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JC No. 1 Ga. city for job seekers Alpharetta, Roswell also make top 5 By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek is the best city in Georgia for job seekers according to an Internet consumer and shopping comparison site. Alpharetta in ranked No. 2 and Roswell is No. 5 in the state. The company, NerdWallet, based its research on four criteria: • Growth in working population • Median household income • Cost of living • Unemployment rate

In the aggregate comparison, Johns Creek was No. 1 with a score of 71.4 and Alpharetta close behind with a score of 68.8. Dunwoody, Peachtree City and Roswell rounded out the top five. NerdWallet analyst Annie Wang said the survey was looking for the cities with a population over 25,000 that provided the best environment for a job seeker to get a well paying job. That would be places where there was a large population of workingage people and large family incomes that had low unem-

ployment. “We also wanted to look at the cost of living, because that can skew the value of household income if it costs a lot to live there,” Wang said. Think New York City. Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce President Brandon Beach said it was no surprise to him to see North Fulton dominating that list with three cities in the top 5 and four in the top 8. “It’s a combination of years of hard work making sure we have excellent education, excellent infrastructure, whether it is fiber optics in

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Karen Edge holds her Volunteer of the Year award at the Johns Creek Foundation’s Mayor’s Ball.


Edge city’s top volunteer Highlights Mayor’s Ball By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – It was truly a gala night Oct. 18 as the Johns Creek Foundation honored 2013 Volunteer of the Year Karen Edge at its annual Mayor’s Ball. Always the highlight of the

evening, this year’s award was particularly popular. Karen Edge, a 20-year Johns Creek resident, was nominated by Karen Daniel, vice president of the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve Association Inc. “Karen is always finding

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Cite unlawful expenditure for investigation By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Just when it looked like politics was done in the city, another precinct is heard from. Now there are two recall petitions that have been submitted for Councilmen Brad Raffensperger and Ivan Figueroa. Stephanie Endres, a longtime City Council watchdog, and Greg Bock are two of those who have begun the recall process against the two councilmembers. Endres said it was for violating their oath of office and the charter for



initiating the investigation against Mayor Mike Bodker. “This was an investigation against a political opponent for political purposes at taxpayers’ expense,” she said. “The second reason is for violating the Open Meetings Act by issuing a joint press release voicing opposition to Mayor Bodker and Councilwoman [Kelly] Stewart’s comments related to the incident involving the city manager on

Oct. 7, 2013.” Endres said the investigation, which she said was unlawful, provides grounds for recall. The city charter does not allow for investigations by council against individuals, she said. Other venues are open to council either through an ethics complaint to the State Ethics Board or through the appropriate law enforcement agency if there were allegations of laws broken. Endres also pointed out that the two councilmembers colluded with the other council signatories of the press release, indicating they met as a quorum in secret and without publication or notice to release their message through the city communications of-

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ROSWELL, Ga. – The Roswell Police Department has made an arrest of a man suspected of breaking into a Roswell home and fighting with the resident. When he ran from police, nearby schools were put on lockdown. The home invasion occurred Oct. 18 on Hembree Grove Overlook about 9 a.m. The suspect, Robert Earl Foster Jr., 27, who is homeless, allegedly broke into the home from the rear and surprised the resident, who was home.

Foster was wearing a mask and armed with a knife. The pair got into a fight, leaving both injured. Roswell Police SpokesFOSTER woman Lisa Holland said the homeowner barricaded himself in a bedroom, however Foster managed to break in and tie up the resident. “Most burglars do not want a confrontation in the house,” Holland said. “Yet he did stay

and scuffle with the homeowner.” Foster fled after taking jewelry from the home. The victim managed to break free of his bonds and call 911, leading to a manhunt and local schools going on lockdown. On Oct. 28, a Roswell officer ran into Foster, who Holland said was noticed for the wounds on him that were consistent with what the victim claimed happened. The officer tracked Foster to a nearby extended stay hotel and arrested Foster on charges of burglary, aggravated battery, aggravated assault,

false imprisonment and theft by taking. He also had warrants for his arrest out of Cobb County. Holland said evidence of Foster’s crime was found in his room. Holland said, since the crime, the department’s phones have fielded dozens of calls from concerned people asking if a suspect had been found and offering tips on suspects. “It was the victim’s great description of [Foster] along with good police work that caught him,” said Holland. “I’m excited and proud of our officers. They were great.”


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Oct. 20 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI, open container and impeding traffic. ►► Clifford E. Riddick, 55, of Douglasville was arrested Oct. 23 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI. ►► Margaret Elizabeth Cox, 23, of Canton was arrested Oct. 18 on Birmingham Highway in Milton for DUI and failure to maintain lane.

of Misty Lane, Roswell, was arrested Oct. 19 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana and headlight requirement. ►► Taylin Carmello Disimone, 25, of Suwanee was arrested Oct. 17 on Serenade Court in Milton for possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance and drugs not kept in the original container.

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Jr., 33, of Keith Bridge Road, Cumming, was arrested Oct. 12 on Westside Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, endangering the life of a child and failure to maintain lane. ►► Irina Margulis, 31, of Hartford Terrace, Alpharetta, was arrested Oct. 13 on North Main Street in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane and brake light required. ►► Brandon Adam Easparro, 25, of Avensong Village Circle, Milton, was arrested Oct. 13 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Michael Louis Morse, 25, of Cincinnati, Ohio, was arrested Oct. 13 on Mansell Road in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Logan Christian Morrow, 18, of Mayberry Drive, Cumming, was arrested Oct. 14 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane, possession of marijuana and violation of limited permit.

of Norcross was arrested Oct. 15 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Raymond John Ahern, 22, of Jefferson was arrested Oct. 19 on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta for DUI, open container and failure to maintain lane. ►► James Patrick Wilson, 53, of Foalgarth Way, Alpharetta, was arrested Oct. 18 on South Main Street in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Elizabeth Nicole Waugh, 22, of Tuxford Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested Oct. 17 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, speeding and failure to maintain lane. ►► Deborah Anne Harris, 56, of Atlanta was arrested Oct. 16 on Kimball Bridge Road in Alpharetta for DUI, speeding and failure to maintain lane. ►► Ian M. Kowalski, 56, of Plantation Lane, Roswell, was arrested Oct. 16 on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta for DUI and improper U-turn. ►► Mitchell Scott Manley, 21, of Saddle Hill Road, Roswell, was arrested Oct. 20 on Pine Grove Road in Roswell for DUI, failure to maintain lane and reckless driving. ►► Phillip Malcolm Simpson, 53, of Marietta was arrested

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Stone Mountain was arrested Oct. 13 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana and brake light violation. ►► Jonathan Kyle Trogdon, 23, of Hopewell Chase Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested Oct. 13 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana and headlight requirements. ►► Jonathon Bartkowski, 23, of Brands Hatch Boulevard, Cumming, was arrested Oct. 13 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana. ►► Lorenzo Scott Wells, 36, of Webb Bridge Court, Alpharetta, was arrested Oct. 18 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana and wanted person. ►► Shuvoa Elijah Turner, 19,

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Shoplifter hits 10 stores ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Ten stores in North Point Mall had clothing taken from them Oct. 21 by a 20-year-old Atlanta woman. It began at Von Maur, after employees said Brittany N. Landrum-Williams, 20, of Atlanta, allegedly entered the store’s girls’ department and hid a pair of jeans in her handbag. She then left the store

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Continued from Page 2 without paying for the clothing. She was stopped by employees and returned to the store for questioning. Inside her bags were allegedly dozens of clothing items from stores throughout the mall, including Macy’s, The Children’s Place, Hollister and Abercrombie Kids. Few of the items were bought. Landrum-Williams was arrested for shoplifting.

