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Arts Center dances into Hispanic Heritage Month

ROSWELL, Ga. — The La Candela Flamenco dance company brought their Hispanic Heritage Celebration show to the Roswell Cultural Arts Center Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. The show took audience members on a “cultural journey” through the rich history of the Spanish art form known as “flamenco.” Company Director

Ania Bartelmus, also known as “La Candela,” led the show bringing a night of traditional dance and musical performance.

“Flamenco is more than just dance and music,” Bartelmus said. “It’s also a culture and a way of life for people and has a very rich history. Living here in the U.S., I was always thinking how to bring flamenco closer to people.”

Through its Spanish, African and Jewish influences, the diverse art form remains an important part of Spanish and Latin American culture. Since 2014, Bartelmus has worked to bring this art to the masses through a diverse group of musicians from around the globe. Priding themselves on their diversity, the company aims to “educate and inspire” those who attend their shows.

“All of this, I hope, is a good

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County town hall focuses on elections

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Alpharetta considers short-term rental rules

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Fulton School Board shares safety plans

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Bond payments nudge Roswell tax rate upward

ROSWELL, Ga. — The Roswell City Council unanimously approved an increase in the property tax rate at its Sept. 18 meeting.

A second hearing, required by state law, will be Sept. 25.

The overall increase – from 4.463 to 4.949 mills – comes in the wake of higher debt service on voter-approved bonds the city issued for major municipal projects.

While the City Council determines the tax revenues required to run day-to-day government operations, the debt service on bonds is mostly determined by local voters through a referendum.

Back in May, the city sold the first round of general obligation bonds approved by voters in the November 2022 election.

The nearly $180 million general obligation bond referendum was split into three major project areas: parks and recreation, public safety and a downtown parking deck.

The tax rate, or millage, is set annually by the mayor and council. A tax rate of one mill represents a tax liability of one dollar per $1,000 of assessed property value.

This year’s tax rate increase was

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Dick’s Sporting Goods reports felony shoplifting

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta police are pursuing a suspect for felony shoplifting Sept. 11 at the Dick’s Sporting Goods on North Point Parkway.

The store manager reported one man and three women entered the store, and a female suspect took some $1,010 of merchandise and left the store without paying.

The three remaining suspects did not participate in the theft, but the four left together in a Jeep Compass and headed north on North Point Parkway, the report states.

Officers reported searching for the license plate in the Georgia Crime Information Center, which showed the registered owner of the vehicle has outstanding warrants in Cobb and DeKalb counties for theft and shoplifting.

The store manager told officers he intends to press charges.

Alpharetta woman defrauded of $2,500 in bank phone scam

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — An Alpharetta woman reported she was defrauded of $2,500 Sept. 9 after a string of phone scams.

The victim told officers her personal computer had locked Sept. 8 with a message advising her to call the Microsoft Defender Security Center. She reported calling the number that was displayed, and a man told her she had a virus on her computer and had been hacked.

The suspect suggested the victim

contact her bank, then transferred her to a woman with a New Jersey phone number who claimed she was with Bank of America, the report states.

The alleged bank employee said the victim had a pending withdrawal from her savings account, and she told the victim to withdraw $2,500 and deposit it into a Bitcoin virtual wallet ATM.

The victim reported completing the transaction, but the following morning, the suspect called her again and instructed her to withdraw the rest of her money and repeat the process. The victim did not complete the second transaction, and she transferred her money to a new account, the report states.

After the victim canceled her Bitcoin account and reported it as fraud, she received another phone call labeled the Milton Police Department. The caller referenced her recent trouble with Bank of America, and she ended the call and contacted the police.

Roswell woman cited for DUI after allegedly rear-ending car

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Alpharetta police arrested a 63-year-old Roswell woman Sept. 11 on DUI charges after she allegedly rearended another vehicle and failed multiple sobriety tests on Haynes Bridge Road.

Officers reported responding to a crash with a suspected intoxicated driver around 2 p.m. at the intersection of Haynes Bridge Road and the southbound Ga. 400 exit ramp. The suspect, whom officers determined to be at fault, said she did not know what happened during the crash, but the front of her vehicle collided with the rear of another, the report states.

When officers asked the suspect to exit her vehicle and confirm the

damage, she swayed and could not maintain her balance, the report states. Officers asked the suspect for her driver’s license, which she provided after removing a handful of bank cards.

Officers reported asking the suspect if she had consumed alcohol, and she said she drank “The Djokovic” the night before while watching a tennis match at home. She also said she drank a glass or two of wine. She reportedly changed her answer multiple times.

Officers observed the suspect had bloodshot and watery eyes. She agreed to take field sobriety tests but could not follow instructions, the report states, and she showed multiple signs of impairment. She also reportedly refused a blood and a breath test.

She was charged with misdemeanor DUI alcohol and following too closely and was transported to the North Fulton County Jail after being cleared by staff at Wellstar North Fulton Medical Center.

Woman reports car stolen on Mid Broadwell Road

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — An Alpharetta woman reported her car stolen had been stolen from in front of her apartment on Mid Broadwell Road overnight Sept. 11.

The victim reported she returned home and parked her Ford Edge in front of her apartment around 7:30 p.m. the night before, and she had left her purse in her car. When she came outside the next morning her car was missing, the report states.

Officers reported searching Flock camera footage, but they only found shots of the victim in the vehicle. She also said she is current with her car payments, so it could not have been repossessed, the report states.

No suspects have been identified.

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Election issues create stir at county town hall

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — North Fulton residents raised pointed questions about elections Sept. 14 at a town hall sponsored by Fulton County Commissioner Bridget Thorne.

Thorne, who represents Johns Creek, parts of Roswell, Alpharetta and Sandy Springs, hosted the meeting at the Alpharetta Branch Library and invited the county’s new Board of Registration and Elections Chair Patrise Perkins-Hooker and the new Republican board member Michael Heekin to answer questions from the crowd of about 50.

The Fulton County Commission had substituted Chairman Robb Pitts’ original nominee Lee Morris, a Republican who had served on the County Commission, for PerkinsHooker, a Democrat and former Fulton County attorney. After Pitts received backlash in the strongly Democratic county, Morris backed out from his nomination to avoid divisiveness.

Heekin was appointed from a pool of two Republican nominees to the BRE, a five-member board consisting of a chair, two Republicans and two Democrats.

The County Commission rejected Republican Jason Frazier, in a 3-2 vote in June. Frazier, who attended the town hall, is known for challenging the eligibility of thousands of voters. The BRE still has a Republican vacancy.

Frazier sat beside his wife Lucia

Frazier and Matt Rowenczak. All are Roswell residents.

All three had frequented Milton Election Feasibility Committee meetings, commenting to the six-member group tasked with studying whether Milton could divorce itself from Fulton County to run its own municipal elections. Milton is one of two Fulton County cities conducting their own election this year.

In their comments to the Milton committee, the three criticized Fulton County’s election management and pushed toward the city hand-counting paper ballots.

Questions about Fulton County adopting hand-counting paper ballots were posed to Perkins-Hooker, citing concerns about a technical error that occurred in the DeKalb County Commission race last year.

“We don't use it because it's too unwieldy with regard to the number of votes and ballots that are cast,” she said. “We're not going to change that policy just because a few people, a few

people, are interested in having handcounted ballots.”

Perkins-Hooker said a change to hand-counting paper ballots would have to go through the state Legislature or through the county government. She said Fulton County uses ballot machines according to state policies and regulations.

Some audience members also requested flexible, part-time schedules for poll workers on a more permanent basis. This is the first year Fulton County is assigning poll workers parttime shifts, and Perkins-Hooker said the decision is an experiment.

“We will make a decision based upon the actual experiences, but it's not just because other counties do it,” PerkinsHooker said. “We don't do that. We do it the Fulton way, and we do it such that Fulton voters get a chance to have an experience that's better than most counties.”

Rowenczak shouted that PerkinsHooker’s response was a “cop out.”

Perkins-Hooker also answered questions about ensuring diversity among party affiliations of those who work the polls. But she said there’s not a line item on an application that asks whether the applicant is a Democrat or Republican because the selection process is nonpartisan.

