92-year-old owner of Camelot Jewelers, tucked in a corner of a nondescript little shopping center on the east end of Dunwoody, is one of these people who inspire the rest of us. Her shop, which she operates with the help of her son, daughter and granddaughter, has been in the same location since 1977. Camelot, at 2484 Mount Vernon Road in the Shops of Williamsburg, in Dunwoody carries a variety of fine diamond and gemstone jewelry in gold and sterling, along with sterling and crystal gift items, but it isn’t Tiffany’s and doesn’t pretend to be....

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Robin’s Nest: Music is one of the many connections fathers can make

My father once remarked that he had an uncanny, yet completely unmarketable talent for being able to hear a song and correctly identify the singer. Yes, he could do that, and he was good at it. From him I learned all the great crooners: Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Frank, Dean and Sammy. While some kids sat by their fathers in basements surrounded by magnifying glasses and scrapbooks, identifying coins or stamps, my siblings and I rode in the back of Dad’s Ford as he fiddled with the radio dial, and we identified vocalists. As a bonus, I learned...

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