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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Police are investigating an April 5 house burglary on Sheridan Ridge Court, in which $34,000 worth of jewelry and cash was taken. The family had gone to church at 7:30 p.m. that night and returned three hours later. When the family entered the house,

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Decades-old fraud resurfaces as problem ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A woman called police April 4 after she received a letter from a debt collection company about a delinquent Comcast bill for an account she did not create. The woman said that in 1993, a coworker had used the woman’s personal information to open an account in her name. The coworker was convicted in the case. On April 3, 2019, the woman received the letter about a Comcast bill that used the former coworker’s name. Comcast said the woman’s Social Security number was linked to the account.

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ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Police arrested a wanted man April 1 after officers recognized the man during a traffic stop. Police pulled the man over at 10 p.m. on Ga. 120 near 1st Street after an officer saw the man using a cell phone while driving. The man said he understood the reason for the stop and that he had been looking up directions. While talking to the man, police were alerted that he was wanted out of Cobb County on a felony warrant. The man, identified as 38-year-old Antrone Hughes of Alpharetta, was ar-

one member noticed that the back door was wide open and its frame was broken. Inside, the rooms were ransacked, with items strewn about. The family called police immediately after seeing the damage.

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Store burglary alarm alerts police to break-in ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Police are investigating an April 5 incident in which someone attempted to pry open the doors of the TJ Maxx on North Point Parkway. Police responded to an alarm call at 2 a.m. and saw that one of the doors was unlocked. The sliding cage door beyond the front door was still locked. Officers found fresh pry marks by the dead bolt section of the doors. The manager confirmed that the pry marks were not present when he had locked up at 11 p.m. that night. Nothing appeared to be missing from inside the store.

Security cameras show overnight cash theft ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Police are investigating an April 1 incident in which $2,000 in cash was stolen from the Chevron Gas Station on South Main Street. The manager said he had hidden the cash the previous evening and locked up the business. When he returned that morning, the air conditioning unit was on the ground. The manager said he thought it had fallen because it was old. When he saw that the cash was missing, the manager realized the gas station had been burglarized. He found a dollar and a receipt in the back of the business. Surveillance footage showed a man arrive shortly after midnight remove the air conditioning unit, take the cash and leave. Before the suspect left, he dropped

several bills on the ground and attempted to grab them before walking away.

Wallet goes missing during shopping trip ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A woman met with police April 3 after she noticed her wallet was missing after a trip to the Kroger on Ga. 9. The woman said her wallet had been in her purse before she entered the store, but when she tried to check out, she couldn’t find it. Before she was able to cancel her credit cards, the woman noticed $2,000 in charges and withdrawals. One of the charges was made at West End Mall in Atlanta. The woman was told to notify the credit bureaus and cancel her cards. Kroger management checked surveillance footage and were unable to find visible evidence of a theft during the woman’s trip.

Speeder caught driving at twice the speed limit ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Police arrested a man April 2 after officers saw him driving almost double the speed limit on Windward Parkway at Windward Plaza. Police were patrolling the area at 9:30 p.m., when an officer saw a car speed past him. The officer clocked the driver at 76 mph in a 40 mph zone. The man, later identified as 32-yearold William Simpson of Alpharetta, was arrested without incident for reckless driving first offense and speeding.

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Roswell City Council paves way for church expansion By JULIA GROCHOWSKI ROSWELL, Ga. — Dozens of greenshirts packed Roswell City Hall Council Chambers April 8 to support a rezoning request from World Harvest Church. The City Council voted unanimously to allow the church to expand with another building by rezoning a property near the church from single family estate to civic institutional. Councilman Marcelo Zapata was not at the meeting. The new property will be home to a 60,000 square-foot, 2-story building located directly across from the church’s current campus on Hardscrabble Road. Plans call for 262 parking spots and a 20-foot buffer with a wall and an additional 20 feet of landscape. The new building is a direct response to the church’s outreach and consequential growth. “World Harvest has been very effective in its ministries to the Roswell community and a very good steward and neighbor at the current location,” said John Carruth, senior project architect for Millard, Inc., and spokesman for the project. “Evidence of this great commitment to Roswell with efforts such as

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The World Harvest Church expansion is located directly across from the church’s current campus on Hardscrabble Road. their men’s group, which, several years ago when the city acquired Leita Thompson Park, they volunteered and rebuilt the cabin on that property. They built a bridge at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. Every Fourth of July, they have a program that honors our heroes — the Roswell Police and Fire Department. Just this past year, they built soccer fields at Sweet Apple Elementary. They’re good neighbors.” As a result of this outreach and volunteerism, World Harvest has grown tremendously, Carruth added. The campus extension includes a new, 1,000-seat worship center, children’s classrooms, parking and gathering spaces.

Several residents living along Holcomb Bridge Road spoke in favor of the project, with one citing concerns about traffic problems and pedestrian safety. The applicant has moved the proposed extension as far away from existing houses as possible with several landscape buffers to give the neighbors space and privacy, Carruth said. Plans also include a pedestrian crossing across Hardscrabble Road to connect the two buildings as well as a one-way entrance and one-way exit for vehicles that police officers would monitor during church services. Willie Russell, associate pastor for World Harvest Church, said the church

had spent several months floating the idea of a tunnel connecting the two buildings instead of a crosswalk, but the plan couldn’t overcome a 30-inch water main that lies in the path. City Councilman Mike Palermo said he had two concerns about the rezoning. Properties that are zoned civic have the ability to build and lease certain structures, including a school or cell tower. He said he was concerned that it might become an issue later if the church decided to build such a structure. The applicant agreed to a condition prohibiting such uses. Other conditions include: • The property will be developed in accordance to a site plan from Dec. 19, 2018 or as approved by the Design Review Board, • The applicant will design roadway improvements approved by the Roswell Department of Transportation, • The applicant will do a combination plat prior to the issuance of a land disturbance permit. In other action at the meeting, the City Council voted 4-1, with Palermo against, to approve the site plan for the Southern Skillet property redevelopment by S.J. Collins Enterprises.

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State Legislature tackles election equipment, Medicaid General Assembly stalls on Atlanta airport takeover By CARSON COOK ATLANTA, Ga. — The 2019 legislative season is in the rear window. While controversial bills concerning abortion and Medicaid grabbed headlines, legislators quietly tackled topics like medical marijuana and hemp farming. Here’s a rundown of some key pieces of legislation and how local elected officials voted. Election Reform HB 316 Status: Signed by governor Summary: With this bill, Georgia is set to get new election equipment across the state in the form of ballot marking devices. The new equipment allows voters to cast ballots on a touch screen, similar to current equipment, then the machine will print out a paper ballot that will be scanned and counted. Democrats and cybersecurity advisors generally opposed these machines, arguing a paper ballot filled out by hand would be less expensive and less at risk for hacking. Republicans and election administrators generally supported the ballot marking devices, saying the technology will be more familiar to voters and more accessible for some voters with disabilities. The bill also addresses other concerns from the 2018 election. New provisions state that polling places cannot be changed 60 days before the election, the state must wait longer before removing inactive voters from the registration list, and election officials may not reject


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absentee ballots on the basis of a mismatched signature. Roll Call: Albers, Y Beach, Y Martin, Y Robichaux, N Medicaid waivers SB 106, Patients First Act Status: Signed by governor Summary: This bill allows the governor to seek certain federal Medicaid waivers. The waivers, if granted, give Georgia the ability to expand Medicaid under conditions different than those set by the Affordable Care Act. Democrats generally favor full Medicaid expansion which would expand coverage to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, with the federal government providing 90 percent of funding. This bill gives the governor significant leeway in what waivers the state will seek, but caps the income threshold at 100 percent of the poverty line and sets a 2020 deadline. Roll Call: Albers, Y Beach, Y Martin, Y Robichaux, N Abortion limits HB 481, Heartbeat bill, Living Infants Fairness and Equality (LIFE) Act Status: Passed by Legislature Summary: This bill bans abortion after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, which usually occurs around six weeks into pregnancy, with exceptions for rape

and incest if a police report is filed and for medical emergency. It also changes Georgia’s tax and child alimony laws so that an unborn child is considered a dependent. Roll Call: Albers, Y Beach, Y Martin, N Robichaux, N Airport takeover SB 131, Georgia Major Airport Authority Act Status: Failed to pass Summary: This bill would have created an oversight committee to review the operations, contracts, safety and financing of the Hartsfield- Jackson airport, while keeping ownership with the city of Atlanta. The bill went through several iterations, with some legislators seeking full state takeover and others angling for no state intervention. In the last days of the session, a jet fuel tax exemption and other transportation legislation was tacked onto the bill. Ultimately, it failed to pass. Home design deregulation SB 172, HB 302 Status: Failed to pass Summary: This bill that would have prevented local municipalities from creating regulations for home designs, such as roof shape or materials, was opposed by several cities and the Georgia Municipal Association. Ultimately, it failed to make it out of committee in either chamber. Medical Marijuana HB 324, Georgia’s Hope Act Status: Passed by Legislature Summary: This bill legalizes the

• Sen. John Albers (R-District 56: Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell) • Sen. Brandon Beach (R-District 21: Alpharetta, Milton, Cherokee County) • Rep. Chuck Martin (R- District 49: Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton) • Rep. Mary Robichaux (D- District 48: Roswell) production, manufacture and dispensing of low THC oil by licensing six medical marijuana dispensaries and allows the possession of 20 fluid ounces for registered patients. Roll Call: Albers, N Beach, Y Martin, Y Robichaux, Y Hemp Farming HB 213, Georgia Hemp Farming Act Status: Passed by Legislature Summary: This legislation legalizes the farming of industrial hemp, a variety of the cannabis plant used for textiles, paper, biodegradable plastics and other materials. This bill authorizes the state to issue hemp grower licenses and sets regulations. Roll Call: Albers, Y Beach, Y Martin, did not vote Robichaux, Y


