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JC gets $4M loan to start repaving GDOT OKs loan to begin repaving subdivision roads By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com

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Mim Eisenberg, left, samples fresh CalyRoad Creamery artisan cheese. Looking on is CalyRoad owner/founder Robin Schick. Schick is one of the grower/participants at the opening of the Johns Creek Farmers Market at Newtown Park.

Home grown Johns Creek Famers Market opens By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – If you like to shop for a special meal and do some sampling along the way, the Johns Creek Farmers Market is right up your pantry. Once again, the John Creek Farmers Market is open Saturdays at Newtown Park from

8:30 a.m. to noonish. Once they run out of food, most vendors head for home. So the secret to a good experience at the market is to go early. Another good tip is to engage the vendors in what they grow. They love talking about their wares almost as much as they love to talk about their children. Jim MacGregor is a local

vendor. He and his wife Chrissie run Prima Olive: An Epicurean Experience at 11030 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek. At the market, Jim loves to talk about his white and dark balsamic vinegars infused with natural flavors. His vinegars come from Greece, Italy and California. Of course his balsamics are only Italian. “The farmers market is a

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek will soon begin repaving city subdivision roads now that the Georgia Bodker Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB) has awarded a $4 million loan to the city to begin its subdivision repaving program. The city performed a needs study two years ago and pledged to use that study to repave subdivisions according to needs. The city also has agreed to fund an additional $1 million for the repaving project. City Manager Warren Hutmacher said it would take some time to evaluate just how many of those subdivisions the $5 million would cover. The original study identified $30 million in resurfacing needs. The city has stated the estimate now stands at $40 million. The terms are still to be decided, but Public Works Director Tom Black said it is likely that the city will have a “draw” on the loan amount so that it incurs the debt as it is

Improvement of our neighborhood streets will enhance the quality of life for our citizens, support property values and promote economic development.” Mike Bodker Johns Creek Mayor

needed from a GTIB account. “In 2006, the city of Johns Creek inherited a street system that was far below standard,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “Since then, we have put tremendous effort into upgrading major roads and working closely with the Georgia Department of Transportation to see that state routes are properly maintained.

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. – A Lawrenceville woman is accused of defrauding her employer out of nearly $300,000. According to her former employer, a large property development company, Margaret Bray Knapik, 43, of Lawrenceville embezzled at least $287,000 from the company over seven year. As the company’s sole bookkeeper, Knapik was in charge of bill payment as well as accounts receivable.

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4 statues disappear from home MILTON, Ga. – A Deerfield Point resident reported several expensive statues missing from her home. The victim told police May 20 that in the last week four statues have gone missing. Two of the statues are Lladro statuary, valued at $300 each. A third item is a Lenox vase. The fourth item is an undescribed statue of a woman, valued at $10,000. There are no suspects and the victim is unsure when the thefts occurred.

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She also had control of the company credit cards from 1999-2013. These cards were by policy to be paid off every month and never hold a balance. The owner of the company told police he went to use his company Knapik card Dec. 3, 2013 only to have it declined, with more than $50,000 placed on it. Knapik allegedly admitted to the theft. Knapik would use the cards for personal expenses such as gas and rental cars,

Construction bits go missing JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Someone broke into a Bell Road storage facility and stole several items of construction equipment. The victim told police someone broke into a storage unit between May 17 and 19. A pressure washer, generator, tripods, T-cup sling, 20-foot chain and a lifting hook were all reported missing for a total value of more than $1,500.

Bicyclist almost causes accident CUMMING, Ga. — A man on a bicycle was caught violating several traffic laws and threated officers after being confronted, according to a Cumming Police incident report. Emir Hornston, 27, was charged with failure to maintain lane and failure to yield. At about 8 p.m. May 20, officers saw Hornston riding through the intersection of Maple Street and Atlanta Road. Officers said he was reaching out to grab a truck bed in front of him. He continued straight on Atlanta Road and took up the left lane. Officers said he then went straight onto Pilgrim Mill Road and caused a truck to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.

but also college tuition for her children, housing and medical care. She allegedly paid herself nearly $11,000 in salary over what she should have made, filed $62,000 in false mileage reimbursements and placed $169,000 on one credit card while putting $45,000 on another. All told, the company said she stole $287,000 and possibly much more. She allegedly would try to cover up her actions by paying off accounts using different accounts. Knapik was arrested and charged with felony theft by taking. —Staff

Officers signaled for him to pull over, but he refused. After about a quarter of a mile, officers used the PA system and told him to stop. He finally pulled into the City Park’s Kiwanis Club parking lot. He eventually showed them a license out of Suwanee. Hornston was taken to Cumming Police Department.

Two caught cashing fake checks ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Two people were arrested May 20 after allegedly trying to cash fake checks at several local banks. According to workers at the BB&T bank on Windward Parkway, two people – Quillan Dewann Mazeo, 28, of Decatur, and Brittnie B. Allen, 24, of Atlanta – went to the bank location on North Point Parkway earlier that day and cashed a check, receiving $350 cash. Later the tellers realized the bank account in question had been closed. The pair then went to the Windward branch and allegedly tried the cash more checks, totaling $750 in cash. They were denied. Again, the bank accounts the pair wanted to use were closed. Allen claimed she received her checks from an aunt while Mazeo said he was given his check from work. Allen initially

gave police a false name. When they found her real ID, she had an active warrant out of East Point. Both were arrested for deposit account fraud.

Burglar takes expensive jewelry JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – A Henley Place resident reported his home was broken into May 23, with about $3,500 in jewels taken. The victim told police his alarm went off about 10 p.m. while he and his family were at dinner. He called a neighbor who said the house looked fine. When the family returned home, they found a rear door smashed. Two necklaces and two bracelets were reported missing, totaling $3,500 in value.

Millwick vehicles broken into JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Two Millwick Drive vehicles were reported broken into overnight May 23. One victim said a Garmin GPS was missing from the glove box when he checked on his vehicle the following morning. A door was left ajar. The vehicle had been locked and entry was gained by breaking the lock.


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DUI arrests ►► Nazareth Taylor, 28, of

Atlanta was arrested May 12 on Douglas Road in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Peggy Thrasher Janowiak, 61, of Dennis Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested May 12 on Rucker Road in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane and duty to stop after striking a fixed object. ►► Wendy Lee Sharp, 39, of Mortons Circle, Alpharetta, was arrested May 16 on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and following too close. ►► Illya Ben Zoutendijk, 35, of Melilot Lane, Alpharetta, was arrested May 17 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, reckless driving, speeding and failure to obey a traffic control device. ►► Kevan Garett Stewart, 41, of Inverness, Florida, was

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Cogburn Road, Alpharetta, was arrested May 17 on Webb Road in Milton for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Vivek Krishnamoorthy, 31, of Deer Trail, Alpharetta, was arrested May 18 on Morris Road in Milton for DUI, failure to maintain lane and headlight violation. ►► William Agisotelis, 49, of Woodland Trace, Cumming, was arrested May 24 on Castleberry Road in Cumming for DUI and failure to use seatbelts. ►► Jacob W. McClinton, 26, was arrested May 24 on Ga. 400 in Cumming for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Alejandro Sanchez, 36, of Shadewater Drive, Cumming, was arrested May 24 on East Maple Street in Cumming for DUI, open container and failure to obey a traffic control device. ►► Kenneth M. Downing, 59, of Vickery Circle, Cumming, was arrested May 24 on Bald Ridge Marina Road in Cumming for DUI and failure to obey a stop sign. ►► Jimmy George Holtzclaw, 51, of Dawsonville was arrest-

ed May 24 on Old Federal Road in Ball Ground for DUI and suspended license. ►► Aden Elliot Sterzer, 19, of Stardust Trail, Cumming, was arrested May 26 on Kelly Mill Road in Cumming for DUI, failure to maintain lane, hit and run and underage possession of alcohol. ►► Raymond Ernest Miller, 50, of Lakeside Trail, Cumming, was arrested May 26 on McFarland Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI, open container and obstruction of an officer. ►► Brandon Maddox Parker, 38, of Summit Crossing Way, Cumming, was arrested May 1 on Buford Highway in Cumming for DUI and speeding. ►► Candi Lynn Sneed, 28, of Dawsonville was arrested May 19 on Hubbard Town Road in Cumming for DUI, failure to maintain lane, too fast for conditions and defective tires. ►► Nicole G. Jollie, 23, of Misty Lane, Roswell, was arrested May 16 on Creamer Drive in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. ►► Trina Nicole Brown, 31, of Flowery Branch was arrested May 10 on Ga. 400 in Alpharetta for DUI.

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arrested May 9 on Milton Avenue in Alpharetta for DUI, driving on the wrong side of the roadway, failure to obey a traffic control device and failure to obey an authorized person directing traffic. ►► Kathryn Meredith Gates, 29, of Wittenridge Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested May 12 on Medlock Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI, failure to maintain lane and suspended registration. ►► Christian Pareja-Balanta, 25, of Acworth was arrested May 13 on Abbotts Bridge Road in Johns Creek for DUI and reckless driving. ►► John Playford, 28, of Norcross was arrested May 3 on Birmingham Highway in Milton for DUI, failure to maintain lane and child endangerment. ►► Candice L. Trierweiler, 26, of Wilkie Court, Alpharetta, was arrested May 14 on Cogburn Road in Milton for DUI, speeding and failure to maintain lane. ►► Taylor Strickland Lively, 38, of Valley Creek Court, Milton, was arrested May 17 on Mountain Road in Milton for DUI, open container and stopping a vehicle prohibited

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ACTION ITEM Consideration to approve the final 2014 Action Plan and the recommended changes to the Community Development Block Grant Citizen Participation Plan adopted April, 2009: Passed 3-2.

