Category: People & Places

Standout Student: Musician and sportscaster Luke Winstel of St. Pius X

Luke Winstel, known as the “Voice of the Golden Lions” at St. Pius X Catholic High School, has led the school’s broadcasting team win awards, and has won some of his own for his work volunteering. Luke, who graduated in May, is most known for his work directing the ESPX student webcast program at the school, which is located in DeKalb County near Brookhaven. He led the team to win St. Pius X an “Elite Schools” award from the National Federation of High School Sports Network for the fourth year in a row. In March, he received the Georgia...

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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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New Garden Hills Elementary field takes shape in Buckhead

A parent-led effort to renovate and improve the Garden Hills Elementary School field in Buckhead is well underway, with major work expected to be done in time for the start of school in August. The Sheridan Street school’s Acorns to Oaks Foundation has raised about $600,000 of its $750,000 goal, according to Wade Morris, a parent and vice president of the fundraising campaign. The work around early April. Besides improving the field itself, including with a drainage system and a track, the work project will add an outdoor amphitheater seating about 100, an outdoor classroom, a playground renovation, a...

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Next project for Sandy Springs privatization founder: Forming a new Latin American city-state

While the city of Sandy Springs shifts away from its pioneering model of outsourced government services, the chief architect of the concept has a new privatization-utopia project in the works: forming a new city-state in an unnamed Latin American country. “My current involvement, high-level involvement, is in the creation of what almost amounts to a new country in Latin America,” said Oliver Porter, the Sandy Springs engineer and artist who led the city’s formation in 2005, in a phone interview. Porter said he cannot yet name the country or reveal full details of the project, announcements that might come...

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How local protests drove a ’96 Olympics venue out of Brookhaven’s Blackburn Park

July 19 will mark 23 years since Atlanta hosted the Centennial Olympic Games, an anniversary usually observed with celebratory memories of the city’s improbable win of the international bid and related glory. But the Olympics also brought widespread, if little-remembered, protests about neighborhood impacts – including in Brookhaven, where local opposition stopped Blackburn Park from hosting a tennis venue that ended up in Stone Mountain and became one of the Games’ most notorious white elephants. “At first blush, it sounded good,” recalls Stan Segal, who was among the Blackburn tennis venue opponents at the time and today chairs the...

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Real estate executive named to Buckhead CID board

An executive with the real estate group The Ardent Companies has been named to the board of directors of the Buckhead Community Improvement District. is managing director of acquisitions at Atlanta-based Ardent. He replaces David Allman of Regent Partners, the former board chair, who left in May. The BCID is a self-taxing group of commercial property owners in Buckhead’s central business district that plans and funds improvements related to transportation, public safety and...

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PBS to broadcast Sandy Springs resident’s symphony documentary

A Sandy Spring resident’s project to preserve the history of an Atlanta Symphony Orchestra conductor has turned into an award-winning documentary that will get a national TV audience. The documentary, titled “Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices,” will be broadcast on PBS’ “American Masters” program June 21 at 9 p.m. The film follows the rise and influence of Shaw, who conducted the orchestra and its chorus for over 20 years. The film was conceived of and executive produced by Kiki Wilson, who is in her 38th season of singing in the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. Wilson is one...

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New Buckhead 5K highlights neighborhood’s walkability

The inaugural “buckheadRUN!” 5K race, sponsored by Livable Buckhead, drew 260 runners to Lenox Square on June 1. Dylan Loope was the overall winner, and Natalie Witt won the women’s division. The race was part of a Livable Buckhead program to highlight the neighborhood’s walkability – including on the PATH400 multiuse trails — and to encourage people to be physically active during the spring season. The race indeed attracted some first-time runners. Buckhead residents Bob Robers and his 8-year-old daughter Sloane were among them. “This is Sloane’s first race ever, our first race together, and Sloane hopes to compete...

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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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The valedictorians and salutatorians of 2019

High school graduations returned in May and families gathered to clap and cheer as local high schools conferred hard-earned diplomas and special honors on hundreds of new graduates. Click the image below to see the valedictorians and salutatorians for the Class of 2019 at high schools in Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. The schools provided the students’ names and photographs. Note: The Atlanta International School did not select its valedictorian and salutatorian in time to be included this report.   Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly identified a Holy Spirit Preparatory School student as a salutatorian;...

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John Galambos, husband of Sandy Springs’ founding mayor, dies at 97

Dr. John Galambos, the husband of Sandy Springs’ founding Mayor Eva Galambos, died May 29 at the age of 97. He was a frequent fixture at city events, including the new City Hall’s ribbon-cutting in 2018 and the Daffodil Project Children’s Memorial Garden dedication in 2015. Mayor Rusty Paul said in a statement said John Galambos was an important part of the city’s founding pioneered by Eva Galambos in 2005. “It is a sad moment for the city as we record the loss of Dr. John Galambos,” Paul said in a written statement. “While he was always quietly in...

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We Love BuHi founder steps down, will take ARC job

Marian Liou, the Brookhaven resident who turned her socially conscious Instagram account about Buford Highway into the influential nonprofit We Love BuHi, is resigning as the organization’s executive director to take a new job. She will start June 10 as a program analyst at the Atlanta Regional Commission, leaving behind four years of work on a nonprofit that came to spotlight Buford Highway’s famously diverse culture on the brink of gentrification. “I never would have left if there wasn’t a perfect opportunity for me,” said Liou in a phone interview. The growth of We Love BuHi from a personal...

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