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Fall Festival has shrieks of fun. These two girls are going absolutely nowhere very fast. This was just one of the attractions at the Johns Creek Fall Festival.

Fall Festival big hit with residents JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A bright, sunshiny day last Saturday brought out thousands of visitors for the fifth annual Johns Creek Fall Festival at Newtown Park. It was simply a perfect day to be in the park, even if you did have to cruise a while waiting for someone to leave to grab a parking spot. Children had plenty to do with carnival games, arts and crafts, live music, a giant slide and a huge Tiki rock climb. There was lots of

food including free hotdogs, and it was the final farmers market until next year. For the city, it was great turnout with lots of family fun. It was also a great preview of more fun to come with the Johns Creek Arts Festival Oct. 19-20 and Founders Day Dec. 7. —Hatcher Hurd

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NORTH FULTON, Ga. – North Fulton’s cities gained the most population in the last Census, therefore they came out on top of the recent renegotiations of sales tax monies with the county. The last Census resulted in numbers showing an increased movement of population from unincorporated Fulton County and Atlanta to the cities and suburbs. The newly negotiated split of the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) money reflects this. The 1 cent tax collected about $237 million last year. Normally Georgia law requires that the largest city in the county negotiate with the county commission for a formula for the division of the sales tax revenue every 10 years. Other cities may elect to opt out of the negotiated formula and instead choose

to receive a share based on population ratio of that city. An alternative, which was used in this case, allows for cities representing a majority of the citizens to also negotiate with the county. In Fulton County it was the latter case this time as 12 of the cities – Atlanta and Fairburn sat out – negotiated with Fulton County for a pro rata split. This left Atlanta as still receiving the largest slice of LOST revenue but nevertheless with $5.8 million less. According to one source, the coalition of cities came about so they could negotiate with Fulton County instead of Atlanta. It was felt among the cities that Atlanta was angling for a larger portion of the tax, around $106 million, than its reduced population warranted, the source said. A deal was struck to provide a larger than pro rata share to three South Fulton

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MILTON, Ga. – During a domestic violence call Aug. 26 at a Providence Road apartment, police found more than they were looking for – several jars filled with marijuana and dozens of drug-related items. Police arrived at the Providence Road home at almost 6 a.m. after a call came in about an argument. Inside the home, in plain view on a coffee table, was a mason jar containing alleged marijuana. One of the residents, Mitsi

Rhiana Sarlin, 36, of Milton, was the one who made the domestic violence call and said there were two other people in the home. In a back room asleep were two people – Jackson Lee Fleckenstein, 32, of Milton, and Taneisha S. Raines, 31, of Milton. A second mason jar filled with pot was seen on the bedroom floor, along with a scale, grinder, pipe and several pills, all in plain sight of the officer. All three suspects denied

knowledge and ownership of the drugs. All three were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. The man who was leasing the apartment, a Mario Rufiatti, was not in the residence. Police retrieved a search warrant for the home. They found nearly 9 grams of pot in one mason jar, a baggie with more pot, two smoking bowls, one bong, a scale and a grinder, along with two syringes and a glass vial containing suspected morphine, many

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Undercover officer offered cocaine ALPHARETTA, Ga. – An Atlanta man allegedly offered an undercover police officer cocaine during a Verizon Wireless concert Aug. 24.

20, of Thornington Drive, Roswell, was arrested Aug. 19 on Chattahoochee Circle in Roswell for DUI and underage possession of alcohol. ►► Willie Lee Alford Jr., 35, of Meridian, Miss., was arrested Aug. 19 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for DUI. ►► Robert James Mulcahy, 43, of Atlanta was arrested Aug. 21 on Green Street in Roswell for DUI. ►► Austin Chase Thompson, 21, of Old Course Road, Roswell, was arrested Aug. 22 on Shallowford Road in Roswell for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Richard Eric Jones, 24, of Barrington Oaks Place,

The officer was working the concert undercover in the parking lot, grilling food. The suspect, Frank Logan Hernandez, 29, of Atlanta, approached and asked the officer if he was selling any of his food. The officer gave Hernandez some food for free and Hernandez then asked if the officer “wanted a bump.” He allegedly handed over a bag containing suspected cocaine. Hernandez was arrested for possession of schedule I and schedule II drugs.

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of College Park was arrested Aug. 14 on State Bridge Road in Johns Creek for possession of marijuana and brake light violation. ►► Jason Leahr, 36, of Mobile, Ala., was arrested Aug. 17 on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek for possession of marijuana. ►► Charles Edward Stanley, 21, of Atlanta was arrested Aug. 19 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession

Man leads cops on chase ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A Roswell man was arrested Aug. 27 after leading police on a chase down Ga. 400. Police reported seeing Omar David Chery, 21, of Walton Way, Roswell, driving south on Ga. 400 at 10:45 p.m. His car had no tags on it, so the police officer attempted to pull Chery over. Chery allegedly continued driving at 60 mph for several

empty plastic baggies that allegedly may have contained pot, a glass pipe containing suspected crack cocaine, many pill bottles filled with unknown pills, another mason jar with 1.1 grams of pot inside and, inside a safe, a gym bag filled many plastic bags containing suspected cocaine. Sarlin was eventually charged with possession of drug-related paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of schedule III drugs.

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miles and showed no indication he knew the officer was following him with lights and siren on, even as other cruisers entered the chase. Eventually, police stopped the car by ramming it. Chery allegedly said he knew the plate was stolen and had reported it to the Roswell Police Department. He allegedly said he did not think he was doing anything wrong and the police were after someone else.

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Two caught for pot, ID fraud, theft ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Two people are in custody after allegedly breaking into cars, stealing a license plate and using stolen credit cards Aug. 23 at North Point Mall. Shortly after noon, police received a call about a man driving a gold sport utility vehicle around the Dillard’s parking lot and looking into cars. When police arrived, they found the suspects, Ladarius Jerrod Blue, 25, of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., and his passenger Shadarien Tiair Pearson, 18, of Atlanta. Blue said the couple was going shopping at the mall. Because he was driving a rented vehicle on a suspended license, Blue was arrested and the SUV was searched. Inside the vehicle, police found a license plate between seats along with a screwdriver and black gloves. Inside a cigarette box, they found five credit cards belonging to different people and a Washington, D.C., driver’s license. There was also a baggie containing suspected marijuana. In Pearson’s purse, police found a driver’s license belonging to someone else. As police were searching the SUV, a man drove up saying his license plate



was stolen from the Dillard’s parking lot. It was the one found inside Blue’s vehicle. Two of the credit cards and a license were reported stolen out of Smyrna earlier in the month. Blue allegedly admitted to stealing the license plate because someone offered him $100 for a plate. Blue was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license, theft by taking, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, credit card theft and theft by receiving stolen property. Pearson was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, theft by taking and theft of property.

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New Meals On Wheels program rolls out – for pets New grant allows Senior Services North Fulton to launch new service By HATCHER HURD NORTH FULTON, Ga. – When people hear “Meals on Wheels,” they immediately think of Senior Services North Fulton’s volunteer program that provides meals to assist older residents who are too infirm to shop for themselves or also may need the financial assistance. But what about their pets? Studies show older adults with pets remain more active and live longer when they have a pet. Through the years, Senior Services North Fulton has developed programs and services to meet the needs of older adults living in North Fulton including Meals on Wheels. Now, SSNF has a new service for clients – the opportunity to receive assistance with pet food through SSNF’s new Meals on Wheels for Pets program. With the help of special a grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust and volunteers from the North Fulton chapter of the National Charity League, Senior Services North Fulton has been able to add a muchappreciated addition to the traditional Meals on Wheels program by adding monthly pet food runs. “Some of our clients, both homebound older adults and senior center participants, have requested assistance with purchasing pet food,” said Carrie Bellware, executive director, Senior Services North Fulton.

