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City moves forward on roundabout Buys land at B'ham Hwy, Providence Rd By JONATHAN COPSEY


Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle, right, on Oct. 9 wore a Milton T-shirt to perform cafeteria duty at Milton High School after Alpharetta High lost to MHS. With him is Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood.


Alpharetta mayor gets cafeteria duty Serves to Milton kids By JONATHAN COPSEY MILTON, Ga. – Losing a bet is always bad – more so when you’re the mayor of Alpharetta. For the second year in a row, Milton’s Mayor Joe Lockwood and Alpharetta’s Mayor David Belle Isle have wagered on the outcome of the Milton High and Alpharetta High football game. The two teams played each other Aug. 30, when Milton beat Alpharetta in overtime. Just like last year, the loser – Belle Isle again – had to serve lunch at the winner’s school. Always a good sport, Belle Isle donned an apron and plastic gloves Oct. 9 and got to work dishing out vittles to MHS kids while Lockwood happily cheered him on, all in good fun. “When you look at the Milton and Alpharetta game, everyone is a big community,” said MHS Principal Cliff Jones.

MILTON, Ga. — At their Oct. 7 meeting, Milton Council approved $125,000 for the expansion of the intersection of Birmingham Highway and Providence Road. The city reached a settlement for the condemnation of 0.430 acres of right of way and 0.296 acres of permanent construction and maintenance easement and 0.019 acres of temporary construction easement from New Providence LLC, in the amount of $125,000. On Feb. 8, the city declared its intent to take the plot of land for the intersection project. Judgment was entered in the amount of $125,000 as just and adequate compensation in this case. The intersection is currently a dangerous one, being without a traffic signal and only a stop sign on Providence Road. There is also a hill on Birmingham Highway, reducing sight of oncoming traffic. The improvements will

include realigning the roads and putting in a roundabout. Also at the meeting, councilmembers unanimously approved an ordinance for the New Cingular Wireless, PCS cell tower located at 13700 Ga. 9, just south of Bethany Bend. The approval included an increase of 10 feet in tower height, thus making the tower reach 185 feet, and a two-part variance consisting of reducing the tower setback from 26 and 20 feet for the eastern and northern property lines, respectively, and a reduction in the required landscape strip from 20 feet to 10 feet. The existing facility – a self-storage business with a tower – currently supports four wireless carriers: Sprint, Clearwire, MetroPCS and T-Mobile. SBA Communications owns and manages the facility. AT&T has leased a portion of the site from SBA for the colocation of antennas on the tower structure and the location of accessory ground equipment.

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MILTON, Ga. – A Chief Vann Drive woman was arrested in Milton Oct. 5 for allegedly driving drunk with three young children in the car at 11 a.m. on a Saturday morning. Police say they saw a blue Hyundai Tucson driving on Ga. 9 near Bethany Bend. It was swerving dramatically, nearly driving on the grass at one

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Man conned in immigration hoax MILTON, Ga. – A Marrywood Drive man was the victim of fraud Oct. 1 after he gave money to a man he thought was a government official.


Gainesville was arrested Sept. 25 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane and improper U-turn. ►► Juan Ibarro Torrijo, 38, of North Main Street, Alpharetta, was arrested Sept. 23 on Ga. 9 in Milton for DUI, open container, expired license, following too closely and hit and run. ►► Scott M. Pranger, 50, of Stirling Glen Court, Milton, was arrested Sept. 26 on Cogburn Road in Milton for DUI, open container and speeding. ►► Rickey D. Hammett, 38, of Owens Oak Circle, Alpharetta, was arrested Sept. 27 on Crabapple Road in Milton for DUI. ►► Russell Allan Latona, 60, of Canton was arrested Sept. 28 on Dorris Road in Milton for DUI and speeding. ►► Gavriel Cohen, 43, of Spring Ridge Court, Roswell, was arrested Sept. 28 on The victim said he was called at nearly 11 a.m. from a number that turned up as “911” on caller ID. The man on the other end claimed to be an “Agent Wilson” with immigration. He said the victim would be deported for not having his immigration paperwork. The victim told the agent his immigration status was being handled by his employer. The agent told the victim he needed to pay nearly $5,000 or be deported. The victim only had $2,800 and was told he could pay that

thing the driver was saying to me,” noted the officer. He also reported Tucker had difficulty keeping her eyes open. Tucker allegedly failed the sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. In the back seat of her car were three young children, two of which were not hers. All three children were turned

over to adults. When searching the vehicle, police allegedly found an open bottle of Smirnov vodka with a receipt dated for 10:10 a.m. that morning. Tucker was charged with DUI, endangering the life of children, driving with an open container of alcohol and failure to maintain lane.

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of Lake Drive, Roswell, was arrested Sept. 24 on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana. ►► Ebony Sade Works, 27, of Hampton was arrested Sept. 24 on Webb Bridge Road in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, speeding, reckless driving, too fast for conditions and window tint violation. ►► Daniel Antonio Parsons, 22, of Lithia Springs was arrested Sept. 23 on Highway 9 in Milton for possession of marijuana, possession of drugrelated items and seatbelt requirements. ►► Sean Marcus Speller, 23, of Whitestone Place, Alpharetta, was arrested Sept. 26 on Cogburn Road in Milton for possession of marijuana, speeding and tire requirements. ►► Ricki Shaquille Mathis, 19, of Ashley Court, Alpharetta, was arrested Sept. 29 on Morris Road in Milton for possession of marijuana.

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of Harris Commons Place, Alpharetta, was arrested Sept. 22 on Wills Road in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana. ►► Diana C. Orrego-Jimenez, 19, of Cogburn Ridge Way, Alpharetta, was arrested Sept. 23 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related items. ►► Kent Robert Chambers, 19, of Bircham Way, Roswell, was arrested Sept. 24 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana. ►► Flavio Santos Santana, 29, of Morris Road, Milton, was arrested Sept. 24 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana. ►► Jevertis Armond Smith, 18, immediately by putting the money on “Green Dot” prepaid cards. He gave the agent the cards’ numbers over the phone. The agent was a scam and the money on the cards was used immediately.

Handgun taken from car MILTON, Ga. – Someone stole a White Columns Drive resident’s pistol Oct. 1. The victim told police he

noticed the Glock 19.9 mm pistol missing that morning. Someone had entered his sport utility vehicle sometime over the night and taken the pistol that was clipped to the console along with a 14-round magazine. Nothing else was taken from the vehicle and no other neighbors reported anything suspicious. Two landscapers were on the property the day before. The victim suspects they may have taken the weapon.

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MILTON, Ga. – A live-in tenant is suspected of taking more than $2,000 worth of items from his landlord’s home while the landlord was on vacation. The landlord said he and his family returned from vacation Sept. 29 to their Aintree Court home to find a normally unlocked side door bolted shut. The victim managed to enter the home through a window and said he found several electronic items missing. A Nikon Coolpix camera, several HP laptops and computers, two iPads, some knives and a video camera were all missing. A tenant lives in the basement and was home while the family was away. While he denied anything to do with the thefts, some items belonging to the children were found in his bedroom. He was asked to leave.

Dozen bottles of cologne stolen ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A Norcross man was arrested Sept. 30 in North Point Mall after allegedly trying to steal a dozen bottles of cologne and clothing. Employees of the JC Penney store told police they saw Bennie Taylor, 51, of Norcross, select a dozen bottles of fragrance and place them in a bag. He then left the store without paying for the bottles. When he was confronted by staff, he allegedly admitted to stealing the merchandise worth $668. He also had two bags from other stores. Inside were clothing that still had sales tags on them and allegedly looked as if they had security markers forcibly removed. Staff from the other stores confirmed the clothing was stolen.Taylor, who initially gave police a false name, was arrested for felony shoplifting and giving a false name to police.

