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Rep. Riley backs grass roots coalition ATLANTA – State Rep. Lynne Riley, R-Johns Creek, said she is backing a new non-partisan grassroots organization that wants Washington to focus on helping small businesses get the economy going again instead of the usual party politics of brinksmanship and finger-pointing. Riley said she recently attended the Main Street Growth and Opportunity Coalition launch event where she supported the group’s call for federal lawmakers to take action on just three areas: tax and immigration reform and expanded trade. The Main Street Growth and Opportunity Coalition, which has launched a Georgia chapter, is an alliance of businesses, local trade associations and concerned individuals. They say they are commit-

ted to supporting “a common sense, progrowth agenda for America.” It is an agenda Riley can support. “American businesses pay RILEY way too much in taxes, and are forced to dedicate far too many resources to navigating our overcomplicated tax code,” said Riley. “If we really want the economy to grow and create more jobs, we need to relieve both of these burdens on businesses by lowering their taxes and make the tax code simpler.” The Main Street Coalition does not offer specific solu-

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How to avoid heartburn over Heartbleed virus The Franz family are all smiles today because someone decided to be an organ donor. From left are Hailey, Shannon, Maddie, Kirk and Kali Franz.

Organ transplant recipient ‘pays it forward’ with tourney Swing Easy Hit Hard charity golf tournament brings awareness to need for organ donors By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Four years ago, Kirk Franz, Johns

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Then in late 2009, the doctor gave Franz a virtual death sentence. He had cancer of the liver and the bile duct. “A liver transplant saved my life,” Franz said. “I was blessed that someone made

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Web’s biggest problem has solutions By JONATHAN COPSEY NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Anyone with a computer has probably heard or seen information about the newest threat to cyber security, “Heartbleed.” Fortunately, there are solutions already out there, but users still must act to protect themselves by changing their passwords. “This is the largest serverside security flaw we have ever seen,” said Tyler Jones, of Carmichael Consulting Solutions.

There are many websites out there that allow you to check if a website is affected. One such website is heartbleed.criticalwatch. com. Another is www. “What makes it unique is that, unlike most security threats in IT, there is nothing you can do on the client side.” That means the user can-



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By JONATHAN COPSEY ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Nearly a dozen teenagers were arrested April 4 after they took part in the annual “junior-senior wars.” Such “wars” traditionally begin the week leading up to prom at the local high schools. Juniors and seniors at the schools engage in a tit-for-tat game of pranks, typically late at night. According to police, they received a call at nearly 3 a.m. about teenagers toilet-papering a Marin Court home and hitting the house and vehicles parked there with paintballs. Police arrived and spotted two suspect vehicles trying to leave the neighborhood. Inside were 11 teenage boys. Police note there were paintball marks on the side of one of the vehicles and one passenger had a paintball gun in his lap. A large package of toilet paper was in the rear of one vehicle. All the boys allegedly admitted to papering the home and shooting at it and vehicles

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of Gullwing Court, Alpharetta, was arrested March 25 on Webb Bridge Road in Alpharetta for DUI and tag light violation. ►► Cristian Ojeda, 22, of Northridge Drive, Cumming,

as part of the pranks. The homeowner said her home had been targeted for the past three days and wanted it to stop. However, she declined to press charges for criminal trespass. The 11 boys were arrested for disorderly conduct. The two boys who drove the vehicles were also charged with violation of their license restrictions. Alpharetta has zero tolerance for such crimes, said Alpharetta Community Outreach Officer Phil Ritchie. All minors – those under age 18 – are forbidden to be out after 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends in Alpharetta. Anyone found out after that time will be charged with violating curfew. Those caught in the act of toilet-papering a home will be charged with littering. “It’s a zero-tolerance event,” Ritchie said. “That means, if I catch you, you are not getting a warning. You get a citation.” That could also mean a trip to jail, as the 11 teenagers found out April 4. Parents should take heed, however. Ritchie said new for this year, parents who allow their children to take part in the junior-senior wars can be

was arrested March 26 on Charlotte Drive in Alpharetta for DUI, possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related items, failure to maintain lane, stop sign violation and failure to signal. ►► Rebecca Jones, 44, of Carnoustie Lane, Alpharetta, was arrested March 26 on Morris Road in Alpharetta for DUI, open container and failure to yield. ►► Everette Jon Covington, 20, of Silhouette Court, Alpharetta, was arrested March 27 on Mill Creek Avenue in Alpharetta for DUI, underage consumption of alco-

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charged with allowing a child to violate curfew and engage in illegal acts. “We are not overreacting. Before, it used to be a minor issue,” he said. “Kids would go out and TP a house. Now, it is getting out of hand.” Spray painting and paintballing houses can damage them and be costly for the homeowner to fix or remove. “These kids have weapons [paintball guns] and they are damaging people’s homes,” Ritchie said. Every year, local police departments field dozens of calls about the pranks. “It’s not an overreaction,” Ritchie said. “It’s an effort to

hol and failure to maintain lane. ►► Vicky Darlene Childers, 36, of Weetberry Court, Alpharetta, was arrested March 29 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane and failure to signal when changing lanes. ►► Paul Andre Kuehn, 47, of Birmingham Highway, Alpharetta, was arrested March 21 on Westside Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, stop sign violation and driving on the wrong side of the roadway. Kevin Lamont Greene, 43, of Gulfport, Miss., was arrested March 20 on Haynes Bridge

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Employee allegedly took stores cash JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A former employee is suspected of stealing money from his workplace April 4. Employees of the Target on State Bridge Road told police video surveillance showed a former worker, Morgan McNeill Maynard, 21, of Suwanee, take

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Man flees court, leads police on chase JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – An alleged drunk driver led police on a chase through the city after he fled a court hearing April 8. James Earl Johnson, 42, of Decatur was in Johns Creek court at 10 a.m. facing charges of driving without a license and DUI. When the judge handed down a 63-day sentence, Johnson allegedly ran out of the courtroom. He drove away in a black Chevrolet Avalanche. A short time later, police

spotted Johnson on McGinnis Ferry Road. When police tried to pull Johnson over, he initially slowed down as if he JOHNSON were to stop, and then he quickly performed a U-turn headed west on McGinnis Ferry Road. Police tried several times to drive in front of Johnson to

force him to stop. Each time, he simply drove around them. Police finally cornered Johnson in a parking lot on New Boyd Road. Johnson was Tased as he was pulled from the vehicle. Johnson’s breath allegedly smelled of alcohol when he was arrested. He refused sobriety tests. He complained about neck pain and was taken to Emory Johns Creek Hospital for evaluation. There, he refused to give blood to test for alcohol.

A check of Johnson’s driver’s license showed it was suspended in February for failure to pay child support and failure to appear in court on April 3, as well as for a DUI in January of last year and was revoked because of probation in June, also last year. Johnson faces charges of DUI, fleeing police, aggravated assault on a police officer, obstruction and driving with a suspended license. He is held in Fulton County Jail.

Winter weather events blueprint for revised school planning Survey points out deficiencies, proficiencies of response By CANDY WAYLOCK FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – More than 1,000 people provided input on ways to improve the Fulton School System’s handling and response to winter weather events, weighing in on decision making, communication and staff. Two weather events – at the end of January and again in mid-February – disrupted school operations for several days and led to an unprecedented seven days of school closures. The online survey conducted last month asked for input and assessments on how Fulton staff performed, as well as suggestions for improving response for future events. As expected, most participants in the online survey gave high marks for the system’s handling of the second snow event in February, but were less generous in assessing the response to the Jan. 28 snowstorm. In that event, school system leaders were criticized for the delay in dismissing

schools, which contributed to stranding thousands of students at school for hours because of transportation problems. When asked what issues could have been improved, nearly 98 percent of participants cited the “timeliness of decision to dismiss school,” coupled with 55 percent saying “notification to parents” needed improvement. School administrators made the decision to dismiss school at 2 p.m. on Jan. 28, but gave schools and parents little advance notice. By the time the message was broadcast, the metro roadways were a parking lot, leading to schools becoming overnight shelters for many students and staff. On the positive side, school employees got high marks for their supervision of students and the “caring nature” of staff. “We have taken all of these comments very seriously,” said Fulton Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa. “First, we appreciate the critical feedback, and second we are

acting on it.” Avossa is one of only three education leaders on Gov. Nathan Deal’s Winter Weather Taskforce, and noted the results of the survey and the recommendations were presented to the task force for consideration. But the information culled from the survey will be used locally, said Avossa, with much of it implemented already. “In some ways, our work is just beginning,” said Avossa. “Fulton County has reflected on its current winter weather and emergency procedures. Immediate changes related to winter weather protocol were in place by the second winter storm.” For next school year, Avossa said school leaders will be trained and exercised on a new set of guidelines dealing with delayed openings, early release and sheltering in place. One recommendation Avossa will be looking to implement is establishing an emergency operations center to coordinate an emergency response and provide a central working space for all responders to

Fulton County has reflected on its current winter weather and emergency procedures. Immediate changes related to winter weather protocol were in place by the second winter storm.” ROBERT AVOSSA Fulton Schools Superintendent

share, track and gather information. Another suggestion the system will work to develop is to ensure students continue learning, even when school is closed, through online learning opportunities.

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Secretary of state reminds Georgians of voter deadline ATLANTA – Secretary of State Brian Kemp reminded Georgians they must be registered to vote by April 21 in order to participate in the May 20 primary election. “Every Georgian should have the opportunity to vote in the May 20 primary election,” said Kemp. “The good news is that it is easier than ever to get registered to vote or to change your registration information.” Georgians with a valid Georgia driver’s license can go online and register at www.registertovote.sos.

Riley: Continued from Page 1 tions. It is more about “broadening a conversation” to find real solutions. “This coalition is not really driving to identify specifics. It is more about saying enough with the over regulations, enough with the red tape and roadblocks,” she said. Riley is a small businesswoman herself who owns her own accounting firm. Government has become a stumbling block to productivity in her own field. The tax code is unwieldy, inefficient and has too many loopholes for special interest groups. Immigration reform has been a big “hot button” issue in Washington, so much so it rarely tackles it. And when it The “My Voter Page” (MVP) app, available on mobile devices on Apple and Android platforms, also allows Georgians to register to vote. Voters can view their specific sample ballot, find their polling locations, check voter registration status and track the status of their absentee ballot. To find the app, search for “GA Votes” in the app store. Kemp launched the new systems last week at a

does come up inside the Beltway, it doesn’t get far. Riley said she would like to see ways for government to be “more welcoming to immigration opportunities.” It should not be so difficult for people to navigate the immigration process or be so combative for people who are already here and worried about their status, Riley said. “We want to be welcoming in allowing economic opportunity as well as immigration that might jumpstart new businesses,” she said. “Employers also find roadblocks from government in trying to utilize their talents,” she said. The Main Street Growth and Opportunity Coalition supports comprehensive tax and immigration reform and expanding trade opportunities. It seeks to educate federal lawmakers and state residents about the economic benefits of

What we need is more open conversation and sharing of ideas. No single person or party has all the solutions.”

