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Figueroa resigns effective Feb. 1 Councilman relocating to South Georgia JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek City Councilman Ivan Figueroa announced Jan. 9 he will resign his City Council Post 4 seat effective Feb. 1. In a statement he said, “I wish to thank our citizens for allowing me to serve seven wonderful years as a City Council member in Johns Creek. My wife Karen and I have raised our daughters here, surrounded by wonderful friends and supported by the finest schools we could imagine. “Johns Creek, and all it encompasses, will forever

hold a place in our hearts. We are relocating to South Georgia, closer to my sales territory in Georgia and FIGUEROA Florida. The move will allow me to be in both markets and spend less time on the road and more time at home with my family.”

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JC Council mulls 1 mil tax rollback Simone Bosch as Winnifred rehearses with the cast from "Once upon a Mattress."

JCHS to perform Broadway’s ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ Classic musical based on ‘Princess and the Pea’ JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Once upon a time (1959), a fairy tale (“The Princess and the Pea”) came to life on Broadway and is still going strong.

Today, “Once upon a Mattress” remains a popular musical for audiences of all ages. Now, “Mattress” has been chosen as the Johns Creek High School winter play. This fun, entertaining musical will be presented by the Johns Creek High School Performing Arts Department Jan. 30 to Feb. 1.

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Raffensperger urges reduction made up with windfall sales tax By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com JOHNS CREEK, GA. – City Councilmen Brad Raffensperger and Ivan Figueroa started the New Year with a call to reduce the city millage rate by 1 mill. Fellow councilmembers said they were willing to study the proposal, but wanted see what effect such a move would have on the city’s budget. Raffensperger cited the $1.85 million windfall the city will experience beginning in 2014 from additional sales

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ROSWELL, Ga. – Mark Mason Alexander, aka Musa Mahmood Ahmed, 53, of Roswell, was sentenced to 18 months in prison Jan. 6, for conspiring to send machines to Iran in violation of the United States trade embargo. Alexander was found guilty of conspiring with two Iranian businessmen to sell Hydrajet water-jet cutting systems to customers in Iran between October 2006 and June 2008. Hydrajet Technology, located in Dalton, Ga., manufactured the water-jet cutting systems, which were used for the precision cutting of materials such

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MILTON, Ga. – A Milton resident discovered two Walmart gift cards were used by someone in New Jersey, Dec. 31. The victim told police he received two online gift cards, each for $100, on Dec. 15 as part of a store promotion. He used one of them Dec. 29 to buy a $35 item. Two days later, he checked the balance and found both were completely used at a store in Secaucus, N.J.

as aluminum, glass, granite and steel. These machines were distributed to customers in the Middle East through Hydrajet Mena, another company that Alexander partly owned, which was located in the United Arab Emirates and for which Alexander worked as the chief executive officer. In 2007, as part of the conspiracy, Alexander negotiated the sale of two water-jet cutting systems to companies located in the Islamic Republic of Iran. In July 2007, after Alexander negotiated the terms of these sales and before the machines were shipped to Iran,

the Department of Commerce warned Alexander of the trade restrictions with Iran. He concealed the true destination of these machines by causing them to be transshipped to Iran via Alexander’s company in the United Arab Emirates.  Alexander additionally instructed Hydrajet Mena employees to travel to Iran to install the machines and to conduct software training for the Iranians who would operate them. “The United States will continue to vigorously pursue and bring to justice those who

evade our economic sanctions,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “The trade embargo against the Islamic Republic of Iran is not limited to those who specifically seek to supply the country with military items or with items for use in its nuclear weapon proliferation program. Rather, businesses and individuals who engage in commercial transactions with businesses and individuals in the Islamic Republic of Iran are cautioned that they are still subject to prosecution under existing sanctions.”  

in Roswell for DUI, reckless driving and driving without a license on his person. ►► Kenneth J. Down, 55, of Woodstock was arrested Dec. 27 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI, failure to maintain lane and open container. ►► Kimberly J. Carter, 49, of Bellflower Court, Roswell, was arrested Dec. 28 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for

DUI, following too closely and possession of marijuana. ►► Laura Anne Beisel, 29, of Waverly Hall Drive, Roswell, was arrested Dec. 29 on Bowen Road in Roswell for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Clayton Finley Massa, 18, of Ansher Court, Roswell, was arrested Dec. 31 on Inwood Terrace in Roswell for DUI, underage possession of alcohol and failure to maintain lane.

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pizza he ordered Jan. 3 because “he was hungry and he wanted something hot to eat.” According to police, a pizza delivery driver called 911 after he delivered pizza, wings and cheese dressing to a home on Kentworth Lane. The person who ordered the food, Damon G. McAllister, 33, of Kentworth Lane, Milton, allegedly took the food and refused to pay, arguing he paid for it using a credit card. He shut the door and would not open it again, despite the delivery man’s protests. Police arrived and arrested McAllister for theft.

Dec. 29. While doing a routine check of the Studio Six apartments on Old Dogwood Road at 4 a.m., police came across a Lexus parked in the middle of the road with no occupants. A search of the car allegedly turned up some crystal meth and a glass pipe. Police found the owner nearby, Hunter Davies Johnson, 30, of Oak Knoll Way, Roswell, and arrested him for possession of methamphetamine and drug-related paraphernalia.

$2K in underwear taken from store ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A Lithonia woman was arrested Jan. 4 for allegedly shoplifting more than $2,000 worth of underwear. Police were called to the Macy’s at North Point Mall after employees said they saw Jaquelyn Jones Thom, 60, of Lithonia, fill an empty store bag with more than 100 items of women’s underwear, worth $2,283. She then allegedly attempted to leave the store without paying for the items. She was arrested on felony shoplifting.

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CUMMING, Ga. — A thief broke into about four cars parked at Fowler Park and stole purses and valuables, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. Between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Jan. 1, a woman told deputies she parked her 2009 Honda Fit in the Fowler Park Skate Park, 4110 Carolene Way, and walked on the Big Creek Greenway. When she returned to her car, she found her passenger side rear window shattered. Her $100 purse and $140 in cash were missing. Another woman said she parked her 2013 Hyundai Elantra at the park and also went for a walk on the Big Creek Greenway. When she returned, she also found her rear passenger window shattered. The only

several knives, was reported stolen from North Point Mall Dec. 26. The victim told police he parked the truck near the Macy’s entrance and shopped in the mall for an hour. When he returned, the truck was nowhere to be found. It is described as a black and tan 2007 Ford F-150 with a stainless steel front plate bearing a “G.” The truck had a hard cover on the rear. Inside the rear of the truck was hunting gear, including several hunting knives and four hunting rifles – a Browning 243, a Remington 700 3006, a Winchester 270 shortmag and a Browning 270.

thing she said was missing was a white bag that contained recycled bags. Two other women said their unlocked parked cars had items taken. One woman was missing a $50 purse, which contained a $15 wallet and $40 in cash. The other woman said she realized when she got home that her $1,200 purse and $200 iPhone were taken. “We have increased our patrols,” said Forsyth County Deputy Doug Rainwater. “The problem is that this crime takes under 20 seconds to commit.” The sheriff’s office urges people to keep their valuables out of sight.