County Commissioner Thorne introduced the “hot topic” of voter registration to Perkins-Hooker. Local media reported recently the Secretary of State had purged nearly 190,000 names from Georgia’s voter rolls. Earlier that day, Perkins-Hooker said the BRE reported that 20,000 of those were in Fulton County.

The process of cleaning voter rolls takes a long time, she said.

“It will continue to take a long time because we have numerous registrants who are constantly applying to Fulton County, as well as numerous people who are transferring out of Fulton County,” Perkins-Hooker said.


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This map shows the 304 parcels in the city, highlighted in green, that are in agricultural zoning districts. Proposed Unified Development Code changes would allow the 256 agricultural properties that are considered residential to operate a shortterm rental.

Alpharetta ponders ordinance to regulate short-term rentals

ALPHARETTA, Ga. — The Alpharetta City Council is considering its first ordinance that would regulate shortterm rentals in the city.

City Attorney Molly Esswein presented the item for discussion Sept. 18 at a work session. Esswein drafted the proposed amendments, which she said were based on Forsyth County code. With Lake Lanier rentals drawing crowds, Forsyth County has taken the lead on the issue.

The proposed regulations include revisions to the Alpharetta Unified Development Code to allow shortterm rentals if an applicant receives a conditional use permit for a property in an agriculture zoning district.

Of the 304 properties zoned agricultural in Alpharetta, 256 are classified as residential property, and they would qualify to operate a shortterm rental moving forward.

“The UDC revision would apply, going forward only, you would have to consider, with the grandfathering issue,” she said. “And that would mean that if

someone has been operating as a shortterm rental up until this point, we would need to determine how we would want to move forward with them.”

She said property owners who can prove they have been lawfully operating a short-term rental can apply for a permit, even if the operation was not on agricultural property. These homeowners would still require a license.

The city would also revise its Code of Ordinances to require a license and operational requirements for short-term rentals.

The proposal comes after the rise of rental brokers such as Airbnb and Vrbo, popular alternatives to traditional hotels that allow guests to rent a privately owned property.

The UDC updates would define short-term rentals as accommodations that are rented by guests for fewer than 30 days and set conditional use permit requirements based on size, location and occupancy.

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an annual license that would establish qualifications and the ability to revoke the license or impose penalties for violations.

City Finance Director Tom Harris said Airbnb and Vrbo short-term rentals in Alpharetta contribute some $15,000 monthly in hotel-motel excise taxes. If the proposal is later approved, individual short-term rental owners would also be regulated.

Mayor Jim Gilvin said he initiated drafting the proposed changes after hearing frrom Alpharetta residents who expressed concerns about the inability to regulate short-term rentals in their neighborhoods.

“It’s not just that they can’t do it,” Gilvin said. “It’s that it’s easier for a governmental entity to enforce it in a city than it is for each individual neighborhood to try to enforce that. Some of these neighborhoods are large; some are small; some of them have resources; and some of them really do not.”

He said the ordinance and code changes have been three or four years in the making.

Councilmembers were ultimately supportive of the proposal. Mayor Pro Tem Dan Merkel and councilmen Doug DeRito and Donald Mitchell agreed the city should address the growing interest in short-term rentals.

Merkel and DeRito said the regulations could address the issue of property management companies buying homes rather than private citizens.


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“Corporate buying houses for rental is a big thing,” Merkel said. “It’s happening now, and I think this is an opportunity for us to get ahead of it.”

DeRito expressed concerns about the city’s ability to enforce the codes.

But Councilman Brian Will said the creation of new regulations could be government oversight to address the issue of a minority of Alpharetta residents.

Will noted a subdivision could adopt its own regulation on short-term rentals, and while Esswein agreed, she emphasized such regulations would not be possible for residents who do not have homeowners associations.

“And so, we as a city are creating an entire new bureaucracy, which is going to require enforcement, to do something that only a few people are asking to be done,” Will said. “And that, in my opinion, is not our job.”

The proposed ordinance and UDC amendments are subject to change pending future discussion by the City Council.

At the regular meeting that followed the work session, Gilvin recognized the Daughters of the American Revolution Patriots of Liberty chapter and proclaimed Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

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Couples Academy isolates on marriages in crisis stage

MILTON, Ga. — Hasani and Danielle Pettiford, owners of Couples Academy, will soon celebrate 21 years of marriage. But as they sat closely on the couch in their Milton home, they recalled a time when that benchmark felt impossible.

Hasani said couples tend to struggle in five areas — communication, sex, parenting, finances and loss, though communication is the common denominator.

“We suffered from all five of them. All of it,” Hasani said. “Broke, busted and disgusted, didn’t have a pot to pee in, a window to throw it out of … We had to crawl our way out.”

Danielle said she had asked Hasani to go to counseling time and time again, and eventually checked out. But something in him changed one day, she said, and he started watching therapeutic VHS tapes to begin a journey of self-repair.

“We found some therapists that turned everything around and gave us a different experience, where we were working on ourselves,” Danielle said. “... They really helped us center on our own development.”

In the trenches

The Pettifords saved their marriage and began sharing their story with other couples at casual gatherings at their home, laughing and playing cards. But the pair

realized some of these couples would pour out their marital issues in search of the same level of happiness they had discovered.

So, Hasani and Danielle decided to take their positions more

seriously and become certified as marriage and family coaches.

“Once we became infidelity recovery specialists, it seems like 99 percent of all our clients kind of fit in that category,” Hasani said.

What separates the Pettifords from other marriage counselors is that they deal with crises, those on the verge of divorce, impacted by an

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“It’s beyond ‘Hey, have a date night and just learn to communicate better,’” Hasani said. “We get in the trenches, and deal with some heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy issues that most practitioners are not equipped for, become overwhelmed by and may refer out because that’s just not their thing.”

Since becoming infidelity recovery specialists a decade ago, Hasani said only eight couples who have gone through programs at the Couples Academy have divorced.

Connecting the dots

Couples can take one of two routes at Couples Academy. One is the traditional path consisting of weekly sessions led by one of 15 practitioners. But the Pettifords said this is not ideal.

“If somebody chooses the traditional weekly model, the national statistics suggest that the average couple engages in about 16 to 20 sessions before they wind up stopping,” Hasani said.

Couples stop, not because the process is completed, he said, but

because they either haven’t seen enough breakthrough or because it’s too costly. Yet, it takes one to two years to heal from an affair, Hasani said.

The preferred path is an intensive, three-prong approach.

The first step is attending a “Last Chance” weekend, where four to eight couples participate in experiential learning exercises, a process that includes a “shock factor.”

“We connect dots, and we walk you through a journey to get you to a final destination,” Hasani said.

Those weekends are three, 12- to 16-hour days that consist of teambuilding activities, like hiking Stone Mountain or climbing a 30-foot pole blindfolded.

“You see that partnership, and they make it together,” Danielle said.

Couples then participate in a 12-week program, exclusive to husbands and wives, tackling different obstacles on the individual level. This is followed by what the Pettifords call “building your kingdom,” where couples tap into the power of their partnerships.

“We’re not just interested in saving your marriage,” Hasani said. “There’s so much more behind that.”

Atlanta Fine Homes signs lease at Avalon

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Community meeting updates patrons on school safety initiatives, calendar

MILTON, Ga. — Northwestern Middle School held a community meeting at 9:30 a.m., Sept. 14 in the school’s media center. The meeting was presented by Fulton County School Board members

Lillie Pozatek and Katha Stuart to update parents and faculty on the police department’s latest safety and security measures and the current layout of the 2024-2025 school year calendar. The gathering opened with a musical performance from the school’s choir before Fulton County Schools Police Chief Mark Sulborski spoke on weapon detection testing.

“We have a new technology coming to the district,” Sulborski said. “We’re going to actually be implementing something that is better than the traditional type of metal detector. It’s a mass detector… It’s going to be all self-contained, we set it up, we’ll funnel everyone that’s coming into your school into one, pack it up, and leave…We’re not creating a new wheel. We’re basing it on what other people have done and have been very successful with.”