“The cost is more than they can afford on limited incomes, and many cannot get to the store to purchase the food. Unfortunately, some older adults have to give up their beloved pets to relatives or shelters.” With the grant of $2,500 from the Banfield Charitable Trust that Senior Services North Fulton recently received, it has been able to launch the new program. Clients will be able to provide their pets with the food they are accustomed to eating because SSNF can purchase food specifically for the pet and deliver it to clients’ homes. Volunteers will lead and manage the Meals on Wheels for Pets program. Without volunteer involvement, SSNF would not be able to offer clients Meals on Wheels, and likewise the service for pets would not be possible, said Volunteer Program Manager Deena Takata. Susan Masters, a mother in the National Charity League with her daughters Peyton and Taylor, said this is one of the more rewarding public service projects in which they are involved. “It is sad to see seniors who have had to surrender their pets to places like the Forsyth Humane Society because they have become too infirm shop or simply can’t afford to keep their pets any longer,” Masters said. “For many, their pets are the only constant social connection they have on a daily basis.”

Peyton and Taylor Masters present a month’s supply of pet food to client Viola Bressant. She said the Charity League’s mission is to foster mother-daughter relationships through commitments to community service, leadership development and cultural experiences. Other local Charity League involvement includes the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, the Humane Society of North Forsyth, the Roswell Child

Development Association, the Drake House and North Fulton Community Charities Food Pantry, among many others. Donations to the Meals on Wheels for Pets program can be mailed to Senior Services North Fulton, 3060 Royal Boulevard South, Suite 130, Alpharetta, Ga. 30022 or made online at www.ssnorthfulton. org.

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ALPHARETTA, Living estate sale for Marian Norman Bagwell (Pioneer family of Old Milton County). 385 Jayne Ellen Way, off Cumming Street between Highway 9 and Westside Parkway. Friday 9/13 and Saturday 9/14, 9am-6pm. Mahogany bedroom suite, cherry lamp tables, dining room suite, Victorian sofa, sewing machine, old books, silver, crystal, oil paintings, vintage linens, lamps, other household items, vintage clothes, piano, washer, dryer. Everything must go! ALPHARETTA, Windward. 2020 Chasewood Way 30005. Saturday 9/14, 9am-1pm. Desk and chair, small portable electric heater, artificial plants, household knicks-knacks, womens’ and

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Chattahoochee Nature Center receives $100K check from county Fulton’s support for CNC ongoing By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann had a much welcomed check to present at the Aug. 27 Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs and Issues breakfast. The recipient was once again the Chattahoochee Nature Center, and for at least the 10th year in a row, the CNC has received $100,000 for operational expenses. That totes up to be $1 million in the last decade alone. The county began its support of the CNC in 1976 at the urging of nationally known environmentalist John Ripley. The original 5 acres of the center was de-annexed from Roswell so it was under Fulton control and then leased to the CNC for $1 a year. Today, the CNC is comprised of 127 acres and has recently completed a $13 million capital campaign. Last year, the CNC had 100,000 visitors, half of them students in a partnership with Fulton County Schools. However, it was not a straight and smooth trail to

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At the Chattahoochee Nature Center check presentation are CNC Senior Director of Community Relations Lynn McIntyre, interim CNC Director Lou Tabickman, Trustees Board President Maureen Cowie and District 3 Fulton Commissioner Liz Hausmann. unteers also played a big role in the early days. Etris recalled how the Telephone Pioneers, volunteers from BellSouth, built the CNC’s boardwalk out by the river. The Georgia Federation of Garden Clubs and the Fulton County Master

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All-around effort lifts Eagles to victory over Johns Creek By MIKE BLUM JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Milton Eagles scored seven touchdowns in their 56-13 victory at Johns Creek last Friday night, but the Milton offense got plenty of help from the Eagles’ defense and kickoff return unit.




Until a late 69-yard scoring drive, the Eagles never had to go more than 50 yards to put points on the board, beginning almost all their series in Johns Creek territory. The Milton defense recorded two safeties in the first half, both of which were followed by kicks the Eagles returned across the midfield to set up touchdowns. Nick Anderson accounted for one safety on a quarterback sack, and Michael Collins forced an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone. Lineman Nick Steinhaus and linebacker Charlie Fault helped key the Eagles’ defensive, coach Howie DeCristofaro said. The Eagles (2-0) returned the opening kickoff to the Johns Creek 42, leading to the first Milton touchdown, and followed the Gladiators’ first

TD with a return to the Gladiators’ 42, resulting in another Milton score. Nathan Cranor had a 51yard kickoff return for the Eagles, with Chris Purpura adding a 44-yard return and Chad Tolliver returning two for 61 yards. The Milton defense limited the Gladiators (0-2) to less than 25 yards of offense in the first half before Johns Creek put together a pair of 80-yard touchdown drives in the third and fourth quarters. Treyvon Paulk led the Milton offense, rushing for 111 yards and four touchdowns on 15 attempts. He scored on runs of 6 yards in the first quarter, 39 and 5 yards in the second period and 3 yards in the third. Tolliver scored on a 19-yard run in the opening period, with

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Week 3 Roundup ETOWAH 44, CENTENNIAL 17 » WOODSTOCK – Centennial gave up 475 yards rushing, including scoring runs of 80, 87 and 52, and lost 44-17 at Etowah Friday night. The Knights trailed only 16-10 at the half, but the Eagles (2-0) broke several long runs in the third period, scoring three times to take a 37-10 lead. Centennial (0-2) passed for 397 yards, with starter Matthew Harries 21 of 38 for 356 yards. Caden Herring caught seven passes for 128 yards and Christian Robinson had four receptions for 115 yards. Harries and Patrick Inwood scored Centennial’s touchdowns on short runs. The Knights host Milton Friday night.

MOUNT PISGAH 29, MODEL 10 » ROME, Ga. – Aaron Winchester passed for 235 yards and four touchdowns to lead Mount Pisgah to a 29-10 victory last Friday night at Model. The Patriots took a 21-10 halftime lead over the Blue Devils (1-1) as Winchester threw scoring passes of 4 yards to Ian Ainsworth, 7 yards to Tommy Pease and 25 yards to Browning Dunn, who had four receptions for 77 yards. Oz Dixon had a 26-yard TD reception in the fourth quarter. Winchester added 88 yards rushing for the Patri-

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KING’S RIDGE 38, ST. FRANCIS 17 » ALPHARETTA, Ga. – King’s Ridge got big games from quarterback Henry Jones, running back Connor Henderson and receiver Penny Hart to defeat St. Francis 3817 at home last Friday night. Jones completed 15 of 21 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns, with Hart catching six passes for 146 yards and both TDs from Jones. Henderson rushed for 115 yards on 21 attempts and scored the other three King’s Ridge touchdowns. The Tigers (2-0) play Thursday night at Pace Academy (2-0). St. Francis (1-2) is at home Friday night against Whitefield Academy (1-1).

FELLOWSHIP CHRISTIAN 49, TOWNS COUNTY 14 » HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Hunter Bryant completed three touchdown passes to Alex Edmonds and Travis Kinney rushed for two scores to lead Fellowship Christian to a 4914 victory at Towns County last Friday night. Kinney, who has rushed for five TDs in the Paladins’ two victories, scored on runs of 2 and 10 yards. All three scoring passes from Bryant to Edmonds came in the second quarter as the Paladins took a 28-7 halftime lead. Taylor Cookston and Kinney scored on touchdown runs in the third period. The Paladins (2-0) play at Oglethorpe County (0-2) Friday night.