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who stole $1,150 worth of items from a vacant Birmingham Highway lot. The victim told police that he arrived at his property Oct. 2 to find a storage shed broken into. He said there were pry marks around the door and latch. This is the fifth time the shed was broken into. Taken were a metal desk, pressure washer, air blower and air compressor. While there are no suspects, the victim said he was searching on Google Maps’ Street View, which allows users to view properties from a street angle, and he saw an unknown white Chevy pickup | Milton Herald | October 16, 2013 | 3

truck parked on his property two months ago in front of his shed.

Someone is throwing a party MILTON, Ga. – Two men stole 15 cases of Bud Light Oct. 2 from the Windward Walmart. Store employees said they saw the two men enter at 11 a.m. and place the 15 cases of beer in a shopping cart. The men then left the store without paying for the beer. They got into a gold Chevy Impala without plates and drove off. The Impala had a large Chevy logo in the back window.

$2K purse, camera taken at park ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A $2,000 purse and $2,000 video camera were taken Sept. 7 from a car parked at North Park. The victim told police she had parked the GMC Yukon at the park about 12:45 p.m. More than an hour later, she returned to find a window smashed out. Taken were a Louis Vuitton purse, valued at $2,000, which contained a $500 wallet and credit cards. Also taken was a video camera that was hidden under a towel in the passenger seat.

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Milton’s Rivers Alive cleanup Oct. 19 Event begins at Bailey Farm and Gardens Inc. MILTON, Ga. – Join volunteers from across Milton on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the city’s annual Rivers Alive waterways cleanup, education and protection program. The Milton Grows Green Committee (MGG) is co-sponsoring the event with Bailey

Farm and Gardens Inc., which has been involved with the project for 16 years. Rivers Alive 2013 will kick off from its traditional location at Bailey Farm and Gardens, 255 Hickory Flat Road, one mile west of the Birmingham Crossroads. Volunteers will gather at 9 a.m., then clean up identified streams, roadways and school sites to help keep the city and waterways pure and beautiful. Everyone, regardless of age, is welcome. Depending on age and capabilities, volunteers will be assigned to prede-

termined local waterways to remove debris deposited from upstream and left by passersby. Waders and boots will be a plus for those who want to get in the river. For information or to register for the event as a group or individual, please contact Milton Grows Green at mgg@, email baileyfarmandgardens@mindspring. com or contact Cindy Eade, environmental sustainability coordinator for the city of Milton, at 678-242-2509.

The Rivers Alive cleanup is a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn more about the Coosa River watershed and help improve the quality of drinking water. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness and involvement in the preservation of Georgia’s 70,150 miles of water resources through local waterway cleanup events that include streams, rivers, lakes, beaches and wetlands. It is an outreach program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Flight field draws thousands Model airplane enthusiasts show support for club FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Georgia Model Aviators’ open house on Sept. 28 was a huge success, organizers say. The Georgia Model Aviators (GMA) in Forsyth County, which meets on a 65-acre Forsyth County property, has a membership of about 300 pilots from across North Atlanta. The airfield is located at 8250 Old Federal Road, Ball

Ground, in north Forsyth. “We welcomed several thousand visitors, many stayed all day long,” said David Roberts, a lead event organizer and GMA training coordinator. “The flight line was constantly active, so guests got an eyeful.” John Singer, president of the event is a Milton resident. The event also raised about $3,000 for the Independence Fund to help buy a specialized wheelchair for a United States veteran severely injured in the line of duty. Visit for more information.

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Avossa to remain as superintendent through May 2016 Early exit would mean paying system $100K to leave By CANDY WAYLOCK ATLANTA – Since being hired in May 2011, Fulton School Superintendent Robert Avossa has set to work putting his own stamp on Georgia’s fourth largest school district, aiming not just for state accolades but for national prominence. While there has been some grumbling about the pace of the reforms and the high ex-

pectations demanded of staff, the results have impressed the Fulton School Board, which voted last month to extend Avossa’s contract through May 2016. That tenure would make Avossa the longest serving superintendent for Fulton Schools since 2002, and nearly double the average stay for superintendents in Georgia. Avossa’s salary will increase to $275,000 a year – from the current $238,000

annually. That’s substantial, but still below the pay for superintendents in Gwinnett and DeKalb and less than half the figure Atlanta Public Schools is floating to try and land a leader for the troubled school district. But the incentive to remain in Fulton goes beyond financial, he said. “I’ve got school-aged children who are the major priority in my life,” said Avossa, who came to Fulton from CharlotteMecklenburg (N.C.) schools. “When I thought about the kind of school system available to me, Fulton County was very attractive…particularly

[schools] in North Fulton.” He said the opportunity to raise his family in a community with good schools, find a church to become a part of and “engage in the process of improving outcomes for all children” created the perfect package of what he was looking for in employment. However, should Avossa seek to end his contract before June 1, 2016, a $100,000 buyout clause is in place. When pointed out that sum could be pocket change for some employers who wish to lure Avossa and pay the tab, the superintendent said his investment in the community trumps the lure of greener pastures. “We are involved in this

[community] as a family and I’m vested in the outcomes of the school system,” he said. “This is the place I call home now.” Veronica Buckman, who is the co-president of the PTSA at Cambridge High School, welcomes the news the superintendent will be around for several more years. “I have to imagine parents will be pleased with Dr. Avossa’s contract extension since it allows him to further manage the bold goals offered in Fulton’s strategic plan and an opportunity for him to witness the innovations in education launched by the new charter system governance structure among area high schools,” said Buckman.

Big changes to district under Avossa’s watch ATLANTA – Avossa’s changes to Fulton Schools over the past two years have been impactful – and not without some growing pains. He spent his first year visiting each of the district’s 100 schools, watching the wheels turn, evaluating what worked and what did not and then firmly began taking action. Avossa saw a top-heavy model that focused all governance firmly at the central office level, with red tape and bureaucracy embedded in the most simple of decisions. One of his first moves was to create four learning communities, each operating as a mini school system with its own associate superintendent and staff to handle the needs of the schools within its community. “No one size fits all, so I decentralized authority so that each [learning community] can manage their needs based on their own situation,” said Avossa, adding the move to a charter system last year also provides more customized programs for schools. This is particularly important, he said, when you consider the diversity that permeates Fulton Schools. The district contains the state’s highest performing schools as well as the lowest performing schools, is nearing a 50 percent poverty level and has a growing base

of non-English speakers. Avossa also implemented a strategic plan last year that laid out the district’s goals for graduation rates and college and career readiness by 2017. One of the most visible changes in the school system is in the area of personnel. Avossa is quick to point out that 60 of 100 principals in place on the day he took office are no longer in those roles. Changes were also made to the majority of staff positions at the cabinet level, as well as dozens of positions at the assistant principal level. Each move, he said, was necessary to ensure the best people were in control of student achievement, primarily at the school leader position. “As the superintendent, the most important lever available to me is to pick the best principals and remove the lower performers. End of discussion. I don’t apologize for it. It’s a major priority of this administration and I will continue to hold people accountable,” said Avossa. He said good principals attract the best teachers, gain the confidence of the community and improve the outcomes of students. With the stakes so high at the state and national level for academic achievement, it’s the most important element of a school. – Candy Waylock

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Schools get security upgrades this school year Video monitoring, check-in procedures to track visitor movements in schools By CANDY WAYLOCK NORTH FULTON, Ga. – With the spotlight focused on school safety following several high profile events, officials with the Fulton County School System continue their efforts to make schools as safe as possible for the more than 100,000 students and staff who pass through its doors each day. September is National Preparedness Month, but safety efforts are a year-round priority, say officials. “The Fulton County School System considers safety a part of its everyday operations,” said Samantha Evans, spokesperson for Fulton Schools. “[We want to] make sure that students, parents and staff know of the district’s preventive measures to keep them safe as well as what to do in an emergency.” Over the past several years, beginning with the Columbine shooting in Colorado and especially in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook tragedy and the Decatur school intruder incident, Fulton Schools has been increasing its overall security

measures. In 2001, the Fulton County School System was the first system in the state to have its school safety plan approved by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). The focus on school safety was enhanced six years ago with the hiring of Mark Muma as the director of safety and security for Fulton Schools. Muma was previously the school safety coordinator for GEMA. A number of enhancements to school access and safety have been implemented in the past several years, primarily on the accountability of people who are in the schools during the school days. Long gone are the days when a wave and a nod would get you past the front desk to drop off forgotten items and cupcakes to your child’s classroom. Schools now require all visitors to sign in, state where they will be and for what purpose, and be badged whenever they are in the building. Over the past three years, the screening of volunteers was upgraded, with all overnight chaperones requiring background checks, and those who

