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“I ran into no resistance, and my team knocked on right under 3,000 doors,” he said. “We had maybe a handful of people who came out and said they were supporting my opponent – literally, no more than a handful.” Burnett, an alternate on the Planning Commission, easily defeated challenger Ben Easterling, garnering 60 percent of the vote in the Nov. 7 election for the Post 2 seat on the City Council. The seat’s current occupant, Mike Kennedy, did not run for re-elec-
tion. Two other council seats were on the ballot, but incumbents Donald Mitchell and Chris Owens ran unopposed. For Burnett, the issue was and will remain how to manage the city’s explosive growth. “I ran a race that I believe honored the Comprehensive Land Use Plan as a more hard-and-fast set of rules than my opponent did,” Burnett said.
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ROSWELL, Ga. — The Roswell City Council voted unanimously Monday to deny a request to change a zoning for office park space to residential townhome for a development along Holcomb Bridge Road, close to Powder Ridge Road. The request was to open the way for construction of 42 townhomes on an 8-acre property. The Planning Commission had recommended approval of the rezoning request with nine conditions. Some of these conditions included constructing a stub street for more connectivity, an 8-foot sidewalk with 2-foot grass strips, dedicating a right-of-way and landscaping a 40-foot buffer with approval by the Design Review Board. Twenty visitor parking spaces would have been included. “Staff felt that town homes would have been a good use for this location,” said Planning and Zoning Director Jackie Deibel. When asked about the inclusion of the stub street instead of a cul-desac, a Department of Transportation spokesperson said that it would be to ensure safe entrance and exit to Powder Ridge Road.
• The City Council approved rezoning from civic to residential small lot for a lot on Oxbo Road. • The council unanimously passed a request to rezone the Park at Old Roswell from office park to commercial mixed use, with a trail easement for future walking trails. • The council approved a Sidewalk Cafe license for The Real Fix Pizzaria on Elizabeth Way. The license will allow for outdoor seating in the rear of the restaurant which would not interfere with current plans for the East Alley project and walkability along the area. • The council unanimously approved, on first reading, a text amendment to the Unified Development Code to allow mead – a fermented honey – as a wine manufacturer • The council unanimously passed a contract modification request for $900,000 with Gresham, Smith and Partners for design consultant work on the Big Creek Parkway project. Multiple nearby residents spoke at the meeting and cited concerns about density, traffic and clear cutting. Residents also mentioned that townhomes would encourage people to live in Roswell, but commute to nearby cities for work, while office space would stimulate business and economic activity in the area. The city needs to start taking care of itself by bringing people who work here instead of people who
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Local officials are reviewing a blueprint that will assign hundreds of millions of dollars to address regional transportation needs across North Fulton County. The North Fulton Comprehensive Transportation Plan maps a project list more than 10 years into the future. It is an effort by the six cities in North Fulton and the Atlanta Regional Commission to coordinate spending in a way that provides regional relief. The plan, now in its final stages, will be turned over to the ARC in December for review. The public has until Nov. 29 to post comments and recommendations. At a meeting with Alpharetta city officials earlier this month, consutlants from Kimley Horn, a design engineering firm, presented the plan for review and asked for recommendations from elected officials. They will return Dec. 4 with revisions and a final draft that includes recommendations from each city and the public. The plan splits projects into three levels, each with its own share of funding. Level 1 projects: Concentrate primarily on capacity improvements along major arteries. As it stands now, these efforts call for major capacity improvements in the coming years along: • Old Milton Parkway/State Bridge Road east of Ga. 400 • North Point Parkway north of Old Milton to Webb Bridge Road • Ga. 9 north of Windward Parkway • McGinnis Ferry Road east of Ga. 400 • Medlock Bridge Road north from Gwinnett County to the Forsyth County line. • Sections of Old Alabama Road, Jones Bridge Road, Haynes Bridge and Kimball Bridge roads The consultants estimate Alpharetta
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will have about $116 million to help fund a share of these Level 1 projects. Funds will come from city bond projects approved by local voters in May of 2016 and regular annual funding for capital projects. They will also draw on the city’s share of the .75-cent transportation sales tax (TSPLOST) also passed by voters last year. Those TSPLOST funds represent more than $200 million transportation dollars between the six North Fulton cities. Alpharetta alone is expected to receive upward of $53 million over the 5-year term of the sales tax. Roswell and Johns Creek are each expected to receive around $82 million, and Milton estimates it will draw about $31 million. Level 2 projects, programmed at about half the funding, deal primarily with the area’s trail system, including the Alpha Loop. Level 3 funding would apply primarily to “complete street” projects featuring bicycle and pedestrian paths. Alpharetta City Councilman Chris Owens said he would like to see some of the Level 1 funding go toward interchange improvements at Old Milton Parkway and Ga. 400. Right now the project outlined for TSPLOST funding includes capacity improvements for Old Milton Parkway just east of Ga. 400, Owens said. The city is in talks with the Georgia DOT about partnering on that project. The interchange itself is not addressed in the current project, he said. “Even if we don’t know exactly what that is, I would say in my book it’s a priority for us, and that’s a regional issue of getting on and off of [Ga.] 400,” Owens said. “I’d like to see if we couldn’t work that into the plan.”
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Alpharetta council OKs downtown hotel project Building plan draws some traffic concerns By PATRICK FOX email@example.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. â€” Downtown Alpharetta will add another bright fixture to its growing list of stately buildings. The Alpharetta City Council approved a plan by Mayfair Street Partners to build a 119-room boutique hotel on just under one acre at 21 Milton Ave. The 6-1 vote came after nearly two hours of discussion in which residents and council members lobbed concerns over traffic, pedestrian safety and building height at the developer. Mayfair partner Jason Joseph said The Cotton House will contain 119 rooms and 23,000 square feet of retail space that will include a restaurant, and exercise/spa facility. Parking will be on-site with a 122-space underground valet parking deck. Joseph said the hotel will be a perfect complement to the growing down-
town and would accommodate visitors who are becoming more interested in Alpharetta as a destination. Mayfairâ€™s original proposal called for a five-story structure with 120 rooms standing 60 feet in height. It also called for abandoning a portion of Canton Street to the west of the property. That plan was voted down, 5-2, by the Alpharetta Planning Commission at its Nov. 2 meeting. The proposal presented Monday night before the City Council called for a four-story building with 119 rooms standing 56 feet in height. The developers also withdrew their request to have the city abandon a portion of Canton Street. Attorney Don Rolader, representing the developers, said Mayfair altered its original plans in response to concerns expressed by the Planning Commission. He also said the height of 56 feet is still below that of nearby buildings recently approved such as Teasely Place at 60 feet and its next-door neighbor Liberty Hall on South Main at 67 feet. But there were other concerns raised Monday.