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location of a potential weapon more precisely.

“It’s not going to be at schools permanently, it’s going to be random.” Stuart said. “It’s really a phenomenal technology…If I have something in my bag that is detected as a gun, I am going to be pulled out to the side so that everyone can come on through. It’s one more tool in our arsenal of keeping your kids safe.”

Stuart and Pozatek discussed some of the key changes to the school calendar for next year. The most substantial is the addition of a full week break for staff and students in the fall and winter as opposed to shortened school weeks. By putting this into action, the School Board hopes to decrease the number of students missing important class

material. Board members plan to finalize the calendar in December.

“One of the things that I think we’re all on the same page about is that we want to make sure our students are getting continuous education,” Pozatek said. “I trust our principals and our teachers and our curriculum. They are the experts.”

The two continued to answer questions from the attendees before providing dates for upcoming meetings. Pozatek holds her next community meeting at Alpharetta High School on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. Stuart’s next meeting will be at Roswell High School on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.

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PHOTOS BY ADAM DARBY/APPEN MEDIA Lillie Pozatek and Katha Stuart held a Community Meeting for parents and faculty to discuss next year’s school calendar and the police department’s latest safety and security measures. Chief Mark Sulborski informed attendees on the increased usage of bodycams for the school’s officers before describing the implementation of new weapon detection technology.


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buffered by a rise in property values, according to Councilwoman Christine Hall, liaison to the Finance Department. While the City Council reduced the property tax rate to fund government operations, the debt service on the bonds increased.

Without the bond payment increase, the average Roswell homeowner – with a house valued at $575,000 – would have seen their tax bill drop by a little more than $72.


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way to inspire everyone…we want people to see that diversity and feel our passion,” Bartelmus said. “The mission of the company is to bring diverse people together and inspire them through traditional and reimagined flamenco performances.”

In 2018, La Candela Flamenco expanded its shows to include Latin and world music. After a hiatus during the global pandemic, the company has primarily performed the show for several schools and corporate events on a smaller scale with fewer band members. This month marks the first time the company has brough the show to a major stage for a full-blown production with a full band.

“This is the first time we are doing the show with a bigger ensemble. This year, it became a full production with six people total,” Bartelmus said. “Hopefully next year, it will grow, and we’ll get opportunities to show it outside of Atlanta as well.”

La Candela Flamenco plans to take more flamenco shows to North Carolina later this year. They are currently working on a program, “Inspiración,” with the goal of bringing flamenco to different people. But as they continue to perform in front of different audiences, they enjoy each “rewarding” experience.

“Flamenco is an art that speaks to everyone, and everyone finds something for themselves,” Bartelmus said.

To learn more about La Candela Flamenco and their upcoming events, visit

City officials estimate that the proposed levy will represent a city tax bill of $1,138.27 for the average homeowner.

Overall, the bond payment portion of the tax bill increased by 0.8 mills.

The net effect on the property tax mill levy is just under a half-mill more than last year, Hall said.

“People will say, ‘You raised taxes’, and that’s not true,” Hall said. “The total millage rate is higher, but that includes the bond, and the bond is not something we [the City Council] control.”

Roswell plans to spend more this year.

The City Council passed a $100.5 operating budget in June, up 6 percent from last year. The figure does not include another $94 million allocated for one-time capital expenses, like road resurfacing and new equipment.

Nearly two-thirds of the operating budget is designated for employee sala-

ries and benefits. It includes funds for 25 new Fire Department positions as the agency transitions to a full-time staff.

In other business Sept. 18, the council passed a resolution designating certain areas of the `city for expanded use of personal transportation vehicles (PTVs) – or golf carts. The measure primarily concentrates on street crossings where the posted speed limit is 25 mph or less.

The areas include:

• Hardscrabble Road at Wexford Club Drive: PTVs may cross Hardscrabble Road from Wexford Club Drive to the Hardscrabble Road multi-use path.

• Roundabout at Chaffin Road and Hardscrabble Road: PTVs are authorized to cross Chaffin Road at the roundabout using the multi-use trail crosswalk.

• Atlanta Street (Ga. 9) at Oxbo Road: PTVs may cross Atlanta Street at Oxbo Road. The measure is contingent upon approval by the GDOT because Ga. 9 is a state route.

• Magnolia Street at Mimosa Boulevard: PTVs can cross Magnolia Street at Mimosa Boulevard.

• Etris Road at Edenwilde Drive/Magnolia Crescent Drive: PTVs are authorized to cross Etris Road in the heavily residential neighborhood.

• Norcross Street at Fraser Street/Forrest Street PTVs are authorized to cross Norcross Street at Fraser Street/Forrest Street near the Roswell Library.

• Asphalt paved trail between Maple Street and Sloan Street: PTVs may use the 375-foot existing paved trail between Maple Street and Sloan Street. | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | September 21, 2023 | 13 NEWS
PHOTOS BY ADAM DARBY/APPEN MEDIA Since 2014, La Candela Flamenco has entertained audiences by bringing flamenco to the forefront of each performance. PHOTOS BY HAYDEN SUMLIN/APPEN MEDIA Top: Mayor Kurt Wilson and City Attorney David Davidson confer during the Sept. 18 City Council meeting at Roswell City Hall. Bottom: Councilwoman Christine Hall speaks with a Roswell resident at City Hall after the first public hearing on property taxes Sept. 18.

Alpharetta group to help sponsor Youth Sustainability Conference

SNELLVILLE, Ga. — A statewide event for youth interested in sustainability advocacy is coming to Snellville Nov. 4, intended to foster awareness, empowerment and lasting change.

This year, Green Cell, an Alpharettabased grassroots environmental nonprofit, is partnering with the United Nations’ Atlanta Chapter and the Georgia Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council to host the Georgia Youth Sustainability Conference at Shiloh High School from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Through dynamic workshops, interactive discussions and inspiring keynote speakers, the conference will equip attendees with the knowledge, tools and networks necessary to effect positive change in their communities and beyond.

This youth-led conference welcomes students, change-makers, members of middle and high school eco-clubs in Georgia as well as teachers and ecoclub sponsors to participate. There is expected to be 400-plus middle and high school students in attendance. Scholarships are available for

students from Title 1 schools, teachers and eco-club sponsors.

The deadline to register is for the third week of October. Now, there is an early bird pricing promotion, which slashes the cost from $30 to $20. There are also 50 percent discounts for groups of five students registering together. To register for the event, visit

The conference also invites organizations interested in setting up booths to showcase their sustainability efforts and offer internship and volunteering opportunities in various fields. For those interested in setting up a booth, visit product/booth-registration.

Service hour and appreciation certificates will be provided by the three partnering organizations to all volunteers. The GYSC 2023 Champion trophy will be awarded to the school with the most participants. An award for Best Poster will also be offered.

For more information, visit

Milton, Stonecreek Church co-host Touch-a-Truck event

Stroll along Blue Stone Road

MILTON, Ga. — Milton’s first Toucha-Truck event was held Sept. 9 at the Stonecreek Church parking lot at 13540 Ga. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In collaboration between the City’s police and fire-rescue departments and the church, the family-friendly outing provided children with the opportunity to explore and interact with several different trucks, police cars, heavyduty equipment and other large vehicles.

First responders and local business owners were stationed at each vehicle to answer questions about how it worked and their involvement within the community. Local sponsors included The Junkluggers, Reid Casey Real Estate, Karate Atlanta, The Yoga Loft, Goldfish Swim School, and others. The free event also included music, food trucks, face painting, bounce houses, crafts and other children’s activities.

“When my children were little, I used to come to Touch-a-Truck,” said Kelly Rosen, a community outreach volunteer for the Milton Fire Corps. “There are a lot of people here…and not just [from] Milton, but people come from Alpharetta, Cumming, Woodstock, and all over this area because kids love trucks…it’s a great family event.”

