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the car while one officer, later identified as Legg, shouted, “You’re not in charge. Shut the [expletive] up and get out of the car.” Footage showed five officers attempting to restrain the woman as she screamed. Near the end of the footage, the woman can be heard saying that she was about to have a heart attack. “As I was watching the video, I had some major concerns about what I was seeing,” said Alpharetta Public Safety Director John Robison. “There are aspects of this video… that simply do not represent who we are as an organization.” Robison added that he is committed to being “100 percent” transparent with the public and that he “immediately” suspended Legg after he saw the video. The video has since been shared by the department on its social media channels, where the department has received backlash for accusations of racism. In response, Police Public Affairs Officer Howard Miller said that comments on the issue being a racial one are “unwarranted and inappropriate.” “At this time [May 11], we don’t believe that it was an issue of racism,” he added. Once the investigation is complete, the department will take “decisive and appropriate action,” Robison said.
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Former councilman sentenced to 20 years for child porn ROSWELL, Ga. — A U.S. District Judge sentenced former Roswell City Councilman Kent Igleheart, 55, to 20 years in prison for multiple counts of child pornography. The sentence was issued May 11. Igleheart was formally indicted in March 2017 by the DeKalb County Grand Jury for 15 counts of sexual exploitation of children and one count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He pleaded guilty to four counts of producing child pornography, one count of possessing child pornography and one count of receiving child pornography in January.
Igleheart was arrested Oct. 20, 2016 in a sting investigation by the DeKalb County Police Special Victims Unit. He was accused of inappropriate relations with a 17-year-old female. According to detectives, Igleheart had maintained an online relationship with the girl since February 2014 when she was 13 by posing as a 17-year-old boy. During that timeIGLEHEART frame, Igleheart allegedly exchanged nude photos and engaged in inappropriate conversa-
tions with the girl. A federal investigation revealed three other victims. Igleheart formally announced his resignation 10 days after the arrest. That same day, Oct. 31, he was released from jail on a $30,000 bond. Igleheart will be sent to the Federal Medical Center, Devins in Massachusetts to serve out his sentence. After he completes the 20 years, Igleheart will be released under supervision for 10 years and will be required to register as a sex offender. Igleheart was sentence by U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg.
Fulton Schools gears up for summer projects SPLOST5 funds construction, renovation and upgrades across district By CANDY WAYLOCK email@example.com NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The $886 million budget for the next five years of construction and enhancements to the Fulton County School System will include several high-profile projects in North Fulton. During the May 8 meeting of the Fulton County Board of Education, system leaders outlined the Capital Programs goals for the five-year cycle which runs through 2022 and includes dozens of projects and pieces. Included are major projects, including the STEM high school campus in downtown Alpharetta and the rebuilding of Crabapple Middle School, along with renovations and upgrades at several other schools in the area. “There are lots of projects [in the five-year plan], and, as with most capital programs, there are high priority items
and lots of ‘touches’ to many other schools,” said Patrick Burke, Deputy Superintendent of Operations. The program is being funded by proceeds from the one-cent Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax (SPLOST), passed by voters in 2016. Also included is “capital outlay” revenue from the state for construction tied to increased enrollment. This is the fifth cycle of the SPLOST which was first approved by voters in 1998, and subsequently re-authorized every five years. Patrick Burke, chief operating officer for Fulton Schools, noted the Capital Program operates under a “pay as you go” plan, allowing projects to be completed without incurring debt. “As we execute the capital plans it is critical to constantly monitor the cash flow and the budget so that we can manage and successfully execute our program,” said Burke.
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Although voters passed the current SPLOST referendum two years ago, the system is just in its first year of projects in SPLOST5. However Burke said a number of projects, including the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) School planned for downtown Alpharetta, received “early investments” from the School Board allowing work to begin prior to receiving SPLOST proceeds. During the May 8 meeting, board members approved an additional $7.3 million to the budget for the North STEM school, bringing the total budget to $68 million. The added funds cover the cost of the school’s auditorium, as well as the rising costs for construction in a booming economy. Burke noted the SPLOST5 receipts were originally projected at $931 million, but that estimated has been revised downward to $886 million. He noted reserve funds built into the budget hedge
against any shortfalls to allow projects to be completed without delay. Capital Projects in Summer 2018 in North Fulton include: • Fire alarm replacements at Cogburn Woods, Lake Windward and Manning Oaks elementary schools • Security camera upgrades: Alpharetta, Cambridge, Chattahoochee, Johns Creek, Milton, Northview and Roswell high schools; and River Trail Middle School • Track replacements at Alpharetta and Roswell high schools • Turf replacement at Alpharetta, Centennial and Chattahoochee high schools • Playground upgrades at Cogburn Woods, Shakerag and Wilson Creek elementary schools • Roof Replacement at Lake Windward Elementary Also slated this summer under the SPLOST initiative is the purchase of 70 propane-powered school buses, which are gradually replacing the district’s fleet .
Roswell offers education sessions on proposed budget ROSWELL, Ga. — To help educate the community about the City of Roswell’s Proposed FY2019 Budget, the City’s Finance Department is offering to provide informational presentations to Roswell Homeowner Associations, civic groups and other Roswell organizations. The presentation will provide details of the FY2019 Proposed Budget, as well as an overview of the annual budgeting process. The following presentation options are available: • 20-minute Power Point presentation
Q & A session Display boards on easels, provided by the city • Handouts with budget overview To arrange a session, contact Karen Zitomer, Community Relations Coordinator, at email@example.com or 770-594-6282. A limited number of presentation sessions are available. Public meetings regarding the budget will be held 7 p.m. on May 14 and at 6:30 p.m. on May 29, both at City Hall. For information about the budget, visit roswellgov.com/budget.
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Seven area high schools among nation’s best Magazine honors district with 7 of 16 gold medals awarded in Georgia
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NORTH FULTON, Ga. – North Fulton high schools are once again among the nation’s top high schools, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s recently released report of “2018 Best High Schools.” The publication’s annual list includes seven area high schools among the topranked 500 schools – drawn from a pool of nearly 29,000 public high schools across the country. Among schools in Fulton County, the list is led by Cambridge High, which placed 250 on the list of top high schools in the United States and sixth among Georgia schools, followed closely by Alpharetta (291 nationally, 7th in the state), Johns Creek (313, 8), Northview (322, 10), Chattahoochee (328, 11), Milton (342, 12) and Roswell (465, 15). “This is a tremendous honor for our high schools,” said Fulton County Schools Superintendent Jeff Rose, Ph.D. “Four schools in the top 10 in Georgia
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This is a tremendous honor for our high schools.” JEFF ROSE, PH.D. Fulton County Schools Superintendent
View the entire report by visiting usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/ rankings-overview and seven on the list are a reflection of the hard work of our students, as well as the teachers and administrators who inspire them daily.” US News has been compiling the list of top public schools since 2007. For the 2018 list, nearly 29,000 high schools across the nation were originally considered, before culling the list down to 6,500 named to the list, and only 500 earning top honors. Information was gathered from the 2015-16 school year. The list does not include private schools since students in those schools,
in most cases, do not take statewide accountability tests (such as the Georgia Milestones Assessments) which are mandatory for public schools. US News & World Report evaluated and scored the schools in four categories: students exceeded expectations in their states; underserved students performed better than the state average; student graduation rates exceeded 80 percent; and students were prepared for college-level coursework based on the percentage of students who not only took an Advanced Placement or Interna-
tional Baccalaureate exam, but passed those rigorous exams. The schools were then ranked for medals, with the top-scoring 500 schools receiving gold medals; the next 2000 receiving silver, and the next 4,000 awarded bronze medals. All Fulton schools were awarded gold medals – the most of any district in the state. Of the 450 Georgia schools eligible for inclusion in the U.S. News Best High Schools list, only 107 received medals -- 16 were awarded gold medals, 48 earned silver medals and 43 received bronze medals. “The data show that it’s incredibly difficult to achieve a gold, silver or bronze medal under the U.S. News methodology,” said a spokesman for U.S. News & World Report. “Of the more than 28,000 eligible schools, less than three percent received gold… [demonstrating] the highest level of college readiness.”
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Primary Election: Alpharetta candidates address local issues CITY COUNCIL POST 2 JOHN HIPES Has Alpharetta reached its limit on development? How does one guard against overdevelopment? I have been in Alpharetta since 1989. Over the last 29 years, I have seen Alpharetta undergo significant change and growth. Until recent years, much of Alpharetta’s growth occurred HIPES on previously undeveloped land. This growth can be seen in aerial photos of Alpharetta taken from 2003 to 2018 showing the loss of tree canopy. In recent years, as undeveloped land has become increasingly scarce, Alpharetta has begun to grow through redevelopment of existing properties. While Alpharetta has room to grow, I believe growth should be consistent with the guidelines in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan and we should protect Alpharetta’s historic properties. We can guard against overdevelopment by adhering to a strategy of planned growth and maintaining a balance between commercial and residential development. Where do you stand on bus rapid transit routes along Ga. 400? I support bus rapid transit on managed lanes along Georgia 400. I believe BRT has the greatest potential to provide the most immediate and cost effective mass transit solution for Alpharetta. I was pleased that House Bill 930 was signed into law creating the Atlanta-region Transit Link Authority to expand the new ATL transit system into a 13-county area which will provide more efficiency and options for transit riders. Local and regional solutions will be needed to help transit riders reach Alpharetta’s employers and businesses from future BRT stations. Many employees in Alpharetta commute because they cannot afford to live here. Do you see any solution in terms of affordable housing? Affordable housing is a growing issue in Alpharetta. In recent years, we have seen land and housing prices increase significantly. For the most part, supply and demand determine the availability of affordable housing. On council, I will apply our land use plan to new development applications to curb density, especially along residential corridors. In addition, there are still many neighborhoods in Alpharetta where housing remains relatively affordable. Although some of these homes may be smaller or older, there are still affordable housing options in and around Alpharetta. Describe the kind of Alpharetta you’d like to see in 8 years. How can you help make it happen? In eight years, I would like to see an Alpharetta that remains the best place in Georgia to live, work and play. I would like to see residents working close to their homes with shorter commutes. I would like to see more parks, sidewalks and a completed Alpha Loop allowing residents to move safely about the city. I would like to see our city providing responsive government focused on bringing residents together, creating a sense of community and instilling hometown pride. I can help make this happen by leading, involving the community and focusing on what makes us great – our residents. What distinguishes you from your opponent in terms of what you could bring to the office? In short, I have spent over two decades as an ambassador for this great city. I am prepared to serve the
residents on City Council starting day one to improve our quality of life and preserve our sense of community. My previous service on the Alpharetta Planning Commission provided valuable experience. My community involvement includes serving on the Alpharetta Public Safety Foundation board in support of public safety, as a member and past-president of the Alpharetta Rotary Club in support of local charities, as chairperson of the Alpharetta Memorial Day ceremony in support of veterans, as Vice President of North Fulton Community Charities in support of those in need, on the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce board working on employment and infrastructure issues, and on the Alpharetta First United Methodist Church Council in support of the faith community. I previously served as president of the North Fulton Bar Association, on the Alpharetta YMCA board, and in the Leadership North Fulton class of 2000. In addition, I bring over 30 years of experience as a business litigation attorney reviewing contracts and statutes. I offer leadership, experience and love of this city and would be honored to serve as your next Alpharetta City Council member for Post 4.