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work directly with students required to fill out a volunteer form and take a training session prior to working in a school. Last year, the state legislature passed a law that added school volunteers to the list of “mandatory reporters” of suspected child abuse. Beginning this year, Muma said schools will install a visitor identification system so volunteers can sign in prior to going to their destination within the school. “At the kiosk, a person will scan their driver’s license and that will allow them to register

Especially after the Sandy Hook incident, schools really looked at [best practices] and having some type of buzzer system in place.” MARK MUMA Director of Safety and Security for Fulton Schools

into the system to make sure they have completed the [required] training,” said Muma. Over the next few months, the Fulton School Board will

also consider a recommendation to install a front door access control system in all el-

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$7.8M ‘seed fund’ helps schools' innovation, flexibility State grant part of district’s charter It goes beyond just an conversion By CANDY WAYLOCK NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Local schools with innovative ideas for improvement will now have access to “seed money” to help get great ideas off the drawing board and into action in the classroom. Funded through a nearly $8 million allocation from the Georgia General Assembly last session to assist in the transition to a charter system, the seed fund will be managed by the Fulton Education Foundation (FEF) and allocated to local schools through an application process. The FEF is a nonprofit organization composed of business leaders and executives who work to strengthen the relationship between the school system and the community. Fulton officials said having the FEF oversee the funding ensures the money will not get lost in the general fund, and provides another level of oversight and independence to ensure the funds are being used as intended. “The goal is to show the state these funds can be spent responsibly and in a way that moves schools forward and unleashes untapped innovation in our schools,” said Ken Zeff, director of innovation and strategy for Fulton Schools. Last year, the Fulton County School System became the state’s largest charter system, providing a blanket waiver from most state education rules in exchange for the goal of higher academic achievement. Currently 20 schools, including nine schools in

opportunity at an individual school – we hope it eventually impacts kids across the district.” ROBERT AVOSSA Fulton Superintendent

North Fulton, have seated governance councils as they begin the process of determining the rules and regulations from which they wish to seek flexibility. Each school was required to complete a strategic plan for their school that looks at long-range goals and areas for flexibility. Once the plans are approved by the superintendent and the Fulton School Board, schools can apply in January for funding, if needed, to implement innovative programs. The FEF developed criteria for the funding of a program, which includes concept, impact, feasibility and quality of submission. Zeff said the money will be allocated equitably among the district’s four learning communities, with money set aside for schools that will be making the transition to a governance council over the next two years. At Milton High School, Principal Cliff Jones said his school’s recently completed strategic plan looks at adjustments to the school day,

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Captioning the Dalai Lama Resident puts words to text By JONATHAN COPSEY ATLANTA – While many people were listening to the Dalai Lama when he visited Atlanta Oct. 8, Heidi Thomas of Roswell was concentrating on the people who could not listen. She did the captioning for the event. A graduate of the Brown College of Court Reporting, Thomas was tasked with typing his words in near-real time for those who cannot hear, projecting them on screens during the event. Thomas has made a career of captioning for all manner of speakers, from television stations to celebrities such as His Holiness, Jimmy Carter, Gloria Steinem, Barbara Walters and Meryl Streep. Working in captioning for 25 years, Thomas said the trick is to have a dictionary beforehand of common or likely phrases her special typewriter can translate from shorthand into English. “I have lots of experience listening to folks whose first language is not English,” Thomas said. “I have to be able to understand their accent.” In preparation of the Dalai Lama’s visit, Thomas spent several days doing research. “I will watch some videos of previous talks he has given,” Thomas said. “I have already sought information on an online captioners’ network and I have asked for feedback from my fellow captioners around the country who have captioned for him previously.” Using his planned agenda and unique words he may use, Thomas creates a special “dictionary” that will turn her

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They are similar in they involve writing on the shorthand machine.” HEIDI THOMAS Captioner speedily typed shorthand into legible, full words. Thomas began her career after taking an interest in the law. “I didn’t want to be a lawyer but I was very interested in the legal field,” she said. That led to studying court reporting at Brown College, which is a close cousin of closed captioning. “They are similar in they involve writing on the shorthand machine,” she said. “They differ in that court reporters are to make a verbatim legal record. My task is to facilitate communication.” Still keeping up with her court reporting, she was awarded the “Outstanding Court Reporter of the Year in Georgia” award for her work in training others in the field. Many people who get captioned like to have fun with them, Thomas said. A common game to play in live performances is “stump the captioner,” where the speaker will say a large, unexpected word and see if the captioner will get it right. For Thomas, the best time this happened was with environmental lawyer Robert Kennedy Jr. “He was presenting to a room of 2,000 people,” Thomas said. “He spoke about the ‘anadromous fish.’ He stopped after he said that and said, ‘let’s see how she did?’” To her relief, Thomas spelled it correctly.

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MILTON, Ga. — Hidden on the lower level of the Birmingham Crossing Shopping Center is the family-oriented gym, TruFitness Your Way. Owner Londa Hipp opened the gym in 2010. “I’ve been a personal trainer for 10 years, having worked in numerous gyms until my children were born, then continued training clients from my in-home studio until they were both old enough to attend King’s Ridge,” Hipp said. “I founded TruFitness Your Way and opened my first location, TruFitness Milton, shortly after my children began school,” Hipp said. Hipp wanted to offer Milton residents a comfortable atmosphere focused on better health. “After becoming a trainer, I realized that for many, a gym can be intimidating and uncomfortable,” Hipp said. “I wanted to open my own gym so that I could bring a familyfriendly facility to this community, and where everyone would feel welcome.” TruFitness Your Way offers a full workout facility including equipment and specialized classes such as Zumba and H.I.T. (high intensity training).

They also offer suspension training, Pilates and kickboxing along with personal training and boot camp programs. Member Mitzi Marshall is a class regular. “My family works out together and joins in on all of the classes,” Marshall said. Personal training is tailored to the individual, Hipp said, but buddy training is also available. “The gym is dedicated to helping our members reach their goals and all of our trainers and instructors hold certifications in their designated

program,” Hipp said. Also located inside TruFitness Milton are True Method Pilates, a full-service Pilates studio, and Thrive Chiropractic Wellness Center. Member Polly Hemingway said what keeps her coming back is the gym’s state-of-theart equipment. “And the staff is personable, friendly and knowledgeable,” Hemingway said. The gym is open every day from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. For schedule and more information, visit www.trufitnessga. com.

