Friday, October 18, 2019

The Heneghan's are voting for Lynn Deutsch, Stacey Harris and Heyward Wescott to lead the City of Dunwoody forward. #GaPol

Having the pleasure of serving on the Dunwoody City Council for the last 11 years has given me the unique experience of witnessing a behind the scenes view on those currently running for Mayor as well as opportunities to work closely with the various leaders in the community willing to run for the vacant city council positions. With this election the dynamics of the council will shift, elections have consequences and leadership matters. Vote wisely.

Every Dunwoody citizen will be able to vote for the city-wide elected seats as well as vote on an ethics referendum, which may sound positive on the surface but is really a wolf in sheep's clothing, therefore, I am recommending that you vote no. Finally, the polls are already open for early voting at the Dunwoody Library, Monday - Friday from 8:00 to 5:30 so skip the lines on November 5th and vote at your convenience at the library prior to November 1st.

Lynn Deutsch for Mayor of Dunwoody

I have been a huge fan of Lynn Deutsch for many years, going back to her service working with the DeKalb School System. In 2009, when staffing the first Planning Commission, which is the committee that sees all zoning applications prior to their arrival to the City Council. I nominated Lynn to be my Planning Commissioner as she was the most qualified and dedicated person I could find as she has bachelor's degrees in government and journalism as well as a master's degree in City Planning from Georgia Tech.

Eight years ago, when Lynn decided to run for City Council, I broke from my usually stoic stance of not endorsing any candidates in order to endorse her for City Council. At that time being responsible to assist in leading this city forward, I saw the need to recommend Lynn over her opponent and for just the second time in 11 years, I am again breaking from my shell to inform you that I believe Lynn Deutsch's vision of progressive change mirrors that of myself and that I along with Kristin will be voting for Lynn to be the next Mayor of Dunwoody.

Stacey Harris for City Council District 1

Kristin and I have known Stacey Harris for over 10 years - through kids' activities as well as involvement in numerous community organizations. Stacey and I have sat in countless meetings together both working to make a Dunwoody a better community. Whereas I have always been on the city council, Stacey has been involved with many volunteer boards, including her current position on the Zoning Board of Appeals. Her leadership with the Dunwoody Homeowners Association was instrumental in continuing great Dunwoody traditions such as Light Up Dunwoody and 4th of July parade, and she also collaborated with Red Bird Events and the city to begin Food Truck Thursdays.

We all have kids in Dunwoody schools, and we know Stacey will continue to advocate and collaborate with other groups to push for progress in our schools. As past President of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association, I also know Stacey has a common-sense approach to development in our city. We've seen her question land use attorneys and developers to ensure their plans are the best for the community.

Most importantly, we know Stacey is a leader in our community with a strong desire to actively contribute to making Dunwoody a better place to live and work. The main leadership qualities I see in Stacey after numerous meetings with her are her ability to collaborate with others, followed closely by her integrity, commitment and passion. Kristin and I have enjoyed a friendship with her and Jack for a decade and we look forward to working even closer together in the near future.

Heyward Wescott for City Council District 2

I have also known Heyward Wescott for over 10 years. I met him soon after I got on the Council and recognized he cared deeply about Dunwoody and cared how we were going to make our new city thrive. One of the reasons why I am supporting Heyward is that I have watched him be very engaged in our community for the past two decades. He served on his swim & tennis club board as President and helped them raise their renovated clubhouse. Lemonade Days didn't have a dunk tank until Heyward came along. He thought it would be a great opportunity to raise funds for the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, and he convinced all of the Council to sit in the tank on a very cold spring day. The event raised over $3,000 to help the Dunwoody Preservation Trust. He has always wanted every organization in our community to thrive. Heyward is a leader in the business community and he cares about Dunwoody in many ways that I do. He is very approachable and helps starts community dialog on important issues that affect our community.

This summer I reached out to Heyward because we have a Dunwoody Police officer that lives in Dunwoody with his family. I thought it would be a neat idea if our swim clubs could discount their memberships for officers that live in our community. The next time I heard back from Heyward, he had presented the idea to the Kingsley Racquet & Swim Club board. Not only did he take that idea and run with it, but they expanded on it too. They approved waving all initiation fees ($1,200) for all first responders and active military who live in the community. He also just recently help form the Dunwoody Police Foundation.

In closing ...

Dunwoody is now over 10 years old, and we've seen a lot of community growth therefore our vision of Dunwoody needs to also expand with the needs of that community. We need continued stable leadership on the Council to help make our community the best place to live and raise a family.

Lynn Deutsch is our choice for Mayor, and Stacey & Heyward would be great additions to the City Council, therefore Kristin and I will be voting for this block to ensure that well thought out, sustainable, progressive change happens.


John & Kristin Heneghan
Dunwoody North Subdivision

Early Voting Has Started!
Monday through Friday*
Dunwoody Library
8:00-5:30 PM

Through Nov 1st

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays sponsored by City Council candidate Heyward Wescott

Incredible offerings at Dunwoody Food Truck Thursday's this week!