For more than 20 years, touch-atruck events have remained an annual staple throughout Metro Atlanta. Due to the global pandemic, gatherings like these were cancelled in 2020 before making a return the following year. While previously held in surrounding cities like Alpharetta, this marks the first year for Milton. Vehicles included a Milton Police patrol car, Milton FireRescue engine, a horse trailer and a John Deere tractor.

“It’s such a good event,” said Keith Tenuto, owner of the Junkluggers of North Atlanta, and a primary sponsor for the event. “When kids are learning at early ages, one of the first things they learn about is a firetruck or a police truck or an ambulance, and so having that stuff available so that they can be involved and physically go inside the truck and see it with their own eyes, I think it’s just an important thing for them learning-wise. For local business owners like myself, it just gives us the opportunity to be a part of that as well.”

With several hundred guests in attendance, the popular event continues to receive positive feedback from the community and its many sponsors. For more information on this or other Milton community events, contact Milton Community Outreach Manager Emily Salerno at Emily.

Live music on multiple stages • Artist market • Unique performances • Food vendors
ADAM DARBY/APPEN MEDIA Milton police and fire rescue personnel joined with local businesses to provide large vehicles and machinery for children to explore. Sept. 9 marked Milton’s first year hosting a Touch-a-Truck event for families and residents.

Georgia public safety chief Chris Wright steps down

ATLANTA – Col. Chris Wright will retire from his position as commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety Oct. 1 after three years in the leadership post, Gov. Brian Kemp announced Thursday.

The state Board of Public Safety voted Sept. 14 to promote Lt. Col. William “Billy” Hitchens III, the agency’s deputy commissioner, to succeed Wright.

Kemp praised Wright for leading the Georgia State Patrol during a difficult period in its history.

“During times of civil unrest and the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, Colonel Wright demonstrated resilience, foresight, and strength that has led to

reductions in crime and safer communities all across Georgia,” the governor said.

Besides serving as deputy commissioner, Hitchens also oversees the state patrol, the public safety agency’s Motor Carrier Compliance Division and the Capitol Police. After graduating from the 69th Trooper School in 1995, he was assigned to Centennial Olympic Park during the 1996 Summer Olympics and received a Meritorious Service Award for his

actions prior to and immediate after the bombing.

Also on Sept. 14, the Public Safety Board confirmed Maj. Kendrick Lowe to step up to deputy public safety commissioner and promoted Lt. Col. Joshua Lamb to the role of assistant commissioner.

This story is available through a news partnership with Capitol Beat News Service, a project of the Georgia Press Educational Foundation.

Forsyth County libraries schedule international film festival

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Public Library system will host the 26th annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival Sept. 28-Oct. 8. The festival will feature 10 short films that qualify for the 2024 Oscar Awards. The finalists include “Sunless,” “The Family Circus” and “Career Day” from the United States; “Voice Activated” from Australia; “Yellow” from Afghanistan; and “Tuulikki” from Finland.

“Snail” from Iran, “The Record” from Switzerland, “The Stupid Boy” from the United Kingdom and “Soleil De Nuit” from Canada will also be shown at the festival. The 10 short films will be presented together over six days at libraries across the county.

Forsyth County Public Library Programming Manager Kim Ottesen said audiences will judge the short films and vote on the Best Film and Best Actor awards.

“MANHATTAN SHORT is for anyone who loves movies, the Oscars, or the feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself,” Ottesen said.

The films will be shown together for a runtime and voting period of roughly 2 hours and 20 minutes. Admission to the event is free and open to the public. Library staff said the program is for adult audiences.

MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival screening times

2 p.m. Sept. 30 at Hampton Park Library

2 p.m. Oct. 1 at Cumming Library

6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Sharon Forks Library

6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Hampton Park Library

6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at Post Road Library

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Students poll dog owners about managing pet waste

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — In an effort to improve the city’s water quality, five inspired students capitalized on Johns Creek’s Pup-a-Palooza by handing out surveys to dog owners relaying the importance of waste disposal.

Despite the rain, around 200 people attended the event at Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater in Newtown Park Sept. 16. Pup-a-Palooza, which has been around for a decade, had

contests for Best Dressed Dog and Best Dog Trick in addition to vendors selling dog treats and dog-themed goods. There were also nonprofit animal rescues looking for those willing to foster and adopt.

But while dog enthusiasts made their way around the market, so did members of Student Leadership Johns Creek, a two-year emerging leadership program for high school students. They handed out brochures about the city’s stormwater system

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PHOTOS BY AMBER PERRY/APPEN MEDIA Top: From left, Lakshana Ramanan, Neha Gurram, Maggie Dowd, Sana Fatima and David Cooper are Student Leadership Johns Creek members who handed out surveys to dog owners about the impact of pet waste on the city’s waterways at Pup-a-Palooza Sept. 16. Bottom: Rebecca Ferrante’s two dogs, Avery and Molly, are dressed as lions for Pup-a-Palooza Sept. 16. Avery, a chihuahua mix, was recently bitten in the eye by a copperhead while walking in Ferrante’s Roswell neighborhood and was rushed to an emergency animal hospital where she was treated with anti-venom. PUP-A-PALOOZA


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as well as a survey, developed after meeting with Johns Creek city staff about solutions to elevated E. coli levels in the city’s beloved waterways.

According to one Watershed Stormwater Master Plan completed this year for Johns Creek, pet waste is likely the leading cause of fecal coliform pollution.

Neha Gurram, a junior at Northview High School, said the survey asked dog owners how often they dispose of their pet waste and what the city could do to make the effort more possible. Pup-aPalooza was their first outreach and education event for the project.

“The results are really leaning towards the city installing more pet waste stations,” Gurram said. “A lot of residents are not happy with how many there are right now.”

Lakshana Ramanan, a senior at Fulton County Schools Innovation Academy, said the group chose the community project once they realized how big of an issue pet waste can be for the environment. Ramanan said pet waste, if it isn’t discarded properly, goes in the city’s stormwater drains and affects waterways used for drinking water.

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PHOTOS BY AMBER PERRY/APPEN MEDIA Pup-a-Palooza, held at the Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater in Newtown Park, saw around 300 people. Some entered their dogs into Best Dressed Dog and Best Dog Trick contests. There were also pet care vendors and nonprofit animal rescues at the event. A Girl Scout sells doggy treats at Pup-a-Palooza Sept. 16. Peachtree Corners residents Brenda Garza and her daughter stand with Goldie, their 4-year-old Goldendoodle, at Pup-a-Palooza Sept. 16. While Goldie didn’t place in this year’s Best Dressed Dog contest, she won first place in last year’s Pup-aPalooza with a traditional Mexican outfit for Hispanic Heritage Month.

Johns Creek City Council clashes over unused cash

Formal decision delayed on $8 million carryover

JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Johns Creek is struggling to agree on what to do with $8.5 million sitting in leftover cash from the current budget year which ends Sept. 30.

The surplus remains unallocated following what may have been the most heated argument among the current council Sept. 12.

At stake is whether Creekside Park will be fully funded for a possible groundbreaking next year, or whether the city’s oldest fire station, Fire Station 63, will see additional money toward a replacement. The building is experiencing structural issues as well as mold.

Before the council was a budget amendment – drafted from a split discussion at an earlier council work session – that would allocate $550,000 of the surplus to retention bonuses and City Hall improvements, with the remainder going to fund Creekside Park.

Creekside Park is a proposed centerpiece anchoring the city’s 192-acre Town Center project at Medlock Bridge

and McGinnis Ferry roads. The site will be home to Medley, a mixed-use development headed by Avalon developer Mark Toro. It will also feature a new $62.5 million manufacturing facility for Boston Scientific.

Plans for the 21-acre park include an amphitheater, a playground, multi-use trails, a boardwalk, fountains and an underpass on Medlock Bridge Road.

Councilwoman Stacy Skinner initiated opposition to Councilwoman Erin Elwood’s motion to approve the item, saying it was fiscally irresponsible to prioritize Creekside Park over Fire Station 63 when the city had just opened Cauley Creek Park. The newly activated 203-acre park doubled the city’s park space.

