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Roswell completes Old Mill Park Restoration Phase III The newly built boardwalk at Old Mill Park, which officially opened Oct. 31, is part of Phase III of the Old Mill Park Restoration project. The park provides ADA-accessible connections to other nearby trails, including the national parkland and Vickery Creek Park, as well as views of historical Old Mill objects. Read more, Page 10 Our Services • Sore throats, fevers, ear aches & sinus infections • Back pain, ankle sprains & broken bones • Rash & burn care • Allergic reactions, including insect bites

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Roswell police arrest suspect in June 8 murder ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell police have arrested a Hampton man suspected in a murder discovered June 8 in a Roswell apartment complex. At 8:40 a.m. on June 8, Roswell officers arrived at Atlantic Newtown Apartments on Ashley Forest Drive in response to a burglary call. “The male caller was frantic and hysterical,” said Roswell Public Information Officer Sean Thompson. “He advised officers that his roommate was in his bathtub and that something WILSON bad had happened to her.” The man’s roommate, a woman, was found unresponsive in a bathtub, Thompson said.

Police Blotter All crime reports published by Appen Media Group are compiled from public records. Neither the law enforcement agencies nor Appen Media Group implies any guilt by publishing these names. None of the persons listed has been convicted of the alleged crimes.

Thousands in clothing taken from local retailer ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Police are investigating an Oct. 21 incident in which $3,000 worth of merchandise was reported stolen from the Victoria’s Secret on North Point Circle. The store manager told police that one man and one woman had entered the store at 5 p.m. that day and had stolen several items of clothing. The woman placed several items on a display area and then spoke to an employee, the manager said. While the woman spoke to the employee, the man concealed the items in two Dillard’s shopping bags, she said. The two then allegedly left the store without paying. There is security footage of the incident.

Electronics removed from locked apartment ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Police are investigating an Oct. 19 incident in which an

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The woman was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced deceased. She was identified as 39-year-old Fabiola Thomas of Roswell. On Oct. 24, the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Thomas’ death a homicide, Thompson said. A day later, Roswell police found and arrested a suspect, 38-year-old Antonio Wilson of Clayton County. He has been charged with murder. The Roswell Police Department is asking anyone with additional information about the case to contact the department’s Criminal Investigation Division at 770-640-4100 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477. — Julia Grochowski

DUI arrests Larry Eugene Fitzpatrick, 47, of Salem Drive, Alpharetta, was arrested Oct. 19 on Mayfield Road in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Nathaniel Antwan Williams, 34, of Stoney Ridge Lane, Johns Creek, was arrested Oct. 18 on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta for DUI, following too closely and no license on person. Lucas Christopher Tate, 23, of East Commodore Trail, Bloomington, Ind., was arrested Oct. 19 on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta for DUI, failure to maintain lane, open container violation and failure to obey traffic control devices. Singaravel Ramanathan, 41, of Owen Wood Road, Columbia, Md., was arrested Oct. 21 on Haynes Bridge Road in Alpharetta for DUI and driving on the wrong side of the roadway. Victoria Hope Keen, 24, of Roper Road, Canton, was arrested Oct. 23 on Windward Parkway in Alpharetta for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Miguel Calvo Cruz, 35, of Rockglen Court, Norcross, was arrested Oct. 20 on Warsaw Road in Roswell for DUI, open container, failure to maintain lane and driving while unlicensed.

Jose D. Martinez Juarez, 28, of Northridge Road, Atlanta was arrested Oct. 26 on Atlanta Street in Roswell for DUI and failure to maintain lane. Kyle Michael Tracy, 30, of Avalon Boulevard, Alpharetta, was arrested Oct. 20, on Holcomb Woods Parkway in Roswell for DUI and impeding the flow of traffic.

DRUG arrests Erica Voriese Nelson, 34, of High Creek Trace, Roswell, was arrested Oct. 22 on North Point Circle in Alpharetta for possession of marijuana, DUI, endangering a child by driving under the influence of alcohol, and hit and run. Natonja Miller, 50, of Waldropp Cliff Circle, Decatur, was arrested Oct. 21 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of crack cocaine, open container and tag light violation. Rashad Malik McCollum, 22, of Greyfield Lane, Sandy Springs, was arrested Oct. 25 on Holcomb Bridge Road in Roswell for possession of marijuana, possession of drug related objects, windshield violation and tag light violation. | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | November 7, 2019 | 3

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ATL workshop provides guidance on transit projects Information session charts future projects on cost-effectiveness By PATRICK FOX ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Representatives from the metro region’s transit planning agency released early details of some 192 projects it is studying for funding. The Atlanta Region Transit Link Authority (the ATL) held the eighth in a series of 10 “District Downloads” it is sponsoring throughout the area to update residents on plans it is pursuing to improve public transportation connectivity across its 13-county jurisdiction. The latest session was held Oct. 29 at Alpharetta’s City Hall. The workshops are designed to give residents a sneak peek at the Atlanta Regional Transit Plan, which is scheduled to go before the ATL board this week, according to Lori Sand, planner with the ATL. The board is not expected to consider the plan for adoption until it meets in December. Sand said the 192 projects were submitted by local transit services, cities, counties and community improvement districts. The projects range in cost and scope from CobbLinc’s $800,000 transit signal priority plan to MARTA’s $1.4 billion proposed heavy rail line to Stonecrest in DeKalb County. Other projects with varying price tags include renovation of pedestrian bridges at $6.3 million and MARTA’s bus rapid transit service for Ga. 400 at $300 million. The ATL staff culled the original project list to 79

projects that have been identified as having assumed federal or state discretionary funding sources. These 79 projects, Sand said, were evaluated based on 14 criteria, primarily weighing the amount of impact each will have for the cost. Each project was then assigned a numerical value and charted based on how much it delivers for the buck. “That’s sort of a cost-effectiveness measure so we could get a sense of how all the projects scored relative to each other,” Sand said. Of the 79 projects charted, 25 were identified as high impact at a relative low cost. These 25 projects, taken together, carried an estimated total price tag of about $1.7 billion. Another 25 projects, identified as low cost and low impact, are estimated at $0.5 billion. There are 26 projects, with an estimated cost of $13.8 billion, identified as high cost with high impact. The ATL was created last year to coordinate service and expansion of 10 transit systems in 13 metro Atlanta counties. “Over the past 11 months since the ATL has been put together, we have been very hard at work at No. 1: delivering on our legislative mandates,” said Andy Macke, who represents large portions of North Fulton on the 16-member ATL Board of Directors. One of the first initiatives, he said, was to es-

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ATL District 1 Board Member Andy Macke describes the process to determine future transit projects affecting North Fulton County at a special workshop Oct. 29 at Alpharetta City Hall. The full ATL board is set to finalize a regional transit plan in mid-December.

Republic strike creates ripples in North Atlanta By PATRICK FOX FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Sanitation workers on strike at Republic Services in Marshfield, Mass., extended their picket line to the company’s operations in Cumming early Friday, Nov. 1, creating ripples through parts of Forsyth County and North Fulton. About 30 Republic Services workers in Cumming, who are members of Teamsters Local 728, refused to cross the picket line. The most immediate effects

were felt in Alpharetta, where the city contracts with Republic to service over 24,000 households. Trash pickup for businesses and construction sites in Milton, Johns Creek, Roswell, Canton and Woodstock were affected as well. “Republic is experiencing limited service disruptions in the North Fulton area only — the majority of the greater Atlanta area’s operations are running,” the company said in a statement. “We will pick up any missed collections and resume normal service in the North Ful-

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ton area as quickly as possible.” Alpharetta Assistant City Administrator James Drinkard said the company expects service delays only to the 3,200 local customers who receive collection on Fridays. Those households whose waste was not picked up on Friday would be collected the following day, he said. Also, glass recycling and yard waste collections for those Friday customers would be delayed a full week, Drinkard said. Forsyth County residents outside the City of Cumming are provided free choice among a number of haulers servicing the area. The City of Cumming contracts with Red Oak Sanitation for collection service for its residents. In Johns Creek, the city does not manage, control or regulate trash collection services. “Sanitation services would likely be on an HOA, neighborhood or individual to manage or coordinate,” said Johns Creek Communications Director Bob Mullen. “I believe there are about a half dozen or more other waste management companies that provide service to the Johns Creek area.” The City of Roswell has a contract with Advanced Disposal for curbside recy-

cling and yard waste disposal, while city employees pick up household garbage. The strike is not expected to affect Roswell citizens, according to Roswell Community Relations Manager Julie Brechbill. The City of Milton does not have an exclusive contract with a waste provider, but Republic is one of nine companies permitted for residential waste hauling and one of seven providers available to businesses. Ben Speight, organizing director with Teamsters Local 728 in Atlanta, said the strike was called to protest Republic’s attempts to cut workers’ pay, to show solidarity with workers across the country where Republic allegedly committed unfair labor practices, and to bring attention to “systemic safety issues.” In 2017, there were 71 work-related fatalities in the waste management occupation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. There was also a workrelated injury rate of 4.2 cases per 100 full-time workers, making it among the most dangerous civilian occupations. “We hope people understand the workers do not want to have this happen,” Speight said. “They’re doing this

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Appen settles lawsuit with Roswell over Open Records violations By JULIA GROCHOWSKI After nearly a year of legal sparring, the City of Roswell has settled a lawsuit filed by Appen Media Group over alleged violations of the Georgia Open Records Act. City Council members voted unanimous Oct. 28, with no discussion, to pay $10,500 in attorney’s fees for Appen and provide the company a year’s worth of free open records requests. As a part of the settlement, the city admits no liability. The settlement does not bar Appen Media Group, publisher of the Herald and Crier newspapers in north Atlanta, from pursuing legal action for any future Open Records Act violations. A year in the making Appen Media Group filed suit Dec. 27, 2018 in the Fulton County Superior Court, alleging that the Roswell Police Department had consistently withheld vital information about criminal incidents from public records. Several police records obtained by the company contained large blocks of redacted material or little to no information in the officer’s incident report. Under Georgia law, the officer narratives are public records the public is entitled to see, inspect and copy. There are some exceptions for law enforcement agencies, such as identifying confidential sources and details relating to pending investigations. However, initial police report narratives, like those requested by Appen Media Group, are not exempt. The lawsuit also alleged that the Roswell Police Department had failed to meet time requirements for supplying the reports after requests were made. On March 11, attorneys representing the city denied any wrongdoing and stated that some or all of the newspaper’s complaints were barred by the doctrine of sovereign immunity, a policy which states that a governing body cannot be sued without its consent. Appen Media Group’s suit came on the heels of several unearthed incidents that involved the Roswell Police Department. The first, and by far most widely circulated, was an incident in which two police officers used a coin toss app to decide the fate of a woman pulled over for speeding. A video of the incident surfaced, and, in the wake of online outrage, then Chief Rusty Grant called for an internal investigation. The two officers involved in the incident were later dismissed from the department.