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Council. “It has been a very rewarding time,” said Riley upon leaving, “but I feel that with a new council in place, it is best that

they have the opportunity to appoint their choice for city attorney. I thank the mayor for his kind words and the opportunity to serve this great city.” Riley served on the boards of the Johns Creek Public Safety Foundation and the Johns Creek Foundation, and was instrumental in establishing the city’s STOP (teen driver safety) program, recognized across the state for its success in reducing teen driver violations. He plans to continue his efforts to address the regional problem of human trafficking, teaching prosecutors statewide about the issue this summer.

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Bodker. “He leaves us with my deepest gratitude and best wishes for future success.” Riley, who served as the city’s lead attorney since the municipality’s 2006 incorporation, will assist during the transition to a new city attorney appointed by the City

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker announced last week the resignation of City Attorney William F. Riley, effective June 2. At the June 2 City Council meeting, the council swore in Richard Carothers of the law firm of Carothers & Mitchell LLC to act as interim city attorney until the position is placed as open and resumes sought. “I think we all appreciate the extraordinary effort put forth by Bill and his firm, not only in his capacity as city attorney, but in his work in literally helping build Johns Creek from the ground up,” said

GNFCC seeks Leadership Awards nominees ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2014 Small Business Person of the Year. Candidates will be considered based on longevity, principal ownership, growth and longevity, innovation, response to adversity, involvement in the community and membership in the chamber.   New this year, the GNFCC has initiated the Nonprofit Leader of the Year award. Nominations are now being accepted for individual leaders who demonstrate a passion and energy for nonprofits in the North Fulton community.  Nominations will be accepted until June 13. For information, contact Kendra Plotkin at 770-993-8806.

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National Sunshine peeking out for Georgia’s economy economy not Job growth trending upward with premium jobs mostly coming to Atlanta area Fab ’90s By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com ATLANTA – Despite deficit job growth in the first two months of 2014, Georgia State University Economic Forecasting Center Director Rajeev Dhawan forecasts healthy growth, 65,000 new jobs for the year and more than a quartermillion new jobs by the end of 2016. “I am gingerly betting on growth for Georgia,” Dhawan said. At least he didn’t say “guardedly optimistic.” Unemployment in Atlanta has shrunk from a 2011 high of 9.8 percent to a forecast 6.6 percent in 2014 and falling to 5.4 percent by 2016. Atlanta should see 46,800 new jobs this year; 10,800 of them (23.3 percent) should be classified as premium jobs ($60,000-plus annually). This comes despite Georgia showing a jobs deficit of 9,000 that did include the state’s “Snowpocalypse.” The state rebounded with 15,000 new jobs in March. By the end of 2016, Dhawan says 175,900 of those jobs will

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CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX DECREASE The Mayor and Council of the City of Alpharetta has tentatively adopted a debt (“Bond”) millage rate which will require a decrease in property taxes for the Debt Service Fund by -8.33 percent. Please see Notice of Property Tax Increase for the M&O millage rate. All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax decrease to be held at the City of Alpharetta, Council Chambers, City Hall, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, on the following dates and times: June 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. June 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. This tentative decrease will result in a Bond millage rate of 0.800 mills, a decrease of -0.073 mills. Without this tentative tax decrease, the Bond millage rate will be no more than 0.873 mills. The proposed tax decrease for a home with a fair market value of $300,000 is approximately -$8.35 and the proposed tax decrease for non-homesteaded property with a fair market value of $925,000 is approximately -$27.01. Explanation: The City has not received the 2014 tax digest from Fulton County and, as such, must assume growth in the tax digest to conservatively comply with this statutory notice. The budget currently being considered by the Alpharetta City Council would leave the millage rate at its current 5.750 mills level through the 2015 fiscal year. The City has maintained that rate since 2009 while providing additional tax relief to citizens by increasing Alpharetta’s homestead exemption to $40,000; the highest such exemption in Georgia. While Alpharetta’s overall millage rate would remain flat under the proposal, there would be some changes to the individual components as follows: Millage Rate

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The City is shifting 0.08 mills from the Bond millage rate to the M&O millage rate to provide additional funding for capital investment in our infrastructure. Robert J. Regus City Administrator

David Belle Isle Mayor

CITY OF ALPHARETTA NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX INCREASE The Mayor and Council of the City of Alpharetta has tentatively adopted an operating (“M&O”) millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes for the General Fund by 2.59 percent. Please see Notice of Property Tax Decrease for the Bond millage rate. All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the City of Alpharetta, Council Chambers, City Hall, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, on the following dates and times: June 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. June 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. This tentative increase will result in an M&O millage rate of 4.950 mills, an increase of 0.125 mills. Without this tentative tax increase, the M&O millage rate will be no more than 4.825 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $300,000 is approximately $9.59 and the proposed tax increase for non-homesteaded property with a fair market value of $925,000 is approximately $46.25. Explanation: The City has not received the 2014 tax digest from Fulton County and, as such, must assume growth in the tax digest to conservatively comply with this statutory notice. The budget currently being considered by the Alpharetta City Council would leave the millage rate at its current 5.750 mills level through the 2015 fiscal year. The City has maintained that rate since 2009 while providing additional tax relief to citizens by increasing Alpharetta’s homestead exemption to $40,000; the highest such exemption in Georgia. While Alpharetta’s overall millage rate would remain flat under the proposal, there would be some changes to the individual components as follows: Millage Rate

Current

Proposed

Change

M&O

4.870

4.950

0.080

Bond

0.880

0.800

-0.080

Total

5.750

5.750

0.000

The City is shifting 0.08 mills from the Bond millage rate to the M&O millage rate to provide additional funding for capital investment in our infrastructure. Robert J. Regus City Administrator

David Belle Isle Mayor


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Fulton Science HS, Sunshine ES seek state charter Schools would operate independent of Fulton Schools By CANDY WAYLOCK candy@northfulton.com NORTH FULTON, Ga. – With

local charter agreements set to expire in a year, the Fulton Science Academy High School (FSA HS) and the Fulton Sun-

shine Academy Elementary School (FSA ES) are seeking to become state charter schools beginning with the 2015-16

City of Johns Creek Notice of Property Tax Hearings (Millage Rate) The City of Johns Creek announces it is currently in the process of establishing its 2014 millage rate. The City, incorporated in December 1, 2006 has published their Five-Year History of its Tax Digest, Property Revenues and Millage Rate as required. Before the City of Johns Creek sets the final millage rate for 2014, Georgia law requires a public hearing(s) to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on this tax increase. All concerned citizens are invited to attend and participate in the Public Hearings which will be held in the Council Chambers at Johns Creek City Hall which is located at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 300, Johns Creek, Georgia 30097 at the following dates and times: »First Public Hearing

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:30am

»Second Public Hearing

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:00pm

»Third Public Hearing

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7:00pm

Action to adopt the final millage rate for 2014 is scheduled to take place at the Council Meeting on July 14, 2014 which begins at 7:00pm or as close thereafter as possible after the final Public Hearing.

PRESS RELEASE CITY OF JOHNS CREEK NOTICE OF PROPERTY TAX HEARINGS The City of Johns Creek announces it is currently in the process of establishing its 2014 millage rate. The City, incorporated in December 1, 2006 now has a published their Five-Year History of its Tax Digest, Property Revenues and Millage Rate. Each year, the Board of Tax Assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the County. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the County indicate there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the Board of Tax Assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment. This is called a reassessment. Before the City of Johns Creek sets the final millage rate for 2014, Georgia law requires public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on this tax increase. All concerned citizens are invited to attend and participate in the public hearings which will be held at Johns Creek City Hall, Council Chambers located at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 300, Johns Creek, Georgia 30097 at the following dates and times: • First Public Hearing • Second Public Hearing • Third Public Hearing

Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11:30am Monday, June 16, 2014 at 6:00pm Monday, July 14, 2014 at 7:00pm

Action to adopt the final millage rate for 2014 is scheduled to take place at the Council Meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014 which begins at 7:00pm or as close thereafter as possible following the public hearing.

school year. Petitions for both schools were submitted by their separate governing boards to the State Charter School Commission on May 15. The commission is scheduled to make its decision on Sept. 24. If approved, the schools would become state charter schools beginning July 1, 2015. “We believe a state charter gives us the best opportunity to meet our mission of providing a science, math and technology-focused education to students who thrive in the smaller, more personalized environment,” said FSA HS Governing Board Chairwoman Maria Beug-Deeb. The charter agreement between the Fulton County School System (FCSS) and both schools is up for renewal on June 30, 2015. It is not surprising FSA HS chose to seek state status given its tenuous relationship with the FCSS over the past few years. In 2012, the district sought an early termination of the school’s charter in June 2013. This action was not approved by the State Board of Education, allowing the school to finish out the remaining two years in its charter. Over the past year, FSA HS has weighed its options, and had considered applying to become a state charter school for the upcoming school year. The school was also working to rebuild its relationship with the FCSS to possibly remain a local charter school. The high school has struggled with enrollment since opening in 2006, but appears to be on an uptick. A spokesperson for the school said they expect to register 320 students for the 2014-15 school year, compared to 178 this past year. At the FSA ES in Roswell, the elementary school has become one of the higher performing schools in the system. This year, the school has approximately 570 students in grades kindergarten through fifth. School officials said a state charter will allow FSA ES to function as an independent school district, responsible for managing all of its own operations including some currently handled by FCSS. “A state charter gives us greater autonomy to operate our school,” Governing Board President Dr. Metin

We believe a state charter gives us the best opportunity to meet our mission of providing a science, math and technologyfocused education to students who thrive in the smaller, more personalized environment.” Maria Beug-Deeb FSA HS Governing Board Chairwoman

Oguzmert said. “We are looking forward to continuing to give our students the same quality education they have come to expect from Fulton Sunshine Academy.” State charter status would sever accountability to the FCSS, and place the schools under the guidance of the State Charter Commission, an independent body of appointed officials created three years ago by the voters. The academic requirements, however, for the schools could actually increase under a state charter. Last year, mandates were put into place requiring charter students to perform academically as well or better than students in similar schools across the state. A “similar” school is one whose student populations are alike in terms of demographics, poverty and other indicators. While the mandate does not apply to the state charter schools yet, a spokesperson said a “value added” formula will likely apply. Funding, however, could go down as state charters do not receive the supplement from local tax revenues local schools receive, relying only on state funding. In Fulton County, nearly 40 percent of the school system budget is derived from local tax revenue.