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Backup QB Priore sparks Raiders with 4 TD passes By MIKE BLUM ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Vito Priore passed for 303 yards and four touchdowns to lead Alpharetta to a 36-7 victory over Harrison in the Raiders’ home opener last Friday night, Sept. 6. Daniel Clements had 12 receptions for 186 yards and two TDs for the Raiders (1-1), both in the third quarter, as Alpharetta broke open the game after leading 9-7 at the half. A 9-yard pass from Priore to James Marbaugh put the Raiders ahead at the half, and

Clements had TD catches of 8 and 63 yards in the third period. A 43-yard pass from Priore to Lem Cobbs made it 29-7 in the fourth quarter, with the Raiders wrapping up the scoring on a 21-yard pass from Elijah Burnette to William Downing. The Raiders had 393 yards passing, with Priore completing 21 of 29 attempts and Burnette and Austin King adding 45 yards passing each. Priore entered the game in the first period after King suffered an ankle injury. Alpharetta coach Jason Dukes said King and Priore split time at quar-

terback on the junior varsity last season. Even though King won the starting job in preseason practice, Dukes said, “We have a lot of confidence in Vito.” The Alpharetta defense allowed Harrison (1-1) just 152 yards and recovered three fumbles. The Raiders play at home Friday night against Lovejoy (1-1), which has lost in state championship games each of the last two seasons. The Wildcats are 29-1 over the last three regular seasons, with their 2013 loss coming against South Georgia power Colquitt County.


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Johns Creek passes $46.6M budget No tax hike, $7.3M for roads By HATCHER HURD JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek City Council unanimously passed its $46.6 million budget at the Sept. 9 council meeting. No tax increase is proposed, and the budget, about a

ments from State Bridge Road to Kimball Bridge – $1.024M – City. • Road resurfacing – $200,000 – City. • Bell Road at Boles Road construction – $975,000 – City. • Parsons Road bridge over Johns Creek – $130,400 – GDOT. • Bell Road bridge over Cauley Creek – $155,200 – GDOT. • Traffic signal replacements

$1.92 million increase over last year, has earmarked $3.1 million for capital improvements. Most of that will be for paving city subdivisions and the city has been able to augment that spending with $4.2 million from the Georgia Department of Transportation. Capital improvements will include these major projects: • Sargent Road at Lexington Woods Drive roundabout – $100,000 – City. • Jones Bridge Road improve-


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– $200,000 – City. • Abbotts Bridge Road improvements from Parsons to Medlock – $500,000 – GDOT: $400,000 – City: $100,000. • Expansion on McGinnis Ferry, Abbotts Bridge and State Bridge roads – $369,000 – GDOT: $295,200 – City: $73,800. • Newtown Park pavilion – $400,000 – City. • Sidewalk/trail construction – $40,000 – City.

Improvements on Old Alabama Road from Nesbit Ferry to Brumbelow – $650,000 – City. Fire and police services incur the most expense in the general fund, at $10.1 million and $9.6 million (police up about $500,000 over 2013) respectively, or 42.2 percent. The Johns Creek Police Department is replacing 13 vehicles this year. The budget also includes built-in merit and COLA [cost of living adjustment] raises for city employees.

JC hosts Community Safety Day JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Johns Creek Fire and Police departments will perform several demonstrations as part of “Community Safety Day” Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. to noon, at the State Bridge Corners Shopping Center (Home Depot & Target Parking lots), 5950 State Bridge Road. “Community Safety Day,” is a free event and precursor to Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 6-12), to heighten awareness about basic safety issues. Firefighters and police officers also perform a variety of rope rescue and fire extinguisher demonstrations,

SWAT exercises and radKIDS® demonstrations to show some of the many skills they use regularly. Visitors can ask questions of Johns Creek firefighters and police officers and learn about public safety vehicles and equipment. The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation l answer questions about ways to handle various emergencies and the Johns Creek Police Department’s K-9 unit is a highlight of the event. Informational handouts and safety checklists are available and the event features children’s activities, such as a bounce house and slide.

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Twelve of the cities – Atlanta and Fairburn sat out – negotiated with Fulton County for a pro rata split. This left Atlanta as still receiving the largest slice of LOST revenue but nevertheless with $5.8 million less.

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Concorde North U11 boys win NASA tournament NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The Concorde North White U11 boys’ team won the U11 Gold Bracket at the NASA Tournament the weekend of Aug. 24-25. They played four very strong teams on the way to the championship. In the first game, they quickly fell 2-0, but mounted a strong comeback scoring six goals to win at 6-2. They played to a 2-0 win in their second and third games. In the championship game, they scored early, allowed a tying goal to make it 1-1 and then scored a second goal just before halftime to finish with a 2-1 win. Both teams played hard through a scoreless second half, giving the Concorde team the championship. Team members pictured from left are coach Ryan Austin, Ameya Hegde, C.J. Wyborn, Michael Bond, Kyle Pusteinik, Alex Lopez, Jason Aussin, Youssef Layous, Caelin David, Ashton Xiong and Patrick Cho.

cities to give budget relief to their particularly strapped fiscal situations. Under the agreement, Atlanta saw its revenues decrease by almost 2 percent, or $5.8 million. Even so, it still had the largest slice of the pie, at 40 percent of total revenue. Fulton County gets 14 percent of the total, down nearly 1 percentage point from previous years. Milton saw a large increase in funding, from 1.71 percent to 3.3 percent. This reflects

an increase of almost $4 million for a total LOST income of $7.8 million. This is due in large part to Milton’s population doubling since the previous census. Alpharetta saw an increase of more than $1.5 million, or

0.6 percent. Johns Creek rose from 6.97 percent to 7.75 percent, or $1.9 million. Roswell’s percentage went up from 8.8 percent to 8.9 percent for a little less than $1 million. The agreement will take effect Jan.1, 2014.

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Local filmmakers release ‘Boxes’ Short movie tackles family dynamics issues By ALDO NAHED ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Local filmmakers have finalized their latest project, “Boxes,” a short film about how a homeless man moves in with his brother’s family and stresses the home’s dynamics. Alpharetta-based writer and producer Mike Buchanan said after the family takes in the homeless uncle, it’s difficult for the suburban family to adjust. “The mom is always thinking, ‘what is this homeless uncle going to teach our two


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kids,’” Buchanan said. “She finagles him back out of the house.” But something happens that makes her rethink her decision. The 11-minute short movie was shot in Roswell with some parts filmed in Hapeville, south of Atlanta, during a weekend in March. Because of the homeless issue and family, there are places Buchanan wants to screen “Boxes: A Modern Day Fairy Tale,” to encourage discussion.“The movie has a family tone,” Buchanan said. “The essence of it is: What is the meaning of family and how far do you go for your family members.” Buchanan said he is reaching out to churches and community groups to get the word out.

The story was developed out of the Grimm’s fairy tale “The Old Man and His Grandson.” Uncle Robbie is down on his luck. His brother and sister-in-law are hesitant to help, until they learn a powerful lesson from their two sons. “It’s all about how you treat folks,” he said. “We’re all not too many bricks away from being homeless.” The film features a cast of five professional actors and a crew of 15. This is the second collaboration project between Buchanan and “Boxes” director Jason Winn. Their previous feature film, “The Fat Boy Chronicles,” was released to much acclaim. It tells a story inspired by a large boy dealing with his weight and the bullying it causes. It climbed to

Atlanta area, and the wonderful environmental and wildlife educational programming they provide is such an asset to our quality of life in North Fulton,” Hausmann said. The Chattahoochee Nature Center, represented by Maureen Cowie, president of the Board of Trustees, and Lou

Tabickman, the interim executive director and a trustee, thanked Hausmann and the Fulton County Commission for their ongoing support. “We are grateful for the ongoing support of Fulton County. They have been our partners since we were founded. They understand and support our

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, October 3, 2013 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. A Planning Commission workshop will be held prior to the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, October 28, 2013 commencing at 7:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, Georgia. a. Z-13-10/CLUP-13-10 Wills Road at Rucker Road Consideration of a request to rezone approximately 8.65 acres from R-15 to R-8D (for-sale detached) in order to develop 28 single family homes. A request to change the Comprehensive Land Use Plan from “Low Density Residential” to “Medium Density Residential” was also requested. The property is located at the southwest corner of Wills Road and Rucker Road and legally described as being located in Land Lots 599, 646 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. b. MP-13-05/V-13-14 Parkway 400 Consideration of a request to amend the Parkway 400 Masterplan in order to increase Pod C density to 630,000 square feet of office space (currently permitted 265,737 square feet) with structured parking and one 10,000 square foot restaurant. The property includes 17.95 acres and is located at the south end of Amberpark Drive, and legally described as being located in Land Lots 803 and 804 1st District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia. c. MP-13-02/CLUP-13-09 Windward Pod 66 Consideration of a request to amend the Windward Masterplan in order to permit single family for-sale residential. A request to change the Future Land Use Plan from “Corporate Campus Office” to “Medium Density Residential” is also requested. The property is located on Edison Drive, and legally described as being located in Land Lots 1113, 1180, 1176, 1243, 1179, 1242 2nd District, 1st 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.

