Sunday, August 19, 2018

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

BSA Troop 477 to Host Open House events for Prospective Scouts

If you know a boy who enjoys outdoor adventures with friends and acquiring fun skills, Boy Scout Troop 477 is the place for him.  

Troop 477 is having two “open house” events for interested boys:

1. Climbing at Stone Summit on August 25, 6:00 to 10:00pm. Dinner provided and we’ll have the place to ourselves after 8:00pm. Cost is $25.

2. Braves game the evening of September 15. The Scouts of Troop 477 will lead the crowd in the pledge of allegiance from the field. General Admission Ticket is $10, plus food/drink.  

In addition, visitors are welcome every Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:45pm when the Troop meets at its Scout Hut (which is accessible from the Kingswood United Methodist Church parking area near the gym).

About Boy Scout Troop 477

Every Tuesday at 7:30pm, Troop 477 meets at Kingswood United Methodist Church Scout Hut located at 5015 Tilly Mill Road Dunwoody, Georgia 30338.

BSA's Boy Scouts program is available to every young man age 11 through 17 and enables them to develop moral character traits and leadership capability. Scouting helps encourages boys to be active outdoors as they develop into a well-rounded young men. Troop 477 encourages its scouts to have meaningful interactions by:
  • Offering positive, safe learning environment, where experienced Scouts lead younger scouts in teamwork and operate an organization with 20+ positions.
  • Camping opportunities with 25+ days of fun outdoor activities per year!
  • Serving our community with over 1,000 hours of service in the last 3 years.
  • Supportive adults apply over 250 years of combined Scouting experience.
  • Learning life skills for future success, we emphasize the National Youth Leadership Training program. Our youth are prepared to operate Troop 477.
  • Achieving the Eagle Scout rank, with 23 Scouts earning Eagle since 2015!
Are you ready for your son to have the adventure of a lifetime?

Please contact our Scoutmaster, Barry Deutsch at to be contacted personally and receive more information.

Dunwoody's Eric Letbetter needs a little help to push someone across the line at the Marine Corps Marathon @WalkingwithKP @Marine_Marathon #togetherwewheel
Where There's a Wheel, There's a Way

We all live extremely busy lives with the pressures of everyday life all around us, yet I see examples charity and love from people all around me who are willing to do more for those who have extreme struggles or are less fortunate.   Eric Letbetter is one of those people willing to do more and this is his story therefore I thought it and the Atlanta based Kyle Pease Foundation stories needed to be told.  

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Dunwoody Butterfly Festival is Today - a don't miss children's event!

25th Annual Butterfly Festival
Saturday, August 11th
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Address: 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody, Georgia 30338
The Dunwoody Nature Center's annual Butterfly Festival is Saturday, August 11th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This year’s festival will take place on the 22-acre campus of the Nature Center and will again feature three butterfly tents that will enable guests to have a longer, less crowded experience surrounded by hundreds of live butterflies in each tent. In addition to the three butterfly tents, guests will be entertained all day with games, crafts, animal encounters and discovery stations throughout the park. Guests can participate in a nature scavenger hunt and find hidden treasures within Dunwoody Park; get their faces painted like a butterfly; and enjoy live music, a birds of prey show, and other entertainment all day long. On-site concessions will ensure guests stay well-fed, and the festival’s signature “larval lemonade,” along with other ice cold treats, will keep everyone happy and cool during the day.
Tickets the day of the festival are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Capacity for the butterfly tents is limited and once all of the entry times for the tents are allotted, admission will be for the festival grounds only.
Off-site shuttle service will be regularly available throughout the day to bring guests to the park; and staggered, timed entry to the butterfly tent will keep lines moving. As always, this year’s festival will also feature a special sneak preview and early admission for members only beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday August 13th

Monday, August 13th
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Presentation of 2017 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

Recognition of Dunwoody Police Department Officer and Employee of the 2nd Quarter

Presentation of YTD Financial Report as of 6-30-2018

SECOND READ: Text Amendment to Chapter 2: Planning Commission

Approval of Intergovernmental Agreement with Peachtree Corners for Dunwoody Club Sidewalk Construction

Funding Approval for Dunwoody Club Sidewalk Construction from Whitney Landing to Winters Chapel Road

Funding Approval for Stormwater Repairs at 1180 Wynterhall Lane,  1575 Womack Road, and 5015 Chestnut Forest Lane

Update on 2019 Budget Process & Pike Memo of July 23

Revised City Co-Sponsorship Rules and Guidelines

2018 Facility Improvement Partnership Program Awards

Friday, August 10, 2018

Dunwoody - Walk with a Doc in Brook Run Park - Saturday 9 am

The City of Dunwoody and program partner Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital are providing community members with a chance to take active steps toward better health through the new Walk with a Doc program.

The FREE Walk with a Doc event takes place on the SECOND SATURDAY of each month at Brook Run Park (4770 N. Peachtree Rd, Dunwoody) on the front field, opposite the playground from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Pre-registration is not required.

The program is focused on getting participants active in a Dunwoody park while conferring with a healthcare professional host who can provide support to walkers and answer questions during the walk. Healthy snacks, coffee and blood pressure checks are also a standard part of Dunwoody’s Walk with a Doc walking program.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Dunwoody residents requested to make an investment that will impact generations - please help if you are able.

I was at Dunwoody High School on Tuesday Night at 8 pm to pick up my 7th grader who had football practice with the Dunwoody Junior Wildcats and whom do I see working long after the Varsity team had gone home but Head Football Coach Mike Nash; there he was organizing a shed now being used by more sports teams than ever anticipated.  We chatted for awhile about football but the conversation quickly turned to school system and the dire needs of the Dunwoody High School Sports facilities due to overcrowding.

