Category: Slideshow

Community Survey: Should we change the school calendar?

Don’t mess with the school calendar. That was the message from respondents to the Reporter Newspapers’ latest community survey when asked about the possibility of year-round school and how best to handle snow days. The survey was conducted by via cellphones to 200 residents in Reporter Newspapers communities. The results are not scientific. Strong responses came from one simple question: Should metro Atlanta students go to school year-round, with shorter breaks spread through the year, rather than employ a school calendar with a long summer break? “No,” a 32-year-old Atlanta man replied. “That is balderdash.” Many agreed with...

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Lenox Square parking spaces transformed as part of annual PARK(ing) Day

A section of Lenox Square’s parking lot was transformed into an interactive and green event on Sept. 14 with various groups and businesses reimagining parking spaces as more than a place for a vehicle as part of the annual PARK(ing) Day event. “The whole concept is, if we didn’t have all this automobile infrastructure, what do we want to do with the space?” Denise Starling, executive director of Livable Buckhead, which organizes the event. PARK(ing) Day is a national event that began in San Francisco in 2005, when a local design firm rented a metered parking spot and created...

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Monumental Brookhaven border signs going up on major roads

Motorists entering Brookhaven on its major roads will soon be greeted by towering gateway monument signs that mark the city’s borders. Construction began last month of the 20-foot-tall stacked stone signs on Johnson Ferry Road, Windsor Parkway and Ashford-Dunwoody Road. The signs are slated to be finished this month. The gateway signs include the Brookhaven city seal and interchangeable banners that can promote special events, such as the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. “We are proud of our city and want everyone to know when they are entering Brookhaven,” said City Manager Christian Sigman in a prepared statement. “These gateway...

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The virtual world moves into the classroom

The first thing that strikes you is that you’re standing in mid-air, floating hundreds of feet above the towering buildings of a city. It takes your breath. Then you start to focus on the details. The city is New York. Familiar buildings and landmarks spread out around you as you glance about the city far below. New views and different buildings appear as you move your head or turn about. After a few minutes, the scene changes and you’re suspended high above London. Then Paris. Then other cities located around the world. You’re immersed in a high-flying tour of...

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Local moviemaker attracts stars to ‘inspirational’ stories

Harrison Powell loves romantic comedies — films like “Father of the Bride,” “50 First Dates.” “I’m the one that cries in those movies,” he says. But the 31-year-old Sandy Springs resident doesn’t just reach for the box of Kleenex. He also pulled out his wallet — or at least those of fellow investors in the companies Giving Films and Astute Films — getting into the moviemaking business himself. Now he’s producing a rom-com — as they call it in Hollywood lingo — that’s filming in metro Atlanta and starring Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn and “Godfather” icon James Caan. “Welcome to...

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New ball fields draw crowds, but can locals play?

The two new Dunwoody Senior Baseball fields are busy with league and tournament play, but some City Council members are questioning their openness to general public use. The ball fields, owned by the city and managed by DSB, opened earlier this year. DSB President Jerry Weiner gave the mayor and City Council an update on the new fields at the Aug. 27 council meeting, saying the fields have attracted national attention from leagues throughout the Southeast. For example, Perfect Game USA, an amateur baseball league based in Iowa that boasts on its website it is “the world’s largest baseball...

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Around Town: Cheers to the geeks at Battle and Brew

It’s a bar, but it’s no Cheers. Battle and Brew doesn’t look a thing like that cozy neighborhood tavern made famous on TV. Battle and Brew is a place where patrons go to interact with TVs. “In 1983, bars were like Cheers,” Battle and Brew’s general manager Nate Sanders said. “In 2018, a bar can mean a lot of things.” So, how does he describe the place he runs, which is tucked into the Parkside Shops shopping center on Roswell Road in Sandy Springs? “We’re a geek bar,” Sanders said. In other words, it’s designed to attract folks who...

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Special exhibits mark 50 years of teaching art in Chastain Park

Fifty years ago, a former almshouse in Chastain Park transformed into a center where people of any age and skill level could learn how to make art. Now the Chastain Arts Center and Gallery is celebrating its golden anniversary with special exhibits while continuing to teach painting, jewelry-making, pottery-firing and more. It’s Atlanta’s oldest community arts center, according to the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “This place has a special atmosphere,” said Karen Lowe, the facility manager and curator at the 135 West Wieuca Road N.W. arts center since 2010. “Students come here to begin art and to continue...

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Community Survey: Reacting to crime fears

With theft on the uptick in some local communities, concerns about crime have convinced some of us to change our ways. Nearly half of the 200 respondents to a survey of residents of Reporter Newspapers communities reported they were doing something different in their daily lives because of their concerns about crime. About an equal number said they haven’t changed their behavior because of fear of crime. Those who said they had made modifications to avoid becoming crime victims listed changes ranging from adding or expanding home security systems to being more careful about locking their cars, to just...

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Blue Heron Nature Preserve opens solar-powered research center

Blue Heron Nature Preserve has opened a new solar-powered research center — including beehives, an amphibian farm and more — tucked away between houses on Land O’ Lakes Road. Blue Heron plans to have the organizations housed at the preserve use the property to work on various research projects, including bird surveying by Atlanta Audubon and amphibian breeding by the Amphibian Foundation. The preserve celebrated the opening at an Aug. 11 event. Ten solar panels will be used to power the facility. The panels were donated by several solar companies and volunteers will install them in the coming months...

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New Sandy Springs park quietly opens on Windsor Parkway

The city of Sandy Springs’ newest park quietly opened on Windsor Parkway in recent weeks, though some finishing touches are still on the way. Windsor Meadows Park, at Windsor Parkway and Northland Drive along Nancy Creek, is a 4-acre neighborhood park intended for passive use. It has a short loop trail, a lawn, some seats and a swing. The park does not yet have a sign. A few of those touches are coming and a ribbon-cutting will be held at some point, according to a city spokesperson. The park is the site where three houses were destroyed in a...

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