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Area robotics programs start early to build next generation of engineers

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ALDOT’s proposed changes to U.S. Highway 280 are broken down by intersection inside. Cut out the confusion and see if your light stays or goes.

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Spain Park junior Andrew Forsyth pilots the Engineering Academy’s 2012 robot in a test run after the regional BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology) competition in Auburn. For BEST, students add PVC, metal and wood to competition-issued engines and computer chips to create robots that perform certain tasks. Spain Park’s robot, above, placed third in Robotics and was awarded Most Elegant Robot and Most Robust Robot at BEST.

It all starts with LEGOs: The Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy Lego Robotics Team placed second at its regional qualifier on Dec. 1. Kneeling: Elizabeth Bray. Front row: Ashton Tyler-Dudley, Deven Patel, Will Davis, Hannah Bray, Bela Patel and Soha Rasool. Back row: Katie Maxfield, Davis Tyler-Dudley and Thomas Rooney. Photo by Jeff Thompson.

By JEFF THOMPSON Some high school students are pushing themselves to their limits. They spend hours on the practice field, their test runs becoming test marathons. They end their evenings with dirty hands and tired brains. They rinse and repeat – all for one run at victory. It isn’t a traditional sport that’s driving them – it’s robotics. Students attending schools in the 280 corridor are seeing an increased focus on robotics programs, and a culture of engineering is blossoming. It goes handin-hand with a national push for education in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). In 2012 alone, Congress considered 30 bills that promote and forward these programs in public education systems. Locally, engineering classes are popping up in middle and elementary schools, including Berry and Oak Mountain. These feeder programs awaken interest in STEM fields for some young students and drive them toward joining and dedicating

themselves to “varsity” programs at the secondary level – students like Matthew Parent, a 17-year-old senior member of the Oak Mountain High School Robotics Club. “Of course, it all started with LEGOs,” he said. For many others, that’s exactly where it begins. Engineering competitions using LEGO building blocks weren’t around when Parent was moving through the system, but now younger students can join teams of toy bricklayers. On Dec. 1, the Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy (JBMA) Lego Robotics team, called EGGO My LEGO, took second place from a field of nine at the Central Alabama FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Qualifier held at the school. The team, comprised of 11 students ages 10-13, prepared for months for the contest, working on both their robot and a corresponding research project themed “Senior Solutions.”

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Spain Park quarterback Nick Mullens took the Jags to the semi-finals of the AHSAA playoffs and, for that and many other reasons, has been named Gatorade’s Alabama Football Player of the Year. Find out more about Mullens and his standout season inside.

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About Us Students donate time and effort during holidays

Photo of the month On Dec. 7, 72 students and eight adults from Chelsea High School travelled to Atlanta to help with processing shoeboxes containing donations for the Operation Christmas Child program. The students were from the National Honor Society,

Athletes in Action, Peer Helpers and FBLA. The National Honor Society at Chelsea High has participated in this service project for the past seven years. Students help process the boxes by searching for

items that cannot be included, filling in with additional items, taping and packing boxes. Students worked four-hour shifts at the warehouse. Plans are already in motion to assist with processing again in 2013.

Editor’s Note By Madoline Markham

Hello, and goodbye hello to several state As we say goodbye to 2012, I started thinking championship teams: Chelsea Soccer and about how much we said hello to in the year. Softball, Spain Park Indoor Track and Field, First, let me go on a and Oak Mountain restaurant rant: Tellini’s, Pelotoni’s (page 11), Tony’s Soccer. On that train of thought, Oak Mountain, Spaghetti House (Italian trio, hoorah), Annalyce’s Spain Park and Briarwood Bake Shop, Five Guys, football teams all made it to the state 6A playoffs. Wan’s Chinese, Urban Cookhouse, Food Studio Go Eagles/Jags/Lions! Madoline A Chelsea Middle B, Kobe, Shiki Sakura, School student fought Mooyah Burger — all opened last year, and fortunately we cancer — and beat it. Goodbye, cancer! Spain Park High School welcomed can continue to enjoy them into 2013, along with Ashley Mac’s and Big Bad Condaleeza Rice for a visit. The green lights came on at the future Breakfast, both slated to open early this Trinity Hospital building, signaling a year. In 2012 we said goodbye to Oak step closer to it coming to life. And the Mountain graduate David Dahl as he lights went haywire on 280. We reported signed on with the Colorado Rockies that ALDOT is reworking the system to as the number 10 MLB draft pick, and improve traffic flow, but the main voice

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ALDOT’s proposed 280 changes: A breakdown by intersection

By JEFF THOMPSON The Alabama Department of Transportation held a public hearing Nov. 19 where it announced proposals to alter 26 intersections along U.S. Highway 280 to improve traffic flow. Here, find the proposed plan for each intersection and see how you could be affected if the plans are approved.


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Kovac Center / Hampton Inn – Widen left turn lanes, remove the signal at this intersection and install a concrete island in the center of the highway that prevents traffic from traveling directly across the highway or making left turns from side streets.

Office Park – Eliminate direct travel

across intersection. Extend left turn lane from 280 West to Office Park Drive.

Lakeshore Parkway to Office Park Drive – Adjust lane structure to allow

auxiliary lane from Lakeshore to connect to Office Park.


Cherokee Road – Remove eastbound

signal. Extend grass median through center of intersection. Eliminate left turn from side streets to US-280 eastbound and westbound. Eliminate left turn from Cherokee Road South to US-280 westbound.


Water Works Median Opening – Widen


Green Valley Road – Install “Alabama

eastbound pavement to create U-turn lane.

T” intersection. Remove eastbound signal. Widen pavement into median to create

eastbound acceleration lane.


Brookwood Green Trace West – Install concrete island to eliminate turning left from Brookwood Green Trace onto 280 East.


Cahaba Ridge Road / Dolly Ridge Road – Widen pavement to add third left


15. Riverview Road – Widen pavement to

add second left turn lane from 280 West to Riverview Road.

16. Cahaba Park Circle (West) – Eliminate

direct travel across intersection. Add second left turn lane from access road to 280 West. Eliminate left turns from US-280 eastbound to Cahaba Park Circle.

turn lane from Cahaba River Road to 280 West.


Chevron median intersection – Eliminate left turns from Chevron parking lot onto 280 West by extending grass median into intersection.

17. Cahaba Park Circle (East) – Eliminate direct travel across intersection between Cahaba Park Circle to Key Drive. Add second turn lane from Cahaba Park Circle to 280 East. Eliminate western 280 access opening from Riverview Animal Clinic. Eliminate left turns from US-280 westbound to Key Drive.

10. Summit Boulevard – Eliminate direct travel across intersection.

11. Grandview Parkway / Perimeter Park South (West) – Install concrete median to

eliminate direct travel across, left turns from 280 East to Grandview Parkway and from 280 West to Perimeter Park.

12. Perimeter Park South (East) –

Install “Alabama T” intersection. Install concrete island and widen pavement to add acceleration lane when turning from Perimeter Park onto 280 West.

13. Grandview Parkway (East) – Eliminate direct travel across intersection. Widen pavement to add second turn lanes from Grandview South onto 280 West and from 280 East to Grandview North. Eliminate median opening east of intersection.

18. Resource Center Drive – Add grass

median to eliminate travel across intersection and prevent left turns from 280 East to north side of highway.

19. Inverness Parkway – Eliminate direct

travel across intersection. Add third left turn lane from Inverness Parkway to 280 West.

20. Inverness Center Drive / Greenhill Parkway – Eliminate direct travel across intersection. Widen pavement to add second left/U-turn lanes on 280 East and West.

21. Valleydale Road / Cahaba Beach Road – Allow left turns from Valleydale

14. Cahaba Road / Fire Station – Eliminate left turns from Cahaba Road to 280 West. Signal will flash until needed by Fire

and Cahaba Beach Roads to occur simultaneously with left turns from 280 East and West by installing a “Michigan Left.”

When on US-280 eastbound and westbound drivers attempting to turn left onto Valleydale and Cahaba Beach Roads will be directed straight through the intersection and directed into U-turn lanes within a quarter mile. When the signal at the U-turn turns green, they complete the U-turn and go back to the Valleydale intersection and make a right turn. Requires pavement extensions for widened U-turn lanes and installation of concrete median.

22. Brook Highland Parkway / Meadow Brook Drive – Extend left turn lanes from 280 East onto Brook Highland Parkway. Eliminate median opening for 280 West traffic to access Meadowview Drive.

23. Corporate Parkway – Eliminate direct

travel across intersection. Add second left turn lanes onto 280 East and West.

24. Meadowlark Drive – Extend grass

medians to limit access points from business parking lots connected to highway. Install concrete island in median to eliminate left turns from both side streets to US-280 eastbound and westbound.

25. RaceWay / Walmart – Extend grass

shoulder to remove direct highway access from RaceWay parking lot to US-280.

26. Hugh Daniel Drive – Extend pavement for easier left turns.

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A chat with The Angry Driver @ihate280 Two years ago, after six years of commuting from Chelsea to downtown Birmingham, Adam Pate found an outlet for his frustrations about traffic, inconsiderate drivers and “general stupidity” – an @ihate280 Twitter account. Since then he has gained about 900 followers and added traffic reports in addition to his commentary on what he sees on Highway 280. 280 Living asked him about how he has built the account to be a community forum and why, of course, he hates 280.

How did your following grow?

The following was slow to grow, a few followers and retweets every week or so. When I started reporting on traffic events, like wrecks, stalled cars, lane closures and such, I started gaining some additional followers. Some people appreciate my sense of humor. Other just get a kick out of the fact that @ ihate280 simply exists. One day, a thought occurred to me, “Who in the area is considered a celebrity with a huge following on Twitter? Of course, James Spann!” I have to admit, I was thrilled the first time he retweeted one of my traffic reports. This first retweet earned me double-digit followers. The lesson I learned: never doubt @Spann’s sphere of influence. Every time he retweets @ ihate280, I get several followers. Mr. Spann, if you are reading this, thanks so much! Additionally, I have recently been invited to be a Fox 6 Traffic Tracker. This will get @ ihate280 exposure to a television audience, which is an exciting turn of events. With a current following of 730 people, I hope to have stronger interactions with the community. I have many regulars now who I have begun to expect tweets from: @bamagrad2004, @MLONF, @jthart, @ titlelawyerjoe, @finance_ninja and @ lynzeHardaway, to name a few. I look forward to an even stronger community.

How has @ihate280 become a source of news on 280 traffic and other happenings?

Once I had more than 100 followers, the word-of-mouth support spread. People started considering @ihate280 a legitimate source of traffic news. I would get tips and reports and would retweet them. I try to keep the tweets interesting, funny or relevant — hopefully a combination of the three. Most of all, if I can help people avoid unnecessary frustration during the day or allow them a place to vent, then I consider @ihate280 a success.

What are some of the most entertaining tweets you have written or retweeted?

