Category: Sandy Springs Reporter

Sandy Springs author to speak at MJCCA’s Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony

The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta will host its Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony April 28, featuring the Sandy Springs author of a book recounting the infamous MS St. Louis incident. The MJCCA each year hosts a free, community-wide event to commemorate Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day. This year, it will be held April 28 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the MJCCA’s Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden in Dunwoody at 5342 Tilly Mill Road. Pamela Sampson, who lives in Sandy Springs and is an editor for the Associated Press, will be the guest speaker, a press...

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At marathon Holy Spirit expansion meeting, talk of agreement, threats of lawsuits

A massive, marathon meeting about Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Preparatory School’s controversial campus expansion plan April 24 was filled with tough questions and hopes of compromise — all backed by increasingly tough legal pressure from both sides. Some residents continue to say they might go to court over a 15-year-old legal agreement that could block part of the project, while Holy Spirit revealed that it photographed 170 pro-agreement yard signs with an eye to possibly suing opponents for “defamation.” Despite such saber-rattling, both sides say there’s room to talk about the proposal – which includes a parking deck,...

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Construction of Perimeter Center office tower could begin this year

The developer of a planned 26-story office tower that has been in the works for years as part of Sandy Springs’ Northpark Town Center complex has put out the call for tenants and says construction could begin this fall. The 450,000-square-foot office building, called Northpark 700, would be the fourth in the development located on Abernathy Road near the Dunwoody border. The building would be located on the northeast side of the complex at the intersection of North Park Place and Mount Vernon Highway. Hines, the development company, hopes to start construction in the fall this year, but wants...

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Holy Spirit church, school plan gets review meeting April 24

Holy Spirit Catholic Church and Preparatory School will present a new version of their controversial campus expansion plan at an April 24 meeting. The meeting, required by the city of Sandy Springs prior to a filing for a conditional use permit, is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the church at 4465 Northside Drive N.W. in Buckhead. Holy Spirit proposes to expand its current church and Upper School campus at Northside and Mount Paran Road onto an adjacent site in Sandy Springs. The plan includes relocating the Lower School from elsewhere in Sandy Springs and constructing a parking garage, a...

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Environment Sandy Springs to host wildlife seminar May 2

Environment Sandy Springs will host a May 2 seminar with a researcher who will discuss “the robust and somewhat hidden world of wildlife” in the city, the nonprofit announced. Dr. Chris Mowry, a professor at Berry College in Rome, will discuss work and show videos he has captured through a partnership with Environment Sandy Springs to track wildlife in the area, a press release said. Mowry is the one of the founders the Atlanta Coyote Project, which gathers data on local coyote sightings and encounters to conduct research on the area population. The event, which is free and open...

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Sandy Springs residents continue to voice toll lane concerns

The Georgia Department of Transportation’s planned toll lanes on Ga. 400 and I-285 were the main topic of the Sandy Springs Council of Neighborhoods annual meeting on April 22, where residents continued to voice concerns about impacts the project could bring. The controversial toll lanes are expected to ease traffic congestion, but some residents would lose their homes and others are concerned by noise and quality of life impacts. The meeting was led by state Rep. Deborah Silcox (R-Sandy Springs), who has been calling for a meeting between GDOT, state and local elected officials, and pushing for residents to...

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Atlanta might tighten its smoking ban; Perimeter Center cities not changing rules for now

A tighter anti-smoking ordinance that would ban lighting up within nearly all bars and restaurants is under consideration by the Atlanta City Council. One health organization backing the move says it’s intended to inspire similar laws statewide, but Perimeter Center cities say they aren’t changing their codes for now. “I would fully expect that after Atlanta passes its ordinance, more [cities] will,” said Andy Freeman, the Georgia government relations director for the Cancer Action Network, a lobbying affiliate of the American Cancer Society. A landmark state law in 2005, the Smokefree Air Act, largely banned indoor smoking in Georgia’s...

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Sandy Springs ‘State of the City’ address set for May 14

Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul will give the 2019 “State of the City” address on May 14. The speech will be held in City Springs’ Terrace Meeting Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is hosted by the Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce. Paul’s address last year discussed the effort to seek improvements to the Atlanta-run water system or sue to seize control of it, along with other city priorities. City Springs is located at 1 Galambos Way. Admission is $40 for Chamber members and $45 for non-members. Registration closes May 12 at noon. For more...

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Dump truck accident a reminder to drive safely in Transform 285/400 project, GDOT says

A driver of a car was found at fault for an April wreck involving a dump truck working on the Transform 285/400 project. The Georgia Department of Transportation, which is in charge of the massive work reconstructing the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange, said the accident is a reminder to the public to drive safely in the construction zones. The car driver was traveling on southbound Ga. 400 on April 3 and rear-ended the truck after it exited a construction site near Abernathy Road, according to a Sandy Springs Police report. The car then spun into the other lanes and was...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through April 28

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. Ga. 400 ramp closures April 24-25, northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. April 26-28, northbound ramp to I-285 eastbound closed, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. April 25-27, northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. Ga. 400 lane closures April 20-21, southbound between Abernathy Road and Mount Vernon Highway, three...

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Sandy Springs Artsapalooza festival returns April 20-21

The Sandy Springs Artsapalooza festival will return for its eighth year on April 20 and 21. Organized by the Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces, the two-day festival features more than 150 artists and transforms streets of Sandy Springs into an outdoor art gallery. The event will include a children’s play area, local musicians and interactive art stations, an announcement said. On April 21, Easter Sunday, the AFFPS, a partner of Heritage Sandy Springs Museum and Park, will host the largest Easter egg hunt in Sandy Springs with over 5,000 hidden eggs, the announcement said. The hunt will kick off...

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Owner of Sandy Springs’ Breadwinner Café says he will open restaurant in Dunwoody

The owners of Sandy Springs’ popular Breadwinner Café & Bakery says they are expanding into neighboring Dunwoody with plans to open a restaurant in the former location of Wright’s Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe. Breadwinner Café & Bakery co-owner Geoff Melkonian made the announcement via Facebook April 19 with the tease, “Hello, Dunwoody!! Let’s get Loafed and Ladled! We’ll see you late summer 2019! #rumorsaretrue #BreadwinnerDunwoody” In an interview, Melkonian, who owns Breadwinner Cafe with his wife, Katie, said the opening date for the new restaurant is currently planned for around Labor Day weekend. The new restaurant will be called the...

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