Saturday, December 28, 2019

I personally recommend Frontier Baseball League at Murphy Candler for kids with Mild Challenges - Registration is Open / Space is Limited.

Every child no matter the challenge deserves to play baseball.
Evaluations are scheduled for February - Register today!

Welcome to Murphey Candler Baseball Frontier Baseball! This Spring will be our 10th season of Frontier Baseball! I still cannot believe how Frontier has grown so fast and now means so much to so many people. Parents, I have seen first hand how Frontier changes these kids' lives. So many parents have commented to me that they never thought they would see their son or daughter on a baseball team. And then they found Frontier. And the unexpected benefits continue to amaze me, from the pride of being able to wear their own Team Jersey on their school's spirit day, or the increase in self confidence in these kids. It is truly a gift.

We look forward to having you and your family at Frontier Baseball at MCLL, and please email me at with any questions you may have.    Adam J. Wickley

Frontier is a low stress, fun baseball program for kids with ADHD, ADD, Apraxia, Speech Delays, Dyslexia, Auditory Processing Disorder and other executive or sensory challenges. Frontier is exclusively a Murphey Candler Baseball program.

Basic Facts:
  • When: Frontier plays each Spring, generally February through May, with time off for spring break.
  • Where: Frontier is played at Murphey Candler Park in Brookhaven, Georgia, located just 1 mile off of I-285 at the Ashford Dunwoody Road (Perimeter Mall) exit.
  • How Often: There is only 1 event (either a game or a practice) per week, either a Saturday or a Sunday. Sunday events are always after 12:00 noon
  • Ages: Frontier has three age groups.
    • Frontier I is for 6 through 9 year olds
    • Frontier II is for 10 through 12 year olds.
    • Frontier III is for 13 through 16 year olds.
  • League Size: There are typically 8 to 12 teams in the Frontier League. Approximately 100 kids play in Frontier each Spring Season.
  • Who Can Play: All areas of Atlanta are welcome! Even if you do not live nearby, the 1 day a week program makes it easy to participate. We have families from Peachtree City to Gainesville that play.
  • Experience: NO EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!! Even if your son or daughter is older and has never played baseball, they are perfect for Frontier.
  • League Structure: Games and Rules are adapted to the needs of the kids. For instance, we keep innings short to keep their attention, the teams small, and use machine pitch so they have a better chance to hit the ball (Frontier III is coach pitch). Also, all of the coaches are Dads with kids that play in Frontier. So they "get it".
  • Fundamentals: Even with the adaptations, we also strive to make Frontier as close to real baseball as possible, implementing fundamental baseball but without the pressure and stress of competitive little league. Frontier also has the same uniforms as the rest of Murphey Candler Baseball.
Common Questions:
  • My son has never played baseball. Is that ok? Absolutely. Frontier was started to give kids a chance to play baseball that have never been able to play before.
  • I am not sure my son can do this, how do I know? It's a common question. Then you see him at the first practice with his friends from school and it all changes. Trust us.
  • Is Frontier co-ed? YES! Frontier had several girls play last Spring.
  • How do I know if Frontier is a good fit for my son or daughter? Generally, we do our best to fit everyone into Frontier unless there is a safety or significant behavioral concern. See our Eligibility Statement below for reference.
Frontier Baseball is ground breaking and unique to anything else as far as we know. The idea was formed in 2011 when its founder, Adam Wickley, was trying to find a place for his son Jackson to play a sport. Like so many kids similar to him (he has ADHD and Auditory Processing Disorder), he wanted to play baseball, but the social component kept him from playing mainstream sports. But he also was not a fit for other "Special Needs" leagues. He was caught in the middle with no place to play. So after unsuccessfully finding a place for Jackson, Mr. Wickley and MCLL decided to create a new League for kids just like him, and an idea was born. Four years later it has taken on a life of its own, providing life changing experiences for both parents and kids.

Eligibility Statement:
Murphey Candler Baseball promotes special needs baseball opportunities through both the Challenger and Frontier Leagues. The Frontier League is specifically designed for certain disabilities such as ADHD, ADD, Apraxia, Dyslexia, Speech Delays, Auditory Processing Disorders and other challenges that would not require the use of a full time "buddy" on the baseball field as does The Challenger League. Frontier is a machine pitch and coach pitch league, and as such, safety on the field is of utmost importance. Therefore, participation in Frontier requires that a player be diagnosed with at least one of the above conditions, be able to play without the use of a full time "Buddy" and not be a threat to the safety of themselves or others. This determination shall be at the discretion of the Program Director, League Director and Murphey Candler Baseball.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Let's toast Mayor Denis Shortal one last time at "The Duke" as he raises money for the Dunwoody Police Foundation

Elections are over, school is winding down and I have been enjoying this holiday season a bit by slowing down on city duties to appreciate those around me.  I hope you are able to do the same. 