“What we’re looking at is an $8 or possibly $9 million fire station,” Skinner said. “... As much as I would love to continue activating the Town Center, I can’t with good conscience support this motion.”

Councilmembers Bob Erramilli and Larry DiBiase followed suit, both characterizing the park as a luxury and the fire station as critical infrastructure.

“The Fire Department needs to meet how many minutes it takes to get on site,” DiBiase said. “I don’t want to risk that for [Creekside Park].”

Bradberry called the council discussion

Johns Creek Mayor John Bradberry responds to comments about the fiscal year 2023 surplus at the Sept. 12 City Council meeting. A measure to allocate nearly all of the $8.5 million surplus to Creekside Park failed, and the issue will be brought back before the council at a later special-called meeting.

“political theater,” and said DiBiase’s comments on fire response times was a “scare tactic.”

Elwood also weighed in.

“I am personally offended by the insinuation that we are risking fire safety response times in this budget surplus decision tonight, because I have seen absolutely no evidence to that fact,” Elwood said.

Bradberry said he has already pledged to submit a fiscal year 2025 budget that

contributes money toward Fire Station 63. He expects available funds for capital improvements to be around $5 million.

“It’s a false choice, it’s demagoguery to make it sound like that the fire station will not be able to be built when the plans are ready,” Bradberry said. “We do not own the land. We do not have the plans.”

With Councilman Chris Coughlin absent, the item maintained an even-split vote and will be forwarded to a specialcalled meeting.

In other matters Tuesday night, the council voted unanimously to adopt the $78.8 million fiscal year 2024 budget. Several updates were drafted, including a $250,000 allocation toward the city’s effort to conduct its 2025 general municipal election.

Councilmembers also discussed the multi-jurisdictional McGinnis Ferry Road widening project, from Union Hill Road to Sargent Road, in its work session and agreed to increase the city’s contribution by $3 million. While construction for the project is expected to cost $88.2 million, previous financial commitments from the agencies involved amount to $50.8 million.

Forsyth County, Alpharetta and the Georgia Department of Transportation are also expected to revisit funding for the project.


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A woman completes a full split in a performance of “Cabaret” at the Senior Talent Show at Sexton Hall Sept. 16. Hosted by Forsyth County Senior Services and Age Well Forsyth, the show is a Georgia Recreation and Parks Association production, open to participants across the state ages 50 and older.

Seniors take stage to showcase talent

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — A talent show for seniors, ages “50 and better,” pushed the audience to re-conceptualize what an older demographic is capable of.

More than 200 people attended the Sept. 16 juried Senior Talent Show, a Georgia Recreation and Parks Association production hosted by Forsyth County Senior Services and the nonprofit Age Well Forsyth.

Ruthie Brew, director of Senior Services, welcomed the crowd.

“This is a celebration of the remarkable talents that flourish with age and experience,” Brew said.

The event, held at Sexton Hall, was interactive with emcee Tanita CookNelson encouraging the audience to move. There was dancing, clapping along to tunes and a lot of laughter


Awards were given in each of the show’s three categories – Comedy, Music and Dance. And, the performances were rich in cultural diversity, from traditional Asian instrumentation to Indian folk dancing.

A group named “Senior Moments” were the Grand Champions of the talent show. For its dance performance “Old Folks,” three people entered the stage taking on the stereotypical behavior of seniors — slow moving, rigid, humorless.

But that soon changed when one woman, some 70 years old, ripped off her nightgown to reveal a sparkly cabaret outfit as other performers entered and danced with gusto. This same woman was in a two-person performance, the second-place winner for Music. For this act, she did a full split.

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What: This free festival will feature performances from nationally recognized musicians, like Dave Fenley from “The Voice” and “America’s Got Talent” and Paul McDonald from “American Idol,” as well as festivities and refreshments.

When: Friday, Sept. 22, 6-9 p.m.

Where: Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody More info:


What: Every Saturday morning through October, more than a dozen vendors set up shop around Milton City Hall with fresh produce, fresh meat, sweets, coffee and tea, flowers, soaps, jewelry and more.

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 8:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.

Where: Milton City Hall plaza, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton More info: miltongafarmersmarket


What: Observe and learn from a cooking demonstration which explores stories of enslaved peoples in America as represented through their food.

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta Street, Roswell More info:


What: Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Jackie Venson is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter who has supported major acts like Gary Clark Jr. and Citizen Cope. Beer, wine and sangria will be available for purchase. There will also be on-site food trucks.

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 7-9 p.m. Where: Riverside Park, 575 Riverside Road, Roswell More info:


What: In Sherman L. Sergel’s play adaptation of the teleplay, a 19-year-old man who has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father. “He doesn’t stand a chance,” mutters the guard as the 12 jurors are taken into the bleak jury room.


What: The hills and hollows of Sandy Springs, its vistas of the Chattahoochee, and even its name, are tied to its geologic past. Learn stories of the rocks and landscapes during a 45-minute walk and a lecture.

When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Lost Corner Preserve, 7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs

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It looks like an open-and-shut case — until one of the jurors begins opening the other’s eyes to the facts.

When: Until Sept. 24, times vary

Where: Act1 Theater, 180 Academy Street, Alpharetta

Cost: $20-25

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What: The hills and hollows of Sandy Springs, its vistas of the Chattahoochee, and even its name, are tied to its geologic past. Learn stories of the rocks and landscapes during a 45-minute walk and a lecture.

When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Lost Corner Preserve, 7300 Brandon Mill Road, Sandy Springs

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What: In its debut, this free festival will have an artist market and live music of different genres on multiple stages. There


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When: Friday & Saturday, Sept. 29-30, times vary

Where: City Springs, 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs

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What: Bring your lawn blankets and chair to see Radio 80’s Band cover the greatest hits from the decade. Tents as well as outside food and alcoholic beverages are not allowed. Friendly dogs on a leash are welcome.

When: Friday, Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m.

Where: Lou Sobh Amphitheater at Cumming City Center, 423 Canton Road, Cumming

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What: Based on the book, this play is about Mitch, who catches Morrie’s appearance on a television show 16 years after graduation. He learns that


his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

When: Sept. 29-Oct. 15, times vary

Where: Stage Door Theatre, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody Cost: Adults are $28; students are $20; kids are $15

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What: The inaugural Johns Creek Literary Fair will feature more than 30 authors hailing from the southeast and around the country.

When: Sunday, Oct. 1, 12-5 p.m.

Where: Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater at Newtown Park, 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek

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The beauty of the Eastern tiger swallowtail, Georgia’s state butterfly

One of the most splendidly adorned insects is the butterfly. If I asked you to tell me about your favorite insect, my guess is that butterflies would be at the top of the list for most people.

Because of the public admiration of butterflies, most of the 50 states have selected a state butterfly. In 1988, the Georgia Legislature passed a bill designating the Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) as the official state butterfly.

These summer beauties have four wings with yellow and black stripes on their forewings and one orange eyespot at the posterior end of each hindwing as well as a distinctive tail at the end of each hindwing. The female tiger swallowtails are adorned with an additional feature, a series of five blue circles lining the area above the tail of both hindwings. Some female swallowtails in the South are completely black but contain a shadow of the tiger stripe.

Every summer I anxiously await the arrival of the butterflies, especially the Eastern tiger swallowtails. They are the most abundant of the butterflies that visit our Georgia gardens. When the sun is shining, the swallowtails look for bright colored, nectar-producing flowers. They can also be seen at mud puddles and on asphalt to obtain water and some of the essential minerals needed for survival. During their short, two-week life as adult butterflies, they have two missions: to obtain nourishment from the nectar in flowers and to find a host plant to lay their eggs. They prefer to lay their eggs on birch, wild cherry, tulip poplar and ash trees. The leaves of these trees serve as the food supply for the hungry caterpillars after they hatch from the egg.

