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New Roswell code stirs concern ‘Too much, too fast’ says one councilmember By JONATHAN COPSEY

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Crankin’ away at Miss Mary’s Ice cream, good weather combine for fun By JONATHAN COPSEY ROSWELL, Ga. – For the ninth year in a row, the Drake House pulled off their annual Miss Mary’s Ice Cream Crankin’ event Aug. 25. Dozens of volunteers set up booths and served homemade ice cream in all kinds of

flavors – from the traditional to the creative and everything in between. Pecan flavor, green tea, cookies and cream, nutty monkey and dozens of other flavors were served up. In total, organizers said more than 120 flavors were served. The event happened on one of the nicest days of the summer, which helped draw the crowds to the Roswell Square. Contests to determine the best boy and girl at eating ice cream the fastest and the best at balancing an ice

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ROSWELL, Ga. – Residents of Roswell were given their first chance to inspect and give feedback on the proposed Unified Development Code for the city Aug. 19-21. The city says a UDC is needed to both make it easier to understand as well as to update and clean up the 40-yearold laws. Typically, a UDC is a comprehensive set of guidelines and maps that govern the entire city using zoning in an easy-to-read format. This makes it simpler for developers and residents to understand what can and will go where within the city. “It consistently came out there were issues with the zoning code and all codes related to any type of development,” said Alice Wakefield, Roswell’s community development director. “There were conflicts, unclear code and information in multiple places.” The UDC aims to clean it all up. Leading the rewrite is Lee Einsweiller of Code Studio, Austin, Texas. He and his team do this for a living and have worked on the code for cities such as Raleigh, N.C., and Memphis, Tenn. Residents in the community

have voiced concerns that too much is happening in the code all at once or that mistakes are being made in zoning. Even worse, some zoning might be changed with no input from the residents impacted by that change. Einsweiller said there was no cause for concern. “There is very little change on the residential front,” Einsweiller said. “All existing residential districts are virtually unchanged.” Where some confusion is happening, he said, is largely in the areas of Fulton County that were annexed into the city. Instead of zoning these areas to fit with Roswell code at the time, the city instead created an “Annexed Fulton County” zoning and left it at that. Now, those areas are getting the update they need. For the rest of the city, the changes are largely in name only, he said. The City Council will have ultimate approval of what goes where when they debate the new code, said Councilmember Rich Dippolito. In addition, he said there should be no

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Also inside • Counterpoint: a concerned citizen sounds off on the UDC, and a city official defends it. Page 6. • Give your input: UDC public meeting schedule. Page 28.

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A 14-year-old Alpharetta boy was hit by a passing car Aug. 25 during the “Art in the Park” street event in downtown historic Alpharetta. The child was flown to Scottish Rite Hospital in serious condition. Officer Jennifer Howard, a spokeswoman for the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, said the boy is now listed in stable condition. Howard said witnesses claim the boy darted out in front of the oncoming Honda Accord on Milton Avenue at about 11:45 a.m. Despite barricades set up around the event on Milton Avenue, the boy ran into the middle of the road, Howard said. To date, the driver faces no charges, Howard said. —Staff

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Scenic walk lands 3 in jail ROSWELL, GA. – Three young men were arrested Aug. 12 for possession of marijuana after they allegedly acted strangely in front of police. The reporting officers said

A local teenager was hit by a passing car Aug. 25 on Milton Avenue. He is listed in stable condition at Scottish Rite Hospital.

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the three of them were parked at Mill Street talking, when they spotted three men walking down the street toward them. When the suspects spotted the police, they allegedly stopped, tried to hide in some nearby trees and then turned around and walked away. Judging this activity suspicious, the police stopped the three young men, identified as Andrew Nash Alverson, 20, of Corina Place, Roswell, Zachary Allen Hogarth, 20, of Marietta, and James C. Townsend, 20, of Mountain Creek Drive, Roswell. The three said they were simply out for a walk after

hanging out in downtown Roswell. While police were questioning the men, one officer went back to where the young men had stopped and turned around. There he allegedly found marijuana cigarettes left there. All three men denied possession. All three were arrested for possession of marijuana.

Woodstock was arrested Aug. 9 on Webb Road in Milton for DUI, open container and following too closely. ►► Brandon Scott Merrell, 21, of Canton was arrested Aug. 10 on Freemanville Road in Milton for DUI, failure to maintain lane and false representation to a police officer.

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21, of Decatur was arrested Aug. 5 on Old Roswell Road in

Counterfeiters dress up $5 bills CUMMING, Ga. — Two men went into different stores and

Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Derek Joseph Belle, 18, of Cotton Patch Lane, Alpharetta, was arrested Aug. 9 on Riverside Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Michael Edward Surman, 55, of Fallen Leaf Lane, Roswell, was arrested Aug. 10 on Old Dogwood Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana. ►► Keven Garcia-Islas, 21, of Alpharetta was arrested Aug. 4 on Webb Road in Milton for possession of marijuana and suspended tag. bought items using altered $100 bills, according to a Forsyth County Sheriff’s incident report. On Aug. 16, deputies were dispatched to Belk, 520 Lakeland Plaza, because of a forgery call. Deputies met the loss prevention employee who said a man came into the store, made a small purchase and paid with a $100 bill. He said the store had received several counterfeit bills recently, so store personnel checked the bill after the man left. They said the bill was a $5 bill that had been washed

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Blotter: Continued from Page 2 or bleached to remove the ink. There was a hologram of Abraham Lincoln on it instead of Benjamin Franklin. The employee told deputies another man that was inside Belk went to Office Depot, 530 Lakeland Plaza, and paid with an altered bill.The men were seen getting into a blue BMW X5 before driving out of the parking lot. Deputies spoke to the manager at the Office Depot who said the counterfeit bill was also a $5 bill disguised as $100.

Missing prize cat turns up MILTON, Ga. – A prize cat worth thousands of dollars that went missing in January has now been found. The owner told police the cat went missing from his home at the beginning of the year. He said it was worth $2,500. On Aug. 8 he received a call

from someone who claimed to have just bought the cat from a Craigslit posting. The buyer said he bought it for $150 and took it to a vet for a checkup. The vet located the cat’s microchip and it had contact information for the owner. The cat was safely returned to the owner. The Craigslist account is registered to a woman in Canton.

Elvis’ socks all shook up ROSWELL, Ga. – A pair of Elvis Presley’s socks were reported stolen Aug. 17 after a dubious Ebay sale. The victim told police she was looking to sell the professionally framed pair of socks worn by the King of Rock and Roll. They are certified authentic. She found a man who agreed to sell the item on Ebay for a commission. After several months of conversation, the victim handed over the socks and a buyer was found who was willing to pay $2,000 for the socks. After the sale, the suspect allegedly refused to give the victim the money and cannot be contacted. | Revue & News | August 29, 2013 | 3

10 vehicles entered in Twelvestones All left unlocked ROSWELL, Ga. – Ten vehicles were entered Aug. 13 in the Twelvestones neighborhood on Fouts Road. One victim told police two trucks were broken into with change and music CDs taken. Another reported some loose change missing. All the vehicles were left unlocked overnight although most had nothing taken. Glove boxes and center consoles were rummaged through but no other damage was reported. All 10 vehicles were unlocked

“Do not leave your car unlocked in your driveway,” said Roswell Police Spokeswoman Lisa Holland. She said most crimes such as this are crimes of opportunity, with the suspect seeing his chance to take something of value. In this case there were no valuables to take, but the vehicles were still unlocked overnight. “People will go around checking door handles, looking for unlocked cars,” Holland said. While there are no suspects, Holland said in cases such as this it is most likely someone familiar with the neighborhood, either a resident or someone close by.