Only two more weeks of Dunwoody Food Truck Thursdays!

This week the music sponsor is Dunwoody City Council candidate Heyward Wescott, there will be live music by 90's cover band Dial Up, great weather is scheduled, we have one of the best playgrounds in Atlanta including the stream which is still running, beer from Moondog Growlers and amazing food by these food trucks!
Please join us as those Lobster Rolls, aren't going to eat themselves!

Brook Run Park   Thursday, October 17, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

The Bento Bus
Blaxican Food Truck
On the Roll - Maine Lobster
King of Pops

Community Assistance Center to open a branch office & food pantry in Dunwoody

CAC to Open Branch Office in Dunwoody

CAC announces the opening of a new branch office in Dunwoody, GA. The office will be located at 5 Dunwoody Park #113, Dunwoody GA 30338 and is expected to open in November 2019.

CAC provides basic needs to prevent homelessness and hunger and promotes self-sufficiency. CAC’s new Dunwoody branch office will offer access to families who live in that area, particularly those with no car, to CAC services.  CAC expects to serve about 400 families a year at the new office.

CAC’s Dunwoody branch office location is just north of I-285 off N. Shallowford Rd.  The office is scheduled to be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. At the Dunwoody branch office CAC will:
  • Evaluate clients applying for assistance for basic needs; financial, food and clothing.
  • Register clients that qualify for seasonal programs: Adopt-a-Family, Tools for School, Summer Lunches for Kids.
  • Have a Client Choice Food Pantry on the premise.
  • Provide information on other CAC services such as adult education classes, the thrift shop and free tax return preparation.
CAC is seeking volunteers for Dunwoody branch office.  People interested in volunteering please contact CAC’s Volunteer Coordinator Nolan Feintuch at

This will be CAC’s second branch office. The first CAC branch office was opened in 2018 in south Sandy Springs at 120 Northwood Dr, Suite 234, Sandy Springs GA 30342.  CAC’s headquarters for assistance, adult education and the business office remains at 1130 Hightower Trail, Sandy Springs GA 30350. The CAC Food Pantry and Upscale Thrift Shop are located at 8607 Roswell Road, Sandy Springs GA 30350.

CAC serves neighbors in need in the cities of Sandy Springs and Dunwoody and the area served by Hightower Elementary School in Doraville.

Special Kudos to my friends and Dunwoody residents Anne Hicks & Dick Derrick as well as the other Board Members who made this dream a reality!

Dunwoody Community Tailgate announced for Saturday October 19 in the Village

Regency Centers, Marlow’s Tavern, Karen Cannon Realtors and Town Square Collaborative team up to present first Dunwoody Community Tailgate

Bring your favorite lawn chair or a blanket and join your neighbors for a free community tailgate featuring college football on the big screen at the tree lined lawn along the parkway outside Marlow’s Tavern and Karen Cannon Realtors. Presented by these businesses, Regency Centers and Town Square Collaborative, the first Dunwoody Community Tailgate will be held on October 19 from 1:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and will showcase college football on an outdoor big screen LCD TV. The featured game will be the University of Georgia against the Kentucky Wildcats (Time 6 p.m.), as well as other fan favorites based on the day’s broadcast schedule.

“We were looking for a way to partner with the community and to highlight this great greenspace right on Dunwoody Village Parkway,” said Andre Koleszar, Senior Vice President/Market Officer for Regency Centers. “Karen Cannon, Trey Beasley from Marlow’s Tavern, and Alan Mothner of Town Square Collaborative brought us this idea and we jumped on the chance to host what we hope will become a great, annual community event.”

There is no fee to enter the tailgate area and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis. Enjoy a special tailgate themed menu of items for purchase from Marlow’s Tavern or try samples from Marlow’s Big Green Egg. The outdoor tailgate bar will feature a special signature cocktail and craft beer from Athens own Creature Comforts Brewery. Challenge your friends and family to cornhole, giant Jenga, and other lawn games. An on-site DJ will keep the lawn hopping during commercial breaks and announce giveaways from Marlow’s Tavern, Creature Comforts Beer, and others throughout the day. Four Fat Cows hand crafted ice cream will also be on-site to keep fans cool and satisfy any sweet cravings.

Additional updates will be provided via the Facebook event page at

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Austin Elementary Redistricting meeting scheduled for Wednesday October 23rd at Dunwoody High


The purpose of this redistricting process will be to determine new attendance lines for Austin ES and to better balance student enrollment in the areas around the new school facility. In addition to Austin Elementary, the redistricting process could impact any (or all) of the Dunwoody Cluster Elementary Schools.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Austin ES Redistricting – Capacity History and Summary
Prototype Elementary School Capacity Report Analysis

Friday, October 11, 2019

Dunwoody City Council Meeting Agenda for Monday October 14th

Monday, October 14, 2019
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

 Agenda 5 p.m. - Special called meeting for personnel discussion (annual performance reviews?)

Agenda 6 p.m.