He explained that Dunwoody High is bursting from the seams with more and more students and though new trailers are being brought in and someday class rooms might be built, the sports fields and facilities are not expanding therefore all programs are suffering.   My friend and neighbor Carol Gaultney submitted a letter to The Crier this week that is worth reading and I fully agree that the goal of having a lit multi-use field at Dunwoody High School is now a necessity for the students to maximize field use therefore the ask is for all Dunwoody area residents to assist in funding this amenity if you are able.

Kristin & I made our donation and I hope you would join us.  Thanks.

August 5, 2018

I write this on Back-to-School eve for DeKalb County students.
Dunwoody High School needs the help of our community.  Last week I saw a Facebook post and was reminded again today in the PTSO email of the need to better DHS’ multi-use sports (track & field, football, girls & boys lacrosse, boys & girls soccer and marching band) field. If you haven’t seen the recent improvements behind the school, you should take a look. The track looks great and beautiful bleachers have been added. Through successful fundraising of hundreds of thousand dollars through DHS’ Game On campaign, these additions and more were paid for by Dunwoody families and very generous contributors. The improvements are exciting to say the least in a school system that doesn’t fund the improvement of sports fields.

The ultimate plan for the multi-use field calls for the installation of neighborhood friendly LED lights. With the addition of the lights, extra practice time can accommodate: DHS sports practice space without requiring teams to find other practice sites off campus; some home JV football, soccer and lacrosse games can be held at the typical early evening time and not called for darkness or moved to the very large and expensive North DeKalb Stadium. Dunwoody High School will become one of the few –if not only- public high school in DeKalb that has their very own lighted field!
An existing quote for the expense of lighting the field expires at the beginning of September. Currently funds have been raised for all but 25% of the lighting expense equaling $80,000. The timing is not great to ask for money, we all know that back-to-school means all sorts of surprise expenses for families, but I would like to call on the citizens of our great little city to help. If we all give a little, we can collectively raise a lot!

The lighting project potentially benefits every child in the city of Dunwoody. At some point in their life whether they attend Dunwoody High School or not, they could find themselves at an activity on the field. It could be as a DHS fan or athlete playing one of the sports mentioned before, a sports camp, rec team practice, marching band event, or as a fan /member of an opposing team. With lighting, possibilities are open to approved community events when the field is not in use.
According to Wikipedia there are 6000 family dwellings in Dunwoody. If even half of those families were to give a minimum of $30 to the lighting fund, the goal of $80,000 would be easily obtained. If you live in Dunwoody, you have a stake in the high school community; the more desirable our high school is the higher property values will climb!
  • If you are a Dunwoody HS family, please eek $30 out of your budget over the next month and give to this need.
  • If you have pre-school to middle age students that will attend DHS one day, please, invest in the future of the DHS by giving $30.
  • If your child attends private school, if you are an empty nester, or don’t have children please don’t pass on this opportunity to boost your local high school and make it shine…the small investment of $30 could help grow your neighborhood property values.
You can donate by visiting and search for ‘Dunwoody High Athletic Lighting’. Funds need to be raised by September 5, less than a month.
Thanks much for taking time to listen,
Carol Gaultney

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

What do you envision for the Dunwoody Village area? Please take the Dunwoody Village Overlay Survey to have your voice heard.

The City of Dunwoody is conducting a survey on the Dunwoody Village Overlay to get input on the future of this area. The survey can be taken anytime online through the end of the day Sunday, August 19th. Results of the survey will be presented at a community meeting taking place on Saturday, August 25th where participants may come and go any time between 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Vintage Pizzeria in the Shops of Dunwoody (5510 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338.) This input will be included in the presentation delivered at an upcoming City Council meeting.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Foodstock 2018 - Dunwoody please register the family to wear a silly hair net and help feed thousands of people!

I have participated in numerous Stop Hunger Now events in various Dunwoody churches and it is always a rewarding family event that fosters teamwork and shares the joy of working together for a great cause with your fellow participants (including your children).   Dunwoody United Methodist Church will be hosting a huge community event on Saturday whereby 300,000 meals will be assembled over a 10 hour period and they need more community volunteers to sign up.   Please note: The Dunwoody Butterfly Festival is also taking place on Saturday from 10 am till 4 pm so please find time for both events if you can.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Brookhaven & Dunwoody Police host National Night Out - Kid Friendly event at Perimeter Mall - Tuesday Aug 7th 6 to 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, the Brookhaven Police Department and the Dunwoody Police Department will host the 35th Annual National Night Out (NNO) event. This community event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Perimeter Mall, located at 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road in Dunwoody.

Sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

This year, the two hosting Police Departments will have patrol cars, SWAT vehicles and other specialty vehicles on display. The DeKalb County Fire/Rescue Department will also have fire trucks and other pieces of equipment on display. Police Officers, Fire/Rescue personnel and ChatComm 9-1-1 personnel will be on hand to answer any questions related to vehicles, personnel or public safety operations.

In addition to public safety organizations, many local businesses and community groups will have display booths set up. Music and entertainment will be provided, along with free food and drinks donated by many local stores and members of the community.

For more information about the 2018 National Night Out event, please contact the Dunwoody Police Department’s Community Outreach Officer, Mark Stevens, at 678.382.6917 or at

Monday is the first day of school in Dunwoody so please excercise great patience for all involved.