A rendering of the Cotton House boutique hotel shows it occupying a prime space on bustling Milton Avenue. While most residents said they liked the idea of a boutique hotel in downtown, they thought its height and capacity were too much for the area. Alpharetta Business Association President John Ray said the Milton Avenue area is the site of many local street events, such as Taste of Alpharetta, Brew Moon Festival and the farmers market, which the ABA operates. He said he worries the hotel operation may be reluctant to cede its streetfront for such events. Resident Alexander Williamson raised another issue. â€œThereâ€™s an elephant â€“ not in the
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FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - The 105 schools in the Fulton County School System earned a “C+” average on the state’s annual report card in 2017, but progress is being made in the number of schools deemed “chronically failing” and subject to state intervention. Last week, the Georgia Department of Education released results for the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI), the annual evaluation tool for public schools across the state. First implemented in 2012, the CCRPI is designed to provide a broader view of school achievement and progress than the assessment it replaced — the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) measurement mandated by No Child Left Behind. Schools are evaluated on a 100 point scale based on a number of factors, and they have the ability to earn additional points for “exceeding the bar” progress. Overall, Fulton increased its average to 78; more than three points higher than last year, and above the state average of 75. Fulton Superintendent Jeff Rose noted he was particularly pleased with the achievement of the district’s lowest-performing schools. The number of Fulton schools scoring below the passing score of 60 dropped from 14 schools in 2016, to eight schools this year. Plans on how to help the 104 schools considered “chronically failing” will be made public in January by the newly-appointed State Turnaround Officer, Eric Thomas. “We are encouraged by the progress that was made last year,” said Rose, noting Fulton has directed significant efforts to underperforming schools. “[But] there is much more work ahead of us.”
See full 2017 CCRPI Scores at northfulton.com Each level of Fulton schools saw increases on the 2017 CCRPI. Elementary schools’ scores rose 4.3 points to 77.6, middle schools increased 2 points to 72.8, and high schools improved by 2.9 points to 82.4. Comparatively, the state scores were 72.9 for elementary schools, 73 for middle schools, and 77 for high schools. Among North Fulton schools, the nine area high schools had the greatest performance averaging nearly 93 points. The region’s 29 elementary school were close behind at just under 90 points, with the 11 middle schools posting a solid “B” rating at 86 points. Two North Fulton schools – Lake Windward Elementary and Northview High – scored over 100 points for a second consecutive year, with the extra points given for “exceeding the bar.” Three other areas schools had near perfect scores – Findley Oaks Elementary (99.9), River Trail Middle (99.5), and Cambridge High School (99.0). Other high achievers in North Fulton included schools with double-digit gains from last year, including Hillside Elementary (+24.7), Mountain Park Elementary (+18.1), Roswell North (+15.2). Changes will likely be coming to the CCRPI next year under the new education mandates now in effect under the U.S. Department of Education. A draft of the Georgia plan submitted to the federal government for approval includes revisions to the current calculations. Those include placing more emphasis on year-to-year progress, student attendance, “closing the gap” between low and high performing students, and customized performance improvement targets.
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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – North Atlanta’s best did truly gather Nov. 9 at the Metropolitan Club for the 2017 Best of North Atlanta awards presented by Appen Media Group. For a decade now, Appen Media has been celebrating the people’s choices for the best businesses that bring a unique quality of life here in North Fulton and Forsyth County. This year featured the largest celebration yet as Appen threw its biggest party to date to celebrate100 categories of businesses the engendered more than 10,000 votes cast (our politicians should do so well). “It’s always an honor every year to host this gala and showcase the award winning businesses in our community,” said Appen Media Group General Manager Hans Appen. The difficulty was in limiting the categories as North Atlanta residents seem willing to vote for their favorites,
he said. “We received 30 percent more votes this year than last year. I think it also speaks to the quality of the award and the honor it bestows on those who receive it,” Appen said. “We are happy that Appen Media is able to show our readers how lucky we are to live in such diverse and vibrant local economy.” There was another new wrinkle in the awards. This marked the first year Best of North Atlanta presented its Pillar Award. “This award will honor a multi-time past winner who continues to exert a strong impact on the North Atlanta business community” Appen said. “Winners will exhibit the drive to exceed expectations, and by doing so have become a pillar of the community.” The inaugural Pillar Award was presented to Dr. Jeffrey Jordan of Jordan Orthodontics. Jordan strategically chose to root his business in Alpharetta originally where Avalon sits today. Jordan grew up in North Fulton and has made it his home and the home of his business. “It makes sense to present the very
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Johns Creek Chamber CEO stepping down Davies to assume post in spring of 2018 By HATCHER HURD firstname.lastname@example.org JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce has grown tremendously in the last six years of its short life, due in no small part to its CEO during that term, John Bemont. He is stepping down in the spring, but his replacement is already waiting in the wings. Kent Davies of World Financial Group/Transamerica has agreed to take over as CEO in 2018. Johns Creek Chamber Chairwoman Marilyn Margolis, CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital, said Bemont was one of the most professional, caring and kind individuals she has met through the chamber. “When I first came to Johns Creek, he really helped me learn the city and understand the importance of the community and the hospital partnership,” Margolis said. “So I am crazy about him.” As far as the chamber, his work has strengthened it to be a “player” in shaping the community. “The success of the chamber today rests on his shoulders,” Margolis said. “He is so much more than the CEO of the chamber. He is the voice of reason when it comes to affairs of the city, the chamber and economic development. “His presence really transcends just the chamber. People look to him as their True North because he is always willing to talk with people and help them get to where they want to be.” Bemont said the chamber has a number of successful events that enhance the organization’s ability to help its members. The Chamber Expo he began five years ago and its business-to-business relationships it promotes may be the crown jewel in services the chamber provides. “It does allow local businesses and organizations the chance to showcase their wares to the community and one another,” Bemont said. “But other events
John Bemont will step down next spring as CEO of the Johns Creek Chamber of Commerce. He leaves a much stronger organization than when he took the reins six years ago.
such as the Chamber Gala and its annual golf tournament are not only good fundraisers, they provide business people the opportunity to meet and become involved socially in ways that they otherwise would not have.” But Bemont says the chamber helps members in many ways including being part of the city’s branding effort along with City Hall, the Johns Creek Community Association and the Johns Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Together we lead the city’s branding efforts” he said. “We try to bring a unified portrait of the city to those who would like to live, work or start a business in the community. “We like to think we are real voice for the business community,” he said. The chamber played a big role in branding Johns Creek and has participated in important task force groups including the Sign Ordinance Committee and
recruitment for the health care community to name two. “We have a lot of health care providers in Johns Creek. Not only the hospital and doctors but Alcon, the contact lens manufacturer and any number of senior care facilities. All have made Johns Creek their home,” Bemont said. The Small Business Resource Center helps small businesses get started and grow, providing them guidance in many areas including getting insurance and finance, he said. “And we work with the Johns Creek Advantage, the public-private economic development arm of the city,” Bemont said. Attorney Susan Grissom, a chamber board member, said Bemont has brought many skills to bear at the chamber. “I really appreciate his skill in working with our different leaders in the community,” Grissom said. “I remember when John was asked to come aboard to lead the chamber, it was so he could work with the city to forge a good working relationship with the city leaders. I believe he has done an excellent job in that.” Bemont has also done a good job in growing chamber membership. “A big piece of that” was Bemont’s tireless willingness to meet with business people to understand their needs and help them, she said. “John was always looking for new ways to grow the chamber and one of the big things was to add the Expo,” Grissom said. The Johns Creek Chamber Expo outgrew its first two venues, and since its location at The Bricks at Northpoint Community Church it has continued to sell out every year. The Chamber Gala has grown in its appeal doubling in size under his leadership. “He’s just a good person to know,” Grissom said. “I say that as a personal friend. He makes a point of really getting to know those folks who are interested in growing the chamber. He has been a great leader for us.”