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Council wrangles over fed dollars for needy CDBG action plan gets blow-back from conservatives By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – In normal times, the annual approval of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Citizen Plan is routinely passed by the Johns Creek City Council as the last step after public hearings. This time, it was anything but routine, as council split over whether to return the $270,117 in federal money or use it for projects benefitting the handicapped, the elderly and families in financial or medical emergencies. Councilmembers argued over accepting the money or returning it as an example to Congress that it must curb spending. The argument was whether accepting the money was contrary to true conservative values. Council finally did vote 3-2 in favor of keeping the money with Councilmembers Kathy Stewart and Lenny Zaprowski opposed. The Johns Creek CDBG Action Plan provides a basis and strategy for the use of federal funds granted to the city by the U.S. Department of Housing

Zaprowski

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and Urban Development (HUD) under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The city’s plan focused on an analysis of impediments to Fair Housing Choice; ADA components in Shakerag Park; programs relating to limited clientele, such as assisting the visually and physically impaired in local libraries; individuals with special needs; services for the senior population; and entitlement grant administration. The lion’s share of the CDBG funds, $230,117, is earmarked for ADA improvements for Shakerag Park. The remaining $40,000 is to be distributed among North Fulton Community Charities, Senior Services North Fulton and the Drake House. North Fulton Commu-

nity Charities provides food, clothing and other assistance to people in need or in crisis. NFCC makes emergency payments for rent, power and other necessities to keep families in their homes during a crisis. NFCC has a mobile unit that serves Johns Creek exclusively and makes “house calls” to families who do not have the transportation to come to its office. Senior Services North Fulton provides senior activities for active clients and oversees the Meals on Wheels program for the elderly who are housebound. They pay for meals on a sliding scale according to their financial ability. Senior Services Director Carrie Bulware told council that for Johns Creek housebound Meals on Wheels clients, the daily visits from the volunteers who drive the meal routes are the only human contact they will have that day. Stephanie Andres was one who spoke against the funding on conservative grounds. “You have to take the emotion out of the equation. I oppose the aid to the Drake House, Senior Services North

CDBG grant money allocations • ADA improvements in parks for seniors and individuals with disabilities $230,117 • Senior programming and services program administration $9,000 • North Fulton Community Charities $28,000 • The Drake House $3,000 • Total $270,117

If the government is out of control, it is D.C. on the Potomac, not Johns Creek on the Chattahoochee. We take millions [in federal money] every year for transportation. Who says no to that? Don’t tell me we won’t take money for roads and not people.” BRAD RAFFENSPERGER Johns Creek Councilman

Fulton and North Fulton Community Charities. There are numerous government aid agencies already funded by taxpayers to do this job,” Andres said. “We have $40 million for roads needed. The council should stand up and say no. I can’t donate [to charity] be-

cause people who don’t work [get] the money.” That resonated with Zaprowski who said he had “a problem” with accepting the federal dollars to help those people when other agencies exist and are funded to do those

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JOHNS CREEK 2014 TAX DIGEST AND LEVY NOTICE The City of Johns Creek, Georgia City Council does hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at the City Hall building located at 12000 Findley Rd., Suite 300 on July 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM and pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. Sectin 48-5-32 does hereby publish the following presentation of the 2014 tax digest and levy, along with the history of the tax digest and levy. CURRENT 2014 TAX DIGEST AND HISTORY OF LEVY*

Description Real & Personal

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

4,161,164,131

4,036,193,971

3,864,776,391

3,769,383,987

3,678,210,672

3,859,080,901

Motor Vehicles

267,843,670

234,501,440

233,172,030

246,471,400

276,044,730

238,200,610

Mobile Homes

0

0

0

0

0

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0

0

0

0

0

0

Heavy Duty Equipment

0

0

0

0

0

0

4,429,007,807

4,270,695,411

4,097,948,421

4,016,310,387

3,954,255,402

4,097,281,511

388,557,248

401,513,668

394,616,032

390,804,326

390,281,164

405,743,744

4,040,450,553

3,869,181,743

3,703,332,389

3,625,506,061

3,563,974,238

3,691,537,767

Gross M & O Millage Rate

8.711

8.205

8.752

8.756

9.279

9.022

Less Millage Rate Rollbacks

4.097

3.591

4.138

4.142

4.665

4.408

Net M & O Millage Rate

4.614

4.614

4.614

4.614

4.614

4.614

18,642,639

17,852,405

17,087,176

16,728,085

16,444,177

17,032,755

(128,022)

(790,234)

(765,229)

(359,091)

(283,908)

588,578

-0.68%

-4.24%

-4.29%

-2.10%

-1.70%

3.59%

Gross Digest Less M & O Exemptions Net M & O Digest

Net Taxes Levied Net Taxes $ Increase Net Taxes % Increase


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Drug ring busted, locals arrested 17 members of Mexico-based ring indicted ATLANTA – Charges were brought against 17 alleged members of a Mexico-based drug ring May 28, including two Alpharetta and Cumming residents. The federal charges include conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

“This investigation unmasked a massive smuggling conspiracy involving staggering amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine brought into Atlanta from the southwest border, and a significant amount of bulk cash destined for Mexico,” said Special Agent in Charge Brock D. Nicholson, head of Homeland Security Investigations in Atlanta. According to officials, the group conspired to bring large amounts of drugs into Atlanta from Mexico. They used passenger buses, owned by one of those charged, to transport the

This investigation unmasked a massive smuggling conspiracy involving staggering amounts of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine...” Brock D. Nicholson Head of Homeland Security Investigations in Atlanta

drugs from Mexico, across the border into the United States

and directly to the Atlanta area.  After unloading the narcotics-laden buses in local warehouses, the men would allegedly distribute the drugs in the Atlanta area, as well as in Florida. When investigators arrested the men, they seized hundreds of pounds of methamphet-

What did investigators find? • 644 pounds of methamphetamine • 37 kilograms of heroin • 27 kilograms of cocaine • $680,000 in drug proceeds amine, heroin and cocaine along with thousands of dollars in cash. Locally, 11 pounds of methamphetamine were seized on Jan. 3, from an apartment on Jameson Pass in Alpharetta, which was used by the organization as a methamphetamine laboratory. Law enforcement had discovered the lab after an explosion at the apartment. Twelve suspects have been arrested, including Blanca Hernandez, 41, of Alpharetta. Another five suspects are on the run, including Reynaldo Maldonado-Guipes, 56, of Cumming.

The Johns Creek amphitheater will have its first concert Saturday, June 28, featuring the Johns Creek Symphony.

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JC announces concert series 3 concerts planned for inaugural season at amphitheater JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Newtown Park Amphitheater opens in Johns Creek’s Newtown Park on Saturday, June 28 with an official ribbon cutting at 7:15 p.m., and a free concert by the Johns Creek Symphony at 7:30 p.m. Presented by the Johns Creek Foundation, the opening night concert will feature classical and patriotic selections. It is the first of three in the city’s Summer Concert Series. The popular Jimmy Buffet tribute band, A1A, appears July 19, and rising country stars the Shane O’Dazier Band will play Aug. 23. Each concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Nestled in a corner of Newtown Park, the new amphitheater is constructed of laminated pine and seats up to 440 people under the wooden

structure, with hundreds more in tiered seating in the open air. “The amphitheater is a tremendous addition to the growing cultural offerings in our city, and I am particularly thrilled that we have been able to engage our own Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra for the opening concert,” said Mayor Mike Bodker. “We are all looking forward to joining the community at the grand opening and continuing the celebration throughout the summer music series.” Newtown Park Amphitheater is in Newtown Park at 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. For more information on the amphitheater and the Summer Concert Series, visitwww.JohnsCreekGA. gov/amphitheater.




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Juke box heroes rock Verizon Foreigner, Styx come south By JEFF STARSHIP news@northfulton.com ALPHARETTA, Ga. – On his 1980 “Hawks and Doves” album, Neil Young sang, “Live music is better. Bumper stickers should be issued.” And so it was Saturday night, May 24, at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park in Alpharetta. For four straight hours, former Eagles band member Don Felder, Foreigner and Styx rocked the excitable crowd on a clear, breezy and beautiful night. Felder’s set included the classics, “Those Shoes,” “Seven Bridges Row” (which he said the Eagles sang as a backstage warm-up song) and a version of “Hotel California” in which he was joined by a doublenecked guitar and Styx lead man Tommy Shaw. Good old songs coupled with good old friends made for a memorable rendition on that dark desert highway. When the roadies took the stage to prepare for Foreigner, the seats were far from empty. The Brits soon blasted on the stage with an absolutely terrific set of music. Accompanied by strobe lights, fog and a laser show that continued to surprise, they sounded as good as ever. From their first album (one that I had on eight track and listened to in my Chevy Vega), Mick Jones offered “Starrider” in tribute to the band’s original bass player Rick Wills. During one song, Foreigner’s lead singer took a

jaunt through the audience but never down-shifted when back on stage through a set that featured “Cold as Ice,” “Hot Blooded,” “Urgent,” “Jukebox Hero,” “I’ve Been Waiting for a Girl Like You” and “I Want to Know What Love is” which featured a Gainesville high school chorus. Styx lit up the crowd for the final set that brought Alabama native Shaw back home to the South. From “Blue Collar Man,” “The Grand Illusion” and “Lady,” they covered some classics and introduced to many the title track from their first album, “Crystal Ball.” Shaw first reluctantly played it for his friends in a bowling alley, but thankfully gave it a shot. Indeed, there is a superstar in all of us, as they also sang. Their video and light show was, as last year, a lot of fun to see. An encore of “Renegade” topped off a great night for three generations of fans. I leaned forward at one point during the Foreigner set and said to the 10-year-old sitting in front of me, “your mother remembers the words to this one.” His mom turned around and answered for her son, “He knows the words to all of these songs.” And so he did. My boys did, too. Lead singers drenched in sweat from leaps and jumps, ripping lead guitars, spinning keyboards and drums to drive the whole machine, lights and video that made it all bigger than life, along with a crowd mostly on its feet singing lead vocals all contributed to the cultural kick-off to summer. What a night. Live music is indeed better; contact me for a bumper sticker. It’s urgent.