Writer and producer Mike Buchanan, left, actor Matt Stivers and producer Julie Watson on the set of “Boxes.” become the sixth most rented family movie in Redbox and has been viewed over a million times on Netflix by a worldwide audience.

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Will speak about latest release JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Northeast Spruill Oaks Library in Johns Creek will present another of its “meet the author” programs, Thursday, Sept, 26 at 6:30 p.m. Join Cassandra King from L.A. (that’s Lower Alabama, y’all) as she speaks about her newest book, “Moonrise,” and about her life as a popular Southern author. King grew up about as Southern as it gets. She was raised in the small farming community of Pinckard, Ala., on a peanut farm. She decided at an early age that she wanted to be a writer, writing stories she read to her friends at recess. After getting her bachelor’s degree in English in 1967 at Alabama College (now the University of Montevallo), she married and began rearing a family. In the late 1980s, she returned to Montevallo to earn an master’s degree in fine arts where her thesis was what was to become her first novel, “Making Waves in Zion,” published in 1995. Today, she lives in South Carolina with her second husband, novelist Pat Conroy. Her

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ROSWELL, Ga. – The Roswell United Methodist Church Preschool and Kindergarten will have its semi-annual children’s consignment sale Friday, Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon. The sale will be held in the fellowship hall of RUMC at 814 Mimosa Boulevard in historic Roswell and will benefit the church’s preschool and kindergarten. Donated items will be given to the Foster Care Support Foundation. There will be three overflowing rooms with

more than 200 consignors and great prices on gently worn fall and winter children’s clothing and accessories (newborn to size 14), as well as maternity clothing, baby equipment, nursery décor, play sets, books, videos, DVDs, toys and much more. Strollers are not allowed on Friday morning, and many of the items are half price on Saturday. All consignors must pre-register, even those who have consigned before. Click on to register, to consign or to volunteer.

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NEWTOWN PARK PAVILION PROJECT The City of Johns Creek is accepting sealed Invitations to Bid (ITB) from qualified construction firms for the Newtown Park Pavilion Project. Sealed ITB’s will be received no later than 10:30AM on October 14, 2013 in the City of Johns Creek Purchasing Office, 12000 Findley Rd., Suite-400, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097. ITB’s received will be opened and read aloud in the Newtown Park Conference Room at City Hall. ITB’s received after the above time or in any other location other than the Purchasing Office will not be accepted. There will be a pre-bid conference for this project scheduled for Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10:00AM on site at 3150 Old Alabama Rd., Johns Creek, Georgia. The project consists of a 7086 sq. foot open air Pavilion with supporting, 1007 sq. foot, restrooms and storage building. Work includes but not limited to: grading, landscape walls, concrete foundations and slab, CMU, shingles, wood trusses, pre-engineered glue-lam pavilion structure, wood decking, drywall, plumbing, mechanical and electrical. ITB packages are available on the City of Johns Creek website ( ITB’s shall be presented in a sealed opaque envelope with the ITB number and name clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. The name of the company or firm submitting an ITB response should also be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. THREE (3) ORIGINALS AND ONE (1) COPY OF THE ITB ON CD MUST BE SUBMITTED. ITB’s will not be accepted verbally or by fax or email. All offerors must comply with all general and special requirements of the ITB information and instructions enclosed herein. The City of Johns Creek reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive technicalities and informalities, and to make award in the best interest of the City of Johns Creek. John Kachmar City Manager

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Malvi: local chef recreates the s’more By ALDO NAHED CUMMING, Ga. — Malvis come in different flavors: chocolate, vanilla, espresso and …hibiscus? Created by local chef Laura Curtis, the Malvi aims to redefine the marshmallow sandwich and gives a new take on the s’more. Curtis, a Culinary Institute of America graduate and research and development chef for a large supermarket chain, was playing around in the test kitchen with new recipe ideas. “I was trying to come up with a two-bite dessert that I could share with people and I was playing around with hibiscus,” Curtis said. Curtis had been making marshmallows and liked the idea of infusing the hibiscus into the marshmallow. This gave it a bright magenta color, she said. She then sandwiched the marshmallow between petit beurre (literally little butter) cookies and voila — the Malvi was born.

Laura Curtis and Paris Retana have created a new product and plan to open a bakery soon. “We loved it; we thought it was great,” Curtis said. “I would call it a portable s’mores, or s’mores without the campfire.” As far as ingredients, Curtis said she uses the best she can find, including Taza chocolate, a Mexican-style organic dark chocolate, along with Kosher gelatin and freshly dried hibiscus. They brew their own espresso and infuse the marshmallow with whole vanilla beans. “We are proud of what we put in the Malvis,” Curtis said. “We also offer gluten-free cook-

The Malvis come in different flavors, from left: hibiscus, chocolate, vanilla and espresso. ies.” After she moved to Cumming with her fiancé and business partner Paris Retana, she kept tinkering with the recipe and put it up on Kickstarter, a website to raise money via crowd funding. In April, she had asked backers on the site for $7,500 to help fund a new industrial oven and mixer. A month later, 420 backers gave $13,110. Because they got almost

double the money they had asked for, they were able to purchase key equipment, including a pastry cutter to get different sizes on the marshmallow and another cutter for the cookies. “The response was really great,” she said. “It’s so fun for me and it really connects with people. It’s something nostalgic, but also something really new.” Curtis and Retana are

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Are you using mobile applications in your small business? Are your employees armed with mobile apps on their smartphones and tablets that help them get their jobs done? Using software designed to run on a mobile device can have a significant impact on the productivity in your small business. In 2011, for the first time ever, sales of mobile devices outpaced computers. Even more astounding is that people are now spending more time using mobile apps than Internet browsers. Wonder why? They can get information at their fingertips anywhere at any time. Whether it’s using common applications like email, maps or calendar, or business apps like Salesforce Mobile or Constant Contact Quickview, using mobile applications saves time and improves productivity. As traditional computers go the way of typewriters, mobile devices and the millions of applications that can be used on them are taking their place. Apple just celebrated the 50 billionth app download. Business applications are being used more and more today and the trend is growing each year. Small businesses are tapping into mobile apps to process credit card transactions, collect email

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addresses for marketing, share files, manage social media sites and thousands of other business applications. Two out of three small businesses in the U.S. are using mobile devices for business purposes. Mobile apps allow employees to use company data without being tied to a single location and can help them keep in touch, be productive and make much better use of company resources. 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.