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Milton resident takes up bike challenge Bikes 25 miles to work weekly By SHUBHI TANGRI MILTON, Ga. – Last October, more than 1,000 metro Atlanta commuters traded their steering wheels for handlebars and participated in the firstever Bike to Work Challenge during Bike to Work Month. More than 17,000 bike trips were logged, eliminating some 130,000 miles of car travel from the road and 64 tons of pollution from the air. This October, bicycle commuters, new and seasoned, can cycle their way to work and compete for prizes in the second annual Bike to Work Challenge. Organized by the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Clean Air Campaign, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Atlanta Regional Commission and local transportation management associations, the second annual Bike to Work Challenge gives commuters the opportunity to compete as individuals or teams. Milton resident Brian Teipen has taken up the challenge. He bikes 25 miles at least twice a week to his job in Norcross. Moreover, he has to ride in early so he can take a shower and change clothes before the work day begins. This is Teipen’s second year participating in this challenge. “Overall, stress reduction is the biggest reason I do it, and I value that I am able to combine the commute time with exercise time,” Teipen said. “It also reminds me to remain a bit more focused on making healthy choices.” Teipen said that his biggest influence was his colleague Mark Filer, who is another par-

Milton’s Brian Teipen has taken up biking to work as part of Bike to Work Month. ticipant in the challenge. “The more times I saw him riding in, the more I thought about how I could plan and do the same,” Teipen said. Nonetheless, Teipen was already a seasoned athlete when it comes to biking and was even a competitor at the Elite National Championships and the 1992 U.S. Olympic trials. The bicyclist said he believes that substituting short car rides with bike trips will not only maintain healthy stress levels but also help reduce smog production and improve air quality. Friends and co-workers have shown great support for the activity and have even expressed interest in partaking in the challenge themselves, Teipen said. “If anyone is interested in how to begin bike commuting or cycling in general, great resources include the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and your local bike shop,” he said. | Milton Herald | October 16, 2013 | 11


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Lord of Life Lutheran Church member Quilts made at Lutheran church go worldwide By CAITLIN WAGENSEIL ALPHARETTA, Ga. – In its eighth year, the Lord of Life Lutheran Church’s “Peace by Piece” ministry has already crafted 500 quilts for those in need – 74 so far this year. “They bring hope to those who, struggling to survive, realize that someone cares enough to make and send these patchwork blankets,” said Mary Deel, a member of the quilter’s ministry at Lord of Life. The quilt ministry was created by the Baltimore-based Lutheran World Relief Mission Quilt Project and will become part of the 500,000 that the organization will distribute worldwide this year. Deel said that while the number of members in the quilt team ranges from six to eight people, the group has sewn and donated more than 500 quilts since it began in 2006. “One quilt was given to a young homeless man that re-


Backbones of the quilting ministry Linda Beall, left, and Marj Nolan, right, with Pastor Jim Thalaker on Quilt-Ten Sunday. cently suffered serious injuries and who the church members have adopted,” Deel said. “Another was chosen by the congregation as a representative quilt to hang in the foyer of the church.” Every year, Lord of Life holds Quilt-Ten Sunday, a day when all the quilts are spread across the pews in the church, 5390 McGinnis Ferry Road in Alpharetta, so the congregation can enjoy and bless them as part of the service. Members can then donate

money toward making and shipping the quilts. Linda Beall, who has been quilting since 2000, started the quilt team at Lord of Life. Beall said nothing compares to the gift of a quilt because each one is “stitched with love.” “You want to do things to help people all over,” Beall said. “I know that 70 quilts shipping overseas is not going to change the world — but it will

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Harry Norman makes donation to women’s shelters By ALDO NAHED CUMMING, Ga. — Local battered women’s shelters received a financial contribution last week. On Oct. 3, Robert Aiken, senior vice president and managing broker of Harry Norman, Realtors Forsyth/Lake Lanier office, donated a check for $2,400 to Forsyth County Family Haven. Another check was donated to Dawson and Lumpkin counties’ No One Alone Shelter and to Hall County’s Gateway Domestic Violence Center.

Millie Irizarry, executive director for Forsyth County Family Haven, accepts a check from Robert Aiken, senior vice president and managing broker of Harry Norman, Realtors Forsyth/Lake Lanier.

The donation totaled $7,200. The money was collected during the Ticket to Ride Benefit Horse Show held July 19 through July 21 at Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta. Harry Norman’s staff worked with Black Horse Productions to put on Ticket to Ride, the largest show the company has ever seen with more than 170 horses competing in the event. Since its opening in the county two years ago, Harry Norman has donated about $25,000 annually to chari-

ties, Aiken said. Millie Irizarry, executive director for Forsyth County Family Haven, said the donation will assist with providing housing and outreach services and giving women and children a safe place until they find permanent housing. All 27 beds at their facility are filled. About 1,200 women and their children come into contact with the organization each year, Irizarry said. “We feed and provide services so they can return to a life free from domestic violence,” Irizarry said. “Anytime we go through hard economic times, we see a rise in victims.”


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Verizon enjoys ‘fun.’ ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Pop rock band fun. performed Oct. 8 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Best known for their three hit singles, Grammy Award-winning power ballad “We Are Young,” “Some Nights” and “Carry On,” the pop rock band fun. has been consistently blowing their sound up to impressively large proportions with their sophomore record, “Some Nights.” They took the stage with Hunter Hunted and Rosco Bandana. For more events at Verizon, visit them online at www.vzwamp. com.

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Crabapple Fest draws thousands of visitors Milton has something for everyone a magnet for antiques dealers and artisans to come to Crabapple. Once again this year, thou-

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Business booms for homebuilder Providence Group sees Fulton, Forsyth as prime locations By CAROLYN ASPENSON ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Atlanta natives Pete and Warren Jolly have been busy building homes across both Fulton and Forsyth counties. Their business, the Providence Group of Georgia, was ranked by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as the sixth largest builder in the state and has doubled sales since last year. “This year has been an amazing year of growth for us with over 400 sales so far,” said Kelly Kenton Fink, vice president of marketing and online sales. “Our success has been due to many factors including our wide variety of community locations, home designs, styles and price ranges,” Fink said. The Providence Group builds both single-family homes and garden homes along with townhomes and condos at prices ranging from the $100,000s to $600,000s. “We offer something for everyone,” Fink said. Fink said Atlanta has seen a significant shift in homebuyer demand this year. “The market has improved and people are buying homes again,” she said. One of the keys to the builder’s success, Fink said, is their stock of spec homes and

presale options. “Many builders in Atlanta could only offer presale options,” Fink said. “Combined with our key locations, we’ve seen great success.” Fink said the builder has more than 10 upcoming communities planned to open for sales within the next three months to a year. “Some of our communities are in the early stages of development and some, like Crabapple Crossroads in Milton, are almost finished,” she said. Fink said that community has sold quickly. “People are attracted to this community because of its diversity in spacious home designs, upscale interiors, low-maintenance care and the walkable lifestyle it provides,” she said. Fink said the builder has an additional community in the works for Milton. “The Reserve at Providence is an upcoming gated community with home sites on over an acre of land,” she said. Ruth’s Farm, one of the builder’s Alpharetta communities at the intersection of Mayfield and Bethany roads, is still in the development stage with plans to begin home construction later this year. “All home designs were developed for Ruth’s Farm specifically,” Fink said.

The Providence Group will build homes similar to these in Alpharetta and Forsyth County. She said the community will offer homes with up to five bedrooms and some will have optional third-level bonus rooms and additional space for media or exercise rooms. Their other Alpharetta location, Bethany Commons, only has four home sites left. The final phase of their Johns Creek townhome community, Arlington Pointe, is under construction and presales are available. Bellmoore Park, a luxury home community in Johns Creek will be a gated community featuring an amenities-focused lifestyle with over 600 homes. “Development on this community is planned to begin later this year with actual home construction sometime in mid-2014,” Fink said. Fink said the Roswell townhome community, New Haven Walk, only has two homes left.

She said that their newest Roswell community, Nesbit Reserve, would soon offer luxury homes with new home designs. The Providence Group also has single-family homes, garden homes and townhomes in Jamestown, located in Forsyth County, and will be a major player in the 400-home com-

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North Fulton Hospital announces affiliation with WellStar ROSWELL, Ga. – North Fulton Hospital has announced its recent affiliation with WellStar Health System to develop its cardiology service line. “It has been a goal of mine, our governing board and members of our physician and clinical teams to provide a higher level of cardiac services to our community,” said Debbie Keel, chief executive officer for North Fulton Hospital. “By collaborating with WellStar, we are able to provide our community and first responders with a cardiology program capable of treating our population without having to leave North Fulton.” As part of the affiliation, WellStar Health System will assist in the management of an employed physician practice, education and training for clinical staff within the hospital and provide leadership on service line goals such as accreditation for chest pain within the emergency room, interventional cardiac catheterizations and outpatient diagnostics. For more information on the cardiology program at North Fulton Hospital or for a referral to a cardiologist, go to

BusinessBriefs The annual award recognizes leading long-term care insurance sales professionals working to meet the needs of consumers nationwide. Burkard was recognized for his sales of long-term care insurance protection to individual consumers. With more than 10 years’ experience, Burkard has been successfully meeting the needs of individuals and small business owners in Alpharetta and the surrounding areas.