Monday is the first day of school for the DeKalb County School System, therefore for hundreds of Children this will be their first day of a new school and for their Parents, it will be a right of passage that will be documented with photos and maybe a tear.  Please take it slow & easy on the roads this week and above all please be patient & kind for those experiencing this special first week of school.

Elementary school starts about 7:30 so please don't be passing Chesnut on North Peachtree, Austin on Roberts or Dunwoody Elementary on Womack around this time unless you really have to!

Peachtree Middle School starts about 8:30 so again stay away from North Peachtree around this time if you can help it.

Dunwoody High starts at 8:00 am, so it is expected that Vermack and Womack will be a nightmare at 7:30.   PS - If your Sophomore or Junior plans on driving, please have them explore parking at St. Lukes on Mt. Vernon by picking up an application in the office.

I am guessing the Dunwoody Police will be out in force for the start of school, so please keep it slow and obey the traffic/parking regulations.


Tips for Motorists

  • Be alert for school speed zones and obey the posted speed limits.
  • Watch for school buses. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm indicate the school bus is stopping to load or unload children. State law requires you to stop.
  • Keep an eye out for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks.
  • Be alert for children playing and gathering near bus stops, as well as those who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.
  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or riding a bicycle.
  • When driving in neighborhoods or school zones, watch for young people who may be in a hurry to get to school and may not be thinking about getting there safely.
  • Leave early enough to not be passing an elementary school near the starting time of 7:30 / 7:45; the students need to be there then - you do not.

Tips for Parents

  • Be a good role model. Always buckle up in the car, always wear a helmet when biking, and always follow pedestrian safety rules. DO NOT text or talk on the phone while driving.
  • Supervise young children as they are walking to school, biking to school or as they wait at the school bus stop.
  • Have your children wear bright clothing so motorists can easily see them.
  • Make sure your child is properly buckled up in a weight-appropriate child safety seat in the back seat.
  • Make sure that your teenage driver understands and obeys all state traffic laws.
  • Allow lots of extra time the first several weeks of school as everyone is learning a new routine.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Free Movie night in Dunwoody - Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Saturday July 28th 7:30 pm at Pernoshal Park hosted by B98.5 FM

Saturday July 28 - 7:30 pm
Dunwoody's Pernoshal Park

4575 N. Shallowford Road
Dunwoody, Georgia
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

This FREE annual movie series put on by B98.5 FM is presented by LGE Community Credit Union, MetroPCS, and LOUD Security Systems and takes place in a different Metro Atlanta city every Saturday night from June through August. On Saturday, July 28th the event will be coming to Dunwoody’s own Pernoshal Park!
Bring the family, a blanket or chair to relax under the stars and enjoy ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ on a giant 45’ screen. All movies are open to the public and begin at dusk. Arrive early for fun games, vendors and awesome prizes! Vendors will be available until halfway through each film, but feel free to bring your picnic baskets and coolers. Please mind local ordinances/rules regarding open containers and glassware.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Magic with Ken Scott at the Dunwoody Library - Monday July 30th, 1:00 p.m. - Free Show

Magic with Ken Scott
Dunwoody Library
Monday July 30th
1:00 p.m.

Parents if you are looking for some outstanding entertainment on Monday, mark your calender's and be sure to get to the Dunwoody Library early as this will be a sell out event.

Be amazed by Ken Scott and his hilarious and educational magic show. He's won the Great Atlanta Magician of the Year award three times!

Groups of 5 or more, please call branch for appointment. Open to first 100 participants. Funding provided by the Friends of the Dunwoody Library.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Dunwoody Community Bingo offers free meal and great bingo play. Thursday @ All Saints - doors open at 6:30.

All Saints Catholic Church
2443 Mt Vernon Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Doors open 6:30pm & games start 7:30pm.

$15 buys 9 cards for 10 games. 90 chances to win. Drawings, 50/50 raffle, and Nona’s Famous Italian Sausage, Peppers & Onions. Open to the community.

Enjoy a homemade, Italian meal made from generations-old recipes. Everything is COMPLIMENTARY, except the beer and wine, which are $2.00 per glass. Other complimentary items include soft drinks, water, snacks and desserts.

All money raised benefits All Saints Knights of Columbus Charities:
  • I-Care: $2000
  • Sophia Academy: $1500
  • People Making Progress $500
  • P’tree Presbyterian Pre-school $250
  • (Disabled children)
  • Sack lunches for 10 nights at Central Night Shelter $1000.
  • Touchdown Club Scholarship $1000
  • All Saints Life Teens $250
  • American Cancer Society $500

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tickets now on sale - 25th Annual Butterfly Festival: August 11th, 10am at the Dunwoody Nature Center

The butterfly tent times are limited - advise buying slots early!