Fulton passes on assessor appointment By CARSON COOK FULTON COUNTY, Ga. — Fulton County Commissioners failed to approve the appointment of an Alpharetta attorney to the Board of Assessors for the third time at its April 10 meeting. In February, Commissioner Bob Ellis nominated Alpharetta attorney Ken Zdrok to replace real estate developer Salma Ahmed upon the completion of her four-year term in July. “He has a pretty deep experience with appraisal, valuation, appeals, compliance audits, really running the full gambit,” Ellis said previously. “I think he would bring a tremendous amount of depth to the Board of Assessors, which as we all know has had its challenges over the past couple of years.” The vote failed February 20 and March 6 and was tabled at the commission’s March 20 meeting. There was never a motion to deny the appointment, but due to a lack of affirmative votes, the motion failed each time. The April 10 vote marks the third time the motion has come up for a vote, and the clerk can now remove it from the agenda. Zdrok’s nomination was supported by several mayors and

city council members from North Fulton. “I hope that we will respect the wishes of a vast majority of elected officials in North Fulton that this position would represent,” Commissioner Liz Hausmann said. Alpharetta City Administrator Bob Regus appeared in person at the commissioners’ meeting asking, on behalf of the city’s mayor and City Council, to approve Zdrok’s nomination. “We’re concerned about the tax digest, not just for Alpharetta but for all of Fulton County.,” he said. “We know, especially with the commercial assessments, there’s a lot of money that’s left on the table, and if we can just get the digest right, we can give more tax relief, we can improve services.” Ellis and Hausmann listed complaints against the Board of Assessors’ behavior over the past several years such as the failure to keep assessments in line with increasing values, the findings of the State Department of Revenue’s review in 2017 and a lawsuit accusing assessors of sales chasing. “It’s clearly an area that, when you look at the facts of the matter, the board has had some clear deficiencies and where new blood with critical experience and background can only serve to benefit our citizens,” Ellis said. | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | April 18, 2019 | 5

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Shoppers, visitors crowd streets of Alpharetta Farmers Market By PATRICK FOX ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Visitors packed downtown on Saturday for the opening of the annual Alpharetta Farmers Market. More than a thousand people crowded through the side streets of the Town Green, sampling the wares of more than 85 vendors lined up along the avenues. This is the market’s 14th year and its first time occupying the new City Center development. In recent years, the event had been held about two blocks west, curling along Old Canton Street, but construction on the new Cotton House Hotel on Milton Avenue prompted the Alpharetta Business Association, the sponsors of the market, to find another location. Long-time and first-year vendors said they were pleased with the new site. “I like my new spot,” said Lola Wilburn, who is now in her fifth year of running Lola’s Sugar Pie Bakery out of the Farmers Market. “I wasn’t sure at first, because I had a tree (on Old Canton Street), but this is very nice. Everything’s flowing smoothly.” Wilburn and her assistant, Kia Mathews brought close to 200 assorted pies — from pecan to coconut custard — to the market when it opened at 8:30 a.m. By noon, they were down to about a dozen. It was the same story at the Simple Bread Company, where co-owners Gabe Peterson and Kathleen Allen sold a couple hundred bagels and other assorted wares through the day. Peterson said they use only five simple ingredients in their breads, making for a healthy and flavorful product. This was Simple Bread’s first foray into the Alpharetta arena, and both Peterson and Allen said they plan to return, next time with more bread and, once they get electricity at their booth, some cream cheese. It wasn’t all food, though.


Barbara Vergara stands near some of her homemade yard art at her Yardstix booth at the Alpharetta Farmers Market Saturday at City Center. Barbara Vergara, owner of Yardstix, said she had a steady crowd at her booth, which provided an array of handmade yard art. “The downtown area is perfect for this,” Vergara said, adding that she felt there was a little more room for the crowds to survey the booths. She said she sold several of her pieces during the morning and she plans to add jewelry — turquoise and lapis — to her display in the coming weeks. The Alpharetta Business Association launched the farmers market 14 years ago in the hopes of drawing greater crowds to downtown. At the time, downtown was struggling to keep its smattering of businesses operating, and organizers thought a weekly produce

market could generate enough interest to acquaint visitors with other offerings along Main Street. The market has taken off since then, regularly drawing crowds in the thousands on Saturdays during the spring and summer. Shops along Main Street were not the only beneficiaries Saturday. The new shops within City Center also got the kind of visibility they hadn’t seen during the cold and rainy winter months. “This is a wonderful thing for the downtown in its newer, larger space,” said Cheri Morris, president of Morris & Fellows, the landlord for the retail and restaurant portion of City Center. “This is a huge improvement on the space that’s available for the Farm-

Gabe Peterson and Kathleen Allen, owners of Simple Bread stand near their nearly exhausted inventory of baked goods just after noon Saturday. The couple says they plan to bring more wares and some cream cheese in the future. ers Market, and the amenities that are available to the customers — bathrooms, children playing on Town Green, people throwing cornhole on the sidewalk,” she said. “In addition to the Farmers Market, now there’s some place citizens can play.” The Alpharetta Farmers Market will run every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 26. To learn more about the vendors and their offerings, visit

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I would make a terrible film critic. I was fairly sure of this, but the point was driven home when I recently heard two people discussing the merits of a certain film. They debated at length JOE PARKER the character buildReporter ing and struggle throughout the movie, the subtle symbolism presented, the way the film deviated from the typical storyline of its genre and the merits of the actors’ performances. It was an incredible detailed critique of the film, so I thought I should lend my thoughts. “Yeah, I liked that movie, it was good,” I said, exhausting every bit of analysis I could give on the film in question. The other two parties turned to me, waiting for me to expound on my thoughts, but I simply glared back, not able to produce any more exploration of the subject. So, they politely turned

back to one another and, at least with their eyes, told me to butt out of their intelligent conversation. It’s not that I don’t have an appreciation for movies, I simply do not watch them in a critical way. Many people test drive cars in this manner. Sure, like watching a movie they are experiencing what it has to offer but they hardly go beyond, “I like it,” or “I don’t really like it.” While my film critiquing may be crap, I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with the ability to analyze cars, and, crucial in writing such reviews, the ability to formulate ridiculous analogies to describe them. For instance, the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system in the 2018 Mazda6 is intuitive to use, and the spinning control knob makes shifting through menus and radio stations a breeze. However, firing up the system with the car is like waiting for a 1999 Gateway computer to boot up when it is riddled with viruses from emails on how to grow your, ahem, manhood. I happen to live just over a mile from a grocery store and successfully parked before the system was alert enough for me to change the radio sta-

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tion. That said, the rear camera and overhead cameras do show up on the screen as soon as you put the Mazda in reverse. And when the view shows up on the screen, it’s like looking at a webcam from the aforementioned computer. It is almost unbelievable that a new car could have cameras with seemingly lower quality than that convenience store security cameras of 20 years ago. However, these are insignificant criticisms when you view the Mazda6 overall. A slow-to-boot infotainment system and low-res cameras is akin to a film in which the chief of police tells a cop to “go by the book” when the officer in question has already established he will, in no way, play by the rules. It’s a flaw, but it can be overlooked in the grand scheme of things if the film is good. And the Mazda6 more than makes up for those few grumbles. If I were to describe it in the way I describe films, it would receive my upmost and extensive praise — “I really like it.” Especially in the new-for-2018 Signature trim I tested, the 6 exudes a luxury feel without the associated price tag. The Signature ($34,750) includes rich chestnut-brown Nappa leather seats, engaging Japanese Sen wood trim inserts, Ultrasuede trim pieces and an LCD gauge display. The interior materials and styling is far above what can be reasonably expected in a $35,000 sedan. You have to search for materials that are not pleasing to the touch, it is accommodating, the overall interior look is pleasing and well-composed and plenty of stretch room is provided in the front and rear. In many ways, the Mazda6 begins to infringe into luxury territory. You can say the same about its sporty performance and comfortable ride quality. Mazda had retained its focus on driver experience and has provided the fun factor in the 6. The SKYACTIVE 2.5-liter turbo in the Signature is superbly reactive to driver input. The 227-horsepower turbo four isn’t the fastest off the line, but it is incred-

ibly quick to respond in its mid and higher ranges. The reworked chassis provides a supple and drama-free ride that doesn’t suffer from bad posture in the corners. No, it sits up straight, and coupled with responsive steering and brake feel, the 6 certainly brings the entertainment value that we have come to expect from Mazda. There is also a level of styling expected from Mazda, and the 6 certainly delivers in that regard. I have already swooned over the looks of the Mazda3 in these pages, and the 6 is also incredibly pretty. Adding to the good looks is 19inch alloys and gunmetal front grille in Signature trim. The Mazda6 is available in, you guessed it, in six trim levels, from the base Sport with either a manual or automatic ($23,000) transmission to the Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. While Signature brinks on the luxury designation, the lower trims are still fairly equipped. All 2018 models include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and Smart City Brake Support, which will bring the 6 to a stop in speeds under 19 MPH. Base models also include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an 8-inch infotainment screen, rearview camera and LED headlights. A step up to Touring adds 19-inch alloy wheels, a moonroof, heated front seats and additional safety features, like line lane departure warning among other amenities. The lower trims come with the naturally aspirated 2.5-liter, which cuts 40 horsepower and over 100 torques from the turbo version. The turbo comes standard in top three trims, starting with the Grand Touring ($29,200). If the Mazda6 were a movie, it would appear as the production budget was that of a summer blockbuster, when in reality, it was quite affordable to make. With its gorgeous looks, it would include the sexiest and most beautiful cast, and would provide the type to fun worthy of a huge bucket of popcorn. | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | April 18, 2019 | 9

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Youth Theatre to present ‘Mary Poppins Junior’ ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell Youth Theatre will present Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins Junior” from May 10-11 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center. The 70-minute musical, designed for middle school-aged performers, is based on the P.L. Travers stories and the Walt Disney film. The Roswell Youth Theatre cast includes 30 students led by Leslie Kelley, Jane Hendrix and Nancy Whitehead Brown. Adapted for young performers, this musical includes songs such as “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Feed the Birds” and

ROSWELL, Ga. — The City of Roswell’s Water Utility Division will give citizens an opportunity to explore the process for safe drinking water at its annual Drinking Water Festival on May 4. This free event will be held at the Roswell Water Treatment Plant at 100 Dobbs Drive from 10 a.m. — 1 p.m. Attendees can tour the water plant and learn more about drinking water sources and treatment. Participants can also enjoy a free cookout, children’s activities and giveaways, learn about water conservation and sign up for the AquaHawk water monitoring system. This event kicks off the National Safe Drinking Water Week starting May 5. Each year, the American Water Works Association and other organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, sponsor this week. It provides an opportunity for water professionals and the communities they serve to come together to recognize the role

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Roswell Riverside Sounds returns this May ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell Riverside Sounds is returning this May for the 2019 season. Roswell Riverside Sounds is a series of six free concerts held from May to October at Roswell Riverside Park. Each concert is on the first Saturday of the month, with musical acts ranging from jazz and rock to Americana and country. Roswell Riverside Sounds has been a community tradition for 24 years. Concerts start at 7 p.m. Concertgoers come before the starting time of 7:00 p.m. to set up picnic blankets, chairs and coolers. Beer, wine and sangria will be available for purchase at each concert, as well as various food and snack options. Guests are invited to bring their own chairs, blankets, beverages and food. Roswell Riverside Sounds concerts are produced by the City of Roswell Recreation, Parks, Historic and Cultural Affairs Department and supported through community sponsorships.  For more information, visit | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | April 18, 2019 | 11



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and Cultural Affairs, which oversees the property, has been working to renovate the gardens and prepare for this public opening. The city is supported by the Friends of Mimosa Hall & Gardens, a nonprofit that formed in 2017 to help with the interpretation, restoration and maintenance of the property. The Friends group will also be installing a solar roof on Mimosa Hall. The roof was designed by Simone du Boise, the architect behind Weatherford Place. It features thin-film photovoltaic panel. The new roof will provide 100 percent of Mimosa Hall’s energy needs, saving the City of Roswell about $5,000 annually in energy bills and removing 61 tons of greenhouse gas from the atmosphere every year.