CLIFFORD MARTIN Has Alpharetta reached its limit on development? How does one guard against overdevelopment? The best way to guard against overdevelopment right now is to take a “Pause” from any new high density mixed use developments as I have MARTIN proposed in my campaign. We need to let all the previously approved projects be built and occupied. Then mitigate any adverse effects on traffic, infrastructure and quality of life, before any more is approved. A vibrant and active city like Alpharetta will never stop growing and developing. Alpharetta is running out of virgin undeveloped land. For future development we will need to start redeveloping previous developed land and making old projects new again. Where do you stand on bus rapid transit routes along Ga. 400? In 2003 the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) introduced the Bus-on-Shoulder System and the Shoulder Lanes on GA 400 were born. They were first used to allow express buses from GRTA and MARTA to use these lanes to bypass traffic and offer an express ride from the Mansell and Windward park-nride lots. We don’t see any express buses running those routes today because mainly they weren’t used enough by commuters to justify the routes. The proposed bus rapid transit routes are an attempt to revive a failed idea. What our area needs is transit not only around Alpharetta and the entire North Fulton area, but we also need transit connecting Alpharetta’s business core to Cherokee, Forsyth, Cobb and Gwinnett counties. Transit between these counties will do more to relieve traffic congestion than bus rapid transit on GA 400 ever will. Many employees in Alpharetta must commute because they cannot afford to live here. Do you see any solution in terms of affordable housing? Alpharetta is a highly desirable place to live and market forces have driven up housing prices as a result. My opponent, who has gotten endorsements
from developer and Realtor special interest groups, will represent them and their desire are to keep housing prices unaffordable. I pledge to represent the wishes of Alpharetta residents on all matters before City Council. Alpharetta residents will need to make their wishes for affordable housing known to City Council. Then Council can do what other cities have done and pass an ordinance requiring all new housing developments to contain a certain minimum percentage of affordable housing. Describe the kind of Alpharetta you’d like to see in 8 years. How can you help make it happen? I want to see Alpharetta at the top of every list of the best places to live, work and do business. I want us to have the highest quality of life possible. A city that meets the needs of a growing senior population as well as the trends in community services that keeps younger generations happy, will guarantee that the community continues to grow in a good and controlled manner. The City Council must listen to and do what the residents of Alpharetta want and not rubber stamp requests of outside developers and special interests. What distinguishes you from your opponent in terms of what you could bring to the office? I am a 30-year resident of Alpharetta who retired early last year. I will devote full-time to the job of City Council and will represent the interests of Alpharetta residents. I’m not part of the problem, like my opponent who served on the Planning Commission that approved all the high density mixed use developments. I haven’t received campaign contributions and endorsements from outside developers and special interest groups, like my opponent has. I’m not a lawyer, but I am an average person with good common sense and decades of senior business management experience. I will listen to and bring the voice of the average Alpharetta resident to City Council. I will bring fresh and innovative ideas and solutions to problems. I will protect our environment by moving to ban clear cutting of large tracts for development. I will slow development while we get infrastructure caught up. I will push to redevelop old before building all new. And I will work to keep property taxes as low as possible while still providing the highest level of public safety and city services possible.
CITY COUNCIL POST 3 KAREN RICHARD Has Alpharetta reached its limit on development? How does one guard against overdevelopment? The core of my platform is Alpharetta will always have room for growth, but we need to immediately return to the “Balanced Growth” RICHARD strategy envisioned in the Comprehensive Land Use Plan that our citizens created in 2011. Since then, we’ve made many exceptions to it, some of which were necessary to jump-start growth following the recession. However, we’ve also created “pockets of overdevelopment” – areas where the cumulative effects of multiple developments have outstripped the surrounding infrastructure’s ability to absorb them. To prevent future overdevelopment, I and other like-mind-
ed council members advocate a return to a Balanced Growth strategy. Where do you stand on bus rapid transit routes along Ga. 400? I stand at the nearest Bus Stop! Ok, sorry for that, but really, I think the proposed BRT along the GDOT Managed Lanes makes great sense – it will take advantage of state and regional monies already earmarked for that project, and the so-called Last Mile funding that Alpharetta and neighboring communities will need to fund can be accomplished without new taxes. We need to reduce the number of cars on the road and the traffic they create. In my opinion, this is the best interim traffic management solution available to Alpharetta while the newly-created Atlanta-region Transit Link (the ATL) develops, funds, and implements long-term traffic management strategies. Many employees in Alpharetta must commute because they cannot afford to live here. Do you see any solution in terms of affordable housing? Alpharetta is landlocked, and further annexation opportunities are unrealistic. So, we’re a prosperous center of technology that can expect housing prices and commercial rents to continue to increase at a faster pace than neighboring cities. However, because businesses continue to expand in Alpharetta, the good news is that our residents can expect millage rates and taxes to remain among the lowest in the region. And, as documented recently by the AJC, the further good news is that apartment rents have peaked in Alpharetta and are actually falling. So, while the cost of entry may be higher than in surrounding cities, our quality of life, excellent schools, and stable taxes and rents have made Alpharetta the best overall value in the region. Describe the kind of Alpharetta you’d like to see in 8 years. How can you help make it happen? Eight years from now, my goal is to have eliminated the divide that’s been created between those in Alpharetta who support more high-density growth and those of us who favor a balanced approach that won’t compromise our infrastructure. During this campaign, I have knocked on hundreds of doors and heard from residents who have seen council repeatedly act in favor of “special interests.” I will help change that, by first insisting that we adhere to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which calls for balanced growth, but also by being as proactive as possible in seeking out the ideas, opinions, and support of a base that is representative of all of Alpharetta. Whether we’re natives or more newly arrived, Alpharetta residents deeply appreciate its unique qualities – great schools, fabulous parks, and green spaces, and its hometown atmosphere – and expect our City Council members to protect and enhance those qualities. We deserve nothing less. What distinguishes you from your opponent in terms of what you could bring to the office? First, I’m prepared and able to take on the challenges of elected office! In the past ten years, I’ve served as a volunteer for my HOA board, Neighborhood Watch, and Windward Community Services Association. For the past six years, I’ve been an appointee to the Alpharetta Planning Commission. I’ve shown that I’m a consensus-builder who knows how to get the right things done. Second, I’m passionate about Alpharetta and the challenges we face. Before moving here 13 years ago, I lived in many different places during my corporate career, giving me a perspective and appreciation for all that Alpharetta offers. I don’t take our unique quality of life for granted, and that’s why – when it came time to downsize - John and I decided Alpharetta is truly our hometown. We’re here for the long-haul and committed
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KATIE HARDING Has Alpharetta reached its limit on development? How does one guard against overdevelopment? Anyone who says that the city has reached its limit on development is not fully acknowledging projects that have already been planned and approved prior to now. The more pressing quesHARDING tion is whether Alpharettans and existing infrastructure can tolerate the coming growth well. Along with new opportunities, growth brings pains and transitions, but I’m hopeful about what’s ahead for the city. It is worth mentioning that Alpharetta’s growth is guided by the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, which allows for land use according to zonings such as residential, corporate office, commercial, industrial, parks & open space, and mixed-use. The plan must be updated at certain intervals by law, so I encourage residents to engage in public forums to offer input on those updates. One person cannot guard against overdevelopment; it requires a team of committed councilpersons and mayor whose guide is the CLUP and aim is the greater good of the city. Where do you stand on bus rapid transit routes along Ga. 400? The cost of building heavy rail makes it prohibitive, so I favor BRT as a solution that brings needed public transportation connection further into North Fulton along 400. BRT is the recommended option for extending public transit north of Holcomb Bridge Rd. Additionally, there is an opportunity to partner with GDOT to incorporate BRT within managed lanes that are on the way, but we must act quickly to take advantage of that collaboration. Many Alpharetta employees must commute because they cannot afford to live here. Do you see any solution in terms of affordable housing? Housing affordability continues to be a growing issue across Metro Atlanta and the nation. Many of the amenities and necessities that comprise the quality of life elements we enjoy depend on workforce, transportation and housing. Leaders have a responsibility to acknowledge and address challenges surrounding those issues. In other areas, developers are taking advantage of low-income housing tax credits. Inclusionary zoning is being imposed within some rental properties where a certain percentage of units (e.g. 10%) must be priced at a fixed percentage of median income (e.g. 60%). I cannot say if either of those would be a good solution for Alpharetta, but I believe housing affordability is becoming a matter of corporate and social responsibility, and I am interested in further discussing possible remedies. Describe the kind of Alpharetta you’d like to see in 8 years. How can you help make it happen? I would like to see the Technology City of the South connecting and supporting residents of all ages with signature opportunities to live, work and play here. This includes the critical revitalization of the North Point corridor. I’d additionally like to see local transit that connects residents to our different activity nodes where we will find people enjoying arts and culture as they walk or bicycle safely around the city. I will contribute to this vision by guiding stakeholders to pursue concepts outlined by residents and, of course, by engaging with friends and neighbors as we enjoy life in our hometown. What distinguishes you from your opponent in terms of what you could bring to the office?
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Voters in North Fulton may select either a Republican or Democrat primary ballot at the polls May 22. They will choose from a slate of candidates in statewide races for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, commissioner of agriculture, commissioner of insurance, state school superintendent, commissioner of labor and two public service commissioners. Local races for the state Senate and House feature far fewer contested races. The winners in each partisan race will face off with the opposing party winner in the November General Election.
FULTON COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD (Non-partisan) District 2 (North Fulton) • Katie Reeves (I) • Tom Pemble
FULTON COUNTY COMMISSION District 1 (North Fulton) Republican Democrat • Liz Hausmann (I)
District 21 (Alpharetta, Milton) Republican Democrat • Brandon Beach (I) • Nicole Nash District 32 (Parts of west Roswell) Republican Democrat • Kay Kirkpatrick (I) • Christine Triebsch District 56 (Roswell, Alpharetta, Mountain Park) Republican Democrat • John Albers (I) • Jim Guess, Jr. • Ellyn Jeager • Patrick Thompson
District 47 (Milton) Republican Democrat • Jan Jones (I) • Andrea Nugent District 48 (Roswell, Alpharetta) Republican Democrat • Betty Price (I) • Mary Robichaux • Jere Wood District 49 (Alpharetta, Roswell) Republican Democrat • Charles Martin • Krishan A. Bralley • Wesley Randall District 51 (Roswell and Johns Creek) Republican Democrat • Alex B. Kaufman • Josh McLaurin As a 34-year-old working woman, I represent the Alpharetta workforce and the average age of Alpharetta residents. When I look to the future, I see 30 to 40 more years of live-work-play here, and I will make decisions through the lens of a long-term perspective in consideration of the current and next generation. During my time working at the local Verizon Amphitheatre, I balanced not only the responsibility of raising funding for my own and others’ livelihoods, but also the needs and requests of my clients while protecting the interests of the organization as a whole. This same practice is required of all who serve our local government and must address the concerns of individuals and groups while honoring the greater good of the city. I am committed to making smart evaluations on council, and I would be honored to serve with the team of leaders elected to preserve and promote our city. I ask for you to join me in voting Katie Harding for your Alpharetta City Council Post 3.