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June technology course schedule for seniors announced ALPHARETTA, Ga. — BlueHair Technology Group announced their June lineup of technology courses for seniors. The workshops will be offered in three locations across North Fulton, including the Johns Creek Senior Center, the Alpharetta Senior Center and the Alpharetta offices of NCR. Classes will offer hands-on instruction of the latest technology and tools to help adult seniors better communicate and connect with their family and friends. Seminar prices range from $20 to $90. The course offerings for June include: Johns Creek Senior Center (3150 Old Alabama Road) Windows 7 Tips/Tricks (four-week sessions)

Classes beginning June 10 and 17 Classes beginning June 10 and 17 Facebook Basics (four-week sessions) Classes beginning June 10 and 17 Classes beginning June 10 and 17 Alpharetta Senior Center (13450 Cogburn Road) Apple iPad and iPhone Basics (six-week sessions) Classes beginning June 19 and 26 Apple iPad and iPhone Tips/Tricks (two-hour session) June 19 Alpharetta NCR Offices (3925 Brookside Parkway in Alpharetta) Apple iPad and iPhone Tips/Tricks (two-hour session)

June 19 BlueHair Technology Group’s courses are specifically designed to address the unique challenges that adult seniors have with technology. The classes are constructed to be fun, comfortable and convenient for seniors. Courses are taught by seasoned technology instructors who are assisted by volunteers from the local community. The program’s goals are to empower older adults with the knowledge and skills they need to increase their independence, social interaction, confidence and connection to society. For more information, visit www.bluehairtech.org.

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Notre Dame Academy breaks ground on expansion 21-acre expansion to hold new high school DULUTH, Ga. – Notre Dame Academy (NDA) hosted its groundbreaking ceremony May 19 to celebrate its high school expansion. The ceremony took place outside at NDA’s Elementary and Middle School Campus located on River Green Parkway off Peachtree Industrial in Duluth. More than 450 people attended the ceremony including past and present families, alumni, faculty, staff and members of the community including Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris. Notre Dame Academy Head of School Debra Orr presented the inaugural naming opportunities for the new school, including the future gymnasium and 12-classroom building. The Rev. David Musso, chaplain of campus ministry at Marist School, blessed the trough of dirt brought over from the new 21 acres. Adding the 21 acres of land adjacent to the existing elementary and middle school campus, Notre Dame Academy will expand its current footprint to include grades 9-12. The launch of the high

Head of School Debra Orr, Mayor Nancy Harris, Kelly George (wife of Joe George, chairman of NDA’s Board of Trustees), Senior Vice President/Atlantic Capital Bank Maura McKenna, the Rev. David Musso and members of the Charles Black Construction Co. participate in shoveling the first ceremonial dirt. school will see the inaugural freshman class starting in the fall of 2015. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer, with the first phase of the expansion to include a 12-classroom building and

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Fulton breaks ground on library in Milton Opens next year By JONATHAN COPSEY jonathan@northfulton.com MILTON, Ga. – With the turn of a shovel, construction on Milton’s new library officially began May 29. The brand new, 25,000-square-foot library sits just a block from downtown Crabapple on a property formerly known as the Dinsmore Farm, at 855 Mayfield Road in Milton. “This has been a long time coming, and I’m pleased it is finally here,” said Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann. The library will have a “rustic” appearance, according to designs, similar to a barn or farm house. Much of the design is taken up by public meeting space, as well as computer terminals and stacks, reflecting the changing nature of libraries. The new 25,000-squarefoot library for Milton is part of the Library Building Program underway that has eight new libraries created, and others renovated. This is possible due to the $275 million library bond referendum in 2008.

“This area has never had a formal public library before,” said Library Board Chairwoman Stephanie Moody. “This is a significant milestone.” Stevens and Wilkinson, in association with 720 Design, is contracted with Fulton County to provide design and engineering services for the new library. Turner Construction Company is contracted to provide construction management services on this project. Heery/Russell is the program management team. Green building design and sustainability are priorities for these library building projects, and the Fulton Library System expects to achieve LEED Silver certification on all of the projects Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood said he was looking forward to the new library. “I’m excited. This building is blocks away from downtown and our new city center,” Lockwood said. Milton is to build a City Hall in downtown Crabapple. “Libraries are a

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’Hooch awards special honors for multiple sport athletes JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – New this year, Chattahoochee High School is honoring athletes who have earned at least four or more varsity letters in multiple sports including the award for Chattahoochee’s Ultimate Letterman. By lettering in a variety of sports for multiple years, CHS Athletic Director Milo Mathis said athletes have shown “an unselfish willingness for participation and a pride in and dedication to Chattahoochee High School.” Excelling in multiple sports has a lasting impact on the school and teams, he said, and the new awards recognize athletes for their “dedication and perseverance that has gone well beyond the normal standards for athletic lettering qualification.” Three awards were created this year: Premier Letterman Award for athletes with four or more letters in multiple sports; Elite Letterman Award for athletes with six or more letters in multiple sports; and the Ultimate Letterman Award for athletes with 10 or more letters in multiple sports. While 27 students were recognized in the first two categories, Claire Craddock was the only ’Hooch student to win the Ultimate Letterman Award. Craddock earned a total of 12 letters – four

each in cross country, swim and track. The other athletes honored include 14 Premier Letterman Award winners: • Carrie Arnson, four swimming and one cross country • Alexis Bush, two cheer, one gymnastics and one basketball cheer • Erica Cook, two basketball cheer and two lacrosse • Akilah Guzman, two track and two basketball • Nora Hansen, four swimming and one cross country • Jordan Hillman, two football and three lacrosse • Sean Hoffman, one football and three wrestling • Savannah Howard, three cross country and one track • Caroline Jones, two football trainer, two basketball cheer and one soccer trainer • Aysia Key, two track and two basketball • Michaela Mason, two track and two basketball manager • Adrian Salazar, three tennis and two wrestling • Charity Starkes, two cross country, one track and two basketball • Mickey Tomlinson, two football and three lacrosse

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Isakson held a congratulatory reception June 1 for nominees and their families. The Isakson nominees who have been accepted by the academies (listed with their hometowns) are: U.S. Air Force Academy Micah Hayden – Roswell Christana Wagner – Alpharetta U.S. Military Academy Seong Kim – Alpharetta Roshini Jagadam – Alpharetta William Whitaker – Roswell U.S. Naval Academy Emily Ranzau – Alpharetta

CITY OF ALPHARETTA PUBLIC NOTICE Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Notice is hereby given that public hearings shall be held before the Mayor and Council of the City of Alpharetta, Georgia on June 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., and June 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. regarding the adoption of the budget for fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) and to set the millage rate. The public hearings will take place at City Hall, 2 South Main Street, Alpharetta, in City Council chambers. The proposed budget is available on the City’s website, www.alpharetta.ga.us, as well as in the Department of Finance (2970 Webb Bridge Road, Alpharetta) and at City Hall (2 South Main Street) from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday through Thursday) and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Friday). These public hearings are in accordance with O.C.G.A. 36-81-5. All citizens of Alpharetta are invited to attend and comment will be heard. Robert J. Regus City Administrator

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“It’s staggering that until now they had no local association to serve them and to foster a community of collaboration and connection,” Cashion said. “GATN’s mission is to promote and engage our local tech community through thought leadership, educational and networking events.” Cashion launched GATN with a kickoff dinner May 8 featuring Atlanta Tech Village founder and serial tech entrepreneur David Cummings spoke about creating a community of innovation. More than 150 were in attendance. Belle Isle sees GATN as another tool in bringing the technology community together. He has already formed a Technology Commission to advise the city in growing the tech community within its borders. Gwinnett Tech is building a North Fulton campus in Alpharetta to furnish a trained workforce and the city is in negotiations with Avalon to bring a 4-star hotel/convention center that will host trade shows and showcase area tech companies. “The tech companies we have here already are all over the map in size and scope,” Belle Isle said. “Thirty-five percent of the Technology Association of Georgia’s membership is right here. But to lead

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Tech: Continued from Page 17 “With a supporting cast such as GATN, Gwinnett Tech and perhaps a convention center, we will be getting the word out to the rest of the country,” he said. Recent technology addition FiServ is bringing 2,500 jobs to Windward Parkway and a 30,000-square-foot expansion and structured parking. And in the last 18 months 4,300 high-paying tech jobs have come to North Fulton, the mayor said. “We can expect more acquisitions like that which add to the tax base and the local economy,” he said. Once Alpharetta reaches critical mass, the GATN mission will be even more important, Cashion said. “We will still need to foster a sense of community,” she said. “We want to create opportunities for people to come together, interact together. And that means looking at the greater Alpharetta area. Technology doesn’t have borders.” That means GATN needs partnerships with organizations such as Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce and North Fulton Progress Partners.