As the caterpillar increases in size and weight, it will shed its exoskeleton several times, and each time the exoskeleton is replaced by a new and larger one. When the larva, or caterpillars, reach their mature size, they pupate. The egg, caterpillar, pupa. adult life cycle is repeated one or two more times each summer. In Fall before the first frost, the last of the mature caterpillars will attach to a leaf and enter the pupa stage of their life cycle and remain suspended in this stage of development until the

About the author

This week’s “Garden Buzz” guest columnist is Carole MacMullan, a master gardener since 2012 and a Milton resident. Carole describes herself as a born biologist. Since childhood, she loved to explore the out-of-doors and garden with her mother. When she entered college, she selected biology as her major and made teaching high school biology her career for 35 years. In 2012, Carole completed the Master Gardener training program and joined the North Fulton Master Gardeners (NFMG) and the Milton Garden Club. Carole uses her teaching skills to create a variety of presentations on gardening topics for the NFMG Lecture Series and Speakers Bureau. She also volunteers weekly at the Assistance League of Atlanta (ALA) thrift store and acts as chair of their Links to Education scholarship program. Her favorite hobbies are gardening, hiking, biking and reading.

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• Top left photo: Female Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly on buttonbush (Cephalalanthus occidentalis), photo by Ed Navarro.

• Top right photo: Female Eastern tiger swallowtail on purple butterfly bush (Buddleia davidii), photo by Carole MacMullan.

• Middle left photo: Male swallowtail on orange impatiens (Impatiens walleriana), photo by Carole MacMullan.

• Bottom right photo: Eastern tiger swallowtail close-up showing antenna and proboscis, University of Georgia photo

• Bottom left photo: Eastern tiger swallowtail larva, photo by Howard Ensign Evans, Colorado State University,

summer of the next year. The pupa stage is a time of change. Some of the caterpillar cells are lost, reshuffled, and replaced by new cells that create wings, antennae, new mouth parts and reproductive organs. This metamorphosis transforms the green, worm-like caterpillar into a colorful butterfly capable of reproducing and laying eggs.

Successfully observing butterflies requires being at the right place at the right time. They like sunny days and prefer to feed in the late mornings and during the afternoon since they are cold-blooded. On a sunny July 14, I observed a hungry, male Eastern tiger swallowtail feeding on the nectar of a cluster of orange impatiens flowers. Over a period of 10 to 15 minutes, the butterfly moved from one orange flower to the next orange flower, each time

inserting its straw-like mouth part called a proboscis to obtain lifesustaining nectar. To my amazement, the butterfly visited every orange impatiens flower in my flower bed but ignored every white flowering impatiens! My conclusion is that they like bright colored flowers, and the flower color is more important than the taste appeal of the nectar.

My suggestion to all butterfly enthusiasts is to visit your gardens, take a walk and/or visit the Atlanta Botanical Garden or Gibbs Garden in Ball Ground, Ga., and to enjoy the summer flowers, pollinators and of course, the butterflies. If you have pre-school children or grandchildren, I suggest reading my favorite children’s picture book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. It is never too early to teach our children to appreciate the out-of-

• Georgia Wildlife Federation Magazine, “State butterfly is a beautiful sight,” March 18, 2020, originally posted in fall 1991.

• Jeffrey Glassberg, “Butterflies of North America,” 2011, ISBN 978-14027-8620-4.

• Charles Seabrook, “The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is Aptly Named,” Atlanta Journal Constitution, June 20, 2013.

• James A. Scott, “The Butterflies of North America: a natural history and field guide,” Stanford University Press, ISBN-13: 978-0804720137.

doors and all the animals, plants and living things we share the planet with and are part of the web of life!

Happy Gardening!

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Book chatter with a group of lifelong bookworms

Book chatter is what you get when you join a group of avid readers. Believe it or not, it can be hard to get a word in edgewise.

spot. Instead, I went right home and reserved it at the library.

Lady,” a novel by one of my favorite authors. In her other hand, she carried a copy of the book.


In August, I met with a Mystery Book Club in Highlands, N.C. What a fun time. Not only did Shakespeare & Company bookstore host the group, the manager also provided a tasty charcuterie board to fortify us for the meeting.

I gave an informal presentation about my serendipitous path to becoming an author, and a freewheeling back and forth ensued. Imagine a group of avid readers offering their opinions not only on mysteries but on all kinds of books. Picture all of us sharing the names of our favorite authors — from Agatha Christie to Rita Mae Brown. From Dorothy Sayers to Sophie Hannah. Their eyes lit up when they heard that the books in my series all include either a book club meeting or a literary festival.

We reflected on the joy that reading brings us. We were all lifelong bookworms. Someone mentioned Anna Quindlen’s book, “How Reading Changed My Life,” and I was the only one in the room who hadn’t read it. If there’d been a copy available in the shop, I would have bought it on the

We even had a conversation about grammar when one reader bemoaned the mistakes in a newsletter at a senior living facility. Laughter greeted the story of the residents circling the errors and bringing them to the front desk. The group was aghast but not surprised that the college grad who composed the publication seemed unable to produce an error-free product.

That launched a discussion of our favorite books about grammar. I had to come home and scan my bookshelf and fire off an email with a list of my favorites:

• “Dreyer’s English—An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style”

• “Between You & Me—Confessions of a Comma Queen”

• “Lapsing into a Comma—A Curmudgeon’s Guide to the many things that can go wrong in print—and how to avoid them”

• “Eats, Shoots, & Leaves”

Ten days later, I met with a Dunwoody book club to discuss the first book in my mystery series. This group of women formed their club in 1997 and are still going strong. Because they’re Dunwoody residents, they’re familiar with my “Crier” columns about books. I smiled when one member walked in with a clipping from the column in which I’d recommended “The White

Once again, I shared the tale of how I came to write my first work of fiction after I retired. I still credit Dick Williams, former editor of the Crier, with launching my writing career when he hired me as a columnist. This group had read “Bells, Tails & Murder,” book one in my series, so there were plenty of questions about the plot, the characters, and the setting. As I described the many Cotswolds sights and facts that appear in my books, I felt as though I were reliving my 2018 bucket list trip to England.

My heroine lives in a schoolhouse cottage we drove by, but the village where she lives is fictional. A waterwheel we saw in Upper Slaughter inspired the imaginary Olde Mill Inn in the book. It’s true that J.M. Barrie summered in Stanway and donated a cricket pavilion to the village, but the literary mystery in the book exists only in my imagination. The spunky octogenarian in the book? The inspiration for that character comes not from the Cotswolds trip, but from closer to home. She’s the embodiment of a 93-year-old Dunwoody friend.

You can always count on a group of avid readers to share the names of their favorite authors. Mine, of course, were all British — Kate Ellis, Colleen Cambridge, and Jacqueline Winspear. The list changes depending on when I’m asked, though there are a few constants.

When one person commented that it must take lots of imagination to write a novel, I had to think. I write what I know and pluck characters and situations from my life. Describing bicycling, reading, or tossing together a Greek meal comes easily to me. How much imagination does it take to weave stories around those elements? I’m not sure. What I know is that I get immense joy from writing. Talking books with groups like these is an unexpected bonus. Who knew retired life could be so rewarding?

NOTE: Join the fun at the Oct. 1 Johns Creek Literary Fair from noon to 5 p.m., at the Mark Burkhalter Amphitheater at Newtown Park. Enjoy New York Times bestselling writers discussing and signing their books. Witness a literary version of “Speed Dating” when twenty local authors give two-minute talks about their books — yes, I’ll be one of them. Books plus light hors d’oeuvres, wine, and other beverages will be available to purchase. What could be better than strolling through the park on an autumn afternoon chatting with authors and picking up a book or two or three?

Award-winning author Kathy Manos Penn is a Sandy Springs resident. Find her cozy mysteries locally at The Enchanted Forest in Dunwoody and Bookmiser in East Cobb or on Amazon. Contact her at, and follow her on Facebook,

Joe Dumphy: Once an Angel, forever an Angel.

For those of us lucky enough to have known Joe Dumphy, we know that somewhere, somehow, he’s smiling that millionwatt smile and his blue eyes are sparkling.

His friends at Chestatee Golf Club knew Joe all too well. He was a regular and didn’t play golf exclusively with people his age. Oh, make no mistake, he would administer a sound thrashing to teenage opponents he went to school with or competed against in numerous area golf tournaments.