Most of the entertaining tweets revolve around the general frustrations we all experience on 280. I’d say the most common complaint is people not knowing the posted speed limit is 55 mph in most places. I’ll give you a surprising fact: Most people appear to not know what a turn signal is. Another surprising source of confusion appears to be “merge lanes.” One of my favorite tweets that makes me laugh to this day: “@ill_legible: Hwy 280. Getting you the traffic you crave without the explanation you deserve.”

How has @ihate280 created a community amidst traffic madness?

@ihate280 allows me a way to say what most people think while travelling along 280. Honestly, the community is centered in the Birmingham metro area. It’s not that I’m ignoring the stretch southeast of Chelsea; I just don’t travel that way. I’d love some field

reporters out that way.

What has surprised you about running the account?

Honestly, the most surprising thing is the amount of followers. I thought I’d cap out around 100 people. I am just taken aback whenever people engage with me. It’s fun!

What do you think of the plan addressing Highway 280 traffic ALDOT recently announced?

The plan seems ambitious, and I don’t have a lot of faith that it’ll work. It’s a noble goal to reduce a typical commute by three to five minutes. The construction and general disruption this will cause until it is complete just warms my heart. At least I’ll have plenty to gripe about through November 2013.

What do you think the solution for 280 should be?

It’s hard to say. I’ve had plenty of time to think about it. There are just so many people that live along the 280 corridor and so little additional real estate. You can re-time the lights, and that’ll help some. There’s the dreaded “elevated highway,” which would cause way more trouble than it’s worth, plus the eyesore factor and such. The idea of an expressway is attractive, but I have little faith that ALDOT could actually make it work. We need more options to get into the metro area. However, there is no way to do that. Highway 11 will take you down a two-lane road towards Pelham along I-65. That’s way out of the way. You can work your way up to 119 and go along Grants Mill Road, but that’ll only take you so far and it gets congested too. Unfortunately, 280 is the best option for many to get to Birmingham and Hoover metro areas. I had a thought, and it’s incredibly unpopular and would never happen. Oak Mountain State Park takes up a lot of acreage and we can only travel around it. What would happen if there was a roadway through it? I’m no civil engineer and it’s easy to be a critic, but it seems like an option to explore.

Why, in 140 characters or less, do you hate 280?

I hate stupid, inconsiderate drivers. One small mistake, and the entire system breaks down.

We know you hate 280, but is there anything you like about 280?

As much as I complain, 280 has everything I need within a several mile stretch: plenty of great shopping, restaurants and entertainment options. In fact, several of my favorite places in Birmingham are here: Starz Karaoke, The Pita Hut and the new disc golf course in Inverness.

What do you see at the future for the @ihate280 account?

It’s hard to say. It’s taken two years to get this far. I’ll keep the feed going and try to keep it entertaining, and hopefully the community will continue to grow. Maybe one day, I’ll even have my own bumper sticker.

Anything else you want to say?

I’d like to thank for reaching out to me to discuss @ihate280. As long as traffic is awful and drivers forget how to drive in the rain, @ihate280 will be there trying to be funny.


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Business Happenings 280: where a kid can be a kid CEC Entertainment is currently constructing a new Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant and entertainment facility on 280. CEC spokesperson Michelle Chism said the store, being built in the Riverhills Shopping Center at 4647 U.S. 280, is projected to open in late February or early March. Chuck E. Cheese’s features games and rides for children in a safe, family-friendly environment. It also offers a menu highlighted by pizza and salad made with fresh ingredients. For more, visit

Keith Granger, CEO of Trinity Medical Center, displays that a significant portion of the HealthSouth building is move-in ready. Photo by Jeff Thompson.

Lights go green for Trinity 280 On Nov. 30, the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals unanimously overturned a Circuit Court ruling that impeded Trinity Medical Center from relocating its beds to the HealthSouth building on U.S. 280. The appellate court also reinstated a Certificate of Need Trinity was awarded in 2010. Despite the decision in the ongoing court battle, Brookwood Medical Center and St. Vincent’s Hospital requested the Court rehear the case against the move. Trinity, according to a release, immediately filed its response. “Unfortunately, our opponents could still launch a last ditch effort to further delay this important and much needed project,” said James Spann, chair of the Trinity Medical Center Board of Trustees in a statement. “We are confident we will prevail, but we hope our competitors will respect that the courts have spoken and the community has spoken.”

Aura Salon Spa relocates Aura Salon Spa, a full-service facility that offers a wide range of services including massage, skin-care services and hair and nail care, recently relocated from Highway 280 East to 157 Resource Center Parkway, Suite 113 near Holiday Inn Express. The new location is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more, visit or call 980-2504. Valleydale Dental and facial surgery clinic opens Hoover is the new home to Alabama Oral and Facial Surgery. Located at 2290 Valleydale Road, Suite 100, the clinic specializes in oral and maxillofacial procedures with expertise ranging from wisdom teeth removal to corrective jaw surgery. They also diagnose and treat facial injuries and perform a full range of dental implant and bone grafting procedures. For more, call 682-1099 or (866) 652-4447 or visit A new take on real estate Birmingham-based Avast Realty LLC, which launched in August 2012, is introducing a different concept to the real estate market. CEO Randy Brooks said the company offers 100 percent commissions to agents operating under the Avast name. The company covers much of the metro area and a large portion of

Shelby County with 41 agents and two locations – one on Valleydale Road open weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. “With technology where it is today, real estate agents don’t need a brick and mortar office or an agency to do their advertising for them,” Brooks adds. “If agents are making 100 percent of their commissions, they can do it themselves and put that money towards what they feel best helps their clients’ interests,” Brooks said. For more, visit or call 9656645. Greystone Church of the Highlands new facility The Greystone Church of the Highlands congregation moved to its new 50,000-squarefoot location off Highway 119 in December. For more than three years, the church held services at Greystone Elementary School but outgrew the location. The Greystone campus will hold Sunday worship services at 8, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. For more, visit campuses/greystone. Fanatic’s to focus on tenders Wing Fanatic in Greystone Park has changed its name to Fanatic’s Famous Chicken Tenders. Owner James Perkins said the restaurant’s specialty is fried or grilled chicken tenders tossed in one of its 50 sauces, but the menu also includes burgers, salads, wraps and wings, all available for dine-in or delivery. The restaurant is located at 5511 U.S. 280 and can be reached for more or to place orders at 995-0804. Lee Branch Rave theater sold to Carmike In 2012, Carmike Cinemas Inc. agreed to purchase 16 movie theaters operated by Rave Cinemas LLC, including the theater at Lee Branch. According to a Carmike release, the purchase price for the theaters is $19 million in cash and $100.4 million of assumed lease obligations. The purchase was expected to

close before the end of the year, and included Rave’s other Birmingham theaters in Patton and Vestavia Hills. Carmike Cinemas President and Chief Executive Officer David Passman indicated in the release that Carmike would not be slashing staff, saying he looks “forward to enthusiastically welcoming the Rave associates at these theatres to the growing Carmike family.” Shelby County Skin Wellness opens in Chelsea After listening to its patients in Shelby County request better access to dermatological care, Skin Wellness Center of Homewood opened a second clinic in Chelsea in December. The new clinic offers a full range of dermatology services including medical evaluations and treatment for conditions such as acne, rashes and skin cancer, as well as most elective cosmetic procedures. Office Manager Christina Brown said patients from Shelby County are pleased with Skin Wellness’ now closer proximity to their communities. The clinic, located at 398 Chesser Drive, Suite 3 in Chelsea, is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visit or call 871-7332. Chamber gives Diamond Awards On Dec. 6, The South Shelby Chamber of Commerce recognized the area’s exceptional businesses, ambassadors and citizens during its seventh annual Diamond Awards Ceremony. Ambassador of the Year was awarded to Peg Hill, a member of the Shelby County School Board. New Business of the Year went to Make You New, founded by Andrea Lewis. Business of the Year was given to New Leaf Design, owned by Chuck and Carla Watkins. Citizen of the Year went to Chelsea resident Bob Wanninger.

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PharmSouth/Spoonful of Sugar By DANNELLY FARROW Mt Laurel’s PharmSouth provides the best of both worlds: a neighborhood pharmacy and gift shop all in one. Jeremy and Angie Johnsey, Mt Laurel residents, opened the gift shop out of their home in March of 2012, and then the pharmacy opened and started to house the gifts just down the street in June. Instead of local designers selling their crafts in farmers markets and at fall festivals, Angie wanted a place where items could sell year-round so they did not have to worry about selling the items themselves. “I love being able to provide an outlet for their creativity, and it is wonderful to work with the designers. It’s by far my favorite part about having this store,” Angie said. The Johnseys’ Facebook page, Spoonful of Sugar, has allowed them to connect with people from all over the area. About 80 percent of the items sold in their store came through the connections they made on Facebook and word of mouth throughout Birmingham. They also use their page to promote the newest items for sale, allowing them to always connect with their customers. Angie is always looking for new gifts to sell and has an easy system set up for anyone who may want to sell items at PharmSouth. Once items have been brought in and approved by Angie, they are immediately on the shelves, and the designers are

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paid through commission once a month. “We sell a little bit of everything, from scarves to candles to jewelry. I wanted a store that is perfect for someone to run in, grab a gift for their friend and be on their way in 15 minutes with their gift wrapped,” Angie said. For gifts this winter, Angie said they have smaller gift items like $9

picture frames, $8 foot scrubs and jewelry starting at $5. If you are looking to spend more money on someone like a mom or mother-inlaw, she recommends their items like handmade camera straps with designer fabrics and leather cuff bracelets. On the other side of the store, the pharmacy is not just a simple neighborhood pharmacy. As a

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help for all Mt Laurel residents. Angie, a registered nurse, also offers vaccines and immunizations. For those in need of assistance, PharmSouth provides pill packs, an easy way to consolidate medicine into an easy daily pack. “We love having our store. If you have to work, it might as well be in your backyard so you can just walk to the store,” Angie said.