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FLYING COLORS BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL

All ages will enjoy live music, exhibits, arts and crafts and more. Kids can wear butterfly costumes and join the daily butterfly parades. Pollinator and host plants will be on sale. 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. June 7 – 8. 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell. Call 770-992-2055 or visit chattnaturecenter.org.

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Following the successful release of their latest album, “Life, Love and Hope,” legendary band Boston will embark on a highly anticipated summer tour in June. Always a huge crowd pleaser with their highenergy stage show, out-of-this-world sound and remarkable musicianship and singing, Boston will feature the personnel and music from their highly acclaimed 2012 tour with some exciting additions. 8 p.m. June 14. 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta.

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The Roswell Fine Art Alliance announces their spring members show, hosted by Jackson Accura and on display for viewing and purchase in the showroom lobby. Through June 7. Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10900 Alpharetta St., Roswell. Please call 770-650-4000 or visit rfaa.org.

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The main-stage musical production of “Tarzan” will be performed at The Cumming Playhouse by MelloDrama Productions. The exciting show, based on the Disney movie, has intense choreography, cirque aerialists, gymnasts and entertaining music. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. June 5 – 22. 101 School St., Cumming. Please call 770781-9178 or visit playhousecumming. com.

‘A PLACE AT THE TABLE’ MOVIE SCREENING

The Atlanta Community Food Bank is hosting a special screening of “A Place at the Table,” a documentary that lets viewers see hunger through the eyes of food pantry staff, a working mom, dedicated teachers, and a young child. “A Place at the Table” examines the complex issue of hunger in the United States. A brief Q and A with Atlanta Community Food Bank staff will follow the screening. 7 – 9:30 p.m. June 5. 7730 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta. Please call 770-992-9663 or visit amctheatres.com.

Over 30 breweries including craft beer, food trucks, vendors, live entertainment for the whole family. Admission to the festival includes unlimited beer samples. 1 – 5 p.m. June 7. 118 Lakeshore Drive, Mountain Park. Call 770-993-4231 or visit mountainparkbeerfestival.com.

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An entertaining evening with Italian flatpicker and acoustic guitarist Beppe Gambetta. Whether your favorite music is bluegrass, classical, folk or traditional Italian music, Beppe has a song for you. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. June 14. 585 South Atlanta St., Roswell. Please call 770-365-7738 or visit ssccs.com.

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Downtown Alpharetta will host one big street party with beer, wine, food and live music. 6:30 – 11 p.m. June 7. 35 Milton Ave., Alpharetta. Please call 678-2970102 or visit awesomealpharetta. com.

The 12th Annual Back to the Chattahoochee River Race and Festival is returning to Roswell. The race begins at 9 a.m. from Garrard Landing Park, and the free festival kicks off at 10 a.m. at Riverside Park. Enjoy live music and an array of exhibits that include local artisans and farmer’s market vendors. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. June 14. 575 Riverside Road, Roswell. Please call 404-352-9828 or visit chattahoochee.org.

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Celebrate with Cutters Cigar Emporium at their Havana Nights Cigars and Salsa Anniversary Event. Apperances by DasoFino dance studio and Don Pepin Garcia. Their will be live latin music and special pricing on all My Father Sigars. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. June 7. 5530 Windward Pkwy., Suite 200 B, Alpharetta. Please call 770-6400550 or visit cutterscigaremporium. com

ROSWELL LAVENDER FESTIVAL

Join the 4th Annual Roswell Lavender Festival on the beautiful grounds of historic Barrington Hall in Roswell to experience all things lavender. Events this year include beer and wine tasting and a textile demonstration. Come check out the arts and crafts, antiques, music, lavender food samples, Zen Zone Yoga and Pilates, demonstrations in the barn and food vendors. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 14. 535 Barrington Dr., Roswell. Please call 770-640-3855 or visit southerntrilogy.com.

MOVIES AT NEWTOWN PARK

Movies at Newtown Park includes preshow entertainment like an inflatable moonwalk, face-painting, children’s activities, give-aways, music, food and drinks. Pre-show activities start about two hours before sundown. The movies start at dusk and are shown on a large inflatable screen. Families are encouraged to bring blankets

FORSYTH COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS GARDEN TOURS

The Forsyth County Master Gardeners open their private grounds to the public, showcasing a variety of fantastic gardens. Learn how to plant in the challenging southern garden. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 7. Please call 770-887-2418 or visit fcmg.sharepoint.com. and relax as they watch the movie. The movie titles will be announced a week prior to each event. 6 p.m. June 14. 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. Please call 678-512-3200.

RACES AND BENEFITS » FOR THE LOVE OF A HORSE CHARITY GOLF EVENT

As part of its ongoing fundraising efforts, For the Love Of A Horse, Inc. is hosting the 3rd annual golf tournament at the Trophy Club of Atlanta in Alpharetta. All proceeds will benefit For the Love Of A Horse, a Roswell-based nonprofit. The 18-hole golf classic will include a 4-person team scramble format with prizes, gift bags, hole-in-one contests and longest drive contest. An awards reception, live auction and raffle will take place after the tournament. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. June 6. 15135 Hopewell Road, Alpharetta. Please call 404680-0392 or visit fortheloveofahorse. org.

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When it gets hot — I run I run for a number of reasons.   At the top of the list is because it is so much cheaper than therapy and, for me it works better. I run to get away. I run to think. I run to escape. The bigger the monster under the bed, the further I go – a couple miles or lots of a couple miles. I also run to listen to music without distractions. Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix (Live at Monterrey Pop Festival),  Fleetwood Mac greatest hits, occasionally CSNY, and my beloved CCR -same albums over and over. They never get old. When we lived on Key Biscayne in Miami, my run was in the afternoon along the ocean.   Frequently I could go for miles and miles and never encounter a human - just me, the gulls, sand, pelicans and sometimes a horseshoe crab or turtles.   If I was very lucky, a dolphin would see me running and follow me, swimming parallel to the shore sort of on the side so he or she could watch me running.   That actually happened several times and I suspect that they probably found me as funny and silly as I found them.  

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But we entertained each other and would have stopped for a conversation had one of us spoke the language of the other.   Actually we probably did have that conversation. Words aren’t always necessary.   A friend once told me that her dad (a family practice physician) used tell her that when he couldn’t diagnose someone that he would send them to see a veterinarian. He said that they have to practice medicine without words – so they have a different skill set and a different way of processing information. On weekends, I would run along the black top road on the Key because there would be way too many people at the beach. I always wanted to run down to the big bridge over Biscayne Bay and over it, but never made it. It was really far and usually too hot even for my taste. However, it’s on the bucket list. I haven’t given up. My usual run would take me south on the island and around, where I would inevitably be staring into a blazing and intensive like a magnifying glass late afternoon sun. It gets really hot in Miami in the summer.  On the Key it is even hotter — especially when there was no wind. But I was out running

and that was all that counted. I have always said that I would rather run than eat. The run would take me through old Australian Pines, past stands of sea grapes, so thick they were impenetrable and under the shadow of the Cape Florida Lighthouse that was originally built in 1825 and was not decommissioned until 1990. It is stationed in Bill Baggs State Park on the south end of Key Biscayne. I actually was friends with Mr. Baggs’ grandson when I lived in Miami, so my emotional ties to the island are deep in many ways. Near the halfway point of the run, when I would be running along the sea wall around the west side of the island, I could look out on the water at Stiltsville and would almost always be transported somewhere far away. Just seeing those rebel houses way-way out in the middle of Biscayne Bay flooded my I imagination — of the present, the past and the future. Stiltsville today — what’s left — is a cluster of seven severely weathered sun-bleached wooden houses that have been built and rebuilt on pilings. They were originally retreats of the old Miami gentry built in the 1930s. Most were weekend houses, fish camps, although occasionally they had a more colorful past as speakeasies and drinking clubs and gambling dens. Access of course was by boat. Food, fuel, water all had to be transported although I imagine that some must have had cisterns that collected rainwater. A neighbor always arrived by boat and fishing for dinner was the order of the

Stiltsville at a glance When I was doing my homework about Stiltsville I discovered that former Florida Leroy Collins used to frequently visit and, small world, his grandson, Roy Collins is a neighbor of mine at our beach, so the connections somehow continue in unexpected ways. Here is a quote from Wikipedia that was a pleasant surprise for me: “Florida’s Governor LeRoy Collins (1955-1961) was a frequent visitor (to Stiltsville) during the 1950s, a guest of Jimmy Ellenburg at his house in the flats. Ellenburg established his barge near Crawfish Eddie in 1939 and was known as the unofficial mayor of Stiltsville. A handwritten note from the Governor to his host read: “Jimmy Ellenburg, When the time comes when I say so long to this life, I hope the great beyond seems alot [sic] like your cabin in the sea - Roy Collins”[7] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stiltsville day. Diesel generators and candles provided light and I imagine air-conditioning depended on the wind. You fell asleep and woke up listening to the waves pounding against the pilings and mornings always started out warm — then got hotter by the hour with the morning sun bouncing off the water and radiating every inch of the homes with magnified heat.   Hurricanes came and went, but most of Stiltsville endured — even after category 5 Andrew that passed directly

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over it with 200-plus miles per hour winds.   After Andrew, Bill Bags — a park that had been so heavily forested — was barren. Not a single living plant, brush, or tree survived Andrew. It looked like a desert. Yet, Stiltsville made it. Go figure. The resilience and defiance embodied in these renegade Stiltsville structures and the life they represent to me have always been an inspiration. I went to Florida State University with a Belcher Oil granddaughter whose family owned one of the homes and she always promised to take me out, but we never made it.   As close as I came was attending her wedding at Villa Viscaya — a magnificent Italian Renaissance estate home on the water built by John Deering during from 1914-1920s. Running has always grounded me and a big part of that has been simply because it has given me the time to think. I believe that the companion part to that has been having an activity that I was passionate about always in front of me, waiting. It still gives me something to look forward to and enjoy. The run on the Key though was probably the most special of them all because it would take me past that anarchistic Stiltsville, which would beckon to me just like Greek sirens, only I would always listen to their enchantments and be joyously taken in.