Watches, pistol taken from home MILTON, Ga. – Several watches and a pistol were reported stolen from a Creek Club Drive home Oct. 25. The victims told police they left the home locked but without an alarm at 4 p.m. and returned a little over an hour later. They found the rear door forced open. A search of the home showed four watches – valued between $200 and $4,300 – were missing along with a Walther PPK pistol that was in a lockbox beside a bed. Neighbors reported seeing an elderly couple knocking on the door a little after the residents said they left.

Going from frying pan to fire ALPHARETTA, Ga. – After allegedly trying to steal a frying pan by hiding it in her purse, a Lithonia woman was arrested for shoplifting Oct. 20. Employees of the HomeGoods store on North Point Parkway told police they | Johns Creek Herald | November 7, 2013 | 3

saw Christine Webb, 44, of Lithonia, pick out a $130 copper frying pan and several picture frames and attempt to conceal them in her purse. She then left the store. Webb was arrested for shoplifting.

Man takes child seats, rides MARTA MILTON, Ga. – A 30-year-old Atlanta man was arrested Oct. 22 after allegedly stealing two car seats from Walmart and using MARTA to get away. Store employees told police they saw David Ehren Heard, 30, of Atlanta, pick out two child car seats, each valued at $40, and leave the store without paying for them. He was followed to the MARTA bus stop near the McDonald’s restaurant and got on the bus. Police stopped the bus as it turned onto Ga. 9, found Heard and arrested him. Heard was charged with shoplifting. He also had a warrant for his arrest from Dunwoody.

DUI driver accused of driving wrong way ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A Milton man was arrested Oct. 20 on Old Milton Parkway for DUI after he was allegedly seen driving on the wrong side of the road. Police spotted Beau A. Miears, 21, of Deer Trail, Milton, pull out of the Alpharetta Square shopping center on Haynes Bridge Road and turn onto Old Milton Parkway in the wrong lane. He was pulled over and allegedly failed sobriety tests. Miears was charged with DUI and driving on the wrong side of the road.

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1. Johns Creek Johns Creek, the 10th-largest city in Georgia, saw a population growth of 21.9 percent between 2009 and 2011 alone, and households in the city earned a median income of $110,648 (tops in Georgia). The top employers include State Farm, Alcon and Macy’s Systems and Technology. The Johns Creek Economic Development Corp. has recently launched the Johns Creek Advantage program, the first economic development initiative for Johns Creek. It will focus on attracting new businesses, expanding existing local businesses and supporting the entrepreneurs in the city. 2. Alpharetta The city saw 12.8 percent growth in the working-age population between 2009 and 2011, and the median household income is $92,149. Alpharetta is known as the Technology City of the South, with employers like Comcast, Verizon and Hewlett-Packard. Other major employers in Alpharetta include McKesson, Automatic Data Processing and Lexis Nexis. DeVry University has a campus in Alpharetta that offers job seekers help in their Career Resource Center. Reinhardt University has an adult education

Jobs: Continued from Page 1 the ground and roads and bridges. We have Ga. 400 that is our transportation spine right down to the [Hartsfield] airport,” Beach said. “Then we have great public safety. That’s something people want,” he said. “When they go to work or on a trip, they want to know their family is safe.” The profusion of top-quality hospitals and the employment they bring add to both the quality of life and the job market. “Look at the great housing



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here. The greenways and parks in the cities. People want to live here,” Beach said. One health care company told Beach that when they move executives here on the corporate ladder, they don’t want to leave. Beach reckons that says a lot for the communities here. Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker said he had not seen the report making Johns Creek No. 1, but that he “knew instinctively” that Johns Creek is a great place to live. “It’s a great opportunity to work locally, and we are certainly in close proximity to great job markets. So when you combine that with our

income is $77,173. Principal employers in Roswell include Kimberly-Clark, Verizon and North Fulton Hospital. Roswell’s residents are well-educated – 40.3 percent of the population over 25 has obtained a bachelor’s degree and another 18.8 percent have obtained a graduate or professional degree as well.

great schools, our great community and our great work opportunities, it makes logical sense to me,” Bodker said. Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle said based on the criteria of the study it is understandable that his city is so high on the list. “Alpharetta has always had a low unemployment rate. Then you couple that with the fact that the city has twice as many jobs as it does population, that makes it a great place to find a job,” Belle Isle said. He said Alpharetta and Atlanta are the only two cities in Georgia with more jobs than people. “This is a great accomplish-

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Fulton GOP Chairman Bonds goes radioactive Finds he’s too hot for security TAMPA, Fla. – Fulton Republican Party Chairman Roger Bonds was almost too hot to handle when a security guard clamped him by the shoulder and said, “Come with me,� at a Republican National Committee function in Tampa, Fla., last month. “I thought it was a joke, but this guy was serious,� said Bonds, who laughs about it now.

He was one of dozens of Georgia delegates getting off the bus for a welcoming party. “As we get off the bus, this guy is BONDS scanning us with some kind of hi-tech wand,� Bonds said. “He points it at me, and said, ‘Sir, you must come with me.’ “I said I already have a

date, but then I see he’s not laughing.� The guard took him by the elbow and escorted him away from the others. That’s when one of the security agents tells him. “Sir, you’re radioactive,� he said. Now Bonds was really confused – and just a little concerned. Especially after they began to question him. One of the first questions was: Have you been around any nuclear weapons lately? No, he said. And the questions continued.

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When they got to question 24, Bonds brightened up. “They asked me if I had had a stress test recently, and I said yes, last Tuesday,� Bonds said. Did they inject thallium, a radioactive isotope, into him? Indeed they did. After a few more questions, he was allowed to return to the reception. “I was mad at first,� he said. “It was a little embarrassing, really. But then I thought, ‘Hey these guys are really good.’ They knew I was

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Chattahoochee High School Volleyball came up short in the State 6AAAAAA Volleyball finals against the Walton Raiders Nov. 1

’Hooch volleyball falls in state finals to Walton JOHNS CREEK, GA. – Chattahoochee High School Volleyball played the Walton Raiders Friday, Nov. 1, in the State 6AAAAAA Volleyball finals and came up short, losing to the Raiders 25-27, 23-25, 25-19, 19-25. ’Hooch ended their 2013 season 50-10. They won their way into the state finals by beating Johns Creek, for the third time this season, in the semifinals in front of a record crowd. Friday, the Cougars were led by captains Haley Templeton, who had 20 kills and 23 assists, and Claudia Coco, who recorded 27 digs. ’Hooch and Walton went back and forth the entire first set. Lexi Kingree provided key blocks to keep the Cougars close. Walton won game 1 by a score of 27-25 on a kill by Jessica Sloan. Set 2, ’Hooch was up early by 5 but let it slip away and lost by 2. In set 3, the girls started slowly but gained momentum when Miami signee Templeton began attacking the second ball and throwing Walton out of system. Tennesseebound Coco had several digs that led directly to ’Hooch points. She also had a serving run that added to the team’s lead. In the fourth set the Cougars continued to play strong but Walton’s aggressive serving was

too much for ’Hooch’s back row to handle. This is the second time in four years that Chattahoochee Volleyball has been in the state finals. Four-year varsity veterans Templeton, Coco and Troy signee Reina Terry have played in two state finals and one semifinal match in their high school careers.