Owner R. Jean Ramsey said that the business expanded booths in September. The shabby chic business also offers traditional furniture, art and home accessories. Shabby Chic has expanded its space to include dealer booths and a back room with a wide selection of vintage furniture and accessories. The boutique is located at 11877 Douglas Road in Johns Creek and is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Monday. Call 770-619-0005 or email for more information.


Job fair to bring out dozens of employers ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell United Methodist Church’s Job Networking “Mini” Job Fair, sponsored by Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and Roswell Rotarians, will take place on Monday, Oct. 28. The fair, which brings out about 300 participants, begins at 7:30 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m. View the event agenda at Sign up to attend via email at jobnetworking@ or call 404-604-7830. Among the employers are General Motors, Randstad Staffing, Ackerman Security Systems, Comcast Cable and several others.

Dr. Padove joins Northside Hospital cardiovascular care ATLANTA — Dr. Kimberly Champney and Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Care in Sandy Springs welcomed Dr. Lee Padove to the full-service cardiology practice. For more than 20 years, Padove has provided cardiovascular care in private practice in Atlanta and on the medical staff at Northside Hospital. “I am happy to join Dr. Champney PADOVE and I look forward to continuing the tradition she started of providing patients with excellent personalized cardiovascular care,” said Padove. Padove has been recognized by Super Doctors, Best Doctors, as one of U.S. News & World Report’s “Top Doctors” and Atlanta Magazine’s “Top Doctors.” Northside Hospital Cardiovascular Care is located at 980 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 520, in Atlanta. For more information, call 404-303-3320. | Milton Herald | October 16, 2013 | 17


Beleza Salon opens in Roswell ROSWELL, Ga. — Beleza Salon and Boutique has opened its doors in Roswell. Owners Kai and Tony Marrs said they opened their doors at 1475 Holcomb Bridge Road, Suite 181, Roswell, in August to have the opportunity to show their expertise in color and highlight services, trendy haircuts, customized keratin treatments, extensions and updos. New client specials are available. The salon is open flexible hours Tuesday through Saturday. Call 770-649-9996 or visit http://www.belezasalon. com for more information.

Historic Roswell Antique Market to close ROSWELL, Ga. — After 20 years, Historic Roswell Antique Market is closing its doors. The business owner, Jim Dinnen, said the closure is because Fulton County Schools plan to build a new elementary school on the property next year. Dealers are marking down their items, Dinnen said, so there will be some great deals between now and Christmas. The market is located 1207 Alpharetta Street in Roswell. Visit or call 770587-5259.



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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Brad Serff, president and chief executive officer of Providence Bank in Alpharetta, was elected to the board of directors of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia (CBA) as member at large. Serff was also named chairman of the CBA Member Services Committee. SERFF Nominations were announced last month at CBA’s 45th annual meeting and trade show. His term began Oct. 1. “Our membership has elected some of Georgia’s most qualified banking executives to serve on the CBA board,” said Rob Braswell, president and CEO of the Community Bankers Association of Georgia. “Their experience, insight and leadership will be invaluable to our association in the coming year.” For more information, visit

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Gwinnett Tech readying Alpharetta campus By CAITLIN WAGENSEIL ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Gwinnett Technical College will soon begin construction on a campus in Alpharetta that officials say could accommodate up to 10,000 students when completely developed. The 25-acre North Fulton campus will be at the intersection of Old Milton Parkway and Ga. 400, across from the Avalon development. David McCulloch, vice president of economic development for Gwinnett Tech, said that while the construction schedule is still being decided, it’s expected to begin in mid-2014. McCulloch said that there’s no doubt the addition of the new campus will generate positive impact and begin a ripple of positive effects for the community. “The presence of a highly skilled workforce attracts new business and industry, and supports the expansion of current enterprises — an additional economic impact to the community and residents alike,” McCulloch said. The college’s operations spending and payroll will also be a plus to the area, McCulloch added. And the addition of a technical college campus in Alpharetta will bring many benefits to students in the area. “For individual students, the new campus will make college and career

A rendering of the new Gwinnett Tech campus in Alpharetta. education much more accessible in terms of a physical location,” McCulloch said. Gwinnett Tech also offers dual enrollment options for high school students, which McCulloch said has been eagerly embraced in North Fulton. While initial course offerings for the new campus are still being determined, officials expect programs to

4 tips to surviving a home inspection It can be very stressful to have an inspector come in and tell you everything that is wrong with your home. A good inspector will set expectations with the buyers, and sellers if present, to point out that every item on the list isn’t necessarily a major point of concern. But prior to getting the inspection report, there are several things a seller can do to help “survive” the ordeal:


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Have your home pre-inspected It may seem like double the work, but having it pre-inspected and repairing those items in advance will prevent anything of concern showing up on the buyer’s inspection report and may save a lot of heartache down the road.

Preventative maintenance Perform all of your normal maintenance before you list your home, if you haven’t already. Change air filters, clean vents, check for wood rot and fix doors that don’t latch properly. Walk the entire interior and exterior and be critical.

Hire it out Once you have the needed list of repairs agreed upon, hire a handyman or contract to do the punch out. Selling your home and moving can be a stressful and time consuming thing. Don’t add to your stress by thinking you’re going to replace that rotted wood and paint.

include computer information systems, logistics, accounting, business management, marketing management, patient care technician, early childhood education and more. The first classes are anticipated to begin at the Alpharetta campus in January 2016, and in its first year, should serve approximately 1,500 students. “This is great for our community

because it offers opportunities for our young people to get certification and training in different fields to prepare them for quality, high paying jobs,” said state Sen. Brandon Beach. “We need to constantly be on the cutting edge of technology, and this campus is going to do that for us.” For more information, visit www. or call 770-962-7580.

Attracting millennials to your small business Do you have plans in place to recruit millennials to your small business? Have you thought through how you are going to attract this “Gen Y” type of talent? Baby boomers are retiring. In fact, over the next five to 10 years, the U.S. will lose 30 to 40 percent of its workforce due to the retirement of this segment. If you don’t have plans to attract millennial talent, you may have difficulty staffing your business. Attracting millennials requires a whole new approach. Big companies like IBM and Deloitte are spending millions of dollars recruiting this segment. Getting in the game requires you to go where the millennials are. Running ads on Career Builder simply won’t cut it. Having a presence on Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and other social sites are much better places to attract millennials than traditional job search sites. Your message to millennials also needs to be different. They value a work-life balance and enjoy spending time with family and friends. If you don’t position your company’s philosophy on this the right way,


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A Night in Rio is the second performance of “Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series.” With the combination of samba and jazz, Brazilian performers Sergio Mendes and Eliane Elias will bring the genre of Bossa Nova to life. The culture and sounds of Brazil will be at the audience’s fingertips as they indulge in a night of music and passion like no other. 8 p.m. Oct. 26. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Please call 770-235-3612 or visit

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The extravagant Indian dance and music spectacular, “Mystic India: The World Tour,” has taken the world by storm. Based on the concept of ancient India’s transition into modern India, the show features brilliant artists, more than 500 opulent costumes and stunning visual effects. What makes “Mystic India” unique in its genre of entertainment is its ethnically diverse cast, which brings together an authentic eastern and western influence. 7 p.m. Oct. 20. 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Please call 770-916-2800 or visit


The Roswell Fine Arts Alliance will hold its premier annual members’ juried show Oct. 11-Nov. 13 with 60 works of art available for purchase. Hosted by the Bank of North Georgia, 10446 Alpharetta St., Roswell. Open during regular banking hours. Please call 770-594-6462 or visit



Crystal Bowersox’s rich amalgam of blues, folk and rock makes this “American Idol” runner-up one of the most dynamic young voices in music today. Bowersox recently recorded with Garrison Starr for her new album. See her live before she heads off to Broadway to star as Patsy Cline in “Always, Patsy Cline.” 8 p.m. Oct. 26. 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Please call 770-594-6232 or visit


The Johns Creek High School Theatre Department will perform the one-act play “David and Lisa.” This play is the touching story of 1960s teenagers who meet each other at a special school for students with mental and emotional challenges. “David and Lisa” is a contender in the Georgia High School Association’s one-act play competition. 7 p.m. Oct. 17-

The City of Roswell will open the Art Center East, home of the Roswell Fine Arts Alliance. This facility will be an addition to the Roswell East Park and feature a display of paintings by Alliance members. It will also boast art classes, competitions and exhibitions of original art up for sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 19. 9100 Fouts Road, Roswell.