Saturday, August 11th

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Special MEMBER ONLY Preview at 9:00 AM

Pre-purchase Tickets: Adults $8, ages 4-12 $4, ages 3 and under free

Day of Tickets: Adults $10, ages 4-12 $5, ages 3 and under free

Purchase Tickets Here

Address: 5343 Roberts Drive, Dunwoody, Georgia 30338
The Dunwoody Nature Center's annual Butterfly Festival is Saturday, August 11th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. This year’s festival will take place on the 22-acre campus of the Nature Center and will again feature three butterfly tents that will enable guests to have a longer, less crowded experience surrounded by hundreds of live butterflies in each tent. In addition to the three butterfly tents, guests will be entertained all day with games, crafts, animal encounters and discovery stations throughout the park. Guests can participate in a nature scavenger hunt and find hidden treasures within Dunwoody Park; get their faces painted like a butterfly; and enjoy live music, a birds of prey show, and other entertainment all day long. On-site concessions will ensure guests stay well-fed, and the festival’s signature “larval lemonade,” along with other ice cold treats, will keep everyone happy and cool during the day.
Because of the popularity of the festival, it is highly recommended that visitors pre-purchase timed entry admission to the butterfly tents via the Nature Center’s website at Pre-purchasing timed entry tickets (available now) is the only way to guarantee a convenient time for butterfly tent entry, AND guests will save on their tickets in the process. Pre-purchase admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4-12, and free to children ages 3 and under. Tickets the day of the festival are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Capacity for the butterfly tents is limited and once all of the entry times for the tents are allotted, admission will be for the festival grounds only.
Off-site shuttle service will be regularly available throughout the day to bring guests to the park; and staggered, timed entry to the butterfly tent will keep lines moving. As always, this year’s festival will also feature a special sneak preview and early admission for members only beginning at 9:00 a.m. 

Fabulous Irish Music every Wednesday Night at O'Brian's Tavern in Dunwoody - 8 p.m.

This is a repost but still valid - every Wednesday at 8 pm a large group of musicians gather together in the back corner of O'Brian's Tavern to play a little Irish music.  The night I was there, there were 15 musicians huddled in the corner of the pub where the sounds of jigs & reels filled the air to where you would think that there was an Irish Orchestra playing for just you.    If you haven't eaten the fine fare at the Tavern, I believe most would give it high marks as it is much more than typical pub food, check the menu for yourself and then come out, grab a table and enjoy your evening.

O'Brians Tavern
2486 Mount Vernon Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday July 23rd

Monday, July 23rd
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Administration of Oath of Office to Officer Olajide Yakubu

Presentation Regarding Private Fire Hydrants (DeKalb County Fire Chief Joseph Cox)

Update- HB-930 Atlanta Transit Link

Presentation of Distinguished Budget Award

Text Amendment to Chapter 16 re: Trees.

Amendment to Chapter 4 (Alcoholic Beverages) re: Sunday Brunch Bill.

Resolution Appointing Ericka Harris to be a member to serve on the Planning Commission.

SECOND READ: Text Amendment to the PC-2 District (Chapter 27).

Brook Run Park Phase I Construction

FIRST READ: Text Amendment to Chapter 2 re: Planning Commission.

Founding Dunwoody City Council Member, Adrian Bonser passes away after long struggle with cancer.

Adrian Gendell Bonser DDS, 60, died on Friday, July 20 of complications from metastatic breast cancer in her home in Dunwoody, Georgia. Adrian was well-known throughout Dunwoody as a leading citizen and early proponent of Dunwoody cityhood. She joined the Board of "Dunwoody Yes!" at its inception in March 2008 and helped to establish Dunwoody as an independent city by December 2008.  Adrian became the first female City Council member and served on the Council from 2008 until 2014 even as she was battling the breast cancer that would take her life.

After her illness prevented her from serving actively in the city government, Adrian supported development in Dunwoody through philanthropic gifts. Most recently, she was proud to dedicate a rose garden at the Dunwoody Farmhouse historical site.

Adrian first discovered Dunwoody when she established her private dental practice there in 1992 to provide general and cosmetic dental services. After building a thriving practice, Adrian sold her business in 2001 then worked for DeKalb County Board of Health for five years as a consulting dentist.

Adrian grew up in Wyoming, Ohio near the city of Cincinnati and attended Wyoming High School. She earned a BS in Nursing at Indiana University then practiced as a Registered Nurse for eight years specializing in critical care. She attended dental school at The Ohio State University earning her DDS degree in 1991, followed by a year-long residency in hospital dentistry at Emory University.

She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Brian Bonser. She was proud stepmother to Neil Bonser of Atlanta, GA and Ian Bonser of Gainesville, GA. She was proud grandmother to Emma, Addison, Madison, and Maya. Adrian is also survived by her mother, Marion Gendell of Atlanta, and her siblings Carin Gendell of Great Falls, VA; Jeff Gendell of Greenwich, CT; David Gendell of Westport, CT, Marc Gendell of Atlanta, and Brad Gendell of New York City as well as 14 nieces and nephews. Adrian was pre-deceased by her sister Danna Gendell Korell. A private graveside burial ceremony was held at Greenwood Cemetery, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, July 24. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to The American Cancer Society.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The U.S. Surgeon General recommends a wider availability of Narcan and now I hope I never have to use it. @Surgeon_General

I, Surgeon General of the United States Public Health Service, VADM Jerome Adams, am emphasizing the importance of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone.

Carol Niemi of the Dunwoody Crier wrote an outstanding article on the opioid epidemic facing the entire Atlanta area and it highlighted information from Dunwoody Police Department Sargent Robert Parsons how our small community is not immune from the problem.  On the very day of this article, the statistics mentioned were already outdated as the Dunwoody Police administered Narcan on Tuesday to a person (having lunch in a fine dining establishment in a nice part of town) needing assistance because of an over dose.