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N. Fulton has lowest jobless rate Far below metro average By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com NORTH FULTON, Ga. – All North Fulton cities have some of the lowest unemployment rates in the metropolitan area, according to numbers released by the Georgia Department of Labor for November. Alpharetta and Roswell both came in at 5.2 percent, with Johns Creek at 5.7 percent for November. Alpharetta is down from 5.8 percent in October, and Roswell was 5.9 percent for the same time. Johns Creek fell dramatically from 6.5 percent in October to 5.7 percent in November. There are no numbers available for Milton. Atlanta’s numbers for November were 9.1 percent. Fulton County has an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent, down from a high of 9.7

Council: Continued from Page 1 Figueroa was an original member of the Johns Creek City Council and has seen the city through all of its highs and lows. That council has maintained the lowest tax rate in metro Atlanta. The city has seen growth and prosperity despite the recession. On Figueroa’s watch, numerous accolades have accrued to Johns Creek. The city has been named one of the safest cities to live in; the best city in Georgia to find a job; and it boasts the state’s highest per household income, to name just some of them. Figueroa was also party to the recently concluded mayoral probe. Although Mayor Mike Bodker was eventually vindicated at the polls, Figueroa

We were last to go into the recession and first to come out.” DAVID BELLE ISLE Alpharetta Mayor

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Georgia’s rate is 7.3 percent. The national rate is 6.6 percent. percent in June 2012. Neighboring Forsyth County is at 5.3 in November, down from a high of 6.9 in June 2012. The state of Georgia has a November unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The nation has a rate of 6.6 percent. Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle chalked the news up to his city’s strong economy. “We’ve got a great employment situation here,” said Belle Isle. “Technology is a thriving area now. On top of that, Georgia is bouncing back. These two are making the area good. We were last to go into along with Councilman Brad Raffensperger tried to keep the investigation going, promising new revelations. But the new City Council had had enough and voted to end it. Nevertheless, Figueroa looked back on his public service with pride of his accomplishments as a member of the City Council. “Since taking office in 2006, my fellow councilmembers and I worked diligently to accomplish much in the service of the citizens and businesses of Johns Creek,” he said. “Our fire and police departments are recognized across the state and the nation for their superior capabilities, demonstrating our commitment to the promise of improved public safety that was such an important part of our drive of cityhood,” Figueroa

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the recession and first to come out.” The Labor Department claimed the overall decline was due to the number of jobs increasing, and the numbers of unemployment insurance claims were down. Metro Atlanta employers added 14,300 jobs in November, increasing the number of jobs to 2,447,600, up by 0.6 percent from 2,433,300 in October. Most of the new jobs were added in trade, transporta-

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I step down knowing that city finances are in order and proud that I was able to co-sponsor a request that City Council consider a tax rate reduction of 1 mill ... paid for, in part, by expected new Local Option Sales Tax revenue.” IVAN FIGUEROA Former Johns Creek City Councilman

said. He noted council established guidelines for future community growth, as evidenced in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. A frugal City Council, while working closely with staff to implement conservative budgets, was able to invest heavily in infrastructure, one of the highest priorities demanded by its citizens. “We have improved traffic flow and safety by reconfiguring roads and installing intelligent traffic systems,” Figueroa said. He said council has improved the quality of life in Johns Creek by installing sidewalks, improving sports fields and facilities and creating community events that helped contribute to civic pride in the community. Another highlight will be the new pavilion at Newtown Park that will seat 800, which was designed with outdoor performances in mind.  “I step down knowing that

city finances are in order and proud that I was able to cosponsor a request that City Council consider a tax rate reduction of 1 mill — about 20 percent, paid for, in part, by expected new Local Option Sales Tax revenue,” he said. Bodker declined to comment on Figueroa’s resignation. But he did note his hard work and participation in shaping the city’s foundations as one of the original members of the council. “Councilman Figueroa was part of the team that laid the foundation for our city. He has a long impressive list of accomplishments,” Bodker said. “His years of service, both on council and for many years prior in both our schools and organizations have had positive and enduring impact on Johns Creek.” He said he joins the council and citizens in wishing future success to Figueroa and his family.


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Record-breaking temperatures keep students home from school First time school is canceled because of cold By CANDY WAYLOCK candy@northfulton.com NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The frigid the first week of January tacked an extra day onto the long winter break for Fulton County School System students, as single-digit tempera-

tures made normal operations too difficult and potentially dangerous for students and staff. Fulton Schools officials could not recall ever closing schools based on temperature alone, but made the decision based on factors including bus operations, heating schools and keeping kids safe at bus stops. “This is the first time in memory where extreme temperatures played a part in cancelling school,” said Fulton Schools spokeswman Susan Hale. “[But] what most people don’t know is that it’s more complicated than just being too cold for students to be outside, although that is certainly considered.” In a system of 100 schools, 93,000 students, 14,000 employees and 800 buses, there are operational issues to consider, she said. “Most of our buses run on diesel, and in extreme low temperatures, diesel fuel behaves more like a gel than a liquid, making it more difficult to get the buses started and running properly,” said Hale. Adding to the situation

was the fact that the buses sat idle for more than two weeks during the winter break, which began Dec. 20, 2013. While some parents took to social media to grumble about another day home with cabin feverish kids, most parents welcomed the day off, said Hale. She said the system’s Facebook page had 245 “likes” after the announcement of the closing. “That’s a record for us – most of our status updates get only a few likes,” laughed Hale. She also gave kudos to the facilities staff that worked night and day to make sure everything was up and running when the kids returned on Jan. 8 “Our custodians made sure buildings would be ready. Our maintenance team was quick to troubleshoot any potential issue, and our [transportation team] literally worked around the clock for the past week to make sure buses would start and be warm for students,” said Hale. Weather days are built into the school calendar, and the Jan. 7 cancellation will not have to be made up.


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Roswell passes controversial UDC zoning Controversial code reworks city building rules By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell’s Unified Development Code (UDC) is moving forward after the City Council approved the first presentation of the code at their Jan. 13 meeting in a 4-2 vote. The city has worked on updating its aging zoning code for more than a year. The UDC aims to simplify zoning codes so both developers and residents know what is expected of them. Roswell made the decision to update its zoning, which had been cobbled together over 40 years and multiple annexations of new land. “We have overly burdensome, confusing and sometimes prohibitive zoning ordinances,” said Roswell

Community Development Director Alice Wakefield. “[The zoning code] clearly tells you what you can’t do, but not a lot about what you can do.” Wakefield said the goal of the code is to unify all of the development regulations to address contemporary trends and practices that are easily understandable by developers, citizens and staff. And for the past 18 months, the city has done just that. “This is an attempt to provide people with the majority of the information as simply as possible,” said Lee Einseiler of Code Studios, the consultants who helped the city with the new code. “There are lots of pictures and diagrams and simple terminology.” The idea is, instead of saying what cannot be built, focus on what is possible and what that should look like. Detractors say the process has moved too quickly and not enough time has been given to review for errors or im-

pacts. The city’s zoning maps are changing, being compiled into one, which can lead to problems and oversights. At least one property at Monday’s meeting was improperly zoned on the new map. Former candidate for council Eric Schumacher questioned why he should be able to build a detached garage on his property now, but under the UDC, he would not be. He argued that, despite city assurances, he and other landowners would be restricted on what he could use his land for under UDC rules. “I want to be sure I can do the same with my property under the UDC as I can today,” Schumacher said. Mayor Jere Wood said some changes were necessary. “Why am I passing this if it has no effect? It will have an effect,” Wood said. “It will make things simpler and clearer.” The motion was made for approval of the new code, and it passed in a 4-2 vote, with Councilmembers Betty Price

and Kent Igleheart opposed. “I think we’ve made a lot of progress over the last month and made some good adjustments,” said Councilmember Rich Dippolito, who voted for the item. “It’s in good shape, but there are still a few issues we need to discuss.” In the next few weeks, the

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek community is invited to learn about proposed improvements on Abbotts Bridge Road at a public information open house Jan. 30 at Ocee Library. Planned improvements for Abbotts Bridge include adding a center turn lane, bikeable shoulders and enhanced sidewalks on the north side of the road from Abbotts Hill Elementary School to Ocee Library. The project will run between Jones Bridge and Parsons roads west of Medlock Bridge Road. Construction of the project is set to start in 2015. Johns Creek Public Works Department staff members will be on-hand to explain displays, discuss the improvements and answer questions during the open house, scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For information, call 678-512-3200.