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Princess Mara, a horse at Jack Damico’s Posse Racing Stable, wins a race at Belmont Park in New York on Oct. 9.

Georgia coalition betting on horse racing bill Proponents say racing could bring tax dollars, tourism, jobs to state By CAITLIN WAGENSEIL




provide for pari-mutuel wagering in the state and is being sponsored by North Fulton’s state Reps. Lynne Riley and NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Horse racing is Harry Geisinger. legal in Georgia, but don’t think about Geisinger said once the bill passes, betting on a horse race. the governor would appoint a racing Members of the Georgia Horse Raccommission. ing Coalition are working to change “This will bring thousands of that and bring the excitejobs and a tremendous ment and financial boost amount of money – many of horse racing to the millions of dollars,” THE GSU RE greater Atlanta area. Geisinger said. “It’s an opHorse racing has long portunity for us.” been a tradition in GeorHe added that the gia, but the concept of money used to build the pari-mutuel wagering, or track won’t be with tax I HO betting on horse racing, dollars, but instead will RSE RAC is not legal in the state – be privately funded. making the sport of horse And with that money, racing unprofitable. Damico said the coalition hopes to Jack Damico, of Cumming, who is build “one spectacular boutique race on the racing coalition’s board of directrack” in the greater Atlanta area. tors, sees the value of wagering in the The track would host a Georgia horse racing industry. Derby for colts and a Georgia Oaks for “It could mean so much for the fillies each year, which Damico said state through jobs, tax revenue and would be a wonderful tourist attractourism,” Damico said. “Georgia State tion. University recently completed an “Our mission is to bring a worldeconomic study that indicated horse class, multipurpose racing facility to racing in Georgia could provide $50 the area. Georgia is such a natural fit million in tax revenue and would bring with the climate and all the agriculmore than 15,000 new jobs to the tural resources,” Damico said. state.” Additionally, Damico said the race The GSU study says Kentucky track would not have a casino attached leads the pack at $66 million in state to it because the coalition believes the tax revenues. Damico added that the track could make it on its own. coalition is trying to educate state lead“It’s my passion to see our own ers and voters on all the good that the horses race in our own state,” Damico thoroughbred initiative could bring, said. “The coalition thinks the thorand are working to ultimately pass a oughbred initiative would be good for constitutional amendment legalizing Georgia, and we’d like to see it haphorse wagering to pave the way for pen.” horse racing in Georgia. For information on the coalition, House Bill 4, to be voted in the visit or find 2013-2014 regular session, would them on Facebook.


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Johns Creek Police seek Police report on city manager still not ready missing man with Alzheimer’s Investigation near end, police say JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek Police say the investigation of City Manager John Kachmar’s alleged altercation with a resident is nearing its end and a report should be out soon. On Oct. 7, Kachmar became engaged with several residents after a Johns Creek City Council meeting. During the exchange, both sides

traded verbal insults and profanities. The exchange was witnessed by a large group of people standing outside City Hall. Police have spent the following weeks interviewing those who were in the parking lot and may have witnessed the altercation. Police Spokesman Doug Nurse confirmed the investigation is wrapping up and a report of its findings should be released soon.


JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man with Alzheimer’s disease. Robert Larry Massey, 71, of Johns Creek was last seen at 10 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at 5051 Anclote Dr., where he lives with his family. Massey is white, 6 feet tall, 240 pounds and has blue eyes. He is now clean-shaven and has gray hair that he parts on the side. He has a tattoo that says “BSM” or “BJM” on his upper left arm. He also has a tattoo on his upper right arm that says “M.” He was last observed

wearing glasses, a Florida State University hat, a tan corduroy jacket, a gold FSU shirt and blue jeans. He is driving a red 2012 Buick Verano bearing license tag PFZ5412. Massey is known to frequent 9700 Medlock Bridge Road, the Saddle Bridge area and local restaurants in Johns Creek. Massey has Alzheimer’s, is on blood pressure medication and anti-depressants. Anyone with information on Massey should contact Lt. Chris Byers at 678-314-8625 or by email at


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I find it interesting that two of the [opposition] candidates who have called for reconciliation after the elections also signed the recall petition.” IVAN FIGUEROA Johns Creek Councilmen

a much more labor-intensive stage two. Those who want to recall the two councilmen must then obtain signatures of 30 percent of the number of electors registered and qualified to vote in the last preceding election. Jones estimates that number needed to force a recall is around 11,830 signatures. Under the Georgia Constitution, the relevant legislation requires at least one of the following grounds for calling a recall election: • an act of malfeasance or misconduct while in office, • violation of the oath of office, • failure to perform duties prescribed by law, or • willfully misusing, converting or misappropriating, without authority, public property or public funds entrusted to or associated with the elective office to which the official has been elected or appointed. Once the signatures are verified, the recall committee members will have 90 days to circulate their petition. Then a recall election would be called within 30 to 45 days.

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Secretary of State Brian Kemp said his department has had its budget slashed 28 percent with a “head count” in personnel down 40 percent. But the cuts have been so deep that his office cannot do its work properly, and that affects the business community. Speaking recently at the Rotary Club of Johns Creek-North Fulton luncheon, Kemp was taking his case for returning some of his funding so that the Secretary of State’s Office can do its job in a timely fashion. Much of the public does not understand all that his department is responsible for, Kemp said. In addition to supervising all elections in Georgia, it annually has oversight of all initial corporate filings and their annual registrations – for-profit corporations, nonprofits, limited liability corporations and professional corporations. The office is also responsible for all professional licensing – from nail salons and cosmeticians to funeral directors, sports agents, architects and water and wastewater treatment operators. In other words, some 50,000 license renewals annually are processed by hand. Kemp is lobbying for some much-needed computerization and manpower. For instance, licensed practical nurses are in short supply in Georgia. But there is a logjam when the LPNs graduate, because their applications for a license once they have graduated nursing school are weeks if not months being processed. “These nurses should get a license to work


Secretary of State Brian Kemp, left, and Rotary Club of Johns Creek-North Fulton President Michael Kopp share a moment after the secretary’s talk at the Rotary luncheon at the Atlanta Athletic Club. in10 days, but it takes 30 to 60 days to get it done,” Kemp said. “If I could have 3 percent to 5 percent of my budget back, it would help a lot. “Modernizing the system would save cities and counties thousands of dollars and get people licensed and working sooner,” he said. Other problems are vexing also. For instance, elections and runoff elections have been moved up from three weeks to four weeks after an election. That puts qualifying around March 3 – the middle of the General Assembly session – and moves runoffs from November into December. “That means candidates are trying to run a runoff campaign during the holidays,” Kemp said. Kemp said his office needs modernization to do the state’s work properly, and that would serve Georgians well also.