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — On Aug. 26, Alpharetta City Council approved HealthSouth Corporation’s request to build a 60-bed acute impatient rehabilitation hospital on the east side of Edison Drive. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the request on Aug. 14, but no one was present to speak in favor or against the request. The two conditions are that the “hospital” use shall be added as a conditional use within Pod 66 and be limited to the HealthSouth rehabilitation concept, and conditional use is limited to occupational and physical



rehabilitation only. The City Council unanimously approved these conditions Aug. 26 and added a third– HealthSouth needs to construct the building with at least 80 percent brick or stone. “I know that this particular area is already heavily congested and it requires a lot of services to build out as it is currently zoned,” said Council member Jim Gilvin, who seconded the motion. “With its particular use, I think it substantially reduces the impact on traffic and any potential impact on schools and other infrastructures in the area.” Council member Michael Cross said it was wonderful to have a facility like this closer in the community, especially with an aging population. Robert Murphy, the architect for HealthSouth, said all


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ROSWELL, Ga. – The Roswell City Council voted to defer any decision on making city judges appointed. They will discuss the issue at a special Aug. 28 meeting at 9 a.m. at City Hall. With the sudden resignation of longtime city judge Maurice Hilliard, Roswell was put in a position to either announce an election for November or, in a break from city history, make the position

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Snake bites on rise at area vets By ALDO NAHED ALPHARETTA, Ga. —Sam, a 9-year-old boxer, has been bitten by snakes at least twice in the past month in his Windward neighborhood in Alpharetta. The first time, no venom was transmitted, but the second time, his face swelled and he needed antivenom. When his owner, Mikki Funderburke, took Sam to the Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton, 900 Mansell Road in Roswell, she learned other dogs had also been bitten by snakes recently at a rate of one per day, she said. At the Alpharetta Animal Hospital, 80 Milton Avenue in Alpharetta, staff confirmed a rise in snake bites. Funderburke said sightings at her neighborhood started three months ago, and veterinarians have told her what to watch for. Sam was bitten in the head and swelled immediately. He is in bad shape as of Aug. 20, said Funderburke. “Depending on the amount of venom that the snake injects will change the status of his situation,” she said. “They think he got a lot of venom.”

South Forsyth-based All Pets Emergency and Referral Center, 6460 Atlanta Highway in Alpharetta, has had quite a few snake bites to pets. Copperheads are the most common, but are not the only snake bites veterinarians are seeing. Dr. Randy Itkin, a veterinarian at All Pets, said this is the prime time when baby snakes get hatched and start moving in the late summer months. “There are a lot more of them right now,” Itkin said. “Copperheads can be anywhere. Underneath a bush, in a yard, or they can just be sitting in the middle of nowhere.” Itkin said they typically like to be concealed, but people will find them in their garage around trees and tree lines. “You’ve got to be cautious,” Itkin said. “We are seeing an increase. I can’t say it’s more than last year. It’s just a very common thing this time of the year.” With the rain, their habitat is being disrupted and snakes are moving to higher ground and are perhaps more visible. Copperhead bites are not as bad as other snakes; however, they can be fatal. There is anti-venom that is

used to filter the effects of the venom. Bites to the feet and body can be severe, but they are not life-threatening. Bites to the head and neck can be life threatening. “Snake venom is very toxic and destroys tissue very quickly,” Itkin said. “The other concern is that owners may not recognize that they may have walked into a nest. Then there’s the human risk as well, and they are just as nasty to us. “We see snake bites typically into late October.”

Copperhead snakes are the most common variety in the area.

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UDC will destroy Roswell UDC will preserve, invigorate Roswell Last April, council fasttracked and passed the socalled Groveway initiative over the objections of three former councilmembers from both the left and right of the political spectrum. The current council knew better than those who had helped form our great town. Fortunately, or perhaps unfortunately, there has been essentially no activity as the result of the approval of the high-density zoning. We haven’t seen the parking snarls, the gridlock, nor crime associated with the new apartments. Even proponents must admit that the jury is still out. Yet with no real world information forthcoming from the Groveway experiment, this year council says that the zoning that achieved so much in Roswell is a disaster, and that the zoning code should now be used for the city to pick winners and losers. The winners are the apartment builders who contribute to campaigns for favors, and the losers are the regular citizens, whom the old zoning ordinances were designed to protect. The proposed UDC is a disaster waiting to happen and

The proposed UDC is a disaster waiting to happen. if passed, will have the effect of making Roswell the home to the greatest number of apartments of any city in Fulton County, and arguably, the state. If you can’t figure out what that means, your council won’t bother telling you. Based on Monday’s (Aug. 19) meetings, they don’t want any questions, or dialogue, at all. The UDC public meetings that are underway are being presented utilizing the DELPHI TECHNIQUE, which is an unethical method of achieving consensus on this controversial topic in a group setting. It has become an acceptable method for municipalities to give the illustration of soliciting public input with a presentation by an expert and then breakout meetings to avoid open public discourse. The UDC facilitator will resort to

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Most of us don’t think about zoning in our everyday lives. We’re busy with work, raising our families and enjoying our free time. But zoning plays a major role in shaping our city. It determines everything from the size and use of buildings to their location and even the width of the sidewalk out front. Zoning is a key tool for carrying out the city’s planning policy and determining how our vision for Roswell’s future becomes reality. Roswell’s original zoning dates back to the 1960s and ’70s when Roswell was still mostly rural. A lot has changed in the last 40 to 50 years. Roswell has grown and prospered, becoming the sixth-largest city in Georgia with a population of more than 90,000 people. Over the last 40 years, there have been many amendments and overlays to the zoning code, making it complicated, inconsistent and difficult to understand and follow. During the city’s 2030 comprehensive planning process in 2010, we heard from both residents and business owners that

priate and measured opportunity to property owners and developers. The old Frazier Street apartment complex will be redeveloped into high-end apartments that will transform the area. And Forrest Commons, a small residential community, will redevelop the area between Forrest and Myrtle streets. Our residents’ input has been and continues to be essential during the zoning update process. We want public input. The city has worked hard to provide our residents with information about the proposed UDC and ensure that those who have questions or want to give their input have the opportunity to do so. To date, the city has held more than 25 public meetings, with an additional 12 scheduled in the next few months, which include four formal public hearings on the document. We created a comment page online where our residents who don’t have time to make one of the meetings can ask questions or give us their comments. The city has

the zoning code needed to be changed if Roswell was going to continue to grow and prosper. City leaders looked at other successful municipalities across the country and how they revitalized areas in their cities. They found those cities were using a Unified Development Code (UDC), a single tool that addresses contemporary development and zoning practices in a streamlined, easy-to-understand format. In May 2012, Roswell began work on updating its zoning code to a UDC. The large majority of homeowners and our neighborhoods will see no change at all in their zoning. Most of the changes will be in the city’s business and commercial areas such as Ga. 120, Ga. 9 and the Ga. 400 corridor, the areas where redevelopment is essential to Roswell’s future. These are the areas our residents have told us time and again they want to see redeveloped. The Groveway Overlay in the current zoning code is showing us that redevelopment can happen if we provide appro-

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Roswell: Continued from Page 4 Bob Hulsey, Roswell is the last city in the state – with 600 cities – to still have an elected judge. All others have moved to appointed judges, chosen by the city council. Hulsey said Roswell’s city charter gives clear instructions for the election of the judge, however state law, which can trump city law, states the city council can appoint judges. Since Hilliard’s Aug. 5 resignation, the city has been using fill-in, or “stand by,” judges to man the bench. Councilmember Betty Price said she was uncomfortable making such a decision simply because other cities do it. “We might want to look at practices elsewhere and what problems they run into,” said Price. She suggested at least running the issue by the electorate on the November ballot. The county requires the city to provide any issue to go on the November ballot by Sept. 3. The motion to defer the issue until council’s Sept. 23 meeting was passed 5-1, with only Price opposed. A subsequent motion to hold a special meeting Aug. 28 at 9 a.m. to consider a question for the November ballot was unani-

mously approved. At the same time, council deferred a decision on outsourcing court services to a private contractor also until their Sept. 23 meeting. Councilmember Rich Dippolito cited the need for more information about the company, the Jacobs Group, which already services the cities of Sandy Springs and Brookhaven.

Also at the meeting: Historic homes to get review ROSWELL, Ga. – The three historic homes of Roswell – Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation – will get a review of their operations after the City Council unanimously approved it. “How do we bring more tourists and make the homes more of a destination rather than just sales and marketing?” asked Deputy Administrator Michael Fischer. The goal is to make sure the homes are financially viable for the future, Fischer said. “We have an incredible resource in the three historic homes,” said Mayor Jere Wood. “We have a huge investment in them. I believe we are not taking full advantage of that.” The cost of the review is $25,500, with the Convention and Visitor Bureau paying half of that.