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ALPHARETTA MAYORAL CANDIDATES JIM GILVIN Has Alpharetta reached its limit on development? How does one guard against overdevelopment? Alpharetta hasn’t reached any absolute limit on development, but the current scale and pace of development is inconsistent with what most of the people who live here would like to see. GILVIN It also doesn’t reflect the delicate balance outlined in Alpharetta’s comprehensive land use plan. That plan calls for growth that doesn’t overburden our roads or negatively impact the quality of life that draws people here from all over the world. We can guard against overdevelopment in two easy ways. First, we need to stop approving so many high density developments along congested corridors, especially in residential areas. Second, the city needs to scale back the tax subsidies, parking subsidies, height variances and parking variances we started to get our economy back on track after the recession. Those policies were effective, but the recession is over and now the pace of development is overwhelming our ability to provide infrastructure and the level of service Alpharetta residents expect from the city. Where do you stand on bus rapid transit routes along Ga. 400? Bus rapid transit is the most flexible, efficient and affordable transit option available to North Fulton residents. I support the current plan for offering BRT along the GA 400 corridor as outlined in the North Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan as long as it doesn’t require a tax increase. Many employees in Alpharetta commute because they cannot afford to live here. Do you see any solution in terms of affordable housing? Last year we spent several months looking for viable options to address affordable housing in Alpharetta. Unfortunately we never found anything that would have a lasting impact. However I do support two ways of making housing more affordable for our senior residents and Alpharetta’s first responders. We can continue to provide lower taxes for senior residents who are more likely to be forced out of their long-term residences by enormous property tax assessment increases. I support Sen. Albers’ recent homestead exemption bill which addresses this concern. Alpharetta could also help make it more affordable for first responders to live in the city by providing additional incentives to live here. Some other cities do this and I am willing to explore that possibility because it benefits us all in times of emergency. Describe the kind of Alpharetta you’d like to see in 8 years. How can you help make it happen? In eight years I’d like to see an Alpharetta that has
MEET THE CANDIDATES continued to evolve and get better but didn’t sacrifice what draws people from all over the world to call this place home. We have to do a better job of balancing growth and considering impacts of the current development level will have on traffic, tree canopies and quality of life. As mayor I can lead us back to that vision by making sure the city does a better job of listening to residents. A delicate balance between being a great place to raise a family and a great place to do business is what brought them here and that’s what they don’t want to lose. What distinguishes you from your opponent in terms of what you could bring to the office? What distinguishes me most from my opponent is that I have a proven track record of leading on the two most important issues facing Alpharetta today: traffic and balanced growth. When some of my opponent’s powerful supporters tried to raise taxes on Alpharetta residents to fund MARTA heavy rail expansions I stood up to them. I testified against that tax increase in a senate hearing which led to better legislation bringing tens of millions of dollars to Alpharetta for desperately needed infrastructure projects now underway. And when it comes to growth I have a long record of listening to residents even when it meant standing alone. I only voted for a project after considering the impact on our economy, our traffic and our quality of life. In contrast, my opponent he has voted for every single high density development approved over the last eight years except for cases where he had a conflict of interest because he was working for the developers.
CHRIS OWENS Has Alpharetta reached its limit on development? How does one guard against overdevelopment? Alpharetta is in a very unique position. We are the envy of the metropolitan Atlanta area and the Southeast. Given that, we have the opportunity to manage growth and step back from OWENS development unless it’s in places that need our attention, like the North Point corridor. We should also always look for opportunities to protect and preserve our past. The Manning House, the Jones House, the Lewis-Manning House and the Old Milton High School Log Cabin are excellent examples of how we can accomplish that together. New pocket parks and public greenspaces near neighborhoods are incredibly important parts of the overall community fabric that will maintain our quality of life. Where do you stand on bus rapid transit routes along Ga. 400? Bus rapid transit is an exciting opportunity for Alpharetta. We can have a meaningful public transportation option along Ga. 400 on a much faster schedule for a much smaller price tag. This is possible by combining transit with roadway construction already planned by Georgia DOT. MARTA has also stated that
they can operate and maintain bus rapid transit without a sales tax increase. I look forward to a community discussion, including east-west circulation from the bus rapid transit line to destinations across Alpharetta. The number of daytime workers continues to expand in Alpharetta. Many employees must commute because they cannot afford to live here. Do you see any solution in terms of affordable housing? Our workforce needs the opportunity to become lifelong Alpharetta residents. Helping them find housing will reduce the number of commuters on our roads, diversify and strengthen our tax base and create a stronger community of neighbors. I’ve taken that into deep consideration in the past and will in the future, but I don’t think it means we need dense development to do it like other communities. We have existing underutilized properties that can be repurposed and renovated into lower cost, entry-level single-family homes and that’s a discussion I am willing to engage in for the benefit of our city. Describe the kind of Alpharetta you’d like to see in 8 years. How can you help make it happen? I see an Alpharetta with an outstanding quality of life. I see an Alpharetta that offers people the options to live, work and play without the need to commute long distances. I see a community that is made up of people who connect with each other in meaningful and active ways. All of this is possible, thanks to the things that we will have accomplished together: significant improvements in the area’s transportation system; new pocket parks near neighborhoods; new sidewalks and bike lanes; a completed Big Creek Greenway that connects to Forsyth County, Roswell and beyond; a completed Alpha Loop that connects Downtown and Avalon to a newly revived North Point Mall “Eco-Park”; and I see an Alpharetta that we all can be proud to call home. What distinguishes you from your opponent in terms of what you could bring to the office? Leadership, experience and the willingness to work toward a better solution, even when I don’t get my way. I have a broad set of life experiences that I will bring to the table as Mayor of Alpharetta. In my career, I have worked for the City of Alpharetta; I have owned my own business; I have made payroll for hundreds of employees and their families; and I have led teams of people across the globe to find solutions while making our world a better place. I believe it is both a privilege and a responsibility to share myself with the community and to help others. That is why I actively support the Lionheart School and North Fulton Community Charities by donating my services; the Alpharetta YMCA as an Advisory Board Member; Alpharetta Presbyterian Church as an Ordained Elder and past Property Committee Chairperson; the Boy Scouts of America and Troop 51 as an assistant scoutmaster and Wood Badge Trained Leader; and the Rotary Club of Alpharetta as an incoming board member. I believe in these organizations, and their missions, because they each do their part to build up our community. And, as mayor, that is what I really want to see – a strong Alpharetta.
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State Rep. faces former mayor in primaries By JULIA GROCHOWSKI email@example.com ROSWELL, Ga. — One of the most anticipated local races for the May 22 primaries pits incumbent state Rep. Betty Price against Jere Wood for the Georgia House District 48 seat. The two Republicans have a long, somewhat thorny history, stretching back to their time together on the Roswell City Council. Price, a doctor, served on the council for five years, starting in 2009. Wood, elected in 1997, served as the city’s mayor for five terms and did not seek re-election in 2017 after a Fulton County judge ruled he had violated the city’s term limits. Whoever claims the primary will face Democrat Mary Robichaux in November. The Herald reached out to both candidates for comment on their campaign.
BETTY PRICE Website: bettyprice4ga.com What made you decide to run? While I was still serving on the Roswell
City Council in 2015, the untimely death of State Representative Harry Geisinger resulted in a vacancy in House District 48. I threw my hat into the ring because I knew there were no medical doctors In the Georgia House. My interests and capabilities were put to use in five committee assignments. This year I am happy we reduced income tax rates, increased the standard deduction, increased the homestead exemption for seniors more than 60 percent, put a cap on the Fulton County tax assessments, added school security, community and mental health funding, and long range transportation improvements. There are many bills I have begun I want to finish such as new election measures, jury duty modification and appropriations to improve healthcare quality and access. What separates you from your opponent? I am a medical doctor trained to collaborate and work toward a solution. My opponent is an adversarial liberal trial lawyer and the former mayor who knowingly exceeded his term limits and whose private lawsuit was funded by the taxpayers of Roswell. I have held multiple offices within the
GOP, while he has estranged himself from the GOP and betrayed the trust of party members. I have an “A” rating and was endorsed by the NRA, while he ignored the NRA questionnaire and was part of a liberal anti-gun group. He supported and celebrated the Unified Development Code and allowed overdevelopment of Roswell after running on a “Stop the Sprawl” promise. While I don’t claim to be perfect, I am a church elder and have been married for 35 years. My opponent has used taxpayer dollars for his political activity. I have withstood the bullying from the left and am ready for all future challenges.
JERE WOOD Website: jerewoodhousedistrict48.net What made you decide to run? I am running for state representative so that I may continue working to make WOOD Roswell a better place to live, work and play. For 20 years as mayor, I worked with citizens and elected officials to make
Roswell better. We lowered taxes without running a deficit. We attracted businesses and jobs to raise revenues. We acquired 700 acres for parks, including seven miles of river front to protect greenspace and two historic homes to preserve our history. We made Canton Street an economic success. As your representative, I will use the connections and knowledge I gained as mayor to secure funding from the state to fix the Ga. 400/Holcomb Bridge Road interchange and funding for our schools. I will promote business investments and bring good jobs to Roswell. I will continue making Roswell a better place to live. What separates you from your opponent? I have a record of getting things done. My opponent has a record of promises broken, privileges abused and friendships lost. She has shown by her words and her actions that she does not have the interest of Roswell at heart. She is best known for suggesting that HIV patients be quarantined, for flying on private jets at taxpayer expense, and for voting against a public safety bill just to cause her colleagues trouble. She cannot get along with her colleagues, and without this, she can do little for Roswell in the state Legislature. Roswell deserves better.
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Student receives national scholarship for German exchange program ROSWELL, Ga. — The Council on International Educational Exchange recently announced that Nathan Howrey, a rising senior at Centennial High School, is one of 350 Americans from across the United States to be awarded the Congress-BundestagYouth Exchange Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year. CBYX is a bi-lateral exchange program co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and German Bundestag. As a CBYX scholar, Nathan will spend the school year in Germany living with a host family, attending a German high school, and participating in a four-week language and cultural immersion camp to gain a better understanding of German culture, language, and everyday life. Additionally, there will be the chance to visit the German Bundestag, meet with American and German government officials, participate in intercultural seminars, and explore the country. The CBYX program, which is jointly funded by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag, was created to foster mutual understanding and strengthen ties between Germany and the U.S. through citizen diplomacy.
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Milton actor stars in nationally released film Blake Cooper leads in ‘Measure of Man’ By JOE PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org MILTON, Ga. — Milton movie lovers will have the chance to see their homegrown talent on the national stage with resident Blake Cooper starring in “Measure of Man,” currently in theaters nationwide. Cooper, 17, stars as Bobby Marks, a teenager who experiences a turning point in his life during a summer vacation where he learns to stand up against bullies while trying to keep his family together amid his parents’ pending divorce. Over the course of his emotional rollercoaster of a summer, secrets are revealed, lessons are learned, and Bobby comes to understand who he is and what makes up the true measure of a man. “The film will be relatable to everyone,” Cooper said. “Everyone has gone through something in their childhood that proves life is not easy. Some bad things are going to happen so you have
to have courage and confidence.” The film, based in 1976 and shot in Rhode Island, also stars Donald Sutherland, Judy Greer and Luke Wilson. Cooper said it was an honor to work with household names and said the entire cast and crew “were a blast to work with.” “It was kind of hard to wrap around my mind that I got to work with Donald Sutherland,” Cooper said. “He set a good example on how to carry yourself around set. The filming between he and I was also special, because we filmed all those scenes in the first week of shooting. It was the first thing everyone experienced on set, and that really set a good tone for the rest of the shoot.” “Measure of Man” was released nationwide May 11, including locally at the Regal Hollywood 24 cinema in Chamblee. Cooper said he is thrilled to have the film on the national stage. “I’m still trying to catch up to that idea,” he laughed. “I’m so excited it’s coming out. I’ve already read some reviews that have praised the film. It’s overwhelming to hear.” Measure of Man is the second major film in which Cooper has appeared. He
also played the role of Chuck in the 2014 blockbuster “Maze Runner.” His acting career began when he was around 10 years old when he joined his older sister’s acting studio. The owner of the studio said Cooper had good comedic timing and he should audition for the 2012 film, “Parental Guidance,” Cooper said. After landing the role, Cooper continued his career with appearances in TV and film, including in the TV series “Necessary Roughness” and “The Game” and movies “Prosper” and “Cocked.” He will also star in a film set to begin shooting in June. Cooper said he can’t imagine doing anything else. “I’m wanting to do this forever,” he said.
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Milton Summer Opener event continues equipment fund drive Children’s Charities plans to build an all-inclusive play park in Milton By JOE PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org MILTON, Ga. — Milton-based Children’s Charities is continuing efforts to fund an all-inclusive playground for children of all abilities, and this weekend’s Milton Summer Opener is the third event of the year to benefit the organization. The Summer Opener will feature live music, samplings of summer wines and beers and food trucks at Bell Memorial Park from 4-8 p.m. Saturday. Children’s Charities co-founder Amanda White said the event is “a great excuse to party for a great cause.” The great cause is the organization’s proposed park which would include wheelchair swings, roller slides, sensory centers, a teach-cup whirl, climbing structures and Americans with Disabilities Act-approved picnic tables. The park will be placed within the Milton city limits. White said her organization has raised nearly half of the $500,000 price tag associated with the park. “We’re a 100 percent volunteer group,” she said. “All the funds go to the park.” Summer Opener will be the third fundraising event for the group this year, following the successful Big South Beer Competition and Festival and Diamonds and Denim in April. A Milton wine festival is also slated to benefit the group later this summer.
