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Heritage Sandy Springs museum to reopen for festival

The Heritage Sandy Springs Museum will reopen during the organization’s annual festival in September following several months of renovations. The museum is within the Williams-Payne House, an 1860s farmhouse that was relocated to 6075 Sandy Springs Circle, now part of Heritage’s historic site. The renovations, all interior, included changing the layout and upgrading systems to better protect historic objects. In part, that will allow exhibits from other museums to be displayed there. The renovated facility has six exhibit spaces, according to Keith Moore, Heritage’s director of historic resources and education programs. The museum will reopen for the 33rd annual...

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Ribbon-cuttings: Local business openings

The following are some of the new businesses that recently opened in Reporter Newspapers communities. Chamblee Orthodontics, 5070 Peachtree Blvd., Chamblee. Info: Dunwoody Christian School, 2250 Dunwoody Club Drive, Sandy Springs. Info: Frutta Bowls, restaurant, 4920 Roswell Road, No. 46, Sandy Springs. Info: Gastroenterology Atlanta, 5669 Peachtree-Dunwoody Road, Suite 240, Sandy Springs. Info: Great Expressions Dental Center, 4920 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs. Info: Hollywood Feed, pet food, 3535 Northside Parkway, Suite 8B, Buckhead. Info: Industrious Atlanta-Perimeter, coworking offices, 7000 Central Parkway, Suite 1100, Sandy Springs. Info: La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Perimeter/Medical Center,...

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New ball fields draw crowds, but can locals play?

The two new Dunwoody Senior Baseball fields are busy with league and tournament play, but some City Council members are questioning their openness to general public use. The ball fields, owned by the city and managed by DSB, opened earlier this year. DSB President Jerry Weiner gave the mayor and City Council an update on the new fields at the Aug. 27 council meeting, saying the fields have attracted national attention from leagues throughout the Southeast. For example, Perfect Game USA, an amateur baseball league based in Iowa that boasts on its website it is “the world’s largest baseball...

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Civil Rights history marker may be coming to Brookhaven’s Lynwood Park

Fifty years ago, the nine-room Lynwood Park Elementary and High School was closed as desegregation finally made its way to DeKalb County more than a decade after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. To commemorate that anniversary, Councilmember Linley Jones is working with residents and former students at the school to apply for a historical marker from the Georgia Historical Society to recognize the school’s contribution to the Civil Rights movement in Georgia. At the Aug. 28 City Council meeting, the council readily voted to be a sponsor of the marker. The...

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Dunwoody’s Austin Elementary School opening delayed to 2020

Heavy rains and the discovery of “essentially a landfill” at the new Austin Elementary School’s construction site in Dunwoody Park means the opening of the school is being delayed five months to January 2020, according to a DeKalb Schools report. Dan Drake, interim chief officer with DeKalb Schools, is slated to give an update and report on the construction on the new 900-seat elementary school at the Dunwoody City Council’s Aug. 27 meeting. His report is posted online with the council agenda. The report states Austin Elementary’s opening is being delayed from August 2019 to January 2020. The 5-month...

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Roundabout coming to Brookhaven Heights neighborhood

The Brookhaven City Council has approved spending $106,000 for a roundabout in the Brookhaven Heights neighborhood as the final piece of a controversial traffic calming plan approved two years ago to try to deal with cut-through traffic. The roundabout will be constructed at Colonial Drive and Oglethorpe Avenue and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. “Once the roundabout is completed, a traffic study will be done to determine how well it is working,” said Public Works Director Hari Karikaran in a prepared statement. “Based on the number of traffic calming options available, it was...

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Parks bond referendum hot topic at Brookhaven mayor’s town hall

The $40 million parks bond referendum going to Brookhaven voters in November was a main topic of conversation at an Aug. 16 town hall. Mayor John Ernst held his monthly town hall at City Hall with several department heads and took questions on many topics from about a dozen people gathered. Several questions about the parks bond referendum that will be on the Nov. 6 ballot were asked, including if the parks bond would be audited. City Manager Christian Sigman explained the city’s Audit Committee would be auditing the parks bond funds to ensure money is spent as required....