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Main Street Growth & Opportunity goals* Tax Reform that fixes an overly complex tax code will promote fairness and stimulate growth. Expanding trade opportunities for American businesses to drive growth. When U.S. businesses have access to new markets, they ramp up production and create jobs. Immigration reform that is balanced and sensible to help grow the economy and strengthening our nation’s finances and programs over the long term. *See

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these policies and illustrates the consequences of inaction. “We want Washington to employ more common sense and allow the little guy to be more productive in his daily work and not burdened by tax policies and compliance issues

that [hinder the economy],” she said. As the voices of grassroots groups grow, Riley says she thinks Washington will have to listen. One of the biggest hindrances to reform at the national level is the high degree of partisan politics in which the two national parties seem

to have the destruction of each other’s policies put above the interests of the nation. “What we need is more open conversation and sharing of ideas. No single person or party has all the solutions,” Riley said. This new coalition is the effort to begin that conversation, she said.

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Game developer creates 30 new jobs in Alpharetta Hi-Rez Studios invests $10 million to expand Alpharetta-based headquarters We’re happy to ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta-based Hi-Rez Studios, an online game developer, will expand its headquarters by investing $10 million by 2015 into 30 jobs and an expansion, bringing the company’s employee count to more than 100 at its Georgia location. “Georgia’s thriving technology sector is attracting innovative start-up companies,” said Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr. “Hi-Rez Studios’ newest expansion is not only an investment in the community, but it is an investment for the future of the digital entertainment industry in our state. I have no doubt that Hi-Rez will find the talent and resources it needs to enhance its products and better reach its international markets.” The company’s headquarters, located on Brookside Parkway in Alpharetta, will expand by 4,000 square feet. With this expansion and jobs,

Hi-Rez Studios will continue to enhance their products with new game content and better reach customers across North America and Europe. The new jobs include software developers, digital artists, game testers and customer support technicians who will support the release and international distribution of the company’s latest product. “Digital gaming requires technical talent, creative talent and an entrepreneurial climate,” said Todd Harris, chief operating officer of Hi-Rez Studios. “We have experienced continued growth in Georgia, thanks to a great talent pool, high quality of life and low cost of doing business.” “We’re happy to welcome more talented and creative people to Alpharetta, and we’re delighted to see this expansion by Hi-Rez,” said Alpharetta City Councilman Michael Cross. Hi-Rez Studios is a devel-

welcome more talented and creative people to Alpharetta, and we’re delighted to see this expansion by Hi-Rez.” MICHAEL CROSS Alpharetta City Councilman

oper of online computer games and is designated as one of the Top 30 Developers worldwide by Game Developer Magazine. The company has developed and released two previous game titles and is now enhancing their latest title SMITE, a mythology themed online multiplayer game for the PC. The expansion in Alpharetta will support the company’s new product launch.

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Findley Oaks Elementary participated in the Georgia Destination Imagination Affiliate Tournament on March 15 at Duluth High School. Destination Imagination is an educational program where student teams solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions during the tournament to a panel of judges. In working to solve a selected challenge, teams learn

important life skills such as time management, collaboration, conflict resolution, as well as creative and critical thinking. Findley Oaks Elementary sent six teams for their first year of participation. The teams worked to solve their respective challenges for five months. Findley Oaks sent three non-competitive Rising Stars teams comprised of kindergarten through second-grade stu-

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Organ: Continued from Page 2 that decision to be a donor.” Franz said he also owed a lot to the Emory University Transplant Center. Once he was diagnosed, he was put through a regimen of chemotherapy and radiation treatments that enabled him to contain his cancer to just the liver. “That allowed me to be considered for a transplant, and I was able to get a liver in one week of showing no cancer had spread,” Franz said. “Now, I want to pay it forward.” Franz and supporters created the Swing Easy Hit Hard charity golf tournament as a way to repay thousands of dollars in medical bills. Now, Franz is continuing the golf tourney as a fundraiser for the Swing Easy Hit Hard Foundation, a registered 501(c) (3) fundraising organization whose mission is to increase organ donation awareness and to provide support for patients and families affected by organ donation and transplantation. Coinciding with National Donate Life Month, the April 17 golf tournament has as its mission to increase organ donation awareness and to provide support for patients and families affected by organ donation and transplantation. Proceeds will go to the Georgia Transplant Center Fund and the Emory University Transplant Center, Franz said. Every Georgia driver’s license has a box that can be checked saying you are an organ donor, Franz said. People can also contact the Donate

Life – Georgia Foundation ( to get on its registry as an organ and tissue donor. “But however you register, you should make sure your family knows what your wishes are after you are gone. It will make your family’s decision much easier at a difficult time,” Franz said. “It’s a way you give a person a second chance at life.” Charity event helps celebrate National Donate Life Month “I had no idea how often people in the Atlanta area were receiving an organ transplant,” said Franz. “There are several each week. And most have to wait a lot longer than I did to receive their ‘gift of life.’”After Franz recovered from his transplant, he felt called to find a way to “give back” to others who would require an organ transplant.  In 2012, with the help of family and friends, he established an annual charity golf tournament and the Swing Easy Hit Hard Foundation.  “I love to golf and always enjoyed playing in charity golf tournaments. Now, I had a great reason to organize a tournament of my own to support a worthy cause that is very close to me and my family,” said Franz. This year’s event will be held during National Donate Life Month on April 17 at the Windermere Golf Course. In addition to golf, each player will receive a Chick-fil-A lunch, an Under Armour pullover, hat, non-alcoholic drinks and post-golf dinner banquet. This year’s dinner banquet will feature live music, a silent auction, raffle drawings and awards.

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What you can do to safeguard against Heartbleed Heartbleed is a “backdoor” entry to encrypted files that could allow hackers to access secured information on a server, including user names and passwords. What this means for you is that banking websites, application websites and others could be at risk. Here is what Tyler Jones of Carmichael Consulting suggests you do: • Immediately change your passwords for any of the sites that we already know have been attacked. These include, but are not limited to, Yahoo, Flickr and Tumblr. • It is strongly recommended that you change your passwords for sites that may have been vulnerable but are

Heartbleed: Continued from Page 2 not fix the problem – but the user can protect himself. Typically, when there is an issue, patches or fixes can be applied by the user to fix the issue. However, since this problem is built into the code of the very servers the Internet is built upon, it is up to the companies we do business with to address it. The flaw affects the coding called “Open SSL.” Whenever a user logs onto a secure website, a lock icon or green bar appears to indicate security. This is the Open SSL part. Two-thirds of the Internet uses this security program. Heartbleed allows someone to read small snippets of information on the servers in plain text rather than encrypted code, Jones said. Usernames, passwords, security questions and more could be compromised. And given the ubiquity of the Open SSL and the nature of the problem, websites could have been targeted for years and never know it. “There is no way to ever tell they have been compromised, if at all,” Jones said. Anything with a password – banks, Yahoo, Google, Netflix and Dropbox – is affected by the exploit. However, PIN numbers for debit cards are not affected. A fix was released April 7 and many websites have already implemented this, while others are in the process of doing so. However, the damage to any particular user may already have been done. The best thing consumers can do is check with their websites to ensure the issue has been solved, and then change their passwords, Jones said.



now patched. These include Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Clio, Instagram, Netflix, Pinterest, YouTube and others. • If you are unsure about a website, the site should have a statement posted somewhere about their current security status. If they have patched their software, go ahead and change your password. If they have not yet secured their site, you can change your password now if you want, but you will have to do it again once they secure their site. Remember, a good password is a minimum of eight characters long, has letters, numbers and special characters (like @, #, %, !) and is unique to each site. Do not re-use passwords.


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Autrey Mill Nature Preserve has Wild Weekend Events coincide with Earth Day JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Celebrate Earth Day Saturday, May 3, with Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center as it holds its annual Wild Weekend, a celebration of all things wild. Rain or shine, this event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All activities are free with paid admission of only $5 per person. A birds of prey program featuring raptors from Amicalola Falls State Park will start the day. Drop by anytime from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to learn more about these beautiful and interesting creatures. Wild Weekend will feature “Farmer Sue and the

ArtBarn Crew from Morning Glory Farm, where good things grow.” Sue will be bringing a bunch of her barnyard buddies for a Wild Weekend, and will be out from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will also get to meet Pebbles, Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center’s African spurred tortoise. Participants will also take part in a variety of activities including educational demonstrations, fun animal-themed games, crafts, interactive learning stations and s’mores. Children under 3 years old are free. Plan on staying the day, enjoy lunch from one of the

food truck vendors that will be available, and then enjoy a s’more at the campfire. Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center is on 46 acres of woodlands and wetlands in the Johns Creek area. Open year round, Autrey Mill offers opportunities for visitors to explore nature and historical buildings from Johns Creek. Autrey Mill offers a variety of programs, including special events like Wild Weekend, daily classes of nature- and historybased curriculum for all ages, public programs, summer camps, field trips and a natural history museum featuring both native and exotic animals. For more information, please visit the website at

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National Parks Service Earth Day Don’t miss the 2014 JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Everyone is invited to celebrate Earth Day by joining National Park Service naturalist Jerry Hightower from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 19, for a campfire, guided night hikes and a beautiful spring evening under the stars. Naturalist Greg Greer of “Mr. Greg’s Reptile Roadshow” will also host a demonstration of the exciting world of reptiles with live reptiles up close and personal. This is a chance to learn more about amphibians and reptiles of the Chattahoochee River Watershed and their importance to the Earth we all share. Other evening activities include live frogs on the lower deck, a campfire with marshmallows to roast, crafts, a walk by River Glen pond listening for the crickets and frog chorus and night hikes with flashlights.  Participants will learn what they can do on Earth Day and every day to protect the Chattahoochee River and the planet. Everyone will receive a complimentary Chattahoochee River Naturalist Journal with wildlife lists and paw prints.   This event includes easy level walking on a forest trail. Appropriate dress for the weather and comfortable shoes are recommended. A flashlight and a light jacket for the evening program are a good idea. This program will be held at the Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center, 8615 Barnwell

If you go What: Campfire Event, Live Reptile Program, Night Hikes When: Saturday, April 19, 7-10 p.m. Where: Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center; 8615 Barnwell Rd., Johns Creek Cost: Event is FREE, reservations required at 678-538-1200 More Info: National Park Service and John’s Creek Community Wildlife Habitat Project