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North Springs MARTA rail station, traveled north on Ga. 400 and exited at Holcomb Bridge Road Exit 7B. It then traveled west along Holcomb Bridge Road and north along Ga. 9. The new northbound route will take Exit 7A east on Holcomb Bridge Road, and then travel right on Market Way, left on Market Boulevard and left on Holcomb Bridge. The new route will feature a MARTA bus stop on Market Way. The northbound service extension will only operate on weekdays during peak periods

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hour. Rick Tranor, CEO of business services at Lexis Nexis, a presenting sponsor, was there with his team “working hard to try and get under 25 minutes.” Carl Black of Roswell provided the pace car. Jacob Edwards, 10, and Jaime Regan, 9, were the first boy and girl in the 10 and under age group to finish. Harold Frediani, 70, the only entrant in the 70-98 age category came in 186 overall, a respectable ranking. The free Kids Fun Run took about a minute and a half for a pack of screaming, laughing children to run about the length of a football field with their parents cheering them on. Support of this event, their

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Despite an intermittent drizzle that kept away some potential participants, 431 people registered for the 17th annual Alpharetta Rotary Club Mayor’s Challenge 5K Road Race and Block Party Aug. 17. Many more enjoyed the family-friendly live music, food and camaraderie in the heart of historic downtown Alpharetta. This was a Peachtree qualifying race, so there were some serious runners like Mark Hhawu, who finished first in 17 minutes, 55.42 seconds. When asked how he would do, Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle responded, “Not well. We had actually challenged another mayor, so I was training, but he had to take his son to college so we won’t be able to compete today.” Many jogged, some walked or pushed baby strollers and one teamed up with his dog. The last person to cross the finish line was Mercy Vennel, who finished in just under an

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Atlanta SEEDs program a way for girls to find confidence Life lessons taught through dance By CAITLIN WAGENSEIL ROSWELL, Ga. — Liezel Lane has made it her mission to mentor young girls. As director of the Atlanta Self-Esteem Empowerment and Education through Dance (SEEDs) School, Lane wants to better equip the girls to be independent and handle responsibilities that come with life. Lane, who has degrees in ballet and industrial psychology, said she combines her knowledge to better teach communication and listening skills through American Tribal Style dance and related activities. To improve these skills, the girls learn percussion with finger cymbals called zills. “It connects body and mind,” Lane said. “It helps them to understand musical-

ity and helps them when they dance.” And while dancing is an important part of the SEEDs program, Lane said she simply uses it as a tool. “Through dance, I see the girls’ confidence rise,” she said. “They learn to handle themselves in social situations and know what to expect as they start to grow up in life because those are all the things I had the opportunity to help them with.” Lane added that all the girls are dealing with the hardships of growing up, so she has provided an environment where they can find their voice, talk with one another and influence their peers. While already partnering with the Girls Scouts, Lane hopes to create more such programs dedicated to empowering young girls and women. “I want to get the word out, and I want more schools and communities to look at this as


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Roswell Creek receives crimefree housing gold award Reduced crime by half since 2009 ROSWELL, Ga. – Roswell Creek, located at 1000 Holcomb Bridge Road, received the Gold Partnership Award Aug. 2. This top award is given to an apartment community for excellence by the Roswell Police Department. Roswell Creek, the third largest complex in Roswell with 508 units, was the first apartment community to join the Crime-Free Housing Program in 2009. Since that time, the number of police calls to their

location has been reduced by half. The manager, Karina Campos, has been with the property since the program has been in effect. Campos, who saw a need for this program in her community, followed the CrimeFree Housing curriculum thoroughly and has evicted anyone involved in criminal activity to make her residents safe. She credits the success of this program to the close relationship that she has with the Roswell Police Department. In order to be more proactive, Campos hired four off-duty

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Roswell Creek received the Gold Award for reducing crime in the complex. From left are Roswell Police Chief Rusty Grant, Roswell Creek Manager Karina Campos, Tammy Shields, vice president of Audubon Properties, and Crime-Free Housing Officer Jeremy Bringle.


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New Eagle Scouts inducted after passing review NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The Milton Boy Scout District representing the cities of Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Milton announced its newest Eagle Scouts, who passed their Boards of Review July 25. Scouts Jae Shin, Wade Staines, Bradley Keegan and Ryan Loushin also contributed to their communities through their Eagle projects. Shin of Troop 10, sponsored by St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, chose as his project the design and construction of three picnic tables for South Forsyth High School. Staines of Troop 30000, sponsored by Birmingham United Methodist Church, took on the project to refurbish

an outdoor sitting area for Churchill Manor Retirement Home. He replaced the mulch with pavers and created a border with stacked stone, placed a birdbath and two birdhouses in this sitting area. Keegan of Troop 30000, sponsored by Birmingham United Methodist Church, refurbished 500 feet of nature trail at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church. He cleared the trail area and lined the perimeter with existing logs. Loushin of Troop 1459, sponsored by St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, designed and constructed three raised garden areas for the Ed Isakson/ Alpharetta YMCA campus. – Staff

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ROSWELL, Ga. — On Sept. 6, Bob Ichter will be joining the Taylor Kinzel Gallery for a live painting demonstration. Ichter, whose work is in galleries across the country, will be doing a three-hour demonstration where he will discuss his creative process as well as allow artists and patrons to watch his techniques. A commissioned piece of Ichter’s work is also featured in the lobby of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Atlanta. “I love painting, but I also love painting in front of groups of people,” said Ichter. He tries to travel to galleries for demonstrations as much as possible. “Other artists want to come see how I’m getting these results, or how I’m using these materials,” he said. Artists are curious about Ichter’s medium: pastel on suede. “It’s a really unusual medium to work with,” said Mary Means, cofounder of the Taylor Kinzel Gallery, 16 Elizabeth Way in Roswell. The paintings, mostly landscapes, have a touch of the surreal in them, thanks to the distinctive color choices found in the pastel on suede medium, which provide a sharp contrast between objects while still seeming soft. “If you make a mistake, you can’t fix it. It’s a very unforgiving medium to

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Pizza pro details business ups and downs Roswell resident heads growing chain By JONATHAN COPSEY ROSWELL, Ga. – For Roswell resident Bucky Cook, semiretirement is a busy time. A former executive of Heavenly Ham, Cook is now a franchise owner and CEO of make-yourown pizza company Your Pie. He has brought his wealth of experience with him to the company. Cook, 58, splits his time between his home, his store near Roswell High School and the company office in Athens. For 18 years, he worked with Heavenly Ham, the largest competitor to HoneyBaked Ham. Cook was the president and COO of the company when HoneyBaked Ham bought them out in 2002. After that, he relaxed. That is, until Drew French, a 28-year-old University of Georgia student and Milton High School grad approached Cook with an idea for a company – have customers decide all the toppings of their pizzas. Even

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How does the health care law affects businesses? The most significant impacts of the new federal healthcare law will hit employers in 2014 and 2015. Now is the time to ensure you have a full understanding of the law and its requirements so that you can make the best decisions possible for you and your employees. ► Employer mandate Beginning in 2015, most employers with the equivalent of 50 or more full-time employees must provide health insurance or face significant penalties. The insurance offered must meet the federal definition of “affordable coverage.” For the purposes of this law, the full-time employee equivalent is based on a minimum of 30 hours per week, as opposed to the traditional 35. Most self-employed persons must also obtain coverage under the law. ► Affordable coverage Healthcare plans offered by most employers with 50 or more full-time employees (or obtained by self-employed persons) must meet the definition of “affordable coverage.” This means that an employee’s portion of the cost of any health insurance plan cannot exceed 9.5 percent of their household income. costs become muddied. John Haupert, CEO of the Grady Health System, which operates the largest Level 1 hospital in the metro region, said the hospital is looking at losing millions of dollars both