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Woodstock now feeding off gravity Making the City leaders in Woodstock have worked hard over the last 20 years crafting what has become one of the metro area’s most successful suburban downtown GEOFF SMITH areas. And as Assurance Financial, the saying goes, email@example.com success breeds success. When I was at Chattahoochee High School back in the early 1990s and we traveled to Cherokee High School to play football, it seems like we made it west clear to Alabama. The country started pretty much right after Crabapple Road on 92 in west Roswell and went on for what seemed liked forever. If you grew up in the metro area and have not been to, or heard what’s going on in Woodstock lately, then you are probably wondering why in the world I’m writing about it. A real estate agent friend of mine was driving around a family who wanted a house in Roswell for under $350,000. They could not find what they were looking for. She kept telling them about Woodstock, but they just turned up their nose – would not entertain the thought. So my friend headed up Arnold Mill, pretended to get lost, and wound up in downtown Woodstock. That family now lives in Woodstock. Woodstock had some decent bones to start off with. The town, like many, grew up around a small rail stop. The old town spread along Main Street and one side of the railroad tracks. The other side of the tracks was mostly woods. City leaders back in the early 2000s got aggressive and saw what many at the time did not. They partnered with some local developers and coordinated a town center
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The Woodstock train depot at Main and West Mill streets offers a quaint counterpoint to a bustling downtown. that consists of several city blocks, some five-story buildings filled with condos, apartments, and retail and restaurants on the bottom, and an entire neighborhood of detached and attached homes, all around a very wooded neighborhood park. The downturn in 2008 halted the project for a spell. But it got back up and going and is at this point running full-steam ahead. The new buildings are all leased up. The old town on the other side of the tracks is leased up, and restaurants seem to be clamoring to get in. A fantastic concert venue called MadLife opened up. It’s a venue that looks like an old jazz club with a huge stage, high-top table seating and a bar on the lower level, and an upper level with a bar. Quality music acts play there almost every night. And they love their beer in Woodstock. Reformation Brewery is about a mile down Arnold Mill road, and they are planning a new location in downtown. Reformation has expanded, and it’s hard to find a grocery store locally that does not carry their product. They also had a great growler shop that grew into a bar/restaurant. The shop’s owner had a great idea to open a bar focusing on carrying a wide variety of micro-brews, with space behind the bar for a different food truck to pull
up every night. The idea was so new that the city was not sure how to approve it. It was a restaurant without a kitchen. It was a bar that technically did not sell food. It went against their existing guidelines. But what did Woodstock do? It said “hey, this is a great concept. This would make our downtown better. Let’s figure out how to make it work.” And it did. The second location is going up in Alpharetta’s downtown. That attitude has created a downtown so successful that city leaders are now getting inquiries from developers who want to build Class A office space nearby. Businesses want to be where the action is. And if Woodstock’s attitude toward those projects is similar to how it took on development of its downtown, Woodstock will soon be a true live, work and play community. Geoff Smith is a mortgage banker with Assurance Financial focusing on residential home loans for refinances and home purchases. Geoff Smith firstname.lastname@example.org 770-674-1433 Personal: NMLS#104587 Business: NMLS#70876 *The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of Assurance Financial Group
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Inaugural manufacturer’s awards honor local businesses By KATHLEEN STURGEON email@example.com FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Three local businesses were honored Nov. 8 at the inaugural Manufacturers of Distinction and Leadership, or MODL, Awards. The Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the South Forsyth Rotary Club, hosted the event at the Lanier Technical College Forsyth Conference Center. The event recognized local companies involved in the manufacturing, processing or distribution of tangible products industry. Winners were: • Small Manufacturer of the Year: Metcam, Inc. • Medium Manufacturer of the Year: Solvay Specialty Polymers • Large Manufacturer of the Year: Siemens Industry Chamber Vice President of Economic Development Robert Long said there are “fabulous manufacturers in Forsyth County.” “We aren’t necessarily known as a manufacturing powerhouse,” Long said. “But we have some fabulous companies that contribute not only financially to our tax base, but they are involved
The finalists and winners of this year’s awards are: Small Manufacturer of the Year • Metcam, Inc., winner • Motovario, Inc. Medium Manufacturer of the Year • Solvay Specialty Polymers, winner • Hansgrohe, Inc. Large Manufacturer of the Year • Siemens Industry, winner • Scientific Games Corporation with the school system and charities in Forsyth County. They could not do that without the support of our manufacturers.” In the county, there are about 265 manufacturers, with 95 being supply chain and logistics companies. There are over 14,000 companies tied to the manufacturing sector in Forsyth County, he said. They constitute almost 20 percent of the county’s labor force. “A lot of times our manufacturers unfortunately get overlooked,” Long said. “They do so much in our commu-
The inaugural Manufacturers of Distinction and Leadership Awards, or MODL, hosted by the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, honored businesses in the community. nity, much of which I’m not aware of because they don’t call me before they support things. They just do it, and it’s often an employee-driven initiative.” Siemens Director of Programs for Large Drives Ranjani Balasubramaniam said they are honored. “We’ve been part of Forsyth County for a while,” Balasubramaniam said,
“There will be a lack of people ready to do manufacturing jobs in the future. There will be about 2.7 million manufacturing jobs available. There are a lot of opportunities and we are passionate and proud of that.” The winners will be submitted for consideration to the state’s manufacturing awards.
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Enjoy a night of Russian music, dance and song with special guest artists Valentina Kvasova, Vladimir Nikitin and Marla Feeney. Traditional Russian Folk instruments, including balalaika and domra, will be used in the performances. Tickets are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, and $8 for children. The concert will be held at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. For more information and tickets, visit atlantabalalaika.com. Looking to get the word out about your event? Submit it to our online calendar at NorthFulton.com/Calendar.