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Tax: windfall would not cover rollback cost Continued from Page 1 we have $1.85 million [additional] funds for the next 10 years,” Raffensperger said. “A 1 mill reduction would be huge for property owners. It would mean a lot to those who are still hurting.” He said it would also give the newly funded public-private partnership for economic development, Johns Creek Advantage, a “shot in the arm” in recruiting new businesses to the city and as an added incentive to retaining existing businesses here in the city. Raffensperger pointed to a 49 percent vacancy in Technology Park. “We don’t need the money,” he said. Figueroa seconded the motion to reduce the millage. But other members of council said such a move would be rash without examining the effect it would have on the budget. “No one on council, including Raffensperger, could say what the value of 1 mill is, but it turns out to be $3.6 million, nearly double the “windfall” tax revenue. That means finding $1.75 million to cut in the budget even with the increased sales tax dollars. “We’re trading double the amount we’re getting back. We have bigger concerns. People do want roads repaired. I was thinking we could use this $1.85 million to work on the $40 million shortfall we have in bringing our roads up to standards,” Bodker said. The rollback on the millage would mean cuts in the budget that could have the effect of slowing down the repaving plan for subdivisions. Even if the city voted for revenue bonds to hasten the paving, the city would still have to pay the debt service. Figueroa said as a councilman, he had always “been about infrastructure.” “It rolls out a beautiful red carpet for a unique place. And it sends a good message that Johns Creek is moving forward. Getting these roads paved was one of the reasons for cityhood,” Figueroa said. Figueroa said he wants to do both, roll back the millage rate and do additional road work. Bodker said such a policy would have to delay road work, and the longer the delays the more quickly streets deteriorate. “In the long run it will cost us much more to get the work done,” Bodker said. Raffensperger wanted the rollback now. “If not now, when? There will always be another project,”

I believe it is time to reduce the millage rate. The reserve fund is flush, and we have $1.85 million [additional] funds for the next 10 years. A 1 mill reduction would be huge for property owners. It would mean a lot to those who are still hurting.” BRAD RAFFENSPERGER Councilman

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Dolvin students step back in time Fourth-graders celebrate Colonial Day NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Fourth-grade students took a trip back in history to celebrate Colonial Day at Dolvin Elementary School. The day was filled with many hands-on activities. Instead of playing video games or researching schoolwork online, colonial children filled their days with simpler games and pursuits. Snapshots and cameras hadn’t been invented yet, so Dolvin

students learned to make silhouettes of themselves. Others worked to create candles, quilts, bonnets and tri-corner hats. Taking a break from all of that work, the fourth-graders played colonial games like jacks and marbles and even created their own dolls. Colonial Day gave Dolvin’s students a true glimpse into the lives of colonial children.


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$45K SADD grant to keep Fulton student drivers safer NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Seven North Fulton high schools will share in a $45,000 grant from the Georgia Office of Highway Safety to help establish programs aimed at keeping teen drivers safe on the roads. “Car crashes remain the No. 1 cause of death for teens, and drivers ages 15-19 have a higher rate of crashes, injuries and fatalities than adult and elderly drivers. In fact last year, car crashes took the lives of 156 teen drivers [in Georgia],” said Susan Hale, Fulton Schools spokesperson. The Fulton School System

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least two safety belt checks, providing leadership training to SADD chapter members, supporting impaired driving prevention activities and hosting Safe Prom or Safe Graduation activities. High schools will participate in these programs, as well as observe monthly programs including Alcohol Education Month (November), Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month (December), Parenting is Prevention Month (March), Alcohol Awareness Month (April) and Worldwide “No Tobacco” Day (May 31).      —Candy Waylock


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From left are Ryan Simkoff, Tristan Kaisharis, Ian Affeldt, Shubham Kadam and Darius Chinoy who passed their Eagle Scout Board of Review.

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CHS’s Corrigan to play lacrosse at Lenoir-Rhyne JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Chattahoochee High School’s Ben Corrigan has signed a national letter of intent to play lacrosse for Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C. Lenoir-Rhyne is a member of the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference. Corrigan has been a midfield starter and face-off specialist on Chattahoochee’s varsity team since he was a freshman and has earned three varsity letters. During the 2012 season, he was named to the Georgia All-Star team and also earned GHSA All-State Honorable Mention. Selected for the Brine All-American Classic team in 2012, Corrigan was a two-time

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Chattahoochee’s Ben Corrigan signs a national letter of intent to play lacrosse for Lenoir-Rhyne University. Seated with him are his parents, Denise and Tim Corrigan. Standing, from left, are CHS Athletic Director Milo Mathis Jr., 2010-2012 CHS head lacrosse coach Ryne Linsley, brother Jack Corrigan, CHS head lacrosse coach Michael Sopko, coach Neal Solomon, CHS assistant varsity coach Kevin Fabianski and CHS Principal Tim Duncan.

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Terry Cooksey sells $2.5M estate CUMMING, Ga. — Harry Norman, Realtors Forsyth/Lake Lanier office announced that Terry Cooksey had his largest real estate sale to date at $2.5 million. Cooksey, with the Cooksey Team at Harry Norman, sold an equestrian estate on Lake Lanier after having the property listed for six months. The property, on Old Wilkie COOKSEY Road, was listed at $2.5 million. The Old Wilkie Road property had been listed with another agency at the same price for two years before Cooksey was asked to list the property. When asked what was the biggest factor in getting this property sold, Cooksey said, “Effort. I put more effort into getting this home sold quickly. Plus, the marketing that Harry Norman provides is outstanding. There’s no way this home wouldn’t sell.” The Cooksey Team can be reached at 770-4972000, or visit www.TheCookseyTeam.HarryNorman. com

Pam Abernathy joins Harry Norman in Johns Creek JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Harry Norman Realtors Johns Creek office added Pam Abernathy to its staff. Abernathy has about 20 years of successful real estate sales experience, having earned her Broker’s Designation, Accredited Relocation Specialist designation and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Atlanta Board of Realtors. ABERNATHY Abernathy can be reached at 404-863-7724. Email her at pam.abernathy@harrynorman.com or visit www.pamabernathy.harrynorman.com.

Harry Norman Forsyth Realtor receives new designation CUMMING, Ga. — Garel Curry, a Harry Norman Forsyth realtor, completed his Accredited Buyers Representative (ABR) designation. To achieve this designation, a realtor must complete six hours of class specializing in working directly with buyer-clients. The course provides ongoing specialized information, programs CURRY and updates that help an agent stay informed on the issues and trends in successfully representing home buyers and gives an agent ac-

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cess to marketing tools and resources. Curry can be reached at 770-497-2000, by email at garel.curry@harrynorman.com or by visiting www.garel.curry.harrynorman.com.