Children’s Charities to build all-inclusive play park in Milton Not only have these events raised funds for the park, they have allowed members of the North Fulton and Forsyth County community to get involved in making the park a reality. “Our volunteer count is up, we have more people involved and we have more people willing to donate to our silent auctions,” White said. The park also presents a unique opportunity for companies, who can sponsor the park’s amenities as well as have their name displayed on a donor wall.
“That will be here for generations,” White said. “They are exclusive and it’s a long-lasting advertising opportunity.” To drum up community support, it also helps to have great events, and organizer Chuck Squires said the Summer Opener qualifies. The event will take place on the two baseball fields closest to the parking lots and along the walkway. Five food trucks will line the walkway with their offerings, while acoustic band Gray Matters plays to the crowd. Attendees can then visit either baseball field for more live music and all the summer beer or wine that they can responsibly consume. One field will feature summer wines, including white wines, roses, sparkling wines and champagne. On the other field, patrons can enjoy summer-style beers. Squires said there will be 60-70 different wines and beers available, including smaller production varieties and samplings from local producers. Both fields will feature live music from Jack’s River Band and the Pioneer Chicken Stand Band. And like the Big South event, attendees can place an order for wines or beers they sampled to be purchased and picked up at Olde Crabapple Bottle Shop. Local artists will also be on hand to sell artisan crafts. “This event really has a true festival-type atmosphere,” Squires said. Tickets are $40 for the first 1,000 attendees and $50 after. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.miltonsummeropener.com.
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Roswell Arts Fund study calls for performing arts center By JULIA GROCHOWSKI Julia@appenmediagroup.com ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell is the perfect home for a new performing arts center, according to a new feasibility study by the Roswell Arts Fund. But a lack of funding may put a kink in those plans. “A performing arts space has the potential to drive economic development, increase tourism, reflect our local pride and activate our tag line: ‘Modern Spirit. Southern Soul,’” said Roswell Arts Fund spokeswoman Whitney Parks. “This space could strengthen our brand that Roswell is a place to live, work and play.” The Roswell City Council was slated to consider a proposal to advance the study this week at its regular meeting. Information about a site location and business model would be elements included in the new study. Roswell is not the only North Fulton city considering a performing arts center. The Johns Creek City Council denied further action on a proposed center May 7 when it determined the current proposal failed to provide a working business model that would pay for itself. Last year, the Alpharetta City Council floated the idea of a performing arts
A performing arts space has the potential to drive economic development, increase tourism, reflect our local pride and activate our tag line: ‘Modern Spirit. Southern Soul.’” WHITNEY PARKS Roswell Arts Fund spokeswoman
center and has repeatedly called for businesses to step forward with ideas for funding. The city itself has balked at funding such a project without private partners. Meanwhile, in neighboring Gwinnett County, the Lawrenceville City Council unveiled concept design plans this
month for a $26 million expansion of the existing Aurora Theatre. It is expected to be one of the largest live performing arts stages in the state. The City of Roswell has seen four studies between 2012 and 2016 recommending the city explore the potential of a performing arts space. One study commissioned by the Arts Fund, found a niche market in Roswell for a multi-use performance theatre. “Roswell’s unique location and character offer several possibilities,” Parks said. “A vision of a warm, inviting space that would architecturally blend into our historic center emerged – a space that would complement Canton Street’s vibe and energy.” The Roswell Arts Fund has recently, on behalf of the city, completed Phase Two of the study. The second phase focuses on identifying users, patrons and how such a center could be made to thrive in the region. The findings indicate a strong potential audience and a clear gap in available high-quality performance spaces in the area, Parks said. The study also found that people reported a strong interest in traditional performances, such as ballet, opera, symphony and theatre. Respondents were also interested in music, especially
jazz, cultural-rich music, blues and gospel. The study concluded with three recommendations; • Develop a facility for music, music education, meetings and events. This would be a state-ofthe-art, regionally-distinct facility for live music and would accommodate a capacity of 400-600 in the main performance area and an additional informal space for groups of 100 or less. Programming might include regular performances by an in-house band or ensemble; locally, regionally, and nationally touring acts; and outside rentals. • Build an all-year-round amphitheater space along the river • Renovate the Cultural Arts Center The Roswell Arts Fund has already requested funding from the city to begin business and site plans based on the recommendations. The city’s initial proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 has denied the funding request, but that may change as council members iron out adds and deletions to the budget before its adoption later this spring. For information on the study and its results, visit roswellartsfund.org.
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The economic impact of craft beer This week is American Craft Beer Week, a national celebration of small and independent craft brewers throughout the U.S. and the powerful impact they are having on cities and regions across STEVE STROUD the country. Executive Director, Roswell Inc Not only do craft breweries serve as a catalyst for creating a sense of place and identity within a community, they are also powerful vehicles for economic growth and sustainability. Craft Beer by the Numbers According to the Brewers Association, there are more than 6,200 breweries in the U.S. as of 2017, and 98 percent of those are small and independent craft brewers. In 2011, craft brewers accounted for only 5.7 percent of the beer market share nationally. As of 2016, they accounted for 12.3 percent and employed a workforce of approximately 130,000 nationwide. In Georgia, the number of craft breweries has increased from 20 in 2011 to nearly 70 at the end of 2017. In Roswell, we are proud to have four - which makes us tied with Decatur and Savannah for the second highest number in the state of Georgia. Craft Beer in Roswell As most Roswell locals know, we’ve long been known throughout the region for our independent, chef-driven restaurant scene. This industry has established for our city a unique culture and identity, one that provides a solid foundation for the complementary industry of craft beverages. Our community’s entry into the craft beer industry really began more than five years ago, when our team at Roswell Inc took more than 60 community leaders to Asheville, North Carolina on one of our leadership trips. Our group included
In Georgia, the number of craft breweries has increased from 20 in 2011 to nearly 70 at the end of 2017. elected officials, city staff, local business owners and civic leaders. While there, we learned about Asheville’s craft brewery industry and its significant economic impact on the city and explored together what that industry might look like in Roswell. After our return, we partnered with city leaders as they created Roswell’s first microbrewery ordinance, which allowed Gate City Brewing Company and Abbey of the Holy Goats to open in 2015, and Variant Brewing Company and From The Earth Brewing Company to open in 2017. The Future of Craft Beer While Roswell has established itself as a craft beer leader in Georgia, we’re only in the beginning stages of this industry’s growth in our city. We believe Roswell is uniquely positioned to become a craft beer leader throughout the entire southeast region within the coming decade, as we continue to develop this industry. What’s even more exciting is that cultivating the craft brewery scene here has led to several related businesses opening in Roswell - including Tap & Six, Roswell’s first craft beer market; Deep Roots Wine Market & Tasting Room, set to open in the coming weeks; and a bourbon distillery and meadery that are both in the works right now. We are well on our way to becoming a regional leader for all craft beverages beer, wine and spirits - while strengthening our city’s economic vitality through this emerging industry.
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Should AP students have less testing? I am currently a sophomore at Cambridge High School. I recently read an article by Candy Waylock in the Milton Herald concerning the waiver that the state received to reduce testing for middle school students who are taking high school courses. I personally agree with the stance that duplicate testing should be reduced, as I feel it is redundant and could possibly hurt a student’s grades. In addition, I support reducing testing for AP students to prevent students’ stress levels from rising. Currently, high school students can get easily stressed out from an overload of tests and quizzes, especially if they are taking AP courses. I believe that removing the stress of EOCs can help improve students’ mental health, which should be considered in schools. – Nishant Baglodi, Milton
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Potential Sharon Springs leaves businesses apprehensive By KATHLEEN STURGEON email@example.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — According to the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, more than 1,800 businesses fall within the proposed boundaries of Sharon Springs, which come Election Day, could be Forsyth County’s second city. Residents who live within those boundaries will be the only ones with a chance to vote in the May 22 referendum. However, many of the businesses within the proposed boundaries are owned or operated by people who live outside the boundaries and therefore do not get to cast a vote, according to chamber President James McCoy. “They’re concerned because they will be impacted by the outcome of the referendum but are ineligible to participate and cast a vote,” McCoy said. “This does not necessarily mean that they are opposed to the new city – but are concerned about not being a meaningful part of the decision-making process.” It is difficult to say how the proposed city will affect businesses, McCoy said. The chamber hasn’t taken a position on the referendum, but instead has encouraged its members to learn more and engage in the conversation, he said. “There are simply too many unknown variables to address what that impact could be – both negative and positive,” he said. “The future of taxes, fees, permitting requirements, etc. remains unclear.” That uncertainty is also causing havoc for a group of business owners who are trying to form a community improvement district in the area. A CID is a self-taxing group of business and
Georgia Rep. Todd Jones introduces the panel at the recent town hall on the proposed second city of Sharon Springs. The event was held at South Forsyth High School with a packed crowd of supporters and opponents. commercial property owners who use the money to make local improvements. In February, the Forsyth Board of Commissioners reviewed the proposed boundary lines for Sharon Springs, then sent a resolution to the local state delegation requesting they modify the proposed city’s boundary by removing the lines encompassing the proposed CID from the map. The revised map came about after a series of studies on the viability of Sharon Springs failed to include the CID. The CID was left out initially, it’s presumed, because officials were worried it would create a situation where businesses are double taxed. Tony Peters, vice president of community development for the CummingForsyth County Chamber of Commerce,
said the chamber has been leading the process to create the CID, and the Sharon Springs initiative is affecting their efforts. There are 469 total commercial property owners in the proposed CID boundary. By law, a majority of the owners would be needed to approve formation of the CID. By the February meeting, they had 163 signed on. “The minute they get wind of this topic, it changes the trajectory of a potential discussion of them signing the document to be taxed for the CID knowing that they might someday be taxed for a city,” Peters said. He said many of the business owners felt like they’d have no voice if Sharon Springs were to become a reality. “When you draw that boundary
around those 469 owners of property, and then once the CID is formed and they elect a board of directors who represent them by property owners, they get to dictate how the dollars are spent in that bubble,” Peters said. But that changes when the taxes go into an additional bucket if the city borders fall within the CID boundaries, he said. Alison Sparrow with Convergent Media and Digital Ignition said she was blindsided by the proposed incorporation. “I’d heard about the city of Sharon Springs, but I thought it didn’t involve me, so I didn’t read anything about it or care until now,” she said. “Not being able to voice, vote or know about this is really being underrepresented. I am a little surprised by it.”