BULKY TRASH AMNESTY DAY
What: Get rid of old and unwanted items like tires, sofas, tables, toilets, refrigerators and mattresses. Proof of residency in Roswell or Milton is required. Full list of accepted and unaccepted items is online. When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 a.m.-noon Where: Roswell Public Works Division, 19810 Hembree Road, Roswell More info: roswellgov.com
HONORING OUR VETERANS CELEBRATION
What: Join the City of Johns Creek in honoring veterans and their service. The celebration includes music from the Mount Pisgah School Chorus, recognition of local veterans, and the introduction of new Johns Creek Veterans Association board members. When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m. Where: Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek More info: johnscreekga.gov or 678512-3200
FREE DOCUMENT SHREDDING
What: Shred sensitive documents and recycle cooking fats, oils, grease, fluorescent bulbs, and gently-used clothes and shoes. All paper will be recycled and clothing will be donated to the American Kidney Services. When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Panera Bread Company, 11715 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek More info: johnscreekga.gov
What: Before digging into your Thanksgiving feast, work up an appetite by running one of three distances: halfmarathon, 10K or 5K. No dogs, baby strollers or skates. All proceeds benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. When: Thursday, Nov. 23, 7:30 a.m. Where: Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming Cost: Registration starts at $35 More info and registration: runsignup. com/Race/GA/Cumming/ TryptophanHalfMarathon10k5k
What: Representatives from Lambert High School’s Blessings in a Backpack student organization will be on hand at the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot to collect donations for feeding children in need. When: Thursday, Nov. 23, 8 a.m. Where: 3855 Johns Creek Parkway, Johns Creek Cost: Registration is $17 More info and registration: johnscreekga.gov
What: Join jolly Old Saint Nick in his cozy cottage at Avalon and take photos. There will also be special events throughout the week, including story time, pet photos and breakfast with Santa. When: Nov. 19-Dec. 24, times vary Where: Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta More info: experienceavalon.com
MUSIC, ARTS & THEATER: THE LIFE AND WORK OF SADAO WATANABE
What: Still Point will feature an exhibit with the works of Japanese artist Sadao Watanabe, with a free lecture by art historian and collector Sandra Bowden. Watanabe is known for colorful mingei art. When: Friday, Nov. 17, 7-9 p.m. Where: Still Point, 3755 Mansell Road, Alpharetta More info: stillpointarts.org
ROSWELL LIBRARY BOOK SALE
What: The Friends of Roswell Library sale of gently used books, DVDs, CDs and more will be held throughout the weekend. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Roswell Library and its programs. When: Nov. 16-18, times vary Where: Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell More info: afpls.org
What: Learn practical strategies to help anxious test-takers. Explore potential confounding factors such as learning differences, expectations, metacognition and generalized anxiety disorders. When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Where: Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Alpharetta More info: afpls.org
JOURNEY TO LITERACY JOHNS CREEK ARTS CENTER HOLIDAY SALE
What: Johns Creek Arts Center’s annual holiday sale features original, handcrafted, fine art gifts at affordable prices. Choose from handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings and prints by instructors as well as youth and adult students. When: Nov. 18-Dec. 23, times vary Where: Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek More info: johnscreekarts.org
What: Children will hear a story, complete a fun craft and take home a copy of the book presented in the program. This free program is presented by the Junior League of Atlanta. Ages 3-8. When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-noon Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info: afpls.org or 404-613-4050
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AVALON ON ICE
What: Ice skate at Avalon on their Rockefeller Center-sized ice skating rink in the plaza. Watch for theme nights and enjoy warm, tasty treats rink side. Enjoy special events throughout the season and sign up for ice skating lessons. When: Nov. 19-Jan. 21, times vary Where: Avalon, 2200 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta Cost: General admission starts at $18 More info: experienceavalon.com
What: Miles Davis is an artist, illustrator, and creator raised in the United States Air Force. In 2012, a random puppy with butterfly wings made its way into Miles’s imagination. When: Through Dec. 29, all day Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell More info: roswellgov.com
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What: Join to discuss “My Name is Lucy Barton” by Elizabeth Strout, This free program is suggested for collegeage students, adults and elders. When: Tuesday, Nov. 21, noon-1 p.m. Where: Roswell Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell More info: afpls.org or 770-640-3075
BOOKS WITH PUPS
What: Children ages 5 and up can read to canine assistants Hesston and Ash. Reading to the pups can help reluctant readers and improve both fluency and confidence. When: Tuesday, Nov. 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info and registration: liane. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Help stock trout in the Chattahoochee JOHNS CREEK ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPUS
What: With water activities, see what happens to water before and after use. Find out where all the water goes once it’s cleaned up. Presented by Cheryl McClellan of the Fulton Environmental Education Center. When: Wednesday, Nov. 22, 11 a.m.noon Where: Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Alpharetta More info and registration: aaron. email@example.com or 770-3608897
What: In this workshop, children will get hands-on experience with garment engineering, circuitry and computer programming with Generation inFocus. Space is limited. When: Saturday, Nov. 18, 1-2:15 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info and registration: liane. firstname.lastname@example.org
FORSYTH COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER What: Pet adoptions When: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: The Forsyth County Animal Shelter, 4065 County Way, Forsyth County More info: 678-965-7185
FULTON COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES What: Pet adoptions When: Every Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Where: PetSmart, 6370 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta Additional adoptions: Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fulton County Animal Services, 860 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta More info: 404-613-4958
Thanksgiving is a great time for doing things with the family. But are you looking for something a little different to do this year? Then mark Tuesday, Nov. 21 on your calendar. STEVE HUDSON That’s the day that Get Outside Georgia, email@example.com the folks over at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will be giving you an opportunity to help stock trout in the Chattahoochee River! This volunteer-assisted trout stocking will take place on the Delayed Harvest portion of the Chattahoochee at the Whitewater access point (1425 Indian Trail NW, Sandy Springs) off U.S. 41 near Cumberland Mall. Delayed Harvest, as you’ll recall, is a special program under which certain streams in Georgia are managed for catch-and-release trout fishing during the colder months from Nov. 1 through May 14. Only artificial lures can be used, and all trout caught must be immediately released. Why the call for volunteers? Georgia DNR does a great job of stocking our streams, but sometimes even they need a little help. At the Whitewater location, the challenge is that the stocking truck can’t get to the river. That’s where you and I come in as part of the “bucket brigade,” which totes the fish from the stocking truck to the water. It’s a lot of fun! Here’s how it works. Volunteers arrive at the Whitewater parking area that morning with waders and five-gallon buckets. Parking space can be tight, and if you park along the road, be careful not to block the way in. Once parked, put on your waders and visit for a while with the many other like-minded volunteers who will also be there to help. Then comes what one young stocking volunteer once called “the splashy fun part.” About 10 a.m., plus or minus, the truck from the Buford Trout Hatchery will arrive. It’ll park at the far corner of the parking lot, close to the river. Then everybody gathers at the truck, five-gallon buckets in hand. The DNR folks quickly transfer trout from the truck to those buckets, and the volunteers (that’s you and me) then transport the trout from the truck to the river. After putting that first bucket of trout into the river, it’s back to the truck for another load, and then an-