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Brookhaven Police holding ‘Glow Run’ race to raise funds for Shop with a Badge

The Brookhaven Police Department is holding in its annual Hot Pursuit and Glow Run race Saturday, Aug. 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. in Murphey Candler Park, 1551 W. Nancy Creek Drive. The fifth annual race, now in its second year as a nighttime Glow Run, has raised thousands of dollars for the Police Department’s Shop With a Badge initiative. All funds raised through registration fees, donations and sponsorships will be given to underprivileged children to shop at Target shortly before Christmas. The children are paired up with participating police officers, sheriff’s deputies, troopers and various other first responders to...

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Brookhaven to enforce 2 a.m. last call at all nightlife venues following federal ruling

The city of Brookhaven will begin Aug. 1 shutting down the Pink Pony and other nightlife venues at 2 a.m. as part of enforcement of its new alcohol ordinance. The decision to enforce the 2 a.m. last call that went into effect in April follows the recent decision by a federal judge to allow a lawsuit filed by three nightclubs challenging the city’s new alcohol ordinance to move forward. The three venues, Josephine, XS Restaurant & Lounge and Medusa Restaurant & Lounge argue in part in their federal lawsuit challenging the city’s alcohol ordinance that the city is not...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through July 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 lane closure July 16-19, westbound at Glenlake Parkway, one right lane, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Ga. 400 ramp closure July 16-18, southbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, with detour onto Glenridge Connector, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Ga. 400 lane closures July 13-14, southbound between Abernathy Road and Hammond Drive, two right lanes, 9 p.m....

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Voters Guide: Fani Willis

Fani T. Willis Occupation: Attorney Previous legal experience: Private practice as contract attorney and sole practitioner, 1996-2000; represented the city of Atlanta in city ordinance violations and became the lead solicitor handling preliminary hearings for murder cases, 2000-2001; I began my career at the District Attorney’s office as an Assistant District Attorney. I was promoted to Senior Assistant District Attorney, where I prosecuted sex crimes. I was then promoted to serve as Executive Assistant District Attorney, where I prosecuted homicides. I was promoted to Deputy District Attorney. I was assigned high-profile cases, such as the Atlanta Public Schools cheating case and the Martin Blackwell hate crime case, 2001-2018. What makes you the better candidate to become a judge? My entire 22-year career has been spent serving the citizens of Fulton County. I know this court system and how to run it efficiently. I have tried three times as many cases as my opponent and the nature and complexity of the cases far outweighs his experience. I am credited with trying the longest and one of the most complex cases in Georgia history successfully. During my career I have tried both civil and criminal cases. Further, I serve this community in my personal time doing community service for children and the homeless. Describe a tough legal decision you have faced in your career and where you are proud of...

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Voters Guide: Kevin Farmer

Kevin M. Farmer Occupation: Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Clayton County DA’s Office Previous legal experience: Dec 2015 – present: Senior Assistant District Attorney in the Clayton County DA’s Office; August 2011 – November 2015: Senior Attorney, Metro Conflict Defender’s Office (Division of the Georgia Public Defenders Council); January 2002 – July 2011: Private practice, ran own small firm with a focus on civil law, including domestic relations and small business litigation; 1997-2001: Attorney, Fulton County Public Defender’s Office. What makes you the better candidate to become a judge? The fact that I have a much more diverse legal and business background makes me the better candidate. My years of practice have been split almost evenly between the public and private sector, and between criminal and civil practice. The majority of my years in civil practice were spent running my own small firm. Practicing throughout the metro area and the state has enabled me to see a diversity of judicial styles. These skills and experiences will enable me to run an efficient and respectful courtroom where rulings will be based on the facts as applied to the law. Describe a tough legal decision you have faced in your career and where you are proud of the result. I’ve argued for a directed verdict in favor of a client wrongfully accused of murder and had it granted, effectively...

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