The Roswell City Council votes unanimously Oct. 28 to settle the lawsuit between the city and Appen Media Group regarding Open Records Act violations. Two other videos surfaced weeks later. Dec. 27, 2018: One showed Appen Media officers detainGroup files ing a 13-yearlawsuit in Fulton old boy in a County Superior patrol car with Court all the windows March 11, rolled down on 2019: Attorneys a winter night. representing A sergeant is the city deny heard on camera any wrongdoing telling other and stated that officers he is some or all of attempting to the newspaper’s get the child to complaints were answer his quesbarred by the tions by subjectdoctrine of soving him to the ereign immunity. below-freezing June 26: Appen temperatures. Media Group Another starts a GoFundvideo, from an Me fundraiser to incident that help cover litigatook place tion costs three years ago, Oct. 28: City of showed a police Roswell agrees dog attacking a to settle lawsuit teenage boy who was complying with instructions from the police officer. The teen is shown screaming in pain from the bites while being asked to remain still.


Lawsuit gains traction with residents About six months into the lawsuit, Appen Media Group posted a fundraiser on GoFundMe, an online crowdfunding platform, to help cover litigation costs. The campaign raised $4,220 from 62 donors, many of them Roswell residents. “They were critical to continuing our efforts,” said Appen Media Group Publisher Hans Appen. “The initial response from the city was unexpected, and our attorney’s fees are now in the neighborhood of $14,000. For any small

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business, that would be a challenging expense, so the [donations] went a long way to getting us to this result, and I am very grateful to them.” The last running total reported from Roswell is that the city has spent more than $12,000 on the litigation. Scott Long, a Roswell resident who donated to the Appen GoFundMe campaign, commented on the fundraising page that he felt comfortable donating to the lawsuit because he trusted the newspaper and its efforts. Several supporters likewise said they believed in the public’s rights as outlined in the Open Records Act. “As a mom and an active community member, I feel it is integral to our safety that we have accurate and timely reporting on crime in our city,” said resident Meghan McClanahan. “Transparency in government is our right.” Stephen Dorvee, who was on the Roswell City Council in the 1990s, said he was appalled by how the city acted. “While we were not perfect, we were open about what we did,” he said. “The council and mayor at that time were careful not to violate the Open Records Act. I am appalled that the city is acting this way, not to mention irritated that our money is being spent on this fool’s mission.” The lawsuit also caught the attention of neighboring cities. Alpharetta City Councilman Ben

Georgia First Amendment Foundation Appen Media Group is donating $1,000 to the Georgia First Amendment Foundation in honor of the concerned citizens who contributed to the GoFundMe legal fund. The Georgia First Amendment Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for government transparency and free speech as well as educating the public about Georgia’s open records laws. For more information and to donate, visit Burnett donated $900, his monthly salary as a council member, to the cause. He said the settlement speaks volumes. “Just because you don’t admit guilt doesn’t mean you’re not guilty as sin,” Burnett said, adding that he was 100 percent certain the newspaper was in the right. Progress toward transparency, accessibility While the lawsuit has coaxed more transparency and accessibility from the City of Roswell and its police department, there’s still room for improvement, Appen said. “It is not 100 percent where we think it should be, but we feel comfortable formally ending our suit in good faith that the progress will continue,” he said.

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Continued from Page 6 Just as importantly, he added, the suit sends a message to neighboring agencies. “Not only does it send a message to Roswell that we care and are paying attention,” Appen said. “It sends a message to every other municipality in the state that transparency by government agencies is important and there are people out there — whether it is us, another newspaper, or just a concerned citizen — that will go to great lengths to ensure the law is followed.” Atlanta’s 11 Alive Chief Investigative Reporter Brendan Keefe, whose team uncovered the controversial videos of Roswell police officers last year, said he has already seen positive changes in the ways local governments handle open record requests. Like Appen Media Group, Keefe and other 11Alive reporters questioned records they received that were heavily redacted with little to no information from the City of Roswell. Further investigation by 11Alive revealed two sets of books the Roswell Police Department had used for police reports: a public, redacted narrative and a more detailed, separate report for internal and court use. Keefe pointed to an incident, which

resulted in the termination of a Roswell police officer, in which he obtained a truncated police report from the city that made no mention the officer’s misconduct. “What’s really important here is that when there is official misconduct, it is usually going to be in that incident report narrative that before this Appen Media Group lawsuit and settlement would have been kept from us and was kept from us,” Keefe said. “The narratives are critical to understanding what happened in the incident… We absolutely rely on the Open Records Act to get access to the people’s records to see what’s going on inside these opaque agencies, particularly when there are allegations of corruption.” The lawsuit, he said, is a good start to having all police departments across the state comply with Georgia’s Open Records Act. Keefe said he has used the Appen lawsuit with other police agencies outside of Roswell to compel them to give the full public narrative. “It would not have been possible before this lawsuit, because they now understand that there is a real cost to denying transparency and openness in government with the public and with the press,” Keefe said. “It’s going to make us all more informed and, frankly, it’s going to make our communities better and safer places to live.”

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Roswell completes Old Mill Park Restoration Phase III By JULIA GROCHOWSKI ROSWELL, Ga. — Nature lovers and history buffs have a newly renovated area to explore at one of Roswell’s most beloved parks. On Oct. 31, Roswell officials and residents along with National Park Service members celebrated the completion of Phase III of the Old Mill Park Restoration project. The project includes an ADA-accessible elevated boardwalk and connecting trails at Old Mill Park, which borders Vickery Creek Park on Mill Street. The boardwalk gives visitors the chance to view ruins from the Old Mill that were previously hard to access. The ruins were previously covered with overrun kudzu until this past spring, when goats were used to clear the area in an effort to keep the adjacent river free of chemical weed-killer, said Roswell Community Relations Coordinator Jennifer Morrow. A focal point beneath the boardwalk is the Mill’s original turbine, which was used for cotton processing until 1975, she said. “[This project] tells the story about why [the mill] is important and the role it played in forming Roswell,” said Taylor Smith, the project supervisor and a Ro-

swell Recreation and Parks employee. Director of Recreation and Parks Jeff Leatherman said Old Mill Park was a treasured rarity in that it is steps away from a national park, Vickery Creek Park. “There are very few places that you get a chance to come down, enjoy a local park, and then step across the beautiful covered bridge into wilderness,” Leatherman said. “This is that place where you can connect with that natural environment.” Mayor Lori Henry called the park a jewel. “It’s not only a jewel because of the history, but also the recreation,” she said. “This is one of our most well used and frequented parks.” Recreation Commission Chair Debra Ewing added that trails are frequently the number one request in community surveys the commission sends out. The restoration project was completed by architect Richard Todd and Associates and contractor Macallan Group. The total construction cost was just shy of $680,000. More than two-thirds of that cost, $432,000, was paid for by hotel/motel tax funding. Councilman Matthew Tyser, liaison to the Recreation and Parks Department, said even more may be possible with the city’s parks once new hotels in Roswell open and start contributing to the hotel/ motel fund.


Roswell officials celebrate the completion of Phase III of the Old Mill Park Restoration project on Oct. 31.

North Fulton Community Charities announces new executive director ROSWELL, Ga. — North Fulton Community Charities announced Oct. 23 that it has appointed of Holly M. York as the new Executive Director of the charity. York is the second executive director the nonprofit has had in its 36-year-old history. She succeeds long-time Executive Director Barbara Duffy, who has worked with NFCC since its formation in 1983 and served as the Executive Director since 1990.

York is currently the director of development for NFCC, where she has served since July 2018. During her time at NFCC, she had led the development team overseeing marketing and fundraising in addition to cultivating YORK partnerships in the community and working with the board

of directors and management team on strategic planning. Prior to NFCC, York was the director of development for The Drake House, a Roswell-based nonprofit serving homeless mothers and children. She has spent the last 20 years working for the needs of the North Fulton community through several different organizations. “The board and staff have had the chance to work with Holly over the last

year, and her successes as development director and her passion for the mission of NFCC speak for themselves,” said Mary Good, president of the Board of Directors. “While we will never be able to replace Barbara Duffy and the legacy she leaves for all of North Fulton, we feel that Holly will be an excellent leader for the future of NFCC.” York will begin her new position on December 1 and work with Duffy until her retirement at the end of 2019. | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | November 7, 2019 | 11

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Cognia opens doors on new office building By PATRICK FOX ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Education accreditation and consulting firm Cognia cut the ribbon on its new 40,000-square-foot Building II on Oct. 28 in Alpharetta. The event marked the second decade of business for the company and drew a crowd of more than 100 business and education leaders. The new four-story office building adjoins the company’s headquarters on Westside Parkway. The new building almost doubles the footprint of the company, formerly known as AdvancEd, the world’s largest accrediting body. AdvancEd merged with Measured Progress, a world leader in standards-based assessment, in June 2018. The company has called Alpharetta home for 10 years, and Cognia President and CEO Mark Elgart said the reason is simple. “Alpharetta provided us the benefit of access to all of what I call quality-oflife factors — great school system, great health care, a really family-oriented development of their parks, their greenway, recreational programs for kids and their families,” Elgart said. “It also provides us access to a very talented, diverse workforce, the ability to recruit talent.” Elgart said the new building, estimated at roughly $13 million, is an investment in the future of the company and the city. “The new building will be the home of our Center for Innovation where research and development intersect with product design and strategic partnership

development,” said Elgart. Cognia Chairman of the Board Dan Caton said Cognia Building II has been in the making for a few years. “When the board voted to merge the best and most widely known accreditation and tool improvement organization in the world with the foremost experts in assessment, my board colleagues, and I knew that we were building something special,” Caton said. “You’re going to see a new building, but what we’re talking about is a new organization that bridges the old and the new.” The new four-story building includes an enclosed, fourth-floor walkway that connects the same sustainability effort that drove construction of the AdvancEd corporate headquarters in 2010. The design, construction and outfitting of the building was a collaborative process between Cognia staff and the organization’s construction team, including the architecture firm Warren Epstein & Associates and general contractor, JE Dunn Construction Co. — the same contractors who worked on the 2010 construction of the AdvancEd corporate headquarters — in partnership with furniture provider partner, Atlanta’s Office Furniture Expo. The building was designed and built with leading-edge technology, all with environmental consciousness in mind. Features include: • Insulated outside exterior wall panels intricately made and pieced together like a puzzle. These panels overlaid over the steel structure help to control temperature changes.


Officials with education innovation and consulting firm Cognia celebrate the opening of Building II Oct. 28 at the company’s corporate headquarters on Westside Parkway in Alpharetta. • Low emissive roof that reflects sunlight. • Low Volatile Organic Compounds paint which reduces harmful gasses emitted by conventional paint thus providing healthier and cleaner air in the building. • A system that redirects ground water back into the ground preventing storm water run-off into local streams and sewer system.