Road, Johns Creek. Participants for all events should meet at the center’s lodge. For directions, see This event is free to the public, but registration is required. Call 678-5381200 to make reservations. This event is also part of the Johns Creek Community Wildlife Habitat Project. Johns Creek is the 60th community in the U.S. to be certified as National Wildlife Federation Community Wildlife Habitat. For more information on the Johns Creek Community Wildlife Habitat program or to certify a backyard, please visit

Milton Earth Day Festival Festival held April 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Friendship Community Park MILTON, Ga. – Get ready to celebrate the planet and the fun things area residents can do to keep it healthy, because on Saturday, April 19, the city of Milton and Milton Grows Green will present the 2014 Milton Earth Day Festival. Now in its fifth year, this Earth Day Festival is shaping up to be the best ever. Held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Crabapple at Friendship Community Park, 12785 Birmingham Highway, Milton, this year’s festival features food, family-friendly entertainment and environmental vendors. Parking is available at Crabapple First Baptist Church and Crabapple Crossing Elementary. Thanks to returning presenting sponsor Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Milton Grows Green is able to bring a wide variety of activities educational exhibits and environmentally friendly products and services to the community, including: Food vendors • Boy Scout Troop 3000 (hot dogs and pizza) • Dog ON it • King of Pops

• Nothing Bundt Cakes • Sip • Shane’s Rib Shack Free Children’s Activities • Egg Hunt (11:30 a.m.) • Rock Wall • Human Hamster Balls • Monkey Bridge • Kids crafts • Barnyard Animals • Animal shows from the Chat tahoochee Nature Center and Party Animals • Appearance from the Bag Mon ster Business vendors • More than 45 booths from area businesses featuring environ mental activities and unique products and services • Music and entertainment from North Fulton School of Music Anyone interested in volunteering to make this event a success can contact Environmental Sustainability Coordinator Cindy Eade at cindy.eade@ or 678-242-2509. The 2014 Milton Earth Day Festival is presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta with support from Comfort Zone, Creative Solar, Home Depot, Optech, North Fulton School of Music, Roswell Pediatrics Center, Scottsdale Farms, Rhino Shield, Brightway Insurance, Waste Management, Verizon Wireless and RGR Motorsports. —Jonathan Copsey


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Johns Creek Arts Center opens student art show By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – What do we mean when we talk about diversity in our society? That is what middle school and high school students were asked to reveal in the art they have produced for the annual Johns Creek Arts Center showing April 19. Arts Center Director Gail Hisle and the JC Arts Center Board will host a reception for the public from 3 to 5 p.m. for an exhibition of young artists’ work in on the theme Embracing Our Diversity. “It is amazing to see the work that these young people created. We asked them to interpret diversity, and they made some amazing things. Their creativity is unbelievable,” Hisle said. “One amazing student from the Lionheart School made a beautiful picture of butterflies from the shavings of colored pencils.” Many of the artists such as the ones from Lionheart School deal with learning disabilities every day, yet their creativity and talent is irrepressible. “There are so many forms of diversity in our society – age, race, religion, culture. And what’s wonderful about art is it lets you express it in so many ways,” she said. “Art lets students with learning disabilities find expression in


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If you go What: Student Art Show When: Saturday, April 19, 3-5 p.m. Where: Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700 Cost: Free More Info: Celebrating Our Diversity, Students fifth through 12th grades ways that leave me in awe.” Students were allowed to use any medium they desired, and the effect was to have an exhibition in a diverse


This interesting multi-media work shows how despite diversity in the way we look and dress, what is notable is how much the same we are. number of media including paint, ceramics, papier-mâché, photography, mixed media and photography.

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School fundraising program promotes health, character Resident’s idea for fundraising encourages fitness By CAROLYN RIDDER ASPENSON JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek resident Chris Carneal there should be more to school fundraising than car washes and selling doughnuts. He knew parents were tired of the constant stream of fundraising programs their children were coming home with and wanted to offer something different. “I wanted to find a way to help these kids learn valuable life skills and raise money for their schools at the same time,” he said. The idea began to take shape in 2001, while attending Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Carneal and his wife Lyndie started Boosterthon, a fun run and fundraising program that focused on teaching character-building skills and the importance of fitness to elementary-aged students. Since its inception, the company has worked with more than 700,000 youngsters across the country to raise

Rear row from left are Daniel Wells, David Gregory, David Tran, Roman Kotowski and Cory Pitts. Front row are Meghan Brown, Kaylee Wilson, Danielle Wells and Nancy Wells. funds while having fun. The program tackles important life lessons about integrity and leadership with the added focus on fitness. “Boosterthon,” Carneal said, “is designed to encourage fitness in kids and teach important life skills they can use now and in the future.”

The program, a pledge-perlap fun run, is focused on a specific theme and lasts for nine days. Carneal’s program includes team huddle days where students participate in group learning activities that help build character and teach lessons. Findlay Oaks Elementary School just completed its

Boosterthon fun run. PTA member Charlotte Franklin said the PTA wanted to raise $60,000 for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education – they think big in Johns Creek. “We met our goal,” she said. “And the kids had a blast.”

Franklin said the kids enjoyed the fundraiser and parents were pleased. “We wanted to do something that would be fun for the kids and raise money for the school,” she said. For information on Boosterthon, visit www.boosterthon. com.

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By JONATHAN COPSEY ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Wills Park Equestrian Center is a large, 300-stable facility that routinely hosts events throughout the year. However, Alpharetta is considering tearing it down. The question of what to do with the facility has long been on the city’s mind. Alpharetta Recreation and Parks Director Mike Perry said it was originally built by Fulton County, when Wills Park was county land, decades ago. When Alpharetta bought Wills Park, the facility became the city’s responsibility. “In the 1970s, when it was built by Fulton County, it was paid for by the whole county,” Perry said. “It is no longer funded regionally.” Instead, the residents of Alpharetta pay for the upkeep of a facility Perry says is infrequently used by its own residents, even though it is | Johns Creek Herald | April 17, 2014 | 15

The Wills Park Equestrian Center faces an uncertain future, as the Alpharetta 2025 Recreation and Parks Master Plan calls for it to be either moved or replaced to make way for other uses, such as fields or an indoor swimming pool. used extensively on a regional basis. There are events in the arenas 142 days of the year. The equestrian operation gen-

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MILTON, Ga. – Milton is known for its horses and riding culture. Many of the back roads in the north of the city have horse farms lining both sides of the street. However, the residents still depend upon neighboring Alpharetta’s Equestrian Center and horse park for large events, being the largest in the region. In part due to costs and the need for new sports fields, Alpharetta is considering abandoning the equestrian center, as their draft 2025 recreation and parks master plan shows. Unfortunately, Milton has no plans to beef up its own horse programs or facilities in the immediate future. “An equestrian center

is not on our radar screen right now,” said Jim Cregge, Milton’s Parks and Recreation Director. “We are working on other CREGGE projects.” The expansion of Bell Memorial Park this year is chief among those “other projects.” Cregge said the city is working on its five-year master plan, and that horse facilities are not included. “The plan calls for us to develop some trails for people to walk on, not necessarily horses, and more playspace,” he said. “We have nothing equestrian-focused in the next five years according to the master plan.” All plans are guides, he said, and the master plan could be changed if the

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Rebranding revitalizes Collection at Forsyth At least six new shops to open By ALDO NAHED CUMMING, Ga. — About a year ago, the Collection at Forsyth became the official name of the Avenue Forsyth. Since April of last year, when Core Property Capital unveiled the new brand, they have not slowed in introducing new businesses to the Collection at Forsyth, off Exit 13 on Ga. 400 at 410 Peachtree Parkway. The property managers have also been able to reassure existing businesses of the vision to continue to host fine retailers, restaurants and events. “We’ve been able to continue to have a mix of tenants coming in,” said April Rains, a spokeswoman for the Collection at Forsyth. The 566,000-square-foot mixed-use outdoor retailer hosts a DSW Shoes, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, AMC movie theater and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Forsyth, just to name a few. Late last year, the Collection welcomed the high-end boutique Altar’d State. A new store this year is Sweet Monkey, a frozen yogurt and cupcake shop. Several new tenants in the works in the coming months include Sip Wine and Tapas, which serves more than 200 wines and a tapas style menu, Zoe’s Kitchen, which operates

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From left are Atlanta Classic Cars General Manager Bruce Lamb, Atlanta Classic Cars co-owner Johanna Ellis and General Manager Commercial Vans at Mercedes-Benz USA Claus Tritt.

Atlanta Classic Cars now offers Sprinter line DULUTH, Ga. — Atlanta Classic Cars held a ribboncutting ceremony March 27 to showcase their new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter model line that includes a cargo van, crew van, passenger van minibus and chassis cab. Bruce Lamb, general manager, and Johanna Ellis, a business partner, invited the community to celebrate the addition of the Sprinter line to Atlanta Classic Cars, 2586 Satellite Boulevard in Duluth. For more information, visit or call 770-279-3696.

ments and an exclusive neighborhood dedicated to serving seniors experiencing memory loss. The expansion will add 10 senior living apartments and add a second, completely new memory care neighborhood. “The neighborhoods will be connected by a hallway, but each will have its own living, dining and common areas and large enclosed courtyards,” said Julie Taylor, executive director for Benton House. “We really think the community within a community concept works well and want to keep that feel.” It is expected the addition will cost $1.8 million to construct and will open in late 2014. As a result of the new additions, the community hopes to add 15 to 20 new jobs to their existing staff of 40. Reservations for the new apartments are now being accepted. For more information, call 678-319-3000 or visit


RE/MAX Center receives four top statewide awards JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — At a recent annual RE/MAX of Georgia award ceremony, RE/MAX Center, the independently owned real estate company with offices in Duluth and Johns Creek, was awarded three prestigious Showcase Awards as well as the Highest Net Gain Award for Georgia. Each Showcase Award is based FINNICK on agent growth, percentage of productive agents and other internal criteria. RE/MAX Center’s more than 120 full-time sales associates specialize in residential real estate, new construction and commercial real estate throughout metro Atlanta. “2013 was a solid year for us all at RE/MAX Center,” said Patrick Finnick, owner of RE/MAX Center. “[These awards] clearly reflect the hard work and dedication of everybody throughout our entire company.”