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Religious Services Celebrate the Easter season with events from these places of worship

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April 18th HOLY THURSDAY 7:00 pm - Mass of the Lord’s Supper April 19th GOOD FRIDAY 12 Noon - 7 Last Words of Christ 3:00 pm - Stations of the Cross 7:00 pm - Passion of the Lord April 20th HOLY SATURDAY 9:30 am - Blessing of the Food Baskets 10:00 am - Easter Egg Hunt - Queen of Angels field April 21st EASTER SUNDAY MASSES 8:00 pm - Easter Vigil Mass 7:30 am/9:00 am*/10:45 am*/12:15 pm

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Good FridayApril 19

7:00 a.m.12:15 p.m. (nursery)7:00 p.m. Mass in Spanish at 8:30 p.m.

Holy SaturdayApril 20

8:00 a.m. Holy Saturday Prayer Service (in Memorial Garden)

Easter SundayApril 21

6:30 a.m.Easter Vigil (in Memorial Garden) 7:30 a.m.9:15 a.m. (nursery)11:15 a.m.

(nursery) Refreshments & Easter Bunny to follow the 9:15 a.m. service

Mass in Spanish at 1:15 p.m.

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Northminster Presbyterian Church

Holy Week and Easter Sunday Maundy Thursday April 18 Communion Service @ 7:30 pm

Good Friday April 19 Worship Service @ 7:30 pm – Nursery Provided Holy Saturday April 20 Easter Egg Hunt 10:00 am – 11:30 am Easter Sunday April 21 Sunrise Service @ 6:30 am Worship & Communion Services @ 9:00 am & 11:15 am Nursery Provided Easter Fellowship Coffee @ 10:00 am

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Roswell North Elementary creates wonder for students By JULIA GROCHOWSKI ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell North Elementary School is dedicated to instilling a sense of wonder in its students, said Principal Lydia Conway. Conway recently had a chance to illustrate that commitment when she led a tour with dozens of community leaders and elected officials at the school to showcase its learning initiatives. The tour, held April 11, is part of a larger strategic initiative by the School Governance Council to increase community collaboration with local businesses, civic associations, faith-based organizations and local influencers, said School Governance Council representative Derek Lok. The tour covered all grade levels and most subjects as well as afterschool groups, all geared toward educating and creating wonder for students. “Everything that happens here is focused on the idea of wonder,” Conway said. “It’s not just about giving you answers, but about letting you wonder and predict what might happen.” One of the most hands-on initiatives is the school’s gardening program. Roswell North Elementary has participated in a farm-to-school program for the past three years and has, to date, harvested over 2,000 pounds of produce, she said. The program, which includes hydroponics as well as traditional gardening, has students grow, transplant and harvest plants. Students take cooking lessons using the food they helped produce. This year’s farming program focuses on kale. “One of my favorite stories from this past fall — the students from all grades used our gardens to make a kale salad with a vinaigrette dressing from scratch,” Lok said. “The students fell in love with it and went home to their families requesting kale be added to the grocery lists. We got bombarded with parents asking what we did with their children who were begging for kale.” The school includes the Licata Science Lab staffed by a full-time teacher and sponsored by the Roswell North Elementary School Foundation. According to the foundation’s trustees, the lab has helped raise the school’s overall test scores significantly since its inception. The lab features different programs for all grade levels and includes dissection projects for gummy worms, flowers, worms, owl pellets, frogs and sharks. Above all, lab teacher Elizabeth Rains said she wants to help students cultivate a sense of love and appreciation of the sciences and the arts that can serve as a foundation for higher learning. The sciences and the arts are, after all, closely entwined, she said. It’s the teachers that help students grow and prosper, regardless of their

Everything that happens here is focused on the idea of wonder. It’s not just about giving you answers, but about letting you wonder and predict what might happen.” Lydia Conway Roswell North Elementary School Principal

talents, Conway said. And the teacher of the year, music teacher Katrina Scoggins, does exactly that, she added. “She believes so strongly that every student deserves to shine,” Conway said. “And one of the ways you can shine is through the arts and not academics.” For physical education, the school has students wear pedometers during gym class and track their steps with various distance goals. The students love the challenge and have become more active since the pedometers were introduced, Conway said. Roswell North Elementary also holds a new afterschool program for fifth graders called Toolbox. It teaches students how to build a “teeny, tiny house,” which includes measuring and cutting wood, reading blueprints and wiring. The program has gone over so well that Fulton County officials are looking at implementing similar programs in other elementary schools, Conway said. All of these programs wouldn’t have been possible without the community’s generosity, Rains said. “None of this would have happened without you,” Rains said. “This doesn’t happen without our parents’ support. And it’s not just financial support, which is huge. It’s all of the hands-on support. It’s incredible.”


Roswell North Elementary School Principal Lydia Conway speaks to visitors about the school’s learning initiative during an April 11 tour for community leaders and elected officials.

Licata Science Lab teacher Elizabeth Rains says she’s seen students grow to love science and mathematics through hands-on projects.

Roswell North Elementary School has implemented several programs to help students cultivate a love of learning, including a science lab, farm-to-school gardening program and an afterschool program for building a small house.

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Annual Taste of Alpharetta returns May 2 By JULIA GROCHOWSKI ALPHARETTA, Ga. — One of Alpharetta’s most beloved traditions is fast approaching. The city will host the 29th Annual Taste of Alpharetta May 2. More than 60 restaurants will showcase their dishes between 5-10 p.m. in downtown Alpharetta, which encompasses Milton Avenue, Roswell Street, Old Roswell Street, Canton Street and Old Canton Street. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a culinary competition, live music on three stages and a family fun zone. “The Taste of Alpharetta is one of the community’s most highly anticipated events of the year,” said Alpharetta Councilman Jason Binder. “Amazing food, live music, fun kid’s activities, family and friends…it’s the perfect combination to celebrate spring in Alpharetta.” Attendees will be able to peruse a variety of foods, including Mediterranean, Southern, Korean, Thai, Italian, Cajun and more. Several local bakeries are participating. This year, the festival is building off its past success and will include a new beer garden presented by Smile Generation and a Locally Grown Area put on by


More than 60 local restaurants will showcase their food at this year’s Taste of Alpharetta. food-focused community organizations. “The goal of Taste of Alpharetta is to highlight the amazing culinary landscape in Alpharetta, and to showcase the talented food community,” said Amanda Musilli, Alpharetta community services manager. “The event is food focused and is making great efforts to showcase elements of the many facets of the local food system.”

The festival annually brings in more than 35,000 visitors who can connect with local restaurant, food-based organizations and business sponsors, she added. “These restaurants are able to show off their best work and entice diners for future visits,” Musilli said. “The local businesses and organizations are able to connect with potential customers and

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donors and engage in a personable way that can’t always happen otherwise.” Additionally, any leftover food doesn’t go to waste. The city collects any remaining food and donates it to Second Helpings Atlanta, a nonprofit that rescues surplus food and distributes it to those in need. Bike Alpharetta has also partnered with the city to encourage attendees to bike to the event this year. The organization will host a complimentary bike valet. Local chefs will join in the culinary competition will be held from 5-7 p.m. on the Culinary Competition Stage with a new panel of judges. Select chefs will also conduct cooking demonstrations. Attendees will be able to vote on their favorite restaurant during Taste of Alpharetta. The winning restaurant will be presented with the People’s Choice Award. Admission is free for Taste of Alpharetta, but food and activities require tickets. Ten tickets are $5, and most restaurant booths offer samples for $.50-$4. For more information and a full list of participating restaurants, visit

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Alpharetta considers another tool to fund North Point revival Officials weigh proposal for tax allocation district By PATRICK FOX ALPHARETTA, Ga. — City leaders are exploring another funding option that could bring millions of dollars to revitalize Alpharetta’s North Point District. City Council members decided April 8 to move forward with a study to determine the feasibility of setting up a tax allocation district within the North Point corridor. A tax allocation district, or TAD, allows a share of future property taxes within a certain area to be used for capital improvements within that area, like streets and parks. First adopted by the Georgia Legislature in 1985, there are well over two dozen tax allocation districts in Metro Atlanta today — most notably Atlantic Station. If approved by the City Council after a series of public hearings, this would be Alpharetta’s first TAD. The law provides that once a district is defined, its taxable property valuation is locked for a term, usually between 20 to 30 years, and those properties continue to pay city, county and school taxes based on that valuation. If and when the property value increases, the extra tax revenues generated by that increase are set aside for improvements within that district. In order for a district to receive the full benefit from a TAD, all governing authorities — the city, the county and the school district — must consent to the agreement. Preliminary estimates, compiled for the city by Bleakly Advisory Group, say a North Point tax allocation district could generate $132 million in redevelopment funding over the next 20 years. The estimate is based on a district consisting of roughly 775 acres — primarily commercial or undeveloped with the potential for future growth in value. The revenue estimate also assumes consent from the county and the school district. Gary Mongeon, senior vice president with Bleakly,

North Point Mall is in the early stages of redevelopment plans that call for more greenspace, multi-use trails and residential units. said that if the county or school district do not participate, the TAD would likely generate about $18 million in revenue over 20 years from city taxes alone. That figure climbs to $59 million with the county on board. “The North Point area is a really important generator of revenue for the city, the county and the region,” Mongeon said. “Just the North Point Mall alone generates about $4 million a year in property taxes to all the local taxing jurisdictions. That does not include personal property; that’s just the real estate.” It also provides just shy of $13 million in sales taxes each year, which are shared by the county, the city, MARTA and the school district, he said. For the past two years, Alpharetta has turned its attention to revitalizing the North Point corridor. Back in the fall of 2017, the city committed $125,000 in consultant fees to update the corridor’s planning document. And, last year, the city received

$75,000 in Community Development Assistance Program funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission to complete a Creative Placemaking Plan for the district. “A tax allocation district could be one tool of several that would help you pay for public improvements that are outlined in that very ambitious LCI study,” Mongeon said. City Council members said they favored pursuing a more detailed study that could be evaluated by residents and shopped around to school and county officials, a process that could run in the thousands of dollars. Councilman John Hipes said by exploring whether a tax allocation district is suitable for North Point the city is sending a signal to property owners and future developers that it is serious about reviving the area. “I’d like to pursue it further,” Hipes said. “I think it’s very positive.”