• LED lighting throughout. • Construction materials made with recycled composite materials. • Building II was built over existing parking space to leave greenspace untouched. Cognia, as it has done in its main headquarters building, will commission local artists to create one-of-a-kind works of art to display throughout the building.

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Work set to begin on Ecco Park at North Point By PATRICK FOX ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Construction is set to begin this week on Ecco Park, a new residential community at North Point in Alpharetta. Community Development Director Kathi Cook said the city issued permits to The Providence Group for the 158 condos last week. The buildings will be located along the mall entrance drive behind the Chipotle. Ecco Park is among the latest in a series of new developments planned for North Point, which has been in the throes of an economic sag since the opening of Avalon in 2014 and the downtown City Center a year ago. Interest in the area has surged over the past year, though. In 2017, the Atlanta Regional Commission awarded a $125,000 grant to launch a Livable Centers Initiative study for North Point as a means of transforming it into a walkable economic ecosystem. Early last year, the owner of North Point Mall submitted plans to construct a mixed-use development on the site of the abandoned Sears property. General Growth Properties plans to convert the 15-acre property, including the parking lot, into a development that would include 325 apart-

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Construction is set to begin this week on Ecco Park, a residential development at North Point. The development will include 158 condos, a clubhouse, walking trails and three distinct parks. ment units, three small restaurants and green space. Plans also call for removing one lane in a section of the lot’s ring road and converting it into a multi-use trail that would include a walking and bike path with lighting. Future plans include a nature preserve area, a community garden, other green space and pedestrian tie-ins to Encore Parkway and the Alpha Loop. The emphasis on green space is no accident, Cook said. The city is encouraging redevelopment in the area with green space as the new anchor.

“Input we received from residents regarding the North Point LCI focus was to create a pedestrian-friendly, park-once development with greenspace and pedestrian connections,” she said. “All redevelopments approved have been required to provide public green space and improved pedestrian connections.” In order to ensure redevelopment followed those recommendations the city passed the North Point overlay which requires every new development to meet a certain number of eco points gained by providing additional park space, trails,

green buildings and sustainable landscaping. Cook also initiated regular meetings with North Point property owners and leasing agents for updates. Ecco Park is billed as “from the $300,000s,” making it approachable in a market that has seen both home and apartment rental prices soar over the past five years. The development will include a clubhouse with grilling deck, pool, large chess board, ride share dedicated location, walking trails with dog stations and three distinct parks.

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Bestselling author to speak at Milton events By JOE PARKER MILTON, Ga. — Bestselling author Kyle Mills will visit Milton this weekend to speak about his career, his inspiration to write thrillers as the son of an FBI agent and about taking over a popular book series after the original author passed away. Mills will speak at the Milton Veterans Breakfast at City Hall at 8 a.m., Nov 9. Later that day, Mills will speak about his new book, “Lethal Agent,” at the Milton Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. Mills, a Wyoming resident, said one topic he will cover at the events is his unusual road to becoming a bestselling author. Mills was working at a bank in the 1990s when he decided to try his hand at writing.

“I figured it would just be a creative outlet,” he said. “I love to read so I thought, I’ll write a novel. I thought my mom would read it and that would be the end of my writing career.” Mills grew up as the MILLS son of an FBI agent, which solidified his interest the organization, along with the CIA and Special Forces, and served as his inspiration to write thrillers. “I had all these contacts in the intelligence community, so I thought it would be easy to research,” he said. “I had a million characters in my head, and that’s why I embarked on writing a thriller.” After publishing several novels and

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establishing himself as an author, Mills then took over a book series started by another writer. In 2013, author Vince Flynn passed away from cancer after beginning the popular series of counterterrorism agent Mitch Rapp. Later, Mills received a call from Flynn’s family asking if he would be interested in continuing the series. “When Flynn died, I did hope someone would keep the series going because I like it and there was no real closure to the series or the character,” Mills said. Taking over a popular, established series was no small task, especially given Flynn’s style differed greatly from his own, Mills said. “He died young and at the top of his game and top of his popularity,” Mills said. “He had millions of fans who knew the Mitch Rapp series and what they wanted out of it. I wanted to continue it in a way that was as seamless as possible.” The reception from fans has been positive, he said. “The books have done great, and the fans have really enjoyed them,” he said. “People are really fired up that their favorite character didn’t die with Vince.” Released in September, “Lethal Agent” is a continuation of the Mitch Rapp series. In the novel, Rapp and his team of counterterrorism agents work

to stop a biochemical threat from an ISIS group who recruits drug cartels to smuggle the bioweapon across the U.S. southern border. Mills will discuss the book further at the two events in which he is speaking this weekend. “I’m looking forward to it,” Mill said.


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Transit: Continued from Page 4 tablish a brand for the ATL with a new logo so that every capital project created under the new agency would remind Metro Atlanta residents of their representation. Macke said one of the most important endeavors so far has been incorporating the goals and concerns of all the varying transit agencies operating within Metro Atlanta. The ATL, he said, is dedicated to assist these agencies in

we don’t go backwards.” Republic took a different view. “We respect our employees and their right to union representation, but it is unfortunate that this small faction within the Teamsters organization is trying to disrupt local customers as a tool to pressure Republic in another state,” the company said in a statement issued Friday. “We also respect the rights of employees to engage in the collective bargaining process, and we continue to negotiate in good faith to achieve a fair and competitive labor contract.” Staff writers Carson Cook, Joe Parker, Julia Grochowski and Ray Appen contributed to this report. promoting their best projects for the benefit of the region. Macke said the public can stay informed about what the ATL is doing and provide feedback through the District Downloads. The District Downloads are opportunities for citizens to receive information about the 192 proposed transit projects submitted to the ATL and learn how those projects work together to form a connected network of transit options in the Atlanta Regional Transit Plan. To study the proposed transit plan and upload comments, visit atltransit.

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Roswell Rotary schedules tour of veterans memorials

By JULIA GROCHOWSKI ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell Rotary Club has long honored veterans with ceremonies and outings, and this year is no different. On Nov. 7, local veterans are invited to join in celebration and remembrance while visiting area memorials. Destinations include the Newtown Park War Memorials, Alpharetta City Hall, American Legion Post 201 and Roswell Area Park. “These are people who were willing to put their life on the line to protect our freedom,” said Roswell Rotary Club President Gordon Owens. “I can’t think of a better group of people to honor. We wouldn’t have the life that we live without our veterans.” Several Roswell Rotary Club members are retired military members who want to continue to do service and help their communities, Owens said. “For years and years and years, they’ve honored other veterans,” Owens said. “Now we want to honor our own club members.” Some of these veterans will speak about their service and experiences during the Nov. 7 outing.

While the outing is sponsored by the Roswell Rotary Club, any local veteran is invited to join. Some of this year’s participants include members of the VFW, Johns Creek Veterans Association, the Veterans Empowerment Organization and American Legion Post 201. Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps members from local schools will also participate in the outing to introduce them to local veterans and their stories. “They will get to spend time with the veterans and build a relationship with somebody who’s lived what they’re about to go out into the world and do,” Owens said. “It will help bridge a gap between previous generations and current generations.” Roswell Rotary Club hosts various events and drives to support local veterans throughout the year, including donating to the Veterans Empowerment Organization and helping host the annual Roswell Memorial Day Ceremony. The Thursday, Nov. 7 outing will start at Roswell Area Park at 10495 Woodstock Road and run from noon-5 p.m. “It’s going to be wonderful,” Owens said. “We’re going to have a charter bus, police escort — It’ll be a very nice way to honor our veterans.”

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The Roswell Woman’s Club’s annual fundraiser, the 2019 Holiday Home Tour and fundraising event, will be held Nov. 9-10 this year at the new Harlow community. Three townhomes located at Harlow in Alpharetta will be showcased and adorned with holiday decor by local home interior designers. Proceeds will benefit charities in North Fulton and education initiatives. Parking will be at Ameris Bank Amphitheater, 1775 Founders Parkway, Alpharetta. Tickets are $30. For more information and tickets, visit

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What: Original artwork from local and regional artists will be available to purchase along with works from private collectors. Silent and live auctions will be included to support the Johns Creek Arts Center.  When: Friday, Nov. 8, 7:309:30 p.m. Where: St. Ives Country Club, One St. Ives Country Club Drive, Johns Creek More info:


What: The 2019 fundraising event features an easy stroll through HARLOW, a new townhome community reminiscent of Historic Charleston by Empire. When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 10, 1-5 p.m. Where: HARLOW Townhome Community, 11140 Old Roswell Road, Alpharetta Cost: Tickets are $30 for one day; $40 for two days More info and tickets:

PRENATAL COURSE SERIES What: Embark on a journey through your pregnancy with Melissa Anderson of Oya Yoga.

This course is six weeks long and includes a course study guide. When: Six-week course starts Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:30 a.m. Where: Oya Yoga Studio, 50 Canton St., Ste 114, Alpharetta Cost: $160 More info:


What: This exhibit features works by nationally recognized self-taught artists working in the folk-art tradition, including Howard Finster, Charlie Lucas, Sam Ezell, Cornbread and Nellie Mae Rowe. When: Opening reception Saturday, Oct. 12, 6-7:30 p.m.; exhibit on display through Nov. 16 Where: Johns Creek Arts Center, 6290 Abbotts Bridge Road, Building 700, Duluth More info:


What: Attend this luncheon to learn how to serve children in need in the surrounding communities and about the latest outreach efforts. When: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; register by Nov. 8 Where: Dunwoody Country Club, 1600 Dunwoody Club Drive, Dunwoody More info and registration:

What: Learn to make ugly Christmas sweater cookies with no messy kitchen to clean. Lise Ode of Mom Loves Baking will be the instructor. Includes a raffle. When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2-4 p.m. Where: Village Italian Bar & Grill, 5772 N. Vickery Street, Cumming Cost: $65 Info and registration:


What: Everyone is invited to enjoy a complimentary breakfast with local veterans. When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 8-9:30 p.m. Where: Milton City Hall, 2006 Heritage Walk, Milton More info:


What: Complimentary brunch style food will be available. This month’s lecture is on “Casimir Pulaski: Polish Hero of the American Revolution,” by Robert C. Jones. When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-noon. Where: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell Cost: There is a $5 suggested donation More info:


What: Clarissa Clifton will discuss the history of Thanksgiving food and cook on the open hearth in Smith Plantation’s historic cookhouse. There will also be an opportunity for children and adults to make Thanksgiving crafts they can use on their table. Free. When: Saturday, Nov. 9 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: Smith Plantation, 935 Alpharetta St., Roswell More info:

CHRISTMAS ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL IN CUMMING What: Featuring a wide variety of artisans and craftsmen with handcrafted merchandise, the Sawnee Artists’ Association festival includes photos with Santa and kid-friendly activities. Food trucks and kettle corn will be available outside. When: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 Where: Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, 3410 Ronald Regan Blvd., Cumming More info:

JOHNS CREEK POETRY GROUP FOR TEENS AND ADULTS What: Share poems and poetrywriting skills in a comfortable setting with gentle building-up and suggestions of learning and mastering this art. Veterans poets will lead discussions. When: Sunday, Nov. 10, 10:15 a.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 2 Park Plaza, Alpharetta More info:

PIE MAKING COOKING CLASS What: Barrington Hall hosts a full array of cooking classes based on classic European and American cuisine. Complimentary wine a free mini-tour of Barrington Hall is included. When: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Where: Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell Cost: $65 per person. More info and registration:


What: Help honor all those who serve and have served in the U.S. Military during this ceremony. When: Monday, Nov. 11, 10-11 a.m. Where: Brook Run Park, 4770 North Peachtree Road, Dunwoody More info:


What: Step back in time and learn about the unexpected challenges and difficulties pioneer families faced in Dunwoody. When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 9:3011 a.m. Where: The Donaldson-Bannister Farm, 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody Cost: $5 at the door More info:

What: Learn about the inhabitants of this Dunwoody Family cemetery established in 1847 and home to almost 70 descendants. Tour is free. Scout Patches available for purchase. When: Sunday, Nov. 10, 4-5 p.m. Where: The Donaldson-Bannister Farm, 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody More info:






What: Enjoy fall family fun on the farm with a free petting zoo and face painting. Children’s pioneer crafts and games, pioneer outdoor cooking and vintage tools and home goods display, tours of the farm and historic house and more. When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: The Donaldson-Bannister Farm, 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody More info: What: Picnic under the stars with music by moonlight featuring local favorites Langley McEntrye, Maggie Simms, Halley Lieberman and Lucy Yates. When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 6-8 p.m. Where: The Donaldson-Bannister Farm, 4831 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody Cost: $50 for a table of six More info and reservation:

What: Join thousands of book lovers to listen, meet, and interact with favorite authors in a variety of forums, author meetand-greets, book signings, a community read, panel discussions and more. When: Oct. 30-Nov. 17, times vary Where: Marcus Jewish Community Center, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody More info and tickets:

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 Cost: $2 More info: 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 Info: navigaterecoverygwinnett. org 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 770-495-0545


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:


What: Combines the international rhythms of the Zumba Gold program with the strength training techniques, creating an easy-to-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: Gain health benefits from relaxing yoga that emphasizes strength and flexibility. No experience necessary. Taught by an advanced certified yoga instructor. When: Wednesdays, 9:4511 a.m. Where: Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Blvd., Roswell Info: or 770-261-1705



What: Browse hundreds of handmade unique holiday items, with all sale proceeds benefitting missions such as NFCC, MUST and The Drake House. When: Friday, Nov. 8, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Where: Northbrook UMC, 11225 Crabapple Road, Roswell Info:


What: Dunwoody UMC Ministry of Music is hosting its organ dedication concert featuring the new 100-rank Quimby organ, played by Isabelle Demers. Works will include Bach, Vierne, Beethoven, Alkan and others. When: Sunday, Nov. 17, 4 p.m. Where: Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mt. Vernon Rd, Dunwoody More info: music/


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: | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | November 7, 2019 | 17

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: The show is a trip down memory lane featuring some of the most famous Broadway shows with a bit of Christmas added to kick off the holiday season. When: Nov. 7-10, times vary Where: Tam’s School Street Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming More info and tickets:


What: An energetic adaptation of Aesop’s tales featuring stories. This new re-telling captures the blend of humor, excitement and life lessons that audiences have loved for centuries. When: Oct. 26-Nov. 9, times vary. Where: Georgia Ensemble Theatre, 950 Forrest St., Roswell More info and tickets:


What: Thrills, chills, twists and turns in a Halloween-perfect tale of suspense. Can ineffable charm exist with true evil? The dark can be very seductive. When: Oct. 24-Nov. 10, times vary Where: Georgia Ensemble Theatre, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Cost: Tickets start at $24 More info and tickets:

What: Award-winning photographer Kate T. Parker will be showcasing photographs from her “Strong is the New Pretty” and “The Heart of a Boy” books. When: October through November, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Where: Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell Info:

What: The ArtAround Roswell “museum without walls” 20192020 Tour will feature 10 new sculptures and nine permanent sculptures. When: Through February 2020 Where: Across the City of Roswell More info and maps: 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 Info:


What: The Friends of the Milton Library is a nonprofit organization that holds monthly book sales to raise money to support the programs and events at the Milton Library. When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta Info: or 404-613-4402

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What: Preparation includes review sessions devoted to each of the skills required for success on the SAT/ACT. When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: East Roswell Library, 2301 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell More info and registration: What: More information forthcoming as the library finalizes the visit with New York Times bestselling author Kyle Mills. When: Saturday, Nov. 9, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Milton Library, 855 Mayfield Road, Alpharetta Info: or 404-613-4402


What: Compass Movement Inc. will host a discussion on teen problems, breaking stigmas, creating a more compassionate community, and how to seek help when needed. When: Saturday, Nov. 9, noon-1 p.m. Where: Alpharetta Library, 10 Park Plaza, Alpharetta Info: or 404-613-4402


What: Katja Bryant, a neuroscience nurse at Northside Hospital with over 25 years of experience, will share what we know about the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and if and how it can be prevented. When: Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7-8 p.m. Where: Sharon Forks Library, 2820 Old Atlanta Road, Cumming More info:


What: The Pop-Up Library of Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library will be at the Johns Creek City Hall with a display of online databases and digital resources. When: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1-2:30 p.m. Where: Johns Creek City Hall, 11360 Lakefield Drive, Johns Creek Info: or 404-613-6764

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Continued from Page 2 apartment on Webb Bridge Court was burglarized. The resident told police he had left the apartment at 6 p.m. and returned shortly before midnight. When he returned, he saw that the door was unlocked, and his kitchen window was open. Inside, several cabinets were open with items strewn about. Several electronics, including a laptop, headphones and iPad, were missing. The total value of the missing items was placed at about $5,600.

Wary bank employee thwarts attempted fraud ROSWELL, Ga. — Police are investigating an Oct. 22 incident in which a man nearly lost $18,000 to a scammer. The man had received a call earlier that day from someone claiming to represent a tech company. The caller said the business was shutting down and they owed the man $2,000. The man supplied his bank information, and the caller said he had accidentally sent the man $20,000. The caller then asked the man to make two $9,000 withdrawals and send him the money. When the man went to his bank, however, an employee recognized the scam and told him to contact police.

Lawn equipment stolen from locked work trailer ALPHARETTA, Ga. — An Alpharetta man called police Oct. 20 after he saw that several pieces of lawn equipment had been stolen from his trailer at South Main Street. The man said he had last seen the trailer secured the evening of Oct. 18. When he checked the trailer two days later, he noticed damage to the door. About $3,200 worth of lawn equipment was missing. The trailer had been parked inside a wooden fence with a lock on it. The lock on the gate had been cut off, police said.

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Local 8th graders selected as REACH scholars College scholarship awarded upon high school graduation By CANDY WAYLOCK Nine middle school students were recently selected to join an elite group of Fulton County students designated as REACH scholars eligible for a $10,000 college scholarship upon graduation. REACH, which stands for “Realizing Educational Achievement Can Happen,” is a statewide initiative founded by former Gov. Nathan Deal in 2012 to boost the number of students attending college. Among the nine Fulton students selected this year were four 8th graders from North Fulton middle schools: Itzel Acevedo-Pena from Holcomb Bridge Middle School,  Tiffany Laij from Taylor Road Middle School, Belen Montalvo Vedia of Elkins Pointe Middle School and  Ivanna Rojas of Hopewell Middle School.  During a signing ceremony on Oct. 23 alongside their parents, the REACH scholars signed a pledge to maintain a “C” average, have good attendance


The 2019 REACH Scholars signed pledges to maintain academic and citizenship goals during a signing ceremony Oct. 23. Attending the ceremony were, from left, Fulton School Superintendent Mike Looney, Fulton School Board members Julia Bernath and Linda Bryant, Gabriella Horton (Sandy Springs Middle School), Itzel Acevedo’s-Pena (Holcomb Bridge Middle School), Tiffany Laij (Taylor Road Middle School), Theresa Lopez (Renaissance Middle School), Belen Montalvo Vedia (Elkins Pointe Middle School), Ivanna Rojas (Hopewell Middle School), Sheridan Cruz (Bear Creek Middle School), Daniel Williams (Woodland Middle School), Fulton School Board members Katie Reeves and Gail Dean. and good behavior, graduate from high school with a diploma and enroll in a Georgia HOPE-eligible post-secondary institution. In return, they will receive a $10,000 scholarship, and a foundation of academics and achievement that will serve them well in college. “REACH not only helps our students graduate from high school, but gives them

the tools to complete college and return to our community and join our workforce,” Cliff Jones, chief of academics, said, “We are excited today for all of our students and for their promising futures.” The Fulton School System began participating in the REACH program in 2014, and now includes 45 scholars selected over the past five years. Of those, 17 attend schools in North Fulton. 

Fulton’s REACH scholarship program is sponsored by the Fulton Education Foundation, along with the REACH Georgia program. Statewide, the REACH program has grown from five participating school districts in 2012 to 154 school districts in 2019. It is on track to reach the program’s goal of all 180 Georgia school systems participating by next year.

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Online testing meltdown should not impact students By CANDY WAYLOCK Fulton County students vying for acceptance into the Talented and Gifted (TAG) program and higher-level classes should not be impacted by the district’s decision to scrap an annual test of student achievement. After technical glitches disrupted the Oct. 21 delivery of the Iowa Assessments in the first hour, Fulton School officials pulled the plug. At the time, 14,000 students in grades three, five and eight across 61 schools had begun testing; 6,000 students had yet to begin. “Fulton County Schools’ technology and systems were not the cause of the failure; this was solely a vendor issue,” Chief Academic Officer Cliff Jones said. He said the lack of scores will have no impact on a student’s academic records or TAG eligibility. “Fulton County Schools uses the Iowa Assessment as one of many data points in the process to determine if students qualify for the Talented and Gifted program,” Jones said. The standardized test, often referred to as the ITBS (Iowa Test of Basic Skills), has been administered annually for decades in Fulton Schools. Parents have long favored the Iowa Assessment as it is a nationally normed test allowing comparison among students from across the country. Jones noted any student who needed Iowa Assessment results to qualify for TAG will instead take the Stanford 10 test, a similar assessment, in the spring. Additionally, current TAG students in fifth grade will take the Stanford 10 in the coming months to determine middle school placements in advanced level courses. The 2019 Iowa Assessment was only the second time the test was given online in Fulton Schools. The decision was made, Jones said, to align with the state’s move toward a digital testing platform for speed and security reasons. Unlike the annual Georgia Milestones Assessments, the Iowa Assessment is not mandated by the state, so Fulton had no contingency plans to move to paper and pencil in the event of a technical issue. The district budgeted nearly $390,000 for the Iowa Assessment this year, and Jones said they are working with the vendor for compensation. As Fulton Schools looks toward the spring delivery of the Milestones, Jones said there should be no concerns of similar online problems. The Milestones, which includes End of Course and End of Grades tests in grades three through 12, moved to a digital format two years ago.