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Driverless shuttle latest addition to ‘Assembly’ project If you have been in Atlanta long enough, Doraville may not be what you think about when someone says progressive development. But if you’ve gone by there lately, you know something GEOFF SMITH big is happening. Assurance Financial, firstname.lastname@example.org For years, commuters on I-285’s north side have been forced to stare at a massive, lifeless shell that once produced cars for General Motors. City officials had entertained several ideas for that site. One was rumored to be the new Falcons’ stadium, which some said was spurned because they wanted a biotech campus. At the time, the idea of a biotech campus in Doraville to me really seemed laughable. I remember thinking that they would have been lucky to get that stadium. But here we are today, watching construction of Assembly. Assembly is the name of the project that will be what its developers are calling the largest transit-oriented development in Atlanta. The project will cost about $2 billion when completed. To understand the scale and size of this project, know that Avalon’s first phase in Alpharetta sold last year for $500 million. This project will take about five to eight years to build out and will include more than 10 million square feet of office towers, apartments, stores and restaurants. The project sits just west of MARTA’s Doraville station and already has a 60,000-square-foot film and television studio up and running. Renderings show mixed-use centers with walkable streets. The theme for the project has always been that it is a transit-oriented development. And the latest announcement keeps them in sync with that. The Integral
Assembly is the name of the project that will be what its developers are calling the largest transit-oriented development in Atlanta. The project will cost about $2 billion when completed. To understand the scale and size of this project, know that Avalon’s first phase in Alpharetta sold last year for $500 million. Group, which is developing the site, announced last week that it will implement an autonomous shuttle next year. The shuttle will hold about 12 people and follow a route from Assembly Yards to the Doraville MARTA station in 15-minute intervals. The announcement comes at a time when some experts and local officials are looking to autonomous vehicles as an alternative to rail expansion. The shuttles would still need space on the roads to operate, but would reduce operating costs to only gas and maintenance. If they are branded differently and attract new riders, they could reduce the number of cars on the road. The announcement from Integral also comes on the heels of a bill signed by Gov. Nathan Deal to add more counties to the oversight of MARTA. The bill opens the option of a new sales tax for counties like Gwinnett and Cobb that would dramatically help fund MARTA expansion. And expansion of its current system is so expensive, that bringing in that kind of funding would be critical. Costs to expand MARTA’s heavy rail system have been estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Because of that cost, officials are seeking other transit options. MARTA announced plans last week to build 21 miles of light
rail through downtown and southwest Atlanta. It also includes expansion of bus rapid transit systems throughout the area. The traffic we see is a sign of success, and as odd as it sounds, many cities in this country wish they had the problems we have in Atlanta. But that doesn’t make it any easier to drive through the city during rush-hour, nor is it an asset when we try to lure companies like Amazon to move here. While autonomous bus technology is being used in other cities around the world, the Assembly system would be the first here in Atlanta. And its ability to serve as a costeffective alternative to people driving in cars will be watched by many local officials. Geoff Smith is a mortgage banker with Assurance Financial focusing on residential home loans for refinances and home purchases. Geoff Smith email@example.com 770-674-1433 Personal: NMLS#104587 Business: NMLS#70876 *The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of Assurance Financial Group
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Saturday, May 26 Sunday, May 27 Monday, May 28 10 am – 5pm
Alpharetta Arts Streetfest What to Know Before You Go:
Join us for the annual, three-day event where 90 regional and national artisans showcase their whimsical and colorful artwork. The award-winning Streetfest features live music, hands-on children’s activities, Art in Action by All Fired Up, and tasty Street Eats.
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FARMERS MARKETS, FOOD TRUCKS: ALPHARETTA FOOD TRUCK ALLEY
SMART RECOVERY FAMILY AND FRIENDS
SMART Recovery Family and Friends uses science based tools to provide support for those who are affected by the addictive behavior of someone close to them. It is not a twelve step program. SMART uses techniques from modern psychology. Join Monday, May 21, 7-8 p.m. at DecisionPoint Wellness Center, 10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek. For more information, visit smartrecovery.org. Looking to get the word out about your event? Submit it to our online calendar at NorthFulton.com/ Calendar.
EVENTS: 5K SCRUB RUN AND COMMUNITY HEALTH FESTIVAL
What: Free health screenings will be available during the 5K and fun run. This family-friendly event will also include face painting for children, a bouncy house, free food, and music. When: Saturday, May 19, 8-11 a.m. Where: Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek More info: emoryhealthcare.org/ johnscreek
What: Touch a Truck allows citizens of all ages a first-hand look at the equipment used to provide necessary services to Roswell’s families. When: Saturday, May 19, 9:30 a.m.noon Where: Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill Street, Suite 115, Roswell More info: roswellgov.com
FAMILY MUSIC AND WELLNESS EXPO What: The annual expo will offer free services, demonstrations and screenings. Face painting, inflatables and other activities will be available along with a local artist showcase. When: Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell More info: roswellgov.com
ALIVE AT 25 DRIVER SAFETY COURSE
What: This course is a highly interactive four-hour program that teaches young, ages 15-24, drivers how to take control of situations by taking responsibility for their own driving behavior. When: Saturday, May 19, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Where: Milton Police Department, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Ste. 107F, Milton Cost: $35 registration fee More info and registration: cityofmiltonga.us
What: Alpharetta’s weekly gathering returns with rotating food trucks and music each week. Six to eight food trucks from the Atlanta area will come out to help kick off the weekend early. When: Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., through Oct. 11 Where: Old Roswell Street in Alpharetta’s historic district More info: awesomealpharetta.com
ALPHARETTA FARMERS MARKET
What: The Alpharetta Farmers Market features fruits, vegetables, natural meats, fresh flowers and herbs, and a variety of home goods. When: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., through October Where: Old Canton Street in downtown Alpharetta More info: alpharetta.ga.us
ROSWELL FARMERS & ARTISANS MARKET TOUCH-A-TRUCK JOHNS CREEK
What: The Johns Creek Veterans Association will hand out hot dogs and water and will accept donations during the presentations. When: Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.-noon Where: Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek More info: johnscreega.gov
What: Don’t miss the opening day of the Roswell Farmers & Artisans Market. Mix and mingle with friends, shop for fresh items and enjoy talking to the vendors. When: Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. – noon Where: Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St., Roswell More info: roswellfam.com
MUSIC, ARTS & THEATER:
FULTON GOLDEN GAMES
What: For over 20 years, the Fulton Golden Games has helped mature adults stay physically active, socially engaged, and competitive, thus improving their quality of life. When: Opening Ceremony Wednesday, April 25, 8 a.m-5 p.m.; events through May 25 Where: Bell Memorial Park, 15245 Bell Park Road, Milton More info: cityofmiltonga.us
ATLANTA BIRD FEST
What: The event will feature exclusive, bird-centered field trips, workshops and speakers for both casual and experienced nature and bird observers. When: April 14-May 20 Where: Multiple locations throughout the metro Atlanta area More info: atlantaaudubon.org/atlantabird-fest
GARDEN TOUR MONDAYS
What: Enjoy a free 30-minute tour of the gardens and historic plants on the grounds of Barrington Hall. When: Every Monday, through Sept. 24, 9:30 a.m. Where: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell More info: roswellgov.com
STEELY DAN + THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
What: The Doobie Brothers have been delivering roots-based, harmony-laden, guitar-driven rock and roll for over four decades. When: Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m. Where: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta More info: vzwamp.com
WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY AND ALISON KRAUSS
Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss will perform live together. When: Sunday, May 20, 7:30 p.m. Where: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta More info: vzwamp.com
SPOTLIGHT ART: ROSWELL PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
What: The society, with over 400 members, will participate in the annual Heritage Days, celebrating everyday life experiences in Roswell. When: April 2-May 31, all day Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell More info: roswellphotosociety.org
LIBRARY EVENTS: GIRLS WHO CODE
TOLBERT YILMAZ SCHOOL OF DANCE SPRING RECITALS
What: Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance will perform their annual Spring dance recitals. When: Friday, May 18, 7-8:30 p.m. Additional shows May 19 and 20 Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: Tickets are $15 More info: roswellballet.com
ALPHARETTA ART IN THE PARK
What: This monthly outdoor market through Sept. 22 features local artists creating handcrafted work including pottery, woodwork, metal work, jewelry, clothing and more. When: Saturday, May, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Main Street and Milton Avenue More info: awesomealpharetta.com
What: Girls Who Code is a national club created with one goal: to close the gender gap in technology. This club is open to girls in grades 6 through 12. When: Saturday, May 19, 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org or 404-613-6735
HEALTHY AND PORTABLE MASON JARS
What: Mason jars make portable, portion-control meals a cinch - some don’t even need a second of cooking. When: Saturday, May 19, noon-1 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info: afpls.org or 404-613-4050
SOCIAL SECURITY WORKSHOP
What: Learn when to start taking out Social Security, when to get the most money and more. When: Saturday, May 19, 1-3 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org or 404-613-4402
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What: Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes. Adults only. When: Saturday, May 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Where: Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org or 770-360-8897
What: Every class will include guided meditation. Group leaders cover different topics that include the details of the energy centers, subtle system and more. All levels welcome. When: Tuesday, May 23, noon-1 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info: afpls.org or 404-613-4050
INTRO TO FINDING GRANTS
What: Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course. When: Wednesday, May 23, 12:30-2 p.m. Where: Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell More info: afpls.org or 770-640-3075
What: This month’s foreign film is “Ushpizin,” (The Guests), an Israeli film from 2004. This film is rated PG. When: Thursday, May 24, 5:30-7:45 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org or 404-613-6735
FORSYTH COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER What: Pet adoptions When: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: The Forsyth County Animal Shelter, 4065 County Way, Forsyth County More info: 678-965-7185
FULTON COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES
What: Pet adoptions When: Every Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Where: PetSmart, 6370 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta Additional adoptions: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fulton County Animal Services, 860 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta More info: 404-613-4958
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Located at the north end of the Chattahoochee arm of Lake Lanier, Don Carter State Park Beach is an hour from Atlanta.
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A peach of a beach What’s the best beach in Georgia?” Well, that depends. What are you looking for? A great place to take the husband and kids? A spot that’s romantic, but maybe a little different? A reSTEVE HUDSON mote stretch of sand Get Outside Georgia, firstname.lastname@example.org far off the beaten track…or maybe a beach that’s much closer? The good news is that no matter why you’re bound for the beach, Georgia has the beach you’re looking for. I wish we had room to talk about them all. But rather than covering the entire beach catalog, let’s take a look at one way to scratch your beach itch. Close to home: The beach at Don Carter State Park Sometimes you get the beach urge, but don’t have the time or inclination to make a long road trip. When that’s the case, look no farther than one of Georgia’s nearby state parks. “Several of Georgia’s state parks offer lakeside beaches, which are a great way to cool off during summer without a longer trip to the coast,” said Kim Hatcher, public affairs coordinator for
the Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “Our beaches have roped-off swimming areas, so it’s easy to know where kids can swim. It’s also affordable since lake swimming is free and parking is only $5.” One such nearby beach getaway is waiting for you at Don Carter State Park, Georgia’s newest state park and the first state park on 38,000-acre Lake Lanier. Located at the far north end of the Chattahoochee arm of the lake, Don Carter is a great destination for anyone on Atlanta’s north side who loves the beach but doesn’t want to have to travel far to get there. It’s a perfect place to enjoy sun and sand without having to drive all the way to the coast. Like other state park beaches, this one features a roped-off swimming area with an adjacent bathhouse too. You’ll enjoy relaxing on the white sand and in the water (but note, there are no lifeguards, so keep a close eye on the kids). And when you are ready for a break from the sand, you can enjoy the park’s multi-use hiking and biking trail, which carries you through the neighboring hardwood forest…or bring your canoe or kayak (or rent a kayak or paddleboard seasonally) and explore one of several designated canoe routes
originating at the park. Don Carter State Park is a great place for a day away, but why stop there? The park offers a number of options for overnight stays, including two-bedroom hillside cabins near the water. You’ll also find two campgrounds – one developed specifically for RVs and another more primitive camping area for tents and hammocks. What if you’ve never camped before? That’s not a problem if you take advantage of Georgia State Park’s “First Time Camper” program, designed for folks who have never camped at one of Georgia’s state parks. You’ll be able to borrow gear (including a six-person tent, four sleeping pads, a camp stove with fuel, two camp chairs, one lantern and four roasting forks) and receive great advice as you get your campsite set up and ready to go. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags or blankets and your own pillows. Regular camping rates apply, as does the $5 ParkPass for the duration of your stay. As one first-time camper said recently, “I wish I’d found how much fun this is a long time ago!” Don Carter State Park is at 5000 North Browning Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30506, phone 678-450-7726. For lodging or camping reservations, call 800-864-7275.
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Treehouse’s Graduation Success program helps youth in foster care beat the odds with an 89 percent extended graduation rate. From left are Class of 2017 graduate Brianna and her Education Specialist, Taji Ellis. Based in middle schools and high schools, Graduation Success introduces consistent education focus into the students’ lives, often for the first time. Part coach, part parent and frequently part best friend, Education Specialists meet with their students weekly—year in and year out, even during the summer. The students take charge of their own futures by learning to set goals, make plans and advocate for themselves. Learn More Visit www.treehouseforkids.org for further facts, to make a donation, host a drive or volunteer.
