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New toll lanes interchange could require demolishing eight Sandy Springs homes

A new interchange for highway toll lanes in Sandy Springs would demolish eight homes and cost an additional $23 million, the Georgia Department of Transportation told the City Council at its Jan. 22 retreat. The city had argued against GDOT’s earlier proposal a year ago to build the interchange on Mount Vernon Highway, favoring Hammond Drive instead. The city and GDOT have been working to come up with an alternative, which resulted in the suggested option on Crestline Parkway. GDOT is willing to consider the option and present it to the public at future input meetings, but would need...

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Bus system best option for I-285 transit, consultants tell Sandy Springs

  A new bus system running along the planned I-285 toll lanes is the most feasible solution to provide east and west connectivity in the area, transportation consultants working with several cities along the interstate said in a report at the Sandy Springs City Council Jan. 22 retreat. The study was the result of meetings initiated in 2017 by Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst with other top end mayors from Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Chamblee, Doraville, Smyrna and Tucker as well as Perimeter Community Improvement Districts and the Cumberland Community Improvement Districts, which all helped fund it. The effort looks at...

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Los Niños Primero honored at Sandy Springs MLK Day celebration

The city of Sandy Springs marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan. 21 with its annual celebration of a local social-service nonprofit organization. This year’s honoree was Los Niños Primero, which assists underserved Latino preschool children. The event offered an orientation to the organization’s work and is meant to encourage volunteering. For more information, see losninosprimeroga.org. Photos by Phil Mosier. Children in the Los Niños Primero dance program perform for the crowd. Maritza Morelli, executive director of Los Niños Primero, speaks to the attendees. Ingrid Lopez, a parent of a child in the Los Niños Primero program, shares her experiences....

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Dunwoody remembers MLK with Day of Service

Many Dunwoody residents braved freezing temperatures to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. with a “Day of Service” at Brook Run Park Jan. 21. Volunteers donated food and assisted with cleanups and plantings around the North Peachtree Road park. Participating organizations included the city, the Dunwoody Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, the Community Assistance Center, Second Helpings Atlanta, the Dunwoody Nature Center, the Daffodil Project and Trees Atlanta. Photos by Phil Mosier. Dunwoody High students Claire Porcher, left, and Molly Clinch bring food for donation. Members of the Dunwoody Chapter of Jack and Jill of America prepare to...

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Exceptional Educator: Orchestra director Stephen Lawrence of North Atlanta High

Buckhead’s North Atlanta High School orchestra will perform at the world-renowned Carnegie Hall next month under the leadership of director Stephen Lawrence, the Atlanta Public Schools’ high school Teacher of the Year. “It was surreal! Having the chance to be recognized is beyond believable,” Lawrence said of the award. “There are so many inspiring educators out there. The fact that I was chosen is both humbling and exciting.” Lawrence, the director of orchestral activities and the chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department, has been an educator for 11 years and has taught at North Atlanta High, his...

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Falcons CEO aims for better Super Bowl, stadium legacies

The Feb. 3 Super Bowl and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium built in part to host it are intended leave better legacies than earlier games and venues, Atlanta Falcons president and CEO Rich McKay told the Buckhead Business Association at its annual luncheon. “Stadiums are not the difference-maker,” but larger conversations created by their development can be for such communities as Vine City and English Avenue, McKay said in his keynote speech at the Jan. 15 event at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta hotel. In light remarks, McKay also joked about some of the foibles of the stadium and Super Bowl hosting,...

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In toll lane meeting backlash, property-buying revealed and Dunwoody group pushes for more info

In growing backlash to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s no-questions, low-detail meeting Jan. 14 about impacts of new toll lanes on I-285 and Ga. 400, some Sandy Springs citizens have revealed that land-buying is already underway with highly detailed plans, and the Dunwoody Homeowners Association is pushing for more information at its own meeting with GDOT on Feb. 10. Amanda Cusick, a resident of Sandy Springs’ Montrose Lane, said she was surprised by GDOT’s claims that the toll lane plans are conceptual and that right of way estimates don’t exist yet or could change. She said GDOT has already...

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From Atlanta to Broadway: Q&A with Courtenay Collins of the hit musical ‘The Prom’

Calling “The Prom” a “gay teen romantic farce,” as Vanity Fair did a few months ago, is like calling New York a big city — true, but demanding a fuller description. The Atlanta-born musical, which opened on Broadway to positive reviews in November, is making a lasting impression on audiences that goes beyond its peppy songs, energetic choreography, eye-popping costuming and satire of show business. It has something more to say, according to Courtenay Collins of Sandy Springs, who has a performing role in the production and is hearing nightly from those who are moved by it. “It’s a...

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Brookhaven teacher tackles Civil Rights legacy with Super Bowl murals

When tens of thousands of people flock to Atlanta for the Super Bowl next month, they will be greeted by dozens of colorful murals painted throughout the city that highlight the Civil Rights legacy. Two of the murals were painted by Cross Keys High School art teacher Yehimi Cambron, an artist willing to tackle controversy through her art by raising up the voices of undocumented immigrants. Cambron first made her mark in the world of murals in 2017 with a colorful mural featuring large monarch butterflies on the side of the Havana Sandwich Shop on Buford Highway in Brookhaven....

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Sandy Springs shopping center buyouts soar

As the Prado Shopping Center takes a hit with two major tenants, Publix and 5 Seasons Brewing, announcing closures, three other Sandy Springs shopping centers have recently been sold to developers, attracted to their location in Sandy Springs and the city’s urbanization, an expert says. The Sandy Springs Crossing shopping center at the intersection of Abernathy and Roswell roads was sold in December 2018. Neighboring Roswell Road centers The Exchange at Hammond and Parkside Shopping Center were sold in October 2018. No major renovations are planned for now, the new owners say. Scott Amoson, the director of research at...

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20 Under 20: Honoring students who give back to the community

The question arises every year as we consider nominations for our annual 20 Under 20 honors: How do these students find the time to give so much back to the community? As you will see, this year’s list is filled with young people who somehow manage to juggle their busy lives with doing extraordinary things to make Reporter Newspapers communities and the world a better place to live. As in previous years, we asked public and private schools along with service organizations and the general public to nominate students who have been active volunteers in their communities. These students...

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Norwood leads Buckhead Council into advocacy role

Mary Norwood won election as chair of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods Jan. 10, establishing her return to the political spotlight after last year’s narrow loss in the mayoral race to Keisha Lance Bottoms. She pledged the coalition of civic associations will be a more advocacy-based group, and immediately delivered with the passage of a resolution that claims the city is not enforcing several sections of the Tree Protection Ordinance. Echoing her past as a former city councilmember, Norwood also announced a new BCN structure of 11 City Council-like committees, dubbed “interest area groups,” to propose actions and connect...

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