“This is neither the same test nor the same vendor as the state-mandated Georgia Milestones,” Jones said. “This [Iowa Assessment] event does not give us any concern for Milestones.” Because of the high stakes surrounding the Milestones for both final grades and promotion, the state has encouraged contingencies — paper testing — in the event of technical disruptions. Jones said the issues with the Iowa Assessment do not reflect upon Fulton Schools and its technology capabilities, although room always exists for improvement. “Fulton County Schools’ technology and systems were not the cause of the failure; this was solely a vendor issue,” Jones emphasized. “However, we are always looking for ways to balance the need to make decisions based on current, accurate data with the time students must spend taking assessments rather than learning.” To that end, Jones said Fulton Superintendent Mike Looney has directed staff to review all assessments to determine what, if any, tests may be eliminated.

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Gladiators down Alpharetta to secure second straight region title By JOE PARKER JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — When the temperature gauge is just a few ticks above the freezing mark, it is far from the ideal time to be showered with icy Gatorade. But Johns Creek head coach Matt Helmerich didn’t seem to mind when his players dumping two buckets of cold and colorful liquid on his head to celebrate the Gladiators’ second straight Region 7-AAAAAA title. “It doesn’t matter if it’s zero degrees or 100 degrees, anytime you get a Gatorade shower something special happened, so I’ll take a Gatorade shower any day,” Helmerich said. Johns Creek (8-1, 7-0) used three touchdowns from quarterback Ben Whitlock and solid defensive play to down the Raiders in the de-facto region title game. Both teams entered the contest 6-0 in 7-AAAAAA play. Johns Creek looked poised to run away with the win early, but the Raiders (6-3, 6-1) cut the lead to one score to set up an exciting fourth quarter. The Gladiators found the scoreboard early in the first quarter after Alpharetta turned the ball over on their second offensive play of the night. Alpharetta’s Kevin Howard fumbled after making a reception to set up Johns Creek at Alpharetta’s 10-yard line. Johns Creek was pushed back by a sack and false start, but Whitlock notched his first score of the night with a 20-yard completion to Justin Campbell. Alpharetta had a timely sack on the Gladiators’ next drive, but Johns Creek still came away with points behind a 33yard field goal by Caleb Adegboyega. Whitlock was back on the ball a few minutes later and completed three passes to Yong Min Lee, including a 3-yard touchdown, to put the Gladiators up 17-0 in the first quarter. Whitlock was 15-31 passing for 242 yards with two touchdowns. Min Lee led all receivers with 120 yards on seven receptions. Penalties plagued Johns Creek throughout the night and helped Alpharetta respond with a touchdown early in the second quarter. The Gladiators were called for a personal foul


Yong Min Lee of Johns Creek comes down with a touchdown reception. on the punt return and flagged for 15 more yards three plays into Alpharetta’s drive. After a 13-yard pass from Will Gerdes to CJ Dobard, two encroachment calls against Johns Creek set up a 9-yard touchdown pass from Gerdes to Cam Foster to cut the deficit to 177. Gerdes was 20-37 passing for 187 yards. The Raiders’ defense had a strong showing following the first half, including a crucial fourth-down stop after Gerdes fumbled while being sacked midway through the second quarter. However, Whitlock completed his third touchdown with two minutes remaining in the first half with a quarterback keeper. Penalties again hurt Johns Creek on their ensuing drive and resulted in Alpharetta points in the final minute of the half. A holding call backed the Gladiators to their own 2-yard line and the Raiders stuffed the ensuing run to force a safety and put the score at 24-9. The Raiders rode that momentum into the second half but had two strong drives end with zero points. On the Raiders’ opening drive of

ception from Justin Campbell. Johns Creek then forced a turnover on downs and ran out the clock to clinch the game, the region crown and a Gatorade shower for Helmerich. “We did some really good things and some really silly things,” Helmerich said. “We had some costly penalties early that set us back. Alpharetta played their tails off, they were excellent tonight. It was just a great football game for a region championship.” Helmerich agreed with the adage that it is often harder to repeat a title than to win a first, but he said his team was up to the task this year. “This year we got everybody’s best,” he said. “We took some shots early to some teams in our region, and the parity in this league is unbelievable. But we were able to persevere and take everybody’s best.” The Gladiators will close out their regular season against Dunwoody (3-6, 2-5) before the state playoffs, and Helmerich is confident his team can capture the program’s first playoff victory. “If we clean some things up, there is enough talent, enough heart and there’s enough work ethic on the team, and we have the coaching staff to make a run in the playoffs,” he said. Despite the loss, the Raiders are assured the No. 2 seed and home-field advantage in the first round of the playoffs. The Raiders close out their regular season against Cambridge (4-5, 3-4).

the second half, Gerdes completed a pass to Dobard near the goal line. Dobard completed the catch but was hit, knocking the ball loose and out of bounds in the end zone, resulting in a touchback. Alpharetta marched inside the red zone on their next drive, but kicker Bryce Troutt, who entered the game 5-6 on field goals, missed from 34 yards out. With the Raiders shutting down Johns Creek’s speedy offense, Alpharetta finally broke through with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Gerdes to Howard to push the score to 24-16 with 13 minutes left to play. The teams exchanged possession through the start of the fourth, but Johns Creek pushed the lead to 16 with four minutes remaining. Will Watson scampered into the end zone from 12 3400-A Old Milton Parkway, Suite 560 yards out after he was set up by Alpharetta, GA 30005 a leaping 36-yard re-

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Fellowship runs table to capture subregion championship By JOE PARKER ROSWELL, Ga. — Fellowship Christian kept its unbeaten record alive Friday night at home and downed Whitefield Academy for the Paladins’ second straight Region 6-A subregion B title. The matchup featured the top two teams in the subregion in a winner-take-all bout for the championship. Despite a 22-point win, Friday’s matchup was Fellowship’s closest score of the season. “Our boys played very well,” head coach Al Morrell said. “I’m very pleased with the defense, we were more physical up front and able to control the running game. Offensively we sustained drives despite shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties. Overall, I’m proud of the kids and their effort.” Fellowship stuck to its M.O. of pounding away on the ground. The Paladins attempted just six passes, none of which were completed. However, they had no trouble with the rushing attack, lighting up Whitefield’s defense for 438 yards rushing. The offensive line had a strong performance despite the absence of right

guard Nathan Nardone, who was out with an ankle injury. “I’m super proud of those guys even in (Nardone’s) absence,” Morrell said. “Big Charlie Patterson had a good night, Brady Niblock, the whole line did really well.” Junior Murphy Reeves led the rushing attack with 219 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns. Jayven Hall had 88 yards and a score, Josh Cole also found the end zone and added 56 yards on the ground. Quarterback Eli Hildebrandt had had 64 yards on six carries. Fellowship scored on its opening two possessions of the game. Cole had a 30yard touchdown just 51 seconds into the contest and Reeves scored the first of his touchdowns midway through the period. Whitefield responded with nine unanswered points, including a field goal set up by a Hildebrandt fumble and a 31-yard touchdown pass midway through the second. However, Fellowship’s defense held the Wolfpack off the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest. “They have about five really excellent position players and big-play guys,” Morrell said. “Our plan going in was to contain the big play, and we ended giving up one on the night.” The Paladins had two interceptions

Our boys played very well. I’m very pleased with the defense, we were more physical up front and able to control the running game. Offensively we sustained drives despite shooting ourselves in the foot with penalties. Overall, I’m proud of the kids and their effort.” Al Morrell Fellowship head coach in the second half from Michael Washburne and Garrett Hauenstein, and linebackers Lawson Haigler and Trexton Lewis led Fellowship with seven total tackles each. Washburne’s interception set up Reeves’ second touchdown of the night, and Hall iced the game with a 7-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Fellowship has a chance to capture its second Region 6-A title in four years Friday at home. The Paladins will welcome subregion A champs Darlington to Bob Lord Field in a battle of 9-0 teams both ranked in the top-5 of Class A-Private. “They are very solid and well coached,” Morrell said. “They are dominant up front, and it’s going to be the

best line we’ve seen all season. We will maybe have to account for speed and get on the perimeter in addition to running behind the tackles.” The matchup will feature two highscoring offenses and stingy defenses. Darlington is allowing opponents just eight points per game and has recorded three shutouts. Fellowship has given up an average of 12 points per game with two shutouts. Fellowship is averaging 46 points per game to Darlington’s 35. The Paladins will look to avoid a repeat of last year in their tilt with Darlington. In 2018, Fellowship was 9-0 and captured the subregion B title but fell to Mount Zion Carroll in the region championship game.

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Blessed Trinity outlasts Marist in overtime thriller to capture region title By ZACH SHUGAN ATLANTA — Blessed Trinity and Marist have met on the gridiron only a handful of times in history, but the storied programs put on a show each time they face off. In the most recent installment of the budding rivalry, Blessed Trinity defeated Marist 33-30 in triple overtime to capture the region title and secure a No. 1 seed in the state playoffs. The star-studded backfield of Elijah Green and Justice Haynes each had one touchdown, and senior kicker Aaron Werkheiser finished the night 4-4 on field goal attempts (28, 40, 25, 43 yards) and 3-3 on extra-point attempts. Following the game, Blessed Trinity head coach Tim McFarlin could hardly believe what had just happened. “So much heart, I’m so proud of our kids,” McFarlin said. “There’s not enough words to describe it. This was two really good football teams. If we can all stay healthy, I don’t know, maybe we’ll see them again. That game could have gone either way. That was two teams that didn’t have a lot of gas left in the tank.” After four quarters weren’t enough to settle the score, the teams headed to overtime to settle who would take home the region crown. Tied at 20, the Titans began with the ball in overtime, but they were unable to find the end zone. Werkheiser hit a 25-yard field goal to put BT ahead. After Marist tied it with a 28-yard field goal, the battle went to a second overtime period.