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McGinnis Woods Country Day School is dedicated to inspiring students with the passion to excel through engaging hands-on, minds-on instruction. McGinnis Woods is a non-parochial school located in Alpharetta that offers a challenging curriculum for infants through 8th grade. McGinnis Woods Country Day School holds top accreditations, including GAC, SACS, and NAEYC and provides students with an exceptional learning environment. Small class sizes emphasizing individualized attention are a priority at McGinnis Woods. The rich core curriculum includes art, music, physical education, Spanish, health, computer education, and library instruction. Students learn through a variety of engaging teaching techniques and technologies with emphasis placed on differentiated groupings, STEM curriculum and unique projects which make each day memorable. Engaging guest speakers, monthly field trips, community service, and leadership opportunities round out the curriculum. Drama, Science Olympiad, Competitive Sports, and Robotics teams train year round. After school programs and Specialty Clubs are also available. Please visit www.mcginniswoods.org to learn more, or call 770-664-7764 to set up a private tour today. Experience the McGinnis Woods difference!
To celebrate 20 Years of Loving to Learn at Peachtree Park Prep there were several Alumni events including the 1st ANNUAL “I WAS A PREPPIE” national tee shirt Day. PPP Alumni, PREPPIES, are currently attending Westminster, Pace Academy, Lovett, Woodward, Weslyan, Kings Ridge, Greater Atlanta Christian and well over 90% of PPP Alumni tracked are in accelerated classrooms at Johns Creek, Northview, Alpharetta, and Norcross public high schools. PPP Alumni are currently attending or have earned degrees from Harvard, Clemson, Georgia Tech, UGA, Auburn, North Carolina, Duke, Lehigh, Emory, LSU, SCAD, and many more, with several PPP graduates currently working on their PhD and one PPP Alumni has obtained a degree at Yale Medical. Graduates from PPP are elite high school and college athletes, some of them already participating in the NFL and MLB, as well as a PPP graduate in training as a hopeful Olympic competitor. A recent PPP graduate has had photos published in a luxury Atlanta magazine and the PPP community is following a former graduate “super model” on the international stage, as well as a PPP Alumni appearing in a feature film due in theaters in 2018. The accomplishments and achievements tracked and recorded through 22 years of PPP Alumni are outstanding! The point being two-fold. The importance of early education and a solid foundation founded and fostered in “Loving to Learn” cannot be over-stated or under appreciated. Second, the importance of retaining a Fabulous Faculty with years of dedication and enthusiastic service to students’ early education shows in the students achieving the Love of Learning that will last them a life-time. These two
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concepts cannot be separated. Peachtree Park Prep has received many accolades through the years, but no award is more important and meaningful than hearing about the accomplishments of the students, past and present, and their parents attributing an important part of their success to the early foundation of Loving to Learn that they received at Peachtree Park Prep. Visit PPP website at peachtreeparkprep.com. Enjoy Parent comments at greatschools.org. Now accepting Kindergarten applications and fall enrollment for Infants ~ PREPPIES.
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Sowing the seeds of organic learning By JOHNS CREEK MONTESSORI SCHOOL OF GEORGIA Located near the intersection of 141 and McGinnis Ferry Road in Johns Creek, Johns Creek Montessori School of Georgia provides excellence in Montessori education for infants to six years old. JCMSOG provides an authentic Montessori environment, where each individual’s needs are respected and everyone works together for the good of the community. The focus is always on helping the children to develop themselves in a caring, peaceful environment. By helping children to develop independence, we assist them in their physical and emotional development. As their sense of security in their ability to care for themselves and their environment grows, their brains have more energy or “bandwidth” for increased academic learning. Additionally, this focus on development of muscular control is a first step in developing selfdiscipline. The multi-age groupings in our classroom allow for non-competitive, mutually beneficial relationships between children.
The younger children learn by observing the older children. The older children test their learning by repeating lessons for their younger friends. Our specially trained, Montessoricertified teachers act as “guides” to the extensive curriculum, planting a seed of wonder that grows into a desire for greater knowledge. This dynamic, structured environment nurtures a strong work ethic, love of learning, and a passion for discovery not found in other schools. Each of our vibrant classroom communities are outfitted with high quality Montessori materials designed to meet each child’s individual developmental needs, so that no matter a child’s learning style or pace, we have the right equipment on hand to give him exactly what he needs. Dr. Maria Montessori wrote: “Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities.” Help your child to reach their full potential. The JCMSOG Difference is best experienced in person. Please call 770814-8001to schedule a tour to observe our “Montessori Magic” or visit www. JCMSOG.org.
Sowing the Seeds of Organic Learning • Academic and all day, year round authentic Montessori program • Montessori certified teacher in every classroom • Community environment that fosters non-competitive and collaborative relationships • Scientifically designed, hands-on, multi-sensory learning materials
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New study finds families are highly satisfied with school choice programs.
What parents want (NAPSI)—As the current administration shines a spotlight on school choice, families around the country are opening their minds to new educational opportunities. Many states are inspired by Indiana’s tax-credit scholarships and school voucher program, which, a recent EdChoice and Hanover Research study discovered, are not only popular, but also increase parental involvement in their children’s education. Indiana is home to the nation’s largest, single statewide school voucher program. Vouchers give parents the freedom to choose a pri-
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The Cottage School The Cottage School (TCS) has provided a comprehensive program for 4th-12th grade students with learning differences for the past 33 years. TCS offers a unique program that focuses on small class sizes, a collaborative student-teacher environment and a work-based model that promotes self-advocacy and fosters self-confidence. TCS’ accredited college preparatory curriculum meets Georgia graduation standards and HOPE scholarship requirements. TCS students enjoy experiential classes and clubs including archery, drama, forensics, horticulture, and many others. The school’s 23-acre Roswell campus includes computer and science labs, a multipurpose athletic and performing arts facility, indoor and outdoor classrooms, and trails for
mountain biking and cross-country. TCS enables students of all abilities to participate in athletics, by offering year-round sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, cross-country, tennis and golf. In June and July, TCS offers an academic summer program. An extensive summer course offering makes it convenient for students to catch up on credits or get ahead. Classes for credit include English, Math, Science and Social Science. TCS has built a one-of-a-kind model perfect for students who learn differently. We offer 12-month rolling admissions for all grade levels. Please visit www.cottageschool.org for more information, or call 770-641-8688 for a private tour.
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Success in School … Success in Life Mill Springs Academy is an SACS/ SAIS accredited independent school community dedicated to the academic, physical, and social growth of those students who have not realized their full potential in the traditional setting. Since 1981 Mill Springs has been supporting student learning by raising expectations and developing self-motivation, while providing skills and values for life to students with ADHD and/or learning disabilities. Mill Springs offers a broad range of college preparatory options, along with fine arts and a competitive athletic program to foster interests or hidden talents. Small classes and an individualized curriculum help to capitalize on strengths while learning compensatory strategies. We offer an extended day program during the school year as well as summer school and camps in the summer months. Our 85-acre campus is nestled in the beautiful rolling hills and pasture land of Alpharetta. For more information, please visit our website at www.millsprings. org or call (770) 360-1336. Mill Springs participates in the GSNS/SB10 program. Mill Springs Academy 13660 New Providence Road Alpharetta, GA 30004
Success in School … Success in Life “If a student can’t learn the way we teach … we should teach the way a student can learn. “ Tweetie L. Moore, Founder
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If a student can’t learn the way we teach … we should teach the way a student can learn.” TWEETIE L. MOORE Founder
• Grades 1-12 Coed • Small Classes • Structured, Supportive Environment • College Preparatory • Laptop Program • Competitive Athletic Programs • Extended Day Program • Art, Band, Chorus, Drama • Summer School and Camp • AdvancED/SAIS Accredited • Participates in the GSNS/SB10 Program Mill Springs Academy maintains a non-discriminatory admissions policy in regard to race, creed, color, sex, religion, national or ethnic origin.
vate school for their children using all or part of the public funding set aside for their children’s education. Key Findings Here’s what the survey found: • The vast majority of parents are somewhat or completely satisfied with the state’s voucher and tax-credit scholarship programs. • Sixty-one percent say they communicate with teachers and participate in school activities more and 55 percent say they volunteer or perform community service more. • Parents value the opportunity to choose a school they believe is a better fit for their child. Parents also value the freedom to choose a school outside their neighborhood. • Private school parents are significantly more likely than district school parents to report satisfaction with their children’s current schools. • Of the students who have left school choice programs, most have done so because they graduated or program restrictions rendered them ineligible. Few if any leave because they’re unhappy with the program or their schools. • More than a third of parents who
never had a child in the programs were unaware of them. • Most parents whose kids are not participating in the programs would if they qualified or if the award amount fully covered tuition and expenses. • On average, three-fifths of parents using the programs found it somewhat or very easy to find their children’s current schools. Many parents and educators believe all families deserve the opportunity to choose the best educational fit for their children, regardless of their income or zip code. That’s the idea behind EdChoice, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to advancing full and unencumbered educational choice as the best pathway to successful lives and a stronger society. “Indiana is a national leader when it comes to the way our programs operate and the number of students we’re able to serve, but we’ve still got work to do making sure families know these programs are available to help their students,” said Robert Enlow, the group’s president and CEO. “Parents want options, and we need to do a better job letting them know those options are out there.” Learn More For more information on school choice, visit www.edchoice.org. To see the entire report, go to www.edchoice. org/WhyINParentsChoose.
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Local banks succeed as their customers succeed Local banks succeed by enabling their customers to succeed. American Commerce Bank in Johns Creek notched another recent success by providing customized, long-term financing for a commercial investor. Carlos Laverde, ACB’s Atlanta market president, was pleased to work with Hwan Chung, principal of JHN Properties and commercial real estate broker Kevin Ahn to provide financing for JHN’s first investment acquisition. Chung, a Georgia Tech engineer, was eager to acquire and finance a commercial office property in order to diversify his investment holdings, but he couldn’t find what he needed at larger banks. “He told me that he had approached several of the biggest banks in Atlanta”, said Laverde, “but he couldn’t get any traction. Hwan was seeking a local decision-maker who understood the Duluth market and his particular investment needs. By the time Hwan contacted me, he was a little frustrated, but still eager to find a banking partner”. ACB evaluated the building and found it to be a great opportunity. Hwan was most interested in
long-term financing, and we were able to provide him with a 25-year amortizing loan. Long-term financing is hard to come by these days, but we were able to come to terms. It was a successful transaction all around”. American Commerce Bank offers commercial and personal banking services across the North Fulton communities. The bank offers customized lending solutions and SBA loan programs as well as highly convenient on-line banking and treasury management services. The bank’s experienced staff pride themselves in knowing their customers by name and in meeting the needs of businesses and their employees. By catering lending and deposit services to the specific needs of business and consumer borrowers, ACB provides industryleading lending solutions to support the growth and success of the communities it serves. For more information about American Commerce Bank, stop by their branch located at 10690 Medlock Bridge Road, or visit www.AmericanCommerceBank.com
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Raiders advance to baseball semifinals Montiel powers Alpharetta in series over Greenbrier By JOE PARKER email@example.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta punched its ticket to the Class 6A semifinals Thursday night with a dominant, 12-4 win over Greenbrier in the decisive Game 3 of their third-round matchup. After dropping Game 1 by a score of 10-3, the Raiders exploded for 28 runs in the second and third game of the series to advance. “Right now, I’m just feeling total elation,” head coach Marc Lassiat said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had the chance to go to the final four either as a player or coach, and to be back in amazing.” Though the series came to an end with Lassiat’s players dumping a cooler full of ice water over his head in celebration, the Raiders’ fortunes looked bleak in Game 1. Alpharetta never quite looked settled in the series opener, allowing Greenbrier to take an early lead on their way to a 10-3 win. “They shocked us,” Lassiat said. “But I knew we would bounce back. I just didn’t know we’d bounce back so strong.” Just 30 minutes after taking a lopsided loss in Game 1, the Raiders were visibly looser entering the second game of the doubleheader and quickly turned the tables for a dominant 16-0 win in five innings. While Raiders’ starter Charlie Goldstein, who pitched a complete game, limited Greenbrier to just two hits with 10 strikeouts, the Raiders were led offensively by their leadoff man, senior Santiago Montiel. Montiel hit a grand slam over the left-center wall in the top of the second inning in Game 2 and sent the Alpharetta dugout into a fever pitch which remained throughout the contest. For Montiel, it was the first four of his incredible 11-RBI performance in the series. Montiel went 6-11 during the series where he hit three home runs and a triple. His home runs earned him Alpharetta records for most in a season and most in a career. “I’m overwhelmingly excited for [Montiel] and the week he’s had,” Lassiat said. “We’re just so happy for him.” In Thursday’s Game 3, the Raiders got off to an inauspicious start, but once again they wound up with a lopsided win. Greenbrier scored three runs in the bottom of the first off starter Cole Hamel, who hit two batters and surrendered a single and double. However, Hamel was in control for the remainder of the contest and threw a complete game. He allowed four earned runs off five hits with five strikeouts. “Hamel has been battling injuries all year, and he
Cole Hamel pitched a complete game in the decisive Game 3 against Greenbrier. Hamel allowed four earned runs off five hits with five strikeouts.
