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‘Wash for ATL’ artwork becomes new icon for the city, helps raise funds for coronavirus relief

Artist R. Land created a new iteration of his iconic “Pray for ATL” artwork to encourage his fellow Atlantans to wash their hands during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Almost immediately, “Wash for ATL” became a social media sensation. Soon after, R. Land was contacted by the the United Way of Greater Atlanta about using “Wash for ATL” to raise money for the organization’s Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund in partnership with the Community Foundation to support those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related impacts caused by the pandemic. In just a few days, T-shirts, mugs, and...

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Sandy Springs’ Act3 theater to offer online preview performance of ‘Cabaret’

Sandy Springs’ Act3 Productions will hold an online preview of its staging of “Cabaret” after being forced to shut down temporarily due to the coronavirus pandemic. The semi-professional theater company was to stage “Cabaret” April 10-26 at its Roswell Road playhouse, before a shutdown on March 16. “We shut down the space to all upcoming auditions, rehearsals and performances,” said Mary Sorrell, executive director and board chair. “The safety of our patrons, students, actors and staff is always our highest priority so on one hand, it was a difficult decision, but it was not a surprise. We play by...

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Robin’s Nest: Waiting things out is OK – except for the missing Fitbit

If you are a regular reader of this column, you may know that my family is fortunate enough to have a cabin in the woods. It has been our cherished haven for about 20 years now, and it is here that I have sequestered myself for a few weeks, in the company of my extraordinarily patient and capable husband. We packed up the car with a few boxes of food, a bottle of wine (there was more where we were going), computers and power cords, notebooks and books (I’m analog), a sixpack of toilet paper, and an ample supply...

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Dunwoody enacts emergency ordinance to halt non-essential services; plans same-day meeting to consider bar, restaurant restrictions

The Dunwoody City Council in a special called teleconference meeting on March 18 unanimously approved an emergency ordinance that essentially halts non-essential city services in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Another special emergency meeting to consider restrictions on restaurants and bars is set to be held at 5 p.m. An emergency meetings related to the pandemic as long as all council members and the city manager agree, according to the city attorney. The call-in number is 866-848-2216 and access code is 7611919247#. “I’m not sure at what extent we need to start thinking in this realm,” Councilmember John Heneghan...

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Community Assistance Center suspending services except for limited food distribution due to coronavirus pandemic

The Community Assistance Center facilities in Sandy Springs and its branch office in Dunwoody are temporarily closed through March 22 due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Both facilities are offering only limited food distribution during this time and most services, including financial assistance and adult education, are now being offered online or via telephone, according to an announcement on the CAC website. The CAC’s business number is 770-552-4889 and the helpline is 770-552-4015. Prepackaged bags of food are available for pick up Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Food Pantry in Sandy Springs,...

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White House: Avoid gatherings of 10 or more, don’t eat inside restaurants

The White House on March 16 recommended stricter avoidance of group gatherings to slow the coronavirus pandemic, including skipping social events larger than 10 people, not eating inside restaurants, not making unnecessary trips, and working from home.  The advice, issued by President Trump on social media after a conference call with America’s governors, also called on states with evidence of community transmission of the virus to close virtually every public gathering place. The advice comes after sporadic local efforts, including the city of Atlanta banning public events larger than 250 people and the city of Brookhaven barring indoor patronage...

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CDC recommends canceling public and private events of 50 or more people for eight weeks

All public and private events with 50 or more people should be canceled for the next eight weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention recommended on March 15. The recommendation came the same day that the city of Atlanta announced a ban on public gatherings of 250 or more people. “This recommendation is not intended to supersede the advice of local public health officials,” the CDC said. The CDC also recommended that events of any size should be held virtually if possible. Otherwise, the should happen in-person only if precautions can be taken...

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Brookhaven coronavirus roundup: DeKalb Library system, private schools to close

March 13 was a second day of life-changing announcements in metro Atlanta due to the coronavirus pandemic, as many major institutions shut down. And more is likely to come, as Gov. Brian Kemp said he will declare a state of emergency — giving him broad powers to respond — on the morning of March 14. The following is a roundup of coronavirus stories that impacted Brookhaven. LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND GROUPS DeKalb Public Library system to close March 14 due to coronavirus pandemic Local youth sports organizations halt seasons due to coronavirus concerns SCHOOLS Many local private schools to close...

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Candidates line up for competitive state, county and federal races in Sandy Springs

The candidates are set in many state, county and federal races – most of them competitive – as the qualifying period ended March 6. The primary election is scheduled for May 19 and the general election on Nov. 3. The following are the candidates in some key races in the Sandy Springs area. “D” means “Democrat” and “R” means “Republican.” U.S. House District 6 (Brookhaven/Dunwoody/Sandy Springs) Mykel Lynn Barthelemy (R) Karen Handel (R) Blake Harbin (R) Lucy McBath (D) (incumbent) Joe Profit (R) Paulette Smith (R) District 11 (Buckhead/Sandy Springs) Dana Barrett (D) Barry Loudermilk (R) (incumbent)   State...

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Candidates line up for competitive state, county and federal races in Buckhead

The candidates are set in many state, county and federal races – most of them competitive – as the qualifying period ended March 6. The primary election is scheduled for May 19 and the general election on Nov. 3. The following are the candidates in some key races in the Sandy Springs area. “D” means “Democrat” and “R” means “Republican.” U.S. House District 5 (Buckhead) John Lewis (D) (incumbent) Barrington Martin II (D) Angela Stanton-King (R) District 11 (Buckhead/Sandy Springs) Dana Barrett (D) Barry Loudermilk (R) (incumbent)   State Senate District 6 (Buckhead/Sandy Springs) Jen Jorden (D) (incumbent) Harrison...

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DeKalb County delays solid waste collection for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

DeKalb County will not collect solid wastes, including garbage, recycling and yard waste, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20, and will delay all curbside pickups by one day for the rest of that week. Residents who are on a Friday collection schedule will receive service on Saturday, Jan. 25. The DeKalb Sanitation Division’s administrative office, North Transfer Station and Seminole Road Landfill will be closed on Jan. 20 and will reopen on Jan. 21 during normal operating hours. For more information, contact the Sanitation Division’s customer service team at 404-294-2900 or sanitation@dekalbcountyga.gov, visit www.dekalbsanitation.com, or follow the Sanitation...

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Amid behind-the-scenes debate, Brookhaven officials to hold public meeting on possible LGBTQ protections

Brookhaven officials will hold a community meeting about a possible LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance as they also consider taking the path of passing an unenforceable resolution stating their support for the LGBTQ community. The public meeting follows months of behind-the-scenes lobbying by local activists including state Rep. Matthew Wilson and Councilmember-elect Madeleine Simmons. The group is urging the City Council to pass a nondiscrimination ordinance to protect minority groups including LGBTQ people. However, an apparent informal opinion from City Attorney Chris Balch that the city may not have the authority to pass such an ordinance has made Councilmember Linley Jones...

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