Plans offered must also meet a defined “minimum value,” meaning they must cover at least 60 percent of the cost of healthcare services provided to an employee. Employers with fewer than 50 employees are not required to offer coverage and are not subject to these requirements, but any plans they choose to offer must include certain “essential health benefits” across 10 categories defined by the federal government. ► Potential penalties Employers who are required to provide coverage under the employer mandate but choose not to do so may be assessed with penalties based on the number of employees. Penalties may also be assessed on employers who do provide coverage if the plans offered do not meet the “affordable coverage” or “minimum value” standards as required. Penaldirectly and indirectly thanks to the new law. The Supreme Court struck down a provision forcing states to take part in the expansion of Medicaid that would help pay for the health overhaul, and Georgia opted

ties can be up to $2,000 per employee after the first 30 employees (the penalties for self-employed persons are much less) and are not taxdeductible. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has developed a calculator to help employers estimate their potential penalties to aid them in their decision-making process. It can be found at ► Tax implications In total, there are at least 18 new taxes that have been created to cover the cost of the healthcare law. The most significant for employers is the health insurance premium tax, which will be assessed on insurance providers at a cost of roughly $100 billion over the first 10 years. This tax will primarily impact small businesses, including many that are not required to offer coverage under the law. Additional costs employers may be required to pay include a $63 fee per insured employee and a 0.9 percent income tax and a 3.8 percent tax on investment income for small business owners, regardless of whether they offer coverage. More at center.gachamber. com/federalhealthlaw. out. “If Georgia does not accept or expand Medicaid, Grady expects to lose $45 million a year in federal funds,” Haupert said. This would be on top of

reduced funds from Fulton and DeKalb counties, two major funding sources for Grady, which are cutting funding to the hospital due to budget shortfalls. Haupert said those cuts will have to come from somewhere. For example, if Grady cut mental health services, it could save $13 million a year, but the state would be out a major provider of those services. Other state medical providers will likely face similar decisions. “There are some real ups and downs [to the Medicaid expansion],” Haupert said. Because Georgia opted out of taking part in a health insurance exchange, the federal government will instead set it up and run it. Of Georgia’s 400 health insurance companies, seven have suggested they will take part, although many of those may pull out, said Ralph Hudgens, Georgia’s insurance and safety fire commissioner. “This is not working the way it is supposed to be,” he said. Some areas of Georgia will only have one provider to choose from, which he said is not what the reforms were supposed to do. “If you take any one component out of this, it doesn’t work,” Price said. Panelists expressed concerns about how insurance companies will pay for services, whether hospitals can afford to make deep cuts in reimbursements and whether there are enough doctors to care for everyone who will need to be covered.“A lot of this doesn’t work,” Haupert said. “I see too many holes.” Price agreed. “It’s going to be a bumpy ride,” he said.


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From left, are Jekyll Brewing brewmaster Josh Rachel, President Dave Lundmark and Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle as they formally open the city’s first brewery.

Jekyll Brewery opens taps in Alpharetta By JONATHAN COPSEY ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Area beer drinkers are rejoicing as Alpharetta becomes home to the state’s newest brewery. Jekyll Brewery formally opened its door (and taps) Aug. 15 at their Marconi Drive location. Organizers hosted members of the Alpharetta City Council and the mayor along with members of the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. “We’re thrilled and glad you’re here,” said Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle. “We’re glad you’re a part of

Alpharetta.” Many of the city’s restaurants, pubs and growler stores carry Jekyll Brewery beer. President Mike Lundmark and brewer Josh Rachel said they chose the name “Jekyll” after the Deep South’s first brewery, on Jekyll Island. Three beers are the initial offering – the Hop Dang Diggity IPA, Cooter Brown American Brown Ale and Big Creek Kolsch. “We’re excited to represent Alpharetta,” said Lundmark. “We’re the first suburban brewery in the Atlanta market. Being the first brewery in Alpharetta is something that Josh and I have really been working hard for the past 25 months.” Jekyll Brewing can be found online at


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in a random fashion. In other words, when someone is promoted it shouldn’t be a surprise to them or anyone else. Formally announcing promotions, both internally and externally, demonstrates to your employees that this is important to you. Promoting your top performers shows that you care about your employees, and will help create a work environment that will help your small business achieve higher levels of success. Dick Jones is the Founder and President of Jones Simply Sales in Alpharetta, Ga. As a fourth generation sales professional, he has over 30 years of experience advising, coaching, consulting and working with small business owners.

Forsyth County mid-year housing snapshot I covered the mid-year snapshot for North Fulton last week. As promised, here is the Forsyth County mid-year housing numbers. And much like the report last week, the number of sales is up and prices seem to be rising, but the luxury market is still lagging a bit in Forsyth County. The numbers are consistent with other parts of North Atlanta, with asking prices rising gradually and the median sales price rising a healthy 9 percent. Asking prices are the best indication of which direction home values are going. Transactions, however, are up a whopping 28 percent, which is huge. Especially big when you consider that there are many new construction sales that never make it into the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) because they were contract builds signed before ground was even broken. I expect the sales increase to be even larger next year as new construction will explode from all of the land being developed right now. New construction will add a tremendous amount of

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home inventory to the market and help drive home values higher. As the economy continues to improve and prices continue to rise, more equity sellers will find themselves in the position to sell their home and more buyers will flood the market. This is all good news for sellers and our local economy. It is making it more difficult for buyers to find what they want. Bob Strader is a local realtor with the NORTH Group of Keller Williams Realty. Visit his blogs or or email him: info@

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Avalon secures $126.5M in loans, starts vertical construction early ALPHARETTA, Ga. — North American Properties (NAP), developers of Avalon, announced that construction financing has been closed and vertical construction has begun. The $126.5 million financing for the first phase is comprised of an $86.5 million syndicated senior loan, by Wells Fargo Bank and Bank of America, accompanied by a $40 million mezzanine loan by JP Morgan Asset Management. Eastdil Secured arranged the financing package. Site work, 2800 Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta, is already underway and vertical construction has begun, nearly one month ahead of schedule, according to a news release. October 2014 will mark the grand opening of the Avalon development that will host retail, entertainment, restaurants, residences, offices, hotels and public spaces. Retail space is 75 percent leased with these new retailers added: Giovanni Di Palma’s Antico Napoletana, Bantam + Biddy by Chef Shaun Doty, Tommy Bahama, Vineyard Vines, Exhale Spa, West Elm, Kinnucan’s Specialty Outfitter, Sage Boutique, Free People, Janie and Jack, C. Wonder and L’Occitane. Visit for more.

BusinessBriefs Six new agents join Harry Norman Forsyth County/Lanier CUMMING, Ga. — Six agents have joined Harry Norman, Realtors. Sherri Aimonetti, Rebecca Jones, Lynda Cooksey, Trudy D. Taylor, Alana Amason and Erica Wesley have joined the team as realtors in the Forsyth County/Lake Lanier office. Jones, Cooksey and Wesley are new real estate licensees, but all are dedicated to the business and starting their own company. Amason, Taylor and Aimonetti have prior real estate experience. Amason has about three years of experience. Aimonetti has about 10 years of experience in the new homes area, and Taylor has 30 years of experience in real estate. All agents can be reached at 770-497-2000 or visit www.HarryNorman


Keller Williams Realty consultants form Craft Dolan Team ROSWELL, Ga. — Tracey Craft and Lara Dolan have joined the Keller Williams Realty Consultants’ Roswell office. The two real estate sales professionals each CRAFT DOLAN have their own strengths. Craft has an extensive background in commercial transactions, while Dolan supports the team with residential and equestrian sales and leasing. Together, they have lived more than 45 years in the North Fulton area, boasting deep ties to the community. “We are truly lucky to have the Craft Dolan Team join us here at Keller Williams Realty Consultants,” said Denise Buchanan, broker and market center team leader. “The Craft Dolan Team fills a much-needed demand, particularly in the commercial and equestrian market segments.” Contact Tracey Craft at 770-722-3119,, or go to Contact Lara Dolan at 404-514-6533, laradolan@ or


New Moe’s opens in Alpharetta ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta resident Shahid Panjwani opened his second Moe’s Southwest Grill franchise store in North Fulton Aug. 15 in North Point Mall. Employing 20 people in the new store, Panjwani said North Fulton and the mall area offered an ideal location for stores. “The demographics are exactly what I’m looking for. It’s a good fit over here,” he said. “Customers will be happy with what we offer them.” His other store is the Moe’s on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell. Moe’s is located in the food court in North Point Mall, 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta.