Marist started with the ball, and the War Eagles worked their way from the 15-yard line down to the 1 before quarterback Connor Cigelske snuck in for a touchdown. Facing third and long and needing a touchdown to extend the game, BT junior quarterback Duncan Reavis dropped back and threw a high-arching pass to the back corner of the end zone. Senior James Bryant jumped up over two Marist defenders and came down with the pass as the away crowd roared. After Werkheiser converted the extra point, the game advanced to triple overtime. Once again it was Werkheiser who came through for the Titans, capping his night off with a 43-yard field goal that would go on to be the game winner. On the War Eagles’ possession, Cigelske was picked off by senior Quinton Reese to seal the victory and a region title for the Titans. “We weren’t supposed to be here,” McFarlin said. “We just graduated the best senior class in the history of the school. We lost the entire defensive staff, five coaches left. This group of seniors didn’t have a winning season in ninth grade or JV. They heard all that. I’m just glad they didn’t listen. I’m speechless. I’m just so proud of these kids.” The War Eagles (9-1, 5-1) were largely considered the top team in Class 4A entering the matchup with the Titans and entered the game sporting a No. 1 ranking and an unblemished record. On the first play of scrimmage, Marist quarterback Connor Cigelske kept the ball himself and took it 77 yards down the sideline. Two plays later,

Cigelske ran for a 2-yard touchdown to give the War Eagles the lead less than one minute into the game. Blessed Trinity responded quickly, driving 82 yards and evening the score with an 8-yard touchdown run by Green, a senior North Carolina commit. On their next drive, freshman Haynes broke free for a 90-yard touchdown run to put the Titans up 14-7. After field goals from both teams closed out the half, Blessed Trinity took a 17-10 lead into halftime. The Titans came out in the second half with their foot on the gas pedal. Green rushed for 39 yards on the first play of the half, and Werkheiser capped off the drive with a 40 yarder to give Blessed Trinity a 20-10 lead. Marist wasn’t done, though. The War Eagles responded to the Titans field goal with a 45-yard field goal and a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 20 and send it to overtime. “They had beaten some teams badly during the season that we struggled with,” McFarlin said. “I was glad to see us get a two-score lead in the first half. We felt like if we could just keep it tight going into the fourth quarter we could find a way to win.” Blessed Trinity plays its final regular season game on Nov. 8 at White County. When the state tournament begins the following week, the Titans will host the No. 4 team from Region 5. Another battle with Marist is possible, as McFarlin mentioned, but only if both teams make it to the state championship game, which was the case in 2017.


Blessed Trinity senior Quinton Reese catches a pass from junior quarterback Duncan Reavis during the Titans’ game against Marist on Nov. 1. Reese intercepted Marist in the third overtime to seal BT’s 33-30 win.


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Titans volleyball downs St. Pius for 7th state title By ZACH SHUGAN MARIETTA, Ga. — For the sixth time this decade and the first time since 2016, Blessed Trinity volleyball brought home a state championship trophy. The Titans defeated St. Pius X in the Class 4A state volleyball championship at Marietta High School Nov. 2, winning three sets to one over the Golden Lions (25-21, 26-24, 10-25, 27-25). This season was Blessed Trinity’s first under head coach Allison Boes. Even with the change at the helm, the BT program again proved to be elite. The Titans finished 37-9 during the regular season, went undefeated in Region 7-AAAA play and did not lose a single set in the state tournament leading up to the finals. In the championship match, the Titans continued their hot streak. The teams went back and forth throughout the first set, and Blessed Trinity came out on top 25-21.

After the Titans took 20-14 lead in the second set, the Golden Lions stormed back and tied the set at 24. Blessed Trinity took the next two points and won the set 26-24 to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match. “We’ve been in that situation a lot this season,” Boes said. “One of the things we always talk about is stay loose and have fun and take in the moment.” State tournament matches are bestof-five rather than best-of-three, so the Titans needed one more set to take home the state title. Down 2-0, St. Pius had its back to the wall and responded. The Golden Lions jumped out to an 8-1 lead and eventually took a 25-10 win to force a fourth set. “They’re a tough team,” Boes said. “We’re always concerned about how they’re going to play. You have to respect every aspect of their game. But I knew our girls could do it, and we believed in ourselves and got a win.” In the tightly contested fourth set,


Blessed Trinity hoists the trophy after winning the 2019 Georgia 4-AAAA state championship on Nov. 2. St. Pius had a 25-24 lead, but they came just short of forcing a winner-take-all fifth set for the state title. Blessed Trinity tied the set at 25 and went on to win 27-25, capturing its first state title under Boes and first since the 2016

season. “It feels amazing,” Boes said. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I knew we had a really talented group. We had a lot of injuries this year, but we expected to be here the whole time.”

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Trout stocking can be fun for the entire family If you enjoy trout fishing, November means just one thing: Delayed Harvest trout fishing season! Delayed Harvest (DH) is an approach to fisheries management that manages STEVE HUDSON streams differently Get Outside Georgia, at different times of year. Say you have a section of a creek or river where water temperatures are too high for trout during the summertime. You might manage that stream for warmwater fish such as bass during spring and summer. But come fall, water temperatures will drop and that same stream can be stocked with trout. The result can be some incredible fall and winter trout fishing. Georgia has five designated delayed harvest waters, including portions of the Chattahoochee in Atlanta, Amicalola Creek near Dawsonville, Smith Creek below the lake in Unicoi State Park, a stretch of the Toccoa River, and a section of the Chattooga River. During the “DH” season, those waters are managed under special regulations that call for

catch-and-release fishing with singlehook artificial flies or lures from Nov. 1 through May 14. Several times during the DH season, Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources gives regular folks like you and me an opportunity to help stock some of Georgia’s DH waters. This “volunteer assisted trout stocking,” as it’s known, helps to stock some portions of DH streams that cannot be accessed directly by the hatchery truck. On stocking days, a bucket brigade made up of enthusiastic volunteers transports trout from the hatchery truck to the water. Georgia DNR brings the fish; you just bring yourself, your boots or waders, and a 5-gallon plastic bucket. Who participates in these volunteerassisted stockings? Among the folks you may see might be members of area fishing organizations such as Trout Unlimited or North Georgia Trout Online. You’ll see scout groups and school classes. You’ll see plenty of families, too, with moms and dads and kids enjoying the adventure together. According to DNR’s John Lee Thomson, this season’s first volunteer-assisted stockings was on Nov. 1 on three of Georgia’s DH streams. On that day, volunteers gathered at Smith Creek in

Unicoi State Park, at Amicalola Creek near the Highway 53 bridge, and at the Toccoa River at the Sandy Bottom canoe launch area to carry the trout to their new wintertime homes. “Stocking typically happens in the morning around 10 a.m.,” he says, adding that volunteers tote 5-gallon buckets to stock about 2,000 trout in each of those streams on that day. “We will also have volunteer stocking days on the Chattahoochee in Atlanta, too,” he continues, adding that the Chattahoochee events are “typically scheduled around school holidays so kids and families can participate.” The first of those stockings usually occurs (conditions permitting) during the week of Thanksgiving. What can you expect if you make it to one of these Bucket Brigade Days? Typically, the stocking truck arrives shortly after 10:00 a.m., so you’ll want to arrive before 10. That gives plenty of time to sign the waiver form, put on your boots or waders, and put some water in your 5-gallon bucket so it’s ready to go. Sometimes there’s hot coffee and donuts too. Once the truck arrives, folks line up to have their buckets filled with trout. Then the volunteers carry ‘em to the

river and release the trout. It really is a brigade of buckets, and when all is said and done, several thousand trout will have new homes. There are lots of reasons for being part of a Bucket Brigade. For one thing, it’s a great way to “give back” to the resource. Giving back is important, especially these days. For another, it’s just plain fun — especially if you have a kid or two in tow. Believe it: Kids totally enjoy this kind of thing. Cold water and splashy trout are a sure recipe for fun that’s not soon forgotten. What’s not to love? “It’s something we look forward to every year,” one mom told me. “And when we’re done, we’re gonna go fishing too!” squealed the youngest of her daughters, barely able to contain her excitement. Yes, after the stocking work is done, it’s fine to stay and fish. It doesn’t get much better than that! For more info on how you and your family can be a part of a volunteer trout stocking event this fall or winter, email John Lee at or contact the Wildlife Resources Division’s Gainesville Solution region office at (770) 535-5700. D R O P









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Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra hosts the Crystals By CARSON COOK JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — The ’60s girl group The Crystals are coming to Johns Creek on Saturday, Nov. 16 presented by the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra. Known for hits like “Then He Kissed Me,” “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “He’s a Rebel,” The Crystals’ doo-wop-influenced harmonies were a staple of airways in the early 1960s. Young rock stars from School of Rock Johns Creek will kick off the night, followed by the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra String Quartet performing pops arrangements. “Pops” is a style of symphony concert that incorporates popular and recognizable music, whether from musicals, films or the radio, rather than or sometimes in addition to traditional classical music. The Johns Creek Symphony’s Christmas show has been in the pops style in the past, but this is the symphony’s first concert of its kind outside of the holiday season. “We realize, philosophically and logically, not everybody wants to hear three or four or five concerts of classical music in a season,” Musical Director Wayne

Baughman said. “They like popular music.” Baughman said there is a natural demographic in North Atlanta that remembers the heights of The Crystals fame and enjoys their style of music. So, the concert will conclude with an approximately 75-minute set from the girl group. “We’re just trying to get a little bit out of our normal — I wouldn’t say comfort zone — but out of our normal paradigm and explore some different ways to get people in seats,” Baughman said. “We’re trying to come up with these interesting collaborations. You wouldn’t think you’d hear ’60s girl groups at a symphony concert.” The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Johns Creek united Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge. Tickets are $37 for premium seating and $34 for standard seating, with discounts available for seniors (55+) and students.

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The Crystals will perform in conjunction with the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra and School of Rock.


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Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Opening acts: School of Rock House Band and JCSO String Quartet in Pops favorites Rock ‘n’ Roll history comes to Johns Creek as we feature 1960s girl group The Crystals in a night of their Billboard chart-topping hits, including “He’s a Rebel,” “Then He Kissed Me,” “Da Doo Ron Ron,” and more!

Tickets: $18-37 Concert at Johns Creek United Methodist Church, 11180 Medlock Bridge Road | (678) 748-5802 THANK YOU TO OUR SEASON SPONSORS: Funding for this program is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners.


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Milton remains unbeaten in region play By JOE PARKER Class 7A Milton 49, Lambert 0 Milton continued its undefeated streak in Region 5-AAAAAAA play Friday with a shutout win over winless Lambert. The Eagles control their own destiny to capture their second straight region title Nov. 8. The Eagles opened a two-score lead in the first quarter and went into halftime ahead 28-0. Milton wasted no time adding to its lead in the second half, scoring just 20 seconds into the third quarter with a long touchdown pass from Devin Farrell to Jackson Weaver. The Eagles added another score midway through the third and chewed away much of the fourth quarter clock before punching in another score. Milton (6-3, 4-0) will be seeking its second Region 5-AAAAAAA title in the Eagle’s Nest Friday against North (6-3, 3-1).

race for the region crown will come down to the final week of the regular season. Woodstock scored just over a minute into the game, but Roswell stormed back and led the remainder of the contest to improve to 3-1 in region play. John Copenhaver scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to push Roswell’s lead to 28-10 before the half. The Hornets added to their lead with a touchdown just 45 seconds into the second half, and a touchdown from Savion Mccrary iced the game in the fourth. With all of Friday’s region results, Roswell is tied with Walton and Etowah atop the region standings. The Hornets (6-2, 3-1) close out their regular season against Etowah Friday, while Walton takes on Woodstock. The Hornets control their own destiny and will clinch the region title with a win. If Roswell loses and Walton wins, the Hornets will be the No. 3 seed.

in the third quarter but couldn’t complete the comeback after North Atlanta added two more touchdowns. The Knights (0-9, 0-6) close out their 2019 campaign Friday on the road against Northview and will attempt to avoid having a winless season for the first time since 1998.