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The art of creating a successful community Dawson County may very well be next in line to become a county with a major mixed-use development. After watching the success of Avalon, and the construction a couple miles up Ga. 400 Geoff smith of Halcyon, a group Assurance Financial, called Dawson Village Partners is moving forward with its plans to build Dawson County’s version of those two on 974 acres along the banks of the Etowah River. The massive site is located in the northwest corner of the Ga. 400 and Highway 53. For those familiar with the area, it will be just east of Uncle Shucks Corn Maze, whose property does not appear to be part of the development. To give you the idea of the scale of this project, it is roughly 9 times the size of Avalon. That is a huge assemblage of 40 mostly undeveloped properties. The final project won’t be anywhere near as dense as Avalon. It includes 273 acres for parks and greenspace, a 40-acre public park on the Etowah River that will also have a canoe launch and a winery and vineyard. A large chunk of the development will also incorporate residential living with 800 multi-family units, 101 single-family attached homes, 604 single-family detached homes and a 350-unit continuing care retirement community with both independent and assisted living. All of this will surround more than 338,000 square feet of retail space that the developer says will “be designed with an AvalonUrban Village Life-style, incorporating residential living on the second and third story above retail area.” And then there is this: the developer is proposing 243,000 square feet of office space with a building up to 10 stories tall. I’m guessing that this would

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The proposed Dawson Village, roughly 9 times the size of Alpharetta’s Avalon, would sit on 974 acres along the banks of the Etowah River. serve as the tallest building in Dawson County. I don’t know of any other Class A office space certainly of this size in Dawson County. It could be the first real attempt by the county to draw in a significant white-collar workforce. In addition, the project is including a convention and performing arts center. This seems like something that would be done in conjunction with county civic leaders to either draw people up into the scenic and rural Dawson County, or make it more desirable for businesses who may want to get away from the traffic and have an office in a walkable area out in the country. The final thing that caught my attention was the inclusion of a “historic Chinese cultural center providing public awareness of Chinese arts, gardens,

herbal medicine, and lifestyle.” Plans are probably still be worked out, but the application seemed to say that this cultural center will include 199,000 square feet of retail space, restaurants and retail service including a 4-story hotel. It’s hard to tell, but it kind of looks like this is going to be a Chinatown-esque kind of a thing. Renderings show the hotel and retail buildings surrounding small ponds and a “Chinese classical garden.” If the project is approved by Dawson County officials, it would be a massive next step for a county that has quietly made small, smart decisions over the years. The first win for Dawson County was landing the North Georgia Premium Outlets many years ago. They wanted to put the outlet mall in Forsyth County, but Forsyth didn’t want it. So Dawson

welcomed it with open arms and has been bathing in its tax-base ever since. The malls have kept property taxes low for Dawson County residents and no doubt funded small seed projects all across the county. Geoff Smith is a mortgage banker with Assurance Financial focusing on residential home loans for refinances and home purchases. Geoff Smith 770-674-1433 Personal: NMLS#104587 Business: NMLS#70876 *The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views of Assurance Financial Group

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EARTH DAY The annual festival returns once Join the festivities at Milton City Hall Plaza for a day filled with fun, learning and serving for all ages in celebration of Earth Day. The event will be held Saturday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Milton City Hall, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton. For more information, visit Looking to get the word out about your event? Submit it to our online calendar at

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What: Janice Overbeck Real Estate Team presents the 13th annual Fiesta 5k Challenge. Start and finish at Fowler Park. All proceeds benefit the Emory ALS Center. When: Saturday, April 27, 8 a.m. Where: Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming Cost: $35 More info and registration:


What: The Johns Creek Arts Center hosts the Atlanta Photography Group’s most recent exhibit. Featuring 51 works by 35 local and regional artists. When: March 9-April 20; opening reception Saturday, March 9, 6-7:30 p.m. Where: Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Johns Creek More info: or 770-623-8448

GIRLS ON THE RUN NORTH GA What: Registration is open for this physical-activity based, positive youth development program that inspires girls grades 3-8 to be joyful, healthy and confident over 10 weeks starting Feb. 11.

When: Feb. 11-May 1 Where: Various Girls on the Run sites throughout Forsyth County Cost: $165 More info:


What: Spend the morning finding candy-filled treasures on the grounds of this historic home. Children should bring their own baskets. Photos with the Easter Bunny will be available. When: Friday, April 19, 10 a.m. Where: Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell Cost: $5 More info and tickets: roswellgov. com


What: This annual family event encourages all to take a walk on the wild side and features an assortment of games, guests and nature crafts. When: Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.2 p.m. Where: Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek Cost: $10 More info:


What: Employers from throughout

CALENDAR greater Atlanta will meet in person with possible candidates for their job openings. The mini job fair will be held in the evening with workshops throughout the day. When: Monday, April 22, workshops starting at 12:30 p.m. Where: Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell More info:


What: Join for the annual Chamber Golf Classic. Awards and a barbecue dinner start at 3:30 p.m. When: Monday, April 22, 8 a.m.5:30 p.m. Where: Country Club of the South, 4100 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek More info and tickets:


What: Part of a series of free classes. Topics include product claims, home remedies, use of mulch and urban gardening. When: Tuesday, April 23, 7-8:30 p.m. Where: Bill Johnson Community Activity Building, 10495 Woodstock Road, Roswell More info:


What: Shop and enjoy light refreshments while browsing local vendors. All proceeds benefit foster children in Georgia. When: Thursday, April 25, 5-7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 26, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: The Kalen Center, 201 Vaughan Drive, Alpharetta More info: 770-255-1019


What: Listen to the Tim Tyler Duo and enjoy Smoke Bros. BBQ, while children enjoy face painting, snow cones and games, all while supporting cancer patients and survivors. When: Saturday, April 27, 6-9 p.m. Where: Johns Creek Presbyterian Church, 10950 Bell Road, Johns Creek Cost: $25 per ticket. Children 12 and under are free. More info and tickets:


What: Enjoy cold beer, spicy crawfish and shrimp, chicken jambalaya and live music by Suburban Angst, all while supporting Senior Services North Fulton. Rain or shine. When: Saturday, May 4, 5-8 p.m. Where: Six Bridges Brewing, 11455 Lakefield Drive #300, Johns Creek Cost: $50 in advance, $55 at the door More info and tickets:


What: Presented by the Atlanta Audubon Society. The event will feature exclusive, bird-centered field trips, workshops and speakers for casual and experienced nature and bird observers. When: April 13-May 19 Where: Throughout Atlanta More info: atlanta-bird-fest


What: Learn about the spirits and history of the Roswell Historic District. When: Friday and Saturday nights in April, by reservation only Where: Historic Roswell More info and reservations:


What: Participate in a free tour of the historic gardens led by a staff horticulturalist. No reservations necessary. When: April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, 9:30-10 a.m. Where: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell More info:


What: Celebrate the beauty of Roswell during springtime and to its abundant azaleas, a flower native to Georgia. Activities include plant sales, art exhibits, bicycle races, ghost tours, comedy night and more. When: Through April 30, times vary Where: Across the City of Roswell More info:


What: Join the weekly meeting to learn how to become a better speaker and better leader. When: Saturdays, 9:45 a.m. Where: Johns Creek Christian Church, 10800 Bell Road, Johns Creek More info: johnscreek. or 404-5133188


What: This program uses science based tools to provide support for those who are affected by the addictive behavior of someone close to them. Not a twelve step program. When: Mondays, 7-8 p.m. Where: DecisionPoint Wellness Center, 1070 State Bridge Road, Suite 6, Johns Creek More info:


What: Take a quick peek at Autrey Mill’s building collections and hear about the preservation and research efforts. When: Tuesdays, noon-2 p.m. Where: Autrey Mill Nature Preserve, 9770 Autrey Mill Road, Johns Creek

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What: Reach your personal and professional goals through Pathways, Toastmasters’ new education program. When: Tuesdays, 7 p.m. Where: Club House, 6300 Polo Club Drive, Cumming More info: navigators.