10 January 2013 FOOD & DRINK Most Friendly Service q Chick-fil-A Inverness q Chuck’s Fish q Flip Burger q Pizza Express q Stone’s Throw q Food Studio B q Tazaki’s q Tony’s Spaghetti House Most Kid Friendly Restaurant q Baumhower’s Restaurant q Dale’s Southern Grill q Johnny Ray’s q Moe’s q Mt. Fuji Best Happy Hour q Black Market Bar q Chuy’s q City Vineyard q Superior Grill Best Brunch q Dale’s Southern Grill q IHOP q The Tavern at the Summit Best Ladies Lunch q Ashley Mac’s q Bellini’s q Bella’s q Edgar’s q Tavern on The Summit q Taziki’s q TownHouse Tea Shoppe Best Date Night q Amore q Bellini’s q Chuck’s Fish q Flemings q Village Tavern Best Casual Dining q Dale’s Southern Grill q Full Moon BBQ q Jim N Nick’s q Lloyd’s q Max’s Deli q Surin 280 Best Asian Food q Asian Rim q Chen Express q Chop Suey Inn q Ginza q Hunan Cuisine q Kobe q New China q Surin 280 q Wan’s Chinese


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Best New Restaurant q Five Guys q Food Studio B q Pelotoni’s q Tellini’s q Tony’s Spaghetti House

Best Community Event q The Big Kaboom Fireworks in Chelsea q Chelsea Christmas parade q Mt Laurel Farmers Market q Mt Laurel Spring Fling

Best Pizza q Area 41 q Mellow Mushroom q Pizza Express q Salvatore’s q Sanpeggio’s

Best Neighborhood q Chelsea Park q Eagle Point q Meadow Brook q Mt Laurel

Best Coffee q Chelsea Coffee Shop q Ground Up Coffee & Smoothies q Panera Bread Company q Starbuck’s

Best Charity Event q Alabama Hunter Jumper Association Annual Pancake Breakfast q Chirps and Chips for the Alabama Wildlife Center q Inverness Vineyard Church’s Light the Night q Regions Classic q The Market Place sponsored by Junior League

Best Bakery q Annalyce’s Bake Shop q Edgar’s q Panera Bread Company q Pastry Art Bake Shoppe Best Restaurant Dessert q Bellini’s q Cheesecake Factory q Full Moon q Pelotoni’s


Best Italian Food q Amore q Bellini’s q Carraba’s q Pelotoni’s q Tellini’s q Tony’s Spaghetti House

Best Outdoor Space Heardmont Park Veteran’s Park Oak Mountain State Park Mt Laurel

Best Mexican Food q Chuy’s q Don Pepe q Pablo’s q Superior Grill

Best Church Choir q Asbury United Methodist q Christ Church United Methodist q Church of the Highlands q First Christian Church q Morningstar United Methodist q St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic

Best After School Activity q Dance South Studio q Exclusively Ballet & Dance q Head Over Heels Gymnastics q iJump q Kona Ice Truck Best Local Band/Musician q 2 Blu q hashbrown q Ryan Kinder q Sexy Tractor Band Best Local Personality q James Spann q Rick and Bubba q The Gingerbread Lady

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Restaurant Showcase Pelotoni’s 100 Chelsea Corners Way, Suite 102 678-2650 Tuesday-Wednesday, 4-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pelotoni’s By MADOLINE MARKHAM As Chelsea residents and seasoned food industry professionals, Jim and Heidi Colwell wanted to open a restaurant close to home, so they looked at what was available in the area, what Chelsea needed and figured out how they can be a good fit. The result? Italian food – from scratch – catered to the community around them. In October, Pelotoni’s opened in the former Hacienda location in Benson Plaza behind Chevron and Express Oil Change. Jim manages the kitchen and Heidi the bakery and front-of-house, with help from their three kids. Anna, 8, thinks she is the hostess, according to Heidi. Haakon, 12, helps out in the dish room and Gunnar, 10, helps take out boxes or do whatever else he can. They like to create their own calzones, and Anna’s favorite is filled with alfredo sauce, chicken and broccoli. As for the name, it’s actually not Italian but a French derivative, inspired by Jim’s passion for bicycle racing. Peloton refers to a pack or group of riders in a bicycle race, where riders take turns being at the front of the pack. “It signifies that we are greater as

Pelotoni’s bakery serves strawberry cake, cupcakes and assorted other desserts, made from scratch daily. Photos by Madoline Markham.

Heidi Colwell

a group than as individuals,” Heidi said. “Everyone is shocked that it’s not my last name. I have Italian in my family, but we chose this name.” Heidi is quick to talk about the popularity of Spicy Sal, pasta tossed in a mix of red and cream sauces made with vodka, livened by medium heat from crushed red peppers. The Lasagna, Lasagna Blanco (made with chicken, herbs and sundried tomatoes) and Bella’s Canneloni (stuffed with roasted chicken, ricotta, and herbs and topped with pesto cream sauce) are also popular. Heidi and the restaurant’s baker make the ravioli daily with flavors like chicken and gorgonzola or

spinach and feta. The Meatballs and Bolognese are recipes from Heidi’s family. Pelotoni’s also offers a kids’ menu with dishes like Chicken Parmesan in addition to chicken fingers and pizza. Heidi said she was surprised to have requests for “White Parmesan” – Chicken Parmesan with Alfredo sauce – so many that they added it to the menu. Tables are served with freshly baked country Italian bread and dipping oils, and Italian entrees come with a side salad. Their signature Frank Capra Salad is tossed with goat cheese from Stones Hollow Farm in Harpersville, dried cherries, slivered

almonds and poppy seed dressing. Heidi said the bakery is everevolving but always churning out scratch-made decadence. Daily they serve cheesecake, cannolini, tiramisu, cookies and their strawberry cake. Different cakes, developed and perfected by Heidi, rotate through as well, and any can be ordered for birthdays or other occasions. She served Red Velvet around the holidays and said it might be back for Valentine’s Day. Pelotoni’s recently opened for lunch and now serves smaller portions of their dinner pastas, unique sandwiches, salad and calzones made with ingredients from their other

dishes. So far, customers have told the Colwells how much they appreciate having a sit-down restaurant in Chelsea, but the couple is still working to address feedback from customers and improve the restaurant to be what they want it to be. They plan to add beer and wine menus and use the bakery for private parties. They get phone calls daily requesting carry out family meals, so they are trying to figure out logistics and pricing to provide that. “We really want to react to the needs of the community because we want to be here a long time,” Heidi said.

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12-12-12: A special birthday Hand-delivering meals to those in need By JEFF THOMPSON

JBMA students Mickey and Nikole Hardy (in truck) look on as meals are prepared for delivery.

Before sitting down to their own Thanksgiving dinners this year, Bruno Montessori families joined others in the community to deliver more than 350 Thanksgiving meals to veterans and others in the Birmingham area. For the third year in a row, Enjoy the City ( has sponsored and organized this initiative, partnering with Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy (JBMA), and this year with Our Lady of the Valley School, to deliver the meals. JBMA second grader Caleb Edwards, who helped with the meal delivery along with his family, said, “It makes me happy that the ladies we delivered to will have enough food for Thanksgiving.” While funds for the meals came largely from Enjoy the City’s sponsorship and donations, participants were also invited to join a 5K “Turkey Trot” at Heardmont Park on Nov. 17 to help cover the cost of the meals.

Then, on Nov. 21, employees at Publix scrambled to prepare 350 complete dinners, each enough to feed a family of six to eight. That’s Thanksgiving dinner for a total of more than 2,000 people. Each meal consisted of an 8-10 pound turkey, sides, pumpkin pie and a gallon of sweet tea. JBMA students and their families, as well as representatives from Enjoy the City, then delivered the meals to Oak Mountain Missions, The Salvation Army and The Veterans Administration Hospital, and to individual families designated by Oak Mountain Missions. Participants seemed to think of their involvement as a privilege and a treat. Organizer and JBMA parent Anne Stanton’s comment about the event sums up this spirit of graciousness. “Tons of fun,” she simply stated. – Submitted by Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy (

Kiam Ronan Moriya is a sixth-grade student at Joseph Bruno Montessori Academy. He’s an active kid outside the classroom, boasting a black belt in tae kwon do and spending his free weekends on the BMX track at Oak Mountain State Park. In fact, he had his birthday there last month. On Dec. 12. (12-12-2012) When he turned 12. At 12:12 p.m. “I’ve got his birth certificate if you want to see it,” said his mother, Tamara Moria. That’s six 12s for Kiam, and his family considers it a “lucky” birthday for two reasons. Kiam’s dad, Kazuo, is an ordained Christian minister,

and in the Bible the number 12 has significant meaning. Biblical scholars believe it represents “governmental perfection,” as it’s the number of the sons of Jacob, tribes of Israel and apostles of Jesus. But Kazuo Moriya is also Japanese, and Tamara is the executive director of the Japan-America Society of Alabama. And in Japan, the society measures years by its emperors. “While the Christian way of numbering years is commonly used in Japan today, a parallel numbering system for years based on the reigns of emperors is also frequently applied,” reads “The year 2000, for example, which happened to be the 12th year of the reign of the current

Kiam Ronan Moriya, center, with his family.

emperor, whose posthumous name will be Heisei, is called “Heisei 12.” So, Kiam, born in the 12th year of Heisei, turned 12 on Dec. 12, 2012 at 12:12 p.m., bringing his total 12s to seven. And no matter which calendar you’re following, “lucky number 7” has its implications.

Smith wins Liberty Park Geography Bee Will Smith, an eighth-grade student, recently placed first in the Liberty Park Middle School Geography Bee. Sixth grader Noah Aven placed second, and eighth graders Chris Hughes and Jack Hart tied for third. Greg Jeane, a retired geography professor from Samford University, was the contest officiator. Every sixth-, seventh- and eighthgrade student at the school took a qualifier test, and the 25 students who scored the

highest participated in the school-wide bee. As LPM’s winner, Smith will take a test to see if he qualifies for the Alabama State Geography Bee. Only the top 75 school winners make it to the State Bee. The state winners will participate in the National Bee in Washington D.C. The overall winner will receive a $25,000 scholarship, as well as a trip with National Geographic and Jeopardy! Host Alex Trebek to the Galapagos Islands.

Geography Bee winners Noah Aven, second; Will Smith, first; and Chris Hughes, third. Back row: Jennifer Isbell, Liberty Park Middle School Geography Bee coordinator; Greg Jeane, contest officiator; and Jack Hart, third.