Knowing how prevalent these over dose occurrences are happening, I saw in the article where no prescription was needed to purchase the possibly life saving drug therefore I decided to see if I could get my hands on some. I called the local CVS pharmacy I frequent, asked for pricing and then placed an order.  The price off the shelf was $99 for a two dose kit and I was able to use my health insurance which brought it down to $10.00.  I hope my family never opens the package shown above but with numerous neighborhood teenage kids hanging out at my home, I see it as an insurance policy I hope I never have to use.  I am thankful that every Dunwoody police car is carrying a dose along with an AED but it makes me think of all the other AED locations (schools, libraries, public buildings) where this drug may be needed in an emergency but is not available.  The US surgeon general issued an advisory in April recommending that more Americans carry the opioid overdose-reversing drug and hopefully it will be stocked in public places where it makes sense.
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Some of them are in Dunwoody, and that number is rising. The Dunwoody Police treated six opioid overdoses in 2016 and 13 in 2017. If the current rate continues, the number will double again this year.

“We’ve had 12 ODs so far this year [with three fatalities], and we’re only halfway through the year,” said Sgt. Robert Parsons of the Dunwoody Police Department. “If we keep going on this way, we’ll double our numbers.”

Drug overdoses are increasing all over the country mainly because the cartels that control the illegal drug trade are mixing the usual drugs with a cheap, highly potent synthetic opioid called fentanyl.
Fentanyl first became widely known in 2016 when it was revealed as the cause of death of the pop singer Prince. Often used during surgery because of its intense and fast action, fentanyl is so potent that someone can die just by breathing it.

“Fentanyl is 40 to 100 times stronger than morphine,” said Parsons.  Fentanyl is so lethal that the city of Duluth has had to evacuate its police department twice because of fentanyl accidentally released into the air.

“We ask our officers not to go alone to a reported OD unless they have no choice,” said Parsons. “If there’s powder in the air, one officer can help the other.”
And if fentanyl isn’t bad enough, the cartels have recently started using carfentanyl – 100 times more potent than fentanyl, 5,000 times more potent than heroin and 10,000 times more potent than morphine.

“A lethal dose is very, very low,” said Parsons.

When The Crier first met Parsons in 2016, he was the first Dunwoody police officer to administer naloxone hydrochloride, an effective opioid antidote, using the EVZIO auto-injector, having administered two life-saving doses to an unconscious male in 2015 who made a full recovery.
At that time, all Dunwoody police cars carried needle-based EVZIO auto-injectors thanks to a grant that covered the cost of $4,500 for a box of two. When the grant ran out, the city lacked the money to buy the 60 to 70 boxes needed per year and switched to a cheaper nasal spray form of naloxone called NARCAN, which costs the city only $75 for a box of two bottles.

“The spray is just effective as the needle of the EVZIO auto-injector,” said Parsons. “A lot of officers are more comfortable using it, and it’s pretty fast acting, usually within two to three minutes.”
Since the police often arrive at the scene of an overdose before the ambulance, having NARCAN in every squad car is critical since the difference between life and death can be one or two minutes.
“No matter what device we’re using, since fentanyl is here, it takes a lot more to revive people. Now we’re commonly giving up to four doses,” said Parsons.

Parsons says more than 50 percent of all OD deaths in 2016 involved fentanyl. One reason for the increase of fentanyl is that the illegal drug trade has changed. Previously, most illegal drugs sold in Georgia were made locally in people’s basement and garage labs using simpler ingredients. Local dealers sold them in places like “The Bluff” in southwest Atlanta.

“Now the sophisticated drug cartels from Mexico are operating everywhere,” said Parsons.
Though they market the drugs in the U.S., the Mexican cartels buy them from China, where until March 2017 fentanyl and carfentanyl were not controlled substances and were manufactured legally and sold openly over the Internet. Several Chinese chemical companies still make and actively market them.

According to Parsons, fentanyl and carfentanyl are smuggled over the border and “mixed with everything,” including heroin and counterfeit Percocet or Vicodin tablets the drug traffickers make. The fake pills are so realistic addicts don’t know they contain the more lethal substances.
“People who buy the fake pills think they’re getting opioids – Oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet,” he said. “You can put them side by side and not be able to tell the difference.”
Recently, he had to administer “multiple doses” of NARCAN to save a man who had taken fake Percocet pills.

Police have treated opioid overdoses all over Dunwoody in all socio-economic groups.
“Of all the places we’ve been and people have died, we’re looking at restaurant restrooms, cars, apartments and very nice homes. We’ve been to neighborhoods like Redfield,” he said.
In the past three years, drug overdoses in Dunwoody have resulted in 15 fatalities, due mostly to fentanyl. The average Dunwoody fatality has been a 30-year-old male, which is in line with the national statistic of males in the 25-to-34 age bracket having the most overdose deaths.
“People have the image of a homeless person lying behind the dumpster with a needle in his arm,” said Parsons. “But we’ve had attorneys, doctors, pharmacists and other college grads. What’s fueling this is that it’s indiscriminate.”

Since most addictive opioid use starts with legally prescribed painkillers, often to young people with sports injuries, or to recreational use of drugs found in the home, authorities advise people not to keep unused drugs in the house, where young people might find them.
The Dunwoody Police Department advises against flushing drugs down the toilet into the water system and instead urges people to turn their unused medications into a designated “prescription take back” site. People can find a list of local sites at or simply bring their unused drugs to the drop box in the Police Department lobby on the second floor of Dunwoody City Hall.

“Get these drugs out of the house,” said Parsons.

Parsons is obviously passionate about the opioid crisis, and his passion is personal because his mother died of an opioid overdose at the age of 46.

