MARTA - 35th Anniversary

Brook Run dog park redesign in the works

Dogs gather at the Brook Run dog park. The location of the park is up for debate as its proximity to a neighborhood is disruptive for some Dunwoody residents. Photo provided by Brook Run Dog Park Association

The saga of the Brook Run dog park continues. Originally due to be voted on June 24–will it stay or will it go?–the location of the dog park at Brook Run Park in Dunwoody is still under discussion. “We haven’t made any determination of where the park is going to go,” said Brent Walker, parks […]

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OPINION: Keeping options open


There’s a message we need to convey to our young people about the importance of keeping their options in life open. I recently read in The Wall Street Journal that two-thirds of America’s youth don’t qualify for military service due to a variety of physical, behavioral or educational deficiencies. Obesity, tattoos and those gaping holes […]

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Peachtree-Dunwoody house celebrates 20 years of helping families in need

Beth Howell is the president and CEO of Atlanta-area Ronald McDonald House Charities. The Peachtree-Dunwoody house has served patients on the border of DeKalb County for 20 years.

With three children’s hospitals in the metro area, Atlanta is a hub for people seeking answers to their children’s complex medical problems. But when a child is sick, some things can fall by the wayside–such as securing a long-term rental, cooking a hot meal or showering. That’s where the Ronald McDonald House Charities step in. […]

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OPINION: Righting the score on common core


“We’re very alarmed about choice and local control over curriculum being taken away from our parents and our educators,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) at a June 18 news conference announcing that he plans to reverse Louisiana’s adoption of the Common Core Education Standards. With all due respects, Gov. Jindal, facts are facts. The Common Core […]

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Code enforcement officer goes the distance

Code compliance officer Tom LaPenna recently drove to Savannah to hand-deliver a citation to a negligent property owner. Photo provided

Tom LaPenna, a Dunwoody code compliance officer, said he was just doing his job when he drove to Savannah, citation in hand, for an unresponsive homeowner whose property was deteriorating.After moving to Dunwoody, LaPenna left his previous line of work in building inspection and applied on advice from an acquaintance for the new code enforcement […]

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Chamblee millage rate remains at 6.4 mills

Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson said that, while he is happy not to have increased the millage rate, he would have preferred a decrease. Photo by Lauren Ramsdell

At a called meeting June 30, the Chamblee City Council unanimously approved a millage rate of 6.4, the same rate as the previous year. Mayor Eric Clarkson said he would have preferred a millage rate decrease, but with the 2013 annexation of Dresden East Civic Association (DECA) neighborhoods, the need for service in that area […]

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CRCT scores improve in four out of five subject areas

Teacher with student

Test scores improved for four out of five content areas examined by the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT) for students in third through eighth grades, according to a release from the DeKalb County School District. The scores were aggregated from results in all grades to produce an overall proficiency percentage. The results: • Reading – increased […]

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Georgia natives ‘adding something new to the South’s beer landscape’

Nick Purdy says he liked Eric Johnson’s beer so much he “had to turn it into a business.”

Nick Purdy said that although he and Eric Johnson have been friends for more than 20 years, they have never lived in the same city. One of the pleasures of visiting his friend, Purdy said, was always sampling Johnson’s homebrewed beers. “I’ve never been content to be a fan of something I really love—I have […]

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