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Sep 11, 2023 2:09 pm EDT | Updated Sep 11, 2023 2:25 pm EDT

Hey, everybody! I’m back with your fresh copy of the Sandy Springs Patch newsletter, fresh off the presses. Let’s get this Tuesday started off right with a quick dive into everything you need to know about what’s happening around town.

But first, your local weather:

  • Tuesday: A t-storm around in the p.m.. High: 88 Low: 66.
  • Wednesday: A thunderstorm in spots. High: 83 Low: 64.


Here are the top three stories in Sandy Springs today:

  • The Sandy Springs Police Department is set to receive a $17,029 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, approved during a recent city council meeting. This grant will be used to purchase a digital message board with a camera to aid in social media recruiting efforts. Additionally, the police department plans to enhance its web presence for recruitment and acquire a digital camera with video capabilities, a camera stabilizer, and a new iPhone 14 to support its recruitment initiatives. (Rough Draft Atlanta)
  • Georgia and Fulton County officials conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Behavioral Health Crisis Center at the Oak Hill Child, Family, and Adolescent Center in nearby Atlanta. The facility, set to be completed by early 2024, will be the first publicly funded crisis center of its kind in Fulton County, addressing the rising issues of suicide and drug-related deaths. The center will operate 24/7, offering 24 beds and 16 observation chairs, aiming to serve over 5,000 people annually and utilizing a “living room” model to optimize care based on patient needs. (Subscription: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
  • The current intersection at Northside Drive and Riverview Road is under construction. A traffic study conducted by the City of Sandy Springs found poor performance during peak travel hours and insufficient stopping sight distance on Northside Drive. To address these issues, the new project will realign the intersection and add a roundabout. For inquiries about the project, residents can contact the 24/7 Citizen Response Center at 770-730-5600. Riverview Roads will remain closed throughout the construction period. (Sandy Springs, GA)
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    Today and tomorrow in Sandy Springs:

    Tuesday, September 12

    • Yoga For Beginners At Sandy Spring Library (6:00 PM)

    Wednesday, September 13

    • Sandy Springs Connects At Sandy Springs City Hall (11:00 AM)

    From my notebook:

    • The last Trail Blazers walk of the year will be held on Oct. 14! This month’s Trail Blazers guided walk explored the 42-acre Hyde Park Farm. Check out Sandy Spring Conservancy’s website to see where October’s walk will be held. (Sandy Springs Conservancy via Facebook)
    • Bernyce Stickle, a resident at Somerby Senior Living in Sandy Springs, recently celebrated her 102 birthday. Stickle is the facility’s oldest resident and is an active leader, organizing activities like BINGO and Bridge Club. She is also a WWII U.S. Marines veteran. (Atlanta News First)
    • The sixth annual Joan P. Garner Walk and Health Fair will be held on Oct. 7, at Grant Park in nearby Atlanta to honor the late Commissioner Joan P. Garner’s legacy. There will be music, games, prizes, health screenings, and more. (Fulton County, GA)

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    — Nicole Fallon-Peek

    Nicole Fallon-Peek is a journalist and copywriter with a degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She has served as a freelance reporter, managing editor, copy editor, and editorial director for a variety of B2B news outlets. She currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.


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