DDR Redevelopment completes plaza renovations ROSWELL, Ga. — DDR Redevelopment announced the completion of a $12 million project at Sandy Plains Village, located at 4651 Woodstock Road in Roswell. This redevelopment included the backfilling of space formerly occupied by a traditional grocer, with a 60,000-square-foot Walmart Neighborhood Market. The company announced the redevelopment improved the leased rate from 20 percent to 90 percent. The project also included the consolidation of three small shop units and an expiring mass-merchandise tenant to accommodate a new 45,000-square-foot Movie Tavern, a growing cinema format that offers in-theater dining and that caters to adults and families. The state-of-the-art facility features stadium seating in 11 auditoriums and offers first-run movies combined with a casual dining experience. “We are very excited to be part of the newly redeveloped Sandy Plains Village,” said John Hersker, president and chief executive officer of Movie Tavern. “This will be our third location in the Atlanta market, and our first to feature a large format Movie Tavern Xtreme auditorium. We are committed to providing the community with a first-class cinema and dining experience.”

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Dr. Robin Andrews and his wife Evelyn cut the ribbon for their new audiology practice, Doctor’s Hearing Center, located on State Bridge Road.

Doctor’s Hearing Center cuts ribbon to new practice JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Dr. Robin Andrews and his wife Evelyn held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new practice in Johns Creek on Jan. 3. The Doctor’s Hearing Center brings Andrews’ audiology expertise to those in need of hearing aids and hearing rehabilitation. The center is located at 11180 State Bridge Road, Suite 207, and can be contacted at 770-6767208.


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Movie Tavern holds grand opening in Roswell Business: Movie Tavern Opened: December Owner: Southern Theaters LLC What: Dallas-based Movie Tavern, which offers a cinema dining experience with 141 all-digital screens at 17 locations in seven states, held a grand opening in Roswell. The Movie Tavern offers a premium movie-going experience that caters to

adults and families. The in-theater dining experience features first-run movies combined with a wide range of chef-prepared menu selections. Where: Sandy Plains Village, 4651 Woodstock Road in Roswell Call: 770-407-6653 Web: www.movietavern. com Email: specialevents@ movietavern.com.

Business: Celia Sandoval, State Farm Agency Opened: January Owner: Celia Sandoval What: “I wanted to continue working in a place where I could not only make a living, but also give something back to the community and take care of my family and friends. State Farm has given me the opportunity to all of this. “I hold a bachelor’s degree in business, a Spanish teaching certificate PK-12 and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University.” Where: 990 Holcomb

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Osteria Mattone opens in Roswell Business: Osteria Mattone Opened: November Owner: Ryan Pernice and Ted Lahey What: Roswell’s newest neighborhood restaurant serves regional Italian cuisine with a heavy fo-

cus on Roman fare, combining casual spirit of an osteria with the formal dining of a trattoria. Where: 1095 Canton Street in Roswell Call: 678-878-3378 Web: www.osteriamattone.com

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artist demonstrations, live acoustic music and gourmet food trucks with healthy alternatives. Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Jan. 26 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 980 Briarcliff Road, Atlanta. Please call 404-873-1222 or visit callanwoldeartsfestival. com.

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This sensational production reunites four stars from the original cast of Broadway's “Jersey Boys,” a musical retelling of the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer, star in this one-ofa-kind concert experience celebrating the music that defined the '60s. 7 p.m. Jan. 26. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Please call 770-916-2800 or visit cobbenergycentre.com.

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CALLANWOLDE ARTS FESTIVAL

The Atlanta Foundation for Public Spaces is proud to announce the First Annual Callanwolde Arts Festival coming to the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. The festival is a two-day indoor event featuring approximately 80 painters, photographers, sculptors, metalwork, glass artists, jewelers and more. The festival will also offer

"Pastel Renaissance” is a juried event that features more than 50 exquisite pastel paintings by members of the Southeastern Pastel Society. Meet the artists at the Opening Reception on Jan. 25 from 6 – 8 p.m. for light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments. The opening reception is free and open to the public. Paintings are available for purchase. Every Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Jan. 25 – March 7. Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek. Please call 770-623-8448 or visit johnscreekarts.org.

THEATER » “STAN THE LOVESICK SNOWMAN”

Opposites attract in this charming tale of unrequited love. Stan’s adorable story begins after a chance encounter with a dog that has been sent outside in the wintry cold. The dog tells the snowman about a warm stove inside the house, and with a “crack-crackle” in his heart, Stan falls in love with the wood-burning beauty. The unlikely romance, doomed from the start, is only the beginning in this hilarious and heartwarming tale as Stan later discovers that a young snowwoman is swooning over him as well. Show times vary. Jan. 2. – Feb. 2. 1404 Spring St. Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-873-3391 or visit puppet.org.

EVENTS » STATE SEN. JOHN ALBERS SPEAKS AT MILTON BUSINESS ALLIANCE Milton Business Alliance holds its first meeting of the year 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Atlanta National Golf Club. Network with fellow

CALENDAR business leaders and enjoy keynote speaker, state Sen. John Albers. 50 Tournament Players Drive, Milton (off New Providence Road). $5 entry payable at the door. Please visit miltonbusinessalliance.com.

CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK ICE RINK

Celebrating its 15th anniversary season in the fall, downtown Atlanta’s only outdoor ice skating rink at Centennial Olympic Park is an annual tradition. Visitors enjoy covered observation seating, theatrical lighting on the real ice and music. 4:30 – 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 4:30 – 11 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday. Through Jan. 20. 265 Park Ave. West Northwest, Atlanta. Please call 404-222-7275 or visit centennialpark.com.

ROSWELL RESTAURANT WEEK

Experience cuisine that delights your palate and defines the art of dining in Roswell, Georgia. Held annually, this event features 9 days of menus, specials, and discounts at over 25 participating restaurants. Restaurant hours. Jan. 21 through Feb. 1. Varying locations. The full list of participating restaurants is online at roswellrestaurantweek.com.

NIGHT HIKE

Night hikers at the Chattahoochee Nature Center come to discover nightlife like never before. The night entails a guided hike through one of our woodland trails or river boardwalk, all by the light of the moon. Experience a private animal encounter with fellow night hikers so you’ll know exactly what to look (or listen) for while out on the trail. 7 – 9 p.m. Jan. 18. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit chattnaturecenter.org.

REPTILES!

Snakes, snakes and more snakes will be at the Chattahoochee Nature Center with Jason Clark, star of the Animal Planet series “SnakesKin.” Clark will be bringing out venomous and nonvenomous snakes during this exciting and humorous

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show. Watch as kingsnakes and rattlesnakes leave their cages behind and meet some of their reptilian friends. Clark shares how to identify and be safe around snakes while recounting adventures from wildlife removal emergencies. At the reptile wagon, get an up-close view of live, native reptiles in this exciting traveling exhibit from the Southeastern Reptile Rescue. Snakes, tortoises and even alligators are waiting to be discovered. Plus, more reptile related arts and crafts activities. Noon – 4 p.m. Jan. 18. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit chattnaturecenter.org.

SOUTHERN GARDENING SYMPOSIUM

Callaway Gardens’ Southern Gardening Symposium has been the South’s premier gardening event for a quarter of a century. Whether you’re a professional gardener or just a beginner, there’s simply no better place to immerse yourself in the world of gardening in the South. Enjoy a weekend full of gardening lectures from renowned speakers, educational workshops and an opportunity to take home outstanding garden plants from our Gardening Marketplace. Jan. 24 - 26. US Highway 27, Pine Mountain, Please call 800225-5292.

