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Brookhaven couple searches for Hoopidoopi, a pet parrot who fled the nest

Hoopidoopi, a bright red parrot, escaped her Brookhaven home nearly six weeks ago, flying out a garage door left open to air out a smoky kitchen. Since that day, her owners, who call themselves her mom and dad, have been frantic, but hopeful, that she will find her way home. She’s been spotted in trees along Nancy Creek, standing atop the Marist School monument sign, flying over Ashford-Dunwoody Road and was even believed to have been screeching outside a Buckhead homeowner’s window. Frances Rodriguez and her partner, David Pendergraft, have lived in the Mill Creek community between Peachtree-Dunwoody Road...

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Photos: Chastain Park Arts Festival draws Buckhead crowds

A little rain couldn’t stop the Chastain Park Spring Arts and Craft Festival from drawing Buckhead crowds on May 11 and 12. The festival will return with its fall edition on Nov. 2 and 3. Photos by Phil Mosier. From left, sisters Lena and Elise Pierre, ages 4 and 7, call for visitors to buy baked goods as a fundraiser for the new pediatric facility at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The rain didn’t stop the Rose family from enjoying the festival, as dad Greg held the umbrella for daughter Landyn, 5, as she got a ride from mom Molly....

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Photos: Dunwoody Art Festival a Mother’s Day tradition

The annual Dunwoody Art Festival held May 11-12 is a Mother’s Day tradition and attracts hundreds of art and festival lovers to the Dunwoody Village area each year. Cloudy skies and some rain did not keep away the crowds over the weekend for the event that included live music, a children’s play area and, of course, plenty of vendors selling arts and crafts. Also, live parrots were on hand for children to meet and hold. Photos by Phil Mosier....

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Buckhead’s Onward Reserve shows how brick-and-mortar retail still works

They say it’s a tough time for brick-and-mortar retail, and a trip through Buckhead shows some of the proof, as the old Belk department store at Phipps Plaza comes down brick by mortared brick for an office-and-hotel makeover. But keep on traveling through Buckhead Village and you’ll find a locally based men’s apparel retailer that’s beating the odds. Onward Reserve, headquartered above its shop at 3072 Early St., has blossomed into an 11-stores-and-growing Southeast chain that just bought a new HQ on a future Buckhead segment of the Atlanta BeltLine. Owner and founder T.J. Callaway, who also lives in...

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The local couple who brings MomoCon’s world of anime, gaming and more to town

She originally had planned to become a neurosurgeon. He studied computer science, but had designs on being a video-game developer. What Jessica Merriman and Chris Stuckey had in common, though, was their affinity for anime, the Japanese style of animation that caught fire in the U.S. in the 1990s. Fifteen years ago, they were members of Anime O-Tekku, the anime club at Georgia Tech — “a bunch of nerds,” Merriman says — with whom they happily claimed affiliation. Out of that club of a few dozen enthusiasts came a convention, MomoCon, in 2005. The event now brings more than...

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Around Town: A local historian uses new tech to make ancient connections

John Beach clicked a few keys and one of several computer screens on the desk in the library of his Paces Ferry home displayed a map covered with scribbled words highlighted in magenta. The scrawl covered the screen like graffiti on a city wall. The brightly colored words marked locations where nearly two centuries ago surveyors had spotted significant trees when laying out land lots in Buckhead. Beach’s computer laid the locations of the trees over a modern map of the area. As the 64-year-old Beach sees it, this combination of old and new maps can be the start...

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Photos: Brookhaven’s annual Lynwood Park Community Day honors community’s history

Lynwood Park Community Day was held May 4 in Brookhaven, an annual tradition that brings together current and former residents of the historic African American community. The event includes a parade, food and vendor booths. Lynwood Park is located on Osborne Road and was once the site of the Lynwood Park Elementary and High School. The school was desegregated in 1968. The former school building is now the Lynwood Park Recreation Center. Photos by Phil Mosier....

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Buckhead’s new Fire Station No. 3 is ready for duty

The new Atlanta Fire Rescue Department Station No. 3 opened in November in its unusual spot beneath the Phipps Plaza mall parking deck. The former version of the station, located under a different part of the same parking structure, opened in 1993, but was aging and moved as part of a major makeover of the mall that is still underway. The original Station 3 project was led by Capt. Dennis Ham, who is honored with a statue that stands outside the new station as well. Photos by Phil Mosier. The new Fire Station No. 3. An engine is ready...

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City Springs theater group prepares for another season of packed houses

As the City Springs Theatre Company prepares the final shows of its inaugural season, it’s also prepping for what it expects to be another season of packed shows as it tries to keep up with the enthusiasm and demand from the community. The theater company survived major leadership changes at City Springs, Sandy Springs’ civic center, and has succeeded in implementing one of the complex’s key initiatives – educational programming. “I’ve been involved in nonprofit theater for 33 years now. I have never, ever in my career seen anything like the level of support and desire for musical theater,”...

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Sandy Springs homeowners criticize roundabout threatening 1927 building

Residents near the intersection of Mount Paran and Powers Ferry roads have rallied against a roundabout expected to be built early next year. They argue the roundabout will mostly help commuters while negatively affecting their properties, including requiring demolition of a nearly century-old building once used as a country store. “We’d like Sandy Springs to make a priority of residential neighborhoods and not make it a bypass for commuters,” said Aaron Gill, a homeowner at the intersection. The start of the project is quickly approaching, with utility relocation expected to begin in the fall and construction by spring 2020....

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The PCIDs marks 20 years of shaping Perimeter Center

After 20 years of a population boom, increasingly jammed highways and skyscraper-sprouting mega-developments, it may sound quaint that people worried about Perimeter Mall traffic way back in 1999. But the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, the self-taxing groups of business property owners that formed out of those concerns, are among the reasons the local boom has happened and why the traffic isn’t even worse. If you go to Perimeter Center today, you may well get there via one of the big projects the PCIDs pushed – like the Hammond Drive ramps on Ga. 400 or the Ashford-Dunwoody Road diverging diamond...

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Emory unveils $1B plan to remake Executive Park as ‘health innovation district’

Emory University has revealed its $1 billion plan for Executive Park, a “live-work-play health innovation district” that includes a hospital, a hotel, multifamily housing and medical and office space. The 60-acre plan will take 15 years to build, but construction of an orthopedic center could start this year, Emory says. Residents of Lavista Park, a neighborhood adjacent to Executive Park, are seeking to be annexed into Brookhaven possibly as soon as this year, in part because they want to have a say in the development. “It’s critical we have a say because this comes into our neighborhood,” said Michael...

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