What: Join an open discussion for those in recovery from addiction or those affected by people with addiction. Not a twelve step program. When: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. Where: Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway, Johns Creek More info: or 678-743-1808 x101


What: Join for networking every Wednesday morning. When: Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Where: Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Road, Johns Creek Cost: $5 for members, $10 for guests More info: or 770495-0545


What: Join for a free group exercise class with Fitness in the Park. All classes are weather-permitting and open to the public. When: Saturday, April 20, 9-10 a.m. Where: Roswell Town Square, 610 Atlanta St., Roswell More info:


What: For more than 20 years, the Fulton Golden Games has helped mature adults stay physically active, socially engaged and competitive, thus improving their quality of life. When: Kick off Wednesday, April 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Games run through May 25. Where: Milton’s Bell Memorial Park, 15245 Bell Park Road More info:


What: Join your Alpharetta Females in Action group for free, peer-led workouts each week. Adult women of all fitness levels are welcome. When: Saturdays, 8 a.m. Where: Fowler Park, 4110 Carolene Way, Cumming More info:



him live. When: Wednesday, April 24, 8-11 p.m. Where: Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta Cost: Tickets start at $20 More info and tickets: santana/

What: Combines the international rhythms of the Zumba Gold program with the strength training techniques, creating an easyto-follow, health-boosting dance fitness program. When: Fridays, 10:30 a.m. Where: Park Place at Newtown School, 3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek More info: parkplace


What: Join for a chance to see Jimmy Buffet live. When: Thursday, April 25, 8-11 p.m. Where: Ameris Bank Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta Cost: Tickets start at $20 More info and tickets: jimmy-buffett/


What: Physical exercises to open and clear energy. Utilizes Qi Gong and meditation techniques. When: Sundays, 10:15 a.m. Where: Ocee Library, 5090 Abbotts Bridge Road, Johns Creek More info:



What: Find farmers with fruits, vegetables and natural meats; gardeners with fresh flowers and herbs; and makers of all sorts of edible home goods, from yummy desserts and breads to local raw honey. When: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Old Canton Street in Downtown Alpharetta More info:



What: Join for weekly dinner and fellowship. Volunteers needed for serving and cleaning. When: Wednesday nights, 4:45-6:30 p.m. Where: Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell Cost: $7 per adult More info:

What: Don’t miss the opening day of the Roswell Farmers and Artisans Market. Mix and mingle with friends, shop for wonderful fresh items and enjoy talking to the vendors. When: Saturday, April 13, 8:30 a.m. – noon Where: Roswell City Hall, 38 Hill St., Roswell More info:



What: The four different circles offer women opportunities to spend time together, support each other in happy and sad times, learn from each other and grow in faith. Child care options available. When: Esther Circle, each first Tuesday, 7-9 p.m.; Ruth Circle, each first Wednesday, 11 a.m.1 p.m.; Lydia Circle, each first Thursday, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Martha Circle, each first Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Presbyterian Church, 180 Academy St., Alpharetta More info: adults/small-groups/


What: The First Baptist Roswell men’s group meets every Friday morning for friendship and to help each other grow spiritually. All are welcome to attend. When: Fridays, 7 a.m. Where: Panera Bread, 1195 Woodstock Road, Roswell More info:


What: Gain health benefits from relaxing yoga that emphasizes strength and flexibility. No experience necessary. Taught by an advanced certified yoga instructor. When: Wednesdays, 9:45-11 a.m. Where: Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell More info: or 770-2611705 | Forsyth Herald | April 17, 2019 | 23 | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | April 18, 2019 | 23

What: Make and grow faith-based friendships for all ages. Enjoy a hot meal and/or volunteer. When: Wednesdays, 5:15-6:45 p.m. Where: Alpharetta First United Methodist Church, 69 North Main St., Alpharetta More info:



What: Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents Joe Gransden and his

16-piece big band. At just 42, Gransden is renowned for the hard bop approach of his trumpet and a singing voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Frank Sinatra. When: Monday, April 22, 8-10 p.m. Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: $30 More info:


What: Ann Jackson Gallery presents LUX, an evening of luxury fashion, art and jewelry. Showcases the fashion and accessories of Jai Lyle, jewelry by Akshar Choudree and bespoke headwear by Illona Cardona. When: Saturday, April 20, 6-9 p.m. Where: Ann Jackson Gallery, 1101 Alpharetta St., Roswell More info: lux


What: Someone took Junie B.’s new black furry mittens, and they didn’t even put them in the lost and found. Junie B. is on a mission to prove she’s not a nutball, avenge her black furry mittens and maybe get a great new colorful pen too. When: Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m. Additional shows April 20 and 27. Where: Georgia Ensemble Theatre, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: $10 per ticket More info:


What: This year marks the 20th anniversary of Carlos Santana’s album “Supernatural” and the 50th anniversary of his performance at Woodstock. Join for a chance to see

What: The ArtAround Roswell “museum without walls” 2019-2020 Tour will feature 10 new sculptures and nine permanent sculptures. When: Opens April 13, through February 2020 Where: Across the City of Roswell More info and maps:


What: The Roswell Photographic Society will be exhibiting a juried flower exhibit. This will be in conjunction with the Azalea Festival that occurs every April. When: April 1-May 31 Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell More info:


What: Free, live music each week. When: Saturdays, 8:30-11 p.m. Where: Firefly Restaurant & Bar, 3070 Windward Plaza, Alpharetta More info:


What: Join every Sunday afternoon for live music on the patio along with food trucks and cold beer. When: Sundays, 4-7 p.m. Where: Truck & Tap, 30 Milton Ave., Alpharetta More info:


What: Join us for a lunch discussion of food blogger Deb Perelman’s “Smitten Kitchen Every Day.” Choose any recipe from her book, make it and bring it to share. When: Friday, April 18, noon-2 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info and registration:


What: Come check out the PS4 Virtual Reality games, Nintendo Switch, Wii and analog games. Ages

8 and up. When: Friday, April 19, 6-8 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info: or 404-6134050


What: Celebrate and bring dogs to the library. Prizes will be given out, including a free canine training class, gift cards and more. When: Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m.12:30 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info:


What: Paint a ceramic tea cup. All levels welcome. Presented by Out of the Box Art Studio. When: Saturday, April 20, 2:303:30 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info: or 404-6134050


What: Sonny Mantry, Ph.D. will explain how the observable universe contains trillions of galaxies formed in the Big Bang, a hot and dense primordial soup of elementary particles. When: Saturday, April 20, 3-4 p.m. Where: Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming More info:


What: Join for Clarke Otten’s discussion: “Indian Trails and Pioneer Tales: 6,000 B.C. to 1800 A.D.” When: Tuesday, April 23, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta More info: or 404-6134402


What: Pet adoptions When: Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: The Forsyth County Animal Shelter, 4065 County Way, Forsyth County More info: 678-965-7185


What: Pet adoptions When: Every Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Where: PetSmart, 6370 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta Additional adoptions: MondayFriday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Fulton County Animal Services, 860 Marietta Blvd. NW, Atlanta More info: 404-613-4958

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We are better than this We are all so tired of the attack politics that plague our country. We’re tired of the partisanship. We’re tired of people simply being ugly to each other — being disrespectRay appen ful and showing Publisher no empathy for the world outside of their own point of view. It’s getting old, really old. Most of us have lost patience of our elected officials for not finding a way to reach across the aisle and work together to get stuff done that needs to be done. Most of us are done with attack politics. And unfortunately, I find more and more that increasingly we avoid even talking about politics with each other — just avoid it and pretend it is an issue that will go away if we stick our heads in the sand. Minute by minute, it feels like the country drifts farther away from who we really are, what we really stand for and the values we hold dear. I suspect if the country were in this condition 240 years ago, that we would not even have a country today — at least not one remotely resembling what is still the envy of most of the rest of the world. A friend of mine likes to say that even with all our current issues and attitudes, that if we totally opened up our borders half of the world would move

here the next day — maybe not so much now. It didn’t used to be this way. One thing that scares me most is that in just a few years, we will have a generation of young adults who have never known a world different from the one they live in now. Think about that for just a moment. They will never have experienced life where people and politicians respect each other, treat each other civilly, or where communication and diverse points of view were perceived as viable and non-threatening. We’ll have generations of young people who only know anger, partisanship, and a world where everything is black and white with no middle ground — a world that is only a zero-sum proposition — for every winner there must be a loser. That will be the filter through which they navigate the greater world around them — with no grounding, no frame of reference of a better way or a better world to anchor their thoughts or actions. How does that bode for the future of this good country? I know one thing to be true: we are better than this, each and every single one of us — so much better. We have more in common than we have differences. That is getting harder and harder to see, but it is still capital “T” true.  We cannot — must not — continue to live as though our commonality is less than our differences. The older I get, the more I understand that in all

Minute by minute, it feels like the country drifts farther away from who we really are, what we really stand for and the values we hold dear. aspects of life there is always a point past which there can be no return. Dogs that have been beaten and only know cruelty usually are past rehabilitation. They will always expect the behavior, the only one they have known. Generations of disadvantaged people at some point will only produce further generations of people who will ultimately fail in all walks of life and who always will look to others instead of to themselves for better lives. The behavior becomes hard-wired.  Many of the root causes of our disfunctionality are going to be hard to change. Money has totally corrupted our electoral process. The internet has directly and indirectly taken away our sources of easily identified reliable information — information that can be trusted.  Those are going to be very hard obstacles to overcome.  And there are more issues in the mix — connectivity, alienation, failing churches, loss of all privacy, failing institutions such as “marriage,” disenfranchisement of a large percentages of the country, and the perennial 300-pound elephant in the room — income inequality. However, all is not lost — and it never is. Anyone who cares enough can

become part of the solution by changing something they do control. And what do each and every one of us control? We control how we treat each other. We control if we respect each other’s opinions and ideas or not. We control if we label people who don’t agree with what we believe — if we stereotype them or not.  Labels and stereotyping are pure, capital “P” poison — the surest way to destroy who we are and everything we represent.   We do have control over a lot. The question is do we care enough? Change starts with tiny acts and then grows; or said metaphorically, borrowing from the ’60s: “a single spark can start a prairie fire” of change. In the book “Glass Castle,” there is a metaphor used called the Reynolds Number which roughly describes the boundary between order and chaos. To me, today’s world is not so far removed from that Reynolds Number.  We’re near the edge I think, sliding toward a paradigm shift to the negative — possibly close to a point of no return. It feels like it’s time to act, or concede and continue to let the cards fall randomly where they will. I hope not. We’re better than this. I know we are.

Milton: A forever home after graduation When I look back on the last 18 years I’ve lived in Milton, I can’t imagine myself growing up anywhere else. Everywhere I go, I see neighbors or a third grade classmate or an old teammate who remind me of what makes this city so special. When I was younger, not very many people resided in Milton. But as I got older, the population grew as did the memories. JILLIAN DiMARCO I remember loving every aspect of the Appen Media Group intern Fulton County School System, the origin of my nine year-long Girl Scout troop and forever neighborhood friendships. Ten AP classes taken at Milton High School and I’m still not ready to say goodbye. When I was 5 years old, my dad put me on my very first rec softball team at North Point Park. The community support for the 10 years after that first team was unreal. Traveling all over the state of Georgia playing on the highest travel teams with my teammates was the best part. Around the age of 15, I fractured my elbow in three different places. My team came to visit me throughout my entire recovery. I was told soon after I could not play softball ever

again. Going into my freshman year at Milton High School, I had no sport to play. With the help of local coaches and other players, I quickly picked up tennis. A year later, I made the varsity team as a sophomore. Without that setback, I would not have met my best friends who still stand by me today. Four high school years later and the mindset is still the same, Milton is the reason. As I near my tennis senior appreciation night, it gets me thinking. Milton created memories for me that have changed the course of my life. From being hired at Brusters Ice Cream shop to being an intern at Appen Media Group, the idea is the same. This place truly shapes a person. As my friends and I attend senior graduation events and our very last prom, things start to get real. The idea of leaving a place that holds such a strong grasp on my heart seems impossible. Growing up in Milton has taught me the southern hospitality and skills needed in order to take on the challenges thrown at me. There are so many reasons why I am grateful for 18 years in paradise. As I prepare for the next four years of my life in Columbia, South Carolina, I reflect on the city that built me. Milton will always be my favorite place, my hometown.