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By HATCHER HURD ROSWELL, Ga. – Georgia Ensemble Theatre takes a stab at the thriller genre with the wickedly evil classic “Deathtrap” by Ira Levin. GET Artistic Director Robert Farley is following up the success of “Almost Heaven, John Denver’s America,” which garnered the highest attendance ever for a season-opening production, by going in a completely different direction with “Deathtrap.” This is not new material for Farley. In fact, he was only the second director to stage “Deathtrap” 35 years ago. He has had Levine’s suspense-laden nail-biter on GET’s radar screen for some time. “I wanted to make sure internally that we here at GET were ready to do it,” Farley said. “That’s because it is a very precise, difficult show to do technically. “‘Deathtrap,’ to me, is the best psychological thriller ever written. By that, I mean it’s not dependent on blood and gore. Instead the hair stands up on the back of your neck because of your perceptions of what is occurring or may occur in the play,” he said. It is Hitchcockian in the way it builds tension in the minds of the audience. And like Hitchcock, Levine knows just when to relieve the tension with a hearty laugh – or perhaps some nervous titter. “‘Deathtrap’ goes on like that for two hours-plus. I just love the show so much and I love Ira Levine’s writing,” Farley said. Levine was a brilliant author and playwright who could rarely be pegged into one genre or another. His first novel, “A Kiss before Dying” (and Edgar winner), told of a cold-blooded killer who murdered his heiress-lover and then wooed her sister. He also wrote the

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One of GET’s favorite actors, James Donadio, stars in the new play “Deathtrap,” which runs Nov. 7 - 24. may have had his own problems solved once one small problem is eliminated. One of GET’s favorite actors, James Donadio (Henry in “Lion in Winter”), stars as Bruhl. He is joined by other familiar GET faces: Mary Linn Owen (in GET’s “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” and “The Living”); Shelly McCook (“The Man Who Came to Dinner” and “Tokens of Affection”); and James Baskin (“Our Town” and “Inherit the Wind”). They are joined by GET newcomer Brian Hatch (“The Little Foxes” with Florida Rep). Note: This play contains mature content and some colorful language.

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Songwriters festival comes to Alpharetta Nov. 9 Alpharetta to host songwriters at Wire and Wood ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Downtown Alpharetta will have music flowing through the night Nov. 9 with the inaugural Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival. The first and only festival of its kind in the Atlanta area, the event will bring in over 20 art-

ists from around the Southeast to perform their hits. “Alpharetta is becoming known for its music scene and festivals filled with lively entertainment,” said Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle. “People love music, and this new event brings together great musicians who not only wrote the songs they will perform but have stories to share about the song’s history. Bring those elements together along with

a variety of great food and the awesome community of Alpharetta and you have a don’t-miss event.” Music will be flowing through the streets as the songwriters perform their soulful melodies from five different stages throughout downtown. The stage names include: Cotton House, Hop Alley, Smokejack and the grand Wire and Wood. A variety of street stages will also be set up along Milton Avenue. The free event is from 4-7 p.m. Families can come for dinner, stroll through the stages and plan to stay for the big stage performances beginning at 7 p.m. There will also be interactive stages by Music Matters and the Guitar Center set up from 4-7 p.m. Along with plenty of food trucks, the local restaurants will of course be on hand with food, beer and wine. “We are excited to be partnering and helping to bring this unique event to life, and we look forward to hosting music lovers from around the Southeast who come to town to enjoy the stories and songs of these awesome artists,” said Janet Rodgers, president and CEO of the Alpharetta Conven-

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Dolvin brings stories to life JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Dolvin Elementary was home to a cast of favorite story book characters and a day spent sharing a love of stories. They started the day with schoolwide story time at Dolvin, courtesy of Principal Laura Zoll. To set the stage for a day of reading, she read “Book! Book! Book!” by

Deborah Bruss, on the Dolvin news show. Dolvin Elementary had some special guests such as the Bear from Jon Klassen’s book, “I Want My Hat Back;” Cynthia Rylant’s character from “The Old Lady Who Named Things;” Dr. Seuss’ “The Sneetches;” and of course the trio from Doreen Cronin’s “Click, Clack, Moo!” | Johns Creek Herald | November 7, 2013 | 15

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By CAITLIN WAGENSEIL ALPHARETTA, Ga. – After recently opening a third location in Alpharetta, the Green Bean Exchange Antiques and Interiors Mall held a ribbon cutting on Thursday, Oct. 24 as part of an official grand opening celebration. Those present at the celebration included Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle, Councilmember Donald Mitchell, Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau President Janet Rodgers and members of the Chamber of Commerce. The store, at 230 South Main St., has more than 70 dealers that bring a wide selection of antiques, home furnishings and jewelry to shoppers. “The mall has a little something for everyone,” said co-owner Thomas Earle. Belle Isle wished the owners the best, saying he was happy to have the business come to Alpharetta. “We’re excited to have you here because you’re a retail business that people love to shop at, so we thank you,” Rodgers added. | Johns Creek Herald | November 7, 2013 | 17

Some of the merchandise available at the new store includes mid-century items and collectibles, vinyl records, vintage clothing, home décor and more. And both Earle and co-owner Chad Milford are excited about the opening of the Alpharetta location. “I’ve worked in retail for a long time, so coming and opening my own business and being a part of it is really exciting,” Earle said. “And being on a different side of town offers a new challenge, which is equally exciting.” Earle added the new store gives him an opportunity to buy more things, which is something he said he loves to do, and be involved in the community. “I hope that we can really participate here with projects, schools and things that the chamber might work on — we want to contribute in any way, and I know that we’ll have a lot of fun doing that,” he said. The two other Green Bean Exchange locations are at 438 Canton Road in Cumming and 12573 Cumming Highway in Canton. For more information, visit, call 678-867-2326 or find them on Facebook.


Northside Hospital introduces advanced surgery technology FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Northside Hospital has introduced new “mini laparoscopy” technology, which makes conventional laparoscopy even less invasive than before. “Results from this new, even less-invasive technology have been remarkable, and I look forward to sharing my recent clinical experiences in presentations at upcoming NEZHAT meetings and workshops,” said Dr. Ceana Nezhat, internationally renowned gynecologic surgeon and program director for advanced minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at Northside Hospital. Mini laparotomy is one of the two most common methods of tubal ligation (the other common sterilization procedure is a laparoscopy). Most women opt to have this procedure done right after giving birth. After a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, patients have little pain and discomfort and are able to return to normal activities within a few days. For more information, visit

N.F. Hospital named to Safety Leaders Circle ROSWELL, Ga. — North Fulton Hospital has been named to the Georgia Hospital Association’s (GHA) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) Safety Leaders Circle, which recognizes hospitals’ improvements in patient care for the second quarter of 2013. North Fulton Hospital is one of 31 hospitals in Georgia to place in the Elite Circle, the highest on the list.