Volunteers line up near the stocking truck to help stock the Chattahoochee. other, until all of the fish have been relocated to their new home in the river. Where should you put the trout once you have carried ‘em to the water? That’s up to you, and that’s part of the fun too. You’ll see folks releasing the fish in many different areas, and it’s great fun to imagine the trout that are then holding unseen in the flow, waiting to make some lucky fisherman’s day. “Helping stock the Chattahoochee is a good way for the community to become involved in the river,” said Pat Snellings, fisheries biologist in charge of this part of the Chattahoochee. And it really is a great family activity, he adds. “We encourage parents to bring their kids to help put the fish in the river and then stay and fish afterwards,” he said. How many trout will be stocked? “We have allocated about 1,000 fish for this stocking,” Snellings said, adding that the fish will be a mix of rainbow and brown trout. The stocking itself is usually finished within a half hour or so. What happens then? Some, of course, have to pack up their waders and go back to work. But others get to stay and do a little catch-and-release trout fishing. Right after one of these stocking events, in fact, is a great time to introduce new anglers (especially young people) to the fun that trout fishing can bring – and don’t worry if you’re new to trout fishing. There are usually plenty of experienced trout anglers there who will be glad to show you how it’s done. In fact, that’s the part of volunteer
stocking that I like best – just hanging around for a while and helping folks catch what is often their very first trout. After one of the volunteer stockings last year, for instance, I remember visiting with a dad and his two young daughters and helping the kids catch their first trout. I’d hook the fish on my fly rod and then let one of the kids bring the fish in, always accompanied by much laughter and huge grins. It doesn’t get any better than that. I don’t know who had more fun that day – the little kids (them) or the big kid (me)! Nov. 21 at Whitewater – mark your calendar. I hope to see you there! If you’d like to participate in the Nov. 21 stocking event, you’ll need to sign a release form. You should be able to register online at gooutdoorsgeorgia.com, and there will be release forms available onsite too. If you plan to fish afterwards, remember that Delayed Harvest regulations (including catch-and-release, artificials-only, and singke-hook-lures only) apply. Learn more about each of Georgia’s great Delayed Harvest trout streams in Steve Hudson’s comprehensive 84-page book entitled “GEORGIA DELAYED HARVEST TROUT GUIDE.” Packed with info on access and tactics for each of Georgia’s DH streams, it’s available from local outfitters, on Amazon, or direct from the author at chattahoocheemedia.com.
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ALPHARETTA 40, GAINESVILLE 24
Raiders down Gainesville after strong first half By JOE PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta rode a dominant first half to beat Gainesville for a second time this season and advance to the next round of the state playoffs. The Raiders opened a 28-point lead in the second quarter and fended off the Red Elephants for the eventual 4124 victory. “It’s always special to win in the playoffs,” head coach Jacob Nichols said. “They have now tied a school record for number of wins in a season at 10. We’re building off our goals and hopefully are setting a new standard.” The win was Alpharetta’s 10thstraight and earned the Raiders a second-round berth for the first time in three seasons. Nolan Edmonds’ scored three touchdowns for the Raiders Friday night. He had a 39-yard rushing touchdown, a 36-yard reception for a score and returned a kickoff 98-yards for a touchdown. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry on 17 rushes. “[Edmonds] definitely had the hot hands last night,” Nichols said. “He’s
built for playoff football and was definitely a key to our success [Friday] night.” Both of Edmonds’ offensive scores came in the first half when the Raiders built a 31-3 lead and looked firmly in control. However, a 68-touchdown pass from Gainesville on the last play of the second quarter breathed new life into the Red Elephants’ sideline. “I thought we had a great first half and were in a position to put it away,” Nichols said. “I think we took for granted the clock was running, and in hindsight, we probably should have
called a timeout to make sure we were all on the same page.” After cutting the lead before the half, Gainesville scored on their opening possession of the third quarter to cut Alpharetta’s lead to 31-17. But Edmonds’ returned the ensuing kickoff for a score to put the momentum back with the Raiders. Gainesville was held to a single, late touchdown and surrendered a safety midway through the fourth quarter. Alpharetta’s defense forced four turnovers, including two interceptions from Jake Tice. Gainesville was held to 3-14 on third-down conversions and sacked four times. The Raiders will have home-field advantage again Friday when they host Douglas County (10-1) in the second round. It will be the first meeting between the two programs. Nichols said the Tigers look similar to Gainesville in that they have a sizeable, athletic team. “They’re definitely going to present a challenge so we’re going to have to be prepared to play four quarters,” Nichols said. “I think we have a chance next week to go out and build toward our ultimate goal and make some noise.”
ROUND 1 FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RECAP
Centennial wins first playoff game in 15 years Blessed Trinity rolls into second round By JOE PARKER Joe@appenmediagroup.com
Class 7A Hillgrove 49, Roswell 7 — Roswell’s season came to an end Friday night when they were beaten in decisive fashion by Region 3 champions Hillgrove. The Hornet’s got off to an inauspicious start when their first play from scrimmage resulted in a fumble recovery and touchdown return by the Hawks. Hillgrove built its lead to 28-0 before Roswell got its sole touchdown of the game late in the second quarter. The Hornets season ended with a 3-8 overall record in head coach Matt Kemper’s debut season. Mountain View 31, South Forsyth 13 — South Forsyth’s dominant season ended Friday night with an early exit from the state playoffs. Facing a highly charged No. 4 seeded team, South couldn’t contain Mountain View late in the contest. Jared Honey rushed for a 3-yard touchdown, and a South field goal knotted the game at 10-10 at halftime. The Bears scored a touchdown on their opening possession of the first half, but another South field goal kept the lead at 17-13. However, two interceptions in the fourth, including one returned for a touchdown, doomed the War Eagles. South finished the year with a 9-2 overall record. Mill Creek 29, West Forsyth 14 — West’s debut season under head coach Shawn Cahill concluded with a first-round loss to Mill Creek on the road. After a defensive struggle in the first half, Mill Creek led 10-0 at the break. Both offenses got going in the third quarter, but West trailed 20-0 before a Zachary Burns touchdown pass got the Wolverines on the board. After forcing a Mill Creek punt,
MILTON 44, COLLINS HILL 15
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Milton overpowers Collins Hill to advance By JOE PARKER email@example.com MILTON, Ga. — Milton head coach Adam Clack has dubbed it “the climb.” That is the team’s focus on preparation, on “winning” each practice and understanding that every day and every bit of work is vital to success. On Friday night, the climb culminated with a lopsided, 44-15 win over Collins Hill in the first round of the state football playoffs. It was the Eagles’ fourth playoff win in 68 seasons. “I’m just so thankful to a great group of kids and a great community,” Clack said following the win. “We have great energy heading into this second season, the playoffs, and we’re extremely happy that Eagle Nation gets another week.”
