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Dunwoody pays tribute to veterans

Dunwoody marked Veterans Day with its annual ceremony at Brook Run Park on Nov. 10. The following are some images from the event. Photos by Phil Mosier. Matthew Persky, 7, of Dunwoody Cub Scouts Troop Number 1818 greets attendees at Dunwoody’s Nov. 10 Veterans Day Tribute, handing out flags and distributing artificial “Buddy Poppy” flowers, whose proceeds benefit veterans in need through Veterans of Foreign Wars. Mayor Denis Shortal, who is a retired brigadier general in the U.S. Marine Corps, speaks at the podium. In the rear, from left, Rev. Chris Jordan, pastor of Crossroads Church, and Wayne Radloff,...

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Community Survey: Is the Super Bowl good for Atlanta?

When it comes to the Super Bowl, count many locals as superfans of bringing the game to Atlanta. And more than a few believe the Falcons can still win it. More than two-thirds of the 200 respondents to Reporter Newspapers’ most recent 1Q survey welcomed the Super Bowl LIII to Mercedes-Benz Stadium in February, saying that it mattered to them that the game would be played in Atlanta. “It is great for the community,” a 24-year-old Buckhead woman commented. “Hosting the Super Bowl is an honor for our city and helps the local economy greatly!” The survey was conducted...

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Beloved Dunwoody park gets some city attention

Just off Peeler Road and across from the DeKalb County Water Works basins is Dunwoody’s Windwood Hollow Park, a secluded 11-acre park with nature trails, a playground, tennis courts and a pavilion. It’s easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. A simple sign stands at the park’s main entrance at 4865 Lakeside Drive. But because the park is surrounded by single-family homes, many people walk to the park enclosed in a wooded area. “We discovered it by accident,” said Katherine Kasravi of Sandy Springs said on a recent sunny Sunday afternoon. She watched her son, Giv, climbing...

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Road Rescuers: Sandy Springs police program fixes flats, clears accidents

On a rainy, hazy morning, Officer Steve Hammer sped down the shoulder on I-285, sirens on his bright yellow truck blaring, making his way to an accident scene. On arrival, he jumped out of the truck to stop traffic and help the damaged cars move to safety. Hammer is one of two Sandy Springs Police officers who spend their days in yellow, heavy-duty pickup trucks clearing accidents and helping drivers with flat tires, jumping batteries and refilling gas for Sandy Springs’ Traffic Response Vehicles program. The program started in 2015, and has since worked on thousands of calls and...

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Flight attendant recalls Vietnam War R&R service

In 1968, international jet travel was still a glamorous adventure, and Joan Policastro signed on as a Pan American World Airways flight attendant to get her taste of it. She soon got adventure in a risky, historic form — four years of flying “rest and recuperation” flights with U.S. troops in and out of the Vietnam War, sometimes with bombs going off outside the base. “I liked it. I liked them,” said Policastro on a recent afternoon as she sat at her kitchen counter in Sandy Springs, reminiscing over a photo of her serving young soldiers on one of...

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A guide to Veterans Day events

Veterans Day, the annual observance of all military servicemembers, arrives Sunday, Nov. 11. Events in Reporter Newspapers communities offer ways to mark the occasion all weekend. Sandy Springs Veterans Day Celebration The city of Sandy Springs will hold two celebratory events on Friday, Nov. 9. Its ninth annual Veterans Day Tribute is moving from its old Concourse Center location to the new City Green Park at City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, starting at 11:30 a.m. The free event also includes a birthday cake to mark the 243rd anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps. Then at 7 p.m. on City...

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‘Blue wave’ rocks Dunwoody as Democrats win state seats

A “blue wave” hit North DeKalb and Dunwoody hard on Election Night as state legislative seats long held by Republicans were flipped blue with decisive Democrat victories. Changing demographics in the suburbs and backlash against President Trump are some reasons elected officials say led to the seismic shift in party power. Democrat Sally Harrell of Chamblee handed state Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) his first loss in more than 20 years by defeating him with close to 55 percent of the vote for the Senate District 40, according to unofficial results. The seat encompasses Dunwoody and includes some of Sandy...

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Brookhaven voters approve $40 million parks bond

Brookhaven’s $40 million parks bond appears to have been approved by voters with 60 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results from DeKalb County Registration & Elections. With 12 of 12 precincts reporting, the “yes” votes tallied in at 12,352 and the “no” votes came in at 40  8,258 votes. Total votes cast came in at 20,610. “The residents of Brookhaven have delivered a clear mandate for us to follow through with our city founders’ vision of a top-notch park system that can be enjoyed in the near-term,” Mayor John Ernst said in a written statement. “With the...

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‘Stronger Than Hate’: Pittsburgh shooting victims honored at synagogue service

“Stronger Than Hate” was the theme of an Oct. 29 memorial service, held at Congregation Or Hadash in Sandy Springs, for the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue mass murder. Rabbis Dr. Analia Bortz and Mario Karpuj led a packed house of attendees in prayer, a candle-lighting and thoughts on the meaning of a holy community. It was one of at least 10 memorials and vigils that were scheduled in Reporter Newspapers communities as a response to the anti-Semitic massacre of 11 people Oct. 27 during a service at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh, Pa. A service at...

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Officers honored at first Brookhaven Police ball

The inaugural Brookhaven Police Department Ball and Awards Ceremony was held Oct. 13, honoring officers and raising funds for the local police foundation. A surprise donation of $250,000 from Hess Bomberger of Gainesville, Ga., was also announced at the event. Maria Jones was named Brookhaven’s first-ever “Officer of the Year.” Distinguished Service Meritorious Awards went to Officers Carlos Nino and Moises Vargas. Meritorious Awards were given to Officers Jacob Kissel and Mathew Murry. Chief Gary Yandura led the event, along with J.D. Clockadale, head of the Brookhaven Police Foundation. Mayor John Ernst and City Councilmembers Joe Gebbia, Linley Jones...

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Local leaders decry hatred after Pittsburgh synagogue mass murder

Local leaders are decrying hatred and calling for “respect” and “civility” in the wake of a mass murder at a Pittsburgh, Pa., synagogue Oct. 27. Vigils and memorial services are being organized by various local synagogues and organizations. A gunman shouting anti-Semitic slurs killed at least 11 people, and wounded more, during a service at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation and was arrested by police, according to media reports. Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, in a written statement, denounced anti-Semitism and hatred and said her city stands with Pittsburgh and “our Jewish brothers and sisters around the nation.” “As...

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Brookhaven’s Lynwood Park residents seek sidewalk relief

A group of residents of Brookhaven’s Lynwood Park is asking the City Council to find ways to fund safe sidewalks in the historic neighborhood. The narrow roads and broken sidewalks are unsafe for pedestrians, such as moms with strollers, who want to walk in the neighborhood, according to a newly formed civic group. Mayor John Ernst, who lives in Lynwood Park, and Councilmember Linley Jones recently hiked the stretch of Osborne Road from Windsor Parkway to Lynwood Park with a group of moms and their children, many in strollers. They walked over crumbling sidewalks and past mailboxes jutting into...

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