Homeownership Expo to be held April 24 Benton House announces expansion, anniversary ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Benton House Senior Living recently celebrated its one-year anniversary with the announcement of an expansion. Benton House currently serves over 60 residents. The community features senior living apart-

CUMMING, Ga. — Trying to buy or sell a home, or interested in learning how to spruce up your home’s exterior or interior? The inaugural Homeownership Expo takes place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 24 at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming. More than 40 vendors and various workshops will be present to offer services and advice. Sponsored by the 400 North Board of Realtors, the expo is free. | Johns Creek Herald | April 17, 2014 | 17 It will include workshops on the following topics: market overview for Forsyth, Dawson and Lumpkin counties; seven layers of design in prepping your home and panel discussion covering appraisals, landscaping, inspections and renovations. In addition, activities will be provided to entertain children, and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., various restaurants will be onsite. For more information, call 404-732-0603 or visit

Traton Homes to build Greenwich Park in Johns Creek JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Traton Homes will soon begin building luxury homes at Greenwich Park in Johns Creek. The gated community will offer 21 homes, priced from the $800,000s. Residents at Greenwich Park will enjoy convenient access to the area’s dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities. Children at Greenwich Park will attend State Bridge Crossing Elementary, Autrey Mill Middle and Johns Creek High schools. Interested home buyers are encouraged to stay informed by registering for the community VIP List at For more information, call new homes specialist Steve Lee at 678-858-1984.


Sur La Table to open Alpharetta location ALPHARETTA, Ga.— Seattle-based Sur La Table, the retail cooking store, has confirmed the opening of a location in North Point Mall on May 14. Opening date is subject to change. The 5,800-square-foot store, located at 1000 North Point Circle, Suite 1082 in Alpharetta, will employ over 20 fulltime and part-time employees. “Our stores are the ultimate place for kitchen exploration and discovery and we are excited to offer our unsurpassed selection of exclusive and premium-quality goods for the kitchen and table to the Alpharetta market,” said Jack Schwefel, chief executive officer of Sur La Table. “In addition, the store will feature our newest cooking class program location which offers a diverse and exciting schedule of hands-on cooking classes, led by classically trained chefs.”

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In the state of Georgia, surveys are not required when purchasing a property. Most home buyers do not opt to have a survey done, in some cases due to cost. More often than not, it is because the buyer is purchasing in a planned community. The buyer might assume that because the builder probably had surveyed everything when building out the community, there isn’t likely to be any boundary line issues. More often, surveys are done on larger parcels of land. This may be done by the seller in advance of putting the property up for sale, or by the buyer while under contract. When purchasing raw land

Does your small business have a great work culture? Are your employees happy? Do you get a lot of things done because your culture enables great teamwork? Is there the proper balance of work and personal time? Just like you build a new product or develop a new service, you need to do the same with your culture. Creating a great work culture isn’t easy, but will significantly contribute to your success if you have one. The first step in achieving a great culture is having the right “tone from the top” with your management team. If the leadership of the company isn’t “walking the talk” and visually displaying the culture you want, it will never happen. Employees will mimic the behavior of their managers, so it’s very important to make sure all of your leaders know what is expected of them. The structure of your organization can also make


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or large-acre tracts, a survey is critical, as property lines change within families and easements often occur and may have been done many years ago. On more than one occasion, we have seen fences and driveways over property lines in a planned community. Additionally, you may want to put a fence up after you

move in and a fence company will ask you for a survey in order to stay on or within the boundary lines of the property Finally, a title insurance policy on your new home won’t cover you on a boundary line problem without a survey. In fact, you won’t be covered on any boundary line problems that are discovered with a survey. But the survey may identify the issue so a boundary line agreement or some resolution to that issue may occur. More often than not, the survey will reflect exactly what you think you’re purchasing, but better to pay for a survey for peace of mind than have a dispute or disagreement with your new neighbor later.

Death and taxes: Two pleasant subjects It seems everything is going up and up these days. Capital gains, or the tax owed on selling income-producing property, is no exception, as it has increased this year to 20 percent. An additional tax of 3.8 percent is also hitting investors through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. The combination of these two taxes is hitting investors in the pocketbook at almost 24 percent. Additionally, adding in the Georgia income tax of 6 percent yields a whopping 30 percent tax on sales of your investment real estate. But don’t despair; the Internal Revenue Service has created a way around paying it. It’s called a 1031 exchange, likekind exchange or Starker exchange. The 1031 comes from the section of the IRS code that allows you to defer capital gains. In 1970, a family named Starker challenged the IRS’s ruling on capital gains and eventually won the court case against the IRS.


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A 1031 exchange merely allows you to swap properties without actually swapping the property. When you sell an investment property, IRS rules will allow you to purchase a “like” property, of equal or greater value and defer the capital gains into the new property. A third-party company, known as an exchange intermediary, that’s approved by the IRS, will hold your funds from the sale of the first property until you are able to close on the second property. If done properly, this “exchange” will allow you to defer the capital gains until the sale, or another exchange, of this second property. It is possible, upon your death, to bequeath the property and your heirs will not have to pay capital gains either. Through the use

of the 1031 exchange, it is possible never to pay capital gains in your lifetime. There are some important criteria that you will need to meet to qualify for the exchange: 1) The property you sell should have specific language mentioning the 1031 exchange. 2) You, as the seller, can’t accept the money at the closing. It must be delivered to the “exchange intermediary.” 3) You have 45 days after selling the property to identify the other property(s) that you will be purchasing. 4) You have 180 days after selling the property to close on the new property(s). You’ve worked hard to produce passive income. Don’t let the tax man take too much of your hard-earned money. By using the tax code to your advantage, you can help preserve your real estate investment for yourself and your heirs for many years to come. Brian Patton CCIM is a commercial real estate investor, broker, author and radio show host. Call 770-634-4848, or visit his website at


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or break having a great work culture. Multiple levels of management and the inability for employees to engage upper management with their suggestions and ideas will be a deterrent to having a great culture in your small business. Hiring the right people and making sure that everyone has fun working is part of creating a great work culture. Do novel things like setting up a Ping-Pong table or dart board in your office, so when your employees want to take a break they can have some fun. Creating a great work culture in your small business will help contribute to the success of your small business.

Job fair returns to RUMC Employers invited to participate with 300 job seekers in attendance ROSWELL, Ga. – There is still room for local employers to participate in the Monday, April 28, mini-job fair as part of the long-running jobs networking ministry at Roswell United Methodist Church. RUMC partners with the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce, Roswell Inc. and the Rotary Club of Roswell to bring speakers, offer job interview and resume writing tips and provide networking opportunities. One the largest ongoing such ministries in the Southeast, the job fair routinely attracts more than 300 job seekers.

Success stories from employers have confirmed that this process is working. Employers should arrive no later than 7:30 p.m. for a quick employers’ meeting. Then, employers will announce their job openings to the job seekers in attendance. Those who are a match will meet in private rooms with interested candidates. It is all over at 9 p.m., and employers leave with resumes in hand. Everyone is encouraged to attend the dinner at 5:45 p.m., hear the dinner speaker and mingle with job seekers.

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Mello-Drama Productions presents “Oliver” at the Cumming Playhouse, the classic musical based on the novel “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. Show times vary. Through April 19. 101 School St., Cumming. Please call 770-781-9178 or visit


The LSO presents "A Cherry Blossom Spring Fling,” a gala closing concert for its seventeenth season at the Gwinnett Center-Performing Arts Center. The evening's performance features internationally-acclaimed Korean violinist Hye-Jin Kim interpreting SaintSaens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and the rare Dvorak Romance in F, Malek Jandali, American/Syrian pianist and composer, in the premiere of his Piano Theme and Variations, and local Russian artists Olga and Jacob Yampolsky performing the double concerto for violin and viola by Max Bruch. 7:30 p.m. April 26. 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Please visit


Celebrate the arts at one of the city of Alpharetta’s most popular events. The streets of Historic Downtown will be filled with nearly 100 artists, musicians and performers from throughout the U.S. are showcased. Enjoy a beautiful spring weekend as you stroll through outdoor galleries filled with fine art, create children’s art and experience live jazz, Celtic music, cultural dancing and more. Admission and parking are free. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. April 26 and 27. 2 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-0102 or visit


The Center for Puppetry Arts presents “Charlotte’s Web,” an adaptation of the novel by E.B. White, in which Charlotte the spider and Wilbur the pig become unlikely friends.

CALENDAR for sale, a cake walk and spring-themed arts and crafts for kids. Bring your basket and your camera for a fun, family day set in Callanwolde’s beautiful spring gardens and grounds. 10 a.m. - Noon. April 19. 980 Briarcliff Road Northeast, Atlanta. Please call 404-872-5338 or visit


An Easter egg hunt hosed by the Reach One Church at Friendship Park by Crabapple Crossing Elementary. 12:30 p.m. April 20. 12775 Birmingham Highway, Milton. Please visit



King’s Ridge High School presents “Tarzan the Musical.” Based on Edgar Rice Burrough’s, “Tarzan of the Apes,” and the 1999 smash-hit Disney animated film, “Tarzan” tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa, and is raised by apes in the jungle. “Tarzan” features music and lyrics by pop icon Phil Collins and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. Show times vary. April 24 – 26. 2765 Bethany Bend, Alpharetta. Please call 770-754-5738 or visit

Johns Creek United Methodist Church Preschool is having their 9th annual "Kids Helping Kids" Carnival. Last year's Carnival was a huge success, with over 2,000 people in attendance and raising over $47,000 for Camp Sparrowwood — a camp for children with special needs — Emory Johns Creek Pediatric Patients (NICU) and the Preschool itself. This year’s proceeds will support the same causes. Bring your friends and family to enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, carnival rides, inflatables, games and more JCUMC Preschool. Tickets sold at the door. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. April 26. 11180 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Please call 770-497-8215.


