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Light Up Brookhaven holiday celebration to include tree-lighting and yard decoration contest

It may only be virtual, but city officials promise this year’s Light Up Brookhaven holiday celebration is going to be different but fun with a tree lighting and yard decoration contest. “The holidays are for children and we are determined not to let the pandemic Grinch steal that away, especially from them,” said Mayor John Ernst in a press release. “Challenges throughout the year may have tested our resolve, but they have also made all of us look for creative ways to accomplish our goals.” Virtual because of COVID-19 concerns, Light Up Brookhaven has been reshaped into a series...

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Brookhaven withdraws tax break for Dresden Village, says project is no longer ‘viable’

A controversial Brookhaven development and its tax break are a no-go at this point, the city has announced. The city announced Nov. 18 that it is withdrawing a court petition for a tax break involving Dresden Village, a mixed-use plan on a 4-acre lot on Dresden Drive near Caldwell Road. The project is no longer “viable” for Connolly Investment & Development, according to a statement from city spokesperson Burke Brennan. J.R. Connolly II, the CEO of Connolly Investment, said the company intends to make unspecified changes to the plan and reintroduce it later. The company could not amend the...

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Light Up Dunwoody holiday celebration arrives virtually Nov. 22

The Light Up Dunwoody holiday celebration is coming virtually this Sunday, Nov. 22. Viewers can tune in to Facebook.com/TheDHA, where it will be live-streamed at 5:30 p.m. from the Cheek-Spruill farmhouse at Chamblee-Dunwoody and Mount Vernon roads. Folks are invited to come to the farmhouse after the virtual event and take pictures with the tree or the historic house. Each year, the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and other organizations host the holiday celebration in Dunwoody Village to light a community Christmas tree and menorah. It usually includes live music, photos with Santa Claus and other family activities. “We’d love to...

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Survey seeks input on the ‘State of Buckhead’

A public survey about the “State of Buckhead” is open through Nov. 22 to help four local organizations create neighborhood-wide programs and projects. The online survey — available here — is conducted by Livable Buckhead, an environmental and alternative-commuting nonprofit, in partnership with the Buckhead Coalition, the Buckhead Community Improvement District and the Buckhead Business Association. “Your responses will provide direction for the development of future projects and initiatives for Buckhead,” according to an email from Livable Buckhead, which claims it is the first community-wide survey about the neighborhood. “We plan to share a summary of key findings, although...

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Commentary: Feeling thankful in a challenging holiday season

Thanksgiving 2020 will be like no other in recent memory. How to celebrate is a question that weighs heavily in the midst of a pandemic that continues to take lives and livelihoods. The Reporter asked some local leaders how they will gather and what they feel thankful for. Keeva Kase President and CEO, Buckhead Christian Ministry This year, Thanksgiving is going to be different. Our family will visit relatives in Virginia, but we are still working out the details of how to serve the dinner, whether or how older and more at-risk relatives will attend, and what social distancing...

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Silcox and Roberts in tight battle for House seat; incumbents win other Sandy Springs races

Incumbents appear to have won most Nov. 3 races local to Sandy Springs, but a battle continued Nov. 6 for a state House seat for a razor-thin margin of votes. The results remain unofficial. In House District 52, Republican incumbent Rep. Deborah Silcox was trailing Democratic challenger Shea Roberts by fewer than 350 votes — 16,808 to 16,460 — on the afternoon of Nov. 6. Roberts expressed confidence in a win with her 50.52% lead, while Silcox was not conceding. “I have been advised to not concede at this time pending further information,” Silcox said in a Nov. 6...

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Buckhead election roundup: A state Senate runoff, a tight state House battle and more

The Nov. 3 election isn’t over in Buckhead, where voters likely will see a state Senate runoff and where two candidates remain in a tight battle for a state House seat. The results remain unofficial. In House District 52, Republican incumbent Rep. Deborah Silcox was trailing Democratic challenger Shea Roberts by fewer than 350 votes — 16,808 to 16,460 — on the afternoon of Nov. 6. Roberts expressed confidence in a win with her 50.52% lead, while Silcox was not conceding. “I have been advised to not concede at this time pending further information,” Silcox said in a Nov....

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Incumbents to keep Brookhaven’s Congressional, state legislature seats; Williams wins in 5th District

Brookhaven’s incumbent U.S. congresswoman and state legislators will keep their seats, and Nikema Williams will win in the area’s other Congressional district, according to unofficial Nov. 3 election results. U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, a Democrat, will keep her 6th Congressional District seat after defeating Republican challenger Karen Handel with 54.57% of the vote, according to unofficial results as of Nov. 6. The race was a rematch of 2018, when McBath ousted Handel from the seat. The district also includes parts of Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Cobb County and north Fulton areas. Williams, who also chairs the Democratic Party of Georgia,...

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Incumbents win Dunwoody’s Congressional and state legislature races

Dunwoody’s incumbent U.S. congresswoman and state legislators will keep their seats, according to unofficial Nov. 3 election results. U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, a Democrat, will keep her 6th Congressional District seat after defeating Republican challenger Karen Handel with 54.57% of the vote, according to unofficial results as of Nov. 6. The race was a rematch of 2018, when McBath ousted Handel from the seat. The district also includes parts of Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Cobb County and north Fulton areas. Democratic state Sen. Sally Harrell defeated Republican challenger Garry Guan with 60.44% of the vote in the race for District...

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Sandy Springs presents concepts for park networks along Chattahoochee River

A network of parks along the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs would be created in three concepts presented by city-hired consultants last month.  “As we all know, the Chattahoochee River is one of the city’s greatest natural resources. However, despite improvements to its use, it’s still an underutilized element in the city,” Carlos Perez of Perez Planning and Design, one of the city’s consultants on the plan, said during a virtual public meeting on Oct. 26 that shared the latest concepts. Perez said the final vision plan for the river access parks will be completed in December. The early...

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Buckhead’s Salesforce Tower could see streetscape upgrades, art on MARTA bridge

A streetscape upgrade for Buckhead’s Salesforce Tower would add trees, benches and just maybe some decorative art on the bridge connecting it to the Lenox MARTA Station. The concepts for the 950 East Paces Ferry Road office tower were presented at a Nov. 4 meeting of the Development Review Committee of Special Public Interest District 12, a zoning area. The main goals are to improve the tower’s entrance at a pull-in driveway on East Paces Ferry and to add street trees on the Oak Valley Road side. Project architect Adam Toal of ASD SKY described timber benches and concrete...

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Photos: Inside local polls on an extraordinary Election Day

Nov. 3 was an extraordinary Election Day in an extraordinary year, bringing the Trump vs. Biden battle to local communities in the midst of a pandemic. In what has become a new normal, poll workers donned masks and face shields. COVID-19 wrought more changes and experiments, too. The Buckhead Theatre, a music venue whose shows are on hold due to the crisis, served as a polling place — possibly the only one in Georgia with a disco ball. Then again, some things never change. Civic-minded residents still volunteered as poll workers, and politically active residents still waved signs and...

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