Thursday evening I will be toasting da Mayor at The Duke, which is the newest pub being offered by the Dunwoody Tavern Group located next door to Fogo de Chao on Ashford Dunwoody.   Please stop by between 5 & 7 as 20% of all sales will be graciously donated by The Duke to the Dunwoody Police Foundation.  If you don't have dinner at the Duke, think about patronizing one of the many restaurants in the area as there are so many great options that would really appreciate serving you.

After a quick cocktail and appetizer with my bride, we will be hanging with the boys who run the What's Up Dunwoody podcast Empire to see some movie they are hosting.   If you haven't checked out Matt & Justin on What's Up, please do so as they are informative, entertaining and maybe just a bit goofy as the photo I stole above clearly shows.  

The world needs more goofy.

Friday, December 6, 2019

City of Dunwoody to buy Waterford Swim Tennis for park land and future trail system connecting neighborhoods.

Resolution Authorizing the Purchase of Property from the Waterford Neighborhood Association

City staff has performed all due diligence for the purchase of two land parcels located 4565 Dellrose
Drive, Tax Parcel No. 06-310-01-035 (3.39 acre parcel), and 2371 North Peachtree Way, Tax Parcel
No. 06-310-01-005 (3.77 acre parcel), from Waterford Neighborhood Association for a total of 7.16

Staff respectfully requests that Council (1) authorize the purchase of the lots located at 4565
Dellrose Drive and 2371 North Peachtree Way for the sum of $125,000 (2) authorize the City
Manager to execute the necessary documents following satisfactory review by legal counsel.

Dunwoody City Council Agenda for Monday December 9, 2019

Monday, December 9, 2019
Dunwoody City Hall
4800 Ashford Dunwoody Rd
Dunwoody, GA 30338


Acknowledgment and award presentation to Officer J.B. Tate for 30 years of service to law enforcement.

Proclamation - "Terry Nall Day"

Resolution Adopting the Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement

Resolution Amending the Budget - Reeves/Young contract change order for Brook Run Park

Resolution Amending FY2020 Budget and Approval of Facilities Custodian and Management Contracts

SECOND READ: Text Amendment to Chapters 24 and 25 re Clean Indoor Air

Approval of the Parks and Right of Way Maintenance Contract

Approval of an Agreement with the Chiefs Futbol Club

Resolution Authorizing the Purchase of Property from the Waterford Neighborhood Association

Resolution Amending the 2019 Budget to purchase Waterford

Approval of Intergovernmental Agreement with Gwinnett County for Radio Access

SECOND READ: Text Amendments Regarding Telecommunications Regulations (Chapter 27)

Approval of Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement With the City of Chamblee, Georgia

Approval of a Contract Amendment with Blount Construction for 2020 Paving

Resolution Declaring Furniture and Equipment Remaining from the City Hall Move as Surplus Property and Authorizing the City Manager to Dispose of the Property

Award of Contract for Purchase of Properties at 4553 and 4555 North Shallowford Road

Approval of a Contract with ConnectSouth

SECOND READ: RZ 19-02: Kathy Zickert, attorney for the Owner, on Behalf of GMC Real Estate Acquisitions, LLC, Owner of 11 Ravinia Parkway, Dunwoody, GA 30346 Seeks the Following to Rezone the Property From its Current OCR (Office, Commercial, Residential) District Conditional Zoning Classification to an PC-2 (Perimeter Center) District

SECOND READ: MA 19-02 Laurel David, Attorney for the Owner, on Behalf of JSJ Perimeter, Owner of 84, 130, and 140 Perimeter Center East, Dunwoody, Georgia seeks a Major Modification to Conditions of Zoning

Resolution Establishing a Temporary Moratorium on the Acceptance of New or Revised Applications For Special Use Approval, Permitted Use Approval, or Building, Land Disturbance, Site Plan and Design Review or Other Permits For Any Construction in the Dunwoody Village Overlay District

Discussion of Public Art