Second round games • • • • •
Milton vs. Brookwood Douglas County vs. Alpharetta Centennial vs. Mays Blessed Trinity vs. Cartersville Fellowship Christian vs. Stratford Academy • Savannah Country Day vs. Mount Pisgah
West’s offense looked to cut the lead further, but a pick-six returned 35 yards put the Hawks up 27-7 early in the fourth. Burns added another touchdown pass, but a failed onside kick and a safety by Mill Creek ended West’s hopes of its first playoff win since 2012. West compiled a 7-4 overall record this season. North Gwinnett 55, North Forsyth 7 — North Gwinnett scored on a 79-yard pass to open the game and never let off the gas in a rout of North Forsyth Friday night. Making their first postseason appearance in four years, the Raiders gave up 27 points in the first quarter to the Bulldogs. North’s only score came on a Ben Bales touchdown pass in the final minute of the first quarter. The Bulldogs added 28 points following their fast start to cruise to the win. North Forsyth’s 5-6 record marks their fourth-straight sub-.500 season.
Class 6A Centennial 48, Lanier 14 — After a 15-year wait, Centennial has advanced to the second round of the state play-
Milton’s defense had an impressive showing Friday night, limiting Collins Hill to a single, late touchdown. Clack again stated preparation was key with Milton facing a Wing-T offense for the first time this season. “All week we were very specific about coaching our guys up and how to take away their bread-and-butter plays,” Clack said. “The boys are so coachable, and the defensive staff did such a great job with the scheme.” Milton’s defense allowed just three first downs entering the fourth quarter, and safety Joseph Charleston returned an interception for a touchdown. “The defense played disciplined and inspired the whole game,” Clack said. After an inauspicious start, Milton’s offense racked up 44 unanswered points.
On the opening drive of the game, a Milton fumble was recovered and returned 15 yards for a touchdown to give Collins Hill the early lead. Just three plays later, Milton was on the board with a 71-yard rushing touchdown from Solomon Vanhorse. It was the first of his two touchdowns. Quarterback Jordan Yates had another big performance coming off a five-touchdown outing last week. Yates had three scores on the night. He connected with Dash Hairston and Jordan Cox for touchdowns and added a rushing score. “You get down to this time of year and guys are tired,” Clack said. “The way [Yates] works, he just gets stronger. In the last three or four weeks you’ve seen him separate from the pack versus tiring out.”
Clack was also impressed with his offensive line’s performance against a sizeable and talented opposing line. “I thought our offensive line really controlled the game,” Clack said. “(Offensive line coach) Steven Stromie is doing a fantastic job with those guys. They are a true unit.” Milton will travel to take on Region 7 champions Brookwood (9-2) in the second round. The Broncos will enter the game on a nine-game win streak. Entering such a tough contest, Clack said “the climb” is crucial. “We are just trying to go 1-0 each day,” he said. “That’s something we’ve rallied behind the last three weeks. We’ll be back on Monday buying in and that is going to be the difference.”
offs. The Knights extended their winning streak to eight games with the lopsided win that saw their its offense score over 45 points for the sixth straight game. Max Brosmer threw two touchdown passes, and Cal Dickie rushed for two scores. Blane Mason found the end zone on both sides of the ball with a touchdown reception and a pick-six. Nicky Solomon added field goals of 45 and 22 yards. Centennial will face Region 5 champion Mays (10-1) on the road in the second round. Winder-Barrow 36, Chattahoochee 7 — Chattahoochee came up short in their first trip to the playoffs in six seasons. The Bulldogs opened the scoring with a pick-six on Hooch’s second play from scrimmage and opened a 27-0 lead at the half. Max Webb’s 13-yard rushing touchdown cut the lead, but multiple turnovers on downs ended Hooch drives throughout the game. Chattahoochee’s defense struggled to contain the Bulldogs’ rushing attack, which accounted for three of their offensive touchdowns. Big plays were also costly. The Cougars gave up a 73-yard touchdown pass and two rushing scores of over 25 yards. Hooch compiled a 7-4 overall record this season, their winningest season since 2012.
two touchdowns in the opening three minutes. Steele Chambers rushed in from 15 yards out to put BT up 7-0. On the Warriors’ opening offensive play, Jake Rudolph recovered a fumble to set up a 24-yard touchdown pass from Jake Smith to Ryan Davis. Smith added three more touchdowns, one rushing and two passes to Davis and James Bryant, as the Titans opened a 35-0 lead. BT’s defense recorded five sacks in the first half. The Titans will take on Region 5 champions Cartersville (11-0) in the second round.
earned a bye in the first round by placing seventh in the final power ratings. The Patriots will take on Savannah Country Day (9-2) at home in the second round.
Class 4A Blessed Trinity 35, Oconee County 0 — Blessed Trinity won its sixth straight opening round game Friday with an impressive performance over Oconee County. BT started its lopsided victory with
Class A-Private Fellowship Christian 41, George Walton 35 (OT) — It took overtime to settle it, but Fellowship Christian advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the second straight year. After a back-and-forth game, George Walton took a 35-27 lead with just under five minutes remaining. Fellowship responded a minute later with a touchdown to force overtime. Fellowship went on offense first in the overtime period, and Merrick Haigler scored on a 2-yard rush. The Paladins’ attempt for a 2-point conversion failed as Brooks Bryant came up short on a quarterback-keeper. The Bulldogs rushed the ball fourstraight times during their possession, but Fellowship stopped them all for short gains to force a turnover on downs and end the thrilling contest. With the win, Fellowship takes on Stratford Academy (9-1) on the road next Friday. Stratford is ranked sixth in the power ratings. Mount Pisgah (BYE) — Mount Pisgah
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CENTENNIAL 48, LANIER 14
Centennial ends 15-year playoff win drought with rout of Lanier By JOE PARKER firstname.lastname@example.org ROSWELL, Ga. — On a football field, there’s no escaping chilly weather. The wind stings your face without obstruction. Metal benches freeze your backside. The turf, designed to stay cool, chills your feet through whatever layers may cover them. It’s not an atmosphere conducive to having gallons of icy Powerade dumped over your head. But following Centennial’s 48-14 playoff victory over Lanier Friday night, Knights’ head coach Michael Perry didn’t seem to mind his unexpected, chilly shower. The triumph ended Centennial’s 15year winless drought in the playoffs in Perry’s first season at the helm. “This is foreign to Centennial football,” Perry said. “It’s not common to be in this situation. I’m just really proud
of our kids who bought in and to our assistant coaches.” Perry said he has been fortunate to lead multiple teams in the playoffs prior to coming to Centennial. He said the focus for the Knights this week was to not occupy themselves with the implications of a win or loss.
CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Items will be considered by the City Council on Monday, December 4, 2017 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. V-17-21 55 and 61 Roswell Street Parking Variance (Council Only) Consideration of a variance request to reduce parking requirements and to increase the building height in order to construct a 56,000 square foot mixeduse building. The properties are located at 55 and 61 Roswell Street and are legally described as being located in Land Lot 1269, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. PH-17-36 Perling/South Main & Devore (Council Only) Consideration of a request to change previous conditions of zoning to reduce the density, change residential product and site plan modifications. The property is located at 13 South Main Street and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 693, 694, 695 & 696, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. PH-17-34 360 Tech Village (Council Only) Consideration of a request to change previous conditions of zoning to increase the size of a food hall, reduce the number of ‘For-Sale’ stacked flats, reduce the percentage of ‘For-Sale’ product and to modify concurrency requirements. The property is located at the southwest corner of Haynes Bridge Road and Lakeview Parkway and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 744, 745, 752 & 753, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.