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Das Gallery of Fine Art holds grand opening Nov. 14 ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Das Gallery Fine Art in downtown Alpharetta will celebrate its grand opening, free and open to the public, from noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16. Located at 2225 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 400, in the Sabri Guven Fine Jewelry building, this stateof-the-art gallery will feature large-format contemporary original paintings and mixed-media from several renowned artists. The initial show will run through the holiday season into January, and will include pieces from J. Kevin Foltz, Ben Henderson, Joanne Miller Rafferty, Dan Strothers and John Torina. Glass sculptures by Hung Nguyen, master of glass art, will also be displayed. “With this first exhibit, we’re bringing in vibrant and inspiring originals by established artists, many of whom have not previously have been shown in the Atlanta area,” said Lisa Drynan, a gallerist. “We’re thrilled to bring these featured collections to the established and thriving fine art circuit from Atlanta to Buckhead to Roswell, and now Alpharetta.” For more, call 678-995-3463 or visit


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Dunkin’ Donuts opens 100th location Alpharetta chosen for rapid growth By ALDO NAHED ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The latest Alpharetta Dunkin’ Donuts in south Forsyth County marked the metro Atlanta market’s 100th location to open, 6020 Atlanta Highway and McFarland Parkway. For Stephen Attard and James Laskaris, who are the largest franchisees in the area with 20 locations, there’s plenty more to come. Another Cumming location is planned for Peachtree Parkway in December and one is in the works in Dawsonville next month. “It’s a big stepping stone for

Georgia with Dunkin Brands. Hopefully, we will be at 200 stores in the next five years. We have a lot more growth coming on,” said Attard, who started in the Dunkin Brand eight years ago. “We’re happy to be here.” This marks the 120th store in the state. John Costello, president of global marketing and innovation for Dunkin’ Brands, said there are 10,500 franchises around the world. “Stephen and James are strong entrepreneurs, who know their market better than anyone else,” Costello said. “They are great operators, and this is a terrific looking store.” The new store is also designed different. Hundreds got a chance to see the new store on Oct. 26, during a grand opening event that had Atlanta

Hawks Flight Crew, mascots, prizes and giveaways. Called Fresh Brew, the model is designed to provide quick service in the morning and comfy seating and tables for the afternoon crowd with a strong focus on coffee, Costello said. “You’ve got soft seating and tables and benches, if you want to take a break in the afternoon,” Costello said. “Our mission is to get you running in the morning and keep you running all day long.” Forsyth County’s rapid growth made it a perfect area to open the store. “We have a lot of loyal Dunkin fans who have been waiting for Dunkin to open, and the initial sales have been very strong,” Costello said. “People have come to see the new Dunkin and are hanging around.”


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Drake is coming to Philips Arena as part of his “WOULD YOU LIKE A TOUR?” arena tour, playing songs from his new album “Nothing Was the Same.” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7. 1 CNN Center, Atlanta. Please visit


A night of celebrated Italian classics, the program will feature Respighi’s “Fountains of Rome,” Tchaikovsky’s “Capriccio Italien,” Rossini’s “Italian Girl in Algiers” and Berlioz’s “Roman Carnival Overture.” 7 - 10 p.m. Nov. 16. Cambridge High School, 2845 Bethany Bend, Milton. Please call 770-664-7255 or visit georgiaphilharmonic. org.


Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents staged readings of scenes from Beverly Cleary’s “Ramona Quimby” novel series. A book discussion follows. Snacks provided. 4 – 5 p.m. Nov. 6. Roswell Branch of the AtlantaFulton Public Library System, 115 Norcross St., Roswell. Please call 770640-3075 or visit



The Sedgwick Gallery, a fine art gallery located in Historic Downtown Alpharetta, celebrates its grand opening. The goal of Sedgwick Gallery is to offer customers the highest

quality art available, while adding to the cultural experience of downtown Alpharetta. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 15-16 and noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 17. 61 Roswell St., Alpharetta. Please call 404-281-9998 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


This gallery in downtown Alpharetta celebrates its grand opening to the public. Visit this exciting exhibition of contemporary original paintings, mixed media and sculpture by established artists. Noon - 7 p.m. Nov. 16. 2225 Old Milton Parkway, Suite 400, Alpharetta. Please call 678-995-3463 or visit


Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center and Real Life Photography pair up to bring a special Santa experience to Johns Creek. Santa will visit the historic Summerour House at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Autrey Mill to improve its facilities and community programs. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8 – 10. 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek. Please call 770-4574598 or visit


Izzy Maternity hosts a holiday fashion show and party. Join us for an evening of fun and fashion to celebrate the upcoming holiday season. The event will include a maternity fashion show, a raffle, appetizers, in-store discounts and music. All raffle proceeds will be donated to the Marcus Autism Center. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13. Izzy Maternity, 7300 North Point Pkwy, Suite 102, Alpharetta. Please call 404-949-0222 or visit izzymaternityclothes. com.

CALENDAR ALE YEAH! BEER TASTING Local merchant Ale Yeah! will host a beer tasting at Barrington Hall. There will be several types of beer to sample and dessert will be served. Two sessions available Nov. 15: 6:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. $20 per session. Advance reservations required. 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. Please call 770-640-3855.


Jekyll Brewing hosts an event benefitting Radiation Vacation, a group who helps to provide recreational activities for children with cancer and their families. With entrance fee you get six drink tickets and a souvenir Jekyll Brewing glass. There will be live music, food, brewery tours, games and giveaways. 6 - 9 p.m. Nov. 18. 2855 Marconi Drive, Suite 350, Alpharetta. Please call 770-596-8788.


The fifth annual Johns Creek Poetry Festival will be held at the NE/Spruill Oaks Library with a variety of poetry performances, including featured poet Ron Self and children from the Alpharetta International Academy, as well as Bulli Bards poetry group of Gainesville, Ga. Poet Paul Samuels hosts an 11 a.m. children’s poetry workshop. Free and open to all ages. 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16. 9560 Spruill Road, Johns Creek. Please call 770-3608820 or visit

ALPHARETTA COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING WORSHIP SERVICE Join several Alpharetta congregations at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church for the fifth annual Alpharetta Community Worship Service. Featuring inspirational music from congregations and Thanksgiving reflections from Alpharetta youth. Clergy from Alpharetta congregations will share in worship leadership and an offering will be taken in support of North Fulton Community Charities. Refreshments and fellowship will follow the service. 535 Rucker | Johns Creek Herald | November 7, 2013 | 19

Road, Alpharetta. 7 p.m. Nov. 17. 535 Rucker Road, Alpharetta. Please call 770475-4501 or visit


Enjoy an evening of stories, songs and the sounds of the park. Meet the evening's special guest, an owl from the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Venture out on a guided night hike and listen for the nighttime sounds along the Chattahoochee River. Reservations required. 6:30 - 10 p.m. Nov. 16. Chattahoochee River Recreation Area, 8615 Barnwell Road, Johns Creek. Please call 678-5381200 or visit


The Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival makes its debut in Alpharetta. The free festival will feature local and nationally touring songwriters. 4 – 9 p.m. Nov. 9. 2 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please call 678-297-6000 or visit


Benefitting childhood cancer and environmental awareness. Food, music and fun for all ages. Register early; space is limited. 8 - 10:30 a.m. Nov 16. Windermere Golf Club, 5000 Davis Love Drive, Cumming. Please call 770-490-1083 or visit


A ceremonial groundbreaking and dedication of the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk. 10 - 11 a.m. Nov. 9. 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Please visit


In 11 BurgerFi locations across the country, teens partner with peers who have autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to create gourmet burgers. Alpharetta's "Make a Burger, Make a Friend" event serves to create compassion and a connection between teens and peers with ASD. By breaking down social barriers and stigmas, the experience encourages teens to reach out to others who are different. Each teen will be partnered up with a child or teen on the autism spectrum. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Nov. 9. 5475 Windward Parkway West, Alpharetta. Please call 770-451-0570 or visit burgerfigeorgia.