According to his dad, Charley, Joe had a full dance card at Chestatee

and loved playing with the older guys as well. Anything for a golf game. And Joe could flat out play. At 14, his handicap was a plus two. In simplest terms, Joe’s average score meant he was two strokes better than any course he stepped onto.

Who knew how far his talents would’ve taken him? TCU had a spot for him when he graduated from high school. The future was dead, solid perfect.

Except that in late June of 2015, as he left the course with his grandparents, a terrible car accident killed his grandfather, John, instantly. Betsy his grandmother was severely injured. Joe, forever the competitor, fought for his life for 29 days in a neuro-ICU before dying on July 26, 2015. Joe had just celebrated his 15th birthday.

Joe’s final act was donating his organs so that others could live.

Fortunately, for everyone who knew Joe, that’s not where this remarkable story concludes. Instead, it’s a legacy to a family, friends and others that gets a healthy update every September on the Saturday after Labor Day.

The Joe Dumphy Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament was held recently on a perfect late summer Saturday. This was the ninth year of the event, and 139 golfers let it fly in a diverse crowd that would have elicited a huge grin from Joe.

Better yet, after this year, more than $125,000 has been awarded to golfers looking to improve their game at the college level.

The players and more than 40 volunteers would have matched Joe grin for grin. There were laughs

galore. There was an undeniable sense that anyone there was happy to ensure that Joe’s memory lived on. Old friends hugged and new friends were made.

Personally, it made my heart swell to see Charley, Joe’s mom Deb and sister Olivia. Grandmother Betsy, a survivor of that tragic accident, was there too. She looked great and no doubt impressed that so many had such fond remembrances of her special grandson.

My connection to the Dumphy family was initiated in 2005 when the golfer played baseball for me and formed a friendship with youngest son Greg. There were play days at the lake, birthday parties and a Christmas or two when Santa made a cameo to

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Why getting your story is important

When a person thinks about contacting a financial planner, often he or she has a money question; perhaps how to deal with a short-term situation, or longrange planning for major life events such as buying a home, funding educations for children, dealing with issues of aging, retirement, starting or selling a closely held business. Decisions about major life challenges and transitions transcend money. Emotions, feelings, and values come into play and must be understood. What makes you happy? What makes you nervous?

If multiple people are involved in a decision, such as a spouse, adult child or other family member, a business partner, for example, it’s important that a financial advisor have a deep understanding as to everyone’s values and emotional relationships with money. Your advisor needs to know your story before a plan is developed and recommendations are made.

Growing up, this writer never received an allowance. If I was to have


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the squeals of innocent kids.

It was my first year of coaching a team of 5-year-olds and it was a hoot. Mike Kelly, one of the coaches, made me laugh as he shared a story about

money, I had to earn it. Plus, I grew up with two very different childhoods, both of which shaped my attitudes toward money and life itself. From birth to age 10, I was raised by my maternal grandparents in Flushing, Long Island, New York. World War II was raging and a “junkman” would come around and collect materials such as metals, glass, rags, paper, and rubber, anything that could be recycled to support the war effort. I took my red Radio Flyer wagon around the neighborhood, collecting items to sell to the junkman. I found that I really liked getting paid and having money.

From age 10 until I left home at age 18 for college, I lived with my mom and stepfather in Jacksonville, Florida. My stepfather, a Greyhound bus driver, was an authoritarian and expected me to do a variety of chores, which included yardwork, housework, and care of a dog kennel as he raised hunting hounds. While I did not get an allowance, when a momma dog had a litter of puppies, I could select one pup to sell. I hated selling the dog, but I liked getting paid for my labors. In addition to school and a myriad of chores and caring for the animals, I was always thinking of ways to make money, such as selling potted plants obtained from a wholesale nursery up the street, a comic book exchange


Running the bases was always an adventure with players that age. During a ferocious rally, Mike was coaching third base and Joe had made it there safely. Parents were going berserk, players were howling and Mike implored Joe to “go home.”

Always the compliant kid, Joe made tracks for the dugout. When

and part-time jobs. In college I worked for the university and for three years also had a paper route on campus. I learned that hard work has rewards, which had a great deal of influence on my choice of self-employment and entrepreneurship for most of my career.

My mom and stepdad worked hard but my mom frequently joked about “too much month at the end of the money,” except she wasn’t kidding, and that caused constant stress and anxiety. After paying off my college loans, and after I left military service as an Air force officer and married, I resolved to accumulate enough liquid capital as soon as possible so that my family and I could live for a minimum of one year with no paycheck.

Think about that. That’s financial freedom, knowing that you can deal with setbacks such as loss of your job or some other interruption in your income stream. It gives you the flexibility to change jobs or careers if you wish. Financial security confers freedom of choice and that’s worth working towards.

That’s my story. What’s yours? Where and how did you grow up? What has shaped your relationship with money? How soon would you like to be financially independent, to have the choice of working or not working?

asked why he did it, Joe’s fitting answer was: “Because you told me to go home.”

When that story was shared, it made me shake my head and realize some things are impossible to predict. Yet there was always a powerful something at work here, maybe trying to prepare us for what would happen.

The name of that team that wore

That may be a far better question than, “When would you like to retire?” Some people regard “retirement” as the ending of something; they worry about losing purpose, being bored. Financial independence, and the choices and options financial freedom provides, reduces anxiety, boosts energy, and funds purpose-fulfilling generosity, whether to family, other loved ones, friends, charities and other causes that you care about.

Of course, there’s a downside to success and having ample money, especially if it fuels bad habits and destructive behavior. Religious underpinnings and solid values often are important to the prudent uses of money and talent, and that’s a part of your story that an advisor should understand. “Financial life planning” encompasses far more than investment policy and money questions. What’s the next chapter in your story?

Lewis Walker, CFP®, is a life centered financial planning strategist with Capital Insight Group (CIG); 770441-3553; lewis@capitalinsightgrp. com. Securities & advisory services offered through The Strategic Financial Alliance, Inc. (SFA), which is otherwise unaffiliated with CIG. Lewis a Gallup Certified Clifton Strengths Coach and Certified Exit Planning Advisor (CEPA).

red jerseys and had a distinct “halo” logo emblazoned on the front. Of course, the team was the Angels.

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Recognition and tributes for Lynwood Park and the Trailblazers

On September 12, 2023, several tributes to the community and Trailblazers of Lynwood Park were unveiled at the Lynwood Park Recreation Center, formerly Lynwood Park School. The city of Brookhaven worked with the Lynwood Park Foundation to honor and celebrate the history and people of the community.

The path to these changes began in 2018 when the Lynwood Park Foundation began work to obtain a historical marker. In October 2020, the Brookhaven City Council voted on and approved the “Historic Lynwood Park Recognition Ordinance.” The ordinance recognized Lynwood Park as the first predominantly Black subdivision in DeKalb County, a community which suffered discrimination and segregation.

Brookhaven councilwoman Linley Jones announced the various markers and tributes which are now a permanent part of the community.

The Lynwood Park School historical marker is on the lawn in front of the former school, which is now Lynwood Park Recreation Center. Black students from Lynwood Park, Doraville and Chamblee attended the school. It is one of several “equalization schools” across Georgia, where improvements or new schools were built for Black children, while keeping schools segregated.

The “Lynwood Park Trailblazers Community Room” honors former Lynwood Park students who blazed a trail for those to follow. The students were the first to integrate nearby White DeKalb County schools when Lynwood Park School closed in 1968.

The name of the gymnasium of Lynwood Park Recreation Center has been restored, named in honor of Columbus Jones, the first recreation director. The sign above the entrance reads, “Columbus Jones Gymnasium, home of the mighty Lynwood Rattlers, est. 1949.”

The turf field of Lynwood Park will honor Emmauel Wallace, long-time staffer of the park who died in 2020. His daughter shared his legacy, adding “his character and integrity shone through.”

Another tribute to the history lies within a display case placed in the community center lobby with photos and memorabilia of Lynwood Park School.