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Women of 280 Savvy • Energetic • Creative • Smart • Strong • Brave

Each January 280 Living recognizes businesswomen dedicated to our community. We applaud them for their creative, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial spirit and appreciate their efforts to make the place we call home the best it can be. Through their businesses, these women represent our area to all who stop through, and for that we are grateful. Articles featured in this section are paid advertisements

Dr. Meghan Lemke


Board Certified Allergy & Asthma Specialist

r. Meghan Lemke is a Board Certified Allergist. She received her undergraduate degree from Allegheny College and attended the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minnesota. She completed her residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and remained at Vanderbilt for a fellowship in Immunology and Allergy at the University Medical Center. Dr. Lemke is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and the Tennessee Society of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology. She has also served as an Assistant Professor of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonary Medicine at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. Dr. Lemke is the recipient of several awards for outstanding performance in her undergraduate studies, medical school, and training. She treats pediatric and adult patients, and physician referral is not required. To schedule an appointment, please call (205) 871-9661 or visit Homewood • Hoover Hwy 280 • Cullman (205) 871-9661

Back row [L-R]: Lori Voison, Laura Hadgraft, Hannah Schneider, Meredith Logan Front row [L-R]: Catherine Buttrey, Meghan Sweeney, Madison Fant, Amy Harris


ori Voison has had a long-time interest in cake decorating. Her daughters would request cakes for their birthdays, and as they became more creative, her interest grew as well. When her sister asked her to make a wedding cake, she was hooked! She opened Annalyce’s Bake Shop on December 23, 2011. The wife and mother of two owns and operates the bakery, located in the Greystone area. She offers new cupcake varieties daily, as well as custom cakes and bakery treats. Baking was once her hobby and occupied much of her free time, but now that she does that professionally, she spends her free time with family and friends. She and her family are also very involved with Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church and School. 5479 Highway 280, Suite 122 • (205) 991-5006


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Colleen Burback and Andie Mango

he challenging economy has brought many changes, but it’s also spurred people to try new things. That’s especially true for Colleen Burback. After her husband lost his job of 22 years, her help was needed with household expenses, so she started The Hollydazzle Market, a holiday arts and crafts show, three years ago. The show quickly became a success, so she decided to open a business year-round. She opened Serendipity, a retail store in Brook Highland. She later sold the store and opened a boutique, The Urban Barn, in Inverness Corners, in November. “Business has been terrific since we opened,” she says. “I thought a boutique clothing store without the usual boutique prices would do well here.” When she’s not at the store, her four children keep her busy. One son plays baseball for Chelsea Middle School as well as travel ball, a daughter that plays travel softball, and a son that plays basketball with CYC.

the urban barn 830 Inverness Corners • (205) 451-8888



5299 Valleydale Road Suite 111 (two blocks from hwy 280) 980-9030

Georgia Lay

eorgia Lay has been running 280 Medical Supply for 10 years. And hers is one of the few female-owned businesses in her industry in the entire country. She’s known for her strong commitment to community and family. Prior to owning her business, she worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years. Her wealth of experience combined with a personal attention to her clients creates that personal touch that makes her business stand out from non-locally owned competitors. Georgia stocks an extensive line of orthotic bracing in addition to aids to daily living such as wheelchairs, knee walkers, liftchairs, hospital beds and more. She carries plenty of diabetic needs: testing supplies, insulin pumps, shoes and supplements as well as Nebulizers, CPAP, Woundcare, Ostomy and Incontinence supplies. Georgia has a strong reimbursement background and works closely with physicians to get the required paperwork to bill your insurance. 280 Medical Supply accepts almost all insurance companies and Medicare and Medicaid.

15582 Hwy 280, Chelsea, Baptist Health Center • 205-678-8755

Front Row: Renee Tucker, Jessica Steed, Erica Steed, Amy Harrison Back Row: Dottie Slatton, Renee Walker, Renee Steed

hen Southeastern Jewelers first opened in 1952, its staff went above and beyond to make each person who walked through the doors feel welcome. Today, things are no different. Celebrating its 60th year in 2012, this family owned and operated business and staple of the South has brought happiness to many through the years – all thanks to its relaxing atmosphere and dedicated employees. Driven by the attitude, “Treat people how we like to be treated,” they work as a team to pair every patron with the perfect item. Together, the staff has 300 years of combined experience in the industry Come visit (seated, from left) Renee Tucker, Jessica Steed, Erica Steed, Amy Harrison, (standing, from left) Dottie Slatton, Renee Walker, Renee Steed and Johnna Steed (not pictured) at Southeastern Jewelers today!

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Tammy Rogers


n 2009, Tammy Rogers was managing more than 500 Rite-Aid Pharmacies in seven states. In 2005, she became the first woman governor appointed to the Alabama State Board of Pharmacy. Soon after, she was elected President of the Board, but she realized during that time she was eager to go back to getting to know her customers. So, in 2011, Rogers opened Beaumont Pharmacy & Gift Boutique across the street from Inverness Village on Valleydale Road. There, she knows all of her customers by name and is willing to go above and beyond to satisfy each one. Beaumont allows customers the opportunity to partake in a traditional soda shop experience while picking up prescriptions or building personalized gift baskets. And for Rogers, the store gives her the opportunity to build what she loves – relationships.


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Kao Lee


ao Lee’s business, Serene Step, has given many in the 280 area a new meaning for the phrase “foot massage.” Lee is a certified therapist who practices Ashiatsu Oriental Bar Therapy, a form of deep-tissue massage where therapists hang from suspended bars to massage clients with their feet. After earning a degree in her home state of South Carolina, Lee traveled to Cincinnati specifically to master Ashiatsu. She’s been working out of Beyond Wellness on Valleydale Road for more than a year. “My clients look forward to seeing me. It’s nice to help relieve their pain and stress and, when they need it, listen to them. I love this business because I never feel like I don’t have a friend.”

Serene Step located inside


Rebekah Mills

unique and beautiful tradition is alive and well at The TownHouse Tea Shoppe in Mt Laurel. Rebekah Mills invites you to enjoy the opulent, yet simple pleasures of Fine China and Lovely Crystal in a most pleasant surrounding. Whether you are just dropping by for a scone or two, or to enjoy the one-of-a-kind Formal Three-Tier English Tea Service, you will not be disappointed. The delicious menu includes a hot entree’ every day, salads, sandwiches & marvelous desserts, to be savored in a welcoming atmosphere. “Meat & 3 Plus Tea!” The quaint and cozy charm of Mt Laurel provides the perfect spot for Birthdays, Brides Maids Luncheons, Rehearsal Dinners, Small Weddings and Receptions. TownHouse Tea Shoppe is a Delightful Destination. Open for Lunch and Tea Service Wednesday through Saturday 11 - 2 and for Afternoon Tea by reservation from 2 - 4.

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23 Olmsted St, Mt Laurel • 529-0081

4898 Valleydale Rd. Ste. A-3 • Cell Phone: 864.285.5960 Located inside Beyond Wellness Medspa •


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Carol Gregg

Nicole Hovanec


icole Hovanec and her husband, Doug, were regularly driving more than 30 minutes for a fine dining experience when they decided 280 residents deserved better. So, in 2008, they brought the experience to Greystone by opening Bellini’s Ristorante on Cahaba Valley Road. At Bellini’s, Nicole and Doug live by the phrase “Life is Sweet,” and their passions are your food and your service. Bellini’s offers seasonal menus, an extensive wine selection and desert specials, as well as private dining options and catering. Nicole, after helping develop the concept, is also responsible for the restaurant’s design, decoration and layout and is currently part of a team that manages operations, marketing and development. A mother of two boys, she is involved with Community Helpers and S.M.I.L.E. – both charitable organizations that benefit local inner-city youth, and has hosted numerous fundraising events for both at Bellini’s.

arol Gregg is a cake artist, and Pastry Art Bake Shoppe is her studio. There, customers will find delicious two-bite cakes called Baby Bites available in 25 flavors including Marble, Red Velvet and Caramel. The cakes are perfect for any event, as well as after-dinner desserts or after-school treats. They can even be customized with school logos, colors, baby shower motifs or birthday celebrations. The bakery also offers custom wedding and special occasion cakes in the same flavors as the Baby Bites. Carol and her talented staff work out of a state-of-the-art kitchen that she designed to make everything from scratch daily, and her shop showcases her collection of antique cooking utensils and other treasures. The bakery is located in Inverness Corners between Kohl’s and Mellow Mushroom.

6801 Cahaba Valley Rd, Ste 106 • 205.981.5380•

940 Inverness Corners • 995-5855 •


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Dr. Lora Gaxiola


r. Lora Gaxiola is no stranger to the medical world. “My father is a physician, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a dentist,” she says. Four years ago, she had the chance to buy an existing dental practice, Narrows Family Dentistry, and she has embraced the opportunity to offer general and cosmetic dental services for the entire family within her own practice. Her practice is nestled in the Narrows community between Greystone and Chelsea, and she loves meeting community members and serving their dental needs. She also makes her home along the 280 corridor, and she enjoys visiting local shops and boutiques and working out at the Greystone YMCA. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, 3-year-old son and 7-month-old baby girl.

Narrows Family DeNtistry 194 Narrows Drive, Suite 105 (205) 981-2994

Peggy Agee


wo years ago, Peggy Agee had a vision. After one look at the furniture store turned flea mall on Highway 280, she was sure the space could be so much more – more vibrant, sophisticated, upbeat and upscale. Her vision, she knew, was Greystone Antiques and Marketplace. Peggy is manager, buyer and designer for 280’s hottest melding of new and old, a 20,000 square-foot, designinspired space featuring the perfect mix of pretty, posh and particularly charming. The store, she says, has every furnishing you’d need to fill a home, and designers who can help you do it. But it’s just as useful in providing an afternoon getaway where, perhaps, the perfect accent has been hiding. The store is an everchanging gallery and has more than 50 vendors. The staff is fun, friendly and eager to assist, and Peggy is eternally thankful to the community for helping her vision become a dream-come-true.

(205) 995-4773 • 5475 Highway 280 (Across from Jim & Nicks) Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 1-5

Monica Barnett Smith Exclusively Ballet & Dance celebrates 21 years!


onica Barnett Smith, former principal dancer with the Alabama Ballet and a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, founded Exclusively Ballet & Dance in 1992. Her success in North Shelby County has been a result of offering quality dance instruction in a warm yet professional atmosphere. Classes are structured for students to achieve the progress to bring out their full potential. Each instructor is certified and passionate about sharing dance with children in the community, striving to build good self-esteem in each student. The studio is grateful to North Shelby County parents for putting their trust in Exclusively Ballet to instruct so many of their children. Whether your child is looking for recreational dance classes, preparing for dance team tryouts or dreams of becoming the principal dancer of a ballet company, Exclusively has the program that will meet your needs!

7154 Cahaba Valley Rd • 995.9220 •

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Myra Fabian


t’s been nearly ten years since the Fabians bought The UPS Store in Inverness Plaza, and Myra Fabian has seen a lot of changes. From the old red, white and blue of the Mailboxes, Etc. store to the expanded black and tan of The UPS Store last year, there have been changes in technology and service demands as well. Myra is looking forward to adding new print technology in early 2013 – updated copiers and a print production machine to better meet the growing needs around her. Additional products targeting small business owners and smallbut-growing businesses are also being launched. “I am very excited about helping my customers reach their goals,” Myra says. “I love document design and am thrilled to be able to produce high-quality products for them.”

Inverness Plaza (behind Compass Bank) • 991.9999 The Village at Lee Branch (near Academy Sports) • 408.9399

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Jackie Maniscalco


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Jessica Palmer

irmingham native Jackie Maniscalco and her husband Sam own and operate Salon M2, which is located on Valleydale Road in Inverness. They opened the salon in December of 2005 with the vision of creating an environment in which everyone, guests and staff alike, would be comfortable from day one. Now entering their eighth year of operation, what the team at Salon M2 has accomplished has far exceeded any and all expectations the couple had for their business. Jackie has been “behind the chair” for four decades, and has watched the salon industry reinvent itself time and time again. When questioned if changing with the times has come easily, and if her commitment to her craft is as strong as ever, she replied “Absolutely! You see, I’ve been blessed in that what I do for a living also happens to be my passion. I love making people feel good about themselves!”

r. Jessica Palmer is a leader in the field of clinical eye care and vision disorders. And, after one visit to her business, you’ll see it – and everything else – much more clearly. Dr. Palmer and her staff at Narrows Family Eye Care have built a reputation for providing excellence in patient care, clinical education and optical services. Because they believe each patient deserves the best possible treatment, they go above and beyond to provide it. The clinic offers a wide range of services to fit every eye care need, including retinal disease management, glaucoma treatment, as well as dry eye and ocular allergy therapy. She also offers basic vision and eye health exams, and can make your glasses the same day you pick them out. Narrows Family Eye Care accepts most insurance, so schedule an appointment today!