Air Control celebrates 20 years ROSWELL, Ga. – Air Control Heating and Air, formerly known as Air Control Atlanta, announced its 20th year serving the homeowners and businesses of North Atlanta including Alpharetta, Roswell, Cumming, Milton, Johns Creek, East Cobb and Woodstock. The family-owned and operated business offers products as well as preventive maintenance

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North Fulton Hospital doctors perform first robotic spine surgery ROSWELL, Ga. — North Fulton Hospital is one of the first in Atlanta to offer adults needing spine surgery a minimally invasive procedure using a robot. On Aug. 20, doctors at North Fulton Hospital performed their first procedure using the Mazor robot. This advanced technology, combined with the expertise of the hospital’s board certified orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons, may provide less rehabilitation from surgery and get patients back to normal activities much more quickly. “The Mazor robot is great because it allows for pre-operative planning and can save time in the operating room,” said Dr. Jason W. Velez, orthopedic surgeon at North Fulton Hospital. “I’m very excited about being able to use the robot during surgeries on patients with spinal deformities that might have been inoperable otherwise.” Visit to learn more about robotic surgery, or visit For a referral to a doctor who performs spinal surgery with the Mazor robot, call 770-751-2600.

Georgia Retina welcomes new specialist CUMMING, Ga. — Georgia Retina – the state’s largest retina-only private practice – has added retina specialist Dr. Krishna Mukkamala to its team. Mukkamala is currently seeing patients at the Georgia Retina Cumming office, 960 Sanders Road, Suite 500. Mukkamala received his medical degree at the Medical College of Virginia/VCU School of Mukkamala Medicine. He then completed an ophthalmology residency at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Following residency, he completed retina fellowships at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York. “We are excited to have such an experienced doctor join Georgia Retina. Dr. Mukkamala’s presence at our Cumming office will certainly add to our status as Georgia’s leading retina-only private practice,” said Paul Lucas, Georgia Retina chief financial officer. For more information, visit or call 678-679-4830.

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Blake Shelton’s “Ten Times Crazier Tour” comes to Aaron’s Amphitheatre. The Country Music Awards' reigning Entertainer of the Year and three-peat Male Vocalist of the Year is also bringing Easton Corbin and Jana Kramer to perform. 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29. 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. Please call 404-443-5090 or visit


Donald and Walter will be joined by those same eight brilliant supporting musicians, now appearing as the Bipolar Allstars, along with the Borderline Brats.Together, they will treat audiences to selections from Steely Dan's extraordinary fourdecade catalog. 8 p.m. Sept. 7. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 404-733-5010 or visit


into trouble. Shows are Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at 11 a.m. and Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 3 p.m. 10700 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek. Please visit


Set in a Caribbean hair salon in Toronto, “'da Kink in My Hair” gives voice to eight black women who tell their unforgettable stories in a kaleidoscope of drumming, singing and dance. It is a testament to the challenges and triumphs in the lives of contemporary black women, many of whom are immigrants to North America from the Caribbean. Sept. 6 and Sept. 7 at 8 p.m., Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center. 2800 Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Please call 770-916-2800.

Winnie the Pooh is Christopher Robin’s fat little bear of very little brain, who would like to drift peacefully through life, humming tunes and stopping frequently to eat “a little something.” However, he finds himself involved in all sorts of frantic adventures, assisted by such friends as the dismal Eeyore, Piglet and Rabbit, with his countless relations. Pooh’s intentions are always the best, but his passion for honey and condensed milk keeps getting him

required. 5 p.m.-10 a.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Please call 770-992-2055 or visit


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


Mikki St. Germain, author of “Got Baggage?”, is coming to the Thousand Hills Coffee House for a book signing and 15-minute inspirational mini-seminars. 11:30 a.m. Aug. 29. 352 South Atlanta St., Roswell. Please visit Dragon*Con is one of the the largest multimedia and popular culture conventions focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and film. Aug. 30Sept. 2, downtown Atlanta, by Civic Center Marta station or Peachtree Center Marta Station. Please visit for more information.


A staycation at Chattahoochee Nature Center for Labor Day makes a perfect weekend. Enjoy night hikes, play games on the meadow, visit with nocturnal animals, roast marshmallows around the campfire and more. Advance registration | Revue & News | August 29, 2013 | 19


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Kick off autumn and support your local artists. Sawnee Artists Association features local fine artists and highly skilled craftsmen in this show which features a variety of artistic mediums. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Aug. 31. 2115 Chloe Road, Cumming. Please call 770-781-2178.






This outdoor Labor Day weekend event in the Historic Marietta Square boasts plenty of enjoyment for all ages with a large artist market, a children’s art alley, the famous painted pots, historic sites and nearby dining. 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Aug. 31Sept. 2. North Park Square Northeast, Marietta. Please call 404-966-8497 or visit

ST. JAMES UMC INSPIRATIONAL JAZZFEST The annual St. James JazzFest will feature the sounds of the Joe Gransden Big Band, Jazz Drummer Brien Andrews, and renowned vocalist Sisaundra Lewis. All tickets include the concert and a professionally catered meal. Vendors will be on-site selling merchandise. All concert proceeds benefit the church's scholarship fund. 4 – 9 p.m. Sept. 7. St. James United Methodist Church, 3000 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta. Please call 678-762-1543 or visit


Community groups and restaurants will set up tailgating displays and grills to create fabulous dishes. Attendees will sample all the creations and vote for the Grilling Champion--all hosted by the Lionheart School. Free admission for the UGA vs. South Carolina game, shown on an 8-by12 screen. 2 p.m. Sept. 7. Old Roswell St., Alpharetta. Please call 770-772-4555 or visit awesome


The third annual All in for a Cure Texas Hold 'Em Tournament involves 100 poker players-- amateurs and pros--coming together at the Metropolitan Club to play their favorite game. Also enjoy good food and libations, all while benefitting blood cancer research. 6 p.m. Aug 29. 5895 Windward Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 678-527-2000 or visit allinforacure3.


Forsyth County's second annual Labor Day Run for Autism is an out-andback 10K/5K road race on Peachtree Parkway/ Ga. 141. The route is flat, fast-paced, chip-timed and a Peachtree Road Race qualifier. The 5K is walkerand stroller-friendly. 7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sept. 2. Hosted by Totally Running, also the start and finish point. 405 Peachtree Parkway, Cumming. Please call 470-239-4466 or visit


September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Enjoy a fun day at Fowler Park on Highway 9 to raise awareness and funds for families fighting childhood cancer. Come out for the race and stay for the music, vendors, food, horses and more. 8 a.m. Sept. 2. Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming. Please visit


Join Terance Mathis and other former NFL players and celebrities for a day of golf and ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease) awareness. Each group of three will be paired with a celebrity team captain. Awards for top teams, Proceeds benefit the Emory ALS Center. 10 a.m. Sept. 9. Alpharetta Athletic Club, 3430 Highway Nine North, Milton. Please call 770-475-2300.


A seven-event rodeo that includes bull riding, bare-back riding, barrel racing, calf roping, steer wrestling, team roping and saddle bronc riding at the Cumming Fairgrounds Arena. 8 p.m. Aug. 30-31, 7 p.m. Sept. 1. 235 Castleberry Road, Cumming. Please visit


The Deadfields are an Americana/ folk-rock band from the swamps of South Georgia. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic for an unforgettably laid-back evening of entertainment. 8 p.m. Aug. 31. 377 South Main St., Alpharetta. Please visit


Taylor Kinzel Gallery hosts nationally renowned artist Bob Ichter. Ichter will demonstrate his award-winning pastel-on-suede techniques. 6 p.m. Sept. 6. 16 Elizabeth Way, Roswell. Please visit


Action Dash is a family-friendly 5K in which participants dress as their favorite action heroes and race for the cause. 6:30 a.m. Sept. 2. Piedmont Park. 400 Park Drive Northeast, Atlanta. Please visit


More than 400 artists and crafters from 38 states and two countries display their works for your appreciation and purchase. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sept. 5 - 8. Stone Mountain Park’s Events Meadow. Highway 78 East, Stone Mountain. Please visit

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King’s Ridge Christian School’s new $10 million high school building opens for the 2013-14 school term. The student body, parents, faculty and staff assemble for the dedication ceremony.