The Third Annual Holcomb Bridge Hustle is a community-wide 5K road race along Holcomb Bridge Road hosted by the Holcomb Bridge Middle School PTA. The 5K course will begin and end at HBMS and runs along Holcomb Bridge Road. There will be post-race entertainment, refreshments. t-shirts, awards & sponsor tables. 8 a.m. Nov. 9. Holcomb Bridge Middle School, 2700 Holcomb Bridge Road, Alpharetta. Please visit


An evening of magnificent artwork and musical entertainment to benefit the Georgia Transplant Foundation will be held at the Gardens of Great Oaks in Roswell. 7:30 – 11 p.m. Nov. 8. 786 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell. Please call 770-640-0059 or visit


The genre-defying six-piece band will be playing at Matilda’s Cottage as part of the Music under the Pines series. Progressive rock, funk, jazz and more. 7 p.m. Nov. 9. 377 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please visit


“Shrek the Musical," brings the hilarious story of everyone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Full of new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, Show times vary. Nov. 8 – 17. Milton Center, 86 School Drive, Alpharetta. Please call 404-543-2381 or visit

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Titans hosting Riverwood again with state playoff berth on line By MIKE BLUM JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – D.J. Pearson passed for 279 yards and five touchdowns to lead Northview to a 48-21 victory over Forsyth Central last Friday, Nov. 1, sending the Titans into this week’s 7-AAAAA playoff game as the No. 3 seed from their sub-region. The Titans finished their sub-region schedule 3-2 and bring a 5-4 overall record into Friday’s game at home against Riverwood, which placed second in the other 7-AAAAA subregion at 3-1. The Raiders, 6-3 overall, lost at Northview 34-32 midway through the season when the Titans scored the game-winning touchdown with one second on the clock. Northview took a 21-0 halftime lead against Forsyth Central on three Pearson touchdown passes. The first

two scores covered 33 and 11 yards to Matt Biondich, who caught seven passes for 146 yards, including a 41-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter. Pearson, who completed 20 of 27 passes, also connected with Ricci Nuckles for scoring passes of 2 and 24 yards. Nathan Phillips rushed for 160 yards on 14 carries, including an 80-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The Titans closed out their scoring on a 27-yard run by Joe Mays in the final period. The Titans rushed for 298 yards against the Bulldogs, giving them 577 yards total offense on the night. Northview led 28-14 at halftime against Riverwood in late September, with the Raiders rallying to take a 32-28 lead in the fourth quarter. Northview had 459 yards of offense in that game, including more than 200 yards on the ground.

“We’re a better running team now,” said Northview coach Chad Davenport, whose team is led by one of the state’s top quarterback/receiver duos in Pearson and Biondich. Phillips has been the team’s primary ground gainer, but Davenport points out that in recent games, “We’ve added a few other kids into the mix.” The Titans played in a region crossover game last year, losing 31-28 to Pope, which had defeated the Titans 45-27 during the season. “We had played them pretty well earlier, but we didn’t know if we had much of a chance against them the next time,” Davenport said. “This time, the kids know they can play with these guys.” The Titans jumped out to a big early lead against Riverwood in the first meeting this

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Lisa’s big night not enough CUMMING, Ga. – Colin Lisa had 10 receptions for 202 yards for Chattahoochee last Friday night, Nov. 1, at Lambert, but the Cougars struggled offensively in the second and third quarters and lost 41-20. The Cougars took a 7-3 lead in the opening period, driving 61 yards to score on a short run by Chase Nelson. But Chattahoochee managed just a pair of Adam Abdellaoui field goals in the next two periods, with his second kick cutting the Lambert lead to 41-13. Taz Wilson, who passed for 293 yards but was intercepted four times, added a 20-yard touchdown pass to Brando Ernest for the final score of the game. Chattahoochee (1-5 in Region 6-AAAAAA, 3-6 overall) closes out its season at home Friday night against Centennial (1-5, 1-8) in what is likely to be a high-scoring game. – Mike Blum

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Gladiators can’t hold early lead JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – In search of their first win of the season, the Johns Creek Gladiators led North Forsyth 21-0 in the first half, but the Raiders scored the game’s last 38 points to score a 38-21 victory Friday night, Nov. 1. Chase Solomon passed for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Gladiators, and Enoch Webb rushed for 90 yards and two TDs as the Gladiators led 21-0 late in the second period. But the Raiders scored a touchdown in the final 40 seconds of the first half, and clamped down on the Johns Creek offense in the second half. Johns Creek (0-6 in Region 6-AAAAAA, 0-9 overall) closes out its season Friday at region champion Alpharetta (6-0, 7-2). – Mike Blum



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yard pass from Jacob Delk to Ben Miller. Taylor Cookston led the Patriots with 101 receiving yards. J.R. Cendova led the Mount Pisgah defense with 11 tackles and Delk had an interception. Hunter Bryant passed for 238 yards and two touchdowns for the Paladins, 2-3 in the sub-region and 5-4 overall. Jack Wise caught a 70-yard pass from Bryant in the opening period, and Ryan Reid had a 15-yard TD reception late in the game. The Paladins play at home Friday against Christian Heritage, which defeated Fellowship 41-0 in September. The Lions were second in the opposite sub-region at 3-1 and are 7-2 overall. – Mike Blum

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Continued from Page 22 year before the Raiders rallied. “We let them come back,” Davenport said. “It should not have come down to the last play.” The main challenge for the Titans will be to stop Riverwood’s option offense, led by Grant Drakeford, a dangerous running threat at quarterback. Lineman Max Ovrick, who was out for the first Riverwood game, will be back in the lineup Friday, which should make the Titans’ defensive task less daunting. A victory over the Raiders would give Northview its first-ever state playoff berth and ensure the Titans their first winning season. The No. 1 team from 5-AAAAA, likely North Paulding, would be the Titans’ state playoff opponent if they defeat Riverwood.

