Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

New faces at local schools

Several schools in Reporter Newspapers communities have new leaders this year. Marist School starts the school year with a new president and a new principal. Father William Rowland was named president of the school and Kevin Mullally named principal earlier this year. Rowland had been serving as acting president prior to his appointment. Mullally started the 2017-18 school year as vice principal and academic dean and in the past had served as the dean of the faculty and assistant dean of students.               The Galloway School has a new head of school. James...

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Atlanta Jewish Academy sets enrollment record

Atlanta Jewish Academy attracted a record number of students for the 2018-19 school year, the school announced. The 675 students enrolled in the school this year represent 22 synagogues, 13 countries and 35 ZIP codes spanning Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Dunwoody and other areas of metro Atlanta, the school said. AJA was created by the 2014 merger of Yeshiva Atlanta High School and Greenfield Hebrew...

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Dunwoody Police seek suspects in break-in, highway crash

Dunwoody Police are seeking car break-in suspects who allegedly caused a two-vehicle crash on I-285 in the early morning hours of Sept. 20, sending two other drivers to the hospital. Police say they received a call around 2:45 a.m. about four teenage males breaking into an SUV in the parking deck at the Perimeter 31 apartments at 31 Perimeter Center East. Police officers from both Dunwoody and Sandy Springs responded and began searching for the suspects. Police then spotted a red 2012 Toyota Camry on Ashford-Dunwoody Road near the apartments “traveling at a high rate of speed,” according to...

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College counselors give advice on getting into your dream school

Fall doesn’t just mean football and colorful leaves. It’s also college application season, the time that high school seniors are rushing to pull together packets of information about themselves that will assure their admission into their perfect colleges. That’s a lot of pressure. So we thought we’d ask a three local experts for a little help. Here are their responses. Steve Frappier is director of college counseling at The Westminster Schools. He is a co-recipient of the National Association of College Admission Counseling’s 2018 Excellence in Education Award. Q: How do I decide what college is right for me?...

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Sandy Springs Festival returns Sept. 22-23

The Sandy Springs Festival returns for its 33rd year this weekend, Sept. 22-23, with an expanded event that now includes the new City Springs civic center. Presented by Heritage Sandy Springs, the free festival runs Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (with a post-festival concert 7-8:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will be centered on Heritage Green at 6075 Sandy Springs Circle and also includes City Springs at 1 Galambos Way. The festival includes the traditional events: an art market, live music, cultural performances, food, rides, a pet parade, children’s...

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Buckhead’s Powers Ferry bridge now expected to close Oct. 1

The closure of Buckhead’s Powers Ferry Road for bridge reconstruction has again been delayed. The bridge is now expected to close Oct. 1, according to the city. The bridge, which is located on the west side of Chastain Park, was expected to close Sept. 4, but was delayed until Sept. 19 due to utility relocation issues. On Sept. 18, the office of District 8 Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit announced the closure would be delayed until further notice. A statement from Renew Atlanta, the bond program funding the project, said the delay is due to crews encountering rock when relocating the...

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Local mayors chosen to help elect new transit board

The mayors of Sandy Springs and Brookhaven have been selected to be part of a group that will elect board members to the new umbrella transit authority known as “The ATL.” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul was selected Aug. 29 to help elect the District 3 board member. Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst was chosen Sept. 10 to help elect the representative for District 5. “I’m excited about being part of the process that creates a truly regional transit system,” Paul said in a written statement. “It’s been decades in the making and will be decades more in achieving the...

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Perimeter Progressives group calls it quits

Perimeter Progressives, one of several regional political groups that rose in the wake of President Trump’s election, is calling it quits. The group, which drew more than 100 residents and elected officials to its debut meeting in Dunwoody roughly 18 months ago, said in a Sept. 4 farewell statement that the competition since then made it unnecessary. “In the fullness of time as these groups have matured and sharpened their focus, we knew that some of us had overlapping goals,” said the statement posted on Facebook. “In order not to dilute the finite energy needed to reach the results...

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Local legislators aim to prevent school shootings

Local legislators are leading an effort to come up with potential solutions to a problem receiving greater attention nationwide: school shootings. State Sens. John Albers, Kay Kirkpatrick and Fran Millar, Republicans who represent parts of Brookhaven, Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, are serving on a Senate committee meeting coming up with ideas for school safety improvements that will be presented in a report in December. The committee, which is chaired by Albers, has met at several schools across the state, kicking off with a June meeting at North Springs Charter High School in Sandy Springs. Although school shootings have been...

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Fast food company gets incentives to expand in Sandy Springs

A fast food company that owns Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings is expanding its operations in Sandy Springs. The company received over $1.1 million in incentives from the state and city. The company, Inspire Brands, was formed in February 2018 after Arby’s purchased Buffalo Wild Wings and the regional chain Rusty Taco. Arby’s is currently headquartered in Sandy Springs at 1155 Perimeter Center West. It plans to move to Three Glenlake Parkway, about a mile west of its current home across Ga. 400. The company will expand its footprint at the building, city spokesperson Sharon Kraun said. “It is...

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Community Survey: Should we change the school calendar?

Don’t mess with the school calendar. That was the message from respondents to the Reporter Newspapers’ latest community survey when asked about the possibility of year-round school and how best to handle snow days. The survey was conducted by via cellphones to 200 residents in Reporter Newspapers communities. The results are not scientific. Strong responses came from one simple question: Should metro Atlanta students go to school year-round, with shorter breaks spread through the year, rather than employ a school calendar with a long summer break? “No,” a 32-year-old Atlanta man replied. “That is balderdash.” Many agreed with...

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Sandy Springs Board of Appeals approves Antico Pizza plan

The Sandy Springs Board of Appeals has approved a developer’s plan to bring an Antico Pizza Napoletana to Sandy Springs, requiring it to build a brick and wood fence between it and the neighborhood. Neighbors and representatives from the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods had expressed concern that the restaurant would cause noise and light that would affect nearby residents. The pizza restaurant would replace 4 Seasons Pottery at Hammond Drive and Boylston Drive. The parcel is complicated by the many stream buffers and existing setbacks, according to city planning staff. It also would likely be affected by the...

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