just keeps battling back,” Lassiat said. “We were close to taking him out early in the game. For him to push through and keep going, I think it shows the perseverance our kids have and what our coaches have instilled in those guys.” And less than 24 hours after lighting up Greenbrier for 16 runs, Alpharetta’s offense continued to put on a showcase led by Montiel. The shortstop homered twice and added a triple for five RBIs. Drew Beiger was 3-5 with a double and an RBI and Noah Mendlinger was 2-4 with a double and walk. Ben Browning, Justin Kirby and Jack Barone all batted in runs. Eight of the Raiders’ starters earned a hit. The Raiders took a 5-4 lead with four runs in the fourth inning and added six over the final three frames. “Once the tide started to turn for them, you could feel the energy build as the game went on,” Lassiat said.
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The road to Harmony ‘Miraculous’ adoption completes family for Alpharetta couple By CANDY WAYLOCK firstname.lastname@example.org NORTH FULTOn, Ga. - While most couples approach the “empty nest” phase as a time to focus on themselves, some decide to go back to square one -and see where life takes them. Marcia and Michael Fullwood of Alpharetta were successfully transitioning their four children to adulthood, when a beautiful baby girl, with a name to match, came into their world four years ago. Since formally adopting Harmony in 2014, the Fullwoods have found themselves right back where they started nearly three decades ago. “Well, I will just start this with — our sons are 30, our daughters are almost 27, and here we are, raising a 5-year old. Have our lives changed? You bet,” said Marcia of her whirlwind life. She and Michael loved being parents. After marrying in 2007 and blending their household of two boys and two girls, the couple seriously considered having another child. “We tried for a couple of years to have one of our own … [then] had an adoption ‘epiphany’ early in 2012,” said Marcia. Enter Harmony, who came into their lives in what she can only describe as a “miraculous way.” The Fullwoods had been approved by the Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services as part of
the “Foster to Adopt” program, which places children in foster care while the department works with the birth parents to regain custody. “The fact we were older than the average new parents Harmony, 4 1/2 years wasn’t a deterold. rent to us,” said Marcia, who was born in England and grew up in Jamaica. “We recognized the need for adoptive parents was great, and we knew we both had the heart to share our love with a child in need.” After months of waiting, the Fullwoods got a call that a baby girl was available to foster, and she could possibly be with them by Christmas morning. Harmony was 8 months old at the time and had been with her foster parents, Christina and Ray Appen, since she was only 3 weeks old. “Her foster mom made the unselfish and amazing decision to have Harmony move to a family likely to adopt her, and to do it in time to spend her first Christmas with her [new] family,” said Marcia. The Fullwoods met Harmony and the Appens at their home that same day. After a quick few days of communication, the Fullwoods met Harmony and the Appens at their church on Christmas Eve, where Harmony was already scheduled to play baby Jesus in the church Nativity scene. “We immediately fell in love with the little lady,” said Marcia. “We brought
Adoption day. Michael holding Harmony, Marcia, Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford, Jr.
On a family outing. Michael and Marcia in back. Front L to R - MJ, Harmony, Serena, Brittany, and Dane. her home, and began to recognize her as part of our family from that wonderful Christmas Eve.” Christina Appen said it was more than fate that brought together the new family at such a meaningful time. “It is nearly impossible to think God wasn't involved,” said Christina, who with her husband Ray, has fostered many children over the years. “It was so obvious that Michael and Marcia were the right parents for her.” At home, Harmony joined her four siblings in the close Fullwood family. Marcia and Michael met years ago when their boys were classmates and friends at Taylor Road Middle School. Their girls were also the same age and soon became best friends. “We credit the girls with the ‘parent trap’ hookup,” said Marcia, who has lived in Alpharetta since 2002. During that first year, the Fullwoods held their collective breaths as efforts were made by DFCS to complete the adoption process. In November 2014, the Fullwoods finalized Harmony’s adoption in a ceremony that crowded so many friends and family members into the judge’s chambers that a larger room was needed. “The judge loved what he saw – the community of people determined to help us raise our little girl,” said Marcia. Looking back over their three-year adoption process, Marcia said every moment was worth it. Though they endured heartbreaks, including potential adoptions that fell through, red tape and lots of waiting, all roads led to Harmony. In the past four years, big changes have occurred in the Fullwood home, not the least of which is learning how to
operate “newfangled car seats and baby strollers,” said Marcia. “Michael and I both had to learn about baby equipment a generation after we’d originally used them,” she said. “Technology has helped a lot [with parenting], but thankfully, nothing will ever replace good old snuggling, reading books together, tucking in at night, and ‘I Spy’ games on the trip to school.” Socially, the Fullwoods gravitate between empty-nester friends, family and new acquaintances who have children Harmony’s age. An accountant by profession, Marcia’s career also took a new direction after Harmony’s adoption. It started with a cake “bake off” contest at work five years ago, triggering a creative spark, and which led to a new passion. In 2016, she retired after 35 years in accounting and became a full-time mom and hobby baker. Last November, she traveled to England to enter the world’s largest cake decorating competition and emerged with a certificate of merit. “I truly feel I’ve achieved the perfect situation for me ... [full-time wife and mother] and something for me — exploring my newfound creativity,” said Marcia. For other parents considering adoption, Marcia urges them to follow their hearts. “Friends often remark about how difficult it must be raising a little one at my age...and it is not without challenges,” Marcia said. “But the rewards far outweigh the inconveniences. Harmony has brought immeasurable joy to our family. Opt to share your heart with a deserving child. The payback is life- and heart-changing.”
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National Charity League chapter hosts awards event ROSWELL, Ga. — On April 29, the Gardenia Chapter of the National Charity League hosted its annual Mother/ Daughter Tea and Awards event at Venue 92. Over 200 local mothers and their daughters in attended the event, which included a full tea and an awards
ceremony honoring over 40 girls for their outstanding achievements over the past year with the chapter. NCL Gardenia’s membership includes over 250 moms and daughters serving 15 philanthropies in the Roswell and East Cobb communities. CREDIT
CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, June 7, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, July 9, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. CLUP-18-03/Z-18-03/V-18-07 King’s Ridge Christian School Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 2.03 acres from AG (Agriculture) to SU (Special Use) in order to incorporate the property into the King’s Ridge Christian School campus and develop the property with a soccer field. A Comprehensive Land Use Plan amendment is requested to change the designation of the property from ‘Very Low Density Residential’ to ‘Public, Institutional, Education’. A variance is requested to reduce tree recompense. The property is located at 13695 Cogburn Road and is legally described as being located in Land Lot 896, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. MP-18-05/Z-18-04 Lux Atlanta/Northwinds Master Plan Consideration of a request to amend the Northwinds Master Plan to allow ‘Athletic Facilities/Fitness Studio’ and free-standing ‘Retail Establishment’ and ‘Restaurant’ as permitted uses in Pod A, to add approximately 1 acre of land to the Northwinds Master Plan and to amend developments standards in Pod A. A rezoning is requested for approximately 1 acre from O-P (Office-Professional) to O-I (Office-Institutional). The property is located at the west corner of Northwinds Parkway and Kimball Bridge Road and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 805 and 806, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. MP-18-04 North Point Mall/Office Use Consideration of a request to amend the North Point Mall Master Plan to allow for the conversion of approximately 27,000 square feet of in-line retail space to professional office use within North Point Mall. The property is located at 1000 North Point Circle and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 700, 701, 742 & 743, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.
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Roswell hosts free Family Health and Wellness Expo ROSWELL, Ga. — Learn more about healthy living in your community by attending the free Family Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The expo will be held at Riverside Park at 575 Riverside Road. Hosted by the Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department, this expo features a variety of health professionals from around the community offering free screening for hearing, vision, bone density, nutrition and more.
Vendors include Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, WellStar North Fulton Hospital, Sprouts Market, Barre Alley and the WNBA Atlanta Dream. Fitness instructors will also be onsite to demonstrate programs such as Yoga and Zumba. Inflatables, face painting and other activities will be on hand for children. Concessions will be available on site. For more information about this event, or to become a vendor, contact Health and Wellness Supervisor Nicci Williams at 770-594-6406.
CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following item will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, May 10, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, May 21, 2018 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. CLUP-18-02/MP-18-03/Z-18-03/V-18-03 KB400/1699 Land Company Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 12.4 acres from O-I (Office-Institutional) to R-8A/D (Dwelling, ‘For-Sale’, Attached/Detached Residential) to allow for the construction of 62 ‘For-Sale’ single-family detached homes in a gated community. An amendment is requested to the KB400 Master Plan Pod A to add ‘Dwelling, ‘For-Sale’, Detached’ to the list of permitted uses. A Comprehensive Land Use Plan amendment is requested to change the designation of the property from ‘Corporate Office’ to ‘High Density Residential’. Variances are requested to reduce minimum lot widths and building setbacks. The property is located at the southwest corner of Kimball Bridge Road and North Point Parkway and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 807, 808, 849 & 850, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia.
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Roswell student accepts appointment to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy ROSWELL, Ga. — The United States Coast Guard Academy recently announced that Kent Donaldson from Roswell has been recognized for superior academic achievement and leadership potential. Donaldson, who attends Roswell High School, has accepted an appointment to attend the Coast Guard Academy and will be sworn in as a member of the Class of 2022 on July 2. He will be playing football at the Coast Guard Academy. Admission to the Coast Guard Academy is highly competitive and fewer than 300 appointments are offered annually from a pool of over 2,500 applications. Donaldson is the son of Steve and Kim Donaldson of Roswell.