King’s Ridge dedicates new $10M high school Two wings and a football field to follow By HATCHER HURD ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff of King’s Ridge Christian School all gathered on that

somber grey Friday, Aug. 16, but the occasion was almost giddy. This was dedication day for the high school building, a $10 million investment that comes to the school debt-free. The





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school broke ground with $7 million already collected and raised the balance during the 14 months of construction. The high school is the latest addition to what is now a $48 million, 116-acre campus. It is a far cry from its opening 12 years ago in the refurbished Bruno’s grocery store in Alpharetta. From the beginning there was a committed core of supporters who believed in its mission for a Christ-centered college preparatory school. Elected officials from Alpharetta, Milton, Johns Creek, Roswell and Woodstock were in attendance as well as State Rep. Brandon Beach and Fulton Commissioner Liz Hausmann. “It was tough to raise $10 million so that we could have the high school without incurring more debt. But with the generosity of the families and the Kings Ridge Foundation, we are here,” said King’s Ridge Headmaster C. David Rhodes III.

“It is a great day of celebration and a day to thank our contributors and our foundation. It is also a day to celebrate God’s faithfulness to our school. A year ago this was just a wooded plot,” he said. “The transformation has been amazing.” Therrell “Sonny” Murphy was chairman of Advancement in Christian Education (ACE) when this school was just a dream without desks, pencils or walls. He too is struck by the campus that has sprung from the faith of so many who made this happen. “You look at all the buildings and the students here. You see what has been accomplished, and you think it is amazing how God has blessed us,” Murphy said. “It is a real affirmation of what people can do with energy and love. It is humbling to see where we started in that grocery store and to be here this day.” Founding board member Laura Lloyd, now the chief ad-

vancement officer, has watched the campus grow as well. “We started with no desks, no lockers. We started with nothing,” Lloyd said. Today, 760 students are enrolled, but at build-out the school will have 1,250 students enrolled K-12. The new 45,000-square-foot high school is only phase I. Phase II will add wings on either side that will double the size of the high school building to 90,000 square feet. That is planned for the next three to five years. But the school will not stop there, Lloyd said. Plans also call for a middle school building, a football stadium, a performing arts center, an athletics center with gym and natatorium, baseball and softball fields, and a track. Seeing how far King’s Ridge has come in 12 years and the faith its supporters have in the future, it is not hard to visualize these projects also coming to fruition.


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ACT scores show Fulton students ‘college ready’ Average scores on college-bound test exceed state, national results By CANDY WAYLOCK NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The recent release of ACT scores from spring and summer test dates indicates a major component of the strategic plan for the Fulton County School System is on track. “College and Career Readiness” is a goal of the five-year plan for Fulton graduates, with a target of 85 percent of seniors earning a score high enough on a college entrance exam for admission at University System of Georgia institutions. While the strategic plan specifically focuses on results from the more commonly taken SAT, the results of the ACT

ACT Averages for Area High Schools (number of test takers)

• Northview – 25.9 (234) • Johns Creek – 25.5 (309) • Milton – 25.2 (395) • Chattahoochee – 24.9 (218) • Alpharetta – 24.8 (320)

show area students are performing well above their peers on the nationally administered test for college acceptance. The ACT is commonly used for college admission and placement. It measures English, math, reading and science proficiency, with an optional writing section, whereas the SAT measures only math, reading and writing. The ACT has a maximum score of 36. System-wide, the composite score on the 2013 ACT was 22.6 for Fulton students, compared to 20.7 statewide and the national average of 20.9. The average score was

• Roswell – 24.5 (281) • Centennial – 23.7 (202) • Cambridge – 22.8 (41) • Fulton Science – 22.5 (18)

considerably higher among the North Fulton schools, with an average 24.4 for the nine high schools in the area. The scores were led by Northview (25.9), Johns Creek (25.5) and Milton (25.2), which not only had the highest scores, but among the most test takers of any high schools in Fulton County. “Traditionally, about a quarter of our students take the ACT but we’re seeing the numbers grow every year,” said Fulton Superintendent Robert Avossa. “More students are deciding to take the ACT in ad-

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Looking at the past five years of ACT data, we’ve seen a major increase in the number of students who graduate high school.” Robert Avossa Fulton County School System Superintendent

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MILTON, Ga. – The North Fulton Alliance of Young Professionals marked its first birthday with a party at Olde Blind Dog, in Milton, where the first meeting was held a year ago. More than 70 people attended the gathering, a far cry from the initial 12 at the inaugural meeting. The networking and social group now has more than 75 members. Founder and President Hans Appen said the group has grown larger and faster than he had hoped. “It is beyond my wildest expectations,” Appen said. “We have gotten to the point where we are way beyond what



I thought we could accomplish in a year. That’s a credit to the board and our membership.” The NFAYP is a social and networking group aimed at young people in North Fulton. During its first year, the group has volunteered at local charities, held social events and organized placing volunteers on the boards of local nonprofits. Appen said he has high hopes for the coming year, wanting more than 300 members to come for the next birthday party. Among forthcoming programs are contacting the larger employers in North Fulton to get their younger workers involved in the group. “I think that will really jumpstart our membership,” Appen said. “That will allow us to create new programs and do more events.” For more on the NFAYP, visit them online at www.


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The board members of the NFAYP take a moment with the cake. From left, they are Michael Tillitski, Kristin Rome, Peter Tokar, Hans Appen, Kellie Jureka, Zee Jennings, Zach Mullins and Kristina Appen.


More than 70 people attended the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the North Fulton Alliance of Young Professionals Aug. 20.



No birthday is complete without a birthday cake!

Back where it all began: the NFAYP returned to the Olde Blind Dog Aug. 20 to celebrate one year of activity.

NFAYP members Michael Tillitski, left, and Griffin Fittsporter during the birthday bash.

The original gathering of the NFAYP had a dozen members. It has since grown to more than 75.

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Knights host rival Hornets in opener By MIKE BLUM


Hooch defenders Sean Hoffman (40) and Nate Sherman (11) corral Kell’s Julian Burris (1) on this play, but Burris burned the Cougars with an 80-yard scoring reception and a 93-yard kickoff return for another touchdown.

Kell Longhorns 26, Chattahoochee 16 Cougars fall to Kell in Georgia Dome opener By MIKE BLUM ATLANTA – Chattahoochee did not return home from last Saturday’s trip to the Georgia Dome with a victory, but the early morning 26-16 loss to Kell was not a total setback. The Cougars turned in a more than respectable effort against the state-ranked Longhorns, who also defeated Chattahoochee in the Dome last year. A handful of big plays, all but one of which included Kell standout Julian Burris, spelled the difference in the game, with the Longhorns not clinching their victory until a touchdown in the final two minutes. “Without those big plays, it’s a different ball game,” said Chattahoochee coach Mike Owens. “For the first game, we did not make a lot of mistakes.” About the only mistakes for the Cougars involved Burris, who starred on offense, defense and special teams. After the Cougars drove 80 yards in 16 plays on the game’s opening series, Burris went 80 yards with a wide receiver screen when two Cougar defensive backs collided in pursuit. A 24-yard reverse by Burris started an 87-yard drive that gave the Longhorns a 13-10 halftime lead, with the touchdown coming on a fourthand-9 pass from the Cougars’ 39 with 1:20 to play in the second period. Burris returned the secondhalf kickoff 93 yards, and with his team leading 20-16 late in

the game, connected with Errol Breaux on a 61-yard double pass to set up the final Kell score. He also had a scoring punt return wiped out by a penalty. Breaux was also the receiver on the 39-yard TD pass. The Cougars had 18 first downs to nine for the Longhorns, but a talented Kell secondary kept the Cougars in check in the second half. After transfer Taz Wilson was 12 of 19 for 143 yards in the first half, the Cougars managed just 32 yards through the air in the final two periods, and finished with just 85 yards rushing. “We’ve got to do a better job of pass protection and better job of running the football,” Owens said. A hamstring injury to two-way starter Josh Weisberg, who plays a key role on offense from his tight end position, limited what the Cougars could do with their running game against Kell. Chattahoochee was unable to sustain a drive after taking seven minutes to move down the field after receiving the opening kickoff. Adam Abdellaoui kicked field goals of 47, 31 and 47 yards for the Cougars, who had one opportunity to reclaim the lead in the fourth period. The Cougars gained possession near midfield after an Avery Ward interception midway through the fourth quarter, but a holding penalty set Chattahoochee back and an interception ended the Cougars’ comeback hopes. Kieron Ashley scored the Chattahoochee touchdown on a 5-yard run and had one of the team’s two interceptions. Ward led the team in receiving with six catches for 70 yards. The Cougars are at home Friday against Forest Park.