Administration of Oath of Office to Officers Alexander Cheung and Braden Johnson

Presentation of Awards to Officer of the Quarter, Kasey Martin and employee of the Quarter, Natasha Clark

Nomination and Approval of Candiss Howard as Associate Municipal Court Judge

Administration of Oath of Office to Associate Municipal Court Judge Candiss Howard (Justice David E. Nahmias)

2020 Operating and Capital Budgets

Funding Authorization for 1370 Center Drive Stormwater Repairs

Resolution of Commitment to Provide Local Matching Funds for Federal Funding Awarded to Transportation Projects

Approval of a Paving Contract for the Roberts Drive Corridor Improvements Project / North Peachtree Crosswalk on Mt. Vernon

Resolution Appointing the Sounding Board Members for the Comprehensive Plan 5-year Update

Adoption of Holiday Display Policy

SECOND READ: Adoption of Vulnerable Road User Ordinance

FIRST READ: Ordinance Authorizing Right of Way Adjustments on Perimeter Center Parkway and Hammond Drive and Right of Way Dedication for the Springwood Connector Constructed as Part of the StateFarm Park Center Development

FIRST READ: Ordinance Granting Permanent Sewer Easements for DeKalb County on City Property at 249 Perimeter Center Parkway

Discussion - DeKalb County Ambulance Service Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Discussion of Public Art

Dunwoody asks legal council, When is a sign a sign and could it be considered public art? Can art be regulated by calling it a sign?

If bogus signs were installed on Dunwoody streets, would they be illegal signage or could they be considered public art? When public art is installed but it looks like a sign, could it be confused for a sign and therefore subject to the sign ordinance?

The Dunwoody City Council is being petitioned by the Create Dunwoody group (Arts Council) to define the difference of art vs signage as the last attempt fell flat.  

Interesting true story from the past, back in 2012 I noticed several adopt a road signs around Dunwoody from DeKalb County honoring "Kramer" (from the Seinfeld tv show) and I wasn't sure if they were real or fiction? 

I didn't really care one way or another but as it turned out there once was a resident do gooder, filled out the application as Kramer to clean Mt. Vernon, did the work and got the sign.  That person moved away, stopped cleaning Mt. Vernon road and the sign came down.  When a newer sign popped up near the JCC at that time, I investigated and it was deemed unauthorized and even fraudulent (possible public art?).

Can you guess which sign above is not in Dunwoody?

The first sign from the left was newly installed in 2012 and was located just to the North of the JCC entrance on Tilly Mill; there was no permit attached to the back and the sign was removed as possibly being bogus.  The middle sign comes directly from the TV Show, Seinfeld where Kramer joins the “adopt a highway” program, but his methods are a little unorthodox.  The third sign was located on Mount Vernon, East of Chamblee Dunwoody Rd across from the Dunwoody Farmhouse and it had a permit sticker identifying it was authorized and installed in September 2008.  Though one time legal the adopted parent of the road had moved away, therefore the sign was removed.

The Create Dunwoody group wants to start doing murals and art installations and needs some clarification and hopefully, we can do that soon.

Join us Saturday morning for Dunwoody Volunteer Day

Join us Saturday, October 12 for the city’s annual Volunteer Day! Help keep Dunwoody beautiful by planting trees along the Dunwoody Trailway, cleaning up the Brook Run Park greenhouse, contributing to a rock painting art installation or helping with general park and sign cleanup at Brook Run Park! Activities are appropriate for ages 3+.

You can register in advance here:

Walk-up registration will be available the morning of the event.

R.I.P. Chris Holland of Dunwoody, GA

Chris was a friend of mine and a devoted father to two fifteen-year-old Dunwoody High School girls (lovingly refered by Chris as Frick & Frack) who could usually be found supporting Sarah & Ella in thier soccer endevors, be it on the Dunwoody High School Girls team or other soccer fields. 
He will be missed by all who knew him.

William Christopher “Chris” Holland of Dunwoody, GA passed away on October 8, 2019 at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City. A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00pm on Monday, October 14 at Crowell Brothers Funeral Home, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA. Visitation will follow from 2:30 – 5:00pm.

Chris was born January 28, 1971 in Raleigh, NC to William and Janet (Harris) Holland. The family moved to Dunwoody, GA in 1985, where Chris remained. For the past 34 years Chris has been an integral part of the community where he grew up, married, raised his children and owned a successful landscaping business. He was a fan of the classics: cars, music and movies. 

Chris was a devoted husband, friend, son and brother. The role of father, however, was his greatest joy. On any given day Chris could be found on the sidelines of a soccer field supporting his girls. While his physical presence will be missed every day, we know that Chris will always be cheering the loudest. 

Chris is survived by his wife of 19 years, Jennifer (Streeter) Holland and their two 15-year-old daughters, Sarah and Ella Holland. He is also survived by his parents Janet and Bill Holland of Pendergrass, GA, grandfather, Emmett Harris of Chatham, VA, brother, Jon Holland (and wife Adrienne) of Suwanee, GA, and sister, Allison Holland of Duluth, GA. 

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association at, the Duke Health System at or Emory University Cardiology Center by emailing Online condolences may be expressed at Arrangements entrusted to Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA, 30092.