Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

Fulton runoff election results: Challengers set to take DA and sheriff offices

Challengers were set to take the district attorney and sheriff’s offices in unofficial results from the Fulton County Aug. 11 runoff election. With about 91% of precincts reporting on the morning of Aug. 12, challenger Fani Willis had a landslide lead, 73.4% to 26.6%, over incumbent Paul Howard for the DA’s office. In the Sheriff’s Office race, challenger Patrick “Pat” Labat was well ahead of incumbent Theodore “Ted” Jackson, 58.9% to 41.4%. Willis and Labat both had received backing from Buckhead community and political figures, including Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods chair Mary Norwood. Momentum for change came as the...

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Sandy Springs installs sculptures from contest at City Green

Nine new sculptures now adorn the perimeter of the City Green park in Sandy Springs, all chosen as finalists in the second ArtSS in the Open Sculpture competition. This “gallery without walls” represents the top entries among the 260 submitted from artists nationwide. Jurists from local gallery and museum curators and established artists who work in the public art arena chose the finalists, city spokesperson Sharon Kraun said in a press release. Corrina Sephora, whose sculpture “La Voyageur Qui Fait Son Nid” has been installed at City Green, took it as a sign of hope when she was notified...

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Children’s Healthcare doctor to speak about COVID-19 in children in virtual event

The Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce plans to host a virtual “Conversation about COVID-19 in Children” on Aug. 18 with Dr. Matt Linam. Linam, a physician specializing in pediatric infectious disease at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, will speak on “Challenges and Solutions: Pandemic 2020 COVID-2019 from 11 to 11:45 a.m., the chamber announced in a news release. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.  Linam joined Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University as Associate Professor in 2017. He completed his internship and residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where he...

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Aug. 10 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 379 more diagnoses; 14-day trend is down

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 379 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Aug. 7 and Aug. 10 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend declined in both cities and in all local ZIP codes. As of Aug. 10, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 8,749 on Aug. 7. Sandy Springs had 1,756 diagnoses, up from 1,687. Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 44.3% of the total,...

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Georgia Tech chooses Sandy Springs for its Georgia Smart transit intersection project

Georgia Tech picked Sandy Springs as one of its four Georgia Smart grant winners for its pilot project to create a transit signal priority system for MARTA bus service to cut transit time for riders. Sandy Springs will collaborate with MARTA and the city of Dunwoody on the Georgia Smart Communities Challenge project. Georgia Tech researchers Michael Hunter and Kari Watkins will work with the project team, the university announced in a release on Aug. 6. The pilot project targets bus Route 5, which has high ridership between the Dunwoody MARTA Station and Buckhead’s Lindbergh Center MARTA Station via...

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Plaintiffs appeal federal court ruling upholding Sandy Springs’ alarm ordinance

A ruling upholding the city of Sandy Springs’ alarm ordinance by a three-judge panel of the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has been appealed by the plaintiffs. The Georgia Electronic Life Safety & Systems Association (GELSSA), A-Com Security Co. and Safecom Security Solutions filed a petition asking for a rehearing before the full court over the 2017 ordinance that fines alarm companies up to $500 when customers trigger false alarms, a news release said. The fines are imposed despite no “responsible relation” between the plaintiffs and the conduct of their customers, who are the alarm users who trigger...

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Lidl grocery store to open in Dunwoody Aug. 26

Lidl is set to open in Dunwoody near the border of Sandy Springs on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The German international grocery store will open at 8 a.m. at 2480 Mount Vernon Road, near the intersection of Jett Ferry Road. Its regular hours will be 8 a.m to 9 p.m. every day. “The grand opening comes at a time when we are really relying on our local food markets,” Dunwoody Mayor Lynn Deutsch said in a press release. “This opening has been highly anticipated by our community.” Before the grand opening, Lidl will host a pop-up farmer’s market in the...

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Aug. 7 Atlanta/Sandy Springs COVID-19 report: 404 more diagnoses; 14-day trend is down

The cities of Atlanta and Sandy Springs together saw 404 new COVID-19 diagnoses between Aug. 5 and Aug. 7 update reports from the Fulton County Board of Health. The number of cases increased in all of the main local ZIP codes. The 14-day trend declined in both cities and in all local ZIP codes. As of Aug. 7, the part of Atlanta within Fulton County had 8,749 COVID-19 diagnoses, up from 8,391 on Aug. 5. Sandy Springs had 1,687 diagnoses, up from 1,641. Atlanta remains the number one city in the county for COVID-19 diagnoses at 44.6% of the...

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Runoff Election Day arrives Aug. 11

Runoff Election Day arrives Tuesday, Aug. 11, where voters will decide some key races and choose Democratic nominees in others. The runoff follows the June 9 primary and special elections. That election was marred by long lines and other delays, partly due to coronavirus pandemic precautions, and had long-delayed results. Those precautions will be in place again for the runoff. For information about polling places and voter registration status, see the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office website here. Fulton County has changed the polling place for two precincts in Buckhead; see our story for details. DeKalb County In DeKalb...

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Worth Knowing: TurningPoint helps breast cancer survivors with ‘support puzzle’ of pandemic era

One day in 2015, while riding in the car with her mother, eighth-grader Lauren Scalise overheard her mother Stephanie take a phone call. “She got this random phone call, and we pulled over so she could answer it,” said Lauren. “I was confused until she hung up the phone, looked me in the eyes and told me she had breast cancer.” The two sat by the side of the road in silence while processing what they had just learned, and then the tears flowed. “I couldn’t believe that my strong and resilient mom would be the one going through...

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Robin’s Nest: Finding our true selves in the pandemic

Faced with the COVID changes in our lives during these past months and how much time we have been left to our own without external distractions, many of us are learning a lot about ourselves. We might have discovered that we are extroverts who thrive on social interaction, or introverts who are recharged by solitude, or omniverts who are a sort of crossbreed of the two. I, for one, have realized that I am more of an “cawnfigovert,” which is to say, a person who is Content Alone When Nothing Fun Is Going On. Anyway, I liken this period...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Aug. 17

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 closures Aug. 14, 9 p.m., through Aug. 17, 5 a.m., eastbound between Barfield Road and Ga. 400, two right lanes. Ga. 400 ramp closures Aug. 12-14, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Aug. 14, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., southbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed. Ga. 400 lane closures Aug....

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