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Undead my heart, say you live me again Appen advertising executive Jade Rodgers was recently infected by the dreaded chemical C-894, which turned her into a brainseeking zombie.

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My fellow zombie Americans, whether you’ve been bitten or not, people across the nation are infected with Zombie Mania. The alarming aspect is, no one seems to mind. For a walker like myself, this is spectacular news. For too long, I’ve pursued citizens through the streets, only to be judged by my rotting appearance; too long, I’ve been feared for my hungry snarls. But now, people are finally beginning to open their minds and accept the loving bite of Zombie Mania. This movement culminated in The Walking Dead Escape, May 31, at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Hundreds of citizens from around metro Atlanta and bordering states came to play at the massive obstacle course that was littered with bodies, blood and walkers. At The Walking Dead Escape, I was herded to makeup alongside my fellow walkers as well as my editor Jonathan Copsey, who quickly became irritated with my attempts to chomp on his fingers. Participants came from all walk[er]s of life and arrived in endless combinations of fashion, from fatigues to formal wedding dress, giving detail and life to their undead characters. Several walkers wore contact lenses to intensify their eyes and give them a post-mortem glare; other zombies donned torn scrubs or street clothes and even exchanged stories of how they became infected. The Walking Dead Escape made good on its promise to engross participants in an apocalyptic world. “People are running, diving and climbing through the obstacle course,” said David Isaacs, co-founder of The Walking Dead Escape. “It’s a full-on immersion experience.” News reel footage rolled in the waiting rooms, showing us all the chaos of society’s

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If I still had a pulse, my heart would have pounded once we were released to wreak havoc upon the survivors. crumbling reaction to the rise of the undead. Excitement was palpable among the walkers as we awaited the arena. If I still had a pulse, my heart would have pounded once we were released to wreak havoc upon the survivors. Women shrieked, men shouted and everyone ran as we gave stumbling, snarling and snapping chase through varying obstacles of the arena. Some survivors were brave enough to video their journeys through our hunger games, though few of them caught my good side. Many had the gall to laugh as I growled and snarled, attempting to tear the flesh from their bones, but only some survivors made it out of the obstacle course “alive.” Alas, my poor editor was disposed of once he arrived at the Decontamination Zone; any survivors touched or “contaminated” by walkers were put down in order to prevent their transformation. As a zombie and a walker, this deeply offends me.

Above: Zombies are around every corner in The Walking Dead Escape. Right: Survivors had to run through Philips Arena, avoiding the undead. Perhaps one day, we will become a country that can accept all forms of life, including the undead. Until then, we have made leaps and bounds

with such a forward thinking event as The Walking Dead Escape, where survivors and walkers can join together in peace for a little bloodshed.


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Merrily McLaughlin holds a jar of “High Fire Pepper Jelly,” one of her own recipes. Like everything at the Famers Market it is unique and tasty.

Market: Continued from Page 1 perfect pairing for us between the bread companies and the organic farmers,” MacGregor said. Merrily McLaughlin loves coming to market with her assortment of jams and jellies. “I like to make all kinds of yummy things,” she said. “Things to eat and snack on.” She also has chutneys, pickles and salsa to tickle the taste buds. They are all made with Vidalia onions or plum sauce. McLaughlin also brings her wares to Woodstock and Piedmont Park’s two-day festival. She has newly potted plants from her nursery. Everything she doesn’t grow herself is grown in Georgia. Carlin and Bartee Lamar love to come to the market to get the fresh, naturally grown vegetables, fruit and cheeses. “I’m a personal chef,” said Carlin Lamar. “So I cook a good deal. It is very important to eat organic.” Bartee Lamar says, “We like local.” You know when you buy it at the market, it didn’t come far.

Hmm … What do I want to be? Carlin also teaches children the value of eating organic. She is at chefcarlin.com. Johns Creek resident Robert Sackellares has started a cottage industry with his grandmother’s special barbecue sauce. “My grandmother and grandfather had the Liberty Café in Fort Valley for 36 years. We started selling it on the Internet and it has really caught on,” Sackellares said. Customers range from Cali-

fornia, Arizona and Washington on the west coast to Michigan, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania in the north. In the South, they get orders from Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, both Carolinas and Maryland. “We have won some contests. People seem to like it a lot,” he said. He has a crockpot with some pulled pork tooth-pick sized for tasting. That is just about all the marketing he and

Just another pretty face. Could you find a lovelier canvas? his daughters have to do. Robin Schick is a certified artisan cheese maker from Sandy Springs who makes her cheeses from fresh milk delivered from the dairy. She owns CalyRoad Creamery where she makes a variety of cheeses to please any palate.

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Robert Sackerllares made a family business out of his grandmother’s delicious barbecue sauce. Hence the name Mama Dora’s.

Alicia of Farmers to Market has fresh Dickey’s Peaches from Musella, Ga.

Just off the vine, these vegetables and fruits are as fresh as it gets.

Tammy Burnell of Burnell Farms in Royston is a USDA certified National Grower.

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Fulton GOP launches new party website Party eyes push for 2014 election outreach SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. – The Fulton County Republican Party has announced their new and improved website at www.FultonGOP.org.   The re-tooled and redesigned site is the lead effort for an aggressive push toward the 2014 election. The new site went live June 3. “Fulton is the epicenter for Keeping Georgia Red,” said Roger Bonds, chairman of the Fulton GOP. “As such, we must use every tool in our arsenal, including a strong web presence, to connect with voters and communicate our strong message of greater opportunity and freedom, less intrusive and more effective government and personal responsibility. “As people grow tired of incompetent county government and failed Obama policies, we’re here to serve voters with an alternative.

Furthermore, re-electing Gov. Deal and winning the open U.S. Senate seat will increasingly Bonds hinge on strong Republican turnout in North Fulton.” The launch will serve as a catalyst for efforts to reach more voters in Fulton, conduct voter registration and operate a robust get-out-thevote effort. The stronger online presence will allow the Fulton GOP to recruit more members and volunteers, gain more contributions and better serve its membership with improved services, Bonds said. The new site will maintain the same address as the previous, www.FultonGOP. com. Event information and registration, voter resources and opportunities to join, contribute and volunteer are available.

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Fitness Together trainers celebrate at new location JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Fitness Together of Johns Creek recently held its one-year anniversary at its new location at 11705 Jones Bridge Road (behind and underneath Bonefish Grill). Fitness Together specializes in private one-on-one personal training, small group personal training that they call PACK and nutritional counseling. Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker officiated a Greater North Fulton Chamber of Com-

merce ribbon-cutting ceremony that was also attended by current clients, members of the Johns Creek business community and Fitness Together owner Russ Yeager and staff. Guests were treated to healthy food selections provided by Whole Foods. Fitness Together has been a member of the local business community for more than 10 years, Yeager said. “Because of our consistent growth in our memberships

and our desire to offer new and innovative training programs, we found it necessary to move to a larger location, and it was important to remain in the Johns Creek location for our current clients,” Yeager said. Fitness Together is a franchise with its base of operations in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Visit fitnesstogether.com/ johnscreek for more information. –Aldo Nahed

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Georgia Tech ATLANTA – Local students recently earned academic honors for the fall 2013 term at Georgia Tech. Undergraduates with a 4.0 grade point average for the semester received the distinction of Faculty Honors, and students who achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or higher were named to the university’s Dean’s List. Faculty Honors Alpharetta: Rabeea Ahmad, Brennen Bukovics, Daniel Furman, Michael Gilkenson, Megi Guliashvili, Jerry Lung, Meagan Elizabeth Morrow, Leah Purdy, Holly Richer, Stephen Roegge, Mary Shinners, Mark Solarski, Anirudh Sundararaghavan, Carey Susina and David Zisek. Cumming: Hannah Earle, Casey Hirschmann, Jared Kleinwaechter, Justin Reichling, Alexander Roe, Ryan Simpson, Mackenzie Sloan, Ethan Smith, Max Stockslager, Natasha Vasandani and Graham Wright. Duluth: Michelle Partogi Johns Creek: Sara Billings, Diego Carvallo, Sikha Das, Michael DeLaGuardia, Alan Dong, George Lindy, William Padget, Akash Patil, Seth Radman, Jessica Roberts, Katherine Sledjeski, Priyanga Srinivasan, James Sutehall, Kathleen Sweeney, William Wagenseil, Mitchell Webster and Youmei Zhou. Milton: Kelly Albano, Zachary Bailey, Cambre Kelly, Kathleen Murphy, Andrea Schodorf and Kathleen Zhang. Roswell: Aislinn Ayres, Angela Berry, Katherine Cannella, William Clark, Gerald Demeunynck, Andrew Warren and Sarah Wilson. Suwanee: Emily Benjamin, Benjamin Cho, Alexa Corbit, Ryan Hawks, Kelliann Morrisey and Kyle Scott. Dean’s List Alpharetta: Bayan Ahmad, Martynas Alcala, Parastoo BaradaranMashinchi, Catherine Bullock, Blake Carson, Elizabeth Coco, Matthew Connors, Poonam Dalwadi, Emily Davidson, Elizabeth Deaver, Dylan Garrett, Daryl Halima, Sabrina Haque, Haley Hoang, Katherine Horton, Lauren Jarrett, Seongyu Jung, Shibani Kansara, Katherine Kardomateas, Heather Keefe,