“Getting revival drugs into the hands of the community is my passion. My mom was alone when she died,” he said. “Anyone can go into a pharmacy and buy NARCAN. If you have someone in your life who’s struggling, be their advocate. Do everything you can to get that person into treatment. Recovery is possible when you have advocates. The police are not just here to arrest you. We’ll do everything we can to help.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

17 Year Old Dunwoody Boy Dies Tragically – Please Fly a Flag for Zachary

I was heartbroken when I heard the news of this tragedy as I have had numerous interactions with this young man and his family.  Zach loved flags, the circus and backyard chickens.

My friend Audra Anders of the Aha Connection posted a suggestion to the community to fly a flag in honor of Zachary & I can tell you that the flag over my garage will be flying in Zach's memory for the rest of July.

Roswell PD: special needs teen died from accidental shooting, camp counselor charged


Apple to add life-saving new GIS feature for 911 but how will it improve services on the Dunwoody borders with other 911 jurisdictions?

As a member of the Dunwoody City Council, one of the most aggravating subjects to cross my desk is hearing that a resident called 911 and it was answered by Gwinnett County, transferred to Doraville and finally routed to ChatComm which services the City of Dunwoody.  The latest problematic call was made in the City about a half mile way from Gwinnett by an iPhone with Wi-Fi calling activated on the phone and the call was routed to the wrong 911 Center.  Technology is wonderful but when it comes to safety every little glitch is problematic and hopefully this upgrade will be incorporated by all area 911 centers. 

I have an email into Chief Grogan and ChatComm looking for more information but I am hoping for better service as technology improves.
Apple is rolling out a new feature in its next iPhone software update to send emergency responders instant, precise location information in the US. The update, coming in iOS 12 later this year, calculates a caller's location based on data collected from WiFi access points, nearby cellular towers, and GPS.

The tricky part isn't finding out where a caller is — Apple has been using its hybrid location technology since 2015 — but relaying that information to a fragmented and aging 911 system built for landlines.

Of the 240 million calls made to 911 each year, more than 80% are from mobile devices, according to NEMA.

Apple is working with a startup called RapidSOS, which specializes in sharing a cell phone's location information to the major programs used by the 6,300 emergency response departments across the US. RapidSOS offers its integration as a free software update to existing 911 dispatch systems.

Chatcomm's Smart 911 Service is something every Dunwoody resident should sign up for!

Are you aware of limitations 911 service over VOIP? -

Portable interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services can be used from virtually any Internet connection anywhere, which raises challenges for the emergency services community in determining the location from which a 911 call has originated.
You should be aware that:
  • VoIP 911 calls may not connect to the PSAP, or may improperly ring to the administrative line of the PSAP, which may not be staffed after hours, or by trained 911 operators.
  • VoIP 911 calls may correctly connect to the PSAP, but not automatically transmit the user's phone number and/or location information.
  • VoIP customers may need to provide location or other information to their VoIP providers, and update this information if they change locations, for their VoIP 911 service to function properly.
  • VoIP service may not work during a power outage, or when the Internet connection fails or becomes overloaded.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Is it time to allow architectural changes to Dunwoody Village Overlay? Planning Commission Hearing - Tuesday 6 pm

Planning Commission
Tuesday, July 10th

Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338

I'm hearing there's a community buzz regarding Tuesday night's planning commission meeting with the proposal of allowing architectural changes to Dunwoody Village. 

Review and consideration of text amendments regarding the Dunwoody Village Overlay (Chapter 27).

SLUP 18-01: Archie C. Wanamaker, owner of 5419 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, seeks the following Special Land Use Permits from Chapter 27: 1.) Sec. 27-97(e)(1)(e) to allow for steel headers; 2.) Sec. 27-97(e)(2)(a) to allow for a flat roof; 3.) Sec. 27-97(e)(2)(b) to use a light colored roofing material; 4.) Sec. 27-97(e)(2)(e) to remove any roof projections; 5.) Sec. 27-97(e)(4)(a) to allow black framed all glass doors; 6.) Sec. 27-97(e)(4)(d) to allow square window sections; 7.) Sec. 27-97(e)(4)(f) to allow for non-double hung windows; 8.) Sec. 27-97(e)(4)(g) to allow for square window panes; 9.) Sec. 27-97(e)(4)(h) to remove requirements for shutters; 10.) Sec. 27-97(e)(4)(i) to allow for the use of steel channel headers; 11.) Sec. 27-97(e)(4)(j) to allow for windows to be less than 20 inches above grade; and 12.)  Sec. 27-97(I)(1) to allow for the removal of the landscape island on the mitered corner of the building per the conditioned site plan (SLUP 16-101). The tax parcel number is 18 366 05 009.

On July 1st, the City of Dunwoody Community Development and Economic Development Directors visited the Dunwoody Homeowners Association Meeting to discuss the changes being proposed to the overlay requirements of the Dunwoody Village area. Most of the conversation relates to changes on allowing a greater variety of architectural variety to the Dunwoody Village.  Video of the meeting is linked below.

The DHA then made several position statements regarding the items up for review at Tuesday's Planning Commission and next months City Council Meetings.

On SLUP Application 18-01 for architectural changes to the proposed restaurant on Chamblee Dunwoody & Mount Vernon.

DHA would like the Planning Commission and City Council to review the Dunwoody Village Overlay District Zoning Codes before approving any specific project in the Dunwoody Village Overlay District. We are uncomfortable with the SLUP process which opens the door for spot rezoning. This is directed to the process, not the visual presentation by Crim and Associates.

On proposed changes to the Dunwoody Village Overlay District presented by city staff at the DHA public board meeting on July 1: 

DHA opposes the architectural changes and other controls to the Dunwoody Village Overlay District presented by Richard McLeod on Sunday, July 1st, without well thought out replacements that are publicly vetted by the community.