Summer will soon be arriving, but you can get your family out early on the Chattahoochee River this year to celebrate Earth Day. Take advantage of two different opportunities to enjoy a quiet paddle along the cliffs and through the backwaters of the river. Registration required by April 17. 1 – 8 p.m. April 19. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit


A family favorite for years, Callanwolde’s egg hunt features thousands of candy-filled eggs to find and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny. There will be homemade baked goods


Electrathon is a race in which electric vehicles compete to see how far they can go on a given amount of battery power. The race will be held at the Forsyth Central High School east campus. Come down and spectate this exciting and environmentally progressive new sport. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. April 19. 520 Tribble Gap Road, Cumming. Please call 770-887-8151 or visit


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led leisurely paddle on the Chattahoochee River. The down-river journey will take participants past Woodland American Indian village sites, the location were Sherman's Troops outflanked the Confederate Army, suburban homes, and forests of extraordinary beauty. There are four mild class 1.5 rapids suitable for beginners along this part of the river. Reservations are required. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 26. 301 Johnson Ferry Road, Marietta. Please call 678-538-1200 or visit

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Bulloch Hall's Annual Garden Faire heralds the start of spring planting season and provides a onestop shop for everything you need to make your gardening dreams reality. This free gardening event, hosted by North Fulton Master Gardeners, will have something for every level of gardener — from novice to seasoned. 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. April 26. 180 Bulloch Ave., Roswell. Please visit


The annual Taste of Forsyth and Easter Egg Hunt return to the Cumming Fairgrounds. The event will feature more than 25 restaurants, the Egg Hunt, and a Touch-a-Truck event for kids. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. April 19. 235 Cumming Fairgrounds, Cumming. Please call 770-423-1330 or visit


Dahlonega's 18th annual celebration of Southern Appalachian Culture is being held in and around the town's Historic Square. Bear on the Square is a lively weekend of music and art beginning with pre-festival activities, including jamming on the square and a Country Auction, on Friday, April 25. The schedule includes free admission, on-stage performances by well known bluegrass and old-time musicians, a juried Artists Marketplace featuring mountain crafts, more jamming on the square, free music workshops/ demonstrations, storytelling, an acoustic open mic event and more. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. April 26 and 27. Main Street, Dahlonega. Please call 706-864-7817 or visit



An Easter egg hunt for children aged toddlers through 5th grade at the Midway Community Church. Come and enjoy a fun filled day of inflatables, food, face painting and egg hunting. 2 – 4 p.m. April 19. 3365 Francis Road, Alpharetta. Please visit


Kick off the Alpharetta Arts Streetfest at this one day event, showcasing eight of the Alpha Arts Guild’s talented and accomplished artists, each displaying numerous pieces of work in various mediums. Register onsite to win an original work of art. Refreshments will be served. Free. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. April 26. Alpharetta Welcome Center, 178 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-0102.


The Roswell Cycling Festival will take place on Canton Street, and feature many fun events for cyclists of all ages. The festival will begin with the Mayor’s Ride, followed by races of various categories, and a kid’s bicycle safety course. 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. April 27. Canton Street, Roswell. Please visit


The Kiwanis of Roswell host their Spring “K” Classic 5k and 10k run. The course is certified and chip timed. Medals will be given to the winners in each age category. 5:30 – 10 a.m. April 19. 12025 Etris Road, Roswell. Please call 404-5532451 or visit

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Cottage School’s ‘Glitter’ gala raises $75K ROSWELL, Ga. – Guests at the Cottage School’s “Glitter: An Evening with the Arts” March 22 enjoyed an evening of live and silent auction items and theatrical performances, all while raising more than $75,000 for the school. Proceeds from Glitter go toward the school’s tuition assistance fund for the more than 40 percent of the families at the school on financial aid. “The success of Glitter truly makes a difference in the lives of students at the Cottage School,” said Jacque Digieso, The Cottage School executive director. “We work so hard to build and maintain successful partnerships with the Roswell community, and the success of this event only goes to show how fruitful that has been.” The Cottage School’s history of success repeatedly demonstrates that students who come to the school disillusioned or discouraged–some to the point of “giving up” on education–flourish in the school’s environment and emerge as independent, capable, and successful young adults Carefully designed to meet State of Georgia high school graduation standards, as well as HOPE scholarship requirements, the curriculum also exposes students to various situations and subjects that assist them in unlocking their own unique talents and finding their niche in life. All seniors must prepare an approved postsecondary plan as part of graduation requirements. The centerpiece of The Cottage School program teaches students the basic work skills that will prove essential to them as adults. Among the school’s unique learning techniques is a time management system, similar to the daily planners utilized by many adults. Students receive assignments in two-week blocks, enabling them to engage in short-term planning, with rewards for completing tasks on a timely basis. For more information about the Cottage School, go to —Jonathan Copsey

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’Hooch rallies for 6A wrestling tourney JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – When inclement weather forced the cancellation of the state wrestling championships scheduled at Gwinnett Arena, several schools were asked to host their division championships. With just one week to prepare, Chattahoochee High School offered to host the 6A division, which included 224 wrestlers, 200 coaches, numerous GHSA officials, referees and medical staff, as well as more than 2,000 guests. With the support from ’Hooch basketball, lacrosse, band boosters, alumni, Jr. Cougars, coaches, faculty and some 100 volunteers, the tournament was successfully held Feb. 21-22. Rallying in much the same fashion as their school’s community, Chattahoochee’s wresters had the best state tournament in school history. For the first time ever, Chattahoochee finished in the top five in team points, coming in fourth overall. A record eight wrestlers qualified for state this year, including freshman Ethan Phillips, sophomore Matt Picus, juniors Perry Benton, Sean Hoffman and Jordan Pitt and seniors Brady Miller, Rowdy Miller and Taylor Podhouser. Of those, four placed in the top four. Rowdy Miller took fourth in state at 152 pounds, and Brady Miller won third in state at 160 pounds. Hoffman claimed third in state at 195 pounds, and Pitt won second in state at 113 pounds. | Johns Creek Herald | April 17, 2014 | 23

Chattahoochee wrestlers and coaches at the recent 6A state wrestling championship included, seated, from left, Rowdy Miller and coach Adam Pitt. Standing, from left, are coach Steve Aiken, coach Shawn Cavanaugh, Sean Hoffman, Brady Miller, Jordan Pitt, head wrestling coach J.J. Hicks, coach Jack Macko and National Wrestling Hall of Fame coach Randy Faries of Roswell.

Patriot Community Sports summer camps registration now open JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Registration is now open for Patriot Community Sports summer camps. This summer will feature soccer, cheer, basketball, football and volleyball camps. All camps are open to the public. Football spring camp (at the PAC): May 20, 21 and 22, 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for current second- through fifth-graders who are interested in playing fall tackle football, $50.

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Civitan Club named four local educators as Johns Creek Special Needs Teachers of the Year April 1 at the Standard Club in Johns Creek. The teachers were nominated by school principals, and the Civitan Club selected two elementary school teachers, one middle school teacher and one high school teacher to be honored this year. The four Johns Creek Special Needs Teachers of the Year are Heather Rogers of Findley Oaks Elementary School, Margaret “Betsy” Shepherd of Shakerag Elementary School, Matt McNamara of Autrey Mill Middle School and Chris Bray of Johns Creek High School. “The Johns Creek Civitan Club is very proud to honor these teachers,” said Michelle Hanchey, president of the Johns Creek Civitan Club. “The Special Needs Teacher of the Year award is our effort to highlight the commitment of these teachers and the huge impact they make on their students every day.” All of the Johns Creek Special Needs Teacher of the Year nominees were honored at the breakfast. Nominees included Kylie Kennedy of Abbotts Hill Elementary, Kerry O’Connor of Barnwell Elementary, Julie Mergler of Dolvin Elementary, Heather Rogers of Findley Oaks Elementary, Lynn Shebat of Hillside Elementary, Traci Fleck of Medlock Bridge Elementary, Ashley Short of Northwood Elementary, Margaret “Betsy” Shepherd of Shakerag Elementary, Amy Showfety of State Bridge Crossing Elementary, Beth Hawk of Wilson Creek Elementary, Matt McNamara of Autrey Mill Middle, Courtney Cox of River Trail Middle, Karen Echols of Taylor Road Middle, Jennifer Erickson of Centennial High, Sandra Tanner of Centennial High, Lee Keller of Chattahoochee High and Chris Bray of Johns Creek High. Sponsors of the breakfast were Riley McLendon LLC, Whole Foods and 8ight. The Johns Creek Civitan Club meets on the first and third Tuesday each month at 7:30 a.m. at the

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By RYAN PIERONI DULUTH, Ga. — The Ludwig Symphony Orchestra will perform April 26 their spring concert, “A Cherry Blossom Spring Fling,” to close out its 17th season. The orchestra will be performing several pieces featuring soloists, among whom will be Roswell residents Olga and Jacob Yampolsky. The Yampolskys are Ukrainian husband-and-wife immigrants who moved to the United States after performing with the Odessa Symphony Orchestra in Odessa, Ukraine, for several years. Since moving to the Atlanta area, Olga Yampolski has been the orchestra director at Sequoyah Middle School in Doraville, and has taught privately along with her husband. They have also continued performing with various orchestras, including the LSO. “It has been a pleasure performing with Thomas Ludwig’s orchestra these past several years,” said Olga. “We particularly enjoy the diverse programs he selects for each concert, always with a wide range in period and style.”

What: The spring season closing concert by the Ludwig Symphony Orchestra When: 7:30 p.m. April 26. Cost: $22 per ticket for adults, $12 for students and $19 for seniors. Where: Gwinnett Center – Performing Arts Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth

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The Yampolskys will be performing a double concerto for violin and viola by Max Bruch. Another soloist and local resident is Malek Jandali, of Cumming. Jandali is a pianist and composer originating from Syria, and will be performing the premiere of his own “Piano Theme and Variations.” Always one to include as much local talent as possible, Ludwig will also feature Johns Creek Eagle Scout Justin Williams who will guest conduct the “Stars and Stripes.” In addition to these soloists, LSO will present Korean violinist Hye-Jin Kim, who will perform Saint-Saen’s “Introduction,” the “Rondo Capric-

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Junior Patriot football & cheer registration open JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Registration for the 2014 Patriot Community Sports Junior Patriot football and cheer teams is underway. The Junior Patriot football teams compete in Division II of the North Metro Football League (NMFL). PCS offers tackle football for thirdthrough sixth-grade students and flag football for first- and second-grade students.  Junior | Johns Creek Herald | April 17, 2014 | 25

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2014 senior all-star classic basketball games ROSWELL, Ga. — XL212 hosted the inaugural Senior All-Star Classic at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. The game featured senior all-stars from high schools all over the North Fulton and Forsyth areas. In the girls’ game, the South squad got off to an early lead behind strong performances by Roswell’s Andreona Keys and Alpharetta’s Brittany Outlaw. The North squad, coached by North Forsyth’s Eric Herrick, made a comeback in the second half behind the strong play of St. Francis’ Candice Williams. In the end, the South, coached by Natalie Vuoriaho of Alpharetta, would come out on top by a score of 64-54. The player of the game went to Candice Williams, who scored 22 points with four rebounds, two assists and one steal. The boys’ game had a quick start that did not let up the entire game. The game would enter halftime deadlocked in a tie at 55 points each. The North team, coached by St. Francis’ Cabral Huff, kept the game close. However, the South team, coached by Blessed Trinity’s Brian Marks, would pull away and win with a final score of 109-102. The Player of the Game honors went to Centennial’s Xavier Jackson, who made six three-pointers on his way to 29 points and nine rebounds. —Aldo Nahed

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Chattahoochee architecture students win honors JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Three Chattahoochee High School architecture students earned monetary prizes and the right to be published in the next house plan book published by Atlanta Plan Source. Michael Ditto, the first-place winner, received a $100 Apple store gift card. Lucas Ferreira took second place and won $50, and Arianne Perez, the third-place winner, received $25. The students are in their second year of Gregg Mervich’s architecture class at Chattahoochee. This past fall, the students learned all aspects of designing a home, including rooms and space needed in new home design. The students then tackled their own custom design of a four bedroom, 2.5 bath two-story home. The design parameters were set by Jim Wells, owner of Atlanta Plan Source. Wells has been judging final designs and determining winners for the past four years. “I am constantly amazed at the level of creativity and talent these high school students display,” Wells said. “It is always a challenge to determine the winners because all the designs are so good.” Wells’ plan books are sold at home stores around the nation. One of his house plans has been the highestselling plan in the U.S. for numerous years. The architecture students took their design ideas from bubble sketches to line sketches and then used Autodesk’s building design software, Revit, to draw their house plans. The software allows students to do exterior and interior three-dimensional renderings of their plans as well as floor plans. The final set of plans included a foundation plan and electrical plan as well. “It is fun to watch the students develop their skills during the four years they can take the architecture class here at Chattahoochee High School,” said Mervich. Mervich’s upper-level architecture students are now working on designing an observation tower for downtown Atlanta as a part of the American Institute of Architects Atlanta chapter high school design contest.