“We preached all week that this is game number 12 when you count the scrimmage, and we’re going to treat it like any other game,” he said. “We didn’t concern ourselves with brackets or anything like that. It’s always the looser team that seems to prevail.” Treating the win-or-go-home contest like any other game played out like so many games of late have for the Knights. For the sixth-straight game the Knights scored 45 points or more. Their defense allowed fewer than three touchdowns for the fifth-straight contest. The Knights opened a 41-7 lead in the first half and cruised to the win. Quarterback Max Brosmer went 1826 for 309 yards and two touchdowns. Jacob Albright and Blane Mason each had touchdown receptions. Mason accounted for 110 receiving yards, followed by Julian Nixon’s 105. “I couldn’t ask for better outside receivers than Nixon and Mason,” Perry said. Nixon also scored a rushing touchdown with Cal Dickie accounting for two scores.
“[Dickie] can play any position, he is a tremendous athlete and maybe the quickest kid I’ve ever coached.” Perry gave the credit for his team’s stout defensive performance to his assistant coaches, Tyler Perry, Sebastian Rice and Reggie Nixon. “Those guys have worked their tails off,” Perry said. “They never get enough credit and my hat’s off to them. Our defense was on fire last night.” It was an all-around win with Perry stating Centennial also won the kicking game. Nicky Solomon was 6-6 on PATs and 2-3 on field goals. “We are definitely riding a wave of momentum,” he said. “I’m so proud of the senior leadership on this team. They’ve done everything we’ve asked and more.” The Knights look to continue their winning ways Friday against Region 5 champions Mays (10-1). “We know Mays is a tremendous team with athletes everywhere,” Perry said. “We’re going to really have to take care of the football and get some turnovers on defense, but we’re up for the challenge.”
ADVERTISEMENT FOR PROPOSALS CITY OF ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA FOR FIRE AND POLICE PERSONNEL UNIFORMS AND DUTY GEAR RFP 18-104 The City of Alpharetta is requesting proposal responses from Offerors experienced in working with a municipality and Public Safety personnel for the provisioning of uniforms and duty gear items for Fire, Police, Rescue, E-911, and various other specialty, reserve, and volunteer personnel. Uniform and Duty Gear items include, but are not limited to, pants, shirts, outerwear, equipment, etc. The Request for Proposal document will be available online Thursday, November 9, 2017, at our bid posting website, https://www.ebidexchange.com/alpharetta. Interested parties are required to log in to review the RFP documents and submit any specific bid related questions. Proposals will be due on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at 10:00 AM at Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009. For information, please contact Debora Westbrook with the City of Alpharetta Procurement Team at email@example.com or 678-297-6052.
I don’t understand politics Maybe I’m ignorant, or optimistically naive. Maybe I never listened enough in social studies or political science classes. Or maybe I’m just flat out wrong. KATHLEEN STURGEON But I do not unEditor firstname.lastname@example.org derstand politics. I don’t mean the basic understanding of government, how we elect a president or how a bill becomes a law. I do understand the fundamentals of our nation. No, I mean name calling, one-upping, just genuinely nasty trying to outdo each other. I know I’m young, but it seems like our country has never been this cruel and divisive. Politics are normally such a taboo topic, but all of a sudden it seems like it’s the “cool thing to do” to belittle and berate someone who doesn’t see the world in exactly the same way you do. When did it become an insult to call someone a “liberal” or “conservative”? Isn’t that just a label? I’m not sure when it became a way of life or death for some people, but it’s a bit frightening. I receive emails, phone calls and social media comments all the time calling me and our paper, the media as a whole, “too liberal.” But when I saw a comment last week calling me the “Republican mouthpiece,” I had to laugh to myself. How can I be “pushing my liberal-biased agenda” on my readers while also being a mouthpiece for the opposing party? And when did it become OK for people to just assume political affiliation of a person based on their life views and morals? Frankly, I’m fed up and sick of it. I don’t agree completely with one side or another. I feel strongly about certain issues, and they are almost evenly divided for Republican or Democrat viewpoints. But what gets me is that unlike most people I’ve heard from, I won’t back down on my viewpoints just to fit a certain party’s typecasts. I heard at a debate a few weeks ago that in order for a candidate to win a seat, they have to promise when they go to the Capitol or Washington that they will completely vote, support and talk
in the way their chosen party wants. Because they are now in this position of power, they must forfeit their own beliefs and only further the agenda of a political party. For the most part, I understand that, but I just can’t comprehend giving up your morals just to go along with what’s always been the way politics are run. This way of thinking will just keep us at a standstill and encourage us to be more at odds and divisive in order to further our party. But at the end of the day, the power will just flip flop
Politics are normally such a taboo topic, but all of a sudden it seems like it’s the “cool thing to do” to belittle and berate someone who doesn’t see the world in exactly the same way you do.
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from one to the other, and nothing will change. When a crisis occurs, we almost automatically jump into our “Republican/Democrat way of mind” and start spouting off why the other side caused the tragedy to occur. How does that solve anything? Even when we voted for president last year, it was tough to choose a side because both had made mistakes and both took stances that I didn’t agree with. It makes me wonder if the politicians also waffle internally about having to be completely gung-ho supportive with their party, even if they are questioning what they think of a certain topic, or God forbid, disagree with their affiliation’s decision. Maybe politics has always been this way. But I find it very hard to believe that we can summarize the United States into just two simple boxes we check at the ballot.
FY2017 BOND SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS – PHASE 5 ITB # 18-005 The City of Alpharetta (City) is accepting bids for FY2017 BOND SIDEWALK IMPROVEMENTS – PHASE 5 including, but not limited to, installation of sidewalk and curb & gutter, excavation/trenching, backfilling for utilities, erosion and sediment control, and landscaping. The locations of the work are at various locations within the City of Alpharetta, Georgia. The ITB will be available online Thursday, November 16, 2017 at our bid posting website, https://www.ebidexchange.com/alpharetta. Interested parties are required to log in to review the ITB documents. The bid opening will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM at Alpharetta City Hall, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009. For information, please contact Stephanie Cochran at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department via email at email@example.com or at 678-297-6052.