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Candidate sourcing business opens in Milton MILTON, Ga. – K. Sue Hurst, a 15year resident of Milton, launched a business offering companies access to employment candidates seldom found through traditional recruiting methods. Her company, KSHurst, does not charge search fees, but instead offers hiring managers a monthly membership to allow them to conHURST nect with candidates often not actively looking and reluctant to apply online. Hurst said she has spent her professional career in the staffing, recruiting and executive search industry. She has been a hiring manager, a corporate recruiter and an agency recruiter, and she is a highly sought after leader in the realm of executive search. “I have seen a lot of change in regards to using technology in the recruiting and hiring process throughout my career,” said Hurst. “Most of the change has been very positive. What has not been positive, as a result of technology, is the candidate’s own direct experience. Nearly 70 percent of the candidates receive no reply at all when applying online. Even when a candidate manages to obtain a ‘face-toface’ interview, they may never hear back from the hiring company.” For more information, visit


Green Bean Exchange sprouts third location ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Green Bean Exchange has opened its third location at 230 South Main St. in Alpharetta. The Alpharetta location has 75 dealers in 12,000 square-feet of space in an eclectic antique mall setting. “We are striving to bring the antique business into the 21st century by blending antiques and vintage items with contemporary life,” said co-owner Chad Milford. The two other locations are at 438 Canton Road


Interactive College of Technology ranked in top 20 ATLANTA – Interactive College of Technology (ICT) ranked 17 on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of institutional costs, ranking colleges based on the value of services provided compared to average tuition price. The college made the department’s list of top 20 best values in the private-for-profit, two-year SMITH college sector for lowest tuition. The national average for this group is $13,969 annually; ICT’s annual tuition is $8,260. “We are pleased to be recognized as an institution that continues to provide our students with an excellent value proposition in assisting them to move into viable career opportunities, while not being saddled with overly burdensome debt,” said Elmer R. Smith, ICT president. For more, visit


Fifth annual Designing Dreams reception, Thursday, Sept. 12 ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Designing Dreams is hosting their fifth annual reception at the RBM-North Mercedes-Benz showroom, 345 McFarland Parkway in Alpharetta, on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to announce the winner of this year’s charitable makeover. Guests will enjoy a selection of hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, a cash bar and dozens of silent auction items donated by local businesses. And, of course, some of the latest models of Mercedes-Benz vehicles will be on display. All proceeds will go toward the 2013 room makeover. Tickets are $10. Visit designing-dreams-2/ for reservations.


Law firm makes national ranking ATLANTA — Johns Creek resident, Douglas R. Sullenberger, was named again to the Best Law Firms in the country, published in the U.S. News and World Reports. His Atlanta-based law firm, Fisher and

Phillips, LLP, is listed as a Tier 1 Best Law Firms National winner in the fields of labor and employment law. The Best Law Firms rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the law firm survey and the law firm leaders survey, and best lawyers peer-review. Sullenberger For the complete list, visit


Dr. Angelos joins Georgia Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Georgia Colon and Rectal Surgical Associates (GCRSA) welcomed Dr. George C. Angelos as the newest physician to the practice. Angelos joins a team of physicians, who utilize the latest in surgical techniques, including laparoscopic surgical technology, anorectal ultrasound and colonoscopy, to treat and care for diseases ANGELOS of the colon and rectum. GCRSA physicians are actively involved in medical and technological research programs that, over the years, have led to earlier discharge and faster recuperation rates for many surgery patients. Angelos sees patients at the Meridian Mark, Alpharetta and Cumming offices. For more information, call 770-277-4277 or visit

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Software developer brings 150 jobs to Roswell ROSWELL, Ga. — Yardi, a software provider with multiple product lines for the real estate industry, has opened its newest office in Roswell, bringing 150 jobs to the city with plans for more. The establishment of a Yardi office was the collaboration between the City of Roswell, the Roswell Business Alliance (RBA), CBRE and Jones Lang LaSalle. Yardi’s Atlanta office includes customer service, development, sales, marketing, IT and administrative services for several different Yardi software solutions. “The Opportunity Zone tax credit was instrumental in bringing Yardi to Roswell, especially given our significant anticipated growth,” said Donald Rogers, the general manager of the new office, located at Mansell Overlook. Yardi has more than 30 offices worldwide and currently employs more than 3,000 people. Based in Santa Barbara, Calif., Yardi serves clients across the globe from offices in North America, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.

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Living and hearing a happy, healthy life Everyone wishes to live a happy healthy life. If you were to look at your health as a chain, you would see a connected series of links. Your brain, heart, lungs, eyes, and other organs are links which must all work together to keep the body functioning. Each link plays a vital role in the strength and performance of the chain and your overall good health. But, what happens if one of the links, such as the ability to hear, fails to work properly? Dr. Deborah Woodward is a Doctor of Audiology and is committed to be “your link to better hearing”. Correcting a hearing impairment requires detailed knowledge of how ears respond to sound and familiarity with the latest technologies and hearing devices. Patients ap-

preciate the “personal touch” Dr. Woodward gives. “It is important to establish a patient relationship based on professionalism and trust while focusing on their individual needs and lifestyle”, states Woodward. “Forget about what you know about hearing devices up to now. You’ll be amazed at how smart, how helpful, and how transforming better hearing can now be.” The value of a strong hearing link is immeasurable. With Dr. Woodward’s expertise in providing solutions to hearing loss, patients regain their confidence in business and social situations and are not embarrassed by inappropriate responses in conversations. In many cases, family harmony is restored, and a patient’s selfesteem is regained with their ability to hear and understand

speech. For the past twenty years, Dr. Deborah Woodward has been serving the hearing healthcare needs of the residents in the Johns Creek and surrounding areas and is now in private practice at the Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Aid Center. Audiology services at Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Aid Center include hearing evaluations for both adults and children; testing for middle ear function; fitting of the latest hearing aid technology with a 45-day trial period for all hearing aids dispensed; hearing aid service and supplies; custom ear molds for swimming, noise protection for hunters and musicians; and Cochlear implant and BAHA evaluations with mapping and programming. Woodward believes in

giving back to the local community. As a breast cancer survivor, Deborah is active in raising funds for the benefit of the Susan B. Komen charity. Dr. Woodward performs hearing screenings at health fairs, churches, and for several corporations. Elementary school children learn from Dr. Woodward how the ear works at Career Day events and staff members of assisted living facilities are educated on the use and care of hearing aids for their residents. The next Open House and Seminar events are September 24th and 26th. Space is limited and it is highly recommended to secure a slot by contacting the office at 770814-1260. At Johns Creek Audiology & Hearing Aid Center, you can expect a warm welcome and a caring Doctor of Audiology who

is sincerely interested in helping to keep your link to better hearing strong and healthy!

ADHD – not just in children anymore Adult ADHD is associated with multiple comorbidities such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and other personality disorders. Adult ADHD is a valid psychiatric disorder of adulthood distinct from these other conditions. Adult attention deficit disorder differs from the childhood variant because the hyperactivity in adults may be replaced by other symptoms such as anxiety, impulsivity and inattentiveness. In fact, prior to 2002 there were no diagnostic guidelines, but there have been great advances since. Some of the symptoms that characterize Adult ADHD are:

ADHD is a relatively common psychiatric disorder among adults. The prevalence is thought to be 3.5%-5.3%, which accounts for more than 11 million cases in the United States alone. With increased public awareness, adult ADHD became a topic of great interest so clinicians should be able to diagnose, treat, and manage patients with this disorder. Etiology is still uncertain. Genetics however is believed to play a prominent role, followed in importance by acquired injuries to the brain. ADHD was widely thought to be strictly a disorder of childhood. Now there are numerous scientific papers and clinical trials that acknowledge the existence of an adult version of this disorder, which can be traced back to the younger years. Before this time ADHD in adults was known as Minimal Brain Damage or Dysfunction (MBD).

1. Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in school-work, work or other activities. 2. Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities. 3. Often does not seem to listen when spoke to directly. 4. Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores or duties in the workplace (not due to oppositional behavior or failure to understand directions) 5. Often has difficulty organizing tasks and activities. 6. Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (such as schoolwork or homework)Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (eg. School assignments, pencils, keys) 7. Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli. PAID ADVERTORIAL

8. Is often forgetful in daily activities.

Some children with ADHD continue to have it as adults. And many adults who have the disorder don’t know it. They may feel that it is impossible to get organized, keep a job, or remember and keep appointments. Daily tasks such as getting up in the morning, preparing to leave the house for work, arriving at work on time, and being productive on the job can be especially challenging for adults with ADHD. These adults may have a history of failure at school, problems at work, failed relationships and traffic accidents. Like teens, adults with ADHD may seem restless and may try to complete several tasks as once, most of them unsuccessfully. They also tend to prefer “quick fixes,” rather than taking the steps needed to achieve greater rewards. Treatment is very rewarding. The first medications to be approved by the FDA belonged to a non-stimulant group of medications: Atomoxetine. The FDA later approved stimulants such as methylphenidate and mixed amphetamine salts. Group delivered cognitive behavioral therapy is recommended in some cases as a supportive treatment. If you or someone you know may have Adult ADHD, call Johns Creek Family Medicine at 770-771-6591 and schedule an appointment with Dr. Zack Charkawi.

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Fear as a Motivator Straighten teeth fast with the new Inman Aligner By Caroline Sparks, FNP-BC, RN, MSN EVP Clinical Operations at AgeWell Men’s Institute A few weeks ago a patient who is well-known to me, seemed quiet when he entered the office. When I approached him to say hello, he paused and glanced at the floor. “My father died suddenly last week and he was only 72 years old.” He explained that his father was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes at the age of 50 and never followed a diet and exercise plan to reduce his blood sugar and weight. “I knew that he wasn’t taking the best care of himself, but I never thought he would die so soon.” His expression changed from sad to stoic when he uttered, “this is why I take testosterone, and I need to take care of myself, lose weight and enjoy my life right now.” Often I hear stories of family histories riddled with obesity, heart disease, and mood disorders that have influenced patients’ decisions to take a new approach on how they live their life. Fear of death or the inevitable mental and physical deterioration can have a positive effect on daily life choices. Everyone hopes for a great quality of life, however, making improvements on food choices and exercise frequency are the initial steps to achieving your goals. There are no short cuts to achieving a healthy lifestyle, but there are many resources that can influence how quickly you can reach optimal outcomes. Be an avid reader of current and reputable medical studies in nutrition, obesity and hormone replacement therapy. Websites such as US National Institute of Health at contain useful information on managing the aging process. You can also see information on anti-aging research at

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Did you once spend years undergoing painful orthodontic treatment and unsightly braces only to see your teeth slowly slip back to their former wonky ways or are you one of many who are generally unhappy with the alignment of your teeth and longing for a beautiful, straight smile? Dr. Ushma Patel at the Center for Advanced Dentistry is proud to introduce a new and leading edge cosmetic dentistry procedure that is taking the US by storm – The Inman Aligner. Only certified Inman Aligner dentists can provide them and Dr. Patel has achieved this certification and provides Inman Aligners in her practice. This revolutionary device allows protruding or crowded teeth to be transformed in a matter of weeks! So how does it work? The Inman Aligner is a clear plastic retainer with two spring loaded aligning bars that fit easily over the front four teeth. Unlike a regular brace, the Inman Aligner provides a con-

stant gentle pressure on the teeth, easing them back into place far more quickly than traditional braces. Apart from its aesthetic benefits, the Inman Aligner is easy to use and can be inserted and removed at any time, allowing eating, brushing (and kissing) to continue as normal. Once teeth have moved to the desired position, a very discreet retainer holds them in place, so they remain in their new position. During the first consultation, an impression is made of the teeth and in the second, teeth are smoothed in between to make room for movement and the aligner is fitted. For the duration of the treatment bi-weekly visits are required to review progress and adjust the aligner. Dr. Patel: “The Inman Aligner is the greatest innovation in dentistry of recent years. It’s fast, affordable and kind to the teeth. It really is the best way to straighten

Dr. Ushma Patel, Center for Advanced Dentistry, 6916 McGinnis Ferry Road, Suite 500 Suwanee, GA 30024 crowded front teeth.” For further details on this and many of the other services we provide, please visit or call 770-623-8750 to reserve your appointment today!

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When Sunil Bhole, MD, was completing his residency at Emory University School of Medicine, he saw there was a need for comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services in northeast metro Atlanta. So he approached Gwinnett Medical Center about developing a program in Duluth. As a result of his passionate proposal, Glancy Rehabilitation Center opened in 1988 with Dr. Bhole, board-certified in physical

Live in the now At Johns Creek Audiology and Hearing Aid Center, we are ready to help if you’re not ready to let hearing loss get in the way of enjoying your favorite activities. With more than twenty years of experience in bringing the best possible hearing care to this area, Dr. Woodward will work with you to find the hearing solution that best fits your individual needs and budget. Be free to enjoy all that life has to offer.

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medicine and rehabilitation, serving as medical director. Located in the renovated space that once held the community’s beloved Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital, Glancy Rehabilitation Center has served more than 17,000 patients in its first 25 years. “From the beginning,” said Dr. Bhole, “Gwinnett Medical Center was enthusiastic about providing this level of expert care. See GWINNETT, Page 24

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Doctors who cared how much sports meant to her.

While Gwinnett Medical Center has long specialized in a variety of sports injuries, improving the standard of care for athletes who suffer concussions is another one of our top priorities. At the new Concussion Institute at Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth, our highly trained staff has extensive concussion treatment training and utilizes the latest technologies, like our Immediate PostConcussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) program. Our goal is to begin treating concussions as soon as possible in order to reduce the chance of follow-up concussions, especially among students. This is one of the reasons why Gwinnett Medical Center has placed certified athletic trainers in numerous high schools across the area. This unique approach is one more reason we’re the only hospital in the region committed to Transforming Healthcare.

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State of the art surgical options for women available in Johns Creek One of the most exciting advancements of modern medicine is the use of minimally invasive surgical techniques. Drs. John and Ingrid Reyes of Modern Ob/Gyn of North Atlanta have dedicated their practice to this philosophy. “Minimally invasive surgery allows us to perform complex procedures through either small incisions or no incisions at all. Patients benefit from having less pain, shorter recovery times, and few or no scars. In office procedures also allow patients to avoid general anesthesia, hospital costs, and a stay in the hospital, says Dr. John Reyes. The most advanced surgical technique with use of the daVinci robotic surgical system allows surgeons to perform hysterectomies and remove fibroids through a few small incisions and patients can expect to be home the next morning, and back to their usual activities within a couples of weeks. Recently, Dr. Ingrid and John Reyes were the first surgeons

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to perform robotic surgery at Emory Johns Creek Hospital, which has the most advanced daVinci system available. Drs. Reyes also perform robotic surgery at Northside HospitalForsyth and Gwinnett Medical Center –Duluth. Minimally invasive surgery also refers to in-office procedures which include treatment of heavy bleeding with endometrial ablation and incision-free permanent sterilization. “In office procedures are a safe and excellent option for many patients. It’s great to be able to offer these procedures to women because they can get back to their lives so quickly, oftentimes even the same day. And typically, because these are seen as office visits, the cost to the patient is only their co-pay which makes such a big difference” says Dr. Ingrid Reyes. Drs. Reyes provide free monthly seminars to inform the community about these treatment options. “We both love to share this knowledge

and experience with the community. It’s best for patients to understand their options”. Modern Ob/Gyn stands by its promise to bring the most advanced and sophisticated options to this community.“We are here to do our very best for the women of this community. This is why we went to school and trained for so long—we really value the work we do and how we can help our patients. It’s a blessing to be able to do minimally invasive and robotic surgeries on patients suffering from long-standing issues such as infertility from endometriosis, fibroids, or pelvic adhesive disease. Afterwards, we can help them become pregnant, and come full-circle to care for them during their pregnancy and delivery. It’s the full spectrum of caring for what’s so important to a woman’s life— her health and her family... that’s the best part.” Modern Ob/Gyn’s husband and wife team of Dr. John and Ingrid Reyes provide comprehensive women’s care. Some