RACES & BENEFITS » FROSTED FOOT TRAIL RACE

Join Dirty Spokes for this 7- and 3.5-mile running race through Central Park in Cumming. A T-shirt comes with registration for the event, and awards will be given to the top three finishers in each age group. Registration required. 7 a.m. Jan. 18. Central Park, 2300 Keith Bridge Road, Cumming. Please visit dirtyspokes.com.

TOP FIVE EVENTS “A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD”

Milton Theatre Company presents the children’s whimsical musical “A Year with Frog and Toad,” which follows the adventures of a jovial Frog and a grumpy Toad. Jan. 16-17 at 7 p.m., and Jan. 18 at 2 and 7 p.m. Milton High School, 3025 Birmingham Highway, Milton. Please call 770-343-8326 or visit miltontheatrecompany.com.

BRING ON THE SNOW 5K

A 5K benefitting the Flood Student Missions and their vision of developing Servant Leaders for the community. Bundle up and come run, Registration available in advance or at 7 a.m. on the day of the race. 8:30 a.m. Jan. 18. South Forsyth High School, 585 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. Please visit active.com.

JAZZ MUSICIANS ANNE DRUMMOND AND LEW SOLOFF

The Velvet Note presents Anne Drummond and Lew Soloff, jazz flautist and trumpeter, respectively, for a night of jazz. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Jan. 17-18. 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 855583-5838 or visit thevelvetnote.com.

NORTH FULTON HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ART SHOW

The Roswell Art Commission is sponsoring this year’s North Fulton High School Art Show with the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance and the Roswell Visual Arts Center located in Roswell Park. 6 – 9 p.m. Jan. 24 through Feb. 6. 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell. Please call 770-594-6122.

MLK DAY 5K

A 5K race to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day through Piedmont Park. There will be a drum line along the race course, as well as a post-race celebration with music and events celebrating MLK Day. Participants will receive an MLK Day 5K T-shirt. Registration required. 8 a.m. Jan. 20. 400 Park Drive Northeast, Atlanta. Please visit mlkday5k.com.

READING WITH RINGLING

Reading with Ringling is a unique reading program that earns kids a Ringling Bros. circus ticket just by doing their library reading. Through Jan. 31. All branches of the AtlantaFulton Public Library System. Please visit readingwithringley.com.


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New Year, new slate, new opportunities And then there was one. In the stormiest year of Johns Creek’s short life, politics flared incredibly for six months. Five members of the City Council united to unseat the city’s only mayor. With the res-

ignation of Ivan Figueroa (who is relocating to South Georgia), only Brad Raffensperger remains on board, and is likely to be a marginalized voice – which he rarely exercises on council; and then, it is usually to quote someone else (Ronald

Reagan is a favorite). The reality is, that edition of the City Council had checked out some time ago. Most of the big decisions were left to the city manager and the staff. In theory, the council professed that it was their duty

to set policy and the staff’s duty to carry out that policy. But in the last two years or so, there was precious little “policy setting.” By that time, most of the decision-making had been handed over to others. Most issues at work sessions were preemptory with little discussion. Now, some of this no doubt rested on the competence of staff and the clarity of purpose. But over time, it certainly seemed that the absence of discussion was the rule. A question or two might be asked, but seldom was there any follow-up. Nor were issues discussed or explained during the regular meetings that followed work sessions. Instead, they quickly passed with most in attendance left in the dark because what discussion there had been was heard in the work session that had just adjourned. While this practice usually produced a sigh of relief in this reporter, I began to realize this lack of presentations by staff to the public was a disservice to the citizens. It meant that not only did the public get little information about the city’s business unless they attended work sessions – which are held in a room with limited seating behind council chambers – items discussed were voted up or down the same day. In my experience, items discussed in work sessions seldom were presented for a vote the same day. But then work sessions are seldom held backto-back with regular sessions. It may appear to be efficient, but it does not promote transparency. This does not allow the citizens to gauge the way councilmembers think about the items that come before them. It seemed to me at least part of this reticence was a reluctance to appear going against the grain. The previous council seemed to put a premium on consensus rather than expressing opinions. This became oppressively clear during last summer. Apparently, they felt the need to muzzle any public comment from volunteer city board members on the mayor’s investigation. And when the chairman of the Planning Commission brought up a change of the city charter to rectify a clear slap at free speech,

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council made no bones about refusing to consider it precisely because they knew they would not like what he had to say, i.e. that mayor’s probe was unwarranted and possibly illegal. The citizens of the city made their feelings clear, and the election results are there for all to see. Whether it was a vote of confidence for the mayor or revulsion of the tactics to remove him, it is impossible to say for sure, but surely a mixture of the two. Now we have a City Council with two new members of council seated and two more to come in a special election sometime this spring. It will be a new broom indeed. However, those who ignore the past are doomed to repeat it, the philosopher says. The old council had a heavy load when they took office. First, there was no precedent for them, no institutional memory to guide them. But they were the leaders of the move to cityhood, and so they stood up for the jobs that most of the populace was more than willing to accede to them. They did not start out to be the body that ultimately was turned out in favor of political neophytes. The city was happy to leave things in their hands. The transition into the board they became was a slow process and insidious. They did not get good advice from the professionals around them. And instead, they allowed their responsibilities to be slowly appropriated. Now these two, soon to be four, newcomers must learn the lessons so bitterly learned over these last seven months. Don’t be afraid to challenge what you are told. Don’t place a premium on consensus. It’s possible to dissent and still be a team player. Holding office means having a willingness to make up your own mind and to state your reasons. It sounds easy in theory, but in practice, it is far from it. But that is the job.


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Johns Creek resident Jack Friends makes plea for family in need Wofford, 51, dies suddenly By Shelley Jordan Johns Creek resident

Friends initiate fund for family JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Jack Wofford, age 51, of Johns Creek died Jan. 7, 2014. Active in restaurant management, his career started at age 17 at La Paz in Sandy Springs. His career continued in the restaurant industry with Roasters Rotisserie, Carmen’s Pizzeria and Jim ’N Nick’s BBQ. Mr. Wofford was an avid golfer and participated in the annual Wofford Memorial Golf Tournament each year. A humble and great man, he will be missed by his family as well as co-workers, customers and all who knew him. Mr. Wofford is survived by his wife Peggy Wofford and his daughter Trixie Wofford, both of Johns Creek; sisters Jeanne Weinstein of Atlanta and Perrin Rountree of Cincinnati, Ohio; brothers J. Brian Wofford, Jeff Wofford, both of Jacksonville, Fla., and Tom Wofford of

Portland, Ore. Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 12 at Sandy Springs Chapel. Dr. Gil Watson officiated the service, and burial followed at Arlington Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jack Wofford Memorial Trust Fund at Jim ’N Nick’s BBQ. Contact Bob Haynes at 678-630-2821.