Three Chattahoochee architecture students, from left, Mike Ditto, Lucas Ferreira and Arianne Perez, won monetary prizes as well as the opportunity to be published in the next house plan book published by Atlanta Plan Source.

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Southeastern Lacrosse Conference championship at Northview 25th Anniversary Team, Hall of Fame inductees unveiled as part of tournament activities By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – For the eighth year in a row, Johns Creek will host the three-day Southeastern Lacrosse Conference championship with added extras: the presentation of the 25th Anniversary Team and Hall of Fame inductees. There are going to be several events recognizing the members of the 25th Anniversary Team and Hall of Fame honorees at the 2012 SELC championships. The tournament dates are April 27-29 in Johns Creek. Friday night’s games are at four high school stadiums all in or very close to Johns Creek. A list of the playoff teams and their Friday night sites will be available on about a week before the tourney. All events on Saturday and Sunday are at one location, Northview High School in Johns Creek. For the third year, the Johns Creek Convention and Visitor Bureau (JCCVB) is the title sponsor of the SELC championships. JCCVB executive Heather Blanchard said the bureau is pleased to be the title sponsor again. “This tournament is a great event for us. It brings more than 700 players, their families and their booster clubs,” Blanchard said. “This is the largest college lacrosse conference. They come from Virginia, South Carolina and Florida to play.” Blanchard said the JCCVB also uses this event to showcase Johns Creek to lure visitors back for other events in the city such as the Johns Creek Arts Festival and this year’s U.S. Amateur Open at the Atlanta Athletic Club in August. Key to the continued success of the tournament has been the cooperation of Northview High School. “Northview is a phenomenal host. They are the big reason the SELC keeps coming back,” she said. Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the alumni game will be played. Space is limited to the first 60 players. Alumni need to sign up at the field that morning. Alumni game players will receive two adult Saturday passes and will be given two lunch coupons good at the food vendors at the stadium. The Division 2 semifinal games begin Saturday at noon and 2:30 p.m. During halftime of the Division 1 semifinal game (5:30 p.m.), the 25th Anniversary Team will take midfield to be

In recognition of the fast-growing popularity of the sport of lacrosse within Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal has declared April 26 to be Georgia Lacrosse Day. This day of celebration coincides with the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference’s (SELC) 27th annual championship tournament. From left are Heather Blanchard of the Johns Creek Convention and Visitor Bureau, South Forsyth High School lacrosse player Mason Muller, Northview HS lacrosse player Connor Redmond, Deal, Northview lacrosse player Alexa Rivard, Alpharetta HS lacrosse player Matt Moore and SELC President Doug Horn.

AAC makes golf simulator part of lacrosse festivities JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Visitors can improve their golf game and watch some great lacrosse when they attend the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference tournament, April 25-27, at Northview High School. The Atlanta Athletic Club, which is hosting the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship Aug. 9-17, will have a golf simulator set up at the lacrosse championship. Visitors can take a few swings and get some tips from a PGA professional. It will be fun for all ages and all skill levels. Representatives from the Atlanta Athletic Club will also be giving out tickets for the U.S. Amateur Championship. The event offers fans a chance to actually walk the fairways with competitors who may one day be a star on the PGA Tour. Former winners of the event include Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer. For information about the U.S. Amateur, visit For information about the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Championship visit recognized and receive their awards. There have been more than 10,000 players who have participated as members of the SELC, and only 60 players will be selected. All 25th Anniversary Team members and Hall of Fame inductees will receive two adult

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weekend passes. Children 18 and under are free if wearing a jersey. Passes can be picked up at the Northview stadium gate. Sunday morning at 10 a.m. will be the start of the 25th Anniversary game. All team members are encouraged to participate and should email Doug Horn, SELC president and tournament director, at or 678427-1097 to confirm they will be playing. After the game, each team member and one guest will be treated to lunch at the V.I.P. tent at the stadium. The lunch will be provided by tournament sponsor Longhorn Steakhouse. Sunday, at halftime of the Division 1 championship game (3 p.m.), the inaugural class of the SELC Hall of Fame will be inducted.

Tournament sponsor hotels are the Hilton Garden Inn (770-476-1966) – ask for the SELC tournament rate of $69 – and Hyatt Place (770622-5858) – ask for the SELC tournament rate of $85. Both hotels are within 2 miles of Northview High School. For information about the tournament and stories about the SELC, go to www. and

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Up for a game of footy, mate? Garrard Landing Park hosts game from Down Under By HATCHER HURD ROSWELL, Ga. – The Atlanta Kookaburras are a band of mostly expatriate Australians who still like to play that continent’s favorite sport, Australian Rules football. And whatever you do, don’t use the “R” word (rugby) to describe it. The Kookaburras (an Australian bird of prey) gather Saturdays to play a game that predates the American version by about 30 years. Australian football is played with 18 to a side, but then the regulation field is two American football fields long and one football field wide. On this brisk Saturday morning at Garrard Landing Park on Holcomb Bridge Road, they settled for seven a side and marked off a field of roughly 75 yards. Milton resident Chris Seale was my mentor and guide on this occasion. Seale was born a Yank, brought up an Aussie (pronounced “Ozzy”) in Brisbane, Australia, and then returned to America as an adult. So he was able to translate

much of what was going on. First off, he informed me Aussies just call the game “footy.” One way to move the ball downfield is to kick it to one of your players much like a punt in American football. If your guy catches the kick on the fly, it’s called a mark and he gets a free kick on goal. If your guy makes a spectacular catch, it’s called a “speckie” and the crowd oohs and aahs similar to a dunk in that other American game. The Kookaburras belong to the American Australian Rules Football League. But in the months of March and April, three local teams – the Roswell Roos, Midtown Bombers and Western Bulldogs – play as a warm-up to the season. They culminate April 26 in the ANZAC Australian Sports Day AARFL Grand Finals. Like all AARFL events, they are held at Garrard Park starting at 10:30

a.m. Be warned, however, as starting times are more of goal than a set time. No worries, mate. Then, they come together as the Kookaburras to play regionally from June through October in home-and-home meetings with teams from Baton Rouge, La., North Carolina and Nashville, Tenn. The culmination is the USAFL Nationals in Dublin, Ohio, where the four regions meet to duke it out. They usually have a traveling squad of 20. You can’t pass or lateral the ball in footy. You can run with it, but you must bounce it off the ground every 15 yards, kick it to another player or “punch” it (that’s a pass using one fist to punch the ball to another player). There are four goal posts in a line. If you kick the ball between the inner goal posts, that is six points. If the ball goes between one of the outer and inner goalposts, it is a “behind” and scores one point. If you’ve got that, you know enough to piece out the rest. Oh, and there are no pads. Players this day ranged in age from their early 20s to Jim Batten’s 57. He’s been playing football 45 of those years. To learn more, go to www.footy. com.

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The Australian football is fatter and more oblate than its American cousin. It is made more for kicking since passing the ball is not allowed.


The regulation field is huge, so there is a lot of running in Down Under football.


Expatriate Brisbaners Ben Wilkinson, left, and Chris Seale, right, chat with Jim Batten of Perth.

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Chase Elliott wins Nationwide Series NASCAR race Shows he is ready for ‘big time’ racing By HATCHER HURD ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Eighteen-yearold Chase Elliott is one King’s Ridge Christian School senior who won’t be going to college in the fall. And that is the good news. Elliott just won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race April 4 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, and is now the second-youngest driver to notch a Nationwide Series race. At this rate, he soon will no longer be introduced as the son of racing legend Bill Elliott. This son of a gun can drive. After his big win on Friday, he didn’t have much time to celebrate. He had a math test on Monday. Shuntel Beach, King’s Ridge’s public relations director, said Elliott handles himself with amazing maturity and ability to remain focused. “We are all mesmerized by what he can do,” she said. “He crams five days of school into three days, so he can spend three days out of the week racing. He just handles it all so well.” Elliott has also impressed the racing community. He certainly was on everybody’s radar screen when won his first NASCAR Truck Series race Sept. 1 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario, Canada, in just his sixth Truck Series start. One of those suitably impressed was Dale Earnhardt Jr. He signed the younger Elliott to his team to drive the No. 9 Chevrolet, owned by Earnhardt’s JR Motorsports and sponsored by NAPA, which is based in Atlanta. To many NASCAR fans, it was ironic that sons are now racing on the same team when their fathers carried on one of racing’s great rivalries. But Elliott said that was their generation. Elliott downplays that aspect. He said he and his father both see signing with JR Motorsports for what it is, a tremendous opportunity. “Obviously, Dale Senior and my dad did some real hard racing together, and put on some of the best shows in NASCAR history in my opinion. But neither my dad or I are disappointed with the way things have worked out,” Elliott said. “Like I said, this is the chance of


a lifetime. “This is a dream come true for me. And to have this happen to me at such a young age is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Elliott said of joining JR Motorsports. “I always had high hopes this would happen. This has opened up a big door for me. “I wasn’t real sure this could happen for me,” he said. “Now, I want to try to make the most of it. I really want this to be my career.” If all goes well – and so far, it has gone extremely well – Elliott will run in all 33 races in the circuit this season. His first race was Feb. 22 at Daytona International Speedway. It took Elliott just 42 days to win his first NASCAR race. So it came to pass that it was the No. 9 car that crossed the finish line first at Texas Motor Speedway, and teammate Earnhardt finished fifth. One step below the Sprint Series where the elite drivers compete, Elliott says you will often see those elite drivers competing in the Nationwide Series as well. Often Sprint Series drivers will test some new technological wrinkle in their engine in a Nationwide Series race before using it in a Sprint Series race,


Chase Elliott celebrates his first NASCAR Nationwide Series race April 4 at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. where winning and losing is measured in hundredths of a second. As if Elliott didn’t have enough on his plate, he will appear in the broadcast booth as well. He was asked to be part of the April 12 radio lineup for the Motor Racing Network. Elliott joined the MRN broadcast crew in the coverage of the Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 from Darlington Raceway. “Adding a driver to our broadcast team at Darlington will put listen-

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Center: Continued from Page 15 taxpayers more than twice that to run the facility. Perry noted that many of the city’s recreation facilities and programs operate at a loss. However, they add a needed quality of life to the residents. The Alpharetta residents who actually use the equestrian center are few. Milton, in particular, is known for its horse farms and riders who make regular use of the facility. Alpharetta recently completed a draft of a 2025 Recreation and Parks Master Plan, detailing options and needs for the city in the next decade. Included in this plan are results of a poll of 400 residents about what they would like to see in the future. They responded, saying they desired more field space for football, soccer, lacrosse and baseball. However, expanding fields would require a lot more land, and that is a commodity in

earned high honors for the fall 2013 term at Phillips Exeter Academy. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Bright.