5299 Valleydale Road, Suite 107 • 995-6123 •

13521 Old Hwy 280, Suite 233, The Narrows 980-4530 •

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Dr. Irma Leon Palmer


ntering 20 years of service to the Birmingham community, Dr. Irma Leon Palmer’s passion for improving the lives of those in our area is still going strong! As a wellness-oriented chiropractor, she routinely cares for patients with back or neck pain, and she’s committed to discovering the root of the problem and not just treating the symptoms. At Chiropractic Today, you get so much more than just a chiropractor…you get a doctor committed to helping you live your life wide open! Dr. Palmer is dedicated to protecting and restoring health through a totally natural approach utilizing foundational wellness principles. Call her today to learn about Chiropractic Today’s Health Recovery System at 205-991-3511. Learn how this revolutionary program can make 2013 the year you take back your health!

420 Inverness Corners • 991-3511 •



an Peine is a local author who sees purpose in the books she writes. “All of our books have powerful messages,” she says. “They are intended to encourage hope and inspire others.” She co-owns Ashway Press with her husband David, which released its first children’s book in 2007, and has released six books in all. Ashways latest 2012 release, Bible Bits, written by D.M. Evans, is a must-have devotional that truly touches hearts! Ashway is a family venture, with daughters Kendra Weeks and Lindsay Brindley serving as art director and chief editor, respectively. Above all else, she says her most important jobs are to be a follower of Jesus and a wife to her husband, David. In addition to her duties at Ashway and to her family, Jan is in charge of a single-mom ministry, and she is an avid supporter of Sav-A-Life Shelby. • (205) 995-8482 Order books online, at Family Christian Stores [Inverness], Briarwood book store, and Amazon


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Nena Maniscalco


s the owner and Director of Dance South Studio, Nena Maniscalco has served the Shelby County community for 23 years and is proud to provide the highest quality dance instruction for beginner, intermediate and advanced dance students. From the preschool to the most advanced level curriculum, her students gain a solid understanding of proper technique and terminology that help to foster physical awareness while improving carriage, poise, and coordination. Nena and her faculty offer classes in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, clogging, competition teams, technique and strength conditioning. While the main studio is located in Chelsea, Dance South also provides dance instruction to students in five other remote locations in North Shelby County elementary schools and a local church. Detailed information regarding Dance South Studio can be found at

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Miranda Carter


s a 14-year-old girl, Miranda Carter had a big dream of owning her own business. By the time she turned 19, her dream was reality. She incorporated Johnny Ray’s, a restaurant in Chelsea, when she was 18 and opened the business the next year. Along with her brother, Jeremy, she puts in countless hours at the restaurant, and her hard work shows — Johnny Ray’s is packed every day for lunch and dinner, and her customers love their food. In 2010, Miranda expanded into an adjacent space that had become available, and she and her brother opened a second business, Yogurt Your Way, inside the restaurant. But it isn’t just about business for Miranda. She is very active, from local schools and churches to big events in the area, to the South Shelby Chamber or Commerce, and much more. She uses her business to provide for herself and her daughter, but she helps many others along the way as well.

dance south

316 Foothills Drive, Chelsea • 678-4414 •

10659 Old Highway 280 • Chelsea • (205) 678-8418

Darlene Self

Deanna Adams

“When I discovered Tea Party Castle in Michigan, I immediately wanted to bring this unique party experience to Mt Laurel,” said Tea Party Castle’s Darlene Self. “Every girl loves to be treated like a princess, and that is our specialty!” Tea Party Castle uses creativity and femininity to create the ultimate party celebration. A singing princess acts as hostess helping guests age four and up transform for their celebration with an updo and lovely dress which they will show off on stage in a fashion show. Little princesses also enjoy a tea party on fine china and dancing! You won’t find another place that makes your special event more memorable than Tea Party Castle. Call to reserve your celebration time.

23 Olmsted Street, The Town of Mt Laurel • 529.0081 www.teapartycastle/


ongtime Birmingham resident and lover of fitness Deanna Adams is excited to share the Pure Barre technique with other women in the 280 area. She had always been active as a competitive tennis player, runner, and exercise class participant, but she was drawn to how Pure Barre allowed her to achieve instant results within a high energy and camaraderie studio atmosphere. Each 55-minute class teaches isometric movements at the ballet barre to motivating music—all to lift your seat, tones your thighs, abs and arms and burns fat in record-breaking time. Deanna now co-owns the Highway 280 location of Pure Barre, where she manages operations, teaches classes and empowers change in many women’s lives. Deanna desires to help others reach their lifestyle goals through physical activity and believes that Pure Barre offers the best program for achieving optimal results both physically and mentally.

5426 Highway 280 East, Suite 6 • 991-5224 •

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Katie Baker Bolton , Dianne Baker-Clelland


t Baker Lamps and Linens, the mother-daughter team of Dianne Baker-Clelland and Katie Baker Bolton promise that no matter what you bring into the store, you’ll love it when you leave. The Baker family has been in the business of building and rebuilding lamps for more than four decades, and they’ve crafted a one-stop shop on Valleydale Road for every interior decorating need. Besides candles, jewelry and baby gifts, shoppers can find high-end linens and furniture. But don’t forget the lamps – Baker offers the largest selection of lampshades in the area, and the majority are made in the U.S. They specialize in repairing and rewiring lamps and chandeliers, and boast they can make a lamp out of just about anything. “We’ll make you love your ugly lamp,” Dianne says. “And if not, we’ll make you a new one.”

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Your Health Today By Dr. Irma Palmer

Last month I wrote about the need to have a game plan for succeeding with your new year’s resolution, which very likely sounds something like this: “I’m going to eat better, lose weight, and exercise more.” I explained the importance of avoiding the hype and letting us help you take control of your health with our health recovery system which includes utilizing hair analysis technology to determine your mineral excesses and deficiencies. In addition to utilizing hair analysis, we’ve also introduced the Standard Process Purification Program, a 21-day cleanse. This is a great out-of-the-box way of thinking that is sure to help you succeed with your own plan for a new you! During the 21-day cleanse, you’ll experience an internal cleansing and detoxification of the body, learn about your body and what it needs to stay healthy, live a healthier life by purifying, nourishing, and maintaining a healthy body, and take specific whole-food supplements to help your body purify and rebuild itself starting at your cells. Let’s take a look at how it works. First, you need to recognize that we are all suffering from some degree of toxic overload. Toxins are in the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the air we

breathe. It’s easy to think of air pollution and water contaminants as toxins, but consider this: our food supply includes over 14,000 chemical additives, and the average American consumes more than 150 pounds of additives and 158 pounds of sugar annually. Additionally, we eat trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and MSG, which are all examples of ingested toxins. These, combined with toxins that enter through our lungs (exhaust and toxic fumes, second-hand smoke, etc) and those that enter through our skin (perfumes, lotions, hair sprays, etc.) mean that we are often highly toxic individuals! What effect does all of this toxicity (and poor diet) have on us? See if you can relate to any of these common problems: weight gain, fatigue, headaches, allergies, joint/muscle pain, hormonal function, anxiety and stress, edema, skin rashes, sleep problems, and cholesterol problems. Am I suggesting that toxins are the only cause of these problems? Of course not! But I firmly believe these issues can be caused by a toxic lifestyle and at the very least are exacerbated by one! Another problem is the prevalence of diabetes. Type II diabetes is becoming more common in the US. From 1980 to

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today, the number of Americans with diabetes has more than tripled (from 5.8 million to 18.8 million) as reported by the American Diabetes Association. Toxicity plays an unfavorable role in this disease, but it doesn’t have to! When dealing with toxins, the human body has three options: it can bury them in body fat, deposit them in the tissues, or remove them. The long-term ingestion of low level toxins may lead to what we label as disease. The goal of the 21-day cleanse is to help the body remove the toxins. And at Chiropractic Today, we use the Standard Process Purification Program. Standard Process is the leader in wholefood supplements and is devoted to improving the quality of life by providing the safest, most effective, highest quality dietary supplements made available through health care professionals. That means you can’t walk into your local store and purchase Standard Process products. In August of 2012, for the sixth consecutive year, Standard Process Inc. was named one of America’s fastest going private companies on the Inc. 5000 list. When you come into our office, we can tell you more specifics about the 21-day cleanse, and show you exactly what it will look like for you. It’s a combination

of supplements, shakes, and changes in eating (what and when!) What can you expect from purification? More energy, weight loss, better digestion, reduced joint and muscle pain, clearer skin, shinier hair, and an improved mood…a healthier YOU! And understand that you won’t be going it alone. The staff at Chiropractic Today will walk alongside you with motivational emails, recipes, explanations of what you should be feeling, and weekly measurement checks. Please don’t wait – take control of your health TODAY. Call my office at 205-9913511 to learn more about the 21-day cleanse. You can also join us on January 8th at our office at 6:15 p.m. if you’d like to learn more. Reservations are essential. Food and drinks will be provided. If you miss that opportunity, don’t worry…we will have additional opportunities to get you started and other advanced nutrition workshops as part of our health recovery system…a totally natural way to recover your health and succeed at your personalized plan. And don’t forget about our hair analysis testing to help you determine what your body needs and why…you can read more about all of this on our website at Happy new year! Happy new YOU!