My daughter Joy Bullington’s very close friend since kindergarten, Trixie Wofford, lost her father, Jack Wofford, last week from a sudden unexpected heart attack. He died at the young age of 51, leaving behind a loving wife, Peggy Wofford, and his daughter who is a junior at Chattahoochee High School.   When the economy got rough, Jack lost his job as a restaurant manager when the restaurant closed. He got temporary management jobs in other locations, then his career changed from full-time manager (high paying) to part-time multiple restaurant supervision jobs (hourly, low paying). He was working as much as 100 hours a week in order to keep their home and feed the family. Two weeks before Jack lost his last management position, Peggy had an accident in the kitchen and shattered her foot.   Before the accident, Peggy worked for years at the local Ace Hardware that was on the corner of Jones Bridge and State Bridge and was friendly to every shopper. So many people in the community knew and still know Miss Peggy.  Since the injury, Peggy has developed some serious health problems and is not able to work at all.  

Peggy was a Girl Scout troop leader and involved in Girl Scouts for 10 years and was an absolute gift to the Girl Scouts.   The Wofford family almost lost their house many times, but has been able to hang on to it through hard work and determination.   Given their financial difficulties and Peggy’s illness, they were always finding ways to cut costs; and so Jack even stopped paying for his life insurance a couple of years back.   Therefore, besides losing a loving/ caring husband and father, Peggy and Trixie Wofford are in a scary financial crisis.   We don’t want Trixie to quit school and start working full-time to try to pay bills, and we don’t want one of the original Johns Creek families to go homeless and possibly have to split up. Therefore, a memorial trust fund was set up for donations for Peggy and Trixie Wofford in order to keep them from becoming homeless and so Trixie can stay in school. Please open your heart and donate (even if it is just $5) to the Jack Wofford Memorial Fund at SunTrust Bank. Contact the trustee Robert A. Haynes at Jim ’N Nick’s BBQ at 678630-2821 for information on how to make a donation.

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North Fulton principal steps down over ‘poor decisions’ Former Ga. PTA Principal of the Year admits violating school policy By CANDY WAYLOCK candy@northfulton.com MILTON, Ga. – One year after guiding his school to a National School of Excellence, Crabapple Crossing Elementary School has lost its highachieving principal for what appears to be lapses of judgment concerning employee comp time and childcare. In a letter to parents on the final day of classes in December, former Principal George Freiberger outlined the circumstances leading to his abrupt resignation. He said his departure was with a “heavy heart” but best for all involved. m “Though not intentionally, I made some poor decisions regarding county policies involving my employees’ leave time, the business partnerships with our after-school enrichment programs and the after-school care for my children,” wrote Freiberger in a surprisingly candid letter dated Dec. 20. Fulton School officials said

the issues did not rise to the level of criminal wrongdoing, but were reportable offenses to the Georgia Professional Standards FRIEBERGER Commission. This agency sets and applies guidelines for the certification and licensing of public educators in Georgia. Freiberger’s children apparently received services at no cost through a private afterschool program at Crabapple Crossing. In addition, some employees were allegedly allowed to take comp time for hours worked. Both issues violate school system policy. While not confirming directly the reasons behind the resignation, officials said an investigation had been ongoing for the past few months after anonymous tips were

Though not intentionally, I made some poor decisions regarding county policies involving my employees’ leave time, the business partnerships with our after-school enrichment programs and the after-school care for my children.” GEORGE FREIBERGER Crabapple Crossing ES principal

reported to the school system. Ron Wade, human resources director for Fulton Schools, said the letter Freiberger sent to parents acknowledges “serious lapses in judgment,” but that the principal handled the situation professionally. “[In] tendering his resignation and accepting responsibility for his actions, [Freiberger] showed professionalism during an unfortunate situation,” said Wade. “The district holds its school and central leaders to a greater standard, given that they are charged with managing and supervising others who must too work in accordance to district policies and ethical

practices.” Freiberger has spent his entire educational career at Crabapple Crossing, starting out as a teacher in 1998 before being promoted to assistant principal in 2004, and ultimately the principal in 2009. Freiberger attended Villanova University in Pennsylvania on a football scholarship, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in educational leadership in 1998. He also holds a specialist’s degree from Lincoln Memorial University. In 2012, Crabapple Crossing Elementary was named a National Blue Ribbon School

of Excellence, following its designation as a Georgia School of Excellence in 2010. Freiberger was also one of only four principals across the state to receive the Georgia PTA’s Outstanding Principals Award in 2013. Until a permanent principal is hired, the Fulton School System has named Lenni Forti as the interim principal at Crabapple Crossing. Forti is a former principal at Sweet Apple Elementary School and also served as an assistant principal at Barnwell, Lake Windward, Mountain Park and Roswell North elementary schools before his retirement two years ago.

The play has a large cast. Here, they run through a dance number during rehearsal.

JCHS: Continued from Page 1 reasons,” said Debbie Prost, JCHS director. “It is a nontraditional fairytale with many comedic attributes. In addition, the music is a departure from typical musicals and provided a challenge for our actors and orchestra. “We felt that we had the perfect group of students to meet these challenges and showcase these comedic elements,” she said. “Also, the story of ‘Once upon a Mattress’ has so many facets that it will appeal to audiences of all ages. “ Prost is joined by Rhonda Fossum, musical director and orchestra conductor, and choreographer Allison Polaski in their fourth production together at JCHS. Seventy-five students make

up the cast and crew that have been rehearsing since early November for the late-January performances. “Once Upon a Mattress” is the story of the gloomy but handsome Prince Dauntless (senior Bryce Irvin) looking for a princess to be his true love. He is being “helped” by his talkative and overbearing mother Queen Aggravain (senior Tori Beauchamp and junior Kennedy Coe) who declares that no one in the kingdom will marry until her son is wed to a princess of true royal blood. “I am not at liberty to ‘talk’ about my role,” said senior Sam Sheriff tongue in cheek. He plays King Sextimus who was rendered mute by an evil spell and can only communicate by pantomime. “I love the dysfunctional personalities of the members of the royal family. ‘Mattress’ is a hilarious farce that everyone

If you go What: JCHS, Once Upon a Mattress When: 7 p.m. Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 Where: Johns Creek High School, 5575 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek Cost: $15 adults; $12 students More Info: jchsdrama.com will enjoy,” said Sheriff. After the Wizard (freshman Daniel Furney) unsuccessfully interviews numerous prospective princesses, Sir Harry (senior Albert Pham), the heartthrob and brave knight of the kingdom, discovers a most unlikely princess in Winnifred the Woebegone (seniors Annie Lee and Simone Bosch), who lives in the swamp. “I love playing Princess

Harrison Mead and Lizzie Bond put their best foot forward during rehearsals. Fred. She presents the challenge of mixing the attributes of a delicate princess with her own personality, which involves bad posture and not-so dainty remarks,” said Lee. Bosch, who shares the role of Winnifred, added, “I love that my character is fun-loving and full of life. She may be a princess but definitely doesn’t fit the stereotype of one.”

Naturally, the edict that no one may marry until Prince Dauntless does cause a great deal of – ah, dramatic tension throughout the kingdom. Additional characters are Lady Larken (junior McKenna Conboy) and two mischievous and witty characters, the Jester (senior Harrison Mead) and the traveling Minstrel (freshman Brennen Blotner).


