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Worth Knowing: 4th of July Parade’s riders hold their horses for pandemic’s end

Thanks to COVID-19, the 2020 Dunwoody 4th of July parade was canceled. Based on past attendance, more than 2,500 participants and 32,000 spectators were left with a gaping hole in their Independence Day. Especially disappointed were the members of the Central Georgia Mounted Color Guard, the patriotic riders and horses that carry the flags and lead the parade. According to parade Co-Chair Pam Talmadge, when the pandemic caused participants to start pulling out even before the cancellation, the one group that was all in was the CGMCG. Though most parade-goers have a favorite float or band, the horses seem...

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Buckhead protests prompt calls for racial dialogue in schools and neighborhood

Many protests inspired by the police killing of George Floyd have come to Buckhead over the past month, with organizers frequently citing the neighborhood’s reputation as a wealthy, White and conservative enclave as a reason to demonstrate there. And it’s having an impact, with some civic and school leaders calling for dialogue about race and racism. City Councilmember J.P. Matzigkeit, whose District 8 includes some of Buckhead’s most exclusive communities, said he attended every protest held at the Governor’s Mansion on West Paces Ferry Road. That “absolutely” had an effect on him as an elected official, he said. “The...

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Police complaint reform is one idea in Dunwoody racial dialogue

Amid nationwide protests against police brutality, Mayor Lynn Deutsch has called for a “dialogue” in Dunwoody regarding racism. Already some residents are calling for better transparency in internal investigations of the local police department through such mechanisms as a citizens review board. “It’s really important to have that dialogue, but how you do it when you’re not in person makes an already complex conversation harder,” said Deutsch, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic making large, in-person gatherings unsafe. Deutsch gave a speech about her tentative plans to make Dunwoody more inclusive at a June 11 faith-based protest at Brook Run...

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Sandy Springs starts racism dialogue; North End talks show the challenge

In the wake of the nationwide George Floyd protests, which came to Sandy Springs City Hall several times last month, Mayor Rusty Paul made an unprecedented call for a citywide dialogue on race and racism. But getting true diversity in those conversations will be challenging. And it has already been an issue in city plans to redevelop the majority-minority North End, a concept that experts say in part reflects the pattern of systemic racism in Atlanta with its risks of displacement and gentrification. “We have to begin the process of trying to eradicate racism from our community. We can’t...

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Buford Highway talks show challenge of dialogue on race

As the city goes into an “active listening” phase, as Mayor John Ernst calls it, amid nationwide protests against racism and police brutality that came to Brookhaven last month, it continues with redevelopment plans along Buford Highway, where input from the renowned immigrant community is a longstanding challenge. The risk of displacing that community with skyscrapers and other higher-end uses is one of the city’s biggest policy puzzles — and, experts say, part of a pattern of metro Atlanta’s systemic racism. Some activists said the inclusionary efforts by the city have improved in the past couple years, citing more...

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Dunwoody resident to host unofficial July 4 car parade honoring police, veterans

An anonymous Dunwoody resident is hosting an unofficial Fourth of July car parade at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. The parade starts at the intersection of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry roads and will end at the Dunwoody Police Department at 4800 Ashford-Dunwoody Road, according to information from a flyer shared by the Dunwoody Police Department. It will honor police, first responders and veterans. Participants are encouraged to decorate their cars or turn on their blinkers and honk and wave as a thank you to police at the end, according to the flyer. “This will not be a...

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Photos: Buford Highway community’s Class of 2020 celebrates with car parade

The Buford Highway community’s Class of 2020 was celebrated in a June 20 car parade and party at the Northeast Plaza shopping center in Brookhaven. Organized by the community organization Los Vecinos de Buford Highway, the event drew graduates and their families from Chamblee, Cross Keys, Dunwoody and Lakeside high schools. About 40 vehicles joined in the parade, which drove on Buford Highway to Clairmont Road and returned to the shopping center. “This is a great event to celebrate our community and its high school graduates,” one of the organizers, Jonathan Peraza Campos, told the crowd. “Let’s make this...

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Changing times bring ‘Black Lives Matter’ yard signs to Dunwoody lawns

When the Black Lives Matter protests sweeping the nation made unprecedented appearances in Dunwoody earlier this month, longtime resident Kristy Vinot was unable to participate due to health concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, she joined several residents who are expressing their support in another way never before seen in Dunwoody: “Black Lives Matter” yard signs. “I just really wanted to support that cause and just to get people to think,” said Vinot, who was among the 15 buyers last week for signs depicting a black hand and a white hand shaking each other, along with the “Black Lives...

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Murphey Candler youth baseball returns with pandemic precautions

The Lewis family can’t imagine a life without baseball. When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the Murphey Candler Baseball spring season on March 13, it was a blow that devastated Kelli Lewis, her husband John and their three children. “This is all he’s been looking forward to,” Lewis said about her 12-year-old son Cooper, who was playing on the youth baseball league’s Rockies team against the Cardinals on the morning of June 13 at Murphy Candler Park on West Nancy Creek Drive. “It was truthfully like a mourning in our home when the park called it off.” The family’s...

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Buckhead’s Piedmont Atlanta Hospital will permanently remove Civil War monument over Confederate tribute concerns

A Civil War monument praising the “valor” of both sides in the conflict will be permanently removed from Buckhead’s Piedmont Atlanta Hospital campus in the wake of renewed controversy nationwide over statues and other displays honoring the Confederacy. The monument was removed from the 1968 Peachtree Road campus in 2017 for construction on a new tower and other facilities. During a previous round of Confederate controversy that year, Piedmont Healthcare said the monument would be reinstalled once construction was complete this year. But the healthcare system now says the monument will not be coming back. “Piedmont Healthcare is listening...

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After latest police-involved killing in Atlanta, Black Lives Matter protesters march in Sandy Springs

After yet another controversial police killing of a black man — this time in Atlanta — about 30 protesters marched in Sandy Springs June 13 to condemn that incident and to call for local police funding to be shifted to social services. “We’re having a protest to march for black lives,” said organizer and Sandy Springs resident Tema, who declined to give her full name. The march went along Roswell Road, the city’s main street, from a Starbucks at the Plaza at City Springs shopping center to City Hall and back. The Starbucks was chosen because of the chain’s...

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Protest march sparked by private school students, alumni draws at least 1,000 to Buckhead

A massive protest march against racism and police brutality through Buckhead June 7 was led by current and former students of the neighborhood’s major private schools — and appears to have kicked off a long discussion of prejudice and diversity within them. “The message we sent to the people of Georgia today is a powerful one,” said Harrison Rodriguez, a recent Lovett School graduate and one of three brothers involved in organizing the “Buckhead4BlackLives” march, as he spoke to at least 1,000 protesters in front of the Governor’s Mansion on West Paces Ferry Road. Among the multitude of students...

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