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Representatives of American Commerce Bank and the Johns Creek Police Department celebrate the 2019 Law Enforcement Torch Run. From left, Bob Koncerak, American Commerce Bank COO, Major John Clifton, Johns Creek PD, Carlos Laverde, ACB Atlanta market president, Travis Carithers, ACB teller and Corporal Tyler Seymour, Johns Creek PD.

Fifth annual torch run a success ATLANTA, Ga. - American Commerce Bank in Johns Creek was pleased to celebrate community success this past weekend as over 400 runners participated in the Johns Creek PD’s fifth annual Law Enforcement Torch Run, a fundraiser for Special Olympics, Georgia. The 5K event was held on Saturday, April 13th at Shakerag Park. The program drew a record crowd of residents to cheer on the runners and walkers. Carlos Laverde, ACB’s Atlanta market president, was particularly proud of the turnout. “This event has grown with each passing year, and we are honored to help the community of Johns Creek raise funds for such a worthwhile cause”. This commitment surely fits with our commitment to invest in Johns Creek. Most of our branch staff turned out for the event!” Beyond championing community service, American Commerce Bank specializes in providing high-touch service to its consumer and commercial banking customers. The bank offers marketleading money market and CD deposit rates, as well as highly convenient on-

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Spiritual leaders for Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhi met with Emory Johns Creek Hospital staff to hold an April 10 interfaith panel about end-of-life care.

Emory holds interfaith panel on end-of-life care By JULIA GROCHOWSKI JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — To address a growing religious diversity in North Fulton, Emory Johns Creek Hospital held an interfaith panel April 10 to discuss spirituality during end-of-life care. As people age and near death, many turn to faith for comfort. This was the second in a series of interfaith panels. The first was held last October and featured the Abrahamic religions — Christianity, Islam and Judaism. This time, the panel featured three religions founded in the Indian subcontinent — Buddhism, Hinduism and Sikhi. Three local faith leaders spoke about these religions and how to best honor a patient and their beliefs as they near the end of their life. Dozens of Emory staff were in attendance as well as staff from nearby hospitals. “Compassionate, palliative, end-oflife care is a sensitive, but critical topic that affects all of humanity,” said Timothy Park, Emory Johns Creek Hospital director of spiritual health. “This multicultural event is a great opportunity for community members and staff to deepen their understanding of others’ beliefs and to equip them to best care for their fellow neighbors during an end-of-life experience.” Manhar Valand, a certified Hindu chaplain, spoke about how his faith stresses accepting that death is inevitable and there is beauty in reincarnation. One of the best ways to accommodate a Hindu patient during end-of-life care is to allow small comforts of their faith, Valand said. This may include prayer beads, a vegetarian diet or reading from the scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. Geshe Ngawang Phende, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, spoke about easing suffering and finding comfort as someone approaches death.

Phende focused on easing mental suffering in particular. He said the suffering is caused by fear of death as well as attachments to Earthly concepts, such as family, material things and power. Buddhisim, Phende said, teaches to let go of these attachments and understand that the time of death is uncertain, but an inevitable part of life. This frame of mind can help bring peace and comfort for Buddhist patients, as well as reciting prayers or mantras, he added. Gulbarg “Gogi” Singh Basi, president of the Sikh Study Circle and founder of the Global Sikh Council, spoke about how much of a Sikh’s life and view of death is informed by the belief that the body is a gift by the creator and, generally, should not be altered. This means that uncut hair is very important for Sikhs, Basi said. Basi also mentioned that Sikhs carry four articles of faith with them at all times — a comb, a small sword, a bracelet and a special kind of briefs — reflecting different tenants of their faith. He added that caregivers should ask Sikh patients before touching or removing any of these items. Kathleen Rieter, interfaith consultant for Emory and moderator of the panel, said that asking the family in general when a patient is of an unfamiliar faith is a good rule of thumb. “One important thing to take away from this panel is to always ask the family,” Rieter said. “Because there are a lot of things that can happen when you don’t know what you don’t know. That’s when you get in trouble.” Park said Emory is committed to maintaining a robust interfaith dialogue and diversity of faiths and customs. The hospital keeps religious texts from several different faiths as well as a dedicated spiritual health team to help patients. For more information, visit

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Rotarian explains how to live by ‘Service Above Self’ By JULIA GROCHOWSKI ROSWELL, Ga. — “Service Above Self” is the motto and calling of Rotary clubs across the world. And on April 11, the 2012 District 6900 Rotarian of the Year, Bob Hope, spoke to the Roswell Rotary Club at Roswell Area Park about what that motto means and how to live it. Hope, the president and co-owner of Atlanta-based public relations firm Hope-Beckham, is on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center. He is an active Atlanta Rotarian and recipient of Rotary’s highest honor: the Service Above Self Award. Those who shine bright and exemplify “Service Above Self” tend to have similar traits and mindsets, Hope said. “They have something in their heart that makes them want to make a difference in the world,” he said. Hope narrowed a list down to 10 local people he’s met, regardless of whether they belong to Rotary or not, as examples of those who live by Rotary’s motto. Athens Rotarian Vince Dooley, he said, is one of the most amazing people he’s ever met, not because of football,

but because of his commitment to his word. When Dooley says that he’ll do something, he’ll do it, even if its years down the road, Hope said. Hope commended Alpharetta Rotarian Paul Ray for his work in Honduras. Ray brought and installed 500 water filters over four years to the country. Those water filters helped cut down the number of illness-related missed school days a year from 53 due to three. Hope pointed to three people who are Rotarians at heart: Dale Murphy, who is a constant inspiration to new players; Phil Niekro, who emphasizes letting people who you care about know that you love them; and Hank Aaron, who is the nicest man Hope said he’s ever met. Andrew Young, Hope said, is an honorary Rotarian for his work for civil rights and world peace. Hope is currently working with Young and representatives of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to bring more assets of the Nobel Peace Prize to Atlanta and make Atlanta a hub for peace. “Atlanta is a special place,” Hope said. “Atlanta is the wellspring of the Civil Rights Movement. And in the world, that’s significant… Atlanta’s probably

the only city that [Norwegian Nobel Committee representatives] can do the things that they want to do.” Hope also said that while Jimmy Carter is not an official Rotarian, he should be for his continuing work and global impact. “When you think about ‘Service Above Self,’ you think about someone who will reach out during his entire lifetime and help others,” Hope said, speaking about Carter’s regular trips to monitor elections in other countries. One Roswell Rotarian is leading a national movement against human trafficking: Dave McCleary. And McCleary’s mentee Rebecca Tolstoy, a Perth Rotarian in Australia, is in turn leading a movement against domestic violence. “They’re changing the world,” Hope said. Hope also spoke about Macon Rotarian Ted Turner. Turner, Hope said, is one of the most generous people he’s met and teaches people that they don’t need to be perfect to live by Rotary’s motto, they just need to help. Hope emphasized that Rotary and its motto is ultimately about making the world a better place for the next generations.


Bob Hope, president and co-owner of Hope-Beckham public relations, speaks about “Service Above Self” at the April 11 Roswell Rotary Club at Roswell Area Park.

“You can network at church and meet business leaders during your daily course,” Hope said. “When you think of the reasons you’d be a Rotarian, it really boils down to ‘Service Above Self.’”

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Graphic designer turns professional experience into art By CARSON COOK JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Local artist Cynthia Corbin’s first solo show debuted at Emory Johns Creek Hospital on April 13. Corbin is a member of the Johns Creek Arts Center Guide. After a career as a graphic designer in commercial and retail advertising, she is spending her retirement translating that talent into paintings, prints and collage work. “This is the first time I’ve ever had a solo exhibition, so I’m very excited about the opportunity,” she said. The show features abstract mixed media pieces, incorporating acrylic paint and paper collage. “I’m experimental,” Corbin said. “I love just trying a different approach to something where I may start out with paper and then put paint in with it and just see what happens.”

Corbin said her work is influenced by her time as a graphic designer, which can be seen in the geographic repetitions and balance. Many of her abstract pieces can be hung in any direction, she said. “You use that quality of balance in a lot of graphic design to make things visually appealing,” Corbin said. That’s not to say her artwork looks like something you’d see in an advertisement. Corbin brings her work to life with adventurous color and texture. “When I’m doing something for me personally, it tends to be more expressive of who I am and my love of design,” she said. “Because I don’t have a client’s requirements on me, I can just do my own thing and let the design evolve until it speaks to me.” Corbin’s work will be displayed through July 13. The show is located in Emory Johns Creek Hospital, 6325 Hospital Parkway, on the lower level visitors’ area.


Work by Cynthia Corbin will be on display at Emory Johns Creek Hospital through July 13.

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Some region soccer races set; others will go down to the wire By JOE PARKER NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. —While some local soccer squads have clinched region championships or playoff berths, other squads will face door-die contests in the final week of the regular season. Results for April 16 games were not completed for this edition. Visit for results. Boys Region 4-AAAAAAA Roswell’s region run finished April 12 with a 3-1 loss to Walton. Despite the loss, the Hornets still secured a playoff berth as the No. 4 seed. While Etowah and Walton sit a half-game ahead of the Hornets, Roswell does not hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over either team. The Hornets compiled a 3-2 record in region play and were the only team to take down region champs Lassiter. The Hornets will travel to south Georgia in the first round of the playoffs to face the eventual champions from Region 1 on April 24. The Hornets enter the final week of play as the No. 8 team in the Eurosport Class 7A boys rankings. Roswell closes out its regular season with matches against Milton on and Johns Creek this week. Girls Region 4-AAAAAAA Roswell earned the No. 3 seed in one of most fiercely competitive girls regions in the state. The Hornets fell to Walton April 12 in a 3-2 overtime heartbreaker that would have clinched Roswell the No. 2 seed, and a home playoff game, with a win. The Hornets went 3-2 in region play. Their only losses were by one goal while they outscored Woodstock, Cherokee and Etowah 13-0. Roswell will take on the No. 2 seed from Region 1 in the state playoffs with the match date slated for April 23. The Hornets finish their regular season against rivals Milton and Johns Creek this week. Boys Region 5-AAAAAAA Playoff berths have been decided for Region 5-AAAAAAA with just a few region games remaining. Lambert, which will close out their region slate against West Forsyth next week, is 9-0 against region opponents and has cliched the region championship. In their nine region matches, the Longhorns have outscored opponents 25-3.