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Dinan earns Eagle Scout rank Steven Dinan, 17, a senior at John Carroll Catholic High School, has achieved Scouting’s highest rank, that of Eagle Scout. He is a member of Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church Troop 71 under the leadership of Scoutmaster Don Peterson. Dinan started in the scouting program as a Tiger Cub in 2000. He earned the Arrow of Light Award, Cub Scouting’s highest award and crossed over to Boy Scouts and began his journey to Eagle Scout. This journey included summer camp outings at Camp Sequoyah and trips to Pine Mountain, Hiawassee, Fort Morgan and the Smoky Mountains. Dinan also participated in the Rugged E Adventure trip to Emerald Bay at Catalina Island, Calif. and High Adventure trip to Florida Sea Base in the Florida Keys. As a member of Troop 71, Dinan held a variety of troop leadership positions including Webmaster, Historian and Patrol Leader. He was selected to attend National Youth

Leadership Training and was tapped into the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s Honor Society. Dinan also earned the Ad Altare Dei and the Pope Pius XII Religious Awards enriching his development in the faith community. Dinan completed over 150 service hours and earned 35 merit badges on his journey to Eagle Dinan grew up in Shelby County and visited Oak Mountain State Park often for camping, hiking and mountain biking. For his Eagle Scout Project, Dinan led a group of scouts and adult leaders to create the BUMP STOP REST AREA at Oak Mountain State Park. The rest area is for cyclists to gather, relax, visit and enjoy comfortable benches and picnic tables in a shaded area next to the BUMP changing stations, garage and washing station and bike rack. His project included design, fundraising and leadership of scouts and leaders to complete the project, which required clearing the area by cutting limbs and removing debris, recycling

of three picnic tables original to the Park, construction of two park benches, installation of a bat house for mosquito patrol, installation of a dusk to dawn light for added safety for those coming and going after dark, digging of a drainage ditch, and installation of an architectural boulder and ground cover to finish the area. The project was done in coordination with BUMP and Oak Mountain State Park. Dinan is a four-year letterman on the John Carroll Cross Country Team, has performed in school plays, is a student ambassador, Peer Minister and member of Carroll Students Modeling Christ, Latin Club, Frassati Club and Art Club. Away from school and scouts, Dinan enjoys water skiing, wakesurfing and wakeboarding, cycling, playing guitar and piano and hanging out with friends. He is the son of Mark and Martha Dinan of Inverness and grandson of Jim and Carol Newton of Chelsea and Bill and Marian Dinan of Indian Springs.

Mt Laurel residents partnering for PurplesStride Kathryn Brekle, a third-grade teacher at Mt Laurel Elementary School, lost her mom to pancreatic cancer two years ago. Since then, she has been increasingly involved with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to help raise support and awareness for this terrible disease. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network will hold the 5K run/walk, PurpleStride

Birmingham 2013, on Feb. 23, 2013. Friends and coworkers of Brekle from the Mt Laurel community have formed a team called Mt Laurel PanCan. The team is hoping to have at least 20 members participate. To join the Mt Laurel team or to donate to this great cause, please email Beth Ansley at bansley@ or visit the PurpleStride

Birmingham 2013 homepage and search for the team Mt Laurel PanCan. For more, visit birmingham2013/ Friends and of Kathryn Brekle, from the Mt Laurel community, participate in the PurpleStride Birmingham 2012. Photo courtesy of Beth Ansley.

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Miss Merry Christmas Pageant winners announced By AMANDA BOCK

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The Miss Merry Christmas Pageant was held in the Chelsea High School auditorium on Dec. 1. The journalism class has sponsored the Christmas pageant for 17 years. All profit goes to support the Journalism Department at Chelsea High School.

Spain Park senior Casey Henderson receives glider lessons from Over the Mountain Aviation Flight School.

Birth to four years. Sophia Bagley, second alternate; Julie Shirah, Miss Merry Christmas; Crimson Niven, third alternate; Caroline Malloy, first alternate. 5k to second grade. Heidi Kuykendall, first alternate; Avery Harris, third alternate; Alaysha Crews, Miss Merry Christmas; Megan Lawley, second alternate


Third to fifth grade. Sophia Mashon, third alternate; Morgan Seabolt, second alternate; Mallee Nichols, Miss Merry Christmas; Anna Dunn, first alternate Sixth to eighth grade. Madison Smith, first alternate; Kelly Snider, Miss Merry Christmas; Gracie Bradford, second alternate; Neely Griggs, third alternate

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Ninth to 12th grade. Kylie Dutton, third alternate; Emma Franklin, first alternate; Allie Smith, Miss Merry Christmas; Rebecca Johnson, second alternate. Photos courtesy of Bill Miller Photography.

After expressing interest in raising awareness of the need for quality flight instruction in the area, two Spain Park students – Casey Henderson and Madison Luther – saw their aviation dreams realized. Luther’s father, Mark, partnered with Barry Franks to create Over the Mountain Aviation Flight School at the Shelby County Airport ( The flight school already has four aircraft in its fleet. With a combined 80 years of aviation experience, Luther and Franks are hopeful that the interest expressed by Casey and Madison will encourage other young pilots as well as anyone who wants to fulfill their dream of learning how to fly. While a senior at Spain Park, Henderson earned his private pilot license. This fall, while at Auburn, he continued his training with Over the Mountain Aviation Flight School and earned his private glider license. And in late November, Spain Park High senior Madison Luther completed her oral and FAA check ride to obtain her private pilot’s license. The accomplishment is no small feat, particularly given the full time academic demands already on these students. Luther, who plans to pursue aerospace engineering in college, is in the top 10 percent of her class and maintains a 4.0 GPA.

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School House Sellers named Assistant Principal of the Year

From left are: Dr. Lewis Brooks, assistant superintendent of administration; Jennifer Goolsby, middle school coordinator; Bill Sellers, assistant principal; Larry Haynes, principal; and Randy Fuller, superintendent of education. Photo courtesy of Shelby County Board of Education.

Bill Sellers, assistant principal at Oak Mountain Middle School, has been named Assistant Principal of the Year for 2012 by the Alabama Association of Secondary School Principals (AASSP). Sellers was nominated for the award by Principal Larry Haynes and OMMS faculty members. Sellers learned of the award at a surprise assembly on Nov. 28, where several family members were on hand to help surprise him with the announcement. They included: Gene and Charlotte Sellers (parents); Laura Sellers (wife); Jennah, Jonah, and Julianna (children); Camile Lozito (sister); and Nick and Sophia Lozito (nephew and niece). “This was a total surprise,” Sellers


said. “I wasn’t quite sure what was going on when I saw my family come out. I had no knowledge of the nomination.” As the winner of the state award, Sellers will be recognized at both the state and national levels. He will be Alabama’s candidate for the National Assistant Principal of the Year program, which is sponsored by Virco Manufacturing Corporation and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. He will also serve a term on the Board of Directors of the AASSP. Sellers has served as assistant principal at Oak Mountain Middle since 1998. He is also taught science in Coosa County and Vestavia Hills.

Firefighters, cheerleaders team up for children

Members of the Spain Park Cheerleader Program pose with Hoover Fire Department firefighters from Station No. 8 and toys they collected for the Department’s Toys for Tots program.

Instead of giving each other gifts this holiday season, freshman, JV and varsity members of the Spain Park Cheer Program opted

Jeremy Worley, Brian Reed, Charlie Gerald, Derrek Oldham and Anthony Colafrancesco.

Student earns national honors for paintings In November, Spain Park High School senior Annabelle DeCamillis was chosen as a prestigious YoungArts finalist for her work in visual arts. She was selected from a field of more than 10,000 applicants as one of only 15 students from her category. DeCamillis will travel to Miami this month for a week of interaction with some of the world’s most distinguished artists. Former master teachers at YoungArts include Mikhail Barishnikov, Martin Scorsese and Quincy Jones. Among the finalists, some will be chosen for scholarships of up to $10,000.

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In addition, YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for the U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the country’s highest honor for artistically talented high school seniors. Each year, 20 YoungArts winners are chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and showcase their work at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. and are awarded as U.S. Presidential Scholars by the President of the United States at a White House ceremony.

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Mullens named player of the year Spain Park quarterback joins elite group of state, national football players By JEFF THOMPSON After an amazing season as quarterback for the Spain Park Jaguars, Nick Mullens has been named Gatorade’s Alabama Football Player of the Year. The senior quarterback passed for 3,629 yards and 40 touchdowns, leading the Jags (10-3) to the Class 6A state semifinals. A 2011 Class 6A AllState Honorable Mention selection, Mullens completed 64 percent of his passes while throwing only seven interceptions. “He has been our unquestioned leader all year,” Spain Park Coach Chip Lindsey said, crediting Mullens as one of the best players he had ever coached. “I’ve been here two years now, and I’ve seen him progress so much. He’s gotten bigger and stronger, and this season he was like another coach on field. He’ll be sorely missed.” Players of the Year are selected by a Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports. What does being named Gatorade 2012 Alabama Football Player of the Year (POY) mean to you? It is a true honor. It means I have excelled on the football field as well as off. It is special to be a part of an award that many greats have won such as Jerome Bettis and Mark Sanchez. What are your thoughts on your onfield performance this season? It was a great season for me on the field. I’m proud of our team because we came together and really played well down the stretch. We were outmatched

success. My mom has been my biggest fan since I started playing football. I always rely on my dad for advice and guidance through tough situations. My parents have helped develop my leadership skills throughout my career. My parents along with my brother and sister and grandparents are the best support I have.

Nick Mullens (9) escapes a Chelsea defender during Spain Park’s game against the Hornets in 2012. Above photo courtesy Cari Dean. Right courtesy Hoover City Schools.

in a lot of games size-wise and still managed to have a great team attitude to pull out wins. How have you grown this year? This year I have grown as a quarterback and as a player. I am now 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, coming from 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds my junior year. I have also grown in my decisionmaking and play-making abilities. As a senior, it was nice to have the freedom to change the play at the line of scrimmage or have the option to run or pass. Coach Lindsey trusted me so he allowed me to have more freedom within the offense. What other activities do you participate in at Spain Park? At Spain Park I participate in Senior Class Officers, where I hold the position of Publicity Coordinator. I also am a

Peer Helper and serve in a drug, alcohol and tobacco free awareness program called Teens Need Teens. We travel to elementary schools to counsel and do presentations for them. I am apart of Fellowship of Christian Athletes as well. What do you do in your spare time? In my spare time, I hang out with the same guys I’ve played football with since I was in second grade. These guys are mostly my receivers including Drake Grisham, Ben Olinger and Cade Hoffman. I also like to kayak and fish. I live on a lake and get out on the kayak a good bit. Tell us about your family. How have they helped you succeed during your high school career? My family is one of the keys to my

What are your goals for college? What about after? I am committed to play college football at Jacksonville State University. My goals for college are to have a successful fouryear college football career while enjoying a nice college experience. The quarterbacks are young at JSU, so my goal is to get playing time as a freshman. On into my career, I plan to go into business and possibly sports public relations. How has the coaching staff prepared you for the next step? Coach Lindsey and my coaches have prepared me well for college. Coach Lindsey is my QB coach and does a great job. He has taught me a collegelevel offense and how to be mentally tough through the course of a tough season. My coaches have taught me how to make right decisions on and off the field. What advice would you give to the next Jags’ quarterback? Just for some background info, the next Spain Park QB will be Mickey Forrest. He transferred from Oak Mountain last year. I have taken him

under my wing and hopefully taught him a few things. We are now very good friends. My advice to him would be to first establish yourself as the leader and get your senior leaders to establish a successful mindset for the team. Then prepare as hard as you can so the work will pay off. When I say prepare I mean prepare starting now in the offseason. Work hard, learn from your coaches and study the film. While doing this, stay humble and be thankful for the opportunities. With your final season as a Jag reaching its end, what will you miss most about the program? The thing I’ll miss most about being part of the Jags program is the relationships. I’ll miss suiting up and playing with the kids I’ve played with since second grade. Me, my receivers and offensive linemen had such great relationships, I’ll miss that. Football at Spain Park was such a great experience because our team enjoyed working, competing and growing together. What message do you want to leave for your team after such an impressive season? After the season, it was a great feeling to let my teammates know we gave it all we had. As a team we knew we were outmatched by size in the majority of our games, but I’d tell my team I’m proud of them for the way they fought and came together through the season. At the beginning of the year, we didn’t know how good we were going to be. It’s awesome to look back and say, “Guys we really made a name for ourselves this year.”