Namrata Kolla, Hans Kreuk, Sean Lachenberg, Brian Lee, Lauren Levinson, Deron Mai, Julian Martin, John Mastrangelo, Nairita Nandy, Aroon Narayanan, Richard Papantonis, Alexander Raabe, Jonathan Radivoj, Allison Rohal, Sanchari Roy, Nicholas Savage, Kaleigh Sawyer, Kirsten Schulz, Anupama Sekar, Dalton Sherwood, Alexander Sierota, Carrie Simpson, Mark Stathos, Christopher Stubel, Tanya Su, Rohan Verma, Patrick Whitney and Ellesse Wilten. Cumming: Kevin Arpin, Andrew Bedenk, James Bonifield, Christopher Chapman, Madison Chilton, George Cooksey, Chloe Cooper, Nathan Echols, Mary Kathryn Elliott, Soheil Faghihi, Anthony Ferrari, Michael Glover, Jayme Holmes, Ashlyn Keller, Jessica Kline, Lily Long, Kayla McGee, Alexis McLeod, Jay Michal, Aida Mokube, James Nelson, Jacob Newman, Taylor Pruitt, David Rojo, Christina Snyder, Benjamin Thomas, Casey Trimble, Alexandra Underwood, Lauren Wilder, Rachel Witt, Sean Wood and Derek Zittrauer. Duluth: Farina Irani, Samir Jain, Sophia Rashid, Sanjay Ravi and Rebecca Yoo. Johns Creek: Harrison Aiken, Nicole Alampi, Sara Allen, Sergio Beresuita, Casey Chae, Clarence Chang, Monique Chang, William Coons, Mitchell Couper, Kurtis Eveleigh, Andrea Fletcher, Nicholas George, Ansley Grantham, Amruta Houde, April Hsieh, Kelly In, Taylor Kelly, John Kenny, Sai Kondabattula, Shannon Kratz, Arush Lal, Tri-An Le, Erinn Manby, Jenna McConnico, Mark Miller, Kevin Muench, Christine Park, Michael Parque, Binita Patel, Taylor Raese, Aino Rainio, Allison Riley, Priyadharshini Sampathkumar, Bharat Sanders, Katherine Schoettler, Monica Shum, Ann Suh, Divya Vedula, Amy Voytek, Todd Zhen and David Zhou. Milton: Natalie Bohdan, Julie Bu, Lauren Caldwell, Quinn Campbell, Amelia Goydich, Carolyn Hanley, Lauren Lewis, Lauren Parisian, Warren Shenk, Kaitlan Stott and Ashley Wright. Roswell: Alec Blenis, Brian Bradley, Jacky Cheng, Ariana Daftarian, Brian Edmonds, Ryan Gant, Alexandra Logan, Kevin Mahmoudi, Evan Mangan, Cassandra Merrigan, Kelly Meyer, Sarthak Mohapatra, Laura Morgan, Anisha Naidu, Sarah Poole, Jordan Senken, Elizabeth Shaw, Teckmon Siaw, Chris-

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Berry College ROME, Ga. – The following local students have been named to the fall 2013 Dean’s List at Berry College. To be eligible for Dean’s List, a student must carry a semester GPA of 3.5 or better. Alpharetta: Braham Berman, Kyra Clark, Meghan Dooling, Ashley Harzog, Meaghan Hughes, Bekah Ingram, Gretchen Kaufman, Eric Latimer, Lindsay Luckett, Abby Maiwald, Jordan Moore, Kayla Palmer, Marcella Putri, Abbey Smyth, Nick Vernon,

Cari Voutila and Cori Wagner. Cumming: Brynn Barber, Brook Bowers, Alyson Childers, Taylor Flynn, Christian Fulbright, Meagan Hunter, Megan Reed, Mike Robb, Greg Robbins, Kseniya Shakhova, Logan Stone, Matthew Williams and Connor Wright. Duluth: Erica Mendonca, Claire Park, Kit Paryzek, Christie Pierce and Kim Slade. Roswell: Hannah Bentley, Emily Bruder-Mattson, Rhoxie Ellard, Weaver Ellard, Brittany Giles, Josh Halliday, Richie Keezer, Callie McDonough, Jennifer Nall, Sarah Neas, Caroline Schuler, Rachel Smythe, Kellie Soafer and Louis Spivak. Suwanee: Mitchell Blanchard, Lauren Sykora, Carrie McAlear, Austin Marlow, Hannah Ausband, Michaela Gras and Marissa Cioffi. Flagler College ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Joshua Manning of Cumming and Susannah Schloss of Mountain Park were recently

named to the Flagler College President’s List and were honored with other recipients at a special ceremony where Flagler President William T. Abare Jr. congratulated them and challenged them to continue their academic success. President’s List honors are given to those with a 4.0 grade point average.

University of Charleston CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Kayla Dozier of Alpharetta was named to the Dean’s List at the University of Charleston. The Dean’s List recognizes full-time students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The exhibition was part of the Gainesville-based university’s unique academic partnership with the High and included 85 works in digital prints, ceramics, oil and acrylic paintings, stoneware and mixed media. Most of the students whose works were selected primarily study art and design, interior design, mass communication, theater and liberal arts. The competition was open to students from all disciplines.

CITY OF JOHNS CREEK Purchasing Division Boles Road and Bell Road Roundabout Invitation To Bid #14-184 The City of Johns Creek is accepting formal sealed Invitation to Bid (ITB) from qualified construction firms for the above referenced project. Sealed ITB’s will be received no later than 2:00 PM on July, 3 2014 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. A Pre-Bid Conference will be held on June 19, 2014 at 10:00AM at the City Hall location Chattahoochee Conference Room. Georgia Department of Transportation Standard Specifications, 2001 Edition, Supplemental Specifications Book, 2008 edition, and applicable Supplemental Specifications and Special Provisions. The DBE goal for this project is: 9%. Bidders submitting a bid $2,000,000 or less must be either a prequalified contractor or a registered subcontractor with GDOT. Bidders submitting bids in excess of $2,000,000 must be prequalified with the GDOT. The City of Johns Creek, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d—42 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, part 21, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, sex, or national origin in consideration for an award. ITB packages and plans are available on the City of Johns Creek website (http://www.johnscreekga.gov/services/purchasing). Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office at (678) 512-3233. 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. TWO (2) ORIGINAL HARD COPIES AND ONE (1) COPY ON CD OF THE ITB MUST BE SUBMITTED. All offerors must comply with all general and special requirements of the ITB information and instructions enclosed herein. Warren Hutmacher City Manager

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The JCAC team members include Shaan Bhakta, Kevin Brown, Cora Smith, Natalie Milton, Tori Lindelow, Amy Kanchibhatla and Spencer McCray. City of Johns Creek Purchasing Division Traffic Control Center Upgrades PI 0012627 INVITATION TO BID #14-192 The City of Johns Creek is accepting formal sealed Invitation to Bid (ITB) from qualified construction firms for materials, labor and equipment for Traffic Control Center upgrades to include a Video Wall, Video Management System, Computer Workstations, and Furnishings. Sealed ITB’s will be received no later than 10:00 A.M. on July 11, 2014 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. A pre-bid conference will be held at City Hall, Chattahoochee Conference Room at the above address on June 18, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. Georgia Department of Transportation Standard Specifications, 2001 Edition, Supplemental Specifications Book, 2008 edition, and applicable Supplemental Specifications and Special Provisions. The DBE goal for this project is 12%. Bidders submitting a bid $2,000,000 or less must be either a prequalified contractor or a registered subcontractor with GDOT. Bidders submitting bids in excess of $2,000,000 must be prequalified with GDOT. The City of Johns Creek, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d—42 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, part 21, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, sex, or national origin in consideration for an award. ITB packages are available on the City of Johns Creek website. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office at (678) 512-3233. 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) ORIGINAL HARD COPIES AND ONE (1) COPY ON CD OF THE ITB MUST BE SUBMITTED. 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. Warren Hutmacher City Manager

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JC Art Center Odyssey Team crowned world champs JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The high school Odyssey of the Mind team sponsored by the Johns Creek Art Center and made up of North Fulton students won first place May 31 at the World Odyssey of the Mind Competition. The competition at Iowa State University attracted over 800 teams from 16 countries and 38 states. To qualify for World Finals, the JCAC team had to win both regional and state competitions in Georgia. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and world level. The Odyssey of the Mind competition involves using technical, artistic, and creative problem

solving skills to solve a variety of problems. The JCAC team members include Cora Smith, Natalie Milton, Spencer McCray, Tori Lindelow, Amy Kanchibhatla, Kevin Brown, and Shaan Bhakta. The team chose to solve the “Stackable Structure” problem. In this problem, teams design and build a structure made up of separate components stacked on top of one another. The structure components are made of only balsa wood and glue, and are tested by balancing and supporting weights after they are stacked. The structure is 8 inches tall and weighs only 18grams. The JCAC team held the most weight, 850 pounds, in the high school division. In addition to the structure, they had to create and perform an 8-minute skit integrating the structure and a replica of the earth. Finally, they had to solve a spontaneous problem they had never seen before in less than 6 minutes.