service from the initial eight beds to 30 beds. Our facility includes the latest in rehabilitation technology as well as a 4,000-square-foot therapy gym and spaces dedicated to

outpatient rehabilitation and support services. “When someone has a stroke, traumatic brain injury, amputation or other serious neurologic or orthopedic condition,” added Dr. Bhole, “our goal is to help him or her return to mainstream life. Our services are designed to help patients progress toward the highest possible level of function and to prepare them for the next step in their rehabilitative process.” Individualized Rehabilitation Under Dr. Bhole’s clinical leadership, the program at Glancy Rehabilitation Center is now ranked in the top three percent in the nation and has earned the highest level of accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) and the designation as a Stroke Specialty Program. Both these accreditations were achieved by demonstrating that the program meets the highest national and international standards of quality for rehabilitative care. At Glancy Rehabilitation Center, patients get a team approach to rehabilitation. The patient’s team includes rehabilitation nurses, physical and occupational therapists, case managers, pharmacists and recreation specialists, as well as other specialists as indicated, such as speech language pathologists, certified therapeutic respiratory therapists, or a neuropsychologist. Glancy Rehabilitation Center’s nurses are specialists in rehabilitation, and many have earned

of the many services provided include personalized prenatal care for pregnancy, annual well women exams, conception and infertility counseling, as well as management of abnormal pap smears, irregular cycles, ovarian cysts and many other women’s health care needs. Husband and wife team

Dr. John Reyes and Dr. Ingrid Reyes of Modern Ob/Gyn are located at 6335 Hospital Parkway, Suite 204 in Johns Creek. To schedule an appointment or to register for an upcoming seminar, visit their website at or call the office at 404-446-2496.

Glancy Rehabilitation Center’s Medical Director Sunil Bhole, MD, (center) started the program in 1988. He is pictured with  Ginger Geiger, RN, CRRN, nursing manager (left)  and Mona Lippitt, CTRS, program director.  Geiger has also worked at the center since it opened.  advanced certifications in their field.

Experts in Rehab This extensive experience and educational background gives the team an approach which understands that patients with neurologic and/or orthopedic conditions often are going through more than just recovery. Some patients, such as amputees, are learning a new way of life. In addition to receiving therapy with state-ofthe-art technology, rehab also involves “low-tech” techniques, such as community outings to practice newly-acquired skills. This multidisciplinary approach to treatment ensures that patients are able to progress as quickly as possible.

And being an affiliate of Gwinnett Medical Center ensures that physicians providing a broad-spectrum of specialty care are available to see patients at Glancy Rehabilitation Center, making consultations more convenient for patients and their family members. With its first quarter century completed, Glancy Rehabilitation Center looks to the future. “We continue to treat each patient as if he or she were our only patient,” said Dr. Bhole. “I look forward to continuing to lead this terrific team into our second quarter century.” Learn more about Glancy Rehabilitation Center by visiting glancyrehab, or by calling 678312-6000.

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The $600 million Avalon mixed-use project is the latest high-end development for Alpharetta.

Did Alpharetta jump for mega-development or was she pushed? I received an email from Naomi Cara Braff, a master of city planning candidate from the University of Georgia. She had a question for me for an assignment for City Planning that I decided to try to answer. Here it is: Can you tell me how Alpharetta got to be the city it is now from 1970 till today or send me a link to the information? I’m doing a small paper on whether the change was democratic or just pushed through by business interests. I sure do love living here, however it was done. Naomi Braff That is a tall order to encapsulate 43 years of development, but I lived through the last 20, so I can point you in the right direction. The keys to North Fulton and Alpharetta’s development start with four things: the completion of Ga. 400 as a developmental highway; the quality public schools that were a product of Fulton County Schools and the parents in the area who made sure learning didn’t stop at 3 p.m.; securing a reliable water source through the creation of the Atlanta-Fulton County Water Authority; and the introduction of executive housing to North Fulton. I don’t know how you separate what was democratic and what were “business interests” about all that. In the 1970s and ‘80s, Ga. 400 was dubbed “The Road to Nowhere” because there was so little traffic on it (those were the days). It was pushed through by Fulton Commission Chairman Michael Lomax who had the vision to see what it would do for Fulton County and the political will to make it happen. Atlanta and Sandy Springs opposed it, and Alpharetta and Roswell

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appeared indifferent to it. At great political cost (he would lose in his subsequent bid to be mayor of Atlanta), Lomax could see the Ga. 400 corridor would be a way to develop North Fulton, then just a rural buffer between the growth corridors up I-75 in Cobb and I-85 in Gwinnett. Developer Jim Cowart secured the property that was to become Country Club of the South, the first golf and gated community in Atlanta. Then city of Atlanta Water Department officials showed up saying they wanted the property for a North Fulton reservoir. That was bad news for Cowart’s plans, so he contacted Lomax suggesting that since Atlanta would not be contiguous in any way to this reservoir, wouldn’t it make more sense for Fulton County to “get in the water business” to secure a source for future North Fulton development? Lomax quickly agreed. However, Atlanta wanted in as well and eventually, it was agreed there would be a partnership. That is what’s called politics. Cowart also was able to convince the Atlanta-Fulton Water Authority that it would be cheaper to build the reservoir on what is now its current location farther north on Old Alabama Road. He showed how that saved money since rerouting the pipeline avoided tunneling under Old Alabama

Road not once but twice. Meanwhile, large development entities such as Cousins Properties (North Point Mall), Pope and Land (West Winds), Ross Perot, Mobil Land Development Corp. (Windward community development) and others began to buy land along the proposed route of Ga. 400. They too could read a map and see the potential for Ga. 400. How successful was Windward? In 1996, Windward alone sold 187 houses for $65 million. In the 1980s, Alpharetta Community Development Director Marie Garrett and Alpharetta Mayor Jimmy Phillips teamed to create a master plan for commercial and residential development in the city. It called for pods of development for commercial retail, residential and multi-story Class A office radiating from Ga.400. The major real estate owners along what was to be North Point Parkway not only donated their rights of way, but built the four-lane road with landscaped median from Windward Parkway to Mansell Road, about a $20 million investment. When Cousins built North Point Mall in 1993, the Alpharetta City Council invoked its development agreement to build the first six-story Class A office building north of the Chattahoochee River. Cousins balked at that, but the council held firm, so Cousins complied. Almost immediately, the building was 95 percent preleased, and at no one’s behest Cousins began the next one. When it was three months along and 75-percent preleased, they started the third of eventually four office buildings inside the retail area. Soon, the race was on.

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57,551 45,526 34,854 19,073

$12,463,129,168 $7,801,481,068 $4,906,221,165 $2,072,465,335

By 1995, the city and the large land owners joined to begin the planning for Westside Parkway, engineering the second arterial road parallel to North Point Parkway and donating the rights of way. This was to encourage the Georgia Department of Transportation to hurry along building the road, in stages as it was. Today, it is just starting to see major development projects but the potential is there to produce similar growth experienced in the 1990s. The office boom of 19932001 created about $2 billion of new growth for the tax digest of Alpharetta. Aiding the office boom had been the cooperation of Georgia Power to put power lines and fiber-optic cable in concrete-encased underground lines that virtually ensured these new office buildings came pre-wired for the dot-com explosion with near fail-proof power delivery. It is still today one of the largest fiber-optic systems in America, if not the world. This gave Alpharetta a huge advantage over other Class A space that would have to be rewired for the computer age. As you can see, at almost every stage of the development, political and business interests were converging and driving tremendous growth in the area. Executive housing and golf communities exploded, allow-

ing top executives to live out the Windward catchphrase, “Live, Work, Play,” meaning you could do it all without commuting in Atlanta’s legendary traffic. Business interests did not “push through” the development that has created Alpharetta of today. County and city governments were willing partners in what was developed, creating a vibrant city and the economic center of North Fulton. Johns Creek, Roswell and Milton are following their own paths. Each has its vision of North Fulton although none in such spectacular fashion as Alpharetta. No question that Alpharetta was in exactly the right place at exactly the right time for the huge expansion. But without having a plan and the political will from Fulton County and Alpharetta, North Fulton County would not be the same. Was it democratic? I don’t see how else you can view Alpharetta’s rise any other way. The line of mayors from Jimmy Phillips to Chuck Martin to Arthur Letchas to David Belle Isle has been an unbroken chain in pursuing economic growth coupled with high-end residential growth and attention to quality of life amenities. If their actions did not express the will of the people of Alpharetta, I don’t see how they could have all been returned to office.