A ghost tour in historic downtown Alpharetta includes stories of historical events combined with recent actual spooky encounters. Stop by many of your favorite local spots downtown to find out the real scoop. 8-9:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday through December. Milton Avenue, Alpharetta. Please call 800-979-3370 or visit


Enjoy fun-filled games and family shows such as “Pumpkinpalooza,” scavenger hunts and the


Pumpkin Mash at the Mayor’s Rockin’ Costume Party. Weekends until Oct. 27. Open 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Sundays and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays. Stone Mountain Park, Highway 78 East, Stone Mountain. Please call 770-498-5690 or visit



Hosted by the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, this event allows students K-8 to learn about the instruments in, and arrangement of, an orchestra. The orchestra will also play a few selections and provide a forum for kids to talk to the musicians. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Shakerag Elementary School, 10885 Rogers Circle, Johns Creek. Please call 678-748-5802 or visit johnscreek


The Festival on Ponce is an Atlanta arts and crafts festival set in the historic Olmsted Linear Park. Visitors will enjoy the gorgeous park designed by one of America’s most celebrated landscape architects, Fredrick Olmsted Sr., along with more than 125 displays of fine arts and crafts, folk and outsider art. There will be a children’s area and local food and beverages. 10 a.m to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and 11 a.m to 6 p.m. Oct. 20. 1452 Ponce de Leon Ave. Northeast, Atlanta. Please call 404873-1222 or visit


If you have a passion for classic cars and motorcycles (or own one or more), this is the event for you. This first annual event in Johns Creek, hosted by the Alpharetta-Johns Creek Kiwanis, is an opportunity for you to show off that majestic piece of machinery that you love. 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27. 8465 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. Please call 678-824-2104 or visit to register.



Sterling on the Lake hosts the fourth annual Harvest Balloon Festival at the community’s Village Green. Soar into the season with this fall festival that includes balloon rides and family-friendly activities. Hot-air and tethered balloon rides will be available and attendees can enjoy the colorful balloon glow Saturday evening. Other activities include hayrides, hamster ball races and pumpkin carving and painting. 1-8 p.m. Oct. 19. 7005 Lake Sterling Blvd., Flowery Branch. Please call 678-960-0232 or visit

This ninth annual festival features the best Greek food, music and dancing around. 3 p.m. Oct. 18-20. 3074 Bethelview Road, Cumming. Please call 770-781-5250 or visit


More than 100 artists will be showcased on the Atlanta Athletic Club’s fields. Enjoy art, entertainment, food and games. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 19-20. 1390 Bobby Jones Drive, Johns Creek. Please call 678-512-3200 or visit


Bring the whole family to Race to Rally Hope. Proceeds benefit the Kiddos’ Clubhouse Foundation’s scholarship to cover therapy costs for children with special needs in Georgia. 11Alive’s Mike Francis will emcee the event. Post-race food provided by Shane’s Rib Shack. 8-10:30 a.m. Oct. 20. 7300 Northpoint Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 678-662-5947 or visit


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Join the Fitness Revolution Roswell team as they run the Dyslexia Dash 5K at Riverside Park in Roswell. 8 a.m. Oct. 19. 1575 Old Alabama Rd, Suite 105, Roswell. Please call 404287-2851 or visit fitness


Lew Soloff is a brilliant high-note trumpeter, a distinctive soloist and an expert with the plunger mute. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19-20. The Velvet Note, 4075 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 855-583-5838 or visit


Take your child on a well-lit hike through the forest to meet and learn about woodland creatures. The perfect non-scary Halloween event. 6:30–10 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 25 and 26. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit


Join the 23rd annual 5K run for Kids’ Chance of Georgia. Kids’ Chance is a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to children of Georgia workers who have been seriously, catastrophically or fatally injured in work-related accidents. 8 a.m. – noon. Oct. 26. 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody. Please call 770-933-7767 or visit


Hosted by Roswell Mayor Jere Wood and benefitting HomeStretch. Featuring vittles from Spiced Right Rib House, the Mill Kitchen, Adele’s Cajun Cuisine and more. 6:30–10 p.m. Oct. 26. 10850 Stroup Road, Roswell. Please call 770-642-9185 or visit

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McGinnis Woods set to inspire students with the Passion to excel McGinnis Woods Country Day School is a private, non-parochial school offering a challenging Preschool, Elementary and Middle Grades Education. The school is located in Alpharetta on the border of Forsyth and North Fulton counties. The Preschool accepts children as young as 6 weeks and the Elementary School teaches students in PreK 4 through 8th grade. McGinnis Woods Country Day School has top accreditations, including GAC, SACS and NAEYC. It is also a member of the Georgia Independent School Association. The mission of McGinnis Woods is to inspire students with the Passion to excel. This goal is accomplished by providing superior academics through hands-on, minds on approaches which foster self confidence and self esteem; inspiring a lifelong love of learning. Small classes with low student-teacher ratios, allow for frequent one-on-one learning. Superior educational resources are implemented to maximize the classroom experience of our diverse student population. Frequent guest speakers, monthly field trips and community service round out the curriculum. Integrated use of Interactive Whiteboards, a school wide broadcast system, computer labs, laptops and tablets support the rigorous curriculum. Competitive Sports and Robotics teams train year round. After school programs and clubs are also available. Please join us at an Open House on Saturday, January 25 between 12 and 1 pm or visit to learn more. Tours are available upon request.

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Jokers Lax hold summer 2014 tryouts MILTON, Ga. – Jokers Lax will hold boys’ lacrosse tryouts for its summer 2014 teams on Nov. 24. Times: • U11 tryout is from 1:00pm to 3:00pm • U13 & U15 tryout is from 3:30pm to 5:30pm • HS is from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Location: • Milton High School – Stadium Field All boys are requested to pre-register as there will be

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New scarecrow for Alpharetta Festival NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Students in Erica Greene’s and Devon Barn’s class have designed and built a scarecrow for the Scarecrow Festival in downtown Alpharetta. Pictured from left are Sam Kelly, Emma Paskins, Hope Peaks, McKenna Zebracki and Alex Moelter in front of Superman Scarecrow.

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From left are Legion Finance Officer Fred Swyters, Junior Vice Commander Shannon Gott, Senior Vice Commander John Grogan and Commander Marty Farrell.

Alpharetta American Legion installs newly elected officers Brunn named

Legionnaire of the Year Winston Brunn addresses those attending the American Legion Joint Installation Banquet during the award presentation. At his left is outgoing Post Commander Bob Votta.

ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A new slate of officers was sworn in during a joint installation ceremony at Alpharetta’s American Legion Post 201 on Aug. 20. Marty Farrell was sworn in as commander. John Grogan is the new senior vice commander and Shannon Gott will serve as junior vice commander. Fred Swyters will spend the next year as finance chairman and Charles Turner is returning as judge advocate. Joining the officers as part of the leadership team are executive committee members Herb Roderick, Jay Coleman and Bob Byrd. The Alpharetta American Legion

has approximately 825 wartime veterans as members. In addition to providing support services to veterans and members of the military, the American Legion also supports area high school JROTC programs, scholarship programs for high school students, is a sponsor of Legion baseball and each year sends scores of young men to Boys State. Perhaps Post 201 is best known for its annual Old Soldiers Day Parade each August in downtown Alpharetta. In addition to the Legion, officers were also installed for the Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders.

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prestigious recognition bestowed at the local post level. “Winston Brunn is an enormous asset to this organization,” said Votta. “He has tremendous drive, energy and dedication. His efforts contribute to this American Legion post’s reputation among veterans and in the community.” Brunn lives in Roswell with his wife Trina. He was born in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. —Jonathan Copsey

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Readers respond to MARTA expansion It just goes to show that a local issue will always trump a regional or national issue in terms of reader response. An article I wrote on the effects of Obamacare on businesses received only a smattering of responses. Instead, one that was treated to a healthy debate was on the proposed MARTA expansion in North Fulton. Below are some of the best responses.


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Support Sept. 17, 2013 I think a lot of Alpharettans would support a rail system. Alpharetta is becoming more than just a suburb; it is also a hub for jobs, especially high tech jobs. To attract the young techy employees who like to work in these fields, you would have to have public transportation. Anish, from Alpharetta

along Ga. 400. You have to keep in mind that this is just the planning stages. It probably would be 10 years before reality considering how slow projects of this size move. Jack M., from Roswell

Rail support Sept. 19, 2013 I think rail up to Windward would be a very good idea. It would help decrease traffic

Another supporter Sept. 19, 2013 We, too, support in concept rail service in our area. Many good points were raised about funding and locations during the meeting. What was distressing was to hear the council reps dismiss the whole idea with comments like, “I can’t think of a single person in Alpharetta who favors the idea of rail

here.” This demonstrates the narrow range of citizens that they communicate with –and not just on MARTA issues. Those not in favor of something are generally the first to speak out. We need open minded dialogue on this issue from all parties involved. And we need more of our citizens to attend council meetings to let their voices be heard.

Ghetto comes to Alpharetta Oct. 1, 2013 Public transportation brings crime... apartment buildings do as well. Look at Holcomb Bridge Road. Stop building things that bring the riff raff. J. from Cumming

ºAlpharetta residents have no interest in heavy rail’ Oct. 1, 2013 Interesting... are they the ones that sit on Ga. 400 every single morning and evening... wasting gas, time and money... not being able to get any work done because they have to watch the road so they don’t get into an accident? Really? I live in Alpharetta and would gladly welcome heavy rail. This should have been completed years ago.

Yeah right Sept. 27, 2013 If you think my neighbors who live in Alpharetta and Milton are excited about public transportation expansion, you have lost your mind. Fulton County can’t even deliver a water bill to my house every month. Why would I trust them to better my non-government dependent life? It’s not my responsibility to get you to your job, make it easy for you to get to the airport or travel inside the perimeter. Look at the P/L statements of N.Y., Chicago and D.C. The transportation is their biggest single expense.

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Dragon Boat Atlanta: Powered by breast cancer survivors Local team paddles for exercise, camaraderie GAINESVILLE, Ga. — On a recent sunny day in September, a large group of bright yellow dragons were spotted plying the waters at Lake Lanier’s former Olympic rowing and paddling venue during the 18th Annual Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival. Each 39-foot racing boat featured a brightly painted, fierce dragon head at the prow and a tail at the stern. Manned by 20 paddlers, 10 on each side, the canoe-like boats also held a navigator in the back and a drummer in the front, pounding out a steady rhythm to keep the paddlers in sync. Dragon boating is an ancient Chinese cultural tradition which is quickly becoming a popular international sport, especially in the Unites States, Canada and Europe. This year’s Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival drew a very diverse crowd of thousands who cheered on a wide array of collegiate, corporate and recreational boating teams. A splash of pink amid the paddlers made it easy to spot Dragon Boat Atlanta, a team of breast cancer survivors and supporters---men and women hailing from all over North Georgia. Captain Linda Evans led her crew to the water, a big smile on her face, a colorful dragon tattoo curling over her left arm----yes, it’s temporary, but still cool. Did I mention that Evans is 70 years old? She is one of several seniors on the team. But don’t let the white hair fool you---these women are strong survivors, wicked fast on the water and in it to win. Three other teams, from Home Depot, State Farm and Pepsico, soon joined Dragon

Paddling is my power. It is my victory over that ugly cancer monster. When I am in a dragon boat gliding over the water, I am empowered and at peace.” KATHY CUNNINGHAM Dragon Boat Atlanta team member

Boat Atlanta at the starting line for the 250-meter race. A roar went up from the crowd as the signal was given and the teams leaped into action. It was a very fast and close race, with each team covering the distance in just over a minute. The Home Depot Orange Dragons crossed the line first, followed less than a second later by Dragon Boat Atlanta. Overall, Dragon Boat Atlanta placed 17th out of 40 teams. “That’s pretty darned good for a group of old women!” said one team member. “Dragon boat racing is a sport you either really love or don’t want to do at all,” said Evans. “It requires a lot of effort and practice to learn the proper technique. But the best part is that you must paddle in harmony, as a team.”

Though the thrill of racing makes the long hours of practice worthwhile, Dragon Boat Atlanta’s paddlers never forget the real reason their team was formed in 2004---to raise awareness of breast cancer and prove that survivors can be fit and active long after their diagnosis. Team member Joann Moore of Johns Creek feels a responsibility to share her cancer story with as many women as possible. Moore’s diagnosis came as a complete shock at age 54, only six months after her most recent mammogram. After noticing some tenderness and swelling under her left armpit, several biopsies led to a staggering diagnosis: Stage 4 breast cancer. The cancer was aggressive and invasive and surgery was not an option. “I was stunned,” admits Moore. “But there was no time to wait. There was already cancer in every vertebrae of my spine.” Thankfully, she responded well to chemotherapy and radiation and after nine grueling months, her cancer was under control. “I’m happy proof that Stage 4 doesn’t always mean terminal,” she said. “But looking back, I see how ignorant I was about my body and about the disease. Mammograms are not the only option. Women should talk to their doctor about other screenings such as sonograms or breast MRIs,” she said. Moore won her battle with cancer, but intense radiation on her spine left her unable to run, jump or do anything jarring to her back. After discovering a flyer for Dragon Boat Atlanta, Moore thought upper body paddling might be just the thing for her. She was hesitant about attending her first practice at

Lake Lanier, but after meeting the other women and feeling their genuine welcome, she decided to give it a try. “I was very tired in the beginning, and the others had to carry my weight in the boat at first, but they assured me that this was okay and soon I became a full member of the team.” Moore also paddles with Dragon Boat Atlanta teammate Nancy Crawford as part of a United States breast cancer team, “International Pink Sisters,” in regattas and dragon boat festivals all over the world. In May, they traveled to Italy for the Vogalonga, a worldfamous rowing event. As their pink breast cancer dragon boat floated through the canals of Venice, Moore recalls the emotion on faces of people in the crowd. “People were crying and tossing flowers to us,” she said. “They recognized us as survivors. The Pink Sisters are a symbol of hope wherever we go.” Kathy Cunningham of Cumming, who joined Dragon Boat Atlanta in 2005, calls the discovery of dragon boating the ‘silver lining’ to having had breast cancer. “Paddling is my power. It is my victory over that ugly cancer monster. When I am in a dragon boat gliding over the water, I am empowered and at peace. I am visible to all who see me as a survivor.” Kerstin Spalla of Alpharetta

is Dragon Boat Atlanta's newest and youngest member. In her 30’s, she is a supporter, not a survivor, but she never fails to be inspired by her teammates. “There have been days where I just want to curl up under my blanket and forget about everything that’s troubling me, but I’ll go to practice and be reminded that these women have endured the worst that can be thrown their way. Not only have they endured all the pain that comes with a cancer diagnosis, but they’ve survived and continued to thrive. And I am so very proud to be a part of these women’s lives as a supporter on this team.” Dragon Boat Atlanta is always accepting new members and you do not have to be athletic to paddle. To learn more about Dragon Boat Atlanta, visit www.dragonboatatlanta. org or call 678-956-0062. If Northside Woman isn't delivered in your neighborhood, look for us online at