Finally, past DHA President, DeKalb Planning Commissioner and Chief of Staff to various DeKalb County Commissioners, Mr. Bob Lundsten feels very strongly that the SLUP application to loosen the architectural requirements for one proposed restaurant is improper and that the overlay code should be modified first.  Mr. Lundsten was interviewed on the What's Up Dunwoody Podcast explaining the history and regulations of the village therefore is worth a listen.

I have also received a number of emails on both sides of the topic and have talked to numerous people therefore I also plan to be in attendance at the Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday to listen to the conversations and pubic comment.

If you are interested in watching on-line the meeting is live streamed here. If you would like to make a public statement the meeting starts at 6 pm.   Thanks

Friday, July 6, 2018

U.S. Postal Service offers Informed Delivery to see your mail before it arrives in your mailbox.

I have been using the U.S. Post Office's Informed Delivery on-line notification service for about a week and it has pretty much worked as promised showing me digital photos of every letter that will be showing up in my mailbox that afternoon.  It isn't something I would review on a regular basis but it is nice having an email arrive in the background every morning showing me whats going to be delivered.  If I was waiting on a check or other important piece of mail, it is nice knowing that I have ther service running in the background where I can see what is coming and can review past history on the USPS website.

After reading so many items lately on mail fraud and mail box security, I figured this was something worth sharing.

To set up, go to and register an account with your address. then set your Informed Delivery notification options.

It's Chesnut Elementary's 50th Birthday!!!

Kristin & I were Chesnut Parents for 13 consecutive years so if you too have enjoyed being a part of the Chesnut community please share why the school is so special!

My favorite elementary school is celebrating 50 years in Dunwoody!!

-2018 marks Chesnut Elementary’s 50th birthday
-We know current and former Chesnut Cougars will have lots and lots to say!
-So tell us ...what is it you love/had loved about being a Chesnut Cougar that has/had been so great?
-And that has given Dunwoody families such warm memories of this little school since 1968? 
Please send an email (as succinct as possible) to and kindly include name, age (year graduated or Chesnut age/grade in 2018-19). If you are a staff member or former staff member, please include info. If you are a parent/former parent, you are welcome to reply as well. The bulk of the responses we choose are planned to be from current and former students and staff. We cannot wait to share so many amazing reasons to love Chesnut!!
We are looking to have all submissions by 7/23.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Dunwoody Homeowners Association hosts Georgia's Largest 4th of July Parade - kicking off Wednesday at 9 a.m.

On Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m., the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Crier Newspaper will host the annual Fourth of July Parade featuring marching bands, floats, clowns, animal units and local celebrities. Last year the parade attracted over 2,500 participants and 32,000 spectators!

This year’s theme is "Dunwoody Salutes America and the Arts", and the Grand Marshall is Bob Kinsey, CEO, Spruill Center for the Arts.

The parade route is two (2) miles, starting at the intersection of Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road at 9:00 a.m., proceeds west on Mount Vernon Road to Dunwoody Village, turns right onto Dunwoody Village Parkway.

Viewing Information: Parade spectators are encouraged to setup chairs along Mount Vernon Road and Dunwoody Village Parkway (up to the shops on the right and the parade entrance into Dunwoody Village.) Spectators will be blocked from viewing the parade on the east side of Jett Ferry Road on Mount Vernon Road due to the staging and setup for parade participants. Viewing will start on the west side of Jett Ferry Road on Mount Vernon Road.

Dunwoody Boy Scout Troop 764 from St. Luke’s Presbyterian will collect food along the parade route for the Community Assistance Center (CAC) Food Pantry. The troop plans to enter a scouting themed float in the parade and will be pushing grocery carts along-side to collect the food donations.

After the parade join in the fun at the post parade festival in front of the U.S. Post Office in Dunwoody Village for family fun and great food!

Traffic Information: Mt. Vernon Road, between Jett Ferry Road and Dunwoody Village, will be closed from 8:40 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. (times are approximate; contact the Dunwoody Police Department about road closures and traffic information.)

City of Dunwoody Parks events for July 2018

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Dunwoody calls Special Called Meeting for 8 am Monday to set 2018 Ad Valorem Tax Rate

Monday, June 18th
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338
8:00 a.m. - Watch Live
Public Hearings and Ordinance to establish the 2018 Ad Valorem Tax Rate. 
The proposed millage rate is a levy of 2.74 mills or $2.74 for every $1,000 of the assessed value of property (about 40% of the fair market value.) This rate applies to both real property and personal property for businesses. Three public hearings, two advertisements in the Crier, a press release, and posting to our website are all required to adopt the proposed millage rate. Staff has addressed each of these required steps.

Collection of the ad valorem taxes will contribute to General Fund revenues for the general operations of the City including police, public works, community development, and administration; as well as capital projects. Increases in the digest over time should offset inflationary increases in the costs of providing services as well as the costs of new programs approved by Council.

This year’s digest projects a 13.45% increase in revenue (~$1 million) over the prior year. This figure consistently drops throughout the calendar year as appeals are settled. Due to the assessment freeze on homestead property, most of the increase is for commercial property. No one owning a home when Dunwoody incorporated is paying more for the same property as they did in 2009 with this credit. Also, no one who purchased since 2009 is paying more tax than when they acquired their homestead, except in cases where the property was improved. Differences from the budget in property tax revenues will be combined with other variances and subsequently allocated by Council through the normal budgetary process.
Staff recommends adopting the ordinance to establish the 2018 Ad Valorem Tax Rate.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Groovin’ on the Green, the annual concert on the lawn at Pernoshal Park - Saturday 6 pm

Pernoshal Park
4575 N. Shallowford Road
Dunwoody, Georgia
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The City of Dunwoody presents, Groovin’ on the Green, the annual concert on the lawn at Pernoshal Park! The concert features Darlington Road, an Atlanta-based band playing a broad spectrum of great music from Chris Stapleton and Michael Jackson to Hall & Oates, the Commodores and everything in between. Pull up a lawn chair or a picnic blanket and enjoy the show! Get your friends, get up and let’s get ‘Groovin’ on the Green!’