Milton shut out South Forsyth 1-0 April 12 to clinch the No. 2 seed with a 7-3 mark in region play and will host their first playoff game in three seasons. Forsyth Central will return to the playoffs after earning the No. 3 seed with a 6-4 region record, and 5-5 South Forsyth is the No. 4 seed. The Region 5 squads will match up with Region 8 in the state playoffs. Lambert (13-1-1, 9-0) is currently the top-ranked team in Class 7A according to Eurosport. Girls Region 5-AAAAAAA Like the boys team, the Lambert girls have already clinched the region title and are currently the No. 1 ranked team in Class 7A on Eurosport. The Longhorns have outscored their region opponents by an incredible mark of 51-1 in nine games. Lambert closes out its region slate against West Forsyth this week. West Forsyth has clinched the No. 2 seed with their match against Lambert still to be decided. West is currently 7-2 in region play and 9-5-1 overall. Milton, last year’s Class 7A state runner-up, will return to the playoffs as the No. 3 seed with a 5-4 record with one region game remaining. Forsyth Central’s 4-6 region record earned the Bulldogs the No. 4 seed. The Region 5 playoff representatives will battle Region 8 opponents in the state playoffs. Boys Region 7-AAAAAA Though most Region 7-AAAAAA squads have one region match remaining, the four playoff berths have been earned. All that is certain is Pope is the region champs. Pope clinched the region title with a 3-1 overtime win against Centennial on April 12 to improve to 7-0 against 7-6A opponents. Chattahoochee, Northview and Cambridge will battle for the next three playoff seeds. All three teams have one region game remaining on this week. Chattahoochee and Northview will meet with the No. 2 seed possibly on the line. If Chattahoochee wins, they will earn the No. 2 seed no matter the result from Cambridge vs. Dunwoody. If Chattahoochee and Cambridge lose, Northview will be the No. 2 seed, Hooch No. 3 and Cambridge No. 4. If Northview and Cambridge both win their final games, all three squads will be tied at 6-2 and Northview would hold

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Alpharetta 2, Centennial 1

Raiders get crucial win to bolster playoff hopes By JOE PARKER ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Twelve of Alpharetta baseball’s 25 games this season have been decided by one score. Friday night was no different when the Raiders faced Centennial. The contest was a must win for both squads who entered the game outside of a playoff berth with the final week of the regular season on the horizon. With a playoff berth on the line and only one run separating the teams in the final inning, Alpharetta’s experience in tight games played a major role, Raiders’ head coach Marc Lassiat said. “We have played so many one-run games,” Lassiat said. “Because of that, I don’t think they panicked. They stayed right in there, and I don’t think they even get nervous anymore.” Alpharetta led 2-1 in the top of the seventh and looked for two outs to seal the crucial win. However, the Raiders’ streak of thrilling games continued with the Knights putting the go-ahead runner on base. With one out, Centennial’s Tahj Willis reached first on an error by Alpharetta, and pinch hitter Lane Campbell singled. Fans of both squads held their breath when the Knights’ Jonathan Cannon hit a liner to right field, and Alpharetta’s Sam Stratton seemed to momentarily misjudge the ball. However, Stratton made the catch close to his chest for the second out with Willis tagging up and advancing to third. Alpharetta starter Cole Hamel, who had a standout performance allowing just six hits with 10 strikeouts, remained on the mound for the complete game. “We had a guy ready, I just didn’t want to take it out of [Hamel’s] hands,” Lassiat said. Hamel took Centennial batter David Morgan to a full count before Morgan hit a line drive down the third base line. Alpharetta’s Ryan Schipf dived to his left


Alpharetta’s Cole Hamel delivers a pitch in his complete-game performance against Centennial Friday night. Hamel allowed six hits with 10 strikeouts in seven innings. and caught the liner for the dramatic, game-winning third out. While the Raiders stranded nine runners in the game, they built their lead with timely hitting. Bradley Christian hit a two-out, RBI single in the bottom of the second inning

to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. Alpharetta built the lead to 2-0 in the third with a Bradley Rowlinson double following singles from Stratton and Christian Hazelrig. “We swung the bat much better than we have and got eight hits off a quality pitcher,” Lassiat said.

The Knights’ scored their only run on a double steal with runners at the corners in fourth. Centennial’s Will Haberstock had a strong showing on the mound, giving up eight hits with five strikeouts and two walks in six innings. Lassiat said Hamel’s impressive performance on the mound was exemplary of the right-hander’s season. “What you saw tonight has been [Hamel] all year, he has been that consistent,” Lassiat said. “For each one of our pitchers, I can look back at a game that just wasn’t their game, but I don’t have one for Hamel yet.” The Raiders will now look to clinch another playoff berth after reaching the state semifinals last season. Friday’s contest could be beneficial to their fight for the postseason. “I think the experience we have of playing in so many close games is helping us in close games,” Lassiat said. “We took a loss to Cambridge the other night, but it was 1-0. Everything is down to the wire for us. In the long haul that’s going to help us if we get out of the region.” The Raiders close out their regular season against Johns Creek, Chattahoochee and North Atlanta this week. With Alpharetta’s win and Johns Creek’s win over Chattahoochee April 12, the Raiders and Gladiators were tied for fourth going into this week. Johns Creek won the first contest, 3-1, on March 18. “We still have a chance,” Lassiat said. “The goal is to get out of the region. If we take a loss tonight, I don’t know if we have that chance. But we are still playing and the next game is the only one that matters.” Centennial’s playoff hopes took a blow with Friday’s loss. The Knights remained seventh in the standings, a game behind North Atlanta and a 1.5-games behind Johns Creek and Alpharetta. The Knights close out their regular season against Pope and Northview.


Soccer: Continued from Page 29 the head-to-head tiebreaker over Hooch, but not over Cambridge, while Hooch has the head-to-head advantage against the Bears. Girls Region 7-AAAAAA Johns Creek clinched its third consecutive Region 7-AAAAAA championship April 12 by downing Northview 2-0. With one region game remaining this week, the Gladiators have been a dominant force, outscoring region opponents 33-1. But the drama is far from over within 7-6A. Dunwoody has clinched a playoff berth, but four other teams are in the running for the final two postseason spots. Dunwoody is currently second in the region standings at 6-1 and will take on Cambridge (4-3 in region play) this week. Pope (5-3) and Alpharetta (4-3) will meet also meet, with Northview (3-4) taking on Chattahoochee. Dunwoody and Pope control their own destiny. With wins, Dunwoody will clinch the No. 2 seed and Pope will be No. 3, with Alpharetta and Cambridge tied for fourth. If Northview also beats Chattahoochee, they would be tied with Alpharetta and Cambridge in the same scenario.

Boys Region 7-AAAA Blessed Trinity has secured its trip to the postseason, but the Titans will still be competing for the region title in the final week of the regular season. Blessed Trinity sat a half-game behind Chestatee atop the region standings entering this week. The Titans close out their regular season against Flowery Branch and can secure the region title with a win and two losses from Chestatee, which holds the head-to-head tiebreaker over BT. Chestatee faces West Hall and White County, the No. 5 and 7 teams in the region standings to close out its regular season. With a win over Flowery Branch, BT will guarantee a home playoff game by clinching the No. 2 seed. Denmark was shut out of the playoffs in its inaugural season. The boys squad went 1-5 in region play and completed its region schedule in March. Girls Region 7-AAAA Blessed Trinity ends its region slate this week against current standings leader Flowery Branch. The Titans (4-1 in region play) sit third behind Flower Branch (4-0) and Marist (5-1). Marist has already ended its region games and holds the head-tohead tiebreaker over BT, while Flowery Branch has the tiebreaker over Marist. | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | April 18, 2019 | 31

If Blessed Trinity beats Flowery Branch and Flowery Branch wins its final region game, the three teams will be tied atop the leaderboard with no team having the head-to-head tiebreaker over both squads. If Flowery Branch drops both of its games, BT will be the No. 2 seed behind Marist. Meanwhile, Denmark has wrapped up its region schedule with a 2-4 record. The Danes were shut out of a playoff berth with White County defeating Chestatee April 12. Boys Class A Area 5 Whitefield Academy has secured its spot in the postseason, but Fellowship Christian could earn the Area 5 title if they win out and get some help from St. Francis. Whitefield sits at 8-0 entering its final two area games, two games ahead of Fellowship Christian which is 6-2 in area play. The two squads will meet April 18 to close out the regular season. Fellowship can clinch the area title if St. Francis beats Whitefield earlier in the week and if the Paladins earn the goals against tiebreaker. Whitefield holds the head-tohead matchup with a 3-1 win over the Paladins on Feb. 26. Girls Class A Area 5 Mount Pisgah leads the standings with two games remaining in area play.

The Patriots are 6-2 against area opponents and have a one game lead over Whitefield Academy and 1.5-game lead over Fellowship Christian. Pisgah could be primed for the area championship as the Patriots take on the two bottom teams, winless Mt. Bethel and 2-6 St. Francis, to close out the regular season. Fellowship will likely need a win over Whitefield on April 8 to clinch a playoff berth. Though the Paladins are a half-game behind in the standings, they will hold the tiebreaker over Whitefield should Fellowship also win its contest against King’s Ridge. Boys Class A Area 8 Pinecrest Academy can clinch the Area 8 title with a win over Providence Christian this week and a loss by Riverside Military Academy in any of its two remaining area games. The Paladins currently lead the standings at 5-2 in area play, a game ahead of Wesleyan. Girls Class A Area 8 Pinecrest Academy secured its berth in state playoffs with a 1-0 win over Hebron Christian on April 11. The Paladins can secure the area title with a win over Providence Christian this week or a loss by Wesleyan in either of its remaining two area games.