Class 6A North Atlanta 44, Centennial 26 Centennial dropped its ninth game of the year Friday with a 44-26 loss to North Atlanta on the road. North Atlanta kept Centennial off the scoreboard in the first half to lead 23-0 at the break. The Knights cut the deficit to 30-13

Chattahoochee 60, Dunwoody 21 Chattahoochee took down Dunwoody for the second time in three seasons Friday to improve to 2-5 in region play entering the final week of the regular season. Dunwoody’s loss brought an end to the Wildcats’ playoff hopes. The Cougars were led by standout performances from its defense and quarterback Jaylen Smith. Hooch forced six turnovers in the contest, including a pick-six, while Smith accounted for seven touchdowns in the first half. Smith threw six touchdown passes and added a rushing score to give the Cougars a 50-21 lead at the break, allowing Hooch to cruise to their second region win of the season. Dunwoody (3-6, 2-5) closes out its regular season Friday against region champs Johns Creek, while Hooch (36, 2-5) goes on the road to face North Atlanta.



PLACE City Hall Two Park Plaza Council Chambers November 7, 2019 3:00 P.M.

PLACE City Hall Two Park Plaza Council Chambers November 7, 2019 3:00 P.M.

PURPOSE Restaurant Consumption on Premises Beer, Wine, Liquor, Sunday Sales

PURPOSE Hotel Consumption on Premises Beer, Wine, Liquor, Sunday Sales

APPLICANT Dog 57 Dining Group, Inc. d/b/a Monkey 68 160 N. Main St Alpharetta, GA 30009

APPLICANT IHG Management (Maryland) LLC d/b/a EVEN Hotel Alpharetta 2715 Old Milton Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30009

Owner Aimbridge Hospitality, LLC

Owner Dog 57 Dining Group, Inc.

Owner IHG Management (Maryland) LLC

Registered Agent Michael Sard

Registered Agent Kyun Muh

Registered Agent Michael Sard

Roswell 42, Woodstock 16 Roswell took a step closer to defending its Region 5-AAAAAAA title Friday night by downing Woodstock on the road, but the

CITY OF ALPHARETTA PUBLIC NOTICE PH-19-AB-26 PLACE City Hall Two Park Plaza Council Chambers November 7, 2019 3:00 P.M. PURPOSE Hotel Consumption on Premises Beer, Wine, Liquor, Sunday Sales APPLICANT Aimbridge Hospitality, LLC d/b/a Hyatt Place Alpharetta North Point 7500 North Point Parkway Alpharetta, GA 30022

Northview 42, Pope 7 Northview jumped to third in the Region 7-AAAAAA standings Friday with a lopsided win over Pope at home. A 99-yard drive capped off by a touchdown rush from Marcus Godbey gave Northview a 14-0 lead in the second quarter and started a flurry of Northview scores. The Titans added three touchdowns in the final eight minutes of the period to lead 35-0 at the half to effectively ice the contest. Northview (5-4, 4-3) can clinch the No. 3 seed Friday over winless Centennial in what would be the Titans’ first playoff appearance since 2015 and third all-time. Class 4A Fellowship Christian 31, Whitefield Academy 9 Fellowship Christian earned its second straight Region 6-A subregion B title Friday night by downing Whitefield Academy (7-2, 6-1) in the de-facto subregion title game. With the win, the Paladins will bring their undefeated (9-0, 7-0) record into the Region 6-A overall title game Friday. The Paladins scored just 51 seconds into the game and extended their lead with a touchdown run from Murphy Reeves. Whitefield cut the lead to 14-9 in the second quarter, but Fellowship’s defense, which has given up just 12 points a game, held the Wolfpack off the scoreboard for the remainder of the contest. Matt Rodgers hit a 43-yard field goal, Reeves added his second rushing score, and Jayven Hall ran in for a touchdown to extend the winning margin. Fellowship will take on Darlington for the region title Friday in a battle of top-5 ranked teams. The Paladins will look to capture their second region crown in four years. St. Francis 48, King’s Ridge 7 St. Francis likely punched its ticket to the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and only the second time in program history Friday night by taking down neighbors King’s Ridge. St. Francis (6-3, 5-2) entered the contest 19th in the power ratings, with the top 24 teams earning a postseason berth. The win was also No. 200 for Knights’ head coach Frank Barden. The Knights were led by three touchdowns from Josh Gil. The senior had four total touchdowns, including two passing scores to Zay Wadsworth, a touchdown throw to Jai Smith and a rushing score. St. Francis led 41-0 at the half to seal their sixth win of the season. The Knights will compete in the Region 6-A crossover game with a subregion A opponent Friday. Matchups have yet to be announced.

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National DAR Day of Service Roswell woman named held at American Legion State Representative ALPHARETTA, Ga. — On Oct. 27, for Women in Fire members of the Daughters of the Revolution, Patriots of Liberty Chapter in Alpharetta spent the afternoon honoring veterans at the Alpharetta American Legion Post 201. The members maintained the landscape by planting flowers and shrubs throughout the “Walk of Memories.” The Walk is a memorial that pays tribute to U.S. veterans in the form of a walkway of almost 8,000 bricks. The bricks are inscribed with the names of veterans who have served in conflicts from the American Revolutionary War to present day. The DAR mission is to promote patriotism, historic preservation and education. Any woman over the age of 18 interested in becoming a DAR member who believes that she is a direct descendant of a patriot with documentation who fought in the American Revolutionary War may obtain more information by emailing patriotsoflibertydar+info@gmail. com.


From left stand Daughters of the Revolution, Patriots of Liberty Chapter in Alpharetta members Laura Davies, Nancy Hunley, Donna Loudermilk (Regent), Rachel Elkins, Lynnette Quigley, Jennifer Boren, Lori Bennett, Kim McClure and Debra Kielly. CITY OF ALPHARETTA PUBLIC NOTICE PH-19-AB-23


PLACE City Hall Two Park Plaza Council Chambers November 7, 2019 3:00 P.M.

PLACE City Hall Two Park Plaza Council Chambers November 07, 2019 3:00 P.M.

PURPOSE Restaurant Consumption on Premises Beer, Wine, Liquor, Sunday Sales

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Owner Carson Georgia Holdings LLC

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ROSWELL, Ga. — The City of Roswell recently announced that Jamie Leavell, Roswell Fire Department’s assistant fire marshal, has been named the Georgia State Representative for Women in Fire. Leavell has served 17 years in the department, and she is a certified fire instructor, fire inspector, emergency LEAVELL medical technician, arson investigator, life safety educator and peer support/crisis intervention expert. In her role as Assistant Fire Marshal for the City of Roswell, Leavell is responsible for fire inspections, investigations and public education. An interactive nonprofit network, Women in Fire provides education, support and advocacy for fire service women.

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Northern Ridge District announces October Eagle Scouts NORTH FULTON, Ga. — The Northern Ridge Boy Scout District — which includes the cities of Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Milton — recently announced its 16 newest Eagle Scouts. The Scouts who passed their Board of Review on Oct. 24 at Alpharetta Presbyterian Church are: Matthew Schutz of Troop 7153 was sponsored by St. Brigid Catholic Church. He designed and created two 10-foot boardwalks for the trails at Autrey Mill Heritage Center and Nature Preserve. Abhinav Siripurapu of Troop 3143 was sponsored by Johns Creek United Methodist Church. He designed and constructed a chalkboard as well as refurbishing the outdoor classroom at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center. Benjamin Hansen of Troop 10 was sponsored by St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. He created two trails totaling 160 yards to connect two parking lots. He also installed two benches along this trail for Northminster Presbyterian Church. Aidan Delanhanty of Troop 429 was sponsored by Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. He designed and constructed two bookshelf units as well as a book drive and food drive for Nicholas House, which shelters the homeless. Delanhanty collected 267 books and 271 food items in addition to the bookshelf units.

In the top row, from left, stands new Eagle Scouts Matthew Schutz, Abhinav Siripurapu, Benjamin Hansen, Aidan Delanhanty and Sean Runner. In the middle row are Aneet Nadella, Owen Bagwell, Jake Tipper, Blake Caviness and Kevin Howard. In the front row are Matthew Stadter, James Crisanti, Alexander Urbanawiz, Surya Mohan, Cheran Silvalingam and Joseph Crisanti. Sean Runner of Troop 429 was sponsored by Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. He designed and constructed an 80-foot fence at the Canine Assistants Property. Aneet Nadella of Troop 27 was sponsored by the Johns Creek Christian Church. He designed and created three outdoor garden beds at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center.

Owen Bagwell of Troop 7153 was sponsored by St. Brigid Catholic Church. He collected and crated over 175 Care kits for soldiers overseas. The kits contained face wipes, hand lotion, mouthwash, razors, deodorant and emery boards. Jake Tipper of Troop 429 was sponsored by Alpharetta Presbyterian Church. He designed and created 136 American flag holders complete with flags to place on Windward Drive in the Windward Subdivision for veteran-oriented holidays. Blake Caviness of Troop 2143 was sponsored by Johns Creek United Meth-

odist Church. He designed and created a 45-foot-long drainage ditch to direct water away from the Wetland Pass Trail at Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center. Caviness also filled in eroded areas with dirt and gravel and installed timbers along the trail to help control the water flow. Kevin Howard of Troop 51 was sponsored by American Legion Post 201. He designed and constructed four planters for Rock Mill Park.

In Memoriam

See SCOUTS, Page 37

Mary Ellen Reece Sherrill

Mary Ellen Reece Sherrill, 85, of Alpharetta, passed away October 23, 2019 with family by her side. She was born to the late Clarence and Geneva Reece on March 25, 1934 in Rutherfordton, NC. She graduated from RS Central High School. She then attended U.N.C Chapel Hill and Women’s College of Greensboro earning a degree in fashion design. She married her high school sweetheart, the late Daniel L Sherrill, on March 31, 1956. Together they had 3 sons, Kirk; Darrin (Terri); Ty (Gina). She was blessed with 4 grandchildren, Nicole, Michael, Olivia, and Kevin; and 6 great grandchildren.

Mary is most known for her artistic abilities. She was an incredible artist who has made 100’s of paintings. From acrylic to watercolor, nature to abstract, all absolutely beautiful. She was always so poised and elegant, never had anything out of place. She enjoyed creating delicious meals for her family, watching old westerns, and shopping! Mary was loved dearly by her family and will forever be missed. A memorial service was held on October 28, 2019 at John’s Creek Baptist Church. Her ashes along with her late husband’s ashes will be scattered at a later date.