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Welcome Dr. Donnie Davis, the new Peachtree Charter Middle School Principal in Dunwoody @DeKalbSchools

Dr. Donnie Davis

DeKalb Schools announces Dr. Donnie Davis as the new principal at Peachtree Charter Middle School.
With over 10 years of professional experience as an educator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, Donnie Davis began his career as a classroom teacher and has held a variety of roles since then as a building level administrator.

Most recently, Davis was assistant principal at Henderson Middle School in DeKalb.
He obtained his master’s degree in social studies education from Georgia State University before completing his doctoral degree in educational administration and policy from the University of Georgia’s College of Education in 2012.

Meet & Greet
The Peachtree MS Foundation invites you to join them at Peachtree Charter MS on Wednesday, July 11, 2018, from 5 PM to 6 PM for an opportunity to meet and greet Dr. Davis.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Dunwoody tax rate has been steady since incorporation but with values rising it is a proposed 13% tax increase this year. Time for our first rollback?

Property taxes are an ad valorem tax, meaning that they are allocated to each taxpayer proportionately according to the value of the taxpayer's property. The millage rate is the rate at which property taxes are levied on property. A mill is 1/1000 of a dollar. Property taxes are computed by multiplying the taxable value of the property by the number of mills levied.

Dunwoody’s millage rate is currently 2.74 mills and has remained constant since the city’s incorporation in 2008. Property taxes are a primary source of funding for Dunwoody and account for about a fourth of the city’s revenues. These funds are used to pay for a variety of services including police; new parks and park improvements; new road construction and other infrastructure projects; and the operations, including salaries, of the city employees and contractors.

The Dunwoody City Council has a decision to make in a few weeks as to the tax rate being levied in 2018 as property valuations have risen and therefore more money will be entering the city treasury.  The Council could either keep the same tax rate or decide to roll it back a bit.

There are two sides of the argument, one is that there are needed improvements within the community be it roads, parks or police services and the additional money could easily go towards those needs and the other side of the coin asks why should the City have an extra million dollars when it wasn't anticipated therefore return the money down to a level to ensure that there is fiscal responsibility in spending policy.

If specific funds are needed for special long term investments (like park development & infrastructure) then there is a mechanism for doing so called a Bond Referendum whereby the city proposes a list of projects with anticipated costs and the citizens decide via an election if they would like to raise their taxes for these specific improvement to be installed sooner rather than later.  The City of John's Creek put forward a parks referendum in order to upgrade parks and turf fields in 2016 and they are now seeing the fruits of the investment.

With the typical Dunwoody real estate bill (here is a 2016 sample) the average Dunwoody homeowner currently pays a little over $200 for the city taxes to cover the services of paving, parks and police and it looks like under the current proposal that could go up an additional $46.00.  The proposed 13.45% raise in revenue is a large jump to grow city general operations in one year therefore I believe community discussions need to be had regarding the possibility of Dunwoody's first ad valorem tax roll back for general operations and a possible bond for long term infrastructure improvements that the community may want now and not installed over time.  Thoughts?

I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this topic therefore all concerned citizens are invited to the public hearing on the proposed ad valorem tax rate to be held at Dunwoody City Hall, 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road on Monday, June 11th, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. and again at 6:00 p.m.

Happy Dunwoody Restaurant Week, an annual celebration of all things delicious!

Bon Appétit

Dunwoody Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to savor something new or revisit an oldie, but goodie. Participating restaurants will showcase their best dishes and desserts at set prices, allowing you to sample food and drink from some of the best restaurants in Atlanta. (Winning!) So from June 9-16, we invite you to bring a buddy (and your appetite), eat & repeat... all week long during Dunwoody Restaurant Week.


Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse | $45 Dinner Menu
Grecian Gyro | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
The Bird | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
The Capital Grille | $45 Dinner Menu
Novo Cucina | $15 Lunch Menu + $30 Dinner Menu
Crema Espresso Gourmet | $15 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Gilly's | menu coming soon
J. Christopher's | $10 Breakfast Menu + $12.50 Lunch Menu
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar | $30 Dinner Menu
Viceroy Royal Indian Dining | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
E. 48th Street Market | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Da Vinci's Donuts | Specialty Menu
El Azteca | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
McKendrick's Steak House | $25 Lunch Menu
Your Pie | $15 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Vino Venue | Specialty Wine Menu + $30 Dinner Menu
Eclipse di Luna | $15 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Ali's Cookies | Specialty Menu
Simha Fusion | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Carbonara Trattoria | $30 Dinner Menu
Big Dave's Cheesesteaks  | $15 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse | $45 Dinner Menu
Portico Global Cuisine | $25 Lunch Menu + $45 Dinner Menu
Diced Foods | $10 Lunch Menu + $20 Dinner Menu
Seasons 52 | $20 Lunch Menu + $35 Dinner Menu
Sage Woodfire Tavern | $25 Lunch Menu + $45 Dinner Menu