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Students help Dunwoody Nature Center save butterflies


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Small hands are playing a big role in a new, local push to save monarch butterflies.

The Dunwoody Nature Center is leading the effort and working with six of elementary schools to plant butterfly gardens filled with milkweed plants.

The gardens are designed to attract monarchs as they migrate from Mexico to Canada and back.

Pesticides have posed a real threat to the monarchs, according to DNC Executive Director Alan Mothner.

Their population has dropped as much as 96 percent in 20 years, and that's a problem since monarchs are major pollinators in fields, farms and gardens.

The Dunwoody Nature Center plans to become a monarch waystation, with milkweed plants scattered throughout the city in parks, community gardens, schools and apartment complexes.

Bear spotted in Dunwoody area


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Dunwoody residents are keeping their eyes open after a bear on the loose was spotted over the weekend.

Police say there have been numerous sightings of what's believed to be a black bear in the past week. The bear is staying in a two-mile radius just outside the perimeter between Ashford Dunwoody and Chamblee Dunwoody, authorities said.

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MOSAIC Group wins 2015 Chrysalis Award

MOSAIC Group wins 2015 Chrysalis Award

ATLANTA -- Metro Atlanta-based MOSAIC Group [Architects and Remodelers] won a Regional Chrysalis Award for Remodeling Excellence in a Residential Bathroom Category. The entries were judged on overall design, the creative use of space and materials, and the degree to which the project enhanced the original structure.

The same project also won first place in a Bathroom Category during the recent Contractor of the Year awards competition sponsored by the Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The Chrysalis Awards program, begun in 1994, recognizes the nation's best work in 15 general categories of residential and commercial remodeling. The competition is open to professional remodelers and design professionals in the United States.

Green wall gives Dunwoody office tower a new look


DUNWOODY, Ga. -- No matter the weather outside, it stays sunny and mild in the lobby of Three Ravinia, a 31-story office tower right off I-285 in Dunwoody.

"Even on the cloudiest days, these plants are soaking up sunlight and reflecting that light back into this space," said architect Greg Shunick with G3 Architecture. "It's a very warm, inviting place at all times."

Shunick is the architect behind the building's new "ecolobby" that was unveiled a few weeks ago. It includes a four-story wall that's covered by more than 15,000 plants.

It's one of the largest interior green walls in the world, and it's parts of a growing trend.

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

3 things to know before filing a tax extension

By Chris Smith

With this year’s tax deadline rapidly approaching, you may find that filing an extension is a good option for you. But before you plan to do that, here are three things you’ll want to keep in mind.

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Taxes are due April 15. The extension only gives you additional time to file your return; it is not an extension of time to pay the tax that may be due. The assessed tax, even if you have not yet determined how much it is, is due by the April 15 deadline.

Another weekend of minimal road construction

Another weekend of minimal road construction

(WXIA) -- You'll see less construction than usual on Atlanta's interstates and highways this weekend -- and you have the Braves to thank for it.

Due to Friday's home opener at Turner Field, as well as spring break, the Georgia Department of Transportation has suspended its typical weekend roadwork.

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No lane closures will take place on the surface streets around Turner Field. However, emergency-related closures are always a possibility.

CRIMINAL FAIL | Shoplifter tries to escape on powered wheelchair


DUNWOOODY, Ga. -- A shoplifter tried to evade police on a motorized wheelchair outside of Walmart. The not-so-high-speed chase ended because the man didn't notice police officers were already parked right outside the store.

Officer Joe Tomalka has been on the Dunwoody Police force since it was formed in 2009. He's made more than a few shoplifting arrests. This one will stick in his memory as unique. "This is the first one of these I've seen," he chuckled when telling 11Alive's Julie Wolfe about the arrest.