CITY OF ALPHARETTA PUBLIC NOTICE PH-18-AB-48 PLACE City Hall Two Park Plaza Council Chambers May 24, 2018 2:00 P.M. PURPOSE Consumption on Premises Beer & Wine, Sunday Sales APPLICANT Ram Ruay LLC/M Thai Street Food d/b/a M Thai Street Food 875 North Main St. Alpharetta, GA 30009 Owner Sripapa Oyanontaruk Registered Agent Sripapa Oyanontaruk
ITB 18-003 The City of Alpharetta is accepting bids for SR 400 RAMP AT WINDWARD PARKWAY PHASE 2 including, but not limited to, furnishing of all materials, labor, and equipment to convert a portion of the flex lane at SR400/US19 into an auxiliary lane in addition to adding a 14’ wide shoulder. The SR400/US19 northbound off ramp to Windward Parkway will be widened to provide three left turn lanes with shoulders. On Windward Parkway, westbound, an additional lane will be constructed to provide three 11-foot travel lanes with a 4-foot bicycle lane from the SR 400 northbound off ramp to Westside/Deerfield Parkway. In addition, a second left turn lane from westbound Windward to Westside Parkway will be added. Traffic signal work will be required at the intersections of Windward Parkway and SR400/US19 as well as Westside/Deerfield. The project length along Windward Parkway is 0.63 miles. The contractor shall complete all work by 540 calendar days from Notice to Proceed. All construction shall conform to the State of Georgia Standard Specifications for the Construction of Transportation Systems, 2013 Edition, GDOT Supplemental Specifications Book, 2016 Edition and all applicable Special Provisions apply to this project. Only contractors that have been pre-qualified with the Georgia Department of Transportation to perform this class of work shall be allowed to submit bids. Please submit your Georgia Department of Transportation qualification specification letter with the package. The Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for this project is 15%. The Bidder qualifications are as follows: • Bidders submitting bids over $2,000,000 shall be prequalified with the GDOT. • Bidders submitting bids $2,000,000 or less shall be prequalified or registered subcontractors with the GDOT The City of Alpharetta in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d—42 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, part 21, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, sex, or national origin in consideration for an award. A bid bond in the amount of 5% of contract price required for all Public Works Projects A performance bond of 100% of the contract price and Payment bond of 110% will be required for this project. The Project Manual will be available online Thursday, May 3, 2018, at our bid posting website, https://www. ebidexchange.com/alpharetta. Interested parties are required to log in to review the ITB documents. Georgia Standard Specifications for the Construction of Transportation Systems, 2013 Edition, are available from the Georgia Department of Transportation website, http://www.dot.ga.gov/doingbusiness/thesource/Pages/home.aspx. A Pre-Bid Conference – Optional Attendance, will be held Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 9:00 AM at City of Alpharetta, City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009. Participation in the conference is optional. However, it is advisable that all interested parties participate. The bid opening will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the City of Alpharetta, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, GA 30009. For information, please contact Debora Westbrook at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department at 678-297-6052 or via email at email@example.com.
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Blessed Trinity charges back to down Columbus, advance Titans plate five runners late in Game 3 By JOE PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org MILTON, Ga. — Blessed Trinity advanced to the semifinals Thursday night with a 7-3 win over Columbus in the decisive Game 3 of their series. The Titans scored five runs in the fifth inning for the Game 3 win. It was the second-straight year the Titans have ended the Blue Devils’ season. Trailing 3-2 in the bottom of the fifth, the Titans loaded the bases on two Columbus errors and a walk. Griffin McClure, who had three total RBIs in the game, batted in two runners with a single to give the Titans a one run lead. Mickey Skole then earned two RBIs with a double to center field. Josh Voss singled to complete the five-run inning. Jake Smith, pitching in relief for DJ Radtke, did not allow a hit over the final two innings to secure BT’s advancement to the semifinals. Smith pitched three innings, allowing one hit with three strikeouts. Radtke gave up three earned runs off three hits. The Titans opened Game 3 with two runs in the first inning off singles from McClure and Steele Chambers. Columbus’ only runs came on a three-run home run in the top of the fourth. BT and Columbus went to three games after splitting their Wednesday doubleheader. The Titans were in control from the
start in Game 1, opening a 3-0 lead after two frames. They doubled their lead in the fourth with a basesloaded CJ Abrams walk and two sacrifice flies from Ryan Davis and Chambers. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Clark Dearman held the Blue Devils to just two hits over six innings. Russell Dorvee closed out the game. Blessed Trinity’s Sebastian Szot and Columbus’ Jonathan Brand were locked in a pitching duel in Game 2 where Columbus prevailed, 2-1 in extra innings. Szot went six innings, allowing just four hits with six strikeouts. The Blue Devils’ only run came in the bottom of the fourth on a home run. Brand held BT to just three hits over eight innings. Like Columbus, BT’s only score in regulation came from a home run. Voss hit his home run in the top of the third. In the bottom of the eight, Columbus’ leadoff man doubled against reliever Eric Moore. Smith replaced Moore with one out, but an error on a Columbus bunt loaded the bases. After a fielder’s choice resulted in a force out at home, Columbus secured the walkoff win with a sacrifice fly. Blessed Trinity hosts Jefferson, the Region 1 champions, in the semifinals. BT will be seeking its fifth consecutive berth in the state championship series.
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Burn ban in effect
MILTON, Ga. — The state burn ban is currently in effect for Milton, and Fire Marshall Matt Marietta is reminding residents to adhere to the regulations for outdoor burning. The ban, issued by the state Environmental Protection Division, covers Milton and all of Fulton County until Sept. 30. “Violations of this ban will result not only in a fire department response to put the fire out, but also may include state or local penalties,” said Marietta. “We ask you to please help us keep the community, and our lungs, safe during this time period by adhering to the burn ban rules.” Burning of leaves, tree limbs, yard waste or vegetative waste from land clearing is prohibited. Any other burning of natural vegetation is also banned. Additionally, burning in non-agri-
Blotter: Continued from Page 2 ported April 30 that she had lost almost $2,500 after she had attempted to adopt a dog listed on Craigslist. The woman said that she was on Craigslist on April 28, where she saw a Yorkie dog that someone was trying to rehome. She sent an email asking about the dog and received a response that the dog could be obtained for free. That’s where the trouble began. The emailer asked the woman to send $320 to a person in Pennsylvania to cover the shipping of the dog. She did so, and received a second email asking her to send $870 to a different person in Pennsylvania for a heat box to help regulate the dog’s temperature during shipment. The woman went to Walmart to wire the money. A third email was sent the next day asking for $1,220 to be sent to yet another individual in Pennsylvania to insure the dog. Once again, the woman went to Walmart to wire the money. She received a phone call from a man saying that the dog was on the way, and she would receive another call once the dog landed at the airport. She never received a second call. Suspecting a scam, the woman became suspicious of the transactions and called police.
Man allegedly steals $900 of perfume ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta police responded May 1 to the Ulta on North Point Parkway after an employee reported that a man had stolen several bottles of perfume.
cultural areas of the city or the burning of treated wood, garbage, construction debris, and other non-vegetative items is always prohibited, regardless of the burn ban. Outdoor fireplaces and other types of fire pits are allowed if constructed and located properly. If you have questions, contact the Milton Fire Department at 678-242-2541 or at fire.marshal@ cityofmiltonga.us. The employee said that a few minutes before 11 a.m., the suspect arrived and asked about picking a fragrance as a gift for someone. He then walked through the fragrance aisle, allegedly placing six bottles of Chanel and three bottles of Jimmy Choo fragrances into his bag. The man then left the store without paying, the employee said. The man was last seen running toward the Hyatt Place Hotel and entering a white Honda. The employee provided police with several photos of the suspect and the car along with security footage of the incident. The suspect was described as a white man wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans and with brown/red hair.
Woman loses $200 to telephone scam ROSWELL, Ga. — A woman reported May 2 that she lost $200 in a phone scam that she thought was legitimate. The woman said that she had been receiving “strange” phone calls from the Federal Reserve Bank. Because the callers knew the woman’s name and date of birth, she said she thought they were legitimate. The caller told the woman that she could receive a $9,000 grant if she made a $200 refundable deposit. They then gave the woman a code and advised her to call their boss for more information. The woman was instructed to buy $200 worth of Google cards at Walmart and provide the caller with the numbers. She did so, hoping to use the $9,000 for college. Later, however, the woman said she realized it was a scam and wanted to report it.
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DEATH NOTICES Angelica Bailey, 44, of Milton, passed away May 6, 2018. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors. Elaine E. Jones, 76, of Cumming, passed away May 4, 2018. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.
Jane Murphy, 81, of Milton, passed away May 7, 2018. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors. Raymond C. Paynter passed away May 3, 2018. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Nancy Hughes Sitton, 69, of Cumming, passed away May 7, 2018. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.
Alpharetta Presbyterian Dayschool is looking for a 4 day teacher for 4 year olds. Teaching experience with four year olds is a must and an early childhood teaching degree is preferred. If you are interested in this part day position, please submit your resume to email@example.com
The Drake House is a non-profit agency serving homeless single mothers and their children through housing and empowerment programs. The Roswell-based organization is vibrant and growing, offering a full-time position as Director Finance and Administration. The duties include management of all finance, accounting and reporting activities, as well as management of the HR and IT duties. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a mature leader with seven to ten years of accounting and finance experience. Minimum of BSBA in Accounting, MBA or CPA preferred. Full time with benefits. Please send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org North Fulton Community Charities
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Donation Door Supervisor: Supervise Thrift Shop donation intake and back door volunteers. Requires heavy lifting. NFCC is a locally supported nonprofit organization serving the community of North Fulton. NFCC does require a background check, drug screen and e-Verify. Job description and application available at 11270 Elkins Road, Roswell 30076 or submit resume to Tina Adams email@example.com.
Facilities Technician $16.92/hr (negot w/exp), full benefits. Primarily technical responsible for the maintenance, repair, alteration and construction, supervision of City buildings, facilities & fixtures incl electrical, HVAC & plumbing. Also supervises in-house custodial services, & coordinates/oversees contracted ser vice providers. Details w w w.suwanee.com. Application/resume: City of Suwanee HR, 330 Town Center Ave, Suwanee, GA 30024 or Fax 678-546-2120. E/O/E; DFW
Alpharetta Presbyterian Dayschool is looking for a 4 day teacher for 4 year olds. Teaching experience with four year olds is a must and an early childhood teaching degree is preferred. If you are interested in this part day position, please submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY Proposed Flood Hazard Determinations for Fulton County, Georgia and Incorporated Areas
Biggest sale everhousewares, clothes, toys, antiques, furnituredownsizing. Sat. May 19th 8:00-4:00 5390 Skidaway Drive, Johns Creek Moving! Garage Sale Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19th. 8am-12pm each day. 7080 Sweet Creek Rd, Sugar Mill Subdivision. ALPHARETTA-30005 Windward: HUGE! Linkside and Landings neighborhoods. (at Douglas Road and Newport Bay Passage) Saturday 5/19, 8am-2pm
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The Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), and where applicable, Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report, reflecting proposed flood hazard determinations within Fulton County, Georgia and Incorporated Areas. These flood hazard determinations may include the addition or modification of Base Flood Elevations, base flood depths, Special Flood Hazard Area boundaries or zone designations, or the regulatory floodway. Technical information or comments are solicited on the proposed flood hazard determinations shown on the preliminary FIRM and/or FIS report for Fulton County, Georgia and Incorporated Areas. These flood hazard determinations are the basis for the floodplain management measures that your community is required to either adopt or show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. However, before these determinations are effective for floodplain management purposes, you will be provided an opportunity to appeal the proposed information. For information on the statutory 90-day period provided for appeals, as well as a complete listing of the communities affected and the locations where copies of the FIRM are available for review, please visit FEMA’s website at www.fema.gov/plan/prevent/fhm/bfe, or call the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) toll free at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627).
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Office(s) for lease on North Main Street (Alpharetta Highway) near downtown Alpharetta. Great visibility and convenient location to downtown Alpharetta and Windward Pkwy. Two adjacent spaces totaling approximately 1,000 square feet. $2,000 a month for both spaces or $1500 a month for the larger space and $1200 a month for the smaller space. Ready to move In mid May or June 1. Turn key ready to go! Easy, Even some furniture included. Low cost of entry. If you are looking for a great location and tired of working out of your home, this space is for you. Everything included, cleaning, trash pick up, utilities. Private entrance is available and Use of building conference room. Great space for professional services, or any local company needing convenient, affordable, space. Call Christina at 770-527-8178. This will go fast. Available in late May or June.
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ARLINGTON-SANDY SPRINGS 2 lots Pine Hill Section. $6000/both (1/3 current price!) 770-364-8208 Greenlawn/Roswell 2 lots. Crucifiction Section, 75-D, lots 3 & 4. $7500 each. 404-379-0220 or email@example.com GREENLAWN ROSWELL Beautiful, soughtafter location next to lake with fountain. Adjacent to marble/ stone bench. Shady, wooded hill above lake. Natural space for quiet meditation. For one casket or multiple urns. Please visit “Virtual Tour” feature, Greenlawn Cemetery website; choose “THE LAKE Location”. Lot 2-B, Space 4. $5200. Motivated! 828-891-2446; gilld@ earthlink.net
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