To highlight the entrance to historic Lynwood Park, Atlanta artist Turiya Clark was commissioned to paint murals in each crosswalk of the Windsor Parkway and Osborne Road roundabout. Clark, who grew up in Lynwood Park, painted images that are significant to Lynwood Park.

The little red schoolhouse, the first school in Lynwood Park, is featured in one crosswalk section. Families of the community donated their labor and money to build the school which served their children from 1942 until 1949.

The school built in 1949 is pictured in another crosswalk. Other crosswalk paintings include a large oak tree which was a central gathering place for the community, white butterflies to symbolize peace and transformation and the ancestors of Lynwood Park, red poppies represent remembrance and hope for the future, yellow wildflowers for resilience and

willpower to survive against the odds, and the sun for happiness and harmony in the community.

Markers sharing the story of the community have also been placed at the entrance to Lynwood Park. Councilwoman Linley Jones declared, “The gateway markers at the intersection of Windsor

Parkway and Osborne Road establish a permanent sense of place.”

Award-winning author Valerie Biggerstaff is a longtime columnist for Appen Media and the Dunwoody Crier. She lives in Atlanta. You can email Valerie at or visit her website at

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VALERIE BIGGERSTAFF Columnist On September 12, 2023 a ribbon cutting was held for the new Lynwood Park Trail Blazers Community Room. PHOTOS BY VALERIE BIGGERSTAFF/APPEN MEDIA The Lynwood Park Recreation Center gymnasium name has been restored to honor Columbus Jones. Local artist Turiya Clark painted murals on the crosswalks of the Windsor Parkway/Osborne Road roundabout.




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The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 6:00 PM in the Roswell City Hall Council Chambers, 38 Hill Street, Roswell, Georgia.

a. HPC20233257/HPC20233256 – 50 Maple Street

The applicant, Ryan Colwell/Stone Pine, LLC, is requesting demolition of an existing structure and new home construction, Land Lot 415.

The complete file is available for public view at the Roswell Planning & Zoning Office, 38 Hill Street, Suite G-30, Roswell, Georgia, (770) 817-6720 or Refer to


The following items will be considered by the City Council on Monday, October 16, 2023 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

a. PH-23-16 City of Alpharetta Capital Improvement Element (CIE)

Consideration of a resolution adopting the Fiscal Year 2022 Capital Improvement Element and Annual Report.

Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.


The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, October 5, 2023 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, October 16, 2023 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

a. Z-23-08/V-23-13 10355 Waters Road Tract

Consideration of a rezoning and variance to allow for the construction of 2 ‘For-Sale’ single-family detached homes on 1.5 acres. A rezoning is requested from AG (Agriculture) to R-22 (Dwelling, ‘ForSale’, Residential) and a variance is requested to reduce the front setback. The property is located at 10355 Waters Road and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 35 & 36, 1st District, 1st Section, Fulton County, Georgia.

Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia. | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | September 21, 2023 | 27
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The following item will be heard at a public hearing held by the Mayor and City Council on Monday, October 10, 2023 at 7:00 PM in the Roswell City Hall Council Chambers, 38 Hill St. Roswell, Georgia.

a. UDC Text Amendment

An ordinance to amend the Unified Development Code by modifying Article 4, Corridors and Nodes Districts, Section 4.5.2 Use Table, to add Outdoor Storage, General as a conditional use in the Parkway Village (PV) District and to Article 9, Use Provisions, Section 9.7.19 Outdoor Storage, General to modify the language in the use provision – Second reading.

Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250), within two (2) years, file a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law is available in the office of the City Attorney.

The complete file is available for public view at the Roswell Planning & Zoning Office, 38 Hill Street, Suite G-30, Roswell, Georgia (770) 817-6720, or Refer to


The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday, October 19, 2023 commencing at 3:00 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

a. PH-23-17 Earl Wood House – Certificate of Appropriateness

Consideration of a Certificate of Appropriateness to allow for restoration, building addition, and residential accessory structures for the Earl Wood House. The property is located at 531 State Highway 9 and is legally described as being located in Land Lot 645, 1 st District, 2 nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia.

b. PH-23-19 Gardner House – Certificate of Appropriateness

Consideration of a Certificate of Appropriateness to allow for restoration, building addition, and residential accessory structures for the Gardner House. The property is located at 133 Cumming Street and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 1253 & 1254, 2 nd District, 2 nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia.

Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.


The following items will be heard at a public hearing held by the Planning Commission on Thursday, October 5, 2023 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

Items forwarded by the Planning Commission will be considered by the City Council on Monday, October 23, 2023 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

a. Z-23-11 Ocee Place

Consideration of a rezoning to allow for 2 ‘For-Sale’ single-family detached lots on 2.5 acres. A rezoning is requested from AG (Agriculture) to R-12 (Dwelling, ‘For-Sale’, Residential). The property is located at 4050 Kimball Bridge Road and is legally described as being located in Land Lots 79, 80 and 93, 1st District, 1st Section, Fulton County, Georgia.

The following items will be considered by the City Council on Monday, October 16, 2023 commencing at 6:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

a. V-23-17 Alpharetta Hotel Holdings/12140 Morris Road

Consideration of a variance to allow for the construction of a 5-story, 148-room hotel on 0.6 acres. A variance is requested to Unified Development Code (UDC) Section 1.4 Definitions to amend the definition of ‘Hotel’ to allow up to 49 hotel rooms to be corporate serviced residences with stays of up to 1 year. The property is located at 12140 Morris Road and is legally described as being located in Land Lot 1262, 2nd District, 2nd Section, Fulton County, Georgia.

The following items will be considered by the Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday, October 19, 2023 commencing at 5:30 p.m. in the Alpharetta City Hall Council Chambers, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

a. V-23-23 550 Ebley Place

Consideration of a variance to allow for a swimming pool on a single-family residential lot. A variance is requested to Unified Development Code (UDC)

Subsection 2.3.3(B) Accessory Uses and Structures, Swimming Pools to reduce the rear setback from 20’ to 10’. The property is located at 550 Ebley Place and is legally described as being located in Land Lot 41, 1st District, 1st Section, Fulton County, Georgia.

Note: Georgia law requires that all parties who have made campaign contributions to the Mayor or to a Council Member in excess of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) within the past two (2) years must complete a campaign contribution report with the Community Development Department. The complete text of the Georgia law and a disclosure form are available in the office of the City Clerk, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta, Georgia.

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Workforce Development Coordinator is responsible for developing programs and services for NFCC clients and students seeking employment, post-secondary education, or other career options. The workforce development coordinator collaborates with local employers to help match job seekers to open positions. They work directly with clients on the job application, resumes, and interview preparations and provide tips for successfully securing and improving employment to foster financial stability.  Bachelor’s degree in a human services, human resources, or other related field required and 2 years of professional experience in human services, human resources or career counseling preferred.

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WestRock Services LLC has multiple openings for a Manager, IT Engineering in Cumming, GA. Job duties include: Responsible for supporting Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) infrastructure and leading the development of system integration capabilities for the IT organization. Criminal background check and drug testing required. Email resume to:

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Zscaler has the following position available at its Alpharetta, GA office (various types/levels)):

- Software Engineer [Job Code 15775]: $99,008$109,008/yr.: Research, design, and develop computer and network software or specialized utility programs for Zscaler products. Some telecommuting is permitted.

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Donor Operations Associate

The Donor Operations Associate greets and removes donations from vehicles and sorts merchandise in a designated area.  They are responsible for keeping the merchandise secure, all areas free of debris and the donor door area neat and clean.  This position is the face of NFCC so they are expected to provide excellent customer service and treat each donor with a professional and friendly demeanor.  High school diploma or equivalent preferred. Ability to perform low to moderate facility maintenance tasks.  To view entire listing visit:  To apply, please complete an application for employment and email to Marten Jallad,


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Dawson’s Pediatrics Peach Kids Triathlon presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta will take place on September 24th, Sunday from 7:30AM to 10:30AM at Wills Park in Alpharetta. You should expect some delays in travel during these hours.
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