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Our January Athlete of the Month is Jordan Ames, a seasoned swimmer for Spain Park High School. Ames, 17, swims the 200- and 500-yard freestyle races and the 100-yard breaststroke. She has also been a member of the 400-yard free relay team. Ames has been on the

What is the best thing about being part of Spain Park’s teams? Spain Park has a diverse team of swimmers anywhere from southeastern qualifiers to national qualifiers. I feel privileged to swim with a team of such talented athletes. Who has been your biggest inspiration? Missy Franklin (an American swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist) is one of my biggest inspirations

because she is proof that hard work can lead to accomplishing your goals and dreams. What other activities are you involved in at Spain Park? I am also involved in Peer Helping, Latin Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society). What cause are you passionate about? I am passionate about the prevention and treatment of childhood diseases. For example, I am inspired by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. What are your future college/career aspirations? I plan to go to medical school and hopefully become a physician. Tell us about your family. Do you have siblings involved with sports? I am an only child, but my father played high school baseball and my mother did track and field. What do you like to do in your spare time? When I’m not in the pool, I like to play piano, hang out with friends and bake.

Members of the sixth grade Oak Mountain Youth Football team and cheerleaders celebrate a third consecutive JSYFL championship in 2012.

Three in a row for OMYF With a 29-6 win over Hoover, the sixth grade Oak Mountain Youth Football (OMYF) marked its third consecutive JSYFL Championship in 2012. OMYF also had its best year to date during the league’s regular season, posting an impressive 34-6 record. • The OMYFC fourth grade team earned the American Conference Championship honors and a runner-up finish in the JSYFL Championship. •The fifth grade team had another impressive year, making it to the conference finals. •The second and third grade teams both made playoff appearances. Also in 2012, Oak Mountain OTM Recreational Football league

teams completed their first year in competition. Of note, the fifth grade Dolphins and fourth grade Broncos teams earned playoff honors. Oak Mountain Cheerleading’s accomplishments included the third and fourth grade squads winning first place, and the sixth grade squad taking second place honors. Oak Mountain Cheer also took first place in the individual competition in the fourth and fifth grade divisions. Online registration will open for the 2013 season in April for JSYFL and OTM football and Cheer. Oak Mountain Youth Football and Cheerleading offers football and cheerleading for youth grades first through sixth. For more information, visit

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Faith A decade on the job of finding jobs

Administrators, mentors and participants of Asbury United Methodist Church’s ACT Program celebrated the Ministry’s 10-year anniversary in November at the church. Photo by Jeff Thompson.

In November, the Asbury Career Transition (ACT) Ministry celebrated 10 years of assisting area residents in adapting and advancing their career paths. Since it was founded, ACT has helped more than 1,000 people from the greater Birmingham area find employment. Participants often lost their jobs from business closures or downsizing, were divorced housewives needing to reenter the work force or were recent college graduates needing jobs. ACT Mentor Coordinator and Orientation Leader Myrtice Carr said she expects that number to grow exponentially in the future. When the program began in 2002, it saw approximately 30 people a month.

Since 2008, that number has steadily increased as area churches referred participants and provided mentors to the program. ACT now assists more than 100 people each month. Among other services, the ministry offers one-on-one confidential mentoring with volunteer career counselors, resume writing, interview coaching and family counseling by a licensed Christian psychologist. ACT Ministry meetings are the first and third Monday of each month, 6:308:30 p.m. in Room 113 at Asbury United Methodist Church on Highway 119. For more information about the ministry, send an email to actmindirector@aol. com or leave a voice message at 2719934. To register for free services, visit

If I die young Life Actually By Kari Kampakis When it comes to my priceless to our family mortality, my first fear should something is dying too young. My happen. second fear is dying very With that said, I’ve old, being the last in my compiled some words generation to go. of wisdom for my At times I can imagine children. By sharing myself as the great-great them, I hope you’ll grandmother sitting in consider doing the the corner of the room at same. Kampakis ff G e n u i n e Thanksgiving, the one interest in other people everyone feels obliged to say “hello” will attract you friends quickly. to but whose dementia and hearing loss make it hard to converse. I ff Nothing done out of love is a waste. Love’s the best gift you can imagine staring up into a sea have to offer. of polite smiles, wondering what ff You’ll spend half your life the awkward silences mean and waiting — waiting for a test wishing I had someone my age who result, waiting for a relationship, understood me. waiting for a chance — but Given the choice, I’d rather not remember: What happens to you get to that point. while you’re waiting is often more important than what you’re When my earthly life will expire waiting for. is a mystery; it could 60 years or 60 days. Today I’m healthy, so it’s easy ff The world is full of talent. It’s not a lack of ability holding most to be theoretical. But death can occur people back — it’s attitude. in a split-second. It can come in a f f People will push you as far as car wreck, a medical emergency, a you let them. Set parameters, and fluke event. And while I like to think learn to say no. I’ll have a chance to express parting ff Get comfortable with being thoughts, there’s no guarantee. The uncomfortable. It’s okay to be only guarantee is today. the only person in the room not doing something. Today I’m alive and able, and to me that’s reason enough to document ff Be grateful. This alone puts you ahead of the game. life lessons I want my children to embrace after I pass. I’ll be honest: ff Character is who you are in the dark. It’s doing right when no This is hard to think about, even for one sees. Character enables selfa writer. I can imagine how daunting love. Seek it. the task sounds to a non-writer. ff You will make mistakes. You will However, I think every parent should feel ashamed. You will know the have a written legacy. Even a letter sting of regret. Own your choices or collection of stories, advice or and accept your life-changing moments would prove flawed nature,

using the past to your advantage. When you learn from mistakes, you wind up in a better place. ff When misfortune strikes, see it as a chapter, not the story of your life. A storm in one chapter can create a rainbow in the next. ff Practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is about letting go and releasing anger. Not everyone who wrongs you will ask for forgiveness. Forgive them anyway, and move on. ff Don’t judge. We all need mercy. ff Be real, be authentic, be you. Wear your skin proudly. ff Stay away from toxic people, and don’t enable or justify bad behavior. People must hit rock bottom alone. You can love someone without them being in your life. ff Find a job that pays the bills. If it’s not your heart’s desire, pursue that on the side. Not all passions immediately churn profits. ff Beware of white liars. Small liars become big liars. ff Trust your gut, and value your loved ones’ opinions. When they all tell you the same thing, it’s time to listen. ff Speak the truth, and deal with the consequences. Sweeping the truth under the rug aggravates it, creating explosions down the road. ff There’s no disgrace in falling down. The only disgrace is not getting up. ff Believe in goodness. Don’t let the bad seeds in your life ruin your hope in mankind. ff Stay close to your siblings.

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CONTINUED from page 26 Your sibling relationships will be the longest relationships in your life, so nurture the ties. Should the world desert you, I hope your sisters are your last friends standing. ff Don’t keep score in love. Keeping score is exhausting and fosters competition. ff It’s better to be alone for the right reasons than with someone for the wrong. If someone treats you poorly, or puts you on an emotional roller coaster, drop them. A relationship isn’t about you keeping a someone else happy. It’s about two people seeking to make each other happy, being better together than apart. (Think of it as synergy, where 1+1=3). ff Say what you mean. Don’t expect others to be mind readers. ff When you’re upset, ask yourself if the issue will matter in one year… five years…20 years. Chances are it won’t. ff Clean up your own mess. You earned the job. ff Keep God first. He loves you madly and has plans for your future. Problems begin when you drift away from God. A strong prayer life can keep you anchored. This list is a starting point for me, something I hope to build on. What about you? Are you ready to start? As the saying goes, there’s no time like the present. Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis is a Birmingham mom of four with a background in PR, writing and photography. Read her blog at or find her on Facebook and Twitter. Email her at

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Opinion My South By Rick Watson

I hate buying new shoes When it comes to shopping for these on.” shoes, I’d rather pass a kidney I clomp around the store area stone than go, but my wife, Jilda, like I’m wearing water skis. For on the other hand, would skip a me, shoes don’t start feeling or meal to shop for boots and pumps. wearing right until I’ve worn a I’ve talked about this before, but I hole in the sole big enough to think it’s a point worth reiterating. toss a puppy through. Who else do you know that has Right now I only have three Zappo’s shoe store on speed dial? pairs of shoes in my closet that The folks answering the phone I wear with any regularity. I have Watson recognize her voice, and they’ve tennis shoes (Converse, because all memorized her American Express number even the stylistically challenged understand by heart. She has a bumper sticker on her the coolness of Converse tennis shoes). I also Volvo that says “Will Work for Shoes.” have a pair of black loafers and some hiking She has shoes for every occasion. In fact, I boots. challenge anyone to come up with a situation Currently, I can go anywhere and I feel for which she doesn’t have appropriate comfortable with my shoes. I take a shower; footwear. pick jeans, shorts, or dress pants with a It wouldn’t matter if she was trekking in corresponding shirt; and slip on a pair of shoes; Tibet, spending a night dancing at The Club, and bam! I’m hunting my keys. attending the funeral of a third cousin twice Jilda, on the other hand, has a mind like a removed or going to a pig toss, she always has Cray Super Computer when it comes to picking the perfect pair of shoes. out the right combination of clothing and shoes. Whenever I go shopping with her, I take She calculates color, texture, weather conditions, something to occupy my time. I once read War altitude, location and whether or not she’ll be and Peace from cover-to-cover while she was singing. (She always takes her shoes off when perusing a discount shoe store. she sings — don’t ask me why.) For me, part of the problem is that I can I started down this path because yesterday never get a mental picture of how they will she happened to pick up one of my comfortable look when I wear anything other than what loafers when she was helping me reorganize my I’m wearing at the time. I’m not sure if it’s a closet. She held the right shoe up and peered at genetic “thang” or what, but I can’t. me through a hole in the sole. I can go to a store looking for shoes, and Even with her eye framed in leather, I knew after a few minutes, all the shoes seem to meld what she was about to say. “We’re going to shop together like a giant cow that’s been shaved for you a new pair of shoes before the holidays.” with a straight razor. I was more excited when I went for my Jilda will see a pair of shoes and say, recent colonoscopy. “Oh these will look good with your crimson My new book Life Happens is now on sale at sweater and black jeans.” Inevitably, I’ll ask, Deb’s and Co., Jeans on the River, Robinson’s “Do I have a crimson sweater?” At that point, Cleaners in Sumiton, and the Green Top. For she selects a pair of shoes and barks, “Try more information, visit

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Deven Patel and Will Davis, JBMA drivers on the LEGO Robotics Team, line up for their first run at the regional qualifier on Dec. 1.