ROSWELL, Ga. – The Roswell Hornets and Centennial Knights renew their rivalry Friday night in the 2013 season opener for both teams at Centennial’s field. With the early season schedules for both teams looking a little less demanding than last year, the winner will have the opportunity to avoid the slow start that led to losing seasons in 2012 for both teams. Despite defeating the Knights 42-13 to open last season, Roswell lost its next six games and finished 3-7. The Knights were also 3-7, winning three of their last five after a 0-5 start. “To start the season with a win versus those guys would go a long way,” Centennial coach Jeff Carlberg said of the Hornets. After losing nine of their first 10 games against the Hornets, Centennial won two in a row before last year’s loss. Both teams will sport plenty of new faces on both offense and defense, with each opening the season with

questions to answer. Centennial is a little more established on offense, with standout receiver Christian Robinson (72 catches, 1,053 yards, 11 touchdowns) back, along with versatile sophomore Caden Herring, who contributed as a runner and receiver as a sophomore. Matthew Harries takes over at quarterback after starting at wide receiver last year, but will have some talent around him as he moves to a new position. Roswell graduated tailback Andrew Kwateng (1,435 yards rushing, 10 TDs), but the Hornets have some talent at running back. The Hornets will have a new quarterback, with Matt Cory and James Whitaker vying at the position. The Hornets also have a new head coach, with offensive coordinator John Ford taking over a program that has struggled the last two seasons after a long run of success. Carlberg is in his second year at Centennial and is looking to establish the Knights as a more frequent playoff contender.

To start the season with a win versus those guys would go a long way.” Jeff Carlberg Centennial Knights Coach

Carlberg says he isn’t exactly sure what to expect from his mostly inexperienced group of players, with that fact exaggerated by what he describes as “an emotional rivalry game.” Ford says he “found some answers in our offensive and defensive lines” in the team’s scrimmage game against Alpharetta, with the Hornets hoping to benefit from playing a team that runs a similar offense to the Knights. Roswell replaces most of its defense other than the line, while the Knights are expected to be more athletic on the defensive side, but will be lacking in experience.

Raiders open season at Milton; both teams replacing 2012 stars By MIKE BLUM MILTON, Ga. – When Alpharetta played Milton to open the 2012 season, the game was billed as a matchup between two teams with multiple Division I prospects. The two teams meet again to open the 2013 season Friday night, this time at Milton, but all but a few of the highly touted prospects have graduated, leaving both with largely new casts. Alpharetta was not hit quite as hard by graduation, and the Raiders come into their debut at Milton hoping to match or improve on last year’s 7-3 regular season record and share of the Region 6-AAAAAA title. The big offensive losses for the Raiders were quarterback Josh Dobbs (Tennessee) and receiver Carlos Burse (Vanderbilt), but the team has more than adequate replacements for both. Austin King will look to continue the Raiders’ string of top-flight quarterbacks, but will be making his first varsity start. He will have some help at the receiver position, led by senior Daniel Clements, who had 60 receptions for 1,286 yards and 12 touchdowns.

There’s no big mystery. Milton is a power running team.” Jason Dukes Alpharetta Raiders Coach

Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes said King “looked pretty good” in the Raiders’ 24-21 scrimmage victory over Roswell, but is cautious about placing too many expectations on King due to his lack of experience. While Milton coach Howie DeCristofaro and the Eagles will have to be concerned with slowing down Clements and the Raiders’ pass-happy spread offense, Dukes and his defensive coaches are tasked with containing Milton running back Treyvon Paulk (930 yards rushing, 14 TDs). The Eagles pounded out 431 yards on the ground against the Raiders in a 35-28 victory last season, with Paulk contributing significantly to that total. “There’s no big mystery. Milton is a power running team,” Dukes said, with the Raiders looking to do a better job of run defense this season. Fortunately for the Raid-

ers, they won’t have to deal with graduated tailback Peyton Barber (Auburn), who rushed for 226 yards in last year’s game, or the three Division I linemen he and Paulk ran behind. But the Eagles will again have size up front. Among the concerns for Dukes is how well his team can protect King, but passrushing terror Carl Lawson has joined Barber at Auburn, leaving Alpharetta’s task a little less daunting. The Raiders return some defensive talent in the line, at linebacker and the secondary, and will be looking to get off to a better start than last year. Alpharetta was 1-3 out of the gate in 2012, yielding 141 points in the three losses. Milton, which went 7-3 and also lost in the first round of the state playoffs, is also breaking in a new quarterback, with Paulk and lineman Nick Wilson the only returning starters on offense.

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Truesdell named to 17U WWBA Perfect Game All-Tournament Team ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Perfect Game has released its official all-tournament team from the 2013 17U WWBA National Championship. The event was held July 5-12 at the East Cobb Complex in Marietta, Ga. The players selected were based on firsthand observations as well as statistical data compiled using GameChanger, the official scoring application of Perfect Game and the WWBA. Over 250 teams were in this tournament from all over the country, so being chosen for the WWBA All-Tournament Team is quite an honor for rising Chattahoochee High School senior Brandon Truesdell, of Alpharetta. Truesdell has been playing baseball since the age of 4 and hopes to continue playing in college. “Brandon is a very consistent and dedicated baseball player,” said coach Steve Howard. “He is at our GRA facility every week working on his

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He is at our GRA facility every week working on his baseball skills, and his hard work has really paid off.”


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baseball skills, and his hard work has really paid off. I look forward to seeing him play in the collegiate level.” The Game Ready Athletics Cavaliers 17U baseball team’s training facility is located at 6425 Industrial Way in north Alpharetta. – Staff

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Continued from Page 21 dition to, or sometimes in place of, the SAT.” This year, 3,233 students took the ACT, an increase of 29 percent since 2009. Of those, 1,261 met specific “college

readiness benchmarks” set by the ACT. The college readiness benchmarks are scores on the ACT subject area tests that represent the level of achievement required for students to have a 50 percent chance of obtaining a B or higher; or a 75 percent chance of obtaining a C or higher in corresponding

Submit your news & photos to | Recycled paper first-year college courses. For example, a high school student who earns a 23 on the science section of the ACT would meet the benchmark in college biology, and has demonstrated the skills needed to earn a B or C. Other benchmarks include English (18), Reading (22) and Math (22). These numbers were de-

termined based on a national sample of students currently in college. On the 2013 ACT, 39 percent of seniors demonstrated college readiness in all four areas of the test – English, math, reading and science. This percentage was significantly higher than the state and national averages, where statewide only 23 percent of Georgia students and 26 percent of students across the nation demonstrated this same college readiness. There is still one more

opportunity to take the ACT in 2013, so the numbers of students considered “college ready” may change after the results from the October test are calculated. “The ACT assesses knowledge in more subjects than just math and language arts, making it a good indicator of how well a student will perform in a college environment,” said Avossa. “Looking at the past five years of ACT data, we’ve seen a major increase in the number of students who graduate high school.”

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CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the City Council on Monday, September 16, 2013 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. V-13-11 JSB Homes Consideration of a variance to permit a flag lot in order to create two separate lots on property located at 12550 New Hopewell Road. The property is legally described as being located in Land Lot 1125, 2nd 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.