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CITY OF JOHNS CREEK PLANNING COMMISSION, PUBLIC HEARING: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014 AT 7:00 P.M. CITY OF JOHNS CREEK MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL, PUBLIC HEARING: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2014 AT 7:00 P.M. CITY OF JOHNS CREEK COUNCIL CHAMBER 12000 FINDLEY ROAD, SUITE 300 JOHNS CREEK, GEORGIA 30097 The following Land Use Petition/Special Use Permit proposals located within the City of Johns Creek are scheduled for Public Hearings as stated above. LAND USE PETITION: PETITIONER: LOCATION: CURRENT ZONING: PROPOSED ZONING: PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT:

RZ-14-001 (Deferred) Alliance Development Group, LLC 9300 Block of Brumbelow Road AG-1 (Agricultural District) R-3A Conditional Two single-family lots

LAND USE PETITION: PETITIONER: LOCATION: CURRENT ZONING: PROPOSED ZONING: PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT:

RZ-14-003 & VC-14-003-1 and 2 Mr. Glenn Rozansky 5800 Block of State Bridge Road C – 1 (Community Business District) Conditional C – 1 Conditional Develop a 3,760 SF stand-alone fast-food restaurant with outdoor patio. Concurrent variance to eliminate the requirement for a pitched roof, and to deviate from building colors in the Community Standards.

LAND USE PETITION: PETITIONER: LOCATION:

SUP-14-001 William & Reed Academy 11800 Block of Douglas Road 11850 Block of Jones Bridge Road C – 1 (Community Business District) Conditional Private school, grades 6 – 12

CURRENT ZONING: PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT:

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the City Council on Monday, February 3, 2014 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. V-14-05 Coro Realty Building- 10 Roswell Street Consideration of a request for a parking variance in order to expand office and retail uses within an existing building. The property is located at the southeast corner of Milton Avenue and Roswell Street and legally described as being located in Land Lot 1269, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 South Main Street.

CITY OF JOHNS CREEK RFQ NUMBER #14-037-1 Professional Engineering Services for Barnwell Road Enhanced Sidewalk and Intersection Improvements The City of Johns Creek seeks design consulting firms to provide professional engineering and related services for the Barnwell Road enhanced sidewalk and intersection improvements project. The City of Johns Creek is accepting sealed Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified firms for professional services. Sealed RFQ’s will be received no later than 2:30 P.M. on February 6, 2014 in the City of Johns Creek Purchasing Office, 12000 Findley Rd., Suite-400, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097. RFQ’s received after the above time or in any other location other than the Purchasing Office will not be accepted. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held on January 21, at 11:00 AM at the City Hall Council Chambers, 3rd floor. RFQ packages are available on the City website at www. johnscreekga.gov. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office at (678) 512-3233. RFQ’s shall be presented in a sealed opaque envelope with the RFQ number and name clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. The name of the company or firm submitting an RFQ response should also be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. EIGHT (8) ORIGINALS AND ONE (1) COPY OF THE RFQ ON CD MUST BE SUBMITTED. RFQ’s will not be accepted verbally or by fax or email. All offerors must comply with all general and special requirements of the RFQ information and instructions enclosed herein. The City of Johns Creek reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive technicalities and informalities, and to make award in the best interest of the City of Johns Creek. John Kachmar City Manager

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CITY OF JOHNS CREEK CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU PUBLIC NOTICE OF 2014 MEETING CALENDAR

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

The Johns Creek Conven�on and Visitors Bureau Board Members approved the following 2014 Mee�ng Calendar. All mee�ngs are scheduled for 9:00am and will be held in the Taylor Farms Conference Room which is located at Johns Creek City Hall, 12000 Findley Road, Suite 300, Johns Creek, GA 30097, unless otherwise posted. Should you have any ques�ons regarding this 2014 Mee�ng Calendar of the Johns Creek Conven�on and Visitors Bureau, Inc., please contact City Clerk, Joan Jones at 678-512-3212 or by email at joan.jones@johnscreekga.gov.

Along with other previously advertised items the following item will be considered by the City Council on Monday, January 27, 2014 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia.

JANUARY 14, 2014 FEBRUARY 11, 2014 MARCH 11, 2014 APRIL 15, 2014 MAY 13, 2014 JUNE 11, 2014

JULY 8, 2014 AUGUST 5, 2014 SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 OCTOBER 14, 2014 NOVEMBER 4, 2014 DECEMBER 9, 2014

City of Johns Creek Public Meeting for SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road (Operational Improvement Project) Project CSHPP-0007-00(310), P.I. No. 0007310 On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek, GA 30005, the City of Johns Creek will hold a Public Meeting concerning SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road (Operational Improvement Project), Project CSHPP-0007-00(310); P.I. No. 0007310 in the northern part of Fulton County. SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road (Operational Improvement Project) proposes to reduce traffic congestion by providing turn lane improvements along an approximately 1 mile section of roadway. A 5-foot sidewalk will be installed along the south side with an 8 to 10-foot sidewalk on the north side of SR 120/Abbotts Bridge Road. The purpose of this meeting is to provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed project; ask questions and comment on the project. The meeting will be conducted between the hours of 4:30p.m. and 6:30p.m. The meeting will be informal and the public is invited to attend anytime during these hours. There will be no formal presentation. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) information: The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling (Cindy Jenkins, Transportation Engineer – 678-512-3269). Comments concerning this project will be accepted until Thursday, February 13, 2014. Please submit your comments to: Tom Black, P.E. Director of Public Works Attn: Cindy Jenkins City of Johns Creek 12000 Findley Rd., Ste. 400 Johns Creek, GA 30097 Email: info@johnscreekga.gov (678) 512-3200

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a. V-14-04 Topgolf Consideration of a height variance to allow 138’ poles that are used to hold netting to trap the golf balls. The property is located on Westside Parkway and legally described as being located in Land Lots 639, 654, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 South Main Street.

CITY OF JOHNS CREEK RFQ NUMBER #14-037 Professional Engineering Services for Widening of SR120 / Abbotts Bridge Rd From Parsons Rd to SR 141/Medlock Bridge Rd PI #0012788 The City of Johns Creek seeks design consulting firms to provide professional engineering and related services for the widening of SR 120 /Abbotts Bridge Rd from Parsons Rd to SR 141/Medlock Bridge Rd (GDOT PI#0012788). The City of Johns Creek is accepting sealed Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from qualified firms for professional services. Sealed RFQ’s will be received no later than 2:00 P.M. on February 6, 2014 in the City of Johns Creek Purchasing Office, 12000 Findley Rd., Suite-400, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097. RFQ’s received after the above time or in any other location other than the Purchasing Office will not be accepted. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held on January 21, at 10:00 AM at the City Hall Council Chambers, 3rd floor. RFQ packages are available on the City website at www. johnscreekga.gov. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office at (678) 512-3233. RFQ’s shall be presented in a sealed opaque envelope with the RFQ number and name clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. The name of the company or firm submitting an RFQ response should also be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. EIGHT (8) ORIGINALS AND ONE (1) COPY OF THE RFQ ON CD MUST BE SUBMITTED. RFQ’s will not be accepted verbally or by fax or email. All offerors must comply with all general and special requirements of the RFQ information and instructions enclosed herein. The City of Johns Creek reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive technicalities and informalities, and to make award in the best interest of the City of Johns Creek. John Kachmar City Manager

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Butler University INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Jessica Williams of Suwanee recently danced in Butler Ballet’s 31st annual production of “The Nutcracker” in Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University. Butler Ballet’s performance of

Tchaikovsky’s classic featured 112 Butler dancers, plus 33 young dancers from the Indianapolis community, and was accompanied by the Butler Symphony Orchestra.

Va. Commonwealth University RICHMOND, Va. – The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announced that Alexis Collins of Roswell was recently initiated

Submit your news & photos to news@northfulton.com | Recycled paper into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Collins is pursuing a degree in dance at Virginia Commonwealth University. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership.