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Mount Pisgah Patriots protected their standing as the No. 1 team in the state Class A private school power rankings, rolling past Fellowship Christian 50-21 at home last Friday night, Nov. 1, to improve their record to 9-0. The win gave the Patriots a 6-A sub-region title, but the team will not have the chance to play for a region championship, as the two subregion champions will play the No. 4 teams from the opposite sub-region in this week’s crossover games. The Patriots will play Mount Zion (Carrollton), which finished fourth out of five teams in its sub-region. Mount Zion went 1-3 in the subregion and is 4-5 overall, with the Eagles’ four wins coming against teams with a combined six victories. Mount Pisgah amassed 534 yards total offense against Fellowship, taking a 36-14 halftime lead. Browning Dunn scored three of the Patriots’ five first-half touchdowns, two on runs of 31 and 30 yards. He also scored his team’s first TD on a short run after a fumble by the Paladins. Dunn gained 88 yards on just six carries and caught one pass for 37 yards. A 66-yard pass from Aaron Winchester to Oz Dixon wrapped up the Patriots’ first-half scoring. Winchester completed 13 of 22 passes for 188 yards, including a 7-yard pass to Dixon for the first score of the second half. The final Mount Pisgah score came on a 66-

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Roswell Child Development Association celebrates 45 years Henry and Anne Hicks honored for service By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – At a gala luncheon Oct.31 at Country Club of the South, the Roswell Child Development Association and its many friends gathered to celebrate its 45th anniversary and to honor two of its most cherished supporters – Henry and Anne Hicks. More than 100 guests, dignitaries and honorees were on hand, including Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal and Honorary Chairman Bobby Cagle, commissioner of Early Childhood Education. CDA Director Donna Smythe said she wanted to especially remember special honorees Henry and his late wife Anne Hicks for their exemplary volunteer work for the CDA since its inception in 1968. “With intelligence, generosity and dedication, Henry and Anne Hicks went about accomplishing things in their own quiet way,” Smythe said. “Anne was involved in the Child Development Association in the early 1970s when their church, Roswell Presbyterian, was the home of the CDA,” she said. “Her name appears on board rosters repeatedly as the secretary of the organization. She was one of the dedicated tribe that raised $1 million for the construction of our building at 89 Grove Way. Her name is on the dedication plaque for that ‘new’ building — now more than 35 years old.” Her commitment to children, families and community went far beyond her leadership of the CDA, Smythe said. “But it is most especially special to us that Anne taught elementary and middle school and she knew so well that a great preschool education could launch a youngster toward success,” she said. Henry Hicks’ involvement with CDA came in the 1990s when he joined the Board of Trustees and served multiple terms as its chairman. He hired Smythe’s predecessor Laxmi Parmeswar and in her words, “he was her most trusted advisor throughout her tenure.” He was at Parmeswar’s side when “incredible” CDA milestones were achieved: The CDA first achieved accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The CDA received its first multi-year grant from the Goizueta Foundation.

The CDA won a national award for its playground. “I know Henry as a deeply committed Rotarian whose longtime leadership of the Charity Committee has set a high standard for stewardship of these funds,” Smythe said. “The CDA is one of many organizations that benefit from the Roswell Rotary’s charitable contributions. “Henry forged a highly organized system that incorporates his deep knowledge of local nonprofits and a careful, analytical approach to measuring our impact in the community and our effectiveness in leveraging the Rotary’s funds for good,” said Smythe. “The very best supporters are those who are passionate about our mission, who demand excellence from us, and who are willing to roll up their sleeves to help us achieve it. Henry Hicks embodies all those things.” Deal has made early childhood education the cornerstone of her duties as the governor’s wife. In aid of that, she has been to all 159 Georgia counties and all 181school districts in the state, visiting more than300schools. As a former teacher, she understands the importance of preschool education as provided by the CDA for working parents who otherwise could not provide it. “It has taken an idea of persons with a caring heart and then others still who made the effort and raised the money for the CDA. And now 45 years later, we see the results,” Deal said. Education must begin when


Celebrating the CDA’s work for more than four decades are Mayors Jere Wood of Roswell, Eva Galambos of Sandy Springs, WSB-TV personality and host Linda Stouffer and Alpharetta Mayor Pro Tem D.C. Aiken. the brain is small if youngsters are to grow to be all they can be, she said. Hicks, in accepting accolades for his wife and himself, was quick to say many hands have made the CDA what it is today. “No good endeavor was ever done by one person. Anne and I helped focus attention on what others have done,” Hicks said. “I am only a representative of a long line of people who have done much.”


Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal and Early Education Commissioner Bobby Cagle were on hand to add their congratulations for the work the CDA has done for children in the last 45 years.

Dignitaries send regards The Roswell Child Development Center’s longevity and excellence as a leader in early child development for children of low-earning parents was noted by officials far and wide across the state who could not attend. Sending their regards and salutations were: • U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson • U.S. Rep. Tom Price • U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston • Gov. Nathan Deal • Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle • Ga. Secy. Of State Brian Kemp • Ga. Commisioner of Revenue Douglas J. MacGinnitie


Longtime Child Development Association Board Chairman Henry Hicks gets a hug and an award from CDA Director Donna Smythe.

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Johns Creek has gone a little crazy If there ever was a trickle down theory, it is alive and well in John Creek. To me, this is a direct result of the constant bombardment of craziness in Washington, D.C., where life exists upside down. It may be some hypnotic sound wave resonating from the TV, but I’m afraid our little city of charm, character, Friday night football games and good neighbors has come under its spell. A wise and seasoned politician once told me, “There are rules in sports, there are rules in life, but there are no rules in politics.” Unfortunately, this has certainly played out once again in the very first contested Johns Creek mayoral race since the

city was formed. I remember a sobering retort from a few decades ago that seems entirely fitting for what I have seen unfold in the recent City Council race. GET A GRIP! It simply meant to reevaluate your position so that you don’t continue to look like a fool and drag us all down in the process. Because of these antics, I am proposing a set of rules for future politicians: If you allege an opponent is spreading propaganda, lies and mistruths, respond with the actual truth instead of, “Can you believe my opponent is spreading propaganda, lies and mistruths?” If what you are railing




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next go round. One can hope. Or perhaps this dizzying spell has woken up our little city a bit and reminded us that there is more at stake than what exists in our backyard. Either way, the citizens will vote on Tuesday and usher in a representative council that will vote to shift and shape what becomes our future city. Get involved. Break the spell. Cast your vote. LINDA WESTCOTT JOHNSON Johns Creek



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Edge: Continued from Page 1 ways to bring a smile to others. It is amazing how Karen will find time in her very busy schedule to brighten the lives of others,” said Daniel. Her community involvement has focused on the Chattahoochee Woman’s Club and Canine Assistants, the nonprofit that trains service dogs to be the eyes, ears and legs of the disabled. A senior product manager for Oracle, Edge has a busy work schedule as so many residents do, yet she makes time for others. Edge has been an active volunteer and certified trainer at Canine Assistants. She has also helped the nonprofit find trainer-families for the dogs to socialize in public surroundings and develop their skills in “real world” activities. She has trained three dogs herself: Moose, April and recently, Sneaker. Trained dogs are valued at $10,000 each. Edge is also adept at bringing her interests and her causes together. As an avid runner, she is also a mainstay in the Woman’s Club’s annual race called “Celebrate America Memorial Day.” The race has been held every year since 1996 until this year, and attracted close to

1,000 runners. Edge persuaded the Woman’s Club to allow Canine Assistants to become involved with the race to give her charity more exposure. The club then donated a substantial percentage of the proceeds to Canine Assistants to fund training for their service dogs. In 2013, the club donated enough money to earn the right to name one of the puppies in training, and thus “April” (a Golden Retriever / Lab mix) was named in honor of the club’s founding president, April Gaffney, who died of ovarian cancer. “I really have to thank the community of Johns Creek,” Edge said in accepting her award. “It takes two and a half years to train a Canine Assistants dog. For families to allow a dog into their home is vitally important. But when you see the clients when they get their dog, and the freedom the dog gives them, then you see it is all worth it.” It has been the Vision of the Johns Creek Foundation to promote excellence in the quality of life for the citizens and business of Johns Creek. It does this by encouraging and directing financial support to endeavors that enhance recreational and cultural growth in the city. This in turn strengthens the unique community identity and spirit that is Johns Creek.