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ementary schools. Visitors will identify themselves through a video and audio system prior to being allowed into the school. Muma said a few elementary schools in the system already have a “buzzer system” when allowing visitors into their schools, but the recommendation before the board is to have this system installed in all schools by the end of the school year. “Especially after the Sandy Hook incident, schools really looked at [best practices] and having some type of buzzer system in place,” said Muma. “There are a few systems – Fayette and Cobb – which have moved into having a video monitor system in place. We are looking to implement it system-wide in Fulton.” Muma said the goal of all of these systems is to simply track the movement of visi-

tors both at the school and a central location for heightened security. Currently, the tracking is done locally through a variety of methods; however Muma looks to have them all using the same integrated system. “All doors will be locked, and [front office staff] will see the visitor, talk to them and confirm why they are there before allowing them into the building and registering at the kiosk,” said Muma. At middle and high schools, the front doors will remain open; however armed school resource officers (SROs) will provide security at the front entrances. Currently, every middle and high school in Fulton County has at least one SRO. Both the access control system and identification system are being funded through the 1 cent Special Purpose Location Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), which has been in place in Fulton Schools since 1999. Fulton County Schools also is increasing its use of

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SchoolMessenger, a mass notification system that uses voice calls, email and text messaging to keep parents and staff members informed during an emergency. Parents can text ‘YES’ to 88544 to opt-in for emergency text alerts. “Every school incident that happens [around the country] provides an opportunity for lessons to be learned so that we continually make improvements to our school security systems,” said Muma.

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Notice of Public Hearing Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on October 21, 2013 at 6:00pm in the City Council chambers of the City of Milton, Georgia, 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107-E, before the Mayor and City Council for the purpose of considering a proposed Urban Redevelopment Plan for the City of Milton, pursuant to the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 36-61-1 et seq., the Georgia Urban Redevelopment Law. The urban redevelopment area covered by the plan shall be generally certain portions of the Deerfield/ Windward Area lying within the City limits, and the Highway 9 Area along Cumming Highway from Cumming Street northward to the Fulton/Forsyth line, as outlined in the City’s Livable Centers Initiative, pages 12 and 14, and as more particularly described by a map of the proposed Urban Redevelopment Area attached as an exhibit to the proposed Urban Redevelopment Plan, and the general scope of the urban redevelopment project under consideration shall be to promote redevelopment of the subject area consistent with the City’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan, including an application to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for designation of all or part of the Urban Redevelopment Area as an Opportunity Zone pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 48-7-40.1. For more information you may contact: William F. O’Connor III Economic Development Manager 678-242-2534 (O) | 518-605-7510 (C)

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Seed: Continued from Page 8 school-based fundraising and use of funds for positions, technology integration and waivers to seat time and class sizes. At Northview High, Principal Paul Brannon is also looking at flexibility with class sizes and the creation of a health science curriculum utilizing

private sector partners. Fulton Schools will receive the $7.8 million over the next two years, with the hope that the state legislature will continue to fund charter system grants in subsequent years. Funds are available to all school systems in the state that are converting to a charter system; however most of the districts are using the funds for training and staff development in the transition. Of the 18 charter systems

in Georgia, only Fulton County Schools is allocating the state’s charter funds directly to the local schools. Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa said his goal is to see successful programs implemented at local schools that can then be rolled out system-wide. “It goes beyond just an opportunity at an individual school – we hope it eventually impacts kids across the district,” said Avossa.


RZ13-16/VC13-06 Northeast Corner of Bethany Bend and Cogburn Road Arrowhead Real Estate Partners, LLC To rezone from AG-1 (Agricultural) to NUP (Neighborhood Unit Plan) to develop a total of 28 single family residences on 9.09 acres. The applicant is also requesting a concurrent variance to reduce the interior building separation from 14 feet to 10 feet for the entire development (Sec 64-921(k)).

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RZ13-17 13980 Freemanville Road Fuqua and Associates To rezone from AG-1 (Agricultural) to CUP (Community Unit Plan) to develop 9 single family residences on 16.98 acres.

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Community Zoning Information Meeting Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Design Review Board Meeting Tuesday November 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Mayor and City Council Meeting Monday, December 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.


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“The Role of Faith Leaders in Suicide Prevention” with The Rev. Dr. Robert G. Certain

Expect heavy delays Bethany Road construction begins Monday MILTON, Ga. – Beginning Monday, Oct. 14, the city of Milton will be reconstructing the section of Bethany Road between Providence Road and Mayfield Road. Active construction will be taking place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. every weekday until approximately Nov. 15. During the construction project, this section of Bethany Road will be reduced to one


travel lane. Heavy traffic delays will be experienced in and near the affected portion of Bethany Road, including along Mayfield Road in the city of Alpharetta. Motorists are strongly urged to select alternative travel routes to avoid the area. If you must travel through the construction zone, please exercise caution and travel slowly. For further information, please contact Angie Kapijimpanga with the Milton Department of Public Works at 678-297-2562 or —Jonathan Copsey

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DEATH NOTICES Annie Anderson, 78, of Woodstock, passed away October 2, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.


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Cathy Blalock Baker, 60, of Atlanta, passed away October 8, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Angela Fowler, 49, of Canton, passed away October 5, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Robert L McIntyre, 60, of Johns Creek, passed away October 7, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Roy Thomas Meeks, 59, of Atlanta, passed away October 7, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Virginia Abi Garrett, 100, of Cumming, passed away October 2, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Louise Brewer Poe, 90, of Alpharetta, passed away October 5, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Georgianna Ball, 61, of Cumming, passed away October 2, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Nathan Len Headrick, 36, of Cumming, passed away October 2, 2013. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home.

Carlton J Bates, 77, of Alpharetta, passed away October 5, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Lois Virginia Bowen Hester, 85, of Dawsonville, passed away October 2, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Susan J Scenna, 59, of Woodstock, passed away October 4, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.



Thomas Boguslawski, 59, of Cumming, passed away October 7, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

Denise Bartley Holcombe, 58, of Cumming, passed away October 5, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

Claire Mead Singleton, 71, of Marietta, passed away October 3, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

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PLACE 13000 Deerfield Pkwy Bldg 100 Ste 107E Milton, GA 30004

Sharron Carswell, 52, of Roswell, passed away October 1, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Dorothy L Kohen, 98, of Canton, passed away October 6, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home.

Benjamin Luther Van Buren, 35, of Cumming, passed away October 2, 2013. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home.

DATE & TIME 10/21/13 6:00 PM

DATE & TIME 10/21/13 6:00 PM

PURPOSE Consumption on Premises Wine, Malt Beverages & Distilled Spirits

PURPOSE Consumption on Premises Wine, Malt Beverages & Distilled Spirits

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APPLICANT Sequoia Golf North Atlanta, LLC d/b/a Atlanta National Golf Club 350 Tournament Players Dr Robin Spradlin, Contact 678-416-7595

Douglas Stephen Dowell, 55, of Woodstock, passed away October 5, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

Ernest L Martin, 71, of Roswell, passed away September 29, 2013. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home. Ronald B. Martin, 69, of Roswell, passed away October 3, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

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Nelle Lathem Wallace, 81, passed away October 7, 2013. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home. Melinda Williams, 51, of Acworth, passed away September 29, 2013. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors.

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