In Memoriam

Russell Hoffman

Russell E. Hoffmann, 87, born March 7, 1926 in St. Paul Minn., died August 26, 2013 in Roswell, GA. Survivors include wife Rosalind, children Steve, Tom, Paul, Mark, Rosalind A, Heidi, Sue, sister Roseann Yurcek, Roswell’s Your Pie is located at 625 W Crossville Rd #110, Roswell, Georgia 30075.

14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A Memorial Mass will be held Thursday, August 29th, 10:30am at Saint Andrew’s Catholic Church.

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City: Continued from Page 6 held open house meetings all over Roswell so residents could receive information about the UDC in person and ask staff or our consultants any questions they may have. All of the information on the proposed UDC is posted prominently on the city’s homepage, letters have been mailed to all of the property owners who will be affected by the proposed changes, a notice was mailed to every household in Roswell through utility bills concerning the public open house meetings and the proposed UDC has been featured numerous times in the city’s newsletter, Facebook page and Twitter page. We encourage our residents

to attend a meeting, ask questions and give their input. We want them to visit the website and see what the proposed UDC offers to our community, learn when the next meeting is being held and be engaged in this process. Roswell’s future depends on a revised, easy-to-understand zoning code that will move our city forward into a vibrant, exciting future. If you have any questions about the proposed UDC, please email us at UDC@ or call Brad Townsend or Jackie Deibel in Community Development at 770-594-6418 or visit the website at Julie Brechbill, Community Relations manager City of Roswell


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Citizen: Continued from Page 6 a long, drawn-out dissertation for an extensive period of time, during which time the crowd usually loses focus.

UDC: Continued from Page 1 surprises for residents near rezoned areas. “The process for rezoning will not change after this,” he said. “Neighbors will still be told of any changes.” Councilmember Betty Price said she was concerned

The technique, which has been around since the ’50s, is an effective way of squeezing citizens out of the process and manipulating them into the desired level of consensus while neutralizing opposition. In essence, Roswell citizens are being manipulated during

these UDC meetings. Please, please send a message now and in November. Tell the council to fix what is broken, not saddle us with a catastrophe for our wonderful town.

about the changes. “This is dangerous,” she said. “It’s too much, too fast. There are too many changes that would normally go through a process.” She said the issues in the city code were not as cumbersome as staff has said and could have been solved simply by spending time thinking about it. That, she said, would

provide a “simpler, easier and cheaper solution with less unintended consequences.” The city is taking public comment in several meetings over the next few months and will be before the City Council before the end of the year. The city has set up a section of their website entirely dedicated to the UDC and its changes. This can be found at

Lee Fleck, Roswell Resident

Miss a chance to see the proposed map or provide input? There are plenty of opportunities. Also, go online at Sept. 3

6:30 p.m.

Design Review Board

Council chambers

Sept. 10

7 p.m.

Board of Zoning Appeals

Council chambers

Sept. 11

5:30 p.m.

Mayor and City Council work session

Room 220

Sept. 12

6 p.m.

Historic Preservation Commission

Council chambers


Sept. 17

7 p.m.

Planning Commission hearing

Council chambers

Sept. 18

11:30 a.m.

Mayor and City Council work session

Room 220

BID #14-010

Sept. 28

8:30 - 4:30 p.m. Mayor and City Council work session

Room 220

Oct. 15

7 p.m.

Planning Commission final recommendation

Council chambers

The City of Alpharetta is accepting bids for the DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY’S UNIFORMS AND DUTY GEAR.

Oct. 28

7 p.m.

Mayor and City Council accepted draft

Council chambers

Nov. 13

7 p.m.

First reading of the ordinance and map

Council chambers

Dec. 9

7 p.m.

Second reading (adoption)

Council chambers


The Request for Bid document will be available online Thursday, August 29, 2013, at our website, choose the Bids tab. Bids will be due on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 2:00 PM, at the City of Alpharetta Finance Department, 2970 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009. For information, please contact Stephanie Cochran at the City of Alpharetta Department of Finance at (678) 2976052 or via email at ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS CITY OF ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA FOR PINE SHAVINGS FOR CITY’S EQUESTRIAN CENTER STALLS BID # 14-009 The City of Alpharetta is accepting bids for the provision and delivery of bagged, new pine shavings bedding material for the City of Alpharetta’s Equestrian Center. The bid document will be available online Thursday, August 22, 2013 from the City’s website,, and then choose Bids Online tab. The bid opening will be held on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 10:00 A.M., at the City’s Finance Department, 2970 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta, GA 30009. For information, please contact Stephanie Cochran, at the City of Alpharetta’s Finance Department at 678-297-6052 or via email at

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, September 5 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, September 23, 2013 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. PH-13-10 Islamic Center of North Fulton Consideration of a request to amend previous conditions of zoning in order to permit the construction of a 7,900 square foot community hall and mosque. The property is located on the south side of Rucker Road and legally described as being located in Land Lot 1275, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. MP-13-03/CU-13-08 North Point Commons Bowling Alley Consideration of a request to amend the North Point Commons master plan in order to permit a bowling alley as a permitted use. The property is located on the south side of North Point Parkway between Haynes Bridge and Georgia Lane and legally described as being located in Land Lots 755, 796, 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. V-13-13 Jeff Aughey/Parkerwood Way (City Council Only) Consideration of a variance to permit a 6’ rear setback line for an outdoor fireplace. The property is located at 100 Parkerwood Way and legally described as being located in Land Lot 272, 1st District, 1st Section, Fulton County, Georgia. d. PH-13-09 Unified Development Code Consideration of amendments to the Unified Development Code in order to amend addressing and bond requirements. 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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Farmers market’s new specialty – Maine lobsters By HATCHER HURD ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Any farmers market you go to, you can get fresh tomatoes, newly picked corn on the cob and maybe some wild honey, but only at the Alpharetta Farmers Market can you get live Maine lobsters. Talk about raising the bar? It’s true; live Maine lobsters delivered – well not quite to your doorstep, but close. Sherry Crelin has a good connection, you see. Her son Mike Ross captains a 48-foot lobster boat in the coastal waters surrounding Acadia National Park near Bar Harbor. “We fly the lobsters in overnight once a week from Stonnington, Maine. It’s a family business, and we’re just getting started,” Crelin said. Crelin’s son Dan Ross and his wife Crystal are starting a seafood import business. Right now, it’s just lobsters, but they bring in 100 pounds a week “on the hoof.” Her oldest son Wayne Ross helps bring the live lobsters to sell at the farmers market. “This is as fresh as it gets,” Crelin said. “We usually sell out early, especially since we have pre-orders.” Customers can just log on at to place their order and pick up dinner on Saturday morn-

We usually sell out early, especially since we have pre-orders.” Sherry Crelin Lobster Seller

ing. The Alpharetta Farmers Market is sponsored by the Alpharetta Business Association and operates every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Alpharetta residents Larry and Margo Attig have been coming to the Alpharetta Farmers Market since the beginning. “I remember the first year. There were seven booths, and we had three of them. It’s come a long way,” said Larry Attig. The last weekend of the month, Alpharetta also has Art in the Park at Milton Avenue and Main Street next to the farmers market. It runs Saturday and Sunday. Both the farmers market and Art in the Park will continue each weekend through October.


The Knapp family is taking a break for some Italian ice. From left are Grayson, 9, Alex, 4, friend Georgia Gansereit, 10, and Don Knapp.



Alpharetta resident Larry Attig and his wife Margo have been coming to the Alpharetta Farmers Market since it began to sell their plants.

Two-year-old Aidan Hendrix of Alpharetta seems to have everything he needs right at his fingertips.



Wayne Ross holds one of the live lobsters he brings in from his brother’s lobster boat in Maine to sell fresh in Alpharetta.

Katie Reeves, left, and Liz Hausmann check out the ripe juicy tomatoes at the Alpharetta Farmers Market.


Alpharetta Farmers Market is held every Saturday, but the last weekend of the month is special. That is when Art in the Park opens up for Saturday and Sunday.


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