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF JOHNS CREEK Rescheduled Meeting Calendar for July 2014 The Mayor and Council of the City of Johns Creek changed their meeting calendar for July 2014. Both the July 7th and July 22nd 2014 Work Session and Council Meeting have been rescheduled. The July 2014 meetings of the Mayor and Council will be held on Monday, July 14th and Monday, July 28th. Both meetings will begin with a 5:00pm Work Session followed by a 7:00pm Council Meeting. The meetings are held at Johns Creek City Hall, located at 12000 Findley Road, Suite 300, Johns Creek, and Georgia 30097. Please contact the City Clerk’s office at 678-512-3212 should you have any questions or need assistance. Joan Jones, City Clerk

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Ammersee Lakes raises funds for Wounded Warriors Merchants donate prizes raffled for veterans By HATCHER HURD hatcher@northfulton.com JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – Many subdivision communities have get-togethers around their pools Memorial Day weekend, but one Johns Creek community makes it a tribute to the nation’s veterans. Ammersee Lakes has for the last four or five years celebrated Memorial Day by making their poolside party a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project. Wounded Warrior is a nonprofit agency providing assistance to U.S. military personnel returning home from foreign battlefields and their families. The organization provides outreach education resources

and special activities for warriors and their families. Ammersee Lakes resident Ray Meyer said for the past four years, the Ammersee ROMEO Club (Retired Men Eating Out) has collected gift cards and food baskets from local merchants. At the Memorial Day pool party, around 80 residents would buy tickets and a lucky 30 went home with a prize. The rest have the good feeling that they are helping Americans who laid their lives on the line for their country and their families. “The ROMEO group collects the prizes and organizes the raffle each year. Then we set up everything at the pool and clean up when it’s done. Last year we raised $3,100. This year was the best yet. We raised $5,600 this year for Wounded Warrior,” Meyer said. Wounded Warrior seeks to make each veteran’s re-entry

into civilian life as smooth as possible. This includes making sure they get the care they need to maximize their rehabilitation and live active healthy lives. Wounded Warrior also provides the veterans the opportunity for outings and events that let them receive peer support and professional services to readjust to civilian life. “We have about 25 in the ROMEO group who put it together. And there were about 82 people at the pool to raise all of this money. I think that was outstanding,” Meyer said. “It’s a great way to celebrate Memorial Day because you are really doing something for our veterans.”

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Alexandria Leigh Repave: Davidson, 20 Continued from Page 1

Alexandria Leigh Davidson, 20, of Johns Creek, earned her angel wings at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at Peachtree Christian Hospice facility in Duluth. Alexandria (Alex) was born June 6, 1993, in Tampa, Florida. She battled Crohn’s disease and complications from Crohn’s disease for the last 10 years. Her strong faith and support of family and friends gave her the strength to fight with great courage until the end. She is survived by her mother and father, Lorri and John Davidson; grandparents, Mary and Billy Mitchell; grandmother, Sharon Isaacs; brother, Allen Davidson and his wife Catherine Davidson; sister, Ashley Still and her husband Lee Still; nephew, Aedan Davidson and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She is preceded in death by her grandfather, James Davidson. Services were Sunday, June 1, at First Baptist Church Duluth. Brian Holland officiated. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to “Beautiful Beyond the Pain, the Alexandria Davidson Foundation.” Donations can be made online at www.beautifulbeyondthepain.org or mail to: Beautiful Beyond the Pain, P.O. Box 3824, Suwanee, Ga. 30024.

“With these funds, we will be able to take a small step toward improving our neighborhood streets. In the coming weeks, we will be looking at a long-term paving plan that will include proper maintenance. Improvement of our neighborhood streets will enhance the quality of life for our citizens, support property values and promote economic development.” The City Council discussed the loan at its June 2 work session, and at a subsequent work session this summer will discuss a multi-year repaving plan for the city’s neighborhood streets. In 2012, the city hired Stantec to drive all the streets in Johns Creek to assess their condition. The report concluded the city will need to spend $30 million to reach the ideal goal of bringing all of its streets to a rating of 70 out of 100. The Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank is administered by the State Road and Tollway Authority. GTIB provides additional funding to governments for transportation projects that add transportation and economic value to the state.

City of Johns Creek ITB #14-175 NEWTOWN PARKING LOT EXPANSION The City of Johns Creek is accepting formal sealed Invitation to Bid (ITB) from qualified construction firms for Driveway and Parking Expansion at Newtown Park. Sealed ITB’s will be received no later than 2:00 pm on June 24, 2014 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. The City of Johns Creek, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d—42 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, part 21, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, sex, or national origin in consideration for an award. ITB packages are available on the City of Johns Creek website. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Office at (678) 512-3233. 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) ORIGINAL HARD COPIES AND ONE (1) COPY ON CD OF THE ITB MUST BE SUBMITTED. 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. Warren Hutmacher City Manager

Mike Bodker Mayor

Worst subdivision roads awaiting repaving The lower the PQI number 0-100, the worse the condition of the road. These are streets under 50 PQI. Street

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Fox Road

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Ivey Ridge

46

Hospital Pkwy

42

Jones Br. Crossing

21

Johns Creek Pkwy

42

Jones Br. Place

49

Medlock Br. Pkwy

20

Jones Br. Plantation

25

Old Medlock Br. Rd.

48

Linkwood

32

Taylor Road

39

Mackinac

43

Technology Circle

39

Mayfair

40

Ventana Way

9

Morton Chase

47

Anaheim Farms

39

North Bridges

7

Aviary Ridge

34

36

Bridgewater

39

Preserve at Johns Cr. Prestwick

Carriage Park

39

Queensbury

34

Chartwell

48

Queensbury East

27

Chessington Chase

23

Reserve at Foxdale

43

Colony Glen

22

River Club

37

Doublegate

31

River Trace

24

Enclave at Farmbrook Enclave on Johns Creek Estates at Wellington Farm Brook

29

Saint Amour

42

47

Saint Clair

36

45

Silver Ridge

44

31

Spr. Meadow Farms

28

Farm Brook Estates

8

Standard View

36

Forrest Lake

46

Surry Park

46

Georgian Ridge

39

46

Glastonberry

47

Villages at Jones Ferry Village at Thornhill

Hartridge

48

Villas of Johns Cr.

19

Hunters Forest

13

Woodlands Hill

41

12

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Money: Continued from Page 9 jobs. He asked if the council could accept part of the grant but not all of it. He did not say which part or parts he would accept. If the funds were returned, the money would go to Fulton County, which is the conduit for distributing the funds based on county population.

Homes: Continued from Page 6 and rightly so, Dhawan said. He points to the “terrible real GDP growth number of only 0.1 percent in the first quarter of 2014.” The “winter of discontent” with its numerous snowstorms hurt retail sales and vehicle sales as people literally stayed home. So sales have fluctuated wildly, dipping then recovering as weather improved. But that does not satisfy Dhawan in explaining why first quarter exports were down 7.6 percent or why spending on business equipment fall 5.5 percent. Dhawan considers higher business equipment spending to be a precursor of an uptick in the economy. Exports are down also. Dhawan attributes that more to the ill health of our trading partners. Russia has most of Europe on edge over the Ukraine question. Germany is

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It would then re-allocate the money – presumably elsewhere – next year. Councilman Brad Raffensperger spoke up as a conservative who did support accepting the grant. He pointed out that this is not an entitlement fund, but Johns Creek’s federal dollars returning to the city, which in turn has a wide spectrum of area in which to spend it, albeit under HUD guidelines. “This seems erratic to me.

We are using federal dollars to build a roundabout at Bell Road and Boles Road and leverage the city’s budget to lessen it. We’ll do more here with that money than if we sent it back to the federal government,” Raffensperger said. “If the government is out of control, it is D.C. on the Potomac, not Johns Creek on the Chattahoochee. We take millions [in federal money] every year for transportation. Who

says no to that? Don’t tell me we won’t take money for roads and not people.” Stewart said she acknowledges the role these nonprofits play in the community. “I’m struggling as well. It’s the dependency and entitlement that concerns me. I am a passionate conservative. You don’t rely on others,” she said. “Government provides the services the people can’t provide for themselves such as schools and roads.

“Should government support charities? I see both sides, and it is difficult to make the best decision.” Mayor Mike Bodker said he sees the CDGB grant as a “hand up, not a hand out.” “CDBG provides a safety net. We do have problems with big government. But at the end of the day, I see our responsibility is to make the best use of the resources to help Johns Creek residents,” Bodker said.

squarely in the middle. It relies heavily on Russian natural gas, especially since it has decided to shuck nuclear power in light of Japan’s plight with tsunami-struck reactors. China has found it must play more by market rules than communist manifesto when it comes to managing its economy. Since 2011, China has been trying to slow its growth down to curb inflation and runaway home prices. Dhawan said China has checked only its inflation; meanwhile, it is having trouble jumpstarting the economy again. The Big Red Panda has also finally had to come to grips with its rampant pollution. Shutting down offending polluters, especially steel plants, has stalled economic activity and thus curtailed imports such as mining products from Australia and mining equipment from the U.S. China’s slowdown spills over to China exporters such as Brazil, Singapore, Korea

and others who are also experiencing economic slowdowns. When Germany and China catch cold, everybody sneezes. But the big culprit in stirring the economy in the U.S. is the lackluster housing market. That is where the Fab ‘90s parts way with the bearish 2000-teens. “Yes we had double-digit home price increases last year, but don’t expect a repeat this year,” Dhawan said. The price hike fueled by homebuyers and institutional investors – who pay cash – kept prices up. This year, the rise and fall of mortgage rates that spurred investors to buy in the troughs of the mortgage market won’t be there, Dhawan says. Why? Russian President Vladimir Putin’s antics in the Crimea are sending investors everywhere into the safety of the bond market. So despite the Fed’s tapering policy, bonds are still low. Add to that, the Millennials for a variety of reasons do not

want the anchor of a mortgage around their necks. Some do not see home-ownership as the great investment their parents and grandparents saw. Others want the freedom that “liquidity” offers as they flit from career to career. In addition, new homebuyers are not buying all new

furniture and appliances. They bring their old stuff along. Thus, new home sales are not the ripple through the economy they used to be, fueling ancillary supplier industries such as furniture, appliance and carpet manufacturers. Ultimately, Dhawan says annual.

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Joseph Buchinski, 55, of Lilburn, passed away May 22, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Donna Lorraine Chappell, 86, of Cumming, passed away May 21, 2014. Arrangements by McDonald and Son Funeral Home. Jean B. Cochran, 81, of Roswell, passed away May 22, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Henry Delling, 89, of Alpharetta, passed away May 20, 2014. Arrangements by Byars Funeral Home. Roy Dews, 87, of Suwanee, passed away May 19, 2014. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home.

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