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Schedule announced for 2019 Freedom Bowl August football event to feature top programs at Milton High School By JOE PARKER MILTON, Ga. — Milton High School is eagerly awaiting its second year of hosting the Freedom Bowl, a threeday, six-game high school football event that will feature some of the top teams from five states. Included in the schedule is a battle of two local rivals, Milton and Alpharetta, who will kick off the 2019 Freedom Bowl this August. The Freedom Bowl’s lineup features standout programs that will make it one of the premier high school football events in the country. Eleven of the 12 teams competing earned playoff berths in 2018 and had a combined record of 119-34 (78 percent win rate). Five teams finished as state semifinalists or state runner up, while Milton, Brentwood Academy and UMSWright are coming off state championship seasons. Milton head coach Adam Clack said he expects the second year of the event to be even more successful. “We had a few growing pains last year, but I think it still went exceptionally well,” Clack said. “And with the type of teams we have this year, I think this year’s event is really going to blow the roof off, and the Freedom Bowl is just going to continue to get bigger and bigger.” Alpharetta head coach Jacob Nichols said the Raiders are excited to join the fray of top programs competing over Labor Day weekend. “Being in the Freedom Bowl is awesome,” Nichols said. “You look at the slate of games and all those impressive teams, it’s awesome to be included in a group with that kind of caliber of programs.” Clack and Nichols both said they felt there is no better way to start the weekend than with what should be a raucous crowd of rival schools when the Eagles take on the Raiders. “We were very happy in the end that the scheduling works out and we can continue our cross-town rivalry,” Nicholson said. “What better way to kick it off than a packed house with a rowdy crowd

Freedom Bowl schedule Game 1 (Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.): Alpharetta vs. Milton Game 2 (Aug. 30, 5 p.m.): Pickerington Central (OH) vs. Winter Park (FL) Game 3 (Aug. 30, 8:30 p.m.): Cocoa (FL) vs. Hoover (AL) Game 4 (Aug. 31, 10:30 a.m.): Bishop Sycamore (OH) vs. Daytona Mainland (FL) Game 5 (Aug. 31, 2:30 p.m.): Clearwater Central Catholic (FL) vs. Brentwood Academy (TN) Game 6 (Aug. 31, 7 p.m.): UMSWright (AL) vs. Western (FL) on a Thursday night. It will generate a lot of excitement for the event and for our kids and coaches.” Both head coaches are also looking forward to connecting with the coaches and players of the 11 other teams. “That is something we are definitely looking forward to, being able to interact with all these kids and coaches from great programs around the country,” Clack said. Host Milton will welcome rivals Alpharetta to begin the Freedom Bowl with a rare Thursday night game. Ohio’s Pickerington Central, 2018 Ohio state semifinalist, takes on Florida’s Winter Park Friday, followed by Hoover, a 14-time state Alabama state champion, taking on Cocoa, the 2018 Florida Class AAAA state runner-up. Three games are slated for Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. with Bishop Sycamore taking on Daytona Mainland. At 2:30 p.m. Clearwater Central Catholic battles Tennessee’s Division II Class AAA state champs Brentwood Academy. Alabama Class AAAA state champions UMS-Wright and Florida’s Western will close out the weekend action with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. In addition to a slate of games, the Freedom Bowl emphasizes character, leadership and teamwork skills and honors those who have served the country.

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What’s my excuse? By LEE CHADWICK Guest contributor I recently watched a Ted Talk about a beautiful, young woman radiant with pride, describing her years of training to run a marathon. She was born with Chadwick multiple sclerosis and the twisted, uncooperative limbs that frequently accompany this disease. She trained for three years to accomplish this dream. When she was ready, race producers agreed to let her start 12 hours prior to start time so she would be on the track with the other runners for a thrilling few hours. Our successful runner did this on crutches for a period in which some runners could do three back-to-back marathons. But she did it; she finished the course eight hours after the last runner and was clearly thrilled by the experience. To understand this is very humbling. How dare I ever think anything I do or endure is hard? This instantly redefined my idea of what was even possible! Where did she get the will? And why was it summoned in the first place? This started me on an inquiry about what it is that sometimes comes with specific limitations that forces people to really push the envelope way past traditional challenges.  Australian activist Stella Young said, “Most journalists seem utterly incapable of writing on, or talking about a disability without using phrases like....brave, overcoming the odds, wheelchair-bound, or my [her] favorite: inspiration.” Young’s objection is that these observations are generated from pity. The real goal for inclusion is to see each of us as equal but different, regardless of the actual specifics. I understand the range of possible differences is huge; some invite inclusion easily, others, more severe — physical, intellectual, or emotional — require special adjustments for environments and for the people in these places as well.   How can we do a better job? Can we acknowledge and admire the resilience and creativity we see in people managing difficult differences without pity or condensation? What behavior from a so-called able-bodied person is read as respect for these achievements? When we actually may be… (dare I say it)... inspired? My inquiry led me to enAble of Georgia originally founded in 1979, now rebranded InCommunity. This organization is a 501(c) (3) supporting people

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Johns Creek Chorale schedules tribute to Disney performance By CARSON COOK JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The Johns Creek Choral and Tapestry Woman’s Choir will wrap up their season with a tribute to Disney. The “Walt Vault” concert will be April 27 at Johns Creek United Methodist Church beginning at 5 p.m. There will be costumed character performers at the church before the concert to take photos with children. Attendees are also encouraged to dress up as their favorite Disney characters. “It’s very family friendly,” Musical Director Nathan Frank said. “It’s going to be laid back. It will be a good concert for people to come to.” “The spring concert is always one of our lighter concerts,” Frank continued. “We’ve done musical theatre and pop in the past, and we know people just absolutely love Disney, so we thought we would give it a whirl.” The concert will feature music from “The Lion King,” “Mary Poppins,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid” and more. “It’s every hit that you know. We’re certainly doing ‘Let It Go,’ but we don’t want people not to come because of that,” Frank joked. Tickets can be purchased online through Tickets are $15 or $10 for military members and seniors 65 and older. Children


The “Walt’s Vault” concert will feature Disney classics like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult with a paid ticket. Auditions are conducted on a rolling basis. If you’re interested in singing with the Chorale or Tapestry in the 20192020 seasons, visit their website or email for more information.

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Emory to host 5K Azalea Festival Invitational Art Exhibition kicks off and health festival JOHNS CREEK, Ga. —Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) will host its annual 5K Scrub Run and community health festival May 18. The festival will kick off at 8 a.m. with the 5K run and walk, and the 100-yard dash for children 10 and under will start at 9 a.m. Free health screenings will be offered at the health festival including: cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI) calculations. The event will also feature a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate Leadership Johns Creek’s project for a new adaptive vehicle. This project will help people with mild cognitive impairments, injuries and disabilities drive safely. An awards ceremony and raffle will take place after the race participants finish the course. Attendees can also enjoy face painting for children, a bouncy house, free food, music and access to dozens of community vendors. Race registration will be on, and proceeds from the event will benefit the Chattahoochee High School Cross Country Team and the Emory Johns Creek Hospital Foundation.

ROSWELL, Ga. — Dozens of residents turned out on April 4 to Synovus Bank to celebrate the opening of the annual Invitational Art Exhibition. The exhibition includes a display of local multi-media art, including painting, pottery, metal sculpture and floral design from seven artists and two floral designers. This is the first year for floral design. The exhibition is available to view the rest of the month of April in conjunction with the Roswell Azalea Festival. The Best Little Flower Shop in Roswell and Hamilton Flowers and Decor will maintain and replace the floral arrangements for the entire art exhibition.   All of the artists have educational backgrounds and training in the fine arts, metalworking or sculpture. Many have master’s degrees in their specialty from The Savannah College of Art and Design or similar institutions. At the reception the artists were honored and introduced to speak of their inspirations.   Some of the participating artists include AJ Argentina, Michael Dillon, Kristopher Graper, Ian Greathead, Megan McKeithan and Matthew Phillips. For more information about the exhibit and the Azalea Festival, visit roswellazaleafLocal artist Ann Bailey created a live painting of the Invitational Art bition reception on April 4 at Synovus Bank to commemorate the event.

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PURPOSE Restaurant Consumption on Premises Beer, Wine, Liquor, Sunday Sales APPLICANT FABS Family Restaurant, Inc. d/b/a Ippolito’s Italian Restaurant 12850 Alpharetta Hwy #2500 Alpharetta, GA 30004 Owner Daniel Smith Registered Agent Kimberly B. Smith CITY OF ALPHARETTA PUBLIC NOTICE PH-19-AB-09 PLACE City Hall Two Park Plaza Council Chambers April 25, 2019 2:30 P.M. PURPOSE Consumption on Premises Beer, Wine, Sunday Sales APPLICANT The Savory Gourmet LLC d/b/a Savory Gourmet LLC 50 Canton Street Suite 110 Alpharetta, GA 30009 Owner Carolyn Robinson Registered Agent Beth Johnson

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Woman’s cell phone stolen from restaurant counter ALPHARETTA, Ga. — A woman called police April 1 after her phone was stolen at work at the Burger King on Haynes Bridge Road. At 6 a.m. that morning, three men entered the restaurant and asked to use the store phone to make two calls. The calls were made to different numbers with Florida area codes. One of the men, during the calls, grabbed the woman’s phone from the counter beside the register and ran outside. The woman said she last saw the men heading

ROSWELL, Ga. — A woman called police April 2 after she realized that someone was attempting to scam her. The woman had posted her ottoman on Craigslist to sell for $300. She received an email from an interested buyer. The buyer said they would send the woman a cashier’s check for $1,600 to cash — $300 for the woman and the rest for the movers. Suspicious, the woman told the buyer she would not accept the check and attempted to cut off contact. But a few days later, the woman received the check. She did not cash it, and instead, called police. | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | April 18, 2019 | 37

Legislature: Continued from Page 4 Telecom regulation SB 66, Streamlining Wireless Facilities and Antennas Act Status: Passed by Legislature Summary: This bill was designed to streamline the deployment of wireless broadband in public rights of way. Proponents of the bill say it will incentivize telecom companies to expand 5G coverage across the state, meaning faster internet speeds. Opponents, including some Alpharetta and Johns Creek officials, say it restricts local municipalities’ ability to regulate their rights of way. Roll Call: Albers, Y Beach, Y Martin, N Robichaux, Y

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Jerry Lee Dick, 85, of Cumming, passed away April 8, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory. James Flowers, 76, of Roswell, passed away April 6, 2019. Arrangements by Northside Chapel Funeral Directors & Crematory.

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