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Mary Faith Kirk Moser Mary Faith Kirk Moser, a longtime resident of Roswell, GA, died November 2, 2017 in Johns Creek, GA. Born in Mobile, AL on December 29, 1931, Mary Faith was a native of Thomasville, AL. Her parents were Annie Stone Kirk and Cecil Bradley Kirk of Thomasville, AL. She graduated from Thomasville High School, attended Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL, and received a B.S. in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of Alabama in 1953. She was a member of several honorary societies and president of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Mary Faith began work with IBM. In 1955, she married William Kenneth Allen. They lived in Birmingham, AL and Cleveland, TN before settling in Roswell, GA in 1965. They had four children, which she raised as a devoted and involved mother. Mary Faith taught preschool at The Chattahoochee School and High Meadows School in Roswell. Creativity and imagination were her hallmarks - she became the family’s secret weapon for the best costumes, 4H competitions, birthday parties, and school projects. She enjoyed painting, gardening, and sewing. She valued the education that could be obtained from travel and made sacrifices to help her children see the wider world. Mary Faith sought strategies to fund college education for her children. Dissatisfied with the advice received, she was inspired to fill such a gap herself and build a career providing financial guidance to women. She enrolled at Georgia State University and was awarded her MBA in Finance in 1983. Subsequently, she obtained her Certified Financial Planner designation and securities licenses. After working for a local investment firm, in 1985 she opened her financial planning business, Independent Wealth, where she served as its president until her retirement in 2009.
In 1983, Mary Faith married Arden Moser, her loving husband and partner for 33 years. She found joy in his musical talent and supported his involvement in the church choir and jazz bands. Together they learned to fly fish, enjoyed trips to the beach and to the west coast to visit both of their families. Mary Faith once said she wished to take care of family in a manner that would make her father proud – SHE DID! While building her business, she made frequent trips to Birmingham, AL to care for her aunt. She also opened her home to her brother who lived with her for many years after his stroke in 1981. She is survived by her husband Arden Moser; son Ken (Karen) Allen of Johns Creek, GA; daughters Mary Stone (Craig) Bowers of San Jose, CA and Andrea (Stan) Smith of Memphis, TN; son Kingsley (Monique) Allen of Dallas, TX; nine grandchildren (Stuart, Mary Katherine, Brett, Sheridan, Alexandra, Kenneth, Hayden, and Vivien) and one great grandson (Matthew). She is also survived by her sister Carole (Craig) Wesson of Redlands, CA and predeceased by her brother Bradley Stone Kirk. The family would like to thank the fabulous caregivers from Sunrise Johns Creek and Atria Northpoint for their help and companionship while providing her care. A memorial service and interment will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, November 18th at the at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church Chapel, 805 Mount Vernon Highway NW, Atlanta, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association. On-line condolences can be made at www.crowellbrothers.com. Arrangements by Crowell Brothers Funeral Homes & Crematory, 5051 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard, Peachtree Corners, GA 30092. 770448-5757.
CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, December 7, 2017 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, December 18, 2017 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. Z-17-13/V-17-29 East of Main Phase II/Cricket Lane Consideration of a request to rezone 3.44 acres from R-15 (Dwelling, ‘ForSale’, Residential) to DT-R (Downtown Residential) to develop Phase II of East of Main subdivision, including 20 ‘For-Sale’ single-family detached homes. Variances are requested to increase the building height from 35’ to 40’ and to reduce stream buffers from 150’ to 75’. The property is located on the west side of Cricket Lane between Cumming Street and the East of Main subdivision and is legally described as Land Lot 1253, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. Z-17-15/V-17-30 Rothman/10 & 37 Roswell Street Consideration of a request to rezone 0.89 acres from SU (Special Use) and C-2 (General Commercial) to DT-C (Downtown Core) to allow a three-story office building. A variance is requested to reduce parking requirements. The property is located at 10 & 37 Roswell Street and is legally described as being located in Land Lot 1269, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. CU-17-15/V-17-37 Natural Body Spa/City Center Consideration of a request for conditional use to allow “Spa Services’ for Natural Body Spa within City Center. A variance is requested to reduce the minimum distance requirement between comparable ‘Spa Services’ uses and to allow the spa to occupy a space larger than 4,000 square feet. The property is located at 575 Commerce Street and is legally described as being located in Land Lot 1268, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. d. PH-17-29 Unified Development Code Text Amendments/Heritage Design Areas Consideration of text amendments to Unified Development Code, Appendix A: Alpharetta Downtown Code to add Heritage Design Areas, amend streetscape standards, amend the parking requirement for office use and add maximum building footprints in the DT-C and DT-MU zoning districts. A text amendment is proposed to UDC Section 2.5 Parking and Loading to clarify the locational criteria for required parking in ‘For-Sale’ residential districts. e. PH-17-32 Northwinds Summit/Pope and Land (Council Only) Consideration of a change to previous conditions of zoning to allow for the relocation of the Alpha Loop through the mixed-use development and site plan modifications related to a proposed surface parking lot. The property is located at the northeast corner of Haynes Bridge Road and Georgia 400 and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 752, 753, 798 and 799, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.
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“I knew from knocking on those doors downtown that there were a lot of people that looked up and thought ‘What are we doing?’ ” Bennett’s hardline stance on honoring the land-use plan puts him in the corner with at least one other current council member, Jim Gilvin, whose dissent votes on zoning matters have left him as a lone wolf on the governing board. At the same time, proponents of those growth strategies have argued that oftentimes, they are left with little choice but to approve some developments or face litigation. They argue that taking a less adversarial stance with developers can produce benefits, such as the proposed Alpha Loop, whereby property owners cede a portion of their land for parks. That’s a fair point, Burnett said. But he added that the city has painted itself into a corner by setting precedents that allow variances in the land-use plan. “What scares me is, with the precedents downtown, you’ve got buildings that are 67 feet high – and you’ve got more than one of them – it starts to look like a trend,” he said. Burnett said he recognizes there will be some members of the City Council with views that don’t match his own. That’s fine with him, he said, because he doesn’t take civil dissent personally. He said he encountered no nastiness in the campaign. “Zero,” he said. He also said he was moved by the
account for about 1,600 daily trips to the area. But that is considerably less than if the property were developed for retail and office, which is permitted under current zoning. Rolader also noted developers plan to bury utilities and plant trees along the frontage. The project plan will also provide a landscaped civic space open to the public. City Council members spent a good deal of time batting about conditions. Councilman Jason Binder twice
tried to add a condition that the building could be no more than 50 feet in height. But in the end, the plan stood pretty much as presented. The city did add a provision that the developer sign an agreement with the city to accommodate street festivals. Mayor David Belle Isle was unwavering in his appreciation for the plan. Six years ago, Alpharetta did not have to worry about downtown traffic or parking, Belle Isle said. He said he knows residents have had and will continue to endure growing pains, “but the city is blessed.” “Where we are going to be in 18 or 24 months is going to be an amazing place,” he said.
Ben Burnett captured 60 percent of the vote to win Alpharetta’s Post 2 seat.
warm greetings of congratulations he received from other council members, event some who did not support his bid. Through it all, Burnett said he enjoyed the whole process and tried to keep his message positive and on point. “I just felt that Alpharetta deserved to have a conversation, and it hadn’t happened in a long time,” Burnett said. The election also delivered another dividend. “I lost 20 pounds during the campaign,” Burnett said. “Every afternoon when I’d get done with work, I would knock on doors. There wasn’t a day I didn’t get 10,000-12,000 steps.”
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