CONTINUED from page 1 “It’s preparing them for life,” said Dr. Nathaniel Bray, a volunteer with the JBMA program. “These students really have to learn that’s it’s not just about building a robot, but about developing skills for problem solving. We don’t all have the skill sets we need when we start, but we learn it along the way.” Case in point: What do you do when, at the last minute, your robot needs a new part?


t its regional competition in December, the Spain Park Robotics Team was facing disqualification for drilling holes in a plastic pulley on their robot. They had worked for months perfecting their machine and the stage was set before an audience of thousands. Suddenly, they had no more than 20 minutes to find a solution. Spain Park’s robotics program is comprised of 122 Engineering Academy students. From their freshman years on, many participate annually in the BEST Competition (Boosting Engineering, Science and Technology). They have two rounds of competition, the first is Blazer BEST at UAB, and the second is South’s BEST Regional at

Senior members of the 2012 Spain Park High School Best Robotics Team. From left are: Mary Beth Glass; Madison Luther; Tom Paduch and Camden Cutwright.

Auburn University, which was also held this year on Dec. 1. “BEST is a six-week competition in which students design and build a robot from a given set of materials,” said Engineering Academy teacher Dr. Scottie Wilson. “It’s a time-intensive commitment, requiring students to meet after school three to four days each week.” Looking around at the near-packed stands in Auburn’s Coliseum, Spain Park borrowed a wooden disc from the Briarwood Christian Robotics Team and fashioned a replacement moments before taking the field. Although the team’s drivers had spent up to 20 hours a week practicing the run, this was now an untested machine, and they had no idea how well it would hold up. Turns out, pretty well. South’s BEST featured the top 56 schools from 18 different regions east of the Mississippi River. Spain Park placed third in Robotics and was awarded Most Elegant Robot and Most Robust Robot. They also took home first place for Formal Marketing Presentation and third place for Team Exhibit and Interview.


he Oak Mountain High Robotics Club was awarded third place in Spirit and Sportsmanship from South’s BEST 2012. Much like the Jaguar

Oak Mountain engineering team drivers Wesley Monnette, left, a sophomore at OMHS, and Drew Carman, a junior who is home schooled, with the team’s 2012 BEST robot.

team, Oak Mountain students spent hours outside of school perfecting their robot and the multiple projects that go with it – only their facilities aren’t the same. The OMHS Club meets at the home of Dawn Clemons, whose son, Justin, 18, is team president. Since facilities aren’t available at the school, almost all work is done outside school walls. “We pretty much live at his house,” said senior Madison Fisher. The Club boasts members from other high schools in the area that don’t have a team of their own. It even has home school students on its roster of more than 30. For months of the year, they fill the Clemons’ house on nights and weekends. There, students take the project from concept to prototype to working robot, all with little more than oversight from parents and sponsors. “It is the most amount of stress I’ve ever been through, and my grades dropped because of it,” Justin Clemons said. “But it’s been amazing. Going into high school, I really wanted to be doctor. But by my second year on the robotics team, I didn’t know anymore. I decided on biomedical sciences, because it’s kind of the best of both worlds.”


y senior year, many students in Spain Park’s Engineering Academy lean toward studying technical fields in college. Senior

Camden Cutright, who said he intends to major in chemical engineering, said like many of the students now in the Academy, he started as a freshman working on the Presentation portion of the BEST competition. From there, he moved into competition strategy and, by sophomore year, he was a designer. And he was hooked. “Coupling rigorous book work with the hands-on experience from the Academy I think can really help train people for the college level more, but it also gives them an idea of what they want to do. It gives you four years to kind of give it a sneak peek,” he said. That sneak peek was enough for senior Kelsie Williams, 18, to look into an engineering field for her future as well. “When I got into the Engineering Academy, I really didn’t have any intention of carrying it out after high school. I was stuck on psychology and all that stuff,” she said. “But I got involved my junior year with the actual BEST Competition, and through that process I thought, “‘I can do this for a living.’” Starting early means giving students experience with a future they may just find fascinating. So, while students are building robots, schools are building the next generation of robot builders.

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Calendar 280 Events Jan. 1: Chelsea City Council Meeting. 6 a.m. City Hall. Jan. 5: E-day. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Recycle electronics like hard drives, keyboards, cables, printers, phones and anything that plugs in except TVs. Chelsea City Hall. Call Elise Warren at 585-7835 or email Jan. 10: American Red Cross Blood Services and Shelby Humane Partnership. Caldwell Trace Donor Center. All participating blood donors will be eligible to adopt pet. Adoption fees are waived and pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Call DeNita Young, 577-3477. Jan. 12: United Methodist Women Breakfast. 9 a.m. Union: The Church at Chelsea Park. Visit Jan. 15: Chelsea City Council Meeting. 6 a.m. City Hall. Jan. 22: LifeSouth Blood Drive. 7 a.m.-Noon. St. Vincent’s One Nineteen parking lot. No registration necessary. Jan. 22: Pasta and Pinterest. 6-8 p.m. Join St. Vincent’s One Nineteen to make a picture frame and other gifts for your valentine. You’ll also enjoy a salad and a variety of pastas from their pasta bar. This popular class sells out fast, so be sure to sign up by January 18 to ensure a spot. The cost is $20.Call 408-6550. Jan. 30: CPR for Family and Friends. 6-8:30 p.m. St. Vincent’s One Nineteen. Designed for parents, family members, friends, older siblings and babysitters ages 11 years and older who want to learn CPR, but do not need a course certification card. $20 per person. Call 939-7878 to register. Feb. 5: National Pancake Day. IHOP will be giving away free pancakes all day. Their goal is to raise 3 million dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital’s 30th Anniversary.

Special Events Jan. 13: Southern Bridal Show. Noon – 5 p.m. BJCC. Call 800-523-8917 or visit eliteevents. com. Jan. 20: Reflect & Rejoice: A Tribute to MLK Jr. 3 p.m. Alys Robinson Stephens Performing Arts Center. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Alabama Symphony Orchestra collaborate to present program including Beethoven’s No. 5 and conducted by Roderick Cox. Tickets range from $9 to $24. Call 975-2787.

– 9 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company. Sandi McMichael will be teaching how to cook an Italian frittata di verdura, her favorite vegetarian spinach quiche and an eggs Benedict, Southern style with fried green tomatoes. $50 per person. Call 980-3661. Jan. 22: Biscuits and Scones with Rebecca Treadwell, Executive Chef, Hoffman Media. 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company. Participants will learn to cook the classic buttermilk biscuit, the sweet potato biscuit, a cream drop scone with currants and a cranberry orange “wedge” cut scone. $50 per person. Call 980-3661. Jan. 24: Homemade Pasta with Mark Leslie, author of Beyond the Pasta. 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company. Participants will have a great opportunity to learn both the ins and outs of classic pasta making and the nuances of putting together a unified, rustic, classically Italian dinner. $50 per person. Call 980-3661. Jan. 29: The Art of Indian Curry Making. 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company. Mukta Joshi and Himanshu Pant will be teaching an overview of Indian foods, and introduction to India’s spices and herbs, the health benefits of Indian cuisine, and India’s vast and complex culinary diversity. $50 per person. Call 980-3661. Jan. 31: Hearty Winter Soups. 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company. Susan Green will be teaching the foundational soup-making techniques. $50 per person. Call 980-3661.

North Shelby Library Jan. 1 & 21: Library closed.

Children Jan. 5: Lego Club. 10-11:30 a.m. Creations will go on display in the Children’s Department. All ages welcome. No registration is required. Jan. 11: Snowflake Craft. 4 p.m. All ages. Registration required. Jan. 16: Homeschool Hangout. 1 p.m. Ages 8-12. Registration required. Jan. 19: Family Movie Day: Ice Age. 1:30 p.m. Snacks served. No registration required. Jan. 29: Amelia Bedelia 50th Birthday Celebration. 4 p.m. Games and food. Registration required. Ages 5-12. Mondays: Toddler Tales. 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.. Ages 19-36 months. Registration required.

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Breakfast. 7 a.m. BJCC. Call 324-8796.

Tuesdays: Baby Tales Story Time. 9:30 – 10 a.m. Birth to 18 months. Registration required.

Jan. 24-27: Birmingham Boat Show. BJCC. Tickets are $10. Children are free. Visit

Wednesdays: Mr. Mac (Storyteller Extraordinaire!). 10:45 a.m. All ages. No registration.

Jan. 24: 48th Annual Member Celebration. 5:30 p.m. Botanical Gardens. State Master Gardener Program Coordinator for Alabama Cooperative Extension System, Kerry Smith, will be the featured speaker, sharing her organization’s partnership with The Gardens. Tickets are $20 per person and include refreshments and hors d’oeuvres. Call 414-3950. Jan. 26: Krispy Kreme Donut Dash. 8:30 a.m. Children’s Hospital. Participants must complete a 4 mile run and eat a dozen donuts in one hour or less. Runners who don’t want to eat a dozen donuts may register as a casual runner. Benefits Children’s Hospital. Visit Feb. 2: Jazz Cat Ball. 7 p.m. – 12 p.m. Old Car Heaven. This event is put on by the Greater Birmingham Humane Society Auxiliary.

Food Jan. 15: One Pie at a Time. 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Birmingham Bake & Cook Company. In addition to making  a Traditional Two-Crust pie, you will also make a four apple pie, an apple pie and a one-crust classic Southern pecan pie. Participants will also make, taste-test and compare four very separate and distinct crusts: all butter, butter and shortening, all shortening and lard. $50 per person. Class taught by Melanie Thorn and Susan Green. Call 980-3661. Jan. 17: A Brunch Eggstravaganza. 6:30 p.m.

Thursdays: P. J. Story Time. 7 p.m. All ages. No Registration Required. To register or learn more information, for our programs online, visit children.html or call 439-5504.

Teens Jan. 10: Anime Night. 6 p.m. Jan. 14: Young Adult Writing Group. 4 p.m. Snacks served. Jan. 22: Craft. 4 p.m. Learn a paper folding technique to create Valentines. Fridays: Gaming. 3:30-5:45 p.m. Call or email Kate or Daniel at 439-5512 or for more information.

Mt Laurel Library Jan. 1: Library closed

Jan. 9 & 23: Toddler Tales. 10 a.m. Ages 36 months and younger. Registration required. Jan. 9 & 23: Storytime with Ms Kristy. 11 a.m. All ages. No registration required. Jan 19: Crafty Saturday. All ages with parent help. Registration is not required but supplies are limited. Contact 991-1660 or or visit for more information or to register.

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