Scouts: Continued from Page 36 Matthew Stadter of Troop 430 was sponsored by St. David’s Episcopal Church. He designed and constructed an outdoor cinderblock BBQ smoker, for St. David’s Episcopal Church. James Crisanti of Troop 1134 was sponsored by St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church. He designed and constructed a double swing for Jacob’s Ladder School as well as added a 12-foot path from a nearby stairway to an existing path. Alexander Urbanawiz of Troop 734 was sponsored by the Webb Bridge Ward of Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints. He designed and constructed two large map stations and three interactive stations for the outdoor trails at Camp Twin Lakes, a camp for children with serious illnesses and disabilities. Surya Mohan of Troop 2000 was


Millie Ona Childers, 88, passed away October 23, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home &

Col. David Joseph Evans, Sr., 92, of Cumming, passed away October 27, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory. Vijayalakshmi Golakoti, 71, of Cumming, passed away October 29, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home.


Piero Guasti, 87, passed away October 28, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home &

COMMUNITY sponsored by Johns Creek Presbyterian Church. He designed and constructed a retaining wall and created outdoor games such as caterpillar walkers, balancing platform and cleared the play area. Mohan also re-mulched land, all for the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center. Cheran Silvalingam of Troop 2000 was sponsored by Johns Creek Presbyterian Church. He created and constructed a sensory room for special needs students for the Ark Home for Children with Special Needs in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Silvalingam raised over $12,500 to buy all the materials and send a group of scouts to Sri Lanka to work with Sri Lankan Scouts to create the sensory room. Joseph Crisanti of Troop 1134 was sponsored by St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church. He constructed an access panel for storage underneath the building. Crisanti also power washed and repainted the entire outside structure of the Education Building at Jacob’s Ladder School. | Alpharetta-Roswell Herald | November 7, 2019 | 37

Residents invited to help define vision for Roswell ROSWELL, Ga. — The City of Roswell invites residents to come together to share their vision for the city’s future at the Together Roswell Community Summit on Nov. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Centennial High School gymnasium. The Community Summit is a culminating event for the Together Roswell initiative, a months-long, citizen-involvement effort to help develop Roswell’s first citywide strategic plan. The event is open to all residents. The Community Summit will challenge attendees to think critically about a common vision to guide future decisions in the city. The event will build off input received through the summer and early fall during a series of community-wide listening-and-learning sessions and an online survey, which resulted in thousands of pieces of feedback from more than 2,000 participants.

Community Summit participants can expect to: • Learn about the major themes and takeaways from the first phase of the Together Roswell effort through a summary report of the feedback received so far. • Work together to establish the community’s guiding vision statement through activities and discussions that will build off the foundation achieved through first-round input. • Celebrate community spirit through special surprises prepared by Centennial High School students. Feedback from the Community Summit will have a direct impact on the city’s final strategic plan. A final engagement report, including the community vision statement, is expected to be completed the first quarter of 2020. Centennial High School is at 9310 Scott Road, Roswell, GA 30076. Registration is not required but appreciated. Community members can register for the event at

Jeffrey Ward Heard, 42, of Cumming, passed away October 28, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

Robert Lamar Poole, 78, of Suwanee, passed away October 23, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

Benjamin Steven Sumpter, 54, of Cumming, passed away October 20, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

Lucile M. Helton, 97, of Alpharetta, passed away October 23, 2019. Arrangements by Roswell Funeral Home and Green Lawn Cemetery.

Jeffrey Stanton Purvis, 51, of Cumming passed away October 25, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

Carmela Lina Valeo, passed away October 21, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home.

Charles B. McBride, 68, of Cumming passed away October 24, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory. Lonnie Dean Murphy, 70, passed away October 28, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home.

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Margaret Maria Reese, 50, passed away October 24, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home

Welby Corbett Rouse, Jr., 77, of Cumming, passed away October 25, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory.

Mary Anne McKelvey Willett, 66, passed away October 22, 2019. Arrangements by Ingram Funeral Home & Crematory. Samuel Wilson, 79, of Cumming, passed away October 26, 2019. Arrangements by McDonald & Son Funeral Home.

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Real Estate


JOHNS CREEK Multi family. Yard/ craft sale. 230 Hersfeld Court 30022. Saturday 11/9, 8am-3pm.

Real Estate Services

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Part time Thrift Shop Donation Door Attendant: The Donation Door Attendant will manage the Thrift Shop donation intake process and back door volunteers. Requires heavy lifting.   May include evenings and weekends.   NFCC is a locally supported nonprofit organization serving the community of North Fulton.   Background check, drug screen and e-Verify required.  Job description and application available at  11270 Elkins Road, Roswell 30076 or submit resume to Tina Adams

Sales Garage Sale ALPHARETTA/ ROSWELL 290 Barrow Downs 30004. Friday 11/8, 9am-4pm. Saturday 11/9, 9am-12pm. HUGE!!!

Bargains Building Supplies E X T E N S I O N LADDERS: 16’ and 24’. $90/both. 404-4558845

Medical Equipment MERIT VECTOR HD POWER WHEELCHAIR: $5000. New $10,000 MSRP. 770-337-6946

Miscellaneous BEADING SUPPLIES Make your own Jewelry. Large quantity and variety of beads, clasps and findings. All tools and accessories. 770-441-9922

Musical Instruments PIANO COLLECTOR Several beautiful Baby Grands & uprights. Quality pianos at sacrifice prices. 770-633-4151

Wanted to Buy I BUY DOLLS, 1970’s and earlier. Clothing, accessories, parts and more, Local: 214-8838215

Cemetery North Atlanta Memorial Park Dunwoody. Last Supper, 161-A, 1-2-34. Nicely maintained. Selling price $3200/ total, (Valued at $4200/ total.) 678-566-1704

SEVEN DEADLY MISTAKES MOST HOMEOWNERS MAKE: Valuable FREE report for sellers mailed to you, no cost/obligation. 24/7: 1-833-768-7961; enter ID #2000 for this special information

Waterfront DOMINICAN REPUBLIC-RESORT TIMESHARE Lifestyle Holiday Vacation Club At Crown Residence Suites And Spa; Puerto Plata. $8000/Negotiable (or rent)Floating “Red Season”. Beautiful 2BDRM/2BA. Sleeps 6 people. All amenities. 678-467-2819

Instruction Classes MATHEMATICS: Many students advanced to Ivy league. 20 years advanced experience, especially SAT. KAIST Mathematics B.S. Purdue Mathematics M.S. Your home $35/ hour. 404-933-7094.



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Eliminate gutter cleaning forever! LeafFilter, the most advanced debris-blocking gutter protection. Schedule a FREE LeafFilter estimate today. 15% off and 0% financing for those who qualify. PLUS Senior & Military Discounts. Call 1-855-402-0373

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SPECTRUM FENCE Residential/Commercial Chain-link, wood, vinyl, iron, aluminum fencing. Driveway gates. Fence painting/ staining. Custom design. Long-lasting. 5-year workmanshipwarranty. 770-367-2925


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Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts: 24 hour emergency service. Licensed, insured. Workers Comp, insurance claims. 25+ years experience. Family business. Free estimates. We Love Challenges! Yellow Ribbon Tree Experts, 770-512-8733. www.yellowribbon

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TRUCK DRIVER TRAINEES NEEDED at Stevens Transport! Earn $1000 per week! Paid CDL Training! No experience needed! 1-844-452-4121

MobileHelp, America’s Premier Mobile Medical Alert System. Whether You’re Home or Away. For Safety and Peace of Mind. No Long Term Contracts! Free Brochure! Call Today! 1-855401-6993

404Cuttree. One of the most experienced and reliable tree companies in North Atlanta. Perfect reviews and reliable, professional, and honest service. Free quotes. Fully insured. 678-506-0006

Attention Contractor Entrepreneurs! Are you looking to grow your business! Find Out how Commercial roofing can help you grow your company! Call Jacob (724) 815-6460


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Any job over $1500. Driveways Patios Sidewalks Walls & Steps Slabs NEW or REPAIR Residential Or Commercial FREE ESTIMATES

Text or Call 678-648-2010 Many local references. Competitive rates. McKemey Concrete

Retaining Walls Brick or Wood

Contact Ralph Rucker. Many local references. Honest, punctual, professional and reasonable prices!


Flooring PHILLIPS FLOORING Hardwood, laminate, carpet & tile installation and repairs. We do tile floors, showers, tub surrounds and kitchen back-splashes. Re-grouting is also available. Call 678-8871868 for free estimate. Install/Repairs: Carpet, Laminate, Tile, Vinyl Wood floors, Backsplashes, and Shower surrounds. Carpet wrinkles removed! Call today for estimate! 706-429-4453

Gutters AARON’S ALL-TYPE GUTTERS Repaired and Installed. Covers, siding, soffit, facia. www.aarons-gutters. com. Senior citizen discount! 770-934-2766

$150 OFF any job over $1500 Many local references. Call Dave McKemey at 678-648-2010 FIRST RATE SIDING AND WINDOW EXPERTS: Great online feedback at Call 770-504-5660 for a professional quote on Sunrise Replacement Windows or HardiePlank Systems. Finegan Home Improvements LLC: License #RBQA004932. Remodeling, handyman. 34 years experience. Basements finished, decks, screen porches, doors, drywall, painting, flooring, custom kitchens, bathrooms. All insurance. Paul Finegan 404-353-5611

Plumbing, Electrical Drywall; Other Repairs/ Installations. Home Maintenance. Senior discounts and affordable rates! 20 years experience. Mike 678-986-4833

Phillips Home Improvement We offer drywall, painting, carpentry, plumbing and electrical. Basements finished, kitchen and bath rehabs. All types flooring. Also total home rehab for those who have a rental house or one to sell. Call 678-887-1868 for a free estimate



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Driveway REPAIR or REPLACEMENT Driveways, patios, sidewalks, walls. $150 off any job over $1500. Residential or Commercial. For a FREE estimate call Dave of McKemey Concrete and Hardscapes 678-9142576. Competitive pricing. Many local references

Full Service Bush Hogging, LANDSCAPING Company Clearing, Grading, Hauling, Etc.

Many local references-

Call Ralph Rucker


Capable of doing your job – grading, hauling and tree service.

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Pinestraw PINESTRAW, mulch delivery/installation available. Firewood available. Licensed, insured. Angels of Earth Pinestraw and Mulch. 770-831-3612.

Remodeling WOODPOINT CABINETS: Your One-Stop Remodeling Shop! We offer complimentary consultation and estimates for house painting/renovation projects, kitchen, bath & basement remodeling, cabinet, vanity & closet design. “We Specialize In Listening To What You Want.” We’re located right by the Campbell Tire at 500 N. Main St, Alpharetta GA 30009. Ph: 470-5453045. email: Contact@ WoodpointCabinets. com Web: www.

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Autos Wanted CARS/TRUCKS WANTED!!! 2002 and Newer! Any Condition. Running or Not. Competitive Offer! Free Towing! We’re Nationwide! Call Now: 1-888-416-2330.

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