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, February 6, 2014 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, February 24, 2014 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. Z-13-15/V-13-18 Stonewalk Mayfield Corners Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 2.3 acres from R-15 to R-10MHD (Historic District in order to permit 18 “for-sale” single family attached homes. The property is located at the southeast corner of Mayfield Road and Canton Street and legally described as being located in Land Lots 1197, 1252 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. Z-13-13/CLUP-13-14/V-13-17 Peachtree Residential Townhomes Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 2.97 acres from R15 to R8A in order to develop 24 townhomes. A change to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan to allow “High Density Residential” is also requested as well as a stream buffer variance. The property is legally described as being located in Land Lot 1270, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. Z-14-04/CLUP-14-02/V-14-02 Marietta Street Townhomes Rezone from CUP & R-10M TO R-8A in order to develop townhomes. A variance to the required City creek buffers and setbacks is also requested as well as well as a change to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan from “High Density Residential” to permit “Medium Density Residential”. The property is located in Land Lot 1270 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. d. Z-14-03/CLUP-14-01/V-14-01 Kimball Road Tract Consideration of a request to rezone 9.142 acres from AG to R-10 in order to develop a single family for-sale subdivision at the southeast corner of Kimball Bridge and Buice Road. A change to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan from “Low Density” to “Medium Density” is also requested in order to permit 10,000 square foot lots. A request to reduce the setback from Kimball Bridge Road from 65’ to 30’ is also requested. The property is legally described as being located in Land Lots 93 and 94, 1st District, 1st Section, Fulton County, Georgia. e. MP-14-01 Oxford Green Master Plan Amendment/Cobalt Center Consideration of a change to a previous condition of zoning in order to permit full access curb cuts on Cumming Street into an existing development. A request for general site approval of a proposed 4 story parking deck and new parking configuration is also requested. The property is located at the corner of Cumming Street and Windward Parkway off of Cingular Way and legally described as being located in Land Lots 1185, 1186, 1192, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. f. PH-14-01 Unified Development Code – Planning Commission Readings Consideration of an amendment to the Unified Development Code in order to change the number of times a change to the code is heard by the Planning Commission in order to require one public hearing instead of two. g. PH-14-02 Unified Development Code – Special Event Facilities Consideration of an amendment to the Unified Development Code in order to permit special event facilities to hold events up to 30 days without obtaining City Council approval. Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 South Main Street.

University of Virginia CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Fellowship Christian School graduate Emily Sonnett helped the University of Virginia women’s soccer team reach the NCAA Division I Championship College Cup Tournament for the first time since 1991. The sophomore defender was also among four Virginia players named to the First Team of the All-Southeast squad by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Sonnett, who graduated from FCS in Roswell in 2012, ranked eighth on the Lady Cavaliers with nine points (two goals, five assists).

Harding University SEARCY, Ark. – Suwanee resident Victoria Sams, a social work major at Harding University, was inducted into the university’s Alpha Chi Honor Society Nov. 17, 2013. The society recognizes the academic excellence of college students nationwide. To be selected for induction,

students must be in the top 10 percent of their class. Alpha Chi encourages high standards and acknowledges the scholarship of these students.

Tennessee Wesleyan College ATHENS, Tenn. – Tennessee Wesleyan College has proudly accepted new students for enrollment for the upcoming academic year and welcomes Christopher Mokros of Roswell as a new TWC Bulldog.

University of Alabama TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alexis Lanning, a telecommunications and film major from Johns Creek, was named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at the University of Alabama. Lanning was also inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. Eligibility for both is based on a grade point average of 3.5 or greater.

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Georgia Southern University STATESBORO, Ga. – Christopher J. Davis of Milton received Dean’s List honors during the spring 2013 semester at Georgia Southern University. Davis is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business

administration and information systems. The 2011 graduate of Alpharetta High School plans to graduate from Georgia Southern in 2015.

Johnson and Wales University PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Anna Federspiel of Milton, a freshman at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, earned Dean’s List honors for

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Wheaton College WHEATON, Ill. – Wheaton College student Kimberly Snooks recently performed in “Before the Marvel,” the 2013 Christmas Festival presented by the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. Snooks, a junior from Alpharetta, played cello with the symphony orchestra.

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DEATH NOTICES Antoinette Adam, 90, of Milton, passed away December 28, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Anita Faye Holcombe Alley, 66, of Woodstock, passed away December 31, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

James Garland Bagley, Sr., 67, of Cumming, passed away December 24, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Mildred Henderson Bales, 87, of Woodstock, passed away January 2, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Alice Gertrude Bliss, 92, of Gering, Nebraska, passed away December30, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Thomas Bowles, 97, of Roswell, passed away December 30, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Annabelle Bremer, 85, of Alpharetta, passed away December 26, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Robert Timothy Brookshire, 52, of Dawsonville, passed away January 3, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

James Chatham, 92, of Roswell, passed away January 1, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Bill W. Fry, 85, of Jasper, passed away January 3, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

John Cooke, 84, of Cumming, passed away January 4, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Susan Coombs, 85, of Woodstock, passed away December 29, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Braughton C.A. Mauldin, 83, of Cumming, passed away January 2, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Roger Thrasher, 82, of Roswell, passed away December 31, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

David McKenna, 51, of Roswell, passed away December 25, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Doris Lucille Way, 88, of Alpharetta, passed away January 1, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Dillon Gayton, 21, of Forsyth County, passed away January 1, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Susan Minehart, 60, of Roswell, passed away January 5, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Christopher Ryan Cooper, 25, of Gainesville, passed away January 6, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Lynn Charles Green, 45, of Cumming, passed away December 31, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Kent T. Mitchell, 78, of Roswell, passed away December 30, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Margaret Cunning, 80, of Roswell, passed away December 25, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Barbara Hardeman, 88, of Lawrenceville, passed away January 6, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

W.A. Davenport, 92, of Alpharetta, passed away December 30, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

David Eaden, Jr., 24, of Gainesville, passed away January 2, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Deborah Fischer, 60, of Woodstock, passed away January 3, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Richard E. Foley, 81, of Johns Creek, passed away December 28, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Nancy Ann Hauth, 86, of Cumming, passed away January 6, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Margie Ruth Hicks, 77, of Suwanee, passed away January 7, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Curtis B. Jones, 86, of Alpharetta, passed away January 2, 2014. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Edward Joseph Langan, Sr., 77, of Roswell, passed away December 26, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Betty J. Moulder, 43, of Dawsonville, passed away December 31, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Leonard Oblinger, 93, of Alpharetta, passed away December 23, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Mildred Oblinger, 91, Alpharetta, passed away December 28, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Jeff Pervis, 72, of Roswell, passed away December 21, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Cephas A. Sitton, III, 52, of Roswell, passed away December 31, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Dora Lucille Logan, 81, of Cleveland, passed away January 2, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Virginia Smith, of Alpharetta, passed away. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

John Marsden, 88, of Alpharetta, passed away December 19, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Barbara Thomas, 94, of Roswell, passed away December 29, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Hazel Smith Weldon, 83, of Hoschton, passed away December 28, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

87, of Katherine West, Alpharetta, passed away December 23, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Wallace Gil White, 82, of Cumming, passed away January 4, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Louise Wildberger, 91, of Johns Creek, passed away December 31, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Juanita Winnett, 85, of Roswell, passed away January 3, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.


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