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Concorde Fire North U15 boys win division at NASA Challenge NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The Concorde Fire North U15 boys won the Gold Division of the NASA Challenge held Aug. 24-25. They were undefeated and held their four opponents to zero goals scored. Players in the front row include Jack McCarthy, Austin Deck, Alex Field, Matthew Wilburn, Jacky Cheng, David Rivera and Osvaldo Cabrales. In the back row are coach Gil Jean-Baptiste, Kameron Benvenuto, Alex Kantor, Jake Dreger, Henry Ladd, Michael McGovern, Garrett Davis, Ryan Williams, Josh Winnett and Toki Adeosun.

Runners take part in autism fundraiser CUMMING, Ga. — Totally Running held its 5K and 10K Labor Day Run for Autism Sept. 2 on Peachtree Parkway in Cumming. There were about 600 participants who raised their goal of $5,000. This is the second year the Labor Day run was held and funds raised went to Talk About Curing Autism’s Georgia chapter, based out of Johns Creek. —Aldo Nahed


Monday, October 7, 2013 Make plans to join us at the Country Club of the South for the 2013 GNFCC Golf Classic! Your support enables the Chamber to serve as the catalyst for economic development, business growth and quality of life in North Fulton.

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Library brings author to Forsyth Forsyth Reads Together concludes with visit from bestselling author Rick Bragg By RYAN PIERONI FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Forsyth County readers who participated in a countywide

initiative will get to hear from the author on Sept. 17. Pulitzer Prize-winner and bestselling non-fiction author Rick Bragg will discuss his work at the Lanier Tech For-

syth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Cumming. Bragg’s discussion of his book is a part of the countywide program, Forsyth Reads Together, in which a book is chosen to be read with the goal of starting a conversation on literature in the community.


RZ-13-007 & VC-13-007-1 (REMANDED BACK TO PLANNING COMMISSION) Kenneth Wood 5400 Block of State Bridge Road R-1Conditional (Single Family Dwelling District) & O-I Conditional (Office Institutional District) TR Conditional To allow a townhouse and single-family detached subdivision. Concurrent variance to reduce 30-foot landscape strip along State Bridge Road to 10 feet.


RZ-13-009 Jerry Chapman 7100 Block of Bell Road AG-1 (Agricultural District) & CUP Conditional (Community


RZ-13-014 & VC-13-014-1 Yoon Ho Choi 10400 Block of Medlock Bridge Road C – 1 (Community Business District) and AG – 1 (Agricultural District) C – 2 (Commercial District) Develop a carwash. Concurrent variance to delete 25foot side buffers and 10-foot improvement setbacks, and replace with 10-foot landscape strips adjacent to AG-1 properties.


CUP (Community Unit Plan District) Change in conditions to alter site plan and rezone 7.6 acres for single-family detached residential lots.

The following Map Amendments are scheduled for public hearings as stated above. Copies of the amended maps are available for viewing on the City’s website and at City Hall. A-13-002 - CONSIDERATION AND RE-ADOPTION OF THE OFFICIAL CITY OF JOHNS CREEK ZONING MAP CONSIDERATION TO AMEND THE CITY OF JOHNS CREEK FUTURE DEVELOPMENT MAP TO INCORPORATE REGIONALLY IMPORTANT RESOURCES AS DEPICTED BY ATLANTA REGIONAL COMMISSION PLAN 2040.



Submit your news & photos to “We’re aiming to get everyone in Forsyth County reading and talking about, in this case ‘All Over but the Shoutin’,” said Laura Bradley, program manager at the Forsyth County Public Library. “It’s very compelling. I highly recommend it.” Bragg’s first and most famous book, “All Over but the Shoutin’,” is an autobiographical account of his times growing up in rural Alabama and the start of his career in journalism. Bragg wrote for the New York Times, where he was awarded his Pulitzer, and has authored four other non-fiction books in his career. He now works as a writing professor at the University of Alabama. Bragg will discuss this book and his others, as well as talk about his journalism career. After the author’s discussion, there will be a book signing with books on sale by Barnes and Noble. Past books in the Forsyth Reads Together program have ranged from “Little Women” and the works of Edgar Allen Poe to “To Kill a Mockingbird,”

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Blotter: Continued from Page 2 He was informed he still had to pull over when police lights are flashing. Chery was arrested for failure to display a license plate and fleeing police. A search of his car turned up a pipe used to smoke marijuana. This added the charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Man tries to cash city’s fake check ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A Covington man was arrested Aug. 20 for allegedly trying to cash a fake check in Alpharetta drawn on the city of Cartersville. According to employees at the BB&T Bank on Haynes Bridge Road, Anthony Lamar Walker, 25, of Covington, walked into the bank and

tried to cash a check for $1,250. The teller called the issuer of the check, the city of Cartersville, to verify its authenticity, only to be told the check was forged. Walker was arrested and charged with fourth-degree forgery.

Landscaping tools worth $4K taken MILTON, Ga. – Someone stole more than $4,000 worth of landscaping equipment from a local company. The victim told police that between Aug. 24 and Aug. 26, someone broke into two company vehicles at the Arnold Mill location. The pieces of landscaping equipment taken were all handheld items and totaled $4,200 in value. The suspect pried open a wooden gate and cut open some cargo doors to gain entry to the vehicles.

ITB NUMBER #13-275 JONES BRIDGE ROAD AT OLD ALABAMA ROAD INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT The City of Johns Creek is accepting sealed Invitation to Bid (ITB) from qualified construction firms for the Jones Bridge Road at Old Alabama Road Intersection Improvement Project. Sealed ITB’s will be received no later than 10:00AM on October 2, 2013 in the City of Johns Creek Purchasing Office, 12000 Findley Rd., Suite 400, Johns Creek, Georgia, 30097 at which time ITB’s will be opened and publicly read aloud. ITB’s received after the above time or in any other location other than the Purchasing Office will not be accepted. Deadline for questions is September 18, 2013 at 5:00PM. ITB packages including plans are available on the City website at Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office at (678) 512-3233. Please refer to ITB #13-275 and name, Jones Bridge Road at Old Alabama Road Intersection Improvements Project, when requesting information. ITB’s shall be presented in a sealed opaque envelope with the ITB number and name clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. The name of the company or firm submitting an ITB response should also be clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. THREE (3) ORIGINALS AND ONE (1) COPY OF THE ITB ON CD MUST BE SUBMITTED. ITB’s will not be accepted verbally or by fax or email. All offerors must comply with all general and special requirements of the ITB information and instructions enclosed herein. The City of Johns Creek reserves the right to reject any or all bids and to waive technicalities and informalities, and to make award in the best interest of the City of Johns Creek. John Kachmar City Manager


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Clarence E. Griffith, 73, of Troup County, passed away August 30, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. James B. Haman, 97, of Rabun Gap, passed away August 29, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Peggy Joyce Holtzclaw, 73, of Cumming, passed away August 27, 2013. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Charles William Jones, 75, of Ball Ground, passed away September 1, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Trudy Elizabeth King, of Cumming, passed away August 29, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Charles Arthur Koch, Jr., 92, of Roswell, passed away August 30, 2013.Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors. Ram Koyira, 76, of Norcross, passed away August 31, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. John Bernard Kruger, 59, of Suwanee, passed away August 29, 2013. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home.

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