Bob Jones University GREENVILLE, S.C. – Bob Jones University announced that Corey Turner and Kyle Turner, both of Alpharetta, short supply in Alpharetta. Another option is an indoor swimming pool. An expensive equestrian facility in the 100-acre Wills Park is prime real estate for more fields. The city already owns the land and it would eliminate the $225,000 shortfall. Laura Bentley, who owns and rides horses in Milton, said the loss of the park would be devastating for the horse community. “So many people go there for local shows,” she said. “I think it’s really important. Most [riders] start out doing local, lower-level shows. Wills Park is a great venue for that.” Without the equestrian center, Bentley said the next closest space is in Conyers, an hour away. “When you have to travel with horses, it gets expensive,” she said. Perry stressed there are no plans for what to do with the equestrian center. More public discussion – both with residents and with the City Council – will be held in the coming years before any conclusive plan is drawn up. | Johns Creek Herald | April 17, 2014 | 33 were named to the Dean’s List for grades achieved during the fall 2013 semester. Corey Turner is a freshman business administration major. Kyle Turner is a sophomore business administration major.

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Continued from Page 15 elected officials decide it. Milton’s existing master plan details what the city currently has and what it will need in the future. However it does not include

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any specific plans for horserelated activities other than horse trails. It does point out the possibility of a regional equestrian facility at Birmingham Park, which is undeveloped and already a popular spot for riders. “If and when we do something equestrian, Birmingham Park is an option,” Cregge said.

of Cumming, Taylor French of Roswell, Zachary Hald of Roswell, Madison Kent of Milton, Colby Lapolla of Milton, Blake Pipes of Roswell, Matthew Proctor of Alpharetta, Jacob Robinson of Roswell, Carolina Rodriguez of Alpharetta, Haley Smith of Roswell, Shannon Thomas of Roswell and Chandler Thornhill of Milton.



The Wills Park Equestrian Center is used by the entire region, however, only Alpharetta residents pay for its upkeep.

lowing local students earned Dean’s List recognition for the fall 2013 term at Belmont University: Caroline Barnard of Alpharetta, Kelly Hogan of Johns Creek, Matthew Kinney of Alpharetta, Anna Lackey of Johns Creek, Sarah Terning of Johns Creek, Dorothy Wallis of Suwanee, Elisa Watanabe of Johns Creek, Nathan Childers of Cumming, Charlei Coffey of Cumming, Courtney Covert


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JC Police seeking golfers for April 21 Special Olympics tournament JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek Police are conducting a citywide round-up of all golfers who want to play their favorite sport and benefit Special Olympics Georgia at its annual tournament April 21 at St. Ives Country Club in Johns Creek. Registration for individuals

and teams ends April 14, and costs $125 per person or $500 for a team of four. Sponsorships are also available from $250 to $5,000. The tournament is part of the JCPD’s annual participation in the nonprofit’s Law Enforcement Torch Run, which

CITY OF JOHNS CREEK RFP NUMBER #14-156 WEBSITE DESIGN SERVICES The City of Johns Creek is accepting sealed Request for Proposals (RFP) from qualified firms to design and develop a new website and web content management system (CMS) for the City. Sealed RFP’s will be received no later than 2:00 P.M. on June 5, 2014 in the City of Johns Creek Purchasing Office, 12000 Findley Rd., Suite-400, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097 at which time RFP’s will be opened and publicly read aloud. RFP’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 April 24, 2014 @ 10:00AM at the City Hall location Taylor Farms Conference Room (3rd Floor). RFP packages are available on the city website at www. and also will be available at the Johns Creek City Hall, Purchasing Office, located at the above address. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office at (678) 512-3233. RFP’s shall be presented in a sealed opaque envelope with the RFP number and name clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. The name of the company or firm submitting an RFP response should also be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. FOUR (4) ORIGINALS AND ONE (1) COPY OF THE RFP ON CD MUST BE SUBMITTED. RFP’s will not be accepted verbally or by fax or email. All offerors must comply with all general and special requirements of the RFP information and instructions enclosed herein. The City of Johns Creek reserves the right to reject any or all submittals and to waive technicalities and informalities, and to make award in the best interest of the City of Johns Creek. Monte Vavra Interim-City Manager

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raises money to serve more than 23,000 Georgians with intellectual disabilities. “I never get tired of seeing the happiness and sense of achievement on the face of one of these special athletes when they get a medal,” said JCPD Maj. John Clifton. “Most Special Olympics athletes don’t participate in sports like other people, so they miss out on a life experience most of us take for granted. People and sponsors participating in the tournament help these athletes have that experience.” The tournament is an 18-hole, four-man scramble

format. Registration includes green fees and cart, range balls, box lunch, buffet dinner, awards and prizes. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place teams, closest to the pin, longest drive and putting contests. The St. Ives course was designed by Tom Fazio, who holds the most credits on Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. For more information about playing in the 2014 JCPD Special Olympics Golf Tournament or JCPD’s fundraising for Special Olympics Georgia, contact Clifton at 678-474-1580.

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‘Camelot’ puts icing on monster GET cake (season) Georgia Ensemble Theatre closed its 2013-14 season with one of its most ambitious plays yet, Learner and Loewe’s “Camelot” – and what a finale it is. With 15 featured players, it is perhaps GET’s largest cast. “Camelot” also has perhaps its most talented cast in one play as well. Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot” doesn’t leave much room for error with its music. In great musicals, the songs drive the drama, and what voices the players must have. These do. Artistic Director Robert Farley called them his “Wall of Sound,” and so they are. Bryant Smith is fresh from his role as a “stellar” Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables.” In “Camelot,” he must command the stage and he does so royally. Whether in song or in soliloquy, Smith is every inch the king. Jennifer Alice Acker as his Guenevere CAMELOT’S matches him BRYANT SMITH song for song and note for note. Chris Kayser doesn’t really steal scenes in the dual role of Merlin and Sir Pellinore. But Kayser does make you sit up when he comes on stage, because you know the veteran Atlanta actor is going to do something interesting you won’t want to miss. Jeremy Wood as Lancelot has the duty to perform one of the best love songs ever written (“If Ever I Would Leave You”) and knocks it out of the park. Of course in any drama, there is no drama without conflict. That is so malevolently supplied by Kyle Brumley as Mordred. Not seen until the second act, he sets about to

turn the Round Table one end as he conspires against The Once and Future King. Brumley and the ensemble explode in “The Seven Deadly Virtues” and “Fie on Goodness,” with a mad energy that catches the audience up in the maelstrom. In all, “Camelot” delivers in the memorable way theatergoers have come to expect GET’s season finales to do – the exclamation point on the season. This was one of the strongest seasons for GET yet, showing the growth and maturity of more than 20 years’ service to the community. GET’s “Gatsby” production in March was in one humble reviewer’s opinion one of the 10 best Farley has yet produced. Of course, they have done it by crafting a true ensemble organization from the lobby to backstage that really clicks. Bob and Anita Allen-Farley have wrought something truly special in midtown Roswell, a multifaceted jewel that gains luster as the seasons pass. It was a truly blessed day when they settled here to create a professional OTP theater here in deepest darkest suburbia. Taking a peek at next year’s season, it is clear Bob and Anita are not resting on their handlebars. From Tony Award-winning drama to gumpopping, jump-in-the-aisles country rock, it’s all there again next year with another “top this” finale. Hold onto your hats.


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Wann Directed by Robert J. Farley Welcome to the Double Cupp Diner on Highway 57, somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, N.C. It’s a great place to rest a spell and enjoy a slice of pie and a piping hot cuppa joe or a bottle of beer. The fellas from the gas station next door will be stoppin’ in for a visit with the lovely Cupp sisters, to play their high octane blend of country-western, bluegrass and rock and roll packed with entertaining toe-tappers about life, love and good times along the American roadside.    “THE ELEPHANT MAN” – Drama Oct. 30 - Nov. 16, 2014 By Bernard Pomerance Winner! Tony Award for Best Play. This moving and beautiful powerhouse drama is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the 19th century. A horribly deformed young man, a victim of rare skin and bone diseases, has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows.

Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel Hospital. Under the care of celebrated physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream: to become a man like any other. “ONE SLIGHT HITCH” – Comedy Jan. 8 - 25, 2015 By Lewis Black Yes, THAT Lewis Black – “The Daily Show” guy. And he’s written a play. So hang on to your seats!  Doc and Delia Coleman are throwing eldest daughter Courtney the lavish wedding they never had. The groom is perfect, the dress is perfect and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, like in any good farce, the doorbell rings … and one slight hitch wreaks glorious havoc on all of their plans. So much for perfect. (Contains some mild adult language.)   “HOMERS” – World premiere Feb. 26 - March 15, 2015 By Jacob York In this story where fandom and family intersect, we meet Leigh Elder, a female sportswriter for a major metro Atlanta newspaper. She’s a homer: love and loyalty to the

Braves, the Hawks and the Falcons. When a dream job falls into her lap and promises to take her to the big-time of L.A., she is thrilled. The only thing that stands in the way is her biggest fan: her father. Can a homer ever really leave home? Loyalty and love can be tough in the big leagues! GET is proud to present the world premiere of this play by Atlanta-based actor Jacob York (“Becky’s New Car,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner”).   “MY FAIR LADY” – Broadway musical April 9 - 26, 2015 By Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe “Wouldn’t it Be Loverly?,” “The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face” are all part of this musical masterpiece that will complete GET’s 22nd season. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” you will fall in love all over again with Eliza Doolittle, a Covent Garden flower peddler who agrees to take speech lessons from phonetician Henry Higgins in order to fulfill her dream of working in a flower shop. Along the way, Eliza succeeds so well that she outgrows her lowly social status and manages to become an indispensable part of Higgins’ life.