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Fulton Development Authority Chairman Bob Shaw, left, Progress Partners of North Fulton Executive Director Al Nash and Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann share a moment at the ball.

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Three belles at the ball enjoy the evening. From left are Maria Rose of the JC Chamber, Diana Potts of Gwinnett Medical Center Duluth and Lea Bay of Gwinnett Medical Center Duluth.


Karen Edge is congratulated by Mayor Mike Bodker on her award as Volunteer of the Year.



State Rep. Lynne Riley and husband Mike Riley take a turn around the dance floor.


Mayor Mike Bodker, left, and North Fulton Chamber of Commerce President Brandon Beach chat at the ball.

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Carleton College NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Benjamin Beker of Roswell has been admitted to Carleton College as a member of the class of 2017. He is the son of Herschel Beker and Jennifer Beker. Beker is a graduate of Roswell High School.

Mercer University School of Medicine MACON, Ga. – James Patrick Davidson of Cumming recently began his residency after graduation from Mercer University’s School of Medicine. He is serving in medicine-preliminary at George Washington University.

Sullivan University LOUISVILLE, Ky. – South Forsyth High School student Aaron Woodmansee of Alpharetta has been accepted to Sullivan University for admission to the university beginning in the 2014 academic year.

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Harding University SEARCY, Ark. – Garrison Gerard of Suwanee has been selected for the 2013-14 Harding University Thundering Herd marching band. Gerard, an instrumental music education major, performs at all home football games and selected fall exhibitions and parades.

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Lincoln Memorial University HARROAGTE, Tenn. – Two local students received their white coats at the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMUDCOM) White Coat Ceremony for the class of 2017 on Sept. 21. The White Coat Ceremony is a special ceremony designed to mark a student’s entrance into medical school. Local students receiving white coats included University of Georgia graduate Aakash Goyal of Johns Creek and Emory University graduate Adil F. Niaz of Alpharetta.

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Chattahoochee High School students from Blake Stetson’s AP Spanish class volunteer at North Fulton Community Charities on Saturday, Oct. 19.

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, November 7, 2013 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, November 18, 2013 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. Z-13-14 Olmstead Park Townhomes Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 8.65 acres from R-15 to R-10M HD (for-sale detached, Historic District) in order to develop 21 for-sale single family attached homes. The property is located at the northeast corner of Canton Street and Church Street and legally described as being located in Land Lot 1252, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. PH-13-11 The Georgian (KM Homes) Consideration of a request to change a previous condition of zoning in order to develop 54 attached for-sale homes. The previous condition required attachment with a garden gate and now a common wall is requested. Approval of a new site plan previously approved is also requested. The property is located at the northwest corner of School Drive and Canton Street and legally described as being located in Land Lot 1252 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. MP-13-01/CLUP-13-05/Z-13-03 Preston Ridge/Greenstone Properties Consideration of a request to change the Preston Ridge Master Plan by adding “for-sale” residential use (attached and detached)to Pod G. A request to rezone from O-I to CUP is requested as well as a change to the Future Land Use Plan from “Corporate Campus Office” to “High Density Residential”. The property is located at the northwest corner of Webb Bridge and Morris Road adjacent to Georgia 400. The property is legally described as being located in Land Lots 1259, 1262, 1263, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. d. Z-13-08/CLUP-13-07/V-13-05 Vaughan Drive Townhomes (City Council Only) Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 4.45 acres from C-2 to R-8A in order to allow 40 “for-sale” single family attached homes. A change to the Comprehensive Land Use Plan from “Professional Business Office” to “High Density Residential” is also requested. The property is located on Vaughan Drive and legally described as being located in Land Lots 1109, 1124, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. e. PH-13-13 Unified Development Code Consideration of amendments to the Unified Development Code in order to add R-4D detached residential zoning designation (for-sale housing). f. PH-13-14 Murlie Drive Right of Way Abandonment (City Council Only) Consideration of abandonment of the Murlie Drive Right-of-Way. The property is located in Land Lot 801, 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 South Main Street.

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Keshni Kokilakumar and Ashley Rodriguez volunteering with NFCC on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Spanish class volunteers at NF Community Charities ROSWELL, Ga. — On Saturday, Oct. 19, a group of Chattahoochee High School students volunteered at North Fulton Community Charities in support of the organization’s 2013 Holiday Program. The students, all juniors and seniors, are currently enrolled in Blake Stetson’s AP Spanish class and saw the weekend as an opportunity to put their grammar skills to the test. “I was so proud of my students today. People don’t really understand how intimidating it can be to speak a different language and use it in the real world; you’re put on the spot. I think it’s a good show of character to see all these teenagers come out on a Saturday morning and step out of their

comfort zones for a greater cause,” said Stetson, who has been teaching Spanish for nine years. The students were assigned to work as gift consultants on registration day, offering instructions to the clients for how to receive winter coats for their children, along with a Thanksgiving meal and some Christmas gifts. “It always surprises me to see just how many volunteers we receive on a regular basis,” said Eden Purdy, the program director at NFCC since 2010. “It’s a blessing to see how the community rises to meet the needs of these folks for the holidays.” Visit for more information. –Julia Potapoff

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Washington and Lee University LEXINGTON, Va. – Jenny Wang of Roswell has received a Johnson Scholarship to attend Washington and Lee University. Wang, a graduate of Centennial High School, began classes at W&L in September. The Johnson Scholarship program was established in 2007 as a result of an historic $100 million gift to the university. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, and candidates are chosen on the basis of exceptional academic and personal promise. The scholarships provide at least tuition, room and board, and allow students to graduate debt-free. Wang won the scholarship in competition against about 190 other finalists who participated in on-campus interviews last spring.

Loyola University Chicago CHICAGO – Loyola University Chicago freshman Ben Holm of Johns Creek was named a Missouri Valley Conference Golfer of the Week after tying for second place overall with a score of 146 (73-73) at the CSU Invitational.

Fort Hays State University HAYS, Kan. – Thomas Allen Doyle of Alpharetta is among the 344 students who completed requirements for associate, bachelor’s and graduate degrees during the summer 2013 term at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kan. Doyle was awarded a bachelor’s degree in management with an emphasis in human resources.

Eckerd College ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Local residents are among the 500plus students who have enrolled at Eckerd College for the fall 2013 semester, including Matthew Beneduci of Roswell, Sarah Feehan of Alpharetta and Avery Migues of Cumming.

University of North Georgia DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Many local students graduated from the University of North Georgia during its summer commencement. In addition, the following students earned recognition for their outstanding academic performances for summer semester 2013 by being placed on the University of North Georgia’s President’s List, Dean’s List or Merit List. President’s List honorees earned a 4.0 grade point average, and Dean’s List students earned a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Merit List students are part-time students who earned a minimum 3.5 GPA. Graduates: Michael Nelson of Cumming, James Ian Douglas of Cumming, Caleb Michael Smith of Cumming, Mary Katelyn Witemyre of Cumming, David Timothy Tise of Cumming, Jessica Catherine Ives of Cumming, Richard Joseph Rider of Cumming, Hutch Phillips



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