The 2014-2015 GET Season “PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES” – Musical Sept. 11 - 28, 2014 By John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim


JC town center big gamble with tax dollars A few years ago, it was electric bikes to attract retired residents. Now, it is a City Center to attract young people. How about focusing on the people that live in Johns Creek today, rather than try to attract someone that might move to Johns Creek in the future? You really believe young professionals will move to JC versus Buckhead, Midtown, Virginia Highland – really? Focus on what makes this a great place to raise a family today, instead of trying to make it something else. That focus will attract the business tax base by filling the empty storefronts existing today. Don’t gamble the taxes of today’s residents on the potential resident of tomorrow.   DUNCAN HOGG Johns Creek

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Will focus on zoning, opening neighborhood pools JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Community Association will host its next education event for members and the community on April 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. These are the previously postponed “Zoning 101” and “Tips for Homeowners’ Associations on Opening the Pool.” JCCA hopes homeowner association members will attend the events and take what they learn back to their respective communities for those that cannot attend.

Session A – What every HOA board should know before opening the pool Craig Sears, president of Sears Pool Management, is the presenter, and will focus on the following issues in this session: • Are we inspection ready? • Why VGB is back in 2014. • How to conduct a facility safety audit. • Identify and reduce high risk behaviors at the pool. • Does my pool company have adequate insurance

coverage? • Am I staffing my pool cor rectly? • How does someone drown in a life-guarded pool? • Pool equipment life expec tancy and budgeting. • What’s new in pool technol ogy? Session B – Zoning 101 In this session, residents will learn some of the basics about zoning in Johns Creek. Presenters are former JCCA President Cleve Gaddis and Johns Creek Zoning Adminis-

If you go What: Regus Meeting Rooms When: Tuesday, April 22 7 to 9 p.m. Where: 11340 Lakefield Drive, Johns Creek, Ga. 30097 trator Jason Kirouac. These sessions may be conducted simultaneously. However, depending on response, they may be presented sequentially so that residents may attend both.


Continued from Page 2 sion of marijuana and failure to maintain lane. ►► Salvatore Frank Gambino, 46, of Chattahoochee Circle, Roswell, was arrested March 17 on Atlanta Street in Roswell for DUI, headlights required and failure to obey a traffic control device. ►► Casie Marie Lantz, 36, of Penwick Drive, Roswell, was arrested March 21 on Canton Street in Roswell for DUI and hit and run. ►► James Otis Landingham, 23, of Shallowford Road, Roswell, was arrested March 22 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI, expired tag and possession of drug-related items. ►► Lawrence R. Schmook, 50, of Grayson was arrested March 22 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI, seatbelt violation, possession of drug-related items and open container. ►► Ronald Mosholder, 31, of Bowersville was arrested March 23 on Alpharetta Street in Roswell for DUI and suspended license. ►► Chad David Rowland, 42, of Spring Ridge Drive, Roswell, was arrested March 24 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI, open container and failure to maintain lane. ►► Alexander Tyler Leonard, 22, of Woodstock was arrested March 26 on Houze Road in Roswell for DUI and speeding.

Drug arrests ►► Baymon B. Jackson, 22, of

Atlanta was arrested March 22 on North Point Circle in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana and shoplifting. ►► William Woolen II, 28, of Louisville, Ky., was arrested March 29 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of a schedule II controlled substance, drugs not kept in the original container and possession of marijuana.

►► Ricky Cox Jr., 34, of

Lithonia was arrested March 29 on North Point Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, suspended license and brake light violation. ►► John Ryan Gilbert, 21, of Triple Crown Drive, Milton, was arrested March 28 on North Main Street in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related items. ►► Christopher Daniel Hale,

36, of Clarkesville was arrested March 26 on Cotton Creek Entry in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related items and tag light required. ►► James Andrew Roberts, 23, of Summer Breeze Court, Alpharetta, was arrested March 25 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related items and obstructed tag. ►► Jeremy James Patchen, 23, of Atlanta was arrested March 26 on Brookside Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana. ►► Coley Isaac Squires, 22, of Dinsmore Road, Milton, was arrested March 26 on South Main Street in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and expired tag. ►► Hamza Vaid, 19, of Raintree Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested March 21 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Jarvis Stevens Evans, 27, of Old Holcomb Bridge Way, Roswell, was arrested March 22 on Old Dogwood Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Tyler Ross Peacock, 21, of Chamblee was arrested March 23 on Old Dogwood Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Steven Jermaine Tramble, 19, of Old Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell, was arrested March 24 on Old Holcomb Bridge Way in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Trevarious Jordan Griffin, 24, of Creekside Way, Roswell, was arrested March 26 on Creekside Way in Roswell for possession of marijuana and giving false information. ►► Gary Dale Setchfield, 20, of Woodstock was arrested March 26 on Houze Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Catrina Rene St. John, 26, of Summerville was arrested March 26 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related items. ►► Lafonzo Antonio Moody, 23, of Eagles Crest Village Lane, Roswell, was arrested March 26 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related items, expired tag and no insurance.

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Varsity Briefs: Samford University BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The following students graduated from Samford University in the December 2013 commencement ceremony. Sarah Elizabeth Boehmig of Duluth graduated from Brock School of Business with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Madeline Alexandra Baker of Alpharetta graduated from Howard College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s degree. Carly Brooke Unger of Alpharetta graduated from Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Stephanie Nicole Dogru of Roswell graduated from Howard College of Arts and Sciences with a bachelor’s degree. Allison Brooke Augestad of Cumming graduated from Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing with a master’s degree in nursing. Shane Michael Lanham of Milton graduated from Brock School of Business with a master’s degree in business administration.

Hampden-Sydney College HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – Quentin McCall Smith and Alan Jerome Fish, both students at Hampden-Sydney College, were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester. Smith is a graduate of Roswell High School and is the son of Richard and Sylvia Smith of Roswell. Fish is a graduate of Forsyth Central High School and is the son of Nancy Fowler Fish of Suwanee. To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 semester grade point average.

Wofford College SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Two local Wofford College students traveled abroad for study during the college’s interim term in January. Interim is a time for exploration and experiential learning away from the rigors of traditional academic courses for students and faculty alike. Matthew Banks, class of 2016, of Duluth, studied abroad in Prague, Czechoslovakia. Mary Bleekrode, class of 2016, of Alpharetta, studied abroad in Malta, Monaco, | Johns Creek Herald | April 17, 2014 | 37 Andorra, Vatican City and San Marino.

University of MA Dartmouth NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Dipak Karthikesan of Alpharetta was named to the Chancellor’s List at the University of MassachusettsDartmouth in recognition of earning a fall semester 2013 grade point average of 3.8 or higher.

list achieved a minimum 3.5 grade point average for the semester.

Southwestern University GEORGETOWN, Texas – Samuel Guess of Alpharetta has been named to the Dean’s List at Southwestern University for the fall 2013 semester. To be selected, students must have at least a 3.6 grade point average.

Samford Univ. Cumberland School of Law BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The following local residents have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. They are: Kyle Anthony Scholl of Alpharetta, Tina Thapar of Alpharetta, Annique J. Cooke of Roswell and Neil Hutchens McCollum of Roswell.

St. Bonaventure University ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Jaisree Iyer, a fourth-year student from Duluth, has been named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at St. Bonaventure University. Iyer is majoring in biology.

Trevecca Nazarene University NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Chauncey Arner, a senior commercial music major from Cumming, was named to the Trevecca Nazarene University fall 2013 Dean’s List. Persons on this


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Gregory Hilton Kinch, 54, passed away March 25, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

AMERICUS, Ga. – The following area residents were among 400 students who graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University during the fall 2013 commencement ceremony. Seth E. Collins of Roswell graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/management. Emily Nhu Q. Nguyen of Alpharetta graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/accounting. Melissa L. Somerville of Cumming graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/management. Leah N. Faulconer of Suwanee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Michael L. Sanders of Suwanee graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/management.

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ATHENS, Ga. – Patrick Brunson of Johns Creek has been initiated into the Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Georgia. Brunson is a senior majoring in genetics. The son of John and Terri Brunson, he is a 2010 Northview High School graduate.

Jeanne Sybil Cohen, 91, passed away March 27, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Sarah Ann Davis, 93, passed away March 28, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Rosa O. Johnston, 55, of Flowery Branch, passed away April 4, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Evelyn Hall, 79, passed away March 30, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

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Elizabeth Ivery, 91, of Marietta, passed away April 2, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Della McGlammary Mills, 83, passed away April 4, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Bert G. Morrow, 70, of Jasper, passed away April 7, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Michael B. Phelps, 59, of Cumming, passed away April 4, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. William Francis Rowe, Jr., 89, passed away March 26, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery. Fanny S. Ruben, 90, of Atlanta, passed away April 2, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Loretta R. Skwara, 79, of Cumming, passed away April 3, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Russell Delmas Woodyard, age 74, passed away on March 26, 2014. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

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Thanks to all participants and sponsors The Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce strives to be the premier resource to help Johns Creek businesses Connect, Grow, and Thrive.


• Emory Johns Creek Hospital • Cigartainer • Compelling Signs SILVER HOLE SPONSORS

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Andersen, Tate & Carr AXA Advisors CH2MHill Georgia Commerce Bank IBM Optech SouthCrest Bank Symantec


• ActorBoy Video Productions • Atlanta Spine Specialists • Bob Gray – City Council Candidate • Cartridge World • Compelling Signs • Delta Community Credit Union • Farmer’s Insurance - Perry Agency • First Citizens Bank • Gaddis Partners at Remax Center • Hennessey Lexus Gwinnett • Hyatt Place • Johns Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau • Jonpaul’s Men’s Grooming Center • Lea Taylor- City Council Candidate • Leadership Johns Creek • Liz Hausmann - County Commissioner • Massage Heights • Nancy Reinecke- City Council Candidate • Regus • Roosters Men’s Grooming Center - Johns Creek • Steve Broadbent – City Council Candidate • The Oaks at Johns Creek • Tom Radford – City Council Candidate

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